Annapurna Circuit Trek

15 Days of incredible alpine beauty in the Annapurnas!

This is the classic Himalayan trek. Forget Everest, the Annapurna Circuit Trek features probably the finest views of the Himalayas anywhere. Three of the 8000+ meter mountains are visible on this trek (Mt. Dhaulagiri, 7th highest; Mt. Manaslu, 8th highest and Annapurna I, 10th highest.)  Plus there are many more impressive snowcapped mountains to see and enjoy.          

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is more than just mountains. This trek includes plenty of waterfalls and fast flowing, cold mountain rivers. There are fascinating villages to explore belonging to the Magar and Gurung tribal people to are able to eke out an existence in this inhospitable land.

The trek is considered a moderate trek and can be done by anyone in good physical condition. Some places will be challenging, but your reward will be the culture and scenery along with the wonderful people you will meet along the way.

Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks has long been able to offer the Annapurna Circuit Trek to its clients. Part of the trek will follow along the historic path between India and Tibet that salt and gold traders took for centuries. Today traders don’t walk these paths, but we can enjoy the same scenic beauty that is found in the Annapurna region.

Sign on today to experience one of the finest Himalayan Treks: The Annapurna Circuit Trek with Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks.

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Trip Details

CodeABTK-135 FrequencyAnyday Duration15 Group Size2 Best SeasonSep-Dec Altitude5416 mts. SupportYes DifficultyModerate

Brief Itinerary for Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (elev. 1350 m/4429 ft.)
DAY 2 – TRAVEL TO BHULBHULE (840 m/2,756 ft.)
DAY 3 – TREK TO JAGAT (elev. 1300 m/4,265 ft.)
DAY 4 – TREK TO DANAKYU (elev. 2300 m/7,546 ft.)
DAY 5 – TREK TO CHAME (elev. 2670 m/8,760 ft.)
DAY 6 – TREK TO PISANG (elev. 3300 m/10,827 ft.)
DAY 7 – TREK TO MANANG (elev. 3540 m/11.319 ft.)
DAY 8 – ACCLIMATIZATION DAY IN MANANG
DAY 9 – TREK TO LEDAR (elev. 4200 m/13.780 ft.)
DAY 10 – TREK TO THORUNG LA PHEDI (elev. 4450 m/14,599 ft.)
DAY 11 – THORUNG-LA PASS (elev. 5416 m/17,769 ft.), TREK TO MUKTINATH
DAY 12 – DRIVE TO TATOPANI (elev. 2700 m/8,858 ft.))
DAY 13 -  DRIVE TO POKHARA
DAY 14 – RETURN TO KATHMANDU
DAY 15 – DEPARTURE

Detailed Itinerary:

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (elev. 1350 m/4429 ft.)

The adventure of a lifetime begins as your long flight to Kathmandu ends. Your plane touches down and you can feel the excitement being in the mystical city of Kathmandu. A legendary place, its very name conjures up images of temples and Hindu priests in saffron robes. You pass through the airport, collect your luggage and exit into the fresh alpine air. You spot your name on a sign; it’s your new friends from Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks who have come to greet you! They have brought a private car to whisk you to your hotel to rest from your long flight.

DAY 2 – TRAVEL TO BHULBHULE (840 m/2,756 ft.)

We’re traveling today out of the Kathmandu Valley; our destination is the village of Bhulbhule where we start our trek. We begin by walking over a long suspension bridge over the Marysangdi River to reach Bhulbhule. It’s a long but comfortable trip by private vehicle (7 hours) and then a short trek as we see a number of snowcapped peaks. We will lodge at Bhulbhule for the night.

DAY 3 – TREK TO JAGAT (elev. 1300 m/4,265 ft.)

People are often surprised at how low in elevation the Pokhara area is. The lower region features subtropical vegetation, but as we climb, we will enter different ecological zones. This area features some beautiful forests of pine and rhododendron. Jagat is a tiny village with a wonderful charm, populated by Tamang and Gurung people. Overnight in Jagat.

DAY 4 – TREK TO DANAKYU (elev. 2300 m/7,546 ft.)

We definitely are climbing higher each day. The forests are getting thinner as we are going up toward the tree line. Danakyu features a beautiful white stone Gompa (Buddhist Monastery) as well as having great views of Mt. Manaslu and Peak No. 29. Trekking time today is around 5 hours.

DAY 5 – TREK TO CHAME (elev. 2670 m/8,760 ft.)

The glaciers of Mt. Manaslu spawn several important mountain rivers, of which today we see the Dudh Khola with its milky cold waters frothing over the rocks. We can see the snowcapped peak of Annapurna II which is perfectly framed with the Marysangdi River curving in the foreground for a great picture.  Chame is the district city of the Manang District, nestled on the shores of the river. Trekking time is around 5 hours.

DAY 6 – TREK TO PISANG (elev. 3300 m/10,827 ft.)

The first rays of the rising sun illuminate Mt. Lamjung Himal (elev. 6893 m). It’s a day of delights as we encounter waterfalls and mountain wildflowers. We are walking to Pisang Village, which is in the shadow of Mt. Pisang. We see mani walls, which are rock walls carved with Buddhist inscriptions. It’s about 5 hours as we make our way upward to Pisang.

DAY 7 – TREK TO MANANG (elev. 3540 m/11.319 ft.)

It’s a little longer of a day of trekking as we make our way to the famed Gurung village of Manang. We experience some awesome vantage points, looking down at the green grasslands of the Annapurnas. We’ve gained in elevation to limit the number of trees which are becoming low junipers. The lack of trees means great views of the snowcapped peaks in every direction. We will spend two nights in the village of Manang.

DAY 8 – ACCLIMATIZATION DAY IN MANANG

The high elevation of Manang requires us to spend a day resting to allow our bodies time to adjust to the thinner mountain air. We at Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks take Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) very seriously as it can be fatal if proper precautions are not taken. The best precaution is to stop and allow the body 24 hours to adjust. We’ll do some short treks today. We can go to Gangapurna Lake, visit the mountaineering school or tour the Gurung Museum in this village. This is a Gurung village and you’ll be able to discover the fascinating culture of the Gurung people.

DAY 9 – TREK TO LEDAR (elev. 4200 m/13.780 ft.)

It’s a breathtaking day as we climb higher. Every curve the trail today will reveal even more incredible views of the awesome Annapurnas. We cross a wooden bridge over the Gundon River as we trek higher and higher to reach Ledar. Trekking time is around 4 hours.

DAY 10 – TREK TO THORUNG LA PHEDI (elev. 4450 m/14,599 ft.)

Today’s journey will take us down to the Marsyangdi River, and then its upwards to reach the little village of Thorung La Phedi. This village is the last village before we tackle the Thorung La Pass tomorrow. Great views along the way today. Trekking time is around 3 hours. Rest tonight, because we have a longer day tomorrow.

DAY 11 – THORUNG-LA PASS (elev. 5416 m/17,769 ft.), TREK TO MUKTINATH

It’s around eight hours of trekking today as we make our way to the top of Thorung-La Pass. This is the highest point of our trek. It’s a challenge to reach the top of the pass, but once you crest the top you will stand in awe of the panoramic views of the Annapurnas. You see snowcapped peaks and lush, green valleys bisected by blue rivers in a full 360°. The view from on top of Thorung-La Pass is mind boggling as you partake in the amazing beauty of the world’s highest mountains. We will descend from here to reach the holy site of Muktinath with its amazing temple. Dedicated for Lord Vishnu, Muktinath is sacred to both Hindus as well as Buddhists and pilgrims come by the thousands each year to worship at this sacred place with its eternal blue flame. We will spend the night nearby.

DAY 12 – DRIVE TO TATOPANI (elev. 2700 m/8,858 ft.))

Our trek has ended and today we take a local bus to reach Tatopani. The villages along the way reflect Tibetan influence in its architecture. There are beautiful apple orchards producing the sweetest of apples. We have wonderful views of Mt. Dhauligiri and Mt. Nilgiri before we reach the village of Marpha. It takes us 5 – 6 hours by local bus to reach Tatopani, which is home to a hot springs.

DAY 13 -  DRIVE TO POKHARA

Pokhara is a beautiful lakeside city in the Annapurnas and we’ll reach here by local bus in around 5 – 6 hours. We see plenty of great alpine scenery as we pass through wonderful, quaint villages. Enjoy a hot shower and a nice bed in a good hotel in the city near the lake.

DAY 14 – RETURN TO KATHMANDU

Pokhara is a wonderful place to visit. We’ve enjoyed our time yesterday and today we take a quality tourist bus back to Kathmandu. In the evening, check into our hotel. We will enjoy a farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

DAY 15 – DEPARTURE

It’s been a wonderful 15 days here in the magical land of Nepal. You’ve completed an awesome trek, crossing a high mountain pass, exploring interesting cultures as well as seeing the most beautiful mountains in the world. Nepal offers so much to see and do, and you’ve just touched a very small part of it. Most visitors to Nepal return again and again. Your friends at Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks can offer you many more amazing Himalayan opportunities, ranging from alpine treks to whitewater rafting, paragliding to jungle safaris and much more. Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks features trips to not only Nepal, but also neighboring Tibet, Bhutan and India. Ask your friends at Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks about other wonderful places to visit in the most beautiful mountains in the world.

 

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