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Trekking > Annapurna Circuit - 21 days


Annapurna Circuit

Overview

This classic 21-day trek completely around the famed Annapurna Massif offers the most diversity of any trek in Nepal: fascinating ethnic groups each with their own language, incredible views of many of the Himalaya's most famous high peaks, and constantly changing panoramas - from lush, tropical rice paddies and moss-laden rhododendron forests to Tibetan fortresses clinging to rocky cliffs.

Starting with a drive to Besisar we ascend along the Marsyangdi river valley. We pass beneath snow-capped Annapurnas II, III and IV and a range of 6,000m/20,000ft peaks stretching north to Tibet. Crossing Thorung La pass (5418m/17,770ft) to reach the holy shrine of Muktinath. We then descend into the mighty Kali Gandaki Valley - the deepest river valley on the face of the earth - 7000m/23,000ft deep between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. At the end we trek through a wonderful rhododendron forest on the Gorepani Ridge and the picturesque Gurung villages before finishing back in the Pokhara Valley.

In addition our 21-day Annapurna Circuit trek also spends a few days exploring the Tilicho Lake area in the upper Manang valley. Even though this high altitude glacial lake is only 2 days away from the main trail very few westerners venture here. We will spend a whole day exploring the lake which is the headwaters of the Marsyangdi river which you have been following since the beginning of this trek. We do not know of any other operator who offers this side-hike.

Apart from being able to enjoy homely comforts we will have the added advantage of being guests to families of different ethnic people typical of this area. The Manang and the Kali Gandaki valleys lies along an ancient trade route between India and China, and a variety of ethnic peoples have settled here: Newars, Chettris, Gurungs, Manangeys and Thakalis.

Moderate to strenuous trekking between 2,000m (8,000ft) and 4,400m (14,500ft) with one pass crossing of 5,418m (17,700ft). Accommodation in comfortable lodges. The trek starts from Kathmandu and includes all meals, road-head transport, services of experienced local guide and porters to carry luggage. Clients carry day-pack only and walk at their own pace.

 TREK DATES - 2013 (ex Kathmandu)
 11-31 March, 2013  26 Sepember-16 October, 2013
 11 April-01 May, 2013  11-31 October, 2014
 11-31 May, 2013  11 November-01 December, 2013
 Private treks are available on request.

 

  TREK DATES - 2014 (ex Kathmandu)
 11-31 March, 2014  26 Sepember-16 October, 2014
 11 April-01 May, 2014  11-31 October, 2014
 11-31 May, 2014  11 November-01 December, 2014
 Private treks are available on request.

Details Itinerary


ITINERARY for Annapurna Circuit Trek:

 Day 01  Drive Kathmandu to Besisar.
 Day 02  Trek to Bahaun Danda.
 Day 03  Trek to Tal.
 Day 04  Trek to Chame.
 Day 05  Trek to Pisang.
 Day 06  Trek to Manang.
 Day 07  Rest/acclimatization day at Manang.
 Day 08  Trek to Kangsar.
 Day 09  Trek to Tilicho Base Camp.
 Day 10  Exploration day to Tilicho Lake.
 Day 12  Trek to Phedi.
 Day 13  Cross Thorung La pass to Muktinath.
 Day 14  Trek to Kagbeni.
 Day 15  Trek to Marpha.
 Day 16  Trek to Kalopani.
 Day 17  Trek to Tatopani.
 Day 18  Trek to Gorepani.
 Day 19  Early morning climb Poon Hill for sunrise views. Trek  to Gandruk village.
 Day 20  Trek to Birethanti. Drive to Pokhara.
 Day 21  Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu. 
 Annapurna Circuit Trek ends.

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Annapurna Circuit

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Annapurna Circuit