Annapurna Circuit 17 days
Duration: 17 days
Trip level: strenuous (info?)
Maximum altitude: 5416 meters
Best season: March, April, May, September, October, November, December
The Annapurna Circuit is a classic trek and is one of the most popular trips in Nepal. No wonder, because it is a spectacular and varied trekking route. During this trek you get the change to explore the Himalaya from bottom to top. Starting in the subtropical lush green valley’s you climb up to alpine valleys to reach the Thorung La pass at 5416 meters. After the pass it is downhill towards Poon Hill where you will be treated on an impressive sunset over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain range.
From Kathmandu you start with a drive by tourist bus to Besisahar and onwards by jeep to Dharapani. The first days of your trek it will be warm while you walk through the bamboo forests and past farm villages. Lodges along the trail offer you a pleasant resting areas and you can strengthen yourself with some noodle soup. In the green valley you walk besides rushing streams and deep pools shaped by the water. The further you get up in the valley, the more the scenery around you changes. The landscape changes into an alpine valley and the temperatures are getting lower. You pass traditional Tibetan villages and Mani walls, chortens and prayer wheels which are clear signs of Buddhism. In Manang you will have a pleasant resting day to acclimatize. You can take an optional day hike to the Braga valley. From Manang you will be treated at a short side trip to the lovely Tilicho Lake. Tilicho Lake is situated at an altitude of 4949 m, and one of the largest lakes in the world. From Tilicho you will climb towards the high Thorung La pass. In the meantime the landscape has changed into a high alpine valley. The wind is constantly around you, and the prayer flags are fluttering rapidly sending prayers for good luck. Eventually you reach the Thorung La pass at an altitude of 5416 meters. The crossing of the Thorung La is the highest point of this trek and is sometimes even snow-covered. The panoramic views from this pass are spectacular and you can see the highest mountains peaks. Amongst these peaks is the famous Dhaulagiri. From Thorung La it is a downhill trail back towards the subtropical warmth. At Muktinath you can walk around to see the holy temples. A short drive will bring you to Jomsom. From here you will hike in a few days to the green rhododendron forest in the Annapurna hills.
Day 01 Drive Kathmandu to Dharapani via Besisahar (1860m – 9 hrs.)
Day 02 Trek to Chame (2600 m-6 hrs.)
Day 03 Trek to Lower Pisang (3200 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 04 Trek to Manang (3540 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 05 Resting day at Manang for acclimatization. Optional day hike to local Valley.
Day 06 Trek to Khansar (3734 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 07 Day hike to Tilicho Lake (4949 m), overnight at Khansar (7 hrs.)
Day 08 Trek to Yak kharka (4018 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 09 Trek to Thorung phedi (4450 m – 4.30 hrs.)
Day 10 Cross over Thorung La Pass (5416 m -8 hrs.) overnight at Muktinath (3800 m.)
Day 11 Local transport to Jomsom and trek to Marpha (2665 m – 3 hrs.)
Day 12 Trek to Kalopani (2530 m -6 hrs.)
Day 13 Trek to Tatopani (1190 m -6 hrs.)
Day 14 Trek to Sikha (1935 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 15 Trek to Ulleri (1960 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 16 Trek to Birethanti (5 hrs.) and drive to Pokhara ( 2 hrs.)
Day 17 Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu
Sherpa Heritage Trails shows you a starting price. During the trekking season prices may rise. The final price depends on the trekking season, group size and, if applicable, cost of local flight.
The starting price for Annapurna Circuit 19 days is:
€ 450,00 per person ( party of 4 persons)
€ 625,00 per person ( party of 2 persons)
We have noticed the ways of traveling and booking are changing rapidly. Many customers book a hotel or a guesthouse themselves prior to their journey. However, we would happily like to arrange accommodation for you. We have excellent contacts with various hotels and guesthouses and will be able to offer a good price rate for any budget.
When you arrive at the International Airport we will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation. Here we will give you a short briefing about the trek. In addition we will give you advice about hygienic food, customs, and sightseeing in Kathmandu.
-Pick up and drop off from Kathmandu International Airport to hotel
-Drive by tourist bus to Kathmandu to Besisahar; jeep drive Besisahar to Dharapani; private drive Bhirethanti to Pokhara; drive Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus (flight is optional).
-Certificate of CO2- emission free for all transport in Nepal
-One night in guesthouse, including breakfast, in Pokhara after trek
-Licensed and certified mountain guide. Well experienced and English speaking
-Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for mountain guide (& porters)
-Free use of waterproof bag (only available with porter service)
-ACAP fee, TIMS card and local taxes
-Support of the Sherpa Heritage Trails head office in Kathmandu
-International flight to Kathmandu
-Nepal entrance visa
-Accommodation and all meals in Kathmandu
-Lunch and dinners in Pokhara
-Lodging and food during trek
-Porter service for carrying luggage. One porter for two persons, max. luggage 10 kg. per person
-All beverage bills, hot shower, internet services, laundry and battery charge during trek
-Personal travel insurance
-Rescue operation charge in case of an emergency
-Any cost that arise due to change of itinerary like flight delay, natural calamities, etc.
-Gratitude and tips for mountain guide (and porters)