The Annapurna Circuit Trek is truly a “life memory experience”. This 12-day trek (over an 17-day period) will offer a steady stream of images and elicit emotions and memories that will remain with you long after you’ve returned home. It will both inspire and challenge you. Many people who complete it report that years later, they have not lost the sense of awe and wonderment that they experienced while trekking.
The journey begins with a scenic six-hour drive to Besisahar from Kathmandu ending at Pokhara, the Annapurna Circuit is a sacred pilgrimage for the trekking faithful and a trip to remember for a lifetime. The walk takes you up Kali Gandaki Gorge (the deepest in the world), over the Thorung-La Pass (5416m) across the dry Tibetan plateau 'behind' the Himalaya and back to the green forests of your starting point. The Annapurna Circuit offers the ultimate in variety of terrain and cultural diversity. Taking off from the lush rhododendron forests and terraced rice paddies of the mid-hills, the route follows the Kali Gandaki upriver with Dhaulagiri (8167m) to the left and Annapurna I (8091m) to the right to the dry Tibetan plateau. Gurung and Magar villages give way to settlements resembling old Tibet. The landscape changes from thick greenery to bare rock and windswept plains. The way up the Kali Gandaki Gorge follows the ancient trade route to Tibet. On leaving the Thakali village of Tukuche (2590m), a dramatic change occurs in the vegetation, from pine and conifer forests to dry and desert-like terrain. Marpha is another important Thakali village of flat-roofed houses and narrow stone-paved alleys. Further up the trail, the Tibet-like country north of the Himalaya is a magical experience - bizarre rock formations carved out by the wind, vertical rock faces pockmarked with cave dwellings and high-altitude turquoise lakes. Muktinath (4100m) is a highly revered Buddhist and Hindu pilgrimage spot. Traversing over the Thorung-La Pass, the highest point on the trail, is an intense experience of accomplishment.
Bird-watchers will also find the trek most interesting (there are over 800 species in Nepal). White-capped river chats, redstarts, little forktails, whistling thrushes Camp at Muktinath (3750m) and large pied kingfishers crisscross the skies.
Trip Highlights: Spectacular views of Ganagapurna, Machhapuchhare, Hiunchuli, Annapurna 1, Annapurna South, Dhulagiri, Tilicho and many other peaks. Magar’s, Gurung’s, Thakali’s, Managi’s settlements, Monastry and Hindu’s temple on the way, fossils. Manang village, Thorung La Pass (5416m), The Pilgrimage town of Muktinath, Views of the Dhaulagiri Ice – Fall, The worlds deepest gorge in the Kali Gandaki river.
"Before arriving in Nepal, I was somewhat apprehensive about how I, a 59-year old woman, would handle an extended high-altitude trek. I needn’t have worried. From the moment we met your representative at the Kathmandu airport to the final send-off, we were looked after. Our needs were not only met – they were anticipated. The scenery was gorgeous and the sense of accomplishment from having climbed the pass has fueled an increase in my self-esteem that continues to grow. I can do anything I set my mind to!! Various companies offer this trek, but having talked with fellow travelers, I believe what distinguishes your company from the others is the quality of your guides and genuine care shown toward each of your guests. I recommend Trek and Tours without hesitation and would consider no other company for future travel."
Cheryl Steadman, Canada
|Trip Duration: 17 days||Trekking Duration: 12 days||Grade: Moderate|
|Accommodation: Hotel / Lodge / Resort||Season: All Season||Group Size: Min 1 pax.|
|Highest Point: Throng La Pass (5416m)||Activities: Trekking & Cultural Excursion|
|From US$ 1329/-|
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Map of Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu or meet our representative in Kathmandu – transfer to hotel. Overnight (O/N) Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing, including the Buddhist stupa of Boudhnath, Swyambhunath(Monkey Temple), and Patan Durbar Square, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. O/N Hotel.
Day 03: After breakfast Kathmandu to Ngadi (930 meters). Overnight Lodge.
Day 04: Ngadi to Jagat (1300 meters) Overnight Lodge.
Day 05: Jagat to Dharapani (1860 meters). Overnight Lodge.
Day 06: Dharapani to Chame (2670 meters). Overnight Lodge.
Day 07: Chame to Pisang (3190 meters). Overnight Lodge.
Day 08: Pisang to Manang (3540 meters) Overnight Lodge.
Day 09: Acclimatization Day in Manang Overnight Lodge.
Day 10: Manang to Yak Kharka (4200 meters) Overnight Lodge.
Day 11: Yak Kharka to the high camp of Thorong Phedi (4450 meters) Overnight Lodge.
Day 12: Phedi, Over the Thorong La Pass (5416 meters) to Muktinath (3816 meters Overnight Lodge.
Day 13: Muktinath to Jomsom (2750 meters) Overnight Lodge.
Day 14: After breakfast, Flight to Pokhara. Afternoon Free time on your own. Overnight Hotel.
Day 15: Pokhara to Kathmandu by land. Overnight Hotel.
Day 16: Kathmandu – Time on your own - sightseeing can be arranged. Overnight Hotel.
Day 17: Transfer to International Airport for Departure.
Note: No specific previous experience is required to complete this trek but good health and able to walk min 3 to max 7 hrs in a normal pace is neccessary (with breaks in between).
Note: Trek and Tours are not responsible for unforeseen expenses that may be incurred due to circumstances beyond our control. These circumstances include but are not limited to adverse weather conditions, strikes or political unrest.
|Fixed Departure Dates for 2017||Fixed Departure Dates for 2018|
|8-Mar-17 to 25-Mar-17||7-Mar-18 to 24-Mar-18|
|03-Apr-17 to 20-Apr-17||29-Mar-18 to 15-Apr-18|
|27-Apr-17 to 14-May-17||22-Apr-18 to 09-May-18|
|21-May-17 to 07-Jun-17||16-May-18 to 02-Jun-18|
|06–Sep-17 to 23-Sep-17||13-Sep-18 to 30-Sep-18|
|18-Sep-17 to 05-Oct-17||07-Oct-18 to 24-Oct-18|
|12-Oct-17 to 29-Oct-17||31-Oct-18 to 17-Nov-18|
|05-Nov-17 to 22-Nov-17|
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