15 days
Duration
2 to 12
Group Size

Annapurna Circuit & Lap Walk & Trekking

HIGHLIGHTS: Explore exciting Kathmandu, Gurung villages and forests of oak, magnolia and rhododendron. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna Fang, Annapurna I and III, Gangapurna and Machhapuchhre.

This is probably one of the world’s most beautiful treks. It takes you through a wonderful variety of landscapes and cultures for the subtropical lower Marsyangdi valley where the Gurung and the Thakali dominate to the northern arid Buddhist region. Along the Marsyangdi River, on easy trails and suspension bridges, through terraced fields and forests. You will slowly gain altitude and acclimatize. After leaving Pisang you will have an extreme up-close view of the Annapurnas II, III and IV. The area shadowed by the mighty Annapurnas supports little in the way of forests apart from Pine, Juniper and scrub rhododendron. Abound by huge moraines of fantastic glacial pillars which were sculptured by wind erosion. The Thorong La Pass (5416m/17769ft.) is one of the highlights of this trek. The religious sanctity fo Muktinath, the mules and peculiar customs of Jomsom will leave you spell bound.

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Day 1:

Arrival in Kathmandu

You’ll fly into Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan airport. Our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel by private bus. Before we head out for dinner, your trip leader will meet you for a briefing and answer any questions. Dinner in a restaurant in the Thamel district.

Overnight: hotel in Kathmandu

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Day 2:

Kathmandu: Sightseeing

The day is free to explore Kathmandu, take excursions into the Kathmandu valley, shop, visit the spa, have a massage or just read a book. Click on the link for more Details about Kathmandu.

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Overnight: hotel in Kathmandu

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Day 3:

Drive to Besisahar

An early start: we’ll drive by private bus to Besisahar (alt. 800m), stopping at a traditional roadside restaurant for lunch en route. From Besisahar, we’ll drive by jeep to Syange (alt. 1,080m). We’ll then trek for approx. 2 hours to the village of Jagat (alt. 1,300m).

Dinner and overnight in a tea house in Jagat.

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Day 4:

Start of trekking proper: Jagat to Danaque (5 hours)

Today we’ll start our trekking in earnest. Unless stated otherwise, on trekking days lunch will be taken at a suitable point along the way, and dinner at our overnight destination.
We will walk to Danaque (around 5 hours). This part of our trek along the steep-sided valley of the Marsyangdi River takes us through several villages where you will get your first taste of the friendliness that you can expect to encounter from the local people. As you walk, KB will give you insight into the different tribes and their religions and customs. The population on this part of the route is a mixture of Hindu and Buddhist; as we climb, we’ll reach areas which are almost purely Buddhist and feel quite different.

Overnight in a tea house in Danaque (alt. 2,200m).

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Day 5 :

Danaque to Chame (5 hours)

Weather permitting, today’s trek offers great views of Manaslu, the world’s eighth highest peak. The walk will take us through pine and fir forest, and later in the day a natural amphitheatre and fine views of the towering Annapurna II. The people of the Manang region are mostly of Tibetan origin, and you will start to see this in the architecture you pass.

Chame, our destination, is the district HQ of the Manang district; it is entered through an archway with a large mani wall with many prayer wheels. The route crosses the Marsyangdi River here.

Overnight tea house in Chame (alt. 2,700m).

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Day 6 :

Chame to Pisang (5 hours)

Wonderful scenery again. A climb through a forest early on and a crossing of the Marsyangdi, then the valley begins to broaden out and provides views of soaring rock faces.

Pisang is made up of lower and upper villages. We will stay in Lower Pisang. If time allows, it is worth crossing the river and climbing up to the more traditional upper village where there is a gompa (monastery) with a view of both villages.

Overnight tea house in Pisang (alt. 3,200m).

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Day 7 :

Pisang to Manang (5 hours)

The route now takes us through the more arid, upper part of the Manang district. After a climb to a ridge with a stunning view down into the Manang valley, the path drops to the valley floor and becomes wide and dusty. Annapurna III rises above the trail. The route passes through the picturesque village and gompa of Braga, before reaching the large village of Manang, where we will stay for two nights.

Overnight tea house in Manang (alt. 3,540m)

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Day 8 :

Acclimatisation day in Manang

It is important to spend a day acclimatising to the altitude here. This is a beautiful area to spend time in, with magnificent views of peaks and a lake at the foot of the village. We will take advantage of one of the fine day walks here to gain some altitude during the day and then descend back to the village for the night.
Overnight tea house in Manang.

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Day 9 :

Manang to Yak Kharka (3-4 hours)

A shorter day’s trek today, which is essential for further acclimatisation. The climb is steady but harder work due to the altitude. We leave the Marsyangdi valley and continue along the valley of the Jarsang river. By the time Yak Kharka is reached, the vegetation is noticeably sparser. Once we have arrived at our overnight destination and had a rest, it is good to venture a little way further up the valley to further aid acclimatisation.
Overnight tea house in Yak Kharka (alt. 4,018m).

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Day 10 :

Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4 hours)

A further 500m of ascent, through desolate scenery: first along the valley side, then down to the valley floor to cross the river, then a short but sharp climb to the lodges of Thorong Phedi. ‘Phedi’ means ‘foot of the hill’, and Thorong Phedi sits at the foot of the Thorong La pass. Again, an afternoon acclimatisation walk is worthwhile.
Overnight tea house in Thorong Phedi (alt. 4,540m).

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Day 11 :

Thorong Phedi to Muktinath, via the Thorong La pass (6-10 hours)

Today is an early start for the climb to the top of the Thorong La pass at 5,416m. This is a challenging day: ascending some 900m and then descending 1,600m.
The trek to the top of the pass should take between 3 and 5 hours; with several false summits, but there are wonderful views back down the valley. At the top of the pass are chortens (Buddhist cairns) and prayer flags galore. The view from the top is spectacular: the Annapurna Range and the Mukat Himal; but you are likely to want to start your descent quite soon, given the effects of altitude. The descent is very steep and hard on the knees, and takes some 4 hours, but to compensate there are amazing views of Dhaulagiri (8,176m) and Tukuche, and all the way down into the Kali Gandaki valley below. We will descend to our accommodation in Ranipauwa, 10 minutes below Muktinath itself, which is technically just the name for a temple.
Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for both Buddhists and Hindus, with numerous shrines. These include a temple in which an eternal flame (fed by natural gas jets) burns in a spring.
Overnight tea house in Ranipauwa (alt. 3,800m).

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Day 12 :

Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara

We fly to Pokhara, the lake city in the earliest possible airplane. After checking-in at our hotel, we may take a rest or visit the Lakeside area in the vicinity of the Fewa Lake. Here, we can indulge in buying some souvenirs or sampling some local delicacies.

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Day 14 :

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours

After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu we have the rest of the day off.

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Day 15 :

Departure

Fly back home

Price Includes:

 Accommodation in Kathmandu on BB plan.
All meals as specified for trek
Arrival pick up & departure.
All internal local transport as per the itinerary.
Internal flights as per itinerary.
All trekking arrangements including trekking permits, National Park entrance fees.
Accommodation in twin sharing local lodges or best available places for accommodation,
Trekking guide & porter (salary, insurance, food, accommodation & other allowances).
Basic first aid kit is carried by your leader.
farewell dinner after the trip

Price Excludes:

Kathmandu food lunch & dinner,
Airport taxes, car, taxi or van.
Transfers for Land Only packages and group tours if you choose to make your own flight arrangements.
Personal expenditure,
all bar bills, laundry, telephone calls, mineral water, snacks, desserts.
We recommend you bring water purifier & neutralizer tablets to reduce your cost of traveling & to help you be a more environmentally friendly traveler etc.
Porter, Guide & other tips.
Personal clothing & equipment.
Travel insurance.
Optional trips. Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond Drift Nepal control.
Anything else not specified in the ‘included costs’ section above.

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