There are many wonderful trekking destinations in the Annapurna region. Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Poon Hill Trek have always been the favorites amongst domestic and international trekkers. More recently, Mardi Himal trek has also been gaining popularity. But the 16 day Annapurna Circuit Trek is a unique trekking route in this region.
While trekking in the Annapurna Circuit, you will encircle the Annapurna Massif. So the views of the mountains like Annapurna Massif, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak etc. will continue to astound you almost throughout your trip.
Annapurna Circuit trek starts after a bus ride from Kathmandu to Chamje. From there, you will get to some of the most beautiful villages in Nepal like Manang and Jomsom. You will also cross Thorong La Pass, which lies at an altitude of 5416 meters.
The total length of the Annapurna Circuit trek is 160-230 kilometers. The length is dependent upon the number of places you want to trek along the way. The high altitude of Thorong La pass and the length of the trek makes it a bit more demanding than other treks in the Annapurna Region.
As the trek is a tad demanding, you need to bring all the appropriate gear. As you might be a climbing quite a few uphills, a trekking pole might give you some comfort during the trip. Make sure that you also pack appropriately for Thorong La pass.
Trekking in Annapurna Circuit will also take you to the beautiful temple of Muktinath and the deepest gorge in the World- Kali Gandaki gorge.
You can also enjoy the mountains in the Annapurna Region on a flight to Pokhara from Jomsom on your way back. In addition, there is also a trip to the gorgeous valley of Pokhara on your way back. The sightseeing tour in Kathmandu to the World Heritage Sites before trekking in Annapurna Circuit adds beauty to this trip.
All in all, Annapurna Circuit Trek is a fantastic trekking destination in the beautiful Annapurna Region and other surrounding towns and villages. A trip there will surely give you memories of a lifetime.
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Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters).
Our office representatives will be on standby with our vehicle to receive you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu. The representatives will be carrying a signboard displaying Sublime Trails outside the airport terminal. They will help you check in to your respective hotel. This will be your first overnight in the ancient valley of Kathmandu. You will probably be tired this day with a long international flight. You can spend the day relaxing in your hotel. You can also choose to see some local towns around your hotel this day.
Day 02: Orientation and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
After a good night’s rest & a hearty breakfast at the hotel, you will set out for a sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu is a wonderful mix of the ancient & the new. The fusion of western influences in the modern buildings of this city and traditional architecture in its temples makes the sightseeing tour a unique experience. All of the sites you visit this day are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will truly enjoy visiting these ancient monuments & learning of its mystic history with your professional guide. ‘
This tour begins in Kathmandu Durbar square. You will then go to Swayambhunath (Monkey temple) followed by a visit to Pashupatinath Temple. The sightseeing tour ends with a visit to Boudhanath Stupa in the afternoon.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Chamje for 7-8 Hours and overnight at chamje lodge.
You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre. You will then follow a narrow and paved road by the Marshyangdi River to Beshisahar. Besisahar serves as the district headquarters of Lamjung district. All local government offices in Lamjung are based here. From here, you get to see some well known mountain peaks. You also have a chance to view a lot of naturally green landscapes surrounding the valley and the daily activities of the locals in this region. This headquarters is the center from where commodities of daily needs are supplied to surrounding villages as well as towns. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 04: Trek from Chamje (1410m.) to dharapani (1960m) which takes about six hours.
The first part of the trail descends to Marsyangdi river. You will then cross a suspension bridge and begin a climb to Sattale (1550m). The trail to Sattale is quite steep. From Sattale, you will continue on a path above the river which is rather undulating. At one point along this trek, the view of the main river is shrouded with giant rocks that conceal the water. Climbing the zigzag path to the top of the hill, you see the level plain of Tal (1700m). Despite being enclosed by cliffs, this area is quite reassuring. You then descend along a grassy trail along a river bank that leads to Tal. You can also see the hotels and teahouses in Tal. You can enjoy some exquisite waterfalls here. Taking a high and winding path from Tal, you will reach the village of Karte. Beyond the small village of Karte (1900m.), there is a bit more cliff-walking before the path drops again to the river. Eventually, you cross a suspension bridge and climb the short distance to the stone Mani marking the entrance to Dharapani (1960m), and camp for the night. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2675m.) this takes about five and half hours.
After having a heary breakfast, you will begin the next day’s trek. You pass through Danaque (2210m) after trekking through pine and oak forests. Soon after you cross Danaque, you will come to a small wooden bridge. The trail that follows the wooden bridge is a steep path up to Timang. Timang is a picturesque area which lies at the bottom of Lamjung Himal. The trail from Timag until you reach Chame is relatively flat. Chame is the administrative headquarters for the Manang district. It is quite a sub-urban settlement that has quite a few government offices, shops and hotels. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 06: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3100m.) this would take about five hours.
With sparkling views of Lamjung Himal (6893m) at your sight in the morning, you set off for Pisang. The trail takes you through a fir and pine forest, leading to a high, rocky area. From this high area, you will trek in a steep trail as you follow the path to Bhratang (2950m). From Bhratang, you will follow a pine forest. At the end of the forest, the valley offers you sights of a magnificent vista comprising of the east peak of Annapurna II and Pisang Peak (6091m). Walking further, you reach Mani wall before eventually reaching the lower village of Pisang. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 07: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3440m.) we reckon this takes about five and half hours.
After a breakfast at Pisang, you will take a trail along a steep ridge which give you great views of Manang valley as well as Tilicho peak (7145m.). The trail then descends past the airstrip at Hungde (3320m), Manang. A flat area that you will then reach will then reach offers you splendid views of the north-east face of Annapurna III. The trail then continues to Sabje Khola Valley, from whose plains Annapurna IV (7525m) comes into sight. A wooden bridge that you will then encounter will take you past Marsyangdi Khola to a small village called Mungji. A shor but a steep climb from Mungji will take you to Manang. You will be pleasantly surprised by the vastness of Manang in this remote mountain region. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 08: Rest day at Manang and hang in and around town.
Manang is the first point along your trek that has an altitude of over 3000 meters. This makes it important for you to spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. This day is especially important for rest and acclimatization as you will be crossing Thorong La pass soon. You can spend this day by engaging on walks that take you to across rivers to tremendous icefall of the Annapurnas. You can also climb a village above your resting place to get a panoramic views of the Annapurna range and the Manang Valley. Another option you have is to visit Ganagapurna Glacier Lake that is bound to make your day a memorable one. This day is also a chance to give a rest to any of your muscles that might be aching due to the trek . Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 09: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4350m.) and it takes about three and half hours.
After a day of acclimatizing and resting, you will head out for the trek once again. From Manang, you will ascend quite steadily to Gunsang (3960m) village. There is little difference in your trail from Gunsang as the trek to Yak Kharka is also a gentle ascent. Along the way, you can see panoramic views of the Annapurna range throughout the day. As this day’s trek takes to an altitude of more than 4000 meters, you need to go quite slow this day. This gives your body enough time to acclimatize as well. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 10: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4420m.) which takes about 3 and half hours.
Next day, you will leave Yak Kharka and head out to Thorong Phedi. Along the trail, you will ascent gradually to a ridge. Then you will go downhill and descend to the headwaters of Marshyangdi. You will also have to trek through a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent along the right bank of Marsyangdi, you will trek along a narrow trail before finally descending to Thorong Phedi. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 11: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3850m.) via Thorong La (5416m.) Pass and this will take about seven hours.
This day’s trek will take you to the highest point along your trek. You will start start early today to cross Thorong La [5416m] Pass. The views of the surrounding hills and mountains from Thorong La pass are stunning. The snow-covered Himalayas in this region, Kali Gandaki valley, and the lush hills of Mustang are all visible stunningly from the excellent vantage point of Thorong La pass. Your trek from this pass to Muktinath is quite easy as there is a gentle downhill along Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath. This temple is an emblem of cultural and religious harmony in this temple. Hindus and Buddhists alike equally pay their homage to their deities in Muktinath.. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 12: Trek Muktinath to Jomsom (2700m.) takes approximately 5 hours.
From Muktinath, you will initially trek down Kali Gandaki Gorge. This trail is geographically similar to that of Tibet. You will trek through Jharkot and Khingar villages. These villages have architecture that is Tibetan in nature. You can get spectacular views of Nilgiri peaks during certain places along your descent. Trekking further, you will reach Marpha, a quaint Thakali village. The village has wonderful flagstone streets. The alleys and passageways shield you from some strong winds that are likely to blow in Kali Gandaki Gorge. As you descend further from Marpha, you will reach the picturesque village of Jomsom. You will have soaring peaks of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri in the backdrop of Jomsom. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 13: Fly back from jomsom to pokhara ( Lunch relaxation in pokhara) and Overnight at pokhara City.
After having breakfast at Jomsom, you will prepare for a morning flight to Pokhara on a twin-otter aircraft . The total length of the flight will be around 20 minutes. You can spend the day relaxing in Pokhara. There are innumerable things you can do in Pokhara. You can stroll around Phewa Lake, go for boating, or visit some cafes there. Note: Weather conditions might lead to a drive to Pokhara instead of a flight.
Day 14: Drive Back to Kathmandu
While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you will cross many villages like Damauli, Dumre, Mugling and Kurintar. Kurintar is home to Nepal's first Cable car, which is operated to get to Manakamana Temple. It is widely believed that praying in this temple grants you your wishes. After a bus ride of about 6 hours, you will reach Kathmandu. The rest of the day is for resting and relaxing. You will also enjoy farewell dinner at Kathmandu with the manager of Sublime trails. During the dinner, you can share your great trekking experience during the trip. Overnight at Kathmandu hotel.
Day 15: Free or transfer to the Int'l airport for journey home sweet home
This is your final day in Nepal. You will enjoy breakfast and check whether you have everything in place and packed before your departure to the airport. Our office representative & our vehicle will come to pick you up at an agreed time to transfer you to the airport for your departure home. We down here at Sublime Trails were honored to serve you & we are sure you enjoyed your holidays of a lifetime with us. Maybe sometime in the years ahead you will remember us and visit this wonderful country Nepal once again. Until then, all the best!
3 Nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (3-star hotel)
1 Nights hotel accommodation in Pokhara (2-star hotel)
Flight fare from Jomsom to Pokhara( If the weather is bad you will take a jeep or bus to reach from Jomsom to Pokhara)
Teahouse/Lodge accommodation during the trek
Shared Transportation from Kathmandu to Chamje.
Tourist Bus transportation from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner During the 12 days trekking
Well experienced guide, Porter, and 1 assistant for more than 6 pax in a group
Annapurna Conservation Area Project entrance fees, Tims card fee
Necessary paperwork with Government of Nepal and Tax department
All the necessary insurance for Sublime's crew
All the necessary Bus, Car and Jeep Service for the trip
Sublime First Aid kit carried by our Guide
Sleeping bags and Down jackets on rentals (to be returned to the company after the trip)
Salary, equipment, food and accommodation for Sublime’s crew
Emergency Evacuation Assistance Service. Although the cost of the Helicopter, Hospital cost and necessary transport are not payable by the company
What's not included
Any meal other than breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara
Monuments entrance fees.
Rescue and travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal injury. We strongly advise you to use your personal travel insurance.
Any extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountains (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
Items of a personal nature.
Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, etc)
Any alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks and drinking water during the trip.
My 17-day trek in Annapurna Circuit with Sublime Trails was superb. The views were amazing! Ram was very quick and clear in communication, efficient in logistic arrangements. Biggest thanks go to my guide Hari and porter Kiran who bore with my slow walking, who shared with me good laughs along the way. I learned a lot about Nepali culture thanks to them. Due to the high altitude, I got sick for 2 days but was well taken care of. Ram even made a phone call to make sure everything was ok. He also invited me for a very nice farewell dinner. With their super good services, I would recommend Sublime Trails!
My 17-day trek in Annapurna Circuit with Sublime Trails was superb. The views were amazing! Ram was very quick and clear in communication, efficient in logistic arrangements. Biggest thanks go…
I am very appreciative of what Sublime had organized for our Annapurna Circuit Trek happened in October 2015. Originally we had 16 members confirmed to participate in the Annapurna Circuit Trek which is scheduled to take place in October 2015. Unfortunately, the earthquake in April 2015 had a scared majority of the teammates and reduced the number of members to six of us. Facing the challenge of the reduction in group size and the possibility of changing trek operator had never reduced the sincerity of Sublime to make the trip happened for us. Day by day in the process of discussing, planning and negotiating with Ram for the trip to take place, the sincerity, the positive attitude, the knowledge and most importantly his passion to make the trip happened for us and his passion to the Nepal travel industry has gained my respect. During our 13 days with Sublime, the warm-hearted, friendly, caring, fun and loving assistance provided from the porters to the guide had truly made this as one of the memorable trekking experience and a knowledgeable trip for six of us. Ram and his team have provided us an incredible support when one of our teammates struck with AMS when we crossed the Thorong La Pass. We are truly touched with their help. I highly recommend Sublime to anyone who looking for an enjoyable and memorable trekking experience in Nepal.
I am very appreciative of what Sublime had organized for our Annapurna Circuit Trek happened in October 2015. Originally we had 16 members confirmed to participate in the Annapurna Circuit…
Six of us, James Ooi, Yuen Hoong Chin, Yee Tuck Heng, Tan Teck Kang, Goh Siew Lin and I engaged the service of Sublime Trails Pvt. Ltd. during our recent Annapurna Circuit Trekking (1 to 14 Oct 2015). Ram Khadka and his teammates, Suman, Prakash, Kiran and Dinesh of Sublime not only very professional and experienced, but they are also very supporting and caring. They had done more than enough for us. We built the trust and friendship during the trekking. For those traveling to Nepal in near future, we strongly believe Sublime is your good choice
Six of us, James Ooi, Yuen Hoong Chin, Yee Tuck Heng, Tan Teck Kang, Goh Siew Lin and I engaged the service of Sublime Trails Pvt. Ltd. during our recent…
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