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Annapurna Circuit Itinerary

Trekking Tour around the classic Annapurna Circuit

For prices and more details about this trip visit the Annapurna Circuit trip page

Monk Kathmandu
Day 1 – Arrive in Kathmandu

Welcome to the enchanting, exotic and energetic city of Kathmandu! The capital of Nepal is steeped in centuries of history and tradition. Immerse yourself in its vibrant markets, ancient temples, the bustle of spice sellers and street merchants and the welcoming nature of its locals. Kathmandu with its exhilarating allure is a city you won’t forget!

You’ll be met at the airport by your guide and transferred to your hotel. You’ll have the afternoon free to explore. In the evening we’ll have a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Jeep through the Nepalese Himalaya
Day 2 – 4×4 Jeep to Jagat

Leave Kathmandu’s frenetic streets, via private 4×4 jeep to the starting point of the trek, nestled between the high peaks of the Annapurna’s and Mt. Manaslu – the world’s 8th highest peak.

The track leading to Jagat heads north up through the Marsyangdi Valley with Himalchuli and Ngadi Chuli (Peak 29 – 7871m) looming over the horizon.

We’ll pass by lush rice paddies and quiet villages before reaching our guesthouse in Jagat. This is the start of the Annapurna Circuit, and the beginning of our trek.

Hiking the Annapurna Circuit
Day 3 – Jagat (1300m) to Dharapani (1860m)

We follow a rocky trail following the Marsyangdi River, passing by some magnificent waterfalls and lush green flora and fauna. The trail winds progressively uphill to Tal – meaning lake in Nepali – and is also the first village in the Manang District. Here the scenery starts to change dramatically from the lush beginnings of the trek. The trail continues along an impressive, wide valley upwards along stone staircases until we reach the village of Dharapani.

Day 4 – Dharapani to Chame (2600m)

The trail follows the Marsyangdi River, climbing towards Timang at 2360m continuing onwards through pine and fir forest. As the trail ascends through the forest there are incredible views overlooking the valley and of Annapurna II (7937m). Here you really start to get the feeling of being in the high mountains of the Himalaya. Before reaching Chame – the administrative centre of the Manang District we’ll also get to see outstanding views of Mt. Manaslu (8156m) and Peak 29 (7871m).

Walking the Annapurna Circuit
Day 5 – Chame to Pisang (3200m)

The day begins as we exit the village past a prayer wheel leading into deep pine forest. Here the Marsyangdi Valley narrows and becomes at one of its steepest points with the trail carved right into the vertical rock face. As we pass this point the valley opens up to reveal a majestic mountain vista, where the Paungda Danda rock face towers over 1500m above the trailhead.

Local Gurungs believe that atop Paungda Danda is the Gateway to Heaven. This impressive view follows with us as we ascend to Pisang.

Annapurna Mountains
Day 6 – Pisang to Manang (3540m)

The trail continues throughout the upper part of the Manang District where the Tibetan/Buddhist influence can be seen throughout. People in this region herd yaks and raise crops such as maize. Leaving Pisang, there are two options that follow the Marsyangdi River both of which meet up again in the village of Mungji and Braga, with its beautiful monastery – the southern route or the northern route.

The southern route involves a gentle climb following alongside the river. The northern route is a bit more demanding and strenuous, climbing up the north ridge of the valley. The views along the upper northern route of the Annapurna’s are stunning! We always have two guides on our treks, which means there is the option to split the group for this day.

Trekking around Annapurna
Day 7 – Manang (3500m) – Acclimatisation day

Today is a rest and acclimatisation day. There are a number of day walks available to do that offer amazing views, whilst also gaining altitude. Possibilities include hiking up the hill (400m ascent) behind Manang and visiting the monastery. Here you can get magnificent views of the entire Annapurna range and the enormous icefall that can be seen crashing down from Gangapurna.

Another option is to take a challenging hike to Ice Lake (4500m), which takes about 5-6 hours and offers stunning views of the region. In the evening the perfect end to the day is to sit back and watch as the sun sets over the Himalaya.

Marsyangdi River
Day 8 – Manang to Yak Kharka (4018m)

Leaving Manang in the morning we head towards the base of the Thorung La. Climbing out of the Marsyangdi Valley, following instead, the Jarsang Khola. Here we are far above the pine and fir forests and are truly immersed in the beauty of the high Himalaya. Today is a shorter day, taking it slowly as we reach Yak Kharka (Yak Huts) – where yak herders bring their animals to graze.

Day 9 – Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi (4450m)

This is another short day to aid in acclimatisation. The scenery becomes wilder as we continue ascending the valley. The trail descends to cross the river, rising up to our highest lodge at 4450m. Phedi in Nepali means foot of the pass, and indeed it’s true, as it is below tomorrow’s objective – the Thorung La.

Cycling the Annapurna Circuit
Day 10 – Cross the Thorung La (5416m) to Muktinath (3800m)

We rise early and begin our ascent. We take the path slowly, one step at a time until we reach the Annapurna Circuit’s highest point, the Thorung La, at a breathtaking 5416m high. The pass summit is quite broad, and opens up to reveal an incredible, sweeping panorama of snow-capped peaks extending towards Tibet. Looking back to where we have come offers views of the Annapurna’s.

Descending and directly in front of us is the impressive chasm of the Kali Gandaki, the deepest gorge in the world. The descent is long, starting gently, but increasing in steepness, following a series of switchbacks leading to the grassy slopes and holy town of Muktinath (3800m). Muktinath is surrounded by rugged mountain landscapes and with unparalleled views of Dhaulagiri (8167m), the world’s 7th highest mountain.

Gangapurna Mountain
Day 11 – Muktinath to Marpha (2670m)

In the morning we will take a visit to Muktinath temple, this temple is important to Hindus and Buddhists alike. Many people come here on pilgrimage and it is possible for you to enter and witness some of the religious ceremonies. It is a great example of how two religions can share the same holy spot with mutual respect and support. All this before we descend to Marpha.

Day 12 – Marpha to Kalopani (2530m)

Experience views of the Himalayas that mirror that of another planet, add this to the beautiful remoteness of your location and you really couldn’t be further from the hustle and bustle of day to day life back home.

Tato pani hot springs
Day 13 – 4×4 from Kalopani to Pokhara

A perfect day to rest your feet without missing out on the stunning views. Climb in, grab a seat and enjoy this breathtaking drive on mountain tracks and across riverbeds with unforgettable views of Nilgiri peak, an impressive 6995m high. We’ll stop en-route at a natural hot springs. The perfect way to indulge your tired muscles after trekking.

Group Party Kathmandu
Day 14 – Return to Kathmandu

We return to Kathmandu following the gorge of the Trisuli River, arriving in Kathmandu in the afternoon. Wander around the medieval Durbar Square in the heart of the city, sample some Newari cuisine, or shop for some locally made handicrafts and souvenirs.

We will have a group farewell dinner in the evening at a local restaurant.

Day 15 – Depart for home

Unfortunately it’s the end of this adventure. Lost Earth Adventures group services end after breakfast. Transfers to the airport are complimentary. See you next time!

Trekking and Biking Times and Altitudes

These tables show the approximate times it takes to walk to each place we stay at night. These times do not include rest and food breaks. The footpath on this trek is pleasantly smooth on well-trodden trails, allowing for nice walking 95% of the time. The mountain biking is either on a rough jeep track or technical single track. There will be two guides so we can take different trails depending on your riding ability but we will always meet back up with the group at night.

Annapurna Circuit
Trek – Jagat (1300m) to Dharapani (1860m)
6-7 Hours
Trek – Dharapani to Chame (2600m) 6-7 Hours
Trek – Chame to Lower Pisang (3200m) 6 Hours
Trek – Lower Pisang to Manang (3540m) 2 routes possible 4-7 Hours (depending on the route we take)
Acclimatisation day 0 Hours
Trek – Manang to Yak Kharka (4018m) 4 Hours
Trek – Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi (4450m) 3-5 Hours
Trek – Thorung Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorung La (5416m) 8-9 Hours
Trek – Muktinath to Marpha (2670m) 6-7 Hours
Trek – Marpha to Kalopani (2530m) 6-7 Hours
4×4 – Kalopani to Pokhara 6 Hours

For prices and more details about this trip visit the Annapurna Circuit trip page

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