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Trip Facts

  • Trip Destination: Annapurna Region
  • Group Size: Min-2, Max 12,
  • Highest Altitude: Thorong la pass 5416M
  • Grade: Challenging
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle, Domestic Flight
  • Type of Tour: Trekking, Hiking, Walking, Culture
  • Trekking Hour: Approximately 5-6 hours each day
  • Total Days: 16 Days
  • Trip Cost: Deluxe Package: USD 2000.00

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Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Trip Overview

This shorter 16 day option enables those who don’t have time to complete the full Annapurna Circuit to trek with the group up the Marshyangdi Valley to Manang, across the Thorung La pass to Muktinath and down into Jomsom in the Kali Gandaki Valley. Here you will say your goodbyes to the group and fly back to Kathmandu.

Mini Annapurna Circuit TrekkingThe 'Circuit' Trek

After Manang, the terrain turns to high altitude ice desert over Thorung La Pass at 5416m, down to Muktinath, Jomsom reaching the forested areas below Tukuche. Highlights of the Annapurna Circuit trek include the Kali Gandaki River on the other side of the Thorung La Pass which is considered the deepest ravine in the world, five times deeper than the Grand Canyon. The Kali Gandaki River cuts deeply between Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) to the west and Mt Annapurna (8091m) to the east.

Continue down the Kali Gandaki gorge amidst some stunning views of mountains and diverse flora and fauna in the lower forests, passing through Ghorepani with a magnificent sunrise view from nearby Poon Hill. The Annapurna Circuit trek ends here and you can relax near the lake city of Pokhara.

Trip Information

Day to Day Outline Itinerary

Day   Activities
Day 1 - Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel. (1330m)
Day 2 - Drive to Besi Sahar. (750m)
Day 3 - Trek to Bagarchhap (2160m) 6 to 7 hours
Day 4 - Trek to Chame (2630m) 5 hours
Day 5 - Trek to Pisang (3190m) 5 hours
Day 6 - Trek to Manang (3500m) 5 hours (Lower Route) or 7 to 8 hours (Higher Route)
Day 7 - Rest Day for Acclimatisation
Day 8 - Trek to Yak Kharka (4090m) 4 hours
Day 9 - Trek to Thorung Phedi (4420m) 4 hours
Day 10 - Trek to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorung la (5415m) Approximately 8 to 10 hours
Day 11 - Trek to Jomsom 2800m
Day 12 - You take a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax and wander around the lakeside town. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 13 - After a morning relaxing in Pokhara, you will take the exciting flight back to Kathmandu giving you the opportunity to view the Annapurna massif you have just trekked around. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel and then have the opportunity to relax and reflect on your adventures and to complete any sightseeing and last-minute shopping. Overnight Hotel.
Day 14 - International Departure

Day to Day Detail Itinerary

Day   Activities
Day 1 - Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel. (1330m)
Day 2 - Drive to Besi Sahar. (750m)
The drive to Besi Sahar takes about 5 hours. Leaving Kathmandu valley you are driven on the Tribhuwan Raj Marg (Highway) along the Trisuli River to Mugling. From Mugling you have to journey westwards along the Marshyangdi River. You will be trekking along the Marshyangdi River until the day you cross the Thorung La pass. (5416m) From Besi Sahar we have a short trek of 1 ½ to 2 hours towards the village of Khudi. After an hour’s walk, you will cross a bamboo bridge, which signifies the approach to Khudi. You can relax to the sound of the mighty Marshyangdi.
From Besisahar, you will drive for a further 3-4 hours on a fair weather road along the mighty Marshanyangdi River to Chyamche where you stop for the night.
Day 3 - Trek to Bagarchhap (2160m) 6 to 7 hours
You will cross a suspension bridge to the eastern side of the Marshyangdi soon after leaving Chyamje. You will pass along a series of overhanging rock formations. The path begins to traverse a broad ledge after a short climb. You will then come to a series of stone steps as you pass a couple of teashops while going uphill. The trail evens out after a while and you will walk beneath an archway, which is the gateway to Tal and the Manang district. "Tal" means "lake" in Nepali. You can see a broad expanse where a lake used to be. The Tibetan influence becomes more evident from here on with ‘Chortens’, ‘Gompas’ and the beautiful architectural designs of the buildings.
The trail from Tal levels out for a while, a welcome relief for your legs. You will cross a bridge back to the West of the Marshyangdi about an hour later. You can see the old trail on the other side which was recently abandoned due to landslides. The trail continues upwards until the village of Dharapani where there is a police check post. Bagarchhap is just a 45 minute walk from Jagat.
Day 4 - Trek to Chame (2630m) 5 hours
Great views of Mt. Annapurna II (7937m) and Mt. Lamjung Himal (6932m) will greet you as you proceed up the valley. You will reach the village of Danakyu after a walk of 30 minutes. If you look beyond the lofty peaks of Mt. Manaslu (8156m), the eighth highest peak in the world, Peak 29 (7833m) will be visible on clear days. There is a steep climb of about an hour through pine and fir forest with spectacular scenery. You may see Langur monkeys in the forest. Then, you will reach Timang village with spectacular views of Manaslu (8156m). Continuing on the flattish path along the river, the village of Thanchok is reached. The towering Annapurna II (7937m) is an incredible sight further up the trail. The path rejoins the main trail while descending through woodland down to Koto, which sits in the shadow of Annapurna II (7937m). The Nar Khola River flowing from the recently opened valleys of Nar and Phu joins the Marshyangdi from the right side of the valley. Chame, which is the district headquarters of Manang, is a short walk away. There are excellent views of Lamjung Himal (6932m) from here.
Day 5 - Trek to Pisang (3190m) 5 hours
A short day of trekking to Pisang. However, as it is so beautiful most of the trekkers take their own time to admire the scenery and take many photographs. You will pass through a series of mani walls. The trail is pretty even until we arrive at the apple orchards of Brathang. The trail heads uphill for about 45 minutes through forest, leveling off before reaching a suspension bridge. A moderate climb follows, after crossing the bridge through a forest consisting of juniper, pine and fir. The valley begins to broaden and Pisang Peak (6091m) stands out in front of you. You will pass through a couple of small lakes where sometimes birds can be seen wading. Pisang is divided into upper and lower Pisang.
Day 6 - Trek to Manang (3500m) 5 hours (Lower Route) or 7 to 8 hours (Higher Route)
There are 2 options for this day. You can follow a lower route of 5 hours stretch or a higher route of 7 to 8 hours. If you take the lower route, it is a less strenuous route, the path out of the valley is level and then, once out of the valley you will begin to contour round to your left and climb up onto a ridge. The view from this ridge is breathtaking, looking down into the Manang Valley and you will want to stay here all day to enjoy it. Dropping to the valley floor the path is wide and dusty. You will notice that the scenery here is more arid, the air drier and the wind colder. Annapurna III (7,555m) rises to the left and passing through the village of Hongde you will see the deserted remains of the old village on its outskirts. The path then rises gradually and takes you to the next valley. After a couple of hours' walk you will pass through the village of Braga, just 30 minutes walk from Manang.
The High route
If you are feeling fit and energetic then the high route on the eastern bank of the Marshyangdi is strenuous but well worth the effort. You have to cross the river out of Pisang village and then take a reasonably level path through scrubland, passing a small picturesque lake on your right. You will then pass long ‘mani walls’ and descend to cross a stream and begin a strenuous zigzagging climb up to the village of Ghyaru (3,673m). A welcome teashop is the first house you will come across in the village. It is well worth climbing up to visit the Gompa at the top of the village. The views from here of Annapurna II and Annapurna IV are very stunning. From Ghyaru you will continue up the valley on a wonderful high-level trail. Here, passing through the ruins of a castle, we will arrive on a promontory, with views both ways up and down the valley. Then, we will arrive at the village of Ngawal (3,650m) where there is a large newly built Gompa up to the right. You will leave the village near a long mani wall. Finally, you will descend back to the valley floor and rejoin the main trail to continue to Braga and Manang.
Day 7 - Rest Day for Acclimatisation
It is essential to spend time for acclimatisation in this area. There are splendid views of the peaks from both Manang and Braga villages. Manang is a large village situated on a rise immediately across the huge Gangapurna glacier. A beautiful emerald lake lies at its foot. There are plenty of good walks in the area and for at least a couple of hours you can try to climb as high as possible above the village. Side trips are recommended to a small summit with prayer flags about an hour above Braga village, up the ridge behind Manang village, or to a viewpoint above the lake opposite Manang Village. It is also possible to walk up the valley towards Tilicho Lake to the village of Khangsar. In addition, it is worth visiting the Manang Gompa or, if it is open, visit the clinic run by the Himalayan Rescue Association. They often have talks about altitude in the afternoon. There are also shops to explore for souvenirs.
Day 8 - Trek to Yak Kharka (4090m) 4 hours
Despite being a shorter day, it is essential to stop for acclimatisation between Manang and Thorung Phedi. You will leave Manang and take about 30 minutes to reach the upper village. Afterwards, you will contour round the hillside and enjoy great views of the “Grand Barrier”, the high ridge between Roc Noir and Nilgiri named by French climber Maurice Herzog. Below the Grand Barrier you will see down the Khangsar Valley which leads up to Tilicho Lake. Passing the hamlet of Gunsang you will continue through the upper barren reaches of the Manang Valley. The path ascends gradually but it is still hard work due to the increased altitude. You will arrive at Yak Kharka and will have lunch there. In the afternoon, you could take a walk further up the valley or climb the ridge behind the village. If you make it to the top of the ridge, there are great views of the northern side of the Annapurna range. Either of these walks would help with acclimatisation. Even if you only venture a short way above the camp there is the chance to see the large flocks of blue sheep, which inhabit this area. Either of these walks would help with acclimatisation.
Day 9 - Trek to Thorung Phedi (4420m) 4 hours
Again a short day yet essential for proper acclimatisation. Leaving Yak Kharka you will pass through the small collection of lodges known as Letdar. You will take a high route, which winds its way around the eastern side of the Thorung valley, before dropping down to the valley floor. Crossing the river there is a short but sharp climb to Thorung Phedi. Phedi means “foot of the hill” and while it is the jumping point for crossing the Thorung La, it is the prettiest place in the world. In the afternoon, it is worth walking up beyond the first notch to the collection of huts known as upper base camp as an acclimatisation walk, and then continuing up to the right to a small peak for all round superb views. Watch out for blue sheep here.
Day 10 - Trek to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorung la (5415m) Approximately 8 to 10 hours
Starting at dawn, you will first ascend steeply for 1½ hours to a rock ledge and notch at 4,679m, and then continue up along an ascending and undulating trail. This ascent will seem endless and you need to be careful, as there are several false summits. However, there are great views back down the valley as you go. Finally, after 3 to 5 hours of walk, you will arrive at the top of the Thorung La (5,416m) with its large cairn and many prayer flags. You will have spectacular views of the Annapurna Range to the south and the Mukut Himal bordering Dolpo to the west. The peak immediately to the south of the pass is Thorung Peak – this is a ‘trekker’s peak’ and you may see people climbing here. You will probably not want to linger too long at the pass as it can be very cold and you will probably be feeling the effects of altitude. The descent to Muktinath is very steep and it takes about 3 to 4 hours. This is where you might appreciate having walking poles to take the strain off the knees. During the descent, there are splendid views of Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Tukuche Peak (6,920m) and all the way down into the valley of the Kali Gandaki below. Finally, you will see the buildings of Muktinath coming into the view. You will bypass the enclosure round the famous temples and descend to the main village, which is actually called Ranipauwa and not Muktinath, a name that technically refers just to the temple.
Day 11 - Trek to Jomsom 2800m
Today you walk on the fair weather road till Eklebhatti. Despite having to descend 1000m it is not hard on your knees unless you are suffering from the previous days descent. From Eklebhatti, you criss cross between the road and the banks of the Kali Gandaki river. You will notice how windy the Kali Gandaki valley is after 10 am. The Kali Gandaki here is called the Thak Khola, from the ethnic group, the Thakalis, many of whom live in this area. Enterprising and ambitious, the Thakalis formerly dominated the salt trade with Tibet in this region and after its collapse diversified into running hotels along the trek route, construction and other businesses. Overnight lodge.
Day 12 - You take a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax and wander around the lakeside town. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 13 - After a morning relaxing in Pokhara, you will take the exciting flight back to Kathmandu giving you the opportunity to view the Annapurna massif you have just trekked around. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel and then have the opportunity to relax and reflect on your adventures and to complete any sightseeing and last-minute shopping. Overnight Hotel.
Day 14 - International Departure

Fact Finder

Duration - 16 day Journey with 11 days trekking
Trip Details: -
  • Experienced Nepalese guides & Leader
  • Porters to carry personal gear
  • Supplementary snacks during trek
  • 4 Nights in Kathmandu
Activities - Cultural, Touring, Walking
Trip Grade - Challenging
Mode of Travel - Private coach, Domestic flight
Group & Staff - Min 2, Max 12, Responsible Adventures leader, local guides plus driver
Accommodation - Comfortable lodges throughout 11 day trek
Land Cost - Deluxe Package - US$2200 Now US$ 2000

Departure Dates

Kodari to kodari Kailash 2015

Start Date End Date Trip Cost/ Pax Availability Trip Booking
5th January 18th January UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
19th January 1st February UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
2nd February 15th February UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
16th February 29th February UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
2nd March 15th March UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
16th March 29th March UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
30th March 12th April UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
13th April 26th April UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
27th April 10th May UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
11th May 24th May UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
25th May 7th June UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
8th June 22nd June UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
28th September 11th October UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
12th October 25th October UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
26th October 8th November UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
9th November 722nd November UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
23rd November 6th December UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
7th December 20th December UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
21st December 5th January UD$ 2000 Available Book Now

Trip Cost

Cost Includes:-

  1. Boutique hotel in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis
  2. Boutique hotel in Pokhara on bed and breakfast basis
  3. Hotel/ Lodges on twin sharing basis
  4. All transportation
  5. Responsible Adventures' Expert Trek leader (Click to watch video of trek leaders)
  6. Complimentary T-Shirt
  7. Use of trekking kit bag during trek
  8. 1 Assistant guide between 4 trekkers
  9. Trekking "Chef" - We are the first and only trekking company that has this post
  10. 1 porter between two trekkers
  11. Good clothing for porters and crew
  12. Food for porters & crew members (We are less then handful of trekking companies that provide this facility)
  13. Insurance for crew and porters
  14. All permits
  15. Twin sharing room on trek
  16. All meals on trek (best trekking meals in the whole of the Himalaya)
  17. Domestic airfare.

Cost Does Not Include:-

  1. Visas
  2. All optional additional tours or activities during free time
  3. Transportation outside of the tour program
  4. Travel insurance (Compulsory to have insurance that covers helicopter evacuation)
  5. Tips(suggested amount US$50 per week for staff only); Leader's tip at your discretion
  6. Items of a personal nature e.g alcoholic drinks, bottled beverages, laundry, souvenir etc.

Client Reviews

My husband and I went on a trek in Nepal this past August, and we had a fabulous time. It was truly the most unique, beautiful outdoor travel experience that either of us have ever had. For anyone considering trekking in the Himalayas, we highly recommend Raj Tamang as a guide. His company, Responsible Adventures (www.responsibleadventures.com) and (www.notjusttreks.com), is professional and customer-service oriented. We were amazed at the ways that Raj and his employees went above and beyond to make this experience memorable for us. Raj is a 'walking encyclopedia' of information about the culture and history of Nepal, and his confident, welcoming nature put us at ease. He was experienced at facilitating positive, genuine interaction between Himalayan villagers and Western trekkers such as ourselves, and that made all the difference in our 10 days touring the Manang valley. His company offers a service that is truly a cut above the rest.

We can't wait for another opportunity to trek with Raj! Feel free to check out our story and pics at www.joshandelise2008.blogspot.com

Elise and Josh Drexler
Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

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