ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT


The Annapurna Circuit is a popular name for a trek within the Annapurna mountain range of central Nepal. The total length of the route varies between 160–230 km (100-145 mile), depending on where the motor transportation is used and where the trek is ended. The trek rises to an altitude of 5,400m on the Thorung La pass, touching the edge of the Tibetan plateau. This trek crosses two different river valleys and encircles the Annapurna massif, crossing Thorung La (5416m), the highest pass on this trek. Practically all trekkers hike the route counter clockwise, as then the daily altitude gain is slower and crossing the high Thorong La pass is easier and safer.
  • Day 1Jakarta – Kathmandu.

  • Day 2Kathmandu.

    Preparation and recheck of personal Trekking gear.
  • Day 3Kathmandu - Chamje

    Drive from Kathmandu to Chamje (1410m.) by 4WD. Stay overnight at lodge.
  • Day 4-Chamje (1410m.) - Dharapani (1960m.)

    Trek from Chamje (1410m.) to Dharapani (1960m.) takes about six hours. The first part of the trail descends to the river and after crossing a suspension bridge, you begin a climb to Sattale (1550m.) on a path so steep that it seems one slip would send you hurtling down into the valley. You continue on an undulating path above the river. Climbing the zigzag path to the top of the hill, we see the level, plain of Tal (1700m.) before us. You descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal with its hotels and teahouses. Here you can enjoy the exhilarating waterfalls .Beyond Tal, the valley narrows and the path becomes high and winding and in several areas hewn from the rock itself. Beyond the small village of Karte (1900m.), there is a bit more cliff-walking before the path drops again to the river. You cross a suspension bridge and climb the short distance to the stone Mani marking the entrance to Dharapani (1960m.), and our camp for the night. Stay overnight at lodge.
  • Day 5-Dharapani - Chame (2675m.)

    Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2675m.) takes about five and half hours. As you cut through a narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, originates from the south face of Manaslu, enters on the opposite bank. The Marshyangdi then veers to the left and as Annapurna II becomes visible ahead, you arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhote village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze around Buddhist monastery. Continuing to climb through forests of pine and oak, you pass through Danaque (2210m.). The trail goes through flat level until you reach Chame where there are government offices, shops and hotels. Chame is the administrative headquarters for the Manang district. Stay overnight at lodge.
  • Day 6Chame - Pisang (3100m.)

    Trek from Chame to Pisang (3100m.) takes about five hours. With Lamjung Himal (6893m) sparkling in the morning sun, you set off for Pisang. The mountain disappears as you climb the path up the valley, passing a huge apple orchard. You continue through a fir and pine forest, climbing to a high, rocky area as the opposite bank becomes an impassable cliff. From this point the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as you follow the path to Bhratang (2950m.). You now walk through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up a wonderful vista before us. You can see the east peak of Annapurna II as well as Pisang Peak (6091m.) to the north-east. Continuing on, you come to a long Mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang. Stay overnight at lodge.
  • Day 7Pisang - Manang (3440m.)

    Trek from Pisang to Manang (3440m.) takes about five and half hours. Beyond Pisang, the trail climbs a steep ridge that affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7145m.). Descending past Manang’s airstrip at Hungde (3320m.), you come to a level area from where the north-east face of Annapurna III rises majestically above you. From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV (7525m.) also becomes visible. Just beyond this point you cross the considerably reduced flow of the Marshyangdi Khola via a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji. Large Chortens and Mani walls abound and the tall peaks of the Himalaya spread out before us – Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna (7455m.) and to the rear, Tilicho Peak (7145m.). After a short steep climb you reach Manang. Stay overnight at lodge.
  • Day 8Manang

    Rest day at Manang and hang in and around town. This is an important rest and acclimatization day today before crossing the Thorung La. There are optional day walks such as crossing the river to see the tremendous icefall coming down from the Annapurna, or climbing high above the village for a full panorama of the Annapurna range and the Manang Valley. Stay overnight at lodge.
  • Day 9Manang - Yak Kharka (4350m.)

    Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4350m.) and it takes about three and half hours. Now the trail ascends gently all the way to Yak Kharka passing through the Gunsang (3960m.) village. En route, you can see panoramic views all the day. Stay overnight at lodge.
  • Day 10Yak Kharka - Thorong Phedi (4420m.)

    Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4420m.) takes about 3 and half hours. Leaving Yak Kharka, you climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marshyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, you follow a narrow trail across an unstable spree slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi. Stay overnight at lodge.
  • Day 11Thorong Phedi - Muktinath (3850m.)

    Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3850m.) via Thorong La (5416m.) Pass and it takes about seven hours. You start early today for your crossing of Thorung La [5416m]. The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving camp but as this trail has been used by local people for hundreds of years the path is well defined. The gradient then eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing you reaches the chorten and prayer flags of the pass. The descent to Muktinath is a knee pounding 1600m but it’s compensated for with excellent views of Dhaulagiri. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath and its shrines and temple. Stay overnight at lodge.
  • Day 12Muktinath - Ghasa (2013m.)

    drive Muktinath to Ghasa (2013m.). Stay overnight at lodge.
  • Day 13Ghasa - Tatopani (1189 m.)

    drive from Ghasa to Tatopani (1189 m.). Stay overnight at lodge.
  • Day 14Tatopani - Tipylang (1040 m.)

    drive from Tatopani to Tipylang (1040 m.) takes about two hours. Waiting the car for drive to Pokhara. Stay overnight at Hotel on Pokhara.
  • Day 15Pokhara

    Drive around on Pokhara (Rest Day/Extra Day/Shopping/going to lake and Mountaineering Museum)
  • Day 9Pokhara - Kathmandu

    Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu takes about seven hours.
  • Day 9Kathmandu

  • Day 9Kathmandu – Jakarta

DETAIL PRICE

  • Guide
  • 1 porter for 2 climbers, with the average carry weight of 25 kg (you can ask for special 1 : 1 ratio request between porter and climber with the additional cost $20 per porter per day)
  • All meals during trekking program
  • 1 beverage every breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • around 500 ml – 1 litre hot water for breakfast and dinner
  • Hot drink (coffee, tea, hot chocolate) during breakfast and dinner.
  • All accommodation during trekking program
  • Permit entry for Annapurna Conservartion Area
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card
  • Insurance and kit for Nepali staf
  • Transportation from airport to hotel round trip
  • Land transportation Kathmandu-Chamje and Muktinath-Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • Rescue assistance
  • First Aid Kit
  • Accomodation at Thamel, Kathmandu (Hotel Mandala Boutique)
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu
  • International flight to/from Kathmandu round trip
  • Personal natural expenses (telephone, laundry etc)
  • Drinking water
  • Additional beverage
  • Snack during trekking program.
  • Hot shower
  • Tips for Guides and Porters
  • Lunch and dinner at Kathmandu
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Personal Climbing Insurance (visit www.ihi.com for single trip or purchase it in Nepal)
  • Baggage Over Weight
  • Museum, Pokhara lake, and temple ticket cost
  • City tour