Exploring The Annapurna Circuit - Nepal

Trip code: ANTA

Trip Highlights

  • Take in stunning Himalayan views
  • Experience the thrill of crossing the high passes and the prayer flags
  • Stay in teahouse lodges and tiny hamlets
  • Visit sacred temples and monasteries
  • Enjoy a day to trek Poon Hill to unwind
  • Immerse yourself in the culture, learn more about the Nepalese lifestyle and savor the taste of yummy momos!
  • Explore the capital city of Kathmandu and its many ancient temples

Tour Details

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Are you looking forward to a Himalayan adventure during your gap year in Nepal? How about trekking through the red-painted rhododendron forests, isolated hamlets, and mountain villages of the Annapurna Circuit? Embark on your trekking expedition from the capital city of Kathmandu, and head towards the Jagat village in Lamjung District of Nepal. Spend amazing 18 days exploring the Himalayan trails, while encountering temples, monasteries, and breathtaking landscapes. 
 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Kathmandu

You'll have to take a flight to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, where our coordinator will receive you and then take you to the accommodation where you can take rest after a long flight. It's a free day, so you can go out and explore the nearby places in the evening. There will be an Orientation Session where the coordinator will tell you about the trip in details.

Day 2 - Kathmandu to Jagat

Today, we'll be traveling to Besi Sahar from where there's a short trek to Jagat. Soak yourself in the freshness of the place and get mesmerized by the glimpse of the Himalayan peaks. You can also take some rest next to the hot springs that'll come on the way.

Day 3 - Jagat to Bagarchhāp

From today, your 11-days long trek will start, and you'll slowly be gaining height and get more closer to the mighty Himalayas. Today you'll be trekking for approx 5 to 6 hours, crossing the breathtaking landscapes and winding paths around the mountains.

Day 4 - Bagarchhāp to Chame

Today, you'll be trekking from Bagarchhāp to Chame and spend the night at the altitude of 8,760ft. It'll be an adventurous walk up the mountain trails.

Day 5 - Chame to Pisang

Start trekking from the village of Chame, walk past the prayer wheels, cross the gusty flowing wide rivers and pine forests on the way to Pisang. Tonight, you'll be staying at an altitude of approx 10,827ft.
 

Day 6 - Pisang to Manang

Today, you'll be crossing the Marsyangdi River on the way out to Manang, the largest village in the area. You'll also get to visit beautiful Buddhist monasteries on the way. Tonight, you'll be staying at an altitude of 11,614ft.

Day 7 - Manang

We know that trekking at such an altitude isn't a matter of joke, and your body will want to pause for a while. Today is a rest day at Manang, and you'll get some time to acclimatize as well. Get good sleep, take a hot shower, and relax before we start the trek again!

Day 8 - Manang to Yakkharka

Enjoy gorgeous views of the Annapurna range while trekking from Manang to Yakkharka. Get your warm layers on, because tonight we'll be staying at an altitude of 13,182ft.
 

Day 9 - Yakkharka to Phedi

While trekking to Phedi, you'll meet the grazing yaks, cross beautiful chortens, greet warm locals and finally, stop at an altitude of 14,600ft.

Day 10 - Phedi to Muktināth

Today, you'll be covering a distance of about 13 km while trekking from Phedi to Muktināth, and stop for the night at an altitude of 12,467ft.

Day 11 - Muktināth

You can sleep as much as you want, go slow and enjoy the scenery because it's a rest day for yo

Day 12 - Muktināth to Kalopani

It's time to descend! Today, you'll be trekking down to Kalopani and spend the night at an altitude of 8,301ft.
 

Day 13 - Kalopani to Tatopani

Today you'll get to enjoy a mountain drive from Kalopani to Tatopani.
 

Day 14 - Tatopani to Sikha

Your trekking adventure continues as you'll be crossing a bridge just outside the Tatopani village and head to Sikha, a picturesque mountain abode. Tonight, you'll be staying at an altitude of 10,197ft.
 

Day 15 - Sikha to Ghorepani

Today, you'll be covering a distance of about 8 km, taking a route Sikha that's full of myths and stories of the origins of the indigenous people of the Annapurna region abound. The views of Machhapuchhre and the Himalayas from Ghorepani are absolutely spectacular on a clear day.
 

Day 16 - Ghorepani to Pokhara

We'll leave early in the morning, and trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill, enjoying the views across rhododendron forests and of spectacularly colored birds during the trek. Once you've absorbed the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas in this region, we'll continue our trek to Nayapul, from where we'll be boarding our bus and head back to Pokhara.

Day 17 - Pokhara to Kathmandu

Explore Pokhara before heading back to Kathmandu. Once we reach the capital city, you can head out for some souvenir shopping and chill at one of the restaurants in Thamel. Enjoy

Day 18 - Depart from Kathmandu

Like all good things, this trip will also come to an end, adding some beautiful memories to your life. You'll have to board the flight back home from Kathmandu. Seek help from our coordinator, in case you want us to arrange for your airport drop.

Dates & Cost

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Price Includes
  • Comprehensive pre-departure guide
  • 24/7 Assistance from support staff and In-country program coordinator
  • Airport pickup in Kathmandu
  • Program orientation
  • English-speaking local guide and full support team of porters and assistants for the Annapurna Circuit trek between Besi Sahar, Muktinath, and Pokhara
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Accommodation - Hotels/guesthouses (3 nights), teahouse lodges (14 nights)
Price Excludes
  • International/Domestic Airfare
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance (available at nominal cost)
  • Departure transfer to airport (can be arranged at nominal cost)
  • Vaccinations
  • Any personal expenses: meals, beverages, laundry and any other services which are not mentioned

Living

Accommodation

Accommodation - Hotels/guesthouses (3 nts), tea house lodges (14 nts).

A tea house is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. Private rooms are available in most tea houses, except for high altitudes ones where it will be just dormitories. The lodges are fairly basic. The rooms are sparse with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided. Most bathrooms are shared and toilets can be either squat type or western style. Most tea houses have running water. The majority of tea houses only have cold showers, a few may have hot water available at an additional cost. However, we discourage our groups from using water heated by wood, as lack of firewood in villages is a big environmental concern in Nepal. There is a large dining room-cum-lounge, warmed by the bukhara stove (an iron cylinder, fitted with a chimney duct, in which a log fire is lighted). There is normally no electric lighting in the rooms unless the village has hydroelectric power. The dining room usually has solar lighting. Some tea houses now also have electricity for charging small appliances - mobile phones and cameras - and there may be a small charge for this. During a tea house trek you will usually have breakfast and dinner at the tea house, lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants. Every tea house serves the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice and lentils), as well as a variety of different food items, such as rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes and soup. Some have Nepali versions of western food such as pizza, pasta and french fries. Soft drinks, snacks and beer are available in most of the tea houses and trail side restaurants. And, of course, Nepali milk tea is served everywhere. All tea houses have boiled water for trekkers. We discourage the purchase of bottled water while on the trail. The plastic bottles are difficult to dispose of and have become an environmental problem.

Meals

Meals Included - 1 lunch

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with Go Discover Abroad you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Included breakfasts will usually be asian style consisting of noodles or congee (rice porridge) or bread and eggs. Vegetarians will be able to find a range of different foods, although in some areas the choice maybe limited. While trekking in remote regions food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

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