Annapurna Circuit (Shorter version)

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  • Destination:Nepal
  • Total Duration:15 Days
  • Trekking Duration:15 Days
  • Trip Grade:Moderate

Trip Highlights

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a surreal journey that takes you to the picturesque villages, pristine lakes, and glorious mountain views of the beautiful Annapurna Region. Annapurna Circuit Trekking features the highest lake in the world, the highest pass in Nepal, and the holy temple of salvation.

• Manang village with Gangapurna Glacier.
• Crossing over the Thorong la 5416 M.
• Hike towards Muktinath Temple.
• Hiking through world’s deepest gorge.
• Sunrise View from Poon Hill.

Trip Overview

Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most popular treks around the world. The Annapurna Circuit trekking trail takes you to the glaciated rivers and wooden and steel bridges in the Annapurna Region. Taking you though the green lush forest and snow-capped mountains of the region, you get the glimpses of the high mountains keeping eyes on your every movement. You will also see the incredible view of mountains, including Annapurna I and Annapurna II which surround you on a high altitude trekking trail. There, the climate is cold, and the region is arid.

The rewards include the panoramic view of Annapurna massif that includes Annapurna I, 8,091 m (26,545 ft) the 10th highest mountain in the world and first over 8,000 m to have been climbed, Additional peaks featured here are Dhaulagiri, 8,167 m (26,7795 ft), worlds 7th highest, Manaslu, 8,163 m (26,781 ft), worlds 8th highest, and Machhapuchhre (fishtail mountain), 6,993 m (22,943 ft), a beautiful and sacred mountain that is off limits to climb. Some parts of the trekking trail are covered with snow, some with dust, and some with rocks. And some are steep. These are the characteristics of the Annapurna Circuit Trekking.

Annapurna Circuit is a vintage trekking route around the Annapurna massif and pilgrimage for most of the high terrain adventure seekers. It is compact with amazing diversity in landscape with a unique blend of ethnicity along the way. Comparatively longer and sterner the Annapurna Circuit trek includes trails with wonderful rewards that go through several ancient villages, rhododendron forests, world’s deepest gorge and one of the highest pass. Annapurna circuit Trekking provides a close look at the cultural exchange as you walk through different villages belonging to different unique ethnic groups, some even minors such as Brahmins, Manangis, Thakalis, Gurungs and Magars prosperously living together in peace and harmony.

Annapurna massif is second to none among the trekking destination around the globe that offers the magnitude and unforgettable moments filled with wonderful scenery. The trek starts with a moderate to adventurous walks, where all types of travelers can join this wonderful journey.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,300m
  • Day 2 Sightseeing UNESCO World heritage sites in Kathmandu valley
  • Day 3: Drive to Besisahar (830 m) in a Public Bus and Take a Jeep to Syange
  • Day 4: Synge to Dharapani 1960m
  • Day 5: Dharapani to Chame 2630m
  • Day 6: Chame to Pisang 3300m
  • Day 7: Pisang to Manang 3570m
  • Day 8: Manang - Acclimatization day
  • Day 9: Manang to Yak Kharka 4,110m
  • Day 10: Yak kharka to Thorong Phedi 4,600m
  • Day 11: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath 3800m crossing over Thorong La Pass 5416m
  • Day 12: Muktinath to Jomsom 2600m
  • Day 13: Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu
  • Day 15: Final Departure

Detail Itinerary

Welcome to the land of Mountains. After landing at the Tribhuwan International Airport, you will be greeted by our representative and transfer to your respective hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu

We will take a sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at 9:00 am. There will be a day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath, and Swoyambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square and then return to hotel.

Today we will take a public bus from Kathmandu to Besisahar and from there we will take a jeep to Syange. We will witness beautiful landscape, rivers and waterfalls on the way.

The trekking trail that we are going to follow from Syange to Jagat is winding. It takes you to a suspension bridge across a river, to an ascending trail, and to the forest of Oak. This is how the winding trail changes into a forested trail. Later, it heads off to the valley, turns into an ascending trail again and moves towards Dharapani, your next stop.

After having breakfast, you follow an ascending trail. Here, you might trek along with mule carrying goods for the locals. This trail goes into the forest of fir and along the river. The part of the today's trek is scenic and different, for it offers the spectacular, breath-taking, and awesome view of mountains till you reach Chame, which is your next stop.

Today’s trekking trail is narrow and takes you to the Marshyangdi Valley, where the upcoming trekking trail is very steep. After you have finished walking on it, you see the majestic vista of mountains, such as Pisang Peak and Annapurna II. Gradaually, the valley becomes bigger, and the trekking trail leads us to the Paungda Danda, a hill, from where the on-going trail goes to Pisang, a village.

Today's trek is scenic with the offers of the breath-taking view of mountains, including the famous ones like Pisang Peak and Annapurna. The noticeable feature of the trek is it has from the forest of Oak, Maple, and Fir to the dry land, having the features of desert and cold climate.

Today is an acclimatization day, which means, we have to prepare ourselves for tomorrow's higher altitudes. Your trekking guide will provide information on this. Relax and take time to give a rest to your legs and heart.

From Manang, we follow an ascending trail that goes to the valley that heads off to Juniper forest, that heads off to a river and that takes you to pasture. The trail also takes you to meadow, where you see the horses and yaks grazing. There is a wooden bridge across the river from where the trail ascends and connects to Yak Kharka, your next stop.

After having breakfast, we follow an uphill trekking trail all the way to Thorong Phedi, crossing suspension bridge and reaching Ledar village. We see tall cliffs on the way and then reach Thorong Phedi. We also see the spectacular view of mountains, such as Gundang, Syagang, Thorung Peak and Khatungkan.Tomorrow, we will climb the Thorong La Pass from where we see the breath-taking view of the Annapurna Massifs.

For the passes we start early, probably your guide will start at 3 a.m. The trekking trail is easy and safe, but we have to walk with an experienced trekking guide because you might get lost if you walk alone. When you reach the top of the Thorong la Pass, we will be rewarded with the view of the famous mountains of the Annapurna Region, and then we head off to Muktinath.

Muktinath is a famous pilgrimage for both the Hindus and the Buddhist. Located in Muktinath Valley on the foot of the Thorong La Pas, it has a Gompa and the temple of Lord Vishnu. There is an ever burning fame that lights up with a natural gas. The view of the mountains from this place is also awesome. Enjoying the good view of Dhaulagiri, we head off to Jomsom.

From Jomsom, we fly to Pokhara, the city of lakes. Once in Pokhara, you can take a tour of the city - paddle a boat across Fewa Lake, visit the World Peace Stupa, enjoy rafting or kayaking, take an ultra-light flight, rent a motorcycle or a bicycle, or you can eat along Pokhara's lakeside looking at its beauty.

Early in the morning, you will take 7-hour bus drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

Our friendly representative will drop you off at Tribhuwan International airport 3 hours before the scheduled flight. We are sure that you will be inspired to visit Nepal again after this trek. We hope that you choose us to plan your next trip to Nepal.

" Dolma Treks covered all aspects of my dream trip: hotels, logistics, food, permits.
Tsering Lama is a very seasoned trip organizer and guide that knows the way things work locally, which means a hassle-free, pure joy adventure. I have traveled to Nepal 5 times so far, always with Dolma Treks. Have done a bit of everything: culture, trekking, yoga retreat, educational visits, rescue visits (Earthquake 2015). I have been solo, with friends, and even with my young son since he was 7. Everything was perfect, every single time.

I loved every second of my trips to Nepal and I simply can't wait to be back" 

M/s C. Kasper,

I would just like to say that our trekking holiday in Langtang National Park & our Bridim homestay with Tsering Lama and his wonderful porters "Lale and Mingmar" was the most memorable, amazing holiday I have ever experienced. The guidance and support given were just so great. My wish is that my Aussie friends join a trek with Dolma Tours one day to experience this amazing country of Nepal. Thank you, Tsering. Your Aussie friends, Tania, Steve & Jesse Pitt

Tania,Steve & Jesse Pitt,

I recently went on Tsering's 17-day tour of Nepal, in Oct/Nov 2013.
Tsering is an exceptional tour leader, very organized and a welcoming host. 
He paid much attention to detail both in the planning of the itinerary and throughout the course of the trip.  Right from the beginning, the pre-departure information was excellent and I felt very well-prepared.  Any questions I had about the trekking were answered promptly by email.
Tsering's itinerary has a lovely variety of places to visit: in Kathmandu, trekking in the Annapurna mountains, visiting the Chitwan National Park, and a stunning flight over Mount Everest.  On our trek, the porters were very helpful, friendly and spoke a little English.
Tsering was always professional and timely. We were also given great insight into the generosity of the Nepali people by being invited into his family home.
Heartfelt thanks again from me for a wonderful trip!

Mrs. M. Barnett,
Auckland, NZ

We joined one of Tsering's trips to Annapurna and Chitwan in October 2013, where Tsering warmly welcomed us at the airport and confidently and efficiently organized everything for us from the moment we arrived until our departure 17 days later, making the entire trip extremely relaxing and enjoyable.
His guidance with local customs and his ability to communicate clearly in English was invaluable in ensuring we were completely informed at all times of our programme.  His command of local languages meant we were afforded the best treatment at the local hotels, lodges, and restaurants throughout our trip.
The trip was a wonderful balanced mix of the frantic bustle of Kathmandu, the grandeur of the Annapurna mountains, and the thrill of the Chitwan jungle, all complemented by a style of travel that exposes you to, and allows you to immerse yourself in the local culture to the extent you are personally willing and comfortable with.
The local guides Tsering organized were very competent and knowledgeable, giving us a great opportunity to absorb, understand and appreciate the breadth and depth of Nepal's history and the many cultures that make up its friendly people. Tsering gave us a marvelous insight into the recent history and of current events that gave us a wonderful context and appreciation of what makes the nation of Nepal what it is today and influences its future.
For the trek, Tsering organized a friendly team of local porters and guides who worked so hard carrying our gear over the often steep terrain of the mountains. Special mention goes to our lead guide Lale, who ensured the trek was perfectly paced to match the abilities of our relatively senior group. The guides and porters always had a friendly and smiling disposition, and we had a marvelous party with them on our last night, sharing cultural song and dance.
Tsering is generous of both time and nature, we were privileged to meet his family, and we particularly enjoyed the company of his enchanting 11yo son Jigme on our trip, and of his young friend Amod.
I would unreservedly recommend Tsering as a guide to anyone travelling to Nepal who is wanting to get to know this intriguing and beautiful country and its friendly people, and who enjoys knowing everything is confidently organized for you in a relaxed and efficient manner by a knowledgeable local who is a marvelous ambassador for his people and his country.
Thank you, Tsering, I sincerely hope we have the opportunity to visit Nepal again someday and enjoy your friendly and proficient service.

Mr. G. Clark,
Auckland NZ

Tsering and his trekking company were brought to my attention by my daughter who had trekked with friends in Nepal. That trip was led by Tsering who was already known to one of the group. This group so recommended Tsering, that my wife and I decided upon a trekking tour under his guidance.
We were not any stage disappointed. Tsering contacted us and after considering age, fitness and wishes, designed what he thought was an appropriate tour. He emailed a comprehensive programme with some beautiful pictures and suggested dates. We arranged the flights to and from Kathmandu and brought in a couple of friends.
From our arrival until our departure, every detail was arranged. All accommodation, transport guides, porters, and dining was minutely cared for leaving us the freedom to simply enjoy ourselves. The team he engaged were known to him and endlessly strived to assist. Friendliness and honesty were so obvious.
Westerners are usually apprehensive about local cooking and food hygiene. Tsering always stationed one of the porters in the kitchens of the tea houses to oversee the cleanliness of food preparation. Some of his team are also chefs. It is a matter of pride for him that virtually all his tourists complete their trips without gastric upset.
Tsering is very kind, caring and attentive to detail. He is great fun, has a keen political insight as well as concern for the education of his young countrymen. He is honest and generous to a fault - as are his lovely family whom we met. We also enjoyed their hospitality.
If we return to Nepal there is absolutely no doubt we would ask Tsering to undertake our planning and if possible accompany us. He was faultless and thus I have no hesitation in recommending his company to your favorable attention.

Mr. & Mrs. Peters from Poole,
Poole, UK

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