Annapurna Circuit Classic Tours & Trek 21D / 20N

Annapurna Circuit Classic Tours & Trek 21D / 20N
Total Tour Package 20 nights / 21 days
Trekking duration        14 days
Grade             Easy to moderate ( 5 to 6 hours walk a day )
Culture             Particularlay based on Newars, Brahimins Thakalis, Magar, Lamas & Gurungs
Best Season          September to December / February to May
Himalayan sights        Annapurna Range, Dhaulagri Range, Nilgiri, Dhampus Peak
Mode of tour          By road, river and lodge trek
Highest access of the trek     Throng la pass (5416m)

Annapurna Circuit Classic Tours & Trek 21D / 20N Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival day
Day 02: Drive Rafting point & raft for 3 hours and drive to Jajat (1290m)
Day 03: Trek to Dharapani (1900m)
Day 04: Trek to Chame (2710m)
Day 05: Trek to Pisang (3190m)
Day 06: Trek to Manang (3540m)
Day 07: Short Excursion and Rest day at Manang
Day 08: Trek to Ledar (4200m)
Day 09: Trek to Thorung High Camp (4850m)
Day 10: Trek to Muktinath (3800m)
Day 11: Trek to Marpha (2670m)
Day 12: Trek to Lete (2535m)
Day 13: Trek to Kaldhara (1200m)
Day 14: Short Excursion to Tatopani and Narchang Village & Rest at Kaldhara
Day 15: Trek to Ghorepani (2870m)
Day 16: Short Excursion to Poon Hill (3200m), trek to Birethanti ( 1025m) & drive to Pokhara
Day 17: Full day tour and sightseeing in Pokhara valley
Day 18: Drive to Chitwan for Jungle Activities
Day 19: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 20: Full day Tour and Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
Day 21: Departure day

Annapurna Circuit Classic Tours & Trek 21D / 20N Itinerary Details
Day 01 : Arrival day

Arrive at Kathmandu ( 1400m) Airport. Meet & greet by our airport representative.
Transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel .

Day 02: Drive Rafting point & raft for 3 hours and drive to Jajat (1290m)

After early breakfast at hotel in Kathmandu, than drive for 3-4 hours 83 km west to Charaundi our rafting starting point. After the crew assembles the raft, they will explain the safety equipment and proper procedures. During the day, we run a numbers of rapids, that rate to 2 to 3. All the rapids have been given Nepali and English names: our guide can relate the story behind each one. We lunch on a beach remarkable for its unique sculptured boulders. Shortly after lunch we enter the Trishuli gorge. As the canyon narrows the walls becomes steep, densely, forested, the current accelerates and the rapids increase in the size and frequency.After such a stimulating experience, it is humbling to see a Majhi (Fisherman) building his precarious traps in such turbulence. Our last rapid, Jholungepul, is named for an extensive suspension bridge. Here we often encounter an enthusiastic audience, they line the bridge excited to see us pass beneath. The geologic formations are tremendously interesting and not worthy. Then we drive to Beshishar and take a four wheel Jeep in bumpy dirt road towards Jajat.

Day 03: Trek to Dharapani (1900m)

The trail from Jagat descends until it reaches the river and then continues through a flourishing forest. Further ascent leads to sharp-edged cliffs facing the riverbank. En route, Chyamje comes into picture amidst the glorious backdrop of towering Annapurna mountain ranges. After crossing a suspension bridge, we climb steeply towards the slippery and physically challenging path to Sattale. On treading along a succession of rock-strewn trails, we descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal. As we hike away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding. Then we approach steep forested village of Karte. Meandering along the waterfalls and cliffs, we finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge. We then prepare for the night. Overnight at lodge.

Day 04: Trek to Chame (2710m)

We evade a narrow field from the village. The Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu and then Marshyangdi, steers to the left. Sinuous trails of the. Annapurna II becomes visible as we arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhotia village with colorful prayer flags fluttering in the breeze. As we continue ascending through forests of pine and oak, we pass through Dhanakyu before coming to a thundering waterfall. Further on, the Marshyangdi River enters a gorge and the trail follows a rock-strewn path. We now grab a breather for a while and take in the splendor of the picturesque Manaslu. When the steep incline ends, we follow a path amid magnificent rhododendrons and continue on a gently rising path. We cross a stream before entering a pine forest. We then enter the pristine hamlet of Kotho, from where we can grasp the most enchanting view of Annapurna II. Treading further, the route reaches alarge white gate with a corrugated iron roof, which is the entrance of Chame. Chame is the administrative headquarter of Manang district. There is electricity, wireless station, schools, shops, health post, post office, police check post, hotels, lodges and banks that are found in Chame. The hot springs are the major attraction of this place. Overnight at lodge.

Day 05: Trek to Pisang (3190m)

After a mesmerizing sight of the glowing Lamjung Himal [6893m] in the morning, we head off for Pisang. En route, we cross a large suspension bridge along Marshyangdi and approach houses and lodges on the northern side of the river. Our trail then meanders through barley field leading to Teleku at 2775 meters. As we leave undulating mountain passes, we enter fascinating apple orchards near a bridge at 2840 meters. On crossing the bridge, the pristine hamlet of Bratang appears. History has it that Bratang used to be a Khampa settlement. A stone memorial of a Japanese climber has been built in this place. After leaving the forested village, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape. Before us, the Annapurna mountain range rears up. Further on, we continue our steep rock-strewn trails to the south side and cross a long suspension bridge at 3040 meters. At this vantage point on the bridge, we get to view Paungda Danda rock rising more than 1500 meters from the river. En route, we get to capture splendid views of Annapurna II rising up on the east with Pisang Peak on the north-east. We cross a bridge and enter the village of Pisang. We bunk out at Pisang. Overnight at lodge.

Day 06: Trek to Manang (3540m)

The trek continues further beyond Pisang as we hike along a steep ridge basking in the beautiful sights of the Manang valley and the Tilicho peak towering above 7132 meters. As we descend through Manang's airstrip, we reach Hongde lying beneath the gigantic Annapurna III on the north-east face. The route further leads to the wide plain of the Sabje Khola Valley from where we get majestic views of Annapurna IV [7525m]. Further on, we cross a wooden bridge, as the Marsyangdi Khola gushes below us. We enter the beautiful village of Mungji. We continue treading along the cultivated fields and after a while we arrive at the village of Bryaga with a splendid monastery. On trekking down to Manang, we enjoy the majestic views of the Annapurna range - Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna [7455m] and Tilicho Peak [7134m]. Overnight at lodge.

Day 07: Short Excursion and Rest day at Manang

We go in for a well earned breather and adequate acclimatization on reaching Manang, before crossing the Thorung La. this day can be spent strolling down the river to view the marvelous ice-fall overlapping down from the glaciated mountain peaks or we can simply take in the panoramic beauty of the Annapurna mountain range and the Manang Valley. A short visit to the Himalayan Rescue Association [HRA] aid post makes an interesting visit. Overnight at lodge.

Day 08: Trek to Ledar (4200m)

After we’ve acclimatized, we advance towards Thorung La. On the way, we cross a stream, climb to Tengi, and 120 meters above Manang and ascend further past Marshyangdi Valley turning north-west up the valley of the Jarsang Khola. Amidst the spectacular vistas of the Annapurna mountain range, we trek beyond the lush green vegetation of scrub juniper and alpine grasses to reach the small village of Gunsang. Gunsang is a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trail at 3960 meters. Along the route, we see several lodges. As we approach picturesque meadows and rich forests of barberry, juniper etc, we come across horses and yaks grazing. The trail takes us further along a large stream that flows from Chulu West and Gundang, and leads to a rich pasture at 4000 meters. Overnight at lodge.

Day 09: Trek to Thorung High Camp (4850m)

As we hike away from Letdar, we climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marshyangdi and cross via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, we follow a narrow trail across an unstable steep slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi. Overnight at lodge.

Day 10: Trek to Muktinath (3800m)

It’s an early start today for the crossing of Thorung La [5416m]. The trail gets steep immediately on leaving camp, but then the local folks have used this trail for hundreds of years & the path is well defined. The gradient then eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing, we reach the chorten and prayer flags of the pass. From the snow-covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang, which spread out before us, we are presented with a thespian landscape, that’s stunning to the eyes. The descent to Muktinath is a 1600m trek. But the excellent views of Dhaulagiri, more then rewards us for the tiring journey. Eventually, the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath, with its shrines and temple. Overnight at lodge.

Day 11: Trek to Marpha (2670m)

It’s now a descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar, villages with original Tibetan architecture, we follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom. Jomsom is spread along both banks of the Kali Gandaki and from here we get superb views of the Nilgiri peaks. We continue down to Marpha, a delightful Thakali village, with a well-planned drainage system. Its narrow alleys and passageways provide good shelter from the strong winds of the Kali Gandaki Gorge. Marpha is particularly well known for its apples, apple cider and apple, apricot and peach rakshi {local wine}.

Day 12: Trek to Lete (2535m)

We go on descending the Kali Gandaki Gorge to Tukuche, a Thakali village with a large gompa. Beyond Tukuche we walk along the west bank of the Kali Gandaki towards Larjung. Here, as in many of the villages in this area, narrow alleyways and tunnels link houses with enclosed courtyards, providing protection against the wind blowing up the valley. We make our way through pine, juniper and cypress forests to Kalopani, enjoying fine views of Annapurna I and Fang. We then reach Lete, which lies just twenty minutes beyond Kalopani.

Day 13: Trek to Kaldhara (1200m)

O ur trail now descends steeply through forests to Ghasa, the last Thakali village and the southern-most limit of Tibetan Buddhism. We get into the steepest and narrowest part of the gorge shortly after Ghasa. At the hamlet of Rupse, a magnificent waterfall cascades down beside the trail. Continuing on, we come to Dana, a Magar village from where the massive peak of Annapurna South can be seen across the valley. The trail then descends to Tatopani where we can treat ourselves to some apple pie and bathe in the hot springs.

Day 14: Short Excursion to Tatopani and Narchang Village & Rest at Kaldhara

We will rest this day for a while in hot spring pool located an hour trek and explore the Magar village near by. People around this village are warm welcoming and innocents. We get to experience complete village life style including their culture, cooking and day to day living. We will also visit O`garden also one of the Donkeys Hub where we will enjoy our dinner with their local tradition and probably party all night in local style.

Day 15: Trek to Ghorepani (2870m)

A little hike upward from Tatopani, we cross the flowing river on a large suspension bridge and leave the Kali Gandaki behind. After passing through the villages of Paudar, we trek up n down through the forest and reach in the top of Sikha village from where we get excellent views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli. Just 10 minutes beyond the pass is the village of Ghorepani. Ghorepani literally means "horse water" and is a welcome watering spot for the pack of mules, faithful animals that have been playing this route for centuries between Pokhara and Jomsom. we find mixed culture and alpine climate through our the trail.

Day 16: Short Excursion to Poon Hill (3200m), trek to Birethanti ( 1025m) & drive to Pokhara

Early in the morning hike to Poon Hill 3210m for superb Himalayan scenery including the Dhaulagiri 8167m, Nilgiri 7041m, Fishtail/Machhapuchhare 6998m, Annapurna I 8091m, Annapurna II 7939m , Annapurna III7555m, Annapurna IV 7525m, Annapurna south 7219m, Hiunchuli 6441m, Lamjung Himal 6986m,Tukuche peak 6920m etc , breakfast at Ghorepani and we begin the long descent to Birethanti through magnificent oak and rhododendron forests. From the village of Ulleri, we hike upfront a long steep stone staircase that seems to go on forever before we eventually reach Hille. A more gradual descent then brings us to Birethanti, from where it is a short distance to the road and our transport that takes us to Pokhara.

Day 17: Full day tour and sightseeing in Pokhara valley

Early in the morning around 4:00am wake up and get ready to drive 5 km away for 30 minutes and hike for an hour to Sarangkot. In a moment you will have great view of the Pokhara Valley and the magnificent view Annapurna range. Sarangkot is the small hilltop which is famous for its breath taking view of sunrise and Annapurna range and Fishtail (Virgin Mountain). From here, you can see a panoramic sweep of Himalayan peaks, from Dhaulagiri (8167m) in the west to the perfect pyramid that is Machhapuchhare (6997m) and the rounded peak of Annapurna II (7937m) in the east. Most people come here at dawn, when the sun picks out the peaks in brilliant colours. Sarangkot is the highest view point for a sunrise and it is just 1592m high.
We will take a breakfast and then hike back and drive to Bindbasini Temple o ne of the most popular and most visited of these is the intriguing Bindabasini Temple known locally as Bindhyabasini Mandir. Standing proudly at top of hill, this striking temple looks calmly over the bustling city of Pokhara.The white pagoda-styled building of the Hindu Bindabasini Temple quietly sits at some 3000 feet above sea levelalong the renowned Annapurna and Machhpuchhare mountain ranges. It is located near the busy Old Bazaar of Pokhara, a center of commerce in the Himalayas. Bindabasini temple or Bindhyabasini Mandir is of great religious importance to Hindus living in the Pokhara region.It is a vital hub of religious. The temple itself is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga. Durga, also known as Shakti or Kali has numerous manifestations and at the Bindabasini temple she is seen as Bhagwati, a blood-thirsty aspect of the goddess.
Than we drive to Mahendra Cave, it resides in Batulechaur. It’s a 10 minute drive from chipledhunga the central market place of the Pokhara city. Mahendra cave has been named as per the Late King Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev. This cave is a natural tunnelwhich is provided with artificial lighting systems. Bulbs are used by the cave incharge so that the visitors can visit it without any difficulty. But do take a torch light with you just in case the electricity goes off. Mahendra cave is rich for its rock types and different stones that glitters when a beam of light is striked in it. This natural formation is to see not to strike with sharp digging objects. This cave consist of big boulders of rock and the tunnel leads to different places like Kali Khola (River) but at present many of the tunnels are blocked by huge boulders of rock. Then we drive back to the hotel and over night .

Day 18: Drive to Chitwan for Jungle Activities

After breakfast, take a drive trip to the southwest 165 km by overland to Chitwan, Upon arrival our representative meet and transfer to resort. On reaching resort, our guest relations officer will brief the guest. 1:00 p.m.: Lunch. 3:30 p.m.: Elephant Safari / Jungle Walk / Nature walk with Boat ride. 8:00 p.m.: Dinner.

Day 19: Drive to Kathmandu

5:30 a.m.: Wake up call followed by tea/coffee.
6:00 a.m.: Bird watching / Elephant Safari /Jungle walk.
8:00 a.m.: Breakfast.
9:30 a.m.: Departure from Chitwan to Kathmandu. Overnight at Kathmandu

Day 20: Full day Tour and Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley

Drive to Pashupatinath which is one of the most significant Hindu Temple of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River in the eastern part of Kathmandu. The temple is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. Than drive to the golden spire of the 5th-century Swayambhu Stupa is adorned with a colourful fluttering of prayer flags; it crowns a hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley and offers fantastic views over the city of Kathmandu.The Swayambhu Stupa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the holiest uddhist sites in Nepal. After Lunch, drive to Patan One of the three royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley has a rich cultural heritage known for its fine crafts, evident in the elaborate architecture, stone carvings, and metal statues found all over the city. A centre of both Buddhist and Hindu culture in Tibet, Patan is home to more than 1,200 monuments. One of the most stunning is the Krishna Mandir, a stone temple with magnificent friezes built in the 16th century. Patan Durbar Square is also a good place to see beautiful examples of palaces, temples and shrines, and the stunning stone carvings in the Sundari Courtyards. The entire city of Patan was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Drive back to hotel and over night in hotel.

Day 21: Departure day

Check out from the hotel and than drop to Airport for onward journey.