Adventure Alpine Gorkha

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Annapurna Circuit Trekking

"a complete adventure around Annapurna Himalaya with high Thorang-la pass"

Trip Duration: 18 Days

Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trekking

  • Enjoy the adventure on the both sides of massif Annapurna Himalaya range
  • Walk from low warm area to cooler alpine hills to arctic zone of ice and glaciers
  • Explore impressive villages enriched with ancient Buddhist cultural heritage
  • Constant views of high snow capped mountains on daily scenic walks
  • Adventure over high Thorang-la pass to world deepest gorge of Kaligandaki
Trip Profile:
  • Trip Mode: Hotel while in cities with local Lodge on treks
  • Trek Grade: Moderate to Adventurous walks.
  • Highest elevation gain: 5,416 m /1769 ft on top Thorang-La pass.
  • Daily walks: Minimum of 4 hrs to maximum 6-7 hrs.
  • Trek duration: 12 Nights and 13 Days (with both ways drive)
  • Total Trip: 17 Nights and 18 Days (Kathmandu-Kathmandu).

Annapurna Circuit Trekking Overview

Annapurna Circuit Trekking with Adventure Alpine Gorkha Treks (AAGT) provides travelers unique scenic destinations within both scenic sides of massive Annapurna Himalayan mountain range, with delightful and enjoyable moments to experience. Annapurna Circuit Trekking an opportunity to walk within world’s top ten adventure destination as listed by famous traveling guide books and travel magazines which you will find on this marvelous and scenic trekking.

Walk leads from low warm farm areas after an exciting drive from Kathmandu to reach the trekking point at Lamjung district, located Mid-West Nepal and then heading towards cooler hills within enchanting alpine woodland exploring nice villages of Dharapani-Chame town to reach at Manang village situated within scenic valley enclosed by array of peaks of Annapurna and Chulus.

Having rest day at lovely village Manang where you can visit and soak into age-old Buddhist cultures and traditions life of the Manang people, and taking short hike to support acclimatization around this beautiful valley. From Manang heading towards highest spot of the adventure to reach on top Thorang-la pass at above 5,416 m with sweeping panorama of high mountains facing views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Damodar Himal and group of Chulus peaks.

Enjoying views a long descend to Kaligandaki River valley to reach at Jomsom past holy spot of Muktinath, one of the holiest temples for Hindu followers where journey leads to Jomsom the headquarter town of Mustang district. As adventure progress to reach at Tatopani village with warm low country a place with natural hot-spring to enjoy after passing through world deepest gorge of Kaligandaki River valley.

After Tatopani with refreshing stop heading back to cooler hills filled with lovely rhododendron trees at Ghorepani where hike takes you to Poon Hill for super 360° views of mountain range.

Along with mountain views enjoy striking sunrise and then heading towards low warm areas where our adventure completes at beautiful Pokhara by its calm Phewa Lake after a great remarkable adventure and experience on Annapurna Circuit Trekking.

Main Best Seasons for Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Nearly all seasons of the year can be trekked, where March to May spring time will be the best time when wild-flowers especially the rhododendron (Nepal national flower) in full bloom, which the walk more interesting with fine clear morning till afternoon, with some chances of rains sometimes.

October to early December another best months around Autumn/Fall and beginning of winter time, when most of the days are clear for views and walks but can be much colder and freezing as altitude gains with chances of snow sometimes.

Monsoon months from mid June to mid September a wet rainy seasons where less number of trekkers venture, and some lodge in mid monsoon and mid winter as most of the lodge can be closed on route trekking, due to harsh and wet climate which makes the walking trails much harder and slippery, but much greener hills with lush vegetation in wet seasons, so the choice as per your holidays for Nepal and for Annapurna Circuit Trekking.

Annapurna Circuit Trekking Short Outline Itinerary
  • Day 01:  Arrival day in Kathmandu via various airlines and transfer to hotel.
  • Day 02: In Kathmandu options for sightseeing tour and trek preparation.
  • Day 03: Drive to Jagat 1,290 m via Besisar 800 m – 06 hrs.
  • Day 04: Trek to Dharapani 1,920 m – 05 hrs.
  • Day 05: Trek to Chame 2,670 m – 05 hrs.
  • Day 06: Trek to Pisang 3, 230 m – 05 hrs.
  • Day 07: Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m – 05 hrs.
  • Day 08: Rest day at Manang for local hikes and acclimatization.
  • Day 09: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m – 04 hrs.
  • Day 10: Trek to Thorang High Camp 4,600 m – 04 hrs.
  • Day 11: Cross Thorang-La 5,416 m and to Muktinath 3,800 m – 06 hrs.
  • Day 12: Drive to Tatopani 1,050 m via Marpha -Ghasa villages- 05 hrs.
  • Day 13: Trek to Ghorepani 2,750 m – 06 hrs.
  • Day 14: Hike to Poon Hill and trek to Tirkhedhunga 1,470m -05 hrs.
  • Day 15: Trek to road-head and drive to Pokhara – 05 hrs (walk and drives).
  • Day 16: Drive / Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
  • Day 17: In Kathmandu for individual activities or short sightseeing tour.
  • Day 18: International Departure homeward bound or respective countries.

Annapurna Circuit Trekking Detailed Itinerary


01
Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu via various airlines and transfer to hotel.
  • Reaching Kathmandu received by our staff and guide
  • Adventure Alpine Gorkha Treks transfer to your respective hotel
  • Explore around the streets of Kathmandu and Thamel area.
  • Briefing about the trek at the office, we will talk about the equipment needed during trek. If you arrived late evening, we will discussed the program next day.
02
Day 02: In Kathmandu options for sightseeing tour and trek preparation.
  • Time in Kathmandu preparation for Annapurna Circuit trekking
  • Options for sightseeing tour around Kathmandu at places of interest.
03
Day 03: Drive to Jagat 1,290 m via Besisar 800 m - 06 hrs.
  • Morning long drive early 7 a.m to reach Nepal Mid-West at Lamjung district
  • Driving on main highway to reach low warm at Besisar, headquarter town of the area Lamjung.
  • Transfer to another vehicle for drive to high hill at Jagat village for overnight stop after 6-7 hrs of nteresting overland journey.
  • Jagat a nice hill village active with farm life and views of cascading waterfalls
04
Day 04: Trek to Dharapani 1,920 m - 05 hrs.
  • Walk starts after breakfast in local lodge at Jagat to reach at Dharapani village
  • Route leads through nice cool forest to reach Chamje and Tal-Besi within Manang district, possible lunch at Tal.
  • After refreshing stop at Tal continue walk to reach much cooler areas at Dharapani for overnight halt.
  • Dharapani a nice large village on the junction of Annapurna and Manaslu route
05
Day 05: Trek to Chame 2,670 m - 05 hrs.
  • After breakfast walk to Timang village past Bagarchap and Dhanaque villages
  • Walk of 3-4 hrs to lunch at Timang village with grand views of Manaslu-Lamjung and Annapurna peak.
  • From Timang another 2-3 hrs walk to reach at Chame, headquarter town of Manang district.
06
Day 06: Trek to Pisang 3, 230 m - 05 hrs.
  • Morning with hearty breakfast at Chame walk to Pisang village of 5 hrs journey
  • Walk leads into nice alpine forest of pines and rhododendron tree lines with uphill and downhill to Pisang.
  • Reaching Pisang village transfer to nice lodge, where Manang valley begins from here with views of Annapurna-Pisang and Chulu peaks.
07
Day 07: Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m - 05 hrs.
  • Morning into woodland with climb to a scenic ridge with views of Manang valley
  • Walk descend within flat valley past Hongde with small airstrip and mountain views
  • Reach at Braga village and visit old Braga Buddhist monastery of great interest
  • Enjoy views along an hour long walk to Manang village from Braga
  • Overnight in main Manang village with possible lunch at Braga or at Manang
08
Day 08: Rest day at Manang for local hikes and acclimatization.
  • Rest day for acclimatization in lovely Manang village
  • Free day to explore traditional villages of Manang of Buddhist culture
  • Short hike to a hill for close views of Gangapurna and Annapurna III glacier
  • Afternoon rest and relax with beautiful views of Annapurna and Chulus peaks.
09
Day 09: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m - 04 hrs.
  • Short day walk of 3-4 hrs to Yak Kharka with slow climb with mountain views
  • Reach at Yak-Kharka a yak grazing field with nice lodge to stay with wonderful mountain scenery.
  • Lunch and overnight at Yak Kharka with short walks around for acclimatization
10
Day 10: Trek to Thorang High Camp 4,600 m - 04 hrs.
  • A short day but walking on higher altitude to Thorang High Camp of few hours
  • Start walk after nice breakfast cross a stream short climb to reach Thorang Phedi
  • From Thorang Phedi another strenuous climb up to Thorang High Camp for lunch and overnight stop in a cozy lodge
  • Afternoon relax preparation for next day long walk to Muktinath via Thorang-la pass
11
Day 11: Cross Thorang-La 5,416 m and to Muktinath 3,800 m - 06 hrs.
  • Walk start early morning after breakfast with winding up to top of Thorang-la pass
  • Reach the highest spot of the adventure with fabulous panorama of mountains from Thorang-la downhill to holy Muktinath after 5-6 hrs long day walks
  • Arrive at holy spot of Muktinath and transfer into a nice lodge
  • Afternoon visit Muktinath temple of great importance to Hindu and for Buddhist followers
12
Day 12: Drive to Tatopani 1,050 m via Marpha -Ghasa villages- 05 hrs.
  • From Muktinath due to motorable road, morning board in a jeep for few hours
    drive to reach at Tatopani village
  • Drive leads through scenic Kaligandaki River valley past Jomsom town
  • Journey includes over world deepest gorge of Kaligandaki near Lete and Ghasa villages
  • Reaching at Tatopani village for overnight stop a place with natural hot-spring
13
Day 13: Trek to Ghorepani 2,750 m - 06 hrs.
  • Morning walk continues from Tatopani to reach at high Ghorepani village
  • Walk and climb past Sikha and Chitre to reach at Ghorepani village with views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna peaks.
  • At Ghorepani transfer into nice lodge located with beautiful rhododendron forest
14
Day 14: Hike to Poon Hill and trek to Tirkhedhunga 1,470m -05 hrs.
  • Early morning hike to Poon Hill for stunning sunrise views over Himalayan
    Mountains
  • At Poon Hill enjoy views with sunrise and descend to Ghorepani for breakfast
  • After breakfast walk continues within lovely cool forest to reach at Ulleri village after 2-3 hrs walks for possible lunch stop.
  • From Ulleri downhill to Tirkhedhunga village within low warm farm land
  • At Tirkhedhunga transfer to lodge after few hours downhill from Ulleri village
  • Afternoon short hike with views of cascading waterfalls at Tirkhedhunga
15
Day 15: Trek to road-head and drive to Pokhara - 05 hrs (walk and drives).
  • Last day walk downhill to Bhirethati village or further to Nayapul town and then
    drive to Pokhara
  • At Pokhara transfer to respective hotels for overnight by the lake Phewa
  • Enough time to enjoy walk around shops and streets by the lake
16
Day 16: Drive / Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
  • Morning drive on busy interesting highway to Kathmandu
  • On route lunch after 2-3 hrs journey then reach back at Kathmandu.
  • Time for leisure activities and shopping around Kathmandu
    (Flight options 30 minutes to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara by air)
17
Day 17: In Kathmandu for individual activities or short sightseeing tour.
  • In Kathmandu free day one can join for optional tour
  • Enjoy relaxing with grand memories and experience on Annapurna Circuit Trekking
18
Day 18: International Departure homeward bound or respective countries.
  • Last day in Nepal depart hotel as per your international flight time
  • Adventure Alpine Gorkha Treks staff-guide transfer you for International departure homeward bound or to respective countries.

Frequently Asked Questions


On this Annapurna Circuit treks can I bring family and children?

As long they are fit and strong of above 10 years of age can join in it will be an exciting holidays as well for adults, walk leads to ups and down with high country of Manang with highest point of the adventure crossing over Thorang-la.

Few days will be quite tough for young and elderly people, otherwise it’s a great interesting walks for all.

When do I book for Annapurna Circuit Trekking?

Depending upon your time and duration for the trek you can book this trip at least 2-3 weeks ahead from our departure dates for the trek, with advance payment as per the norms and rules of the company.

Make sure that you have checked your medical and physical fitness before signing the trip and as well purchasing medical and travel insurance which is very important for this kind of adventurous treks in Nepal Himalaya.

How many people will be in the group?

From minimum 3-4 person in the group with maximum of 10-15 persons in the group, in some cases we do allow booking for single person as well, running independent at extra cost than in groups.

What will be weather like on the trek?

As per the season wise, where best time is from March to May, when most of the day is clear with minimum temperatures of 0° to 20° Celsius depending upon the altitude and areas.

Where most of the morning till mid days clears for views and walks, sometimes afternoon can get overcast with chances of light rains and snow. March to May will be lively with wild-flowers in full bloom especially various species of rhododendron (national flower of Nepal) from trees to short bushes.

How are the lodge and Tea-House on Treks?

Tea-House the word used in early days when there was smaller numbers of lodges on route trekking, at present each villages has more than 10 to 20 good lodges with pleasant rooms accommodations, serving excellent food menus as per the season wise.

Some village above 2,500 m and 3,000 m do have nice lodge, but due to freezing cold temperatures in night and morning time where they have toilets on the outside, with some inside as common bath rooms and rest rooms.

All rooms and dining with warm heating and cozy facilities to make your stay much pleasant and enjoyable.

What happens if some is sick and have to break the trek?

In this situation where our guides are well equipped with knowledge for emergency and medical purpose, depending upon the seriousness of the victims if it is much critical where nearest medical attention needed, we call for immediate evacuation for Helicopter services to reach the victims to nearest medical station and hospital.

Cost Includes
  • Airport and hotel transfers as per itinerary in private vehicle
  • Three nights’ twin sharing accommodation with breakfast in a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • One night twin sharing accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu including entrance fees and private vehicle
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available teahouse/lodge accommodation (twin sharing) during the trek
  • Staff– one professional, knowledgeable and friendly English speaking trekking leader along with assistant guide (6 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, transportation, and insurance
  • Kathmandu to Beshishahar and Pokhara to Kathmandu transfers in private vehicle
  • Beshishahar to Jagat by public jeep and Nayapool to pokhara by private taxi or car
  • Duffle bag and sleeping bag for use during the trek
  • Adventure alpine Gorkha Treks T – shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • TIMS and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
  • All government taxes & office service charge
Cost Excludes
  • Nepal visa arrangement
  • International airfares
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Added night/s accommodation in Kathmandu or Pokhara because of early arrival, delayed departure, early return from mountain (due to any cause) than the programmed itinerary
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu or Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the programmed itinerary)
  • All kind of drinks (alcoholic, hot, or cold)
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, bar bills, laundry, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, extra porters, etc)
  • Personal equipment’s and clothing
  • Tips for guides and porters (tip is expected but not mandatory)

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Alpine Adventure Gorkha Treks
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Jul 18, 2019
by Nika Velt on Alpine Adventure Gorkha Treks

Had a fabulous 17 days Annapurna circuit trek with Adventure
Alpine Gorkha Treks (AAGT) end of April 2019. It was awesome trip passing through the hilly areas crossing many Suspense
Bridge and small beautiful Nepali village. While starting our journey, we have a great chance to walk through the nature, having a beautiful landscape and Mountain View. Along the way we had a great chance to visit Buddhist monastery and get some knowledge of Tibetan culture.
Our guide was very helpful and creative mind. He always serve our food and suggest for the healthy meal in Himalaya. Ram provides information about the mountain region as well as day to day program. It will more helpful for the preparation about daily walking and we can easily make it out our memorable destination in Nepal.
So we are very grateful with AAGT team and their service. I look forward to next time with them!!!

Trip Facts
  • Trip Duration: 18 Days

  • Destination: Nepal

  • Group Size: 2-12 People

  • Difficulty: Moderate to Adventurous

  • Altitude: Thorang-La pass 5,416m

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