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Annapurna Circuit Trek

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Overview

Annapurna circuit trek in Nepal is known as one of the best trekking trails in the world. The Annapurna Circuit trek goes through Marshyangdi River valley which brings you almost to the base of Gangapurna mountain and into the Manang valley known as the Himalayan Shangri-La, where you will spend two remarkable days gazing at the snow-covered peaks above you and the beauty of the landscapes around you. An amazing trekking route that circles around the magnificent Annapurna mountain range, the experience this Annapurna circuit trek offers is unbeatable.

The adventurous climb of Thorong-La pass the highest pass in this trek – at 5416 meters is the highlight of the whole Annapurna circuit trek and once you are on the top, it has the perfect 360-degree views which take your breath away and leaves you wondering with your jaws open!

Once we descend from the pass, we will witness the views of Mustang Region which is a colorful landscape that is home to Tibetan Buddhist and numerous friendly Buddhist people.

We will then follow the deepest gorge on earth – the Kali Gandaki River Gorge- which is guarded by the giant 8,000  peaks of Mt. Dhaulagiri – 8,167 meters and Mt. Annapurna I – 8,091 meters.

We will then use the unchanged ancient paths that were used as trade routes between Nepal, Tibet, and India. We will also pass through the apple and wheat farming areas, interact with local Thakali people and share our moments with sheep and yak herders.

The adventure trekking experience along with a rich cultural immersion that you experience in this Annapurna Circuit Trekking is unparalleled in the world.
Annapurna circuit trek was voted as one of the best trekking trails in the world.
The New York Times covered an article about Annapurna circuit trek and Earthbound Expeditions a few years back.

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Itinerary

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DAY 1: Arrival Katmandu

We will come to receive you at the airport and transfer to Hotel. It is 7 km that takes about 15 minutes. O/N at hotel.

DAY 2: Kathmandu Exploration Day

After breakfast in the morning we go for the Kathmandu sightseeing tour of the UNESCO CULTURAL HERITAGE sites which includes: Swayambhunath - The oldest Buddhist Stupa in Kathmandu Valley, also a beautiful home to lots of monkeys, thus also known as Monkey Temple, is also a perfect vantage point to see Kathmandu valley. Pashupatinath- A holy pilgrimage site for Hindus and Hindu Crematorium, watch as the Hindu dead bodies are cremated in the most unique way in the world; we come across Hindu Holy Men known as Sadhus, with ash rubbed body and matted dreadlocks. For a donation you can take your picture with them and receive a blessing. Boudhanath- the biggest Buddhist temple in the world; a site for Tibetan Buddhism where we can visit monasteries, watch the Holy Monks busy in their chanting ritual, and pilgrims going around the temple performing their kora. Patan Durbar Square- A Medieval Royal Palace area which is also known as the city of fine arts, we can see the finest example of metal and stone carving back to 14th century and also the amazing Nepali Architecture. Spend another night at the hotel in Kathmandu.

DAY 3: Kathmandu - Bahundanda

Drive from Kathmandu for about 6 hours by bus towards Besi Shahar - 830meters / 2723feet, a beautiful town in the mid hills of Nepal and is the gate way to Annapurna Circuit Trekking. Drive further to Bulbule and start your trek of the day of nice walk takes you to Bahundanda, today\'s overnight rest point. Check into a tea house.

DAY 4: Bahundanda - Chamje

Start your walk of the day after breakfast. A five hours walk takes you to Chamje, today\'s destination. There will be plenty of stopovers for necessary breaks including the lunch break at Jagat. Once you reach Chamje, check into a tea house and relax.

DAY 5: Chamje – Bagarchhap

Another nice walking day today takes you to Bagarchhap to stop for the overnight stay. During the six hours on nice walk, you can see and experience the mountain climate and culture. The more further you walk, the higher you are heading and slow pace will help you to acclimatize. Check into a tea house at Bagarchhap and relax.

DAY 6: Bagarchhap - Chame

You are heading towards Chame, the headquarters of Manang, the district beyond the Himalayas, as it is famously known as in Nepal. You will, undoubtedly, enjoy your stay in the mountain town in the lap of Annapurna II - 7937 m / 26040 ft. The walk today is about five hours and offers you some breathtaking views. Check into a guest house in Chame and relax.

DAY 7: Chame - Pisang

The walk today takes you to another exceptionally beautiful town of Pisang through some unbelievable trails with incredible scenery. A slow and paced walk of 6 Hours to today\'s destination provides us the privilege of witnessing some of the jaw-dropping views. Once in Pisang, check into a tea house.Later you can explore a local Buddhist monastery in Upper Pisang.

DAY 8: Pisang - Manang

An about five hours trek today takes you to the mountain village of Manang where you can see the prevalent Tibetan Buddhist culture. The walk itself offers a magnificent view of the mountain peaks in the famous Annapurna range. Serene mountain atmosphere is an additional bonus for your walk.Once in Manang, check into a tea house.

DAY 9: Manang Acclimatization Day

Take a day break in Manang to acclimatize to the altitude. Explore the local area of Gangapurna glacier and Gangapurna lake; be comfortable adjusting in the high altitude climate. Stay in Manang

DAY 10: Manang - Yak Kharka

Head towards Yak Kharka, today\'s destination after having breakfast. Yak Kharka literally means the Yak pasture land. You come across those mountain giants - yaks - along the trail. Enjoy the mountain view and beautiful atmosphere on your six hours walk today. Once in Yak Kharka, check into a tea house.

DAY 11: Yak Kharka - Thorong Phedi

After having breakfast in the morning, start your walk of the day to Thorong Phedi - the base of the Thorong-la Pass. A five hours slow paced walk takes you to the place where you are staying overnight today. Enjoy and relax in the cool mountain environment.

DAY 12: Thorong Phedi - Thorong pass - Muktinath

Today is a long day of walk and the highlight of this trip. Wake up very early in the morning to start your adventure towards the highest pass - Thorong pass. A slow paced up hill walk takes you about 4-5 hours to reach the pass. When you are at the top, you feel like you have conquered everything and the view from there makes you forget all the effort and difficulties you went through to make it there. You have conquered the highlight of this trip. Now, you walk starts descending towards Muktinath for about another six hours. Once in Muktinath, check into a tea house and relax.

DAY 13: Muktinath - Jomsom

A five hours long nice downhill walk takes you to an exceptionally beautiful town of Jomsom. You have some free time to explore the town. Stay in a hotel in Jomsom.

DAY 14: Jomsom - Pokhara

Fly to Pokhara from Jomsom in the morning. Have a leisure time in Pokhara to explore the beautiful lake city. Go for boating, massage and explore the lake side.

DAY 15: Pokhara – Kathmandu.

Drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus. Approx. driving 5 to 6 hours, O/N at Hotel at 3 stars, we host you a dinner with Nepalese cultural show.

DAY 16: Departure Day

After breakfast transfer to the Airport for departure. Namaste!

Included/Excluded

  • Accommodation Hotel in Kathmandu 3 star hotel and in trek simple lodges
  • Full board meals as mentioned above in the trek
  • One professional guide and necessary Number of porter for the trek with his meal
  • All National Park and Conversation area fees, Trek Permits
  • Kathmandu sightseeing, airport picks up and drope, all ground transport
  • One night cultural show and dinner
  • Jomsom to Pokhara Flight by Fixed wing aircraft
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag for trek if necessary
  • All Government Tax and Vat
  • Any Drinks, food in Kathmandu, while not mentioned
  • Personal Insurance & emergency rescue charges if necessary
  • Extra porter & transport charges in the event of landslides
  • Other personal expenses, airport tax, Kathmandu city entrance fees
  • Personal, medical and evacuation insurance Laundry, cost raised by re-routing, cancellation, political disturbance etc
  • Tips any other expenses, which are not mentioned above.

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Helen

02/12/2020

Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna Circuit Trek was an amazing and unforgettable experience. Our guide, Ray and our four Porters were caring, patient, hard-working and so helpful throughout the duration of the trip. Any questions or queries that we had, were always answered with a smile. It was much a spiritual journey as it was a physical and mental journey, for each of our group members. We are forever grateful to the staff at Earthbound Expeditions, for their commitment and dedication in creating such a beautiful experience for us. Thank you and Namaste
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