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21-Day Annapurna Circuit Trekking
By Nature Lovers
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You are a nature enthusiast and have more days to spare. This slightly longer than average option will give you a chance to trek Poonhill and other nearby smaller peaks.
21 days 20 nights
The Annapurna Circuit is a trek within the mountain ranges of central Nepal, usually popular as the most classic trek which will let you experience the unique and well-preserved trails and see the biodiversity of Nepal. The total length of the route varies between 160–230 km. Suitable for novices in decent physical shape. With the twenty-one days, you will have a chance to trek Poonhill and other nearby smaller peaks.
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Airport pickup, drop and other ground transports
Welcome and farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant
3 nights hotel in Kathmandu and 1 night in Pokhara on BB basis
16 nights teahouse lodge on mountains
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea/coffee in cups for 17 days
Clean drinking water and proper look after
Experienced English speaking trekking guide, his salary, equipment and insurance
Porter service (1 for 2 trekkers)
ACAP permit fee (Annapurna Conservation Area Project)
TIMS card fee (Trekkers Information Management System)
Company T-shirt and letter of appreciation
First Aid medical kit
All government Tax and VAT
Nepal visa fee and international flight
Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
Extra accommodation and meals behind schedule
Travel and emergency rescue insurance
Personal expenses and beverages of any kinds
Gratuities to the staffs (mandatory)
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The timing is flexible.
The timing is flexible.
Trips available daily
Bookings should be made at least 7 days in advance. View the full calendar to request other dates.
Please note that this is a sample itinerary and may be subject to change depending on weather conditions.
Day 1: Kathmandu
- Welcome to Nepal. Here's where you will start feeling as your own home and experience the unity in diversity. Don't let the poor exit to the Kathmandu airport fool you. The natural miracle is waiting for you at the other side. Airport pick-up and hotel transfer. Welcome dinner.
Day 2: Kathmandu
- Our guide will meet you to brief regarding the whole journey. Documentation and all other things are also sorted out today.
Day 3: Drive to Jagat (1290m) via Besisahar (800m) 8hrs
- Lot of options to choose from today since you can either drive only to Besisahar and start trekking from there or continue driving further as far as Manang and start trekking from the point you choose. But keeping AMS in mind and as per our perfect plan, we are going to drive only to Jagat and stay the night.
Day 4: Trek to Dharapani (1920m) 5hrs
- Our first day of trekking begins with a normal walking. From Chyamje, a short walk will bring us to a suspension bridge over the raging Marsyangdi river. Crossing the bridge, we will spend a couple of hours uphill climbing to get to Tal and further continue to the big village Dharapani.
Day 5: Trek to Chame (2670m) 6hrs
- As we continue our trek further, we can feel the changes already, most of all the air starts getting cooler and the landscape varies. By the time we arrive in the headquarter of Manang district, Chame village, the towering Lamjung Himal and Annapurna II will be accompanying us time and again. Some interesting villages Bagarchhap, Danaque, Timang and Koto on the way.
Day 6: Trek to Pisang (3230m) 5hrs
- Another interesting day walk leads you through the pine woods and the small villages via the big apple gardens in Bhratang and takes you to Dhikur Pokhari at the top of the ridge. The view is already charming as you can see 'Swargadwari Danda' and Annapurna II from your lunch place. When you come out of the tree lines, you will start seeing the Pisang and Chulu peaks on the north side. The windswept village Pisang will be our overnight stop.
Day 7: Trek to Manang village (3519m) 6hrs
- Bravo! You've done it well so some surprising views for you on this amazing day. Go via Lower Pisang or Opt to go via Upper Pisang if you crave for panoramic mountain views as well as seeing the traditional Tibetan style houses and cultures. Ghyaru and Ngawal are both at around 3700m altitude which offers the gorgeous vistas of the valleys down below and the snow-capped mountains too. Descend down to the flatland and continue via old-Tibetan village Braga to get to the scenic Manang village, the last well-developed town in the district.
Day 8: Manang
- A very necessary acclimatizing day is here. You have many choices which you can do today. Visit Gangapurna glacier and the lake, Ice lake, Milarepa Cave and more. Later in the night, go to see the movies about mountaineering or learning about the AMS.
Day 9: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4150m) 6hrs
- After having a nice rest in Manang, continue your journey to get to Tilicho base camp. After crossing Shree Kharka with some uphills, we will also get through the landslide slopes and some narrow paths to go further. Don't forget to look out for the falling stones. It may be caused by the Himalayan musk deer or the blue sheep.
Day 10: Trek to Tilicho Lake (4920m) 3hrs and back to Shree Kharka 7hrs
- It's going to be a tough day. The highest lake situated at the top of the mountains is, but worth to visit. After coming down to the camp, we will continue further to Shree Kharka for the overnight stop.
Day 11: Trek to Yak Kharka (4110m) 5hrs
- Seriously! This is going to be the easy day for the hardy trekkers like yourself. Gradual up first then gradual down followed by the little bit up again to get to Yak Kharka.
Day 12: Trek to Thorang High Camp (4600m) 5hrs
- Nearly approaching the day when we are crossing the highest pass in the world. It's mostly uphill but slightly except the part when we arrive at the bottom of Thorang High Camp. If all is well, we will climb the steep ascent part of our journey which will last only an hour. And yeah we're at the altitude of 4600m already. Kudos to you all.
Day 13: Cross Thorang La (5416m) and to Muktinath (3800m) 8hrs
- We're pretty sure you didn't have proper sleep last night because of the altitude and also thinking of the tough day the next day. Don't worry. You're not the only one. Just the matter of 2 hours and we're done. Means, after climbing uphill for 2 hours, we will get to the main highlight of our whole journey, the Thorang La Pass. After getting the sips of the tea/coffee and taking a whole lot of snaps, we will put a halt to our celebration and start getting downhill towards Muktinath. The rest is the easy part though longer to get to our hotel. Time for the celebration. Bottoms up at the end of the day.
Day 14: Trek to Marpha (2670m) 6hrs
- Relaxing easy walk it is to get to our destination today. After visiting the Muktinath temple in the early morning and getting blessings, we will descend to Jomsom mostly passing through the wide Kali Gandaki river valley via Kagbeni. The windiest place in whole Nepal, Jomsom is the headquarter of Mustang region. Set your mind to face the wind. Then we will trek a further couple of hours to get to Marpha village, the apple haven. Apple brandy, apple juice, fresh apple fruits and other apple delicacies you will get to choose to taste. The apple here is famous in whole of Nepal.
Day 15: Trek to Lete (2480m) 6hrs
- The enjoyable day walk will take us through Tukuche, Kobang and down to Lete today. The fine villages offering nice teahouses and lunch en route, you will come across with and enjoy the panoramas of Annapurna, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri massifs. After, our journey will continue.
Day 16: Trek to Tatopani (1190m) 6hrs
- As we are arriving the natural hot spring place called Tatopani, the vegetation, landscapes and the weather will change dramatically. We will pass through a beautiful waterfall named Rupse waterfall and the deepest gorge in the world, Dana to get to our overnight stop.
Day 17: Trek to Ghorepani (2750m) 6hrs
- Leaving the farmed terraces and fields behind, we will hike uphill towards Poon Hill today just to be welcomed by the rhododendron (national flower of Nepal) forests and the amazing mountains scenery. This is the last difficult trekking day for the whole journey.
Day 18: Poon Hill (3210m) trek to Tikhedhunga (1500m) 6hrs
- It's better to wake up early morning if you wish to follow the trend of watching first sunrise over the panoramic Himalayan ranges. One hour of an uphill walk and you are at the most popular viewpoint in whole Nepal, the Poon Hill viewpoint. Back to the lodge and after having breakfast, trek downhill all the way to Tikhedhunga.
Day 19: Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara
- The last trekking day for our interesting 3 weeks journey around Annapurna. We cannot emphasize how great the journey has been and it's going to be in your memory for a long time to come. Finally descend to Nayapul just to be picked up by our driver to drive back to the panoramic valley, Pokhara.
Day 20: Drive back to Kathmandu
- Early morning after breakfast, our staff will drive you towards Kathmandu. Enjoy the bumpy Himalayan rides in this overland journey today. Farewell dinner in the night. Final meeting and greeting with all the team members of our memorable journey.
Day 21: International departure
- It's been a tough yet interesting journey with you all. We tried to give our best and how much we succeeded in serving you, we'd love to hear feedback from you before bidding farewell. Goodbye and see you again. Thank you for giving us such a wonderful opportunity to showcase the natural and cultural beauty of Nepal. SEE YOU AGAIN.
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Meet your guide
Nature Lovers is founded by Gokarna, a nature enthusiast and entrepreneur. As its name suggests, the company loves and respects nature, promoting sustainable tourism by taking eco-friendly approaches to their tours. They also employ locals as guides and porters, encourage women to join the tourism sector, and actively look out for marginalized communities in Nepal to help them as much as possible.
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Other Things to Know
Cancellation and Exchange Policy
While we understand that plans change, we also have to be fair to each supplier, who needs time to prepare logistics for your trip such as manpower, food, permits, and more.
Strict Cancellation Policy
As Nature Lovers pays for your trip’s logistics in advance, you can only cancel for free within 24 hours of your booking, provided that this is at least 2 weeks before your trip starts.
Flexible Date Policy
You may also change your trip date once up to 3 days before your trip starts. Any date change are subject to availability.
Packing list for the trip
Any other extras you feel is necessary like binocular, cameras, books, journals, and more.
Bank card or credit cards, travellers cheque, etc.
Duffel Bags (carried by porters or animals).
First Aid/medical kit.
Large and small towels.
Pen knife/Swiss knife.
Personal hygiene stuff
Scarf/face mask (for dust and wind).
Self-inflating pads (x2)
Sleeping bags, expedition quality rated to at least -40°F and another to at least -20°F
Toiletries and water bottle.
Torch/Flashlights with plenty of spare batteries.
Trash bags too.
Travel documents: passport, visa (if you have), travel insurance, air tickets, voucher,
passport photo (x 4)