Your Itinerary in more detail:
Day 01: Arrival in Katmandu and drive to hotel over night Hotel.
It’s a wonderful experience flying into Kathmandu on a bright sunny day. The vistas of snow-capped mountain peaks rambling down below you are almost thrilling and real exciting, beginning a whole connection of memorable experiences that stay with you for a very long time to come. And as your plane hits the runaway, our waiting support team will meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Welcome drinks will be served and the first over night at your hotel in old Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu guided cultural tour
Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, its two major neighboring cities bear immense historical, cultural and religious significances. There will be a half day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath, the 15th century Palace of 55 windows and Swoyambhunath.
Day 03: Drive to Beshi Sahar [820m]
geared up and excited for the trip, with good logistic support, we start our Annapurna trekking on a high note. Driving along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre and then following the rough route by the Marsyangdi River, we pass through low-lying villages and rice fields. After 6 hours long drive, we finally reach Besi Sahar. Besi Sahar is the capital of Lamjung District.
Day 04: Beshi Sahar to Nadi (1011m)
we hike for about 6 hours towards Nadi through narrow tracks, suspension bridges and a deep river gorge. We pass through rice terraces, before crossing a stream at the bottom of a small waterfall. It then climbs again and traverses the hillside high above the river before reaching the village of Lili Gaon. Ahead, the Marsyangdi valley forms a steep V-shape, and you follow the winding mountain path down through Syange and along the river for some distance. The trail then climbs steeply and the path is cut into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed. Stay overnight at a lodge in Nadi.
Day 05: Nadi to Jagat (1314m)
Walk for about 7 hours towards Jagat through the valley crossing several suspension bridges and passing several beautiful waterfalls; A steep trail descends from Nadi, through rice fields, before crossing a stream at the bottom of a small waterfall. It then climbs again and traverses the hillside high above the river before reaching the village of Hani Gaon. Ahead, the Marshyangdi valley forms a steep V-shape. We follow the winding mountain path down through Syange and along the river for some distance. The trail then climbs steeply and the path is cut into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed. Eventually we descend to the stone village of Jagat, situated on a shelf, which juts out into the precipitous Marshyangdi valley. Overnight at a lodge in Jagat
Day 06: Jagat to Dharapani (1943m.)
Walking distance of about 7 hours from Jagat to Dharapani, we enter Manang district from Tal; passing through fields of corn, barley and potatoes, and then through forests of bamboo and rhododendrons, it’s a cool hike at the lower elevations. On the way is the village namely Tal. Tal lies on a flat plain next to the sandy beach and river at the base of a large waterfall. While hiking, sometimes we may have to give a pass to a large group of donkey caravans as we head to Dharapani for an overnight in a lodge.
Day 07: Dharapani to Chame (2713m)
The distance is covered within 6 hours. Today we negotiate a few steep forested ridges along with several landslides on route on the west. We should not forget to look up though, as we will be treated to some of the most exciting views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). Small hot springs add relief on our long day hard trek. Overnight at Chame
Day 08: Chame to Pisang (3185m.)
A steep and narrow path through a very dense forest will bring us to a vivid curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. The forests and heavy vegetation would now be gone. We cross and re-cross the river again and again on airy suspension bridges. As the trail opens up we get surrounded by majestic Himalayan Peaks. We find ourselves in U-shaped valley of Manang hanging between two giant snow peaks. Upon walking through these wonderful sites we reach at Pisang. Overnight at Lower Pisang
Day 09: Pisang to Manang (3351m.)
After a warm b/fast, we continue through the arid part of the Manang district, cut off for most of the monsoons by the Annapurna Range. People of this region herd the yaks and cultivate crops for a part of the year. Leaving Pisang, we have optional trails from the north and the south of the Marsyangdi River which meets up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip at 3,325m, involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, but we get better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the quaint but partly hidden village of Bryanga at 3,475m to the nearby Manang at 3,540m. Overnight at Manang
Day 10: Rest in Manang for acclimatization
today it’s important to rest and acclimatize and explore Manang. We can use this day by doing some good hiking around and viewing the interesting sights around the village. At sundown, we return to our lodge for a night's rest.
Day 11: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,000m)
as we move out of Manang after b/fast, the trails ascends by nearly 500m to Yak Kharka. We make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangdi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka at 4,000m. Herds of yaks and vegetations appear to thin out as we go higher. The trek is for around 3 hrs. Overnight at a teahouse lodge
Day 12: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,450m) - 5 hrs
after a two-hour ascent the trail descends to cross the river at 4,310m. We then climb up to Thorong Phedi at 4,450m where decent guesthouses have been built in the recent years. This is a 3-4 hours trek. Overnight at a lodge
Day 13: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3798m.)
Today we reach the best part of our Annapurna circle trek. It will be a lifetime memorable experience - crossing the famous high pass, Thorong La (5416m/17764ft). An early start is important to complete the assignment. Each moment we have to work hard today through the icy high-altitude trail. But the wonderful high Himalayan scenes are a treat that our eyes love to watch more over the horizon than on our trail. At dusk, we will be at Muktinath. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhist. The area hosts a Vishnu temple and a Monastery nearby. Muktinath itself demonstrates the religious harmony in Nepal. Our hike takes overall 7-8 hours. Overnight at Muktinath
Day 14: Trek to Jomsom [2713m]
We now begin the descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki valley, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar, villages with typical Tibetan architecture, we follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom. En route, we sight tremendous views of both Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. Jomsom is a large town sprawled along both banks of the Kali Gandaki River, and it is here we will spend the final night of our trek. [Walk approx 3 hours]
Day 15: Jomsom to Tukuche (2591m.)
We hike by a valley dominated by Thakalis, Gurungs and Magar tribes on our way to Tukuche, the scenery is lovely down here as we interact with the local folks. We enjoy lunch at Marpha on the way. Our hike is for about 5-6 hours. Overnight at our lodge
Day 16: Tukuche to Ghasa (1970m.)
Our trail descends steeply through forests to Ghasa, the last Thakali village and the southern-most limit of Tibetan Buddhism. The beginning part of the trail is stretched at almost a flat level to Kalopani and then our trail begins descending steeply to Ghasa. The first part of the trek passes through the windy area covered with pine forests, rhododendron forests and birches .The surrounding area of Ghasa is a famous destination for bird watching and wild Marijuana. Here we are quite amazed at the panoramic view of Mount Nilgiri North (7061m.), Nilgiri Central (6940m.), and Nilgiri South (6839m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) and Tukuche peak (6920m.) our hike is for about 5-6 hour approx. Stay overnight at lodge in Ghasa.
Day 17: Ghasa to Tatopani (1189m.)
the trail descends steeply to Rukse Chhahara (Rukse Waterfalls). The deepest gorge of the world is situated between the two mountains Annapurna I (8091m.) and Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) which face each other near Rukse Waterfalls.Now, the trail ascends slightly to Tatopani through different human settlements. We can enjoy the hot spring at Tatopani as the word Tatopani is termed after the natural hot spring situated at the bank of the Kali Gandaki River. It is popularly believed that taking bath in hot spring helps us to get rid of skin diseases. Along with this, it gives us physical and mental refreshment as well. This is a 5-6 hours walk approx. Stay overnight at lodge
Day 18: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2793m.)
Our hike is a pretty challenging ascent up to Ghorepani. We enjoy our Lunch at Sikha village, and spend an overnight at Ghorepani from where one can observe the best sunset view over the lovely peaks of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. It’s a spectacular sight to relish and enjoy. Our cameras will go on overdrive at this spot. The hike takes about 6-7 hours approx. overnight at our lodge
Day 19: Rest at Ghorepani
we go for an Excursion to the Poon Hill, the highest hill in the west throughout the whole trek; the bird’s eye view of Mustang and Pokhara valleys are fantastic from this point, it also provides superb views of 30 snow-capped peaks including the Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri. Or walk to Tadapani in the afternoon is for about 4 hrs. Overnight at our lodge
Day 20: Ghorepani/Tadapani to Ghandrung (1951m.)
it is a very easy trek by descending gently all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. You can hear different kinds of birds chirping on the way. This is a popular destination for the bird lovers. Ghandrung is a big Gurung village where there is a handicraft center and Gurung museum. From this village we can see good views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail. Our walk takes about 4-5 hours. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 21: Ghandrung to Birethanti
from the pretty village of Birethanti with well cultivated fields of barley and maize, we walk downwards towards the banks of the Modi River where our vehicle will be waiting for us and then we drive back to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara to chill out and freak out after our lovely trip. This hike takes about 5-6 hours approx. overnight at our hotel in Pokhara
Day 22: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu
if we fly back to Kathmandu, it’s a 35 minutes flight, however, a Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus takes about seven hours.
While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, we head up to Damauli, Dumre, Mugling and Kurintar where Nepal's first cable car is operated to reach the Manakamana Temple [the temple of wishes]. This is a great scenic drive that we can enjoy very much. We reach Kathmandu and check into our hotel and a comfortable bed. Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 23: A free day in Kathmandu
we can use this day anyway we want. It’s suggested that you do some shopping for your loved ones at home or probably pen a few postcards home telling the folks all about your lovely trip. You could find all that you want in Thamel. You can just simply chill out and even catch up on your favorite novel. Family Adventure Treks & Expeditions will always be on hand to assist you in any way you want.