Annapurna Circuit Trek - 22 days

Trip Introduction
Annapurna Circuit TrekAnnapurna Circuit Trek is a classic trek around the world's tenth highest mountain, cross the classic Throng La Pass (5,416m/17,769ft) from Manang to Muktinath, take in fabulous mountain views from the summit of Poon Hill at 3,210m./10,531ft.

This is truly an extraordinary part of Nepal. The Annapurna Circuit Trek takes you from 830m/2,723ft to 5,416m/17,769ft and back. While on this trek you will meet ten different ethnic groups and pass through four different climate zones. Your efforts will be rewarded with the completion of this fantastic trek around the entire Annapurna massif. This magical 21-day trek reaches its zenith at 5,416m/17,769ft and traverses all the way through agricultural villages to high mountain passes that resemble mountain peaks and also to the beginning of the Tibetan Plateau.

This epic adventure begins from the town of Besisahar, and from there the next seven days will be spent walking through rice farms, forests and friendly villages belonging to the lower realms of the Annapurna Conservation Area. The peaks of Annapurna-I (8,091m/26,545ft) and Manaslu (8,187m/26,860ft) provide the backdrop for the initial stage of this journey passing the quaint villages of Chamje and Pisang. Manang (3,500m/11,482ft) marks the beginning of the next phase, where a day will have to be spent acclimatizing to higher altitudes. Time here, however, will be well spent observing Buddhist Monks praying at one of the many monasteries. Another option is exploring Gangapurna Lake and the impressive glacier beside it.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek will continue over the Throng La Pass (5,416m/17,769ft) from where you can marvel at the fabulous Mustang peak and the snow-clad bulk of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,795ft). Starting a descent you will have the chance to visit the Hindu pilgrimage site of Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) and wonder in amazement at the presence of 108 small waterfalls and mysterious natural gas fires. Descending further down, via Marpha, into the deepest gorge in the world on the Kali Gandeki River, all the way to Tatopani and its natural hot springs, where you can relax with a dip in one of them. An early morning hike will lead you to Poon Hill (3,210m/10,531ft) to witness the most spectacular sunrise on earth, lighting up the picture-perfect Annapurna range. From Poon Hill it will be time to start bidding farewell to the wonderful snow-capped mountains as you descend down to Naya Pul to make your way back to civilization and Pokhara.

Outline itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu, transfer from airport to hotel 1300m
Day 02: At leisure in Kathmandu, preparation for trek
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar 820m
Day 04: Besi Sahar to Bahundanda 1310m
Day 05: Bahundanda to Chamje 1430m
Day 06: Chamje to Bagarchhap 2160m
Day 07: Bagarchhap to Chame 2630m
Day 08: Chame to Pisang 3190m
Day 09: Pisang to Manang 3500m
Day 10: Acclimatisation day at Manang
Day 11: Manang to Yak Kharka 4090m
Day 12: Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi 4420m
Day 13: Trek to Muktinath, crossing Thorung La (5416m) 3800m
Day 14: Muktinath to Jomsom 2713m
Day 15: Jomsom to Kalopani 2560m
Day 16: Kalopani to Tatopani 1180m
Day 17: Tatopani to Ghorapani 2775m
Day 18: Ghorapani to Tikhedhunga 1525m
Day 19: Tikhedhunga to Naya Pul, drive back to Pokhara 
Day 20: Fly to Kathmandu 
Day 21: At leisure in Kathmandu 
Day 22: Transfer from hotel to airport, fly home

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