Classic Annapurna Trek
Destination Nepal
Activity Trekking in Nepal
Grade
Region Gandaki Region
Max Altitude 5416
Final Destination Annapurna Circuit
Starts From Kathmandu
Ends At Kathmandu
Accomodation Hotel
No. of Days 22
Preferred Season Apr | May | Jun | Oct | Nov | Dec |
Activities Per Day Trekking

Classic Annapurna Trek

Classic Annapurna Trek is three week long trek which starts from the subtropical middle hills and ascends into Manang district in the rain shadow, across the 5,416 m trans-Himalayan Thorong La (pass), past the shrine of Muktinath and slowly down, through Kali Gandaki gorge with stunning views of the Himalayas. This magnificent trek leads to the fine village, inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups. The highest point of the Annapurna Circuit trek is Thorong La pass at the top of the valley at 5416 meters high. Due to the difficulties of crossing the pass, the circuit is usually walked in a counter clockwise direction. Traveling clockwise would be the longer ascent and shorter descent from west to east is too much for many people to manage in one day. As we descend to the west at Muktinath, after crossing Thorong La pass we continue to the barren Tibetan like village of the Kali Gandaki - the world's deepest gorge.

Highlights

Duration: 22 days
Grade: Moderate to Challenging
Walking Hours: 5-6hrs
Max. Altitude: 5416 m
Best Seasons: Spring/ Autumn
Trek Style: Teahouse/ lodge

  • Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 m) & transfer to hotel
  • Day 2 Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
  • Day 3 Drive Kathmandu to Besisahar (790m)
  • Day 4 Trek to Bahundanda (1310m)
  • Day 5 Trek to Chyamje (1400m)
  • Day 6 Trek to Bagarchhap (2160m)
  • Day 7 Trek to Chame (2630m)
  • Day 8 Chame to Pisang (3300m)
  • Day 9 Trek to Manang (3500m)
  • Day 10 Acclimatization day in Manang
  • Day 11 Trek to Ledar (4250m)
  • Day 12 Trek to Phedi or High Camp (4600m)
  • Day 13 Trek to Muktinath (3710m)
  • Day 14 Our descent continues through the Kali Gandaki Valley to Marpha which is home to many apple orchards as well as all the various food products made from the fruit. Apple Brandy is a local specialty that you may be lucky enough to taste en route. Overnight at lodge
  • Day 15 Trek to Ghasa (2010 m)
  • Day 16 Trek to Tatopani (1190 m)
  • Day 17 Rest and relaxing day at Tatopani
  • Day 18 Trek to Ghorepani (2810 m)
  • Day 19 Hike to Poon Hill (3210m) & trek to Tikhedunga (1570m)
  • Day 20 Trek to Nayapul (1010 m) and drive to Pokhara
  • Day 21 Drive back to Kathmandu
  • Day 22 Final Departure
  • Day 1(Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 m) & transfer to hotel)
    Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by Red Carpet Tours and Travels representative and transferred to hotel. After check in, you can either take a rest or hang around in the city depending on your interest and time constraint.
  • Day 2(Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation)
    Today after breakfast, we start a guided sightseeing to historical and spiritual sites in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites that include the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddhanath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. In the evening, there will be a pre-trip discussion, introducing with your trekking guide. You will have an opportunity to ask any questions related to upcoming trekking. You might ask for any trekking gear for hiring or purchasing. Overnight in hotel
  • Day 3(Drive Kathmandu to Besisahar (790m))
    About 5 hours scenic drive by private car / van we will reach Besisahar
  • Day 4(Trek to Bahundanda (1310m))
    Today our trekking starts, the trail makes the climb to Khudi at 790m, we then reach the first Gurung village (many of Nepal’s Gurkha Soldiers are Gurungs). As we continue from Khudi the trail offers fine views of Himalchuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli). It climbs to Bhulbhule at 825m; goes to Ngadi before reaching Lampata at 1135m and nearby Bahundanda at 1310m. Overnight at lodge
  • Day 5(Trek to Chyamje (1400m))
    Today the trail drops steeply to Syange at 1070m from Bahundanda crossing the Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge. We then follow the river to the stone village of Jagat before climbing through forest to Chyamje at 1400m. Overnight at lodge
  • Day 6(Trek to Bagarchhap (2160m))
    The day begins with the rocky trail following the Marsyandi Rivers steadily uphill to Tal at 1675m, the first village in the Manang district. We cross a wide, flat valley. The trail then climbs a stone stairway to 1860m till another stairway. The journey continues making up and down to Dharapani at 1890m. There we find a stone entrance chorten typical of the Tibetan influenced villages from here northwards. We then visit the Bagarchhap at 2160m that offers the typical flat roofed stone houses of local Tibetans before we enter the dry highlands. Overnight at lodge
  • Day 7(Trek to Chame (2630m))
    With often rough and rocky, the trail climbs to Tyanja at 2360m, & then continues through forest, but near the river, to Kopar at 2590m. As we reach the Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II as you approach Chame & two small hot springs by the town. Overnight at lodge
  • Day 8(Chame to Pisang (3300m))
    The day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge at 2910m. We then cross another bridge at 3040m, from there the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3200m & 3300m. Overnight at lodge
  • Day 9(Trek to Manang (3500m))
    Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Anapurna Range. People of this region, herd yaks & raise crops for part of the year besides, they also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784. Leaving Pisang, we have an alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meet up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3325m involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga at 3475m to nearby Manang at 3500m. Overnight at lodge
  • Day 10(Acclimatization day in Manang)
    Today we spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend by doing some fine day walks and enjoying the magnificent views around the village & the day time is best to gain altitude. At the end of the day, we return to our accommodation & have a night rest. Overnight at lodge
  • Day 11(Trek to Ledar (4250m))
    Today we leave Manang, & the trail makes an ascent of nearly 2000m to the Thorung La pass. We make the climb steadily through Tenki, leaving the Marsyangi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Ledar at 4250m, there we see the vegetations steadily more sparse. Overnight at lodge
  • Day 12(Trek to Phedi or High Camp (4600m))
    The trail descends to cross the river at 4310m we then climb up to Phedi at 4420m. At High Camp on the elevation of 4600m, we can recently find some good guesthouses built. Your overnight stay will be there. Overnight at lodge
  • Day 13(Trek to Muktinath (3710m))
    The journey from Phedi “foot of the hill” or at the foot to the 5416m Thorung La pass, begins the day. We then make the climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problem to cross the pass if it is covered by snow. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the chortens & prayer flags. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent view from the top. Overnight at lodge
  • Day 14(Our descent continues through the Kali Gandaki Valley to Marpha which is home to many apple orchards as well as all the various food products made from the fruit. Apple Brandy is a local specialty that you may be lucky enough to taste en route. Overnight at lodge)
    Our descent continues through the Kali Gandaki Valley to Marpha which is home to many apple orchards as well as all the various food products made from the fruit. Apple Brandy is a local specialty that you may be lucky enough to taste en route. Overnight at lodge
  • Day 15(Trek to Ghasa (2010 m))
    We descend through the valley following the Kali Gandaki River to Ghasa. We walk along the bank of Kali Gandaki River. Overnight at lodge
  • Day 16(Trek to Tatopani (1190 m))
    Today, we will walk through the world’s deepest gorge on the Earth at Kopchepani and then continue descending through the Kali Gandaki River valley to Tatopani which is famous for its hot springs. This is the best place to relax your body after a long days trek. We will have one more extra day here tomorrow to relax. Overnight at lodge
  • Day 17(Rest and relaxing day at Tatopani)
  • Day 18(Trek to Ghorepani (2810 m))
    Leaving the hot springs behind us we ascend again to Ghorepani arriving mid afternoon. Overnight at lodge
  • Day 19(Hike to Poon Hill (3210m) & trek to Tikhedunga (1570m))
    Today, very early in the morning, we start an hour hiking to Poon Hill at elevation of 3210meters, a brilliant spectacle; this vantage point provides unobstructed views of the early morning sunrise over the high Himalayas. There we spend about 1 hour, then return to Ghorepani where we take a breakfast at hotel then trek down to Tikhedunga (1570m). Before starting towards Tikhedunga, we then walk down along the ridges and through rhododendron forests to large Magar village of Ulleri at 2070m. Then we gently descend down to Tikhedunga. Overnight at lodge
  • Day 20(Trek to Nayapul (1010 m) and drive to Pokhara)
    Today, our trek ends at Nayapul and take a transport to Pokhara which takes an hour. After checking in hotel and having lunch, you will go sightseeing tour of Pokhara valley. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara
  • Day 21( Drive back to Kathmandu)
    After breakfast we drive or take a flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, your guide will transfer you to your hotel. Rest of the day you can spend at leisure or perhaps catching up with on some last minute shopping or exploring any sights you missed during your first day in Kathmandu.
  • Day 22(Final Departure)
    Your trip comes to an end today! There is nothing to do. Our airport representative will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight NOTE: We will customize the itinerary as per the requirement of the customer other than the above. For Trip Cost,please contact us.

Cost Includes

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
  • All teahouse accommodation & meals during the trek
  • A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees
  • An experienced English-speaking trekking guide, necessary number of porters to carry your luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, transportation food and lodging
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Annapurna conservation area permit & TIMS
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry Visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Domestic flight Pokhara-Kathmandu (optional)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters