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Annapurna, Nepal, 18 Day Guided Circuit Trek

Join one of the certified guides from the GuideSource team on this thrilling 18 day circuit trek through the Annapurna massif in the Himalayas of Nepal.

Mountain RangeHimalaya
Duration17 days
Offer periodMar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified

Description

The Annapurna massif in the Himalayas of Nepal is enormous. As a result, there are multiple different ways you can explore it. Thus creating multiple different experiences, some of which are easy, while others are more difficult. On this 18 day trek, you will have the chance to experience one of the more difficult options. However, with that difficulty comes the reward of some of the most breathtaking views of the Annapurna you will ever get.

After leaving Kathmandu, this trip will consist of days where you will be hiking from between 4 to 7 hours, with one day involving a 9 hour walking day. However, as was mentioned earlier, with more challenge, comes more reward, and for that 9 hour walking day, you will reach the highest point of the trip, the Thorung Pass (5,416m). At the pass, you will get to enjoy some truly spectacular views of the Annapurna, and its many peaks.

Throughout the trip, we will be passing through and spending the night in several different local villages. Some examples include the villages of Tal, Chame, Pisang, Manang, Muktinath, and many more. All of these villages will provide you with an opportunity to meet local people and enjoy delicious local food. Not to mention they also offer their own unique and often breathtaking views of many Himalayan peaks, from Manaslu (8,156m) to HimalChuli (7,893m), along with several other amazing sights.

Trekking through the Annapurna is the kind of experience you will never forget. The vastness and enormity of the area is mesmerising, and on this 18 day journey we want you to enjoy as much of it as possible. So send us a request, and join us on this challenging, but immensely rewarding adventure.

Would you like to explore the Annapurna, but don’t have much experience, or perhaps want to explore it with your family? If so, we also offer this much easier 12 day trekking option.

Accommodation

Hotel B & B and full board lodging and guesthouses.

Meeting point

Kathmandu international airport.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)

After your arrival in Kathmandu, one of our representatives will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel B & B. Afterwards, we will have a brief meeting about the trips itinerary, and you will have the rest of the day to explore Kathmandu.

Day 2: Kathmandu sight seeing day

Today, you will have the chance to explore the city of Kathmandu, do some last minute shopping, and see the many sights it has to offer, from the Monkey temple to the Bouddha Nath and so much more. You will spend the night in a hotel B & B.

Day 3: Bhulbhule (830m)

After breakfast, we will drive for approximately 8 hours to Bhulbhule, where we will spend the night in a full board lodging.

Day 4: Bhulbhule - Sange (1,130m)

Today we will hike for approximately 7 hours. We will walk along the Marshyangdi river, descend to Khudi, walk to Nagdi, where you can enjoy some delicious local food, trek to Bahundanda (1,310m), then on to Sange, where we will spend the night in a full board lodging.

Day 5: Sange - Tal (1,675m)

Today we will walk for approximately 6 hours. We will walk to Jagat (1,250m), then up to Chamche (1,430m), and finally up to Tal, where we will spend the night in a full board lodging.

Day 6: Tal - Timang (2,350m)

Today, we will walk for approximately 6 hours. We will make our way to Dharapani (1,900m), then Bagarchap, a ruined village as a result of a landslide that took place in 1995, and finally Timang, where we will spend the night in a full board lodging.

Day 7: Timang - Chame (2,670m)

Today we will walk for approximately 2.5 hours. We will hike to Koto and then on to Chame, where you can enjoy some excellent views of the Annapurna. We will spend the night in a full board lodging.

Day 8: Chame - Pisang (3,180m)

Today we will walk for approximately 6 hours. We will hike through the woods, pass through the Bhratang area, where you can enjoy a great view of the river and trail below from a cliff called the Paungda Danda (1,500), and reach Pisang, where you can enjoy more great views of the Annapurna. We will spend the night in a full board lodging.

Day 9: Pisang - Manang (3,440m)

Today we will walk for approximately 7 hours. We will hike our way up to the village of Ghyaru (3,670m) before descending into the village of Manang, where we will spend the night in a full board hotel. The hike will be challenging; however you will get to enjoy some incredible panoramic views of the Annapurna.

Day 10: Rest day in Manang

Today will be a well deserved rest day. You will get to explore the village, while properly acclimatizing. There is also a clinic where you can learn about mountain sickness. We will spend the night in a full board hotel.

Day 11: Manang - Yak Kharaka (4,000m)

Today we will walk for approximately 4 hours. We will trek up and pass Gungsang before reaching Yak Kharaka, where we will spend the night in a full board lodging.

Day 12: Yak Kharaka - Thorung Phedi (4,500m)

Today we will walk for approximately 3.5 hours. We will hike to Churi-lattar (4,250m) before reaching Thorung Phedi, where we will spend the night in a full board guesthouse.

Day 13: Thorung Phedi - Thorung La Pass (5,416m) - Muktinath (3,800m)

Today we will walk for approximately 9 hours. We will wake up early and start walking between 4:30 – 5:00 am. The hike will be tough, as we will be trekking through snow until we reach the highest point of the trip, the Thorung La Pass. After that, we will descend to Muktinath, where we will spend the night in a full board lodging.

Day 14: Muktinath - Jomsom (2,750m)

Today we will walk for approximately 6 hours. We will hike to Kagbeni, which is an area full of ancient caves, and then on to Jomsom, where we will spend the night in a full board guesthouse.

Day 15: Jomsom - Pokhara (820m)

Today we will take a scenic flight through the Annapurna peaks from Jomsom to Pokhara, where you will get to spend the day exploring, before spending the night in a hotel B & B.

Day 16: Pokhara - Kathmandu

Today we will take a 7 hour bus ride to Kathmandu, where you will spend the night in a hotel B & B.

Day 17: Kathmandu

Today you will have another full day to explore the city of Kathmandu so you can see whatever you may have missed on the second day of the trip. Afterwards, we will have a farewell dinner, and you will spend your final night of the trip in a hotel B & B.

Day 18: Departure

On the final day, we will transfer you to the Kathmandu international airport, where you will catch your flight home.


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