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Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek

Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek

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Trip Information

Trip Duration

19 Nights 20 Days

Difficulty Level

Hard

Destination

Nepal

Maximum Height

5416 m

Guiding Method

Trekking

Best Season

All time

Highlights

  • Trek along the historic Annapurna Circuit and Poon Hill trail. 
  • Witness the world's deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki, between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs.  
  • Hike through the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), home to rare flora and fauna. 
  • Experience diverse landscapes, from lush sub-tropical forests to high-altitude deserts. 
  • Immerse yourself in the Tibetan-influenced culture of Manang's charming villages. 
  • Explore enchanting glacial lakes such as Ice and Ganapurna Lake. 
  • Conquer the Thorong La Pass and get rewarding panorama of snow-capped peaks stretching into Tibet. 
  • Walk along the picturesque valleys of Marshyangdi and Kali Gandaki River. 
  • Marvel at the awe-inspiring peaks of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Macchapuchhare, and Manaslu.
  • Pay homage at the scared Muktinath temple of Lord Vishu. 
  • Explore ancient cities like Kagbeni and Jomsom, steeped in history and tradition. 
  • Immerse yourself in the rich heritage of Thakali and Gurung communities highly influenced by Tibetan culture. 
  • Explore Marpha village, famous for its apple orchards and stone houses. 
  • Unwind in the soothing hot springs of Tatopani. 
  • Enjoy remarkable sunrise and mountain vistas from Poon Hill. 

Discover the Annapurna region of Nepal with the famous classic Annapurna circuit trek. This 20-day adventure seamlessly blends two popular trek routes, the Annapurna Circuit and the Poon Hill trek, into one fantastic adventure. 

Starting from the lower foothills of the Annapurna range, the journey leads to the thrilling Thorong La Pass (5,416m). Then, you'll descend into the Muktinath Valley before finishing with a hike to the stunning Poon Hill (3,210m) viewpoint. 

The Annapurna circuit trek follows an ancient path from low altitudes to high alpine terrain, offering diverse landscapes from subtropical forests to high-altitude alpine settings. This 20-day itinerary traverses varied terrains, providing natural diversity and cultural immersion of different ethnic groups such as Thakali, Gurung, Magars, Tamangs, Brahmins, and Chhetris communities. 

Along the trek, you'll enjoy the breathtaking views of Annapurna I, II, III, IV Gangapurna, Niligiri, Lamjung Himal, Dhaulagiri, and Manalsu. The Annapurna circuit trek package ensures an unforgettable journey through the region's majestic landscapes and rich cultural heritage. 

The Annapurna circuit trek itinerary offers many starting points, from Bhulbhule to Chame or Pisang. You’ll begin the journey from Bhulbhule and encounter scenic vistas, ancient traditional farms, and cascading waterfalls, passing through enchanting settlements like Jagat, Dharapani, Pisang, and Braka before the vibrant town of Manang. 

Traversing the picturesque river valleys of Marshyangdi and Kali Gandaki, the Annapurna circuit trekking route showcases lush landscapes and rich biodiversity. The trek path for miles follows Kali Gandaki Gorge, the world's deepest gorge between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. 

Manang, a traditional ancient town with astonishing mountain vistas, is one of the largest towns on the Annapurna circuit trek. It offers excellent options for acclimatization hikes to Ice Lake or Gangapurna Lake. From Manang, journey to Yak Kharka, where yaks graze against towering peaks. From here, the circuit trek involves a strenuous walk to Thorong La Pas via Thorong Phedi. 

One of the highlights of this classic Annapurna circuit trek is the ascent to Thorong La Pass, a thrilling pass connecting Manang and Mustang villages. At 5,416 meters, this iconic pass offers unparalleled sights of the Annapurna range and Tibetan mountains. 

Descending into the Mustang district, you'll discover the cultural treasures of Muktinath, a revered pilgrimage site. Follow the trail through the Kali Gandaki valley, home to the world's deepest gorge, and explore medieval cities like Kagbeni, Jomsom, and Marpha. From Jomsom, head to Tatopani via Kalopani. 

After reaching Tatopani, you can relax and unwind with a soothing dip in the natural hot springs before continuing along the trail toward Ghorepani. This presents an inviting opportunity to ascend to the renowned viewpoint of Poon Hill. Adding this stop enhances the appeal of the 20-day Annapurna circuit trek itinerary. It provides an opportunity to appreciate the staggering sunrise and the panoramic views of majestic peaks like Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Annapurna I. 

After enjoying the alluring scenery at Poon Hill, the trek takes you back to Nayapul via Hile. A scenic drive awaits from there, bringing you back to Pokhara and then Kathmandu, marking the end of this adventure in the Annapurna foothills. 

Moreover, the Annapurna Circuit trail offers connections to well-known Nepal trekking routes in the Annapurna region, such as the Upper Mustang Trek, the Nar Phu Valley Trek, and the Manaslu Circuit Trek. 

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Itinerary

Today marks the beginning of your classic Annapurna Circuit trek adventure in Kathmandu, Nepal. Upon arrival at the airport, you’ll be greeted by the sights and sounds of this vibrant city. Take a moment to soak in the atmosphere and feel the excitement of starting your journey in this cultural hub. 

After clearing customs and immigration, you'll be transferred to your hotel to unwind and settle in. Take some time to rest and refresh yourself after your journey. 

Depending on your arrival time, you may have the opportunity to explore a bit of Kathmandu independently. Wander through the lively streets and admire the intricate architecture of ancient temples. 

In this friendly environment, you'll feel more at home as you attend the welcome dinner hosted by the Nepal Ascents Treks team. Take advantage of this opportunity to get to know your fellow team members and trek guide. It's a chance to forge connections, share stories, and build camaraderie to accompany you throughout the journey. 

Overnight stay in Kathmandu. 

Accommodation
3 Star

Meal
Dinner

Transportation
Private car

Today, it is dedicated to exploring the cultural richness of Kathmandu Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll visit iconic landmarks that hold profound religious and historical significance. 

Begin your tour with a visit to the majestic Boudhanath Stupa, one of the world's largest stupas, adorned with colorful prayer flags and encircled by monasteries. Next, experience the spiritual ambiance of Swayambhunath Temple, also known as the Monkey Temple. It sits atop a hill, offering a panoramic city and Himalayan vistas. 

Then, immerse yourself in the sacred atmosphere of Pashupatinath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, where you may witness Hindu cremation ceremonies along the banks of the Bagmati River. 

 

Finally, explore the historical charm of Kathmandu Durbar Square, with its intricately carved temples, palaces, and courtyards showcasing Newari architecture. After a full day of sightseeing, return to your hotel to prepare for the Annapurna circuit trek. Your guide will brief you on the circuit itinerary highlights and conduct a gear check.

Feel free to do any last-minute shopping at Thamel if needed. Remember to pack your bags before going to bed, as this will prepare for an early departure to Bhulbhule tomorrow. 

Overnight stay in Kathmandu. 

Accommodation
3 Star

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private Car

Begin your Annapurna circuit journey with a picturesque drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule via Beisahar. The drive is full of picturesque scenery from farmed terraced fields, gushing rivers, green forests, rolling hills, scattered tiny villages, and distant snow-capped peaks. 

First, you reach Besisahar, the gateway to the famous Annapurna circuit. From Besisahar, it's an hour's ride to Bhulbhule. The road is muddy and will be extremely bumpy, so it's an adventurous ride. 

Once in Bhulbhule, a lovely village awaits, with a few guesthouses and restaurants accommodating travelers. 

Overnight stay in Bhulbhule. 

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Public Bus

Today marks the official commencement of your Annapurna Circuit trek. After a satisfying breakfast, you embark on your trekking journey. The trail ahead promises a delightful experience for your first day. 

Meandering through dense jungles and terraced fields along the Marshyangdi River, immerse yourself in nature's embrace. Within an hour of hiking, you’ll reach the quaint village of Ngadi. 

Continuing onwards, you’ll ascend steadily towards Bahundanda, treating yourself to captivating vistas of local villages and vibrant rice terraces. Upon reaching Bahundanda, the impressive sights of the distant Annapurna Himalayas will leave you spellbound. 

Progressing along stone trails, you’ll encounter the first of many bridges that span the Annapurna circuit. Passing through Ghermu Phant and Syange village, where the trekking path converges with the road, you’ll be greeted by serene surroundings. 

After a couple more hours of leisurely walking, you finally arrive at the tranquil village of Jagat, once a bustling trading post. 

Overnight stay in Jagat. 

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today's journey along the Annapurna Circuit trail is filled with awe-inspiring scenery, suspension bridges, and lush green landscapes. You’ll trek from Jagat to Dharapani, passing through Chyamche/ Chamje and Tal. 

After breakfast, pack your bags and start the trek, starting with a climb up steep stairs. The trail includes a mix of uphill and downhill sections.  

En route, you’ll come across a magnificent waterfall just outside Chyamche. After about an hour of walking, you reach Chyamche village, where some trekkers choose to stay. From Chyamche, you start descending towards the water and cross the raging river over the first suspension bridge of the day. 

After walking for a few hours, you’ll see the gate welcoming you to the Manang district. Continuing your descent towards the river, you pass through the village of Tal. Along the route, you’ll encounter a green valley and splendid terraced fields growing crops like barley, wheat, and potatoes. 

After traversing the small settlement of Khotro/Karte, an easy walk will bring you to Dharapani. Upon reaching Dharapani, drop your bags and treat yourself to hot tea. 

Overnight stay in Dharapani. 

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today, you are heading west towards Chame village. You'll gain around 800 meters in altitude, so expect a drop in temperature and a change in vegetation. Before you begin your trek for the day, you stop at the ACAP office to check your permits. 

The journey starts with an easy walk, leading you first to Bagarchap, where you are greeted with beautiful landscapes. The trail continues to Danakyu, offering stunning scenery filled with waterfalls. 

Next, you arrive at the village of Timang, which presents one of the more challenging sections of today's trek. The ascent here is steep and zigzags over rocky terrain created by the river. The landscape resembles an alpine setting, with grass-covered meadows and towering snow-capped mountains all around. 

Timang is one of the highlights of the Annapurna Circuit, offering captivating Himalayan scenery, rolling clouds, and the warm hospitality of villagers. From Timang, the landscape transitions again as you pass through pine forests, waterfalls, and scattered villages. 

Follow the winding trail alongside a rushing river and through cattle-grazing areas you eventually reach Koto village, where you encounter another checkpoint. After registering your details, you continue your hike. 

In less than half an hour, you'll arrive in Chame, one of the larger settlements along this part of the circuit trek. If time allows, there is a hot spring nearby worth checking out. 

Overnight stay in Chame. 

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today's journey on the Annapurna Circuit promises to elevate you further into the majestic mountains. Traversing alongside the river, ascend through an enchanting pine forest and charming apple farm. 

The route from Chame to Bhratang, Dhikur Pokhari, and Lower Pisang, unveils some of the most alluring vistas along this iconic Annapurna circuit trekking itinerary. 

Following the river's meander, you’ll pass green fields before immersing yourself in the tranquility of a dense pine forest. After an hour's trek, you'll arrive at Bhratang, a village renowned for its apple farm. Indulging in a slice of delectable apple pie is a popular choice among trekkers. 

Continuing onward, you’ll encounter one of the most photographed sections of the trail– a road carved into the mountainside. Another short walk brings you to the impressive Swarga Dwari. The wind had shaped this bowl-like mountainside to become what it is today, a gateway to haven. 

The path then winds through a series of zigzags, alternating between steep uphill climbs and gentle descents, eventually leading you to Dhikur Pokhari. 

From here, the journey to Pisang is relatively straightforward. Here, the trail divides, offering one route along the road to Lower Pisang and another ascending uphill to Upper Pisang. 

You can either stay at Upper Pisang or hike there and return to Lower Pisang for a stay. As Upper Pisang sits 150 meters higher than Lower Pisang, opting for a lower altitude for overnight rest can aid in acclimatization. 

Overnight stay in Pisang. 

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today's trek is long, so it's best to start early. You have two options from Lower Pisang: the high and low routes to Manang. 

The low route is shorter but less attractive, while the high route offers more splendid landscapes and better acclimatization. You are taking the high route for this Annapurna circuit itinerary. 

Starting with an easy walk, you reach the base of Ghyaru hill. This part is challenging, with the trail zigzagging up the hill for about an hour, but reaching the top rewards you with gorgeous views of snowy mountains and the valley below. 

After going up and down through the valley, you arrive at Ngawal village. Walking along this small mountainside trail is peaceful and scenic.  

From Ngawal, you have two options again: continue on the road to Manang or take a longer trekking route with lovely scenery. Both are official routes of the Annapurna circuit. Choosing the road, you descend steeply to the valley floor, where the high and low trails meet at Humde village. 

After a couple of hours of walking, you reach Braka. The path here is accessible, mainly following a road where occasional jeeps pass until you finally arrive at Manang village. 

Manang is a popular resting place on the Annapurna circuit trekking route. It is the last village accessible by jeep before the pass, and there are plenty of amenities like tea houses, guest houses, bakeries, coffee shops, restaurants, and several shops. 

Overnight stay in Manang. 

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today, you are taking a well-deserved rest in Manang. Spending extra time here is essential to acclimatize properly to the altitude. Spending a few nights in Manang helps your body adjust to the higher elevation. 

Waking up to the remarkable scenery, you’ll enjoy a hearty Himalayan breakfast. Then, embark on a hike to visit Gangapurna Lake. You can do other day hikes from Manang, such as the Ice Lake trek and the Bocho Gompa. 

The Ice Lake is the most challenging, but it's worth a try if you are feeling energetic. It's a steep, full-day trek that offers spectacular scenery. 

You can also drop by the Himalayan Rescue Association in Vraja village, where you’ll receive information about acute mountain sickness and how to prevent it. 

In Manang, there are shops where you can buy any gear, such as jackets, shoes, crampons, and trekking poles. If you realize you are missing something essential for crossing Thorong La Pass, this is your last chance to buy it here before the journey ahead.

Overnight stay in Manang. 

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today, you are heading to Yak Kharka. Remember, you are now above 3,500 meters, so it's essential only to climb up to 500 meters daily. Take it easy. 

You start your trek from Manang, and after walking for a while and ascending a few hundred meters, you reach Gunsang (3,950m). You can take a short tea break and enjoy the outstanding view here. 

The second half of the trek is more accessible, with some gentle ups and downs. The terrain becomes flat, offering incredible scenery. 

You will cross several swing bridges along the way, and the landscape turns barren, with only small shrubs covering the ground at this altitude. As you get closer to Yak Kharka, you'll see yaks grazing next to the trail. 

Overnight stay in Yak Kharka. 

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today's trekking is uphill but not too steep. Due to the high altitude, it's still quite challenging. You are getting closer to Thorong La Pass, the Annapurna circuit trek's highest point.

Thorong Phedi is the last place to rest before crossing the pass, and there are a few teahouses there. After about half an hour of climbing, you reach Churi Ledar (4,200m), where you’ll witness breathtaking vistas. 

Leaving Churi Ledar, you come across a big suspension bridge that takes you to the other side of the valley. From here, the path gets steeper and trickier. The uneven ground and loose rocks make it hard to keep your footing. You need to be careful not to slip or slide down the mountain. 

Navigating the rugged terrain carved into the mountainside can be challenging. There is a short but tricky section where there's been a landslide. It's dangerous because the path might give way beneath you, and there's also a risk of falling rocks. 

After about 20 minutes, leave the landslide area behind and arrive at the lodges in Thorong Phedi. 

If you are still feeling energetic, you can make an extra climb to High Camp (4,850m/15,912ft), which is 400 meters higher. It is a tough climb, so take it slow and stay hydrated. Once there, take some time to acclimate before returning to Thorong Phedi. 

Overnight stay in Thorong Phedi. 

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today marks the pinnacle of your Annapurna Circuit trek as you reach the majestic Thorong La Pass, the highest point along the trail. 

Begin your journey before dawn, ensuring you are equipped with breakfast and snacks, as there are no guesthouses en route to Muktinath Valley. With headlamps illuminating the path, set off promptly, for today's trek is lengthy and demanding. 

The ascent from Thorong Phedi to High Camp is arduous, with a steep climb along a narrow, rocky path. As you leave High Camp behind, the rugged mountainscape envelops you, heightening the sense of isolation and adventure. 

Approaching Thorong La Pass, the effects of altitude become palpable, reminding you of the immense challenge ahead. At 5,416 meters, oxygen levels are significantly reduced, necessitating caution and mindfulness. 

Upon reaching Thorong La Pass, relish in the triumphant moment, capturing memories amidst the striking panorama. The descent begins gradually, but the terrain remains rugged and precarious, requiring steady footing and the aid of trekking poles to navigate the loose rocks. 

As you descend further, the landscape transitions, offering glimpses of Charabu village and eventually leading to the sprawling expanse of Muktinath. Traverse through fields dotted with yaks and cross suspension bridges, anticipation building as Muktinath draws nearer. 

Upon arrival, immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere of Muktinath Valley, where pilgrims gather to pay homage and seek spiritual solace amidst ancient temples. 

Overnight stay in Muktinath. 

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Before setting out for Jomsom, take some time to explore the renowned Muktinath temple. Known as Chuming Gyatsa in Tibetan, this temple holds special significance for Buddhists. 

Muktinath is celebrated for its Hundred Waters, represented by the temple's 108 stone sprouts from which water flows continuously and two Kundas in front of the temple. Bathing in these 108 waterspouts, known as Muktidhara, and the two Kundas are believed to purify the soul and bring salvation. 

Adjacent to the temple lies the Jawalai Mai Temple, where an eternal flame has burned for over 2,000 years, offering a glimpse into ancient spirituality. 

After breakfast at the tea house, instead of opting for a jeep or bus, you will continue your trek towards Jomsom via the tranquil village of Kagbeni. Embark on the quiet trail, relishing the solitude and scenic beauty surrounding you. 

While there are multiple routes to Jomsom, you’ll follow the newly paved road out of Muktinath, passing through a landscape reminiscent of deserts like Morocco or Jordan. Descending gradually towards Kagbeni, the path is strewn with loose rocks, leading you through small villages nestled amidst fields and mountains. 

Kagbeni hosts the ancient Kag Chode Thupten Samphel Ling Monastery in the center of the village. You can explore the monastery and get a glimpse into traditional Tibetan culture. Explore the maze-like alleyways lined with stone houses and learn about the village's renowned Shaligram fossils. 

Continuing your trek towards Jomsom, the terrain varies from dusty roads to stepper climbs, with flat riverbed trails. Finally you arrive at Jomsom, a bustling town and a central hub on the Annapurna Circuit, boasting its airport, numerous guesthouses, restaurants, and shops. For many trekkers, Jomsom is the final stop on their Annapurna Circuit trek. 

Overnight stay in Jomsom. 

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today, you head towards Kalopani from Jomsom, offering splendid sights of the mighty Dhaulagiri and Niligiri mountain ranges along the day. Begin your day with a delightful breakfast, soaking in the warm hospitality of the Thakali people in Jomsom, whose rich culture and traditions are deeply rooted in Tibetan heritage. 

After a couple of hours of trekking, you reach the pleasant village of Marpha. Here, you’ll be captivated by the unique architecture, characterized by stone-flagged streets and white-washed flat-roofed houses with central courtyards, reflecting the region's distinct charm. 

Continue your journey alongside the Kali Gandaki riverbed and pass through a series of attractive villages, each offering its picturesque allure. Among these are Tukuche, Kobang, Larjung, and Thakkholagaon (Satsaya). 

Along the way, marvel at the awe-inspiring sight of the world's deepest Kali Gandaki gorge, nestled between the towering Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massif. 

As you arrive in Kalopani, take a moment to appreciate the grandeur of the mountain vistas surrounding you. Accessible by road from Beni Bazaar, Kalopani offers a tranquil retreat amidst the magnificent Himalayan landscape. 

Overnight stay in Kalopani. 

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Wake up with the soothing sound of the Kali Gandaki River. After a nourishing breakfast, set out on your trekking adventure. The path ahead predominantly descends, leading you through the rugged terrain for several hours until you reach Ghasa. A brief stop at the ACAP check-in point awaits before you resume your journey. 

Walking out of Ghasa, follow the trail signs across grassy fields and toward the riverbank. Crossing the river, find yourself on the well-defined NATT (New Annapurna Trekking Trails) trail, winding through lush forests adorned with pine and banana trees alongside various tropical flora. 

As you progress, the trail transitions to the dusty dirt roads, guiding you for miles alongside the river. Crossing over a suspension bridge, you’ll reach on the western bank of the river. A gentle ascent leads you to the welcoming embrace of Tatopani village. 

Tatopani is a famous spot for its rejuvenating hot springs. They offer a perfect opportunity to unwind and replenish your energy before continuing your journey towards Ghorepani the following day. 

Overnight stay in Tatopani. 

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today, you'll continue your trekking to Ghorepani village, nestled at the foot of the famed Poon Hill viewpoint. 

Set out on your walk with a gentle climb through lush forests, soaking in the serene surroundings. As you approach Shikha, take in the mesmerizing vistas spanning the Kali Gandaki Valley and the majestic Dhaulagiri range. 

Press on through forested areas with blooming rhododendrons flowers, navigating the thousands of stone stairs between Tatopani and Ghorepani. 

Along the way, be sure to pause at several viewpoints to marvel at the astonishing sights of snowy peaks such as Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, and Nilgiri, among others. Finally, after hours of trekking, you arrive at Ghorepani village. 

Overnight stay in Ghorepani. 

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Rising early to witness the amusing sunrise at Poon Hill, a one-hour ascent to an elevation of 3,210m. Climbing thousands of stone stairs, you will conquer the steep path to reach the viewpoint. 

As the sun emerges behind the hills, the horizon is bathed in golden light, creating a majestic spectacle. Marvel at the first rays scattering across the blue sky, casting a spellbinding aura over the mighty peaks.  

With the magical sunrise, embrace the clear panoramic views of Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri Mountain, Gangapurna, and Hiunchuli. After an hour of soaking in the scenery at Poon Hill, descend to Ghorepani village for breakfast before retracing your steps to Hile. 

The hike begins with an easy walk, gradually descending southward. After two hours, you'll reach the tranquil Nayathanti village, offering the grand sights of Annapurna I. 

Continue for another hour, and you'll arrive at Banthanti, crossing several streamlets and cascading along the way. Ulleri village awaits, well-known for its iconic stone steps comprising approximately 3,000 steps, a challenging yet rewarding part of the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek in Nepal. 

Further walking downhill through the countryside and beautiful mustard field, you reach Tikhedhunga, a small settlement inhabited by Gurung people. Then you'll shortly arrive at Hile. 

Overnight stay in Hile. 

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today is your last day on your Annapurna Circuit trail. The trek is short where you’ll walk into the lower regions of the Annapurna foothills. 

Setting out from Hile village, expect a mix of downhill and uphill terrain. Follow the path northwest alongside the Burundi Khola River, eventually tracing the Modi Khola. After a leisurely two-hour trek, you'll reach Nayapul, marking the end of your trekking journey.

Nayapul is two hours away from Pokhara. Upon arrival in Pokhara, settle into your hotel and take some time to refresh yourself. Then, venture out to explore the enchanting city known for its serene lakes. Treat yourself to a pampering session at a salon or indulge in a relaxing massage to unwind after completing the challenging trek. 

In the evening, savor a delightful dinner at one of Pokhara's restaurants, perhaps accompanied by live music. Enjoying the dinner, reflect on the memories of your Annapurna circuit adventure. 

Overnight stay in Pokhara. 

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch

Transportation
Walking

Today, you return to the vibrant capital city of Kathmandu. You have two main transportation options: a quick 20-minute flight or a scenic 6 to 7-hour drive along the Prithivi Highway. 

If you opt for the road journey, you'll pass through charming markets like Damauli, Malekhu, and Muglin, soaking in the picturesque countryside scenery. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, check into your hotel. 

After freshening up, gather with the Nepal Ascent Treks Team for a farewell dinner. This is a chance to bond with fellow travelers and the trekking team, reminisce about your journey and share memorable photographs. 

Overnight stay in Kathmandu. 

Important Note: For those interested in exploring Pokhara City further, an additional day can be added for sightseeing at an extra cost. 

Accommodation
3 Star

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Tourist Bus

Today marks the end of your journey in Nepal. As you wake up, you are filled with pride for all you have accomplished and a bit of sadness as it ends. After packing and saying goodbye to your Nepali home, take one last stroll through Kathmandu. 

You can do some souvenir shopping. Thamel has many shops for beautiful souvenirs like Thanka paintings, singing bowls, Khukuri (Gorkha Knives), tea, pashmina, prayer wheels, etc. Depending on your flight time, a representative from Nepal Ascent Treks will accompany you to the airport. 

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private car

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What's Included

Meal

  • Fresh seasonal fruits after the dinner (while on the trek).
  • Breakfast,Lunch and dinner during the trek.

Accomodation

  • Stay in the city at finest hotel (Can upgrade of the accommodations to luxury hotels / lodge is possible at extra cost).
  • Lodge expenses during the trek.

Staffs & Crew

  • Licensed, experienced and English speaking trekking guide.
  • A porter and his entire expenses.
  • Insurance of guide and porter.

Transportation

  • Kathmandu-Bhulbhule and Pokhara-kathmandu drive in a public bus.
  • Airport pickup and drop facility.

Permits & Paperworks

  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)

Activities

  • Full day guided city tour in Kathmandu (Day 2) by a private vehicle.

Other

  • 5 Hot showers (Attached bathroom) on a trek
  • First aid medical kit
  • Nepal Ascent Treks duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map.
  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (provided upon request).

Complimentary Extras

  • 1 hour trekkers massage / Yoga after the trip completion.
  • Local sim card
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.

What's Not Included

  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation).
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.
  • Cost for additional trips.
  • Nepal arrival visa.

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Essential Info

Physical Fitness

Many people have questions as to what level of physical fitness is required for visiting Nepal, and that is extremely reliant on what activity the visitor is engaging in. With that said, for a standard trek of moderate grading (Everest Base Camp Trek is an example of moderate) the daily activity will be 7-8 hours, and elevation will generally not exceed 5,500 meters. The day’s trekking is sustained and will involve both long steep climbs, and descents with a variety of terrain underfoot from well-trodden paths, to rocks covered with ice or snow. A typical day would include a number of climbs or descents of 500 meters or more, starting after breakfast, resting at lunch, then continuous trekking until arriving at the teahouse.

In preparation for the trek, it is important to begin a training requirement at least 4 months before departing for Nepal. Three to four hours of aerobic exercise like running, walking, swimming, cycling & some gym work per week is the minimum and most will find it beneficial to add some basic strength training to their physical fitness routine. One of the best ways to prepare is to take practice hikes with a daypack roughly the same weight as what you will be taking on the trek. Do this only after a baseline of fitness has been reached. Moving fast is not the end goal, rather endurance is the focus, and will provide a more enjoyable and safe adventure.

Trekking Seasons in Nepal

There are two main seasons in which Nepal sees the most amount of visitors. Fall (September through November) being the most popular, and spring (March to May) coming in close behind. The summer months of June, July and August are the monsoon season and as such the trails are mostly washed out, and roads can sometimes be impassible due to landslide activates. Not to mention the view is non-existent. Still, there are a few places that lie in rain shadow areas and see significantly less rain if any at all, and summer can be a good time to visit these places. 

Winter in Nepal is dry, with very cold nights where temperatures can drop to -20°C at the highest altitudes, but the days are pleasant and sunny. Additionally, the trails are much less crowded during this time of year. In Kathmandu, maximum daytime temperatures reach around 20°C.

Fall is the most popular because it’s after the monsoons, and the air is dry, the days are sunny, and everything is green in the lower valleys from the excessive rains. Spring is a popular choice because some rain returns, but the weather is generally warm and dry, and flowers are in bloom in the lower elevations.

Trekking Day

A typical trekking day begins with a cup of tea at around 6 in the morning. It is advised to pack your trekking gears in a duffle bag and essential supplies in your day pack in these early hours. After having breakfast, we begin the trek and head along the trail at around 8 am. The morning walk is designed to be longer as we begin with refreshed bodies and enthusiasm. Following a good morning’s walk, we make stop for lunch at around 11.30 am. The lunch involves group meals enjoying the vicinity around the stop. You can explore the surrounding or use the time according to your own consent. After resting for about an hour or two, we resume our trek to reach teahouse or camp by 3-4 pm. The afternoon walk is relatively shorter and can involve games and side trips as organized by the trekking guides. You also can enjoy breaks during the trek to relax, read or stroll around the area. You can converse with the local people and observe their lifestyle. Dinner is served around 7 in the evening to round off the day.

Meals and Accommodations

During the length of the trek, the accommodation style is commonly referred to as teahouse. These are family-run basic lodges that fill the role of the restaurant, meeting place, and boarding house for tourists. Electricity can be found in the rooms, which means one light bulb, and one or two outlets for charging electronics. The common areas are also lit by electricity. Teahouses may use solar, hydroelectric, or have electrical lines running into the village, so the commonality and availability of electricity may vary.

Most teahouses have private rooms, though if the trek is in a more remote or high altitude place dormitories are the norm. Each room has 1 or 2 single beds with basic bedding, and the bathroom is shared. Expect a mix of western and squat style toilets in the bathrooms.

Breakfast and dinner are taken at the teahouse and these lodges have large family style dining rooms centered on a stove to provide heat. The menu will have Nepali style western foods such as pasta, pizza, pancakes, burgers, and fries. Also on the menu is the traditional Dal Bhat meal. This is a lentil soup with rice and vegetable or meat curry. Most menus will also offer a smattering of local cuisine.

Travel Insurance

Many expeditions and tours require that travel insurance is purchased prior to arriving in Nepal, but other treks and tours may not. However, travel insurance is definitely an important consideration. There are a number of reasons to consider insurance. Firstly, it may be required, so check to see what is being asked for by the company. Second, Nepal is a landlocked country, and there are few direct flights. Travel in and out can encounter some disruptions and if purchasing insurance, make sure flight delays and cancellations are included. The next reason to choose insurance is that, though every safeguard is in place during your tour, there are always extenuating circumstances that may result in an accident. Read the fine print of insurance policies to ensure trekking or any other activity you are engaging in is covered, as some policies have stopped covering trekking in certain places. It is impossible to have a relaxing trip without the comfort of good insurance, so do the research and choose carefully.

Nepal Visa Entry Procedure

For entry into Nepal, there are visa requirements everyone (except Indian nationals) must complete before being allowed to pass through immigration. This is for air travel as well as overland transportation. Most visitors may obtain a visa to enter Nepal, however, there are exceptions. There are a number of entry points where you can obtain the visa upon arriving by land, but Tribhuvan International Airport is the only one for air transport.

Visa on Arrival Tourist Visa

Three options are available for entry

15-day single entry: US $30

30-day single entry: US $50

90-day multiple entries: US $125

Please have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the time of entry, and have cash ready, preferably in US dollars, though there are other currencies Nepal Immigration accepts. If you are entering via overland, you must have US cash and 3 passport photos. For arrival by air, the kiosks at the airport take your picture for you.

For the most up to date list of exceptions for visa on arrival or to obtain the most current visa information, visit the Nepal Department of Immigration website.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Acute Mountain Sickness is usually seen in un-acclimatized people shortly after ascent to high altitudes. The condition occurs due to the thinning of air as the altitude increases. The condition, if not taken seriously and treated immediately, can be life-threatening and its symptoms can be seen generally above 3000 meters. Some of the symptoms of AMS are nausea, vomiting, tiredness, shortness of breath and cerebral pain. The treks are designed to properly acclimatize you to the change in high altitude climate and sufficient precautionary measures too are taken to take utmost caution. We also equip our staffs with cell phones and satellite phones in occurrence of any emergency cases. We are greatly driven to keep the safety and security of our clients as our foremost concern.

Drinking Water

Water is essential for life, and clean water is imperative while on holiday. When choosing to visit less developed countries it is a concern that all travelers should consider. A few options are available when trekking or traveling in Nepal that will mitigate any chances of drinking contaminated water which could cause disruption of an otherwise fun adventure. The first consideration to take into account is that tap water should not be ingested. That even means when brushing your teeth. Most will choose to buy bottled water and if doing so make sure the cap has not been opened previously. Plastic bottle refuse is a problem, and with that being said there are other options on the market to assist in making water drinkable. Your local outdoor store can help with choosing what option might be best to use in conjunction with a reusable bottle. Your guide can also steer you to water that has been filtered and purified so ask him or her what is available.

Arrival Instruction

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our company representatives are stationed to welcome you to the country. We request you to carefully look for your name being held by our representatives following the events upon landing. The representatives are responsible to escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You will see men offering you to carry luggage and take you to your destination as you exit the airport. We request you to pay no attention to these people and follow the designated representatives and follow their instructions. You will also need to keep an eye on your luggage and belongings to avoid any complications.

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