One of the most iconic treks in the world, the Annapurna Circuit and Base Camp Trek is sure to give you an unforgettable experience and lifelong memories. You will be surrounded by some the most spectacular mountains anywhere on earth, including three of the world’s highest; Annapurna 8,091m, Manaslu 8,163m, Dhauligiri 8,167m and the “Matterhorn of the Himalayas” – Machhapuchare.
Our trek is designed to last 19 days and includes a visit to Tilicho Lake, which at 4,919 metres above sea level is also one of the highest on earth. Starting from Kathmandu we will take either local or private transport across towards Besisahar which is the gateway for the Annapurna Circuit.
Continuing the journey, we will spend our first night at Jagat before finishing the drive the following day at Chame, where the trek begins. Throughout you will stay in a wide range of villages – both Nepali and Tibetan – and you will notice the shift in cultures from place to place. Likewise the landscapes will start with paddy fields, farmland and forests before getting into the more rugged beauty of the Himalayas.
Annapurna when literally translated means “Full of Food” and the Goddess of Harvests features prominently in many of the homes. A 160km round trek, or 230km at its longest route, this suitable for first timers and experienced trekkers alike.
This trek is one of the most popular in the region, but can also be split into sections for those with tighter time limits. Days 1-12 can easily be broken off while a 5-day trek around the Ghorepani area makes for an excellent taster for those unable to do the whole thing.
After your arrival in Kathmandu our representatives at the airport will transfer you to your hotel and help you in check in.
In the morning, our trekking crew will pick you up at the hotel and catch the transportation to Besisahar before transferring to a local jeep to Jagat where we stay overnight.
After breakfast, we drive about 3 hours to Chame which is headquarters of Manang district, than we start walking towards Bhratang. The Himalayan views of Lamujng Himal, Annapurna will be impressive from the start.
The trail from Chame to Upper Pisang offers a panoramic view of the Lamjung, Annapurna, Tilicho, Chulu East and Pisang peaks.
Today we leave the Sherpa village of Pisang, passing through forests of pine until we reach the village of Humre. From Humre we continue on to Manang.
Manang is our first acclimatization stop as we prepare for the next high altitude section of the trek. We do half day rest and walk in the afternoon in Khangsar village for overnight stay.
The trail towards Tilicho base camp can be a bit tricky so we will need to walk along a small path to reach in base camp. The downward slope towards Base Camp is much easier.
We walk base camp to Yak Kharka above the Khangsar village along an unmarked trail.
An hours walk from Yak Kharka the trail passes through Ledar before climbing along the east bank of Jasang Khola and descending to Thorang Phedi.
There is off road drive between Muktinath and Tatopani which is often busy and dusty. All part of the adventure!
Crossing the hanging bridge over the Kali Gandaki river, we reach the village of Shikha. From Shikha we walk for three more hours before we arrive in Ghorepani.
In Ghorepani, just after an hour’s walk we reach the famous Poon Hill. The view from the top of this beautiful place is superb. The mountains that can be observed from the hill are the Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli and Dhaulagiri. After taking in the beauty of Ghorepani we continue walking to Tadapani.
From Tadapani the trail is a downhill walk through rhododendron and oak forests before we reach Chhomrung for lunch. After an hour in Chhomrung we trek to Sinuwa where we will camp overnight.
The trail now drops as we descend down a stone staircase and then cross the Chhomrung Khola. After climbing high above the Modi Khola the trail continues up hill to Kuldi before descending again to Himalaya.
From Himalaya we follow the trail high above the river and walk until we reach the Machapuchare Base Camp which is at a lower altitude and a slightly shorter distance than the Annapurna Base Camp. We can choose where to stay.
If we stayed in Machapuchare Base Camp last night then we can visit Annapurna Base Camp this morning. After some exploring in the area we will descend to Sinuwa.
Today, we walk towards Kimche via the hot spring in Jinu. At Kimche our trek ends and we will take road bound for Pokhara.
Note: Above holiday itinerary can be customized as our guest specific requirements and can make shorter and longer. We design your holidays accordingly.
Water: Mineral waters are available at all stops during tea house treks (paying your own). You can also use tap water if you choose to use water purification tablets.
Medical support: An emergency first aid kit is carried by the support staff at all times.
Travel Insurance: –
Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients who choose to trek or climb with us. The insurance should cover you in case of emergencies like accidents, altitude sickness and ambulance and helicopter rescue charges if required. Please carry a copy of your insurance papers while travelling in Nepal and do send us a copy as well. This will help us in making all the necessary arrangements in case of any sort of emergencies.
Nepal has four climatic seasons
While there are no seasonal constraints on traveling to Nepal, different regions are best visited in different seasons. Once you inquire about any trekking itinerary we’ll email you regarding the best season for that particular trek.
The following equipment are needed during the Climbing period: –
(Warm Down Jackets, Sleeping Bags, Warm Trousers, Koflach Shoes, Trekking Shoes and Sandals, Perfectly fitting Crampons, Gaiters, Ice Axe, Jumar, Ice Screw, Rock, Picton, Snow Bar, 2 locking Carabiners, Gloves, Sun Glasses, Head Light, Helmet, Rope, Stove, Harness, Figure -8, Gore – Tex Jackets).
If you’d prefer to share this Peace Nepal holiday trip with your own group of friends, we’ve got good news, it’s also available as a Private Adventure!, Our Private Adventure specialists are on hand to give you a quote or talk through some different options.
In 2005 I had the honor assisting to build a primary school in Pakuwal Tulo Parsel Nepal, together with a friend and on behalf of the Lions Club Schoorl. Tulo Parsel is the home ground of Nir Bahadur Lama, managing director of Peace Nepal Treks. During the building time I was in close contact with him, and still we are.…