Nepal's Annapurna Circuit in two weeks
The perfect trek for those who would like to experience Nepal s classic Annapurna Circuit trek in just two weeks. With superb views of the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri and the chance to cross the formidable Thorong La Pass it's no wonder this remains one of Nepal's classic treks. A demanding yet excellent introduction to walking in the Himalaya.
- 3 nights standard hotels and 11 nights teahouses
- 11 days point-to-point walking with full porterage
- Group normally 2 to 12 plus tour leader and local staff. Min. age 16 yrs
- Altitude maximum 5416m, average 2800m
- Travel by private bus and 2 internal flights
- Snow and ice may be encountered
- Natural Wonders
- Walking & Trekking
- The Annapurna Circuit in 2 weeks
- Sunset and sunrise from Manang over Gangapurna and the Annapurnas
- Cross the formidable Thorong La
- Dramatically changing scenery
Activity grade: Challenging
- All breakfasts
- Morning bed-tea on trek
- Welcome drink at each overnight lodge
- 3 nights standard hotels and 11 nights teahouses
- All transport and listed activities
- Tour leader throughout, plus local staff (staff to client ratio of 1:4 on trek)
- Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
- Arrival and departure transfers
- Full porterage throughout trek
- Exodus kitbag
- Trekking map (provided locally)
- Trekking permit and national park fees
➕ Day 1 Depart London.
The group flight is an overnight flight departing London this evening. **
➕ Day 2 Arrive Kathmandu.
Those on the group flight from London will arrive into Kathmandu in the evening and will be transferred to our hotel. Those not travelling with the group from London will meet us in the hotel. There will be a full trek briefing at the hotel tonight. *Hotel Royal Singi (or similar)*
➕ Day 3 Scenic drive to Besisahar; trek to Bhulebule.
We leave Kathmandu early in the morning and drive towards Pokhara. After leaving the Kathmandu Valley the road snakes its way westwards along the Trisuli Valley. We get superb views of the mountains, particularly the Ganesh Himal and Manaslu as we follow the river to Mugling. We then turn off the main road at Dumre and continue to Besisahar where we begin our trek. From Besisahar we walk down to the river and cross to the east side to avoid the new road which is currently under construction. Our trail undulates above the river, continuing northwards up the Marsyangdi Valley with Himalchuli and Peak 29 dominating the horizon. We pass through rice paddies and villages for two hours until we meet the main trail at Bhulebule. *Teahouse*
➕ Day 4 Start the slow ascent of the Marsyangdi Valley; overnight in Jagat.
The trail continues up the east bank of the river to Ngaddi, where a hydro project is being built. From here we begin a steady climb through scrub forest finally arriving at Lampatta, a Manangi village with Tibetan style prayer flags. A final short sharp ascent brings us to the village of Bahundanda, perched on a ridge at 1,311m. From the ridge we descend to the river at Syange (1,136m) where we once more cross the river. The trail then follows the river to Jagat. *Teahouse *
➕ Day 5 Reach the village of Dharapani.
An undulating trail leads to Chyamje, after which we cross a suspension bridge and climb through oak forest. The trail then emerges into a level valley where 'Tal', the next village, is situated at the foot of a grand waterfall (1,700m). Crossing the river a couple of times we reach the village of Dharapani at 1,943m. *Teahouse *
➕ Day 6 Steady climb through forest to Temang, then descend to Chame.
Beyond this village, we continue our climb over a spur to Bagarchap, at 2,164m. The name of this village means 'butcher's place' and, although Buddhist, the people of this region do hunt animals. Continuing we follow the trail through forest to Dhanagyu and climb up to Temang, where we have lunch with magnificent views of Manaslu and Peak 29. The trail then descends through fir and pine forests to Koto and Chame (2,713m), the administrative centre of the Manang district. *Teahouse *
➕ Day 7 Continue ascending through forested hillsides past the rock face of Paungdi Danda to Upper Pisang.
We now experience a dramatic change of scenery. Leaving the forests and vegetation of the alpine regions behind we enter the upper district of Manang, known as Nyeshang. At first, our trail follows the river closely through a deep canyon before coming to Brathang at 2,919m. The trail then crosses the river and climbs through deep forest from where the impressive curved rock face of Paungda Danda rises nearly 1,500m from the riverbank to Dukha Pokhari, where we stop for lunch. From here we take the trail that climbs away from the road track to Upper Pisang village, where we stay for the night. There is an impressive monastery in the village which we can visit in the afternoon. *Teahouse *
➕ Day 8 Trek on to Braga and visit the 500 year old gompa and small tree nursery that Exodus supports.
From Upper Pisang we take the high-level route to Braga via the villages of Gyaru and Ngawal. This is a wonderful walk with great views across to the Annapurnas. We start with a steep climb up to Gyaru. From here the trail undulates up the valley with magnificent views across to the Annapurnas to Ngawal, where we have lunch. We descend from Ngawal to Mungi and drop down to the main trail just before Braga, a picturesque village dominated by a large ancient gompa. We stay here for the night and can visit the 500-year-old gompa and the small tree nursery, a project that Exodus has supported for many years. *Teahouse *
➕ Day 9 Short walk to Manang; rest of day free for acclimatisation.
It is a short 2km (1hr) walk on the main trail into Manang, passing some beautifully carved mani walls. We spend this day around Manang acclimatising to the altitude. Most people climb the hill behind Manang to enjoy the magnificent views of the whole Annapurna range and the enormous icefall that crashes and rumbles down from Gangapurna. This is the part of the trek where we are closest to the mountains. Across the valley the huge bulk of Gangapurna and the Annapurnas tower way above us- the sunset and sunrise over this great amphitheatre is one of the most beautiful mountain views in the country. There is also a chance to walk up to the huge glacial lake below Gangapurna. Manang has many bakeries and coffee shops and is a wonderful place to spend the afternoon. *Teahouse *
➕ Day 10 Start heading towards the Thorong La. Half day trek to reach the lodge in Yak Kharka; afternoon acclimatisation walk.
Leaving Manang we head towards the base of the Thorong La. We climb out of the Marsyangdi Valley and turn northwest up the valley of the Jarsang Khola. We are above the forests now and pass through dry, alpine country, with scrub juniper and occasional clumps of birch. We spend tonight at a lodge in Yak Kharka. We will reach the lodge by lunchtime and in the afternoon we will have an acclimatisation walk onto the surrounding hills. Look out for the Blue Sheep that inhabit this cold, windy spot. *Teahouse*
➕ Day 11 Short half day walk to Phedi, at the foot of the Thorong La.
Another short day to aid acclimatisation. The scenery becomes wilder as we continue ascending the valley. At one point we descend to cross the Jarsang Khola, and traverse a scree slope to the lone teahouses at Phedi (4,420m) at the foot of the Thorong La. Thorong Phedi can be very cold and windy. In the afternoon we can go for a walk up to Thorong High Camp which is the last lodge and is about an hour above Phedi. *Teahouse*
➕ Day 12 Cross the mighty Thorong La (5416m) to Muktinath, a place of pilgrimage.
A long day as we leave Phedi very early the next morning for the climb to the pass. The first part of the ascent is very steep, but it eases somewhat as we approach the top, although the altitude still makes the going tough. Eventually, after numerous false summits, we reach the pass itself at 5,416m. Ahead there is a magnificent panorama of snow-capped peaks extending northwards into Tibet, and looking back we can see several of the main peaks of Annapurna. Directly in front of us is the great chasm of the Kali Gandaki, 2,500m. It's a very very long descent that begins gently and becomes steeper, as we follow a series of switchbacks down to the grassy slopes, before easing off to a gentle descent to Muktinath (3,802m). *Teahouse *
➕ Day 13 Trek via Lupra to Jomsom.
From Muktinath, we pass through a landscape of bare, eroded hills with a backdrop of snow-capped high peaks. After visiting the temples we take an off the beaten track trail uphill for about an hour to a small col with excellent views of Dhaulagiri. Descending steeply we come to the isolated village of Lupra with an ancient Bon monastery. After lunch, we follow a fantastic gorge down to the Kali Gandaki Valley. The last couple of hours we follow the main trail into Jomsom. *Teahouse *
➕ Day 14 Fly to Pokhara; afternoon free to explore the lakeside.
The flights from Jomsom to Pokhara are usually in the early morning due to the high winds which blow up the Kali Gandaki Valley later in the day. The short but very spectacular flight takes us all the way down the Kali Gandaki Valley with great views of Niligiri and Dhaulagiri. We fly to Pokhara, where we transfer to a small guesthouse for the night. The rest of the day is free to explore this lakeside resort. You can hire a bike and cycle around the lake, shop or simply relax in one of the lakeside cafes. Please note that flights from Jomsom are dependent on good weather. If the flight from Jomsom is cancelled, we will return to Pokhara by road. *Hotel Lakefront / Hotel Dahlia (or similar)*
➕ Day 15 Fly to Kathmandu.
We fly to Kathmandu. If the weather is good there should be good views of the western end of the Nepal on this flight. The rest of the day is free to explore Kathmandu. You may wish to visit Durbar Square in the heart of the old city where the old Royal Palace, with its intricate woodcarving, is located. Outside is Kumari Chowk, home of the Kumari, the young girl who is revered as a living goddess. You may wish to visit the monkey temple at Swayambhunath, one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world at Bodnath, or the most important Hindu temple in the valley at Pashupatinath. Various sightseeing tours can be booked and paid for locally at the hotel in Kathmandu. For details see the Optional Excursions section. (Very occasionally it may not be possible to fly, in which case we return to Kathmandu by road, arriving in the evening). *Hotel Royal Singi (or similar)*
➕ Day 16 Fly to London.
The trip ends after breakfast. Those not on the group flight will leave us after breakfast. **