The Annapurna Circuit, without any doubt, taken the crown for being the number one trekking
trail in the whole world. This trek route was first opened for foreign trekkers since 1977. It offers
an impressive snow-capped view of the Himalayas, astonishing views of pastoral life and
terraced rice fields carved out greenery. This horseshoe-shaped route circles the entire
Annapurna range. It covers roughly 360 km of walking through various terrain. This trek follows
the ancient but beaten path used as trade route between Nepal and Tibet in ancient times, mainly
for trading “Salt.”
The journey starts from Jagat (1,150 m/3,608 ft) and passes through different villages. These
villages have a variety of cultural and ethnic background. The highest altitude in this trek is the
Thorong La which sits at 5,416 m/17,768 ft. The highlights of this trek includes the high trail
from Upper Pisang through Ghyaru and Ngawal to Braga (its ancient Gompa) with magnificent
views of Annapurna II and IV. Manang (3540 m) is a village which caters well for trekkers while
offering magnificent views of Gangapurna and Annapurna III. The high pass over the Thorung
La (5416 m) summit offer exceptional views in all directions. Kagbeni is an ancient village
located in the valley of the Kali Gandaki River and is the gateway to Upper Mustang. The Kali
Gandaki is the world’s deepest gorge.

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Day 1: ARRIAVLE DAY KATHMANDU 1250m

After landing at the Tribhuwan International Airport, we will be greeted by a representative of Happy Mountain who will drop us off at our hotel. We then check-in at the hotel, freshen up and take a rest. Overnight in Kathmandu.

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Day 2: KATHMANDU TO LUKLA FLIGHT AND TREK TO PHAKDING

Today We will take you to show the Kathmandu valleys UNESCO World Heritage sites explore
Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa. The
Durbar Square reveals the life of the royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath temple is one of the
most important places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as the
Monkey Temple and Baudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, we are
introduced to your crew members and discuss our trip. You can get last minute trekking gears if
you have not bring enough from home. Overnight in Kathmandu.

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Day 3: Kathmandu - Jagat (1 100m/3 608ft): 8-10 hrs drive

After an early breakfast, a private car drive 170km westwards to the trekking point. The road
winds over passes through the forested middle hills to link Hindu villages and farming
communities, south of the Himalayan highlands. It follows and crosses several major rivers
flowing from the glacial peaks to the north; including the Trisuli Khola, a popular rafting

destination. At Dumre, we turn north, on a secondary road into the Marsyangdi Nadi Valley to
Besi Sahar before continuing up a minor road to Syange (with a high waterfall) and on to Jagat (a
former toll station on the ancient salt-trade route to Tibet).We will follow the Marsyangdi River
for six days, to near its source on the North Annapurna Glacier.(after Besi Sahar taking local Bus
or jeep to Jagat)

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Day 4: Jagat - Dharapani (1 960m/6 430ft): 5-6 hrs

After breakfast the trail descends, then climbs through rocky forest to the tiny Tibetan village of Chamje. Cross the suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi Nadi, then climb steadily to the delightful village of Tal (1700m), a former lakebed. The trail continues past barley, wheat and potato fields and through pine forests before re-crossing the river near Khotro, then and on to Dharapani: one of the larger Tibetan villages in the Manang valley, at the confluence of two
rivers.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Day 5: Dharapani - Chame (2 710m/8 891ft): 5-6 hrs

Today the valley swings westwards: we negotiate steep forested ridges and cross several
landslides as we ascend the southern side of the valley. Sensational views of the Lamjung Himal,
Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7 525m/24 688ft) will gradually rise to our left; and come into
full view as we approach the large mani wall before Chame. This is the district headquarters of
the Manang Valley.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Day 6: Chame - Pisang (3 300m/10 824ft): 5-6 hrs

A steep and narrow path on the north bank, through a dense ‘Christmas tree’ and pine forest,
leads to a gigantic curved, ice-carved rock face above Bhratang: which rises 1500m above the
river – and takes an hour to pass. Beyond the village, and after walking along an impressive
ledge hewn from a vertical cliff face, the path re-crosses to the southern side of the river and
ascends, opposite the wall, into the classic U-shaped upper Manang Valley between two giant
snow peaks. The views become more exciting as we approach the split-village of Pisang.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Day 7: Pisang – Ngawal (3 660m/12 008ft): 4-5 hrs

There are two routes that we can follow today. The lower, easier route follows the river to
Mungji where it meets the upper route and continues to Braga and Manang.
The more challenging upper route into the dry Nyesyang district begins from Upper Pisang and
offers some of the finest scenery on the trek. Ghyaru is a fascinating cluster-village with
beautifully constructed stone houses surrounded by fields of wheat, barley, buckwheat, potatoes
and beans: crops that can cope with a short growing season. Then a long high traverse with great
scenery, up and down the valley, to Ngawal: an interesting village with Gompa and ancient
Juniper trees.

Meal: Breakfast, Luch & Dinner

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Day 8: Ngawal – Manang (3 540m/11 615ft): 3-4 hrs.

The trail now gradually descends to Mungji which has a nunnery above the village. The clustered
houses of picturesque Braga are built one above the other, up a craggy slope with an impressive
Gompa at the top. It is the largest, oldest and best endowed gompa in the valley. Manang is a
short walk from Braga.
A morning rest in Manang and a short walk in the afternoon will further assist with
acclimatisation: before the two challenging high altitude days to come. Take a walk to either
Bocho Gompa or Gangapurna Lake. Visit the Himalayan Rescue Association, after 03:00pm, for
information about Altitude Mountain Sickness and its symptoms.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Day 9: Manang: Acclimatisation and exploration day

Today is a scheduled acclimatization day. It should include a short walk to higher altitudes and
back: to prepare for the two challenging high altitude days to come. Take a walk to either the
Bocho Gompa or the Gangapurna Lake. Visit the Himalayan Rescue Association, after 03:00pm,
for information about Altitude Mountain Sickness and its symptoms.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Day 10: Manang - Yak Kharka (4 110m/13 484ft): 3-4 hrs

From Manang the trail crosses a stream, climbs to the village of Tengi above, then continues to
climb out of the Marsyangdi Valley; turning northwest up the valley of the Jarsang Khola. A
slow gradual ascent is the key to avoiding altitude sickness.
The trail passes a few summer pastures and scrub juniper, as it steadily gains elevation. It climbs
above Gunsang, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trail and continues to the hamlet of

Ghyanchang where it drops to cross a tributary. It continues to rise through meadows: where
horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small wooden bridge, it climbs to reach an ancient mani
wall and the small pleasant village of Yak Kharka; and good views.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Day 11: Yak Kharka - Thorung Phedi (4 600m/15 092ft): 3-4 hrs

A short day’s slow, steady climb up another 500m leads to the last outpost before the pass. The
path meanders through desolate high scenery with scrub vegetation gradually giving way to rock,
scree and an exposed path over a landslide before reaching the trekker-settlement of Thorung
Phedi (foot of the hill). It is just a large teahouse with room for some 150 trekkers and a warm
cosy dining room. It closes during the winter months.
Further up the “hill” is a small stone tea house on an exposed ridge, manned during the day by
folk from the hotel, which is known as High Camp. It is wiser to sleep at Thorung Phedi than to
climb to this elevation for a night and shorter summit day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 12: Thorung Phedi - Muktinath (3 800/12 467ft): 8-10 hrs

We reach the climax of our Annapurna circuit trek today: a lifetime unforgettable experience to
cross this famous high pass – requiring a 1000m ascent and a 1600m descent. Thorung La
(5416m) is a col between Thorung Peak (6 211m/20 378ft) and the impressive cliffs of
Yakwakang (6 482m/15 434ft). From the flag bedecked summit are snowy views to the east
(behind). To the west (ahead) is impressive desolate brown scenery down into the rain-parched
region of the Kali Gandaki/Mustang Valley far below. On the opposite side of the valley the
huge Dhaulagiri range and the mountains of Dolpo stretch to the horizon. This scene is an
extension of the Tibetan highlands to the north.
From the hotel the path climbs steeply up the icy high-altitude route: but the promise of yet more
tantalising views over every rise will spur you on. At one point it is necessary to climb the side
of an ancient moraine, beyond which the path is rises more gently.
After a short rest and a surfeit of photos on the summit, the long drop to Muktinath must begin.
At first the path drops steeply over loose gravel, which needs care. Later it becomes rockier and
easier to negotiate. This long descent is rewarded by the scenery and the chance to “sleep low”
again.
The important Buddhist and Hindu pilgrimage site of Muktinath will be reached in the late
afternoon. Behind a very long surrounding wall and thousands of prayer flags is an oasis of
springs, banyan and peepul trees with a Vishnu temple and a Buddhist shrine: testament to the

mutual religious harmony in Nepal. The Tibetan name for this place, Chu Mig Tsa Gye, means
‘108 springs.’
A further 10 minute walk leads to the bustling village of Ranipauwa and our tea house for the
night. The region is collectively known as Muktinath.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Day 13: Muktinath - Tatopani (1 200m/3 937ft): 6-8 hrs drive

A road has been built from the lowlands as far as Muktinath, mostly along the old trekking trails.
It is yet to be tarred and the daily winds that blow dust up the valley make hiking very
unpleasant. So we will take a bus/jeep along the broad upper Kali Gandaki valley before
dropping into the impressive gorge: the deepest in the world.
Cramped conditions are compensated for by the rugged scenery and the gradual return of
vegetation. Marpha (off the road) is a beautiful stone village and important agricultural centre
where large fruit orchards thrive on stock adapted to high altitude conditions. A change of
vehicle is necessary for the lower section to Tatopani (hot springs) – where we leave the road
and Buddhist culture, and trek again.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Day 14: Tatopani - Ghorepani (2 850m/9 350ft): 7-8 hrs

Our trail now climbs steeply up the Ghar Khola Valley which swings south east to the front of
the Annapurna Massif. Much of the route is through glorious bird filled protected forests of oak,
rhododendron, birch and magnolia. Villages such as Ghara, Phalate and Chitre are perched on
high ridges with great views back towards Dhaulagiri or north to the Annapurnas. Ghorepani is a
large tourist village below Poon Hill.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Day 15: Ghorepani - Poon hill (3 210m/10 528ft) - Tadapani (2 520m/8 268ft), 6-7 hrs

A pre dawn 45 minute walk through rhododendron forest leads up to the grassy top of Poon hill
(3210m/10530ft). This brilliant viewpoint offers an unobstructed sunrise over the high Himalaya
from the far western ranges of Dolpo and Dhaulagiri to the breadth of the Annapurnas in the
north, dramatic Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail) and on to Manaslu in the east (with three of the
world’s 14 8000m peaks). To the south, lowland forests of Sal trees stretch towards India.

After a photographic feast, return to Ghorepani for breakfast and then trek to Tadapani. The
route meanders through forest and village farmland, from ridge tops to river crossings with many
good viewpoints. The steep rivers carry melt water from the glaciers above.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Day 16: Tadapani - Ghandruk (1 950m/6 398ft), 3-4 hrs

Today, we have short pleasant, largely downhill walk through more forest and farmland with
occasional views of the mountains to Ghandruk: a densely settled, clean and modern Gurung
village. It is worth exploring the surrounding area and visiting the museum: when not simply
relaxing at the hotel.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 17: Ghandruk - Pothana (1 910m/6 266ft), 5-6 hrs

The trail descends stone staircases to the Modi Khola. This is the river that flows from the
Annapurna South Glacier in the magnificent Annapurna Sanctuary (a ring of massive ice peaks
that surrounds the Annapurna Base Camp, built on its moraine).
Cross the river on a suspension bridge and climb steeply to Landruk: and good views of
Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhare. The trail continues through scattered trees
and bush to Tolka, after which it ascends steadily, for some two hours, to a ridge and Deorali.
Excellent views of Pokhara and Lake Phewa are possible from here as well as the last spectacular
views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South and the right flank of the range. The trail then descends
along a red-earth path (that is treacherous when wet) to Pothana.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Day 18: Pothana - Phedi - Pokhara (910m/2 986ft), 3-4 hrs walk, 45 min drive.

The last day offers an easy walk down a ridge to the large agricultural village of Dhampus. It
then descends through scattered villages and rice paddies to Phedi on the Pokhara – Baglung
highway. A short, 22km drive will take you to Pokhara, your lakeside hotel and lunch. Afternoon
free: to explore the waterfront.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Day 20: Pokhara - Kathmandu (1 300m /4 264ft), 5-6 hrs drive

After an early breakfast, we take the 07:30 tourist bus back to Kathmandu. Arrival time: ~14:30.
Transfer to your Hotel. Afternoon free or do last minute shopping. Join farewell dinner with
Happy Mountain.
Meal: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 20: Final Departure

Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your onward flight to your next destination. End
of all the services.
Meal: Breakfast

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Cost Includes

All airport transfers

3 star Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights with breakfast

Guided City tour in Kathmandu covering 4 UNESCO heritage sites

All necessary paper work and permits(Annapurna Conservation  permit,TIMS)

Private transport Kathmandu to Besi Shahar and sharing Jeep to Jagat

Full meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on your choice on the Trek.

All mountain accommodation(Soft comfortable private twin sharing room)

Two star Hotel in Pokhara for 2 nights with breakfast

An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide and a porters to carryluggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Guide & porter salary, insurance, equipment, transport and lodging

Sharing jeep/bus transport Mukitnath to Tatopani

Private transport Phedi (trail head) to Pokhara

Pokhara/Kathmandu by tourist bus

A comprehensive First Aid kit

All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

× All Kind of beverage.

× All extra expenses such as shopping trekking gears.

× International flights.

× city entrance fee.

× Early arrivel/ late departure.

× Travel insurance.

× Tips for driver, guide& porters.

×  If plan change by any other problem such as ,landslide& political disturbance, changing plan, cancellation of flight. Or the things not mentioned above

× WiFi

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