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Annapurna Sanctuary & Circuit Trek

An Epic Trek

Overview

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    Trip Type High Pass Trek
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    Duration 23 Days
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    Trip Grade Moderate
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    Group Size Min 2,
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    Max. Altitude 5416m
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    Destination Nepal

Trip Speciality/ Highlights

  • Breathtakingly close view of Whole South Face of Annapurna from the Base Camp
  • Panoramic view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range
  • An epic journey that offers two different Himalayan Landscape and culture

This is an epic trek in Annapurna region, designed to explore and experience the two diverse landscape, natural ecosystem and culture on the lap of Annapurna Massif range. First, this trek takes you to the base camp of Annapurna through the lush green sanctuary area and then in to the Tibet like landscape on the northern slope of Annapurna.

Itinerary

Day: 1

Arrival in Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel

One of our staff, usually your trek guide, awaits your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. After a warm welcome, upon your arrival, we will transfer you to hotel, followed by a welcome dinner in the evening and an informal briefing about the days ahead.

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    Destination Kathmandu
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    Accommodation Hotel
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    Meals Dinner
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    Altitude: 1300m

Day: 2

Drive to Pokhara

Today we head towards Pokhara, a touristic town situated west of Kathmandu. By drive it takes seven hours. In the afternoon, explore around the lake side.

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    Destination Pokhara
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    Accommodation Hotel
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    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Altitude: 820m
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    Time: 6 hour

Day: 3

Drive to Dampus , trek to Landruk

Today we drive to Dampus, which is a popular hill town on the outskirt of Pokhara. From Dampus we take a short trek through forest and the trail is steeper until we arrive in Pothana. At Pothana we are rewarded with the view of Annapurna, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre range. Enjoying the majestic views facing us we head northwards through the gentle trail to arrive in Landruk.

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    Destination Landruk
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    Accommodation Lodge
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    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Altitude: 1565m
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    Time: 2 hour drive, 4 hour walk

Day: 4

Trek to Chhomrong

From Landruk we continue northwards down to the Modi River, then cross over on suspension bridge and arrive in Jhinnu. After having lunch in Jhinnu we climb the steep trail all the way to Chhomrong, which takes around two hours. Chhomrong is beautiful village nestled at the lap of Mount Hunchuli and overlooks the Machhapuchre in its front.

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    Destination Chhomrong
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    Accommodation Lodge
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    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Altitude: 2170m
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    Time: 6 hour

Day: 5

Trek to Dobhan

From Chomrong we head eastwards. We walk through bamboo forest area passing by small settlement of Sinuwa, Bamboo and arrive in Dobhan, which is nestled at the bank of Modhi River.

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    Destination Dobhan
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    Accommodation Lodge
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    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Altitude: 2520m
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    Time: 5 hour

Day: 6

Trek to Himalaya

From Dobhan we begin our step into higher altitude. So we take short trek to Himalaya.

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    Destination Himalaya
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    Accommodation Lodge
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    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Altitude: 2920m
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    Time: 4 hour

Day: 7

Trek to Macchapucchre Base Camp

We continue our trek eastwards. We pass by Deurali and arrive at our lodge in Machhapuchhre Base Camp. At Deurali if we look across on the cliff we can witness the self arisen imprint of the image of Buddha.

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    Destination Macchapucchre Base Camp
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    Accommodation Lodge
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    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Altitude: 3700m
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    Time: 4 hour

Day: 8

Trek to Annapurna Base Camp and back to MBC

From Machhapuchre Base Camp we turn north into the valley going to the Annapurna Base Camp. We start our hike early morning arrive in the base camp in around three hours. Here we lay facing the majestic view of whole south face of Annapurna massif. After lunch we head back to our lodge in MBC.

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    Destination Annapurna Base Camp
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    Accommodation Lodge
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    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Altitude: 4130m
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    Time: 6 hour

Day: 9

Trek to Bamboo

From MBC we trek the same trail back to Bamboo.

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    Destination Bamboo
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    Accommodation Lodge
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    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Altitude: 2310m
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    Time: 5 hour

Day: 10

Trek to Chuile

We trek back on the steeper trail through the bamboo forest and arrive in Chomrong. After having lunch in Chomrong we trek westwards. After walking couple of hours on a gentle trail
passing by local village we arrive at Kimrong River. Crossing the river and climbing a zig-zag trail we arrive in Chuile.

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    Destination Chuile
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    Accommodation Lodge
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    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Altitude: 2309m
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    Time: 6 hour

Day: 11

Trek to Ghorepani

From Chuile we climb up the dense forest area until we arrive in Tadapani. Afterwards the trail becomes gentle and we stop at Banthati for lunch. Then we continue our trek to Ghorpani.

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    Destination Ghorepani
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    Accommodation Lodge
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    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Altitude: 2860m
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    Time: 5 hour

Day: 12

Hike to Poonhill and trek to Tatopani

Before the dawn breaks in we hike to the nearby Poonhill for the breathtaking sunrise view. As the sun sets – in the Annapurna range and the Dhaulagiri range are seen right infront of us. Afterwards we trek down-hill through a forest trail and then pass by local villages of Shikha, Chitre Ghara and cross the Kaligandaki river. Then take a short hike up to Tatopani.

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    Destination Tatopani
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    Accommodation Lodge
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    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Altitude: 1250m
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    Time: 6 hour

Day: 13

Drive to Muktinath

Today we drive from Tatopani to Muktinath. As there is road access going through the old trekking trail we choose to drive until Muktinath.

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    Destination Muktinath
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    Accommodation Lodge
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    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Altitude: 3760m
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    Time: 5 hour

Day: 14

Explore around Muktinath

As we arrive in Muktinath, we find ourselves in a totally different landscape. A place with very thin vegetation, dry weather and guarded by snowy mountains this area resembles very much of the Tibetan landscape. Muktinath is also a highly regarded pilgrimage site. So we take an
opportunity to explore the local village, culture and most importantly prepare for the up-coming high pass.

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    Destination Muktinath
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    Accommodation Lodge
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    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Altitude: 3760m
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    Time: 1 day

Day: 15

Trek to Thorang Phedi

From Muktinath we walk the gently sloped trail up to Thorang Phedi.

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    Destination Thorang Phedi
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    Accommodation Lodge
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    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Altitude: 4450m
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    Time: 3 hour

Day: 16

Cross the Thorang La and trek to Letdar

Today is the hardest day of this trek. We start our trek before the dawn and climb the steeper trail up to the Thorang La Pass 5416, which takes around 4 hours. From the top of the pass the trail goes downhill. Passing by Thorang High Camp and Phedi we continue along the Marshyangdi river and arrive in Letdar.

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    Destination Letdar
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    Accommodation Lodge
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    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Altitude: 5415m
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    Time: 7 hour

Day: 17

Trek to Manang

From Letdar we walk along the Marshyangdi river and pass by Yak Kharka before arriving at Manang village. The Manang valley is also called ‘himal pari ko jilla’ in Nepali , which means a district beyond the mountains. Situated just northern sloped of the gigantic Annapurna range this valley is a contrast to its neighboring valley on the other side in terms of nature and culture.

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    Destination Manang
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    Accommodation Lodge
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    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Altitude: 3540m
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    Time: 4 hour

Day: 18

Trek to Lower Pisang

From Manang viallge trek through the small local settlements of Braga and Humde and arrive in the Lower Pisang.

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    Destination Lower Pisang
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    Accommodation Lodge
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    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Altitude: 2675m
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    Time: 4-5 hour

Day: 19

Trek to Chame

From Pisang we trek southwards along the river and arrive in the district headquarter Chame.

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    Destination Chame
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    Accommodation Lodge
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    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Altitude: 2670m
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    Time: 5 hour

Day: 20

Trek to Dharapani

From Chame we continue our walk along the Marshyangdi and passing by Tarangmarang and Bagarchap we arrive at Dharapani, which is situated at a junction of Marshyangdi and Dudh Khola coming from Manaslu range river.

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    Destination Dharapani
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    Accommodation Lodge
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    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Altitude: 1860m
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    Time: 5-6 hour

Day: 21

Drive to Kathmandu

From Dharapani we drive on the off-road to Besisahar and then on a black topped road up to Kathmandu.

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    Destination Kathmandu
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    Accommodation Hotel
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    Meals Dinner
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    Altitude: 1300m
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    Time: 9 hour

Day: 22

Free day in Kathmandu

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    Destination Kathmandu
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    Accommodation Hotel
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    Meals Breakfast
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    Altitude: 1300m

Day: 23

Transfer to Airport for homebound departure

Depending on your flight timing we transfer you to the Tribuvan International Airport, Kathmandu approximately 2-3 hours before the flight.

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    Meals Breakfast
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    Altitude: 1300m

Trip Map

Altitude Graph

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