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17-Day Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek

17-Day Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek

17 days

17-Day Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek
from $1745 USD

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This truly classical trekking tour in Nepal, around the heart of the Annapurna range, begins with a drive to Besisahar and proceeds by foot up the Marsyangdi River Valley through the villages of Chime, Bagarchap Pisang and Manang to cross the Thorung La Pass 17,712ft (5400m).The trail then switches over to the Kali Gandaki River valley and descends through the villages of Muktinath, Jomsom, Ghorepani and ends in Pokhara.

The crossing of the 17,700 foot (5396 meters) Thorung La Pass requires acclimatization to higher altitudes, good physical conditioning and good weather. This route treats the trekker to fantastic close up views of the rugged Annapurna range. Just forty miles between the two river valleys are home to at least twelve 22,960 foot (7000 meter) peaks with many more above the 19,000 feet (6000 meters). As the trek gains altitude slowly, you will have the wonderful opportunity to encounter and observe the local people and their ways.

Lovely, lowland farming communities of Brahmin and Chettri people give way gradually to the resourceful highland trading communities of Magar, Gurung and Bhutia. As the people change, so do the religions. Temples and shrines, used for worship by the lowland Hindus give way to Shamanism in the middle hills which, in turn, gives way to the gompas and monasteries of Tibetan Buddhist of the higher reaches. This is a pinnacle hike in Nepal, a Nepal trek you don’t want to miss!

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Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Arrive Kathmandu where you are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Meals included: n/a
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel Tibet

Day 2: Kathmandu Day Tour (B)

Today enjoy a full day of touring in remarkable Kathmandu. Two of the highlights we'll visit are Pashupatinath & Boudhanath.

Pashupatinath:

Situated 5 km east of Kathmandu city, Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple built in pagoda style has gilded roof and richly carved silver doors. Visitors will be permitted to view the temple from the east bank of Rivers Bagmati. Entrance in the temple is strictly forbidden to all non-Hindus. Here one can wander among the Hindu pilgrims and witness the fascinating ancient rites of cremation burials at the riverside ghat next to this impressive temple.

Boudhanath:

This is one of the holiest stupas in Nepal and one of the largest stupas in the world. With its four pair of eyes facing the four cardinal directions, it keeps watch for righteous behavior and human property. All around the temple is a rich and vibrant Tibetan refugee community including schools of chanting monks with the smell of incense all around around you.

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel Tibet

Day 3: Drive to Besi Sahar and Bhulbhule (B)

Drive to Besi Sahar and onward to Bhulbhule where we will overnight & make final preparations for our trek.

Meals included: Breakfast
Budget Accommodations: Lodge

Day 4: Syange (B)

Today we begin our trek! Hike to Syange.

Meals included: Breakfast
Budget Accommodations: Lodge

Day 5: Tal (B)

In the morning we begin our hike to Tal.

Meals included: Breakfast
Budget Accommodations: Lodge

Day 6: Bagarchap (B)

Hike to Bagarchap.

Meals included: Breakfast
Budget Accommodations: Lodge

Day 7: Chame (B)

Hike to Chame.

Meals included: Breakfast
Budget Accommodations: Lodge

Day 8: Pisang (B)

Hike to Pisang.

Meals included: Breakfast
Budget Accommodations: Lodge

Day 9: Manang (B)

Hike to Manang.

Meals included: Breakfast
Budget Accommodations: Lodge

Day 10: Acclimatize in Manang (B)

Acclimatization day in Manang.

Meals included: Breakfast
Budget Accommodations: Lodge

Day 11: Phedi (B)

Hike to Phedi.

Meals included: Breakfast
Budget Accommodations: Lodge

Day 12: Thorong La Pass -- Muktinath (B)

Hike over Thorong La Pass to Muktinath.

Meals included: Breakfast
Budget Accommodations: Lodge

Day 13: Jomsom (B)

Hike to Jomsom.

Meals included: Breakfast
Budget Accommodations: Lodge

Day 14: Fly to Pokhara (B)

Fly to Pokhara. In the event of bad weather, we may decide to overnight again in Jonsom and fly to Pokhara tomorrow instead.

Meals included: Breakfast
Budget Accommodations: Lodge

Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu (B)

Fly to Kathmandu where you are met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel Tibet

Day 16: Kathmandu (B)

Free day in Kathmandu. We recommend you build in a free day just in case weather causes flight delays or flight cancellations due to inclement weather somewhere along your trip.

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel Tibet

Day 17: Departure (B)

Transfer to Kathmandu Airport and depart.

Meals included: Breakfast

Pricing

17-Day Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek
from $1745 USD

NOTE: Prices are per person in U.S. dollars based on double/triple occupancy. All quotations are based on the current rates of park fees, VAT, other government taxes, and current exchange rates. Should any of these be increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added on even if your trip has already been paid for.

INCLUDES:
  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
  • 4 nights twin sharing accommodation in tourist class hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu
  • 12 nights twin sharing accommodation in simple lodges with breakfast during trek
  • Sirdar/Sherpa for the trek
  • Porters during the trek
  • Porter and Support staff insurance
  • National Park Fees for Annapurna Conservation Area
  • All international and domestic arrival and departure transfers
  • Private transfer Kathmandu - Beshisahar
  • 1 day of sightseeing in Kathmandu with private English-speaking cultural guide
  • All taxes and government levies on trek services
EXCLUDES:
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
  • Lunches and dinners throughout the trip
  • Sleeping bags
  • Beverages and alcoholic drinks - including bottled water
  • Nepalese entrance visa (currently US $40 per person)
  • City and monument entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage cost for any domestic flights (baggage allowance is 15 kgs per person).
  • Tips and personal expenses, laundry, medical kits, rescue evacuation, and personal travel insurance

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