Annapurna Circuit Plus Base Camp

Duration: 24 Days
At a Glance
  • Duration 24 Days
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
  • Destination Nepal
  • Start/End Kathmandu/Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-14
  • Max. Altitude 5416m

Highlights

  • Trekking to Annapurna circuit and Annapurna Base camp
  • Pass the Thorong la, the high pass in Annapurna
  • Scenic Drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule
  • Visit of Manang village with Gangapurna Glacier
  • Visit Muktinath Temple, the holy place
  • Visit Natural hot spring at Tatopani
  • Trekking through the Rhododendron and pine forest
  • Sunrise View from Poon Hill over the Himalayas
  • Visiting typical Gurung Villages at Chomorung
  • Reaching unlimited people’s destination, the Annapurna Base Camp
  • 360-degree views of the Himalayas from base camp
  • View of Annapurna Glacier and many other Himalayas
  • Taking bath of Natural hot spring at Jhinu danda

Trekking in Annapurna Himalaya is an Awesome experience in life to have an up-close glance of numerous mountains including the world’s tenth highest peak Mt. Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and many more.

The Adventurous and Long Trek of Annapurna Circuit & base Camp takes you to high-altitude Landscapes that offer tremendous scenes & sceneries, cultural riches, Amazing natural wonders, and diverse flora and fauna.

The Annapurna Circuit & Base Camp Trek is located in the Annapurna Conservation Area, which is located in north-western Nepal, and the trek route has long been the most popular trekking destination amongst trekkers from across the world.

Annapurna Circuit & Base Camp Trek undoubtedly has long been touted to be one of the world’s great trekking destinations combining subtropical scenery, from a high Thogung La to Kali Gandaki valley stretching to wasteland Tibetan valley, offering you the most spectacular views of Himalayas, Wonderful landscape, unparallel natural beauty, and stunning scenes and sceneries, therefore, Annapurna Circuit & Base Camp Trek is Wonderful, worth-remembering and lifetime experience.

Outfitter Himalaya has designed this long 24-day itinerary that include all the attractions of the Annapurna region, which starts from Bhulbhule and goes to Manang, Thorong La passes, visit of the Muktinath temple, Tatopani, Ghorepani-Poon hill and to the Annapurna Base camp.

The Annapurna Circuit & Base Camp Trek is moderate trekking on pathways through stunning local villages, forests, valleys, high passes, riverbeds, etc. Each day you trek through different types of trails, vegetation, cultures, and climates with a keenness to get closer and closer to the Himalayan giants.

Itinerary

The Annapurna Circuit and the base camp trek is a long and adventure trekking program for 24 Days. The 24-day itinerary covers almost all the attractions of the Annapurna Region. The Program is suitable for those who have long holidays and want to spend the holidays in the Annapurna Region.

The 24-day itinerary also includes arrival and departure days to and from Nepal and a day tour in Kathmandu. There are some other popular itineraries in the Region such as Annapurna Circuit Trek, Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek, and Annapurna with Tilicho lake, so look at them if offered 24 days is not the one that you are searching for. Furthermore, the trek in Annapurna Region is customizable as per your interests, fitness level, and days, So, feel free to contact us any time for further planning and booking the trek in Annapurna.

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When flying into Kathmandu on a clear day, the views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawl down below you & are almost breath-taking.

Our representative will meet and escort you to your hotel. This is your first overnight at Kathmandu, and the evening is free.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

After breakfast at the hotel, we take you to tour of Kathmandu and the Kathmandu is the historical heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors.

Kathmandu presents an interesting holy mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and western influence in the valley. We will take tour to the Kathmandu durbar Squire, Swoyambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath, after completion of the Tour, return to hotel and shop trekking gears, if needed.

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  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

Our guide will pick you up at your hotel about 7 AM, and drive goes along the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway to Dumre and then follow the narrow and paved road by the Marsyangdi River to Bhulbhule.

We will get to view some of the well-known mountain Peaks & natural sceneries surrounding the valley and the daily activities of the local folks.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude845

After having breakfast at Guest House, we start our trekking and today, and it is about 6 hours to trek to Chamje. The trail goes flat for the first part, then climbs steeply. The trail is cut into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed.

Eventually, we descend to the stone village of Jagat (1330m.), which is located on a shelf which juts into the precipitous Marsyangdi valley. Now, the trail begins to observe small ups and down to Chamje.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude1430

After having breakfast at the Lodge, we start trekking by descending to the river and cross another suspension bridge. We begin a climb to Sattale (1550m.) on a path so steep that it seems one slip would send you hurtling down into the valley.

We continue on an undulating path above the river, and at one point, where a tributary flows in from the opposite bank, the main river becomes covered with huge boulders that hide the water. After climbing a meandering path to the top of the hill, we will see the level plain of Tal.

Beyond Tal, the valley narrows and path becomes high & winding. In several areas here, from the rock itself. Beyond Karte village, there is a bit more cliff-walking before the path drops again to the river, and we cross another suspension bridge and arrive at Dharapani.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude1960

After having breakfast at the Lodge, we start our trekking at first light after a cupper through a narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu.

The Marsyangdi River then veers to the left and Annapurna II becomes visible ahead and arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhote village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze around Buddhist monastery.

Continuing to climb through forests of pine & oak, we pass through Danaque (2210m.). There comes a small wooden bridge which makes us follow a steep ascending path up to Timang village, which lies at the bottom of Lamajung Himal & then the trail goes through a flat level until we reach Chame.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2675

We start trekking by seeing the glittering Lumjung Himal in the morning sunshine with the first rays hitting.

The mountain disappears as we climb the path up the valley, passing a huge apple orchard. We continue through fir and pine forest, climbing to a high, rocky area as the opposite bank becomes an impassable cliff. From this poin, the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as we follow the path to Bratang (2950m.).

A short climb from the village brings us to a rock-strewn area where we cross a wooden bridge and follow a high, winding Path, before crossing back to the right bank again. We now trek through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up wonderful vistas & then we come to a long mani wall by a bridge, and the lower village of Pisang.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3100

We start our trekking with climbs to steep ridge which affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7145m.). Descending past Manang's airstrip at Humde (3320m.) will arrive. We then come to a level area from where the north-east face of Annapurna III rises to the skies above us.

From the Wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV (7525m.) also becomes visible. Just beyond this point, we cross the considerably reduced flow of the Marsyangdi Khola via a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji. Cultivated fields appear on both sides of the path, and off to the right, below a craggy mountain, we will see the village of Braga with its splendid Monastery, and Large Chortens and mani walls abound.

After a short steep climb, we will reach Manang for our overnight stay.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3440

This also gives our lungs a breather, while we rest our weary bones a bit till, we do some short hikes to get used to the thin air as we slowly go to the higher elevations.

Today, we hang around town. This is an important rest and acclimatization day before crossing the Thorung La. There are optional day walks such as crossing the river to see the tremendous icefall coming down from the Annapurnas or climbing high above the village for a full panorama of the Annapurna range and the Manang Valley.

Moreover, you can visit Ganagapurna Glacier Lake to make your rest day a memorable one.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3440

Today, the trail ascends gently ups to Yak Kharka pass through Gunsang (3960m.) village. We will see panoramic views all the day enroute. And, it seems that it is short hiking. However, we will feel a bit fatigued as we are going higher and into less oxygen air.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude4050

We start our trekking with a climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marsyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge.

After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, we follow a narrow trail across an unstable spree slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude4450

Today, we start trekking quite early to cross the Thorung La (5416m.). The trail becomes steep immediately but has been used by locals for hundreds of years, and it is well defined.

The gradient then eases, and after around 4 hours of steady climbing, we will reach the chorten and prayer flags of the pass. The views are dramatic to say the least, from the snow-covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang, which are spread out before us.

The descent to Muktinath is a knee pounding 1600m, but it is compensated for with excellent views of Dhaulagiri. Eventually, the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude5416

We will visit the famous temple of Muktinath this morning and return to the lodge. We then begin the trek descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country, which is same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet.

After passing through Jharkot and Khingar villages with typical Tibetan architecture, we follow path steeply down to Kagbeni, a primitive village, which is famous for Tibetan architectures.

Now, we begin the flat path along the Banks of dramatic Kali Gandaki River valley to reach Jomsom.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2650

There is an option to take flight to Pokhara or trek further down. However, we have include local jeep drive to Tatopani as there is road, and we mostly have to walk on the dusty road when we take walking.

On reaching at Tatopani, we check in to the lodge and will go to take bath on the natural hot spring.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude1190

We start our trekking by passing through flat level of the land at some distance. The trail begins ascending steeply for at least one hour then goes up through different villages inhabited by the people of different caste and a lot of agricultural land that shows this village is pretty well off.

The majority of the people here are Gorkhalis, who serve in the Indian army. The trail then ascends gently all the way up to Ghorepani that goes passing through small villages like Phalate, Chitre and so on. We pass through rhododendron forests and come across the wild life such as monkeys & birds of various species.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2860

Today, we hike to Poon Hill (3232m.) early in the morning to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhare (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountains.

We will hike down to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast and trek to Tadapani. Today, we trek through rhododendron forest mostly, which makes the jungle colorful in spring when they bloom.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3210

After having breakfast at the Lodge, we will start trekking which is easy trek by descending gently through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests.

We will hear different kinds of birds chirping on the way to Kimrung Khola and we soon ascend steeply and walk at a level for 45 minutes and gently steeps and flat to Chomrong, which the gateway to Annapurna Base Camp.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2170

After breakfast, we will start trekking, and the trail descends on a stone staircase for the first one and half hour and crosses the Chhomrong Khola on a suspension bridge, then climbs out of the side valley.

High above the Modi Khola on its west bank, the trail passes through the forests of Bamboo, rhododendron & oak. We climb further on a rocky trail to reach at Sinuwa. We then trek gently through the forest and descend a long, steep stone staircase into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests to reach Bamboo and walk gently walk to Dovan.

We will gently ascend through bamboo forests with varieties of rhododendron and oak trees to reach Himalaya.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2920

After having breakfast, we start the trek, and the trail is steeply ascent up to Hinko Cave (3160m.), this named as a huge overhanging rock provides some protection against rain and avalanches.

The valley widens and becomes less steep, and we can see the gates to the sanctuary from here. The trail continues into the Sanctuary and crosses two avalanche tracks on a narrow trail that hurdles up against the cliffs.

After a short trek, we reach at Bagar, a meadow and some abandoned hotels. The normal trail follows the left side of the valley. The trails now appear gently ascent until Machhapuchhare Base Camp, which is one of the places to enjoy the view of Mount Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III (7555m.), Gangapurna and Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.).

The path then follows through alpine meadow, and after some distance our trails go gently up. After a short trek, we begin to approach Annapurna Base Camp (4170m.), Congratulation!

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude4130

This morning, we go to see the view of the Glacier, and many other Himalayas. The Base Camp is like a heaven on earth, where we will see white mountains all around. We have hot breakfast at the Lodge, and start trekking down. It is much easier going down, and reach Dovan for overnight stay.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2900

After having breakfast at the Lodge, we start the trekking for today, and the path is descent up to Bamboo village passing through forests with varieties of rhododendron, oaks and bamboo plants.

After Bamboo, the trail goes steeply up an hour, and the trail is quite flat until Sinuwa. We trek gradually descend to the Chhumrong Khola and follow stone staircase for almost an hour to reach Chhumrong.

The last part of the trail is steeply down to Jhinudanda. We check in to the room, and go to the Hot Spring to take bath at natural hot spring.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude1760

We start trekking for today, and the first part of the trek today is descent and then appears through flat land until Birethati, where you will stop for last lunch in the mountain. We then walk about another 30 minutes to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara

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  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude830

We catch tourist bus at 7 AM to drive to Kathmandu. The drive will be a fantastic experience and see rural settlements, gushing rivers, terraces and green rural landscapes.

After about 6 hours’ drive, we arrive Kathmandu. The evening is yours to make last minute shopping and to walk around.

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  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

You will transfer you to the international airport for your final departure to your loving home.

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Annapurna Circuit Plus Base Camp map

Inclusions

  • Airport transfers
  • Three nights’ hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the trek
  • Meals during the trek with hot tea/coffee in breakfast
  • Conservation entry permits & TIMS permit
  • 1-night hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Ground transportation from Kathmandu –Bhulbhule - Pokhara - Kathmandu by bus
  • A guide and porter (1 porter for two people) and a porter carry about 20-22 kg from 2 trekkers
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service, which will be paid by your Travel insurance company
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets if necessary (need to be returned after the trek)

Exclusions

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Your Travel insurance (compulsory) and entrance fees on the Kathmandu tour
  • Lunch and Dinner while you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Sweet things like chocolate, apple pie, etc...
  • International airfare to and from Nepal
  • Tips for the guide, porter & driver
  • Any other expenses, not mentioned in including section

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