12 days Annapurna circuit trek/itinerary 2020/2021

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12 days Annapurna circuit trek/itinerary 2020/2021

The Annapurna Circuit has long been considered one of the world’s great treks. Like all the journeys the trek reveals itself gradually, as it climbs through the subtropical jungle to a Tibetan influenced valley and then over the high Thorong La to Kali Gandaki river valley.

The road reached up to Manang east side, and up to Muktinath from the west side of the trekking route. Navigate Outdoor offers our trip from the original trailhead Bulbule _ Nadi using alternate route walk on the old trekking trail.

Starting Annapurna round trekking from the original trailhead Bulbhule – Nadi offer much more cultural experiences and also helps to acclimatize. Along the old trail, there are plenty of teahouses offer hospitality.

The main attractions of the Annapurna Circuits trekking are terrace fields, dense forest, and diverse culture of the people who live thousands of years in the region.

At the beginning of the Annapurna Circuits trekking, we can see beautiful Lamjung, Manaslu and Ganesh Himalayan ranges, as soon we reached Dharapani the trail split into two left side Annapurna round trek and right side goes to the Manaslu round trekking. Annapurna circuits trekking offers endless breathtaking views of the mountains, waterfalls, mountain settlement, and culture.

Staying a few days in the Manang village is worth; explore Manang, and a day hike to alpine lakes, also help to acclimatize before heading to Thorong La passes 5460m.

Muktinath temple is the most popular Hindu temple is in the Annapurna round trekking route at an altitude of 3760m. We offer an alternate route to Jomsom –Marpha instead following the road and the dusty trail we trek to Lubra valley, Thini-gau, and Marpha village where you can experience local apple brandy and apple pie.

If you enough time you can end your Annapurna circuits trekking from Marpha drive to Pokhara 7-8 hours and spent night at the beautiful Fewa Lake and enjoy the Annapurna views from your hotel.

You can also continue completing the Annapurna full circuits trekking drive to Tatopani and continue trekking to Annapurna south base camp and end at the Phedi.

The Annapurna Circuits Trekking combined with Annapurna Base Camp trekking and Upper Mustang Trekking.

  • Destination:Nepal, Annapurna Region
  • Trip Grade:Moderate
  • Max Elevation:5416m/17873ft
  • Total Duration:12 -16 days
  • Best Time:March- May & Oct - Nov
  • Best trekking in Himalayan:5 star

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel attitude 1380meter.

Day 02: Prep for gear and other personal organization/rest in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive to Bulbule and trek to Nadi altitude930 meter.

Day 04: Trek Nadi to Chamje altitude1430meter.

Day 05: Trek Chamje to Dharampani altitude 1860meter.

Day 06: Trek Dharampani to Chame altitude 2670meter.

Day 07: Trek Chame to lower Pisang altitude3260meter.

Day 08: Trek Chame to Manang 5hrs alt 3540m.

Day 09: Rest day (explore around to Manang village & Lakes)

Day 10: Trek Manang to Yak Kharka altitude 4018m.

Day 11: Trek Yakkharka to Thorong Phedi altitude 4450m.

Day 12: Trek Thorong Phedi to Muktinath via Thorong La pass alt5416m{(17872ft) world’s highest trekking high pass} ascent491m(1620ft) and trek down to Muktinath via Muktinath Temple alt 3760m(12408ft) descent 1656m(5464ft)

Day 13: Trek Muktinath to Marpha altitude 2670meter via Kangbeni, Thini Gaun.

Day 14: Drive to Tatopani and stay in Tatopani hot spring.

Day 15: Trek Tatopani to Ghorepani altitude 2860meter.

Day 16: Trek to Poonhill altitude 3200meter(Poon Hill see a view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri from the south side of Annapurna early morning), back to hotel have breakfast and trek to Ghandruk.

Day 17: Trek to Potana and stay at Potana.

Day 18: Trek to Phedi and drive to Pokhara 1 hours and stay in Pokhara altitude 820 meters.

Day 19: Fly to Kathmandu and stay in Kathmandu.

Day 20: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and stay in Kathmandu.

Day 21: Final departure to your destination, drop you at the International airport.

Cost Includes

  • Experienced local Nepalese guide.
  • Flights Pokhara to Kathmandu one-way.
  • Ground transportation Kathmandu to the trek start point.
  • Airport picks up and drops.
  • Hotel 4 nights in Kathmandu & 1-night hotel in Pokhara twin sharing room with breakfast.
  • Essential group First aid.
  • Trekking permit and TIMS (Tourism Information Management System)
  • Our staff’s guides and Porter's salary, food, accommodation, and insurance.
  • Food during the trekking, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast and hot drinks tea & Coffee.
  • Accommodation at local tea-house twin sharing room during the trekking


Cost Excludes

  • Travel/ trekking, accidental/ health insurance (mandatory)
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. snacks, coke, Mineral water, chocolate during the day etc)
  • Mineral Water and Alcohol and all bottled beverages.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, accept sightseeing and other activities.
  • International airfare and airport tax, Visa fee
  • Guides/ Porter’s tip.
  • Emergency evacuation.

Cost and Dates

Trip Start DateTrip End DatePriceAvailabilityBook
1st October, 202021st October, 2020US$1460Available Book Now
12th October, 20201st November, 2020US$1460Available Book Now
9th November, 202029th November, 2020US$1550Available Book Now

Please be ready and keep in mind that adventure in the Himalayan Mountains requires an open & emphatic mind. During your trek you are lacking some of the basic need like attached bath, hot shower and electricity. Due to weather conditions, health issues, and other general issues of the group members or sudden natural disaster like landslide, snow storms, and other natural aspect we may to change your route. We try our best to follow our original plan when you booked your expedition, but your safety is our primary concern. In case the trip need reroute of your trek is necessary, our group leader/ guide make final call or decision.

Essential Gear

  • Camera, water bottle, extra money, sunscreen, sunglasses, sunhat, hiking loose fitting shorts/ synthetic T-shirt etc.
  • Hiking boots, sports shoe, 3 to 4 pairs woolen socks, 1 pairs gloves, warm hat,
  • Day backpack 35 ltr to 50 ltr , and a duffel bag for your clothing.
  • Warm layers, down or synthetic jackets, fleece, hiking pants, Thermals.

Create your dream trips together customize your holiday particular interest or wishes.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for details and additional information about the area.

We will provide a comprehensive gear list on booking.

Karnali River Experience.

They say that the journey is better than the destination. That all the experiences along the way are like an accumulation of rocks along a riverbed. This story is another stone in a river.

I have known Mani Aryal for several years, meeting him in the United States, in the state of Utah. Mani and I were both on a work contract to take a group of students down Desolation & Grey Canyon on the Green River. After spending three weeks with Mani I knew that I made a paddling adventure buddy and that he would be a person that I actively stay in contact with. The years have a way of floating by with adventure and intentions. Every time I spoke to Mani he persistently invited me to Kathmandu to see his home and to float the rivers. Three years after saying “no”, I finally could say “maybe”.

Kathmandu is large in legend and small in structure. The shuttle ride from the airport is an example of whitewater: dodging potholes, must-make moves, and pure adrenaline. It’s best not to watch.

There are two options to get to the river when signing up for a Karnali River Expedition trip: 1) take the plane or 2) ride with the guides and gear on public transport. I was on a tight budget, so option #2 was the only way to go. Putting together a multiday river trip is always difficult, especially when you start combining buses, shuttles, and rendezvous. The first leg of the journey was via public transportation to Koholpur. The guides and I, hanging out at the main bus depot, loading all of the gear we would need for the next 12 days was a new experience indeed.

You see a lot of different people and livestock on the long distance buses. Chickens and goats are not uncommon. If a woman is standing with a baby, it’s a norm to hand a baby to you, a seated passenger, to hold the child in order to give her a break.

The second half of the shuttle was a private bus to the put-in, the small village of Dungeshor that is located straight down a canyon. The route our bus driver picked was shorter to save fuel but longer because of road conditions. Our bus rocked, creaked and moaned down the road for 8 hours only to cover 85km. “Singletrack” may be a better description than “road” as there were only inches to spare between rock walls and open air.

 Sideswiping other buses, scouting rock gardens and pushing our transport were common occurrences that quickly become norms. We reached Dungeshor after 10 pm to hastily inhale some food and beer from a generous restaurant owner who opened his doors after hours. Afterward, we set up our tents on the riverbank to welcome a solid, unwavering piece of ground to usher in some sleep.

The next morning, the guides were in their prime, having already started getting breakfast ready for everyone. Mani was no exception, greeting me with a great, white smile and a coffee to help orient my mind back to my body. The biggest surprise was all of the children hanging about camp. We were all warned not to leave our gear unattended. Later that day, I realized a carabineer walked off to hang out with the children. The guides seemed to include me that much more by laughing and sharing stories of gear gone lost.

Throughout the six days, Mani and his guides were exceptional hosts. It seemed as if they never stopped moving. Always quick to put a coffee in your hand, help you set up your campsite or to offer a meal. Every morning they would barter with local fisherman to add extra flair to the menu. On the water, I felt safe and involved in the risk management. All ideas were heard until a plan formed to be implemented with everyone on board. The standard followed by Mani was professional.

Six months after this trip, the strongest memories I have are of traveling to and from the river. Once I had oars in my hand and a blue sky above me I knew who I was and how I got there.

The total trip duration from Kathmandu to Kathmandu was 10 days included bus journey.

Thank you, Mani. I look forward to our next adventure.

Daniel Ives

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