Annapurna Circuit

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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. Navigate Outdoor offers our trip from the original starting points, Bulbule or Dharapani. Trekkers will hike from their starting point to Marpha, drive to Tatopani, then trek to Nayapul via Ghorepani Poon Hill. This trek can be combined with Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo, please inquire if interested.

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

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

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 English speaking guide.
  • Domestic flights Pokhara to Kathmandu one-way. See above.
  • Ground transportation Kathmandu to Bulbule.
  • Airport picks up and drops.
  • Hotel 4nights 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 their 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.

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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