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Expedition At A Glance

16 days, 15 nights

Difficulty Level: 5

Price (US$): From $2,395.00

Months Available: April through June and October through December

OVERVIEW


Annapurna Circuit Trek:

The Annapurna Circuit trek takes you through some of the most amazing and diverse landscape in Nepal. The trek begins in densely forested and terraced hills, a region inhabited by Hindu groups of Nepal. But past Pisang the landscape changes dramatically as the dense forests are replaced by barren landscape of the Tibetan plateau. Here you enter the Manang valley which is inhabited by gypsy traders of Tibetan origin. After several rest and short days for acclimatization, head north over Thorung pass and descend to Muktinath village. At Muktinath there is a shrine revered by both Hindus and Buddhists.

The Annapurna Circuit trek ends in Jomsom from where a flight through the Kali Gandaki gorge brings you to Kathmandu. You may opt to continue and complete the full circuit of Annapurna. There is a newly built unpaved road from Jomsom to Tatopani (3 days trek) but views of the Dhaulagiri range from here are awe-inspiring. Beyond Tatopani, ascend to Ghorepani Ridge and to Pun Hill from where a 360 degree view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains is possible. This is indeed one of the most spectacular mountain viewpoints in the world!

Our Nepal and Tibet treks and climbs are operated by our sister company based in Nepal – Crystal Mountain Treks – managed by our founder’s family. Crystal Mountain Treks has been in business for over two decades and employs only the best guides with a minimum of 15 years experience. We treat our staff with the utmost care and respect. Each staff member is provided high-quality equipment, are insured and paid higher-than-average wages. Our clients have commented that our treks provide a better value (we provide more for less) than other companies they researched, comparing services, quality and price. We are happy to provide upon request references of people who have journeyed with us in the past.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore monasteries and palaces in the Kathmandu valley.
  • Experience Nepal’s varied culture as you trek through villages of numerous ethnic groups.
  • Savor daily views of some of the highest mountains on earth.

 

ITINERARY SUMMARY

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Chartered vehicle to Jagat (8 hours). The drive is mostly on paved road but the last three hours is on jeep track.

Day 04 to Day 08: Ascend steadily to Manang. An acclimatization day at Manang.

Day 09 to Day 12: Ascend steadily to Thorung Phedi from where we attempt the crossing of Thorung la. A contingency day is planned.

Day 13 to Day 14: Descend to Jomsom and fly to Pokhara.

Day 15: Fly back to Kathmandu.

Day 16: Final departure.

FULL CIRCUIT EXTENSION

Day 14 to Day 15: Descend down the Kali-Gandaki valley to Tatopani.

Day 16 to Day 18: Climb towards Ghorepani ridge. Trek ends at Nayapul. Drive to Pokhara.

Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu.

Day 20: Final departure.

DETAILED ITINERARY


Day 01 - Kathmandu Arrive Kathmandu. You will be met on arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport. Transfer to Hotel. Day Free. Enjoy welcome dinner. Briefing during dinner. (Dinner) Day 02 - Kathmandu Visit Pashupatinath, Nepal's most sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, with its two-tiered golden roof and silver door. Here, you'll probably witness a Hindu cremation along the banks of the Bagmati River. Then drive to Bhaktapur, the City of Devotees, for lunch and a tour of the royal palace square. Bhaktapur is a medieval city in the Kathmandu valley and is least disturbed by modern life. Here, you can absorb the architectural splendor of the five-storied Nyatapola temple, or the sculptural delight of the Peacock Window. (Breakfast and Lunch) Day 03 - Kathmandu to  Jagat (4,350 ft.) Chartered four-wheel drive vehicle to Besi sahar and onward to Jagat. Overnight Lodge. (All meals) Day 04 - Jagat to Dharapani (6,500 ft.) Trek past several waterfalls to Chamje and then to Tal Besi. From here, it is a grueling climb on switch backs to Tal where the valley opens into a large plateau. After lunch at Tal, continue to Dharapani. Overnight Lodge. (All meals) Day 05 - Dharapani to Chame (8,800 ft.) Today is a long day of hiking. Most of the day there are views of Lamjung, Annapurna II and Annapurna IV. Camp is at Chame, the district head-quarters. Overnight Lodge. (All  meals) Day 06 - Chame to Pisang (10,500 ft.) Today's highlight is the Paungda Danda rock face, an interesting and large rock slab. At our camp, Pisang peak (6,091m) looms over Pisang village. Overnight Lodge. (All meals) Day 07 - Pisang to Manang (11,600 ft.) Today, you will find yourself above tree-line. The mountain views from here are marvelous: Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I (8,091m) , Annapurna III (7,555m) and Gangapurna (7,454m) are visible. Overnight Lodge. (All meals) Day 08 - Manang (11,600 ft.) Acclimatization day in Manang. Overnight Lodge. (All meals) Day 09 - Manang to Yak Kharka (13,500 ft.) A short day of 3 to 4 hours hiking to Yak Kharka. Overnight Lodge. (All meals) Day 10 - Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi (14,200 ft.) Another short trek day of 3 hours to the base of the Thorung la pass. Overnight Lodge. (All meals) Day 11 - Thorung Phedi to Muktinath The day begins early with wake up call usually around 3:00 am. The steep ascent to the pass can take up to 5 or 6 hours. Then it is a long arduous descent to Muktinath. As you walk towards Muktinath, views of the Dhaulagiri massif dominate the horizon. Overnight Lodge. (All meals) Day 12 - Contingency day Contingency day for health or weather delays. If this day is not required, you can make a side trip to Kagbeni - the gateway to Lo in Mustang. Overnight Lodge. (All meals) Day 13 - Muktinath to Jomsom Descend to Jomsom. Overnight Lodge. (All meals) Day 14 - Jomsom to Pokhara Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara. Day free in Pokhara. Overnight Temple Tree Resort. (Breakfast and Dinner) Day 15 - Kathmandu After breakfast, fly to Kathmandu. Sightseeing in Kathmandu. Farewell dinner in Kathmandu. Overnight Hotel Tibet. (Breakfast and Dinner) Day 16 - Kathmandu to home Arrive breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home. (Breakfast) FULL CIRCUIT EXTENSION Day 14 - Jomsom to Kalopani A longish day from Jomsom to Kalopani. Overnight Lodge. (All meals) Day 15 - Kalopani to Tatopani Descend to Tatopani. Overnight Lodge. (All meals) Day 16 - Tatopani to Ghorepani Long uphill day from Tatopani to Ghorepani. Start early to avoid the effects of the sun. Overnight Lodge. (All meals) Day 17 - Ghorepani to Ulleri Early morning, hike to Pun Hill for sunrise. After breakfast, descend to Ulleri. Overnight Lodge. (All meals) Day 18 - Ulleri to Pokhara Descend from Ulleri to Nayapul where the Annapurna Circuit trek ends. Board a chartered vehicle to Pokhara. Evening free in Pokhara. Overnight Hotel Fairmount. (Breakfast and Lunch) Day 19 - Pokhara to Kathmandu After breakfast, fly to Kathmandu. Sightseeing in Kathmandu. Farewell dinner in Kathmandu. Overnight Hotel Tibet. (Breakfast and Dinner) Day 20 - Kathmandu to home Arrive breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home. (Breakfast)

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COST AND INCLUSIONS


Per person Price - valid till December 31, 2018 1 person: $2,895 USD (Includes Single Supplement) 2 - 4 persons: $2,595 USD per person 5 or more persons: $2,395 USD per person Single Supplement: $200 USD Full Circuit Extension Supplement: $500 USD
  • $250 per person discount available on May and June departures.
  • $150 per person discount on November and December departures.

(Did you know that the price for Grand Asian Journeys’ Everest Base Camp Trek is about 30% less expensive than other major US outfitters’ prices? It’s because we run a Nepal office and have direct access to the best rates and most reliable staff – without the middleman. Other outfitters sell the same trek package for an inflated price. Just ask our previous clients and they’ll tell you we provide more for less.)

Price includes:
  • Expert pre-trip advice and detailed information
  • Motivated, well-cared-for staff
  • All airport transfers
  • Two full days sightseeing in Kathmandu as indicated in the itinerary and entrance fees to monuments.
  • 3 nights twin sharing hotel accommodation at Hotel Tibet (3 star) in Kathmandu.
  • 1 night twin sharing hotel accommodation at Hotel Fairmount in Pokhara
  • Chartered Transfer: Kathmandu to Besi-Sahar
  • Airfare: Jomsom to Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Lodge trekking as indicated in the Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary
    • Three meals a day
    • Boiled water for your bottles three times a day
    • Guide and staff wages, equipment and meals
    • Guide and staff insurance
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Fee
  • Trekkers Information Management Card
Price does not include:
  • Your international airfare
  • Nepal Visa
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal equipment (a suggested list will be mailed to you)
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Other expenses of a personal nature

DATES AND AVAILABILITY


  2018 Dates:
April 09 - 24

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April 23 - May 08

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May 07 - 22

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October 08 - 23

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 October 22 - November 06

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November 05 - 20

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 November 26 - December 11

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“ I was very impressed with Jwalant and Grand Asian Journeys and would not hesitate to use them again or recommend them to others. The materials provided prior to the trek were informative and very helpful. I found this concern for the safety of the clientele over the profit motive refreshing.

I cannot say enough about the guides and porters. They were outstanding and could not have made for a more enjoyable experience. They took great pains to let us experience the country for ourselves at our own pace, only interjecting when we posed a question to them.  I have not done much trekking before, but these guys appeared to be consummate professionals. I have nothing but good things to say about Grand Asian/Crystal Mountain and look forward to seeing other parts of Asia with you in the future..”

-Terry P., St. Louis, MO, Annapurna Circuit Trek, October 2013

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