Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative from Nepal Pioneer Treks welcome you and assist to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshment and rest a bit, our manager will meet you and talk about the trip in detail, then transfer for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu after that drop to you to the hotel for over night.
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)
After breakfast the day will start to our guided trip to cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley, the pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, the world biggest Bouddhanath Stupa and visit Swoyambhunath Stupa also known as monkey temple. After exploring the surrounding areas visit the historical Kathmandu Durbar Square with temple, unique architectures and Kumari (living goddess). Evening trip discussion and introduce with our fellow trekking staff for your adventure trip.
Day 03: Drive to Beshishahar (830m/2,723ft), 6-7 hrs drive
This morning we leave Kathmandu for our long trek to Annapurna. Drive by local bus to Beshishahar through the beautiful Nepalese countryside. Beshishahar is a big town and district headquarter of the Lamjung District, explore the surrounding area and overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: Trek to Bahundanda (1,310m/4,298ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Today, we begin our trek from Beshishahar with fine view of Hiunchuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) and crossing some local wooden & bamboo bridges reaches at Bhulbhule. It then continues to Ngadi village for lunch, passing through a waterfall through the river bank before reaching at Bahundanda for overnight. This is a nice village on a top of a hill and you may have chanced to explore the evening time to local village and around the school areas.
Day 05: Trek to Chamje (1,410m/4,626ft), 5-6 hrs walk
After a breakfast the trek descends to Syange village crossing fields and local villages, a short downhill walk brings you Syange village is reached after crossing a long suspension bridge, and our trek continues gradually uphill from the river and the last steep climb to get to Jagat for lunch stop. From here an hour further walk on rocky path & long scenic waterfall across the river and finally brings you at Chamje for overnight stop.
Day 06: Trek to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft), 5-6 hrs walk
From Chamje a short walk brings to a suspension bridge over the raging Marshyangdi river, after crossing the bridge, it’s another steep climb for another 2-3 hours till Tal, the village is situated on the gorge-valley by the side of the river Marshyangdi and decorated with beautiful waterfall & sandy spread river. Further trek follows the upstream up to the Dharapani, which is through the rocky trails and crossing few suspension bridges and small tea shop bring you at quite large village at Dharapani for the overnight at hotel.
Day 07: Trek to Koto (2,710m/8,891ft), 6-7 hrs walk
We continue our trek further to Koto. From where changing the vegetation, people and the landscape changes and the air will gets cooler, the trail then climb through pine forests to Bagarchhap, the first village on the trek with typical Tibetan architecture. After a pleasant walk to Bagarchhap, the altitude slowly gains as we come at Danaque and to the alpine region, passing through farm, orchards and beautiful pine forest with views of towering peaks of Lamjung and Annapurna II, the trail follows the river Marshyangdi upstream passing by the villages of Latamanang and Koto with a grand view of Annapurna II.
Day 08: Trek from Koto To Meta
Today you are leaving the trail to Annapurna Circuit. We should start our trek after breakfast to Meta. The trail to Meta we should follow the riverside then ascend up to Chhachang. You may stop for the lunch. After having lunch you should walk gradually up and at the end to reach, climb steeply to reach Meta. You can look around and walk to the village in the evening then spend the over night there.
Day 09: Trek from Meta to Phu
Today you trek from Meta to Phu. It takes about seven to eight hour walk. The trail to Phu mostly up hill. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery and massif mountain views of Kangaru and Pisang Peak. You can pass some villages like as Chyako and Kyang. You may stop for lunch at Chyako. After having lunch, you should start your trek again up to Phu. Once you arrive the place go look around the village and stay overnight there.
Day 10: Trek from Phu to Chyako
Today you trek from Phu to Chyako. The day is easy to explore to look around the village and visit the Monastery, then you should start your trek back to Chyako and stay overnight there.
Day 11: Trek from Chyako to Nar
Today you trek from Chyako to Nar. It takes about four hours walk in slow pace. The trail in the beginning going down, drop to the river, then climb up to Nar. Nar is a beautiful remote village in Manang district, which is located just behind the Pisang Peak. You can explore the rest of the hour looking around the village, then stay overnight at lodge.
Day 12: Acclimatization day at Nar
Rest day at Nar. You have a rest day so you can sleep longer than the usual trek days. After having breakfast you should be ready for hike about an hour or two hours depends on your body. You can see the magnificent view of Kangaroo and Pisang Peak. After the hike you can have your lunch, then rest for the day.
Day 13: Hike to the top, then trek to Nawal
Today you have a challenging day for the Pass. You should start early in the morning. The trek from Nar to Kangla, then arrive at Nawal. It takes about seven hours in total to reach at Nawal. You should be very careful about the trail, sometimes it may snow up there and ice. You can take some photograph of all the mountain from the top, then drop down to the Nawal. Once you arrive at Nawal, you can look around village and visit Monastery then stay overnight at lodge.
Day 14: Trek from Nawal to Manang
Trek to Manang. Today is a very nice and easy walk to Manang. It takes about three hours to reach at Manang. You can enjoy the magnificent and grand views of all the Annapurna mountain views except Annapurna I. You will be at Manang in the afternoon. You can explore sometimes at Braka while you are heading to Manang. You can look around the village of Manang in the evening then stay overnight at lodge.
Day 15: Acclimatization day at Manang (3,500m/11,482ft)
Today is full of rest for acclimatize and explore Manang. The village of about 500 flat-roofed houses are the picturesque set amongst some spectacular scenery -Annapurna II, Annapurna III (7,555 meters), Gangapurna (7,454 meters) to the South – Tilicho (7,132 meters) and the Grand Barrier in the West – Chulu West (6,583 meters) and Chulu East (6,059 meters) to the North. After exploring and relaxing day at Manang, visit the Himalayan Rescue Association and if needed go to a movie show.
Day 16: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft), 3-4 hours walk
After a wonderful time at Manang, the trail leads to a slow climb up for an hour to the Tenki Manang for a enclose view of the Annapurna, Gangapurna and Tilicho peak. The track gently winds up offering inspiring views and through terrains with juniper bushes as the only surviving vegetation around this region and will bring you at Yak-Kharka for the overnight.
Day 17: Trek to Throng Phedi (4,400m/14,432), 3-4 hrs walk
We start our trek with slow and own pace to get to Phedi. We still have same amazing view of mountains and landscapes. After an hour walk reaches at Ledar and continues to climb along the east bank of the Jorsang Khola, then descends and crosses the stream on a wooden bridge to get a small tea shop. We stop for wonderful view and tea breaks, we follows a narrow path across a high, unstable slope before heading to Thorong Phedi for the overnight. Phedi, which means ‘foot of the hill’, is a common Nepali name for any settlement at the bottom of a long climb.
Day 18: Trek to to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft) via Throng La (5,416m/17,765 ft), 7-8 hrs walk
Today is longest and hardest day of the whole trip. We start our walk early in the morning with packed lunch and the trail becomes the steepest initially and reached at high camp. Walk on your own pace viewing with the sunrise and a glimpse of the mountains. We continuing walk to the top takes 3-4 hrs to the Throng top and with a great feeling of victory takes a short breaks for picturesque scenery and down to the Mustang part of the mountains and the Kaligandaki valley far below to the West. Finally, we made to Muktinath after 7-8 hrs long walk and overnight at lodge.
Day 19: Trek to Marpha (2,670m/8,760ft), 6-7 hrs walk
We visit the temple in the morning and continuing our journey descending to the Kaligandaki river valley floor, with a brief stop at Ekle bhatti meaning a lonely teahouse, from here onwards the valley gets very windy path, the walk follows the gentle trail for another two hours till the large town of Jomsom a town and a headquarter of the Mustang region with a small airstrip just above the Kaligandaki River. After lunch at Jomsom further two hours of easy walk towards south east brings us at Marpha for the overnight stop, which is a little gem, with whitewashed houses, paved streets and numerous well kept lodges. Here you will have time to celebrate with the local apple products like cider, brandy and juice and dinner with apple pie.
Day 20: Trek to Ghasa (2,120m/6,955ft), 6-7 hrs walk
Today, the walk is very enjoyable following the Kaligandaki river downstream reaches another charming village at Tukuche, close beneath the Tukuche peak and Dhaulagiri with spectacular views of Mt. Nilgiri’s and the massif ice-fall which tumbles from the Dhaualgiri’s east face, after an hour walk from Tukuche continuing trek down to Kalolpani Village for lunch, and this is another lovely village of more than 30 houses with excellent tea houses and lodge with grandeur view of Mt. Annapurna I, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri above the beautiful pine forest. After 2 hrs easy downhill brings you long settled Thakali village for overnight at lodge.
Day 21: Trek to Tatopani (1,200m/3937ft), 4-5 hrs walk
The route dramatically changes the vegetation, from dry, arid desert to pine and conifer forests, as we pass between two giant peaks of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna’s. From Ghasa the southern end of the area dominated by Thakali people till Tatopani, the architectural style change, with much ornately carved woodwork in evidence. This pleasant walk amidst the beautiful surrounding continues back to the terraced paddy fields and into warm sub-tropical climate all the way to the village of Tatopani passing through the beautiful waterfalls of Rupse waterfall. We come down through Dana village (the deepest gorge of the world) and after a lunch onwards couple of hours to get to Tatopani for natural hot spring bath. Explore the local place and overnight at hotel.
Day 22: Trek to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft), 5-6 hrs walk
After spending a wonderful day at hot spring we trek down before crossing a suspension bridge over the Kaligandaki river, the path leads from the river for a while just arriving at the junction of the two trails, the other wide path follows the river all the way to Beni. We diverts from here taking the left uphill climb, the first of the climb is quite steep to the top, and continue with farms and villages, from this spot a gradual climb leads us most of the day, leaving behind the terraced fields walking in the dense rhododendron forests and reaching at Ghorepani for the overnight at teahouse. This is a great place for mountain scenery.
Day 23: Poon hill hike and trek to Tadapani (2,710m/8,891ft), 5-6 hrs walk
An early morning start for a 40 minutes hike up to Poon hill (3210m/10530ft), the route offers the glimpse of the pleasant rhododendron forest. This brilliant viewpoint provides us an unobstructed sunrise over the high Himalayas and the wide range of panoramic scenery from the far western Himalaya of Dolpo, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna including Mt. Machhapuchre (Fish Tail) and all the way to Manasalu. After a great time return back to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue trek to Tadapani for overnight.
Day 24: Trek to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft), 5 hrs walk & 1 hrs drive
This is our last day trek after long days and immersing yourself to finish quickly this day. The track leads through the scenic landscapes and local villages to get a steep descent leads us to Ghandrung village for lunch. This is heavily settled Gurung village, a modern village of Nepal. Further an easy path reaches at Birethanthi for lunch, where is the confluence of Modi and Bhurungdi River. After half an hour flat walk will reach at Nayapul. Our trek ends here and drives back to Pokhara lakeside for the overnight stop. Remaining time explore the surrounding lake side area and simply relax in the heart of Lake Town.
Day 25: Drive to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft), 5-6 hrs drive
Early morning drive by tourist bus to Pokhara through the beautiful Nepalese countryside to reach the Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu guide will transfer to the hotel and the rest of the time you can relax or explore the surrounding areas and overnight at the hotel and we go out for the farewell dinner then provides us feedback for our further improvement.
Day 26: Departure from Kathmandu
Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you’ll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.
We wish you a wonderful Himalayan adventure with Nepal Pioneer Treks!