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Annapurna Circuit Trek with Jungle Safari -17 Days

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  • Destination:Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Easy, Strenous
  • Total Duration:17

The Annapurna Circuit is the most popular trekking route in the great Himalayas.

The circuit consists of various attractions – the highest pass, sacred shrines for both the Hindu and Buddhist followers, high glacial basin, Tilicho, world’s highest glacial lake and Annapurna sanctuary that homes some of the rarest species on earth. It has several different routes within the area that offer varieties of starting points and final destinations as per your liking.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day-01: Drive west to Bensisahar 9 hours by bus.
  • Day-02: Bensisahar – Ngadi/Bahundanda (1311m) - 6½ hours.
  • Day-03: Ngadi/Bahundanda – Jagat/Chamje (1433m) - 6½ hours.
  • Day-04: Jagat/Chamje - Dharapani (1943m) - 6 hours.
  • Day-05: Dharapani - Chame (2713m) - 6½ hours.
  • Day-06: Chame - Pisang (3292m)- 5 hours.
  • Day-07: Pisang - Manang (3351m) - 4 hours.
  • Day-08: Rest in Manang, visit Monastery, Khangsar village & acclimatization for high altitude.
  • Day-09: Manang - Yak Kharka/ Lather (4000m) - 5 hours.
  • Day-10: Lather - Thorongphedi (4510m) - 3 hours, spend whole day for the rest.
  • Day-11: Thorong Phedi - Thorong-La pass (5,416m) - Muktinath (3800m)- 9 hours.
  • Day-12: Muktinath - Kagbeni (2800m) 4 hours down and spend night.
  • Day-13: Kagbeni - Jomsom (2726m) - 4 hours.
  • Day-14: Jomsom – Tatopani Local Bus/Jeep drive.
  • Day-15: Tatopani – Ghorepani takes 6 hours hike.
  • Day-16: Early in the Morning hike up to Poon Hill (3200.) to see wonderful Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and West parts of Himalayan ranges with wonderful sunrise.
  • Day-17: Crews leave to their destination and say good bye.
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Detail Itinerary

Day-01: Drive west to Bensisahar 9 hours by bus.

Nepal's well-constructed wide and commercial road from Kathmandu to Pokhara Bensisahar offers you the beautiful and spectacular views of River Valley, Terrace Farming, the countryside villages, Sylvan Beauty of nature with the silver Mountains on the top.

The Bus stops several posts to get check-in. Sitting inside the bus, you have views of Trisuli and Marshyangdi River Gorges where you may see people enjoying their Rafting. The Bus stop somewhere for the readymade Daal Bhat. But western Foods Restaurants are also available on the highway.

Day-02: Bensisahar – Ngadi/Bahundanda (1311m) - 6½ hours.

Most of the trail today is fairly flat, until after the village of Besi Sahar, when the trail narrows and the valley becomes a deep river gorge. We cross a long suspension bridge and enter the largest trading village of Khuldi (2592 ft ) inhabited by the Gurungs.
The trail continues northwards up the valley, crossing several suspension bridges and passing several beautiful waterfalls. Above us tower the peaks of Lamjung (22,291ft). The village Bahundanda (4000 ft) supports the last shops of any size before Jomsom.

Day-03: Ngadi/Bahundanda – Jagat/Chamje (1433m) - 6½ hours.

Today, we descend to the Marshyangdi to access the river level before deciding our route. Its water level is low, we can cross on a makeshift bridge to the east bank.

If not, we continue on the west bank climbing high over a ridge, to rejoin the east bank trail over a suspension bridge at Sange. We then climb high again, through rhododendron and pine forest. The valley is now very deep and steep gorge.

Day-04: Jagat/Chamje - Dharapani (1943m) - 6 hours.

We climb steadily all day long Tal, a small village at the foot of a large waterfall. We are now entering the Manang district. After leaving Tal, we cross a large bridge to the village of Dharapani (6103 ft ) where our trekking permits are checked.

Day-05: Dharapani - Chame (2713m) - 6½ hours.

Today We climb through forest to Bagarchap (7120 ft ) which was the first village on the trek with typical Tibetan architecture and now washed away by Landslide in 1994.The trail is now bearing west, Manaslu forming a splendid backdrop and Annapurna II (26040 ft ) appearing occasionally to the south. We continue through forests of pine and fir, resting at the hamlets or Charku, Thangje and Kuparkot. As we continue on the same (8859 ft), views of the Annapurna improve dramatically.

Day-06: Chame - Pisang (3292m)- 5 hours.

We continue crossing the river all day, passing through the narrow and steep sided gorge nearing the village of Pisang (10400 ft). We top a ridge to get our first views of the Manang valley, a wide N - shaped valley hanging between two lines of snow peaks.

Day-07: Pisang - Manang (3351m) - 4 hours.

From today you are getting the wind in Tran Himalayan Valley according to its character after 10 or 11 AM in the morning until 4 or 5 PM. Descending to the broad forested valley floor, we follow the trail through the flat valley, past a small STOL Hongdae airstrip, under construction, cross the river once again to Braga (11287 ft). This is a village of about 290 houses stacked on top of each other, flat roofs forming verandahs seems caves on the body of mountain standing with it's the beauty of Tibetan settlement, We spend visiting Braga Monastery. The largest in the district, it has an outstanding display of statues, thanka paintings, and manuscripts and cross several Buddhist shrines and arrive at miniurbanized Manang.

But you may have chances to divide the trails in order to visit the old and traditional villages like Ngawal and Ghyaru, which offer you the primitive cultures of Manganese origin.

The Manang: Manang has acquired a reputation as a cosmopolitan center of some sophistication. As you would expect from a town which has given its name to the region it is larger than the surrounding villages, claiming a population of around 5,500.

Manang and Braga do have more 'German' restaurants with German Bakery. Meat is served in Manang, including 'yak burger'. There is an imposing range of food on the menus. This is the main evidence of the cosmopolitan lifestyle of the Manang Bhot. If you look on the walls of some of the lodges, you will see photographs of the proprietors in such places as Singapore, Bangkok, and Delhi. They certainly travel around.

The hotels are all well equipped with bathing facilities of various sorts, but there is so much dust in Manang that the minute you emerge from washing yourself, the dust clings to your still damp skin. Washing oneself is still something of a novelty in these parts.

Day-08: Rest in Manang, visit Monastery, Khangsar village & acclimatization for high altitude.

we spend the whole day exploring Manang. The village consists of about 500 flat-roofed houses and is picturesquely set amongst spectacular scenery: Annapurna II, Annapurna III, (24787 ft), Gangapurna (24,457 ft) to the south: Tilicho (23,400 ft) and the Grand Barrier, to the west ; Chulu west (21,599 ft ) and Chulu East (19,880 ft ) to north. There are lots of chances to visit the old Tibetan shelters Braga, Milarepa Cave, Gangapurna the isolated lake and other viewpoints.

Day-09: Manang - Yak Kharka/ Lather (4000m) - 5 hours.

We branch away from the Marshyangdi river steadily climbing into district alpine areas. keep your eyes open for Thar and Ghoral mountain sheep. Crossing the Jarsang River, we climb to a small grassy valley

Day-10: Lather - Thorongphedi (4510m) - 3 hours, spend whole day for the rest.

Very short walk for today, enjoying the views of grassy spots and grazing Yaks with the sounds of young Marshyangdi River with it's outstanding Gorges.

Day-11: Thorong Phedi - Thorong-La pass (5,416m) - Muktinath (3800m)- 9 hours.

Though the crossing of the pass is not technically difficult, we take it slowly to take into account the complications of altitude and possible snow. After about 4 hours, we reach the top (17,771 ft) and enjoy some absolutely stunning high Himalayas scenery.

The entire Annapurna range in the south, the Mukut and Mustang Himal to the west, and the incredibly deep Kali Gandaki valley and the peaks of Throungtse(21,268 ft) and Chulu to the north. The descent is steep and rough but we soon have excellent views of Dhaulagiri (26,795 ft).

Muktinath is an important pilgrimage spot for both Hindus and Buddhist Gompa and pagoda style temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The most interesting aspect of the area, however, is the spot where burning of natural gas issued from the rock from the same place as a small spring. Earth, fire and water-an important religious combination.

Day-12: Muktinath - Kagbeni (2800m) 4 hours down and spend night.

This town is the gateway to Upper Mustang and Tibet also religiously is very important to see and visit for a while as your experiences of Tibet culture also very important landscapes. It is very Holly land for the Tourists and we can spend as much as time for your town visit and explore.

Day-13: Kagbeni - Jomsom (2726m) - 4 hours.

This is headquartering of Mustang district and it is the best town to spend a day to see wonderful side trips. You can have the airstrip to reach several tourists by flights in this region and gateway to upper Mustang. Kaligandi River makes more enjoyable sounds and several local museums of the local ethnicities with religions and cultures.

Day-14: Jomsom – Tatopani Local Bus/Jeep drive.

It takes about 5/6 hours drive to Tatopani(natural Hot spring) and spends a night. This is a very special place to have overnight to feel and experiences of natural bath and enjoy to get fresh after several days trek. It is relaxing natural hot bath with beers or drinks for your body adjustment.

Day-15: Tatopani – Ghorepani takes 6 hours hike.

It is whole days climbing and have to climb almost over 1200 meters from the River. Wonderful days to see locals settlement with cultivated lands and views of the Dhaulagiri Mountain again. Ghorepani is the blue roofing town specially and has more crowd to see next day’s Poon Hill trip from Pokhara.

Day-16: Early in the Morning hike up to Poon Hill (3200.) to see wonderful Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and West parts of Himalayan ranges with wonderful sunrise.

Hundreds of trekkers go to see these views and sunrise from this top and it will feel how crowd and how many people enjoying the views.
After this views trip of Poon Hill will back to Hotel for breakfast and pack your luggage to back further our schedule. We trek down to  Hille and take Jeep to Pokhara on the same day. It will be last day of the trek and have wonderful final dinner at the lakeside restaurant with Fewa Lake views. Normally, we expect with our clients to celebrate dinner together for porters and Guide as your final treat to the crews.

Day-17: Crews leave to their destination and say good bye.

It is countable days for our trek because we have to pay for the crews and we count 17 days trek for this trip.

Note: It will be your rest day in Pokhara also preparation day for the next destination trip from Pokhara. Bardiya National Park trip or Chitwan national park trip we have to get private Car and drive to Bardiya about 7 hours drive from Pokhara and to the Chitwan it takes about 5 hours drive from Pokhara. Any national parks to reach from Pokhara we will have options only Bus or private car drive and I suggest you drive by private car for your safety.

Cost Includes

  • Regular Bus transports will be included from and to destinations
  • 2 nights deluxe Hotels Rooms
  • 3 times full board meals
  • Elephant rights/Jeep Drives
  • Jungle walk and Tours
  • Birds watching and canoeing
  • Culture exchanging programs with dance and music
  • Local Tharu village walks with Museum visit
  • Entrances fee and permits

Cost Excludes

Flexible local company

Great locally based company. Flexible and able to cater for couples through to larger groups. Have used them for Annapurna and for Everest/Gokyo lakes treks as well as around Kathmandu. Will even sort out Kathmandu hotels and airport pick up etc as well as cultural tours

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Darrell M,

Great organisation and network in Nepal

Jagat and his team were top notch with organising our trek, transfers and accommodation both in Kathmandu and on the Everest trek. Our guide Gopi and porters were excellent especially when I had to come down early due to altitude sickness. My other two friends are still up there doing the Island Peak climb. Jagat has a strong network in both Kathmandu and on the Everest trail so things can be organised easily.
I strongly recommend you use Independent Trekking Guide Cooperative

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Dave NZ,

Family trek with small children in Langtang valley

We spent a week in the Langtang valley with Chet and his team. We did a 7-day trek with our 3 children aged 6, 4 and 1 years old. Everything went very smoothly thanks to the professionalism of the team. Chet and Jagat welcomed us at the airport and took care of us up until the very last day. The tea houses along the trek were carefully selected with good food and no food poisoning. Chet has been a very kind, attentive guide. The 2 porters were also incredibly kind and helpful. The children loved it! We will certainly use this organisation when we go back next time.

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James W,

BADASS !! Manaslu Circuit 2023

My friend and I’s first time in this wildly beautiful country was made into the most incredible experience by the people at Independent Trekking Guides Co-op. From the first few emails to arriving in Kathmandu, all along the journey until our parting we were taken care of in all ways and beyond. The organization, communication, attentiveness, and flexibility were top notch. Seamless from the very beginning, even when plans change, inevitably. Perhaps most importantly they possess a kindness and presence that is uniquely Nepali and brought a depth and sweetness to our experience that is hard to put into words. Thank you Gopi, our guide, for bringing us through the mountains and for your immense knowledge, humour, heart and focus over the 2 weeks we spent together, suffering and triumphing moment to moment. Chandra, our porter, thank you for your warmth, your spirit, and absolute beast mode strength that I will revere and talk about as long as I live. Gopi and Chandra enriched our experience and perspective of Nepal and it’s people, landscapes and ways that are entirely unique and both astounding and inspiring. We very much became a unit together in our own way and worked together till the very end. I will never forget coming down off the Larkya La pass and sledding down the snow together (trying not to fly off the side) after a gruelling journey and the bliss that brought us to laugh and be silly. Jagat, thank you for your commitment to excellence in providing people from around the world with such an immensely wonderful experience of your country and to your own people through the same love and care you pour into your community. I absolutely cannot recommend Independent Trekking Guides Co-op of Nepal more… they are it and they are doing it right. The value, depth, connection to the culture and land, and commitment to safety and experience is unlike any other tour company out there. Time in Nepal changes your life in many subtle and huge ways, some that I have yet to know or understand myself and I look forward to coming back for more, and I will be journeying with none other than these guys. Much love to Jagat, Gopi and Chandra, and everyone else we encountered along the way. Till next time. - Laura & Abbie

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Laura D,

Blast!

We had a blast! Guides were so caring and hospitable! They worked very hard to ensure we have a great experience in Kathmandu and on the trek. Would love to go on another adventure with them!

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Daria M,

Best team I have seen

This is my fourth expedition with Independent Trekking Guides, and each one gets better! Our team of 20 travelled the Tamang Heritage Trek as well as the Langtang trek, climbing Yala Peak as the high point. Chet was our lead guide, and was exceptional. No food/water-born illnesses on the trek, which is a credit to the attention to detail that the ITG cooks paid to each meal. At base camp, incredible energy was put into chopping ice and melting it for drinking and cooking. The cooks created amazing meals at our high camp as well. The ITG staff is the most friendly, considerate, and knowledgeable team I have seen in Nepal. Highly recommend

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Les,

Excellent guide service!

Jagat and his team were amazing to work with. This was the second trek that I've been on with them, and I can't say enough good about the experience. If you are planning a trek in Nepal, I would definitely recommend this outfit. Very professional and friendly. Previously we used them as a guide service for the Poon Hill trek. This year we did the Helambu trek. We booked the Helambu trek several months in advance, but the week of the trek the area received significant snowfall. The guides safely led our party through the trek with no injuries. We also had a wonderful Jeep tour on the way back to Kathmandu. It was a great experience working with them!

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jimjohnston577,

Highly Recommend

People heading to trek in Nepal typically do so to see and experience the magnificent mountains. Many. However, end up discovering Nepal’s greater gem – her people. Their warmth, hospitality and cheerful smiles are unmatched anywhere in the world, in my opinion. And Jagat Lama and his team at Nepal Independent Trekking Guides exemplifies this like no other. Of the 13 trips I have made to Nepal so far, I’ve spent time on 11 of them with Jagat, Chet, Chandra and many others within the cooperative. I consider them among my most cherished friends. As far as leading treks, I wholeheartedly endorse them. They are masters of organization and maintain an unparalleled network of porters and guides. Your safety is their prime concern. They offer flexibility and freedom you won’t find in many, if any, other Nepali outfitters. You’ll never be herded like cattle on tight schedules, forced to push ahead at a pace you’re not comfortable with. They know exactly how to make your trek as outstanding as it can possible be – perfect for you and your companions. They will open a window for you into the most wonderful people, sights, tastes and experiences authentic Nepal has to offer. I highly recommend them.

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Jim Haun,

A very different trekking company

Even though I never had the great pleasure of trekking with Jagat Lama or any other of his team, I know some friends who have and were utterly pleased.

I met Jagat Lama 9 years ago or so and try to see him every time I come to Nepal which is almost every year. He's always been of great service for anything I needed his help or advice for, took time off his over busy schedule with a smile, and is just a delightful person to be with, speaking excellent English, being always polite, kind and cheerful.
2 years ago he helped organise a trek to Mustang for my son and myself.

By the way, Jagat Lama has started out as a porter at a very young age and this is probably the toughest job in the world, having to carry weights sometimes up to 80 kgs, having to deal with high altitude, bitter cold and fatigue, eating poorly in order to save money for their families, getting very low salaries ; such is the tough life of a porter. But Jagat Lama had great vision and talent.

So after many years of extremely hard work and thanks to his capacity of having learned English so quickly , Jagat Lama then became a guide taking groups or individual clients all over Nepal. His kindness and proficiency earned him a lot of sympathy and faithful clients coming back year after year.

But having experienced himself the hardships as a porter, who very often are ruthlessly exploited demanding them to carry maximum weight, Jagat one day decided that this was enough. He thus created his own Trekking Guide Cooperative working only with locals and making sure that they were treated correctly concerning weights and salaries as well as ensuring them decent conditions during the trek!

This makes his company stand apart from many other mostly profit oriented companies, a lot of which are foreign.
And in his spare time, which means Jagat Lama has hardly ever a moment for himself, he goes to his native mountain village Kumari, but the many extraordinary achievements Jagat Lama achieved there, are too long to explain here. But you might want to check it out: "healthanded4nepal.org"
There you will find out how Jagat Lama struggled all his life to help his remote mountain village Kumari, creating the first school and hospital which were sadly destroyed during the devastating earthquakes in 2015. But instead of moaning and giving up, Jagat just rebuilt everything!!! Yes!! It's truly impressive when you learn about his his story and I'm deeply honoured to have such a compassionate and humble human being as my friend.

By the way, you must check out his Kumari coffeee shop not far from Swayambhunath temple, the best coffee (organic of course) of the whole valley!!!

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sasssi,

Totally tailored to my needs and so well looked after

This is the real deal. It is the best collection of independent, authentic and experienced Nepalese trekking guides. Jagat met me at my hotel and organised for me to be accompanied by Gopi Lama for a 6 day trek in the Annapurna region. We could stop or go slow whenever I liked and he always got me the best rooms in the guest houses. He was knowledgeable, spoke great english and was great company. And the route we took matched all my requirements to see the best views but not too much climbing at my age of 65. Highly recommended. And not expensive.

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