17 Days Annapurna Circuit Yoga Trek
Numerous treks take place in the revered Annapurna region. These treks are known to be filled with vigor, enthusiasm, and adventure. One of the most frequented and demanding treks that this region has to offer is the 17-day Annapurna Circuit Yoga trek. Its immense popularity lies in the fact that it offers travelers a complete package filled with culture, nature, religion, and harmony.
In this 17-day ordeal, you will traverse through a variety of terrains for which the Annapurna region is fabled for. Bask on the glory of the colossal Annapurna mountain ranges and invoke religion inside the Muktinath temple premises. This lengthy journey makes you scale the dangerous Thorong La pass and into the dense jungles on the road to Ghorepani. This tumultuous journey favors those with the will of iron and once it is completed, you’ll be left with a plethora of memories that will last all eternity.
During this 17-days Annapurna Circuit Yoga Trek, yoga will be your ultimate tool as it will help you to easily scale the difficult terrain.
Factual Statements Regarding the trip
- Terrain type: Hills and mountains
- Location: Kaski, Lamjung, Manang, Mustang
- Difficulty level: difficult
- Time needed: 17 days
- Max Altitude: 5416 meters
- Religions: Hinduism and Buddhism
- Local residents: Thakali, Tamang, Gurung, Brahmin, Chhetri
- Transportation: bus and airplane
Annapurna Circuit Yoga Trek Highlights
- Scaling the snowy summit of the Thorong La Pass
- Basking in the religious ambiance of the Muktinath temple
- Relaxing in the hot water springs at Tatopani
- Observing the glorious picture of mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Macchapucchre from the Poon hill
- Visiting the apple orchards in Marpha
- Appreciating the Gurung culture and heritage at Ghandruk
Food and Accommodation
As the majority of this trek takes place in the rural areas, you will be residing in teahouses and some instances, lodges. Fret not as these teahouses are equipped with all the basic amenities except for the internet. At desolate places, you might have to pay a bit extra for a hot shower. In terms of food, you will be dining on local items like dal bhat, tarkari, roti, and dhido. Fancy food is not available in the trekking region. If you need it, you need to carry it.
Day 01: Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu (1300m)
On the first day, you will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport where you shall meet our representative who will take the task of escorting you to your hotel. At the hotel, interact with the company officials and pack all the necessities for the trek that commences from tomorrow. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Head to Khudi by bus (800m)
Commence the journey by cruising in a private vehicle through the Prithivi highway. The roads are mostly peached and provide amazing glimpses of gushing rivers and green hills. We pass Besisahar and move to Khudi. It is the starting point of the Annapurna circuit trek. We shall rest for today and start the journey tomorrow.
Overnight in Khudi.
Day 03: Trek from Khudi to Sirung (2200m)
We shall include morning yoga sessions and evening meditation in this trek to make it more fruitful. Once the yoga is done, we will head out into the Annapurna region. Cross suspension bridges and small waterfalls to arrive at Sirung. This Tamang village has its way of life and culture. As you observe the Manasalu mountain range, practice meditation. Overnight in Sirung.
Day 04: Trek from Sirung to Jagat (1300m)
Once we sort the yoga, we shall head out to Jagat. It is a major settlement in these parts. The trail is relatively easy and crosses the Sangu Khola and the Marsyangdi river. The trail is home to a variety of birds. After walking for about 7 hours, we arrive at Jagat. There are small teahouses here equipped with basic necessities.
Conclude the meditation session to rest for today. Overnight in Jagat.
Day 05: Trek from Jagat to Chame (2710m)
Once the soothing yoga session is completed, we will head out to Chame. The trail for the day sees a rapid increase in elevation so tread carefully. Proceed to Chame by going through the banks of the Marshyangdi river and observing surreal glimpses of the Annapurna mountain range. Walk on the grasslands of Tal and after dodging waterfalls, we arrive at Chame. It is the headquarters of the Manang district. Indulge in meditation here to become free. Overnight in Chame.
Day 06: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3300m)
Practice yoga by breathing the crisp air enveloping Manang. Walk on the steepest portion of the Marshyangdi valley and observe the various rock formations carved by this roaring river. Navigate along the rocky surface and after crossing Paungda Danda, follow the descending trail to Paungda Danda. Take part in the meditation conclave and rest for the day. Overnight in Pisang.
Day 07: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3519m)
After a healthy breakfast and daily yoga, pack your bags and head out to Manang. Follow the route that leads to Upper Pisang via Geru. This route provides unblemished pictures of the Annapurna mountain range. As you proceed, the arid and cold climate starts to affect you which signals your arrival in Manang. This ancient city is home to the Barge monastery. Dinner and meditation should be done to end the day. Overnight in Manang.
Day 08: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4110m)
The road today crosses a stream and later climbs the Tenki village. But first, you need to finish the yoga class. Climb out of the Marshyangdi valley and cross the Ghunsa village. This village is inhabited by herders who reside in mud houses. Walk past the ancient mani wall and arrive at Yak Kharka. It is a grazing ground for animals like yak and sheep. Practice meditation here. Overnight in Yak Kharka.
Day 09: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4600m)
Practicing yoga in high elevations can be a bit difficult but you need to do it. After a healthy breakfast, head out to Thorong Phedi. This is the final stop before crossing the dreaded Thorong La Pass. As you proceed, you can observe amazing glimpses of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Macchapucchre. Rest in a teahouse in Thorong Phedi for the day. You can skip the meditation class for today if you are tired. Overnight in Thorong Phedi.
Day 10: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3800m)
Today is the day of glory. We shall mount the dreaded Thorong La Pass and head towards Muktinath. The pass is often blocked by snow so be careful while traversing it. From the pass, we can observe tantalizing views of the surreal ambiance. From the pass, you need to walk down the descending trail to reach Muktinath. Indulge in meditation in the divine aura of Muktinath. Overnight in Muktinath.
Day 11: Trek from Muktinath to Marpha (2670m)
Once you complete the yoga session, head to the Muktinath temple. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is a religious hub for both Hindus and Buddhists. Explore the temple and bathe in its many taps. Have lunch and head down to Marpha. The road takes you beside the banks of the Kaligandaki River. At Marpha, be sure to explore the apple orchards and do complete the meditation. Overnight in Marpha.
Day 12: Trek from Marpha to Kalopani (2530m)
Once the yoga is sorted, take a relatively new route that will lead you to Kalopani through the Chokhopani village. This village is inhabited by the Thakali people. The route provides amazing pictures of the Annapurna mountain range. Interact with the locals of Kalopani and understand their culture. Enjoy the Thakali cuisine but first, complete the meditation. Overnight in Kalopani.
Day 13: Trek from Kalopani to Tatopani (1200m)
The low elevations make yoga easier. After it is done, enjoy breakfast and proceed to Tatopani. Walk past the lush vegetation which is home to a variety of wild birds and animals. Walk past Rupse Chhahara and arrive at Tatopani which is a resting point. Be sure to rest in the nearby hot spring to rejuvenate the tired body. Complete the meditation after relaxing. Overnight in Tatopani.
Day 14: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2850m)
Breathe the fresh air in Tatopani and after sorting the yoga, head out to Ghorepani. We are now in the major Annapurna trail. You are frequently greeted with mules and locals. The trail sees a steep climb and we will rest at Shikha and Chitre. Upon arrival in Ghorepani, take a much-deserved rest and interact with the locals. Amidst the enthusiasm, be sure to practice meditation. Overnight in Ghorepani.
Day 15: Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2700m)
Before we start with yoga, we shall head out to Poon hill early in the morning. It is a famous spot to witness the grandiose display of mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Macchapucchre. It is an amazing opportunity to observe the beautiful sunrise engulfing the mountains. If it is not crowded, we can do yoga here. Later, have breakfast and move to Tadapani. The road is a blend of numerous ups and downs. At Tadapani, relax and complete the meditation. Overnight in Tadapani.
Day 16: Trek from Tadapani to Pokhara (827)
Indulge in the morning yoga session and then head out to Pokhara. The return trip takes you through rhododendron forests and into the Gurung village, Ghandruk. Observe the lifestyles of the locals and dine in the Gurung cuisine. Continue the trip until you arrive at Nayapul and from there, our representative will pick you up and transfer you to Pokhara. Take part in the farewell dinner organized by the company. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu and Departure
Wake up early and catch a flight that will lead you back to Kathmandu. The flight lasts approximately 30 minutes. Have lunch in Kathmandu and catch another flight that will take you home. We hope that you had a wonderful journey with us and we hope to see you again.
Things included in the package
- We provide you the bed and breakfast. Accommodation will be shared by two people. However, you can book for the single room with extra charge.
- We will also bear the cost of domestic flight that will be travelled for the trip.
- Yoga classes as per Itinerary.
- The overland transport will be held on tourist coach as per the itinerary and size of the group.
- The applicable fee for the Trekking, National Park and Conservation center will be covered.
- We offer you a welcome group dinner in an authentic Nepali restaurant with cultural show.
- The wages, meals, insurance and transport allowance of all trekking staff and porters will be arranged.
- We also can arrange the planning for the place of interest in the city accompanied by the city guide.
- We also have included the comprehensive medical kit and service of guide and porters.
- We also help you to reconfirm your international flight.
Things Excluded in the package
- Pick-up/Drop from/to airport.
- The visa fee you would have to pay for travel, medical insurance and airport tax.
- The meals of your personal interest will not be offered in our expense.
- We would also not provide the personal sleeping bags and bags.
- The charge applied in case of emergency evacuation by any means of transport would not be included.
- The charge for accommodation in Kathamndu in you early arrival before the trip will not be included and also the late departure. Moreover, the early departure from trek will also not included in our expense.
- We also don’t include the cost of international flights.
- The trip doesn’t offer the travel and rescue insurance.
- We also don’t include the phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra poter etc.
- We also don’t offer tips for guides and porters.
Trek start dates1st Group: 1st of every Month2nd group: 15th of every month
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