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Annapurna circuit 5 stars

This classic trek circles the entire Annapurna massif and in so doing offers a spectacular variety of people and landscapes, from lowland farming country to alpine meadows to the Tibet-like country on the northern slopes of the Himalaya.
annapurna circuit tour

We start in the foothills at Besi Sahar and rise after 6 days to the settlement of Manang at 3500m where we acclimatise and enjoy the mountain views. We continue to ascend and on day 10 of the trek we cross the famous Thorung La, at 5416m, to Muktinath, an important pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists.
From here we descend into the Kali Gandaki, with Annapurna and Dhaulagiri towering on either side. En route back to Pokhara we pass through the many beautiful hill villages that populate this ancient trading route between Tibet and India. We also visit the hot springs at Tatopani, and climb up Poon Hill, above Ghorapani, to enjoy magnificent mountain views. Accommodation and food is provided in the local lodges. Transport to Besi Sahar is by private coach and this trek ends in Pokhara.

Day 01: Drive Kathmandu to Besi-Sahar (760m)
Day 02: Trek to Bahundanda (1310m)
Day 03: Trek to Chamje (1430m)
Day 04: Trek to Dharapani (1860m)
Day 05: Trek to Chame (2670m)
Day 06: Trek to Pisang (3200m)
Day 07: Trek to Manang (3540m)
Day 08: Acclimatization day in Manang
Day 09: Trek to Yak Kharka (4018m)
Day 10: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4450m)
Day 11: Thorong Phedi / High Camp / Muktinath (3800m)
Day 12: Trek to Kagbeni (2800m)
Day 13: Trek to Marpha (2670m)
Day 14: Trek to Kalopani / Ghasa (2010m)
Day 15: Trek to Tatopani (1190m)
Day 16: Rest day at Tatopani
Day 17: Trek to Shikha (1935m)
Day 18: Trek to Ghorepani/ Poonhill (3210m)
Day 19: Trek to Ghandruk (1950m)
Day 20: Ghandruk/ Pokhara via Birethanti (1025)

Recently we returned from trek with a friend in the Annapurna Himalayan range. Boasting spectacular scenery, rugged terrain and extremely welcoming locals, I've never visited another place on earth like Annapurna.
Helping us get the most out of our trek was our friendly and knowledgeable guide Sanjib Adhikari, a specialist trekking guide and expedition organizer based in Thamel, the bustling heart of Kathmandu. He skillfully guided us across treacherous mountain passes, pointed out the rich variety of flora we passed and, in the evening after hiking, served our meals and played cards with us.
Knowing that there are quite a few other less capable and experienced guides than Sanjib, I'd certainly recommend him to other trekkers.
His website is:


The cheap way to go from Pokhara to Kathmandu 5 stars
There are two ways to go from Pokhara to Kathmandu. The fastest but also the most expensive one is to fly. The flight takes 40 minutes and costs around 80 Dollars. You can also go by bus; it will take you around 7 hours. Expect to pay between 400 to 500 Rupees for the bus ticket, if you buy it in one of the travel agencies on the Lakeside. So if you want to save money, be around 7 o’clock in the morning at the tourist bus station and buy the ticket directly from the conductor of one of the buses. The quoted price is usually 300-350 Rupees, but if you bargain you can get a ticket for as low as 250 Rupees. All the buses depart at 7:30.


Face Shave in Pokhara 5 stars
After coming back from long trek in the mountains, you may feel too lazy to shave your one week beard by yourself. If this is the case, there are plenty of barber salons in Pokhara, where you can get a professional face shave for less than one Euro. The shave comes together with short head and neck massage. If you want to get longer massage session expect to pay about 100 Rupees more. Barbers normally use the new blade, but just in case make sure, that they really do it.


Wi-Fi and breakfast 5 stars
To use internet is very expensive in Pokhara, if you do it in Lakeside. The price is fixed and one hour costs 100 Rupees, which is almost one Euro. But if you have your own laptop, there is a way to save money. There are several upmarket restaurants on Lakeside, that offer complimentary Wi-Fi to the customers. To get a proper lunch or dinner in one of those places is really not cheap, but you can find good set breakfast for a bit more than 100 Rupees and to surf in Internet as long as you want. Before ordering, check the connection first, sometimes it is really slow.


Pokhara- the perfect place to relax 5 stars
Pokhara is located near the beautiful Phewa Lake and surrounded by snow-capped mountains. The city is approximately 200 kilometers away from Kathmandu and it takes 40 minutes by plane or 7 hours by bus to get there. The place, where most tourists stay called Lakeside. You can find there everything what you need for the perfect holiday: restaurants with local and international cuisine, bars, budget as well as luxury hotels, handicrafts and clothes shops, trekking gear, massage salons, travel agencies and much more. But be warned- you can easily find yourself staying in Pokhara longer, than you originally planned. At least we did- the city is so relaxing, that you just don’t want to leave.


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