Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna Circuit is renowned as one of the most spectacular trekking routes in the world. As the name says itself, this trail goes on a circuitous route around the entire Annapurna massifs, visiting the Tibet-like country on the northern slopes of the Himalaya and the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge. Much of the trek is through lowland country, but there is one high pass, ‘Thorong La’ (5,416 m). The trail over the pass is steep but in good shape and not hard to follow. This is one point of the entire circuit where you really feel you are amidst the mountains. However, you should be aware of altitude sickness and be prepared for weather extremes as the Thorong La is infamous for changing its moods. The pass is usually snowbound and uncrossable from mid-December to mid-April.

The Kali Gandaki Gorge is another spellbinding part of this trip, known to be the world’s deepest river gorge. The trail up to the Jomsom and Upper Mustang actually goes side by side with the river giving company to the lonely trekker and groups something to talk about. Thus, the Annapurna Circuit is an extraordinary trek, truly one of the world’s best.

Trek Profile:
Grade : Moderate
Average walking per day : 6 hrs
Maximum altitude : 5,416 m
Best seasons : Feb-May, Sep-Dec
Type of Trek : Teahouse/Camping
Starting Point : Beshishahar
Ending Point : Pokhara

Standard Itinerary:

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400 m)

Upon arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport, meet our airport representative who will be displaying our company’s placard just outside the airport terminal. Then, get transferred to the respective hotel in a private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu

Day 2

Pre-trip Meeting; Kathmandu Valley sightseeing

After breakfast, at around 07:30 AM, pre-trip meeting is hosted in your hotel in Kathmandu in order to introduce the trek leader/guide. It is recommended to seek this opportunity to ask any question relevant to the trek. Please remember to bring the passport, 3 copies of passport-size photos, and a copy of the travel insurance policy. In any case that you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the meeting, please inform in advance.
After that, get ready for the sightseeing tour that will start at around 09:30 AM. A private vehicle and professional tour guide is provided to guide you through the Kathmandu Valley including Bouddhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. A full-day sightseeing takes no more than 8 hrs to complete including the lunch time and rest of the time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu

Day 3

Drive to Beshishahar (760 m) & walk to Bhulbhule (910 m)

After early breakfast, drive for approximately 5 hrs through the beautiful green mountains following Trishuli and Marshyangdi Rivers; one can enjoy the views of Langtang, Ganesh and Manaslu mountain ranges. From Beshishahar, it is a 2.30 hrs easy walk to Bhulbhule following the Marshyangdi River. Overnight at lodge, Bhulbhule

Day 4

Trek to Jagat (1,340 m)

After breakfast, walk for around 7 hrs through the beautiful green valley passing through some nice villages, crossing several suspension bridges and passing beautiful waterfalls. Overnight at lodge, Jagat

Day 5

Trek to Dharapani (1,940 m)

After breakfast, walk through several ups and downs, some of them being very steep. After entering the Manang district from Taal, the trail follows the narrow valley up to Dharapani. Overnight at lodge, Dharapani

Day 6

Trek to Chame (2,710 m)

After breakfast, start walking through the trail that leads to the west from Manaslu passing through beautiful pine forest. Enjoy the spectacular view of Manaslu mountain range to the east, and Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal to the south. Chame, being headquarter of the Manang district, relatively more movement can be noticed. Overnight at lodge, Chame

Day 7

Trek to Pisang (3,240 m)

After breakfast, follow the Marshyangdi River all day for about 5 hrs and pass through narrow and steep gorge and pine forest. Pisang is a small but very ancient village; one can visit a small monastery at the top of the village, from where one can enjoy a spectacular view of Annapurna II (7,938m). Overnight at lodge, Pisang

Day 8

Trek to Manang (3,510 m)

After breakfast, start walking to Manang. Leaving Pisang, there are alternative trails from the north and the south of the Marshyangdi River which meets up again at Mungji. The southern route via Hongde, with its airstrip at 3,325 m, which involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru through which there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail passes the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga at 3,475 m to the nearby Manang. Overnight at lodge, Manang

Day 9

Rest day for acclimatization

A necessary rest day for acclimatization and explore Manang. Manang is one of the most beautiful villages on this trek with the entire line of Annapurnas on the south. A short hiking for acclimatization (approx. 3 hrs and up to 4,200 m) is suggested on the rest day. Overnight at lodge, Manang

Day 10

Trek to Yak Kharka (4,018 m)

After breakfast, continue on from Manang. The trail ascends by nearly 500 m to Yak Kharka. Climbing steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marshyangdi Valley, continuing along the Jarsang Khola, reach Yak Kharka, where herds of Yak and vegetation appear to thin out. Overnight at lodge, Yak Kharka

Day 11

Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,420 m)

After breakfast, walking approximately 3 hrs crossing the Jarsang Khola, climb to a small grassy valley and climb steadily to Thorong Phedi. Overnight at lodge, Thorong Phedi

Day 12

Trek to Muktinath (3,800 m)

On this specific day, start before sunrise at 04:00 AM to cross the pass before 10:00 AM as the wind normally gets very wild in the afternoon and it becomes very hard to walk against the dead cold wind. It takes around 5.30 hrs to reach the highest point i.e. Thorong La (5,416 m). In peak times, one can get benefit from the teahouse at the top of the pass, and enjoy some absolutely stunning high Himalayan scenery.
From Thorong La, it is approximately 3 hrs steep downhill to Muktinath. Muktinath is a nice village with the views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Nilgiri and other deserted mountains in Mustang. Muktinath is also known as a holy place for Hindu pilgrims and one can view the rare combination of earth, water and fire in the Muktinath Temple Area. Overnight at lodge, Muktinath

Day 13

Trek to Marpha (2,680 m)

After breakfast, descend through the Kali Gandaki Valley to Marpha, also known as ‘Apple Capital’ of Nepal. The landscape is completely different from the rest of the trek with deserted mountains around and wind and dust. Overnight at lodge, Marpha

Day 14

Trek to Ghasa (2,110 m)

After breakfast, walk for about 6 hrs through a valley dominated by Thakali tribes; the valley changes dramatically with spectacular view of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Annapurna I along with the beautiful green mountains. Overnight at lodge, Ghasa

Day 15

Trek to Tatopani (1,190 m)

After breakfast, descend gradually to Tatopani through valleys, fields and the beautiful Rukse Chhahara (Waterfall) and finally to relax the muscles in the hot-springs of Tatopani. Overnight at lodge, Tatopani

Day 16

Rest day in Tatopani

A rest day for relaxing at this spot taking bath in the natural hot-springs. Overnight at lodge, Tatopani

Day 17

Trek to Ghorepani (2,855 m)

After breakfast, ascend all the way up to Ghorepani, from where one can observe the best sunset view over the profile of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. Overnight at lodge, Ghorepani

Day 18

Hike up to Poon Hill (3,210 m); Trek to Tikhedhunga (1,577 m)

Get up early in the morning and go for an hour hiking to Poon Hill, a brilliant mountain range spectacle; this vantage point provides a clear view of the sunrise over the high Himalayas. After spending about 1 hr, return to Ghorepani for breakfast. After breakfast, trek down along the ridges and through rhododendron forest and fields leading to Tikhedhunga. Overnight at lodge, Tikhedhunga

Day 19

Trek to Nayapul (1,070 m) & drive to Pokhara (827 m)

After breakfast, walk for around 3 hrs through cultivated lands gets you to the ending point of the trek, Nayapul. From here, it is an hour drive to Pokhara. Pokhara is a beautiful valley with Phewa Lake in the west and stunning view of the Annapurna mountain range at the north. Overnight at hotel, Pokhara

Day 20

Free day in Pokhara

After breakfast, relax and enjoy the day on your own. Overnight at hotel, Pokhara

Day 21

Drive back to Kathmandu

After breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu

Day 22

Departure

After breakfast, free till check out time; get transferred to Kathmandu International Airport for your final departure.