Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Trip Overview

Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most popular classic Himalayan trek. We ascend the Marshyandi Valley before heading to the wild, windswept 5416m Thorong La (pass) and around the Annapurna massif. The trek offers surprising contrast. The trek starts and ends in the lush, green foothills of the Annapurna. After crossing Thorong La pass, We then head back down the great Kali Gandhaki Valley (the deepest gorge on earth with Annapurna and Dhaulagiri towering some 7,000 metres above).

We begin the Trek from a day brief sightseeing program at the downtown of Kathmandu. In the next day, we drive to Syange or Jagat (as per situation) from Kathmandu about 8 to 10 hours' drive. The initial days of the trek involves walking through rice farms, forests and friendly ethnic villages in the lower realm of the Annapurna Conservation Area. Thorong La is the highest point of the trek from where we can marvel at the fabulous Mustang peak and the snow-clad bulk of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,795ft). While descending, we will have a chance to visit the Hindu pilgrimage site - Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) and wonder in amazement at the presence of 108 small waterfalls and mysterious natural gas fires. From Muktinath, we take nearly 6 to 8 hours' drive to Tatopani, a famous place for natural hot springs - where we relax our tired body with a dip in one of them. We again start trekking to Ghorepani, Tadapani, Ghandruk and finally arrive in Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu on a tourist bus.

Highlights

  • Explore the Annapurna Conservation Area.
  • Good views of Annapurna Ranges, Dhaulagiri, Gangapurna, Nilgiri, Pisang peak and more.
  • Glacier Lakes.
  • Monasteries and Pilgrimages.
  • World's longest pass.
  • Rich variety of flora and fauna.
  • Unique culture with varied customs.

Trip Map

Annapurna Circuit Trekking Map

Short itinerary

DAY 01: Drive Kathmandu to Syange/ Jagat [1100m/3608 ft]: 8 - 10 hrs

DAY 02: Trek Syange or Jagat to Dharapani [1,960m/6,430ft]: 7 - 8 hrs

DAY 03: Dharapani-Chame [2,710m/8,891ft]: 5 - 6 hrs

DAY 04: Chame- Pisang [3,300m/10824ft]: 5 - 6 hrs

DAY 05: Upper Pisang-Manang [3,500m/11,482ft]: 6 - 7 hrs

DAY 06: Manang: Rest

DAY 07: Manang-Yak Kharka [4,110m/13,484ft]: 3 - 4 hrs

DAY 08: Yak Kharka - Thorong Phedi [4,600m/15,092ft]: 3 - 4 hrs

DAY 09: Thorong Phedi to Thorong La (5416m/17764ft) to Muktinath [3,800/12,467ft]: 7 - 8 hrs

DAY 10: Drive Muktinath- Tatopani [1,200m/3937ft]: 6 - 8 hrs

DAY 11: Tatopani -Ghorepani [2,850m/9,350ft]: 7 - 8 hrs

DAY 12: Ghorepani- Tadapani [2,710m/8,891ft]: 6 - 7 hrs

DAY 13: Tadapani - Ghandruk -Pokhara [850m/2,789ft]: 6 - 7 hrs trek and 1 hr drive.

 

Detail Itinerary

DAY 01: Drive Kathmandu to Syange/ Jagat [1100m/3608 ft]: 8 - 10 hrs
At early morning, we begin our journey as we need to go a long drive to arrive at our trek starting point. After breakfast, we leave Kathmandu at around 7 am and nearly after 8-10 hours' drive we will be at Syange or Jagat (as per situation) via Besishahar. While en route we see more of countryside of Nepal that offers greeneries, rivers, villages, farms and beautiful mountain sceneries. However, the condition of road is not equally fine in all portion of our drive today. The road to Besishahar is coal-tarred road, whereas after Besishahar the road is dusty and bumpy though we can easily overlook it as we watch the outstanding sceneries. Overnight stay at Syange or Jagat Guesthouse.

DAY 02: Trek Syange or Jagat to Dharapani [1,960m/6,430ft]: 7 - 8 hrs
After breakfast, we begin our jouney today relaxly. We enter Manang district after crossing a large bridge near Tal. Our upcoming trail continuously traverses us through barley, rice, potato fields, and along with the village of Kodo till to Dharapani. Dharapani is one of the big villages in the Manang valley. Overnight at Dharapani.

DAY 03: Dharapani-Chame [2,710m/8,891ft]: 5 - 6 hrs
Today we negotiate a few steep forested ridges along with several landslides on route on the west. We should not forget to look up though, as we will be treated to some of the most sensational views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). Overnight at Chame.

DAY 04: Chame- Pisang [3,300m/10824ft]: 5 - 6 hrs
A steep and narrow path through a very dense forest will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. As the trail opens up we get surrounded by majestic Himalayan Peaks. We find ourselves in U-shaped valley of Manang hanging between two giant snow peaks. Upon walking through these wonderful sites we reach at Pisang. Overnight at Lower Pisang.

DAY 05: Upper Pisang-Manang [3,500m/11,482ft]: 6 - 7 hrs
Today, we will have disjuncture of two routes that we follow. If taken upper route, the route through Upper Pisang via Geru, we will have outstanding sceneries. We feel like we are horizontally in front of the majestic peaks. The panoramic views of the mountain peaks, such as Annapurna, Pisang peak, and several others will definitely allure us. We experience a contrast with the landscape and vegetation from today. On the way, the cold and dry climate creates a much harsher environment. Our short visit to Barge monastery, the largest in the entire district of Manang will be memorable. Overnight at Manang.

DAY 06: Manang: Rest
Today is the scheduled acclimatization day. It is not recommended to stay idle but a short walk to higher altitude is suggested to get acclimatized with the altitude. The upcoming next two days will be very challenging and tiring trek for us with rapid gain in altitude. We should never be confident with the altitude and always be cautious. Bhojo Gompa or Gangapurna Lake is worth visiting sites from acclimatization point of view. Further, we pay an easy excursion to a little distance away to a village called Vraga, upon where we will be at a village's monastery. At this site, we also visit at the Himalayan Rescue Association where we can get some ideas about Mountain Sickness. Overnight at Manang.

DAY 07: Manang-Yak Kharka [4,110m/13,484ft]: 3 - 4 hrs
From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki above Manang, and then continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail follows this valley northward, passing a few pastures, a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. The trail further passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Now the trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Yak Kharka. Little but Gradual ascent is the key to avoiding altitude problems. Overnight at Yak Karka.

DAY 08: Yak Kharka - Thorong Phedi [4,600m/15,092ft]: 3 - 4 hrs
We make our way to the foot of the pass, Throng Phedi today. Thorong Phedi is a small busy settlement catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers. Trekkers like us use this point as a base camp. Some visitors also attempt a hike to the High Camp today so that the next day can be easier for them. But, we do not advise for this. Although we will have a tough day tomorrow, we stop at Thorong Phedi so that we can sleep sound rather than a risky sleep in higher altitude at High Camp. Overnight at Thorong Phedi.

DAY 09: Thorong Phedi to Thorong La (5416m/17764ft) to Muktinath [3,800/12,467ft]: 7 - 8 hrs
We reach the climax of our Annapurna circle trek today. It will be a lifetime unforgettable experience- crossing the famous high pass, Thorong La (5416m/17764ft). An early start is important to complete the mission. Each moment we have to work hard today through the icy high-altitude trail. But the outstanding high Himalayan scenes are such tempting that our eyes love to watch more over the horizon than on our trail. Upon setting sun we will be at Muktinath. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhist. The area hosts a Vishnu temple and a Monastery nearby. Muktinath itself demonstrates the religions harmony in Nepal. Overnight at Muktinath.

DAY 10: Drive Muktinath- Tatopani [1,200m/3937ft]: 6 - 8 hrs
Today, as there are vehicles available (bus or jeep), we take advantage of it to drive along a plateau above the Kali Gandaki - world`s deepest gorge. We have to adjust ourselves in a public vehicle on sharing basis in this route. The drive would not be pleasant as the road is newly constructed. The road still to be coal-tarred. So, it is rough and dusty. The barren landscape of this area resembles Tibetan Plateau. At some point, we have to change our vehicles too. Since, today is going to be an uninteresting day. Upon arrival at Tatopani, we relax our weary muscles with a dip in one of the hot spring pools. Overnight at Tatopani.

DAY 11: Tatopani -Ghorepani [2,850m/9,350ft]: 7 - 8 hrs
While walking, we observe the lifestyle of the people in the midland villages of Nepal. Ghara and Sikha are the villages with terraced and inclined farmlands. We gradually walk steep up to ascent Ghorepani. Passing through the Phalate and Chitre, we walk through a non-habitat area, through rhododendron, brich, magnolia and some meadows as well. As we reach the height, the peaks ahead look wonderful. We stay at Ghorepani as we have to climb to reach Poon Hill early tomorrow morning. Overnight at Ghorepani.

DAY 12: Ghorepani- Tadapani [2,710m/8,891ft]: 6 - 7 hrs
Early at dawn, we ascend to Poon Hill (3,210m. /10,531ft) to catch the moment of spectacular sunrise over the whole Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs and surrounding rice terraces. Nick name of Poon Hill is itself a photographer`s paradise. Upon breakfast, we continue ups and downs trail trek to Tadapani for overnight through the rhododendron forests. We like to keep inspecting at the horizon as sceneries are equally dazzling throughout the day at the trek.

DAY 13: Tadapani - Ghandruk -Pokhara [850m/2,789ft]: 6 - 7 hrs trek and 1 hr drive.
Through the Rhododendron forest, we trek down today to Ghandruk, second-largest Gurung settlement in Nepal. Gurung is one of the popular and culturally rich ethnic groups in Nepal. After lunch, we continue to Nayapul where we finally conclude our trek followed by a short drive from Nayapul to Pokhara. Pokhara, a peaceful city of lakes with the dramatic backdrop of the Himalayas is worth spending a night for rest and relaxation after a long trek. Overnight in Pokhara.

Includes/Excludes

Cost Includes:

  • Airport pick up and drop. 
  • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP and TIMS ).
  • An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide and local porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
  • Guide and porter’s salaries, insurance, equipment, transport, food and lodging.
  • Private transport from Kathmandu to Syange/Jagat (trek starting point).
  • Private jeep or taxi from Nayapul to Pokhara (trek ending point). 
  • Full meals during trek (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) on your choice. 
  • Water purifier for Safe Drinking water.
  • Accommodation (twin sharing private room with share toilet). 
  • 2 star Hotel in Pokhara with Breakfast for 1 night. 
  • Pokhara-Kathmandu by tourist bus.
  • A comprehensive First Aid kit.
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Trekking Route map.

Cost Excludes:

  • Hot shower during trek. 
  • Trekking equipments for your personal use.
  • Wi-Fi in the mountain.
  • Electronic device recharge in tea houses.
  • Hot and cold beverages.
  • Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Travel insurance and medical evacuation. 
  • Tipping for guide and porter.
  • Service not mentioned above.

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Trip Facts

  • Grade: Moderate to Strenuous
  • Best season: February, March, April, May, October, November
  • Per day walking: 7 hours in average
  • Type of trek: Hotel and Lodge
  • General Duration: 13 days
  • Maximum Altitude: 5416m

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