Annapurna Circuit Trek

Duration: 18 Days    Based on 1 review

About Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek or Round Annapurna Trek is one of the best and popular trekking destinations in Nepal for both national and international tourists. A classic trekking route lying on the Western part of Nepal, it has often been voted as one of the best trekking routes in the world. The distance of this route varies from 160-230 km, and the duration ranges from 15-20 days depending on the itinerary of the trekkers. This trek offers wonderful views of Annapurna range, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Machhapuchhre, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Nilgiri, Pisang peak and many others while circling the Annapurna Massif.

During Annapurna Circuit Trek, trekkers will have the opportunity to experience a wide variety of cultures and explore diverse flora & fauna as the trek consists of diverse climate zones ranging from tropical to alpine. Trekkers will pass through the amazing Thorong La Pass (5416 M), which is the highest point of this trek, then down to Muktinath, which is a sacred place for both Hindu and Buddhists. Further, the trail passes through the world’s deepest gorge, Kaligandaki gorge. Trekkers can encounter rhododendron forest along the way fully bloomed during the spring season. Annapurna Circuit Trekking is the best way to traverse the Annapurna region. 

Highlights

  • Thorong La Pass (5416 M), one of the highest pass in the world 
  • Magnificent view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Gangapurna and many other small peaks
  • Picturesque villages of different ethnic groups 
  • Centuries-old monastery in Braga village
  • Muktinath, a pilgrimage site for Buddhist and Hindus
  • Kali Gandaki river gorge, the world’s deepest river gorge
  • Natural hot spring in Tatopani

Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350 M) and transfer to hotel

After your arrival at Kathmandu, you will be welcomed by one of our team members. He will take you to the hotel. In the evening, you will meet with your guide and will brief you about the program.

  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M

You will begin your day with a delicious breakfast. After that, you will go on a short sightseeing tour. During the tour, you will visit places like Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Swayambhunath. Later in the afternoon, you will prepare for the trip and buy necessary gears if needed along with your guide.

  • B&B
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M

Leaving Kathmandu behind, we will drive to Besi Sahar. The drive will be scenic and long. Then you will drive to Jagat in a local jeep.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Jagat
  • 1300 M
  • 8-9 hours

From Jagat to Chamje we will walk dirt road then the trail descends down to river cross a suspension bridge over Marayangdi river, we will gradually climb on a steep path. The trail then descends towards a grassy riverbank. will arrive, Tal, here short break for a lunch and passing a few other villages and bridge, we will reach Dharapani.

Elevation: + 995m /- 430m

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Dharapani
  • 1860 M
  • 6 hours

Trekking through forest ridges, we will reach the headquarters of Manang, Chame. The trail will present you with wonderful views of Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, and Lamjung Himal. Before reaching Chame, we will pass by suspension and several villages like Timang, Thanchowk, Koto, and register our trekking permit at Koto police checkpoint. then we will arrive Chame, Evening we will short time relax at hot spring at Chame.

Elevation: + 840 m / -240 m

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Chame
  • 2670 M
  • 6 hours

We will have breakfast and begin to trek towards Pisang. Crossing a bridge over the Marshyangdi river, we will reach Bhratang. it's one of the famous apple Gardens in the Manag region.  The trail then goes along narrow Marshyangdi river valley and passes through dense forest. we will reach Dhukur Pokhari from where the first view of Paungda Dada. The trail from here will take us to Pisang. 

Elevation: + 835m / - 345m

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Upper Pisang
  • 3300 M
  • 6 hours

Today, we will wake up early in the morning to witness a gorgeous sunrise view along with a stunning view of Annapurna II. We will then have breakfast and begin trying towards Manang. On the way, we will see a diverse range of flora & fauna with a fantastic view of Pisang Peak, Annapurna II, and Annapurna III.

Further, trekking through dense forest, we will reach Barga village. we will visit around 900 years old monastery here. An hour-long walk from Braga will take us to Manang where we will spend today's night. 

 Elevation: + 640m / - 330m

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Manang
  • 3540 M
  • 5-6 hours

Today is a rest day for us in Manang to adjust our body to increased altitude. During the day we will explore the surrounding places. We will visit Milarepa Cave and go on a short hike to Lake, 

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Manang
  • 3540 M

After crossing the Mani walls and old Manang Village, we will ascend towards Tenki. Tanki is the last village in this region. From here, the trail moves out of Marshyangdi Valley and takes us to Jarsang Khola Valley in the northwest. Passing by a few pastures and juniper trees, we will reach Gunsang. Further, we will trek and cross several suspension bridges. The trail then comes across the ancient mani wall in a meadow and takes us to Yak Kharka.

Elevation: + 610m / -120m

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Yak Kharka
  • 4020 M
  • 4 hours

After having a warm breakfast, we will ascend and cross a suspension bridge. We will reach Ledar village and further ascend alongside ridges to lead us to Thorong Phedi. From the last suspension bridge we ascent narrow rocky trail and cross a landslide area then arrive Thorong Phedi.  Today we will see witness fantastic surrounding mountains views, 

Elevation: + 520m / -135m

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Thorong Phedi
  • 4500 M
  • 4 hours

After having breakfast in the early morning, we will begin trekking towards one of the holiest pilgrimage sites of Hindus. The trail ascends toward the challenging Thorong La Pass that we have to cross. The path will be steep and rocky. Be careful while climbing. Further, we will descend down from the pass and reach Muktinath for the night stay. 

Elevation: + 890m / -1750m

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Muktinath
  • 3760 M
  • 8-9 hours

Paying a visit to the Muktinath temple, we will descend from Ranipauwa village on a steep and barren hillside. Passing by Lubra pass and Lubra village is a small and unique village on the hillside and well known Bonpo Gompa. We will reach Marpha for the night stay. The trail will present us with a beautiful view of the barren landscape. Marpha is known for its delicious apples and different items made from it. 

Elevation: + 145m / -1240m

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Marpha
  • 2670 M
  • 6-7 hours

Today we will drive to Tatopani because there is no alternative route except the road which is pretty dusty. After arriving for 3-4 hours, we will reach Tatopani where can you can take a bath in a natural hot spring.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Tatopani
  • 1190 M
  • 4 hours

The trail ascends to the beautiful Ghorepani village after crossing a metal bridge over the Kali Gandaki river. On the way, we will pass by forested trail and different ethnicity community villages special Magar and Braman along the way,  with enjoying stunning views of the Himalayan mountains. Ghorepani village will present our daily lifestyle of locals and rich culture. 

Elevation: + 1710m /-115m

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Ghorepani
  • 2860 M
  • 7 hours

Today, we will wake up early in the morning and hike to Poon Hill. Poon Hill will present your gorgeous sunrise view along with the western Himalayan mountains. After spending some time at the Poon Hill, we will descend back to Ghorepani breakfast then continue the descent down to Hille. 

Elevation: + 650m / - 1830m

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Ghorepani
  • 1410 M
  • 7-8 hours

After having breakfast, we will descend down through a forest. The trail will be steep and take us to Birethanti. Here we check our trekking permit and TIMS Card then we will drive back to Pokhara. Upon reaching Pokhara, we will move to the hotel. and explore around Famous Fewa Lake. 

Elevation: +65m / -955m

  • B&L
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Pokhara
  • 825 M
  • 4:30 hours

After having breakfast, we will drive back to Kathmandu following a scenic route. In the evening, you will have a farewell dinner organized by the company.

  • B,L&D
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M
  • 7 hours

Today, you will fly back to your home. As per your flight departure time, you will be taken to the airport.

  • B&B

What’s Included

  • Airport pick up and drop.
  • 3 night’s accommodation in 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu and 1 night in Pokhara on BB basis (A single supplement room will be served on request with an additional cost).
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, hot drinks) during the trek.
  • Trekking Lodge /Tea House accommodations during the trek.
  • All staff’s salary, accommodation, and insurance.
  • English speaking guide (French-speaking guide available with additional cost if needed).
  • One porter for two people (maximum weight:12 kg per client) and assistant guide for group size above 4 people.
  • All necessary permits and paper works needed for the trek
  • Government taxes, VAT service charges, and official expenses.
  • Kathmandu valley tour with a tour guide in a private vehicle.
  • Kathmandu to Jagat via Besisahar by private vehicle, Pokhara to Kathmandu (flight option available with additional cost).
  • Meals while you are in Kathmandu, Lunch, and Dinner.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Your Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees.
  • Tips for the guide, assistant guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Laundry, telephone, personal trekking equipment, hot shower and battery charging on the tea houses.
  • Excess baggage charges during domestic flights (only 15kg altogether).
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu domestic airfare (If required).
  • Medical evacuation (In case of emergency).

Useful Information

We have to drive from Marpha to Tatopani because there is no alternative route except the road which is pretty dusty. From Jagat, until Chamje walks through the road and during this trip time to time have to walk by off-road

Client Reviews

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Review by : Diane Lanthier, Canada

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Félicitations à l’équipe de Sujan, ils ont su nous aider, nous supporter, être des exemples pour que l’on puisse réussir notre périple de 11 jours de marche dans les Annapurna. Tout en nous accompagnant avec le plus grand soins. Je n’oublierai jamais, le respect, l’attention et la joie que ces hommes avaient de marcher avec nous simplement pour nous faire connaître leur pays, leur tradition, leur gens. Des souvenirs gravés pour toujours. Je recommande les services de Sujan et son équipe en toute confiance à quiconque Merci.