Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna Circuit Trek is counted as one of the world’s most famous trekking trails in the world. Situated in the Annapurna Region of Nepal, this trek amalgamates the hypnotic beauty of mountains like the Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Lamjung, Tukuche, Machapuchre, Hiunchuli . Tilicho, Nilgiri etc along with the warm hospitality of the inhabitants of the region.
A question that arises in the back of every one’s mind is; Is the Annapurna Circuit trail safe? The devastating earthquake that shook Nepal has not managed to affect the trail and this trek is suitable to embark upon. The main attractions of this trek are the viewpoints of Poon Hill and Thorong La Pass, the pilgrimage sites of Muktinath and Braga, the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki along with the breathtaking sights of the exquisite Himalayas that adorn this region. It is a perfect destination for thrill seekers who wish to be immersed in the immense natural beauty of Nepal and take on an adventure of a lifetime. Passing through oak and rhododendron forests, this trek is best carried out during the months of March to May and September to December.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1300m]
Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu [1300m]
Day 03: Kathmandu-Besisahar-Khudi [1300 m- 800m]
Day 04: Khudi-Sirung [800m-2200m]
Day 05: Sirung-Chamje [2200m- 1410m]
Day 06: Chamje- Dharapani [1410m-2710m]
Day 07: Dharapani-Chame [2710m- 2630m]
Day 08: Chame to Pisang [2630m- 3300m]
Day 09: Pisang-Manang [3300m-3540m]
Day 10: Rest at Manang [3540m]
Day 11: Manang-Yak Kharka [3540m- 4110m]
Day 12: Yak Kharka-Thorong Phedi [4110m-4600m]
Day 13: Thorong Phedi-Thorong La Pass-Muktinath [4600m-5416m-3800m]
Day 14: Muktinath-Marpha [3800m-2670m]
Day 15: Marpha-Kalopani [2670m-2530m]
Day 16: Kalopani-Tatopani [2530m-1200m]
Day 17: Tatopani-Ghorepani [1200m- 2850m]
Day 18: Ghorepani-Tadapani [2850m-2710m]
Day 19: Tadapani-Ghandruk-Pokhara [2710m-850m]
Day 20: Pokhara-Kathmandu
Day 21: Departure
- All land transportation by Car, Van, Hiace or tourist bus (Pick up/drop, Ktm- Besisahar-Chame, Pok- Ktm)
- 3 nights hotel accommodations in Kathmandu and 1 Night in Pokhara on Bed & Breakfast plan (before & after trek).
- Schedule flight Jomsom-Pokhara
- Full board in lodges during trekking.
- Full day city sightseeing in Pokhara and Kathmandu.
- 1 porter for 2 person.
- 1 government license holder guide and 1 assistant sherpa
- Equipments allowance, daily wages of porter, guide and sherpa.
- Insurance of porters,guide and sherpa.
- Trekking permit (TIMS)
- National Park entrance fee (ACAP).
- Tea, coffee, hot water, fresh fruits, etc during the trek.
- Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu.
- Government 13% VAT
- Agency service charge.
- International airfare from/to your country.
- Nepal entry visa fee (can be obtained at the airport at upon arrival).
- Hotel after 3 night stay in Kathmandu.
- Personal insurance such as travel, accident, medical, emergency evacuation and lost luggage.
- International airport departure tax at Kathmandu Airport.
- Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, laundry, postage, telephone etc.
- Tips and bonuses for Nepalese staffs
Arrival in Kathmandu [1300m]
Arrival in the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, is followed by checking in to the hotel. You can relish authentic Nepali cuisine and rest adequately for the upcoming trek.
Sightseeing around Kathmandu [1300m]
After breakfast, you will be taken on a guided tour around the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. Kathmandu is home to UNESCO Heritage sights of historical and cultural value. The Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Squares, the Pashupatinath Temple, Syambunath Stupa, Boudha Nath Stupa etc can be visited throughout the day.
Kathmandu-Besisahar-Khudi [1300 m- 800m]
A drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar gives pretty views of the roaring Trishuli River amalgamated with greenery, terrace farming areas, villages and the lifestyle of people here. To reach Besisahar, we pass through Mugling, Pokhara and Dumre. Pokhara, the city of lakes has its own mystical beauty. From Besisahar, we trek for an hour to reach Khudi, where we get a glimpse of the Manaslu range. 8-9 hours drive.
Day 4 includes walking through gentle and then steeper terrains, across suspension bridges, rivers, waterfalls and farmlands to reach Sirung. The mountains like Nadi Chuli, Manaslu and sirung appear closer as we gain elevation. Upon reaching Sirung through pristine oak and rhododendron forests, home stay facilities are available in the village along with chances to observe cultural programs organized by the villagers. 6-7 hours trek.
Sirung-Chamje [2200m- 1410m]
We now move downhill through terraced farms, bridges, waterfalls and steep terrains surrounded by pristine forests to reach Syange. From Syange, a moderately difficult climb through Jagat brings us to the beautiful village of Chamje. 5-6 hours trek.
Chamje- Dharapani [1410m-2710m]
Chamje to Dharapani includes walking into the Manang region which is full of bamboo and rhododendron forests. Through barley and corn fields we reach the village of Tar which lies at the base of a large waterfall next to a sandy beach. Further upwards lays the village of Dharapani. 5-6 hours trek.
Dharapani-Chame [2710m- 2630m]
Through steep terrains surrounded by dense forests, we reach Chame. Along the way, we catch glimpse of the pristine, snow capped Lamjung, Annapurna II and Annapurna IV mountains. Also available are natural hot springs, which ease away the pain of the aching muscles. 5-6 hours trek.
Chame to Pisang [2630m- 3300m]
The trek from Chame to Pisang includes passing through dense forests which brings us to a massive, curved rock. From here, we cross several rivers through bridges and finally reach a U shaped valley, the Manang Valley. We will find ourselves surrounded by the snow capped, exquisite peaks. Taking in the vista of this exquisite scenery, we reach Pisang. 5-6 hours trek.
We come across two routes from Pisang and taking the upper one via Geru is highly recommended. This route gives us the impression of standing horizontally opposite the majestic peaks like the Annapurna, Pisang Peak and other peaks of the Annapurna Region. The mystical, arid land of the Manang Valley and the visit to the Braga Monastery will definitely allure us. 6-7 hours trek.
Rest at Manang [3540m]
For further trek, it is absolutely necessary to first acclimatize with the altitude. This day can include trips to Bhojo Gompa, Gangapurna Lake and the Braga Village. For obtaining information about Mountain Sickness, we can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association. The rest of the day can be spent by dwelling upon the beauty of the mystic, arid Manang village.
Manang-Yak Kharka [3540m- 4110m]
The trek into Yak Kharka leaves behind the Marsyangdi Valley and enters into the valley of Jarsang Khola via the village of Tenki. The steep elevation and is particularly hard to the legs but this is all forgotten at the glimpses of Juniper forests, pastures, streams, meadows and the lifestyle of people living there. Through another village Ghunsa, followed by an ancient Mani wall we reach the village of Yak Kharka. 3-4 hours trek.
Yak Kharka-Thorong Phedi [4110m-4600m]
Thorong Phedi is the foot of the Thorong La Pass where a small busy village caters to the needs of the trekkers. It is advised not to climb up to the High Camp this day and instead take a rest and acclimatize with the altitude. 3-4 hours trek
Thorong Phedi-Thorong La Pass-Muktinath [4600m-5416m-3800m]
The highest point of this trek, the Thorong La Pass can be reached this day. Icy high altitude trail and steep elevation makes this day’s trail difficult yet highly rewarding. Upon reaching the top of the pass one can observe spectacular views of the Annapurna Mountain range in a 360 degree view. The mesmerizing views are sure to relieve all the tension created in the body by trekking. After witnessing this unforgettable spectacle of the Himalayas, we descend downwards towards Muktinath, amalgamated with views of the snow capped peaks all around.A Bishnu Temple and a monastery present in Muktinath makes it a hot spot, tourist destination even for internal tourists of Nepal. 7-8 hours trek.
The morning of this day can be dedicated to visiting the Vishnu Temple and Gompa following which we descend towards Kagbeni through the Ranipauwa village. The steep, arid, mesmerizing landscapes amalgamated with the views of the mountain peaks takes us into Jomsom and finally into Marpha. We walk along the Kali Gandaki, the deepest gorge in the world and also get to taste various apple items made in the apple capital of Nepal, Marpha. 4-5 hours trek.
Passing through etnic Thakali villages like Chokhopani and Kokhethati, adorned with apple gardens, we reach Kalopani. On the way, we are rewarded with exclusive, 360 degree view of the magnificent snow capped peaks like the Tilicho, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Annpurna I as well as Dhaulagiri. 5-6 hours trek.
The downhill journey from Kalopani to Tatopani brings us first into a bridge at Ghasa. We leave behind the arid lands and enter into pristine vegetation. From the Rupse Chahara, a famous waterfall we continue downwards to Garpar, Kopchepani and then to Dana. After crossing Narchyang Besi and several more viallages we reach Tatopani, home to natural hot water springs where we can relieve our stressed muscles.6-7 hours trek.
Tatopani-Ghorepani [1200m- 2850m]
This day includes ascending through terraced villages like Ghara and Sikha into Ghorepani. Also included on the way are the villages named Phalate and Chitre which consists of pristine rhododendron, magnolia and birch forests. Ghorepani, on a clear day, offers magnetic views of mountain peaks of the Annapurna Region. 7-8 hours trek.
This day marks another spectacular day of the trip as we emabark early morning to Poon Hill (3210m). Poon Hill offers spectacular views of mountain peaks glistening majestically in the rising sun. Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges rise high and seem to surround this hill. A paradisefor trekkers, after ascending back down to Ghorepani, we trek towards Tadapani. This trail too is full of views of the majestic peaks viewed from different angles. 6-7 hours trek.
Through rhododendron forests, the trek from Tadapani leads us to the Gurung Village of Ghandruk. Adorned with spectacular views of mountains and cultural diversity this village is the second largest Gurung settlement in Nepal. We continue to trek towards Nayapul and the drive into the beautiful lake city of Pokhara. Pokhara offers majestic backdrop of the mountains we will have observed during the trek, along with a number of lakes where boating, canoeing and other such activities can be done. 5-6 hours trek. 1 hour drive
After witnessing the immense beauty amalgamated by the Annapurna Conservation Area, we continue our journey back to Kathmandu via a drive. The remaining time in Kathmandu can be spent by sightseeing around this beautiful valley and shopping for some souvenirs. A wide range of Nepali cuisine can be chosen from. 6-7 hours drive.
After spending 20 unforgettable, exquisite days in Nepal, you can finally depart from Nepal, only to plan and come back for more.