Annapurna Circuit Trek
The Annapurna Circuit Trek is the classic trek and rated one of the top ten most popular trekking trails in the world. The trek goes from the low-lands of 800 meters and ascending up to sub-tropical mid lands to higher elevations of the Himalayas. There’s plenty of opportunities to get face to face with some of the tallest mountains of the world like Mt. Annapurna and it’s adjacent peaks. Hordes of trekkers round the globe make it to the Annapurna Circuit which also extends witnessing the mesmerizing natural world from remote valleys to age-old villages, alpine lakes, glaciers, lush green forests. The exciting part of the trek is crossing over Thorung La Pass at 5416 meters, the highest point during the trek. Further, Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest in the world, is another great feature of the trek. Initially, the trek starts from Besisahar in the Lamjung district and traces it’s route passing along Manang valley, Muktinath, Ghandruk and again returns back to Pokhara. Annapurna Circuit Trek is ideal for any trekking enthusiast and for those who wish witness breath-taking nature at it’s best and observing some great mountain panorama.
• Annapurna Circuit Trek provides opportunity to witness some breath-taking views of the Annapurna range & it’s neighboring peaks
• Hike past Thorung La pass at 5416 meters, the highest point on trek.
• World’s deepest gorge – Kali Gandaki Valley.
• Witness variety of floras and faunas
• First-hand experience of local culture & traditions of the people living in the high Himalayas.
Day 01: Drive to Besisahar (760m) from Pokhara
Annapurna Circuit Trek starts with a drive to Besisahar from Pokhara which takes about 4 hours. It’s a scenic ride passing along the countryside, small towns, villages, tea-shops etc. Upon reaching Besisahar, check-in lodge and the rest of the time is free to explore around this beautiful hill town. O/N Lodge.
Day 02: Besisahar to Bahundanda (1,300m) 5-6 hrs
Today the trek starts after breakfast with the trail going downhill on a sub-tropical woodland and reaches Khudi Village. En-route witnesses some great views of Hiunchuli, Manaslu, Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli). Soon Bhulbhule is reached for a quick breather then after crossing the Ngadi village on the way will finally arrive at Bahundanda. O/N Lodge.
Day 03: Bahundanda to Chamje (1,410m) 5-6 hrs
The trek today is from Bahundanda to Chamje. The trail goes on a steep trail to Syange Village and after crossing a suspension bridge via Jagat will reach Chamje. O/N Lodge.
Day 04: Chamje to Bagarchap (2160m) 5-6 hrs
Today is the fourth day of Annapurna Circuit Trek and the trail crosses Marshyangdi River and goes through bamboo and rhododendron forests. After hiking for few hours, it comes across a large waterfall known as Tal (1675m). After enjoying sometime at the waterfall, the trek finally reaches Bagarchap, a village known for its typical Tibetan architecture. O/N Lodge.
Day 05: Bagarchap to Chame (2630m) 6-7 hrs
Trek continues today with some ascends and after a steep climb, the trail reaches Danaque which commands great views of Lamjung, Annapurna II & IV mountains. After following Marshyangdi upstream will finally reach Chame. O/N Lodge.
Day 06: Chame to Pisang (3,190m) 6-7 hrs
Trek starts with crossing along Dhukur Pokhari and moves towards Pisang. En-route get mesmerized by great views of Pisang peak, Annapurna range towards the north. Closer to ending the trek, the trail dramatically descends to Pisang. Pisang is a beautiful high mountain village with Tibetan styled houses and monasteries. O/N Lodge.
Day 07: Pisang to Manang (3,540m) 4-5 hrs
This day involves hiking past some aromatic pine forests. As the trek nears Manang observe majestic panorama of mountains like Gangapurna, Annapurna II & III, Tilicho, Chulu East, Pisang peak etc. Finally Manang is reached before sunset after crossing the Marshyangdi River. O/N Lodge.
Day 08: Rest & acclimatization day in Manang (3,540m)
Today is for acclimatizing and it’s very important to get better acclimatized during high altitude treks. The full day is spent getting used to the high altitude and environment of the high altitude locations. There also one option of climbing a nearby ridge to the north of the village or simple rest in Manang. O/N Lodge.
Day 09: Manang to Letdar (4250m) 5-6 hrs
After breakfast trek starts with the trail climbing towards the Marshyangdi Valley. Then you will have to go through some strenuous ascends to reach Gunsang village followed by Yak Kharka and finally reaching Letdar before sunset. O/N Lodge.
Day 10: Letdar to Thorung Phedi (4420m) 5-6 hrs
This day the trail leads to the east bank of the Jorsang Khola and hike towards Thorung Phedi. The route is tough as they are narrow with unstable slopes. Later on, you will arrive Thorung Phedi for the night stay. O/N Lodge.
Day 11: Thorung Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) 6-7 hrs
The most important day of the trek and geared up for the hike to Thorung La pass (5416m), the highest point on the trek, which involves following rocky ridges. From the elevated venue, one can notice the entire Dhaulagiri range. Upon reaching the highest point, get some rest and slowly and steadily descend towards Chabarbu to reach Muktinath around the evening time. Muktinath is a holy place both for Hindus and Buddhists alike. O/N Lodge.
Day 12: Muktinath to Marpha (2710m) 5-6 hrs
The trail today follows the Kali Gandaki River to reach Jomsom, the central-hub for trekkers round the world round the year. After Jomsom, you will follow the trail going towards Marpha, a village popular for producing alluring apply brandy/N Lodge.
Day 13: Marpha to Ghasa (2010m) 5-6 hrs
This day the trekking trail is filled up with majestic views of the mountains like Tukuche peak, Dhaulagiri massif, Nilgiri etc. The trek reaches Tukuche village located above the beautiful pine forest after walking for a few hours. Leaving Tukuche and walking for about 2 hours will finally reach Ghasa. O/N Lodge.
Day 14: Ghasa to Tatopani (1190m) 5-6 hrs
Trek toward Tatopani popular for relaxing hot springs. The trail crosses the Kali Gandaki River on a suspension bridge and descends crossing Thapla, Kopchepani, Rupse and Chhahara to arrive at Tatopani. One can visit the hot springs to relax and overcome the day’s tiredness. O/N Lodge.
Day 15: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2870m) 5-6 hrs
Today’s trek is towards Ghorepani where en-route the trail crosses the Kali Gandaki River one more time to reach Beni. It then traverses through aromatic rhododendron and Mongolia forests and arrives at Ghorepani. O/N Lodge.
Day 16: Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3210m) to Tadapani (2710m) 6-7 hrs
Early in the morning, hike to the popular Himalayan view-point ‘Poon Hill’ to witness spectacular sunrise over the Himalayas which will take about an hour’s trek to the top. Poon Hill commands panoramic views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Hinchuli, Machhapuchhre. Later on the day, you will proceed towards Tadapani which also has it’s fare share amount of some great mountain panorama. O/N Lodge.
Day 17: Tadapani to Ghandruk (1950m)
Comparatively, today’s the easiest trek and the trail goes through rhododendron and oak forests en-route listening chirping birds. This route is also the best alternative for bird lovers. Afterwards, you will reach Ghandruk, a beautiful Gurung village from where one can spot great mountain panorama of the peaks like Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhre. The village of Ghandruk is listed on world’s heritage site and there’s also a Gurung museum showcasing Gurung culture and traditions. O/N Lodge.
Day 18: Ghandruk to Nayapul & drive to Pokhara 4-5 hrs
The last day of the Annapurna Circuit Trek and the trail descends on many stone steps until reaching Syauli Bazaar with crossing over the landslide area. It further proceeds to Birethanti and after walking for about half an hour from Birethanti will reach Nayapul. From Nayapul drive back to Pokhara. O/N Hotel.
Day 19: Pokhara to Kathmandu (Drive or fly)
Finally the Annapurna Circuit Trek terminates today. After breakfast, drive by a tourist bus/private vehicle to Kathmandu for about 5-6 hours drive. Alternatively you can also fly back to Kathmandu from Pokhara which takes about 25 minutes.
What is Included
• Pokhara- Besisahar by private vehicle.
• Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges.
• Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
• Experienced English speaking trekking guide and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) during the trek including their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipments and insurance.
• Annapurna Conservation area entrance Permit and fees.
• Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & Permit)
• Nayapul – Pokhara by private vehicle.
• Accommodation in Pokhara including breakfast as per the itinerary.
• Pokhara – Kathmandu by tourist bus or private vehicle (Option: Flight).
• First Aid medical kit.
• Duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole.
• All government taxes, VAT and office service charge
What is Not Included
• Lunch and Dinner in Pokhara
• Travel insurance
• Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
• Any kind of drinks (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottle water, cola, beer etc.)
• Tips for guide and porters
We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in anyway.