Annapurna Round Trek
Annapurna Round Trek is the popular trek going through the sub-tropical mid lands and green valleys to the high Himalayas. En-route trekkers get to witness spectacular mountain panorama of the Himalayas like Annapurna- the 10th highest in the world and it’s other adjacent peaks. Annapurna Round Trek also called as Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered top ten popular treks in the world. it’s trekking trail passes through remote valleys, age-old villages, alpine lakes, glaciers, lush forests. The important feature of the trek is crossing over the Thorung La pass at 5,416 meters which is the highest location during the trek. Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest in the world, is also encountered during the trek. The Annapurna Circuit trek gets head-start from Besi Sahar located in the Lamjung district and the route gradually ascends passing along Manang valley, Muktinath and several other cultural and religious places before ending at Jomsom then fly to Pokhara. Annapurna Round Trek is ideal for trekking enthusiasts who are up for witnessing mystical natural beauty at it’s best and observing some of the greatest Himalayan series of the world.
• Witness majestic panorama of the Annapurna range and other snow-capped mountains.
• Hiking past roaring rivers, lush countryside, alpine meadows, beautiful valleys, glaciers.
• Crossing over Thorung La pass at 5,416 meters, the highest point on trek.
• Get to know local culture & traditions of the people living in the high Himalayas.
Day 01: Drive to Besisahar (760m) from Pokhara
Annapurna Round 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
In the third day of Annapurna Round Trek we trek 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 Dharapani (1,940m) 6 hrs
The trail today passes through villages’ populated by communities which is said to have migrated from Tibet long time back. As the trek proceeds forward one can experience the difference in the lifestyles of the people and their settlements. Then the route crosses a suspension bridge below Chamje then climbs two steep sections of the trail to arrive at the village of Tal. Tal village is mainly settled by Gurungs and Tibetans. Above Tal from the end of the valley, you will have to steeply rise up initially then again rise and go down cutting across the mountain side to reach Dharapani. O/N Lodge.
Day 05: Dharapani to Chame (2,630m) 5 hrs
The trail gains altitude as it mostly climbs today, one can feel they have consumed a lot of energy even though not walking for not that long. Soon Bagarchap is reached which is a Tibetan village the follows Dangyung another small Tibetan settlement. Then the route enters a dense forest then crosses bridge over tributaries. After ascending steep stone steps at the foot of a waterfall reaches the new trail which leads to Chame. Approaching Chame one can witness good views of Annapurna II. 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 Yak Kharka (4,110m) 3 – 4 hrs
The trail crosses a steam and ascends to Tenki Village above Manang. Then it continue climbing out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley to Jarsang Khola. You will have to then proceed to north of the valley crossing along pastures and a scrub of juniper trees steadily gaining elevation. Then comes along the village of Gunsa with a cluster of flat mud roofed houses just below the trailhead. Then the route goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a wooden bridge and ancient Mani Walls will finally arrive at the small village of Yak Kharka. O/N Lodge.
Day 10: Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi (4,422m)
This day involves making your way to the foot of the pass to Thorung Phedi. Thorung Phedi is small but busy place catering to the needs of the tired trekkers and climbers. We this point as our base camp and some may opt to hike to the high camp today for the next day to be easier. Tomorrow’s going to be a tough day so you stop at Thorung Phedi. O/N Lodge.
Day 11: Trek over the Thorung La (5,400m) & to Muktinath (3,800m) 6-7 hrs
Today is the biggest challenge which is going to be a long day so start early ascending to the Thorung La passes. It usually takes 7 hours to complete the climb before descending down to Muktinath for 3 hours. En-route climbing one can spot majestic panorama of the Himalayas and while crossing the pass. After the pass hiking further will soon reach Muktinath. Muktinath is a pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. There’s a temple of Lord Vishnu and nearby is a Buddhist monastery. There are also 108 spouts from where it’s believed holy water flows. O/N Lodge.
Day 12: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,800m) 5-6 hrs
The hardest section of the Annapurna Round Trek is now complete and now it only involves mostly descending down the remaining days. The trail from Muktinath goes down through the Kali Gandaki Valley to Kagbeni and finally reached Jomsom. O/N Lodge.
Day 13: Fly to Pokhara
The Annapurna Round Trek terminates today so early in the morning take the trans-Himalayan flight from Jomsom to the lakeside city of Pokhara.
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)
• Jomsom – Pokhara flight with domestic airport tax.
• 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
• 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.