Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna circuit trek will be one of the longest treks in Nepal that will offer impeccable mountain scenery. In short, it can be called the mountain bliss. It was in 1980’s when this trek opened its gates for the world and since then, this 250 kilometers of trekking has won hearts and captivated people in every way. You will walk through villages inhabited by different races of people, welcomed by beautiful little children with never ending namaste and surrounded by mountains at all times.
Annapurna circuit trek is very liberal when it comes to trek put in destination with the construction of roads on the both parts of the trek you have option of completing the trek within 10 days. But however, if you want to experience the real Annapurna circuit trek, roads aren’t real concern as there are several inner routes constructed to avoid them and provide you with genuine natural experience. The landscape changes very soon and in the matter of just 2 weeks you will experience all climate zone, from subtropical to alpine. Furthermore, the challenge exists walking from 800 meters to one of the highest passes of Thorung La at 5400 meters but nevertheless, the sense of achievement is immense and the pain is soon forgotten.
You will begin walking on lush green hills, barren cliffs, cross the same river over different suspension bridges, at various different places. You will accommodate in villages intermingling with these forests and at times wild animals pay you visit at your door steps. At times, you will walk through forests of rhododendron blossoms whereas at some other times, you will walk through pine scented trails. You will sleep in teahouses and eat courses of staple rice, lentils and vegetable, although different meal options available, and each time the taste is different. You will go higher ground to different viewpoints and each time you will see either a different set of mountains or from a different angle.
You will as well see the two most beautiful destinations in Annapurna circuit trek and they are Manang and Mustang. These rustic villages, practicing culture dating back to 1500 years, will never fail to melt your heart. The stone house, the kanis, the chortens, beautiful monasteries build with local resources, attire and way of life is something the world has yet to explore. Being in one of the remotest and scarce locations of Nepal, people here radiate happiness and true meaning of being alive.
All the offerings in just one trek and not just any other trek but the heartthrob of all treks in Nepal ‘Annapurna circuit trek.
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- Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and Hotel/Hostel transfer
- Day 02: Sightseeing and trek preparation
- Day 03: Kathmandu – Besisahar – Khudi (1100m/3,609m) 5 hours, 2 hours
- Day 04: Khudi - Sirung (1,854m/4,692ft) 6- 7 hours
- Day 05: Sirung - Chamje
- Day 06: Chamje – Dharapani(1,860m/6,102ft) 5 - 6 hrs
- Day 07: Dharapani – Chame(2,670m/8,760ft) 5 - 6 hrs
- Day 08: Chame – Pisang (3,200m/10,500ft) 5 - 6 hrs
- Day 09: Pisang – Manang (3,540m/11,614ft) 6 - 7 hrs
- Day 10: Rest Day
- Day 11: Manang – Yak Kharka (4,018m/13,182ft) 3 - 4 hours
- Day 12: Yak Kharka – Thorung High Camp (4,450m/14,600ft) 4 – 5 hours
- Day 13: Thorung Phedi – Thorung La – Muktinath (4:00 am and out by 5:00 am) (3760 m/12,336ft) 5 -6 hours
- Day 14: Muktinath – Marpha(2,670m/8,727ft) 7 – 8 hours
- Day 15: Marpha – Kalopani(2,530m/8,300ft) 5 – 6 hours
- Day 16: Tatopani(1,190m/3,904ft) 5 - 6 hours
- Day 17: Tatopani - Beni - Pokhara (6-7 hours)
- Day 18: pokhara to kathmandu
- day 20: fly back your destination.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and Hotel/Hostel transfer
On this day you arrive to Kathmandu and we transfer you to your accommodation. There is no plan set aside for the day but you can feel free to explore the surrounding to get hang of Nepalese culture and tradition. Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing and trek preparation
The best way to explore Kathmandu city is by visiting its monument and that is what you will do in the first half today. Kathmandu is known as the city of temples and UNESCO world heritage site and these age old heritages are worth every buck. Meanwhile, when you are sightseeing these monuments our back office team will prepare all necessary permits for you Annapurna circuit trek. Later in the day, after seeing around, you will do last minute shopping for your trek if necessary. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Kathmandu – Besisahar – Khudi (1100m/3,609m) 5 hours, 2 hours
We embark on the national highway as early as possible. Depending on the package of your choice, you will board either a private vehicle or a bus. However, in case of a bus, you will be transferred to a smaller vehicle after Besi sahar. The road of the first half is black topped and travels along rivers and showcases pretty lush green forests. Whereas, the second half of the road is more of a off road experience. Nevertheless, this slightly over 8 hours of on road experience will be very new to you if this is your first ever visit to Nepal. The bus will stop frequently in between, allowing you ample amount of time to catch something to eat as well as use the bathroom. Overnight in Khudi. Meal plan B,L,D.
Day 04: Khudi - Sirung (1,854m/4,692ft) 6- 7 hours
Khudi is a small village ideally located by the Marshyangdi river. Just in case, you can as well enjoy natural hot springs, not one of the best but good enough. On this day, you will ascend around 1000 plus meters and in order to do that you will mostly walk uphill. The lush green forest of pine and orchid is home to some rare species of birds. People often claim to have sighted leopards on this very section of the trail. It is as well advised to keep your eyes open for leopards and some rare birds. Upon arriving in Sirung you will accommodate in a teahouse. Overnight in Sirung.
Day 05: Sirung - Chamje
Immediately after leaving Sirung you start climbing through rice terrace and further on barren cliff. At times you will walk through dense forest, small waterfalls and intriguing villages but all the time by the Marshyangdi river. The ascent is slow and gradual until syange and from syange onwards and until Jagat the trail becomes steep. And, the final climb of around 45 minutes from Jagat to Chamje becomes a challenge. Jagat is one of the impressive villages you will see on the trail, located at the foot of one huge waterfall. Overnight in Chamje.
Day 06: Chamje – Dharapani(1,860m/6,102ft) 5 - 6 hrs
Soon after leaving the village of Chamje, following the river, you will walk on the trail with mountain walls rising above 500 meters. Even today, the trail will be a roller coaster ride and will have to go through a lot of ups and downs. This very day we enter manang region walking through the forests of bamboos, corn and barley. After few tough inclines you reach Tal which is also the entry village point to Manang district and a busy town. Tal has hefty amount of teahouses and we usually stop here for our lunch. After stopping for much needed break in Tal, you once again embark on the same trail left behind and overcome some steep incline until Dharapani. Overnight at Dharapani.
Day 07: Dharapani – Chame(2,670m/8,760ft) 5 - 6 hrs
Comparatively, today will be technical as well a strenuous but you will walk through one of the most beautiful pine forests. Be careful as you walk on landslide prone area which you will come across on this very day. Since the trail is steep, it is advised to take your time to cover the distance. Meanwhile, do not forget to look towards the north for beautiful views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna I and Annapurna IV. After walking for around 6 hours with multiple stops in between, the stone and mud plastered gates of Chame welcomes you. From the gate you will see the beautiful village of Chame where you will call it a night.
Day 08: Chame – Pisang (3,200m/10,500ft) 5 - 6 hrs
We make 600m ascents from Chame to Pisang within 4-6 hours. The first couple of hours we walk on crisply pine scented trail. We go past the deserted village of Bhartang where trekkers stop by for tea. Further down the trail, we go past apple orchard and furthermore the memorial of Japanese trekker who died in the avalanche trying to cross Thorung La. With the transitory view of Manaslu, Annapurna II, Himchuli and Ngadi Chuli, we make our way through Tibetan communities and beautiful manis; prayer apparatus of Buddhist followers and fields of Buckwheat. Overnight in Pisang.
Day 09: Pisang – Manang (3,540m/11,614ft) 6 - 7 hrs
Today we leave early in the morning after breakfast, to ascent 600 meters through a mediocre difficult trail. From the very first day Marsyangdi river never leaves the trail and does the same for this day. We start strolling on a relatively flat ground in the beginning and then gradually climb upwards. The first noticeable village on this day is Humde - the only village in Manang with airport. After crossing Humde the landscape gets more barren but the views get better. The views of Annapurna III and IV on one hand, and the barren cliffs on the other is captivating. We usually stop for lunch in Mungi. one and half hours easy uphill walk after lunch we make it to Manang. We traverse through various terrain and through the fields of buckwheat, barley and potato and pine. On this day we make our way through remarkable Kani’s (gate) to rustic settlements of Tibetan community namely Manange. Overnight in Manang.
Day 10: Rest Day
Today is set aside as acclimatization where we will rest and adapt to the altitude. We have an opportunity to walk around and observe the life and culture of Manang-pa; people of Manang, explore the archaic monasteries and thangka’s that dates back to some 500 years, we would also hike short for a glacial lake named Gangapurna. Manang also has hotels and restaurants, which would cater fix for your desires to have coffee and bakery.
Day 11: Manang – Yak Kharka (4,018m/13,182ft) 3 - 4 hours
The hike gets strenuous from this day onwards because of the altitude and kicking in of thin air and it is advised to drink more water. On this day we ascent somewhere around 500 meters and we do not descend at all but we make our way through one of the most amazing view of Annapurna on our south. We reach Khangsar by 2 and half hour and immediately after Khangsar we climb a sheer uphill to Yak Kharka. We walk through Tengi; the last permanently inhabited village in Manang and make our way through pastures and miniature forest of Juniper, roses and barberry to Yak Kharka. We stay overnight at Yak kharka and enjoy yak cheese and dishes made out of Yak.
Day 12: Yak Kharka – Thorung High Camp (4,450m/14,600ft) 4 – 5 hours
From what looks like an old cowboy town of Yak Kharka we get ready for strenuous hike of 600+ meters, which includes some steep and sheer trails up and down hill. The first initial climb of two and half hours is painstaking but however the surreal view of the surrounding, blue ships and wild Yaks will help you forget all that. Furthermore we keep inclining through narrow and barren trails exposed to the slopes and crossing the wooden bridge we make to Thorung phedi. There are very few pine plants towards the Yak Kharka end but towards the Thorung high camp the land is more barren and the only plant seen is silver birch. Thorung phedi is a valley, which is not inhabited year around but offers a very uncanny view of surrounding cliffs and mountains in the Annapurna. We hike uphill further for an hour until we reach Thorung High pass where we rest for the night and acclimatize before we ascent to Thorung-La pass.
Day 13: Thorung Phedi – Thorung La – Muktinath (4:00 am and out by 5:00 am) (3760 m/12,336ft) 5 -6 hours
We rise and shine early and head out of Thorung Phedi for the longest day of Annapurna circuit trek. Furthermore, this is the most difficult section of the trek but equally beautiful that helps us forget all the slogging and hard work. Most of the day’s walk is sheer and uphill, on barren cliffs with wild Yaks. The initial climb from Thorung Phedi connects with Thorung high camp and further around 3 hours of uphill, we would reach Thorung la. The main idea behind starting the day early is to make sure that we cross Thorung – La pass before the sun is up and at its best. We ascent 650+ meters to Thorung – la which is one of the highest passes in the world, from where the view of the mountains in the periphery is as well of the premier quality. From Thorung – La we make a sheer drop 1600 meters toward the holy shrine of Muktinath.
Day 14: Muktinath – Marpha(2,670m/8,727ft) 7 – 8 hours
From Muktinath we further descend down to Jharkot and watch Kagbeni from the ridge and make our way towards Jomsom. We take jeep track all the way to Jomsom; a beautiful mountain settlement placed on the laps of Nilgiri Mountain. Jomsom also has an air strip which serves the entire region on everyday basis. Further down on jeep track dodging it time and again we reach Marpha. Marpha is famous for its apple orchards and apple brandy distillery and also homes one of the oldest distilleries in the country. Marpha is the center of Thakali community, which is famous for making apple cider and apple pie amongst trekkers.
Day 15: Marpha – Kalopani(2,530m/8,300ft) 5 – 6 hours
We start early on this day and we trek easy jeep trail along one of the major tributaries Kaligandaki. We stroll through 2 remarkable settlements of Tukuche and Larjung until we reach Kalopani. On this day we make a transition from arid landscape to lush green knolls.
Day 16: Tatopani(1,190m/3,904ft) 5 - 6 hours
We further head downward and majority of the trail include unfrequented jeep track. From Ghasa we enter the district of Myagdi from Mustang. The inevitable attraction of this section in Annapurna circuit trek is the 3rd largest waterfall named Rupse, in Dana. Finally we make it to Tatopani which mean hot water; this place holds one of the best natural hot springs. Usually trekkers are found enjoying this natural hot springs after a long aching trip.
Day 17: Tatopani - Beni - Pokhara (6-7 hours)
Since most of the walking has to be don on the newly opened jeep track and on a very rugged trail, we opt to take bus. The bus through the off road from this point onward is very thrilling and not very dangerous. We reach Beni in around 1 and half hours and make transfer to another bus to Pokhara. The road from Beni to Pokhara is relatively very good and black topped. The coiled and hilly terrain ride will take around 4 hours before dropping us at the Pokhara - Baglung buspark. Overnight in Pokhara
Day 18: pokhara to kathmandu
Another day on road but better and broader. The bus ride takes around 7 hours to Kathmandu. The bus traverses through beautiful lush green hills and views of mountains (only in season). Once we reach Kathmandu we transfer you to your accommodation and hence officially come to an end of Annapurna circuit trek.
day 20: fly back your destination.
- Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle (depends on the group size).
- Welcome dinner at typical Nepalese restaurant in Kathmandu.
- 2 nights Hotel accommodation at 3 star category in Kathmandu inclusive breakfast.
- 2 nights Hotel accomodation in pokhara inclusive breakfast, food is not included.
- All government and local taxes.
- A comprehensive medical kit.
- Highly an experienced Trekking Guide, and Porters for each pax.
- All accommodations on the trails full board meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or any one item from the menu).
- Best available local lodges/Teahouse in mountain
- Accidental and medical Insurance of Nepalese staffs
- Both way private jeep/tourist bus transportation Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu.
- Certificate of trek Completion.
- Travel and rescue insurance.
- Nepal visa which obtained at the airport on arrival (4 copies of passport size photo).
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, mineral water etc).
- Nepal visa which obtained at the airport on arrival (4 copies of passport size photo).
- Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during the departure.
- In case of natural calamities i.e. political unrest, cancellation of flight due to weather, landslides etc the extra charge should be borne by themselves.
- Tips for trekking staffs.
- Note: Hotel & airfare rates might increase in-between than now given prices.
- Anything else that is not mentioned on what is included.