Annapurna Circuit Trek
The classic Annapurna circuit trek was started back in 1977 A.D. As a matter of fact, Annapurna region is popular for the classic Himalayan trek. Likewise, Annapurna circuit trek is one of the best trekking routes in Annapurna and is highly praised for all that this trek offers. The best and beast part of Annapurna circuit trek is crossing Thorang La pass at the height of 5,416 Meters.
The starting point of this popular Annapurna circuit trek is Beshi Sahar in lamjung and the trek ends at Kaligandaki George. Annapurna circuit trek also is known as round Annapurna trek walks you through Marshyangdi river valley, beautiful terrains, waterfalls, Himalayan landscape and alpine vegetation. Annapurna circuit trek is popular trekking in Nepal that offers you the magnificent view of Mount Manaslu, Mount Hiuchuli, Lamjung Himal, Machhapuchre(6993m), Annapurna south(7219m), Annapurna I(8091m), Mount Dhaulagiri and many other Himalayan peaks. Additionally, Annapurna circuit trek walks you through some beautiful traditional villages of diversely settled and culturally enriched people of Nepal.
Some parts of the paths in Annapurna circuit trek are traditional paths and were used as business paths between Nepal and Tibet in the past. Likewise, visitors get to feel the spectacular change as they immerse deeper into the barren scenery of Tibetan highland. Similarly, the way of life of the habitats of those places become more Buddhist. Beside, Manaslu circuit trek, round Annapurna trek to some extent let the visitors experience the mixed Nepalese and Tibetan Buddhist culture in the inner Himalayan region in Nepal.
All things thought of, the majestic view of the white chain of mountains, dense rhododendron forests and alpine vegetation and therefore the villages with the unforgettable welcome, lifestyle, culture and traditions are the major attraction of Annapurna circuit trek. The untamed species of animals in the Annapurna conservation area can be some time spotted during the journey in Annapurna circuit trek. Likewise, trekkers can visit Muktinath temple which is the holy place of both Buddhist and Hindus. Muktinath temple is the representative of the unity among religious diversity in Nepal. In addition to that, Marpha village in Mustang district popular for apples and world-class apple wine in Marpha is something that everyone will love about this trek. Similarly, the hot spring bath and sunrise from Poonhill are also added in Annapurna circuit trek which makes this trek a memory for a lifespan.
Annapurna circuit trek difficulty
Annapurna circuit trek is a moderately difficult trek. Moreover, it is one of the most exciting longest trekking routes in the Annapurna region. The most difficult part of Annapurna circuit trek is crossing the Thorang La pass at the height of 5,416 meters. Therefore, the Annapurna circuit trek can be a little bit harder for a person with no trekking experience. Hence, prior trekking training and preparation is suggested.
Best season for Annapurna circuit trek
You can explore the best that Annapurna circuit trek can offer on two seasons, Autumn and spring. Autumn on the month of March to May offers the additional beauty on the Annapurna circuit trek since on this season the Rhododendron is blooming. Likewise, Spring on the month of September to December the greenery and golden rice terrains aids the beauty to Annapurna base camp trek.
Annapurna circuit trek Highlights
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
magnificent view of Mount Manaslu, Mount Hiuchuli, Lamjung Himal, Machhapuchre(6993m), Annapurna south(7219m), Annapurna I(8091m), Mount Dhaulagiri, Mount Gangapurna and many other Himalayan peaks
crossing the Thorang La pass at the height of 5,416 meters
Muktinath Temple – the sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists.
Marpha – world-class apple wine.
Kaligandaki George – the deepest George in the world.
Natural hot spring bath.
Sunrise from Poonhill.
We have prepared the best itinerary that covers almost every aspect of the Annapurna circuit trek. You can customize it as per your wish.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
After arriving in Kathmandu, our airport representative will pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel. In the afternoon, you may take a rest or visit our office. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by our agency. For dinner, you'll be served authentic Nepalese cookery which can introduce you to the country’s food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Today just after your breakfast is over, you’ll begin a guided tour to many of the most historical and religious attractions around Kathmandu valley, which also are listed as United Nations World Heritage sites. You’ll visit the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is also one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, you’ll get your equipment checked by our climbing leader, get introduced to fellow participants, and discuss Annapurna circuit trek details at our office. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive to Beshisahar and trek to Khudi (800m/2,624ft): 7- 8 hours
On the third day, you’ll begin your journey into the hills on a winding road on the Trishuli stream. On the way, You’ll get to admire terraced farms and exquisite huts. After reaching a juncture at Mugling, you’ll move straight ahead towards Pokhara.
At Dumre, You’ll leave the previous path and head north to Besisahar. Then from Beshisahar which is the starting point of Annapurna circuit trek, you’ll then trek for an hour to get to Khudi along the wide trail. Khudi offers you a first glimpse of the gorgeous Manaslu range. Overnight in Khudi.
Day 04: Khudi to Sirung (2200m/7216 ft): 6 - 7 hours
The actual trek starts from this day. For today, Your day's walk will involve crossing a few suspension bridges and waterfalls including several ascents and descents across rice paddies and subtropical forest. Initially, the hike is gradual, however, is then followed by steeper trails. The mountains that You saw from Khudi the previous day seem a lot closer now. Before reaching Sirung village you’ll pass an ethnic Tamang settlement of Taranche. you’ll get to admire close-up views of Nadi Chuli and Manaslu mountains from Sirung. Overnight in Sirung.
Day 05: Sirung to Jagat (1,300m/4265ft): approx. 6 hours
on this day, you’ll leave Sirung for Jagat on a relatively easy trail. you’ll leave behind the terraces of the village and hit forest, ferns and woodland. On the forest trail, you can spot a variety of birds. Then you’ll also pass through several small villages and a few temples on the way. You’ll cross a suspension bridge over Sangu Khola at Mipra then again at Syange over the Marshyangdi River. There is also a waterfall nearby the bridge. Now your trail moves alongside the mighty Marshyangdi River and finally, you’ll cross one more bridge before reaching Jagat. Overnight at Jagat.
Day 06: Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7-8 hours
After breakfast, you’ll slowly begin your trek today. The path from Jagat descends until it reaches the stream then continues through a lush forest. Further ascent leads to a sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank. En route, Chyamje comes into image amidst the wonderful scenery of high Annapurna mountain ranges. After crossing a suspension bridge, you’ll climb steeply towards the slippery and physically challenging path to Sattale. On treading along a succession of rock-strewn trails, you’ll then descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal. As you leave from Tal, the trail becomes rugged and winding. Then you’ll approach the steeply-forested village of Karte. Meandering along the waterfalls and cliffs, you’ll finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge. Overnight in Dharapani.
Day 07: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): approx. 6 hours
Today you’ll walk through a few forested ridges on your way to Chame, which is the headquarters of the Manang District. Throughout the trek, you can admire amazing views of the Himalayas including Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). On today’s trek, you also come across small hot springs where you can dip in and soothe your aching muscles. Overnight in Chame.
Day 08: Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft): approx. 6 hours
A steep and narrow path through a very dense forest will bring you to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. This is probably the steepest part of the Marshyangdi Valley, so steep that the trail is carved into the vertical rock. After passing the last little bit of rock, the valley reveals with majestic vistas. And right, where the valley widens, stands the Paungda Danda, a massive sloping rock face that rises over 5,000ft (1500m) above the trail. you’ll trek for a while before reaching Lower Pisang where you’ll spend the night.
Day 09: Pisang to Manang: approx. 7 hours
There are two routes to Manang but you’ll follow the trail that takes you to Upper Pisang via Geru. This path guarantees wonderful views of the gorgeous landscape and therefore the mighty mountains together with Annapurna and Pisang.you’ll begin to notice a contrast in the landscape and vegetation from today. The cold and dry climate additionally creates a way harsher atmosphere.your short visit to Barge monastery, the largest monastery in the entire district of Manang will be memorable. Overnight at Manang.
Day 10: Manang: Acclimatization day
In order to keep fit on the trails that follow, you’ll keep ourselves busy today with a short hike to either Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. If you still have the energy, you can even hike to Vraga Village where you can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association which will give you some idea about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Overnight in Manang.
Day 11: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft):approx. 4 hours
From Manang village, initially, Annapurna circuit trek path crosses a stream. After that, the trail climbs to a village of Tenki and continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi valley. Finally, turning northwest up to the Jarsang Khola valley. The path follows this valley northward, passing some pastures and scrub of juniper trees, after that, it steadily gains elevation. The path further passes close to the tiny village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just under the trailhead. Now the path goes through meadows which are meant for horses and yaks graze. After crossing a little stream on a wood bridge, the path passes an ancient Mani wall in a pleasing grassland. Then finally, reaches another tiny village of Yak Kharka.
Day 12: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft): approx. 4 hours
Today, It will be an uphill walk to Thorang Phedi. After walking for some time you’ll cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. After that, you’ll ascend furthermore and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi which is also the last village before Thorong La pass. On this trip, you are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. As a matter of fact, the word Phedi in Nepalese means the foot of a mountain. Overnight in Thorong Phedi. Overnight in Thorang Phedi.
Day 13: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) crossing Thorong La pass (5416m/17764ft): approx. 8 hours
Crossing Thorong La pass at the height of 5,416m, one of the highest passes in the world, will be your ultimate objective today. you’ll be crossing the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath) which is the easiest and safest direction. you’ll get up around three in the morning and walk up the mountain. When you finally make it to the top, you’ll realize that your journey was worth it. You can take a few photos before heading to Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La pass. Overnight in Muktinath.
Day 14: Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m/8,760ft): approx. 5 hours
Muktinath is an important sacred pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists alike. In the morning, you’ll pay your visit to a Vishnu Temple and a Gompa. Descending from Ranipauwa village down the steep and barren hillside, you’ll tumble down toward Kagbeni and then to Jomsom finally arriving at Marpha. The trail today is quite surreal as you’ll trek along a plateau above Kali Gandaki River, the world's deepest gorge. The barren landscape of this area resembles Tibet. Marpha is additionally famed as the apple capital of Nepal where one will relish totally different items made of apple. The native apple brandy of Marpha is known everywhere in Nepal. Overnight at Marpha.
Day 15: Marpha to Kalopani (2,530 m/8,300 ft): approx. 6 hours
From Marpha, you’ll take a new route toward Kalopani via Chokhopani village. Today, you’ll come across traditional villages of the ethnic Thakali people. Also, you’ll get to see beautiful apple gardens. From here you get panoramic views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Fang and Annapurna I mountains. From Chokhopani, you’ll continue to Kokhethanti. Then finally, you’ll cross a river and come across the newly constructed road site before reaching Kalopani. Overnight at Kalopani.
Day 16: Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m/3,937ft): approx. 7 hours
For today, your journey will be mostly downhill. During the early part of today’s trek, you’ll cross the bridge at Ghasa. As you drop to lower elevations, you emerge back into subtropical forests, lush with vegetation. After that your trail continues along Rupse Chahara (waterfall). Then you’ll continue down the east bank from Kopchepani via Garpar to a bridge at Dana. At Narchyang Besi, you’ll get to see a powerhouse that supplies electricity in the area. There are bigger villages in this area where you can observe the everyday lives of the local people. Upon reaching Tatopani, you can relax and have a bath in the hot spring.
Day 17: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): approx. 8 hours
On the 17th day of your trek, you’ll leave the Kali Gandaki and head up the Ghar Khola valley. The trail leads you through terraced farmland with mountains all around. you’ll pass through the villages of Shikha and Chitre before reaching a beautiful rhododendron forest. On the month of March and April, the blooming rhododendron trees with its average height of up to 100" are going to be coated with pink or red flowers. Walking further you’ll reach Ghorepani, a beautiful village located at a ridge top. Overnight in Ghorepani.
Day 18: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft): approx 7 hours
On the 18th day of your trek, you’ll make an early morning climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft) to catch the sunrise over the Himalayas. As a matter of fact, Poonhill is the most popular trekking destination of the Annapurna region. Likewise, It is also a great viewpoint to enjoy the amazing views of more than 20 of the highest mountains including the close-up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The snowy peaks of the high mountains loom above and around you glowing in the morning light. After taking photographs, you’ll return back to Ghorepani. After breakfast, you’ll head east and climb a nearby ridge. Then you’ll descend through rhododendron forests, pass by spectacular waterfalls and reach Tadapani to spend the night.
Day 19: Tadapani to Pokhara (827m/2,789ft) via Ghandruk: approx. 6 hours trek, 1-hour drive
Today, from Tadapani, you’ll make a steep descent through the dense and dark forest. The Annapurna circuit trek trial today will be through a thick forest of old rhododendron trees. On the month of March and April, the rhododendron trees are in bloom, turning the rhododendron forests into amazing gardens. Likewise, By afternoon, depending upon the season of travel, you’ll also get to enjoy cherry blossoms in bloom on the slopes on the other side of the ravine. After trekking a few more minutes, you’ll enter the village of Ghandruk, a slope settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by the Gurung people. Here, you’ll relish the spectacularly close-up lofty views of Machhapuchre, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli mountains.you’ll continue your trek to Nayapul from where you drive to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 20: Back to Kathmandu
On this day, you’ll take an early morning bus and drive back to Kathmandu. Alternately, if you wish to explore some more of Pokhara city then, you can extend your stay at Pokhara. Likewise, you can take a flight back to Kathmandu at noon the same day. Stay overnight in the hotel.
Day 21: Final departure
Our representative will take you to Tribhuvan international airport from your hotel and you’ll be leaving Nepal with all the beautiful memories.