Annapurna Circuit Trek takes you to the land of paradise which offers you incredible Himalayan vistas along with the tantalizing sunrise and sunsets that captivates you throughout the journey. This circuit trek is a combined package of adventure with a cultural tour where you can explore the rare and rural lifestyles along with the unique culture and traditions of the local people.
Annapurna Circuit Trek was opened for foreign trekkers just in the year of 1977; this trek is very famous as one of the most spectacular trekking routes in the world with lush green valleys and charming small villages that offer awe-inspiring snow-capped views of the white Himalayas. Normally trek in Annapurna Region starts from Nayapul, Pokhara which is a gateway to most of the Annapurna Region Trekking. But, this trek begins from Khudi, a village near Besisahar. Starting from the low altitude at 1,000 meters, it offers us a chance to explore the giant mountains from different angles and perspectives. Additionally, you can observe the best scenarios of the surrounding while driving to our starting point of Annapurna Circuit Trek.
This 21 days of the magnificent trek leads you to the beautiful villages, inhabited by a wide diversity of people belonging to different ethnic groups, that offers spectacular views of majestic Himalayas. From the very first day of your trekking to the final day, all days are equally breathtaking and memorable.
The highest altitude you will reach during Annapurna Circuit Trek is Thorong La Pass at the top of the valley reaching 5,416 meters. To minimize the difficulties while crossing the pass, the Annapurna Circuit is usually done in an anti-clockwise direction. Trekking clockwise (with longer ascent and shorter descent) is very hard for many people to complete in one day.
During the three weeks of Annapurna circuit trek, you will also get an opportunity to explore the popular pilgrimage site of Hindu devotees – Muktinath. In the lap of mountain peaks, Muktinath Temple offers spectacular views of the surrounding and tranquil environment. On heading toward Manang, one will also get a chance to explore the barren Tibetan plateau and Kaligandaki George – the world’s deepest George that passes between the giant Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks.
The natural hot springs in Tatopani is a very awesome place you must explore during Annapurna Round Trek. Here you can feel the warm water even in the high Himalayas. This is naturally blessed place enriched with alluring natural beauties. On returning to Pokhara, Poonhill awaits you to reward breath-taking sunrise views over Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain Ranges. This is a well-known sunrise viewpoint most loved by the foreigners as well as domestic tourists.
A Perfect Season for Annapurna Circuit
Around Annapurna Trek can be done in all the seasons; however, autumn and spring are considered as the best seasons. Autumn is the seasons of festivals where you can enjoy the greatest festival of Nepalese – Dashain and Tihar. While spring is the season of flowers, you can explore the beautiful lush forests blanketed with blooming wildflowers throughout the whole trekking. In addition, the weather is also favorable during this time. The temperature is neither too hot nor too cold in the whole Annapurna Region. This is considered as a perfect trekking season in Nepal.
Unlike Everest Region Trekking, Annapurna Region Trekking is easy and perfect for the beginners. If you have previous experience of trekking in high altitude, you will feel more comfortable in this trek. Our experienced team will always take care of you in any situation. We do very hard work to satisfy our customers. Come, visit Nepal and collect the best memories for a lifetime.
Upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, our office representative will transfer you to the Hotel. Depending on your time of arrival further paln is made for the day. Enjoy your time in Kathmandu.
Overnight stay in Kathmandu
After the breakfast, we will start a guided tour to several famous tourist sites of Kathmandu Valley. Some of these landmarks are also listed as World Heritage site by UNESCO, including historic Durbar Square, sacred Temple of Hindu devotees – Pashupatinath, the famous monkey temple (Swoyambhunat) and world’s largest Buddhists stupa – Bouddanath. At the noon, a short briefing and discussion will be held at our office, where you will meet our trekking team. Today we will be mentally prepared about the trekking in Annapurna Region
In the morning, we will start our drive from Kathmandu, following the road on the river side and small settlements. On the way you will get a chance to explore the countryside of Nepal, with beautiful freshwater rivers, cultivated terrains and mountain scenarios. On reaching to Dumre, we will leave our way to Pokhara and head towards Besisahar. Just a half hour drive from Besi Sahar takes us to Khudi, the starting point of our trek. We also have an option to get off in Besisahar and trek to Khudi that takes approximately one hour. Khudi rewards us with the first glimpse of Manaslu Mountain Range.
Our initial walk starts after sweet hygienic breakfast in Khudi. We follow a trail with several up and downhill sections crossing the bridges, waterfalls, and cultivated paddy fields. The walk gradually becomes steeper. The mountains we see from Khudi become closer and offer more astounding vistas. After passing through the ethnic villages of Tamang peoples, we reach to the very beautiful village Sirung that offers us home-stay. Overnight at Sirung
Todays walk will start with pasing through the amphitheater-shaped ice terraces, lush forests, and some of the culturally intriguing villages. Folllowing the Marshyangdi River, we will walk in a fantastic trail wiyh little waterfalls, forest and villages. Observing the beautiful villages, and mountain vistas we will reach Syange, then the walk becomes little more tough as steep trail is to be crossed. After few hours of walk we will reach Chamje. Overnight at Chamje.
After having a breakfast, our trek starts. Today is the day to enter Manang region. On the way we will pass through the cultivated terrain of barley, potatoes and corn and then through the Rhododendron and bamboo forests. On the way we will explore the beautiful village Tal. On the way, we might have to give a pass to large number of donkey caravan. After approximately 7 hours of walking we will reach Dharapani. Overnight at Dharapani.
Passing through the lush forests of rhododendron, oak and pine and several landslides on the route, and observing the beautiful views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II and many other tall mountains towering near us, we will reach Chame which is a very beautiful village with alluring surrounding views. We stay overnight at Chame.
We continue walking through very dense forests leading to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500 m from the river. Crossing several suspension bridges and exploring the views of gigantic peaks we will reach Manang valley hanging between two giant snow peaks. After approximately 5 hours of walking we reach beautiful Pisang village for overnight stay.
Here we have disjunctures of two routes that we follow. The Upper Route ( recommended) – the route through Geru will offer outstanding scenarios of the Himalayan ranger and other natural wonders. The panoramic views of several peaks like Anapurna, Pisang Peak, and sever other high snow capped peaks will definitely allure us. We experience great variation on the landscape and vegetation from today. We will get a chance to explore the traditional Barge monastery, the largest monastery of Manang, and stay Manang for overnight.
Today we will take a rest in Manang in order to acclimatize our body in high altitude. Though this is a resting day, we may go for a short hikes in the hills nearby or to explore the unique village and ancient monuments like Gumba and chortens.
After having breakfast in Manang, we follow the trail crossing a stream and a climb to Tenki village.Then continuing toward Marshyangdi valley. Passing through the pastures and a ccrub of juniper trees, we reach Ghunsa village. A short walk from here takes us to meadow used for grazing Yaks, popularly known as Yak Kharka at an elevation of 4,110 meters from sea level. Overnight stay at Yak Kharka village.
Today also, we will have only 3-4 hours of walking to Thorong Phedi. This is a small but busy settlement catering to he needs of tired trekkers and climbers. Though, we have tougher walk in coming days, we will stay in Phedi ao we can get sound sleep rather than risky sleep in high altitude at high camp. Overnight stay at Thorong Phedi.
Today we have tough walk as we will pass the high Thorong La pass at an altitude of 5,416 meters from sea level. An early start is very important to complete the mission. After passing through Thorong La pass, we continue to Muktinath which is a sacred holy place for both hindu and Buddhist devotees. The view from Muktinath is outstanding and equally alluring. The snowy surrounding makes it more charming if you manage to trek in appropriate season. We stop in Muktinath for overnight stay.
We start our trek early in the morning after a short visit to Vishnu Temple and Gompa. We descend through the Ranipauwa village down toward Kagbeni and to Jomsom finally arriving to Marpha. Marpha is a very famous village for Himalayan apple. You can taste a very famous brandy of Marpha apple here. The warm hospitality of the locals will make your trekking more memorable. Overnight stay at Marpha.
Leaving Marpha, we take a new route toward Kalopani via Chokhopani village. Today, we aill get a chance to explore famous Thakali villages and also the apple gardens. The 360 degree views of Himalayan ranges awaits us here. We will get to see the panoramas of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak, Annapurna I and several other alluring peaks.Crossing the rivers and streams in a suspension bridge we will reach Kalopani for overnight stay.
Today we will have comparatively easy trek as we mostly follow the downhill trail. We cross a bridge at Ghasa and walk downhill, as we drop to lower elevation, we emerge back into the subtropical forests with lush vegetation. On the trail we will explore many local villages and picturesque surrounding. Upon arrival at Tatopani we will relax and take a hot bath in Tatopani. Overnight at Tatopani.
Today we will take a uphills and downhill walks to reach the very famous village of region – Ghorepani. This is a picturesque Gurung village that offers awe-inspiring views of surrounding. After some gradual uphills and downhills we will reach Ghorepani and stay there to experience their warm hospitality. Additionally, we will get a chance to know more about the rural lifestyle of Nepalese peoples.
Today we start early in the morning for hike to Poonhill. Poonhill is a very famous sunrise view point in Annapurna Region. This offers stunning sunrise and sunset views that captivates every trekker. Poonhill is also called photographers paradise. After exploring the tantalizing sunrise and taking some snaps we will continue to Tadapani, crossing the small settlements and lush forests. Overnight at Tadapani.
Today we will have final walk on the Annapurna Circuit Trekking journey. Today’s trail leads through the Rhododendron Forests to Ghandruk, which is the second largest Gurung settlement in Nepal. From there, we will continue to Nayapul and then a short drive to city of lakes Pokhara. You can go for a walk in lakeside in Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Today we will have a scenic drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. During the drive one can explore the beautiful landscapes and rivers with green rolling hills. Upon arrival to Kathmandu, you will be escorted to hotel. Relax your leisure time or you can take a final our shopping.
Today is the final day of our trekking. You will be dropped to TIA by our office representative, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. Or you can also extend the trek by joining short hiking or sightseeing tours in Kathmandu valley.