Duration:23 Days

Difficulty Level:Strenuous

Price:US$ 000

Group Size:5 adults more/less

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna Circuit (Around the Annapurna) Trek has been highly praised and is a spectacular trekking route in the Annapurna region since it opened to foreign trekkers in 1977. This three week trek starts right from Besisahar which goes along the Marshyangdi River, with great views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east. This magnificent trek leads you to the fine village inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups, offering spectacular and majestic views of the white Himalayas. It continues to the north of the main Himalayan range to the high and dry Tibetan Plateau, the scenery is equally breathtaking.

The highest point of the trek is Thorung La pass at the top of the valley at 5416 meters high. Due to the difficulties of crossing the pass, the circuit is usually walked in a counter clockwise direction. Traveling clockwise the longer ascent and shorter descent from west to east is too much for many people to manage in one day.

As we descend to the west at Muktinath from pass, we continue to the barren Tibetan like village of the Kali Gandaki - the world's deepest gorge passes between the giant Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. After you cross the Thorung La pass from Manang to Muktinath the final seven days of the circuit trek are the same as the Jomsom Trek from Pokhara, but in reverse.


Major Attractions: Number of villages in the mountain and the amazing landscape / Manang Valley with the unique Buddhist culture/ The Thorong La pass 5416 m. is the high pass to experience adventure / Mustang Region is equally beautiful to trek / The Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries all around the trekking route is worthy. Adventure spirit is essential !!


Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345 meters).
There you will be met by our Airport Representative and transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel with breakfast included.

Day 2: Kathmandu city tour.
Your sightseeing trip will start at 9AM in the morning after your breakfast. We will provide a private vehicle and professional tour guide. Places we visit Pasupatinath temple, Buddhanath, Monkey temple, Bhaktpur durbar square and Kathmandu durbar square. The afternoon includes a final briefing and preparations for the trek. Overnight at hotel with breakfast included.

Day 3: Drive to Besisahar (830 meters) by bus 7 hours.
Trekking staff will arrive at your Hotel at 7AM in the morning to pick you up then 7 hours driving journey to Besishar. It is about 185km driving. Overnight at Guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with hot drinks.

Day 4: Trek to Bahundanda (1310 meters) 5 hours.
Today our journey starts at Besisahar, from where, the trail makes a slight climb to Khudi, we then reach the first Gurung village at Bhulbhule. Our first day introduces us to the cultural elements of Nepal; we encounter a typical local house and the different faces of the various people, exchanging greetings Namaste as we pass. Overnight at Guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with hot drinks.

Day 5: Trek to Chamje (1400 meters) 5 hours.
Today the trail drops steeply to Syange at 1070 meters from Bahundanda crossing the Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge. We then follow the river to the stone village of Jagat before climbing through forest to Chyamje at 1400meters. Overnight at Guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with hot drinks.

Day 6: Trek to Bagarchhap (2160 meters) 5 hours.
Our day begins with the rocky trail following the Marsyandi Rivers steadily uphill to Tal at 1675 meters, the first village in the Manang district. We make a trail verse crossing a wide, flat valley. The trail then climbs a stone stairway to 1860 meters till another stairway. The journey continues up and down to Dharapani at 1890 meters. There we find a stone entrance chorten typical of the Tibetan influenced villages from here northwards. We then reach the Bagarchhap at 2160 meters that offers the typical flat roofed stone houses of local Tibetans design although the village which is still in the transition Zone before the dry highlands. Overnight at Guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with hot drinks.

Day 7: Trek to Chame (2630 meters) 5 hours.
The trail climbs to Tyanja at 2360 meters, then continuing through forest, but near the river, to Kopar at 2590 meters. As we reach the Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II as you approach Chame & two small hot springs by the town. Along this route we are introduced to a local community said to have migrated from Tibet a long time past, noticeable by their different features. With them, they have bought local Tibetan house designs and maintained their ways. Overnight at Guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with hot drinks.

Day 8: Trek to Pisang (3300 meters) 5 hours.
The day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge at 2910 meters. We then cross another bridge at 3040 meters, from there the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3200m & 3300 meters. Overnight at Guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with hot drinks.

Day 9: Trek to Manang (3540 meters) 5 hours.
Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. People of this region herd the yaks & raise crops for part of the year. They also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784.Leaving Pisang, we have alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meets up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3325 meters which involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga at 3475 meters to nearby Manang at 3540 meters. Overnight at Guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with hot drinks.

Day 10: Acclimatization day at Manang village.
Today we spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend doing some fine day walks and over viewing the magnificent views around the village & the day time is best to gain altitude. At the end of the day, we return back to our accommodation & have a night rest. Overnight at Guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with hot drinks.

Day 11: Trek to Yak Kharka (4000 meters) 5 hours.
Today we leave Manang, & the trail makes an ascent of nearly 2000 meters to the Thorung La pass. We make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka at 4000 meters, there we see the many yaks and vegetations steadily more sparse. Overnight at Guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with hot drinks.

Day 12: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4450 meters) 5 hours.
Today, the trail descends to cross the river at 4310 meters we then climb up to Thorong Phedi at 4450 meters where we have recently found some good Guesthouses built. Our overnight stay will be there. Overnight at Guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with hot drinks.

Day 13: Trek to Muktinath (3800 meters) via Thorung La pass (5416 meters) 8 hours.
Today is a long trek starting before sunrise at 4 am to reach the pass by 9-10AM otherwise weather conditions will greatly affect the journey. We cross over at an altitude of 5416 meters we can be exposed to strong winds if crossing too late. We start to climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by snow. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the chortens & prayer flags. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent view from the top with another 4 hours trek will take to the holy town of Muktinath.

Muktinath means place of Nirvana and is home to the Muktinath temple as well as several monasteries. It is said that all sorrows you feel are relieved when visiting the Temple, which is a scared pilgrimage site to both Hindus and Buddhists. The main pilgrimage normally takes place in September. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it from which Holy water pours. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple this contains a spring and an eternal flame fed by natural underground gas. Overnight at Guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with hot drinks.

Day 14: Trek to Marpha (2670 meters) 6 hours.
Our descent continues through the Kali Gandaki Valley to Marpha. Marpha is home to many apple orchids as well as all the various food products made from the fruit. Apple Brandy is a local specialty that you may be lucky enough to taste en route. Overnight at Guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with hot drinks.

Day 15: Trek to Ghasa (2010 meters) 6 hours.
We descend through the valley following the Kali Gandaki River to Ghasa. We walk along the bank of Kali Gandaki River. Overnight at Guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with hot drinks.

Day 16: Trek to Tatopani (1190 meters) 5 hours.
Today, we will walk through the world’s deepest gorge in the Earth at Kopchepani; we then continue descending through the Kali Gandaki River valley to Tatopani. This place is famous for its hot springs. This is the best place to relax your body after a long days trek, we will have one more extra day here tomorrow to relax. Overnight at Guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with hot drinks.

Day 17: Rest and relaxing day at Tatopani

Day 18: Trek to Ghorepani (2810 meters) 6 hours.
Leaving the hot springs behind us we ascend again climbing to Ghorepani arriving mid afternoon. Overnight at Guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with hot drinks.

Day 19: Hike to Poon Hill (3210 meters) and trek to Tikhedunga (1570 meters) 5 hours.
Today, very early in the morning, we start an hour hiking to Poon Hill at elevation of 3210 meters, a brilliant spectacle; this vantage point provides unobstructed views of the early morning sunrise over the high Himalayas. There we spend about 1 hour, then return to Ghorepani where we take a hot breakfast at the hotel then trek down to Tikhedunga (1570 meters). Before starting towards Tikhedunga, we then walk down along the ridges and through rhododendron forests to large Magar village of Ulleri at 2070 meters. After that we descend steeply down to Tikhedunga. Overnight at Guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with hot drinks.

Day 20: Trek to Nayapul (1010 meters) 3 hours and drive to Pokhara.
Today, we are going to end our trek at Nayapul at elevation of 1010 meters, then driving to Pokhara for an hour by private vehicle. We have short and easy walking day for today. Overnight at Hotel with breakfast included.

Day 21: Pokhara city tours.
Your sightseeing trip will start at 9AM in the morning after breakfast. Places we visit are Fewa Lake, Bagnes Lake, Devi’s water fall, Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave. You will have relaxing afternoon. Overnight at hotel with breakfast included.

Day 22: Drive back to Kathmandu (1345 meters).
Overnight back at the hotel in Kathmandu. If you are interested in continuing on to Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure or any other tours you can start today.

Day 23: Transfer to international airport for your final departure.
The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu international airport for your flight departure from Nepal.