Annapurna Circuit Trek
Trekking around the Annapurna Massif
- Visit the old Buddhist monastery in Braga.
- Explore Praken Gompa, Ice lake and Milarepa cave.
- Crossing over the Throng La Pass is one of the highlights of this trek.
- Visit the Hindu and Buddhist temples at Muktinath.
- Enjoy the hospitality of the Thakali people.
- Take a soothing dip at the natural hot springs in Tatopani.
- Enjoy the spectacular mountain views from Thorong La.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek stands as an iconic adventure, popular among trekkers for its blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and physical challenges. The trek spans diverse landscapes, from lush valleys to high mountain passes, offering an immersive experience that resonates with the essence of the Himalayas.
This trek offers a blend of experiences that deeply resonate with the Himalayas’ iconic image. It traverses remote villages occupied by diverse ethnic groups, each with its unique culture, traditions, and identity. Ancient monasteries, prayer flags swaying in the mountain breeze, and mist-covered valleys add a spiritual dimension to this trek.
The changing topography, transiting from verdant landscapes to arid terrain, showcases the kaleidoscope of vegetation as you ascend through the trail. The crucial moment of crossing Throng La Pass, provides a sense of accomplishment and rewards you with breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks.
The breathtaking sunrise and sunset against the backdrop of these majestic peaks create cherished memories for trekkers. The trek gradually becomes more physically demanding as you navigate through challenging terrains, putting your endurance and resilience to the test.
Starting from Kathmandu, the drive passes through Besisahar and continues towards Chame. The trek in the real sense begins from Chame, where the trail traverses a diverse landscape, transitioning from subtropical regions to alpine and desert-like terrain along the Kali Gandaki valley.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek route slowly develops from low altitude to higher altitude giving enough time to acclimatize. The trail passes through spectacular villages like Bhratang, Dhikurpokhari, Pisang, and Braga to Yak Kharka.
As you move towards Thorong La, the views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Tilicho Peak become prominent. Crossing the pass is challenging, yet rewarding, after crossing the pass, you descend and enter the Mustang region to Muktinath.
You will visit the Muktinath temple, an ancient religious site revered by both Hindus and Buddhists. From Muktinath, you will take a jeep ride to Tatopani, past the charming village of Marpha. From Tatopani, you will hike to Ghorepani and Poon Hill, famous for their panoramic views, especially during sunrise and sunset.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek encapsulates a holistic experience – it’s not just a physical journey but a spiritual and cultural odyssey that leaves an indelible mark on those who undertake it.
Day 1. Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2. In Kathmandu
Day 3. Drive to Chame
Day 4. Trek to Pisang
Day 5. Trek to Ngawal
Day 6. Trek to Braga
Day 7. In Braga(acclimatization)
Day 8. Trek to Yak Kharka
Day 9. Trek to Thorong Phedi
Day 10. Trek to Muktinath(via Thorong La)
Day 11. Drive to Tatopani
Day 12. Trek to Ghorepani
Day 13. Drive to Pokhara
Day 14. Fly to Kathmandu
Day 15. Departure
Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, a Wind Horse representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure until the evening. Later in the evening, there will be a short briefing followed by dinner, along with a cultural performance, at a traditional Nepalese restaurant. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Today, you will visit three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, and Pashupatinath Temple.
At Kathmandu Durbar Square, you will explore the area around the former palace of the kings of Nepal, viewing various temples and monuments. Following that, you will drive to Boudhanath Stupa, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal. Here, you will circumambulate with pilgrims and visit the surrounding monasteries. Afterward, you will proceed to the holiest Hindu temple in Nepal, Pashupatinath Temple. The evening is free for you to shop for any last supplies or gear needed for your upcoming trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Drive to Chame
The journey from Kathmandu to Chame via Besisahar presents breathtaking views of the Nepalese countryside. The road follows the Marshyangdi river and takes you through charming villages such as Bulbule, Ngadi, Syange, Jagat, Chyamje, and Dharapani, renowned for their picturesque beauty. Chame serves as an important resting point for the trekkers on the Annapurna Circuit Trek route. Overnight in Chame.
Trek to Pisang
Today you begin with a hike through forests of rhododendron and pine. As you progress along the winding path, you can get the views of Lamjung, Annapurna II, and Pisang Peak along the trail
Upon reaching Bhratang, you will cross over the Marshyangdi River and ascend an uphill trail offering beautiful views of Chulu and Pisang Peaks. Eventually, you’ll arrive at Dhikur Pokhari, where you will stop for lunch. After lunch, you will continue your journey towards Pisang, a scenic village in the Manang district, nestled amidst stunning mountains. Overnight in Pisang.
Trek to Ngawal
You’ll take the Upper Route to Ngawal via Ghyaru. This route is more scenic compared to the lower trail, taking you through picturesque villages, forests, and open landscapes with the panoramic views of the Himalayas.
Along the way, you’ll encounter mani walls, cross a suspension bridge, and finally reach Ghyaru. The trail descends from Ghyaru towards Ngawal, offering stunning vistas of the surrounding mountains. Overnight in Ngawal.
Trek to Braga
This morning, we will descend along a steep trail to the river valley. Along the way, you will come across breathtaking scenery as towering peaks such as the Annapurna, Pisang Peak, and others.
As you proceed further on this trail, the landscape and the vegetation changes as you approach towards Humde, marked by its distinct environment and flora.
The journey from Humde to Braga is a relatively easy, taking approximately 3 hours. It allows you to absorb the surroundings and immerse yourself in the natural splendor of the region. Overnight in Braga.
In Braga(acclimatization day)
Acclimatization is crucial when trekking at high altitudes like the Thorong La Pass (5,416m). This helps the body adjust to the surrounding atmosphere and prevents altitude sickness.
There are several options for a day’s hike from Braga, each offering unique experiences and breathtaking views.
You can hike to Chongkar View Point, hike to Ice Lake or take a hike to visit Praken Gompa and Milarepa cave. Overnight in Braga.
Trek to Yak Kharka
Leaving Braga, you will encounter a small stream before ascending uphill toward the village of Tenki. Continuing further, you’ll gradually ascend out of the Marshyangdi Valley in a northwest direction, following the valley of Jarsang Khola.
Along the trail, you will come across a wooden bridge that spans a small river, passing by an ancient stone wall adorned with inscriptions. The trail then guides you through a scenic meadow, offering a beautiful environment, before finally reaching Yak Kharka. Overnight in Yak Kharka.
Trek to Thorong Phedi
The hike to Thorong Phedi isn’t strenuous in terms of technical difficulty, but the diminishing oxygen levels pose a physical demand. you’ll proceed with the hike at a gradual pace, and after about 4 hours or more eventually arrive at Thorong Phedi.
Thorong Phedi is the last village before you cross the Thorong La Pass, therefore you will take time to acclimate and rest adequately before continuing towards the Thorong La pass. Overnight in Thorong Phedi.
Trek to Muktinath via Thorong La pass
Crossing the Thorong La Pass is a challenging adventure. Starting early would be a wise decision, given the altitude and potential weather conditions. The steep ascent can present challenges, particularly with melting snow, so exercising caution we will begin your journey.
The reward of reaching the Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters is breathtaking. The panoramic view of the surrounding snow-capped peaks, stretching into Tibet, is a sight to behold. Taking some time to soak in this majestic 360-degree view and capturing moments with photographs, you will then descend towards Muktinath. Overnight in Muktinath.
Drive to Tatopani
You will visit the Muktinath Temple and the surrounding areas. Muktinath temple is a significant pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. After the visit, you will drive to Tatopani, with the panoramic views of various peaks such as Tukuche, Tilicho, Nilgiri, and others.
Along the way you will stop at the charming Marpha village. Marpha offers a unique cultural experience, especially due to its reputation for apple production. It’s a great opportunity to explore local life, taste some fresh produce, and purchase locally made products.
After exploring around Marpha, you will continue toward Tatopani. Tatopani is famous for its natural hot springs. At Tatopani you have the opportunity to wash out the tiredness in one of the hot springs. Overnight in Tatopani.
Trek to Ghorepani
On your final day of the trek, you will depart from the Gandaki River valley and hike toward the Ghar Kola River valley. The trail ascends from the Gandaki River valley, passing through Durbin Dada and several small villages such as Ghara, Sikha, and Chitre before reaching the charming Ghorepani village. Overnight in Ghorepani.
Hike to Poon Hill-Trek to Birenthanti-Drive to Pokhara
Early before dawn, you will hike up to Poon Hill to witness the breathtaking view of the sunrise over the Himalayan peaks like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Machhapuchre, Nilgiri South, and Annapurna I.
After enjoying the beauty of the sunrise and the panoramic vistas, you will descend to Ghorepani for breakfast. Following breakfast, you will continue your descent to Tikhedhunga, where your vehicle will be waiting to transfer you back to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Fly to Kathmandu
After breakfast, our guide and driver will accompany you to the Pokhara airport for your departure flight to Kathmandu. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, our representative will welcome you and facilitate your transfer to the hotel. You’ll have the rest of the day to yourself. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight.
- All transfers by private vehicle.
- 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu and 1 night in Pokhara in 3-4* category hotels.
- 10 nights’ accommodation in tea house lodge during the trek.
- Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with coffee/tea during the trek.
- One welcome or farewell dinner with a cultural performance in Kathmandu.
- 1 full day guided city tour in Kathmandu.
- English-speaking licensed trekking guide along with a porter (1 porter for every two trekkers).
- One way airfare between Pokhara-Kathmandu.
- First aid kit and duffel bag.
- Trekking staff accommodation, wages, meals, trekking gears, and insurance.
- All necessary paperwork and permits for the trek (ACAP/TIMS card).
- All government tax and service charges.
- Nepal Visa.
- International airfare.
- Meals other than listed (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, bar, beverages).
- Bottled/boiled water, battery recharge and Wi-Fi and hot showers during the trek.
- Tips and gratuities to Guide, Porter and driver.
- Travel medical insurance covering rescue and emergency evacuation.
- Personal trekking gears and equipment’s.
- Trip cancellation cost due to your health, weather condition, political situation, and any other unforeseen events.
- Any other expenses other than the listed above.