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Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Circumnavigating the Annapurna Massif

17

Days

TREK

Trip highlights
  • Visit the old Buddhist monastery in Braga.
  • Explore the beautiful village of Manang.
  • Cross the Throng La Pass, one of the highlights of this trek.
  • Visit the Hindu and the 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 sunrise view from Poon Hill.

Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the best classic treks that take you around the Annapurna massif. The Annapurna Circuit Trek takes you from an altitude of 830m to 5,416m through different climatic zones where you will get to experience the changing landscape from subtropical to alpine. The trail passes through the deepest river gorge, high mountain passes, traditional villages, and desert-like landscape in the Lower Mustang region. The trail offers you some of the most spectacular views of enormous snow-capped peaks and traverses through one of the high altitudes Pass, the Thorong La Pass (5416m).

Moreover, the Annapurna Conservation Area has more than 100 kinds of orchids, Rhododendrons, bamboos, and oak forests. It is also home to hundreds of wildlife species such as Marten, deer, Langoor monkey, and the Snow Leopard. Besides the diversity of flora and fauna, you will also enjoy the most unforgettable hospitality of the people in villages and towns along the route. Thus, making this trek an adventure of a lifetime.

The trek begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar and then to Chame. We start our hike from Chame, and the trail goes through forests, farmlands, and past quaint villages in the lower Annapurna region. It continues over the Thorong La Pass (5,416m). After the pass, the trail descends to the Hindu pilgrimage site of Muktinath(3800m) and then into the Kali Gandaki River valley, all the way to Tatopani, where we can relax in one of the natural hot springs. And then, an early morning hike will lead us to Poon Hill (3,210m) to witness the sunrise view. From Poon Hill, we bid farewell to the magnificent snow-capped mountains and descend to Naya Pul, and drive to Pokhara.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival in Kathmandu.
On arrival at the Kathmandu International Airport, meet our guide/representative and transfer you to your hotel. As there are no activities planned for today, you may enjoy the evening at leisure or take a self-guided tour to get familiar with the city. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 2. In Kathmandu(trek preparation).
Today in the first half of the day, we will visit some of the major UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Including the Swayambhunath temple, the oldest Buddhist monument in the valley, and Boudanath, the largest Stupa in Nepal. Next, we will drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square, situated at the heart of Kathmandu, full of ancient history, culture, and architecture. We will spend the latter part of the day planning and preparing for the trek. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 3. Kathmandu-Besi Sahar(176km/6-7 hrs)-Chame(67km/3 hrs)
We begin our journey with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar(5-6hours) by a local public bus. The ride goes along the Prithvi Highway past terraced fields, villages, and towns. Turn off from the main highway at Dumre and head north towards Besisahar. Lunch at Besisahar, and after lunch, switch on to a four-wheel drive and then continue to Chame. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 4. Chame-Pisang(3350m/5-6 hrs).
Today we leave Chame and hike past pine forests and several small villages with stunning views of the Annapurna and the Pisang peak along the way. We cross over the Marshyandi and head higher to the upper reaches of the Manang valley to Pisang. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 5. Pisang-Manang(3520m/6-7 hrs)
From Pisang, we continue our journey towards Braga. Braga is a Tibetan village with its unique architecture with houses constructed one upon the other. One of its main attractions is its Gompa, the largest in the Manang region. Manang is popular with trekkers and is also a place to acclimatize before heading to higher altitudes. We visit the Braga monastery and continue to Manang. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 6. In Manang(acclimatization day)
Today is reserved as acclimatization day to adjust ourselves to the environment. There are several ways to do it. You can hike to Gangapurna Lake for a closer view of the Annapurna range and Gangapurna Peak or walk to Braga village and explore around. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 7. Manang-Yak Kharka(4050m/3-4 hrs)
From Manang, we cross a stream and climb up to the village of Tenki. Hereafter, it is an uphill climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley towards the valley of Jarsang Khola, past Gunsang. After crossing a small river over a wooden bridge, we continue and arrive at the lovely meadows of Yak Kharka. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 8. Yak Kharka-Thorong Phedi(4560m/4-5 hrs)
Today we proceed towards Thorong Phedi, the base of the Thorong La Pass. Thorong Phedi is the last human settlement before crossing the Thorong La Pass. We follow the east bank of the Jarsang Khola and climb up a ridge and descend. We then ascend over a cliff and then descend to Thorong Phedi. If we are lucky, we may be able to spot blue sheep and even the snow leopard. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 9. Thorang Phedi-Thorong La(5416m)-Muktinath(3800m)(7-8 hrs)
Today is the most challenging day of the trek. Today we cross the Thorong La pass. The pass provides breath-taking views of Annapurna, Gangapurna, and Khatungkang. We descend over an undulating and relatively easy trail towards Muktinath. Muktinath is an important religious pilgrimage site for Hindus as well as Buddhists. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 10. Muktinath-Kagbeni(2805m/4-5 hrs).
Early in the morning, visit the temple and witness the pilgrims bathing in the cold water. After breakfast, descend through a desert-like landscape past Jharkot and Khingar village to Kagbeni. Overnight in trekker's lodge.

Day 11. Kagbeni to Marpha(2650m/5-6hrs)
The trek from Kagbeni is a gradual downhill walk with some steady flat walks along the Kaligandaki River. The trail passes through Ekle Bhatti, crossing over the Kaligandaki River to Syang, and reaches Marpha. Marpha is a Thakali village famous for apple production. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 12. Marpha to Kalopani (2530m/5-6hrs)
The trial to Kalopani passes through the Kali Gandaki valley with beautiful views of the high mountains, forests, villages, and meadows. On the way, we shall visit some of the villages and learn about the cultural heritage and the unique lifestyle of the Thakali people. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 13. Kalopani to Tatopani (1160m/6-7 hrs)
From Kalopani, it is a steep downhill walk through a subtropical forest. We experience the change in the atmosphere due to the constant drop in altitude. Tatopani is famous for its natural hot springs. At Tatopani, take a relaxing dip in one of the hot springs to wear out the tiredness. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 14. Tatopani to Ghorepani (2860m/6-7hrs)
We leave the hot springs and cross to the eastern side of the Kali Gandaki river. Then ascend from the river valley past Durbin Dada and several small villages like Ghara, Sikha, and Chitre and finally arrive at Ghorepani. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 15. Ghorepani to Tikhedunga(1560m/6hrs)-Drive to pokhara
Today will be our last day on the trail. Early morning we shall hike up to Poon Hill (3210m) to view the sunrise over the Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and the Machhapuchre. After enjoying the beautiful view, we then descend to Ghorepani for breakfast. After breakfast, we hike past Tikehdhunga to Birethanti, where we board onto a Jeep and drive to Pokhara. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 16. Pokhara to Kathmandu(200km/6-7hrs)
After breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free to pursue your interest. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 17. Departure.
Transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight.

  • Group Size2-8

  • RouteKathmandu-Jagat-Manang-Yak Kharka-Thorong Phedi-Muktinath-Kagbeni-Marpha-Kalopani-Tatopani-Ghorepani-Tikhedhunga-Kathmandu

  • Trip Type Trekking

  • Best MonthsApril, May, October, November

  • Good MonthsMarch, September

  • Lean MonthsJune, July, August

  • Not RecommendJanuary, February, December

Prices & Dates

The price is based on the number of participants:
• 8 members: US$1110 per person.
• 6 members: US$1160 per person.
• 4 members: US$1270 per person.
• 2 members: US$1515 per person.
• Single traveler: US$2265.
• Single room supplementary: US$140.

Included

  • All airport and hotel transfers by private vehicle.
  • Transfer from Kathmandu to Besisahar in a deluxe public bus.
  • Transfer from Besisahar-Chame and Tikhedhunga-Pokhara in a private vehicle.
  • Transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu in a tourist luxury coach.
  • Sightseeing with entrance fee accompanied by a local guide as per itinerary.
  • Accommodation in 3-4* category or similar hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara and local lodges/tea houses while on the trek.
  • Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara and all meals during the trek.
  • One welcome/farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  • English speaking local trek guide along with porters(one porter for every two-member) during the trek.
  • All necessary paperwork and permit (TIMS/ ACAP).
  • All Government taxes and service charges.

Not included

  • Nepal entry visa.
  • International flight to and from Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
  • Travel Medical Insurance covering rescue and evacuation recommended.
  • Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, battery recharge, etc.
  • Personal gears, shoes, clothing, etc.
  • Hot showers during the trek.
  • Any extra cost forced upon by changing the itinerary due to your health, natural condition, political situation, or early return from the trek.
  • All other personal expenses not listed in the included section

Accommodations

Kathmandu and Pokhara: 3-4* category hotels.
During the trek: Best available local village trekkers lodge/tea house along the way.