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Annapurna Circuit Trek – Unforgettable journey around Annapurna Massif

The Annapurna Circuit Trek offers breathtaking views of mountains and terraced fields, meticulously carved out of the lowland hillsides. The variation of the terrain and the surroundings as you gain altitude certainly compensates for the effort.

It is a well-known classic trek among the top 10 in the world. Hiking around the entire Annapurna Massif is unforgettable through the deep valleys, such as the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki gorge, and over the highest pass Thorong La (5,416m). Surrounded by high mountains, you can enjoy amazing mountain vistas such as from the open valley of Manang.

Note that crossing the pass can be difficult or impossible if there is deep, soft snow on the pass. Such conditions can be expected from January to March and often longer.

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Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary – Example

The following itinerary outlines a possible itinerary for your Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu our company representative will be displaying a hoarding board written as “All Nepal Trekking P. Ltd” outside the airport terminal for receiving you and you will be then transferred to your respective hotel by our private vehicle.

Includes: airport pick up, hotel accommodation

Day 2 – Kathmandu sightseeing

After breakfast, our tour guide will take you to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Pashupatinath Temple is regarded as one of the holiest sites for Hindus all over the world and dedicated to Shiva.

Boudhanath Stupa is located 5 km east of Kathmandu city center, one of the largest stupas in the world and one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage which stands three-tiered platform raised over the crossed rectangles.

Swayambhunath Stupa is located in the heart of the city and a little hillock lies about 4 km west of Kathmandu city center. Swayambhunath is also called Monkey Temple by the tourists owing to the large number of monkeys in the temple area.

Includes: Breakfast, hotel accommodation, tour guide

Day 3 – Drive to Syange/ Jagat (1100m) 8 -10 hrs.

Upon our breakfast at early, we start from Kathmandu at 7 am to Besisahar 5-6 hrs. scenic drive along Kathmandu-Pokhara Prithivi Rajmarg and splits the road at Dumre to Besisahar and here change the Jeep to trek starting point. During the drive Lamjung Himal massif, Marsyangdi River, waterfalls, villages and farms will enhance you along the way.

Include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, transportation, guide, porter

Day 4 – Trek to Dharapani (1960m) 7-8 hrs.

After breakfast, trek starts through broad-leaved forest, cross a small tributary and reaches Chamje in an hour, descend 15 minutes & cross Marsyangdi River and continue upstream high above the river for 1½ hours until you emerge from the gorge, reaches flat valley & continue ahead to the houses of Tal(1707m) in the centre of valley in 10 minutes. Cross a small tributary beyond Tal on a log bridge & ascend upstream through narrowing valley. Pass by an old suspension bridge in 1½ hours & continue upstream without crossing it. Cross new suspension bridge over Marsyangdi River and reaches to Dhara Pani in 5 minutes.

Include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, guide & porter

Day 5 – Trek to Chame (2713m): 5-6 hrs.

After breakfast, trek begins upstream and pass the village of Thonje at the confluence of Dudh Khola & Marsyangdi River and pleasant walk brings you to Bagar Chhap, continue in pine forest admiring Manaslu behind you, there are views of Annapurna & Lamjung Himal. In 45 minutes cross a tributary up through lush oak forest, reach the settlement of Latamarang (2454m). The trails to southward through blue pine forest walk about an hour to Koto (2629m) and after crossing few tributaries in 30 minutes reaches to Chame.

Include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, guide & porter

Day 6 – Trek to Pisang (3185m): 5 – 6 hrs.

After breakfast, cross a tributary & then Marsyangdi river, pleasant trail through pine forest to reach Taleku in half an hour, trek trail continues close to the river & steep and narrow valley through a very dense forest along successive waterfalls to reach Khampa settlement of Bhratang.

Enter a fir forest & cross the river again in another 45 minutes, then climb into pine forest & leave the forest after 1½ hours. Cross the river to the north bank & now you are in dry & arid region of Manang called Nyesyang. Reach Pisang after 35 minutes from the bridge.

Include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, guide & porter

Day 7 – Trek to Manang (3351m) 5 hrs.

After breakfast, take the lower direct route, cross the tributary & ascend into pleasant pine & juniper forests. Climb to the upper valley floor beyond a narrowing & reach Hongde (3322m) in 1½ hours. Continue along crossing another tributary & head over towards the Marsyangdi river to cross it in another hour , ascend along the north bank to a small town of Munchi (3482m) & reach Braga (3505m) in less than 30 minutes from Munchi, reach Manang in half an hour from Munchi.

Include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, guide & porter

Day 8 – Manang

Today is the rest day for acclimatization.

A short walk & visit around.

Include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation

Day 9 – Trek to Yak Kharka (4176m) 3 – 4 hrs.

After breakfast, cross a tributary below a falls beyond Manang & reach Tenki (3642m) in half an hour. Tenki is the last permanent settlement below the pass. Climb for half an hour beyond Tenki to a fork & take the right fork to reach Kosang (3879m) shortly beyond, ten minutes further is a higher settlement called Khora., the trial now turns northwest up the tributary valley of Jarsang Khola. The country side is quite dry & alpine with occasional birch grooves. Cross small tributaries & contour along pleasant meadows passes an ancient old Mani wall and then reaches a small village of Yak Kharka.

Include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, guide & porter

Day 10 – Trek to Thorong Phedi (4404m) 3 – 4 hrs.

After breakfast, climb, contour & descend to Jarsang river in 45 minues & corss to west bank. Climb & contour upstream crossing some stream to reach river bed & just beyond, an hour from the bridge is Thorong Phedi, literally meaning “the foot of hill”.

Include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, guide & porter

Day 11 – Trek to Thorong La pass (5416m) & to Muktinath (3802m) 7-8 hrs.

We start very early in the morning, around 3 am, as it gets very windy after 11 am making the endeavor of crossing the pass virtually impossible. Besides, the high latitude is also a problem for walking. From Phedi, ascend to a notch (4793m) in 1½ hours & head left, traversing to the base of prominent lateral moraine (4846m) in another 30 minutes. Reach its crest in few more minutes & continue west along less steep terrain. After many false crest, reach Thorang Pass (5416m) climax of Annapurna circle trek in 4 hours from Phedi. A large cairn marks the pass but it may be almost entirely covered with snow. Descends from the pass is gradual at first & follows the middle of the valley for the first hour. It becomes considerably steeper & keeps to the south side of the valley on the scree. Cross tributaries & descend to the major tributary in the valley floor (3856m) 3 hours from the pass. Cross it & descend a bit to continue down the main valley & reach Muktinath, an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhist after another 25 minutes. Dhaulagiri (8167m) looms impressively to the south.

Include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, guide & porter

Day 12 – Drive to Tatopani (1,219m) 6-8 hrs.

After breakfast, visit Muktinath temple and drive by vehicle (bus or jeep) the right fork leads to Kagbeni along a plateau above the Kali Gandaki & continue downstream to reach Jomsom (2713m) which is a district headquarters. The countryside to the north is very arid & to the south, Dhaulagiri impressively guards the Thak Kohola valley. Trekkers may stay overnight at Jomsom who would like to end their trek here & fly out to Pokhara.

Continue head downstream pass through villages Marpha (2667m), Ghasa (2040m), Dana (1446m), world`s deepest gorge and reach to Tatopni (hot spring). Nilgiri peak looms to the north.

Include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, guide & transfer by bus or jeep

Day 13 – Trek to Ghorepani (2850m) 6 -7 hrs.

After breakfast, trekkers may also take continue drive to Pokhara or who would like to trek, cross Kali Gandaki, climb up contouring high above the river & reach the notch Ghara (1692m) and Sikha in an hour. Pass the village of Phalante (2256m) & Chitre (2316m). The walk provides breath-taking views of Nilgiri (7661m), Tukche (6920m), Thapa peak (6021m), Dhaulagiri (8167m) & the terraced fields to hillside. Continue uphill through cultivated area at first & then prickly-leaved oak & rhododendron forest. Reach Ghorepani in 1½ hours form Shikha.

Include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, guide & porter

Day 14 – Trek to Tadapani (2540m) 5-6 hrs.

Early in the morning hiking to Poonhill (3210m) about 1hr. climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint from where it can be seen superb view of sunrise over the Himalayas and panoramic views of Mountains including Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Annapurna (8091m), Mt. Manaslu (8163m) Annapurna South (7219m), Fishtail (6993m), and so on. After visiting Poonhill, come back to lodge and have a hot breakfast then trek to Tadapani through the rhododendron forests.

The gorgeous close-up towering views of Annapurna South & Hiunchuli can also be seen from this spot. Tadapani means “far water” and water supply is in a long distance billow the village.

Include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, guide, porter

Day 15 – Trek to Ghandruk (1940m) 3 hrs.

After breakfast, we start a day the trail with steeply descends through the dense forests and reach on a ridge towards Ghandruk where a large number of Gurung’s inhabitants. Alongside, views of Annaurna South, Hiuchuli and Machhapuchhre (Mt. Fishtail).

Include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, guide, porter

Day 16 – Trek to Nayapul and Drive Pokhara 5 hrs.

After breakfast, we start the trek in a long descent to upper Shyauli Bazaar, continue following a path alongside the Modi River and finally reach to Birethanti, it takes then a half-an-hour’s walk to Naya Pul where our Annapurna Circuit Trek ends and drive to Pokhara 42 km for about 1½ hr. by private vehicle.

Check in hotel and free time

Include: Breakfast, lunch, Pokhara hotel accommodation, guide, porter, and transfer to Pokhara

Day 17 – Fly/Drive back to Kathmandu

After breakfast, 6 hours drive (210km) from Pokhara along Marsyangdi & Trishuli Rivers takes you back to Kathmandu.

Check in your hotel & leisure time

Include: Breakfast & transfer to Kathmandu

Day 18 – Kathmandu

Today is free day on your own.

Include: Breakfast & Kathmandu hotel accommodation

Day 19 – Final Departure

Our company representative transfers you to airport for final departure after an unforgettable Annapurna Circuit Trek experience.

Include: Breakfast, transfer to airport

Custom Annapurna Circuit Trek

Customised treks which differ from this Annapurna Circuit itinerary are always organisable. It’s always possible to shorten the trek for example if you are on a tight schedule in Nepal and want to spend sufficient time in Kathmandu and/or Pokhara. Or we could even work out an itinerary based on your own Annapurna Circuit Trek map.

Don’t hesitate to contact us in order to discuss your preferences, wants and needs. We are flexible and your personal preferences (and those of your group’s members) matter most to us when organising your Annapurna Circuit Trekking.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Cost

Included costs in this Annapurna Circuit Trek

Our Annapurna Circuit cost covers the following costs:

  • All meals (B/L/D) during the trekking period
  • Accommodation (Lodge) during the trekking period
  • Conservation fee + TIMS permit fee (Annapurna Circuit permit)
  • English speaking Annapurna Circuit guide
  • Highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing & salary
  • Staffs insurance
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Airport picks up & drops
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley as per program
  • Hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara on BB plan (bed & breakfast) as per program
  • All Local / Government Taxes

Excluded costs

The following costs are excluded and not covered by our Annapurna Circuit Trek Package, but important for you to be aware of to determine your Annapurna Circuit budget:

  • Domestic flight and airport tax
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Annapurna Circuit Trek – Trip Facts

Annapurna Circuit Trek Difficulty

How hard is the Annapurna Circuit Tour? The Annapurna Circuit Trek involves a tremendous amount of hiking around the Annapurna Massif. Hiking the Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered a demanding trek which makes physical fitness a necessity.

Annapurna Circuit Altitude

The Annapurna Circuit Trek reaches a maximum altitude over the Thorong La Pass at approximately 5,416 m.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Best Time of Year

The best season to enjoy an Annapurna Circuit Trek is during the months September, October and November.

Minimum Required Group Size

The minimum group size is 2 persons for this Annapurna Circuit Trek.

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