Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Duration19 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty LevelStrenuous
  • Max Altitude5,416m

About Trip

The Annapurna Circuit Trek does not disappoint. You will never hear someone say that they had a bad or even alright time on this trek. It is the kind of trail that changes lives! For many years, the Annapurna Circuit Trek has been ranked among the best footpaths (treks) in the world! If you have the time and energy, we recommend this trek.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is so unique because it traverses so many different landscapes and villages with distinct ethnic groups. Start out in the paddy fields and lush forests before moving to the dramatic Marshyangdi Rivergorge. Then, hike up to the dry, barren Manang region. Further and closer to the majestic Himalayan peaks, cross the unbelievably high Thorong La Pass.

Throughout the journey, meet and get to know people of the Thakali, Gurung, Manangi, and other ethnic groups in the area. Each of them are unique in their own way, though one thing they all have in common is their warm-heartedness and exceptional hospitality. They are enthused to be able to share their wonderful homeland with trekkers who are equally excited to be there.

After spending a wonderful evening wandering around Pokhara’s lakeside, begin the trek in Annapurna Circuit Trek in the lowlands of the region. A couple days of passing bamboo, rhododendron, and other mixed forests, the vegetation begins to disappear. We have entered the Manang district, known for having an arid, rocky environment. Here, the area is mostly inhabited by Tibetan Buddhists, so you will see chhortens and other signs of it along the trail. It adds of a lot of character to the route!

From Yak Kharka, we are definitely in a high-altitude area and we can feel it. Our anticipation and excitement for crossing the Thorong La Pass (5416 meters) grows. The pass shows views of Dhaulagiri (8167m), Manaslu (8156m), the Annapurna Massif, Machhapuchhre (6993m), and more. Besides the sign and prayer flags, it feels as if few humans have been there before.

Trek down to Muktinath for an experience that transcends the natural wonders that you have experienced so far. Muktinath Temple overflows with spiritual energy, which comes from the dozens of pilgrims there bathing in the sacred waters at any given moment. Soak in this feeling (and water!).

Most of the rest of the trail follows the Kali Gandaki River, passing awesome villages along the way. Bathe in the restorative water at Tatopani hot springs before making one last dramatic ascent to Poon Hill (3210 meters) for a final panoramic Himalayan view.

These days, the rapid construction of roads is steadily creeping into the Annapurna region, making the circuit shorter and shorter by the year. Get there before the roads strip any more of the beauty and allure away from the Annapurna Circuit!

It is possible to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek throughout the year. The best times, though, are spring (March to May) and fall (September to November). In the springtime, the colorful flowers are blooming. During the fall, the skies are usually clearer. Ashmita Trek and Tours arranges the trek with full management, including transportation, meals, etc. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions!

Highlights

  • Cross the high Thorong La Pass (5416 meters) for astounding views of the Annapurna range and beyond.
  • Experience the famous religious pilgrimage site at Muktinath (3800 meters).
  • Pass many unique landscapes – each day is a new surprise.
  • Bathe in the soothing hot springs at Tatopani.
  • Learn about Gurung, Thakali, and other ethnic groups along the trail.

Itinerary

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Welcome to Nepal! Upon your arrival to TIA, we pick you up and take you to your hotel. In the evening, we brief you on the upcoming adventure. Overnight in hotel.

    Take breakfast in the hotel and then join us for a sightseeing tour of some of Kathmandu’s famous UNESCO World Heritage sites. Throughout the day, we visit Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambunath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Our knowledgeable guides will tell you all about the historical and cultural significance of each spot. Spend your evening as wish, wandering around and preparing for the trek. Overnight in hotel.

      Leave for Chamje in the morning via bus. We eat our meals along the way. Enjoy the scenery throughout the bumpy ride. After 7 hours, we reach Besisahar, where we stop and take another bus to Chamje. This trip, we pass waterfalls and the Marshyangdi River for splendid views. After about two hours, we reach Chamje. Overnight in guest house. 

        Take breakfast and begin hiking through the foothills of Himalaya. Hugging the Marshyangdi River, we move with it uphill. Pass Taal village, the entry point of the Manang region. Continue through Taal to another view small settlements. Hike the scenic trail the rest of the way to Dharapani. Overnight in guest house. 

          Leave the guest house after breakfast and start towards Bagarchhap, the first sizeable village of the day. After this, the trail enters the Manang Valley, and a change of landscape place. Soon, reach Kopar and see a spectacular view of the Annapurna range peaks. Continue the mellow trail to Chame, where there is a hot spring that few people know about. Overnight in guest house. 

            Leave after breakfast and head west through forests to Bhratang (2950m). walk over some suspension bridges with views of the snow-capped mountains. Take lunch in one of the little settlements along the way and continue. Climb up more and eventually reach Pisang. Overnight in guest house. 

              Start the day after breakfast. Today’s trail leads us through some dry and mysterious sections of the Manang district. The landscape isastounding. The rugged peaks on the horizon mixed with the arid, rocky landscape near to us makes quite a sight. Hike further through Ghyaru and Braga to eventually reach Manang village. Overnight at guest house.

                Spend today getting used to the change in altitude to prevent problems in the future. Manang village is a wonderful place to explore. It is populated by Tibetan Buddhistsof Tibetan descent. A fewcolorful monasteries and chhortensexist here, which increase the allure of the village. We take a pleasant day hike to Gangapurna Lake and explore its surroundings. Overnight in guest house.

                  Keep hiking up into higher altitude. No need to rush today’s trek. Take it slow and enjoy the splendid scenery. Soon, we reach Jharsang stream and hike along its bank. Stroll through the scenic alpine meadows and reach Yak Kharka, where we may see Yaks grazing in the open fields. Overnight in guest house. 

                    Leaving Yak Kharka, the route becomes a little more challenging because of the thin air. No need to overdo ourselves and get sick. You may start to feel symptoms of the high altitude.We pass the villae of Ledar and descend towards the river. Then, we gradually climb the rest of the way to Thorong Phedi. To efficiently acclimatize, we walk higher and then back to Thorong Phedi. Overnight in guest house. 

                      Today is the most difficult, but rewarding day of the adventure. It is a wild time crossing the high pass. Wake up at the crack of dawn to begin the climb. Pass high camp and climb continuously until Thorong La. Take in the panoramic view of Annapurna, Manaslu, Hiunchuli, Lamjung, and more. Great photo opportunity up here at the top. Then, descend all the way to Muktinath, where you see the mystique of the Mustang area. Overnight in guest house. 

                        Wake up to feel the awesomeenergy of Muktinath. Throughout the day, Hindu and Buddhist devotees make their way towards the temple. If we didn’t the night before, we join them this morning. Then, we begin to trek down towards Jomsom through Jharkot. The trail through the windy Kali Gandaki river valley becomes windy and dustyin the afternoon. Try and get an early start to avoid this. We reach to Marpha, ascenic village known for its kind people as well as apple and other fruit orchards. Overnight in guest house. 

                          Have a delicious breakfast in Marphaand take a few minutes to wander the village if you would like. Today’s route follows the bank of the Kali Gandaki River through wonderful scenery. We slowly descend to Kokhethanti and trek further to reach Kalopani. Overnight in guest house.

                            Depart from Kalopani and gradually descend, passing Lete and Ghasa. Savor the magnificent scenery of the majestic Kali Gandaki River Valley. Pass Kopchepani and head downhill to reach Tatopani, where there lies a natural hot spring, perfectly suitablefor healing our aches and pains of two weeks on the trail. Overnight in guest house. 

                              Surpisingly, the most drastic ascent comes today, towards the end of our trek. We are well-acclimatized so it does not take us by surprise or wear us out too badly. Besides, the scenery throughout the way is gorgeous. Climb past village after village to eventually arrive in Ghorepani. Overnight in guest house. 

                                Today is a memorable day for most trekkers. Leave early in the morning to get a crisp view of the sunrise illuminating high Himalayan peaks. It’s truly one of the best mountain views in the Annapurna region. You’ll see Annapurna, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre in all their majesty. Take some photos before heading back to Ghorepani for breakfast. Then, trek to Tadapani and relax the rest of the day. Overnight in guest house.

                                  If the conditions are right, wake up with stunning mountain views right before your eyes including Annapurna I (8091m). After a couple hours of trekking, reach Ghandruk, a typical Gurung village. Take some time to explore, as there is plenty to see. There are even two Gurung museums. Then, trek a little further and our vehicle will pick you up and take you back to Pokhara. Overnight in hotel.

                                    In the morning, we board a tourist bus and to Kathmandu along the Prithvi Highway. Enjoy the splendid landscape throughout the drive. Explore Kathmandu or shop around in the afternoon. We host a delicious farewell dinner for you in the evening. Overnight in hotel.

                                      We pick you up from your hotel and take you to the Airport. Thank you for trekking with Ashmita Trek and Tours! We hope to see you soon.

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                                        What's Included

                                        • Transportation to and from Tribhuvan International Airport.
                                        • Three nights in a 2-3 star hotel in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis.
                                        • One night in a 2-3 star hotel in Pokhara on bed and breakfast basis.
                                        • All transportation during the itinerary.
                                        • Guest house accommodation during the trek.
                                        • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) fees
                                        • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
                                        • Government-authorized, experienced guide and porters
                                        • Insurance, food, accommodation, and wage for guides and porters
                                        • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
                                        • All necessary trekking equipment (sleeping bag, warm layers, etc.)
                                        • First Aid Kit
                                        • Maps
                                        • Service charge and government taxes
                                        • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
                                        • International Airfare
                                        • Meals in Kathmandu (besides breakfast).
                                        • Personal expenses (shopping, extra snacks, etc.)
                                        • Sightseeing entrance fees in Kathmandu.
                                        • Shower and electronic charging fees at guest houses.
                                        • Alcoholic drinks, chocolates, tea and coffee
                                        • Tips for guide and porter
                                        • Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary
                                        • Costs from unexpected occurrences (i.e. cancellations, weather problems, damages of property, illness, etc.)

                                        Note

                                        Ashmita Trek and Tours does not take responsibility for any problems incurred by weather, damages to personal property, etc. We will do our best to prevent/handle any problems that happen. There is a chance that transportation to and from Pokhara may be delayed due to road and weather conditions. Therefore, it is recommended to book your international flight with several days margin.  It is possible to fly to Kathmandu if necessary (for an additional cost).