Voted one of the best long treks in the world, Annapurna Circuit caters tourists with desire for adventure, wilderness and sightseeing. The trail makes a complete round of Annapurna mountain range; therefore, you can get the iconic view of the Annapurna from almost every corner. You must pass through four different regions during the trek; Lamjung, Manang, Mustang and Myagdi. Lamjung and Myagdi of the lower elevations are both predominantly Hindu region, whereas, Manang and Mustang are Buddhist regions.
The total length of the Annapurna circuit route is almost 230 km (145 mi). The trek begins at Besishahar, a small town. The trail slowly ascends and will reach up to 5,416 meters at Thorong La Pass, the highest elevation on the trek. From here, the trail descends almost the entire way. Muktinath and Marpha are two major stops. You can choose to visit the holy Muktinath temple and enjoy some delicious local Marpha wine (Apple wine) en route.
Along with Annapurna base camp, it attracts over 120,000 trekkers in a year. Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP) is the highlight of the trek which offers a rare glimpse of mid-western flora and fauna.
Poses difficulty as the terrain, temperature and altitude may differ along the trail. Max. altitude may reach over 5000 m and the hike requires over 6 hours a day.
Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport. Star Standard meals at Kathmandu!
|Drive to Besishahar 820 m (2,690 ft) & Trek to Bhulbhule.
|Trek to Ghermu 1,310 m (4,298 ft)
|Trek to Tal 1,700 m (5,577 ft)
|Trek to Bagarchhap 2,160 m (7,087 ft)
|Trek to Chame 2,670 m (8,760 ft)
|Trek to Pisang 3,200 m (10,499 ft)
|Trek to Manang 3,540 m (11,614 ft)
|Rest day in Manang for the acclimatization
|Trek to Yak Kharka 4,050 m (13,287 ft)
|Yak Kharka- Trek to Thorong Phedi 4,450m (14,600 ft)
|Trek to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass 5,416 m (17,769 ft)
|Trek to Jomsom
|Jomsom- Fly to Pokhara, then drive back to Kathmandu
Note: You can choose to upgrade your commute to/from Pokhara by taking a flight, and avoid 6-7 hours of road travel.
Annapurna is the best place on Earth. The route and scenery are breath-taking. The way leading from Machhapuchhre to Annapurna base camp is the best.
I had fun with my friends. The guide is the best! He helped us throughout the trip. I’d suggest you to take Diamox to help prevent altitude sickness. It’s really hard to breath when you reach at the top. All in all a great experience. ~Jessica Mahut (Florida, USA)
The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.
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Day 01 Drive to Besishahar 820 m (2,690 ft) & Trek to Bhulbhule. You will drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Besi Sahar after 6-7 hours of drive by a coach. The first day will account for a short trek to the Gurung village of Bhulbhule. You can spend the rest of the day here. 7-8 hours.
Day 02 Trek to Ghermu 1,310 m (4,298 ft) The second day of the trek being with a heavy breakfast and a hike along the Marsyangdi River to Ngadi village. The trail ascends high up to Bahundanda village. Beyond it, the trail descends and ends at Chermu village. 5-6 hours.
Day 03 Trek to Tal 1,700 m (5,577 ft) You start your trek with a short downhill hike to Syange village, followed by an ascend to the Chamje village via Jagat village. A few hours of uphill trek will bring Tal. The day trek ends here. 6 hours.
Day 04 Trek to Bagarchhap 2,160 m (7,087 ft) The trek passes along the Marsyangdi River. An hour walk from Dharapani would brings you to Bagarchhap Village. 5-6 hours.
Day 05 Trek to Chame 2,670 m (8,760 ft) It is acclimatization and an important day. You’ll get used to the thin air of above 4,000 meters. It is essential to spend some time here to prepare yourself for the further trek. You can also take some couple of hours to hike up to the nearby Chhukung village & return 6 hours.
Day 06 Trek to Pisang 3,200 m (10,499 ft) The trail advances through the lush pine forest with few uneven terrains to cross. Pisang is one of the major stops during the trek. The village offers the view of Pisang peak and Mt. Chulu, two short peaks. You can spend the rest of the day visiting Upper Pisang village, which is popular for its Tibetan style houses and monasteries. 5-6 hours.
Day 07 Trek to Manang 3,540 m (11,614 ft) The trails ascend towards Manag valley. En route, you can see beautiful Manang valley, along with the view of Humde village, towering peaks of Gangapurna, Annapurna II & III, Tilicho and many others. You will reach Manang Village via Bagra. 5 hours.
Day 08 Rest day in Manang for the acclimatization A rest day is kept for you to acclimatize well in the higher altitude. You can make a short hike to Gangapunra Lake, along with enjoying the surrounding scenery of Mt. Gangapurna, Annapurna II and III, Tilicho Peak , Chulu peak as well as the beautiful Marsyangdi Valley.
– Day 09 Trek to Yak Kharka 4,050 m (13,287 ft) You start the day with a slow hike to Tenki Manang. Further an hour walk brings to Gunsang and from here you can have wide panoramic view of Annapurna starting from Annapurna II to Tilicho peak. The trail goes slowly up through the juniper bushes with few huts on the way before you arrive at Yak Kharka. 5 hours.
Day 10 Yak Kharka- Trek to Thorong Phedi 4,450m (14,600 ft) The trek will ascend further to the Ledtar Village after an hour to two walk. Trekking above 4,000 meters could prove to be an exhausting experience. The day ends with a trek to Thorang Phedi at the base of Thorong La Pass. 4 hours.
Day 11 Trek to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass 5,416 m (17,769 ft) The early morning trek is required to assault the Throng La Pass, as it is the toughest leg of the trail. The trail goes steeply upwards to the High Camp. With brief stops in between, you will reach to the top of Thorang La pass, which is the highest point of the trek. You can spend some time here and start descending the other way towards the Muktinath. 8-9 hours.
Day 12 Trek to Jomsom Muktinath is the holy city. The Muktinath temple is revered by both the Hindus and Buddhists. You can stroll around and inside the temple. Afterwards, it a downhill trek towards Jomsom. The terrain is windy and arid. It is a popular & administrative place, Here is the Small domestic airport . in the evening, you can enjoy the local apple wine here if you wish. 5-6 hours.
Day 13 Jomsom- Fly to Pokhara, then drive back to Kathmandu Early in the morning, take a flight to Pokhara. It takes about 20 minutes flight to reach to Pokhara. Breakfast over there, then take a coach to Kathmandu, hotel check in. In the evening, we will take you one of the finest restaurant in Kathmandu, where you can enjoy with Typical Nepalese Traditional cultural show. 6 hours
|5,416 meters (17,769 ft)
|Full board on trek
|Private Vehicle, Tourist Bus
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