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!
|Day 1||Kathmandu to Besisahar (800m||5-6 hours|
|Day 2||Besisahar to Chame.||7-8 hours|
|Day 3||Chame to Pisang (3,200m)||5-6 hours|
|Day 4||Pisang to Manang (3,440m)||5-6 hours|
|Day 5||Manang Rest Day||–|
|Day 6||Manang- Trek to Sirikharka – (4060M/13320Ft)||5-6 hours|
|Day 7||Siri Kharka- Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m/13,583ft)||6 hours|
|Day 8||Tilicho Base Camp- Visit Tilicho Lake (4,949m/16,138 ft) – Siri Kharka||–|
|Day 9||Shri Kharka- Trek to Yak Kharka 4,050 m (13,287 ft)||5 hours|
|Day 10||Yak Kharka- Trek to Thorong Phedi 4,450m (14,600 ft)||8-9 hours|
|Day 11||Trek to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass 5,416 m (17,769 ft)||8-9 hours|
|Day 12||Trek to Jomsom||4 hours|
|Day 13||Jomsom- Fly to Pokhara, then drive back to Kathmandu||6 hours|
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 :Kathmandu to Besisahar (800m, 5/6 hours)
After breakfast Drive to Besisahar by a luxury private Jeep, along with Prithvi Highway- Trishuli River. Rest over there at the Hotel.
Day 02:Besisahar to Chame.
Breakfast, morning take jeep drive to Chame (The road is dirt and it takes about 7-8 hours local drive with sharing jeep) the district headquarter of Manang takes 4/5 hours. O/N at guest house in Kathmandu.
Day 03:Chame to Pisang (3,200m, 5-6 hrs)
We hike today through a densely forested valley running alongside the Marsyangdi River, which we cross at 2,910m on a long suspension bridge. We cross yet another suspension bridge at 3,040m and from here we gain sight of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face. After about five hours hiking we then get to the sprawling village of Pisang.
Day 04:Pisang to Manang (3,440m, 5-6 hrs)
On our trek today we start to hike through the drier upper section of Manang district. There are two trails on leaving Pisang, we will hike the lower easier route or if you are fit enough we will take the more scenic high route. The lower route takes an undulating route through Hongde (3,325m), which has an airstrip and then onwards through Mungji village to finish at the rather large village of Manang perched on its lofty Eire. Here Mani wheels and prayer flags abound and you are surrounded by the incredible mountain vista of the Annapurnas.
Day 04 :Manang Rest Day
Today is all about acclimatizing and resting. You can have a day hike around one of the many scenic trails around Manang, rest or visit one of the many sights around the area.
|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 06 : Manang- Trek to Sirikharka – (4060M/13320Ft)
Trail goes down to the river. We cross the river and continue walking on its southern side through coniferous forest. After reaching Kangsar Village we walk further up towards Siri Kharka and pass a monastery on the way. The uphill walk could be tiring but we will have Gungang Himal and Mt. Chulu in the backdrop to keep us company
Day 07 : Siri Kharka- Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m/13,583ft)
Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp isn’t very steep or physically strenuous, it could be exhausting as we have to walk on narrow paths in loose scree and landslide area. Our trail goes through the middle of the landslide area whereby we can see impressive rock formations along the trail.
Day 08 : Tilicho Base Camp- Visit Tilicho Lake (4,949m/16,138 ft) – Siri Kharka
A bit initial steep, switch backed ascent, then trail continues to hug the side of the mountain in a gradual to steep incline before reaching the watershed. On the way we enjoy yaks and deer grazing above and below our trail. On the other side is Tilicho Lake, a large spectacularly set lake nestled at the foot of the north face of Tilicho Peak. The lake was referred to by the leader of the French expedition team as ‘The Great Ice Lake’. Then, retrace the step and return to Siri Kharka
Day 09 : Shri Kharka- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Luxury 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. IF in case of Flight cancel or any delays, drive back to Pokhara. Rsta nd next day, You can drive back to Kathmandu.
|Trip Length||13 days|
|Trek Length||12 days|
|Max. Altitude||5,416 meters (17,769 ft)|
|Trek Style||Tea-house (Lodges)|
|Meal||Full board on trek|
|Transportation||Private Vehicle, Tourist Bus|
|Best Month||February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November|
|Group Size||2-10 Persons|