Annapurna Circuit Trek

Trip Summary

Label Detail
Geography Mountain/ Forest/ Hills
Location Kaski/Manang/Mustang/Myagdi
Level Of Difficulty Difficult
Duration 19 Days
Max Aaltitude 5416m
Religion Hindu/Buddhist
Ethnic People Magar/Tibetan/Gurung/Manangi
Accommodation Hotel/Lodge/Teahouse
Transportation Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus
Minimum Pax 2

Detail Information

Annapurna Circuit Trek Highlights

  • Witness sublime Himalayan panorama glistened by the sunrise from Poonhill
  • The enchanting view of Annapurna, Nilgiri, Lamjung, and Dhaulagiri ranges on the trail
  • Exploration of culture and tradition of Gurung and Tibetan communities
  • Visit numerous ancient monasteries like Braga Gompa and Boozo Gompa
  • Cross the Thorang La Pass (5416m) and relish the views of the surrounding landscapes
  • Visit the Muktinath Temple, one of the biggest Hindu pilgrimage sites

Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most adventurous trekking destinations perfect for dramatic views of the Himalayas. The wilderness of lush vegetation and natural flora and fauna of this region is simply marvelous.

Along with a stunning view of Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna III (7555m), Chulu Peak (6584m), Manaslu (8163m), and Dhaulagiri range, you’ll get an opportunity to observe the unique culture and tradition of Tibetan and Gurung communities. The trek even enters the southern realm beneath the Annapurna Himalayas and heads to the Poonhill viewpoint.

After landing at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), you’ll be immediately transferred to your respective hotel. The second day is scheduled for sightseeing and trek preparation.

On this day, you gather your essentials for the trek and also explore the UNESCO world heritage sites in the valley. On the 3rd day, you’ll take a scenic drive to Syange from Kathmandu.

Along the way, you’ll cross small towns of Dumre and Besisahar. The trail passes through the settlement of Jagat and proceeds towards Dharapani. Similarly, crossing the settlement of Chame, Pisang, Manang, and Yak Kharka, you’ll take a steep climb to the top of the ridge which finally leads the way towards Thorang La High Camp. From here, you’ll continue your journey towards Thorang La Pass (5416m), one of the biggest passes in Nepal.

The pass offers panoramic views of the mountains in the Annapurna, Nilgiri, and Muktinath Himal ranges. Descending along the rocky trail, you arrive at the Muktinath Temple, a revered pilgrimage site among Hindu and Buddhists.

Moving forward, you’ll now trek towards Tatopani via Marpha and Kalopani. You’ll now descend to Ghorepani and hike to Poon Hill where beautiful sunrise views over the Annapurna massif and Machhapuchhre (6993m) grace the skyline. Finally, you’ll drive back to Pokhara via Nayapul. Autumn and spring are the best seasons for Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Nepal Alibaba Treks is the best choice for this trek as we provide excellent transportation and accommodation services along with a great team of professional staff and guides. We prioritized the safety, security, and comfort of our valued clients. With us, you are guaranteed a unique trekking experience.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Map:

Itinerary Summary

Outline

Day Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel | (1300 m)

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you'll be greeted by one of our staff members and immediately transferred to your respective hotel. You can explore the city or do some shopping in preparation for the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Today is scheduled for sightseeing and trek preparation. Soon after breakfast, you’ll get ready for sightseeing around the valley. A local guide will take you to UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. In the evening, you will meet with a staff member to discuss the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
After breakfast, you’ll be driving towards Syange from Kathmandu. Crossing beautiful town of Dumre, you’ll march north towards Besisahar along the Trishuli River. After a quick lunch in Besisahar, you'll continue your journey passing through the green forest, terraced farmlands and plain valleys. Driving past the villages of Bhulbhule and Ngadi, you’ll finally reach Syange following the Marsayangdi River. Overnight in Syange.
From Syange, you’ll slowly ascend towards the village of Chamje via Jagat crossing few suspension bridges and beautiful waterfalls. Along with a sublime view of Manaslu (8163m) and Annapurna Range in the background, you'll continue your walk through the forest of pine and rhododendron before reaching Tal. Finally, after about six hours of a pleasant walk along with nature, you'll reach Dharapani. Overnight in Dharapani.
Early in the morning, you’ll start your trek uphill towards the settlement of Chame. The trail passes through Bagarchhap and proceeds towards Danakyu. From here, you'll walk through the green forest of pine and blooming rhododendron, several Tamang villages, and sloppy landscapes. Finally, crossing the small settlement of Koto, you'll reach your destination enjoying a close-up view of Mt. Manaslu (8163m). Overnight in Chame.
Today, you’ll be trekking towards Pisang village. Along with Marsayangdi River, you’ll walk past small hamlets, several rivers and forested area of juniper and pine to reach Bhratang. Once at Bhratang, you’ll ascend towards Dhikur Pokhari along with a sublime view of Chulu (6584m), Annapurna Range, Manaslu (8163m), and Pisang Peak (6091m). Finally, you'll reach the lower Pisang after about five hours of walk. Overnight in Lower Pisang.
The trek to Manang is quite adventurous. Soon after breakfast, you'll ascend gradually crossing the large alpine forest of pine trees. A steep climb to the top of the ridge takes you to a flat valley and then to Hongde village. From here, the trail proceeds towards Munchi. We recommend you visit the Braga Monastery there to become familiar with the ancient Buddhist culture of this region. You’ll reach Manang for a stunning view of the Annapurna Range.
Resting at Manang on the 8th day of your trek will help you adapt to the high altitude. After breakfast, you can take a short hike to the top of the ridge to enjoy a sublime view of Gangapurna Glacier. The lake vicinity also offers great views of the nearby Himalayas in Annapurna and Nilgiri ranges. In the evening, you can roam around the local market, try local foods, interact with people, and get familiar with their unique culture and tradition. Overnight in Manang.
Leaving Manang behind, you’ll continue your journey towards Yak Kharka. As we move forward, you’ll get a distant view of Yaks grazing on the farmlands. Crossing small streams and few suspension bridges, you'll reach the village of Ghunsang where you'll stop for lunch. After about four hours of walking uphill, you’ll finally reach Yak Kharka. From here, you’ll get a glorious view of Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna III (7555m), and Chulu Peak (6584m). Overnight in Yak Kharka.
After breakfast, you’ll start your trek towards Thorang Phedi. A steep walk to the top of the ridge takes you to a flat valley. From here, you’ll walk past lush pasturelands along the bank of Jamrung Khola. You’ll reach Thorang Phedi crossing few suspension bridges and waterfalls. With the Himalayas guiding us along the trek, we make a gradual ascent to the High Camp.
On the 11th day, the trail continues towards the holy temple of Muktinath. After a steep climb to the top of a ridge for an hour, you reach Thorang La (5416m). Once at the top, you can see Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri Mountain Ranges along with Annapurna looming in the distance. From here, walking past the narrow stone paths, you’ll move towards Muktinath. It is a Hindu temple dedicated to the Lord Vishnu and boasts 108 water sprouts within the temple premise. Overnight in Muktinath.
Walking along Kali Gandaki River, you’ll now descend towards Jomsom passing through the forests of pine and juniper. Once at Jomsom, you'll stop for a quick lunch. From here, walking along the windy path crossing few farm villages and the steep landscape is pretty adventurous. After about six hours of walk, you’ll reach the settlement of Marpha. Marpha is famous for apple and apple-derived products. Overnight in Marpha.
Leaving Marpha behind, you’ll continue your trek downhill towards Kalopani. The trail passes through the settlement of Tukuche and proceeds towards Dhampu. You’ll reach Kalopani relishing the views of the mountains in Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri ranges along the way. Once at Kalopani, you can visit the Thakali Museum that showcases the unique culture and tradition of Thakali people. Overnight in Kalopani.
The landscape changes and becomes more green and lush descending down to Tatopani from Kalopani. This downhill walk along the Kali Gandaki River goes past lush hills and forest of rhododendron and pine trees. Once at Tatopani, visit the hot-spring area is a must as it is believed that the water in these natural springs will help you get rid of skin diseases. Overnight in Tatopani.
After breakfast, you’ll continue your trek towards Ghorepani. You’ll walk through the forested trail until you reach the settlement of Sikha where you’ll stop for a quick lunch. From here, a quick ascent to the top of the ridge takes you to the village of Phalate. You'll reach Ghorepani a little more tired than other days because the trail today goes uphill and downhill in a number of occasions. Overnight in Ghorepani.
Today, you’ll first take a short hike to Poon Hill from where you’ll get a glorious view of Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna III (7555m), Nilgiri (7061m), and Dhaulagiri ranges. The vantage point is said to offer some of the most exquisite views of the Annapurna massif. With a content heart, you’ll return to Ghorepani and continue your trek alongside Rhododendron forest towards Tikhedhunga. The trek is almost entirely downhill and settles follows the Bhurungdi River for most parts. Overnight in Tikhedhunga.
From Tikhedhunga, you’ll cross Birethanti to reach Nayapul. It is a four hours walk downhill through the forested area, Gurung villages, and beautiful landscapes. Once at Nayapul, you'll drive back to the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara. You can roam around Phewa Lake and explore the Lakeside in the evening. The City of Lakes is an outstanding destination for tour and leisure holidays. Overnight in Pokhara.
After breakfast, you’ll take a short flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. It is a scenic flight of 30 minutes that offers final glimpses of the Himalayas in Annapurna and Manaslu ranges. Alternatively, you can also choose to drive to Kathmandu retracing your way along the Prithvi Highway. Once at Kathmandu, you can utilize your leisure time by roaming around the Thamel area. You can also buy a souvenir and enjoy its nightlife. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Today is your last day in Nepal. We’ll drop you off three hours prior to your scheduled flight in Tribhuvan International Airport. Thank you for traveling with us. We hope to join you on other trips in Nepal.
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