• Duration:16 Nights 17 Days
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Max. Altitude: 5416m
  • Group Size: 1-12
  • Activity: Hiking & Trekking
  • Pick Up: TIA Airport

About Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Annapurna Circuit Trekking covers 200 - 230 km approximately as it circles around the Annapurna Massif. Besides the fantastic mountain scenery throughout the whole trek, the altitude ranges from 900m to 5416m which accounts for every kind of vegetation from dense tropical jungles to the spectacular scenery of the high, arid Tibetan plateau. There are endless views of some of the world's most magnificent mountains; Annapurna, 8091m, Dhaulagiri, 8167m, and Machhapuchhre, 6993m. The highest and most exciting point of the trek is the challenging climb to the Thorung La Pass, 5416m.

Throughout our Annapurna Circuit Trekking, we enjoy regular contact with friendly villagers and can easily feel the cultural shift as we reach the high mountains. The ethnic groups bear increasingly similarity to their ancestors in neighboring Tibet. The Annapurna Circuit Trekking follows ancient paths used as trade routes between Nepal and Tibet, where not only salt was exchanged, but also new culture and religion penetrated this inaccessible region.

Annapurna Circuit Trekking starts with a scenic drive to the trail-head in the Marsyangdi Valley where we begin hiking through charming terraced farms and villages. The trail follows the great Marsyangdi Valley to reach the north side of the Annapurna Massif where we are surrounded by great peaks on all sides. Beyond the village of Manang, on the north side of the Annapurna’s, we begin the tough ascent to the Thorung La Pass, the highest point on the Annapurna Circuit Trekking, which touches the edge of the legendary Tibetan plateau. We then descend through the deepest gorge in the world i.e. Kali Gandaki valley and finally reach Muktinath which is a famous pilgrimage site for both Hindu and Buddhist devotees. The trail continues through the beautiful Kali Gandaki Valley for two leisurely days to reach Ghorepani. We make the early morning hike up Poon Hill to watch the dawn break over Dhaulagiri and the Annapurnas, and savor another spectacular view. The circuit finishes with a day descent to Nayapul, where a vehicle will be waiting to take our tired legs to Pokhara. We will enjoy a well earned rest in the relaxing atmosphere of Lakeside with the unique appreciation of its luxuries and conveniences that come from a long trek in the mountains .

For those who have time limitation, we have an excellent option of choosing Mini Annapurna Circuit Trekking which saves 3 Days period as we will be flying out directly from Jomsom to Pokhara. Another option is, we can escape the first couple of days in order to shorten the trip duration. Jeep drive option is available up to Manang village.

Another exciting addition to the Annapurna Circuit Trekking, is the hike to one of the world's highest situated lake, Tilicho Lake 4915m, Tilicho Lake Trekking. The side trail to Tilicho Lake is an amazing experience and provides great acclimatization for the Thorung La Pass.

The best time to do Annapurna Circuit Trekking is from March - May during spring season along with blooming rhododendron forests and September - November in autumn season with crystal clear mountain views. Winter and Monsoon season trekking to Annapurna Circuit is also possible with a bit more preparations. Get in touch to know more about the trip, itinerary, time, private or group departures.

Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trekking

  • classic tea house trekking in the entire Annapurna region
  • tremendous dimensions of altitude and herbage
  • sensational view from Thorong La Pass, 5416m
  • exploring around the amazing Annapurna massifs
  • Pay a visit to Muktinath – a famous pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists
  • implausible panoramic view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges from Poon Hill
  • eye witness apparent cultural alteration in highlands close to Tibet

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, 1,300 m/4,265 ft

Flying to Kathmandu is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. On a clear day, you will get a panoramic view of the snow-capped towering peaks. After completing the visa formalities in airport, collect your luggage downstairs. As you exit the airport terminal, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives carrying your name on our company’s’ signboard, Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expedition. Moving forward, you’ll be taken to your hotel in our vehicle. Once you reach at hotel, you’ll be welcomed by them as well and after that you can relax in your room or go for a walk exploring the city.

  • Welcome Dinner
  • Hotel

Today, we will start early to drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar. The road leads us West following the Trisuli River, then branches off the Pokhara highway, going North alongside the Marshyangdi River. Normally, we arrive in Besisahar by late afternoon. After lunch, we will follow the Marshyangdi Valley all day. First day of trekking on the left bank heading North, with Mt. Himalchuli and Peak 29 dominating the horizon in front of us. 

  • Breakfast
  • Tea House / Lodge

A long suspension bridge will takes us the deep river gorge to the other bank of the Marshyangdi. The trail from Ngadi leads up the East bank of the river to a beautiful waterfall, where we cross a suspension bridge and begin a steady climb through scrub forest finally arriving at Lampatta, a Manangi village with Tibetan style prayer flags. Next, a steep ascent takes us to a village perched on a 1311m ridge, called Bahundanda. After a short and steep descent through terraced rice paddies, we come to Ghermu Phant.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House / Lodge

The trail on the opposite side winds high above the river as the gorge closes in and we reach Jagat, a village perched high above the gorge. An undulating trail leads to Chyamje where we cross a suspension bridge to the forest on the other side. We lose view of the river but can see many interesting rugged rocky hills. The trail through the oak forest leads up to a ridge and descend into a level valley where the next village, Tal, is situated at the foot of a grand waterfall. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House / Lodge

After crossing the river and following the trail over a hill, we'll enter to the village of Dharapani. From Dharapani, the trail passes a school and climbs over a hill before descending to Bagarchhap. You will immediately feel the Tibetan atmosphere of this special village. At the entrance, there is a monument called a Chorten, a monastery with prayer wheels around it and buildings typical of the Buddhist culture. The path leaving Bagarchhap enters a narrow forested gorge; looking back we have a magnificent view of Manaslu from Timang. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House / Lodge

The trail continues through quaint villages: Timang, Charku and Thangla. As we continue on to Burdhan, the view of the Annapurna range grows increasingly spectacular; in particular Annapurna II. Chame is the administrative headquarters of the Manang district. As we follow the East bank of the Marshyangdi through forest and orchards to Brathang, Annapurna II iwill be looming to the South of us and Pisang Peak to the Northeast. The valley opens out with the dramatic Paugu Danda rock face rising more than 5,000 feet from the river. The trail continues to Pisang where flat roofed houses cling to the crumbling hillside.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House / Lodge

We are now in the dry and arid region of Manang called Nyesyang. This area falls in a rain shadow area of the Himalaya where it seldom rains in the summer months; though it snows in the winter and the snow remains on the ground for a long time. The local people are mostly farmers and traders. There are two routes leading out of Pisang towards the Manang Valley. We take the one which follows the left bank of the valley floor. Today we will enjoy magnificent views of Annapurna III, IV, Gangapurna and the Tilicho peaks. At Hungde, we cross the river and walk along a fairly broad trail through the buckwheat and potato fields to the village of Braga, famous for it's monastery which is more than 500 years old. Then after a slight climb we arrive at the village of Manang. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House / Lodge

This is an ideal place to stop and spend the day around Manang for many reasons. First, we want to acclimatize to the altitude and to conserve our energy to succeed in our endeavor. Second, this is the part of the trek where we are closest to the mountains. Most people climb the hill behind Manang to enjoy the magnificent views of the whole Annapurna range and the enormous icefall that crashes and rumbles down from Gangapurna. The sunset and sunrise over this natural amphitheatre is one of the most beautiful mountain views in this region.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House / Lodge

Past Manang the trail climbs steeply to the village of Tenki, which is the last permanent settlement, this side of the Thorung La Pass. The trail ascends for a short distance to Gunsang, a small settlement of tea houses, and an amazing viewpoint of the mountains. It finally levels out into the open pasture lands, from which the name Yak Kharka meaning Yak Pastures, is derived. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House / Lodge

We continue through pastures to a settlement called Chuli Letdar from where we get an excellent view of Chulu West. From here, the trail follows the bank of the Jarsang Khola, a tributary of the Marsyangdi, before branching off to climb the scree slopes high above the river, to Phedi. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House / Lodge

A long day as we leave Phedi very early morning for the climb to the pass. The first part of the ascent is very steep, but it eases somewhat as we approach the top. Although the altitude still makes the going tough., after numerous false summits, we reach Thorung La itself at 5416m/ 17769ft.  Looking back, we get our last great view of the towering peaks of Annapurna, while below us is the 2500m deep chasm of the Kali Gandaki. In the distance, are the snow-capped peaks of Tibet. The long descent from Thorung La starts gently but becomes steep and winding until it finally reaches the grassy slopes for a gentle descent to Muktinath.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House / Lodge

Today, we will drive through the deepest part of the Kali Gandaki Valley and the deepest gorge in the world, Kopchepani, 700m. We then continue descending through the Kali Gandaki River valley to Tatopani (‘tato’ means hot, and ‘pani’ means water), a place which is famous for its hot springs. It is a great place to rest and revive our tired muscles. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House / Lodge

Today our trail branches off the Kali Gandaki Valley to follow the Ghar Khola River. After crossing this river on an old swaying bridge, we will continue ascending to Ghara, 1780m and Shika, 1935m, from where we can see Niligiri and Annapurna South. The last part of the trail today will have us climbing through rhododendron and magnolia forests to Ghorepani. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House / Lodge

Early morning, we will hike to Poon Hill, 3210 meters; a vantage point famous for its unobstructed views of the sunrise over the high Himalaya. After feasting our eyes, we descend back to Ghorepani for breakfast and begin walking down along the ridges through rhododendron forests to large Magar village of Ulleri. Then we gradually descend from Ulleri to Hile where we'll stay overnight. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House / Lodge

From Hile, it is an easy three hours walk to Nayapul where our vehicle will be waiting for us to drive us back to Pokhara. 

 

  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Hotel

Early morning, we depart from Pokhara Tourist Bus Station to travel back to Kathmandu. If you are interested in continuing on to Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure or any other tours you can start today.

Option: We have not included the airfare of Pokhara – Kathmandu (USD $120 Per Person). The exciting half hour flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu gives you the feeling of a mountain flight, high in the Himalaya where you can see the Langtang, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. If you chose to travel to Kathmandu by flight, we give free Airport Drop and Pick up. You need to book this flight before start the trek. 

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel

We will accompany you to the International Airport in time to board your flight. Check in at the Kathmandu international airport 3 hours prior to your flight time.

  • Breakfast

What's Included

  • Transportation from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster
  • A Welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, Two nights (bed and breakfast and tax included) in Hotel Holy Himalaya or similar
  • Accommodation in Pokhara, One night (bed and breakfast and tax included), Hotel Peninsula or similar
  • Govt. trained experienced English speaking guide holding License
  • Porters: One porter for 2 persons basis (Max 25 KG per porter)
  • Local Transportations Nayapul – Pokhara: Car, Van, Hi-ace and Tourist bus for pick up
  • Accommodation during trek ; local lodges 13 Nights (With twin-share rooms ,beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
  • All standard meals(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking
  • Annapurna Conservation Fee, TIMS permits & any required permits or Official Documentation
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant (if group size is more than 4)
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff
  • Ground Transfers Kathamndu – Besi Shar Public by Bus ( upgrade to Private Car - $150)
  • Ground Transfers Muktinath – Tatopani Sharing Jeep
  • Ground Pokhara- Kathmandu by Tourist Bus ( upgrade to Domestic Flight - $130 per person one way)

What’s Excluded

  • International round-trip airfare
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee
  • Beverages (drinks, mineral water and beer )
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu / Pokhara - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurant
  • Tips for driver and guide (mandatory)
  • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services

Useful Info

The Best Time to Visit the Annapurna Circuit Trekking:
The best seasons for trekking in the Annapurna region are spring (February to late April) and autumn (late September to late November). Winter trekking is also possible but will be much colder and sometimes bad weather on the Pass might be difficult instead short Treks such as Ghorepani, Poonhill, Ghandruk, Annapurna Base Camp, and Kali Gandki. Click for more detail

Tea Houses on Annapurna Circuit Trekking:
Village tea house lodges have plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. When you stay in the tea houses you will have close contact with the Nepalese people and are directly contributing to the local economy.

Safe Drinking Water on Annapurna Circuit Trekking:
We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Several guesthouses have Euro-guard filters. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.

Washing and Toilet Facilities for Annapurna Circuit Trekking:

Most lodges offer hot showers, though sometimes a hot shower means a bucket of hot water. You can ask your trekking guide about the availability. For ecological reasons please try and limit your use of hot water unless the water is solar-heated. Please note that at higher altitude and in colder seasons there is very little chance to have enough hot water for all the trekkers. If the water is frozen then ask your guide to get warm bowl of water. Every lodge will have some kind of hand washing facility but it is good idea to carry a bar of soap with you.

Toilets are usually Asian squat style and vary in how clean they are. Normally toilets are outside the lodge but now some lodges have attached or indoor toilets. The rubbish bin in the toilet is kept for your used toilet paper.

Re-charging Batteries of Electronic Items on the Trek:

You can recharge your digital camera, iPod, batteries etc. with electricity or solar power sources. You may need to buy an adaptor in Kathmandu before the trip since the plugs in Nepal might be different. The lodges charge a small fee per hour for recharging facilities.Nepal uses 220-240 volts to power your appliances. The sockets fit both round and flat plugs.

Spending Money per Day:

In Kathmandu we suggest you allocate US$ 10 - 15 per meal, although it depends on your spending habits. On the trek, all your meals are included, but you may wish to purchase extras which are not included in your package, such as chocolate bars, Coca Cola or a beer. US$10 - 15 a day should be enough, but keep in mind the cost of all items increases proportionately with the distance from the trail head.

Cultural Aspects:
The most prominent ethnic groups in the Annapurna region are the Gurungs, Thakali, and Manangba. The Gurungs are the most widely dispersed, being found from the hills of Gorkha district to as far West as Palpa. The Thakalis are originated from the upper Kali Gandaki Valley around Jomsom.

Travel Insurance for Annapurna Circuit Trekking:
It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.

Safety:

When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.

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