Annapurna Circuit Trekking
Annapurna circuit trekking is one of the top ten trekking destinations in the world. It is famous for its varied trekking routes which can range up to 300 km long and attain an altitude of 5416m, crossing the highest pass in the Annapurna region. The Annapurna Circuit Trek has become popular with trekkers for the surrounding natural beauty of towering majestic mountains, cascading waterfalls, huge cliffs and picturesque villages where the culture of the region can be appreciated.
The trek starts at Beshisahar in the Marshyangdi River Valley and ends in the Kali Gandaki, the world’s deepest gorge which is made even more impressive by the incredible massive height of two mountains, Dhaulagiri at 8167 m. and Annapurna 1 at 8091 m. After crossing the highest pass at 5416 m., the trail opens up into the unbelievably beautiful Mustang Valley which is only surpassed by the magnificent Himalayan Mountain Range overlooking this valley. The trekking trail is regularly used by the local traders, so trekkers will encounter strings of pack ponies with tinkling bells, herds of goats and buffalo along with many of the local people. This experience is all a part of learning about the native culture and meeting the friendly people along the way. The complete adventure is so thrilling that trekkers will never forget these memories throughout their life.
- Life style and culture
- Visiting the Buddhist monasteries
- Manang and Mustang Valley
- Crossing the Thorung- La over 5416 meters
- Natural hot spring.
- 11 nights on trekking
- 3 nights at city
- Elevation, Thorang la pass 5416m.
- Guided trip
- Possible to extend the trekking days
At a glance
Diffculties and Safety
Trekking in Nepal is not an easy thing with lots of uphill and downhill. Average fitness is required not to be in the pain make sure you have enough walking experience to enjoy the trek. Most of the days include 4-7 hours walking. Altitude can be the problem too so drinking lots of fluids and going slowly is important to avoid altitude sickness. Your safety is of our major concern. Your Trekking guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. The Guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Itinerary Details ( Click on the days to see the extended form. )
We will be waiting to welcome you at Kathmandu airport and transfer you to your hotel. After check in to the hotel free and easy, explore around Thamel.
After breakfast get ready for your scenic driving adventure to Besisahar, your trekking guide & porters will meet you at hotel and drive together. While driving you will get to capture nice scenery of the river, valleys and snow capped mountains and it can be one of the memorable drive in your life. Overnight at guest house.
We start another adventurous day after breakfast, hire 4 wheel jeep and drive up to Dharapani 1900m. Have some break, lunch and start your trekking adventure to Timang, from where you can see Mt Manaslu (8163) 8th highest mountain in the world and some other small peaks from your tea house bedroom. Enjoy local food for the dinner and have goodnight sleep.
Easy and awesome hiking day will start with the flat trial to Chame along the small villages, farm land and pine forest. As we reach the Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district. Teahouse where you will be staying overnight you will see Annapurna II from your bedroom as well. And singing river is just in front of your teahouse. It will be one of the memorable night for you.
Your day starts through deep forest and narrow valley, crossing the river over a suspension bridge. After 3 hours walking you will reach place called Dhukur Pokhari which is located on the top the small hill and mountains and valley view are superb. After the delicious hot lunch another one hour plus trek to Pisang. After check in to the tea house rest while and go for little walk around the village with will be interesting walk and same time you will get to know the people lifestyle and culture as well. Back to tea house, dinner and have good night sleep.
No more forest further up, only shrubs, air is becoming thinner, windy, less vegetation it feels you are entering the different world compare to last days trekking. Annapurna II, III, Gangapurna, Tilicho peak are welcoming you all the up to Manang.
Today you’ll spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend doing some fine day walks and over viewing the magnificent views around the village & the day time is best to gain altitude. Manang is big village which is dividing in 2 parts local village and touristic village, touristic village with hotel, restaurants, shops and even cinema hall are there and you can go movie at evening. Overnight at Guest house.
After breakfast your trek starts and after Manang village trail ascent to Tenki Manag and Ghunsang Village from there you can see panoramic Annapurna Himalayan range. After Ghunsang trail goes flat and will be easy walk all the way to yak Kharka there you will see the many yaks and vegetations steadily more light. Overnight at Guest house.
Trail start gradual ascending for one hour to Ledder and another falt walking than trail goes descends to cross the river before Thorang Phedi. Of course when you go down crossing the river you have to go up again and will be same thing happen as you are going up to 5416m. After crossing bridge it will take another 1 hour plus to reach Thornag phedi 4450m. Enjoy the hot lunch rest and get ready for the biggest day of the trip where Thorang la is waiting you on next day morning. Dinner than have good night sleep.
Biggest adventure day, coldness, thin air, breathing problem, slight headache, and hike early morning what else you want worse than this? Hahahha! Because of the wind after sunrise at Thorang la we need to start very early in the morning and need to reach on the top around 8.30am. So you have to start your hike from Thornag phedi around 3.30am with head lamp. Distance wise its not so long only 6 Km but altitude will be kicking you and you will be very slow. After reach the Thorang la have some good photos shot and and 10 km trek down to all the way to Muktinath. Approximately around 12-1 pm at Muktinath. Lunch and have rest. If still you have enough energy you may go to visit Buddhist Monastery and Hindu temple ( Muktinath Temple) after lunch at early evening.
Muktinath means place of Nirvana and is home to the Muktinath temple as well as several monasteries. It is said that all sorrows you feel are relieved when visiting the Temple, which is a scared pilgrimage site to both Hindus and Buddhists. The main pilgrimage normally takes place in September. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it from which Holy water pours. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple this contains a spring and an eternal flame fed by natural underground gas. Overnight at Guest house.
After Thorang la crossing you are in Mustang Valley, dry land, windy valley, more like desert, your trek goes descend to Jahrkot which is old traditional village and civilization of Mustang and trek continue goes down to Jomsom along the kali gandaki river bank. Trekking trail is rocky still its not to bad walk on it but the bloody wind really bother you too much, it hits on your face some time doesn’t let you walk too. Finally you will reach to Jomsom capital town of Mustang, check in the tea house, enjoy your lunch and rest. Early evening you can explore the town.
Your guide will hire a bus or jeep and drive all the way down to Tatopani where natural hot spring with few swimming pools is. It is a day to enjoy your time at hot swimming pool. While driving to Tatopani you will encounter world’s deepest gorge, Mt Dhaulagiri and Annapurna I and few waterfalls.
Last day of your trip before you reach city, get bus or jeep and drive to Pokhara via Beni. You will reach Pokhara before lunch so after lunch you can explore city do some souvenir shopping and chill out at evening. Have good night sleep at hotel.
Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus or private car/jeep/van or possible to upgrade the flight too. All we arrange on your choice. Check in to the hotel, free time explore yourself around the city.
Note: you may make it longer this trip and trek to Pokhara Via Poonhill. Just let us your thoughts we will plan accordingly.
- Airport Pick up and drop off
- Trip brefing and altitude Talk
- All ground transportation
- Guide and porters
- All Accommodation
- 3 meals a day while trekking
- Trekking Permit and TIMS
- Mountain World Treks t-shirt and trekking map
- A comprehensive medical kit
What's not included
- Flights To/From Nepal
- Tourist Visa
- Travel insurance
- Meals while not on the trek
- Personal expenses such as snacks, gear, bar bills, laundry, phone calls, wifi etc
- Tips for the guide, porters
- Any extra costs due to unforeseen circumstances
This trip can be possible to make longer to Poonhill or Base Camp route as well. you may customize the trip yourself and let us know as you want. Here are the few options what you may do.
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Accommodation & Food details
We will provide accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara on your choice. All the accommodation in the city and trekking will provided on twin sharing basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost extra. During Annapurna Circuit Trek, we can enjoy Nepalese food called ‘Dal Bhat’ as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast, Lunch and dinner will be served during trekking, only breakfast include at Kathmandu Hotel.
Best Time To Visit
Autumn (Sept to Nov) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons to do Annapurna Circuit Trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. If you wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature then taking this trip during winter (Dec- Feb) could also be an another great option. However, the temperature during winter could be harsh for most guests and there chance to get snow too. Trekking in the Summer or Monsoon seasons (June to Aug) will be affected by rain but the Summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.
You are advised to consider the following equipment as essentials while packing. Please use this link as a guideline. Adjustments to the list can be managed according to our requirements, interests, duration of trip, and season of trip. We can find variety of these gears to hire or buy in Kathmandu. Majority of the gears which are in sale in Kathmandu are locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper) and can find very high quality branded gears too in some famous stores in Kathmandu.