Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Fact of the Trip:

Group Size: 1 – 12 People

Max-Altitude: 5,416m

Destination: Nepal

Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal

Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal

Accommodation: Star hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara and teahouse during the trek

Fitness level: Moderate

Duration: 21 days

Cost: USD 1200

  • Overview
  • Detailed Itinerary

Annapurna circuit trekking route is one the easiest long treks in Nepal; but with High Mountain passes it does calls for pre-fitness, hiking experience and careful acclimatization. Spending a day to explore Kathmandu (which still has much to offers, despite the ravages of the recent earthquakes), we drive to Khudi to the start the trek.
Through the road tracks have been built on the many section of trail, we follow the trails to avoid the jeep tracks that have been constructed in recent years.

We follow the anti-clockwise route behind the immense walk of 50k long Annapurna massifs. Climbing through the dense cluster of rhododendron and fir, we rise high up to see the harsh and cold atmosphere of the Tibetan plateau. Lowland Hindu settlement gives way to Tibetan groups and the architecture and way living changes accordingly. From dizzying altitude of Thorong Pass (5,416m), we descend down to the sub-tropical zone of Kali Gandaki Gorge, visit Muktinath and walk along the route that is dominated by Thakali and Muntang tribes.

Further the Annapurna circuit trail follows the route that leads to Tatopani and Ghorepani via Kali Gandaki Gorge, the world’s deepest gorge. We stay at local teahouse which allows us the in-depth knowledge of local culture and tradition. The trail leaves the road and enters into the magnificent rhododendron forest to Ghorepani and heads for sunrise trek to the famous landmark of Poon Hill. Further we continue through the picturesque village of Gurung to Dhampus Phedi, Pokhara and Phewa Lake.
It is one the longest treks for trekkers wishing to circumambulate the Annapurna massif. However, for trekkers, who seeks short trek in the same route then Annapurna circuit trek – 14 days in perfect option.

Physical Requirements and Experience for Annapurna Circuit Trek

It is moderate trek suitable for passionate hike with the ability to walk for 5 – 6 hours a day with a light daypack. This trek doesn’t involve technical climbing but it’s good to have some hiking experience. The higher you climb, the harder the trek will become, so it is wise to take rest and remember to acclimatize properly. If you are in good shape and have positive attitude, you don’t require any hiking experience for this trek.

Best Season to trek Annapurna Circuit

Autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) are the best time of the year for trekking to Annapurna circuit. The weather is good and so are the views.
If you want to avoid crowd, it is also possible to trek during winter (Dec, Jan and Feb). However, the freezing temperature during winter might be suitable for every trekkers. Trekking Annapurna (June to August) is affected by heavy downpours but monsoon trek could be perfect for keen botanist.

Do I Need Any Permits?

Yes. You need to obtain Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP0 and Trekkers Information Management System Card (TIMS card) which cost $20 for each individual trekkers. You can purchase the permits at the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) in Kathmandu. You need to hold your passport and passport sized photo

Outline Itinerary

Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Day02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and preparation for the trek

Day03: Drive to Khudi (800m/2,624ft) – 7 – 8 hours trek

Day04: Khudi – Sirung (2200m/7216ft) – 6 – 7 hours trek

Day05: Sirung – Jagat (1,300m/4,265ft) – 6 – 7 hours trek

Day06: Jagat – Dharapani 91960m/6,430ft) – 7 – 8 hours trek

Day07: Dharapani – Chame (2,710m/8,891ft) – 5 – 6 hours trek

Day08: Chame – Pisang (3,300m/10,824ft) – 5 – 6 hours trek

Day09: Pisang – Manang – 6 – 7 hours trek

Day10: Manang: Rest and acclimatization

Day11: Manang – Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft) – 3 – 4 hours trek

Day12: Yak Kharka – Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft) – 3 – 4 hours trek

Day13: Thorong Phedi – Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) via Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,764ft) – 7 – 8 hours trek

Day14: Muktinath – Marpha (2,670m/8,760ft) – 4 – 5 hours trek

Day15: Marpha – Kalopani (2,530m/8,300ft) – 5 – 6 hours trek

Day16: Kalopani – Tatopani (1,200m/3,937ft) – 6 – 7 hours trek

Day17: Tatopani – Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft) – 7 – 8 hours trek

Day18: Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft) – 6 – 7 hours trek

Day19: Tadapani – Pokhara via Ghandruk – 5 -6 hours trek, 1 hour drive

Day20: Drive from Pokhara – Kathmandu – 5 -6 hour drive

Day21: Final Departure

Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

After arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), a representative from Annapurna encounter will receive you and transfer to the hotel. After hotel check in and short refreshment, you may visit Annapurna Encounter office in Thamel. In the evening, enjoy welcome dinner hosted by Annapurna encounter which is the great introduction to the country’s food culture.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight at star hotel in Kathmandu

Day02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and preparation for the trek

After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing around the famous UNESCO world heritage sites of Kathmandu. We visit Pashupatinath Temple – the sacred Hindu temple located on the bank of holy river Bagmati, Boudha Stupa – the biggest stupa architecture in Nepal and Swayambhunath Stupa – the 2,000 years old legendary Stupa perched on a the hillock.

The sightseeing tour also covers the visit to Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, the Krishna Temple, the Kumbheswore Temple, the Golden Temple and many more. The sightseeing tour ends Kathmandu Durbar Square that is home to living goddess Kumari, Nautale Durbar, the Kaal Bhairav, the Swer Bhairav, the Freak Street and more.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Overnight at star hotel in Kathmandu

Day03: Drive to Khudi (800m/2,624ft) – 7 – 8 hours trek

After breakfast, we start our journey with a drive into the hills with frequent switchback. On the way, we get to explore terraced farms and beautiful countryside village. We follow the Pokhara trail until Dumre. From here, we leave the previous trail and drive north to Besisahar. Half an hour drive from Besisahar takes us to Khundi – the starting point of the trek. Khudi offers you the first glimpse of Manaslu range.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Overnight at star hotel in Kathmandu

Day04: Khudi – Sirung (2200m/7216ft) – 6 – 7 hours trek

The first day of the trek involves several ascend and descend across rice paddies and a subtropical forest. We also cross few suspension bridge and waterfalls. The mountains that we see from Khudi starts appearing closer. We walk across the beautiful Tamang settlement of Taranche before entering into village of Sirung.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Overnight at star hotel in Kathmandu

Day05: Sirung – Jagat (1,300m/4,265ft) – 6 – 7 hours trek

We walk on a relatively easy trail to Jagat. Walking through the terrace of the village, we enter forest filled with cluster of ferns and woodland. On the forest trail, we get opportunity to witness variety of bird species. Crossing suspension bridge over Sangu Khola at Mipra and Marshyangdi River at Syange, we reach the beautiful settlement of Jagat.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight at lodge in Jagat

Day06: Jagat – Dharapani 91960m/6,430ft) – 7 – 8 hours trek

After breakfast, we descend down to the river and continue through the forested trail. Further we climb above the sharp-edged cliff overlooking the riverbank. On the way, we can see Chyamje amidst of towering Annapurna mountain range. We cross suspension bridge and climb steeply through challenging path to reach Sattale. Further we walk along the boulder-strewn trail and descend to a grassy riverbank that leads us to Tal. The trail beyond Tal becomes rugged and winding. Waking through the seeply-forested village of Karte and crossing waterfalls and cliffs, we reach Dharapani.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight at lodge in Dharapani

Day07: Dharapani – Chame (2,710m/8,891ft) – 5 – 6 hours trek

After breakfast, we walk through a forested ridge to reach Chame, the district headquarter of the Manang. On the way, we get to admire the great views o Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). Today we walk across small natural hot spring where we soothe to relax our tired muscles.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight at lodge in Chame

Day08: Chame – Pisang (3,300m/10,824ft) – 5 – 6 hours trek

A steep and narrow path leads us to the dense forest and takes us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. It is probably the steepest part of the Marshyangdi valley, so steep that the trail is carved in vertical rock. After pass the rock, the valley widens up and displays great vistas. Few hours trek leads us to the village of Lower Pisang.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight at lodge in Pisang

Day09: Pisang – Manang – 6 – 7 hours trek

Today, we follow the trail that leads us to Upper Pisang via Geru. On the way, we get the great views of mighty mountains like Annapurna and Pisang. Now onwards, we begin to notice the change in landscapes, vegetation and climate. We visit Bagra Monastery, the largest monastery in the entire Manang District.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight at lodge in Manang

Day10: Manang: Rest and acclimatization

Today we set a day aside for rest and acclimatization. In order to acclimatize our body at higher altitude, we keep ourselves busy with a short hike to Bhojo Monastery or Gangapurna Lake. If time permits, we can even hike to Vraga village that houses Himalayan Rescue Association which provides some idea about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight at lodge in Manang

Day11: Manang – Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft) – 3 – 4 hours trek

From Manang, we cross a stream and climb to the village of Tenku and further continue to climb out of the Marshyangdi valley. We follow the northward trail and walk across few patures and scrub of juniper trees. The trail crosses the small village of Ghunsa, menders through the grassy meadows and cross a small river on a wooden bridge to reach Yak Kharka.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight at lodge in Yak Kharka

Day12: Yak Kharka – Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft) – 3 – 4 hours trek

Today we walk uphill to reach Thorong Phedi. After short uphill walk, we cross a suspension bridge that takes us to Ledar village. We then ascend and walk through the towering cliffs before reaching Thorong Phedi, the last village before Thorong La Pass. On the way, you will be rewarded with best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syangang, Thorong Peak and Mt. Katungkan. The word Phedi in Nepalese dialects refers to the foot of mountain.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight at lodge in Thorong Phedi

Day13: Thorong Phedi – Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) via Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,764ft) – 7 – 8 hours trek

Today we start early around three in the morning and walk up to the mountain. We cross the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath) which is the safest and easiest route to travel. The summit of pass features incredible highland panorama and majestic Himalayan vistas. We take few photos before taking a long descend to Muktinath valley.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight at losge in Muktinath

Day14: Muktinath – Marpha (2,670m/8,760ft) – 4 – 5 hours trek

Muktinath is significant pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhist follower. In the morning, we pay homage to Vishnu temple and a Gompa. After lunch, we descend down via Ranipauwa village and walk through the steep and barren hillside. We cross Kagbeni and Jomsom before Marpha. The trail is fascinating as we are travelling along the Plateau of Kali Gandaki River, the world’s deepest gorge.

Marpha is famous for local apple brandy called Marpha.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight at hotel in Marpha

Day15: Marpha – Kalopani (2,530m/8,300ft) – 5 – 6 hours trek

From Marpha, we choose a new route towards Kalopani via Chokhopani Village. Today, we walk through the traditional village of the ethnic Thakali people. On the way we admire the majestic view of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Fang and Annapurna I mountains.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight at lodge in Kalopani

Day16: Kalopani – Tatopani (1,200m/3,937ft) – 6 – 7 hours trek

Today we choose mostly downhill trail. At the early part of trek, we cross the bridge at Ghasa. Then we drop to lower elevation and join the trail that enter into the subtropical forest. We continue walking and cross Rupse Chahara (waterfalls). Further descending down the east bank from Kopchepani via Garpar, we cross a bridge at Dana. The trail crosses Narchyang Besi and finally reach Tatopani where we soothe at natural hot spring.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight at lodge in Tatopani

Day17: Tatopani – Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft) – 7 – 8 hours trek

Today we leave the Kali Gandaki and move towards the Ghar Khola valley. The trail passes the village of Shika and Chitre before reaching the thick forest of rhododendron. Walking for few more hours takes us to the beautiful village of Ghorepani.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight at lodge in Ghorepani

Day18: Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft) – 6 – 7 hours trek

A pre-dawn hike, ¾ hours steep climb, takes us to the Poon Hill’s grassy knoll. It is one of frequently visited viewpoint of Nepal. This amazing landmarks offers unobstructed view of Dhaulagiri (8,172m) and Upper Dolpo to the west, past Annapurnas (Annapurna I, 8,019m), Machhapuchhre (6,997m) and Manaslu (8,156m) to the east.

After breakfast, we join an eastern trail to Tadapani through the thick forest of pine and rhododendron.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight at lodge in Tadapani

Day19: Tadapani – Pokhara via Ghandruk – 5 -6 hours trek, 1 hour drive

Today’s trail concerns mostly downhill trek through the forest and cultivated farmland. We choose a route to Ghandruk – a densely settled modern village of Gurung community. Here we explore the surrounding area and visit the local museum. We then continue trekking to Nayapul for where we drive to Pokhara

Included Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Overnight at star hotel in Pokhara

Day20: Drive from Pokhara – Kathmandu – 5 -6 hour drive

After breakfast, we depart from beautiful lake city Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, we take a rest day or do some souvenir shopping.  In the evening, we enjoy farewell dinner hosted by Annapurna encounter to celebrate the successful completion of our Annapurna circuit Trip.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight at star hotel in Kathmandu

Day21: Final Departure

Your adventurous journey in Nepal comes to an end today. Our airport representative will drop you to airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight.

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