The Annapurna Circuit is a trek within the Annapurna mountain range of central Nepal. The total length of the route varies between 160–230 km (100-145 mi). Basically, it depends on where motor transportation is being used and where the trek ends. This trek is the complete Annapurna Trek. Interestingly, you will cross two different river valleys and encircles the Annapurna massif during this journey.
Total Length: Varies between 160–230 km (100-145 m)
Starting Point of the trek: Khudi
Ending Point of the trek: Ghandruk
Best Season for the trek: March to April, October to November
Worst Season for the trek: May to September, December to February
Accomodation: Guesthouses, teahouses
Food: Nepalese, Chinese, Indian, and Western dishes
The path reaches its highest point at Thorung La pass (5416m/17769 ft), touching the edge of the Tibetan plateau. This amazing Annapurna trek goes through breathtaking natural landscapes. Also, you will be able to witness the wildlife fauna and flora, waterfalls, rivers, typical villages, and beautiful Himalayan peaks. One of the most fascinating treks in the world offers a full immersion in the Himalayan nature and culture. Moreover, it is a trek within the Annapurna mountain range of midmost Nepal.
Throughout this Annapurna trek, you will be amazed by the natural landscapes of the Annapurna range and the trekking trail. Basically, it will take up to three weeks through beautiful valleys and snowy peaks to complete it. Moreover, every stop in villages will be a unique time to share with the local people and understand their lifestyle in the mountains. It’s very different from what we normally see in the town areas or even villages. However, life at such a high altitude has its own hardships.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)
After landing at the Tribhuwan International Airport, you will be picked up by our representative who will drop you off at the hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation
After breakfast, you will be taken on a guided tour to the most spiritual and popular attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these attractions are even included in the list of World Heritage Sites. Witness the brilliant Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the holy Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the renowned ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath), and one of the largest stupas in the world-Bouddhanath. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Khudi (800m)7- 8 hours
We make our way to Khudi via Besisahar. After about 5-6 hours into the drive, we reach the town of Dumre from where we steer right leaving the highway towards Besisahar. A short drive from Besisahar takes us to Khudi, from where our trek starts. We can also start our trek directly from Besisahar to Khudi. From Khudi we start seeing nice glimpse of the Manaslu range.
Day 04: Trek from Khudi to Sirung (2200m) 6 – 7 hours
Today, we make our way through a few suspension bridges and waterfalls joined with many ascents and descents across rice paddies and a subtropical forest. The first part of the trail is moderate but slowly the trail becomes steeper. We start to see even better views of the mountains. On the way to Sirung village, we pass Taranche, a small Tamang community. From Sirung we get great views of the NadiChuli and Manaslu mountains.
Day 05: Trek from Sirung to Jagat (1,300m) 6 – 7 hours
The first part of the trail is relatively moderate. We make our way through the woods, several small villages, and a few temples. We also cross a few suspension bridges one at Mipra over the SanguKholaand the other atSyange over the Marshyangdi River. From here we walk alongside the great Marshyangdi River and we cross one last bridge to reach Jagat.
Day 06: Trek from Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m) 7-8 hours
We begin our journey with a fulfilling breakfast needed for a good day’s walk. On the first part of the trail, we descend into a river, cross a bridge, and then into a lush forest. We now climb a steep cliff overlooking the riverbank. On our journey towards Chamje, we see great views of the Annapurna mountain ranges. After Chamje, the trail becomes challenging as we make our way through a steep and slippery path to Sattale. We make our way further through a rocky trail soon descending to a grassy riverbank leading to Tal. From here we move further rugged and winding trails towards the village of Karte.
Day 07: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2,710m) 5 – 6 hours
This days’ walk is one of the most rewarding as we get tremendous views of the LamjungHimal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft) and to top it all off we encounter small hot springs too where we can relax and chill for a bit.
Day 08: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,300m) 5 – 6 hours
We embark on a challenging journey this day. We walk through steep narrow paths, a dense forest towards, and steep slope rising 5000 ft. We are welcomed by fantastic views as soon as we make it through the narrow path. When the valley widens we see the PaungdaDanda, a giant of a rock rising 5,000ft (1500m) above the trail. We continue until we reach Lower Pisang. Overnight in Lower Pisang.
Day 09: Trek from Pisang to Manang 6 – 7 hours
After a nice breakfast, we start making our way to Manang today. Manang can be reached in two ways. We choose to take the one that takes us to Upper Pisang via Geru since the route is filled with beautiful views of Annapurna and Pisang along with the stunning landscape. Visitors will notice the change in landscape and vegetation this day; the green vegetations give way to the desert-like arid landscape. At Manang, we will visit the largest monastery in Manang -the Barge monastery. Overnight at Manang.
Day 10: Acclimatization day
As the altitude picks up we must take a day solely just to acclimatize. So, we will spend the day going on a short hike to either BhojoGumba or Gangapurna Lake. If there is some spare energy left in us we would make a visit to the Himalayan Rescue Association at Vraga Village. There we can have more information about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Overnight in Manang.
Day 11: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m) 3 – 4 hours
Today’s journey is going to be a short but fulfilling one. The first part of the trail has us crossing a stream, ascending toTenki and further out of theMarshyangdi Valley into the valley of JarsangKhola. We continue further northwards passing near the small village of Ghunsa and then through pastures where horses and yaks graze. At this point, we are in the last part of today’s trail. We cross a small wooden bridge; then pass an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow to finally reach Yak Kharka. Overnight at Yak Karka.
Day 12: Trek from Yak Kharka to ThorongPhedi (4,600m) 3 – 4 hours
Today’s walk is steep but filled with beautiful views! We climb all the way to ThorangPhedi which is the last village before Thorong La pass. The first part of the journey has us crossing a suspension bridge to reach Ledar village. We climb further passing through high cliffs to reach ThorangPhedi. We get brilliant views of Mt. Khatungkan, Thorung Peak, Mt. Syagang, and Mt. Gundang. Overnight in ThorangPhedi.
Day 13: Trek from ThorongPhedi to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong La pass (5416m) 7 – 8 hours
Today’s challenge is the Thorong La pass- one of the highest passes in the world! It is a challenge, but we don’t want to make it that hard, do we? So, we will take the easy, safe route which is crossing the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath). All your hard work will be paid off at the end of the day as the views at the top is breathtaking! After reaching the top we descend towards the Muktinath Valley. Overnight in Muktinath.
Day 14: Trek from Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m) 4 – 5 hours
Today’s journey is going to be a spiritual one! Holy for Buddhists and Hindus, Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site. We visit a temple and a monastery on the first part of our walk for today. Then we make our way to Jomson (Marpha) via Ranipauwa village and Kagbeni. We walk along a plateau above Kali Gandaki River, the world’s deepest gorge for today’s journey! Marphaat Jomson is very famous for apples and a famous local apple brandy also named Marpha.Overnight in Marpha.
Day 15: Trek from Marpha to Kalopani (2,530 m) 5 – 6 hours
On today’s journey, we encounter traditional villages of the Thakali people, beautiful apple gardens and panoramic views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Fang, and Annapurna I mountains. We take a new route to Kalopani passing viaChokhopani. On reaching Chokopani we move further to Kokhethanti. We move further crossing a river to reach Kalopani. Overnight at Kalopani.
Day 16: Trek from Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m) 6 – 7 hours
Tatopani means hot water which must give you a hint where we are headed to- a hot spring! Today, it’s all downhill! For the first part of the journey, we cross a bridge at Ghasa. As we descend further, we find ourselves back to dense subtropical forests. We continue until reaching Tatopani where we take a relaxing dip in the hot spring. Overnight in Tatopani.
Day 17: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m) 7 – 8 hours
This day we leave behind Kali Gandaki and move towards the Ghar Khola valley. We walk through terraced farmland and villages of Shikha and Chitre before reaching a beautiful rhododendron forest, all the while surrounded by stunning mountains. After this, we walk a short distance to reach our destination-Ghorepani, a beautiful village at the top of a ridge. Overnight in Ghorepani.
Day 18: Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m) 6 – 7 hours
This day, we start early to witness one of the most satisfying and breathtaking scenes one can dream of-the sun rising in the Himalayas. For this, we start early on a steep trail towards the viewpoint at Poonhill(3,210m/10,529ft), which is of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal and the Annapurna region. From Poonhill, we also get mesmerizing views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20 of the highest mountains in the world. After feeding ourselves with awesome views, we then return to Ghorepani to feed ourselves actual food. After breakfast, we make our way towards Tadapani. We first ascend and then descend through rhododendron forests, we then pass by some beautiful waterfalls to finally make ittoTadapani. Overnight in Tadapani.
Day 19: Tadapani to Pokhara (827m) via Ghandruk 5 – 6 hours trek, 1-hour drive
It’s going to be a beautiful journey today. On our very first part of the trail, we find ourselves climbing down through a dense and dark forest of old rhododendron trees. As we continue our journey, and if it is the right time of the year, we will get to see cherry blossoms in bloom on the slopes on the other side of the gully. Soon, we shall reach Ghandruk, a beautiful Gurung village with intimate views of Annapurna South, the Fishtail mountain, and Hiunchuli mountains. From here, we trek further towards Nayapul. We stop walking from here and start riding. This signifies the end of our trekking journey in the Annapurna region. We drive to Pokhara and stay overnight.
Day 20: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu 6-7 hours
After a night of celebration, we prepare to leave for Kathmandu for some packing and more celebrations. We say goodbye to Pokhara and get on a 6-7 hours’ drive to Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu you will have some spare time to do some last-minute souvenir shopping and resting. A dinner party is arranged to celebrate your successful journey. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 21: Final departure
This is it, your last day in Nepal. It’s time to say goodbye, but we hope we’ll meet again! Our representative will escort you to the airport three hours before the scheduled flight.