Annapurna Circuit Trek
Although the Annapurna 360° Circuit is a tough challenge, it is one of the most sought-after treks on the planet and remains unparalleled for its multi-dimensional features. Needless to say, that is why it attracts thousands of trekkers every year. This package is designed to suit people with different skill sets, from the novice to the expert, without any significant compromise.
Day 1: Trip begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Besishahar (823m)
It takes about 6 hours to reach Besishahar from Kathmandu. The road passes through the hilly region of Nepal, giving you ample introduction of its geography, its settlements, and its beauty.
Day 2: Besishahar to Baundada (1430m)
We follow the Marsyandi River upstream. Bahundanda is a beautiful village sitting on a hilltop (“danda”). From the trail in the afternoon, we have good view of Hiunchuli and a few other mountains.
Day 3: Baundanda to Chamje (1560m)
Unlike yesterday, today’s path goes down and crisscrosses amphitheatre-styled farmlands as far as Synage village. Then it meets the Marsyandi again and leads you along to Jagat. Chamje is only an hour’s walk away from here. The village is beautified by a gigantic waterfall bearing the same name.
Day 4: Chamje to Dharapani (1881m)
We follow the Marsyandi River today as well. After a gradual climb, we hit another spectacular village with another spectacular waterfall today. The village is named Tal. From here onwards, we enter into Manang area, the mysterious region of Nepal. Now we follow a wide valley, do some ups and downs and reach Dharapani.
Day 5: Dharapani to Chame (2725m)
We reach the district headquarters of Manang today for our overnight stay. Notice the difference in architecture in the villages on the way. This area is heavily influenced by the Tibetan religion and Tibetan culture, which you begin to experience from today. We also encounter some fine orchards and walk through cool pine forests enjoying occasional views of Lamjung and Annapurna II peaks.
Day 6: Chame to Pisang (3100m)
We walk through dense forest today, have lunch at a place (Dhukure Pokhari) that offers fabulous view of the peaks, and overlook the entire Mananag valley as we approach our destination. This is more deeply Tibetan region culturally than Chame.
Day 7: Pisang to Manang (3500m)
Mountain sceneries abound in the way onwards from Pisang. Notice particularly the towering majesty of Gangapurna, Annapurna II, III, Tilicho, Pisang and others from the hilltop which we climb after leaving Pisang. Then we go gently down as far as Hongdre, and follow a mostly level walk to Manang village via Braga. At Braga, you see the largest and perhaps the most artful and most majestic monastery of Manang District. A short walk from the village reaches you to the day’s stopover.
Day 8: Acclimatisation, whole day
For health concerns we punctuate our trek today at the same village. But a day of stay here does not definitely let you down. In fact the magnificent panorama of numerous peaks delights you. Walk around the village, explore the local life, and take in the captivating Himalayan views from different angles and vantage points.
Day 9: Manang to Yak kharka or Lether. (4000-4200m)
Thorung La is full 2000 meters upwards from Manang, and the initial climb towards the top starts from today. Crossing Himalayan waterfalls, deep streams and some villages on the way, we reach Yak Kharka. Yak Kharka is an alpine meadow where we can get some good teahouses to stay for the night. As we make into the place early in the afternoon, the rest of the day is for ourselves. Try to spot some common wildlife in the area, like Himalayan Tahr and wild goats. If you want to go still further to stop, Lether is one hour away from here.
Day 10: Yak Kharka to Throung Phedi or High camp (4420m).
It is not only climb today as the altitude difference between where we start and where we end suggests it. There are short descents as well, which follow the ascents. We reach Thorung Phedi for lunch. If you are not tired and if the altitude is not creating trouble for you, pull yourself up to High Camp. This makes your Thorung climb a bit easier for the next day.
Day 11: Throung Phedi to Thorongla - La (above 5416m), then trek down to Muktinath (3802m)
After Throung Phedi, it is all vertical to the top of Thorung Pass. If you start from Phedi, it takes about 5 hours to reach the top. The time is cut short by one and half an hour if you reach High Camp. Many travelers romp their way up quite early in the morning, hoping to catch the sunrise from the pass. If you can do that, the ethereal view, to say the least of it, more than compensates your effort. The fluttering Buddhist prayer flags at the top announce your success. Then you have 360 degree panorama. To the south you see the entire Annapurna range lower than you! In the west there is the barren Kali Gandaki valley and some peaks in the north. From here we descend towards the Kali Gandaki valley and reach Muktinath.
Day 12: Muktinath to Marpha (2670m), via Kagbeni - Jomsom
Explore the Muktinath Temple early in the morning. It is one of the holiest pilgrimages of both the Hindus and the Buddhists. Do not forget to watch the natural miracle at the Jwala Mai temple. Walking on both sides of the Kali Gandaki river along the desert-like valley created by it, we reach Kagbeni at first. Kagbeni has a very old monastery, standing there for at least two centuries. After appreciating the artistry of this cultural heritage, we reach Marpha. Marpha is one of the finest apple orchards of Mustang.
Day 13: Marpha to Kalopani (2480m)
Another day of walk through typical rural areas, forests and hilly scenes takes us to Kalopani, our stopover for the day.
Day 14: Kalopani to Tatopani (1219m)
Tatopani is the Nepali word for hot spring. This place has some fine natural hot springs. The climate becomes warmer and the vegetation lush and thicker. Aside from this contrast, we can also have good views of Mt Niulgiri from Tatopani. Enjoy in the hot spring at the bank of the Kali Gandaki River, reputed among the locals for its therapeutic effects.
Day 15: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2860m)
We move through idyllic rural scenes and dense rhododendron forest today to reach Ghorepani. The sunset view from Ghorepani leaves you mesmerized as the sinking sun leaves an otherworldly glimmer in the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges.
Day 16: Ghorepani to Tadapani (2590m)
We wake up early in the morning and reach the unbeatable vantage point at Poonhill to take in one of the most memorable sunrises of the life and the vast panorama of nearly 600 kilometers of the Himalayan range! Mt Dhaulagiri, Annapurana, Machapuchre and Manaslu are among the numerous attractions to be had from here. We return to Ghorepani, have breakfast and start our walk towards Tadapani through villages and forests filled with rhododendron, pine, fir and bamboos.
Day 17: Tadapani to Ghandrung (1951m)
Ghandruk is the hub of Gurung culture, and stands at the gateway to the legendary Annapurna Sanctuary. After doing a number of ups and downs starting from Tadapani, we reach Ghandruk. It is a typical Nepalese countryside with forests, villages, streams, and waterfalls alternating through the route today.
Day 18: Ghandrung to Pothana (1890m)
Following scenic trail amidst forests, farmlands and settlements, we reach Pothana.
Day 19: Pothana to Pokhara (915m)
We walk to the road head from Pothana and catch a vehicle to Pokhara.
Day 20: Drive back to Kathmandu, where the journey ends
We drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara.
You are advised to read carefully and follow the guidelines below.
Health Requirement - You need to be healthy and physically fit to be able to do this strenuous trekking. So make sure to get yourself examined beforehand.
Skills Required - Basic skills of trekking is enough. Past experience is preferred, though not compulsory.
Travel Insurance - Participants must be insured against cancellations, accidents, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of, or damage to, baggage and personal effects.
Equipment Required - You need to buy/hire the following items for the trip:
- Trek boots
- Down Jacket
- Thick, warm and comfortable clothing (jackets, trousers, socks, gloves)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen, snow goggles
- Flashlight & batteries
- Sleeping bag
- Ice -jack
- Safety belt
- Snow bar
- Walking poles
- Three passport sized photographs for climbing permit documentation
Package price includes:
Ground transport, all food, accommodation, entrance permits, guides, porters and Monastry entrance fees are included in the rates.
Package price does not include:
Drinks, battery charging, personal expenses, tips and donations.
- Children below 10 years of age are not allowed to participate in this trek
- Children over 10 years of age must be accompanied by parents.
- A minimum of 30% of the total amount will be charged against all cancellations in order to compensate the pre-arrangement expenses of the operator.
- Cancellations made from 7 to 2 days before the trek departure will be processed with 50% cancellation fee.
- Failure to cancel at least 48 hours prior to the trek departure will be considered a No-Show, whereupon, no refund will be entertained.
Book for more than 20 people, contact us directly
You can choose to be picked up either from Tribhuvan Int'l Airport or your hotel in Kathmandu.
By booking this trek all you hereby agree that:
1. You will have a valid insurance covering cancellations, accidents, health, emergency evacuation and loss/theft/damage of their baggages and personal effects.
2. When an emergency evacuation is required, you will provide the insurance policy details and authorise the tour operator to deal with the insurance company directly.