Annapurna circuit trekking is considered to be the classic trekking trail in the Annapurna region. Annapurna circuit Trekking is popularly known as Annapurna round trekking. Annapurna circuit trekking has only been possible since 1980 when Manang area which one of the major part of this trekking was authoratively opened for foreigners. The highlight of Annapurna Circuit Trekking is frequent changing sceneries day by day. In the beginning of trekking days you walk through low lying green hills then eventually make way to drier arid conditions landscape. The highest place of Annapurna round trekking is Thorong La pass at an altitude of 5416m / Crossing this high pass is the dream of any trekkers. After cross the Thorang La pass you come to Muktinath, the sacred site of Hindu as well as Buddhists. The duration of Annapurna circuit trekking can make short or long as the demand of trekkers. Here we present the most popular itinerary among trekkers. The extra highlights of this trekking is beautiful mountains, walking through the Kaligandaki valley, warm hospitality of local people and their culture, hot springs in Tatopani, walking through rhododendron forests, sunrise from Poon hill etc.
- Seven hour scenic drive to Beshishahar through mountain terrain
- Marshyndi river valley and its natural wonders
- Visit the oldest monastery in Braga village
- Enjoy mix culture of Tibetan Buddhist and Bon culture
- Crossing Throng La Pass (5416m)
- Visit Muktinath the sacred temple of Hindus and Buddhists
- Walking through the Kaligandaki valley
- Warm hospitality of Thakali people and their culture.
- Natural hot springs in Tatopani
- Enchanting Sunrise from Poon hill
- Walking through the rhododendron fores
- Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu international airport than transfer to the hotel. Orientation of the trip. O/n at hotel in Kathmandu.
- Day 02: Kathmandu to Beshishahar (823m). Seven hours drive scenic drive. O/n at hotel in Beshishar.
- Day 03: Drive from Beshishahar to Syange (1130m). Then trek to Tal (1700m). Four hrs walking. O/n at simple Lodge.
- Day 04: Tal to Danaque(2230m). Five hrs walking. O/n at simple Lodge.
- Day 05: Danaque to Chame (2713m). Five hrs walking. O/n at simple Lodge.
- Day 06: Chame to Pisang (3294m). 5h walking. O/n at simple Lodge.
- Day 07: Pisang to Manang (3351). 51/2 h walking. O/n at simple Lodge.
- Day 08: Rest in Manang village or day hike to the Gangapurna Glacier Lake. O/n at simple Lodge.
- Day 09: Manang to Yak Kharka (4050m). Four hrs walking. O/n at simple Lodge.
- Day 10: Yak Kharka to Thorng Pedi (4420m). Three and half walking. O/n at simple Lodge.
- Day 11: Thorung Pedi to Muktinath (3805m). Nine hsr walking. O/n at simple Lodge.
- Day 12: Muktinath to Jomsom(2760m). Five hrs walking. O/n at simpleLodge.
- Day 13: Jomsom to Tatopani (1190m) Six hrs walking.O/n at simple Lodge.
- Day 14: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2880m). 8h Walking. O/n at simpleLodge.
- Day 15: Trek from Ghorepani to Hille.Five hrs walking. O/n at simple Lodge.
- Day 16: Trek from Hille to Nayapul(1010m). Then Drive back to Pokhara. O/n at hotel in Pokhara.
- Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu. O/n at hotel in Kathmandu.
- Day 18: Transfer to the international airport for final departure.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu International airport, welcomed by our staff. Assist you to transfer to the hotel. Briefing about the trekking itinerary and introduce with trekking guide. O/n at hotel in Kathmandu
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Beshishahar to Syange (1130m). Then trek to Tal (1700m). Four hrs walking
After Breakfast. Drive 15 minutes to Gongabu, the central bus station of Kathmandu to catch up bus for Beshisahar. The bus stops half an hour nearby highway restaurants on the way for lunch. You will be reaching at Beshisahar around 2 o\'clock. Rest of the day is free. O/n at simple lodge in Beshisahar
Day 03: Drive from Beshishahar
Morning takes a two hour drive by local bus on the dirt road to Syange. It is a beautiful small village surrounding by river and beautiful waterfalls. From Syange your trekking starts. You ascend one hour and reach Jagat(1330m). Here you may have lunch. Form Jagat you walk uphill to Chemje (1410m). Then you cross the suspension bridge over the Marshangdi River. Now the trail will be narrow and steep hanging the rocky nearby small tea house. Later the trail will be little bit down and reach Tal. Tal is entry point of Manang. Overnight at mountain lodge in Tal
Day 04: Trek from Tal to Danaque(2230m). 5h walking
This morning you will cross the little wooden suspension bridge and walk through Marsyangdi River bank. The trail climbs up to suspension bridge across the Marsyangdi River at 1850m and pass by stone cliff nearby two waterfalls at Khorte. From Khorte you ascend stone staircase to the long suspension bridge that goes west side of the Marshangdi River. After a while you enter to Dharapani, beautiful village influenced by Tibetan culture. Then you lead to another village Bagarchhap(2160m). After this village you walk through pine, maple and ok trees and arrive to Danaque. From this place you can enjoy view of Lamjung himal(6986m) and Annapurna II (7937m). Over night at mountain lodge in Danaque
Day 05: Trek from Danaque to Chame (2713m). 5h walking
After the crossing the small wooden bridge you will see junction of two trails. The guide decides on the spot which trail is better. The tails lead with a view of spectacular water fall through beautiful forest to the lower Tamang village (2440m). The trail passes small landslide and walnut trees to the Lattemarang. After the Lattemarnag the trail continuous ups and down over the forest climbing nearby tea house and apple garden in Thanchok Besi. Another ridge appear the entrance chorten of Kotho(2640m).After the half an hour easy walk you will be in Chame(2713m). Chame is the administrative headquarters of Manang district. Here you can get service of telephone, post office, and bank. Also here is better hotel you will get. You may like to visit hot spring bank of the Marshandi River. Overnight at mountain lodge in Chame
Day 06: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3294m). 5h walking
Today the trail passes through the Mani wall (Kani) and Stupa nearby tea house and buckwheat that marks entrance of the village and end of the village. This village called Telukhu(2840m). Form here quite easy walk to the Bhratang at 2950m.The Bhartang village has two village one is old and another is new. The old village used by Khampa settlement now is largely abandoned. The trail is round bend and became a very rocky and dramatic view of Annapurna II and Pisang peak and back down the valley of Himalchuli and Ngadi chuli. The trail gentle climb over the ridge through the blue pine forest and little down to the Dhukure Pokhari(3200m).From here your walk on flat trail the upper part of the Manang. In Pisang(3294m) you get several good tea houses and facilities. Overnight at mountain lodge in Pisang
Day 07: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3351). 51/2 h walking
From Pisang village start upper part of the Manag. Here people harvest crop in their field once in a year. Their main food is barley, buckwheat, potatoes and beans. From here the climate becomes cold and almost arid. This village people\'s main transportation is horse. The trail cross the stream and climb through the mani wall and memorial of German people who is dead in Pisang peak. The trail continues the gradual up to the ridge at 3440m. From here you see spectacular view of Pisang peak, Manang Valley and Tilicho Peak. Then the trail slightly down through the grazing pasture to the Manang airport at Hongde(3420m). The trail is passing the long Mani walls with huge prayer wheels. Then it climbs through the field of barley and buckwheat. The village is largest part of the Tibetan - style village about 200 houses built by crop the rock. It is worth to visit the Monastery here. The path crosses rocky and wide crossing the old chortens and Mani walls. The trail continues half an hour to the magic land of Manang at 3540m. In Manag village you will find several tea houses with good facilities. Overnight at village in Manang
Day 08: Rest in Manang village or day hike to the Gangapurna Glacier Lake.
Manang village is the special trading village given to them in 1784 and Manang village engage in trade throughout Asia especially Bangkok Singapore and Honking. The villager\'s main income source is tourist. The old part of Manang compact and collected 500 flat- roof houses separated by narrow alleyways one the way to Late Manang. For day hiking you can go to view Gangapurna Glacier Lake. Also you can climb to the edge until 4695 m. Here you can enjoy view of Manag village and more. Another option is to Visit the Bhojo Gompa. From Manang thirty minute climb. From here good view of Tilicho , Annapurna 4 and Annapurna II. Overnight at mountain lodge in Manang
Day 09: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4050m). 4h walking
The trails cross the Mani(Kani), chortens and prayer wheel through the cluster old village of Manang. You will pass small stream and field of potatoes, barley and buckwheat. The trail climb half an hour to the Tengi at 3650m. The trail continues climb out of the Marshandi valley north and passing the small stream near to the small village Gunsang at 3969m. The trail continues pass the small juniper tree, barberry and meadows and reach to Yak Kharka. Overnight at mountain lodge inYak Kharka
Day 10: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorng Pedi (4420m). 3 ½ h walking
From Yak Kharka the trail continues climb east bank of to the Jorsang Khola and descend to the small wooden bridge then cross the Khola. You may fill little bit tough this climb because you\'re walking in dry and arid high Himalaya but no need to worry you can take your time. The trail follow narrow and unstable screed slops with rocky-strewn to the Throng Phedi at 4420m. You may settle early dinner to prepare to long way climb to Thorung-La (5416m). Overnight at mountain lodge in Thorang Phedi
Day 11: Trek from Thorung Pedi to Muktinath (3805m). 9h walking
Trek start early in morning around 4 o\'clock in dark. The trail from Phedi starts steep up through the rocky ridge. The tail uses hundreds years ago to bring yak and sheep herds. After one hour climb you may have tea break in High camp at 4830m. After the high camp the trail becomes ice and slippery. You may follow the guide and porter. The trail continues climb traversing in and out of many canyons to next tea house at 5030m. Here you will feel little bit headache and cold because the wind is very strong in the clear day. The tail climbs up and up to the top Thorung -La (5416m). The Thorung top you can imaging easily because in top you can see traditional chorten, prayer flags and stone Cairn from faraway. The tail down with white snow soon you will find another Kaligandaki valley. You may feel relief to have hot cup of tea in small tea house. The trail continues down through the yak pasture land to the Muktinath at 3805m. Overnight at mountain lodge in Muktinath
Day 12: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom(2760m). 5h walking
Morning you are recommended to visit Muktinath temple. The is holy temple for Hindus and Buddhist. You may see many Indian and Nepali pilgrims are taking cold shower around the temple. The Next place you visit is Jharkot impressive old ruined village. You see the massive Mount Dhaulagiri dominate to the Kaligadaki Valley. It is worth to visit nearly five hundred years old Gompa. The tail continues down to the another beautiful village Kagbeni(2840m). Here you will find Tibetan style houses and many Kani and prayers wheels and red color Gompa. The trail pass bank of the Kaligandaki Rever all the way to Jomsom (2760m).Overnight at mountain lodge in Jomsom
Day 13: Drive Jomsom to Tatopani (1190m) by local bus.
Today morning you will take three hours drive to Tatopani by local bus. The road is narrow on the mountain terrain. Have a lunch at Tatopani. You walk around Tatopani village. Here you also get bath in the natural hot springs. Overnight at mountain lodge in Tatopani
Day 14: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2880m). 8h Walking.
The trail continuous following the Kaligandaki River then cross the long suspension bridge over the Kaligandaki. You will be in the junction of the trail. The down trail goes to Beni and upper trail lead to Ghorepani. You move to Ghorepani climbing the hill called Durbin Danda at 1580m. The trail passes through the nice field and beautiful village of Ghara at 1780m. The trail continuous climb up hill and reach Sikha Village (1950m). This village is inhabitants of Magar ethnic groups. Here you will have lunch. The trail climb up and up through the two small village Phalate(2390m) and Chitre(2420m). Form here the trail become much steep climb muddy and slippery through the rhododendron forest to the Ghorepani (2810m). From Ghorepani you enjoy the great panorama view of Annapurna range and Dhulagiri range. Overnight at mountain lodge in Ghorepani
Day 15: Trek from Ghorepani to Hille. 5h walking.
Early in the morning one hour climb to the Poon Hill (3210m) for sunrise view. From Poon hill you can see panoramic view of the mountains as well. You can see Mt Dhulagiri(8167m), Nilgiri range(6940m), Himachuli(6441m) Annapurna I(8091m), Machpurchhre himal(6696m) and Lamjung Himal. After the spectacular mountain view down to the Ghorepani and have breakfast. The trail decend to small Magar inhabitant and magnificent rhododendron forest. The trail continues down through the sparkling clear streams and lush muddy trail. From Ulleri(2080m) the trail became a steep decent through the stone staircase to the Bhurundi Khola. From here several time up and down to the Hille(1510m). Overnight at mountain lodge in Hille
Day 16: Trek from Hille to Nayapul(1010m). Trek end. Drive to Pokhara.
Hille is a beautiful small Magar village surrounding by the cultivated field. The trail follows the bank of the Bhurundi Khola. The trail all the way down to the Birethanti(1000m). Here the trail junctions the left trail follow the Modhi khoala it leads to Ghandrung village. After half an hour walk from Birethanti you arrive to Nayapul. Here your trekking ends. From Nayapul you take a drive to Pokhara. Overnight at in hotel Pokhara
Day 17: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
After breakfast walk to tourist bus station with trekking guide. Then set for Kathmandu. After reach in Kathmandu, you will be taken to your hotel at Kathmandu. Have a rest. In evening you can stroll around Thamel, the major tourist destination of Kathmandu. You can do some last minute shopping of souvenirs for your family and relatives. O/n at hotel in Kathmandu
Day 18: Kathmandu Free day or International Departure
Today is your last day in Nepal. Our officer will come to meet you at the hotel to escort you to Kathmandu International Airport for your flight to home.