Annapurna circuit trek goes through two different river valleys, The River Marsyangdi in starting till before the highest pass Thorang La and Kaligandaki River after pass till almost Beni Bazar.
Usually, trekkers hike anti-clockwise direction due to its gradual elevation. The elevation goes up slowly every day which makes trekkers walks easier and safer. The view of the mountain is seen amazing each day from different places and Manang valley is the best place to see its beauties’.
The trip begins from Kathmandu by four wheels driving to Syange on the first day via Besisahar, Bhulbhule in the Valley of Marsyangdi River. Then most of the time before the pass is followed this beautiful River Valley. And hiking part is finished at Muktinath. Muktinath is a small, beautiful town within Tibetan plateau at an altitude of 3760m above sea level.
Motorbike riding starts from this place for another adventure. The road in this area is unpaved but acceptable to ride. The road becomes bumpy and tough after Lete/Kalopani. Driving seems scary some of the places after Ghasa. Kaligandaki River valley is interesting for motorbike riding from Muktinath.
Tatopani (a natural hot spring) is most relaxing and relief after big hiking and one-day tough motorbike riding. From Beni, the road is better with beautiful mountains view, through farmland, many villages, terraces, forests and reached Pokhara.
Striking Pokhara is most beautiful with its many mountain views, lakes, caves, and gorge. This is a touristic city in Nepal. Ultra-light flight, Paragliding, Zip lining, Skydiving, Bungee jumping are its attraction for tourists.
Finally, another 220km for driving to Kathmandu via beautiful Riverside, farmland, snaky road, many different town, and villages. Then this trekking and motorbike tour is finished in Kathmandu.
Day 01: Airport pick up and transfer to hotel
Day 02: Sightseeing at world heritage site in Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive to Syange (1,400 m) via Besisahar- 7/8 hrs
Day 04: Trek to Tal (1,700 m) – 5/6 hrs
Day 05: Trek to Chame (2,600 m) – 6/7 hrs
Day 06: Trek to Pisang (3,100 m) – 6/7 hrs
Day 07: Trek to Manang (3,500 m) via upper trail – 7/8 hrs
Day 08: Rest day in Manang (you may explore around) for acclimatization
Day 09: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,100 m) – 5/6 hrs
Day 10: Trek to Thorang Phedi (4,450m) – 4 hrs
Day 11: Climb the highest and widest pass Thorang La Pass (5,416m) and trek down to Muktinath (3,700m)- 8/10 hrs
Day 12: Drive motorbike to Tatopani (1,400m) -6/7 hrs
Day 13: Drive motorbike to Pokhara (8,20m) – 5/6 hrs
Day 14: Drive motorbike to Kathmandu (1,300m) – 6/7 hrs
Day 15: Departure from Kathmandu
Pristine Nepal Treks guide will picks you up from arrival & transfer to hotel. Normally, we bring you at Thamel. Thamel is popular tourist place in Kathmandu where you can see many hotels, restaurants, pubs, bars, trekking gears shops, department stores, travel agencies, souvenirs shops, banks, art gallery, local restaurants etc. If you are going with group you will meet them at hotel. If your arrival in day time; you can explore Thamel.
You will have Kathmandu heritage sightseeing in second day of your Nepal trip. Our tour guide will meet you at your hotel. Normally, you will see four different sites in Kathmandu. There are seven different cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Swayambhunath temple (known as monkey temple), Pashupatinath temple (famous for opened cremation), Budhha Stupa, & Changu Narayan temple. You will go to at least three of them. And back to Thamel for preparation of trekking.
Day third starts with a four wheel drive in the early morning from Kathmandu. Or you may have a local bus to Besisahar & local jeep to Syange. The road will be busy till Dumre. It is the same road to go to Pokhara till Dumre. From here, you will drive to north direction to Besisahar. The road is rough & tough from Besisahar to Syange. There is a bumpy road to Manang but we start to trek from Syange which will make you stronger & you will have acclimatization. If you drive directly to Manang 3,500m above the sea level; it will be a problem with high altitude. You will pass through this day hundreds of small settlements including some big city as well.
The day starts just after breakfast in the morning. You will have morning walk on the same road where four- wheeler also runs. It makes lot dust sometimes. You will follow all the time Marsyangdi River which comes from the top of the Manang Valley. From Jagat, you will walk through on the other side of River which one is old trekking trail. There is steep climbing part just before Tal. Tal is the entry point of Manang district. Manang district is situated behind Himalaya. So you are now behind the Himalaya. Tal is at besides Marsyangdi River which is beautiful. There is big planning of hydro project if like that it will not be there anymore in future.
The morning walks lead you beside the Marsyandi River up to Dharapani. Dharpani is main point for Annapurna Circuit & Manaslu circuit trek as well. Trekkers come to this place after crossing Larke La pass from Manaslu circuit trek. You will have an easy walk to Bagarchhap. It is a steep part after Bagarchhap to Timang. Timang offers beautiful views of Manaslu, Himalchuli, & others snowcapped mountains. You may have a lunch break with gorgeous mountain views. You will have easy walking after lunch to Chame. There is tourist check-point in Koto before Chame. Chame is district headquarter where government offices, schools, hospital, security base, shops, lodges, local restaurants are available. You may try to wash in Hot spring beside Marsyangdi River in Chame.
After an interesting night in Chame, you will trek slowly up to Manang valley next day. Now again, you will walk on a bumpy road but with beautiful views of mountain & forest. A couple of hours will bring you at Brathang where you can see apple garden as well. Then you have a steep uphill before Dukur pokhari. Dukur Pokhari offers great views of mountain & lunch as well. You will have an easy walk after lunch to Pisang. There are two Pisang; one is lower Pisang where you will have lodge accommodation for an overnight & other is Upper Pisang which offers for a short sightseeing.
This day will offer you a great view of Annapurna Himalaya range, Manaslu, Pisang peak, Chulo peak, Tilicho Himal, & more mountains. Morning walks lead you on the other side of Marsyangdi River with beautiful forest area for a short time. A steep climbing part will make you challenge before Ghyaru village. Ghyaru village offers beautiful of Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, Pisang peak, Manaslu, Himalchuli & others more mountain views with tea break.
You will have an easy trek to Ngawal village from Gharu with a wonderful mountain views. Ngawal village offers a lunch break with its gorgeous views. You should trek down to Riverside again after a lunch break at Ngawal village passing through pine forest. You will have other interesting & amazing stops at Manang.
Today is a rest day in Manang. It is rest day even it offers beautiful sightseeing around the valley. There are the different place to go. You may hike close to Gangapurna glacier, famous Milarepa cave or Ice Lake or hundred rupee Lama Monastery. Every place has a beautiful mountain view. If you hike to Ice Lake you need lunch pack as well & it is recommended to hike there if you have two rest days in Manang. Milarepa cave also a wonderful destination. We recommend hiking only couple of hours & relaxing the day.
After a rest day in Manang, you will trek up to Yak Kharka. Morning walks lead to Tanky Manang & goes gradual up continue to Ghunsang. Ghunsang has only a couple of tea houses with beautiful Annapurna & Gangapurna views. The trail is easy but high altitude will make you feel bit tired. Probably, you will see Himalayan Thar, blue mountain sheep, yaks most of the time in this area. Yak Kharka has only couple of tea houses only for trekkers. And this area is popular for Yarsa Gumba (a fungus that grows on insects) too. People collect this thing from May/June for a month roughly. Anyway you will have an overnight at Yarkha.
The morning walks will lead you bit uphill & go it gradual up slowly. Thorang Phedi is a base camp for Thorang La pass. This is 4,450m above the sea level on the lap of the mountain. It is not that long way from Yak Kharka but it is recommended to stop before the biggest pass. There is a place of landslide area just before Yak Kharka. You may have free afternoon so you may walk up little bit but not too much. There are only two guest houses which are often very busy in season. Normally, you will have dinner earlier because you should start early in the morning.
You will have a challenging day today. Wake up very early in the morning like 3:00 am in the morning, take cup of tea or coffee with some food as well & pack lunch as well. Start to a vertical uphill to high camp. Climb this uphill slowly with head light. It is totally uphill all the way to Thorang La top. There is a tea shop on the way. Normally, it is opened in busy season. You will have another tea shop on the top of Thorang La pass as well.
If there is a lot of snow; you have to be very careful, if the weather is bad; you have to be very careful. When the weather becomes cloudy & snowfall it is hard to see very nearby you too. There are the iron polls on the way but sometime you can’t see, it is hard to find right trail so you are recommended to hire an experienced guide or go with others trekkers. We had big tragedy in 2014. It is known as Annapurna tragedy. 44 trekkers, guides, & porters were killed by the snow storm.
When you reached the top you will be happy with a hot cup of tea or coffee because there is always negative temperature & strong windy too. You may enjoy the highest pass- Thorang La Pass, make photographs then trek down to Muktinath. It is all the way downhill to Muktinath. It is vertical downhill in some areas if there is ice it will make hard to trek down so trekking poll is recommended here. There is another Phedi before reaching to Muktinath. You may stop for a lunch break or continue to Muktinath.
Now, you will have another thrilling adventure of offroad motorbike driving to Tatopani. There is a nice road from Muktinath down to Kali Gandaki but the road is very rough from Kagbeni. Hope it will be a nice road soon in future. This road is most important to go Tibet as well and now we have got new local government; they are working for infrastructure. Anyway, you will follow all the time to Kali Gandaki River passing through Jomsom, Marpha, Tukuche & its beautiful appel garden. Some places are incredibly steep mountain & road goes through on this mountain which seems most scary. You have to be very careful to drive. It is a narrow & rough road. Today, you will cross the deepest gorge in the world named “ANDHA Galchhi”. It is amazing you were on the highest Thorang La Pass just one day before the deepest gorge day. You will stop at Tatopani on the first day of motorbike driving. Tatopani welcome you for its natural hot spring. Most of the people enjoy this place. You will have a great time after big trek & one-day bike driving.
The morning starts again with motorbike driving on rough road. You should follow still same Kali Gandaki River. You will have comparatively a nice road from Beni. Beni is district headquarter of Myagdi district. From Maldhunga, you will follow another River named Modi River which is come from Annapurna base camp. Your motorbike driving goes up to Lumle, Kande after Nayapul. Kande, Nagdanda will offer again beautiful views of Annapurna Himalaya range till Pokhara. Pokhara is most popular tourist city in Nepal. Thousands of tourists visit this beautiful city. You may have free afternoon in Pokhara.
After an amazing overnight in Pokhara, you have one day lest to go Kathmandu. It is 200km from Pokhara to Kathmandu. The road is nice but it has uncountable turning over the mountain & beside the River bank which makes your driving more challenging. Off course, the road is very busy. You should drive through many small towns, farmland. Finally, you will be in Kathmandu for free afternoon. We will give you a farewell dinner at a reputable restaurant in Kathmandu.
We will drop you the airport as per your international flight. We hope you had a great trip to Nepal. We expect from you a great recommendation for us. We wish you all the best & hope you, your family, your relatives, & your friends will visit Nepal in future. We will be here for doing our best.
- Private vehicle for arrival and departure
- Private vehicle for Kathmandu sightseeing
- Private jeep from Kathmandu to Syange via Besisahar
- 3 Nights hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast on the basis of twin sharing
- 1 Night hotel in Pokhara with breakfast on the basis of twin sharing
- ACAP Permit (Annapurna Conservation Area Project)
- TIMS Card (Trekkers Information Management System)
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (only on mountain)
- Fresh fruits in dinner
- Gears: Sleeping bag, down jacket and duffle bag
- Steri Pen for water purification
- Experienced trekking guide
- Porter (One porter is provided for two trekkers)
- From Muktinath; Royal Enfield Motorbike to Kathmandu
- One technical supporter for Motorbike
- Pick Up truck for motorbike and logistic
- Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
- Nepal visa fee
- Travel Insurance
- Tips to Guide, Porter, & fellow member
- All your personal expenses such as laundry, wifi, hot shower, toilet paper, telephone bills etc
- All soft & hard drinks