Annapurna Circuit trekking is one of the popular treks in Nepal. The pristine experience and overwhelming journey expose an incredible variety of mountains, climates, and cultural zones. The trail takes you from subtropical forests, paddy fields, and the world’s deepest river gorge to the arid cliffs and high Thorong La Pass 5,416m.
The Annapurna Circuit trek is an alpine journey with spectacular views of snowcapped mountains and –at the same time- insights into the charms of Nepali and Tibetan culture. And particular, this could be one of the top trekking tours that only require a moderate experience level and can be done by anyone.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Highlights
- Cross Thorong La Pass 5,416m
- Visit Muktinath Temple
- Walk alongside the world’s deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki Gorge
- Spectacular view of high mountains ranges such as Mt. Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Thorong Peak
- Poonhill Viewpoint 3,210m
- Peek into the lifestyle of Tibetan Buddhism
- Relax at natural hotspring in Tatopani
Annapurna Circuit Trek Route Details
The first day of our 16-day Annapurna circuit trek begins with a beautiful drive from Kathmandu to Tal village. The journey then continues alongside the Marsyandghi river, passing through the lovely villages of Dharapani, Chame, and Pisang.
On the sixth day of our trek, we will reach Manang where we will stay for acclimatization. From Manang, we will continue our walk to Yak Kharka, and on the next day, we will hike to Thorong High Camp.
On the ninth day, we will leave early in the morning, for the final push to the Thorong La Pass. We get a breathtaking view of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massif from the summit of Thorong Pass. Additionally, the Thorong La Pass connects the Manang village in the east with Muktinath and the Ranipauwa village in the west.
Crossing the Thorong La pass is a major achievement. Then, we proceed to Muktinath, a holy Buddhist and Hindu pilgrimage site, where we make our overnight halt. From Muktinath, we walk to Jomsom and drive to Tatopani the following day.
From Tatopani, we will trek to Ghorepani through lush rhododendron forests and other small villages on the way. We will enjoy the sunrise view from Poonhill, trek to Nayapul and then drive to Pokhara.
In this manner, we will conclude our adventurous Annapurna Circuit Trek. Our 16-day circuit trek is designed and crafted by experts and professionals. You can look through our other Annapurna packages if you’re interested.
Today will be the welcome day for you in the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. After your arrival at the International Airport of Kathmandu, our team will be there to pick you up. You will be brought to the Deluxe hotel of Kathmandu for one night stay.
In the evening, we will have a short meeting to discuss the information about your trip. Similarly, the main focus of this meeting is to give you information and to let you meet with the guide.
Usually, most of the peoples get time to explore the Thamel area of Nepal also. So, you can explore the area after finishing our meeting too.
Today morning, our guide will meet you in the hotel. And after breakfast, you will spend your day by traveling to the cultural & historical places of Kathmandu.
Places like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambunath temple, Boudhanath stupa, etc. are the main attraction place of Kathmandu.
In the afternoon, you will have a short brief about the Annapurna Circuit Trek.
Annapurna Circuit trekking begins with an exciting land drive on Nepal’s busy road to reach in Besisahar, a big town headquarters of Lamjung district.
After Besisahar, you’ll be taking the four-wheel vehicle for the rough and fascinating ride following Marsyangdi River past Khudi, Bhulbhule, Nagdi villages to reach in Syange village.
Onward leaving the Marsyangdi river behind, you will climb abreast of the steep road to reach in Jagat and Chamje village. Later on, drive to Tal which is the initial entrance of Manang district for an overnight stop.
After breakfast, our morning walk leads on winding a path through the bush and pine forest crossing past the Bagarchhap and Danaque village, followed by a steep climb of few hours to Timang village.
This village offers a very good view of Manaslu-Lamjung and Annapurna II. From Timang village we will walk to a short downhill and bit up to reach Chame for an overnight stop. Chame is a major city of the Manang district.
The adventure continues from Chame heading into cooler zones and nearer to mountainous regions, because the morning walk leads into the lush alpine forest of bush and pine trees, following the Marshyangdi River.
Short up strips bring you to Bhartang village. After Bhartang village, we cross a bridge over the torrential Marysangdi River and head uphill through alpine woodlands with views of Chulu’s and Pisang peaks.
Finally, we will reach to a little settlement around Dukuripokhari around lunchtime. After that, it’s a flat land to the lower Pisang village for an overnight stop after passing rows of prayer wheels with nearest views of Pisang and Annapurna II peaks.
This day starts in Pisang village with a short walk leading us to a gradual climb into lovely forests jam-packed with pine trees and bush.
We have a tendency to reach a little ridge with wonderful views of the attractive Manang Valley. We walk downhill to Hongde, a village with a small airport when that the tree lines begin to fade coming into barren and dry land.
(You might trek to the higher path via Ghyaru & Ngawal village that offers nice mountain views of Mt. Manaslu, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Lamjumg Himal, Tilicho Himal, Gangapurna, Pisang peak, Chulu peak)
The walk continues to Manang village, giving very good mountain views. On the way, we stop for a visit to previous Braga that contains previous Buddhist relics. From there, we trek for another hour and make in Manang village wherever we will stop for the night.
Manang is a perfect place for acclimatization before heading towards higher altitudes at the Thorang-La pass. On this day of rest, we explore Manang village throughout a hike leading the Gangapurna Ice Falls, and also the dramatic glaciers that feed the turquoise-colored Manang glacial lake.
After the pleasant stop at Manang, our morning treks goes Tanki Manang & Ghunsang village followed by a gradual climb to reach in a small settlement at Yak Kharka. This high altitude path provides excellent views of Gangapurna, Annapurna II, and Chulu peak. Few hours scenic morning walks bring our overnight stop at Yak Kharka. On this day, your afternoon is free to rest your body and revel in the mountain views.
Early within the day, we cross small Jurjung Khola. We head towards Thorang Phedi for a shortstop to catch our breath on this high altitude.
We then ascend steeply on a zig-zag-shaped path for regarding one hour to reach in our highest overnight stop of the journey at Thorang High Camp at 4,925 m altitude. To sleep at the High Camp provides an excellent advantage for the crossing of the high Thorang-la pass next morning as we are able to save energy and time.
A Big Day! And also the main highlight of this overwhelming adventure! when early breakfast we begin our slow and long ascent to Thorang-La pass on a winding path, reaching the highest at 5,416 m Thorang-la pass is that the highest spot of the journey and one among the world’s highest walking passes giving wonderful views of Dhaulagiri and Thorang peak, and many more Chulus and Damodar Himal within the Mustang.
After this exciting experience, we start our long descent to a small settlement known as Phedi. From here, we continue on a pleasing path for an hour and reach the holy Muktinath for our overnight stop when the toughest day of this journey.
Muktinath could be a place for each Hindus and Buddhists. The word “Muktinath” virtually means that ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’. Visit the temple premises with 108 holy waterspouts whereas enjoying grand views of the North Face of Dhaulagiri.
After Muktinath, the second and easier a part of the trek begins as we descend to Kali Gandaki River Valley and reach Jomsom, the headquarter city of Mustang region. The move into the Kali Gandaki Valley is spectacular because the dry and arid country provides incredible views of crooked hills and canyons.
A pleasant walk of a couple of hours brings us to the big settlement Jomsom, the capital of the Thakali people that powerfully influenced by Tibetan Buddhism.
After Jomson, we take a public jeep on to Tatopani (Hot Spring) village, a gorgeous spot inside a sub-tropic climate area. Tatopani is famous for its massive natural outflow pools situated simply by the bank of Kali Gandaki River. Here, we have a tendency to fancy the well-earned relaxation when the challenges of high altitude and trekking thus far.
After Tatopani, our morning walk leads across a bridge over Kali Gandaki River and continues uphill on a terraced slope, dotted with farms and villages. When a steep section leading us through the dense alpine forest we reach Chitre village and arrive in Ghorepani that offers fantastic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, and Vara-Shikar identified Annapurna Fang. We have the last night on the mountain in this place.
Early in the morning, before sunrise we hike to the highest at Poon Hill to catch the sunrise over a wonderful snow-capped peaks: world’s seventh highest mountain Mt. Dhaulagiri, world’s tenth highest mountain Mt. Annapurna I with its different of sister peaks, world’s eighth highest Mt. Manaslu and also the stunning Machhapuchare peak (also known as “Fish Tail” for its peculiar shape).
After a pleasant and exciting time with the attention-getting views from Poon Hill, we head back to Ghorepani and still walk downhill into fabulous forested areas. We then reach Ulleri village and continue our long descent to Tirkhedhunga village for a lunch. Then walk ahead continue for a last part of trekking to Nayapul. We’ll have our vehicle here to Pokhara for a short drive.
We depart early from pretty Pokhara for fascinating and exciting land journey to Kathmandu that takes regarding six hours. You’re brought back to your hotel and also the afternoon is free for your individual activities as you’ll wish to travel buying souvenirs or fancy the urban environment of Kathmandu after two weeks within the calm and remote mountains. We will bring you to the reputable restaurant for a farewell dinner.
On your Last day in our lovely country of Nepal, our employees transfer you to the airport at any time that’s convenient for you. We, the individuals from Pristine Nepal Treks, can have created certain that you just had a pleasant and unforgettable time at the “Annapurna Circuit Trek” by providing quality service by doing our greatest each day.