The Annapurna Circuit is one of the most popular treks within the Annapurna mountain range. It is about 300 km long and rises to an altitude of 5416m on the Thorung La pass, which touches the edge of the Tibetan plateau. Thorung La, 5416m is the highest pass in the Annapurna circuit, in the Dampdar Himal, located North of the Annapurna range.
The trek begins at Besi Sahar in the Marshyangdi River valley, and ends in the Kali Gandaki River valley. It’s about a seven hour drive from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar, on a road passing through paddy fields and subtropical forests.
The Annapurna circuit trek crosses two different river valleys and encircles the Annapurna Massif*. After trekking around the entire Annapurna Massif, trekkers will cross the Thorung La pass and start the descending trail which passes through the village of Manang, 3540m, and continues on to one of the famous Hindu temples, Muktinath, 3800m, and the village of Ranipauwa, 3700m, in eastern Mustang.
Trekkers will come across breath-taking views of waterfalls and gigantic cliffs, and observe fascinating village life and culture. This trail is regularly used by the local traders. The complete adventure is so thrilling that trekkers will never forget these moments throughout their life.
*Massif: a section of the earth’s crust that is demarcated by faults or flexures. In the movement of the crust, a massif tends to retain its internal structure while being displaced as a whole. The term is also used to refer to a group of mountains formed by such a structure.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Preparation Day in Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive to Besisahar, 800m
Day 04: Trek 4-5 hrs to Ngadi, 824m
Day 05: Trek 5-6 hrs to Jagat, 1343m
Day 06: Trek 5-6 hrs to Dharapani, 1946m
Day 07: Trek 5-6 hrs to Chame, 2800m
Day 08: Trek 5-6hrs to Pisang 3200 m
Day 09: Trek 5-6hrs to Manang 3540 m
Day 10: Acclimatization day in Manang, 3540 m
Day 11: Trek 4-5 hrs to Yak Kharka, 4000 m
Day 12: Trek 3-4 hrs to Phedi, 4545m
Day 13: Trek 7-9 hrs to Muktinath 3694m
Day 14: Trek 6-7 hrs to Marpha, 2670m
Day 15: Trek 5 hrs to Kalopani, 2410m
Day 16: Trek 6-7 hrs to Tatopani, 1190 m
Day 17: Trek 6-7 hrs to Ghorepani, 2850m
Day 18: Trek 5 hrs to Hile, 1400m
Day 19: Trek 3 hrs to Nayapul, 1010m
Day 20: Drive back to Kathmandu:
Day 21: Depart Kathmandu
Destination: Annapurna Circuit Trekking
Starting point: Besi Shar
Ending Point: Naya pul
Mode of Trekking: Lodge Trek ( Tea house Trek) or Camping
Best season in Nepal: Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct & Nov
Total Trip Duration: 21 Days
Majors interesting: Buddhist monasteries and Hindu temples,
Max. Altitude: 5416 meters
Activities: Trekking & Walking, Cultural Tours & Sightseeing
Group Size: Min 01 pax, Max 12 Pax
Annapurna Circuit Trekking Himalayan Sights
Lamjung Himal 6931m, Manaslu 8163m, Ganesh Himal 1-7429m. Ganesh Himal 2-7163m, Ganesh Himal 3-7110m, Ngadi Chuli 7871m, Himalchuli 7893m, Shringi 7187m, Pisang peak 6019m, Himlung 7126m, Gyajikhang 7038m, Cheo Himal 6820m, Chulu East 6338m, Chulu West 6420m, Thorong Peak 6484m, Yakawa Kan 6482m, Ratna Chuli 7035m, Brikuti 6364m and more snow capped mountains. Annapurna I- 8091m. Annapurna II-7937m.Annapurna III-7855m, Annapurna IV- 7525m, Annapurna South 7819m, Varaha Shikhar 7847m, Himchuli 6441m,Dhaulagiri 1- 8163m, Dhaulagiri II- 7751m, Nilgiri 6940m, Thapa Peak 6015m, Tukche Peak 6920m, Machhapuchhre 6993m, Mardi Himal 5588m. Singu Chuli 6500m, Tharpu Chuli 5663m. Gangapurna 7483m, Lamjung Himal 6931m, more……..
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Flying to Kathmandu is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. On a clear day you will get a panoramic view of the snow-capped Annapurna mountain range. In the airport, after completing the visa formalities, collect your luggage downstairs. As you exit the airport terminal, you will be met by our representative carrying your name on a signboard as well as our company signboard, Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expedition. You will be taken to your hotel in our vehicle, where you will be served free welcome drinks, tea or coffee or juice as you check in.
The Managing Director of our company will meet you in the hotel and provide more information about the expedition. Your dues must be cleared before we proceed on the trip. Afterward, you are free to relax or explore around the city.
Day 02: Preparation Day in Kathmandu We will finalize paperwork-permit for your trip and make a final check of your gear. In case you need additional trekking equipment, you will have a chance to buy it. Sightseeing tours of Kathmandu Valley are also an option.
Day 03 Drive to Besisahar, 800m Today we will start early to drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar. The road leads us West following the Trisuli River, then branches off the Pokhara highway, going North alongside the Marshyangdi River. Normally we arrive in Besisahar by late afternoon. Overnight stay in lodge.
Day 04 Trek 4-5 hrs to Ngadi, 824m We will follow the Marshyangdi Valley all day. First trekking on the left bank heading North, with Mt. Himalchuli and Peak 29 dominating the horizon in front of us. We stop for lunch at Bhul Bhule. A long suspension bridge takes us the deep river gorge to the other bank of the Marshyangdi. We head westward to Ngadi. Overnight stay at lodge.
Day 05 Trek 5-6 hrs to Jagat, 1343m The trail from Ngadi leads up the East bank of the river to a beautiful waterfall, where we cross a suspension bridge and begin a steady climb through scrub forest finally arriving at Lampatta, a Manangi village with Tibetan style prayer flags. Next, a steep ascent takes us to a village perched on a 1311m ridge, called Bahundanda. After a short and steep descent through terraced rice paddies we come to Syange, 1136m, where we cross another suspension bridge over the Marshyangdi. The trail on the opposite side winds high above the river as the gorge closes in, and we reach Jagat, a village perched high above the gorge. Overnight stay at lodge.
Day 06 Trek 5-6 hrs to Dharapani, 1946m An undulating trail leads to Chyamje, where we cross a suspension bridge to the forest on the other side. We lose view of the river, but can see many interesting rugged, rocky hills. The trail through the oak forest leads up to a ridge and decends into a level valley where the next village, Tal, is situated at the foot of a grand waterfall, 1700m. After crossing the river and follow the trail over a hill to the village of Dharapani, 1946m. Overnight stay at lodge.
Day 07: Trek 5-6 hrs to Chame, 2800m From Dharapani the trail passes a school and climbs over a hill before descending to Bagarchhap. You will immediately recognize the Tibetan atmosphere of this special village. At the entrance there is a monument called a Chorten, a monastery,Gompa, with prayer wheels around it, and buildings typical of the Buddhist culture. The path leaving Bagarchhap enters a narrow forested gorge; looking back we have a magnificent view of Manaslu. The trail continues through quaint villages: Timang, Charku and Thangla. As we continue on to Burdhan, the view of the Annapurna range grows increasingly spectacular; in particular Annapurna II. At Chame, the administrative headquarters of the Manang district. Overnight at lodge.
Day 08 Trek 5-6hrs to Pisang 3200 m As we follow the East bank of the Marshyangdi through forest and orchards to Brathang, Annapurna II is looming to the South of us, and Pisang Peak to the Northeast. The valley opens out, with the dramatic Paugu Danda rock face rising more than 5,000 from the river. The trail continues to Pisang where flat roofed houses cling to the crumbling hillside. Our lodge is in the forest a little beyond Pisang, sheltered from the cold wind, which often blows up the valley. Overnight stay at lodge.
Day 09 Trek 5-6hrs to Manang 3540 m We are now in the dry, arid region of Manang called Nyesyang. This area falls in a rain shadow area of the Himalayas where it seldom rains in the summer months; though it snows in the winter and the snow remains on the ground for a long time. The local people are mostly farmers and traders. There are two routes leading out of Pisang towards the Manang Valley. We take the one which follows the left bank of the valley floor. Today we will enjoy magnificent views of Annapurna III, IV, Gangapurna and the Tilicho peaks. At Hungde, we cross the river and walk along a fairly broad trail through the buckwheat and potato fields to the village of Braga, famous for it’s monastery which is more than 500 years old. Then after a slight climb we arrive at the village of Manang. Overnight stay at lodge.
Day 10 Acclimatization day in Manang, 3540 m This is an ideal place to stop and spend the day around Manang for many reasons. First, we want to acclimatize to the altitude and to conserve our energy to succeed in our Mini Annapurna Trek endeavor. Second, this is the part of the trek where we are closest to the mountains. Most people climb the hill behind Manang to enjoy the magnificent views of the whole Annapurna range and the enormous icefall that crashes and rumbles down from Gangapurna. The sunset and sunrise over this natural amphitheatre is one of the most beautiful mountain views in the country.
Day 11 Trek 4-5 hrs to Yak Kharka, 4000 m Past Manang the trail climbs steeply to the village of Tenki, which is the last permanent settlement, this side of the Thorung La Pass. The trail ascends for a short distance to Gunsang, a small settlement of tea houses, and an amazing viewpoint of the mountains. It finally levels out into the open pasture lands, from which the name Yak Kharka, Yak Pastures, is derived. Overnight stay at lodge.
Day 12 Trek 3-4 hrs to Phedi, 4545m We continue through pastures to a settlement called Chuli Leder, from where we get an excellent view of Chulu West. From here the trail follows the bank of the Jarsang Khola, a tributary of the Marsyangdi, before branching off to climb the scree slopes high above the river, to Phedi. Overnight stay at lodge.
Day 13 Trek 7-9 hrs to Muktinath 3694m A long day as we leave Phedi very early morning for the climb to the pass. The first part of the ascent is very steep, but it eases somewhat as we approach the top, although the altitude still makes the going tough. Eventually, after numerous false summits, we reach Thorung La itself at 5416m. Looking back, we get our last great view of the towering peaks of Annapurna, while below us is the 2500m deep chasm of the Kali Gandaki. In the distance are the snow-capped peaks of Tibet. The long descent from Thorung La starts gently but becomes steep and winding until it finally reaches the grassy slopes for a gentle descent to Muktinath. Overnight stay at lodge.
Day 14: Trek 6-7 hrs to Marpha, 2670m Today the Annapurna Circuit trek heads downhill through the ruggedness of a barren valley of wind-eroded rock, which is contrasted by the backdrop of snow-capped peaks. A steep descent brings us to Eklabatti, deep in the Kali Gandaki Valley where we stop for lunch. The next stretch of trail is gentle, leading out of the desert-like Himalayan rain shadow and into green fertile fields and forests. We reach Marpha, a lovely village in the midst of apple orchards. Overnight stay at lodge.
Day 15: Trek 5 hrs to Kalopani, 2410m We walk along the banks of Kali Gandaki River, until the valley opens out and great views of Dhaulagiri are visible. You will enjoy the trek today which leads through forests with many kinds of trees, and apple orchards. It is also the only place you will see communities of minority ethnic groups, who until now face discrimination in Nepali society. From Kalopani, on a clear day, you will get one of the best views possible of Annapurna I. Overnight stay at lodge.
Day 16: Trek 6-7 hrs to Tatopani, 1190 m Today, we will walk through the deepest part of the Kali Gandaki Valley, and the deepest gorge in the world, Kopchepani, 700m. We then continue descending through the Kali Gandaki River valley to Tatopani (‘tato’ means hot, and ‘pani’ means water), a place is famous for its hot springs, which are a great place to rest and revive our tired muscles. Overnight stay at lodge
Day 17: Trek 6-7 hrs to Ghorepani, 2850m Today our trail branches off the Kali Gandaki Valley to follow the Ghar Khola River. After crossing this river on an old swaying bridge, we will continue ascending to Ghara, 1780m and Shika, 1935m, from where we can see Niligiri and Annapurna South. The last part of the trail today will have us climbing through rhododendron and magnolia forests to Ghorepani. Overnight stay at lodge.
Day 18: Trek 5hrs to Hile, 1400m Early morning we hike to Poon Hill, 3210 meters; a vantage point famous for its unobstructed views of the sunrise over the high Himalayas. After feasting our eyes, we descend back to Ghorepani for breakfast and begin walking down along the ridges through rhododendron forests to large Magar village of Ulleri, 2070m. The decent from Ulleri to Hile is very steep. Overnight lodge
Day 19: Trek 3hrs to Nayapul, 1010m From Hile it is an easy three hour walk to Nayapul where our vehicle will be waiting for us for a one hour drive to Pokhara. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 20: Drive back to Kathmandu: 1345m Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu . If you are interested in continuing on to Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure or any other tours you can start today.
Option: We have not included the airfare Pokhara – Kathmandu (USD $102 Per Person). The exciting half hour flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu gives you the feeling of a mountain flight, high in the Himalayas where you can see the Langtang, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. If you chose to travel to Kathmandu by flight, we give free Airport Drop and Pick up. You need to book this flight before start the trek.
Day 21: Depart Kathmandu: Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight back to home. (Or stay longer for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, Tibet tours, mountain biking etc).
Trip Cost: USD 1235 Per Person - Min 01 pax
Trip Cost: USD 1025 Per Person - Above 02 pax
Most of the trekking routes in the Annapurna region are well serviced by teahouses for most of their length. This is particularly true for the most popular treks:
The treks in less developed areas however, particularly the Dhaulagiri circuit and the treks starting from Lamjung, definitely require trekkers to be self sufficient in food and shelter.
The best seasons for trekking in the Annapurna region are spring (February to late April) and autumn (late September to late November). Winter is also possible, especially for Ghorepani, Annapurna Base Camp, and Kali Gandki Treks. However, the Annapurna circuit is likely to be closed as the higher passes on Dhaulagiri may have too much snow at this time. During winter there are very few tourists. Some people prefer this season, as they enjoy the beauty of the snow, and the environment of the remote areas without the influx of foreigners.
The most prominent ethnic groups in the Annapurna region are the Gurungs, Thakali, and Manangba. The Gurungs are the most widely dispersed, being found from the hills of Gorkha district to as far West as Palpa. The Thakalis come from the upper Kali Gandaki Valley around Jomsom, where their traditional farming has been supplemented by trade, in particular the hotel and restaurant business.
We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Several guesthouses have Euro-guard filters. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.
You can recharge your digital camera, iPod, batteries etc. with electricity or solar power sources. You may need to buy an adaptor in Kathmandu before the trip since the plugs in Nepal might be different. The lodges charge a small fee per hour for recharging facilities.
Nepal uses 220-240 volts to power your appliances. The sockets fit both round and flat plugs.
You will see many sweet village children, and you may want to give them something. Remember, many trekkers have felt the same. It is better not to distribute balloons, candy, money or even pens to village children as it encourages them to beg. Many children now ask for Mithai (candy) Paisa (Money) and Boom boom (balloon).
During the trekking, keep your valuable goods safe. Lock your door when you leave your guesthouse room. You are also advised not to leave your laundry hanging outside at night.
Don’t throw anything into the fire in any house, Buddhist or Hindu. In most cultures the household gods live in fire.
Although it depends on your spending habits, you should allocate US$ 7 - 10 per meal in Kathamndu. On the trek, US$9 - 12 a day should be enough to buy chocolates, Coca Cola and a beer.
It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.
Most lodges offer hot showers, though sometimes a hot shower means a bucket of hot water. You can ask your trekking guide about the availability. For ecological reasons please try and limit your use of hot water unless the water is solar-heated. Please note that at higher altitude and in colder seasons there is very little chance to have enough hot water for all the trekkers. If the water is frozen then ask your guide to get warm bowl of water. Every lodge will have some kind of hand washing facility but it is good idea to carry a bar of soap with you.
Toilets are usually Asian squat style and vary in how clean they are. Normally toilets are outside the lodge but now some lodges have attached or indoor toilets. The rubbish bin in the toilet is kept for your used toilet paper.
On the popular trekking routes villagers have built tea house lodges with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. When you stay in the tea houses you will have close contact with the Nepalese people and are directly contributing to the local economy.
Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition is a government licensed trekking and touring company in Nepal. On the following terms and conditions, we accept your bookings.
In order to confirm your bookings we require a non-refundable deposit US$ of 15% down payment in advance is mandatory to book the flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process too. Bookings must be done 60 days prior to your planned trekking date, to reserve a place. This amount can be sent by bank-to-bank transfer, Western Union, money grams, or credit card (telex transfer or wire transfer). And the rest of the money must be paid to us upon arrival
I was trekking on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek in November 2007 together with two friends. It was wonderful getting to know rural Nepal and experiencing the enchanting scenery of the mountains. Ngima Sherpa was our trekking guide. It was his great enthusiasm that made our trip an unforgettable experience! He was reliable, perfectly organised and did far more than the necessary "guiding job": for example getting up in the early hours to run before us to secure accomodation, providing a girl we met on the trek with equipment when her shoes became broken or recommending accomodation in Karthmandu. The daily parts of the trek were well organized with enough time for breaks and to accomodate to the altitude.
Anne Katrin Baumgaertner
The safety and security of clients is a matter of great importance for us. All of our trips are led by qualified professional and government license holder guides and they have received adequate training from the government of Nepal. We always carry first aid kits in our trip. Out duty is to work hard for you safety and comfort, no matter where we go. Therefore, we work very honestly to provide you with Himalayan experience following willingness your. Please feel free to put forward your queries for making your trip significant and memorable.
Note: Unforeseen Cost such as Flight Cancellation or Delayed, Sick in Trekking, and Helicopter rescue in Trekking, Cost due to bad weather etc which is out of our control.
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