Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Annapurna Circut Trekking"Annapurna Circuite Trekking" is one of the classic and most rewarding treks in Nepal offering grand view of the three highest 8000m mountain range Mt.Annapurna, Mt.Dhaulagiri and Mt. Manaslu including arrays of over 6000m snow capped peaks. The trail follows the river Marsyangdi all the way to its source, the glacial lake in Manang, through the rural farm villages and terraced farm fields from the sub-tropic climate to the arctic landscape and through the rain forest to the alpine woodlands.

Annapurna Circuit Trek southern slopes of the Manaslu and Annapurna ranges are heavily settled and farmed, except the higher regions which support thick forests of rhododendron and fir. Most of the tribal inhabitants are Gurungs, Magars, Chhetris and the Newars. Further north lives the Manang people of Tibetan origin.  The "Circuit trek" follows the Yak country and finally over to the Thorung-la, 5,420m pass with amazing views of the surrounding landscapes and magnificent peaks. After the strenuous walk up to the top of Thorang-la we reach the highest point of this trek. The trail descends most of the way to Pokhara passing through the holy site of Muktinath. Muktinath is one of the sources of the Kali Gandaki River. Through the deepest gorge of Kali Gandaki River valley and passing the charming villages of Jomsom, Marpha-Tukuche and Tatopani (hot spring) we end our trek at Pokhara one of the most scenic place on this planet. Around the "Annapurna Circuit Hiking" dramatic to the deep valleys and mountain scenery is the reason for this trek, and the experience is truly awe-inspiring.

Annapurna Circuit Trekking Fact box

Mode of Trekking: Tea-House / Lodge basis.

Total Trip: 20 / 21 days.

Trek Grade: Moderate to Adventurous

Trekking: 15 / 16 days.

Trip Highlight: adventure on the Marshyangdi & Kaligandaki Valley in the worlds deepest gorge, rich culture and tradition, from the sub tropical to arctic, grand views of Annapurna-Dhaulagiri and Manaslu snow capped mountain ranges.

Trip Map

Annapurna Circuit Trekking Map

Annapurna Circuit Trekking Itinerary

Day 01:     Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.

On arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be received by Nepal Hiking Club staff and transfer you to respective Hotels, NHC guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, do's and don't and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.

 

Day 02:     In Kathmandu a half day sightseeing tour.

After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest.

  

Day 03:     Drive to Beshishar 823m 5-6 hrs journeys.

After early breakfast a scenic drive leads towards the scenic Pokhara highway. This is an interesting drive through the foothills of the Himalaya. The road has been greatly improved in recent years. Just few hours before the road that leads to Pokhara, route diverts from Dumre town towards north to Beshishar. On reaching Beshishar for the overnight stop this is a large town and it's the district headquarter of Lamjung region.

  

Day 04:     Trek to bahundada. 1,360m. 5/6 hrs walks.

The first day of this trek begins with an easy walk following the wide dirt jeep road for an hour or two, the walk continues through the busy bazaar of Beshishar and crossing few streams with short up's and downs. On reaching Khudi cross a long sagging suspension bamboo bridge over the tributary rivers that joins the great Marsyangdi River. From Khudi, the walk leads to a short climb above the village and the trails follows upstream and arriving at Bulbule 790 m. Just before Bulbule cross the suspension bridge over River Marsyangdi. From Bulbule the walk is gradual on the river bed with a great view of the cascading waterfall just on the outskirt of village. The track follows the river, after half hour of easy walk a gradual climb leads you to the will have lunch at Ngadi.

After a good lunch walk begins with an easy winding path from Ngadi, trail follows to a steep climb for half an hour, on arriving the lush farm terraces field the walk again gets gradual for a short while, as the going gets better another half hour climb brings you at the top of Bhaundanda overnight at hotel.

  

Day 05:     Trek to Chamje. 1,490m. 6 hrs walks.

After a good first day trek, today’s walk begins with an easy winding path from Bahundanda, From here the trek descends passing through the farm terraces then reaching at Syange village after crossing a long suspension bridge; with a short break walk continues on the gradual path for a short while, then climbing higher above from the river valley, the steep climb lasts for an hour. Once on the top of the ridge a magnificent view of the raging waterfalls can be seen on route to Jagat. From here another hour of pleasant walk brings you to the halt at Jagat for lunch. From this village Jagat, a gradual walk leads through the terraced farms coming to Chamje village, overnight at hotel.

 

Day 06: Trek to Dharapani 1,860m.  6hrs.

From Chamje a short walk leads to a suspension bridge over the raging Marsyangdi river, after the crossing the bridge it's another steep climb for another 2-3 hours till Tal is reached, the village is situated on the gorge-valley by the side of the river Marsyangdi. Leaving Tal the walk gets easier on the gentle path till to a bridge, from here a short climb to a small place with few teahouses, the walk winds on the up and downhill path coming to a large bridge, after the bridge another hour of great walk brings to the village of Dharapani.

 

Day 07:     Trek to Chame. 2,715m.  5-6 hrs.

From Dharapani the vegetation, people and the landscapes changes and the air gets cooler, the trail then climb through forests to Bagarchhap, and the firstn village on the trek with typical Tibetan architecture. After a pleasant cool morning walk altitude gains slowly reaching the apple country at Dhanaqi and the alpine region passing through farm area, orchards and beautiful pine forest with views of  Lamjung and Annapurna II peaks, the trail follows the river Marsyangdi upstream passing by the villages of Ratamanang and Koto before Chame. From Koto, half hour of easy walk brings to the village town of Chame for the overnight stop. Chame an important place of Manang region, and the district headquarters.

 

Day 08: Trek to Pisang 3,185m.  6 hrs.

The walk from here follows the other side of the river on the northern bank, after leaving Chame, the path passes through pine woods and small villages with few ups and downs till you reach Bratang. From here trek continues on the gradual path up to a bridge, from the bridge a short steep climb through the pine forest brings you at the top of the ridge of Pisang village. After walking past the tree lines a great view can be seen of Pisang peak and the Chulu peak with Pisang village below, from this ridge a gentle descent for an hour brings to the windswept village of Pisang.

 

Day 09:     Trek to Manang. 3,350m.Approx. 4-5 hrs.

From Pisang onwards the walks leads with the constant view of the high snow capped peaks. The walk climbs steeplyn up for half an hour, after a short gradual walk from the Pisang village then reaching the top of a small hill. This grand spot offers a dramatic views of the valleys, Hongdre village with it's short air-strip and the great peaks of Gangapurna, Annapurna II, III, Tilocho, and on the right Chuli east, on the back Pisang peak.

The walk from here is on the downhill and gradual path all the way to Hongdre, from Hongdre the trek is more or less flat on the wide trail most of the way to Manang, adding a slight touch of altitude as you near to the village of Braga and Manang, here with time to spend the morning visiting Braga Monastery. The largest in the district, it has an outstanding display of statues, thangkas and the religious manuscripts.  From here it is only an hour walk to Manang for the overnight stop.

  

Day 10:     Rest day at Manang.

A necessary day to REST and acclimatize and explore Manang. The village of about 500 flat roofed houses, is the picturesque set amongst some spectacular scenery -Annapurna II, Annapurna III [7,555 mtrs.], Gangapurna [7,454 mtrs.] to the South - Tilicho [7,132 mtrs.] and the Grand Barrier to the West - Chulu West [6,583 mtrs.] and Chulu East [6,059 mtrs.] to the North.

 

Day 11:     Manang to Yak Kharka.approx. 4,130m. 3-4 hrs trek.

After a wonderful time at Manang, the trail from here leads to a slow climb for an hour, after the last village of Manang, the track gently winds up offering inspiring views of the Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tiloche and the close up views of Chuli’s peaks from mid and west as the trail heads up in the barren windswept terrain's with juniper bushes as the only surviving vegetation around this region, coming to a small settlements of Yak-Kharka for the overnight with time for a short hike around.

 

Day 12:     Trek to Thorung Phedi. 4,400m. 3-4 hrs walks.

The trail from here leads to a slow climb up, after the last settlement of Ledar, the track gently winds up offering grand views of the Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tiloche and the close up view of Chuli peaks as the trail heads up in the barren windswept terrain's, then slowly reaching at Thorang Phedi for the overnight.

Depending upon your fitness if all is well here at lunch time continue the climb on the zig-zag track towards Upper Phedi or High Camp where there are few teahouses or lodge reaching here makes the walk easier start for the next day and shortens the hour of walking towards the pass.

 

Day 13:     Trek to Muktinath 3,800m.via Thorang-la 5,416m.  6-8 hrs.

Starting early after breakfast, so that you can reach the top of the pass on time before the cold wind starts and to catch the best of the magnificent views of the northern Annapurna, Damudhar,Bhirkuti and Dhaulagiri range of mountains. The trail from Phedi follows on the winding gravel path in the beginning can be quite strenuous on the steep zig-zag path for an hour, on reaching the first ridge walk continues on the narrow gradual track for half hour or more till a small glacial pond is reached where there is a small teahouse. From here another hour and half leads to the top of the pass.

Though the crossing of the Pass is not technically difficult, one’s got to take it slowly in account the complications of altitude and possible snow, after 3-4 hours of struggle from the bottom, then finally reaching at the height of 5,416 meter at Thorang-la, an impressive view of the stunning high Himalayan scenery can be seen from the top of this pass.

The descent is steep and rough, but one can have excellent views of the Dhaulagiri 8,167 m. A long descend to the sacred village of Muktinath, on reaching at the bottom there’s about two or three teahouses for refreshment, after a break here continue for another hour to Muktinath the holiest of all holy places, during auspicious time according to Hindu & Buddhist calendar this place is full and busy with pilgrims from Nepal and India.

  

Day 14:     Muktinath to Marpha 2,670m. 6 hrs walks.

After Muktinath, journey carries on with a 1,200m of descent to the Kaligandaki river valley floor, with a brief stop at Ekale bhatti meaning a lonely teahouse, at present it’s a small settlement with 3-4 teahouses. From here onwards the valley gets very windy in the afternoon time, the walk from here follows the gentle trail for another two hours till the large town of Jomsom is reached. Jomsom, headquarter of the Mustang region with a small airstrip just above the Kaligandaki River. Another two hours of easy walk from Jomsom brings you at Marpha for the overnight stop, which is a little gem, with whitewashed houses, paved streets and numerous well kept lodges. Here you will have time to celebrate with the local apple products like cider, brandy and juice this area from Kagbeni to Larjung is famous for its delicious apple and its product.

 

Day 15:     Marpha to Lete, 2,480m. 6hrs walk.

From Marpha, the walk is enjoyable following the Kaligandaki river down stream soon reaching at Tukuche village, beneath the towering Tukuche peak and Dhaulagiri, with spectacular views of Mt.Nilgiri's and the massif icefalls which tumbles from the Dhaualgiri's east face, after an hour walk from Tukuche coming to Larjung village, then crossing the broad river bed, either by way of a series of temporary plank bridges over numerous channel if the river level is low, or via a high suspension bridge, ater an hour walk, getting back to the tree line of pines, oaks and rhododendron.

The path meanders away from the river for a while for an hour then coming back to the river bed just before Kalalpani village, just near Kalapani the trail leads to a suspension bridge over the gorge of raging Kaligandki River with awesome view of Dhualgiri peak and its icefall, from the bridge a short walk brings to Kalapani village. Kalapani, another lovely village of more than 20 houses with excellent lodges with grandeur view of Mt.Annapurna I, Nilgiri's and Dhaulagiri above the beautiful forest surrounding. A short descends brings you at Lete village for the overnight stop.

  

Day 16:     Trek to Tatopani 1,190m. 6-7 hrs.

Walk from Kalapani onwards leads to a dramatic change in the vegetation, from dry, arid desert to pine and conifer forests, passing between the two giant peaks of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna. The first two hours of trek passes through the village of Ghasa with constant view of the snow capped peaks through the cool forest surrounding, there are many settlements and isolated lodges and tea houses, with open areas with enchanting forest and impressive views. Below Ghasa, which is the southern end of the area dominated by Thakali people with fewer of this ethnic tribe till Tatopani, the architectural style change, with much ornately carved wood work in evidence.

This pleasant walk amidst the beautiful surrounding continues back to the terraced paddy fields and into warm sub-tropical climate all the way to the village of Tatopani passing through the beautiful waterfalls of Rupsi. Tatopani (Hot Spring) village the valley is quite constricted and it is quite warm with sub-tropic climate and vegetation, Tatopani is another nice village with large hot spring pools just by the bank of the River Kaligandaki.

  

Day 17:     Trek to Ghorepani 2,750 m. Approx. 6-7 hrs.

After a wonderful time at Tatopani, trek continues on the gradual trail for an hour crossing a suspension bridge over the Kaligandaki river, the path leads by the river for a while just arriving at the junction of the two trails. Route diverts from here leading to the uphill climb, from here ahead lies a steep terraced hillside, dotted with farms and villages, from this spot a gradual climb leads most of the day, leaving behind the terraced fields walking in the dense rhododendron forests and reaching to the village of Chitre, from here continue towards Ghorepani a short up hill walk through the rhododendron and pine forest brings till Ghorepani is reached for the overnight halt.

  

Day 18:     Trek to Tirkhedhunga 1,500m approx 5 hours walk.

Morning (if the day is promising) one hour hike to the top of Poon-Hill at 3,195m, for beautiful sunrise over the superb panorama from Dhaulagiri-Annapurna to Mt. Manaslu range. After the busy photo session return back to Ghorepani for breakfast. From Ghorepani the trail follows to the main trail on the downhill path passing through patch of cool shade of forest and small villages till Bhanthati is reached, trek continues on the gradual trail for a short period, and then a long descend from Ulleri village takes you on the stone paved steps all the way to the suspension bridge at Tirkhedhunga for the overnight.

 

Day 19:     Trek to Nayapul 1,100m and drive to Pokhara 860m. 3-4 hours walk and 2 hrs drive.

After a lovely morning at Tirkhedhunga, a pleasant walk leads on the easy downhill path most of the way passing through rural farm villages and great views of the cascading waterfalls nearby, and then reaching to a beautiful village at Bhirethati by the river Modi for lunch,  From this village another thirty minutes walk brings you at Nayapul, on reaching the roadside a scenic drive of less than two hours towards Pokhara for the overnight stop by the serene Lake Phewa with time for a visit around the Lake or boating and for the farewell celebration with the trekking crew and porters.

 

Day 20:     From Pokhara Fly to Kathmandu.

Morning or afternoon flight to Kathmandu as per the flight schedule, this scenic flight from Pokhara takes half hour or less to Kathmandu, a panoramic view of the snow capped peaks can be seen from the plane. Arriving in Kathmandu domestic terminal, Nepal Hiking Club staff will meet and transfer you back to the Hotel.

 

Day 21:     Free day at leisure in Kathmandu.

A free day in Kathmandu, please inform NHC staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley or for a scenic mountain flight.

 

Day 22:     Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

Today as per your international flight time, keep your air ticket and your passport handy. Nepal Hiking Adventure Company staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.