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The Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the best long-distance treks in the beautiful Annapurna region of Nepal. A classic trek, the Annapurna Circuit takes you winding along the arid terrains of the Kali Gandaki River Gorge and coruscating through the Gandaki valleys in circumambulation with the Annapurna peaks. It is a daring trip that amalgamates the best facets of the region to present you with an unforgettable trip.
The trekking journey starts with a beautiful Kathmandu city sightseeing tour where you will visit Kathmandu's major UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Then with a dive towards Besishahar, the trekking trip begins. Following the pathway that coruscates through many of the remote region's ethnic-cultural villages and settlements, you will be trekking towards hallmarks like Manang and the Thorong La Mountain Pass among many others.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek also takes you to Muktinath, one of the holiest pilgrimage sites in Nepal for both the Hindu and the Buddhist people. Moreover, the trip also includes a visit to the more prominent villages of the Annapurna Base Camp, like Ghorepani and Poon Hill. The vantage point of Poon Hill presents panoramic views of the entire Mount Annapurna massif spectacularly.
Likewise, the trip finally concludes at Pokhara, one of the most famous tourist hubs of Nepal where you can relax and enjoy the sight of the Annapurna peaks and also a leisurely boat ride in the pristine Phewa Lake. The Annapurna Circuit Trek is filled with amazing views of the Annapurna Peaks and the Dhaulagiri range, as well as many of their neighboring peaks like Mount Gangapurna, the Hiunchuli Himal, the Manaslu Peak, and the Machhapuchhre among many others. Similarly, the trek is also perfectly embedded with varying terrains that differ in terms of topography and elevation, changing from Himalayan foothills to alpine woods to vast pastures and arid landscapes by the banks of the Kali Gandaki River that has one of the deepest gorges in the world.
Outline ItineraryDay 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft.)
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and trek preparation
Day 03:Drive to Besisahar (760m/2493ft) 6-7 hours
Day 04: Trek from Besisahar to Bahundanda (1310m/4297ft) 5-6 hours
Day 05: Trek from Bahundanda to Chyamche (1430m/4690ft) 5-6 hours
Day 06: Trek from Chyamche to Bagarchhap (2160m/7085ft) 5-6 hours
Day 07: Trek from Bagarchhap to Chame (2670m/8758ft) 4-5 hours
Day 08: Trek from Chame to Lower Pisang (3200m/10496ft) 5-6 hours
Day 09: Trek from Lower Pisang to Manag ( 3540m/11611ft) 7-8 hours
Day 10: Acclimatization day
Day 11: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4018m/13179ft) 4-5 hours
Day 12: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Base Camp (4450m/14596ft) 4-5 hours
Day 13: Trek from Thorong Base Camp – Thorong pass (5416m/17764ft)- Muktinath (3760m/12333ft) 8-9 hours
Day 14: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2720m/8922ft) 4-5 hours
Day 15: Trek from Jomsom to Kalopani (2530m/8298ft) 6-7 hours
Day 16: Trek from Kalopani to Tatopani (1190 m/3903ft) 6 hours
Day 17: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2860 m/9381ft) 7-8 hours
Day 18: Hike to Poon Hill (3210 m/105289ft) and Trek to Nayapul (1070m/3510ft) and Drive to Pokhara; 8-9 hours
Day 19: Drive to Kathmandu 6-7 hours
Day 20: Departure day
- 3 star hotel accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- A porter and his entire expenses.
- All monument entrance fees.
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
- Breakfast,Lunch and dinner during the trek.
- Company duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map.
- Down jackets and sleeping bags (provided upon request).
- First aid medical kit
- Fresh seasonal fruits after the dinner (while on the trek).
- Full day guided city tour in Kathmandu (Day 2) by a private vehicle.
- Insurance of guide and porter.
- Kathmandu-Besisahar and Nayapul-Pokhara-Kathmandu drive in a private car.
- Licensed, experienced and English speaking trekking guide
- Lodge expenses during the trek.
- Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.
- Airfare for international flights.
- Cost for additional trips.
- Extra night accommodations in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the trip(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.
- Medical insurance and emergency insurance
- Nepal arrival visa.
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
- Services not specifically stated in the itinerary
- Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation).
- Day 1
- Day 2
- Day 3
- Day 4
- Day 5
- Day 6
- Day 7
- Day 8
- Day 9
- Day 10
- Day 11
- Day 12
- Day 13
- Day 14
- Day 15
- Day 16
- Day 17
- Day 18
- Day 19
- Day 20
Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)
Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Drive to Besishahar (760m/2493ft), 6-7 hours
Trek from Besishahar to Bahundanda (1310m/4297ft), 5-6 hours
From Besishahar, you will begin trekking through the valley, following the pathway that leads to Lampata. The path winds beautifully among rice farms and terrace fields of barley, ascending after the crossing of the river via a suspension bridge. The pathway branches out up-and-downhill are constantly until you reach Bahundanda, a small settlement situated on a ridge that presents sprawling views of the valley below. The path is also lined with rhododendron blossoms and occasional donkey caravans making their way around. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Besishahar.
Trek from Bahundanda to Chyamche (1430m/4690ft), 5-6 hours
From Bahundanda, you will be following a well-leveled path that goes around the river canyons. It is quite pleasant with slopes along the ravines that have traditional houses built of stones and tin roofs. The Annapurna peaks also make their gorgeous appearance along the journey. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Chyamche.
Trek from Chyamche to Bagarchhap (2160m/7085ft), 5-6 hours
After breakfast, you will be starting your trek, following the path that crosses a suspension bridge into the woods. You will have a steep climb towards the settlement of Sattale from where good views of the mountain peaks are seen. From here, the path then leads you to the entrance to the Manang district through Tal. Today's trip is filled with beautiful natural beauties like waterfalls and riverbeds with green villages decorated with terrace farms and sloping forests of birch. You will also pass beneath the Kaani, a decorated gate arch that is often painted with the traditional colors of the Buddhist prayer flags. Finally, you will reach Bagarchhap. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Bagarchhap.
Trek from Bagarchhap to Chame (2670m/8758ft), 4-5 hours
Traversing along a steep trail towards Timang, you will be trekking on a slanting trail that will take you to a ridgeline from where amazing views of the mountain peaks like the Manaslu Peak, the Annapurna II, and many others can be seen beautifully. Further on, the path then passes by villages like Thanchowk and Koto before finally reaching Chame. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Chame.
Trek from Chame to Lower Pisang (3200m/10496ft), 5-6 hours
Following the Marshyangdi River along the Pinewoods, you will reach the village of Telekhu via Brathang. From there, it is a gradual trek uphill towards Dhukur Pokhari, surrounded by amazing Himalayan views against the skyline. Finally, along the Pinewoods and the pastures, you will reach Pisang. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Pisang.
Trek from Lower Pisang to Manang (3540m/11611ft), 7-8 hours
Today's trekking trip is filled with amazing woodlands that are home to a wide variety of birds and jungle fowls. The pathway follows the hillocks towards the Humde Airport in Manang via the village of Bhraka where houses are built in the Tibetan style, with stacks of stones and thatch roofs. Along the way, you can also come across many Gumbas on the outer ridges of the settlements, and panoramic views of the mountain peaks. Finally, the path then takes you to the famous village of Manang. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Manang.
This day is reserved for acclimatization. You can enjoy a leisurely exploration of the village today; Manang is situated in the broad valley of the Marshyangdi River that presents amazing views of the Annapurna Mountain Range. The Marshyangdi River flows towards the village's east, and towards the north of the village lies the Chulu Peak. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Manang.
Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4018m/13179ft), 4-5 hours
From Manang, you will be trekking along the slopping cliff sides of the river gorge and then trekking uphill, following the pathway that will take you through yak pastures towards Yak Kharka. It is one of the best places to relax and stop overnight before the climbing of the Thorong Mountain Pass tomorrow. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Yak Kharka.
Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Base Camp (4450m/14596ft), 4-5 hours
From Yak Kharka, you will be trekking through the rocky-strewn oblique and rough terrains towards the foothill of the mountain pass, the Thorong Phedi. The Thorong Base Camp presents amazing views of the mountains, surrounded by terrace fields and sheer cliffs that are often climbed by the Himalayan Thar. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Thorong Base Camp.
Trek from Thorong Base Camp – Thorong pass (5416m/17764ft) - Muktinath (3760m/12333ft), 8-9 hours
This one of the challenging days of the trekking trip. You will wake up early in the morning to cross the mountain pass, making your way steadily uphill. The climb is rather difficult, but the view from the top is worth the climb. Along the way, you can also pass by goat herds led by the pack herders. Finally, upon reaching the top of the mountain pass, you can get mesmerizing views of the entire Mount Annapurna and Manaslu massif as well as of the valley below. Then, with the same steady sturdiness, you will begin your climb downhill towards Muktinath. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Muktinath.
Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2720m/8922ft), 4-5 hours
Muktinath is one of the holiest shrines in the country that is sacred to both the Hindu and the Buddhist people of Nepal. It is believed that bathing under the stone water taps of the temple washes away one's sins. From Muktinath, you will be trekking along the Kali Gandaki River Gorge towards Jomsom. Along the way, you can also see ammonites, called Shaligrams, along the banks of the Kali Gandaki River. Finally, you will reach Jomsom. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Jomsom.
Trek from Muktinath to Kalopani (2530m/8298ft), 6-7 hours
From Jomsom, you will be trekking through the arid terrains of the gorge and ravines of the Kali Gandaki towards Kalopani. The terrain is noticeably different from the rather verdant woods on this part of the trek. Instead of the grasslands, you will be trekking on a landscape that is filled with dry riverbeds contrasting with the river itself, with hillocks of sparse shrubs growing hereabout. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Kalopani.
Trek from Kalopani to Tatopani (1190 m/3903ft), 6 hours
The trek to Tatopani is one that is a dramatic change in the landscape once again. You will leave the arid terrain behind and start trekking along the rail towards cliffs that are mostly covered with moss and lichens. The wetlands start appearing and the woods come into view as well. Finally, besides the river bank lays the village of Tatopani where there is a natural hot spring. Upon reaching Tatopani, you can have a relaxing dip in the hot spring as well; the hot spring is believed to have natural healing properties. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Tatopani.
Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2860 m/9381ft), 7-8 hours
From Tatopani, you will be entering the Chhomrong River valley, making your way past terrace farms and thick hillocks of juniper and rhododendron woods and bamboo groves towards Ghorepani. You will pass by mule caravans and goat herds along the way, with the views of the Annapurna peaks decorating the skyline. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Ghorepani.
Hike to Poon Hill (3210 m/105289ft) and Trek to Nayapul (1070m/3510ft) and Drive to Pokhara; 8-9 hours
Early in the morning, you will make your way to the vantage point of Poon Hill from Ghorepani. The vantage point presents panoramic views of the entire Annapurna massif quite spectacularly. The sunrise view amidst the mountain peaks seen from Poon Hill is quite admirable and breath-taking. After taking in the views, you will make your way towards Nayapul, winding along the valley in a steady descent. From Nayapul, you will then have a drive to Pokhara. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Pokhara.
Drive to Kathmandu (6-7 hours)
On this day, you will bid the Annapurna Mountains goodbye for the last time and make your way back to Kathmandu, driving along the Prithivi Highway. It is a beautiful journey. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your Hotel. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu.
Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be dropped off at the airport for your departure.
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