Trip Overview

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek is also popularly known as Annapurna Round Trek. This trek, truly, is one of the best classic treks in the entire Annapurna region. Moreover, this trek offers a wide variety of landscapes with an excellent view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Above all, you will experience the changing landscape from subtropical to alpine and desert-like in the Kali Gandaki region. Trekking in the beautiful and diverse landscape of the Annapurna region is one of the best experiences. In fact, this trekking route is the best around the Annapurna region.

This trek gradually evolves through low altitude and eventually makes its way towards the higher elevated rocky landscape. The Pinnacle of this trek is Thorong La Pass, situated at an altitude of 5416m. And, of course, it is every trekker’s dream to cross this high pass. This trek begins with a drive from Pokhara to Besisahar. From Besisahar, the trail follows the Marshyangdi river. The trail passes through lush green valleys and past several villages like Khudi, Sirung, Chamje, Pisang, and finally reach Manang. These villages are mostly inhabited by the Gurung, Managi, and Thakali people.

It is an extremely beautiful trail, with a view of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Tilicho Peak all along the way. From Manang, the journey gradually moves towards Yak Kharka, Thorong Phedi, and Thorong La. After crossing the pass, we have a long descent and enter into Mustang. Visit Muktinath, an ancient sacred place for both the Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. From here, descend further down the Kali Gandaki valley past the quaint village of Marpha, Kalopani, Tatopani, Ghorepani, Tadapani, Ghandruk, and finally, reach Pokhara.

Trip Highlights

• Walk through dense rhododendron forest.
• Explore Marshyangdi river valley and its natural wonders.
• Enjoy mix Tibetan and Bon culture.
• Cross one of the high altitude Thorong La Pass(5416m).
• Visit Muktinath the sacred temple of Hindus and Buddhists.
• Experience the warm hospitality of the Thakali people and their culture.
• Walk across the Kaligandaki valley.
• Enjoy the natural hot springs in Tatopani
• Enchanting spectacular view of Sunrise from Poon hill

Trip Fact

  • TRIP ID: SST-198
  • TRIP NAME: Annapurna Circuit Trek
  • DURATION: 20 Days
  • TRIP TYPE: Trekking
  • Group Size 2-8 People
  • BEST SEASON: March, April, May, September, October, November,
  • MAX ALTITUDE 5416m(Thorong La)
  • ACCOMMODATION 3-4* hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara and in trekkers lodge/tea house while on trek
  • WALKING HOUR 6-7 hrs
  • TRIP ROUTE: Kathmandu-Besisahar-Khudi-Sirung-Chamje-Dharpani-Chame-Pisang-Manang-Yak Kharka-Thorong Phedi-Muktinath-Marpha-Kalopani-Tatopani-Ghorepani-Tadapani-Ghandruk-Pokhara-Kathmandu

Itinenary Details

  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

    Upon arrival at the airport, meet and transfer to the hotel. In the evening, you have an option to stroll around Thamel and the local streets of Kathmandu. Welcome dinner in the evening with a typical Nepali cultural program. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Day 2: Drive to Besisahar(6-7hrs)-Hike to Khudi(2hrs)

    In the morning drive from Kathmandu to Basishahar (830m) via Prithvi highway (178km/6hrs drive). On the way, driving offers more opportunities to explore the countryside. When you reach Besisahar, you have the option of half an hour drive from Besisahar to Khudi or one hour trek from Basisahar to Khudi, you can enjoy the spectacular view of Manaslu mountain ranges. Overnight in Khudi.

  • Day 3: Khudi-Sirung (2200m/6-7hrs)

    Start trekking from Khudi to Sirung with waterfall, paddy fields, subtropical forest with several up and downhill hike. Enjoy the glorious Manaslu ranges in Sirung. Overnight in Sirung.

  • Day 4: Sirung-Chamje (1410m/5-6hrs)

    After breakfast start trek across terraced rice fields, vertical cliffs with lush forest, observing the diverse culture of village people living in that area particularly of the Tamang people. Our trail passes along the Marsangdi river until we reach Syange . (1100m) Overnight in Chamje.

  • Day 5: Chamje-Dharapani(1960m/5-6hrs)

    Early in the morning start trekking past fields of corn, barley, and potatoes and then through forests of bamboo and rhododendrons. On the way explore the village of Tal that lies on a flat plain next to the sandy beach and river at the base of a large waterfall. Overnight in Dharapani.

  • Day 6: Dharapani-Chame(2710m/5-6hrs)

    Today we hike along with the spectacular views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV. From Dharapani we enter a dense forest and cross a bridge and ascend steep stone steps on the new trail to Chame. Overnight in Chame. 

  • Day 7: Chame-Pisang (3250m/5-6hrs)

    A narrow path through the dense forest will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face that will follow the path.  The trail passes through majestic Himalayan Peaks, an awesome testament to the power of glacial erosion. The trail Passes through Dhukurpokhari and finds ourselves in a U-shaped valley of Manang between two giant snow peaks. Upon walking through these wonderful sites we reach Pisang. Overnight in Lower Pisang. 

  • Day 8: Pisang-Manang(3519m/5-6hrs)

    The trail now goes through the drier upper part of Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna range. Enjoy the mountain view on the upper trial via Ghyaru and Ngawal (3660m). The trail continuous from Mungji(3500m) past the outstanding picturesque village. Overnight in Manang.

  • Day 9: Rest day in Manang

    It is important to spend a day in Manang before departure to Thorung La (5416m). There are some magnificent views around the village and it is the best way to gain altitude during the day and return in the afternoon. Manang is one of the major trading centres in the Himalaya region.  We will spend this day exploring around Manang so that our body gets used to the changing altitude.  Overnight in Manang.

  • Day 10: Manang-Yak Kharka(4120m/3-4hrs)

    From Manang, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to the village of Tenki above Manang, and then continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then comes up to the small village of Yak Kharka. Overnight in Yak Karka.

  • Day 11: Yak Kharka-Thorong Phedi(4560m/3-4hrs)

    We continue our trek from Yak Kharka to Throng Phedi which will take approximately 4hrs. ThorongPhedi is a small busy settlement catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers. we stop at Thorong Phedi for today, enjoy the rest of the evening. Overnight in Thorong Phedi.

  • Day 12: Thorong Phedi-Thorong La (5416m) & Muktinath(3,800m/7-8hrs)

    Today we will start our trek early in the morning, we reach the climax & beauty of our Annapurna circle trek. It will be a lifetime unforgettable experience crossing the famous high pass, Thorong La (5416m/17764ft). From Thorong La continue trek to Muktinath, which is about 9km, takes approximately 1.5hrs. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The area hosts a Vishnu temple and a Monastery nearby. Muktinath itself reveals the religious harmony in Nepal. Overnight in Muktinath. 

  • Day 13: Muktinath-Marpha(2650m/4-5hrs)

    Early in the morning, proceed to the pilgrimage sites in Muktinath and visit the visit Vishnu Temple and the Gompa.  Then continue descending through Ranipauwa village to Kagbeni, Jomsom, and arrive at Marpha which will take approximately 5 hours. The trail passes through the world's deepest George Kaligandaki. Marpha is also famous as the apple capital of Nepal where one can enjoy different items made from apples. Overnight in Marpha.

  • Day 14: Marpha-Kalopani(2530m/5-6 hrs)

    In the morning continue trek to Kalopani through Chokhopani village. Explore the Nepalese typical traditional village cultural heritage and lifestyle of the Thakali people and the apple garden. From here you can enjoy the 360-degree panoramic view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Then continue trek to reach Kalopani. Overnight in Kalopani. 

  • Day 15: Kalopani-Tatopani(1190m/6-7hrs)

    Start trek from Kalopani, it is a steep downhill walk from Kalopani to Tatopani. As we step down enter through the subtropical forest and lush vegetation. On the way enjoy the popular waterfall in Rupse Chhara. We explore more villages in this area learning about the everyday lives and living style of the local people. Upon arrival in Tatopani, we relax and have a bath in the hot spring. Tatopani is very popular among the tourist for a hot shower. Overnight in Tatopani.

  • Day 16: Tatopani-Ghorepani(2850m/7-8hrs)

    After breakfast,  we leave Tatopani and cross over to the eastern side of the Kali Gandaki river. Then ascend from the river valley past Durbin Dada and several small villages like Ghara, Sikha, and Chitre observing the lifestyle of the people along the way. We gradually ascend uphill until Ghorepani past rhododendron, birch, magnolia, and some meadows on the way. Overnight in Ghorepani. 

  • Day 17: Ghorepani-Tadapani(2,610m/6-7hrs)

    Early morning we ascend to Poon Hill (3,210m), for the spectacular sunrise view over the whole Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs. After enjoying some times descend to Ghorepani for breakfast.  After breakfast, we continue our journey with some up and downhill walk to Tadapani through rhododendron forests that will take approximately 6 hours. Overnight in Tadapani.

  • Day 18: Tadapani-Ghandruk-Pokhara

    The trail leads all the way down through the Rhododendron forest to Ghandruk. This is the second-largest Gurung settlement in Nepal. Explore around Ghandruk and descend to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara(1.5hr). Overnight in Pokhara. 

  • Day 19: Pokhara-Kathmandu(6hrs)

    After breakfast, drive Pokhara to Kathmandu (200km/6-7hrs). Upon arrival check into your hotel and the rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in Kathmandu. 

  • Day 20: Departure

    Transfer to the airport for your departure flight homewards.

What's Included
  • All transfers by private vehicle.
  • Accommodation in 3-4* hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara and local village lodges/tea houses during the trek.
  • Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara and all meals during the trek.
  • English speaking local guide along with porter(one porter for every two member) during the trek.
  • Guide, porter and trekking staff insurance.
  • All necessary paper work and permit (TIMS/ ACAP)
  • All Government taxes and service charges.
What's Not Included
  • Nepal entry visa.
  • International flight to and from Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
  • Personal Travel Medical Insurance.
  • Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, battery recharge, etc.
  • Hot showers during the trek.
  • Any extra cost forced upon by changing the itinerary due to natural forces, political situation or early return from the trek.
  • All other personal expenses not listed in the included section.

Review

EDhan
EDhan

10th November, 2015

My Name is EDhan from California, America. I am a retired management consultant. Basically, this visit to Nepal exceeded my expectations. We came here through Tibet and Bhutan. Here in Nepal, I like the neighbourhood and friendly people. My wife every day used to go for morning walk and used to tell me the story about the local people, whatever she sees every day. Especially, the guide was most knowledgeable and made it possible and get a sense of not only historical and religious value of some of the places but also some of the other places how the people live over there day to day.

The company was able to manage all the services smoothly and made the memorable trip in Kathmandu. Do not be afraid of Earthquake; the government has done very good job, lots of cleaning up and reconstructions are going on. There are many places to go without facing any problems. Feel free to make a trip to Nepal nothing to afraid of and you will feel the completely different and unique. Thanks to Sixth Sixth and an entire team making an incredible trip in Nepal and I will come back next time.

Margo Boston
Margo Boston

14th October, 2015

Hi, My Name is Margo Boston, America. We were planning the trip to visit Nepal Bhutan and Tibet through our local agency. In the beginning, we asked so many questions about safety, especially after the earthquake but we realised that after visiting Nepal it is completely safe & worthful to visit.

We are very glad to see the beautiful country. Everything was perfect and great to see the Hinduism and Buddhism and combinations of religious and cultural aspects in the tiny little city. The trip plan, all the staff activity including cultural show was great.

Lori
Lori

7th October, 2015

Hi, My Name is Lori, and I came to do the trip with my daughter. After the earthquake had happened we were confused, what should we do, should we go or should we not go for Nepal Trip and finally we decided to come after the consultation, and we had a wonderful time there. The tour guide and driver and all the staff were done magnificent job. There is so much to see and worthful to visit. The hotel was excellent, the food was great, we enjoyed our time. The Buddhist and Hindu temple were fascinating. Our guide was brilliant and enhanced all experience and knowledge he passed all the knowledge to us and shared the ideas. I encourage you to visit Nepal it is one of the incredible places around the world.

Palm
Palm

12th August, 2015

Hi ! This is Palm from America, this is my first trip to Nepal and has been perfect and life time memorable. I have travelled many places around the world and really been looking forward to this trip. Nepal is a very colourful country, I was concerned because of the earthquake and because of the impact might right now. I was pleasantly surprised that yes they did have an impact and there are lots of reconstruction are going on. There are lots of places to see and open for the tourist. The people here are very friendly, all the staffs of Sixth Sense including tour guide and the management and coordination were perfect.

What I like this country is that the culture and diversity of landscape. Besides this Nepal is very vibrant country and colourful country. In the future, I would like to make more trips in Nepal with Sixth Sense spending more time in Kathmandu and it’s surrounding areas and countryside. For the tourist, I would recommend please do visit Nepal with Sixth Sense. Tour Guide and company which was responsible for everything to organise this trip, everything was taken care of all the arrangements were first class. We loved the Trip plan, the selected hotels, the knowledge of tour guide and the entire team was absolutely perfect and highly recommended for future travellers.

Irfan
Irfan

27th December, 2019

Hi ! This is Palm from America, this is my first trip to Nepal and has been perfect and life time memorable. I have travelled many places around the world and really been looking forward to this trip. Nepal is a very colourful country, I was concerned because of the earthquake and because of the impact might right now. I was pleasantly surprised that yes they did have an impact and there are lots of reconstruction are going on.