Annapurna Circuit Trek is also popularly known as Annapurna Round Trek. This trek is one of the best classic routes in the 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. Yet there are several trekking routes like the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Tilicho Lake Trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, Khopra Ridge trek, and others. But trekking in this 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 altitudes and eventually moves toward higher elevations. The Pinnacle of this trek is Thorong La Pass, at 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 villages like Khudi, Sirung, Chamje, and Pisang, and finally arrives at Manang.
The trail is exceedingly beautiful, with views 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 Mustang. Visit Muktinath, an ancient sacred place for 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.
- Walk through dense rhododendron forest.
- Explore Marshyangdi river valley and its natural wonders.
- Enjoy a mixture of Tibetan and Bon cultures.
- Cross one of the high-altitude Thorong La Pass.
- Visit the sacred Muktinath temple.
- Enjoy a hot bath at the natural hot spring in Tatopani
- Spectacular view of Sunrise from Poon hill.
- Experience the warm hospitality of the Thakali people and their culture.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival at the airport, meet and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free to stroll around Thamel and the local streets of Kathmandu. In the evening, welcome dinner with a typical Nepali cultural program.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Drive to Besisahar(6-7hrs)-Hike to Khudi(2hrs)
After breakfast, we will drive from Kathmandu to Basisahar via the Prithvi Highway. On reaching Besisahar, we hike for about an hour or more to Khudi. The hike goes with the spectacular views of the Manaslu range along the way. Overnight in Khudi.
Day 3: Khudi-Sirung (2200m/6-7hrs)
This morning we begin the first day of our trek. Today we hike from Khudi to Sirung. The trail traverses past waterfalls, paddy fields, villages, and subtropical forests with several descents and ascents enjoying the beautiful views of the Manaslu range. Overnight in Sirung.
Day 4: Sirung-Chamje (1410m/5-6hrs)
We leave Sirung behind and hike past terraced fields, lush forests, and villages. We can observe the diverse culture of village people living in that area, particularly the Tamang people. Our trail goes along the Marsangdi river valley until we reach Chamje. Overnight in Chamje.
Day 5: Chamje-Dharapani(1960m/5-6hrs)
Today we hike past fields of corn, barley, and potatoes and then through forests of bamboo and rhododendrons. Along the way, we shall explore the beautiful village of Tal, situated on a flat plain next to the sandy beach and the river at the base of a large waterfall. From Tal, the trail continues on a wide valley and continues uphill until we reach the village of Dharapani. Overnight in Dharapani.
Day 6: Dharapani-Chame(2710m/5-6hrs)
The trail goes through evergreen forests of pine, oak, and maple along the Marshyandi river valley with spectacular views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV. We will pass through several villages like Bagarchap, Danakyu, and others and finally ascend over steep stone steps and reach Chame. Overnight in Chame.
Day 7: Chame-Pisang (3250m/5-6hrs)
Today's hike is over a narrow path through the dense forest until we reach a dramatic curved rock rising 1500m above the river. The trail is carved into the vertical face of the rock and is probably the steepest part of the Marshyangdi valley. After, passing the last bit of the rock, a wide valley opens between two giant snow peaks. We hike further for some time and reach Lower Pisang. Overnight in Lower Pisang.
Day 8: Pisang-Manang(3519m/5-6hrs)
Today we hike through the drier upper part of Manang district, entirely cut off from the monsoon by the Annapurna range. The hike goes on the upper trail via Ghyaru and Ngawal with views of the Annapurna, Tilicho, and Pisang peaks and reaches Manang. Overnight in Manang.
Day 9: Rest day in Manang
Today is the to rest and acclimatize. It is necessary to adjust ourselves to the altitude gain. The best way is to hike to a higher elevation and spend the night at a lower elevation. There are several options: we can either hike to Gangapurna Lake and explore around or hike to the ice lake or the Milarepa cave. Return to Manang in the evening. Overnight in Manang.
Day 10: Manang-Yak Kharka(4120m/3-4hrs)
We cross over a stream and climb up the village of Tenki, and continue to climb out the Marshyangdi valley towards the valley of Jarshang Khola, past Gunsang. After crossing a small river over a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient Mani wall, and a beautiful meadow and finally arrives at Yak Kharka. Overnight in Yak Kharka.
Day 11: Yak Kharka-Thorong Phedi(4560m/3-4hrs)
We continue our journey toward Thorong Phedi. The trail today is isolated and rugged, but the views are magnificent. We climb up the ridge and descend to the river valley. We then ascend a ridge and finally descend to Thorong Phedi. Thorong Phedi is a small busy settlement catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers. Overnight in Thorong Phedi.
Day 12: Thorong Phedi-Thorong La (5416m) & Muktinath(3,800m/7-8hrs)
We start early and make our way slowly towards the highlight of this trek, the Thorong La Pass. The summit of Thorong La provides a sweeping panoramic view of the snow-capped peaks extending to Tibet. With the experience of a lifetime, we descend slowly and gently towards Muktinath. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for both the Hindus and Buddhists. There is a Hindu temple and a Buddhist monastery standing side by side.
Overnight in Muktinath.
Day 13: Muktinath-Marpha(2650m/4-5hrs)
Early in the morning, proceed to the pilgrimage sites in Muktinath and visit the Temple and the Monastery. After breakfast, we continue to trek through Ranipauwa village to Kagbeni, Jomsom, and arrive at Marpha. Marpha is popular as the apple capital of Nepal. One can enjoy different items made from apples: including apple pie, apple jam, apple brandy, and many more. Overnight in Marpha.
Day 14: Marpha-Kalopani(2530m/5-6 hrs)
We will explore Marpha village, and the apple orchards, and then set out to our next destination. We will follow the Kaligandaki river over a wide path through impressive landscapes. We will hike past the village of Kobang, Thak Khola, and arrive at Kalopani. Overnight in Kalopani.
Day 15: Kalopani-Tatopani(1190m/6-7hrs)
After breakfast, we continue our journey past the village of Lete and Ghasa. It is a steep downhill hike through the subtropical forest and lush vegetation. We will come across the Rupse waterfall, a delightful attraction on this route, we will also explore villages learning about the living styles of the local people. On arriving at Tatopani, we will have a relaxing bath in one of the natural hot springs. Overnight in Tatopani.
Day 16: Tatopani-Ghorepani(2850m/7-8hrs)
Today we leave the Kali Gandaki valley and head towards Ghar Khola valley. We cross over to the eastern side of the Kali Gandaki river and ascend the river valley past Durbin Dada and several small villages like Ghara, Sikha, and Chitre. It is a gradual ascent through rhododendron, birch, and magnolia forest until Ghorepani. Overnight in Ghorepani.
Day 17: Ghorepani-Pokhara
Early morning we shall take an excursion to Poon Hill to watch the sunrise over the Annapurna, Manaslu, and Dhaulagiri ranges. After enjoying the beautiful mountain views, we will descend to Ghorepani for breakfast. From Ghorepani, we hike downhill over an easy path to Nayapul and end our trek. At Nayapul, we board a waiting vehicle and drive to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 18: Pokhara-Kathmandu(6hrs)
After breakfast, we shall retrace our journey to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, check into your hotel, and the rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 19: Departure
Transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight homewards.
- All hotel 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.
- Transfer from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu in a local tourist deluxe coach.
- All necessary paper work and permit (TIMS/ ACAP)
- All Government taxes and service charges.
- 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, 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.