|Tour Duration||21 Days||Group Size|
|Starting Point||Kathmandu||Ending Point||Kathmandu|
Annapurna Circuit Trek is an adventurous journey not to be missed. It’s a challenging trek around the Annapurna massif that showcases some outstanding Himalayan scenery available on the planet. It is one of the most cherished trails amongst the enthusiastic trekkers around the world. Annapurna Circuit Trek; as its name depicts, is a trek whose trail forms a circuit around the great Annapurna massif. It all starts with the hustle and bustle of the capital city – Kathmandu. After a day of a sightseeing tour around the UNESCO listed heritage sites in Kathmandu, we take a scenic drive along the Prithvi Highway to Syange which is the actual commencement point of Annapurna Circuit Trek. From Syange, we follow a trail along the bank of Marsyangdi river and pass various settlements and farmlands on the way to Dharapani. On the way, we come across Kali Gandaki gorge – the deepest gorge in the world. Enjoying the views of mountains and lush landscapes, we traverse through more settlements area to enter into Pisang valley. In the valley, we can enjoy some amazing views of the Pisang peak. A climb up to a cliff from Pisang and descend down along the forests of rhododendron takes us to the village of Manang.
Leaving Manang, the trail climbs up to the pastures of Yak Kharka and further ascends up to Thorong La Phedi. From the Phedi, we again climb up to Thorong La pass, the highest mountain pass of the world at an altitude of 5416 meters. We cross the pass enjoying some majestic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Macchapucchre, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Gangapurna, Tilicho peak and many other mountains in the Annapurna range. From the pass, we descend down to Muktinath which is a holy temple in the region. The temple holds a high religious significance amongst people of Hindu and Buddhist religions. Each year, we can see flocks of pilgrims visiting this temple. The temple has 108 waterspouts around its surrounding that pour water from the Himalayas. The place is not only known for its religious significance but for its amazing location. It is a perfect viewpoint to enjoy some spectacular views of mountains in the Annapurna region. From Muktinath, we descend down to Jomsom and end our journey with a flight back to Pokhara.
So, Annapurna Circuit Trek as a whole is a wonderful journey that takes us through the geographical diversity to enjoy some amazing views of mountains, hills, valleys, farmlands, forests, and alpine pastures. From the deepest gorge of the world, the trail takes us to the highest pass of the world! Imagine the diversity!
Reasons to fall in love with Annapurna Circuit Trek
1. Ascend up to Thorong La pass at an altitude of 5416 meters and cross the pass with some excellent views of mountains, glaciers and high passes on sight.
2. Walk up to the heights of 5416 meters and test your ability; your physical and mental abilities to cope with the rising elevation and temperature harshness.
3. Discover the diversity as you walk pass from the foothills of Annapurna, terraced farmlands and dense rhododendron forests to alpine sections of Himalayas
4. It’s a way to discover local people and get acquainted with their culture and lifestyle.
5. Enjoy the majestic beauty of Annapurna massif along with other peaks in the Annapurna Himalayan range
6. Explore the traditional villages, Annapurna Conservation Area and various appealing forms of mother nature during your walk along Annapurna Circuit Trail.
Right time for Annapurna Circuit Trek?
Autumn season (September to November) is the best time to opt for this trek. During this time, the weather is clear and dry. One can enjoy some striking views of mountains in their best attire. Spring (March to May) is also one of the preferred time for this journey. In spring, you can enjoy the vibrancy of colorful rhododendron flowers that cover the entire rhododendron forests. Core winter (December to February) is not so preferred for trekking because of cold weather and thick snowfall that covers the trail making walk tough. Monsoon (June to August) is not preferred for trekking because the sky forms patches of clouds making visibility unclear. Also, the trail is wet and slippery that makes walk difficult. Leeches on the trail is also one of the major disasters of walking during monsoon.
Is Annapurna Circuit Trek suitable for you?
Annapurna Circuit Trek requires continuous 11-day walk for around six to seven hours a day in high altitude regions. You should be physically fit with some level of endurance capacity. The guesthouses in high altitude regions are of basic nature – clean and comfortable. Hence, if you can walk for around six to seven hours a day continuously for eleven days in high altitude regions, then yes, Annapurna Circuit Trek is absolutely suitable for you.
On this day, you will arrive in Nepal at the only International Airport of Nepal that is Tribhuvan International Airport. You will be accompanied by our fellow correspondents. You might want to rest and then enjoy your welcome dinner followed by cultural performances. You will be instructed about all the trekking arrangements and the packing list and will be discussing your expectations.
You start your journey by bus or private jeep. Along the winding road, you will reach Dumre, then comes Besisahar which is the starting point of many treks in the Annapurna Region. Eventually you head to Khudi along the broad path with impressive Manaslu highlands then the bus takes you to the Sirung village and the ethnic Tamang village where you have the views of Nadi Chuli and Manaslu ranges. Then the bus takes you along Syange over the Marshyangdi River. There is also a waterfall nearby the bridge. Eventually you cross one more bridge before entering Jagat.
After breakfast, you begin your trek today. The trail from Jagat descends until it touches the river and then proceeds through a dense forest. Further rise commences to a sharp-edged cliff overlooking the riverbank. En circuit, Chyamje proceeds into picture amidst the glorious backdrop of towering Annapurna mountain ranges. After crossing a suspension bridge, you climb steeply towards the slippery and materially challenging path to Sattale. On treading forward a series of rock-strewn trails, we descend to a lush riverbank that commences to Tal. Then you- approach the steeply-forested village of Karte. Walking forward the waterfalls and cliffs, you eventually reach Dharapani after meeting a suspension bridge. Overnight in Dharapani.
Today you walk within a few forested ranges on your access to Chame, which is the headquarters of the Manang District. Throughout the trek, you can appreciate astounding aspects of the Himalayas including Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV. On today’s trek, you also come across small hot springs where we can dip in and soothe our aching muscles. Overnight in Chame.
We will be walking on a rocky narrow steep which is just 1500m above the river. As the trail opens up, we will be accompanied by mountains in the entire journey all the way up to Pisang Peak. We go uphill for around thirty minutes towards a big hill to reach Upper Pisang. We will be staying overnight at Pisang and cherishing a little for making our way to Pisang.
From Pisang, you trek towards the Manang Valley. You will be taking a path which reaches within Upper Pisang via Geru as it guarantees outstanding glimpses of Mt. Annapurna, Pisang Peak, and others. The more you hike towards Manang the climate becomes more cool and dry. Nevertheless, you will have short hiking to Barge Monastery, the notable monastery in the Manang District will brighten us up. Overnight at Manang.
In order to stay sound on the tracks that follow, you keep yourself working today with a slight walk to either Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. As per your will can hike to Vraga Village where you can tour the Himalayan Rescue Association which will give you some concept concerning Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Overnight in Manang.
From Manang settlement, the path passes a stream, rises to a community of Tenki and proceeds to escalate out of the Marshyangdi Valley. The path serves this valley, relinquishing a few meadows and a mongrel of juniper trees, as it regularly increases height. The path further reaches near the little settlement of Ghunsa, a bunch of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. From a trail, you reach a plain yet beautiful meadow and finally reach Yak Karkha after a short hike. Overnight at Yak Kharka.
You will cross a path from Manang village crossed a river which rises to the village of Tenki preceding Manang and then continues to heighten out of the Marshyangdi Valley. Moving a few pastures you will firmly gain elevation. The track considerably passes near the little settlement of Ghunsa. Shortly after reaching a small river on a platform bridge, the route you take takes you to a nice plain. Eventually you move ahead and reach Thorongla Phedi where you will stay overnight.
Crossing Thorong La pass, considered to be one of the highest passes in the world, will be your final goal today. You will be crossing the pass from which is the most comfortable and safest direction. You get up at about three in the morning and hike up the mountain. When you eventually make it to the summit, you apprehend that your tour was worth it. You can enjoy taking pictures before going to Muktinath Valley at the bottom of the Thorong La pass. Overnight in Muktinath.
Muktinath is an extraordinary journey for both Hindus and Buddhists alike. In the morning, you pay your visit to a Vishnu Temple and a Gompa. Declining from Ranipauwa settlement resting the abrupt and barren hill, you descend near Kagbeni and next to Jomsom ultimately arriving at Marpha. The journey today is quite surreal as you trek accompanying a plain above Kali Gandaki River, the world's most extensive ravine. Marpha is also recognized as the apple capital of Nepal where one can relish various items made from apple. The regional apple drink of Marpha is renowned all over Nepal.
From Marpha, you catch an unlike way toward Kalopani via Chokhopani village. Today, you come crosswise ancestral settlements of the people belonging to Thakali ethnicity. Also, you get to see mesmerizing apple gardens. From here you get spectacular prospects of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Fang, and Annapurna I mountains. From thereon you proceed to Ghasa after crossing a bridge where you will stay overnight.
From Ghasa tou descend to ground heights, you rise back within subtropical forests, dense with nature. Your trail continues along Rupse Chahara (waterfall). You proceed underneath the east bank from Kopchepani via Garpar to a bridge at Dana. At Narchyang Besi, you get to see a substation that provides the electricity in the area. There are more significant settlements in this region where you can witness the daily lives of the local people. Upon entering Tatopani, you rest and have a bath in the hot spring.
This day you will separate for relaxing at the hotsprings in Ghasa. This is a rest day after the long trekking days. You can take a refreshing bath and then visit the near by attractions.
You leave the Kali Gandaki and travel up the Ghar Khola valley. The path leads us within terraced farmland with peaks all around. You cross through the communities of Shikha and Chitre before entering a gorgeous rhododendron forest. When in bloom the rhododendron trees with its ordinary elevation of up to 100" will be incorporated amidst pink or red flowers. Escorting distant you reach Ghorepani, a lovely village inhabited at a hilltop. Overnight in Ghorepani.
From Ghorepani you will head towards Pokhara. It is a long days trek into the thick and dark forest. This portion of the journey will be within a lush jungle of seasoned rhododendron tree. Depending on the days of travel, you additionally get to appreciate cherry blossoms in efflorescence on the hills on the other side of the ravine. After trekking a few more minutes, you will be introduced to the Gurung settlement. You relish the scenes of Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli peaks. You resume your trek to Nayapul and drive towards Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
We bid goodbye to the enchanting lake city of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu we have the rest of the day off you could visit nearby areas of the city and enjoy your last day here in Nepal. We will also be hosting a farewell dinner to all the climbers and cherish the never forgetting memories made here in Nepal.
The beautiful 21 days stay here in Nepal comes to an amazing end. Our correspondent will accompany us to the airport a few hours before our scheduled flight. While your board you might smile a little thinking about your next adventure in Nepal.