Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

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  • Up Close view of Himalayan peaks - Mt. Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Macchapuchhre, Nilgiri and more 
  • Chance to observe the lifestyle and culture of Gurung and Magar communities 
  • Diverse experience in-terms of landscapes - sub-tropical, alpine and snowy barren pass
  • Walking through world-deepest gorge - Kali Gandaki Gorge 
  • Crossing of Dramatic HImalayan Pass - Thorong La Pass at 5,416m 

The Annapurna Circuit Trek - rightly known as classic Himalayan trek - offers the most diverse sceneries than any other equivalent length trek, encompassing virtually every type of landscape that Nepal has to offer. This lush majesty of nature is glorified by a diversity of culture, the region being common home to Gurng and Magar communities. 

On this 16 day classic Himalayan journey, you can enjoy the dramatic view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri and amazing variety of landscapes ranging from sub-tropical through subtropical to alpine and snowy barren landscapes resembling Tibet. The stunning trekking routes of Annapurna circuit is blessed with gigantic waterfalls, torrent -rivers, lush forests and high mountains and lakes. 

Annapurna was the first ever 8,000m+ peak first ever 8,000m+ peak climbed, by a french expedition and at 8,091, it is the 10th tallest peak in the world. The gigantic missive of Annapurna includes 13 peaks over 7,000m and 16 peaks over 6,000m along with countless glaciers, alpine hills, deep gorges, lakes and rivers. 

From Kathmandu, “the Venice of culture”, where the civilization of Nepal started, you will drive to Besisahar and then to Khudi to start the trek. The trek follows the anti-clockwise route and makes gradual gain in altitude which supports in acclimatization. As you gain altitude, the lowland Hindu communities gives way to Tibtean group and vegetation changes accordingly. The upper-pisang to Brage trail offers the great architecture and mesmerizing view of Gangapurna and Annapurna III. Two nights are spent at Manang for acclimatization before endeavoring Thorong La Pass at 5,416m - a great highlight of the trek. Then you will drop down to Muktinath valley which in local dialects translates to the place of liberation. After paying homage to Temple and gompas, you will walk through deepest gorge Kali Gandaki to prosperous town of Jomsom to conclude the trek. 

Annapurna Circuit Trek difficulty 

Firstly, it is important to note that Annapurna circuit trek requires no climbing expertise and technical skills. 

With some determination and fitness, you should be able to tackle the route. There are many examples of old and overweight people completing the trek - with a smile on their faces. 

Well being said that, there are some factors that should be considered prior to the trek - like altitude, length and training. 

Annapurna Circuit Trek difficulty in terms of distance 

Distance always plays a major role when it comes to calculating the challenge of any sort of hikes. The Annapurna Circuit Trek covers approx. 160 - 230 km depending on the starting and concluding point of the trek. You have to walk for at least 7 - 8 hours a day coverning 15 - 20 km. Sometimes you may even have to walk for 8 - 9 hours and gain more than 2,000m. 

Tips: Train yourself for a few months before the trek to overcome the challenge of the distance. Cardio-vascular exercise, leg squats and weight training are good training to build strength and stamina. 

Annapurna Circuit Trek Difficulty in terms of Altitude 

The most difficult aspect of round Annapurna trek is it's daunting altitude. Starting from a comfortable altitude 1,000m, you will cross the high Thorong La Pass 5,416m within a week of the trek. No matter how fit you are, once you rise above 2,500m - you will start feeling the deficiency of oxygen. It is said that Thorong La Pass offers about half of the amount of oxygen than at sea level. If the symptoms of AMS are ignored, the result can be fatal. 

TIPS: Make sure to acclimate your body before rising up the significant altitude. The key to altitude sickness is to walk slowly and stay hydrated. If the symptoms like difficulty in breathing, sleeping, headache, nausea and vomiting trigger you, make sure to drop down to low-altitude as quickly as possible.

Outline Itinerary

DayDay Acitivity
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek preparation day
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Khudi
Day 04: Trek Starts: Khudi to Sirung
Day 05: Sirung to Jagat
Day 06: Jagat to Dharapani
Day 07: Dharapani to Chame
Day 08: Chame to Pisang
Day 09: Pisang to Manang: 6 - 7 hours
Day 10: Acclimatization and rest day at Manang
Day 11: Manang to Yak Kharka
Day 12: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi
Day 13: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass
Day 14: Muktinath to Jomsom
Day 15: Drive/Fly to Pokhara
Day 16: Drive/Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 17: Final Departure

once you arrive in Kathmandu (TIA), you have to make passport, immigration and visa procedures in the immigration department of the Airport. Our airport representative will be waiting for you outside the terminal hall (look for your name on a placard). S/he will receive you and escort you to the pre-booked hotel: afternoon free. Evening: attend welcome dinner, introduction to your trek leader and briefing on the trek with the check on the necessities.

AccomodationOvernight in Kathmandu
Meals Dinner
Today, you will explore the five auspicious heritage sites of Kathmandu valley - Swayambhunath- also known as the monkey temple, Boudhanath - the world’s largest stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square - the ancient royal seat of Nepal with many timeless art, temples and monuments and the most venerated & sacred Hindu temple, Pashupatinath. After exploration, you will drive back to the hotel and make necessary preparation for the next day’s trip. Your trek leader will brief you about the trip and check on the necessities.
AccomodationOvernight in Kathmandu
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Today, you will start your journey with an exciting drive through a winding road along the Trishuli River. On the way, you can admire the stunning terraced fields and countryside villages. At juncture in Mugling , you will veer towards Pokhara. Upon reaching Dumre , you will leave the previous trail and move north towards Besisahar. About half an hour drive will take you to Besisahar and from here, you will drive for an hour to reach the small village of Khudi. Khudi offers the first view of astonishing Manaslu range.
AccomodationOvernight in Khudi
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration7 - 8 hours
The first day of the trek involves crossing a few suspension bridges and waterfalls including several ascents and descents across cultivated fields and sub-tropical forest. The first few hours of walk is gradual but later it becomes steep. The mountain is getting closer now. You will pass the beautiful settlement of Taranche before reaching the village of Sirung. Sirung offers the tantalizing view of Nadi Chuli and Manaslu mountain ranges.
AccomodationOvernight in Sirung
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration6 - 7 hours
Today, you will leave Sirung and move towards Jagat via a relatively easy trail. You will walk through a terrace village and forest where you can spot different species of birds and animals. Later passing several villages and a few temples, you will cross a suspension bridge over Sangu River and then cross suspension bridge one more time over the Marshyangdi River. You can admire the view of the waterfall nearby the bridge. Walking alongside the mighty Marshyangdi River, you will finally reach the Jagat.
AccomodationOvernight in Jagat
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration 6 - 7 hours
After breakfast, you will start slowly by descending until you reach the river and then hit the dense forest. Then you will gradually ascend to the sharp edged cliff that faces the riverbank. On the way, you can admire the stunning view of Annapurna mountain ranges. Crossing suspension bridge, you will climb steeply through the slippery and challenging path to Sattale. Walking through the succession of rock-strewn tails and descending to the grassy riverbank, you will reach Tal. The onwards the Tal becomes rugged and winding. As you reach Karte village, you will walk through the waterfalls and cliff to reach the prosperous village of Dharapani.
AccomodationOvernight in Dharapani
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration7 - 8 hours
Today, you will walk through a few forested ridges on the way to Chame - the district headquarter of the Manang. On the way, you can admire the stunning view of Himalayas that includes Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). On the trek, you will walk across the small hot spring where you can soothe for a while.
AccomodationOvernight in Chame
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration5 - 6 hours
A steeply narrow path through lush forest will take you to the stunning curved rock face that stands above 1500m from the river. This section will probably be the steepest part of the Marshyangdi River. After scrambling the last bit of cliff, the valley becomes wide and the view becomes more clear and magical. Few hours of trek onwards will take you to the lower pisang where you will spend overnight.
AccomodationOvernight in Pisang
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration5 - 6 hours
There are two routes that connect Manang and you will follow the Upper Pisang route via Geru. This trail offers excellent views of landscapes and the mighty mountains that includes Annapurna and Pisang. You will notice a contract change in landscape and vegetation today. The cold and dry climate creates a much harsher environment. A short visit to Barge monastery will be memorable.
AccomodationOvernight in Manang
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration 6 - 7 hours
In order to be fit, you will keep yourself busy today with a short walk to Barga monastery or Gangapurna lake. If time permits, you can walk to Varge village to explore the Himalayan Rescue center to gain some idea about the AMS.
AccomodationOvernight in Manang
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
From Manang, you will cross a stream and climb to the small village of Tenki and then walk steeply to cross the Marshyangdi Valley. Once you reach the valley of Jarsang Khola, you will climb northward passing few pasture and scrub and juniper trees. The trail further goes through Ghunsa village and then walks through meadows where horses and yaks grazes. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, you will pass an ancient old Mani wall in a peasant meadow and then reach another village of Yak Kharka.
AccomodationOvernight in Yak Kharka
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration3 - 4 hours
Today is an uphill walk to Thorong Phedi. After walking for a while, you will cross a suspension bridge and reach the Ledar village. Further you will ascend and pass the towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi - the last village of Thorong La Pass. On this trip, you will get the stunning views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorong Peak and Mt. Khatungkan.
AccomodationOvernight in Thorong Phedi
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration 3 - 4 hours
Crossing the Thorong La Pass, the highest pass in the world is the major objective of the trek. Today, you will cross the pass from east to west which is the easiest and safest route. You will get up at around three in the morning and walk up the mountain. As you reach the summit of the pass, you will realize how worthy this endeavour is. After some moments here, you will descend towards the Muktinath valley at the base of Thorong La Pass.
AccomodationOvernight in Muktinath
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration7 - 8 hours
Muktinath is the most sacred pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. In the morning, you will pay to the temples and Gompas and then begin descending from Ranipauwa village down through the steep and barren hillside. You will drop down to Kangbeni and then finally to Jomsom.
AccomodationOvernight in Jomsom
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration4 - 5 hours
Today you have two options - either you can drive (10 hrs) or fly (25 min )to Pohara.
AccomodationOvernight in Pokhara
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
After breakfast, you will bid goodbye to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara and drive or fly towards Kathmandu. On you reach Kathmandu, you will take a rest day off to relax and refresh.

In the evening: you will attend a farewell dinner to celebrate the successful completion of the trip.

AccomodationOvernight in Kathmandu
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Your adventure holiday in Nepal comes to an end today. Our airport representative will drive you back to Tribhuvan International Airport right on the scheduled time.



Cost Include

  • Airport/Hotel pick up and drops via private vehicle 
  • Star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on B&B basis 
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All the meals (Breakfast, Lunch & DInner) during the trek
  • All the ground transportation as per itinerary on a private and comfortable vehicle
  • Domestic Flight Fare (Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu)
  • An experienced english speaking and government licensed guide and assistant trek guide (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • All the staffs - guide, assistant guide, porter, driver transportation, food, accommodation, equipment and insurance 
  • All the necessary paper works and trekking permits (ACAP & TIMS)
  • All the government and local taxes 
  • A comprehensive medical kit 

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara (except welcome and farewell dinner)
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Excess baggage charges 
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal nature expenses - Phone calls, laundry, bar bills, internet and more 

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