Annapurna Circuit

Annapurna Circuit

  • Duration

    22 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    5,416 m /17,769 ft

  • Starting & Final Locations

    Kathmandu, Nepal

  • Trip Route

    Kathmandu – Syange – Chame – Ngawal – Thorong Phedi – Thorong La Pass – Muktinath – Lubra Pass – Jomsom – Tatopani – Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Pokhara – Kathmandu

  • Price per person

    From £1700 pp

Since it opened to foreign trekkers in 1977, the Annapurna Circuit Trek has become renowned as one of the most spectacular trekking routes in the world with lush green valleys and fascinating villages that offer impressive snow-capped views of the white Himalayas. 

This trek is something special. It is the king of treks in this region. The highest point of the Annapurna Circuit is the magnificent Thorong La Pass at the top of the valley at 5,416 m. Due to the difficulties of crossing the pass, the circuit is usually walked in a counter-clockwise direction. Traveling clockwise, the longer ascent and shorter descent from west to east is too much for many people to manage in one day. 

As we descend to the west at Muktinath, from the pass we continue to the barren Tibetan like village of the Kali Gandaki – the world’s deepest gorge, passes between the giant Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. After you cross the Thorong La Pass from Manang to Muktinath, we head to Tatopani for hotsprings and climb  Poon Hill before descending to Pokhara. 

DAY 01 – ARRIVE IN KATHMANDU 1,400M

Transfer to hotel. 
Upon your arrival, our airport representative will meet you at Tribhuvan International Airport and take you to your hotel. They will answer any questions you may have. We will schedule a pre-trip meeting at our offices with your trekking guide and will inform you of the time. No meals included.

DAY 2 – GUIDED SIGHTSEEING IN KATHMANDU

After breakfast your sightseeing tour begins. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide and will visit some of the following sights.   

Pashupatinath Temple 

Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva. It is located on the banks of the Bagmati River and although you are not allowed to go inside the temple as it is strictly for Hindus only, you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River. A truly spiritual experience.   

Boudhanath Stupa 

Boudhananath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. It was built in the 5th century with the four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels. Remember to walk round clockwise!  

Bhaktapur Durbar Square 

Visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla, the famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola in a Pagoda style Batsala temple, Bhairavnath temple, Duttatraya temple, Pujari Muth and the Palace of 55 windows.  

The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area for any trekking essentials. Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included. 

DAY 3 – DRIVE TO BESISAHAR 830M IN A PUBLIC BUS AND TAKE A LOCAL 4WD VEHICLE TO SYANGE 1,100M

Today we will take a public bus from Kathmandu to Besisahar which takes about 6 hours and from there we will take a local shared 4WD vehicle to Syange (2 hours of driving). You will see beautiful landscapes, rivers and waterfalls on the way. 

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. 

DAY 4 – TREK TO TAL 1,700 M

Now tighten up the shoes laces. We will start walking gradually following the beautiful Marsyangdi River. This walk will be slightly ascending and we will come across the beautiful waterfalls on this walk. We will rest at Tal tonight. 

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. 

Duration: 5 hours

DAY 5 – TREK TO DANAQUE 1,860 M

This will be our exciting day. We will leave Marsyangdi River behind and continue our journey to witness Annapurna II and Pisang Peak and beautiful landscape and old villages. Don’t miss an opportunity to take beautiful pictures as we observe mountains, waterfalls and countryside life style of Nepal. We will rest at Danaque. 

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. 

Duration: 5 hours

DAY 6 – TREK TO CHAME 2,670 M

We will continue our walk enjoying the view of mountains, and waterfalls on the way. Today will be an easy day. After 4 hours of walking, we will reach Chame, the headquarter of Manang. It’s a beautiful little town with more facility than our previous days. 

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. 

Duration: 4 hour

DAY 7 – TREK TO UPPER PISANG 3,300 M

After breakfast, we continue our trek to Upper Pisang. On the way, we walk through the dense forest, along the Marsyangdi River and come across beautiful panoramic views of meadows and mountains. During the walk, we will see the first view of the gigantic Paungda Dada rock face, which is curved in a bowl like shape. Eventually, after 6 hours walk, we will reach Upper Pisang from where we can see  the majestic Annapurna II standing high to the south and we will rest here for the rest of the day. 

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. 

Duration: 6 hours

DAY 8 – TREK TO NGAWAL 3,660 M

Today, we have an early start  watch the beautiful sunrise and first rays of light on Annapurna II. After breakfast, we continue our trek towards Ngawal and will have the chance to witness high altitude flora and fauna, beautiful gorges, Annapurna II and III and Pisang Peak. Truly breathtaking. Our day finishes in Hgawal. 

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. 

Duration: 5 hours

DAY 9 – TREK TO MANANG 3,500 M VIA BHRAKA 3,360 M

We continue our trek walking through the hills, jungle and wetlands. On the way, we can see beautiful landscapes, stupas and lama schools. After 6 hours of walking, we will reach Manang. 

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. 

Duration: 5 hours

DAY 10 – ACCLIMATIZATION DAY AT MANANG VILLAGE

We spend a day acclimatizing in Manang by doing some walks and sightseeing around the village. We will visit a monastery and go to Gangapurna Glacier Lake during our walk. Towards the end of the day, we return to our accommodation for a night’s rest. 

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. 

DAY 11 – TREK TO YAK KHARKA 4,000 M

After acclimatization and a rest at Manang, we will be energized and excited to continue our walk towards Yak Kharka which ascends by 500 m. We make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangdi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka at 4,000 m. Herds of yaks and vegetations begin to thin out. 

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. 

Duration: 5 hours

DAY 12 – TREK TO THORONG PHEDI 4,450 M

After a two-hour ascent, the trail descends to cross the river at 4,310 m. We then climb up to Thorong Phedi at 4,450 m where we find our guest house for the evening. 

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. 

Duration: 5 hours

DAY 13 – TREK TO MUKTINATH 3,800 M VIA THORUNG LA PASS 5,416 M

Today is a long trek and we start early before sunrise at 4 am to reach the pass by 9-10 am. Otherwise weather conditions (strong winds) will greatly affect the journey, particularly at the Thorong La Pass. We climb steeply on a regular route which is quite easy to follow. After four hours of climbing to the pass marked by the chortens and prayer flags, we will be rewarded with stunning views from the top of the pass. Another four hours of walking will take us to the holy town of Muktinath. 

Muktinath means place of nirvana and is home to the Muktinath Temple as well as several monasteries. It is said that all sorrows we feel are relieved when visiting the Temple. It is a sacred pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The prime pilgrimage month is September. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple which has a beautiful natural spring and an eternal flame fueled by natural gas. 

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. 

Duration: 8 hours

DAY 14 – TREK TO JOMSOM 2,710 M VIA LUBRA PASS 4,020 M

We are now are at the other side of the Thorong La Pass and most of the land we see will be dry and looks somewhat like the desert. We will continue our trek walking by the bank of Kali Gandaki River. Most of the time we will descend with closer view of stupas and old traditional houses and civilizations of Mustang. Jomsom is a large town with many facilities. It is also the headquarter and official town for whole Mustang district where the district government offices are located. 

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. 

Duration: 8 hours

DAY 15 – DRIVE TO TATOPANI 1,190 M IN LOCAL SHARED 4WD VEHICLE

We still continue to descend through Kali Gandaki River Valley. On the way, we will encounter the world’s deepest gorge, Kopchepani. Tatopani is famous for its hot springs. This is the best place to relax our body after a long trek. We will spend another day relaxing at this spot. 

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. 

Duration: 5 hours

DAY 16 – REST DAY AT TATOPANI

Take a shower, dip into the natural hot springs, enjoy drinks and local food. 

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. 

DAY 17 – TREK TO GHOREPANI 2,810 M

Today is another big day. It will take about 7 hours to walk from Tatopani to Ghorepani. We climb about 1,620 meters up. From Ghorepani, we will be able to see Annapurna South, Himchuli and Tukuche Himal. We will pass a couple of Magar and Gurung villages on the trail.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. 

Duration: 6 hours

DAY 18 – HIKE TO POON HILL 3,210 M AND TREK TO TIKHEDUNGA 1,570 M

Very early in the morning, we start an hour hiking to Poon Hill at an elevation of 3,210 m – a brilliant spectacle. This vantage point provides unobstructed views of the early morning sunrise over the high Himalayas, weather permitting. There we spend about an hour. We return to Ghorepani where we take a hot breakfast at the hotel. We trek down towards Tikhedunga, walking down along the ridges and through rhododendron forests before finally reaching Tikhedhunga. 

Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast and lunch included. 

Duration: 5 hours

DAY 19 – TREK TO NAYAPUL 1,010 M AND DRIVE TO POKHARA

After some light trekking, we reach Nayapul 1,010 m. An hour drive takes us to Pokhara. 

Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included. 

DAY 20 – GUIDED SIGHTSEEING IN POKHARA

After breakfast, a full day sightseeing tour of Pokhara city begins. There will be a professional city guide and a private tourist vehicle at your disposal. You will visit the following sites: 

Bindhabasini Temple

The temple lies in the centre of the religious old bazaar. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati, another manifestation of Shakti. The park grounds offer a fine picnic and relaxing area. 

Davis Fall 

Locally known as Patale Chhango and located in the southern flank of the Pokhara valley, it is where the stream flowing from Lake Fewa surges down the rock into a deep gorge, leaping through several potholes. This is hugely popular with tourists and locals alike. 

Gupteshwor Cave

The revered Gupteshwor Cave is situated 2 km from the Pokhara airport. The entrance is right across from Davis fall and the cave is almost 3 km long. It has some big hall-sized rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all fours. This cave holds special value to Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered. 

Seti River Gorges

Carved by the Seti Gandaki River, it is one of the natural wonders of Pokhara. K.I. Singh bridge at Bagar, Mahendrapool and Prithivi Highway Bridge near bus park provide a perfect view of the river’s powerful force and the deep gorge made by the turbulent flow of white water. 

Tibetan Refugee Camp

The Tibetan camp Tashi Ling, which is behind Gupteshwor Cave, is renowned for the production and trade of woolen carpets and other handicrafts. The original Tibetan settlers in this region migrated to Nepal in the ‘50s. 

Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included. 

DAY 21 – DRIVE BACK TO KATHMANDU 1,400 M IN A TOURIST BUS

We will head back to Kathmandu in the morning. 

If you are interested in extending the trip, there are many options such as Chitwan jungle safari, river rafting adventure, Kathmandu shopping tour, mountain biking and other activities. 

In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. 

Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast and farewell dinner included. 

Update: The construction of the roads in Annapurna has affected the trekking in some places. The roads aren’t as busy as the highways and not all trekking is done on the roads but we want to avoid them as much as we can and make your experience better. So, we have changed our routes where it is possible. To reach Manang, our itinerary goes via Upper Pisang and Ngawal via natural trails. And, to reach Jomsom from Muktinath, our itinerary goes via a mountain pass called Lubra Pass. At Jomsom to Tatopani section, the road is busier than any other place and it is unavoidable. So we have kept a local shared 4WD drive which takes 5 hours and saves you 1 day. 

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