Govt. Regd. #: 2617/075
Group Size
1-10
Trip Grade
Moderate
Accommodation
Tea House
Max. Elevation
5,416m/17,769ft
Meals
B / L / D
Transportation
Local Bus / Jeep
Best Season
Mar - May & Sept - Nov

Why Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Walk through the valleys surrounded by majestic peaks like Annapuurna (I- IV), Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre, etc.
  • Diverse species of flora and fauna: rhododendron, pine, oak, juniper; yak, horse, snow leopard, Naur, Langur etc.
  • Stopover in the tea houses run professionally by the locals and encountered within reasonable intervals.
  • The pleasure of passing through two different geographic extremes — lush green terrain and Trans-Himalayan desert -– in a single trek.

Annapurna Circuit Trek has often been voted as the best long-distance trek in the world, as it combined, in its old full form, a wide variety of climate zones from tropics at 600 m as to the Arctic at 5416 m asl at the Thorong La pass and cultural variety from Hindu villages at the low foothills to the Tibetan culture of Manang Valley and lower Mustang. The total length of the route varies between 160–230 km (100-145 mi), depending on where motor transportation is used and where the trek is ended. Annapurna Circuit Trek offers a wonderful variety of landscapes and culture, from the subtropical lower Marsyangdi valley, where Gurung and Thakali settlements dominate to the northern arid Buddhist areas. The trek moves along the Marsyangdi River, on easy trails and suspension bridges, through rice and terraces and forests, with stunning views at the Pisang of Annapurnas II, III and IV. These remote areas lie in the rain shadow formed by the Annapurna. The Thorang-la pass (5414m), is one of the highlights of this trek.


Trip Outline

Day 01: Drive to Besisahar by bus (6 hours) & trek to Bulbule (Alt.840m/2,755ft), 2 hours walk.
Day 02: Trek to Ghermu (Alt.1170m/3,837ft), 5 hours walk.
Day 03: Trek to Tal (Alt.1700m/5,576ft), 5-6 hours walk.
Day 04: Trek to Danakyu (Alt.2300m/7,544ft), 4-5 hours walk.
Day 05: Trek to Chame (Alt.2670m/8,758ft), 4-5 hours walk.
Day 06: Trek to Pisang (Alt.3200m/10,496ft), 5 hours walk.
Day 07: Trek to Manang (Alt.3540m/11,611ft), 5 hours walk.
Day 08: Acclimatization Day.
Day 09: Trek to Yak kharka (Alt.4018m/13,179ft),Thorung Phedi (Alt.4500m/14,760ft), 7 hours walk.
Day 10: Trek over Thorang-la-pass (Alt.5416m), Trek to Muktinath (Alt.3760m/12,332ft), 8 hours walk.
Day 11: Trek to Jomsom (Alt.2720m/8,921ft), 5 hours walk.
Day 12: Drive to Tatopani (hot springs), (Alt.1190m/3,903ft), 5 hours.
Day 13: Drive to Pokhara (Alt.820m/2,689ft), 7 hours.

Detail itinerary

To Besisahar (830m) – 7 hours: Our journey begins. After breakfast, set off on the 185 kilometer, 7 hour, drive to Besisahar. Relax en route and enjoy lush scenery as we drive beside the beautiful Trishuli River. On arrival at Besisahar we can already glimpse a taste of things to come – stunning snow-capped mountains.

Trek to Bahundanda/ Ghermu (1,310m): Today sees introductions to waterfalls, suspension bridges plus more paddy fields and beautiful scenery

To Chamche (1,430m) – 5 hours: After Bahundanda, the trail initially drops for a short distance, then continues through local villages. Crossing the Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge, we continue beside the river to the stone village of Jagat , where we may stay overnight, or we hike on, climbing through forest to Chamje (1,400m).

To Bagarchhap (2,160m) – 5/6 hours: After Chamche, the trail follows the Marsyandi River steadily uphill to Tal (1,675m), the first village in the Manang district. Crossing a wide, flat valley, the journey continues up and down to Dharapani (1,890m) with its Tibetan-influenced, stone, entrance chorten. Upon reaching Bagarchhap (2,160m) further on, we see the typical, Tibetan design, flat roofed stone houses of the local villagers, surrounded by apple orchards and maize fields.

To Chame (2,630m) – about 5 hours: Today, the trail passes through local communities said to have migrated from Tibet centuries ago, noticeable by their different features and strong traditions, including typical Tibetan house designs. We climb to Tyanja (2,360m), then continue through forest near the river, to Kopar (2,590m). Reaching Chame (2,630m), the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded with beautiful views of Annapurna II (7,937m).

To Pisang (3,200m) – 5 hours: The day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge at 2,910 meters. We then cross another bridge at 3,040 meters, with views of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face beginning to appear. From there the trail climbs to Pisang, which sprawls between 3,200 and 3,300 meters. Time permitting, you may wish to take the short climb through alpine meadows to visit the beautiful temple.

To Manang (3,540m) – 5 hours: Today we continue through the drier upper part of Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. People of this region herd yaks and raise crops for part of the year. They also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784. Leaving Pisang, we have alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meet up again at Mungji. The southern route through Humde (3,325m) with its airstrip, involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru (3,670m), which perhaps has better views. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga (3,475m) to nearby Manang (3,540m).

Acclimatization day at Manang: Today is a full day acclimatizing in Manang. Morning trek to Ganggapurna Lake (see Ganggapurna Glacier). The views are magnificent. Directly south is Annapurna III (7,555m) and Ganggapurna (7,454m) and the Ganggapurna Glacier. Afternoon at leisure. Enjoy coffee in a local bakery, visit the local cinema, and more.

To Thorungphedi (4,600) or Thorung High Camp (4,800m).

Thorungphedi/High Camp to Muktinath (3,700m). Today is spectacular. After an early start, climb to Thorung La Pass (5,416m) for sunrise and stunning views. You will feel your strong sense of achievement. Then descend on a well-made track over 1,600 meters in height over 7 km in length to Muktinath, with your first view of Dhaulagiri (8,063m) on the way


What's included?

  • All Transport
  • Trekker’s Information Management System(TIMS) card
  • All governmental procedure fees, permits and local taxes.
  • All meals and accommodation throughout the trek.
  • An experienced English speaking trekking guide possessing valid license issued by the government of Nepal.
  • Highly experienced trekking staffs.
  • Travel and rescue arrangements.

What's not included?

  • Visa fees/ international airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Travel / medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost.
  • Hot and cold shower, battery recharge during Everest base camp trek.
  • Personal expenses phone calls, bar bills, extra porters, beverages etc.
  • Personal Everest base camp trekking equipments/gears.
  • Tips for guides, porters and drivers.
  • All others expenses not mentioned in “Trip Cost Includes” section

Elevation Chart & Map

Map of Annapurna Circuit Trek