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Annapurna Circuit Trek

Duration: 14 Days
  • Destination
  • Region
  • Trip Grade
    Moderate/High Pass
    Min 01 Pax
    Sep-Dec & Mar-May
    Lodge/Tea House
  • Start/End Point
    Jagat to Pokhara

Trip Overview


Annapurna Circuit Trek located Nepal Far North Mid-West where walk leads you around massive mountain range of Annapurna great Himalaya from North to South and crossing the highest point of the adventure over Thorang-la pass at above 5,416 m high. Annapurna Round Trek starts with moderate walks following raging Marysangdi River right up to its glacial source at high and scenic Manang valley, enclosed within high peaks of Annapurna II – III-IV with Gangapurna and Chulus. Annapurna Circuit Via Tilicho lake Trek listed as world best adventure destinations, which you can witness on daily walks from low warm paddy fields to high cooler alpine country ending at remorseless fields of ice and glaciers at Manang and Thorang-la.

The scenery of dramatic landscapes that overpowers the views on the magnificent Annapurna Circuit includes various cultures as walk leads you through many nice villages of mixed tribes of hill people, as adventure progress towards high Manang valley where you can witness villages with more Buddhist religions. Annapurna Circuit Trek begins with a drive to Besisar town around the Lamjung district. Where the walk follows farm villages and into serene woodland to reach at high scenic hills facing tremendous views of snow-capped peaks. Finally reaching our promised land at Manang village with time to acclimatize and exploring its nice traditional villages visiting the monastery of great interest. Then ready for the big climb up towards high Thorang-la pass to reach at Muktinath holy temple premises, one of the holiest pilgrimage spot for Hindu and some Buddhist followers. From Muktinath breaking our treks for an exciting drive to reach at Tatopani village with natural hot spring, where the journey leads through Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains range within world deepest gorge of Kaligandaki valley.

Enjoying time around warm areas of Tatopani village soon walk continues heading back into cooler alpine hills at Ghorepani villages surrounded by rhododendron forest. Where climb takes you at famous Poon Hill for a spectacular panorama of Himalaya with a stunning sunrise, then on the downhill walk to road-head with a drive to a beautiful touristic city at Pokhara. At Pokhara where our adventure completes after a most amazing time and experience on Annapurna Circuit Trekking in Nepal.

Highlight of the Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna “Annapurna Circuit trekking listed as world’s top ten adventure destinations
An adventure full of scenic views of mountains and unique dramatic landscapes
Where walk leads you from low warm areas to cooler alpine towards an arctic zone
Trek on Himalaya’s most scenic and popular route around Annapurna Himal
Explore interesting Buddhist culture villages of Nepal North Mid-West Himalaya
Enjoy awesome experience and adventure far and above scenic Manang valley
Crossing high Thorang-la with amazing views to magnificent areas of Mustang
Stunning sunrise views and journey within world deepest gorge of Kaligandaki”

Trip Preview:

Mode of accommodation: Hotels and local Lodge on treks.
Trek Grade: Moderate to Adventurous with the touch of high altitude.
Highest spot on treks: On top Thorang-La Pass 5, 416 m.
Trek Duration: 12 Nights and 13 Days (with drive both ways).
People and Culture:  Populated by Gurung and Manang people of Buddhism religion and colorful culture with ancient traditional heritage and custom.
Best Seasons:  Nearly all months of the year except the wet months from June to mid-September, where’s March to May lively with wildflowers and rhododendron (Nepal national flower in blooming times, where days are clear for views. October to December another best months for clear views but with short lights, cold in the morning and night times chances of snow on route walks.

Total Trip: 15 Nights and 16 Days (arrival to final departure)

Details Itinerary

Short Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu with transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Drive to Jagat 1,290 m via Besisar 800 m – 08 hrs.

Day 03: Trek to Dharapani 1,920 m – 05 hours.

Day 04: Trek to Chame 2,670 m – 05 hours.

Day 05: Trek to Pisang 3, 230 m – 05 hrs.

Day 06: Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m – 05 hrs.

Day 07: Rest day at Manang for local hikes and acclimatization.

Day 08: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m – 04 hours.

Day 09: Trek to Thorang High Camp 4,600 m – 04 hrs.

Day 10: Cross Thorang-La 5,416 m and to Muktinath 3,800 m – 07 hrs.

Day 11:  Drive to Tatopani 1,190m via Jomsom and Marpha – 04 hrs.

Day 12:  Continue trek to Ghorepani 2,750 m – 06 hrs.
Day 13:  Trek to Tirkhedhunga 1,500m -05 hours walk.
Day 14:  Trek to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara 850 m -05 hrs walks and 2 hrs rides.
Day 15:  Fly or drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 16:  Final departure from Kathmandu homeward bound or to respective destinations.

 Detail Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu with transfer to hotel.
On arrival at Kathmandu international airport get transferred to hotels after received by our guides and staff, at hotel check-in and join in for group briefing regarding treks and other useful information, with welcome dinner.

Day 02: Drive to Jagat 1,290 m via Besisar 800 m – 08 hrs.

Morning where morning drive leads you away and beyond Kathmandu valley heading low warmer areas with views of snowcapped mountains to reach at Nepal Mid-West to reach around Lamjung area in Besisar town. From here drive continues on rough jeep road heading higher up past farm villages and terraced fields as drive ends at Jagat village for an overnight stop,in this nice village.

Day 03: Trek to Dharapani 1,920 m – 05 hours.

From Jagat, walk begins on winding path to Chamje into the forest with views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountain range, then walk to Tal village located on nice valley from here two hours walk to Dharapani village for an overnight stop. Dharapani a nice village with Buddhist culture, situated on the junction of Annapurna circuit and Manaslu trekking trail.

Day 04: Trek to Chame 2,670 m – 05 hours.

Morning walk starts into rhododendron and pine forest past Bagarchap and Danque village, to reach at Timang village, from here on with more Buddhist culture overlooking view of Mt. Manaslu, as trek leads to a large town at Chame for an overnight stop, a major town and headquarter of Manang district.

Day 05: Trek to Pisang 3, 230 m – 05 hrs.
From here onward walk gets closer into mountains heading through a beautiful alpine forest, following Masrsyangdi River upstream to Bhratang village, as walk heads uphill into pine trees to Dhukure Pokhari a small place with few lodge and views of Chulu and Pisang peak, after a lunch stop walk downhill to Pisang village for an overnight stop.

Day 06: Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m – 05 hrs.

Pisang village situated within Manang valley facing stunning mountains views where altitude gains slowly from here onward, as walk takes you to short uphill with views of Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna Chulu and Pisang peak to reach Hongde village. From here tree lines fades to barren, arid landscapes as walk leads to Manang village on route visit old Braga monastery enriched with Buddhist relics, ancient wall painting, frescos and a super panorama of Annapurna Himalaya, from here an hour walk to Manang village.

Day 07: Rest day at Manang for local hikes and acclimatization.

Necessary rest day for acclimatization before heading high altitude and at Thorang -la, here explore Manang village beneath towering Annapurna and Gangapurna peaks, a nice short hike up for views of Gangapurna Glacier and the Manang glacial Lake.

Day 08: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m – 04 hours.

After resting at Manang, walk to Yak Kharka, an interesting high altitude walks facing views of mountains, crossing small streams to reach at Yak Kharka, a small settlement with incredible views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Chulu Peaks.

Day 09:  Trek to Thorang High Camp 4,600 m – 04 hrs.

Morning walk leads closer to Thorang-la as the walk progress crossing a bridge and then a climb along the Jarjung River, then leading at Thorung Phedi for short rest and then climb the last hour uphill to Thorang High Camp for an overnight stop.

Day 10: Cross Thorang-La 5,416 m and to Muktinath 3,800 m – 07 hrs.

Starting early morning to reach the highest point of the great adventure, after breakfast climb up to Thorang-la at above 5,416 m marked with Buddhist prayer flags, offers superb vista landscapes and snowcapped peaks, from here a long descend to Muktinath at 3,800m. Muktinath a holy place for both Hindu and Buddhist the word Muktinath literally means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’.

Day 11: Drive to Tatopani 1,190m via Jomsom and Marpha – 04 hrs.

After Muktinath, rest of the journey is easier with exciting scenic drive all the way downhill with  big drop of 1,200m to Kaligandaki river valley, as ride leads at Kaligandaki river valley, from here heading past Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang area with small airstrip above Kaligandaki River, through Marpha village, as drive leads downhill past Lete. Journey enters between Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna forming world deepest gorge of Kali-Gandaki River. After Ghasa village end of Mustang to reach at Tatopani, (Hot Spring) village a nice village with large hot spring pools just by the bank of the River Kaligandaki.

Day 12: Trek to Ghorepani 2,750 m – 06 hrs.
After a wonderful time at Tatopani, trek on winding trail for an hour then uphill all the way through dense forest to reach Chitre, from here an hour climb to Ghorepani village with views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna South with Vara-Shikar known as Annapurna Fang. Ghorepani famous and popular for hike to Poon Hill a view point offering super wide angle views of world’s three highest peaks and range of other mountains with striking sunrise and sunset.

Day 13:Trek to Tirkhedhunga 1,500m – 05 hours walk.
Morning an hour hike up to Poon Hill above 3,210m, for stunning sunrise over the range of mountains from Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu to Annapurna and as far to Ganesh Himal in the far eastern horizon including the majestic Mt. Machhapuchare “The Fish Tail”. From here walk through lovely rhododendron forest, and then with long descend from Ulleri village to Tirkhedhunga for last overnight stop in the hills of Annapurna Himalaya.

Day 14: Trek to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara 850 m -05 hrs walks and 2 hrs rides.
Last day walk from Tirkhedhunga leads to scenic Pokhara, morning walk leads to a long descend past farm village to reach at the base of a hill around warmer low farm areas. A pleasant walk on the long downhill, from here reaching raging Modi River at Bhirethati village and towards road-head at Nayapul for exciting few hour drive to Pokhara by its serene Phewa lake.

Day 15:  Drive or fly back to Kathmandu afternoon free at leisure.
Morning from Pokhara an exciting overland journey back to Kathmandu on route observe farm villages and towns and then reach Kathmandu by afternoon, rest of the day free for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.

Day 16: Final departure from Kathmandu homeward bound or to respective destinations.
Last day in the land of Himalayan Wonders, as per your international flight time depart from the hotel for an airport for your international flight back to home countries or other respective destinations.

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Client Reviews

Vanda Gooley

Australia, NSW

In 2010, my son, husband and I did the Langtang Valley Trek with Anjan as our amazing guide. His knowledge of the area was extensive, including walking expectations, weather and terrain conditions, and the best places to stop, rest, eat and sleep. So much so, that other Trekkers called on his advice despite having their own guides. He was a very acknowledges an expert mountain guide. On the trek, Anjan was nurturing, fun and extremely amicable with everyone. He had a very endearing personality, and over the two-week trek, he became a member of our family. I highly recommend Anjan to anybody considering undertaking any trek in Nepal.

Robert Francisco

USA, California

I have done 3 treks with Anjan and Nepal High Trek & Expedition Langtang gosainkund Trek, Everest Base Camp Trek and Island peak climbing and Annapurna circuit Trekking 5 years before in Nepal. That’s was wonderful and lifetime trip in my life. Due to weather conditions, we had to change our plans and return to Besi chair and then do the Annapurna Base Camp with a few extra places along the way. My guide was Anjan and he was so helpful. When our itinerary had to change he was helpful, suggested other options and did what he could to make the best of a situation beyond all human control. Anjan is very proud of his country and willing to share all his knowledge and experience with his clients. Nepal High Trek & Expedition is trustworthy, takes all responsibility and all problems The staff at Nepal High Trek are very helpful and willing to help you with any information or anything else you may need. I would highly recommend this agency as they are professional, competent and helpful! I will definitely be back and trekking with them in the future.

Rajan Riv Turck

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani poon hill trek “Lieber Anjan, das Trekking mit dir war super! Es hat uns sehr viel Spaß gemacht! Die Kombination aus Abenteuer, Natur und Wandern ist ideal zum Abschalten! Du bist ein großartiger Führer!!!”