Annapurna Circuit Trek - 16 Days

The Annapurna Circuit is one of Nepal’s, if not the world’s, most famous treks. This classic Annapurna Circuit trek is a breathtakingly gorgeous and interesting journey. Deep gorges, desolate high mountain routes, Buddhist temples, charming farming towns, and all of the Annapurna Massif’s major peaks, all of these beauties can be witnessed during the Annapurna Circuit Trek.

We drive down the Pokhara road from Kathmandu and then follow the Marshyangdi River to Besisahar to reach the start of the trek. The trek proper begins here, with suspension bridges crossing and re-crossing the gorge cut by the Marshyangdi River until arriving in Manang, the route’s largest settlement. Here, an acclimatization day is taken in preparation for traversing the Thorung La pass, the trek’s highest point at 5416m. From there, it’s a gradual descent to Jomsom, with lots of ups and downs along the route. Our journey comes to a close with a breathtaking mountain flight to Pokhara, followed by a second flight to Kathmandu.

Overview

An extensive network of paths connects the Circuit and Annapurna Base Camp hikes, as well as the Sanctuary walk. The hike ends at Annapurna Base Camp, at 4,130 meters, with a 360-degree vista of the range. The trek begins in the rain forest before heading into the high mountains. There are several paths that lead to this interesting trekking site. This journey is often known as an Annapurna Circuit Trek since it follows multiple paths to a junction where a single major trail leads the way. The journey, which begins almost on the plains of Pokhara, passes through a diversity of terrain, cultures, and vistas in a short amount of time.

Highlights

  • One of the most iconic circuit treks in the world.
  • Kang La (5320m) and Thorong La (5416m), the two high pass crossings.
  • Muktinath Temple, a Hindu temple located in the heart of Muktinath valley.
  • Breathtaking mountain vistas of Mustang and Western Tibet.
  • Focus your gaze on Manaslu (8156m), the world's seventh tallest peak.

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival at Kathmandu

To get to Kathmandu International Airport (KTM), all trekkers must book their own flights. We will organize a private transfer from Kathmandu Airport to your hotel. That evening, you’ll meet with our representative and receive a comprehensive pre-trek briefing.
Overnight in hotel.

Day 2
Drive to Besisahar

We start our journey by driving to Dumre on the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway, then following the bumpy road beside the Marshyangdi River. We arrive in Besisahar, the capital of Lamjung District after a 7-hour journey.
Overnight in guesthouse.

Day 3
Trek to Bhulbhule

We begin our trek by following the Pam Khola trail. After crossing the stream, we walk up to Denauti village, where we will get a close look at Nepali village life. We arrive in the Gurung settlement of Bhulbhule as the trail approaches the Khudi Khola.
Overnight in guesthouse.

Day 4
Trek to Jagat

Before crossing a stream, the trail falls steeply from Bhulbhule. It then climbs and traverses the slope before arriving in Hani Gaon village. We descend through Syange and along the river for a while, following the winding mountain trail. The trail then ascends sharply, cutting into the sheer rock face 200-300 meters above the riverbed.
Overnight in guesthouse.

Day 5
Trek to Dharapani

The trail from Jagat dips to the river, then continues through a lush forest before ascending to a cliff with a sharp edge that faces the riverbed. We ascend sharply on the path to Sattale and then to Tal after passing a suspension bridge. The terrain becomes rocky and twisting as we travel away from Tal, passing through the forested settlement of Karte before arriving in Dharapani.
Overnight in guesthouse.

Day 6
Trek to Chame

As we approach Bagarchap, a Bhotia village with colorful prayer flags, Annapurna II becomes visible. We travel past Dhanakyu before arriving at a big waterfall as we continue upward through pine and oak trees. The Marshyangdi River enters a gorge further on, and the trail follows a rocky terrain. When the sharp climb ends, we continue on a gently rising trail through rhododendrons. Before approaching a pine forest, we cross a stream. Then we arrive in Kotho, a small village with a great vista of Annapurna II. The journey arrives at the entrance of Chame, the administrative seat of Manang district, which has a huge white gate with a corrugated iron roof. Chame has power, stores, health clinic, post office, and banks. The hot springs are also a key draw.
Overnight in guesthouse.

Day 7
Trek to Pisang

Today we walk to Pisang, crossing the Marshyangdi River on a large suspension bridge. Before reaching Bratang, our trail passes through farmland and leads to Teleku at 2775 meters. The valley changes from a V-shape to a pleasant U-shape after leaving the forested village. We climb up steep slopes to the south side and cross a 3040-meter-long suspension bridge. Paungda Danda, which rises more than 1500 meters above the river, may be seen from here. We enter the settlement of Pisang after crossing one more bridge.
Overnight in guesthouse.

Day 8
Trek to Manang

We’ll begin our journey today by hiking up a rocky ridge with spectacular views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak. We descend to Hongde, which lies beneath Annapurna III on the north-east face, through Manang’s airstrip. The trail eventually leads to the Sabje Khola Valley’s vast plain, from where we can see Annapurna IV (7525m). We enter the village of Mungji after crossing a wooden bridge. We continue past the planted fields until we reach Bryaga, a charming hamlet with a beautiful monastery. We have more views of the Annapurna range on the way down to Manang, including Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna (7455m), and Tilicho Peak (7134m).
Overnight in guesthouse.

Day 9
Rest day in Manang

Today is a day for relaxation and acclimatization. Before returning to Manang, we will hike up another 300 meters to aid your acclimatization.
Overnight in guesthouse.

Day 10
Trek to Letdar

We leave Manang and cross a stream on our way to Tengi, which is 120 meters above Manang. We then continue on beyond Marshyangdi Valley, heading up the Jarsang Khola Valley. As we approach the little settlement of Gunsang, a cluster of flat mud dwellings just below the route at 3960 meters, the vegetation of scrub juniper and alpine grasses underlines the difference in altitude. The trail continues along a big stream that runs between Chulu Youst and Gunsang, eventually leading to Letdar.
Overnight in guesthouse.

Day 11
Trek to Thorung High Camp

After leaving Letdar, we gradually ascend to a ridge before dropping to the Marshyangdi’s headwaters and crossing across a covered wooden bridge. We take a small trail across an unstable high hill and then descend to Thorung High Camp after a short hike up the right bank path.
Overnight in guesthouse.

Day 12
Trek to Muktinath after crossing the Thorung La Pass

Today we have an early start for the Thorung La crossing (5416m). As soon as you leave camp, the trail turns steep, but the path is clearly defined because locals have been using it for hundreds of years. The gradient eventually flattens out, and after about 4 hours of constant rising, we arrive at the pass’s prayer flags. We are treated to stunning vistas from the snow-capped mountains above to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang that stretch out before us. The descent to Muktinath is 1600 meters long. However, the spectacular views of Dhaulagiri provide a welcome diversion. After a beautiful trek up the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath, with its shrines and temple, the moraine gives way to green slopes.
Overnight in guesthouse.

Day 13
Trek to Jomsom

We are now on our way down the stunning Kali Gandaki valley, passing through barren land in the same geological and climatic zone as Tibet. We follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom after passing via Jharkot and Khingar, settlements with Tibetan architecture. We get spectacular views of both Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri en route. The final night of our walk will be spent in Jomsom, a big town stretched over both sides of the Kali Gandaki River.
Overnight in guesthouse.

Day 14
Fly to Pokhara from Jomsom

We fly from Jomsom to Pokhara early in the morning. It’s a breathtaking fly down the Kali Gandaki Gorge, with vistas of both the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountains.
Overnight in guesthouse.

Day 15
Drive to Kathmandu

We drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu in the morning.
Overnight in hotel.

Day 16
Departure

We’ll pick you up from your hotel and take you to Kathmandu Airport for your trip home.

Cost

Cost Includes

  • Completely lodges trekking which includes Breakfast, Lunch, dinner and room during the whole trekking periods.
  • All entrance fees
  • All necessary transportations
  • Airport pick up/drops
  • Kathmandu valley Guided city tour
  • 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • 1 night hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Guide, Assistant Guide and Porters
  • First aid kits
  • All government taxes and official charges.
  • Accidental and medical Insurance of Nepalese staffs
  • Road transport/ one way flight as well.

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Rescue/ emergence and insurance cost
  • Beverage and hard drinks and alcohol
  • Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during the departure.
  • Personal equipment and personal expenses.

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Annapurna Circuit Trek
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Trip Facts

  • Thorung La Crossing (5416m/17769 ft).
  • Autumn - September, October & November
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara & Teahouse during the trek
  • Private Car
  • English
  • Kathmandu
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