Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek:
1. Enjoy the thrill and excitement walking around both scenic sides of Annapurna range of peaks
2. Explore the dramatic country of low warm area, cooler green hills to arctic region of high Manang
3. Grand views of high snow-capped mountains on daily walks from north to south of Annapurna
4. Visit traditional farm villages of great interesting various cultures of age-old heritage lifestyle
5. Within scenic Manang valley enclosed and surrounded by high peaks of Annapurna and Calculus
6. Cross high Thorang-la pass with exceptional views of giant mountains and beautiful landscapes”
Annapurna Circuit Trek is an adventure where the walk takes around a massive range of Annapurna Himalaya from North to Southern green area, a great scenic country where trekkers will be captivated by a high mountain that surrounds you.
Annapurna Circuit Trekking a perfect mountain holiday listed as world Top Ten Adventure Destinations by leading well-known Travel magazines and Guide Books which you can find it yourself joining on magnificent walks to high and scenic Manang valley with a climb to Thorang-la pass to achieve and experience highest altitude gain.
Annapurna Circuit certainly a journey that takes you around most scenic places with varied landscapes and climate, from low warm farmland to high cooler green hills then reaching close to remorseless fields of ice and glaciers at high Manang Valley.
The adventure begins with exciting overland on busy and interesting Nepal main highway then diverts towards Annapurna Circuit route at Besisahar town, around low warm areas of Nepal Mid-West where walk follows raging Masrsyangdi River upstream towards higher hills.
Walking around nice villages with fabulous views of Manaslu and Annapurna peaks to reach at Dharapani village unto Chame a large town and headquarter of Manang district where the air gets much cooler with close mountain views.
The journey continues heading into lovely alpine woodland of tall rhododendron and pines trees with a climb and descends to enter beautiful Manang valley at Pisang village where you will soak within views of high peaks of Annapurna and Chulus with Pisang peak.
From Pisang onward within scenic Manang high valley encircled by high peaks as walk leads to visit the interesting monastery of Braga and then reaching at main Manang village with rest days for acclimatization and to explore local villages of an immense culture of colorful Buddhism heritage.
After a pleasant and wonderful time at Manang walk leads to remote west close to a mountainous area with the climb to high Thorang-la pass at 5,416 m facing breath-taking scenery of surrounding landscapes and giant peaks.
Enjoying super views descend to Mustang area at Muktinath a holy pilgrimage spot for Hindu with views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri’s a nice village within a weather-beaten country where the adventure leads to wide Kaligandaki River valley to Jomsom, a headquarter town of Mustang area and the hub for Thakali people a tribe of Kaligandaki valley.
The journey continues following Burigandaki River downstream to lower warm area after going through the world deepest gorge of Kaligandaki River, sandwiched between giant peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.
Fascinating scenery with a great change in altitude and landscapes on reaching at Tatopani village a place with natural hot spring, as the village called Tatopani means hot water in Nepalese.
A perfect place to enjoy refreshing moments before heading back to cooler high hills at Ghorepani a village located in the midst of rhododendron forest famous for Poon Hill where short hike takes you early morning for spectacular sunrise views over an array of Mid and Western Himalaya peaks.
Slowly our adventure comes to an end with much downhill walk to reach at the end of our trekking at Bhirethati village where a short drive takes you to the beautiful city at Pokhara, a leading and renowned touristic place in whole Himalaya.
A wonderful place Pokhara blessed with mountains and lakes where our amazing experience and adventure Annapurna circuit concludes with grand memories of high hills and mountains of Nepal high Mid West Himalaya.
Best Seasons for Annapurna Circuit Trekking:
From March to May and September to November months of the year, where March to May longer days with much sun-light hours till late afternoon with clear days for excellent views of snow-capped peaks and pleasant walks, can get cloudy with light rains and can snow on higher elevation sometimes.
March to May where hills are alive with seasonal wild-flower in bloom especially rhododendron of various species from tall trees to a bush, September to November another best time for clear views of peaks and walks but shorter days and sunlight hours due to autumn or fall season.
Much colder nights and morning including around shades can snow sometimes around higher hills with more freezing temperatures.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via various international airlines and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest and world heritage sites
Day 03: Drive to Syange 1,140 m via Besisar 800 m – 06 hrs.
Day 04:Trek to Dharapani 1,920 m – 06 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Chame 2,670 m – 05 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Pisang 3, 230 m – 05 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m – 05 hrs.
Day 08: Rest day at Manang for local hikes and acclimatization.
Day 09: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m – 04 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Thorang High Camp 4,600 m – 04 hrs.
Day 11: Cross Thorang-La 5,416 m and to Muktinath 3,800 m – 06 hrs.
Day 12: Drive to Tatopani 1,050 m via Marpha -Ghasa villages- 05 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Ghorepani 2,750 m – 06 hrs.
Day 14: Hike to Poon Hill and trek to Tirkhedhunga 1,470m -05 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Bhirethati / Nayapul 1,900 m drive to Pokhara – 05 hrs walk with drive.
Day 16: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 17: International departure for homeward bound.
On fresh arrival at Kathmandu and Nepal international airport received by staff and guide with short transfer into the heart of Kathmandu city around exciting areas at Thamel where your hotels situated, here our guide will brief about treks and other necessary information regarding your stay and of the treks.
At evening group welcome dinner in a nice authentic Nepalese restaurant with cultural program to give you the glimpse of local culture with music and dance while having your dinner.
A free day in Kathmandu after breakfast join in our exciting and interesting sightseeing tour led by our expert city guide to show you the historical wonders of Nepal within world heritage sites, after a great and enjoyable tour with time for trek preparations.
Morning travel overland journey takes you on scenic, exciting highway on Kathmandu and Pokhara main road following Trisuli River, and then route diverts to reach around low warm farm areas of Lamjung district at Besisar main town of the area.
From Besisar drive for few hours to Syange village located next to Marysangdi River with views of waterfalls transfer to a nice simple lodge for overnight stop.
Starting first morning walk with climb for few hours to reach at Jagat a nice hill village within farm area and views of cascading waterfalls, walk continues on winding ups to Chamje and at Tal villages to reach at Dharapani village where Manang district starts.
After refreshing stop at Tal continue walk to reach much cooler area at Dharapani for overnight halt, Dharapani a nice large village on the junction of Annapurna and Manaslu route
After breakfast walk leads with climb to Timang village past Bagarchap and Dhanaque villages as route leads into nice cool alpine tree lines to Timang village facing views of Manaslu-Lamjung and Annapurna peak.
From Timang few hours walk to Chame for overnight stop in a nice lodge, Chame headquarter town of Manang district.
Morning with hearty breakfast at Chame walk to Pisang village of 5 hrs journey, as walk leads into nice alpine forest of pines and rhododendron tree lines with uphill and downhill to Pisang.
Reaching Pisang village transfer to nice lodge, where Manang valley begins from here with views of Annapurna-Pisang and Chulu peaks.
Morning walk within tall coniferous tree lines of rhododendron and pines where climb leads to a scenic ridge with views of Manang valley and high peaks of Annapurna and Chulus then descend to a flat valley at Hongde a village with small airstrip with views of peaks then reach at Braga village and visit its old interesting Braga Buddhist monastery with grand views of mountain range on both side of the trail as walk brings you at Manang village from Braga, overnight in main Manang village with possible lunch at Braga or at Manang
Rest day for acclimatization in lovely Manang village, free day to explore traditional villages of
Manang of Buddhist culture and take a short hike to a hill for close views of Gangapurna and
Annapurna III glacier, afternoon rest and relax marveling views of Annapurna and Chulus peaks.
Short day walk of 3-4 hrs to Yak Kharka with slow climb with mountain views, on reaching at
Yak-Kharka, a large yak grazing field with nice lodge to stay facing wonderful mountain views of
Gangapurna, Annapurna II with Tilicho peaks, lunch and overnight at Yak Kharka with short
walks around for acclimatization
A short day but walking on higher altitude to Thorang High Camp of few hours, walks starts
after nice breakfast then cross a stream with short climb to reach at Thorang Phedi, from
Thorang Phedi an hour climb up to Thorang High Camp for lunch and overnight stop in a simple
but nice and cozy lodge.
Walk starts early morning after breakfast with winding up to reach Thorang-la pass, after
few hours climb then at the top of the pass and on the highest point of the adventure with
glorious panorama of mountain views, from Thorang-la downhill to holy Muktinath after
5-6 hrs long day walks to Muktinath and transfer into a nice lodge
Afternoon visit Muktinath temple of great importance to Hindu and for Buddhist followers
From Muktinath due to motorable road, morning board in a jeep for few hours
drive to reach at Tatopani village, drive leads through scenic Kaligandaki River valley past
Jomsom town, as journey leads into world deepest gorge of Kaligandaki near Lete and Ghasa
Villages, then reaching at Tatopani village for overnight stop a place with natural hot-spring
Morning trek continues from Tatopani to reach high Ghorepani village, where climb lead past
Sikha and Chitre to reach at Ghorepani village with grand views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna
Peaks, at Ghorepani transfer into nice lodge located with beautiful rhododendron forest
Early morning hike to Poon Hill for stunning sunrise views over range of Himalayan peaks on top
Poon Hill enjoy super sunrise views over chain of mountain with Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri’s, Annapurna
and Manaslu with majestic peak of Machhapuchare the Fish Tail, then descend to Ghorepani
for breakfast, and continue walk within lovely cool forest to reach at Ulleri village after 2-3 hrs
walks for possible lunch stop. From Ulleri downhill to Tirkhedhunga village within low warm
farm land and transfer to lodge after few hours downhill from Ulleri village with views of
Morning starts with slow downhill for an hour to reach at the bottom of a hill reaching close to Modi River at Bhirethati village where our adventurous trek ends with few hour drives to scenic Pokhara city then transfer into respective hotels by the lake for overnight stop in this lovely scenic place.
Morning drive back to Kathmandu after a wonderful and memorable trip on high hills of Annapurna Himalaya and on reaching Kathmandu transfer to respective hotels with afternoon free for own individual activities with farewell dinner.
(Flying option from Pokhara to Kathmandu of 30 minutes scenic flight)
Last day in Nepal a country of high Himalaya with colorful culture, our guide and staff transfer you to the airport for your international flight homeward, after a grand memories and experience on Annapurna Circuit Trekking.