Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Duration 11 Days Difficulty5,416mm

Trip Highlights

 

  • Crossing the world’s highest pass, Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters.
  • Majestic mountain views of the Annapurna range, Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt Macchapuchchhre.
  •  Diverse landscapes, Tibetan cultures, Buddhist monasteries

Arguably the most popular trekking route of Nepal, the Annapurna Circuit Trek takes you around the entire Annapurna Mountain Range. You begin from 800 meters and reach an elevation of 5416 meters. You traverse through diverse landscapes and human cultural settlements. You’ll discover the Annapurna Range and view it from all sides while passing through famous places like Manang, Muktinath, and Jomsom.

On this trek, you’ll experience different cultures, traverse through forests, fields, and rocky ridges, and discover exotic places. The trek lasts for about 11 days as you go around the Annapurna Range exploring it from all directions. You’ll also visit popular destinations like Muktinath and Poon Hill as well. Most importantly, you’ll walk across Thorang La, one of the highest passes of the world.

Discover diverse cultures

Exploration of Tibetan culture is another important aspect of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. You’ll visit monasteries and Chortens which are some sacred places of Buddhists. In addition, you’ll get familiar with the Sherpa living in the Himalayas and their livelihood. Moreover, you’ll also know about Hinduism as you visit one of their most holy places i.e., the Muktinath Temple.

Muktinath temple is also one of the leading destinations of this trek. The holy temple of Muktinath is a popular destination among the Hindu as well as Buddhist pilgrims. However, other tourists also go there to see the historical and sacred temple. It is an immensely popular Vishnu temple situated in the Muktinath Valley at the bottom of the Thorang La mountain pass. Around 108 water spouts surround the temple premises.

Traverse assorted landscapes

Annapurna Circuit Trek passes through four districts of Nepal. We go counter-clockwise around the Annapurna Massif as we move through Chame, Manang, Muktinath, Jomsom, Tatopani, and Ghorepani, among other places. The circuit encompasses forests, rivers, hills, valleys, and mountains across Midwest to the northern part of Nepal. Along with Annapurna, the trail also provides some magnificent views of other mountains like Manaslu, Nilgiri, and Dhaulagiri. Furthermore, places such as Poon Hill provide glimpses of other mountains like Machhapuchhre, Himchuli, and Lamjung Himal.

The ideal times to visit are the months of September, October, and November. Also, February, March, April, and May are equally good times for the trek. These months of autumn and spring provide favorable weather to enjoy the trekking. We offer guides that will accompany you throughout the journey. Moreover, we provide Annapurna Circuit Trek at an unbeatable price.

You decide what is best & we’ll take care of the rest

  • The itinerary mentioned is a standard guideline. We can readily modify it according to your needs and requirements.
  • The cost of the trek can also be changed according to your group size, needs, and time boundary.
  • You can easily add additional activities into the Itinerary. You just have to let us know before confirming the trip.
  • This trip can also start in the capital city of Kathmandu. You have to let us know if you want to begin there. In that case, the Itinerary will extend by a few days. Consequently, the cost will also increase.
  • The addition or removal of activities will increase or decrease the cost of the trip respectively. This will be done through mutual understanding between the agency and the client(s).
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TRIP DETAILS
  • Duration 11 Days
  • Activities Trekking
  • Pickup Point Besisahar
  • Best time to visit Any Time of the year
  • Max-Altitude 5,416mm
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Group Size Min. 2Pax
  • Tour Type Private and group tour
TREKKING MAP
ACCOMODATION

Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges

On the first day, we get on a tourist bus that will take us to Besishahar. It takes about 3 hours to reach there. From Besishahar, we take a 4-hour Jeep ride to Chame.

We follow a narrow path through dense forest and then along a steep rocky trail. We pass through Telekhu, Bhrathang and cross a bridge to reach the south bank of Marshyangdi River. We then walk along a gentle climb northward with the view of Annapurna 2 at our backs. We finally reach the town at Upper Pisang, where we spend the night.

We hike towards the Tibetan-styled village of Braga. There is also a Gumba that is quite stunning, which is the largest in the district. After walking for about 6-7 hours, we finally reach Manang.

It is crucial to acclimatize at high altitude. So, we spend the day exploring the town as there are several places worth visiting.

It is a gentle climb to the village of Tenki, and we continue to climb out of the Marsyangdi valley. The route further passes through the village of Gunsang. After that, you will walk across grasslands that are the grazing places of yaks. After crossing a bridge and walking for some time, we will reach the village of Yak Kharka.

After walking uphill for a while, we cross a suspension bridge and then reach the village of Ledar. We climb upward further until we reach Thorang Phedi.

We will walk up a steep slope towards one of the highest passes in the world; Thorang La pass. After reaching the pass, we walk downhill to the Muktinath valley where we spend the night.

In the morning, we visit the popular Vishnu Temple and also the Gumba nearby. Then, we start descending down for about 4 to 5 hours until we reach Marpha.

We get on a Jeep from Marpha and drive to Tatopani which takes approximately 3 hours.

We walk uphill across terraced farmland with endless views of the mountains. We pass through the villages of Shikha, Chitre and across forests of rhododendron. After hiking uphill for about 8 hours, we reach the beautiful village situated on the ridge.

We start early to catch the sunrise from Poon Hill. It is about an hour walk to the top of the hill. After enjoying the view, we return back to Ghorepani. We then have our breakfast and start descending. We pass through Ulleri, Tikhedhunga, Birethanti and finally reach Nayapul after 7 hours. From there, we take a ride back to Pokhara, which takes about 1.5 hours.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  •  Airport and hotels transfer by private car/van (depends on group size).
  • All meal (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and Tea/ Coffee) during the trek.
  • Tea house/Lodge accommodation during the trek( sharing basis).
  • Kathmandu – Besisahar by private car/van (depends on group size).
  • Besisahar-Chame and at the end of the trek Nayapul-Pokhara by Jeep
  • Professional English speaking, Eco Trained trekking guide his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine, transportation, etc. (one porter for two people).
  • The company guarantees the rescue services in case of an emergency; please hand over your insurance policy copy to us.
  • All the necessary paper works and conservation entry permit (Trekking permit / TIMS card etc.)
  • Sleeping Bag and Trekking poles (to be returned after trip completion).
  • First Aid Medical Kit Box.
  • Government taxes and VAT.
  • Nepali food farewell dinner party.
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu transfer by Luxury Tourist Coach
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Other transportation except Included in the section.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.).
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Additional costs or delays caused by management out of control like landscape, bad weather conditions, in case of itinerary modification with a view to a safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability raises strike, moment, etc.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on including section.

FAQs

  • Crossing the world’s widest pass, the Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters.
  • Majestic mountain views of the Annapurna range, Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt Macchapuchchhre.
  • Seeing the world’s deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki gorge, Varying landscapes, local mountain villages, and Buddhist monasteries

2 Reviews to “Annapurna Circuit Trek”

    • Mireia C

    I have enjoyed a lot the Annapurna Round. It had being a very good experience and with a very good people and guide. Don’t miss it.


    Rating: 5 / 5

    • Angus

    The Annapurna Circuit is something I have wanted to try for more than half a lifetime, however I’m now a father traveling with my wife (we’re both over 50) and 3 kids (ages 18, 15 and 13). Everyone’s got an agenda, but the biggest obstacles would be taking on the circuit in the 11 days that we had available for the trek, my wife’s concerns about hiking at high altitudes, the kids varying levels of enthusiasm for such an endeavor and the fact that we would have to travel in June, the beginning of monsoon season.

    When I laid these concerns out over a string of emails with North Nepal’s manager, Mohan raj Bhandari, he responded quickly, demonstrated engagement and expertise with my questions, and worked through the issues and concerns one-by-one. Was Annapurna the right trek for us? What about Nar Phu? What about Manaslu? I was later to learn that his depth of expertise comes not only from having scheduled treks with so many customers, but he also gets out of the office and does the treks himself to experience the trails firsthand. He came along on our trip, not as a guide but as a porter and as an agency manager to see how his arrangements came to fruition.

    With regards to those arrangement, North Nepal was clear from the get-go about the nature of the packages available. Mohan understood that I was torn between the independent backpacker mentality of going from lodge to lodge and, since I had kids with relatively small appetites, the need to pay-as-you-go for food, and the desire to make the experience as pleasurable and do-able as possible for those very kids. In the event, I never felt pressured to undertake an expense I wasn’t comfortable with and the combination of working directly with the tea house owners, having the North Nepal team help with discussions (and frankly the fact that there were very few other trekkers on that route in June) made the expenses very reasonable.

    The Route: The 11 day trek began with a long bus and jeep trip to Chame, with 3-6 hour treks for the following days until we came to Day 10, on which we would be waking up at 4 am to ascend from 14,500′ to 17,600′ (about a 1000m ascent). This would be our day to hike over Thorung La, the highest pass in the world and a place where breath comes short. This was a day my wife had been very concerned about. However, we had practiced on hikes on our acclimatization day and on a side trip up to Tilicho Lake (15,000′) so had a reasonable idea how we might fare at these higher elevations. In the event, only my youngest daughter needed a horse until the pass with the rest of us doing fine through the morning mist. We spent the rest of the day going down, down, down into Muktinath (12,000′), and had a celebratory dinner. Day 11 was supposed to be a short hop back to Pohkara from a nearby airfield, but the clouds had come to stay and no planes were going to be landing, so we piled into a jeep with the North Nepal team and sloshed back to Pokhara over mud-soaked roads for 11 white-knuckled hours.

    Overall, North Nepal did wonderfully. They brought professionalism to clear communication, transparent planning, trustworthy financial transactions, impeccable personnel on trail, and an appreciation of the kind of trip we were hoping to have. I will certainly come back to Mohan and North Nepal when we’re in the neighborhood again.


    Rating: 5 / 5

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