The Annapurna Circuit Trek is hands down the most popular trek in Nepal. During peak season, roughly 300 trekkers reach the trail every day. In fact, the Annapurna Circuit Trek is consistently ranked among the best foot paths in the entire world. From the subtropical jungle to the desolate orange-red rock structures in the Lower Mustang region to the rugged mountains, this trek provides a full taste of the Annapurna region. The Annapurna Circuit trailcombines the Annapurna and the Mustang regions –two unique and treasured landscapes of Nepal. providing some culturally and spiritually famous destinations for the journey. It is estimated that the total distance of the route is between 160-230 km (100-145 mi).
The Annapurna Circuit Trekstartsin Bahundanda in the lower Annapurna region. Hiking through the Marshyangdi river valley, we feast our eyes on cascading waterfalls, and breathe in the fresh air of thelushsub-tropical forests.The sound of the flowing streams brings us peace as we begin the trek. We head up through the Manang region, where Tibetan Buddhist settlements begin to appear. By the time we reach Phedi, characterized by yak grazing alpine meadows, we are completely enclosed by mountains on all sides. Here, we cross the Thorong La Pass (5416m), a tough, but exhilerating climb. The pass is the highest in the Himalaya. It is snowy and icy up there, but that only adds to the thrill. The high pass offers magnificent views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna I (8091m) Manaslu (8163m), Annapurna II, Mt. Annapurna III, Mt. Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Nilgiri, Machhapuccre, Hiunchuli, LamjungHimal, Tukuche peak, and Tilicho peak. Afterwards, we descend to the famous Muktinath Temple, a famous pilgrimage destination for Hindus and Buddhists from all over India and Nepal. Trekkers feel spiritually elated when they reach Muktinath. Immediately surrounding the temple is the arid, desert-like landscape, while in the distance, there are snow-capped peaks as far as the eye can see. Then, the trail goes through the Kaligandaki Gorge, passing the apple orchards of Marpha, and eventually ending in Nayapulafter a majestic sunrise view at Poon Hill.
Trekking is possible throughout the year, but Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) provide the best weather. During the Spring, there is a bit more color and the rhododendrons are blooming, and in the Autumn months, the skies are generally clearer. The Annapurna Circuit Trek requires fitness and acclimatization to avoid acute mountain sickness. Shikhar Adventure arranges the trek with complete management. Please, feel free to contact us for more detailed information.
A representative from Shikhar Adventure will welcome you our hotel. We will prepare you with information and gear for your trek. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, we’ll brief you on our upcoming adventure and then go on a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu, including several UNESCO World Heritage sites. You can spend the rest of the day freely or prepare for your upcoming trek. Overnight at hotel.
After taking breakfast in Kathmandu, we take a drive to Besisahar, the district center of the Lamjung region. The picturesque scenery of the Marshyangdi River Valley and terraced hillsides distract us during the drive. Overnight at guest house.
After breakfast, we head uphill to Bahundanda. Today is a mostly flat, but we take it slow so we don’t overdo ourselves. We get great views at Ngadi about 3.5 hours after we start the day. There is one final tough climb before we reach Bahundanda. Overnight at guesthouse.
Leaving Bahundanda, the gorgeous scenery of the Lower Annapurna region constantly catches our eyes. We pass several cascading waterfalls and charming villages. We cross over high suspension bridges with spectacular views. When we reach the Ghermu Phant, we walk to Syange and Jagat, reaching Chamje after a short hike. Overnight at guesthouse.
After breakfast in Chamje, we begin today’s journey,hiking further uphill.We follow along the Marshyangdi riverbank. When we reach Tal village, we have officially entered the Manang region. We can have a cup of tea and rest here if you’d like. Continuing along the stone path, we reach to Dharapani. About an hour later, we reach Bagarchhap. Overnight at guesthouse.
After a full night’s rest, we head out on the rocky path towardsTimang, walking through the dense mixed forest. Eventually, we reach to Kopar and enjoya great view of the Annapurna peak. The relaxed trailthen takes us to Chame, the district headquarters of the Manang region. Overnight at guesthouse.
We leave Chame after breakfast, knowing that we have a beautiful day ahead of us. After about two hours, we reach Bhratang, where we can sample some tasty apple cider from the local orchard. The day blesses us with amazing views of snow-capped Himalayas. After lunch, we reach the Pisang village, our destination. Overnight at guesthouse.
Today, we walk through arid, yet exciting sections of the Manang district. The landscape is out of this world. The snowy peaks on the horizon mixed with the dry, rocky landscape close to us make for a fascinating view. We talk it slow today, as we have gained a lot of elevation during these past few days. Eventually, we reach to Ghyaru and Braga, and finally to Manang village. Overnight at guesthouse.
We spend today resting/acclimatizing. Manang is densely-populated Tibetan Buddhists of Tibetan descent. You will enjoy spending time with them, as they are quite hospitable. Several colorful monasteries and chhortens are scattered around near the village. We can take a beautiful day hike to Gangapurna Lake and explore the surroundings. Overnight at guesthouse.
After breakfast, we head to Yak Kharka. We can take it slow today, as the hike is pretty short. We quickly reach Jharsang stream and walk along its bank into the alpine meadows. Yak Kharka is a wide-open grazing meadow. We take a rest here. Overnight at guesthouse.
From Yak Kharka, the trail becomes a bit more difficult due to the thin air. We first cross Ledar and go down towards the river. We gradually ascend the rest of the day to Thorong Phedi. We should try to acclimatize faster, so we walk a bit higher and then back to Phedi. Overnight at guesthouse.
Today is the most strenuous day of our trek, but it pays off! We wake up extra early because the earlier we climb the Thorong– La Pass, the better chances for clear skies and good weather. We reach the pass and see the amazing scenery of Annapurna, Manaslu, Hiunchuli, Lamjung and other neighboring peaks. After taking some snaps and enjoying the views, we trek down all the way to Muktinath. Overnight at guesthouse.
We wake up and visit Muktinath, feeling the spiritual energy from the pilgrims visiting. We walk with Hindu and Buddhist devotees towards the temple. We come back for breakfast, and begin our trek down to Jomsom via Jharkot. Wego through the windy Kali Gandaki river valley,which becomes quite dusty after mid-day. We’ll get an early start to avoid this. Soon, we reach Marpha, a charming village famous for its apple and other fruit orchards. Overnight at guesthouse.
After breakfast and a pleasant exploration of Marpha village, we begin our trek. The route goes all the way along the bank of the Kali Gandaki River. We gradually descend through Kokhethanti and walk further to reach Kalopani. Overnight at guesthouse.
Descending continually from Kalopani, we pass Lete and Ghasa, enjoying the gorgeous scenery of the powerful Kali Gandaki River Valley. Passing Kochepani, we descend and reach Tatopani, where there lies a natural hot spring.It is perfect for us after almost two weeks of spending most of the day on the trail. Overnight at guesthouse.
From Tatopani, we walk gradually to Ghorepani through Shikha village. We have lunch and then make a final descent to Ghorepani, located in the middle of the rhododendron forest. It is a mostly Magar-populated village. Overnight at guesthouse.
Drive back to Pokhara. We’ve got a lot of distance to cover today, but for many people, it’s one of the best days on the trail. With good weather and clear skies, we wake up with a view Annapurna I right in front of us. An early morning wakeup call to watch the sunrise at Poon Hill is a major highlight of this trek. We climb down and head to Tikhedhunga, a Gurung village that takes about 3.5 hours to reach. Trekking further downhill, we drive from Nayapul to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
From Pokhara, we drive about 6 or 7 hours back to Kathmandu via the Prithvi Highway. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we take you to your hotel. Take a rest and spend your day freely. In the evening we provide you fare well dinner in Nepali typical restaurant with culture program. Overnight at hotel.
Transfer to Tribhuvan Airport. Thank you for choosing Shikhar Adventure as your trekking guide! We look forward to your next adventure with us.
Shikhar Adventure is not responsible for any problems due to weather, damages of property, etc. However, we will help you manage your inconveniences to the best of our abilities. Transportation to and from Pokhara can be delayed due to weather conditions and delays may last up to several days. It is best to book flights to and from Kathmandu with a several day margin to avoid missing a flight back to your home country. If flights go smoothly, we will help arrange activities for you during your margin days. If you have a tight schedule and the roads out of Pokhara are delayed, it is possible to take a flight back to Kathmandu for an additional cost.