The mountain scenery, seen at close quarters includes the Annapurna Massif (Annapurna I-IV), Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, and Paungda Danda.
The Annapurna Circuit is a trek within the Annapurna mountain range of central Nepal. The total length of the route varies between 160–230 km (100-145 mi), depending on where motor transportation is used and where the trek is ended. This trek crosses two different river valleys and encircles the Annapurna massif. The path reaches its highest point at Thorung La pass (5416m/17769 ft), touching the edge of the Tibetan plateau.
Practically all trekkers hike the route anticlockwise, as this way the daily altitude gain is slower, and crossing the high Thorong La pass is easier and safer. The mountain scenery, seen at close quarters includes the Annapurna Massif (Annapurna I-IV), Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, and Paungda Danda. Numerous other peaks of 6000-8000m in elevation rise from the Annapurna range. The trek begins at Besisahar or Bhulbhule in the Marshyangdi river valley and concludes in the Kali Gandaki Gorge. Besisahar can be reached after a seven-hour drive from Kathmandu.
Upon your arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu a Hiek Manaslu representative will be there for your warm welcome and help you to transfer to the hotel. In free time take rest or walk around Thamel. Overnight.
Half-day guided tour around Kathmandu city’s historical, cultural and some UNESCO World Heritage Listed sites.Bouddhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple, the most important sites of Buddhism and Hinduism in Nepal. Catch the playful antics of the monkeys and beautiful city views at Swayambunath temple. And visiting Kathmandu Durbar Square are the highlights of the day. Overnight.
The first day of the trekking. Take bus from Kathmandu and drive to Besi Sahar. From there take a short trekking and walk to Bulbhule for overnight.
Leave Bhulbule and start trek of Bahundanda. The trail continues with Maryasndi River via suspension bridge. It then cross Ngadi Khola and it ascends up through the forests and cross some teahouses and place you to Bahundanda. Overnight.
The trail from Bahundanda goes up and cross some small streams, wonderful villages of Kanigaon,Ghermu and the Jagat known as stone village before reaching Chyamje. Reach Chyamje and stay overnight.
The trail from Chyamje first crosses the east bank of Marshyandi River. After experiencing walking on rocks, the trail then ascends up, crosses some wonderful waterfalls, local teahouses and reaches Bagarchap for overnight.
From Bagarchap, we start our walk through Jungle. Along the way we can enjoy the stunning views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Manaslu Himal. We also pass a small settlement of Timang Besi just before reaching Chame. Overnight in Chame.
The trail first crosses a side stream and later crosses Marsyangdi River. Then we walk through fields and then ascends through forest to lead us to Lower Pisang for overnight.
It will be a wonderful trekking day when we pass several villages including Bryaga where we can see the largest monastery of Manag which is 400-500 years old. A short walk from the monastery place takes us to Manang. Overnight.
Spend the day in Manang acclimatizing and walking around the old part of the village. Overnight
After spending a wonderful day at Manang, we start our trekking and begins to ascent up to Thorang La area to Marshyandi valley. We then continue our walking through juniper forest then we pass some meadows then finally reach to Yak Kharka for overnight.
The trail gently ascent up to Phedi. This is the highest altitude point of Annapurna Circuit trek. Overnight.
We start early morning and take a steep up trail which gradually leads us to one of the adventurous Himalaya pass in the world. We can enjoy wonderful views of Annapurna from pass. After Thorang La pass we spend some time there then take a descent trail and trek to Muktinath. Muktinath is a pilgrimage site dedicated to both Hindus and Buddhists. Overnight.
In morning explore religious Muktinath temple. After then we take descend trail Jharkot and continue our walk, pass Eklabhatti and finally reach today’s destination Kagbeni. Overnight.
We follow the left bank of river then we cross suspension bridge. Some ups and downs will then takes us to Jomsom. Today we pass Kali Gandaki gorge-the deepest gorge in the world (6500 meters deep) before reaching Marpha. Marpha is hugely popular for fresh apples. Overnight.
We leave Marpha from the southern gateway of Kaligandaki to Tukuche. From Tukuche we take west bank of the river then cross a suspension bridge and reach Kobang. From Kobang we continue our walk through juniper and pine forest to reach Kalopani for overnight.
The trail from Kalopani first descend to a bridge of Lete then goes through Pairo Thapla, Kopchepani and passes Guithe and gradually takes us to today’s destination Tatopani. In Tatopani we can enjoy taking bath in Natural Hot Spring. Overnight.
From Tatopani, this day we trek to Ghorepani. Ghorepani is one of most popular place in Annapurna region where one can enjoy stunning views of Himalayas. Overnight.
Early morning before sunrise, we hike up to Poon Hill for sunrise views at 10 different mountains. We spend some time at Poon Hill. After then we trek back to Ghorepani for breakfast. After breakfast we take descend trail to trek Tikhedhunga via Ulleri. Overnight in Tikhedhunga.
The trail from Tikhdhunga goes down and lead us to Nayapul where our private vehicle awaits. With 1.5 hours drive we get back to Pokhara. In free time we can explore around beautiful Pokhara city. Overnight.
Drive back to Kathmandu overland to the see the green and fertile landscapes or take spectacular 30 minutes flight. In evening join dinner and drinks to celebrate your trekking success with Hiek Manaslu Team.
A Hike Manaslu representative will accompany you to the airport to catch your returning flight. We hope to see you again soon! Namaste!!
The Trip Cost Includes
- Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our own vehicle)
- Transportation to and from!!
- Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with family environment
- Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip
- Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you don’t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
- First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
- All the required permits and paperwork
The Trip Cost Excludes
- International Airfare
- Visa Charges
- Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
- Your travel and medical insurance
- Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
- Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
- Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
- Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.
Frequently asked Questions
Annapurna Circuit is a Grade A or a strenuous difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.
On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.
The highest altitude reached is 5416m. This is the elevation of Thorang La Pass. Thorang la is the highest we will climb in this trek.
Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.
No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.
Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.
Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season.
It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.
For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $40 to $50 per day and porters take $25 to $35 per day.