Annapurna Circuit Trek - 22 Days

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.

Day 1
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1335 meters above sea level)

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.

Day 2
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing (1335 meters)

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.

Day 3
Day 3: Kathmandu to Bhulbule (840 meters/5 hrs drive/2¾ hrs trek)

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.

Day 4
Day 4: Bhulbule to Bahundanda (1300 meters/4 hrs trek)

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.

Day 5
Day 5: Bahundanda to Chyamje (1410 meters/7 hrs trek)

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.

Day 6
Day 6: Chyamje to Bagarchhap (2160 meters/7 hrs trek)

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.

Day 7
Day 7: Bagarchhap to Chame (2710 meters/6 hrs trek)

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.

Day 8
Day 8: Chame to Lower Pisang (3240 meters/5 hrs trek)

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.

Day 9
Day 9: Lower Pisang to Manang (3540 meters/6 hrs trek)

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.

Day 10
Day 10: In Manang (3540 meters)

Spend the day in Manang acclimatizing and walking around the old part of the village. Overnight

Day 11
Day 11: Manang to Yak Kharka (4018 meters/5 hrs trek)

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.

Day 12
Day 12: Yak Kharka to Phedi (4450 meters/4 hrs trek)

The trail gently ascent up to Phedi. This is the highest altitude point of Annapurna Circuit trek. Overnight.

Day 13
Day 13: Phedi to the Thorung-La Pass and to Muktinath (Up to 5416 meters/8½ hrs trek)

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.

Day 14
Day 14: Muktinath to Kagbeni (Up to 3550 meters/3½ hrs trek)

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.

Day 15
Day 15: Kagbeni to Marpha (2670 meters/5 hrs trek)

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.

Day 16
Day 16: Marpha to Kalopani (Up to 2590 meters/6 hrs trek)

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.

Day 17
Day 17: Kalopani to Tatopani (1160 meters/6 hrs trek)

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.

Day 18
Day 18: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2785 meters/8 hrs trek):

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.

Day 19
Day 19: Visit Poon Hill (3,210m.) and trek to Tikhedhunga (1,570 meters/6 hrs trek)

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.

Day 20
Day 20: Tikhedhunga to Pokhara (830 meters/2 hrs trek)

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.

Day 21
Day 21: Pokhara to Kathmandu (1335 meters/6 hrs car ride or 30 minute air flight)

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.

Day 22
Day 22: Fly Back Home

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

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

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.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna circuit trekking?

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.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

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.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

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.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Circuit ?

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.

What about internet access?

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.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna circuit trekking?

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.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $40 to $50 per day and porters take $25 to $35 per day.

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Price From USD 1,950 USD $ 1,650/person
Total $ 1,650 USD

Trip Facts

  • 1-12 people
  • 5416 M
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu, Normal Hotel/lodge during trek
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu, Three meals during trek