Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

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    Mini. 1 Pax
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  • Best Season
    Sep-Nov & March-May

Trip Overview

Annapurna Circuit Trek is the best destination to explore the beautiful mountains and multicultural ethnic groups around the Annapurna region. Walking around the small villages, stunning landscape, and south face of the massive Annapurna Mountains is a happy feeling itself. You will witness huge diversity in the lifestyles of the locals throughout the trek.

What to expect in Annapurna Trekking Trail?

Annapurna Circuit Trek offers you constant views of snow-capped peaks from the start to the end of the journey. If you are a person who loves to see the authentic part of Nepal then Annapurna Circuit is the best ever option. Annapurna Circuit Trek actually covers a large area which is from Besisahar to Pokhara.

Annapurna circuit route heads to a long descent from Thorang-La pass to reach Mustang areas at the holy Muktinath Temple and Buddhist religions. From Muktinath, the path goes through the Kali Gandaki river and the beautiful desert valley to Jomsom headquarters. Thorong la Pass Trek takes you to explore the fascinating culture of Manang valley and its old impressive monastery of Buddhist religion with ancient customs and colorful traditional life.

The Longest Popular Thorong La Pass (5416m)

The Thorong La pass (5416m) is one of the most popular and beautiful Passes in the Annapurna trekking region. It’s located between the Manang and Mustang districts. The trek can be started from both sides but more than 80% of trekkers start from Manang. However, sometimes Thorong la pass would be challenging if heavy snowfall.

Are there beautiful places in Annapurna Circuit?

On these scenic walks, you will witness the impressive villages of Jagat-Dharapani and Chame. Small lodges, a deep gorge, a suspension bridge, fresh watersheds, and nurturing greeneries will surely amaze you during the Annapurna circuit trekking.

But it’s surprising in the Muktinath area where you will witness the rough and dry desert-like terrain. Mustang District is famous in Nepal for its desert-like landscapes. Moreover, in winter snowfalls in Mustang and Manang districts where even the waterfalls will freeze.

Why is Mustang so popular in this Circuit?

Many trekkers, sportsmen, and adventurers love the Mustang district as they can go on trekking as well as biking adventures too. It is also very popular for the production of the apple around Marpha, Shang, Jhore, and Kagbeni villages.

Not only the local products but also the desert landscapes themselves is the major attraction of the Mustang. People go there to visit the holy Muktinath and Rinpoche statues.

Where does Annapurna Circuit Trek end?

Round Annapurna Trek continues to the world’s deepest gorge of the Kali-Gandaki River.  It is in between towering Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mount Annapurna. After, ascending Muktinath the trails will follow that gorge.

Further, walks continue to the warmer areas at Tatopani village. A natural hot spring is located there and one can enjoy a hot water bath at (Tatopani) hot springs Myagdi. Finally, the way leads to high alpine areas at the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking route. A magnificent panorama of mountains with stunning sunrise views will arise after reaching Ghorepani villages.

The Ghorepani path leads into a dense green forest full of rhododendron trees and on a downhill walk to warm areas where a short drive leads to picturesque Pokhara. The most popular scenic city of Nepal and probably on this planet earth where Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Short Annapurna Circuit trekking goes through green vegetation, tall tree lines to the windswept dry, Dhukur Pokhari, Pisang, Ghyaru village, and Manang villages.

Book the Annapurna Treks with Nepal High Trek in 2022/2023

10 Days Itinerary and Short Annapurna Circuit Trek Cost includes three times meals, permits, transportation, trekking guide service, and trekking gear as well. We arrange itineraries according to the comfort of our clients. Besides the itinerary, we also offer special discounts for students and volunteers.

Our Trekking guides have been trekking on these routes for nine years and more. So, there is no doubt about service and facing dangers.

 Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek

The Annapurna Circuit Trekking Trail combined the Annapurna Tilicho lake trek if you are interested you can towards the world’s highest Tilicho Lake (4949m). The Tilicho Lake is located at 4949m above sea level and it’s an astonishing lake in the world.

Not only Annapurna Circuit but also Annapurna Tilicho Trekking is also regarded as a world-popular adventure destination. They are on the Top Ten list as leading and renowned Travel Magazines and Travel Guide Books. The Anapurna circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek is a beautiful journey to experience a mind-blowing adventure too.

Details Itinerary

On reaching Kathmandu International Airport received by our staff and guide with a warm welcome after then a short drive to your hotel in the main areas of Kathmandu city, here joining with other members of Annapurna Circuit trekking, our guide will brief with full information about the trek – hotels-culture with do’s and don’ts, include welcome dinner in a nice Nepali restaurant with folk programs.

As per the given time for a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu, after breakfast our city and tour guide will pick up you with a short interesting drive for an impressive and exciting tour, Kathmandu although a metropolitan city retaining its ancient culture and traditions, where most of the World Heritage Sites are located for your interest, includes medieval period custom and culture as it was for hundreds of centuries, Kathmandu valley a blend of Buddhism and Hinduism in perfect harmony, after an interesting tour afternoon free preparation for Annapurna Circuit.

Our Annapurna Circuit trekking starts with an exciting drive on Nepal’s busy highway to reach at Bhesisar a large town headquarter of Lamjung district. After Bhesisar takes another vehicle for the rough and interesting ride towards mid hills following Marysangdi River past Khudi, Bulbule, and Nagdi villages to reach at Syange village.
From here leaving the river behind drive climbs on the steep road to reach Jagat and Chamje village and then on the scenic road to Dharapani village for an overnight stop where the air is cooler with alpine temperature. This nice village is located on the midway of the Annapurna circuit and the Manaslu route.

The morning walk leads on a winding trail into rhododendron and pine forest past Bagarchap and Danque village, then with the steep climb for a few hours to Timang village with views of Manaslu-Lamjung and Annapurna II. From here onward walk leads to complete Buddhist villages of interesting culture and old traditions. From Timang village downhill to Koto and then a short slow uphill to reach at large Chame town for an overnight stop, Chame a major and headquarter town of Manang district.

The adventure continues from Chame heading into the cooler zone and closer to the mountainous region, as the morning walk leads into the lovely alpine forest of rhododendron and pine trees, following Marshyangdi River upstream with short ups and down hills to Bhartang village.
After Bhartang village crossing a bridge over the torrential Marysangdi River heading uphill through alpine woodlands with views of Chulu’s and Pisang peaks, then reach a small settlement around Dukuri Pokhari for the possible lunch stop. Afternoon walks downhill to lower Pisang village for an overnight stop after passing rows of prayer wheels with closest views of Pisang and Annapurna II peaks.

From Pisang village with a nice walk for short while and then a gradual climb into the forest of pines and rhododendron to reach a small ridge with amazing views of beautiful Manang valley and mountains. After enjoying rest with the views walk downhill to Hongdae village with a small airstrip, from here on tree lines fades to barren and arid dry terrain.

Trek with super views to Manang, on route visit old Braga monastery with old Buddhist relics and then an hour walk, bring at Manang village for an overnight stop. Afternoon at leisure for a short walk or just relax and enjoy the views of close snowcapped peaks. Around Manang, village houses are built in traditional Tibetan style and origin as Manang people with strong Tibetan influence including culture-Buddhist religion and way of life.

A perfect and ideal place with the right attitude for a rest day to get acclimatized before heading towards higher Thorang-la, a leisure day to explore around Manang village, and hike to Annapurna II and Gangapurna Icefalls and glaciers including Manang turquoise glacial Lake.

After a pleasant stop at Manang, a morning walk leads to Ghunsang village with the gradual climb to reach a small settlement at Yak Kharka, an interesting high-altitude walk with super views of Gangapurna-A-II with Chulu peaks, after a few hours of scenic morning walk reaching the overnight stop at Yak Kharka. Afternoon enjoys the mountain views at leisure.

It is an uphill walk to Thorang Phedi. After walking for some time we cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We ascend furthermore and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, the last village before Thorong La pass. On this trip, we are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. The word Phedi in Nepalese is referred to as the foot of a mountain. Overnight in Thorong Phedi.

Crossing Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world, will be our ultimate objective today. We will be crossing the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath) which is the easiest and safest direction. We get up around three in the morning and walk up the mountain. When we finally make it to the top, we realize that our journey was worth it. We can take a few photos before heading to Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La pass.

Muktinath is an important pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists alike. In the morning, we pay our visit to a Vishnu Temple and a Gompa. Descending from Ranipauwa village down the steep and barren hillside, we tumble down toward Kagbeni and then to Jomsom finally arriving at Marpha. The trail today is quite surreal as we trek along a plateau above Kali Gandaki River, the world’s deepest gorge. The barren landscape of this area resembles Tibet. Marpha is also famous as the apple capital of Nepal where one can enjoy different items made from apples. The local apple brandy of Marpha is famous all over Nepal.

From Marpha, we take a new route toward Kalopani via Chokhopani village. Today, we come across traditional villages of the ethnic Thakali people. Also, we get to see beautiful apple gardens. From here we get panoramic views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Fang, and Annapurna I mountains. From Chokhopani, we continue to Kokhethanti. We cross a river and come across the newly constructed road site before reaching Kalopani.

Our journey today is mostly downhill. During the early part of today’s trek, we cross the bridge at Ghasa. As we drop to lower elevations, we emerge back into subtropical forests, lush with vegetation. Our trail continues along Rupse Chahara (waterfall). We continue down the east bank from Kopchepani via Garpar to a bridge at Dana. At Narchyang Besi, we get to see a powerhouse that supplies electricity in the area. There are bigger villages in this area where we can observe the everyday lives of the local people.

We leave the Kali Gandaki and head up the Ghar Khola valley. The trail leads us through a terraced farmland with mountains all around. We pass through the villages of Shikha and Chitre before reaching a beautiful rhododendron forest. When in bloom the rhododendron trees with its average height of up to 100″ will be covered with pink or red flowers. Walking further we reach Ghorepani, a beautiful village located at a ridge top

To catch the sunrise over the Himalayas, we make an early morning climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft), the most popular trekking destination of the Annapurna region. It is also a great viewpoint to enjoy the amazing views of Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20 of the highest mountains including the close-up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The snowy peaks of the high mountains loom above and around us glowing in the morning light. After taking photographs, we return back to Ghorepani. After breakfast, we head east and climb a nearby ridge. We descend through rhododendron forests, pass by spectacular waterfalls and reach Tadapani to spend the night.

From Tadapani, we make a steep descent through the dense and dark forest. This part of the trek will be through a thick forest of old rhododendron trees. When the rhododendron trees are in bloom, these forests actually turn into amazing gardens. By afternoon, depending upon the season of travel, we also get to enjoy cherry blossoms in bloom on the slopes on the other side of the ravine. After trekking a few more minutes, we enter the village of Ghandruk, a slope settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by the Gurung people. Here, we enjoy the stunningly close-up towering views of Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli mountains. We continue our trek to Nayapul from where we drive to Pokhara.

From Tadapani, we make a steep descent through the dense and dark forest. This part of the trek will be through a thick forest of old rhododendron trees. When the rhododendron trees are in bloom, these forests actually turn into amazing gardens. By afternoon, depending upon the season of travel, we also get to enjoy cherry blossoms in bloom on the slopes on the other side of the ravine. After trekking a few more minutes, we enter the village of Ghandruk, a slope settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by the Gurung people. Here, we enjoy the stunningly close-up towering views of Fishtail, Annapurna South, and the Hiunchuli mountains. We continue our trek to Nayapul from where we drive to Pokhara.

Our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! Nepal High Trek & Expedition representative will escort us to the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Cost Includes

  • Airport Pick up drop (Airport /Hotel/Airport) by private car.
  • Two night’s standard selected Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • One night’s standard hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Meals During Trek: Your stander meals in the mountain (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).
  • Trekking permit: ‘Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) and ACAP Permit
  • Nayapul to Pokhara by private vehicle.
  • Kathmandu to Besi Sahar and Pokhara to Kathmandu tourist A/C bus ticket.
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
  • Four-time tea or coffee.
  • During the trek necessary toilet paper
  • Fresh fruit during the trek
  • NHT’S Dawn jacket and sleeping bag (If you needed and to be returned after trek)
  • One Government license holder trekking guide as included his salary, food, accommodation, and insurance.
  • One Porter carry your baggage as included his salary, food, accommodation and insurance
  • Ghorepani Poon Hill entrance fee
  • Trekking map, trekking Pole, Medical kit bag.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner

Cost Exclude:

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport – Katmandu).
  • Your Travel and rescue insurance.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • All the Food in Kathmandu. Also in the case of early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled Itinerary.
  • All the expenses in mountain over than scheduled itinerary (due to strike, delay or canceled flight)
  • Extra night Hotel in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure than scheduled Itinerary.
  • All the Bar bills and personal expenses (phone call, laundry service, battery recharge, a bottle of water, hot water, shower.
  • Tips for the guide and porter.

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