Annapurna Circuits Trek – 21 days

Visit this magical Buddhist ex-kingdom and explore its peaceful, challenging and unspoiled trails and landscape.
Trip Code : DH/N-04
Duration : 21 days

TRIP HIGHTLIGHTS

  • See the arid land of Nepal
  • Trek through the windy valley
  • Visit the most sacred temple of Muktinath
  • Crossing world largest pass Throng-La 5416m/17764ft.
  • Visiting high altitude lakes and see alpine migratory ducks.
  • Visit some centuries old monastery and temples.
  • See some world highest mountain.
  • Exploration of low and high altitude like tropical to arctic.
  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Beshisahar and jeep drive to Chame

Trip Information

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most famous adventurous trekking destination throughout the decades. The Annapurna Circuit trek is universally appreciated adventurous trekking destination, that lets you experience different kind of climatic region, encounter with typical indigenous people of the Himalayans and know about their unique culture and traditions and many more. Manang region is basically home place to ethnic people such as; Gurung, Thakali, Magar, Limbu, Rai and Sherpa, all these people are heavily influenced by Tibetan Culture. Beside these features of Annapurna Circuit, climbing thought-provoking Thorung La Pass, situated at the elevation of 5416m, and have a boundless Mountains Landscape provide us a great sense of accomplishments. Annapurna is one of the 10th highest mountain in the world. This classic Himalayan trek in the Annapurna region lets you to explore beautiful the Annapurna massif and climb above 8000m peak which is major attraction to the adventurous enthusiasts. Since the early 1980, it opened for the foreigners and get incredible popularity among the international Trekkers and Travelers.  Trekking inside the Snowy Horizon is really amazing which compensate physical challenges during the trial period. The cultural impressions and stunning nature make this trekking worth visiting. The Annapurna Circuit Trek provide an opportunity to explore ancient Braga Monastery. It is one of the oldest monasteries in the Manang region. Beside this you can visit a famous Muktinath Temple, a Pilgrimage sites worshiped by Hindu and Buddhist devotees.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek stats from the tropical valley of Khudi by following beautiful Marsyangdi Valley and ultimately reach Thorong La (5416m), world largest pass. Our trail passes many dynamic Himalayan settlements through delightful Kaligandaki Valley and Marsyangdi valley.


Short Itinerary
Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 03: Drive to Khudi (800m/2,624ft): 7- 8 hours
Day 04: Khudi to Sirung (2200m/7216 ft): 6 – 7 hours
Day 05: Sirung to Jagat (1,300m/4265ft): 6 – 7 hours
Day 06: Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7-8 hours
Day 07: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 5 – 6 hours
Day 08: Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft): 5 – 6 hours
Day 09: Pisang to Manang: 6 – 7 hours
Day 10: Manang: Acclimatization day
Day 11: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 3 – 4 hours
Day 12: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft): 3 – 4 hours
Day 13: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) via Thorong La pass (5416m/17764ft): 7 – 8 hours
Day 14: Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m/8,760ft): 4 – 5 hours
Day 15: Marpha to Kalopani (2,530 m/8,300 ft): 5 – 6 hours
Day 16: Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m/3,937ft): 6 – 7 hours
Day 17: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 – 8 hours
Day 18: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft): 6 – 7 hours
Day 19:  Tadapani to Pokhara (827m/2,789ft) via Ghandruk: 5 – 6 hours trek, 1-hour drive
Day 20: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours
Day 21: Final departure

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

  • Welcome you and transfer to the hotel.
  • Hotel check out
  • Take a rest and relax
  • Welcome dinner in the evening
  • Stay overnight in the hotel at Kathmandu.

Day 2: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek Preparation

  • Early morning breakfast.
  • Half day world heritage cultural tour.
  • Visit Pashupatinath Temple, Swyambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square.
  • A brief explanation of the further trek. (Afternoon trek briefing and trek gear distribution.)
  • Putting all the essential things in the bag. 
  • Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Drive to Khudi (800m/2,624ft): 7- 8 hours

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Begins our journey through the hills side along the Trishuli River.
  • Enjoy admiring terraced farms and beautiful huts. 
  • Drive through the Mugling, and ahead towards Pokhara, the paradise city.
  • Reach to Dumre and to Besisahar. 
  • Drive from Besisahar takes us to Khudi, along the wide trail. 
  • Enjoy the first glimpse of the gorgeous Manaslu range.
  • Overnight at Khudi. 

Day 4: Khudi to Sirung (2200m/7216 ft): 6 - 7 hours

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue ascents and descents trek through crossing a few suspension bridges and waterfalls.
  • Trek across rice paddies and a subtropical forest.
  • Reach Sirung village and cross Tamang settlement of Taranche.
  • Enjoy closed views of Nadi Chuli and Manaslu mountains from Sirung.
  • Overnight at Sirung.

Day 5: Sirung to Jagat (1,300m/4265ft): 6 - 7 hours

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Trek today relatively easy trail.
  • Trek through the terraces of the village and hit forest, ferns, and woodland. 
  • Heard a creeping sound of a variety of birds.
  • Pass through several small villages and a few temples on the way. 
  • Cross a suspension bridge over Sangu Khola at Mipra then again at Syange over the Marshyangdi River. 
  • Enjoy waterfall nearby the bridge. 
  • Trek alongside the mighty Marshyangdi River and we cross one more bridge and reach Jagat.
  • Overnight at Jagat.

Day 6: Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7-8 hours

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Trek descends from Jagat until it reaches the river and then continues through a lush forest.
  • Ascent through the sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank.
  • explore the Chyamje with the glorious backdrop of towering Annapurna mountain ranges. 
  • Cross a suspension bridge,
  • Climb steeply towards the slippery and physically challenging path to Sattale.
  • Descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal. 
  • Trek through the rugged and winding way. 
  • Cross steeply-forested village of Karte. 
  • Enjoy seeing waterfalls and cliffs, and further trek leads to Dharapani.
  •  Overnight in Dharapani

Day 7: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 5 - 6 hours

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Today we walk through a few forested ridges on our way to Chame.
  • Continue the trek with the astonishing views of the Himalayas including Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). 
  • Enjoy bathing in the Natural hot springs and release the aching muscles. 
  • Overnight in Chame.

Day 8: Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft): 5 - 6 hours

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue trek through a steep and narrow path by following dense forests.
  • During the trek you can witness curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. 
  • Trek steep through the Marshyangdi Valley.
  • Enjoy majestic vistas.
  • Explore the Paungda Danda, a massive sloping rock face that rises over 5,000ft (1500m).
  • Reach Lower Pisang and stay overnight.

Day 9: Pisang to Manang : 6 - 7 hours

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Trek through the Upper Pisang route via Geru.
  • Enjoy the excellent views of the beautiful landscape and the mighty mountains including Annapurna and Pisang.  
  • Trek through the beautiful landscape and vegetation from today. 
  • Visit Barge monastery, the largest monastery in the entire district of Manang.
  • Overnight at Manang.

Day 10: Manang: Acclimatization day

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Hike to either Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. 
  • Trek to Vraga Village for Himalayan Rescue Association to get information about acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). 
  • Overnight in Manang.

Day 11: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 3 - 4 hours

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Trek continue through the Manang village by crossing a stream.
  • Climbs towards Tenki village and climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley.
  • Follow the valley of Jarsang Khola.
  • Trek rail follows passing few pastures and a scrub of juniper trees.
  • The further trail passes small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. 
  • Trek through meadows where you can witness horses and yaks graze.
  • Cross a small river on a wooden bridge, and explore an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow.
  • Reaches Yak Kharka, a small village. 
  • Overnight at Yak Karka.

Day 12: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft): 3 - 4 hours

  • Morning breakfast and departure.
  • Trek continue uphill to Thorang Phedi and after walking few more times cross a suspension bridge.
  •  Pass Ledar village and ascend furthermore and pass through towering cliffs.
  • Explore Thorang Phedi, the last village.
  • Enjoy the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. 
  • Overnight in Thorong Phedi. 

Day 13: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) via Thorong La pass (5416m/17764ft): 7 - 8 hours

  • Morning breakfast and departure.
  • Cross Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world.
  • Continue trek and crossing the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath).
  • Take a few photos of the Thorong La pass, the natural beauty before heading to Muktinath Valley.
  •  Overnight in Muktinath.

Day 14: Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m/8,760ft): 4 - 5 hours

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Explore Muktinath, an important pilgrimage sites for both Hindus and Buddhists.
  • Visit a Vishnu Temple and a Gompa.
  • Descend from Ranipauwa village down to the steep and barren hillside and reach to the Kagbeni.
  • The further trek will lead us to the Jomsom and finally arriving at Marpha. 
  • Trek through the Kali Gandaki River, the world's deepest gorge. 
  • explore the barren landscape, which represents Tibet. 
  • Enjoy visiting apple garden and eat the special apple of Marpha.
  • You can buy different items made from apple too. 
  • Overnight at Marpha.

Day 15: Marpha to Kalopani (2,530 m/8,300 ft): 5 - 6 hours

  • Morning breakfast and departure.
  • Continue journey by taking a new route toward Kalopani via Chokhopani village. 
  • Visit across traditional villages of the ethnic Thakali people.
  • Enjoy viewing beautiful apple gardens.
  • Get panoramic views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Fang, and Annapurna I mountains. 
  • leave Chokhopani, and continue trail towards Kokhethanti. 
  • Cross a river and come across the newly constructed road site before reaching Kalopani. 
  • Overnight at Kalopani.

Day 16: Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m/3,937ft): 6 - 7 hours

  • Morning breakfast and departure.
  • Continue to walk mostly downhill. 
  • Cross the bridge at Ghasa and follow the subtropical forests, lush with vegetation. 
  • Our trail continues along Rupse Chahara (waterfall). 
  • Continue down the east bank from Kopchepani via Garpar to a bridge at Dana. 
  • Encounter with the local people and their unique culture.
  • And finally reach Tatopani and take some rest and you can have experience of bathing in the natural hot spring. 
  • Overnight at Tatopani.

Day 17: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 - 8 hours

  • Morning breakfast and departure.
  • Continue trail by following the Kali Gandaki and head up the Ghar Khola valley. 
  • The trail leads us through a terraced farmland with mountains all around.
  • Pass through the villages of Shikha and Chitre before reaching a beautiful rhododendron forest. 
  • Enjoy witnessing bloom the rhododendron trees with its average height of up to 100" will be covered with pink or red flowers. 
  • The further trek will take us to Ghorepani, a beautiful village located at a ridge top.
  • Overnight in Ghorepani.

Day 18: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft): 6 - 7 hours

  • Early morning before breakfast around 4 am an hour hike to Poonhill (3210m).
  • Enjoy with the Panoramic Mountain Views & beautiful Sunrise Views.
  • Trek down to Ghorepani and have Breakfast.
  • Around 6 hrs trek to reach Tadapani. 
  • Climbs along ridges and through the beautiful pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali. 
  • Descend and reach to Banthanti, before winding our way to Tadapani. 
  • Overnight at the hotel.

Day 19: Tadapani to Pokhara (827m/2,789ft) via Ghandruk: 5 - 6 hours trek, 1-hour drive

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue trek towards Ghandruk.
  • Descent around 4 hrs and reach to big Gurung Village called Ghandruk.
  •  Encounter with the Gurung people and their unique culture and traditions. 
  • Enjoy excellent close views of Annapurna South, Machhapurchhe and Himachuli. 
  • The last day of this Trek. 
  • About 1 hrs drive to take you back to Pokhara.
  • Overnight at hotel in Pokhara

Day 20: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours

  • morning breakfast.
  • Drive back to Kathmandu.
  • Rest in the hotel and enjoy watching pictures which were captured in the trek.
  • Enjoy the day leisurely or catch up on some last-minute shopping
  • Celebrate the successful completion of the trek and enjoy farewell dinner.
  •  Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 21: Final departure

  • Hotel breakfast and check out
  • Airport transfer 3 hours before departure

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