The Annapurna Circuit Trek is very popular among the adventure trekking lovers of all around the world. It circumvents the great Annapurna massive and cross the Thorong-La Pass (5 416m), which is the highest pass in this trekking. Annapurna circuit trek follows Marshyangdi River for first half of the trail up to the Thorong-La pass and follows the Kali Gandaki River gorge up to the Tatopani village. The magnificent mountain scenery includes Annapurna I (8 091m), IV, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Nilgiri (7 061m), Dhaulagiri (8 172m), Machhapuchhare, Manaslu (8 163m), Gangapurna (7 455m) and Tilicho Peak (7 134m).
The day of the journey will begin from Kathmandu at 6:30 A.M in the morning for a daylong drive by local bus to Bhulbhule. After eight to Nine hours adventurous drive, finally reach the Bhulbhule situated on Marsyangdi River bank. We trek right side of the river leaving dusty road and pass through the paddy fields and subtropical forests, beautiful mountain scenery, several waterfalls and gigantic cliffs, and experience ethnic Gurungs, Thakali, Magar and Tibetan communities’ lifestyle. Each ethnic group has their own language, religion, tradition rite & culture. You will be completely estranged in viewing so many different people of different races in terms of cultural diversity found in this circuit.
A natural hot water bath in a pool at Tatopani relaxes your tired muscles from the weeks long trek. Similarly, the Poon hill viewpoint above the Ghorepani village provides an excellent view of both Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges, both are above 8,000m.
♦ Passes through two giants Annapurna and Manaslu Mountain in first half of the trek
♦ Crosses Thorung-La Pass (5416m)
♦ Muktinath and Kagbeni are the ancient Tibetan villages of Medieval time
♦ Marpha brandy and apple pie of Marpha is very popular among the trekkers
♦ Passes through the worlds deepest gorge of Kaligandaki which lies in between Dhaulagiri (8 173m) and Annapurna (8 091m)
♦ A hot spring bath in Tatopani Village provides natural relaxation.
♦ Punhill view tower provides excellent view of two highest mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri including Sunrise view.
♦ Pokhara city is well known for its natural beauty and adventure sports activities such as Paragliding, boating, Ultra light Flight, Zip fly.
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There are three different types of itineraries available for this trek.
Itinerary No. 1 (14 Days)
The best choice of the trekkers and frequently used itinerary is taking flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. Many trekkers who have limited time complete the circuit up to the Jomsom (14 Days) and fly back to Pokhara or directly to Kathmandu.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2: Trek Preparation & Explore Kathamandu
Day 3: Drive Kathmandu – Besi Sahar (Bus)
Day 4: Drive Besi Sahar – Chame (2713Mtr) (Jeep)
Day 5: Trek Chame – Nawal (3660Mtr), trek
Day 6: Trek Nawal – Manang (3450Mtr), trek
Day 7: Manang acclimatization day
Day 8: Trek Manang – Yak Kharka (4050mtr), trek
Day 9: Trek Yak Kharka – Thorung Phedi (4450Mtr), trek
Day 10: Trek Thorung Phedi – Thorung La (5416m) – Muktinath (3760mtr), trek
Day 11: Trek Muktinath – Jomsom (2720mtr) trek
Day 12: Fly to Pokhara and Rest.
Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 14: Departure
Itinerary No.2 (18 Days)
Second possible alternative itinerary that follows old classical round Annapurna trekking trail but uses land transport from Jomsom to Tatopani villages and cross the Ghorepani Village and ends in Pokhara via Birethanti-Nayapul.
Day 01: – Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
Day 02: – Trek Preparation & Explore Kathmandu
Day 03: – Drive Kathmandu to Syange/Jagat (1330m) 8 hrs drive
Day 04: – Syange/Jagat trek to Dharapani (1960m) walking distance 6-7 hrs.
Day 05: – Dharapani to Chame (2710m) : walking distance – 13 km
Day 06: – Chame to Pisang (3210m) : walking distance 4-5 hours, 600 meters ascent
Day 07: – Pisang to Manang : walking 6-7 hours, 540 meters ascent and 310 meters descent – 20 km
Day 08: – Acclimatization day at Mannag
Day 09: – Manang to Letdar (4250m) : walking distance 3-5 hours, 720 meters ascent – 10 km
Day 10: – Letdar to Thorung Phedi (4400m) : walking distance 2 hours, 240 meters ascent- 5 km
Day 11: – Thorung Phedi trek to Muktinath (3800m) : passing Thorung-La Pass (5416m)
Day 12: – Drive to Tatopani and Have Hot Water Bathing.
Day 13: – Tatopani to Ghorepani (2775m) : walking distance 6-7 hours, 1750 meters ascent and 140 meters descent- 17 km
Day 14: – Ghorepani to Ghandruk (1495m) : walking distance – 12 km, 6hrs
Day 15: – Ghandruk to Pokhara : walking distance – 7 km & Drive to Pokhara.
Day 16: – Pokhara Valley visits.
Day 17: – Pokhara to Kathmandu, 6/7 hour Drive.
Day 18: – Final Departure
Itinerary 3 (21 Days)
This Itinerary (21 days) follows old and classic round Annapurna trekking circuit, which dates back to the eighties. It uses alternative walking trails to the recently built motor roads. After Thini Gaon/Jomsom, it follows eastern flank of the Kali Gandaki river to join LETE Village, Tatopani Village to avoiding the motor roads and climbs to Ghorepani Punhill and ends at Pokhara.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Trek preparation and Explore Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive to Bhulbhule (840m)
Day 04: Trek Bhulbhule to Syange (1100m)
Day 05: Trek Syange to Tal (1700m)
Day 06: Trek Tal to Bagarchhap (2160m)
Day 07: Trek Bagarchhap to Chame (2630m)
Day 08: Trek Chame to Pisang (3300m)
Day 09: Trek Pisang to Manang (3500m)
Day 10: Acclimatization day at Manang
Day 11: Trek Manang to Ledar (4250m)
Day 12: Trek Ledar to High camp (4600m)
Day 13: Trek Phedi to Thorung-La Pass( 5416m) and to Muktinath (3710m)
Day 14: Trek Muktinath -Thini Gaon (2840m)
Day 15: Trek Thini to Lete (2480m)
Day 16: Trek Lete to Tatopani (1200m)
Day 17: Trek Tatopani to Ghorepani (2850)
Day 18: Early Morning hiking to Poonhill and trek down to Tikhedhunga (1495m)
Day 19: Trek Tikhedhunga to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara
Day 20: Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 21: Departure.