Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Annapurna Circuit Trek is the magical trekking around the entire Annapurna massif. Annapurna Circuit is opened for foreign trekkers only since 1997. Crossing the highest pass of Thorong La, Annapurna Circuit Trek provides the magical and thrilling experience walking through the world’s deepest river gorge at Kali Gandaki between Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri.This trek takes you through the lush green valleys and fascinating villages letting you witness some of the most spectacular views of landscapes and snow capped white Himalayas.

Annapurna Circuit Trek offers you to explore the Himalayas from the bottom to the top and from many different angles and perspectives. Annapurna Circuit Trekking/Around Annapurna Trek lasts for about three weeks and provides you the most rewarding experience of walking in the Himalayan region of Nepal. This trek provides some of the great views of Manaslu and Himal Chulias well as Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Thorong La Pass is going to be the highest point of this Annapurna Circuit Trek. The circuit is usually walked in a counter clockwise direction due to difficulties of crossing the pass.

After crossing the pass, we descend to the west at Muktinath which is one of the popular pilgrimage sites in Nepal. Muktinath is equally sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. Annapurna Circuit Trek also offers you to see the world’s deepest gorge at Kali Gandaki. We continue to Marpha, Ghasa, and Tatopanito Ghorepani which completes the Annapurna Circuit. World Sight Journeys has designed the best itinerary considering utmost care and comfort of all the trekkers.  We cordially welcome you all for this amazing Annapurna Circuit Trekking in Nepal.

Outlined Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival and Check-in to the Hotel

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu Besishahar (830m)– 7 Hours

Day 04: Trek from Besishahar to Bahundanda (1310m) – 5 Hours

Day 05: Trek from Bahundanda to Chamje (1400m) – 5 Hours

Day 06: Trek from Chamje to Bagarchhap(2160m) – 5 Hours

Day 07: Trek from Bagarchhap to Chame (2630m) – 5 Hours

Day 08: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3300m) –5 Hours

Day 09: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3540m) – 5 Hours

Day 10: Acclimatization at Manang

Day 11: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4000m) – 5 Hours

Day 12: Trek from Yak Kharka to ThorongPhedi (4450m)– Hours

Day 13: Trek from ThorongPhedi to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorong La Pass (5416m) – 8 Hours

Day 14: Trek from Muktinath to Marpha (2670m) – 6 Hours

Day 15: Trek from Marphato Ghasa (2010m) – 6 Hours

Day 16: Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani(1190m) – 5 Hours

Day 17: Rest at Tatopani

Day 18: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2810m) – 6 Hours

Day 19: Hike to Poon Hill (3210m) and trek to Tikhedhunga (1570m)– 5 Hours

Day 20: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Nayapul (1010m) – 3 Hours and Drive to Pokhara – 1 Hour

Day 21: Pokhara Sightseeing Tour

Day 22: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 23: Final Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival and Check-in to the Hotel

The representatives from World Sight Journeys will welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport upon your arrival. We then transfer you to the hotel for the overnight stay.

Day 02:  Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour

Today, we spend the whole for the sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley. You will have the full day guided sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley covering the major cultural attractions which have also been cited as The World Heritage Cultural Sites. After having breakfast in the morning, we visit Pashupatinath, which is considered the holiest temple of Lord Shiva.  We then head to Bauddhanath, which is also known as Little Tibet and also is one of the oldest and largest Buddhist Monastery in the world. Following the Bauddhanath Monastery, we visit Swayambhunath, the Monkey Temple, which is equally revered by Hindus and Buddhists.   Swayambhunath is an ancient religious complex atop a hill in the west of Kathmandu. After exploring the Swayambhunath Stupa, we drive to Kathmandu (Basantpur) Durbar Square. If time allows, you can explore the city. Finally, you will have dinner at hotel and stay there overnight.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu Besishahar (830m) – 7 Hours

After talking the morning breakfast in the morning, we take a drive to Besishahar from Kathmandu. It’s a distance of 185 kilometers and takes about 7 hours to reach there. Besishahar offers you the beautiful views of snowcapped mountains around. We stay overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 04: Trek from Besishahar to Bahundanda (1310m) – 5 Hours

We start out trek from Besishahar. We follow the trail that climbs to Khudi, which is the first Gurung village.On the way further we can observe the fine views of Himalchuli and Peak 29. We then climb to Bhulbhuleand passing through Lampatawe eventually reach Bahundanda which offers the wonderful cultural side of Nepal. We stay overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 05: Trek from Bahundanda to Chamje (1400m) – 5 Hours

From Bahundanda, our trail drops steeply to Syange. On the way, you can witness a large waterfall. After crossing the suspension bridge over Marsyangdi River, we follow the river to the stone village of Jagat before climbing through the forests to Chamje. We stay overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 06: Trek from Chamje to Bagarchhap (2160m) – 5 Hours

Today, our day begins with a rocky trail following the Marsyangdi River steadily uphill to Tal. Tal is the first village in the Manang District. Crossing the wide and flat valley, our trail continues up and down to Dharapani (1890m). Upon reaching Bagarchhap, you can witness the typical flat roofed stone houses of local Tibetans. The village is surrounded by apple Orchads and maize fields. We stay overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 07: Trek from Bagarchhap to Chame (2630m) – 5 Hours

Our trail climbs to Tyanja today continuing through the forest. As we reach Chame, the headquarterof Manang District, you will be rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II. We also witness two small hot springs by the town. Besides, we are also introduced with the local community of which the residents are said to have migrated from Tibet centuries ago. We stay overnight at a guesthouse at Chame.

Day 08: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3300m) – 5 Hours

Our day starts through a deep forest in a steep and narrow valley crossing a river on a long bridge. After crossing another bridge, we can witness some of the beautiful rock faces of soaring PaungdaDanda. And from there, we join the trail to climb to Pisang. We stay overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 09: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3540m) – 5 Hours

We continue through the upper part of the Manang District today. People of this region herd yaks and raise crops for a part of the year. From Pisang, there are two alternative trails from north and south of Marsyangdi River which meets up again at Mungji.From Mungji, our trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden valley of Bryanga just nearby Manang. We stay overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 10: Acclimatization at Manang

We spend a day acclimatizing at Manang. We spend the whole day doing some fine day walks and enjoying the magnificent sights around the village. We can explore the absolutely gorgeous Manang Valley and the lifestyle of the people there. We stay overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 11: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4000m) – 5 Hours

Following the trail, we continue our journey from Manang today. Our trail ascends nearly 500m to Yak Kharka. Climbing steadily through TenkiManang, we leave the Marsyangdi Valley and continue along the JarsangKhola valley. We eventually reach Yak Kharka at 4000m where you can see the herds of yaks and vegetation thinning out. We stay overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 12: Trek from Yak Kharka to ThorongPhedi (4450m) – Hours

From Yak Kharka, we continue our ascent for about two hours and then descend down to cross the river. We then climb up to ThorongPhedi where you can see some decent guesthouses. We stay overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 13: Trek from ThorongPhedi to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorong La Pass (5416m) – 8 Hours

Our journey today is going to be quite longer today. So we start early in the morning before sunrise to reach the Pass by 9am. We have to consider about the weather conditions that might greatly affect our journey particularly at the Thorung La pass which is at the altitude of 5416m. We have to climb steeply on a regular route which is quite easy to follow. We need to take maximum care as it often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by heavy snow. It takes around four hours to climb up to the pass. After walking for around four more hours from Thorong La Pass, we reach the holy temple of Muktinath, which is considered one of the holiest pilgrimagesin Nepal. Muktinath Area is home to several monasteries along with the temple of Muktinath. Interestingly, Muktinath is sacred pilgrimage site for both Buddhists and Hindus. You can witness 108 water sprouts around it and a gorgeous natural spring and an eternal flame fueled by natural gas. We stay overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 14: Trek from Muktinath to Marpha (2670m) – 6 Hours

Today we leave Muktinath and descend through the Kaligandaki Valley to Marpha. Marpha is considered a home to the legendary apple orchids is known as the Apple capital of Nepal. Apple Brandy is another local specialty that you may be lucky enough to taste on the way. We stay overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 15: Trek from Marpha to Ghasa (2010m) – 6 Hours

From Marpha, we descend down through the valley following the Kali Gandaki River to Ghasa. We stay overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 16: Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani (1190m) – 5 Hours

Today, we walk through the deepest gorge of the world, Kopchepani. And we then continue descending thorugh the Kali Gandaki River Valley to Tatopani. At Tatopani, you can enjoy bathing in natural hot springs. This is the best place to relax your body after the trek of a long day. We stay overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 17: Rest at Tatopani

Today, we take this additional day to take rest at Tatopani.

Day 18: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2810m) – 7 Hours

Today is going to be a big day as it takes around 8 hours to reach Ghorepani from Tatopani. So, we climb about 1650 meters up and pass a couple of Magar and Gurung villages on the way. We stay overnight at a guesthouse in Ghorepani.

Day 19: Hike to Poon Hill (3210m) and trek to Tikhedhunga (1570m) – 5 Hours

Early in the morning today, we start an hour hiking to Poon Hill (3210m) which is a best viewpoint in the Annapurna Region. Poon Hill offers the best opportunity to witness the phenomenal panorama of the beautiful peaks including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Poon Hill is regarded as the Photographer’s paradise. You can enjoy the unobstructed views of the sunrise over stunning snow capped Himalayas. Poon Hill also offers the best views of sunset too. After spending about an hour at Poon Hill, we return back to Ghorepani. We then start our journey to Tikhedhung walking down along the ridges and through rhododendron forests of a large Magar village of Ulleri. We finally reach Tikhedhunga after a descent where we stay overnight.

Day 20: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Nayapul (1010m) – 3 Hours and Drive to Pokhara – 1 Hour

It takes only few hours (about 2 to three hours) to reach Nayapul from Tikhedhunga. From Nayapul, we take 1-hour drive to Pokhara where we stay overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 21: Pokhara Sightseeing Tour

We spend this whole day sightseeing the beautiful city of Pokhara, which is the best tourist destination in Nepal. Early in the morning, our first aim is to reach Sarangkot, which is popular among tourists as it offers the beautiful sunrise and sunset views. You can witness the phenomenal sunrise in the beautiful Machhapuchhre, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. After spending an hour at Sarankot, we drive back to Pokhara to explore the number of mysterious caves and temples. We take our time to enjoy boating in Fewa Lake and explore the Seti Gorge and Davis Falls. In the remaining time, you can explore around the city. Overnight, we stay at a guesthouse.

Day 22: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

We drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara today. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you can utilize your time for the last minute shopping or you can explore around the city. We celebrate the Farewell Dinner together with the trekking team and spend overnight at the hotel.

Day 23: Final Departure

Today, you take the returning flight to your hometown. Our representatives will assist you to reach the airport. You return to your home with an unforgettable travel experience in Nepal.