The Annapurna Circuit Trek offers stunning views of the Annapurna range, including Annapurna I (8,091m), the tenth-highest peak in the world. The trek usually takes around 15 to 20 days to complete, and the starting point is typically the town of Jagat. From there, the trail winds through small villages and terraced fields before reaching the Marsyangdi River valley. The trail then ascends towards the Thorong La Pass (5,416m), which is the highest point on the trek.
After crossing the pass, the trail descends towards the holy town of Muktinath, where you can visit a famous Hindu temple and a Buddhist monastery. From there, the trail continues through the Kali Gandaki Gorge, one of the deepest gorges in the world, before eventually reaching the town of Tatopani, known for its natural hot springs. The trek concludes in the town of Pokhara, where you can relax and enjoy the stunning views of the Annapurna range reflected in the tranquil waters of Phewa Lake. Overall, the Annapurna Circuit Trek is a challenging and rewarding adventure that offers a unique insight into the culture and landscape of Nepal.
Yes, the Annapurna Circuit Trek is definitely worth it. It is one of the most popular and stunning trekking destinations in Nepal, with breathtaking views of the Himalayas, diverse landscapes, and a rich cultural experience. The trek offers a variety of experiences, from walking through lush forests and terraced farmlands to crossing high mountain passes and glacial rivers.
The trek usually takes around 15 to 20 days to complete, depending on the route and pace, and takes you through a range of landscapes and altitudes, including the world’s deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki, and the Thorong La Pass, which is at an elevation of 5,416 meters. Along the way, you will also encounter a diverse range of people from different ethnic backgrounds, including Gurungs, Thakalis, and Tibetans, who are known for their unique cultures, traditions, and hospitality. It is a must-do trekking experience for any adventure lover and nature enthusiast, offering some of the most spectacular views of the Himalayas, unique cultural encounters, and a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you will never forget.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a popular and challenging trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The trek starts from Jagat and ends in Jomsom, and covers a distance of about 160 to 230 km depending on the route taken.
To get to Jagat, you can take a bus or hire a private vehicle from Kathmandu, which takes around 6 to 7 hours. Alternatively, you can also take a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, and then take a bus or jeep to Besisahar, which takes around 5 to 6 hours.
During the trek, the most common mode of transportation is by foot. However, you can also hire a jeep or a motorbike to cover some sections of the trek, particularly the road sections between Chame and Jomsom.
It’s important to note that road construction is ongoing in the Annapurna region, and some parts of the trekking route have been affected by road construction. This has made it easier to access some parts of the route by vehicle but has also affected the trekking experience in some areas.
The Annapurna Circuit trek is a challenging trek, and it may not be suitable for absolute beginners with no prior trekking experience. However, with proper preparation and training, it can be doable for beginners with a reasonable level of fitness.
The trek is a long and strenuous trek that takes you to high altitudes, and you will be walking for 6 to 7 hours a day for several days. It is also recommended to have some prior trekking experience to be able to enjoy the trek fully.
If you are a beginner, it is advisable to start with shorter treks in Nepal, such as the Poon Hill trek or the Langtang Valley trek, to get some experience before attempting the Annapurna Circuit. You can also hire a local guide or join a group trek, which can provide you with support and guidance during the trek.
In summary, it is a challenging trek that requires a reasonable level of fitness and some prior trekking experience. With proper preparation and training, beginners can complete this trek, but it is important to start slowly and build up your experience and fitness level gradually.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel. You will have the rest of the day to explore the city or rest.
Day 02: Drive to Jagat (1400m / 7hrs)
Start from Kathmandu and head towards the Prithvi Highway. Follow the Prithvi Highway and drive towards the west. Pass through the towns of Naubise, Mugling, Dumre, and Besisahar. At Besisahar, turn right towards the Marsyangdi Highway. Follow the Marsyangdi Highway and drive towards the north. Pass through the towns of Bhulbhule, Ngadi, and Chamje. Finally, you will reach Jagat.
Day 03: Walk to Dharapani (1700m / 6 to 7hrs)
Start from the main road in Jagat and follow the trail that leads towards Chamje. You will cross a suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River and then continue walking on the other side of the river. From there, the trail climbs up through a forested area and you will come across several small villages along the way. After walking for a few hours, you will reach the village of Tal. From Tal, the trail continues towards Dharapani.
Day 04: Walk to Chame (2660m / 6hrs)
From Dharapani, follow the trail that heads north towards the river. You’ll cross a suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River and then head up a steep ascent. After a while, the trail will level out, and you’ll reach the village of Bagarchhap. From Bagarchhap, the trail heads uphill again, and you’ll pass through several small villages before reaching the town of Chame. Finally, after around 6-7 hours of walking, you’ll reach the town of Chame.
Day 05: Walk to Upper Pisang (3185m / 5hrs)
Start early in the morning from Chame. The first part of the trek takes you through dense forests and along the Marsyangdi River. After about 2 to 3 hours of trekking, you will reach the village of Dhukur Pokhari. From Dhukur Pokhari, the trail starts to ascend steeply, and you will have to climb up a series of switchbacks to reach Upper Pisang. Along the way, you will be rewarded with some stunning views of the Annapurna Range, including Annapurna II, III, and IV, as well as Gangapurna and Tilicho Peak. After a few hours of trekking, you will reach Upper Pisang
Day 06: Walk to Ngawal (3600m / 6hrs)
From Upper Pisang, follow the trail that leads towards the northeast. You will reach the village of Ghyaru after a few hours of walking. And from Ghyaru, continue walking towards the northeast. You will pass through the village of Ngawal after about an hour and a half of walking. The trek involves some steep ascents and descents.
Day 07: Walk to Manang (3540m / 5hrs)
The trail starts with a steep descent for about an hour until you reach the village of Braga. Once you reach Braga, take some time to explore the ancient Gompa (monastery) located on a hilltop. The Gompa offers panoramic views of the valley below. After exploring Braga, continue your trek toward Manang. The trail now gradually ascends, and you’ll pass through several small villages and yak pastures. Along the way, you’ll cross the Marsyangdi River via a suspension bridge and pass through the village of Mungji. Finally, after a few hours of trekking, you’ll reach the village of Manang.
Day 08: Rest day in Manang
Today, we will take a rest day in Manang, you can explore the village, which has a rich cultural heritage and offers stunning views of the surrounding Himalayas. You can visit the local monasteries and gompas, which are steeped in Tibetan Buddhist traditions and adorned with intricate wall paintings and statues.
Day 09: Walk to Ledar (4200m / 6hrs)
From Manang, you need to trek through the Marsyangdi River valley towards the north. You will pass through small villages, lush green forests, and scenic landscapes. After trekking for about 2-3 hours, you will reach a suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River. Cross the bridge and continue your trek toward the north. After crossing the suspension bridge, the trail will become steeper, and you need to ascend towards Ledar. You will pass through the village of Gunsang. After trekking for about 6 hours from Manang, you will reach Ledar.
Day 10: Walk to High Camp (4800m / 4hrs)
From Ledar, follow the trail towards the east. The trail is mostly uphill, and you will pass through beautiful rhododendron and pine forests. After around 2 hours of hiking, you will reach a small tea shop called Shongram. From Shongram, the trail becomes steeper and more challenging. You will pass through some rocky sections and steep climbs, so take your time and be careful. After around 2 more hours of hiking, you will reach High Camp.
Day 11: Hike up Thorong La Pass (5416m) and walk to Muktinath (3800m / 7hrs)
Very early in the Morning, we will start our trekking because on this day, we will hike up Thorong La Pass first of all before entering Muktinath. The trekker can experience the stunning views of the Annapurna range and other surrounding peaks from the pass. After reaching the top of the pass, the trekker descends to the village of Muktinath. The trek leads through dense forests, past waterfalls, and rock formations, and through traditional Nepalese villages.
Day 12: Walk to Marpha (2670m / 6hrs)
Follow the trail downhill towards the Kali Gandaki River, and cross the river via a suspension bridge. After crossing the bridge, you’ll reach the village of Jharkot. From Jharkot, the trail ascends towards the village of Khingar. Continue walking through apple orchards and fields of buckwheat and barley to reach the village of Jomsom. From Jomsom, follow the trail along the Kali Gandaki River and cross a metal bridge to reach the village of Chhairo from Chhairo, the trail then ascends to the village of Marpha.
Day 13: Drive to Tatopani (1100m / 4hrs)
From Marpha, head south towards the Kaligandaki River and follow the main road that runs parallel to the river. After driving for about 15 kilometers, you’ll reach the village of Ghasa. Continue driving through Ghasa and continue on the main road. After another 15 kilometers or so, you’ll reach the village of Dana, where you’ll need to turn left and cross the river through a suspension bridge. Once you cross the river, continue on the road and follow the signs toward Tatopani.
Day 14: Walk to Ghorepani (2800m / 7hrs)
From Tatopani, cross the suspension bridge over the Kali Gandaki River and begin walking towards Ghara. The trail will take you through beautiful rhododendron and pine forests, passing through small villages such as Shikha and Chitre. You will also cross a few small streams along the way. After about 4-5 hours of walking, you will reach the village of Ghorepani.
Day 15: Hike up Poon hill (3210m) and drive toward Pokhara
Very early in the morning, we will hike up Poon Hill. From the top of Poon Hill, trekkers can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountain ranges, including Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre. After enjoying mesmerizing views of the mountain and sunrise, we will back to Ghorepani. And from Ghorepani, we will take a local bus and slowly drive toward Pokhara. As you drive towards Pokhara, you will pass through several small towns and villages. Once you arrive in Pokhara, you will find a range of accommodation options, restaurants, and activities to enjoy. The city is known for its stunning natural beauty, including the famous Phewa Lake, and is a popular destination for adventure sports such as paragliding and trekking.
Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu
To drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you will need to follow the Prithvi Highway. Continue driving on the Prithvi Highway for about 126 km until you reach Mugling. This is the point where the Narayangadh-Mugling road connects with the Prithvi Highway. Once you reach Mugling, you will need to take a left turn and cross the bridge over the Trishuli River. After crossing the bridge, continue driving on the Prithvi Highway for another 25 km until you reach the town of Naubise. At Naubise, you will need to take a right turn towards Thankot. From Thankot, continue driving toward Kathmandu until you reach your destination.
Day 17: Final Departure
This will be your last day in Nepal and on this day at the hotel lobby, there will be a guide who is with you in the trekking period. From the hotel, you will drive toward the international airport and see you take off from Nepal and also hope that you will give a chance to serve you again.