Annapurna Circuit Trek is a varied trek in terms of nature, valleys, waterfalls and rivers, villages and Himalayan peaks. Annapurna Circuit Trekking is acknowledged as one of the most fascinating classic treks in the world. An anti-clockwise trekking from Besisahar to Nayapul is not only an adventure but also a lifetime achievement. The Thorong La Pass [5,416M / 17,769FT] on the trek is a must-do on the trek, otherwise Annapurna Circuit Trek remains incomplete. Villages in the Annapurna circuit trek have their own traditional style of civilization and there are dozens of villages and teahouses along Annapurna Circuit Trek. Snowy mountain views and valleys changes constantly and are always magnificent. This beautiful trekking trail crosses Marshyangdi River and Kali Gandaki River countless times.
Thorong La Pass is mostly snowy, windy slippery and poor visibility, thus making it a very demanding journey to connect between Phedi and High Camp to Muktinath. After reaching Muktinath the trail connects you with extremely windy Kaligandaki valley all the way down to Tatopani. In general, Annapurna Circuit Trek will take nearly three weeks trek through beautiful valleys, snowy peaks and adventurous pass.
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmadu, transfer to Hotel
Welcome to the city of temples and the country of Himalayas. Himalayan Leisure Inc. will happily welcome you at the only international airport of Nepal; Tribhuvan International Airport. Our airport representative will be waiting for your arrival with a placard written Himalayan Leisure Inc. outside the airport terminal. From there you will be transferred to the Hotel by a air conditioned private vehicle. Depending on the flight time and activities we will be joining for a cultural dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant. Enjoy cultural shows, singing, dancing and typical Nepali meals before heading back to hotel.
Day 02: Drive to Besisahar, Trek to Bhulbhule
Your trekking guide will pickup you from the hotel in the morning then we will drive to New Bus Park to catch our transport to Besisahar. The drive to Besisahar is a scenic experience through small settlements around the sides of Nepalese highway. The drive to Besisahar takes about 7 hours from Kathmandu. We will then complete necessary permit checking facility in Besisahar before we start secondary part of the journey to reach Bhulbhule. On the way to Bhulbhule we will have first glimpse of Himalchuli Peak. Passing small villages like Samdi, Chanaute, Sera and Khudi we will reach small now near the bank called Bhulbhule; the gateway to Annapurna Circuit Trek.
Day 03: Trek to Chamje
From Bhulbhule we will start the trek keeping Marshyangdi River on the left side. It is a pleasant walk through beautiful hill sides, towering waterfalls and small settlements. It is mostly flat walk until we cross Ngadi and reach Syange. From Ngadi we will cross the Marshyangdi River without climbing uphill to Bahundanda and follow the trail on the left or Marshyangdi River. In Syange we will enjoy our lunch in front of huge and talk waterfall. From here we will proceed our trek a little further to Chamje. The trail from Syange to Chamje is gentle uphill on the top of Marshyangdi River.
Day 04: Trek to Bagarchap
We will cross thundering Marshyangdi River to go to right side of the river and start climbing uphill with beautiful views of the valley. During the climb we will be passing small villages named Sattare and Tal Phedi before climbing steady uphill to reach Tal. Tal is a small valley on the bank of Marshyangdi River and Manang region will start from here. Continuing our trek further we will be passing through villages like Karte, Naje and Dharapani before reaching Bagarchap. This village is small town hosting few families and good views Himalayas.
Day 05: Trek to Chame
We will enjoy our mouth watering breakfast in Bagarchap before starting flat walk until we reach Danakyu. From Danaqyu the trail starting climbing uphill through the forests of rhododendron and oak with beautiful views of Manaslu on the back. Upon reaching Timang Danda we will have spectacular views of the Himalayas. We will enjoy our tasty lunch with spectacular Himalayan background. Then we will proceed our walk towards Chame passing small villages like Latamarang, Thanchok and Koto. Chame is district headquarters of Manang district with lots of lodges and shops. This place will serve magnificent views of Annapurna II.
Day 06: Trek to Lower Pisang
We will cross Marshyangdi river once more and enter the forests of pines. The trail enters inside small valley with gentle ups. We will then meet Bratang village. Walking a little some more from Bratang, we will again have to cross the Marshyangdi river. From here the trail goes steep up before we meet the road to Manang. We will walk on the road for a while then will reach Dhukurpokhari; our lunch spot. From Dhukur Pokhari we will walk flat for another hour to reach lower Pisang where spectacular views of Annapurna range will be served.
Day 07: Trek to Ngawal via Ghyaru [Upper route to Manang]
We will enjoy our meal in front of Pisang Peak then cross the Marshyangdi River once more. The trail enter thin pine forests along with beautiful views of Himalayas. Not many people walk through this trail. The higher route to Manang is less visited than lower route however the views can't be compared together. Upper route offers stunning panorama of Himalayas but needs little more energy than lower route. Walking some gentle uphill we will cross small stream before starting steep uphill walk to Ghyaru. From here our magnificent day starts. Enjoy breathtaking views of Annapurna range just in front of us. We will enjoy some drinks here before proceeding ups and gentle flat before we reach Ngawal; another magnificent village. Ngawal has few lodges for trekkers. As many trekkers don't walk this route the lodges are basic as well.
Day 08: Acclimatization day in Ngawal
Ngawal is magnificent place to take some rest. It is a small village with towering Himalayas just in front of you. We wouldn't mind to stay here even for a month. Peaceful places, magnificent views, smiling people and optional short hikes around the village are available from here. On this day we won't struggle a lot but will enjoy and play with nature. If interested then we can hike a little higher from the village from where even breathtaking views of huge snowy peaks will be welcoming us.
Day 09: Trek to Manang
We will enjoy our breakfast with beautiful views in Ngawal before we start our downhill walk to Manang. The whole trail from Ngawal to Manang will show us stunning Himalayan views. As we will be walking on the high route the views of Hunde and Marshyangdi valley on the bottom also looks fabulous. Passing through the ridges we will meet Bhraga from where regular trekking route to Manang will be followed. Manang is one of the biggest towns in the region. The views from here are amazing as well. Finally we will be enjoying our memorable night in this authentic place.
Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka
We will enjoy our tasty meal in Manang before we start our gentle uphill climb to Yak Kharka. Our trek will be pretty easy for this day without any steep climbs though high altitude can cause some tiredness. The beautiful views will be always there. We also have some chances to see blue Sheep grazing in the mountains. Views of Annapurna, Gangapurna, Tilicho etc. will be always together with us. It's a day with close and stunning views of snowy Himalayas. On our walk we will pass two small villages called Tengi and Gunsang. Both villages have few basic lodges for trekkers. The trail after crossing Gunsang is mostly flat with couple of suspension bridges.
Day 11: Trek to Thorong Phedi or High Camp
It is another special and breath taking day. Amazing views, light trail and towering Himalayas are together with us. The trail until we cross Kone Khola [stream] is mostly flat. Before crossing this stream we will pass two small villages called Churi Ledar and Ledar. Once we cross Kone Khola the trail will give us sudden steep climb. As we complete steep uphill, the risks of dry landslide will also become higher. We will need to be aware of stones falling down from the cliffs. Once we cross this risky area the route again becomes gentle up before we reach Phedi. We can stay here tonight and prepare crossing the pass, continuing for another 40-45 minutes will take us to high camp which is about 400 meters higher than Phedi.
Day 12: Trek to Muktinath via Thorong Pass
Either we start from Phedi or High Camp we will have to start our breakfast early in the morning. It is a challenging and special day too. Once we get our breakfast we will start our trek with torches. The walk can be slippery so we have to be aware of risks. With amazing views around us we will be walking in the middle surrounded by huge white peaks. There are no lodges or hotels along the way so we have to carry some meals with us. There are two tea shops which offers 'world's most expensive tea' but that's special. A warm tea in this altitude and in this place is so special. Walking for few hours we will reach the highest point of the trek named 'Thorong La' means a pass. It won't be difficult to recognize the pass as it's surrounded by praying flags. We will enjoy some hot tea here and start walking steep downhill towards Muktinath. It is steep downhill walk with some mountain views far sight. Once we walk about 1600 meters down we will reach Muktinath; our destination for tonight. Enjoy some lunch here and explore this small town.
Day 13: Trek to Marpha
Our trek will start after having a good meal in Muktinath. We will start walking downhill via Jharkot, Khingar Kagbeni and Eklebhatti. The trail is mostly down until Eklebhatti however it's very dusty due to strong wind after mid-day. From Jomsom we will also have enchanting views of Nilgiri peak too. Jomsom is last place for many trekkers on this region. There is a airstrip and also buses going to Beni and Pokhara starts from here. Many trekkers who are time bounded or want to avoid walking on the roads conclude their trek here. Jomsom is a small town with modern facilities available. Continuing our trek for another hour will take us to Marpha. It's enchanting village with an old Buddhist monastery. Marpha is known as the delicious apple kingdom of Nepal. It's small town with traditional houses build in old style.
Day 14: Trek to Kalopani
We will enjoy our breakfast in front of Nilgiri Peak then start another day. Our walk is easy but long or long but easy. We will be mostly walking through the dusty unpaved road passing numerous jeeps and buses on the trail. On the other hand stunning villages are always there. We will be walking through different villages such as Tukuche, Khobang, Larjung and Kokethanti before reaching Kalopani. From Kalopani we will have some good distant views of Annapurna I. This is the only place that we can get some views of this peak. Kalopani is small place surrounded by pine forests.
Day 15: Trek to Tatopani
Probably, today is one of the easiest day of our adventurous Annapurna Circuit Trekking. We will be following the road which is mostly downhill passing different villages like Lete, Ghasa, Rupse Chhahara [waterfall], Titre, Dana, Suke Bagar and Guite before we reach Tatopani. Among these places in Rupse Chhahara we will enjoy lunch in front of beautiful waterfall. More than that Dana is known as world's deepest gorge as this place is sandwiched between two more than 8,000 meter mountains; Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Tatopani is a special place where we can enjoy natural hot spring bath. Once we reach Tatopani we can leave our belongings in the guest house and go to hot spring to enjoy some natural bath.
Day 16: Trek to Ghorepani
It's long and difficult day. We will get our breakfast in the hotel and start walking flat on the road for a while. We will then reach Do Khola where we will cross Kali Gandaki river to start climbing steep uphill towards the destination. It is a peaceful hill walk through small villages like Thulokhet. Our main uphill climb will be completed once we reach Ghara. We will proceed further through beautiful rhododendron forests to reach Sikha. Sikha is a small village with countable numbers of lodges available for trekkers. We will enjoy our lunch in one of the beautiful villages and proceed further to Ghorepani. Keep in mind that we are heading to another magnificent and remarkable place. The more we climb up the more we will get views of Himalayan snowy peaks. The walk from Sikha to Ghorepani is all uphill passing small villages like Phalante, Chitre and Deurali. It is a beautiful walk inside rhododendron forests. Once we reach near Ghorepani we should also have breathtaking views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. Ghorepani is a pretty big village [can taken as a town] with lots of lodges for tourists. This place gives magnificent views of the Himalayas for trekkers.
Day 17: Hike to Poon Hill early morning for sunrise viewing, trek to Tikhedhunga
Early in the morning when stars are shining we will climb towards Poon Hill to enjoy fabulous sunrise over Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range. Poon Hill is a view point where more than 300 trekkers visit every day during main season. From here we will be enjoying close views of numerous peaks including Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV, V, Dhampus Peak, Nilgiri, Barahsikhar, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail etc. We will then get back to our hotel where our breakfast will be served. Form here we will start walking down through rhododendron and oak forests passing villages like Nangethanti, Banthanti and Ulleri. From Ulleri the trail goes steeply down to Bhurundi Khola [stream]. Once we cross this small stream Tikhedhunga is just in the front.
Day 18: Trek to Nayapul, drive to Pokhara
Our 17 days walking is about to be concluded. We will get our meal in the guest house and proceed to end our remarkable adventure. Today is another easy day mostly downhill passing through small villages like Hille, Sudame, Ramghai, Matathanti and Birenthanti before we end the trek in Nayapul. We will be mostly walking through rice paddies on the bank of Bhurundi Khola. It's easy walk with beautiful green views and views of the villages on the cliffs. Finally, once we reach Nayapul we will find our vehicle and start driving to Pokhara. The drive from Nayapul to Pokhara is about an hour. In Pokhara you can enjoy last night dinner with your staffs and celebration of your successful adventure.
Day 19: Drive back to Kathmandu
We will follow the same highway through beautiful rivers, hills and small Nepalese settlements. The drive will take about 7 hours to drop us in Kathmandu. Form the tourist bus park you will be transferred to your hotel. In the evening you can explore the town probably buying souvenirs.
Day 20: Departure from Kathmandu
Enjoy your last morning meal in this beautiful Himalayan country before we conclude our memorable Himalayan experience. We will drop you to the airport prior to your flight.
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