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The Annapurna Circuit Trek takes you around the entire Annapurna Massif. During this major trek, you will find yourself in a big variety of landscapes with stunning views. You will trek from Nepalese hindu villages to traditional Tibetan buddhist villages. From a moist green jungle, to chilly high mountains. And finally, when you cross the high mountain pass of Thorong La, you enter a windy mountain desert.

18-day trek along the entire Annapurna massif

The Himalayas in general, represents the meeting point of the Tibetan buddhist world and the hindu culture of the Indian subcontinent. The 2 religions overlap and blur in Nepal. And the Annapurna Circuit Trek is a journey between these 2 great faiths.

The trail starts in verdant rice paddies and climbs through the deep gorges of the Marsyangdi, before swinging west into the Manang region. This region has awesome views of the north side of the Annapurnas. From Manang, we reach the high mountain pass Thorong La (5,416 m). By crossing the pass, we will enter the mountain desert of Mustang.

The Himalayas in general, represents the meeting point of the Tibetan Buddhist world and the Hindu culture of the Indian subcontinent. The two religions overlap and blur in Nepal. And this particularly trek is a journey between these two great faiths.

This is the #1 trek if you want to have a real trekking experience. In about 18 days you will follow the 300 km long trail around the entire Annapurna massif.

Places You’ll See

Tour Plan

Welcome in Nepal! We will pick you up at the international airport in Kathmandu, and bring you to your hotel in the backpackers area of Thamel.

airport transfer – hotel

After a good night of sleep and hopefully beating the jetlag, we will meet again for a pre-trip meeting. We will introduce you to your mountain guide and we will discuss the itinerary. If you have any questions or requests, please let us know.

Note: please, make sure you bring your passport to the meeting, along with your travel insurance policy. Carry both the original policy and a copy for us. We wil also request you to clear the due balance, if any.

What’s next? You can use this day to adjust to the different timezone, altitude and climate. Also, you can prepare yourself for your trek and do some last shoppings at one of the many outdoor gear shops around your hotel.

breakfast – hotel

Early morning, your mountain guide picks you up from your hotel. You will take the bus to Besi Sahar (760 m) together. The is the starting point of our trek. This bus ride will take about 7 to 8 hours.

breakfast – bus – dinner – mountain lodge

Today is the beginning of our mountain trek! We start walking from Besi Sahar where the trail makes a climb to Khudi (790 m), the first Gurung village. Interesting to know is that many of the famous Nepalese Gurkha soldiers are Gurungs.

When we continue from Khudi, the trail offers fine views of Himalchuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli). We climb to Bhulbhule (825 m) and then via Ngadi to Lampata, nearby Bahundanda (1,310 m).

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

We start the day by following a steep trail down to Syange (1,070 m). Along the way, depending on the season, we can see a large waterfall. After crossing the Marsyangdi river via a suspension bridge, we walk along the river to the stone village of Jagat before we climb through the forest to Chamje (1,410 m).

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

The day begins with a rocky trail uphill, along the Marsyandi river all the way to Tal (1,675 m). This village in a wide, flat valley is the first in the district of Manang. From here, our trek continues up and down to Dharapani (1,890 m). When we approach Bagarchhap (2,160 m), we can see the typical Tibetan flat roofed stone houses surrounded by apple orchards and maize fields.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

We climb up to Tyanja (2,360 m), and then we continue through the forest near the river to Kopar (2,590 m). As we reach Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we can have rewarding views of Annapurna II.

This town has two hot springs, where you can soak and relax yourselves from the trekking so far. Along this route, you will be introduced to a local community of which the residents migrated from Tibet centuries ago.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

The day starts with a trek through a deep forest in a steep and narrow valley and, crossing a river via a long bridge (2,910 m). When we cross another bridge at 3,040 m, the view of the soaring Paungda Danda’s rock face really begins to appear. From here, the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between (3,200 m) and (3,300 m).

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

Today, we continue our trek through the drier upper part of Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. People of this region herd yaks and raise crops for a part of the year.

When we leave Pisang, there are alternate trails from the north and the south of the Marsyangdi river which meets up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip (3,325 m), involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru. Though, there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga (3,475 m) to the nearby Manang (3,540 m).

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

Today, is a day to relax by spending an acclimatization day in Manang. This day we can spend going for fine, short hikes and viewing the magnificent sights around the village. By the end of the day, we return to our accommodation for a good meal and sleep.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

Today, we continue and ascend by nearly 500 meters to Yak Kharka. We climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangi Valley. From there, we continue through the Jarsang Khola Valley and reach Yak Kharka (4,000 m). From here, you see that herds of yaks and vegetations clearly thin out.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

We ascend for about two hours, and then descend again to cross the river (4,310 m). Then, we climb up to Thorong Phedi (4,450 m) where decent guesthouses have been built in the recent years.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

Today we cross world’s highest pass! This will be a long day, starting before sunrise at 4 or 5 A.M. to cross the pass by 9 or 10 A.M., before the strong wind comes up. These weather conditions may greatly affect our journey, particularly at Thorong La pass (5,416 m).

Steeply we climb on a regular route which is quite easy to follow. However, difficulties may arise due to altitude and snow. After climbing up to the pass for about 4 hours, the top of the pass, marked by chortens and prayer flags, will reward us with stunning views. Then another 4 to 5 hours of walking takes us to the holy town of Muktinath.

Muktinath means ‘place of Nirvana’ and is home to the Muktinath temple as well as several monasteries. It is said that all sorrows you feel are relieved, when you visit the temple. This place is a scared pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The prime pilgrimage month is September.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

In the morning, we can explore the temples of Muktinath. After that, we have an easy walk, downhill to the medieval village of Kagbeni.

It still feels like a medieval village. It has closely packed mud houses, dark tunnels and alleys, imposing chortens and a large, ochre-coloured gompa perched above the town. This is also the gateway to Upper Mustang. This is the furthest you can venture without a restricted-area permit.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

Today we start early, to avoid the winds that whistle up the valley after 11 A.M. From Kagbeni, the trail quickly joins the main road between Jomsom and Muktinath, and continues through desert scenery. We take a small shortcut through the stoney river valley, along the riverbed, to reach the entrance to Jomsom (2,760 m).

We pass a school and enter the narrow main street of Old Jomsom, past local guesthouses and shops to the bridge across the Kali Gandaki. We trek further down the west bank, past a hospital and a compound of an army school of Mountain Warfare. The camouflaged jogging soldiers are a surreal sight in this remote location.

We leave Jomsom behind us, and trek further south, following the road over a low ridge. After a little while, we will see the interesting and picturesque old town of Syang (2,800 m) and monasteries on a ridge above the road. This village is one of the ‘panch gaon’, or five villages. We sleep in one of the five villages, Marpha (2,680 m).

Marpha is a well-maintained village, and has kept its traditional narrow paved alleys and passageways.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

We will walk about 4 hours today. We leave Marpha through the southern entrance, past a long mani wall and a blacksmith settlement. We don’t take the shortest and busier road, but trek via Chhairo and Chimang. This route gives us great views of Dhaulagiri. And, we pass a Tibetan refugee settlement of around 40 houses and the 300-year old Chhairo Gompa.

We continue past mani walls,  pine groves and a lovely old chorten. We climb to the meadow and a small waterfall and continue uphill, curving around fields to the traditional village of Chimang (2,870 m). From here, we cross the river Chimang Khola and then the Kali Gandaki. Once on the road again, we cross Thapa Khola and enter the large village of Tukuche (2,580 m).

This was the meeting point for traders laden with salt and wool from Tibet traded with traders with grain from the south. We can visit the lovely and nearby Mahakala Gompa here. If we are lucky, we can also visit the Rani Gompa, which is normally locked. From Tukuche, we follow the road with numerous ups and downs till we reach Larjung (2,560 m).

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

From Larjung, we follow the road as it swings into the wide mouth of the Ghatta Khola. The road bridge is a long distance upstream so most locals cut straight across the river on temporary bridges. The road eventually crosses the Kali Gandaki on a higher suspension bridge and climbs through fir, juniper and cypress trees to descend to Kokhekhati.

To avoid the road from here, we cross the Kali Gandaki via a seasonal bridge to the east bank and continue downstream through the forest. After Kalopani and Upper Lete, we climb again up to Titigaon village and pass the pretty Titi Lake (2,670 m). Then, we pass a few more villages, such as the traditional village of Konjo (2,590 m), Lete (2,480 m) and Kalopani (2,530 m).

From here, we have a descend of about an 1,5 hour left to go through the forests till we reach Ghasa (2,000 m). This village is the southernmost limit of Tibetan Buddhism. And from here on, the mountain pine birch of the middle valley start to give way to subtropical trees and shrubs. You might even spot grey langur monkeys here.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

Today we are off to Tatopani, which means ‘hot water’. From Ghasa, we follow the road down, cross a suspension footbridge and follow the mule caravans. This mule track climbs the rocky cliffside to a ridge, leaving the Manang district.

We make a long descend, cross a 120 m long bridge as the Kopchepani river roars through a narrow chasm and rejoin the road to Dana (1,450 m). The large peak we can see in the south is Annapurna South. We follow the river, pass a hydro station, climb to Banskot, descend to Alugaon and cross the bridge at Guithe.

From Guithe we continue our trek to the village of Tatopani. Here, we enjoy the hot springs and spend the night.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

Today we make a big ascend, the biggest of this trek, to reach Ghorepani (2,840 m). First we cross the Kali Gandaki – again – and then the Ghar Khola rivers. Then we have a steep ascend of 380 m whereafter the valley opens up. From there we ascend through terraced fields to Ghara (1,780 m). From here, the trail makes a gentle ascent across a landslide area to Shikha, a large and prosperous Magar village that marks the halfway stage.

We cross a stream and climb further up past Phalate (2,390 m) and Chitre (2,420 m). Then it is about 1 more hour, as we follow the steep climb up through lovely rhododendron and magnolia forests till we reach the first lodges of Ghorepani (2,840 m).

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

We climb along ridges and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (2,960 m). After that, we descend to Banthanti and Tadapani. From Tadapani, we follow the descending trail through the forests to Ghandruk (1,940 m).

Ghandruk is a village of the Gurung people, an ethnic group of Nepal. The Gurungs have their own dialect, culture, costume and life style. In addition to that Ghandruk is also home to many Gurkha soldiers. It is a famous trekking destination as it is known for its beautiful mountain views. In the afternoon we can visit the Annapurna Conservation Office, museums and explore the village.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

Today, our trek is coming to an end. After a short trek to Nayapul, we only have a short drive left back to Pokhara. In Pokhara you can have a relaxing afternoon and stroll around lakeside.

breakfast & lunch – private vehicle – hotel

Today, we take the bus back to Kathmandu. And there, we will bring you to your hotel.

In the evening, we would like to offer you and your guide a farewell dinner together in a traditional Nepalese restaurant.

breakfast – bus – farewell dinner – hotel

Option: To save time, you can opt for a 30-minute flight to Kathmandu, instead of taking the bus. This would give you the opportunity to explore the city. Contact us for more details.

If it’s the final day of your holiday in Nepal, we will bring you back to the international airport. Goodbye friends! We hope that we will meet each other again in the future.

breakfast – airport transfer

What's Included

Airport transfer
All required trekking permits
Experienced mountain guide
Porter per 2 persons (w/ duffel bag)
Bus (Kathmandu > Besi Sahar)
Private vehicle (Nayapul > Pokhara)
Bus (Pokhara > Kathmandu)
Hotel in Kathmandu (w/ breakfast) – 3 nights
Hotel in Pokhara (w/ breakfast) – 2 nights
Mountain lodge during your trek - 18 nights
Breakfast, lunch and dinner during your trek
Salary, accommodations, meals, gear and insurance for all trekking staff
Farewell dinner on your last evening in Nepal
VAT and tourist service charges

What's not Included

International airfare to and from Nepal
Nepal tourist visa
Alcohol, hot and cold drinks
Travel health insurance (that covers rescue & evacuation)
All other expenses that are not mentioned below 'what's included'

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Annapurna Circuit Trek [Thorong La]

From $1,399

Destination: Annapurna
Duration: 23 days
Altitude: 5.000m >
Difficulty: 5/5

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Nepal based

Runned by Nepalese

Tailor made travel plans

No mixed groups

Authentic Nepal experience

Nature & culture

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