Annapurna Circuit Trek – 12 days
The Annapurna Circuit, is by far the most popular trekking route in Nepal. This world famous trekking circuit offers panoramic views of some of the highest mountains in the world, as well as a chance to experience the richness of the indigenous Buddhist culture.
The Annapurna Circuit trekking can be regarded as an amazing combination of nature, culture and adventure. This breathtaking trek leads to the Upper Manang valley with mesmerizing views of several majestic mountains including Annapurna II-III-IV, Tilicho, Gangapurna, Chulu, and Pisang peak. After a crucial acclimatization day at Manang, the trail heads towards the remote areas at Tilicho Lake that offers a breathtaking scenery unlike anywhere else.
The trek ends at Pokhara, which is one of the most scenic and tourist friendly cities in South Asia.
The Annapurna Circuit is renowned for being of the most charming and scenic adventure trekking destinations. The walk leads from areas with warm semi-tropic climates to mountainous regions with a cool climate all year round, and finally to high and dry rain shadow regions near the Tibetian Plateau. On this trip, you will be hiking on moderate to adventurous trekking routes, visiting culturally rich Tibetan regions around Manang and Mustang regions, adjacent to the Kaligandaki valley. The Annapurna Circuit and Kaligandaki Valley offers mesmerizing views of snow-capped peaks including world three highest mountains Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Dhaulagiri
The Annapurna Circuit is understandably one of the most renowned, as well as a spectacular destinations for adventure enthusiasts. The route offers one of the most fascinating trekking experiences that have mesmerized and inspired thousands of people from across the world. The accommodation on local lodges are owned by indigenous locals. From ancient Buddhist monasteries to a unique wildlife, the Annapurna Circuit trek offers amazing memories for every visitor.
Note: Accommodation, meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara will be covered by the client themselves.
Early breakfast, then a bus ride to Besisahar on a scenic Kathmandu-Pokhara highway. The ride is interesting along the lush foothills following the banks of Trisuli and Marsyangdi rivers. A few hours before reaching Pokhara, our route diverts from Dumre northwards to Beshishar, the headquarter of Lamjung district. After reaching Beshisahar, our drive continues through rice terrace fields and villages to our overnight destination at Syange.
Early morning trek from Syange uphill to Jagat village and through the winding trail of Chamje, we walk back to Marshyangdi river. Along the route, we cross densely forested areas with breathtaking views of Annapurna and Mt. Manaslu. Our walk then advances towards the wider path to the village of Tal Besi, where we stop for lunch. After a couple of hours, we reach our overnight destination at Dharapani.
After an early morning breakfast, we walk along the winding roads into the serene pine and rhododendron forests passing the villages, Bagachap, Danque and finally to Timang village. From here onwards, we enter into villages dominant of Buddhist cultures with stunning view of Mt. Manaslu in the backdrop. After few hours, our trail leads to Koto and then finally to Chame.
From this day, the air gets cooler and fresh as we walk closer to the mountains. We begin our walk through a tranquil alpine forest of pine and rhododendron trees alongside the Marshyangdi river to Bhratang village. Our walk then follows uphill through dense alpine woodland to Dhukure, a small village with few teahouses overlooking Pisang and Chulu peaks. Finally, our walk descends towards Pisang for an overnight stay.
After an early morning breakfast, we start our journey with an amazing scenery of the surrounding landscapes and towering mountains. The trail is gradual uphill through the forest with an astonishing view of staggering Gangapurna Chulu’s, Annapurna II and III and Pisang peak. We then reach a flat valley at Hongde village from where the treelines disappear for arid landscapes with cold and dry arctic climate. Before reaching our overnight destination at Manang, we visit Braga Monastery on the way.
A much-needed acclimatization day before heading to a higher elevation. On this leisure day, we explore the village and hike up to a nearby hill to enjoy the view of the Manang emerald Lake and the magnificent Gangapurna Glacier.
Early morning breakfast and trek to Yak Kharka. The track gently winds up offering some exceptional views of the Annapurna III, Gangapurna, Tiloche and the close-up views of Chulu’s peaks. As the trail heads up in the barren windswept terrains with juniper bushes. We then cross a river to reach a small settlement of Yak Kharka.
Early morning walk quickly advances to a higher altitude as we head closer to the base of Thorong-La. We then climb along the bank of Jarjung to reach Thorong Phedi. Here, depending upon the health condition of the clients, we either choose to stay overnight in Thorong Phedi or ascend an hour of a steep climb to Thorong High Camp.
Today marks the highlight of this great adventure. After an early morning breakfast, we make a steep climb to Thorong-La pass at 5,416m. The top of the pass offers a stunning view of snowcapped peaks. Crossing over the pass, we descend to Muktinath, a holy place for both Hindus as well as Buddhists.
After descending to Muktinath, the rest of our adventure will be fairly easy with gradual walks until Jomsom. We first descend to Kali Gandaki river valley with a small break at Eklaibhatti. The trails get windy from her, especially during the afternoon. After a few hours of gradual walk, we reach our overnight destination at Jomsom.
After an early morning breakfast, we board our vehicle and head to Pokhara on a scenic drive for the overnight stop by the serene Phewa Lake. We will have sufficient time to roam around Lakeside, go for boating and participate in the farewell celebration with trekking crew and porters.
The flight back to Kathmandu offers another chance to enjoy the Himalayan panorama all the way to Kathmandu, where our staff will transfer you to the hotel. Tomorrow, you have the option to join the guided tour of the city or go for an early morning mountain flight. Note: It is advisable to book the mountain flight well ahead, so please let us know at the earliest.