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The most beautiful circle in the world for hiking adventure- Annapurna Circuit Trek
When it comes to list out few most wonderful trekking trails of the world – Annapurna Circuit Trek arguably gets the crown. 130 miles horseshoe shaped trekking trail that goes around the majestic Annapurna by far incorporates the best cultural and the natural highlights of Nepal.
The trek that begins from a small mid-hill town, Besisahar traverses through incredible lush vegetation, challenging gorges formed by Marsyangdi River and the wonderful Marsyangdi Valley also cross passes wonderfully located authentic Gurung villages. As the trek goes higher, trekkers arrive to Manang- an elevated Gurung Village that has the Mountaineering School. Overcoming the challenge of lofty Thorung La Pass 5416m, that offers the most striking panorama of Annapurna Ranges the trek slides down to sacred Muktinath. Muktinath, a high altitude pilgrimage is equally holy for Buddhists, Hindus, Jains and Bons.
The final part of the trek slides down to Jomsom, the Windy City or the popular Apple Orchard of the country via Kali Gandaki River Valley, which also houses the world’s deepest Gorge.
The most popular trek in Nepal, Annapurna Circuit Trek does enjoy thousands trekkers every year because of its unparalleled cultural and natural highlights along with the quality and the types of services and amenities the local teahouses in the region cater.
- Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu
- Day 02:Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
- Day 03:Kathmandu to Besisahar (820m)/ Approx 6 hrs drive
- Day 04:Besisahar to Khudi (790m)/ 6 hrs trek
- Day 05:Khudi to Bahundanda (1325m)/ 6-7 hrs trek
- Day 06:Bahundada to Jagat (1290m)/ 6 hrs trek
- Day 07:Jagat to Dharapani (1920m)/ 6-7hrs trek
- Day 08:Dharapani to Chame (2630m)/ 6 hrs trek
- Day 09:Chame to Pisang (3190m)/ 6 hrs trek
- Day 10:Pisang to Manang (3520m)/ 5 hrs trek
- Day 11:Rest day in Manang
- Day 12:Manang to Yak Kharka (4010m)/ 6 hrs trek
- Day 13:Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi (4400m)
- Day 14:Thorung Phedi to Muktinath (3795m) via Thorung La Pass (5416m)/ 9-10 hrs trek
- Day 15:Muktinath to Jomsom (2700m)/ 5 hrs trek
- Day 16:Jomson to Pokhara flight
- Day 17:Pokhara to Kathmandu flight; free day in Kathmandu
- Day 18:Depart Kathmandu
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
As you fly into Kathmandu, the views of snow-capped mountain peaks greet you. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities.
Day 02: Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
Today, we will have a day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu. We will visit three UNESCO Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. We will begin with Pashupatinath. The largest Hindu shrine in Kathmandu is worthwhile visiting to experience the Hindu culture and to explore around the historic and revered temple.
Then we head off to explore Boudhanath. At Boudhanath, we could witness many Buddhist devotees mainly of Tibetan origin circumambulating the largest stupa in the country. Post lunch, we drive to the center of medieval Nepal, Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Explore the magnificent monuments built during different eras at Kathmandu Durbar Square and also pay a visit to the home of Living Goddess, Kumari. Then you can stroll in the streets of Thamel while we arrange all your trekking documents (TIMS & National Park Permit) .
Day 03: Kathmandu to Besisahar (820m)/ Approx 6 hrs drive
Early morning we board a private vehicle that takes us to Besisahar. Driving along the serpentine Prithivi Highway, we arrive to Dumre and taking a right deiation from Dumre we arrive to Besisahar- a small mid-hill town at the bank of Marsyangdi River.
Day 04: Besisahar to Khudi (790m)/ 6 hrs trek
Emerging out of Besisahar we chase the narrowed trail to Pam Khola. Crossing a small stream we begin to trek along the bank of Mrasyahgdi River. Before arriving to the Gurung Village Khudi, we walk along the paddy fields and tropical forest. A pleasant first day of walking ends at Khudi.
Day 05: Khudi to Bahundanda (1325m)/ 6-7 hrs trek
Savoring the magnificent views of Annapurna Ranges, Manaslu and cascading waterfalls, we tread through Marsyangdi River Valley and arrive at Ngadi, where we stop for the lunch.
Post lunch, we traverse across the challenging trails to Bahundanda. Bahundanda refers to the village of Brahmins- assumed to be the most superior caste of Nepal. Overnight at Bahundanda.
Day 06: Bahundada to Jagat (1290m)/ 6 hrs trek
As we exit out of Bahundanda, we slide down to the small stream at the end of waterfall, cross it and climb up to Hani Gaon. Winding through the mountain path and sometimes along the riverbank we arrive to a river via Syange. Now a steep 300m uphill climb followed by a gradula downhill walk brings us to Jagat - a village with stone houses.
Day 07: Jagat to Dharapani (1920m)/ 6-7hrs trek
Series of ups and downs through beautiful tropical forest brings us to Chyamje. The dramatic loom of Annapurna Range at its backdrop makes this small Gurung Village more beautiful.
Steep and trail brings us to Sattale and hiking along rock strewn trails followed comfortable walk on the riverbank brings us to Tal. Traversing across the rugged and windy trail, we wondering through the waterfalls and cliffs we arrive to Dharapani.
Day 08: Dharapani to Chame (2630m)/ 6 hrs trek
Traversing through Bagarchhap, a small viilage of Bhotias, and Dhayaku we reach to Chame- the adminitrative headquarters of Manang. Today's trek incorporates the series of uphill and downhill walk catering the magnificence of nature at its best.
The panorama of Annapurna and Manaslu come closer and the thundering waterfalls take you closer to the nature. The trails at times are easy and at other times are quite demanding.
Day 09: Chame to Pisang (3190m)/ 6 hrs trek
Today's trek traverses along the rolling hills and takes you to culturally opulent hamlet of Pisang. The walk caters us the incredible views of Annapurna and Manaslu Ranges. Once we arrive at Pisang, we will set out to explore the ancient Buddhist Monastery. Overnight in Pisang.
Day 10: Pisang to Manang (3520m)/ 5 hrs trek
Nine kilometers of stretch on today's trail gets completed after fascinating five hours of walking. We will tread along the rolling hills before we arrive to Manang. At Manang, we have opportunities to see the best of Tibetan culture in the authentic form.
The entire trail, which is serene enough throughout the trek caters the wonders of Himalayan views dominated by famous Annapurna Range. The walk itself offers a magnificent view of the mountain peaks in the famous Annapurna range.
Day 11: Rest day in Manang
Today we will have a rest day, so that our body gets used to with the heights before we hike towards elevated Thorung-La Pass 5416m. However, we will explore around Manang.
Day 12: Manang to Yak Kharka (4010m)/ 6 hrs trek
Today, enjoying the majestic views of mountain giants throughout the trek and occasionally encountering the highland carriers and feeder- yak on the way, we arrive to Yak Kharka. Yak Kharka means the grazing land for yaks. Overnight in Yak Kharka.
Day 13: Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi (4400m)
Today we hike uphill towards the base of Thorung La Pass. The rock strewn trails keeps our pace slow and steady. After five hours of strenuous walk we arrive to Thorung Phedi.
Day 14: Thorung Phedi to Muktinath (3795m) via Thorung La Pass (5416m)/ 9-10 hrs trek
Today we start the trek quite early. The longest and the toughest day of the trek initially goes along the rugged stony trails to the top of Thorung La Pass. The views seen from Thorung La Pass makes us forget every effort we have put to conquer it. The dramatic loom of Mountains sprawling right before your eyes plus the magnificence of deep valleys seen below makes you feel, you have won the entire world. From the pass trekking for next five hours brings us to the sacred landmark Muktinath. Check into your teahouse in Muktinath.
Day 15: Muktinath to Jomsom (2700m)/ 5 hrs trek
In the morning explore15th century pilgrimage, which is the common pilgrimage for Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Bons. We will enjoy a holy bath of 108Taps, explore the temple premises and set out towards Jomsom. Today we have an easy day. Trek up gradually to Kali Gandaki River Valley, walk through the sandy and windy river valley between two lofty hills and arrive to Jomsom. Enjoy the night in a teahouse at Jomsom.
Day 16: Jomson to Pokhara flight
Today you will fly to Pokhara, which is thirty minutes scenic flight. On arriving at Pokhara, we will escort you into your designated hotel. Let go all your trek exhaustion in Pokhara.
Day 17: Pokhara to Kathmandu flight; free day in Kathmandu
Today you will fly to Kathmandu. As you arrive to Kathmandu, you will have free time to explore around on your own. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 18: Depart Kathmandu
Today, we will escort you to Tribhuvan International Airport as per your flight schedule back home. We will see you off pleasantly. Have a safe flight back home.
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