Annapurna Circuit Trek is a highly praised and renowned trekking route which offer stunning Himalayan views, rich biodiversity, and great cultural experience. The trek explores the lifestyle and culture of the Gurung and Magar communities which have the endearing affinity to the Annapurna trails and the trek experience speaks itself on a culturally insightful volume. Crossing lush forests, arid landscapes, and high passes, the journey is extraordinarily diverse also in terms of flora and fauna.
The 17-days Annapurna Circuit Trek starts with your arrival in Kathmandu. After a full day of sightseeing in the valley, you take a scenic bus drive to Jagat from where the trek begins. You start from the trans-Himalayan region in Manang and pass through the rugged terrain towards lower Mustang. The Annapurna Circuit Trek trail crosses Thorung La Pass (5,416 m), one of the highest passes in the world which is a magnificent vantage point to observe the Himalayas in the Annapurna, Gungang, and Damodar Himal ranges. The trail then descends to Muktinath, a religious shrine of massive essence to those of Hindu and Buddhist faith. From Muktinath, you drive to Tatopani, a place famous for its hot springs said to healing properties. The hike to Poonhill from Ghorepani is one of the major highlights of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. This is an absolute treat for those who want to witness the mesmerizing sunrise over the high Himalayas. You get to see the panoramic views of the mountain peaks like Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), Mt. Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna IV (7555m), Mt Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Tilicho peak (7,134m), and many others. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the best seasons for this trek. The Annapurna Circuit Trek winds through everything from tropical plains to alpine climactic zones; so, the essentials of the journey should be packed accordingly. For enthusiasts who want some additional excitement, Tilicho Lake can be added to their itinerary and another version of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is available as well.
Epic Adventure Treks is a leading operator of treks and tours in Nepal. We take care of your permits, transport, accommodation, and every other requirement for the trek. Our experienced trek guides and well-trained staff will make sure that you have an unforgettable experience.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||TIA Kathmandu|
|HIGHEST ALTITUDE||5416 m|
Important Note: Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Epic Adventures. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, the health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
You will arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport located in Kathmandu from where you will be picked and transported to the hotel. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
Today you will be taken to various sites for sightseeing. Kathmandu valley has a lot to offer. It boasts seven world heritage sites and it is very difficult to see all the sites in one day, so you will only visit Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. You can notice the rich culture and art of the ancient city in the detailed architecture of each of these heritage sites. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, you will start your journey to Jagat. A smooth ride on a winding black-topped road takes you to Besisahar from where you move on an off-road trail until Jagat. You will drive alongside Marsayangdi River and pass many settlements before reaching the waterfall at Jagat. Jagat is a small village with guest houses, lodges, and tea houses to cater to trekkers circuiting the Annapurna massif. Overnight in Jagat.
Descend to the river and then go through the forest. Ascending the cliff, you will reach Chamje. You will be able to view the beautiful range of Annapurna from Chamje. Continue trekking alongside Marsyangdi River and reach the village of Dharapani via Tal; you have now reached the Manang district. Dharapani is a village with not more than 1500 people. One can expect adequate accommodation, simple food, and great hospitality. Overnight in Dharapani.
From Dharapani, you will go to Chame. The trail mostly goes through beautiful forest with mixed vegetation and also features beautiful vistas of Lamjung Himal (6983m) and Annapurna II (7937m). The trail ascends until Timang after which you will make a steep descend until Thanchowk and then continue walking on an easy trail to Chame. Chame is the headquarters of Manang district. With beautiful scenery to please the eye and fresh air to breathe, enjoy what Chame has to offer. Overnight in Chame.
Today you will move from Chame to Pisang. From Chame, you will walk on a steep trail alongside Marsayangdi River that leads you to Pisang through dense forests, wide pasturelands, and small settlements. Pisang is a beautiful village located just by the bank of the Marshyangdi River. You can enjoy the view of Mt. Annapurna II (7937m), Pisang Peak (6091m) and Swargadwari Danda. Overnight in Pisang.
You can see Upper Pisang with beautiful views of mountains in the background as you set off to leave Pisang. As you gain altitude, you can notice the change in landscape as the tree line decreases. Visit the beautiful 900 years old Braga Monastery on the way to Manang. You will also pass many other monasteries en route. A small ascend from Braga will take you to Manang. Manang is situated in an elongated valley with Marshyangdi flowing by its side. People here are engaged in the tourism business, agriculture, herding yaks etc. Overnight in Manang.
Today you will rest in Manang to acclimatize. You can explore the village and observe the different lifestyles of people. Take a short hike to the nearest places like Bodzo Monastery or to Gangapurna Lake. Enjoy the view of snow-clad mountains like Annapurna III (7555m), Gangapurna (7454m), Annapurna IV (7525m), and others. Overnight in Manang.
You will trek from Manang to Yak Kharka today. On the way, you will cross the various stream. You will ascend and reach Tengi Manang. From this point, we will be leaving Marsayangdi valley and climb alongside Thorung Khola. Crossing an old Mani wall and waking through pasturelands amid stony ridges, finally, you will reach Yak Kharka. As the name suggests, a lot of grazing yaks can be seen here along with a few temporary shelters of the yak herders. Overnight in Yak Kharka.
You will again ascent from Yak Kharka to reach Thorung Phedi. On the way, you will cross a bridge leading to a village named Ledar. You then start to ascend until you reach Thorung Phedi. Thorong Phedi is the last village before we reach Thorung La Pass (5416m). Please your eye with the beautiful scenes of mountains like Mt. Syagang (6026m), Thorung Peak (6144m), and Mt. Khatungkang (6484m). Overnight in Thorung Phedi.
Today is the most exciting day of this trek. Wake up early and ascend till you reach Thorung La Pass (5416m). Thorung La is one of the highest mountain passes in Nepal and is frozen almost all year. A breathtaking vista of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges can be seen from the top of Thorung La. After taking a few pictures, you will climb down the pass and keep descending through yak pasturelands until reaching Muktinath. Muktinath is one of the most famous and most sacred pilgrimage sites in Hindu culture. It houses a temple of Shiva and another of Vishnu, the destroyer, and creator of the world respectively. Overnight in Muktinath.
After visiting the Muktinath temple early in the morning, you will be transported to Tatopani via a private jeep. You will descend rapidly, noticing the change in vegetation. You will move back from the mountainous region to the hilly region. You can view the beautiful Kali Gandaki River flowing beside you as you drive through the deepest gorge in the world. Tatopani is famous for its natural hot spring, so you can enjoy a hot bath to relax your strained muscles upon your arrival. Overnight in Ghorepani.
From Tatopani, you will ascend through deep rhododendron forests, sometimes meeting the trails of Ghara Khola. Upon reaching the Magar village of Shikha, it is a steep uphill climb through the damp forests of rhododendron and oak until you reach Ghorepani. Ghorepani is a small Gurung village on the base of Poon Hill, the most famous sunrise viewpoint of the Annapurna region. Overnight in Ghorepani.
Today you will wake up before dawn and hike to Poon Hill to witness the mesmerizing sunrise over the mountain, including the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri range, and Machhapuchhre (6993m) among others. After the sunrise, you will hike back to Ghorepani and have breakfast. Then you will trek down to Tadapani on a flat trail through the forest. Crossing many small streams, you arrive in Tadapani. Enjoy the view of Annapurna South (7219m) and Hiunchuli (6441m). Overnight in Tadapani.
From Tadapani, you will descend to Ghandruk on carefully placed flag-stone steps amid the lush forest. Ghandruk is a famous Gurung village loved for the warm hospitality of the locals and for a stunning view of Annapurna South (7219m) and Machhapuchhre (6993m). After reaching Ghandruk, you will be transported to Pokhara on a private jeep. Overnight in Pokhara.
Today you will drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara. Enjoy your ride through the hills and roadside settlements of Prithvi Highway as you view the flowing Trishuli River. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, feel free to explore the city. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
Our staff will drive you to the airport to connect you to your flight back home.