Annapurna Circuit Trek - 21 Days
Annapurna Circuit Trek is second most popular trekking route in Nepal after Everest Base Camp Trek. It is located in Northern Central Nepal. Depending upon using of vehicle transportation, the total length of the route covers nearly 155 Km to 225 Km. The Annapurna Circuit Trek takes you to the highest altitude of 5416 m and that place is called Thorung La Pass which is situated on the edge of Tibetan Plateau. Thorung La Pass is the highest pass of Nepal. On the way of journey, you cross Kaligandaki River Valley and Marshyandi River Valley to encircle the massif mount Annapurna. By the way, the gorge made by Kaligandaki River is now known as Kaligandaki River Gorge which is the deepest gorge in the world. Incredible panoramic view of Annapurna massif along with Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Gangapurna and Mt. Machhapuchhre is major attraction of Annapurna Circuit. This trek is strenuous because it is really a challenging to cross the great Thorung la pass. Moreover, Annapurna Circuit Trek also includes travelling to Muktinath of Mustang, and Manang valley hiking.
Annapurna Circuit Trek is literally a classic trekking route of Himalaya which passes through several villages, subtropical forests and waterfalls. By the way, Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered as one of the best trekking routes of long distance. Because of the continuing of road construction, this trek has been shortened.
Generally, this trail starts from Besisahar after drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar and ends in Pokhara valley.
Basically, this trek is completed within 19 to 21 days. And it is indeed a long trek. To those who are wishing to explore Annapurna Circuit but have a limited holiday, they can contact us to customize this trip. We are always here for your great holiday in Nepal. As an alternative, you can choose Annapurna Base Camp Trek to explore Annapurna Region.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
As you arrive in Kathmandu Airport, you will be transferred to a hotel in Kathmandu. One of our representatives will be there in airport to pick you up. Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel
Day 02: Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
Today, after having breakfast, we start Kathmandu sightseeing tour that covers historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu Valley. Basically, you are taken to explore Boudhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square and the last but not least Pashupatinath Temple. Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel
Day 03: Kathmandu to Khudi via Besisahar (800m/2,624ft)
Our Journey starts along the winding road of greenery hills which follows bank of Trishuli River until we reach on Mugling. Now we take the way of Pokhara. As we reach at Dumre, we head toward Besisahar. After an half hour long drive, we reach on Khudi. Khudi village is famous for gorgeous view of Mt. Manaslu.
Day 04: Khudi to Sirung (2200m/7216 ft)
In order to reach on Sirung, we should walk about 6-7 hours along the paddies’ fields and subtropical forests. From Sirung, the views of mountains become closer.
Day 05: Sirung to Jagat (1,300m/4265ft)
On the way of Sirung to Jagat, we pass few villages, waterfall and cross bridge over Marshyandi River.
Day 06: Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft)
Today, we start our trail slowly descending from Jagat until we reach on the Marshyangdi River and then we walk by the forest. It takes about 8 hours to reach on Dharapani. Overnight on Dharapani
Day 07: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft)
Today, we set our trip toward Chame which is headquarter of Manang District. You can enjoy the amazing view of Lamjung Himal and Mt. Annapurna on the way of today’s journey. After walking 5-6 hours, we arrive in Chame. Overnight in Chame.
Day 08: Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft)
Chame to Pisang hike follows the narrow path along the very dense forests. It also takes 5-6 hours to reach lower Pisang.
Day 09: Pisang to Manang
There are two routes to go to Manang from Pisang. However, we take route from Upper Pisang which is very famous way because of excellent landscape views of mountains including Pisang peak and Annapurna.
Day 10: Acclimatization in Manang
Today, we explore Manang and do a short hike either to Gangapurna Lake or to Bhojo Gumpa. Overnight in Manang
Day 11: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft)
So as to continue our trip, we begins the trail crossing a small stream and hike toward a village and also continues hour hiking out of Marshyangi Valley. Now we pass few small villages of Ghunsa and a meadow where you can see grazing horses and yaks. Then you cross a a wooden bridge to reach on Yak Kharka. Overnight in Yak Kharka
Day 12: Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft)
Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi is an uphill walk which takes about 4 hours to reach Thorung Phedi. It is rewarded with some of the best views of Himalaya including Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang and Thorung Peak. Overnight in Thorung
Day 13: Thorung to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) via Thorung La Pass (5416m/17764ft)
Today is the most challenging part of our trip since we cross one of highest passes of the world that is Thorung La Pas (5416m). As we reach on the top of Thorung La Pass, you will feel your trip worthy because of the stunning views of Himalaya. Overnight in Muktinath
Day 14: Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m/8,760ft)
On the way of Muktinath to Marpha, we visit the Muktinath Temple which is sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. We also visit some other temple and Monastery that are Vishnu Temple and Gompa. Then our trip descends toward Kagbeni and Jomsom. Finally, we arrive in Marpha after 3-4 hours walk. Overnight in Marpha
Day 15: Marpha to Kalopani (2,530 m/8,300 ft)
Today, we begin our trail toward Kalopani coming across the traditional villages of ethnic Thakali people. Meanwhile, you can see the panoramic views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. Overnight in Kalopani
Day 16: Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m/3,937ft)
Kalopani to Tatopani trail is mostly downhill. Passing subtropical forests, waterfall, and vegetations, finally we reach on Tatopani after 6-7 hours walk. Overnight on Tatopani
Day 17: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft)
We head up our trail to Ghar Khola Valley after crossing Kali Gandaki River and trail follows farmland. After walking about 8 hours, we arrive in a beautiful village Ghorepani. Overnight in Ghorepani
Day 18: Poonhill Hike and Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft)
In order to capture sunrise view from Poonhill, we make our uphill walk in the early morning from Ghorepani. Poonhill is one of the most popular short trekking routes of Annapurna Region as it is a gorgeous view point to enjoy the views of Himalaya range and Pokhara valley. After capturing some photographs from Poonhill, we come back to Ghorepani and having breakfast, we continue our trail heading toward Tadapani. Overnight in Tadapani
Day 19: Tadapani to Pokhara (850m/2,789ft)
Today, we start our trail following dense and dark forest. On the way, we enter into Ghandruk Village in which you can see Gurung Inhabitants. From here, you can enjoy stunning views of Fishtail mountain, Annapurna South and Himchul mountain. Then we continue trail to Nayapul from where we take a drive to Pokhara. Finally we reach in Pokhara after 1 hour drive. Overnight in Pokhara
Day 20: Pokhara to Kathmandu drive
After having breakfast, we head up toward Kathmandu Valley from where our trail finally completes. We arrive in Kathmandu after 5-6 hours long drive. In the evening, we celebrate success of our trip together. Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 21: Final Departure
Today, our trip comes to end. Wishing a great travel, one of our staffs will take you to the airport. We will have enough time to plan for your next trip in Nepal Himalaya. Thank you.
- Airport pick up and drop off service
- Accommodation in hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast only
- Kathmandu sightseeing
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner during trekking
- Porter and guide service (Experienced English speaking Sherpa guide)
- All permits for trekking and sightseeing for world heritage sites
- All government and local taxes
- Tea house accommodation during trek
- Tips and other extra expenses
- Travel insurance
- International flights
Trekking to Himalayas is so strenuous. So you have to keep some equipment to be safe during the journey. That is why we advise you to have needed things. Trekking gears can be rented from Nepal too, so you should not take it from your home.
Here we have listed the gears which you need while you are trekking in Himalayas
- Sun hat / Scarf
- Sun glasses
- Head Tourch
For Upper Body
- Water Proof Jacket
- Down Jacket
- Light Weight T-shirt
For Lower Body
- Water Proof Pants
- Light Weight Pants
- Thin Inner socks
- Woolen socks
- Hiking boots (preferred comfortable boots)
- Trekking and sleeping bags
- Water and camel bottle etc
By the long experience, we realize that 12 trekkers in a group is optimum for a successful trip. So we often make a group of 12 trekkers. However, if you want more than 12 trekkers in a group, we can arrange all the necessary things for that trip.
Porter and Guide Service
You often feel high altitude sickness in the Himalaya. So you may not able to carry your own luggage. But we make a porter available for 2 trekkers, however he only can carry up to 20 kilos. For additional luggage, you are charged additional money.
You stay at hotel in Kathmandu. You are provided good services there. But in the Himalaya, you will not get hotel to stay. You have to stay either in lodges or tea houses and there isn’t single room available in the Himalaya. So you should adjust in a shared room because you rarely get single room there.
You will enjoy typical Nepali food during the trek as well as common continental food like Tibetan and Indian food. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided during trek. But lunch and dinner are excluded in Kathmandu and Pokhara, only breakfast is provided.
Pick up and drop from/to airport are provided as well as private vehicle service for sightseeing in Kathmandu valley. And tourist bus is provided for Kathmandu to Pokhara drive.
Best Season to Travel
Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the best season to travel in Nepal Himalaya because weather becomes clearer in these seasons which guarantees the outstanding views of Nepal Himalaya. However, you can also make trip in winter season although the season is quite colder.