For scenery and cultural diversity, Annapurna Circuit Trekking has long been considered the best trek in Nepal and one of the world’s classic walks opened for tourism since 1980 and it is recommended by world top travel magazines and media outlets like Washington Post . It follows the Marsyangdi Valley to the north of the main Himalayan range and crosses 5416m Thorung pass to descend into the dramatic desert-like, Tibetan-style scenery of the upper Kali Gandaki Valley. The walk passes picturesque villages home to Gurungs, Manangis and Thakali, offers spectacular mountain views of the numerous 7000m-plus Annapurna peaks and boasts some of the best trekking lodges in Nepal. It escorts you through Rhododendron forests and over the foothills of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. Annapurna Circuit Trekking gives you awesome views of the peaks, including Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Dhaulagiri (the spectacular ice pyramid) and Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail), Annapurna South and Manaslu.
Annapurna trekking is not only popular for the trekking experience, but also the natural hot spring, world’s deepest Gorge, known as Kali Gandaki Gorge, world’s highest altitude lake (Tilicho Lake), landscape and stunning waterfall (Ruptse waterfall). Annapurna Conservation Area has 100 varieties of Orchids and some of the richest Rhododendron forests in the world with sub-tropical lowlands, valleys, bamboo, oak forests, alpine meadows, exposed desert plateaus along with 440 species of birds and animals like Marten, Deer, Langoor Monkey and the Snow Leopard. This trekking is the most rewarding way to experience Nepal’s natural diversity and cultural heritage. Walking through Rhododendron Forests, isolated Hamlets, small mountain villages, alongside native Fauna and breath-taking landscapes, you will also encounter friendly and warm-hearted people of different cultures offering a fascinating glimpse of traditional rural life.
The route encircles the Annapurna Range, a collection of massive, snow-covered summits, many over 26,000 feet. While walking on the Annapurna circuit trekking route, you will encounter 17,000-feet passes, glaciers, the world’s deepest valley, pine forests, rice paddies, tundra, remote villages, and ancient monasteries. Most trips start up at the Marsyangdi River and then continue north to the wooded Manang Valley through Chame, Pisang, and Braga (or other villages in the valley). You must take your time initially, getting used to the elevation. Midway through the trip, you will encounter 5416m Thorung La Pass. On the other side of the pass, it is a steep descent to the Hindu and Buddhist shrines at Muktinath.
YOUR INCLUDED MEAL GUIDE: B = BREAKFAST, L = LUNCH D = DINNER
From Pokhara, we start early hour drive to Besisahar. The road up to Besisahar is quite good. Once we reached the Besiahar we walk about another 2-hour walk to Bhulbhule close to Marsyangdi river. It’s easy two-hour walk to Bhulbhule after the long bus journey. Once we reach there, we freshen up and spend the night there.
On the first day of the trek, we cross through various suspension bridges, waterfalls and continue past rice paddies and forests. Once we reach the cliff in Jagat, we can view the Marsyangdi Khola below and rocky hills all around. The bee hives at the top of the cliffs is an attraction of the day’s trip. In a short while, we reach Chyamche where we spend the night.
As we move past narrow and steep valleys, among rhododendron, pine and bamboo forests, in the rocky folds of a mountain, we come across a bridge that takes us to a quick ascent and finally atop a climb to reveal a widening valley. After reaching the village of Tal, we have to move across barley, wheat and potato farms for a while to reach Dharapani. From there we turn west through the fir and pine forests to reach Bagarchhap.
From Bagarchhap we start ahead to reach a Danaque village and then a steep climb to reach a Tamang village with exquisite views of Manaslu, Lamjung, Annapurna and other mountain beauties. As we trek through a Tibetan village that acts as a transition between the lowlands and high hills, we follow a gradual flat path to Thanchowk, Koto and finally to Chame.
We first pass through the older part of Chame, climb up to Talekhu and continue on a long, levelled path through forests to Bhartang. The trails rounds a bend and once we continue ahead we need to cross back to the south bank of Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge. Then the trail forms a gentle climb over a pine forested ridge and then levels again as we move from the upper part of Manang valley to Pisang.
The town of Pisang is the beginning of the upper region of the Manang district. On this day, the trek climbs to Bhraka, a Tibetan styled village. The houses here are stacked upon each other forming verandas with each other’s rooftops. The main attraction is the Gompa, the largest in the district, with a vast array of statues in display and perched on a high crag with the view of the entire village. After a while we reach Manang, where we refresh and spend the night.
As we are moving to higher elevations, we need to acclimatize to avoid the risk of altitude sickness. Manang is the perfect spot with its beautiful natural setting and a hike up to Khangsar in the afternoon for a short detour.
After the rest, we feel rejuvenated to continue forward on our trip. As we move past the tall trees towards the alpine grass and junipers, we reach meadows with a few horses and a number of yaks grazing around. The serene environment with meadows and steep slopes of Yak Kharka is the perfect place for us to spend the night. We can also choose to walk for an hour to reach Ledar and spend the night there.
Trekking to Ledar helps in getting acclimatized to the increasing heights as we climb along the east bank of Jarang Khola. In some time, we reach a meadow surrounded by vertical cliffs, the Thorung Phedi. Sighting of blue sheep and snow leopards have been reported a few times in the area, whereas Lammergeyers and griffons are quite common. We spend the night here.
On this day, we make the quite long hike of about 7-8 hours. The trail is comparatively easier having been trodden for years but could get difficult with strong winds at the upper regions. The trail is believed to have been used for hundreds of years to take sheep and yaks in and out of Manang along with other trading goods. We reach Thorung Phedi in about 6 hours. After we reach Thorung la pass, our entire hard walk will be rewarded by the beautiful views of Annapurna, Gangapurna and a heavily glaciated peak of Khatungkang. After a 1600m of descent, we view the glorious Dhaulagiri standing in the distance. After a while, the trail becomes less steep and enters grassy fields and meadows to finally reach Muktinath.
In Hindu religion, Muktinath refers to a place of nirvana which houses a temple and a number of monasteries, making it a holy site for Hindus and Buddhists alike. The main attractions of the site are the Jwalamai temple with a spring and an eternal flame as well as the 108 water sprouts that pour holy water. These are visited by thousands of pilgrims every year.
From Muktinath, we follow a path of the Jomsom trek where we descent through meadows, streams and fruit trees to reach Kagbeni. Look around the old village then keep moving downwards from Kagbeni we reach Jomsom, Kali Gandaki valley.
The road from Marpha to Kalopani is through a new trail past Chokhopani village which is a traditional Thakali village. The panoramic views of the Himalayas include Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Annapurna and many other snow-capped peaks. From here we cross a river and a newly constructed road to finally reach Kalopani.
Now we move from Tatopani through villages of midland Nepal with terraced fields and inclined farmlands. As we hike an ascent we move past rhododendron, magnolia and other vegetation of the area. We finally reach Ghorepani as we witness the beautiful mountains in the evening sky. We rest in Ghorepani to make an early start to Poonhill in the morning.
Early morning climb up to Poonhill for the sunrise, has to be the highlight of the trek as we make our trip to the vantage point early in the morning with sunrise. Once you see the snow-capped peaks highlighted in the changing golden rays of the sunrise, it will be one of the unforgettable moments of one’s life. The peaks in the scenery include the Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri. Also known as a photographer’s paradise, we can spend some time here taking breath-taking pictures of the spellbinding surrounding, capturing the spectacular moments in a frame. Then we go down to Ghorepani breakfast then 5 hour trek down to Nayapul first part of the trek down until Tikhedhunga is quite steepn down hill with lots of steep. From there we move past terraced fields for a few hours to reach Nayapool. From there a short drive will finally take us to Pokhara.
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Tilicho Lake Extension
Fully Escorted trek with English Speaking Professional and Friendly Local Guide ( 20 years’ experience of Annapurna Circuit Trek)
Tea Houses / B & B Hotels Accommodation
Meals as specified on the respective days (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea)
We have connection with the most of the B& B and Tea Houses who have hot shower
First aid kit with basic supplies
All ground transportation involved in the Trek
ACAP & TIMS permits required for your Trek
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
All Government and Local taxes
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDE
Your international flights Tickets (You can contact us for the arrangements)
Nepal Visa fees & Airport Taxes
If you hire a potter there will be an extra cost
Cold drinks, Beverages and your personal expenses along the trek
Evacuation in case of emergency
Personal Travel Insurance (Strongly Recommended)
Gear or equipment for your Trek
Anything else not mentioned in 'WHAT INCLUDED’
Tips for your drivers, hotels, restaurants, etc.
WHAT TO BRING DURING YOUR TREK
Medical Masks (useful for dusty conditions)
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries
Sunglasses with UV protection (Only in Summer days)
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
Rucksack and Travel Bags
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter (optional)
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
Smartphone contains Alarm clock, GPS and Altitude finder
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
2/3 Large Ziplocs bag
1 litre water bottle
1 small folding knife