Annapurna Circuit Trek

Overview

Trips Fact

  • Duration 20
  • Max-Altitude: 5,416 m
  • Best Season: Spring (February – May) and Autumn (September – November)
  • Departure From: Pokhara
  • Arrival on: Kathmandu
  • Group Size: Min. 2 – Max. 12
  • Breakfast: Meal | Breakfast
  • Diffculty: Moderate
Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the world’s best trekking trails. This TREK offers you beautiful and diverse landscapes, changes in terrain, lush green forests, arid rocky trails, purest rivers and sacred mountains. You see countless waterfalls cascading into the Main River, deepest Kali Gandaki gorge, alpine forests, pasture, glacial lakes, glaciers, icefalls and snow-capped mountains.

This Annapurna Circuit Trek is the classic trek in the Annapurna region. The trek encircles the eminent Annapurna massif passing through sub-tropical plains in the Himalayan foothills, trans-Himalayan Manang and then the dry, rain shadow region of Mustang. You reach the highest pass – Thorang La Pass (5,416m). Then your trail tracks down to the Kali Gandaki River that flows through the deepest gorge on earth between two giant peaks.

Most interestingly, the Annapurna Circuit Trek gives you the most scenic moments to witness Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,795ft) and Annapurna I (8,091m/26,545ft) including some other shining peaks like Manaslu (8,163m/26,781ft), Annapurna III (7,555m/24787ft), Gangapuram (7,455m/24,459ft), Annapurna South (7,219m/23,684ft), Machhapuchhre (6,997m/22,956ft) and Lamjung Himal (6,931m/22,740ft). Also, you enjoy the magnificent view of the Dhaulagiri massifs, Annapurna ranges and the arid hills of Upper Mustang.

You feel blessed at Muktinath – a popular pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. Likewise, you meet people from various ethnic communities – Gurungs and Magars in the lower regions of the Kali Gandaki, Thakalis around Jomsom and people with strong Tibetan roots, the Lopa, around Muktinath and up in Mustang. Observe their lifestyle, enjoy their culture and receive their true organic hospitality. When you reach Marpha (2,680m), you can enjoy tasting the unique flavor of local alcoholic drinks made from apples, apricot or peach. You also can enjoy a hot shower at the natural hot spring when you visit Tatopani (Hot water)

The most rewarding classic Trek – Annapurna Circuit Trek starts flying from Kathmandu to Pokhara – the most beautiful tourist destination in Nepal. Then, you travel to Jagat to Dharapani and then Chame – the headquarters of Manang district. You reach Manang, acclimatize, explore and rest in Manang. Further, you go to Yak Kharkha, then to Thorang Phedi. Passing the highest pass Thorand La Pass, you reach Muktinath – the sacred temple for both Hindus and Buddhists. Also, you visit Kagbeni, Jomsom and descend to Tatopani. You cannot stop yourself from taking a hot shower at a natural hot spring and feeling healed naturally. Finally, enjoying outstanding mountains views from Poon Hill and enjoying organic hospitality at Ghandruk Gurung village, you retrace back to Pokhara. And, then you fly back to Kathmandu.

Book your Annapurna Circuit Trek with Lonely Nepal Trek. We promise you to provide the best quality trekking services, security and proper guidance plus assistance. Be ready to collect the most beautiful memories, natural-thrilling moments and life-changing activities.


  • Trek the most exciting, diverse, yet challenging trek in the Annapurna region
  • Offers comparatively easier, safer, economical (time & money) than Everest Base Camp Trip
  • Average physical fitness trekkers can easily accomplish
  • Indulge with 3600 dazzling close views of Annapurna range – Annapurna – I (8,091m/26,454ft), Mt. Machhapuchre (6,997m/22,956ft), Bharha Chuli (7646m/25,085ft), Gandharva Chuli (6,248m/20827), and more
  • Be with charming local people (mostly Thakalis, Gurungs & Magars), their settlements and culture, fertile farmland and traditional farming.
  • Enjoy Hot Spring at Jhinu Danda(Hill)
  • Well-experienced licensed guides, strong porters and supportive crew members
  • Physically less challenging journey, and heavenly natural pleasure – Collect lifetime experiences
  • One of the most satisfying treks among all destinations in Nepal.

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Itinerary

When you land at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will meet our representative. He/she will greet you and drive to our luxury Nepali authentic restaurant and assist you to check-in at Thamel. So, please keep your eyes on someone holding a placard with your name or our company’s name – Lonely Nepal.

In the evening, we arrange a short introduction meeting. You will meet your guide, and our trekking expert will provide you with all the detailed information about the trek.

We offer you a welcome dinner and you simply take a rest at the restaurant. Overnight, you stay at our restaurant and restore your energy to accomplish your upcoming adventurous trip to Annapurna Circuit Trek.

  • Hikking Info: 20
  • Max: 5,416 m

Today, you are going to enjoy the Kathmandu Valley Tour – the city full of World Heritage Sites, Nepali culture and many more to explore.

Early morning, we offer you a warm breakfast and your sightseeing starts with our city guide. At first, you visit Pashupatinath Temple – the holiest Hindu Temple on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, then move to Boudhanath Stupa – the biggest Buddhist Stupa architecture in the world. After that, we drive you to Patan Durbar Square. In addition, we take you to Swayambhunath Stupa – the 2000 years old legendary stupa on the hilltop also nick-named as monkey temple. Finally, we come to Kathmandu Durbar Square, observe Kumari Temple (living goddess temple), Nautale Durbar, the Kaal Bhairav, the Swet Bhairav, the freak streets and more.

Your exciting city tour finishes in the evening. You take a delicious dinner and take a rest collecting energy for the upcoming adventure.

  • Hikking Info: 20
  • Max: 5,416 m

On this first day, after taking a warm breakfast, we drive you to Besisahar (Lamjung) in a private jeep/van passing through Dhading, Chitwan and Tanahun. It’s a comfortable journey. When we reach Besisahar, further, we start traveling on the bumpy, dusty and rural roads to our destination Jagat.

You find this drive is thrilling, but it is also exciting that you can witness rural lifestyle, green rolling hills at the backdrop, rolling rivers, dazzling snow-capped mountains, terraced farmland and a pristine environment. After 8-10 hours long but scenic drive, we reach Jagat.

Overnight, we stay and take a rest at Jagat.

  • Hikking Info: 20
  • Max: 5,416 m

From Jagat, we start trekking through dense forest and along the rolling Marsyangdi River. Next, we cross a suspension bridge over a river gorge. On the way, you see numerous waterfalls, green lush vegetation and traditional rice fields at the bottom of the steep hills. After an hour’s trek, we reach Chamje.

Leaving Chamje, we continue our trek. We cross many suspension bridges over Marsyangdi River, pass through the dense forest, climb the rocky trail to reach Tal village. From Tal village, we ascend towards Dharapani village enjoying outstanding views of waterfalls, ridges, cliffs, and greenish landscape on the trail. Finally, we reach Dharapani.

Overnight, we stay at Dharapani and take a rest.

 

  • Hikking Info: 20
  • Max: 5,416 m

We take a delicate breakfast early in the morning and start trekking to Chame – the headquarters of Manag district.

Moving towards Chame, we ascend uphill through dense forest, tributaries, gorges and steep stone staircase tracing the villages Bagarchap, Danakyu and Koto. Enjoy the fascinating surrounding, the Tibetan Buddhist Lifestyle, culture and tradition, and panoramic view of snow-covered mountains such as Lamjung Himal, Annapurna, Manaslu, and a few other peaks.

A 5-6 hours trek from Dharapani takes us to Chame.

Overnight, we stay and take a rest at Chame.

  • Hikking Info: 20
  • Max: 5,416 m

On this day, we start trekking from Chame to Pisang passing through Bhratang, Dhukur Pokhari and lower Pisang.

From Chame, our trails trace uphill passing through rhododendron, alpine and oak forests. You enjoy the spectacular view of snow-capped mountains rising from the Marsyandi River. Ahead, we reach Bhratang, an apple orchid village. We can taste fresh apples or apple pies here.

Again, we resume our journey following the trail carved into the sides of the cliffs, walking along with the river bank and crossing suspension bridges. Finally, we reach Dhukur Pokhari from where you can enjoy the jaw-dropping views of Annapurna II, III, and IV.

Further, we continue our trek, cross the suspension bridge, pass grassy meadows and reach Pisang.

Overnight, we take a shelter at Pisang and take a rest

  • Hikking Info: 20
  • Max: 5,416 m

We, today, have two routes to follow. Firstly, we follow the lower and easier route which tracks to the Mungji River and meets the upper route to Braga and Manang. Then, the upper route (more challenging) starts from Upper Pisang. Along the trail, enjoy the finest scenery of the trek.

When you reach Ghyaru, enjoy a fascinating cluster-village with beautifully constructed stone houses surrounded by fields of wheat, barley, buckwheat, potatoes and beans. Strolling along with a high cross with great scenery, up and down the valley, we reach Ngawal. You find this village interesting with Gompa and ancient Juniper trees.

The whole night, we stay here at Ngawal and relax.

  • Hikking Info: 20
  • Max: 5,416 m

Today, having an early breakfast, we move towards Manang. Walking alongside Lophelling Monastery and Shey Monastery above Ngawal, we reach the Julu junction. We take the right turn, walk further to Braga village. After taking lunch at Braga, we trek on the cliff through the upstream of Marsyandi River to Manang. This village is the most advanced and one of the largest villages in this region.

Overnight, we stay and rest here at Manang.

  • Hikking Info: 20
  • Max: 5,416 m

Following the suggestion of health experts, today, we acclimatize to adapt our body and mind at a higher altitude.

As a part of exploration day, we organize a short hike to Bhojo Gompa or Gangapuram Lake or Braga Monastery. You explore the local culture, lifestyle, tradition and graceful surroundings of the village. Also, we visit the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) and collect information about Acute Mountain Sickness.

This second night, we spend at Manang giving rest to our muscles and restoring energy for the upcoming adventure.

  • Hikking Info: 20
  • Max: 5,416 m

On this day, our trek to Manang Yak Kharka starts. From Manang, we cross a stream and go down to Tenki village. Next, passing through dense forest and pasture, we reach Ghusnag – a tiny village.

Further, tracing the bent trail and crossing the suspension bridge on the ridge, we descend steeply up to Yak Kharka.

Overnight, we stay here at Yak Kharka.

  • Hikking Info: 20
  • Max: 5,416 m

Today, our trek is short and steep but enjoyable. From Yak Kharka, we climb steeply up to Kone Khola, then cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. Ahead, the trail ascends uphill along the Marsyandi River. Along the trail, we cross several streams and walk through narrow paths.

Finally, we reach Thorung La Phedi, and we spend a night here.

  • Hikking Info: 20
  • Max: 5,416 m

On this day, we are passing through Thorang La Pass – the highest, challenging and adventurous pass on the Annapurna Circuit. From Thorang La Phedi, we climb steeply and reach the top of Thorung High Camp. After walking for a few hours and crossing bridges, we reach the top of the Thoruang La Pass. From here, enjoy the wonderful Annapurna Range, Kali Gandaki Gorge, pristine scenery and snow-covered mountains in the distance.

Spending some time at the Thorang La Pass, we descend towards Muktinath – one of the sacred Hindu-Buddhist temples.

Overnight, we stay here at Muktinath.

  • Hikking Info: 20
  • Max: 5,416 m

Today, after a delightful breakfast, we leave Muktinath for Tatopani. We hire a jeep and drive you from Muktinath to Tatopani through a dry, busty and rustic road. After one and half hours, we drive through the trading route of Kagbeni – a medieval village with closely packed mud houses, dark tunnels and alleys. Then we reach Jomsom. Enjoy something extraordinary adventurous in the arid landscape of Mustang.

On our way to Tatopani, we also pass through Marpha – the famous apple orchid village and local alcohol made of apples. You feel overwhelmed with the blooming flowers or trees full of apples in the village.

Driving further, we reach Tatopani – the famous village of the natural hot springs.

We spend a wonderful time taking a hot shower in the natural hot spring.

Overnight, we stay at Tatopani.

  • Hikking Info: 20
  • Max: 5,416 m

We continue our journey of Annapurna Circuit Trek. After early breakfast, we resume our trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani. We walk along the motor road and drop down towards Kali Gandaki River. We cross one of the longest suspension bridges over Kali Gandaki and pass through dense forest, then the villages such as Ghara, Shikha, Phalate and Chitre.

Finally, we reach Ghorepani and spend a night here.

  • Hikking Info: 20
  • Max: 5,416 m

Today, passing through dense forest, today, we climb to Poon Hill – the magnificent viewpoint. From the Poon Hilltop, observe the incredible sunrise view emerging just above Annapurna, Machhapuchre, Dhaulagiri and other snow-capped peaks. After capturing the breath-taking vista, we descend back to Ghorepani and take a lunch.

From Ghorepani, we resume our journey and climb towards Tadapani walking along the ridges and passing through forests. After a 5-6 hours trek, we reach Tadapani – the ultimate destination for today.

  • Hikking Info: 20
  • Max: 5,416 m

On this day, after an early morning delicious breakfast at Tadapani, we resume our journey and climb towards Ghandruk – a Gurung village that is also enlisted under UNESCO as a world heritage village. We cross dense forests, cross streams and a wooden bridge while descending to Ghandruk.

Explore the Gurung Museum of the village. Further, you can have appealing scenes of the towering peaks and Massif Mountains such as Annapurna – III (7,755m/25,443ft), Hiunchuli (6,441m/21,132ft), Machhapuchre (6,993m/22,943ft), and Gangapurna (7,455m/24,458ft).

Overnight, we stay at Ghandruk.

  • Hikking Info: 20
  • Max: 5,416 m

Today, from Ghandruk, we trail ascends to Kimbu situated on the bank of Modi Khola. Following the Modi Khola for a few minutes, we reach Landruk climbing the stone stair-cases. Going up further, we reach Tolka village, then to the ridge of Deurali. From Deurali, enjoy the stunning scenes of Pokhara city, and Phewa Lake. Also, you can see glittering sights of the Annapurna range, Machhapuchre, Hiunchuli and Dhaulagiri.

Finally, descending from Deurali, we reach Pothana. We spend the night.

  • Hikking Info: 20
  • Max: 5,416 m

On this day, your journey is going to be easier and more comfortable from Pothana to Phedi. At first, we slope down from Pothana for an hour, then stroll along the gravel road for a couple of hours. Finally, we come down to Dhampus Phedi. Then, we drive you back to Pokhara from Phedi.

In the evening, you celebrate your accomplishment in Pokhara. You have completed your Annapurna Circuit Trek. So, feel relaxed, take a rest and enjoy your time in Pokhara.

  • Hikking Info: 20
  • Max: 5,416 m

Early in the morning, we take a warm breakfast in Pokhara. Then, we drive back to Kathmandu in a luxury tourist bus. On the way, you enjoy the scenic pastoral landscapes, terrace farming, green rolling hills, fast-flowing rivers and rows of settlements on both sides of the road.

After 6-7 hours of a comfortable journey, we reach Kathmandu and transfer you to the restaurant. You can take a rest or explore the streets and markets in Kathmandu. Even you can enjoy various foods at different restaurants in Thamel – the No. 1 tourist city in Nepal.

  • Hikking Info: 20
  • Max: 5,416 m

On this final day, offering you a delicate breakfast, we transfer to the Tribhuvan International airport via our private transportation. We bid a happy ‘Goodbye’ to you and wish you a safe flight.

  • Hikking Info: 20
  • Max: 5,416 m

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