Annapurna Circuit trek

Duration: 22 days                    Maximum Elevation: 5416m

Grade: Medium / Hard  Season: Mid September to November and March to mid May


Summary: Walk completely around the Annapurna massif. Trek through low land Brahmin and Chhettri villages to the remote Manang village, and down the Kalkigandaki Gorge (officially deepest George in the World). Cross a 5416m pass-probably the highest you will ever get without climbing a mountain.

This 20 day trek offers the widest range of experiences we have ever encountered, and for this reason it has become most popular trek in Nepal. It passes through country inhabited by a wide diversity of peoples, offers spectacular mountain scenery and goes far north of the Himalayas to the Tibetan Plateau. Altitudes of 5416m are reached, and a high level of physical health and fitness is necessary. 

The journey begins in Besisahar town, where, for the first 7 days we will trek through the eloquent rice paddies, lush jungle and hospitable villages of the Annapurna Conservation Area. The awe-inspiring views of Mt. Manaslu (8187m) and the Annapurna range provide a dramatic backdrop for the initial stages of this trek. An acclimatization day will be spent in the Tibetan village of Manang (3500m), where we will be able to observe Buddhist monks in worship at one of the many majestic monasteries of this area. A side trip will also be taken to the icy Gangapurna Lake and the awesome Gangapurna Glacier, a photographer’s paradise! We continue ascending to the Throng La Pass (5416m), from where we can enjoy spectacular views of Mustang Peak and the snow-covered giant; Dhaulagiri (8167m). Arriving in village of Muktinath, we will be able to see the celebrated Hindu pilgrimage site of Muktinath Temple with its 108 spring water taps and the mysterious natural gas fires. We descend, following the breathtaking Kali Gandaki River Valley, officially the deepest gorge in the world. Continuing along the gorge to the beautiful village of Tatopani, we will be able to bathe in the famous hot springs. We will take an early morning side-trip to Poon Hill viewing point (3210m), where we will enjoy a magnificent sunrise over the whole Annapurna range. Finally, we descend to the village of Nayapul from where we will take a bus to Pokhara city, the final destination.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1   Arrival in Katmandu International Airport and transferred to Hotel

Day 2   Katmandu Valley Sightseeing; pre trek information; evening guide introductions

Day 3    Early morning drive from Katmandu to Besisahar by bus

Day 4   Trekking starts: Besisahar to Bahundanda

Day 5   Bahundanda to Chamje

Day 6   Chamje to Bagarchhap

Day 7   Bagarchhap to Chame

Day 8   Chame to Pisang

Day 9   Pisang to Manang

Day 10   Acclimatization day in Manang

Day 11   Manang to Letdar

Day 12 Letdar to Thorung Phedi

Day 13 Thorung Phedi to Muktinath

Day 14 Muktinath to Kagbeni

Day 15 Kagbeni to Marpha

Day 16 Marpha to Larjung                                                                  

Day 17 Larjung to Ghasa 

Day 18 Ghasa to Tatopani 

Day 19 Tatopani to Ghorepani 

Day 20 Ghorepani to Tirkhedhunga 

Day 21 Tirkhedhunga to Nayapul   trekking finishes

Day 22 Nayapul to Pokhara   by bus trek concludes.