Annapurna Circuit Trek is an extremely popular trek that lies in central Nepal. It is a part of the Annapurna mountain range and starts on the quaint village called Besisahar, located in the banks of River Marshyangdi. It ends in the beautiful lake town of Pokhara. The maximum altitude that one reaches during this trek is 17769 feet at Thorong La. Pokhara is an exceptionally picturesque town that offers panoramic views of the Annapurna range and the Machhapuchhre Mountain.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek is rated moderate to difficult, and it can be strenuous at higher altitudes. 14 days of trekking requires an optimum level of bodily fitness and preparedness. This trek takes you across various suspension bridges, river crossings, waterfalls, small villages and tea houses.
Annapurna is the first eight thousander (mountain peak above 8000 meters), to be climbed. It was done in 1950 by French duo Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal. Annapurna Circuit Trek would offer you exquisite views of Annapurna Massif, Machhapuchhre, Gangapurna and Manaslu, along with a few others. This trek is a must-do for every trekking and adventure enthusiast.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
You arrive in Kathmandu and leave for the hotel. After check in, relax for a bit and spend the day at leisure exploring the area around you. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02: Kathmandu to Besisahar (2,490 ft) on to Bhulbhule (2,760 ft) 7 hours
Post breakfast you start our memorable journey towards Bhulbhule through Besisahar. you traverse by river Marshyangdi and several small mountain villages. Enjoy smooth roads up to Besisahar. Soon after, you drive across mountain terrains as you arrive at our destination of the day, which is a picturesque village on the banks of Marshyangdi River surrounded by snow-capped mountains. you stay overnight at Bhulbhule.
Day 03: Trek to Ghermu Phant (1117m/3665ft) 6 hours
Post breakfast, your trekking guide will complete the necessary formalities at ACAP. Following this, you can start out for your destination of the day- Ghermu Pant. The initial trail will pass through lush grasslands, forests and numerous lodges with beautiful garden estates. The easy trek will continue till Ngadi and afterwards you will continue trekking towards the hydro-project and then to Bahundanda. Here, you can spot a few lodges. Move further north and cross Lili Bhir before finally reaching Ghermu Pant.
Stay overnight at a lodge in Ghermu Pant.
Day 04: Trek to Tal (1,700m/5,577ft) 6-7 hour
After breakfast at the lodge, the trek for today will continue towards Tal. Early out, you will descend to a big suspension bridge over Marsyangdi River at Syange. Cross the bridge and continue through the gorge to Jagat which is located on the ridge. Enjoy the scenery of the hanging rocks. Jagat is a refuge for Tibetan highlanders (Bhotiyas). After Jagat, you will move further ahead to Chamje and then walk down to the bridge over Marsyangdi river. Crossing the bridge will lead you to Tal, located in a narrow high walled rocky canyon. Stay overnight at a basic lodge in Tal.
Day 05: Trek to Danakyu (2,300m/7545ft) 5 hours
Post breakfast, set out for the day. You will enter alpine areas today. Cross the bridge over Marsyangdi river and continue on a trail through Dharapani, Bagarchhap, etc en route to Danakyu. You will spot a number of settlements, ancient stone houses built in the traditional style. You are likely to also see a caravan of donkeys transporting numerous goods. Reach Danakyu to have you lunch and spend the rest of the day exploring the surroundings.
Stay overnight at a basic lodge in Danakyu.
Day 06: Trek to Chame (2,670m/8,759ft) 5 hours
Today you move towards Chame, that is the district head quarter and a bustling town in this area. you take the jeep track route instead of the strenuous trek route as the jeep track offers beautiful views. you reach Chame valley by late afternoon.
Stay overnight at Chame.
Day 07: Chame to Pisang (10,466 ft, 5 - 6 hours)
Today you move further up via Telekhu and trek through the forest to Brathang. As you march along, you get the first views of the Paungda Danda rock face, a naturally curved rock emerging out from the river bed rising up to a height of more than 4921 ft. you continue hiking through pine forests; climb up the ridge and cross Marshyangdi River via suspension bridge and reach Pisang. Stay overnight at Pisang.
Day 08: Pisang to Manang (11,549 ft, 5 - 6 hours)
Today’s trek route will take you through the Tibetan styled village called Bryaga. It is located on a valley with Tibetan styled huts and a Monastery overlooking the village. As you head further, you surpass arid harsh mountain terrains full of spectacular cliffs of yellow sandstones to reach the destination – village of Manang, where you stay overnight.
Day 09: Rest day in Manang
Today you are free to take rest and get energized for the next day’s ardour. you can enjoy the stunning vistas of the valley with Marshyangdi River to the north of the Annapurna Mountain range. There is an option of hiking up to an icy lake above Braga. Have the evening at leisure and stay overnight at Manang.
Day 10: Manang to Yak Kharka (13,484 ft, 3 – 4 hours)
Today’s trek route is filled with variety as you complete ascent over the Marshyangdi Valley and move higher up passing many grasslands and juniper trees. you witness horses and yaks gazing on the meadows as you reach the village of Ghunsa. You finally reach your destination for the day by crossing the old Mani Wall. you stay overnight in Kharka.
Day 11: Yak Kharka to High Camp (4,833m/15,856ft) 5 hours
Today you move along on a slow pace while enjoying the amazing views of Thorong Phedi. It is at the base of the highest pass in this region called Thorong La and offers wonderful views of the landscape and the massif. Start out today by ascending all the way up to the bridge over Kone river to reach Thorong Pedi. From here, hike further up to the high camp. Enjoy the majestic 360 degree views of the Annapurna peaks, Yakwakang and Chulu youst.
Stay overnight at the high camp.
Day 12: Trek to Muktinath (3,760m/12,335ft) via Thorung La Pass (5,416m) 8 hours
Start this day early and embark on the toughest leg of this entire trek as you climb to the pass called Thorong La (17769 ft) with packed lunch. It is best to start early as wind speed gets stronger as the day breaks in. From atop the pass, you get a jaw dropping panoramic view of the majestic Himalayan peaks extending northwards into Tibet. From there, you proceed towards Muktinath, which is considered to be a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. Enjoy the stunning views of Dhauladhar and Nilgiri. Stay overnight in Muktinath.
Day 13: Muktinath to Jomsom (8,999 ft, 5 - 6 hours)
Today you visit the holy Muktinath Temple and the go to Kagbeni Village to enjoy some stunning views of the Himalayan ranges and see sky burial caves on the cliff walls on the bank of Kali Gandaki River. After spending some time there, you trek back to Jomsom which lies on the river bed of Kali Gandaki. Stay overnight in Jomsom.
Day 14: Jomsom to Pokhara (30 min Flight) and drive back to Kathmandu
Today you fly down to the Lake Town of Pokhara. It is a 30 minutes life-time flying experience with some of the stunning views of Annapurna range. After arrival at Pokhara you can either choose to rest or indulge in activities like paragliding, kayaking or boat ride in Phewa Lake.
Drive back to Kathmandu absorbing in the stunning mountain views. On our way, you could visit the Manakamana Temple and stay overnight at Kathmandu.
Note: Luggage limit for Jomsom Airport is 10 Kgs for checked in and 5 Kgs for carry on.
Day 15: Departure
Today post breakfast, you leave for the airport for our journey back home.
Duration: 14 Nights/ 15 Days
Maximum Altitude: 17769 feet
1. Travel expenses to reach and return from Kathmandu
2. Food and drinking water throughout the trip
3. Soft-drinks / Beverages / Alcohols / Snacks / Chocolates Etc
4. Additional accommodation and food expenses if trek gets delayed due to weather, flight cancellation, health or any other reason
5. Health Insurance, Personal Insurance and other travel insurance
6. Expenses for evacuation and rescue operations due to natural calamity, mishaps, injury or any health problem