Annapurna Circuit Trek is the most hiked trekking route in Nepal. It stretches from the lowlands of Besisahar to the pinnacle of the Tibetan Plateau. This Arcadian landscape with diverse Himalaya giants, Kali Gandaki River flowing through the deepest gorge in the world, and astonishing terrains offers you some intact adventures and serene moments to make trekking notable.
Annapurna Circuit Trek is spectacular because it encircles the mighty Annapurna range and takes you to one of the most intense topography of Western Nepal. This trek ranges from 160 km to 230 km depending upon how long you drive by motor and where you end you’re trekking. Trekkers usually hike anticlockwise to maintain the altitude gain and make the Thorong La pass crossing comfortable and safer. It also allows them to acclimatize to the increasing altitude.
Annapurna Seven Passes trek is equally popular as Annapurna Circuit Trek in this region. But it’s more like taking no notice by trekkers trekking for Annapurna Base Camp.
Annapurna Circuit Trek- A heaven of mountains of West Nepal
The panoramic view of many massive Himalayas giants embraces the Annapurna range. The Annapurna-I at 8,091 to Annapurna IV at 7,525 metres, Mt.Machhapuchhre at 6,993 metres, Mt.Manaslu at 8,163 metres, Mt. Dhaulagiri at 8,167 metres, and several other mountains are gems of Annapurna. Various peaks above 6000 metres to 8000 metres have been elevated from the Annapurna range.
The construction of the Besisahar-Chame road in this region has made this trekking easier. As much as the panorama of the Annapurna Circuit trek is gorgeous, its geography also has the potential of being a prominent mountain biking hub in the world.
This 18 days long trek will take you to one of the majestic places on earth. Starting from the dense subtropical forest at Besisahar and through the fascinating alpine region of Dharapani, you’ll reach the culminating snow cladded Tibetan Plateau.
Annapurna Circuit Trek starts from Besisahar of Lamjung district on the Shore of Marshyangdi River. Besisahar is a 7 hours’ drive from Kathmandu. As we hike the trail, we'll reach the aesthetic valleys of Manang through the hikes on highland terrace farming, twirling waterfalls, and colossal cliffs.
You'll hike to Chame, Pisang, Leddar, Thorung Phedi, and Thorung La Pass from Dharapani in the following days. These villages are spectacular and enriched with Thakali cultures and homely gestures to travellers. Crossing the snow-filled rocky terrain of Thorung La Pass at 5,416 metres fills the joy of trekking the arduous Annapurna Circuit route.
We'll hike down to Muktinath from Thorung La Pass. Muktinath is a Hindu shrine that welcomes thousands of pilgrims from Nepal and India every year. We'll also reach the largest valley of apple orchards and Marpha, Jomsom, and stay overnight. Jomsom sits beautifully on either side of the deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge.
Descending the Kali Gandaki Gorge is the endpoint of this trek. But, most trekkers trekking Annapurna Circuit end their trip in Pokhara valley.
We'll drive to Tatopani, a natural hot spring, now becoming a mandatory stop for travellers to bathe. We'll reach Ghorepani to Ghandruk from Tato Pani, the two most beautiful Gurung settlements of the Annapurna region. Sunrise, sunsets, attires, foods, and stone-built houses are focal attractions of these places.
We'll take a final jeep drive from Ghandruk to Nayapul and Pokhara.
Annapurna Circuit trek is voted second to none trekking route in the world. This long-distance track comprises diverse climatic zones from 600 metres high Besisahar to 5,416 metres high Thorong La pass. The blended cultures and traditions of Tibetan peoples of Manang and Hindu people of Besisahar is the peerless thing to witness. Gurung, Magars, and Bhramins are major races of this pastoral territory. Flawless smile of the people of this region greets you with great hospitality.
Annapurna Circuit trek is voted second to none trekking route in the world. This long-distance track comprises diverse climatic zones from 600 metres high Besisahar to 5,416 metres high Thorong La pass. The blended cultures and traditions of the Tibetan peoples of Manang and the Hindu people of Besisahar are the peerless thing to witness. Gurung, Magars, and Bhramins are the main ethnicities of this pastoral territory. The flawless smile of the people of this region greets you with great hospitality.
Tea house-based accommodation is a popular style for overnight sleeping in the Annapurna region. Tea houses offer minimal comfortable services that are enough to relieve your body fatigue from the day hikes.
You’ll get the best tea houses accommodations in Jomsom, Pokhara, and Kathmandu. You’ll get basic accommodations in places like Chame, Manang, and Thorung Phedi. You’ll get attached bathrooms at places, but you’ll get private twin-sharing rooms. Hot showers and internet services are not everywhere. You’ll have to pay the cost at tea houses where you’ll get these additional services.
In Kathmandu and Pokhara, we’ll provide you with three-star hotels for overnights.
Annapurna circuit trek is a moderate to challenging grade trek.
Hiking to Dharapani, Chame, Lower Pisang, and Manang are moderate. The decent trek route and adequate rest make the hike comfortable. We’ll acclimatise at Pisang before heading to Thorung La Pass.
The longer hiking hours each day are tiring. Also, altitude sickness kicks in as we climb above 3,500 metres. Thus, you must be physically and mentally prepared for this trip.
Do physical training like hiking, gym, and cardio exercises for a month at least as a preparation for this trekking.
Spring is the best time for the Annapurna Circuit trek of the year. The sky looks super cool and so does nature. Nepal is the best trekking destination for trekkers during the spring months. The moderate temperature calms your soul like never before. Lower lands will be quite temperate but as you ascend, you’ll feel cooler but it chills you.
Likewise, autumn months in Nepal are quite similar to the spring months. The temperature at low lands ranges from 10℃ in the morning to 25℃ on the day but the temperature around Thorung La and surrounding areas go around the freezing point.
World Expedition Nepal has fixed departures for Annapurna Circuit Trek for autumn 2023 and spring 2024.
Our fixed departures for this trek in autumn are already selling fast. Also, we organise this trip for limited clients. Thus, if you're looking for this trip at the best affordable rate, feel free to contact us.
Get in touch with our tour manager Mr. Sujan Neupane to learn more about our Annapurna region trekking for autumn 2023. Or you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call directly on WhatsApp at +9779851212358.
The first day of your trek starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule.
Many trekkers drive only up to Besishahar and hike to Bhulbhule. You can decide on this plan.
Since it is a 7-8 hours’ drive to Bhulbhule, you will take accommodation in a good lodge. You will have enough time to prepare for the trek starting on the second day.
Before your retiring hour, you can take a stroll around the village and enjoy the view of the snow-clad peaks.
Don't forget to register your permits at the trek entry check post on the day of arrival.
You can either start your trek at dusk or after breakfast.
Jagat is around 16 KM away, and it takes about 5 hours to reach there. You can begin to slow and walk, enjoying the pleasant scenery of fields, rivers, and villages.
Jagat is a peaceful and pleasant village where you can take a break and walk around.
You will stay here at a good hotel with a comfortable room. You will easily find food of your liking in this area.
The third day is about trekking up to Dharapani, which is at an elevation of 1,860 m above sea level.
It will take around 4-5 hours to reach your destination for the day as it is about 15 KM away.
Following the problematic trail route, you will pass through local villages and waterfalls. Since the path has various towns on the trail route, you will see beautiful farmlands. People cultivate different crops here.
After crossing a small suspension bridge, you will arrive at Dharapani, where you will stay for a night. You will take a rest and prepare for the very next day.
On the fourth day, you will walk through the forest. The beautiful trees and hot springs along the way will refresh you.
It is almost a 6-hour trek, and you will reach Chame enjoying the splendid view of mountains like Lamjung and Annapurna.
Chame is the headquarter for the Manang district. You will enjoy being here.
You will stay at a hotel with reasonable accommodation and a food facility.
The Paungda Danda Rock has thunder for the fifth day of your trek. You will get to see this sacred rock after walking through a challenging valley.
Having a view of Annapurna and Pisang peak, you will walk along the trail route. It will take around 5-6 hours to reach Pisang village.
You will spend a night here to relax for a day.
Walking around 17 KM and taking 5-6 hours, you will be at your destination for the day. And your destination for the sixth day is Manang.
Since you ascend the altitude, you must keep track of your health and water intake. On the way, you can see the outstanding view of Annapurnas, Gangapurna, Tilicho, and Pisang peaks.
Several monasteries are on the trails, but Barge Monastery is the largest. There are even Buddhist shrines along the way. You can explore the local area, people, and culture.
You can stroll around the market area and call it a day. Day 7 - Rest and Acclimatization day at Manang
Acclimatization is necessary while you are trekking in a higher altitude region.
On the seventh day, you will rest to allow your body to prepare & adjust according to altitude. Since you will be staying in Manang for a day, you can explore the village.
Enjoy the view of mountains and stroll to the Gangapurna and Ice lakes. You will love the place and its natural beauty to the eyes.
You will have to walk more than 9 km for around 4 hours to reach Yak Kharka.
While passing through a beautiful Tenki and Gusan village, you can enjoy the view of lush green forest.
Yak and horse pastures on the trail routes look beautiful. You will also have a stream and a river on the way.
You will arrive at a calm place known as Yak Kharka.
After getting the astounding view of everything, you will stay a night in a hotel and rest for another day.
The ninth day is for Thorong La pass. After walking for around 5 hours, you will get to the bottom of the pass.
The complicated trial route to Thorong Phedi makes the trek adventurous and challenging. The trail is narrow.
After the difficult terrain, you will finally find a place to stay for over a night in the Thorong Phedi.
You will trek through Thorong La high pass to reach your destination on the tenth day. Trekking via Thorong La Pass is the most challenging part of the trek as it is at the highest altitude than other locations.
Your destination for the tenth day is Muktinath Temple.
Muktinath Temple is one of the holiest temples for Hindus and Buddhists. They come to this temple to wash away the sins that they have committed.
The panoramic view of the magnificent mountains will melt your heart and remove your exhaustion from walking for around 9 hours.
You can call it a day after exploring the temple premises, which have 108 stone water sprouts and an eternal flame.
You can explore more of the temple area and local area. You will get on the bus to Tatopani on the same day.
You will experience hot water springs, and you can relax here. People come here to cure their skin diseases, and you can also try it out.
You can rest and spend a night in a cozy and comfortable lodge. Day 12 - Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani
On the twelfth day, you will trek down to the Thakali villages.
You will make your way to the Ghorepani, and on the way, you will get to appreciate the beautiful forests, mountains, and farmlands.
You will spend your night in the pleasant village named Ghorepani.
On this day, you can hike to Poon hill and observe the majestic sunrise. Sunrays falling over the snow-clad mountains are breathtaking.
You will walk back to the Ghorepani and have some energy food. Later on, you will walk down to Birethanti and take a drive from there.
You will drive up to Pokhara, which takes around 2 hours, and spend a night there.You will settle down in a hotel and take a rest.
This day is the last day for the Annapurna Circuit trek.
You can either drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu for 6-7 hours or take a 30-minute flight from Pokhara. You can take your option.
Trek will officially end once you arrive in Kathmandu.
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