Annapurna circuit offers the greatest diversity of flora, fauna and landscape of any trek in Nepal. From sub-tropical to alpine forests, from lush jungle to arid wind-swept valleys, few other treks enable you to walk through such a changing environment. From Kathmandu we cross fertile, terraced valleys, following the Marsyangdi River.
An awe-inspiring trek of incredible diversity, panoramic views and soaring peaks awaits. We take you from sub-tropical zones right up to the very edge of the arid Tibetan plateau. This is an unparalleled trek that combines the Marsyangdi Valley with the Sacred Kali Gandaki Valley and encircles the entire Annapurna Himal.
We pass Manaslu and Himalchuli to our east as we ascend through the Manang valley to the highest point of our trek, the Thorung La pass. This pass is at the very edge of the Tibetan plateau and provides unsurpassed panoramic views. Once across, we visit the pilgrimage town of Muktinath before descending along the Kali Gandaki valley towards Pokhara (this last section is the opposite direction of the famous Jomsom trek).
Trekking past the Dhaulagiri Ice flow, we encounter the world's deepest gorge, where the powerful Kali Gandaki River has cut through the Himalayas between the massive peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. Hot springs await us at Tatopani followed by a magnificent sunrise at Poon Hill, before a final descent back to Pokhara.
Guests will carry daypacks only and can walk at their own pace. Total trekking time will be about 6-7 hours a day.
After being picked up and checked into the hotel, you can either rest or visit some of the tourist spots in Kathmandu. You can also enjoy authentic Nepali cuisine in any of the restaurants in Thamel area.
We start the day early to visit to the various UNESCO enlisted World Heritage sites. We start the sightseeing tour of the most sacred Hindu temple, Pashupatinath and then move on to the Buddhist gems, Boudhanathstupa and Swoyambhunath Stupa. If we have more time w also visit other places including museums and Durbar Square. In the evening we make preparations and then get briefed about the trek.
From Kathmandu we start early for our drive to Besishar. The road up to Besisahar is quite good. Once we reach Beshisahar we walk about another 2 hours to Bulebule, close to the Marysangdi River. It’s an easy two hour walk to Bulbule 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 on top of the cliffs are an attraction of the day trip. In a short while we reach Chamje 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 hill 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, Kolo and finally to Chame.
We first pass through the older part of Chame, climb up to Telekhu and continue on a long, leveled path through forests to Brathang. The trails round 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 Braga, a Tibetan styled village. The houses here are stacked upon each other forming verandas with each others' 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 Letdar and spend the night there.
Trekking to Letdar helps in getting acclimatized to the increasing heights as we climb along the east bank of Jarang Khola. After some time we reach a meadow surrounded by vertical cliffs, the Thorung Phedi. Sightings 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 take a 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 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 the 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 where we reach Jomson, Kali Gandaki valley.
The road from Marpha to Kalopani is through a new trail past Chokhopani village which is a traditional Thakali village. Now we move from Tatopani through villages of midland Nepal with terraced fields and inclined farmlands. Overnight stay at Tatopani
We movefrom Tatopani to Chitre where we can see the panoramic views of the Himalayas including Nilgiri, Dhampus peak, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Annapurna and many other snow capped peaks.
As we hike 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. The peaks in the scenery include the Annapurna range, Fishtail (Holy Mountain) and Dhaulagiri. Also known as a photographer’s paradise, we can spend some time here taking breathtaking pictures of the spellbinding surroundings, capturing the spectacular moments in a frame. Then we go down to Ghorepani for breakfast followed by a 5-hour trek down to Nayapul, then to Tikhedhunga. 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.
After enjoying beautiful Pokhara and its natural and cultural beauty, we start our drive towards Kathmandu. After a 6-7 hour drive, we finally reach Kathmandu. We can either rest or roam around the tourist attractions in the capital city.
We will drive you to the international airport for your final departure.
All ground transportation
3-night stay in Kathmandu hotel and one-night hotel stay in Pokhara. Note: Hotel depends on the choice and price option
Breakfast in the hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara and 3 meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek