Annapurna circuit or around Annapurna trekking is one of popular trekking trails in the Annapurna region, where one can see and enjoy with the panoramic scenes of Himalayas, including the Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167m, Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), Mt. Manaslu (8163), Mt. Annapurna II (7937m) , Mt. Annapurna III(7555m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7525m), Mt. Annapurna south (7219m), Mt. Nilgiri (7041m), Mt. Fishtail also called Machhapuchhare (6998m) , Mt. Hiunchuli (6441m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6986m),Tukuche peak (6920m), Tilicho peak (7134m) among others. Since the Manang was opened for trekkers in 1980s, the trekking in the area has become a centre of attraction for many tourists, as the region is rich in breathtaking scenes. Besides that the tourists can explore the diverse culture and lifestyle of people living in the areas and the flora and faunas lying as a living museum. Furthermore, one can see a blend of culture of different caste and creeds living in the area namely, Bramin, Chhetree, Tibetian sherpa, Thakali, magars, Tamang, Gurung among others.
Subsequently, the higher you go up the more panoramic views of Manang village, forests and queuing hills you can see, which are some of the features of trekking in the Annapurna regions. The Around Annapurna Trekking is one of the classic trekking in the world. The circuit takes one around the Annapurna Himal, following the courses of two-mighty rivers namely Marsyangdi in the east and the Kaligandaki in the west, and takes one over the (5416m)-high Thorung La Pass in between the upper reaches of the rivers. The Kaligandaki is the worlds deepest gorge, flanked by the giant Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalaya range.
The trekking around Annapurna trekking begins from Ngadi or Jagat, some six hours drive from Kathmandu and we subsequently continue our trekking to Dharapani, Chame and we take circuit to Pisang or Manang (3540 m), from where we can have scenes of Gyaru village, Ngawal village, similarly the views of Annapurna II (7937m), III (7555m), IV (7525m), and Gangapurna (7455m) and we finally reach to Manang village and rest then we explore some of the areas lying around. Subsequently, next day, we head up to ledar (4030m), Thorong Phedi via thorong Pass (5416m) and Muktinath (3800 m) exploring of the area we head to Kagbeni (3100m) and Jomsom (2770m) and we catch airstrip and fly back to Kathmandu.
Thorong la pass Trekking/ Round Annapurna Trekking
Round Annapurna via Thorong la pass trekking is considered to be one of the classic and most challenging trekking. It is the longest trekking in comparison with other trekking trails. One of the interesting features of the area is that we can have view of a new spectacular mountain every other day, right from the first day of trek to the last day. Furthermore, another the most exciting attraction of the trekking is, the crossing of snow-covered Thorung La Pass (5,416m).
It has become the centre of attraction for many tourists in later days, as the region is rich in breathtaking scenes. Besides that the tourists can explore the diverse culture and lifestyle of people living in the areas and the flora and faunas lying as a living museum. You can see a blend of culture of different caste and creeds living in the area namely, Bramin, Chhetri, Tibetian Sherpa, Thakali, Magars, Tamang, Gurung among others. Besides that the trekking offers a panoramic Himalaya scenery including the Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167m, Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), Mt. Manaslu (8163), Mt. Annapurna II (7937m) , Mt. Annapurna III(7555m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7525m), Mt. Annapurna south (7219m), Mt. Nilgiri (7041m), Mt. Fishtail also called Machhapuchhare (6998m) , Mt. Hiunchuli (6441m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6986m),Tukuche peak (6920m), Tilicho peak (7134m) among others.Apart from these, you also can see the different type of Animals such as musk dears, leopards, jackals, mountain Thar, birds namely, Pheasant, long tails birds.
The trekking begins form Besishahar, where we can reach nearly six hours drive from Kathmandu. We subsequently continue our trekking to Dharapani, Chame and rest in Manang for acclimatization, during the acclimatization we take short circuit to Gangapurna glacier and continue our trekking to Thorong Phedi crossing Thorong la pass (5416 m) and we reach at Muktinath (3775m), subsequently, we head to Marpha, lete Khola, Tatopani, Ghorepani and Ghandrung, Pathana and finally we reach at Pokhara and we take either flight or bus to Kathmandu.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]
Day 02:Kathmandu to Besisahar to Khudi [800 m/2624]: 8 - 9 hrs drive
Day 03:Khudi to Sirung [2200m/7216 ft]: 6 - 7 hrs
Day 04:Sirung to Chamje [1,410m/4,626ft]: 5 - 6 hrs
Day 05:Chamje to Dharapani [1,960m/6,430ft]: 5 - 6 hrs
Day 06:Dharapani to Chame [2,710m/8,891ft]: 5 - 6 hrs
Day 07:Chame to Lower Pisang [3,300m/10824ft]: 5 - 6 hrs
Day 08:Pisang to Manang: 6 - 7 hrs
Day 09:Acclimatization Manang
Day 10:Manang to Yak Kharka [4,110m/13,484ft]: 3 - 4 hours
Day 11:Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi [4,600m/15,092ft]: 3 - 4 hrs
Day 12:Thorong Phedi to Thorong La pass (5416m/17764ft) to Muktinath [3,800/12,467ft]: 7 - 8 hrs
Day 13:Muktinath to Marpha [2,670m/8,760ft]: 4 - 5 hrs
Day 14:Marpha to tatopani [2530 m/8300 ft] by local bus: 5 - 6 hrs
Day 15:Tatopani to Sikha (2400m) by trek: 5-6 hrs
Day 16:Tatopani to Ghorepani [2,850m/9,350ft]: 4-5 hrs
Day 17:Ghorepani to Tadapani [2,710m/8,891ft]: 6 - 7 hrs
Day 18:Tadapani to Ghandruk to Pokhara [850m/2,789ft]: 5 - 6 hrs trek, 1 hr drive
Day 19:Pokhara to Kathmandu: 6 hrs drive
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft] Arrival in KTM and transport to Hotel
Day 02Kathmandu to Besisahar to Khudi [800 m/2624]: 8 - 9 hrs drive We start our journey into the hills through the winding roads along the Trishuli River. Enroute we see more of countryside of Nepal that offers greenery, rivers, villages, farms and beautiful mountain scenarios. Upon arrival at Mugling, we head along the road toward Pokhara. We leave the highway to Pokhara at Dumre, and head north to Besisahar. A half-an-hour's drive from Besisahar takes us to Khudi, the starting point of our trek. Alternatively, we can get off at Besisahar, and then trek for an hour to get to Khudi along the wide trail. Khudi offers us a first glimpse of the gorgeous Manaslu range. (B, L, D)
Day 03Khudi to Sirung [2200m/7216 ft]: 6 - 7 hrs Our first day`s walk involves crossing a few suspension bridges, waterfalls, several up and down hill sections across rice paddies and subtropical forest. Initially, the walk is gradual then it becomes steeper. The mountains that we see from Khudi become closer as we walk higher. The villages and people are an interesting. On the way to Sirung, we come across an ethnic Tamang settlement, Taranche. We enjoy the close-up views of Nadi Chuli and Manaslu in Sirung. Sirung offers us a home-stay where we also enjoy the cultural program organized by the villagers for the visitors. If the number of visitors is more than four, the group may have to split to stay at different houses for the night. At this juncture, we will have first glimpse of the gorgeous Manaslu range. (B, L, D)
Day 04Sirung to Chamje [1,410m/4,626ft]: 5 - 6 hrs We trek through amphitheater-shaped rice terraces, along a steep vertical cliff, lush forests, and some culturally intriguing villages. Always following the Marsyangdi River, we walk in a fantastic landscape through little waterfalls, forests and villages. We will not feel tough until we reach Syange (1100 m), but after Syange the climb gets tougher up to Jagat (1300 m). From Jagat, we make a steep climb to Chamje. Overnight at Chamje. (B, L, D)
Day 05Chamje to Dharapani [1,960m/6,430ft]: 5 - 6 hrs Today we enter the Manang region passing through fields of corn, barley and potatoes, and then through forests of bamboo and rhododendrons. On the way is the village namely Tal. Tal lies on a flat plain next to the sandy beach and river at the base of a large waterfall. While hiking, sometimes we may have to give a pass to a large group of donkey caravan. Overnight at Dharapani. (B, L, D)
Day 06Dharapani to Chame [2,710m/8,891ft]: 5 - 6 hrs Today we negotiate a few steep forested ridges along with several landslides on route on the west. We should not forget to look up though, as we will be treated to some of the most sensational views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). Small hot springs add relief on our long day hard trek. Overnight at Chame. (B, L, D)
Day 07Chame to Lower Pisang [3,300m/10824ft]: 5 - 6 hrs A steep and narrow path through a very dense forest will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. The forests and heavy vegetation would now be gone. We cross and re-cross the river again and again on suspension bridges. As the trail opens up we get surrounded by majestic Himalayan Peaks. We find ourselves in U-shaped valley of Manang hanging between two giant snow peaks. Upon walking through these wonderful sites we reach at Pisang. Overnight at Lower Pisang. (B, L, D)
Day 08Pisang to Manang: 6 - 7 hrs Today, we will have disjunctures of two routes that we follow. If taken upper route (Budget Adventure Treks & Expeditions recommended), i.e., the route through Upper Pisang via Geru, we will have outstanding sceneries. We feel like we are horizontally in front of the majestic peaks. The panoramic views of the mountain peaks, such as Annapurna, Pisang peak, and several others will definitely allure us. We experience a contrast with the landscape and vegetation from today. On the way, the cold and dry climate creates a much harsher environment. Our short visit to Barge monastery, the largest in the entire district of Manang will be memorable. Overnight at Manang. (B, L, D)
Day 09Acclimatization ManangWe always have to careful with the high altitude for those Budget Adventure Treks & Expeditions highly recommend to stay on Manang. We do not have to confident on altitude and always be circumspect. We will visit Bhojo Gompa or Gangapurna Lake which is the worth part of our acclimatization. Moreover, we will visit the monastery of Vraga and Himalayan Rescue Association where you can have chance to get more information about high altitude sickness.
Day 10Manang to Yak Kharka [4,110m/13,484ft]: 3 - 4 hours From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki above Manang, and then continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail follows this valley northward, passing a few pastures, a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. The trail further passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Now the trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Yak Kharka. Little but Gradual ascent is the key to avoiding altitude problems. Overnight at Yak Karka. (B, L, D)
Day 11Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi [4,600m/15,092ft]: 3 - 4 hrs We make our way to the foot of the pass, Throng Phedi today. Thorong Phedi is a small busy settlement catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers. Trekkers like us use this point as a base camp. Some visitors also attempt a hike to the High Camp today so that the next day can be easier for them. But, Himalayan Glacier's team leader does not advise for this. Although we will have a tough day tomorrow, we stop at Thorong Phedi so that we can sleep sound rather than a risky sleep in higher altitude at High Camp. Overnight at Thorong Phedi. (B, L, D)
Day 12Thorong Phedi to Thorong La pass (5416m/17764ft) to Muktinath [3,800/12,467ft]: 7 - 8 hrs We reach the climax of our Annapurna circle trek today. It will be a lifetime unforgettable experience- crossing the famous high pass, Thorong La (5416m/17764ft). An early start is important to complete the mission. Each moment we have to work hard today through the icy high-altitude trail. But the outstanding high Himalayan scenes are such tempting that our eyes love to watch more over the horizon than on our trail. Upon setting sun we will be at Muktinath. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhist. The area hosts a Vishnu temple and a Monastery nearby. Muktinath itself demonstrates the religions harmony in Nepal. Overnight at Muktinath. (B, L, D)
Day 13Muktinath to Marpha [2,670m/8,760ft]: 4 - 5 hrs In the morning, we descending from Ranipauwa village down the steep and barren hillside, we tumble down toward Kagbeni and then to Jomsom finally arriving at Marpha. The trail today is quite surreal as we trek along a plateau above Kali Gandaki, the world`s deepest gorge. The barren landscape of this area resembles Tibet. Marpha is also famous as the apple capital of Nepal where one can enjoy different items made from apple. The local apple brandy of Marpha is famous all over Nepal. Overnight at Marpha. (B, L, D)
Day 14Marpha to tatopani [2530 m/8300 ft] by local bus: 5 - 6 hrs From Marpha, we take a new route toward tatopani via Kalopani village. Today, we come across traditional villages of the ethnic Thakali people. Also, The journey is mostly downhill. We cross the bridge at Ghasa. As we drop to lower elevations, we emerge back into subtropical forests, lush with vegetation. We continue along Rupse Chahara (popular waterfall). We avoid the road and continue down the east bank from Kopchepani via Garpar to a bridge at Dana. At Narchyang Besi, we get to see a powerhouse that supplies electricity in the area. We experience more villages in this area where we can observe the everyday lives of the local people. Upon reaching Tatopani, we relax and have a bath in the hot spring. (B, L, D)
Day 15Tatopani to Sikha (2400m) by trek: 5-6 hrsWhile walking, we observe the lifestyle of the people in the midland villages of Nepal. Ghara and Sikha are the villages with terraced and inclined farmlands. Overnight at Sikha. (B,L,D)
Day 16Tatopani to Ghorepani [2,850m/9,350ft]: 4-5 hrs While walking, we observe the lifestyle of the people in the midland villages of Nepal. Ghara and Sikha are the villages with terraced and inclined farmlands. We gradually walk steep up to ascent Ghorepani. While traversing through the Phalate, Chitre and a no-habitation area, we encoounter with rhododendron, brich, magnolia and some meadows on the way. As we gain height, the peaks ahead look wonderful. We stay at Ghorepani for we have to make the climb to Poon Hill early tomorrow morning. Overnight at Ghorepani. (B, L, D)
Day 17Ghorepani to Tadapani [2,710m/8,891ft]: 6 - 7 hrs Early at dawn, we ascend to Poon Hill (3,210m. /10,531ft) to catch the moment of spectacular sunrise over the whole Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs and surrounding rice terraces. Nick name of Poon Hill is itself a photographer`s paradise. Upon breakfast, we continue ups and downs trail trek to Tadapani. We like to keep inspecting at the horizon as sceneries are equally dazzling throughout the day at the trek. (B, L, D)
Day 18Tadapani to Ghandruk to Pokhara [850m/2,789ft]: 5 - 6 hrs trek, 1 hr driveThe trail leads all the way down through the Rhododendron forest to Ghandruk. This is the second-largest Gurung settlement in Nepal. Upon our lunch, we continue trek to Kimche to complete the trail which is fllowed by taxi to Pokhara, a peaceful lakeside city harboring a unique setting of tropical climate and vegetation with the dramatic backdrop of the Himalayas. Overnight in Pokhara (850m/2,789ft). (B, L)
Day 19Pokhara to Kathmandu: 6 hrs drive After breakfast, we start our drive back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we will be escorted to our hotel; and we spend the afternoon leisurely.
Day 20Departure Fly back on your own destination or as per your itinerary
If you need extra porter then it can be managed but takes extra cost if you want to walk without even small backpack.