Annapurna Circuit Trek – 21 days

Annapurna Circuit Trek – 21 days

Start Point

Kathmandu

End Point

Kathmandu

Duration

20N/21D

Grade

Hard

Max Altitude

5416 meters

Meals

B+L+D

Accomodation

Hotel/Lodge

No. of Person

Min. 02 Pax

Highlights

  • Stunning Mountain Views: The trek offers unparalleled views of some of the world’s highest peaks, including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), and Gangapurna. The sight of these towering snow-capped mountains against the backdrop of the Himalayas is awe-inspiring.
  • Diverse Landscapes: The trail traverses diverse landscapes, from lush subtropical forests and terraced fields to alpine meadows and high mountain passes. Trekkers experience a range of ecosystems and vegetation zones as they ascend in altitude.
  • Thorong La Pass: Crossing Thorong La Pass (5,416 meters or 17,769 feet) is a challenging but rewarding part of the trek. It’s one of the highest trekking passes in the world and offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.
  • Cultural Diversity: The trek takes you through a variety of traditional Nepalese villages inhabited by diverse ethnic groups such as Gurungs, Thakalis, and Manangis. You’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in their rich culture, interact with locals, and witness traditional practices and rituals.
  • Charming Mountain Villages: Along the way, you’ll encounter picturesque villages like Pisang, Manang, and Marpha, where you can experience the unique mountain lifestyle, sample local cuisine, and rest in cozy tea houses.
  • Natural Hot Springs: After days of trekking, you can relax and rejuvenate your tired muscles in natural hot springs at places like Tatopani. It’s a perfect way to unwind and soak in the stunning surroundings.
  • Mesmerizing Landscapes: From the lush greenery of the lower regions to the stark, barren landscapes of the upper valleys, every step of the trek offers stunning natural beauty that will leave you in awe.
  • Unique Flora and Fauna: The Annapurna region is home to a diverse array of flora and fauna, including rhododendron forests, wild orchids, and elusive Himalayan wildlife such as snow leopards, blue sheep, and various species of birds.
  • Rich History and Traditions: The trail is dotted with ancient monasteries, chortens (Buddhist shrines), and prayer flags, reflecting the region’s deep spiritual heritage. Learning about the local history, customs, and religious practices adds depth to the trekking experience.
  • Sense of Achievement: Completing the Annapurna Circuit Trek is a significant accomplishment for trekkers. The sense of achievement and the memories of the stunning landscapes, cultural encounters, and personal challenges overcome will stay with you long after the journey ends.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Overview

Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered one of the best trekking destinations in the world which has contains outstanding mountains scenery close to your walking trails. This trek provides the trekkers and explorers about new experience and feeling of extraordinary mountain views of Annapurna and its flora and fauna, diversity of Nepali culture, tradition and different community villages with their life style. Annapurna Circuit Trekking route goes along with Marshyangdi River up to Manang district and one can see Nepali style unspoiled villages which shows their pure culture and tradition. Also it has been proved as a highly praised and spectacular trekking route in the Annapurna region since it opened to foreign trekkers.

Annapurna Circuit Trek takes about minimum 15 days to 3 weeks which starts from Besi Sahar and trails go along with Marshyangdi River. Trekker can enjoy with nice view of Mount Manaslu, Hiu chuli, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna South and meets in Gurung villages. Also meet the people from different ethnic groups and communities on the way to trek with good behave. Annapurna Circuit Trek offering spectacular and majestic view of the white Himalayas after crossing Besisahar. It continues to the north of the main Himalayan range on to the high and dry Manang land escape, the scenery is equally breathtaking.

This trail continually goes crossing Lamjung district to Manang and the highest point of the trek is Thorong La pass at the top of the Manang valley at 5416m high which is the border of Manang and Jomsom.

Annapurna Circuit Trek descends to the west at Muktinath from Manang thorong la pass, we continue to the barren Jomsom whose people and tradition are mostly similar to Tibetan. Also one can see kali Gandaki River with land escape which is the world’s deepest gorge passes between the giant Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. After you cross the Thorung La pass from Manang to Muktinath, the trekking route continually descending to Jomsom, Tatopani, Ghorepani to Nayapul. Then this Annapurna circuit trek ends at Pokhara.

Detail Itinerary

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Transfer to your hotel and have an orientation about the trek. Explore the bustling streets of Thamel and prepare for the adventure.
Your adventure begins with your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, the vibrant capital of Nepal. As you step out of the airport, you’ll be greeted by our representative, who will welcome you with a warm smile and a traditional Nepali garland. Embark on a comfortable transfer to your hotel in a private vehicle, where you’ll have time to check in and settle into your cozy accommodations.

After a delightful breakfast at your hotel, your knowledgeable tour guide will lead you on an immersive cultural journey through Kathmandu’s most captivating historical and spiritual landmarks.

1. Pashupatinath Temple: A Sacred Hindu Sanctuary

Nestled on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River, Pashupatinath Temple stands as one of the holiest Hindu shrines in the world. Its golden-roofed pagoda, adorned with intricate carvings, serves as a beacon of devotion and reverence for Hindus worldwide. Witness the mesmerizing rituals and ceremonies that take place within the temple complex, offering a glimpse into the profound traditions of Hinduism.

2. Swayambhunath Monastery: A Buddhist Oasis

Ascending a steep staircase of 365 steps, you will reach Swayambhunath Monastery, also known as the Monkey Temple. This iconic Buddhist stupa, perched atop a hill, offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley. Admire the intricate architecture and vibrant prayer flags that adorn the stupa, and experience the serene atmosphere that envelops this sacred site.

3. Boudhanath Stupa: A Symbol of Peace and Enlightenment

Immerse yourself in the tranquility of Boudhanath Stupa, the largest stupa in Nepal and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its massive white dome, topped by a gleaming golden spire, symbolizes the path to enlightenment in Buddhism. Circumambulate the stupa, spinning prayer wheels and chanting mantras alongside pilgrims from around the globe.

4. Patan Durbar Square: A Royal Legacy

Step back in time as you explore Patan Durbar Square, the former royal palace of the ancient Malla dynasty. Admire the exquisite architecture of temples, palaces, and courtyards, each showcasing the artistry and craftsmanship of the Newar era. Wander through this captivating complex, imagining the grandeur of the past and marveling at the enduring legacy of Patan’s royal heritage.

As the sun begins to set, your cultural journey concludes, leaving you with a profound appreciation for Kathmandu’s rich heritage and the deep-rooted spiritual traditions that define this vibrant city. Then evening time, preparation of Trekking to Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Today marks the beginning of our journey from Kathmandu to the Annapurna region. We’ll start by embarking on a scenic drive via local bus to Besisahar, passing through the breathtaking Nepalese countryside. Besisahar, a bustling town and the district headquarters of Lamjung District, awaits our exploration. Upon arrival, we’ll take the opportunity to discover the surrounding area before settling in for the night at a hotel.

Today, our trek commences from Besisahar, offering splendid vistas of Hiunchuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli). We’ll traverse several local wooden and bamboo bridges, eventually arriving at Bhulbhule. Continuing on, we’ll journey to Ngadi village for a refreshing lunch, passing by enchanting waterfalls along the riverbank. Our trail then leads us to Bahundanda, our overnight stop. Perched atop a hill, Bahundanda is a charming village where you can explore the local community and school areas in the evening.

 

 

 

Following breakfast, our trek begins with a descent towards Syange village, meandering through fields and local settlements. A brief downhill stretch leads us to Syange village, which is accessed by crossing a lengthy suspension bridge. Continuing onward, we gradually ascend from the river, culminating in a final steep climb to reach Jagat, where we’ll pause for lunch. Afterward, our journey continues with an hour-long trek on a rocky path, passing by a picturesque waterfall spanning the river. Finally, we arrive at Chamje, our overnight stop for the day.

From Chamje, a brief stroll leads us to a suspension bridge spanning the tumultuous Marshyangdi river. Upon crossing the bridge, our journey entails another steep ascent lasting 2-3 hours until we reach Tal. This village is nestled within the gorge-valley beside the Marshyangdi river, adorned with captivating waterfalls and expanses of sandy riverbanks. Continuing upstream, we trek through rocky trails, traversing several suspension bridges and encountering quaint teashops along the way. Finally, we arrive at the sizable village of Dharapani, where we’ll spend the night at a hotel.

Continuing our trek, we head towards Chame. Along the way, we’ll notice a shift in vegetation, people, and landscapes, accompanied by a refreshing drop in temperature. The trail ascends through pine forests until we reach Bagarchhap, the first village boasting typical Tibetan architecture. After a pleasant stroll to Bagarchhap, we gradually gain altitude, passing through Danaque and entering the alpine region.

En route, we’ll pass by farms, orchards, and enchanting pine forests, with stunning views of towering peaks such as Lamjung and Annapurna II. Following the Marshyangdi river upstream, we’ll journey past villages like Latamanang and Koto before reaching Chame, where we’ll spend the night at a hotel. Serving as the headquarters of Manang district, Chame offers a magnificent vista of Annapurna II.

The trail leads from the southern bank of the river, navigating through pine woods and small villages with occasional inclines and declines until reaching the charming orchard village of Bhartang, known for its apple gardens. Continuing along a gradual path, we ascend to a bridge, where a short, steep climb through the pine forest brings us to the ridge of Dhukur Pokhari for lunch. Emerging from the tree line, we’re greeted with breathtaking views of Pisang Peak to the north and Chulu Peak, with the village of Pisang nestled below. Descending gently for about an hour, we arrive at the windswept village of Pisang, where we’ll spend the night. In the evening, we’ll explore upper Pisang, characterized by Tibetan-style houses and a monastery, offering panoramic vistas of the Annapurna range and the valley below.

The trek commences with a delightful stroll through a pine forest, offering scenic views along the way. As the path gently ascends for about half an hour, we reach a ridge where we pause to take in our first glimpse of the majestic Manang valley. This vantage point offers awe-inspiring vistas of the valley below, including Humde village with its short airstrip, and the towering peaks of Gangapurna, Annapurna II & III, Tilicho, Chulu East, and Pisang Peak in the distance.

Continuing onward, we proceed to Humde and enjoy a pleasant walk to the village of Braga, known for its traditionally built Tibetan-style houses. Those interested can visit the monastery, renowned for its impressive display of statues, Thanka paintings, and religious manuscripts. From Braga, it’s only an hour’s walk to Manang, where we’ll spend the night.

Today is dedicated to rest and acclimatization in Manang. This picturesque village, with approximately 500 flat-roofed houses, is nestled amidst breathtaking scenery. To the south, the towering peaks of Annapurna II, Annapurna III (7,555 meters), and Gangapurna (7,454 meters) create a majestic backdrop, while to the west lies Tilicho (7,132 meters) and the Grand Barrier. To the north, Chulu West (6,583 meters) and Chulu East (6,059 meters) complete the stunning panorama.

Take the opportunity to explore the village and its surroundings, soaking in the tranquility of the Himalayan landscape. You can also visit the Himalayan Rescue Association for valuable information on altitude sickness and safety precautions. For a relaxing evening, consider attending a movie show if available, ensuring a well-deserved break during your time in Manang.

Following our enjoyable stay in Manang, the trail ascends gradually for about an hour to reach Tenki Manang, offering a close-up view of the majestic Annapurna, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak. As we continue our journey, the path gently winds upward, providing inspiring vistas of the surrounding landscape. The terrain is characterized by juniper bushes, the predominant vegetation in this region. Eventually, we arrive at Yak-Kharka, where we’ll spend the night.

Our trek commences at a leisurely pace as we make our way towards Phedi, soaking in the breathtaking views of the mountains and landscapes along the way. After about an hour of walking, we reach Ledar, continuing our ascent along the eastern bank of the Jorsang Khola. Descending briefly, we cross the stream via a wooden bridge to arrive at a small tea shop. Here, we pause to admire the wonderful views and enjoy some refreshing tea breaks.

Continuing on, we follow a narrow path across a high, unstable slope before making our way to Thorong Phedi, where we’ll spend the night. The name “Phedi,” meaning ‘foot of the hill’ in Nepali, is aptly given to settlements located at the base of a long climb.

 

Today marks the longest and most challenging day of our entire journey. We set out early in the morning with packed lunches, embarking on a strenuous ascent. Initially, the trail becomes steep as we make our way to the high camp. Along the way, we have the opportunity to witness the sunrise and catch glimpses of the majestic mountains surrounding us.

Continuing at our own pace, we press on towards the summit. The final stretch to the Throng top takes approximately 3-4 hours, but upon reaching it, we’re greeted with a sense of triumph. We take short breaks to admire the picturesque scenery, with views extending to the Mustang region of the mountains and the Kaligandaki valley below to the west.

After a challenging 7-8 hours of trekking, we finally arrive at Muktinath, where we’ll spend the night at a lodge, reflecting on the incredible achievement of the day.

In the morning, we commence our day with a visit to the temple before continuing our journey. Descending towards the Kaligandaki river valley floor, we make a brief stop at Ekle Bhatti, aptly named for its solitary teahouse. From here, the path becomes windier as we progress along the valley.

For the next two hours, we follow a gentle trail until we reach the bustling town of Jomsom, which serves as the headquarters of the Mustang region. Situated just above the Kaligandaki River, Jomsom boasts a small airstrip. After enjoying lunch in Jomsom, we embark on an additional two hours of easy walking towards the southeast.

Our destination for the night is Marpha, a hidden gem characterized by whitewashed houses, paved streets, and numerous well-kept lodges. Here, we’ll have the opportunity to indulge in local apple products such as cider, brandy, and juice, and enjoy a delicious dinner featuring apple pie.

Today’s trek is particularly delightful as we follow the meandering path alongside the Kaligandaki river downstream. Our journey brings us to the charming village of Tukuche, nestled beneath the towering Tukuche peak and Dhaulagiri. Here, we are treated to spectacular views of Mt. Nilgiri and the magnificent icefalls cascading from Dhaulagiri’s east face.

After about an hour of walking from Tukuche, we continue our trek downhill to Kalopani village, where we’ll stop for lunch. Kalopani is another picturesque village boasting more than 30 houses, along with excellent tea houses and lodges. Set against the backdrop of Mt. Annapurna I, Nilgiri, and Dhaulagiri, this village offers grandeur views above the beautiful pine forest.

Following an easy two-hour descent, we arrive at a long-settled Thakali village, where we’ll spend the night at a lodge, relishing in the tranquility of the surroundings.

As we progress along the route, we witness a dramatic change in vegetation, transitioning from dry, arid desert landscapes to lush pine and conifer forests. This transformation unfolds as we navigate between the towering peaks of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurnas.

From Ghasa, situated at the southern end of the region predominantly inhabited by the Thakali people, to Tatopani, we observe a shift in architectural style, characterized by intricate woodwork and ornate carvings. This pleasant walk amidst the stunning surroundings leads us back to terraced paddy fields and into a warm sub-tropical climate.

En route to the village of Tatopani, we are treated to the sight of the beautiful Rupse waterfall. Passing through Dana village, home to the deepest gorge in the world, we continue our descent. After lunch, we trek for a couple of hours until we reach Tatopani, where we’ll indulge in a rejuvenating natural hot spring bath. Take the time to explore the local area before settling in for the night at a hotel.

After enjoying a wonderful day at the hot springs, we resume our trek by descending and crossing a suspension bridge over the Kaligandaki river. Following the path alongside the river for a while, we reach the junction of two trails. One path continues along the river all the way to Beni, while we opt for the left uphill climb.

The initial part of the climb is quite steep as we make our way to the top. Continuing through farms and villages, we embark on a gradual ascent that will occupy most of the day. As we leave behind the terraced fields, we find ourselves walking amidst dense rhododendron forests.

Eventually, we arrive at Ghorepani, where we’ll spend the night at a teahouse. This picturesque village is renowned for its breathtaking mountain scenery, offering a perfect setting for a tranquil overnight stay.

We begin our day with an early morning start, embarking on a 40-minute hike up to Poon Hill (3210m/10530ft). Along the route, we are greeted by the serene beauty of the rhododendron forest. As we ascend, anticipation builds for the breathtaking vistas that await us.

Upon reaching Poon Hill, we are rewarded with an unparalleled view of the sunrise over the towering Himalayas. The panorama encompasses the far western Himalayas of Dolpo, the majestic peaks of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, including the iconic Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail), and stretches all the way to Manaslu.

After soaking in this awe-inspiring sight, we descend back to Ghorepani for breakfast. Energized by the magnificent sunrise, we continue our trek to Tadapani, where we’ll spend the night amidst the tranquil beauty of the mountains.

This is our last day trek after long days and immersing yourself to finish quickly this day. Trek leads through the scenic landscapes and local villages to get steep descend leads us to Ghandrung village for lunch. This is heavily settled Gurung village, a modern village of Nepal. Further an easy path reaches at Birethanthi for lunch, where is the confluence of Modi and Bhurungdi River. After half an hour flat walk will reach at Nayapul. Our trek ends here and drives back to Pokhara lakeside for the overnight stop. Remaining time explore the surrounding lake side area and simply relax at the heart of Lake Town.

In the early morning, we embark on a scenic drive by tourist bus to Pokhara, passing through the picturesque Nepalese countryside. Upon reaching Kathmandu, our guide will transfer us to the hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to relax or explore the surrounding areas at your leisure. You can unwind after the journey or take the opportunity to discover the charms of Kathmandu. We’ll spend the night at the hotel, resting and rejuvenating for the adventures ahead.

Today is a day for you to enjoy at your leisure, whether it’s indulging in some last-minute shopping for souvenirs or gifts for your loved ones, or simply relaxing before your departure. If you have booked any additional trips or activities with us, this is also the perfect time to embark on them.

For those departing, we’ll arrange for your transfer to the International Airport in time for your flight to your onward destination. We hope you’ve had a memorable and enjoyable experience with us, and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Safe travels!

Cost Details

  • What is Included
  • Airport Transfers - Car/Van/Bus/Jeep
  • Accommodation on B/B basis in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • All entrance Fees of Temple, Monastery, Museum, Durbar Square, Monuments and cultural program at evening.
  • Arrangements and transportation expenses during Annapurna Circuit Trekking and Tour.
  • Arrangements and fees for Annapurna Circuit trekking and ACAP permits
  • Arrangements and expenses for Tour Guide/Trekking Guide
  • Insurance, All Meals and Allowance for all trekking staffs.
  • Arrangements of TIMS(Trekking information management system)Card.
  • What is Excluded
  • Any unexpected costs that occur due to: Weather, Trail, Road Blockage, River conditions,
  • Due to circumstances such as: Sickness, Government action, flight delays,
  • Insurance and Emergency Rescue.
  • Major changes in the itinerary
  • Personal and free-time expenses
  • Cold drinks or alcohol
  • Extra hotel expenses
  • Laundry
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Airport taxes
  • Entry visas to Nepal
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    Best Time to Trek: The best time to trek the Annapurna Circuit is during the pre-monsoon (March to May) and post-monsoon (late September to November) seasons. During these times, the weather is generally clear with mild temperatures, making for ideal trekking conditions. The trails are also less prone to landslides and avalanches.

    Permits: Trekkers need to obtain the necessary permits to trek in the Annapurna Conservation Area. This typically includes the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card. These permits can be obtained through registered trekking agencies or at the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

    Altitude Sickness: Altitude sickness is a concern, particularly when crossing high passes like Thorong La. It’s essential to acclimatize properly by ascending gradually, staying hydrated, and paying attention to your body’s signals. Diamox (Acetazolamide) can be used as a preventive measure under the guidance of a healthcare professional.

    Accommodation: The trail is lined with tea houses and lodges offering basic accommodation and meals. Trekkers usually don’t need to carry camping gear unless they prefer to camp. Accommodation and meals can be arranged on the spot, but during peak seasons, it’s advisable to book in advance, especially in popular villages.

    Packing Essentials: Essential items to pack include sturdy trekking boots, warm clothing (layers are key), a good quality sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures, a first aid kit, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, a water purification system, and a torch or headlamp. It’s also advisable to carry some cash in Nepalese Rupees as ATMs are limited along the trail.

    Water and Food: It’s important to stay hydrated while trekking. Carry a reusable water bottle and use water purification tablets or a filtration system to purify water from taps or natural sources. Regarding food, the tea houses and lodges along the trail offer a variety of meals, including traditional Nepali dal bhat (rice and lentils), noodles, soups, and Western dishes.

    Physical Fitness: The Annapurna Circuit Trek is challenging and requires a good level of physical fitness. It involves long days of trekking, often with steep ascents and descents. It’s advisable to engage in regular cardiovascular exercise and strength training to prepare for the trek.

    Trekking Guide and Porter: While it’s possible to trek independently, many trekkers opt to hire a local guide and porter for added convenience, safety, and support. Guides provide valuable insight into the local culture and terrain, while porters can help carry heavy loads, allowing trekkers to enjoy the journey more comfortably.

    Emergency Evacuation: It’s essential to have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation in case of altitude sickness or other medical emergencies. Helicopter rescue services are available in the region, but they can be costly without insurance coverage.

    Responsible Trekking: Practice responsible trekking by respecting the local culture, customs, and environment. Carry out all trash and dispose of it properly, use designated trails, and support local businesses by purchasing goods and services along the trail.

    Reviews

    Maureen Moss

    Maureen Moss - Spain

    One of the Best Trek Annapurna Circuit

    Our 21-day Annapurna Circuit Trek visit to Nepal with Adventure Land Nepal was nothing short of exceptional. From start to finish, everything was organized flawlessly, thanks to the outstanding support provided by Chij and his team. Chij’s attentiveness and willingness to accommodate our requests ensured that our trip went smoothly without any hitches.

    Our guide, Khadka, was a true gem. His extensive knowledge of the Annapurna region and his warm, familial approach made our trek an unforgettable experience. We felt like we were trekking with a close friend who was passionate about sharing the beauty of his homeland. The porters were equally wonderful, always ready to assist with a smile.

    I can’t recommend Adventure Land Nepal and the Annapurna Circuit Trek highly enough. If you’re looking for a reliable travel agency and a breathtaking trekking adventure in Nepal, look no further. Thank you, Adventure Land Nepal, for an unforgettable journey!

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    Viviana Huaiquil - Iran

    Excellent Services, Amazing Views

    We had an incredible trekking experience with Kanya, Karna, and Jivan! Having such a dedicated and knowledgeable guide like Kanya can truly enhance the overall experience and ensure your safety and comfort throughout the journey. It’s fantastic to hear that he went above and beyond to accommodate your needs and even helped with transportation to the airport.

    Additionally, having attentive porters like Karna and Jivan who assist you during the trek and meal times adds another layer of support and care, making the journey smoother and more enjoyable.

    The breathtaking sights you encountered along the way must have made the experience even more memorable. And it’s great to hear that the intensity of the trek was manageable, allowing you to fully appreciate the beauty of the surroundings and Annapurna Circuit Trek.

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience! It’s clear that you had an amazing team and a fantastic adventure. Your recommendation speaks volumes about the quality of the service provided. Here’s to many more adventures in the future!

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