The Annapurna Circuit Trek – rightly known as the classic Nepal trekking trip – offers more variety than any other equivalent length trek, taking us through virtually every type of scenery that Nepal has to offer.
There are superb views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, and an amazing variety of landscapes ranging from sub-tropical through alpine to an arid semi-desert akin to Tibet. The climax of the Annapurna Circuit Trek is crossing the formidable Thorong-La Pass (5416m).
This is a lodge-based trek, so we spend most of the time in villages inhabited by many of Nepal’s different cultures and peoples, both Buddhist and Hindu. A trek through the forests of rhododendrons, Muktinath, Hindus, Buddhists, the deepest of the gorge, the Kali Gandaki, semi-isolated hamlets, tiny mountain villages, birds and wildlife is the most rewarding way to discover the natural beauty and cultural journey.
The Annapurna region is also known for its diverse multi-culture villages. These villages offer an amazing view of the traditional rural life to meet warm and friendly people with different culture. This trek is very insightful because of its rich culture, simplicity of life and the warm-heart villagers.
Come and Join our extremely awe-inspiring adventure, the classical Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 days, with the experienced team of Himalaya Discovery. We also offer the famous Annapurna Base Trek and short and beautiful, Poon Hill Trek.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Difficulty
Annapurna Circuit Trek is a moderate to demanding grade trek with great Himalayan views that comparatively includes passing high altitude passes because Annapurna Circuit requires a level of physical fitness, you must be in good health for this trek.
Annapurna Circuit Trek is well known above seven thousand for its outstanding views of the Himalayas. This amazing Annapurna adventure is absolutely amazing in terms of both altitude and natural paths, views of the Himalayas, cultural insights, and others.
Trekkers do not require any technical experience of climbing. It’s also a very popular trekking route. Many tea houses were built along the trails and it wouldn’t be issue to find one for overnight stays. The circuit walk may be quite tiresome, but the golden rule is slow and constant trekking.
This is a moderate, it can be highly difficult for anyone who is not physically fit. It is therefore advisable to begin getting involved in regular exercises and fitness routine in advance. Go cycling, hiking, swimming, jogging, etc. to keep you healthy and fit. The more fit you are, the more the Annapurna Circuit Trek you will enjoy.
During the trek, the toughest day would be to cross the Thorong-La high pass and getting Muktinath at the end of the day. But if proper acclimatization is taken along with preparations, then all you get is just the best views of Thorong La pass’s Himalayan panoramas at 5416 m.
Therefore, when it comes to the difficulty of Annapurna Circuit Trek, if you are well prepared, it is difficult but very possible. Join this trek with Himalaya Discovery, an outstanding way to encircle the Himalayas of Annapurna that will stay in your memories in the coming years.
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport after completing your custom formalities Visa, etc. pick up your luggage and look for our airport representative from Himalaya Discovery Adventures, who will display your name on the board at the arrival gate. You will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Today is free for sightseeing in Kathmandu. You may wish to visit Durbar Square in the heart of the old city where the old Royal Palace, with its intricate woodcarving is located. The whole area is a maze of temples and images. Leading away from the square in all directions are narrow alleys, full of the most amazing variety of shops and stalls. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ Swayambhunath and Buddhists shrine Buddhanath which is one of the largest Stupas in the world.
There will also be a full trip briefing today with gear check. In case you need to hire or buy equipment locally there will be time to do this today. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Our trekking staff will arrive at your hotel at 7 AM, in the morning to pick you up. From Kathmandu to Syange via Beshisahar. It will takes about 7 – 8 hours, overland journey along the way you will have chance to view Nepal’s country-side small towns and their local culture, green hills, rivers, farms and beautiful mountain sceneries. Overnight at guesthouse.
Today is the first day of our Annapurna Circuit Trek. After breakfast crossing a suspension bridge, we begin a steep climb to small tea-houses at Sattale. The trek continues through to entry in Manang District of Tal (1,600 meters), scenery of several waterfalls dropping beyond the small village of Karte. We cross a suspension bridge, short distance to climb of the stone Kani marking the entrancing to Dharapani. Overnight at guesthouse.
The trail climbs to Tyanja at 2,360 meters, then continuing through forest, but near the river, to Kopar at 2,590 meters. As we reach the Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II as you approach Chame & two small hot springs by the town. Along this route we are introduced to a local community said to have migrated from Tibet a long time past, noticeable by their different features. With them, they have bought local Tibetan house designs and maintained their ways. Overnight at guesthouse.
The day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge at 2,910 meters. We then cross another bridge at 3040 meters, from there the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3,200 meters & 3,300 meters. Overnight at guesthouse.
Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. People of this region herd the yaks & raise crops for part of the year. They also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784. Leaving Pisang, we have alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meets up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3,325 meters which involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga at 3,475 meters to nearby Manang at 3,540 meters. Overnight at guesthouse.
Today we spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend doing some fine day walks and over viewing the magnificent views around the village & the day time is best to gain altitude. At the end of the day, we return back to our accommodation & have a night rest. Overnight at guesthouse.
Today we leave Manang, & the trail makes an ascent of nearly 500 meters to the Yak Kharka. We make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka at 4000 meters, there we see the many yaks and vegetations steadily more sparse. Overnight at guesthouse.
After ascending for two hours the trail descends to cross the river at 4,310 meters we then climb up to Thorong Phedi at 4,450 meters where we have recently found some good Guesthouses built. Our overnight stay will be there. Overnight at guesthouse.
Today is a long trek starting before sunrise at 4 am to reach the pass by 9-10 am otherwise weather conditions will greatly affect the journey. We cross over at an altitude of 5,416 meters we can be exposed to strong winds if crossing too late. We start to climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by heavy snow. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the chortens & prayer flags. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent view from the top with another 4 hours trek will take to the holy town of Muktinath.
Muktinath means place of Nirvana and is home to the Muktinath temple as well as several monasteries. It is said that all sorrows you feel are relieved when visiting the Temple, which is a scared pilgrimage site to both Hindus and Buddhists. The main pilgrimage normally takes place in September. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it from which Holy water pours. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple this contains a spring and an eternal flame fed by natural underground gas. Overnight at guesthouse.
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 you 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 Mariah is famous all over Nepal. Overnight at guesthouse.
NOTE: Optional direct flight from Jomsom to pokhara (900 meters) 20 min. Once we arrived at Pokhara airport then transferred to the hotel, today is free and relax. Overnight at a hotel in pokhara. Or continue trekking depends on your Interests.
Today, we drive to Tatopani via Kalopani across the traditional villages of the ethnic Thakali people. Also, we get to see apple gardens. Kalopani, from here is the 360 degrees panorama of Himalayan peaks: Dhaulagari, Tukuche Peak, the three Nilgiris, Fang and Annapurna I. Upon reaching Tatopani, we relax and have a bath in the natural ‘hot spring’. Overnight at guesthouse.
While we walk 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. Passing through the Phalate and Chitre, we walking through a no-habitation area through rhododendron, brich, and magnolia and some meadows. 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 guesthouse.
Today, very early in the morning, we start an hour hiking to Poon Hill at an elevation of 3,210m, a brilliant mountain range spectacle; this vantage point provides an unobstructed view of the sunrise over the high Himalayas. There we spend about 1 hour, then returning to Ghorepani we take a hot breakfast at our guesthoues. Then we make a climb along ridges, and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (2,960m). After that we descend to the Banthanti, then turning off to Tadapani. Overnight at guesthouse.
From Tadapani the trail descends through forests to Ghandruk, a village of Gurung people, one of the ethnic groups of Nepal. They have their own dialect, culture, costume, and life style. Ghandruk is also home to many Gurkha soldiers. It is a famous destination for trekkers as it is known for its beautiful mountain views and also because it’s within easy reach from Pokhara and Kathmandu. We have the afternoon to visit the Annapurna Conservation Office, museums and discover the village. Overnight at a guesthouse.
After some light trekking, we reach Nayapul (1,010 meters). Then after an hour drive, we reach Pokhara, the beautiful valley which boasts fabulous views of the Himalayan mountains. You will have relaxing afternoon. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.
We depart at approximately 7.30am for Kathmandu by tourist bus. We arrive back in Kathmandu at around 2-3.00 pm. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Today is rest and relax throughout the day. If you get interested to take some gifts from Nepal for friends and relatives, visit to some nearby shops or go out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods which can be assisted by our guide or you can do it yourself too. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Trek concludes, we will drop you to the airport for your flight departure from Nepal with good memories.