After Annapurna Base Camp trek, Annapurna Circuit is the most popular trek in Nepal. This trek lies in the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). It takes you through some of the most beautiful villages in the central-western part of Nepal.
Annapurna Circuit trek organized by The Great Adventure trek starts after a 7-8 hour bus ride from Kathmandu to Besisahar via Syange. From there, you will trek to picturesque places like Dharapani, Chame, Pisang, reaching Manang.
Manang gives you some spectacular views of mountains like Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, Tilicho, Chulu West, and Chulu East.
You can catch these fantastic mountains and others like Dhaulagiri from other places like Yak Kharka, Thorong La, and Muktinath as well. Thorong La pass, which lies at an altitude of 5416 meters, is the highest point in this trek.
You will also visit one of the holiest temples of Nepal i.e. Muktinath during your trek. Muktinath temple lies at an altitude of 3410 meters at the base of Thorong La mountain pass. This temple is a Shakti Peeth i.e. a source of the primordial energy sources.
On your return, you will also get to the villages you typically go to in the Annapurna Base Camp trek. These villages include Tatopani, Ghorepani, Tikhedhunga, Ulleri, and Nayapul. Finally, you will get to the beautiful valley of Pokhara.
You will encounter people across a wide variety of ethnicities in various places during this trek. You will also cross paths with travelers from all around the world. That will pave way for appreciating local as well as international culture.
The Annapurna Circuit trek by The Great Adventure Treks is in an anticlockwise direction. You will gain altitude slowly if you trek anti-clockwise. It also facilitates easier ascent of Thorong La Pass.
Best Time for Annapurna Circuit Trek
The most popular seasons for the Annapurna Circuit Trek are the seasons of spring and autumn.
Autumn falls in the months of September, October, and November. Spring falls in the months of March, April, and May. These months have a moderate amount of sunshine and a low amount of precipitation. So the trekking trails are dry and the views of mountains are crisp.
Although the winters might be cold, you can do the winter (December, January, February) trek to Annapurna Circuit. Similarly, with appropriate gear and planning, Annapurna summer Circuit (June, July, August) is also possible.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Difficulty
Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the many moderate treks in Nepal.
Annapurna Circuit trek is a journey that is 20 days long where you trek for 14 days averaging 6 hours of daily trek. The total distance you will cover during this trek is close to 200 kilometers. So, you will trek an average of 14 kilometers a day.
For the most part of the trek, you will trek uphill. So, you will have to prepare for this trek by preparing your body physically for around 3 months before embarking upon the trek.
We also advise you to take a hike of a day or two before coming to this trek. This will give you some idea about how demanding Annapurna Circuit Trek might be.
Main Attractions of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek
- A scenic bus ride from Kathmandu to Besisahar.
- Trek to beautiful villages like Manang, Marpha, Ghorepani, and Muktinath.
- Trek to the holy temple of Muktinath.
- A chance to view exotic animals in the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) like snow leopards, musk deer, Himalayan Tahr etc.
- Cross Thorong La pass, which lies at an altitude of 5416 meters.
- Mesmeric sunrise amidst mountains from Poon Hill.
- Visit the world’s deepest gorge- Kali Gandaki gorge.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Map
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Half day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive to Syange 1100m via Beshishar (823m) (7 – 8 hrs) journey.
Day 04: Trek to Dharapani (1860m) Approx (5 – 6 hrs)
Day 05: Trek to Chame (2720m) (5 – 6 hrs)
Day 06: Trek to Pisang 3200m. Approx (5-6 hrs)
Day 07: Trek to Manang 3540m. Approx (4 – 5 hrs)
Day 08: Rest day at Manang.
Day 09: Manang to Yak Kharka (4130m) (4 – 5 hrs)
Day 10: Trek to Thorung High Camp (4925m) Approx (5-6 hrs)
Day 11: Trek to Muktinath 3800m.via Thorang-la (5415m) (7 – 8 hrs)
Day 12: Trek to Marpha (2670m) (4-5 hrs)
Day 13: Trek to Lete (2480m) (5-6hrs)
Day 14: Trek to Tatopani (1100m) (5-6 hrs)
Day 15: Trek to Ghorepani (2860m) (6 – 7hrs)
Day 16: Trek to Tikhedhunga (1520m) (4- 5 hrs)
Day 17: Trek to Nayapul 11070m and drive to Pokhara 820m approx (5-6 hrs including drive ) (2 hrs) drive.
Day 18: Free and leisure day in Pokhara
Day 19: Drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara.
Day 20: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.