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Annapurna Circuit Trek - 20 Days

Annapurna Circuit Trek

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.

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Autumn and Spring seasons are the two of the best Annapurna Circuit Trek

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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.

If you want to extend your trip, please feel free to choose from our DAY TOURS, NEPAL TOURS or Jungle Safaris. here are some trip extensions that might interest you.

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Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.

You will land at Tribhuvan Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal. The Great Adventure Treks’ representatives will be there to greet you outside the airport terminal. You will then head out to your hotel with them. You will meet your guide at the hotel who wlll give you all the relevant information about the hotel and Annapurna Circuit Trek trek. He will also give you other related information during your stay in Nepal.

Day 02: Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu

After breakfast, you will go for a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, which is the capital city of Nepal. Kathmandu is a culturally as well as historically unique city. The city is modern, yet has the heritage of its ancient culture. Modern buildings as well as temples of the medieval age are found in various parts of this city.

You will visit the various UNESCO World Heritage Sites this day. You will go to two important Buddhist pilgrimages in Kathmandu – Boudhanath temple and Swayambhunath temple. You will also visit two Durbar Squares- Patan Durbar Square and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Finally, you will also go on a tour of the Hindu pilgrimage- Pashupatinath Temple.

Day 03: Drive to Syange 1100m via Beshishar 823m. 7-8 hrs journey.

After an early breakfast, you will go on a scenic drive leading to the Pokhara highway. This interesting drive takes you along the foothills of the hills surrounding the Kathmandu valley. Just a few hours before the road that leads to Pokhara, the driving route diverts from Dumre town towards north eventually Besisahar. Beshishar is the district headquarter of Lamjung region. You will spend your night here. Besisahar has altitude of 823 meters. You will reach here after a 7-8 hours bus ride from Kathmandu.

Day 04: Trek to Dharapani 1860m 5 – 6 hrs.

Trekking starts from Besisahar with fascinating scenery of the gorge, high hills, waterfalls, and snow-capped peaks. The trail is quite steep for half an hour leading you to lush farm terraces fields. As you trek further, you will reach the top of a ridge, which gives you a magnificent view of waterfalls. As you walk along some local villages and terrace farms, you will get to Chamje village.

From Chamje, you will cross a bridge before another steep climb to Tal. This village lies by the side of the river Marsyangdi on a gorge-valley. As you leave Tal. the trek gets easier as there is a gentle path to a large bridge. After crossing the bridge, you will reach the village of Dharapani, where you will stay overnight. Dharapani has an altitude of 1860 meters and takes about 5-6 hours of a trek from Besisahar.

Day 05: Trek to Chame 2720m. 4- 5 hrs.

From Dharapani, there is a change in vegetation. The air gets cooler. The landscape changes too. You will trek through forests before reaching Bagarchhap, which is the first village on the trek with typical Tibetan architecture. After a pleasantly cool morning walk, you will slowly gain altitude before reaching the apple country at Dhanaqi.

From Dhanaqi, you will pass through the farm area, orchards and beautiful pine forest with views of Lamjung and Annapurna II peaks. The trail then follows the upstream of Marsyangdi river as you pass by the villages of Ratamanang and Koto. From Koto, a half hour of easy walk brings to the village town of Chame for the overnight stop. Chame, which lies at an altitude of 2720 meters, is the district headquarters of Manang region. Today’s trek will be 4-5 hours long.

Day 06: Trek to Pisang 3200m. 5-6 hrs.

Today, you will trek from Chame to Pisang (3200 meters). It will take you 5-6 hours in order to get to Pisang from Chame. The walk from Chame follows the other side of the river on the northern bank. After you leave Chame, the path passes through pine woods and small villages along some gentle uphills and downhills before reaching Bratang.

From here trek continues on the gradual path that leads you to a bridge. From the bridge, a short steep climb through the pine forest brings you at the top of the ridge of Pisang village. After walking past the tree lines, you can catch splendid views of Pisang peak and the Chulu peak. After a gentle descent for an hour brings you to the windswept village of Pisang.

Day 07: Trek to Manang 3540m. 4 – 5 hrs.

From Pisang onwards, the trekking trails offer you constant views of the high snow-capped peaks. The trail climbs steeply up for half an hour after a short gradual walk from the Pisang village before reaching the top of a small hill. This grand spot offers dramatic views of the valleys and Hongdre village with its short air-strip. You can also catch some mesmerizing views of peaks like Gangapurna, Annapurna II, III, Tilicho, Chuli, and Pisang peak.

You will trek downhill from here all the way to Hongdre. From Hongdre to Manang, the trek is more or less flat. You will gain slight altitude as you near to the village of Braga and Manang. You can spend some time in Barga to visit Braga Monastery. The largest in the district, it has an outstanding display of statues, thangkas, and religious manuscripts. From Barga, it is only an hour walk to Manang for the overnight stop.

Manang lies at an altitude of 3540 meters. Today’s hike will be 4-5 hours long.

Day 08: Rest day at Manang.

You will spend this day acclimatizing in Manang. You will explore Manang this day. Manang is home to about 500 flat-roofed houses. This village is set amongst some spectacular scenery compromising of Annapurna II, Annapurna III [7,555 meters], Gangapurna [7,454 meters] to the South – Tilicho [7,132 meters] and the Grand Barrier to the West – Chulu West [6,583 meters] and Chulu East [6,059 meters] to the North.

Day 09: Manang to Yak Kharka 4130m. 3 – 4 Hrs

The trail from Manang leads to a slow climb for an hour as it offers inspiring views of the Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tilicho, and the close-up views of Chuli peaks. The trail heads up in the barren windswept terrains with juniper bushes along the way. Eventually, you will reach the small settlements of Yak-Kharka (4310 meters) for your overnight. You can explore Yak Kharka in the evening with some gentle hikes. Today’s hike from Manang to Yak Kharka is just 3-4 hours long.

Day 10: Trek to Thorong High camp 4925m 5 – 6 Hrs

The trail from Yak Kharka to Thorong High Camp is about 5-6 hours long. Thorong High Camp lies at an altitude of 4925 meters.

The trail from Yak Kharka leads to a slow climb up to reach the last settlement of Ledar. The trail then winds up offering grand views of the Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tilache and the close-up view of Chuli peaks. Then you will ascend as you trek along the barren windswept terrain before reaching Thorong Phedi.

The trail from Thorung Phedi then depends upon your fitness. If you are willing to go and the time permits, you will continue along a zig-zag track towards Upper Phedi or High Camp. There are a few tea houses and lodges here. If you can make it to Upper Phedi or High Camp, it makes the walk easier start for the next day. It also shortens the number of trekking hours as you head towards the pass.

Day 11: Trek to Muktinath 3800m via Thorong-la 5416m. 7 – 8 Hrs

You will be starting your trek early after breakfast so that you can reach the top of the pass on time before the cold wind starts to blow. The trek can be quite strenuous in the beginning as you trek along a steep zig-zag path for an hour. After reaching the first ridge, the hike continues on the narrow gradual track for half hour or more till you reach a small glacial pond. There is a small teahouse here. From here, another hour and a half trek leads to the top of the pass.

Finally, you will reach an altitude of 5,416 meters at Thorong-La. You can catch the best views of the northern Annapurna, Damodar, Bhrikuti and Dhaulagiri range of mountains from Thorong La. Despite the rough, steep descent from Thorong la, you can have excellent views of the Dhaulagiri 8,167 m. The descent will lead you to the sacred village of Muktinath (3800 meters). This will be the longest day in terms of trekking. You will trek 7-8 hours this day.

After reaching the bottom, there are about two or three teahouses for refreshment. After a break here, you will continue for another hour before reaching Muktinath, which is the holiest of all holy places. During Hindu & Buddhist festivals, this place is full and busy with pilgrims from all over Nepal and India.

Day 12: Trek to Marpha 2670m. 5-6 Hrs

After Muktinath, your trek descends 1,200m to the river valley floor of Kaligandaki river. You will stop briefly at Ekale Bhatti. “Ekale Bhatti” literally translates as a “lonely teahouse”. It is a small settlement with 3-4 teahouses.

The valley gets very windy in the afternoon time. The walk from here follows the gentle trail for another two hours before reaching the town of Jomsom. Jomsom is the headquarter of the Mustang region. It also has a small airstrip just above Kaligandaki River.

Another two hours of easy walk from Jomsom brings you at Marpha for the overnight stop. Marpha is a gem of a village with whitewashed houses, paved streets and numerous well-kept lodges. Marpha (2670 meters) is extremely famous for its local apple products like cider, brandy, and juice. It will take you 5-6 hours to reach Marpha.

Day 13: Trek to Lete 2480m.5- 6 Hrs

From Marpha, the walk is enjoyable as you follow Kali Gandaki river downstream reaching Tukuche village. This village lies beneath the towering Tukuche peak and Dhaulagiri. You can catch spectacular views of Mt.Nilgiri and the massive icefalls which tumble from the Dhaulagiri’s Eastern face.

After an hour walk from Tukuche to Larjung village, you will cross a broad river bed. You can cross the river by way of a series of temporary plank bridges over numerous channel if the river level is low. You can cross it via a high suspension bridge if the water level in the river is high. After an hour walk from this bridge, you will get back to tree lines of pines, oaks and rhododendron. The path meanders away from the river for about an hour before coming back to the riverbed just before Kalapani village.

The trail from Kalapani leads to a suspension bridge over the gorge of raging Kali Gandaki River with awesome views of Dhaulagiri peak and its icefall. From this suspension bridge, a short walk brings you to another lovely village with grand views of Mt.Annapurna I, Nilgiri’s, and Dhaulagiri above the beautiful forest surrounding. A short descend finally brings you to Lete village (2480 meters) for the overnight stop.

Today’s trek will be 5-6 hours long.

Day 14: Trek to Tatopani 1100m. 5-6 Hrs.

Initially, the trail from Lele leads to a dramatic change in the vegetation as the dry, arid desert changes to pine and conifer forests. It passes between the two giant peaks of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna. The first two hours of trek passes through the village of Ghasa with a constant view of the snow-capped peaks through the cool forest surrounding.

Ghasa is the southern end of the area dominated by Thakali people with fewer of this ethnic tribe till Tatopani. Ghasa is also home to many settlements and isolated lodges and tea houses, with open areas with enchanting forest and impressive views. The architectural style changes below Ghasa with much ornately carved woodwork.

This pleasant walk amidst the beautiful surrounding continues back to the terraced paddy fields. It takes you to the Tatopani village after passing through beautiful waterfalls at Rupsi. Tatopani (1100 meters) is a fairly warm, quaint village with large hot spring pools just by the bank of the River Kaligandaki. It takes you 5-6 hours to get to Tatopani from Lete.

Day 15: Trek to Ghorepani 2860 m. Approx. 6-7 Hrs.

After a wonderful time at Tatopani, you will head out to Ghorepani (2860 meters) on a 6-7 hour trekking trail. As you trek from Tatopani, you will cross a suspension bridge over the Kali Gandaki river. The path leads by the river for a while just arriving at the junction of the two trails.

The trekking route diverts from here leading to an uphill climb. From here, you will encounter another steeply terraced hillside with farms and villages. From this spot, you will trek along a gentle uphill most of the day. You will walk alongside terraced fields and dense rhododendron forests before reaching Chitre. The trek continues from Chitre towards takes you through rhododendron and pine forest.

Day 16: Trek to Tikhedhunga 1520m approx 4-5 Hrs

If the weather permits, you will take a one hour hike to the top of Poon-Hill(3,195m) for a beautiful sunrise over the superb panorama ranging from Dhaulagiri, Annapurna to Mt. Manaslu range. After capturing some staggering views of mountains from Poon Hill, you will track back to Ghorepani for your breakfast.

From Ghorepani, the trail follows to the main trail on the downhill path passing through a patch of cool shade of forest before reaching Birethanti. The trek then continues on the gradual trail for a short period. The trail finally descends from Ulleri village taking you through stone paved steps all the way to the suspension bridge at Tikhedhunga (1520 meters). The total length of today’s hike is 4-5 hours.

Day 17: Trek to Nayapul 1070m and drive to Pokhara 820m. 5 – 6 Hrs

After a lovely morning at Tirkhedhunga, you will trek along a pleasant trekking trail that takes you through rural farm villages, great views of the cascading waterfalls nearby before reaching the beautiful village of Bhirethati. This village lies by the river Modi. You will have your lunch in this village.

From Birethanti, a thirty minutes’ hike will bring you to Nayapul. You will then head out to Pokhara (820 meters) on a scenic drive which lasts less than 2 hours. You will spend your night in the beautiful valley of Pokhara with the serene Lake Phewa. We will organize a farewell celebration with you along with the trekking crew and porters.

Day 18: Leisure day in Pokhara

This will be your leisure day in Pokhara. You can go for a sightseeing tour this day. Pokhara has some of the most beautiful lakes in the country. So you can head out to Phewa Lake, Begnas Lake, and Rupa Lake. You can also get some boating experience here. Pokhara is also home to some adventurous caves like Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, Bat Cave, and Mahendra Cave. So there are plenty of exciting things you can do in Pokhara on this leisure day. Or you can simply take a break and rest in your hotel.

Day 19: Drive to Kathmandu.

On this day, you will drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. The route of the bus takes you along the beautiful, scenic hills along with sights of Trisuli and Marsyangdi River. It is also possible for you to catch views of Ganesh Himal and the Manaslu peak during this bus ride. After a ride of 6-7 hours from Pokhara, you will reach Kathmandu.

You can go for some last minute shopping in Thamel to buy some souvenirs or other items you might need.

Day 20: Transfer to Airport for International departure.

The Great Adventure Treks will transfer you to the international airport. You will your flight back home there. Our representative will drop you to the airport around 3 hours before your scheduled flight. You need to ensure that you have your air ticket as well as other necessary travel documents. The Great Adventure treks could also arrange another tour for you in Nepal if you want.

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  • Pick up from the airport and transfer to hotel
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu in a 3-star level hotel.
  • Kathmandu sightseeing by car.
  • Kathmandu to Besisahar by regular bus.
  • Besisahar to Syange by sharing jeep.
  • An Professional trekking guide with government license.
  • A porter who will carry your baggage (2 guest 1 porter: 25 kg max )
  • All Accommodation during Trekking(Tea House)
  • Food during Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit ( ACAP )
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management system) card.
  • Necessary Equipment( sleeping bag and Down Jacket)
  • Food, salary  Transport, clothing for Guide and Porter
  • Insurance for Guide and Porter
  • First aid kit from The Great Adventure Treks and Expedition
  • Emergency Rescue  Help ( covered by your travel insurance)
  • Nayapul to Pokhara by car.
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus.
  • Drop to airport.
  • Airport departure to your sweet home
  • Government tax and service charge.
  • All program as per Itinerary
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  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Any kinds of Drinks( soft and Hard Drinks)
  • Kathmandu monuments fees
  • Visa, international flight ticket
  • Personal Nature expenses
  • Tips for Staffs
  • Rescue and Evacuation cost
  • Any other special accommodation.
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  • Thorung High Camp 4, 925m
  • Moderate
  • Flight and Private Transports
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  • October - December and March - May
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