Annapurna Circuit Trekking
Annapurna Circuit Trekking is amongst the few treks that combines different landscapes, undulated and adventurous sections, extensive biodiversity and, flora and fauna besides the cultural variations of the inhabiting communities. From the lush valleys of Pokhara and Kali Gandaki River to the mysteries of Manang, Muktinath and Marpha, this trekking experience shall leave you truly mesmerized and smiling. Beautiful waterfalls and lush valleys, colorful and lively villages, close up views of Annapurna massifs, unique Fishtail Mountain, Dhaulagiri Mountain and several others, and the challenging Thorang La Pass (5416m) with fabulous view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu, decorate this trekking trail of Annapurna Circuit Trekking.
Annapurna Circuit Trekking circumambulates the amphitheatre of Annapurna massifs in anti-clockwise direction starting the trek from Khudi which is near Besi Sahar, the administrative headquarters of Lamjung District. Gradually exploring the villages less influenced by the ills of development and through the trails with beautiful waterfalls, green and lush landscapes, the trail enters Tibetan influenced settlements of Manang and heads into the Mustang district over the challenging yet inspiring Thorang La Pass decorated with prayer flags and providing beautiful view of lofty peaks. You shall then experience exemplary religious harmony in the surroundings of sacred Muktinath Temple before moving onto the Marpha village, famous for delicious apples and local elixir made from apple, through the trail that turns windy in the afternoon. Through another famous settlement of Jomsom, you shall explore the natural hot-springs in Tatopani, trek past the one of the deepest gorges of the world (the gorge made by Kali Gandaki River) after Kalopani village and wander around Ghorepani before moving on to the villages at lower altitude including Tikhedhunga and beautiful Poonhill. Complete your Annapurna Circuit Trekking in Pokhara valley and move on to Kathmandu before leaving for the respective onward destinations. En route you shall enjoy the lively countryside of Nepal near Khudi, cross vertigos suspension bridges and subtropical forests, walk through stone stairs at several places, explore beautiful apple orchards in Brathang, Marpha and other villages and marvel at excellent views of the Himalayas accompanying the entire trail.
Annapurna Circuit Trekking is graded as moderate to adventurous trekking trail with the maximum elevation at Thorang La Pass (5416m). In the trail that offers an original trademark and diverse cultural characteristics of Nepal, you need to have above average physical fitness, mental endurance and openness to enjoy the diversity offered. Though this trail can be embarked upon round the year, September to December and March to May are the best seasons. Get the best out of this exciting trail by joining the quality professional team of Nepal Trekking Planner. We also organize other activities such as trekking, tours, peak climbing and more for groups of elders and families with children. Enjoy hassle-free holiday in Nepal with our team.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4430ft )-Hotel (D)
Day 02: Full day in Kathmandu -Hotel (B/B)
Day 03: Drive to Khudi (850m/2788ft) about 08 hrs drive via Besi-Sahar( 823m/2700ft)-Lodge (B/L/D)
Day 04: Trek to Sirung (2200m/7217ft) 5-6 hrs walk -Lodge (B/L/D)
Day 05: Trek to Chamje (1425m/4675ft) 4-5 hrs walk -Lodge (B/L/D)
Day 06: Trek to Dharapani (1930m/6332ft) 5-6 hrs walk -Lodge (B/L/D)
Day 07: Trek to Chame (2660 m/8730ft) 4-5 hrs walk -Lodge (B/L/D)
Day 08: Trek to Pisang (3185m/10450ft) 4-5 hrs walk -Lodge (B/L/D)
Day 09: Trek to Manang (3480m/11420ft) 4-5 hrs walk -Lodge (B/L/D)
Day 10: Acclimatization day in Manang-Lodge (B/L/D)
Day 11: Trek to Churilattar (4180m/13714ft) 4-5 hrs walk -Lodge (B/L/D)
Day 12: Trek to Churi Lattar to Thorang Phedi(4447m/14600ft) 3-4 hrs or Thorang High Camp (4910m/16109ft) 4-5 hrs walk -Lodge (B/L/D)
Day 13: Trek to Muktinath (3700m/12140ft) via Throng-La (5416m/17770ft) 6-7 hrs walk -Lodge (B/L/D)
Day 14: Trek to Marpha (2660m/8728ft) via Kagbeni 5-6 hrs walks -Lodge (B/L/D)
Day 15: Trek to Kalopani (2530m/8300ft) 4-5 hrs walks -Lodge (B/L/D)
Day 16: Trek to Tatopani (1190m/3905ft) 5-6 hrs walk -Lodge (B/L/D)
Day 17: Trek to Gorepani (2780m/9121ft) 6-7 hrs walks -Lodge (B/L/D)
Day 18: Trek to TTirkhedhunga (1570m/5150ft) via Poonhill (3210 m/10532ft) 4-5 hrs.-Lodge (B/L/D)
Day 19: Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara (820m/2690ft) about 4 hrs walk and 1 and half hrs drive-Hotel (B/L)
Day 20: Drive to Kathmandu (1350m/4430ft) 7 hrs drive -Hotel (B/B)
Day 21: Final departure -(B)
B/B = Bed & Breakfast, B = Breakfast, B/L/D = Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
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I have just finished an absolutely amazing trek with Nirmal and Binod in the Annapurna region last week. During the whole journey they looked after me very well and were super fun companions to have around - everyday we shared lots of laughter and stories, just like as if I was trekking with two good friends. They took the effort to teach me sing Nepali songs, as well as lots of useful words because I was eager to improve my knowledge of the language/local culture. Thanks to Dipak and the whole team for organising this wonderful trip and delivering an unforgettable experience that I would always cherish.