Things to enjoy in Annapurna Circuit Trek
The Annapurna circuit trek starts with views of the beautiful river valley with unbelievable rural settlement. Road construction in these villages is amazing. This trail alternates between the river and the road, which makes the trekking both easy and hard. We walk through the world's deepest gorge Kali Gandaki with Annapurna I rising up to 8091 m in the East and Dhaulagiri 8167 m in the West! We savor the fabulous mountain views from Poonhill and discover the diverse Annapurna region. Mount Manaslu is visible during the trek and range of Annapurna looks unreal; your photos are going to look like a painting from a fine artist.
Furthermore, Annapurna Circuit Trek also takes us to Manang, Jomsom and the Muktinath region, which again gets us acquainted with the diverse Nepalese landscape and culture. Manang at the altitude of 3,519 metres is a major town in the Manang District of Nepal. It is situated in the broad valley of the Marshyangdi River, North of the Annapurna mountain range. The river flows from the East to the West, and the 5,416-metres high Thorong La pass leads to Muktinath hindu temple in the pristine landscape of God mountain. To the North there is the Chulu East peak of 6,584 m. Most groups trekking around the Annapurna range will take resting days in Manang to acclimatize to the high altitude (basical concept is to sleep low and trek high), before taking on Thorong La pass.
There are now motor-able road in the area as well as trails where goods are transported on jeep or mules, or carried by porters. Muktinath is a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhist located in the Muktinath Valley at an altitude of 3,710 meters, at the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass. Within Hinduism, it is called Mukti Kshetra, which literally means the "place of liberation". The ancient name of this place before Buddhist origin is Thiru Saligramam. The Buddhists call it Chumig Gyatsa, which in Tibetan means "Hundred Waters". For Tibetan Buddhists, Muktinath is a very important place of Dakinis, Goddesses known as Sky Dancers. This is the place of Nirvana. We continue our trek to the East to Poonhill which is one of the world's best view points and from where we can see the 360°view of Himalayas (including Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri range).
We will be following the local village trails along the Ghorepani trekking route, leading towards Ghorepani. Along the trail we will pass through villages, terrace fields and forests. This is a long trek for travelers wishing to circle the Annapurna massif with stunning views. Please contact us if you have any questions, we are happy to help!
Day 01: Drive to Besisahar (800m) and couple of hour drive to Bahundanda.
At your arrival to Nepal our representative will welcome you at the terminal point and take you to your hotel. You will be briefed about the Annapurna circuit trekking details either on the day of your arrival or the very next day, which ever suits you best. In the briefing you will also be introduced to your guide. We will take you to Besisahar and then to Bahaundanda on our vehicle, and we will start our Annapurna Circuit trek.
Day 02: Trek from Bahundanda to Chyamje (1430 m)
Bahun is a word derived from Bhramin caste who are the local residents of Bahundanda village, and literal meaning of Danda is ridge. Today we trek from Bahundanda to Chyamje for 6 hours, which starts with downhill across the paddy field. View of mountains and snow capped himalaya is mesmerizing. Lunch break on the side of the river gives great view of waterfall. During your trekking around Annapurna, many waterfalls and a few unavoidable roads are great excuses to make new friends trekking in the same region towards Manaslu ciruit, Manang trek or Narphu Valley trek.
Day 03: Chyamje to Bagarchhap
Chyamje is a small village in front of a beautiful waterfall. After breakfast we start our trekking towards Bagarchhap for about 6 hours. Today we split with the folks who are taking the Manaslu circuit trek from a place called Dharapani and this is where you will see Mt. Manaslu. After walking 30 minutes from Bagarchhap, we can get to Danaque; so if you are interested to walk further, you can keep walking to Danaque (deepest gorge of Kaligandaki). Bagarchhap is small village and peaceful in comparison to Danaque.
Day 04 : Bagarchhap to Chame (2630 m)
Chame is the headquarter of Manang district. You will see many government offices and a few good hotels in this destination. Trekking from Bagarchhap to Chame passes across the jungle, waterfall and a few small villages. View of the mountains like Manaslu and part of Annapurna is magnificent. Lamjung Himal seen from Chame village is mesmerizing. Hot spring at Chame can be one of the attractions of your choice, hot springs can be reached after crossing the river that we have followed all day along.
Day 05: Chame to Pisang (3300m)
Trek from Chame to Pisang takes about 5 hours. Most of todays walk will be by the road, but the scenery of forest, river morphology, villages and wideness of the valley will look amazing. There are lower and upper Pisang; we will stay at lower Pisang and if you are interested you can request your guide to walk to upper Pisang for a side trip. Upper pisang is just opposite to lower Pisang and has a monastery. View of Pisang peak and part of Annapurna looks magnificent from this destination.
Day 06: Pisang to Manang (3570m)
Gradual walk from Pisang to Manang has two options. One goes via Nagwol which is smart idea for avoiding the road but you need to walk uphill to get to Nagwol village and descend to Manang. If you choose to take the road to go to Manang it is an easy trail, and wide open river valley looks great. Places like Humde (has airport), Braka (has a historic Monastery) are historic and beautiful. If you choose the ridge walk to avoid the road for todays trek, make sure you have enough snacks, but be happy that you will get unreal view of valley and the majestic Annapurna at once.
Day 07: Acclimatization day in Manang. Short hike to Gangapurna glaciar lake or yak shed.
Today is acclimatization day, which means you will hike up to certain height and come back down to sleep at the lower altitude. There are plenty of options for the side trip at Manang. Monastery at the top of the ridge will give a great view of Manang village and surrounding mountain range. If you walk across the river, you will get to Gangapurna lake. If you want to continue walking uphill from Gangapurna lake; you will get to a great view point and yak shed. Walking around the village in the afternoon is the best way to witness some local activities and meet some friendly people.
Day 08: Manang to Ledar (4250m)
Ledar is 1 more hour's walk from Yak kharka, which is a great view point for Thorongla Phedi. The view of sunset and sunrise is awesome from this small village. We choose Ledar for our destination to avoid the crowd at Yak kharka and to have a shorter walk to High camp on the next trekking day. Manag to Ledar will take approximately 6 hours.
Day 09: Trek from Ledar to Highcamp (4925m)
After breakfast at Ledar we start our trekking adventure in high altitude. Walk slow and steady to save energy. Ledar has a great view of river valley and surrounding mountains. After crossing the river via suspension bridge, we will pass by a rock fall zone where your guide will assist you to walk carefully. After passing the rocky zone you will get to a small village right at the bottom of big rock, this is Phedi. After two hours of walking up from Phedi you will get to High camp for Thorong La Pass. High camp has only one tea house, so do not expect the best accommodation. Nature is in the leading role at this point and the rest has to be compromised.
Day 10: Highcamp to Muktinath (3800m) (the pass day)
We will start our trek early morning after breakfast arranged by your guide. Walking up to the Thorong La pass is not difficult and it's not steep uphill, but at the altitude above 4000 meters it is always hard to walk. Go slow, follow your guide and let your guide know if anything is abnormal. After 2 hours of walking you will get to the top of Thorong La pass. Descend is really easy in comparison to what you have climbed earlier. Walking downhill gives you amazing view of the river valley, and new mountains come into sight; Mt Dhaulagiri (8164 meters), Nilgiri, Dhampus peak and a few others. Once you get to Base camp on the other side of the pass the trail goes flat all the way to Muktinath. Muktinath has a beautiful Hindu and Buddhist temple. Dry landscape of Muktinath resembles you of Tibet, Muktinath lies in the Mustang region of Nepal.
Day 11: Muktinath to Jomsom (2700m)
Muktinath to Jomsom is an easy walk on the flat terrain. The deserted landscape passing through villages like Jharkot is beautiful. View of Dhaulagiri Himal and villages like Kagbeni will take your breath away. Jomosom is one of the biggest villages you will see during the entire trekking of APC. There is an option to fly out to Pokhara from the airport at Jomsom.
Day 12: Jomsom to Tatopani (1190m) by bus.
Tatopani is famous for its hot springs. Dipping your tired feet after days of walking relaxes your muscles and make you comfortable. An hour's drive from Jomsom to Tatopani is basically easy, which makes this a chilled rest day at the end of your trek. Have fun and enjoy the last day with your whole trekking team; guides, porters and fellow trekkers.
Day 13: Drive to Pokhara, overnight at hotel in Lakeside.
Driving back to Pokhara will take around 7 hours. Once you get back to Pokhara the city vibe will catch you, enjoy the return to civilization after 12 days of trekking in the Mountains of Annapurna. Pokhara is a beautiful city with lake, we will have your hotel near to the Phewa lake. As being near to lake you can go boating across the lake to lake house or a small island with temple of Godess Barahi. Night life in Pokhara is nice with number of pubs and clubs. Make sure you enjoy moderately though, to get up early to catch the bus to Kathmandu.
Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu.
Driving back to Kathmandu takes around 8 hours. The road passes through paddy fields and you will catch the last sight of mountains you have trekked around. The view is magnificent and you feel unreal about how long you have walked around those towering mountains. Once we get to Kathmandu, it is time to farewell with promise to see you again on the next adventure.
Cost of Annapurna Circuit Trek
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Note - Price displayed is for one person, Saying that, more people makes the price low.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Cost Includes:
- One night in Standard Hotel in Pokhara B/B (bed and breakfast)
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the trek and fresh fruit every night after dinner.
- All accommodation during the trek.
- All necessary paperworks, entry permits & entrance fee.
- English speaking and trained, Government licensed guide including all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance during the trek.
- A helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for two people).
- Medical supplies (first aid kit) with regular oxygen saturation check up.
- All government taxes and office expenses.
- Tips/Gratitude (except lead tour guide)
Annapurna Circuit Trek Cost Excludes:
- International airfare.
- Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at International Airport – Kathmandu).
- Your Travel and medical insurance for emergency, we assist you with the arrangement
- All alcoholic and non-alcoholic hot and cold drinks.
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- Activity ⇒ Trek/Walk
- Activity Level ⇒Exceptional
- Accommodation ⇒Teahouse/Lodge
- Group Size ⇒2 to 5
- Service level ⇒Basic
- Trip Code ⇒ABCT14
- Travel Style ⇒ Guided Tour
- Max Altitude ⇒4130 m
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I hiked the Annapurna Circuit with Arun and his amazing crew of people last year and it was an epic experiences. The Himalayas are hands down one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been and Arun was one of the best hiking guides I’ve ever used. He was organized, thoughtful, kind, knowledgeable and very conscious of our health and well being. He also answers all of our cultural questions thoroughly, taught us customs and helped us in whatever way we needed. I’d highly recommend this agency and am planning on heading back to Nepal in 2020 to hike another trek with them
What an amazing time I had with Arun! The weather did not cooperate but Arun made it an amazing experience anyway! He measured our oxygen levels every night and made sure we were eating, sleeping and feeling alright every day along the trail. He arranged for a jeep to take us parts of the way when some of us weren’t feeling well and made sure to get us nice accommodations every night. He was a wealth of knowledge about everything on the trail. I highly recommend this trail.