Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Trip Fact

  1. Duration22 Days
  2. Max. Altitude5416m


Annapurna massive circuit trekking is known as the classic trekking in Nepal. Kathmandu to Bulbule by vehicle then have to follow the Marsyandi river bank, It is very popular destination for the outdoor sport lover which delivers uncountable satisfaction of natural beauties, cultural diversities, Landscape, mountains and tradition. The Maximum altitude is 5520 meter Thorong pass should be passed; the famous and attractive Manang village would be explored on the way up. The most beautiful Buddhist monastery, stupa, caves, Flora and Fauna are very essentials. After crossing the pass, we arrive to famous and sacred shrine land Muktinath, where both Hindush and Buddhist come for pilgrimage. Even thousand of Hindu pilgrims come to visit this mighty place from Hindia and other countries. Nowadays bus route is accessible to all over in this circuit route so you can take jeep on hire if you want to descend from Muktinath to downhill. The beautiful Jomsom village, famous apple garden Marpha village, Hidden paradise land Kobang village and attractive Kaligandaki river bank is wonderful even it is windy walking. The trek is much more fruitful because of Dhaulagiri Icefall, Nilgiri and Mixed cultural inhabitances, natural diversities and you will come to cross the deepest gorge of world in Danaque,the most beautiful Ruptse waterfalls of Nepal, fantastic natural hot spring in Tatopani. We often stay at tea houses where local tea houses offer the best friendly hospitality with sufficient facilities.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01: warm greeting you at airport in Kathmandu & transfer to Hotel.

Day 02:Half day Sightseeing in Katmandu city with cultural tour guide.

Day 03:Drive to Bulbule (760m.) 6 hrs drive.

Day 04:Bulbule to Ghermuphant(930m.) 5 hrs.

Day 05:Ghermuphant to Jagat (1350m.) 5 hrs.

Day 06:Chamche to Dharapani (1860m.) 6/7 hrs:

Day 07:Dharapani to Chame (2670m.) 6 hrs

Day 08:Trek to Pisang (3200m.) 5-6 hrs:

Day 09:Pisang to Manang (3540m.) through Gyaru (3660m.) Ngawal (3657m.)7 hrs.

Day 10:Acclimatization day:

Day 11:Trek to Yak Kharka (4018m.) 4-5 hrs.

Day 12:Trek to Throng Phedi (4450m.) 4-5 hrs:

Day 13:Throng pass (5416m.) Muktinath (3800m.) 7-8 hrs.

Day 14:Trek to Jomsom (2710m.) 5 hrs.

Day 15:Jomsom to Larjung:

Day 16:Trek to Ghasa (2750m.) 7 hrs.

Day 17:trek to Tatopani:

Day 18:Trek up to Ghorepani 2800mtr.

Day 19:Trek to Hille (Climb poon hill (3193m.)

Day 20:Hille to Pokhara:

Day 21:Pokhara to Kathmandu:

Day 22:departure to home

Detail Itinerary

Day 03Drive to Bulbule (760m.) 6 hrs drive. Your trekking crew will come to your hotel early in the morning to collect you for driving to Bulbule. Good condition road is just up to Besishahar then rough road runs 45 minutes to Bulbule. The driving is very exciting along the greenery ever presenting terraced hillsides, white waters of Trisuli River and different mountains.

Day 04Bulbule to Ghermuphant(930m.) 5 hrs. Bulbule is small settlement of Gurung and other ethnic groups, the road is built up to Manang along the same way however it is still very rough so it is better to get off here for nicer trekking .Cross the suspension bridge and follow the trail to Ngadi and gradual climb to Bahundanda. Make your lunch stop here and descend through the terraced rice field towards the Marsyandi river valley. The trail sets you along the small deep green valley, settlements and very friendly people; finally you come in front of beautiful waterfalls where you stay for overnight.

Day 05Ghermuphant to Jagat (1350m.) 5 hrs. The breakfast in the garden and waterfalls on the other side will make supper morning. Again cross the suspension bridge and rejoin into the road which will leads you climbing to the cliff up to the Jagat. Below is a Marsyandi River and left and right side are sky touching rocky hills continually go through. You can see some wild bee’s hives across the river side after jagat as well a long waterfall. Today is almost easy walking to Chamche over night in lodge.

Day 06Chamche to Dharapani (1860m.) 6/7 hrs: The valley is narrower and steeper through the rhododendron, bamboo and pine forests. A lot of mules and people are passing through so you have to be careful on the narrow trail because it is passing by the fold of rocky mountain hill. Sudden rock falling from the cliff is also highly risk for certain part. After a little village we cross the river with a large suspension bridge from where the trail ascends quite steeply, with the river tumbling through a maze of large boulders. After reaching the top of the zigzag climb, the valley widens out to reveal the village of Tal, nestled amongst fields of barley, wheat and potatoes. The Manang district starts from hear, walking through the same valley passing different villages along the gradual rough road to Dharapani (1890m)

Day 07Dharapani to Chame (2670m.) 6 hrs The valley is extending to westward through the heavy bushes of fir and pine forests. Half an hour of walking, we reach to Bagarchap (2160m) which village was once swept away by avalanche flood. After walking of 25 minutes ahead you get in touch with Danaque village then walk steeply up to Temang village (2100m) from here you will have excellent views Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II (7937m), and Annapurna III (7555m). Make a small break in this typical Tibetan architectural village; they stacked firewood on the roofs in preparation for the long, hard winters. The village marks the transition between the lower wet valleys and the higher dry arid areas of the Manang valley. The path is gradual flat to Thanchok (Buckwheat, potatoes and barley land) then Koto to Chame (2685m)

Day 08Trek to Pisang (3200m.) 5-6 hrs: After breakfast we slowly scale up our way, Mt. Annapurna II, III and Lamjung are still very close to your panorama. You see a village Bratang (former Khamba rebels) settlement also you can buy some local apple if you are in the harvesting season. Then the zigzag path continues mostly into the pine forests, cross the suspension bridge below a long and bowl shaped rocky Collins then start to climb. It would take almost 1 hour to arrive Dhukur pokhari for lunch stop from River Bridge. This place would be a one of the best place within your trekking due the fantastic and massive views of Annapurna III, Manaslu, Pisang peak and a gorgeous valley. Here you have two options ether to go Lower Pisang or Upper pissang. If you are expecting for a good accommodation take a left path but if you are expecting for a better views and little more challenging walk then take a right hand path to Pisang.

Day 09Pisang to Manang (3540m.) through Gyaru (3660m.) Ngawal (3657m.)7 hrs. Visiting a Monastery in the morning and breakfast at your lodge and follow the classic route which is much more interesting and beautiful rather than the usual trekking route however it is very challenging. One should take the usual if she/he wants easier flat trail but less views. The trail goes easy through the black pine trees Annapurna ranges, Chulu ranges, Tilicho peak, Thorong peak and Pisang peak are lining around you. After an hour of demanding climbing you arrive to Gyaru the old settlement with beautiful stupa where you can make a break and observe the Manaslu Mount on back way you came. The trail goes mostly flat zigzag from here to Ngawal for lunch. The trail from Nar phu comes to meet in this Tibetan typical village where you can see the houses are completely in Tibetan architectural made and stacked the wood on the roof top. It is believe that who have a lot of wood stored on the roof top is a pride family. On the other side you will see the manang air strip Hongde from where only seasonal flights operating. The trail descends to fairy pine forest flat valley and continues to Braga a famous old settlement. On the top of the village there is a beautiful monastery, keep heading half an hour and you will arrive to the hidden paradise land of Manangies or in the land of your dream.

Day 10Acclimatization day: Manang is a tight compact village of about 550 flat-roofed houses set amongst spectacular scenery. The huge icefall of Annapurna rears over the village. Annapurna II and Annapurna III, IV and Gangapurna are towering to the south-east, with Tilicho (7132m), RocNoir (7485m) and the Grand Barrier to the west. Chulu West (6630m) and East (6200m) are on the Northern. The rest day is designed to aid acclimatization and we can choose to relax, walking in the city or trek above the village where there are great views.

Day 11Trek to Yak Kharka (4018m.) 4-5 hrs. We leave early in the morning and slowly ascend to Tenki an old settlement. Here is a branch way to the Marsyandi valley and follow the Jarsang Khola for Tilicho Lake and right side trail to Thorong pass. Sparse fir and pine is replaced by scrub juniper and grasses as we pass a few small yak herder ''shelters'' on the fold of pleasant meadow of Collins.

Day 12Trek to Throng Phedi (4450m.) 4-5 hrs: The distance is not so long however it takes long time to arrive to the camp side. The gradual walking in the deep Himalayan valley will leads and provides enormous joy, also you will see some roaming groups of blue sheeps. It ensures that slow walk and enough drink is a well acclimatization method in the high mountains excursion. We cross the Jarsang Khola on a covered bridge and then follow the left bank of the river over loose scribes on the steep-sided valley. We will arrive at Phedi in time for lunch and have the afternoon free to relax and prepare for crossing the pass next day. For better ensure of altitude sickness, we advice you not to go to high camp for overnight however it is hard and strong climbing for next morning.

Day 13Throng pass (5416m.) Muktinath (3800m.) 7-8 hrs. Breakfast should be made very early in the morning and ascend up though it is colder and harder just to the high camp. The trail from high camp is gradual approach crosses several false summits before reaching some stone cairns marking the true crest of the pass at 5416m. In fine conditions, the views from the pass are truly fantastic offering an amazing panorama of the Annapurna, Mukut, Mustang ranges and the Kali Gandaki valley far below. From the pas it is steep, slippery and long descends to Muktinath but compensated with views of Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Tukche Peak (6920m). Mukhtinath is one of Nepal’s most sacred pilgrimage sites for both Hindus and Buddhists. It is well worthwhile visiting the monastery and the pagoda-style temple with 108 water sprouts in the form of cows' heads. There is also a temple where burning natural gas and a small spring emerging from the rock in the same vicinity can be seen. This is considered to be an auspicious religious combination

Day 14Trek to Jomsom (2710m.) 5 hrs. Lodge Before breakfast go to make tour in temple where morning activities is most powerful. Thousands of pilgrims are queuing and holding the offering to the temple. This place Muktinath means to get rid off from the sins what we have done in our life time. The main temple is call Bishu (the deity protector) behind the temple 108 taps are containing to offer the fresh ground growing water shower for pilgrims. The flame blowing 24 hours on the water monastery is about 100 meter away from this temple. Only nuns are allowed to live in this monastery. This is pretty interesting that both Hindus and Buddhist are perfectly respected to each other in friendly harmonization. After breakfast scale down your path to Jharkot, Rani pauwa and Eklebhatti to Jomsom by following the wide valley kaligandaki.

Day 15Jomsom to Larjung: This valley is known as Thakkhola because the people who are settling in Jomsom, Marpha, Tukuche, Kobang and Larjung are Thakali ethnic groups. These people are similar to Tibetans however they are not exactly Tibetans. These are Tibeto barmis ethnic people, whose religion is Buddhist they also practice Lamaism. Their way of livelihood was also herding animals, transhimalayan trading, agriculture (apple, peach, wheat, buckwheat) however nowadays they are involving in different sectors. On the way you will pass the most famous village call Marpha which is often very marked place in literature and songs also the best land for apple growing. Kalopani is the door way to exist from windy, dusty and rain shadow bowl to the wet land.

Day 16Trek to Ghasa (2750m.) 7 hrs. The way continues along the road; pass the pine trees, tropical forest to Lete and follow downhill walking to Ghasa village for overnight.

Day 17trek to Tatopani: Today is comparatively hot day because of narrow valley walk along the river bank. If you are on orange picking time you will buy a lot of fresh local oranges and guava. The culture and tradition will be completely changing down here, a mixed culture tradition and natural diversities appears, after a few hours of rest in Tatopani take towel and some changing clothes for hot spring massage with cold drinks joy.

Day 18Trek up to Ghorepani 2800mtr. Follow the Kaligandaki River for a while and take the step to climb towards the left hill. Today it is mostly climbing through the different villages, terraced field, green forest and rhododendron forest. Lunch will be in the famous British Gurkha village Shika and loom into protected tropical forest pass with panoramic Dhaulagiri, Tukuche and Nilgiri view decorate on the left and finally a village appear on the fold of hill top cradle by rhododendron forest is Ghorepani ( a paradise pun settlement)

Day 19Trek to Hille (Climb poon hill (3193m.) Wake up early in the morning and being start around at 5: 30 AM for poon hill (3200mtr) excursion for unobstructed views of Himalayas with bloomy sunrise. You will see Daulagiri 1/2/3/4, Tukuche peak, Nilgiri range, Annapurna range, fishtail, Manaslu and nicely decorated green meadows of landscape and valley. After breakfast descend from Nangethanti, Banthanti to Ulleri. In Ulleri you make a delicious lunch then steps downhill from thousands of steep stairs to Tirkhedunga to Hille for overnight.

Day 20Hille to Pokhara: After a breakfast follow a Mardi River bank to Nayapul, it is easy way and the final walking trail in your trekking. All your supporting crews and yourself come to Nayapul for the last lunch together then get on the bust to pokhara for 2 hours. Your trekking crews may take a bus to Kathmandu on the same day so you may make some thanking farewell, however your guide will still taking your care until you arrive Pokhara.

Day 21Pokhara to Kathmandu: There are two means to get Ktm by flight or by bus, if you come by flight the day will be free or shopping day, if you come by bus you just arrive in the evening.

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