Annapurna Circuit Trek
4. Annapurna Circuit trek –
Since it was opened as a trekking route in 1977, the Annapurna Circuit has gained the reputation as being one of the most spectacular and varied treks in the world. With lush green valleys and fascinating villages, it offers impressive views of some of the highest snow-capped summits of the Himalaya.
Starting from less than 1,000 meters and climbing to the Thorung La at 5,416 meters, this trek provides the opportunity to experience the diversity of the flora and fauna of the Himalaya. The trek starts from Besisahar and follows the Marshyangdi River and provides great views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east.
Along the way the trail passes through beautiful villages inhabited by a wide variety of people from the diverse ethnic groups of Nepal. Continuing north of the main Himalayan Range to the high and arid Tibetan Plateau, the scenery is equally breathtaking. At Manang we take a rest day before making a side excursion to Tilicho Lake, the highest lake in the world. From here we head back to the main circuit trek.
The highest point of the Annapurna Circuit is the Thorung La pass at 5,416 meters.
Total Duration: 12 days
Max. Elevation: 5,416 meters
Trek Grading: Moderate to Strenuous
Type of Trek: Lodge-to-lodge trek
Journey Starts/Ends: Kathmandu, Nepal
Accommodation: Comfortable hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara and local lodges on the trek
Spectacular mountain views
Diverse Himalayan flora and fauna
Flexible Departure Dates
– Detailed Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Welcome to Kathmandu, our Sunrise Adventure Trek airport representative will welcome you in the airport then transfer to hotel and will give short brief relating further details of the program. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 02: Drive to Besisahar
Today, our journey will be 6 hours of drive to Besisahar. And along the way you will be seeing giant White Mountains, rivers, green sceneries and stunning landscapes. Overnight in guesthouse.
Day 03: Drive to Chame (2630m) about 6 hrs
Hustling along the trail we drive to Chame from Khudi.
Day 04: Trek to Pisang (3,240m)
After the stay in Chame we pace forward crossing some narrow paths and dense forest. Right after the hours of walk, the steep and big rock (1500m.) can be seen. Crossing this rock can be an adventure before we reach to the accommodating area in lower pisang.
Day 05: Trek to Manang (3,540m)
The Moments passing through Geru is excellent that offers us stunning landscapes and magnificent view of Mt. Annapurna and Pisang. Today we will be going to Barge monastery, also the biggest monastery of whole Manang.
Day 06: A day to rest and acclimatize in Manang
To stay fit for further journey and atmospheric adaptation we take a day off here in Manang for acclimatization. For the whole day we will be doing some walk around the village viewing beautiful mountain sceneries.
Day 07: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,018m)
Continuing the trek, the altitude rises as we trek slowly toward Yak Kharka. You can enjoy gorgeous views of Annapurna Range during the hike and from the tea house at Yak Kharka.
Day 08: Trek to Phedi (4,450m)
This day we trek to the foot of Thorang La & we will have to climb uphill, cross a suspension bridge and ascend down a towering cliff. During the trek we are rewarded with the wonderful view of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak & Mt. Khatungkang.
Day 09: Trek to Muktinath (3,800m)
From Thorang Phedi, we finally will be heading to the world’s highest pass, Thorang La Pass (5416m). From this elevated venue you are guaranteed to witness some magnificent views of Dhaulagiri ranges. And then trail ascends towards Chabarbu making our way to Muktinath in the evening. Muktinath is famous for shrines worshipped both by Hindus and Buddhists.
Day 10: Drive to Jomsom and Flight to Pokhara
From Muktinath we trek to Jomsom, a beautiful place. Along the trail you get to see rhododendrons and flight to Pokhara. And sightseeing around Pokhara with Devis falls, Gupteshwor cave, Tibetan Refugee Camp, etc.
Day 11: Drive to Kathmandu & Evening join Dinner Program
For the return trip we take about 7 hours of scenic drive to Kathmandu. This is great drive beautiful mountain views and fascinating views of landscapes in drive enjoy with beautiful rivers and country side. And finally, join dinner program.
Day 12: Departure/Farawell
Last day, you can either safely make return journey to home or you can join for another exciting adventure. And according to flight schedule you will be escorted to airport approximately 3 hours earlier to catch flight to your next destination.
• All airport pick up and drop in Private vehicle
• Jomsom to Pokhara Flight/By drive in case of bad weather if flight could not be operate
• All transportation A/C car, tourist deluxe bus during trips
• Three star category hotel in the city in twin sharing bed with breakfast basis & nice trekking lodge during trekking
• Whole accommodations during trips
• We provide sleeping bag & down-jacket during trek (if you don’t have your own but return after trek)
• Full meals during trekking as mention in the itinerary (Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner )
• Some seasonal fruits
• First aid medicine item, T-shirt & Trip achievement certificate
• Trekking permit & TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System)
• Guide their salary, accommodation, meals and their insurance
• One especial cultural show and farewell dinner program
• Our government tax official expenses
• Extra meals in the Kathmandu & your personal expenses, bar bills, any types of drinks & dessert items
• Tour entrance fees
• Clients international air ticket
• Clients travel insurance & tips for the trekking crew