Trip Fact

Trip Duration 19 Days
Destination Nepal
Trip Grade Challenging
Activity Trekking
Transportation Car/hiace/bus
Accomodation Hotel/Teahouses/Lodges
Meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner in Trekking
Max. Altitude 5416 m
Group Size 1-above
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The Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most popular in Nepal.  In fact, it is often listed among the best treks in the world.  It offers a truly unique trekking experience, crossing over the highest Himalayan pass in the world- Thorong La Pass (5416 meters). This adventurous trek connects the Annapurna region and the Mustang region, providing some culturally famous destinations for the journey. In its earlier form, the trail began in the tropical forests at 600m, passing through Hindu villages into Tibetan Buddhist ones.  However, improved roads have shortened the climb and improved access.  The cultural diversity, though, remains the same.  The total distance of the route today is between 160-230 km (100-145 mi).

Trekking the Annapurna Circuit Trail begins from the lower Annapurna region. The Marshyangdi River valley and the mixed communities are the base of the trek. Cascading waterfalls, sub-tropical forests and the streams increase the charm of the trek. As the trek leads you through the Manang region, the Tibetan Buddhist settlements begin to appear. The real adventure begins once you reach to Phedi via cattle grazing meadows. Crossing the Thorong La Pass is a real thrill, especially when coming into contact with the slippery rocky slope. The high pass offers the the views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna 1st (8091m) Manaslu (8163m), Annapurna II, Mt. Annapurna III, Mt. Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Nilgiri, Fishtail, Himchuli, Lamjung Himal, Tukuche peak, and Tilicho peak. The trek then leads you to the famous Muktinath temple, which is a pilgrimage destination of the Hindu and Buddhist devotees. Then, the trek goes through the Kaligandaki Gorge and ends in Nayapul via Ghorepani Poon Hill.

Ascent Holidays arranges Annapurna Circuit Trek with experienced guide, assisting team and the required management. Please, feel free to contact us for the detailed information. 

Trip Highlights

  • Ethnic Tibetan Buddhist culture
  • Thorong La Pass- 5416 meters
  • Muktinath and the Kaligandaki Valley
  • Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Himchuli and other white peaks
  • Rhododendron forest and moderate stone step trail
  • Remarkable hospitality
  • Unforgettable views

Outline Day to Day Itinerary:

  • Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.
  • Day 02:Drive to Bahundanda from Kathmandu.
  • Day 03:Bahundanda to Chamje (1430m).
  • Day 04:Chamje to Dharapani (2100m).
  • Day 05:Dharapani to Chame (2710 m)—5-6 Hours
  • Day 06:Chame to Pisang (3300m)—5-6 Hours
  • Day 07:Pisang to Manang (3540m)—6-7 Hours
  • Day 08:Manang (3540m).
  • Day 09:Manang to Yak Kharka (4018m)—3-4 Hours
  • Day 10:Yak Kharka to Phedi (4450m)—3-4 Hours
  • Day 11:Phedi to Muktinath (3800m)—7-8 Hours
  • Day 12:Muktinath to Marpha (2670m)—4-5 Hours
  • Day 13:Marpha to Kalopani (2,530 m/8,300 ft): 5 - 6 hours
  • Day 14:Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m/3,937ft): 6 - 7 hours
  • Day 15:Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 - 8 hours
  • Day 16:Climb to Poon Hill (3200m) and trek to Tadapani –6-7 Hours
  • Day 17:Tadapani to Pokhara (850m/2,789ft) via Ghandruk: 5-6 Hour trek, 1 hour drive.
  • Day 18:Drive back to Kathmandu.
  • Day 19:Departure.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. Welcome to Nepal. You will be greeted by the representative of Ascent Holidaysto transfer you to the hotel. In the evening, you will get a short briefing about the trip overview. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 02:Drive to Bahundanda from Kathmandu. After the breakfast at Kathmandu, we take a drive to Bahundanda via Besisahar, the district centre of Lamjung. The picturesque scenery of the Marshyangdi River Valley and the terraced hillside can be explored wonderfully. Overnight at lodge.
  • Day 03:Bahundanda to Chamje (1430m). Heading from Bahundanda, the picturesque setting of the Lower Annapurna region entices us. Several beautiful waterfalls and green valleys are seen. On the way, we cross different steel bridges. Passing the Ghermu Phant, we gradually walk to Syange and Jagat. We reach Chamje after a short walk. Overnight at lodge.
  • Day 04:Chamje to Dharapani (2100m). After the breakfast at Chamje, we begin the foothill excursion on the uphill trail, following the Marshyangdi riverbank. During the trek, we pass the Taal village, which is the official entry point of the Manang region. Walking the stone steps, we reach to Dharapani and take a rest. Overnight at lodge.
  • Day 05:Dharapani to Chame (2710 m)—5-6 Hours After breakfast, we follow the rocky trail and pass Timang. The trail is surrounded by the dense woods. We eventually reach to Kopar and we can enjoy the astounding view of the Annapurna peak. The easy trek then takes us to Chame, which is the district headquarter of the Manang. Overnight at lodge.
  • Day 06:Chame to Pisang (3300m)—5-6 Hours Heading from Chame after the breakfast, we cross several bridges and the snow-capped Himalayas seen are stunning. After lunch on the way, we reach to the Pisang village, which is today's destination. Overnight at lodge.
  • Day 07:Pisang to Manang (3540m)—6-7 Hours After breakfast, we walk through the dry part of the Manang district. The landscape is brilliant. The snowy peaks on the horizon welcome you to explore its bosom. We can see the Hongde airport, which is not in use currently. Walking further, we reach to Ghyaru and Braga, then we reach to the Manang village. Overnight at lodge.
  • Day 08:Manang (3540m). This is a rest/acclimatization day. Manang is a densely-populated town by the Tibetan Buddhist devotees. Numerous colourful monasteries and chhortens are there, which increase the charm of the village. As a side trip, you can hike to the Gangapurna Lake and explore the surroundings. Overnight at lodge.
  • Day 09:Manang to Yak Kharka (4018m)—3-4 Hours Beginning the trek from Manang the journey becomes gradual. Soon we reach to the Jharsang stream and walk along its bank and through the alpine meadows. Kharka is the grazing meadow with a wide-open area. We take a rest. Overnight at lodge.
  • Day 10:Yak Kharka to Phedi (4450m)—3-4 Hours From Yak Kharka, the trail becomes tough in its structure and due to the thin air region. First, we cross Ledar and we climb down towards the river. Then, it's the entire way, we gradually climb to the Thorong Phedi. We need acclimatization, so we can walk a bit higher and back to Phedi. Overnight at lodge.
  • Day 11:Phedi to Muktinath (3800m)—7-8 Hours It is another challenging day in the trip. In the early morning, we begin to climb up from the Thorung Phedi. Passing the high camp and climbing up continuously, we reach to the Thorong La Pass and explore the incredible Himalayan scenery of Annapurna, Manaslu, Himchuli, Lamjung Himalayas and the neighboring peaks. After some wonderful moment in Thorong La, we trek down all the way to Muktinath. Overnight at lodge.
  • Day 12:Muktinath to Marpha (2670m)—4-5 Hours The spiritual location fills us with positive energy. In the morning time, Hindu and Buddhist devotees march towards the temple. After the breakfast, we begin to trek down to Jomsom via Jharkot. The windy Kaligandaki River Valley is the route that becomes dusty after the mid-day. It is one of the windiest places in Nepal. We reach to Marpha and take a rest. Overnight at lodge.
  • Day 13:Marpha to Kalopani (2,530 m/8,300 ft): 5 - 6 hours We begin the trek after a short exploration of the Marpha village. The trekking route goes all the way through the bank of the Kali Gandaki River. It's a gradual descend via Kokhethanti and walking further, we reach to Kalopani. Overnight at lodge.
  • Day 14:Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m/3,937ft): 6 - 7 hours Descending continually from Kalopani, we pass Lete and Ghasa, enjoying the magnificent scenery of the picturesque Kaligandaki River Valley. Crossing Kopchepani and walking down, we reach to Tatopani. It is a place where natural hot spring lies, which has been known to cure some skin diseases. Overnight at lodge.
  • Day 15:Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 - 8 hours From Tatopani, we walk gradually to Ghorepani via Shikha. Having lunch on the way, we climb up to Ghirepani, which is located at the middle of the rhododendron forest and is a Magar dominated village. Overnight at lodge.
  • Day 16:Climb to Poon Hill (3200m) and trek to Tadapani –6-7 Hours We grab the early morning sunrise view over the snow-capped Himalayas. It’sbreath-taking and the views of Annapurna, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail and the surrounding are striking. Hiking down to Ghorepani, we have breakfast and trek further to Tadapani Via Deurali and a lunch place at Banthanti. Overnight at lodge.
  • Day 17:Tadapani to Pokhara (850m/2,789ft) via Ghandruk: 5-6 Hour trek, 1 hour drive. On good weather, you can enjoy the Annapurna I view. After the breakfast, trek down to Ghandruk with a continual climb down through the rhododendron forest. It takes about 3.5 hours continual down to the typical Gurung village. It is a village that has preserved typical and traditional culture and lifestyles. You can visit the Gurung cultural museum. Trekking further downhill, drive from Khimche to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 18:Drive back to Kathmandu. From Pokhara, we take a drive by the tourist bus through the Prithvi Highway. After 6 hrs, you reach to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. Take a rest and walk around the tourist street. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 19:Departure. Our airport representative drops you at the international airport. Thank you for trekking with Ascent Holidays. Hope to serve you again.

Cost Includes

  • Airport and Hotel transfers inprivate vehicles.
  • Hotel in B&B method in city.
  • All land transportation for the trek.
  • Government authorized guide and supporting team.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in trekking.
  • Local lodge accommodation in mountain.
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card and permit.

Cost Excludes

  • Your personal expenses
  • Alcoholic drinks, chocolates, tea and coffee
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Extra accommodation and meals

Trip Note

Ascent Holidaysis not responsible for any problems due to weather, damages of property, etc. However, we will manage and support you to the best of our abilities with any problem that may arise.

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