Annapurna Circuit Trek | Annapurna Round Trekking
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Annapurna Circuit Trek | Annapurna Round Trekking

Price: USD 950.0 USD 750.0

Nepal

calender icon Duration 13.0 days
accommodation icon Accommodation 3* Hotel in City & Trekking Lodge in Mountain
season icon Best Season Feb - May, Aug - Nov,
hiking icon Hiking,Sight Seeing 13.0 days
transportation icon Transportation Dom Flight & Tourist Vehicles days
altitude icon Max-Altitude 5416.0 m
meal icon Meal Full Board Meal
difficulty icon Difficulty hard
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Annapurna Circuit Trek | Annapurna Round Trekking Overview

One of the most famous trekking routes in the world is the Annapurna Circuit Trek, which continues to draw thousands of trekkers each year. Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the world's most popular classical and diverse treks in Nepal. It is the second most popular trek in Nepal in terms of numbers.

We have carefully designed this trek to allow proper exploration of unique landscapes with short trekking. Annapurna Circuit trek takes us around the entire Annapurna massif reaching the highest point of the trek, Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,769 ft.). Walking through the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki gorge with views of Annapurna I rising to the east and Dhaulagiri to the west would be an unforgettable journey of your life. It offers superb views of mountains and a variety of landscapes. The trek passes through sub-tropical alpine peaks to barren semi-desert-like landscapes during this trek. It is best described as the most heartwarming and happening trekking route in the world. 

Annapurna Circuit Trek Highlights

    It's regarded as one of the world's top hikes.

    You will pass through the most diverse landscape starting from low-altitude lush forests and terraced fields to alpine meadows and rocky paths before finally reaching Thorong La Pass(5416 m).

    Witness extraordinary peaks like Mt. Annapurna, Thorung Peak, Nilgiri, Chulu West, and Chulu East, Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV

    Visit places like Barge Monastery and Muktinath which holds incredible religious significance for Hindus and Buddhists.

    Pass through magnificent lakes, glaciers, deep gorges, and stunning waterfalls along the trail.

    Natural hot springs at Tatopani where you can choose to take a dip.

    The stunning landscape of Manang and Mustang

    Explore the ancient village of Manang

    The world's deepest Kali Gandaki gorge

    Great cultural insight into Gurung and Magar communities

    The focal point of this trek is Annapurna Mountain which is the tenth-highest mountain in the world. The mountain is named after a goddess. In Sanskrit it translates as "giver of nourishment" as the words anna means "food" or "meal" and purna means "complete" or "full".
    This spectacular trekking route in the Annapurna region is open since 1977. Crossing over Thorong La Pass is both the highlight and challenge of the Annapurna Circuit trek. Annapurna Circuit Trek also called Round Annapurna Trek and Thorong Pass Trek offers a high pass between two distinct Manang and Mustang. This pass also lies between the seventh and tenth highest mountain in the world (Dhaulagiri and Annapurna) which is a beautiful real sense of achievement.
     
    It provides gigantic views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Chulu West on the way up. Likewise, from the top, you can see the region of the Besides, the trail winds down to Muktinath, a revered and sacred spot for both Hindus and Buddhists. Muktinath is also referred to as Chumig Gyatsa (a hundred-odd spring) by Buddhists. The cold water from the mountain springs is carried through 108 cow’s head faucets. It is behind the Vishnu temple. It is said to flow from the sacred lake of Manasarovar near Mount Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva. 

    Thorong La Pass: Conquer the Heights

    Thorong La Pass serves as a defining chapter within the epic narrative of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. At an awe-inspiring altitude of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet), this pass presents an ultimate test of trekkers' determination and fortitude. 

    Ascent to the pass is a strenuous undertaking, marked by steep inclines, challenging rocky paths, and the thinning air that comes with high elevation. However, the true magnificence of Thorong La Pass lies not only in the physical struggle but in the unparalleled rewards it offers. 

    Upon reaching the summit, an all-encompassing vista unfolds, showcasing a majestic amphitheater of towering peaks that extend as far as the eye can see. This panoramic display, with Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, and other peaks as its stars, elicits a profound sense of accomplishment and awe. Yet, Thorong La Pass is not solely about conquering nature's heights; it's about conquering personal barriers, fostering camaraderie with fellow trekkers sharing the same aspiration, and embracing the spiritual significance bestowed upon the pass by local cultures. 

    Crossing this pass isn't just a one-time feat—it becomes a wellspring of inspiration and growth that resonates long after the trek concludes, reminding adventurers of the power of determination and the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas.

    Unforgettable cultural experience

    The Annapurna Circuit Trek region boasts a captivating cultural tapestry characterized by a diverse array of ethnic groups and traditions. As you traverse this breathtaking landscape, you'll encounter the warm-hearted Gurung people with their vibrant festivals and hearty cuisine, the culinary-savvy Thakali community known for their delectable dishes, and the Manangi people who maintain strong connections to Tibetan culture and language. 

    The influence of Tibetan Buddhism is pervasive, evident in the monasteries, prayer flags, and chortens that dot the trail. Moving into the Upper Mustang and Nar Phu Valley regions, you'll step into a world reminiscent of "Little Tibet," where ancient traditions and unique architecture thrive. 

    The journey offers intimate insights into the rituals, festivals, and daily lives of these diverse communities, creating a profound and enriching cultural experience that resonates long after the trek's end. From the warmth of homestay interactions to the exhilaration of joining in traditional festivities, the trek becomes a multi-sensory portal into the heart of these cultures. 

    Location and Geography

    The Annapurna Circuit Trek is situated in the Annapurna region of Nepal, within the central part of the Himalayas. This iconic trek circumnavigates the Annapurna Massif, which is a range of towering peaks that includes some of the world's highest mountains. The tour passes through a diverse range of landscapes due to the variation in altitude, taking trekkers through lush subtropical forests, terraced fields, and alpine meadows, and finally reaching the high mountain desert terrain of Manang.

    The circuit traditionally starts and ends in the town of Besisahar, which is located in the Lamjung District of Nepal. From there, the trail progresses through various stages, passing through notable places like Manang, Muktinath, and Jomsom. The highlight of the trek is crossing the Thorong La Pass, which connects the Manang and Mustang valleys and stands at an altitude of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet).

    Overall, the Annapurna Circuit Trek is a journey through a mosaic of geographical features, offering trekkers an opportunity to experience the full spectrum of Nepal's natural beauty and topographical diversity.

    Route of this Trek

    The Annapurna Circuit Trek encompasses a captivating circular route around the majestic Annapurna Massif. You will trek about 160-230 kilometers (100-143 miles) in the Himalayan terrain. Starting in Besisahar, the trek winds through diverse landscapes, taking trekkers from lush forests and terraced fields to arid valleys and high mountain passes. 

    Passing through villages like Dharapani, Chame, and Pisang, the trail reveals a spectrum of cultures and traditions. As altitude increases, the trek reaches Manang, offering a crucial acclimatization stop, before ascending further to the challenging Thorong La Pass. 

    Descending to Muktinath, the journey transitions to the desert-like region of Mustang. Passing through picturesque villages like Marpha and Ghorepani, and taking in panoramic vistas from Poon Hill, the route eventually concludes in Nayapul, with a final drive to the enchanting lakeside city of Pokhara. The Annapurna Circuit Trek's unparalleled blend of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and diverse terrain ensures an unforgettable adventure.

    Brief Itinerary

    Day 1 and 2: Arrival in Kathmandu and drive to Besisahar

    Day 3: Besisahar to Chame drive

    Day 4: Chame to Pisang

    Day 5: Pisang to Manang

    Day 6: Acclimatization Day in Manang

    Day 7: Manang to Yak Kharka

    Day 8: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi

    Day 9: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass

    Day 10: Muktinath to Jomsom

    Day 11: Jomsom to Pokhara Flight

    Day 12: Pokhara to Kathmandu drive



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    Itinerary

    day-1

    Welcome to the home of the world’s highest mountains and often known as the Amazon of Asia. Upon your arrival at the capital, Tribhuvan International Airport, one of the representatives of Bold Himalaya will be waiting for you. After greetings, you will be dropped to your hotel room and helped with check-in. Later you will be briefed about your Annapurna Circuit trip by Company together with our guide.
    Overnight at Kathmandu hotel

    day-2

    Our Annapurna Circuit trek starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar. After early morning breakfast in the hotel, Our trek guide will come to pick you up for the drive. After six to seven hours of driving (175km) admiring terraced farms and huts into the hills and on a road along the Trishuli and Marshyangdi Rivers, we reach the beautiful Besisahar. 
    Besisahar District (headquarter of Lamjung) is the entry point for the Annapurna Circuit. From the north of Besisahar, you can have beautiful views of Annapurna II, Machhapuchhre, and Lamjung Himal. Overnight at Besisahar.

    day-3

    From Besisahar, we have to drive to Chame after breakfast. Besisahar to Chame off-road drives following the Marsyandi River drive present the stunning Greaney landscape, cultivated lands, beautiful waterfalls( Chamche waterfall and Syange waterfall), many local villages, and many more.
    With the off-road drive following the Marsyangdi River steadily uphill to Tal village. Passing across beautiful waterfalls, barley, and potato fields we reach the entire way towards Dharapani.
    After some rest at Dharapani, we start driving to Chame from Dharapani passing through the typical flat-roofed stone houses of local Tibetans to the Bagarchhap. Cross the village surrounded by apple Orchards and maize fields. We continue our trek through the forest near the river to Kopar at 2,590m. And finally, we reach the headquarter of the Manang district, Chame. 

    On reaching Chame you will be rewarded with amazing views of the Himalayas including Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, and Lamjung Himal. And today’s trek also comes across small hot springs. You can enjoy this magical natural hot spring on the bank of the Marshyangdi River.

    day-4

    Today is the first day to start the trek of Annapurna Circuit (Annapurna Round) trek follows a steep and narrow path through a very dense forest. With the steepest part of the Marsayangdi valley, the dramatic curved rock face rises 1,500m from the river to the vertical rock. And after passing through the last bit of rock, the valley opens up with majestic vistas. 
    Then crossing the bridge at 3,040m, the soaring Paungda Danda rock face begins to appear. The trail joins us to climb to Pisang via Dukur Pokhari with a great view of great sceneries from here and we continue walking until we reach upper Pisang. we can visit upper Pisang village offers an amazing Himalayan view, Annapurna II and Annapurna IV. Overnight at Upper Pisang.

    day-5

    After breakfast in Pisang, we follow the trail through the drier upper part of the Manang district. You can notice that people of this region herd the yaks & raise crops for part of the year. From here the trails separate.
    The trekking routers route goes up to Ghyaru, It is the ascent village that offers amazing scenery of the Himalayas, and the valley the northern route goes through Ghyaru. Form Ghyaru Nawal reached as the trek continue for around one and a half hours.

    Nawal is one of the oldest villages of Manang lies on the lap of the hill and offers standing straight-ahead views of Annapurna I, Annapurna Second, Gangapurna many more.

    Continuing the northern bank of the river passing the hidden village of Braga at 3,475m we reach the main downtown of Manang village where we stay for the night and prepare for the next day.

    day-6

    As today is an acclimatization day in Manang, we will hike to Chongkor's viewpoint. From this viewpoint, we get an amazing view of the pristine Gangapurna Lake with a backdrop of the Annapurna range, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, Chulo Peak, Thorong Peak, and others. The view of the Gangapurna glacier is breathtaking from the viewpoint.
    Before reaching the viewpoint we crossed the Marsyangdi River and reached Gangapurna Lake. This glacial lake situated at a height of 3,540 meters is formed from the glaciers of Mt. Gangapurna, Annapurna IV, Khangsar Kang, and Glacier Dome. similarly, we can also hike to the Braga village and visit the Himalayan Rescue Association.
    Alternatively, we can hike to Ice Lake which is around 1000m straight above Brakha makes you good acclimatize and prepare for training to cross Thorong La Pass. On clear weather days, Ice Lake offers you can see a perfect reflection of Annapurna Third. It is highly recommended hike Manang to Ice Lake hike take around 8 hours to go and back where you may encounter some Himalayan goats. 
    After this beautiful visit to the viewpoint and Gangapurna Lake or Ice Lake, we return to Manang where we rest for the night and prepare for tomorrow's hike.

    day-7

    From Manang village, we continue our trek climbing to the village of Tenki, crossing a stream. Further climbing out of the Marsyangdi Valley and turning northwest we arrive at Jarsang Khola. Then we follow the valley towards the north.
    We pass a few pastures and juniper trees with the gain of elevation we come across the small village of Ghunsa. Follow the trail that goes through meadows and crosses a small river on a wooden bridge. Then trail traverses up the ancient Mani wall and we reach another village, Yak Kharka. Overnight stay at Yak Kharka.

    day-8

    We’ll begin our trek with an interesting high-altitude walk for some time. Then we cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. After Ledar village, we furthermore ascend and pass through towering cliffs that lead us to Thorong Phedi. 
    We will have some rest in Thorong Phedi. With the best view of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Khatungkan, Mt. Syagang, and Thorong Peak throughout the trek, we have a final climb for an hour uphill to Through High Camp. Overnight at Thorong High Camp

    day-9

    Today we will be crossing one of the highest passes in the world, Thorong La. After breakfast, the earlier morning we start our trek with a thrill and highlight the great adventure. Passing through one of the most beautiful and achieving parts of the Annapurna Circuit (Round Annapurna) with majestic views on the way up of Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Chulu West we get closer to Thorong La Pass. 
    Khatanga Kang and the colorful peak of Thourungtse come into view. Finally, after a long climb up with the steep harvest and amazing views, we reach the top of Thorong La at the elevation of 5,416m/17,769ft, the high point of the trek. From the top, you can have 3600 views of mountain views and the region of the upper Mustang. Khatun Kang and Yaskawa Jang are the mountains forming Throng La After walking through the icy high-altitude trail while gazing at the breathtaking Himalayas scenery, we begin our long descent to Muktinath valley.

    Muktinath, the famous Vishnu temple is located in Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La pass. It is one of the highest temples in the world, sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. Overnight at Muktinath.

    day-10

    In the morning we visit the most pilgrimage temple Muktinath, a Vishnu temple, and head toward Jomsom. It will be an easier journey with a moderate walk through the Kaligandaki River valley. 
    Continuing along the deepest gorge, Kaligandaki River Gorge with the amazing view of Annapurna I on one side and Dhaulagiri on the other side we ascend through Lupra villages we reach Jomsom.

    Jomsom is the entry point of the Upper Mustang Trek region. We then walk to one of the most charming villages with white-painted houses, paved streets, and lodges. Overnight at Jomsom

    day-11

    Jomsom is headquartered in the town of the Mustang area with a small airstrip above Kaligandaki River. After breakfast in Jomsom, we take an early morning flight to Pokhara. A flight from and to Jomsom is possible only in the morning.
    You will be blessed by the absolute views of the Dhaulagiri range, glacier, and some amazing Annapurna range. Further, with beautiful views of Machhapuchhre and Kaligandaki valley. We will have around 20 mins flight from Jomsom to Pokhara we will transfer you to your hotel. You can spend the rest in the hotel or explore nearby places. Overnight at Pokhara 

    day-12

    Today we will leave the beautiful lake city of Pokhara. After a delicious breakfast, we drive towards Kathmandu. With the beautiful scenic drive along the famous Trishuli River, we reach Kathmandu after around 7-8 hours. 
    On reaching Kathmandu, you can have some rest and later do some souvenir shopping. In the evening we will have a cultural dinner as a farewell. Overnight at Kathmandu

    day-13

    One of our representatives will escort you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. But, if you want to spend more time exploring Nepal then we offer a wide variety of tour packages which you can choose from based on your interest.

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