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Annapurna circuit trek

Annapurna circuit trek is adventurous to cross the world biggest pass Thorung La (5416 m) between Marsyangdi and Kali Gandaki Valley. The 211 km classic route takes 15 days walking. Visitors can explore the Trans-Himalayan valley, panoramic views of Manaslu (8163 m), Annapurna I (8091 m) and Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Kali Gandaki Gorge (6967m deepest) and hot spring pool (40° Celsius) in Tatopani (1190 m). Gurung and Thakali people, Buddhist culture, and diverse landscapes are fascinating. The best season is September to November and March to May.

Annapurna circuit trek made a circle at  Dumre (445 m, Kathmandu-Pokhara highway) afterward the trip, therefore in other words called Annapurna Round Trek. It is an anticlockwise teahouse trek. A day to cross the Thorung La (5416 m) from Phedi (4450 m) takes 9 hours to reach Muktinath (3800 m). Views of Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Annapurna, and the Kali Gandaki Valley are beautiful. Muktinath offers now Jeep to Jomsom or Tatopani. You have two options fly back to Pokhara from Jomsom or keep continue through the Thakali towns Marpha and Tukuche to Tatopani and Ghorepani. Enjoy a slice of apple pie and apple brandy, take a hot spring bath at Tatopani and be ready Poon Hill views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu at Poon Hill, Ghorepani early in the morning. After a hot breakfast, trek to Nayapul and drive one hour to Pokhara to complete the hiking.

Annapurna circuit trek is an opportunity to visit the highest lake Tilicho Lake (4919 m) from Manang takes two days extra. A graceful mammal can be seen in Manang and Mustang Valley, such as yak, nak, snow leopard and blue sheep. Ancient monasteries, and ice lakes trip are possible in Manang. The classical Annapurna round trek is being shorter because of the fair weather roads from Besisahar to  Manang and Muktinath to Tatopani. Trekkers can stay overnight at mountain guesthouse. Thorung La Pass can close in winter. If you would like longer trip keep continue to Annapurna base camp after the Ghorepani. If you like trip shorter take a jeep from Besisahar to Chame and Muktinath to Tatopani or flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. Annapurna round trip is the most popular nevertheless the dusty and noisy roads made trouble for hikers without alternative route. Call, now in Yeti Trail Adventure for a short and long trip experience with cost and package. Additional information is below.

Day 01: Kathmandu to Bhulbhule (840 m) via Besishahar (820 m) – 7/8 hours by bus

Day 02: Bhulbhule to Ghermu (1130 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 03: Ghermu to Tal (1700 m) – 6/7 hours

Day 04: Tal to Chame (2710 m) – 6/7 hours

Day 05: Chame to Pisang (3200 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 06: Pisang to Manang (3540 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 07: Rest day in Manang for acclimatization

Day 08: Manang to Letder (4200 m) – 4/5 hours

Day 09: Letdar to Thorong Phedi (4450 m) – 3/4 hours

Day 10: Phedi to Muktinath (3800 m) via Thorong La Pass (5416 m) – 8/9 hours

Day 11: Muktinath to Marpha (2670 m) – 6/7 hours

Day 12: Marpha to Kalopani (2535 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 13: Kalopani to Tatopani (1190 m) – 6/7 hours

Day 14: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2750m) – 7/8 hours

Day 15: Ghorepani to Pokhara (830 m) via Nayapul (1070 m) – 7/8 hours

Day 16: Pokhara to Kathmandu 1350m - 7 hours by bus

Day 01: Kathmandu to Bhulbhule (840 m) via Besishahar (820 m) – 7/8 hours by bus
Drive to Kathmandu-Pokhara highway until Dumre is 135 km and take separate road to the right side to Besishahar is next 43 km. Besishahar is district headquarters of Lamjung district. Here is 15 hotels with electricity. Marsyangdi River is to the south and snow cpaped mountains are to the north. 16th century Shah, King Yoshobrahma’s palace is in 2 hours uphill distance to the ridge. It is 8 km more to Bhulbhule. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 02: Bhulbhule to Ghermu (1130 m) – 5/6 hours
Cross a suspension bridge over Marsyangdi River and see a beautiful waterfall in 15 minutes. The walk continues to Ngadi (890 m) in 1 hour. Here are a few hotels and power line in new and old Ngadi. Climb uphill to Bahundanda (Brahman hill) in 1:40 hours and here are six hotels with electricity. View of rice terraces and Marsyangdi valley are nice. Walk downhill and uphill to Ghermu (1130 m) in 1:40 hours. Here are six hotels with electricity. Stay overnight here.

Day 03: Ghermu to Tal (1700 m) – 6/7 hours
Walk downhill to Syange (1100 m) in 30 minutes. Here are a beautiful waterfall, Canyoning place and suspension bridge over Marsyangdi River. Walk uphill to Jagat (1300 m) in 1:15 hours. Here are seven hotels and electricity. Walk continues to Chamche (1385 m) in 1 hour. Here are beautiful waterfall bank of Marsyangdi River just before Chamche. Here are five hotels and power. Cross a bridge in five minutes and climb up to Tal in 1:50 hours. Here are beautiful waterfall, ACAP check post and eight lodges with power. Stay overnight here.

Day 04: Tal to Chame (2710 m) – 6/7 hours
Walk continues uphill and cross three suspension bridges to Dharapani (1900 m) in 2:20 hours. Here are eight hotels, power line and ACAP check post. Walk a gravel road to Bagarchap (2160 m) in 45 minutes. Here are three hotels and power. Walk continues to Danagyu (2200 m) in 40 minutes. Here are seven hotels and power. Climb uphill to Timang (2600 m) in 1:30 hours. View of Manaslu (8163 m) and River valley are nice. Here are three lodges. Walk continues with gravel road to Koto (2600 m) and Chame in 2:30 hours. Chame is the headquarters of Manang district. Here are at least 12 hotels, hot spring and power. View of Annapurna II (7939 m) and Lamjung Himal (6932 m) are beautiful. Stay overnight here.

Day 05: Chame to Pisang (3200 m) – 5/6 hours
Walk few, cross a bridge over the Marsyangdi River, and continue through a pine and cypress forest with gravel road to Bhratang (2850 m) in 1:40 hours. Here is apple horticulture and two hotels. Climb uphill to Dhukur Pokhari (3160 m) in 1:25 hours and here are five hotels. Walk continues to Pisang in 1 hour. Here are eight hotels and power. Stay overnight here. You can visit to Upper Pisang (3310 m) village. Walk uphill in 30 minutes. View of Annapurna is beautiful.

Day 06: Pisang to Manang (3540 m) – 5/6 hours
If you walk lower route, climb uphill and downhill to Humde Airport (3330 m) in 1:45 hours. Here is beautiful village and Annapurna view. Walk continues to the Bhraga village (3450 m) in 2:00 hours. Here are two hotels with power and 500 years old monastery. Walk continues to the Manang (3540 m) in 30 minutes. If you walk upper route, cross a bridge over Marsyangdi River and climb uphill through pine and juniper forest to Ghyaru (goat pasture 3700 m) in 1:40 hours. Views of the Annapurna and Gangapurna are beautiful. Here are two lodges. Climb uphill to the Ngawal village (3660 m) in 1:40 hours. Here are two hotels. Views of the valley and the Himalaya are nice. Climb downhill to Mungji (3440 m) in 1:30 hours where you meet the lower route to Manang. Mungji to Braga village takes 25 minute and Manang in 30 minutes. Tibetan types of Nepali people live here. Here are ten hotels and power. Stay overnight here.

Day 07: Rest day in Manang for acclimatization
After breakfast climb either North uphill to 100 Lama or South uphill to Gangapurna Base Camp for 2 hours. View of lake, Marsyangdi River valley, Annapurna ranges, Gangnpurna and Tilicho peak are beautiful here. Visit to old monasteries in and around here. Old village Tenki Manang (3650 m) is 30 minutes distance to the west. You can go to Tilicho Lake (4919 m) from here takes two days. Stay overnight here.

Day 08: Manang to Letder (4200 m) – 4/5 hours
Climb uphill to Tenki Manang (3650 m) in 30 minutes. You leave the Marsyangdi Valley here. Climb up continues to Ghunsang (3900 m) in 1:10 hours. Here are two hotels, but no electricity. Views of Annapurna and Gangapurna are beautiful here. Walk continues to Yakkharka (4050 m) in 1:35 hours. Here are four hotels and no electricity. Blue sheep and Yak can see here. Climb uphill to Letder in 45 minutes.

Day 09: Letdar to Thorong Phedi (4450 m) – 3/4 hours
Climb continues to uphill and cross a stream in 1:20 hours. Climb up the hill to a tea shop in 25 minutes. Walk continues to Thorong Phedi in 45 minutes. Here are two hotels and power. Take lunch, climb high to High Camp (4850 m) in 1 hour and climb, downhill back to lodge in 30 minutes. Stay overnight here.

Day 10: Phedi to Muktinath (3800 m) via Thorong La Pass (5416 m) – 8/9 hours
After early morning breakfast, climb uphill to high camp (4850 m) in 1 hour. Here is one hotel with power and beautiful view of snow-clad mountains. Climb continues to a teashop (5100 m) in 40 minutes. Climb uphill to Thorung La (5416 m) in 1:30 hours. Here is prayer flags and notice board of altitude. This is big pass and icy path with windy weather. View of Kali Gandaki valley and surrounding mountain peaks are nice. Climb steeply downhill to Muktinath (3800 m) in 4 hours with a view of Dhaulagiri (8167 m) and Kaligandaki Valley. There are 11 hotels with power. Muktinath is the popular God Vishnu temple in the Hindu Pantheon with 108 holy water taps. The next Buddhist temple with natural gas fire is another attraction. Stay overnight here.

Day 11: Muktinath to Marpha (2670 m) – 6/7 hours
Climb down to Jharkot (3550 m) in 30 minutes. Descent to Khinga (3355 m) is in 45 minutes. Walk 25 minutes to two separate trail of Kagbeni and Jomsom. Kagbeni (2800 m) is a religious place where is a confluence of Muktinath and Kali Gandaki River use by Hindu pilgrims to wish special worship for theirs late parents. Here are eight hotels with power. Kagbeni is an entrance of Upper Mustang. Climb downhill from the left side to Jomsom (2710 m) in 2:45 hours. Jomsom is the headquarters of Mustang district. This windy valley has several hotels including five stars and power. Here is Airstrip and army post uses high Mountain Education Training Center. Flight to Pokhara takes 20 minutes and run before 10 AM. Walk continues from Jomsom to Marpha village in 1:30 hours. This village is popular for apple garden, apple brandy, Thakali people and Monastery.

Day 12: Marpha to Kalopani (2535 m) – 5/6 hours
Walk to Tukuche village (2590 m) in 1:30 hours. Here are eight hotels with power. Here is apple garden and apple brandy factory. Walk continues to Larjung (2550 m) in 1:35 hours. Larjung has four hotels with power. View of the Dhaulagiri and her glacier are nice here. Here is a side trip to Dhaulagiri base camp. From Larjung walk continues in 2 hours to Kalopani with nine hotels and power. The great view of Dhaulagiri (8167 m) and Annapurna I (8091 m) are here.

Day 13: Kalopani to Tatopani (1190 m) – 6/7 hours
Climb downhill to Ghasa (2010 m) in 2:20 hours. Here are seven hotels with power. Walk continues to Rupsechhahara (1600 m) in one hour. Enjoy beautiful waterfall here. Climb down to Dana village (1400 m) in 40 minutes. This is the deepest point of the Kali Gandaki Gorge (6967 m). Walk to Tatopani in 1:20 hours. Here are six hotels with power. Bank of Kali Gandaki River has two hot spring pools for a bath. Stay overnight here.

Day 14: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2750m) – 7/8 hours
Climb uphill to the Shikha village (1935 m) in 3:30 hours via Ghara village (1700 m). Shikha has seven hotels with power. View of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak and Kali Gandaki valley are nice here. Climb uphill to Gorepani in 3:20 hours. Countryside view is nice during a walking to Deurali Ghorepani. Walk through rhododendron forest, flower time in spring will be beautiful. Stay overnight here.

Day 15: Ghorepani to Pokhara (830 m) via Nayapul (1070 m) – 7/8 hours
Get up early morning and climb 45 minutes uphill to Poon Hill (3210 m) for the sunrise and Himalaya views. Climb 35 minutes downhill to lodge and have a hot breakfast. Climb 2:30 hours downhill through oak, rhododendron forest to Ulleri (2010 m) in 2:30 hours. Climb downhill through 3500 stone steps to Hille village in one hour. Here are eight hotels with power. Walk continues to Birethanti (1050 m) and Nayapul in 2: 10 hours. Take a taxi to Pokhara in 1:15 hours. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 16: Pokhara to Kathmandu 1350m - 7 hours by bus
Kathmandu is located 204 km to the east. Tourist bus takes 7 hours to approach there. During the bus drive between the Pokhara and Kathmandu the scenery are interesting, such as snow-capped mountain, Marsyangdi River Valley, cable car station, Trishuli River Valley highway town, terraced field, village, domestic animal and forest-clad hill. The Gunadi is 45 km next where the bus stops for 30 minutes. The Gunadi is Malekhu is 87 km next where the bus stops for 30 minutes. The Kathmandu is 72 km next where the bus stops. Take a taxi to the hotel with a 1 km road. Stay overnight at the hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu.

Trip Cost Includes

  • Airports pick up and drop in private car with guide
  • Fourteen night’s lodge with twin sharing bed in Mountain.
  • English-speaking trekking guide & porter during the Trek.
  • Lodge, food, transport, salary and insurance to the porter and guide.
  • ACAP permit and TIMS card.
  • Local bus ticket Kathmandu to Bhulbhule.
  • Taxi from Nayapul to Pokhara.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner in Mountain.

 

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Nepal visa fee.
  • Travel insurance including Helicopter evacuation.
  • International airfare and departure tax.
  • Bar bills, laundry, hot shower, desert, water, battery charge, tea, coffee in the Mountain.
  • Tip to guide and porter.
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Trip Facts

  • Duration: 16 days
  • Trek start and end: Bhulbhule (840 m) and Nayapul (1070 m)
  • Grade of trek: Strenuous/ Teahouse trek
  • Maximum Altitude : 5416 m (Thorong La Pass)
  • Mountain Views: Annapurna (I 8091 m), Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Manaslu (8163 m)
  • Valley & River : Marsyangdi and Kaligandaki
  • Transportation : Private car/Local bus/Tourist bus
  • Accommodation : 14 nights in Mountain
  • Meals : Full board in the mountain
  • Best Time : March to May and September to November

Trip Map

Annapurna circuit trek map

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