Annapurna Circuit Trek takes you through the high mountain where you will enjoy the view of dramatic mountain folds, explore the Marshyangdi river valley surroundings and natural wonders along the journey. As the trek goes through beautiful local settlements from Besishahar part to Manang Valley and from Mustang valley to Low elevation, this trip also allows you to explore the cultural wonders of the mountains.
The remoteness of mountains along the trail will offer you wonderful landscapes and peaceful nature. The ruggedness of the trail with surrounding jagged mountains will give you a sense of trekking through the remote wilderness. As you trek to a higher elevation, you will experience more remoteness of the mountains. You can also enjoy the best experience of the trekking around the Annapurna mountain range.
The main attractions of this route Manang valley, Ice Lake, Milerapa Cave , Muktinath Temple, Kagbeni Village, Marpha, Dhumba Lak, hot spring at Tatopani and Panoramic View from Poon Hill.
Annapurna Circuit Trek goes over a mountain pass Thorung La 5,416 meters is another highlight of this trip. Thorung La Himalayan pass stands impressively at the elevation of 5,416 meters above sea level. It is a truly an adventure trekking journey from a low river valley up towards the mountainous landscape. Eventually, you will cross the pass just to descend to another side of the mountain and enter another river valley. Marshyangdi River Valley and Kali Gandaki River valleys will offer their distinct charms to the trekkers.
You will arrive at the capital city, Kathmandu. Our representatives will aid you in your transfer to the hotel. Kathmandu is a vibrant city with a large population and where the roots of culture and traditions still run deep. You can visit a few of the beautiful landmarks this city has to offer such as, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and the Basantapur Durbar Square.
Accommodation: 3-Star Hotel / Kathmandu
We will start early morning journey from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar in a private drive. The drive to Pokhara/Besi Sahar will be exciting with scenic views of hills and Trishuli River. Once at Pokhara, which will take about 7 hours, we will will transfer to a shared jeep that will take us further to Syange. We will reach the destination by the evening and spend the night in Syange.
Accommodation: Tea house / Syange
After breakfast, we will start our trek towards Syange. On the way, cross Jagat, Chyamche, Tal, Kyodo and Karte. The trip is exciting as we trek alongside Marshyangdi River, green farmlands, rich forests, rocky terrain and beautiful waterfalls. The path becomes narrow as we gradually reach a suspension bridge. Cross the bridge and arrive at Dharapani.
Accommodation: Tea house / Dharapani
After wake up and breakfast, continue the trail towards the headquarters of Manang District. Manang and Mustang are both known as the nation beyond the mountains - due to their geographical location. Appreciate the beauty of Mount Annapurna II and IV along with Mount Lamjung. Take a soothing dip in natural hot spring near Chame.
Accommodation: Tea house / Chame
After breakfast, continue along the trail. Hike against the eye-dropping steep terrain in the region. Today's trip will bring out a sense of adventure as we descend very low into the Marshyandi Valley and later ascend towards the village of Pisang. Feast your eyes with wonderful view of Mount Pisang and other looming mountains.
Accommodation: Tea house / Pisang
Another adventure begins with a dayful of journey towards Manang - a civilization beyond the mountains in the north. The terrain starts looking barren as we move forward. The dry yet extremely chilly wind will seep inside our clothes. It's recommended to have good quality down jackets and wind cheaters in this trail. We will visit Barge, a local monastery in the region.
Accommodation: Tea house / Manang
We will spend the well-earned rest day and necessary acclimatization at Manang. For health concerns, it is extremely important that we spend the day actively (hike to Gangapurna Lake, Vraga Village and/or Himalayan Rescue Association Office) and prepare for the next day ascend.
Accommodation: Tea house / Manang
With enough rest and a good breakfast, we are ready for a trip to Ledar Village. Ascend out of Marshyandi Valley and continue hiking through pastures and forest. We continue gaining elevation as passing through Ghunsa Village and large grassland. Watch yaks and horses grazing peacefully and cross a small stream as you continue along the trail to reach Ledar. Ledar is about an hour walk from Yak Kharka, where it is also possible to spend overnight.
Accommodation: Tea house / Ledar
We are approaching nearer and nearer to the mighty Thorung-La pass every day. Thorung Phedi (base of mountain) is about 3-hours walk from our starting point. It is the last settlement before we make the ascend towards the high pass of Thorung-La the next day.
Accommodation: Tea house / Thorung Phedi
Thorung (Thorong) - La Pass is the highest accessible mountain pass in the world. Even with that record, it is not possible to access this pass in winter. We will wake up very early (4 am) and start our journey. Our objective - reach the highest point in the pass by midday and start descending towards Muktinath on the other side. Don't forget to take a picture at the highest spot in the pass to show it afterwards to friends and family. It is a great achievement. Continue towards Muktinath.
Accommodation: Tea house / Muktinath
Muktinath region is named after a holy temple by the same name. This temple has a great significance in both Hindu and Buddhist culture. "Muktinath" translates to "the lord of Nirvana". It is commonly believed that washing yourself in the temple's 108 sprouts washes away all the sins of the soul. Every year, many pilgrims from Nepal, China, India and neighboring countries make the journey to this temple.
We trek along the Kali Gandaki Plateau, ancient Tibet looking landscapes and the apple kingdom (Marpha) before reaching Jomsom, another popular town in the area. There is also a domestic airstrip in the town.
Accommodation: Tea house / Jomsom
After breakfast, we will hire a jeep to bring us to Tatopani from Jomsom. Because of the recently made motorway, it is quite challenging to trek this part. "Tatopani" translates to "hot-spring". Dip yourself to relieve from the muscle pain and acne. Enjoy a blissful evening in the village of Tatopani.
Accommodation: Tea house / Tatopani
After breakfast, we will hike forward to connect with the Ghorepani Poonhill trail in the Annapurna Region. Shikre and Chitre are two small villages situated between the thick rhododendron forests along the way. During spring, the trails look really beautiful. Continue towards Ghorepani. Hike up Poonhill in the evening for sunset view over the Annapurna if you want.
Accommodation: Tea house / Ghorepani
Wake up early morning and hike up the Poonhill for a stunning sunrise view over the Annapurna Range. Poonhill is considered as one of the best spot to watch the Annapurna Himalayan Range. Later, trek back to Ghorepani for breakfast.
Start back trek towards Nayapul. This will take around 3-hours downhill hike in forest trails and man-made stone stairs. Knees will likely get strenuous. Use your hiking sticks. Once at Nayapul, we will take a bus ride back to Pokhara. Enjoy your evening resting, or in one of the restaurants/bars on the Lakeside Street.
Accommodation: 3-Star Hotel in Pokhara
We will have an early breakfast and get on the bus to Kathmandu. If you prefer a journey full of scenes rather than sleeping, make sure to get a seat on the left by the window.
Once in Kathmandu, we will spend the rest of the afternoon resting and later meet for a farewell dinner. Share your experiences and say goodbye to your friends, guides and Hiking Adventure staff.
Accommodation: 3-Star Hotel / Kathmandu
Our representatives will aid you in your departure. According to your flight schedule, you will be transferred to the Airport in Kathmandu. Bid farewell and fly back home, or towards your next adventure.
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