Annapurna Circuit Trek

Trip Facts

Duration

23 Days

Fitness Level

Strenuous

Max. Altitude:

5416 meters

Location

Nepal

Meals

Breakfast in Kathmandu, Pokhara and all meals during the trek

Accommodation

3-star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara and Teahouses, tents during the trek

Group size

2-16

Arrival On

Kathmandu

Departure From

Kathmandu

Overview

The fantastic Annapurna Circuit Trek since it’s opening to foreign Trekkers in 1977 has been renowned as one of the most spectacular trekking routes in the world with charming villages and lush green valley’s that offer amazing Himalayan vistas. This three week long trek encircles the entire Annapurna massif reaching the pinnacle at Thorong La Pass (5416m/ 17,769ft).

Attractions

Walk through the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki gorge

Enjoy the spectacular Mountain vistas from poonhill

We pay our visit to Muktinath: the famous Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage

Admire the wonderful landscape and powerful wind of Jomsom

Annapurna I rising to 8091m to the east and Dhaulagiri hovering at 8167m to the west in indescribable

Natural Hot spring in Tatopani

# Grand Trek

This GRAND TREK leads us to the charming villages, inhabited by diverse people from different ethnicity and gives us a glimpse of the actual culture of people residing there. Furthermore, during the trek we also get to admire the dry but equally splendid Tibetan Plateau.

This magnificent trek starts from less than 1000m in Syange going alongside the Marshyangdi River that provides us an opportunity to explore the Himalayas from bottom to top.

We enjoy the breath-taking Mountain Vistas from Poonhill and discover the diverse Annapurna region. Furthermore, Annapurna Circuit Trek also takes us to Manang, Jomsom and Muktinath region which all are wonderful in their own right.  Jomsom Muktinath Trek (14 Days) Due to the difficulties in crossing the pass, we walk the circuit usually in a counter-clockwise direction.

This is a long trek and is for those who do not want to let go Nature from their embrace. However for trekkers who are constrained time-wise could go for the Annapurna Circle Trek (14 days). We also have Annapurna Base Camp Trek (11 days) which is among one of the best treks in Nepal. It is suitable for those wishing to reach the base camp of Mt Annapurna.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International airport a representative from Naata Trek and Tours will be waiting for you at the airport displaying a playcard imprinted with your name. He/she will then transfer you to the designated hotel. In the evening we can enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by Naata Trek and Tours. During the dinner we can enjoy Nepalese cuisine which will introduce us to the country’s food culture.

  Maximum Altitude : 1350 meters
 Meal : Dinner
  Accommodation : 3-star hotel

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing

We will have a pre trip meeting after breakfast where you will be introduced to your Guide. During the meeting you can assure yourself with any queries regarding the trip.
We visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks praying in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhanath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath Temple, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We will also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara–style temples grouped around a fifty-five window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the Lion gate, the Golden gate, the Palace of Fifty-Five Windows, art galleries, the Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.

  Maximum Altitude : 1350 meters
 Meal : Breakfast
  Accommodation : 3-star hotel

Day 3: Drive to Besisahar and take a jeep to Syange

We take a public bus from Kathmandu to Besisahar and it will take us around 8 hours to reach there. From Besisahar we will take a jeep to Syange. The drive is rewarding as we carve through corners and the scenes are one to cherish as we pass by landscapes, rivers and waterfalls. We stay the night in Syange.

  Maximum Altitude : 1100 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Tea house
 Driving Distance : 7-8 hours

Day 4: Trek to Tal

We start off our trek today following the trail along the beautiful Marsyangdi River. The walk slowly ascends as we come across a series of beautiful waterfalls. We stay the night in Tal.

  Maximum Altitude : 1700 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Tea house
  Walking Distance : 7-8 hours

Day 5: Trek to Danaque

We have an early morning breakfast and leave Marsyangdi River behind us and head for Danaque. One our way to Danaque we can view amazing views of Annapurna II, Pisang Peak and the beautiful landscapes and the serene villages. Also, we pass by old villages and beautiful waterfalls which provide us a glimpse of countryside lifestyle in Nepal. We stay the night in Danaque.

  Maximum Altitude : 1860 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Teahouse
  Walking Distance : 4-5 hours

Day 6: Trek to Chame

We have an easy day today. We continue our walk along with the view of the mountains and waterfalls. We reach Chame after walking for around 4 hours. Chame is the headquater of Manang and is a small yet beautiful town with more facilities than the places we visited previously. We stay the night in Chame.

  Maximum Altitude : 2670 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Teahouse
  Walking Distance : 4-5 hours

Day 7: Trek to Upper Pisang

We have our breakfast and head for Upper Pisang. We walk through dense forests, Marsyangdi River and walk on beautiful meadows with the views of mountains in a distance. We come across Paungda Dada which is a rock with bowl shape. After walking for an hour or so we reach Upper Pisang from where we can get up-close views of Annapurna II standing tall before us. We stay the night in Upper Pisang.

  Maximum Altitude : 3300 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Teahouse
  Walking Distance : 5-6 hours

Day 8: Trek to Ngawal

Waking up early in the morning offers us a chance to see the first ray of sun on Annapurna II. We have our breakfast and continue the trail taking us to Ngawal. Walking up to Ngawal gives us a chance to witness the high altitude flora and faunas, deep gorges, Annapurna range and Pisang Peak. We stay the night Ngawal. We stay the night in Ngawal.

  Maximum Altitude : 3,660 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Teahouse
  Walking Distance : 5-6 hours

Day 9: Trek to Manang via Bhrakra

We continue the trail and it takes past jungles, wetlands and big hills. We can see beautiful landscapes, Stupas and Lama Schools. We walk for a total of 6 hours to reach Manang which is a treat in itself. We stay the night in Manang.

  Maximum Altitude : 3500 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Teahouse
  Walking Distance : 5-6 hours

Day 10: Acclimatization day in Manang

Today we take a day off to rest our tiring legs and acclimatize to the high altitude. We take walks in and around villages which gives us an opportunity to see the lifestyle of the people living there. We stay the night in Manang.

  Maximum Altitude : 3500 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Teahouse

Day 11: Trek to Yak Kharka

After the rest day in Manang, we will continue our walk towards Yak Kharka and gain 500 m in elevation. We gradually climb through Tenki Manang, leaving behind the Marsyangdi valley. We continue along the Jarsang Khola Valley and once we reach Yak Kharka we can see herds of Yaks and vegetations thin out. We stay the night in Yak Kharka.

  Maximum Altitude : 4000 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Teahouse
  Walking Distance : 5-6 hours

Day 12: Trek to Thorong Phedi

We start the day with a two hour long ascent after which the trail descends to cross the river at 4,310m. Then, we climb up to Thorong Phedi at 4,450m and stay the night in a local guesthouse.

  Maximum Altitude : 4450 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Teahouse
  Walking Distance : 5-6 hours

Day 13: Trek to Muktinath via Thorung La Pass

We have a long day before us so we start before the crack of dawn. We need to reach the pass before 10am because the strong wind of the day time can affect our journey. We continue our steep climb and the trail is easy to follow albeit bad weather conditions where the trail can get too snowy to trek. We climb the pass for four hours on trials marked by chortens and prayer flags and the beautiful scenery of the mountains never leave us throughout the trail. We walk for a further four hours and reach the holy town of Muktinath.
Muktinath is a sacred place for Hindus and Buddhists alike. Muktinath means the place of nirvana and the valley is home to Muktinath temple as well. It is said that all the sorrows and pain are relieved when visiting the temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it. Nearby the temple there a stunning natural spring and a eternal flame fueled by natural gas.

  Maximum Altitude : 5416 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Teahouse
  Walking Distance : 7-8 hours

Day 14: Trek to Marpha via Lubra Pass

We are on the other side of Thorong La pas today and most of the land will be dry and somehow resembles a desert. We continue to walk along the banks of kali Gandaki River but most of the time we will descend. We pass through age old stupas, old traditional house and the intact civilization of Mustang. Marpha is the home to the legendary apple orchids. We can have different variation of apple recipes like wine and pies. Marpha is also famous for its apple brandy and we can taste it if we want to.

  Maximum Altitude : 4020 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Teahouse
  Walking Distance : 7-8 hours

Day 15: Trek to Kalopani

We have breakfast and continue to descend through the valley along the bank s of the Kali gandaki River. While on this trail we can get great views of Annapurna I and the beautiful landscapes complimented by it. We stay the night in Kalo pani.

  Maximum Altitude : 2530 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Tea house
  Walking Distance : 6-7 hours

Day 16: Trek to Tatopani

We descend further through the Kali Gandaki River valley. Vegetations have already started to appear by now and on the way we will encounter the world’s deepest gorge, Kopchepani. Tatopani is really famous for its natural hot springs, no wonder the name Tatopani translates to “hot water” and once we reach there we can take dip, relax and let our muscles heal. We stay the night in Tatopani.

  Maximum Altitude : 1190 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Teahouse
  Walking Distance : 6-7 hours

Day 17: Rest day in Tatopani

We spend yet another day in Tatopani, thus we have ample of time to explore the village, dip into the natural hot springs and enjoy the day. We stay the night in Tatopani.

  Maximum Altitude : 1190 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Teahouse

Day 18: Trek to Ghorepani

We continue to walk alongside Modi khola reaching Birethani which is an easy walk of about 5 hours and finally arrive at Nayapul. We will then drive back to Pokhara in a private car. We boat in Phewa Lake and take a tour of Barahi temple located in a small island after we check in at our hotel.

  Maximum Altitude : 2840 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Teahouse
  Walking Distance : 5-6 hours

Day 19: Hike up to Poon Hill, and trek to Tikhedhunga

We start the hike ‘before the crack of the dawn’ to reach Poon Hill which stands at an elevation of 3210m. The sunrise turning the gorgeous mountains to glaring gold is a treat to our eyes. We spend some time there and take our breakfast on the way back to Ghorepani. We then climb along the ridges passing by pine and rhododendron forests and reach before reaching Tikhedhunga. We stay the night in Tikhedhunga.

  Maximum Altitude : 3210 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Teahouse
  Walking Distance : 5-6 hours

Day 20: Trek to Nayapul

We trace back our steps for a couple of hours and reach Nayapul and drive to Pokhara.

  Maximum Altitude : 1010 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : 3-star hotel
  Walking Distance : 4-5 hours

Day 21: Pokhara Sightseeing

We heed to Sarangkot early in the morning in our private tourist vehicle. Sarangkot: a famous hill station best known for paragliding and sunrise overlooks Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges in the north and pokhara city in the south. We then return to Pokhara and continue the sightseeing, visiting several leading lights of the city. Davi’s fall is among the most visited places in Nepal. Davi’s fall is a special waterfall having a strange history of having named after a swiss couple Davi. It’s Nepali name is Patale Chango meaning ‘underworld waterfall’.
We also visit the Shiva cave nearby which shelters shrine devoted to Shiva Ji, a powerful Hindu God. We continue our tour by boating in Phewa Lake (largest lake in pokhara) and visit Bindyabasini Temple at the center of the Lake. International Mountain Museum (IMM) is another remarkable visit where we sight the records of the past and present development of mountaineering activities in the Himalayas and in the world to some extent. Furthermore, we visit to the Tibetan refugee camp and see how they earn their living by keeping themselves busy producing woolen carpets and other handicraft items. We stay overnight in Pokhara.

 Meal : Breakfast
  Accommodation : 3-star hotel

Day 22: Drive to Kathmandu

We have breakfast and start the jeep drive back to Kathmandu and since we take the same road back the drive is an enjoyable one.
In the evening we have a THANK YOU farewell dinner program organized by Naata Trek and Tours where we can recall all the fond memories and have a good time.

 Meal : Breakfast
  Accommodation : 3-star hotel
 Driving Distance : 6-7 hours

Day 23: Final departure

Our trip concludes today. A representative from Naata Trek and Tours

 Meal : Breakfast

Included in the Cost

  • Airport pickup and drop in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast Teahouses accommodation during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinner programs
  • All ground transportation on a private vehicle
  • Guided city tour of Kathmandu in a private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing
  • An experienced, English speaking and government-liscensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Naata Trek and Tour’s trekking bag, t-shirt and trekking map (which are yours to take)
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)

Not Included in the Cost

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porter, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc)
  • All other not mentioned in cost includes section

Traveler Reviews

Carlos Martínez
Carlos Martínez
August 17, 2021

Once-in-a-lifetime adventure

cfa

Plan Your Nepal Journey

We are here to provide you with a travelling experience that tailor fits your needs, be it trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal, the cultural tour of Bhutan or the mystical mountain kingdom

Latest Blogs

Exploring Moderate Treks in Nepal

Exploring Nepal’s Natural Beauty: Moderate Treks in Nepal

Moderate treks in Nepal offer an ideal balance of adventure and accessibility. Are you a beginner or a seasoned adventurer...

Continue Reading

Links to blogs
Where is Mount Everest Located

Where is Mount Everest Located?

The China-Nepal border passes through Mount Everest’s summit, which confuses many about where is Mount Everest located. Where is Mount...

Continue Reading

Links to blogs
Annapurna-Base-Camp-Trek

Last-Minute Booking For The Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Are you looking for a last-minute booking for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek? No need to worry. NAATA Treks & Tours has you covered!

Continue Reading

Links to blogs