The Annapurna Circuit: Getting Around the Annapurna & Poon Hill

It’s a fantastic trek along the Marshyangdi, over the Thorung La (5416m) and a descent of the Kali Gandaki Valley.

The most popular and well liked trekking route of Nepal is visited by thousands of trekkers every year. Annapurna Circuit Trek was started on 1977. This 18 days or 3 weeks trek is perfectly accepted and dramatic trek route in around Annapurna area. Popularly known as Annapurna Round trek begins with drive to Beshishar and goes along the Marshyangdi River belt passing the wonderful sceneries of Mt. Manaslu and hiun Chuli peak.  Trek via remote villages the residence of dissimilar ethnic groups Annapurna Circuit Trek covers snow covered Himalayas.  

The Annapurna round trek goes counter-clockwise starting from Besisahar and ends in Nayapul and achieves its high point at Throng- La (cross) at the elevation of 5416m/17764.5 ft. The track fallows viewing Mt. Manaslu (8163m/26785ft), Lamjung Himal (6988n/22921ft), Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna III (7555m) and Gangapurna 7454m) around Marshyangdi valley and Annapurna I (8091m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), around Kali Gandaki valley side and Ghorepani poon hill at the ends of Nepal Annapurna circuit trek offers Annapurna South (7219m) and Fishtail 6993m).

As we cross west side of Manang the itinerary passes the wide pass Throng-La on the height of 5,416 meter and arrives in Muktinath. We start walking in Kaligandaki valley and encounter the deepest gorge which lies middle of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayas. The tourists will be familiar with the culture of many ethnic groups and this trek arrives the panoramic view point called Ghorepani Poon Hill.

Annapurna Circuit Trek of Nepal experiences you massive farming fields, rhododendron jungles, mix mountain cultures, breathtaking snow capped mountains. At the end we trek down to Nayapul from Ghorepani to finish the trek.

Some Other treks in Annapurna region are :- , Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking , Annapurna Base Camp Trekking ,   Jomsom Muktinath Trekking 

Facts of the Annapurna circuit Trek

Trip duration: 18 to 21 Days
Grade: Moderate to fairly challenging - Grade Activity: Trekking and Cultural excursion
Starts in: Kathmandu Ends at: Pokhara
Trek type: TH (Tea House / Lodge)
Accommodation: Hotel and Lodge
Maximum altitude: 5416m

Views on the Trek

Annapurna Circuit

Map of Trek Route

Annapurna Circuit Map

Day to Day Annapurna circuit trek detail Itinerary- Click Here

Day 01: Kathmandu arrival and trek homework [1,300m/4264ft]

Welcomed by our representative on your arrival in Kathmandu airport and transfer to Hotel Evening Annapurna Circuit Trekking briefing will be given. Stay Overnight at Kathmandu Hotel

Day 02: A full day Kathmandu sightseeing tour and trek preparations

The guided tour around Kathmandu’s historical places like Pashupati Temple, Bouddha nath Stupa, Patan Durbar square amd Monket temple, Stay over Night at Kathmandu, evening Trek preparation

Day 03: Kathmandu to Beshishar to Khudi [800m/2624ft] 7 hours drive

We begin our Annapurna circuit trip into the hill on the zigzag roads by the side of the rafting river Trishuli. We will see the additional landscape of Nepal, Green hills, streams, farms and gorgeous Himalayan views. As we reach the Dumre we then leave the main high way and keep drive north to Beshishar. We take half an hour drive on bumping road to get Khudi where our walk starts from. Instead, we may we may stop drive at Beshishar and walk for an hour to get Khudi for overnight stay. Khudi presents first stunning view of Manaslu Himal.

Day 04: Khudi to Sirung [2200m/7216ft] 6 hours walk

This primary day’s trek occupies passing some suspension bridge, waterfalls, quite lot of up and down hill parts, crossing rice farms and greenery. In real, the hike is steady then it turns in to steeper. As we reach higher elevations the peak that was seen from Khudi becomes nearer. Crossing an ethnic Tamang village with motivating people of Taranche Sirung we take pleasure of the outlooks of Nadi Chuli and Manaslu Mountain from Sirung. Sirung is a town presents us home stay where we may take pleasure of traditional program prepared by the locals for the guests.

Day 05: Sirung to Chamje [1410m/4625ft] 6 hours walk

We ramble from side to side rice veranda, along a sheer perpendicular face, verdant jungle and some ethnically fascinating community. Fot all time along the Marshyangdi River, we hike in an unbelievable countryside through small cascades and township. We will not sense rough until we arrive at Syange (1100m) but after Syange the trail obtains steep up to Jagat (1300m) From Jagat we compose sharp ascent to Chamje for overnight.

Day 06: Chamje to Dharapani [1960m/6429ft]

In our Annapurna circuit trek today we go into the Manang district crossing through terraces of corn, barley, potatoes and then passing jungle of cane and rhodogendrons. On the trail is the town named Tal which is located in a plane land next to the grimy Marshyangdi river side and river at the bottom of a big cascade. As we start to walk from Tal the path become narrow on the hill side. Finally at the last after crossing bridge again you reach Dharapani for overnight stay.

Day 07: Dharapani to Chame[2,710m/8,889ft] 5-6 hours walk

The trekking to Chame from Dharapani, we carry on a only some steep wooded edge along with more than a few mud slides on path. Keep in mind to watch up while walking this part, as we are delighted with some amazing images of Lumjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV. A small natural hot spring just down to river side from Chame will assist your extended day trekking. Stay overnight at Chame.

Day 08: Chame to Pisang [3190m/10,463ft]

The route leads through the lap of Lamjung Himal [6893m] in the morning and ahead for Pisang. The narrow trail crossing dense jungle will transmits us to the theatrical bent rocky face which is rising 1500m above river. The jungle and plants would be gone. Not the real Manang valley srarts from Dhukur Pokhari. We cross suspension bridges again and again. I can found ourselves in U-curved gorge of Manang Lynching flanked by two massive snow capped and after walking this magnificent areas we arrive Pisang for overnight stay.

Day 09: Pisang to Manang [3,520m/11,546ft]

The two trails may fallow this day to Manang. The upper trail surely offers massive views and also well-liked one. The trail through Upper Pisang via Geru feels we are parallel right in front of magnificent Annapurna’s. A visit to Barge Monastery would be the memorable which is biggest monastery in Manang district. Overnight at Manang

Day 10: Rest/Acclimatization at Manang.

As we fallow our fixed itinerary we take an extra day at Manang for acclimatization. It won’t be better idea if you just hanging around Hotel. We request you to acclimatize with altitude. The day hiking options around like Gangapurna Lake hike, Ice lake hike so choose one of them and make over 400m hike so that it helps you to go further until Throng la. Also this day you will be able to see several mountains from close distance. Please don’t be arrogant with elevation instead being careful. A tiny town with old monastery for close distance outing is also possible. It is also meaning full to visit Himalayan rescue association where you can collect some thoughts about mountain altitude sickness. Stay Overnight at Manang.

Day 11: Manang to Yak Kharka [4,110m/13480ft]

Crossing stream from Manang village the trek climbs up to Tenki manang and then keep on to Marshyangdi valley turning northwest of Jarsang khola the trach goes this gorge north ward. Now the path crosses close to the small community of Gunsa, a collect of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. After we cross the wooden bridge trail passes very old Mani wall and arrive at Yak Kharka. Stay overnight

Day 12: Yak Kharka to Phedi [4,600m/15089ft]

After breakfast at lodge our Annapurna circuit trek goes on crossing Leder today to Throng Phedi. The trail just before reaching Phedi is quite dangerous as stone falls down often. We arrive at Phedi for Lunch and manage the rooms. Then after lunch we go to high cam for acclimatization to make our next day easier. Back down to Phedi and stay overnight at Phedi.

Day 13: Throng Phedi to Throng top[5,416m] to Muktinath [3800m]

We reach the high point of our Annapurna circuit trek which will be surely memorable event passing popular high pass, Thorong La-5416m. Each moment will be hard but eye catching views from The Thorong Top feels brilliant. This is your most important day of the whole trek. Your journey starts this day very early morning and whole day walk will be for about 8-9 hours. The trail from Phedi to Highcamp is very steep for an hour then trek gradually leads up and up again until Throngla pass top. You meet the tea shop at the top and where you will stay an hour for talking pictures and enjoy the views. The view into two valleys from Top is fantastic. One side you will see all Manag valleys mountains including annapuna, Gangapurna, Tilicho and one the other side Muktinath valleys mountains like Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri mountains. Then your journey completely steep descends until MuktiNath.

Day 14: Muktinath to Marpha [2,670m/8758Ft]

Muktinath is known as pilgrimage place for Hindus as well Buddhists, we explore around the Muktinath temple in the morning before moving to Marpha. Then our path descends to Jharkot and Kagbeni to visit old monastery. We take small break here for explore Kagbeni and keep continue through windy valley to Jomsom for lunch. After lunch we continue for about 2 hours to Marpha which is known as apple garde village. Stay over night

Day 15: Marpha to Kalopani [2530m/8,298ft]6 hours walk

As we start trek from marpha on the bank of Kaligandaki River to Tukuche and Larjung village, we have an opportunity to view Dhaulagiri (8,167m], Nilgiri, Tukuche peak as well first view of Annapurna I (8,091m) mainly trail fallows through the road where some jeep and motorcycle drive are available. Stay Overnight at kalopani.

Day 16: Kalopani to Tatopani [1,200m/3,936ft]

Today is the path is generally downward. Descending from Lete and at the bottom we cross the bridge and fallow the road again. Here we appear again into pine forest. We carry on along Ripche Chhahara. As we arrive at Tatopani we take bath with natural hot spring on the side of Kaligandaki River. Stay overnight at Tatopani.

Day 17: Tatopani to Ghorepani [2,850m/9348ft] 7 hours walk

This is our last uphill walking day from Tatopani. Today hike starts watching the life style the people in the midland of Nepal. Crossing the Ghara and Shika we reach really beautiful rhododendron forest again. These village are famous for Gurkha (British) army. The path from Ghara to Ghorepani leads steep up crossing Phalate, Chitre, We start to see again the massive Himalayan panorama when we arrive at Ghorepani. Stay overnight at Ghorepani.

Day 18 Ghorepani to Nayapul [1050m] & drive to Pokhara

This is your last walking day of whole trek. Early morning you will be climbing up to Poon hill for last view of mountains. The Annapurna, Dhaulagiri massive from poon hill with farm land and rhododendron forests looks wonderful then trek leads down through Ulleri to Tikhedhunga for lunch. After lunch you will be keeping heading gental down hill to Nayapul and will catch the car to Pokhara. 7 hours walk in total for this day. Drive will take 1:30 hour. Stay overnight at Pokhara.

Day 19: Drive from Pokgara to Kathmandu.

This drive again for 6 hours and which is 200km east from Pokhara on Prithivi highway enjoying the river side view with farm lands. As we arrive at Kathmandu you will be transfer to hotel.

Day 20: Final Departure to your own destinations

The Annapurna circuit trek of Nepal has over. Normally 3 hours before your flight time to arrive airport in Nepal is required. So we transfer you to Kathmandu airport on time to catch your flight towards.

Important Infos for Annapurna circuit Trek

Best season for Annapurna Circuit Trekking
Autumn:
September to October and November are the best time to trek around Annapurna Himalayan region as the clear weather with attractive mountain scenery.

Spring:
March April may is another best Annapurna circuit Hiking season in Nepal. Dissimilar flowers particularly the Rhododendron makes hill side hunting paradise. Cozy weather and clear sky

The Trekking group

We organize Annapurna circuit trek as per your desire and budget, usually If you are in group 1 Trekking guide and assistant guides [ 4 trekkers:1 assistant guide] and two 2 trekkers : 1 porter to carry your bags during the Annapurna Throng la pass trekking will be good. This concept of arrangements helps you during the trekking period. In case any trekkers got any problems one of assistant guide may care of and rest group may continue the trip.

Meals/foods

During this Annapurna circuit trekking any variety of meals are accessible as the all tea house and loge has knowledgeable cook who can arrange quality pizza, Chips to apple pie. You may take please our national food called “Dal Bhat” too. Different types of breads and hot drinks are offered.

Equipments and packing list

We have listed fallowing trekking gears for Annapurna Circuit trekking. Remember that the entire your luggage will be carried by porters.

  • Gloves- 1 pair
  • Woolen hat- 1 piece
  • Long underware-2piece  

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The Trekking Leaders (Guides) & other staff preparations

Most significant part is trek with knowledgeable, well-informed and accomplished trekking guides and staffs. Our guides are chosen on the basic of their trainings, leadership capability and experienced as well as client’s feedback. Our guides are trained with fallowing trainings.

  • Trekking guide Training
  • Eco Trekking seminar and adventure meet
  • English language training
  • Management and biodiversity training
  • Rock, ice and mountain climbing trainings
  • First Aid medical training
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Fitness and experience required

The 18 Days Annapurna circuit trekking in Nepal is fairly moderate trek which fits for any trekkers who can walk slowly 5 to 7 hours a day with light day pack. If you are normal health condition you can do this circuit hike well.

Being healthy and go for normal walk few weeks ago would be great idea to improve your walking speed. Earlier time climbing and hiking experiences would be advantages.

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Supplementary information

We have tried to present you as much information as much. However should you have any advice and suggestion please inquiry us or directly call to Rabindra at 00977-9851087389 (Mobile)/ Dipendra at 00977-9851126981 or 00977-1-4701156 at office time 8:00am to 7:00pm.

Cost Includes & Excludes on:

Cost Includes on:
  • Entire Airport /Hotel transports
  • Two nights in Hotel [Depends on your interest] with Breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Best available lodges/tea houses during the trek.
  • All lodging and foods/meals during the trek
  • Farewell  dinner
  • Domestic flights and exit taxes
  • A trek leader- Well English speaking, experienced, Assistant trek guide (4 trekkers:1 assistant guide) and required Sherpa porters to carry the your bags (2 trekkers :1 porter) together with their payments, assurance, gears, foods and accommodations
  • Down Jackets, sleeping bags,Trekking map and t-shirts ( Sleeping bags and down jackets are returnable)
  • All necessary entrĂ©e fees permits and paper works ( Annapurna conservation permits and TIMS)
  • Entire administration and Local taxes

Cost does not includes:

  • Nepal Visa Fees (you should bring accurate USD cash and two passport size pictures)
  • Personal expenses (Shopping, Laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, mineral water or boiled water, Phone calls, shower etc)
  • Your lunch and dinners in Kathmandu (This apply also early come back from trek then the fixed itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, early come back from trek (due to any case) than the fixed itinerary
  • International fare/arrival taxes/departure taxes to and from Kathmandu
  • Trip and rescue insurance
  • Tips for guides and porters