Annapurna Circuit Trekking is known as Nepal’s classic trek and it offers more variety than any other equivalent length trek, taking us through virtually every type of scenery that Nepal has to offer. There are superb views of the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri, and an amazing variety of landscapes ranging from sub-tropical through alpine to an arid semi-desert akin to Tibet. The scenery changes every day from rice paddies and pine forests to Tibet-like countryside on the northern slopes of the Himalayas in the district of Manang.
Annapurna Circuit Trekking offers not only some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Himalaya, but between the lush irrigated Marshyangdi valley, the high arid country to the north, then down into the Kaligandaki valley, the deepest gorge in the world, the traveller passes through a myriad cross-section of the culture of Nepal.
Annapurna Circuit Trekking begins from Besisahar where we head north up the Marshyangdi Valley, through lush green foothills and terraced rice fields. Climbing higher we progress through alpine forests to a dry desert region and the Tibetan Buddhist village of Manang. The mountain views are superb; Lamjung, Himalchuli, Manaslu and the Annapurnas tower spectacularly over the valley. The highlight of this trek is crossing the famous Thorung La pass (5416m) to enter the Kali Gandaki Valley and the long descent to the Hindu temple at Muktinath.
Trip Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trekking
- Sightseeing tours of Historical UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.
- Stunning views of the Annapurna & Dhaulagiri ranges
- A superb Annapurna Trek crossing the Thorung-La Pass (5416m).
- A breath taking view, alpine dessert and the Tibetan Plateau landscape
- Magnificent panorama of mountains and visit to Hindu Holy Place of Muktinath Temple
- Taste of Nepali cuisine with a local cultural show at Kathmandu
Outline Itinerary of Annapurna Circuit Trekking
|DAY||PROGRAM||PLACES||ALTITUDE||WALKING / DRIVING DURATION|
|01||Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel||Kathmandu||1356 m|
|02||In Kathmandu- Half day tour of Kathmandu City||Kathmandu||1356 m|
|03||Drive to Besi Sahar & Trek to Bulbule||Bulbule||840 m||7-8 hrs drive
3 hrs walking
|04||Trek from Bulbule to Jagat||Jagat||1300 m||7 hrs walking|
|05||Trek from Jagat to Dharapani||Dharapani||1860 m||7 hrs walking|
|06||Trek from Dharapani to Chame||Chame||3700 m||7 hrs walking|
|07||Trek from Chame to Pisang||Pisang||3190 m||6 hrs walking|
|08||Trek from Pisang to Manang||Manang||3540 m||3 ½ hrs walking|
|09||At Manang||Manang||3540 m|
|10||Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka||Yak Kharka||4018 m||4 hrs walking|
|11||Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi||Thorung Phedi||4450 m||4 hrs walking|
|12||Trek to Muktinath, crossing Thorung –La (5416 m)||Muktinath||3800 m||8-10 hrs walking|
|13||Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni||Kagbeni||2800 m||4 hrs walking|
|14||Trek from Kagbeni to Marpha||Marpha||2670 m||7 hrs walking|
|15||Trek from Marpha to Kalopani||Kalopani||2530 m||7 hrs walking|
|16||Trek from Kalopani to Tatopani||Tatopani||1190 m||7 hrs walking|
|17||Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani||Ghorepani||2860 m||7 hrs walking|
|18||Trek from Ghorepani to Tirkhedunga||Tirkhedunga||1540 m||4 ½ hrs walking|
|19||Trek from Tirkhedunga to Nayapul & drive to Pokhara||Pokhara||827 m||4 ½ hrs walking|
|20||Pokhara/Kathmandu by drive||Kathmandu||1356 m||7 hrs driving|