The classic 21 days Annapurna Circuit Trekking also well-known as Round Annapurna Trekking via Thorong La Pass Trek; has long been so popular amongst trekkers. The region is considered to be one of the world’s great treks. You will be able to encounter the extraordinary mountain ranges and breathtaking landscapes. Here are superb views of the Annapurna’s and Dhaulagiri, and an amazing variety of landscapes ranging from sub-tropical through alpine to arid semi-desert akin to Tibet. Annapurna Circuit Treks 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 traveler passes through a myriad cross-section of the culture of Nepal. Annapurna Circuit Trekking in Nepal is also an opportunity to explore the culture, tradition, lifestyle, and food of the Thakali people.
When assessing the Annapurna Circuit as it stands today, it’s important to remember that development along the Annapurna Circuit occurred long before the roads were built. The influx of trekkers over the last thirty years led to significant infrastructure, teahouses, and small communities supported by trekking. Other treks in Nepal offer more of a wilderness experience, but the teahouses on the Annapurna Circuit are a luxury that facilitate weeks of trekking while carrying only a fraction of the supplies.
Annapurna Circuit Trek takes us around the entire Annapurna massif reaching the zenith at Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,769ft). We also walk through the world's deepest Kali Gandaki gorge with Annapurna I rising to 8091 m to the east and Dhaulagiri hovering at 8167 m to the west! We savor the fabulous mountain views from Poon Hill and discover the diverse Annapurna region. Furthermore, Annapurna Circuit Trek also takes us to Manang, Jomsom and Muktinath region which again gets us acquainted with the diverse Nepalese landscape and culture.
Day 1 - Landing at Kathmandu
On your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, our representatives will pick you up with your name on a sign board and will escort you to the hotel.
At the hotel, we have organized a small welcome program just for you.
Day 2 - Kathmandu Sightseeing
After breakfast, we will be taking you to a short walk around Kathmandu Durbar Square, Kumari’s Palace and the Durbar Square Museum that once used to be a palace where the kings lived.
On this day, we will be having a short presentation describing entire journey for the great expedition ahead. We will also be visiting local hire shop to pick up last minute equipment required.
Day 3 - Drive to Khudi (800 m)
Today will be the beginning our journey out of the city and onto the depths of mountains. 7 to 8 hours of road trip from Kathmandu takes us to Besisahar. And about half an hour drive from there takes us to Khudi, the starting point of our trek. Khudi offers us a first glimpse of the gorgeous Manaslu range.
Day 4 - Khudi to Sirung (2200 m)
On this day, we will begin our trek for the first time by walking for about 6 to 7 hours. The path to Sirung includes crossing a few suspension bridges and waterfalls including several ascents and descents across rice paddies and a subtropical forest. The mountains that we see from Khudi seem a lot closer now. We admire close-up views of Nadi Chuli and Manaslu mountains from Sirung.
Day 5 - Trek to Jagat (1300 m)
Trek to jagat from Sirung is a relatively easy trail of 6 to 7 hours of trekking. The trial includes forest, ferns and woodland. We also pass through several small villages and a few temples on the way. We cross a suspension bridge over Sangu Khola at Mipra then again at Syange over the Marshyangdi River. There is also a waterfall nearby the bridge. Now our trail moves alongside the mighty Marshyangdi River and we cross one more bridge before reaching Jagat.
Day 6 - Jagat to Dharapani (1960 m)
To reach Dharapani from Jagat, it takes around 7 to 8 hours of trek. The trail from Jagat descends until it reaches the river and then continues through a lush forest. Further ascent leads to sharp-edged cliff facing the river bank. After crossing a suspension bridge, we climb steeply towards the slippery and physically challenging path to Sattale. We approach steeply-forested village of Karte. Meandering along the waterfalls and cliffs, and finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge.
Day 7 - Chame (2710 m)
Today we walk through a few forested ridges on our way to Chame, which is the headquarters of the Manang District and takes 5 to 6 hours to reach. Throughout the trek we can admire amazing views of the Himalayas including Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525 m). On today’s trek we also come across small hot springs where we can dip in and soothe our aching muscles. We stay overnight in Chame.
Day 8 - Trek to Pisang (3300 m)
A steep and narrow path through a very dense forest will bring us to the exceptional curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. This is probably the steepest part of the Marshyangdi Valley, such that the trail is carved into the vertical rock. After passing this last bit of rock, the valley opens up with splendid vistas.We trek for a while before reaching Lower Pisang where we spend the night. The entire day journey is approximately 5 to 6 hours of walk.
Day 9 - Towards Manang (3519 m)
Trek from Pisang to Manang is about 3 and a half hours of walking.
Continuing on the south side of the river and the trail includes a long climb over a ridge to reach approx 3400m and then descends to the valley and then to Hongde (3325m) where there is an airstrip, several lodges and a police check post. After crossing to the north bank of the river near Mungli we will reach Bryaga at (3475m) – Tibetan-style village with an ancient Gompa. After a short walk we will reach Manang.
Day 10 - Acclimatization at Manang
Today is acclimatizing/rest day. We hike to Chhunker viewpoint where we get to relish the view of the pristine Gangapurna Lake with a backdrop of the Annapurna Range, Tilicho Peak (7134m), Pisang Peak (6091m), Chulo Peak (6584m), Thorong Peak (5416m), and so on. Then we retrace back to our lodge for lunch, a typical Thakali meal. After lunch, we hike to Cave Gompa (4500m), which is again an excellent viewpoint to enjoy the Annapurna Range panorama. Then, we return back to the lodge for the overnight stay.
Day 11 - Trek to Yak Kharka (4110 m)
Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka is about 4 hrs walking. On this day, we will trek slowly to Tengi (3620m) and steadily walk upwards to Gunsang (3930m) and reach Yak Kharka (4018m). We can observe vegetation consisting of scrub juniper and alpine grasses and even the views of peaks of Gangapurna (7454m) and Annapurna III (7555m) on the trail are magnificent.
Day 12 - Thorong Phedi (4600 m)
It is an uphill walk to Thorong Phedi for approximately 3 to 4 hours of walk. After walking for some time we cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We ascend furthermore and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorong Phedi, the last village before Thorong La pass. On this trip we are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. The word Phedi in Nepalese is referred to as the foot of a mountain. Overnight in Thorong Phedi.
Day 13 - Trek to Muktinath (3800 m) via Thorong La Pass (5416 m)
We start early from Thorong Phedi as we walk up a tough trail today for 8 to 10 hours to reach Muktinath. Climbing up on a steep and narrow trail, we reach the highest pass of the world, Thorong La Pass (5416m). From Thorong La Pass, we can enjoy the amazing views of the Annapurna range to the south and Mukut Himal (6473m) bordering Dolpo to the west. The trail goes downhill over glacial moraine, which gives way to lush fields before we reach Muktinath. This is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus. Holy water flows from the 108 carved taps surrounding the temple. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 14 - Muktinath to Marpha (2670 m)
Early in the morning, we will visit the holy temple of Muktinath. You can bathe in the 108 taps which supposedly washes your sins away. Below the temple, there is an additional Buddhist monastery where we can witness the mixture of earth-water-fire that gives Muktinath its spiritual importance. We also see the superb view of Nilgiri Himal (7061m) and Dhaulagiri I (8167m).
Descending from Ranipauwa village down the steep and barren hillside, we tumble down toward Kagbeni and then to Jomsom finally arriving at Marpha. The trail today is quite surreal as we trek along a plateau above Kali Gandaki River, the world's deepest gorge. The barren landscape of this area resembles Tibet. Marpha is also famous as the apple capital of Nepal where one can enjoy different items made from apple. The local apple brandy of Marpha is famous all over Nepal. Overnight at Marpha.
Day 15 - Kalopani (2530 m)
Trek from Marpha to Kalopani is about 7 hrs walking. We cross the river and walk to Chokhepani through Tibetan Refugee camp at Chairo, before continuing on to Tukuche. From Tukuche the trail is undulating and we pass through the small villages of Sauru, Kobang and Larjung along the way. After lunch we cross the river and continue our walk down to Kalopani.
Day 16 - Kalopani to Tatopani (1200 m)
Our journey today is mostly downhill for 6 to 7 hours. During the early part of today’s trek, we cross the bridge at Ghasa. As we drop to lower elevations, we emerge back into subtropical forests, lush with vegetation. Our trail continues along Rupse Chhahara (waterfall). We continue down the east bank from Kopchepani via Garpar to a bridge at Dana. At Narchyang Besi, we get to see a powerhouse that supplies electricity in the area. There are bigger villages in this area where we can observe the everyday lives of the local people. Upon reaching Tatopani, we relax and have a bath in the hot spring.
Day 17 - Ghorepani (2850 m)
Today is a bit of hard and long day for hiking up to Ghorepani for about 7 to 8 hours with about 50-60 degree slope up via Ghara, Shikha and Chitre the Braman and Magar Indigenous peoples settlements. Lunch on the way and overnight at teahouse lodge at Ghorepani is set.
Day 18 -Poon Hill view point (3195 m) and Trek to Hille (1524 m)
Getting up early in the dawn and climbing a steep ascent to the top of Poon Hill, we will be able to catch the magnificent view of the first light of dawn illuminates Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak with a surreal pink glow. After imprisoning the mesmerizing scenery into our camera, mind and heart, we descend back to Ghorepani.
After a break on Ghorepani, we will set up for a long day of trekking. The route is always downhill today and mostly on stone steps. The first couple of hours to Ulleri are through dense forest, passing the occasional lodge in a clearing. Then, a steep section, with 3767 steps, leads down to Hille (1524m) for overnight.
Day 19 - Trek till Nayapul and drive to Pokhara
Today will be the last day of your trek. On this day, we will be trekking for 3 hours from Hille to Nayapul. From Nayapul, we will be taking an hour long drive to pokhara, where we will be spending a lovely evening by the lake-side of Pokhara enjoying the sensational landscape.
Day 20 - Back to Kathmandu
In the early morning, we will be returning back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. We take the Prithvi Highway which is approximately 7 hours drive to reach Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we return to Hotel and have time to rest and relax. You can enjoy spa and massage treatments to soothe the body pain from trekking.
Day 21 - Final Departure
It may be an end to one journey, but another will surely begin! Your journey to Annapurna Panorama Trek has officially came to an end on this day.
Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight time, our representative will transfer you to the airport.
We will be staying at 3 Star Standard hotels which have deluxe suite in Kathmandu. All accommodations are on twin-share basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 300.
All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests. While on the short trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. The teahouse menu includes Nepalese, Tibetan and the more common continental cuisines for us to choose from.
This trek’s itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Experts agree that gaining elevation without proper consideration of AMS could be fatal. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. Therefore, our body needs time to adapt to an environment with less oxygen.
For our trek, There will be one guide (5 trekkers: 1 guide) and porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that even if anybody in the group gets sick or is unable to carry on, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group. We can run the trek for groups of any size, but usually, it is a maximum of twelve people as we've found this to be the best size for a successful trip. If you would like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.
Messenger Travel & Tours is definitely committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members and we have previously used helicopters - at our expense - to rescue porters from dangerous situations. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
Travelers who can walk up to 6-7 hours a day on an uphill and downhill trail will find this trek fulfilling. It is best that we prepare ourselves for the Annapurna trek by jogging and exercising regularly at least a month prior to the start of the trek. Trekking to Annapurna Region should be relatively easier for those who have experience walking/trekking in a high altitude environment. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skills are required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Messenger Travel & Tours before booking the trek.
Best Time to Travel
Autumn (mid Sept to mid Dec) and spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The weather is sunny and warm, with outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, only colder (obviously). The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature. However, please note, there may be snowfall / avalanches during the winter.
Note:There will be 2(percent) additional discount per person, if the group of people exceeds the minimum group of people (Min 12 Pax)