The Annapurna region is one of the most famous trekking routes in Nepal. This Annapurna Circuit trek starts from Chamje in the foothills of the Annapurna.
En route we make our way through the woods, several small villages and a few temples and also cross a few suspension bridges. We also enjoy views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). The trek is moderately difficult with ups and downs on rugged trail. You will notice the scenery and culture dramatically change from subtropical forests, paddy fields, and the world’s deepest river gorge to ice flows, a high mountain pass, arid cliffs, and mountain views.
The trek takes you through Tibetan-like Buddhist villages, and woodlands, through the Marshyangdi Valley. Further, it also offers spectacular views of Annapurna Massif, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Tilicho Peak. The trail also takes you to Mustang and the Hindu pilgrimage town of Muktinath.
Our experienced guides and porters will make sure your trek goes as smoothly as possible. Further, we can tailor make the itinerary to fit your convenience as well we are always there to help you out, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us. And if you’re ready for a trip of a lifetime, just give us a ring and we will be there to fulfil your desire for adventure.
Once you land at the Tribhuwan International Airport, our representative will pick you and drop you off at the hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Breakfast and drive to Besishahar along the Trisuli river, cross the several local villages, local market etc. Overnight at Besishahar.
Breakfast and take a local jeep drive to Chamje 2.30hrs and trek to Dharpani 4-5 hours. We make our way through the several small villages and a few temples and also cross a few bridges. Overnight at Dharapani.
Today’s journey is one of the highlights of trip with magnificent vistas of the Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). Moreover, we also take a nice break at a small hot spring.
The journey for today is filled with narrow paths, a dense forest and a steep slope rising 5000 ft. We are welcomed by fantastic views as soon as we make it through the narrow path. When the valley widens we see the Paungda Danda, a giant of a rock rising 5,000 ft (1500m) above the trail. We continue until we reach Lower Pisang. Overnight in Lower Pisang.
There are two ways to reach Manang. We choose to take the one that takes us to Upper Pisang via Geru as the route is filled with beautiful views of Annapurna and Pisang. While on journey you will gradually notice the change in landscape. Green vegetation soon give way to arid desert like landscape. Overnight at Manang.
With great heights come great risks, thus we will need to keep one day just to acclimatize. For this purpose we will take on some short hikes to either Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake and also pay visit to the Himalayan Rescue Association at Vraga Village where we can learn a bit more about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Overnight in Manang.
The first part of the trail has us crossing a stream, ascending to Tenki and further out of the Marshyangdi Valley into the valley of Jarsang Khola. We continue further northwards passing near the small village of Ghunsa and then through pastures where horses and yaks graze. At this point we are at the last part of today’s trail. We cross a small wooden bridge; then pass an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow to finally reach Yak Kharka. Overnight at Yak Karka.
We first cross a suspension bridge to reach Ledar village and then ascent further passing through high cliffs to reach Thorang Phedi. This is the last village before Thorong La pass which offers great views of Mt. Khatungkan, Thorung Peak, Mt. Syagang, and Mt. Gundang. Overnight in Thorang Phedi.
The Thorong La pass is one of the highest passes in the world, thus it may seem daunting. However, we will take on a safe and easy route which is crossing the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath). The views at the top is breathtaking to say the least. After the summit we move down towards Muktinath Valley. Overnight in Muktinath.
Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhist and Hindus, thus we shall visit the surrounding holy sites there first and then we make our way to Jomson (Marpha) via Ranipauwa village and Kagbeni. We walk along a plateau above Kali Gandaki River. Overnight in Jomsom.
Breakfast and take 35 minutes flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. The flight happens only in the morning. You will have free time in Pokhara. You can do either boating, free walking etc. Overnight in Pokhara.
After a 6-7 hours’ drive we make it Kathmandu where a dinner party is arranged to celebrate your successful journey. Overnight in Kathmandu.
It’s time to bid farewell, but we hope we’ll meet again! Our representative will escort you to the airport three hours before the scheduled flight.