Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most rewarding treks in Nepal, circling around the Annapurna massif and passing through the famous Thorung La Pass. Annapurna Circuit Trek has always been famous for excellent mountain sceneries, which include varying angled views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and the magnificent Nilgiri.
The trek is particularly known for the way the landscapes, flora, culture, and climate zones change as the trek progresses. Fertile villages with Hindu inhabitants and terraced fields at the start are slowly replaced by arid valleys full of Buddhist stupas and mane walls during the trek. The trek also has parts with totally isolated moraines at an altitude of 5000 meters with a stunning backdrop of high cliffs and mountains.
Once, this trekking trail was one of the most popular trekking destinations in the world, with diverse landscapes, vegetation, weather, and culture. A newly constructed road has shortened the trek, resulting in the trek losing its previously held charm to people visiting the region. Because of the road, instead of starting at Besisahar, people can easily drive to Chame, the administrative headquarters of Manang. However, trekking through the local villages of Upper Pisang, Gyaru, and Ngawal, villages untouched by the driving road, still makes it an exciting trek. Hiking through this village also provides an opportunity to experience the Manang people's culture and lifestyle.
One of the most amazing experiences (it is a strenuous climb at an altitude above 5000 meters) of the trek is crossing the 5416 meters high Thorung La Pass. This eventful and scenic day perfectly sums up the trek as well. In a day, the trek goes from the arid valleys of the upper Manang, home of Tibetan Buddhists, down to the Hindu pilgrimage site of Muktinath, in the windy Kali Gandaki valley. Annapurna Circuit Trek also offers a side trip to Tilicho Lake, the highest lake in the world located at 4949 meters with towering Tilicho Peak (7134 meters) standing right beside the lake. Milarepa Cave and Ice Lake are the other exciting prospects available on this trek.
Annapurna Circuit Trek also has a natural hot spring at Tatopani. Here, a couple of days of the trek of old days is replaced by a day's bumpy ride. But this also has added a different edge to this already exciting trek. The striking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges from Poon Hill provide a fitting climax to Annapurna Circuit Trek.
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided.
After breakfast, a private vehicle (car/bus) will pick you at your hotel. We drive to Besisahar via the Prithvi Highway, following Trishuli River for most part of the drive. It takes around 6 hours to reach Besisahar about 5 hours. After lunch now take a local jeep and drive to Dharapani on a secondary road. The road at times passes through the settlements of the old Annapurna Circuit Trail. It keeps following the Marshyangdi River for the whole day. This bumpy and exciting ride will take around 4 hours.
The trek starts on the secondary road and does so for the most part of trek until the trek reaches Manang. The road passes the villages of Bagarchap and Danaque. The trail gets briefly off the road and starts to climb through the woods to Temang. Stunning view of Manaslu (8136 meters) opens up at Temang. The trek returns back to the road and goes through the small villages of Thanchok, Koto and finally reaches Chame. Chame is one of the big settlements of Manang region and is also the administrative headquarter. A nearby hot spring just a few minute away from the town can be enjoyed in the afternoon. (6 hours)
The trek continues on the road by the Marshyangdi River and goes through small ancient looking houses at Bhratang. The road passes under an interesting huge rock face and continues to move into the valley following the river. After crossing the river, a brief climb leads to Dhikur Pokhari and offers an amazing view of the rock face of the Paungda Danda, standing more than 1000 meters from the river. An easy walk with the picturesque views of the valley ends at Pisang. (6 hours)
The trail leaves the road, crosses the river, and moves on the alternative route. This less travelled route undulates through a thin forest, a small pond with the reflection of Annapurna II (7937 meters) and Annapurna IV (7525 meters), some mane walls and crosses a suspension bridge in the morning. A good steep climb leads to the Gyaru Village, one of the two medieval villages on the day’s route. The views of the valleys and Annapurna II (7937 meters), Annapurna IV (7525 meters) can be thoroughly enjoyed during the whole day on this route. More undulating trail follows as the trail also passes by some ruins of forts and reaches the second medieval village, Ngawal. (6 hours)
A descend down to the valley and an easy terrain joins the trail back with the road near Mugje. After passing through Mugje, the road leads to the village of Braga. Braga has two contrasting parts, an ancient looking village with a monastery a few minutes away from the road and new modern facilitated teahouses at the other side of the road. An easy walk on the road and a final brief climb ends the day at Manang. The road also ends at Manang and the trek will only get back on road after the Thorang La. (4 hours)
There are few options for the acclimatization day at Manang. If one wishes to have a full day of good trekking, Ice Lake and Milarepa Cave are the best options. If one wishes to do both in a day, it will take a very long day. A short hike near towards Gangapurna Glacier is another easier option.
The trail now separates from the regular Annapurna Circuit and heads into a different valley. A descent leads into the river and turns into an ascent for the next few hours until Khangsar. After the Khangsar the trail gets narrower and crosses through a scree in the latter part of the day. A flat grassy area with a small stream finally leads to the Tilicho Base Camp. (6-7 hours)
The day starts with a steep climb and then turns into an easier ascent. More majestic views of mountains start to appear in every direction as the trek slowly and continuously keep on climbing. Gangapurna (7455 meters), Annapurna III (7555 meters) and several unnamed peaks starts to show themselves as the climb continues. The huge lake finally starts to appear as the terrain slowly starts to turn easy. Tilicho Lake is highest lake in the world located at an altitude of 4949 meters. We return back to Tilicho Base Camp and continue to return towards Khangsar via the same route taken a day ago. (6-7 hours)
The route again changes as the trail now heads towards the Thorung La. A steep climb crosses a ridge and the trek now starts to descend down to a small stream at the bottom of the valley. Another climb follows at the other side of the river leading to the Yak pasturelands of Yak Kharka. (6 hours)
The day begins with a gradual uphill as the valley starts to get narrower with each passing hour. The trail passes through some teahouses at Ledar and drops into the river only again to climb at the other side of the river. The trek continues to undulate and enters into a rocky moraine. The valley gets narrower and finally ends at Thorung Phedi. Thorung Phedi is enclosed by huge rock faces and is located on a sloped rocky moraine. (4 hours)
An early start to the day leads to a steep climb that continues to the top of the pass. The top offers views panoramic views of Annapurna IV (7525 meters), Annapurna III (7555 meters), Chulu West (6419 meters), Chulu East (6584 meters), Tilicho (7134 meters) and many more. A steep descent starts from the top and continues to the very bottom of the pass. Couple of teashops at the bottom finally marks the end of the steep drop. The terrain is now more easier but still continues to go steadily downhill. The day finally ends at Muktinath, one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites of Hindus. This is also one of the longest day of the trek. (7-8 hours)
After a late breakfast, the trek once again continues to go down in the valley. The descent leads down to Kali Gandaki Valley and only ends at Kagbeni. The Kali Gandaki Valley is also famous by the name of the windy valley as strong gusts travels through the valley every afternoon. Kagbeni is located on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River and is also the entry point to Mustang, the forbidden kingdom. (3 hours)
The trek now returns back to the road and follows the river towards Jomsom. The trail closely follows the river for the whole day, staying on the road and passes through Ekle Bhatti. The day ends at Jomsom, the biggest town and also the administrative headquarter of Mustang. Jomsom is also famous for apples and is also known as the apple capital of the country. The apple and apricot brandy from the region is also very popular. A visit to Marpha Village is also an interesting option for the afternoon. (3 hours)
We drive to Tatopani on a local bus passing through many settlements that used to be the part of old Annapurna Circuit. A long and bumpy drive of around 5 hours in the newly built secondary road finally ends at Tatopani. Afternoon can be enjoyed in the famous hot spring of Tatopani.
A long day’s ascent of nearly 2000 meters through the villages of Ghara, Shika, Chitre and rhododendron forests (towards the end of the day) keeps the adventure intact. The day begins with a steep climb and passes through terraced fields and villages throughout the morning. The terrain becomes more easier but still remain steep for the whole day till the day’s trek finally ends at Ghorepani. (8-9 hours)
An early morning uphill hike to Poon Hill (1 hour), one of the best viewpoint of the region to enjoy the sunrise above the spectacular mountain ranges of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. We return for breakfast at Ghorepani and then trek towards Tadapani, climbing a gentle ridge of yet another Rhododendron forest with the views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges still delighting us. The trail leaves the ridge after Deurali and starts to descend down steeply to Nange Thati. A steady and easy walk is soon followed again by another descend down to a small stream with a final climb in the afternoon finally ending the day at Tadapani. (5 hours)
The day starts with a descent through the jungles passing through couple of teashops at Bhaisi Kharka and continues to drop steeply to the famous Gurung village of Ghandruk. We will have lunch at Ghandruk and after lunch drive to Pokhara about 3 hours.
A half day guided tour to the most popular and historical sites of Pokhara and a late afternoon flight back to Kathmandu.
A full day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites.
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future.
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After two years Covid break: the Annapurna Circuit trek!
In October 2021 I booked the Annapurna Circuit trek with Visit Himalaya Treks. As on my previous treks, the company made all arrangements to perfection. The company provided my preferred guide, Shambu Tamang, who provided excellent guidance during the trek. He made sure that the trip went as planned and I had a most comfortable trek! Because of the Covid-related travel restrictions there were only few trekkers on this otherwise busy route. It was nice to see many domestic travellers: a change from just a few years back when Nepalis rarely trekked to see the Himalayas. Well done, Himal and the Visit Himalaya Treks team! October -2021
Unforgettable and amazing experience
We had a brilliant time with Visit Himalaya Treks tour company on our recent trip to Nepal. They are professional, well organised and very experienced. Our initial contact was via email with the owner Himal and we knew instantly we had made the right decision to select this company. Himal was prompt in his replies, offered suggestions and made amendments to our itinerary as requested. We completed a 14 day trek of the Annapurna Circuit. Our guide Ishwa was fantastic and his knowledge of Nepal and the Himalayas was outstanding. We learnt so much about this wonderful country. We also had the pleasure of another guide Raj who organised our Everest sightseeing flight on our return to Kathmandu. We highly recommend Visit Himalaya Treks and have great memories of our time in Nepal thanks to them. May – 2019.
Great trekking experience!
Visit Himalaya Treks was recommended to us by a colleague and we had a great experience with them. The owner was very responsive and replied to our querries in a short period of time. We did the Annapurna Circuit Trek, had 2 porters/guides (we were a group of 4 persons) and successfully managed the trek. There was a lot of snow still on the trek. Our porters/guides always gave good recommendations and made sure that we are safe. We bought crampons on the trek - thanks god we still found some! We also booked a 3-day visit to Chitwan National Park with the same company. We did not want to do the elephant ride, so we were able to do another half day Jeep Safari which was great.
I would just recommend to inform trekkers about the conditions on the trek before the actual start of the trek so that equipment can still be bought in Kathmandu (such as crampons and gaiters. Also, we should have done a full day Jeep Safari in Chitwan instead of two half day Safaris. We will do this next time :) Thanks Himal and Team!! April 2019.
Amazing experiance for me and my kids, briiliant trip! Annapurna Circuit and other areas.
Brilliant trip with Himalaya Treks, there was four of us so they set up a trip specifically for us, great staff, beautiful location, amazing porter and guide as well we had a heap of flexibility if we wanted to change things at the last minute, nothing was too hard, our porters and guide were our link to the local people, really helped us to get a feel for the culture, the local people and the history etc Our guide and porters were always focused on doing everything they could to make sure that we had a wonderful experience and were safe as well.
Also really easy to work with to set up our trip, nothing was too hard, really good recommendations from Himal on what we should do and for how long etc It felt like our porters and guides sort of became part of our family for the trip, really helpful when you are travelling with teen agers, kids learnt local card games in the evening, as well there was always time for local excursions at the end of each days trek. Brilliant trip, will always be remembered! November -2017
Annapurna Circuit Trek
This was our first time in the Himalayas and thanks to “Visit Himalaya treks” and its team of professionals we could spend two wonderful weeks around the highest peaks of the world in the Annapurna region. Here are few of the great memories we will definitely not forget: The camping night at Upper Pisang at the foot of Annapurna IV The incredible view at Ice like The arrival at Thorong-La pass @ 5416 meters lightly covered with snow The crasy bus ride between Ghasa and Tatopani The running session to reach Jomoson The sunrise at Poonhill surrounded by the Annapurnas, the Dhaulagiri, the Nilgiri, the Tilicho… The swim in the icy Bhurungdi Khola falls the rafting in the area of Pokhara the Dal baths… A big ‘thank you’ to Himal and Pasang to have helped us in the concretization of this old dream!! See you soon for the next adventure! 24 October – 2010.
We always try to be flexible to design the trip itinerary for our client’s needs. However, if you are not convinced as our suggested itinerary then off-course you are always welcome to customize or change the trip itinerary.
Holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek, we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation, and food.
An average physical fitness should be maintained prior to booking a trek. Any sort of illness or recent medical problems should be mentioned while booking a trip. Most of our itineraries are prepared to give you maximum time to acclimatize and pace-setting on the treks would be done according to your convenience. If you are having regular medication then tell us before the trip started which would be better for us to give you the physical feedback.
Our main concern is your safety. We never compromised on your safety during the Trekking and all our guides are properly trained and well equipped to take care of our client's safety even in remote areas as well.
There would be always back support in case of an emergency situation like severe high-altitude sickness or accident (which is least expected), you will be sent to the nearest hospital, if possible, otherwise rescued by a helicopter and sent you to the hospital as soon as possible. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred for the use of such emergency services, please make sure that your travel insurance covers both- medical and emergency evacuation costs.
It is not a problem at all because in a mountain most of the tea houses/lodges serve vegetarian food as well and our guide will take care at the time of cooking and on a camping trek, our cook and staffs will care all about the food section.
Most of the lodges in the mountains are basic like a guest house or tea house style. In a few major settlements Lodges are upgraded, where are the possibilities we provide you with the best accommodation! Also, it depends upon the service packages.
Lately, most of the teahouses have electricity supply even with solar panels. So, charging your gadgets is not a problem at all. But charging your battery you should have to pay an additional fee (US$ 1 to 3 approx. per hour.), in order to get your gadgets to be charged.
Now a day’s most of the major village has a cell phone network connection. However, in a remote area where cell phone does not work, and even if there is not any other communication access then we send satellite phone along with our guide so you can easily be in touch with your family.
Yes, either you can store at the same hotel as you stayed or we can store your goods with us safely in our office free of cost.
The luggage must not exceed up to 20 kilograms. A trekking helper (porter) carries the baggage of fewer than 20 kilograms. This bag can be received at the end of each day’s trek and you should carry the rest of the weight as a day bag with all your money and valuables inside it.
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 25 to USD 900 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend a minimum of 10% of your total trip cost for tipping the entire local staff.