The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal is one of the worlds classic multiday hikes. While the start and stop points and route can be variable, in general trekkers go from Besisahar to Nayapul, roughly 134 miles in total.
The Annapurna Circuit was once billed as one of the most beautiful treks in the world - it was a must item on many adventurers bucket list. But things have changed over the the last few years. Namely road building. Ugly road building. The apple growers in the village of Marpha had bushels of apples that were rotting because they couldn get them to market across the mountainous trails. What to do? Definitely don ask other villages or think about the impact on the main source of income (trekkers). Soon bulldozers moved in and turned trail into 4x4 jeep track with locals and trekkers zooming up and down the valleys in a gaggle of Indian-made jeeps, a chorus of honks and an encore of dust. Its easy to criticize, but its also hard to blame villagers for wanting a road to their house, a road that opens up access to food and healthcare and the ability to visit family.
You will be welcomed on your arrival by our representative at Tourist Buspark or Airport, Pokhara. You will be transferred to your hotel. Once you check into the hotel, find some free and relaxing time until we meet for the briefing at some point in the evening. You will be informed about the time for the briefing at your hotel.
We drive from Pokhara to Besishawar by bus then drive again by bus or Jeep to Chamje.Approximate Trekking Duration - 5-6 Hrs
Another nice walking day today takes you to Bagarchhap to stop for the overnight stay. During the six hours on nice walk, you can see and experience the mountain climate and culture. The more further you walk, the higher you are heading and slow pace will help you to acclimatize.
Check into a tea house at Bagarchhap and relax.Approximate Distance - 12 km Approximate Trekking Duration - 6 Hrs
You are heading towards Chame, the headquarters of Manang, the district beyond the Himalayas, as it is famously known as in Nepal. You will, undoubtedly, enjoy your stay in the mountain town in the lap of Annapurna II - 7937 m / 26040 ft. The walk today is about five hours and offers you some breathtaking views.
Check into a guest house in Chame and relax.Approximate Distance - 10 km Approximate Trekking Duration - 5 Hrs
A steep and narrow path through a very dense forest will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. The forests and heavy vegetation would now be gone. We cross and re-cross the river again and again on suspension bridges. As the trail opens up we get surrounded by majestic Himalayan Peaks. We find ourselves in U-shaped valley of Manang hanging between two giant snow peaks. Upon walking through these wonderful sites we reach at Pisang. Overnight at Upper Pisang.Approximate Trekking Duration 5 - 6 Hrs
An about five hours trek today takes you to the mountain village of Manang where you can see the prevalent Tibetan Buddhist culture. The walk itself offers a magnificent view of the mountain peaks in the famous Annapurna range. Serene mountain atmosphere is an additional bonus for your walk.
Once in Manang, check into a tea house.Approximate Distance - 9 km Approximate Trekking Duration 5 Hrs
Take a day break in Manang to acclimatize to the altitude. Explore the local area of Gangapurna glacier and Gangapurna lake be comfortable adjusting in the high altitude climate.
Stay in Manang
Head towards Yak Kharka, todays destination after having breakfast. Yak Kharka literally means the Yak pasture land. You come across those mountain giants - yaks - along the trail. Enjoy the mountain view and beautiful atmosphere on your six hours walk today.
Once in Yak Kharka, check into a tea house.Approximate Distance - 8 km Approximate Trekking Duration - 6 Hrs
After having breakfast in the morning, start your walk of the day to Thorong Phedi - the base of the Thorong-la Pass. A five hours slow paced walk takes you to the place where you are staying overnight today. Enjoy and relax in the cool mountain environment.Approximate Distance - 5 km Approximate Trekking Duration - 5 Hrs
Today is a long day of walk and the highlight of this trip. Wake up very early in the morning to start your adventure towards the highest pass - Thorong pass. A slow paced up hill walk takes you about 4-5 hours to reach the pass. When you are at the top, you feel like you have conquered everything and the view from there makes you forget all the effort and difficulties you went through to make it there. You have conquered the highlight of this trip. Now, you walk starts descending towards Muktinath for about another six hours.
Once in Muktinath, check into a tea house and relax.Approximate Distance - 15 km Approximate Trekking Duration 10 - 11 Hrs
Muktinath is an important pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists. In the morning, we pay our visit to Vishnu Temple and Gompa. 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, 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.
Stay in a hotel in Marpha.Approximate Trekking Duration 4-5 Hrs
From Marpha, we take a new route toward Kalopani via Chokhopani village. Today, we come across traditional villages of the ethnic Thakali people. Also, we get to see apple gardens. Waiting here is the 360 degrees panorama of Himalayan peaks: Dhaulagari, Tukuche Peak, the three Nilgiris, Fang and Annapurna I. From Chokhopani, we continue to Kokhethanti. Upon crossing a river, we come across the newly constructed road site before reaching Kokhethanti of Kalopani.
Stay in a hotel in Kalopani.Approximate Trekking Duration 5-6 Hrs
Again to avoid the new roads, we take a new route to Tatopani from Kalopani. The journey is mostly downhill. We cross the bridge at Ghasa. As we drop to lower elevations, we emerge back into subtropical forests, lush with vegetation. We continue along Rupse Chahara (popular waterfall). We avoid the road and 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. We experience more 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.Approximate Trekking Duration 6-7 Hrs
While walking, we observe the lifestyle of the people in the midland villages of Nepal. Ghara and Sikha are the villages with terraced and inclined farmlands. We gradually walk steep up to ascent Ghorepani. While traversing through the Phthalate, Chitre and a no-habitation area, we encounter with rhododendron, birch, magnolia and some meadows on the way. As we gain height, the peaks ahead look wonderful. We stay at Ghorepani for we have to make the climb to Poon Hill early tomorrow morning.
Overnight at Ghorepani.Approximate Trekking Duration 7-8 Hrs
Early at dawn, we ascend to Poon Hill (3,210m. /10,531ft) to catch the moment of spectacular sunrise over the whole Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs and surrounding rice terraces. Nick name of Poon Hill is itself a photographer`s paradise. Upon breakfast, we continue ups and downs trail trek to Tadapani for overnight through the rhododendron forests. We like to keep inspecting at the horizon as sceneries are equally dazzling throughout the day at the trek.Approximate Trekking Duration 6-7 Hrs
The trail leads all the way down through the Rhododendron forest to Ghandruk. This is the second-largest Gurung settlement in Nepal. Upon our lunch, we continue trek to Nayapul to complete the trail which is followed by a short bus ride back to Pokhara, a peaceful lakeside city harboring a unique setting of tropical climate and vegetation with the dramatic backdrop of the Himalayas.Approximate Trekking Duration 5-6 Hrs, 1 Hr Drive