Annapurna circuit trekking

Annapurna circuit trekking

The Annapurna Circuit trekking is the popular trek named for a 300 kilometer trek in Nepal; it includes the high pass Thorong-La pass 5,416 meters. Annapurna is in the central north of Kathmandu. It is in Gandaki Providence of Nepal. The routes touched Tanahu, Lamjung, Manang, Mustang, Parbat and Kaski district of Nepal.

Annapurna circuit trek follows ancient paths used as trade routes between Nepal and Tibet. Annapurna trail has long facilitated the flow of cultures and religions in this remote and formerly inaccessible region. Today Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism, Hinduism and the mysterious Bon-PO religion still coexist and interpenetrate one another in the Annapurna region which contains many pilgrimage sites.

Asian Hiking Team recommended an itinerary for Annapurna Circuit trekking starting from Besi Sahar, “Lamjung district headquarters” 5 to 6 hours is driving from Kathmandu. From Besi Sahar it takes 7–8 days to reach Thorong Phedi or High camp including one day acclimatization day in Manang. From Thorong Phedi/High Camp, 8 to 10 hours walk to reach Muktinath. Muktinath continues the trek to Marpha, Kalapani, Ghasa, Tatopani, Ghorepani and ends in Nayapul then drives to Pokhara.

However, nowadays, the seasonal road heads to Chame or Manang and also the road touches Muktinath. It is also possible to fly daily to/from Jomsom. The trekking itinerary is subject to change as your timetable and budget. But Asian Hiking Team recommends Annapurna circuit trekking, start from Besishahar and end trek in Nayapul.

The Annapurna circuit trek is possibly combined with an Annapurna base camp trek within an extra one week, continues from Ghorepani to Tadapani and entry to Annapurna Base Camp from Chhumrung and end trek in Nayapul.

Annapurna round trekking is possible tea house/Guest house basic. There are possible Guest houses or Hotels on the way in our trekking path. It is possible to have a hotel/tea house in Thorong Phedi or High Camp. In winter, time may be close. There is one tea house on the top of Thorong La pass. In the season, time everyday open for Tea and coffee.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel, overnight at Hotel (B).

Day 02: Travel to Besisahar 800 m, 176KM, continues drive by Jeep to Jagat 1340m, 9–10 hours by tourist bus, overnight at Jagat Guest house/Lodge (BB).

Trekking Starting:

Day 03: Jagat to Dharapani 1943 m 5.30 hours, overnight at Kingfisher Guest house or similar hotel (B/L/D).

Day 04: Dharapani to Chame (2713 m), 5 hours, overnight at Hotel Eagle eye or Marshyandi Mandala or similar hotel (B/L/D).

Option: There are seasonal road continue to Manang. So you can start your trek wherever you want as your time frame.

Day 05: Chame to Upper Pisang (3115 m) 5 hours, overnight at Hotel Manang Marshyandi (B/L/D).

Day 06: Upper Pisang to Manang (3450 m) 6 hours, use upper part off-road, overnight at Mountain Lake Resort or similar hotel (B/L/D).

Day 07: Rest day in Manang for Acclimatization, overnight at Mountain Lake Resort or similar hotel (B/L/D).

Day 08: Manang trek to Yak Kharka (4200m) 4 hours, overnight at Hotel Gangapurna or similar hotel (B/L/D).

Day 09: Yak Kharka trek to Thorong Phedi (4450m) or High camp (4850m), 4.30 hours, overnight at Thorong Pedi Guest house or similar hotel (B/L/D).

Day 10: Trekking to Muktinath - hardest day to cross Thorong La Pass (5416m) continues trek to Muktinath (3800m) 6/8 hours, overnight at Annapurna Inn or Hotel Bob Marley, or similar hotel(B/L/D).

Day 11: Marpha - Trek to Jomsom or Marpha 2667m 5.30 hours, overnight at Hotel Dhaulagiri or similar hotel (B/L/D).

Option: There are road from Muktinath to Pokhara. It is possible to drive directly to Marpha or directly to Tatopani or Pokhara through Beni by Jeep or Bus. You can make treks shorter or longer, let us know. But our itinerary, we recommend trekking all the way to Nayapul and a short drive to Pokhara.

Day 12: Marpha trekking to Ghasa (2010m), 6–7 hours, overnight at hotel Ghasa (B/L/D).

Day 13: Ghasa trek to Tatopani (1189m), 6–7 hours, overnight at Hotel Himalayan inn or Hotel Dhaulagiri (B/L/D).

Day 14: Tatopani treks to Ghorepani (2850m) 6–8 hours, overnight at Hungry Eye or Hotel sunny or similar hotel (B/L/D).

Day 15: Early morning visit Poon Hill (3210m) and trek to Tikhedhunga (1575m) continues to Nayapul 6 hours and drive to Pokhara 1.30 hours, overnight at hotel (B/L/D).

End the trekking 

Day 16: Kathmandu - Travel to Kathmandu by tourist coach 6 hours, 200 km, transfer to hotel (BB).

Day 17: Drop to Airport for your own way journey or next trip (B).