Annapurna Circuit Trek Package-12 days

annapurna circuit trek

Trip Introduction

Annapurna Circuit Trekking is one of the best treks in Nepal, perfect for trekkers who wish to explore the superb perspectives and landscapes of the southern and northern Himalayas. The high point of the trek entails crossing of the 5414m high Throng Pass, from the arid valley of the upper Manang, home of Tibetan- Buddhists, down to the Hindu pilgrimage site of Muktinath, and the Kali Gandaki valley, the world’s deepest river gorge, before heading down to Pokhara. Besides the mountain views, we encounter on this trek a variety of mountain communities of the Gurung, Manangi and Thakali people.

Annapurna region is best described as the most happening incentive trekking destination of Nepal. The Annapurna Circuit Trek has been proved as a highly praised and spectacular trekking route in the Annapurna region since it opened to foreign trekkers in 1977. This trek starts right from Besishahar and goes along the Marshyangdi River, with a great view of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east.

This magnificent Annapurna Circuit Trekking leads you to the fine village inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups, offering the spectacular and majestic view of the white Himalayas. As it continues to the north of the main Himalayan range on to the high and dry Tibetan Plateau, the scenery is equally breathtaking.

Trek through Thorong-La Pass (5,416m), the most noteworthy spot on this route. From Thorong-La Pass, the trail winds down to Muktinath, a revered and sacred spot for both Hindu and Buddhists. Near to Muktinath Sanctuary, visitors will see an endless blazing fire over the undergrounded water spring.

Immerse yourself in the splendid mountain scenery, from red rhododendron timberland forests completely in bloom in March and April, to thickly forested trails, to the necked slopes and awe-inspiring snow-capped regions. The scenery on this trek is astonishing.

Over the years, the Annapurna Circuit Trekking has become the best seller among all our trekking tours. The breathtaking mountain scenery and the beautiful ethnic villages justify the popularity of this route.

Outline Itinenary

Day 1:  Drive from Pokhara to Besisahara/ Shange (40km)
Day 2:  Trek from Shange to Tal (1710m)
Day 3:  Trek from Tal to Danakyu (2190m)
Day 4:  Trek from Danakyu to Chame (2670)
Day 5:  Trek from Chame to Pisang (3300m)
Day 6:  Trek from Pisang to Manang (3540m)
Day 7:  Acclimatization day at Manang (3540)
Day 8:  Trek from Manang to Yak-kharka (4050m)
Day 9:  Trek from Yak kharka to Phedi or High camp (4700m)
Day 10:  Trek from Phedi or High Camp to Muktinath (3760m)
Day 11:  Drive from Muktinath to Tatopani (1200m)
Day 12:  Drive from Tatopani to Pokhara


Day 1: Drive from Pokhara to Besisahara/ Shange (40km)

Drive to Besisahar/Shange, about 4-5 hrs from Pokhara.

Day 2: Trek from Shange to Tal (1710m)

You can start a wonderful walk through a range of scenery. From Tal, one can head across the river and ascend the ridge top high above. Just before you can camp at Tal, the first village in Manang, you can come over a small rise and enter a wide, flat valley with a long, silvery waterfall to the right.

Day 3: Trek from Tal to Danakyu (2190m)

Move out on a trail crossing a wide, flat valley. The trail then climbs a stone stairway to 1860m. The journey continues up and down to Dharapani at 1890m. There one can find a stone entrance Chorten, typical of the Tibetan influenced villages. You can visit the Danakyu at 2190m which offers typical flat-roofed stone houses of Tibetan design.

 Day 4:  Trek from Danakyu to Chame (2670)

Often rough and rocky, the trail climbs to Timang at 2750m, and then continues through forest and near the river to Kopar at 2590m. As you reach Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, you are rewarded by fine views of Annapurna II and two small hot springs by the town.

Day 5: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3300m)

The day should be start through a deep forest in a narrow valley and crosses a river on a long bridge at 2910m. We then cross another bridge at 3040m, and from there the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. The trail then joins to climb to Pisang.

Day 6: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3540m)

Today you can continue through the upper part of the Manang district, where you are cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. People of this region herd yaks and raise crops for part of the year and enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784.

Leaving Pisang, you have an alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meet up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde at 3325m involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. The trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga at 3475m to nearby Manang at 3540m.

Day 7:  Acclimatization day at Manang (3540)

Today you can spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. Take a walk and enjoy the magnificent views.

Day 8:  Trek from Manang to Yak-kharka (4050m)

The trail makes an ascent of nearly 2000m to the Thorong La pass. You can climb steadily through Tenki, leaving the Marshyangdi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, you will reach Yak-kharka at 4050m, there you will see the vegetation becoming sparse and the altitude rises.


Day 9:  Trek from Yak kharka to Phedi or High camp (4700m)

The trail descends to cross the river at 4310m before you then can climb up to Phedi at 4450m. At High Camp at 4700m, you will find some excellent guesthouses.

Day 10:  Trek from Phedi or High Camp to Muktinath (3760m)

The journey from Phedi “foot of the hill” or at the bottom of the 5416m Thorong La pass, begins this day. One then can steep climb via a regularly used and easy to follow trail. It is about four hours climb up to the pass marked by the Chortens and prayer flags. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by magnificent views.

Day 11:  Drive from Muktinath to Tatopani (1200m)

From Muktinath, the trek begins with a downward walk along the Kaligandaki river beach. The trail follows a road and you can ride a bus or jeep up to Tatopani where your overnight accommodation can be set.

Day 12:  Drive from Tatopani to Pokhara

This morning, head to Pokhara in a private vehicle, stopping for lunch on the way.

Cost Includes and Excludes

Cost Includes

  • Licensed English speaking trekking guide

  • Guide or porter (inclusive of all related costs such as insurance, food, accommodation)

  • Farewell Dinner in Pokhara

  • First Aid medical kit

  • All the required permits and paperwork

  • Optional Addons

  • Ticketing Pokhara to Kathmandu

Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare

  • Any drinks like Mineral Water, Coke more then 3 cup of tea and coffee.

  • Nepal visa

  • Hotel in Kathmandu

  • Your travel and medical insurance

  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, etc

  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on charted helicopter

  • Tips for guides and porters

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