ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK (10-21 DAYS)

One of Nepal's greatest journeys

Maximum elevation 5416m

Difficulty: Difficult

Accommodation -: Hotel/Tea house

Transportation:  Flight / private jeep / car

Start /End point :- Besishhar / Jomsom

Best season: March to June and September to December

Culture: Gurung, Magar, Bhotia, Thakali

 

The full Annapurna Circuit trek (20 days) is the most popular circular route in Nepal for those who want the challenge and personal achievement of a long trek and have enough time to spend. It is rightly popular, passing through the beautiful region of Annapurna region and reaching a maximum elevation of  5416 meters at the Thorong La pass, one of the most famous high passes in the world. It is possible to do a shorter version of the Annapurna Circuit in as little as 10 days for those without as much time.

 

Throughout the circuit there are spectacular views of the major Himalayan peaks Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Ganga Purna, Tilicho peak, Thorong peak, Nilgiri himal, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak, Pissang peak… the list goes on.

 

The circuit, which offers an experience of the range of culture and traditions together with the natural beauty, flora and fauna  of the Himalayas. It follows the world’s deepest river gorge, the Kali Gandaki, visits the world’s highest lake, Lake Tilicho and passes monasteries and prayer flags.

ITINERARY (shorter 11 day trek)

Day 01 Drive Kathmandu to Besishhar to Dharapani at 1900m

Day 02 Trek from Dharapani to Chame at 2725m (6-7 hrs)

Day 03 Trek from Chame to Pissang at 3300m (5-6 hrs)

Day 04 Trek from Pissang to Manang at 3540m (5-6 hrs)

Day 05 Acclimatization day (hiking Ice lake ) (5-6 hrs)

Day 06 Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka at 4115m (3-4 hrs)

Day 07 Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi at 4600m (4-5 hrs)

Day 08 Trek from Thorong Phedi to Thorong La pass at 5416m to Muktinath at 3800m (7-10 hrs)

Day 09 Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom 2720m (5-6 hrs)

Day 10 Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara  (40 mins)

Day 11 Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (6-7 hrs)

ITINERARY (full 20 day circuit)

Day 01 Drive from KTM to Besisahar at 820m (6-7 hrs)

Day 02 Trek from Besisahar to Bahundanda at 1270m (5-6 hrs)

Day 03 Trek from Bahundanda to Syange at 1200m (4-5 hrs)

Day 04 Trek from Syange to Tal at 1600m (6-7 hrs)

Day 05 Trek from Tal to Timang at 2350m (6-7 hrs)

Day 06 Trek from Timang to Chame at 2670m (5-6 hrs)

Day 07 Trek from Chame to Lower Pisang at 3250m (5-6 hrs)

Day 08 Trek from Pisang to Manang at 3540m (5-6 hrs)

Day 09 Acclimatization day - hiking to Ice Lake (5-6 hrs)

Day 10 Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka at 4115m (3-4 hrs)

Day 11 Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi at 4600m (4-5 hrs)

Day 12 Trek from Thorong Phedi to Thorong La pass at 5416m to Muktinath at 3800m (7-10 hrs)

Day 13 Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom at 2720m (5-6 hrs)

Day 14 Trek from Jomsom to Marpha at 2670m (5-6 hrs)

Day 15 Trek from Marpha to Ghasa at 2010m (5-6 hrs)

Day 16 Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani at 1500m (5-6 hrs)

Day 17 Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani at 2750m (6-7 hrs)

Day 18 Trek from Ghorepani to Tikhedhunga at 1500m (5-6 hrs)

Day 19 Trek from Tikhedhunga to Nayapul at 1070m (4 hrs) and drive to Pokhara

Day 20 Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (6-7 hrs)