Discover Manang Village, Yak Kharka & Muktinath Temple on Annapurna Trek

  • 17 Days
  • Nepal
  • Strenuous
  • Trekking
  • Annapurna circuit trekking is one of the best trekking routes in Nepal. It is the trek within the mountain ranges of central Nepal.  During the Annapurna circuit trek, we can find the beautiful scenery of different mountains such as Annapurna Massif, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Tilicho peak, etc. The path reaches its highest point at Thorung La Pass (5416/17769 ft), touching the edge of the Tibetan plateau. The seventh-highest peak in the world Manaslu, the tenth highest Annapurna I, and the world highest lake in the world Tilicho Lake can be seen while trekking in the Annapurna circuit. The trek passes through beautiful villages. We can also find the culture varies among the village’s people. This region is the home of Hindu culture and tradition at the lowland foothills to the Tibetan culture of Manang Valley and lower Mustang. The lifestyle of the people is Simple but quite different from each other ethnics group Hindu and Tibetan. Agriculture and animal husbandry is the main occupation of the people living in this region.

    The circuit is a 128-mile-long trail that takes approximately 15-21 days to complete, depending on your pace and itinerary. The trek starts from Besisahar and ends in Pokhara, two cities located in Nepal's Annapurna region. Along the way, you'll cross through several mountain passes, diverse landscapes, and traditional villages, making it a truly unforgettable experience.

    During this trek, we are very sure that you will always have the most spectacular views of the different Himalayas, ethnic groups of people, the varied nature of flora and fauna, and many more. Green forests, Rocky Mountains, sights of the highest peaks, sheep and Himalayan goats grazing in pastures, and herds of Chauri Gai add to the beauty of trekking to Manang.  So, the Annapurna circuit trek will go to be the best trekking among the others.

    Embark on an epic adventure through the breathtaking landscapes of Nepal with the Annapurna Circuit trek. This iconic trekking route takes you on a journey of a lifetime, encompassing the mighty Thorong La Pass, stunning mountain vistas, charming villages, and cultural encounters that will leave an indelible mark on your soul.

    The Annapurna Circuit itinerary is a 128-mile-long trail that takes typically spans around 15 to 20 days, depending on the pace and side trips you choose to take. This trek is known for its diverse terrain, ranging from lush green valleys to arid high-altitude deserts, offering a kaleidoscope of natural beauty at every turn.

    One of the highlights of the Annapurna Circuit is the Thorong La Pass, standing at an elevation of 5,416 meters. Crossing this mountain pass is a thrilling and challenging experience that rewards you with breathtaking panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. The sense of achievement upon reaching the top is immeasurable, and the vistas will leave you awestruck.

    Proper acclimatization is crucial during the Annapurna Circuit trek, as you gradually ascend to higher altitudes. Acclimatization days are strategically placed in the itinerary to allow your body to adjust to the thinner air, reducing the risk of altitude sickness. These rest days also provide an opportunity to explore the surrounding areas, interact with locals, and immerse yourself in the unique culture and traditions of the Himalayan communities.

    Altitude sickness is a potential concern during high-altitude treks like the Annapurna Circuit. It is important to be aware of the symptoms and take necessary precautions. Hydration, gradual ascent, and listening to your body are key factors in preventing altitude sickness. It is advisable to consult with experienced guides, follow their guidance, and be prepared with proper medication, if needed.

    Here are some trekking tips for a successful Annapurna Circuit adventure: pack lightweight and essential gear, wear comfortable trekking shoes, dress in layers to adapt to changing weather conditions, carry a good quality sleeping bag, use a reliable trekking agency or guide, stay hydrated and eat nutritious meals, and respect the local culture and environment by practicing responsible trekking.

    Along the Annapurna Circuit, you'll encounter captivating villages like Manang, where you can witness the unique traditions, architecture, and lifestyle of the local people. The hospitality of the villagers will leave a lasting impression, and their warm welcome will make you feel at home in this rugged terrain.

    As you trek further, the trail leads you to Yak Kharka, a scenic spot surrounded by grazing yaks and picturesque landscapes. The tranquility and serenity of this place offer a perfect respite for weary trekkers, allowing you to rejuvenate before continuing your journey.

    Reaching the sacred Muktinath temple is a spiritual highlight of the Annapurna Circuit. This revered pilgrimage site is revered by both Hindus and Buddhists, with its mesmerizing natural beauty and cultural significance. Pay homage to the temple, feel the spiritual energy, and soak in the tranquility of this holy place.

    The Annapurna Circuit trek provides a mesmerizing Himalayan trekking experience that will stay with you forever. The awe-inspiring mountain vistas, the camaraderie among fellow trekkers, the joy of conquering challenging trails, and the deep connection with nature make this journey an unforgettable adventure.

    The Annapurna Circuit is a must-do trek for all adventure seekers, offering a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural exploration, and personal achievement. It is an experience that will test your limits, inspire personal growth, and create cherished memories. Lace up your boots, pack your backpack, and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime on the Annapurna Circuit.


    Why Trek with Us:

    At our trekking company, we prioritize safety, comfort, and authenticity. Our team consists of experienced guides who are knowledgeable about the region's history, culture, and terrain. We provide high-quality equipment, including tents, sleeping bags, and trekking poles, to ensure your comfort throughout the trek. We also offer customizable itineraries that cater to your needs, preferences, and fitness levels. Additionally, we are committed to sustainable tourism and work closely with local communities to minimize our impact on the environment.


    Tips for Trekking the Annapurna Circuit:

    • Train beforehand: The trek is physically demanding, so it's essential to prepare your body by doing cardio exercises and building endurance.

    • Pack light: You'll be carrying your own backpack, so it's best to pack only the essentials.

    • Bring warm clothing: Temperatures can drop drastically at night, so bring warm layers, including a fleece jacket, gloves, and a beanie.

    • Stay hydrated: It's crucial to drink plenty of water throughout the trek to avoid altitude sickness and dehydration.

    • Respect the local culture: The Annapurna region is home to various ethnic groups, each with their own customs and traditions. It's essential to respect their culture by dressing modestly and avoiding behaviors that may offend them.

    • Be flexible: Weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances may cause changes to your itinerary, so it's essential to be flexible and open-minded.

    Trip Highlights

    Trekking Destination:           Annapurna Circuit Trekking 
    Group Size:                            Min. 2 & Max
    Minimum altitude:                830m
    Maximum altitude:               5,416m
    Grade:                                     Moderate and Fairly Strenuous
    Season:                                  Spring & Autumn
    Accommodation:                  Hotel and Lodge 
    Duration:                                17 days



    The Annapurna Circuit trek offers a multitude of highlights that make it a popular choice among trekkers worldwide. Here are some of the key highlights of the Annapurna Circuit trek:

    • Diverse Landscapes: Experience a breathtaking variety of landscapes as you traverse the Annapurna Circuit. From lush green valleys and terraced fields to alpine forests, high mountain passes, and arid landscapes, each day presents a new and stunning scenery.
    • Thorong La Pass: Conquer the iconic Thorong La Pass, standing at an elevation of 5,416 meters. This challenging yet rewarding mountain pass offers panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Crossing Thorong La Pass is a true highlight and a test of your physical and mental endurance.
    • Annapurna Massif: Marvel at the majestic Annapurna mountain range, which includes peaks like Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, and Annapurna IV. The towering peaks dominate the skyline, creating a breathtaking backdrop throughout the trek.
    • Stunning Mountain Views: Enjoy jaw-dropping views of some of the world's highest peaks, including Annapurna I (8,091 meters), Manaslu (8,163 meters), Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters), and Machhapuchhre (6,993 meters). The ever-changing mountain vistas will leave you in awe at every turn.
    • Traditional Villages: Immerse yourself in the rich culture and traditions of the local communities along the Annapurna Circuit. Encounter charming villages inhabited by diverse ethnic groups, such as Gurung, Thakali, and Manangi. Explore their unique architecture, taste local cuisine, and interact with friendly locals.
    • Natural Hot Springs: Take a well-deserved break and rejuvenate your body in the natural hot springs of Tatopani. These therapeutic hot springs provide a soothing respite for tired muscles, allowing you to relax and soak in the natural beauty of the surroundings.
    • Buddhist Monasteries: Discover the spiritual side of the Annapurna Circuit as you visit ancient Buddhist monasteries along the trail. Experience the serene atmosphere, observe monks in prayer, and learn about the Buddhist philosophy and practices.
    • Annapurna Base Camp (optional): Extend your trek by visiting the Annapurna Base Camp, a sanctuary nestled amidst the Annapurna massif. The base camp offers breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and an up-close encounter with the mighty Annapurna I.
    • Cultural Exchange: Engage with fellow trekkers from around the world, sharing stories and experiences along the trail. The Annapurna Circuit attracts adventurers from diverse backgrounds, providing ample opportunities for cultural exchange and forging lifelong friendships.
    • Sense of Achievement: Completing the Annapurna Circuit trek is an incredible achievement. The physical and mental challenges overcome, the breathtaking landscapes witnessed, and the cultural experiences gained all contribute to a deep sense of accomplishment.

    The Annapurna Circuit trek is a remarkable journey that combines stunning natural beauty, cultural exploration, and personal achievement. It is a trek that offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience, leaving trekkers with lasting memories and a deep appreciation for the wonders of the Himalayas.

    Outline Itinerary

    • Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu
    • Day 02:Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar and then to Chame (9-10 hours)
    • Day 03:Trek from Chame to Pisang (6-7 hours)
    • Day 04: Trek from Pisang to Manang (6-7 hours)
    • Day 05:Rest Day in Manang for acclimatization
    • Day 06:Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (3-4 hours)
    • Day 07:Day 7: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (3-4 hours)
    • Day 08:Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass (7-8 hours)
    • Day 09: Trek from Muktinath to Marpha (6-7 hours)
    • Day 10:Day 10: Trek from Marpha to Kalopani (5-6 hours)
    • Day 11:Trek from Kalopani to Tatopani (5-6 hours)
    • Day 12:Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (7-8 hours)
    • Day 13: Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill and Tadapani (6-7 hours)
    • Day 14: Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk (3-4 hours)
    • Day 15:Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara (4-5 hours)
    • Day 16:Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (7-8 hours)
    • Day 17:Departure from Kathmandu

    Detail Itinerary

    • Day 1Arrival in KathmanduUpon your arrival in Kathmandu, our representative will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel. You can spend the rest of the day exploring the city or resting, depending on your arrival time. In the evening, you'll meet your guide for a trek briefing and equipment check.
    • Day 2Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar and then to Chame (9-10 hours) After an early breakfast, you'll embark on a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar, which takes approximately 6-7 hours. From there, you'll continue your journey to Chame, the district headquarters of Manang. The drive takes another 3-4 hours and passes through beautiful villages, forests, and rivers. Chame is located at an altitude of 2,710 meters, so it's important to start acclimatizing by drinking plenty of water and taking it easy.
    • Day 3Trek from Chame to Pisang (6-7 hours)Today, you'll begin your trek by following the Marsyangdi River and passing through dense forests of oak and pine. You'll cross several suspension bridges and waterfalls and encounter several traditional villages along the way. Pisang is located at an altitude of 3,200 meters, and the last stretch of the trek is uphill. You'll have stunning views of Annapurna II and Pisang Peak from here.
    • Day 4 Trek from Pisang to Manang (6-7 hours)Today's trek is relatively shorter but more challenging as you'll be ascending to higher altitudes. You'll pass through the Upper Pisang village, where you can visit the 400-year-old monastery and witness traditional Tibetan architecture. The trail becomes steeper as you ascend towards the Ghyaru village, and you'll have to cross the Ngawal village before reaching Manang, located at an altitude of 3,540 meters.
    • Day 5Rest Day in Manang for acclimatizationIt's essential to take a rest day in Manang to acclimatize to the higher altitude and avoid altitude sickness. You can spend the day exploring the village, visiting the local monastery, or hiking to the nearby Gangapurna Lake. You can also attend a briefing session on altitude sickness and how to prevent it.
    • Day 6Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (3-4 hours)Today's trek is relatively short and easy, as you'll be gaining only 200 meters in altitude. You'll be passing through beautiful meadows and pastures, where you can see yaks and horses grazing. Yak Kharka is located at an altitude of 4,110 meters and offers stunning views of Annapurna III and Gangapurna.
    • Day 7Day 7: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (3-4 hours)Today's trek is another short and easy day, as you'll be gaining only 200 meters in altitude. You'll be passing through a narrow valley and crossing several streams before reaching Thorong Phedi, located at an altitude of 4,420 meters. You'll have stunning views of the surrounding mountains from here, and it's important to rest and acclimatize before crossing the Thorong La Pass.

    • Day 8Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass (7-8 hours)Today is the most challenging and rewarding day of the trek, as you'll be crossing the Thorong La Pass, located at an altitude of 5,416 meters. You'll start early in the morning to avoid any potential bad weather conditions and strong winds, and make your way up to the pass. The steep climb will take around 4-5 hours, depending on your pace, and you'll be rewarded with incredible panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

      After reaching the pass, you'll take some time to rest and take pictures before descending down to Muktinath, a sacred pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The descent can be steep and rocky in some places, so it's important to take it slow and watch your footing. In the afternoon, you'll reach Muktinath, a small town situated at an altitude of 3,710 meters, where you'll spend the night.
    • Day 9 Trek from Muktinath to Marpha (6-7 hours)After breakfast, you'll visit the holy site of Muktinath Temple, which is believed to bring salvation to those who visit. You'll then continue the trek towards the town of Jomsom, passing through the picturesque village of Kagbeni along the way. Kagbeni is situated at the confluence of the Jhong River and the Kali Gandaki River, and is known for its traditional mud-brick houses and narrow alleyways.

      From Kagbeni, you'll continue on to the apple-growing town of Marpha, known for its delicious apple brandy and cider. The trek to Marpha is relatively easy and takes around 6-7 hours. In the evening, you'll have time to explore the town and visit some of its famous bakeries and distilleries.
    • Day 10Day 10: Trek from Marpha to Kalopani (5-6 hours)Today's trek takes you through a scenic landscape of apple orchards, forests, and small villages. You'll pass through the town of Tukuche, known for its traditional weaving industry, and the village of Larjung, where you can visit the local monastery.

      After crossing the Kali Gandaki River, you'll reach the town of Kalopani, situated at an altitude of 2,530 meters. Kalopani offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains, including Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna range. You'll spend the night here and have the opportunity to witness a beautiful sunset over the mountains.
    • Day 11Trek from Kalopani to Tatopani (5-6 hours)Today's trek takes you through the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki Gorge, which separates the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. You'll pass through the villages of Lete and Ghasa, and trek through lush forests of rhododendron and pine trees.

      In the afternoon, you'll reach the town of Tatopani, which is famous for its natural hot springs. Here, you can take a relaxing dip in the hot springs to soothe your tired muscles after the long trek. You'll spend the night in Tatopani.
    • Day 12Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (7-8 hours)Today's trek takes you through a series of steep uphill and downhill sections, passing through small villages and terraced farmland along the way. You'll climb up to the village of Ghara and continue on to the town of Shikha, where you'll stop for lunch.

      After lunch, the trail continues uphill through dense rhododendron forests, and you'll pass by several small settlements before reaching Ghorepani, a popular stop for trekkers on the Annapurna Circuit. Ghorepani offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains, including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli.
    • Day 13 Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill and Tadapani (6-7 hours)Today you'll wake up early and hike to the top of Poon Hill (3,210 meters), one of the best viewpoints in the Annapurna region. From the top of Poon Hill, you'll be able to see the sunrise over the Himalayas, including views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Manaslu.

      After enjoying the sunrise, you'll head back to Ghorepani for breakfast before continuing on to Tadapani. The trail today is mostly downhill through dense forests, and you'll pass through several small villages along the way.Today you'll wake up early and hike to the top of Poon Hill (3,210 meters), one of the best viewpoints in the Annapurna region. From the top of Poon Hill, you'll be able to see the sunrise over the Himalayas, including views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Manaslu.

      After enjoying the sunrise, you'll head back to Ghorepani for breakfast before continuing on to Tadapani. The trail today is mostly downhill through dense forests, and you'll pass through several small villages along the way.
    • Day 14 Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk (3-4 hours)Today's trek is relatively short and easy, and takes you through more beautiful forests and small villages. You'll pass by the village of Chuile and cross a suspension bridge over the Kimrong Khola river before reaching Ghandruk, a traditional Gurung village known for its stunning views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail)
    • Day 15Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara (4-5 hours)Today is the final day of your trek, and you'll descend through beautiful terraced farmland to the village of Birethanti. From there, you'll continue on to Nayapul, where you'll meet your transportation for the drive back to Pokhara.

      In Pokhara, you'll have some free time to explore the lakeside area and relax after your trek. You may want to take a boat ride on Phewa Lake or visit some of the local markets and shops.
    • Day 16Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (7-8 hours)Today you'll take a scenic drive back to Kathmandu, passing through small villages and beautiful countryside along the way. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you'll have some free time to explore the city and do some last-minute shopping before your departure.

    • Day 17Departure from KathmanduYour Annapurna Circuit Trek comes to an end today. You'll be transferred to the airport for your onward journey.

    What's Includes:

    When you book your Annapurna Circuit Trek with us, you can expect the following includes:

    • All-inclusive Annapurna Circuit trekking package at an affordable price.
    • Hassle-free trekking experience with private pick-up and drop-off by vehicle included in cost.
    • Star-level hotel accommodation in Kathmandu included.
    • Enjoy full board meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during trekking.
    • Accommodations during the trek and Annapurna Circuit Trekking Map.
    • Round-trip transportation from Kathmandu to Beshishahar and from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
    • Experienced guide and porter to carry your luggage during the trek and all their expenses.
    • Group medical supply (first aid kits).
    • All necessary paperwork and national park entry permits.
    • Travel and rescue arrangement.
    • All government taxes.
    • Get a comprehensive trekking experience with our Annapurna Circuit trekking package at a great value.

    We take care of everything so you can focus on the adventure and create lifelong memories. And if you're interested, we can even provide you with a video of the route before you go. Book with us for a safe, enjoyable, and unforgettable Everest Base Camp trekking experience.

    What's Excludes:

    For your convenience, we have included the cost of most of the essentials required for your Annapurna Circuit trek in our package. However, please note that the following items are not included in the cost:

    • Meals in Kathmandu: You should budget around US$ 10 - US$ 12 per day for meals whilst in Kathmandu.

    • Travel insurance: It is mandatory for all our clients to have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation and medical expenses.

    • International airfare: The cost of your international flights to and from Nepal is not included.

    • Nepal entry visa: You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Nepal’s Airport in Kathmandu.

    • Drinks: All kinds of drinks, including alcoholic, hot, and cold drinks, are not included.

    • Personal expenses: Personal shopping, laundry, and any other expenses of a personal nature are not included.

    • Personal trekking equipment: You are responsible for bringing your own personal trekking equipment, such as trekking boots, warm clothes, and a daypack.

    • Tips: Tips for trekking staff and drivers are not included in the package cost.

    We provide a sleeping bag, down jacket, duffle bag, and walking stick if necessary. If you have any questions about what is included or excluded from our package, please feel free to contact us.

    Trip Note

    Annapurna Circuit trekking is not only safe but also famous for its breathtaking views, stunning landscapes, and unique cultural experiences. It is one of the most popular trekking routes in Nepal, attracting thousands of trekkers from around the world every year. As a responsible and reliable trekking company, we prioritize your safety and comfort during the entire trekking journey.

    Our team of highly qualified professional guides are trained and certified by the Nepal Government, and they possess extensive knowledge and experience of the region. They will be with you every step of the way, ensuring that you have a smooth and enjoyable trekking experience.

    We take great pride in providing our clients with a personalized and customized trekking experience that caters to their specific interests and preferences. We encourage open communication and welcome your input during the planning stages of your adventure.

    Our commitment to responsible tourism and sustainable practices is reflected in everything we do. We strive to minimize our environmental impact and contribute to the local communities through various initiatives.

    Choose us for your Annapurna Circuit trekking adventure, and we guarantee you a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will leave you with lasting memories of the majestic Himalayas.

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    Trip Facts

    • Transportation:12
    • Meals:Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
    • Accommodation:Hotel + Teahouses + Lodges
    • Altitude:5,416m