Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • 21 Days
  • Nepal
  • Moderate
  • Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Annapurna Circuit trekking with UNO is a 3-week long trek around the Annapurna massive Himalayas. Every year more than 60,000 trekkers come from around the world. The scenery of outstanding with a distinct regional scenery of rivers, flora, fauna, and Himalayas. Annapurna Circuit trekking is a route of circles the Annapurna and Lamjung Himal (6983m), including Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna III (7555m) and Gangapurna(7455m).

    While encircling the pair of Annapurnas you will be confronted with the beauty of nature's experience and visit the Himalayan local area. That the scenery of outstanding with a distinct regional scenery of rivers, flora, fauna, and Himalayas. Annapurna Circuit trekking is a route that circles the Annapurna and Lamjung Himal (6983m), including Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna III (7555m) and Gangapurna(7455m).

    Trek around Annapurna in Nepal.

    Starting from Pokhara, This trek traces the Marsyangdi River up and over Thorong La pass (5416m) then descends west of Kali Gandaki. In Annapurna, trekking duration culture is as diverse as the terrain itself. Annapurna Circuit trekking goes around clockwise from Besisahar to Nayapul and reaches its summit in Thorung La pass (5416m). Annapurna Circuit trekking route goes past Manaslu (Plus 8,000m peak), Langtang Himal, Annapurna II and IV, Annapurna III and Gangapurna and Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri (Plus 8000m Peak) passing through the world's deepest gorge in between those two peaks. Poon Hill, at end of the trek, has views of those two mountains as well as South Annapurna and Machhapuchre known best for early morning hikes for the miraculous sunrise with the beautiful Himalayan Ranges. The Annapurna Circuit trek also goes through Buddhist villages and Hindu holy sites, most particularly the village of Muktinath, a holy site for both Buddhists and Hindus, and Braga, which is one of the oldest monasteries.

    Annapurna Circuit Itinerary has often been voted as the best long-distance trek in the world, as it combined, in its old full form, a wide variety of climate zones from the tropics at 600 m asl to the arctic at 5416 m asl at the Thorong La pass and cultural variety from Hindu villages at the low foothills to the Tibetan culture. 

    Important notice

    There are two types of trekking permits required by anyone wishing to do the Annapurna Circuit trek. No matter when or how you’re hiking the Annapurna Circuit, you’ll need to organize both a Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) permit, and an Annapurna National Park Permit (sometimes also known as the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit).

    Trip Highlights

    Trekking Destination:           Annapurna Circuit Trekking 
    Group Size:                          Min. 2 & Max
    Minimum altitude:                830m
    Maximum altitude:               5410m
    Grade:                                  Moderate and Fairly Strenuous
    Season:                               Spring & Autumn
    Accommodation:                  Hotel and Lodge 
    Duration:                              21 Days


    *Differing changes in Landscape and greenery on daily Itinerary.

    *Differering climates and temperatures.

    *People, Culture, and change of religions as well as the traditional way of life.

    *Fabulous sceneries and panorama of the high Himalayan Mountain Range.

    *World's deepest gorge of Kaligandaki, and the world's largest natural Rhododendron garden.

    Outline Itinerary

    • Day 01:Arrive at Kathmandu airport
    • Day 02:Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu City
    • Day 03:Drive Kathmandu to Besishahar (830m) and trek to Khudi (800 m/2624)
    • Day 04:Trek Khudi to Sirung (2200m/7216 ft)
    • Day 05:Trek Sirung to Chamje (1,410m/4,626ft)
    • Day 06:Chamje to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft)
    • Day 07:Trek Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft)
    • Day 08:Trek Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft)
    • Day 09:Trek Pisang to Manang(3500m)
    • Day 10:Rest day for acclimatization and explore around Manang
    • Day 11:Trek Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft)
    • Day 12:Trek Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft)
    • Day 13:Trek Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft) via Thorong La Pass (5416m/17764ft)
    • Day 14:Trek Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m/8,760ft)
    • Day 15:Trek Marpha to Kalopani (2,530 m/8300 ft)
    • Day 16:Trek Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m/3937ft)
    • Day 17:Trek Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft)
    • Day 18:Trek Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,710m/8,891ft)
    • Day 19:Trek Tadapani to Ghandruk to Pokhara (850m/2,789ft)
    • Day 20:Pokhara to Kathmandu
    • Day 21:UNO Travels and Adventures drop in International Airport for Home Country.

    Detail Itinerary

    • Day 1Arrive at Kathmandu airport Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft] Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by a representative from AGT. After completion of your customs formalities (Visa, etc), pick up your luggage and look for our representative in Nepal to perform Trekking. Trekking display board at the arrival gate. You will be then escorted to Hotel in Kathmandu. After check-in, It all depends upon your interests and condition. In the evening upon your reception, Nepal performs Trekking will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese restaurant where we enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal. Included meal: Dinner. Note: B refers to Breakfast, refers to Lunch and D refers to Dinner
    • Day 2Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu CityKathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation today upon your breakfast, we will start a guided tour of several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites; including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple (Swayambunath), and the Buddhist shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. Nepal performs trekking will arrange a meeting with your guide of the trek as well as provide you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding your upcoming adventure. Included meal: Breakfast.
    • Day 3Drive Kathmandu to Besishahar (830m) and trek to Khudi (800 m/2624)Kathmandu to Besisahar to Khudi [800 m/2624]: 8 - 9 hrs drive We start our journey into the hills through the winding roads along the Trishuli River. En route, we see more of the countryside of Nepal that offers greenery, rivers, villages, farms, and beautiful mountain scenery. Upon arrival at Mugling, we head along the road toward Pokhara. We leave the highway to Pokhara at Dumre and head north to Besisahar. A half an hour's drive from Besisahar takes us to Khudi, the starting point of our trek. Alternatively, we can get off at Besisahar, and then trek for an hour to get to Khudi along the wide trail. Khudi offers us a first glimpse of the gorgeous Manaslu range.
    • Day 4Trek Khudi to Sirung (2200m/7216 ft)Khudi to Sirung [2200m/7216 ft]: 6 - 7 hrs Our first day`s walk involves crossing a few suspension bridges, waterfalls, and several up and downhill sections across rice paddies, and subtropical forests. Initially, the walk is gradual then it becomes steeper. The mountains that we see from Khudi become closer as we walk higher. The villages and people are interesting. On the way to Sirung, we come across an ethnic Tamang settlement Tranche. We enjoy the close-up views of Nadi Chuli and Manaslu in Sirung. Sirung offers us a homestay where we also enjoy the cultural program organized by the villagers for the visitors. If the number of visitors is more than four, the group may have to split to stay at different houses for the night. At this juncture, we will have the first glimpse of the gorgeous Manaslu range.
    • Day 5Trek Sirung to Chamje (1,410m/4,626ft)Sirung to Chamje [1,410m/4,626ft]: 5 - 6 hrs We trek through amphitheater-shaped rice terraces, along a steep vertical cliff, lush forests, and some culturally intriguing villages. Always following the Marsyangdi River, we walk in a fantastic landscape through little waterfalls, forests, and villages. We will not feel tough until we reach Syange (1100 m), but after Syange the climb gets tougher up to Jagat (1300 m). From Jagat, we make a steep climb to Chamje. Overnight at Chamje.
    • Day 6Chamje to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft)Chamje to Dharapani [1,960m/6,430ft]: 5 - 6 hrs Today we enter the Manang region passing through fields of corn, barley, and potatoes, and then through forests of bamboo and rhododendrons. On the way is the village namely Tal. Tal lies on a flat plain next to the sandy beach and river at the base of a large waterfall. While hiking, sometimes we may have to give a pass to a large group of donkey caravans. Overnight at Dharapani.
    • Day 7Trek Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft)Dharapani to Chame [2,710m/8,891ft]: 5 - 6 hrs Today we negotiate a few steep forested ridges along with several landslides on a route on the west. We should not forget to look up though, as we will be treated to some of the most sensational views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). Small hot springs add relief on our long day hard trek. Overnight at Chame.
    • Day 8Trek Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft)Chame to Pisang [3,300m/10824ft]: 5 - 6 has a steep and narrow path through a very dense forest that 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 the U-shaped valley of Manang hanging between two giant snow peaks. Upon walking through these wonderful sites we reach Pisang. Overnight at Lower Pisang.
    • Day 9Trek Pisang to Manang(3500m)Pisang to Manang: 6 - 7 hrs today, we will have a disjuncture of two routes that we follow. If taken the upper route (NPT recommends), i.e., the route through Upper Pisang via Geru, we will have outstanding scenarios. We feel like we are horizontally in front of the majestic peaks. The panoramic views of the mountain peaks, such as Annapurna, Pisang peak, and several others will definitely allure us. We experience a contrast with the landscape and vegetation from today. On the way, the cold and dry climate creates a much harsher environment. Our short visit to Barge monastery, the largest in the entire district of Manang will be memorable. Overnight at Manang.
    • Day 10Rest day for acclimatization and explore around ManangManang: Rest today is the scheduled acclimatization day. It is not recommended to stay idle but a short walk to a higher altitude is suggested to get acclimatized to the altitude. The upcoming next two days will be very challenging and tiring trekking for us with a rapid gain in altitude. We should never be confident with the altitude and always be cautious. Bhojo Gompa or Gangapurna Lake is worth visiting sites from an acclimatization point of view. Further, we pay an easy excursion to a little distance away to a village called Varga, upon which we will be at a village's monastery. At this site, we also visit at the Himalayan Rescue Association where we can get some ideas about Mountain Sickness. Overnight at Manang.
    • Day 11Trek Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft)Manang to Yak Kharka [4,110m/13,484ft]: 3 - 4 hours From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki above Manang, and then continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail follows this valley northward, passing a few pastures, and a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. The trail further passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Now the trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Yak Kharka. Little but Gradual ascent is the key to avoiding altitude problems. Overnight at Yak Karka.
    • Day 12Trek Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft)Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi [4,600m/15,092ft]: 3 - 4 hrs We make our way to the foot of the pass, Throng Phedi today. Thorong Phedi is a small busy settlement catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers. Trekkers like us use this point as a base camp. Some visitors also attempt a hike to the High Camp today so that the next day can be easier for them. But, the Nepal platform trekking team leader does not advise this. Although we will have a tough day tomorrow, we stop at Thorong Phedi so that we can sleep soundly rather than a risky sleep at a higher altitude at High Camp. Overnight at Thorong Phedi.
    • Day 13Trek Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft) via Thorong La Pass (5416m/17764ft)Thorong Phedi to Thorong La (5416m/17764ft) to Muktinath [3,800/12,467ft]: 8-11 hrs. We reach the climax of our Annapurna circle trek today. It will be a lifetime unforgettable experience- crossing the famous high pass, Thorong La (5416m/17764ft). An early start is important to complete the mission. Each moment we have to work hard today through the icy high-altitude trail. But the outstanding high Himalayan scenes are such tempting that our eyes love to watch more over the horizon than on our trail. Upon setting the sun we will be at Muktinath. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The area hosts a Vishnu temple and a Monastery nearby. Muktinath itself demonstrates the religious harmony in Nepal. Overnight at Muktinath.
    • Day 14Trek Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m/8,760ft)Muktinath to Marpha [2,670 m/8,760 ft]: 4 - 5 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 apples. The local apple brandy of Marpha is famous all over Nepal. Overnight at Marpha.
    • Day 15Trek Marpha to Kalopani (2,530 m/8300 ft)Marpha to Kalopani [2530 m/8300 ft]: 5 - 6 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 Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, and 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. Overnight at Kalopani.
    • Day 16Trek Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m/3937ft)Kalopani to Tatopani [1,200m/3937ft]: 6 - 7 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 (a 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.
    • Day 17Trek Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft)Tatopani to Ghorepani [2,850m/9,350ft]: 7 - 8 hrs While walking, we observe the lifestyle of the people in the midland villages of Nepal. Ghara and Sikha are villages with terraced and inclined farmlands. We gradually walk steeply up to ascent Ghorepani. While traversing through the Phalate, Chitre, and a no-habitation area we encounter Rhododendrons, birch, magnolia, and some meadows on the way. As we gain height, the peaks ahead look wonderful. We stay at Ghorepani because we have to make the climb to Poon Hill early tomorrow morning. Overnight at Ghorepani.
    • Day 18Trek Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,710m/8,891ft)Ghorepani to Tadapani [2,710m/8,891ft]: 6 - 7 hrs early at dawn, we ascend to Poon Hill (3,210m. /10,531ft) to catch the moment of a 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 down trail trek to Tadapani for overnight through the rhododendron forests. We like to keep inspecting at the horizon as scenario are equally dazzling throughout the day at the trek.
    • Day 19Trek Tadapani to Ghandruk to Pokhara (850m/2,789ft)Tadapani to Ghandruk to Pokhara [850m/2,789ft]: 5 - 6 hrs trek, 1 hr drive 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 trekking to Nayapul to complete the trail which is flowed 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. Overnight in Pokhara (850m/2,789ft).
    • Day 20Pokhara to KathmanduPokhara to Kathmandu: 6 hrs drive After breakfast, we start our drive back to Kathmandu. It will be better to hold on to the left pane of the vehicle to enjoy the scenario throughout the route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we will be escorted to our hotel; and we spend the afternoon leisurely, perhaps catching up on some last-minute shopping, and in the evening celebrating dinner together with Nepal platform Trekking staff. Overnight in Kathmandu.
    • Day 21UNO Travels and Adventures drop in International Airport for Home Country.Fare well Your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! AGT escorts you to the airport for your flight time. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, a representative from NpT will escort you to the airport and bid farewell greetings.

    What's Includes:

    • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private Vehicle.
    • Four-night standard accommodation in star level hotel in Kathmandu.
    • Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during trekking.
    • All accommodations during the trek.
    • Annapurna Circuit Trekking Map.
    • Drive Kathmandu to BeshiSshahar and come back from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
    • An experienced Nepal Government licensed holder guide and porter to carry your luggage during the trek.
    • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment, transportation, and local taxes.
    • Group medical supply (first aid kits).
    • All necessary paper works and national park entry permits.
    • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
    • All government taxes.
    • If you are interested we can provide you with a video of the route.

    What's Excludes:

    • Meals whilst in Kathmandu allow US$ 10 - US$ 12 per day.
    • Your Travel insurance.
    • International airfare.
    • Nepal entry visa (You can obtain a visa easily upon arrival at Nepal’s Airport in Kathmandu).
    • All kinds of drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks)
    • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
    • Personal trekking Equipment.
    • UNO Travels and Adventure's sleeping bag, down jackets, Duffle bag, and walking stick, if necessary.
    • Tips for trekking staff and drivers.

    Trip Note

    Annapurna Circuit trekking is safe and for the well-being of our groups. All of our trips are led by qualified professional guides who are well-trained by Nepal Government. Our responsibility is to ensure your comfort and safety as we take your holiday. In this regard, we work honestly and effectively to provide you with the Himalayan experience that suits your interest. We encourage you to question us freely and contribute to the planning stages of your adventure in the trekking period.

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    Trip Facts

    • Transportation:6
    • Meals:Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
    • Accommodation:Hotel + Teahouses + Lodges
    • Altitude:4450m