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Annapurna Circuit/Round Trek

Trip Route: Ktm-Besi Sahar-Pisang-Manang-Thorongla Pass-Muktinath-Ghorepani -PKR and return
Max Altitude: 5416 m. at Thorong La Pass
Trip Duration: 20 days
Trip Grade: 4
Transportation: Car/Van/Tourist Bus/Flight
Communication: Yes
Group Size: Any
Best Season: Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov
Per Day Walk: 4 - 6 hour
Annapurna Circuit/Round Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Round Trek - Adventure through the Marsyangdi & Kaligandaki Valley diverse picturesque scenery, from the paddy terraces to the high arctic terrain, constant views of the world's highest mountain range Annapurna, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri's, and in the World's deepest Gorge in the backdrop of traditional Buddhist culture, charming villages in the ancient Trans-Himalayan trade route

Annapurna circuit trek is one of classic & best adventure destination treks in Nepal. It is best to cross Throngla- La, 5416 meter, the Annapurna circuit is normally walked counter clockwise. It goes through country public inhabited by a wide diversity of people. Annapurna Circuit trek is adventure into one of the highest Annapurna Himalayan ranges. The snow capped Annapurna Mountains including Dhaulagiri is, mist-farmed valleys; isolated society will encourage defining nature knowledge. The Annapurna circuit route offers spectacular Mountain View scenery stunning contrasts between green terraced farmland of the Marshyangdi valley and the massive peaks of the western portion of the great Annapurna Himalaya range. These peaks include Annapurna, Gangapurna, Tilicho, Mt. Manaslu and Buddha Himal

The distance of 332km includes Nepal’s several districts. Throngla-La pasthat last for your whole life. The very characteristic of this long Annapurna circuit  trekking is that it surpasses the expectation of all the nature lovers because the natural sceneries, the many village communities, or small rural habitations, white water river and common view of Himalayas as well as the meets with the rural population and their ancient but real natural spending way of life. The Annapurna circuit adventure trek leads you the verities of ethnic group of Nepal.

On the mid way of Annapurna circuit trek we can visit Manang valley which the panoramic valley of the world and Muktinath temple is a symbol of religious tolerance & common faith subsisting between the Hinduists & Buddhists. From Muktinath the trail descending towards Kagbeni with great views of the Mustang region and further through the beautiful river valley into the world's deepest river gorge, carved by the mighty Kali Gandaki River, as it slices between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs. The hot springs at Tatopani trekkers can get different experience of the adventure. Poon Hill is best view point western part of Nepal for sunrise and panoramic mountain views over the Annapurna. Over the entire Annapurna circuit trek provides you the whole knowledge of Annapurna Mountains, a religious way of spending life and remote villager’s activity.

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Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1,300m)

Day 02: Kathmandu valley Sightseeing tour and Trek preparation

Day 03: Kathmandu to Beshishar Drive and Trek to Khudi (800m/2624ft) 6 hour drive and 1 hour drive

Day 04: Khudi to Bahundada (1200m) – 6 Hours walk

Day 05: Bahundanda to Chamje (1410m/4625ft) – 6 Hours walk

Day 06: Chamje to Dharapani (1960m/6429ft) – 6 Hours walk

Day 07: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8889ft) 5-6 hours

Day 08: Chame to Pisang (3190m/10463ft) – 5 Hours walk

Day 09: Pisang to Manang (3,520m/11,546ft) – 5 Hours

Day 10: Rest/ Acclimatization Day at Manang – Hike around

Day 11: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,480ft) 5 Hours walk

Day 12: Yak Kharka to Phedi (4,600m/15,089ft) – 6 Hours

Day 13: Phedi to Throng Top (5,416m) to Muktinath (3800m) – 7 Hours walk

Day 14: Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m) – 6 Hours

Day 15: Marpha to kalopani (2530m) – 6 Hours

Day 16: Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m) – 5 Hours

Day 17: tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m) – 7 Hours

Day 18: Ghorepani to PoonHill to Pokhara – 7 Hours

Day 19: Drive back to Kathmandu

Day 20: Depart Kathmandu

Service includes
  1. Pick up upon arrival 
  2. Kathmandu three night deluxe accommodations with breakfasts
  3. Guided tour of Kathmandu around world heritage sites 
  4. Kathmandu to Beshishar and Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist’s bus, private transports or flights 
  5. An experienced trek guide and required Porters to carry your bags during the trek 
  6. With their all payments 
  7. Annapurna Conservation permits and TIMS 
  8. Your all meals with tea house and lodge accommodations during trek days 
  9. Emergency co-operation services 
  10. First aid medical kid box services 
  11. Pokhara accommodations
  12. Map of the trek route  
  13. Departure transfers 
Service does not include
  • Emergency evacuation/ Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Airfare to any destination for the trekking or car rent.
Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrive in Kathmandu the beautiful capital city of Nepal. The beautiful snow-clad Himalayan mountain range, apart from the peak of Mount Everest, can be viewed from the Kathmandu valley. We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel A trip briefing and official meeting will be held. Forms and disclaimers need to be filled out and signed and final cash payments.  You will be introduced to your group leader and given an overview of the trip and remaining time explores local market. Stay overnight at hotel on Bed & breakfast basis.

Day 2: Kathmandu city tour
Kathmandu Durbar Square
After breakfast, A day trip around the city, today we explore the culturally diverse city of Kathmandu with a local guide to ensure you receive the best explanations about the wonderful sites seen on the tour. These include, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath, Swayambunath and Patan as well as preparation for the trek.

Pashupatinath temple and cremation complex is about a 30min drive from Durba Square. Set on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. The main feature here is the temple devoted to Shiva, the patron Deity of Nepal and Hindu holy men in temples and shrines of it.

Bouldanath Stupa
Bouldanath Stupa is a short drive from Pashupatinath and we move from Hindu culture in to Buddhist when we enter this predominantly Tibetan Buddhist area. The Stupa is the largest of its kind in Asia and this beautiful white structure is certainly one of the more visually impressive buildings in the valley.

Swayambhunath Stupa
Swayumbhunath is a famous Buddhist pilgrimage site for stunning views across the Valley. This picturesque place is built on a small hillock that was once an island when Kathmandu Valley was a lake. The Stupa is surrounded by jungle and is home to many inquisitive monkeys so the place known as monkey temple. Stay overnight at hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Besi Shahar/Syange
After an early breakfast drive to Besi Shahar. It is 185km and takes approximately 6 hours. After that we will drive furthermore 2 hours to Syange by local jeep for overnight. During the drive and on arrival at our destination we will explore some spectacular scenery of snow capped mountains, green hills, rivers and settlement.

Day 4: Syange to Tal
Our first day of trekking introduces us to the cultural elements of Nepal. We come across typical village during the time we can see different appearance of people, who greet us with Namaste, and smiling faces. The trail takes us through the Marshangdi river valley and climbs to reach Jagat, and then further to reach Tal from Chamje, with beautiful views of rocky hills both the side.

Days 5: Tal to Bagarchhap
The area in Bagar Chap is Buddhist rather than Hindu and you encounter your first gompa, or Tibetan Buddhist temple. The landscape is becoming drier as the trail works its way around behind the mountains, sheltered from the monsoon. Here you have excellent views of the Annapurna and of Lampung Himal. 

Day 06:  Bagar Chap to Chame Villages
We walk along the river to reach the village of Bratang (2919m), mainly populated by Tibetans. The residence, and vegetation are sparser as you pass near the base of Lamjung  Himal. You will find many shops, and local electricity, still a rarity in the Himalayas.

Day 07:  Chame to Pisang
This is a dramatic transition day between the rich forests of the lowlands and the dry,  arid, desert-like plains of Manang. The trail continues through a splendid pine forest with stunning views of Lamjung, Annapurna II and IV.  Pisang is a small village with several trekking lodges.

Day 08: Pisang to Manang
Manang   itself is a nice village with high altitude and the remarkable beauty of the area. The trail is flat & easier to Manang. That sits across from a glacial lake formed by water from Gangapurna and Annapurna III. There is also a Himalayan Rescue Association post here, focusing in the treatment of altitude sickness.

 Day 09: Manang
Today is an acclimatization day in Manang. It is important to rest here, in the afternoon a short hike around the village.

Day 10: Manang to Thorung Phedi
Today you cross a tributary below a falls northwest of Manang and climb up to   You then climb gradually to the Jargeng  Khola, cross small tributaries, and hike along attractive meadows with  occasional birch grove.

Day 11: Thorung Phedi to Muktinath via Thorong-la pas
Today is a long trek starting early morning before sunrise at 3/4 am to cross the pass as much as earlier, otherwise weather conditions will greatly affect the journey. We cross over at an altitude of 5416m so can be exposed to strong winds if crossing too late. You will experience magnificent views of the Himalayas before descending to Muktinath.

Day 12: Muktinath to Kagbeni
From here, we can see the stunning landscape of Mustang and some of the caves made by Tibetan refugees in the northern side of the hills. After breakfast we will continue our trail through the Kali Gandaki Valley to Kagbeni.

Day 13: Kagbeni to Marpha
Kagbeni is the Gateway to Upper Mustang. The monastery supposed to be some 500 yrs old which is situated in the town. After breakfast we start to walk through bank of Kaligandaki River, passing Jomsom where the airport is situated with the connection to Pokhara. The Eco museum serves here with the collections of Mountains. Marpha is the village of the Thakali peoples the local inhabitant and the apple garden and apple product is the most popular around the area

Day 14: Marpha to Ghasa
Ghasa is small town near the Kaligandaki River and popular for the bird watching. The trail from Marpha to Ghasa is the deepest gorge in the world. Because the high mountain Annapurna & Dhaulagiri on both Sides of the River making deep valley.

Day 15: Ghasa to Tatopani
The trail follows the river through a narrow gorge and descends to cross a bridge near a spectacular waterfall, before winding through the valley to Tatopani “Tatopani” literally means hot water in Nepali and there is the natural hot spring with the small bathing pool. You can enjoy the hot spring pool & relax after long walking.

Day 16: Tatopani to Ghorepani
Today we ascend again to Shikha arriving mid afternoon in the beautiful magar village. The trail climbs again to reach Ghorepani. This place is a big attraction for tourist visitors for the beautiful views of the Annapurna range & Dhaulagiri. If the weather is clear and depending on time, you can try to go to Poon hill in the evening to see the sunset view on the Himalayas which is sometimes better than the sunrise view in the morning. 

Day 18: Ghaundruk to Pokhara via Nayapul
From Ghandruk all the way down hill through tranquil villages and terraced hillsides to Syauli Bazaar.  Along the way we can see more good views Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare. From Syauli Bazaar, the trails follow the Modi River till Nayapul. After lunch you have a short trek of about 20 minutes to Nayapul, and drive to Pokhara.

Day 19: Pokhara to Kathmandu
Drive to the airport and fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. On arrival the remainder of the day is free shopping.

Day 20: Departure
Transfer to airport for final departure.

Useful Information

Travel Tips

  • Try to be well informed about the routes of the trek.
  • Consult the doctor before you leave for the trip.
  • Do not disturb to the local people.
  • Remain in a group.
  • Hire a guide and require porters. 
  • Do not forget route map.

What to Bring With You

  • Sun Hat and Sun Cream
  • Woolen cap and glove
  • Light sweater or jacket, T-short for during the day and evening warm jacket, paints 
  • Trekking shoes, shocks & sandal  
  • Rain poncho, sleeping bag
  • Flashlight
  • Swiss knife

How to Reach

By Road 
Trip Start : Drive by private vehicle or public bus to Besishar,  
Trip End :  Pokhara

By Air
You can fly to Pokhara, and stay overnight at hotel and next day early morning an hour drive by car or local bus to trek starting point. 

Insurance policy should cover for helicopter evacuation expenses in the eventuality of a serious illness or accident. The insurance should also cover for possible evacuation in case of getting stranded in remote airfield due to bad weather condition.

Annapurna Circuit/Round Trek Reviews

Annapurna Circuit Trekking Peter


"Joining with Adventure Discovery trek for Annapurna circuit was best Yvesdecision for my Nepal holiday in 2010. Our guide Mr. Dhurba Bhatta our porter Gokarna was fantastic. Before I choose Adventure Discovery treks expedition, I was a bit worried how it going to be but after I did my Annapurna trek with them I became family member of them. Their experienced team, friendly behaves; satisfactory service the stunning mountain views have made me go back Nepal again again. 

Thank you so much Rabindra for organizing great trip....


Wonderful trip with Adventure Discovery treks Amy Lawrence – Australia


On a recent and relatively short trip to Kathmandu, my friends and ICaroline were hoping to find a company that would be able to take us on a short trek. We were lucky enough to come across Adventure Discovery Treks who immediately accommodated our needs and put together a trek in the Shivapuri Reserve. I felt as though Rabindra, the trek organizer, had really given though to our time limitations and had put together the very best trip for us. We all came off the mountain feeling as though we had seen/done as much as we could have in these days.

We were picked up early on our first day and set off at the base of the reserve with our guide, Dipu. Dipu is very experienced and has immense knowledge of the land. He is a quite peaceful person and brought a relaxed dynamic to our little group. He was always aware of how we were doing and made sure we were comfortable, fed and hydrated at all time. We had some lovely meals with Dipu – he has had amazing climbing and trekking experiences and had very interesting stories to share.

The trek with Adventure Discovery was by far the highlight of our trip. I will always have lovely memories of these experiences to return to Nepal as soon as I can to get some more trekking in!

Thanks again for Dipu, Rabindra and the rest of the team for all their effort! We couldn’t have expected more!

Amy Lawrence – Australia  

“Knowledgeable Company with Great Guides“ Mary Lyons - USA


Rabi and his team are very knowledgeable and cooperative. Before Mary Lyonscoming to Nepal my friend and I communicated with Rabi a lot via email and he always answered our questions quickly. We were doing Ghorepani poon Hill Trek in the Annapurna Mountain rang. We needed to make some changes so we could fit everything in during our short time in Nepal and Rab was very helpful accommodating. We met our guide the first day and he even showed us around a bit of Kathmandu. I had an extra day and half more in Kathamndu then my friend and Rabi went out of his way to make sure I saw Bhaktapur and some other site in city.

Our trek was the highlight of our trip though. Our guide was Nabin and we trusted him completely! We also had great porter Madhur who did great job to make our trip successful. We stayed in lovely tea houses and Nabin took excellent care of us. Nabin was not just knowledgeable and helpful, he was so much fun! We never had to worry for anything. Nabin knew exactly where we should stand for the best views and the best photos,

I was impressed with this company and their experience. Rabi, Nabin and even our porter made sure we had great trip. Thans to all of them for our great experience in Nepal, We will definitely be back!

Mary Lyons - USA

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