Annapurna Circuit Trekking Details
- Thorung La pass
- Buddhist Culture experience
- Manang Valley, Muktinath
- Kali Gandaki Gorge
Difficulty level: Moderate to Difficult | Days: 16 | Max. Altitude: 5416 meters (Thorang Pass)
Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most traveled trekking trails in Nepal and is very famous among budget trekkers and FITs (Free Individual Trekkers). This classic Annapurna Circuit lodge trek traverses through some amazing landscapes and takes you north of the Annapurna massif while crossing the 5,416m/17,700ft Thorung La pass.
The trek begins in the lush valley of the Marsyangdi Khola that cuts steeply between the Annapurnas to the west and the Manaslu/ Himalchuli peaks to the east. Turning west into the Manang Valley, a longitudinal gorge that makes a deep furrow behind the Annapurnas, you will find yourself in an increasingly Buddhist culture. The Manang Valley is inhabited by itinerant traders of Tibetan origin. Its major villages include Chame, Pisang, Braga, and Manang. Above Pisang there is a sudden environmental transition as dense forests of the lower valley give way to rocky and arid Tibetan scenery and high yak pastures in the rain shadow of the Annapurnas. Crossing the Thorung La brings you to the holy Muktinath, a sacred destination for both Buddhists and Hindus.
The trek concludes in Jomsom, from where you will fly through the Kali Gandaki gorge – the deepest gorge in the world – to Pokhara and Kathmandu. However, you may opt to continue and complete the full circuit by hiking to Tatopani and climbing up to Ghorepani. However, please note that the trekking trail from Jomsom to Tatopani (traditionally a three-day trek) has now been mostly converted into a newly built unpaved road. Nevertheless, the views of the Dhaulagiri range from this route are awe-inspiring.
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- Thorang Pass is one of the highest pass with an altitude of 5416 meters.
- On the day of Thorang Pass, you have to leave Thorang Phedi or High Camp in the early morning (4 or 5 am) to avoid extreme wind at Thorang Pass during midday.
- The day of crossing pass will be a long day as you will have to reach Muktinath for an overnight stay.
- You might have to let pass some vehicles as some sections of trekking trails are motor-able dirt roads.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary
Duration (Approx. Hrs.)
|01.||Drive to Bhubhule||840||8|
|02.||Trek to Syange||1400||6|
|03.||Trek to Tal||1700||6|
|04.||Trek to Chame||2,630||8|
|05.||Trek to Pisang||3,190||7|
|06.||Trek to Manang||3,500||7|
|07.||Acclimatization day (Manang)|
|08.||Trek to Yak Kharka||4,090||7|
|09.||Trek to Thorung Base||4,420||7|
|10.||Cross Thorung La (5,416 m) to reach
|11.||Trek to Marpha||2600||6|
|12.||Trek to Ghasa||2110||6|
|13.||Trek to Tatopani||1,190||8|
|14.||Trek to Ghorepani||2,775||7|
|15.||Trek to Hille||1500||7|
|16.||Trek to Nayapul. Drive to Pokhara.||800||8|
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Expert pre-trip advice and detailed information
All airport transfers
3 nights twin-sharing accommodations in Kathmandu 3-Star or similar, and 1 night in Pokhara (1-Star) or similar on bed-and-breakfast basis
Sightseeing in Kathmandu as indicated on itinerary with guide, vehicle and entrance fees to monuments
Chartered transfer: Kathmandu–Besi Shahar
Lodge trekking as indicated on itinerary:
- rooms with attached bathroom in Manang and Jomsom
- three meals a day – you choose from a menu
- boiled water for your bottles 3 times a day
- guide/staff wages, equipment and meals
- guide and staff insurance
Annapurna Conservation Area fee and TIMS
Nepalese visa fee
Excess baggage charge
Private transportation apart from those in itinerary
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early/late arrival/departure, or due to early return from the trek
Travel and Rescue insurance
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, extra porters, bottled/boiled water, shower)