Annapurna circuit Trek is an epic journey through the Marshyangdi and Kali Gandaki valley. Annapurna circuit trek is also known as around Annapurna trekking. After the trek was opened in 1970, thousands of trekkers explore this region each year. The trek starts from the lower altitude and gradually head towards the technical Thorong high pass (5416m). The breathtaking Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range make your trek highly memorable. One of the world's highest lake ( Tilicho) also in this trek.
At the beginning part, there are plenty of green woods with striking waterfalls. It is easy to walk over. As you walk further, you reach to the Tibetan Buddhism influenced Gurung settlements. Pisang and Manang are the representative villages that are culturally loaded. During the acclimatization day at Manang, you hike to the Gangapurna Lake, which is amazing. Then the alpine excursion begins. Reaching Yak Kharka and Thorong Phedi, you need to prepare to climb over the Thorong pass. It is not only technical but also long and tiresome. Reaching the top, you can explore the Annapurna Himalayas, including Annapurna, Nilgiri, Himalchuli and Lamjung Himalayas. Beyond the Annapurna region, there is an arid region, where Muktinath temple lies. It is a renowned pilgrimage destination of Hindu and Buddhists. Walking through the Kali Gandaki River valley, you trek all the way to Tatopani via the Kali Gandaki gorge- the deepest gorge in the world. Then you join the Poon Hill route and trek down to Nayapul.
Annapurna circuit trekking is no doubt, diverse in flora and fauna. Rhododendron forest is dominated. Though the alpine section is treeless, it is decorated with white peaks. Jomsom valley is extremely arid. Such features are the superb attraction of the Round Annapurna trek. There are few different itineraries for this trek. For the expert trek arrangement, please, feel free to contact Frolic Adventure. We always are happy to provide you with the suitable itinerary according to your interest and time.
Day 01Arrive in Kathmandu(1350m.).Our airport representative will be waiting at the airport to greet and pick you up with the private transportation than takes to the Hotel. After our refreshment few hours, we will have the trip meeting with the company manager at the hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 02Cultural tour in Kathmandu.About 9:00 am the tour guide will take to us to the cultural world heritage sites by private transport. we learn about Nepali history, culture, religion, and much more from our guide today. after visiting four heritage sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Bouddhanath than we drive back to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03Drive to Bhulbhule (6hrs.), walk to Ngadi.(930m.)1hrs.We drive to Bhulbhule from Kathmandu in the morning by public bus or private transport today. After 6-7 hours long driving we reach in Bhulbhule with several stops than we trek to Ngadi. it is our first-day trek so we may be tired by the long bus journey so we only trek about an hour. Overnight at the guesthouse.
Day 04Trek from Ngadi to Chyamje.(1430m.)7 hrs.Crossing the Marsyangdi river on the bridge, we trek on the road today to go to Chyamje. The trek will take us about 7 hours today. we stop in Shree Chaur for our Lunch then trek to Chyamje. We see some great waterfalls, river, villages, and more today and reach to the camp. Overnight at the guesthouse.
Day 05Trek from Chyamje to Bagarchhap.(2160m.)6 hrs.Leaving the road on our left, we cross a suspension bridge and reach to the marijuana field where we can see the bunch of the ganja trees. after crossing the ganja field, we start ascending for a while and trek inside to small forest until Taal Phedi. Ascending from here, we reach to beautiful valley Tall near the Marsyangdi river. We again cross the bridge and walk on the road another 3 hours to Bagarchhap. Overnight at the guesthouse.
Day 06Trek from Bagarchhap to Chame.(2670m.)6 hrs. We see the Annapurna II from this place. We trek to Chame today. Chame is the district headquarters of the Manang district. The first half an hour will be an easy trail and we ascend through pine forest until Timang Danda. We have the great view of the Manaslu region from here. We stop for our lunch at a Gurung village (Thanchok) and trek to Chame. Overnight at the guesthouse.
Day 07Trek from Chame to Pisang. (3200m.)5 hrs.Leaving to Chame behind, we cross a suspension bridge of Marsyangdi river and trek on the easy trail through pine forest and pass some apple orchids. After about 3 hours of our walk, we again cross another bridge and ascend through pine forest and reach to Dhukur Pokhari where we stop for our lunch. The trail another hour after the lunch to Pisang is very nice with great view and easy. Overnight at the guesthouse.
Day 08Trek from Pisang to Manang.(3540m.)5 hrs We have the great view of the Annapurna massif today. There are two different trails to Mang from here. The upper route goes through the place called Ghyaru and Lower through Humde. Both trails have the great view but obviously, the higher one has the better view. We see the high airport from the lower trail. The lower trail is the most common trail for the most trekkers. It takes about 4 hours from the lower rout and about 5 and a half from the higher trail to reach to Manang. Today we cross the treeline. Overnight at the guesthouse.
Day 09Acclimatization day at Manang.We need to have an acclimatization day before crossing the world's biggest pass Throng La. We hike somewhere to see the Himalayas, Monasteries, cave, and the lake. We may visit the hundred lama lace or the Gangapurna glacier for our short hike. We also may go to the ice lake or Milarepa cave for the full day hike from Manang. Overnight at the guesthouse.
Day 10Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka. (4050m.)4-5 hours. After two days spending in Manang, we trek to Yak Kharka today following Tenki Manang and Gunsang. We may see the blue shep along the trek and the beautiful Himalayas. Big vultures will be flying around us today. After our 4-5 hours walking, we reach to Yak Kharka. Overnight at the guesthouse.
Day 11Trek from Yak kharka to Thorong Phedi (4450m.) or High Camp (4800m.)3 - 4 hrs. Walking through the nice and open trail to Throng Phedi or High camp, we cross one place called Ledar. After walking about 3 hours, we reach to Throng Phedi where we spend the night. If we go to the high camp rather than staying in Throng Phedi, it will be easier to cross the Throng Pass. If everything would be normal with us than we have our lunch here and trek to Throng High camp. Overnight at the guesthouse.
Day 12Cross the world's biggest pass thorong la (5416m.). Trek to Muktinath. (3760m.)7 - 8 hrs. It takes about 4 hours from high camp and about five hours from Phedi to the top of the Throng La pass. We have the great view from the top. we need to wake up very early and trek with the headlamp for a couple of hours. There will be windy on the top so we need to start very early. After taking some photos on the top than we start to descend to Muktinath steeply downhill Overnight at the guesthouse.
Day 13Trek from Muktinath to Marpha. (2670m.)6 hrs.We start our trek quite early from Muktinath to Marpha today. There will be big wind during the day from the opposite side of our trek. we descend to the Kali Gandaki valley by crossing Jharkot and Khinga. after crossing Khinga, there are two trails through Kagbeni or direct to Eklebhatti. After Eklebhatti, we trek on the side of Kali Gandaki river to Jomsom. Jomsom is the district headquarters of Mustang. We stop here for the lunch and trek to Marpha (The apple capital city). Overnight at the guesthouse.
Day 14Trek from Marpha to Kalopani (2530m.)5 - 6 hrs.Leaving Marpha, we trek to Kalopani through Tukuche, Larjung, and Khokhethanti. The trek will be about 5 hours to Kalopani today. We can't see the Annapurna I before Kalopani but we can see from here. Kalopani is a big village where our stay will be wonderful. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 15Trek from Kalopani to Tatopani,natural hot spring (1190m.)6 - 7 hrs.Leaving Kalopani this morning we cross Lete village and trek another 2 hours to Ghasa. We cross a bridge after Ghasa and trek down to Rupse waterfall. Rupse waterfall is one of the biggest waterfalls of this region. Here we see the world's deepest gorge of Kali Gandaki. After having our lunch here with the view of the waterfall we trek to Tatopani. We enjoy the natural hot spring in here. overnight at the guesthouse.
Day 16Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2850m.)7 - 8 hrs .After a half an hour walk from Tatopani, we cross a bridge of Kali Gandaki river and start climbing to Ghara and Shikha. We stop for the lunch in Shikha and trek to Ghorepani through beautiful rhododendron forest. Ghorepani is the famous pace to visit the Poon hill tower for the sunrise and the Annapurna massif. Overnight at the guesthouse.
Day 17Hike to poon hill and trek to Tikhedhunga/Hile(1540m.) 5 hrs.We hike to Poon hill early morning for the sunrise and Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range. It takes us about an hour to reach the tower. After the view of the stunning Himalaya and the beautiful sunrise, we hike down to the guest house and have our breakfast. after our breakfast here than we trek down to Hile. Overnight at the guesthouse.
Day 18Trek from Tikhedhunga/Hile to Nayapul(1070m.)3 hrs.then drive to Pokhara 1 hrs.This is the last and short trekking day of our trek. Walking about 3 hours easy trek we reach Nayapul through Bhurungdi riverside. The final checkpoint is in Birethanti before crossing the Modi river where we check out and walk to Nayapul where our private transportation will be waiting for us and takes us to Pokhara. Pokhara is a beautiful lake city. we celebrate the last night of our trek in Lakeside. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 19Drive back to Kathmandu.( 6 hrs.).Fare well dinner with Frolic Adventure.The tourist bus leaves at 7:30 in the morning today to Kathmandu. The bus journey will be about 7 hours for 200 km. We pass the different beautiful villages, valleys, farming terraces, and much more. We will have the farewell dinner with the company this evening. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 20Departure to international airport for your final flight.Frolic adventure sends us by private transport to the international airport for our final departure.
DATE: 09 June, 2017
In October 2016, I went on my first trek ever with Frolic Adventure! My trekking team from Frolic Adv. was Rajesh and Jaya and we completed a 5 day Poon Hill trip. The support and encouragement that we received from…
- Krista Rules, Thailand
DATE: 30 May, 2017
I went ABC trekking in early May, this is my second time to Nepal. We hired the same tour guide Raj, and have had a brilliant and amazing trekking tour! I was deeply moved on the route from MBC to…
- Aniyeung, Hong Kong
DATE: 16 May, 2017
Raj, he is my trekking guide in Nepal. This is my second time in Nepal, I trekked to Poonhill in March 2013, and then ABC in April this year. I'm so glad that have Raj being the guide for both…
- Fred Pokan, Hong Kong
DATE: 07 May, 2017
This is my second time to Nepal, it is always attractive with the mountains. Visit the Annapurna base camp, you can see the huge, awesome, elegance mountains which are very closed to you.
Joined with the young guys of Frolic…
- K Lao, Hong Kong
DATE: 11 April, 2017
As a group of mates, we did the treck to Base camp and we couldn't speak more highly of the support, guidance and mateship of this great team. Recommend them 100% and will definitely go back and challenge ourselves again…
- Lincon, Australia