The Annapurna circuit trail is an exclusive journey into the Annapurna region with the trek ending at one of the most beautiful lakeside city of Nepal, Pokhara. En-route trekkers will be mesmerized by the majestic beauty of Mt. Annapurna, the 10th highest mountain in the world including other snow-capped peaks.
The trail of the Annapurna Circuit is rated as the world’s top ten trekking trails. This challenging trek is a quest for any trekking enthusiasts and has been pulling hordes of trekkers from around the world. The terrain of the Annapurna region explodes with amazing natural beauty coupled up with age-old culture and traditions of the people living in the high Himalayas.
You trek past remote valleys, high mountain villages, alpine lakes, icy-cold glaciers, lush green forests, and raging mountain rivers. The Kali Gandaki gorge, the deepest in the world, adds to another interesting feature of the trek. The Annapurna Circuit trek is a great journey of trekking in the high Himalayan trails.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. O/N Hotel
After landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu from your designated destinations, you will be received by our representative at the arrival gate who will then transfer you to you allotted hotels. You can either visit the city or relax at the hotel to overcome your jet lag.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation. O/N Hotel
The Kathmandu sightseeing trip will begin in the morning. After breakfast, you will be taken towards Kathmandu Durbar (Palace) Square, one of the heritage sites where you can view many historical and cultural monuments.
Later, you will visit another heritage site known as Pashupatinath Temple. This is a sacred Hindu Temple of Lord Shiva which is always crowded by Hindu pilgrims. After lunch, a visit to the Buddhist pilgrimage Swoyambhunath (famous by the name of Monkey temple among tourists) will be carried forward. Likewise, Boudhanath Shrine will be covered by the evening.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Besi Sahar 6-7 hours. O/N Lodge
The Annapurna Circuit Trekking will start with a drive to Besi Sahar from Kathmandu. During this 6-7 hours car ride, you can see the scenic suburbs and countryside of Nepal. After you reach Besi Sahar, you can go around the beautiful hill city to make the most of your remaining time in the day.
Day 4 Besi Sahar to Bahundanda (1300m) 5-6 hours. O/N Lodge
On this day, you will start walking downhill on a sub-tropical forest to reach the Khudi Village. This is a scenic route as it provides the views of Hiunchuli, Manaslu and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli). You will reach Bhulbhule for a quick breather and head towards Bahundanda
crossing the Ngadi village on the way.
Day 05: Baundanda to Chamje (1410m) 5-6 hours. O/N Lodge
Once again, the day will start with a descent on a steep trail towards Syange Village. Passing few suspension bridges, you will reach Chamje via Jagat.
Day 06: Chamje to Bagarchap (2160m) 5-6 hours. O/N Lodge
The trek to Bagarchap requires you to cross the Marshyangdi River while walking through bamboo and rhododendron forests. After few hours of hike, you will come across a large waterfall area which is known as Tal (1675m). After enjoying some time at the waterfall site, you will proceed towards Bagarchap, a village known for its typical Tibetan architecture.
Day 07: Bagarchap to Chame (2630m) 6-7 hours. O/N Lodge
The day’s hike starts with some ascent from the onset. After some steep climb, you will reach Danaque from where you can enjoy the panoramic views of Lamjung, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV. Following Marshyangdi upstream, you will reach Chame for an overnight stay.
Day 08: Chame to Pisang (3190m) 6-7 hours. O/N Lodge
Passing Dhukur Pokhari, on the day, you will leap your step forward towards Pisang. On the route, you will be mesmerized with splendid views of Pisang peak, and Annapurna range on the north. It will be worth a hike to reach Pisang, a beautiful high altitude village well known for Tibetan styled houses and monasteries.
Day 09: Pisang to Manang (3540m) 4-5 hours. O/N Lodge.
On the day, you will start your journey by walking past some aromatic pine forests. By the time, you are about to reach Manang, you will witness great close up views of Gangapurna, Annapurna II & III, Tilicho, Chulu east, Pisang peak. etc. On the way, you will cross the Marshyangdi River to reach Manang before sunset.
Day 10: Acclimatization day in Manang. O/N Lodge.
Getting acclimatized is very important while embarking on a high altitude trek. For this purpose, the day is reserved for the acclimatization process where you will spend a full day to get used to the altitude and the environment of higher altitude places. However, you have a choice either to climb a nearby ridge to the north of the village or to rest in Manang. If you opt to climb the ridge, you can witness panoramic views of nearby mountains.
Day 11: Manang to Letdar (4250m) 5-6 hours. O/N Lodge.
Leaving the gorgeous village of Manang behind, on the day, your trek will start by climbing towards Marshyangdi valley. After a strenuous ascent you will reach Gunsang village followed by Yak-Kharka. You will reach Ledar before sunset.
Day 12: Letdar to Thorang Phedi (4420m) 5-6 hours. O/N Lodge.
Walking along the east bank of the Jorsang Khola, on the day, you will hike towards Thorung Phedi. The trials are tough on the routes as they are narrow paths with unstable slopes. You will reach Thorung Phedi for an overnight stay.
Day 13: Thorang Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) 6-7 hours. O/N Lodge.
This is the most awaited day of the trip as you will gear yourself up for the hike towards Thorang La (5416m), the highest point of the trek following rocky ridges. From the elevated venue, you will see the whole Dhaulagiri range.
After breathing some cool air at the highest point, you will slowly and steadily make a descent towards Chabarbu to reach Muktinath in the evening. Muktinath is well known for the Muktinath temple, a holy shrine for Hindus and Buddhists.
Day 14: Muktinath to Marpha (2710m) 5-6 hours. O/N Lodge.
The day will start with a walk where you will have to follow the Kali Gandaki River to reach Jomsom, a happening place in the region as lots of tourists come here from all around the globe all year long.
Leaving the tourist hotspot behind, you will follow a trail leading towards Marpha, a village known for producing tantalizing apple brandy.
Day 15: Marpha to Ghasa (2010m) 5-6 hours. O/N Lodge.
The day’s routes are all scenic providing spectacular views of Tukuche peak, Dhaulagiri, and Mt. Nilgiri. After walking for a few hours you will reach Tukuche village situated above the beautiful pine forest. From Tukuche, two more hours walk will get you to Ghasa for an overnight shelter.
Day 16: Ghasa to Tatopani (1190m) 5-6 hours. O/N Lodge.
On this day, you will leave for Tatopani, known for providing relaxing hot springs. Crossing the Kaligandaki River on a suspension bridge, you will have to descent past Thapla, Kopchepani, Rupse and Chhahara to reach Tatopani. You can overcome your day’s tiredness by bathing in these hot springs.
Day 17: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2870m) 5-6 hours. O/N Lodge.
After enjoying some morning hot spring’s therapy, you will pack your bags to proceed towards Ghorepani. On the way, you will have to cross the Kaligandaki River for one more time in the trip to reach Beni. The ending trails to Ghorepani traverse through aromatic rhododendron and Magnolia forests.
Day 18: Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3210m) to Tadapani (2710m) 6-7 hours. O/N Lodge.
The day will start early as you need to catch one of the spectacular sunrises from Poon Hill which is just an hour’s hike from the overnight venue. Along with the sunrise view, you can also witness the eyeshot of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Himchuli and Machhapuchchhre mountains from the elevated venue.
The following time in the day, you will hike towards Tadapani which is also known for amazing mountains views.
Day 19: Tadapani to Pokhara. O/N Hotel
This is the final day of your trek as you proceed towards Pokhara walking downhill on the scenic landscapes and local villages. After hiking for a few hours you will reach Birethanthi situated at the confluence of Modi and Bhurungdi Rives. Later in the day, you will reach Nayapul from where you will be picked up for a drive towards Pokhara for an overnight stay.
Day 20: Pokhara to Kathmandu (Drive or fly) O/N Hotel
After sightseeing in Pokhara during morning hours, you pack your bags to leave for Kathmandu. For the return trip, you will be offered a choice either to fly or to take road ways. Whatever means of transportation you choose you will be left with some time to go around the streets of the capital city for shopping. The day will give you the last chance to add up to your shopping list.
Day 21: Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination
As per your flight timings, you will be escorted from your hotel in Kathmandu by one of our representatives to the terminal at the Tribhuvan International Airport approximately three hours before your flight time.
While booking this activity, please provide us with your flight information for pick up arrangement.
When to go:
Spring (February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the best seasons for the Annapurna Circuit Trekking. The weather is sunny and warm offering outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Annapurna Circuit Trekking, only issue is cold (obviously). Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.
Meals and Accommodation:
During the Annapurna Circuit Trekking, we provide the best available guest house which is called Tea house (lodge). Tea Houses are more like hotels, with hot showers, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). Some guesthouses are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea-houses (Lodges) and lunches in local restaurants en-route. Furthermore as you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interacting with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their lives.
Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.
Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 21 days Annapurna Circuit Trekking is moderate to strenuous trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 21 days Annapurna Circuit Trekking successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip are good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.
The Trekking Group:
For the Annapurna Circuit Trekking, there will be one Guide and/or porter for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). We can run the Annapurna Circuit Trekking for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of sixteen people, as we’ve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you’d like to make a group booking for more than sixteen people together, we can arrange this too.
Trekking Guides and Staff:
The most significant thing that makes your Annapurna Circuit Trekking successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:
Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.
Climate and Weather:
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.
Safety and Security:
Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel, that you should consider before booking. Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.