The Annapurna Circuit Trek is popular not just for its natural beauty but also for the opportunity to immerse yourself in local cultures and interact with the diverse communities that call this region home. The trek typically takes around 2 to 3 weeks to complete as a half or full circuit, depending on your pace and the specific route you take. Keep in mind that trekking conditions and facilities can vary, so it's important to be well-prepared and equipped for the journey.
The Trek to the Annapurna Circuit lies inside the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). Variations in nature, exploring Hindu and Buddhist religions, and crossing Throng La (5,416m) with unreal views of big snow-capped mountains like Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tiicho, and more are the major attractions of the Trek.
During this adventure Circuit Trek in the Annapurna Region, you may have a typical Himalayan rural feel in traditional villages like Bhraka, Pisang, Kagbeni, and others. Different nature views every day from start to finish provide you with a lifetime experience of the Annapurna Trek.
The Around Annapurna Trek begins from Kathmandu, where you drive in a public bus to Bhulbhule. It is about a 7-hour drive through the hillside. You can also hire private transportation, which is fast and comfortable. You can either stay in Bhulbhule on the first day or walk about an hour to Ngadi.
On the second day, we go to Chyamje on a rough road. Here, you can see a beautiful waterfall and lots of beehives on the rock on the other side of Chyamche town. You leave the road after Chyamje and start ascending to Sat Tale, then go to Taal, crossing a forest. The trail around this area goes through the Marsyangdi River valley, so you cannot see high mountains around here.
You reach Bagarchhap on the third day, from where you can start seeing high white mountains. Massive Annapurna second looks attractive on the north side of Bagarchhap. Likewise, the trail goes to Chame, Pisang, and then Manang. The Manang is a place where you have an acclimatization rest day. Then, you go further to Yak Kharka and Throng Phedi before crossing the world’s most significant pass, Throng La (5,416m). It ascends from 4,450m to 5,416m and then descends to 3,760m (Muktinath). That is why it is the most significant high school pass in the world.
You reach quite a different landscape than the Manang side of the Mustang region after the pass. You have magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Tilicho Peak, and the Nilgiri Mountains from Muktinath. The Muktinath is a famous and sacred pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists. You can visit Hindu temples, Buddhist monasteries, and shrines in the same place. You can also see a natural gas flame inside a Buddhist monastery, which is offered as Jwala Mai (Flamed Goddess). You trek to Marpha from Muktinath through the Kaligandaki River valley. Here you can see the high mountain desert landscape. Marpha is the apple capital of Nepal, where you can try some apple dishes and drinks. Kalopani is the only place where you can see Annapurna I during the circuit trek. Next, you go to Tatopani, where you can enjoy a natural hot spring, and then Trek to Poon Hill. You can also drive directly from Tatopani to Pokhara if you do not have enough time or don’t want to climb a hill to Ghorepani.
Poon Hill is among the best hill stations for sunrise and Himalayan views. You will hike to Poon Hill early in the morning and see two Himalayan ranges, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Dhaulagiri I, II, and III, Tukuche Peak, Nilgiri South, Brahashikhar, Annapurna South, Hiuchuli, and Machhapuchchhre (Fishtail) look stunning from this hill. Then you descend Tikhedhunga and Nayapul and drive to Pokhara at the end of the Trek.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Map
TheAnnapurna Circuit Trek map is for 20 days from your arrival in Nepal to your departure for home. According to the trip map, our airport representative picks you up with a warm greet you on your arrival at the Kathmandu international airport and takes you to the hotel.
You will have a full-day Kathmandu City Tour when you visit four UNESCO heritage sites (Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Bouddhanath) and prepare for the Trek in the evening after the tour. On the third day, you drive to Bhulbhule and Trek to Ngadi at the beginning of the Trek, stay in the mountains for 15 nights, and arrive in Pokhara at the end.
We make a customized itinerary for this trip according to your time frame; don't hesitate to contact us and provide us with your time through WhatsApp or direct email, and then we will make you a suitable plan and cost for the Annapurna Circuit Trek.
Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake
You can visit Tilicho Lake during the Annapurna Circuit Trek, the world’s highest Lake at 4919m above sea level. You need to add a few more days to the itinerary of the Annapurna Circuit, making a combo trip. You follow the regular itinerary of the Annapurna Circuit until Manang and go to the Left towards Khangsar Village to go to Tilicho Lake. Find the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek outline itinerary below:
1.Drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule (6 hours) and Trek to Ngadi (930m) (1 hour). 2.Trek to Chyamje/Chyamche (1430m): 7 hrs. 3.Trek to Bagarchhap (2160 m) in 6 hours. 4.Trek to Chame (2670m) in 6 hours. 5.Trek to Pisang (3200m) in 5 hours. 6.Trek to Manang (3540 m) in 5 hours. 7.Acclimatization rest day in Manang and exploration around 8.Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (41500m). 6-7 hrs 9.Hike to Tilicho Lake (4919m) and Trek back to Shre Kharka (4080m) in 7-8 hours. 10.Trek to Yak Kharka (4050m): 4-5 hrs. 11.Trek to Throng High Camp (4800m) 4 hrs 12.Trek to Muktinath (3760m) via Throng La Pass (5416m). 7-8 hrs 13.Drive to Tatopani (1190m). 3-4 hrs 14.Trek to Ghorepani (2850m): 6-7 hrs. 15.Trek to Nayapul (1070m). 7 hours and drive to Pokhara (820m). 2 hrs
Half Annapurna Circuit Throng La Pass Trek
You might be confused about a half-Circuit Trek. How is it possible, and what is it? The complete circuit ends in Nayapul with a few days of walking after Jomsom, but the half-circuit Throng La Pass trek ends with a fly-out to Pokhara from Jomsom.
The Annapurna Half-Circuit Trek is perfect for trekkers who do not have enough time for a full one. It is an 11-day trek from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
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