Annapurna circuit trek is one of the most stimulating trek with great scenery, diverse culture and well established teahouses. The trek goes around the Annapurna massif jagged with spectacular peaks including the 10th highest in the world, the Annapurna I (8,091 m). The route navigates from the southern lush green valleys to the arid alpine land in the north of Himalaya coming back down to southern foothills. Landscape and culture changes drastically from Hindu dominant cosmopolitan villages to hardcore Tibetan Buddhist villages those are much more intact than Tibet under Chinese influence. The trail winds through Marshyangdi valley and crosses the high pass of 5,416 m at Throng La coming down to Kaligandaki valley with view of snow peaks from Dhaulagiri range.
Trekking in trans-Himalayan region of Nepal Himalayas.
Most popular trek in Nepal.
Adventure of crossing 5,416 m, Thorong pass based in cozy teahouses.
Buddhist villages more intact and happy than its counterpart Tibet.
Exploration of Lower Mustang with great archaeological importance.
Trekking through worl's deepest gorge of Kaligandaki wedged between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.
Outline Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 01:Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar and further to Bhulbhule. - 8 hrs
Day 02:Trek to Jagat - 6 hrs / 1,400 m
Day 03:Trek to Dharapani - 7 hrs / 1,960 m
Day 04:Trek to Chame - 6 hrs / 2,620 m
Day 05:Trek to Pisang - 6 hrs / 3,190 m
Day 06:Trek to Manang - 3,540 m.
Day 07:Rest day for acclimatization.
Day 08:Manang to Yak Kharka(4020m) or churi Ledar (4200 m)
Day 09:Letdar to Thorang Phedi(4440 m)
Day 10:Thorang Phedi via Thorang La Pass (5416 m) – Muktinath (3800 m)
Day 11:Trek or drive back to Jomsom. Explore and wait to fly the next day.
Day 12:Fly back to Pokhra. Free day.
ACAP and TIMS should be issued in Kathmandu before departure. The package includes the permits.
It is possible to drive further into the valley making it shorter for fit and experienced trekkers.
Driving back from Muktinath takes about 10 - 12hrs and ill be more expensive than flying for small group.