Annapurna treks, an extreme trek in Nepal is one of the world popular trekking. Annapurna Circuit trek- hiking in the Annapurna is the best trekking in Nepal. Annapurna region the home of Annapurna range is an amazing trekking route Nepal offers three different trekking namely Jomsom trek, Annapurna Sanctuary trekking and Annapurna Circuit trekking. Trekking Annapurna, in fact, is the best treks in Nepal which offer the picturesque views of Annapurna Mountain range. In fact, Annapurna trail Nepal is most chosen trekking routes of Nepal.
Annapurna Circuit Nepal trekking advances to view the magnificent views of mighty mountains Annapurna I(8091m),Annapurna III(7555m),and Annapurna South(7219) which makes the trekking in Himalayas fabulous one. A trek in Nepal for Hiking the Annapurna is also popular as round Annapurna trek among the adventure trekking lovers. As Annapurna trek is best classic and long trekking in the Himalayas, circuit trek can be done for maximum 22 days an adventure trekker having walking efficiency can trek Annapurna in 12 Days. Annapurna Circuit tour is one of the high altitude treks in Nepal. During Annapurna hiking, one will gain the maximum altitude of 5,416m. Thorang-La Pass is one of the Himalayan passes in Nepal and is the highlight of the Annapurna Circuit.
Annapurna trekking in one end offers the fabulous views of mighty Annapurna ranges and in another end, it offers to take a dip in the natural hot springs of Nepal at Tatopani. Annapurna circuit itinerary also covers to visit the famous Muktinath Temple- one of the most revered and visited sites by Buddhist and Hindus, features eternal natural flame and 108 waterspouts.
As tourism is one of the main incoming sources in Nepal, there are many trekking companies in Nepal offering adventure trekking in Nepal and Visit Heaven Treks is one of the best trekking agency in Nepal offering best Nepal treks.
Our flexible Annapurna circuit itinerary, experienced Annapurna Circuit trek guides, traveller friendly Annapurna Circuit cost suits all kinds of trekking lovers who want to trek Annapurna Circuit as the solo traveller or wants to join the group of Annapurna hiking. Join Visit Heaven Treks Annapurna trekking and make your Nepal holiday best holiday adventure ever.
As Trekking in Annapurna Circuit is a seasonal adventure tour and trek activities, we’ve two best seasons for this Annapurna Trek and they are as follows:
Spring(March, April, May): The season in which rhododendron sweeps the ascending altitudes with its magnanimous color and beauty and due to which colorful hills are spotted throughout the journey. One also gets an opportunity to collect the clear and picturesque view of the majestic Annapurna massifs (I – IV) with other nearby mountains as well.
Autumn(September, October, November): The perfect season to trek in which the air is dry and due to which the sky seems to be crystal clear. The trekking trails are also neither too wet nor too slippery. One can enjoy the breathtaking transparent views of the snowcapped Annapurna massifs (I – IV), Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Gangapurna and so on.
As it is one of the challenging treks in the Annapurna region with a quite long duration as compared to Annapurna Sunrise Trek, it is highly not recommended in the winter season(December, January, February). And similarly, due to wet and slippery trail, the Annapurna Circuit Trek is not possible during rainy season(June, July, August) as well.
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The most fabled trekking route in the World.
Upon arriving in Kathmandu (Tribhuvan International Airport), a Visit Heaven Trek representative will meet you and help you transfer to your hotel by private bus. Enjoy a free evening to explore Kathmandu and recover from your jet-lag. Meet the Visit Heaven staff during a short pre-tour briefing before welcome dinner with Visit Heaven Trek team.
A half-day guided tour around Kathmandu city’s historical and cultural landmarks. Visit Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple, the most important sites of Buddhism and Hinduism in Nepal. Catch the playful antics of the monkeys and beautiful city views at Swayambunath temple. Get lost in Kathmandu’s old city bazaars, public squares, and former royal palaces at Durbar Square.
Set off towards Besi Sahar (gateway to the Annapurna Circuit) by chartered vehicle from Kathmandu. A walk through Besi Sahar’s bazaar leads to a climb up a series of rocky steps. The trail with ups and downs makes its way through sub-tropical forests and rice paddies of Sera. Further along, traverse a long suspension bridge across the Khudi Khola and arrive today’s destination Bhulbule.
The trail continues with Marshyangdi River via suspension bridge where you leave Bhulbule behind. After crossing the Ngadi River, the trail gently leads upwards through scrub forests and across landslides and crosses a few teashops and cold-drink stalls located opposite the rice paddies of Lampata. After cooling off, finish the day with the short trek to Bahundanda (“Hill of the Brahmans”), an attractive village on the saddle of a long ridge.
The route runs high above the river on an exposed trail while crossing through Lili Bhir. It passes several small streams and climbs over a ridge. As we step forward to the destination, we come across some pleasant villages of Kanigaon and Ghermu Phant. On the way, we will be offered by a nice stone village called Jagat, a long waterfall just opposite.
As our trekking goes ahead, the trail crosses to the east bank of the Marshyangdi River and follows the river bank on rocks and exposed wire cases filled with rocks, known as gabion. These gabions are used extensively throughout Nepal to stabilise riverbanks and road cuttings. The trail ascends through with local teahouses, lodges, and waterfalls along the way and finally leads us to Bagarchhap.
You have entered a valley made up of the virgin forest of fir and pine. Today peaks of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Manaslu Himal can be sighted en route above the tree line. We walk through the tiny settlement of Tamang Besi and soon start climbing up at Lattemarang, Gradually the trail takes us to our night’s stop at Chame, the administrative headquarters of the Manang District.
From Chame, the trail crosses a side stream, then later the Marsyangdi river itself on a large suspension bridge. Then we walk through fields of barley and descends to a bridge to arrive at Bhratang, a Khampa settlement. From Bhartang, we pass deep forests. The trail continues on a steep ascent while climbing a ridge towards the upper Marsyangdi valley. On the other side of the ridge lies the lower portion of Pisang.
On the way to Lower Pisang to Manag, the route traverses through different villages, including Bryaga, where the stone houses are piled on top of each other, each with an open balcony created by a neighbour’s rooftop. Here lies the largest Gompa, or Buddhist Monastery, in Manang, which has an outstanding display of statues, Thankas, and manuscripts estimated to be 400-500 years old. A short walk past chortens and mani walls and across a stream gets you to the flat, arid terrain of Manang.
A acclimatise day in Manang. Hotels and restaurants have figured out what trekkers are looking for and hotel menus, to your utter surprise, consist of hamburgers and steaks. Spend the day in Manang acclimatising and rambling around the old part of the village, a compact settlement of 500 flat-roofed houses separated by narrow alleyways, set against the remarkable backdrop of Annapurna and Gangapurna less than 8 kilometres away.
Our trek now begins an ascent of almost 1500 metres up to the Thorung La area and rise up to climb out of the Marshyangdi valley. Leaving the large vegetation below, the route traverses through the scrub juniper and alpine grasses off the meadows where horses and yaks graze. Across a large stream which has its source at Chulu Peak and past ancient mani wall in serene grasslands, the trail reaches Yak Kharka, also known as Koche, where a visit to the yak herders’ camp in the late afternoon is usual.
As we gain the largest elevation, with taking our time will gently ascent up to Phedi. At Phedi,we will have time to rest and acclimatise to the higher elevation we will encounter while going through the Thorung La Pass, the point of highest altitude on the Annapurna Circuit.
We will have to set off early in the morning to reach the Pass around mid-day. The trail becomes instantly steep after leaving Phedi but not hard to follow. 4-6 hours of ascending up the lead to the apex of the Pass, which is decorated with prayer flags, a chorten, and stone cairns built by travellers. The views of the Annapurna Himal from the pass are well worth the climb. Further, the trail descends steeply before reaching Chabarbu. From there we cross meadows, drops into a deep gorge, climbs out again and follows a wide trail to Muktinath, a pilgrimage site held in great respect by both Hindus and Buddhists.
After a hard previous day, a late morning start is in order for tired trekkers. For the religiously and culturally inclined, a visit to the highly revered and venerated Muktinath temple complex is rewarding. Refreshed, purified, and blessed, you descend out of Ranipauwa to Jharkot through farmlands and clusters of poplar trees. Beyond Jharkot, the trail descends gradually to Khingar. Further, we get your first glimpse of the Kali Gandaki river as it is met by the Jhong Khola. As we continue the left-hand trail leads to Eklaibhatti and one on the right leads to your destination of Kagbeni.
The trail follows the left bank of the broadening river bed upon leaving Kagbeni. After a suspension bridge and a couple of up-and-downs, the trail drops to the riverbed and stays there until you get close to Jomsom, the administrative headquarters of Mustang. It is better to pass the riverbed an hour or so before noon to avoid the daily winds that pick up the dust. Following the course of the Kali Gandaki River, pass by the deepest gorge in the world (6500 metres deep), and arrive in the village of Marpha, a Tibetan refugee resettlement centre that has organised flagstone streets which are renowned for its apple brandy, pie, and momo!
Today we leave Marpha from its southern gateway with following Kali Gandaki to reach Tukuche. From there we walk along the west bank of the river and cross it via suspension before the trail leads us to Kobang.A paved path places us another bridge before arriving at Larjung. Traversing the riverbed, the trail gradually climbs to the meeting point of the Boxi Khola and Kali Gandaki. Further ahead, crossing the suspension bridge across the Kali Gandaki, the trail climbs sharply through forests of pine, cypress, and juniper to reach destination Kalopani.
Say bye to Kalopani and descend to a bridge at Lete. Then we hike through the sub-tropical forest to Ghasa. The trail passes all the way through Pairo Thapla, Kopchepani, Rupse Chhahara (where a beautiful waterfall is seen), Dana, and a few teashops in Guithe, eventually entering into a lively settlement with several hotels and restaurants at Tatopani. Tatopani literally means ‘hot water’ in Nepali; the village derives its name from the hot springs near the river below the village. Wash your tired limbs with a dip in the hot springs in the afternoon at Tatopani.
Ghorepani, ‘horse water’ in Nepali, is a traditional stopping place for horses, mules and ponies that carry loads between Pokhara and Jomsom to quench their thirst. And no wonder, being at the crossroads of many trekking routes in the region, a lot of travellers stop here to rehydrate themselves at one of the many inns the village.
An optional climb up to Poon Hill at 3195 metres in the early morning offers a stunning view of Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak at sunrise while breakfast awaits you at the teahouse. The trail is a comparatively easy-paced descent down a stone staircase through dense forests towards Ulleri. Passing a vertical section down to Hille by the Bhurungdi River and pursuing the course alongside the river, we reach our destination for the night at Birethani.
A less than an hour descend trail to bring you to the road where vehicle for Pokhara awaits you. An hour’s drive takes you to the beautiful city Pokhara which also known as the ‘City Of Lakes’. After then the day is free for you to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of lakeside Pokhara. Take a boat ride on the lake, do some gift shopping, or sit back and enjoy some of the best food in Nepal.
Travel back to Kathmandu overland to the see the green and fertile landscape of Gorkha and Dhading districts or enjoy spectacular mountain views by plane. In the evening, you will join the group dinner and drinks to celebrate your trekking success with Visit Heaven Trek.
A Visit Heaven Trek representative will accompany you to the airport to catch your returning flight. We hope to see you again soon! Namaste!!