Annapurna Circuit Trekking in Nepal in one of the best treks in Nepal, it offers stunning Himalayan views, experiencing high passes and prayer flags, staying in teahouse lodges and tiny hamlets, meeting herders, exploring rhododendron forests and hot springs. Nepal trekking Annapurna Circuit is designed for budget travelers and trekkers so that they could do this trekking at minimum cost. This trek is GAP style trekking, on this trekking package includes Guide, Accommodation and Porter. A good health condition and good trekking equipment is required for Trekking Annapurna Circuit Nepal.
On this incredible budget trekking adventure, you’ll spend 13 challenging days traversing forests of rhododendron, isolated hamlets and mountain villages. For six to seven hours a day, make your way along the trails of this challenging circuit on and around one of the world’s highest mountains while encountering temples, monasteries and breathtaking landscapes. Led by expert guides and assisted by support staff throughout, you’ll be greeted by locals who offer a fascinating glimpse of traditional rural life—and majestic views few rarely experience.
For almost 2 weeks Annapurna Circuit Trekking in Nepal takes you into the spectacular mountain wilderness that encompasses the Annapurna Range. At 8091m, Annapurna 1 is one of the highest mountains in the world. It’s surrounding sister mountains are equally imposing, creating magnificent panoramas from any view point. Throughout the trek we come across isolated mountain communities, each observing different ancestral customs and traditions, resulting in not only a visually superb expedition but also a culturally rich one. Amid the rugged mountain scenery, we meet warm and welcoming locals herding yaks and goats on the grassy pastures. We also enjoy the opportunity to visit their monasteries and temples. Along the way we see waterfalls of melted snow, cross icy rivers, broad plains and high mountain passes and rewards ourselves with a soak in natural hot springs (boy, have you earned this!). The trekking is challenging, averaging 6-7 hours walking a day, often at high altitude. The highest point we reach is the 5416m Thorung Pass.
Given the dangers of altitude sickness, it is suggested that we take at least 3 days to ascend to this height. A couple of days are also allowed for rest and acclimatization. Our accommodation comprises small, basic teahouses along the track. These remote teahouses are operated by local native to cater for trekkers, providing good and filling hot food and a communal floor for sleeping. Please note however that the exact itinerary can vary due to unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions or bandhs (strikes) called by the government.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu.
Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, get warm reception and greeting. Then drive to hotel and free day and make everything ready for next day trekking.
Day 2: Drive to Sange, then trek to Jagat.
Drive for 2 hours to Sange, and then trek 2/3 hours to Jagat.
Day 3: Trek to Bagarchhap (2160m)
Trek 6 hours to Bagarchhap.
Day 4: Trek to Chame (26700m)
Trek 6 hours to Chame.
Day 5: Trek to Pisang (3300m)
Trek 5/6 hours on highland trail to Pisang.
Day 6: Trek to Manang (3540m)
Trek for 5/6 hours to Manang where highlander manangi culture and costume can be viewed with yaks grazing pasture.
Day 7: Rest day at Manang.
The dramatic setting of Manang makes for a pleasant rest and acclimatization day with the added benefit of hot showers. The best way to acclimatize is to do some high climbing then returns to the lower altitude of Manang for sleeping.
Day 8: Manang to Yak Kharka (4018m)
Trek 5 hours on uphill altitude trail to Yak Kharka.
Day 9: Trek to Phedi (4450m)
Trek 5 hours to Phedi.
Day 10: Trek to Muktinath (3800m)
The most difficult day, but perhaps the highlight of the trek as you crosses the Thorong Pass (5416m). It is a long, tough ascent via a number of small hills, but when you reach the prayer flags at the top you are rewarded with absolutely stunning high Himalaya scenery and over to the Kaligandaki valley through the entire Annapurna range, Mukut and Mustang Himal to the west. It is then a long descent to Muktinath.
Day 11: Rest day to explore Muktinath.
Muktinath is a fascinating village; sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists it attracts many pilgrims. Here spring water flows from a rock face via 108 spouts (108 is a sacred number to Buddhists). This water wall surrounds a temple sacred to Vishnu and below the statue runs a trickle of water with pale flames caused by natural gas. There are shrines to Shiva and his consort and Padmasambhava as well as numerous chorten and the surrounding poplar grove supposedly sprang from the staffs of the 84 Siddhas. The mass of Dhaulagiri I make a striking contrast.
Day 12: Drive to Kalopani (2530m)
The Kali Gandaki is home to Thakalis, Gurungs and Magars. Many of the hills bordering the northern end of the valley are yellowish due to desertification and make a striking contrast to the green farmland of the valley floor. The Thakhali dominated the lucrative trade routes with Tibet and today have turned their entrepreneurial spirit to other businesses, the neglected Buddhist shrines of Tukuche testament to their 19th century conversion to Hinduism in their climb to power. The descent to Tatopani follows the increasingly narrow valley, though one of the world’s deepest river gorges, past the beautiful Rupse Chaharo waterfall, with fantastic views along the way and the lure of hot springs at the end. Take a dip at night with the sound of the river rushing below and starts above.
Day 13: Trek to Tatopani (1160m)
Trek 6 hours to Tatopani. Take a warm and cozy bath in hot spring and relax there.
Day 14: Trek to Sikha
Trek steep uphill for 5 hours to Sikha.
Day 15: Ghorepani (2785m)
This day we trek gradually uphill to Ghorepani, it takes nearly 4 hours.
Day 16: Trek down to Nayapul, then drive to Pokhara.
Climb up to Poon Hill in the morning. It takes about 8 hours to Nayapul where our bus will be waiting to take us to Pokhara. Rest and take a well-deserved shower in this lakeside resort town. Pokhara lies on a once vibrant trade route extending between India and Tibet. The enchanting city has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks - creating the ambience that has made it such a popular place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Day 17: Pokhara Kathmandu.
We travel back to Kathmandu where the rest of the day is free for shopping, sightseeing or relaxing in one of the many rooftop cafés.
Day 18: Kathmandu
Final departure transfers to airport to get flight back to home.