Annapurna Circuit Trek – 14 Days

Annapurna Region
Trip Days
14 Days
Max. Elevation
Thorang La Pass 5,416 M
Lodging
hotel/guesthouse
Difficulty
Moderate
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Transportation
Bus/Jeep/car

Trip Overview

The Annapurna Circuit trek takes place in the Annapurna region and encircles the entire Annapurna Massif. It also involves crossing the highest pass, trekking through the deepest gorge, and a wonderful Himalayan panorama. Annapurna circuit trek is quite a popular trek destination among trekkers. It was opened by the government of Nepal in 1977 AD. Its route follows the ancient salt trading route from Tibet.

You will get to see the many Himalayas, including Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Mt. Annapurna I (8,091m), Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), Mt. Annapurna II (7,937 m.), III (7,555m), IV (7,525m), and south (7,219m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,041m), Mt. Machhapuchhare (6,998m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6,986m), Tukuche Peak (6,920m), and Tilicho Peak (7134m), from different locations of the trek route.

This trek starts from Jagat of Lamjung district followed by a scenic drive from Kathmandu. The trekking trail will take you through Dharapani, Chame, and Pisang until you reach Manang. In Manang, there will be a rest day or an acclimatization day. The highest elevation of the trek and the most difficult will be the Thorang La Pass at an altitude of 5,416m/17,769ft. Thorang La Pass connects the Manang district with the Mustang district.

After Thorang La Pass, you will be visiting the Muktinath Temple the next day. Muktinath Temple is of great significance among both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. After visiting we will take a ride to Tatopani; a popular natural hot spring that is believed to cure numerous diseases. If you wish you can take a dip at the hot springs of Tatopani.

From Tatopani, you will head to another scenic destination Ghorepani. The next day you will visit Poon Hill viewpoint very early in the morning to witness incredible sunrise. Poon Hill offers a spectacular view of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna (I, II, III, south) Hiunchuli, Nilgiri, Machhapuchre, Gurja Himal, and many more peaks.

After a memorable time at Poon Hill, you will trek down to Birethati then Nayapul, and finally drive back to Pokhara. You can spend your remaining hours exploring the beautiful streets of Lakeside, Phewa Lake boating and walking alongside the lake. The final day will be the scenic drive back to Kathmandu.

This is Annapurna Full circuit trek, Which, allows you to experience diverse climatic conditions, geography, and culture. The trek starts from Bhulbhule of Besisahar which is the standard route of Annapurna Full Circuit Trek and ends at Nayapul.

However, If you want to explore another route we have another program Annapurna Circuit – Jomsom Trek and Annapurna Circuit – Tilicho Lake Trek. If you want to visit the base camp, Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek can be ideal.

Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Passing through five districts of western Nepal; Lamjung, Manang, Mustang, Myagdi, Kaski
  • Highest Pass of the region is Thorang La Pass at an altitude of 5,416m/17,769ft
  • Visit the largest monastery in the region; Barga monastery
  • Visit the sacred shrine of Muktinath
  • Popular natural hot spring at Tatopani
  • Spectacular view of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna (I, II, III, south) Hiunchuli, Nilgiri, Machhapuchre, Gurja Himal, and many more peaks from Poon Hill
  • Heavenly sunrise from Poon Hill
  • A night at the famous tourist Hub Pokhara

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, you will be welcomed by a representative from BMS Adventures. You will be welcomed and driven to your booked hotel. you will be provided with a short overview of your trek from tomorrow. Your overnight stay will be at a Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Kathmandu to Besisahar to Bhulbhule (845m / 2,815ft) Duration: 7-8 hours drive

Your day will start after having an early morning breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, your trek guide will come to pick you up from the hotel. Then you will be taking a jeep or bus ride to Besisahar. The driving route will follow along the Trishuli River and turn towards Besisahar of Lamjung district. While passing through Besisahar you will see the clear glacial water of Marsyangdi River. Throughout the drive, you will see the agricultural fields, traditional villages, towns, and snowy or green peaks.

Your overnight stay will be at a Hotel in Bhulbhule further ahead of Besisahar. Today’s Breakfast included.

Day 03: Bhulbhule to Jagat (1300m / 4,265ft) Duration: 5-6 hours walk

After breakfast, you will be walking alongside of Marsyangdi River. In most of the places, we will follow the motor-vehicle route. We will pass through many paddy fields, rural settlements, and jungles. We will have a lunch break on the way.

Tonight’s stay will be at the guesthouse of Jagat village. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are included.

Day 04: Jagat to Dharapani (1,860m / 6,200ft) Duration: 5-6 hours walk

Like the previous day, we will start our trek after breakfast. Initially, we will follow the route alongside Marsyangdi, later followed by a steep climb to reach Tal village. Here we are entering the territory of the Manang district. On the way to Dharapani, we will pass through the beautiful and large village of Manang Valley; Kodo village. We pass through countless rice, potato, barley, and wheat fields, and see many waterfalls.

Tonight’s stay will be at a guesthouse in Dharapani. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are included.

Day 05: Dharapani to Chame (2,610m / 8,890ft) Duration: 5-6 hours walk

After a warm breakfast at Dharapani, we will head towards Chame following along a forest of pine, oak, and maple trees. We will find the Marsyangdi River alongside Chame. Chame is the district’s headquarters of Manang district. From the trek route, we can see the momentous views of Mount Lamjung, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV.

Tonight’s stay will be at a guesthouse of Chame. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are included.

Day 06: Chame to Pisang (3,300m / 10,826ft) Duration: 5-6 hours walk

After breakfast, we will walk through a steep and narrow trail. We will get to see the massive rock wall which is named Paungda Danda Rock. That rock looks so giant and yet is considered sacred by the local community. We will find Mount Annapurna II and Pisang Peak smiling at us from various locations on the route. Finally, we will take a descending path toward tonight’s destination Pisang Village.

Overnight stay will be at a guesthouse in Pisang village. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are included.

Day 07: Pisang to Manang (3,540m / 11,300ft) Duration: 5-6 hours walk

After a delicious set of breakfast, our trek will start. As we ascend towards Manang Bazar air starts to get harsher and colder. We can catch the gleaming view of Annapurna II, III, IV, Tilicho, and Pisang Peak. On the way we get to visit the biggest Buddhist monastery in the region; Barga Monastery. We will get to pass through Tibetan settlements, and numerous Buddhist shrines till we finally reach Manang Bazar.

Overnight stay will be at the Hotel in Manang. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are included.

Day 08: Acclimatization day at Manang (3,519m / 11,545ft)

Yes, it will be your rest day to acclimatize your body to trek ahead. We will spend our day exploring Manang village. In the early morning, we will hike to Gangapurna and ice lake. The entire day we will spend rearranging our backpacks, preparing physically and mentally for the altitude challenges ahead. Acclimatization helps our body to prevent Altitude sickness.

Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Manang. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are included.

Day 09: Manang to Yak Kaharka (4,050m / 14,275ft) Duration: 4-5 hours walk

After having an early morning breakfast at Manang we will head north towards Yak Kharka. Initially, we will pass through Tenki village and then traverse across a scattered forest. On the way, we can see unique types of traditional houses, and meet local people. After trailing through Gunsan village we will reach a beautiful Yak Kharka village.

Overnight stay will be at a teahouse of Yak Kharka. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are included.

Day 10: Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi (4,525m / 14,525ft) Duration: 4-5 hours walk

As altitude increases walking will be difficult because of thin air. We will be walking only 4-5 hours a day. like previous days we will head out after breakfast at Yak Kharka. We will be heading towards Thorang Phedi after crossing the wooden bridge over the Marsyangdi River. We will be hiking up and down the narrow trail to finally reach Thorang Phedi. Basically, we will be walking through the rugged terrain. Thorang Phedi is the base of the Thorang La Pass.

Overnight stay will be at a teahouse of Thorang Phedi. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are included.

Day 11: Thorang Phedi to Muktinath Temple (3,760m / 14,525ft) via Thorang La Pass (5,416m / 17,756ft) Duration: 7-8 hours walk

After an early morning breakfast, we will get ready for the day. Today is the most challenging yet remarkable day of the entire trek. Thorang La Pass is known as the highest pass in the world and the most difficult one. We will be hiking through the rugged, narrow, and hilly path of the Pass. Harsh, cold air is also a challenge with the high altitude. Despite the difficulty, the view of the Himalayan panorama from the pass looks phenomenal.

After the successful passing of the Thorang La, we will descend towards Muktinath Temple. Muktinath Temple is considered a sacred shrine for pilgrims of the Hindu and Buddha religions. You can notice the water flowing 108 stone sprouts and burning eternal flame in the perimeter of the Temple. Eternal flame has been burning in that location for more than 2,000 years. Tibetan people refer to Muktinath as Chumig Gyatsa, which means Hundred Waters. Whereas, the Nepali meaning of Muktinath is the god of liberation.

Overnight stay will be at the guest house of Muktinath. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are included.

Day 12: Muktinath to Tatopani (1,200m / 3,940ft) Duration: 6-7 hours drive

We will make an early morning visit to the temple if we become unable to visit yesterday evening. After breakfast, we will take a local bus ride to Tatopani. We will be driving through the rough road, which passes through the deepest gorge in the world, known as Kaligandaki Gorge. As we descend down towards Tatopani geographical terrain starts looking greener.

Tatopani is famous for its natural hot water spring, which is said to cure many physical ailments. If you wish you can take a dip there and relax your sore body.

Overnight stay will be at a guest house in Tatopani. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are included.

Day 13: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,860m / 9,385ft) Duration: 6-7 hours walk

After having an early morning warm breakfast we will head east towards Ghorepani. Initially, we will start crossing over the Kali Gandaki River. We will be ascending through villages like Sikha and Chitre. We will be passing through the forest of Rhododendron in numerous places.

Our overnight stay will be at a guest house in Ghorepani. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are included.

Day 14: Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3,210m / 10,525ft) to Birethati (1,039m / 3,250ft) then to Pokhara Duration: 4-5 hours walk, 2-3 hours drive

Today will be your special day of wrapping the entire trek. We will have a very early morning hike to Poon Hill. Poon Hill offers incredible sunrise and panoramic view of the Himalayan vista.

After breakfast, we will start walking towards Birethati. In Birethati we will catch Jeep and then drive towards Pokhara via Nayapul.

Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Pokhara. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are included.

Day 15: Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,350m / 4,450ft) Duration: 6-7 hours drive

After early morning breakfast we will take a ride to Kathmandu. The distance from Pokhara to Kathmandu is 200 km, which will be a scenic ride. You may also choose to take a flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu at an extra cost.

If you have extra days in Kathmandu and want to relax your tired body then check out our BMS special healing program. We can also arrange world heritage site tour if you want to explore ancient Kathmandu.

Overnight stay will be at a Hotel in Kathmandu. Breakfast included.

Includes/Excludes

What’s Included?

  • Airport pickup and drop on a private vehicle
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule by local bus
  • Transportation from Birethati to Pokhara by private vehicle
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu on a tourist bus
  • Two nights in Kathmandu and one night in Pokhara Hotel
  • Twin-sharing accommodation during the trek
  • Three standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek as per the itinerary
  • Experienced bilingual trek guide, and porter (one for two trekkers – weight limit 18-20kg)
  • Guide and porter’s salary, meals, insurance, accommodation, transportation
  • One-time snack of seasonal fruits
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) fee
  • All government taxes
  • Body, Mind, Soul (BMS) appreciation certificate after the successful trek

What’s Excluded?

  • International flight costs
  • Travel insurance (make sure which includes high altitude)
  • The Nepal entry visa fee required to be paid at Tribhuvan International Airport
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Personal expenses during the trek such as bar bills, phone bills, hot shower, Wi-Fi, Laundry, and any hot or cold drinks
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Additional cost will be applied in case of delay because of landslides, bad weather, etc
  • Anything that’s not mentioned in service inclusion

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Useful Info

What to pack in your bag?

If you are planning your trip to a Himalayan country you should consider packing some warm clothes. in mountain weather keeps changing, we can find different weather on the same day. Weather in the mountains tends to be windy to sunny to wet so we have listed a few things as a checklist for you.

For head:

  • hat or p-cap to prevent the face from sunburn
  • woolen cap to keep warmth
  • scarf or muffler
  • the face mask as a virus precaution and protects your nose from heavy wind
  • sunglasses to protect the eyes and to see better in mountain

For feet and hands

  • warm gloves
  • Sandal and sneakers
  • Thin cotton socks and thick woolen socks

Trekking special items

  • sticks (which you can hire at Thamel, Kathmandu as well)
  • Waterproof thin jacket
  • Windproof down jacket
  • Stretchable and warm trousers
  • breathable cotton t-shirts and pullovers
  • breathable cotton thermal wear
  • hiking shorts
  • Trekking boot
  • comfortable backpack and duffle bag
  • Sleeping bag (lightweight and appropriate for zero or below temperature)

    Other Items

    • tissue papers
    • sunscreens
    • shampoo and soaps
    • moisturizers
    • towels
    • inner garments
    • Reusable water bottle useful for hot and cold water
    • medicines (if you are taking any medicines or supplements)
    • other personal belongings

    Food during the trek

    Any kind of food is available during the trek. Guesthouses have a menu that consists of both international cuisine and local Nepali cuisine. You can also try new cuisine which you haven’t tried before. Here are a few breakfast, lunch, and dinner options that are commonly found during the trek.

    Breakfast

    We can have a wide range of options for breakfast such as omelets, bread, cornflakes, cookies, oats, pancakes, milk, tea, coffee, hot lemon, boiled or fried beans, etc. Somewhere you get traditional breakfast items such as Gurung bread (a famous breakfast in the Annapurna region), cell roti, puri, roti curry, etc.

    Lunch and Dinner

    Traditional Nepali lunch and dinner is Nepali khana consisting of Lentil soup, Rice, curry, pickle, and some salad. There is a famous saying around trekking areas “Dal Bhat power twenty-four hour” which means Nepali khana’s strength remains for twenty-four hours. For instance, other than Nepali khana you can have varieties for lunch like; pizza, momo, chowmein, fried rice, noodles, spaghetti, soups, naan roti, etc. lunch and dinner menus look similar you can choose as per your comfort, and preference.

    Note: If you are vegan or in any diet restriction or allergic to anything, let your trek guide know beforehand.

     

    FAQ

    Can I add other program along with this trek?

    Yes, of course you can. Simply let us know what extra program or activity you want to add. We will be happy to customize the program to your comfort.

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