The Annapurna Region lies towards the northern part of Nepal, renowned as one of the world’s preeminent trekking destination, it escorts you through rhododendron forests and over the foothills of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. Annapurna Circuit Trekking gives you awesome views of the peaks Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Dhaulagiri (the spectacular ice pyramid) and Machhapuchchhre (fish tail), and those of Annapurna South.
This trekking is the most rewarding way to experience Nepal’s natural embellishment and cultural assortment walking along through the forest of rhododendrons, isolated hamlets, small mountain villages, birds, animals, breathtaking landscapes, you will also encounter friendly and warm hearted people of different cultures offering a fascinating glimpse of traditional rural life.
Facts of the Trek
Best season: February, March, April, May, September, October, November
Per day walking: 5 – 6 hours
Type of Trek: Teahouse
Duration: 13 days
Maximum Elevation: 5416m
-Annapurna, Macchapucchare, and Dhaulagiri mountains
Year round Extensive flora and fauna.
– Unique hill cultures to explore.
– Restful hot springs to soak in.
– Numerous trekking peaks to climb
– Connecting treks to remote areas.
DAY : 01 Kathmandu – Besi Sahar(823m)
Drive to Besi Sahar. O/N at besi Sahar.
DAY : 02 Besi Sahar – Bahundanda(1311m)
The route follows the Marsyangdi River upstream, crossing a long suspension bridge and pasing a beautiful, thin waterfall with a fine bathing pool. We ascend to the town of Bahundanda, which means ‘Brahman Hill’. There are good views to the north and a little-known hot spring here.
DAY : 03 Bahundanda – Chamje(1390m)
The gorge becomes narrower as we cross a cantilever bridge followed by a suspension bridge. We pass a few small settlements along the route and Chamje, the destination for the day, is one of them. Having travelled upstream, we observe many changes in the people, architecture and vegetation. Houses are now built of rocks, the vegetation is less tropical and the culture more Tibetan-like.
DAY : 04 Chamje – Bagarchap(2103m)
Leaving Chamje, the gorge becomes more impressive. We cross into the district of Manang and see more Bhotia people. These are primarily agro-pastoralists and the real trans-Himalayan traders of the region. The route climbs gradually to the town of Bagarchap meaning (butcher’s place). The houses here have flat roofs, indicating that there is less rainfall here than the south. There is a temple here worth visiting, and views of the Annapurnas and the Lamjung Himal.
DAY : 05 Bagarchap – Chame(2615m)
Leaving Bagarchap, the valley becomes narrow and picturesque. The vegetation is temperate, broad-leaved forest. Chame is a government town and district centre for Manang. There are interesting religious buildings and hot springs
DAY : 06 Chame – Pisang(3133m)
We continue in an unrelenting narrow valley of pine, hemlock and cypress forest. The trail through a serene forest leads tolower Pisang; a side trip to higher Pisang (100m higher) is a must for an amazing view of Annapurna II. This arid region is in the rain shadow of the Himalaya. The men here are traders – and may sell or trade almost anything – and part-time farmers,and the women are full-time farmers.
DAY : 07 Pisang – Manang(3500m)
There are 2 routes from here: a low road and a high road, the latter taking longer but affording outstanding views of the Annapurna Himal and few trekkers. Both routes converge in the large and interesting village of Braga, which is the seat of the oldest monastery in the area. The gomba is about 900 years old and belongs to the Kargyupa sect of Tibetan Buddhism, and contains some unique works of art. Manang is 30 minutes from here.
DAY : 08 rest day at Manang (3500m)
Visit near by local houses and local peoples.
DAY : 09 Manang – Latdar(4176m)
Leaving Manang, facilities become scarcer. We cross small tributaries and contour along pleasant meadows with occasional birch groves. There is a chance to see herds of blue sheep.
DAY : 10 Latdar – Thorung Phedi(4404m)
We gain altitude gradually, and spend the night at the phedi, meaning ‘foot of a hill’. If you are lucky you may spot a snow leopard near here at dusk!
DAY : 11 Thorung Phedi – Thorung La(5416m) – Muktinath(3802m)
The trail now leaves the river valley and climbs steadily over lateral moraine. The pass, marked by a large cairn, is the high point of our trek. It is an exhilarating geographical feature, dividing 2 mighty Himalayan valleys. Far below to the west is the Kaligandaki River. We descend in that direction for the village of Muktinath, located in a poplar grove. It is a sacred shrine and pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists.
DAY : 12 Muktinath – Jomsom(2713m)
From Muktinath to Jomsom, we see people from Mustang, a restricted area to the north, who come to sell handicrafts to pilgrims. Among their merchandise is the highly-revered mollusk fossil called shaligram. We will pass some ancient caves and see the impressive white mountain that is the Dhaulagiri. We also transit at the significant town of Kagbeni, which is at a junction of 2 rivers and the north-south and east-west trading routes.
DAY : 13 Jomsom – Pokhara flight :
An early morning fly back to Pokhara.