Annapurna Circuit Trek 17 Days offer one of the easier long treks in Nepal: but includes a high-altitude pass and demands pre-fitness, experience, and proper acclimatization. Annapurna Circuit probably Nepal’s finest walk, spans 160 – 230 km across Annapurna massif, depending on where motor transportation is used and the trek concludes.
Annapurna Circuit is possibly the most photographed region in Nepal and the scenery looks even more tempting from the viewpoints. This trek features all the mountain aspects: epic Himalayan scenery, cross-cultural privilege, alpine crags, exposed scrambles, deep forests, and glacial rivers.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek Route follows the recently built bumpy roads: an anti-clockwise route behind the 50 km Annapurna Himalayas. The trek goes through two different river valleys and makes a loop of the Annapurna massif. The trekking trails cross Thorung La Pass at (5,416m/17,769ft) and touch the edge of the Tibetan borders. Annapurna Circuit Trek is voted as the best long trek in Nepal, comprising varied climatic zones ranging from 600m sub-tropical zone to alpine and snowy barren arctic zone at 5,416m.
As the trail rises, lowland Hindu communities gradually disappear and give way to the Tibetan group, and architecture changes accordingly. The mountain scenery includes Annapurna Massif (Annapurna I – IV), Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Tilicho, Pisang, and numerous 6,000m – 8000m peaks.
Annapurna Circuit Trek starts from Jagat village and treks end at Nayapul. from where the Annapurna Base Camp Trek starts and you have to enter conservation trekking permits at Birethati. The trek goes through beautiful Gurung and Thakali villages, waterfalls, rivers, and impressive mountain viewpoints. The Upper Pisang to Manang route features incredible ancient architecture and mesmerizing views of Annapurna II and IV. Two more tough days take you to Thorung La for incredible scenery. The way to go to Muktinath is difficult straight descent. When you arrive in Muktinath you will explore the significant Hindu Temple and Buddhist monastery.
The Annapurna Circuit Trial isn’t easy. The climbs are demanding and you will find yourself challenged on various trek stages. Some days of the trek can be demanding but generally are intimidating (except while crossing Thorung La Pass at 5,416m).
Due to its extreme heights, you can expect harsh, dry, and cold weather. We suggest you be prepared for any weather conditions, as the weather keeps on changing shortly.
Spring (March-May) and autumn (September – November) are the best seasons for this trek. The weather is excellent and so are the views. If you intend to trek Annapurna Circuit in winter, do check the availability of tea houses at high altitudes.
21 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek offers you magnificent mountain Views, Local culture, and local religion combined with Hindu and Tibetan Buddhism. 21 days trek itinerary is not flexible for you and your travel partner we can assist to reduce the schedule following your interest.
Warm welcome Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a representative from Nepal Unique Treks and transferred to your hotel. It takes 35 m and 6.5 km to reach Thamel. If you arrived on an earlier day we will proceed to our trekking agreement and manage trekking gear.
The day starts with a warm breakfast in Hotel. First of all, let's complete our office Agreement for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Let's introduce our tour guide which help you today for Kathmandu Valley sightseeing. The day starts with a private tourist vehicle and private English-speaking Tour guide.
Today during your sightseeing, the guide will show you tourist attraction sites in Kathmandu valley including (Monkey Temple) Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath, Hindu Temple(Pashupatinath), and Patan Durbar Squire also guide will explain about the monastery, temple, culture, religion and there people lifestyle, after sightseeing back to Hotel.
At an earlier evening meeting and introducing our Trek guide. preparation of your trekking gear if you need any help guide can help either if you do not have enough trekking gear you can buy it around Thamel shops which are nearby from your Hotel. Nepal Unique Treks invited you to join us for a welcome dinner in a Nepali typical restaurant we will discuss and provide advice for your adventure journey. As your travel agency, we wish you a successful trip and enjoy the holiday in Nepal.
We start our 1st day Trek drive through Besisahar and follow the Marsyangdi River, it takes 5 hrs. and 180 km drive. We will take the first lunch of our trek in Besisahar. After lunch, your trek guide will prepare another off-road drive by jeep to Dharapani village. It will take 5 hrs. 50 km from Besisahar. Funny and bumpy driving roads but you will encounter magnificent rivers view, green Himalayas, and beautiful villages. Today we will drive 230 km and roughly 10 hours to reach Dharapani.
Our 2nd day trek starts from Dharapani via several Gurung villages and follows the trails through the pine forest and curses some suspension bridges with Spring Rivers along the Marsyangdi River to arrive at Chame. The Chame is the district headquarter of Manang. From where everything control and officially certified to all over Manag district. During your day trek you will see gorgeous views of Mt Lamjung Himal, Mt Annapurna II, and Mt Annapurna IV (7,525m).
Our 3rd-day trek starts after breakfast, just a few minute walk, and cross the Bridge of Marsyangdi River look around the small cave where you can see some settlements and Chorten. Then we will trek through a steep and narrow valley to have our first view of the Apple farm at Bhratang village.
You will enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with fresh apples from the garden. After one hour gradually flat, again you have to cross the suspension bridge then 30 m steep 20 flat trails bring you to the Dhikur Pokhari where you will enjoy our day meal. After Lunch trek continues with a beautiful view of Pisang village, and Marsyangdi valley.
Look behind there is a huge hill of the rocky mountain which are we called Swargadwari danda which is considered very sacred by the local people. Today you will enjoy Mountain View better than yesterday. Day by day you will enjoy the trek. You will see clear views of Annapurna II in the south and Pisang Peak in the northeast. Then our path descends taking us to the Pisang village, Overnight stay at Pisang Village.
Our 3rd-day trek starts with a beautiful morning view. Just like the mirror in front of you massive Annapurna II, Annapurna III, IV, and many snow-capped mountains.
After breakfast, we will trek through Upper Pisang via Ghyaru, from where we can catch outstanding Himalaya views of Mt Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho, and Pisang Peak. From Ngawal village when you ascend to the Manag Valley you will feel the cold air, dry, and harsher.
Ghyaru and Ngawal villages are similar to Tibetan villages, and where we get a chance to explore Tibetan Buddhist culture, Religions, and People's lifestyles. On the way to Manag, We will visit Bhragha Monastery, the largest and oldest monastery in Manang. If you believe in Buddhism easy to spend time around there.
Continue trek to our destination you will find that the path is dotted with Buddhist shrines as we pass more monasteries and finally, we arrive at Manang Village.
Today we will be acclimatizing in Manag. However, we explore around there and climbed a few hundred meters elevation to the Hundreds Monastery. From the roof of the valley, you will enjoy the magnificent Mountain View of Mt Annapurna III, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, and Chulu Peaks. Trek back to the valley and 25 m hike to Ganggapurna Ice Lake, and glacier.
After lunch, in Hotel you get free time to recover your energy by resting. Early afternoon, if you are interested we will visit the Himalayan Rescue Association. They will be briefed us about acute mountain sickness, its symptoms, and prevention methods. I wish it will help us to complete the destination.
Today will climb 610 m from Manag to Yak Kharkha. It takes slowly 5 hrs. Yesterday we spend a day we did acclimatize in Manang to the high elevation so we feel comfortable and get used to the environment.
We trek to Yak Kharka. First, we cross a stream path and climb to Tenki Manang, then continuously head out of Marshyangdi Valley northwest to jar sang Spring Rivers. The trek ascends slowly, as we trek head northwards.
We will cross several suspension bridges. And we will find some teashop where we can make tea rest. We will trek through a small village which is called Gunsang that has houses made of flat mud roofs.
You will also get to see yak and horse pastures, and you will get many chances to see wild animals like Blue ship, and musk deer. Cross the small river on a wooden bridge, we make our way up the beautiful valley to an open, peaceful meadow known as Yak Kharka for today's destination.
Today we head to Thorong Phedi 500m from Yak Kharka, it takes about 5/6 hours slowly. After breakfast, we will climb up to a ridge, then trek down, and cross the Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge. After trekking up to the mountain, we will trek a narrow trail, and across a slope then trek through the landslide area then we will reach Thorong Phedi. The uninhabited, rugged terrain is similar to otherworldly, and very much different than the lush lowlands that we passed on the way up during the initial phase of the trek.
Today we will trek to our main destination. We will ascend 895 m from Thorong Phedi to the Top of Thorong La Pass; we start a trek in the early morning at 4 am.
It is also one of the most challenging parts of the trek as Thorong La Pass is one of the highest passes in the world, and it is the highest point of the trek. So that today we need help as a family either anyone gets a problem then we must be ready for help. We must trek together looking after each other because people can get sick of altitude, and people can be lost way by snowing. It is a just few hrs challenging trek. If you follow the guideline then 100% you will deserve it.
When you arrived at the top of Thorong La Pass 5416 m, magnificent views from the pass are totally worth it. You will see Tibetan Himalayas in Northwards, and if you look back, you will see the Annapurna range. At the top, we will spend 20 minutes taking pictures and exchanging the happiness of our trek. From the top, we will trek in Mustang district, and the way to go to Muktinath Temple takes 3/4 hrs and 1656 m descending.
Muktinath Temple is a sacred place for Hindus religion and Buddhists. Muktinath Temple is known for 108 stone sprouts with water flowing from the Kaligandaki. We can see the eternal flame that has been burning there for more than 2,000 years. So Muktinath Temple is valuable for spiritual and religious people, although those are Hindus or Buddhists. Mt Dhaulagiri and Mt Nilgiri are waiting for you for your welcome in Muktinath.
Start your trek from Muktinath, a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. Descend towards the village of Kagbeni, which is about 8-9 kilometers from Muktinath. Kagbeni is a charming village situated at the confluence of the Jhong River and the Kali Gandaki River. It is also the gateway to Upper Mustang.
From Kagbeni, continue trekking along the Kali Gandaki River towards Jomsom. The trek is relatively easy and takes around 5-6 hours to reach Jomsom. Jomsom is the administrative center of the Mustang district and is a larger town with more facilities, such as hotels, restaurants, and shops.
The day starts with Jomsome on a local bus ride to Tatopani. It takes 6/7 hours by private jeep or local sharing bus. It will be a fun and bumpy drive on a gravel road. When you ride the bus, you don’t feel a bumpy and rough drive because of the naturally beautiful and ethnic groups of villages, waterfalls, and Kaligandaki river valley with snow Peak Mountains are there.
Another attraction you will explore during the bus drive is the deepest gorges in the world. We are called by the name The (Kaligandaki Gorge) This Gorge is situated between the two beautiful peaks of Mt. Annapurna I and Mt. Dhaulagiri, both towering mountains above 8,000 meters.
Today we will move from the arid high mountain to lush Greenland. Tatopani Village is famous for its natural hot springs. In the early evening, we can immerse ourselves in the hot springs to relax. We believe and get benefits from the hot spring for skin diseases, kill trekking tiredness, and purified our health by taking hot spring baths. That’s why every trekker even local stops and spends time in Tatopani.
After breakfast starts our day with a 30 m walk on the road and cross the suspension bridge in Kaligandaki River. We leave the Tatopani village behind and ascend to Ghorepani via the Sikha and Chitre villages where we meet an ethnic group of people called Thakali, and Magar. From Tatopani, we trek to Ghorepani 1650 m ascent and /7 hrs.
Our trek takes us through beautiful Mountain View and all-around lush forests filled with rhododendron flowers, birch, and magnolia. There is an option to take a jeep if you don’t like 7 hrs of ascending trek. Enjoy the evening in Ghorepani with stunning mountain and sunset views.
Today we explore other remarkable viewpoints which are popularly known as Poon Hill View Point. This morning we wake up at 4 am and start hiking in the dark with a headlamp. Because we must reach there before the sun comes up to the mountain to see the sunrise view. Almost 510 m ascending by steeps and it takes 1 hrs 20 m to reach on top of viewpoint 3210 m.
It will be a memorial and beautiful morning. Magnificent Annapurna panoramic view with lovely stunning Sunrise hit to the top of snow caped mountain. We will explore from the viewpoint of a massive Himalaya range including Mt Dhaulagiri range, Mt Annapurna I, Nilgiri, Dhampus Peak, Annapurna South, Barahashikhar, Fishtail, Himchuli, and many others. Poon Hill viewpoint is one of the favorite places for photography because it offers incredible views mountain views. You will enjoy taking photography and with awesome landscapes then return to our guesthouse for breakfast.
After breakfast, we will trek down to Banthati then take a private or sharing jeep to Pokhara via Birethati where we exit and end our trek. This evening will be luxurious because you are arriving in City. They will provide you with a comfortable and clean bed, delicious food, Massage, and a relaxing night.
Today we will do half-day sightseeing to explore Pokhara Touristic places like International Mountain Museum, the World Peace Stupa, David Falls, and Taal Barahi Temple. After that, you get free time to do rest in Hotel or shop, Massage, and explore your shelf around Lakeside.
We wake up early in the morning in Pokhara, and take breakfast; we take a taxi from Hotel to the Bus station and then drive back to Kathmandu on a tourist bus. It will manage by your agency or your guide will manage everything. It's 210 km far from Pokhara to Kathmandu. It takes 8/9 hrs depending on Traffic and road conditions.
From Pokhara, we can choose options to return to Kathmandu by a 25-minute flight. It will be a $90 flight cost from Pokhara.
This evening you are invited by Nepal Unique Treks for a farewell dinner and you will award given a Trek completion of certificate with Congratulation. We will share about our Trekking experience in Nepal and enjoy the last dinner in the Himalayan country of Nation.
Today is the last day. Your Nepal Holidays end in Kathmandu. Nepal Unique Treks will transfer you to the international airport 3 hrs before then your flight schedule.