After Annapurna Base Camp trek, Annapurna Circuit is the most popular trek in Nepal. This trek lies in the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). It takes you through some of the most beautiful villages in the central-western part of Nepal. Annapurna Circuit trek organized by The Great Adventure trek starts after a 7-8 hour bus ride from Kathmandu to Besisahar via Syange. From there, you will trek to picturesque places like Dharapani, Chame, Pisang, reaching Manang. Manang gives you some spectacular views of mountains like Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, Tilicho, Chulu West, and Chulu East. You can catch these fantastic mountains and others like Dhaulagiri from other places like Yak Kharka, Thorong La, and Muktinath as well. Thorong La pass, which lies at an altitude of 5416 meters, is the highest point in this trek.
You will also visit one of the holiest temples of Nepal i.e. Muktinath during your trek. Muktinath temple lies at an altitude of 3410 meters at the base of Thorong La mountain pass. This temple is a Shakti Peeth i.e. a source of the primordial energy sources. On your return, you will also get to the villages you typically go to in the Annapurna Base Camp trek. These villages include Tatopani, Ghorepani, Tikhedhunga, Ulleri, and Nayapul. Finally, you will get to the beautiful valley of Pokhara. You will encounter people across a wide variety of ethnicity in various places during this trek. You will also cross paths with travelers from all around the world. That will pave way for appreciating local as well as international culture. The Annapurna Circuit trek by The Great Adventure Treks is in an anticlockwise direction. You will gain altitude slowly if you trek anti-clockwise. It also facilitates easier ascent of Thorong La Pass.
Best Time for Annapurna Circuit Trek
The most popular seasons for the Annapurna Circuit Trek are the seasons of spring and autumn. Autumn falls in the months of September, October, and November. Spring falls in the months of March, April, and May. These months have a moderate amount of sunshine and a low amount of precipitation. So the trekking trails are dry and the views of mountains are crisp. Although the winters might be cold, you can do the winter (December, January, February) trek to Annapurna Circuit. Similarly, with appropriate gear and planning, Annapurna summer Circuit (June, July, August) is also possible.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Difficulty
Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the many moderate treks in Nepal. Annapurna Circuit trek is a journey that is 20 days long where you trek for 14 days averaging 6 hours of daily trek. The total distance you will cover during this trek is close to 200 kilometers. So, you will trek an average of 14 kilometers a day. For the most part of the trek, you will trek uphill. So, you will have to prepare for this trek by preparing your body physically for around 3 months before embarking upon the trek. We also advise you to take a hike of a day or two before coming to this trek. This will give you some idea about how demanding Annapurna Circuit Trek might be.
Main Attractions of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek
- A scenic bus ride from Kathmandu to Besisahar.
- Trek to beautiful villages like Manang, Marpha, Ghorepani, and Muktinath.
- Trek to the holy temple of Muktinath.
- A chance to view exotic animals in the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) like snow leopards, musk deer, Himalayan Tahr etc.
- Cross Thorong La pass, which lies at an altitude of 5416 meters.
- Mesmeric sunrise amidst mountains from Poon Hill.
- Visit the world’s deepest gorge- Kali Gandaki gorge.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Map
Day 01: Pick up from Airport and drive to your hotel (1,300m/4,264 ft), Hotel Accommodation.
Day 02: Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu. Hotel Accommodation.
Day 03: Drive to Syange (1100 m/ 3608 ft) via Beshishar (823 m /2699 ft) 7 – 8 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 04: Trek to Dharapani (1860 m /6101 ft) 5 – 6 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 05: Trek to Chame (2720 m /8922 ft) 5 – 6 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 06: Trek to Pisang (3200 m /10,496 ft) 5-6 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 07: Trek to Manang (3540 m /11,611 ft) 4 – 5 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 08: Rest day at Manang (3540 m /11,611 ft) to enjoy the scenic beauty, beautiful Mountains views and meet and greet local community, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 09: Manang to Yak Kharka (4130 m /13,546 ft) 4 – 5 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 10: Trek to Thorung High Camp (4925 m /16,154 ft ) 5-6 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 11: Trek to Muktinath (3800 m /12,464 ft) .via Thorang-la (5415 m /17,761 ft) 7 – 8 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 12: Trek to Marpha (2670 m / 8785 ft) 4-5 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 13: Trek to Lete (2480 m/ 8134 ft) 5-6hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 14: Trek to Tatopani (1100 m / 3608 ft) 5-6 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 15: Trek to Ghorepani (2880 m/ 9446 ft) 6 – 7hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 16: Trek to Tikhedhunga (1520 m / 4986 ft) 4- 5 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 17:Trek to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara, 6 hrs trek, 1 hr drive, Hotel Accommodation.
Day 18: Leisure day in Pokhara where you walk around Lakeside and enjoy the mountain view and other local activities on your own. Hotel Accommodation.
Day 19: Drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu on a comfortable tourist bus. 7 – 8 hrs, Hotel Accommodation.
Day 20: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
On availability of your time and interest after your trek, please feel free to choose our DAY TOURS, NEPAL TOURS , Jungle Safaris or other options from our website. Here are some trip extensions that might interest you.