Annapurna Circuit Trekking

21 Days


Annapurna Circuit Trek
The Annapurna Circuit trek is the longer version of the trek of the Annapurna region, which is a trekker’s paradise. It comes from the fact that on one’s trek, one gets the pleasure of hiking through distinguishable landscapes, right from the tropical forest and wetlands to the harsh, rugged wilderness all close to human habitation.

You traverse through varying agrarian adaptions of human civilization and cultural differences of ethnicity. The grueling hike gives you a taste of nature and man, as well as a three-dimensional view of not only the Annapurna peak but a range of others. The trails are along fast flowing rivers, past protruding overhanging cliffs, to land in alpine or subtropical vegetation and climates. From thatched to tinned and then to stone-built houses, so does the ethnicity, from the Aryans to the Mongolians, and from Hindu temples to Buddhist monasteries and gompas. You would be fortunate to sight 1540 species of flora and fauna on the trek.

You hike from an altitude of 1400 to 5416 meters at Thorang La Pass, well known for its historical importance and the local dwellers’ ability to graze their herds . This is precisely why, Annapurna circuit trek is internationally renowned.



You will be met at Tribhuwan International Airport by a representative of Green Lotus Trekking holding a welcome placard and token for your overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu and to freshen up. Prior to dinner, a briefing will be held. You could spend the rest of the day resting or wandering around the city of Kathmandu, sightseeing.

Our trek starts from Besisahar and it is a seven-hour bus ride along with your guide that goes via Pokhara, a tourist hub of Nepal. You will get your first taste of the winding rivers and the green forest of the mid-range of the Himalayan Mountains. Stay at the lodge.

A rough rock staircase down to the Puwa Khola (river)and over a rock bed, we trek past Chanaute and over rock hopping and several ups and downs through sub-tropical forest and rice terraces brings us to the Annapurna Conversation Area. We cross a sagging suspension bridge at Khudi Khola (river), past a collection of government buildings. We head to Bhulbule (848m) and then cross the Marsyangdi Khola. Heading up the river, we pass a majestic waterfall, go through a forest of screw pine and then a trail through a few villages. Finally, the trail leads up through a scrub forest, some landslides, and a short, steep climb to Bahundanda. O/N stay at a lodge.

In the first leg of today’s hike, we head to Lili Bhir, descending a slippery, steep path through an amphitheatre shaped rice terrace and then following high above the stream below, safe guarded by railings. Passing the village of Gherum, opposite a huge waterfall, the trail descends to cross the Marsyangdi River over a long suspension bridge. Moving past Syange, the valley becomes narrower and steeper until we reach Sheer Chaur. A climb over a nearly vertical cliff with a view of rhododendron, pine, stinging nettle and marijuana forest, it is a short descent to Jagat (1330m) – a medieval-style village. The trail descends and crosses landslides, forest, and waterfalls to reach Chanje. O/N stay at a lodge.

Crossing the east bank of the River Marsyandi and following the embankment under overhanging cliffs, rocky trails and stone staircases, we get to Sattale (1480m). The next leg is through bamboo groves and rhododendron forests, above steep river banks and descends, making it to Tal Besi. After which, we climb steep trails above Marsyandi, where underground waterfalls are hidden beneath boulders – Manang district becomes apparent. Finally, after hopping and crossing a number of suspension bridges, ascending and descending trails, and eventually crossing a suspension bridge over Marsyandi, we arrive at our overnight destination of Barachap. O/N stay at a lodge.

First we hit Danaque (2210m), over the bank of a river and a forest. Traversing a rock ledge and a virgin forest of walnut, we reach Lattermarang. Further, through forested ridges, apple orchards, and more ridges, we enter Kotho via a chorten. Getting clearance from the police check post, we are in the Nur-Phu valley. We finally get to Chame after a 30-minute easy walk. Throughout the day, we are surprised by the hide and seek views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV. O/N stay at a lodge.

We start the day’s trek to Telekhu (2840m) after passing buckwheat fields and mani walls. Then it is mostly a level walk through a few landslide hit areas and huge apple orchards to Bhratang. Following a new rock-blasted trail, we stay on the side of the river, getting the dramatic view of Paungda Danda, plus others. Crossing the river and a gentle ridge, we get to Dhurure Pokhari (3200m). The mostly leveled trek across the Manang Valley and, eventually, across a wooden bridge, we enter Pisang. O/N stay at a lodge.

We first trekked to Ghyaru, via Marsyandi, passing mani walls, a memorial, and a long climb over a forested ridge, getting excellent views of Tilicho Peak (7133m) and domesticated sheep, goats, horses, and yaks. Then we trek to Honge (3420m), passing a long line of mani walls and brass prayer wheels. We cross the river to the northern bank at Mungji (3500m). Past buckwheat fields and barley and a ridge, we reach Bryaga (3500m). Finally, the trek to Manang passes through long stretches of very arid land and weird cliffs eroded into dramatic pillars of natural formation. O/N stay at a lodge.

Today we get to rest and acclimatize to the altitude we are at, not without sightseeing and experiencing the rural lifestyle of the Manang folks, plus getting the chance to contemplate and take in the scintillating view of the distant Annapurna range.

We first get to Tengi, crossing a stream via a trail and continuing up Marsyandi valley, passing a few Goths with forested growth on the valley floor. We get to the village of Gunsang. The trek passes sparse forests of juniper, rose, and barberry; a few meadows with grazing horses; all the while getting the Buddhist influence of mani wall and prayer wheels. Beyond Yak Kharka (4110m), the hike passes large herds of yaks and horses grazing, and we finally get to Letdar. Stay at the lodge.

Trekking along a trail on the east bank of Jarsang Khola (stream), we descend and cross a wooden bridge to the other side. Climbing a short ascent over a good trail and a narrow one, we descend to Thorung Phedi. Stay at the Lodge.

We reach the pass, ascending and switching back and forth up moraines and low ridges. Then the trail climbs continuously in and out of canyons, by moraines, till we finally pass Thorung La Pass (5416m). The view is outstanding of the Himalayan region at its best. Then we finally descend through a series of moraines downhill to level out before we touch Muktinath. O/N stay at the lodge.

We head toward Jomsom, which is an easy walk downhill, and we get to our destination by mid-afternoon. The rest of the day we get to rest or see the surrounding peaks of the Annapurna region. O/N stay at the Lodge.

We trek to Marpha in the first stretch on a level path for an hour. On leaving Marpha, we head towards Tukuche on the level path of the Kali Gandaki river, all the while getting a panoramic view of Dhaulagiri Peak (8000m). Tukuche is a wonderful Thakali village. O/N stay at a lodge.

Trekking towards Ghasa, we cross a bridge and a sandy landslide to descend into a lush lowland full of forests and rivers and finally arrive at our destination. O/N stay at the Lodge.

In the first stretch of the trek, we head to Rupse, a hamlet with a wonderful water fall. Then, we head to Dana and finally to Tatopani, a wonderful place to relax and freshen up in all its hot springs. O/N stay at the lodge.

In the first leg of the trek, we head to Shika (1920m) with an amazing view of the surrounding Himalaya. Then, we continue to Chitre all the way with the backdrop of the Annapurna Mountains and finally Ghorepani. O/N stay at the lodge.

The first part would seemingly climb up an endless flight of steps made out of crude steps with the back drop of forested vegetation to finally reach Ulleri. After numerous ups and downs and over streams gushing out from the forested foliage, we reach Tirkhegunga. O/N stay at the lodge.

We first trek to Nayapul, from where we comfortably get to Pokhara by two-hour drive, and have the rest of the day to do the rest of the sightseeing in Pokhara. O/N stay at the Lodge.

We fly to Kathmandu (40 min) and spend the rest of the day either resting or sightseeing, buying souvenirs to take back home.

The trip concludes—our airport representative will drop you off at Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

US $1290 Per Person

Cost Includes

  • All airport to hotel to airport transfers.
  • Two nights Kathmandu hotel in 3 star category hotel with daily breakfast.
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu airfare ($98 per person).
  • English speaking guide/leader and porter(s).
  • Staff insurance
  • Use of trek pack (i.e. sleeping bag, down/fiber filled jacket, and duffel/kit bag).
  • Annapurna Area Conservation and TIMS permit.
  • Local land transfer (Kathmandu-Besishar and Nayapul to Pokhara)

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Travel or trek insurance.
  • Kathmandu lunch and dinner expenses.
  • On trek meal and accommodations (allow US $20 to $25 per day).
  • Gratitude or tips (allow $3 per day per person).

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Annapurna Circuit Trekking