The Annapurna Circuit is the popular name for a 300 km trek in the Annapurna mountain range. The trek reaches an altitude of 5,300m on the Thorung La pass, touching the edge of the fabled Tibetan plateau. The trek is a magnificent plan, covering two different river valleys. It encircles the Annapurna Massif, crossing Thorung La (5416m), the highest pass on this trek. The magnificent mountain scenery, seen at close quarters includes Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Gangapurna (7455m) and Tilicho Peak (7134m). Ten peaks of 600 - 800m rises from the Annapurna. Machhapuchhre looks breathtaking from this viewpoint as also the south face of Annapurna.
The trek begins at Besi Sahar and concludes at Kali Gandaki river valley. After a seven hours drive from Kathmandu, you reach the Besi Sahar in the Marshyangdi river valley. The trek finally concludes at Kali Gandaki river valley. En route, you pass along paddy fields and subtropical forests, view the beautiful mountain scenery, several waterfalls and gigantic cliffs, and experience fascinating village life. The entire trip is so exhilarating that you will be kept enthralled, day after day. A moderate to challenging trek and sometime requires climbing up and down steep mountain paths. This trek can be done anytime of the year except during monsoon and winter, when the Thorung pass gets blocked by snow.
- Trip duration: 21 Days
- Grade: Moderate to fairly challenging
- Activity: Trekking and Cultural excursion
- Starts in: Kathmandu
- Ends in: Kathmandu
- Trek type: Tea House.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley.
Day 3: Drive to Besi Sahar (820m) (drive approximately 6 hours).
Day 4: Trek to Khudi (790m).
Day 5: Trek to Bahundanda (1310m).
Day 6: Trek to Jagat (1290m).
Day 7: Trek to Dharapani (1920m).
Day 8: Trek to Chame (2630m).
Day 9: Trek to Pisang (3190m).
Day 10: Trek to Manang (3520m).
Day 11: Rest day in Manang (3520m).
Day 12: Trek to Letdar (4250m).
Day 13: Trek to Thorung Phedi (4500m).
Day 14: Trek to Muktinath (3800m).
Day 15: Trek to Marpha (2665m).
Day 16: Trek to Lete (2470m).
Day 17: Trek to Tatopani (1160m).
Day 18: Trek to Ghorepani (2775m).
Day 19: Trek to Birethanti (1050m) and drive to Pokhara.
Day 20: Flight to Kathmandu.
Day 21: Depart Kathmandu.
- 1st March – 11th April
- 5th March – 1st April
- 21st September – 11th October
- 5th October – 25th October
- 12th October – 1st November.
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