16 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek
Catherine zhang Publicado 19/10/2021
Annapurna Circuit Trek is the most prestigious abc trek in Nepal as it covers the most abundant natural and cultural landscapes, as well as the most supporting completed facilities. Ascending step by step from Pokhara at an altitude of about 800 meters to Thorung La Pass at an altitude of 5416 meters, you will see a splendid landscape such as forests, meadows, countryside, snow-capped mountains, lakes, etc.
Along the way, you will see rich vegetation changes, from the primitive broad-leaved forests to the alpine meadows, to the ungrass pass, to the breathtaking blue alpine lakes, to the unsurpassed snow-capped mountains, to the desolate valley, etc. You can almost experience all the landforms of Nepal. You will have a circuit trek from the east slope of the Annapurna Mountains to the west slope, and the magical Annapurna will appear in front of you in thousands of poses. Various sights throughout the journey will bring you pleasant surprises every day!
Besides the magnificent natural landscapes, another highlight of ABC Trek is its strong cultural atmosphere. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to experience the primitive cultures and lifestyles of at least six different ethnic groups, which is unmatched by any other trekking route in Nepal. In addition, there are distinctive architectures, scattered villages, and farmhouses, everything is fascinated by hikers from all over the world.
Day 1 Arrival at Kathmandu
Upon arrival at Kathmandu, you will be greeted at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and transferred to the hotel. It's only 6km from the airport to the downtown area. After a little bit of rest, you can wander around this old city by yourself. The colorful houses, the dazzling array of shops, and the bustling crowds will definitely make you feel the enthusiasm of Kathmandu for the first time. In the evening, you can try the local cuisines.
Day 2 Kathmandu – Besisahar (820m) –Bhulbule (490)
Drive 176km, 5.5hrs I Trek 4.5km, 3hrs
This morning, we will head west to the beautiful mountainous region in central Nepal, where there are towering Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and the iconic Machhapuchhre (the famous "Fishtail" ). After a ride of 5.5 hours along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway then follow the rough road along Marshyangdi River, we will arrive at Besisahar, the capital of Lamjung District, which was also the starting point for your trek.
After lunch, we will start hiking to Gurung Village (790m) of Khudi. Along the gorge, we will pass a small village and tropical forest, then cross the Khudi Khola suspension bridge, and follow the trail north along the Marsyangdi valley to Bhulbule (840m).
Day 3 Bhulbule (840m) - Jagat(1300m)
Trek 14km, 6~7hrs I Ascend: 330m
This morning, we will cross the Ngadi River via a high suspension bridge, and then continue along its east bank up to the settlement of Bahundanda. This route will take us through the villages of Ngadi and Lampata and to the northeast, where we can enjoy the magnificent view of Manaslu (8156m). Then we will descend from Bahundanda to a creek, and climb to the village of Lili Bir, from there we continue along the trail above the river. As the trail climbs steeply, the path is cut into the steep cliff surface about 200-300m above the river bed. Finally, we descend to Jagat Village, which is located on a shelf that extends into the Marshyangdi Valley.
Day 4 Jagat - Dharapani (1860m)
Trek 15km, 5~6hrs I Ascent: 875m
Depart from Jagat in the morning, we follow a winding path and then hike along the Marsyangdi River through the forest to the small village of Chamje (1,430m). After crossing the river to the east bank, we continue to the large settlement of Tal (1,675m), where there are many hotels and shops, surrounded by magnificent valleys. We will have lunch here before continuing to Karte Village.
In the afternoon we will return to the river, winding up the valley, passing through a series of small villages, to our final destination, Dharapani.
Day 5 Dharapani - Chame (2620m)
Trek 17km, 5~6hrs I Ascent: 550m
After breakfast, we will head west, follow the path through pine, fir, oak and maple trees, and hike along the Marsyangdi River up to the Manang Valley, where we could enjoy the magnificent views of Annapurna Peak II (7,937m) and Annapurna IV. Here is the hometown of Manangi people who have traded salt and yaks across these mountains for centuries. Following in their footsteps, we go through the oak forest and maple forest to Dhanakyu (2,290m), and then to Latemarang Village (2,360m). Then, our route winds through several forested ridges to Koto (2,590m), from where we can easily walk to the administrative headquarters of the area, Chame (2,670m), where we can admire the amazing Lamjung, far views of Annapurna II and Annapurna IV.
Day 6 Chame (2620m) – Bhratang (2850m) - Pisang (3200m)
Trek 14km, 5~6hrs I Ascend: 600m
Departing Chame, we will cross a large suspension bridge over the Marshyangdi River. We winded through the fields along the trail on the north side of the river to reach the village of Bhratang (2,840m). This is an old Tibetan Khampa settlement, now it's basically abandoned. After leaving the forest village, the valley changed from a V shape to a gentle U shape. Going further, we continue along the steep trail to the south side, and then cross the 3040-meter long suspension bridge. When this trail passes through a deep valley, we will see the most breathtaking scenery of the journey so far - the Paungda Danda rock face, which is regarded as very sacred by the locals. It's a curved rock face rising 1,500 meters from the river. After crossing the ridge full of prayer flags and stone piles, we will arrive at the large village of Pisang.
Day 7 Pisang (3200m) – Manang (3540m)
Trek 15.7km, 5~6hrs I Ascend:300m
In the morning, we continue to trek along the south side of the river and cross a steep ridge with spectacular views of Manang Valley and Tilicho Peak. Then we will descend to the valley of Hongde (3,325m), which is a village with an airstrip, a police post and an impressive Mani Stone wall. Then this route leads us to the vast plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, from where we can see the view of Annapurna IV (7,525m). Going further, we will cross a wooden bridge and enter the village of Mungji. We continue along with the cultivated land, and after a while, we arrive at the Tibetan-style village Bryaga. There is the largest monastery in the area and this monastery houses wonderful Tibetan thangkas, which can date back about 500 years. It's a short walk from here to Manang, our destination today, and on the way we can get more views of the Annapurna Mountains-Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna (7,455m) and Tilicho Peak (7,134m).
Day 8 Acclimatisation Day In and Around Manang
Today is a day to rest and adapt to the environment. Manang is a low altitude village where you can enjoy superb views of Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Gangapuna, and Chulu East.
At the same time, in order to acclimatize higher altitude conditions before crossing Thorong La, we will spend time exploring the area around the village and taking a short hike into the mountains to enjoy the view of the Chulu Ranges and Thorong La in the distance.
Day 9 Manang (3540m) - Yak Kharka (4090m)
Trek 10km, 5hrs I Ascend: 510m
Departing from Manang in the morning, we will cross a creek, climb Tengi (3,620m), and then head northwest from Marshyangdi Valley to Jar Sang Khola Valley. As we head north, the trail rises slowly. We will pass some pastures and juniper trees. Along this trail, we will pass a small village called Gunsan, where the houses are flat mud roofs, and then we will pass pastures with yaks and horses. After crossing a small river on the wooden bridge, we walk along the spectacular valley to an open, peaceful meadow, which is called Yak Kharka.
Day 10 Yak Kharka (4090m) - Thorong Phedi (4525m)
Trek 7km, 4~5hrs I Ascend: 470m
Today we will head to Throng Phedi, the foot of Thorong La Pass. Due to the altitude, you can take the next climb at a leisurely pace, which means you will have time to admire the magnificent views of this part of the route. The first small settlement we will arrive at is Letdar (4,250m), which needs to climb from Yak Kharka for an hour. From here we continue to climb along the east bank of Jarsang Khola to Thorong Phedi, which is the starting point for our trek to Thorong La Pass tomorrow.
Day 11 Thorong Phedi (4525m) - Thorong La (5416m) - Muktinath Temple (3760m)
Trek 15km, 8~10hrs I Ascend: 976m I Descent: 976m
Trekking from Thorong Phedi (4,525m) to Muktinath Temple (3,760m) through the Thorung La Pass (5,416m) is the most challenging part of the trip. Today we set off early to cross Thorung La (5,416m). After 4 to 6 hours of climbing, we reached the top of the mountain pass, the highest point of this hike. It is decorated with prayer flags, traditional Chorten, and mani stone piles. Standing on the top of the mountain, we can also see the majestic panorama views of the Himalayas, as well as the huge Kali Gandaki valley to the west and the towering Yakgawa Kang peak (6,481m) to the north. The glorious scenery at the top of the mountain will make you feel all hardships along the way totally worth it!
After a good rest, we will start another long trek to Muktinath(3,760m). This section of the road is a steep downhill, with a 1600-meter descent, which provides us with the magnificent views of Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters) and Tukuche Peak (6,920 meters). Muktinath is a famous religious sacred place. Many believers come here to make pilgrimages every year. There is a large Hindu temple and a Tibetan Buddhist temple.
Day 12 Muktinath (3760m) - Jomsom (2800m)
Trek 8km, 4hrs I Descend: 960m I Drive 12.3km, 31m
Muktinath is a holy city in the area, and there are thousands of pilgrims every year, especially Hindus and Buddhists. Today, we will first visit the Muktinath Temple. Vishnu is its main shrine, and the temple's highlights are 108 taps. Jwala Mai is another temple with a natural eternal flame. Next, we will visit a famous Tibetan Buddhist temple.
After visiting the temple, we will head to the ancient village of Purang for a branch trip. Go up from the village and continue on the inaccessible route, we will pass another medieval-looking village of Jhong (monastery perched on a hill with good views). There are large chörten, gompa and atmospheric animistic totems. Starting from Jhong, descend to Jhing Khola (river). Follow the path along the river to reach Kagbeni. This is the northernmost village where you can continue to Mustang without a permit. From Kagbeni, we will take a public bus back to Jomsom. We will spend the last night of our trek here.
Day 13 Fly from Jomsom to Pokhana
In the early morning, you will fly to Pokhara from Jomsom Airport (20 minutes). End of the Annapurna trek.
In the afternoon, you can hang out in the Pokhara Lakeside area. It is world-famous for its beautiful scenery and pleasant climate. Pokhara sits under the snow-capped peaks of the Annapurna Mountains. The beautiful Fishtail Peak is reflected in Fewa Lake, beautiful and peculiar, making people feel peaceful and comfortable.
Day 14 Free Day in Pokhara
Today you will enjoy a free day in Pokhara and relax after hiking. You can consult your leader and then choose to participate in outdoor adventure projects (at your own expense) according to your preferences: paragliding, taking ultralight aircraft, renting a mountain bike to tour around the lake, self-driving motorcycles, etc. We can go boating on Fewa Lake in the afternoon. The lakeside area has excellent shopping venues and cafes.
Pokhara also has interesting old blocks, as well as elaborate Hindu temples and a Buddhist monastery. You can also visit the Peace Pagoda, where you can admire the magnificent mountain views of Annapurna and the famous Machhapuchhare, then back to Pokhara.
Day 15 Pokhara - Kathmandu, 206km, Approx. 7hrs
After breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu. You can also choose to take a 25-minute flight back to Kathmandu(not included in the package).
Upon arrival in Kathmandu transfer to your respective hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure for your last-minute shopping, souvenir shopping, etc.
Day 16 Departure
Your adventure around Nepal is almost complete. Your tour guide will then fetch you at your hotel to lead you to the airport. You can bid your new friends and your guide farewell. You will surely be most welcomed to come back to Nepal for another great visit.