Annapurna Circuit Trek

Trip Facts

  • Destination:Annapurna Region, Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Moderate
  • Max Elevation:5420m +
  • Total Duration:
  • Best Time:All through the year

Annapurna Circuit Trek is the best trekking trail around the globe that helps you bring your imagination to life.

Background – Annapurna Circuit Trek

The amazing and adventurous Annapurna Circuit Trek will take you around the Annapurna massif – from 1400m in Kathmandu and Pokhara to as high as 5420 m at Thorangla pass. You will walk through Kali Gandaki gorge, the world’s deepest gorge with Annapurna 8091m and Dhaulagiri 8167m peeping over your shoulders and playing hide and seek. You will also visit some of the popular tourist spots like Poon Hill, Ghandruk, etc. as well as spiritual lands of Muktinath, Jomsom, and Kagbeni. Enjoy the diverse Annapurna region, its landscapes and closely witness the perfect blend of nature with human culture.

Besisahar a small hill town is popular as the starting point to Annapurna circuit trekking. You will hike through villages, small forests and cross through small rivers before entering the great Himalayan valley. You will feel that the Snow-Cladded Mountains are welcoming you with their arms wide open. Along the way you will enter Manang, interact with local people, visit monasteries, walk through the Thorang La pass (5420m), Muktinath 3840m) and take much-needed rest along with lots of fun, pictures, and hot water spring, etc.

Annapurna Circuit is an amazing trekking route that helps you understand yourself – mentally physically and spiritually. The aspiring beauty of the spiritual landscapes, majestic Annapurna Himalayan belt, thrilling gorges, cliffs, isolated ancient villages will bring peace and joy and the feeling of satisfaction to anybody who takes this amazing journey.

Also Explore About Annapurna Base Camp Trek , which is another popular trek in Nepal.

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Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival
  • Day 02: Day Tour in Kathmandu
  • Day 03: Drive to Besishahar (860m) and Bulbul, stay at Teahouse
  • Day 04: Trek to Bahundanda (1852m) and Ghermu 1600m
  • Day 05: Trek to Tal
  • Day 06: Trek to Chame (2160m)
  • Day 07: Trek to upper Pisang and Gyaru (3190m)
  • Day 08: Gyaru to Ngwal Braka (3470m)
  • Day 09: Day trip to Ice Lake or Milarepa cave and trek to Manang (3535m)
  • Day 10: Acclimatizing rest day at Manang (3535m)
  • Day 11: Trek to Tilicho lake base camp (4145m)
  • Day 12: Exploration hike to the Tilicho lake (4910m)
  • Day 13: Trek to Yak Kharka (4030m)
  • Day 14: High camp
  • Day 15: Trek to Muktinath (3800m) via Throng Pass (5415m)
  • Day 16: Trek to Kagbeni (2845m)
  • Day 17: Drive to Tadapani (2700m)
  • Day 18: Trek to Ghorepani (2830m)
  • Day 19: Trek to Tadapani after Poon Hill morning excursion
  • Day 20: Trek to Chomrong (2177m)
  • Day 21: Trek to Dovan (2315m)
  • Day 22: Trek to Machapuchhare base camp (3270m)
  • Day 23: Trek to Annapurna Base camp (4123m)
  • Day 24: Trek to Bamboo (2317)
  • Day 25: Trek to Jhino Danda (1735m) and drive to Pokhara (1400m)
  • Day 26: Fly to Kathmandu
  • Day 27: Departure
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Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival

Arrival in Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel and preparation for the Trekking.

Day 02: Day Tour in Kathmandu

A half day city tour in and around Kathmandu Valley to make you observe and understand the unique cultural heritages that include monuments, temples and monasteries such as Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath or Swoyambhunath. And for rest and preparation for next trip to Annapurna Circuit Trek and evening briefing at your hotel or at the office.

Day 03: Drive to Besishahar (860m) and Bulbul, stay at Teahouse

The day begins with drive to Besisahar - Bhulbhule about 5-6 hrs from Kathmandu along to the Prithwi highway. We divert off the highway at the bustling town of Dumre and continue for a further one and half hours to Besisahar. After lunch we complete the short drive to the road head at Bhulbhule (846 meters) in the Marysandi Valley, overnight at lodge/teahouse with dinner.

Day 04: Trek to Bahundanda (1852m) and Ghermu 1600m

Certainly one of the hardest and definitely the wettest today we will trek from Bahundanda to Ghermu, Ghermu to Jagat and finally Jagat to Tal. The total journey from Bahundanda to Tal consists of 17 kilometers of hiking over 9 hours (excluding a stop for lunch) and an elevation increase of 390 meters.

Day 05: Trek to Tal

After descending to Syange and crossing a big suspension bridge over Marsyangdi, we will pass through the gorge which narrows along with the crest and trough of the trail. We will see overhanging rocks on the way before arriving at the place called Jagat which is located on a ridge. The place holds a historical significance of being the custom post for trading salt with Tibet. After some more crests and troughs and few overhanging rocks, the trail leads you to a small community of Chamje whose culture resembles to that of Tibetan. From Chamje, we will descend towards the bank of Marsyangdi river and after crossing a suspension bridge, we will continue through bamboo forest. After entering a wide valley with few houses to the place called Tal, we step into Manang district.

Day 06: Trek to Chame (2160m)

Today we will start towards Dharapani via Khotro. The settlement is chiefly Tibetan with a chorten entrance. After passing through another town named Bagarchhap, we will forge towards Diki Gompa. We will then continue the narrow valley with bounty of rhododendrons. After crossing the Himalayan barricade to the east of Lamjung via Namun Bhanjyang, we will continue to Lattemarang. Later we continue towards Chame.

Day 07: Trek to upper Pisang and Gyaru (3190m)

We will leave Chame by crossing a bridge over Marsyangdi and move towards Bhartang treading along narrow valley full of pine and Hemlock. The Bhartang was once temporarily inhabited by Khampas. Ascending along the forest full of firs along with pine and hemlock towards Dhukur Pokhari, we continue our trek to the stop of the day- Pisang. The lower Pisang is full of lodges, some even offering cappuccino and pizzas but a short climb up the hill will take us to upper Pisang, which offers more beautiful views of Annapurna II and also a chance to visit a gompa. We continue to Gyaru where we will stay overnight.

Day 08: Gyaru to Ngwal Braka (3470m)

We will take a trip to Ngwal Braka from Gyaru.

Day 09: Day trip to Ice Lake or Milarepa cave and trek to Manang (3535m)

On this day we can choose either to visit Ice Lake or the Milarepa cave. Both are the side trips and provide unique experience. Ice lake is not suitable for the winter or during snowfall as the path become very slippery and dangerous. Among the many side trips in this region, Milarepa cave is one of the most famous. This side trip (over a 2 hours hike from east of Bhraka) is very well one of the most exciting places, not only because of the scenery visible from the cave but also the story behind it.  

Day 10: Acclimatizing rest day at Manang (3535m)

Today, we hang around town. This is an important rest and acclimatization day before crossing the Thorung La. There are optional day walks such as crossing the river to see the tremendous icefall coming down from the Annapurna, or climbing high above the village for a full panorama of the Annapurna range and the Manang Valley.

Day 11: Trek to Tilicho lake base camp (4145m)

Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4800m) and overnight stay at Lodge.

Day 12: Exploration hike to the Tilicho lake (4910m)

Trek to Tilicho lake - visit the Lake and overnight at lodge.

Day 13: Trek to Yak Kharka (4030m)

Trek from Tilicho Base Camp To Yakkharka overnight at lodge.

Day 14: High camp

We start our trekking with climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marsyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, you follow a narrow trail across an unstable spree slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi, overnight at Lodge.

Day 15: Trek to Muktinath (3800m) via Throng Pass (5415m)

Today, we start our trekking quite early in the morning crossing the Thorung La (5416m.). The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving camp but as this trail has been used by local people for hundreds of years the path is well defined. The gradient then eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing, we will reach the chorten and prayer flags of the pass. The views are dramatic to say the least, from the snow-covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang which are spread out before us. The descent to Muktinath is a knee pounding 1600m but it's compensated for with excellent views of Dhaulagiri. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath

Day 16: Trek to Kagbeni (2845m)

After the breakfast, our trek start to Kagbeni and Kagbeni is a unique famous village of Baarah Gaun (lit. twelve villages) region in Mustang district. It lies in the popular Annapurna Circuit route and is a gateway to Upper Mustang trekking. It is a fascinating medieval village with closely packed mud-brick houses, dark alleys and imposing Chhortens. The village stands in a little green oasis dominated by its red monastery. However, with the formation of Mustang in the 15th century, Kagbeni's importance diminished. The main ethnic group in a village is Bhotias. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 17: Drive to Tadapani (2700m)
Day 18: Trek to Ghorepani (2830m)

We will start the trek early, half an hour down to the gorge and climb 1 hours to reach to Banthati where there is hotel, continues follow the gorge till to Deurali where we have lunch 12 O’clock. After lunch few minutes climb and then down to Ghorepani inside the lush oak, rhododendron forest.

Day 19: Trek to Tadapani after Poon Hill morning excursion

Today we’ll wake up as early as 4 am and climb 1 hour to Poon Hilll (3210m) for sunrise view panoramic fantastic view. Poon Hill is the one of the best breathtaking panorama view point in Nepal. We can see the Dhauligiri range to Manaslu range including the famous Mounthain peak Machhapurche “Fishtail”. Return back to the Hotel and take Breakfast then proceed to down to Nagythati meaning open hut, Banthati meaning Jungle hut and Ullari the beautiful mountain scenic and the village. You have lunch in Ullari and 1.30 hour steeply down to Tikhedunga the bank side of Bhurungdi Khola. Dinner in 6 PM with celebrate the last night in the mountain.

Day 20: Trek to Chomrong (2177m)

Leaving Tadapani, the triail descends down through forest and we can hear birds chirping. After walking down about 45 minutes the trail goes very steep downhill through the terraced field to Kimrung Khola, cross the suspension bridge and walk to Gurjung, the trail ascends up after Gurjung village during 45 minutes then straight walk to Chhmrung at the elevation of 2170m. It takes 4-5 hours from Tadapani to Chhumrung. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 21: Trek to Dovan (2315m)

The trail descends down 310 meter through thousands of stone staircase crosses then crosses Chhumrung Khola on bridge and climbs up to Sinuwa at the height of 2340 meter. It is easy walk through rhododendron festooned with orchids and ferns then steep down with stone staircase to Bamboo. After having lunch there we walk throughout the cool forest about an hour to Dovan at the elevation of 2630 meter. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 22: Trek to Machapuchhare base camp (3270m)

A trek of narrow Modi Khola valley brings you almost to the base of M.B.C. There’s technically no such thing as ‘Machhapuchhare Base Camp’, since ascents of the mountains are prohibited. The mountain views are stupendous; the panorama includes Hiuchhuli, Annapurna ranges and the ever-changing Machhapuchhare. This area is called the Annapurna sanctuary since it is totally surrounded by mountains. A huge amphitheater enclosed by a solid wall of snow-capped peaks which include Annapurna I, Annapurna III and the fish tail spire of Machhapuchhare.Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 23: Trek to Annapurna Base camp (4123m)

The climb to Annapurna Base Camp takes under two hours. We descend a small ridge branching out from the mountain pass to mountainside with widespread terraced fields showcasing tranquil meadows and lush fertile farming land. At the end we will drop down back to Dovan for the night.

Day 24: Trek to Bamboo (2317)

After enjoying Brilliant Mountain view and taking hot cup of tea or coffee we take hot breakfast and trek down to Dovan or Bamboo via MBC, Deurali and Himalaya. We take tea and lunch break on the way. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 25: Trek to Jhino Danda (1735m) and drive to Pokhara (1400m)

From Bamboo we walk up during 30 minute and it is pleasant jungle walk to Sinuwa then head down to Chhumrung Khola and walk up long stone staircase up upper Chhomrung then walk steep down to Jhinu. Take bath in natural hot water and come back lodge. Stay overnight at lodge. After breakfast we to Nayapul via Birethanti. It takes about 4-5 hours walk to Nayapul then we drive to Pokhara by private car or van. Stay in hotel in Pokhara.

Day 26: Fly to Kathmandu

Flight to Kathmandu takes less than half an hour. In Kathmandu, we will have a city tour.

Day 27: Departure

Final Departure

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Nepal Reliable guide, Highly Recommended

My husband and I did the Langtang-Gosaikund -Helambu trekking with Narayan Pandey, a guide from Gorka. It was our third trip to Nepal. We had a wonderful time mainly thanks to Narayan. He’s a very professional, intelligent and trustworthy guy , speaks very good English and is good fun, always smiling and in a good mood. When there was a sudden change in the weather, he adapted our schedule accordingly. We never experienced the slightest headache due to the altitude since Narayan made sure we never climbed more than 500m a day. At places were accommodation was tight, he sent along a porter to secure a room for us. We intend to go trekking with him again.We very much recommend Narayan to other travellers because we think he can really make a difference!


Panta , Raju , Nicole 

Nicole &  Danny 

Nicole Sierens &Danny Gysen,
Brussels Belgium

Everest Base Camp Trekking Best Guide

As a single woman trekking in Nepal, I was a little concerned that I might not find a reliable or trustworthy guide. Luckily I found Machhendra.

In November/December 2008 I trekked with Machhendra in the Annapurna region for 18 days. It was a trip of a lifetime, and mostly due to Machhendra's guidance. Each day of our trip held new wonders, pointed out by his keen eyes and kind heart. We toured temples most trekkers might have missed had they been on their own, or with a guide of less experience. Even when temples were closed he would seek out the caretaker to open the doors and give us a tour.

Our pace while trekking was perfect, not too fast to miss the sights and not too slow to arrive after dark. There are many ways to trek through Nepal, but none better than with an experienced and caring guide like Machhendra. I am planning to return to Nepal and when I do, I will most certainly hire Machhendra as my guide, my friend, to tour the Everest region.  

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Kelly Byron,

Reliable and responsible trekking company and Guide 

Feb. 19, 2011.

To Whom it may concern,

Having trekked in Nepal on several occasions and used the guiding services of Machendra Tamang,  form the SAN TREKKING we wish to recommend him to prospective clients. Machendra's vast experience, professionalism, knowledge, familiarity with the region and his care for his clients is exceptional.

Trekking in Nepal is always something of a spiritual journey for us, but it is made even more special by experiencing the genuine friendship and companionship Machendra shared with us. We encourage prospective clients to utilize his services and ensure continuing employment for him. We believe that your enjoyment of Nepal will be maximized if Machendra is your guide.

On our most recent trek, our small group of four also used the services of Machendra's brother Changba and brother-in-law Kimba. Both of these porters were delightfully cheerful company who voluntarily attended to our every need.

On our latest trek in the Solu Khumbu, we travelled in a clockwise direction from Lukla to Namchee, Thame, across the Renjo La, Gokyo, across the Cho La, Dhzongla, Gorak Shep (Kalla Patthar and EBC), Dinboche to Lukla with many side trips while acclimatizing. This involved crossing a number of high passes and peaks between 5 000 and 6 000 metres. However, Machendra's careful planning ensured excellent acclimatization where no-one experienced even a minor headache. Machendra is highly attuned to the abilities of clients and balances that with the altitude to tailor a sensible pace and ensure everyone's safety. This includes carrying a client's pack if they are struggling on a particular day.

If necessary, Machendra will organize everything including internal flights, permits, accommodation, side tours, visas, etc, and he does so without any commission. He is a highly principled man whose honesty and integrity are beyond question. He has a great depth of character and an absolutely delightful nature and his wonderful sense of humour is another bonus. His dignity and sensitivity is displayed in a quiet, caring manner while he goes about the business of guiding, communicating and negotiating, always in a very unobtrusive manner. Everything on the trek works smoothly because of the efficiency and diplomacy that characterizes him.

Machendra is especially alert, observant and attentive to your condition and he shows a genuine, heartfelt concern for your comfort and welfare. Always, he ensured our needs (meals, lodging, warmth, security, etc.) were met first before he attended to his own. Nothing was too much trouble for him and he communicated his ideas readily and showed flexibility in discussing alternative agendas as they arose. Machendra is an experienced cook and if lodges are busy at meal times, he also cooks excellent meals.

It was a privilege for us to once again enjoy the genuine friendship and sincerity Machendra so readily established with us. Because of his forthright honesty and integrity, we developed a very strong attachment and respect for him. He is an absolute credit to the Trekking Industry of Nepal and we recommend him to you most highly. Without a doubt, when next we visit Nepal, we will ensure that Machendra is our guide.

Thank you again Machendra, for your friendship, efficiency and care. The trek was wonderful but your company added to the enjoyment and the grate memories of Nepal.

Best wishes,

Your Friends,

Everest View Trek
Peter & Kim Cook,

Best Trekking Guide & Agency Ever.

 From the SAN TREKKING  agency Narayan took me on a fabulous trek in the hills of central Nepal; "off the beaten track" is an understatement. Everything about it was wonderful, the accomadations, food, but most of all the people in this idyllic place. I found Narayan to be very knowledgable, friendly, capable, and he also speaks very good English. If you want guide you can rest assured to be trustworthy, you will not go wrong with Narayan. When I go back to Nepal he will definately be the guide that I will look up.

Dean Engle ,
Hawaii, U S A

Very Knowledgeable, Enthusiastic and Experienced guide

Narayan Pandey is a very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and experienced guide. If you're looking for a personal guide or a guide for your group to the Himalaya mountains of Nepal then you can not do any better than this man. Narayan Pandey with SAN TREKKING.
Tracey Quinn,
Sydney, Australia

Very Experienced Guide

I would like to recommend Narayan, a travel and mountain guide in Nepal, with who I had the chance to travel, had a great experience and after the years has become a good friend to me.

He is definitely someone you can trust with, I still remember coming out of Kathmandu airport the first time in 2011, and he was there waiting for me and treated me very nicely. I did touring in the city and a trekking in Nagarkot. And back in 2018 also did city touring.
He guides both in the cities as in the mountain doing trekking. He is also very knowledgeable, very intelligent and looks after his travellers.

Definitely a high asset for your trip.

Thank you Narayan

Yaiza Ibañez,
Barcelona, Spain

Beautiful country, great people, an amazing experience!

Spent about a month in Nepal last year with San trekking. It was such a beautiful experience. Trekking in Pokhara in the Annapurna region and mountain flight was just out of this world. Their team took great care of us. Beautiful country, great people, an amazing experience!

John Smith,
United Kingdom

Annapurna Round Trekking

Marco and I went for the Anapurna Trekking in February and March 2009. We decided to search for ourselfs in different office places and agencies. We were told that we had to be careful and precisely with choosing guides. At the end we came at an office where we met the guide Tilak. He was working at the office as a guide, together with the office manager Narayan Pandey. When Marco saw him, he melted, and we decided to take him with us to join our planned trekking.
We had an amazing time. Our choice was really remarkable. Narayan Pandey is a very honest gentleman. He did not only carry our bags, but he was curious, really interested in someone, warm, intelligent and became feeling like a friend. It was also very nice and handy that he could speak English with us, which makes the conversations much easier. Learning and speaking English also does say something about someone in Nepal!
Life is hard in Nepal, and so he showed us too. We wish him all the good luck and he deserves all the best recommends of past travellers! And off course of us!
From Holland
Maura &Marco ,
Amsterdam, Holland

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