Annapurna Circuit Trekking is considered one of the best trekking in the world though road construction is threatening its reputation and its future as a classic trek. Yet no one disputes that the scenery is outstanding: 14 to 23 days long, this trek takes you through distinct regional scenery of rivers, flora, fauna and above all – mountains. There are four regions that are passed through on the trek; Lamjung, Manang, Mustang and Myagdi. Lamjung and Myagdi of the lower elevations are both predominantly Hindu and with lush green subtropical valleys with villages and terraced farming.
Manang and Mustang are of the higher elevations and are predominantly Tibetan Buddhist. The Manang people are Gurung (not Tibetan descent) and are very proud of their unique cultural heritage and merging of lower land Gurung and Tibetan cultural influences. People of Mustang identify themselves a lot closer with Tibet and the Mustang region has actually been part of Tibet in history. Mustang also is one of the last places in the world to view the ancient Bonpo Religion in action. Villages to note for Bonpo are Thini and Lupra near Jomsom, and Nargon near Kobang.
The trek goes counter-clockwise from Besisahar to Nayapul and reaches its summit in Thorung La (pass) at the height of 5416 m, or 17,769 ft. The route goes past the Manaslu (an 8,000-plus meter peak), Langtang Himal, Annapurna II and IV, Annapurna III and Gangapurna, and, of course, Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri — passing through the world’s deepest gorge in between those two 8,000-plus meter peaks. Poon Hill, at the end of the trek, affords views of those two mountains, as well as South Annapurna and Macchupucchre, the “Fishtail Mountain.”The trek also goes through Buddhist villages and Hindu holy sites, most notably the village of Muktinath, a holy site for both Buddhists and Hindus, and Braga, one of the oldest monasteries in the region.
From Dharapani to Kagbeni you will be walking the Annapurna section of The Great Himalaya Trail, a long distance trekking route that connects Nepal from East to West.
The eastern portion of the trek follows the Marsyangdi River upstream, to its source near the village of Manang. To get there several days of up-hill hiking are required. Then the route goes over the pass, a grueling day of hiking, and back down the other side, where it meets up with the Kali Gandaki River. After the pass, an alternative to walking is to rent a mountainbike (in Muktinath or Jomsom), and bike your way down, following the jeep road or alternative trails. Mustang is on it’s way to become a major mountainbiking destination. At the end of the trek, several options are available: following the river further to the road proper to Beni and catching a bus to Pokhara, or adding on a trek to the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC Trek), the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek.
This is a “teahouse trek,” meaning there are villages with lodges and restaurants.
Both mid -hills and trans Himalayan semi-Tibetan cultural experiences, stunning mountain views, one of the world’s most popular high pass journeys, vast range of bio-diversity trail, conserved wild life and vegetation.
Drive to Besisahar to trailhead from Kathmandu or Pokhara, start the trek according to the itinerary, after Thorong La pass from Jomsom fly back or trek to Pokhara.
Max. Altitude 5416 m. Thorong -La pass 5-6 hr. average walking per day, trek start after breakfast everyday, strenuous trail, walking via pass is 9-10 hr.
Mid Aug. to Dec. and April to May.
Teahouse lodges managed by ACAP and eco-aware local people. Tented camping trip also can be organized, safe drinking water projects.
DAY 1: Arrivable in Kathmandu 1,350m.
Day 2:Briefing about trek by guide.preparation for trekking.
DAY 3: Kathmandu / Besisahar / Bulbule 780m. / Nyagdi 880m. (7hrs drive & trek)
DAY 4: Nyagdi / Jagat (1,342m. – 5hrs trek)
DAY 5: Jagat / Dharapani (1,943m. – 5hrs trek)
DAY 6 : Dharapani / Chame (2,713m. – 5hrs trek)
DAY 7: Chame / Barthang / Pisang (3,200m.¬- 5 ½ hrs trek)
DAY 8: Pisang / Gyaru (3,670m – 3hrs trek)
DAY 9: Gyaru /Ngawal 3,657m/Braga 3,450m/Manang (3,540m -5h trek)
DAY 10: Manang
DAY 11: Manang / Khangsar / Tilicho base camp (5 ½ hrs trek)
Day 12: Tilichi base camp./Tilicho lake 4,930m/Khangsar (3.734m- 7hrs trek)
DAY 13: Khangsar / Yak kharka 4,018m / Thorang phedi (4,216m -4hrs trek)
DAY 14: Thorang phedi / Muktinath (3,800m. – 7hrs trek)
DAY 15: Muktinath/ Jomsom / Marpha (2,660m. – 5hrs trek)
DAY 16: Marpha / Kalopani (2,530m – 5hrs trek)
DAY 17: Kalopani / Tatopani (1,190M. – 5hrs trek)
DAY 18: Tatopani / Ghore pani (2,855m. – 6hrs trek)
DAY 19: GhorepaniI / Poon hill 3,210m. / Ghandruk (1,950m. -7hr trek)
DAY 20: Ghandruk / Birethanthi / pokhara (3hr trek and 1hrs drive)
DAY 21: Morning sunrise view from Sarangkot drive to Kathmandu .
DAY 22: morning free stay afternoon sightseeing Tour of Soyambhu nath & Kathmandu city.
DAY 23: Departure.