The Annapurna Circuit Trek is known for its stunning mountain views and cultural attractions and is considered one of the best trekking routes in the world. The Annapurna Circuit Trek, also known as the Around Annapurna Trek, is a popular and highly regarded trekking in the Annapurna region of Nepal that encircles the Annapurna Massif. The trek allows you to enjoy views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges from several vantage points. The trek takes about 12-20 days to complete, depending on your pace and the route you take. The trek typically starts from Besisahar or Bhulbhule and follows the Marsyangdi River through the valley, passing through several small villages and along terraced rice fields. Along the way, you'll have the opportunity to see a wide variety of landscapes, from subtropical forests to high-altitude deserts. One of the highlights of the Annapurna Circuit is the Thorong La Pass, which at an altitude of 5,416 meters is the highest point on the trek.
From the top of the pass, you can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the valley below. Other highlights of the Annapurna Circuit include visiting the holy Hindu temple of Muktinath, exploring the traditional villages, and experiencing the local culture and hospitality of the people of Nepal.
Our 20-day itinerary below follows the old traditional classic route of the Annapurna Circuit from day to day traversing various landscapes and Himalayan backgrounds as well as multiple ethnic groups. After making a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule our trek starts from here the trekking follows the Marsyangdi River up to Manang then goes higher up to the Thorong La Pass at 5416 meters, afterward bring down into Muktinath temple (3800 meters).
After Muktinath, you need to descend to the melodramatic valley of Kali Gandaki, on this day see an eyeful landscape view of the Mustang. Kali Gandaki has the deepest gorge on earth. After a few days of easy trekking in the Kali Gandaki valley then reach Tatopani (the place for natural hot spring). Bathing in a natural hot spring People believes that taking a dip in a hot spring cures your skin ailments and reduces stress due to the minerals it contains.
From Tatopani, after a few minutes walk, you have to cross the river to climb Ghorepani (2855 m). Today is the longest and steepest climb of the entire route, but after reaching Ghorepani you feel that you are in heaven. Early next morning you need to hike up to Poon Hill (3210 m), it is one of the best places on earth to enjoy the natural beauty. From Poon Hill, you can see the snow-capped mountains of the majestic Himalayan ranges with a beautiful sunrise.
After enjoying the views from Poon Hill you need to return to Ghorepani to continue the trek to Tadapani and Ghandruk. It is also possible to go from Ghorepani to Pokhara in a single day if you do not want to do the long trek via Ghandruk. If you follow the path to Ghandruk it is long but takes you closer to the beautiful mountains. Easy walk from Ghandruk to Birethanti/Nayapul where the trek ends. From here we hire a taxi or private vehicle to take you to Pokhara. From Pokhara, you will return to Kathmandu by tourist bus or flight depending on the service you choose.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation
Day 03: Drive to Beshi Sahar (820 m) then Bhulbhule (840 m)
Day 04: Trek to Jagat (1330 m)
Day 05: Trek to Dharapani (1960 m)
Day 06: Trek to Chame (2670 m)
Day 07: Trek to Pisang (3200 m)
Day 08: Trek to Manang (3540 m)
Day 09: Acclimatization in Manang (3540 m)
Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka (4110 m)
Day 11: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4420 m)
Day 12: Trek to Muktinath (3800 m) Over the Thorong La Pass (5416 m)
Day 13: Trek to Marpha (2680 m)
Day 14: Trek to Ghasa (2010 m)
Day 15: Trek to Tatopani (1190 m)
Day 16: Trek to Ghorepani (2855 m)
Day 17: Visit Poon Hill (3210 m) trek to Tadapani (2610 m)
Day 18: Trek to Ghandruk then drive to Pokhara (850 m)
Day 19: Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus
Day 20: Depart Kathmandu.
Note: If you are not interested in walking the motor road section then you can reduce the days of trekking by taking a local bus from Jomsom to Tatopani. However, instead of reducing the days of trekking, the trekking can be extended from Ghandruk.
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