Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Base Camp (also known as Annapurna Sanctuary) trek is a challenging and longest trekking route in the Annapurna region. It is suitable for those who wish to do both Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Base Camp on a single trip. The Annapurna Circuit crosses the Thorong La Pass at a height of 5,416 meters. While the Annapurna Base Camp trek reaches up to 4,130 meters. Annapurna Circuit is one of the best trekking trails in the Himalayas and has been described as one of the top ten treks in the world, trekked by thousands of trekkers every year. And Annapurna Base Camp is one of the moderate trekking that takes you to the base of the highest mountains. While trekking you will see a great variety of beautiful landscapes, nature, and culture of the Central Himalayan region of Nepal with the best and spectacular Himalayan panoramas of Mount Annapurna, Fishtail, Manaslu, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli, and many other central-western Himalayan ranges of Nepal descend from the heights of the pass to Muktinath and its scared Buddhist and Hindu shrines.
Further south of Muktinath, the contrasts of the Nepal Himalaya become even more apparent, as high windswept passes are replaced by forests, or mandarin and banana groves. Finally we trek out of the gorges and look back to the peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. You continue the trek to Ghorepani, it is a beautiful village on top of a hill. From here you can visit Poon Hill (3210 m) which is one of the best places to watch the sunrise display over the mountains. After visiting Poon Hill you will continue the trek through rhododendron and bamboo forests then you will reach a nice Gurung village called Chhomrong (Gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary), continue the trek till Annapurna Base Camp, the same way to go to Chhomrong For this you can choose the route to Pokhara which goes through Ghanruk or Dhampus. It is also possible to go from Chhomrong to Pokhara via Birethanti/Nayapul in a single day.
The itinerary below follows the traditional old-fashioned route, but if you want to shorten the itinerary you will need to use a bus or jeep where motor roads are available.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation
Day 03: Kathmandu to Besi Sahar (820m) then Bhulbhule (840m) by public bus
Day 04: Trek to Jagat (1330m)
Day 05: Trek to Dharapani (1960m)
Day 06: Trek to Chame (2670m.)
Day 07: Trek to Pisang (3200m.)
Day 08: Trek to Manang (3540m.)
Day 09: Acclimatization in Manang (3540m.)
Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka (4110m)
Day 11: Trek to Thorung Phedi (4420m)
Day 12: Trek to Muktinath (3800m) Over the Thorung La Pass (5416m)
Day 13: Trek to Marpha (2680m)
Day 14: Trek to Ghasa (2010m)
Day 15: Trek to Tatopani (1190m)
Day 16: Trek to Ghorepani (2855m)
Day 17: Visit Poon Hill (3210m) then trek to Tadapani (2610m)
Day 18: Trek to Chhomrong (2170)
Day 19: Trek to Dovan (2600m)
Day 20: Trek to Machhapuchhre Base camp (3700m)
Day 21: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m)
Day 22: Trek to Bamboo (2310m)
Day 23: Trek to Jhinu Danda (1780m) Hot Spring
Day 24: Trek to Pothana (1900m)
Day 25: Trek to Dhampus phedi and drive to Pokhara (850m)
Day 26: Drive to Kathmandu (1350m) by tourist bus
Day 27: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Day 28: Depart Kathmandu.
Note: If you want to avoid walking on the motor road section then you can reduce the days of trekking and take a jeep from Besi Sahar or Kathmandu to Chame and take a local bus from Jomsom to Tatopani.
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