Round Annapurna Trekking is one of the popular names within the trekkers that lies in the Annapurna mountain range of central Nepal. The total length of the route varies between 160–230 km that depends on the use of a vehicle in route. Annapurna area was opened to foreign trekkers in 1977 and since that time it has remained as a popular trekking circuit in the world.
Annapurna Circuit Trek (Round Annapurna Trek) starts from the small town of Beshisahar and ends at Pokhara. This trek crosses two different river valleys Marsyangdi river valley of Manang and Kali Gandaki River and the world deepest gorge formed, the valley of Mustang, and encircles the Annapurna massif.
The main attraction of the treks is of different varieties includes paddy field, subtropical forest, waterfalls, gigantic cliffs, Tibetan valley and the village of Manag and Mustang, Hindus and Buddhist devotees meeting place in the Muktinath temple, and wide culture of Tibetan Buddhism. There are different types of climate that a trekker can experience a tropical, subtropical, and climate of arctic region climate 4500m. In the month of March and April, the tropical forest of Annapurna regions is colourful with a wide variety of rhododendrons.
The mountain scenery, seen at close quarters includes the Annapurna Massif (Annapurna I-IV), Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Gangapurna (7455m] and Tilicho Peak (7134m). Numerous peaks of 7000-8000m in elevation rise from the Annapurna range. Depending on the speed of the trekkers, number and length of side trips and rest days taken, acclimatization, weather and where the trek is finished, hiking the Annapurna Circuit can take anything from 8 to 25 days. Many trekkers who want challenging and short time trek choose their destination stop at Jomsom and takes a bus or flight to return back to Pokhara.
Itinerary in Details for Round Annapurna Trek
Day 01: Arrive and transfer to Nagarkot Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport.Airport representative from our agency will pick you up from the airport. Rest at Hotel.
Day 02: Drive to Bhaktapur and sightseeing Bhaktapur Sight Seeing: in the World Heritage sites around the valley. which includes some places of Kathmandu Durbar Square the house of living goddess Kumari and some remaining part of old palace and temples. Second visit to the Swyambhunath Stupa (monkey temple), Buddhist and Hindus pilgrimage site where we can view Kathmandu Valley in a 360-degree range from the top of the hill of Swyambhunath. After sight seen, later at night and meeting and introduction with guide and discussion on the trek. BB included.
Day 03: Drive over Besisahar (750m) to Bulbule (840m) and trekking begins Bus/Jeep Ride through rice terraces and sub-tropical vegetation and surrounding landscape into the Trisuli and Marsyandhi valley and from there across Besisahar to Bulbule, 6/7 hours drive. The trek begins from here three hours walk through the valley of along Marsyandi River to reach Ngadi. Good view of Natti Chuti (7800m). O/N Lodge in Nagdi.
Day 04: Trek to Ghermu (1100m) After crossing Nadi Khola we walk on the right side of the valley to Lampata. Our trial continues to Bahundanda.The landscape contains terraced fields of the resident farmers and Gurung Village. Bahundanda (1310 m), an ideal place for rest and lunch. We descent to Ghermu. Walk to 4-5 hours, O/N Lodge in Ghermu.
Day 05: Trek to Tal (1680m) After breakfast, we continue our trial to Manang district passing through Jagat. There is a suspension bridge before arriving Tal. Tal is a Nepali word literally means a pond or a lake. Tal is a small valley nearby the Marsyandi River. Each year, during monsoon, the bank cutting of the Marsyangi River continuously decreases the area of the Tal village. We can see Mountain View of Mt. Manaslu and Lamjung Himal and a waterfall with Pine forest from the Tal Valley. Hike for 4-6 hours. O/N Lodge in Tal.
Day 06: Trek to Chame (2710m) From Dharapani village (1960m), we continue our trek up the west bank taking the path to Bagarchap (2105m). Here the Tibetan style flat roofs are a clear indication of the reduction in rainfall to the area as we enter the rain shadow of the Annapurna range. Excellent view of East face of Lamjung Himal; in a village of Timang we stop for lunch and then take the easy step towards Chame Walk to 5-6 hours. O/N at Lodge in Chame.
Day 07: Trek to Pisang (3200m) We follow up the narrow forested valley to the old Khampa settlement at Bhradang (2845m).After lunch calm walk k in the pine forested ridge. We continue down to Pisang, There is a fine view of tapering walled houses and long lines of prayer wheels and mane walls. Visit to upper Pisang Village and Pisang Gompa (3230m) across on the north bank, with amazing views back of the huge north face of Annapurna II. Hike to 5-6 Hrs.O/N at Lodge in Pisang.
Day 08: Trek to Manang (3540m) Continue our trial to Manang. There is a choice of two routes: a shorter direct one along the south bank valley floor via Hongdae airport and another is longer route higher on the north bank through the villages of Gharyu (3670m) and Ngawal (3657m). A visit to Barge monastery, the largest in the entire district of Manang will be memorable. Braga (3360m) cliff side village, below its 900-year-old gompa (monastery) of the Kargyupa sector of Buddhism. 6 hours of walk.
Day 09: Acclimatization day in Manang Manang is a fascinating village, the chief Buddhist village that gives its name to the area. As such it’s ideal for our essential acclimatization rest day before taking on the Thorong La. There are excellent side trips such as the short climb to the Cliffside Bod-zo Gompa where the lama performs a blessing ceremony to protect us on our journey. Bhojo Gompa or Gangapurna Lake is worth visiting sites from acclimatization point of view.
Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka (4200m) This is quite a short day as its essential to set up proper acclimatization on the approach to the pass and limit the height gain between our night stops passing to Tengi, Gunsang, and finally arrived to Yak Kharka. Excellent view of Tilicho Peak. Chulu Peak, and Annapurna ranges. Walking 5-6 hrs. O/N Lodge in Yak Kharka.
Day 11: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4450m) Across Ledar (4200m) we ahead Thorong Phedi (4450m). Thorong Phedi is a small busy settlement catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers. There are Chorten and Prayer Flags on the way. From Thorang Phedi we can see the beautiful view of Mountain Dhaulagiri (8167m). This is also called Thorangla base camp. We can continue to High camp after our lunch for acclimatization and come back to Basecamp. There are some hotels in high camp (4700m) but for the beginners, it is not advisable to stay in High Camp. 4/5 hours of trek and overnight at Hotel in Base Camp or High Camp. Pension Complete.
Day 12: Trek to Muktinath (3800m) After leaving Thorong Phedi or High Camp, on the way to Muktinath, we have to cross Thorong La Pass (5416m). The between beautiful mountain ranges -Kathung Khang (6484m), Yakawakhang (6482m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Nilgiri North (7061m), Tukuche Peak (6920m) and Dhampus Peak (6012m) can be seen here. While arriving at the altitude of 5416m our energy level increases. Depending on the weather we will stay in Thorang-la flag point for 10/15 minutes and take the memorable pictures, sip down tea or coffee and then descend to Mustang district towards Kali Gandaki Valley, which is far below to the west. This is a long descend day before arriving Muktinath we pass through the bank of Jhong Khola. Muktinath Temple is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu and a monastery with a gaseous flame. A famous pilgrimage for Hindus and Buddhist. Walk to 8-9 Hrs. O/N Lodge in Muktinath.
Day 13: Trek over Kagbeni (2800m) to Jomsom (2720m) Morning visit to famous Hindu and Buddhist religious site, Muktinath Temple and descent to the Kagbeni (2800m) through the Jharkot (3550m) and Khingar (3280m) villages. Kagbeni is a small valley formed by the Kali Gandaki river and it is also the entry point of the Upper Mustang. There is a very old monastery of 13th century and a temple of Lord Shiva on the bank of the river. The people who stay in this valley follow the fashion of Tibetan lifestyle and culture. Stay in Kagbeni or continue to Jomsom valley, which is the administrative centre of Mustang district. From Jomsom, we can see the fascinating view of Tilocho Peak (7134m) and Nilgiri Himal. Walking for 5-7 Hrs. Overnight in Lodge at Jomsom.
Day 14: Early morning fly to Pokhara Morning Flight to Pokhara. It takes about 25 minutes to reach Pokhara. There is an option of taking jeep or tourist bus to drive to Pokhara. It takes almost a day to arrive Pokhara or there is an option to stay in Beni or the place of your choice. On this flight, the view of Mountains, hills, valleys is quite interesting. After arriving Pokhara Valley explore Pokhara city, the most popular destination for Nepalese and foreigners. The city also offers the breathtaking view of Mt Macchapucchere (Fishtail), Mount Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Manasalu range from east to west and lake like Phewa and Begnas. O/N at Hotel in Pokhara.
Day 15: Drive to Kathmandu Drive or late afternoon flight to Kathmandu (Flight according to Demand) Morning we drive over Muglin to Kathmandu. It takes 7 hours to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara. After reaching Kathmandu, you can spend the day as you like. You can shop for souvenirs, explore the market at Thamel, or just relax and chill out. O/N in Hotel at Kathmandu.
Day 16: Depart from Kathmandu Your departure to the airport will be arranged by our agency from our staff, after the memorable trek of Nepal. This is a standard itinerary, however; this can be changed according to your time, budgets, and request. Please write us for further more details.
This is a standard itinerary. However, it can be changed according to your time, budget, demand, and preferences to make this trek more interesting and fruitful. Please contact us for further more details.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the finest trek in the Earth with diversified landscape of mountain and culture, hills, river, terraced field, villages of ancient ethnic group of Nepal (Gurungs) and rich in varieties of plants and animals including well protected rhododendron forest (National Flower of Nepal). Annapurna region is protected by ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) renowned for the largest conservation area of Nepal. ABC trek is to reach at the height of 4130 meters on the base camp of the 10th highest mountain of the world measuring 8091m. Annapurna base camp is surrounded by different mountains Annapurna South, Mt. Himchuli Gandharva Chuli and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and different other mountains.
Annapurna Trekking or ABC trek can be completed within 8-12 days which is depend upon your health, hiking speed, and time covering other trekking area in the same region. There are several route to reach Annapurna Base Camp starting from Nayapul passing through Ghorepani, Poonhill and return back via Jhinu-Deurali-Pothana-Dhampus or one can start it from Dhampus which can be completed in Nayapool (New Bridge). If you want to completed the ABC trial smoothly covering all parts of ABC trekking area it takes 13-14 day to complete Annapurna Base Camp Trekking. After completing this trek the trial ends at Pokhara where you can able to stay for one or two days and further take tourist bus or airplane to arrive in Kathmandu for your final departure.
Itinerary Details of Annapurna Base Camp Trek: 13 Days
Day 01: Arrival at the Hotel where our Airport representative will pick you up and transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. Discussion of itinerary and trekking program.
Day 02: Take a tourist bus to reach Pokhara which is 200 km away from Kathmandu or take a 25 minutes flight to reach Pokhara. Stay overnight Hotel at Pokhara exploring the pretty city located in front of famous Phewa Lake.
Day 03: Nayapul to Ulleri. We will start our journey early in the morning taking an hour taxi drive up to Nayapul (new bridge) and our trekking journey began from Nayapull walking through enlarged route passing through Birethanti, Tikhedhunage and walking through villages and passing through stone steps we will finally arrive at Ulleri village. Overnight at Ulleri Village.
Day 04: Ulleri – Ghorepani (2850m) 4 hours walking uphill in between the rhododendron forest and taking a lunch break in between finally arrive at Ghorepani. Overnight at Ghorepani. Walk in the small Ghorepani village with the view of Annapurna South and Himchuli.
Day 5 – Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Tadapani (2850-3240-2540m) Wake up early in the morning and walk 1 hour to reach at the viewpoint of Poonhill to have a splendid view of sunrise and mountain view. First ray of sun over the top of Dhaulaghiri (8167m), Annapurna South (7119), « Fishtail » (Machhapuchhare) 6993m, Annapurna 1 (8091m). We will return back to Ghorepnai take our breakfast and continue our walk up and down to Tadapani village. Great view of sunset over Annapurna South and Himchuli from Tadapani. Overnight at Tadapni.
Day 06 –Tadapani- Sinuwa 2310m 6h.30 From Tadapani trek down to Gurjung with the view of Modi khola (river) and after crossing suspension bridge further climb up to reach Chomrong village. The last village of Annapurna Basecamp is Chhomrong. Walk downhill to reach the suspension bridge over Chhomrong khola and further more uphill walk for 1 hour to reach Sinuwa Village. Overnight in Sinuwa.
Day 07 –Sinuwa-Deurali 3230m, 7hours of trek. Start your trek as early as possible to reach Deurali passing through Bamboo, Hinku Cave, and Tomo and stay overnight at Deurali.
Day 08 –Deurali- Annapurna Base Camp 4130m– Gentle climb passing through the river bed to reach Bagar. The trial from Bagar to MBC is little bit harder. From Machhapuchhre Base Camp the mountain valley opens up and we can able to see Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna. It is a rewarding moment if the day is clear. The path widens more and it takes 1.30 hrs to reach Annapurna Base Camp where there is a dynamic view of all the major chains of Annapurna including Annpurna 1 measuring 8091m. Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp.
Day 9–Annapurna Base Camp 4130m-Bamboo View of the sunrise over the mountain from the basecamp and finally return back following the previous path to reach Bamboo. Overnight at Bamboo.
Day 10 Bamboo (2340m)-Jhinu Danda (1780m) Furthermore we follow the same same uphill and downhill path till Chomrong and from here the route divided to Jhinu Danda but you still need to take downhill path to reach Jhinu Danda. There is a natural hotspring in Jhinu with lukewarm water situated near Modi Khola. Take a bath and relax. Overnight at Jhinu.
Day 11: Jhinu Danda-Tolkha- Pothana walking through the village of Landrung, Tolkha- and climbing up hill in the dense forest we will finally reach to Pothana. Overnight in a guesthouse at Pothana.
Day 12- Pothana- Dhampus: Easy downhill walk for 3 hours to reach Dhampus village with the magnificent views of the mountains like Annapurna South, Fishtail, Himchuli, Lamjung Himal, and Himalchuli. Rest day in Dhampus Village.
Day 13: Dhampus-Pokhara: One hour downhill walk and take a bus or jeep or car to reach Pokhara from Dhampus Phedi. Overnight at Pokhara.
Day 14: Take a bus ride to Kathmandu or take a flight to come back to Kathmandu.
Day 15: Morning free time/Shopping/departure day.
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Ghorepani is a Gurung Village lies in Annapurna Conservation Area of Northern-Central Nepal. The village is situated in the elevation of 2874m above sea level and it is one of the most popular trekking destinations among foreigners and Nepalese people. The name of this Ghorepani Trek is derived from the Nepali word.
Ghore literally means Ghora-Horse and Pani mean water, the place where the ancient traders found the water sources on the top of the hill. From the village of Ghorepani, there is a famous sunrise viewpoint situated in the height of 3210 meters. When we walk 45 minutes uphill from the village, provides a fantastic view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
Ghorepani trekking starts at the elevation of 800 m Pokhara valley and after reaching 3210 m it ends at Pokhara Valley. This trek can be done in any season, but the best season is spring and autumn and during the month of March-April the trekking trial you can see the wide varieties of Rhododendron flowers flourished in the forest.
The main attraction of Ghorepani Trekking is view of famous mountains such as Annapurna I, II, III, IV and South range and Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV, and Dhaulagiri South, Nilgiri, Himchuli, Macchapuchhere, and Lamjung Himal ranges. This trek is an easy trek however we need a certain level of fitness to complete this trek.
Itinerary Details of Ghorepani Trekking
Day 01: Our representative will pick you from the international airport in Kathmandu and drop you at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Sightseeing in World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Today with the help of city guide you will visit in World Heritage Sites such as Swayambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu Royal Palace, and Patan Durbar Square to have an insight of Kathmandu valley’s history, culture, religion, and tradition. Meeting and introduction with trekking guide and held a meeting on the discussion on the trekking area.
Day 03: Drive or Fly to Pokhara(800m) Fly to Pokhara 25 minutes or bus drive to Pokhara in a luxury tourist bus, 200 km away from Kathmandu Valley generally takes 7 hours for 200 km. Lunch will be provided in a riverside resort (Two breaks Breakfast and Lunch break). Installation in the Hotel nearby the lake and have a peaceful walk in the lake city. Overnight at the Hotel in Pokhara.
Day 04: Pokhara-Nayapull- Tikhedhunga (1540m) Our trek begins after our morning breakfast. Drive to Nayapull which is 45 km away from the Pokhara city. Our trek begins from Nayapull crossing Modi river. Passing several villages we will meet others trekkers in this route who are either returning from a various trek in this region or going to the same destination. We will continue our walk to Tikhedhunga crossing a suspension bridge. There is uphill climb to reach in today’s destination, the village of Tikhedhunga literally meaning pointed stone. We can see the scenic view of the village and our first view of Macchapucchere and Annapurna South. Stay in a trekkers lodge in Tikhedhunga village.
Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (2775m) Our trek begins after breakfast. The first step of the trek is a steep climb in the stairs to reach the village of Ulleri. Then the trail leads us to the more gradual uphill walk to reach Ghorepani village. The lunch is in between the trek in the forest lodge surrounded by oak and rhododendron trees. Then after two hours of walk, you can reach Ghorepani village. Stay overnight at trekking lodge in Ghorepani.
Day 06: Sunrise at Poon Hill (3210m) – Trek to Tadapani [2650m] To have an extraordinary sunrise view in the mountain we have to climb in the Poonhill an hour steep walk from the village of Ghorepani. We have to start our walk at dawn around 5 am and head up to Poonhill with a bottle of water and Torchlight. There were other people with us who are also climbing at the same destination. Some local villagers anticipated tourists on the top of the Poonhill selling tea and coffee. Take a sip of your tea or coffee with a stunning sunrise view in the Mount Tukuche and Dhaulagiri. Capture this moment in your camera and make your memory alive. Get down to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue up to Tadapani village. Walk six hours in the Rhododendron forest with beautiful mountains. Tadapani awaits you with the excellent views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhare. Stay overnight at Tadapani.
Day 07: Trek to Ghandruk [1950m] From Tadapani, our trail leads to the beautiful village of Ghandruk passing through the beautiful forest. Ghandruk is a place of Gurung people, Nepal’s famous ethnic group known for the Gurkha soldiers. Most of the houses in the Ghandruk are stone and mud house and their roofs are stone tile. As you reach Ghandruk village, do not forget to visit Gurung’s Museum and participate in Nepali cultural program. Stunning view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Fishtail is possible from Ghandruk. Overnight stay in Ghandruk village.
Day 08: Ghandruk-Pothana-Australian Camp (1150 m)We can enjoy our second last day trekking to downhill and uphill trek to reach Landruk. During our ascend and descend, we will have a great chance to view forest and village, people working in the hilly fields, village men and women walking with a big sack of rice, maize, or grass for animals. A glimpse of village lifestyle will be perhaps your best memory during your trek. After six hours of trek, we will arrive in Australian camp, a place for beautiful sunrise and sunset point. Stay overnight in Australian Camp.
Day 09: Australian Camp-Kande-Pokhara (800m): Wake up early in the morning to have a fantastic sunrise view in the Annapurna range from the hilltop of Australian Camp. Have a breakfast and take your time to begin our trek. Today is our final day of the trek. Trek downhill to reach on the main road of Kande. It will take you around two-and-half- hour to reach there. Our vehicle waits there to take us to Pokhara. We will be in Pokhara in one hour. Stay at the Lakeside Hotel in Pokhara. Visit Lake Phewa and the famous island temple in the centre of lake Fewa called Tal Barahi. Farewell dinner in the famous restaurant in Pokhara with your guide and porters.
Day 10: Drive or Fly to Kathmandu: Early morning at 8 o’clock either take a tourist bus to reach Kathmandu or fly to Kathmandu on the late flight around 3 pm. Shopping in Kathmandu.
Day 11: Our airport representative will drop you at the international airport with wonderful memories and most probably you will think about next trip to Nepal.
Important Notice: Nowadays, Ghorepani Trekking can be done in two to three days. Due to extended road construction in Ghorepani region, it is a short trekking trip from Pokhara. Please contact us for furthermore details.
- All pickups and drops from the airport(s) and hotel(s)
- 1 Well experienced, the government registered, English speaking local guide.
- Sharing porter (1 porter for 2 visitors) to carry your main pack (weight limit 20kg).
- All the salary and insurance of guide and porters during your trek.
- All accommodations on the twin sharing basis or according to your demand.
- Breakfast in Hotels, and all meals (Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner) during the trek.
- All fees for sightseeing including entry fees for visiting the temple(s), monument(s), trekking and national parks
- Welcome and farewell dinners.
- A comprehensive medical kit
- All necessary paperwork(s) and permit(s)
- All applicable taxes and service charges
|Nepalese visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport size photographs )|
|International airfare to and from Kathmandu.|
|Excess baggage charges|
|Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu|
|Extra night accommodation(s)|
|Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundries etc.|
|Travel and rescue insurance such as Helicopter Charges.|
|Tips for guides and porters|
|The services which are not included in our ‘What is Included’ section|