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Annapurna Circuit, A Classic Trek of all time

Day To Day Itinerary

DAY 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. Afternoon free for sightseeing. Overnight in hotel.

You may have free time during the day depending on what time you arrive. A briefing will be given by our trekking leader in the late afternoon. He will discuss our trekking program in detail. The evening is free, but usually our tour leader will ask if the travellers want to have a group dinner (optional and at the traveller's own expense) at one of Kathmandu’s fine Nepali restaurants.

DAY 02: Drive to Besi Sahar (760m/2493ft) and commence trekking. Reach Bhulbhule (840m/2756ft). Total Driving Time 7 - 8 hrs.

We drive to Besisahar after breakfast. This is our starting point and we slowly trek through the bazaar leading down the stream, climbing up the steps and making a way through forests and rice fields to arrive at Bulbule, perched by the Marshyangdi river.

DAY 03: Trek from Bhulbhule (840m/2756ft) to Jagat (1300m/4265ft). Total Walking Time 6 hrs; Total Ascent 400m; Total Descent 50m.

We cross the Marshyandi River and continue along its right fork. We soon pass some tropical trees and terraced fields. Soon we get first glimpse of one of the eight thousander peak: Mount Manaslu, as well as Himalchuli and Ngadi Chuli. From Ngadi, our path climbs steadily to Bhaudanda — a small Hindu village at 4300 feet with shops and tea houses. From Bhaundanda our trail abruptly dips to 3,500 feet near Syange. We'll cross the Marsyandi River on a suspension bridge and continue along the peaceful river to the stone village of Jagat.

DAY 04: Trek from Jagat (1300m/4265ft) to Dharapani (1860m/6102ft). Total Walking Time 6 hrs; Total Ascent 560m.

We descend from Jagat, crossing Ghatte Khola stream and climb again through forest to reach Chamje. From Chamje our path crosses to the east fork of Marsyangdi River. Soon we climb steep stone steps past the village of Sattale, through fields and Rhododendrons along the river bank before we start climbing up to Tal, where the valley opens into a large plateau.

DAY 05: Trek to Dharapani (1860m/6102) to Chame (2670m/8760ft) via Latamarang (2400m/7874ft). Total Walking Time 6 hrs; Total Ascent 900m; Total Descent 150m.

Most of the day we get the views of Lamjung, Annapurna II and Annapurna IV mountains.  We cross a river bridge past Thonje, which offers a view of a narrow valley towards Larkyela (Manaslu Circuit). We soon pass a village school and climb gradually through a forest to the typical Tibetan–style village of Bagarchhap. We gradually climb up past other villages and finally reach Chame — the largest village and headquarters of Manang District.

DAY 06: Trek from Chame (2670m/8760ft) to Pisang (3300m/10827ft) via Bhartang (2850m/9350ft). Total Walking Time 5 hrs; Total Ascent 750m; Total Descent 150m.

Today, we pass by Paungda Danda rock face, an interesting and large rock slab. We climb for an hour through a peaceful forest before entering the broad Manang Valley. Crossing a cantilevered bridge, we climb gently while facing Annapurna IV and II. Our trail continues up to the sprawling village of Pisang.

DAY 07: Trek from Pisang (3300m/10827ft) to Manang (3540m/11614ft) via Ghyaru, Ngawal, Braga. Total Walking Time 6-7 hrs; Total Ascent 800m; Total Descent 300m.

Today, you find yourself above tree-line to the dry upper section of the Manang District. We get marvelous mountain views of Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna III (7,555m) and Gangapurna (7,454m). Our path continues past Braga, a 500–year–old Gompa at 11,400 feet. Here we'll pause to see the collection of Thangkas and statues before continuing to Manang.

DAY 08: Acclimatization day in Manang

Air out those boots! Today is a rest and acclimatization day in Manang — a pleasant spot to spend time. The locals herd yaks and raise crops for part of the year and continue to enjoy special trading privileges gained back in the year 1784. We spend this day resting to properly acclimatize for the remainder of the trek. We need a good rest considering an ascent of almost 6,500 feet next day to get closer to Thorung La Pass! Try to rest and drink lots of water.

DAY 09: Trek from Manang (3540m/11614ft) to Yak Kharka (4050m/13287ft). Total Walking Time 4 hrs; Total Ascent 500m.

Its a relatively short day today. Around here you won’t find any village except for a guest house or two, built specifically for trekkers on their way to the pass. In season, these spots are packed. The landscape consists of barren land, rocks and dirt paths, leaving behind the trees and vegetation characteristic of lower altitudes.

DAY 10: Trek from Yak Kharka (4050m/13287ft) to Thorang Phedi (4450m/14600ft). Total Walking Time 4 hrs; Total Ascent 450m.

Its a short trek today to rest at the base of the Thorung la pass.

DAY 11: Trek over Thorang-la Pass (5416m/17770ft) to Muktinath (3760m/12336ft). Total Walking Time 10-12 hrs; Total Ascent 1000m; Total Descent 1700m.

Hard work is worthwhile, only you realize when we get to the top of the Thorung La. The top offers us spectacular views over Mustang and the surrounding peaks. Today, We start early for a long arduous descent to Muktinath. As we walk towards Muktinath, views of the Dhaulagiri massif dominate the horizon. The descent though is almost as demanding as the ascent to the top of the pass. The great descent takes us to serene temple complex of Muktinath. Muktinath, an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists and Hindus, is situated in a tranquil grove of trees, and contains a wall of 108 waterspouts in the shape of cows heads spouting sacred water. Another attraction, the Jwala Mai temple with a perpetual spouting flame and the pagoda-styled Vishnu Mandir, all of which make up the auspicious combination of earth, fire and water.

DAY 12: Trek from Mukthinath (3760m/12336ft) to Kagbeni (2800m/9186ft) via Jharkoat. Total Walking Time 4 hrs; Total Descent 1000m.

It's all downhill to Kagbeni. In the distance we may see the village of Jharkot. It is an old village with the remainders of an ancient fort in the middle of the town. The village is on top of a hill in a deep valley, with a stone wall around it. In the cliffs opposite to a river you may see the first of many ancient man-made caves. Kagbeni, a Thakali village, used to be the main business centre for ancient trade between Tibet and South India. It is a real Mustang town on Kali Gandaki river confluence. Sites such as this are sacred in the oriental world. The town is dominated by its castle, from where a king used to reign. The village is a strange complex of tunnels and intermingling houses. The Kali Gandaki is a broad valley with a river bed far larger than the river itself. Every afternoon a strong gusty wind blows down this valley making walking in the afternoon unpleasant.

DAY 13: Trek from Kagbeni (2800m/9186ft) to Tukchey (2590m/8497ft) Via Jomsom (2720m/8924ft). Total Walking Time 6 hrs; Total Descent 210m.

We trek along the bank of Kali Gandaki for two hours to reach Jomsom. It looks barren and desolate on the first sight. We continue into the town through barbed wire and crumbling walls. Jomsom, also known as Dzongsam or New Fort, extends over both banks of the Kali Gandaki River. The soaring peaks of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri form a backdrop here. As the district headquarter, it is primarily an administrative and commercial center with government officials and merchants rubbing shoulders with the ethnic residents of the region, known as Thakalis. A company of the Nepalese Army is stationed here. Nearby is Jomsom Airport from where there are regular flights.


Jomsom is the gateway of the Nepal's hidden treasure ‘Mustang’. You can appreciate the barren, rocky landscape of mustang from here.


We continue trekking along leveled path for one hour. Leaving Marpha, our journey heads towards Tukuche trekking along flat leveled path at the bank of Kali Gandaki river. Tukuche, a beautiful Thakali village is well known for its monastery and panoramic view of Dhaulagiri over 8000 m.

DAY 14: Trek from Tukchey (2590m/8498ft) to Ghasa (2010m/6595ft) via Kalopani. Total Walking Time 5 hrs; Total Descent 580m.

Trekking through some rockier sections, we see some amazing mountain views on the way out of Ghasa, with hosts of snow-capped giants looming overhead. Beyond Kalopani is a watery section. Once you arrive Kalopani, as usual, you will forget all your tiredness mesmerised by the superb views of the Nilgiri peaks, Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri I and Tukuche Peak.

DAY 15: Trek from Ghasa (2010m/6595ft) to Tatopani (1190m/3904ft). Total Walking Time 5 hrs; Total Descent 820m.

The walk from Ghasa to Tatopani is lovely. Mostly on a slight downhill, we descend around 800 metres over the 4 hours. The trek hugs a river carrying melt water down from mountains, which creates wonderful patterns in the river where the vivid fresh aquamarine melt water meets the deeper grey water. The walk takes you through a beautiful valley, lush and green, and the deepest gorge of the world between two mountains Annapurna I (8091m) and Dhaulagiri I (8167m) facing each other near Rukse Waterfall tumbling down the cliff side. Today’s destination awaits you with natural Hot Springs, to treat your aching body.

DAY 16: Trek from Tatopani ( 1190m/3904ft) to Ghorepani (2860m/9383ft). Total Walking Time 7-8 hrs; Total Ascent 1670m.

Our trail passes through flat level of the land at some distance. Then the trail begins ascending steeply for at least one hour. We keep climbing up through different villages inhabited by the people of different caste and agricultural land. The majority of the people here serve Gorkha Regiment and Indian Regiment as well. Further up, we cross Kali Gandaki River obtaining panoramic view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. We continue climbing up through more villages. We trek through rhododendron forests and come across wild life such as monkeys and birds of various species. We continuously get better panoramic views of different mountains. Ghorepani (Watering to Horse) is a small pass and the village of Deorali.

DAY 17: Trek from Ghorepani (2860m/9383ft) to Poon hill (3193m/10476ft), then to Tadapani (2630m/8629ft). Total Walking Tim 4-5 hrs; Total Ascent 300m; Total Descent 350m.

We wake up early morning to hike up to the famed vantage point of Poon Hill.  It takes about 45 minutes to reach the ridge of Poon Hill (3,195 m). As the sun rises, the view becomes breathtaking: a wide Himalayan panorama stretching from Dhaulagiri (8,167m)-the world's seventh highest peak to Manaslu 8,156m, the world's eighth highest peak in the east, with the mighty Annapurna range in between them. The range includes Tukuche Peak (6920m), Nilgiri (6940m), Baraha Shikhar (7847m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna III (7855m), Machhapuchhare (6993m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna II (7937m), Lamjung Himal (6931m)


We climb down from the hill and have breakfast before continuing on to the next destination. The first part is climbing along the ridges of the hills in pine and rhododendron forest to a top 3,030 meters then descend to at a second pass called Deurali. The trail goes steeply down through deep forests all the way to Banthati. It takes one hour from here to reach Tadapanil. En route, we frequently see waterfalls, rocks, wild animals and local birds. Tadapani is a small village surrounded by beautiful forests which offers magnificent view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, Annapurna II and so on.

DAY 18: Trek from Tadapani (2630m/8629ft) to Ghandrung (1940m/6365ft). Total Walking Time 3 hrs; Total Descent 690m.

Its an easy day today with gentle descend all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. You could hear different kinds of birds chirping on the way. This is one of the popular destinations for the birds' lovers. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village, probably the most beautiful of Gurung villages of Annapurna region. There is a handicraft centre and Gurung museum. The village offers excellent close-up views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m), Annapurna III (7755m) and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail).

DAY 19: Trek from Ghandrung (1940m/6365ft) to Nayapool (1070m/3510ft) and drive to Pokhara. Total Driving Time 1.5 hrs; Total Walking Time 5-6 hrs; Total Descent 900m.

From Ghandrung, we descend to Modi khola and walk alongside to reach Birenthati. We continue walking to Nayapul and finally catch awaiting transport to Pokhara.

DAY 20: Transfer to Kathmandu.

DAY 21: Afternoon Free for sightseeing and shopping.

DAY 22: Final Departure.