The Annapurna Circuit trek is the ‘mother’ of trekking routes in Nepal. With excellent lodges, tea houses and tourist infrastructure it is well established to cater for all types of trekker. The high point of the trek is definitely the crossing of the 5414m high Thorong Pass, a crossing into the arid valley of the Upper Manang, home of Tibeto- Buddhists, descending to the Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site of Muktinath, and the Kali Gandaki valley, the world’s deepest river gorge, before heading down to Pokhara. Besides the mountain views, the trek passes through a variety of geographical zones with their mountain communities of Gurung, Manangi and Thakali people.
The trek starts right from Syange and follows along the Marshyangdi River, with terrific views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east. As the trek continues to the north of the main Himalayan range and onto the high and dry Tibetan Plateau, the scenery is equally breath taking. This trek certainly provides all those who travel these trails a deep insight into all aspects of Nepali life and culture.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: A morning of guided sightseeing
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Besi Shahar
Day 04: Drive to Syange and trek to Chamje1560m,
Day 05: Trek to Bagarchhap 2160m
Day 06: Trek to Chame 2630m
Day 07: Trek to Pisang 3300m.
Day 08: Trek to Manang 3540m.
Day 09: Acclimatization day at Manang village.
Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka 4000m.
Day 11: Trek to Thorong Phedi 4450m.
Day 12: Trek to Muktinath 3800m via Thorong La 5416m.
Day 13: Drive in a private jeep to Tatopani (hotspring)
Day 14: Trek Tatopani to Shikha 2020m
Day 15: Shikha to Ghorepani 2834m
Day 16: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani 2520m.
Day 17: Trek to Nyapul and drive to Pokhara then onto Kathmandu