Annapurna Circuit & ABC Trek

Trip Details

  • Trip CostContact Us
  • Trip Difficulty Strenuous
  • Accomodation Hotel + Teahouses + Lodges
  • Transportation Private Vehicle
  • Trip Style Trekking
  • Destination Nepal
  • Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
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About Trip

Often referred as one of the world’s great treks, the Annapurna Circuit Trek will take you into the heart of Annapurna region, one of the most geographically as well as culturally diverse regions of Nepal. This is one of the most diverse trekking trails available with stunning varied sceneries and cultural interests at each step. This trek circumnavigates the Annapurna Massif taking you on an unforgettable journey that encompasses the deepest gorge to the highest pass in the world.  

The beauty of the Annapurna massif, the hospitality of the mountain people, ancient temples, and monasteries dotted on the way and the breathtaking landscapes surrounding the trail has always fascinated adventurers, explorers and travellers alike since its opening to foreign trekkers in 1977.

Starting from Besisahar with an altitude of just 760 meters, your adventurous trek will take you the highest pass in the world, the Thorong-la pass, situated at an altitude of 5416 meters. The 360-degree views of the whole Annapurna range you will be privileged from this pass will take your breath away and leave you spellbound.

From Chame, you will climb you through beautiful forests, deep gorges and narrow canyons, past ancient gompas in centuries old villages, waterfalls and some of the most spectacular mountain scenery ever known to man. You will then enter the Manang Valley, also known as the Himalayan Shangri-La, where you will spend a couple of days gazing at the snow-covered peaks and the beauty of the landscapes surrounding you before finally crossing the Thorung-La pass.

From Thorung-La you will descend to the barren yet beautiful landscape of Mustang region. Trekking through the Muktinath, Jomsom and the apple orchards of Marpha you will then enter the deepest gorge in the world, the kali Gandaki Gorge. You will then reach Tatopani situated at the bank of Kaligandaki River where you can bathe in steaming thermal hot springs and relax with a glass of beer perhaps. 

From Tatopani, you will ascend to Poonhill to watch a spectacular sunrise over the towering Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. Finally, you will descend down to Nayapul where the trek will end. You will then catch a bus to Pokhara and relax at the lakeside in the evening.  

Trip Highlights

  • The endless steps down from Chhomrong.
  • The occasional monkey spotted in the rainforest below Bamboo.
  • The walk between Machhapuchhare Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp.
  • The view of the South Face and Glacier of Annapurna from Annapurna Base Camp.
  • The many villages on the way, the life, and the teahouses.
  • Jhinu hot springs

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival to Kathmandu and preparation.
  • Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Chamche (2000m (8 hours) and overnight in teahouse.
  • Day 03: Drive from Chamche to Chame 2670m -5/6 hrs and overnight
  • Day 04: Chame trek to Pisang 3200m - 5 hrs and overnight
  • Day 05: Pisang trek to Manang 3540m- 6 hrs and overnight
  • Day 06: Manang rest day
  • Day 07: Manang trek to Yak Kharka 4018m - 4 hrs and overnight
  • Day 08: Yak Kharka trek to Thorung Phedi 4450m - 3hrs and overnight
  • Day 09: Thorung Phedi - Thorung la pass 5416m - Muktinath 3760m - 9 hrs and overnight
  • Day 10: Drive from Muktinath to Tatopani 5/6 hrs - trek to Shikkha 2200m 2 hrs
  • Day 11: Shikkha to Ghorepani 2860m – 6/7 hrs and overnight
  • Day 12: Ghorepani trek - Poon hill 3193m – Tadapani 2630m- 6 hrs and overnight
  • Day 13: Tadapani to Sinuwa 2310m - 7 hrs and overnight
  • Day 14: Sinuwa to Deurali 3150m/10335ft – 6 hrs and overnight
  • Day 15: : Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4090m/13418ft) – 5 hrs – overnight
  • Day 16: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2610m/8563ft) – 6 hrs – overnight
  • Day 17: Bamboo to Jhinu – 6 hrs overnight
  • Day 18: Jhinu to Syumi 4 hrs – drive to Pokhara – overnight stay in hotel
  • Day 19: Pokhara Sightseeing – drive to Kathmandu – overnight
  • Day 20: Kathmandu sightseeing – overnight stay in hotel
  • Day 21: Early morning Mountain Flight (optional); Back home

Cost Includes:

  •  Welcome dinner in Kathmandu
  •  All meals while trekking
  • All activities and entrance fees as per Itinerary
  •  Fully escorted tour.
  • Guide and porter
  •  Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permits
  • Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) permit.
  •  All necessary transportations

Cost Excludes:

  • Hot and cold beverages
  • (Lunch & Dinner) in Kathmandu/Pokhara
  • Tips for driver and guide (mandatory).
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses, what are not mentioned in mentioned services
  • International roundtrip airfare 
  • Day 01Arrival to Kathmandu and preparation.Arrival to Kathmandu airport, our representative receives and transfers to the hotel. You’ll be busy for preparation for next day’s travel.
  • Day 02Drive from Kathmandu to Chamche (2000m (8 hours) and overnight in teahouse.We take a bus for the 7/8 hour drive to the end of the road, will reach to Chamche via Besi Sahar or a different place depending on the road conditions, where we stay the overnight at a tea house
  • Day 03Drive from Chamche to Chame 2670m -5/6 hrs and overnight We drive through green rice terraces before crossing a stream at the bottom of a small waterfall. It then climbs again and traverses the hillside high above the river before reaching the village of Hani Gaon. Ahead, the Marsyangdi valley forms a steep V-shape, and we follow the winding mountain path down through Syange and along the river for some distance. Eventually, we descend to the atmospheric village of Jagat, situated on a shelf which juts into the precipitous Marsyangdi valley. Overnight stay in Chame.
  • Day 04Chame trek to Pisang 3200m - 5 hrs and overnightIt's a beautiful walk from Chame to Pisang, through woods with some small ascents, and wonderful views of the peaks soaring above us. It's just a five hour day, so we'll have the afternoon in Pisang to explore the village, with it's Tibetan mani stones and gompa, perhaps taking a walk up to Upper Pisang for amazing views of Annapurna II and Annapurna III.
  • Day 05Pisang trek to Manang 3540m- 6 hrs and overnight 6 hours walk past a series of unique and colorful chortens to Manang, at 3500m, a village of 500 or so flat-roofed houses, the headquarters for the region, and an interesting village packed with trekkers, bakeries, and lodges. Manang is dominated by high peaks - Annapurna III and Gangapurna tower over it, and a dramatic icefall sits just across the river. There is an old gompa on the edge of town, many local teahouses, and some atmospheric, winding streets in the village leading out toward the Thorung La. Finally, guest houses, showers, cold beers! There is a 3 o'clock lecture on altitude by the Himalayan Rescue Association for anyone interested.
  • Day 06Manang rest dayToday is our acclimatization day, with lots of options; along day-hike to the Ice Lake, a visit to the 'Hundred Ruppee Lama' at the cave gompa above Manang, a two-hour hike to Milarepa's cave across the river from Braga, the HRA talk, or a tour of Manang's many bakeries. A hike up 300 meters or so for acclimatization is recommended, but nothing too strenuous is required. The guest house is wonderful, a sunny and warm place to gaze at the peaks in the afternoon.
  • Day 07Manang trek to Yak Kharka 4018m - 4 hrs and overnightIt's not a long day today, but we gain some altitude, so should take it slowly. En route, we will undoubtedly be passed along the trail by galloping Manangi horses, saddled with wonderful (and expensive) Tibetan wool saddle blankets, and their jubilant Manangi riders, bells jingling as they gallop by. We climb past Tengi and Gunsang to Yak Kharka,
  • Day 08Yak Kharka trek to Thorung Phedi 4450m - 3hrs and overnightAn easy two or three hour walk up to the Thorung La Base Camp Hotel at Thorung Phedi, and after an early lunch, another hour or so to hike up to the lodge at High Camp, where we will stay the night, getting to bed early for our early morning start the next day; pass day! If anyone is having problems with altitude, we have the option of staying at Thorung Phedi Base Camp, where we had lunch, a nice spot to spend the afternoon with its glass windows.
  • Day 09Thorung Phedi - Thorung la pass 5416m - Muktinath 3760m - 9 hrs and overnightUp early for the three or four-hour walk to the top of the Thorung La at 5400m, where we are treated with spectacular views over Mustang and the surrounding peaks. The descent is almost as demanding as the ascent to the top of the pass, so a cup of chai and a snack at the local tea house at Chabarbu, at the bottom of the descent, is a required stop. And on to lower Mustang, which we have actually reached just after the pass, and the serene temple complex of Muktinath.
    Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists and Hindus situated in a tranquil grove of trees, and contains a wall of 108 waterspouts in the shape of cows heads spouting sacred water, 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. We stay just five minutes down the trail from Muktinath at Ranipauwa
  • Day 10Drive from Muktinath to Tatopani 5/6 hrs - trek to Shikkha 2200m 2 hrsYou will catch bus or jeep up to Tatopani and trek to Shikkha for 2 hours.
  • Day 11Shikkha to Ghorepani 2860m – 6/7 hrs and overnightGet ready for some more hills! Today's walk is a hot one, and quite strenuous as we branch off after an hour of walking from Tatopani from the trail heading to Beni, and take the Ghorepani trail, starting straight up hill.
  • Day 12Ghorepani trek - Poon hill 3193m – Tadapani 2630m- 6 hrs and overnightThose who want can hike up Poon Hill for a 360 degree Himalayan panorama; one of the best view point in Nepal. You can spot whole annapurna range with Dhaulagiri. After breakfast, we have a half day's walk to Tadapani, where we'll be treated to spectacular views of Machapuchare. Watch for monkeys on the way up!
  • Day 13Tadapani to Sinuwa 2310m - 7 hrs and overnightDropping down from Tadapani Gurjung the route offers good views of the upper Modi valley. The path then starts the long ascent high above the west bank of the Modi Khola. We pass the village of Chhomrong, which lies tucked at the very base of Himal Chuli. From Chhomrong the trail descends until Chhomrong Khola, and then the trail begins a slow climb as we head up to our destination for the day - Sinuwa. 6 hours.
  • Day 14Sinuwa to Deurali 3150m/10335ft – 6 hrs and overnightWe precede to Kuldi Ghar about 2.5 to 3 hrs walking. There is a clearing in the forest a little further on, from there the route goes very steeply down a bank of rock and then levels out, running through thickets of bamboo at the bottom of the gorge, keeping always on the west side of the river. We pass by the pasture of Tomo, and then the very neck of the gorge at Pantheon Barah, where there is a small trail and a shrine. The track climbs to our overnight stop. 6 hours.
  • Day 15: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4090m/13418ft) – 5 hrs – overnightToday we climb on past the Machhapuchhare Base Camp (which isn’t really a base camp since climbing the mountain is not permitted) to the Annapurna Base Camp. This area is called the Annapurna Sanctuary since it is totally surrounded by mountains. From here it is a two-hour trek to Annapurna Base camp, as the trail skirts along the steep slopes; we can view the spectacular sight of majestic Himalayan peaks. After having trekked for 5hours, we reach base camp. We can now capture fantastic views of the south face of Annapurna I.
  • Day 16Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2610m/8563ft) – 6 hrs – overnightWe follow the same trail down today the trail drops down by 1700 meters to the bank of Modi Khola to Bamboo at 2345 meters where there are few tea house/lodges are available to stay at. Overnight at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with hot drinks. 5:30 hours.
  • Day 17Bamboo to Jhinu – 6 hrs overnightFrom Bamboo it takes about 6 hours. The old Gurung village Chhomrong. At Jhinu you’ll enjoy the natural ‘Hot Water Spring’ which may help you forget the tiredness
  • Day 18Jhinu to Syumi 4 hrs – drive to Pokhara – overnight stay in hotelYou’ll trek for 4 hours up to Syumi and can catch jeep or bus up Naya Pul and again catch bus or car to Pokhara.
  • Day 19Pokhara Sightseeing – drive to Kathmandu – overnightEarly morning you’ll enjoy the lake city Pokhara with boating in Phewa Lake and sightseeing of Mahadev Cave, David’s Falls, and International Mountain Museum.
  • Day 20Kathmandu sightseeing – overnight stay in hotelafter breakfast today we explore the culturally diverse city of Kathmandu by bus with a local guide to ensure you receive the best explanations about the amazing sites seen on the tour. These include Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambunath (Monkey Temple) and Bhaktapur Durbar square. Our The Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. (Or stay longer for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, mountain biking etc).
  • Day 21Early morning Mountain Flight (optional); Back home Early morning you can make one hour fly for Everest area; you’ll see more than 14 peaks including Mt. Everest. After that you’ll drive to the airport for your departure flight

The conditions stated in the itinerary are applicable for the visitors who prefer full package programme. At the same time, we also serve you based on your choice. The selection of itineraries and the staff depends on your need and financial procurement. We have options for any partial visit as per your requirement and financial condition.

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Trip Note

Unforeseen cost such as flight cancellation or delayed, sick in trekking, and helicopter rescue in trekking, cost due to bad weather etc. is out of our control. 

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