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Annapurna Circuit Trekking, in the central part of Nepal, is one of the most geographically and culturally enriching trips in this diverse region
Opened for tourism since 1980, this region trekking has been recognized as one of the world's best trekking trails according to a recent survey by Modern Maturity (USA) and so it is renowned as one of the world's paramount trekking destinations. It escorts you through Rhododendron forests and over the foothills of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. Annapurna Circuit Trekking gives you awesome views of the peaks,including Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Dhaulagiri (the spectacular ice pyramid) and Machchhapuchhre (Fish Tail), Annapurna South and Manaslu.
Nepal Eco Adventure's Annapurna circuit trekking is ideal for beginners as well as highly experienced or professional trekkers and mountaineers. Annapurna trekking is not only popular for the trekking experience, but also the natural hot spring, world's deepest Gorge, known as Kali Gandaki Gorge, world's highest altitude lake (Tilicho Lake), landscape and stunning water fall (Ruptse waterfall). Annapurna Conservation Area has 100 varieties of Orchids and some of the richest temperate Rhododendron forests in the world with sub-tropical lowlands, valleys, bamboo, oak forests,alpine meadows, exposed desert plateaus along with 440 species of birds and animals like Marten, Deer, Langoor Monkey and the Snow Leopard. This trekking is the most rewarding way to experience Nepal's natural embellishments and cultural assortment. Walking through Rhododendron Forests, isolated Hamlets, small mountain villages, alongside native Fauna and breathtaking landscapes, you will also encounter friendly and warm hearted people of different cultures offering a fascinating glimpse of traditional rural life.
You can make Annapurna Circuit Trek from two to four weeks. For the Annapurna trekking, there are many options to reach your starting point such as by bus to Bulbule. The route encircles the Annapurna Range, a collection of massive, snow-covered summits, many over 26,000 feet. While walking on the Annapurna circuit trekking route, you will encounter 17,000-feet passes, glaciers, the world’s deepest valley, pine forests, rice paddies, tundra, remote villages, and ancient monasteries. Most trips start up at the Marsyangdi River and then continue north to the wooded Manang Valley through Chame, Pisang, and Braga (or other villages in the valley). You must take your time initially, getting used to the elevation. Midway through the trip, you will encounter 5416m Thorung La Pass. On the other side of the pass, it is a steep descent to the Hindu and Buddhist shrines at Muktinath.
The Annapurna area has a variety of diverse cultures, tribes and castes such as the Brahmins, Chhetris, Gurungs, Magars, Manangi and the Tibetans. On this trip you travel from the Hindu-dominated farmland of Nepal’s "middle hills" into the high alpine world on the north side of the Annapurna, which is the domain of Tibetan Buddhism.
We also offer the famous Annapurna Base camp Trek and short and easy trek, Ghorepani poonhill Trek .
Annapurna Circuit Trekking Trip Highlights
Experience of guide
More than 10 years in Annapurna zone
Certifications of guide
All of guides have trekking guide licenses and have received training from Ministry of Tourism of Nepal.
No of porters per client
One porter for 2 clients
Max group size
Type of food
After being picked up and checked into the hotel, you can either rest or visit some of the tourist spots in Kathmandu. You can also enjoy authentic Nepali cuisine in any of the restaurants in Thamel area.
We start the day early to visit to the various. UNESCO enlisted World Heritage sites. We start the sightseeing tour of the most sacred Hindu temple, Pashupatinath and then move on to the Buddhist gems, Boudhanathstupa and SwoyambhunathStupa. If we have more time, we also visit other places, including museums and the Durbar Squares. In the evening we make preparations and then get briefed about the trek.
From Kathmandu, we start early for our drive to Bulbule. The road up to Besisahar is quite good, but from there on we continue on rocky roads for about 45 minutes to reach Bulbule. Once we reach there, we freshen up and spend the night there.
On the first day of the trek, we cross through various suspension bridges, waterfalls and continue past rice paddies and forests. Once we reach the cliff in Jagat, we can view the Marsyangdi Khola below and rocky hills all around. The bee hives at the top of the cliffs is an attraction of the day’s trip. In a short while we reach Chamje where we spend the night.
As we move past narrow and steep valleys, among rhododendron, pine and bamboo forests, in the rocky folds of a mountain, we come across a bridge that takes us to a quick ascent and finally atop a climb to reveal a widening valley. After reaching the village of Tal, we have to move across barley, wheat and potato farms for a while to reach Dharapani. From there we turn west through the fir and pine forests to reach Bagarchhap.
From Bagarchhap we start ahead to reach a Danaque village and then a steep climb to reach a Tamang village with exquisite views of Manaslu, Lamjung , Annapurna and other mountain beauties. As we trek through a Tibetan village that acts as a transition between the lowlands and high hills, we follow a gradual flat path to Thanchowk, Kolo and finally to Chame.
We first pass through the older part of Chame, climb up to Telekhu and continue on a long, leveled path through forests to Brathang. The trails rounds a bend and once we continue ahead we need to cross back to the south bank of Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge. Then the trail forms a gentle climb over a pine forested ridge and then levels again as we move from the upper part of Manang valley to Pisang.
The town of Pisang is the beginning of the upper region of the Manang district. On this day, the trek climbs to Braga, a Tibetan styled village. The houses here are stacked upon each other forming verandas with each others rooftops. The main attraction is the Gompa, the largest in the district, with a vast array of statues in display and perched on a high crag with the view of the entire village. After a while we reach Manang, where we refresh and spend the night.
As we are moving to higher elevations, we need to acclimatize to avoid the risk of altitude sickness. Manang is the perfect spot with its beautiful natural setting and a hike up to Khangsar in the afternoon for a short detour.
After the rest, we feel rejuvenated to continue forward on our trip. As we move past the tall trees towards the alpine grass and junipers, we reach meadows with a few horses and a number of yaks grazing around. The serene environment with meadows and steep slopes of Yak Kharka is the perfect place for us to spend the night. We can also choose to walk for an hour to reach Letdar and spend the night there
Trekking to Letdar helps in getting acclimatized to the increasing heights as we climb along the east bank of Jarang Khola. In some time we reach a meadow surrounded by vertical cliffs, the Thorung Phedi. Sighting of blue sheep and snow leopards have been reported a few times in the area, whereas Lammergeyers and griffons are quite common. We spend the night here.
On this day, we make the quite long hike of about 7-8 hours. The trail is comparatively easier having been trodden for years, but could get difficult with strong winds at the upper regions. The trail is believed to have been used for hundreds of years to take sheep and yaks in and out of Manang along with other trading goods. We reach Thorung Phedi in about 6 hours.
After we reach Thorung la pass, our entire hard walk will be rewarded by the beautiful views of Annapurna, Gangapurna and a heavily glaciated peak of Khatungkang. After a 1600m of descent, we view the glorious Dhaulagiri standing in the distance. After a while, the trail becomes less steep and enters grassy fields and meadows to finally reach Muktinath.
In Hindu religion, Muktinath refers to a place of nirvana which houses a temple and a number of monasteries, making it a holy site for Hindus and Buddhists alike. The main attractions of the site are the Jwalamai temple with a spring and an eternal flame as well as the 108 water sprouts that pour holy water. These are visited by thousands of pilgrims every year.
From Muktinath, we follow a path of the Jomsom trek where we descent through meadows, streams and fruit trees to reach Kagbeni.
As we keep moving downwards from Kagbeni we reach Jomson, Kali Gandaki and then finally Marpha. Marpha is home to many apple orchards making apple brandy a local specialty.
The road from Marpha to Kalopani is through a new trail past Chokhopani village which is a traditional Thakali village. The panoramic views of the Himalayas include Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Annapurna and many other snow capped peaks. From here we cross a river and a newly constructed road to finally reach Kalopani.
From Kalopani, a downhill road takes us to a bridge in Ghasa after which we cross through forests and Ruptse Chhahara, a popular waterfall, to reach Narchyang Besi. After passing through numerous villages, we finally reach Tatopani. The main attraction of the place is the hot spring, which is a sauna with natural source of hot water. It is a relaxing experience to retire after the long journey.
We spend one more day at Tatopani. It is a relaxing feeling to spend the day either dipped in the hot spring or around it either reading books or mingling with the other tourists. It gives us a chance to revive and socialize and relive the exciting events of the trip. As we unwind, we get more excited about the remaining trip.
Now we move from Tatopani through villages of midland Nepal with terraced fields and inclined farmlands. As we hike an ascent we move past rhododendron, magnolia and other vegetation of the area. We finally reach Ghorepani as we witness the beautiful mountains in the evening sky. We rest in Ghorepani to make an early start to Poonhill in the morning.
Poon Hill has to be the highlight of the trek as we make our trip to the vantage point early in the morning. Once you see the snow capped peaks highlighted in the changing golden rays of the sunrise, it will be one of the unforgettable moments of one’s life. The peaks in the scenery include the Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri. Also known as a photographer’s paradise, we can spend some time here taking breathtaking pictures of the spellbinding surrounding, capturing the spectacular moments in a frame. After the detour, we move down to Tadapani and then to Ghandruk in about 4 hours. From there we move past terraced fields for a few hours to reach Nayapool. From there a short taxi ride will finally take us to Pokhara.
After enjoying the beautiful Pokhara and its natural and cultural beauty, we start our drive towards Kathmandu. After a 6-7 hours drive, we finally reach Kathmandu. We can either rest or roam around the tourist attractions in the capital city.
We will drive you to the international airport for your final departure. We would like to welcome you again to explore the many treasures of the Himalayan region.
Bus to Bulbule and again tourist bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Reporting at Kathmandu
In March 2015, my sister, her husband, my husband and I left Australia to do a 20 day trek of Annapurna circuit trek. We finally chose Nepal Eco Adventures and from the beginning things seemed positive. We were guided on what to pack to cater to the weather we will face. We were well looked after and were safe throughout the trek. 2 guides and 2 porters were with us who seemed to be very experienced and knew the area very well. The trek can be at times very difficult and tiring, both physically and mentally. However we were motivated and supported the whole time to push through. I would highly recommend this trek and to do it with the company, Nepal Eco Adventure. We ended up reaching the base camp with about 5 feet of snow to wage through! The trek is beyond wonderful.
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