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As the name suggests, Round Annapurna Trek offers you a perfect trekking route to cover the entire Annapurna region with splendid views of nature at different sites. Also known as Around Annapurna Trek comprises of so many treasures to reveal on our way for Annapurna Round Trekking.
Trekking high above the Thorung La Pass that stands as the world's biggest pass will set one exceptional journey you'll ever come across. Thorung La Pass is the ultimate highlight of your Around Annapurna Trek as it takes you to an elevation of 5416 meter.
As you move from 830m/2,723ft to 5,416m/17,769ft, it is quite definite that you are able to witness the diverse landscapes within a confined region of Annapurna. Round Annapurna Trek is the ultimate trekking route which provides you a rare chance to walk over the diverse terrains among which some resembles the Tibetan plateau. From sub tropical forests to high icy trekking paths, would be an overall moderate to strenuous journey that will always remind you of your big achievement once you accomplish Round Annapurna Trek.
Besides landscapes and nature, you are equally surrounded by different lifestyles of the people living here. Annapurna region is the ultimate source of rich ethnic groups and you will be getting many opportunities to meet these wonderful people living here throughout Around Annapurna Trek.
Around Annapurna Trek is one fabulous excursion encircling the Annapurna Region by letting you touch the Annapurna giant. The journey throughout is able to make you enthralled as you move along the different exciting as well as adventurous paths in this Annapurna Round Trekking route.
The initiation point for Round Annapurna Trek is Besishahar. As the trek takes you around the whole Annapurna region, we start Annapurna Round Trek with a drive from Kathmandu to Besishahar. Upon completion of Around Annapurna Trek, we drive from Nayapul to Pokhara and take tourist bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Once we reach Besishahar, we start walking all the way to our destination. This is also a complete overland tour and involves no flights. The Route Map has captured every trail we would be following throughout our Annapurna Round Trekking. Click Here for the routes and coverage areas of your destination.
Around Annapurna Trek forms almost a circle trekking route covering the Annapurna Region. It takes you all around the areas lying in Annapurna Region as you follow the Round Annapurna Trek route. Here are the major highlights of your Annapurna Round Trekking.
Our Trekking Group
The trekking group to Round Annapurna Trek depends on the number of persons. Normally, we take in 1-10 persons in a group. However, if you are in a bigger group of more than 10 persons, we can manage the Annapurna Round Trekking accordingly. The maximum number '10' is the outcome of generally organized group treks. But, we are good at organizing treks for any group size you require.
Besides the trekking group, we have our local staffs to assist you as well. Trekking does not just mean traveling around; it will be more rewarding if you can gain good bunch of information of the areas you travel. So, we provide you with guides for that and in order to assure easy travel experience, we have porters who would carry on your luggage. We will facilitate you with 1 porter for 2 persons, 1 porter carrying maximum of 20 kg weight.
Guides and Porters
For trekking group of 1 to 5 people, we provide – 1 Guide and Porter (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
For trekking group of more than 5 people, we provide – 1 Guide, 1 Assistant Guide and Porter (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Accommodation and Meals
Our overnight stay would be on Tea houses and Guest Houses during Annapurna Round Trekking. Twin sharing comfortable beds and common bathroom will be provided. The place is clean and hygienic. However, if you require a single supplement accommodation, it can also be made available on request at an additional cost of US$ 200. But still you need to be aware that single supplement accommodation may not be available at all the places during your Round Annapurna Trek.
Our Around Annapurna Trek would let you experience typical Nepali food, special mountain foods and other cuisines including international cuisine like Indian, Tibetan, Italian, and Continental. You can always make your choices from the food menu available there. We will have breakfast and dinner at tea house/guest house whereas we will have lunch on our way.
While in Kathmandu and Pokhara, your accommodation is at tourist standard hotels facilitated with Attached Bath, A/C, 24 hours running hot/cold shower, Internet service and others. The facilities provided here is of 2 to 3 star standard hotel. We offer welcome dinner, farewell dinner and breakfasts during your stay in Kathmandu. Other meals as well as your other personal expenses will be from your own pocket during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Full board meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, and Tea/Coffee) are included during Annapurna Round Trekking once you leave move ahead from Kathmandu.
The means of transportation are private vehicles and tourist bus. Pick up and drop from airport to hotel, and hotel to airport will be done by the vehicles of Imperial Nepal Treks. Also, we will be driving from Kathmandu to Besishahar by a private vehicle.
Our Annapurna Round trekking will start with a drive from Kathmandu to Besishahar. From Besishahar, we will walk all the way to our destination. Upon reaching Nayapul while returning, we drive to Pokhara. We travel back to Kathmandu by taking a tourist bus from Pokhara early morning.
Safety and Precaution
It is necessary that you take in good precaution during your travel to avoid any difficulties in your Round Annapurna Trek. As the Annapurna Round Trekking leads to higher altitude range, you need some trustworthy, experienced, qualified and well-equipped people around you. Your safety is assured by the local trek guide and other staffs.
Since these hikes take you on the remote Himalayan region, it is very essential that you are accompanied with the very experienced, qualified and well-equipped leader such that your trek runs safe and successful one. The guides of Imperial Nepal Treks are trained and licensed from Nepal Government, certified from TAAN and Nepal Mountaineering Association with experience over 8 years. So, this is a double assurance for your safety and to make sure that you are in the correct and professionals hand. Thus, you need not worry about anything; we are here only at your service.
Regarding health issues, we are well aware that you are likely to get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Going up high at faster pace is too harmful and can be fatal as well because of less oxygen. Some general symptoms of AMS are
A good planning for Around Annapurna Trek is a must to minimize the health risks with problems like AMS. And if you are a patient of heart, lungs or blood disease, it is very important that you consult with your doctors and familiarize yourself with the remedies for the diseases before attempting Round Annapurna Trek.
Experience of guides
5-18 years in Everest zone
Certifications of guide
Certified form NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association) TAAN (Trekking Agent Association of Nepal)
Altitude: 1,300m/4,264 ft On your date of arrival, Imperial Nepal Treks will be there to welcome you at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. We will pick you and shift you in a tourist standard hotel as per booking for an overnight accommodation.
Imperial Nepal Treks organizes a full day city tour around Kathmandu Valley. The aim behind is to let you have the know-how of the Kathmandu city, the city of monuments, temples and monasteries such as Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Swoyambhunath, Changu Narayan, Budhhanilkantha and many others. We will provide you leisure time for rest and preparation for final departure that is scheduled for the next day.
On this day, we offer you a welcome dinner at a typical Nepali Restaurant where you will taste different varieties of Nepali food. Your overnight accommodation remains unchanged.
Altitude: 760m/2493ft to 790m/2591ft. Time Travel: 5 to 6 hours Drive and 2 to 3 hrs Walk Starting our Round Annapurna Trek from Besishahar, we drive from Kathmandu via the local highway. It takes around 5 to 6 hours to reach Besishahar which is the district headquarter of Lamjung. After taking a short break here, we head toward Khudi where we will be staying overnight.
The way to Khudi is along the river trail of the big Marsyangdi River. As we move on, we pass by the local villages, green fields and riverside walk. Once we reach Khudi, we will capture the first glimpse of mountain range of Manasalu. Your accommodation would be in a lodge/teahouse where meals are provided on full board basis (breakfast, tea/coffee, lunch and dinner).
Altitude: 1130m/3707ft. Time Travel: 5 to 6 hours Walk From Khudi, we ascend along the Marsyangdi River, and cross several suspension bridges on our way. The trail involves steady climb unless we cross a big hill, Bahundanda. The route lets you explore the farming lands as well as waterfalls here. The walking becomes quite easier after crossing the hill as we descend for Ghermu. We stay at Ghermu for overnight; your accommodation would be in a lodge/teahouse where meals are provided on full board basis (breakfast, tea/coffee, lunch and dinner).
Altitude: 1700m/5577ft. Time Travel: 6 to 7 hours Walk Heading towards Tal, we climb up from Ghermu as we cross the Marsyangdi River at Syange. Tracing the river pathway via sub tropical forests and along the fields of Marijuana, we reach Chyamche. We stop at Chyamche for lunch and after a while, we climb over the steep stone trail. Upon accomplishing the long hot climb, we enter in Tal. Tal appears to be a wonderful village residing at the riverbank. The valley is remarkable because of its landscape and the gorgeous views of the thatch house villages. We stay at Tal for overnight; your accommodation would be in a lodge/teahouse where meals are provided on full board basis (breakfast, tea/coffee, lunch and dinner).
Altitude: 2670m/8759ft. Time Travel: 3 to 4 hours Walk Noticing the Mani walls and landslide areas, we cross the Marsyangdi River at Chhaijo. Climbing up the trail, we arrive in a village called Thoche where we can observe a power house. The pathway then ascends towards Danakyu where hot springs can be found. From Danakyu, we have two options to reach Chame, upper and the lower way. We pick the upper way as views along the way are astounding. The lower pathway is also an interesting one, not with mountain views but followed by riverside and forests. Climbing uphill, we reach Chame which is the district headquarter of Manang that comprises of Manang Hospital and large white gate. We stay at Chame for overnight; your accommodation would be in a lodge/teahouse where meals are provided on full board basis (breakfast, tea/coffee, lunch and dinner).
Altitude: 3300m/10826ft. Time Travel: 5 to 6 hours Walk Ascending along the landslide possible areas, we pass by ruined buildings of old Bhratang, memorial of Japanese mountaineer Akira Ochiai and cross the Swargadwari Bridge. The pathway consists of dense forests and striking curved rock face rising 1500m from the river. You will find no vegetation as we reach the top of the hill where exist big river valleys. Upon arriving at Lowe Pisang, we will observe the dramatic views of Annapurna ranges surrounding us. We can walk towards Upper Pisang in the evening to witness this interesting village in riversides. We spend the night at Lower Pisang; your accommodation would be in a lodge/teahouse where meals are provided on full board basis (breakfast, tea/coffee, lunch and dinner).
Altitude: 3540m/11614ft. Time Travel: 4 to 5 hours Walk For Manang, we can either take the upper route or the lower one. We recommend the upper route as we pass through the Upper Pisang valley where you can see the Pisang Peak climbing route and Deuralidanda near Ghyaru. Once we arrive at Ghyaru, you will be able to witness the exceptional mountain sceneries of Pisang peak, Annapurna Ranges and many others that fascinate us. The landscapes seem different from here and the weather is also cold and dry. The environment appears to be quite harsh on us from here. After arriving at Mugje, our route ascends towards Bhraka, also known as Braga where Braga Monastery exists. It is the largest Buddhist monastery in the whole district of Manang. A little further from here, we arrive at Manang, the religious place with monasteries where we will stay overnight. Your accommodation would be in a lodge/teahouse where meals are provided on full board basis (breakfast, tea/coffee, lunch and dinner).
This is the important point of our Round Annapurna Trek i.e. acclimatization. Our every trek is assured with proper planning considering the altitude sickness we are likely to suffer from. As this is the rest day, we will only go for short walks as we need to familiarize with the environment here as the trekking from here leads to higher altitude quickly. We will walk to Gangapurna Glacier Lake and go uphill for an hour for a teashop from where you can eye on the Manang village. We can also visit the Bojo Gompa on the hill. You can find the 100 rupees BABA who will bless you for your success on crossing the Thorang La Pass. The views of Annapurna and Tilicho Lake can be witnessed from here. We stay overnight at Manang; your accommodation would be in a lodge/teahouse where meals are provided on full board basis (breakfast, tea/coffee, lunch and dinner).
Altitude: 4018m/13182ft. Time Travel: 3 to 4 hours Walk From Manang, our Round Annapurna Trek leads to higher altitude. Passing along the scrub of juniper trees and crossing the Ghyanchang Khola via a small village, Ghusang, our route gains elevation steadily. Ghusang appears to be huddle of flat mud roofs and the trail goes through fields where yaks and horses graze. Passing Ghusanga village, we find the Mani walls around and we finally reach Yak Kharka. Yak Kharka offers dramatic views of Chulu South Face. We stay overnight at Yak Kharka; your accommodation would be in a lodge/teahouse where meals are provided on full board basis (breakfast, tea/coffee, lunch and dinner).
Altitude: 4450m/14599ft. Time Travel: 3 to 4 hours Walk Walking along the paths of Mani wall and landslide areas, we climb high to Ledar from where the Chulu Climbing Route starts. As we are heading towards the foot of the pass, you are likely to experience thin air. With steady climb over the landslide areas, we reach Thorung Phedi. It is a small settlement that is more like a base camp for the trekkers providing us with our needs to erase the tiredness. We overnight at Thorung Phedi in order to gain safe and sound sleep as the next day carries a good challenge for all of us. Your accommodation would be in a lodge/teahouse where meals are provided on full board basis (breakfast, tea/coffee, lunch and dinner).
Altitude: 5416m/17769ft to 3760m/12335ft. Time Travel: 7 to 8 hours Walk Our trek today is the ultimate highest point of Around Annapurna Trek as we will be at Thorung La Pass elevating at an altitude of 5416m. From Thorung Phedi, we start early and climb slowly towards Thorung La Pass, passing the High Camp here. The climbing involves icy high-altitude trail which is a tough one. However, the tempting exceptional beauty of Himalayas is sure to keep us motivated. Eventhough the climbing needs good effort, passing Thorung La, the world's biggest Pass would remain in your memory forever. As the altitude is high, slow walk is recommended. Upon reaching Thorung La Pass, you are mesmerized by the beauty of what this height offers. The gigantic mountains and the view of Tilicho Lake are indescribable.
After accomplishing the tough trek to Thorung La, we descend towards Muktinath, an important pilgrimage destination for both Hindus and Buddhists. Muktinath dwells at an altitude of 3800m, we will love this height after a high altitude trek. Muktinath comprises of Lord Vishnu and Jwala Mai Temple, Sarwa monastery and Muktinath Temple. At Muktinath, an annual fair takes place on the day of Janai Purnima. We stay overnight at Muktinath; your accommodation would be in a hotel/lodge where meals are provided on full board basis (breakfast, tea/coffee, lunch and dinner).
Altitude: 2670m/8759ft. Time Travel: 6 to 7 hours Walk From Muktinath, our route descends towards Marpha. We pass by the villages like Jharkot (Shakya Gompa and Traditional Medicine Centre) and Ranipauwa (wide trail over barren hillside) and reach Kagbeni. Kagbeni consists of windswept villages; it used to be a Himalayan salt trading route to Tibet via Upper Mustang. Descending from Kagbeni, we reach Ekle Bhatti village. Walking towards Jomsom now along the stony sandy trail, watching ammonite fossils on the river beds, we enter Jomsom, the district headquarter of Mustang facilitated with Banks, ATMs, Sauna, Internet, Hospital and Telecom office.
A little downwards from Jomsom, the Mustang Eco Museum exists. We take a short visit there and cross a wooden bridge at Syang. Descending further from here, we finally arrive at Marpha. Marpha is a wonderful village with Apple Peach Farm and Rinjin & Solmi Gompa. We stay overnight at Marpha; your accommodation would be in a hotel/lodge where meals are provided on full board basis (breakfast, tea/coffee, lunch and dinner).
Altitude: 2010m/6594ft. Time Travel: 6 to 7 hours Walk Descending towards Ghasa, we cross Tukuche Village, a Thakali village with Ekai Kawaguchi Residence Museum and Rani, Samba & Tukuche Gompa. Further from here, we stop at Kobang to capture Mount Dhaulagiri view, Guru Rinpoche cave, Makilakhang Gompa and Mahalaxmi temple. Walking downwards, we reach Kalopani where a cultural Thakali Museum exists. Moving downhill and crossing the wooden bridges at Dhaiku and Chhyo, we reach Ghasa. For all the bird lovers, Ghasa would be that heavenly place for bird watching. We stay overnight here. Your accommodation would be in a hotel/lodge where meals are provided on full board basis (breakfast, tea/coffee, lunch and dinner).
Altitude: 1190m/3904ft. Time Travel: 4 to 5 hours Walk The trek is easy as we descend all the way from Ghasa to Tatopani passing by the villages Kopchepani and Pairathapto. Continuing our trek, we cross Rupse Chahara (Water fall, the biggest water fall of this route where there is a possibility of landslide too. Crossing suspension bridge at Dana, we also pass by a small tunnel at Guithe. Following the Gandaki River flowing under 2200m deep gorge in between two of the 8000m peaks, we finally reach Tatopani.
Tatopani is a religious place meaning Hot Water in Nepali that is derived from the hot springs existing there. The place is popular for the significant belief that by taking a bath here, all the pain as well as diseases will be flushed from your body. By staying inside the hot springs here, your tired legs and muscles will be strengthened again. We stay overnight here. Your accommodation would be in a hotel/lodge where meals are provided on full board basis (breakfast, tea/coffee, lunch and dinner).
Altitude: 2860m/9383ft. Time Travel: 5 to 6 hours Walk For Ghorepani, we descend from GharKhola and Ghara. The trail involves ups and downs till we reach Chitre. From Chitre, we move downhill via Ghorepani Deurali and finally arrive at Ghorepani, the trekker's stop that was previously an important campsite. It is the source of excellent views of entire Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri. Your accommodation would be in a hotel/lodge where meals are provided on full board basis (breakfast, tea/coffee, lunch and dinner).
Altitude: 2860m/9383ft. Time Travel: 4 to 5 hours Walk Poon Hill, the famous spot to eye on the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, is one popular destination among trekkers of Annapurna region as it would let you detain the view of sunrise over the mountains. Taking in the snaps from here, we descend back to Ghorepani. From Ghorepani begins our trek to Tadapani after breakfast.
Heading towards Tadapani now, we descend through the trail crossing a bridge over Ghar Khola. Also, we pass by the Deurali pass and reach Ban Thanti. The pathway is descends steep from here for a while and then we need to climb to reach Tadapani. Once we cross the small ascent, we are at Tadapani. Tadapani is a place to watch the tower in the village, a great view of Tadapani village can be observed from here. We stay overnight here. Your accommodation would be in a lodge/teahouse where meals are provided on full board basis (breakfast, tea/coffee, lunch and dinner).
Altitude: 1940m/6364ft. Time Travel: 5 to 6 hours Walk The route goes downhill towards Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a beautiful village of Gurung community. We stay overnight at Ghandruk; your accommodation would be in a lodge/teahouse where meals are provided on full board basis (breakfast, tea/coffee, lunch and dinner).
Altitude: 1070m/3510ft to 820m/2690ft.Time Travel: 4 to 5 hrs Walk and 1 hour Drive We start our trek fresh morning with some breakfasts at Ghandruk and head down for Nayapul. As we reach Nayapul, we have our lunch and drive back to Pokhara in our private vehicle. We stay at Pokhara and stroll around the lake side. Your accommodation would be in a tourist standard hotel as before where breakfast is included within our budget and other meals will be counted on your own expenses.
Altitude: 1070m/3510ft to 820m/2690ft. Time Travel: 5 to 6 hrs Drive in a tourist bus From Pokhara, we catch in a tourist bus for Kathmandu early morning. Once we arrive at Kathmandu, you will be taken to the hotel you've stayed in before (unless changed). As this is the last day, we enjoy the farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with live music and rejoice the moments.
Altitude: 1070m/3510ft to 820m/2690ft. Time Travel: 5 to 6 hrs Drive in a tourist bus The representatives from Imperial Nepal Treks will drop you to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and assist you in your final departure from Kathmandu. We bid our last goodbyes and you will head towards your destination.
Private and public transport as per itinerary
Reporting at Kathmandu
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