The region is considered to be one of the world’s great treks. Basically all trekkers hike the route counter clockwise, as then the daily altitude gain is slower and crossing the high Thorong La pass is easier and safer.
The mountain scenery, seen at close quarters includes the Annapurna Massif (Annapurna I-IV), Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Gangapurna/7455m and Tilicho Peak/7134m. Annapurna Mountain range of central Nepal with the total length of the route varies between 160-230 km (100-145 mi), depending where the motor transportation is used and where the trek is ended. Annapurna Circuit has often been voted as the best long distance trek in the world, as it combined, in its old full form, a wide variety of climate zones from tropics at 600m asl to the arctic at 5416m asl at the Thorong La pass and cultural variety from Hindu villages at the low foothills to the Tibetan culture of Himalayan Manang Valley and lower Mustang. The trail passes along paddy fields and into subtropical forests, several waterfalls and gigantic cliffs, and various villages. Continuing construction of a road has greatly shortened the trail and altered the feel of the villages, so the "best trek in the world" cannot be said to hold true anymore but still one can fully enjoy of this trip. Now from recent years, the trek starts from Dharapani in the Marshyangdi river valley and concludes in the Kali Gandaki river valley. The classic 14 days Annapurna Circuit Trekking also well-known as Round Annapurna Trekking via Throng La Pass Trek; has long been so popular amongst trekkers. Annapurna circuit trek route crosses two different river valleys and encircles the Annapurna massif, crossing Thorung La Pass (5416m), the highest pass on this trail. And jeep ride to Dharapani or Chame is available in dry season and taking jeep from Besi sahar to Chame shortens the trip so this trek can be done within 10 days if you are a good walker in the mountain. Besisahar can be reached after a seven hour drive from Kathmandu. Numerous peaks of 6000-8000m in elevation rise from the Annapurna range. The trek rises to an altitude of 5,416m on the Thorung La pass, touching the edge of the Tibetan plateau.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m), transfer to hotel
Arrival will be at Tribhuvan International Airport where you will be greeted by our staff and taken to your hotel to rest up from your flight. In the evening, we will have a traditional welcome dinner featuring traditional Nepali food and a cultural program.
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing and trek orientation
Today will be a day to become acquainted with the wonderful culture of Nepal as you visit several of the Valley's World Heritage Sites. Included today will be Kathmandu's Durbar Square, home to over 60 temples and the old Royal Palace. We will also visit Pashupatinath, the most sacred Hindu temple in Nepal, along with two sacred Buddhist shrines: Swayambhunath and Boudhanath). In the afternoon, there will be a briefing about the trek as you meet your guide and fellow trekkers.
Day 03: Drive to Syange/Jagat (1,100m)
Our hiking to Annapurna starts today.This is a long day of bus riding as we leave Kathmandu and head west toward Syange or Jagat. We leave early morning (7 am) and spend 8 – 10 hours on traveling. The scenery will reflect the beauty of Nepal as we pass rivers, mountains and beautiful villages.
Day 04: Trek from Syange/Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m)
Today is the first day of trekking. The trek will cross the bridge at Tal to Manang District as the trail continues through the Manang Valley. We will spend the right at Dharapani, which is one of the major villages in the valley. Trekking time will be 5 – 6 hours.
Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2,710m)
The trail turns steeper as we move upward and toward the west. The trail is leading us north of the Annapurna Conservation Area and will feature great views of Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal and Annapurna IV (7,525m). There is a number of small hot springs along the way to our destination of Chame. Trekking time is 5 – 6 hours.
Day 06: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,300m)
We will enter the U-shaped valley of Manang, situated between two snow-covered peaks. We are following the Marsyangdi Nadi (river) through the Manang Valley. The trail rises 1500 meters above the river as we walk to Pisang. Trekking time is again 5 – 6 hours.
Day 07: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3,500m)
Today is a little longer as we make our way from Pisang. The landscape is becoming drier, much like the plateaus of Tibet. The trek will feature many panoramic views of the mountains as we stop for a short visit to Barge monastery, the largest monastery in the Manang District. We will spend the night in Manang. Trekking time is 6 – 7 hours.l
Day 08: Manang (Day Rest)
This is a day to acclimatize as we are entering higher elevations. It is not a day of just resting, as we will take some short hikes in order to help us adjust to the higher elevations. Some optional places to visit are Bhojo Gompa or Gangapurna Lake as well as a monastery at Vraga.
Day 09: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m)
The trail turns northward as we make our way toward Thorang La Pass. The elevation continues to rise as we pass through delightful villages and pasture lands in the high mountains. Our goal is the small village of Yak Kharka, trekking time 3 – 4 hours. We are taking it a little more slowly because of the higher elevations.
Day 10: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi (4,600m)
This day takes us to the lower part of the pass. Thorang Phedi is a small, but busy little village at the base of Thorang La Pass where we will spend the night. Trekking time is 3 – 4 hours.
Day 11: Trek from Thorang Phedi - Thorang La (5,416m) to Muktinath (3,800m)
As we circle the Annapurna Conservation Area, this day is the highlight of our trek as we finally make Thorang La Pass. The day is cold as we pass at high elevations which will offer incredible views of the mountains on all sides. This day will be breathtaking as you gaze at the high peaks of the Himalayas. The trail will begin a long descent to Muktinath, a sacred spot to both Hindus and Buddhists, where there are many important temples. We will spend the night in Muktinath. Trekking time is 7 – 8 hours.
Day 12: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2,750m)
The trek continues to drop in elevation as we make our way to Jomsom. The morning will allow for visit to Vishnu Temple and a Gompa. Today's trek is 4 – 5 hours as we make our way to the village of Jomsom (2,750m).
Day 13: Fly to Pokhara to Kathmandu
We fly from Jomsom to Pokhara, and then take the flight back to Kathmandu where we will enjoy a time of rest, a hot shower and a departure dinner. There will be a little time for sightseeing and/or shopping on your own in Kathmandu, before farewell dinner.
Day 14: Final departure transfer
At about 3 hours prior to your flight time, we transfer you to the airport to fly your onward destination. Mountain Scenery Treks wishes your best time ahead.