Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Length 22 days
Max. Altitude 5416 m.
Type of Trek Teahouse / Camping
Trek Grade Medium / Hard
Commence Besi-Sahar
End Nayapul
Group Size 1+
Permit ACAP (USD 30.00).



This route is considered as one of the most popular and classic treks in Nepal. It passes through villages inhabited by a wide diversity of people. The trail offers spectacular mountain scenery that passes through the Northern Himalayan range and Tibetan plateau. Gurungs, Magars, Chhetris, and Newars heavily settle the Southern slopes of Manaslu and Annapurna ranges except higher regions, which support thick forest of rhododendron and fir trees. There are small fields of millet and wheat and small flocks of sheep and goats seen as one passes through Manang valley. The Manang people are Tibetan by origin and Buddhist by religion considered as a trading race. As a result, their life style is quite different to those tribes on the Southern slopes. Since trekking in Nepal annapurna starting people become more advance and chances to show their own culture and custom.Thakali and Mustang tribes control the busy trading and pilgrimage trail along the Kaligandaki and Muktinath Temple until more through the gap between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. This trek is recommended as one of the top twenty trekking trails all over the world.

Trekking highlights:
Crossing the Thorung~La Pass (5416m), the pilgrimage town of Muktinath, views of Dhaulagiri icefall, the world’s deepest gorge in the Kaligandaki river, hot spring at Tatopani, and sunrise and mountains view from Poonhill.

Suggested Itinerary:

Day 01:
Kathmandu to Besi-Sahar (175 km/ 7-8 hours): Drive by bus/car.

Day 02:
Besi-Sahar to Bahundanda (1250 m.): Trek.

Day 03:
Bahundanda to Chamje: Trek.

Day 04:
Chamje to Dharapani (1890 m.): Trek.

Day 05:
Dharapani to Chame (2715m.): Trek.

Day 06:
Chame to Pisang (3185m.): Trek.

Day 07:
Pisang to Manang (3350m.): Trek.

Day 08:
Manang (Acclimatization Day in Manang): Rest.

Day 09:
Manang to Yak Kharka: Trek.

Day 10:
Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi/ High Camp: Trek.

Day 11:
Thorung Phedi/High Camp to Muktinath (3800m.): Trek.

Day 12:
Muktinath to Kagbeni: Trek.

Day 13:
Kagbeni to Marpha (2670m.): Trek.

Day 14:
Marpha to Ghasa (2015m.): Trek.

Day 15:
Ghasa to Tatopani (1190m.): Trek.

Day 16:
Tatopani (Natural hot spring): Rest.

Day 17:
Tatopani to Shikha (1920m.): Trek.

Day 18:
Shikha to Ghorepani (2855m.): Trek.

Day 19:
Ghorepani to Poonhill (3210m.) to Tadapani: Trek.

Day 20:
Tadapani to Ghandruk (1950m.): Trek.

Day 21:
Ghandruk to Pokhara via Birethanti: Trek, drive for one hour.

Day 22:
Pokhara to Kathmandu (200 km/ 6-7 hours): Drive by bus/car or fly.


Tony Joyce

November 9, 2015 at 6:28 am

Can this trek be completed in less time?Without exhausting oneself? and can treking permits be purchased beforehand. Thank you Tony


December 1, 2015 at 6:58 pm

I love all of these pictures! And I am the same way when it comes to “waking” up Chris when it’s time for an andevture. It’s like, “oh did I accidentally kick you so hard that you woke up? oh, good, you’re awake!”

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