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Duration : 17 days
Availability : March-June & Sept-Nov
Max Altitude: 5,416m
Min Age : 1
Trip Style : Sightseeing, Heritage Walk, City Tour, Hiking, Trekking & Mountains
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Trip Highlights

Combine the Annapurna Circuit Trek with the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek
Pass the Thorong La (5416m), the trek's highest point and probably the widest pass in the world, is located between Thorung Peak and Yakawa Kang
Hike the traditional trekking path around the Annapurnas, going through subtropical and alpine forests, small ethnic villages, rocky hills, expansive yak meadows, river basins, and a number of rickety suspension bridges.
Visit Ice Lake, Gangapurna Lake, Millerapa cave, and Tilicho Lake as side trips.
Get beautiful close-up views of the Dhaulagiri range, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu, Nilgiri, and a number of other nearby peaks in the Annapurna range.
Visit a number of historical, religious, and cultural sites, including Upper Pisang Monastery, Braga Monastery, Muktinath Temple, the Pokhara Valley, Swayambhunath, and Bouddhanath.
Investigate the semi-Tibetan cultures, the Himalayan way of life, and the Manangi and Thakali cultural traditions.
Amazing sunrise at Poonhill

Overview

The 17-day Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek, which begins in Pokhara and continues all the way to the Tibetan plateaus, is widely considered to be the best trek in Nepal. The journey from Jagat to Chame, Manang, Muktinath, and Ghorepani is one of the most arduous and long-distance treks in Nepal.

When hiking the Circuit, which connects the two major river valleys, you'll have to climb over Thorong La Pass, the mountain pass with the best views along the entire route. The natural splendor of the area, with its towering mountains, verdant forests, and varied landscapes, is sure to make your time in Annapurna unforgettable. This is one of the most well-known treks in Nepal, if not the world. Almost annually, the route is included in compilations of the best hikes of that year. The circuit ranges anywhere from 160 km to 230 km in length depending on the route taken. 

As the ascent from Manang to Jomsom is the most convenient route for the trek.   We check out the Tibetan-influenced monasteries and prayer flag-adorned landscapes. After traversing the Thorong La Pass, on the Annapurna circuit,t is the Hindu pilgrimage site of Muktinath. Religious tourists from both the Hindu and Buddhist faiths flock to Muktinath.

Manaslu (8,156 m), Annapurna I (8,091 m), Annapurna II (7,940 m), Annapurna III (7,550 m), Annapurna IV (7,525 m), Annapurna South (7,220 m), Tilicho Peak (7,135 m), Nilgiri (7,040 m), Mt. Fishtail (6,993 m), and Dhaulagiri (8, (8,167 m) are all the different peaks you will be able to see on this trek. 

After we finish the loop, we will move to the junction with the Marpha and Ghasa trail that leads to Ghorepani Poonhill. One of life's most treasured recollections will be watching the sun rise over the landscape from Pooh Hill. Incredible panoramas include Dhampus Peak, the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges, and other mountains such as Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri, and Tukuche. After a while atop the mountain, we make our way back down to Ghorepani resting there for the day before heading back to Pokhara. 

Come along with Accessible Adventure on a trip of a lifetime to the Annapurna region of the Himalayas.

Best Season for Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek

Most people agree that the best times to hike Annapurna Circuit are in October, November, April, or May. Clear, dry weather prevails during these two seasons, making hikes to higher elevations less of a challenge. During these two seasons, hikers from all over the world make the journey to the Himalayas. The spring season, which lasts from March to May, is when the majority of the year's flowers bloom. Many people find that the added color variety enhances the aesthetic value of the trails.

However, the best mountain views are to be had in the autumn, when the skies are crystal clear. As a result of these factors, autumn is regarded as one of the top reasons for hiking.

The Thorang La pass will be closed off during winter due to heavy snow and security reasons. Likewise, during monsoons, the views are not great and clouds and rain make the trek difficult and not worth doing. 

 

Why Accessible Adventure? 

Accessible Adventures is a reputable travel company that has been organizing treks and excursions in the Annapurna area for more than a decade. We are easy to work with, adaptable, and will fulfill all of your needs. In addition, Accessible Adventures operates a hotel in Kathmandu where we can customize rooms to meet your individual needs.

Our guides have completed a range of training programs in which they practice and prepare for the trip during the tourist off-season, noting the terrain and routes in the region. This guarantees that our guests have the best experience possible during the busiest season.

Other benefits of booking your trip via Accessible Adventure include: 

  • Best Price for Trip guaranteed
  • No need to spend time meticulously planning trips in a foreign land and getting a headache
  • Book a trip with ease and convenience without the hassle 
  • Safe trips planned with the latest environmental scenarios and trail knowledge from experienced guides 
  • Get increased security as guides take care of your well being
  • Make your trip socially exciting as guides tell you about the local area, customs, and environment and help you communicate with locals. 
  • Guides with excellent high-altitude emergency training
  • Ethical tourism practices whereby locals are supported  by the booking

With over 30 years of personal travel experience, including peak climbing and visiting Nepal's most popular tourist spots, we are aware of the difficulties that may arise for both you, the traveler, and the guides and porters that we employ, throughout your journey. Because of our personal experiences in a variety of locations, including EBC, ABC, and others, we have been able to customize trips and make the adventure seem more comfortable and private. We offer the greatest professional services while treating each client like family.

Itinerary

When you reach Kathmandu, our airport agent will greet you. We will make certain that your travel needs are met while you are in our care. As there are no scheduled activities for the day, we will assist you in checking into your appropriate hotel. You have the option of walking around the neighborhood or resting in your respective rooms.

Get out of the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu and drive to the trailhead in Jagat, which is sandwiched between the towering peaks of the Annapurnas and Mt. Manaslu, the eighth-highest peak in the world. The trail to Jagat is located in the north, ascending the Marsyangdi Valley with Himalchuli in the background. Traveling from Besisahar, the Lamung district capital, to our guesthouse in Jagat, we'll see plenty of green rice paddies and peaceful villages along the way. The Classic trailhead for the Annapurna Circuit begins here.

After we have finished our breakfast at Jagat, we will head out onto the path and continue our hike. Since our hike will take us along the Marsyangdi River, we can expect to see a number of breathtaking waterfalls in addition to an abundance of lush vegetation. After making a lengthy ascent along a trail that winds its way steadily upward, one finally arrives at Tal, the first settlement in the Manang District. The trail starts off in a verdant area, but not long after that, the landscape begins to undergo a dramatic transformation. Stone steps lead up to the town of Dharapani, which is reached by following a path that continues along an expansive and impressive valley.

Grabbing breakfast at Dharapani we move to the beautiful village of Chame. We walk for some time through the main road to reach Danakiu. From Danakiu we cross a river, and walking through forests and woodlands we ascend the hill. We reach the village of Timang from Timang that we reach, and amazing views of Manaslu, Lamjung and Ganesh Himal can be seen. We ascend through forests amid fauna and flora to reach the place where we grab lunch. After lunch, we walk along the main road, between two hills, beside the Marsyangdi. Walking along the trail we cross through Thanchowk. From here, we reach the village of Kote offering excellent views of Annapurna II. From the village of Kote, the trail to Narkhu valley separates. From Kote we walk again we reach Chame, the headquarters for the Manang District. At Chame, stupas can be seen also. A hot water spring also exists at Chame where you can enjoy a warm bath. You can explore the local village and customs as well.  The village that houses an army camp and a small clinic exist beside the Marsyangdi river where we will spend the night. 

After grabbing an early breakfast, we cross a small bridge over the Marsyangdi river. The villages we cross are built in a typical style built with mud and wood only. The villages also house numerous stupas. Views of the Anapurna, Gangapurna, and Pisang peaks can be seen. Although the route we move through is the main road, the road itself lies within a dense forest. After walking for some time we reach Bhraga, where apple farms are seen plenty with a variety of juicy apples that can be enjoyed. After walking for some time we reach our lunch spot at Dhukkur Pokhari. After moving from the village, we see many lakes and soon reach the spot where the trails to lower and upper Pisang separate. In the past tourists used to stay in Lower Pisang due to the ease of accommodation. However, very nice hotels are found in Upper Pisang as well which we recommend. 

Along the route, we can see Annapurna, Gangapurna, Tilicho Mountain and Pisang peak, and many more mountains. As we reach upper Pisang we stop by a monastery, where we can participate in the daily ritual ceremony. Houses here are also very typical of the hilly lifestyle of the people. We then go to our accommodation for the night at Upper Pisang. Upper Pisang also contains the trailhead for those going to climb Pisang peak. 

There are two options for trails from Pisang to Manang, one a lower trail and an upper trail. Grabbing breakfast we take the upper trail which showcases the best views of the Annapurna region compared to the lower trek which is easier. We walk through forest trails where we can see stupas and mani prayer wheels. Wild animals start to appear on the route. Wild sheep can be seen here. After crossing a small river through a suspension bridge we climb to Geiru village. Geiru village has a small ancient palace where the previous royal family of the region stayed. At Geiru, we rest for some time and grab tea while taking in the wonderful views of the surrounding mountain. There is also a monastery in the village that can be explored. Walking through a ridge, we see all the mountains to our left including Annapurna and Gangapurna peaks as well as the Gangapurna glacier. After some time of walking, we reach Nawal village where we grab our lunch for the day. Those climbing the Cholu Far East peak separate from here. From here we get to see mountains not seen before. We can also explore the monastery and stupa made with small stones along with numerous statues of Buddha and Guru Rinpoche in the village. From here, we descend, through pine forests to Humde. On the route, we see the Humde airport as well. From here we move via the main road to Bhraga which houses a large monastery. Within the monastery is a large statue of the Buddha and Manjusri. The hiking trail to the Ice Lake separates here. Vegetation starts to become sparser as we move to Manang. After walking for some more time we reach Manang filled with Yaks. The air here starts to get thinner so a few symptoms like tiredness and headache are normal. There is a festival held around September where the locals drink blood. 

For our acclimatization in Manang, we have several options for hikes. The three options are the Gangapurna Lake hike, Milarepa Cave, and Ice lake. Since the ice lake trail is quite long we recommend the Gangapurna Lake hike and the visit to the Milarepa Cave. We will need to pack lunch if we want to visit the Milarepa Cave and Ice lake. 

Option 1: Gangapurna Lake with Manang Valley Viewpoint

Walking through ridges and forests we see amazing views of Gangapurna and Annapurna. After some time we reach pure Gangapurna lake. From The Gangapurna lake, we move towards the famous Manang Valley Viewpoint. From this Viewpoint, we can see panoramic views of Gangapurna, Annapurna II, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, and Cholu peak. If you so desire, we can move further to Milarepa cave. 


Option 2: Milarepa Cave through Gangapurna Lake

Walking through forests and ridges we move towards the Milarepa Cave where the Tibetan Siddha and Tantric master Milarepa is said to have meditated. We see panoramic views of Gangapurna, Annapurna II, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, and Cholu peak from here also. 


Option 3: Ice Lake

The trail to Ice Lake is quite narrow and long. The entire journey can take upwards of 7 hours in total. We need to carry packed lunch to reach Ice Cave. The ice cave is the actual highest lake in Nepal, which is higher than Tilicho lake. 

After our day hike, we return to Manang for the night. 

Waking up early in the morning, we grab breakfast. Walking slightly, we see the trails to Tilicho Lake and Yak Kharka separate. Slightly beyond Manang, we reach the village of Tenji. From here we see the best views of the Manang valley as well as Annapurna and Gangapurna. There is an apple farm here also. The trail now consists mainly of short shrubs and thorny bushes. We reach the village of Ghusang from where we can enjoy the views of the surrounding mountains while sipping warm tea. A gradual incline leads up to Yak Kharka where we see flocks of Thar. Just before we reach Yak Kharka we get to see views of many teahouses from the trail. After crossing the tea houses, Chulo Far east can be seen as well as Thorong peak which lies just in front of us. After a short duration of walking uphill, we reach the village of Yak Kharka where we grab lunch. Then after lunch, we take a short hike in order to acclimatize and explore the region. After the short hike, we return to our hotel. 

We move from Yak Kharka after breakfast and moving gradually uphill we reach the village of Leather from where we can see excellent views of the Manang valley. We cross a suspension bridge and ascend to find a few teashops where we take a short rest and drink tea. The road ahead is quite dangerous and prone to rockfall. Around 30 minutes are taken to cross this narrow and quite risky trail. 

Walking slightly more we reach Thorong Phedi. At Thorong Phedi we grab lunch and hike to the High Camp to get our bodies used to the altitude as it does take some time to get used to the thin air. We return back to our lodge for the night. Some may experience altitude sickness symptoms as well as face difficulties sleeping. This is quite normal. 

If our bodies are fit and we are healthy, we can stay at High Camp instead of Thorong Phedi which will make the trip easier the next day. 

Today is the main day for the trek as we aim to cross the Thorang La pass. Waking up early we pack lunch and breakfast and start ascending to Thorang La. The road is narrow and as the sun is not up yet we must be careful and use headlights to find our way along the trail. Small teahouses are also seen to line the trail. Just before we reach the Thorang La, we get to witness the sunrise in the mountains. At Thorang La, we are between two massive peaks. You can see amazing panoramic views of the mountains and take wonderful pictures to commemorate your success of making it to and past the Thorang La, a dream come to reality for many. On two sides of the pass, we can see the Annapurna Circuit trail we walked previously and the route to Upper Mustang.

After crossing the Thorang la, the route descends deeply and is lined with gravel and even ice in the winter, and thus care must be taken not to slip. Many small houses to take shelter from ice storms can be seen along the route. We again reach a new village also known as Thorang Phedi where we grab lunch. We rest here for some time. The route from here is quite easy as we descend. Views of the Dhaulagiri range, Nilgiri, Tukuche, and Thakpa peaks can be seen. We cross a suspension bridge and after a short duration of walking, we reach the Muktinath Temple where a tourist checkpoint exists. We explore the temple compound which is revered by both Hindus and Buddhists alike. There are 108 water taps which are said to cleanse bad karma. A monastery here also houses a natural gas flame that is said to never stop. A nunnery is present here also. The Muktinath temple complex is amazingly interesting to explore.  After this, we reach our hotel and drop our belongings. Here, in Muktinath, there are massive statues of Padmasambhava and the Buddha. Aishwarya lake can also be seen from the complex. 

Today we wake up at Muktinath to an amazing sunrise, surrounded by mountains. We can make a quick journey to the Muktinath temple before heading back on the trail. Today the walk is very scenic as we follow the wide road trail that descends down from Muktinath to the village of Marpha. Marpha is well known for its apple brandy and we can get good Himalayan apples, brandy, and Sichuan peppercorns here. The old town of Marpha is extremely attractive and ancient. The alleyways will have us going back in time. We can visit the old monasteries in Marpha before heading over to our hotel for the night. 

Today we awake in Marpha and say goodbye to the beautiful village walk next to the Kaligandaki river. Hunting for Shaligrams might be in store for us today as we walk through a relatively easy trail to reach Ghasa where we stay for the night. 

Today we begin the walk early after breakfast. The trail is quite leisurely as well as you can cover the 14km distance in around 6 hours. We will be walking along the Kaligandaki gorge valley today as well. The sights from here of the surrounding hills is quite amazing. Once we reach Tatopani, we can go to the nearby hot water spring from which the place derives its name. The hot water is relaxing to our muscles and will ensure a warm and fulfilling sleep tonight. 

Today we rejoin the classic Ghorepani poonhill trek route as we walk around 17km from Tatopani to Ghorepani. The ascent is gradual and we walk almost 17 kilometers to the scenic area of Ghorepani. The view of the mountains peering through the hills is a teaser for the large and wide panoramic view that we will get from atop poonhill. As we stay, we meet travelers going along the Ghorepani poonhill trek as well as those going on the  Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. We rest at Ghorepani with amazing food options. 

We wake up before sunrise and take a one-hour walk to climb Poon Hill. The view of the sunrise from Poon hill is absolutely amazing and is considered by many to be the best sunrise view in Nepal. From the top of Poon hill, we see the mountains of Dhaulagiri I, II, Annapurna I, Barha Sikhar, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Gangapurna, Mt Fishtail, Mardi Himal, and Lamjung Himal. In front of the mountains lie hills that are decked with rhododendron in spring.  After taking tea and enjoying the view from the top we return back to Ghorepani where we grab breakfast. We can rest and chill at Ghorepani after completing a long and difficult trek in the Annapurna region. 

After breakfast, we begin walking downhill to Nayapul. The route is the one used by hikers going from Nayapul to Ghorepani for a clockwise route to Annapurna Sanctuary or just the Poonhill trek. Going downhill at a leisurely pace. We eventually start seeing more signs of civilization as we near Nayapu. From here a private vehicle will be waiting for us to take us back to Pokhara. 

We can celebrate the success of our trip in the many hotels in Pokhara Lakeside and if we wish can extend our trip. 

From Pokhara we start moving to Kathmandu after breakfast via tourist bus, On the way, we make a stop for lunch and rest while enjoying the beautiful hilly terrain that we move through. We arrive in Kathmandu after an approximate 8-hour drive where you will be dropped in a hotel. 

After successfully completing the Annapurna Circuit trek it's time to bid Nepal farewell. Three hours before your scheduled international flight to your next destination, you will be taken to the international airport. You can prolong your stay in Nepal if you'd want to visit all of the fascinating places the country has to offer. We really hope you will appreciate the time we had together and recommend us to your friends and family for their trip to Nepal to go trekking. This is not "Goodbye," but rather "Feri Bhetumla," which means "Til we meet again" in Nepali.

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Cost Includes

Airport pickup and drop off by the private vehicle.

Two nights (twin sharing beds) accommodation with breakfast at a deluxe Kathmandu Suite Home Hotel or similar hotel in Kathmandu

One nights (twin sharing beds) accommodation with breakfast at a deluxe mount view Hotel or similar hotel in Pokhara

Transfer from Kathmandu to Syange by private vehicle.

Transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus as per itinerary.

Full board meals (Breakfast, lunch, and Dinner) during the trek

Best available twin sharing room for Accommodation during the trek

An experienced English-speaking (trekking guide), porter to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging

Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bags, Duffel bag, T-shirt, and Trekking map (Down Jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)

All necessary paperwork and permits (ACAP, Trekking permit)

A comprehensive medical kit

All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

Lunch and Dinner Kathmandu and pokhara
Travel Insurance
International airfare to and from Nepal
Nepal Tourist Visa fee US$ 25 or equivalent
Foreign currency with multiple entries for 15 days, US$ 40 or equivalent foreign currency with multiple entries for 30 days. You may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu.
Items of a personal nature
.WI-Fi internet during the trek
Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot water, hot shower, cold drinks, laundry, phone calls, and internet.
Trekking Equipments (down sleeping bag and down jacket)
Tips for guide, porters, driver
Personal trekking equipment

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