It’s been six decades since Annapurna Circuit Trek opened to visitors in 1949. It is still among the world’s most captivating trails. Every year, more than 40,000 trekkers travel to the Annapurna region.
Annapurna Circuit trek is a complete trekking experience, starting from the rugged mountains of Lamjung and extending till the highest altitude of 5,410 meters, Annapurna Circuit Trek explores the trans-Himalaya region of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain.
Annapurna Circuit Trek 12 days itinerary reveals to you the magic of Annapurna Circuit. The natural and cultural diversity of the region is astonishing. The highlight of the trek is jaw-dropping views of Annapurna, Gangapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machapuchhre, and many more snow-covered peaks.The experience is nothing less than magic.
The Fact of Annapurna Trekking
The Annapurna circuit trek is well known as Around Annapurna Circuit as well, it’s a bit more challenging than other normal circuit trek routes of Annapurna. The journey begins in Kathmandu after visiting the beautiful historical places during the Kathmandu Valley sightseeing. The trails reveal it gradually Alpine valley over the Throng La to The Kaligandaki valley. After crossing the highest pass then the trail leads us to a desert-like Trans Himalayan region.
The Best Time of The Year for Circuit Trek
The around Annapurna trekking would be the right choice for trekkers who have limited time and budget. Particularly Nepal has two major seasons for trekking and climbing in the Himalayas region like Autumn (October to early December) and spring (March to May) these months are the main and the best seasons for trekking in the Nepal Himalayas. Join a fantastic 12 Days Annapurna circuit trek with Sukajalanjalan – Himalayan Recreation Treks & Expedition Pvt Ltd Nepal now and make the marvelous trekking experience of the Himalayas.
B. Outlined Itinerary
- Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
- Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Besishar
- Day 3: Drive from Besishar to Chame by jeep
- Day 4: Trek from Chame to Pissang
- Day 5: Trek from Pisang to Manang
- Day 6: Acclimatization Day
- Day 7: Trek from Manang to Yak kharka
- Day 8: Trek from Yak Kharka to Throng Phedi
- Day 9: Trek from Throng Phedi to Throng La– Muktinath
- Day 10: Drive from Muktinath to Pokhara by local bus or Jeep
- Day 11: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus
- Day 12: Departure
C. Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival on Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by one of the company representative. You will be transferred to your hotel and a short briefing about the trek will be done.
Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 2 Drive from Kathmandu to Besishar (5 Hours)
There are really two options to reach Besishahar. Either take a local bus from Gongabu Bus Park (around 6.30am). Or hire your own transport. With the local bus, you should reach around 2 pm.
With your own transport, the time is roughly the same, assuming there are no hold-ups on the road, but it will be more comfortable. On the downside, it is much more expensive.
The journey is an interesting one as it travels along a winding road above the Trishuli River flowing far below. Some mountains can be seen also. When you reach Besishahar it’s a short hike through villages and farms and a landscape of rivers and of course mountains.
Day 3 Drive from Besishar to Chame (8,759ft) by jeep (4.5 Hours)
Today follow a steep forest ridge from where you can see Annapurna II, Annapurna IV and the Lamjung Himal range. Chame is the district headquarters of Manang and where you will overnight.
Day 4 Trek Chame to Pisang (3,200m/ 10,496ft): 5-6 hours trek
Walking through the left side of the Manang Valley and through apple orchards and dense forests, the trail crosses a suspension bridge and uphill to Dhikurpokhari village. From here Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, and Pisang Peak are on view. Overnight in Pisang.
Day 5 Trek from Pisang to Manang (3,540m/ 11,283ft) 5 to 6 Hours
By taking the higher route through Upper Pisang, the stunning mountains that are on view include Annapurna and Pisang Peak. It is possible to visit Barge Monastery on the way.This is the largest monastery in the Manang district. As you trek further, the landscape changes to a more barren one and the air becomes colder and drier. Overnight in Manang.
Day 6 Acclimatization Day
Today it is recommended you take a day to acclimatize to the high altitude. And the best way to do that is not to rest, but to remain active. There is a 5-6 hour hike to Ice Lake (4,600m/ 15,088ft). On the way you can see the Marsyangdi Valley as well as the mountains. You can also visit the Himalayan Rescue Association to learn more about altitude sickness. Overnight in Manang.
Day 7 Trek from Manang to Yak kharka (4,100m/ 13,451ft) 3-4 hours
Today the trail crosses a stream to Tenki village then climbs out of the Marshayandgi Valley along the Jarsang river. On the way you cross yak pastures and interesting settlements.After crossing a small wooden bridge there is a mani wall (wall made of stones with prayers carved into them) which leads you up to the village of Yak Kharka. Overnight here.
Day 8 Trek from Yak Kharka to Throng Phedi (4,450m/ 14,596ft): 5-6 hours
Today you overnight at the base of the Thorong La pass in preparation for the long day tomorrow.
Day 9 Trek from Throng Phedi to Throng La– Muktinath (3,760m/ 12,335ft): 8 hours
In order to go over the pass before the afternoon winds, it is recommended you get up around 4am. If you can, take breakfast to give you fuel for the climb. Today the walking can be hard; there can be snow on the pass and the altitude is high (5,416m/ 17,764ft). Once over the pass descend to Muktinath. But take time to take in the Dhaulagiri Massif on the way. Muktinath is famous for its 108 water spouts, Hindu temple, and never dying flame. Perhaps it’s a good idea to visit in the morning when you are less tired. Overnight in Muktinath.
Day 10 Drive from Muktinath to Pokhara by local bus or Jeep (10 Hours)
Today you will have long drive to Pokhara from Muktinath. Stay overnite in Pokhara
Day 11 Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (7 Hours)
Day 12 Departure
Your trip to Nepal comes to end today! You will be transferred to airport 3 hours prior to your departure
D. Package Type and Inclusion
1. Full Service Package (FS):
- Airport Pickup & Drop
- Hotels & Tea Houses during trekking
- Inland Transport (Private/Tourist Bus/Jeep)
- 3 x Meals per day
- Trekking Permit & other Government trekking taxes
- Professionally licenced & experienced Guide
- Porter (1 Porter for 2 Persons)
- Nepal Simcard 4GB
- First Aid Kit
- Farewell Dinner
- Other trekking services on Spot
2. Standard Package (SS) :
All the above Full Service (FS) inclusion but – Porter, – Meals, – Nepal Simcard 4GB, – Farewell Dinner.
3. Regular Package (RS) :
All the above Full Service (FS) inclusion but with +Porter, – Meals, + Nepal Simcard 4GB, +Farewell Dinner.