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Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 days glaring at the mountain from the same vantage point or encircling the whole massif and setting your foot on 4 districts of Nepal in a single trek. This 10 days guided trek to Annapurna circuit trek allows you to witness the incredible faces of the World's 10th highest peak, Annapurna as you start your Annapurna circuit trek 10 days start in Besisahar and end in the beautiful city Pokhara.
This short 10 days Annapurna circuit trek itinerary is prepared for the reckless mountain junkies who have limited time in Nepal but still want to get a close encounter with the massif. The journey starting from the city of temples, Kathmandu will lead you to the beautiful village of Chame after a long scenic ride passing through highway shops, terraced fields, a small village, highland hills and rushing Trishuli River. The trail from Chame winds off to the picturesque village of Pisang, Manang, Yak Kharka, Thorang Phedi and then finally into the Thorong La pass, the highest point of this trek. The journey from Chame to Thorang la pass is made memorable by the amazing landscape, lush forests of Pine and blossoming rhododendron forest throughout the way. Accompanying the incredible landscape is the captivating views of Himalayan ranges that play hide and seek every now and then as you cross suspension bridges, walk past cascading waterfalls and prolific woodland all the way long. Thorang La pass (5416m) waiting for you at a distance make sure to take your breath away with its unadulterated beauty. The sights of snow-capped Annapurna (8091m), Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Gangapurna (7455m) are remarkable from this vantage point. The trek down from here is towards the Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site, Muktinath. The journey ahead from here passes through the quaint village of Gurung, Thakalis and Manangis that too with alluring views of Himalayan ranges until you drive to Pokhara, the city of lakes.
The best time to do a circuit trek is during spring (March-May) and autumn (September to November). Join us for an exhilarating experience in the Himalayas encircling the giant Annapurna. We are here to provide you with quality services throughout your stay.
Travellers should be comfortable with somewhat-demanding activities.
Narayan Baniya (nature pathfinder) and Sumir Gyawali (yoga teacher) guide me in
this adventure. Actually they manage perfectly my short time and all the noisy
burocratic thinks like documents or Covid control. They makes me feel safely and
had care of me since the moment I reserved .. now I’m at home and still feel the
power of their experience, friendship and good nature. They makes me “enter” in
the Nepali lifestyle, from metropolitan Kathmandu until the top of the mountain
were the vibes are soo deep. Their good vibes are compatible with all, Sumir had a
clinical yogi eye and Narayan the calm you need to arrive over the clouds.. it was
like a day dreaming and I never forget this experience out of time. Thank you
A great & well organised experience. I highly recommend Himalayan
recreation to anyone planning to trek to the Annapurna Basecamp. Everything from
start to finish was all taken care of, taking away all of the stress of
organisation so that I could focus on enjoying the trek.
Ashok was very responsive on whatsapp at all times and was able to adapt the tour
when circumstances changed. For example, when my flight to Pokhara was cancelled,
Ashok arranged for a friendly driver to take me all the way there by private car
instead (I did have to wait 1.5 hours for the driver, but traffic in Kathmandu is
difficult). My guide Santosh and porter Bal were very friendly and accommodating
and were good company during the trek. They have the English skills required to
answer the majority of questions, particularly relating to the trek. Overall, a
very good experience.
The trek itself is very beautiful. It has everything, including rural villages
with rice terraces, bamboo forests, and epic mountains. The accommodation is basic
but everything you need for a trek (much better than camping). The weather
forecast is inaccurate - I enjoyed decent weather despite the forecast being
constant rain/thunder. I found the difficulty to be much easier than others state,
and could have completed the trek in 5-6 days. Almost anyone with a decent level
of fitness would be able to complete this trek (adjusting the duration to
The Annupurna Poon Hill Trip is a lovely trek through the lower elevations of the
Annupurna range of the Himalayas. Starting from Pokhara, a 90 minute drive in a
taxi drops us off at the beginning of the trek and then goes up from there. My
guide, Raj, was absolutely awesome and provided a lot of great information about
the area during our trek over the several days that this trek takes place. The
second day of the climb takes us to the small town of Ghorepani, and then an early
climb the next morning to Poon Hill.
I went on this trip in the 2nd year of the virus. According to my guide, the
number of travelers was still way down from pre-pandemic years. So, in one way, it
is a great time to travel since you will have most of the trails to yourself. The
tea houses are also pretty empty. The negative side to this is that there are
limited menu items and several places didn't have WiFi.
There are a few recommendations I would make about this trip. The first is the
ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara. I took the bus and regretted it about halfway
there. While the distance is only 200 km, it took about 8 hours on the bus. If I
were to do this again, I would have opted for a 30 minute flight. It costs more,
but is so worth it.
Second, make sure you bring toilet paper with you on the trek. The tea houses I
stayed in during my trek didn't have any. So, bringing a roll of your own is a
huge help. And speaking of bathrooms, most of the toilets along the route are not
the western style sit-down toilets. Rather they are the hole in the grounds. So,
make sure to use the bathroom before leaving the tea house since the next
western-style toilet isn't until the next guest house, which could be a half day
Finally, if you have time after the trek, spend an extra day in Pokhara. It is
much more interesting than Kathmandu.
Otherwise, the trek was wonderful and the folks at Himalayan Recreation did a
great job in staying in touch, picking me up at the airport when I arrived in
Nepal, and provided excellent service all the way through.
This trip was the first we took with those guys. It was very nice, guide was
interesting and gave us a lot information about Bhaktapur and Nepal itself.
After they arranged few more trips for us. First was Chitwan national park and
jeep safari. After Pokhara and paragliding. And then return to Kathmandu. It was
very helpful to have someone local there who can arrange flights, pick ups, all
the activities and return wherever needed.
We didn't have more time, but all the time we had, they managed to organize for
us, without stressing or worrying.
I truly recommend them, because they are very responsible and helpful for any
situation. I firstly met them in Kathmandu for our first trip and they helped us
with all the others.
Early in the morning, you will be transferred to the bus station from where you will catch a local bus to Besisahar. The drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar is 175km and takes around 7 hours along a scenic route. The drive takes you through the most beautiful countryside view and natural scenery. The green hills, tranquil flowing Trishuli River, terraced fields and small villages will leave you awestruck. Another drive from Besisahar to Chame takes around 3 to 4 hours that too through the scenic but bumpy trail. Chame is the district headquarters of Manang and offers majestic views of Annapurna, Manaslu and Lamjung Himal. Enjoy the ride as you pass small village settlements through lush pine forests.
The trek officially starts off today as you walk along the bank of Marsyangdi River making your way to Telekhu via dense pine forest. The pleasant walk along the forest continues to Brathang. As you cross a suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River beneath the sacred Hindu pilgrimage site, Swarga Dwari, you will be pleased with the view of the gigantic Paungda Dada rock that resembles a bowl. The walking trail takes further from here takes you to the small village of Pisang as you pass some more pine forest. The giant Annapurna stands tall in the valley of Pisang.
With the alluring background view of the tranquil Himalayas, you will pass through rich woodlands of pine and juniper. After crossing the suspension bridge over the Khumi Khola, make a stop at Ghyaru and admire the 360-degree panorama of Annapurna II (7937m), Lamjung (6983m), Tilicho peak 7134m), Pisang peak (6091m) and many more. Walking past the Tibetan-styled village, you will enter the territory of Ngawal and get the sight of Humde airport and Pisang village as you visit the monastery and get an insight into the cultural richness of the region.
The trail from Ngawal drops to Marsayangdi River and then passes through pine and juniper forest along with the sights of the glorious mountain. Walk past the monastery and ethnic settlements before arriving in Manang. The vegetation slightly changes after Humde and is mostly rocky ridges, dry and deserted. The village of Manang and Mustang has gained popularity among the local tourist as a village beyond the Himalayas and is the most visited place in Nepal.
A well-deserved break!! As you have already gained height above 3500, today you will take a day's rest. After enough sleep in the lap of the Himalayas, hike to the Gangapurna Lake to gain some altitude for the next day or roam around the village and chit-chat with locals. Enjoy the views of Gangapurna (7454m), Tilicho Peak (6920m) and Thorong Peak (6144m) as you spend the day on your own.
Continuing your journey, today you will leave Marshyangdi River behind and ascend your way to Gunsang via Tenki Manang. Gunsang offers a magnificent panorama of mountains. As you pass some meadows and a suspension bridge over Thorung Khola you make your way to the night stop, Yak Kharka.
The trek to the foothills of Thorong La pass, Thorang Phedi is not very demanding. The trail starts along the bank of Jarang Khola until you cross the suspension bridge to Thorong Phedi. The meadow is surrounded by cliffs and has special guests sometimes like blue sheep and leopards. You will get their sight if you are lucky enough. Overnight in the teahouse.
The most challenging yet rewarding part of the trek awaits you as you hike from Thorang Phedi early in the morning before the hard breeze makes it hard to summit the pass. So hike to the point before the weather worsens. The trail leads all the way to pass and offers panoramic views of the Himalayas. Thorang La pass is the longest pass in Nepal and proffers captivating views of Annapurna, Gangapurna and Khatung Kang. Descending down the pass you will enter the sacred Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site, Muktinath. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu the temple has 108 water sprouts. The water from the sprouts is supposed to be holy and is believed to wash off the sins.
After a short visit to the sacred site, Muktinath, enjoy the scenic ride to Tatopani via the beautiful Jomsom village. Admire the beautiful houses and views of the Himalayan ranges as you pass the village and cross the deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki lying between the gigantic mountain range of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri together with other snow-capped peaks. As you arrive at Tatopani, get on the natural hot spring bath and beat the fatigue and lethargy of the trek.
The trek nearly comes to an end as you drive back to Pokhara in a local bus. The drive takes around 5 hours but offers amazing views of the countryside. From terraced fields to highland hills, from mountain views to the views of small huts and houses. The journey is nothing but an exploration of the part of Nepal you have not ever discovered.
All transfers in a private vehicle, including airport transfers
Best available twin sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek
3 standard meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners) during the trek
Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
Kathmandu to Jagat by local bus, Tatopani to Pokhara by Local bus and Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist bus
Himalayan Recreation’s experienced, government licensed, English speaking trekking guide during the Annapurna trip.
Porter services during the trek (1 porter = 2 trekkers)
All costs of staff which includes food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment’s and medicines.
Duffel bag use while trekking, Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
Required Annapurna National Park Permit fee and TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System
First aid medicine kit
Farewell dinner with Cultural show in a fine restaurant on second last day.
Government taxes & office service charge
Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the above itinerary
Personal Travel insurance, which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
Alcoholic drinks and beverages.
Personal trekking equipment or expenses
Tips for trekking guides, porters and drivers (tipping is expected)
Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the 'Price Includes' section.