The Annapurna Circuit (Around Annapurna) is a popular name for a trek within the Annapurna mountain range of central Nepal. 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.
The trek rises to an altitude of 5,416m on the Thorung La pass, touching the edge of the Tibetan plateau. This trek crosses two different river valleys and encircles the Annapurna massif, crossing Thorung La (5416m), the highest pass on this trek. Practically 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 (Manaslu, Annapurna II-IV-III), Dhaulagiri, Gangapurna 7455m, Tilicho Peak 7134m and Nilgiri 7061m.
The trek begins at Besisahar or Bhulbhule in the Marshyangdi river valley Thorong La pass (5416m) and Kali Gandaki river valley. Besisahar can be reached after a seven hour drive from Kathmandu. The trail passes along paddy fields and into subtropical forests, several waterfalls and gigantic cliffs, and various villages.
Annapurna Circuit Trekking 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 600 m to the arctic at 5416 m at the Thorong La pass and cultural variety from Hindu villages at the low foothills to the Tibetan culture of Manang Valley and lower Mustang. Continuing construction of a road has greatly shortened the trail and altered the feel of the villages..........Hi Lila. Namaste
Trekking Region : Annapurna, north of Pokhara.
Culture : Mixed influences among the majority of Gurung
Starting Point : Besisahar
End Point : Pokhara
Trek Duration : 21 days
Tour grade : Moderate - Difficult
Highest Access : Thorung La Pass (5416m.)
Best Season : Oct-Nov, Mar-April
Type of trekking : Camping/Tea house both
Himalayan sights : All Annapurna ranges, Manaslu, Gangapurna, pisang peak, chulu west-East Dhawalagiri Himal and many more beautiful peaks.
Summary : Walk completely around the Annapurna massif. Trek through lowland villages to the remote Manang Region, and down the Kali Gandaki. Cross 5416m. Pass - probably the highest you'll ever get without climbing a mountain.
Day 01 : pick up from the Int'L Airport, transfer to Hotel & well come diner.
Day 02 : Sightseeing In kathmandu valley with Guide.
Day 03 : Drive to Chamche (1430m).
Day 04 : Chamche to Dharapani (1920m) (6:30 hours).
Day 05 : Dharapani to Chame (2630m) (7 hours).
Day 06 : Chame to Pisang (3190m) (7 hours).
Day 07 : Pisang to Manang (3500m) (6:30 hours).
Day 08 : Manang Rest (for Acclimatization).
Day 09 : Tilicho Base Camp (4200m) (6 hours).
Day 10 : Day Trip to Tilicho Lkae (5000m) Back to Tilicho Base Camp (full Day).
Day 11 : Tilicho Base Camp to yak Kharka (4000m)
Day 13 : Yak kharka to Throng High Camp (4600m) (4 hours).
Day 14 : crossing throng pass (5416m) O/N in Muktinath (3800m)
Day 15 : Muktinath to Jomsom (2700m) (4 hours).
Day 16 : Flight or Drive to Pokhara.
Day 17 : Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus or flight.
Day 18 : Free day/shoping/sightseeing in kathmandu.
Day 19 : Transfer to International Airport and fly home.