Round Annapurna Trek is known as fully round and the best Trek in the world. Experiencing the Himalayas this trek gives you the opportunity to enjoy and view the large villages of Gurung, Magar, Thakali and Tamangs. In general, the Round Annapurna Trek or Annapurna circuit trek takes about 2 weeks to start to finish depending on your pace and the time you want to spend on each place on the way. The advice is- do it easy and slowly as it will be beneficial for your health (acclimatization to heights should be done gradually). Also, the places are so beautiful, so take your time to enjoy every moment.
Firstly, Round Annapurna Trek takes you up to the Marsyangdi River, and then you will cross the fantastic “Thorung-La” pass (5416m) and complete the route while descending through the Kali-Gandaki River. During the Trek, you surround the Annapurna ridge, which includes the highest peaks; among them, some are over 8000m. You will be following different valleys and canyons and also walk beside rushing streams, which pound over white granite rocks and through deep pools. The exploration of lush fields and forests to the mountains into the desert-dry Trans will be one of the different experiences you will ever receive.
Moreover, the most Trekked area of Nepal, i.e., Annapurna region has a great variety of landscapes, natural and cultural beauty of central Himalaya. It is the most challenging and beautiful Trek that encircles the Annapurna range, and collection of huge ever snow-capped ranges. Similarly, the view of the world’s highest mountains glowing in the pastel light of dawn and dusk will take your breath away for a moment. You will get the chance to view the panoramic scenes of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Fishtail (also known as Machhapuchhare), Mt. Hiunchuli, Mt. Lamjung Himal and so forth from the vintage point Poon Hill. Similarly, the Trail follows scared Buddhist and Hindu Shrines “Muktinath” passing through every type of vegetation zones from Jomsom. The picturesque Manang and Mustang valley, magnificent Kaligandaki and Marsyangdi River, varied ecosystems, green paddy fields and oak forest, arid deserts, the deepest gorge in the world will make this trek one of the memorable Trek. Best Travel Time for this Trek is February – May, September – November. This Trekking area has good Trekkers lodge (Teahouse) facilities managed by Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and eco-aware local people.
Round Annapurna Trek is perfect for experienced trekkers who wish to go more height and experience the variety of landscapes, the shorter version of the Annapurna round trek is also available who are with limited time. We ‘Above the Himalaya Trekking Pvt. Ltd’ arrange Round Annapurna Circuit Trek for your convenience. It can be a lifetime experience with us to the world of biodiversity and an enchanting thrill in the mystery of distinct culture.
Duration: 15Days Arrival to Departure
Max. Altitude: Throng La Pass (5416m/17764ft)
Trek Grade: Fairly Strenuous
Best Travel Time: February – May, September – November are the best seasons. However, Dec and January are winter and can be snow on the trail, June, July & August rainy season, trekking can be done but the views may not that great due to poor visibility on a rainy day.
Trip Snippets: 15 days, 4 night’s hotels, 10 nights Lodges, Breakfast in the city, 3 meals a day (breakfast,lunch and dinner during the trek).
Departure Dates: We are able to offer this trek on any dates during the months Feb, March, April, May, June, Sept, Oct, November and December for a group of 1 to 12 people.
Equipment rental: We advise you to bring all of your clothing and gear from home, however in Kathmandu there are many shops to buy and rent trek related equipment
Your trek Backpack/duffle bag: Your baggage on the trek will be carried by our porters, the maximum weight per trekkers is 15kg including your sleeping bag and down jacket, Other items not required on trek can be stored in our office or your hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara
Transportation: Tourist Bus, Private Car/Van, Plane.
Activity: City tour, Trekking
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have a meeting with your trekking guide and discuss the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night we will have the same discussion in the next day morning after your breakfast.
The very next morning, after breakfast you will be taken for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit the center of pilgrimage Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath might make you feel calm and peace and visit Patan the city of fine arts and Durbar Square is full of Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments. On a journey back to the hotel, you can explore the local areas, gullies, and lifestyle. After your dinner, you can perhaps take the leisurely stroll through the famous streets like Thamel and Durbar Marg.
Take vehicle or tourist bus to Besi Sahar through Prithvi Highway, about 6 hours drive. Reach Besi Sahar or Bhulbule at Lunchtime. Take a local jeep to Syange (1080m) driving with the view of River, greeneries, local villages and beautiful mountain scenery. A steep and slippery trail runs up and down through paddy fields, passing through tiny Tibetan villages, the trail ascends through the rhododendron forest to Jagat (1330m). If our drive is late, we can stay in Syange as well.
You continue to zigzag way across the right side Marsyangdi river view and after crossing again suspension bridge in the Marsyangdi River the trail goes uphill and gradually steep flat and get to Tal. Tal is one of the famous places for valley views and waterfalls. We enter Manang district, the trail continues through barley, rice, potato fields and pine forests past the village of Khotro (1860m). Descend to a forest to a long suspension bridge and very pleasant courtyards of Alpine. Passing through Karte and Nache village, the new trail continues a stone Kani making a formal entrance to Dharapani. Dharapani is one junction way for Manaslu round and also big villages in the Manang valley.
The trail stays on the south bank of the river, climbing through forests to Danaque (2210m), the valley surrounded by apple orchards. Climb steeply crisscrossing section of the road through rhododendron forest. The trail climbs along the mule track through in and fir forest and then follows the river for a time amongst the higher oak and maple trees. At the entrance to Chame is a long wall with many prayer wheels; the administrative headquarter of the Manang district. There are fine views of Lamjung, Annapurna II/IV (7525m).
There are a long, peasant and mostly level walk in forests. The pine-scented trail rounds a bend to reveal the first views of dramatic Paungda Danda rock face, a tremendous curve slab of rock. The trail follows through the river valley with good views along the way of Pisang peak and Annapurna II at Pisang. Pisang marks the beginning of the region upper portion of the Manang district.
It’s about 6-7 hours trail. From upper Pisang, the high trail enters pine grooves to reveal views of the small turquoise lake. The trail does a dogleg through the charming village, passing with views of painted Mandalas and dragon mouth spouts. Hiking through the fields of grazing yak and the wide variety of crops. This large Tibetan settlement provides good views of Annapurna II/III/IV, Gangapurna and Tarkekang. Stay at 3570m.
This day you spend the second night in the Manang region to acclimatize to the higher elevations you will encounter towards the Thoroung La. Take advice from Himalayan Rescue Association and observe the spectacular views of the Himalaya nearby. There are fine views of the milky blue glacier lake at the foot of spectacular Gangapurna icefall and traditional stone buildings.
The trail continues to climb out of the Marsyangdi Valley. The trail follows this valley north, passing a Goths as it steadily gains elevation. You have left the large trees below; the vegetation now consists of scrub juniper and alpine grasses. It’s fun to see large yaks grazing. The view of Annapurna III is excellent.
From Letdar the trail climbs along the east bank of the Jarsang Khola, then descends and crosses the stream on a wooden bridge at 4310m. Blue sheep, and even snow-capped leopards, sometimes magically appear. The crow-like bird choughs, large lammergeiers and Himalayan griffons circles you overhead. Overnight at Phedi 4400m.
The trail becomes steep immediately after leaving Thorung Phedi, switchbacking up moraines and following rocky ridges as it ascends to the Thorung La pass (5416m). You can see the long Great Barrier ridge, Tibet like region of Manang, as well as the Annapurnas, Gangapurna and the heavily glaciated peak of Khatung Kang (6484m). The trail descends crossing meadows steeply down to Muktinath. One of the most important pilgrimage sites for both Hindus and Buddhists.
After enjoying the temple and the religious shrines of Muktinath, we head down the steep, barren hillside to Kagbeni. Kagbeni still feels like a medieval village, with its closely packed mud houses and dark tunnels. Situated at an auspicious river confluence, it is also the gateway to Upper Mustang. We will pass some ancient caves and view the impressive white snow capped mountains. We transit at the significant town Kagbeni. Enjoying the plateau we will reach Jomsom the district headquarter of Mustang..
Early morning fly to Pokhara it is short flight and we will take you to the hotel, you will have rest and free day today, Some time Jomsom flight may get canceled also due to bad weather, an alternate you can drive back to Pokhara from Jomsom can take 9 to 10 hours drive.
Take a flight or drive by tourist bus/Private car to Kathmandu. In the evening you can have your last night in Nepal enjoying the Nepali cultural dinner show, taking some beautiful snaps and making up your mind about the returning journey. You can have greetings exchanging among friends and with all Nepalese people.
We will take you to the International Airport for your convenience. Wish you a happy journey in the traditional and cultural way of us Nepalese and Good-Bye with a hope to see you again.
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Above the Himalaya Trekking have made every effort to keep our price as competitive as possible, by still providing an excelling service to our customer. We pay our porters and guide the legal wages agreed with the porters union, our trekking staffs are some of the best paid in Nepal which allow us to attract only the best guides and porters and we have the same amount of Insurance for guide and porter which is more than Government fixed amount. All our price are net and there is no hidden cost everything is clear on cost includes and excludes this is the main reason all our customer are happy with our service. For up to date cost for the trip please contact us.
Hotel in City, lodge in Trek.
Throng La Pass (5416m/17764ft)