Annapurna Full Circuit Trek is a classic trekking journey that circumnavigates the huge Annapurna massif. The trail passes through a variety of diverse landscapes, ranging from green sub-tropical rainforest, beautiful valleys and cultivated fields, to wooded alpine and high altitude desert. Annapurna Full Circuit Trek starts from Beshishahar and follows the River Marshyandi until we reach the highest point Thorong La Pass (5416 m). En route we will visit many different ethnic villages, meeting with the local people and enjoy frequent spectacular views of gigantic Himalayan Peaks that include Mount Annapurnas and Mount Manaslu. Descending to the west we enter the barren Tibet- like valley of Kali Gandaki which is the world’s deepest gorge. At lower altitudes, we walk through forests of schema and chestnut up to 2000 m and beyond a great many species of oaks and rhododendrons especially in temperate zones at elevation up to 3000 m. In this Annapurna region, one can discover 30 species of rhododendrons along the trails.
The other highlight of the Annapurna region is one can explore amazing local cultures and different castes and tribes living at lower hills, mid-hills and higher altitudes. The Kali Gandaki valley is inhabited by the Thakalis, in lower hills and one can experience Hindu culture and at higher altitudes Buddhist culture. There are many Buddhist monasteries on the high mountains.
Annapurna Full Circuit Trek is the world’s best walking trail and every trekking enthusiast must do it. This trek offers a comfortable tea house (lodge) and food on the entire route and it is highly recommended for those who are confident of their fitness and stamina.
Around 314 -km long Annapurna Full Circuit Trek is one of the best trekking routes in the world. It is a must-visit trekking destination to experience all the naturally rich terrain and spectacular vistas around the Annapurna Conservation Area.
One of the most spectacular mountain amphitheaters with high peaks above 7000 m, Snowfield and glaciers, rock walls & ice fluting that burst from a rough, undulating basin, Gorges clothed with dense bamboo jungle and rain forests, Spectacular views of entire Mt. Annapurnas, Mt. Machhapuchhare, Mt. Dhauligiri, Experiencing custom, culture & hospitality of the different ethnic communities, An opportunity to climb numerous trekking peaks while on trek, connecting different trekking routes to remote, restricted areas.
Arrive at the (TIA) Tribhuwan International Airport where you will be welcomed by Trek Himalayan representative and transferred to your hotel if you have booked Airport Pickup facility at the time of booking your trip. Otherwise our representative will meet you at the hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free until evening when you’ll enjoy a welcome drinks with your guide and introduce each other. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Hotel Accommodation (Kathmandu)
Harati Manor Inn [or similar standard]
This is an example of the hotel we may use in Kathmandu city. Your actual hotel will be specified when your booking is confirmed. Please check your email or booking confirmation.
Today our representative will work on all necessary permits.
We drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway up to Dumre, leave the Highway and follow another road by the Marsyangdi River, we pass through the low-lying villages and rice fields. After 6 hours long drive, we finally reach Besi Sahar, which is the capital of Lamjung District. From Besisahar we take a local jeep and continue our drive further to Syange, the starting point of our trek. From Syange we walk up to Jagat. Overnight stay at lodge
Leaving Jagat on a relatively easy trail we leave behind the terraces of the village and sub-tropical forest, ferns and woodland. On the forest trail we spot a variety of birds and langur monkeys along the way we also pass through a small village of Kodo. We cross a suspension bridge over Sangu Khola at Mipra then descend to Dharapani. Overnight stay at lodge
Today we walk through Oak and Maple forest on our way to Chame, which is the headquarters of the Manang District. Throughout the trek we can admire amazing views of the Himalayas including Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). On today’s trek we also come across small hot springs where we can dip in and soothe our aching muscles. Overnight at lodge
A steep and narrow path through a dense forest will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. This is probably the steepest part of the Marshyangdi Valley, so steep that the trail is carved into the vertical rock. After passing this last bit of rock, the valley opens up with majestic mountain vistas. Right from here the valley widens. We trek for a while before reaching Lower Pisang where we spend the night at lodge
The trail makes a long climb with excellent views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7134m), before reaching to the Manang airstrip at Hongde (3325m). Crossing to the north bank of Marshyangdi on a bridge the trail reaches Mungji (3360m) and then climbs to Bryaga (3550m), a Tibetan-style village. Here we will visit Bryaga monastery, the largest in the Manang district. Finally after leaving Bryaga, we will reach Manang. Overnight at Manang
Today we set aside a day for acclimatization. After having breakfast we will climb the ridge to the north of the village for excellent views of Annapurna IV, Annapurna II and Tarke Kang (7193m). When we descend from the village, we will see the glacial lake at the base of the huge icefall that drops from Gangapurna (7454m). We will explore the local villages and visit the Himalayan Rescue Association Clinic. Overnight at Manang
From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tengi and continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley before reaching the small village of Gunsang (3930m). The trail passes through a sparse forest of juniper, rose, barberry and an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow .En-route we cross a large stream and then reach a small village of Yak Kharka. Walking about an hour further you will reach Letdar. Overnight at lodge
Today it is an uphill walk to Thorang Phedi.We ascend furthermore and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, the last village before Thorong La pass. While trekking, we are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. The word Phedi in Nepalese is referred to as the foot of a mountain. We spend a night at Thorong Phedi to cross Thorong La pass next day.
From Thorung Phedi, the trail becomes steep; following rocky ridges we will reach Thorung La (5,416 m), which is the highest point of this trek. From here the views are outstanding. The trail descends steeply and during the decent we will see sights of Mt. Dhaulagiri. We will reach Chabarbu (4290 m). The trail crosses a meadow and leads to Muktinath where you can see the impressive temple of Lord Shiva. Overnight in Muktinath.
In the morning we visit the main Muktinath temple and explore its surrounding. We will visit the water spouts site before paying a visit to a Buddhist monastery nearby. From Muktinath, we retrace our steps back to Jomsom via Kagbeni (the gate to Upper Mustang) (2800 m), enjoying good views of Mt. Dhaulagiri. After visiting Kagbeni we head to Kalopani via Jomsom.
Again we come across the newly constructed road on the way to Kalopani. Today we walk mostly downhill. At first we cross the bridge at Ghasa. As we drop to lower elevations, we emerge back into subtropical forests, lush with vegetation. Our trail goes along Rupse Chahara (waterfall) and passes through the east bank from Kopchepani via Garpar to a bridge at Dana. At Narchyang Besi, we get to see powerhouse that supplies electricity in the area. There are bigger villages in this area where we can observe the everyday lives of the local people. Upon reaching Tatopani, we relax and have a bath in the hot spring
Leaving Tatopani we will head up the Ghar Khola valley. The trail leads us through a terraced farmland with mountains all around. We pass through the villages of Shikha and Chitre before reaching a beautiful rhododendron forest. In spring we will see the blooming of rhododendron trees covered with pink or red flowers. Walking further uphill we reach Ghorepani, a beautiful village located on the top of a ridge. Whilst trekking, we also enjoy the glimpse of excellent views of Annapurna Himalayas. Overnight in Ghorepani
After early wake up we will hike to Poon Hill before sunrise. It is a wonderful experience watching the first rays of sun over the mountains. This is one of the best mountain vistas and is well worth the effort taken to climb to Poon Hill to savor Himalayan view and enjoy the great moment when the rising sun’s rays gradually strikes the Himalayan giants including Dhaulagiri range, Annapurna South, Tukuche, Manaslu, Fishtail, and many other peaks.. We spend some time at Poonhill and return to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast, and continue our trek to Hile via Tikhedunga and drive back to Naya Pul. From Naya Pul we will board in a private car and drive back to Pokhara. Overnight stay at hotel in Pokhara
After breakfast in hotel, we leave the beautiful lake city of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, we have the rest of the day off to rest or do some shopping in Thamel. Overnight in Kathmandu
Today is completely free day. You can do the last minutes shopping or visit Ayurveda Massage for complete relaxation.
Our team will transfer you to the International Airport for your onward journey.
All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold passport and valid visa. Visa can be obtained at the Nepalese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad. Visa is also issued at the entry points. It can be extended at the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu. Children under 10 years need not pay any visa fee. People willing to get entry Visa at the airport or any of the land entry points are required to fill a visa form with passport photograph.
* Tourist visa can be extended for a maximum period of 150 days in a single visa year (January – December).
On arrival in Kathmandu, our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to our pre-booked hotel. There won’t be any activity on this day. We will host a pre-trip meeting at the hotel lobby on the 2nd day of your itinerary in the evening. It will be an opportunity for you to meet your trekking guide and introduce each other. The guide will brief you about the trek and check your gear to ensure the smooth running of your trekking trip.
All accommodations will be on a twin sharing basis during the trek in family-run teahouse (lodge), with a large sociable central dining area and a cozy chimney burning fire. We recommend you to use your own sleeping bag. A typical lodge in Annapurna region offers muesli, porridges, Pancakes, bread with jam or eggs, fried eggs on toast, tea/coffee in breakfast and in dinner Dal, Bhat, lentil soup and other cuisines.
Most lodges offer hot showers and in the ones that don’t a bucket of water. In Annapurna, we find many western toilets and in some places there are usually just the Asian squat type toilets.
Small groups provide a more intimate atmosphere allowing you to get to know your Sherpa guides better and to develop lifelong friendships. Therefore, the maximum group size for this trek is 16 people. The minimum is 2 people.
All our trek leaders and crew come from different parts of Nepal with diverse cultural and religious backgrounds, but we all share our valuable experience, accept each other beliefs and work together to give our clients the best experience in Nepal. Whatever the ethnical background they belong to, differ in sex or age all members of our team work together as a family that makes us what we are.
At 6.30 am your guide knocks on your door and greets with a cup of tea. Then it’s time to have breakfast, tight up your bag pack and head off for today’s trekking for the next three to four hours then stop for an hour at pleasant spot along the way for a well-prepared hot lunch. Afterward, walk another three hours or so, before you stop for the overnight. The evening can be spent reading or chatting with your fellow hikers or trekking crew about the trip of the day. Pack of games can be an asset to these nights; your trekking crew love teaching various Nepali card games and learning new Western games. Eventually, it’s time to bed for a well-deserved night.
The climate in the Annapurna region varies from subtropical to alpine. The southern slopes of the area has the highest rainfall rate in the country- 3000mm per year, whereas the northern slopes lying in the rain shadow has the lowest rate – less than 300mm per year. The difference in the climatic conditions in this region is responsible for its varied flora and fauna.
Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November
This is the main trekking season in Nepal. While trekking in mountains weather will be sunny and mild with clear mountain views. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as to negative 8o C (7.6o F) at the highest altitudes.
Winter: December to end February
Even it is cooler conditions this is an ideal time to trek in Nepal. Skies are usually very clear especially in December and the mountain views are at their best. Nights will be very cold with temperatures down to negative 10o C (14oF) to negative 17o C (1.4oF) at the highest altitudes but days are pleasant and sunny. The trails are also much less busy at this time of year
Pre-monsoon/spring: March to May
Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but cloudiness will be occurred up in the afternoons. Seasonal flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring.
The southern subtropical lowlands are enriched with lush subtropical forests consisting of chirpine and alder and in the northern highlands temperate forests of oaks, rhododendron, fir, and blue pine. The wet regions yield a variety of bamboo species. The higher altitude further North give rise to forests of birch, blue pine and juniper trees, which are replaced by juniper and rhododendron in the far North. In the semi-desert rain shadow region, behind the Himalayas, bushes of caragana and juniper species are found.
This region is rich with several species of wildlife. There are around four hundred and seventy-four species of birds, and around a hundred species of mammals. The region serves as an excellent habitat for rare and endangered mammals like the snow leopard, musk deer, blue sheep, red panda and many of Nepal’s brilliantly plumaged pheasants
Annapurna (8091m) Nilgiri(6940m), Tilicho peak(7134m) Dhulagiri (8167m),Manaslu (8156m), Lamjung Himal (6983m),Machhapuchhare(6993m), Tukuche peak (6920m),
We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelry at home – you don’t need it while travelling. Many of hotels in Nepal have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage
The Gurungs form the largest group in the Annapurna region. They come from Tibeto – Burman stock. Some Gurungs follow Buddhism and others Hinduism. They dwell the higher northern slopes of the Annapurna, Lamjung,Chuli and hills around Ganesh Himal. A large number of Gurung youths serve in the British and Indian armies. The low part of the Annapurna region is largely populated by Chettris and Bahuns (Brahmins). The Magars inhabit the lower trail between Baglung and Dana. They live high on the steep ridges along the tributaries of the Kali Gandaki.
Another ethnic group of this region is the Thakalis. Known throughout the country as accomplished hoteliers and skilled traders, they are noted for their aggressive trading spirit. The Jomsom trek passes through Thak Khola, the Thakali homeland.
In the valley of the Muktinath live the Baragaun Bhotiya. Their lifestyle is similar to that of the Tibetans. Another group of people who share a close affinity to the Tibetans are the Lopa people of Mustang, north of Kagbeni. Some of them practice the ancient pre-Buddhist religion of Bon which is infused with animistic and shamanic belief and ritual. The people living in the upper Marshyandi valley are generally known as Mananges. The Nyeshang area, under which fall the villages of Manang, Braga and Ngawal. The people are of Tibetan origin. But their language Nyeshang is not a Tibetan dialect. This area is popularly known by the name of its largest village Manang.
Before joining a tour, we recommend you to take out a travel insurance which should cover cancellation, medical expenses, helicopter evacuation and emergency repatriation. Please send us the following details such as your full name, policy number and the insurance company’s 24 hour emergency contact number prior to departure. We also strongly recommend that your policy must cover personal liability, flight/trip cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
Though we hope for the best trip, you sometimes might be in need of rescue or evacuation in case of a serious sickness or a personal prolonged health issue. During such emergency you will be rescued by a helicopter. You are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation services. We request you to make sure when you purchase insurance from your country that your policy must cover these expenses or you should remain prepared to pay or sign on Helicopter Evacuation Form before you get on the Helicopter.
If the main highway between Kathmandu, Pokhara or Beshisahar is blocked by a landslide or any natural calamity during the transfer, in such a situation the extra cost for food and accommodation has to be borne by the clients.
Altitude sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) which can turn if not treated upon recognizing the symptoms. AMS is the effect of altitude on those who ascend too rapidly to elevations of 3,000m or above. Early mountain sickness results in headache, loss of appetite and sleepiness. One can encounter such sickness no matter she/he looks physically young, strong and fit. Medicine itself can be on substitute unless patients suffering from such sickness are immediately rushed downhill.
Many trekking porters come from villages. They live hard and frugal lives and work to carry heavy loads using the traditional ‘doko’ (the bamboo latis basket supported from the forehead). Heights up to 3,500m are part of everyday life and they resist wearing what they consider to be unnecessary personal equipment.
Above that altitude, Trek Himalayan urges them the use of kit suited to the varying levels of more extreme conditions. It’s an incredible job that they do and we really appreciate their working nature and try to reward accordingly.
Here are some recommended Equipment’s List for trekking in Everest region
Note: It is possible to buy or rent the above gear in Kathmandu
(Local guide and porter) Tipping is a tradition in tourism in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. We highly suggest you to allow some tips at your own discretion.
The Himalayan Porters