Annapurna Circuit Trek from Pokhara offers you the classic Annapurna adventure.
Trek along a route that is regarded as one of the world’s best trekking trails in the world. Walk under the foothills of the awe inspiring Annapurna Range and Dhaulagiri.
As you hike through solitary mountain villages, rhododendron forests, alpine meadows and the barren Tibet-like Kali Gandakai valley, you make a complete loop around the Annapurna Massif.
Experience not only a diverse landscape, but diverse cultures on the Annapurna Circuit trail. While in the middle-hills, you get to you pass through Gurungs and Magars villages, in the higher reaches you find the Bhotias and the Thakkalis. The Bhotias, you discover, follow Tibetan Buddhism and their lifestyle and culture seem more Tibetan than Nepalese Hindu.
En-route visit ancient Buddhist monasteries, savor a panoramic Himalayan sunrise view from Poon Hill, cross the challenging Annapurna Thorong La Pass, hike to the spellbinding Ice Lake and pay your respects at the sacred shrine of Muktinath (the place where you receive salvation or ‘Mokskha’ according to Hindus belief).
Close up views of the glittering, snowy summits of some of the world’s highest peaks will captivate your senses throughout the trek.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Route
Your Annapurna Circuit Trekking adventure begins with a scenic drive from Pokhara to Khudi, the trailhead.
Follow a path through lush forests of rhododendron and oak, picturesque mountain villages, cross suspension bridges over pristine rivers and cool yourself at the refreshing waterfalls.
The rhododendron forests look amazing during Spring, the prime Annapurna Circuit season.
From Chame the landscape changes drastically and the tree line vanishes. The arid Tibet-like landscape is mesmerizing. Colourful prayer flags, chortens and ancient Buddhist monasteries mark the trail.
The villages of Manang, Pisang and Chame give you a taste of Tibetan highland culture. The crossing of the Thorong La pass during your Annapurna Thorong La pass trekking will challenge you physically but the sense of achievement once you reach the top of the pass will be worth the weight in gold.
The descent from Thorong La pass will bring you to the ancient Muktinath temple, a sacred shrine for both Hindus and Buddhists. From here onwards you enter Kali Gandaki valley and Thakali country. Among Nepalese communities, Thakalis are known for their skill at running lodges and eateries. Their cuisine is one of the most popular in Nepal.
Crossing the Kali Gandaki gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, you walk past the villages of Marpha and Kalopani, filled with apple orchards. Trekkers call this area ‘apple pie country’ as you get some of the best apple pies here.
Weave your way down to Tatopani and enjoy a dip at the traditional hot spring. From Tatopani walk to Ghorepani and visit Poon Hill, a popular viewpoint to experience a Himalayan sunrise with 360 degree views of mountains.
Enjoy the warm hospitality at Gurung and Magar villages before you descend to Kimchi and end your trek.
A drive to Pokhara marks the end to your unforgettable Annapurna Circuit Trek 17 days.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Difficulty
This Annapurna Circuit trekking itinerary is graded moderate to difficult.
Though no technical climbing is involved, you have to make a challenging ascent to a mountain pass Thorong La (5,416m), the highest point of your trek.
This trekking adventure is for people who have some high altitude trekking experience or hikers who can walk through some rough terrain. Maximum you will be spending 8 hours on the trail and minimum 3 hours.
On average, you put in 6 to 7 hours of walk each day.