Annapurna Full Circuit Trek - 21 Days

Annapurna region is among the most adored trekking regions of Nepal. And, Annapurna Full Circuit Trek, also known as Round Annapurna Trek, is the most remarkable treks in this region.

This 21 days Annapurna Full Circuit Trek starts from the lush green villages of the Khudi village to the Himalayan foothills. The major highlight of this circuit trek is Thorong La Pass which sits at an altitude of 5,416 meters. It is one of the best viewpoints to observe the entire Annapurna range.

During the trekking journey, as the elevation varies, the terrain will slowly change. The trail descends to Tatopani at 1,200 m and again ascend to Poon Hill at 3,200 m. Finally, it’s all downhill to the final town of Nayapul at 1,070 m. It is also the best option for Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

Besides the mountain views, you’ll get ample opportunities to interact with ethnic communities including Gurung, Magar, and Thakali. Because this circuit trek connects the village of Manang in the east with the famous pilgrimage site Muktinath, Mustang in the west.

Well, for mountain lovers and trekking enthusiasts, this Annapurna Full Circuit Trek is an excellent opportunity to walk via the naturally rich terrain of Nepal.

October, November, April, and May are the best months to hike the Annapurna Circuit. Although it’s possible to trek in other months, you need to prepare yourself for extreme weather conditions and challenging trail conditions.

Since the circuit trail goes via Manang valley; you can also choose to hike to the Tilicho lake (4,919 m), one of the highest lakes in the world. Besides there are more natural destinations for adventure, you can opt for like Nar Phu Valley Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek, and Tsum Valley Trek.

Nonetheless, if you have limited time but still want to experience the wilderness of the Annapurna region, then you can opt for Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Highlights

  • Walking via lush subtropical forests to the highest mountains in the world
  • Crossing Thorong La Pass (5,416 m), the highest point along the circuit
  • Stunning view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges
  • Visit Muktinath Temple, the sacred religious site of Hindu as well as Buddhists
  • Ghandruk-Gurung village and Ulleri-Magar village
  • Passing via small villages including Birethanti, Ghorepani, Tadapani
  • Best sunrise and the Himalayan view from Poon Hill
  • Walking via Kali Gandaki, the world’s “deepest” river valley
  • Hot springs at a village of Tatopani
  • Wonderful cultural experience of Tibetan and mountain people
  • Buddhist temples, architecture, and tradition
  • Wonderful photographic opportunities
DaysItineraryAltitudeTime
Day 01Arrival to Kathmandu1,338 m-
Day 02Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation1,338 m-
Day 03Drive to Khudi8,00 m7-8 hrs
Day 04Trek to Sirung2,200 m6-7 hrs
Day 05Trek to Jagat1,300 m6-7 hrs
Day 06Trek to Dharapani1,960 m7-8 hrs
Day 07Trek to Chame2,710 m5-6 hrs
Day 08Trek to Pisang3,300 m5-6 hrs
Day 09Trek to Manang3,536 m6-7 hrs
Day 10Manang: Acclimatization Day--
Day 11Trek to Yak Kharka4,110 m3-4 hrs
Day 12Trek to Thorong Phedi4,600 m3-4 hrs
Day 13Trek to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass5,416 m8 hrs
Day 14Trek to Marpha2,670 m4-5 hrs
Day 15Trek to Kalopani2,530 m5-6 hrs
Day 16Trek to Tatopani1,200 m6-7 hrs
Day 17Trek to Ghorepani2,850 m7-8 hrs
Day 18Morning Hike to Poon Hill and Trek to Tadapani to Ghandruk3,210 m, Poon Hill7-8 hrs
Day 19Trek to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara 1,940 m, Ghandruk5-6 hrs trek
Day 20Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu and farewell dinner in the evening827m, Pokhara5-6 hrs
Day 21Transfer to the International Airport for Final Flight Departure1,338 m-
Day 1
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

Max Elevation: 1338 m, Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu Airport, our representative will welcome you and transfer you to the respective hotel. After freshening up, you’ll visit our office for a small meet up where your trekking guide will give a short briefing about the trip.

In the evening, you’ll join the welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurants in the heart of Kathmandu, Thamel.

Overnight at Kathmandu

Day 2
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

After breakfast, you’ll proceed for sightseeing tours to the world heritage sites of Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, and Boudhanath. Your day tour ends at Kathmandu Durbar Square where you can visit living goddess Kumari Temple, Nautale Durbar, Kaal Bhairav Mandir, Swet Bhairav, and more.

In the evening, you’ll join the welcome dinner with Osho Vision team and fellow trekkers.

Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 3
Day 03: Drive to Khudi

Travel Duration: 7-8 hours

Max Elevation: 8,00 m

We begin our Annapurna Full Circuit trek with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar and continue to Khudi. We drive along the highway, following the side of a Trishuli river until Muglin.

After crossing Muglin, we follow the Marshyangdi river and drive past several Gurung and Magar villages to reach Besisahar, Lamjing.

We continue an hours drive to reach Khudi. The trail passes via the beautiful forest, where you will get the chance to observe the wildlife. After arrival in Khudi, you’ll visit Buddhists monasteries and local markets.

Overnight stay in Khudi.

Day 4
Day 04: Trek to Sirung

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

Max Elevation: 2,200 m, Sirung

We start our trekking journey from Khudi to Sirung passing via lush forests, waterfalls, suspension bridges along with rice paddies. You begin the walk in pleasant route but as you proceed further the trail becomes steep and challenging.

As we walk higher, the mountain views we see from Khudi become closer. On the way to Sirung, we come across an ethnic Tamang settlement, Tranche.

Enjoying the close-up views of Nadi Chuli and Manaslu we reach Sirung. This beautiful village offers a home-stay where we get an opportunity to learn the ethnic culture of this village.

From this village, we get a first glimpse of the gorgeous Manaslu range.

Overnight stay in Sirung.

Day 5
Day 05: Trek to Jagat

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

Max Elevation: 1,300 m, Jagat

On this day, we trek via subtropical forests and some culturally charming villages. Following the Marsyangdi river, we walk in an attractive landscape via litter towering waterfalls, forests, and villages. And finally, reach Syange. From here the climb becomes little tough until we reach Jagat.

Overnight at Jagat.

Day 6
Day 06: Trek to Dharapani

Trek Duration: 7-8 hours

Max Elevation: 1,960 m

Today we start our trek and make a steep climb to Chamje and further to Dharapani. We enter into the Manang region passing via fields of potatoes, corn, and barley. Further, the trail enters into the forests of bamboo and rhododendron.

First, you reach Tal village. It lies on a flat plain next to the sandy beach and river at the base of a large waterfall. We continue our trek after crossing a broad, flat valley. Then you climb a stone staircase and continue up and downhill till you reach Dharapani.

The day’s main highlight is you get a glimpse of a large group of donkey caravan.

Overnight at Dharapani.

Day 7
Day 07: Trek to Chame

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Max Elevation: 2,710 m

After breakfast at Dharapani, we continue our trek and walk past the stone entranced Chortens typical of the Tibetan influenced villages on the north.

We reach Bagarchhap that offers the antique flat-roofed stone houses of local Tibetan people.

Today’s trek rewards us with great views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV. Before we reach to Chame, we pass several hot springs along the way.

Further, walking on the rough and rocky trail, we gradually climb to Tyanga. After continuous walk for a few hours, we reach Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district. As we approach Chame, we notice two small hot springs by the town.

Overnight at Chame village.

Day 8
Day 08: Trek to Pisang

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Max Elevation: 3,300 m

Today, the trek commences through deep forests into a steep and narrow valley and cross a river over a bridge. We’ll cross the river on suspension bridges several times. As the trail opens up, we’ll get the majestic view of snow-capped Himalayan peaks.

After crossing a bridge and climbing a short steep slope, we’ll see the fabulous sight of Paungda Danda.

Further, we continue our walk via the forests to reach Lower Pisang for an overnight stay.

Day 9
Day 09: Trek to Manang

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

Max Elevation: 3,536 m

Today we’ll continue our trek via the upper part of the Manang district. Throughout the trial, we’ll see the great influence of Tibetan / Buddhists culture and traditions.

After a few hours walk, we reach the top and stop at a ridge to get the first view of Manang valley. This spot offers spectacular views of the valleys, Humde village and the magnificent peaks of Mt. Annapurna II, III, Tilicho peak, and Mt. Gangapurna.

We continue our walk via Braga village where the houses are traditionally built in Tibetan style. This village is famous for its monastery, which is one of the oldest in the region. Inside there are hundreds of Buddha statues, Thangka paintings, and the religious manuscripts.

Further continuing our walk for an hour, we reach Manang for an overnight stay.

Day 10
Day 10: Manang: Acclimatization Day

Altitude sickness could be a severe problem in the mountain, so it’s important to take a day off. You’ll spend the day in Manang to acclimatize our body with the high altitude.

You’ll hike to Gangapurna Lake which is right in Manang’s backyard. Later, you’ll also hike to Vraga village and visit the Himalayan Rescue Association and learn about Acute Mountain Sickness.

Overnight stay at Manang.

Day 11
Day 11: Trek to Yak Kharka

Trek Duration: 3-4 hours

Max Elevation: 4,110 m

Today you leave Manang and Marsyangdi valley and enter the Jarsang Khola Valley. The trail heads towards the north and passes a few villages and then starts to gain elevation. This is the area of yak pastures where yaks and horses graze between the forests.

You reach Yak Kharka for an overnight stay.

Day 12
Day 12: Trek to Thorong Phedi

Trek Duration: 3-4 hours

Max Elevation: 4,600 m

We begin our trek slowly at your own pace to get to Phedi. After an hour’s walk, you reach Ledar and continue the climb along the east bank of the Jorsang Khola. You’ll slowly descend and cross a stream on a wooden bridge.

Following a narrow path and admiring the wonderful views you head towards Thorong Phedi for an overnight stay.

Day 13
Day 13: Trek to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass

Trek Duration: 8 hours

Max Elevation: 5,416 m, Thorong La Pass

Today is the big day as you’ll hike to one of the highest passes in the world, Thorong La Pass. From the top, the mountain views are amazing! Undoubtedly, this is one of the best vantage points to admire the massif Annapurna range.

After relishing on the natural Himalayan beauty, we walk downhill towards the sacred city of Muktinath. Rugged mountain landscapes and unparalleled views of Dhaulagiri, the world’s 7th highest mountain surround this holy temple.

Overnight stay at Muktinath.

Day 14
Day 14: Trek to Marpha

Trek Duration: 4-5 hours

Max Elevation: 2,670 m

Early in the morning, we visit Muktinath Temple. This temple is important to both Hindus and Buddhist pilgrims. The place carries a great example of how two different religions can share the same holy spot with mutual respect and support.

After a spiritual tour, we descend toward Marpha. It is famous for its apple orchards and the Apple brandy.

Overnight stay at Marpha village.

Day 15
Day 15: Trek to Kalopani

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Max Elevation: 2,530 m

You continue your walk via a fascinating trail of Gandaki valley. Enjoying the beautiful mountain views and passing via many small villages like Tukuche, Kobang, Larjung, Kokkethathi, and Dhampu you’ll reach Kalopani.

On the way to Kalopani, you get a chance to notice a unique culture and lifestyle of different ethnic groups. While making our way to Kalopani, you’ll experience a wide variety of vegetation.

You pass some suspension bridges over Kali Gandaki river to reach another side of the river. Then you enter into pine forests and walk up and downhill to reach Kalopani for an overnight stay.

Day 16
Day 16: Trek to Tatopani

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

Max Elevation: 1,200 m

Today our trek leads via some of the pristine natural panorama and remote human settlement of the western region. Enroute we pass via some Thakali village and witness some rich culture of Gurung and Thakali ethnic groups.

This is one of the fascinating parts of the trek as Kali Gandaki gorge is discovered- one of the deepest canyons on the earth. Kali Gandaki valley is a beautiful place to visit.

Further, following the trail downhill, you make your way to the hot springs of Tatopani. In today’s trek, you’ll also pass one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Nepal i.e., Rupse Chhahara.

Overnight stay at Tatopani.

Day 17
Day 17: Trek to Ghorepani

Travel Duration: 7-8 hrs

Max Elevation: 2,850 m

Early in the morning, we head towards Ghar Khola valley leaving behind Kali Gandaki valley. The trail leads us via terraced farmland and pass Shikha and Chitre village and reach a beautiful rhododendron forest.

On the way to Ghorepani, you get great views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna on the north side. Ghorepani is one of the famous tourist destinations and important part of Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking route.

Overnight stay at Ghorepani.

Day 18
Day 18: Morning Hike to Poon Hill and Trek to Tadapani to Ghandruk

Travel Duration: 7-8 hrs

Max Elevation: 3,210 m, Poon Hill

Early in the morning, you’ll hike to Poon Hill. It takes about an hour walking to get Poon Hill (3,210 m). From the top of the hill, you’ll get the best sunrise views over the Himalayan like Mt. Annapurna South, Mt. Hiunchuli, Mt. Nilgiri, Tukuche peak, Lamjung Himal, Mt. Dhaulagiri ranges, and Mt. Manaslu range.

After enjoying the panoramic view of soaring peaks, you descend from Poon Hill and hike to Tadapani. You will enjoy the lunch there and leave for Ghandruk village for the overnight stay.

Overnight stay at Tadapani.

Day 19
Day 19: Trek to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara

Travel Duration: 1 hr drive

Trek Duration: 5-6 hrs

Max Elevation: 1,940 m, Ghandruk

After having breakfast at Ghandruk you will start exploring this beautiful Gurung village. In this village, you can visit the Gurung Museum. You‘ll get an opportunity to learn and see the lifestyle and culture of the Gurung people.

From this village, you’ll get fabulous views of snow-capped peaks. You then continue the trek to Nayapul from where we drive back to Pokhara.

Overnight at Pokhara.

Day 20
Day 20: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner in the Evening

After breakfast, with a final goodbye to Pokhara, you head towards Kathmandu. You’ll take a tourists bus which will take around 5-6 hours to reach Kathmandu.

Upon arrival at Kathmandu, you can either take rest at the hotel or stroll around the nearby places and do some shopping for your close ones. In the evening, you’ll have farewell dinner and celebrate the successful completion of this adventurous trek.

Day 21
Day 21: Transfer to the International Airport for Final Flight Departure

Today is the end of this adventure and time to say goodbye. A representative from Osho Vision will transfer you to Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure.

Trip Note: We can customize this trip according to our client requirements. For further information, please contact us.

Cost Included

  • Airport pick up and drop off service by a private tourists vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in tea houses during the days in a trek
  • All Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu half day sightseeing
  • Tour-guides for sightseeing
  • Airfare from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permits and TIMS card fee
  • A professional English speaking guide
  • All government taxes, VAT, and service charges
  • First aid kit box

Cost Excluded

  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee
  • International Airfare
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal gear for trekking
  • Extra baggage charges
  • Personal Expenses (Soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks, laundry, telephone bills, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Gratitudes to the guide and porter

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Trip Facts

  • Annapurna Region
  • 5,416 m, Thorong La Pass
  • 21 Days
  • 2 to 10 persons
  • Strenuous
  • 6-7 hours
  • Spring and Autumn Season
  • Khudi
  • Pokhara

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