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Annapurna Full Circuit Trek

The Annapurna Circuit is a trek within the Annapurna mountain range of central Nepal.

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    Trip Duration 19

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    Max, Altitude 5416

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    Type Trekking

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    Best Season Sept - May

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    Meals Included

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    Accommodation Guest House

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    Activity Trekking

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    Difficulty Strenuous

Highlights

  • Classic route of Annapurna Circuit
  • Explore Annapurna Ranges from South and North side
  • Experience the Local Cultural
  • Stunning views of Sunrise from Poonhill

Overview

The Annapurna Full Circuit Trek is not just a trek; it’s an experience. It is that unforgettable adventure that allows you to connect with nature, experience the rich culture of the local communities, and challenge yourself physically and mentally. It is a journey that takes you through lush and dense forests, terraced fields, and high mountain passes, providing you with breathtaking views at every turn.

As you trek through the Annapurna region, you will have the opportunity to interact with the friendly locals, learn about their way of life, and understand their traditions and customs. You will stay in traditional teahouses, where you will be welcomed with warm hospitality and delicious local cuisine, giving you a taste of the authentic Nepalese culture.

The highlight of Annapurna Full Circuit Trek is, of course, the majestic Annapurna mountain range itself.  The views of these snow-capped giants are simply jaw-dropping beautiful and will leave you speechless.

So, join us as we take you on a virtual journey through the Annapurna Full Circuit Trek and discover why it is a must-do for any adventure seeker.

Get ready to be captivated by the beauty of Nepal and the Annapurna region!

Depth about Annapurna Full Circuit Trek

Annapurna Full Circuit Trek is a trek within the Annapurna mountain range of central Nepal. The total length of the route varies between 160 and 230 km (100 and 145 meters). Basically, it depends on where motor transportation is being used and where the trek ends. This trek is interesting because you will cross two different river valleys and encircle the Annapurna massif during this journey.

The path reaches its highest point at Thorung La pass (5416m/17769 ft), touching the edge of the Tibetan plateau. This amazing Annapurna Full Circuit Trek goes through breathtaking natural landscapes. Also, you will be able to witness the wildlife fauna and flora, waterfalls, rivers, typical villages, and beautiful Himalayan peaks.

One of the most fascinating treks in the world offers a full immersion in the Himalayan nature and culture. Moreover, it is a trek within the Annapurna mountain range of midmost Nepal.

Throughout this Annapurna Full Circuit Trek, you will be amazed by the natural landscapes of the Annapurna range and the trekking trail. Basically, it will take up to three weeks through beautiful valleys and snowy peaks to complete it.

Moreover, every stop in villages will be a unique time to share with the local people and understand their lifestyle in the mountains. It’s very different from what we normally see in the town areas or even villages. However, life at such a high altitude has its own hardships.

Key Highlights of Annapurna Full Circuit Trek:

  1. Diverse Landscapes: The Annapurna Full Circuit Trek showcases an astonishing variety of landscapes, from lush subtropical forests and terraced fields to alpine meadows and arid high-altitude deserts. Trekkers traverse through the Marsyangdi Valley, cross the Thorong La Pass (5,416 meters), and descend into the Mustang region, experiencing a kaleidoscope of natural beauty.
  2. Cultural Richness: The trail weaves through diverse ethnic villages inhabited by Gurung, Manangi, Thakali, and Tibetan communities. Trekkers have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture, witness traditional rituals, and savor authentic Nepalese cuisine. Notable villages along the route include Pisang, Manang, and Marpha.
  3. Panoramic Mountain Views: The Annapurna Full Circuit Trek offers breathtaking views of some of the world’s highest peaks, including Annapurna I (8,091 meters), Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters), Manaslu (8,163 meters), and Machapuchare (6,993 meters). The sunrise view from Poon Hill is a particularly awe-inspiring moment on the trek.
  4. Challenging Pass Crossing: The Annapurna Full Circuit Trek is not without its challenges, with the crossing of Thorong La Pass being a highlight. The pass, one of the highest trekking passes globally, rewards trekkers with panoramic views but demands physical fitness and acclimatization due to the high altitude.
  5. Natural Hot Springs: After the challenging ascent and descent of Thorong La, trekkers can rejuvenate in the natural hot springs at Tatopani in Annapurna Full Circuit Trek. It is a perfect way to soothe tired muscles and relax while surrounded by stunning landscapes.

Preparation Tips for the Annapurna Full Circuit Trek:

  1. Physical Fitness: The Annapurna Full Circuit Trek is demanding, requiring a good level of physical fitness. Cardiovascular endurance and strength training are crucial to tackle the long and varied terrain.
  2. Altitude Acclimatization: Proper acclimatization is essential to minimize the risk of altitude-related illnesses. Trekkers should plan for gradual ascents, take rest days, and stay hydrated.
  3. Pack wisely: A well-prepared backpack is key. Pack essentials such as warm clothing, a good-quality sleeping bag, trekking poles, and a first aid kit. Lightweight, moisture-wicking clothing is advisable.
  4. Permits: Ensure you have the necessary permits, including the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card.

Gear and Equipment for Annapurna Full Circuit Trek

When you are getting ready for the Annapurna Full Circuit Trek, it is important to have the right gear for a safe and comfy journey through the Himalayas.

Here’s a simple guide to the essential trekking gear you will need:

  • Backpack:

Choose a strong and comfy backpack with enough space for your stuff. Look for one with adjustable straps and good weight distribution.

  • Footwear:

Invest in good, waterproof trekking boots with ankle support. Bring moisture-wicking socks to keep your feet dry and comfy.

  • Clothing:

Dress in layers for changing weather, including a moisture-wicking base layer, an insulating mid-layer, and a waterproof outer layer. Pack a lightweight, compact rain jacket for unexpected weather changes.

  • Sleeping Bag:

Carry a reliable sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures. Consider the season and altitude to choose the right temperature rating.

  • Trekking Poles:

Bring adjustable trekking poles for extra stability and support, especially during climbs and descents.

Remember to consider the specific conditions of the Annapurna Circuit and pack accordingly, taking into account the varying altitudes, climates, and terrain you’ll encounter on this trek. With the right gear, you’ll be ready for the challenges and rewards that the Annapurna Full Circuit Trek has to offer.

Conclusion

Thus, the Annapurna Full Circuit Trek is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. It is all about understanding nature, culture, and pushing your limits.

Imagine yourself walking through stunning landscapes and charming villages, surrounded by the majestic Himalayas and the friendly people of Nepal. Whether you are a seasoned trekker or just looking for an amazing journey, the Annapurna Full Circuit Trek is calling out to you, offering an unforgettable exploration of the stunning Himalayan region.

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Detailed Itinerary

After landing at the Tribhuwan International Airport, you will be picked up by our representative who will drop you off at the hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.

We make our way to Besisahar. After about 5-6 hours into the drive we reach the town of Dumre from where we steer right leaving the highway towards Besisahar.

Breakfast and take local jeeps to  Syange and star hike to Jagat 2-3 hours. Alternatively, you candirectly drive to Jagat from Besishahar.

We begin our journey with a fulfilling breakfast needed for a good day’s walk. On the first part of the trail, we descend into a river, cross a bridge, and then into a lush forest. We now climb a steep cliff overlooking the riverbank. On our journey towards Chamje, we see great views of the Annapurna mountain ranges. After Chamje, the trail becomes challenging as we make our way through a steep and slippery path to Sattale. We make our way further through a rocky trail soon descending to a grassy riverbank leading to Tal. From here we move further rugged and winding trails towards the village of Karte.

This days’ walk is one of the most rewarding as we get tremendous views of the LamjungHimal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft) and to top it all off we encounter small hot springs too where we can relax and chill for a bit

We embark on a challenging journey this day. We walk through steep narrow paths, a dense forest towards, and steep slope rising 5000 ft. We are welcomed by fantastic views as soon as we make it through the narrow path. When the valley widens we see the PaungdaDanda, a giant of a rock rising 5,000ft (1500m) above the trail. We continue until we reach Upper Pisang. Overnight in Upper Pisang.

After a nice breakfast, we start making our way to Manang today. Manang can be reached in two ways. We choose to take the one that takes us to Upper Pisang via Geru since the route is filled with beautiful views of Annapurna and Pisang along with the stunning landscape.  Visitors will notice the change in landscape and vegetation this day; the green vegetations give way to the desert-like arid landscape. At Manang, we will visit the largest monastery in Manang -the Barge monastery. Overnight at Manang.

As the altitude picks up we must take a day solely just to acclimatize. So, we will spend the day going on a short hike to either BhojoGumba or Gangapurna Lake. If there is some spare energy left in us we would make a visit to the Himalayan Rescue Association at Vraga Village. There we can have more information about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Overnight in Manang.

Today’s journey is going to be a short but fulfilling one. The first part of the trail has us crossing a stream, ascending toTenki and further out of the Marshyangdi Valley into the valley of JarsangKhola. We continue further northwards passing near the small village of Ghunsa and then through pastures where horses and yaks graze. At this point, we are in the last part of today’s trail. We cross a small wooden bridge; then pass an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow to finally reach Yak Kharka. Overnight at Yak Karka.

Today’s walk is steep but filled with beautiful views! We climb all the way to Thorang Phedi which is the last village before Thorong La pass. The first part of the journey has us crossing a suspension bridge to reach Ledar village. We climb further passing through high cliffs to reach ThorangPhedi. We get brilliant views of Mt. Khatungkan, Thorung Peak, Mt. Syagang, and Mt. Gundang. Overnight in Thorang Phedi.

Today’s challenge is the Thorong La pass- one of the highest passes in the world!  It is a challenge, but we don’t want to make it that hard, do we? So, we will take the easy, safe route which is crossing the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath). All your hard work will be paid off at the end of the day as the views at the top is breathtaking! After reaching the top we descend towards the Muktinath Valley. Overnight in Muktinath.

Today’s journey is going to be a spiritual one! Holy for Buddhists and Hindus, Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site. We visit a temple and a monastery on the first part of our walk for today. Then we make our way to Jomson (Marpha) via Ranipauwa village and Kagbeni. We walk along a plateau above Kali Gandaki River, the world’s deepest gorge for today’s journey! Marphaat Jomson is very famous for apples and a famous local apple brandy also named Marpha.Overnight in Marpha.

On today’s journey, we encounter traditional villages of the Thakali people, beautiful apple gardens and panoramic views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Fang, and Annapurna I mountains. We take a new route to Kalopani passing viaChokhopani. On reaching Chokopani we move further to Kokhethanti. We move further crossing a river to reach Kalopani. Overnight at Kalopani.

Tatopani means hot water which must give you a hint where we are headed to- a hot spring! Today, it’s all downhill! For the first part of the journey, we cross a bridge at Ghasa. As we descend further, we find ourselves back to dense subtropical forests. We continue until reaching Tatopani where we take a relaxing dip in the hot spring. Overnight in Tatopani.

This day we leave behind Kali Gandaki and move towards the Ghar Khola valley. We walk through terraced farmland and villages of Shikha and Chitre before reaching a beautiful rhododendron forest, all the while surrounded by stunning mountains. After this, we walk a short distance to reach our destination-Ghorepani, a beautiful village at the top of a ridge. Overnight in Ghorepani.

This day, we start early to witness one of the most satisfying and breathtaking scenes one can dream of-the sun rising in the Himalayas. For this, we start early on a steep trail towards the viewpoint at Poonhill(3,210m/10,529ft), which is of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal and the Annapurna region. From Poonhill, we also get mesmerizing views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20 of the highest mountains in the world. After feeding ourselves with awesome views, we then return to Ghorepani to feed ourselves actual food. After breakfast, we make our way towards Tadapani. We first ascend and then descend through rhododendron forests, we then pass by some beautiful waterfalls to finally make ittoTadapani. Overnight in Tadapani.

It’s going to be a beautiful journey today. On our very first part of the trail, we find ourselves climbing down through a dense and dark forest of old rhododendron trees. As we continue our journey, and if it is the right time of the year, we will get to see cherry blossoms in bloom on the slopes on the other side of the gully. Soon, we shall reach Ghandruk, a beautiful Gurung village with intimate views of Annapurna South, the Fishtail mountain, and Hiunchuli mountains. From here, we trek further towards Nayapul. We stop walking from here and start riding. This signifies the end of our trekking journey in the Annapurna region. We drive to Pokhara and stay overnight.

After a night of celebration, we prepare to leave for Kathmandu for some packing and more celebrations. We say goodbye to Pokhara and get on a 6-7 hours’ drive to Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu you will have some spare time to do some last-minute souvenir shopping and resting. A dinner party is arranged to celebrate your successful journey. Overnight in Kathmandu.

This is it, your last day in Nepal. It’s time to say goodbye, but we hope we’ll meet again! Our representative will escort you to the airport three hours before the scheduled flight.

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