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Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Trip Duration: 11 Days

One of the most demanded hiking routes in Nepal, that is Annapurna Circuit Trek. It is the most customizable trek of Nepal.

Because according to your preference you can extend and reduced hiking days of this trail. For Example, you can do in 10 days in short time holiday and if have you holiday plus desire to do it in more than 21 days it’s also possible.

Modern Annapurna Circuit

The modern Annapurna circuit trek represent recent trends at this trail. It means the length of trekking is around 10 to 12 days. Mostly stroll starts from Syange and finished at Jomsom, Mustang. For Jomsom to Pokhara, you can take either flight or drive.

Classical Annapurna Circuit

It represents at the beginning the trekking trend of Annapurna Circuit. It starts from Besisahar and ends at Beni. The length of the trek is around 21 days. At that period there was no road. So that it’s good to trek full path. But nowadays because of the road, lots of people don’t want to do whole Circuit

Annapurna circuit trek is Moderate to Difficult trek. Everybody knows its most popular classic trek of Nepal. Its more customizable trek. You can do this trek 10 days to 23 days time span. It quite developed hiking route of Nepal.

This trekking trail offers breathtaking mountain scenery as well as day by different style landscape. At the upper part of the trail, you can get Tibetan influence culture and culminates.

Thorang pass, the world widest pass is main highlights of this trek . Besides that after Thorangla you will see world deepest George at Kaligandi Valley.

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#13 Reasons why you should Annapurna Circuit

Lots of people think this is tough trekking but i dont think that. In my opion its easy trek of Nepal. Only because of High Altitude Accomodation and Thorang La it makes adventure. If you compare this trail with other route of Nepal it is easy. Lets dive into some reasons:

  1. Easy walk every day except the day of Thorang Pass
  2. Mindblowing dozen of waterfall with rainbow
  3. Experience Diversified landscape and forest
  4. Visit Ancient Monasteries which are more than 100 years
  5. To attempt world widest Pass Thorang La
  6. You will have strong windy stroll experience at Muktinath to Jomsom
  7. To exlore Marsyangi Valley and Kaligandaki valley in a single trek
  8. You will see the world deepest gorge’s at Near Rupche waterfall kaligandaki valley
  9. If you do modern annapurna circuit trek then you will see world 7th tallest mountain Dhaulagiri (8167m ) at Lower Mustang Partbut if you do classical then you can see also world 10th tallest mountain from Kalapani, Myagdi.
  10. You can combine also poon hill trek which most popular short trek of Nepal.
  11. To take Hot Spring at Tatopani, Myagdi.
  12. Explore the Lower Mustang
  13. Its most popular hiking trail

Getting there and away

You can catch a microbus or Tourist Bus from Newbuspark to go Besisahar. The bus start leaves from 6:00 AM and it leaves every hour.

The distance of KTM-Besisahar is 172.3 km. It takes around 6 hour to reach Besisahar. From Besisahar you can take Jeep to go Syange.

From Syangey you can start stroll.

For go back to Kathmandu you can take Jeep or Public Bus from Muktinath or down part of Muktinath.


DaysItineraryAltitude in ftHour
1st Day Kathmandu to Syange1080m/3544ft 10 hr
2nd DaySyange to Taal1700m/5578ft10 hr
3rd DayTaal to Timang1700m/7120ft8 hr
4th DayTimang to Dhukur Pokhari3200m/10498ft7 hr
5th DayDhukur Pokhari to Ngawal3660m/12008ft6 hr
6th DayNgawal to Manang3540m/11614ft4 hr
7th Day Excursion day at Manang4130 m5 to 6 hr
8th DayManang to Yak Kharka4020m/13188ft3-4 hr
9th DayYak Kharka to Thorung Phedi4540m/11615ft7-8 hr
10th DayTrek to Muktinath Via Thorung Pass3800m7-8 hr
11th DayDrive or Fly(Jomsom) to Pokhar1190m/3904ft7-8 hr

Annapurna Cicuit Solo

ACT is high altitude trek. You need local person with you to minimize risk. It means even you dont want to take trekking packages, you can hire guide/Porter. So I recommend don’t do solo trek .

How long does it take to do Around Annapurna ?

You can do this Annapurna Circuit 7 days to 21 days. If you are athletics or Experienced Hikers then you can take Jeep from Besisahar to Chame(2800m). Afterward staying at Chame you can do in 7 days. But if you start from Besisahar and wish to finish at Beni, Myagdi.

10 days Annapurna Circuit Trek

If you want to do 10 days Ananpurna Circuit trek then we can drive Kathmandu to Besisahar and Besisahar to Taal. Or you can drive upto Syange and escape the Ngwal.


Max. elevation5,416 m, Thorang La
Min. duration10 Days
DifficultyModerate to Adventure
Best SeasonMarch to May and October to Dec.
Trip Type Guesthouse
DocumentsACAP Permits and TIMS

Detailed Itinerary

Here is day by the detailed itinerary of ACT. In a single day, you will see dozen of things on ACT. But including all things is quite impossible. I have mentioned some day highlight. Let dive to ACT detailed itinerary.

Day 1: Kathmandu to Syange

Our guide will come to your hotel to Pickup you. Before that time you can have breakfast. We will arrange taxi to go Newbuspark from where Microbus leave to Besisahar.

On the way to Besisahar you will have lunch and scenic view of Ganesh Himal range, Ngadi Chuli, and Himalchuli. If there is no traffic Jam we will be in Besisahar within 7 hours. Besisahar is headquarters of Lamjung district. From here you will drive to Syange through Jeep which takes approx 3 hours.

Day 2: Syange to Tal

After having breakfast at Syange we will stroll to Tal. On the way, there are lots of stunning waterfalls and amazing landscapes. Around 2 hours walking from Syange you will be in Chamje where you will have lunch. From Chamjey you can follow either road trail or trekking trail. Road trail is easy to stroll but trekking trail is up and down. Tal is a beautiful place where there are more than 20 lodges. Stay night at Tal .

There are 2 major spots before reach Tal(1700m).They are:

  1. Jagat
  2. Chamje

Day 3: Tal to Timang

Walking hour: 6

Lunch at : Dharapani

Around three hours beautiful stroll you will be in Dharapani. Dharapani is a junction of Annapuran Circuit and Manaslu Circuit trekking. Its beautiful places from where you can see some ranges of Manaslu.

You will have lunch at Dharapani and subsequent we will move to Timang. It takes around 3 hours to reach Timang from Dharapani. Around 400m ascent you should to climb from Dhanaque to Timang.

There 5-6 lodges at Timang from where you can see Ngadi Chuli and Himal Chuli scenic view. Enjoy at Timang by overnight staying at Timang.

Day:4 Timang to Dukurpokhari

Walking time : 7 hours

Altitude: 3200m( Dukurpokhari)

We will have an easy walk through pine and Phir forest today. On the way you can see beautiful Thankchok Village which is also a popular staying place for tourist. 2 hours walking from Timang you will be in Koto(2700m). In Koto there also some Hotel. It is the entry checkpoint of another beautiful restricted Nar Phu Valley trek.

Within 30 minutes walk from Koto we will in the headquarters of Manang which is called Chame.

There are dozen of the hotel in Chame. We will have lunch at Chame and after lunch, we will move furthermore. From Chame, you will see great views of Lamjung Himal(6986m). After Chame in 30 minutes, you will be in Talekhu and within 2 hours you will be in Bharatang.On Bratang you will see a big garden of Apple and Apple farm House. Apple of Bharatang is delicious.

When you walk around 1 hour from Bhratang you will see beautiful rock hill which is named Swrogdar( Gateway to Heaven). The spirits of the deceased must ascend this rock after leaving their bodies. It takes around an hour to reach Dukurpokhari from the river. There are Three lodges at Dukurpokhari. Enjoy at Dukurpokhari by seeing Annapurna II. You will spend that night at Dukurpokhari’s loge.

Day 5: Dukurpokhari to Ngwal

Duration:7 hours

Max altitude :3660m(Ngwal)

Comparing yesterday today’s journey is a bit hard. At first, it takes around an hour to reach Upper Pisang(3300m) from Dukurpokhari. In Upper Pisang, you can visit Monastery.

Upper Pisang to bottom of Ghyaru(3600m) is straightway which takes around one hour but from the suspension bridge to Ghayaru is steep up. One and half hours climb from there we will be in Ghyaru.

From Ghyaru you will see breathtaking views of Annapurna II(7937m) and Pisang Peak(6091m). In Ghayaru we will have lunch and you can see more than 100 years old house. It’s an easy way to reach Ngwal from Ghyaru which takes around 2 hours. Enjoy overnight at Ngwal.

Day 6: Ngwal to Manang

Walking Hours: 4

Accomadation altitude: 3540m

From Ngwal you will see Cholu West, Cholu East, Peak 29, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak and Whole Annapuran mountain expect Annapurna First.

On the way to Ngwal to Manang , you see Monastery , Manistone and beautiful village. Stay at Manang

Day 7: Manang – Acclimatization day

Before cross 3540m we will take one day rest for acclimatization for higher altitude. We’ll spend that day by visiting Gangapurna Lake and some higher places as side trips. You can also look around the Manang villages. We can also the Himalayan Rescue Association Clinic for Altitude class.

Day 8: Manang to Yak Kharaka

Duration :3- 4 hours

Accommodation : Yak Kharka 4100m

Having one day rest at Manang we will move to Yak Kharka. The trail to Yak Kharka is easy from Tanki Manang because of its slide up. On the way to Yak Kharka, you will see a beautiful view of Gangapurna Mountain.

Day 9: Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi

Stroll hour : 4 hour

Altitude : 4450m

The journey from Yak Khara to Jarsang Khola is easy. But from Jarsang Khola to Teashop around 10 minutes up. After tea around 30 minutes distance, there is a stone falling problem. So we need to walk gently and our guide are expert to pass it. Take your remaining at Phedi Hotel as you like.

Day 10: Thorang Phedi to Muktinath by doing Thorang La

Duration: 8 hours

Altitude : 3800m

Early morning we will start our voyage after having breakfast and some hot drinks. It takes around 1 hour to reach High Camp from Phedi. From Highcamp it takes around an hour to reach to the teashop. From tea shop within 2 hours, we will be in our goal Thorang top(5416m). We will take some photo and hot drinks at Teashop. Afterward, we will descend down to Muktinath which takes around 4 hours. But after descent 3 hours there is some teahouse where we will have lunch. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for Hindus. Enjoy at Muktinath taking a hot shower.

Day 11: Muktinath to Jomsom

This is the last day of our trek. It consumes around 5 hours to reach Jomsom. On the way to Jomsom, you will have the scenic view of Mount Dhaulagiri, Tukuche and Nilgiri. We will have lunch in Yeklebhatti. Enjoy at Jomsom exploring beautiful Jomsom area.

Day 12: Jomsom to Pokhara

Take an early morning flight to Pokhara which takes 25 minutes to reach Pokhara Airport. If you don’t like to fly then you can use either Jeep reserve or Public bus to reach Pokhara.

Day 13: Back to Kathmandu

Transportation : Tourist Bus

Driving Hours: 7


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