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Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna base camp trek

Overview The Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a breathtaking adventure that combines two iconic treks in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Spanning a distance of approximately 230 kilometers, this journey also takes trekkers through diverse landscapes, from lush green valleys to arid high-altitude desert terrains, offering unparalleled views of snow-capped peaks, charming villages, and ancient monasteries. The adventure begins in the vibrant city of Kathmandu, where trekkers make their way to Besisahar, the starting point of the  Annapurna Circuit. The trek gradually ascends through picturesque rice terraces, oak forests, and rhododendron groves, providing a glimpse into the…


The Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a breathtaking adventure that combines two iconic treks in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Spanning a distance of approximately 230 kilometers, this journey also takes trekkers through diverse landscapes, from lush green valleys to arid high-altitude desert terrains, offering unparalleled views of snow-capped peaks, charming villages, and ancient monasteries.

The adventure begins in the vibrant city of Kathmandu, where trekkers make their way to Besisahar, the starting point of the  Annapurna Circuit. The trek gradually ascends through picturesque rice terraces, oak forests, and rhododendron groves, providing a glimpse into the rural Nepalese way of life. Passing through quaint villages like Manang and Pisang, trekkers also have the opportunity to interact with friendly locals and learn about their rich cultural heritage.

As the trail winds higher, the landscape transforms into a stark and rugged terrain. Trekkers cross the challenging Thorong La Pass, situated at a breathtaking altitude of 5,416 meters, which rewards them with awe-inspiring views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks. The descent also leads to Muktinath, a sacred pilgrimage site revered by both Hindus and Buddhists.

From Muktinath, the route diverts towards the Annapurna Base Camp, taking trekkers through stunning alpine landscapes. The trail also weaves through lush forests, cascading waterfalls, and glacial moraines before reaching the base camp, nestled at the foot of the majestic Annapurna massif. The panoramic views of Annapurna I, Machhapuchhre, and other towering peaks leave trekkers in awe of nature’s grandeur.

The return journey follows a different path, descending through the charming village of Chhomrong and the Modi Khola Valley. Trekkers pass through terraced fields, bamboo forests, and traditional Gurung settlements, immersing themselves in the local culture and hospitality. The trek concludes at Nayapul, where a scenic drive back to Pokhara awaits.

Conclusion and Summary

The Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a remarkable adventure that offers an immersive experience in the heart of the Nepalese Himalayas. It combines the best of both treks, showcasing the incredible diversity of landscapes, cultural encounters, and unparalleled mountain vistas. This unforgettable journey is also a must for trekkers seeking an extraordinary adventure amidst nature’s splendor.

Trip Highlights

  • A classic and alluring trail to Annapurna Base Camp
  • View yak pastures and other meadows
  • Relax at hot springs in Tatopani, Jhinu Danda
  • Stay at the stunningly beautiful Jomsom, the headquarter town of the Mustang District.
  • Spend a day in Pokhara, the most happening city in Nepal
  • Spectacular views of Mount Annapurna, Thorung Peak, Nilgiri, Chulu West, and Chulu East, Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV
  • Magnificent glaciers, gorges, and waterfalls
  • Tour around the famous Muktinath Temple, a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists
  • Visit the beautiful Manang district and embrace its beauty.
  • Visit Barge Monastery, the largest monastery in the Manang District.
  • Traverse through the world’s most extensive pass – the Thorong La Pass (5,416m)

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On your arrival, our representative will be at the airport to receive you. The representative will then drive you directly to your hotel. In addition, your guide will meet with you and give you a briefing about your trek after you reach your hotel. Your journey to the Annapurna Circuit with the Annapurna Base Camp hike officially begins one day after your arrival. On the day of your arrival, you will overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Kathmandu Valley is a microcosm of entire Nepal. Today, we will explore this ancient city rich in cultural heritage. You will visit UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath (the Monkey temple), Boudhanath, and historic Durbar Squares. As you relish these wonders, you will also get a brief insight into these places from our tour guide. After an entire day exploring Kathmandu, you will prepare for your trek that will start the next day. Your trek lead will conduct a final check of the equipment and gear you are carrying. 

You will start the Annapurna Circuit along with the Annapurna Base Camp trek with a drive to Bhulbhule. The bus will follow Prithvi Highway by the side of Trishuli River until Dumre. From Dumre, we head north to Besisahar and then to Bhulbhule.

Situated along the Marshyangdi RiverBhulbhule provides fantastic views of several snow-capped peaks. Throughout the trip, you can enjoy astonishing views of mountains, villages, rivers, and terraced farms. We need to register our permits at the Bhulbhule check-post before starting on the trails. We stroll around Bhulbhule and explore the beauty of this small yet wonderful town.

Today is the first day of your walk in the Annapurna circuit. The trail is relaxing, and you will enjoy the stunning scenery as you traverse through lush forests and terraced fields along the banks of the Marsyangdi River.

The path is easy to walk and provides stunning views of mountains. You will be passing through several settlements and farmlands to reach the village of Jagat. We will be staying at Jagat for the night. Today’s light walk will prepare you for more intense treks set to follow in the coming days.

After a peaceful stay at Jagat, we begin our hike towards Dharapani. As we commence our trek, we come across a split road. The trail goes uphill till we reach Tal, where the split trail meets. You will be enjoying several gorgeous waterfalls forming small sandy beaches along the way. Passing by rice and potato fields and crossing numerous bridges, you will reach one of the biggest villages of Manang, Kodo. 

After a short climb of the stone Kani, from Kodo, you will reach Dharapani. We have to register our Annapurna Circuit Permit at Dharapani before moving ahead. We relax at Dharapani and enjoy its scenery and traditional food.

We cross a few forested hills today on our way to Chame, the administrative hub for the Manang District. We will pass a stone entryway associated with Tibetan Buddhism called a Chorten along the way. As we go to Kyupar from Tyanja, we’ll stop to see the falls and the pine forest along the way. Finally, after leaving Kyupar, we go to Chame while taking in the breathtaking vistas of the Himalayas, including Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). On our journey today, we also come across a number of small hot springs where we may cool off and soothe our tired muscles. We’ll spend the night in a nearby lodge.

We set off on our walk this morning early because we had a lot to cover. Our journey from Chame to Pisang will take us through forested areas and across a suspension bridge. Along a steep, narrow road that passes through a dense forest, we’ll eventually arrive at the stunning curved rock face that rises 1500 meters above the river. This section of the Marshyangdi Valley is probably the steepest, and the trail is carved into the vertical rock there. Once you have passed this last stretch of granite, the valley spreads out with stunning views. As the valley widens, to the right is the Paungda Danda, a massive, sloping rock wall that rises more than 5,000 feet (1500 meters) above the trail. Before arriving in Pisang, where we spend the night, we trek for a while.

We hike today alongside glorious mountains as we head to upper Pisang via Geru, appreciating the north face of Annapurna (II, III, IV), Gangapurna, Tilicho, and Pisang Peak. As you ascend, enjoying stunning views, you will notice the air becoming cold and dry. You will move past small Tibetan-style settlements, where we get a chance to appreciate Buddhist culture.

You will visit one of the largest and most famous monasteries in Manang – the Barge Monastery. The trail to Manang is full of Buddhist shrines and other Buddhist relics. When you reach Manang, you will notice that it is quite active with tourists. Manang is full of wonders, and you might realize that a single day may not be enough to explore this place.

You will spend one extra day in Manang, exploring this village while adapting to the high altitude. There are many side hikes that you can commence on. For acclimatization, you need to trek high and sleep low.

You can hike up to Gangapurna Lake and spend the day admiring the absolute beauty of Annapurna III, Tilicho, Pisang, and Chulu Peaks. You can also hike up to the famous Ice Lake nearby.

We will take you to the Himalayan Rescue Association in Vraja Village in the afternoon. At this association, you can learn about acute mountain sickness, its symptoms, and precautions. After a relaxing day at enigmatic Manang village, we will have acclimatized to the altitude and prepare for the next day.

After enough rest and acclimatizing to the high elevation at Manang, we move ahead with the trek. From Manang, we head to Tenki village, crossing several beautiful streams. 

Then you will head out of Marshyangdi Valley northwest up to Jar Sang Khola Valley. The trail is full of ups and downs. You will pass through the amazing Juniper forest and a few pastures. As you continue the trek, you will reach a small village called Gunsan – with houses made of flat mud roofs. As you trek forward, you will be crossing a small river on a wooden bridge and make your way up the spectacular valley to an open, peaceful meadow known as Yak Kharka.

Today we head to the foot of Thorong La passThorong Phedi. We start by climbing up to a ridge, then head down and cross the Marsyangdi river on a wooden bridge. After climbing up the mountain path, we follow a narrow trail across a slope and descend to Thorung Phedi. Based on the situation, we might hike to Thorong High Camp for the night. The uninhabited, rugged terrain you face will look otherworldly and much different than the lush lowlands you passed on the way up during the initial phase of the trek.

As one of the most challenging days of the trek, we begin this hike as early as possible. You will be crossing one of the most exquisite high passes in the Annapurna region – Thorong La High Pass (5,416 m/ 17,756 ft). It is also the highest point of the trek.

With increasing elevation and decreasing oxygen level, the trail turns out to be challenging. Despite the difficulty of climbing, the view is unquestionably worth it. From the top of the pass, you will enjoy the panoramic views of glorious mountains extending northwards into Tibet. On the other side, you can see the Annapurna massifs smiling back. We take this hike slow and steady and conquer it and then descend to Muktinath, where we visit the famous Muktinath temple

A sacred place for Hindus and Buddhists, Muktinath is believed to be the god of forgiveness. You can take a bath at 108 water sprouts on Muktinath Temple premises. People believe that washing yourself on these water sprouts will wash away your sins. Buddhists call Muktinath Temple Chumig Gyatsa, which in Tibetan means “Hundred Waters.” We will spend the night at Muktinath.

We descend from Muktinath to Kagbeni while witnessing the famous Sky Caves of the region. The path is quite easy as well as beautiful. If you wish, we can take you to have a short detour across the traditional villages of Chhyongkhar, Jhong, and Purang. A culturally rich place, Kagbeni, is a wonderful village. Today will be a relaxing day with not much distance to cover.

We trek from Kagbeni to Marpha today. It will be an exciting day as you will trek on an easy path, passing through gorgeous scenery. You will cross the Kaligandaki River to reach Marpha. Marpha is a hypnotizingly beautiful village. All the houses at Marpha are painted white, and the narrow Marpha alleys look fascinating. You will find captivating peaks, green forests with pine and oak treescold desert-like land, and the deepest river gorge (Kali Gandaki Gorge)

Marpha is also famous for its apple farming. The apple pie and alcohol made from local apple, branded as ‘Marpha,‘ is a must-try of this place. You can also hike up to a small turquoise-green lake nearby. The enigmatic village of Marpha, without a doubt, will impress you.

This day after breakfast we will drive to Tatopani village from Marpha. At Tatopani, you can take a swim in the natural hot spring. On the way to Tatopani, we pass Jomsom, Marfa, and Ghasa village and can see Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world. Once we arrive at Tatopani village we can spend some time at the natural hot spring pool and stay overnight in that village.

We depart from Tatopani for Ghorepani after making use of the hot spring spa there. We ascend to Ghorepani past the Sikha, Chitre, and other Thakali villages after crossing the east bank of the Kali Gandaki River. The walk travels through rhododendron, birch, and magnolia-filled woodlands as well as terraced fields. Ghorepani, which is situated at the summit of a ridge, is renowned for offering breathtaking mountain vistas. You can find a variety of eateries and lodging options in this well-liked tourist area.

You’ll walk to Poon Hill (3,210m) today before sunrise to see the breathtaking vistas of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains at first light. From here you will see a superb view of the sunrise and a panoramic view of the Himalayas, including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fishtail, and others. After visiting Poonhill, we will come back to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast, and continue walking to Tadapani. Overnight at guesthouse. Before returning to Ghorepani, you will have breakfast and move towards Tadapani. On reaching Tadapani, you will have to rest and prepare to spend the night there.

The trail gives good views of the upper Modi valley as it descends from Tadapani. The trail then begins the protracted rise high above the Modi Khola’s west bank. At the very foot of Himal Chuli, hidden away, is the settlement of Chhomrong, which we pass by. From Chhomrong, the trail dips to Chhomrong Khola before starting a gradual ascent to our daily target. We spend the night in the inn.

We walk for around 2 to 3 hours to get from Sinuwa to Kuldi Ghar. A little further on, there is an opening in the forest from where the path descends quite steeply through a bamboo thicket. We proceed via the meadow of Tomo before arriving at the narrowest part of the canyon, where a shrine and a short trail can be found at Pantheon Barah. The path ascends to the Himalayas and you go two hours farther up the road, into a cave to reach Deurali. On reaching Deurali, we will spend the night in a guesthouse.

Today, we trek to Annapurna Base Camp and on the way make a brief stop at Machhapuchhare Base Camp as the Macchhapucharre (Fishtail) appears mesmerizing from this vantage point. After trekking for some more time, you arrive at ABC where you will have stunning views of Himchuli, the Annapurna Massif, Macchapucchre, Khansari Kang, and Gangapurna. We enjoy the frigid and majesty atmosphere at the foot of the Annapurna mountain, surrounded by peaks higher than 6000 meters. The vistas are out of this world, with snow-capped mountains all around. The prayer flags give the entire journey a spiritual component. Our overnight stay will be at Annapurna Base Camp.

We wake up early to enjoy the sunrise over the Himalayas. The peaks are lit golden by the sunlight. Take your time to snap as many pictures as you want. After breakfast, we retrace our steps back to Sinuwa. Today’s trek is downhill so it shouldn’t be very difficult although you should take care of your shaky legs. Enjoy playing with the crystal clear torrential glacier water. Soon after, we are back in the forest, we continue to Sinuwa for two hours. It’s a long climb down, nearly 2000 meters, but we make it in 9 hours including short breaks for tea and lunch.

On the same path that led us to the Annapurna Base Camp, we resume our walk. Jinu Dada is our last destination for the day. The majority of the track is downhill, which can be taxing on your knees. The hot spring we visit at the conclusion of the day is even more interesting than the route, which is just magnificent. A hot spring exists naturally at Jhinu Dada. The hot springs will calm you down and let you forget all of your tension, both physical and mental. It is the ideal approach to wrap up the hike in the Annapurna area. At Jhinu Danda, we’ll stay for the night.

Today we make the trip back to Kathmandu. You will be lucky if you get to sit on the left-hand side of the vehicle as you can appreciate the scenery, mountains, gorges, villages, and terraces. After we reach Kathmandu, we will enjoy a farewell supper in a traditional Nepalese restaurant in the evening.

Today marks the end of our journey in Nepal. About 3 hours prior to our trip, one of our representatives will drive you to the airport. You will have plenty of time before your flight. Remember us to organize your upcoming journey in magnificent Nepal.

What's Included

In the Above Cost It Includes:
1. Airport Pick-up and Drop Off,
2. Licensed and trained trekking guides,
3. potters for carrying goods and supplies,
4. 4 Nights Accommodation in the 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with B & B. (Bed
& Breakfast)
5. All accommodation during the trek.
6. All meals and hot beverages during the trek.
7. Transportation to and from trail head.
8. All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
9. National Park/Conservation Area entry Permit, Equipment such as tents And Mattresses, Cooking Equipment, Camp site charges, Insurance, and
equipment for the staffs.
10. Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
11. Trekking staffs wages etc.

What's Excluded

Services and Cost Does not Included in Price:
1. International Airfares,
2. Travel/Trekking Insurance,
3. Excess baggage charges More than 16kg and hand bag more than 5 kg in
domestic flights.
4. Visa fees.
5. Airport Departure Taxes.
6. Drinks (Cold and Alcoholic) Rescue charge.
7. Tips for The staffs.
8. Expenses of Personnel nature and Permit and Liaison officer fee (where Applicable.
9. Meals during stay in the Kathmandu.
10. Domestic Ticket Etc.

Trip Information

The trek starts from the beautiful city of Pokhara and takes you through the lush green forests of the Annapurna Conservation Area. The first part of the trek is the Annapurna Circuit Trek, which takes you through the rugged terrain of the Thorong La Pass, the highest point of the trek at 5,416 meters. The pass offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.

After crossing the pass, the trek continues towards the Annapurna Base Camp, passing through traditional villages and dense forests of rhododendron and bamboo. As you reach the base camp, you will be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding peaks, including Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail).

The trek also takes you through diverse landscapes, including the Kali Gandaki River Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world. You will also pass through traditional mountain villages, including Manang and Chame, where you can experience the local culture and way of life.

The best time to undertake the Annapurna Circuit Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek combined is from March to May and from September to November, when the weather is favorable, and the trails are not too crowded.

Overall, the Annapurna Circuit Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek combined is an excellent choice for those looking for a challenging and diverse trekking experience in the heart of the Nepalese Himalayas.

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Trip Facts

Duration 26 Day(s)
Activities Trekking
Group Size 1 to 20
Best Season March to May, September to November
Start/End Point Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Difficulty Level Easy
Max Altitude 5416M

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