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11 Days Annapurna circuit trek Itinerary

September 11, 2019

11 Days Annapurna circuit trek Itinerary

The 11 Days Annapurna circuit trek Itinerary is genuinely design for those trekkers who are very short on time in Nepal but  have been dreaming since many years to reach in the high mountain region.

it is formally opened to travelers in 1949AD. Since more than 6 decade it’s being really popular and best choices hiking for visitors.

Furthermore, it is not only popular in Nepal, is also world’s most charismatic trekking route, where more than 40,000 trekkers visits in a year.

The Annapurna circuit trekking is truly a wonderful trekking trail located in the north west of Kathmandu. This trek begins from very low land at 1000 meter and the highest point till 5416 meters- Thorong –La pass , which means trekking within few days gives you so many wonderful opportunities to examine the real country side culture, nature and mighty Annapurna mountain panorama thus, no doubt Annapurna circuit trekking is a complete trekking package for trekkers.

However, Annapurna circuit trekking or Annapurna round trekking is a moderate hiking path in the massif Annapurna conservation area (ACAP) stars from rugged mountains from low land up to the very high pass a Thorong la , passing so many Gurung, Tibetan, Brahmin and other mixed cultural villages, their way of farming, beauty of landscapes and beautifully made wooden and metal made bridges over Marsyagdi river and many streams.

Table of contents:

  • Annapurna circuit trek Highlights,
  • Facts of Annapurna circuit trek,
  • Annapurna circuit trek brief itinerary,
  • Annapurna circuit trek detailed itinerary
  • Annapurna circuit trekking options
  • Guide hiring for Annapurna circuit trek
  • Conclusion
  • FAQs for Annapurna circuit trek

Annapurna circuit trek Highlights:

  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Jagat,
  • Enjoy the stunning Natural diversities and explores Indigenous cultural villages  along the trail,
  • Reach to the top of Thorong la pass at 5,416 m and enjoy the circle White Mountain View including massif Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.
  • Trekking through the verdant forest, farming, waterfalls, glacial lakes, Crystal clear blue rivers and countryside local life styles.
  • There are also quite some Ages old Monasteries, and temples where there are unbelievable art and architect,
  • After the Thorong la, you reach at Muktinath as it is a most popular Hindu Pilgrims site in Nepal and Stunning kali Gandaki valley view in the west.
  • Observe the world’s deepest Gorge Dana, and a popular waterfall Rupchechhahara,
  • Visit natural hot spring Tatopani – A great place to relax next to kali Gandaki river,

Facts of Annapurna circuit trek:

Trekking duration: 11 days

Best trekking months: September – Early December & March to May

Group size Limits: Minimum 1 and maximum 35 People

Accommodations: Basic Lodges and tea houses

Foods: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Provides by the lodge

Highest elevation: Thorong La pass (5,416 m)

Major Highlights: Manang, Thorong la pass-Muktinath, Marfa and Tatopani

Route of Trek: Kathmandu – Jagat – Manang – Thorong-La pass – Muktinath – Jomsom – Tatopani – Pokhara – Kathmandu

Annapurna circuit trek brief itinerary:

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Jagat (1,300 m) – 8 hrs.

Day 02: Trek from Jagat to Dharapani (1,960 m) – 6 hrs.

Day 03: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2,710 m) – 5 hrs.

Day 04: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,300 m) – 5 hrs.

Day 05: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3,540 m) – 6 hrs.

Day 06: Acclimatization day at Manang (3,540 m)

Day 07: Trek from Manang to Letdar (4,230 m) – 4 hrs.

Day 08: Trek from Letdar to Thorang Phedi (4,600 m) – 4 hrs.

Day 09: Trek to Muktinath (3,800 m) via Thorang La Pass (5,416 m) – 8 hrs

Day 10: Trek to Jomsom (2,670 m) – 4 hrs

Day 11: Fly/Drive to Pokhara (9,00 m) – 8 hrs.

Annapurna circuit trek detailed itinerary:

1 DAY: Arrival in Kathmandu.

Your trek to Annapurna circuit starts as you arrive in Kathmandu. Our Airport representative will welcome you in airport than take you to your hotel. After check in at the hotel, on your choice either resting for few hours or explore city near by the hotel and evening time, you will have welcome dinner with some trekking information from the trekking leader.

2 DAY: Drive from Kathmandu to Jagat

From Kathmandu, you are driving all the way to Jagat along Trisuli and Marsyagdi River. It is about 8 hour journey but you get to see the traditional houses, valley, farmland, Green hills, Forest and Headquarter of Lamjung district – the Besi sahar. After Besi sahar we continue our drive to Jagat. We will spend a night there in the lodge, is a beautiful mountain area.

3 DAY: Jagat to Dharapani- 1,960 m: 6 hrs. walk

Today is your first walking day for this beautiful trek. From here we take a popular route descending through the forest likewise some villages such as Chyamje, Sattale, Tal, Karte and so on…the next, we have to pass few bridges fixed on the cliff of massif rocks and passes also many traditional houses. Today is relatively easy walking day.

We are staying at Dharapani tonight in the lodge.

4 Day: Dharapani to Chame- 2,710 m: 5 hrs walk

On your trail to Chame today you are walking on the ridge of Mountain and forest. It is mostly a easy walk again on a flat path, and further walk goes smoothly pleasant with all beautiful scenery and breathtaking Views of Annapurna II, Annapurna IV and Lamjung Himal along with the wonderful Natural hot spring.

Your 5 hours journey today takes you to the beautiful mountain settlement Chame , as it is also popular administrative center of this area . You are staying in the lodge at chame run by local people.

5 DAY: Chame to Pisang 3,300 m: 5 hrs.

From here we are taking a small trail along Marsyangdi, river and dense forest. As long as you go up towards Pisang the dense forest will be thin and more visible around. The next after passing the forest the landscapes change dramatically and more pleasant because you are over 3000 meter high and the view of white snow Cam Mountain will be truly stunning.

Our pleasant 5 hours trek takes us to Beautiful Pisang village, where there are some tea house to eat and sleep tonight.

06 DAY: Pisang to Manang (3,540 m): 6 hrs. Walk

After warm and fresh early breakfast we are talking popular trail to Manang. There are main two routes from here the lower trail and upper trail passing traditional villages the Nwagal. Our exciting steeps onwards we get to see Magical mountain views of Gangapurna, Tilicho and Annapurna. Likewise the landscapes before reaching Manang are just wonderful with a small pine forest and exceptional rock Foundations.

07 DAY: Manang Acclimatization day (3,540 m)

Manang is absolutely a best tea house camp during Annapurna circuit trekking and it is located at 3540 meter from the sea levels, which means it is a best spot to acclimatize your body, the next from here you can observe magical high mountain views of Gangapurna, Annapurna and many eye catching snow cap peaks.

There are few monasteries which will give you immense opportunities to enjoy the local culture influence by Tibetan Buddhist traditions. If you are physically fit and got energy to walk for a day trip from Manang than you can hike to Ice Lake of Gangapurn Mountain similarly, visit Milarepa bushiest cave. Notated that sleeping during the day is not good for your body to acclimatize thus, try to hike at least hundred meters higher than your lodge.

You are spending one night again here in the lodge.

Day 08: Manang to Letdar (4,230): 4 hrs walk

Our hike begins again in the morning after breakfast. We trek along the rocky trail most of the time today and also along the bank of Jharsang khola(stream) , follow the gradual ascends and descents frequesntly than need to cross some basic bridges, passing some local village than reach Letdar. Tonight we are staying here in the lodge.

Day 09: Letdar to Thorang Phedi (4,600 m)

From here we follow the trail going up straight throughout the massif rocks, landscapes and admirable scenery. Our trail today takes us on the dry land with quite some colors makes wonderful scenery and giant White Mountain view in the back ground.

You are suggested to walk carefully at some point today because of dangerous landscapes otherwise you will enjoy each and every step onwards to Thorng Phedi.

You are very close to Thorong –La but tonight you are staying in the lodge with your guide, porter and introduced hikers.

Day 10: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath via Thorang La Pass (5,416 m): 8 hrs.

Today is our most exciting day and also days with many adventure activities, such as walk on Glacier Lake, reach to the top of Thorong la and Walk also on rocky trail formation. While you are walking towards from Thorong Phedi to the op of Thorong la, it gets strong wind therefore, you are suggested to start your hike early in the morning and it takes about 3 to 4 hours to the top.

When you reach to the top of Thorong la, you will have no doubt such a magnificent mountain panorama than you trek continue following the popular trail to Muktinath, however, from the top of Thorong la there will be very easy walking , all going downhill but quite windy, be aware from that. You are staying at the lodge in Muktinath today. 

Day 11: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,670 m): 4 Hours

From here we follow the steep trail down to Budigandaki River, than we trek along the river to Jomsom. It is a popular trade center of Mustang ditrict also headquarter of Mustang district. We spent one night here in the lodge.

There are two options from Jomsom to reach Pokhara, either fly from here to Pokhara or take a bus, jeep to Pokhara, If you are taking jeep than you can stop at Tatopani for an hour to bath in the pool than drive continue to Pokhara and if you are flying takes 20 minute to Pokhara.

Day 12: Fly/Drive to Pokhara(850 m)

After a night stay at Jomsom we can fly to Pokhara, takes 20 minute and the flighty only available in the morning, likewise if you want to get jeep or bus to Pokhara you can take bus/jeep straight to Pokhara via Tatopani. Stay one night in Pokhara.

Conclusion:

11 Days Annapurna circuit trekking is an ultimate trekking trails in Annapurna region who wants to experience the local culture in the mountain and to enjoy the magnificent view of Complete Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. This trek takes you to the very remote area, where there so many indigenous people and interesting culture, However Annapurna circuit trekking is the 2nd biggest trekking path starts from 800 m to 5416 m throughout the cultural houses, farms, rivers, valley and mesmerizing white mountain view.

Annapurna circuit trekking options:

There are 40 % travelers, who come to Nepal for the purpose of Annapurna trekking, especially Annapurna circuit trek as it is most visited and a complete 2 weeks holiday provides you many unique experiences. However, There are many people who wants to experience this trek but because of budget, Time, previous experiences they can’t make it but there are few alternative options for Annapurna circuit trekking.

Few options for Annapurna circuit trek:

  • Classic Annapurna circuit trek (Besisahar to Nayapul via Thorong la Pass)- 18 to 21 days
  • Besisahar to Tatopani via Thorong la pass – 15 days
  • Besisahar to Tatopani (then Bus and Jeep to Pokhara) – 15 days
  • Besisahar to Jomsom (then a flight or jeep to Pokhara) – 13 days
  • Drive to Jagat than to Tatopani – 12 days( Drive from Tatopani to Pokhara)
  • Drive to Chame than to Jomsom -10 days(Drive from Jomsom to Pokhara)

Manily there are 3 popular options for Annapurna circuit trek which are as bellows:

Option 1:

The common itinerary of this trek is quite long but if are able to follow this itinerary than you can experience various culture from low elevation to the upper Annapurna region. For example you begin you trek with 7 hour drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar than trek begins according to the itinerary and reach Thorong la pass than to Muktinath. From here you trek continue to Jomsom- Marfa- Tukuche- Kalopani- Ghasa- Tatopani- Ghaorepani- nayapul than back to Pokhara, it is a classic Annapurna round trek to experience the entire mountain life, culture, daily life of local etc.

Option one Annapurna circuit trekking is for those trekkers who are curious more about country side life, their traditions, cosmos, behaviors and of course to enjoy the high Annapurna mountain panorama.

Option 2:

The option two is shorter trek than option one, who is short on time but wish to be on top of Thorong la (5,416, through the villages. In this option instead of taking bus from Kathmandu Besisahar, you can take bus/jeep straight to Jagat, which means you skip already few days than follow the popular trail of Annapurna circuit to Thorong la, than to Muktinath and the next you trek to Jomsom and fly to Pokhara, it will take 12 days only to complete it.

This option is truly a best for those trekkers, who are short on time but strong desire to enjoy the mountain scenery and culture.

Option 3:

It is relatively the easiest option for hikers. In this option you start your trek from Pokhara to Nayapul and follow the popular route of Ghorepani than to Muktinath. It is 10 days half annapurn acircuit trek skipping the highest elevation the Thorong la pass (5416 m). Trekking to Annapurna region via Ghorepani and tatopani provides you the unbelievable natural scenery, White Mountain view, world’s deepest gorge, Natural hot spring and unspoiled Thakali and Gurung culture along the route.

This trekking option is for those trekkers who are not so fit, short on time and scare with the altitude. However trekking to Muktinath is a half way of popular Annapurna circuit trek gives you many chances to enjoy the local life, introduce with them, high mountain vistas and Admirable kali Gandaki valley view.

FAQs for Annapurna circuit trek

How many days will be enough for Annapurna circuit trek?

In general, for Annapurna circuit trek takes 18 days but it will still depends on where you going to finish your trek and where you begin, however, the normal trekking days for Annapurna circuit trek is about 2 weeks, and the next in this beautiful trek you will minimum walk about 160 km and mix about 230 km.

The shortest duration for this trek is 10 days but you have to be physically fit and strong. If you have enough time and budget for your Nepal holiday than you can follow the classic Annapurna circuit trek which will takes about 28 days.

What are the best months to go to Annapurna circuit trek?

The best months for Annapurna circuit trek and entire Annapurna region is during spring (March – may) and (September – November). Trekking to Annapurna circuit/round during spring and autumn is the best because, there will be clean route, no risk of landslide and avalanches, the view of waterfall will be perfect with lots of water on, the temperature will be relatively mild, the sky get really clear, which means you will have magical view of Mt. Annapurna, Nilgiri and Mt. Dhaulagiri mountain range.

Is Annapurna circuit trek very difficult?

This is one of the most visited trekking and it is considerate to be the moderate trek. While trekking in this area you don’t need any technical knowledge or any kind of equipment but you are suggested to be fit, experienced and positive.

There are various landscapes and terrain but there are limit hours of walking every day and enough time to walk during the day. The higher you ascent, the trek will be slightly harder and harder but you should drink a lot of water, eat fresh food which will help you a lot for avoiding AMS. However, when you get more 3500 m you should walk very slow, take rest whenever you want, eat enough and drink enough.

Are there any problems of Altitude mountain sickness?

During Annapurna circuit trekking there are not really such a risk of altitude sickness but once you cross 3500m, you need to be slow and take care, because above 3500 m you may get mountain sickness. If you are heading to Annapurna circuit trekking you should be aware about mountain sickness and get some information also preventive medicine similar, incase if you need some information and treatment about AMS during the trek, you can visit AMS lecture hall at Manang which is organized by The Himalayan rescue Association.

What kind of accommodation can you get during Annapurna circuit trekking?

The Annapurna circuit trek is totally Tea house base trekking which means you don’t need to carry any tent or foods, everything will be provided by tea house and lodges. Generally, the tea houses and lodges rooms are basic with sharing bathrooms. You will have bed, private locker, pillows, mattress and small tea table inside the room but not blanket. This is why if you are trekking peak season (Sep to Oct or march to May) you should take your own blanket. On request the lodges provides blanket but not 100 % sure in each tea houses so it is better bring your own sleeping bag yourself.

There is kind of heating system at the lodge in the middle of dining hall which means if you are cold you can stay in the dining hall instead of room and only by sleeping time you can go to your room.

How much Nepali money/USD do I need for per day?

In this trekking you don’t need a lot of money but you have to bring enough money because there is no ATM machine/money exchange. Per day for one trekkers need about 25 to 30 USD (3100 Nepali rupee) that will covers your 3 times meal and accommodation. Furthermore if you want to eat chocolate, bars, extra snacks than you might take about 40 USD per day person.

How much money do I need?

2000 NPR (approx. US$20) per day should be fine for covering your room and three basic meals per day. If you want to splurge a bit more and buy some additional snickers bars, have a continental meal for dinner or drink heaps of hot chocolate, then think of spending up to 3000 NPR per day ($30).

The price which I mentioned above is in general but with your nature of expenses and intension it can be different so keep in mind that prices may get higher together with the altitude increase and every additional year and season the cost of food and accommodation will be different.

Is trekking permit compulsory for Annapurna circuit trekking?

Yes, it is compulsory to have Annapurna conservation area permit (ACAP) and TIMS (Trekker’s Information Management System Card) card. The cost of trekking permit per head cost $30 USD (Nepali rupee-3,000) and TIMS card cost $20 USD.

You can obtain Trekking permit from Nepal tourism board (NTB) In Kathmandu. To make permit you just need two p.p. size photographs and passport copy.

Are guide and porter compulsory?

The Annapurna circuit trekking can be done without guide or porter but if you are here to explore the culture and mountains than you are kindly suggested to hire guide and porter, they will help you a lot and give you so many knowledge and locality. The next, you are also giving a great contribution to the poor local guide and Porter.

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