The Annapurna trail is dauntingly mesmerizing and packed with wide variations in diversity. There are many things to see in the Annapurna region. From kind locals and their rich culture to the deepest gorge in the world, Kali Gandaki gorge, round trekking in Annapurna is true adventurous activity.
The circuit trek is Nepal's most famous – and arguably the best – trek because it exposes you to so much in such a short amount of time. It's one of the most rewarding high-altitude treks you can make, and we hope you do! We'd say that if you could only do one trek in your life, this should be it. You'll get more out of one excursion than from numerous others.
The circuit trek is voted the best long-distance trek in the world since it covers a lot of climatic zones, a spectacular variation of geography, and, most importantly, distinct cultures and people. Furthermore, it is an enticing 160-230 kilometre journey into a divine universe that leads to the immaculate Thorong La Pass.
It is noteworthy to realize that the trek is spectacular and appeals to both novice and experienced trekkers. This graceful trek takes you along the most magnificent trekking trails in the world, with views of the world's seventh and tenth highest mountains, Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Annapurna (8,029m), respectively (8,091m). Similarly, the world's deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki River, is enthralling.
Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, and many other snow-capped summits above 6,000 m are visible from the circuit trek. Biodiversity exploration in the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) will never be second on your itinerary!
The trek takes you to the Thorong La Pass (5,416 m) - the highest trekking pass in Nepal. The picturesque Manang village and Muktinath are the two significant places in the Annapurna Region! You get to have an overnight stay there. At Outfitter Nepal, we offer both group joining and private departure of the 20 days Round Annapurna trek. Check out our departure dates to join or contact us for a tailor-made Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary.
For many reasons, the round trip in Annapurna is considered more than just a trek. From the start to the finish, the splendour of culture and environment is a subject of appreciation! It is a whole adventure across the Himalayas where you will have the opportunity to see some of the world's most stunning mountains and learn about and appreciate the interesting culture of the mountain peoples and their unique way of life.
As we hike day after day, we'll become acquainted with the daily lives of Nepalese mountain people who have lived in the remotest region of the country for centuries. Take this journey to be immersed in the splendour of the mighty Himalayas as well as the culture and agriculture of small traditional communities.
Start your adventure with our hand-picked circuit trek itinerary, which takes us around the Annapurna range, culminating at Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,769ft). We will march across the world's deepest Kali Gandaki gorge on the Annapurna circuit trek, regardless of difficulty level, with Mt. Annapurna I rising to 8,091m (26,545ft) to the east and Mt. Dhaulagiri hovering at 8,167m (26,795ft) to the west!
The circuit trek in Annapurna starts with a guided day tour in Kathmandu. The next day, you drive to Bhulbhule, the starting point of the trek. The trail follows two major river valleys Marsyangdi River Valley and Kali Gandaki River Valley. The first half of the trail follows Marsyangdi River Valley and leads you to Thorong Phedi. Further, crossing challenging Thorong La Pass, you walk along Kali Gandaki River Valley. This is an exciting opportunity you cannot miss!
Outfitter Nepal has extensive expertise in organising treks in Nepal's Himalayas. Our Annapurna Circuit trek package will take you on the most exciting experience of your life! Join us on one of our 2023 circuit trek departure dates, or contact us to tailor an Annapurna Trek to your specific needs. Enjoy this breathtaking excursion knowing that our skilled, experienced guides and porters will be there to help you at every turn.
Things you will get to see & experience during the Annapurna Circuit Trek
Stunning Views of Himalayan Mountains
Annapurna Circuit Trek 20 days will offer you incredible views of several Himalayan mountains like Annapurna Range (8,091 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Mt. Gangapurna (7,455 m), Tukuche Peak (6,920 m), Varaha Shikhar (7,847 m), etc.
The Annapurna trekking is a treat to every wanderlust’s eyes. The gradual clearer and snow-clad view of the Nepali Himalayas will more than reward this unforgettable experience high up in the Himalayas!
Culturally Rich Villages
The trek delivers a magnificent view of the world's tallest mountains as well as a fascinating peek into the local culture, traditions, and rituals. The circuit trek traverses you through unique sceneries and topography, canyons between the highest mountains, ever-flowing glacier rivers and lakes, Himalayan flora and fauna, and traditional Nepali communities.
On our journey, we will encounter natural as well as Himalayan glory, including close-up views of some of the world's tallest mountains and the local community's outstanding hospitality, culture, and tradition.
During the circuit trekking, you will get to see authentic culture while you stay in several villages. Mostly dominated by Gurung, Brahmins, Manangis, Thakalis, and Magars, this journey will let you experience the norms, values, and ancient practices of locals. Several stupas, gumba, and chortens the example of the cultural richness of the region. Along with that, you will also visit one of the holiest temples of Hindus.
While trekking around the Annapurna Region, we will learn about their culture and traditions. Along the way, you'll pass through serene panoramas and gorgeous scenery, as well as exquisite Gurung and Magar villages. Mountaineers and many others who love the grandeur of environment and culture will enjoy the trek around the Annapurna Region.
Manang is one of the most famous places in Nepal and also the most beautiful. Manang itself has numerous things to do from a short hike to nearby quaint villages to thrilling mountain biking. You can visit Milarepa’s Cave and Braga Bhojo Gompa, the most significant spots. Besides this, you can see stunning landscape views from Manang.
Many visitors like spending a few days in Manang, which is known for its breathtaking grandeur. The gurgling of the flowing river can be heard throughout this charming village, as this tiny hamlet is nestled by the Marsyangdi River. This river goes towards the Annapurna Mountain’s eastern side. The population of this little village in Nepal's Gandaki province is about 6500.
Cross Challenging Thorong La Pass
Damodar Himal is home to the Thorong La Pass. It is located in central Nepal, to the north of the Annapurna Himal. The pass is lodged between the peaks Khatung Kang and Yakwa. The pass rises 5,416 meters above sea level which is also the circuit trek’s highest point. It is recognized as the most difficult hike in the Annapurna region.
Crossing Thorong La Pass is the most challenging activity during Tilicho Thorong La Pass Trek. You have to trek on a steep rugged trail to reach the top of the pass. Regardless of the difficulty level, once you will reach the top, you will get to witness a tempting view of the surrounding.
Trekking to the Thorong La Pass requires not only effort and stamina but also patience. You'll feel as though the pass is only around the corner, and you'll summon all your strength to claim triumph, but when you get there, it's simply another slope to a ridge. However, when you reach the highest point after all of your perseverance and effort, you will feel as if your patience and effort were rewarded. The view you see is simply stunning, and the sense of accomplishment and success that comes with reaching it is something you should experience for yourself. You'll feel like an ultimate champion with all the emotions in your soul and spirit.
Visit Muktinath Temple
Muktinath Temple is one of the holiest pilgrimage sites of Hindus and Buddhists situated at the foothill of Thorong La Pass. Known as the highest temple in the world (3,800 m), Muktinath is considered Mukti Kshetra (place of liberation). As per legends visiting Muktinath Temple will wash off all your sins of yours and bless you with good luck. Thousands of pilgrims come here from different parts of Nepal and India to take a bath in the pond & the tap that exits in the Muktinath temple.
The temple is one of the oldest temples in Nepal's Himalayan state dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his Vaishnava devotees. The shrine is one of the eight sacred locations known as Swayam Vyakta Kshetras (the other seven being Srirangam, Srimushnam, Tirupati, Naimsharanya, Pushkar, and Badrinath). It is one of the 108 Divya Desam holy locations dedicated to Lord Vishnu's devotion. Similarly, it is also one of the 51 shakti pithas devoted to Lord Shiva's wife, Goddess Sati (Shakti).
Taste Delicious Apples in Marpha
Marpha is known for its multi-story old stone structures built by hand without the use of mud or cement, as well as the delicious apples cultivated in the lush valley that runs between the Nilgiri and Dahlugiri Himalayan foothills.
You'll want to stay here more than one night because this gorgeous Thakali settlement is so appealing! The lovely village's character is defined by its stoned pavements and whitewashed buildings. This village is quite tranquil! Apples are undoubtedly the village's stars. The handmade apple cider and delectable freshly baked apple pies are the best of the bunch. Have you already felt your mouth watering? Marpha is unquestionably one of the most exclusive villages on the Annapurna Circuit.
Enjoy Hot Spring in Tatopani
The Tato Pani natural hot spring is the highlight of the Annapurna Region. On the journey back to Pokhara, many trekkers choose this route. Bathing in a natural hot spring can help you recover from the tension and exhaustion of your walk.
Similarly, spring water is said to have a special healing capacity for easing pains and aches. It is impossible to overestimate the religious significance of hot springs. Thus, it is said that swimming in a hot spring spiritually purifies the soul. You must, however, spend a few additional dollars.
Beautiful Ghorepani Village
This village is a popular trekking destination in the Annapurna range. Ghorepani village, at roughly 2760 meters above sea level, boasts breathtaking views of Nepal's Himalayan terrain. In Ghorepani, hill trekking is quite popular. Poon Hill, which is also one of the routes to the circuit trek, is the most excellent hill for trekking from Ghorepani. Poon Hill's highest point rises 3210 meters above sea level. From the pinnacle of Poon Hill, you can see the most spectacular sun rising over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayas.
This village is located on the Ghorepani Poon Hill hiking trail. The oak forest, home to a variety of birds as well as verdant hills and patchwork valleys, will enchant your eyes. Almost every vantage point provides a tempting glimpse. A journey to Poon Hill allows visitors to witness the entire mountain range as well as the sun's red and pink rays in full bloom during Sunset and Sunrise. People from the Gurung and Magar communities also live in this region. You will have the opportunity to connect with them and witness their daily routine.
Stunning Sunrise from Poon Hill View Point
Poon Hill is one of the Annapurna region's most well-known vistas. Trekkers frequently ascend to Poon Hill, located immediately above Ghorepani Village, for a short stroll. Most trekkers leave the village of Ghorepani early in the morning to trek to Poon Hill to enjoy the sunrise. The western Himalayan Mountains, as well as a tempting sunrise and sunset, can be seen from here.
The vistas of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri are incredible, and the hour-long trek up stone stairs through a rhododendron forest is well worth the effort! Poon Hill may get quite crowded, especially during the peak hiking seasons of spring and autumn. As you take in the scenery, expect to be surrounded by hundreds of other hikers. There's also a coffee shop with hot and cold beverages. The enticing ride to Poon Hill will leave you speechless!
The climate and landscape are unique than anything else
The circuit trek starts in a verdant subtropical zone, where you can hear the rushing river even though you can't see it. The weather is pleasant, as you drive by numerous terraced paddies and farms. After that, you make your way up the Marsyangdi River valley, passing through deciduous forests and cooler temperatures. You begin to have clear views of the Annapurna ranges, which include Annapurna I (8,091 m), the region's highest peak and the world's tenth highest peak!
Then you ascend above the tree line to bare slopes and dismal ravines, surrounded by snowy peaks. The air is thin, and the wind is frequently strong. Thorong La, a mountain pass 5,416 meters above sea level where the Khatung Kang and Yakawa Kang mountains meet, is the highest point of the Annapurna Trek.