The Annapurna Circuit trek 9 days is an incredible experience in the tranquility of nature. The diverse landscapes range from the barren desert-like landscapes of Jomsom to the lush green vegetation of the lower hills. The enchanting views of the Annapurna range of mountains make it one of the most loved trekking routes in the world. We can observe the natural beauty of the entire region on this spectacular tour. The culture, tradition, and lifestyle of the Gurungs, Magars, and Thakali ethnic communities are quite vibrant. The 9-day Annapurna circuit trek begins with a scenic drive to Chame from Kathmandu.
Our trekking journey commences from Chame as we follow the Marshyangdi Valley trail. We pass through the unique settlements of Pisang to arrive at Manang. We acclimatize for the first time in Manang. The trail then leads us to Yak Kharka, Thorong Phedi High camp, and eventually arrives at the majestic Thorung La Pass (5,416m).
The stunning Thorung La Pass is a challenging section of the trek and also the highest point of the trek. From Thorung-La pass we venture into the Kali Gandaki Valley. We will also visit the pilgrimage site of the sacred Muktinath temple, which is revered by both Buddhists and Hindus. The temple premises consists of 108 showers. We drive back to the beautiful Pokhara city and celebrate the success of the tour.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek 9 days are ideal for all skill levels. Beginner trekkers can hone their skills whereas more experienced trekkers can trek in beautiful nature. The captivating trek is an opportunity of a lifetime! Read further for the detailed itinerary of the trek and other important details and book your trip now!
- Glorious sunrise and sunset overlooking the magnificent snow-capped mountains
- Exploring the amazing landscapes of the Annapurna conservation area
- Opportunity to spot the rare wildlife of the region
- Spectacular views of Annapurna, Manaslu, and Ganesh Himal mountain ranges
- Exploring the culture, heritage, and lifestyles of the Gurung, Magar, and Tamang community
- Religious pilgrimage of Muktinath and other Buddhist heritage
- Observing the gorgeous emerald Tilicho lake
- Crossing the majestic Thorong la pass
- Incredible hospitality of the local people
- Experiencing the incredible tourist hub of a lakeside area in Pokhara
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu To Chame (2713m) on a Private Jeep Maximum altitude: 2713m Drive distance: 7-8 hours
Day 02: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3185m) Maximum altitude: 3185m Trek duration: 5-6 hours
Day 03: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3440m) Maximum altitude: 3440m Trek duration: 4-5 hours
Day 04: Acclimatization and Rest at Manang
Day 05: Trek From Manang To Yak Kharka (4210m) Maximum altitude: 4210m Trek duration: 4-5 hours
Day 06: Trek from Yak Kharka To Thorong Phedi (4640m) / Thorong High Camp (4800m) Maximum altitude: 4800m Trek duration: 5-6 hours
Day 07: Trek from Thorung Phedi (4640m)/ Thorong High Camp (4800m) To Muktinath (3802m) Via Thorong La Pass (5416m) Maximum altitude: 5416m Trek duration: 8-9 hours
Day 08: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2567m) Via Kagbeni (2840m) Maximum altitude: 2840m Trek duration: 5-6 hours
Day 09: Drive From Jomsom To Pokhara Maximum altitude: 2567m Drive duration: 8-9 hours
- Airport Pick up and drove in Kathmandu
- Twin sharing tea house accommodation during the trek.
- Kathmandu to Chame by private jeep
- Trekking permit-ACAP and TIMS cards
- English Speaking guide and porter to carry your bags all his expenses like salary, meals, accommodation, Insurance, and transportation
- 3 times meals- breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trekking
- Jomsom -Pokhara by local bus
- All government taxes and company service charges.
- International Flight
- Nepal entry Visa Fee
- Food Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara but we can book on your request.
- Travel Insurance in case of emergency for Heli rescue and other medication
- Hot and cold drinks
- Expenses of personal nature like telephone, internet, wifi, hot shower, battery charging
- Tips for guide and porter
After early morning breakfast, we begin our journey with a scenic drive to Chame. The drive passes through the picturesque valleys alongside the Trishuli River. We pass through the unique settlements of Besisahar, Bhulbhule, Jagat, and Dharapani. These small villages lie next to the Marsyangdi River. The beautiful terrace farms and green landscapes are incredible. The beautiful Ganesh Himal and the Manaslu Himal look incredibly enchanting. We need to register our permits at Bhulbhule check post. We make a brief stop and have our lunch in the quiet village of Jagat. After lunch, we pass along the banks of the Marsyangdi river to arrive at Dharapani (1860 m). There is a main entry point for the Annapurna circuit trek 9 days in Dharapani, and we register our documents at the check post and resume our journey to Chame. Chame is a commercial town with a busy bazaar and a pristine hot water spring alongside the Marsyangdi where we take a dip to relieve our stress after a long journey. The incredible views of the snow-capped mountain peaks including Annapurna II (7,937m), Lamjung Himal (6,932m), Manaslu (8,154m), and Peak 29 (7,833m) is awe-inspiring. We stay overnight at a lodge in Chame.
After breakfast, we start our journey on a steep and narrow valley and observe the majestic view of the Paungda Danda rock face which is a curved rock face that lies above 1500m from the river. We can observe the pristine views of Annapurna II and Pisang Peak in the south and north respectively. We descend further to the Manang Valley floor to finally arrive at Pisang. We pass through pristine rivers, deep gorges, frozen glaciers, yak pastures, and vast meadows along the Marshyangdi valley. We stay overnight at a lodge in Pisang.
After breakfast, we start our trek to Manang. The trek starts with an ascent to upper Pisang passing through Geru. We trek this route as it provides magnificent views of the north face of the snow-capped mountain peaks including Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho, and Pisang Peak. We ascend further to high altitude conditions with freezing temperatures and dry air. We also have an opportunity to explore the Tibetan influenced Buddhist culture including the visit to the outstanding Barge Monastery, which is the largest monastery in Manang. We stay overnight at lodge in Manang.
After breakfast, we start our acclimatization tour. Acclimatization is necessary for high altitude conditions as our bodies need to adapt to the fast-changing conditions. Acclimatization does not mean that you will stay idle. Trekkers should take small hikes and explore around the region even in the acclimatization period.
Acclimatization is essential after reaching the elevation of 3500 meters. You should adjust your pace and make sure you do not climb more than 300-600m per day. One important tip is to sleep a little lower than the highest point of the day to save yourself from altitude sickness. There are many side trips in Manang that will help you to acclimatize. You can visit the famous Praken Gompa which is an isolated gompa above Manang at 3945 m. The gompa lies ahead of a steady climb above the Manang town. You can also visit the emerald Gangapurna lake where we arrive after descending the main street and crossing the bridge. Gangapurna Lake is a beautiful lake formed from the melting of the majestic Gangapurna Glacier. We spend acclimatizing in and around Manang and let our bodies adapt to the high altitude condition. We can also observe Thorung la pass from the viewpoint near Manang. The entire landscape of the place reminds you of a Tibetan Plateau. After a day full of acclimatization, we return back to our lodge and stay overnight.
After breakfast, we start our trek to Yak Kharka observing the unique landscapes with diverse topography. We pass through the beautiful hills, alpine yak pastures, and mani walls. The diverse flora and fauna of the region will enthrall you. After trekking for some time, we arrive at a tree line dominated by grass, and bushes. The outstanding panorama of snow-capped mountains including Gangapurna, Annapurna II, Annapurna, III, Annapurna IV, Chulu Peak, Thorong peak, and others will make you fall in love with the place. The natural landscape and the diverse wildlife of the Annapurna Conservation Area are mesmerizing. You can see Yak’s and deer’s grazing in the vast meadows of the region. The vast meadow is popularly called as Yak Kharka by the locals. We stay overnight at a lodge in Yak Kharka.
After breakfast, we start our trek with an ascent of 3 to 4 hours. We leave Yak Kharka for Thorong Phedi via Jorsang Khola (4310m). You can observe many magnificent mountain peaks of Annapurna Himalayan range including Annapurna II, III, IV, Tilcho peak, Gangapurna, Thorung peak, Pisang Peak, Chulu Peak, and others. The Annapurna circuit trek 9 days offers great views of some of the incredible views of the mountain range along the trail. You can either stay at Thorong Phedi or high camp. From the high camp, you can make an easy cross to the Thorung La pass. We arrive at Thorong Phedi or Thorong High Camp at (4420m/14501 ft). Phedi means “foot of the hill” in Nepali. The trail leads us to a narrow path beside a high slope on a stony trail. We then walk slowly for one and a half hours to arrive at the Highcamp or Thorong Phedi. We stay overnight at a camp in Thorong Phedi.
After breakfast, we start our trek to the majestic Thorong La pass, which is one of the highest passes in the world. The highest point of the trek is also the most challenging. We wake up as early as 3 AM to complete this challenging trek. We force ourselves on a dry and icy air along the high altitude conditions to cross the Thorong La pass. The outstanding mountain vista ranging from Tibet to several of the main peaks of Annapurna will compensate all your hardships. The trail then descends all the way to the famous temple of Muktinath. The steep descent takes you about 3 to 4 hours. The religious pilgrimage of Muktinath is a holy site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The temple is also known as Chumig Gyatsa which means "Hundred Waters" in Tibetan. We observe the stunning landscapes of the region and stay overnight at a lodge around Muktinath.
After breakfast, we explore the beautiful Muktinath region for some time and then head down the valley. The pristine Kali Gandaki river flows beyond the valley on the trail to Jomsom, which is the district headquarters of Mustang. We pass through the beautiful village of Kagbeni along the way to Jomsom. Kagbeni is a beautiful old city that was a significant gateway to the entire Upper Mustang region. Jomsom is a scenic village with vast dry and arid landscapes. The apple cultivation farm and various apple products from Jomsom like apple pie, apple wine, etc are quite popular all over the country. There are many guest houses, lodges, and tea houses in the windy city of Jomsom. We stay overnight at a lodge in Jomsom.
After breakfast, we take a bus for a drive back to Pokhara. The scenic bus drive takes us to the deepest gorge in the world. You will also pass through the vast desert-like landscapes of the highlands and the green jungles of the hills. The majestic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains will welcome us along the route until we arrive at Pokhara. We stroll around the Lakeside area of Pokhara in the evening and celebrate the success of the tour with a celebratory dinner.
This review is for a trip to the Annapurna region in November 2017. Overall, a positive experience. All aspects of my trip were well organized. My guide was informative & patient. Value for the money was great! I would definitely travel with Halesi Treks again. Thank you.
Gianni, United States
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