The Annapurna area of Nepal is one of the most popular place for trekkers in Nepal. Its trail takes you to the Annapurna mountain range located at central Nepal. The trekking length vary from 150 to 250 kilometers depending on the start point and use of the vehicle.
The Annapurna trek takes you to the highest altitude of 5416m at Thorung La. This Annapurna trek encircles the Annapurna massif with some stunning view of more than 12 peaks and mountains on the way.
The most recommended way to do the circuit is anti clockwise as this way has a slower altitude gain every day for safer crossing of Thorung La pass.
The view during the trek includes Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Tilicho peak, Gangapurna, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Dhaulagiri and other mountain peaks ranging for 6000m to 8000m.
The start point of Annapurna trek is generally Besisahar or Bhulbhule. The town of Besisahar can be reached in about 6 hour ride from Kathmandu. If you want to save some days, you can take a Jeep from Besisahar to Chame. This ride will effectively save you 2 to 3 days of trek. But please note that the availability of Jeep ride is subjected to season and condition of the road. If you are lucky, you can get to Chame from Kathmandu in a day using vehicles.
The trail has numerous tea houses available for meals and accommodations. No tents or camping is necessary if you are following the trail.
Day 01: Kathmandu to Bhulbhule (850m)
Day 02: Bhulbhule to Syange (1130m)
Day 03: Syange to Dharapani (1900m)
Day 04: Dharapani to Chame (2710m) (You can reach here in a day subjected to availability of vehicle)
Day 05: Chame to Upper Pisang (3310m)
Day 06: Upper Pisang to Braga (3450m) – For great view make sure that you go to Ghyaru village – highly recommended
Day 07: Braga to Manang (3540m) about 30 minute trek only. Rest of the day is reserved for exploration of Manang village.
Day 08: Manang to Churi lader (4200m) – There is a possible side trip here. If you have few more days, you can go to Tilicho lake. Another highly recommended place in Annapurna region. From Manang, go to Tilicho base camp and stay there. Next day make an early morning trek to Tilicho lake, explore around the lake and return back to Tilicho base camp for night stay. Next day you can join the usual trail of Annapurna trek and reach Churi lader.
Day 09: Churi lader to Thorang La high camp (4850m)
Day 10: Thorang La camp to Muktinath (3800m)
Day 11: Muktinath to Kagbeni (2800m) – Kagbeni is another beautiful little town – highly recommended
Day 12: Kagbeni to Jomsom (2720m)
Day 13: Jomsom to Tatopani (1189m) – Via Jeep or Bus. If you have time you can trek this section as well. If you do trek make sure that you stay at the village of Marpha.
Day 14: Tatopani to Chitre (2350m)
Day 15: Chitre to Ghorepani (2855m)
Day 16: Ghorepani to Tadapani (2590m) – Early morning hike to Poon Hill for panaromic view of the Annapurna mountain range and trek continues to Tadapani.
Day 17: Tadapani to Ghandruk (1940m)
Day 18: Ghandruk to Pothana (1890m)
Day 19: Pothana to Pokhara (828m) – Pokhara is a beautiful city with lots of fun activities like paragliding, boating, Zip flyer etc. You can easily spend few day in this beautiful city.
Day 20: Pokhara to Kathmandu
Even further addition to this trek can be Annapurna base camp which take about 5 to 6 more days. Every stop point mentioned in our tentative itinerary have some tea house so no camping to tent is required.