Annapurna Circuit Trek

An oasis near Muktinath An oasis near Muktinath

Also called the Apple Pie Trail, the Annapurna Circuit is a classic teahouse trek and considered one of the best in the world. The trail starts from the sub-tropical forest of Lamjung and skirts the walls of Annapurna to Manang. From there you cross the 5416m Thorung La and arrive in the high highest desert of Mustang.

Since much of the trek lies in the Himalayan rain shadow, the Annapurna Circuit is a great option during Monsoon season.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 2 Bus to Besi Sahar, the headquarter of the Lamjung District.
Day 3 We take a jeep to Chame (2710m), the headquarter of the Manang District.
Day 4 Walk to Upper Pisang (3310m). On the way, there are good views of Annapurna II (7937m) and Paungda Danda, a enormous curved rock face of 1500m tall.
Day 5 Walk to Manang (3540m, 5-7 hrs), a bustling town with well-stocked shops and great views.
Day 6 Rest day. Explore the gompas nearby or take a strenuous hike to Ice Lake (4620m) to aid acclimatization.
Day 7 Walk through pastures to Yak Kharka (4020m, 3-4 hrs)
Day 8 Walk along the Jarsang Khola and reach Thorung Phedi (4540m) in around 3 hours. Rest well and prepare for the big day ahead.
Day 9 We start early and cross the Thorung La (5416m, 3-4 hrs), which is the highest point of the trek. A steep descend brings us to Muktinath (3710m), a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists.
Day 10 Walk 5 hours to Lubra (3000m). Lubra is the only Bon village in the Mustang region with two Bon monasteries.
Day 11 Walk 3 hours to Jomsom (2760m). Trekkers short on time can fly or bus to Pokhara.
Day 12 Instead of following the jeep road, we walk along the east bank of the Kali Gandaki to reach Chimang (2870m, 2-3 hrs). This Thakali village offers superb views of Dhaulagiri.
Day 13 Trek to Titi Lake (2670m), a superb place for bird watching with great mountain views.
Day 14 Walk to Ghasa (2000m, 2-3 hrs)
Day 15 Walk to Tatopani (1190m, 5-6 hrs) where you can enjoy hot springs (Tato - hot, Pani - water). It's possible to continue on to Poon Hill or Annapurna Base Camp from here, via Ghorepani (2750m).
Day 16 Bus to Pokhara via Beni.
Day 17 Bus back to Kathmandu
Day 18 Transfer to the international airport.
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