Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Out to get a pretty view? Take the train up Snowdon. Want to see something truly spectacular? Join us on the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Frankly, it’s flamin’ ridiculous.

With parts of the range sitting north of 5,000m above sea level, the encounter you’ll have with these mountains is altogether other-worldly. And if you want to experience the stunning silences and breath-taking views that only exist up high in ranges like these, The Annapurna Circuit Trek deserves a spot on your Bucket List. But Annapurna’s not all peace and quiet. Oh heck, no.

Like most mountain paths around the globe, the Annapurna trail started life as a trade route. Only thing is, unlike all the others, this circuit still functions for trade today. So if you want more than a glimpse of traditional Nepalese life and true mountain culture – and you want to know what it feels like to conquer 11 days of trekking through some of the most beautiful mountain scenery on earth – this is an adventure for you.

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What is it like?

All day, every day on the Annapurna Circuit, Nepalese locals move goods from village to village, continuing to work the way their fore fathers set out hundreds of years ago. As a result, you really are able to experience true Nepalese mountain culture on this Bucket List Co adventure, and find out exactly how the locals live. Sharing the trail with locals and other trekkers means that, for the most part, this certainly won’t be your typical quiet mountain odyssey.

Thanks to the melting pot of different thoughts, experiences and languages, you’ll encounter more random moments of the unexpected than you ever imagined. It’s the perfect mixture of challenge, beauty and downright hilarity. The mishmash of cultures (and various misappropriations of those cultures!) makes for a pretty eclectic trek; with ancient Buddhist temples nestled among hawkers selling trinkets and, honestly, the occasional porter blasting Western chart music. But that’s why we love Annapurna so much. Never a dull moment. Lots to see. Plenty of fun. And the satisfaction that you’ll feel knowing you’ve got it in you to hike through one of the most majestic mountain ranges on earth? There’s nothing quite like it.

The journey starts in Kathmandu where you’ll hop aboard a bus to Besisahr then hitch a Jeep ride to Khidi. That’s where the mountains views start with Lamjung Himal on your left and Himalchuli on your right.When the trekking begins, you’ll follow well-maintained trails through Marsyangdi river valley all the way to Manang. Ascending the steep and often snowy trail, you’ll eventually reach the Thorong-La Pass, some 5334m up. And after the pass? You descend to the Hindu pilgrimage site of Muktinath and keep going down all the way to Jomsom, the centre of the Gharapjhong rural municipality.

There’s so much to do and see on the Annapurna Circuit that only one question remains: are you up to the challenge?

Day 1

DEPART FOR NEPAL

Depart from the UK for Kathamndu.

Day 2

EXPLORING KATHMANDU

We arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to our hotel. Spend the day getting used to our surroundings and picking up any last-minute necessities!

Day 3

DRIVE TO KHUDI

The following morning, we will drive by bus to Besisahr and then catch a ride by jeep to Khidi (790m). There will be good views of Lamjung Himal on our left and Himalchuli on our right. We will be staying in Khudi and getting some sleep before the exciting and challenging days that lie ahead…

Day 4

TREK TO SYANGE (912M)

Our trek will commence and the journey begins with a gentle climb along the Marsyangdi River towards the village of Khudi. Where the Marsyangdi swings north, the trail will rise higher, revealing incredible views of Himalchuli and Ngadi Chuli. We will continue up the east bank of the river. When we reach the Bahundanda ridge (1310m) we will begin our descent towards the river once more. We arrive at our destination, Syange (912m) – the northern limit of rice cultivation in Marsyangdi valley – after another two and a half hours where our accommodation will be for the night. The total trekking time today will be between seven and eight hours.

Day 5

TREK TO TAL (1646M)

Today, our trail will ascend slowly and become increasingly narrower throughout one of Annapurna’s magnificent canyons. We cross the river over a suspension bridge near Chyamje and travel past the rock barriers of Ngadi Chuli and Numun Bhanjyang. The trail meanders through Jagat Village (1300m) and the Chamje area (1430m). Our destination, Tal (1646m), is a further 2 hours. Tal is known as the gateway to Manang District and is home to a beautiful flat meadow with several Bhotian houses and a spectacular waterfall.

Day 6

TREK TO BAGARCHAP (2165M)

Our adventure will ascend through main gorge on the east bank of the Marsyangdi River. At times, the trail here is cut out of vertical cliffs – very exhilarating! When we reach Dharapani (1890m) we cross the river to scale through lush forests and meadows. The climb continues steeply upwards from here towards Namun Bhanjyang La pass and Tebang Meadow – some of the more remote, but remarkable sections of the trek. We will be able to experience breath-taking views of Manaslu and the peaks situated above the Larkya Pass before reaching our accommodation at Bagarchap (2165m).

Day 7

TREK TO CHAME (2714M)

On day 7, the trail runs diagonally from the Tebang meadows through Thankchok Village (2865m) and back down towards the river to a place named Kupar. Kupar lies above the junction of the Marsyangdi and the Nar Rivers. There is a police check point here before arriving at Chame (2714m) where our accommodation will be for the evening.

Day 8

TREK TO PISANG (3171M)

Today we will cross the enclosed bridge which was built by Tibetan Khampas people who once had a camp nearby. This will take us to the north side of the river near a horticultural apple farm in Brathang (2744m). It is now that the spectacular ascent to Pisang begins! We will soon come to a hair-pin turn which marks the beginning of the rain shadow. This is the mysteriously dry side of the mountain. This is experienced between the high plains of Ghasa and Tukuche where there are fantastic views of the surrounding peaks. The wind and rain gain momentum to break their way through the line of the main Himalayan Range between Annapurna II and Manaslu. When we arrive at Pisang (3171m) there is a choice of camp sites below the village – south or north of the river, or about half an hour before in a pleasant wooded area, sheltered from the prevailing wind.

Day 9

TREK TO MANANG (3537M)

Today’s journey will take us through easy terrain and among forests to a small ridge at 3445m. Below us we will see Upper Manang Valley that stretches into the distance. The southern tier of this valley is walled by the peaks of Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna III (7555m), Gangapurna (7455m) and Tarke Kang (7193m). Visible just to the south of a distant sharp rock peak, is the Great Barrier and the basin containing Tilicho Lake (7193m). To the north, we will see Thorung La (5416m) and Thorungtse (6483m) and a long ridge of over 2000 peaks! Descending from this incredible view point, our path will cross with a large plain and pass Hongde airstrip (3280m). As we continue trekking, we will progress beyond Sabje Khola (a tributary to the Marsyangdi River) and Braga (a cliff-side village with several impressive monasteries) before arriving at Manang (3537m).

Day 10

ACCLIMATISATION DAY AT MANANG

Acclimatisation day at Manang. This is a fantastic spot to take an acclimatisation day. A beautiful emerald lake lies at its foot. It is possible to take treks to the lake which is about three hours north of Braga at 4818m, to the main Manang Gompa or to Khangsar (3740m) on the trail to Tilicho lake.

Day 11

TREK TO LEDAR (4230M)

Today we will pass through Yak Kharka (4035m) to Churi Letdar (4230m) where you might be lucky enough to enjoy some tea at the tea shop! Our accommodation for the evening will be here. We can also embark on an extra trip up the stream following the West Chulu Peak if time permits.

Day 12

TREK TO THORANG PHEDI

The trail turns northwest up the tributary valley of Jargeng Khola. It is sometimes possible to see herds of blue mountain sheep along the cliffs. Cross a covered cantilevered bridge and ascend to Phedi Village (4781m) where we will stay for the night.

Day 13

CROSS THORANG PASS (5335M) AND TREK TO MUKTINATH (3760M)

Ascend steeply for two hours then along an undulating trail to the highest point of the trek – Thorong La Pass (5335m)! There are unforgettable views of the Annapurna Range to the south and the Mukut Himal Peak to the west. We will feel on top of the world! Our descent will later begin through Mustang on a steep downhill trail (with remarkable sights of Dhaulagiri and Tukuche peak) for three hours to Muktinath. Muktinath is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus. Whilst here we may even see a glimpse of pilgrims bathing in the holy water.

Day 14

TREK TO JOMSOM (2713 M)

We will descend gradually through fields and poplar groves, then steeply into the Kali Gandaki River Valley. Follow the valley southward to the headquarters of Mustang District, Jomsom (2713m).

Day 15

FLY TO POKHARA AND EXPLORE

Today we will fly to Pokhara – the city on Phewa Lake. We will have time to explore the area and visit local restaurants. Take in the outstanding scenery and reflect on the amazing achievement we have just accomplished!

Day 16

DRIVE TO KATHMANDU AND EXPLORE

From Pokhara, we will drive to Kathamndu by bus. This will be a long journey but we will be able to admire the views along the way.

Day 17

TRANSFER TO KATHMANDU AIRPORT

Today we simply transfer to the airport to depart Kathmandu.

Day 18

RETURN TO THE UK

Arrive back in the UK.

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“Everest base camp 03/19. Easy booking system, monthly payment option- perfect. Always pleasant, knowledgeable, happy to help/ chat if any queries on phone, email, social media. Straight forward contact with lead guys Keith & Jake from airport and throughout trip. Made it so easy to simply turn up to all overnight stays, tours etc. Appear to have established good contacts/ company in Nepal. Everything ran smoothly throughout, no issue, would book with the bucket list company again.”

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“Had a great trip to Nepal trekking the Annapurna Circuit in March this year with these guys. So good in fact I’ve just signed up to climb Mount Toubkal with them next year…”

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On all of our Nepal treks, you will have a couple of days to explore Kathmandu, with both a locally-guided tour of the city and free time to spend at your leisure.

To read all our top suggestions of what to do, buy and eat in Kathmandu, then CLICK HERE!

Aside from the stunning scenery there are many reasons why you should trek the Annapurna Circuit! It is fair to say that this trip is up there with one of our favourite trips of all time.

CLICK HERE to read our ‘5 Reasons You Should Trek The Annapurna Circuit’.

That’s okay, most people do! If the Annapurna Circuit sounds like the trek for you, we have written a whole article with answers to the biggest questions you will have before embarking on this unforgettable Himalayan trek. CLICK HERE to learn more!

Well…there’s no easy answer to this question, and the fact of the matter is that if you’re a pretty serious trekker, you may well want to do both in your lifetime!

Nevertheless, we wrote a full article looking at some of the key elements of each trek. CLICK HERE to find out more information and help you make up your mind!

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