Annapurna Circuit Religious trekking spans over 200 km in four different Himalayan districts of Nepal! Embark on one of the most extended treks in the country that encircles the mighty Annapurna massif. Scale varying altitudes, including Thorong La Pass (5416m), and witness the rich culture and traditions of Himalayan inhabitants. Annapurna Circuit Religious trekking or Annapurna Round Trek encircles the Annapurna massif beginning from the lower Hills of Lamjung and advancing towards Manang Valley. You’ll cross the highest mountain pass in the region to arrive at Mustang District.
The trek continues through Myagdi to the end at Pokhara. The numerous summits of the Annapurna massif will be visible throughout the trek. The most prominently visible peaks remain Annapurna I, II, III, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, and Gangapurna. The trip commences at Kathmandu and preparations for the trek. The trek starts 6hr away from Kathmandu at Besi Sahar. You’ll begin trekking from Besi Sahar and gradually advance through Bahundanda, Chamje, Dharapani, and Chame to arrive at Pisang. You’ll continue along the Buddhist trail towards Manang village lying close to the Tibet border.
A Himalayan region, the lifestyle, and culture of Manang resemble that of Tibet. You’ll gradually trek uphill through snow and moraines to reach the top of Thorong La Pass (5416m). A descent down the pass will bring you to the famous pilgrimage site of Muktinath, also one of the ‘Mukti-Kshetra'(Land of Salvation). While visiting the temple, you will encounter many pilgrims taking a holy bath under the 108 stone taps around the temple. The trekking journey ends here as you fly to Pokhara from Jomsom on the 15 th day. Once at Pokhara, you can go sightseeing around various landmarks of the beautiful lake city.
You can visit places like Phewa Lake, Davis Fall, and Mahendra cave as well as shop for souvenirs. The trip concedes upon your return to Kathmandu. Narba Treks specializes in trekking and tours around Nepal. We organize all kinds of treks. The all-inclusive trek package covers entire transportation inside the country, three meals a day, an experienced guide, porter, permits, and other essential logistics.
ï‚· Geography: Himalayas
ï‚· Location: Annapurna Conservation Area
ï‚· Level of Difficulty: Difficult
ï‚· Duration of Trek: 17 Days
ï‚· Max Altitude: 5416m
ï‚· Religions: Buddhism/Hinduism
ï‚· Ethnic People: Tibetan/Thakali
ï‚· Accommodation: Teahouse/hotel
ï‚· Transportation: Private Car/Bus
ï‚· Minimum Pax: 2 people
ï‚· An overview tour of historical UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
ï‚· Enjoy one of the longest treks in Nepal
ï‚· Reach the top of mountainous Thorong La Pass (5146m)
ï‚· Witness the Muktinath temple and its 108 stone taps,
Welcome to Kathmandu! Upon your arrival, our representative will warmly receive you at the airport and bring you to your hotel. You’ll meet your trek guide at the hotel and discuss the itinerary in detail.
The guide will begin preparing your TIMS, Annapurna Conservation Area permit, and other permits. While your guide is busy obtaining the permits, you can choose to rest at the hotel or embark on a scenic, cultural tour of the historic Kathmandu valley.
If you wish to indulge in a sightseeing tour of the valley, we can arrange a private tour with an experienced tour guide. The tour begins with a visit to Swayambhunath, one of the UNESCO Heritage sites located atop a hill at the heart of the city. The tour moves towards Kathmandu Durbar Square, an age-old palace site with numerous temples. Afterward, you’ll drive towards Pashupatinath temple and witness the most revered Hindu temple in Nepal. The tour will end with a visit to Boudhanath, the largest spherical Stupa in the country. Overnights stay in Kathmandu.
After early breakfast, you’ll embark on a commute towards Besi Sahar. It takes around 6 hours to reach Besi Sahar in the Lamjung district. Besi Sahar is the starting point of the Annapurna Circuit route. From Besi Sahar, you can view mountains like Annapurna II, Machhapuchhre, and Lamjung Himal.
Leaving Besi Sahar, you’ll drive uphill through the narrow road leading towards Bhulbule via Khudi. You’ll advance towards the nearby village of Ngadi and shortly reach Bahundanda. Overnights stay in Bahundanda.
Leaving Bahundanda, you’ll begin heading northwards along with the traditional mid-western villages and forested path towards Chyamje. En route to Chamje, you’ll hike towards Nyingma Pa, a highly revered Buddhist site. After almost 7hr of the trek, you’ll arrive at Chamje village resting beside the massive Marsayangdi River.
Leaving Lamjung, you’ll move your way towards Manang District. From Chamje, the trail crosses a rocky path along the Marsayangdi River and enters the Tal village. Tal is the first village you’ll enter while trekking into the Manang district. Here on, you’ll be traversing inside Manang. The trail continues and reaches Dharapani (1890m), a Tibetan-styled village with Buddhist adherents. Overnight in Dharapani.
Leaving Dharapani, you’ll begin climbing the trail leading towards Tyanja. You’ll encounter lush forests along the trail. After a brief hike, you’ll reach Kopar and have lunch. Afterward, you’ll begin trekking towards Chame. Here, you can catch the natural sight of Annapurna II. If you choose, you can take a dip into the small hot springs for relaxation.
Leaving Chame, the trail advances through deep forests towards a steep and narrow valley. After crossing two long bridges, you’ll find the beautiful view of Paungda Danda’s Rock face. A short trek from here, you’ll arrive at Pisang village.
Leaving Pisang, the trail goes along the Marsayangdi River. Instead of taking a northern route, you’ll take a southern way to reach Mungji. The vegetation will start getting sparse here on. The inhabitants of the valley mostly account for yak breeders. Walking along the Marsayangdi River, you’ll reach Mungji. The trail goes directly towards Hongde village. The trail continues along the beautiful but partially hidden village of Braga that leads to Manang.
Today, you’ll spend the day acclimatizing and exploring the beautiful Manang valley. You will find many lodges, shops, and a museum in Manang. The people here mostly indulge in yak herding. Formerly, they used to embark with Yak Caravan for salt trade with the neighboring Tibet. If your body is fit to travel, you can consider making a side trip to Khangsar and Shree Kharka. You can take a short 2-3 hours hike to Khangsar and Shree Kharka.
Leaving Manang, you’ll begin trekking uphill through the rugged path towards Tenki village. The villages in the area resemble that of Tibet with flat-roof and thick stone walls. You’ll cross a stream and climb towards Tenki village. You’ll continue walking beside Marsayangdi valley and head northwest towards Jar Sang Khola valley. The trail passes along the Yak pastures and juniper trees to reach Ghunsang village, a typical Tibetan-styled village. After crossing a small river, you’ll head towards Yak Kharka. The term ‘Yak Kharka’ basically means yak pasture.
From Yak Kharka, you’ll make your way towards Churi Ledar and then to Thorong Phedi. You’ll trek almost 6km and climb 400m in elevation. In a high-altitude region, you will not find any vegetation along the trail. You’ll soon be approaching the permanent snowline today. Crossing Churi Ledar, you’ll begin climbing for almost 3hr to reach Thorong Phedi. Thorong Phedi lies just below Thorong La Pass, the highest mountain pass in the region.
The day starts early mainly because it’s essential to cross the Thorong la Pass before the weather becomes harsh in the latter part of the day. Leaving Thorong Phedi, you’ll begin climbing the rocky ridge to head towards Thorong High Camp. You’ll start encountering thick snow as you start heading towards the top. Once at the top, you can enjoy the majestic panorama of Himalayan peaks lying inside Tibet. You’ll start heading down to the other side and enter Mustang District. You’ll see more of a desert-like landscape once you enter Mustang. Heading down to the base of the pass, you’ll reach the famous pilgrimage site of Muktinath. Muktinath Temple is revered by both Hindus and Buddhists.
You’ll get up early morning and begin exploring the temple. The temple boasts 108 stone taps that are used by the incoming pilgrims to take a bath. After breakfast, you’ll start heading down the Kali Gandaki Valley. Although sparsely populated, you will find an excellent pitch-black road leading to Marpha. Vast canyons cover the valley. You’ll walk along the Kali Gandaki River to reach Jomsom.
From Jomsom, we take a flight to Pokhara early in the morning. At Pokhara, we will spend the day sightseeing at various landmarks like Phewa Lake, Davis Fall, and Mahendra Gufa (cave) as well as go shopping. In the evening, you can have lunch at one of the finest diners around Lakeside. Enjoy the evening as you celebrate your successful journey.
Today, you’ll drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. While bidding farewell to Pokhara city, you’ll get an uninterrupted view of Annapurna I and Machhapuchhre at a distance. The drive may last around 6 hours. Once at Kathmandu, you’ll be escorted to your hotel. And, in the evening you will enjoy a farewell dinner with us.
Today, our representative will drop you off at the airport.
– Airport pickups and drop.
– Accommodation at Kathmandu and Pokhara.
– All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
– Guide and Porters salaries, their’s food and accommodation, insurance.
– Ground transport (pick up and drop airport).
– All necessary documents including trekking permits, and trekking Information Management System (TIMS).
– 3nights hotel at Kathmandu with a B/B plan and a 1night hotel at Pokhara with a B/B plan and basic lodge during the trek.
– International flight and Nepali visas charge.
– Food and hotel while in Kathmandu.
– Personal insurance for members (you should do your insurance from your own country).
– Personal sleeping bags and jackets.
– Rescue operation or emergency evacuations.
– Personal expenditure.
– Alcohol and soft drinks (coke, mineral water, showers, boiled water, etc).
– Tips to the trekking crew.