Around Annapurna Trek Trip Overview:
Around Annapurna Trek Trip Duration: 10 nights 11 days trek.
Max Altitude: 5416m
Difficulty: Moderate to hard.
Transport: Private vehicle, local bus & Jeep.
Accommodation: Tea House
Group Size: For individuals, friends & family members. All our treks are private.
Meals: All included.
Why to do the Around Annapurna Trek?
The Around Annapurna trek is a must-do for anyone who loves adventure, nature, and culture. Here are some reasons why this trek is so special:
- Stunning mountain views: The trek takes you through diverse landscapes, from lush green forests to high mountain passes. You’ll witness the majestic Annapurna mountain range up close, with different peaks coming into view every day. You’ll also see other famous peaks like Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Machhapuchhre (also known as Fishtail).
- Wildlife sightings: The trek is home to a wide range of animals, including musk deer, leopards, jackals, and various species of birds. As you walk through the forests and mountains, keep your eyes peeled for these beautiful creatures.
- Cultural immersion: The trek takes you through a variety of villages, each with its own distinct culture and traditions. You’ll meet people from different ethnic groups, including Magar, Gurung, and Thakali, and learn about their way of life. You’ll also have the chance to visit ancient monasteries and temples along the way.
- Challenging yet rewarding: The trek is challenging, with steep ascents and descents, high altitude passes, and unpredictable weather. But with the right preparation and mindset, it’s also incredibly rewarding. You’ll push yourself physically and mentally and come out the other side with a sense of accomplishment and newfound strength.
- Adventure of a lifetime: The Around Annapurna trek is a bucket-list adventure for many people. It’s a chance to explore one of the most beautiful and remote regions of Nepal, connect with nature and culture, and challenge yourself in ways you never thought possible.
The Around Annapurna trek is a remarkable journey that offers a breathtaking view of the Himalayas, featuring majestic peaks such as Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Nilgiri, Fishtail/Machhapuchhare, Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Lamjung Himal, Tukuche peak, Tilicho peak, and more. This trek is also an opportunity to witness different types of animals such as musk deers, leopards, jackals, mountain Thar, and various birds such as Pheasant, long-tailed birds, and many more.
In addition to the stunning natural beauty, trekking in Around Annapurna also allows trekkers to experience the diverse cultural landscape of the region. The trek takes you through picturesque villages, including Manang and Mustang, where you can experience the lifestyle and customs of the mixed cultures such as Bramin, Chhetri, Gurung, Magars, Thakalies, and more.
The trek also offers a range of landscapes, from lowland terraced farms and forests to barren desert steppes, deep gorges and valleys, and alpine tundra. The highlight of the trek is crossing the Thorung La pass at an elevation of 5416m, which is a challenging but incredibly rewarding experience. The pass is also the highest point of the trek and offers an unparalleled panoramic view of the Himalayan range.
The Around Annapurna trek is a perfect combination of natural beauty, cultural diversity, and challenging adventure. It is a must-do trek for anyone who wants to experience the best that Nepal has to offer.
1st Day: Drive by car or bus to Besi Sahar and then drive by jeep to Chyamche- (1430m) 6hrs.
The 10 nights 11 days itinerary for the Around Annapurna trek offers an exciting and challenging adventure that will take you through some of the most picturesque and culturally diverse landscapes in Nepal. Here is a detailed itinerary for the trek:
Day 1: Drive by car to Besi Sahar from Pokhara and then take a jeep to Chyamche (1430m) which takes about 6 hours. Enjoy the scenic drive through small towns and villages while passing by lush green forests.
Day 2: The trek begins with a gradual ascent towards Timang (2750m) which takes around 4 hours. Enjoy the stunning views of the Himalayas and the unique landscapes along the way.
Day 3: Trek to Chame (2670m) which takes about 6 hours. As you gain elevation, the views become more dramatic and the landscape transforms into a mix of pine and fir forests, cascading waterfalls and rocky cliffs.
Day 4: Trek to Upper Pisang (3250m) which takes around 5 hours. The trail passes through picturesque villages with traditional architecture and stunning views of the Annapurna mountain range.
Day 5: Trek to Manang (3540m) which takes about 4 hours. Manang is a picturesque village surrounded by high peaks and a unique landscape. Spend the day exploring the village and acclimatizing to the altitude.
Day 6: Rest day in Manang. Use the day to explore the village, visit the local monasteries and learn about the local culture.
Day 7: Trek to Ledar (4200m) which takes about 4 hours. The trail passes through high-altitude landscapes with stunning views of the mountains and glaciers.
Day 8: Trek to High Camp (4850m) which takes around 8-9 hours. The trail becomes steeper as you climb higher, and the views become more dramatic. Spend the night at High Camp and prepare for the next day’s challenge.
Day 9: Trek to Thorong La Pass (5416m) and then descend to Muktinath (3800m) which takes around 6 hours. Crossing the Thorong La Pass is the highlight of the trek and offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas. Descend to Muktinath, a sacred pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists.
Day 10: Trek to Kagbeni Jomsom (2720m) which takes about 5 hours. The trail descends through barren landscapes and the Kali Gandaki valley, with views of the Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountain ranges.
Day 11: Take a bus from Jomsom to Pokhara which takes around 8-10 hours. Enjoy the scenic drive back to Pokhara and reflect on your amazing adventure in the Annapurna region.
Note: If you wish to add a trip to Tilicho Lake, it will take an additional 3 days to the itinerary.
Please note that the trekking duration mentioned for each day is an approximate estimate and can vary depending on individual hiking paces, weather conditions, and other factors.
- Trekking permits
- Trekking guide
- Food (meals include only the main course and tea/coffee. It doesn’t include starters or dessert).
- Private lodgings
- Water purification tablets
- Transportation (pick up and drop services from your hotel)
- alcoholic and soft drinks
1) Trekking Bag (35L to 50L Maximum)
2) One pair of trousers
3) One pair of shorts/half pants
4) Hat or Cap to block strong sunlight
5) Two T-shirts
6) Medium size quick drying towel
7) Few underwears
8) One thick coat/jacket
9) Trekking boots
10) 2 pairs of socks
11) 1 pair of sandals
12) Water bottle
13) Trekking poles (I have 2 poles)
14) Sunblock cream, face and body moisturizer
15) Sunblock spectacle
16) Basic First Aid Kit
17) Tissue paper, wet wipes, and toiletry
18) Feminine hygiene products
19) Anti-bacterial hand wash.
20) Toothbrush and toothpaste