Annapurna Circuit and Base Camp Trek Overview
Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp trek lets you explore the best of the Annapurna region. Following this 24 days itinerary, you will be exploring the two most famous trekking routes in the western Himalayas of Nepal.
If you have time to trek, then we highly recommend our Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp trek package. The adventure and the mountain views are unbeatable. This special trekking package combines the Annapurna circuit and the Annapurna base camp.
Both destinations are hugely loved by trekkers around the world for the trekking experience it offers. In the span of 24 days, you get to explore two major cities of Nepal- Kathmandu & Pokhara. Along with that, you will trek through fine mountain villages and lush forests of rhododendron, fir, pine, bamboo, oak, etc.
Immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature during Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp trekking. Live a simple lifestyle and enjoy the heartwarming hospitality of the locals. Have a digital and mental detox. Come across a range of flora and fauna.
Walk through verdant foothills, beautiful river valleys, green meadows, gorges, and moraines. Meet with people from different ethnic groups in Nepal and share the trail with other fellow trekkers and occasional yaks & mules.
Major attractions of the Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Spend nights in beautiful villages and enjoy the warm hospitality of the locals
During the Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you will be spending nights in villages along the trail. It is a teahouse trek, which is operated by the villagers. The trek lets you interact with the locals closely and see their lifestyles. You will meet with people from different communities, and each of them will surprise you with their culture and welcoming nature.
Adventurous trail within the Annapurna Conservation Area
The entire Annapurna Circuit with the Annapurna Base Camp trail runs inside the Annapurna Conservation Area. Spread over 7629 sq. km, it is the largest conservation area in Nepal. The rich biodiversity ranges from 105 mammals, 518 birds, 23 amphibians, 40 reptiles, and 1,226 species of flowering plants. You can expect encounters with birds and animals on the way. Likewise, come across a variety of vegetation and flowers.
Amazing acclimatization hikes
We have an acclimatization day in Manang village. The acclimatization hike takes you to an impressive icefall coming down from the Annapurna mountain range. You also have the option to climb high above the village for a panoramic view of the Annapurna range and the Manang valley. Or, we may also choose to visit the Gangapurna Glacier Lake to make our rest day even more memorable.
Cross Thorong La pass and explore the sacred Muktinath Temple
One of the major highlights of Annapurna Circuit with the Annapurna Base Camp trek is Thorong La pass. It is the highest mountain pass in Nepal. Crossing this pass is challenging and requires professional support. As much as it is tough to climb the top of the pass, the landscape from the top is equally spectacular.
At 3,710 meters, Muktinath is a pilgrim site and a very sacred place for Hindus and Buddhists. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located at the foot of Thorong La pass. For Buddhists, the Muktinath temple is for Dakinis, the goddesses of Sky Dances. There are many fascinating legends and myths circulating this historical site that you will learn during your visit.
Walk alongside the world's deepest gorge and pass by apple orchards
From Muktinath onwards, you will enter the Kali Gandaki Gorge. It is the deepest gorge in the world and used to be the trade route between Tibet and India. Now the trail is shared by trekkers and locals to traverse lower Mustang.
Likewise, on the way to Jomsom, where the Annapurna circuit trek will end, you'll walk through lovely apple and orange orchards. There are white-washed houses, narrow alleys, and stone paths. The landscapes comprise arid scenery with unique huge rocks.
Spend a night in Ghorepani village and hike to the Poon Hill viewpoint
Ghorepani is a beautiful village at 2,860 m and is resided by Gurung and Magar. The village is surrounded by rhododendron forests and offers a striking mountain panorama. Ghorepani is a famous village and is loved by travelers.
Likewise, Poon Hill is a known viewpoint in the lower Annapurna region. Usually, Ghorepani and Poon hill offer a short trek to travelers bound by time and looking for a short venture. The sunrise from Poon Hill is just out of this world. On the far horizon, you get to see the orange and reddish sky with snow-capped mountains standing there.
Reach the base of the tenth highest mountain in the world, Mt. Annapurna
Annapurna base camp is situated at 4,130 meters. It is the lap of Mount Annapurna, the tenth-highest mountain in the world. Unlike the Everest base camp, you can spend the night at the ABC. There are a handful of lodges that let travelers spend nights and have meals. Reaching this point is a huge achievement that will be with you for your lifetime. Surrounded by snowy cliffs and glaciers, the view from the base camp is fantastic.
Witness stunning views of the western Himalayan mountains and diverse landscapes
Because you will be covering two incredible trekking routes on this journey known for sensational mountain panoramas, you can only imagine how gorgeous the scenery will be. You will witness breathtaking views of the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Nilgiri, Tukuche, Hiunchuli, Tilicho Peak, Gangapurna, Tharpu Chuli, and numerous others. Similarly, the diverse landscapes, and many sunrises & sunsets will bless your eyes.