Annapurna Circuit With ABC Trek

Duration: 24 Days
At a Glance
  • Duration 24 Days
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
  • Destination Nepal
  • Start/End Kathmandu/Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-12
  • Max. Altitude 5416m

Highlights

  • Trek to two very famous trekking routes in the Annapurna region in one trip
  • A perfect itinerary for travelers looking to spend a long time in the mountains of Nepal
  • Very adventurous and challenging trek packed with diverse flora & fauna
  • Explore the beautiful mountain villages and the lifestyle of the locals
  • Trek through dense forests of rhododendron and pine, crossing multiple streams and hanging bridges
  • The trail goes through meadows, gorges, moraines, and narrow alleys
  • Cross the Thorong La pass and get a blessing in the Muktinath temple
  • Walk by lovely apple orchards and white-washed houses
  • Reach the Annapurna Base Camp
  • Enjoy natural hot springs in Tatopani and Jhinu Danda
  • Witness surreal mountain landscapes throughout the trek

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.

Itinerary

The Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp trek 24 days begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule (845 m). You'll first do the Annapurna circuit and later proceed toward the Annapurna base camp (4,130 m). It is the lap of the tenth-highest mountain in the world, Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m). Bhulbhule is the trailhead. From here, we'll walk to Chamje village (1,430 m).

Crossing numerous suspension bridges and walking through settlements such as Sattale (1,550 m) and Karte, you'll reach Dharapani (1,960 m). The trail then goes along the narrow field and Dudh Khola river. Spend nights in beautiful villages like Chame (2,675 m), Pisang (3,100 m), Manang (3,440 m), and Yak Kharka (4,050 m) before reaching Thorong Phedi (4,450 m). Our Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp trek itinerary has an acclimatization day in Manang village.

We then gradually ascend to Thorong Phedi and continue the trek to Thorong La (5,416 m) pass, the highest mountain pass in Nepal. From the pass, it's a long descent to Muktinath (3,710 m), and further, we walk alongside the Kali Gandaki gorge to Jomsom (2,650m) via Kagbeni (2,804 m). A scenic drive will take us to Tatopani (1,190 m), and we'll begin the journey to Annapurna base camp.

In this part of the trail, you will be exploring popular places like Ghorepani (2,860 m) and Poon hill (3,210 m). The trail drops down to Tadapani (2,630 m) and goes to Kimrong Khola before steeply ascending to Chomrong. Trek through dense forests that lead to Himalaya and continue the walk to ABC via Machhapuchhre Base Camp.

You will then descend to Dovan (2,900 m) and Jhinu Danda (1,760 m). The trek ends at Nayapul, from where we drive to Pokhara. The next day, return to Kathmandu.

The 24 Days Itinerary includes your arrival and departure days to and from Nepal and a day tour in Kathmandu. And, it is a long trekking itinerary in Nepal and we know that all the trekkers can afford this long holiday. So, We at Outfitter Himalaya other itineraries that offer trekking on Annapurna Circuit Trail which are Annapurna Circuit Trek fly out from Jomsom, Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek, Short Annapurna Circuit Trek, Annapurna Circuit With Tilicho Lake, Nar phu Valley with Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

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Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by a representative from our company who will escort you to your transportation. You can see our representative holding a sign with your name on it around the terminal gate.

Once you reach the hotel, the representative will assist you with checking in and provide you with any information you may need about the hotel and the surrounding area. They will also be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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  • Max. Altitude1345

A full day of sightseeing in historical Kathmandu can be a very enriching experience. One of the highlights of a sightseeing tour in Kathmandu is a visit to the famous Durbar Square, which is home to several ancient palaces, temples, and shrines. Other popular destinations are Swayambhunath Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhanath Stupa.

After a day of sightseeing, we'll spend some time preparing for the trek. This may involve meeting with the trek guide, arranging all permits, and purchasing any necessary gear or supplies, such as a good pair of hiking boots, a backpack, and warm clothing.

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The drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule is a scenic journey through the mountains of Nepal. The first part of the journey takes you out of the city and into the countryside, where you will pass through small villages and farmlands. As you continue, the road becomes more winding, and you will begin to gain altitude.

The ride goes through many small towns, including Mugling and Dumre. Once you get close to Bhulbhule, the landscape becomes more rugged and mountainous. Bhulbhule is located on the banks of the Marshyangdi River and is surrounded by towering peaks.

Option: You have option to drive by private Jeep at additional cost instead of local bus.

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Leaving Bhulbhule, we will walk on flat land and gradually ascend following a steep uphill trail. Once we are 200 to 300 meters above the riverbed, the route cuts into the sheer cliff face. Further, we will descend to Jagat (1,330 m) and walk to Chamje villages.

On the way, we will pass through several small villages and cross several suspension bridges over turbulent mountain streams. The views of the surrounding peaks become more breathtaking as we ascend.

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We will begin our trek by making our way down to the river and crossing a suspension bridge. The trail then takes us on a steep climb up to Sattale, a village located at an altitude of 1,550 meters. The path is quite slippery in places, so we have to be careful as we ascend.

The trail further becomes more undulating and follows above the river. We climb a winding path up to the top of a hill, from where we can see the flat plain of Tal.

The valley further narrows and the path become high and winding. In some areas, we will need to walk along cliffs. After passing through the village of Karte, there is a bit more cliff-walking before we reach another suspension bridge, which we cross and arrive at Dharapani.

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  • Max. Altitude1960

Leaving Dharapni, we walk through a narrow field alongside the Dudh Khola river. As we continue, we will see the Marsyangdi River veering off to the left and the Annapurna II coming into view. We reach Bagarchhap, a small village with fluttering prayer flags.

From here, the trail ascends via pine and oak forests. We pass by a settlement called Danaque (2,210 m). The trail then leads us over a small wooden bridge and up a steep uphill path to the village of Timang. Further, we keep trekking on a flat and level trail to Chame.

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  • Max. Altitude2675

The day begins with a fantastic view of Lamjung Himal in the glorious sunshine. As we climb up the valley, we will pass an apple orchard and continue through a forest of fir and pine trees. The path becomes rocky as we reach a high.

Further, the trail gets very steep and continues to Bratang (2,950 m). We keep ascending towards a rock-strewn area and cross a wooden bridge. From here, it's a high, winding trail that crosses the right bank and passes by pine forests.

At the end of the forests, the valley changes to U-shape and opens up a breathtaking landscape. We trek following a long mani wall to the lower village of Pisang.

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  • Max. Altitude3100

The trail ascends along a steep ridge that offers a beautiful view of the Manang valley and the Tilicho peak (7,145 m). The trail from here descends and passes by the Manang airstrip at Humde (3,320 m). From there, we will come to a level area where the northeast face of Annapurna III rises above us.

From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola valley, we can see the Annapurna IV (7,525 m). We then cross a wooden bridge over the Marsyandi Khola river and reach Mungji. It is a short steep climb from Mungji to Manang.

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  • Max. Altitude3440

Today, we'll take a break and spend the day in Manang village to rest and acclimatize to the high elevation before crossing the Thorong La pass. To acclimatize, we will go on short hikes that will help us get used to the thin air.

We have options to hike to an impressive icefall coming down from the Annapurna mountain range or climb high above the village for a panoramic view of the Annapurna range and the Manang valley.

Additionally, we may also choose to visit the Gangapurna Glacier Lake to make our rest day even more memorable.

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  • Max. Altitude3440

Today, the trail takes us on a gentle ascent up to the Yak Kharka, passing through the village of Gunsang (3,960 m). Along the way, we will enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. While the hike may seem short, the high altitude and thin air may make us feel a bit tired. It is necessary to take breaks and rest when needed to ensure that we are properly acclimatized to the higher elevations.

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After breakfast, we begin trekking along a ridge, followed by a descent to the headwaters of the Marsyangdi river. Crossing a river on a wooden bridge, we ascend and follow a narrow trail across an unstable scree slope. Further, it is a descent towards Thorong Phedi.

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We start the day early to cross Thorong La pass on time. Leaving Thorong Phedi, we trek on a steep, well-defined route that locals use. After four hours of walking, we reach the top of Thorong La pass, marked with prayer flags.

The views from the top of the pass are truly dramatic. We can see snow-covered mountains above and the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below. The brown and gray hills of Mustang also stretch out before us.

The descent to Muktinath involves a knee-pounding 1,600-meter drop, but it is compensated for by excellent views of the Dhaulagiri mountain range. Soon, we'll begin walking on grassy slopes and walk along the Jhong Khola valley to Muktinath.

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  • Max. Altitude5416

We'll visit the holy Muktinath temple early in the morning. After that, we'll begin our descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, passing through an arid area that shares a similar geography and climate to Tibet.

As we pass through the villages of Jharkot and Khingar, we will see typical Tibetan architecture. The path then steeply descends to Kagbeni. From Kagbeni, we will follow a flat path along the banks of the Kali Gandaki river valley until we reach the beautiful town of Jomsom.

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  • Max. Altitude2650

We’ll take a jeep/Bus ride from Jomsom to Tatopani. The ride will be a little bumpy and offer superb scenery. Upon reaching Tatopani, we will freshen up and later visit the natural hot springs to take a bath.

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  • Max. Altitude1190

We begin our trek by walking through a flat area for some distance. Further, the trail climbs steeply for an hour via remote villages and terraced fields. The trail then goes through lush rhododendron forests and passes by villages like Phalate and Chitre before ascending to Ghorepani.

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  • Max. Altitude2860

Today, we will hike to Poon Hill in the morning to catch the sunrise view over the Himalayan mountain range. We get to witness the stretching 270-degree views of the western Himalayan Mountains like Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna South, Nilgiri, Fishtail, Varaha Shikhar, Tukuche, Dhaulagiri, etc.

After enjoying the views, hike down to Ghorepani, where we will have a hot breakfast. From there, we will continue our trek to Tadapani, passing through a rhododendron forest, which becomes colorful in the spring when the flowers are in bloom.

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We begin the day with a gentle descent through dense forests filled with rhododendrons, oaks, and other types of trees. As we walk, we will hear the sounds of various birds chirping along the way to Kimrong Khola.

After reaching Kimrong Khola, the trail ascends steeply for a while before walking on a level path for 45 minutes. We then walk on a gently steepened trail that becomes flat again as we make our way to Chomrong, which serves as the gateway to the Annapurna Base Camp.

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The day begins with a descent on a stone staircase for the first one and a half hours. We will cross the Chhomrong Khola river on a suspension bridge and climb out of the side valley. The trail then passes through forests of bamboo, rhododendron, and oak trees as it winds way high above the Modi Khola on the west bank.

We'll continue climbing on a rocky trail to reach Sinuwa. From there, we gradually walk through forests and descend steeply on stone staircases that lead to lush forests and continue to a place called Bamboo. From Bamboo, trek to Dovan and finally ascend through bamboo forests to Himalaya.

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We follow a steep uphill route to Hinko Cave (3,160 m). The trail further widens and becomes less steep. We eventually enter the Annapurna Sanctuary and cross two avalanche sections to reach Bagar. It is a meadow with some abandoned houses.

From here, the trail ascends to Machhapuchhre Base Camp, from where we get to see striking views of Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, and Machhapuchhare.

The path then continues through an alpine meadow, and after some distance, the trail gently ascends again. After a short trek, we'll reach the Annapurna Base Camp.

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  • Max. Altitude4130

Today, we will wake up early to relish the grandeur of the Himalayan peaks and glaciers from the Annapurna base camp. After having a hot breakfast at the lodge, we will begin our trek back down, which is generally easier than going up. We will spend the night in Dovan.

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The path involves a descent to the Bamboo village, passing through forests with various types of rhododendron, oak, and bamboo plants.

After Bamboo, the trail steeply ascends for about an hour before becoming quite flat until Sinuwa. The trail then drops to Chhromrong Khola, and we climb a stone staircase almost for an hour to reach Chhomrong village.

From here, it is a steep descent to Jhinu Danda. After checking into our rooms, we will go to the hot spring to take a bath in the natural hot water.

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Today, we will start our trek, with the first part being a descent. The trail then becomes flat until we reach Birethanti, where we will stop for our last lunch in the mountains. After about another 30 minutes of walking, we reach Nayapul and then take a drive to Pokhara. Spend the evening enjoying the gorgeous sunset at Phewa Lake.

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We’ll drive back to Kathmandu early in the morning. It will be an impressive ride back and presents wonderful scenery. After around 6 to 7 hours of ride, we reach Kathmandu. The remaining day is free for you to do some last-minute shopping and explore the city. We meet you in the designated hotel for a farewell dinner.

Option: You have option to take short flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu instead of tourist bus drive.

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On the final day of the trip, we will transfer you to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure. Our team will help you with check-out and luggage.

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Annapurna Circuit With ABC Trek map

Inclusions

  • Airport transfers
  • Three nights’ Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the trek
  • Meals during the trek with hot tea/coffee in breakfast
  • Conservation entry permits & TIMS permit
  • 1-night Accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Ground transportation from Kathmandu – Bhulbhule - Pokhara - Kathmandu by bus
  • A guide and porters
  • Arrangement of Emergency helicopter service (Paid by Travel insurance company)
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets if necessary (need to be returned after the trek)

Exclusions

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Entrance fees on the Kathmandu tour
  • Lunch and Dinner while you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Sweet things like chocolate, apple pie, etc...
  • International airfare to and from Nepal
  • Tips for the guide, porter & driver
  • Any other expenses, not mentioned in including section

Essential Info

Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp trek difficulty

Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp trek is a challenging venture. This trek demands good fitness and previous trekking experience. You will be spending almost 20 days in the mountain walking 6 hours a day at minimum, therefore mental fitness and endurance to cope with limited services are very crucial.

The terrain will be mountainous. You will walk through subtropical forests to alpine forests. The upper part of the trail includes vast meadows and steep, rocky paths. There will be gorges and moraines on the way too. While approaching the Annapurna base camp, you will also walk past a couple of avalanche areas.

Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp trek is no doubt very demanding but doable with the right preparation and support. To book this once-in-a-lifetime venture, feel free to get in touch with us anytime.

Altitude sickness

To avoid altitude sickness during the Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp trekking, drink a lot of water. At least 3 liters a day is recommended. Do not smoke or drink alcohol. Our itinerary is perfect, so you do not have to worry about that. Apart from keeping yourself hydrated, eat nutritious food and get plenty of sleep. Dal bhat is the best menu.

If you feel any discomfort or see symptoms of altitude sickness, inform your guide and follow his instruction. These are the early signs of altitude sickness- insomnia, loss of appetite, difficulty in breathing, vomiting, nausea, headache, etc.

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