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The Full Annapurna Circuit Trek

The CLASSIC Himalayan Circuit Trek in full - Cross the Thorung La- Poon Hill Sunrise - Sacred Muktinath

All meals on trek included

Duration

20 Days

Grade

Challenging

Max Altitude

5416m

Walking Days

17 Days

Accommodation

3 Nts Hotels - 16 Nts Trekking Lodges

Trip Overview

The FULL version of this world famous, classic Annapurna Circuit Trek.

In spite of the encroachment of jeep roads in both the Marsyangdi & Kali Gandaki Valleys, the full Annapurna Circuit trek is entrenched in Himalayan history. Endeavouring to avoid walking on the jeep roads as much as possible, the full Annapurna Circuit firmly remains a favourite "bucket list" trek for the intrepid Himalayan traveller. It is however impossible to avoid having to walk on the jeep road at times. Trekking up to Manang, crossing the Thorung La and descending the Kali Gandaki Valley, there's still some uphill left as you ascend to Poon Hill for a classic Himalayan sunrise. Don't forget our trekking holidays are tailor-made and whilst this itinerary includes acclimatisation, you can always have more rest, acclimatisation and even contingency days added. The itinerary is merely a suggested itinerary and is not entirely 'set in stone'. Sleeping bags (4 season) will be required for nights spent in trekking lodges. We can arrange sleeping bag  rental if required.

Short on time? See our Best of the Annapurna Circuit TrekYou can also extend this trek by combining it with our Tilicho Lake Trek.

The FULL version of this world famous, classic Annapurna Circuit Trek.

  • In spite of the encroachment of jeep roads in both the Marsyangdi & Kali Gandaki Valleys, the full Annapurna Circuit trek is entrenched in Himalayan history. Endeavouring to avoid walking on the jeep roads as much as possible, the full Annapurna Circuit firmly remains a favourite "bucket list" trek for the intrepid Himalayan traveller. It is however impossible to avoid having to walk on the jeep road at times. Trekking up to Manang, crossing the Thorung La and descending the Kali Gandaki Valley, there's still some uphill left as you ascend to Poon Hill for a classic Himalayan sunrise. Don't forget our trekking holidays are tailor-made and whilst this itinerary includes acclimatisation, you can always have more rest, acclimatisation and even contingency days added. The itinerary is merely a suggested itinerary and is not entirely 'set in stone'. Sleeping bags (4 season) will be required for nights spent in trekking lodges. We can arrange sleeping bag  rental if required.

    Short on time? See our Best of the Annapurna Circuit TrekYou can also extend this trek by combining it with our Tilicho Lake Trek.

Example Itinerary

    • Day 1
      Arrive Kathmandu
    • Day 2
      Drive to Dharapani
    • Day 3
      Trek to Chame
    • Day 4
      To Upper Pisang
    • Day 5
      Trek to Ngawal
    • Day 6
      To Manang
    • Day 7
      Acclimatisation Day in Manang
    • Day 8
      Trek to Letdar
    • Day 9
      To High Camp
    • Day 10
      Across the Thorung La to Muktinath
    • Day 11
      Muktinath to Kagbeni
    • Day 12
      Kagbeni to Marpha
    • Day 13
      Trek to Kalopani
    • Day 14
      Down to Tatopani
    • Day 15
      Up to Sikha
    • Day 16
      Trek to Ghorepani
    • Day 17
      Poon Hill Sun Rise and down to Tirkhedungha
    • Day 18
      Trek to Hille and transfer to Pokhara
    • Day 19
      Fly to Kathmandu
    • Day 20
      Depart Nepal
  • DAY
    1

    Arrive Kathmandu

    Arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be met and receive a private transfer for the short distance into central Kathmandu and to the "KGH" Hotel in the heart of the Thamel district. You'll be given a briefing on your forthcoming adventure, and in the evening can take dinner at your leisure in one of the many choices of cafes & restaurants in Kathmandu, although the open air courtyard cafe of the KGH Hotel is as good as anywhere.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel - Kathmandu
    Included Meals: None

    DAY 1

    Arrive Kathmandu

    Arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be met and receive a private transfer for the short distance into central Kathmandu and to the "KGH" Hotel in the heart of the Thamel district. You'll be given a briefing on your forthcoming adventure, and in the evening can take dinner at your leisure in one of the many choices of cafes & restaurants in Kathmandu, although the open air courtyard cafe of the KGH Hotel is as good as anywhere.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel - Kathmandu
    Included Meals: None

    DAY
    2

    Drive to Dharapani

    A private vehicle will take you overland to the village of Dharapani (1860m) with a stop for lunch along the way. A change to a 4WD drive vehicle will be necessary along the way. The long and rather uncomfortable journey takes the best part of the whole day.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Dharapani
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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    DAY 2

    Drive to Dharapani

    A private vehicle will take you overland to the village of Dharapani (1860m) with a stop for lunch along the way. A change to a 4WD drive vehicle will be necessary along the way. The long and rather uncomfortable journey takes the best part of the whole day.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Dharapani
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Find out more about Trekking Lodges

    DAY
    3

    Trek to Chame

    It is impossible to avoid trekking on the 'road' that has been pushed through the Marsyangdi Valley. However, as much as possible it is avoided throughout the trek. Today you walk to Chame (2713m). It should take around 5hrs walking.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Chame
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 3

    Trek to Chame

    It is impossible to avoid trekking on the 'road' that has been pushed through the Marsyangdi Valley. However, as much as possible it is avoided throughout the trek. Today you walk to Chame (2713m). It should take around 5hrs walking.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Chame
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    4

    To Upper Pisang

    Your climb further up into the Marsyangdi Valley continues and involves several crossings of the river (via suspension bridges) to emerge above forests and to a more open grazing landscape affording particularly good views of Annapurna 2 and onto Upper Pisang (3300m). Walking time is around 5hrs with an overall height gain of around 590m and involves a distance of just over 17km with around 1300m ascent and 650m descent.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Upper Pisang
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 4

    To Upper Pisang

    Your climb further up into the Marsyangdi Valley continues and involves several crossings of the river (via suspension bridges) to emerge above forests and to a more open grazing landscape affording particularly good views of Annapurna 2 and onto Upper Pisang (3300m). Walking time is around 5hrs with an overall height gain of around 590m and involves a distance of just over 17km with around 1300m ascent and 650m descent.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Upper Pisang
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    5

    Trek to Ngawal

    Todays walk continues to climb higher up from the valley floor and along the upper slopes. The Tibetan influence becomes more apparent in terms of the villages you pass through with their Buddhist monuments. Passing through Gyaru (3680m) you walk as far as Ngawal. Overall this takes around 4hrs walking and a height gain of 300m. The distance is just over 10km with 650m ascent and 300m descent overall.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Ngawal
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 5

    Trek to Ngawal

    Todays walk continues to climb higher up from the valley floor and along the upper slopes. The Tibetan influence becomes more apparent in terms of the villages you pass through with their Buddhist monuments. Passing through Gyaru (3680m) you walk as far as Ngawal. Overall this takes around 4hrs walking and a height gain of 300m. The distance is just over 10km with 650m ascent and 300m descent overall.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Ngawal
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    6

    To Manang

    The walk starts by dropping down towards the lower part of the valley and back onto the principle Annapurna Circuit trail as you head steadily up to the very Tibetan village of Manang (3540m). Walking time is around 4-5hrs. The distance is almost 12km and involves 350m ascent and 465m of descent.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Manang
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 6

    To Manang

    The walk starts by dropping down towards the lower part of the valley and back onto the principle Annapurna Circuit trail as you head steadily up to the very Tibetan village of Manang (3540m). Walking time is around 4-5hrs. The distance is almost 12km and involves 350m ascent and 465m of descent.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Manang
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    7

    Acclimatisation Day in Manang

    Todays walk aims to get close to around 4000m and of course back down to Manang. There are various possibilities to achieve this and take up to 4-5hrs of walking.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Manang
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 7

    Acclimatisation Day in Manang

    Todays walk aims to get close to around 4000m and of course back down to Manang. There are various possibilities to achieve this and take up to 4-5hrs of walking.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Manang
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    8

    Trek to Letdar

    Todays walk only takes around 3-4hrs and as you're now going above 4000m the gradual climb up to Letdar (4250m) should be taken slowly. Height gain today is about 715m. The distance is just over 12km and there's just about 830m of ascent and 80m descent.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Letdar
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 8

    Trek to Letdar

    Todays walk only takes around 3-4hrs and as you're now going above 4000m the gradual climb up to Letdar (4250m) should be taken slowly. Height gain today is about 715m. The distance is just over 12km and there's just about 830m of ascent and 80m descent.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Letdar
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    9

    To High Camp

    Another short walking day that can usually be completed by lunch time, meaning the remainder of the day can and should be spent wisely resting at High Camp (4750m). Height gain 500m. It's under 7km to High Camp and overall there's 700m of ascent and 420m descent.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, High Camp
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 9

    To High Camp

    Another short walking day that can usually be completed by lunch time, meaning the remainder of the day can and should be spent wisely resting at High Camp (4750m). Height gain 500m. It's under 7km to High Camp and overall there's 700m of ascent and 420m descent.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, High Camp
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    10

    Across the Thorung La to Muktinath

    The crux of the trek and for most the toughest day (as well as the highest too). The walking is made all the more challenging by the high altitude. A reasonably early start is required. It's a steep climb up to the Thorung La (5416m) but it does ease off a bit towards the top. Snow and ice are always a possibility. Usually it takes around 3hrs of walking to reach the pass and there are some fantastic views once there. It is then downhill virtually all the way to reach sacred Muktinath, which you'll be more than glad to have reached. Today you'll be walking for around 6-7hrs, ascending around 700m and descending almost 1800m. The distance is under 14.5km but it will feel much more.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Muktinath
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 10

    Across the Thorung La to Muktinath

    The crux of the trek and for most the toughest day (as well as the highest too). The walking is made all the more challenging by the high altitude. A reasonably early start is required. It's a steep climb up to the Thorung La (5416m) but it does ease off a bit towards the top. Snow and ice are always a possibility. Usually it takes around 3hrs of walking to reach the pass and there are some fantastic views once there. It is then downhill virtually all the way to reach sacred Muktinath, which you'll be more than glad to have reached. Today you'll be walking for around 6-7hrs, ascending around 700m and descending almost 1800m. The distance is under 14.5km but it will feel much more.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Muktinath
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    11

    Muktinath to Kagbeni

    There is now a road all the way up to Muktinath. Recently this has been metalled. Indeed this jeep road is an extension of the 'road' that now has been forced all the way up the Kali Gandaki Valley from Beni. On the walk down to Kagbeni most of this road can't be avoided. From Muktinath it takes around 3-4 hrs of descending to reach the Kali Gandaki Valley floor and there are great views of Dhaulagiri as well as tantalising glimpses of the arid landscapes of Mustang too. Here at Kagbeni you can gaze into the "off limits" Upper Mustang region. Indeed Kagbeni is as far as you can venture into Mustang without a special (and rather costly) permit.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Kagbeni
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 11

    Muktinath to Kagbeni

    There is now a road all the way up to Muktinath. Recently this has been metalled. Indeed this jeep road is an extension of the 'road' that now has been forced all the way up the Kali Gandaki Valley from Beni. On the walk down to Kagbeni most of this road can't be avoided. From Muktinath it takes around 3-4 hrs of descending to reach the Kali Gandaki Valley floor and there are great views of Dhaulagiri as well as tantalising glimpses of the arid landscapes of Mustang too. Here at Kagbeni you can gaze into the "off limits" Upper Mustang region. Indeed Kagbeni is as far as you can venture into Mustang without a special (and rather costly) permit.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Kagbeni
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    12

    Kagbeni to Marpha

    For the first time since starting the full Annapurna Circuit Trek, it will almost feel like you're walking on level ground. You're not and in actual fact will be descending primarily, but it's not entirely noticeable. Avoiding the jeep road you follow a trail on the western side of the Kali Gandaki River via Eklaibhatti to Jomsom. A couple of hours more walking leads to the attractive settlement of Marpha (2670m). Walking time approx 6 hrs with around 250m descent.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Marpha
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 12

    Kagbeni to Marpha

    For the first time since starting the full Annapurna Circuit Trek, it will almost feel like you're walking on level ground. You're not and in actual fact will be descending primarily, but it's not entirely noticeable. Avoiding the jeep road you follow a trail on the western side of the Kali Gandaki River via Eklaibhatti to Jomsom. A couple of hours more walking leads to the attractive settlement of Marpha (2670m). Walking time approx 6 hrs with around 250m descent.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Marpha
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    13

    Trek to Kalopani

    There are increasingly spectacular views to look forward to today, particularly Dhaulagiri, which "kinda sorta" seems to appear out of nowhere. Crossing the river you head to Chimang, which takes around an hour and begin to descend via Tukuche Gaon and Sauru to Larjung. After lunch here a further 2-3hrs of walking brings you to Kalopani (2530m). High above Kalopani rise Annapurna 1, Fang and Annapurna South. The view here of Annapurna 1 is probably one of the best in Nepal. Walking time 6-7 hrs with around 200m descent.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Kalopani
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 13

    Trek to Kalopani

    There are increasingly spectacular views to look forward to today, particularly Dhaulagiri, which "kinda sorta" seems to appear out of nowhere. Crossing the river you head to Chimang, which takes around an hour and begin to descend via Tukuche Gaon and Sauru to Larjung. After lunch here a further 2-3hrs of walking brings you to Kalopani (2530m). High above Kalopani rise Annapurna 1, Fang and Annapurna South. The view here of Annapurna 1 is probably one of the best in Nepal. Walking time 6-7 hrs with around 200m descent.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Kalopani
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    14

    Down to Tatopani

    A lot of descent today and an hours walking along paths in between the river and the jeep road lead to Lete. From here you'll follow the jeep road down to Ghasa, although at some point in time an alternative trail will become available. Still, it's only an hour or so on the road and to the check post at Ghasa. From here you'll cross to the opposite side of the river and ascend around 110m. It's quite spectacular as you're high above the river, which plunges through a very narrow gorge. Continuing to descend you reach Topang, cross the river by way of a bridge and walk the final 30 mins to Tatopani (1200m) on the jeep road. There are some thermal springs here if you fancy soothing your aching limbs. Walking time 7-8hrs with around 1350m descent.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Tatopani
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 14

    Down to Tatopani

    A lot of descent today and an hours walking along paths in between the river and the jeep road lead to Lete. From here you'll follow the jeep road down to Ghasa, although at some point in time an alternative trail will become available. Still, it's only an hour or so on the road and to the check post at Ghasa. From here you'll cross to the opposite side of the river and ascend around 110m. It's quite spectacular as you're high above the river, which plunges through a very narrow gorge. Continuing to descend you reach Topang, cross the river by way of a bridge and walk the final 30 mins to Tatopani (1200m) on the jeep road. There are some thermal springs here if you fancy soothing your aching limbs. Walking time 7-8hrs with around 1350m descent.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Tatopani
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    15

    Up to Sikha

    After a few days of continual descending, it's now time to climb again. And, it's a rather steep and stiff ascent all the way up to Sikha (1980m). Good job there are increasingly great views as you ascend. Walking time around 5hrs with approx 800m ascent.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Sikha
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 15

    Up to Sikha

    After a few days of continual descending, it's now time to climb again. And, it's a rather steep and stiff ascent all the way up to Sikha (1980m). Good job there are increasingly great views as you ascend. Walking time around 5hrs with approx 800m ascent.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Sikha
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    16

    Trek to Ghorepani

    There's even more uphill today on the slog to Ghorepani (2800m). It takes around 4-5hrs to complete the ascent of around 900m.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Ghorepani
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 16

    Trek to Ghorepani

    There's even more uphill today on the slog to Ghorepani (2800m). It takes around 4-5hrs to complete the ascent of around 900m.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Ghorepani
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    17

    Poon Hill Sun Rise and down to Tirkhedungha

    You'll need to make a pre-dawn start for the relatively short hike up to the famous Poon Hill view point (3210m). Hopefully you'll be treated to a spectacular Himalayan sun rise as the mountains glow pink and amber in the rays of first light. Back down to the lodge for brekkie and then down through forest and what will seem like a never ending series of steps from Ulleri to Tirkhedungha (1540m). It's said that there are 3,767 steps on this section. Poon Hill is around 2hrs walking as a return trip and down to Tirkhedungha around 4hrs, with around 1670m total descent.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Tirkhedungha
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 17

    Poon Hill Sun Rise and down to Tirkhedungha

    You'll need to make a pre-dawn start for the relatively short hike up to the famous Poon Hill view point (3210m). Hopefully you'll be treated to a spectacular Himalayan sun rise as the mountains glow pink and amber in the rays of first light. Back down to the lodge for brekkie and then down through forest and what will seem like a never ending series of steps from Ulleri to Tirkhedungha (1540m). It's said that there are 3,767 steps on this section. Poon Hill is around 2hrs walking as a return trip and down to Tirkhedungha around 4hrs, with around 1670m total descent.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Tirkhedungha
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    18

    Trek to Hille and transfer to Pokhara

    The final day of walking is relatively modest affair as you descend to Hille.  Here a private vehicle will transfer you to Pokhara (3hrs).

    Accommodation: Hotel Karuna - Pokhara
    Included Meals: Breakfast

    DAY 18

    Trek to Hille and transfer to Pokhara

    The final day of walking is relatively modest affair as you descend to Hille.  Here a private vehicle will transfer you to Pokhara (3hrs).

    Accommodation: Hotel Karuna - Pokhara
    Included Meals: Breakfast

    DAY
    19

    Fly to Kathmandu

    A private transfer to Pokhara Airport for the short flight back to Kathmandu. A private transfer will take you from the airport back to the KGH Hotel. However, you may wish to consider some additional contingency for this trek, whether it be for any travel delays, or any difficulties that may arise on the trek.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel - Kathmandu
    Included Meals: 
    Breakfast

    DAY 19

    Fly to Kathmandu

    A private transfer to Pokhara Airport for the short flight back to Kathmandu. A private transfer will take you from the airport back to the KGH Hotel. However, you may wish to consider some additional contingency for this trek, whether it be for any travel delays, or any difficulties that may arise on the trek.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel - Kathmandu
    Included Meals: 
    Breakfast

    DAY
    20

    Depart Nepal

    A private transfer will take you to the airport for your return international flight.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Of course there's no reason to depart today, your Nepal holiday can be readily tailor-made.

    DAY 20

    Depart Nepal

    A private transfer will take you to the airport for your return international flight.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Of course there's no reason to depart today, your Nepal holiday can be readily tailor-made.

    IMPORTANT

    This is an EXAMPLE ITINERARY and can be customised for you accordingly.

    Please consider whether you want your customisable, private trip itinerary to also include CONTINGENCY.

    See our ABOUT CONTINGENCY Information

    Please CONTACT US to discuss CONTINGENCY and ADDITIONAL ACCLIMATISATION, as well as other CUSTOMISATION POSSIBILITES for your PRIVATE CUSTOM TREK

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Price based on a private party of 4 persons, twin share rooms, low season.


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