Annapurna Circuit Trek – Journey to the trans-Himalayan land

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek is also called the Annapurna Round Trek. This trans-Himalayan region is a magical land on earth. The world’s highest peaks to the world’s deepest gorge and the world’s highest lake to the most significant Hindu temple are here. So that this trek is home to everyone who wishes to have an extra experience of real trekking in the Himalayas.

Trekking starts below 1000 m above sea level and ends over 5400m above sea level. Amazing vistas of the Annapurna massif, historical Buddhist monasteries, and stupas. Christle cleared the Marsyandi River and the traditional settlement of the Manangi people. Glacier lakes such as Tilicho Lake and Ice Lake are also in this region.

Very rich in flora and fauna which is why this is the biggest and the first conservation area in Nepal. This area contains a large number of wild animals, like snow leopards and birds, and varieties of trees. Dramatic landscapes, beautiful waterfalls, and giant rock breaker roads to Manang. And the man-made apple garden in Bradang Manang.

The natural hot spring in Chame Manang and Tatopani Magdi will refresh your tiredness. 108 water taps in holy Muktinath to take a bath to take away all the toxicity from your body. Heavy wind may blow away your hats while walking down to Jomsom from Muktinath. Because this Kaligandaki valley prevails as the windy valley and it starts after 10 am.

Daily walking route of Annapurna Circuit Trek

Day 1Drive to Bulubule from Kathmandu or Pokhara
Day 2Bulbule to Ghermu
Day 3 Ghermu to Taal
Day 4Taal to Timang
Day 5 Timang to Chame
Day 6Chame to Pisang
Day 7Pisang to Manang via Ghayru and Nawal
Day 8: Rest day (Walk to one of the viewpoints)
Day 9Manang to Yak Kharka
Day 10 Yak Kharka to High Camp
Day 11 High Camp to Muktinath
Day 12Muktinath to Lubra/ Kagbeni
Day 13 Lubra to Jomsom
Day 14 Fly or drive back to Pokhara.

This is the common ACT itinerary and it can change as your bucket list to visit the places in Annapurna. Because in this trekking route, there are different places that can integrate with this normal itinerary. And those addable routes are in this up-listed itinerary. Adding Poon Hill Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek to this itinerary will make the whole Annapurna Circuit. 

Require Trekking Permits for ACT Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a popular trekking trail inside the Annapurna Conservation Area. So that to do trekking to this trans-Himalayan land requires trekking permits. The first permit is an ACAP permit and which cost $30 per person, this permit will issue by Nepal Tourism Board Kathmandu and the ACAP office in Pokhara.

And another needed trekking permit to do Annapurna Round Trek is TIMS Card (Trekking Information Management System) This permit can purchase at NTB Kathmandu and TAAN Office, and also can buy from the ACAP office in Pokhara and TAAN office in Pokhara. It will cost $20 per person and can use for all the normal trekking trails inside the Annapurna Conservation Area.

Nar Phu Valley.

Nar and Phu’s valley is an isolated village in Manang. Lied behind the Pisang Peak and this area is government-protected territory. That is why need to issue a restricted area trekking permit to get there. Because these two villages are very special and contain something valuable.

Nar Phu Trek itinerary which can add during Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Day 1: Koto to Metha
Day 2 Metha to Phu Gaun
Day 3 Explore Phu Gaun
Day 4 Phu Gaon to Nar Gaun
Day 5 Nar Gaun to Nawal via Kangla Pass

So if you have 5 more days and wish you visit these two special villages. And pass a high pass before Thorong La this is the best choice for your adventure.

Hike to Tilicho Lake

Tilicho Lake is known as the world’s highest lake. Suited with an elevation of 4919m above sea level this icy lake is worth visiting while doing the Annapurna Circuit Trek. For that, you need to add these many days to your holiday.

Day 1Manang to Shree Kharka
Day 2 Trek to Tilicho Base Camp
Day 3 Hike up to Tilicho Lake and trek to Shree Kharka
Day 4Trek to Yak Kharka.

Like this adding 3 more days to your ACT itinerary; will give you the chance to reach the world’s highest lake

Charms of Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Starts in the lowland and greenery and ends after a short visit to Muktinath (holy Hindu temple)
  • Warm temperature natural hot springs where you can take a bath.
  • Traditional Manangi settlements
  • Fancy facilities in the high Himalayan land
  • Harmony of Hindu and Buddhist culture
  • World’s highest lake and other beautiful lakes
  • World two higher peaks
  • Annapurna mountain range
  • High passes in the area Namrung Bhanjan, Kangla Pass, Thorong La Pass, and Mesakantala Pass.
  • Sleep close to 5000m above sea level

Visit Ice Lake and Milarepa Cave

Both places are a day excursion while you stay a rest day in Manang. But the choice will be yours if you are closer to nature go to Ice Lake. On the other hand, if you stick to culture then hike to Milarepa Cave.


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