Best places to visit during the Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Updated on Nov 3, 2021
  • Govinda Gurung

The best trekking route Annapurna Circuit is a major destination for international and domestic trekkers where each season thousands of travelers come to get a life-change adventure experience. This Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal, there you can explore many fantastic places that never have you seen before. This trek route leads you to the foot of the Annapurna massif with pine forest and barren Landscapes and shows you a spectacular mountain range in the Annapurna region as well as enjoy the traditional culture of mountain community and surrounding views of high Himalayan ranges.

Since the Annapurna Circuit Trek route was opened in 1990 which been famous for being the world's highest pass trek the world and Thorong La is the high altitude of this trek which is located 5,416 meters above sea level. This trek begins from the sub-alpine climatic zone of Beshisahar (760mt) to the world's largest pass called Thoroung-La (5416m), which offers magical landscapes with exciting experiences. It's considered one of the most stunning and satisfying packages to discover the major attractive destinations like Thorung La pass, Tilicho, Manang, Mustang, etc. 

You have a great opportunity to see the world's highest Lake Tilicho Lake 4,936 meters, as well as, get up-close views of Mt Annapurna (8,091m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), and Manaslu (8,163 m). As you can also experience numerous waterfalls, beautiful and diverse landscapes, lush green forests, and diverse flora and fauna during the Annapurna Circuit Trek. The best time to go on Mardi Himal Trek is in spring (March to April) and autumn (October to November). Keep continues to read major places of Annapurna Circuit Trekking.

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Annapurna Circuit Trek Hightlights

  • A scenic drive to Chame with off-road experience.
  • Excited trekking around Northern Annapurna's massive Himalaya.
  • Amazing wide range of flora and fauna.
  • Explore the Buddhist monasteries and Gangapurna Lake.
  • The unique traditional culture of Tibetan and Gurung.
  • Explore wonderful Annapurna massif glaciers and icefalls.
  • Pass the world's highest Thorong La 5,416 meters.
  • Discover the highest Tilicho lake in the world located at 4,949 m from sea level. 
  • Magnificent view of the mountain ranges as Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu ranges.
  • Visit the Buddhist and Hindu temple at Muktinath.
  • A natural hot spring at Tatopani.
  • A day tour at Pokhara Valley.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary

Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02:Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation

Day 03:Drive from Kathmandu to Khudi [800m, 7-8 hrs]

Day 04:Trek from Khudi to Sirung [2200m, 6-7 hrs]

Day 05:Trek from Sirung to Jagat [1300m, 6-7 hrs]

Day 06:Trek from Jagat to Dharapani [1960m, 7-8 hrs]

Day 07:Trek from Dharapani to Chame [2710m, 5-6 hrs]

Day 08:Trek from Chame to Pisang [3300m, 5-6 hrs]

Day 09:Trek from Pisang to Manang [3540m, 6-7 hrs]

Day 10:Acclimatization day at Manang

Day 11:Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka [4110m, 3-4 hrs]

Day 12:Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi [4600m, 3-4 hrs]

Day 13:Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath[3800m] via Thorong La pass [5,416m/17,764ft] [7-8 hrs]

Day 14:Trek from Muktinath to Marpha [2670m, 4-5 hrs]

Day 15:Trek from Marpha to Kalopani [2530m, 5-6 hrs]

Day 16:Trek from Kalopani to Tatopani [1200m, 6-7 hrs]

Day 18:Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani [2700m, 6-7 hrs]

Day 19:Trek from Tadapani to Pokhara [827m] via Ghandruk [5-6 hrs trek] & [1 hrs drive]

Day 20:Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu [1300, 7-8 hrs]

Day 21:Final departure

Up-close views of massif Annapurna Mountain Range and others

Another attraction of this Annapurna Circuit Trek is up-close views of massif Annapurna Mountain Range and others. This mountain's views make you more fantastic and exciting even every step. After a few days' walk from the starting point, you will get wonderful landscapes with peaks. During the trek, you will see the views of the magnification mountains of Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna II (7,937 m), Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fishtail- 6,993 m), Nilgiri south, Nilgiri North, Mt. Gagapurna, Massif Lamjung peak, Pisang peak, Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), and many more others. 

Beautiful viewpoint village Upper Pisang

Upper Pisang is the beautiful settlement of Gurungs, Ghales, and the Tibetan community which is located in the Marshyangdi river valley at an altitude of 3,250 meters. This village is the best mountains viewpoint of Annapurna ll, Annapurna south, and Pisang peak. As you can explore the traditional, culture, landscapes, many chortens, Mani walls, and small Gompa.

Manang Village for Rest and Acclimatization

Manang is a famous place on the Annapurna Circuit trek which is surrounded by mountains, amazing landscape, and scenic beauty. Manang is located 3,540 meters above sea level, it's the traditional ancient town of magical mountain views and the remote valley of Himalayan Nepal. At the Manang, you will take a rest and enjoy the traditional villages, temples, monasteries, mountains, and arid landscapes.

Annapurna Ice Lake 4,600 meters

Ice Lake is the best side trip from Manang village, 4 hours of the walk via Braga you reach the Ice Lake which is located at the connecting neck of Chulu Far East. It's offered to explore amazing frozen lakes with mesmerizing mountain views of Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, Khangsahar, Tilicho peak, Chulu east, etc.

Annapurna Gangapurna lake 3,500m

This Gangapurna lake is a short side trip from Manang village, it is located on the lap of the Mount Gangapurna Glacier. This Gangapurna Lake is formed due to the meltdown of Glacier Gangapurna. 

World highest lake Tilicho 4,936 meters

Tilicho Lake is one of the most popular and highest lakes in the world. Its located between the stunning surrounded by beautiful mountains. From Manang, you walk through the rocky trail to reach Tilicho base camp which takes around 5 to 6 hours. The next day, early morning enjoying the magical landscapes you reach Tilicho Lake. That offers an amazing Himalayan range, glacier zone, and frozen Lakes. 

Thorong La Pass

Thorong La is the world's highest trekking pass which is located 5,416 meters above sea level. This is the highest point of the Annapurna Circuit trek and is also known as the difficulty level of the Himalayan treks. This journey will be worth it; one of your life’s biggest achievements. Top of the Thorong La offers surrounding Himalayan ranges, scenic deserted landscape, and glacier views with an amazing sunrise.

Muktinath Temple

Muktinath Temple is one of the holiest temples of Hindus and Buddhists, Muktinath is located 3,850 meters high on the edge of the massif Dry Mountain, from where you can see such a wonderful Kaligandaki valley view, Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri view, and other neighboring mountains. At the Muktinath, you can get many international and domestic Hindu trekkers. Muktinath is one beautiful part of the Mustang region. 

Poon Hill

Poon hill is the last past route of Annapurna Circuit Trek. Poon hill trek is one of the most popular viewpoint treks in the Annapurna region which offers panoramic views of Dhaulagiri I, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Machhapuchhare, Manaslu, Nilgiri, etc. And you can also enjoy the glorious sunrise view over the mountain. Poon hill trekking is going to be the best choice for adventure and natural lover trekkers, foothills of Ghorepani village, you walk on dense colorful rhododendron forests, where you can get the wide range of Flore and Fauna. 

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Langtang Valley Trek

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