Planning for an adventurous yet rewarding trek in Nepal? Then, Annapurna Trekking is an ideal option to enjoy a holiday in the heart of Annapurna Massif which spellbound all trekkers with the mesmerizing mountains view along with cultural and natural encounters.

Various Worldwide renowned treks are nestled in the Annapurna region, where any of them promises to engrave an indelible impression upon your heart and soul. Seize the chance to plunge into the unbelievable realm of the incredible Himalayas, where awe-inspiring splendour awaits your discovery.

Trekking in the Annapurna region of Nepal grants a myriad of route variations and side trip, arrangements to adventurers of individual aptitude and interests. Every Annapurna route that the adventurer prioritizes will assuredly showcase the beauty of glorious Mountains like Annapurna I (8,091m), II, III, IV, and Annapurna South. Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m); Mt. Manaslu (8,176m); Mt. Nilgiri. Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and Gangapurna.

Here, we present the varied trekking routes and side trips that the Annapurna region offers

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Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Route

Annapurna Base Camp Trek – the most renowned classic trek globally sets you amidst the stunning Mount Annapurna (10th highest mountain) and Mount Machhapuchre. From lush alpine and bamboo forests embellished with blooming rhododendrons to charming villages soaked in ancient culture, tradition, and warm hospitality and finally Annapurna Base Camp, the journey is filled with thrill and excitement. Delve into the culture and traditions of Gurung inhabitants along the delightful trail and create memories for a lifetime.

ABC Trek falls under the moderate level of difficulty where every trekker easily accomplishes the trek having a reasonable level of physical fitness and mental preparedness. The trek typically spans around 10 -11 days.

Annapurna Base Camp Route

Annapurna Base Camp offers various routes and the most popular route commences from Kathmandu with a scenic drive to Pokhara (known as the city of lakes). From there, the journey offered a drive to Nayapul where the real adventurous journey takes place passing through different ethnic villages, traditional farms, and terraced fields along with the backdrop of amazing Annapurna Mountain ranges. The next stop is the beautiful Gurung village Ghandruk, which stunned your eye with the splendid view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, and other snowcapped peaks. After that, several settlements like Chomrong, Sinuwa, Bamboo, and Deurali then finally the awaited Annapurna Base Camp (4130m). Soak in the beauty of the Annapurna Himalayan Wilderness and capture memories that will be cherished forever. After a while retrace a trail and get back to Kathmandu.

Look out for the outline itinerary for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

Day 1: Arrival In Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft), Transfer to Hotel

Day2: Drive or fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (800m/2,624ft), drive to Nayapul and Trek to Ghandruk (1,940m/6,364ft)

Day 3: Trek From Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2,170m/7,118ft)

Day 4: Chhomrong to Bamboo (2,310m/7,577ft)

Day 5: Bamboo To Deurali (3,230m/10,595ft)

Day 6: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,547ft) Via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,700m/12,136ft)

Day 7: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2,310m/7,577ft)

Day 8: Bamboo To Jhinu Danda (1,760m/5,773ft)

Day 9: Trek To Siwai (1,530m/5,018ft) Then Drive to Pokhara (800m/2,624ft)

Day 10: Fly From Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft)

Day 11: Final Departure

Another route that Annapurna Base Camp is famous for usually starts from Kathmandu with a scenic drive to Pokhara, then after a drive to Siwai where the trekking takes place to Chhomrong. Interact with the locals and enjoy the astounding views of the Annapurna ranges and Dhaulagiri ranges. Pass the charming villages like Bamboo and Deurali with the backdrop of Annapurna I (8091m), the journey leads you to the base camp of the world’s 10th highest Mt. Annapurna. Take your time to believe in the natural beauty of the region and retrace back the trail. In a way, stop at Jhinu Danda rejuvenate your body with natural hot spring water and make a way back to Kathmandu.

Annapurna base camp trek

The outline itinerary of the ABC trek route

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft), and transfer to hotel

Day 2: Drive or fly to Pokhara (800m/2,624ft).

Day 3: Drive to Siwai (1,530m/5,018ft) by bus and trek to Chhomrong (2,170m/7,118ft).

Day 4: Trek to Bamboo (2,310m/7,577ft). Walking 6 hours.

Day 5: Trek to Deurali (3,230m/10,595ft). Walking 5 hours.

Day 6: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,547ft). Walking 4/5 hours.

Day 7: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo. Walking 6 hours,

Day 8: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1,760m/5,773ft)

, walking 6 hours

Day 9: Trek to Siwai and drive back to Pokhara, 5 hours walk and 2.30 hours' drive

Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu by a private vehicle for 7 hours (Option: private transport or domestic flight) |Farewell Dinner

Day 11: Transfer to the airport for final departure

Note: Above mentioned ABC route is the popular route undertaken by trekkers. If you don’t have access time, we can customize as per your time and conditions. Within a short time, the trek can be done easily but the preparation should be great.

Annapurna Circuit Trekking Route


Annapurna Circuit Treks is the most popular trek in the world grants marvellous scenery, traditional villages, thrilling Thorong La Pass and glimmering sights of some of the world’s highest mountains. Arise beyond 5000 meters, delve into the historic customs of the indigenous communities, and fully immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring mountain sweeping of the Annapurna Circuit. This journey bestows an intimidating challenge, yet the feeling of attainment it grants will carve unforgettable memories even in the most seasoned trekkers.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Route

Annapurna Circuit Trekking is a round trip of the entire Annapurna Region done in an anticlockwise direction. The trek itself is difficult to conquer as trekkers will gain altitude at Thorong La Pass of 5416 meters. The trek requires prior experience and a great level of physical fitness. If the trekkers don’t have any experience, then, prepare yourself for 3 months with some exercise, short hiking, cardiovascular exercises, leg strengthening and more. During the journey proper rest and acclimatization are necessary, Normally, the trek spans 16 – 20 days depending on the route.

The most popular Annapurna Circuit trek route commences from Bhulbhule after a scenic drive from Kathmandu following the Marsyandghi River Valley through beautiful villages Jagat, Dharapani, Chame, and Pisang, with overnight stays in each place. Acclimatization in Manang precedes crossing Thorong La pass. Trek continues to Yak Kharka and Thorong Phedi for overnight stays. From here, you’ll get a side trek you can do the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake.

After that, trek to Muktinath, crossing Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,769ft), connecting Manang village to Muktinath temple. Visit the Hindu temple of Muktinath and get a complete insight into their beliefs, then drive to Tatopani known for its hot springs, believed to have healing properties. Overnight in Tatopani. The next day, trek through lush forests to Ghorepani. The morning after, hike to Poon Hill, famous for sunrise views over the stunning peaks including Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. Then head back to Kathmandu.

The outline itinerary of the Annapurna Circuit Trekking Trail;

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)

Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule (845m)

Day 3: Trek to Jagat (1300m) from Bhulbhule

Day 4: Trek to Dharapani (1860m) from Jagat

Day 5: Trek to Chame (2610m) from Dharapani

Day 6: Trek to Upper Pisang (3300m) from Chame

Day 7: Trek to Manang (3540m) from Pisang

Day 8: Rest and acclimatization day at Manang

Day 9: Trek to Yak Kharka (4050m) from Manang

Day 10: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4525m) from Yak Kharka

Day 11: Trek to Muktinath Temple (3460m) via Thorong La Pass (5416m) from Thorong Phedi

Day 12: Drive to Tatopani (1200m) via Jomsom from Muktinath

Day 13: Trek to Ghorepani (2860m) from Tatopani and drive back to Pokhara

Day 14: Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3210) and trek to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara

Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara

Day 16: Final Departure

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Mardi Himal Trekking Route


Mardi Himal Trek stands as an ideal escapade, appealing to both beginners and seasoned trekkers identical to acrylic their indelible journey. This trek grants an amicable blend of delightful landscapes, from luxuriant rhododendron forests to high alpine meadows, exhibiting the manifold beauty of Nepal. Well-organized trails and moderate ascents set a great introduction to the world of trekking while experiencing the Mardi Himal Trek.

Mardi Himal Trek guarantees the stunning views of the Annapurna and Machapuchhre, an enhancing experience for all, making it a must-try for those seeking a complete blend of adventure and natural splendour.

Mardi Himal Trek Route

The famous route of Mardi Himal Trek commences from Kathmandu and takes you through a scenic drive to Pokhara. Explore a beautiful lake city and visit some of the famous places. After that, the trail leads to the beautiful Kande from where the exciting adventure takes place. The journey leads you to the Low camp through uphill paths but glimpses of mountain ranges can be seen.

Next, ascend to the high camp along the high alpine meadows, and enjoy the trail filled with the views of breathtaking Mt. Machapuchre and many more. Along the trail catch a glimpse of wildlife species. Later on, the final destination that awaits you will reach – Upper View Point. This viewpoint offers astounding vistas of Mt. Fishtail (6997m), Mardi Himal (5553m),Annapurna (8091m), and Hiunchuli (6441m). Experience it and enjoy a journey as much as you can! Lastly, trek to Sidhing- explore a culturally enriched sidhing village and make your way back to Kathmandu.

The perfect outline itinerary of the Mardi Himal Trek;

Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu (1300m)

Day 2: Drive to Pokhara(820m)

Day 3: Drive to Kande(1770m), trek to Forest Camp (2600m)

Day 4: Trek to Low Camp (3035m)

Day 5: Trek to High Camp (3550m)

Day 6: Hike up to Upper View Point (4200m) and to Mardi Himal Base Camp(4500m), back to High Camp

Day 7: Trek to Siding Village

Day 8: Siding Village(1945m) to Pokhara

Day 9: Drive to Kathmandu

Day 10: Departure to International Airport

Mardi himal trek

Ghorepani Poon hill Trekking Route


Ghorepani Poon Hill is the most popular and famous trekking in Annapurna Region as it is the shortest and most gratifying trek in the history of Nepal. In less than a week, experience yourself in the most satisfying destination that enthrals you with the awe-inspiring beauty of nature.

The trek blends both the cultural and natural aspects, making memories everlasting while enjoying holidays in Nepal. Witness the magnificent sunrise views over the incredible Annapurna ranges including Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Hiuchuli, Tharpachuli, Tukuche Peak, Annapurna IV, Annapurna II, Dhampus, Manaslu ranges, Lamjung Himal etc. Relish the exciting moments as you soar above in the high vantage point.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Route

Ghorepani Poon Hill's classical trekking route in the Annapurna region begins with an enjoyable drive to Pokhara and then to Nayapul, the beginning point of the trek. Walk on an easy trail through lush rhododendron forests and charming villages to Ulleri. After that head up to the Ghorepani village, where experience the warm hospitality of locals, and learn about their cultures and traditions.

Later on, hike to the Poon hill and marvel at the amazing scenery of sunrise over the high mountain ranges. Take in the moments that the poon hill offers and descent to Ghandruk, the most Gurung village. With astounding sights and great environments with the locals, the journey tends to be complete after a drive back to Pokhara.

The perfect Itinerary for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek.

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)

Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m) by tourist bus

Day 3: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Ulleri (2210m)

Day 4: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2880m)

Day 5: Hike to Poon Hill (3210m) and trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2630m)

Day 6: Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk, Drive to Pokhara

Day 7: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus |Farewell Dinner

Day 8: Departure from Kathmandu

ghorepani poonhill trek

Tilicho Lake Trekking Route


Tilicho Lake Trek is also known as Annapurna Tilicho Trek – the highest elevation Lake trek set at 4919 meters in the beautiful Annapurna Region. A Captivating journey that immensely takes your breath away with the amazing blue tranquil lakes and awe-inspiring sights of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. With the spectacular landscapes and high mountains, the Tilicho Lake trek is a great adventure that you should embark on while planning the Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Tilicho Lake Trek Route

The ultimate destination Tilicho Lake trek can be possible by two routes; Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake and only Tilicho Lake Trek. Annapurna Circuit trek combines the route to Tilicho Lake from Manang. This alternate route begins at Khangsar and leads to Tilicho Base Camp. The following day, explore Tilicho Lake before returning to the base camp. From there, make a journey through Yak Kharka towards Thorong La Pass. After crossing the pass, the route takes us from Muktinath to Kagbeni, then to Jomsom, Lete, and finally to Tatopani. Continuing on, the trail begins from Ghorepani to Nayapul and eventually back to Kathmandu.

Another Tilicho Lakes commences from Kathmandu where the long drive takes you to Manang. From there, the adventure to Tilicho Lake takes place with a gentle walk on the rugged Himalayan Terrain to Tiicho Base Camp. The journey is quite difficult and requires the stamina to walk 6-7 hours a day but the breathtaking vistas of the Annapurna range and surrounding peaks will surely inspire you throughout the adventure. 

Afterwards, the journey takes you to the ultimate destination Tilicho Lake (4919 meters) Passing through villages of diverse ethnic groups and exploring Tibetan-like culture is amazing. Soak in the tranquil beauty of Lakes encircled by the astonishing high mountains leaves an indelible mark on your memory. Head to Shree Kharka for overnight. The sense of accomplishment makes every step worthwhile while returning to Manang. Descending through rocky paths and lush landscapes, you'll encounter the familiar sights of the route you initially took. On reaching Manang, take a break and get ready to make your way to Kathmandu via Besisahar.

The perfect outline itinerary of Tilicho Lake Trek

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)

Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Manang via Chame

Day 3: Acclimatization Day in Manang (3,519m)

Day 4: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4200m)

Day 5: Trek to Tilicho Lake (4919m) and to Shree Kharka (4080m)

Day 6: Trek back to Manang

Day 7: Drive back to Kathmandu

Day 8: Departure Day

Tillicho lake trek

Nar Phu Valley Trekking Route


Taste a real Himalayan wilderness in this Nar Phu Valley Trek crossing several high passes, quaint villages, luxuriant forests and ancient monasteries. Set amidst the Annapurna Region, the Nar Phu Valley is a concealed gem that provides a unique chance for adventurers to dig into pristine valleys where untouched Himalayan wilderness blends with ancient Buddhist heritage.

The Nar Phu village of the Annapurna region is only for peace lovers, culture lovers, and adventurous souls.

Nar Phu Valley Trek Route

The usual journey to Nar Phu Valley begins in Kathmandu. Embarking on the popular Annapurna Circuit Trek route until reaching Koto, from where we head north towards the secluded Manang Valley. Along the way, discover the Marsyangdi River until reaching Koto. From this point forward, the journey will trace the course of another notable river in the Manang region, the Nar River, named after the village of Nar. The trek then pursues along the Nar River basin, following the foothills of Mt. Kangaru. Our route forms a circuit, originally leading us towards Phu Gaon, situated at the foothills of Himlung Himal. Then proceeding west, retracing our steps back to Nar Phedi. Beyond Nar lies the highlight of the Nar Phu trek, the Kangla Pass (5320m), cross to conclude our trekking adventure at Ngawal.

Perfect outline itinerary of Nar Phu Valley Trek

Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Besishahar and to Dharapani

Day 2: Trek from Dharapani to Koto

Day 3: Trek from Koto to Chhumchu and then to Meta

Day 04: Trek from Meta to Kyang

Day 05: Trek from Kyang to Phu Village.

Day 06: Explore Phu Village and Monastery

Day 07: Trek from Phu Village to Nar Phedi.

Day 08: Trek from Nar Phedi to Nar Village

Day 09: Trek from Nar to Kang La Pass 5320m and to Ngawal (3675 meters).

Day 10: Trek from Ngawal to Chame

Day 11: Drive from Chame to Besishahar

Day 12: Drive from Besishahar to Kathmandu.

Nar Phu Valley Trekking

Side trips from Annapurna Circuit or ABC Trek:

Tilicho Lake: A side trip from the Annapurna Circuit trek, proffering incredible scenery of the freshwater lake and surrounding mountains. Explore one of Nepal's most captivating trekking routes, meandering through the famous Annapurna Region with the crown jewel, Tilicho Lake (4920m), as its central point.

Tilicho Lake Trekking grants an exceptional experience for nature admirers, blending serene mountain retreats with the thrill of challenging terrain. It's an adventure customized for those who crave tranquillity amongst the splendour of the Himalayas, prepared to adopt uneven paths for the ideal reward of reaching the highest lake in the world.

Ice Lake: A demanding side trip from the Annapurna Circuit trek, pleasing trekkers with wide-ranging views of the Annapurna range. Take a divergence on your way around the Annapurna Circuit Trek to get to one of Nepal’s highest frozen lakes, Ice Lake also known as Kicho Tal (4620 m / 15,157 ft).

Experience an exigent uphill trek through yak pasturelands and quaint villages enjoying eye-catching vistas of Tilicho Peak, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Khangsar Kang Peak, Chulu East, the Far East Peak, Pisang Peak, and Gangapurna, you'll finally arrive at this alluring ice lake.

Gangapurna Glacier: Approachable from the Annapurna Circuit trek, trekkers can hike to the base of Gangapurna Glacier for an eccentric lifetime experience. Nestled within the Annapurna region of the Himalayas in Nepal, Gangapurna Glacier situated at the height of 3,540 metres is formed from the glaciers from Mt Gangapurna (7,454m), Annapurna IV (7,525m), Khangsar Kang and Glacier Dom.

The most captivating moments of the trek unravel when you come face to face with Gangapurna Lake, a magnificent turquoise gem set amidst exalted peaks and icy glaciers. Undoubtedly, this trek creates an ideal setting for mountaineering ventures.

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