The trek completely circumnavigates the Annapurna massif, considered a classic by many trekkers, it provides a whole range of experiences from lowland paddy fields to the windswept valleys of the Manang district on to the high pass of Thorung la (5416 m).
The trek from Besisahar follows the partly constructed road as far as the small market town of Kudhi. The first few days of the trek follows the Marsyangdi River. The region has lush green valleys which are inhabited by Gurungs along with a large number of other ethnic groups. You encounter countless high waterfalls that cascade down into the main river while the skyline is dominated by the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges.
After the pass there is a steep descent to the holy pilgrimage site of Muktinath. A couple of days are spent trekking through the lower Mustang district and some very pretty Thakali villages towards the small town of Tatopani. Tatopani is renowned for its good food and hot springs for bathing.
After the stay in the Muktinath region, the trek heads to the settlement of Ghorapani where you can have spectacular view of the sunrise. The following day also contains view of the sunrise from the Poon Hill of both the Dhaulagiri and Annapuna Mountains. The last day is the steep descend to the scenic village of Birenthanti situated at the confluence of two rivers: the Modi river and Bharungdi river. The final day is a short trek of half an hour followed by an hour-long bus ride to the in Pokhara.
From Manang, the trail goes uphill through high alpine pastures until the small teahouses at Thorang Phedi. The trek on the following day takes you over The Thorang La pass from where there is a long descent to Muktinath where the day ends. There are a good number of teahouses at Muktinath as it is a very popular pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. From Muktinath you can see the skyline to the west dominated by the Dhaulagiri range while to the north is bordered by the arid hills of Upper Mustang. From Muktinath the trail leads down through the villages of Jharkot and Eklebhati inhabited by people of Tibetan stock you finally reach the banks of the Kali Gandaki River. The Kali Gandaki banks are inhabited by Thakali people.
Day to day itinerary
Day 01: Drive to Besisahar then Trek to Bhulbhule
Day 02: Trek from Bhulbhule / Syange
Day 03: Trek from Syange to Tal
Day 04: Trek from Tal to Danaque (2300 m)
Day 05: Trek from Danaque to Chame (2670 m)
Day 06: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3200 m)
Day 07: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3400 m)
Day 08: Acclamatisation day in Manang
Day 09: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4000 m)
Day 10: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4500 m)
Day 11: Trek from Cross Thorong La Pass (5415m) to Muktinath (3810 m)
Day 12: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2750m)
Day 13: Trek from Jomsom – Pokhara (Flight)
Day 13: Trek from Jomsom – Tatopani (1190m) (By Local Jeep / Bus)
Day 14: Trek from Tatopani – Pokhara (By Local Jeep / Bus)
Day 13: Trek from Jomsom – Larjung (2550m)
Day 14: Trek from Larjung to Ghasa (2000m)
Day 15: Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani (1190m)
Day 16: Trek from Tatopani to Pokhara (Drive)