The Annapurna Circuit trek covers everything an ambitious trekker would want from a trek in the Himalayas- lovely lowland farms and villages, high mountainous scenery, cultural diversity, and an exciting pass crossing.
The Annapurna circuit trek begins from a historical city Kathmandu. From Kathmandu, we get on a scenic drive to the Marsyangdi valley. From here, we head to the northern side of the Annapurna Massif. All through the trek, you can witness the stunning panoramas of giants like Manaslu and the Annapurnas.
We shall reach the high point of the trip after a demanding climb to the Thorung La (5416m) on the north side of the Annapurnas. The rewards of the climb are remarkable views of the Himalayan snow-capped peaks.
After making it through the pass, we shall move downwards into the deep valley of the Kali Gandaki. At the base of the pass, the valley is home to an uncanny collection of temples located in Muktinath.
We then shall take a scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara where you can have a good time in the calming atmosphere of Lakeside while witnessing stunning views of the Annapurnas reflected in the waters of Phewa Tal. There are many amazing places in Pokhara to visit after this trek.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)
After landing at the Tribhuwan International Airport, you will be picked up by our representative who will drop you off at the hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Besishahar (800m)7- 8 hours
We make our way to Besisahar. After about 5-6 hours into the drive we reach the town of Dumre from where we steer right leaving the highway towards Besisahar.
Day 03: Drive to Syange and trek to Jagat (1,300m) 4-5 hours
Breakfast and take local jeeps to Syange and star hike to Jagat 2-3 hours. Alternatively, you candirectly drive to Jagat from Besishahar.
Day 04: Trek from Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m) 7-8 hours
We begin our journey with a fulfilling breakfast needed for a good day’s walk. On the first part of the trail, we descend onto a river, cross a bridge, and then into a lush forest. We now climb a steep cliff overlooking the riverbank. On our journey towards Chamje, we see great views of the Annapurna mountain ranges. After Chamje, the trail becomes challenging as we make our way through a steep and slippery path to Sattale. We make our way further through a rocky trail soon descending to a grassy riverbank leading to Tal. From here we move further rugged and winding trails towards the village of Karte.
Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2,710m) 5 – 6 hours
This days’ walk is one of the most rewarding as we get tremendous views of the LamjungHimal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft) and to top it all off we encounter small hot springs too where we canrelax and chill for a bit.
Day 06: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,300m) 5 – 6 hours
We embark on a challenging journey this day. We walk throughsteep narrow paths, a dense forest towards, and steep slope rising 5000 ft. We are welcomed by fantastic views as soon as we make it through the narrow path.When the valley widens we see the PaungdaDanda, a giant of a rock rising 5,000ft (1500m) above the trail. We continue until we reach Lower Pisang. Overnight in Lower Pisang.
Day 07: Trek from Pisang to Manang via Upper Nawal 6 – 7 hours
After a nice breakfast, we start making our way to Manang today. Manang can be reached through two ways. We choose to take the one that takes us to Upper Pisang via Geru since the route is filled with beautiful views of Annapurna and Pisang along with the stunning landscape. Visitors will notice the change in landscape and vegetation this day;the green vegetations give way to desert like arid landscape. At Manang we will visit the largest monastery in Manang -the Barge monastery. Overnight at Manang.
Day 08: Acclimatization day
As the altitude picks up we must take a day solely just to acclimatize. So, we will spend he day going on a short hike to either BhojoGumba or Gangapurna Lake. If there is some spare energy left in us we would make a visit to the Himalayan Rescue Association atVraga Village. There we can have more information about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Overnight in Manang.
Day 09: Trek from Manangto Yak Kharka(4,110m) 3 – 4 hours
Today’s journey is going to be a short but a fulfilling one. The first part of the trail has us crossing a stream, ascending toTenki and further out of theMarshyangdi Valley into the valley of JarsangKhola. We continuefurther northwards passing near the small village of Ghunsa and then through pastures where horses and yaks graze. At this point we are at the last part of today’s trail. We cross a small wooden bridge; thenpass an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow to finally reach Yak Kharka. Overnight at Yak Karka.
Day 10: Trek from Yak Kharka to ThorongPhedi (4,600m) 3 – 4 hours
Today’s walk is steep but filled with beautiful views! We climb all the way to ThorangPhedi which is the last village before Thorong La pass.The first part of the journey has us crossing a suspension bridge to reach Ledar village. We climb further passing through high cliffs to reach ThorangPhedi. We get brilliant views of Mt. Khatungkan, Thorung Peak,Mt. Syagang, and Mt. Gundang. Overnight in ThorangPhedi.
Day 11: Trek from ThorongPhedi to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong La pass (5416m) 7 – 8 hours
Today’s challenge is the Thorong La pass- one of the highest passes in the world! It is a challenge, but we don’t want to make it that hard, do we? So, we will take the easy, safe route which is crossing the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath). All your hard work will be paid off at the end of the day as the views at the top is breathtaking! After reaching the top we descend towards the Muktinath Valley. Overnight in Muktinath.
Day 12: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom(2,670m) 4 – 5 hours
Today’s journey is going to be a spiritual one! Holy for Buddhists and Hindus, Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site. We visit a temple and a monastery at the first part of our walk for today. Then we make our way to Jomson via Ranipauwa village and Kagbeni.We walk along a plateau above Kali Gandaki River, the world’s deepest gorge for today’s journey! Alternatively, You can take a local jeep to Jomsom.
Day 13: Fly to Pokhara and sightseeing in Pokhara
Morning take a domestic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, it takes about 30 minutes flight and you will be staying a night in Pokhara. After checked in hotel, rest and take delicious lunch then excursions in the valley.
Day 14: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, 6-7 hours
After a night of celebration, we prepare to leave for Kathmandu for some packing and more celebrations. We say goodbye to Pokhara and get on a 6-7 hours’ drive to Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu you will have some spare time to do some last-minute souvenir shopping and resting. A dinner party is arranged to celebrate your successful journey. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 15: Final departure
This is it, your last day in Nepal. It’s time to say goodbye, but we hope we’ll meet again! Our representative will escort you to the airport three hours before the scheduled flight.
- All the transportation between airport and hotel
- 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
- 1 night in a 3-star hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
- One way flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
- Private Transportation from Pokhara to Kathmandu
- 11 nights in standard lodges/teahouses during the trek
- Farewell dinner at the end of the trek
- All accommodation and meals during the stay in the trek
- An experienced English speaking guide and one porter for 2 persons each of the group
- All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
- All government and local taxes
- Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
- Tips for guides and porters