1. Exceptional view of mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre.
2. Walking through beautiful Rhododendron forests in the Annapurna Conservation Area.
3. Visiting Muktinath Temple and Tatopani (hot spring bath).
4. Warm hospitality and generosity of the local Gurung people.
5. Beautiful view of sunrise over the silver mountains from the top of Poonhill.
6. A short hike to Gangapurna lake in Manang.
Annapurna circuit trek will give you the experience of your lifetime. The trek, also known as Round Annapurna Trek, offers stunning panoramic sight of Annapurna (8,097 m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), Lamjung (6,983 m), Manaslu (8,157 m) and Tukuche peak (6,920 m) among others.
Most of the path in this trek lies on the Annapurna Sanctuary. The roads are part of the ancient trading route between Nepal and Tibet.. People take part in Annapurna Circuit Trek for view of the north and south faces of the mountains. Other treks like the Annapurna Base Camp Trek and the Annapurna Panorama Trek only provide view of the southern face of the mountains.
We will start our Annapurna Trek from Bulbule. We will walk through large terraced farms until we reach Ngadi. Ngadi offers wonderful view of peaks like Lamjung Himal, Manaslu, Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) among others. We cross Syange on our way forward and the path starts to go downhill from here until we reach the stony town of Jagat.
In transit, we will cross a place named Bagarchhap. You can visit a white-hued Gompa (monastery) in Jagat. Chame, where we rest overnight, provides an amazing view of Lamjung Himal (6,893 m). We will then walk to Pisang, situated in the lap of Pisang crest. Pisang is famous for the stunning view of Pisang and Annapurna II peaks.
We will now trek into northern parts of Manang district. This place is home to the beautiful Gangapurna lake - one of the jewels of the Annapurna Region. Then we will trek to Thorung La Pass (5,416 m) and move down to Muktinath Temple. Lord Muktinath is the God of Salvation.
After paying our homage in the Temple, we will move further south, passing settlements like Khingar and Jharkot. These ancient settlements provide a peek into the culture and tradition of the locals. We will also get a clear view of the Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri Mountains from here. Next stop is the beautiful town of Jomsom.
We will head to Tatopani after exploring Jomsom. Tatopani means hot water in Nepali. The place is famous for natural hot water springs. You can soak yourself in the spring and wash away the fatigue of your long trek. We will return via Ghorepani and Poonhill.
Trip Route : Kathmandu- Besishahar- Chamje-Manag- Thorung-La Muktinath-Jomsom-tatopani-Ghorepani -Pokhara -Kathmandu
Best Month: September to December and March to May
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley and preparation for the trek.
Day 03: Drive to Besisahar (760 M / 2493 FT) - Bulbule by local bus and Trek to Ngadi (780 M / 2559 FT), 8-9 hours. (Private vehicle can be arranged upon request)
Day 04: Ngadi to Chamje (1410 M / 4625 FT), estimated walk 6-7 hours.
Day 05: Chamje to Dharapani 1(860 M / 6102 FT),estimated walk 5-6 hours.
Day 06: Dharapani to Chame (2530 M / 8300 FT),estimated walk 5-6 hours.
Day 07: Chame to Pisang (3060 M / 10039 FT), estimated walk 4-5 hours.
Day 08: Pisang to Manang (3440 M / 11,286 FT), estimated walk 4-5 hours.
Day 09: Acclimatization and exploring Manang (3440 M / 11,286 FT).
Day 10: Manang to Yak Kharka (4000 M / 13,123 FT), estimated walk 4-5 hours.
Day 11: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4450 M / 14,599 FT) / or High Camp (4900 M / 16,076 FT),estimated walk 4-5 hours.
Day 12: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3800 M / 12,467 FT) via Thorong La Pass (5416 M / 17,769 FT),estimated walk 7-8 hours.
Day 13: Trek to Marpha (apple kingdom of Nepal) (2670 M / 8759 FT), estimated walk 6-7 hours.
Day 14: Marpha to Ghasa (2010 M / 6594 FT), estimated walk 6-7 hours
Day 15: Ghasa to Tatopani (1190 M / 3904 FT),estimated walk 4-5 hours.
Day 16: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2860 M / 9383 FT), estimated walk 6-7 hours.
Day 17: Hike to Poon Hill (3210 M / 10,531 FT) in early morning, back to hotel and trek to Nayapul (1070 m / 3510 FT). Estimated walk 6-7 hours and 1 hour drive to Pokhara from Nayapul.
Day 18: Driving back to Kathmandu (1300 M / 4665 FT) ,estimated drive 6-7 hours.
Day 19: Departure or extend your trip.
We prioritize your safety all the time while traveling with Ambition Himalaya Treks & Expeditions. We want our valuable guests and staffs to be safe thus we have given full authority to your tour leaders to modify, cancel or update any part of the itinerary if it is considered necessary due to safety concerns. Ambition Himalaya promises that we will do our best to stick with planned itinerary. However, natural disasters, weather disturbances, health conditions or any other mishap may force us to change the planned itinerary and we hope you understand these concerns. Our leaders will give you necessary information and discuss with you before changing the itinerary.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Altitude: 1,300 m
Today you will arrive in Kathmandu. Our representative will be waiting for you at Tribhuvan International Airport. Once we pick you up, you will be transported to your respective hotel. In the evening, we will welcome you with typical Nepali dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant. You can enjoy cultural dance performance after dinner.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
We will explore Kathmandu - a city rich in culture, tradition, monuments and temples. We will visit the Swyambhunath Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and the Kathmandu Durbar Square during the day time. All of these sites are UNESCO world heritage sites. You will loosen up and prepare yourself for the upcoming Everest Base Camp Trek. Pack the necessary baggage for adventure.
Day 03: Drive to Besisahar-Bulbule, Trek to Ngadi
Altitude: Besisahar(760 m/2,493 ft), Ngadi (780 m/2,559 ft)
Time: 8-9 hours
We will first drive to Besishahar. We will reach Besisahar by driving through beautiful and typical countryside roads of Nepal. Besisahar is the headquarters of Lamjung district. It takes 6-7 hours of drive to reach Besisahar. Bulbule is one hour drive away from Besisahar. Once we arrive in Bulbule, we will start our trek towards Ngadi. The trek takes around 30 minutes. We will stay overnight in Bulbule and prepare ourselves for the journey around Annapurna Circuit to come.
Day 04: Trek to Chyamje
Altitude: 1,410 m/ 4,625 ft
Time: 6-7 hours
Our target for today is Chamje. The path starts to go uphill until we reach Bahundanda. It starts to descend slowly from here until we hit a river. We need to cross the river, via suspension bridges, to move forward. We will reach the beautiful village called Syange after a few hours. The road ahead is seasonable and start to become steep until we reach Jagat village. We will have our lunch and get some rest at Jagat. Then we walk towards Chamje, passing by green hillsides, waterfalls and beautiful mountain landscapes.
Day 05: Trek to Dharapani
Altitude: 1,860 m/ 6,102 ft
Time: 5-6 hours
Dharapani, meaning tap water in Nepali, is our destination today. We will follow the trails of Marsyangdi River. Its an uphill climb during the early part of the trek. We will reach a place called Tal in 2-3 hours. Nepali translation of Tal is lakes but there are no lakes here. We will stop at Tal for lunch. Our final destination will be Dharapani, where we will spend our night.
Day 06: Trek to Chame
Altitude: 2,530 m/8,300 ft
Time: 5-6 hours
Chame, the headquarter of Manang district, is our destination today. The air starts to become cooler as we move because of the changing elevation. We will reach Bagarchap after trekking for an hour. We will then reach Danakyu. We will have two options to reach Chame at Danakyu- the northern road and the southern road. The northern road is pretty dangerous and landslides are common so we will take the southern road.
We will have lunch and rest at Timang. We get clear view of mountains in the Manaslu range from Timang. We will trek towards Chame after lunch. Chame is a beautiful place built in Tibetan architecture.
Day 07: Trek to Pisang
Altitude: 3,060 m/10,039 ft
Time: 4-5 hours
We will begin our trek to Pisang after enjoying the beautiful sight of Lamjung Himal in the morning. Our trekking route goes through agricultural farms and leads to a town called Teleku. Further ahead, we will meet a settlement with apple farms - Brantang. A stone landmark of a Japanese climber has been constructed in Brantang.
We will stop for our lunch at Dhikur Pokhari. You will get a heavenly sight of Pisang Peak from the road ahead. The trail is flat and easy until we reach lower Pisang. Pisang has two sections, lower and upper Pisang. You will reach lower Pisang first. If you have enough time, you can go for a short climb to upper Pisang. There is an old Buddhist Monastery in upper Pisang. We will stay overnight in Lower Pisang.
Day 08: Trek to Manang
Altitude: 3,440 m/11,286 ft
The trek begins with a lovely stroll through pine woods. We will get picturesque sights of silver white mountains. We will reach a place called Humde in about two hours. This place offers exceptional view of Annapurnas, Tilicho Peak, Gangapurna, Pisang Peak and Chulu East. We pass Mugje town and then reach Bhraga. We will stop for lunch at Bhraga. We will reach Manang in an hour of trek from here.
Day 09: Acclimatization in Manang
Manang has lots of things to do. The town offers breathtaking view of mountains like Annapurna, Tilicho and Gangapurna. You can go for a show at the Himalayan Rescue Association or you can also watch recent movies in a projector. You can also go for a speech of volunteer specialist of Himalayan Rescue Association. The speech is mainly about altitude sickness, danger avoidance, first aid etc.
Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka
Altitude: 4,000 m/ 13,123 ft
Time: 4-5 hours
We will start the trek to Yak Kharka after breakfast. You may meet a few trekkers with altitude sickness returning back to Manang. We thus recommend you to be careful with altitude sickness and consult with your guide if you have any discomfort or health issues. The trek begins with slower uphill path until we reach Tenki Manang. This was the old settlement of Manang before people moved to current Manang.
Tenki Manang offers you good view of Annapurna, Gangapurna and Tilicho mountains. After Tenki Manang, the trail goes flat for some time. We will again go uphill until we reach Yak Kharka. Yak Kharka means grazing pasture in Nepali.
Day 11: Trek to Thorong Phedi or High Camp
Altitude: Thorong Phedi (4,450 m/14,599 ft), High Camp (4,900 m/ 16,076 ft)
Time: 4-5 hours
Depending on your condition and experience, you have choices to either stay in Thorong Phedi or at High Camp. If you stay in Phedi, you will probably have better sleep than in High Camp as it is situated at a lower altitude. However, if you stay in High Camp, you will have it easier in next morning.
We normally stay at Thorong Phedi. One-hour walk from Yak Kharka will take us to a town called Ledar. We will stop for tea at Ledar. The trail goes flat and moderate for some time and then dives to a deep beautiful forest. We will cross a river via suspension bridge. The road ahead carries landslide risk. We will reach Thorong Phedi after walking uphill for sometime. Thorong Phedi means base of Thorong Himal.
Day 12: Trek to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass
Altitude: Muktinath (3,800 m/ 12,467 ft)/ Thorong La Pass (5,416 m/ 17, 769 ft)
Time: 7-8 hours
Today will be the hardest and longest day of our entire trek. We will walk uphill for about 4 - 5 hours until we reach Thorong La Pass. We will meet many trekkers on the way. There is a tea shop on the way where you can have a glass of warm tea/espresso and take photos of the mountains surrounding you.
We will begin our trek to Muktinath after spending some time at Thorong La Pass. The trail is steep. We will see beautiful scenes of the Kaligandaki valley and restricted Upper Mustang range on our way to Muktinath.
Day 13: Trek to Marpha
Altitude: 2,670 m/8,759 ft
Time: 6-7 hours
We will visit Muktinath Temple in the morning. Then we will head to Marpha through Kaligandaki valley. You will get a clear view of Annapurna and Tukuche mountain range from the way. We will reach Jomsom for lunch. Jomsom is a commercial and administrative center of the region. We will then move towards Marpha. Marpha is known as the apple kingdom of Nepal.
Day 14: Trek to Ghasa
Altitude: 2,010 m/ 6,594 ft
Time: 4-5 Hours
We will first reach a place called Tukuche, where you can taste unique Dutch pastry. You will get an amazing sight of the top of Tukuche peak from here. We will reach a place called Larjung after one and half hours of walk from Tukuche. We will stop for lunch at Larjung. We will then head towards Kalopani. You will have incredible view of Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains from Kalopani. Ghasa is one hours of trek away from Kalopani.
Day 15: Trek to Tatopani
Altitude: 1,190 m/3,904 ft
Time: 4-5 hours
We will have our breakfast and begin our trek to Tatopani. We will have our trekking permits and papers checked on the way. We will stop at a place called Rukse Chhahara (waterfall) for lunch. We will walk for around 30 minutes from Rukse Chahara and reach Dana. Dana is the deepest gorge in the world. We will reach Tatopani in another one and half hour of trek from Dana. Tatopani is famous for its natural hot springs.
Day 16: Trek to Ghorepani
Altitude: 2,860 m/ 9,383 ft
Time: 6-7 hours
The path to reach Ghorepani is steep and difficult. We need to walk for around 7-8 hours to reach Ghorepani. Beautiful Rhododendron forest cover our trail. Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal. You can get a 360-degree of mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and other peaks from Ghorepani. The night stay in Ghorepani will provide you a wonderful cultural experience with the local Gurung and Ghale people.
Day 17: Poon Hill - Nayapul - Pokhara
Altitude: Poon Hill (3,210 m/ 10,531 ft), Nayapul (1,070 m/ 3,510 ft), Pokhara (820 m/ 2,690 ft)
Time: 7-8 hours
The morning view from Poonhill is amazing and breathtaking. You get clear view of Mt. Annapurna along with other surrounding mountains. The first rays of the sun striking these mountains make a picturesque sight. We will wake up early and hike to Poon Hill so that we won't miss this wonderful sight. We will return to our hotel after spending sometime in Poonhill. We then trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara.
Day 18: Return to Kathmandu
We will be heading back to Kathmandu on a tourist bus. The drive takes around 6-7 hours. The path serpents along the swirling Marsyangdi and Trishuli river for most part. Green hills and waterfalls add beauty to our journey. The Prithvi Highway, which connects Pokhara and Naubise, a gateway near Kathmandu also provides you an opportunity to see beautiful Nepali mid hill villages. You can also travel by air but you will have to pay separately for it.
Day 19: Departure
Today will be your final day in Kathmandu. You will leave for your destination with memories from the wonderful Annapurna Circuit Trek. We will drop you at the airport following a traditional Nepali farewell ceremony. You also have the option to extend your trip and take part in other treks.
US$ 1099/ per person (price valid for minimum 2 person)
- Airport pickup and drop in private vehicle.
- Sightseeing in Kathmandu accompanied by our private guide and vehicle.
- Hotel accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu.
- Kathmandu to Bubule by local bus. (Private vehicle costs extra)
- Pokhara-Kathmandu on tourist bus.
- Hotel accommodation with breakfast in Pokhara.
- Pokhara-Nayapul drive on private vehicle.
- Necessary papers and trekking permits ( ACAP permit and TIMS permit )
- 3 meals and 3 hot drinks per day during trekking.
- Seasonal fruits after night meal.
- Accommodations in lodge during trek.
- Well trained English speaking guides (including their salary, accommodation, meal, transportation and insurance).
- For groups over 6 people - assistant guide (including their salary, accommodation, meal, transportation and insurance).
- Porters throughout the trek - 1 porter will carry 2 trekker's baggage. (Including salary, food, accommodation, and transportation).
- Basic equipment for trekking such as down jacket, sleeping bag, duffel bag and Ambition Himalaya t-shirt ( Duffel Bag, down jacket and sleeping bag must be returned after trek).
- First aid kit.
- Expedition taxes, paper works, and company service charges for the trek.
- A complimentary traditional Nepali dinner on arrival..
- Certificate of achievement can be prepared with the signature of company director and your local guide (only if requested).
- Overseas airfare and visa fees ($25 for 15 days, $40 for 30 days and $ 100 for 90 days ).
- Travel, emergency rescue charge and insurance.
- Sightseeing entrance fees in Kathmandu
- Food other than mentioned above, telephone bills, laundry charges and shower fees.
- Wi-fi charger and battery charging bill during the trek.
- Extra porter and activities outside itinerary.
- Lunch & dinner costs during Kathmandu stay.
- Extra costs caused by natural disaster, flight delay, early arrival etc.
- Extra incentives such as tips and gifts for the guides and porters.
- Any benefits not mentioned in 'cost includes' section unless indicated on booking.
- Lunch and dinner cost in Pokhara.
Equipment you need to bring
- Pair of trek boot, sleeping bag, down jacket, pullovers, neck scarf for evening/night/morning.
- Sun hat and casual warm clothes for day.
- Some pairs of good quality socks, slippers, suntan lotions, personal medications etc.
List of recommended gears for trekking in Nepal. These gear list can be different depending on route, season etc. Some items are only recommended for high altitude treks.
Sun hat, scarf, light balaclava or warm fleece hat. Sunglasses (real ones, with true UV protection).
Undergarments, comfortable hiking shorts, lightweight cotton long pants, light and expedition weight thermal bottoms, fleece or wool pants (seasonal), Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants.
Thin and lightweight inner socks, thick and warm wool hiking socks, hiking boots with spare laces, sandals (flip-flops for use after trekking and to go to the bathroom & washroom), gaiters (For high altitude trekking and crossing passes).
T-shirts, light and expedition weight thermal tops, fleece jacket or pullover, gloves, fleece wind-stopper jacket (optional), waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket, down vest and/or jacket.
One microfiber towel (most guesthouses on the trek do not give towels; quick-dry), sleeping bag rated to zero degree centigrade, DSLR / digital camera with spare batteries, Headlamp [e.g. Petzl Zoom] with spare bulbs and batteries, trekking bag with rain cover / duffel bag, comfortable day pack, trekking poles, water bottle, ear plug (rooms are divided by thin woods so better to avoid noise from other rooms).
Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable), deodorants, nail clippers, sun block / face and body moisturizer, Tooth brush / toothpaste (preferably biodegradable), feminine hygiene products, small mirror.
Wet wipes (baby wipes), tissue / toilet rolls, anti-bacterial hands wash, water purifier (Better than using mineral water to keep the mountains clean).
Extras / Luxuries:
Adapters (Nepal - two prong, 220 volt plug; or an international, universal adapter), multi tool (Swiss Army Knife, Leatherman tool), personal snacks (candy bars & cookies can also be bought in Kathmandu, Pokhara or at every guesthouse), sewing kit (sometime it’s very useful), superglue, books for reading on free time, cell / mobile phone, trail map / guide book, Ipod / walkman / Mp3 player / Mp4 player, pens / pencils and small notebooks, games i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards etc.