1. Amazing view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre mountains.
2. Visiting Gangapurna viewpoint and Milarepa cave. Ice lake hike.
3. Conquering Thorong La Pass.
4. Walking through Rhododendron forests on stone paved trails.
5. Enjoying the warm and generous hospitality of the Gurung people.
6. Spotting endangered animals and birds.
Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the best treks in Nepal. Compared to other trekking routes, it offers greater natural diversity in a relatively small amount of time. Annapurna Sanctuary is home to some of the rarest species of animals, plants and birds. The snow capped mountains of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges make the visit to the Annapurna region a memorable affair.
The best part of the trek is crossing the Thorong La Pass (5,416 m). Annapurna Circuit provides an experience of deadly mountain crevasses, high mountain passes, Buddhist shrines, ancient Hindu Temples, beautiful villages and cultivated terraced farms.
The trek starts at Besisahar (820 m/2,690 ft), which is the lowest altitude place of the trek. The highest point of the trek is Thorong La Pass (5,416 m/17,769 ft). This trek requires some prior experience of trekking in the mountains.
Once we reach Jomsom on our way down from Thorong La Pass, we will fly directly to Pokhara from here. The regular Annapurna circuit trek includes further hike from Jomsom to Nayapul and then a drive to Pokhara.
Trip Route: Kathmandu- Besisahar- Chyamje- Manang- Thorong La- Muktinath- Jomsom- Pokhara- Kathmandu
Best Month: September to December and March to May.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Drive to Besisahar (760 m / 2,493 ft) and drive to Chyamje (1,410 m / 4,625 ft), 8-9 hours.
Day 03: Chyamje to Dharapani (1,860 m / 6,102 ft), 5-6 hours of walk.
Day 04: Dharapani to Chame (2,530 m / 8,300 ft), 5-6 hours of walk.
Day 05: Chame to Pisang (3,060 m / 10,039 ft), 4-5 hours of walk.
Day 06: Pisang to Manang (3,440 m / 11,286 ft), 4-5 hours of walk.
Day 07: Acclimatization and exploring Manang (3,440 m / 11,286 ft).
Day 08: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,000 m / 13,123 ft), 4-5 hours of walk.
Day 09: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,450 m / 14,599 ft) / High Camp (4,900 m / 16,076 ft), 4-5 hours of walk.
Day 10: Phedi to Muktinath (3,800 m / 12,467 ft) via Thorong La Pass (5,416 m / 17,769 ft), 7-8 hours of walk.
Day 11: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,700 m / 8,858 ft), 5-6 hours of walk.
Day 12: Flying to Pokhara (820 m / 2,690 ft), 20 minutes, and transfer to hotel.
Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu (1,300 m / 4,665 ft), 6-7 hours.
Day 14: Departure or extend your trip.
Important Notes and Safety Concerns
If your flight is cancelled we will attempt to get you on a chartered helicopter but you are responsible for the extra costs which can range from $200-$600 or more depending on the number of people on the flight.
We suggest you to add a couple of extra days at the end (never at the start) of your trip in case of any delays.
Trekking is not just walking. Some of our trips are extremely adventurous. We kindly request you to come well prepared before these extreme treks. Buying proper and reliable insurance coverage with Helicopter Evacuation on emergency is the most important thing before starting the adventures. On serious injuries or sickness Helicopters can be the only means of evacuation.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Altitude: 1,300 m
You will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport, where our representative will be waiting to pick you up. You will then be transferred to your hotel. If you have enough time, then you can go for a walk in the streets of Kathmandu. The city is famous for its temples, palaces and stupa. In the evening, we will welcome you with traditional Nepali dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant. The dinner will be followed by cultural dance program.
Day 02: Drive to Chyamje
Altitude: 1,410 m/ 4,625 ft
Time: 8-9 hours
You will travel on a local transport from Kathmandu to Besisahar. The duration of travel will be about seven hours. The drive to Besisahar will provide you an experience of the beautiful Nepali countryside. Besisahar is the headquarter of Lamjung district. After arriving at Besisahar, we will take a private vehicle to reach Chyamje. We will stay at Chyamje overnight and make preparations for the upcoming Annapurna Circuit Trek.
Day 03: Trek to Dharapani
Altitude: 1,860 m/ 6,102 ft
Time: 5-6 hours
We will have our breakfast and begin the trek to Dharapani. Dharapani means tap water in Nepali. After a short trek from Chamje, we will cross the Marsyangdi river via a high suspension bridge.
The trail starts to get rougher from here. We will reach a place called Tal in about 2-3 hours of Trek from Chyamje. Tal means lake in Nepali but there are no lakes in Tal. We will have our lunch here and get a short rest. We will trek to Dharapani after Lunch.
Day 04: Trek to Chame
Altitude: 2,530 m/ 8,300 ft
Time: 5-6 hours
The trail gets more difficult and the air becomes cooler on our way to Chame. The vegetation also starts to change. We will reach a village called Bagarchap after an hour of trek from Dharapani. The next village we meet is called Danakyu. There are two trails to go to Chame, one from the northern side and another from the southern side.
The northern trail has avalanche risk so we will proceed through the southern side. We will stop for our lunch at Timang village, which provides an excellent view of the mountains in the Manaslu range. We will finally reach Chame after about 5 hours of walk from Dharapani. There is a natural hot water spring nearby Chame.
Day 05: Trek to Pisang
Altitude: 3,060 m/ 10,039 ft
Time: 4-5 hours
We will enjoy the morning view of the beautiful Lamjung Himal and then begin our trek to Pisang. After walking for a few minutes, we will cross a little suspension bridge. The path is gentle from here. We will walk through the grain fields until we reach Teleku.
Moving forward from Teleku, we will meet Brantang - a village famous for apple plantation. A stone landmark of a Japanese climber has been constructed in Brantang. We will stop for lunch at a place called Dhikur Pokhari. Soon after leaving Dhikur Pokhari, you will get a stunning view of the Pisang Peak. Pisang has two sections, Lower and Upper Pisang. If you reach Pisang early, you can go for a short climb to Upper Pisang - which houses an old Buddhist Monastery.
Day 06: Trek to Manang
Altitude: 3,440 m/ 11,286 ft
Time: 4-5 hours
[You have two route options for reaching Manang - high route and low route. High route is long but scenic while low route is easier but less beautiful compared to high route.]
We will begin our trek after breakfast. The trek takes us through dense pine woods. The trail is flat and easy for two hours until we reach Humde. Humde offers exceptional view of the Annapurnas, Tilicho Peak, Gangapurna, Pisang Peak and Chulu East. We will pass Mugje village and reach another conventional town called Bhraga, where we will stop for lunch. We reach Manang after one and half hours of trek from Bhraga.
Day 07: Acclimatization in Manang
Altitude: 3,440 m/ 11,286 ft
Manang has many things to get yourself occupied for a day. The place offers beautiful sight of Annapurna, Tilicho and Gangapurna mountains. Ice lake hike and Milarepa cave visit are among the highlights of staying in Manang.
You can go for a show at the Himalayan Rescue Association or you can go for movies at a projector house. There is also a speech at the Himalayan Rescue Association by a local mountain specialist about altitude sickness, dangers in the mountains, best practices etc.
Day 08: Trek to Yak Kharka
Altitude: 4,000 m/ 13,123 ft
Time: 4-5 hours
We will have our breakfast and then begin a short day trek to Yak Kharka. You will probably meet trekkers with altitude sickness returning back to Manang on your way. We therefore advice you to follow the pre-trek instructions fully and share any difficulties you encounter with the guides.
We will climb steeply until we reach Tenki Manang. This place is also known as old Manang. Tenki Manang offers breathtaking sight of Annapurna, Gangapurna and Tilicho mountain tops. We will finally reach Yak Kharka after a tough climb in the last part.
Day 09: Trek to Thorong Phedi
Altitude: 4,450 m/14,599 ft
Time: 4-5 hours
[Depending on your condition and prior trek experiences, you have choices to stay either in Thorong Phedi or High Camp. If you stay in Phedi, you will have a better sleep than in High Camp as it is situated at a lower altitude. However, if you stay in High Camp, you will have an easier trek to look forward to next morning.]
We will begin our trek to Thorong Phedi after breakfast. An hour of trek from Yak Kharka will take us to a village called Ledar, where we will stop for tea. After Ledar, the trail goes flat and easy for some time until we reach a wooden bridge. The area ahead has landslide issues in the rainy season. We will climb uphill to reach Thorong Phedi. Thorong Phedi lies in the Base of Thorong Himal.
Day 10: Trek to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass
Altitude: 3,800 m/ 12,467 ft
Time: 7-8 hours
We have to begin our trek at the very first hour - around 4 to 5 am in the morning. This is the hardest and longest day of our entire trek. We will trek through steep hills for around 4/5 hours until we reach Thorong La Pass. We will walk through ancient trading routes.
You will meet other trekkers at Thorong La Pass. We will have tea and spend some time at the pass. Then we will begin our downward trek to Muktinath. The descent is steep. We will enjoy breathtaking view of Upper Mustang and Kaligandaki Valley on our way down to Muktinath. Muktinath is home to the Muktinath Temple - the temple of the God of Salvation.
Day 11: Trek to Jomsom
Altitude: 2,700 m/ 8,858 ft
Time: 5-6 hours
We will take a downhill road to Jomsom, following the trail of the Kali Gandaki river. Our path provides a wonderful view of the Annapurna and Tukuche mountain ranges. Jomsom is the administrative center of the Mustang Area. A strong mid-day wind blows in Jomsom. We will miss this phenomenon as we will reach Jomsom in the latter part of the day. Jomsom is a famous apple production center.
Day 12: Flight to Pokhara
Altitude: 800 m/2,690 ft
Time: 20 minutes
In the early morning, we will catch a flight back to Pokhara. The flight will provide you stunning sight of the silver mountains. You will bid farewell to your guides and porters, who will part way from here. You can visit Pokhara in the second part of the day - exploring the Phewa lake and the nearby caves.
Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu
Altitude: 1,300 m/4,665 ft
Time: 6-7 hours
We will return back to Kathmandu on a tourist bus. The drive takes 6-7 hours and follows the trails of the Trishuli and Marsyangdi river. The road we will take is picturesque as the path passes through green hills. We will stop at two places on the road. You can also travel by private vehicle or air but it comes at extra cost.
Day 14: Departure
We will bid you farewell with a small traditional ceremony. Our representatives will then drop you at the airport - from where you will head back to your destination.
US$ 949/ per person (price valid for minimum 2 person)
- Airport pickup and drop services by private vehicle.
- Standard accommodation in Kathmandu (with breakfast) as per the itinerary.
- Kathmandu - Chamje by private jeep.
- Jomsom to Pokhara flight.
- Pokhara - Kathmandu transportation by deluxe tourist bus.
- Accommodation in Pokhara (with breakfast) as per the itinerary.
- Annapurna Conservation Area Project [ACAP] Permits.
- Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] Permits.
- Meals during the trek. [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with three cups of hot drink in a day.]
- Seasonal fruits in the evening after dinner.
- Accommodation in tea houses during the trek.
- Trekking Guide [English speaking, eco-friendly, Government licensed, Ministry of Tourism Trained, First Aid Trained] with salary, foods, accommodation, transportation and insurances paid for.
- Assistant trekking guide for groups over six people with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance paid for.
- Down jacket, sleeping bag, trekking map, Ambition Himalaya T-shirt and duffel bag. [Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag have to be returned after completing the trek.]
- First aid medications / medicines with the guide.
- Necessary paper works, government and local taxes, company service charges.
- Complementary welcome dinner in Kathmandu at a typical Nepali restaurant.
- Certificate of Achievement signed by director of the company and your guide.
- International airfares, Visa fees,($ 25 for 15 days, $ 40 for 30 days and $ 100 for 90 days), travel and rescue insurance, emergency evacuation.
- Extra porters. [One porter shared between two paying people]
- Bars and beverage bills, cold drinks, mineral water, telephone bills, laundry and battery charge.
- Extra activities other than mentioned in the itinerary.
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara. [Meals not included in cases of early returns from the trips too.]
- Extra accommodation caused due to early arrival, flight delays, natural disasters etc.
- Tips for guides and porters
- Any services not mentioned in 'Service Includes' section unless specified on booking of the trekking
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.