Annapurna Circuit Trek

Trip Facts

  • Duration 13 Days
  • Trip Difficulty moderate
  • Max. Altitude 5416 m
  • Start and End Kathmandu - Kathmandu
  • Best Time
  • Accommodation Hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Tea House during the trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek leads you most scenic places on this planet, regarded as world top adventure destinations by various leading travel magazines and guide books.

A beautiful country to venture an adventure of a life time experience around magnificent and scenic Himalaya of Nepal Far North Mid-West, where walk takes you to exciting and impressive villages in the shade of high snow mountains.

Budhha Statue in Muktinath
Budhha Statue in Muktinath

Annapurna Circuit Trek, we have designed the itinerary days much shorter so that all types of travelers with limited holiday can enjoy this marvelous adventure in a little more of week time duration.

Certainly a great beautiful country to explore full of charm and beauty with interesting views on daily walks from the start to an end of the treks where route takes you to visit lovely villages and monasteries of cultural interest.

A unique adventure Annapurna Circuit Trek where route follows from low warm sub-tropical temperatures to reach around cooler Himalayan hills and then unto arctic zone of ice and glaciers at high Manang Valley.

Adventure begins with long and exciting overland journey on Nepal main busy and exciting highway to reach around Mid-West, at Lamjung district within low farm areas and then drive takes you to higher cooler hills of Manang at Dharapani village.

Dharapani a lovely village festooned with Buddhism religion monuments of strong Tibetan culture as walk begins heading highest country following raging Masrsyangdi River upstream.

Walk into cool shade of pine, rhododendron and fir forest to reach at Chame the largest town and headquarter of Manang district from here walk takes you towards scenic windswept Manang valley.

Adventure leads past lovely villages lined with long rows of Buddhism prayer walls and spinning wheels with time to visit impressive Braga monastery of great religious interest in the shade of high peaks of Chulu and Annapurna mountain range.

On reaching at main Manang village with ample time to relax as well for leisure hike to support acclimatization and visiting scenic view points near to Gangapurna Ice Fall and Manang small glacial pond.

From Manang village after a pleasant overnight stop walk takes you at the end of valley rim to cross over Thorang-La Pass the highest point of the adventure at above 5,416 m.

On the top decorated with thousands of prayer flags and a sign board with height and name of the pass, from the pass enjoy fantastic panorama of Damodar Himal with Chulu and Annapurna Himalaya range includes views of Dhaulagiri Mountains.

Enjoying fabulous moments after a steep tough climb a long descend of more than 1,600 meters takes you at Muktinath and near villages as you enter Mustang district.

Muktinath regarded as an important holy pilgrimage spot for Hindu followers as well for some Buddhist offers grand views of Tilicho, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri mountain range.

After a great tough traverse over high Thorang-La pass from Manang to Mustang district where walk takes you down to scenic Kaligandaki River valley at Jomsom town to complete our adventurous walks.

Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang area and home to Thakali people the tribe of Kaligandaki valley of Lower Mustang located on ancient Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Route Trail of Nepal to Tibet.

The caravan and trade route stretches far beyond Upper Mustang at Karo-La pass where native Thakali been on trade since ancient times where exchange of goods still exists.

At Jomsom enjoy the comfort of nice cozy lodge a lovely town with an airstrip where next early morning scenic short flight takes you at beautiful and scenic Pokhara to conclude our great adventure on Annapurna Circuit Trek.

What's included

  • Airport Pick up and drop
  • All land transportation
  • A English speaking guide and porter (1 porter for every two trekkers)
  • Jomsom to Pokhara flight
  • All required permits including TIMS, and ACAP
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara (Breakfast includes)

What's not included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Travel insurance
  • All extra expenses (Beverages)
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • All other expenses not mentioned in the include section

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport 1,320 m and transfers you to hotel.

    On first arrival at Kathmandu and Nepal international airport where our staff or guide receives you for short transfer to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city and then check into your nice rooms.
    After a refreshing rest at your room then join with other member of Annapurna Circuit Trek for trek briefing our guide will provide you information of the treks to make your stay with us interesting and enjoyable.
    Evening includes group welcome dinner in a nice authentic Nepalese restaurant where you can taste local cuisines along with local folk culture program.

  • Day 02: Drive to Dharapani 1, 945 m via Besisar 820 m -08 hrs.

    Annapurna Circuit Trek start taking an exciting long drive to reach Nepal Mid-West, where drive leads on main country’s highway through many farm villages and towns to reach at Besisar town. Besisar headquarter town of Lamjung district, from here continue drive on dirt rough road past nice farm villages of Khudi and Bulbule to reach at Syange following Masrsyangdi River upstream.
    Syange a small farm village where drive continues with climb to reach at Jagat a nice farm village facing views of cascading waterfalls.
    As journey continues to reach at Chamje and then back at Masrsyangdi River where route leads on winding path to reach at Tal Besi, a nice large village where Manang district starts from here, from here short drive to reach our overnight stop at Dharapani.
    Dharapani a lovely village located on the junction of Annapurna and Manaslu circuit route enjoy walks around this lovely village with more of Tibetan Buddhism culture.

  • Day 03: Trek to Chame 2, 720 m - 05 hrs.

    Morning from Dharapani walk above along Masrsyangdi River into nice cool forest of rhododendron and pine trees on pleasant scenic path to reach at Bagarchap and Danque, a nice villages with apple orchard facing views of Annapurna and Manaslu Himalaya.
    After short refreshing rest walk continues with steep climb to Timang village with views of Mt. Manaslu 8,163 m in the eastern direction.
    From Timang village few hours walks brings you at Kodho village and then short walk up to reach our overnight stop at Chame, a major town and headquarter of Manang district.

  • Day 04: Trek to Pisang village 3,180 m -05 hrs.

    From Chame morning walk leads close to mountainous area as route lead into
    Alpine From Chame onwards walk leads closer to mountains as walk lead into lovely forest of rhododendron and pine trees, following Masrsyangdi River upstream with short ups and down hills to Bhratang village.
    From Bhratang village walk uphill through alpine forest to reach a small place on top of a hill at Dhukure Pokhari, a place with few teahouses and lodge facing views of Chulu and Pisang peak, with possible lunch stop here.
    After walk descends to lower Pisang village for overnight stop a nice weather beaten village beneath the Pisang Peak with views Annapurna II.

  • Day 05: Trek to Manang 3,540 m - 04 hrs.

    Enjoying great views of Chulu and Pisang Peak with Annapurna mountain range morning, from Pisang village takes you to short climb on top of a high ridge offers scenic views of Manang inner valley with Annapurna II, A III and A IV with Chulu and Pisang peaks, as our route heads downhill to reach at Hongde and Braga village.
    On reaching Braga village with time for short tour of Braga monastery the oldest religious building of Manang treasures interesting Buddhist relics of ancient painting and frescos rewards you grand views of Annapurna Mountain range after an interesting time in the monastery short walk to Manang village.
    Manang main village located on route Tilicho Lake and Thorang-La Pass enclosed by high Annapurna peaks in the south with Chulu towards north, provides trekkers excellent facilities meals and cosy lodges.

  • Day 06: At Manang free day for acclimatization and short excursion.

    Free day in Manang for acclimatization before heading high Thorang-la pass, at Manang take a short hike around Manang a large village situated on windswept valley by the bank of Masrsyangdi River below Annapurna and Gangapurna Mountain range.

  • Day 07: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m - 04 hrs.

    From Manang short day walk of few hours to reach at Yak Kharka for next overnight stop as well for lunch break,
    Walk follows on scenic wilderness along small farm villages with views of Chulu West as path heads on winding uphill to reach at Yak Kharka.
    At Yak Kharka relax and check into a nice simple lodge and enjoy super views of Gangapurna, Tilicho peaks with Chulu West in the north direction.

  • Day 08: Trek to Thorang- La High Camp 4,450 m - 04 hrs.

    Walk today takes you towards end of Manang Valley at the bottom of high Thorang-La Pass, morning starts with pleasant walks on winding level path and then cross a stream.
    From the stream climb to reach at the base of Thorang Phedi and steep haul takes you at Thorang High Camp, for lunch and overnight halt with afternoon free to relax and rest for next early morning tough climb to cross Thorang-La Pass.

  • Day 09: Cross Thorang La 5, 416 m and trek to Muktinath 3,800 m- 06 hrs.

    A major highlight of the adventure to reach on the highest point of the trek after early morning breakfast walk on nice narrow path for short while.
    As walk progress encountering small glacial ponds and then steep climb on winding ups to reach on top Thorang-la pass the highest spot of the adventure.
    Top of the pass marked with thousands of prayer flags and a sign-board with names and altitude of the pass, on reaching the highest spot feeling in high spirit enjoy super panorama of Annapurna, Chulu and Damodar mountain range with Dhaulagiri and Mustang Himal in the North West direction.
    From high Thorang-la top enjoying super views and then descend that takes you more than 1,600 meters downhill at the bottom of Thorang-La, where you have refreshing break in a small tea houses.
    Enjoying pleasant rest then on pleasant path to Muktinath for overnight stop, a holy pilgrimage place for both Hindus and Buddhists followers where the word Muktinath means ‘a sacred destination for Nirvana or Liberation’.

  • Day 10: Trek to Jomsom 2,715 m around Kaligandaki valley - 04 hrs.

    From Muktinath morning takes you downhill to Jomsom located on wide Kaligandaki River Valley.
    (From Muktinath one can choose the options either take a ride on local jeep of two hours or walk for four hours to end the walk at Jomsom).
    Journey takes you on long downhill to reach at Kaligandaki River valley and then head to Jomsom a large town and headquarter of Mustang district, as well the main hub of Thakali tribe, who has been on trade with Tiber on this old Trans Himalayan Salt and Caravan trade route.
    Jomsom with small airstrip, enjoy walk and then transfer into a nice lodge, with afternoon free for leisure walks around the street of Jomsom.

  • Day 11: Fly to Pokhara 860 m from Jomsom-22 min and transfer to hotel.

    From Jomsom flight operate early morning to avoid from strong afternoon wind after having early breakfast transfer to Jomsom airport board in a small aircraft (Dornier / Twin Otter or similar type of smaller plane).
    A flight of less than half hour offers sweeping panorama of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiris and Annapurna range of peaks all the way as it lands at scenic Pokhara city airport, a place of great beauty and charming scenery.
    From Pokhara airport transfer to Phewa Lake-side where most of nice hotels and resorts located and enjoy free afternoon for individual activities one can join for exciting Adventure Sports like Para-Gliding, Ultra-Light Flight or Zip-Flyer or spend the afternoon relaxing and taking boat ride on calm Phewa Lake.

  • Day 12: Fly or Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (6 hour drive / 30 mins by air).

    Enjoying pleasant and wonderful time at scenic Pokhara, morning an exciting
    and interesting drive takes you to Kathmandu, as journey takes you through past
    many farm villages and towns following Trisuli River for few hours. A scenic drive facing grand views of beautiful landscapes views with snow-capped peaks and farm lands as ride head towards winding uphill to reach Kathmandu valley and into hustle and bustle busy city of Kathmandu. Where short drive from the city area takes you to respective hotels with rest of the afternoon free at leisure for individual activities.

  • Day 13: International departure for home ward bound.

    After a great and wonderful experience in Nepal and around high Himalayan mountains on Annapurna Circuit Trek, on your last day transfer to airport for your flight back home or to next port of call.

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