At a Glance
TransportationBy Bus/ Private
AccomodationTea house/ 3 Star
Meals3 times on Trek
SeasonSpring and Autum
Group SizeMnium 02 pax
Annapurna Circuit Trek is another popular and iconic trekking route in Nepal. It is considered one of the best long-distance treks in the world, taking you through a wide range of landscapes, diverse cultures, and breathtaking mountain views.
Here are some key details about the Annapurna Circuit Trek:
Location: The Annapurna Circuit trek is also located in the Annapurna region of central Nepal. It circles the Annapurna Massif, offering spectacular views of Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Gangapurna, and other peaks.
Duration: The typical duration for the full Annapurna Circuit trek is around 15 to 20 days. However, there are various options for shortening or extending the trek depending on your preferences and the starting and ending points.
Difficulty: The Annapurna Circuit trek is considered moderately challenging to strenuous due to its length and the high Thorong La Pass, which stands at an altitude of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet). The Thorong La Pass is the highest point of the trek and requires proper acclimatization and physical fitness.
Highlights: The trek offers a wide range of highlights, including diverse landscapes such as lush valleys, terraced fields, pine and rhododendron forests, barren highlands, and snow-capped peaks. Along the way, you'll pass through traditional villages of different ethnic groups, including Gurung, Thakali, and Manangis, each with their unique cultures and traditions.
Permits: As with most treks in the Annapurna region, you will need the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card for the Annapurna Circuit trek as well.
Best time to go: The best time to trek the Annapurna Circuit is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season from March to May and the post-monsoon (autumn) season from September to November. These months offer the best weather with clear skies and favorable trekking conditions.
Accommodation and Facilities: The Annapurna Circuit has well-established teahouse lodges along the route, providing basic accommodations and meals for trekkers. However, as the popularity of the trek has grown, some parts of the circuit have seen more development, which may change the trekking experience compared to more remote areas.
Guide and Porter: While the Annapurna Circuit trek can be done independently, many trekkers prefer to hire a local guide or porter for support, especially during the challenging Thorong La Pass crossing.
Remember that trekking in remote regions involves some level of risk and preparation. Acquiring proper travel insurance, physical fitness training, and essential trekking gear are essential before embarking on the Annapurna Circuit trek. Additionally, like with any trekking adventure, it's important to stay informed about the latest trekking regulations and conditions in the region.
Day 01: Arrived At Kathmandu
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you'll be welcomed and transferred to your accommodation. Take this time to relax and settle in. You might want to explore the vibrant streets of Kathmandu, filled with bustling markets, ancient temples, and a rich cultural tapestry.
Day 02: Drive Kathmandu to Besisahar (825m) - 5 to 6 hours
Today, your journey starts with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar. Enjoy the changing landscapes as you leave the bustling city behind and head towards the more serene countryside. The drive takes around 5 to 6 hours, allowing you to witness the beauty of Nepal's countryside and its picturesque villages along the way.
Once you arrive in Besisahar, settle into your accommodation, and perhaps take a stroll to get acquainted with the area. You might immerse yourself in the local culture, interact with the friendly locals, or simply relax and prepare for the upcoming trek.
Day 03: Drive to Chame (2670m) - 3 to 4 hours
After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive from Besisahar to Chame. The journey takes around 3 to 4 hours and offers stunning views of the Himalayas, lush forests, and cascading rivers. As you ascend in altitude, notice the change in landscapes and the gradual transition to more mountainous terrain.
Upon reaching Chame, situated at an elevation of 2670 meters, settle into your lodging and take some time to acclimatize. You might explore the town, interact with locals, or simply relax amidst the breathtaking surroundings.
Day 04: Trek Chame to Pisang (3190m) - 4 to 5 hours
Today marks the beginning of your trekking adventure. Start your trek from Chame towards Pisang. The trek takes approximately 4 to 5 hours, passing through beautiful forests, charming villages, and offering glimpses of the majestic mountain peaks.
As you reach Pisang, situated at an altitude of 3190 meters, revel in the scenic beauty surrounding this quaint village. Take in the stunning views and immerse yourself in the local culture. You might visit monasteries, interact with locals, or simply relax and prepare for the next leg of your journey.
Day 05: Trek Pisang to Manang (3,540m) via Ngwal (3,657m) - 7 to 8 hours
Today's trek from Pisang to Manang is an exciting and scenic journey. Begin by heading towards Ngwal, situated at an altitude of 3,657 meters. The trail offers stunning views of the Annapurna range and the surrounding landscapes.
As you trek through Ngwal, immerse yourself in the beauty of the region, enjoying the panoramic views. Continue your trek towards Manang, which sits at an elevation of 3,540 meters. The trek might take around 7 to 8 hours, depending on the pace and rests taken along the way.
Upon arrival in Manang, settle into your accommodation and take some time to relax. Manang is a picturesque village offering breathtaking views of the Himalayas. Spend the evening exploring the village, interacting with locals, and preparing for the next day's acclimatization.
Day 06: Explore & Acclimatization Day in Manang
Today is dedicated to acclimatization in Manang. Use this day to adjust to the higher altitude and explore the surroundings. You might embark on short hikes to nearby viewpoints for better acclimatization and to enjoy the stunning vistas of Annapurna, Gangapurna, and other peaks.
Explore the village, visit monasteries, or interact with the locals to learn about their culture and lifestyle. Utilize this rest day to ensure your body is well-adjusted to the altitude, preparing you for the challenges ahead.
Day 07: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka - 4 to 5 hours
Today's trek leads from Manang to Yak Kharka, a gradual ascent offering incredible mountain views. The trail takes you through alpine landscapes and yak pastures, gradually gaining altitude.
The trek usually takes around 4 to 5 hours, allowing you to soak in the beauty of the Himalayan terrain. Upon reaching Yak Kharka, situated at an altitude of around 4,000 meters, settle into your accommodation and take the rest of the day to relax. Use this time to acclimatize further and prepare for the upcoming challenges.
Day 08: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi (4,450m) - 4 to 5 hours
Today's trek continues towards Thorang Phedi, a base camp for the challenging Thorong La Pass. The trail ascends gradually, offering mesmerizing views of the mountains.
You'll trek for approximately 4 to 5 hours to reach Thorang Phedi, located at an altitude of 4,450 meters. Upon arrival, settle into your accommodation and take time to rest and acclimatize. Prepare yourself mentally and physically for the next day's trek, which includes the crossing of Thorong La Pass.
Day 09: Trek Thorang Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorang La Pass (5416m) - 7 to 8 hours, Drive to Jomsom (2710m) - 1 Hour
Today marks a challenging yet rewarding trek from Thorang Phedi to Muktinath via Thorang La Pass, one of the highest passes in the world at an elevation of 5,416 meters. Start early in the morning to make the most of the day.
The trek involves a steep ascent to Thorang La Pass, presenting breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. Take your time to traverse the pass, relishing the achievement and the awe-inspiring vistas.
Upon reaching Muktinath, a sacred pilgrimage site at an altitude of 3,800 meters, you'll experience a spiritual and cultural atmosphere. Afterward, a drive to Jomsom, which takes around 1 hour, allows you to relax and enjoy the picturesque landscapes along the way.
Day 10: Drive or fly back to Pokhara from Jomsom (950m) - 25 minutes
Today, you have the option to either take a short flight or a drive from Jomsom to Pokhara. The flight takes approximately 25 minutes, offering stunning aerial views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.
Upon arrival in Pokhara, relax and unwind by the serene Phewa Lake, explore the city, or visit the local markets. Enjoy the peaceful ambiance of Pokhara, a beautiful lakeside town surrounded by natural beauty.
Day 11: Drive back to Kathmandu
Today involves a scenic drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Enjoy the picturesque landscapes along the Prithvi Highway, passing through lush valleys and terraced fields. The journey takes approximately 6 to 7 hours, providing ample time to reflect on the trekking adventure and soak in the beauty of Nepal's countryside.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, settle back into your accommodation and perhaps spend the evening exploring the vibrant streets of the city, visiting local markets, or relaxing after the journey.
Day 12: Final Departure
Today marks the end of your trekking adventure in Nepal. Depending on your flight schedule, take some time for last-minute souvenir shopping, explore more of Kathmandu if time permits, or simply relax before your departure.
You'll be transferred to the airport for your onward journey. Bid farewell to Nepal, carrying with you cherished memories of the breathtaking landscapes, cultural experiences, and the adventure of a lifetime
- 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara on BB plan, on twin sharing .
- Accommodation in Tea-house during the trek.
- Three times Meals During the trek (Breakfast, lunch, and Dinner)
- Arrival and departure by private vehicle
- Transportation from Pokhara- Kathmandu by luxury tourist bus.
- Private or Sharing Transportation from Kathmandu to Besisahar and Besisahar to Chama
- Drive (flight optional) Back to Jomshom To Pokhara
- TIMS Card/ National Park entry fee/Other Permits.
- All the Gov. and Local taxes as applicable.
- An experienced government-certified English-speaking trekking guide and a porter to carry luggage. The porter ratio is 1 porter for every 2 trekkers.
- A comprehensive medical kit for any necessary medical assistance during the trek.
- Staff costs include their salary, insurance, and allowance. Group medical kit box carried by Trekking Guide (Diamox and First Aid Medicine).
- Farwell dinner at typical Nepalis restaurant with local cousin and with cultural performance.
- Personal belongings items like Mineral water, other beverages and refreshments during the trek and Tour
- Travel insurance (mandatory, Cover Helicopter evacuation)
- Guide/Porter Tipping
- Trip extends in case of personal interest or uncertain circumstances.
- Trip cancelation charges