Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the glorious treks which continue through Marshyangdi River on the first part and after crossing the Thorung La (5416m.) it rapidly descends to the deepest gorge of the world being on the side of the Kali Gandaki River.
The Annapurna Circuit series is wealthy in diversities & panoramas, beginning from the blossoming green fields to the infertile elevated Himalayan heart, through its environmental and enlightening mixture supplies you the comprehensive trekking familiarity. As you trek all along the trail, viewing the gorgeous Annapurna panorama & charming community existence will always try to remain you fascinated with them, constantly. Each year, so many adventure trekkers do this trek as this trek is full of fun with nature. Starting from 820 meters / 2690ft. at Beshisahar, this trek goes to 5,416 meters / 17,769ft at Thorong La Pass. The trek is suitable for adventure lovers from all over the world. Each day the trek comes with different taste of nature so that people who have holiday of more than 19 days can try this trek.
Trip Route : Kathmandu- Besishahar- Chame-Manag- Tharang-la Muktinath-Jomsom-tatopani-Ghorepani -Pokhara -Kathmandu
Best Month: September to December and March to May
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1300M / 4665FT], transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu valley Sightseeing and trek preparation
Day 03: Drive to Beshisahar [760M / 2493FT] - Bulbule by local bus [unless said private vehicle on booking], and trek to Ngadi [780M / 2559FT]
Day 04: Trek to Chamje [1410M / 4625FT]
Day 05: Trek to Dharapani [1860M / 6102FT]
Day 06: Trek to Chame [2530M / 8300FT]
Day 07: Trek to Pisang [3060M / 10039FT]
Day 08: Trek to Manang [3440M / 11,286FT] [You have options of high route and low route to go to Manang. High route is difficult but scenic while low route is easier but less beautiful comparing to high route.]
Day 09: Acclimatization day in Manang [3440M / 11,286FT]. Please explore the surroundings. You have options to visit Gangapurna View Point, Ice Lake Hike, Milarepa Cave visit etc.
Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka [4000M / 13,123FT]
Day 11: Trek to Thorong Phedi [4450M / 14,599FT] / High Camp [4900M / 16,076FT] [Depnding on your condition and experiences you have choices to stay either in Thorong Phedi or High Camp. If you stay in Phedi, you will probably have better sleep than in High Camp as it is situated in lower altitude. However, if you stay in High Camp, you will have easier day the very next morning.
Day 12: Trek to Muktinath [3800M / 12,467FT] via Thorong Pass [5416M / 17,769FT]
Day 13: Trek to Marpha [2670M / 8759FT]; the delightful apple kingdom of Nepal
Day 14: Trek to Ghasa [2010M / 6594FT]
Day 15: Trek to Tatopani [1190M / 3904FT] [You can take natural hot spring bath in Tatopani. Nepali word Tatopani symbolizes Hot Water.]
Day 16: Trek to Ghorepani [2860M / 9383FT]
Day 17: Hike to Poon Hill [3210M / 10,531FT] early morning, back to the Hotel and trek to Nayapul [1070M / 3510FT], drive to Pokhara [820M / 2690FT] by private vehicle
Day 18: Drive back to Kathmandu [1300M / 4665FT]
Day 19: Departure or extend your trip
Airport pickup and drop services by private vehicle
Kathmandu Sightseeing with guide and car and driver
Standard accommodation in Kathmandu as per the itinerary / with breakfast
Kathmandu - Bhubule by Local bus ( optional youmay take private jeep with extra cost)
Pokhara - Kathmandu transportation by deluxe tourist bus
Accommodation in Pokhara as per the itinerary / with breakfast
Nayapul - Pokhara transportation by private vehicle
Annapurna Conservation Area Project [ACAP] Permits
Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] Permits
Meals on full board during the trek [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with 3 cup of hot drinks 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
Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
Strong porters [1 porter shared between 2 paying people] with porter salary, foods, accommodation, transportation and insurances
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
Sightseeing entrance fees in city tour
International Airfares, Visa Fees,($ 25 for 15 days, $ 40 for 30 days and $ 100 for 90 days) Travel and Rescue Insurance, Emergency Evacuation
Bars and Beverage bills, cold drinks, mineral water, telephone bills, laundry, battery charge
Extra activities than mentioned in the itinerary, extra porter charges
Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara [Meals not included also in the cases of early returns from the trips]
Extra accommodation caused due to early arrival, flight delays, natural disasters etc.]
Tips( as appreciation/gratitude) for Guides and Porters
Any services not mentioned in Service Includes Section unless specified on booking of the trekking
We prioritize your safety all the time while traveling with Ambition Himalaya Treks & Expeditions. We want our valuable guests and staffs to be in safe environment thus we gave full authorize to your 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 would seek for your understanding on these concerns. Our leaders will be happy to give you necessary information and discuss with you before changing the itinerary.
Detail Itinerary for Annapurna circuit trek
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1300M / 4665FT], transfer to Hotel
Entering the city of Temple; Kathmandu with a panoramic adventure flying on a clear day would definitely be an adventure experience. Our airport representative and driver will be waiting for you to pick you up from airport to your hotel. Our airport representative will take you to your hotel. In the evening you will have briefing about your trip from your guide and we invite to join in Nepal dinner program in Nepal restaurant.
Day 02: Kathmandu valley Sightseeing and trek preparation
Kathmandu is known for its historical and cultural values. One can’t say that how many temples exist in Kathmandu valley and how important are they. After having you breakfast, your day will start with our guided tour of Kathmandu valley which includes world heritage listed sites includes Swoyambhunath or The Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath temple,the famous Hindu Temple, Bouddhanth Stupa and finally The Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Day 03: Drive to Beshisahar [760M / 2493FT] and Bulbule by local bus [unless said private vehicle on booking], to Bhulbhule [780M / 2559FT] and trek 30 minute to Ngadi
Early in the morning you will take local bus from Kathmandu to Beshisahar- Bhulbule. The drive goes through the beautiful Nepalese countryside. Beshisahar is the headquarters of Lamjung district. The drive is not so long and takes around 6/7 hours by local bus to arrive Besisahr and 1 hour to Bulbule. And trek to Ngadi about 30 minute for overnight stay with our high planning for Annapurna Circuit Trek with active substantial fitness, sufficient acclimatization and enjoying with nature, we will commence our Annapurna circuit trekking from here on the very next day.
Day 04: Bhulbule to Chamje [1410M / 4625FT] 6-7 hours walk
We will have our breakfast in the lodge and then start our trek to our next destination, Chamje. On the first part of the trail is ascend up to bahundanda and it descends towards a river for some hours. Just after crossing a suspension bridge we will reach a small village called Syange. Here, we will meet seasonable road and then we will follow the road gradually ascending up to the Jagat village; where we will stop for our lunch. After our lunch in Jagat, we will again continue our trek to Chamje for overnight stay through beautiful green hill and passing out with small towering waterfalls over the mountain.
Day 05: Chyamche to Dharapani [1860M / 6102FT] 5-6 hours walk
After having our breakfast, we will start our trek to our next destination, Dharapani means Tap water. After a short walk from Chamje, it will bring us to a suspension bridge to cross Marshayangdi River. And, then the trail comes with uphill trail for about 2/3 hours and then, we will be reaching Tal. Normally, Tal represents Lake, but there are not any lakes around. We will stop for about 1 hour in Tal for our lunch and then again continue our trek to Dharapani.
Day 06: Dharapani to Chame [2530M / 8300FT] 5-6 hours walk
Chame is the headquarters of Manang district which is our next destination for overnight stay. From Chame, because of the alteration in the vegetation, direction and landscapes the air gets cooler. From Tal, after trekking for around 1 hour, we will reach first village called Bagarchap. And, then while continuing our trek; we will reach another village called Danakyu. From Danakyu, there are 2 trails to go to Chame, one from the northern side and another from the southern side. But, the northern trail has landslides so that we will continue our trek through the southern side and meet a new village called Timang, where we will stop for our lunch. From here we will get very nice views of Manasu ranges. After getting lunch here, we will again continue our trek to Chame for our overnight stay. Chame is scattered in narrow space and is built with Tibetan architects. Just on the other side of the Chame, there is small natural hot spring.
Day 07: Chame to Pisang [3060M / 10039FT] 4-5 hours walk
In the morning we will get magnificent views of Lamjung Himal and then we will start our trek from to Pisang for another stay. Just about in 2/3 minutes from Chame, we will cross a small suspension bridge and continue our trek from the next side. Our trekking follows throughout barley meadow heading to another village called Teleku. While continuing our trek, we will meet another village with beautiful apple orchard near the bridge, called Brantang where a stone monument of a Japanese climber has been built. After continuing further from here, we will reach another village called Dhikur Pokhari where we will stop for our lunch. And then we will follow moderate flat trail to Lower Piasang. Just after leaving Dhikur Pokhara you will have a magnificent view of Piasang Peak. And actually Pisang has 2 parts, Lower and Upper Pisang. If you reach Pisang early, then you can try to do short hike to Upper Pisang, where you can meet a very old and traditional Buddhist Monastery.
Day 08: Pisang to Manang [3440M / 11,286FT] [You have options of high route and low route to go to Manang. High route is difficult but scenic it takes 7-8 hours walk while low route is easier but less beautiful comparing to high route it takes 4-5 hours walk.]
Manang is another wonderful place of this trekking. We will start our trek after having sizzling breakfast in the hotel. The trek starts with pleasant walk through pine forest and scenic views of silvering White Mountains. On the trek, while we follow moderately flat trail for around 2 hours we will reach Humde, where a small air strip exists. This beautiful place offers you very pleasant views of Annapurnas, Tilicho Peak, Gangapurna, Pisang Peak and Chulu East. As we pass Mugje village and continue, we will reach another traditional village called Bhraga where we will stop for the lunch. And, then more walking for around 1:30 hours we will reach our destination for Today; Manang.
Day 09: Acclimatization day in Manang
This amazing place Manang has lots of things to relax so that there won’t be boring on this rest day. The village with stunning views of Annapurna range, Tilicho, Gangapurna etc. shows majestic impression for a visitor. During the day, you can go for a documentary show of Himalayan Rescue Association or you can go for a latest English movie with small projector in small money. Going for listening speech of a volunteer doctor of Himalayan Rescue Association would help you a lot regarding Altitude Sickness, prevention, medication etc.
Day 10: Manang to Yak Kharka [4000M / 13,123FT] 4-5 hours walk
You will have breakfast in the hotel and then start your short day trek to Yak Kharka. On the way, you might see some trekkers with Altitude sickness and returning back to Manang. So, we also suggest you to be careful with altitude sickness and talk to your guide if you feel any unusualness. On the first part, the trail starts with slower uphill until Tenki Manang. This was the actual Manang before the settlement of people on current Manang. Tenki Manang offers you very enclosed shot of Annapurna, Gangapurna and Tilicho peaks. After Tenki Manang, the trail goes flat for a while and then we will start walking to uphill to reach Yak Kharka. Yak Kharka is very small countryside and has not more than 6/7 hotels.
Day 11: Yak kharka to Thorong Phedi [4450M / 14,599FT] /3-4 hours High Camp [4900M / 16,076FT] 4-5 hours (depends on you)
Starting gentle walk after having breakfast in Yak Kharka will take you to Thorong Phedi. Still the trek offers you very nice views of towering snow-capped mountains. 1 hour walk from Yak Kharka will take us to another village called Ledar where we will stop to have warm tea. And then we will continue to make your journey to Thorong Phedi. After Ledar, the trail goes flat for a while and then descends to a wooden bridge. Just after crossing the bridge, we will reach a landslide place. While we will pass the landslide, we will walk gentle uphill for a while and then we will reach Thorong Phedi. Thorong Phedi normally means Base of Thorong Himal.
Day 12: Phedi to Muktinath [3800M / 12,467FT] via Thorong Pass [5416M / 17,769FT] 7-8 hours walk
We need to start our trek early in the morning in around 4/5 am. This is the hardest and longest day of our whole trek. On the first part, we will trek uphill for around 4/5 hours until the Thorong Pass. The trail just becomes steep as we will start from the lodge. But the local people have used this trail since hundreds of years. You may find many trekkers on the way crossing the highest point of the trek. The pass has a board giving its identity. Definitely, we will feel victory as we will reach the top. There is a tea shop on the top where you can have a glass of warm tea / coffee and take some pictures of the mountains all around you.
Moreover, we will start our trek descending down to Muktinath. The trail is steep and it’s normal that if you sleep once or twice. While descending down to Muktinath, we will have lots of sceneries of Kaligandaki valley and restricted Upper Mustang area.
Day 13: Muktinath to Marpha [2670M / 8759FT]; the delightful apple kingdom of Nepal 6-7 hours walk
After saying goodbye for Muktinath Temple, we will be following downhill trail to Jomsom through Kaligandaki river valley with panoramic views of Annapurna and Tukuche ranges. The trail is flat and downhill and is very easy to follow. We will be able to reach Jomsom within our lunch time. Jomsom is the administrative headquarters of Mustang district. We will have our lunch in Jomsom and continue to Marpha for 2 more hours. Marpha is known as delightful apple kingdom on Nepal. Marpha is popular for tasty and juicy apples.
Day 14: Marpha to Ghasa [2010M / 6594FT] 6-7 hours walk
Leaving the tasty apples of Marpha village, we will continue our trek to another village called Kalopani (Means Black Water). After walking for around 2 hours from Marpha, we will reach a village called Tukuche where you can taste original Dutch bakery. From here you can get stunning view of Tukuche peak in front of your eyes. And walking another 1:30 hour from Tukuche, we will reach another place called Larjung where we will stop for our lunch. After lunch, we will continue our trek to Kalopani for Lunch. Still from Kalopani, you will have great views of Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. The trail is easy to trek continue to Ghasa about 1 hour for overnight and we will be following seasonable trail on the whole way.
Day 15: Ghasa to Tatopani [1190M / 3904FT] 4-5 hours walk [natural Hot Spring)
We will have breakfast in the hotel and then start our trek to Tatopani. We will check our permits and then again continue for another 2 hours to reach Rukse Chhahara (Waterfall) for our lunch. There is very nice thundering waterfall towering from the top on the mountains. After Rukse Chhahara, we will walk for around 30 minutes where we will reach Dana. Dana is known as world’s deepest gorge. Moreover, we will make our trek for other 1:30 hours to reach Tatopani. Tatopani is very nice village and has natural hot spring as it’s attraction of the trekkers.
Day 16: Tatopani to Ghorepani [2860M / 9383FT] 7-8 hours
Trek to Ghorepani is more uphill trail for around 7/8 hours. The trail goes through beautiful rhododendron forest all the way. Ghorepani is really great destination for viewing mountain sceneries. Ghorepani offers excellent views of Mt. Annapurna range, Mt. Dhaulagiri range and other numbers of peaks surroundings. After making you success trek to Ghorepani, you can rest remaining time to asee around and rest.
Day 17: Hike to Poon hill 3210M / 10,531FT] and Trek to Nayapul. 6-7 hours
This early morning hike to Poon Hill [3210M / 10,531FT] 1 hours up early morning, and back to the Hotel after breakfast trek to Nayapul [1070M / 3510FT], 6-7 hours and drive to Pokhara [820M / 2690FT] 1 hours 30 minute by private Transport
Day 18: Drive back to Kathmandu [1300M / 4665FT] 6-7 hours’ drive by tourist bus
On this day, we will catch a tourist bus from Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu. The drive takes approximately 6/7 hours by a tourist bus and private car is optional for extra payable.
Day 19: Departure to your onward destination or extend your trip
Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight Ambition Himalaya representative will departure to the airport.
Important Notes and Safety Concerns
Trekking is simply not just walking. Some of our trips are extremely adventurous and needs serious efforts to complete them successfully. We kindly request all our valuable guests to come well prepared before doing any of these extreme treks. Buying proper and reliable insurance coverage with Helicopter Evacuation on emergency is the most important thing before starting the adventures. Sometimes, our treks are done in extremely remote places where you will have no access to outer world. On serious injuries or sickness Helicopter can be the only mean to evacuate you. In other hand bad weather conditions can also ruin the whole adventures. So, we say
"Get prepared first and enjoy the adventure without worrying"
US$ 1099/ per person/ Price Valid for Minimum 2 Travelers.
- Airport pickup and drop services by private vehicle
- Kathmandu Sightseeing with guide and car and driver
- Standard accommodation in Kathmandu as per the itinerary / with breakfast
- Kathmandu - Bhubule by Local bus ( optional youmay take private jeep with extra cost)
- Pokhara - Kathmandu transportation by deluxe tourist bus
- Accommodation in Pokhara as per the itinerary / with breakfast
- Nayapul - Pokhara transportation by private vehicle
- Annapurna Conservation Area Project [ACAP] Permits
- Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] Permits
- Meals on full board during the trek [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with 3 cup of hot drinks 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
- Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
- Strong porters [1 porter shared between 2 paying people] with porter salary, foods, accommodation, transportation and insurances
- 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
- Sightseeing entrance fees in city tour
- International Airfares, Visa Fees,($ 25 for 15 days, $ 40 for 30 days and $ 100 for 90 days) Travel and Rescue Insurance, Emergency Evacuation
- Bars and Beverage bills, cold drinks, mineral water, telephone bills, laundry and battery charge
- Extra activities than mentioned in the itinerary, extra porter charges
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara [Meals not included also in the cases of early returns from the trips]
- Extra accommodation caused due to early arrival, flight delays, natural disasters etc.]
- Tips( as appreciation/gratitude) for Guides and Porters
- Any services not mentioned in Service Includes Section unless specified on booking of the trekking
Regarding personal equipment all trekkers need to bring with you a pair of well broken trek Boot, sleeping bag, down Jacket, pullovers, neck scarf, etc. for Evening/night/morning use, Sun Hat, casual warm clothing for day use, some pairs of good quality socks . Apart from above please bring slippers, suntan lotions and personal medication.
Here is the list of recommended gears for trekking in Nepal. Depending on the trekking route, days, season etc. these gear list can be different. Please consider with us before starting your journey. Some of these items are not compulsory and optional. Some items are only recommended for high altitude treks.
Head: Sun hat or scarf Light balaclava or warm fleece hat Sunglasses [real ones, with true UV protection]
Lower Body: Under Garments, Comfortable hiking shorts, Lightweight cotton long pants, Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms, Fleece or wool pants [seasonal], Waterproof [preferably breathable fabric] shell pants
Feet: Thin, lightweight inner socks Thick, Warm wool hiking socks, Hiking boots with spare laces, Sandals [flip-flops for use after a day trekking and to go to the bathroom & washroom], Gaiters [For high altitude trekking and crossing passes]
Upper Body: T-shirts, Light and expedition weight thermal tops, Fleece jacket or pullover Gloves [warmth], Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket [optional], Waterproof [preferably breathable fabric] shell jacket, Down vest and/or jacket *
Accessories: 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 battries, Headlamp [e.g. Petzl Zoom] with spare bulbs and batteries, Trekking bag with rain cover / Duffel bag,* Comfortable daypack, Trekking Poles, Water bottle / came bags, Ear Plug [rooms are divided by thin woods so better to avoid noise from other rooms]
Toiletries: Multipurpose soap [preferably biodegradable], Deodorants, Nail clippers, Sun block / face and body moisturizer, Tooth brush / toothpaste [preferably biodegradable], Feminine hygiene products, Small mirror
Personal Hygiene: Wet wipes [baby wipes], Tissue / toilet rolls, Anti-bacterial hands wash, Water purifier [Better than using mineral water to keep the mountain clean]
Extras / Luxuries: Adaptors [Nepal two prong, 220 volt plug; or just an international, universal adaptor], 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