Annapurna Circuit Trek

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20 Days
Availability : All Season
Kathmandu (1320m)
Thorong La Pass (5416m)
Min Age : 12+
Max People : 20+
(Last Updated On: February 21, 2018)

Annapurna Circuit Trek lies in Annapurna region, which is highly recognized and spectacular region, have popular trekking route since it opened to foreign trekkers in 1977. The highest point of the trek is Thorong-La Pass (5,416m) at the top of the valley. Due to the difficulties of crossing the pass, the circuit is usually walked in a counter-clockwise direction.


Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)

Welcome to Tribhuvan Int’l Airport, Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal! One of the representatives from Mount Mania will be waiting to welcome you with fresh Nepali garlands and then transfer to your hotel by private vehicle. You will meet with trek guide and then brief about your trek.

Day 2Drive to Bhulbhule (900m): 6-7 hours and Trek to Nagdi (920m): 1 hour

After having breakfast at a hotel in Kathmandu. Our trekking guide will pick you up at your hotel in the morning. Then, we drive along the Kathmandu to Pokhara highway to Dumre and then follow the narrow and paved road by the Marsyangdi River to Besisahar then to Bhulbhule. After dropping at Bhulbhule, we will trek to Nagdi which is the one-hour long hike. Overnight at Teahouse.

Day 3Trek from Nagdi to Jagat (1,300m): 6 – 7 hours

After having breakfast at the lodge, we start trekking which will take about 5-6 hours to Chamje, The trail goes flat for the first part then climbs steeply and the path is cut into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed. Eventually, we descend to the stone village of Jagat (1330m.) situated on a shelf which juts into the precipitous Marsyangdi valley. Overnight at Tea house.

Day 4Trek from Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m): 7-8 hours

After having breakfast at a teahouse, we start our trek by descending to the river and cross another suspension bridge; we begin a climb to Sattale (1550m.) on a path so steep that seems one slip would send you hurtling down into the valley. We continue on an undulating path above the river, and at one point, where a tributary flows in from the opposite bank, the main river becomes covered with huge boulders that hide the water. Climbing a meandering path to the top of the hill, we will see the level plain of Tal (1700m.). Beyond Tal, the valley narrows and the path become high and winding, and in several areas hewn from the rock itself. Beyond the small village of Karte (1900m.), there is a bit more cliff-walking before the path drops again to the river and we cross another suspension bridge and arrive at Dharapani, overnight at Teahouse.

Day 5Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2,710m): 5 – 6 hours

After having breakfast, we start our trekking through a narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu, The Marsyangdi River then veers to the left, and as Annapurna II becomes visible ahead, we arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhote village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze around Buddhist monastery, continuing to climb through forests of pine and oak, we pass through Danaque (2210m.). There comes a small wooden bridge which makes us follow a steep ascending path up to Timang village which lies at the bottom of Lamajung Himal & then the trail goes through a flat level until we reach Chame. Overnight at Teahouse.

Day 6Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,300m): 5 – 6 hours

After having breakfast, we will start our trekking from Lamjung Himal (6893m) as we see it glittering in the morning sunshine with the first rays hitting us warmly in the fac and we set off for Pisang, The mountain disappears as we climb the path up the valley, passing a huge apple orchard. We continue through fir and pine forest, climbing to a high, rocky area as the opposite bank becomes an impassable cliff. From this point the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as we follow the path to Bratang (2950m.) which has a special apple farm then a short climb from the village brings us to a rock-strewn area where we cross a wooden bridge and follow a high, winding path, before crossing back to the right bank again. We now trek through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up wonderful vistas. Then we come to a long mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang. Overnight at a Teahouse.

Day 7Trek from Pisang to Manang via Nawal : 6 – 7 hours

After having breakfast, we will start our trekking with climbs to a steep ridge which affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7145m.). You have two options on the Pisang to Manang section of the Annapurna circuit: the lower route along the valley floor or the upper route 400 or so meters above. An upper view has some of the amazing mountains: Mt. Annapurna II, Mt. Annapurna IV, Mt. Annapurna III, Mt. Gangapurna, Pisang Peak, Tilicho Peak, Chulu East and beautiful Manang Valley. Cultivated fields appear on both sides of the path and off to the right, below a craggy mountain, we will see the village of Braga with its splendid monastery, Large chortens, and mani walls abound and the tall peaks of the Himalaya spread out before us, then after a short steep climb we will reach Manang for our overnight at a Teahouse.

Day 8Day Hike around Manang

Today, we hang around town; this is an important rest and acclimatization day before crossing the Thorung La. There is optional day walks such as crossing the river to see the tremendous icefall coming down from the Annapurna, or climbing high above the village for a full panorama of the Annapurna range and the Manang Valley. There is also a Himalayan Rescue Association [HRA] aid post in the village which makes for an interesting and educational visit. Moreover, you can visit Ganagapurna Glacier Lake to make your rest day a memorable one. Overnight at a Teahouse

Day 9Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m): 3 – 4 hours

After having breakfast at a teahouse, today the trail ascends gently all the way to Yak Kharka passing through Gunsang (3960m.) village. We will see panoramic views all the day and it seems it is short hiking, however, we will feel a bit fatigued as we are going higher and into less oxygen air. Overnight at a Teahouse.

Day 10Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m): 3 – 4 hours

After having breakfast at a teahouse, we start our trekking with a climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the Marsyangdi river and crossing via a suspension bridge, after a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, you follow a narrow trail across an unstable scree slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi. Overnight at a Teahouse.

Day 11Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong La pass (5416m): 7 – 8 hours

After having breakfast, we will start our trekking quite early in the morning crossing the Thorong La (5416m). The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving camp but as this trail has been used by local people for hundreds of years the path is well defined, No trail hassles down here. The gradient then eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing, we will reach the chorten and prayer flags of the pass. The views are dramatic, to say the least, from the snow-covered mountains above to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang which are spread out before us. The descent to Muktinath is a knee-pounding 1600m but it’s compensated for with excellent views of Dhaulagiri. Eventually, the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath and its shrines. Overnight at a Teahouse.

Day 12Trek from Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m): 4 – 5 hours

After having breakfast, we will go visit the famous temple of Muktinath and return to the lodge then have breakfast and begin the trek descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar villages with typical Tibetan architecture, we follow path steeply down to Kagbeni, a primitive village famous for Tibetan architectures and there is a monastery hereabouts said to have been built in the 15th Century the Kagbeni is the border for Upper Mustang. After lunch in Kagbeni, we follow the flat path along the banks of dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge. Now, we arrived at Jomsom, the district headquarter of Mustang. After one hour trek, we will reach to Marpha. It is rich in cultivating apples & biggest apple farm in Nepal. This is where our apple pies originate from. The apple brandy is famous among the local folks and travelers. Overnight at a Teahouse.

Day 13Trek from Marpha to Ghasa (2,050m): 5 – 6 hours

After having breakfast, we start our trek and the trekking Trail descends steeply through forests to Ghasa, the last Thakali village and the southern-most limit of Tibetan Buddhism. The beginning part of the trail is stretched at almost flat level up to Kalopani and then the trail begins descending steeply to Ghasa, The first part of the trek passes through the windy area covered with pine forests, rhododendron forests, and birches. The surrounding area of Ghasa is a famous destination for bird watching and wild Marijuana. Overnight at a Teahouse.

Day 14Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani (1,100): 6 – 7 hours

After having breakfast, we start the trek and the trail descends steeply up to Rupse Chhahara (Rupse Waterfall) which is amazing to look at. There is situated the deepest gorge of the world between two massif mountains Annapurna I (8091m.) in east and Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) in west facing each other near Rupse Waterfall, Now the trail ascends slightly to Tatopani through different settlements, check in to the lodge and will have time to go and take bath on the natural hot spring and overnight at a Teahouse.

Day 15Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m): 7 – 8 hours

After having breakfast, we start our trekking by passing through a flat level of the land at some distance. Then the trail begins ascending steeply for at least one hour then goes up through different villages inhabited by the people of different caste and a lot of agricultural lands that shows this village is pretty well off. The majority of the people here are Gorkhalis who serve in the Indian army. Then the trail ascends gently all the way to Ghorepani passing through small villages like Phalate, Chitre and so on. While trekking you pass through rhododendron forests and come across the wildlife such as monkeys and birds of various species. You are accompanied by more panoramic views of different mountains, check in to the guest house and overnight at a Teahouse

Day 16Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m): 6 – 7 hours

Early morning before sunrise, we will hike to Poonhill (3210m) and enjoy the sunrise views over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche Peak (6920m), Nilgiri (6940m), Varaha Shikhar (7847m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna III (7855m), Machhapuchhare (6993m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna II (7937m), Lamjung Himal (6931m) and other numerous snow-capped mountains. Poonhill has always been a symbol of beauty for the Annapurna region. Then we will return back to Ghorepani and have a hot breakfast at lodge and lunch at Tadapani (2650m). Most part of the trail is through blooming rhododendron forest; the beautiful flower makes the jungle colorful in spring. Later, overnight at Tadapani.

Day 17Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk (1,960m: 3 hours trek

After breakfast, we will start our walk through a forest of oak, rhododendron and other alpine flowers will take us to Ghandruk. Ghandruk is the large Gurung village. We can get an amazing view of Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna III, Hiunchuli and other Mountains from a viewpoint in Ghandruk. For a big group of travelers, local Gurung community will welcome with fresh garlands and traditional dance will be performed in evening in our honor. Ghandruk is the biggest Gurung village in annapurna regions. There is a Monastery, Gurung Museum, and Conversation Unit Office. Overnight at a Teahouse.

Day 18Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul (1,000m): 4 hours trek and Drive to Pokhara

After hot breakfast at Ghandruk, we will hike up to Nayapul and then take a private vehicle to reach Pokhara. Within the trek to Nayapul is a lovely hike as you can enjoy the views of beautiful landscapes along the trail back. If you are hungry, we will stop at a hotel for lunch. Else, we will head to Nayapul in about 4 hours. Nayapul to Pokhara is about a one hour drive. Overnight at our hotel on bed and breakfast plan.

Day 19Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours

After early breakfast at a hotel in Pokhara. We will check-out from hotel and catch our tourist bus which leaves at 7 AM to drive us to Kathmandu and the driving will be a fantastic experience as we drive past many small towns on the way and we are able to see rural settlements, gushing rivers, terraces, and green rural landscapes. We will stop for lunch in between the travel from Pokhara to Kathmandu. After 6 hours drive, we will arrive at Kathmandu and stay overnight at your hotel. One of the Mount Mania representatives will invite you to attend a farewell dinner with a cultural show. Enjoy the fullest.

Day 20Departure

Mount Mania representative will help you to transport to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu by private vehicle before 3 hours to your scheduled flight.

Price Includes

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Tourist Bus (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu)
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

Price Excludes

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Tribhuvan Int”l Airport (TIA)
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and/or Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (Wifi, phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)