Annapurna circuit trek is known as one of the best trekking trails in the world and considered to be the classic trekking trail in the Annapurna region. This trekking is popularly known as Annapurna round trek that goes around the magnificent Annapurna mountain range. It is one of the top ten long distance trekkings in the world and one of the finest mountain walk in nepal providing a combination of spectacular high mountain scenery of Mt. Manaslu (8,163m), Mt. Annapurna (8,091m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Mt. Hiunchuli, Mt. Gangapurna, Mt. Nilgiri and many more epic peaks, diverse climatic zone ranging from warm subtropical; Mediterranean of mid hills to arctic, rich biodiversity, picturesque landscapes from lowland farms to high desert valley, deepest gorge and a challenging pass, pilgrimage sites, different ethnic villages, rural peoples’ lifestyle & their culture.
Manang valley, the remote dry mountain village at 3,500m is surrounded with high snow capped mountains of northern Annapurna Himalaya with Damodar range of peaks which includes the Chulus and Pisang peak & rich in Tibetan Buddhist culture where the Manang people’s daily life interwoven with religious prayer and breeding livestock of Yaks and other cattles. The ascent to cross the highest pass Thorong La Pass at 5,416m turns the trip thrilling. It is the focal point of the whole Annapurna circuit trek which can be summitted by trekkers without climbing a mountain and offers the perfect 360 degree views which makes everyone breathless & wonder with jaws open!
After crossing this high passes, the trail leads to the Hindus Temple of Muktinath, a holy site for both Buddhists and Hindus with 108 cows headed spring water spouts & mysterious natural gas fires. Then the trail descends to Jomsom along the world’s deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki Gorge guarded by the two giant peaks Annapurna I (8,091m) to the east and Dhaulagiri (8,167m) to the west. From Jomsom, a 20 minute scenic flight leads to another picturesque Lake city, Pokhara which offers many adventurous activities as well as natural wonders.
Hence, the unique biodiversity, the scenic grandeur in combination with the multi cultural and multi ethinic diversity makes it the world’s most popular trekking destinations.
Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, meet and greet at the international airport and transfer to hotel. Short briefing of trip. Check in to hotel and rest for refreshment. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu.
Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour – B
After breakfast, pick up from hotel and head towards the Kathmandu sightseeing tour, especially UNESCO world cultural heritage sites which includes Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swoyambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square for the experience of beautiful fusion of religion, culture and history. These heritage monuments reflect the centuries old culture, arts and architecture of nepal which are medieval charms of Malla Dynasty. After tour, drop off to hotel and make a preparation for Annapurna circuit trek including all trekking permits and equipments. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu.
Day 03 : Drive Kathmandu – Bhulbhule (1,280m, 05-06 hrs) via Beshi Shahar – B/L/D
After breakfast, pick up from hotel and drive to Beshi Shahar which is approximately 05-06 hrs long and scenic. This is a beautiful town in the mid hills of Nepal and also the gate way to Annapurna Circuit Trek. Drive further to Bhulbhule for about 01 hour by a local bus. Over night at Tea house, Bhulbhule.
Day 04 : Bhulbhule – Trek to Jagat (1,300m, 05-06 hrs) – B/L/D
After breakfast, start the trek to Jagat for about 05-06 hrs. The trail is relatively easy which passes through small villages, forest and crosses suspension bridges over Sangu Khola and Marshyangdi River, then reaches Jagat. There are plenty of stop overs for necessary breaks including lunch break. Overnight at Tea house, Jagat.
Day 05 : Jagat – Trek to Bagarchhap (2140m, 05-06 hrs) via Dharapani – B/L/D
After breakfast, start the trek to Bagarchhap for about 05-06 hrs via Dharapani having the experiences of mountain nature and culture. Overnight at Tea house, Bagarchhap.
Day 06 : Bagarchhap – Trek to Chame (2,650m, 05-06 hrs) – B/L/D
After breakfast, start the trek to Chame for about 05-06 hrs, headquarter of Manang. It is famously known as the district beyond the Himalayas in Nepal. It is an awesome place on the lap of Annapurna II (7,937m) for the breathtaking views of majestic Himalayas. Overnight at Guest house, Chame.
Day 07 : Chame – Trek to Pisang (3,190m, 05-06 hrs) – B/L/D
After breakfast, trek to Pisang for about 05-06 hours. This is a hot spot to have the great view of Pisang and Chulu Peaks. Overnight at Guest house, Pisang.
Day 08 : Pisang – Trek to Manang (3,520m, 05-06 hrs) – B/L/D
After breakfast, start the trek to Manang for about 05-06 hours, the mountain village where the prevalent Tibetan Buddhist culture can be experienced and offers a magnificent view of the pristine mountains in the famous Annapurna range. Overnight at Tea house, Manang.
Day 09 : Rest and Acclimatization Day at Manang – B/L/D
Rest day at Manang to acclimatize the high altitude climate. In order to keep fit on the trails that follow, we should keep ourselves busy with a short hike. Explore the Gangapurna glacier Lake or hike to Vraga Village if we have energy, where we can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association which will give us some idea about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Be comfortable, in adjusting the high altitude climate. Overnight at Tea house, Manang.
Day 10 : Manang – Trek to Yak Kharka (4,010m, 06-07 hrs) – B/L/D
After breakfast, start the trek to Yak Kharka for about 06-07 hrs. It literally means the Yak pasture land, offers the magnificent mountain view and beautiful atmosphere. Overnight at Tea house, Yak kharka.
Day 11 : Yak Kharka – Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,400m, 04-05 hrs) – B/L/D
After breakfast, start the trek to Thorong Phedi, base of the Thorong-la Pass for about 04-05 hrs. Enjoy and relax in the cool mountain environment. Overnight at Tea house, Thorong Phedi.
Day 12 : Thorong Phedi – Trek to Thorong La Pass ( 5,416m, 04-05 hrs) and then to Muktinath (3,800m, 03-04 hrs) – B/L/D
It is a long day of Trek and the highlight of this trip which is approximately 07-08 hrs. Wake up early in the morning around 03 am, start the adventurous trail trip towards the highest pass, Thorong La pass (5,416m). A slow pace uphill trek takes about 04-05 hours to reach the pass. After reaching the top, everyone feels great and the view from there makes everyone forget all the effort and difficulties done to make it. Then, the trek descends down to Muktinath for about another 03-04 hours. Overnight at hotel, Muktinath.
Day 13 : Muktinath – Trek to Jomsom (2,800m, 04-05 hrs) – B/L/D
After breakfast, start the nice downhill trek for about 04-05 hours to an exceptionally beautiful mountain town; Jomsom. Explore the mountain town and its surrounding and experience the local culture, tradition and lifestyle. Overnight at hotel, Jomsom.
Day 14 : Fly Jomsom – Pokhara (20 min fly) – B
After breakfast, fly to Pokhara in the morning which is 25 minutes long. It is a beautiful and adventurous scenic flight through the series of mountain peaks in Annapurna region. After arrival in Pokhara,transfer to hotel. Check in to hotel and rest for refreshment. Explore the natural and adventurous wonders of Pokhara; a beautiful Lake city, which includes boating in Phewa Lake, visit to Taal Barahi Temple (situated on a small island in Phewa lake), Devis falls, Gupteshwor cave and adventurous activities like Para gliding, Ultra-light Flight and Zip Flyer on an extra cost. Enjoy the free time by boating, taking massage and exploring the lake side. Overnight at hotel, Pokhara.
Day 15 : Drive Pokhara – Kathmandu (200 km, 06-07 hrs) – B/D
After breakfast, pick up from hotel and drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus for about 06-07 hours through the scenic highway. After reaching Kathmandu, transfer to hotel. Check in to hotel and rest for refreshment. Enjoy the free time by shopping at souvenir shops and hanging around Thamel (tourism hub city). In the evening, Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali Restaurant with authentic nepali cuisine and cultural dance performance. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu.
Day 16 : Departure – B
Leisure until departure. Transfer to the International Airport to board the flight.
1. Airport pick up and drop off service by private vehicle.
2. Welcome drinks (non-alcoholic) and farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with a cultural dance show.
3. All accommodation in 3-star category hotels on B/B plan in Kathmandu and Pokhara whilst Tea House accommodation during the trek with full board basis (all meals).
4. Sightseeing in Kathmandu with private vehicle and local tour guide.
5. All Heritage monuments entrance fees.
6. Kathmandu – Bhulbhule overland transportation by public bus and Pokhara – Kathmandu by Tourist bus, whilst Jomsom – Pokhara by domestic flight.
7. Medical supplies (First Aid Kit)
8. Sleeping bags, down jacket, duffel bag and trekking poles (to be returned after the trek).
9. All the necessary trekking permits (ACAP +TIMS) and official expenses.
10. Highly experienced, friendly, government licence holder guide and porter with salary, accommodation, food, transportation and insurance.
11. Arrangement of helicopter service for the rescue of emergency situation which will be paid by your travel insurance company.
1. Nepalese visa fee.
2. International airfare.
3. Trekking, medical and travel insurance (Compulsory).
4. Lunches and Dinners not mentioned above.
5. All personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc.)
6. All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic hot and cold drinks.
7. Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Tea House, due to early arrival or late departure, early return or late return from mountain (any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
8. Tips for the guide, porter and driver (tips is expected).