Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Duration 17 Days
  • Trip Difficulty circle Challenging
  • Accomodation Hotel/Teahouses/Lodges
  • Transportation Car/hiace/bus
  • Style Trekking
  • Destination Nepal
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner in Trekking
  • Max Elevation : 5416 m
  • Group Size: 1-above
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About Trip

Trekking the Annapurna Circuit takes trekkers higher and deeper into the incredible Annapurna wilderness, making this trip one of the world’s benchmark ventures that never tires those who tread its well marked paths. The master views of the natural landscapes are a feast for the eyes and the sceneries here are pretty much an icon of natural beauty for Nepal’s vast Himalayas. The main part of the trek is the daredevil climb up and through Thorung La Pass at 5416m. after the crossing of this lung busting ‘pass’, we backtrack through some famous mountain towns that include Manang, Jomsom and the sacred Muktinath region that wonderfully showcases Nepal’s varied natural landscapes and mind boggling culture, completing a trek that will have given us a gratifying purpose and sense of fulfillment for a holiday that could become stuff for storybook writing…

The Annapurna Circuit trek is a lot more than just one of the world’s greatest treks. It gives us a clear difference in comparison to treks of similar length. The specialty of this trek is that it can be shortened or lengthened without any compromise in the beauty we observe no matter the area we visit or the number of days we spend. From the very start of the trek, till the time we pass through the Thorung La, we glimpse nature showering its beauty with a mix of the sub-tropical to alpine peaks that stretches into baked semi deserts similar to the Tibetan plateau. This trek is such a challenging adventure that attracts mountain lovers’ year in year out…

The Annapurna region can now be traveled by road using vehicles, which is not favored much by trekkers. We hike into the prominent valley by the north side of the Annapurna where we see breathtaking landscapes as we pass through the vibrant villages of Ghyaru and Ngawal that lie on the northern slopes of this valley. As we walk up from one point to another, in the middle of the valley covered with majestic mountains and tranquil monasteries we seemingly forget the world we really came from as we discover the unknown world from the known. Perhaps, this is why Annapurna Circuit is aptly called a “trek of epic proportions”.

As the curtains fall on our mega adventure, we find ourselves trekking through Muktinath, Jomson and the juicy apple orchards of Marpha, and we hike into the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest in the world, before wrapping up our trip in the middle hills that we walked through earlier, with a haul up en route to experience a breathtaking sunrise over the mountains from Poon Hill. We then walk by the scintillating village of Ghandruk to reach the lake city of Pokhara and then head towards Kathmandu the next day; taking back memories we will cherish for a lifetime with us. Just Adventure will be there to help us reach home safely with some memorable pictures to adorn the walls of our favorite corners at home sweet home…

Trip Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • An extraordinary trek with astonishing diverse scenery and in-depth cultural interest at every step
  • A newly developed route that avoids roads and gives the original experience of the wilderness
  • Crossing the challenging Thorung La pass – pure alpine country at 5,416m/17,769ft
  • Deluxe hotels, warm teahouses with ample time to rejuvenate and a thrilling walking tour in medieval Kathmandu
  • Rhododendron forest and moderate stone step trail
  • Remarkable hospitality
  • Travel regulation protection against insolvency
  • Trips fully protected by ATOL (under Brightsun 3853)

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.
  • Day 02: Full Day sightseeing of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath and Patan city
  • Day 03: : Drive to Syange [1140m] via Besisahar [823m] – 6-7 hrs journey
  • Day 04: Drive to Dharapani [1960m] - 3-4 hrs
  • Day 05: Trek to Chame [2710m] – 5-6 hrs
  • Day 06: Trek to Pisang [3060m] – 4-5 hrs
  • Day 07: Trek to Manang [3440m] – 4 hrs
  • Day 08: Rest day in Manang for acclimatisation
  • Day 09: Trek to Yak Kharka [4200m] – 4-5 hrs
  • Day 10: : Trek to Thorong Phedi [4450m] – 4 hrs
  • Day 11: Trek to Muktinath [3760m] via Thorong La Pass [5416m] – 7-9 hrs
  • Day 12: Muktinath to Marpha [2670m] – 4-5 hrs
  • Day 13: Drive to Tatopani by Jeep [1200m] - 5-6 hrs
  • Day 14: Tatopani to Ghorepani [2850m] – 7-8 hrs
  • Day 15: Climb to Poonhill and Return to Pokhara Overnight in Hotel- 6-7 hrs
  • Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu – 6-7 hrs
  • Day 17: Drive to the Airport to head back to that lovely place we call ‘home’’

Detail Itinerary

If it’s a clear day when you are flying into Kathmandu, then your tour begins right from the skies itself. The sights from the windows of our jet shows us glimmering snow-capped mountain peaks spread out down below us, giving us the first thrills of our just begun vacation, sparking off a whole reaction of unforgettable experiences that stay with us for some time to come. As soon as your plane hits the tarmac of Tribhuwan International Airport, Just Adventure office representative and driver will be on standby to meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The rep will help you check into your designated hotel, and after going to our rooms and refreshing ourselves we will be briefed about our daily activities.
The rest of your time is free to move around the neighborhood and get familiar with your surroundings. In the evening we will meet our senior trek guide who will brief the group about details related to our trek. Your first overnight in the ancient city of temples, probably the most in the world. Breakfast
After a good night’s sleep and enjoying a hearty b/fast, we proceed for our tour of Basantapur Durbar Square. Recorded by UNESCO as a cultural World Heritage site, Kathmandu Durbar Square is a bunch of medieval temples, palaces, courtyards and streets that date back to the 12th and 18th centuries. within this square we will find Hanumandhoka Palace Museum, Taleju Temple, Kumari Ghar (House of the Living Goddess), Kasthamandap and other temples and buildings as old as the city itself; from here we head for a tour of the famous Boudhanath Stupa {said to be the largest in the world) and a major centre of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu. The stupa is designed to be like a giant mandala (a representation of the Buddhist cosmos).
We next drive down to Swayambhunath {popularly known as Monkey Temple} “Swayambhu” means “self-created” and refers to the myth that the hill sprung up suddenly from a great lake that once covered Kathmandu Valley. Our next destination is Pashupatinath Temple. This temple is dedicated to Hindu deity Lord Shiva and is said to be the most holy Hindu shrine in Nepal. Hereabouts we see a cremation ritual of Hindus at ‘Aryaghat’, the cremation area of the temple. This cremation site is used for the once royal family of Nepal and also for the simple Nepalese people who live within the country.

We then wrap up our Heritage tour with a trip to Patan which is one of the three medieval cities in Kathmandu and a destination for connoisseurs of great arts. We take a tour of the Patan Durbar Square - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the square is the Patan Museum (originally a Malla palace), Krishna Mandir- a stone temple of Lord Krishna with its 21 spires and art that displays scenes from the Mahabharata and Ramayana epics, this includes the Royal Bath or 'Tushahity' and the nearby Hindu and Buddhist temples. We return back to our hotel, refresh, and do some trek preparation for the trip the next day. Breakfast
Today you will be picked up from your hotel for the drive to Syangje. Your journey takes you through deep gorges as you trace the Trisuli River westwards. You will pass through the small town of Mugling where the Trisuli and Marshyangdi rivers meet. The town also serves as the crossroads between Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan in the south. You pass over an impressive suspension bridge and begin to follow the Marshyangdi River, which will become a familiar sight, as it will be your companion all the way to Thorong Phedi. On this section of the road you will gain your first sight of the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges. After Mugling you turn north and the Annapurna Massif looms as you approach Besi Sahar. From here you will join a jeep track for a couple of hours to reach your trek start point at Chamje via Syange and Jagat.
Jagat is a very old village. Its name means 'toll-station' as this was once a tax collecting point for the Tibetan salt trade. When Bill Tilman visited the area in 1950 this route did not exist. Instead he had to walk along a series of wooden galleries tied to the rock face. We bunk out overnight at our lodge with all meals inclusive

The drive continues on the high road with fascinating scenery of the gorge, high hills, waterfalls and snowcapped peaks the dirt jeep road for two to three hours; the drive continues through a winding path from Syange and Jagat village, as the trail follows a steep climb for half an hour, and on arriving, the lush farm terraced field on the top of a ridge, we get a magnificent view of the raging waterfalls that can be seen on route to Jagat. From this village, our journey leads through terraced farms when passing through Chamje village. after crossing the bridge it’s another steep climb for another hour till Tal is reached, the village is situated on the gorge-valley by the side of the river Marsyangdi. On leaving Tal the drive gets easier on a gentle path till a large bridge, after crossing the bridge we finally reach the village of Dharapani for the overnight and this is where our driving adventure ends as we check in to our lodge with all meals inclusive.
Today we walk through a few forested ridges on our way to Chame, which is the headquarters of the Manang District. Throughout the trek we can admire amazing views of the Himalayas including Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). On today’s trek we also come across small hot springs where we can dip in and soothe our aching muscles. Overnight in Chame with all meals inclusive
After a delicious breakfast, we see Lamjung Himal at (6893m) gleaming in the morning sun, and with this lovely sight, we set off for Pisang. The mountain disappears as we climb the path up the valley, passing a huge apple orchard. We continue through a 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. In earlier years, this area was the military station for troops who fought against the Khampa tribal revolutionaries. The dilapidated buildings are the only reminders of that era. 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 walk through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up a wonderful landscape before us. We can see the east peak of Annapurna II as well as Pisang Peak to the north-east. Trudging along, we come to a long mani stone wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang. A steep, narrow path through a very dense forest will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. As the trail opens up we are surrounded by majestic Himalayan Peaks. Overnight in Pisang with all meals inclusive
From Pisang, today we enter the upper Manang region, where we will notice a contrast with the landscape and vegetation. The cold, dry climate creates a much rougher environment. We also get to experience amazing views of the towering Himalayan Peaks that surround us. Overnight in Manang with all meals inclusive

We spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. This is essential for the body because we’ve got some tough heights to overcome in the days ahead.
The whole day we spend doing some fine day walks and viewing the splendid sights around the village. Towards the end of the day, we return to our accommodation for a night's rest. Overnight at our lodge with all meals
From Manang, we ascend up to Yak Kharka, which lies on the main cicuit trail, and avoids backtracking to Khangsar. We descend from Siri Kharka toward Thare Gomba and in only a few minutes reach a trail junction. Again, we stay left and reach Old Khangsar after walking for a while. Khangsar is uninhabited except for occasional herders and during festival periods. We follow rock a wall north out of Khangsar. We walk further more until we reach a seasonal bridge in the Thorang Khola valley. We cross the river to the east band and ascend along for a while to a plateau. We then hike further more until reaching Yak Kharka. Overnight in Yak Kharka with all meals inclusive

From Yak Kharka, we climb to the next village of Tengi, with the awesome Annapurna Himal in view, while behind us we can see Peak 29 and Himalchuli on the horizons. We are now past the tree line and the vegetation consists of alpine grasses and scrub juniper. Climbing the path, past the summer village of Gunsang, we cross the Gundon Khola via a wooden bridge. From here we can see ahead the mountains surrounding the Thorung La, which we are going to cross tomorrow. The trail fluctuates up and down for some time. As the elevation gradually increases, we soon enter an alluvial delta where there are yak pastures. An hour beyond this, we come to the small settlement of Letdar. Leaving Letdar, we climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marshyangdi and cross a wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, we follow a narrow trail across an unstable screed slope before descending to Thorung Phedi with all meals inclusive
We’ve got to start our journey pretty early today so that we could cross the Thorung La at (5416m) at an easy going pace. The trail is steep but well-trodden, as this trail has been used by the local folks for hundreds of years. As we continue, the gradient eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing we reach the chorten and prayer flags of this great pass. The views up here are simply striking: from the snow covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang which spreads out before us, is a masterpiece of natural geography created by God as a gift to the world and its people. The descent to Muktinath is a tiring 1600m drill that goes down but it's compensated for with lovely views of Dhaulagiri. Eventually the moraine gives way to grassy slopes before a cool walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath, with its shrines and temple. This is a famous pilgrimage site for hindus. We spend our overnight at a lodge with all meals inclusive
Muktinath is an important pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists alike. In the morning, we pay our visit to a Vishnu Temple and a Gompa. Descending from Ranipauwa village down the steep and barren hillside, we tumble down toward Kagbeni and then to Jomsom finally arriving at Marpha. The trail today is quite surreal as we trek along a plateau above Kali Gandaki River, the world's deepest gorge. The barren landscape of this area resembles Tibet.
Marpha is also famous as the apple capital of Nepal where one can enjoy different items made from apple. The local apple brandy of Marpha is famous all over Nepal. Overnight at Marpha with all meals inclusive
We take jeep around 7 to 8 AM, gradual descend to Tatopani through valleys, fields and the beautiful Rupse Chhahara (waterfalls) and then the time to have lunch at Dana village which is close to the deepest gorge in the world. After our arrival at the Hot springs we take a healthy natural hot bath. There are two small ponds, relax your painful muscles in the hot baths, rest and rejuvenate. Overnight at Tatopani with all meals inclusive

We leave the Kali Gandaki and head up the Ghar Khola valley. The trail leads us through a terraced farmland with mountains all around. We pass through the villages of Shikha and Chitre before reaching a beautiful rhododendron forest. When in bloom the rhododendron trees with its average height of up to 100" will be covered with pink or red flowers. Walking further we reach Ghorepani, a beautiful village located at a ridge top. Overnight in Ghorepani with all meals inclusive

Today is a wonderful day because we get onto Poon Hill - an emblem of Annapurna region. We climb the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill at (3200mtrs). The efforts will be rewarded with fantastic views of Machhapuchre, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and the Annapurnas. After taking photos and having some coffee or tea or hot chocolate, we return back to Ghorepani.

After breakfast, you again follow gradual descent path through the forests of rhododendron and oak upto Banthanti. It is a small village where you can pause for hot and cold drinks. Then the trail descends to Ulleri (1960m.), a big Gurung village from where you can enjoy view of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli. From here the trail upto Tirkhedhunga is steeply descent passing terraces and some villages. After a short walk of 15 minutes from Tirkhedhunga, you reach Hille. It is also a small Gurung village with surrounding green hills. Most of the inhabitants of this village are occupied in agriculture.

Trek from Hille to Nayapul (1050m.) via Birethanti and it takes almost three hours and drive from Nayapul to Pokhara which takes about one and half hours. This day’s trek gradually descends following Bhurung Khola (Bhurung Stream) all the way to Birethanti before you cross the Modi Khola over the suspension bridge. You are amazed to pass small villages, see the magnificent waterfalls and walk through the sparse forests.
After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu by Tourist Bus. After reaching Kathmandu, we have the rest of the day off to rest or do some souvenir shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.
After breakfast, our representative and office vehicle will be on standby at your hotel to transfer you to the airport for your connecting flight home. Serving you was a wonderful joy and pleasure, we at Just Adventure Limited will cherish the bonds of our relationship created over the time you spent with us and we thank you for choosing us as your travel partner and for visiting our amazing country Nepal. This homely trek in the remarkable Annapurna region will give you lifetime memories of a vacation worth its weight in gold. Farewell friends! Till we meet again.

Departure Dates

Departures can be made to suit your availability.

A deposit of £100 is payable to secure your place on the trip and the balance will be due in 35 days before the start of the tour. A monthly payment plans can be set up on request. If you book less than 35 days before the start of the trip than the full amount will be due immediately. 

If you need any assistant at any time please call 01252416333

Cost Includes

  • All airport and internal transfers in Nepal
  • 3 - star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and pokhara with breakfast
  • Tea house accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • An experienced, English speaking and government licenced trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter Service (1 porter for 2 clients : luggage allowance - 15 kg per person)
  • All land transportation for trek
  • Trekking permits
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
  • Medical kit (carried by the leader)
  • Farewell Dinner

Cost Excludes

  • International flights to/from Nepal
  • Lunches and dinners while in Kathmandu and pokhara
  • Travel Insurance and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Nepal Visa
  • Extra drinks and snacks, laundry
  • Excess baggage charges for internal flights
  • Tips for your trekking crew (expected, but not mandatory)
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, bar bills, battery recharge, extra potters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc)

Packing List

SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT LIST:

  • Trekking Boots
  • Gaiters (for winter departures)
  • Back Pack 45L-65L
  • Trekking poles
  • Head Torch (spare batteries)
  • Light to mid-weight synthetic top
  • Mid-Weight synthetic bottoms
  • Extra synthetic top lightweight
  • Down jacket
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood or equivalent
  • Gore-Tex pants or equivalent
  • Hiking/Trekking pants
  • Synthetic Liner socks (2-3 pairs) optional
  • Lightweight fleece
  • Wool/pile hat
  • Sunhat, sunglasses
  • Light weight towel
  • Gloves – Waterproof and warm
  • Several pairs of good quality socks
  • T-Shirts - Highly recommended are synthetic t-shirt styles that wick away moisture
  • Thermal Underwear / layers
  • Washing shaving kit
  • Personal first aid kit: Antibiotics-Cipro-for food poisoning/lower body infections, Amoxicillin-for upper body/respiratory infections, Aspirin-helps in acclimatization, Diamox-helps in acclimatization.
  • The weight limit per person is 10kg each. This includes your sleeping bag,down jacket and other warm clothing you pack.
  • Our team of experienced porters are limited to carrying 25kg max on trek. Each porter will carry two travellers packs as well as a small backpack for themselves.

MOST OF THE EQUIPMENTS CAN BE PURCHASED OR HIRED IN KATHMANDU