Duration : 14 days
Best Season : Mar-May; Oct-Nov
Grade : Moderate
Max. Altitude : 5416m
The Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of Nepal’s classic treks, famous for its variety of landscapes, scenery and culture. From subtropical valleys, to icy high altitude passes, as well as semi-arid near desert, you will get to experience the unique contrasts and incredible diversity that Nepal is so famous for. The Annapurna region is also known for its flora; rhododendron forests, banana and mandarin groves fill the valleys surrounding some of the world’s highest peaks. The entire trek offers unparalleled views of the Himalaya, including the famous Manaslu, Annapurna I and Fishtail. At the climax of the trek you will pass one of the highest mountain passes in the world, the Thorung La at 5407 m.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek usually takes 21 days to complete, however now due to road transport becoming available, the trek can be completed within 12-14 days.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Nepal (1300 m/4255 ft)
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be received by office representative and transferred to your hotel. The representative will help you to check in and brief you about your trip and other necessary basic information. We will introduce guide and prepare trekking gear. If necessary guide will assist you to buy or rent trekking gear. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Sightseeing and preparation for trek
Breakfast at hotel and we will go for sightseeing to visit a few popular places, such as Soyambhunath, Bouddhanath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. These places are UNESCO world heritage sites. After lunch we will return to hotel and finish preparation of trekking gear and other necessary arrangements.
Day 03: Drive to Bulbule via Beshishahar trek to Ngadi (900 m/2952 ft) 6-7 hrs drive
In morning we will leave Kathmandu for our trek to Annapurna region. Drive by local or private transport to Bulbule via Beshishahar, the drive passing through beautiful Nepalese countryside and landscape scenery for about 6-7 hours. Trek to Nadi for overnight stay at tea house.
Day 04: Trek to Jagat (1330 m/4363 ft) 5-6 hrs walk
We begin our trek after breakfast from Ngadi village uphill passing through waterfalls, and river banks before reaching our stop at Bahundanda, which lies at elevation of (1310 m/4198 ft). We will have short tea break and then continue on to reach lunch stop at Shekhey village. After lunch we will cross the suspension bridge and gradually walk uphill to reach Jagat (1330 m/4363 ft) where we stay overnight at tea house.
Day 05: Trek to Dharapani (1960 m/6430 ft) 5-6 hrs walk
After breakfast we will continue next day's walk, crossing suspension bridge over the raging Marshyangdi River. After crossing the bridge it's another gradual climb up for another 2-3 hours until Tal, a village situated in a huge valley by the side of the Marshyangdi River and decorated with beautiful waterfall & sandy river. After lunch at Tal, trek continues upstream to the Dharapani, which consists of rocky trails, crossing several suspension bridges and following a nearby river, bringing you to a large village named Dharapani for overnight at hotel.
Day 06: Trek to Chame (2710 m/8891 ft) 6-7 hrs walk
After breakfast around 8am our trek continues to Chame. You will notice the changing vegetation, people, landscapes, and the air will become cooler as the trail climbs through pine trees. Bagarchhap is the first village on the trek with typical Tibetan architecture. After a pleasant walk to Bagarchhap, the altitude slowly gains as we come to Danaque and alpine region, passing through farmland, orchards and beautiful pine forest with views of towering peaks of Lamjung and Annapurna II. The trail then follows the Marshyangdi River upstream passing by the villages of Latamanang and Koto before a further half an hour brings you to Chame for overnight stay at tea house.
Day 07: Trek to Pisang (3200 m/10496 ft) 5-6 hrs walk
The trails leads through the other side of the river on the northern bank and passes through pine woods and small villages with a few ups and downs until you reach the orchard village of Bhartang famous for its apple gardens. We continue on a gradual path up to a bridge, from the bridge is a short steep climb through the pine forest which brings you to the top of the ridge of Dhukur Pokhari for lunch. After lunch we as we are walking out of the tree line, a great view of Pisang peak and Chulu peak can be seen. Overnight stay at Pisang village at tea house.
Day 08: Trek to Manang (3500 m/11482 ft) 4-5 hrs walk
Today we cross a small bridge and walk through upper Pisang in pine forest offering scenic views. The walk is flat for about an hour and climbs gently up for about two hours to reach the top at Yakru village; stop at Yakru (Yakru means Bone of Yak) village to see view of Annapurna II, Annapuran IV, Gangapurna, and some ice lakes. From this village we are walking flat to get reach Ngawal for lunch. After lunch we descend a little through pine tree forests to reach Braga village with its traditional Tibetan style of houses. Here we can visit the monastery which has an outstanding display of statues, Thanka paintings and religious manuscripts. From here it is only an hour walk to Manang for overnight stay at tea house.
Day 09: Acclimatisation day at Manang (3500 m/11482 ft)
Today we walk after breakfast until lunch to get fully acclimatised for Thorong Pass. It is quite s climb uphill to reach a small monastery at elevation of (4800 m /15840 ft) where you will see huge glaciers and scenery - Annapurna II, Annapurna III (7555 m), Gangapurna (7454 m) to the South - Tilicho (7132 m) Chulu West (6583 m) and Chulu East (6059 m). After enjoying the view we descend an hour for lunch at Manang. After lunch a relaxing day, visiting the Himalayan Rescue Association to learn about altitude sickness and its prevention.
Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka (4110 m/13484 ft) 3-4 hours walk
After enjoyable time at Manang, the trail leads to a slow climb up for an hour to the Tenki Manang for enclosed view of the Annapurna, Gangapurna and Tilicho peaks. The track gently winds uphill offering inspiring views as well as unusual terrain with juniper bushes being the only surviving vegetation around this region. We will arrive at Yak-Kharka for overnight stay at tea house.
Day 11: Trek to Throng Phedi (4400 m/14432 ft) 3-4 hrs walk
Today we start our trek at a slow pace to get to Phedi. We enjoy the same amazing views of mountains and landscape. After an hour’s walk we reach Ledar and continue to climb along the east bank of the Jorsang Khola, then descend and cross the stream on a wooden bridge to reach a small tea shop. We stop for wonderful views and tea break, after tea we follow a narrow path across a high, unstable slope before heading to Thorong Phedi for overnight at tea house.
Day 12: Trek to to Muktinath (3800 m/12467 ft) via Thorong La (5416 m/17765 ft) 8-9 hrs walk
Today is the longest and hardest day of the whole trip. We begin our walk early in the morning with packed lunch and the trail becomes a steep uphill climb to reach a high camp. Walk at your own pace enjoying the sunrise over the mountains. We continue walking to the top of Thorong La which takes 3-4 hrs taking short breaks for pictures. There is a small tea house for tea and coffee and then we descend towards the Mustang side of the mountains and the Kaligandaki Valley far below to the west. Finally, we arrive at Muktinath after 8 -9 hrs walk and overnight stay at tea house.
Day 13: Trek to Jomsom(2725 m/9022 ft) 5-6 hrs walk.
We visit a temple in the morning and continue our journey descending to the Kaligandaki River Valley floor, with a brief stop at Ekle Bhatti (lonely teahouse). From here onwards the path through the valley gets very windy, following a gentle trail for another two hours until Jomsom, main town of the Mustang region with a small airport just above the Kaligandaki River. Overnight stay at tea house.
Day 14: Fly or Drive to Pokhara (823 m/2700 ft) 18-20 minutes flight
Depends on your itinerary. If you are flying out, guide will assist you to transfer to airport for check in and you will have scheduled flight to Pokhara. After arriving in Pokhara, if you are spending night in Pokhara you will transferred to your hotel. If your schedule is to drive from Jomsom, you will get transport to drive to Pokhara via Beshisahar, the ground transfer will be an off-road driving experience.
Day 15: Drive or fly to Kathmandu
Today after breakfast you will head to Kathmandu as per your schedule. If you are flying it will be about 25 min flight, which offers majestic views of Annapurna, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal ranges. Uppn arrival at domestic terminal you will be transferred to hotel in Kathmandu. Farewell dinner will be offered by Real Himalaya after completion of trip.
Day 16: Departure
Our office representative will pick you up from hotel and transfer you to airport for departure. We recommend you to leave hotel 3 hrs before your flight time.
- Camera, chargers, personal medical kit, ID/Passport, diary/notebook, Nepalese currency etc....
- Warm inner layer/base layer set
- Gore-Tex jacket and trouser
- Feather/down or any warm jacket
- Sleeping bag
- Trekking shoes
- Warm socks (several pairs)
- Water bottle/camelbak
- Trekking poles
- Spare batteries
- Lip guard, sun cream
- Airport pick-up and drop-off
- 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu/Pokhara
- 3 meals food and lodge accommodation during trek
- Annapurna trekking permit/TIMS
- Staff Insurance
- All ground transportation as per itinerary
- Meals in city
- Drinks and beverages
- Personal nature expenses
- Medical and rescue evacuation
- Single supplement
- Additional service activities
- Crew tips