Annapurna Circuit Trek

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Annapurna Circuit Trek


17 days

Tour Type



Annapurna Region


 Duration: 17 days
 Trip Grade: Demanding
 Best Season: March to May, September to December
 Altitude: 5416m/17770ft
 Activity: Trekking & Hiking
 Group Size: 2-15

Join our special Annapurna Circuit Trek where we'll guide you all the way around the big Annapurna mountain range, and you'll even reach the highest point at Thorong La Pass, which is really high at 5,416 meters or 17,769 feet. We'll go on the Annapurna circuit trek, no matter how tough it is. We'll walk through the deepest Kali Gandaki gorge in the world, with Mount Annapurna I on one side, which is super tall at 8,091 meters or 26,545 feet, and Mount Dhaulagiri on the other side, which is also very high at 8,167 meters or 26,795 feet!. We enjoy amazing mountain views from Poon Hill on our Annapurna circuit trek, and the best times to go are in the spring and fall, and explore the diverse region. Additionally, the Annapurna Circuit Trek includes visits to Manang, Jomsom, and Muktinath regions, where we can experience the varied landscape and culture of Nepal.



Day 1 : Arrival

Day 2 : Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Day 3 :Drive to Chame

Day 4 : Trek from Chame to Pisang

Day 5 : Pisang to Ngawal

Day 6 : Ngawal to Manang

Day 7 : Manang: Acclimatization Day

Day 8 : Manang to Yak Kharka

Day 9 : Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi

Day 10 : Thorong Phedi to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass

Day 11 : Muktinath to Tatopani

Day 12 : Tatopani to Ghorepani

Day 13 : Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani

Day 14 : Tadapani to Ghandruk

Day 15 : Ghandruk to Pokhara

Day 16 : Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 17 : Final Departure


Day 1

Upon arriving at Kathmandu International Airport, AAN representative will greet us and take us to our assigned hotel. In the afternoon, we can rest or stroll around. In the evening, we'll enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by AAN, featuring delicious Nepalese cuisine to introduce us to the local food culture. We'll spend the night in Kathmandu.

Elevation: 1350m/4429ft
Day 2

After breakfast, we embark on a guided tour to explore some of Kathmandu's significant and spiritual sites, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. We visit the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the well-known 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath), and the large Buddhist stupa (Bouddhanath). Around noon, we have our equipment checked by our climbing leader, meet our fellow participants, and discuss our trip at AAN’s office. We'll spend the night in Kathmandu.

Elevation: 1400m./4600 ft
Day 3

We begin our journey into the hills, following a winding road alongside the Trishuli River. Along the way, we'll admire terraced farms and charming huts. Once we reach a junction at Mugling, we continue straight towards Pokhara. At Dumre, we diverge from the previous path and head north to Besisahar. The journey from Kathmandu to Besisahar covers approximately 173 km on a well-paved road. From Besisahar, the road becomes rough for about 65 km, which takes roughly 4 hours. Along the way, we'll pass through small villages like Khudi, Bulbule, Syange, Jagat, Tal, and Dharapani. We'll spend the night in Chame.

Elevation: 2710m/8892ft
Driving: 9-10 hrs
Day 4

After breakfast, we walk through a thick forest that leads us to a striking curved rock wall towering 1,500 meters above the river below. Our path takes us to Bhratang Village, renowned for its apple orchards. We then navigate a steep trail in the Marshyangdi Valley, eventually arriving at Paungda Danda, an enormous sloping rock face that soars more than 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) above the trail. Beyond this rocky section, the valley opens up, revealing magnificent views at Dhukur Pokhari. We continue trekking for a while until we reach Pisang, where we'll spend the night.

Elevation: 3300m/10827ft
Hiking: 5-6 hrs
Day 5

The trek from lower Pisang to upper Pisang is a bit steep, but it rewards us with fantastic views. Afterward, we follow a pleasant and straightforward path from upper Pisang, passing a mani wall and crossing a suspension bridge to arrive at Ghyaru Village. From here, the trail gently descends until we reach Ngawal, which is a larger and lively village. We'll take a short break at a beautiful monastery in the heart of the village before heading to our hotel located in the town center, next to the large monastery. We'll spend the night in Ngawal.

Elevation: 3650m/11,976ft
Hiking: 6-7 hrs
Day 6

Early in the morning, we leave Ngawal and descend via a steep trail that takes us down to the valley floor. The scenery changes rapidly as we make our way towards Humde. In approximately two hours, we reach Humde and take a short break. From Humde, we continue walking towards Braka without encountering any steep uphill or downhill sections, just a few potholes. After a brief stop in Braka, we follow the way to Manang, which is an easy route. The landscape around the valley is breathtaking, with snow-capped peaks all around us. Manang is bustling with activity and people, making it quite an energetic town. We'll spend the night in Manang.

Elevation: 3519m/11,546ft
Hiking: 5-6 hrs
Day 7

Today, to ensure we stay in fine fettle for the upcoming trek, we stay active by taking a short hike to either Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. If we're feeling energetic, we can even hike to Vraga Village, where we can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association and learn about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). We'll spend the night in Manang.

Elevation: 3519m/11,546ft
Day 8

Today, we depart from Manang village, crossing a stream and ascending to Tenki village. We continue our climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley, heading northwest along the Jarsang Khola valley. Along the way, we pass through a few pastures and a juniper tree-covered area. The trail then leads to the small village of Ghunsa, characterized by flat mud roofs just below the trail. After crossing a small river via a wooden bridge and passing through meadows and an ancient Mani wall, we arrive at Yak Kharka. We'll spend the night in Yak Kharka.

Elevation: 4110m/13,485ft
Driving: 3 - 4 hrs
Day 9

Today's journey takes us uphill to Thorang Phedi. As we hike, we come across a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We continue to climb, passing through towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, the last village before the Thorong La pass. Along the way, we're treated to some of the finest views of mountains like Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak, and Mt. Khatungkan. In Nepali, "Phedi" means the foot of a mountain. We'll spend the night in Thorong Phedi.

Elevation: 4600m/15093ft
Hiking: 3-4 hrs
Day 10

Our main goal today is to cross Thorong La Pass, one of the world's highest passes. We'll be crossing the pass from east to west, which is considered the easiest and safest direction (from Manang to Muktinath). We start our day around 3 AM and begin the ascent. Upon reaching the summit, we'll be rewarded with breathtaking views, and it'll all feel worthwhile. We can capture a few photos before making our way down to the Muktinath Valley at the base of Thorong La Pass. We'll spend the night in Muktinath.

Elevation: 5416m/17,770ft
Hiking: 8-9 hrs
Day 11

We'll hop onto a 4WD private vehicle in Muktinath, stop by Marpha village and after a 3-hour drive, we'll arrive in Tatopani. Once in Tatopani, we can unwind in our lodge or take a soak in the hot springs to relax our muscles. We'll spend the night in Tatopani.

Elevation: 1200m/3937ft
Hiking: 3 hrs
Day 12

We depart from the Kali Gandaki River and ascend the Ghar Khola valley. The trail takes us through terraced farmlands surrounded by mountains. We pass through the villages of Shikha and Chitre before entering a stunning rhododendron forest. When these rhododendron trees bloom, they are covered in pink or red flowers, adding to the beauty. Continuing our walk, we reach Ghorepani, a charming village located in the high edge. We'll spend the night in Ghorepani.

Elevation: 2850m/9351ft
Hiking: 7-8 hrs
Day 13

Today, we woke up early to see the sunrise over the Himalayas. We climbed a steep trail to Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft), a famous spot for trekkers in the Annapurna region. From there, we enjoyed breathtaking views of the Himalayas, including the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, as well as Mustang and Pokhara. The morning light made the snow-covered peaks look even more majestic. After capturing moments, we returned to Ghorepani for breakfast.

We continued our journey by heading east and climbing a nearby ridge. We descended through beautiful rhododendron forests, passed impressive waterfalls, and finally reached Tadapani, where we spent the night.

Elevation: 3210m/10,532ft
Hiking: 6-7 hrs
Day 14

We leave Tadapani and descend steeply through a dense, dark forest. This part of the trek is particularly beautiful when the rhododendron trees are in bloom, turning the forest into enchanting gardens. Depending on the season, we might also see cherry blossoms on the slopes across the ravine in the afternoon.

After trekking for a while, we arrive at Ghandruk, a village nestled on a slope predominantly inhabited by the Gurung people. Here, we enjoy stunning, close-up views of the majestic Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli mountains.

Elevation: 1940m/6365ft
Hiking: 3-4 hrs
Day 15

Enjoying breakfast in Ghandruk, we will hop into our private vehicle for a roughly two-hour drive to Pokhara. Upon reaching Pokhara, we will check into our hotel and take some time to relax. In the afternoon, we will set out on a half-day sightseeing tour of Pokhara. We will spend the night in Pokhara.

Elevation: 827m/2713ft
Driving: 2hrs
Day 16

Breakfast in hotel, we bid farewell to the scenic city of Pokhara and take a flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we'll check into our hotel and take some time to unwind. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy leisurely activities, perhaps some last-minute shopping, or exploring any landmarks you haven't seen yet. In the evening, AAN will host a farewell dinner to celebrate the successful completion of our journey. We will spend the night in Kathmandu.

Elevation: 1350m/4429ft
Day 17

Today marks the end of our adventure in Nepal! A representative from AAN will accompany us to the airport about 3 hours before our flight. If we want to extend our stay in Nepal, we can ask AAN to arrange more adventurous activities for a few extra days, or we fly back to our home country with plenty of cherished memories!


  1. Accommodation:

Accommodation in city as per booking on twin sharing basis.

3 Nights Hotel in Kathmandu.

1 Nights Hotel in Pokhara.

12 Nights comfortable and well-equipped lodges or tea houses along the trekking route.

  1. Meals:

Meals on BB Plan in city area.

Full-board meals throughout the trek, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Local and international cuisine options to cater to various preferences.

  1. Transportation:

International and Domestic Airport transfers.

Domestic Air Ticket.

All necessary ground transportation during the trek.

  1. Professional Guide and Porter:

Experienced and knowledgeable trekking guide.

Porter service for carrying trekking equipment, allowing travelers to focus on the journey.

  1. Permits and Fees:

Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card.

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)

  1. Safety Measures:

Comprehensive first aid kit and emergency medical evacuation arrangements.

Experienced staff trained in altitude sickness prevention and response.

  1. Cultural Experience:

Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, exploring cultural and historical landmarks.

Opportunities to interact with local communities and learn about their traditions.

  1. Scenic Route:

Trekking through picturesque landscapes, including terraced fields, rhododendron forests, and traditional villages.

Panoramic views of Annapurna and Machapuchare mountain ranges.

  1. Flexible Itinerary:

Well-planned trekking itinerary with acclimatization days to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Flexibility to accommodate changes due to weather conditions or unexpected events.

  1. Group Activities:

Group activities and bonding opportunities during the trek.

Group celebration in Muktinath after crossing Thorong La Pass.


  1. International Flights:

International Flight cost is not included in the package.

  1. Personal Expenses:

Expenses such as additional meals, beverages, snacks, and personal items.

Tips for guides and porters.

  1. Travel Insurance:

Travelers are responsible for obtaining their own travel insurance covering medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and other unforeseen events.

  1. Nepal Visa:

The cost of obtaining a visa for Nepal is not included in the package.

  1. Optional Activities:

Optional excursions or activities not specified in the itinerary.

  1. Equipment Rental:

Rental costs for trekking gear, if needed, are not included.

  1. Additional Accommodations:

Accommodations in Kathmandu before or after the scheduled itinerary are not included.

  1. Charges for Extra Services:

Any additional services not mentioned in the itinerary may incur extra charges.

  1. Medical Expenses:

Expenses related to pre-existing medical conditions and medications are not covered.

  1. Natural Calamities:

Unforeseen events such as natural disasters, political unrest, or any circumstances beyond the tour operator's control.


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