The 22 day long Annapurna Circuit Trip in Nepal is one of the most challenging and diverse treks to partake. The exhilarating trail is called the Annapurna Circuit as it takes us round the Annapurna mastiff. What makes the circuit stand out is the incredibly changing landscape that starts with green forests, flowing through rivers reaching arid lands that resemble deserts. The Annapurna circuit is also a true representation of the diverse rich communities and culture of Nepal. The highest elevation in the trip will be at 5400 meters at the formidable Thorongla Pass, which is considered one of the highest trekking passes in the world.

The Annapurna Circuit trek, all in all, is a long trek with a moderate difficulty level. Enjoy the roundabout views of the Annapurna Mastiff and explore all of its glory in a package that includes 18 days of walking. 

Itinerary

  • Day Arrive in Kathmandu

    Today, from your respective locations, you will arrive at the beautiful country of Nepal. Upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be transferred to the hotel. TIA is the only international airport in Nepal. All of the check-in procedures will be completed by our representative. You have the rest of the day free to intermingle with the beautiful capital city of Nepal. 

    • No meals included
  • Day Sightseeing around Kathmandu

    Kathmandu is home to extremely beautiful architectural miracles worth exploring. Today, the destinations allocated for sightseeing include the Kathmandu Durbar Square in all its glory and the Patan Durbar Square with its handmade architectural designs.

    Kathmandu Durbar Square is an epitome of cultural and religious diversity that can be beautifully observed in a country like Nepal and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its old temples, architecturally rich encryptions and some renovated areas, Kathmandu Durbar Square surely releases an ambiance of a place that used to be ruled by ancient kings. The special attractions are the Hanuman Dhoka Museum, Taleju Temple, Kalbhairav, Kumari Temple( Temple of the Living Goddess) and the Basantapur Durbar.

    Patan Durbar Square another UNESCO World Heritage Site is the center of the Patan City and is another architecturally rich Durbar Square. It is a specimen of ancient Newari architecture and is furthermore attractive because pf the three courtyards named the Mulchowk, SundariChowk, and the Keshav Narayan Chowk. There are numerous types of temples in numerous shapes and sizes, all around the vicinity of the Patan Durbar Square. The attractions include the Golden Temple of Hiranya Varna, Bhimsen Temple, Krishna Mandir and the scenes from Mahabharata and Ramayana (Hindu holy books) adorn the entire region of the Durbar Square.

    There will also be a briefing about the upcoming trek and it will be made sure that everyone is properly informed for the trek to start from the following day.

    • Breakfast included
    • Overnight at the hotel
  • Day Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (760m) & trek to Bhulbhule (840m)

    This day will be filled with excitement as the actual walking will start from today.  The day starts off with a scenic drive to Besisahar (760m), the starting point of the trek. The drive along the sides of the roaring Trishuli River, transverse by terraced fields and varying landscapes, surely makes our day. From here, we will follow the path to the down of the river and cross to the eastern side. This is done to avoid the new road which is currently under construction. From here, our trail undulates and moves northwards. The Hiamlchuli and Peak 29 blissfully appear along the horizon as we move up the Marsyangdi Valley through villages and rice paddies. We will meet the main trail at Bhulbhule (840m). Approximate 6 hours of drive & 3 hours of trek.

    • overnight at local teahouse
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
  • Day Trek from Bhulbhule to Jagat (1500m)

    The day starts y crossing the long suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River. The trail now moves eastwards with views of the snow-capped mystique like Manaslu (8156m). We will also be crossing the settlement of Ngaddi, where a large hydropower project is currently under construction. From here, a steady climb through a forest will bring us to Lampatta filled with colorful prayer flags. A sharp ascent will finally bring us to Bahundanda (1310m) from where we move forward to cross a stream. Now, after climbing up to the settlement of LiliBir, we finally continue our path through the village of Syange and through several steep trails to reach Jagat (1300m) which is an ancient village of the region. Approximately 7 hours of walk.

    • Overnight at local teahouse
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
  • Day Trek from Jagat to Dharapani (1860m)

    Today’s trek follows an undulating path towards the settlement of Chyamje which is reached by passing through several forested areas. After crossing the river to the east bank by the help of a suspension bridge, we will reach Tal (1700m). Tal is a village situated at the base of a grand waterfall. Relish the views of the picturesque grandeur before moving on to reach the village of Dharapani (1860m). The path will cross the river a couple of times before reaching Dharapani through Karte. Approximately 7 hours of trek.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2670m)

    The path is an ascending one above Dharapnai. We climb over a spur forest in order to reach the village of Bagarchap ( 2164). We continue further through forested paths to reach Dhanakyu (2290m). From here, we move forward to reach Temang. The ascending path till Temang, will now be replaced by a descent to reach Chame. We firstly reach Kotho (2590m) via the settlement of Lattermarang (2360m). Several forested ridges need to be crossed in order to reach Kothe. From here, the trail becomes easier and takes us to the administrative center of the Manang District, Chame (2670m). Approximately 7-8 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Chame to Pisang (3190m)

    Today, we continue our ascent through forested hillsides. A dramatic change of scenery will now be experienced. We will leave behind the forests and vegetation and move forward to the dry and arid, upper district of Manang called as Nyeshang. The trail, which initially follows the river closely, takes us to Brathang (2919m). From this point, the valley becomes narrow and steep. Through deep forests amalgamated with the mesmerizing views of the Annapurna II, we cross the river. The impressive rock face of Paungda Danda is in front of us now and it rises 1500 m from the banks of the river. We will now climb up to the village of Pisang (3190m), where we will spend the night. Approximately 6 hours of walk.

    • Overnight at local lodge
  • Day Trek from Pisang to Manang (3540 m)

    There are two trail options to undertake today. One trail, the longer one, passes through the high-level route via the villages of Ngawal and Gyaru. Great views of the Annapurna region are showcased by this path. For those wishing to take on a shorter path, there is the option to reach Manang via the valley below the Pisang Peak. We will be taking the shorter path through the main trail today. We will firstly continue along the south side of the river in order to reach the village of Hongde. Hongde is home to a police check post and an airstrip. After this, we will descend down to Mungli and drop down to Braga. Braga is a picturesque village, known best for its large and ancient gompa. Braga is also home to a Tree Nursery. Through mani walls, we will continue along the path in order to reach the village of Manang (3540m). Approximately 4 to 5 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Acclimatization day at Manang

    Altitude sickness might occur due to the thinning air and the lessening pressure. In order to eliminate this possibility, we will acclimatize this day by visiting highlights of Manang today. There is the option of climbing the hill situated behind the village, to ponder upon the views of the magnificent, snow-capped peaks of the Annapurna Region. We can also watch in awe, the enormous icefall which rumbles down from the massive Gangapurna. Manang is the place where we can enjoy extremely up close views of the mountain peaks. Gangapurna and Annapurna tower above us and these views from the Manang Village are undoubtedly the best views in the country.

    Another option is to walk up the glacial lake below Gangapurna to view the amphitheater of the beautiful mountain views. Manang is full of coffee shops and bakeries and you can spend the afternoon with a cup of coffee and extremely beautiful views of the Himalayas before you.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4018 m)

    Today, we head closer to Thorong La. We will start off the trek with a climb out of the Marsyangdi Valley and into the valley of the JarsangKhola. The dry, alpine countryside is even more mystical from this point onwards. Scrub juniper and clumps of birch adorn the entire path. We reach Yak Kharka (4018m) through Gunsang (3930m). All along the way, we will get to observe the views of the extremely beautiful peaks like the Gangapurna and Annapurna III.

    Upon reaching Yak Kharkha by mid-afternoon, we will have plenty of time to acclimatize by walking into the surrounding hills. Blue sheep are found in plenty in this cold and windy spot. Approximately 4 to 5 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi (4450m)

    This is another short day on the trail which is perfect for aiding in acclimatization. We pass through wilder scenery today. We ascend up the valley and then an undulating path brings us down to cross the Jarsang Khola. A scree slope will be transversed now, in order to the reach Phedi (4420m) with few teahouses. Through Phedi is the base of the Thrung La Pass. Phedi is a cold and windy location so makes sure to wear adequate clothes. Approximate 5 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from ThorongPhedi to Thorong La Pass (5416 m) to Muktinath (3700m)

    The main attraction of the trek and the highest point to be reached will be transversed today. The Thorong La Pass (5416m) can be reached from the Thorong Phedi by starting off with a steep ascent. The path becomes somewhat easier as we approach the top. The high altitude makes breathing shallow, so it's important to walk slowly. We will cross several false summits before finally reach the Thorong La Pass. The never before views of the snowcapped peaks, up to Tibet is surely set to blow our minds away. Look back and wonder upon the views of the Annapurna Range. The great chasm of the Kali Gandaki is directly in front of us.

    Now, the descent down to Muktinath (3700m) is a very long and difficult one, made easier by the magnificent views of the Tukuche Peak and the Dhaulagiri. The path starts off as an easy one and becomes steeper as we follow grassy slopes. It again eases off before reaching the pilgrimage site of Muktinath (3700m). Approximately 9-10 hours walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni (2800m)

    Muktinath is known as one of the greatest pilgrimage sites for both Hindus and Buddhists and is visited by a huge number of internal tourists every year. Near the Muktinath Temple, lies the Jwala Mai Temple, an attractive pilgrimage spot for Buddhists. We will visit both the temples and marvel upon the burning flame on the water.

    The trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni (2800m) follows beautiful barren landscapes. Bare eroded hills, offering a backdrop of snow-capped high peaks offers a perfect looking contrast to our eyes. After crossing the JhongKhola, we ascend to the beautiful village of Jhong. After a simple lunch in the only lodge in the village, we will pass along cliffs eroded by the wind. An array of beautiful colors will pass by before we reach the village of Kagbeni (2800m). This path has been chosen to avoid the newly built road. Approximately 4 hours walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Kagbeni to Marpha (2670m)

    We will leave the main road behind to reach Marpha (2670m) today. We follow the path through Ekle Bhatti after crossing the river. The path passes along the sides of the Kali Gandaki River and passes along to reach the administrative center of Jomsom (2713m). Along the sides of the Kali Gandaki, look out for ammonite fossils, called Shaligram in Nepali.

    After lunch, we will reach the village of Thini after crossing a river. Thini is home to a small monastery. After crossing a wooden bridge to Samley, the path takes us to Dumba Lake. Considered holy by the local Thakali people, the Lake paves way the path to the DumbaGompa. The Gompa is the viewpoint of the Dumba region, offering an exclusive view of the Tukuche and the Dhaulagiri as well as the magnificent Kali Gandaki Valley. The trail to be followed now depends upon the water level. We will reach Marpha by choosing the path dependent on the weather.

    Marpha is a beautiful village with clean paved streets and white washed houses adoring the entire region. It is also home to local apple and peach brandy called Marpha. We will sample the brandy and celebrate our success on the trip so far. Approximately 7 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Marpha to Kalopani (2530m)

    After crossing the river early in the morning, we will walk to Chokhepani through the Tibetan Refugee Camp. The camp is situated at Chairo. After crossing the Camp, we will follow the trail to reach Tukuche. The trail becomes undulated here onwards and takes us to the Sauru Village. From Sauru Village, we will reach Larjung via the Kobang Village. The river will be crossed again. From here an easy descent will take us to Kalopani. The entire path today will be blessed by the views of the Annapurna Mountain Range glimmering before our eyes. Approximately 7 to 8 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Kalopani to Tatopani (1190m)

    Famous for its hot spring baths, Tatopani (1190m) is the destination for today’s trek. The trek starts with an off-road trail via the ThakKhola. After crossing the bridge, we will climb steeply through the forest. After crossing the pass we move along through PairoToplo in order to reach the settlement of Kopchepani through a narrow gorge. Continuing on the same side of the river, will take us through an ancient trail to Bhalebas and then into an undulating pass. We cross a hydroelectric project now, to reach Tatopani (1190m).

    Tatopani essentially means hot water and the name comes from the welcoming hot water springs, which we can use to ease away the pain in our aching muscles. Approximately 7 hours walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2860m)

    This day is the last stage of the trek. The trail takes us over demanding ascent over up to the settlement of Ghorepani. Through hamlets and terraced fields, the pass will pass through villages like Chitre, Ghara and Shika. We enter a rhododendron forest from the settlement of Chitre to reach Ghorepani.

    The word Ghorepani essentially means horse water. The name arises from the fact that huge mule trains used to stop for water when using this route in the ancient times. Ghorepani offers fabulous views of the Annapurna Mastiff and is the base of the viewpoint of Poon Hill, which we will be ascending the very next day. Approximately 8 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3210m) to Birethati (1025 m)

    The hike up to the viewpoint of Poon Hill, to observe the views of the sun glistening over the mighty Himalayas, is an optional endeavor as you need to start walking in the wee hours of the morning before sunrise. However, it is highly recommended that you do not wish the chance to witness the miracle of nature. For those who want to view the sunrise, An hour up the top of the Poon Hill will astonish you with the views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Macchapucchre range as the sun glistens over their snowcapped tops.

    After breakfast in Ghorepani and with the views of the magical sunrise fresh on our minds, we move along a downhill path to Banthati. From here, a difficult stone staircase from Ulleri to Tikhedhunga is followed by a pleasant walk into Tirkhedhunga. We end the trek by walking alongside the ModiKhola and ending the day in Birethanti. Approximately 9 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek Birethati to Nayapul (1070m) & drive to Pokhara

    A short walk, for about 30 minutes, will take was to NayaPul. From here, we will be transported to the beautiful Lake City of Pokhara. The entire afternoon will be free in Pokhara and we will explore the mystique of the city by visiting major attractions like the Davis Fall, Gupteshwori Cave, and the Nepal Mountaineering Museum.

    Pokhara is called as the Lake Valley because of the presence of lakes, which have their sources in the glacial Annapurna Range. Phewa Lake is the most enchanting of the lakes present in Pokhara. I reflect back the scenes of the beautiful Himalayan Peaks pointing towards the clear, blue sky. Most hotels and restaurants are located near the Phew Lake, in the area called the Lakeside. The lake valley offers views of the Macchapucchre, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and other mastiffs. .

    • Breakfast included
    • Overnight at hotel
  • Day Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu

    After being transferred back to the domestic airport of the enchanting Pokhara City, it's finally time to bid goodbye to the Annapurna Range, which you have witnessed from up close in the past two weeks. The flight takes approximately 25 minutes. Upon reaching the Kathmandu domestic airport, you will be picked up and transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day can be sued for relaxing adequately after the tiredness and the adventure of the past few weeks.

    • Breakfast included
    • Overnight at hotel
  • Day Optional sightseeing in Kathmandu

    For those who wish to explore more of the architecturally rich city of Kathmandu, you have the option of sightseeing around the capital or you can also opt to take a day off and rest.

    The day will start off with the visit to the Pashupatinath Temple. Considered as one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world, the richly-ornamented pagoda house adds up to the mystique of the holy place. Called as a form of Lord Shiva, the Pashupatinath temple is said to have existed since 400 A.D. Devotees take a dip in the holy BagmatiRiver beside the temple.

    Boudha is another UNESCO World Heritage Site we will be visiting today. Called as one of the largest stupas in South Asia, this focal point of Buddhism stands thirty-six meters tall. It is located in the path, which was the ancient trade route to China.

    In the afternoon, we will be visiting the open museum or the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. A living heritage, Bhaktapur is a city of devotees and the Durbar Square is home to countless temples. Major attractions, not to be missed are the Lion Gate, 55 Window Palace, The Golden Gate, Nyatapola Temple, Dattatreya as well as the status of the Late King Bhupatindra Malla. Beautiful carved specimens and picture gallery will finally end the sightseeing day.

    • Breakfast included
    • Overnight at hotel
  • Day Departure from Kathmandu

    The trip ends today and it's time to bid goodbye to Nepal. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Kathmandu International Airport for departure as per your flight timings.

    • Breakfast included

Trip Info

  • Accommodation & meals

    • Pre and post trek three star hotel accommodations in Kathmandu.        
    • Standard hotel accommodation in Pokhara.
    • Accommodation in the local teahouses during the trek period.
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner during the trek period.
    • Breakfast only in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
                                                                     
  • What’s included

    • Pokhara to Kathmandu Airfare including airport taxes
    • All monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
    • One English speaking trek guide & assistant guides depending on the group size
    • English speaking city guide for sightseeing in Kathmandu
    • One porter or pack animals for each two clients
    • Annapurna Conservation Area fee & TIMS card fee
    • First Aid Kit
    • All Govt. taxes including service charges
  • What’s not included

    • Emergency evacuation fee
    • International airfare
    • Personal Insurance
    • Personal expenses (Alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry etc)
    • Visa fee
    • Any services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transportation

    All transfers will be conducted on a private vehicle

  • Visa & documentation

    A visa for Nepal can be obtained on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kodari on the Nepal-China border.

    Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission. To renew a Visa you can go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.

    Your passport must be valid for at least six months and you will need a blank page on your passport for visa.

    Visa Facility   Duration    Fee

    Multiple entry   15 days      US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency

    Multiple entry   30 days      US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency

    Multiple entry   90 days      US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Successful trek require proper clothing for ease, comfort & safety. Read along to find the checklist of items which are essential for a typical multi-day trek in Nepal.

     

    Clothing

    • Heavy down jackets  (can be rented in Kathmandu)
    • Lightweight down jackets
    • Hiking boots (well broken in)
    • Woolen socks (a few pairs of different thickness)
    • Slippers
    • Walking sneakers
    • Lightweight trekking pants/trousers
    • Lightweight thermal legging
    • Trekking shorts
    • T-shirts (long sleeve & short sleeve)
    • Under garments
    • Waterproof jacket and trouser/raincoat
    • Sun hat
    • Woolen/fleece hat 
    • Scarf
    • Warm gloves
    • Sweaters
    • Ear warmer

     

    Trekking Gears & Accessories

    • Backpack 
    • Hiking poles
    • Sleeping bag (can be rented in Kathmandu)
    • Sleep liner
    • Sunglasses
    • Water bottles 
    • Head lamp with extra batteries
    • Camera and extra batteries and lenses
    • Waist bag
    • Daypack and cover
    • Dry packs (essential for keeping your valuables dry)
    • Water purification (pump, tablets or steripen)
    • Maps (can be brought in Kathmandu)
    • Reading materials

     

    Personal supplies

    • Sun screen
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Toiletries
    • Wet wipes & tissues
    • Feminine hygeine products
    • Anti-itching cream/powder
    • Medications (don't forget to carry adequate supply of your prescription medicines)
    • Deodrants 
    • Moisturizers 
    • Energy bars

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Are these trips physically demanding?

The Annapurna region is traversed by a huge number of mountainous peaks, shining bright from forested ridges to deserted valleys. The Annapurna region provides the best contrast between different landscapes, with one region being under the rain shadow region and the other region being filled with forested valleys. Treks in Annapurna region can be physically demanding, especially if you are someone with lesser experience of hiking and trekking. However, none of the trips are too difficult for a physically strong individual with regular exercise habits. Treks to Annapurna region can be avoided if you are someone with weak physical health, medical conditions or someone who is under 12 years of age.  Read the physical rating of each trip in order to determine if the trip is meant for you.

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