Annapurna Circuit Trek

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Annapurna Circuit Trek
At a Glance
  • Duration15 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Country Nepal
  • Starts Kathmandu
  • Ends Kathmandu
  • Max. Altitude 5,416 m
  • Activity Trekking
  • Trip Type Tea-house
  • Group Size 1-20
  • Guiding Method English
  • Best Season Spring & Autumn

Annapurna Circuit Trek stands as the second most favored trek within the Annapurna Region, trailing only behind the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Annually, this trek entices over 50,000 enthusiastic trekkers. Its allure lies in the breathtaking vistas of Annapurna peaks, Machhapuchhre, Lamjung Kailash, Nilgiri, and the diverse landscapes. A notable highlight of this 15-day adventure is the Thorong La Pass, the highest point of the trek.

The well-marked trails wind through numerous streams, rhododendron forests, and quaint settlements. Amidst the journey, the majestic mountain peaks continually grace the horizon. However, the Annapurna Circuit Trek is more than a visual spectacle; it involves traversing charming villages, staying in cozy tea houses, and forming connections with both locals and fellow trekkers. The warmth and hospitality extended throughout the journey create memorable interactions.

At Himalayan Joy Adventure, we offer a comprehensive 15-day Annapurna Circuit Trek, commencing from Kathmandu. After two nights in Kathmandu, the third day leads to Besisahar. Subsequent travel by jeep takes you to Jagat for an overnight stay. The actual Annapurna round trek starts on the fourth day, encompassing four days to reach Manang, passing through enchanting villages like Dharapani, Chame, and Pisang.

A day in Manang allows for acclimatization, followed by a two-day trek to the Thorong La Pass base. The toughest day arrives as you conquer Thorong La Pass, descending into the restricted Mustang Region. The twelfth day guides you through picturesque Mustang villages, culminating in an overnight stay at Jomsom. The following day, a flight to Pokhara awaits, where a lively evening precedes your return to Kathmandu on the fourteenth day. A farewell dinner marks the end of the journey, with airport transfer on the fifteenth day.

Best Time for Annapurna Circuit Trek

For the Annapurna Circuit Trek, the optimal times are Autumn (September - October - November) when the rains cease, offering clear skies and stunning views. Similarly, Spring (mid-February to April) showcases vibrant rhododendrons, painting the forests red and creating an indescribable ambiance.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Difficulty

The Annapurna Circuit Trek presents a moderately challenging to slightly strenuous adventure that requires careful planning and preparation. Spanning over 100 kilometers (with the actual distance varying between 100 to 160 kilometers depending on the chosen trailhead and endpoint), it stands as one of Nepal's longest treks. The day of crossing Thorung La Pass is notably demanding compared to the rest of the trek.

To undertake this journey, it is essential to be both mentally and physically fit. While no technical expertise is necessary, proper training and preparation are advised before embarking on the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Incorporate activities like jogging, running, and regular exercise into your routine for a few weeks. Additionally, engaging in shorter hikes or treks beforehand will contribute to a more enjoyable and manageable experience on the Annapurna Circuit.


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A designated representative will welcome you at the airport and provide transportation to a comfortable hotel. After settling in, they will brief you on the trip, ensuring you have all essential information. Feel free to relax or explore the surroundings at your own pace.

  • Max. Altitude: 1400m
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Dinner

Following your morning meal, our guide will accompany you to explore the UNESCO-listed heritage sites of Nepal. Your itinerary will include visits to Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Later in the evening, you'll have the opportunity to purchase any trekking gear you may have overlooked, ensuring you have all the essentials for your trek.

  • Max. Altitude: 1400m
  • Duration: 5 hrs
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

You'll take a comfy ride in a private coach to Besisahar, enjoying the beautiful view of the Trishuli River. After Dumre, the road turns towards Besisahar and leads you along a narrow path to Besisahar. The whole journey to Besisahar usually takes about 6 hours. After that, there's a 4-hour drive on a tough and narrow road to get to Chame, where you'll stay overnight. On the way, you'll pass through lovely villages like Bhulbhule, Ngadi, Tal, Dharapani, Thanchok, and Koto, bringing you to Chame, the busy center of the Manang district. From Chame, you can see amazing views of the Annapurna range and Lamjung Himal.

  • Max. Altitude: 2710m
  • Duration: 10 hrs
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

You kick off your day with a morning breakfast before embarking on a trek to Bhratang village. The path leading to Pangri Dada is truly spectacular, cutting through a side of the Dudh Koshi Canyon cliff. The trail at the base of Pangri Dada is equally impressive, offering a unique perspective of the area.

As you traverse Pangri Dada, the scenery becomes increasingly breathtaking. The panoramic view of Lamjung Ridge is a sight to behold and certainly worth capturing through your camera lens. Continuing your journey, you proceed towards Pisang.

Pisang is divided into two distinct sections: Upper and Lower Pisang. Lower Pisang boasts lodges and hotels, while the upper part features old and traditional settlements. Given the stunning views from Upper Pisang,

  • Max. Altitude: 3310m
  • Duration: 6 hrs
  • Accommodation: Tea house
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

There are two primary routes connecting Pisang and Manang, and we recommend taking the upper route via Ghyaru Village. This path provides breathtaking views of the majestic Annapurna II and Annapurna IV throughout the entire journey. Upon reaching Ghyaru, a lunch break awaits before continuing the trek for approximately two hours to Ngawal. This vantage point offers splendid views of Pisang Peak and the Annapurna Mountains.

The descent from Ngawal leads to Braga, passing just above Humde, where Manang Airport is situated. While some trekkers choose to stay in the picturesque village of Braga, the journey continues for about 20 minutes to reach the renowned destination of Manang.

  • Max. Altitude: 3540m
  • Duration: 6 hrs
  • Accommodation: Tea house
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Manang charms visitors with its scenic beauty, boasting numerous hotels, shops, bakeries, and convenient amenities. This day is dedicated to acclimatization, and you can explore side trips to Khangsar, Gangapurna Lake, or Tsamkhang. If you have an additional two days to spare, consider embarking on a trek to the breathtaking Tilicho Lake.

  • Max. Altitude: 3540m
  • Accommodation: Tea house
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Embark on your journey through the picturesque Thorong Khola valley. Just a short distance from Manang lies the charming Gunsang village, the sole settlement on the trail from Manang to Yak Kharka. The captivating sight of Gangapurna is the primary highlight of Gunsang.

Following a satisfying lunch, you commence your ascent along the Thorong Khola. A grand suspension bridge awaits you just before reaching Yak Kharka, providing a warm welcome for your well-deserved rest and overnight stay in this tranquil location.

  • Max. Altitude: 4100m
  • Duration: 4 hrs
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

While trekking to Thorong Phedi, you encounter a location marked by a significant landslide. Caution is essential, given the potential threat of landslides along the trail. Continuing your expedition, you are greeted by charming and petite Chortens upon reaching Thorong Phedi. Spend the night in Thorong Phedi.

  • Max. Altitude: 4420m
  • Duration: 4 hrs
  • Accommodation: Tea house
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today marks a significant milestone in your 15-day Annapurna Circuit Trek, as it unfolds into the most challenging yet exhilarating experience. Rising early in the predawn darkness, you commence the uphill journey toward High Camp, a trek lasting approximately 1-1.5 hours. Continuing the ascent, your destination is the renowned Thorong La Pass, standing at an impressive altitude of 5,416 meters.

As you ascend about 200 meters, a modest tea house, often referred to as a refreshment house, provides a brief respite. Here, you can savor a comforting cup of warm tea to invigorate yourself for the remaining two hours of the uphill climb to Thorong La Pass.

Thorong La Pass, nestled between Manang and Lower Mustang, represents the pinnacle of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. At this juncture, trekkers are overwhelmed with emotion, feeling a sense of accomplishment and anticipating the descent that lies ahead. For many, reaching this altitude is a pinnacle achievement in their trekking endeavors.

Muktinath holds great significance for Hindus, and its temple attracts thousands of Indian and Nepalese Hindu devotees annually, making it a sacred and revered destination.

  • Max. Altitude: 5416m
  • Duration: 8 hrs
  • Accommodation: Tea house
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

Your day starts with a stroll towards Jharkot Village, followed by traversing Khingar Village to access Jhong Valley. Next, you arrive at Kagbeni, the oldest settlement in the region and the gateway to Upper Mustang. Continuing your trek along the Kali Gandaki River, you reach Jomsom, where you'll find all essential amenities and a domestic airport.

  • Max. Altitude: 2743m
  • Duration: 6 hrs
  • Accommodation: Tea hosue
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

The following morning, you'll embark on a flight to Pokhara, a brief 20-minute journey that offers breathtaking views of Dhaulagiri, Tilicho, the Annapurna range, and other majestic mountains. Upon reaching Pokhara and stowing your backpacks at the hotel, you can explore the city's attractions. Pokhara boasts various points of interest, such as Davis Falls, Phewa Lake, Barahi Temple, Sarangkot, and more. Make the most of the vibrant evening atmosphere at Lakeside.

  • Max. Altitude: 820m
  • Duration: 22 minutes
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

You'll journey back to Kathmandu via the Prithvi Highway aboard a tourist bus, and the drive typically takes around 6 hours. Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you have the option to engage in some shopping or simply unwind in the comfort of your hotel room. If you're interested in purchasing souvenirs, popular choices include Pashmina, wooden carvings, Khukuri knives, jewelry, and more.

In the evening, our team will host a farewell dinner for you. It's an opportunity for you to share your incredible experiences from the Annapurna Circuit Trek with us.

  • Max. Altitude: 1400m
  • Duration: 6-7 hrs
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

Himalayan Joy Adventure is committed to facilitating your transfer to the Tribhuvan International Airport terminal. Wishing you a secure and pleasant journey, we look forward to welcoming you back. Your feedback is valuable to us, and we are eager to have the opportunity to serve you again.

Elevate your Annapurna Circuit Trek experience with Himalayan Joy Adventure. Our dedication ensures a successful journey, offering well-managed meals and comfortable accommodation facilities for your enjoyment.


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    Service Details

    What's Included
    • Airport picks up and drops by Private Vehicle.
    • 4 nights Hotel (3 star) in Kathmandu in twin sharing basis on BB plan
    • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu
    • One night hotel in Pokhara
    • Full board meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner) and Accommodation on twin sharing basis during the trek
    • Transportation from Kathmandu to Benshisahar
    • Tourist bus Pokhara to Kathmandu
    • English speaking guide
    • Porter (One porter for two people)
    • Insurance for Himalayan Joy Staff
    • Himalayan Joy Adventure T-Shirt
    • Himalayan Joy Adventure Duffel bag
    • TIMS permit
    • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
    What's not Included
    • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation ( Most Required)
    • International airfare and airport departure tax 
    • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 and Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
    • Cold drinks such as Mineral water, Cola, Beer etc.(Mineral water will cost per liter from Rs. 100 till Rs.500 and if you bring water purifying tablet is best idea cause you will help to save nature from not using plastic bottles and also its much cheaper then mineral water )
    • Bars bill such as Mars, Sneaker, Bounty chocolate etc
    • Personal trekking and climbing Equipment
    • Tips for trekking staffs and driver
    • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.

    Useful Information


    Every day, the world grapples with a significant challenge of environmental pollution, and Nepal is no exception. Our field staff members are deeply mindful of environmental concerns at all times, and we extend this awareness to everyone. We recommend to our guests the use of boiled water or water purification pills instead of purchasing bottled water. This practice helps reduce the use of plastic bottles, which take a long time to decompose. While trekking, consider ordering the same food items as a group to minimize fuel consumption, and note that campfires are strongly discouraged. We advocate for responsible travel, leaving only footprints on the trail and ensuring the removal of all non-biodegradable items you bring along.

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