Annapurna Circuit Trek is the second most popular trek in Annapurna Region after Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Every year, the trek attracts more than 50,000 trekkers. The breathtaking views of Annapurna peaks, Machhapuchhre, Lamjung Kailash, Nilgiri and the wide varieties of landscapes are the luring factors of this trek. Thorong La Pass, the highest point of the trek is another highlight of this 15 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek.
The trails can be easily recognized. The well-trodden trails pass through countless streams, rhododendron forests, and small settlements. Throughout the trek, you will witness the beautiful mountain peaks.
Annapurna Circuit Trek is not just about witnessing majestic mountain peaks. It’s also about walking through beautiful villages, staying in beautiful tea houses and making a lot of local and trekker friends. You will meet the sweetest people and receive the warm welcome everywhere you go.
We, at Himalayan Joy Adventure, offer 15 days Annapurna Circuit Trek. The trip begins from Kathmandu. After spending two nights in Kathmandu, you travel to Besisahar on the third day. You then travel to Jagat by a jeep and spend the night there. From the fourth day of your trip, the Annapurna round trek begins. You walk for four days crossing beautiful villages of Dharapani, Chame, and Pisang to reach Manang.
After spending a day for acclimatization in Manang, you trek for two days to reach the base of Thorong La Pass. The next day, you will experience the toughest day of the trek crossing Thorong La Pass and descending down to restricted Mustang Region.
On the twelfth day, you trek through beautiful villages of Mustang Region and stay overnight at Jomsom. You will then fly to Pokhara the next day. After spending a lively evening there, you will travel back to Kathmandu the next day. In Kathmandu, we will give you a farewell dinner and transfer you to the airport on the 15th day.
Autumn and Spring are the best seasons for Annapurna Circuit Trek. During the Autumn (September - October - November), the rain will have just stopped. The skies are clear and the views are amazing in this season.
Likewise, Spring from mid-February to April is also an ideal season for Annapurna Circuit Trek. The vibrant rhododendrons make forests bloom red creating an indescribable.
Annapurna Circuit Trek is moderate to a little strenuous trek and needs proper planning and preparation. As the trek is one of the longest treks of Nepal, you cover more than 100 kilometers (the trek can be anywhere between 100 kilometers to 160 kilometers depending upon trailhead and where you end the trek). Also, Thorung La Pass crossing day is pretty enduring as compared to other days of the trek.
So, you should be mentally and physically fit to do the trek. Although you do not need any technical knowledge, you should do some training and preparation before heading for Annapurna Circuit Trek. Jog, run, and exercise regularly for a few weeks. Also, it’s better to engage yourself in hikes or short treks before doing Annapurna Circuit Trek.
One of our representatives will greet you and pick you up from the Airport. He will transfer you to a nice hotel. You can refresh yourself and he will describe you about the trip and lets you know if you have missed any essential. You can then rest or explore the area.
Max Altitude: 1400m
After your morning breakfast, our guide will take you to sightsee UNESCO-listed heritages of Nepal. You will visit Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Then in the evening, you will have to buy trekking gears if you have missed bringing any trekking essential.
Max Altitude: 1490 m
Travel Hours: 6-7 hours by bus, then 3 hours by jeep
Distance: 186 kilometers /115 miles by bus, then 25 kilometers/15.5 miles by jeep
The journey begins. You will drive to Besisahar by private coach. A huge part of the road is alongside the beautiful Trishuli River. After Dumre, the highway departs to Pokhara and you will travel through a narrow road to Besisahar. It takes about 6 hours to reach Besisahar. From Besisahar, you will drive for about 2 hours to Jagat through a rough and narrow road.
Overnight stay in Jagat.
Max Altitude: 1900 m
Trek Hours: 6-7 hours
Distance: 15 kilometers / 9.3 miles
Refresh yourself and have your morning breakfast. The trek then begins. As you walk along the rough road leading to Chamje, you will descend down to Marshyangdi River. You will then cross Marshyangdi by a suspension bridge and ascend to a beautiful Taal Village. After your lunch there, you will continue your trek along the rough road to Dharapani.
Dharapani is a popular village where the Manaslu round trail also joins. You will also have to show your ACAP permit in the check post of Dharapani.
Overnight stay in Dharapani.
Max Altitude: 2710 m
Trek Hours: 5 hours
Distance: 16 kilometers / 10 miles
On the fifth day, you begin your day by climbing uphill towards Timang Village. You trek through beautiful rhododendron forested ridge witnessing magnificent views of Annapurna range and Lamjung Kailash. You then cross small hamlets of Tanchok and then Koto to finally reach Chame - the headquarter of Manang district.
Chame is the main town of Manang with all the basic and major conveniences available. You can wander around the small town and delve into the culture, tradition, and lifestyle of locals.
Overnight stay in Chame.
Max Altitude: 3310 m
Trek Hours: 6 hours
Distance: 15 kilometers / 9.3 miles
Today, the walking hours if about 6 hours and you gain about 650 meters in altitude. You begin your day with a morning breakfast. Then you trek to Bhratang village and then the trail leading to Pangri Dada is pretty amazing. The trail is pierced through a side of a cliff of Dudh Koshi Canyon. The trail on the base of Pangri Dada is also pretty amazing with the unique look of Pangri Dada.
As you cross Pangri Dada, the view gets better and better. The breathtaking view of Lamjung Ridge is worth every capture through your camera lens. Then you walk further to Pisang.
Pisang is divided into two: Upper and Lower Pisang. Lower Pisang has lodges and hotels whereas the Upper part of Pisang has old and traditional settlements. As the view from Upper Pisang is pretty amazing, prefer to stay in Upper Pisang.
Max Altitude: 3,540 m
Trek Hours: 4-5 hours
Distance: 8 kilometers / 5 miles
There are two major routes to join Pisang with Manang. We prefer the upper route through Ghyaru Village because this route offers the stunning views of majestic Annapurna II and Annapurna IV throughout the journey. After reaching Ghyaru, you will stop by to have lunch. Then, you again walk for about two hours to reach Ngawal. From Ngawal, you can see the magnificent views of Pisang peak and Annapurna Mountains.
From Ngawal, it’s all downhill to Braga. The trail passes just above Humde where Manang Airport is located. Some trekkers prefer to stay in the beautiful village of Braga. But, you will walk further for about 20 minutes to reach the famous Manang.
Manang is a beautiful town which has many hotels, shops, bakeries and other conveniences available. You will spend this day here for acclimatization. It has a few side trips to Khangsar, Gangapurna Lake, or Tsamkhang. If you have extra two days available, you can trek to Tilicho Lake.
Max Altitude: 4,050 m
Trek Hours: 3-4 hours
Distance: 9 kilometers / 5.6 miles
After having your morning breakfast in Manang, you begin your walk through Thorong Khola valley. Not so far away from Manang is located Gunsang village. This is the only settlement you will find in the trail from Manang to Yak Kharka. The breathtaking view of Gangapurna is the major attraction of Gunsang.
After your lunch, you begin ascending along Thorong Khola. A giant suspension bridge right before Yak Kharka welcomes you for the rest and overnight stay in Yak Kharka.
Max Altitude: 4420m
Trek Hours: 4 hours
Distance: 6 kilometers / 3.7 miles
The trail from Yak Kharka gradually rises as you walk alongside Thorong Khola. During the trek to Thorong Phedi, you come across a place that experienced a huge landslide. You have to be careful there as the trail is threatened by landslides. As you continue your journey, small and beautiful Chortens welcome you in Thorong Phedi.
Overnight stay in Thorong Phedi.
Max Altitude: 5,416 m
Trek Hours: 8 hours
Distance: 16 kilometers / 9.9 miles
Today is a big day. It is the toughest but the most exciting day of your 15 days Annapurna Circuit Trek. You wake up early in the dark morning and begin the uphill trek towards High Camp. This takes somewhere between 1-1.5 hours. Then you continue ascending towards Thorong La Pass (5,416m). After ascending for about 200 altitude meters, you reach to a small tea house popularly called as refreshment house. You can have a cup of warm tea to make yourself better. Then, you still have two hours of an uphill climb to do to reach Thorong La Pass.
Thorong La Pass, situated between Manang and Lower Mustang is the highest point of Annapurna Circuit Trek. Trekkers are full of emotions here. They feel they have successfully done the trek and now it’s all about descending from here. This is the highest that many trekkers ever reach in their entire life.
Trekkers are surprised that there is a tea house at Thorong La Pass. Every trekker feels so happy to get a warm cup of tea at such a high altitude and cold environment. After having a cup of tea, you can explore the area. From Thorong La Pass, you can have the last view of some mountains including Chulu, Purbung, and some other mountains.
After sharing your joy with other trekkers, you begin descending down to a dry and quite a different world than the one you saw on the other side of Thorong La Pass. Chabarbu is the first settlement you will come across as you begin your descent. You will have your lunch there and continue your walk for about an hour to finally arrive at Muktinath. You will stay at Ranipauwa of Muktinath.
Muktinath is a sacred place for Hindus and the Muktinath temple sees thousands of Indian and Nepalese Hindu devotees every year.
Max Altitude: 3800 m
Trek Hours: 6 hours
Distance: 19 kilometers / 11.8 miles
You begin the day with a walk towards Jharkot Village. Then you cross Khingar Village to enter into Jhong Valley. Then you reach Kagbeni -the oldest settlement of this area which is also the gateway to Upper Mustang. Then you continue your trek along the Kali Gandaki River to Jomsom. Jomsom has all the major conveniences available and there is also a domestic airport.
Travel Hours: 25 minutes
Distance: 67 kilometers / 41.6 miles
In the next morning, you will fly to Pokhara. The 20-minute flight is rewarded with beautiful views of Dhaulagiri, Tilicho, Annapurna range and some other mountains. After arriving at Pokhara and resting your backpacks at the hotel, you can sightsee Pokhara. There are several attractions in Pokhara including Davis Falls, Phewa Lake, Barahi Temple, Sarangkot, and more. Enjoy the vivid evening at the Lakeside.
Max Altitude: 1490 m
Travel Hours: 6-7 hours by bus
Distance: 200 kilometers /124 miles
The next day, you will travel back to Kathmandu through Prithvi Highway by tourist bus. The drive is about 6 hours. After you arrive in Kathmandu, you can go shopping or just take a rest in your hotel room. If you want to buy souvenirs, then Pashmina, wooden carvings, Khukuri, jewelry, etc. are popular options.
In the evening, our team will give you a farewell dinner. You can share us about the experience you got in your amazing Annapurna Circuit Trek.
Himalayan Joy Adventure will transfer you to the terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport. We wish you a safe journey and wish to see you again. We will welcome your feedback and will be happy to serve you again.
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Being my first trek, it started with lots of firsts, and Cholendra's HJA team made all the difference! Every kind, selfless, honest, loving gesture paved a profound, inner journey that was truly a mind-blowing experience. Coming from an environment of concrete jungle, the vast, powerful, raw nature was too overwhelming at times and couldn't have overcome the obstacles without Cholendra, Ramesh and their team's constant assistance and guidance. They were always making sure we're fine and extremely dependable. Having a team who would go the extra mile to keep you safe on a trek like this, indeed was the best insurance!!! I strongly recommend Cholendra and his team, and my next trip would definitely be with this A-team!
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Novice trekkers like me are always sceptical of testing unknown terrain in Nepal. The one hell of a mountainous country will leave persons like me, in the late fifties stranded breathless with increasing altitude accompanied with poor appetite and nausea. I joined 12 others. The thought of doing the Annapoorna Track from Darapani to Mukthinarh was made possible by the local promoter, The Himalayan Joy Adventure, led by an energetic young man Cholendra. With his team of guides and porters, Cholendra was meticulous from pre-trip arrangement to post trip departure. He displayed a commanding leadership with great confidence, systematic in every aspect, absolutely no hiccups, always relaying correct information and thus enabling our selves to assess and prepare for the terrain. He kind of created the spirit of adventure and endurance of the journey - a joy that enveloped our body and souls. In terms of pricing, I'm not sure, but all I can say is that I obtained the satisfaction that no more money can buy. I wish Cholendra and his team all the best.
A group of 13 were planning to do the Annapurna circuit and the entire duration of stay was so well organised. I was here with my family and had the most exciting wonderful time! The sceneries and trek leading up to Thorong Pass was ever so scenic - the best views i have seen! Food and accommodation were good too. Cholendra and his team (Ramesh and the porters) were always so kind, thoughtful and ever helpful. He ensured that every member of the team was taken care of throughout the duration including those who had to be airlifted for medical reasons. Some members of the team were struggling with their bags and the porters would make several to and fro trips to help them carry things and the team were ever so grateful. Throughout the trek he and his team were ever so motivating, shared their knowledge about the culture and the montains. I had a time of my life and would certainly recommend Cholendra and his team. And i am looking forward to trekking up Mt Mera next year!
My husband and I wanted to do a trekking around the Annapurna and Cholendra and his team arranged a perfect trek for 5 days to the Annapurna Panorama/Poon Hill. It was a beautiful trek through woodlands and the high peaks of Annapurna with gorgeous views. I myself got sick on the trekking unfortunately but Cholendra and Raj were really caring and helped me to get through the trekking. They had different options for the last days in difficulty and time durance which really helped me finish the trekking in a good and positive way. If we come back to Nepal we will definitely book a trip with this organisation (these guys) again!
Every day the world is facing a big issue of environmental pollution and in Nepal as well. Our field staffs are quite conscious about environmental pollution at any time and we encourage to all. We would suggest to our guest to use boiled water or water purification pills than buying a bottle of water, it helps to avoid plastic bottles which can take a long time to disappear. During the trek, if possible you can order same items food in a group which minimises the fuel used and to make the campfire is almost forbidden. We would encourage being a responsible traveller so, just leaving a footprint on the trail and bring out all non-biodegradables which you had.
COST LIST ACCORDING TO THE GROUP SIZE
Cost ( in USD)
1 – 3 Person
USD 1450.00 P/P
4 – 6 Person
USD 1390.00 P/P
7 – 10 Person
USD 1350.00 P/P
USD 1300.00 P/P
Medical facility in this trekking route
Bensisahar - Government hospital
Chame - Government hospital
Manang - HRA Aid
Muktinath - ACAP Health post
Jomsom - Government Hospital