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Annapurna Circuit Trek

15 days

from US$1,399

The quintessential Himalayan trek of all times

One of the most classic treks in Nepal and consistently ranked among the top ten trekking trails in the world, Annapurna Circuit takes you all the way from subtropical jungle, lush green valleys to high-altitude plateau and amazing snow-capped Himalayas view in a short span of 15 days! It is regarded as a classic enjoyed by adventure-seekers all over the world.

Trek Facts

Difficulty Level

Strenuous

Max. Elevation

5416 m/ 17,872 ft

Trip Length

15 days

Comfort

Tea house

Location

Annapurna Region

Itinerary

  • 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
  • 2 Drive to Besisahar
  • 3 Trek to Chamje
  • 4 Trek to Bagarchap
  • 5 Trek to Chame
  • 6 Trek to Pisang
  • 7 Trek to Manang
  • 8 Rest day at Manang
  • 9 Trek to Yak Kharka
  • 10Trek to Thorung Phedi
  • 11To Muktinath via Thorung La Pass
  • 12Trek to Jomsom
  • 13Fly to Pokhara
  • 14Drive to Kathmandu
  • 15Departure day

DAY 1 – KATHMANDU ARRIVAL DAY

Elevation: 1,350m/4,428ft
Accommodation: Local hotel


Welcome to Nepal and the start of our adventure!
We will be on hand to greet you upon your arrival and be with you every step of the way till the adventure ends. After transferring you to your hotel in Kathmandu, depending on your arrival time,  you can enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening at your leisure. We’ll have a final briefing in the evening and then turn in early in advance of a big day tomorrow.

DAY 2 - KATHMANDU TO BESISAHAR

Elevation: 820m /2700ft
Driving Distance: 7 to 10 hours
Accommodation: Local hotel


Our journey starts with a lengthy drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar, the starting point of our trek. Depending on the weather, you’ll catch your first glimpse of snow-capped mountain scenery at Besisahar.

DAY 3 - BESISAHAR TO SYANGE TO CHAMJE

Elevation: Chamje 1,385 m/4,540 ft
Walking Distance: 8 km (5 to 6 hours)
Accommodation: Tea house


On the first day of the trek, we will first leave Besisahar bright early and drive towards Syange where we will commence our trek and cross through various suspension bridges, waterfalls and continue past rice paddies and forests.  It’s downhill and steep to start, as we head in the direction of Bahundanda and once we reach the cliff in Jagat, we will get a stunning view of Marsyangdi River and the rocky hills all around before ending the day in Chamje. Overnight stay in Tea House.

DAY 4 - CHAMJE TO BAGARCHHAP

Elevation: 2160 m/7,128 ft
Walking Distance: 15 km (6 to 8 hours) 
Accommodation: Tea house


We start ahead bright early and climb steadily towards Tal; the first village of the Manang district with astounding views of Manaslu, Lamjung, Annapurna and other mountain beauties. Beyond that, we trek through a Tibetan village and our trail crosses a wide, flat valley and meandering along the waterfalls and cliffs, we will finally reach Dharapani but we’ll stay the night in neighboring Bagarchhap. Overnight stay in Tea house.

DAY 5 - BAGARCHHAP TO CHAME

Elevation: 2,710m/7,090 ft
Walking Distance: 13 km (5 to 6 hours)
Accommodation: Tea house


Today’s trek we will pass through a few forested ridges on our way to Chame, which is the headquarters of the Manang District. The people of Chame followed the Nepal-Tibet trade route a long time ago, and settled here therefore you will see a lot of Tibetan influence on the cultures and buildings. Throughout the trek we get to admire amazing views of the Himalayas including Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV  and is crossed by a pair of burbling hot springs where we can dip in and soothe our aching muscles. Overnight stay in Tea house.

DAY 6 - CHAME TO PISANG

Elevation:  3,250 m/10,660 ft
Walking Distance: 13 km (5 to 6 hours)
Accommodation: Tea house


Through a very dense forest, we will pass a dramatic curved rock face, rising 1,500m from the river which is considered the steepest part of the Marshyangdi Valley. Our trail to Pisang is definitely not a boring one! After passing the last bit of the rock, the valley opens up with majestic panorama views. We’ll also be treated to spectacular views of the soaring Paungda Danda, a massive 1,500m tall rock face rises above the trail. We continue our trek for a bit to Lower Pisang where we spend the night. Overnight stay in Tea house.

DAY 7 - PISANG TO MANANG

Elevation: 3,540 m/11,600 ft
Walking Distance:  15 km (6 to 7 hours)
Accommodation: Tea house


Today’s trail offers excellent views of the beautiful landscape and the mighty mountains including Annapurna and Pisang.  We’re moving through the higher portion of Manang, which you will notice a contrast in the landscape and vegetation. With natural shield from the Annapurnas mountain range, the land receives little monsoon rain and the cold and dry climate also creates a much harsher environment. There are two routes to Manang; either through Hongde, with a little less climbing, or Ghyaru, which has more picturesque views. But either way will still bring us to the scenic village of Manang where we will stay for the night. Overnight stay in Tea house. 

DAY 8 - MANANG: ACCLIMATIZATION DAY

Rest Day
Elevation:
3,540 m/11,600 ft
Accommodation: Tea house


Today we’ll have a much-needed acclimatization rest day! Manang is the perfect spot with its beautiful natural setting and we’ll keep our legs stretched with some scenic, peaceful day walks around the village. Overnight stay in Tea house.

DAY 9 - MANANG TO YAK KHARKA

Elevation: 4,050 m/13,290 ft
Walking Distance: 10 km (3 to 4 hours)
Accommodation: Tea house


After a day of rest, we continue to move forward. Our trail ascends steeply and continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. We move past the tall trees towards the alpine grass and junipers and reach Yak Kharka at 4,000m in altitude. With its serene environment,  Yak Kharka is the perfect place for us to spend the night. Overnight stay in Tea house.

DAY 10 - YAK KHARKA TO THORONG PHEDI

Elevation: 4,450 m/14,600 ft
Walking Distance: 9 km (3 to 4 hours)
Accommodation: Tea house


The trail starts with an uphill walk for about two hours before descending to cross the river and it will be all the way uphill again until we reach Thorong Phedi – the last village before Thorong La pass. Today’s trail might be tough but we will be rewarded with one of the best views of Gundang, Syagang, Thorung Peak and Khatungkan. Sighting of blue sheep and snow leopards have been reported a few times in the area. We will get a full night rest to prepare for a long day tomorrow. Overnight stay in Tea house.

DAY 11 - THORONG PHEDI TO MUKTINATH VIA THORUNG LA PASS

Elevation: 3,800 m/12,460 ft via Thorung La Pass 5,416 m/17,800 ft
Walking Distance: 16 km (7 to 8 hours)
Accommodation: Tea house


We’ll start the trek extremely early at 4am to reach Thorung La pass – one of the highest passes in the world before 10am. The elevation at the pass is at 5,416m therefore the strong wind in the day can be risky & dangerous so it’s necessary for us to climb as early as possible. It’s a steep climb but our entire hard walk will be rewarded by the beautiful views of Annapurna, Gangapurna and a heavily glaciated peak of Khatungkang.

The trail becomes less steep and enters grassy fields as we descent and to finally reach Muktinath – means “place of Nirvana”. It is a place sacred to Hindus and Buddhists and it is said that pilgrims visiting the temple there are relieved of all sorrows. Overnight stay in Tea house.

DAY 12 - MUKTINATH TO JOMSOM

Elevation: 2,720 m/8,923 ft
Walking Distance: 15 km (6 to 7 hours)
Accommodation: Tea house


From Muktinath, we follow a path of the Jomsom trek where we’ll see utterly different landscape background as Mustang happens to be a desert of Nepal with arid and dry terrestrial. We leave Muktinath and descend down to Kagbeni and continue to move downwards to reach Jomsom, Kali Gandaki valley. It is also the administrative headquarter of Mustang and the windy valley of Nepal. Overnight stay in Tea house.

DAY 13 - FLY TO POKHARA

Elevation: 820 m/2,690 ft
Flight Distance: 19 minutes
Accommodation: Local hotel


Today will mark the last day of our trek with an early flight back to Pokhara. Flights from Jomsom takes off early to skip any uncertainty of wind and weather. Overnight in Pokhara and depending on the time you arrived, you may have time to do more sightseeing, relax, or check out one of the Pokhara’s coffee shops.

DAY 14 - POKHARA TO KATHMANDU

Elevation: 1,350 m/4,428 ft
Driving Distance: 6 to 8 hours
Accommodation: Local hotel


We will take an early morning bus back to Kathmandu. You’ll be transferred to your hotel upon reaching and enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening at your leisure to catch up on your much-needed rest. Otherwise, you have the entire capital at your fingertips for sightseeing before you depart tomorrow. Your conquest of the Himalayas is complete! We’ll meet up one last time for a celebratory dinner at one of the town’s finest Nepalese restaurants.

DAY 15 - KATHMANDU: DEPARTURE DAY

It’s your last day in Nepal! Grab some breakfast and take in some last-minute shopping in Kathmandu before we’ll say our goodbyes and bid you farewell. We’ll make sure you arrive at the Airport with plenty time before your flight home and have everything you need to leave well!

What 's covered

Accomodation
Meals
Local Experts
Gears
Permits
Experience
What’s Included
The following is included in your package:
  • Arrival / Departure transfers on both domestic and international flights.
  • Standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara on twin-sharing basis
  • Full board meals while trekking (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
  • Accommodation at local Tea house while on this trek.
  • Farewell dinner as listed in the itinerary.
  • Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as applicable.
  • Domestic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Tourist bus transportation to from Kathmandu to Besisahar and from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • Loaning of Gears such as sleeping bag, fleece inner liner, down jacket and duffel bag for use during the trip.
  • Complimentary Sherpa Wonders specially-designed T-shirt.
  • Professional and experienced Trek Leader/Guide trained in Wilderness First Aid
  • Comprehensive medical kit box
  • Other support staff such as Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment.
  • Proper Insurance of all staff including porters.
  • Warm clothing and trekking gear for staff including porters.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers.
  • Government taxes and application of trekking permits such as TIMS
  • National park fees

What’s Not Included
You’ll need to pay for these separately:
  • International Airfare to and from Nepal.
  • Nepal entry Visa fees (Can be obtained on arrival)
  • Your travel insurance of any kind.
  • Meals not specified in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • Alcoholic beverages 
  • Tips for the crew & any other personal expenses (ie: hot shower, laundry, SIM card, charging devices at tea houses along the trail) 
  • Additional one day tours in or near Kathmandu.

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