Annapurna Circuit: Explore the spectacular trek along the high mountain pass.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a classic trek that follows a 128-mile horseshoe-shaped route that encircles the mighty Annapurna mountain range. Listed among the world’s best trekking trails, Annapurna Circuit Trekking offers magnificent Himalayan views, landscapes and cultures.
Opened only to foreigners in the 1980s, the Round Annapurna trek soon became the Holy Grail among trekkers, witnessing more than ten different cultures of ethnic locals and having the opportunity to traverse a wide variety of flora and geographical terrain from the world’s deepest Kaligandaki Gorge to the world’s highest mountain at Thorung La at 5416 meters.
Begin your journey through the sprawling rhododendron forest. Enjoy a close-up view of the Annapurna ranges. Cross the challenging but rewarding Thorang La Pass (5416m) and seek salvation at the holy Muktinath Temple. Start your trek from Jagatko Terai and walk through the valleys that cut through the mountains on the other side of Annapurna.
Acknowledging your love for nature and solitude, we’ve handpicked an Annapurna Circuit itinerary that allows us to avoid road construction sites as much as possible, a well-tailored itinerary and an overnight at the foothills instead of a high camp. Annapurna Thorong La trek is a bit challenging but rewarding experience. Crossing Thorong La is the most difficult part of this trek. Be prepared to walk for 6 to 7 hours on an average day.
Our Annapurna Circuit Trek travel program has been prepared to keep in mind every aspect. Ignoring the motor roads, you will not miss anything to ensure a side visit to the old villages, proper adaptation, and a carefully planned itinerary.
Visiting the sidewalks of Garu and Nagwal, the views along this route are simply stunning. We also planned a day walk to Ice Lake or Milarepa Cave on day 07. We offer a fully guided trek with a high staff and customer ratio for Annapurna circuit trekking. We have achieved a success rate of over 95% at Thorong La Pass with our well-designed travel program without the use of high-altitude drugs.
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1350m)
Day 02: Drive to Jagat via Besisahar 7,8 hrs
Day 03: Trek to Dharapani (1,960m), 5/6 hrs
Day 04: Trek to Chame (2,715m), 5/6 hrs
Day 05: Trek to Pisang (3,185m), 5/30 hrs
Day 06: Trek to Manang (3,350m) via Gyaru-Ngawal 6/7 hrs
Day 07: Hike up to Ice Lake (4,600m) for acclimatization and free
Day 08: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,130m), 4/30 hrs
Day 09: Trek to Thorung Phedi (4,400m), 4/30 hrs
Day 10: Cross Thorong -la (5,416m) and trek to Muktinath (3,800m), 7/8 hrs
Day 11: Descend to Jomsom with a historical visit to Kagbeni, the gate of Upper Mustang (2,743m), 5/6 hrs
Day 12: Fly to Pokhara or drive due to bad weather
Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu (1,350m), 6 hrs
Day 14: Departure from Kathmandu
Join us on the Annapurna Circuit Trek in 2022/2023
Customize your trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always be “tailormade” personally. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped according to your taste. For more information please email us at email@example.com.
Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal and after completing the visa formalities, collect your luggage at the airport and please exit the arrival hall. Your tour leader will be waiting for you outside the arrivals hall. And please look for the AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions Placard and your tour leader will take you to your hotel in Kathmandu after meeting you. And upon arrival at the hotel, welcome drinks will be served and after you freshen up, your trek leader will brief you about your trip in the evening at your hotel lobby. And get familiar with your surroundings by walking the streets in the evening.
Today, after breakfast in Kathmandu, we will follow the Prithvi Highway along the Trishuli River to the west, looking at the central Himalayan homeland Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre mountains. This road offers a panoramic view of rural Nepal with green hills, rivers, villages and snow-capped mountains in the background. We will part ways with the highway in Dumre and will choose the exit of the Beshishahr branch and go to Jagat where we will spend the night in a lodge.
Today our first day of Annapurna Circuit Trek, Early in the morning, we will lower down from Jagat village and follow the winding path along Marsyangdi River to the forest. A brief walk through sprawling forest will take us to Chamje village (1430m) from where we will cross the river and continue walking along its eastern edge. The trail takes brief ascend to the big village of Tal (1675m). Being clustered with tea houses and lodges, it will be fine idea to take our lunch at Tal. Enjoy the lunch in a serene atmosphere with mesmerizing natural views of surrounding valleys at Tal and take gradual ascend to Karte village. We need to cross the river at several points and move past the valley and pretty tiny villages to arrive at Dharapani.
Today we will reach the Masryangdi River through Abbal Path from Dharapani to the west. We will follow the river uphill to Manang Valley. We will be blessed with breathtaking views of Annapurna II (7937m) and Annapurna IV. Trade with Tibetans is the main occupation of the locals in this region. Following an old trade route, we will climb up to Dhankyu (2290m) through the forest edge of oak and maple. We will reach Latemrang village (2360m) by going further along the rocky road. Crossing the wooded hills, we will reach Koto (2590m). The descent from Kotho takes us to Chame (2670m) which is the administrative headquarters of the region. The view of Chame’s Lamjung Himal, Annapurna 2nd Himal and Annapurna 4th Himal will welcome you. and stay overnight in Chame.
Leaving Chame, we will cross over to the northern side of the river from where the trail stretches uphill through apple orchards to Bhratang village (2840m). This is marked as an old Khampa community. There will be a change in terrain from this point. We will follow the rock-strewn path through the tapered valley that is covered in thickets. Exiting from the forest, we will meet the river which we will cross over a suspension bridge that is located somewhere above 3040m from sea level. We will get the first view of magnificent Paungda Danda which is the 1500 m wall of rock that stems up from the river. We will traverse the ridge decorated with prayer flags and stone cairns to arrive at Pisang. We will visit local gompa and stay overnight in a lodge.
From Pisang, we continue along the northern bank of the upper river to Manang via Ghyaru (3,670m) and Nagwal (3,660m). It’s going to be a long and slow climb as we pass the 3600m elevation mark today for part of our acclimatization. The climb is rewarding with breathtaking views of Annapurna 2, Annapurna 4, Annapurna 3 and Gangapura surrounding mountains. We descend into the valley before heading towards the village of Hongde (3325m). A small airstrip is located in this village. Walking through the Mani wall, we reach Mungali from where we have to cross the river. Walking along the northern shore, we will reach Braga (3475 m). The lifestyle of this village is heavily influenced by the neighboring Tibetans. Braga also boasts of housing the largest Gompa in the district. The gompa preserves a collection of Tibetan thanksgivings dating back more than 500 years. A short walk from Braga takes us to the village of Manang, made up of around 500 houses, gem walls and chortens. Chortens are supposed to ward off evil spirits.
Today we go to the Ice Lake to reach an altitude of 4,600 meters as it will help us in our journey to Thorung La Pass (5,416 meters). It takes 3/4 hour climbing time to reach the top and after eating our packed lunch at the top we descend. We have more than 95% success rate in Annapurna circuit trek. In this passage.
Today we follow a narrow road to Tengi village (3620m) above Manang. After a short climb, we head northwest of the valley of the Jarsang River. We cross a path lined with juniper trees to reach Gunsang (3930m). We will walk through the alpine meadows. We can see the Gangapurna (7454 m) and Annapurna III (7555 m) mountains from most points. We will descend to Yak Khark where we will stay for the night.
We will follow the rugged path from Yak Khark to Ledar (4250m). From Ledar, we will follow the ascending route of Jarsang River. Walking along the eastern bank of the Jarsang River we reach Thorang Phedi (4450m). This small settlement derives its name from its geographical position which is called the base of the Thorang Hills. We will spend the night at Thorung Phedi.
Today is going to be a challenging day. We will begin the long climb to the top of Thorong La. Following the cattle trail through moraine and snow, we will reach the summit in about 4hrs depending upon the weather condition and strength of climbers. The summit is festooned with prayer flags. We will rejoice the views of Kali Gandaki Valley to the west while we can get a view of Yakgawa Kang Peak (6481m) to the north.
Sharp descend from Thorong La will take us to Muktinath temple. The journey is rewarding with views of Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Tukuche Peak (6920m). Walkthrough the moraine path and grassy slopes to Jhong Valley. Walking further, we will reach Muktinath where we will stay overnight.
Kagbeni is situated at the junction of the Jhong Khola and the Kali Gandaki, and the gateway to the upper Mustang. It is a fascinating village with many Tibetan influences. We pass the medieval village of Jharkot, Shakya Monastery, a traditional medicine center, and incredibly photogenic whitewashed houses and streets. The scenery is truly wonderful – soft light, patchworks of fields, peaks overhead, villagers out plowing the fields, horses tethered next to the houses, apple trees providing texture to the landscape. Down the Kali Gandaki riverbed, looking for Saligrams along the way, to Jomsom, the administrative center for the region.
Today we are flying through the world’s deepest valley between the two giant snow ranges of Annapurna Himal, Dhaulagiri Himal with many snow capped peaks. If the flight is delayed or canceled due to bad weather, we will drive to Pokhara by private vehicle.
Today we will return to Kathmandu. Kathmandu is two hundred kilometers away from Pokhara. Prithvi Highway connects Pokhara to Kathmandu. It takes 6 hours to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara. Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will be transferred to the hotel and rest for the day or explore the surrounding areas and spend the night at the hotel.
Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been our pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. So stay tuned. Today is the last day of the journey, saying goodbye to the trekking and the Nepal tour is ending today! No plans except to trade emails and organize photos with travel buddies. If you have more time you can go shopping in the tourist center of Thamel where you can buy souvenirs for your family. Your AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions representative will transfer you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, (SAFE TRAVEL!! We hope to see you again)
- All meals: B, L, D (Including tea, coffee and fresh fruit)
- 3 nights standard hotels and 10 nights teahouse/lodges
- Trekking permit, and Conservation fees
- Trekking guide plus staff (staff to client ratio of 1:4 on trek)
- 1 porter for every 2 trekkers, throughout the trekking
- Arrival and departure transfers in Kathmandu
- All ground transport and listed activities
- Map of the trekking area provided locally
- Duffel bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket 'if necessary
- Employee equipment, insurance, and allowances
- High altitude medicine and first aid kit
- Helicopter rescue arrangement (If necessary)
- Group farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant
- International airfare & Nepal Visa
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Single accommodation (available on request, Kathmandu/Pokhara only)
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Horse renting & additional porters due to natural calamities on the trek
- Personal expenses & Personal trekking gears
- Drinks & Souvenirs
- Gratuities for staff
Longer treks reaching up to an elevation of 5500m where some of the famous mountaineering Base Camps are located and you need to sleep at an elevation of 5000m for a few days. Physically challenging, involving daily trekking of approximately 6 – 8 hours. No previous trekking experience is required but you should be moderately fit and must enjoy walking and adaptable to high altitude conditions.
No previous trekking experience is required but you should be moderately fit and enjoy walking and adapt to high altitude conditions. Previous experience is definitely beneficial but it is not necessary to take part in this journey. To fully participate in this journey, all passengers must be in good physical health. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable the hiking experience will be. All of our travel itineraries have been designed with each aspect in mind and given enough time for adaptation.
The best season for Trek is from March to November. In both seasons, Mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up in the afternoon and disappearing at night. The given temperature may raise or lower with the change in weather factors: (Sunny, Snow, Rain, etc.)
Autumn/Fall (Sept to Nov)
This is when the rain settles after the monsoon (July to Mid September )and the weather gets dry. Slightly colder than Spring but presents clear views of the mountains. The mornings are clear providing the best mountain views, days are warmer, and nighttime will get cold and frosty. Temperatures will drop considerably as you ascend higher every day.
Spring (March to May)
Another weather window for trekking in Nepal comes during the month of the latter March to May. The temperature will be relatively warmer during this period of time but still, nights will be cold and frosty at a higher elevation. During the spring season, The trekking trails all over the country are filled with vibrant mixes of red, pink, and white floras offering surreal experience along the trek. Spring season offers warm temperatures, blossoming flora and temperate days.
In Kathmandu, we stay at the Manang Hotel in Kathmandu, in the heart of Thamel, where you can relax and have fun. Breakfast will be served at the hotel and your accommodation will be based on a twinning partnership.
Whether you’re returning from the mountains or touching the base from the airport, come and relax at the hotel, and order some good Italian espresso or a cold beer enjoy.
(Annapurna area) does not require large logistics accommodation for hiking as there are many clean and friendly lodges along the trail. Rooms are basic, usually a bed with pillows and blankets, but there is a wonderful view from your window. All teahouses/lodges have ample warm dining room lounges. The rooms are very basic. Blankets are usually provided by the teahouse but we will provide warm sleeping bags for everyone.
The Bathrooms are often shared and in many places, toilets are squat type. Please note that some of these are very basic and require a sense of adventure.
Those who want to build their own room in Kathmandu will have to pay only one supplementary fee. Especially when traveling in groups, we always pair up to share a room with people of the same sex and age. If in the case of single by default, customers do not have to pay for a single supplement. Please note that trekking, due to limited rooms in teahouses / lodges, is sometimes not possible for singles.
All meals are included in the trek and we will provide three meals a day (B, L, D) during the trek. Tea houses range from traditional Nepali dal bhat, and momo (dumplings) to Indian food to pizza and apple pie. During the trek, breakfast and dinner will be served at the tea house / lodge where you are staying and lunch will be on the way.
In Kathmandu, breakfast will be provided only to give maximum flexibility in deciding where and with whom to have lunch and dinner.
Daily wake-up calls will be between 6.00 am to 7.00 am while on the trek. The wake-up time and breakfast time will be decided the night before during the briefing time. The timetable for each day will entirely depend on your walking duration for that particular day.
Tea will be served in your room as a wake-up call. After a hearty breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk. Before breakfast, you are required to pack your duffel bag as it will be loaded by the porter while you are having your breakfast. During the trek, Breakfast and Dinner will be served at the Lodge where you stay and Lunch will be along the way. We will arrive at our destination by tea-time and the evening will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day’s adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.
Daily wake-up calls will be from 6.00 to 7.00 in the morning while on track. The time of getting up and the time of breakfast will be fixed one night before the briefing time. The schedule of each day will depend entirely on the length of your walk for that day.
After breakfast, we take day’s walk. So before breakfast, you need to pack your duffel bag as it will be loaded by the porter while you are eating breakfast. After a 3-4 hour walk, we stop for mid-day lunch. The afternoon walk is usually short and we usually arrive on time for our afternoon tea. The rest of the afternoon can be spent walking around the village, washing clothes or relaxing with a good book. And after dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and retrieving the day’s adventures, before going to bed for a well-earned sleep.
Our emphasis is always on maintaining small groups to make it easier to coordinate and cooperate with each other. Our group size is small and we only charge up to 12 pax per group. If you join us, you can join people from different countries in any age group except minors. The size of the group varies, with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 12 people required to conduct the trip.
You will only carry your day pack carrying the essential items (Water, Cameras, Extra Fleece, Rain jacket, Sunscreen, Snacks, Valuable Items, etc.) that you may need during the walk. The rest of your stuff will be carried by the porter. We provide 1 porter for every 2 participants and we also provide a duffel bag to put your trekking gears.
We have a deep passion for alpine adventure and the outdoors, and with the small business group on board we have worked on the most isolated trails we are proud to be successful in every region of Nepal and this is all due to our diversity and qualified team of guides. So your journey will be led by a qualified guide with 1 porter for every 2 participants and 1 assistant guide for every 4 participants.
It’s mandatory and highly recommended to get travel insurance before embarking on any adventurous trips in Nepal. We advise all our clients to get travel insurance that covers emergency helicopter evacuation that may be needed in case of the occurrence of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) or any other reasons in high altitudes where there are no other means of transportation available. It is advisable to review carefully the insurance and its coverages before making the final decision. Carry proof of your insurance with you on the holiday and leave a copy next to your kin. You must ensure that your insurance provides an adequate level of protection and covers you for the activities involved.
We encourage you to get all equipment listed below for the trip and kindly ensure you check and try every piece of equipment. You can also buy or hire the same in Kathmandu.
Clothing and Footwear:
-Slippers/Flip flops to wear at camp
-Daypack 30-35 liters (To carry your sunblock, water, camera, waterproof jackets, and others
-Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
-4 copies of passport size photos for permits and official formalities
-Credit cards in case of emergencies
-Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.
-Headlamps with extra batteries
-Sunglasses with UV protection
-Camera with charger or spare batteries
-A pair of trekking poles
-Water bottle one (1) liter
-Laundry bag to keep the dirty clothes
-Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
-Reading materials, notebooks, and pens
Toiletries and hygiene:
-Small face towel
-Toothbrush & Toothpaste
-Deodorants, Soap, and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
-Face and body moisturizer
-Sunscreen and lip balm
-Basic first aid kit
Trekking is an all-inclusive journey which means you only need cash for your personal expenses and food in Kathmandu. At AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions, our goal is to provide a wonderful vacation in our part of the world and ensure that our customers enjoy the vacation with as little risk and worry-free travel as possible, whether monetary, physical, or emotional. . All the logistical arrangements required for the trip will be provided to you hassle-free before your arrival. On the walk, you will be led by an experienced and medically trained guide/leader with a high staff ratio. On the trek, we offer you an open/select menu option which means you can choose your food directly from the menu.
Our itinerary is designed keeping in mind every aspect like customization, good campsites, real-life experiences, etc. (Down jacket, sleeping bag, and waterproof duffel bag), all the necessary permits for the trek, guide, and support staff, transfers, and transportation Kathmandu, etc. are included. The cost is mentioned in the inclusionTrekking is an all-inclusive journey which means you only need cash for your personal expenses and food in Kathmandu. At AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions, our goal is to provide a wonderful vacation in our part of the world and ensure that our customers enjoy the vacation with as little risk and worry-free travel as possible, whether monetary, physical, or emotional. . All the logistical arrangements required for the trip will be provided to you hassle-free before your arrival. On the walk, you will be led by an experienced and medically trained guide/leader with a high staff ratio. On the trek, we offer you an open/select menu option which means you can choose your food directly from the menu.
Our itinerary is designed keeping in mind every aspect like customization, good campsites, real-life experiences, etc. (Down jacket, sleeping bag, and waterproof duffel bag), all the necessary permits for the trek, guide, and support staff, transfers, and transportation Kathmandu, etc. are included. The cost is mentioned in the inclusion
- Respect the privacy of local people and ask permission before photographing them or their children
- Appreciate and respect local culture and customs
- Always stay on the upper side of the road when crossing donkeys for your own personal safety.
- In landslides, fields quickly cross them or climb around them if possible.
- Smoking and drinking alcohol are not recommended at altitudes above 3000 meters
- Drink at least three liters of water a day
- Be aware of symptoms associated with altitude sickness and be honest with yourself and your guide about any symptoms.
- Although not mandatory, it is always beneficial to use the invaluable services of a guide on a hike.
- However it is always beneficial to consult with an easy or difficult guide as needed.
Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather, the health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. Therefore, the trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.