Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Trip Duration Trip Duration 15 Days
  • Trip Grade Trip Grade Moderate

About Annapurna Circuit Trek


The Annapurna Circuit Trek has been offering itself as one of the most spectacular and challenging treks to the world since its formal opening in 1977. It takes us all the way behind the mighty Annapurna Range of Himalaya. Amazingly, during the trek we get to see the Himalaya to the south as we are always used to see the Himalaya to the n

orth from Nepal.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is also popular by different names like Annapurna Trek, Annapurna Circle Trek and Annapurna Trekking and so on.

The term Annapurna itself stands for the famous Hindu goddess of prosperity. It is believed that being able to be there is a prayer in itself for your lifelong prosperity. 

Although there is a rough motor road even up to Manang (mid part of the trekking route), the most trekkers prefer to start the Annapurna circuit trek from Besisahar (850 m) following an anti-clockwise trail through the beautiful villages of Jagat, Tal, Chame, Manang and innumerable gorgeous hamlets. The reasons for taking the anti-clockwise route right from Besisahar by a majority of trekkers are that firstly, they like to start the trek as it used to be done by the trekkers in the 70’s ad 80’s as the Classic Himalayan Trek; and secondly, the anti-clockwise route enables the trekkers to walk with a slower gain in altitude while the clockwise route from Jomsom is steeper and gains the height much faster. It could be fatal sometimes.

The more the Annapurna circuit trek progresses along the picturesque Marshyangdi River, the view of Mt Manaslu and Mt Himalchuli gets more and more magnificent. Once we reach Manang, we can also opt to hike to the beautiful Tilicho Lake located at a height of 4,919 m. It is from Manang, your gradual uphill walk starts taking you to the top of the Thorung La (pass of 5,416 m), the highest and challenging point of the trek. This amazing trek through Thorong La offers a 360 degree spectacular view of the Annapurna Range for which trekkers die hard to walk through the pass.

Our decent from the pass will take us to Muktinath Temple and to Jomsom from where we can shorten our trek by taking a flight of just 45-50 minutes to Pokhara. Or, we could continue a downhill trail for some days via Tatopani, Ghasa, Poon Hill and end trek at Nayapool and take a bus or car to Pokhara depending upon your time availability and interest.

During the whole circuit trek, the great view of the mighty Mt Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna I – IV and above all, Mt Dhaulagiri leaves us speechless in admiration. More interestingly, when we walk down from Muktinath to Jomsom, the dramatic view of the world’s deepest river gorge called Kaligandi River belt is awe inspiring.

The Annapurna Circuit trek is not only admired for its natural scenery, but also for its rich culture, ethnic diversity, age-old religions and warm people. The trek, although short, but presents a wide climatic variations and richness in its flora and fauna. At the end of the trek, each and every trekker expresses his/her word of appreciation for the picturesque landscape and unique hospitality of the local people from this area.

Trip Highlights

  • Awe inspiring encounter with the Mt Annapurna I-IV, Mt Macchapucchare and Mt Dhaulagiri,
  • Crossing Thorong La (pass of 5,416 m), a big attraction to all trekking fans,
  • The trek is always surprising,
  • Innumerable waterfalls with rich flora and fauna en route,
  • Colorful prayer flags beautifully flapping here and there, on the trail, on the houses, on the monasteries, on the bridges and on the passes,
  • Uniquely beautiful Manang Village,
  • Muktinath Temple, one of the holiest Hindu pilgrimages,
  • Numerous attractive trekking peaks en route alluring us to climb
  • Kagbeni, gateway to the upper Mustang, still a semi-restricted area and requires a special permit,


  • 1

    On your arrival at Kathmandu Airport, you will be greeted by our representative. After assistance, transfer to hotel. Rest.

    Evening, our representative with a Sherpa will organize a briefing program in the hotel on the trek to make you well prepared for the trek. Questions and queries are most welcome that time. Overnight at hotel.

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    After breakfast, we will take you for sightseeing around the Kathmandu Valley. First, we visit Pashupatinath Temple Complex (400 BC), the holiest Hindu shrine in Nepal.

    Pashupatinath Temple Complex (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is located about 5 km to the north-east of the Kathmandu city on the bank of holy Bagmati River where on its ghat the Hindu and Buddhist dead bodies are cremated with ceremonies. It is in a pagoda style with golden roof. The literal meaning of Pashupatinath is the Lord of all animals.
    It is the holiest temple complex for the Hindus in Nepal with more than 520 temples. It covers a huge area of about 265 hectares of land. There are different beliefs and stories behind its origin.
    Then, we visit Boudhanath Temple Complex (5th century largest stupa in Asia) not very far from Pashupatinath Temple.

    Boudhnath Stupa is the biggest stupa in Asia with high status of UNESCO World Heritage site. It is believed that the stupa was built during the Lichhabi era in the 5th century. In the early 50’s, the Tibetans who fled away from Tibet preferred to live here around the stupa reminding their Jokhang Temple of Lhasa where they could make kora (circumambulation) every morning and evening. The kora is a memorable sight at the Boudhnath worth enjoying every day. As a result, there is a strong settlement of Tibetans with more than 50 beautifully decorated Buddhist monasteries around.
    In the afternoon, scenic drive to Bhaktapur. It is 13 km east of Kathmandu nicely located on a plateau.

    Bhaktapur – a typical Newar township located about 13 km east of the Kathmandu city. There is a good road connection. It is about 30 min drive. Your visit to the town will take you back in time to the medieval era. Every nook and corner is so beautiful with the traditional housing with intricate timeless woodcarvings. The lovely site of new mothers giving mustard oil massage to their new born babies in the hot sun in the open air is an unforgettable moment. Even the culture specialists find Bhaktapur so interesting and so cultural beyond their words. The more you see, the longer you will wish to spend here. It is a special place to visit. Make sure you will not miss this place when you are on tour in Nepal.

    Later afternoon, drive back to hotel and overnight.

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    Morning, scenic drive to Besisahar along the Prithvi Highway. It takes about 5-6 hrs. Our drive is highly scenic as we drive along the Trishuli River until Mugling and then, we drive along the Marsyangdi River. We leave the Prithvi Highway at Dumre and take a right turn to Besisahar. The drive from Dumre to Besisahar is highly rewarding with the lovely scenery side by side through terraced rice/wheat farming as per season. Overnight at Besisahar.

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    Day 04: TREK BESISAHAR - BAUNDANDA (1,300 m)

    From Besisahar, our actual trekking starts. Our walk goes through Khudi (a nice Gurung village). We follow the trail along the Marshyangdi river Valley. On the trail, we enjoy an incredible view of Mt Manaslu and Mt Himalchuli and reach Bulbule. Our walk continues to Baundanda. It is a nice village to spend a night for rest. Overnight at guest house.

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    Day 05: BAUNDANDA - CHAMJE (1,410 m)

    Today, we walk down along a steep and slippery trail and reach Ghermu Phant with an uphill walk. It is in Ghermu Phant where we come across a beautiful waterfall. The trail leads us to a bridge over the Marshyangdi River at Syange (1,080 m). Then, our trail takes us to Jagat (1,330 m). Our overnight stop is in Chamje which is further away with an uphill walk through the lovely wilderness. Overnight at Chamje.

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    Day 06: CHAMJE - BAGARCHAP (2,160 m)

    Today, our walk passes by some of the beautiful waterfalls from the lush green wilderness rich in flora and fauna. The winding uphill trail leads us to a village called Tal (1,675 m)(a lake in Nepali). Our entry in the Manang Valley presents a dramatic change in the scenery. We continue our walk through the broad valley with the uphill stone staircases and reach Dharapani (1,920 m). From here, lovely scenery with blue pine and maple trees starts welcoming us to the Manang Valley. Late afternoon, we reach Bagarchap. Over night at Bagarchap.

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    Day 07: BAGARCHAP - CHAME (2,710 M)

    Morning part of our walk goes through the beautiful wilderness with a rough walk over several landslides. Then, we follow an uphill trail through the pine and fir forest and pass by Lattemarang (2,360 m) and then, take the downhill trail to Koto (2,640 m). Continue following the trail until we reach Chame. Before reaching Chame, we will be fascinated by the mighty view of Mt Manaslu (8,156 m) and Peak 29 (7,871 m). The major attraction of Chame is the magnificent view of Annapurna II & IV with Lamjung Himal. Over night at Chame.

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    Day 08: CHAME - PISANG (3, 300 m)

    Today, our trek from Chame (2,710 meters) to Pisang passes through Bhratang (2,850 m) and Dhukur Pokhari (3,240 m). From Dhukur Pokhari, the trail splits and you may either trek to Upper Pisang (3,310 meters) or to Lower Pisang (3,250 meters) for an overnight stay. If you take the latter to Lower Pisang, you may miss the most wonderful view of the whole Annapurna Circuit. So, we highly advise you to use the trail to Upper Pisang as well the following day so as to ensure to enjoy the view you missed on Day 08. The trail offers the alluring view of the lovely peaks like Ngadi Chuli (Peak 29), Himalchuli, Pisang Himal, Annapurna II. We will have an overnight at the upper part of the Manang Valley called Pisang.

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    Day 09: PISANG - MANANG (3,540 m)

    After breakfast, our trek from Pisang proceeds to Ghyary Village. The trail presents magnificent view of Mt Annapurna II & III. The higher we walk up, a lovely view of the Manang Valley starts appearing before us with Tilicho Peak (7,134 m). Today, it takes almost 6 hours to reach Manang Village following a trail full of grassland accompanying spectacular view of the massive Annapurna Range. Overnight at Manang.

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    Today, it is wise to have a rest day in Manang as we have to be more acclimatized in view of crossing the high pass of Thorung La in a couple of days. As a mild walk is recommended in acclimatization process, exploring Gangapurna Lake and visiting the Mountaineering School are the options to think about. Overnight at Manang.

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    Day 11: MANANG - LEDAR (4,200 M)

    A walk of about 4 hours will take us to Ledar. Our walk is accompanied by a dominant view of the Annapurna massif. At the same time, the beautiful peaks of Himchuli and Peak 29 continue appearing from our backside. We keep following the trail that passes by a small settlement of Gunsang (3,920 m) and then, we cross a stream before we reach Yak Kharka (4,090 m). Finally, after about an hour walk, Ledar appears where we have our overnight.

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    Day 12: LEDAR - THORUNG PHEDI (4420M)

    Today’s walk is shorter with 3 hours only. After a steady walk, we descend to the Marsyangdi River belt. Then, we take an uphill trail. On the last part of the trail, we take a short downhill path which finally takes us to Thorung Phedi (Base of the Thorung La). Overnight at Thorung Phedi.

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    Day 13: THORUNG PHEDI - MUKTINATH (3,800 m)

    Today is the most important day of our journey. We are going to cross one of the highest and toughest pass ‘Thorung La’. Our excitement is natural. We follow rocky ridges with a steep walk with increasing breathlessness. Our steps get slower and slower with a gain of altitude in every step. And, finally reach on the top of the Thorung La (pass of 5,416 m). Our count down is over. Wow… Wow…!! The view all around us is so open. More breathlessness and more excitement!! We cannot stop ourselves looking all around and arresting the spectacular view of the high Himalayas and deep valleys with thin cloud in our camera in a hurry. It all depends on the weather condition. Our luck matters. Better to pray for a good day before we go to bed in Thorung Phedi.

    From the pass, our walk goes steeply downhill, but the brilliant view of the Mt Dhaulagiri keeps on attracting us. Our continuous walk goes through a meadow and finally reaches Muktinath. A beautiful temple in pagoda style dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Some still confuse whether it is a Shiva temple or a Vishnu temple. Muktinath literally means the Lord for liberation or salvation. Thousands of pilgrims visit the site every year. The Buddhists also equally respect the temple as a temple of Avaloleteshwar, god of compassion. Over night at Muktinath.

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    Day 14: MUKTINATH - JOMSOM (2,710 m)

    Today, we walk down to Jharkot and reach Khingar near where we come across a road junction. One road to the right hand side goes to Upper Mustang (where entry permit for Mustang is monitored) and the other to Jomsom. However, these days, we get sad with a paradoxical development with motor vehicles plying over in this area and annoying us by smoke and dusts on the way. It is at Kagbeni where we are stunned by the world’s deepest river gorge made by the Kali Gandaki River coming down from the high Tibetan plateau. We follow the trail passing by Eklbhatti and reach Jomsom. We will have a good night rest in Jomsom with hot shower and so on. Jomsom looks like a Western cowboy movie citadel with tiny tea houses, hotels, Annapurna Conservation Project Post, hospital, airport, school and army camp. Over night at Jomsom.

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    After early morning breakfast, we walk to the nearby airport and board a tiny STOL aircraft and fly to Pokhara (40-45 minutes).

    From here, you have an option of continuing the trek down to Pokhara via Marpha, Tatopani, Ghasa, Poon Hill and take car/bus to Pokhara ranging from 4-7 days trek as well.

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and transfer by private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu at 3-4 star hotel with breakfast only on twin sharing room basis.
  • Kathmandu city tours inclusive of vehicle transfer, entrance fees & professional English speaking tour guide.
  • Surface transportation to and from trekking start and end point by car.
  • Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges on twin sharing.
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with Tea & coffee during the trek.
  • Highly experienced Government licensed trekking guide and necessary porters during the trek and their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipments and insurance.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS).
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Entrance Permit and fees.
  • First Aid medical kit
  • Duffle Bag
  • Government taxes
  • Service charge.

Cost Excludes:

  • Any meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • International airfares
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 60 days from date of issue)- you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport – Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation cost, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects. We strongly advise you to bring personal travel insurance from your home country.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot water, hot shower, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, and internet.
  • Tips & Gratuities