The Annapurna Circuit Trek is still a classic trek and was once in years gone by regarded as one of the best treks to do in Nepal. The complete circuit from Dhumre 830m/2,723ft was around 21 days. Nowadays with the newly built road to Jomosom completed, some people leave the trek around day 12 or slightly after. The Manang Valley is worth it alone if you are considering choosing this trek, a journey over the Thorong La 5,416m/17,769ft, is spectacular on a clear day with peaks all around you,a very good reason for keen consideration. The diversity of the trek has no equal in Nepal, from Hindu farmers in the south, ploughing their fields, to Buddhist Lamas in the north in the Manang Valley. Whether you choose to do the full circuit or skip out at Jomosom,the Annapurna Circuit still remains a fantastic trek.Pull out at Jomosom ? or continue on ? you will have climbed over the Annapurna Massif and had an experience of a lifetime.
A. Itinerary in Detail (17 Days)
Arrival and pick up from airport / transfer to Hotel / leisure time followed by an evening welcome dinner at a typical Nepalese Restaurant / overnight in Kathmandu (1,000m).
Day 02: May 11: City tour of Kathmandu Valley
A full days sightseeing of the Kathmandu Valley to include all important heritage sites / overnight Kathmandu
Day 03: May 12: Kathmandu-Besisahar: 7- 8 hour drive
An early start to Besisahar (850m) / starting point of the trek / overnight in Besisahar (830m).
Day 04: May 13: Besisahar to Bahundanda: 6-7 hours (Trekking times only; stops not included)
first day walk involves crossing a few suspension bridges / waterfalls / several up and down hill sections / across rice paddies and subtropical forest. villages. Overnight in Bahundanda (1,310m).
Day 05: May 14: Bahundanda to Chamje: 6 hours
Trek through amphitheatre-shaped rice terraces / along a steep vertical cliff / lush forests / culturally intriguing villages. Overnight in Chamje (1,410m).
Day 06: May 15: Chamje-Dharapani: 5-6 hours
Enter the Manang district / past fields of corn, barley, potatoes / forests of bamboo and rhododendrons. Overnight in Dharapani (1,960m).
Day 07: May 16: Dharapani-Chame 6-7 hours
Negotiate a few steep forested ridges along with several landslides on route / superb views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). Small hot springs. Overnight in Chame (2,710m).
Day 08: May 17: Chame-Pisang: 5-6 hours
A steep, narrow path through a very dense forest will bring you to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. As the trail opens up you will be surrounded by majestic Himalayan Peaks. Overnight in Pisang (3,700m).
Day 09: May 18: Pisang-Manang: 4-5 hours
Enter the upper Manang region / vast contrast with the landscape and vegetation / cold, dry climate creates a much harsher environment / Incredible views of the towering Himalayan Peaks. Overnight in Manang (3,500m).
Day 10: May 19: Manang: Rest
Rest day for acclimatization / village wonderful culture / possible side trips to Bhojo Gompa or Gangapurna Lake and Glacier. overnight in Manang (3,500m)
Day 11: May 20: Manang-Yak Kharka: 3-4 hours
Today short walk up to Yak Kharka a small settlement set at 4,110m/13,484ft / Gradual ascent needed to avoid altitude problems / overnight in Yak Karka (4,110m).
Day 12: May 21: Yak Kharka to Throng Phedi: 3-4 hours
Trek to foot of the pass Throng Phedi small busy settlement caters to the needs of trekkers and climbers . Overnight in Throng Phedi (4,600m).
Day 13: May 22: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath: 7-8 hours
An early start is important / long day`s trek over the pass / over Throng La pass (5,416m) / outstanding high Himalayan scenes / overnight Muktinath
Day 14: May 23: Muktinath Kagbeni Jomosom
Easy walk down / pass Jharkot / Lunch Kagbeni interesting old place last village before Upper Mustang / Trek on to Jomosom/ overnight Jomosom
Cost: Please contact us for a quote
(The cost varies with the number of trekkers in the group. Please contact us with the number of trekkers for the exact quote)
- Accommodation in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis as per the itinerary
- City tour in Kathmandu with guide by private car
- Entry fees when sightseeing in Kathmandu
- National Park Trekking/Entry Permit
- Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) registration fee
- Round trip / internal flights / overland transport / if needed / as per the itinerary
- Accommodation in guest houses/lodges during the trek
- Three meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) a day during the trek
- Qualified and experienced trekking guide and porter services
- Transportation, accommodation, meal allowance, equipment and insurance for trekking staff
- All the official paper work and all the applicable government taxes
- Airport transfers for internal flights
- Sleeping bag, down jacket and rucksack if required
- Airport pick-up on arrival and drop-off on departure
- Meals other than breakfast when staying in hotels
- Personal expenses and bar bills
- Clients’ travel insurance
- Tips and gratuities
Important Note and Optional Activities
Please note: All the trekking itineraries are flexible and can be revised in order to best meet your requirements i.e. your time, interests etc. Please make contact with us if you have any special requirements or interest.