Popularly known as the 'holy grail of treks', Annapurna circuit trek is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Traverse across the snow-clad mountains and deep blue lakes. All the while, treasure surreal sunrises, taste the village culture of Nepal and marvel at some of the picturesque landscapes. Check out the detailed itinerary below for more information.
The trip commences with a drive to Besisahar from Kathmandu, which takes about 5 hours along the Prithwi highway
After that, we will divert from the highway to the bustling town of Dumre and continue for 1.5 hrs to Besisahar
After lunch, we will continue with the final lap of the drive to reach Syange (1100 mts/3608 ft) in the Marysandi Valley
Overnight stay at Tea House Lodge with freshly cooked dinner
A fantastic hike with drastically pleasant changes in the landscape, featuring a range of gradients begins today
From Chamche, we head across the river and ascend steeply to finally reach the ridge-top high above
We cross another suspension bridge before a continued ascent up a narrow and beautiful valley full of waterfalls
Just before camp at Tal, the first village in Manang, we will enter a wide valley, teeming with a silvery waterfall
Post breakfast, we will follow the trail crossing the wide Marsyangdi valley
The trail then climbs a stone stairway to 1860 m
The journey continues up and down till we reach Dharapani at 1890 m
Pass a stone entrance called Chhorten, typical of the Tibetan influenced villages
Visit the Bagarchhap at 2160 m that bustles with idyllic vibes, featuring the typical flat-roofed stone houses across the village
Going ahead, the bumpy and rocky trail climbs to Tyanja at 2360 m and then continues through the forest and along the river, to Kopar at 2590 m
We reach Chame, the headquarter of the Manang district, where we are pleased by fantastic views of the Annapurna II
There are two small hot springs just by the town
Today, our journey starts through a thick forest in a steep and narrow valley
We’ll be crossing a river on a long bridge at 2910 m
Further, we’ll cross another bridge at 3040 m
From here, the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock-face begins to appear in plain sight
The trail further climbs to Pisang, which sprawls between 3200 m and 3300 m
Overnight stay in Upper Pisang for a profound traditional and cultural experience of the village
Continue your journey through the drier upper part of the Manang district which is cut-off from the full effect of monsoons by the Annapurna range
Habitats of this region herd yaks and raise crops for part of the year
Leaving Pisang, we have alternate trails North and South of the Marsyangdi River, which meet up again at Mungji
The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip at 3325 m involves less climbing than the Northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river
From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga at 3475 m to the nearby Manang at 3500 m
When we transcend 3500 meters from the sea level, it is vital to take a day for acclimatisation
Spend the day in Manang, doing some fine day-walks and witnessing the magnificent views around the village
Many people go hiking to the ice lake or nearby excursions on this day
In the evening, return to the lodge for an overnight stay
After a hot breakfast, we depart from Manang
The trail makes an ascent of nearly 2000 m toward the Thorong La pass
We make the climb gradually through Tenki, leaving the Marshyangdi Valley
Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we get to Ledar at 4200 m, where we see the vegetation steadily getting sparser
The trail descends to cross the river at 4310 m
We then climb up again to Phedi at 4420 m
You will get good accommodation option at an elevation of 4600 m
Retire for the night
The journey from Phedi, translating to ‘foot of the hill’ begins today
This is the foot to the mighty Thorong La pass at 5416 m
We make a steep climb on the path that is regularly used and is easy to follow
You’ll have to be careful about your health due to the altitude and the snow
After 4 hours of climbing, you come up to the pass marked by the Chhortens and the prayer flags
Needless to say, the view from the top is stunning
Marpha is a quaint settlement with not more than 80 houses of the Thakali people
It also has a significant Buddhist monastery and an apple garden
You can also visit the nearby village of Tuksche to watch how Apple Brandy is procured
Ghasa (2010m) is the first Thakali village on the North road and doubles as the southernmost limit of Tibetan Buddhism in the valley
Overnight stay in Ghasa
Relish Thakali delicacies in the teahouse
We start our trek to Tatopani today from Ghasa
Tatopani translates to ‘hot spring’ in Nepalese
You can take a rejuvenating natural hot bath after the tiring Himalayan hike over the Thorong La
The Nepalese people believe that body ache and various diseases like arthritis are healed if you soak in this hot spring
You’ll be staying overnight in Tatopani
Today is a long and arduous day
You’ll trek up to Ghorepani with a slope gradient of 50-60 degrees via Ghara, Shikha and Chitre
Have lunch on the way
Overnight stay at the Teahouse Lodge at Ghorepani
You’ll be starting your day with an early morning hike to the Poon Hill (3210 m) to catch the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak Nilgiri, Varaha Shikhar, Mt. Annapurna I, Lamjung Himal and other snowcapped mountain peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges
After breakfast, trek to Birethanti (6-7 hours)
Drive to Pokhara (42 km) which takes around 1.5 hours
The organised trek ends here, so you can take all the time you need to celebrate and unwind
After a surreal experience of the Annapurna Range in the Himalayas, head back to the town life of Pokhara
Relax for a day or two and then you can head back to Kathmandu for even more adventure
Teahouse Lodge on twin/double sharing basis
Government registered and well experienced local sherpa trekking guide for Annapurna Circuit trek
Clean and hygienic accommodation in Teahouse Lodge on twin/double sharing basis
Kathmandu to Besisahar by local bus and connecting jeep to Jagat from Besisahar
Tourist bus: Pokhara to Kathmandu and private taxi transfer to bus station
Guide salary, food, accommodation and insurance
All requisite permits for Annapurna circuit trek
Trek completion certificate, goodies and souvenir
All bar bills, mineral water, sodas, alcoholic drinks, extra tea/coffee etc.
Laundry, phone calls, Wi-Fi, bed heater, hot water and electronic charger
Personal travel insurance
Rescue operation charge in case of an emergency
Travel/rescue insurance tips for guides
Any expenses of personal nature
Anything not mentioned under inclusions
Gratitude and tips for your guide
Stay in Pokhara
Terms and Conditions
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The actual costing may increase or decrease depending upon the group size and the inclusion set confirmed eventually.
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To be light on your pockets, we are only charging 50% as advance.
10% of the complete amount stands to be completely non-refundable.
The rest would be refunded if informed 15 days before the start of the trek.
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