Annapurna Circuit Trek

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Trip Overview
  • Duration: 16 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Trip Start and End: Kathmandu - Kathmandu
  • Trip Area: Manang. Mustang, Pokhara
  • Trip Style: Adventure/ Active Travel
  • Age Group: 12 or above
  • Trip Type: Private and Group
  • Trip Method: Guided
  • Booking Type: Instant Booking
  • Max. Altitude: 5416
  • Best Season: March - May and Sep - Dec
  • Foot Print:Carbon Neutralleaf

Voted the best long-distance trek in the world, the Annapurna Circuit Trek is an elaborate 14-day journey in the Annapurna region adorned with deep gorges, high passes, summits, forests, and paddy fields. From the green and lush hilly region to the rugged alpine regions with spectacular mountain backdrop, the Annapurna Circuit Trek offers the most complete trekking experience in Nepal, and anywhere in the world.

The intricate views of the Annapurna massif (Annapurna I-IV), Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, and more set a thrilling highlight during the journey. You will trek through ice flows and cliffs to reach the Thorong La pass. And if nature hasn't rewarded you enough, a look into the rich lives and cultures of the local Gurung, Magar, and Thakali communities will.

You will start the trip from Kathmandu with a scenic 8-hour drive to Chamje along lush green hills. Day 3 of the trip is the first trekking day, marked by a pleasant hike through the Marshyangdi River, refreshing waterfalls, and suspension bridges to Dharapani. The subsequent days involve trekking to Chame and then to Pisang with the views getting better every day.

Afterward, the trek from Pisang to Manang Valley on the sixth day is distinctive because of the picturesque views of Manang Valley and Tilicho Peak (7145 m). The meditative Manang Valley has a lot to offer, and you'll get enough places to hang around, have fun, and soak up the local culture on your rest day on Day 7.

You will then set off for Yak Kharka the next day with desirous views of Gangapurna, Glacier Dom, Tilicho Peak, Chulu West, Manaslu range, and the entire Annapurna range. The next day, you will trek to the pilgrimage site of Muktinath via the Thorung La Pass (5416 m), both highlights in their own right.

After exploring the Muktinath temple, 108 water sprouts, and the surroundings, you will set off on an epic drive to Jomsom. Also known as Dzongsam, Jomsom is a quaint little mountainous town with amazing scenery, cozy shops, and colorful houses. Finally, you will fly back to the beautiful city of Pokhara for adventures of your choice before leaving for Kathmandu.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek offers a truly immersive experience and is alluring to beginners and experienced trekkers alike. It is a moderate to fairly challenging trek and does require preparation beforehand. Nonetheless, with the right mindset, training, acclimatization, and support from our guides, anyone over 12 can complete the trek.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Highlights

  • Magnificent views of the Annapurna Massif, which contains several peaks that are higher than 8,000 meters.
  • The tough Thorong La Pass, which rises to a height of 5,416 meters, is the trail's highest point.
  • The varied mixture of ethnic groups we came across, including Tibetans, Thakalis, and Gurungs.
  • The chance to go to historic monasteries and temples, like the Buddhist and Hindu holy site Muktinath Temple.
  • Passing through verdant forests and little towns, including the lovely Manang village.
  • Opportunity to experience local culture's customs and way of life firsthand.
  • Detour to Tilicho Lake, one of the world's highest freshwater lakes.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Map

Annapurna Circuit Trek map

Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary

  • Day 1:Arrive at Kathmandu AirportAltitude: 1345 m
  • Day 2:Drive from Kathmandu to ChamjeAltitude: 1430 m
  • Day 3:Trek from Chamje to DharapaniAltitude: 1860 m
  • Day 4:Trek from Dharapani to ChameAltitude: 2670 m
  • Day 4:Trek from Chame to PisangAltitude: 3300 m
  • Day 6:Trek from Pisang to Manang ValleyAltitude: 3640 m
  • Day 7:Rest Day at ManangAltitude: 3640 m
  • Day 8:Trek from Manang to Yak KharkaAltitude: 4050 m
  • Day 9:Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi
  • Day 10:Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath via Thorong La (5416 m) PassAltitude: 3760 m
  • Day 11:Drive from Muktinath to JomsomAltitude: 2270 m
  • Day 12:Fly Back from Jomsom to PokharaAltitude: 820 m
  • Day 13:Drive Back to KathmanduAltitude: 1345 m
  • Day 14:Departure

Day 1:Arrive at Kathmandu Airport

  • Max Altitude1345 m
  • Accommodation3-Star Hotel

The first place you will get to see after arriving in Nepal is the great city of Kathmandu. This place features various cultural and religious sites. Upon your arrival, our representatives will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to a 3-star hotel.

If you are tired after your flight, you can spend the rest of the time in your hotel and go to spas, bars, or restaurants in the evening. Otherwise, you can go out and stroll around the streets of Thamel or visit some sites.

Day 2:Drive from Kathmandu to Chamje

  • Max Altitude1430 m
  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsBLD

You will take a ride to Chamje along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway that lasts about 8 hours. First, you will get to Dumre and then to Beshisahar, the headquarters of Lamjung district. You will get some amazing views of mountain peaks from here and pass through beautiful green landscapes. You will reach Chamje and stay here overnight.

Day 3:Trek from Chamje to Dharapani

  • Max Altitude1860 m
  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsBLD

Your trekking journey begins from Chamje. You will descend to the Marsyangdi River and ascend the steep uphill trail to Sattale. Then you will climb the zigzag path to the top of the hill and descend and trek along the riverbank to get to Tal with its mesmerizing waterfalls.

Walking further, you will reach Karte village. You'll then descend to the riverbank, cross the suspension bridge, and climb uphill to finally reach Dharapani.

Day 4:Trek from Dharapani to Chame

  • Max Altitude2670 m
  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsBLD

After breakfast, you will start your trek towards Chame. First, you will reach Danaque after walking through the beautiful Oak and Pine forests. Then, you will cross a small wooden bridge and walk a steep path that leads to Timang.

Timang is a village rich in gorgeous landscapes, lying on the foot of Lamjung Himal. Then you walk a relatively flat terrain to reach Chame which features a beautiful hot spring. You will spend your night at a tea house in Chame.

Day 4:Trek from Chame to Pisang

  • Max Altitude3300 m
  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsBLD

You will wake up early to the stunning sunrise views over Lamjung Himal (6893 m). You will follow the high, rocky trail covered with Pine and Fir forests and walk the steep trail to Baratang.

Further along, you will reach a beautiful valley with a magnificent view of the surrounding landscape and mountains. Walking further, you will reach the lower village of Pisang where you will spend your night.

Day 6:Trek from Pisang to Manang Valley

  • Max Altitude3640 m
  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsBLD

You will start your trek and head towards a steep ridge with picturesque views of Manang Valley and Tilicho Peak (7145 m). Then you will descend past the airstrip at Hungde and reach a flat area with magnificent views of the northeast face of Annapurna III. Continuing your trek, you will reach Sabje Khola Valley.

This place is a great spot to view Annapurna IV (7525 m). Walking further, you will get to a wooden bridge over the Marsyangdi River which takes you to Mungji. You will climb a steep uphill from there to Manang, a village rich in culture and awe-inspiring views.

Day 7:Rest Day at Manang

  • Max Altitude3640 m
  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsBLD

As Manang is at an altitude of more than 3000 m and you will soon be ascending to the Thorong-La pass, altitude sickness might affect you. To avoid the risk of altitude sickness and to cope with the increasing altitude, we'll take an acclimatization rest at the Manang Valley.

Nevertheless, you can hike above the valley (Khansar village) to get an exceptionally beautiful panorama of the Annapurna range. You can walk across the river to the icefall of Annapurna or you can trek to the beautiful Gangapurna glacial lake. Or you can stroll around the Manang Valley and explore the people, their culture, and lifestyle.

Day 8:Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka

  • Max Altitude4050 m
  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsBLD

Today, the trek resumes at altitudes of 4000m and higher at a gradual pace. Leaving Manang, you will ascend a gentle slope to Gunsang village. You can enjoy the spectacular views of Gangapurna, Glacier Dom, Tilicho Peak, Chulu West, Manaslu Range, Annapurna Range, and more. You will stay overnight at a tea house in Yak Kharka.

Day 9:Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi

    You will leave Yak Kharka early in the morning and set off for Thorong Phedi. You will follow the trail that ascends gradually upward along a ridge. Then you will descend downhill to the headwaters of Marsyangdi and cross a wooden bridge. You will ascend a narrow trail and then finally descend to reach the Thorong Phedi. You will spend your night here.

    Day 10:Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath via Thorong La (5416 m) Pass

    • Max Altitude3760 m
    • AccommodationTeahouse
    • MealsBLD

    Trekking towards Thorong La Pass, you might find the path quite difficult since you will reach the highest elevation of the whole trek. Reaching Thorong La Pass, you will get spectacular views of Thorong Peak, Annapurna Range, Dhaulagiri Range, Nilgiri, etc as well as of Kali Gandaki Valley and the lush hills of Mustang.

    The next place you will go to is Muktinath, a place where Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims go in hopes of being liberated or gaining moksha. The trail is an easy downhill path along Jhong Khola. Reaching Muktinath, you can explore the cultural and religious aspects of the temple.

    Day 11:Drive from Muktinath to Jomsom

    • Max Altitude2270 m
    • AccommodationTeahouse
    • MealsBLD

    You will descend to the Kaligandaki Gorge from Muktinath. The trail shares geographical similarities with Tibet. You will pass through the Jharkot and Khingar village whose architectures are similar to the Tibetan architecture.

    You will get a mesmerizing view of Nilgiri Peak along the way. Trekking further downward, you will reach the beautiful Marpha village where the Thakali people live. You will walk along the beautiful stone-paved stairs and descend further from Marpha to Jomsom village. You will have an extraordinary view of Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri from Jomsom.

    Day 12:Fly Back from Jomsom to Pokhara

    • Max Altitude820 m
    • AccommodationTeahouse
    • MealsBreakfast

    You will complete your circuit trek by flying from Jomsom to Pokhara. A scenic flight that takes 20 minutes, you will get to enjoy an aerial view of the region during the flight.

    You can go boating in Phewa and Begnas lakes, and visit other lakes, or go sightseeing in caves like Mahendra and Bat caves, and more. You can also go to bars, restaurants, etc. to try out new foods and enjoy live music. Shopping to buy souvenirs, art pieces, and handicrafts is also a viable option.

    Day 13:Drive Back to Kathmandu

    • Max Altitude1345 m
    • Accommodation3-Star Hotel
    • MealsBLD

    You will have breakfast at Pokhara and get on a bus to Kathmandu that lasts around 6 to 7 hours. Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you can get into the hotel and relax. You can shop for souvenirs and handicrafts, stroll around the streets, and more.

    We will invite you to a farewell dinner organized (and paid for) by Sublime Trails. Look forward to sitting back and enjoying the cultural performances and traditional cuisines.

    Day 14:Departure

    • MealsBreakfast

    Today is the last day of the Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary. Our representative will drop you to the airport and bid you farewell. If you are staying in Nepal for more adventures, we can plan some other activities for you.

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    Cost Details

    Included

    • 15 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 12 Dinner
    • 3-Star accommodation in Kathmandu for 2 nights
    • 3-Star accommodation in Pokhara for 1 night
    • Tea house accommodation along the way for 12 night   
    • All land transportation with pickups and drops
    • One guide and assistant guide between 6 people 
    • 1 porter for two people (A porter can carry up to 25 kg)
    • Annapurna Conservation Area Entrance Fee
    • TIMS Card
    • Down jacket, a Sleeping bag which should be refunded to the company after the trip
    • Necessary paperwork with the government of Nepal and Tax department
    • First Aid service in case of minor injuries

    Excluded

    • Any meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu
    • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects (We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.)
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to any reason
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottled or boiled water, hot shower, etc.)
    • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including mineral water
    • Nepal entry visa fee
    • Tipping for the Sublime crew

    Accommodation

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    Tea House Room - Annapurna Circuit Trek

    Dates, Prices & Booking

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    Start DateStart: SaturdayApr 20, 2024End DateEnd: SundayMay 05, 2024PricePriceUS$1100StatusStatusGuaranteed
    Start DateStart: MondayApr 22, 2024End DateEnd: TuesdayMay 07, 2024PricePriceUS$1100StatusStatusGuaranteed
    Start DateStart: WednesdayApr 24, 2024End DateEnd: ThursdayMay 09, 2024PricePriceUS$1100StatusStatusGuaranteed
    Start DateStart: SaturdayApr 27, 2024End DateEnd: SundayMay 12, 2024PricePriceUS$1100StatusStatusGuaranteed
    Start DateStart: MondayApr 29, 2024End DateEnd: TuesdayMay 14, 2024PricePriceUS$1100StatusStatusGuaranteed

    Trip Essential Information

    Annapurna Circuit Trek Packing List

    The packing and equipment list depends on the time of the year. Therefore, we recommend the following list of basic necessities for an easier and more enjoyable Annapurna Circuit trek.

    • Backpack                                                                  
    • Toothbrush
    • Sunglasses
    • Toothpaste
    • Towel
    • Sunscreen
    • Lip Balm
    • Deodorant
    • Sanitary Napkin
    • First Aid Kit
    • Book
    • Journal
    • Extra cash
    • Energy bars
    • Travel games
    • Binocular
    • Trekking Poles
    • Plug adapter with built-in USB ports
    • Water bottle, headlamp
    • Camera with battery
    • Sleeping bag, pillowcase
    • Pack rain cover
    • Hiking Pants 
    • Long sleeve shirt 
    • Passport and permits
    • Short sleeve shirt 
    • Comfortable and warm pants
    • Down Jacket
    • Socks 
    • Warm hat
    • Sun hat
    • Gloves
    • Raincoat
    • Underwear
    • Hiking boots
    • Soap
    • Shampoo

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    FAQs

    • The trekking region falls in remote areas in Nepal hence is difficult. The trail gets difficult sometimes and you have to cross some landslide area as well which might be a bit risky. Another risk is altitude sickness in the high altitude region. Our team will put their best effort to keep you safe from all kinds of risks. There are going to be such risks as it is an adventure but your safety will be our first priority.

    • Our guides and other team members are well experienced and trained to handle minor problems. In case of emergency conditions, helicopter evacuations are available. Make sure your insurance covers all the expenses for such evacuations.

    • You have to inform a few days ahead for that. If our team is not in a tight schedule, you can also trek to Tlicho lake. However, the price of the package will be changed accordingly.

    • It is not safe to drink water from tap water and streams. The mineral water might not be available on the way. So, bringing the water purification pills with you is the best option for you.

    Annapurna Circuit Trek Reviews

    5.0based on 5 reviews
    • Victor
      VictorJune 05, 2022
      TripAdvisor

      Doubt of finishing Annapurna Circuit but completed without any issues

      First and foremost, I want to thank Mr. Shiva, my trek guide who was with me on my worst and best times in this trek. He was my source of motivation for this trek. Also, my fellow trekkers were kind enough.

      Mr. Ram was a very responsive person. He did reply to my every queries. The well maintained logistics, porters, guides from Sublime Trails were fantastic. I give four or five stars to this company. I recommend this company to everyone who wishes to trek Annapurna Circuit. Best trip of my life. Wonderful.

    • Sarah D
      Sarah DMay 20, 2022
      TripAdvisor

      Extraordinary Annapurna circuit trek

      We(2 couples)completed our first trekking in beautiful Nepal Himalya. We had an amazing time doing the Annapurna circuit. The views was breathtaking everyday. We were so glad that we went with Sublime Trails. Ram was very professional with his work and gave us such a great trip with affordable price. The team went above and beyond from the day we arrived until we took off. Massive thanks to our guide Suman our 2 amazing porters, who took great care of us during the trek. we had so much fun playing cards and singing Nepalese folk songs during the trek. Suman was very professional with his job as well as high altitude and its remedies. we really enjoyed the Thorong la pass,windy valley and hot spring. suman also let us the taste traditional food and drinks both in the mountain and city which we absolutely loved it. Big thanks to Ram and sublime trails team for the extraordinary trip in beautiful Nepal. we cant wait for another adventure with team Sublime again. Highly recommended!!!

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