Key Information

  • Destination:
    Nepal
  • Accommodation:
    3 Star Hotel + Tea House Lodge
  • Trip Style:
    Trekking and Hiking
  • Foods:
    Breakfast in City + BLD in Trek
  • Transportation:
    Public Bus + Private Vehicle
  • Min Person:
    1

About Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of those rare treks in Nepal, that lets you explore almost all the variation in the landscapes Nepal has to offer. It takes you through the river valleys covered in green forests to the high pass that gives you the opportunity to have a grand view of the majestic mountains. The trail passes through many amazing landscapes, lush forests and deserted land of the Manang and Mustang. This amazing journey will take you through some beautiful villages like Manang and Jomsom. Your 18 days of Annapurna region trekking will be full of astounding views and beautiful experiences. 

Thorong La Pass  (5416 m) is the most beautiful vantage point of the region that grants you an opportunity to have the amazing view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri region and many prominent peaks. Apart from wonderful picturesque landscapes, this trek provides you with the chance to visit the renowned Muktinath temple, deserted land of Mustang explore the hidden beauty of Manang valley and many other thrilling experiences. 

Annapurna Circuit Trek journey is a wonderful opportunity to explore the culture and tradition of Multi-Ethnic communities along the way. From Hindu culture to Tibetan Buddhism, you will get to learn too many things about religion, culture and tradition of these isolated people. Annapurna Circuit Trekking package is perfect to explore the beauty of these majestic lands and mountains. The occasional encounters of Hot Springs and mesmerizing waterfalls are like bonus treat to this amazing trip. Sublime Trails trekking crew members will take care of you well throughout the journey and will make sure you get the best trekking experience. 

 

ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy the scenic bus ride from Kathmandu to Chame
  • Walkthrough the lust forests of rhododendrons and oaks with the mountains on the backdrop
  • Explore the unique cultures and traditions of Magar and Gurung and Thakali people 
  • Cross the Thorong La Pass to have an incredible view of Surrounding 
  • Get the picturesque view of glaciers, moraine valleys, rivers, waterfalls and Kaliganaki gorge
  • An incredible view of Annapurna and Dhawalagiri mountain ranges and peaks such as Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Chulu, Thorung, Mt. Dhawalagiri, Mt Lamjung etc.
  • Enjoy the natural hot springs along the way
  • Visit the Manang valley and explore the culture, history and tradition of the people
  • Visit one of the renowned pilgrimage sites of Hindus and Buddhist, Muktinath Temple
  • Visit different gompas and monasteries during the trek

 

What to Expect

1. Food and Accommodation

Teahouses run by local people are available during the trekking journey. They are not much luxurious but will provide you with basic services. You can expect to have foods such as Dal Bhat, pasta, noodles potatoes, vegetables, cereals, eggs, fried rice, soup etc. Basically, you will be provided with any common western or traditional dish you like to have. 

However, you will stay in 3-star hotels in Pokhara and Kathmandu with breakfast service. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants with that provide a variety of dishes in the cities. You can go and explore them for lunch and dinner. 
 

2. Pokhara 

Pokhara is a wonderful city to spend a day. It is home of many beautiful lakes such as Phewa, Rupa, Begnas etc. There are many historically significant and adventurous places such as Bat Cave, Mahendra Cave, Devi’s Fall etc. The ridge of Sarangkot is one of the most beautiful viewpoints to behold the sunrise and sunset.  You can have an amazing view of Annapurna range from there. You will spend a day in Pokhara exploring these amazing places. 
 

3. Muktinath

Muktinath is a sacred pilgrimage site of Hindus and Buddhist. It is the Vishnu temple that lies in Mustang district. It is believed that you will get salvation after visiting this temple and performing Puja. So, many devotees come here every year. It is equally significant for Tibetan Buddhist as they believe the Murti here is a manifestation of Avalokiteshvara who embodies the compassion of Buddha. This temple provides you with an amazing panorama of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain range. 
 

4. Thorong La Pass and Kaligandaki Gorge

Thorong La Pass (5416 m) is the most beautiful vantage point throughout the journey and the highest elevation you will be achieving. You have to cross a challenging route, covered in unstable boulders to get there. The path is windy and covered in snow. However, the view from the Pass is the most satisfying one. You can have a clear and amazing view of mountains such as  Annapurna Massif, Dhawalagiri, Machhcapuchre, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho etc. The view of Kaligandaki gorge from the way to Jomsom is also thrilling. It is the deepest gorge of the world carved by Dhawalagiri and Annapurna peaks. 
 

5. Jomsom 

Jomsom is one of the beautiful villages of the Himalaya region with an airport that connects to Pokhara. It is the last destination of Annapurna Circuit Trek. You can enjoy the picturesque view of the surrounding of the village. Explore Thakali people, their culture and lifestyle who reside in this village. You can try different Thakali traditional food items and indulge yourself in different cultural programs. 
 

6. Different ethnic groups and their culture

During Annapurna Circuit trekking journey, you will encounter many ethnic communities residing in the villages along the way. Mostly, Gurung, Magar, Sherpa and Thakali people reside in these areas.  They have maintained their own tradition and culture throughout history. This trekking is a wonderful opportunity to explore these beautiful communities and their culture. Our professional guides will provide you with all the necessary information regarding these cultures and traditions.
 

7. Glorious view of Mountains and Landscapes

Majestic landscapes along the way are what makes the Annapurna Circuit Trek an amazing experience. Most of the trail of the lower region is covered with rhododendron, oak and pine forests. Animals such as deer, sheep, monal, Himalayan Thar, etc reside on that jungle. During the trek, you will get a wonderful panoramic view of mountains such as Annapurna Massif, Dhawalagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho, Pisang, Pangaudae, etc. Along the way, you will encounter many waterfalls and hot springs. Thorong La pass and Mustang are some of the best vantage points to see these Himalayas glaciers and deep valleys. 

Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary & Map

DAY 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport
  • Picking you up at Tribhuvan International Airport
  • Transferring you to a three-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. Else you can go out and stroll around the streets of Thamel or visit some sites. We will give you a short briefing and you may prepare for the trek.

Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Expected Temperature: (3.1- 27.2) °C
Elevation: 1345 m

 

DAY 02: Orientation and Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley
  • Explore the Kathmandu City
  • Visit 5 of the UNESCO world heritage sites ( Basantapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple)
  • Proceed for the Permit of the Annapurna region

You will have breakfast at the hotel and you will set out for sightseeing in Kathmandu valley. Our private vehicle will come to pick you up at your hotel. You will be visiting 5 of the UNESCO world heritage sites. Apart from that, you will visit many of the places of historical and cultural significance. Beginning from Swayambhunath stupa you will explore Patan Durbar Square, Boudhanath stupa, Pashupatinath temple and Kathmandu durbar square respectively. Our professional guides will guide you through all of the places. You can stroll around the streets of Thamel and go shopping for your trip.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Expected Temperature: (3.1- 27.2) °C
Elevation: 1345 m

 

DAY 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Chamje
  • Take a ride from Kathmandu to Chamje which takes 7-8 hours
  • Get beautiful views of peaks along the way

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (2.3 - 25) °C
Elevation: 1430 m

 

DAY 04: Trek from Chamje to Dharapani
  • Descend the rocky trail down to the river and walk along the Marsyangdi river bank
  • Get beautiful views of peaks along the way
  • Enjoy the beautiful waterfalls, and river valleys covered with green forests

Your trekking journey begins from Chamje. You will descend down to 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 down and walk along the riverbank to get to Tal. You can enjoy some mesmerizing waterfalls here. Walking further, you will reach Karte village. Then again you descend down to the river bank, cross the suspension bridge and climb uphill to reach your destination of the day (Dharapani). You will spend your night at a teahouse in Dharapani.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (0.9 - 23.2) °C
Elevation: 1860 m
Trek Duration: 6-7 hours approx.

 

DAY 05: Trek from Dharapani to Chame
  • Trek through Oak and Pine forests to reach Danaque
  • Walk steep path up to Timang
  • Walk relatively flat terrain
  • Reach Chame and enjoy the hot spring

After waking up and having your breakfast, you will start your trek towards Chame. First, you will reach Danaque after walking through beautiful Oak and Pine forest. Then, you will cross a small wooden bridge and walk a steep path which 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (1.9  - 24.2) °C
Elevation: 2670 m
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours approx.

 

DAY 06: Trek from Chame to Pisang
  • Enjoy the mesmerizing sunrise over the Himalayas
  • Excellent panorama of Annapurna range and the peaks Annapurna II, Pisang Peak, etc.
  • Walk along the Oak and Pine forest

You will wake up early in the morning with the sparkling view of sunrise over Lamjung Himal (6893 m). You will follow the high, rocky trail covered with Pine fir and Pine forest and walk the steep trail to get to Baratang. Then again you will follow the Pine forest. In the end, you will reach a beautiful valley which offers 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-4 - 14) °C
Elevation: 3300 m
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours approx.

 

DAY 07: Trek from Pisang to Manang Valley
  • Walk a trail along the steep ridge
  • Enjoy the picturesque views of Manang valley and Tilicho peak
  • Descend past the airstrip at Hungde and reach  a flat area which offers magnificent views of north-east face of Annapurna III
  • Get a sight of Annapurna IV from Sabje Khola Valley
  • Get to Marshyandgi Khola and to a village Mungji
  • Trek from Mungji to Manang and enjoy the majestic Manang

You will start your trek and head towards a steep ridge which gives you the picturesque views of Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7145 m). Then you will descend past the airstrip at Hungde and reach a flat area which offers magnificent views of north-east 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 Marsyangdi Khola which takes you to Mungji. You will climb a steep uphill from there to reach Manang. You will stay overnight at Manang, a village rich in culture and awe-inspiring views.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-6.3 - 17.6) °C
Elevation: 3640 m
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours approx.

 

DAY 08: Rest day at Manang and Hang in and Around the Town
  • Take acclimatization rest at Manang valley
  • Walk across the river to the icefall of Annapurna
  • Ascend the village above the valley to get a wonderful panorama of Annapurna range
  • You can visit the Gangapurna glacier Lake

As Manang is at an altitude of more than 3000 m and you soon will be ascending to Thorung- La pass, altitude sickness might affect you. To avoid the risk of altitude sickness and to cope with the increasing altitude, you take an acclimatization rest at Manang valley. As a part of your acclimatization, you can hike above the valley (Khansar village ) to get an exceptionally beautiful panorama of Annapurna range. You can walk across the river to the icefall of Annapurna or you can trek to the beautiful Gangapurna glacier lake. Or you can stroll around the Manang valley and explore the people, their culture and lifestyle.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-6.3 - 17.6) °C
Elevation: 3640 m

 

DAY 09: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka
  • Ascend a gentle uphill towards Gunsang village via Tengi
  • Get the panoramic views of Annapurna range throughout the day
  • Enjoy the views of Gangapurna, Glacier Dom, Tilicho Peak, Chulu West and Manaslu Range etc

Though you just spent a whole day yesterday acclimatizing,  you will still have to continue your trek slowly in this high altitude of elevation more than 4000 m. Leaving Manang, you will ascend a gentle slope towards Gunsang village. You can enjoy the spectacular views of Gangapurna, Glacier Dom, Tilicho Peak, Chulu West, Manaslu Range and Annapurna range, etc. You will stay overnight at a tea house in Yak Kharka.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-8 - 7.9) °C
Elevation: 4050 m
Trek Duration: 3-4 hours approx.

 

DAY 10: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi
  • Ascend the rocky trail and then descend to get to the headwaters of the Marsyangdi river
  • Enjoy the beautiful panorama of Annapurna range

You will leave Yak Kharka early in the morning and set off for Thorung 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 the wooden bridge. You will ascend a narrow trail and then finally descend to reach the Thorung Phedi. You will spend your night here.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-15.9 - 12.1) °C
Elevation: 4450 m
Trek Duration: 3-4 hours approx.

 

DAY 11: Trek from Thorung Phedi to Muktinath via Thorung La (5416 m) Pass
  • Wake up early and head towards Thorung La Pass via Thorung High Camp
  • Walk a completely uphill path
  • Get spectacular views of Thorung Peak, Annapurna Range, Dhaulagiri range, Nilgiri, etc. from Thorung La Pass
  • Enjoy the amazing views of Kali Gandaki valley  and the lush hills of Mustang
  • Walk an easy downhill trek to Muktinath along Jhong Khola Valley
  • Explore one of the most famous Hindu pilgrimages, Muktinath temple

Trekking towards Thorung La Pass, you might find the path quite difficult since you will reach the highest elevation of the whole trek. Reaching Thorung La Pass, you will get spectacular views of Thorung 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 to be liberated or gain moksha. The trail is an easy downhill path along Jhong Khola. Reaching Muktinath, you can explore the cultural and religious aspects of the temple.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-2 - 22) °C
Elevation: 3760 m
Trek Duration: 7-8 hours approx.

 

DAY 12: Trek Muktinath to Jomsom
  • Walk down the George of Kaligandaki river (Including deepest   of the World)
  • Pass through the village that share similarity with Tibetan architecture
  • Get spectacular views of Annapurna Range, Dhaulagiri range, Nilgiri, etc.

You will descend down to Kaligandaki Gorge from Muktinath. The trail shares geographical similarity with Tibet. You will pass through the Jharkot and Khingar village whose architectures are similar to the  Tibetan architecture. You will get the mesmerizing view of Nilgiri peak along the way. Trekking further downward, you will reach the beautiful Marpha village. Thakali people reside there. You will walk along the beautiful stone pavers stair of the village. You descend further from Marpha to get to the beautiful Jomsom village. You will have an extraordinary view of Nilgiri and Dhawalagiri from Jomsom. You will spend your night here.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-1.7 - 22) °C
Elevation: 2720 m
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours approx.

 

DAY 13: Fly back from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Have your breakfast in Jomsom and fly to Pokhara
  • Sightseeing, shopping and chilling in Pokhara

You will complete your circuit trek by flying from Jomsom to Pokhara. It is a 20 minutes flight and you can enjoy an aerial view of the region. Reaching Pokhara, you will have lots of fun activities you can take part in. You can go sightseeing, go boating in Phewa and Begnas lakes, and visit other lakes, visit caves like Mahendra and Bat caves, etc. You can also go to bars, restaurants, etc. to try new food and enjoy live music. You may go shopping to buy souvenirs, art pieces, handicrafts, etc.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Expected Temperature: (7.3 - 29.7) °C
Elevation: 820 m

[Note: Weather conditions might lead to a drive to Pokhara instead of a flight.]

 

DAY 14: Drive Back to Kathmandu
  • Scenic ride from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Stroll around the streets of Kathmandu and shop souvenirs and handicrafts
  • Explore the cafes, restaurants and bars

You will have breakfast at Pokhara and drive to Kathmandu. You will have a scenic bus ride for about 6/7 hours to get to Kathmandu. You will come ride through the beautiful river valleys covered in greeneries. Upon your arrival at Kathmandu, you can get into the hotel and relax. You can shop souvenirs and handicrafts, stroll around the street etc. You will enjoy  farewell dinner organized by Sublime Trails. There will be cultural dances and traditional food items you can experience. You can share your success story with other trekkers as well.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Expected Temperature: (3.1 - 27.2) °C
Elevation: 1345 m

 

DAY 16: Departure

Today is the last day of your trekking package and you will return to your home or your next destination. Our representative will drop you to the airport and bid you farewell. If you are going to stay in Nepal, we can plan some other activities for you. Sublime Trails will be happy to be of any help to you.

Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

  • Airport pick up and drop service
  • 3 nights in Kathmandu and 1 night in Pokhara hotel accommodation with breakfast (3-star hotel)
  • One day Kathmandu tour with monument entrance fees
  • Flight fare from Jomsom to Pokhara (If the weather is bad you will take a jeep or bus to reach Pokhara from Jomsom)
  • Teahouse/Lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Public transportation from Kathmandu to Chamje
  • Tourist Bus transportation from Pokhara to Kathmandu 
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during the 12 days trekking
  • Well experienced guide, porter, and 1 assistant for a group with more than 6 pax
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project entrance fees, TIMS card fee
  • Necessary paperwork with Government of Nepal and Tax department
  • All the necessary insurance for Sublime's crew
  • All the necessary bus, car and jeep service for the trip
  • Sublime First Aid kit carried by our guide
  • Sleeping bags and down jackets (to be returned to the company after the trip)
  • Salary, equipment, food, and accommodation for Sublime’s crew
  • Emergency Evacuation Assistance Service (The cost of the Helicopter, Hospital cost, and necessary transport are not included. )
  • Any meal other than breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Rescue, travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal injury (We strongly advise you to use your personal travel insurance.)
  • Any extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountains due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, etc)
  • Any alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks
  • Any desserts
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Tips for Sublime’s crew

Departure Notes

The dates are guaranteed and scheduled departure dates.  If the dates are not suitable for you we still operate your trip. Please contact us or inquire through customizing trip form, we promise to arrange your trip. 

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19 Oct, 2019 - 03 Nov, 2019 Guaranteed $890 USD
26 Oct, 2019 - 10 Nov, 2019 Guaranteed $890 USD

Annapurna Circuit Trek Reviews

Rated 5/5 based on 3 reviews

My 17-day trek in Annapurna Circuit with Sublime Trails was superb. The views were amazing! Ram was very quick and clear in communication, efficient in logistic arrangements. Biggest thanks go to my guide Hari and porter Kiran who bore with my slow walking, who shared with me good laughs along the way. I learned a lot about Nepali culture thanks to them. Due to the high altitude, I got sick for 2 days but was well taken care of. Ram even made a phone call to make sure everything was ok. He also invited me for a very nice farewell dinner. With their super good services, I would recommend Sublime Trails!  

I am very appreciative of what Sublime had organized for our Annapurna Circuit Trek happened in October 2015. Originally we had 16 members confirmed to participate in the Annapurna Circuit Trek which is scheduled to take place in October 2015. Unfortunately, the earthquake in April 2015 had a scared majority of the teammates and reduced the number of members to six of us. Facing the challenge of the reduction in group size and the possibility of changing trek operator had never reduced the sincerity of Sublime to make the trip happened for us. Day by day in the process of discussing, planning and negotiating with Ram for the trip to take place, the sincerity, the positive attitude, the knowledge and most importantly his passion to make the trip happened for us and his passion to the Nepal travel industry has gained my respect. During our 13 days with Sublime, the warm-hearted, friendly, caring, fun and loving assistance provided from the porters to the guide had truly made this as one of the memorable trekking experience and a knowledgeable trip for six of us. Ram and his team have provided us an incredible support when one of our teammates struck with AMS when we crossed the Thorong La Pass. We are truly touched with their help. I highly recommend Sublime to anyone who looking for an enjoyable and memorable trekking experience in Nepal.

Six of us, James Ooi, Yuen Hoong Chin, Yee Tuck Heng, Tan Teck Kang, Goh Siew Lin and I engaged the service of Sublime Trails Pvt. Ltd. during our recent Annapurna Circuit Trekking (1 to 14 Oct 2015).  Ram Khadka and his teammates, Suman, Prakash, Kiran and Dinesh of Sublime not only very professional and experienced, but they are also very supporting and caring. They had done more than enough for us. We built the trust and friendship during the trekking. For those traveling to Nepal in near future, we strongly believe Sublime is your good choice

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