Annapurna Circuit Trek

Trip Facts

  • Duration 16 Days
  • Trip Difficulty moderate_strenuous
  • Max. Altitude 5,416 m / 17,700 ft
  • Start and End -
  • Best Time March to May & September to November.
  • Accommodation Best Hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara with local lodge on treks.

Trip Highlights

  • Annapurna Circuit a great scenic trek, listed as world’s top ten adventure destinations.
  • Following the high trails from low warm to cooler hills and towards arctic zone landscapes.
  • Enjoy the adventure facing daily views of towering snow-capped Himalayan mountain range.
  • Adventure around whole scenic sides of Annapurna from east, north, west ending at south


Annapurna Circuit Trekking is an adventure around all sides and faces of the massive Annapurna Himalaya range. The walk leads east, north, and west, then finally ends towards south Annapurna's scenic green hills, covered in dense rhododendron forest. An adventure full of beauty and charm, where the walk follows through lovely traditional farm villages festooned with religious monuments. As the trail leads around beautiful Manang valley,
with time to explore the local immense culture of Buddhism. The adventure then heads towards the end of Manang valley crossing over Thorang-La Pass at 5,416 m, the highest point of the trek.

After an exciting experience on top of Thorang-La Pass, facing an incredible panorama of the snow mountain range of Annapurna Himalayas. Includes grand views of Dhaulagiri, Chulu’s, and Damodar Himal, then downhill around Mustang district at Muktinath. A famous Hindu temple is regarded as the holiest of all holy sites around the great Himalayan range.

From Muktinath journey leads down to low warm farm areas past Jomsom town and the nice villages of Marpha and Tukuche. Reaching Tatopani village, a place with a natural hot spring to enjoy a refreshing dip in a warm pool. The adventure continues with a long big climb through several villages of Ghara, Sikha, and Chitre to high Ghorepani village. Located in rhododendron and pine forest, the whole area is regarded as the world’s largest natural garden.

Trekkers can experience during flowering times of the spring season from March to May, a scenic spot. Situated at the base of famous Poon Hill, next early morning an hour hike to Poon Hill. From the high Poon Hill enjoy the morning glory of striking sunrise, reflecting on an array of snow-capped peaks. Catch the views of the world’s three highest mountain ranges of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Annapurna Himalayas with the magnificent Fish-Tail peak.

Enjoying the fabulous panorama of a beautiful mountain range, our adventurous walks slowly come to an end. As route leads downhill around low sub-tropical farm country, then a short exciting drive to beautiful Pokhara city. At Pokhara, our marvelous adventure completes, after a wonderful experience on Annapurna Circuit Trekking with the excellent services of Tamang Randomness Treks.

Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Drive to Jagat village 1,360 m via Besisar-07 hrs.
Day 03: Trek to Dharapani village 1, 820 m – 06 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Chame 2,710 m -05 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Pisang 3,115 m – 05 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Manang 3,540 m- 04 hrs.
Day 07: Rest day in Manang for acclimatization and local excursion.
Day 08: Trek to Yak Kharka 4, 110 m – 04 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to High Camp 4,900 m -04 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Muktinath 3, 800 m crossing high Thorang la pass 5,416 m /17,700 feet – 06 hrs.
Day 11: Drive to Tatopani 1,200 m – 04 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Ghorepani village 2,885 m – 06 hrs.
Day 13: Morning hike to Poon Hill and trek to Tirkhedhunga village 1,425 m – 06 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Bhirethati 1,100 m and drive to Pokhara 860 m- 04 hrs.
Day 15: Drive or fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 16: Depart for international departure

What's included

  • All transfers (usually by privatevehicle) according to tour plan (incl. transport during sightseeing)
  • Map
  • Accommodation (double room) in Kathmandu, in Pokhara and in simple teahouses/lodges during the trekking tour *)
  • Entrance fees in Kathmandu, Annapurna Conservation Permit and TIMS card
  • English speaking travel/city guide in Kathmandu
  • English speaking guide and porter during the trekking tour
  • Food (full board) incl. country typical drinks (tea, coffee) during the trekkingtour
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu und Pokhara
  • Airport tax
  • Welcome- Dinner in Kathmandu

What's not included

  • Visa for Nepal
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, mineral water during the trekking tour
  • Food (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • All kind of drinks in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Food and drinks during the jeep/bus drive Kathmandu to Bulbule and Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Other domestic flights
  • Excess baggage charges domestic flights
  • Extra charge for hot shower during the trekking tour
  • Extra charge for recharging camera or mobile batteries during the trekking tour
  • Personal Travel- and health insurance
  • Emergency transport / emergency evacuation
  • Tips (for driver,city guide, trekking guide and porter)
  • Personal expenses
  • Flight from home country to Kathmandu and back
  • *) single supplement charge has to be added, if requested.

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

    On first arrival at Kathmandu and Nepal international airport, our staff and guide receives you with traditional welcome. A short drive to your hotel, situated on the main part of the city, and then check into your rooms. After getting refresh join with other members of the group for trek briefing, our Tamang Randomness Treks guide. Will provide necessary information regarding the trek, culture with do’s and don’ts making your holiday in Nepal enjoyable.

    Evening a group dinner in a nice Nepalese restaurants with folk cultural programs, an introduction to Nepalese meals and culture.

  • Day 02: Drive to Jagat village 1,360 m via Besisar-07 hrs.

    An early morning start for overland journey to the starting point of trekking, as drive leads beyond Kathmandu valley. Heading towards low warm farm area at Lamjung district at Besisar a large town, as drive continues past Syange village. Where drive climbs on winding dirt road to Jagat village for overnight in the comfort of a nice simple lodge.

    Altitude: 1,360 m
  • Day 03: Trek to Dharapani village 1, 820 m - 06 hrs.

    Start the first day walk, as morning trail leads above Masrsyangdi River reaching Chamje village, and then crossing the river. Walk follows on nice gradual trail with short climb and then down to Tal Besi village. From here entering Manang district on leaving Lamjung areas at Tal for possible lunch stop. Afternoon an enjoyable trek with few short steep and down to Dharapani village for overnight in a nice lodge. From here onwards beginning of Buddhism strong culture all the way to Manang village and Mustang areas.

    Altitude: 1, 820 m
  • Day 04: Trek to Chame 2,710 m -05 hrs.

    Morning from Dharapani, a pleasant uphill walk into lovely forest of pines and rhododendron reaching Bagarchap and Danque villages. From here a steep climb to a large village of Timang for lunch stop. From here enjoy grand views of Manaslu Himal range with Lamjung Himal and Annapurna peaks. Afternoon few hours of gentle walk to Kodo village and then short climb towards Chame for overnight halt. Chame a headquarter town of Manang district with many good lodges, located on a river gorge.

    Altitude: 2,710 m
  • Day 05: Trek to Pisang 3,115 m - 05 hrs.

    After Chame, morning walk leads to higher ground following the Masrsyangdi River through dense pine and rhododendron forest. As walk leads to Bhratang village, and towards a bridge to cross, and then climb to a high ridge. A small settlement called Dukare Pokhari for lunch stop facing views Pisang Peak, and village down below. Afternoon walk down to a flat area reaching Pisang village for overnight stop in a nice small lodge.

    Altitude: 3,115 m
  • Day 06: Trek to Manang 3,540 m- 04 hrs.

    Morning facing views of Annapurna-II with Chulu’s and Pisang peaks, start the day following a high trail through cool forest. Then on top of a high hill offers magnificent views of scenic Manang Valley with an array of snow peaks that surround the beautiful valley of Manang. From the top down to Hondge village with a small airstrip, and the following the trail to Braga Village. Stopping here for short tour of old Braga Monastery, the top of monastery offers superb panorama of Annapurna Himalayas. Includes Chulu’s and Pisang peak, after an interesting visit of the monastery a short walk to main Manang village.

    At Manang village with many good lodges and guest houses with excellent food menu to enjoy the overnight halt for two days.

    Altitude: 3,540 m
  • Day 07: Rest day in Manang for acclimatization and local excursion.

    After continues walk, enjoy the rest day in Manang at perfect altitude for acclimatization. On rest day take a hike to Manang view point which is across the Masrsyangdi River with an hour climb. Facing close views of Gangapurna Himal and its Ice fall with small Manang glacial Lake. Afternoon at leisure to explore the interesting village of Manang and marvel the views of snow peaks that surrounds Manang valley.

  • Day 08: Trek to Yak Kharka 4, 110 m - 04 hrs.

    After a pleasant and wonderful rest at Manang village, morning a short walk of few hours to Yak Kharka. On leaving Manang village, walk on gentle high altitude trail facing views of Gangapurna Himal, Tilicho Peak with Chulu West. Slowly the day walk ends reaching a small settlement at Yak Kharka for lunch and overnight stop.

    Altitude: 4, 110 m
  • Day 09: Trek to High Camp 4,900 m -04 hrs.

    Another short day, but leads to slow walk due to rise in altitude, from Yak Kharka short walk to Ledar. A small place with few lodges, as walk continues down to Jarsing River and then climb to a high ridge. From here on easy gradual path to Thorang Phedi, located on the Manang Valley rim, stopping here for short rest. Continue walk with steep climb for an hour to Thorang High Camp for lunch and overnight stop.

    Altitude: 4,900 m
  • Day 10: Trek to Muktinath 3, 800 m crossing high Thorang la pass 5,416 m /17,700 feet - 06 hrs.

    Start the day early morning, having good breakfast for a long climb and downhill. The walk follows to steep winding up, then on top of Thorang-La pass marked with hundreds of Buddhist prayer flags. Enjoy the grand panorama of snow mountain range that surrounds the highest spot of the trek. A long descent to the base of Thorang-La around Mustang area. From the bottom a gradual walk to Muktinath temple and the village of Rani-Pawa for overnight halt. Muktinath regarded as one of the sacred temple for all Hindu and some Buddhist followers. From the overnight lodge offers grand views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiris Himal.

    Altitude: 5,416 m
  • Day 11: Drive to Tatopani 1,200 m - 04 hrs.

    From Muktinath taking a break from walking, as the motorable road has reached around Mustang area. Saving few days of trekking and make the trip shorter, taking an exciting drive to low warm Tatopani village. The drive follows down to Kaligandaki River valley past Jomsom town, Marpha and Tukuche villages. Then ending the drive reaching Tatopani village, an interesting place for overnight stop. Tatopani village with natural hot-spring a few minutes’ walk from the lodge, enjoy refreshing dip in warm pool.

    Altitude: 1,200 m
  • Day 12: Trek to Ghorepani village 2,885 m - 06 hrs.

    Our adventurous walk continues from Tatopani village, walk on pleasant trail crossing a bridge over Kaligandaki River. Soon our route diverts from the main road heading for a climb to a ridge reaching farm areas at Ghara. Walk leads on gradual up past Sikha and Chitre villages then reaching Ghorepani village for overnight halt.

    Altitude: 2,885 m
  • Day 13: Morning hike to Poon Hill and trek to Tirkhedhunga village 1,425 m - 06 hrs.

    Early morning hike for an hour with climb reaching Poon Hill at 3,210 m high. Enjoy the glorious sunrise with world’s three tallest peaks of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu Himalayas with majestic Machhapuchare Himal.

    After an enjoyable moment down to Ghorepani for breakfast, and then downhill within rhododendron and pine tree forest. As walk leads down to Tirkhedhunga village for overnight stop, a place with beautiful waterfalls near the lodge.

    Altitude: 1,425 m
  • Day 14: Trek to Bhirethati 1,100 m and drive to Pokhara 860 m- 04 hrs.

    Our last day trek of the adventure, having breakfast walk downhill to low warm farm villages at Bhirethati. From here taking a few hour drives to beautiful Pokhara for last overnight stop. After a marvelous adventure on Annapurna Circuit Trekking.

    Altitude: 860 m
  • Day 15: Drive or fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

    Morning depart from the hotel in Pokhara for drive to Kathmandu, reaching by late afternoon and back to your hotel. Rest of the afternoon free at leisure for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.
    (Options for flight to Kathmandu from Pokhara of half hour scenic flight)

  • Day 16: Depart for international departure.

    Last day in Kathmandu and Nepal, as time for your international flight our staff and guide transfer you to the airport. For your international flight homeward bound, after a great wonderful adventure and exciting experience on Annapurna Circuit Trekking.

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FAQs of Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • 01: Is Annapurna Circuit trek tough and hard?

    The only tough part of the whole adventure is walking uphill for few hours. But taking at slow pace with enough short rest will make the trek much easier and enjoyable.
  • 02: Are there electricity power to charge our electronic gadgets and items?

    No worries, there are electricity power to charge our electronic gadgets in every lodges on route trekking. Where you use the facilities on paying a small fee for each items as per hour.
  • 03: What do expect on this trek?

    Nepal and the Himalayas, 80% of the country of hills and valleys including the world’s highest peaks. Where walk leads to steep climb and downhill, as well enjoying wonderful views of snow-capped peaks. The charm of this trek is walking into beautiful cool rhododendron forest and around villages of lively and impressive cultures.
  • 04: How are the food and accommodation on treks?

    From Kathmandu onwards staying in local mountain lodges and guest house. Where most good lodges have rooms with common or attached bathe and toilets running hot and cold water for showers. A neat and clean rooms, however carrying your sleeping bags adds extra comfort. The food are served in a nice large dining rooms with a fire place to keep the dining warm and cozy. Nearly all lodges on treks serves comprehensive food menu to choose from Continental, Chinese, Indian, Nepalese, Tibetan. As well some places serves Korean, Japanese and Mexican food also, some restaurants with fresh bakery product also. But from Manang village onwards for few days accommodation in a simple basic lodge with limited food menu to enjoy. After Muktinath and Tatopani to Ghorepani staying in standard good lodge with excellent food menu.

What Other Travellers' Say

Mountain lovers, we had long dreamed of the high Himalayan peaks

Mountain lovers, we had long dreamed of the high Himalayan peaks. At 70, the dream became reality… it was time!!!

On April 3, 2015, takeoff from Toulouse for Katmandu where SONAM was waiting for us, whom we had chosen as our guide. Return scheduled for May 5th. Impossible to imagine that we were going to live together an extreme situation, the earthquake of April 25th . An event of incredible violence which would tend to overshadow the previous 3 weeks, however extraordinary.

So let’s start at the beginning…

It is thanks to the Internet, this marvelous tool, that we discovered the existence of SONAM. Throughout our many exchanges for the preparation of the 2 treks, his seriousness, his clever advice had seduced us. We will not be disappointed, on the contrary.

Monique (68) and René (70)


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