Annapurna Circuit Trek - 18 Days

Trip Overview

The high point of the trek entails crossing of the 5414m high Throng Pass, from the arid valley of the upper Manang, home of Tibeto- Buddhists, down to the Hindu pilgrimage site of Muktinath, and the Kali Gandaki valley, the world's deepest river gorge, before heading down to Pokhara. Besides the mountain views, we encounter on this trek a variety of mountain communities of the Gurung, Manangi and Thakali people.

Annapurna region is best described as the most happening incentive trekking destination of Nepal. The Annapurna Circuit Trek has been proved as a highly praised and spectacular trekking route in the Annapurna region since it opened to foreign trekkers in 1977. This three weeks trek starts right from Besishahar and goes along the Marshyangdi River, with great view of Manashlu and Himal Chuli to the east. This magnificent trek leads you to the fine village inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups, offering spectacular and majestic view of the white Himalayas. As it continues to the north of the main Himalayan range on to the high and dry Tibetan Plateau, the scenery is equally breathtaking.

The highest point of the trek is Thorungla pass at the top of the valley at 5416m high. Due to the difficulties of crossing the pass, the circuit is usually walked in a counter clockwise direction. Traveling clockwise the longer ascent and shorter descent from west to east is too much for many peoples to manage in one day. To top it all, the crossing of the Thorong La pass (5,416m) is a challenging ascent, surrounded by some of the most magnificent.

Trip Facts

  • country Nepal
  • Destination Throungla pass( longest pass in the world)
  • Duration 18 days
  • Activities Cultural tour/Trekking
  • Grade Moderate and Fairly Strenuous Learn
  • Best Season February to May & Sep to second week of the December
  • Group Size Min. 2 and Max 15
  • Altitude Min. 820m/Max. 5416m
  • Starts/Ends Kathmandu (Capital of Nepal)
  • Accommodation 3 to 4 stars hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara on BB plan & mountain lodge( Tea-house ) in trekking.
  • Meals included Breakfast and welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu / Full board in Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
  • Transportation Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car- By bus from Kathmandu to Besishar/Pokhara to Kathmandu and by car from trek ending point to Pokhara.

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  1. Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters). Hotel There you will be met by our Airport Representative and transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel on BB plan.
  2. Drive from Kathmandu to Besi Shahar (830m/2723ft). Driving 5:30 hours, O/N at guest house,
  3. Drive to Syange and trek to Chamje(1560m/5118ft). Driving 2 hours and Walking 4:30 hours, O/N at guest house,
  4. Chamje to Dhararpani (1810m/5938ft). Walking 5:30 hours, O/N at guest house,
  5. Dharapani to Chame(2725m/8940ft). Walking 6 hours, O/N at guest house,
  6. Chame to Pisang (3190m/10466ft). Walking 5:30 hours, O/N at guest house
  7. Pisang to Manang(3500m/11483ft) walking 5 hours, O/N at guest house,
  8. Rest in Manang for acclimatization, O/N at guest house,
  9. Manang to Yak Kharka (4090m/13418ft). Walking 5 hours, O/N at guest house,
  10. Yak kharka to Throung Phedi(4441m/14570ft) walking 6 hours, O/N at guest house,
  11. Thorung Phedi to Muktinath via Thoroung-la passes (5416m/17769ft). Walking 8:30, O/N at guest house,
  12. Drive to Tatopani( 1110m/3636ft). Driving 6 hours, O/N at guest house,
  13. Tatopani to Shikha( 2020m/ 6116ft) walking 5 hours, O/N at guest house,
  14. Shikha to Ghorepani (2834m/9298ft). Walking 4:30 hours, O/N at guest house,
  15. Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3210m/10531ft) to trek to Tadapani( 2520m/8316ft) Walking 6:30 hours, O/N at guest house,
  16. Tadapani to Nyapul and drive to Pokhara. Walking 5 hours and drive for an hour, O/N at hotel at 3 stars,
  17. Drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. O/N at Hotel,
  18. After breakfast, the trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu international airport for your final flight departure from Nepal.

Note: Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. If you would like to stay more than 18 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari etc. Please, let us know, we will follow accordingly. Extend your trip (For the extension options, please click here).

  1. Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters). Hotel There you will be met by our Airport Representative and transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel on BB plan.
  2. Drive to Besisahar by bus (830meters). 6 hours. Trekking staff will arrive at your Hotel at 7.00 am in the morning to pick you up. We have 7 hours of driving to Besishar. It is about 185km from Kathmandu. On arrival at Besisahar you will witness stunning snow caped mountain scenery. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  3. Drive to Syange and trek to Chamje (1400meters). 5 hours The trail drops steeply to Syange at 1070meters from Bahundanda. Leaving Bahundanda a large waterfall may be seen. Crossing the Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge. We then follow the river to the stone village of Jagat before climbing through forest to Chamje at 1400meters. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  4. Trek to Bagarchhap (2160meters). 5 hours. Our day begins with the rocky trail following the Marsyandi Rivers steadily uphill to Tal at 1675meters, the first village in the Manang district. We make a trail verse crossing a wide, flat valley. The journey continues up and down to Dharapani at 1890 meters. A stone entrance chorten typical of the Tibetan influenced villages. Upon reaching Bagarchhap at 2160 meters the typical flat roofed stone houses of local Tibetans design along with the village surrounded by apple Orchards and maize fields. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  5. Trek to Chame (2630meters). 5 hours. The trail climbs to Tyanja at 2360 meters, then continuing through forest, but near the river, to Kopar at 2590meters. As we reach the Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II as you approach Chame & two small hot springs by the town. Along this route we are introduced to a local community said to have migrated from Tibet a long time past, noticeable by their different features. With them, they have bought local Tibetan house designs and maintained their ways. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  6. Trek to Pisang (3300 meters) 5 hours. The day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge at 2910meters. We then cross another bridge at 3040meters, from there the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3200m & 3300meters. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  7. Trek to Manang (3540 meters). 5 hours. Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. People of this region herd the yaks & raise crops for part of the year. They also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784. Leaving Pisang, we have alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meets up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3325meters which 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 3475meters to nearby Manang at 3540meters. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  8. Acclimatization day at Manang village. Today we spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend doing some fine day walks and over viewing the magnificent views around the village & the day time is best to gain altitude. At the end of the day, we return back to our accommodation & have a night rest. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  9. Trek to Yak Kharka (4000 meters) 5 hours. Today we leave Manang, & the trail makes an ascent of nearly 500meters to the Yak Kharka. We make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka at 4000 meters, there we see the many yaks and vegetations steadily more sparse. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  10. Trek to Thorong Phedi (4450 meters) 5 hours. After asending for two hours the trail descends to cross the river at 4310meters we then climb up to Thorong Phedi at 4450meters where we have recently found some good Guesthouses built. Our overnight stay will be there. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  11. Trek to Muktinath (3800 meters) via Thorung La pass (5416 meters) 8 hours. Today is a long trek starting before sunrise at 4 am to reach the pass by 9-10 am otherwise weather conditions will greatly affect the journey. We cross over at an altitude of 5416 meters we can be exposed to strong winds if crossing too late. We start to climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by heavy snow. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the chortens & prayer flags. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent view from the top with another 4 hours trek will take to the holy town of Muktinath. Muktinath means place of Nirvana and is home to the Muktinath temple as well as several monasteries. It is said that all sorrows you feel are relieved when visiting the Temple, which is a scared pilgrimage site to both Hindus and Buddhists. The main pilgrimage normally takes place in September. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it from which Holy water pours. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple this contains a spring and an eternal flame fed by natural underground gas. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  12. Drive to Tatopani( hotspring) 4 hours
  13. Tatopani to Shikha( 2020m/ 6116ft) (5 hours)
  14. Shikha to Ghorepani (2834m/9298ft). (4:30 hours)
  15. Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2520m/8268ft). An early start and an hour hiking to Poon Hill (3195m) leads us to a brilliant spectacle, this vantage point provides an unobstructed view of sunrise over the high Himalayas. After spending about 45 minutes on the hillside, we come back to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast, and start walking to Tadapani. From Ghorepani the trail climbs along ridges and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (2960m). We descend to reach Banthanti, before winding our way to Tadapani (2540m). 6 :30 hours .
  16. Trek to Nyapul and drive to Pokhara. From Tikedhunga it's easy walking all downhill to Naya Pul where our trekking ends. 3 hours. And we drive to Pokhara about an hour away. O/N at hotel
  17. Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
  18. After breakfast, the trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu international airport for your final flight departure from Nepal.

Note: Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. If you would like to stay more than 18 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari etc. Please, let us know, we will follow accordingly. Extend your trip (For the extension options, please click here).

Month Tour Start Tour End
September 03 Sep 20 Sep
September 06 Sep 23 Sep
September 13 Sep 30 Sep
September 20 Sep 07 Oct
September 27 Sep 14 Oct
October 02 Oct 19 Oct
October 08 Oct 25 Oct
October 15 Oct 01 Nov
October 22 Oct 08 Nov
October 29 Oct 15 Nov
November 01 Nov 18 Nov
November 08 Nov 25 Nov
November 15 Nov 02 Nov
November 26 Nov 13 Dec
December 03 Dec 20 Dec
December 10 Dec 21 Dec
December 17 Dec 28 Dec
December 25 Dec 27 jan 17
Month Tour Start Tour End
February 06 Feb 23 Feb
February 09 Feb 26 Feb
February 15 Feb 03 Feb
February 22 Feb 10 Mar
March 01 Mar 18 Mar
March 06 Mar 23 Mar
March 14 Mar 31 Mar
March 19 Mar 05 Mar
March 22 Mar 08 Apr
March 28 Mar 14 Apr
April 02 Apr 19 Apr
April 05 Apr 22 Apr
April 12 Apr 29 Apr
April 19 Apr 06 Apr
April 26 Apr 13 May
April 30 Apr 17 May
May 01 May 18 May
May 10 May 27 May
May 17 May 03 May
May 24 May 10 Jun
June 04 Jun 21 Jun
June 08 Jun 25 Jun
June 14 Jun 01 Jun
June 21 Jun 08 Jul
July 03 Jul 20 Jul
July 09 Jul 26 Jul
September 03 Sep 20 Sep
September 06 Sep 23 Sep
September 13 Sep 30 Sep
September 20 Sep 07 Oct
September 27 Sep 14 Oct
October 02 Oct 19 Oct
October 08 Oct 25 Oct
October 15 Oct 01 Nov
October 22 Oct 08 Nov
October 29 Oct 15 Nov
November 01 Nov 18 Nov
November 08 Nov 25 Nov
November 15 Nov 02 dec
November 26 Nov 13 Dec
December 03 Dec 20 Dec
December 10 Dec 27 Dec
December 17 Dec 03 Dec
December 25 Dec 11 Jan 18
Trekking Boot One Pairs
Thick Socks 4 Pairs
Light Socks 3 Pairs
Camp Shoes 1 Pair
Sandals 1 Pair
Sleeping Bag(4seasons) 1
Down Jacket 1
Daypack 1
Water Bottle 1
Sun Cream  
Sunglasses  
Flashlight Witd Spare Bulbs, Batteries, Lip Salve, Gaiters.  
Down Or Fiber Filled Waterproof Jacket And Trousers 1
Fleece Jacket Or Pullover 1
Warm Cotton Trousers 2 Pairs
Shirts And T-Shirts 4 Pieces
Lightweight Cotton Long Pants 3 Pairs
Long Under Wear 2 Pieces
Short Under Wear 4 Pieces
Sun Hat Or Scarf 1
Woolen Hat 1
Sunglasses 1
Lightweight Gloves 1
Rain Coat 1
Heavyweight Gloves Or Mittens Witd A Waterproof 1
Insect Repellent
Toilet Articles
Note Book & Pen
Toilet Roll
Laundry Soap
Pocket Knife
Towel
Sewing Kit
Plasters
Binoculars
Camera
Film
Cards And Personal Medical Kit
Short description Mode of the packages: What are included in the packages?

Welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu, Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast at 3stars level, Meals3 times a day (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking and Pokhara, Twin sharing comfortable and clean private room in trekking, necessary permits, all the ground transportation as per itinerary, domestic flight tickets from Kathmandu to Pokhara, an experienced guide and porter and all the necessary permits, please find in details what is included and excluded in the cost as follows:

Service Includes in the Cost in Details:
  • All the ground transportation as per itinerary.
  • Welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu as per your desire.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu ( 2 nights) and Pokhara ( One night) with breakfast at 3stars level.
  • Meals 3 times a day (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking and Pokhara for you.
  • Twin sharing comfortable and clean private room in trekking ( 14 nights).
  • Domestic flight ticket from Kathmandu to Pokhara with airport tax.
  • Trip Map.
  • An experienced, knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and English-speaking trekking guide and porter to carry your luggage during the trek (2 trekkers:1 porter).
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Four season sleeping bag and down jackets to use for trekking, if necessary.
  • Duffel/kit bag( Gift from our company).
  • All necessary paper works and Annapurna conservation entry permits.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System).
  • All our government taxes, vat, local tax, tourist service charges.
Service Excludes in the cost in details:
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (costs roughly USD 10 to USD 15 per person per day)- (Except welcome dinner).
  • All kinds of drinks in the mountain (hot, cold and alcoholic).
  • Entry fee while sightseeing in Kathmandu (USD 20 per person).
  • Personal equipment.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Extra personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, laundry, shower, excess baggage charges)
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.
For the most up to date latest pricing, please contact us

Note: Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. If you would like to stay more than 14 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari etc. Please, let us know, we will follow accordingly. Extend your trip (For the extension options, please click here).

Budget package available:

The cost for the budget package is USD 775, per person, including ground transportation as per itinerary, hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara at 3 stats level inclusive breakfast, permits, guide and porter.

what our previous clients say about us?

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Hi Babu,
Thank you Babu for helping us organizes our 16 days Annapurna Circuit trek. The trip was very smooth - everything was well planned and we enjoyed ourselves very much. We would like to thank all the guides and porters for helping us ensure this. The guides and porters were all very friendly and we enjoyed the bonding time with them a lot. Our guides were well versed in the local culture and made critical decisions in our favour according to the weather when it mattered and in the end we managed to achieve our goals - to reach Tilicho Lake, make it past Thorong La pass and arrive back home safely. It was a truly memorable experience and one which we will never forget.
Gordon
Singapore
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Dear Babu,
This has been our second trip with Unique Path Trekking in last 3 years and we hope that not last ! First were the Chitwan Jungle safari and the trek to Annapurna Base Camp / 3 years ago /.And now the wonderful two weeks trip to Tibet and then the great memorable trek to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Ri. All were perfect organized. Our porter Babu Kadzi was fantastic and our superguide Shyam /second common trek / was very professional and friendly. Many thanks to You and all team for hospitality and great services day by day ! Best regards
Pawel and Jola Kotarba
Poland
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