Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna Circuit offers some of the most magnificent mountain views in the Himalaya, and one of the best treks in Nepal. Climb from pretty rice terraces through narrow gorges to the stunning Manang Valley surrounded by some of the highest Himalayan peaks. Cross the high-altitude Thorong La Pass at 5,416 metres to Mustang and the medieval villages of the Kali Gandaki Valley. This is a classic teahouse trek in Nepal.

This Annapurna Circuit itinerary is a must for anyone who has always wanted to trek in Nepal. The people living in this remote and mountainous region have a rich and colourful culture providing you with a truly unforgettable experience. This trek is available as Manang to Mustang (flying out of Jomsom airport), Annapurna Circuit returning via Poon Hill or the entire Annapurna Circuit including Annapurna Base Camp.

 
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“After completing the Annapurna Circuit trek, I can only say what a wonderful experience it was. Dealing with this excellent company was easy, the organisation was brilliant! What makes them stand out is the profits go back to First Steps Himalaya, who do such a wonderful job. Beyond The Clouds is not just another travel company. They are not caught in the trappings of the big commercial travel companies who are often inflexible and not always user friendly. This one has soul and works with you on what you like to experience. Fionna, Durga and the team run an excellent charity and travel company.” —David, New Zealand

US$1,880*

18 NIGHT TOUR WITH 12 NIGHT TREK
DEPARTS: KATHMANDU

Maximum elevation: 5,416 metres
Level of difficulty: Medium to hard
Availability: March to May & September to November

* Price based on twin share accommodation. Single room supplement available subject to availability
Find out approximate trip price in your own currency here


TRIP EXCLUSIONS

  • International airfare to Nepal. This can be arranged for us. Contact us for details

  • Nepal tourist visa

  • Comprehensive travel insurance. Click here to get a travel insurance quote.

  • Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara

  • Alcoholic or soft drinks, including bottled water (we recommend using filters or supporting safe drinking water programme)

  • Laundry

  • Tips for trekking porters

 

Trip Inclusions

  • Domestic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu

  • Domestic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara

  • Airport transfers on arrival in Kathmandu

  • Surface transfer to the start of trek

  • All meals on the trek

  • 3 nights accommodation in a comfortable guest house in Kathmandu

  • 3 nights accommodation in Pokhara in a family guest house

  • Teahouse lodge accommodation during the trek in twin/triple sharing and occasionally dormitory style.

  • Trekking permits

  • English speaking guide

  • Guide and porters on the trek

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ITINERARY

 

Experience the very best of the Annapurna Circuit, crossing the high altitude Thorong La Pass before descending to the Kali Gandaki valley, and your flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. This trek is ideal for those with limited time without compromising on the stunning scenery.

DAY 1

Arrive Kathmandu.
Altitude: 1,400 m

DAY 2

Explore Kathmandu.
Altitude: 1,400 m

DAY 3

Kathmandu to Ngyadi: Depart by bus in the morning to Bhulbhule (which means ‘source of a spring’), which is a pleasant riverside village (830 m) at the start of the trail. Walk the short distance to Ngyadi.  
Driving time: 8 hours
Walking time: 1 hr, 20 mins
Overnight: Ngyadi
Altitude: 930 m

DAY 4

Ngyadi to Jagat: Climb above fields of rice and millet up a steep path to the ridge top village of Bahundanda (1,310 m). Take a welcome break here before descending to the Marsyangdi River where we cross to the village of Syanje (1,100 m). The trail becomes steep again and undulates through tiny traditional villages. The trail then ascends through rhododendron forest to Jagat.
Walking time: 7 hours
Overnight: Jagat
Altitude: 1,330 m

DAY 5 

Jagat to Dharapani: The path follows the Marsyangdi River and after crossing a suspension bridge at Chamje climbs to the village of Tal (1,675 m). Here we enter Manang District and the trail continues through potato fields and pine forests. The wide valley becomes a narrow gorge and the trail descends to a forest passing through Karte before arriving in Dharapani.
Walking time: 7 hours
Overnight: Dharapani
Altitude: 1,860 m

DAY 6

Dharapani to Chame: The trail climbs through fir forests and then follows the river to Chame, the headquarters of Manang District. Relax at your lodge and enjoy excellent  fine views of Annapurna II.
Walking time: 6.5 hours
Overnight: Chame
Altitude: 2,670 m

DAY 7

Chame to Pisang: The walk between Chame and Pisang is delightful. Soon after leaving Chame, the path turns a dramatic bend revealing a tremendous curve slab of rock. From here the path climbs through forests of blue pine and apple orchards with breath-taking views.  We see a distinct change in culture as we arrive in Pisang, which resembles a medieval Gurung community. We spend the night here, the first real high altitude stop on the trek. 
Walking time: 6 hours
Overnight: Pisang 
Altitude: 3,300 m

DAY 8

Pisang to Ngawal: The path from Pisang follows the contour line at 3,300m providing magnificent views of Annapurna II. Descend to cross the river before the steep and twisty climb to the village of Ghyaru. The trail then passes a ruined fort and leads to Ngawal for your overnight stay.
Walking time: 5 hours
Overnight: Ngawal
Altitude: 3,660 m

DAY 9

Ngawal to Manang: The path from Ngawal drops more than 200 metres back to the Marsyangdi Valley passing bizarre rocks sculpted by wind and stunted pines. Along the way there are magnificent views of the Annapurna ridges. Stop in the welcoming village of Bhraka before reaching Manang. Manang boasts numerous lodges and good food and the views of the mountains and glaciers are stunning.  
Walking time: 4 hours
Overnight: Manang
Altitude: 3,500 m

DAY 10

Manang rest day: Although described as a rest day, it is advisable to do an acclimatization hike here. The views are stunning and there are several good options. In the afternoon attend a lecture on the prevention and treatment of altitude sickness by volunteer doctors at the Himalayan Rescue Association health post in Manang.
Overnight: Manang
Altitude: 3,500 m

DAY 11

Manang to Yak Kharka: Leaving Manang, the path climbs steeply to the village of Gunsang. The views are fantastic but you need to walk slowly at this altitude. Continue to Yak Kharka where it is advisable to climb a little higher and walk back down to the village to acclimatize to the altitude.
Walking time: 4-5 hours
Overnight: Yak Kharka
Altitude: 4,900 m

DAY 12

Yak Kaharka to Thorong Phedi: This shorter hike takes you to the last stop before the pass and you are likely to feel the effects of altitude here. Passing the village of Letdar (4,200 m) the trail continues to a much more barren landscape, finally reaching Thoring Phedi. Walk slowly and rest when you get there, and again go a little higher and back down. 
Walking time: 4-5 hours
Overnight: Thorong Phedi
Altitude: 4,450 m

DAY 13

Thorong Phedi to Muktinath: Leaving Thorong Phedi very early in the morning, the trail steeply climbs on a zigzag path to high camp for a breakfast stop. The final ascent to the Thorong La pass (5,416 m) is tough and your body will really know it is at high altitude. The views from the pass festooned with prayer flags, make the long walk worthwhile. The landscape changes dramatically as you descend on the Mustang side of the pass. The descent is knee jerking almost all the way to the holy temple at Muktinath. When you arrive in Muktinath be sure to rest well. Do visit the 108 Water Spouts as this is an important shrine for both Buddhists and Hindus and attracts pilgrims from all over Nepal and India.
Walking time: 8-9 hours
Overnight: Muktinath
Altitude:  3,800 m

DAY 14

Muktinath to Jomsom via Kagbeni: Descend towards the Kali Ghandakhi valley via Kagbeni, a stunning village of mud constructed houses, on the border of Upper Mustang. Don’t forget to visit the ancient monastery and the small museum at the border with Mustang.  Continue to the mountain town of Jomsom, the headquarters of Mustang District. 
Walking time: 5 hours
Overnight: Jomsom
Altitude: 2,700 m

DAY 15

Jomsom to Pokhara: Take the morning flight to Pokhara and transfer to your hotel. Relax and explore Pokhara.   
Altitude: 1,400 m

DAY 16

Pokhara.
Altitude: 1,400 m

DAY 17

Pokhara.
Altitude: 1,400 m

DAY 18

Kathmandu. 
Altitude: 1,400 m

DAY 19

Depart Kathmandu.