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Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Trips Details

Activity : Trekking, Walking, Tour
trip length
Total Days : 16 Days
trip days
Trekking Days : 13 Days
Difficulty : Easy-Moderate-Difficult
start end
Start - End : Kathmandu-Kathmandu
hightest altitude
Highest Altitude : 5416m
Season : Best for Autumn and Spring

Annapurna Circuit Trekking is one of the most demanded treks in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It takes you to the world’s highest Thorong-la pass to have the amazing viewpoint of Annapurna I, Annapurna II, and Annapurna III and also involves you in walking through the region of Annapurna Conservation Area. During the whole trek, can see beautiful rhododendron forests, isolated hamlets, and mountain villages. And also we will see the world’s highest mountains while encountering temples, monasteries, and breathtaking landscapes.

Annapurna Circuit trekking starts from Besisahar in Marsyangdi River Valley and then heads toward the Annapurna circuit. One of the wonderful things about this place is the mountains including Tilicho, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri and a few others that range above 8000 meters. We can experience different geographical variations during the trek. During the period we will cross the beautiful village settled by a wide diversity of people from different groups, offering an outstanding and grand view of the Himalayas.

16 Days Annapurna Circuit trek is most admired for the panoramic views of mountains, the diversified geographical variation with a range of flora and fauna and ethnic groups. You’ll get a chance to meet the Gurung, Magar and Thakali people who have resided here for hundreds of years. As our trek continues to the northern part of the main Himalayan range to the high and dry Tibetan Plateau, the view is equally breathtaking.

The total days for Annapurna Circuit Trek will be 10-21 days. During this time, you will explore and enjoy beautiful things that you have never experienced. From the beginning to the end of the trip, you will feel a homely environment with lovely people who will make your heart warm and happy with their kind hospitality.

Keen Adventures Treks and Expedition has offered Annapurna Circuit Trekking services to those people who have loved nature for years. Therefore to make your dream come true make time out of your busy schedule and enjoy the beauty of the Himalayas join us.

16 Days Annapurna circuit trekking itinerary outline:

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.

Day 02: Drive to Beshishar 823m. 5-6 hrs journeys.

Day 03: Trek to Ngadi. 1,150m. 5 hrs walks.

 Day 04: Trek to Jagat. 1,290m. 6 hrs walks.

Day 05: Trek to Dharapani 1,860m.  6hrs.

Day 06: Trek to Chame. 2,715m. 5-6 hrs.

Day 07: Trek to Pisang 3,185m.  6 hrs.

Day 08: Trek to Manang. 3,350m.Approx. 4-5 hrs.

Day 09:  Rest day/ Acclimatization Day at Manang.

Day 10: Manang to Yak Kharka.approx. 4,130m. , 3-4 hrs trek.

Day 11: Trek to Thorong Phedi. 4,400m. 3-4 hrs walks…

Day 12: Trek to Muktinath 3,800m. via Thorong-la pass 5,416m.  6-8 hrs.

Day 13: Trek to Jomsom 2,713m. 4-5 hrs. walks.

Day 14: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara.

Day 15: Pokhara-Kathmandu transfer by bus/car

Day 16: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

Itinerary Detail

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel. On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be received by ‘Keen Adventures Treks’ which will escort you to the Hotel, our guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, do’s and don’t and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.

Day 02: Drive to Beshishar 823m. 5-6 hrs journeys. After early breakfast, a scenic drive leads towards the scenic Pokhara highway. This is an interesting drive through the foothills of the Himalayas. The road has been greatly improved in recent years. Just a few hours before the road that leads to Pokhara, the route diverts from Dumre town towards the north to Beshishar. On reaching Beshishar for the overnight stop this is a large town and it’s the district headquarters of Lamjung region.

Day 03: Trek to Ngadi. 1,150m. 5 hrs walk. The first day of this trek begins with an easy walk following the wide dirt jeep road for an hour or two, the walk continues through the busy bazaar of Beshishar and crosses a few streams with short ups and downs. On reaching Khudi cross a long sagging suspension bamboo bridge over the tributary rivers that joins the great Marsyangdi River. From Khudi, the walk leads to a short climb above the village and the trails follow upstream and arriving at Bulbule 790 m. Just before Bulbule crosses the suspension bridge over River Marsyangdi. From Bulbule the walk is gradual on the river bed with a great view of the cascading waterfall just on the outskirts of a village. The track follows the river, and after a half hour of easy walk a gradual climb leads you to the overnight stop at Ngadi.

 Day 04: Trek to Jagat. 1,290m. 6 hrs walks. After a good first-day trek, today’s walk begins with an easy winding path from Ngadi, the trail follows a steep climb for half an hour, and on arriving at the lush farm terraces the walk again gets gradual for a short while, as the going gets better another half hour climb brings you at the top of Bhaundanda. From here the trek descends passing through the farm terraces and then reaching Syange village after crossing a long suspension bridge; with a short break, the walk continues on the gradual path for a short while, then climbs higher above from the river valley, the steep climb lasts for an hour. Once on the top of the ridge, a magnificent view of the raging waterfalls can be seen en route to Jagat. From here another hour of pleasant walk brings you to the overnight halt at Jagat.

Day 05: Trek to Dharapani 1,860m, 6hrs. From this village Jagat, a gradual walk leads through the terraced farms coming to Chamje village, Chamje a short walk leads to a suspension bridge over the raging Marsyangdi river, after crossing the bridge it’s another steep climb for another 2-3 hours till Tal is reached, the village is situated on the gorge valley by the side of the river Marsyangdi. Leaving Tal the walk gets easier on the gentle path till to a bridge, from here a short climb to a small place with few teahouses, the walk winds on the up and downhill path coming to a large bridge, after the bridge another hour of great walk brings to the village of Dharapani.

Day 06: Trek to Chame. 2,715m. 5-6 hrs. From Dharapani the vegetation, people and landscapes change and the air gets cooler, the trail then climbs through forests to Bagarchhap the first village on the trek with typical Tibetan architecture. After a pleasantly cool morning walk altitude gains slowly reaching the apple country at Dhanaqi and the alpine region passing through farm area, orchards and beautiful pine forest with views of Lamjung and Annapurna II peaks, the trail follows the river Marsyangdi upstream passing by the villages of Ratamanang and Koto before Chame. From Koto, a half hour of easy walk brings you to the village town of Chame for the overnight stop. Chame is an important place in the Manang region and the district headquarters.

Day 07: Trek to Pisang 3,185m, 6 hrs. The walk from here follows the other side of the river on the northern bank, after leaving Chame, the path passes through pine woods and small villages with few ups and downs till you reach Bratang. From here trek continues on the gradual path up to a bridge, from the bridge, a short steep climb through the pine forest brings you to the top of the ridge of Pisang village. After walking past the tree lines a great view can be seen of Pisang Peak and Chulu Peak with Pisang village below, from this ridge, a gentle descent for an hour brings to the windswept village of Pisang.

Day 08: Trek to Manang. 3,350m, Approx. 4-5 hrs. From Pisang onwards, the walk leads with the constant view of the high snowcapped peaks. The walk climbs steeply up for half an hour after a short gradual walk from the Pisang village then reaching the top of a small hill. This grand spot offers dramatic views of the valleys, Hongdre village with its short airstrip and the great peaks of Gangapurna, Annapurna II, III, Tilocho, and on the right Chuli east, on the back Pisang peak. The walk from here is on the downhill and gradual path all the way to Hongdre, Hongdre the trek is more or less flat on the wide trail most of the way to Manang, adding a slight touch of altitude as you near the village of Braga and Manang, here with time to spend the morning visiting Braga Monastery. The largest in the district, it has an outstanding display of statues, thangkas and religious manuscripts.  From here it is only an hour’s walk to Manang for the overnight stop.

Day 09:  Rest day at Manang.  A necessary day to REST acclimatize and explore Manang. The village of about 500 flat-roofed houses, is picturesque and set amongst some spectacular scenery -Annapurna II, Annapurna III (7,555mtrs.), Gangapurna (7,454 meters.) to the South – Tilicho (7,132 meters)and the Grand Barrier to the West – Chulu West (6,583 meters.) and Chulu East (6,059mtrs.) to the North.

Day 10: Manang to Yak Kharka.approx. 4,130m. 3-4 hrs trek. After a wonderful time at Manang, the trail from here leads to a slow climb for an hour, after the last village of Manang, the track gently winds up offering inspiring views of the Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tiloche and the close-up views of Chuli’s peaks from mid and west as the trail heads up in the barren windswept terrain’s with juniper bushes as the only surviving vegetation around this region, coming to a small settlements of Yak-Kharka for the overnight with time for a short hike around.

Day 11: Trek to Thorung Phedi. 4,400m. 3-4 hrs walk. The trail from here leads to a slow climb up, after the last settlement of Ledar, the track gently winds up offering grand views of the Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tiloche and the close-up view of Chuli peaks as the trail heads up in the barren windswept terrain’s, then slowly reaching at Thorang Phedi for the overnight. Depending upon your fitness if all is well here at lunch time continue the climb on the zig-zag track towards Upper Phedi or High Camp where there are few teahouses or lodges reaching here makes the walk easier start for the next day and shortens the hour of walking towards the pass.

Day 12: Trek to Muktinath 3,800m.via Thorong-la pass 5,416m.  6-8 hrs. Starting early after packing breakfast, so that you can reach the top of the pass on time before the cold wind starts and catch the best of the magnificent views of the northern Annapurna, Damudhar, Bhirkuti, and Dhaulagiri range of mountains. The trail from Phedi follows on the winding gravel path, in the beginning, can be quite strenuous on the steep zig-zag path for an hour, on reaching the first ridge walk continues on the narrow gradual track for half an hour or more till a small glacial pond is reached where there is a small teahouse. From here another hour and a half leads to the top of the pass. Though the crossing of the Pass is not technically difficult, one’s got to take slowly into account the complications of altitude and possible snow, after 3-4 hours of struggle from the bottom, then finally reaching the height of 5,416 meters at Thorang-la, an impressive view of the stunning high Himalayan scenery can be seen from the top of this pass. The descent is steep and rough, but one can have excellent views of the Dhaulagiri 8,167 m. Along descend to the sacred village of Muktinath, on reaching the bottom there are about two or three teahouses for refreshment, after a break continues for another hour to Muktinath the holiest of all holy places, during an auspicious time according to the Hindu and Buddhist calendar this place is full and busy with pilgrims from Nepal and India.

Day 13: Trek to Jomsom 2,713m. 4-5 hrs. walks. After Muktinath, the journey carries on with a 1,200m descent to the Kaligandaki river valley floor, with a brief stop at Ekale Bhatti meaning a lonely teahouse, at present, it’s a small settlement with 3-4 teahouses. From here onwards the valley gets very windy in the afternoon time, the walk from here follows the gentle trail for another two hours till the large town of Jomsom is reached. Jomsom, headquarters of the Mustang region with a small airstrip just above the Kaligandaki River.

Day 14: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara. Early morning flight to Pokhara, on arrival our staff will pick you up for the short Drive back to your respective Hotel, afternoon sightseeing of Pokhara and a boat ride.

Day 15: Pokhara-Kathmandu transfer by car/ by air we have an option for your journey to Kathmandu you easily choose by skyline or by overland if you come by overland it takes you 7 hrs. Journey or if you take air transport it takes you 35min so it is your choice how to come to Kathmandu arrive in Kathmandu and stay overnight.

Day 16: Transfer to the Airport for the International departure. Depending on your flight time, we will transfer you to the International airport for the flight back home or to your respective destination.


Costs include/ exclude of trekking companies:

  • Pickup and drop at the Airport
  • hotel stay in Kathmandu
  • Full Board Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking period
  • Best available accommodations during the trek
  • A government license holder guide
  • Porter to carry your baggage
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation and local tax for guides and porters
  • Ground Transportation Charge while returning back to Kathmandu from the trekking destination
  • TIMS card(Trekker’s information Management System)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Required Entry fees
  • Trekking Permits needed for Restricted Area Trekking
  • All government taxes and service charges
  • Farewell dinner prior to departure
Costs excluded in the trek to Annapurna circuit trekking package:
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee
  • International Airfare and Airport Departure Tax
  • Tips for trekking staffs
  • Drinks (hot/soft/cold) and liquors
  • Personal shopping and laundry, Personal trekking equipments, Gifts and souvenirs
  •  All items not listed in Cost included section

Notes: Costs are prone to change in itinerary. So costs will be recalculated if the trekking days get modified.

Equipment List

The basic equipments check lists for trekking:

  •   Sun hat or scarf
  •   Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  •   Sunglasses
  •   Sun protection cream
  •   Gloves
  •   Camera
  •   Basic First Aid Kit
  •   Down vest and/or jacket *
  •   Rain cote
  •   Water bottles
  •   Trekking shoes
  •   Thick and thin both type of socks
  •   Warm clothes
  •   Tissue and Toilet papers
  •   Tooth brush/paste
  •   Large plastic bags – to keep items dry inside the trek bag
  •   Towel etc…..

  Extras Equipments:

  •    Binoculars
  •    Reading book
  •    Travel game i.e. chess, card etc
  •    Swimming customs
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  • Nov 11, 2017
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  • $1577

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  • Nov 23, 2017
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  • $1500

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