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Annapurna Circuit Trek

A beautiful circular trek through the popular Annapurna region

One of the most beautiful and the oldest trekking routes in Nepal, the Annapurna Circuit Trek will leave you in awe.

It's a 205km, circular trek that takes you 5,416m above sea level when crossing the famous Thorong La Pass. 

You'll be walking through remote scenic landscapes and lush green forests in the remote Himalayas for 6 - 7 hours every day. This is a challenging trekking route, you will need to be in good health and have a good fitness level. 

Please Note: This is a teahouse trek. Teahouses are Nepalese mountain lodges that provide basic dorm-like rooms and communal eating spaces.

Summary

DURATION

15 days

LOCATION

Nepal

START & ENDS

Kathmandu, Kathmandu

DIFFICULTY

Easy Moderate Challenge Hard

Highlights

  • Experience one of the oldest trekking routes in Nepal
  • A magnificent flight out of Jomsom Airport and a visit to the city of lakes 'Pokhara'
  • Trekking the World famous Thorong La Pass (5416 meters) 
  • Dramatic views of Himalayan valleys and wildlife
  • Experience Tibetan influenced culture and traditions

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu AND transfer to hotel

FOOD

No Meals

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

ACTIVITY

Airport transfer

ELEVATION

Kathmandu (1,310m)

kathmandu

Welcome to Kathmandu, the city of temples! Our airport representative will be waiting in the arrival terminal with your name printed on a card.


From the airport we will transfer you to a city hotel, where you can unpack and freshen up from your long flight. The day is free to explore on your own.

Day 2: Drive to Bhulbhule 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse lodge

ACTIVITY

Travelling in a bus 7 - 8 hours

ELEVATION GAIN

Kathmandu (1,310m) to Bhulbhule (840m)

bhulbhule

The tour guide will collect us from the hotel and take us to the bus station to catch our bus to Bhulbhule.


It’s a scenic drive through the beautiful Nepalese countryside. We spend the night in Bhulbhule which is a small town located on the bank of Marshyangdi River.

Day 3: Trek to Chamje 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 6-7 hours

ELEVATION

Bhulbhule (840m) to Chamje (1,430m)

chamje-annapurna

We take off on our trek today keeping the Marshyangdi River on our left and gently ascending towards Chamje.


It's a pleasant walk on a mostly flat path through beautiful hillsides, past towering waterfalls, and through small remote settlements.


We pass Ngadi village and cross the Marshyangdi River and continue to Syange for lunch. After our lunch we hike another hour to Chamje.

Day 4: Trek to Bagarchhap 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 6 - 7 hours

ELEVATION

Chamje (1,430m) to Bagarchhap (2,150m)

bagarchhap-annapurna

We begin by crossing the Marshyangdi river again and start climbing uphill towards Sattar and Tal Phedi. We then have a steep ascent to Tal village. Here we stop for lunch before entering Manang district. 


Continuing our trek we will pass through small villages like Karte, Naje, and Dharapani before reaching Bagarchhap where we spend the night.

Day 5: Trek to Chame (the capital of Manang district)

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 6 - 7 hours

ELEVATION

Bagarchhap (2,150m) to Chame (2,640m)

chame-annapurna

The trail starts relatively flat until we reach Danakyu.


Passing Danakyu, we head up towards Timang village which is located inside the forests of rhododendron and oak trees and offers beautiful views of Manaslu.


We proceed to Chame, the capital of Manang, passing through small villages like Latamarang, Thanchok, and Koto. 

Day 6: Trek to Pisang

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 6 - 7 hours

ELEVATION

Chame (2,640m) to Pisang (3,300m)

annapurna-pisang

Again, we begin our trek crossing the Marshyangdi river and enter the beautiful pine forest. We will enter a small valley and start ascending to Bhratang village.


We have to cross the Marshyangdi once more before making a steep ascent to Dhukur Pokhari for lunch. 


From Dhukur Pokhari we will hike for another hour to reach lower Pisang where spectacular views of the Annapurna range await.

Day 7: Trek to Manang 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 5 - 9 hours

ELEVATION

Pisang (3,300m) to Manang (3,540m)

manang-annapurna

There are 2 ways to get to Manang, the higher route is difficult but offers spectacular views while the lower route is shorter and easier.


The lower route is relatively flat and easy taking around 5 – 6 hours to reach Manang. The route is suitable for easy trail lovers.


The higher route to Manang is less visited, however, the views are incomparable. Stunning panoramic views of the Himalayas await for those who choose this more challenging route. 


We will stop either in Ghyaru or Ngawal for lunch then continue mostly downhill to Manang. The whole trail brings us stunning Himalayan views. 

Day 8: Rest and acclimatization day in Manang WITH optional hikes 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Rest and acclimatization day with optional hikes to Ice Lake or Gangapurna

ELEVATION

Manang (3,540m)

Today we rest in Manang. You will have the option to take a hike to Ice Lake which is located at the top of Manang village. The hike takes an entire day but is truly worth the views from the top! It's something that cannot be described.


There is another option to do a shorter hike to Gangapurna lake if you are not feeling up for a long day.


Manang is a beautiful place to rest and explore. There are lots of activities available here!

Day 9: Trek to Yak Kharka

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 4 - 5 hours

ELEVATION

Manang (3,540m) to Yak Kharka (4,020m)

yak-kharka-annapurna

Today we experience the best of Himalayan beauty. We have the chance to see blue sheep grazing in the mountains and we will experience epic views of Annapurna, Gangapurna and Tilicho.


During our hike we pass two small villages called Tengi and Gunsang. Both villages have few basic lodges for trekkers.


The trail after crossing Gunsang is mostly flat with a couple of suspension bridges. We end up in Yak Kharka where we spend the night.

Day 10: Trek to Phedi or to High Camp

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 4 - 6 hours

ELEVATION

Yak Kharka (4,020m) to Phedi (4,450m) or High Camp (4,800m)

phedi-high-camp

It is another stunning and breathtaking day. Complete with amazing views, an easy and light trail with the towering Himalayas right in front.


We pass through Churi Ledar and Ledar before making a cross at Kone Khola. Once we cross this stream, the trail turns into a sudden steep climb in dry landslide areas before we approach Phedi.


We can stay in Phedi tonight and prepare for the Thorong La Pass tomorrow, or continue for another hour to high camp which sits 400m higher than Phedi.

Day 11: Cross Thorong La Pass and trek to Muktinath 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 8 - 10 hours

ELEVATION

Phedi (4,450m) or High Camp (4,800m) to Thorong La Pass (5,416) and then to Muktinath (3,800m)

thorong-la-pass

Today is a difficult and long day. We hike 600m up, and 1600m down. We begin our day before sunrise and head on the trek over Thorong La Pass.


The views are mesmorizing as we hike surrounded by white snowy Himalayan peaks. There is a small teashop at the top of the pass serving hot tea to break the chill! These views are spectacular as you can see 360 degrees. 


We then make our way down a steep path for about 3 hours until we reach Muktinath which is our destination for the night. Be sure to visit the famous Hindu temple in the village.

Day 12: Trek to Jomsom

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 6 - 7 hours

ELEVATION

Muktinath (3,800m) to Jomsom (2,750m)

jomsom-bridge-annapurna

We have reached the last day of our trek. The trail today is mostly downhill and flat.


The initial part starts with a downhill walk where we will pass through different villages like Jharkot, Khingar Kagbeni, and Eklebhatti.


After mid-day the trail gets very dusty and we will probably experience heavy winds as we head to Eklebhatti. The trail from Eklebhatti to Jomsom is flat all the way. We spend our last night in a lodge before heading back to the comforts of a hotel tomorrow.

Day 13: Fly to Pokhara and drive to the hotel 

FOOD

Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Flight (20 minutes) and hotel transfer (20 minutes)

ELEVATION

Jomsom (2,750m) to Pokhara (820m)

phokara-city

We take a walk to the airport before catching our flight to Pokhara. The flight is beautiful and flies between the spectacular Himalayas. Once we have landed, we drive to the hotel.


You can enjoy a free afternoon or explore some heritage sites in Pokhara.


There are some remarkable places in Pokhara like the world peace Pagoda, Bindawasini Temple, Phewa Lake, Matepani Monastery, International Mountain Museum and Devi’s Falls. You could even opt for a boating experience at Phewa lake.


Celebrate in the evening with your guides and thank them for your wonderful Himalayan trek. 

Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu 

FOOD

Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

ACTIVITY

Drive 8 hours

ELEVATION

Pokhara (820m) to Kathmandu (1,310m)

kathmandu

We follow the highway through beautiful rivers, hills and small Nepalese settlements as we make our way to Kathmandu. 


From the tourist bus park you will be transferred to the hotel and have the evening to explore the town.  

Day 15: Drive to the Airport and departure from Kathmandu

FOOD

Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

ACTIVITY

Airport transfer (30 minutes)

ELEVATION

Kathmandu (1,310m)

We drive you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your flight time. It’s time to say goodbye until we meet again! 

Dates & Prices

Below are our open group dates for the Gokyo lakes trek. Single supplements apply.


Please note: June, July and August are the monsoon. We don't operate treks during this period.


If the dates below don't suit, please get in touch as we can open a new group on any day as long as you have at least 2 people in your party. 

What's Included

Included

  • Airport pickup and drop off in a private vehicle
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu for 2 nights with complimentary breakfast
  • Kathmandu - Bhulbhule transfers on a local bus, Pokhara - Kathmandu transportation on a tourist bus
  • Accommodation at a hotel in Pokhara for 1 night with complimentary breakfast
  • Jomsom - Pokhara domestic flight tickets (These are seasonal flights - if the flights are not available we will arrange private jeep transfers)
  • Full board meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek
  • Accommodation in beautiful cozy tea houses as per the itinerary
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permits and Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] registration card
  • Experienced English speaking, government licensed trekking guide and support porters. Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people
  • Free rental of a down jacket, 4-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide / American medical association approved Oximeter
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant

Not Included

  • International airfare, Nepal visa fees, travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation
  • Expenses of a personal nature (beverage bills, hot showers, telephone, laundry etc.)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Support crew tips

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Packing List

Clothing

  • 4-5 x hiking shirt + 2-3 x long-sleeve hiking shirt
  • 2 x hiking shorts and 3 x hiking trousers
  • Mid-weight fleece jacket
  • Hard shell rain jacket
  • Warm insulating down or synthetic jacket / gilet (Down jacket available for free rental)
  • Light, but warm gloves

Headwear

  • Sun hat + Sunglasses
  • Beanie for the nights
  • Neck warmer

Footwear

  • Mid-weight hiking boots / hiking trainers
  • 5-6 x hiking socks
  • Trainers for teahouses

Bags

  • 20-25L daypack
  • 80L Duffel Bag (available for free rental)
  • Plastic bags to protect sleeping bag and other gear from rain

Other Essentials

  • Four season sleeping bag (available for free rental)
  • Hiking Poles
  • Headlamp and spare batteries
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle / hydration bladder
  • Water treatment tablets
  • Camera
  • Sun cream


Rental Gear: There are a number of good rental gear shops in Thamel, Kathmandu where one can rent / buy most items listed above. Sleeping bags, a down jacket and a duffel are all included as free rentals.

Travel Insurance

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Accommodation

3-Star Hotel in Kathmandu

In Kathmandu, you will stay in 3-star hotel accommodation with complimentary breakfast.

kathamandu hotels

Teahouse Accommodation

The teahouse lodges on the trek are basic. Most teahouses will have shared bathroom / toilet facilities. 

everest teahouse

Reviews

Best Adventure Yet

Rated 5 out of 5
April 7, 2020

Thanks Mountain IQ and Altezza for arranging our climb. It is by far the best adventure holiday I have ever experienced, the toughest too! Our guides and the entire support were truly amazing – I don’t think I would have made it without their support and encouragement! Thanks again!

Rob Arnold

Tip top trekking experience

Rated 5 out of 5
March 29, 2020

Visiting the Annapurna Sanctuary has been one of the highlights of my life. I was very nervous joining this trek as I was a solo female and had never trekked at altitude. The team at Mountain IQ were fantastic at answering all my questions and putting my concerns to rest. Once in Nepal, Upendra and the Himalayan Leisure team were just amazing. Our guide, Dorchi, was an absolute hoot and very caring. The whole experience from beginning to end was awesome. Thanks again!

Olga Ikin

Simply magnificent!

Rated 5 out of 5
March 29, 2020

We joined this trek with short notice. Upendra was very responsive and accommodating to our needs. The tour from pick up to drop off was professional and fun. Would highly recommend joining this tour!

Burnham Arlidge

An once in a lifetime experience!

Rated 5 out of 5
March 25, 2020

This was by far the most amazing adventure we’ve ever had. We can’t thank the team at Himalayan Leisure and at Mountain IQ enough for arranging such an incredible trek for myself and my girlfriend. From the very get go, the support from Mountain IQ and Upendra was top notch. All our questions were answered quickly and in detail. Once we arrived in Kathmandu we were warmly welcomed. The pre-trek briefing was excellent and we immediately liked our guide Dawa, and felt confident putting our safety in his hands. The trek itself is truly amazing – the views throughout were spectacular. The high pass was a big challenge but the whole group managed it without too much strain. We can’t wait to return to Nepal to complete the EBC trek via Gokyo and will definitely be going with HL again!

Felix O'Brien

Epic experience with Dawa and his team

Rated 5 out of 5
March 19, 2020

Just a quick note to say thank you to Himalayan Leisure for an amazing trekking experience to EBC. We felt well looked after throughout and really enjoyed the company of our guide Dawa. I highly recommend booking this adventure!

Rob Kendrick

A superb trekking experience

Rated 5 out of 5
March 17, 2020

We had an absolutely amazing experience with Himalayan Leisure on this trek in the Langtang region. The Langtang is a lot quieter than the popular trails to Everest. If you are looking to get off the beaten path then I highly recommend this trek and HL!

Nick Swanson

Superb Tour!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 26, 2020

This tour company is excellent. From the time they met us at Cusco airport, their interaction with us was first class. They were able to accommodate the tour changes we requested. Our guide, Percy, was excellent, very knowledgeable and took the time to explain and answer questions. I highly recommend Inkayni. I would advise anyone who wants to see Cusco and Choquequirao to select this tour company.

James Roux

A great experience all round!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 25, 2020

If you go to Peru and want to visit Machu Picchu I highly recommend this tour. My friends and I went with Jonathan from Inkayni and we loved it! We did a lot of activities and Jonathan was very attentive and available, with insightful explanations about the places we visited and the Peruvian culture. A great experience all round!

Sarah Roe

Amazing experience!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 17, 2020

Touring around Cusco, Salkantay and Machu Picchu with Franco was more like touring around with a friend than someone I had just met! He was extremely personable and knowledgeable. I learned a ton, saw beautiful sights and had great conversation.

Kayla

Elbrus Normal Route

Rated 5 out of 5
February 15, 2020

Absolutely PRO experience! RMH are on top of everything. From organisation before the trip, responses to questions before, during and after, to organisation, security, food, lodging and guiding – they are amazing. Going to Russia to do this is not without insecurity. We felt we were in safe hands throughout the trip. I would highly recommend Vitaly and is team to anyone who desires to climb Elbrus.

Nick Swanson

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LOCAL TOUR OPERATOR

HIMALAYAN LEISURE INC.

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This tour is operated by Himalayan Leisure Inc. a fantastic local Nepalese trek operator based in Kathmandu. The company is led by Upendra, a warm and welcoming person who you will love the moment you meet him. Over the past decade Upendra has built Himalayan Leisure into a premier local trek operator with a reputation for safety, quality and fun. We're confident you will have an amazing experience with Upendra and his team.

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