Overview

Trek through the arid landscapes of Annapurna Circuit to explore the unique and captivating experience of the region. Characterized by vast expanses of rugged terrain and sparse vegetation, the scenery here features contrasts of earthy tones, with dramatic rock formations adding allure to the surroundings.

The journey explores a vibrant tapestry of Nepalese and Tibetan cultures seamlessly intertwining with the awe-inspiring grandeur of the Himalayan peaks. Here, you wind through the quaint rural towns of Jagat, to the deserted, isolated settlements of Chame, Pisang, Manang, and Yak Kharka, where echoes of ancient traditions resonate against the backdrop of majestic mountains.

Also, explore the rugged terrain of Mustang, where secret hidden caves and ancient monasteries showcase the rich cultural heritage of the region. It is a journey of a lifetime that is undoubtedly challenging yet offers an immersive experience of a lifetime. 

 

Annapurna Circuit Trek Highlights

  • Witness awe-inspiring vistas of the Annapurna Range, including Annapurna I (8,091m), as well as other towering peaks such as Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, and more. 
  • Trek through a diverse range of landscapes, from lush subtropical forests and terraced farmland to arid high-altitude deserts and snowy mountain passes.
  • Encounter diverse ethnic communities, including Gurungs, Thakalis, and Tibetans, and immerse yourself in their rich traditions, cuisine, and hospitality.
  • Conquer the legendary Thorong La Pass (5,416m), one of the highest trekking passes in the world, offering breathtaking 360-degree views of the Himalayas.
  • Explore the sacred pilgrimage site of Muktinath and the serene beauty of the Kali Gandaki Gorge (the world's deepest).
  • Trek through remote mountain villages like Manang and Marpha, where ancient monasteries, prayer flags, and traditional stone-built houses offer a glimpse into a way of life unchanged for centuries.
  • Stroll around the enchanting town of Pokhara, enjoying the bustling nature of the city.

 

Trek Journey to Annapurna Circuit

One of our representatives will greet you at the airport upon your arrival in Nepal. They will assist you to the hotel, and you may utilize the rest of the day unwinding. Before our team members depart for the day, we will go through the itinerary before we start the journey the next day. 

The following day marks the official commencement of our adventure, beginning with a picturesque drive from Kathmandu to Jagat. While the journey may be rough and bumpy, the breathtaking views along the way will certainly make it worthwhile. 

The next day, we take the route to Dharapani, where you will encounter the rich biodiversity of the region. Alongside diverse vegetation, some ascending and descending through narrow paths are required, while crossing suspension bridges and roaring rivers are other highlights of this day. Leaving Dharapani, we make our way to Chame and notice a transition in the vegetation. 

Chame, unlike Dharapani, is a bit arid and barren. There aren’t many villages or locals, but it still offers ample amounts of natural scenery along with cultural exposure. It is also the gateway to Manang Valley, a quiet town yet scenic with majestic peaks in its backdrop. 

As you walk further, barren and rugged landscapes are noticed, with gigantic mountains in the background. Soaking in the scenery, you reach another eccentric town, Pisang, where you can experience the rich culture of the region. Despite the journey taking place in the Annapurna region, the cultural exposure on this journey is slightly different than in the Annapurna Base Camp. 

Here, you are accustomed to the Tibetan cultures, lifestyles, and, in some sort of way, geography as well. The trail is filled with monasteries, stupas, and mani walls, with prayer flags adorning the suspension bridges. Here, as much as natural beauty is prominent, the spiritual essence is also intense. And the same scenario can be seen in the village of Manang, where you'll acclimatize to the increasing altitude while exploring the monasteries and soaking in the stunning mountain scenery.

Leaving Manang, the journey continues to Yak Kharka, which is an alpine pasture mostly grazed by Yaks. It is a remote place; thus, besides the vast meadow fields and the herders, the open sky is the friend of travelers. Here, you can truly reconnect with nature in its truest form. Similarly, the next day is quite an eventful day, so replenish as much energy as you can because you will need it to cross the challenging ascent of Thorong La Pass (5416m). The ascent to Thorong La is both physically demanding and spiritually rewarding, as you push yourself to new heights and overcome the thin air and steep terrain. At the summit, enjoy the unparalleled scenery never seen before. 

From Thorong La, the trail descends into the serene Mustang region, where you'll explore ancient monasteries, traditional villages, and the sacred site of Muktinath before continuing your descent into the bustling valleys of Jomsom and Kagbeni. The next day, we take a scenic flight to Pokhara from Jomsom and conclude our adventure in the enchanting lakeside town of Pokhara. 

Reminiscing about the memories of the trek, we drive back to the humming city of Kathmandu. The following day marks the conclusion of your 14-day adventure in the arid Himalayas of Nepal. One of our team members will accompany you to the airport with hopes for a future reunion. 

 

In Conclusion,

The Annapurna Circuit trek is a transformative adventure, weaving through stunning landscapes and vibrant communities. Its rugged beauty and cultural richness leave an indelible mark on every traveler, making it an unforgettable experience of a lifetime. And, if you wish to alter the itinerary to make it convenient for you, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our team at World Alpine Treks is more than happy to tailor-make an itinerary that fits you the most. 

The first day marks your arrival day in Kathmandu. Clear all the visa requirements and customs clearance, if any, at the arrival section of the airport. As you come out, you will find a representative from World Alpine Treks waiting for you holding a board with your name. You will then be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. The representative will shortly inform you about the plans ahead.

In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel for a drive to the lakeside city of Besisahar. Today, we take a scenic drive along the Prithvi highway for around six to seven hours to Besisahar. We pass through some fantastic landscapes throughout the journey. In the first half portion, we will be able to get some stunning views of the Trishuli River along with hills and villages. In the second half, the countryside landscape and the greenery will keep you engaged. At Besisahar, we catch a jeep that will take us to Jagat. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse in Jagat (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).

From Jagat, we start our walking journey of the trip. Early in the morning, after breakfast, we follow a trail that leads us to Chamje. We come across a long suspension bridge over a river there. We cross the bridge and start ascending through the lush forests of oak until we open up to a beautiful valley. On the route, we come across the charming village of Kodo. A few hours walk uphill from Kodo, we reach Dharapani, another lovely village in that region. Tonight, at a guesthouse/ lodge in Dharapani. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).

At the entrance gate of Dharapani, there is a stone-built chorten that reflects the influence of the Tibetan Buddhist religion. Ahead of the gate, get ready to get some insights into the villages with Tibetan Buddhist influence. After a few hours of walking, we come across Bargachaap, which is a delightful village with flat-roofed stone houses that resembles Tibetan-style houses. From Bargachaap, the trail ascends through a rough and rocky trail and extends through the forests to Kopar. From Kopar, we continue ahead until we reach our guesthouse in Chame. Chame is the headquarter of the Manang district. As we reach Chame, we can get some fantastic views of the mountains in the region. Tonight, at a guesthouse/ lodge in Chame. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).

After breakfast, we continue our journey towards Pisang. With the fantastic views of LamjungHimal and Pisang Peak, we follow a trail that goes steeply into the dense forests. On the way, we pass a waterfall and cross suspension bridges over the river with amazing views of meadows and mountains on sight. We also get some soaring views of PaungdaDanda rock that begins to appear as we climb up towards Pisang. As you open up to the valley of Pisang, you will be blessed with some close views of Pisang Peak and Mt. Annapurna II. After relishing the fantastic views, we stay at a guesthouse/ lodge in Pisang for the night. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

Today, we leave Pisang and head towards the upper part of the Manag district which is more dry and arid. The route offers some astounding views of majestic mountain peaks in the Annapurna range. With these views on sight, we take an upper path to Manag that goes through Ghyaru – Ngawal and Munji. As we move up, we can notice the change in climate, landscape, and vegetation. We come to dry places with a harsh environment. Though sharp, the dry and arid landscape looks very compelling with the close views of mountains in the backdrop. On the way, we come across a large monastery of the region – Barge Monastery. We visit the monastery and continue our walk until we reach our guesthouse/ lodge in Manang. Tonight, at a guesthouse/ lodge in Manang. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).

We spend an extra day in Manang as a part of our requirement for proper acclimatization. And, there are so many places around Manang to explore. Manang, in itself, is a delightful village that offers some fantastic views of mountains and rocky terrain. Today, we explore the villages around and hike up to visit Gangapurna Lake. We can even visit a monastery and mountaineering school on the way. In the evening, we return to our guesthouse/ house in Manang. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).

Today, we leave Marshyangdi Valley and head towards Thorong La pass. at first, we cross a stream and climb up steadily to the village of Tenki lies just above Manang. Then we come out of the valley and turn to the north to climb up the valley of the Jarsang River. We follow the pastures and head towards the north which will take us to the village of Ghunsa. Further, the trail extends through the meadows where we can see some yaks grazing along with the yak herders busy with their stuff. We then cross a wooden bridge over a river and pass some ancient mani walls before we arrive at the village of Yak Kharka. The town is the summer settlement of the yak herders. Tonight, at a guesthouse/ lodge in Yak Kharka. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).

We leave Yak Kharka and head towards Thorong La Phedi. Thorong La Phedi is a small settlement in the high altitudinal region that caters to the food and accommodation need of the trekkers visiting the Thorong La pass. it is a stopping point to cross the Thorong La pass tomorrow. Thorong La pass is the highest pass in the world. It is challenging to cross the path. Its rocky and slippery terrain with ever-changing weather conditions makes it one of the toughest parts of the journey. Today, we stop at Thorong la Phedi for an early walk through the pass tomorrow. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).

The pass is prone to sharp and harsh winds after the afternoon. Hence, we wake up early to cross the pass. We walk along the rocky ridges of the past with outstanding views of mountains and glaciers in the Annapurna region. From the pass, we will be able to get 360-degree panoramic views of mountains that extend to Tibetan plateaus in the north. After crossing the path, we descend to Muktinath, which is a trendy spiritual hub of the Annapurna region. The place holds a high value amongst Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. Many Hindu pilgrims visit this place early with high dedication and devotion. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/ lodge in Muktinath. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).

Early in the morning, we walk to Muktinath for amazing views of the mountains in the Annapurna range. Fater appreciating the glories of the mountains, we descend to Jomsom and complete our circuit walk around the Annapurna. Hence, we accomplish our walking journey of Annapurna Circuit Trek. Tonight, enjoy your time in Jomsom with the warm hospitality of the local people. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).

Today, we take an early flight to Pokhara. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel. Enjoy your time at the hotel in Pokhara. In the evening, you can walk to the lakeside and enjoy the serenity of the environment. (Inclusive of breakfast).

Concluding our trip, we drive back via the same route along the Prithvi Highway to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. Tonight, we stay at a hotel in Kathmandu. (Inclusive of breakfast and lunch).

Before a few hours of your scheduled flight, you will be transferred to the international terminal of Tribhuwan International Airport. (Inclusive of Breakfast).

Cost Includes

Flights/Transportations

  • International/ Domestic Airport picks up/ drop facility by Tourist Car.
  • Drive from Kathmandu - Besisahar by private car and Besisahar to Jagat by Private Jeep.
  • Jomsom - Pokhara flight including domestic Airports tax.

 

Accommodations

  • 2-night accommodation in a three-star category hotel in Kathmandu.
  • 1-night accommodation in a three-star category hotel in Pokhara.
  • 10-night accommodation in Guesthouses/Lodges during the trekking journey.

 

Meals

  • Full board meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trekking days.
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

 

Required Permits

  • Trekkers Information Management Permit (TIMS), 
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permits (ACAP).

 

Guide & Porter

  • Highly Qualified, English-speaking, knowledgeable trekking Guides with their salary, accommodation, food, and airfare.
  • 1 helpful porter for 2 trekkers to carry your trekking equipment and personal stuff with their salary, accommodation, and food.

 

Essential Equipment

  • World Alpine Treks'  Duffel bag, Trekking Map, Company T-shirt, and Sleeping Bag( You must return the Sleeping Bag after completing the Trip).
  • World Alpine Treks First Aid Kit.
  • Oximeter to measure Oxygen and pulse Levels during the trekking days.

 

Complimentary

  • Seasonal available fresh Fruit during trekking days.
  • Farewell dinner in a Traditional Nepalese Restaurant with a Cultural Performance.

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare to/from Nepal.
  • Nepal entry visa fee - You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. USD 30 for 15 days, USD 50  for 30 days, USD 125 for 90 days visas. You need 2 passport-size photos.
  • Travel insurance to cover emergency evacuation and medical expenses.
  • Hot showers during the trekking days.
  • Extra night hotel Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival or late departure.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Personal refreshment expenses - soft drinks, hard drinks, mineral bottled water, cigarettes, chocolates, etc.
  • Utility expenses like telephone, electricity for charging, internet (WI-FI), laundry services, etc.
  • Tips for support crew members of your trekking team.

FAQ's

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is approximately 160-230 km (100-145 miles) long, depending on specific route variations and transportation choices. The trek typically takes around 15-20 days to complete, offering diverse landscapes, from subtropical forests to alpine meadows and high mountain deserts, showcasing the scenic beauty of the Annapurna region in Nepal.

The best time for the Annapurna Trek is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season from March to May and post-monsoon (autumn) season from September to November. These periods offer stable weather, clear skies, and moderate temperatures, ensuring optimal trekking conditions and breathtaking views of the Annapurna range in Nepal.

Yes, basic food, water, and tea are available at teahouses and communities along the Annapurna Trek. But options could be scarce, and costs might go up as you go up in height. It is advisable to pack personal supplies, such as cigarettes if necessary, and water purifying equipment. For a more comfortable trekking experience, self-sufficiency is advised as amenities vary even when they are provided.

Yes, a permit is required for the Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal. It is necessary to have a Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card and an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). These licenses guarantee hiker safety and support conservation activities. Before beginning the hike, get them in Pokhara or Kathmandu.

Phone and internet service are available in the Annapurna Region, especially in bigger settlements and hiking centers. While connectivity varies, teahouses and hotels frequently provide Wi-Fi, and mobile networks operate along much of the journey. Keep in mind that transmissions at higher altitudes may be weaker, and satellite phones can be handy in distant regions.

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