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$1990 per person
  • Trip Code: ACT23
  • Duration: 23 Days
  • Trip Level: Strenuous
  • Max Altitude: 5,416m / 17,769 ft
  • Starts at: Kathmandu
  • Ends at: Kathmandu
  • Best Season: February to June & September to December
  • 1st Day Arrival in Kathmandu
  • 2nd Day Sightseeing around Kathmandu and Pre-trip meeting
  • 3rd Day Bus to Besi Saha jeep to Syange
  • 4th Day Syange – Tal
  • 5th Day Tal – Danakyu
  • 6th Day Danakyu – Chame
  • 7th Day Chame – Upper Pisang
  • 8th Day Upper Pisang – Ngawal
  • 9th Day Ngawal – Manang
  • 10th Day Rest Day
  • 11th Day Manang – Yak Kharka
  • 12th Day Yak Kharka – Thorung Phedi
  • 13th Day Thorung Phedi – Mukitinath
  • 14th Day Mukitinath – Marpha
  • 15th Day Marpha – Kokhethanti
  • 16th Day Kokhethanti – Tatopani
  • 17th Day Rest Day
  • 18th Day Tatopani – Ghorepani
  • 19th Day Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Tikhedhungga
  • 20th Day Tikhedhungga – Nayapul – Pokhara
  • 21st Day Pokhara Guided Sightseeing
  • 22nd Day Bus to Kathmandu
  • 23rd Day Leisure in Kathmandu
  • Click to see full Itinerary »

Included In Package

Not Included In Package

  • Flight tickets related to international travel.
  • Food during your stay in Kathmandu (except breakfasts).
  • Any kind of drinks (including bar tabs).
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Nepal visa fee and entry fee.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Tips to guide and porter.

Trek Description

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a 24 day trek through some of the best trekking terrain you will ever encounter. The Annapurna Circuit Trek introduces you to the best part of the Annapurna Region. Annapurna Circuit Trek takes you to Poon Hill, Jomsom, Muktinath, Thorang La Pass, and many other places, all of which make this trek an outstanding experience.

The Annapurna Circuit usually takes 20 days and introduces you to the best part of the Annapurna Region and can be quite challenging in places and is noted for making a number of crossings over rivers using suspension bridges – hazardous looking these bridges may be but safe they most certainly are.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Level

Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered Strenuous. A good level of cardiovascular fitness and some trekking experience is strongly advised.

In a scale of 1 to 10, the Annapurna Circuit Trek is rated 8. You will spend a number of nights sleeping at altitudes above 13,000ft (4000m) so you must be willing and able to rough it as most creature comforts are back in Kathmandu.

Your safety and the safety of the support team safety of everyone on the trek is our highest concern and like all strenuous treks, the Annapurna Circuit Trek is treated as an expedition.


Full Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m / 4,593 ft)

Annapurna Circuit Trek

An Ammonite Adventure representative will meet you at the Airport and take you to your hotel. Depending on the time of day you arrive, you can rest or explore the suburb of Thamel. The taxi to your hotel is covered in the package but an optional tip is not.

  • No Meals Included
  • Overnight in Hotel

Day 2 – Sightseeing around Kathmandu and Pre-trip Meeting

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After breakfast (at your hotel included) you will be picked up by your tour guide. You will be taken to 3 must see attractions:

Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Though you are not allowed to go inside the temple as it is strictly for Hindus only, you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River. It is a square two-tiered pagoda temple built on a single-tier plinth which is famous all over the world.

Boudhanath Stupa

Boudhananath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. It was built in the 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla, famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style Batsala temple, Bhairavnath temple, Duttatraya Temple, Pujari Muth and Palace of 55 windows.

The rest of your time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area for trekking essentials.

  • Breakfast Included
  • Overnight in Hotel

Day 3 – Bus to Besi Saha

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Today you will take a public bus from Kathmandu to Besi Saha (Besisahar) 760m / 2,493 ft. From there you will take a jeep to Syange (1,100m / 3,608 ft) where you will witness beautiful landscapes, rivers and waterfalls on the way.

  • 8 Hours Bus + Jeep
  • Breakfast Included
  • Overnight in a Guesthouse

Day 4 – Besi Saha to Tal

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Day 4 is the day you start actually trekking. The trek follows the beautiful Marsyangdi River and slowly climbs up to Tal (1,700m / 5,577 ft). Along the way you will come across the most beautiful waterfalls – pretty much all year round.

  • 5 Hours Trekking
  • All Meals Included
  • Overnight in a Guesthouse

Day 5 – Tal to Danakyu

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Today you will leave Marsyangdi River behind and continue on to witness Annapurna 2, Pisang Peak, beautiful landscapes and old villages that time seems to have forgotten. Danakyu (2,190m / 7,185 ft) is sometimes known as Danaque, but Danakyu is more widely used.

  • 5 Hours Trekking
  • All Meals Included
  • Overnight in a Guesthouse

Day 6 – Danakyu to Chame

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You continue walking while enjoying the view of mountains and waterfalls along the way. You will pass through the villages of Thanchwok and Koto during the 4 hour trek before reaching Chame (2,670m / 8,759 ft), the headquarters of Manang District in the Gandaki Zone. It’s a beautiful town with a population of around 1,129 and more facilities than previous stops.

  • 4 Hours Trekking
  • All Meals Included
  • Overnight in a Guesthouse

Day 7 – Chame to Upper Pisang

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Today is a bigger day and after breakfast you continue your trek to Upper Pisang (3,300m / 10,826 ft). Along the way, you walk through the dense forest and cross the Marsyangdi River at the Swargadwari Bridge. Shortly after, you will see the first view of gigantic Paungda Dada rock face which is curved like a bowl shape.

  • 6 Hours Trekking
  • All Meals Included
  • Overnight in a Guesthouse

Day 8 – Upper Pisang to Ngawal

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Today if you wake up early you can watch the beautiful sunrise and first ray of sun on Annapurna 2. After breakfast, you continue the trek towards Ngawal (3,660m / 12,007 ft). The trail to Ngawal is about 400m / 1,312 ft higher than the lower trail but you will have great opportunities to witness high altitude flora and fauna, beautiful gorges, Annapurna 2 and 3 as well as Pisang Peak.

  • 5 Hours Trekking
  • All Meals Included
  • Overnight in a Guesthouse

Day 9 – Ngawal to Manang

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Todays trek continues through the big hills, jungle and wetlands of the Manang Region. On the way, you will pass Lophelling Monastery and Sher Gompa. Depending on your prgress, ther should be time to explore one or the other. You will reach Manang (3,540m / 13,287 ft) late in the afternoon in time for dinner.

  • 5 Hours Trekking
  • All Meals Included
  • Overnight in a Guesthouse

Day 10 – Acclimatisation Day

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You spend the day acclimatising in Manang by doing some walks and sightseeing around the village. You can visit a monastery and go to Gangapurna Glacier Lake during. Towards the end of the day, you will return to your accommodation for a well earned rest.

  • All Meals Included
  • Overnight in a Guesthouse

Day 11 – Manang to Yak Kharka

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Nicely rested, you continue the trek towards Yak Kharka (4,050m / 13,287 ft) which ascends by 500m / 1,640 ft. You make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangdi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, you reach Yak Kharka. Herds of yaks and vegetations appear to thin out.

  • 5 Hours Trekking
  • All Meals Included
  • Overnight in a Guesthouse

Day 12 – Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi

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After a 2 hour ascent, the trail starts to descend and you will cross the Kane Khola (river). You then climb up to Thorong Phedi at 4,525m / 14,845 where comfortable guesthouses have been built in the recent years.

  • 5 Hours Trekking
  • All Meals Included
  • Overnight in a Guesthouse

Day 13 – Thorung Phedi to Thorung la Pass to Mukitinath

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Today is a long day starting before sunrise at 4am to reach Thorung La Pass by 9 or 10 am. If you arrive at Thorung La Pass (5,416m / 17,769 ft) any later, there is a high risk of strong winds developing. This would be both uncomfortable and would slow down progess significantly. Some problems may arise due to altitude and snow. After 4 hours of climbing to the pass marked by the chortens and prayer flags, you will be rewarded with stunning views from the top of the pass. A further 4 hours will see you arrive at the holy town of Muktinath (3,760m / 12,335 ft).

Muktinath means place of Nirvana and is home to the Muktinath Temple as well as several monasteries. It is said that all sorrows we feel are relieved when visiting the Temple. It is a sacred pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The prime pilgrimage month is September. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple which has a gorgeous natural spring and an eternal flame fueled by natural gas.

  • 8 Hours Trekking
  • All Meals Included
  • Overnight in a Guesthouse

Day 14 – Mukitinath to Lupra Pass to Marpha

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Having passed Thorung la Pass and continuing on from Mukitinath, you will see a stark contrast in scenery. The land looks more like a desert since you are now in the rain shadow of the Annapurnas. Getting to Marpha means crossing the Lupra Pass (3,772m / 12,375 ft). It’s not a big deal as Lupra Pass is basically at the same altitude as Mukitinath

Shortly after, you will reach the village of Lupra and shortly after that you will reach a junction. At this point, you will head south towards Marpha. Heading north would take you into the Upper Mustang

Getting to Marpha (2,670m / 8,759 ft) on this trk means you will bypass Jomsom which is just to the West. Marpha translates to “Hard Working People” is the home to the legendary apple orchards. You will taste the apples and the myriad apple products like pies and wine. Apple Brandy is another local specialty that we may be lucky enough to taste en route.

  • 8 Hours Trekking
  • All Meals Included
  • Overnight in a Guesthouse

Day 15 – Marpha to Kokhethanti

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The trek to Kokhethanti (2,545m / 8,349 ft) descends through the valley following the Kali Gandaki River. Getting to Kokhethanti is a pleasant and easy walk passing through the village of Larjung.

  • 7 Hours Trekking
  • All Meals Included
  • Overnight in a Guesthouse

Day 16 – Kokhethanti to Tatopani

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You continue to descend through Kali Gandaki River Valley. On the way you will encounter the world’s deepest gorge, Kopchepani. Tatopani (1,190m / 3,904 ft) is famous for its hot springs. This is the best place to relax our body after a long trek. We will spend a day relaxing at this spot.

  • 6 Hours Trekking
  • All Meals Included
  • Overnight in a Guesthouse

Day 17 – Rest Day in Tatopani

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Take a shower, dip into the natural hot springs, enjoy drinks and local food.

  • All Meals Included
  • Overnight in a Guesthouse

Day 18 – Tatopani to Ghorepani

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Today is another big day. It will take about 7 hours to walk from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,880m / 9,448 ft). You climb about 1,620m / 5,314 ft up. From Ghorepani, you will be able to see Annapurna South, Himchuli and Tukuche Himal. You will pass a couple of Magar and Gurung villages on the trail.

  • 6 Hours Trekking
  • All Meals Included
  • Overnight in a Guesthouse

Day 19 – Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tikhedhungga

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Very early in the morning, you start an hour hiking to Poon Hill (3,193m / 5,052 ft) a brilliant spectacle. This vantage point provides unobstructed views of the early morning sunrise over the high Himalayas, weather permitting. There, you will spend about an hour. You return to Ghorepani where you can have a hot breakfast at the hotel. You then trek down towards Tikhedhungga (1,540m / 5,052 ft), walking down along the ridges and through rhododendron forests.

  • 5 Hours Trekking
  • All Meals Included
  • Overnight in a Guesthouse

Day 20 – Tikhedhungga to Nayapul to Pokhara

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After some light trekking, you will reach Nayapul(1,070m / 3,510 ft). An hours drive takes you to Pokhara (827m, 2,713 ft).

  • 5 Hours Trekking
  • All Meals Included
  • Overnight Hotel

Day 21 – Pokhara Guided Sightseeing

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After breakfast, a full day sightseeing tour of the Pokhara area begins. There will be a professional city guide and a private tourist vehicle at your disposal. You will visit the following sites:

Bindhabasini Temple

The temple lies in the center of the religious old bazaar. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati, another manifestation of Shakti. The park grounds offer a fine picnic and relaxing area.

Davis Fall

Locally known as Patale Chhango and located in the southern flank of the Pokhara valley, it is where the stream flowing from Fewa Lake collapses and surges down the rock into a deep gorge, leaping through several potholes. This is hugely popular with tourists and locals alike.

Gupteshwor Cave

The revered Gupteshwor Cave is situated 2 km from the Pokhara airport. The entrance is right across from Davis fall and the cave is almost 3 km long. It has some big hall-sized rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all four. This cave holds special value to Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered.

Seti River Gorge

Carved by the Seti Gandaki River, it is one of the natural wonders of Pokhara. K.I. Singh bridge at Bagar, Mahendrapool and Prithivi Highway Bridge near bus park provide a perfect view of the river’s dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by the turbulent flow of white water.

Tibetan Refugee Camps

The Tibetan village Tashiling in the south and the Tashi Palkhel village in the north of Pokhara are renowned for the production and trade of woolen carpets and other handicrafts. The original Tibetan settlers in this region migrated to Nepal in the ‘50s.

World Peace Pagoda

World Peace Pagoda, also known as Pokhara Shanti Stupa, is a Buddhist pagoda-style monument. It is the shrine built as a symbol of peace. The spot is situated at the height of 2,100 meters on the Ananda Hill. Nepal has two of the eighty peace pagodas in the world i.e. Shanti Stupa in Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, and Shanti Stupa in Pokhara. It also provides a panoramic view of the Annapurna range, Pokhara city and Fewa Lake.

  • Breakfast Included
  • Overnight in Hotel

Day 22 -Bus to Kathmandu

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Today you will be taken to the bus depot where you will board a bus to Kathmandu. There will be 2 stops along the way for toilets and food.

  • 7 Hours Bus Trip
  • Breakfast Included
  • Overnight Hotel

Day 23 – Leisure day in Kathmandu

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Today is yours to as you wish. If you are departing Nepal, an Ammonite Adventure representative will get you to the Airport in plenty of time.

  • Breakfast Included

Altitude Sickness

The term Altitude Sickness is used often but there are intact 3 types of Altitude Sickness. The most common is actually Acute Mountain Sickness – or AMS for short. AMS becomes a real threat when ascending at altitudes of roughly over 3,000m / 9,000 ft.

AMS comes into effect usually because a trekker or climber ascends too quickly. As the air become thinner, there is less oxygen available. Your lungs need time to adjust in order to carry much needed oxygen to the different parts of your body.

All Ammonite Adventure treks over 3,000m / 9,000 ft include rest days – known as acclimatization days. Read more about altitude sickness »

Accomodation

While on trek, all accommodation is included in the price. You will stay in either a guesthouse or a teahouse. Which one depends on the time of year you are trekking.

A Guesthouse is more like a low budget hotel room. You will likely have a shower and a western toilet (they will be shared with other trekkers). You may also have WiFi. A Teahouse is basically an extension of a family home (usually very basic, most likely no shower and a drop toilet.) In either case, the hospitality is always outstanding.

When a package includes nights in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan etc, the price includes a 3 star Hotel. 3 Stars in Nepal equates to 4 stars. You can, if you like, upgrade your accomodation to 5 Star (Nepali 5 star that is) which is a solid 4 star in most western countries.

Food

While on trek, all food is included in the price. The food is basic but extremely nutritious to keep you going. When a package includes nights in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan etc, the price includes breakfast as long as you have it at the Hotel.

Considerations

Adventure travel, very nature, involves an element of the unexpected. In remote and developing countries such as Nepal, do not expect standards you are used to at home. Remote areas are sometimes unpredictable and itineraries may be altered.

To get the most out of your adventure it is important that you are flexible, positive and eager to take on all the challenges that arise. If you are uncertain about your suitability for this trip we recommend that you speak with one of Ammonite Adventures Team Members.

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Trek Altitudes (in meters)

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