Experience the adventure of crossing one of the highest passes in the world while trekking around the Annapurna region of Nepal. The Annapurna Circuit trek often renowned as one of the most spectacular trekking routes in the world involves traversing one of the highest passes in the world Thorang La and circuiting around the Annapurna mastiff
This 17-day Annapurna circuit trek begins from Jagat, starting from less than 1,000 meters, it provides an opportunity to explore the Himalayas from bottom to top and from varied angles and perspectives. The trek route trails along Marshyangdi River, with great views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east.
The spectacular Annapurna circuit trek guides through the fine village, inhabited by people from different ethnic groups to the highest point of the Annapurna Circuit the Thorong La Pass (5,416m) offering majestic views of the pristine Himalayas and lush green valleys.
After the Thorong La Pass, our trail advances from Manang to Muktinath from where we head to Tatopani for hot springs. Next, we climb to Poon Hill to observe the spectacular sunrise over Annapurna and 20 other mountains before descending to Pokhara where our trek ends.
The circuit is usually walked in a counter-clockwise direction as traveling clockwise is strenuous, difficult, and often requires a longer ascent which is too difficult for a lot of people.
This Annapurna circuit trek traversing through several passes, exploring mountains and splendid vistas of pristine ranges and lush valleys is comparatively less strenuous than other treks involving high passes. Anyone intending to do the Annapurna circuit trek must be in good shape physically. People with a respiratory problem should be cautious and consult their doctor before heading for this trek as the trail elevates up to 5500m.
The trek involves walking along the rocky trails and of course, up close to the Himalayas through several incredibly beautiful villages. So, if you are looking for a challenging yet magical experience near the Himalayas through beautiful Nepali villages then this trip is definitely for you. Experience the adventure of traversing through the Annapurna region of Nepal with the Annapurna circuit trek!
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5416 m/ 17769ft
Annapurna area was opened to foreign trekkers in 1977.
Annapurna area is restricted and subject to extra permits, cost, and another limitation.
The total length of the route varies between 160–230 km.
The trail crosses the highest pass in the world; Thorang La Pass(5416m).
With the construction of the road, mountain biking is becoming popular, with Mustang, in particular, becoming one of the world's most popular mountain biking destination.
One of the sacred Hindu Shrine: Muktinath Temple.
The trail changes dramatically around and rich diverse group of wild animals and birds such as Danfe (Pheasant) long-tail birds and animals like snow leopard, jackal, blue sheep, etc.
Annapurna Circuit has often been voted as the best long-distance trek in the world; as it combines a wide variety of climate zones and cultural variety from Hindu Villages at the low foothills to the Tibetan culture of Manang Valley and Lower Mustang.
Annapurna Massif (Annapurna I-8091m, Annapurna II-7937m, Annapurna III-7555m, Annapurna IV-7525m), Dhaulagiri-8167m, Machhapuchhre-6993m, Manaslu-8163m, Gangapurna-7455m, Tilicho Peak-7134m, Tukuche Peak-6920m, Paungda Danda-4730m, and many other mountainous views can be seen through this trek.
Why this Trip
Crossing through the world's highest pass Thorang La pass and passing along paddy fields and into subtropical forests, several waterfalls, and gigantic cliffs, and various villages, Annapurna Circuit is one of the most rewarding treks in Nepal. This 17 days trek is designed to give you the closest experience of magnificent Annapurna and the surrounding vivid landscapes that gives you the adventure of a lifetime.
•We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
•What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
•A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permits
This is going to be the first day of Nepal adventure. At the arrival section of Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, one of our representatives will be waiting with a placard-carrying your name on it. The airport representative will explain the program upon arrival and escort you to the hotel on a private vehicle; Overnight in Kathmandu.
After breakfast, Kathmandu tour begins. Kathmandu valley is an incredibly diverse city with a breathtaking Newari culture, centuries-old Hindu and Buddhists cultural sites alongside a plethora of ancient monuments. The capital of the country and home to 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Kathmandu, bridges modern facilities with centuries-old traditions and cultures with its tourist-friendly accommodations and the ancestral etiquette “Atithi Devo Bhava” meaning "Guest is equivalent to God". Throughout the day, most of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu will be observed. Overnight stay at the hotel;
Early in the morning, we leave for Jagat from Kathmandu. Situated at an altitude of 1290m, it takes us around 7-8 hours to get to Jagat. Throughout the day, we’ll observe beautiful big rivers, curvy roads, local shops, local life, local bazaars and small hydropower dams on the way. Upon reaching Jagat, we get a step closer to the mountains. Overnight stay at teahouse;
The ultimate Annapurna circuit trek begins after breakfast. The descending trail from Jagat takes us to a river and the trail ascends continuing through a lush forest. The further ascent takes us to a sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank. Advancing with the trail, amidst the glorious backdrop of magnificent Annapurna mountain ranges a beautiful village Chyamje emerges. After crossing a suspension bridge and climbing the slippery and physically challenging steep path, we reach Sattale. Treading along the rock-strewn trails, we descend to a grassy riverbank to Tal. Leaving Tal, we set through rugged and winding path reaching the steeply-forested village of Karte. Admiring the waterfalls and cliffs on the way, we finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge. Overnight at Dharapani.
On this day, we leave Dharapani and head towards Chame. After a gentle ascent, we reach the beautiful village of Chame. Chame almost looks like a Tibetan village as the people of Chame migrated from Nepal-Tibet trade route a long time ago, and settled here. The customs, houses and the culture here is highly influenced by the Tibetan culture. Chame has lovely views of Mt. Annapurna II, a pair of burbling hot springs where we can dip in and soothe our aching muscles. Overnight at teahouse in Chame;
A steep narrow path through a very dense forest will bring us to the dramatically curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. Ascending steepest part of the Marshyangdi Valley, a trail carved into the vertical rock, the valley boasts the majestic vistas. We trek for a while before reaching Upper Pisang where we spend the night. Overnight at the teahouse;
From Pisang, the high trail enters pine groves to reveal the glorious view of the small turquoise lake Mring Tso. The trail rises upwards to Ghyaru and enters well-cultivated barley and buckwheat field before we reach Ngawal. Ngawal is one of the most picturesque villages in Annapurna. The main reason for our stay at Ngawal is to acclimatize to the high altitude. One of the main attractions of this village is a centuries-old cave of Guru Rinpoche which is in the hills overlooking Ngawal village. The local people believe the cave leads to Mustang. Overnight stay at teahouse;
Manang is just a few hours easy walk from Ngawal. We pass through deep forests and artistic monasteries to reach Manang. It is basically the capital of Annapurna Circuit Trek. Gangapurna lake in Manang adds beauty to the already beautiful Manang village. There are plenty of monasteries nearby to explore. Local cinema hall at the remote place can really be an experience for the night. Overnight stay at Manang;
From Manang, we resume our trek and advance towards Yak Kharka. We make the climb steadily through TenkiManang, leaving the Marsyangdi Valley. Continuing along the JarsangKhola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka at 4,000 m. The trail passes through the meadows and pastures where horses and yak graze. After crossing on a wooden bridge over a small river, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall leading to Yak Kharka by the lunch time. From Yak Kharka, we hike to the Chulu west Base Camp and return to Yak Kharka later. Overnight stay at teahouse in Yak Kharka;
From Yak Kharka, the trail ascends to ThorangPhedi. After a short climb, we cross a suspension bridge leading to Ledar village. Continuing with our climb uphill, we pass through towering cliffs before reaching ThorangPhedi (the last village before Thorong La pass). The trail overflows with the spectacular views of Mt. Gundang, Mt.Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt.Khatungkan. Overnight at teahouse;
It is the most challenging part of the entire trip as it involves crossing the highest pass in the world ‘Thorang La Pass’ (5416m). We depart early in the morning, to cross the pass smoothly while the weather is favourable. We cross the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath). Later in the evening, we reach Muktinath (3710m); celebrated Holy Hindu Shrine at the foot of the Thorang La pass. Overnight stay at teahouse in Muktinath;
Today, we drive from Muktinath to Tatopani. A bumpy jeep ride to Tatopani passes through a lot of famous villages like; Jomsom, Marpha, Ghasa etc. ‘Tatopani’ is translated as hot water in Nepali. Upon reaching Tatopani, we can relax at the natural hot Spring and soothe our sore muscles after the strenuous trekking. Overnight stay at teahouse in Tatopani;
We leave Tatopani and head up the Ghar Khola valley. The route takes us through terraced farmland surrounded by mountains. Passing through the villages of Shikha and Chitre and beautiful rhododendron forest, we reach Ghorepani, a beautiful village located at the ridge. Overnight in Ghorepani;
Early in the morning, we climb along the steep trail to catch the glorious sunrise over the Himalayas from the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft), the most popular trekking destination of the Annapurna region. Poon Hill flaunts the spectacular views of Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20 of the highest mountains including the close-up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. After spending some time at the Poon Hill, we transverse through beautiful florid Rhododendron forest to the village of Tadapani. Overnight stay at teahouse in Tadapani;
After breakfast, we leave Tadapani and trek through the dense forests towards the beautiful Gurung village of Ghandruk. After 3-4 hours of walk through rhododendron forests, we reach a slope settlement with stone houses of Ghandruk. We then drive towards Pokhara. Overnight stay at hotel in Pokhara;
After 6-7 hours’ drive from Pokhara, we reach the heart of the country Kathmandu where the necessary preparation for the departure will be carried out. Rest of the day is for either relaxing or sightseeing around Kathmandu city. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Depending on your flight time, Swotah will arrange the transfer to the airport. The airport check-in is 3 hours prior to the departure time and the hotel checkout time is usually 12 P.M. Our representative will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport.
For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/home stay for our clients, whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, on their request.
We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their need and suitability. We do not incorporate more than 14 People in a group, unless we get special requests from our clients.
Yes, Nepal can proudly boast as one of the safest countries in South Asia for women, you will find people very friendly and respectful especially towards women. Annapurna is one of the most visited trekking areas in Nepal and in the world. In general, locals are very respectful and welcoming.
Annapurna Circuit is very popular trekking region among the trekkers hence this region provides a wide range of delicious western meals like Pasta, noodles, pizzas, bread, soup etc. potatoes grown in this region are very delicious which is loved by all the trekkers. Dal Bhat (Rice, Lentils and Vegetables) are a great way to gain energy for the strenuous trek.
There are plenty of water stations on each stop on the route. You can easily fill up the bottle from the open taps. We recommend that you bring water purifier tablets with you or at least get it from Kathmandu before you depart for trekking. You can also buy mineral waters but we usually recommend tap water which is pure and it helps us not promoting plastic bottled water.
We use private car for sightseeing inside the Kathmandu Valley and transfer to Pokhara can be arranged either on a car or jeep or in deluxe bus with A/C depending on the size of the group. We also arrange the drop off and pick up from the starting and ending point of the trek on private a car or a jeep.
Annapurna Circuit can be trekked all year around excluding monsoon season. February to June and Mid-September to December are the best times to do this trek, although in winter, it’s difficult to trek in snow and harsh cold.
Before coming to Nepal make sure that you are covered by insurance policy for the altitude of 5500 meters. In the case of an emergency like altitude sickness, dehydration or any medical conditions ask your tour leader/guide to contact us as soon as possible so that we can manage/arrange helicopter for the rescue. Then you will be transferred to hospital for the treatment.
Trekking is a tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable so carry a lightweight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant, and thermal innerwear t to escape the severe cold. Needless to say that, Good shoes are very important for trekking in rough and snowy terrain, so invest on good quality shoes or rent it from us at a minimum price. As you are trekking in remote village try to wear modest clothes to quickly gel up with the local people without hesitation
We contact the lodge/guesthouse owner for reservation of the room before trekking on a particular day. On other days, porters reach the destination on advance and book the rooms for you. But there are always going to be exceptions but even in those cases, we may have to be flexible about very basic sleeping arrangements. We always try to make sure that we have everything well arranged.
All our Guides are trekking experts holding license from Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Government. They are the most valuable assets of the company. Guides know the trekking route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety in the mountains.
If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you'll need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guides' schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there's an emergency cases. But it's true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
Before coming to Nepal make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complications.
To confirm your booking, a deposit of 15% of total trip amount is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made between 100-364 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip. If payment is made between 99-60 days, 25% of the total trip amount will need to be paid and if booked between 59-30 days, 50% of the total trip amount needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 29 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine.Please note that non refundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.