• Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek


Trip Tacts

  •    Country: Nepal
  •    Trip grade: Moderate
  •    Destination: Annapurna
  •    Activities: Trekking
  •    Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara/ Lodges on the trek
  •    Meals: BB in Kathmandu and pokhara, Full board on trek.
  •    Maximum altitude: 5416m
  •    Group size: 1 to 24 pax
  •    Best Season: September to November, March to May

Trip Information

Annapurna Mountain Range Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek has been opened to foreign trekkers since 1977. You cannot forget this trip in your entire life. This 3-week trekking starts from a long drive from Kathmandu to Besishahar and goes along the Marshyangdi River with the great view of Manaslu, Himalchuli and Lamjung Himal. The full scenery is breathtaking which is the most incentive trekking destination of Nepal. The highest point is the Throng-la Pass (5416m), the highest pass in the world. After crossing this difficult pass (usually, walk in a clockwise direction) and passing the Muktinath (the highest temple in Nepal), the trek goes down to the world’s deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki Gorge, which located between Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. Then we follow the Kali Gandaki River until the natural hot spring in Tatopani.

What you will be pleased with

In the Annapurna Circuit Trek, you can make many records of yourself! You can see the world’s 3 highest and most popular mountains, the Manaslu(8163m), Dhaulagiri 1st (8167m) and Annapurna 1st (8091m), visit Nepal’s highest temple and go along the world’s highest pass and the deepest gorge! Moreover, you can have a touch of the Tibetan village, villages with both Hindus and Buddhists culture, beautiful rivers and forests…all these make your trip unforgettable and memorable.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary

This is only the recommended itinerary of the trek. You can customize this trek as per your need and comfort.

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Mission Himalaya Treks and Expeditions PVT Ltd Airport Representative will meet you outside the Arrival Hall. Please, look for our Treks and Expeditions name card. Transfer to hotel, introduce your trekking guide and check the necessities. Overnight in Kathmandu 
Meals Included: breakfast

Day 02: Full day Kathmandu City Tour
When you finished your breakfast sightseeing tours to world heritage sites of Pashupatinath Temple-the holiest and biggest Hindu Temple on the bank of  Bagmati River, Bodhanath Stupa-the biggest Buddhist Stupa in the world, Patan Durbar Square is the oldest city in the Kathmandu valley with 
age-old tradition also called Lalitpur-the city of fine arts. The visit covers the Durbar Square, the Krishna temple, the Golden temple and many more. Swayambhunath Stupa-the 2000 years old legendary stupa on the hillock also nick-named as monkey temple. Your day tour ends Kathmandu Durbar Square including living goddess Kumari, Nautale Durbar, the Kaal Bhairav, the hippy Street and more.
Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel 
Meals included: breakfast

Day 03: Kathmandu to Jagat (1 100m/3 608ft): 8-10 hrs drive
After an early breakfast and a private car drive 175km west to the trekking point. The road winds overpass through the forested middle hills to link Hindu villages and farming communities, south of the Himalayan highlands. It follows and crosses several major rivers flowing from the glacial peaks to the north; including the Trisuli Khola, a popular rafting destination. At Dumre, we turn north, on a secondary road into the Marsyangdi Nadi Valley to Besi Sahar before continuing up a minor road to Syange (with a high waterfall) and on to Jagat (a former toll station on the ancient salt-trade route to Tibet). We will follow the Marsyangdi River for six days, to near its source on the North Annapurna Glacier. Overnight at Jagat
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 04: Jagat to Dharapani (1 960m/6 430ft): 5-6 Hrs
After breakfast, the trail descends, then climbs through rocky forest to the tiny Tibetan village of Chamje. Cross the suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi Nadi, then climb steadily to the delightful village of Tal (1700m), a former lakebed. The trail continues past barley, wheat, and potato fields and through pine forests before re-crossing the river near Kotro, then and on to Dharapani: one of the larger Tibetan villages in the Manang valley, at the confluence of two rivers. Overnight in Dharapani
Meals Included Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 05: Dharapani to Chame (2 710m/8 891ft): 5-6 Hrs
Today the valley swings westwards: we negotiate steep forested ridges and cross several landslides as we ascend the southern side of the valley. Sensational views of the Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7 525m/24 688ft) will gradually rise to our left; and come into full view as we approach the large mani wall before Chame. This is the district headquarters of the Manang Valley overnight at Chame.

Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 06: Chame to Pisang (3 300m/10 824ft): 5-6 Hrs
A steep and narrow path on the north bank, through a dense ‘Christmas tree’ and pine forest, leads to a gigantic curved, ice-carved rock face above Bhratang: which rises 1500m above the river – and takes an hour to pass. Beyond the village, and after walking along an impressive ledge hewn from a vertical cliff face, the path re-crosses to the southern side of the river and ascends, opposite the wall, into the classic U-shaped upper Manang Valley between two giant snow peaks. The views become more exciting as we approach the split-village of Pisang.
Overnight in Lower Pisang.at Lodge
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 07: Pisang to Ngawal (3 660m/12 008ft): 4-5 Hrs
There are two routes that we can follow today. The lower, easier route follows the river to Mungji where it meets the upper route and continues to Braga and Manang.
The more challenging upper route into the dry Nyesyang district begins from Upper Pisang and offers some of the finest scenery on the trek. Ghyaru is a fascinating cluster-village with beautifully constructed stone houses surrounded by fields of wheat, barley, buckwheat, potatoes, and beans: crops that can cope with a short growing season. Then
long high traverse with great scenery, up and down the valley, to Ngawal: an interesting village with Gompa and ancient Juniper trees. Overnight in Ngawal.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Luch & Dinner

Day 08: Ngawal to Manang (3 540m/11 615ft): 3-4 hrs.
The trail now gradually descends to Mungji which has a nunnery above the village. The clustered houses of picturesque Braga are built one above the other, up to a craggy slope with an impressive Gompa at the top. It is the largest, oldest and best-endowed gompa in the valley. Manang is a short walk from Braga.
A morning rest in Manang and a short walk in the afternoon will further assist with acclimatization: before the two challenging high altitude days to come. Take a walk to either Bocho Gompa or Gangapurna Lake. Visit the Himalayan Rescue Association, after 03:00 pm, for information about Altitude Mountain Sickness and its symptoms. and overnight at Manang
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 09: Manang: Acclimatisation and exploration day
Today is a scheduled acclimatization day. It should include a short walk to higher altitudes and back: to prepare for the two challenging high altitude days to come. Take a walk to either the Bocho Gompa or the Gangapurna Lake. Visit the Himalayan Rescue Association, after 03:00 pm, for information about Altitude Mountain Sickness and its symptoms. Overnight in Manang.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10: Manang to Yak Kharka (4 110m/13 484ft): 3-4 Hrs
From Manang, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to the village of Tengi above, then continues to climb out of the Marsyangdi Valley; turning northwest up the valley of the Jarsang Khola. A slow gradual ascent is a key to avoiding altitude sickness.
The trail passes a few summer pastures and scrubs juniper, as it steadily gains elevation. It climbs above Gunsang, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trail and continues to the hamlet of Ghyanchang where it drops to cross a tributary. It continues to rise through meadows: where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small wooden bridge, it climbs to reach an ancient mani wall and the small pleasant village of Yak Kharka; and good views. Overnight in YakKharka.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11: Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi (4 600m/15 092ft): 3-4 Hrs
A short day’s slow, steady climb up another 500m leads to the last outpost before the pass. The path meanders through desolate high scenery with scrub vegetation gradually giving way to rock, screen and an exposed path over a landslide before reaching the trekker-settlement of Thorung Phedi (foot of the hill). It is just a large teahouse with room for some 150 trekkers and a warm cozy dining room. It closes during the winter months.
Further up the “hill” is a small stone tea house on an exposed ridge, manned during the day by folk from the hotel, which is known as High Camp. It is wiser to sleep at Thorung Phedi than to climb to this elevation for a night and shorter summit day.
Overnight in Thorong Phedi.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Thorung Phedi to Muktinath (3 800/12 467ft): 8-10 Hrs
We reach the climax of our Annapurna circuit trek today: a lifetime unforgettable experience to cross this famous high pass – requiring a 1000m ascent and a 1600m descent. Thorung La (5416m) is a col between Thorung Peak (6 211m/20 378ft) and the impressive cliffs of Yakwakang (6 482m/15 434ft). From the flag-bedecked summit are snowy views to the east (behind). To the west (ahead) is impressive desolate brown scenery down into the rain-parched region of the Kali Gandaki/Mustang Valley far below. On the opposite side of the valley, the huge Dhaulagiri range and the mountains of Dolpo stretch to the horizon. This scene is an extension of the Tibetan highlands to the north.
From the hotel the path climbs steeply up the icy high-altitude route: but the promise of yet more tantalizing views over every rise will spur you on. At one point it is necessary to climb the side of an ancient moraine, beyond which the path is rising more gently.
After a short rest and a surfeit of photos on the summit, the long drop to Muktinath must begin. At first, the path drops steeply over loose gravel, which needs care. Later it becomes rockier and easier to negotiate. This long descent is rewarded by the scenery and the chance to “sleep low” again.
The important Buddhist and Hindu pilgrimage site of Muktinath will be reached in the late afternoon. Behind a very long surrounding wall and thousands of prayer flags is an oasis of springs, banyan and peepul trees with a Vishnu temple and a Buddhist shrine: a testament to the mutual religious harmony in Nepal. The Tibetan name for this place, Chu Mig 
 Gye, means ‘108 springs.’
A further 10-minute walk leads to the bustling village of Ranipauwa and our tea house for the night. The region is collectively known as Muktinath.
Overnight in Muktinath.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13: Muktinath to Tatopani (1 200m/3 937ft): 6-8 hrs drive
A road has been built from the lowlands as far as Muktinath, mostly along the old trekking trails. It is yet to be tarred and the daily winds that blow dust up the valley make hiking very unpleasant. So we will take a bus/jeep along the broad upper Kali Gandaki valley before dropping into the impressive gorge: the deepest in the world.
Cramped conditions are compensated for by the rugged scenery and the gradual return of vegetation. Marpha (off the road) is a beautiful stone village and important agricultural center where large fruit orchards thrive on stock adapted to high altitude conditions. A change of vehicle is necessary for the lower section to Tatopani (hot springs) – where we leave the road and Buddhist culture and trek again.
Overnight in Tatopani.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2 850m/9 350ft): 7-8 Hrs
Our trail now climbs steeply up the Ghar Khola Valley which swings southeast
 to the front of the Annapurna Massif. Much of the route is through glorious bird filled protected forests of oak, rhododendron, birch, and magnolia. Villages such as Ghara, Phalate, and Chitre are perched on high ridges with great views back towards Dhaulagiri or north to the Annapurnas. Ghorepani is a large tourist village below Poon Hill.
Overnight in Ghorepani
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 15: Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3 210m/10 528ft) to Tadapani (2 520m/8 268ft), 6-7 hrs
pre dawn 45-minute walk through rhododendron forest leads up to the grassy top of Poon Hill
 (3210m/10530ft). This brilliant viewpoint offers an unobstructed sunrise over the high Himalaya from the far western ranges of Dolpo and Dhaulagiri to the breadth of the Annapurnas in the north, dramatic Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail) and on to Manaslu in the east (with three of the world’s 14 8000m peaks). To the south, lowland forests of Sal trees stretch towards India.
After a photographic feast, return to Ghorepani for breakfast and then trek to Tadapani. The route meanders through forest and village farmland, from ridge tops to river crossings with many good viewpoints. The steep rivers carry meltwater from the glaciers above.
Overnight in Tadapani. 
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 16: Tadapani to Ghandruk (1 950m/6 398ft), 3-4 hrs
Today, we have short pleasant, largely downhill walk through more forest and farmland with occasional views of the mountains to Ghandruk: a densely settled, clean and modern Gurung village. It is worth exploring the surrounding area and visiting the museum: when not simply relaxing at the hotel.
Overnight in Ghandruk.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Ghandruk to Pothana (1 910m/6 266ft), 5-6 hrs
The trail descends stone staircases to the Modi Khola. This is the river that flows from the Annapurna South Glacier in the magnificent Annapurna Sanctuary (a ring of massive ice peaks that surrounds the Annapurna Base Camp, built on its moraine).
Cross the river on a suspension bridge and climb steeply to Landruk: and good views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhare. The trail continues through scattered trees and bush to Tolka, after which it ascends steadily, for some two hours, to a ridge and Deorali. Excellent views of Pokhara and Lake Phewa are possible from here as well as the last spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South and the right flank of the range. The trail then descends along a red-earth path (that is treacherous when wet) to Pothana.
Overnight in Pothana.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 18: Pothana to Phedi and drive to Pokhara (910m/2 986ft), 3-4 hrs walk, 30 min drive.
The last day offers an easy walk down a ridge to the largely agricultural village of Dhampus. It then descends through scattered villages and rice paddies to Phedi on the Pokhara – Baglung highway. A short, 22km drive will take you to Pokhara, your lakeside hotel and lunch. Afternoon free: to explore the waterfront.
Overnight in Pokhara at a 
beautiful hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 19: Pokhara to Kathmandu (1 300m /4 264ft), 5-6 hrs drive
After an early breakfast, we take the 07:30 tourist bus back to Kathmandu. Arrival time: ~14:30. Transfer to your Hotel. Afternoon you are free.

Day 20: Final departure
Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your onward flight to your next destination.




Best Time to do Annapurna Circuit Trek

Mission Himalaya Treks and Expeditions Pvt Ltd organizes the Annapurna Circuit trekking throughout the year but the best month is September-November and March-May. Sometimes the pass will be closed due to heavy snow in the winter time. At the end of the trekking, because of road construction, some trails are dusty and so that you may need to take a flight or bus from Jomsom back to Pokhara.


You Better Know

1. How much does Annapurna Circuit Trekking Costs?

The Annapurna Circuit Trek Cost depends upon the services you take and itinerary you choose. The best price for Annapurna Circuit is $1240. This is the best possible price to capture the beautiful nature, awesome trekking experience, familiarize with Nepali Culture, views of mountains and many more.

2. Is this trek with Tilicho lake possible?

Yes. You can make your Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake. You can have the taste of both Annapurna Region Trekking and Tilicho Lake TrekkingYou can change your itinerary as per you like and modify trekking itinerary however you feel comfortable.

3. Which one is better? Annapurna circuit 12 days/ 14 days trek?

Annapurna Trek Itinerary can be modified as per the trekkers need. Annapurna Circuit Trek 12 days and 14 days are quite famous trekking in Annapurna Region. They are just a modification of the trekking itinerary. We recommended you for 18 days trek. But you can make any of 12 days or 14 days Trek. We can mail us at info@missionhimalayatreks.com for any of the itinerary and other details about cost, services and more.

4. When is the Best Time To Go?

The best time to go to Annapurna Circuit Trek is in October - November, and March - April. In other seasons there may be extreme rainfalls, rock fall, and landslides. 

5. Annapurna Circuit Trekking Time?

As already mentioned we will be at the height of 4500 meters at the top of Annapurna Circuit Trek. You can make this trek at a minimum of 12 days. You can have a rest day during 12 days trek also. The time depends upon how long do you want to trek. However, the average is 12 days and up to 4500m height.


Customer Reviews

My mountain guide and friend after trekking.

Hector benito | Spain

Rating: 5

After spending some wonderful days Trekking in Nepal with you (Birendra) we do not want to leave the country without telling you something in this review!Hector wants to tell you that "Tu eres un poco cabron"Conchi says that she has been so comfortable and nice despite she is a headache for you haha"i want to say big thank you to you and your "Garlic noodle soup"mountain medicine..!! They Saved my life!!and now being a bit more serious we think you did a great job. You make us feel so comfortable and safe all the time. and that really good!we hope you also have a good time with us at the sometimes that you were working.finally, the three of us invite you to some beers and some trekking guide(Pablo Conchi and hector) in Spain so just let us know when you travel there.we will try to send more people to make you work more 

Besos y Abrozos


Fantastic trekking.

Santiago Campos Menendez | Oviedo, Asturias,Spain

Rating: 5

We trekking combined with ABC and ACT absolutely fantastic. The crossing to the high altitude Throng-la (5416m) with amazing landscape and heart touching views is my lifetime best. The guide was so funny told us a lot of jokes to make our trip never bore. The porter carrying luggage like they do not feel any tired. Keep it up to Mission Himalaya Trekking And Expeditions Team.

            One of our friends Chema feels sick in trekking Nawol but our guide helps us to give him medicine as well. Because of his effort and arrangement we are out of six- 6 complete Throng pass. The guide was so flexible according to our condition and desire. He managed tea houses, food, and transportation so easily.

            We give the best recommendation to Mission Himalaya Treks and Expeditions PVT Ltd. We plan to come back again for Everest Base camp Trekking with our friends and family.

Great MHT arrangement we are appreciated!!!!!!!!!!

Lovely trek

Malini Nambiar | india

Rating: 5

Thank you Birendra for the lovely trek we had. It was a great experience for you were really good. We will keep in touch for any future trek and other travel services.

Thank you!!!!


Roberto Artuno |

Rating: 5

Fantastic Annapurna Circuit Trekking

I did the amazing Annapurna circuit trekking with Birendra the best guide that I've ever known, He was always attentive to everything that I needed and answered every question.
It was a pleasure to see all those things and share this incredible experience with him and Sundar the porter, thanks.

Winter trekking in Annapurna circuit

Maria De La Conception Cubas Morero | Madrid, Spain

Rating: 4

Doing Act trekking in the wintertime is Very difficult than we expected. From the help of a well-experienced guide Birendra and three porters, we made it and it's really once in our lifetime experience. Highly recommend this trekking company. The Throngla-pass was incredible.

mejor empresa, Bueno Guia.

pablo Aznar gallego | Madrid, Spain

Rating: 5

Estuvimos muy felices cuando visitamos Nepal el año pasado. Espero que volvamos para unirnos a otros trekking y caminatas. Si vas a Nepal Trekking y si buscas la mejor compañía de trekking, elige Mission Himalaya con los mejores servicios a precios cómodos.mejor Empresa, Bueno Guia.

Annapurnas trek, Circulo Annapurna

Luis Tamargo Chamorro | Gijon, Asturias, Spain

Rating: 5

Excelente guía buen conocedor del medio con buenos contactos y un trato impecable. Recomendable sin lugar a dudas si quieres disfrutar de un trekking inolvidable en el himalaya!!! circulo Annapurnas.

Top trekking Destination.

jose Capon | Seville, Spain

Rating: 5

I just completed the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Mission Himalaya and had a great time with their team. Our guide Birendra who was honest, considerate and professional in working. I would highly recommend him a lot. This trek itself was difficult for 2 days in Pisang to Manang upper way and throng Phedi to Muktinath but worth it. I saw many many different body types of people, ages, and nationalities on the trial and if you planning  I would advise to just go for it with this company. Take training prior but this is a  top trekking destination around the world. Do not wait to grab the chance and go to Nepal.


Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1 300 m/4 264 ft): MMT staff will meet and transfer you to your hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and trek preparation
Day 03: Kathmandu - Jagat (1 100 m/3 608 ft): 8-10 hrs drive
Day 04: Jagat - Dharapani (1 960 m/6 430 ft): 5-6 hrs
Day 05: Dharapani - Chame (2 710 m/8 891 ft): 5-6 hrs
Day 06: Chame - Pisang (3 300 m/10 824 ft): 5-6 hrs
Day 07: Pisang – Ngawal (3 660 m/12 008 ft): 4-5 hrs
Day 08: Ngawal – Manang (3 540 m/11 615 ft): 3-4 hrs.
Day 09: Manang: Acclimatisation and exploration day
Day 10: Manang - Yak Kharka (4,110 m/13,484 ft): 3-4 hrs
Day 11: Yak Kharka - Thorung Phedi (4,600 m/15,092 ft): 3-4 hrs
Day 12: Thorung Phedi - Muktinath (3,800 m/12,467 ft): 8-10 hrs
Day 13: Muktinath - Tatopani (1 200 m/3 937 ft): 6-8 hrs drive
Day 14: Tatopani - Ghorepani (2 850 m/9 350 ft): 7-8 hrs
Day 15: Ghorepani - Poon hill (3 210 m/10 528 ft): Tadapani (2,520 m/8 268 ft), 6-7 hrs
Day 16: Tadapani - Ghandruk (1,950 m/6,398 ft): 3-4 hrs
Day 17: Ghandruk - Pothana (1,910 m/6,266 ft): 5-6 hrs
Day 18: Pothana - Phedi - Pokhara (910 m/2 986 ft): 3-4 hrs walk, 45 min drive.
Day 19: Pokhara - Kathmandu (1,300 m /4,264 ft): 5-6 hrs drive
Day 20: Final departure

Cost Details

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