Annapurna circuit trek is one of the most famous and adventurous in the Annapurna mountain range of Nepal. The Annapurna circuit trek let you appreciate the glorious mountain scenery and have a close view of Annapurna Massif (Annapurna I-IV), Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Gangapurna, Manaslu, Pisang Peak, Tilicho Peak, Paungda Danga and so on. Annapurna Circuit trek is filled with various Mountain including Annapurna Himalayans, paddy agricultural lands, traditional villages, river banks, high hills, lush mountains, subtropical valleys, terraced farming land and many more. Despite the fact that you will be trekking in the Annapurna region, you may not cover all the destinations of the extended trek; you might not be trekking through Kalopani, Tatopani, Ghorepani, Poon Hill, but the amazing natural vistas that you reap from this trek is nothing less than the extended trek. This is a hurried trek to grasp as much as possible within the short span of time i.e. in half trekking duration than the extended one.
Annapurna Circuit Trekking trail got permission for trekking in 1980, Annapurna region has been one of the most desired trekking destinations. Witness the staggering mountains, beautiful valleys, trek through dense rhododendron forest, beside rivers, streams, and waterfalls, and get the pleasing hospitality from the villagers makes this trek one of the best destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Moreover, you will be bagging some experiences at the World's deepest gorge created by the Kali Gandaki River. Manang, Muktinath, Jomsom, etc. are some of the popular places that you will explore during the trek.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Day 3: Drive to Besisahar
Day 4: Trek to Chame
Day 5: Trek to Pisang
Day 6: Trek to Manang
Day 7: At Manang
Day 8: Trek to Yak Kharka
Day 9: Trek to Thorong Phedi
Day 10: Trek to Muktinath
Day 11: Trek to Jomsom
Day 12: Flight to Pokhara/Drive to Kathmandu
Day 13: Departure
Photo of Annapurna Circuit Short Trek
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,320 m)
Welcome to Nepal. Our representative will receive you from the airport in Kathmandu and take you to your hotel. In the evening, you can do some shopping for the next day trek. After a short Debrief Session, we will be enjoying the Welcome Dinner (hosted by us) in a popular restaurant in the town. Spend your first night in Nepal in your hotel in Kathmandu.
Day2: Sightseeing at Kathmandu
Next morning after having breakfast, we will manage you to visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as; Pashupatinath Temple, Swyambhunath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Boudhanath Stupa. In the evening, our representative will provide you with short explanations class about the further trek. You will stay overnight at the same hotel.
Day 3: Drive to Besisahar (800 m)
In this day, after having breakfast, we will trek toward Besishar, situated at the altitude of 800m. It takes about 7 hours to reach Besisahar from Kathmandu. Beshisahar is also varied popular place to encounter with the native settlements habituated either of the roadsides or on the terraced farms. After that, you will finally reach Besisahar. Stay overnight at Besisahar.
Day 4: Drive to Chame (2,800 m)
Today, after morning breakfast, we will continue our journey towards Chame. It takes about 5 hours to reach Chame from Besisahar. This drive saves your time, a couple of days in fact. This is a steady, spectacular, and moderate speed drive to Chame. Despite big news about the scary drive, you will be safe, secure, and enjoying this drive till you reach Chame. Overnight at Chame.
Day 5: Trek to Pisang (3,200 m)
Today, we will trek through the side of the Marshyangdi River, passing through the pine forest, you shall arrive at a small settlement on a gentle slope. Via Bratang, crossing the Marshyangdi River, you will ascend a steep climb uphill to arrive at a path that takes you to Manag. Leaving Dhukurpokhari, you shall be walking on gentle trail to reach Pisang, where the majestic range of Annapurna shall be overlooking you. Stay overnight at Pisang.
Day 6: Trek to Manang (3,440 m)
In this day, we will leave Pisang, and follow the trail by passing through pine forest witnessing the view of the blue lake. Angling the village, you will see dragon mouth spouts and paintings of Mandalas. You shall be walking through the pasture of Yak, and monasteries to arrive at Manang. Manang is considered to be the largest settlement in this region. Stay overnight at Manang.
Day 7: At Manang (3,440 m)
This is your second day in Manang, which you shall spend exploring this place and visiting local attractions. You can visit the Phu Pha Phet Caves. Manang is surrounded by the Marshyandi River to the East, Thorong La Pass in the west, Chulu East Peak in the North, which is spectacular to view and enjoy a lot. You will also find the crops growing in the terraced field on the Northern slope of Manang. Stay overnight at Manang.
Day 8: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,020 m)
You will be trekking over gentle uphill today. You shall pass through the Gunsang and Tengi villages and cross several suspension bridges. Throughout the trek, you will have an amazing view of Tilicho, Gangapurna, Annapurna, and other mountain peaks, and if you are fortunate enough, you might get glimpses of blue sheep too. Stay overnight at the Yak Kharka.
Day 9: Trek to Thorong Phedi 4,450 m
Today’s we will continue easy trail through the Churi Leader Village and Ledar Village before reaching the stream—Kone Khola. But, as you make on the other side of the Kone Khola, you will have to make through a steeply climb uphill. You shall make to the top of the hill, pass the area prone to rock falls, and trek gently to reach the Thorong Phedi. Stay overnight at Thorong Phedi.
Day 10: Trek to Muktinath (3,800 m)
In this day, after having breakfast, we will begin our trek through the rocky ridges and moraines, you will trek onwards to the top of the Thorong La Pass (5,416 m). The top of the pass offers you the incredible views of Manang, Great Barrier ridge, Mt. Gangapurna, Annapurna, Khatung Kang, and many more. You shall then descend through steep downhill, passing the meadows to reach today's destination—the Muktinath. Stay overnight at the religiously and spiritually important place.
Day 11: Trek to Jomsom (2,700 m)
Today, early in the morning, you will visit the main temples in Muktinath, a sacred holy place for Hindu and Buddhist people. After exploring the temple, you shall descend through Khingar, Jharkot, Eklebhatti, and Kagbeni, where most often you may have to face the strong wind. As you reach Jomsom, you can see public vehicles, modern cafes, and restaurants with facilities of Wi-Fi, and warm and welcoming Nepali waiter. This is our terminal point in the Annapurna region. Stay overnight at Jomsom.
Day 12: Flight to Pokhara (1,100 m) and drive to Kathmandu (1,320 m)
In this day, you shall return to Pokhara by a 25 minutes flight in the morning. After arriving at Pokhara, you have a 6-hour drive to Kathmandu. Enjoy the aerial views from the flight and various settlements scattered over hills during your drive to Kathmandu. We will enjoy the Farewell Dinner with our whole team. Stay overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 13: Final Departure
Today is your final day in the Himalayan country of Nepal. our representative will drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and help you to find your final destination. We wish you a safe journey back to your country.
Included in the Cost
- All the Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle, car/van or bus (depends on the group size)
- Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast at a 2- Star level (3 nights)
- One full day sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley (cultural Heritages, UNESCO World Heritage sites by Private Vehicle.
- Professional English-speaking Tour guide during a city tour.
- An experienced, Knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and English speaking, government-licensed trekking guide
- Porter / Sherpa services to carry your duffel bag during the trekking (2 clients 1 porter)
- kathmandu to Besi sahar by bus and Besi sahar to Chame by Jeep
- Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bu
- Air tickets from Jomsom to Pokhara
- All necessary paperwork such as Annapurna Conservation area entry fee, trekking permit, TIMS Card (Trekkers information Management system).
- Accommodation on the Tea House/ Mountain Lodge/Guest House Twin sharing bases with 3 times meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) with tea and coffee during trekking
- Mountain King Treks and Expedition printed T-Shirt, Duffel bag and Annapurna Circuit route map souvenir for you.
- Welcome and farewell denner
- Group medical Supplies (First Aid Kit) carry by the guide
- All the meals, accommodation, equipment’s, salary, transportation, Insurance and local tax for all trekking staff.
- Trip achievement appreciation certificate
- All the tax, vat, local tax, and services charge.
Not Included in the Cost
- International Airfare and Nepal entry visa
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Entrance fee for Temple, and Monuments during the city tour in Kathmandu Valley.
- Personal trekking gears
- Personal Travel Insurance
- Alcoholic beverages, hot water, mineral water during the trek.
- Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, internet, sweet snacks beverages barbill and battery charge
- Tips for tour/trekking staff and driver
- Extra night Kathmandu Hotel early arrival from Trekking and late departure.
- Any other expenses which are not mentioned on price include a section
The main essentials to bring are:
On the popular trekking routes, everyday supplies, such as toilet paper, soap, chocolate bars, and even basic hiking supplies can be purchased along the way, though prices rise dramatically as you go higher in elevation. Try to stock up lower down and buy locally-produced products such as fruit, biscuits etc. Maps are easy to find in Nepal. For the more difficult treks involving mountaineering, crampons and ice axes may be required. Simpler types of crampons, which attach to the shoe using a rubber ring, are easily obtainable in the Thamel neighborhood. These are variously known as spikes, micro spikes and chains.
- Sturdy and comfortable hiking boots, flip-flops
- Sleeping bag (depending on your accommodation) and -20 degree Celsius for colder regions
- Daypack, trekking bag pack, dry sack and camera bag
- Few changes of clothes for the varying temperatures
- For cold weather, hiking pants, thermals, gloves, neck warmer/scarf, beanie, a warm inner jacket and a windproof / waterproof outer jacket and down jacket are essential.
- Water purification supplies, a reusable water bottle and a camelback water bladder
- Sunscreen, Hat, sunglasses, moisturizing skin cream and lip balm
- Few snacks, granola bars
- Hiking stick or two
- Waterproof case, fabric bandages such as moleskin, a headlamp, altitude sickness and other medication
- Camera and binoculars.
- Hand sanitizers, toilet paper, band-aids, wet wipes
- Extra batteries (solar chargers recommended)