Annapurna Circuit Trekking

The Annapurna Circuit Trek takes you around the world's tenth highest mountain, Annapurna I ( 8,091m./26,700 ft.), crosses the Throng La Pass (5,416m/17,872ft.) from Manang to Muktinath, and takes in the magnificent mountain views from Poon Hill (3,210m/10,593ft).

This trip is truly an amazing part of Nepal. The trek takes you from a low elevation of 830m/2739ft., to 5,416m/17,872ft and back. While you are on this trek, you will encounter ten different ethnic groups and pass through four different climate zones. Your efforts will be rewarded with the completion of this fantastic trek around the entire Annapurna massif. This magical trek reaches its zenith at 5,416m/17,872ft and traverses all the way through agricultural villages to high mountain passes that resemble mountain peaks and also to the beginning of the Tibetan Plateau.

This ambitious adventure begins from the town of Besi Sahar. From there, the next seven days will be spent walking through rice farms, forests and friendly villages belonging to the lower realms of the Annapurna Conservation Area. The peaks of Annapurna-I (8,091m/26,700ft) and Manaslu (8,187m/26,860ft) provide the backdrop for the initial stage of this journey, passing the quaint villages of Chamje and Pisang. The village of Manang (3,500m/11550ft) marks the beginning of the next stage, where a day will be spent acclimatizing to the higher altitude. A number of excursions in the area can help the acclimatization process, e.g., visiting various monasteries or viewing Gangapurna Lake that lies at the foot of a large icefall.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek will continue over Throng La Pass (5,416m/17,872ft). From here, you can marvel at the fabulous Mustang peak and the snow-clad bulk of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26951ft). On your descent, you will have an opportunity to visit the Hindu pilgrimage site of Muktinath (3,800m/12540ft) and wonder at the presence of 108 holy taps and mysterious natural gas fires. Further down, the village of Marpha is a welcome stop. Here you can test the different varieties of foods and juices produced from apple, such as apple fritter, apple pie, apple crumble, apple juice, apple brandy and apple cider. In addition to being very tasty and delicious, they are probably the cheapest and best in the world !

You now descend further, down into the deepest gorge in the world on the Kali Gandeki River, all the way to Tatopani where you can relax and bathe in its natural hot springs. An early morning hike will lead you to Poon Hill (3,210m/10593ft) to see the most spectacular sunrise on earth, lighting up the picture-perfect Annapurna range. The trail leads you to another gorgeous site of Annapurna through a beautiful walk in a rhododendron forest. You will enjoy a close-up, panoramic view of Himchuli, Annapurna south and Machhapuchre( Fish tail) and many other snowcapped mountains. Descending further down to Ghandruk village, it will be time to bid farewell to the wonderful mountains as you reach Naya Pul and make your way back to civilization and Pokhara.

Fact of this trek
Trip Duration      11 days trek
Max. Altitude: 5416m./17872 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 850m./2805 ft.
Grade: Moderate
Activities: Trekking
Accommodation: Teahouse (Lodge to Lodge)
Meals: Breakfast
Transportation: Plane and Bus
Trek Departure: Every day throughout the week
Group Size: 2 persons (minimum) to 30 persons (maximum)
Best season: Feb, March, April, Sep,Oct & Nov.
Available Time: All months
Per day hiking: 4 to 6 hours

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu-Besi Sahar-Khudi- Chamje ( 1430m./4719 ft.) 8 hrs drive
Drive to Besi sahar then continue drive to Chamje  then stay overnight at lodge with breakfast .

Day 2: Chamje-Taal- Chame ( 2710m./8943ft.) 5 hrs. drive
Drive through amphitheatre-shaped rice terraces, along a steep vertical cliff, lush forests, and some culturally intriguing villages, then you will pass by fields of corn, barley and potatoes on your way through small villages of Khorte and Karte and after a pleasant drive, you will arrive at Chame . Stay overnight at a lodge with breakfast.

Day 3: Chame-Dukur Pokhari- Upper Pisang ( 3400m./11220ft.) 5 hrs. walk
A steep, narrow path through a very dense forest will bring you to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. As the trail opens up, you will be surrounded by majestic Himalayan Peaks. After beautiful scenic drive through these amazing sites you will reach upper Pisang  then stay there overnight at lodge with breakfast.

Day 4: Upper Pisang- Ngawal-Manang ( 3500m./11550ft.) 4 hrs. walk
Enter the upper Manang region, where you will notice a contrast with the landscape and vegetation. The cold, dry climate creates a much harsher environment. Incredible views of the towering Himalayan Peaks. You will reach Manang then stay there overnight at lodge with breakfast.

Day 5: Acclimatization
Rest day for acclimatization. Enjoy the fascinating village and immerse yourself in its wonderful culture. There are many opportunities for both easy and strenuous day. Explore with spectacular side trips to Bhojo Gompa or Gangapurna Lake and Glacier. Stay at same place overnight at lodge with breakfast.

Day 6: Manang- Batase danda-Yak kharka( 4110m./13563ft.) 4 hrs walk
Today is a short walk up to Yak Kharka, a small settlement and Gradual ascent is the key to avoiding altitude problems. Stay there overnight at lodge with breakfast.

Day 7: Yak Kharka-Lader-Throng Phedi ( 4600m./15180ft.) 4 hrs walk
Make your way to the village of Throng Phedi . You will reach this small, busy settlement which caters to both trekkers and climbers. It is used as a base camp as well as the starting point for the climb up to the famous pass – Throng La. Stay overnight at lodge with breakfast.

Day 8: Throng Phedi-Throng La Pass-Muktinath ( 3800m./12540ft.) 10 hrs walk
An early start is important to begin a long day's trek over the pass. Crossing the famous Throng La pass {5,416m/17872 ft} will be an unforgettable experience. Breathtaking scenes of the high Himalayan peaks are presented from both the trail and the summit of the pass. Stay overnight at Muktinath at lodge with breakfast.

Day 9: Muktinath- Kagbeni ( 2810m./9273ft.) 3 hrs. walk

Muktinath is an important pilgrimage place for both Hindus and Buddhists. You will visit a Vishnu Temple and Gompa in morning. The trail today is quite surreal as you trek along a plateau above the Kali Gandaki, the world`s deepest gorge. After walking 3 hours, you reach Kagbeni and stay overnight at lodge .

Day 10: Kagbeni- Jomsom ( 2713m./ 8952ft.) 3 hrs. walk 

Trek to Jomsom then day trip to Marpha.  Stay overnigth at lodge with breakfast. 

Day 11: Jomsom- Pokhara by flight

Early morning, Fly to Pokhara then trek ends. 


For trekking in the Everest, Annapurna, Langtang and Rara regions, a special permit is not required, but you will need a National park / Conservation permit and Trekking Information management system( TIMS) However, the following places do require a trekking permit:

1.       Lower Dolpo, Kanchenjunga, Gaurishankar and Lamabagar - Equivalent to US$ 10 per person per week. However, permit fee for Chekampar and Chunchet of Gorkha district (Sirdibas-Lhokpa-Chumling-Chekampar-Nile-Chule) has been fixed at US$ 35 per person for 08 days during September to November and US$ 25 per person per 08 days during December to August.

2.       Manaslu – US$ 70 per person per week and US$ 10 per person for each extra day during September - November and US$ 50 per person per week and US$ 7 per person per each extra day during December- August.

3.       Humla- US$ 50 per person for the first seven days and US$ 7 per day thereafter.

4.       Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo - US$ 500 per person of the first 10 days and US$ 50 per person per day thereafter.

Note: The above mentioned trekking areas must be undertaken only through Registered Trekking Agencies from Government of Nepal (E.g. Nepal alternative Trekking Company -Registered no. 303047487).

An entrance fee is levied for visiting to all National Parks and Conservation Areas. There is no charge for children under 10 years.

                       Trekking season in Nepal 
Trekking area name Grade Good season No. of days Type of trekking 
Annapurna Area trek 1 to 3 Autumn and Spring 5 -27 days Tea house/Lodge
Arun Valley & Makalu  3 Autumn and Spring 15-20 days Tea house/Camping
Nepal tour 1 All seasons 4-10 days Hotel/Resort/home stay
Dhaulaghiri Area Trekking 4 April-May, Sept-Nov. 21-28 days Camping/organised only
Dolpo Area Trekking 2-4 April-July, Sept.-Nov. 16-27 days Lodge/Organized 
Everest Area Trekking 2-4 Autumn and Spring 6-28 days Lodge /Tea house
Ganesh Himal Area Trekking ( ruby valley trek) 1-2  Autumn and Spring 5-18 days Home stay/Camping
Manaslu Area Trekking 2-3  Autumn and Spring 13 -18 days Lodge/Camping trek
Langtang Area Trekking 2-4 Autumn and Spring 6-15 days Lodge/Camping
Tsum valley trekking 2 Autumn and Spring 7-10 days Home stay/Lodge/Camping
Kanchanjunga 3 Autumn and Spring 16-23 days Lodge/Camping
Mustang Trekking 2-3 March-Nov. 10 -18 days Lodge/Camping
Panchase Trekking 2 Autumn and Spring 4-6days Camping/Organized only
Panchpokhari trek 3 Autumn and Spring 10-21 days Campingm/organized only
Rara and Jumla trek 2 Autumn and Spring 10-21 days Camping/Organized only
Royal trek 1 Autumn and Spring 4-5 days Camping only
Siklish Trek 1 Autumn and Spring 7-10 days Home stay
Tamang heritage trail  2 Autumn and Spring 6-8 days Community lodge/home stay 

When you select your personal items, keep in mind the number of days you will be trekking, the time of year and the altitude. We advise our clients to bring these items:TREKKING EQUIPMENTS/ CHECK LISTS


- Lightweight walking boots "walked" them in prior to arrival in Nepal to avoid blisters.

- light weight cotton pants, shorts, wrap around skirt.

- At night -track top, pants

- Cotton T-shirts.

- Long sleeve cotton shirt, if susceptible to sunburn.

- Sun hat - sunburn is severe at rarefied altitudes.

- Thick outer wooden socks, thin inner cotton

- Vaseline for feet and crutch.

- Water bottle - 2 liters.

- Sunglasses and strap

- Small headlamp/flashlight /torch

- Personal medical supplies - do not forget ban - aids, elastic bandage

- Sunscreen, sun bock, sun - tan lotion.

- Small daypack - 25 liters.

- Rain jacket - poncho style to cover backpack.

- Small towels

During winter Ads:

- Warm down fiber filled jacket.

- Sleeping bag to -15c with inner sheet

- Thermal underwear, woolen shirts and thick sweaters.

- Flannel shirt

- Beanie with ear flaps

- A pair of gloves

- Snow glasses and strap

- Snow gaiters.

Additional suggestion:

- Sandals or slip on shoes

- Camera and film.

- Spare boot laces.


It's important to match your fitness level. Find what you think will suit you best in the tables below:


Easy trekking by Himalayan standards is generally up to 2800m. There are plenty of ups and downs on well-maintained trails. This type of trip is best suited for those who lead a reasonably active life. The trek takes about 3 to 7 days, walking about 4 to 5 hours a day.


this involves longer treks (eight to fifteen days) on maintained trails. This type of trek includes day excursions to higher elevations, for which it's advisable to have some previous hill- walking experience. On these treks, we generally achieve an altitude between 1100 m to 3200 m.


these treks must be fully supported. We climb to altitudes between 3200 and 5000m. and there are overnight stays at altitudes above 4000m. For this trek, trekkers should be fit and enthusiastic hill walkers prepared to tackle difficult terrain in remote areas.

Very strenuous

this trek is best described as Alpine, and suitable is suitable for those in excellent health, capable of carrying a backpack, when required. The trek covers very remote areas, traveling over snow-covered passes at altitudes of up to 6500m. You will need to axes and crampons. No strenuous trek should be undertaken without medical clearance.

George Henry Beger

I was glad about to show my children the Annapurna circuit. It was amazing to go with them and show there the rhododendron forests and feel the mountains again. I liked to see Dhan again. He is a wonderful guide and he has a nice family. The lunch at his home was really good. All this make to happen by Nepal alternative treks so I want to use this office again for next time.

Regina Krug and all group

First of all, Our guide Dhan is very nice person, he was always taking care  for us and the days were flying trekking together with him. We felt always save with him. Dhan has the wonderful character to inspire and encourage us even in hard walks because of the high mountain sickness. We enjoyed his company very much. The tour was well planned. Thanks very much to Nepal alternative family.

Rene Beger

Hello all,
I have a really nice trip (Annapurna circle) with my family made ( My Father, Sister and brother ) We have the best guide become to travel Dhan. They show us the world of Nepal with the nice and friendly people. We really had great time. Thanks for this trekking Dhan, Dal and Nepal alternative trkes ! See you next time soon !

Maik Reger

Hi All,
I have a nice trip with my family. My guide Dhan was the best. I will come back. Thank you !

Ruby and group of ten

We are fully satisfied with your services Tej,Your guide Singbir is well experienced and we felt comfort the trekking 5000m according to his” guide rule”.

The hotel and standard of the accommodation were perfect. Porters do their job well. Especially one of them actually looks the hotel in advance and helped us in the most difficult rout from Phedi to High camp. It is very good decision to tailor our pace with the overnight stay in high camp. It made us easy to pass the thorong la pass without any problem in next morning. The acclimatization at the high altitude was very tough but is needed and done professionally.

Mr. Robert Locke, Ms. Melanie Ralhign, Mr. Allan wickham and Ms. Peta Williams, UK

From the moment we arrived at Kathmandu, we felt well looked after when we saw Dhan waiting for us. The trekking was definitely wonderful with Dhan. The highlight with him knowing his way around and remaining flexible to our needs. The rafting, Everest Mountain flight and female tour guide Sarita showing us around the city were also excellent.
In the end, everything was great!
We would definitely use Dhan and Nepal alternative treks again when we come back trekking next year!!

Rita Beger

Really good trek with Dhan and Dal ; We met a lots of people from all over the world. We saw the life in mountains and it was amazing. I enjoyed the thorong la pass by horse. It was really nice and helpful. I will do the trek again to go over the pass.  The services we got from this company is appreciated. We never forget !




Royalty structure for NMA peaks is highly decreased !



Thank you Tej and Nauser For ever ...


We did the Manaslu circuit and Tsum valley. ...

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