The Annapurna Circuit Trek has been proved as a highly praised and spectacular trekking route in the Annapurna region. The trek of this trail takes us around the entire Annapurna massif reaching the zenith at Thorong La Pass (5,416m). En-route we will be walking through the world's deepest Kali Gandaki gorge with Annapurna I rising to 8091 m to the east and Dhaulagiri hovering at 8167 m to the west. Trekkers who do not have enough holidays or prefer shorter trek then they have an option of 8 days trek. Trekkers can easily reach Thorang-la pass 5416m within 8 days because of easy accessibility. Nowadays, Annapurna circuit trekking route has switched the motor road until Chame in Manang site and till Muktinath in Mustang site. We get the chance to explore the Jomsom, Manang and Muktinath region. This is one of the popular and adventurous trekking routes in Nepal Himalayas and can experience the diverse Nepalese landscape and culture. This magnificent trek leads you to the village inhabited by the wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups. We can enjoy splendid views of Himalayas, Mt. Manaslu and Himal Chuli can be seen. Besides the mountain views, we encounter on this trek a variety of mountain communities of Gurung, Manangi and Thakali people.
This 12 days budget trek leads you to the heart of Annapurna Region. The starting point is Besishahar, following the trail we will be heading towards the Chame and then Pisang valley. Sherpa Trekking guide will lead you through beautiful valley Pisang, Manang, Yak Kharka, Thorang Phedi, Thorang la pass, Muktinath and finally Jomsom.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu, transfer to hotel.
Welcome dinner along with Nepalese cultural dance is provided. Preparation for the trek. Overnight at a Hotel.
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Besishahar to Chame 2760m.
After breakfast, we will be leaving Kathmandu by local jeep to Besishahar to Chame. Drive approximately 7-8 hours.
Day 03: Trek to lower Pisang 3200m.
Trekking begins; we will be heading towards Pisang from Chame. We can enjoy mesmerizing mountain views throughout our long day walk. About 25-30 minutes of an uphill climb we will reach upper Pisang to visit the Buddhist Monastery. Back to lower Manang. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
Day 04: Trek to Manang 3500m.
Early in the morning after breakfast, we will leave for Manang. The walk leads us to a constant view of the high snow-capped peak. A short gradual walk from Pisang village we will see a dramatic view of Hongdae village. The great peaks of Gangapurna, Annapurna II, Tilicho peak, and on the right Chuli east, on the back Pisang peak, are spotted. Approximately 4-5 hours of a walk is must to reach Manang.
Day 05: Manang acclimatization/ rest day.
During this day you can hike up to Ice lake or Tea shop nearby Gangapurna base camp from where you will see panoramic Himalayan scenery including Mt.Manaslu, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna, Pisang peak, Thorung peak, Peak 38, Tilicho peak and overnight at Manang village.
Day 06: Manang trek to Yak Kharka.
The trail continues showing the astonishing view of the Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Cloche and the close-up views of Chuli’s peaks from mid and west. Small settlement area of Yak Kharka can be seen where we will be overstaying there.
Day 07: Trek to Thorang Phedi
After a wonderful time at Manang, the trail continues towards the Thorang Phedi. The stunning view of Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Cloche, and the close-up view of Chuli peaks are reflected. If the trekkers are completely fit and fine, the trek can be continued up to upper Phedi or high camp, where there are few teahouses and lodge reaching up here makes your trek easier next day and shortens the hour of walking towards the pass.
Day 08: Trek to Muktinath 3,800m via Thorang-la 5,416m
Leaving early in the morning after breakfast so that you will reach the top of the pass before cold wind hits and to catch the magnificent views of northern Annapurna, Damodar, Bhirkuti and Dhaulagiri range of mountains. It might be difficult on the steep zig-zag path, the trail then continues towards the narrow path after an hour of the walk we will reach to the small tea house. About one and half hour of walk leads to the top of the pass. After the 3-4 hours of struggling uphill walk, finally reaches to the Thorang la pass 5416m. The breathtaking view of the high Himalayas seen from here is just an amazing experience; this will bring you back again. On our way to Muktinath, there are few tea houses for refreshment. After a break here continue for another hour to Muktinath the holiest of all holy places, during auspicious time according to Hindu & Buddhist calendar this place is full and busy with pilgrims from Nepal and India.
Day 09: Muktinath trek to Jomsom
The difficult path leads you to the beautiful destination are just like struggle done to reach the Thorang la pass. Approximately 5-6 hours of walk finishes at Jomsom.
Day 10: Flight to Pokhara
After breakfast, Jomsom fly back to Pokhara (915m) fly approximately 25 minutes only, transfer to Pokhara hotel. Overnight at Pokhara
Day 11: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
After breakfast, Pokhara- Kathmandu by tourist bus approximately 5-6 hours of drive. Transfer to hotel. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 12: International departure homeward bound.
Our journey comes to an end. Today as per your international flight time, our staff will transfer you to the airport for your final departure from Nepal the Land of High Himalaya.
- Seasonable Sleeping bag and down Jacket (If you need it but has to be returned after the trek)
- Duffle bag (We will provide duffle bag during the trek Sherpa Expedition & Trekking need to be returned after the trek)
- A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (Must have for morning and evening above 3,000m)
Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyes
- A pair of half gloves
- A warmer hat that covers the ears
- Neck warmer
- Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
- Headlamp and an extra set of batteries
- A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
- Warmer shell gloves and liner
- long sleeve t-shirts
- Thermal Tops
- wool Jackets or pullover
- Artificial sports bras for (Women and girls)
- Water and windproof shell jacket
- Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
- windproof and waterproof trousers
- warmer trouser
- Comfortable trekking pants
- Extra casual sport pants
- A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
- Pair of sandals
- 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
- Socks liner
- Light shoes and sneaker
First Aid Kits and Medicines
- Assorted Adhesive Bandages (fabric preferred)
- Blister treatment
- Insect testing / anti-itch treatment
- Ibuprofen / other pain-relief medication
- Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
- Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
- Water purifying pills
(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend better to bring your personal first-aid kit as well)
Miscellaneous, but must useable
- 4 pic passport sizes with original passport
- Water bottle & filter
- Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because of if you won to change your flight date)
- Bathroom kit (conform, should be included Toilet papers put on the plastic bag, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)
- Comfortable trekking poles
- Best energy dry foods (up to you)
- Power Bank and music players
- Camera (Memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)
1. Trekking equipment
The Following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek as the backpack for the hiking in Nepal and the gear play a vital role for the successful trip and we suggest you to have all the necessary gear for the trip and not to have unnecessary equipment/things that you will not be using for the trip and list of the gear you need for the trek are:
- Good down Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you do not have on your own and it is to be returned after the trek.
- Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep your all the gear and this will be carried by the porters.
- Daypack bag for yourself
- A down Jacket
- Shade hat
- Warm wool hat to cover your ears
- A pair of lightweight warm gloves.
- T-shirts 2- 3 pieces
- Lightweight thermal tops.
- Fleece jacket.
- Fleece Wind-proved jacket (optional).
- A pair’s nylon hiking shorts which are quick drying one
- Two pairs of lightweight long underwear.
- Two pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts
- Four pairs of liner warm socks
- A pair of light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots.
- A pair of light trekking shoes for camp/lodges
- A pair sandal (Optional)
- A water bottle.
- Head/Torch Light.
2. Medicines and First Aid Kits
- Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude-related headaches like DMX.
- Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
- Imodium or Peptone besom, Flexon capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
- Diamox 125 or 250mg or 400mg tablets for altitude sickness.
- 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as moleskin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc.(Sherpa expedition and Trekking company's team also provide first aid kits)
3. Miscellaneous but Important
- Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies)
- Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
- Lip care (Balm) At least SPF 20, 2 sticks.
- Sun’s cream with SPF 40 is recommended
- Pocket knife.
- Water purification Iodine tablets
- Toiletry kits and be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
Note Regarding Itineraries:
Although we generally adhere to the schedule, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions, suitable campsite availability, and the group's general fitness level. It is important to understand that our trek is logistically complex and it is not unusual that adjustments be made. Our guide will orient you each evening to the following day's plan and their good judgment is the key to the long history of successful treks that Sherpa Expedition & Trekking Pvt. Ltd. Please remember that our ability to make adjustments as needed helps to ensure that your trek is safe and successful. Your safety is paramount.