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Annapurna Circuit Trek - 18 Days

Trip Facts

General trp informations
Group Size
Min. 2 Pax
Hotel/Lodge/Guest House
Max. Elevation
5416 m Thorung La Pass
Full Board
Private Vehicle, Bus
Best Season
Autumn and Spring

Trekking in the Annapurna region is one of the most rewarding activities in Nepal.  The Annapurna Circuit trek represents a classic, scenic, and diverse adventure in the Himalayas. Along the path we still stay in stunning teahouse and witness ethnic groups with fascinating dialect, tradition and culture. It is considered one of the best long distance mountain treks in the world and adventure in Nepal. No doubt climbing over the challenging pass of Thorang-La at 5416 meter is tough but rewarding with a great sense of achievement. Undoubtedly, the view from the mountain pass is truly mesmerizing. The incredible Annapurna range spreads southeast and Dhaulagiri range to the west. From the highest pass Thorang-La you see Thorang Peak (6,144m), in the east Chulu West (6,419m), Annapurna II (7937m) and Annpapurn IV (7525 m). During the trek you can view Chulu Central (6,584m), Chulu East (6,429m), Far East (6,429m), Kangaru (6,981m), Himlung (7,126m) and in south east Gangapurna (7424m), Annapurna III (7555m), and Lamjung Himal (6983m). Similarly, in the west you see the Dhaulagiri range. Originally, the pass was used as a trade route, herding agricultural products from yaks and donkeys  brought to Nyeshang (Manang) and Kaligandaki valleys.

Nyesyang (upper Manang) is Buddhist as well as Nar Phu is Buddhism. Many Chortens or Buddhist monuments can be seen in and around the area. In Nar Phu Bon religion exists along with the Kargyud sect of Tibetan Buddhism. All themonasteries and temples in Nyesyang and Nar Phu belong to the Kargyud sect. The largest gompa is located in the Braga village and built approximately 500 years ago. In Nar Phu you can still find Nyingmapa lamas. Notably, the Tashi Lhakhang Kargyud gompa of Phu village is considered one of the most important and highly regarded religious gompas of all.

In Ghyasumdo (lower Manang) Bon and Buddhism co-exist. A Khepre priest (Bon) used to be hired by the Gurungs. But some Ghale Lineages preach Tibetan Buddhism. Six decades ago, the Nyingma sect of Buddhism established themselves in Ghyasumdo through Nubri. The Tibetan people are Buddhists, although a number of Gurung population still practice Khepre and a Phadzu is hired by the Gurung people to recite various rituals.

There are many fascinating sites; one of them is the 11th century legendary Buddhist saint’s Milarepa Cave. As he wandered across the land, he found a cave complex and meditated and lived there for many days. A hunter of the Nyesyang, Gumbo Dorje, became his disciple and brought food and comfort to the saint, in turn he gave Dorje and his people much wisdom. The Hunter Gumbo Dorje’s Bow is still in rack cliff and footprint of the Milarepa is imprinted in a rock. His cave is honored with meditation, offerings and an annual festival.

After crossing the Thorang Pass you will be graced with visiting Mukinath, one of the most venerable religious site for all Buddhists, Hindus and Bons. 108 waterspouts are  where pilgrims can take ritual bath. Jharkot is on the way to Jomsom, they are Buddhist dominated villages with charming Tibetan character.

The full circle Annapurna trek takes 18-20 days to walk the entire distance.  We start the trek from Bhulbhule after a drive from Kathmandu. We finish our walk at Jomsom from where we take a flight to Pokhara. Those with time to trek entire Annapurna circuit will be rewarded with the experiencing the deepest valley in Nepal. The Kali Gandaki Valley which is carved out between two 8000m peaks Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. The trekking route includes the Great Himalayan trail from Dharapani of Manang to Kagbeni of Mustang.

We explore the natural diversity from tropical rice fields, sub tropical verdant forests, moss-laden rhododendron trees to alpine pine trees. Pristine mountains and lakes like Tilicho – highest lake in the world; even recently a lake explored by locals in the base camp of Lamjung Himal is Kazin Sara Lake in 5,200m. Besides that you can veiw the ancient fortresses, clinging to rocky cliffs – great natural diversity. Walking through the naturally rich terrain of diverse topography trekker hava a chance to experience the mix cultures of Buddhism, Bon and Hinduism. The mysterious Bon-Po religion still co-exists and intermingles with others at the same place. And the area is habitat for Himalayan blue sheep and most elusive animal Snow leopard.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing (1350m)
Day 03: Drive to Ngadi (930 m) by bus. 7 hours
Day 04: Bhulbhule – Sange/ Ghermu (1130 m) Walking Time 7 Hours
Day 05: Syange – Tal (1600 m), Walking Time 6 Hours
Day 06: Tal – Timang (2350 m), Walking Time 6 Hours
Day 07: Timamg – Chame (2670 m) Walking Time 2.1/2 Hours
Day 08: Chame – Pisang (3180 m) Walking Time 6 Hours
Day 09: Pisang – Manang (3440 m), Walking Time 7 Hours.
Day 10: Rest Day at Manang
Day 11: Manang – Yak-Kharaka (4000 m) Walking Time 4 Hours
Day 12: Yak-Kharaka – Thorung Phedi (4500 m), Walking Time 3.1/2 Hours
Day 13: Thorung Phedi – Thorung La Pass (5416 m) – Muktinath (3800 m). Walking Time 9 Hours
Day 14: Muktinath – Jomsom (2750 m) Walking Time 6 Hours
Day 15: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (820 m/2,690 ft)
Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,300 m/4,264 ft)
Day 17: Kathmandu (1350m)
Day 18: Departure from Kathmandu (1350m)

What's included?

  • International Arrival & Departure transfers
  • Domestic Airport Transfers before and after trek
  • Three nights hotel in Kathmandu (B,B)
  • One night in Pokhara (B,B)
  • Tourist Bus from Kathmandu to Besisahar then Jeep to Syage
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit entry fee and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Card entry fee
  • 3 times meal during the Trek (B,L,D)
  • Jomsom to Pokhara Air Ticket
  • Nice Teahouse Lodges during the trek in possible places attached western toilet rooms
  • Sightseeing in World Heritage Sights in Kathmandu with A/c Car/Van/Bus according to the size of group lead by certified Tourist Guide
  • All the Entry fees of the world heritage sights
  • Certified Trekking Guide during the Trek
  • One porter for two trekkers each bag may not be more than 12kg
  • Baggage transport
  • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu

What's not included?

  • International airfare and Personal trekking gears
  • Lunch & diner, hotel stays more then 3 nights in Kathmandu
  • Non-scheduled meals drink like Snack chocolate, Bear, coke, during the trek.
  • Medical and evacuation coverage, Travel insurance required
  • Staff Tips
  • Nepal's Visa: Nepali Visa fee US$ 40 per person for 30 days (to be applied for 100 days US$ 100)

Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, Bodhi Adventures representative will welcome with marigold garland and transfer to your hotel, We will brief about your trip activities. You’ll have the rest of the day at leisure.


Sightseeing in Some of landmarks that are the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous self arisen stupa Swayambhu and Buddhists shrine Boudhanath. You can also make your last minute buying of personal items and preparation for the next day.


After breakfast we drive 6-7 hrs by private transport to Ngadi through the scenic countryside and river view. This is an interesting drive through the foothills of the Himalaya. En-route to Pokhara our route diverts from the town village of Dumre towards north to Besisahar. This is a big town and district headquarters of the Lamjung. Besisahar to Ngadi is about to 45 minutes drive.


This day after breakfast we start our trek to old trekking path leaving road. We pass through the terraced rice and millet fields to Bahundada (1310 meters), a lovely hilly settlement. It’s nice place for the breeze, we take our lunch here and we descend to otherside to pursue our trek of the day. We get to Syange crossing foothill in Ghermu. The mountains on both sides with small villages and Marsyangdi river gushes down to south.


From Syange go to Jagat, which is located at 1250 meters high. Then the path climbs towards Chamche, 1430 meters high. After Chamche the Marshyangdi river creates a small valley, in which Tal is located – 1675 meters high. Tal is a village that looks like a town from a western-movie. The people who live in Tal are some-how strange, but we had a good time there. You can buy all kinds of goodies, and there is a nice waterfall just near the village.


Walk from Tal to Dharapani (located 1900 meters high). From Dharapani you’ll reach Bagarchap. Continue a little further, and you’ll reach a place called Timang Located 2350 meters high.


This is a short and easy walking day. Walk from Timang to Koto, and pass it to reach Chame.

Chame is a big village, where you can find many shops, guest houses, police station, a clinic and a bank.
Located 2670 meters high, you can already see some of the big peaks of the Annapurna above you.
Go to the far part of the village.


This is a beautiful walking day in an area of heavy woods. When you reach Bhratang area, you’ll be able to see an amazing cliff called “Paungda Danda”, 1500 meters high above the river and the path.

After you leave the woods area you enter a large valley, taking you towards Pisang. Pisang is divided into two parts. The lower part of Pisang is located 3180 meters high, and contains many guest houses. The upper part of Pisang is located 100 meters above, it is more interesting with enough guest houses there now.
The area around Pisang is amazing, the view of the mountains around you is mind-boggling.


From Pisang to Manang there are two ways.

The first one goes along the Marsyangdi River, but – it is more boring. The recommended way is to climb up to a village called Ghyaru, and descend back to Manang. It is quite a hard climbing, but it is worth it – the panoramic view from Ghyaru is spectacular!
And – Ghyaru and another village you’ll reach on this way are really special.
It is a long walking day, but the view on the way is amazing. The peaks of Annapurna II (7937 meters), Annapurna IV (7525 meters) and Annapurna III (7855 meters) are just above you, as if you can touch them. These peaks are covered with heavy snow, while the other side of the river looks dry like a desert! Really outstanding.
So – from Pisang you climb towards Ghyaru (3670 meters). On the way you’ll pass an amazing little “green lake”. After Ghyaru you reach a village named Ngawal. From there you get to Manang.


After a hard day you had getting to Manang, you’ll have to rest there for acclimatization.

There’s a Himalayan Rescue clinic in Manang, with volunteers that treat the locals and advises about awareness to mountain sickness. It is recommended to attend the daily briefing they give about mountain sickness.

Manang itself is beautiful. Unique houses all built from stones and wood, the enormous mountains above, a charming lake (frozen in the winter), and lovely people and cute children. When you are in Manang you can go for short walks around.


The way from Manang takes you upper to the origins of the Marsyangdi river – you’ll reach the adjoining “Khangsar Khola” and “Jhargeng Khola”, where they turn into the big “Marsyangdi” river. From now on you’ll walk up the Jhargeng Khola (until Thorung-La pass).

From Manang you pass Gungsang and reach Yak Kharka – 4000 meters high. It is not even a village, just a place with some guest houses for travelers.

Note that on those heights, you already feel the low density of the air. Every step requires more effort, and you need to rest many times during walking – Take it easy, don’t rush! This is the key for avoiding mountain sickness. And – drink a lot, even when you’re not thirsty.


This day you walk towards the last station before the great mountain pass. You walk to Churi-lattar (4250 meters), which offer some guesthouses and teahouses, and then reach Thorung Phedi – 4500 meters high.

In Thorung Phedi there’s only two guest house, and it is recommended to get there early to catch good rooms to sleep in. In the tourist season or in case the pass closes, the place is quite full.


This is the day of the trek. Get up early, and start walking at about 4:30 or 5 am.

It is about 900 meters of climbing to the pass – from 4500 meters to 5416 meters. In the spring and after the summer the trail should be quite clear, but after snowstorms the way could be confusing.
Most of the walking is in the snow, surrounded by snowy mountains all over. Walking is difficult; finally you’ll reach the pass, the highest point you’ll reach on this trek – 5416 meters!

On the other side of the pass it is really “another world” – the landscape changes dramatically from snowy mountains to dry yellow-brown cliffs, area that looks like a desert.

Going down after the pass is also an uneasy task. It is a descend of 1600 meters, which really makes your knees cry. Finally you’ll reach Muktinath, There are plenty of guest houses in Muktinath, with really good food, and some temples worth visiting – Actually Muktinath is one of four major places of pilgrimage for Buddhist, Bon and Hindu people in the Himalayas.


The part of the trek from Muktinath to Jomsom , is really different from the trek in the Marsyangdi side. Here, the climate is relatively dry, and the landscape looks like a desert.

The area on the way from Muktinath to Kagbeni is full of ancient caves, and till you reach Jomsom you’ll be able to see wonderful geological forms around you.

The way from Kagbeni to Jomsom goes along the Kali-Gandaki river, The geological forms you’ll see on the way around you are really spectacular. Jomsom, located 2700 meters high is a big village. It has a small airport, and so –connected by air to Pokhara and Kathmandu.


This morning we pack our bags and get ready for the exciting mountain scenic flight to Pokhara. The flight transit through between two high peaks Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m/26,538 ft) and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m/26,788 ft) and give us a wonderful opportunity to enjoy with best views of surrounding Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Himalayan range. We have full day at Pokhara to enjoy with its natural side in Pokhara.


Morning we will drive by regular tourist bus or private car as your wish through the scenic countryside and en route will stop for breakfast & lunch. It takes 6- 7 hours back to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu guide will transfer to the hotel and the rest of the day relax or explore the surrounding areas.


This pleasant day you may have full day at leisure at your own or can be extends your extra trip with us on additional cost or time to explore the Thamel for last day shopping and evening Bodhi Adventures will take you for Farewell dinner.


Bodhi Adventures will transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onward destination.

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