Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most popular trekking routes in Nepal. The trek includes one of the highest lakes in the world, as well as highest passes in Nepal. The trek offers first-hand experience with cultural and ethnic diversity as well as biodiversity. If you’re a foreigner, you’ll need the permits, TIMS as well as ACAP permit which you can get from Tourism Board in Kathmandu and which cost 2000 each.

Day 1 : Kathmandu to Besi Sahar (to Chyamche or Khudi)

The Annapurna Circuit Trek starts at Besisahar Lamjung.  The best way to reach Beshi Sahar is to get a microbus from Old Bus Park, which costs 450 for Nepali citizen and 550 for foreigners. The micro-bus ride takes roughly about 5 hours, about 179 km away from Kathmandu. After you get off at Besisahar you can either take a jeep to Chyamche and start your trek there or you can start trekking from Besisahar.

If you trek from Besisahar it will take you one extra day to reach Chyaamche.

Day 2 : Chyaamche to Dharapani 

After walking for an hour or so through few waterfalls you reach Manang, or Taal, from where Manang starts. There are two routes you can take:  the road or the trekking trail. The road is very easy whereas the trekking trail has some sharp climbs and downhills. But the road is very easy, yet challenging if the and slide is too bad. There’s a huge landslide there called “Myagdi Bhir” and it’s risky to cross, so mostly trekkers take the road to Taal. After walking for about 4 hours you reach Kotro; from Kotro in about 2 hours you reach Dharapaani. Depending upon your waking speed you can reach Danaque or Timang as well. If you reach Timang, you’d be able to skip a day. 

Day 3 : Dharapani to Chaame 

The trail from Dharapani to Chame is quite easy, except for the climb at Danaque for about 45min. to Timang. After that the the trail is easy; you walk along the road, with Marshyangdi River on your side. It takes about 6 hours to reach Chaame, the headquarters of Manang.

Day 3 : Chaame to Pisang/Upper Pisang 

It takes about 5-6 hours to reach Pisang/Upper Pisang and it might take half an hour more to reach Upper Pisang. Upper Pisang offers a great view of the mountains, plus it has traditional style houses.

Day 4 : Pisang to Manang 

The road from Pisang to Manang, after walking a gentle steep for about 45 minutes, is very easy. After that it just gets flat until you reach Manang. You cross through the village of Humde, where there is an airport. Then in about 3 hours from Humde you reach Manang.

Day 5 : Manang to Shreekharka 

If you want to go to Tilicho Lake as well, you divert from the circuit for a while and walk to Shreekharka from Manang, which is about a 5-hour walk.

Day 6 : Shreekharka to Tilicho Base Camp

The trek from Shreekharka to Tilicho Base Camp is very easy and takes about 3 hours, the highlight of this section being the landslide area. You have to walk through the landslide for about half an hour or so. If you are confident enough and can walk very fast then you’d be able to reach Tilicho from Shrekharka and return back to Shreekharka the same day, but it is not recommended to do that. Instead you can go to Tilicho Base Camp and rest there the whole day.

Day 7 : Tilicho Basecamp to Tilicho to Shreekharka 

The next morning, wake up early and walk to the lake, which takes about 3 hours of excruciating climbing. Drink lots of water and walk slowly. If you get symptoms of high altitude sickness, drop down to a lower altitude! But the torturous walk is worth every bead of sweat when you reach the Tilicho Lake.  The lake is at an altitude of 4900 meters and the view is absolutely magical with its blue appearance below the white clouds beyond it. To get to the lake, from where you see it takes another half an hour or so. After spending some time in the lake, walk back to Shreekharka. If you’re early you can even reach Yak Kharka the same day.

Day 8 :  Shreekharka to Yak Kharka or Ledar

The trek from Shreekharka to Yak Kharka takes about 4 hours. Another one-hour walk will take you to Ledar. If you’re in good shape then you can make it to Thorang phedi which is roughly 2 hours from Ledar, but it's better if you stay at Ledar or Yak Kharka and then trek to Thorang High Camp the next day which will make the pass easy.

Day 9 Ledar to Thorang High Camp

The trail from Ledar to Thorang phedi is pretty easy, just gentle slopes, but from Phedi to High camp is slightly tougher as you have to climb almost 500 meters, which takes about an hour.

Day 10 : Thorang High Camp to Muktinath 

The  climb from High Camp to Thorang La Pass is relatively easy. Takes about 3 hours to reach the pass, which stands at an elevation of 5416 meters. The downhill is far more tiring than the uphill and takes about 4 hours to reach Muktinath from the pass, waking through the dry landscape.

Day 11 : Muktinath to Marpha 

Wake up early in the morning and visit the Muktinath Temple and take a bath in 108 waters there. Then after that, if you’re tired after the long trek you can take a jeep from Muktinath to Beni.  If you want to complete the circuit you can walk to Marpha from Muktinath. Marpha is famous for the local brandy made from apples. You can also buy some apples and dried apples--the best apples you’ll taste!

Day 12 : Marpha to Kaalopaani 

The trek from Marpha to Kaalopani takes about 6 hours, which offers views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Annapurna, Nilgiri.

Day 13 : Kaalopaani to Taatopaani 

Taatopaani, famous for natural hot springs is 5-6 hours away from Kaalopaani.  If you want, you can go to the Ghorepaani-Ghandruk trek instead, and then the following day walk for about 5-6 hours to reach Ghorepani. Another alternative is to take a jeep to Beni and reach Kathmandu.  If you do the trek then it takes two additional days to reach Pokhara.

Cost Includes

  • All airport pick up and drop by private tourist vehicle.
  • 4 nights standard twin sharing accommodation in a star hotel in Kathmandu (breakfast included).  You can eat verity food in your choice.
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.
  • English-speaking government-licensed holder tour guide.
  • All your standard meals during the trek (breakfasts, lunch and dinners).
  • Available standard lodges, guesthouses twin sharing accommodation during the trek.
  • Government license-holder, English speaking trekking guide for the entire trek.
  • The required number of porters to carry your luggage during the trek (we assign one porter for every two guests).
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permits and TIMS Card (Trekking Information Management System) for trekking.
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali restaurant with cultural dance show on second to last day.
  • All our government taxes, VAT, tourist service charges.
  • Temple and monastery entry fees in Kathmandu and trekking.

Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned above.
  • Nepal Entry Visa:  You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (you can eat verity food of your choice)
  • Travel Insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, baggage charge, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc.)
  • All personal and bar expenses in Kathmandu and during the trek
  • All alcoholic and cold drinks
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Single supplement fee USD 350
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control, anything not included in service includes column.
  1. Trekking bag pack(duffel bag ) This should be a good one with good zipper to withstand rough treatment of baggage from the airlines and the porters
  2. Personal soap or tube liquid soap for  toilet, washing hands, bath,washing clothes
  3. Toothbrush and toothpaste
  4. Sanitary napkins (for women)
  5. Toilet paper
  6. Towel
  7. Tube of sun lotion (with extra power)
  8. Extra clothing for cold sensitive: 1 pair long underwear, 1 pair long wool, 1 wool shirt (long sleeved)
  9. Trekking day bag (not a big one)
  10. Trekking shoes (these should be waterproof)
  11. Sports shoes or sandals (camp shoes )
  12. Trekking stick
  13. Sun hat or cap
  14. Warm woolen cap
  15. Trekking jacket Goretex/fleece jacket.
  16. Pullover or warm clothes.
  17. Raincoat or good umbrella
  18. 4-5 pairs of good qualities socks (for camp shoes )
  19. Hand gloves.
  20. 2-3 pairs of trekking trousers(Short pants for hiking )
  21. 3-4 pairs of trekking shirts.
  22. 3-4 pairs of underwear (2 bras for women)
  23. Sunglasses
  24. Water bottle
  25. Sleeping bag
  26. Flash or torchlight (extra batteries and bulb )
  27. Some common medicine likes, Band-Aids, aspirin or Tylenol for headaches or other pain, antihistamine, Throat lozenges etc.
  28. Camera and batteries (Battery charger if possible)