The Annapurna Circuit is a classic trail that goes around the massive Annapurna group through subtropical forest, vast meadows, high alpine territory and glacial lakes. Our variation of the standard AC trail avoids the crowds of the lower trail, and adds a visit to the gigantic Tilicho Lake which is considered as the world's highest alpine lake at an altitude of 4920 M. The trek deviates from the standard and more crowded Annapurna Base Camp trek and gives you a variety of scenery while crossing mighty passes and glacial lakes. Due to the trek's maximum altitude of 5420 M and a longer duration of walk through rough terrain, it demands good physical fitness. This circuit trek can be done throughout the year except for the monsoon months when Nepal receives high amount of rainfall and in the winter months of December and January when Thorung La pass will be shut due to heavy snowfall. Spring and Autumn seasons are usually the best time to undertake the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Stay on this page for more information on the Annapurna Circuit Trek.
Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrive in Kathmandu. Check in to your hostel. Spend the day exploring the city. Overnight in guesthouse.
Kathmandu to Chyamje (1400 M) - 9 hours Drive
Today we will drive to Chyamje from Kathmandu via Marsyandadi river valley and Besisahar which will take about 9 hours. Overnight in guesthouse/lodge.
Chyamje (1400 M) to Dharapani (1943 M) - 5 hr
In today's trek we will cross the eastern bank of the Marsyangdi river and enter the Manang district's Tal with changes in landscape and culture to proceed towards Dharapani. Overnight in teahouse/lodge.
Dharapani (1943 M) to Chame (2713 M) - 6 hrs
Moving on from Dharapani we reach Bagarchhap via Gurung Village and Thonje. As we ascend towards Manang valley over Larkya La pass we get excellent views of Mt. Manaslu (8163 M), the eighth highest peak in the world. Reach Chame and overnight in teahouse/lodge.
Chame (2713 M) to Pisang (3185 M) - 6 hrs
Today we trek through Juniper and Pine forest all the from Chame to Pisang through Bhratang Village. We get lovely views of Annapurna II peak.
Pisang (3185 M) to Manang (3540 M) - 5 hrs
Continuing our trek to the Manang valley, the trail is a gradual ascend with fantastic views of Gangapurna, Annapurna II and III, Chulu east and Pisang peak. We reach Manang via Humde and Braga Village. Overnight in lodge/teahouse.
Acclimatization at Manang and visit Chonkor View Point (3800 M) - 3 hrs
The day will be spent exploring Manang and acclimatizing properly. We will then go to Chonkor View Point (3800 M) where you get epic views of Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, Tilicho, Chulu West and Chulu East.
Manang (3540 M) to Khangsar (3760 M) - 5 hrs
Today we start our trek to the traditional Tibetan village of Khangsar across Khangsar Khola. Overnight in teahouse.
Khangsar (3760 M) to TIlicho Base Camp (4200 M) - 5 hrs
Leaving behind Khangsar we trek towards a high ridge and take a trail which moves down to a gorge of the valley on the other side of which is the Tilicho Base Camp.
Tilicho Base Camp (4200 M) to TIlicho Lake (4920 M) and back to Tilicho Base Camp - 6 hrs
We start our trek towards the Tilicho Lake early in the morning which will take about 3 or 4 hours one way. Tilicho Lake is the highest lake in the world. We apend time near the lake and then make our way back to the TIlicho Base Camp.
TIlicho Base Camp (4200 M) to Yak Kharka (4000 M) - 5 hrs
We move back to the standard Annapurna Circuit Trail and move through juniper bushes to reach Yak Kharka while enjoying uninterrupted views of Annapurna, Tilicho peak, Gangapurna and more during the trek.
Yak Kharka (4000 M) to Thorong Phedi (4534 M) - 5 hrs
We start trekking from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi. Phedi means "foot of the hill" which will be the base camp of the mighty Thorong La pass. We pass Ledar and trek along the east of Jorsang Khola and then on a steep incline to Thorong Phedi. If the weather permits then you can move further from Thorong Phedi and stop at high camp at 4700 M).
Thorong Phedi (4534 M) to Muktinath (3800 M) via Thorong La (5416 M) - 8 hrs
Today's trek will be the longest, most challenging and definitely the best part of the entire trek. Starting early in the morning from Thorong Phedi we will trek on a steep incline and witness the mesmerizing sunrise on the mountains. Once we reach the stunning Thorong La pass we get to see a panoramic view of some of the best peaks of nepal and then descend to Mustang and Kaligandaki Valley eventually arriving at Muktinath.
Muktinath (3800 M) to Jomsom (2720 M) - 5 hrs
After visiting the famed Muktinath temple in the morning we will trek towards the Kaligandaki Valley and finally reach the large city of Jomsom.
Jomsom (2720 M) to Pokhara (720 M) - 9 hrs Drive
Today we will drive to Pokhara through what is considered to be the deepest canyon in the world lying between the mountain ranges of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. It will take about 9 hrs to reach Pokhara. We bit you goodbye at your hotel in Pokhara.
Please do carry either your passport or Voter ID card, along with a few passport size photographs.
You will be picked up at Kathmandu and dropped at Pokhara.
Expect to reach Pokhara by late afternoon.
You can offload your backpack (up to 10 kgs) on this trek. The portage fee is included in the trek cost.
A team of participant will be led by a course certified trek leader and a local guide. All participants are requested to abide by the directions of the leader. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have a certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.
It is not mandatory but it is more convenient with the pole. If you don’t want to buy one, you can rent it from us on minimal daily basis charges. You can request the renting link from us.
You can buy your trekking necessities from Kathmandu.
Yes, it is absolutely safe for solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing tent/room with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.
Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.
Depending on the season, the Annapurna Base Camp temperature can drop to -10°C at night and be as high as 30°C during the day time.
There may be fresh snowfall in the region depending on the weather. There will be permanent snow accumulation at higher altitudes, though not necessarily on the trail itself.
Since this is not a camping trek, tents and sleeping bags are not required. However, if it is too cold then, sleeping bags do come in handy. Rental options available in Kathmandu.
There are adequate, hygienic facilities throughout the trail and at all accommodations.
Gaiters and microspikes will not be provided by us for trekking in snow. If required you can rent these items in Kathmandu. Not Applicable for treks in Nepal.
Meals are not included on this trek. The lodges / guest houses on this trek have ample eating options.
You can rent following items from Kathmandu- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack, gaiters, micro spikes, sleeping bags.
You will be provided shared accommodation in a hostel in Kathmandu and Pokhara. On the trail, you will be provided twin or triple sharing accommodation in lodges / tea houses / guest houses.
The minimum age limit is 13 years. However, minors aged between 13 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.
Kathmandu, Nepal's capital, is a vibrant, noisy city. Packed full of history, palaces and temples, it is also within touching distance of Nepal's premier attraction: the Himalaya.
Kathmandu is home to places to visit like Durbar Square (with temples dating back to the 12th century), Boudhanath Stupa (a world heritage site), and Pashupatinath Temple (the country's most important Hindu temple, on the banks of the Bagmati river).
Another must-see attraction is the Royal Palace, the site of the infamous 2001 massacre of the Royal Family by the then Crown Prince, and now converted into the Narayanhiti Palace Museum.
The base for the trek is Kathmandu, which is well connected from Delhi by air and land.
By Air: There are multiple daily flights from Delhi to Kathmandu.
By Rail:You can take a train from Delhi to Raxaul Junction in Bihar on the Indo - Nepal border. From Raxaul, take a 5 km bus/taxi to the border, from where Kathmandu is a 10 hour road journey. Buses and taxis are easily available at the border.
By Road: The road distance from Delhi to Kathmandu is 1,145 km. There is a Delhi Government luxury bus service from Delhi Gate for Kathmandu that takes around 36 hours. This is the most time consuming but budget friendly option at INR 2300 for the bus journey.
Over the last few years the mobile/ cell phone network has improved significantly in more remote areas of Nepal. The best network above Nayapul on Annapurna Base Camp Trek is Nepal Telecom (NTC) or NCell. It is easy to buy an NTC SIM card from Kathmandu or Pokhara. You will need to provide your passport, so don't forget to bring it along.
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Annapurna Circuit Trek best time:
Pre-monsoon - March to June
Post monsoon - September to November
Annapurna Circuit Trek is a moderate plus trek i.e. it requires more strength and endurance than moderate level treks. It is a high altitude trek climbing to the height of 5420 meters. Therefore, it is recommended that you first gain experience of trekking to altitudes of 4500 meters and learn about campsite basics, ascending descending on mountain trails, basics of high altitude acclimatization process and then move up a notch with Annapurna Circuit trek. Annapurna difficulty level on Bikat's scale is 5. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale
Should have at least 7-10 trek days in the Himalayas in their kitty. For the trek’s achieving more than 5000 meters, a person must have a prior experience of trekking at altitudes of or more than 3700 meters
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.
One should be familiar with the following:
Water bottles are available for purchase on the trail. However, if you plan to get water from the local water sources then please carry chlorine tablets/ water purification tablets.
Indian Currency of INR 100 and below work in Nepal. However, the new INR 2000 and INR 500 notes are not accepted at all. The new notes work in the cities, but people at other places might not accept the new notes. Get your currency exchanged to Nepalese currency from Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Our community is an integral part of us and we take pride in our trekkers and climbers. When you complete at least three days on any trek or expedition with us, you become eligible for our membership and referral programs.
For us, a successful summit is not about reaching the highest point of a mountain but about making it safely back to base.
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