21 Days
Duration
Easy to Moderate
Physicality
Annapurna Region
Location
September-May
Dates
Minimum 2 travelers
Group Size

Please contact us for private Trip or Customize This trip | How To Pay? 

One of the top ten treks in the world, Annapurna Circuit Trek is well known by everyone all over the world.  The scenery is stunning, the mountains are magnificent and the hardworking decent people you will meet along the way will stay in your hearts and memories forever.   This is a challenging adventure you will never forget and can relive with all your family and friends for many years to come. About 4-5 hours drive from Pokhara and 6-7 hours from Kathmandu, you will be on the first step to meet with these beautiful, snow- capped peaks.

While doing this trek , you pass through sub-tropical forests , tropical forests, alpine forests and  ultimately find yourself in a stunning, barren landscape which looks like Tibet. Enjoy not only the forests , but as you gain altitude , you get the opportunity to experience the contrasting changes in climate.  Nature lovers will revel in the beauty of this trek, this country, this planet. Due to the high altitude pass the best time for this trek is October to November and April to May. This trek is considered to be quite strenuous. However, if you allow yourself enough time the circuit is suitable for the moderately fit.

 

1

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, a representative from Sisne Rover will pick us up from the airport and take us to our hotel. In the afternoon, we may take a rest. Welcome Drink will be served. Overnight in Kathmandu.

2

Day 02:Kathmandu - Trek preparation and Free Time

On your first day in Kathmandu, we take rest after a long flight from your home country. After breakfast, you can visit around Thamel (where your hotel will be located) and shop few items that you have missed to bring with you. We can add Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing tour on your request. We can have a tour to UNESCO World heritage sites – Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa. In the afternoon, we will have a meeting with our fellow participants and check the final preparation for the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals: Breakfast

3

Day 03: Drive to Khudi (800m): 7- 8 hours

Our journey starts from Kathmandu with a 7 to 8 hours drive to Khudi   on a winding road along the Trishuli River. On the way we admire terraced farms and beautiful huts. After reaching a juncture at Mugling, we move straight ahead towards Pokhara. At Dumre, we leave the previous trail and head north to Besisahar. A half-an-hour’s drive from Besisahar takes us to Khudi, the starting point of our trek. Khudi offers us a first glimpse of the gorgeous Manaslu range .

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

4

Day 04: Khudi to Sirung (2200m): 6 - 7 hours

Our first day’s walk involves crossing a few suspension bridges and waterfalls including several ascents and descents across rice paddies and a subtropical forest. Initially, the walk is gradual but is then followed by steeper trails. The mountains that we see from Khudi seem a lot closer now. Before reaching Sirung village we pass an ethnic Tamang settlement of Taranche. We admire close-up views of Ngadi Chuli and Manaslu mountains from Sirung.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

5

Day 05: Sirung to Jagat (1,300m): 6 - 7 hours

The trail is relatively easy from Sirung to Jagat . We leave behind the terraces of the village and hit forest, ferns and woodland. On the forest trail we spot a variety of birds. We also pass through several small villages and a few temples on the way. We cross a suspension bridge over Sangu Khola at Mipra then again at Syange over the Marshyangdi River. There is also a waterfall nearby the bridge. Now our trail moves alongside the mighty Marshyangdi River and we cross one more bridge before reaching Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

6

Day 6: Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m): 7-8 hours

The trail from Jagat descends until it reaches the river and then continues through a lush forest. Further ascent leads to sharp-edged cliff facing the river bank – En route, Chyamje comes into picture amidst the glorious backdrop of towering Annapurna mountain ranges. After crossing a suspension bridge, we climb steeply towards the slippery and physically challenging path to Sattale. On treading along a succession of rock-strewn trails, we descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal. As we walk away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding. Then we approach steeply-forested village of Karte. Meandering along the waterfalls and cliffs, we finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge. Overnight in Dharapani.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

7

Day 07: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m): 5 - 6 hours

Today’s walk will be through a few forested ridges on our way to Chame, which is the headquarter of the Manang District. Throughout the trek we will have amazing views of the snowcapped  mountains including Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV and we also come across small hot springs where we can dip in and soothe our aching muscles. Overnight in Chame.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

8

Day 08: Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft): 5 - 6 hours

From Chame , a steep and narrow path through a very dense forest will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. This is probably the steepest part of the Marshyangdi Valley – so steep that the trail is carved into the vertical rock. After passing this last bit of rock, the valley opens up with majestic vistas. And right where the valley widens stands the Paungda Danda, a massive sloping rock face that rises over 5,000ft above the trail. We continue walking for a while before reaching Lower Pisang where we spend the night.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

9

Day 09: Pisang to Manang : 6 - 7 hours

There are two routes to Manang and we follow the trail that takes us to Upper Pisang via Ghyaru. This trail guarantees excellent views of the beautiful landscape and the mighty mountains including Annapurna and Pisang.  We begin to notice a contrast in the landscape and vegetation from today. The cold and dry climate also creates a much harsher environment. A visit to Barga monastery , the largest monastery in the entire district of Manang will be memorable. Overnight at Manang.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

10

Day 10: Manang - Acclimatization day

In order to keep fit on the trails that follow, we keep ourselves busy today with a short hike to either Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. If we have the energy, we can even hike to Braga Village where we can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association( HRA) from where we can get some information about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)and other related matters. Overnight in Manang.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

11

Day 11: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m): 4 -5 hours

The trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki and continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail follows this valley northward, passing a few pastures and a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. The trail further passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Now the trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Yak Kharka. Overnight at Yak Karka.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

12

Day 12: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m): 3 - 4 hours

Today’s trek is an uphill walk to Thorang Phedi. After some time we cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We ascend furthermore and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, the last village before Thorong La pass.  On this trip we are rewarded with the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. The word Phedi in Nepalese is referred to as the foot of a mountain. Overnight in Thorong Phedi.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

13

Day 13: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath ( 3,800m) via Thorong La pass (5416m): 7 - 8 hours

Today is the most important day for this whole trek – Crossing Thorong La , one of the highest passes in the world. We will be crossing the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath) which is the easiest and safest direction. We get up around three in the morning and start walk up the mountain. When we finally make it to the top, we realize that our journey was worth it. We can take a few photos before heading to Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La . Overnight in Muktinath.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

14

Day 14: Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m): 4 - 5 hours

Muktinath is an important pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists alike. In the morning, we pay our visit to a Vishnu Temple and a Gompa. Descending from Ranipauwa village down the steep and barren hillside, we tumble down toward Kagbeni and then to Jomsom finally arriving at Marpha. The trail today is quite fantastic as we trek along a plateau above Kali Gandaki River, the world’s deepest gorge. The barren landscape of this area resembles Tibet. Marpha is also famous as the apple capital of Nepal where one can enjoy different items made from apple. The local apple brandy of Marpha is famous all over Nepal. Overnight at Marpha.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

15

Day 15: Marpha to Kalopani (2,530 m): 5 - 6 hours

From Marpha, we take a new route toward Kalopani via Chokhopani village. Today, we come across traditional villages of the ethnic Thakali people. Also, we get to see beautiful apple gardens. From here we get panoramic views of Dhaulagari, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Fang and Annapurna I . From Chokhopani, we continue to Kokhethanti crossing a river and come across the newly constructed road site before reaching Kalopani. Overnight at Kalopani.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

16

Day 16: Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m): 6 - 7 hours

During the early part of today’s trek, we cross the bridge at Ghasa. As we lower the elevations, we emerge back into subtropical forests, lush with vegetation. Our trail continues along Rupse Chahara (waterfall). We continue down the east bank from Kopchepani via Garpar to a bridge at Dana. At Narchyang Besi, we get to see a powerhouse that supplies electricity in the area. There are bigger villages in this area where we can observe the everyday lives of the local people. Upon reaching Tatopani, we relax and have a bath in the hot spring.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

17

Day 17: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850mt): 7 - 8 hours

Today we leave the Kali Gandaki and head up the Ghar Khola valley. The trail leads us through a terraced farmland with mountains all around. We pass through the villages of Shikha and Chitre before reaching a beautiful rhododendron forest. When in bloom the rhododendron trees with its average height of up to eight feet will be covered with pink or red flowers. Walking further we reach Ghorepani, a beautiful village located at a ridge top. Overnight in Ghorepani.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

18

Day 18: Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Tadapani (2,700m): 6 - 7 hours

Poonhill is the best place to have a sunrise view over the Himalayas. So to catch this opportunity we make an early morning climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3,210m), the most popular trekking destination of the Annapurna region. It is also a great viewpoint to enjoy the amazing views of Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20  highest mountains including the close-up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. After taking photographs and having some coffee or tea, we head to Tadhapani via  Ghorepani. We descend through rhododendron forests, pass by spectacular waterfalls along the way and reach Tadapani

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

19

Day 19: Tadapani to Pokhara (850m/2,789ft) via Ghandruk: 5 - 6 hours trek, 1 hour drive

From Tadapani, we make a steep descent through the dense and dark forest. This part of the trek will be through a thick forest of old rhododendron trees. When the rhododendron trees are in bloom, these forests actually turn into amazing gardens. By afternoon, depending upon the season of travel, we also get to enjoy cherry blossoms in bloom on the slopes on the other side of the ravine. After trekking a few more minutes, we enter the village of Ghandruk, a slope settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by the Gurung people. Here, we enjoy the stunningly close-up towering views of Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli mountains. We continue our trek to Nayapul from where we drive to Pokhara.

We mark the end of our successful trip with a farewell dinner hosted by Sisne Rover where we can share our experiences of the trek before leaving Pokhara. The dinner will be accompanied by Live Nepalese Cultural show with Dance and Songs of Nepal. Overnight in Pokhara.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch, Farewell Dinner

20

Day 20: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours

We drive to Kathmandu in the morning by tourist bus. After arriving in Kathmandu, we leave for our hotel. We enjoy the day leisurely or catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any landmarks we missed during our first day in Kathmandu. . Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals: Breakfast

21

Day 21: Final departure

Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today. A representative of Sisne Rover will drop us off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Included meals: Breakfast

Additional Information

We can customize this trip as per your schedule, budget and preferences. If you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us.

TRIP FACTS

Group Size 2 to 12 people
Trip Duration 21 days
Grade Easy to Moderate
Activity Trekking, cultural tours
Maximum Altitude 5416m
Trek Starts In Kathmandu
Trek Ends In Kathmandu
Trek Type Tea House/Lodge
Accommodations Hotels/Tea Houses
Transportation Flight/Private car or Tourist Bus
INCLUDED IN THE COST
Airport pickup and drop in a private vehicle
Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast e.g. Hotel Karuna
Teahouse accommodation during the trek
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
Tourist Bus (Pokhara – Kathmandu )
 Complimentary Farewell Dinner with Nepalese Live Cultural Show
An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trekking guide
Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
Sleeping bag if needed (to be returned after trip completion)
All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
Medical kit (carried by your trekking guide)
All government and local taxes
NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST
Nepalese visa fee
Excess baggage charge(s)
Other any transportation except  Included in the section
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
International flights
Travel and rescue insurance
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

Important Note: 

Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Sisne Rover. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Accommodations 

We will be staying in hotel/resort in Kathmandu/ Pokhara and teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement is served on request with additional cost. We will have rooms with attached washrooms in most parts of the trek but this is not possible in a few remote locations. Also understand that single rooms are not easily available in higher elevations like they are in Kathmandu and the lower elevation regions.

Meals 

During the trek, we provide all meals whereas only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There will also be a farewell dinner for guests.  The most common cuisines in most menus are Nepalese, Tibetan, Indian and common continental.

Leader(s) & Staff Arrangements 

The most significant thing that makes Annapurna Circuit Trek successful, enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced and helpful trek leader and crew members with the ability of operating our days in the mountain smoothly. We have the best and professional trekking leaders selected on the basis of their experiences, leadership skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, Sisne only employs local staff. They have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local region.

Porter Care 

Sisne Rover is firmly committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated and well paid. Furthermore, we also provide the required level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters get equal treatment and attention like every other team members in case they get sick. We have contract with helicopter emergency evacuation company to rescue porters from dangerous situations. And for the porter’s sake, all trekkers keep the weight of their luggage under 15kgs/33 pounds. We also support the work of International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.

Environmental Concerns 

Annapurna Region is strikingly beautiful, but also equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as we do and so the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. We employ a ‘zero impact’ policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. Sisne Rover, therefore, enforces a number of do’s and don’ts. Our experienced staff can advise us on how to minimize our impact on the local environment.

Acclimatization 

Like all other itineraries, this trek can also curb Acute Mountain Sickness which is very common during high altitude trekking. We ascend gradually so that we have optimum time to acclimatize to the high-altitude environment. Consult your doctors if you have any known heart, lung or blood diseases before booking the trek.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements 

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a moderate trek suitable for trekkers without technical skills who can walk at least 6-7 hours a day with a light backpack. Anyone who is physically fit with good health can participate in this trek. However, it is always best to start jogging and exercising regularly at least a month before the actual trek. Also, trekkers with high altitude trekking experience can find this trek relatively easier than others.

Best Time to Travel

Autumn (Sept. to Nov.) and spring (March to May) are the best seasons for this trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. If you wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature, then taking this trip during winter (Dec., Jan., Feb.) could also be an option.

Additional Information

If you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us.

What to bring

Nepal is a mountainous tropical country, which means there are climate extremes. Night and day temperature differences can vary between -10°C on the high treks and 30°C on the lower ones (14°F to 86°F), so you need to bring a variety of clothes.

This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your trekking but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

Important documents and items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.

Head

  • Head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

Hands

  • Lightweight poly-liner gloves.
  • Lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

 Lower Body

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • Hiking shorts
  • Hiking trousers
  • lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • fleece or woolen trousers
  • waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

Feet

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water
  • , ankle support, “broken in”)
  • Running shoes and/or sandals
  • Resistant Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

Sleeping

  • Sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)

Rucksack and Travel Bags

  • Medium size rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag *
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

Medical

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Practical Items

  • Compass or GPS(optional)
  • Alarm clock/watch
  • Digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • large Ziplocs
  • Water bottles
  • Small folding knife
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks

Toiletries

  • Medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror

Personal Hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash

Extras/Luxuries

  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  • Modest swim suit
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

Green note:

 Use rechargeable batteries whenever possible. If you use disposable batteries, please take the used ones with you and dispose them safely in your home country.

Many of these items can be bought or rented in Nepal

Annapurna Circuit Trek
Poon Hill Trekking in Nepal

Tour Reviews

5 based on 1 review
August 24, 2017

Thank you Sisne Rover Trekking (P) Ltd for organizing my trip from start to finish. It was extremely well managed and excellent customer service. Milan is a well experienced guide and very professional. He was very friendly and informative that made my trekking even more interesting and memorable. Best Trekking agency in Nepal. Got chance to visit Muktinath, a religious pilgrims for Hindu people and it was a new experience for me to take shower on the top of the mountains under 108 taps. The whole experience was awesome.

Leave a Review

Rating