Annapurna Circuit Trek – 17 Days

17 Days 5416m.

Trip Overview

Annapurna Circuit Trek is the trekking expedition that encircles the Annapurna massif touching the edge of the Tibetan plateau. The total length of the Annapurna circuit route is 160 km to 230 km depending upon the trip schedule crossing the two valleys of kali Gandaki River and Marshyandi River. The Annapurna Circuit Trek is planned in the clockwise direction route letting the travelers to acclimatize during travel which helps them to overcome the altitude sickness on high pass of Thorung La pass at 5,416meters above sea level. The Himalayan summits encountered during Annapurna Circuit Trek are Annapurna Massif of Peak I 8091m to Peak IV 7525m, Gangapurna 7454m, Tilicho 4990m, Manaslu 8163m, Machhapuchhre 6997m, and Dhaulagiri 8167m,along with other peaks of 6000meters till 8000meters elevation residing in the Annapurna range. The entire Annapurna circuit takes place in the western Nepal crossing over the Annapurna conservation area the largest and oldest government protected national park of Nepal.


The Annapurna circuit trekking takes place in the Marshyandi River valley following a 7 hours vehicle ride from Kathmandu till Besi Sahar in Lamjung District finally completing the travel in Kali Gandaki River of Gandaki region in Nepal. The Annapurna circuit trek is the classic and excellent trekking experience in crossing over the highlands and lowlands of western central Nepal till the highest altitude of civilization. The trekking adventures lets the travelers to traverse the tropical and subtropical woodlands, waterfalls, lush mountains, customary highland villages with paddy fields and traditional houses. Considered as the longest trail of the world the Annapurna circuit is an epic travel that covers the social-cultural exchange, antique civilization and establishments of highlands, solitary Himalayan flora and fauna and one of a kind marked high altitude passes of the world. The foothills of Manang valley and lower Mustang are the remains of ancient Tibetan Buddhists of Tibet as they lie on the borders of Tibet. The famous highland villages of ghale gaun, ghandruk, ghorepani along with world famous viewpoint of Poonhill are encountered during the Annapurna circuit trek.

Outline Itinerary

Trekking Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu Transfer to your hotel and free day.
Day 02: Kathmandu to Besisahar.
Day 03: Besi Sahar to Baundanda (1300m) 6 to 7 hrs.
Day 04: Baundanda to Chamje (1410m) 5 to 6 hrs.
Day 05: Chamje to Bagarchap (2160m) 6 to 7 hrs.
Day 06: Bagarchap to Chame (2630m) 5 to 6 hrs.
Day 07: Chame to Pisang (3190m) 4 to 5 hrs.
Day 08: Pisang to Manang (3540m) 4 to 5 hrs.
Day 09: Acclimatization day in Manang
Day 10: Manang to Letdar (4250m) 4 to 5 hrs.
Day 11: Letdar to Thorung Phedi (4420m) 3 to 4 hrs.
Day 12: Thorung Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) 6 to 8 hrs.
Day 13: Muktinath to Kagbeni (2810m) 3 to 4 hrs.
Day 14:Kakbeni  to Jomsom (2720m) 3 to 4 hrs.
Day 15: Jomsom to Pokhara flight 25minutes.
Day 16:Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus 6 to 7hrs.
Day 17:Final departure day.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1.       Kathmandu to  Transfer to Bulbule.

Day 2.       Bulbule  to  Chamje.

Day 3.       Chamje to  Dharapani.

Day 4.       Dharapani  to Chame.

Day 5.       Chame  to  Pisang.

Day 6.       Pisang to Manang.

Day 7.       Manang  Acclimatize day.

Day 8.       Manang  to Yak-Kharka

Day 9.       Yak-kharka  to thorong Phedi.

Day 10.   Thorong phedi to Thorongla pass and Muktinath.

Day 11.   Muktinath to Kakbeni.

Day 12.   kakbeni to Jomsom.

Day 13.   Jomsom to  Pokhara.

Day 14.   Pokhra to Kathmandu by tourist bus.

Day 15.    Free day for shoping.

Day 16.    Final departure

Cost Include

Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
# Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu/Pokhara including breakfast.
# Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with expert tour guide and private vehicle and Local Transport from Kathmandu to Besisahar and Nayapul to Pokhara.From Pokhara to Dumre tourist bus and local transport Dumre-Bandipur-Dumre.Dumre to Kahtmandu tourist bus.
# Government license holder experienced, trekking guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness) and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance,medicine.
# City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
# Tea house/Lodges Accommodation during the trekking
# Annapurna conservation fees.
Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) card fee.
# Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
# Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
# All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes

Cost not Include

# Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
# International Airfare/Airport tax.
# Foods during the trekking and in Kathmandu Lunch and Dinner.
# Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot and cold showers.
# Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
# Travel Insurance (Essential – Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
# Personal trekking gears
# Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
# Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section

Equipment List

1 pair strong mountain /hiking boots
1 Sleeping bag(comfortable to 15C)
1 Medium/Large rucksack/backpack
1 Down Jacket/all weather Anorak
1 Light water & windproof jacket
1 Pair waterproof gaiters/ overtrouser
1 or 2 1-litre water bottles.
1 Inner sleeping sheet.
1 Torch/Flashlight and spare bastteries.
2 Long sleeve cotton shirts
1 Medium sized towel
1 Washing kit:Inlude personal toiletries,Talcum power
Moleskin for blisters
Toilet paper
Bio degradable soap/shampoo
Any personal medication
1 Pair shorts.
1 Fleece/warm sweater
1 Pair sports shoes/sandals
2 Pair lightweight trousers
1 Sweatshirt/light sweater
2 T-shirts
1 Small day pack
2 Pairs light socks
3 Pairs heavy wool socks
1 cotton Headscarf/bandanna
1 Warm hat/Gloves(waterproof)
1Sunglasses and sunhat
1 Money belt
Underwear(including thermals)
3/4 Plastic bags for wrapping clothes
Water purification tablets/solution(Preferably Iodine)
Sun-block(30-50 SPF)

2  Reviews on Annapurna Circuit Trek – 17 Days

“I completed the Annapurna Circuit in January 2012. This Trek was life changing and the best challenge I have ever accomplished. Sonam was our guide/leader – he is Nepalese and has a great relationship with his porters and the local communities. Sonam made my trek so much more enjoyable; the stories, culture and history he shared along the way allowed us to appreciate Nepal and all it had to offer. Nepal will always hold a place in my heart, such a beautiful part of the world!

“I was lucky enough to have Sonam Singh Lama as my guide when my partner and I did the Annapurna Circuit in January of 2012. Sonam was extremely welcoming to all in our trekking group and took great care of us each day, making sure we were all coping with the altitude. Unfortunately I badly dislocated my shoulder about halfway through the trek and couldn’t continue. Sonam was fantastic! He organised a helicopter evacuation so I could be airlifted out for treatment, and did an amazing job coordinating everything through my travel insurance company. My partner and I were able to meet back up with Sonam and our trekking group when they returned, and even after the trip had ended Sonam helped everyone organise further sightseeing around Kathmandu. Trekking with Sonam in this beautiful country was an amazing holiday, and his experience helped make an extremely difficult moment in our trip a lot less stressful!”

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