Annapurna Circuit Trek

Duration: 18 Days

Come to Nepal and take classic Annapurna Circuit Trek. This epic journey is one of the most renowned treks in the world and that is no understatement. Undoubtedly, you will come off the trail saying that the Annapurna Circuit Trek was one of the best experiences of your life! The trek traverses a multitude of landscapes to ultimately cross one of the highest mountain passes in the Himalaya – the Thorong La Pass (5416 meters). Not only that, but along the trail, you visit fanciful villages, raging rivers, rugged mountains, and the eye-popping Tilicho Lake. We promise that you will not regret the Annapurna Circuit Trek – the ultimate backpacking adventure.

There are few better experiences for the body and mind than spending two weeks on the trail, surrounded by pristine natural beauty. Instead of waking up for your 9 to 5, rise from your restful slumber and be present in each passing moment. You are never in a rush on the trail, as you are constantly soaking in the glory of the Annapurna region.

Our Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary begins in Tal, following a scenic drive from Kathmandu. Trace the Marsyangdi River as you cruise through the lush landscape. Learn about the local Gurung and other ethnic groups along the way, gaining knowledge about their day to day lifestyle. Head up through the Manang district, a definitive point where you realize you are truly in the Himalaya.

Keep ascending to Tilicho Lake (4900 meters), a most memorable moment of the trek. The crystal blue waters are unlike anything in the world. It is also one of the highest, if not the highest lake in the world of its size. Snap some photos and head back to Tilicho Base Camp (4400 meters). The next highlight of the trek is crossing the famous Thorong La Pass (5416 meters). The view up there takes your breath away, literally and figuratively. See some of the highest peaks in the world, including Dhaulagiri (8167m), Manaslu (8156m) and Annapurna I (8090m).

Day after day, the Annapurna Circuit Trek just keeps giving. From the pass, we descend to Muktinath, where there is a famous pilgrimage site. Join the dozens of Hindus from all parts of India and Nepal in bathing in the sacred waters. Whether you are religious or not, the experience is joyous for everyone. The trek ends with a hike through the windy Kali Gandaki River Valley to Jomsom – and what a journey it has been! Join us on this incredible, world-famous trek!

Book the Annapurna CircuitTrek all throughout the year. Though the trek is available anytime, certain seasons provide the best weather. In the springtime (March to May), the rhododendrons are blooming and scenery is lush. During autumn (September to November), skies are clearest and mountain views are best. Summer (rainy season) and winter do not provide the best trekking conditions, but on the other hand, you can enjoy more solitude on the trail. If you have any questions, please contact us!

Trip Highlights

  • Take on one of the greatest treks in the world trek in the world – the Annapurna Circuit Trek!
  • Renowned trail that goes through a variety of landscapes – from wet, sub-tropical forests to the high mountain Thorong La Pass (5416 meters) to the otherworldly Mustang region
  • Visit the jaw-dropping Tilicho Lake (4900 meters), one of the highest lakes in the world
  • Bathe in the sacred waters at Muktinath Temple
  • Spend time with the locals in each passing village

Day to Day Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.
  • Day 02:Sightseeing tour around Kathmandu.
  • Day 03:Drive from Kathmandu to Tal (1700m).
  • Day 04:Trek from Tal to Timang (2270m).
  • Day 05:Trek from Timang to Pisang (3150m).
  • Day 06:Trek from Pisang to Manang (3540m).
  • Day 07:Acclimatize day in Manang.
  • Day 08:Trek from Manang to Shree Kharka (3700m).
  • Day 09:Trek from Shree Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4400m).
  • Day 10:Trek to Tilicho Lake (4900m) back down to Tilicho Base Camp.
  • Day 11:Trek from Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka (4050m).
  • Day 12:Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4450m)
  • Day 13:Trek to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorong La Pass (5416m)
  • Day 14:Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2740m).
  • Day 15:Drive to Pokhara.
  • Day 16:Sightseeing around Pokhara.
  • Day 17:Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
  • Day 18:Departure from Nepal.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.A representative of Roar Himalaya Adventure heartily welcomes you at Tribhuvan International Airport and takes you to your hotel. Take a rest or wander around the winding streets of Kathmandu. In the evening, we give you the lowdown on your upcoming trek. Overnight at hotel on B&B basis.
  • Day 02:Sightseeing tour around Kathmandu.After breakfast, we invite you on a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu. A visit to Nepal would not be complete without visiting the country’s most beloved tourist destinations, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Spend the rest of the day as you please. Overnight in hotel on B&B basis.
  • Day 03:Drive from Kathmandu to Tal (1700m).Drive for the better part of the day to Tal, where we begin the foothill journey the next day. The drive is gorgeous, leading past terraced hills and beautiful streams. It’s a long drive, but it feels fast because you are distracted by the beauty throughout the ride. When we arrive in the late afternoon/early evening, stretch your legs and wander around the village. Overnight in teahouse lodge.
  • Day 04:Trek from Tal to Timang (2270m).From Tal, head north over a wooden bring and follow along the riverbank. Then, cross another bridge, this one over Marsyangdi River and much longer than the previous one. Pass some guesthouses and have a quick rest in the small settlement of Karte. Traverse a small ridge and continue to Dharapani, a popular place to stop for many along the trek. We continue, though, and check in at the ACAP checkpoint. Keep going and enter into the incredible Manang Valley. Climb and climb some more to reach Timang. Overnight in teahouse lodge.
  • Day 05:Trek from Timang to Pisang (3150m).After breakfast, spend the day ascending the scenic trail to Pisang. The landscape just keeps getting more and more alluring. We can rest in Bhratang after about two hours. Here, locals grow apples and have lots of apple products to taste. The views throughout the day get more majestic. Arrive in Pisang after lunch and spend the rest of the day wandering around. Overnight in teahouse lodge.
  • Day 06:Trek from Pisang to Manang (3540m).The dryer and more desolate stretch of the trail begins today. Snow-capped peaks enter our perspective. This, combined with the orange-ish, grey hills and cliffs are a treat for the eyes. We settle into Manang after about five hours of hiking. Throughout the day, we take rests so we don’t get burnt out. Overnight in teahouse lodge.
  • Day 07:Acclimatize day in Manang.Today is spent adjusting to the change in altitude to prevent problems in the future. Also, there is too much to see in and around Manang village to leave without a day of exploration. The village is made up of Buddhists of Tibetan descent. Several colourful monasteries and chhortens lie here, adding some charm and fascination to the area. We take a marvelous day hike to Gangapurna Lake and discover the beauty surrounding it. Overnight in teahouse lodge.
  • Day 08:Trek from Manang to Shree Kharka (3700m).After breakfast, we head towards Shree Kharka. From here, we depart from the standard Annapurna Circuit Trek trail and begin the journey to Tilicho Lake! Hike for about an hour to Khangsar, a small village where houses are made from stone and are built around the charming village square. Take a quick rest and continue upwards to Thare Gompa. From here, it’s a short walk to Shree Kharka. Overnight in teahouse lodge.
  • Day 09:Trek from Shree Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4400m).Wake up and enjoy the crisp morning view. Today, we ascend to Tilicho Base Camp. Few trekkers make their way up to this distinctive place and most do not even know about it. One of the trails to base camp is less safe than the other because of a steep field of scree, but we must take whichever route is open because sometimes only the less safe one is open. Regardless, we proceed with caution. After 4-5 hours of trekking, we make it to Tilicho Base Camp. Overnight at teahouse lodge.
  • Day 10:Trek to Tilicho Lake (4900m) back down to Tilicho Base Camp.Today’s itinerary is challenging, but extremely rewarding. We arrive to the mesmerizing Tilicho Lake after an intense uphill climb. While climbing, look up around you at the incredible view of Pisang and Manang, Tilicho Peak and other peaks. Also, all around you are pristine glaciers. Soon, we get to the jaw-dropping crystal blue lake. Snap some photos and move back down to Tilicho Base Camp. It is a strenuous day, but will leave you with lifelong memories. Overnight in tent camp.
  • Day 11:Trek from Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka (4050m).Have breakfast before starting on the trail towards Yak Kharka, a pleasant alpine yak grazing field. Today’s itinerary takes about four hours, maybe a little longer if we take breaks to enjoy the beauty. We stop for lunch midway and look forward to the beauty that has yet to come. We have already seen immense natural beauty, and there is still more. Overnight at teahouse lodge.
  • Day 12:Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4450m)Today is yet another glorious day on the Annapurna Circuit Trek trail. After roughly an hour on the trail, we reach Letdar. Have a cup of tea and stretch the legs. Having already reached 4900 meters, our bodies are well-adjusted to the high altitude. That being said, at 4450 meters, reaching Thorong Phedi is still a bit of a strain. Two hours from Letdar, we reach Thorong Phedi, where we rest for the night. Overnight at teahouse lodge.
  • Day 13:Trek to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorong La Pass (5416m)Today is the most difficult day of the trek – one that you will never forget. Wake up at the crack of dawn to have the best chances for good weather. It is important to have good weather conditions for crossing the high pass. From the top of the pass, enjoy incredible views of the Annapurna, Manaslu, Hiunchuli, and Lamjung mountains. Snap some photos and descend to Muktinath, a famous pilgrimage destination. Overnight in teahouse lodge.
  • Day 14:Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2740m).In the morning, visit Muktinath Temple, where Hindus from all over India and Nepal visit to pay homage. Bathe in the sacred waters and feel the spiritual ambience resonating throughout the area. From the temple, you can see white-capped mountains in the distance, and the mysterious barren landscape of the Mustang region right in from of you. We head down to Jomsom early in the day, because in the afternoon, the Kali Gandaki Valley gets uncomfortably windy. Celebrate the end of a wonderful trek in the evening. Overnight in teahouse lodge.
  • Day 15:Drive to Pokhara.After breakfast in Jomsom, we take a jeep or bus back to Pokhara. Stop at the Annapurna Conservation Area to take care of the permit formalities, and say farewell to the Himalayas, the highest mountain range in the world. Enjoy the scenic drive from Jomsom to Pokhara along the Kali Gandaki River. Arrive to the hotel in the late afternoon and spend the rest of the evening wandering around Pokhara’s lakeside. Overnight at hotel on B&B basis.
  • Day 16:Sightseeing around Pokhara.Spend the day seeing the best of Pokhara’s tourist destinations. There is so much to see so we make the most of our time! Check out the Peace Pagoda, Davis Falls, and much more. Today’s itinerary can be tailored toward your interests and what you would like to see. Overnight in hotel in Pokhara on B&B basis.
  • Day 17:Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.The epic adventure is capped off with a pleasant drive through Nepal’s countryside along the Prithvi Highway. Time goes by quickly on the 6-7 drive because we are distracted by the beauty. When we arrive in Kathmandu, spend the evening freely exploring the side streets or buying some souvenirs in Thamel. Overnight in hotel on B&B basis.

  • Day 18:Departure from Nepal.Before your flight, we take you to the airport and say farewell. We hope you had a blast with us and we appreciate you choosing Roar Himalaya Adventure as your trekking guide! Looking forward to seeing you again.

Cost Includes:

  • Airport transfers before and after trek
  • Hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara (on Bed & Breakfast basis)
  • Transportation to and from the trailhead as per itinerary
  • Accommodation (twin sharing basis) at local teahouse lodges during the trek
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS)permit
  • ACAP fees
  • Government-authorized, experienced guide and porters
  • Insurance and wage for guide and porters
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • First Aid Kit
  • Roar Himalaya Duffle Bag
  • Annapurna Trekking Map
  • Service charge and government taxes

Cost Excludes:

  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Insurance (must cover rescue evacuation in case of emergency)
  • Meals and drinks in Kathmandu and Pokhara (besides breakfast)
  • Personal expenses, shopping, etc.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Alcoholic drinks, chocolates, tea and coffee
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary
  • Costs from unexpected occurrences (i.e. cancellations, weather problems, damages of property, illness, etc.)

Trip Fact

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Grade: Technical Challenging
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle / Bus
  • Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel/Teahouse/Lodge
  • Max Elevation: 5416 meters