Annapurna Circuit Trek is a classic trek of Nepal. It offers you the incredible views of the mountain ranges such as Mount Annapurna, Mount Manaslu, Mount Dhaulagiri, and many other snow-capped mountain peaks. It is also known as the most popular trekking route of the Himalayas.The Annapurna circuit trek 15 days is perfect for all types of trekkers. The first time trekkers can also do this trek with some basic fitness training. There will be a lot of time to acclimatize and rest so that the stress of the trek won’t get to you. The unique aspect of the trek is that we reach the base camp of Tilicho and also visit the Tilicho Lake.The trek starts from a drive from Kathmandu to Beshisahar and Chamche. The trekking journey starts from Chamche, passing through Dharapani to reach Chame.We then make our way to Pisang and move towards Manang. We take a day to acclimatize in Manang and move towards Tilicho Base Camp.Then we pass through the trails of Yak Kharka and towards Thorong Phedi. We cross the highest pass Thorong La Pass and ascend to Muktinath on a challenging trail.We trek to Jomsom from Muktinath as the trails merge with the motorways. From Jomsom, we take a drive back to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu.
Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar towards Chamche
Early in the morning we drive from Kathmandu for about 6-7 hours to Besisahar. You will see stunning villages, flowing rivers, farms. We can also get a glimpse of gorgeous mountain ranges. We might not get the bus easily from Beshisahar to Chamche. So we will hire a car/jeep and continue our journey towards Chamche. Overnight in Chamche.
Day 2: Trek from Chamche to Dharapani (1,860m/6,430ft)
After breakfast, we start our trek from Chamche to Dharapani. We cross a bridge and enter the section of the Manang region at Tal. you can see waterfalls forming a river by the sandy beaches. We follow the path and go through the village of Kodo. Kodo is also known as one of the largest villages in the Manang valley. We cross a suspension bridge, and after a brief climb, we reach Dharapani.
Day 3: Trek Dharapani to Chame (2713 m)
Today we follow the path through the forest with fir, oak, pine, and maple trees by a river to reach Chame. Chame is also the district headquarter of the Manang district. We can see outstanding views of Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal, and Annapurna IV (7,525m). We will stop by a little hot spring where we will relax for a moment. Overnight in Chame.
Day 4: Trek to Pisang (3185 m)
Early in the morning, we walk through a steep and slender valley towards Pisang. On our way we can see the view of Paungda Danda rock face, a curved rock face rising 1500m from the river. From here, we can see clear views of Annapurna, a pair of at the south and Pisang Peak in the northeast. Overnight in Pisang.
Day 5: Trek to Manang (3540 m)
We trek on the upper path through upper Pisang via Geru. We decide on this path because it offers outstanding views of north face Annapurna II, III, IV, Tilicho and Pisang Peak. As we ascend well feel the air flip cold, dry and harsher. We also get an opportunity to explore Buddhist culture as we visit Barge monastery, largest in Manang.
Day 6: Acclimatization at Manang
This is a rest day to acclimatize our bodies. We spend these days exploring Manang. Early morning we hike up to Gangapurna Lake and visit Chonkor’s viewpoint. We spend the rest of the day exploring Tilicho, Pisang, Annapurna III, and Chulu Peaks roll around Manang Village and Monasteries. During the afternoon we can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association in Vraga village where we will be briefed regarding acute altitude sickness. We can know more about sickness, its symptoms, and prevention.
Day 7: Trek to Khangsar (3760 m)
On this day, we continue our journey to Tilicho Lake from Manang. We head out through the western gates and follow the trail right down to the stream. We ascend our way towards Khangsar after crossing the Khangsar Khola on the bridge below Khangsar. Khangsar is a village still in the previous Tibetan style and is known as the last village of Nepal.
Day 8: Trek from Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp
We will continue from Khangsar on an oversized path. We will pass a Gompa on our way. The route ahead goes on a path up towards a high ridge. As we step up we reach Tilicho Base Camp. We maintain the altitude as we move forward. After we reach base camp, we can a building referred to as Tilicho Base Camp at an elevation of 4200 meters.
Day 9: Trek to Tilicho Lake (4919 m) & back to Base Camp
On this day we start our journey early in the morning around 6 AM. It takes 3 to 4 hours from base camp to Tilicho lake. Tilicho Lake is claimed as the highest lake in the world. The place might be a cold barren place in the afternoon. We will spend the rest of our day in the lake and return back to base camp. There are no accommodation facilities around the lake. Overnight in Tilicho Base Camp.
Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka (4000 m)
On this day you will move from Tilicho Base Camp to Kharka. Passing through the ruins of Khangsar and crossing the river on a previous log bridge you will reach Yak Kharka. Yak Kharka is located at 4000m. Overnight in Yak Kharka.
Day 11: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi / High Camp
Early in the morning, you climb step by step to a ridge before the downhill to the headwaters of the Marsyangdi. After following a slender path across an unstable scree slope and you descend to Thorung Phedi. Thorong Phedi is located at an elevation of 4500m.
Day 12: Trek to Muktinath after crossing Thorong La
This is a big day as we induce ourselves to the High Camp and climb up to the Thorong La Pass. The pass has several memorials, prayer flags, and a tea house. We will get to see bird’s-eye views of the Damodar and also the Annapurna Peaks. After crossing Thorong La we descend on a steep path to induce to the Holy Land of Muktinath. Overnight at the tea house.
Day 13: Trek to Jomsom (2720 m)
On this day we follow a peaceful path from Muktinath to the massive city of Jomsom. Jomsom is also the headquarters of the Mustang region. It takes 2 hours from Muktinath to reach Jomsom. This place has a tiny low runway just over the Kaligandaki River.
Day 14: Drive to Pokhara (720 m)
We take a scenic drive from Jomsom to Pokhara through the deepest canyon of the globe lying between two large mountain ranges of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri with several snow-capped peaks.
Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu
Early in the morning we drive all the way through the hanging countryside and reach Kathmandu. It takes 7 hours drive from Pokhara to reach Kathmandu. This is the final day of our 15 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek.
Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
Teahouse accommodation during the trek
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
Welcome and farewell dinners
All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek Guide and assistant trek Guide (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, transportation, food and accommodation
All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, Local Municipality Permit, TIMS)
Medical kit (carried by your trek Guide)
All government and local taxes
Nepalese visa fee
Excess baggage charge(s)
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu if early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
Travel and rescue insurance
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge,wifi, extra porters, mineral or boiled water, hot shower, etc.)
Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)