Annapurna Circuit Trek, 20 Days
English German French

Annapurna Circuit Trek, 20 Days

Days: 20 / Difficulty: 3 of 5 (Moderate to strenuous)

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a surreal journey that takes you to the picturesque villages, pristine lakes, and glorious mountain views of the beautiful Annapurna Region. Annapurna Circuit Trek features the highest lake in the world—Tilicho (4920m), the highest pass in Nepal—Thorong La Pass (5416m), and the holy temple of salvation—Muktinath (3800m). As you walk on the snowy trails, a mesmerizing panorama of the Annapurna Massif, the Dhaulagiri Massif, Nilgiri (7061m), and Machhapuchhre (6993m) among others, fill you with excitement and joy.  Annapurna Circuit Trek is also an opportunity to explore the culture, tradition, lifestyle, and food of the Thakali people.

Annapurna Circuit Trek is 20 days journey where you will be able to encounter the extraordinary mountain ranges and breathtaking landscapes. We start the trip from Kathmandu, drive to Jagat, and follow Marshyangdi river valley for the initial part. We then cross the picturesque landscape of several villages of Dharapani, Chame, Pisang, and Manang. We take a side trip out of Annapurna Circuit trekking trail to the spectacular lake of Tilicho, reaching which can be tough and equally satisfying. We then cross Kali Gandaki River for the latter part till we reach Thorong Phedi. We can see Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan ranges from up close as we trek. We cross Thorong La Pass adorned with prayer flags, and visit Muktinath temple, the God of Salvation. People come here to wash their sins as they take bath in 108 taps.  Furthermore, we reach the windy Jomsom which appears picturesque with its bare hills and sand dunes. Annapurna Circuit Trek allows us to experience the lifestyle and culture of the local people. The trip will end as we move back to Kathmandu from Pokhara.

With our services, which are considered to be the best in the country, the treks are safe and fun. We provide you with experienced guides who are also knowledgeable about the trail. It is our responsibility to make your trip hassle-free and memorable.

Highlights of the Trek: 

  • Nepal's classic trek with a wide range of spectacular mountain scenery to cross highest Thorong La Pass, 
  • Visiting an ancient Buddhist Monasteries, passing several Buddhist monuments and their traditional stone-walled villages,
  • Crossing over high suspension bridges, 
  • Smooth gradual walking up through subtropical the dense Rhododendron and Pine forest to a Tibetan-influenced valley, 
  • Scenic mountain flight out of Jomsom and Pokhara, 
  • Meeting local people and their cultural mix takes in Gurung, Manangis and Thakali communities, 
  • A worthwhile side trip to Milarepa's Cave from Braga, 
  • A popular excursion trip to Praken Gompa and Chongar View Point from Manang, 
  • Acclimatizing in style on spectacular side trip to Ice Lake outside, 
  • High glacial Gangapurna Lake and Tilicho Lake, 
  • The temple and the religious shrines of Muktinath and its 108 brass waterspouts, Dhola Mebar Gompa (an ancient Buddhist monastery where a holy flame of natural gas burns behind a grill just above a spring). 

Fact of the Trek;
Trip Region: Annapurna Region
Duration: 20 Days
Highest Elevation: 5416m
Mode of Trip: Lodge or Tea-house
Grade: Moderate to Strenuous 
Average Walking: 5-6 hours in a day
Trip Start/End: Kathmandu Airport
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara and normal tea-houses/lodges during the trekking
Best Season: Autumn (Sep-Oct-Nov) and Spring (March-April-May) 
Transportation by: Private Vehicle and Domestic flights
Culture Experience: Majority of Manangis (Gurung) and Thakali and their way of life
Major Himalayan Sights: Annapurna II 7937m, Annapurna III 7555m, Annapurna IV 7525m, Gangapurna 7454m, Lamjung Himal 6983m, Tilicho Peak 7134m, Chulo West 6419m, Chulo East 6429m, Pisang Peak 6092m, Thorong Peak 6144m, Dhaulagiri 8167m, Tukuche Peak 6920m, Nilgiri 7061m. 

Similar Trips

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, 14 Days

from 1.500 USD / Days: 14 / Difficulty: 3 of 5 (Moderate to strenuous)
The breathtaking landscape and overwhelming vista of the mountains of the Annapurna Sanctuary await you. Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a moderate trek in western Nepal in the Annapurna region that takes you to the base camp of the south face of the mighty Annapurna massif. Annapurna Sanctuary Trek takes you through amazing settlements and lets you feel the warmth of the local people while...

Explore Details

Nar Phu Valley Trek combined Annapurna Circuit, 16 Days

from 2.065 USD / Days: 16 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)
Nar Phu Valley Trek combined Annapurna Circuit is one of the most adventurous treks in the remotest parts of the Himalayas which features beautiful panorama along with diverse culture. While Nar Phu Valley is one of the least visited trekking routes, Annapurna Circuit is one of the popular trekking trails in Nepal. So, Nar Phu Valley Trek combined Annapurna Circuit allows you to experience both...

Explore Details

Nar Phu Valley Trek traverse Tilicho Lake and Mesokanto-La Pass, 18 Days

from 2.295 USD / Days: 18 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)
Nar Phu Valley Trek traverse Tilicho Lake is one of the off-beaten treks in Nepal that features the hidden valleys of Nar and Phu located north of the Annapurna massif. Trekking in Nar Phu valley was only opened in 2003 and remains a restricted area requiring entry permits, hence, the villages and the terrain of the valley have stayed quaint and pristine. Nar Phu Valley Trek offers the...

Explore Details

Itinerary 
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Once you arrived in Kathmandu International Airport, our representatives will be waiting for you in the arrival section. You will be greeted and be transferred to the hotel. O/N at 3-star hotel.

Day 2: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private van.
We start a guided tour to different ancient and divine attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these milestones are enlisted as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO including the holy Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the well-known Monkey Temple--Swayambhunath, and the Buddhist shrine of Boudhanath. In the evening, there will be a pre-trip meet-up where you will be introduced to your team members who will brief you about the trek. O/N at 3-star Hotel. 

Day 3: Kathmandu to Jagat 1300m (8/9 hours) by 4W land cruiser 
Early in the morning, we drive 170km westwards to the starting point of our trekking in Jagat. The road is curvy and passes through the hills that connect us to countryside villages and farming lands. The drive moves along and crosses several main rivers flowing from the glacial mountains to the north; including the Trishuli River, a popular rafting point. At Dumre, we turn north towards Marshyangdi River to reach Besi Sahar. The drive follows Marshyangdi River towards Syange (with a high waterfall), and we drive on to Jagat (a previous toll place on the ancient salt-trade way to Tibet). Overnight at Lodge. 

Day 4: Trek from Jagat to Dharapani 1860m (5/6 hours)
Moving along the east bank of Marshyangdi River, the track ascends slowly, before the valley opens into a large highland at Tal (1511m), the first village of Manang district. After crossing the broad flat gorge and the barley and potato fields, the trail climbs sharply on a stone stairway high above the stream. There are some sudden ups and downs on this section passing through jungles of blue pine to Dharapani (1946m). Overnight at Lodge.

Day 5: Trek from Dharapani to Chame 2670m (5/6 hours)
From Dharapani, the track passes a school, ascends, and again descends gently to Bagarchhap. Bagarchhap is a small village with distinctive Tibetan houses and peaceful vibes of Buddhist culture. The trail ascends to the mule track through pine and fir forests and then follows the stream for some time amongst the higher oak and maple trees. We pass through dispersed small villages before arriving in Chame (2670m). Overnight at Lodge.

Day 6: Trek from Chame to Pisang 3200m (5/6 hours)
We follow the trails of Marshyangdi to Brathang from where we get a spectacular close-up view of Annapurna II (7937m). We continue the trek via the forest with the amazing Paungda Danda rock face escalating more than 5,000 feet from the stream. After passing a suspension bridge, we ascend for some time and then walk downhill to the valley floor. Finally, we walk across dry grazing land dwelling at Dhukur Pokhari. After walking for around half an hour from Dhukur Pokhari, we reach Pisang (3,190m). There are good views of the Annapurna range and Pisang Peak (6091m) seen from the village of Pisang. Overnight at Lodge. 

Day 7: Trek from Pisang to Manang 3540m Upper trail (6/7 hours)
We trek on a difficult road onto the dry Nyesyang region that starts from Upper Pisang and offers some of the best landscapes. Ghyaru is a captivating cluster-village with attractively built stone houses enclosed by meadows of wheat, barley, buckwheat, potatoes, and beans. Then, along high cross with great landscape, up and down the valley, to Ngawal--an exciting village with Gompa and age-old juniper trees. The trail now slowly descends to Mungji from where we head to reach the renowned Thakali village of Manang. You will be enjoying with the best view of Annapurna range. Overnight at Lodge. 

Day 8: Acclimatization Day: Hike to Chhunker viewpoint - Gangapurna Lake & Cave Gompa
Today is acclimatizing/rest day. We hike to Chhunker viewpoint where we get to relish the view of the pristine Gangapurna Lake with a backdrop of the Annapurna Range, Tilicho Peak (7134m), Pisang Peak (6091m), Chulo Peak (6584m), Thorong Peak (5416m), and so on. Then we retrace back to our lodge for lunch, a typical Thakali meal. After lunch, we hike to Cave Gompa (4500m), which is again an excellent viewpoint to enjoy the Annapurna Range panorama. Then, we return back to the lodge for the overnight stay. 

Day 9: Trek from Manang to Thare Gompa 4070m (4/5 hours)
We walk towards Khangsar village for about 2 hours and visit the monastery here. Crossing several suspension bridges over Khangsar Khola, we continue moving uphill on an unclear path until we reach Thare Gompa. From Thare Gompa, we can have a 360-degree view of the mountains of Annapurna region. Overnight at Lodge. 

Day 10: Trek from Thare Gompa to Tilicho BC 4150m (5/6 hours)
Following Khangsar Khola upstream, we continue climbing through an unclear trail. We cross a big landslide zone and make our way through a narrow path to arrive at Tilicho Base Camp. We will be rewarded with a close-up view of Tilicho Peak (7134m) along with other peaks of the region. Overnight at Lodge. 

Day 11: Hike to Tilicho Lake 4920m (3/4 hours) & back to Tilicho BC
Early in the morning, the vertical track ascends for about 3 hours until we reach Tilicho Lake, the highest lake in the world for its size. It is a breathtaking spectacle when the surrounding hills and mountains reflect upon the pristine lake. We spend some time around the lake, letting the tranquility of the environment sink in. Later, we hike back to our lodge in Tilicho Base Camp for the overnight stay.

Day 12: Trek from Tilicho BC to Thare Gompa 4070m (5/6 hours)
Leaving Tilicho Base Camp with fond memories of Tilicho Lake and the surrounding mountains, we retrace our way across the big landslide zone to arrive in Thare Gompa. We are still accompanied by the surrounding mountains, throughout the trek. Overnight at Lodge. 

Day 13: Trek from Thare Gompa to Yak Kharka 4018m (4/5 hours)
From Thare Gompa, we ascend alongside Thorung Khola and join the main Annapurna Circuit trekking trail. The trail ascends steeply to the village of Tenki, which is the last permanent settlement, around Thorung La. We walk a little further and then slowly outline the meadows to Yak Kharka (3900m). Overnight at Lodge.

Day 14: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi 4450m (4/5 hours)
It is a difficult trek to Thorang Phedi. After walking further, we pass a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We climb furthermore and pass via immense cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi.  On this trip, we are able to witness one of the finest views of peaks like Gundang (5312m), Syagang (6026m), Thorung (644m), and Khatungkang (6484). The word Phedi in Nepalese denotes the foot of a mountain. Overnight at Lodge.. 

Day 15: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Thorong-La Pass 5416m to Muktinath 3800m (7/8 hours)
We start early from Phedi as we walk up a tough trail today. Climbing up on a steep and narrow trail, we reach the highest pass of the world, Thorong La Pass (5416m). From Thorong La Pass, we can enjoy the amazing views of the Annapurna range to the south and Mukut Himal (6473m) bordering Dolpo to the west. The trail goes downhill over glacial moraine, which gives way to lush fields before we reach Muktinath. This is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus. Holy water flows from the 108 carved taps surrounding the temple. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 16: Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni 2800m (4/5hours)
Early in the morning, we visit the holy temple of Muktinath. You can bathe in the 108 taps which supposedly washes your sins away. Below the temple, there is an additional Buddhist monastery where we can witness the mixture of earth-water-fire that gives Muktinath its spiritual importance. We also see the superb view of Nilgiri Himal (7061m) and Dhaulagiri I (8167m). We then walk steadily to Jharkot where we visit the old nunnery and continue our walk to reach Kagbeni. Overnight at Lodge. 

Day 17: Trek from Kagbeni via Lubra 2790m to Jomsom 2710m (5/6 hours)
We walk alongside the bank of Kaligandaki River until we arrive in Lubra. We visit Bon-Po monastery and continue our trek to Jomsom which takes about 2 hours. Jomsom is famous for the wild winds amid the barren rocky hills and sand dunes. Overnight at Lodge. 

Day 18: Jomsom to Pokhara by flight (40 minutes) and sightseeing in Pokhara
Early in the morning, we take a flight back to Pokhara enjoying the scenic landscape. You can spend the day in the Lake City either sightseeing or take part in adventure sports. The town offers splendid views of Annapurna (8091m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), and Manaslu (8156m). In the evening, you can stroll around the lakeside area. Overnight at 3-star Hotel. 

Day 19: Afternoon, Pokhara to Kathmandu by flight 
Late afternoon, we take a 25 minutes flight from Pokhara and fly over the mountains one last time before landing in Kathmandu. You can spend your leisure time exploring the vibrant markets of Kathmandu. Overnight at 3-star Hotel.

Day 20: Final Departure from Kathmandu
We drop you at the airport few hours before the scheduled time of your flight. Farewell, and we hope to see you again!

Customize Your Trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at snftnepal@yahoo.de

Important Note: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.  

Trip is available

Price Adult below 12 years below 6 years
USD 2,580
EUR 2.430
SFr 2.588

Our Trek Package Cost Includes:
* Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van.
* 4 nights deluxe accommodation with breakfast at 3* hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
* Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary and all entrance fees.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the trek.
* Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples), their food & accommodation, salary, equipments & insurance.
* All transportation by private vehicle.
* Domestic flight from Jomsom/PKR/Kathmandu and airport tax.
* Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and all necessary permits.
* First Aid Medical Kit box.
* Office Service charge.
* Government taxes.



Our Trek Package Cost doesn't include:
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fees.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments.
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...

                                       Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.


Annapurna Circuit Trek, 20 Days


Captcha


Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH, Switzerland
Swiss Himalayan Family Treks & Expedition P. Ltd

Address
Ganeshtan-6, Pharping Kathmandu, Nepal

Phone +977 4710390
Cell +977 9803200543 Stephan
Cell +977 9849193453 Ashta
Email snftnepal@yahoo.de

Please have a look what our clients saying about their trip with us in our Testimonials in website and Tripadvisor Reviews.