Annapurna Circuit Trekking   |  16 Days

‘around massif Annapurna Himalayas and crossing high Thorang-La Pass’

Annapurna Circuit Trekking leads you to picturesque country around both sides of the massive Annapurna Himalaya range. A great adventure view of high snow-capped peaks never ceases throughout trekking of fewer than two weeks duration.

An amazing adventure with great bio-diversity, from low sub-tropical temperatures to cooler alpine hills, as the route extends towards the arctic zone.

Annapurna Circuit is listed as the world’s Top Ten adventure destination by various Travel magazines and Guide books. Due to its varied changes in landscapes, vegetation, and local cultures on almost daily walks.

Where mountains follow you from the start to the end of the adventurous walks. This wonderful trek allows you to immerse in colorful culture and customs, as you explore from one village to another.

An adventure around the great Annapurna Himalayan range of peaks starting from east to north, and then west. Then finally ends around the southern Annapurna Himalaya range, where the walk leads on green hills covered in a dense lovely forest.

Annapurna Circuit Trekking is a marvelous adventure of a once-in-a-lifetime experience, soaking in amazing scenic landscapes scenery.

The trek is not only for its magnificent snow mountain views and diverse landscapes but for its immense impressive cultures.

The walk follows around villages adorned with Buddhist religious monuments and prayer walls, in the harmony of warm traditional hospitality.

After an exciting drive from low warm country heading towards hill village at Jagat, and the following the high trail. As the walk progresses reaching Manang areas at Dharapani, where get fresh and cooler mountain air.

Walk follows from lovely village to another to Chame, the headquarter town of Manang district. From here towards higher terrain and entering at scenic high Manang valley enclosed by an array of peaks of Annapurna and Chulu’s.

The adventure continues along with grand views of snow-clad peaks to the main Manang village, having a rest day for acclimatization. As well as a short hike and visiting Manang's impressive villages and its old monastery enriched with Buddhist cultures, arts, and paintings.

From Manang adventure leads further west at the end of the valley within the windswept dry country. Then heading over high Thorang-La pass, one of the main highlights reaching on top the highest point of the adventure.

On top Thorang-La rewards with a stunning panorama of dramatic landscape scenery with an array of giant peaks. After a mind-blowing view, down to holy Muktinath, revered as the most sacred pilgrimage place for Hindus and Buddhists.

At Muktinath, breaking the walking journey for a day by taking an exciting drive on the windy plain of Kaligandaki River valley. Heading past Jomsom town and Marpha, Tukuche villages, to enter in between towering

Mt. Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayas. Which forms the world’s deepest gorge of Kaligandaki River, the slowly ending the drive at the nice village of Tatopani.

A place with a natural hot spring to enjoy a warm dip and a bathe in its hot pools. Having a refreshing time at Tatopani, the walk continues with a long interesting climb up to Ghorepani village, located on a high ridge.

A nice moderate village amidst beautiful rhododendron forest surrounding the bottom of famous view-point Poon Hill.

Next early morning an hour hike takes you to the top of Poon Hill, famous for stunning sunrise views. Reflecting over a series of Snow Mountains ranging from Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Manaslu with a range of peaks.

After a refreshing morning down to Ulleri village for a short drive to the renowned scenic city of Pokhara. A perfect place to conclude our memorable adventure at Annapurna Circuit, before heading back to Kathmandu.

Trip Highlights

  • From low sub-tropical to cooler green hills and within arctic zone climate.
  • Enjoy the dramatic changes of landscapes, vegetation and local cultures.
  • Explore the traditional mountain villages of immense heritage custom
  • Scenic views of towering snow-capped peaks throughout the trekking
  • Cross high Thorang-La Pass facing breathtaking mountain panorama’


  • 1 Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotels.On arrival at Kathmandu, Nepal international airport, guide and staff meets to receive you for a short drive to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu city. 
After a refreshing rest, meet the other members of Annapurna Circuit trek, guide will brief regarding the trek, local lodge on route, culture and sightseeing tour around Kathmandu heritage sites.
    Evening a welcome dinner in a Nepali restaurants with cultural program as introduction of Nepalese culture and heritage custom.
  • 2 Day 2: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour around world heritage sites.A day in Kathmandu for trek preparations, as well for sightseeing tour at places of interest, the city guide takes you around historical and cultural places listed in World Heritage Sites. After visiting historical and cultural sites, and then back to hotel for final preparation for Annapurna Circuit trekking.
  • 3 Day 3: Drive to Jagat 1,430 m via Besisar 750 m -07 hrs.
An early morning departure for the Annapurna Circuit adventure, a long interesting drive on a private coach or comfortable tourist standard bus. 
    As group size, drive leads beyond Kathmandu city and the valley heading down on winding main highway towards Besisar at Lamjung district.
    From here drive follows past town and farm villages as route divers heading Mid-West around Gandaki Zone. The drive leads to mid-hills at farm village in Jagat.
  • 4 Day 4: Trek to Dharapani 1,860 m - 06 hrs.
From Jagat, morning starts with climb above Masrsyangdi River and then on winding path to Chamje. As route leads to cross over Masrsyangdi River to the opposite side into forested area. Enjoy views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges. Walk continues reaching at Tal Besi the starting point of Manang district. At Tal Besi having lunch continue trek for few hours to Dharapani village for overnight stop. Located on the junction of Annapurna and Manaslu Circuit trekking trails.
  • 5 Day 5: Trek to Chame 2,720 m - 05 hrs.
Second day from Dharapani walk leads on forested path lined with rhododendron and pine trees to Bagarchap and Danque villages. From here a steep up for short hour to Timang village facing grand views of Mt. Manaslu and Lamjung Himal.
    After a possible lunch stop few hours of good walk to Koto, where trail splits towards Nar-Phu and towards Chame. From Koto a short gentle climb reaches at Chame a large town headquarter of Manang district. At Chame transfer into a nice lodge with time to browse around the interesting town.
  • 6 Day 6: Trek to Pisang 3,190 m - 05 hrs.
From Chame morning walk through alpine forest of rhododendron and pine trees, following Masrsyangdi River with short up to Dukure Pokhari for lunch.

    Afternoon walk down to a flat valley close to the glaciers of Annapurna II and IV, as the day ends on reaching wind-blown village at Pisang. Grand views of Pisang peak and Chulu’s Himal range, transfer into a nice lodge for overnight halt.
  • 7 Day 7: Trek to Manang 3,540 m via Gheru upper trail - 04 hrs.
Morning a slow climb above lower Pisang village to high Pisang settlement a place with an old monastery. From here avoiding the main trails walk on scenic upper trail above the Manang valley reaching at a small village of Gheru.

    This hidden path rewards beautiful views of Annapurna Himalayas and Chulu’s with Pisang peak. Walk follows on windswept path and then down to Braga close to main Manang village. Before heading to Manang, visit the old Braga monastery enriched with old Buddhist relics, ancient wall painting and frescos. Offers stunning views of Annapurna Himalaya, from this high top of the monastery, after a pleasant visit of the monastery a short easy walk to Manang village.
  • 8 Day 8: At Manang for acclimatization and short hike.
A necessary rest day at Manang for acclimatization before heading higher areas to Thorang-La pass. At Manang enjoy a short hike around Manang village, a large village situated on a windswept valley by the bank of Masrsyangdi River right at the bottom of Annapurna and Gangapurna mountain range, a nice walk uphill for views of Gangapurna Glacier and Manang glacial Lake.
  • 9 Day 9: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,210 m - 04 hrsAfter a good rest at Manang, walk towards Ghunsang village with short uphill to Yak Kharka. An interesting scenic walk facing views of snow-capped mountains, after crossing a small stream then reach at Yak Kharka for lunch and overnight stop. A lovely place facing views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Chulu Peaks.
  • 10 Day 10: Trek to Thorang- La High Camp or Phedi 4,450 m - 04 hrs.
Morning walk lead towards higher heading closer to the base of Thorang-La, after crossing a bridge with climb above the river. Then follow a gentle path to Thorang Phedi, depending upon the physical conditions of the members. If all goes well an hour steep climb leads to high Thorang High Camp for lunch and overnight stop.
  • 11 Day 11: Trek to Muktinath 3,800 m via Thorang La 5,416 m - 06 hrs.
The main highlight of the adventure, having an early breakfast a long climb towards Thorang-La. A steep winding up to Thorang-La Pass at 5,416 m / 17,700 feet high. As well the highest point of the adventure, enjoy superb panorama of snow-mountains that surrounds the top of Thorang-La. After a great enjoyable and hard climb a long descent to Muktinath, located in Mustang district.

    On reaching Muktinath for overnight stop, which is a holy spot for both Hindus and Buddhists the word Muktinath literally means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’. At Muktinath many nice lodges to enjoy the comfort after a long tough day walk.
  • 12 Day 12: Drive to Tatopani village (hot-spring) 1,190 m - 04 hrs.
From the holy site of Muktinath overlooking grand views of Dhaulagiri range, to make the itinerary shorter. As the motorable has reached around Mustang area and at Muktinath, from here taking the comfort of four wheel drive.

    Drive leads towards wide Kaligandaki River windswept valley, riding past Jomsom the headquarter town of Mustang area. The road follows close to Marpha and Tukuche village and into world deepest gorge of Kaligandaki River. 
Sandwiched between great giant peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayas, as drive continue downhill reaching warmer areas at Tatopani village. 
A place with natural hot spring, as the name Tatopani means in Nepali for hot water or spring. Transfer into a lovely lodge, with time to enjoy refreshing bathe and dip in the hot warm pools.
  • 13 Day 13: Trek to Ghorepani 2,860 m - 06 hrs. 
After a pleasant and enjoyable time at Tatopani, our trek starts crossing a bridge over Kaligandaki River. As route diverts with steep climb to a terraced hillside, dotted with farms and villages. After a steep section walk into dense alpine forest to Chitre and then last short climb to Ghorepani village for overnight stop.
    Offers super views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South and Vara-Shikar / Annapurna Fang. Located amidst beautiful rhododendron forest at the base of Poon Hill.
  • 14 Day 14: Hike to Poon Hill and trek to Ulleri 1,650 m, drive to Pokhara 860 m. Day 14: Hike to Poon Hill and trek to Ulleri 1,650 m, drive to Pokhara 860 m.
Early morning hike up for an hour to Poon Hill, a famous and popular view point for striking sunrise over array of Himalayan peaks. Enjoy the sunrise with world’s highest peaks Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Mt. Manaslu includes views of towering Machhapuchare peak “Fish Tail”.
    After an enjoyable and exciting time at Poon Hill, back to Ghorepani and continue the last day walk of the adventure. As our route heads downhill into lovely forested path for few hours to Ulleri village and then taking an exciting drive to
scenic Pokhara for overnight. In the comfort of a lovely hotel, located by the Phewa lake side.
  • 15 Day 15: Drive or fly to Kathmandu and then transfer to your hotels.
Morning transfer for drive to Kathmandu, either taking a car-coach or tourist bus (as per the size of the group). An interesting drive to Kathmandu through villages and towns or then reaching at Kathmandu.

    On reaching Kathmandu transfer to respective hotels with time for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.
  • 16 Day 16: Depart for international flight homeward bound.Final and last day at Kathmandu and in Nepal, departure from the hotel as per your international flight time. Our guide and staff will accompany with short drive to the airport. Bidding farewell to the staff and guide, after a great wonderful adventure with memorable experience on Annapurna Circuit Trekking.

Cost Includes:

    • Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
    • Three night hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis with B.B.
    • One  night Hotel in Pokhara on twin sharing  Basis with B.B
    • full board during the trek like Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System
    • Tea house/lodge accommodation during the trek on twin sharing basis 
    • Half Day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary.
    • Government license holder guide 
    • Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for guide and porters
    • Duffel bag for packing your things for the trek 
    • Trekking Map
    • Hire sleeping bag and down jacket for the trekking.,
    • Transportation from Kathmandu to  Beshishar  and from pokhara to kathamndu  Tourist Bus 
    • from Beshishar to syange Local Jeep 
    • from Muktinath to Tatopani local jeep or Local Bus 
    • from Pokhara to Kathmandu tourist Bus 
    • Annapurna Conservation Area Project ( ACAP) Entry  Permit.
    • Government taxes and official expense
    • Welcome Dinner

Cost Excludes:

    • Domestic flight from  Pokhara Kathmandu 
    • Nepal entry visa personal travel and medical insurance
    • Expenses of personal nature and as well  gratitude (tips) for your Guide and potters 
    • Emergency  evacuation by any means of transport including Helicopter and personal medical kit. 
    • Lunch and Dinner whilst in Kathmandu
    •  Lunch and dinner whilst in pokhara  
  • Olia. Auckland.
    Olia. Auckland.
    New Zealand Published: Thursday, November 28, 2019

    It was a trip of a lifetime!


    Thank you very much Bam, Amrit and Daki Pa to make it possible! I dreamed to walk this track for almost 5 years after the last large avalanche killed many tourists. 
    How I felt throughout the walk? It was great, I felt looked after, cared and listened, even on the way back home when Amrit formal duties of care finished, he still assisted me with what he could. The walk up and down the hills is not always easy for your knees..Amrit has the first aid on him to assist if any signed of issues felt. Daki Pa has less communication skills but his care and warm personality was making for it. He is young, but fit for the job! Amaizing landscapes and people working outside of their homes shown a glimpse of a different world. Amrit was there to explain the nuances of their customs, believes and traditions. Our minds were totally busy watching out for the wonders of the way, what distracted us from the hardship of the walk itself. After the 3800 m heights we both felt the signs of heights sleekness...again Amrit was there with helping hand. He had the pills, which removed unpleasant simptoms. 
    I cannot thank you guys enough for the joy I had throughout my 2 weeks adventure. For those of you who is still thinking, Explore Adventure is a team who you can trust in the mounting. They won’t run away from you, will listen and will care!

  • Lisa
    United Kingdom Published: Saturday, November 23, 2019

    Annapurna Circuit Trek


    We just completed the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Amrit and Dahlkeepa . We had a fantastic time. The trip was very well organised and we were very well looked after throughout. The scenery was amazing and the views of the Annapurna range were simply stunning. Amrit and Dahlkeepa were friendly, relaxed and professional and made it a trip we will never forget. We would Thoroughly recommend this company . 
    Thank You Amrit and Dahlkeepa 
    Lisa and Richard

  • Tatiana Baidakova
    Tatiana Baidakova
    New Zealand Published: Saturday, November 9, 2019

    Thank you Explorer Adventure


    Thank you Explorer Adventure! Personally to Amrit, Daki Pa and of course to Bam Magar. You all are amazing! We have great experience and trekking tour in Nepal - Annapurna circuit - it was wonderful, sometimes it was very hard but amazing. Thank you for your patience, help, and support. Great country, great people, great weather. Hopefully, I will be back!

  • Mark Davies
    Mark Davies
    United Kingdom Published: Thursday, May 16, 2019

    Best trip ever


    We recently took a family trekking trip with bam our guide around the Annapurna circuit Nepal. We were met at the airport by bam upon arrival in Kathmandu and taken to our hotel. Bam arranged a Nepalese cultural evening, and visits to the temples for us whilst in Kathmandu, these were escorted with with English speaking local guides. Private transfer to and from the visits. The guide was very informative and helpful. On the trekking tour bam took care of everything for us, providing porters, booking all accommodation and safely guiding us around the annapurna circuit. We had five star service with bam from start to finish, he provided us with an experience of a lifetime and we can’t thank him enough. I would definitely book another with explorer adventure and very highly recommend the company. There are a lot of trekking companies in Nepal, we spoke to a lot of travellers with their own guides and they completed bam on his knowledge, professionalism, and organisation skills. I would look no further for a safe memorable trip of a lifetime to be organised for you by explorer adventure.

  • Kim Davies
    Kim Davies
    United Kingdom Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2019

    Magnificent Nepalese Adventure


    My parents and I recently went on the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Bam as our guide. He was absolutely fantastic in every way, from his patience and expertise on the mountain to his excellent knowledge about the history of the route to superb and authentic choice of accommodation. We couldn't have asked for a better guide to take us through such a wonderful and beautiful country. Thankyou for such a fantastic experience, we will certainly be coming back!





  • Leo
    Canada Published: Monday, January 19, 2015

    Annapurna Circuit


    Annapurna Circuit, 2013 This was our first trip to Nepal and being an older person (67 years young!!!) we (my friend and I) carefully research the different trekking companies for an affordable private trek. We chose Explorer Adventure for their ability to provide a total package to visit the different sites around Kathmandu and arrange the Annapurna Circuit trek. We had a fantastic tour of the city: the historic Durbar square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (BouddhaNath) which is one of the large Stupas in the world. Our guide, Mr Bam Magar, was very knowledgeable about the area and we learned a lot about the customs of the different ethnic groups living in Nepal. During the trek, Bam took the time to explained the different customs in each areas, named the different peaks around us and always kept us informed of what we could expect the next day. Bam and our porter gave us the opportunity to experience the friendliness of the local people in smaller more isolated villages. The level of detail, services offered, quality of the guide and porter provided, allowed us to focus on the enjoyment of the trek without any of the normal logistical planning required for a trip of this magnitude. We enjoyed the choice of Tea Houses selected, the food was fantastic and we always had warm and friendly service. Obviously, our guide and porter were very familiar with the area and are well known in the different villages and Tea Houses. After this great experience, we are pleased to recommend the Annapurna circuit trek and specially the friendly team at Explorer Adventure to anyone wanting to discover the wonderful Himalaya's and it's friendly people. Leo, BC, Canada [email protected]

Our itineraries of any trips are based on our leading experience in the Himalayas. But, we also organize the trips according to your special requests or your personally given itinerary. Please, feel free to contact us for your questions and queries.


Traveling to Himalayan countries specially on treks and other adventure with Nepal-Bhutan and Tibet, where clients should purchase travel and medical insurance covering immediate evacuation by any means of transportations, like helicopter or fastest way vehicle to reach nearest city and town hospitals.

Insurance Policy should cover all medical expenses incurred during your holidays in Himalayan countries, including travel insurance where sometimes Himalayan weather even in best times can be unpredictable, where trekking routes can be re-routed of cancelled in this case local company will not entertain you with refund, however provides you with letter so that one can claim from your respective insurance companies.

Insurance policy for Medical and Travel:

Should cover medical insurance for illness and emergency evacuation by Helicopter or other means of transportations including other expenses on treatment at respective countries hospitals, as for travel insurance against bad unfavorable weather conditions, delay or cancellation of domestic flights on mountainous area where flight involves on the start of trek and at the end.

Travel and Medical Insurance also needs to cover when clients break the journey in the middle of the trip, due to sickness-personal domestic problem etc………

 Guide and Porters: 

On treks or climb where you will be accompanied by our expert guide who knows the area on route of the trek chosen, we have professional and veteran guides to led the trek where you can feel comfortable, as our guide are knowledgeable offers you various information of the country from history-geography, culture to flora and fauna.

All guides have gone through basic medical training that includes high altitude symptoms or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) can help you with simple medical First Aid and for severe condition will support taking you to safe area or to nearest hospitals by any means of quick transportation.

Our guides are well versed in Eco-Trekking and Responsible Tourism as well and are committed in keeping the environment on trekking route in pristine form as it was.

Porters are picked can be regular porter of the company of hired in Kathmandu-Pokhara or in Lukla on start of the trekking, with always a strong and cheerful porters to carry your heavier luggage, baggage of 15 to 25 kg maximum weights to carry by each porters, we do not allow underage porters of below 16 years of age or above 50 years.

Porters and guide are well looked after by the company with good wages, medical insurance, travel allowance including meals on treks and climb company also provides warm gear in winter as well for high and cold altitude trips.

We are also member of PACT (Porters Act commitment).  

Altitude Sickness or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness):
    Information of AMS and Precaution Measures:

High Altitude or Acute Mountain Sickness for short as AMS a symptom faced and can catch any people on high altitude adventure walks.

Due to high pressure and low oxygen level as certain height where some people feel uneasiness with shortness of breathiness, light headache, nausea, dizziness, lack of good sleep and with less appetite.

To avoid these whole symptoms where we always designed itinerary days accordingly with enough space, flexible days for acclimatization at high elevation, taking short walks up and sleeping and resting at low places.

The other good way to avoid AMS taking slow and steady pace on walks, stopping frequently to catch your breath and adding lot of fluid or safe drinking water at least 2-3 liters a day to support against AMS.

On high altitude take enough rest and with short slow hike above high hills to catch views as well to support acclimatization and sleeping and resting at low altitude will certainly helps you in avoiding AMS.

The company provides as precaution measures against AMS with comprehensive medical kit, oxygen and Gamma Bags / Pressure Bags in some high altitude adventure treks, where some people as per their own doctor advice use Diamox also known as Acetazolamide to prevent and reduce symptoms of AMS can lower headache when in high altitude walks and climb

Useful in situations when you cannot make high ascent, the best ways to prevent altitude sickness doing it slowly, stopping for overnights at certain altitude to adjust to the new height, and taking it easy for first one or two 2 days.

This Diamox also used for other medications to treat certain type of eye problem (open-angle glaucoma). 

Acetazolamide a "water pill" (diuretic), it decrease amount of fluids that can build up in eyes, also helps to decrease buildup of body fluids (edema) caused by congestive heart failure or certain medications. Acetazolamide can work less well over time, so it is usually used only for a short period of time.

Using this pill should get advice from your doctor before trip departure to high Himalaya.

In our list we always mention general medication to bring from home as well from your doctor advice also, your doctor might recommend you some basic medication list like medicine against diarrhea, headache, fever, cold-flu as well constipation including first aid for cuts-wounds and burns as well.

Equipments List
  • Down Jacket
  • Scarf
  • Shorts or Skirt (for ladies)
  • Sun hat
  • Sun Screen Cream
  • Sunglasses
  • T-shirt
  • Track Suit Bottoms
  • Trekking pole
  • Ultra Fleece Trousers
  • Warm Gloves a pair
  • Water bottle
  • Waterproofs trouser
  • Waterproofs Jacket
  • Well fitting, comfortable boots
  • Wind Proof Jacket & Trouser a set each



  • Trip Duration 16 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate
  • Trip Style Trekking
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