Trip Overview

Full Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the world's classic and the most diverse trekking route.  The journey to Annapurna circuit trekking follows the ancient Nepal-Tibet Salt trading route, which has helped in the flow of exceptional culture and religions. Tibetan Mahayana, Buddhism, Hinduism, and the mysterious Bon – Po religion still co-exist and interpenetrate one another. This epic Full Annapurna Circuit Trek used to be one of the world’s No. 1 Trekking destinations due to the diversity in its unique culture and variant topography. The pure diversity of the region, the thrill of crossing a high mountain Thorang-La pass, and the exotic views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu ranges are the hallmarks of this Full Annapurna circuit trip. Together with the ever-changing landscape you will be exposed to a variety of ethnic cultures from lowland Thakali villages to high Buddhist settlements near the border of Tibet and visit the deepest gorge in the world. 

Your Full Annapurna circuit trek adventure begins through terraced farmland, temperate forest, and alpine meadows, before entering the high valleys with the glacier-dolloped Annapurna’s towering almost 5000 m above you. Annapurna circuit which is approximately 248 km/154 miles in total length journeys through 5 different districts namely – Lamjung, Manang, Mustang, Myagdi, and Kaski which therefore truly illustrates its diversity making it one of the most beautiful destinations of all. Though now you have a jeep-able roadway that takes you all the way to Manang and to the other side you can drive from Muktinath all the way to Pokhara yet the charm of being there is still alive. Trekkers still enjoy the fascination of trekking through this valley skipping the jeep road time and again. 

An epic journey around Annapurna massive - the experience of the diverse ethnicity, culture, tradition, and lifestyles

Crossing Thorang-La:

We either stay at Base Camp or High Camp and star earliest in the morning basically to skip the harsh chill factor in the top of Thorang La (5416 m/17,769 ft). The views from the Thorong la pass is truly spectacular, spreads from the northwest Once Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang to the incredible mountain ranges of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri to the south.  Descend towards Kaligandiki valley from the pass is challenging but rewarding as we trek to the shrine of Muktinath enjoying and exploring the arid beauty of the Tibetan plateau. We drive from Muktinath all the way to Tatopani (natural hot spring) and stay overnight with a relaxing dip in the hot spring to ease our tired muscles. The next days trek to Ghorepani and then walking to Poonhill for the view is yet another highlight of this trip. Most of the trekkers with a limited time frame take flight from Jomsom to Pokhara also to avoid the newly made motor road while trekking down from Jomsom to Tadapani. 


  • 8 - 9 hours drive from Kathmandu to Bahundanda through the slender highway with an exceptional view of the terraced fields and the mountains and the beaufiful harmony between the rustic lifestyle - countryside and civilization is a beautiful adventure experience. 
  • Our delightful trekking till Dharapani at the sub-tropical zone with ample flora and fauna is incredible.
  • It provides you with abundant opportunity to witness the rich cultural diversity and to experience the legendary trails that pass through the time-honored settlement with exceptional scenic beauty.
  • Getting to Chame, Pisang, Manang and the sight of enormous soaring snow-clad mountains around and the transformation in vegetation is miraculous.
  • Being at Manang is much like being in paradise with a great view, a beautiful town setting and ample things to do around.
  • Going over the daring Thorang La (5416 m/17,769 ft), the world's highest pass is a great accomplishment of a lifetime.
  • The Muktinath Temple to the other side of the pass which is a very sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists is another highlight of the trip.
  • Driving through the world's deepest gorge and enjoying the natural hot spring at Tatopani (1190m/3,904ft) is very relaxing to your fatigued muscles.
  • Walk to Ghorepani and the sunrise view from Poonhill is exceptional and looking up to how far you have walked up till now is very appreciative, cheering yourself of your attainment from deep within.
  • Finally being at the lake city Pokhara, the second of the tourist is yet another enchanting highlights - as per your time you can book for several activities like walk to the lake, boating, paragliding, bungee jumping, zip-lining, etc.


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Our office representative or your Trek leader will be there to receive you at the Kathmandu international airport and transfer you to the hotel in Kathmandu. Once you are settled your group leader will organize a trek briefing that also includes the distribution of office provided equipment like - Sleeping bag, duffel bag, down jackets, etc. 

Once you are done with the briefing around evening time your trek leader will lead you to the Traditional Restaurant where traditional Royal Nepali welcome dinner will be provided accompanied by a cultural dance. It is indeed perfect to get along with your trekking team to know each other.

  • Accommodation 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals Welcome Dinner

To skip the traffic on OUR highway we depart from Kathmandu earliest in the morning.  Our first-day drive from Kathmandu to Besi-Sahar is around 177 Km and the next further drive to Bahundanda is 25 Km which is approximately 202 Km and would take around 8 - 9 hours excluding lunch. 

Along the way, you will enjoy fine views of tumbling Whitewater Rivers, amazing terraced hillsides, and superb mountain panoramas. we will stop for a lunch most probably at Besi-Sahar which solely depends on our time schedule. On arrival, you will be introduced to your trekking crew and you have the opportunity to explore this road-head village. While on our way to Bahundanda, the views of the mountains are spectacular with Lamjung Himal (6931m) dominating the skyline. The views from Bhulbule are tremendous, with the snowy peak of Himalchulee (7893 m) dominating the skyline. In the afternoon you cross the Marsyandi to the east bank and after a short distance, views of Manaslu (8156 m), Peak 29 (7541 m), and Lamjung (6986 m) open out on the horizon. Eventually, we get to our destination, the village of Bahundanda (1311m) located on a ridge top where we spend our first night. 

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • Meals Breakfast

With the beautiful sunrise view in the morning and after fabulous breakfast we hit the trail and ready to walk the Marshyangdi Valley trail. First, we descend and then walk the undulating trail following the river valley to lunch at Syange (1136m). In the afternoon the track follows a cut in the near-vertical cliffs high above the river, although at no time does it become difficult. You will spend the night at Jagat (1341m), a Tibetan village that served as a customs post on the old trading route from Tibet.

  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals Not Included
  • Time 6 - 7 Hours

Today the vegetation changes to rhododendron and pine forest and the valley becomes narrower and steeper. You leave the village and soon cross the river on a large suspension bridge. From here the trail steepness and consequently the angle of the river does the same, sending the water tumbling through a maze of large boulders. After reaching the top of a zigzag climb, amazingly the valley widens out to reveal the village of Tal, which nestles amongst the fields of barley, wheat, and potatoes. You have now entered the district of Manang and you will take lunch in one of the many fine hotels here. The afternoon's walk follows river valley crossing back to the west bank before gradually ascending to Dharapani where you will end the trekking day.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • Meals Not Included
  • Time 7 - 8 Hours

The valley now extends westward through dramatic fir and pine forests. After half an hour, you reach Bagarchhap (2160m), the first village on the trek with typical Tibetan architecture. Here you may observe firewood stacked on the roofs in preparation for the long, hard winters. The village marks the transition between the lower, wet valleys and the higher, dry, arid area of the Manang Valley. From here there are excellent views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II (7937M), and Annapurna III (7555m) up the valley. Down the valley to the west Manaslu and Peak 29 soar magnificently to the skies. 

Leaving Bagarchhap, you cross a small wooden bridge beside a beautiful waterfall and ascend to Latamarang (2360m) where you may wish to relax over a cold drink. Your permit may be checked at the police post at Koto, a short distance from before Chame (2685m) that boasts among other things, a wireless station, bank, health post, and well-run hotels.

  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals Not Included
  • Time 5 - 6 Hours

A trail now leads through fields of barley and buckwheat, to reach the apple orchards at Brathang (2840m), a formal Khampa (Tibetan rebels) settlement. Here you will stop for lunch, before crossing the river into thick fir forest where you will have a glimpse of Lamjung and Annapurna towering high above the trail. After spending some time in the forest we will suddenly reach a clearing to reveal the huge rock slabs of Paungda Danda. From here you continue to follow the valley to reach the flat-roofed with stone houses of Pisang village and our lodge in full view of Annapurna II and Pisang Peak (6092m). 

  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals Not Included
  • Time 5 - 6 Hours

You follow wooden irrigation channels through Pisang village, an indication of the arid trans-Himalayan terrain. Here the soils are poor and only one crop per year of barley, wheat, buckwheat, or potatoes can be grown. To supplement their living many locals run hotels and teahouses as well as having herds of goats and yaks that graze on the hillsides high above the valley. 

We skip the regular lower trail and take the upper Pisang trail that leads us to the village of Ghyaru (3670 m) and Ngawal (3660 m). The upper Pisang trail is best known for its magnificent mountain views. Though the climb to Ghyaru is an hour and a half switchback trail all the way up till we get to the ridge yet its a worth of climb which is very rewarding. The panoramic mountain view is simply unbelievable. We further walk an effortless trail to the village of Ngawal for Lunch. After lunch, we descend down to the yet another settlement of Braga (3440 m) and walk further to Manang. 

Manang is the most beautiful town which looks arid in nature but is very lively. Situated at the base of the high Annapurna Himalayas the town is very fascinating with river, lakes, ample side excursion, shopping, movies, bakery, and so on. Besides all these the town has a beautiful history of Tibetan culture and their own cult.

  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals Not Included
  • Time 7 - 8 Hours

Manang is a tight compact village of about 500 flat-roofed houses set among spectacular scenery. The huge icefall of Annapurna rears over the village. Annapurna II and IV (7525m) tower dramatically above the valley floor to the southeast, with Tilicho (7132m), Roc Noir (7485m), and the Grand Barrier to the west. Chulu West (6630m) and East (6200m) lay behind the village a hauntingly beautiful panorama. The rest here is designed to aid in acclimatization and you can choose to relax or trek above the village to Gangapurna Glacier where you will be rewarded with great views of the Annapurnas. You may even see elusive mountain goats (Himalayan Thar) and blue sheep on the craggy higher slopes. You take a break up here in the ridge and get yourself a hot drink and enjoy as the time flies. 

  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals Not Included
  • Time 2 Hours

We will leave early in the morning and slowly ascend to Tengi. Here you branch away from Marsyangdi Valley and follow the Jarsang Khola. Scrub juniper and grasses replace sparse fir and pine. You pass small yak herders (shelters) before stopping at the pleasant valley of Yak-Kharka. As the name suggests Yak-Kharka is a grazing area for yaks, so this small settlement with only 3 lodges is yet very serene and exceptional. A relaxed walking day today, taken at a slow pace to allow for the effects of altitude. From Ledar

  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals Not Included
  • Time 4 Hours

Today is another short day to ensure we arrive at the base of the Thorong pass feeling well acclimatized. Leaving Yak-Kharka we climb a short ridge and then we get to the Himalayan meadow where the valley opens and the trail gets wider. Since its a territory of the Yaks, you may encounter ample.  You will cross the Jarsang Khola on a covered bridge and then follow the left bank of the river over loose screes on the steep-sided valley. You arrive at Phedi (4420 meters) in time for lunch, and you will have the afternoon free to relax and prepare for the crossing of the pass. 

However, your trek leader may organize a short acclimatization walk to the high-camp, which all depends on weather, your physical fitness, etc. 

  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals Not Included
  • Time 3 - 4 Hours

Though the pass poses no technical problems you need to start very early, around 3 am, so you can proceed slowly and safely. The trail is not steep and long, gradual approach passes several false summits before reaching some stone cairns making the crest of the pass at 5416 m. in fine conditions the views from the pass are truly fantastic. Spread out before you is the entire Annapurna range to the south, the Mukut and Mustang Himal to the west, and the incredibly deep Kali Gandaki valley below. Peaks of Chulu West and east lie to the north, and on either side of the pass are Thorungtse (6482m) to the north and the snow dome of Thorung peak (6484m) to the south. The steep descent from the pass is guaranteed to make the knees wobble, but you are compensated with the view of mighty Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Tukche peak (6920m). You will arrive at the first village on the other side of the pass, Muktinath, in the early afternoon. 

Muktinath, where Mukti" means "Salvation or Nirvana" and "Nath" mean "God or Master". Muktinath temple is very symbolic and has great religious and spiritual significance for both Hindus and Buddhists. So literally its a place of salvation where every year thousands of Hindus and Buddhists come to visit the temple. It is also a sacred place that demonstrates the harmony between Hinduism and Buddhism. 

  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals Not Included
  • Time 8 - 9 Hours

Today we will take a local bus or jeep depending on the availability and number of trekking team. This drive is exceptional as you will be cruising through Kali-Gandaki Gorge (THE WORLDS DEEPEST GORGE). The drive is very thrilling. We will stop at some point for lunch and again drive down to Tatopani (The Natural Hot Spring). After a short break, it's an awesome opportunity to dip yourself in the natural hot spring pool to relax your tired muscles. Hot Spring charges a minimum entrance fee that is used for the maintenance and cleaning of the pool. 

  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals Not Included
  • Time 7 Hours

Walk to Ghorepani being a yet another long day, we will start early. Since the construction of the roadway is underway we will be walking most of the time on the jeepable road occasionally taking the ancient trekking trail. After 4 hours of walking with climbs and gradual terrain, we get the village of Sikha for Lunch. It's a beautiful forested trail all along with pine and Rhododendron. After lunch, we will still continue our climb until we get to the blue roof settlement of Ghorepani. 

Ghorepani (Horse-water) has served as a junction between the traders of Nepal and Tibet during the salt trade era where they did their merchandise and set out to their destination. Ghorepani is indeed a highlight - thousands of people both international and locals come to Ghorepani for the fabulous view. It also serves as on one of the most beautiful short hike for people with limited time frame.

  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals Not Included
  • Time 7 - 8 Hours

You will be given the earliest wake-up call for the hike to Poonhill that delivers you an exceptional sunrise view and panoramic mountain view. It's a 45 minutes hike to Poonhill - we get back, have breakfast, and start heading down to the village of Ulleri that would take most probably 3 hours. Your vehicle will be on standby and will drive you back to Pokhara. Once you get to Pokhara you will have enough time to explore the lake or do some activities like paragliding, zipline, bungee, etc.

  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals Not Included

We will drive back to Kathmandu on a tourist bus. Since the tourist bus leaves early around 7 am - we need to check out of the hotel early and drive to the bus stop station.

  • Accommodation 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals Not Included
  • Time 7 Hours

Transportation to the airport is provided. You need to leave the hotel 3 hours prior to your flight departure. Your vehicle will be ready as per the time schedule and you will be accompanied by your Trek Leader.

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    Trip inclusion

    • All Essential permits.
    • Airport pickups and drops facility.
    • Three-star twin bed sharing hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on Bed / Breakfast basis.
    • Welcome dinner at Typical Nepali Restaurant.
    • All Government and Local tax.
    • Fundamental trekking gears like a sleeping bag, down jacket fleece liner, etc.
    • Teahouse accommodation on twin bed-sharing.
    • Properly Boiled water for drinking every morning and evening
    • An accomplished trekking Groups Leader.
    • All Ground Staff – Their Allowances and Insurance.
    • Oxygen cylinders and an all-inclusive medical kit on all trips.
    • Take away Himalayan Dynasty duffle bag, T-shirt and trekking Map and Buff (multi-functional head-wear)
    • Fee levied on a Nepali visa.
    • All FOOD and DRINKS + WATER.
    • All personal expenses including laundry, battery charges, shower, etc.
    • International flight fares.
    • A medical examination or emergency rescues.
    • Donations.
    • Staff Tipping.
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or Pokhara on early arrival or late departure.
    • Travel or medical insurance.
    • Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.


    Since the Annapurna circuit delivers different variations, the length of the trip entirely depends on which package people prefer to choose. However, as the whole Annapurna circuit is approximately 248 km / 154 miles in total length. The reason why it was considered as No. 1 trekking destination was simply because it goes through five different districts of Nepal namely – Lamjung, Manang, Mustang, Myagdi, and Kaski which all vary in terrain and topography.

    Annapurna circuit trek is not a stroll in a park it is quite demanding. The highest elevation you would trek is 5416m / 17,769 feet which is Thorong La pass. Though a most admired trekking destination, the high altitude walking into the thin air does matter. However, the daily elevation advancement is very gradual which prepares ample time for acclimatization. Anyone with sound fitness can join the trek. Nevertheless, it is not appropriate for someone with very weak ankles, knee, heart, or lung problems - necessary check-up and consent from your doctor is a must.

    if you choose a package flying from Jomsom then there few significant things you are to know. Jomsom happens to be the 'Windy Valley' of Nepal to which our air aviation is quite strict about flying small planes to these remote mountain airstrips. This means flying to or from this mountain airport is very safe. Further, there are flight delays and sometimes cancellation under various weather circumstances. However, this isn't an everyday story and there is an alternative of driving to and from Jomsom in-case of flight cancellation. Though driving may be earnestly long (9/10 hrs.) in comparison to flying yet the fun of driving through the world’s deepest gorge has a different charm.

    Yes, with us everybody reserves the right to customize their trip as per their requirements. We are always there to assist you with the necessary options and guidance if needed. We together can come up with a remarkable journey.

    Depending on your time schedule you can either book for the whole circuit via Poonhill or semi circuit i.e. flying from Jomsom airport to Pokhara after the highest Thorong La pass. we have always been a master in organizing customized trek for the clients as per their requirements. 

    Spring and Autumn is the best time to do Annapurna Circuit Trek.
    Spring: April to mid-June 
    Autumn: September, October, November, And December
    However, despite low temperatures and extreme chill travelers do trek to Annapurna circuit trek even in winter. 

    We don’t normally deal distance in Km or Miles while trekking in any parts of Nepal rather we do it in hours. Typically, every day we walk around 6 / 9 hours excluding your multiple breaks and lunch. However, your pace makes a difference with the time you reach the destination. In fact, we are opposed to contending ourselves to get to the destination earlier than the recommended time. We rather take it really slow making your vacation more memorable and enjoyable than exhausting. The longest hours we hike would be the day we go over the Thorang-La Pass - can be from 9 to 13 hours depending on the trail condition which vastly varies with our without snow. 


    We use Family Oriented Lodges which are at its best offering you the comfort experience and its typical local environment. It’s basically the extension of their own houses that offers you a twin bed sharing room with common toilets. In a few places, the accommodation facility is pretty basic and sometimes the possibility of sharing rooms with others can be the occasion due to the shortage of rooms. However, as for many places, the facility is awesome. With the advancement in tourism, the tea-houses in these areas have evolved to earnestly convenient hotels. 

    You have a variety of choices for the food more than anyone could imagine. Nevertheless, with us, absolute contentment prevails in regards to recommending meals and choosing Local Tea-House.

    It’s really hard to skip the motor road and take entirely the new trekking trail. Every now and then we will encounter motorway as the new trekking route graphed by NATTs (New Annapurna Trekking Trails) isn’t under full operation. Though we can’t promise you of evading the motorway and taking entirely a new trekking trail yet we assure you that in a few places we give our best to avoid the motor road and walk the natural trekking trail. 


    Annapurna Circuit trek is a physically demanding trek suitable for keen walkers. No previous extensive experience is required for this trip. Even the beginners have done it without much difficulty as the advancement of altitude here is very gradual. However, some pre-physical training certainly will be an added advantage as the Annapurna circuit involves a lot of undulating climbing with altitude variation. As a part of your training, it’s highly advisable to prepare yourself with everyday undulating walking, running, or cardio. Walking up and down the steps positively helps you to synchronize with the Nepal hills terrain.


    Himalayan Dynasty provides you with a very warm sleeping bag with fleece liner and wind-stopper duvet jackets with attach hood.

    Besides we also provide you with a COMPLIMENTARY duffel bag, T-shirt, and Trekking map.

    For environmental concern, we are opposed to the use of disposable plastic mineral water bottles on any of our adventure trips to Nepal. All towns or villages at Annapurna Circuit trial has set up a Safe Drinking Water Stations from you fill your necessary bottles or water bags at minimal costs. 

    Unlike Everest, there have been fewer records of Altitude Sickness nightmare stories among trekkers while doing Annapurna Circuit Trek.  Acute mountain sickness is something more of a reaction that materializes in our body under a lower rate of oxygen level. It’s a mountain ailment which is fatal. It’s hard to predict who of what age and physical fitness can actually get of A.M.S. However, the Himalayan Dynasty delivers professionals who are well equipped with medication and oxygen cylinders to deal with A.M.S. Besides, there are ample preventive strategies to deal any mountain sickness. Food poisoning, severe diarrhea, stomach problems are other very common mountain ailments that can be nightmarish than the A.M.S.


    All our itineraries are intended to make the altitude variation appropriate for ample acclimatization. Still, the chance of getting AMS is probable even though our everyday elevation advancement is very gradual. Your Group Leader will instruct you with the necessary guidance on when and how to take the Diamox. Moreover, your certified and skilled Leaders are very proficient in dealing with any altitude-related ailments. Over any doubts of being affected by altitude pressure, you can always take 250mg per day starting from Manang until your highest camp.

    The charging privilege for your devices is possible in almost all lodges unless if occasionally they didn’t encounter any problem with their power supply or their Solar panels. However, it is always wise to carry some extra batteries or the fully charged power bank batteries since your batteries run out pretty quickly in the cold. 

    Almost all lodges provide you with a hot shower facility at a minimal cost. Whenever they have any malfunctioning with their heaters they do provide anyone with bucket – hot shower which is indeed a great experience in the Himalayas. WiFi facility too is almost everywhere in this trip over some charges but they are not always reliable as petty things always happen in the mountains. 

    From everyday trekking injuries like sprained ankles to life-threatening conditions and natural disasters, it’s important that you have the right travel insurance for your adventure in Nepal. We recommend having an all-inclusive travel insurance policy covering all the aspects of your adventure that includes trip delays, cancellation, loss of property, sickness, or air evacuation. Though your leaders are highly trained to cope with any emergency situation yet sometimes even after the best of our precautions things happen.

    Unquestionably and most significantly to be associated with the local company is - its hassle-free. Everything is covered and prearranged prior to your arrival in Nepal. Your local leaders are very well with the knowledge and region who can share necessary information and untold stories more than anybody else. Local companies will always be there with a prompt solution to any emergency situation that arises during your stay in Nepal.