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If you’re looking for a challenging, yet rewarding backpacking trip, the Annapurna Circuit Trek is the one for you. Once the trek starts at Besisahar or Bhulbhule and continues to go around some of the most exquisitely beautiful mountains in all of Asia, it will be impossible not to fall in love with this region.

The Annapurna circuit trekking is a great trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal that has taken on fame for a very long time. The circuit trek is well known for its moderate difficulty level and diverse scenery. This amazing trek; also known as Round Annapurna Trek will take you through the fascinating terraced rice fields, villages, the Gurung villages, and much more. The experience is incomparable to any other in Nepal.

You will experience an unforgettable adventure for a lifetime while seeing the most beautiful views in the world. Learn what it’s like to be a Nepali villager, and make a difference in their lives while you’re here. Then, enjoy our stunning scenery of mountains and glaciers. Join us on the Annapurna circuit trek and start your journey today!

The Annapurna Circuit trekking is one of the very famous treks in Nepal. It is no wonder that the trek circumnavigates the Annapurna massif, which is home to ten peaks with altitudes over 7000m. The circuit starts at Besisahar and finishes either at Jomsom or at Nayapul.

Tour Highlights

  • Trekking through one of the most famous regions in Nepal, which is home to some of the most challenging and rewarding treks in the world
  • Rich history, with many well-preserved Gurung villages whose inhabitants are still earning their living from agriculture
  • Breathtaking scenery you'll encounter with - it's not hard to see why this trek has been popular for decades!
  • Discover the beauty of snow-capped Himalayan peaks, turquoise lakes, lush forests and amazing glaciers
  • Beautiful and challenging trek in Annapurna region
  • Emerge in the midst of severe weather conditions, crossing high passes like Thorong La (5416M)

Tour Price Based on Group Size

(Smaller the group higher the price. The price displayed here is without any discounts or coupons if exists / if available)
No of People Price
01 Person USD 1485 / per person
02 – 05 Person USD 1064 / per person
06 – 09 Person USD 1020 / per person
10 Person Above USD 972 / per person

Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel

Welcome to the city of temples and the country of the Himalayas. Our airport representative will be waiting for your arrival with a name card written your name. We will transfer you to the hotel. We will introduce you to the tour leader and have a short meeting about the tour.

Day 02Drive to Bhulbhule via Besisahar

The guide will collect us from the hotel and we will drive to the bus station to catch our bus to Bhulbhule. It’s going to be a scenic drive through the beautiful villages of Nepalese countryside. Bhulbhule is a small town located on the bank of Marshyangdi River.

Day 03Trek to Chamje aka Chamche

We will keep the Marshyangdi River on our left and start gentle ascending towards Chamje. It is a pleasant walk through beautiful hillsides, towering waterfalls, and small settlements of various ethnic groups. It is a mostly flat walk until we cross Ngadi village. We will cross the Marshyangdi River keeping it on our left and continue to Syange for our lunch. Ascending for about 2 hour will take us to Chamche for overnight.

Day 04Trek to Dharapani or Bagarchhap

We will cross the Marshyangdi river again and start climbing uphill towards Sattar and Tal Phedi before making a steep ascent to Tal village. Tal is a small valley on the bank of the River, the village is popular as a lunch spot. We will be entering Manang district from here. Continuing our trek further we will be passing through villages like Karte, Naje, and Dharapani before reaching Bagarchap.

Day 05Trek to Chame, headquarters of Manang district

The trail at the beginning is mostly flat until we reach Danakyu. Passing Danaqyu, we will make steep ascending towards Timang village inside the forests of rhododendron and oaks with beautiful views of Manaslu on the back. The Timang village offers spectacular views of Himalayas on a close distance. We will proceed our walk towards Chame passing small villages like Latamarang, Thanchok, and Koto. Chame is district headquarters of Manang district with lots of lodges and shops. This place will serve magnificent views of Annapurna II.

Day 06Trek to Pisang

We will cross the Marshyangdi river once more and enter the forests of pines. We will enter a small valley and start ascending to Bhratang village. Continuing further, we have to cross the Marshyangdi once more before making a steep ascending to Dhukur Pokhari for lunch. From Dhukur Pokhari we will walk flat for another hour to reach lower Pisang where spectacular views of Annapurna range will be served.

Day 07Trek to Manang

There are 2 ways to Manang, the higher route is difficult but serves spectacular views. The lower route is shorter and easier but the views are not that fantastic.
The lower route is mostly flat and gently ascending through Humde Airport; the only airport in Manang district serving charter flights. The lower route takes about 5 – 6 hours to reach Manang. The route is suitable for easy trail lovers.

The higher route to Manang is less visited than the lower route, however, the views can’t be compared. The upper route offers a stunning panorama of Himalayas but needs little more energy than the lower route. We will stop either in Ghyaru or Ngawal for lunch then continue mostly downhill to Manang. The whole trail from Ngawal to Manang will show us stunning Himalayan views. As we will be walking on the high route the views of Hunde and Marshyangdi valley on the bottom also looks fabulous.

Day 08Rest and acclimatization day in Manang

We have a rest day here. If interested for a long day but stunning hike then Ice Lake can be an option. Ice Lake is situated on the top of Manang village, takes about the whole day to reach and return. The views from the top are stunning and aren’t comparable to anything else seen in this area. It’s difficult but it’s worth.

If not interested then we can also do a short hike to Gangapurna lake before returning to Manang for lunch. Manang is a beautiful place to rest and explore, lots of activities available at our service.

Day 09Trek to Yak Kharka

It’s a beautiful day today. We will make gentle ascending throughout the day with stunning views of various peaks of Annapurna region right in front. We do have some chances to see blue Sheep grazing in the mountains. Views of Annapurna, Gangapurna, Tilicho, etc. will be always next to us. It’s a day with close and stunning views of snowy Himalayas. On our walk, we will pass two small villages called Tengi and Gunsang. Both villages have few basic lodges for trekkers. The trail after crossing Gunsang is mostly flat with a couple of suspension bridges.

Day 10Trek to Thorong Phedi or Thorong High Camp

It is another stunning and breathtaking day. Amazing views, light trail, and the towering Himalayas right in front. We will pass through Churi Ledar and Ledar before making a cross at Kone Khola (stream). Once we cross this stream, the trail will give us a sudden steep climb and dry landslide areas before we approach Phedi. We can stay here tonight and prepare to cross the pass, continuing for another 45 minutes – 1 hour will take us to high camp which is about 400 meters higher than Phedi.

Day 11Cross Thorong La Pass (5,416M / 17,769FT), trek to Muktinath

It’s a long, tiring and difficult trek. It’s approximately 600 meters up and 1600 meters down. Whether we start from Phedi or High Camp we will have to start our breakfast early in the morning; a few hours before sunrise. It is a challenging yet special day for us. With amazing views around us, we will be walking in the middle surrounded by huge white peaks. There are no lodges between High Camp and Muktinath. There is a small teashop on the top of the pass serving hot tea during the main trekking season. The top of the pass is surrounded by praying flags and offers spectacular panoramic views of the Himalayas in 360 degrees.

The trail further from the pass is steep descending making it very difficult for people with knee injuries / pains. Once we walk about 3 hours down we will reach Muktinath; our destination for tonight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Note: There is a famous Hindu temple in Muktinath.

Day 12Trek to Jomsom

This is the last day of our trekking. The trail is mostly downhill and flat. The initial part starts with a downhill walk where we will pass through different villages like Jharkot, Khingar Kagbeni, and Eklebhatti. The day, especially after mid-day, is going to be dusty with heavy winds. The trail between Eklebhatti to Jomsom is flat all the way. Jomsom is a small town with modern facilities available.

We also have an option to end the trek in Jomsom and fly to Pokhara on the next day. Please refer here

Day 13Drive to Tatopani

It’s a long day drive from Jomsom to Tatopani via dir road. We will be passing through beautiful Himalayan villages like Marph, Tukuche, Kalopani, Ghasa etc. It’s going to be. atiring day however there is a hot spring in Tatopani which will help us relax in the natural hot water pool.

Day 14Trek to Ghorepani, one of the most famous villages in Annapurna

We have a very long day uphill walking to Ghorepani village. It’s going to be a difficult day; hot and sweaty most of the time. Once we finish our breakfast, we will cross Kaligandaki river and start steep ascending towards Ghara and Sikha where we will stop for our lunch. Walking about 3 – 4 hours from here will take us to Ghorepani. Today, we will have the highest elevation gain in our whole trek.

Day 15Hike to Poon Hill in the morning, Trek to Tikhedhunga

We will visit Poon Hill before sunrise for 360 panoramic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges. The golden rays over the Himalayas looks fascinating. Poon Hill is a stunning viewpoint where more than 400 trekkers visit every day during the main season. From here we will be enjoying close views of numerous peaks including Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV, V, Dhampus Peak, Nilgiri, Barahsikhar, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, etc.

Post Poon Hill hiking, we will return back to our lodge and take our breakfast before starting our descending to Tikhedhunga for overnight stop. Tikhedhunga is. beautiful village of Gurung inhabitants and it takes about 4 – 5 hours to reach this place.

Day 16Trek to Nayapul, drive to Pokhara, end of the trekking

It takes about 3 hours to reach Birethanti where we will stop for our lunch. This is the last village that we will pass by before we conclude our trek. It takes about an hour to reach Nayapul from where we will drive to Pokhara for overnight stay.

Pokhara is a famous place for travelers, often referred as paradise of Nepal. This is also known as the city of lakes. You can stroll around lakeside or celebrate the successful trekking over 5000 meters. This is the end of our trek and we will drive to Kathmandu next day.

Day 17Drive to Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel

We will follow the same highway through beautiful rivers, hills and small Nepalese settlements. The drive will take about 8 hours to drop us in Kathmandu. Form the tourist bus park you will be transferred to the hotel. In the evening you can explore the town probably buying souvenirs for friends and family members.

Day 18Drive to airport, departure from Kathmandu

We will drive you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your flight time. The airport is small and has only 1 terminal. It’s time to say goodbye until we meet again!


What is included in the tour price?

  • Airport pickup and drop services on a private vehicle including before and after the trek(4 airport transfers, 2 for domestic flights and 2 for international flights.)
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu valley for 2 nights with complimentary breakfast(Hotel Thamel Park or similar)
  • Accommodation in Pokhara for a night with complimentary breakfast(Hotel Splendid View or similar)
  • Kathmandu - Besisahar, Jomsom - Tatopani and Pokhara - Kathmandu transportation on local bus and tourist bus respectively(Private vehicles or Pokhara - Kathmandu flights can be arranged at additional costs)
  • Nayapul to Pokhara transportation on a private vehicle as per the group size (car, jeep, van or a bus)
  • Meals on full board [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner] during the trek(17 Breakfast, 16 Lunch, 15 Dinner)
  • Accommodation on beautiful cozy tea houses / lodges as per the itinerary during the trek(Twin sharing accommodation in a lodge from Day 02 to Day 15)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permit
  • Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] registration card
  • Experienced English speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance(Our guides are minimum 7 years experienced)
  • Strong experienced Sherpa helpers [porters] with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance(1 porter will carry maximum 25 kilos in total even if shared by 2 or more people)
  • Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(Down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide / American medical association approved Oximeter(Ax Oximeter will help to find Oxygen saturation level in your body, it's important to find with altitude sickness)
  • Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes, company service charges(No hidden fees, no surprising prices)
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant [optional](1 complementary dinner in Kathmandu will be provided either before or after the trek as per your choice)

What is not included in the tour price?

  • International airfare, Nepal visa fees ( two passport photographs ), travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation(Nepal via fees; 15 days - USD 30, 30 Days - USD 50, 90 Days - USD 125 | Visa extension - USD 3 per day, Late fine - USD 5 per day)
  • Personal nature expenses(All alcoholic and non-alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot shower - USD 5 - 8 / per shower, WiFi, battery charging, tidbits etc)
  • Costs arising from natural calamities, mishaps or anything beyond our control (weather problems, airline issues, unforseen circumstances)(Costs are not refundable and transferable in any mean if you leave the trek voluntarily and want to return from the trek earlier than scheduled)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara (if not mentioned in the itinerary)(It is not included also in the case of early returns and late departures than scheduled itinerary whether it's voluntarily or due to unforeseen circumstances))
  • Tipping / gratis for guides / porters / assistant guides(Tipping is expected at the end of the tour)
  • Services not mentioned in 'Services Includes' section(Please ask us if you are confused about any services)
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Meals and Accommodation:Annapurna Circuit Trek / Round Annapurna Trekking is completely tea house based route hence we will be sleeping and eating in the lodges. Regarding the cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara, we provide 3 start category hotel accommodation with only breakfast. The lodges on the trek will be mostly shared bathroom / shared toilet while in 1/2 places we may provide you rooms with private toilet (depending on availability).

The meals on the trek will be mostly locally prepared using local ingredients most of the time however Kathmandu and Pokhara offers a wide selection of meals in basic to high standard luxury lounges. On the trek, the number of meal items will be limited to a small number and the tastes might not be similar to the actual item; pizza may not taste like pizza.

Best Season for the Trek: Spring and autumn are considered better for Annapurna Circuit Trek / Round Annapurna Trekking. The best time to trek is usually during the dry season, from September to early December and early March to early June. In the winter and spring, there is a chance of snow on some of the high-altitude passes and the Thorong La Pass may even close, while rainfall can make parts of the trail impassable in monsoon even though the trek can be done in the monsoon / rainy season. Autumn ensures a clear and dry high-mountain pass with a good chance of a clear view towering Himalayan peaks.

The best months for Annapurna Circuit Trek are March, April, May, early June, September, October, November, and early December. The Spring Season begins in March and runs until May, while the Fall season runs from September through November. The main reason for having a narrow window is that the mountains on each side of the valley will be filled with snow and ice and can prove treacherous for trekkers. The Thorong La Pass might get closed from late December to early March.

This trekking route is one of the most popular treks in the world and many people flock to do it each year.


I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

The prices are different based on the number of people traveling together. The larger the group size, the lower the price will be. For example, the price for 1 person will be higher than the price per person based on 2 people. Similarly, comparing to the prices per person for 2 – 5 people traveling together will be higher than the prices per person for 6 – 9 people traveling together. However, the prices you will see at the time of the booking will be final regardless of price changes in the future.

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

We accept all major currencies such as USD, EUR, CAD, AUD, SGD, MYR, GBP, THB, CHF, JPY, HKD, etc. Credit card payments are accepted only in USD. We also accept bank transfers, direct remittance services (Western Union, Moneygram), etc.

When is the best time to travel? What is the best season?

March – early June, and September – December are considered the best months for this trek. It’s possible to try to trek in mid-winter, even though the Thorong La Pass might get closed at that time (depending on snowfall/snow level). June – August is monsoon season so there might be some rain showers in these months especially in the lower parts (until Pisang village and after Jomsom). The areas between Pisang to Jomsom fall between Himalayan rain shadow areas where you will experience less rain.

What is the cancellation policy?

The trek has free cancellation 60 days before departure. Any cancellations received within 60 days of departure will incur 15% cancellation fees of the total tour price.

How are the meals and accommodation on the trek?

We will be eating and sleeping in the lodges for the whole trek (Day 2 to Day 16 lunch). Generally, rice, noodles, pasta, vegetables, curry, potatoes, eggs, sandwiches, burgers, etc. are available. Meat is available in few places and it’s highly recommended to avoid it due to hygiene reasons.
The lodges will have twin sharing rooms. In most cases, we will provide you a private room or twin sharing rooms however in rare cases you may need to share the rooms with other travelers (especially if you are traveling alone).

Do I need to be physically fit?

Very good question. Usually, a person with previous multiday hiking experiences is welcome to join our treks. If you do not have previous hiking experiences but still if you are able to walk for 6-7 hours every day, then we are happy to take you on board. The route can be tried by novice travelers even though a couple of days are quite hard comparing to most other days.

Can I / we do this trek with kids?

Yes, you can do this trek with kids above 10 years old. The trek is not suitable for kids below 10. Make sure your kid is active and fit to join the adventure, we also recommend additional 2/3 additional days to make it more comfortable.

Are the guides experienced? Are they licensed?

We have very experienced guides at the company. We have guides experienced for at least 7 years to 22 years. All our guides are the Ministry of Tourism trained and licensed by the Nepal Government.

Gear List
  • Waterproof trekking boots / Flip Flops
  • Socks / Undergarments
  • Shorts
  • Trekking pants
  • Quick dry T-shirts
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Fleece (Lower / Upper)
  • Rain / wind jacket
  • Down jackets
  • Backpack / Day Pack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Water bottles or camel bag / purification
  • Sunscreen / moisturizer
  • Hat or balaclava
  • Trekking poles
  • First aid kit
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper / Tissue paper
  • Quick dry towel
  • Soap / Shampoo
  • Headlight / Flashlight
  • Camera
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Light / heavy gloves
  • Toothbrush / Toothpaste
  • Shampoo / Soap or Bath gel
  • Female hygiene products
8 Reviews
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Steve Cushing

Group Traveller


20 November, 2018

Lucy Brusamarello

Group Traveller

My boyfriend and I decided to do this trek and jump straight in the deep end with not much trekking experience let alone at altitude.

We couldn’t have been happier with Dawa our guide and Ravindra our porter. Right from our pickup at the airport all the way through to our final dinner in Kathmandu, we were always looked after so well. Dawa was also very experienced and knew a lot about the circuit as well as the history and culture of Nepal. We learnt so much and are so pleased we trekked with Himalayan Leisure.

11 February, 2018


Couple Traveller

The pre-trek conversation was amazing. Upendra, the director of the company answered so many nonsense questions. The whole trip was a beautiful memory for us. Our guide Dawa and porter were very patient, helping and caring. We wouldn’t have made the trip without their continuous support. The dinner at the end arranged by the company was amazing. Foods and accommodation during the trek were great especially when we met many other trekkers ending with complaints about their guides and poor quality lodges. Flying home soon with lots of great memories!

14 January, 2018

Sofie Christiansen

Couple Traveller

Unfortunately, our flight to Lukla was cancelled for 2 days and we decided to divert to Annapurna Circuit Trek as we didn’t have more time to wait. It was definitely a great trekking worth doing.

14 September, 2017

Luka Hansen

Group Traveller

We were so blessed with weather almost throughout the journey (the pass day was not clear). The trek was amazing, a little disappointed as we couldn’t do our originally planned Everest Base Camp Trek due to weather, everything else went great! Very happy with the company and their performance!

14 September, 2017
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