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Annapurna Circuit and Mustang Trekking

Trip Facts

Duration

Duration 21 Days

Difficulty

Difficulty Moderate

The trip begins in Kathmandu, where you prepare for the trek. Then, a long drive takes you to Besisahar. Next, you follow the road trip across off-road tracks to reach Bulbule. Further, the drive continues north to settle at Chame. This is the starting point of the trek as you begin walking to reach Pisang. We walk further ahead through Dhikur Pokhari, Pisang and Humde then reach Manang. It is a village with Manangi people and Tibetan heritage. As you spend a day in Manang, you can visit local attractions like Gangapurna Lake and Braga Gompa. Explore around the village before you head off towards Batase Danda. Then, the next part of the trek leads you to Yak Kharka.

You reach the base of the Thorung La Pass at Thorung Phedi. From here, you begin to ascend across stone trails to reach the top of the pass. The top offers a panorama of the Chulu, Annapurna, Muktinath, Nilgiri, and Dhaulagiri ranges. From the pass, you start the descent and reach Muktinath. The temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu and houses numerous artifacts and shrines. Then, you head to Kagbeni which is the gateway to Upper Mustang.

Following the views of the high Tibetan Plateau, you will explore the region of Upper Mustang. Crossing the tough and beautiful Lo La Pass (3950m), you will arrive in Lo Mangthang. Observe the traditional houses of Lo Mangthang village and explore the royal palace and the impressive caves, including Jhong caves. Visit the stunning monasteries that showcase the Tibetan culture. Passing through the quaint villages, you will return to Jomsom and then fly back to Pokhara. From the lake city of Pokhara, you will drive back to Kathmandu.

Background

This trip is truly an amazing part of Nepal. The trek takes you from a low elevation of 830m. to 5,416m, from paddy field to desert land, ethnic to Tibetan culture, different climate zones. Your efforts will be rewarded with the completion of this fantastic trek around world’s tenth highest peak Annapurna I (8091m.) and the entire Annapurna massif. You may have chance to explore the thousand years of old monastery, caves, local tribes and scenic beauties of the different landscapes in Mustang. You will have a great chance to accomplish the blessing from the King and the royal palace during the visit in Lomanthang.

About Us

At Nepal Alternative Treks and Expedition, we put our efforts to create and operate new trips to Annapurna Region with combining two popular trekking routes Annapurna circuit and Upper Mustang. We have a beautifully designed itinerary with an alternative route in Annapurna Circuit to avoid dusty gravel road as well as Upper Mustang. We have a great team of skilled guides and porters to assist travelers in knowing the route well. Thus, we provide our finest people and services to cater to your needs. Also, we allow you to change the itineraries as per your liking easily. We ensure that you enjoy the off-the-beaten-track, quieter natural trail, untouched villages by modernity, local culture and unwritten history. As this trek is being so much disturbed by road construction in both sides, those trekkers who prefer to trek alternatively and to make something different and special, we have designed the itinerary for them carefully.

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Trip Highlights:

  • Cross the Thorung La Pass (5416m), one of the biggest passes in the world
  • Enjoy the panorama of the mountains in the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri ranges
  • Experience the Manangi and Thakali culture and traditions
  • Trek across the Annapurna Conservation Area and relish its biodiversity
  • Spiritual feeling as you explore ancient caves and monasteries.
  • Witness the breathtaking views of Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and many more.
  • Learn about the culture of the local people and their way of living life near the Nepal-Tibet border.
  • Get an insight into the prehistoric village of Lo Mangthang and visit the ancient palace.
  • The eye-catching view of landscapes and plateaus in the lap of the mighty Himalayas.

Day-to-day-Itinerary

Day 1

Drive to Besisahar

Day 1 Facts

Trekking Time Average

160km Drive
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Besisahar

Altitude

( 850m./2805ft.)

Today, you’ll embark on the bus for a scenic full-day road journey towards Bulbule village in Lamjung District. Begin the drive along the beautiful Trishuli River and take a detour north alongside the Budi Gandaki River. A 5-6 hr long drive will bring you Besisahar Town. Overnight in Besisahar .

Day 2

Drive to Chame

Day 2 Facts

Trekking Time Average

80km Drive
(Av. 5hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Chame

Altitude

( 2710m./8943ft.)

Leaving Besisahar, you’ll begin driving upstream along the Marsayangdi River. Following the pristine mountainous river takes you through lush forests towards Chyamje village. The trail continues going north towards Taal village, where you’ll enjoy your lunch. Afterward, you’ll continue driving upstream towards Chame village. Chame is the headquarters of Manang District, where you can enjoy the majestic sight of Lamjung Himal (6983m) in the distance. Overnight in Chame.

Day 3

Trek to Upper Pisang

Day 3 Facts

Trekking Time Average

14km Uphill hike
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Upper Pisang

Altitude

( 3300m./10890ft.)

Enjoy a delicious breakfast and then embark on the first day of the trek. Leaving Chame, you’ll begin trekking upstream along the Marsayangdi River towards Telekhu village. The trail starts to climb through lush forested ridges towards Bhratang. A short hike will bring you to Dhukur Pokhari from where you’ll begin climbing along the Marsayangdi River towards Lower Pisang village. A short climb above Lower Pisang will bring you to Upper Pisang village. Overnight in Upper Pisang.

Day 4

Trek to Manang

Day 4 Facts

Trekking Time Average

12km Uphill hike
(Av. 4hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Manang

Altitude

( 3500m./11550ft.)

Enjoy breakfast at Upper Pisang while enjoying the beautiful view of Marsayangdi Valley. Leaving Upper Pisang, you’ll begin to cling uphill through Manang Sadak towards Ngawal village. You can enjoy your lunch and then explore the Tibetan styled settlements at Ngawal. From here, the trail continues through Ghyaru, Humde, and Braga villages towards Manang. Overnight in Manang.

Day 5

Acclimatization/Exploring around

Manang is a town in Manang District surrounded by Annapurna III (7555m) and Gangapurna (6454m). It is home to the ethnic tribes of Tibetan and Magar people. You can spend the day exploring the scenic town and nearby destinations. If you’re up for an adventurous hike, you can head to the Gangapurna Lake and Ice Lake located in the glaciated region amidst Annapurna massif and Chulu East Peak. Catch the beautiful panoramic sight of Annapurna and Gangapurna ranges on the way. Overnight in Manang.

Day 6

Trek to Yak kharka

Day 6 Facts

Trekking Time Average

8km Uphill hike
(Av. 4hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Yak kharka

Altitude

( 4110m./13563ft.)

Leaving Manang village, you’ll begin climbing uphill through Tengi village towards Ghunsang. Leaving Marsayangdi valley, the trail begins to climb along with the Jar Sang Khola Valley. You

will begin walking past Yak pastures and a scrub of juniper trees. The trail climbs past an ancient Mani wall towards the small village of Yak Kharka. Overnight in Yak Kharka.

Day 7

Trek to Throng Phedi

Day 7 Facts

Trekking Time Average

8km Uphill hike
(Av. 4hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Throng Phedi

Altitude

( 4110m./13563ft.)

Leaving Yak Kharka, you’ll begin climbing uphill through Chauri Ledar village and make way towards Thorong Phedi. The steep trail goes upstream along the Kone River and climbs through the rocky ridges towards Thorong Phedi. Enjoy the scenic sights of Annapurna massif and Thorong Peak (6144m) as you make your way towards Thorong Phedi High Camp. Spend the rest of the day acclimatizing for the upcoming climb of Thorong La Pass.

Day 8

Trek to Muktinath

Day 8 Facts

Trekking Time Average

18km Downhill hike
(Av. 10hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Muktinath

Altitude

( 3800m./12540ft.)

Leaving Thorong Phedi, the trail begins to climb upstream along the Marsayangdi stream. You’ll encounter thick snows as you approach the top of the pass. Once at Thorong La Pass situated (5,416 m), you can enjoy the majestic view of the surrounding mountains in Annapurna and Gangapurna range along with the desert-like landscape of Mustang. Mountains as far as in Tibet will also be visible from the top. You’ll begin descending to the other side and climb down the rocky ridges to reach the monastic destination of Muktinath Temple. Overnight in Muktinath.

Day 9

Trek to Kagbeni

Day 9 Facts

Trekking Time Average

10km Downhill hike
(Av. 3hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Kagbeni

Altitude

( 2713m./8952ft.)

The day begins with an exciting tour around Muktinath Temple. Located at an altitude of 3760 meters, Muktinath Temple is one of the most popular pilgrimages in South Asia. Leaving Muktinath, you’ll begin climbing downhill with the company of Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri peaks in the distance. You can enjoy your lunch upon reaching Kagbeni village. It is the gate of Upper Mustang. Overnight at Kagbeni.

Day 10

Trek to Chele

Day 10 Facts

Trekking Time Average

14km Uphill hike
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Chele

Altitude

(3050m./10004ft.)

After having breakfast at Kagbeni, you will start the trek towards Chele. The trail includes walking alongside the bank of Kaligandaki River as you follow the trail with some ups and downs. Continuing the 5-hour trek, you will approach old stupas and some caves. Then, you will ascend the cliff to reach Chele. Overnight stay at a lodge.

Day 11

Trek to Syangboche

Day 11 Facts

Trekking Time Average

13km Uphill hike
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Hotel in
Syangboche

Altitude

(3475m./11467ft.)

From Chele, you trek towards Syangboche. You will pass through some dry meadows and monasteries. En route, you can catch the sight of Yaks passing by. The trail is a bit tough as you encounter Taklam La Pass (3,624m) and Darjori La Pass (3735m). The 6-hour trek rewards you with astounding views of hills, plateaus, and the Himalayan ranges. Passing through few exciting caves, the trail descends into Samar village and declines further towards the other sharper route to reach Syangboche. Overnight stay at Syangboche.

Day 12

Trek to Ghami

Day 12 Facts

Trekking Time Average

14km Uphill hike
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Ghami

Altitude

(3520m./11616ft.)

You will trek towards Ghami today. The trail initially follows the inclination route towards the ridge of Syangboche by crossing the tough pass, Yamada La pass (3850m). The trail follows Chortens, some quaint villages, and barley fields. Following the forested trail, you will come across another pass Nyi La Pass (4010m). The trail starts to descend from here until you reach Ghami. Overnight stay at a lodge in Ghami.

Day 13

Trek to Tsarang

Day 13 Facts

Trekking Time Average

12km Uphill hike
(Av. 5hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Tsarang

Altitude

(3500m./11480ft.)

After breakfast, you will leave for another exciting village known as Tsarang. You will trek through the slippery pathways to cross the Ghami Khola via a suspension bridge. Proceeding forward, the trail takes you to a long Mani wall. After that, you will come across Choya La Pass (3870m), which offers a beautiful view of the Tsarang village. Following the downward slope, you will approach Tsarang village, where you will get to visit an impressive fortress and a red Gompa. Overnight stay at a lodge in Tsarang village.

Day 14

Trek to Lo-Mangthang

Day 14 Facts

Trekking Time Average

10km Uphill hike
(Av. 4hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Lo-Mangthang

Altitude

(3700m./12136ft.)

Today, the trek starts from Tsarang, accompanied by a great view of the barren plateaus. Crossing a river, you will incline the Lo La Pass (3950m), from where you will get a clear glance at Lo Mangthang village. Lo Mangthang is a beautiful village with a rich history. Home to the ancient palace of Lo, you will get a glimpse of the beautiful mountains such as Nilgiri, Annapurna I, and Bhrikuti Peak. Overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 15

Explore the Lo-Mangthang

Today is a rest day at Lo- Mangthang village. You will hike to Chhoser and visit the striking Jhong Caves or Sky caves and various monasteries. The cave itself is a wonder to many researchers as the assumption says that the caves were built as a burial ground, hiding place, or for mediation. You will also visit the Namgyal Gompa and Ani Gompa. After exploring the mysterious cave, you will head back to Lo Mangthang. Overnight stay at a lodge in Lo Mangthang.

Day 16

Trek to Ghar Gompa

Day 16 Facts

Trekking Time Average

12km Uphill hike
(Av. 5hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Ghar Gompa

Altitude

(3810m./12573ft.)

After breakfast in Lo- Mangthang, you will leave for Ghar Gompa. You will trek towards the upper route. You may get to see some blue sheep and other wild animals on the way. The epic views of the Himalayas accompany you, making the walk delightful. After following through a few descends, you will arrive at Gyakar village, which houses the ancient Ghar Gompa. Explore the antique rock paintings at Ghar Gompa. Overnight stay in Ghar Gompa.

Day 17

Trek to Ghiling

Day 17 Facts

Trekking Time Average

16km Uphill hike
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Ghiling

Altitude

(3806m./12584ft.)

After a delightful breakfast, you will leave for Ghiling. With the wind blowing on your face, you will pass through the declined trails followed by a barren plateau and few agricultural farms. After trekking for about 5 hours, you will reach the village of Ghiling. Overnight stay at a lodge in Ghiling.

Day 18

Trek to Chausang

Day 18 Facts

Trekking Time Average

14km Downhill hike
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Chausang

Altitude

(2900m./9570ft.)

After having breakfast and witnessing the amazing views of the mountains such as Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri, you will head towards Chausang. Walking through the green fields and varied landscapes, you will pass a few small villages. After walking for about 5 hours, you will reach Chausang. Overnight in Chausang.

Day 19

Trek to Marpha

Day 19 Facts

Trekking Time Average

18km Downhill hike
(Av. 7hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Marpha

Altitude

(2700m./8856ft.)

Today is the day you bid a bittersweet goodbye to the region of Upper Mustang and descend to the Lower part of Mustang. After breakfast, you start your 7-hour trek towards Marpha. You will stop for lunch at Kagbeni, and have a contemplating glance at the gorgeous Kaligandaki gorge. Overnight stay at a lodge in Marpha.

Day 20

Drive to Pokhara

Day 20 Facts

Trekking Time Average

90km Drive
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Hotel in
Pokhara

Altitude

(820m./2706ft.)

Enjoy the pristine Himalayan sights of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range as you leave for the airport. The early morning jump to jeep/bus, it will take you to Pokhara through world’s deepest kaligandaki gorge, most beautiful rupse waterfall and natural hot spring – Tatopani along the way. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 21

Drive to Kathmandu

Day 21 Facts

Trekking Time Average

200km Drive
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Hotel in
Kathmandu

Altitude

(1295m./4273ft.)

Enjoy your breakfast overlooking the beautiful Phewa Lake. Afterward, you’ll embark on a tourist bus for half-day-long road journey back to Kathmandu. The scenic journey goes along the massive Trishuli River and crosses numerous colorful towns en route. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you can explore the nearby Thamel town and shop for souvenirs. Overnight in Kathmandu.

What do you get in the Trip?

Included

  • Tribhuwan International Airport Transfer ( Airport + Hotel + Airport ) in Kathmandu.
  • One night hotel accommodation in Pokhara.
  • Lodge ( Twin share basis) accommodation during the trekking.
  • All meals ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) along the trek.
  • One highly experienced, first aid trained, fluent English speaking, local language speaking, friendly and government authorized trekking guide and required porters (one porter for two persons ).
  • Guide/ Porter’s food, accommodation, salary, insurance, transportation and equipments.
  • Overland transportation as per mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Upper Mustang Permit, Annapurna conservation area project ( ACAP) and necessary permits .
  • A trekking map, duffle bag, Oxygen saturation check up everyday, Trekking completion certificate and company T-shirt etc.
  • Assistance for emergency resuce operation.
  • Government tax and service charge etc.
  • Public Liability Insurance.

Excluded

  • Hotel accommodation and meals in Kathmandu.
  • Hard and soft table drinks such as tea/coffee, coke, fanta, mineral water, beer, desert, battery charge, hot shower, laundry, phone bill and bar bill.
  • Personal Travel insurance .
  • Tips for guide and porters. ( Highly suggested).

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Currently, we do not have any scheduled group trips, but you are welcome to embark on the journey on a date that suits you best.

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If you are looking for a good guide and good service. Then I can recommend this office Nepal Alternative Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. I had a great experience with them. The guide Laxman tamus speak very well English and give always good advice en information.

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Brezje, Slovenia
If you are looking for a good guide and good service. Then I can recommend this office Nepal Alternative Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. I had a great experience with them. The guide Laxman tamus speak very well English and give always good advice en information.

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Bojan L

Brezje, Slovenia

ESSENTIAL INFO

When to visit

Annapurna Circuit and Mustang Trekking are available throughout the year. But, the best time to do this trek is during the spring and autumn season during this time you will get perfect weather to climb. But, if you travel here during the off-seasons then it might be challenging for you to travel in clear weather. Similarly, if you travel here during the rainy season then you might not even be able to complete the trek. Because during the rainy season it rains and it makes the trail slippery and hard to travel. Spring and autumn seasons have sunshine most of the time. So, it is very suitable. Similarly, the climate is not harsh and is predictable. Besides, the climate and weather are also stable. Furthermore, you can also travel with clear visibility of the surrounding. In addition, you will be able to get a panoramic view of mountains like Mt. Manaslu (8163 m), the eighth-highest mountain in the world. So, make sure you plan your trek during the spring and autumn seasons.

The difficulty of this trek

When you travel to a high altitude the difficulties are uncertain. In addition, the Manaslu trekking and Annapurna circuit trek are at high altitudes. Similarly, you are gonna face several difficulties. The difficulties can be the steep and long trails. Shortage of suitable accommodation facility. In addition, you might also not be able to find guides or porters because they might already be hired by other trekkers. So, you should book your accommodation facilities, guides, and porters ahead of your trekking journey. Likewise, they play a vital role in your trekking journey to make it memorable. Additionally, the other challenge that you are going to face is high altitude sickness although it is a common problem among climbers or trekkers. Similarly, you will feel uneasy walking, you might feel dizzy. So, to prevent that you should drink enough water. In addition, you should properly acclimatize yourself before the trek. Furthermore, if you travel here during the off-season then you might find bad weather and climate to trek on. So, you should visit in the spring and autumn seasons to find a suitable climate and the difficulties can be minimized.

Travel insurance

You are traveling at a high altitude. So, you are always at risk. So, having your travel insurance is important. Similarly, we don’t provide you with personal insurance. you should have your insurance with you. So, you make sure that your insurance company has covered all your trekking-related facilities. Including all medical expenses, repatriation expenses, rescue mission, loss of property. Likewise, make sure that your insurance is not expired. In addition, make sure that your insurance company has ticked all your trekking-related policies such as rescue missions, medical expenses, loss of personal equipment. Furthermore, make sure if you can not provide your original insurance policy then make certain that you got a copy of the policy because it will help you choose a beneficial policy at the time.

Meals and Accommodation

We provide you with a variety of meals and Accommodation facilities. Likewise, your meals and accommodation at a higher altitude are important for you to complete your trek. As it gives you necessary nutrients and rest which are very paramount to you. We provide you with a healthy and suitable meal for your trek because we understand that the health of your visitor is very important to us. Similarly, your meals play a vital role in the productive experience of your trek. Additionally, we provide meals three times a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner). Likewise, we provide local foods with some western food. But, western foods are slightly more expensive than local or Nepali foods because the ingredients for making western food are imported from the cities. Whereas most of the local foods are made with locally produced ingredients and spices. While you are at the lodges of trails on Annapurna Circuit and Mustang Trekking on then you will get to explore the Sherpa and Tamang culture of the place. Similarly, you will also get to taste some cultural foods.

Required Permits

Mustang Special Permit : USD 500 for 10 days and USD 50 per day for extra days.

ACAP: NPR. 3000 for foreigners and NPR 1000 for SAARC.

Note: Child below 10 years are free

Climate and weather

Makalu trekking with Annapurna Circuit is at a high altitude. So, the temperature of Nepal at high altitudes is mostly cold. So make sure you have warm clothes with you. But, the best time for you to travel is during the spring and monsoon seasons. These seasons provide you with the best scenery of the surrounding. Similarly, the temperature is also moderate. In addition, the temperature is also moderate.  If you want to experience the perfect weather and climate these seasons are perfect. Likewise, if you travel here during this time then this can multiply your trekking experience during the trek. However, the winter seasons are usually cloudy and foggy. So, you might not fully enjoy your journey. Therefore, we recommend you book your trek around April, May, and during September, November.  At this time of year, you can travel in a clear sky.

Safety and security

We provide our consumers with the proper security and safety. Similarly, we take full care of our consumer and their property. Likewise, our trip constantly operates monitoring every area of our travel. So, you can feel free and enjoy your time trekking with us. In addition, the accommodation we provide is also secure and safe.

Gear List

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. A comprehensive list of gear for all activities is listed on our dedicated page of Trekking Gear List

Frequently
Asked Questions

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We have the best team and array of services to provide a lifetime experience to all our travelers. Right from the airport pickup to a customized tour, we do the utmost to make sure you experience a hassle-free trip. Likewise, all our trips meet the safety protocols along with the highest health and hygiene standards.

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