Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Trip Facts


Duration 11 Days


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 and further walk to 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.


Finally, 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 Jomsom, passing Kagbeni on the way. Kagbeni is the gateway to Upper Mustang, and Jomsom is famous for its mid-day winds and local apple products. From Jomsom, you take a jeep/bus to Pokhara and return to Kathmandu.

About Us

At Nepal Alternative Treks and Expedition, we put our efforts to create and operate trips to various parts of Nepal. We have a great team of skilled guides and porters to assist travelers. 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.

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  • 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


Day 1

Drive to Besi Sahar

Day 1 Facts

Trekking Time Average

160km Drive
(Avg 5hrs)


Luxury Lodge in Besi Sahar



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

Day 2

Drive to Chame

Day 2 Facts

Trekking Time Average

80km Drive
(Avg 5hrs)


Luxury Lodge in Chame



Leaving Besisahar, you’ll begin driving upstream along the Marsayangdi River. The pristine mountainous river takes you through lush forests toward Chyamje village. The road 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

15km Uphill Hike
(Avg 6hrs)


Luxury Lodge in Upper Pisang



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
(Avg 4hrs)


Luxury Lodge in Manang



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

6km Uphill Hike
(Avg 3hrs)


Luxury Lodge in Yak Kharka



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

6km Hike
(Avg 4hrs)


Luxury Lodge in Throng Phedi



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

Hike to Muktinath

Day 8 Facts

Trekking Time Average

18km Hike
(Avg 10hrs)


Luxury Lodge in Muktinath



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 Marpha

Day 9 Facts

Trekking Time Average

18km Hike
(Avg 7hrs)


Luxury Lodge in Marpha



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. The trek continues over the dried beds of Kali Gandaki River and goes towards Jomsom, the headquarters of Mustang District. Walk an hour to Marpha – Capital city of Appl, a beautiful town. Overnight in Marpha.

Day 10

Drive to Pokhara

Day 10 Facts

Trekking Time Average

8hrs Drive


Luxury Hotel in Pokhara



Enjoy the pristine Himalayan sights of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range as you jumb to bus/jeep. You will drive through a beautiful scenic places as Tukuche, Kalopani , Rupse waterfall, Tatopani, Beni and Nayapul.  Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 11

Drive to Kathmandu

Day 11 Facts

Trekking Time Average

200km Drive
(Avg 6hrs)


Luxury Hotel in Kathmandu



Enjoy your breakfast overlooking the beautiful Phewa Lake. If you wish, you can indulge in a short boating ride around the lake. Afterward, you’ll embark on a 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?


  • 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 clients).
  • Guide/ Porter’s food, accommodation, salary, insurance, transportation and equipment.
  • Overland transportation as per mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Annapurna conservation area project ( ACAP) and necessary permits ( TIMS) .
  • A trekking map, duffle bag, Oxygen saturation check up everyday, Trekking completion certificate and company T-shirt etc.
  • Government tax and service charge etc.
  • Assistance for emergency rescue evacuation.
  • Public Liability Insurance.


  • 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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Traveler Reviews

Absolutely fantastic trip organised by Tej. We emailed him asking about arranging a porter for our 15 day trek and Tej replied with all the information needed promptly. We me with him in his office in Thames and immediately knew we had made the right choice. Tej was incredibly organised and had many tips that enhanced our experience. Our porter, Samir, was a great guy and a tremendous help throughout the trek. By the end, he was not a porter, he was a friend and huge part of our journey. Cannot recommend Tej and his company more.


jared worsteling

Melbourne, Australia
I spend 12 days to finish the ACT, it was a wonderful trip, the snow mountain the valley the people... everything is so beautiful here! I appreciate Samsher (my guide cum porter) and Tej's support thoughout the whole trip. When we were crossing the 5416m Tholong Pass I have serious difficulty breathing, and Samsher helped carrying both my bags so I can finally reached the top. This is the memory i'd cherish for the rest of my life.Looking forward to meeting Tej and his team next time when I do the EBC or other activities in Nepal. Thank you and see you soon! - Jerry Dong


Jerry Dong



Best time to visit

The best time to do Annapurna Circuit Trekking is during the spring and autumn seasons. During this time of the year, you will be able to see the beauty of the surrounding in clear visibility. Furthermore, during this season you will also be able to find proper accommodation for your stay. At this time of the year, the temperature is also moderate. Which will multiply your experience and fun during the trek.

The difficulty of this trek

It is always difficult to trek at the high altitudes, similarly, you will face a lot of difficulties. But, the most common of them all is altitude sickness. There are a lot of incidents where people fall victim to this sickness. If this sickness is not treated properly then this can lead to death as well. Similarly, other difficulties that you will face during the trek are its landscape and the remote nature of the trek. So, make sure that you are prepared for that.

Travel insurance

Your travel insurance is the most important thing that you should have on your trekking journey. Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the hardest treks in Nepal. So, you need to have your insurance with you. Furthermore, make sure that your insurance policy is not expired. In addition, make sure that your insurance company has ticked all your trekking-related policies such as rescue missions, medical expenses, and loss of personal equipment. Therefore, if all these things are good then it will be easy for you to excess to the trek via us.

Meals and Accommodation

We don’t provide any Meals and Accommodation facilities in Kathmandu. Similarly, we also don’t provide any soft or hard drinks during the trek. But, we provide. Lodge accommodation (twin share basis) during the trekking. Most importantly, we provide meals 3 times a day which includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner facility as your wish. Likewise, we also provide food in sufficient quantities. In addition, we also provide healthy Nepali and western food during the trek with us.

Required Permits

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

Note: Child below 10 years are free

Fitness and experience requirements

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a very long trek so you should be physically fit and mentally tough. In addition, you should have at least the experience of climbing small peaks. Not everyone can do this trek. Most importantly, you should be passionate about the trek. Furthermore, you should not have any heart or lung diseases. Most importantly, you should also not have any blood-related diseases. Furthermore, you should have confidence in yourself.

Climate and weather

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. Similarly, if you travel here during this time then this can multiply your fun and trekking experience during the trek.

Safety and security

We are a very reputed trekking and travel company who takes consumers’ safety and security very seriously. It is the most important component of our company. Likewise, we take full care of our consumer and their property. Similarly, our trip constantly and carefully checks every area of our travel. So, you can feel free and enjoy your time trekking with us.

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

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