Fact Information

Duration
16 Days
Destination
Nepal
Difficulty
Moderate difficult
Accommodation
Hotel & Lodges
Activity
Trekking
Transportation
Tourist Bus, Car, Jeep, Air-plane
Meals
BLD (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Max Person
1
Min Person
18
Maximum altitude
5,416m, (17,769ft)
Best season
Autumn & Spring

About Trip

“An astonishing culture, feel rejuvenating, mystical aura landscape, the best destination for hikers, trekkers any adventure seekers”

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Thorong La Pass and Ghorepani Poon-Hill trek encompasses 2 popular treks of Nepal providing you one hell of a trekking experience and memory. This trek falls among one of the greatest treks in the world and is known for offering close-up views of Annapurna massifs, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho, Machhapuchhre etc.

As this trek progresses, you will be taken through paddy fields, subtropical forest, perennial rivers, countless big and small waterfalls and a number of human settlements. This trek has been a popular trek of Annapurna region once Annapurna Sanctuary was opened to foreign or international trekkers in 1977. 

Thorong La Pass at 5416 meters is the highest pass on this trail. Crossing this pass will take one to the arid valley of Mustang. As you uncover this trail, you will be exposed to Trishuli river, Marsyangdi river, Manang valley, Ghorepani settlements, Jomsom etc. Kali Gandaki Gorge and Marpha popular for apple production (not the phone and gadgets) are the other promising parts of this tour.

Besides the mountains, terraced fields and hills, you will also be sightseeing across the Kathmandu and Pokhara valley via this tour. Some cultural and religious sites like Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath etc. are the attractions not only of Kathmandu but of entire Nepal and they are also UNESCO world heritage sites. This tour brought to you by Himalayan Diamond adventures is quite flexible and you can make some adjustments as per your schedule and choice.

Trip Highlights

  • The spectacular scenery of Annapurna massif, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre etc.
  • The enthralling Thorong La Pass and the astounding views it offers.
  • Stunning sunrise views of sun touching the mountains from Poonhill.
  • The overall views of mountains, hills and lakes of Pokhara valley from Sarangkot.
  • Chance of cross-culture with the Magar, Gurung and Thakali people on the trail.
  • Jomsom- one of the tourist hub of Himalayas of Nepal
  • The enigmatic caves, breathtaking waterfalls and serene lakes of Pokhara.
  • The evergreen UNESCO World heritages of Kathmandu.
  • Restricted area Mustang dry landscape.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Difficulty:

Annapurna Circuit trek is a moderately difficult trek which takes you to some of the most popular and exotic locations of Nepal. Since the highest point of this trek is 5416 meters (Thorong La Pass), this trek can get quite tough due to factors like altitude sickness, cold weather, snow-bound trails etc. Don’t worry though, with certain factors on check you can certainly go through this trek. Deciding the appropriate season or time to trek, taking proper trekking gears, maintaining a commendable physical fitness level and gaining some experience in trekking or walking in the rugged surface will help you a lot and make this trek more physically bearable and enjoyable for you

Best time for Annapurna circuit trek:

The best time for Annapurna Circuit trek is during the spring and Autumn season because of reasons like good weather and climatic condition, recommendable mountain visibility, trekking route safety etc. Furthermore, during Spring you might even witness the blossoming rhododendron and magnolia forest amidst the green lush forests. This trek is available throughout the year but summer and winter seasons are declared offseason and you will have to take extra precaution regarding the trekking routes and trekking equipment if you decide to trek during this season.

What are meals and accommodations like?

Are you wondering about the meals and accommodation of Annapurna Circuit trek?  You will find that the meals and accommodations in Annapurna Circuit Trek will be of 3 categories as per the location i.e. Kathmandu, Pokhara and during the trek. In Kathmandu your meals and accommodation will be quite sophisticated as you will be accommodated in a 3-star category hotel with good rooms plus the meals will also be diverse given that you can pick from Nepal as well as continental menus. The meals and accommodations in Pokhara are pretty similar to that of Kathmandu. In the official trekking route, you will be staying in a lodge. You will be served 3 meals a day. The options that you will find in food menus are likely to be Dal-Bhat thali (Veg as well as non-veg), boiled egg, scrambled egg, pasta, chow mein, porridge, fried rice, hot soup (veg or non-veg) etc.

Outlined Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,350 meters/4,429ft], transfer to Hotel included breakfast.

Day 02: Full day Sightseeing of the UNESCO world heritage sites.

Day 03: Bus journey Chame [2,670 meters/8,760ft], 250 kilometers, 11 to 12hrs.

Day 04: Trek to Pisang village [3,200 meters/10,498ft], 4 hours.

Day 05: Trek to Manang [3,540 meters/11,614ft], along the upper viewing way, 9hrs.

Day 06: Manang acclimatization day with a wonderful side trips. Overnight in lodge.

 Day 07: Trek to Chuli Ledar [4,200 meters/13,779ft], 5 hours of uphill trail..

Day 08: Push to Thorong High Camp [4,925 meters/16,158ft], 4 hours of walk..

Day 09: Thorong La pass [5,416 meters/17,769ft], descend to Muktinath [3,760m/12,335ft], 8hrs.

Day 10: Trek to Jomsom [2,720 meters/8,923ft], 7 hours of down way headquarter of Mustang.

Day 11: Bus journey to Tatopani [1,190 meters/3,904ft], 3 to 4 hours.

Day 12: Climb to Ghorepani [2,860 meters/9,383ft], through Shika village 7 to 8 hours.

Day 13: Poon - hill [3,210 meters/10,530ft],  sunrise view, and trek down to Hille, drive Sarangkot.

Day 14: Trek to Lakeside Hotel [820 meters/2,690ft], 2 hours of vertical down way.

Day 15: Full day sightseeing around Pokhara valley like peace stupa, David falls.

Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu [1,350 meters/4,429ft], 6 to hours by tourist bus.

Day 17: Departure to Home.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,350 meters/4,429ft], transfer to Hotel included breakfast.

Upon your arrival, you will be greeted and welcomed by one of our representatives at the airport. Our representative or staff will then transfer you to the 3-star category hotel with meals and accommodation facilities. In the evening, we will host a dinner program in Nepali restaurant where you will get to enjoy the show/demonstration of Nepali culture. We will also debrief about how our Annapurna circuit trekking is going to pan out.

Day 02: Full day Sightseeing of the UNESCO world heritage sites.

Today you shall spend the entire day exploring the heritage and attractions of Kathmandu valley like Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. These historical figures of Kathmandu are among the World heritage sites (UNESCO) and are popular for their religious values, great architectures and representation of Nepali diverse culture. After exploring these places, we will transfer you back to the hotel.

Day 03: Bus journey Chame [2,670 meters/8,760ft], 250 kilometers, 11 to 12hrs.

Today is quite a busy day since we will be heading to the Manang district (Chame to be precise) via a 12-hour drive. Don’t get upset or demotivated yet because the bus ride is filled with alluring and exciting mountain views of Ganesh Himal range, Buddha Himal, Rani peak etcetera. Besides this, you will also be looking at the other aspects of Nepal like green hills, cultivated lands, changing terrains, rivers and tributaries, dense forest, streams and so much more. We will stay overnight at a lodge in Besisahar-Chame.

Day 04: Trek to Pisang village [3,200 meters/10,498ft], 4 hours.

Pisang village is about 4 to 5 hours away from Chame in case you choose to walk. If you opt for drive, 45 to 60 minutes of drive will bring you to Pisang village located at an altitude of 3200 meters. As you inch closer to Pisang village, the trees and jungles start to disappear and you will witness the snowline and mountainous possession of Nepal. As you gain altitude, you will start getting the views of majestic Himalayas of Nepal like Annapurna II, Annapurna III and Annapurna IV. Overnight stay at a lodge or guesthouse in Pisang village.

Day 05: Trek to Manang [3,540 meters/11,614ft], along the upper viewing way, 9hrs.

Today is yet again another strenuous day which provides rewarding views and experience to the trekkers. We will leave behind the Pisang village via a trail alongside and sometimes over Marsyangdi River. Looking behind we will see wonderful views of Annapurna IV and Annapurna IV with Pisang valley nestled between them. We will cross large Buddhist chortens, Buddhist Mani and monasteries before finally arriving in Manang with Tibetan Gurung settlements. Overnight at a hotel in Manang.   

Day 06: Manang acclimatization day with a wonderful side trip. Overnight in the lodge.

Today we will visit Gangapurna lake and also hike up to Deurali (4,200 meters) for the purpose of acclimatization plus excellent views. Trekking to Deurali, you will get to relish the magnificent views of Chulu west peak and Chulu east. These peaks are also referred to as Manang Himal. In addition to that,

Day 07: Trek to Chuli Ledar [4,200 meters/13,779ft], 5 hours of an uphill trail.

As we inch towards Chuli Ledar, we will ascend gradually towards Tangki Manang. Tangki Manang grants mesmerizing back views of Manang village, Marsyangdi river and Gangapurna turquoise lake. Eventually, our trek continues and leads us out of Marsyangdi river valley. We will cross several Yak grazing pastures whilst relishing the views of Annapurna range and the Manang Himal. Guess what, if you get lucky, you might even witness the faunas of this region like Himalayan Griffon, snow leopard etc. After 5 hours of trekking, we will reach the lodge in Chuli Ledar where we will stay overnight.  

Day 08: Push to Thorong High Camp [4,925 meters/16,158ft], 4 hours of walk.

From Chuli Ledar, we will climb gently up the way and cross the well-made suspension bridge over Kone Khola, scree, rock falls zones and frozen streams in winter to new Phedi and Yak and Blue sheep grazing lands along the trail. We will have to challenge ourselves a bit more and reach a small viewpoint on high camp. The top viewpoint provides extensive views of Chulu west trekking peak ( 6,419 meters) and also happens to be a highly demanding trekking peak in Annapurna classic circuit trekking route. Overnight at a lodge in Thorong High Camp.

Day 09: Thorong La pass [5,416 meters/17,769ft], descend to Muktinath [3,760m/12,335ft], 8hrs.

After early morning breakfast, we will head towards the Thorong La Pass situated at 5416 meters. Whilst trekking towards the Thorong La Pass, you will see several small as well as gigantic peaks. This pass is marked by serene eye-catching beauty, prayer flags and cairns. In the winter season, this pass is snowbound and looks absolutely breathtaking. After enjoying some precious moments in Thorong La Pass, we will trek back (mainly descend) to Phedi. We will trek further in the presence of dry and vivid views of Mustang valley plus the panoramas of Khatungkang peak (6'483 meters) and reach Muktinath where we will call it a day. Overnight stay at a lodge in Muktinath.

Day 10: Trek to Jomsom [2,720 meters/8,923ft], 7 hours of down way headquarter of Mustang.

We will depart from Muktinath and trek down to Jharkot and Kagbeni which are the main entry gateway of Upper Mustang valley. Encompassing the terraced fields, Nilgiri, Tilicho and so much more, the views that will be witnessed today are simply astounding. We will indulge in the sightseeing of Mustang for a while before making our way towards Jomsom. Jomsom is a famous and important tourist destination thanks to the natural appeals of this place as well as the infrastructures like banks, shops, internets, bus, jeep etc. We will celebrate our ongoing trek and stay overnight in Jomsom.

Day 11: Bus journey to Tatopani [1,190 meters/3,904ft], 3 to 4 hours.

Today is quite an easy day and we will take a 3 to 4 hours drive following the Kali Gandaki river. We will drive past Marpha, Tukuche, Largung and Kalopani. We will also cross several Thakali villages, apple gardens etc to eventually reach Tatopani where we will stay overnight.

Day 12: Climb to Ghorepani [2,860 meters/9,383ft], through Shika village 7 to 8 hours.

We will climb up the long ascent passing the beautiful villages and cultivated lands to reach Ghorepani Poon village. Ghorepani is surrounded by green lush forests like oak, pine and rhododendron trees. It is mesmerizing in early April to late May especially with the rhododendron and magnolia trees blooming throughout the hedgerows and the tree splashing the colour of joy and perfection. In the spring season, the whole landscape is dominated by a flourished jungle of rhododendron. Finally, we will reach Ghorepani Lodge walking off 7 to 8 hours in a continuous way. Our stay in Lodge includes dinner and breakfast with hot drink services like tea and coffee.

Day 13: Poon - hill [3,210 meters/10,530ft],  sunrise view, and trek down to Hille, drive Sarangkot.

Our goal today is to hike to Poonhill as soon as possible so that we can enjoy the best panoramic view from up there. The scenery of sunrise at the top of Annapurna Himalaya range, Mt. Dhaulagiri and Manaslu ranges are simply spectacular. The Pooh hill offers perfect panoramic views on a clear day. After some breath-taking views of the sunrise of Himalaya, we will switch back to Ghorepani Lodge.  After very meaningful hiking of Poon hill, we descend to Tikhedhunga - Hile (1,430 m ) passing the flourished jungle, and historical Gorkha army’s (Magar and Gurung) villages, Lodges and cultivated farmlands. In Hile, we will catch a jeep to Sarangkot and drive there for overnight stay.

Day 14: Trek to Lakeside Hotel [820 meters/2,690ft], 2 hours of vertical down way.

Sarangkot grants some of the best views of surrounding mountains like Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Lamjung Himalayan, and others peaks and enchanting Pokhara valley with captivating lakes. After relishing these views, we will descend down to the lakeside Hotel including breakfast service. Enjoy your leisure time sightseeing around the lakeside.

Day 15: Full day sightseeing around Pokhara valley like peace stupa, David falls.

Pokhara provides a variety of activities to indulge in like cycling tour, motorbiking, caving mountain flight, paragliding, boating, cycling tour, rafting, motorbiking tour etc. We can also take sightseeing tours around the peace stupa, lakeside, enigmatic caves of Pokhara valley, Davis falls, International mountain museum.

Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu [1,350 meters/4,429ft], 6 to hours by tourist bus.

A scenic drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu will lead you back to Kathmandu. After 6 to 7 hours to ride, you will be escorted to the hotel room where you can take a refreshment break.  You will be staying overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 17: Departure to Home.

Our representative will escort, drop you to Tribhuvan International airport and see you off to your destination.

Cost Details

  • Airport pickup and drop off by private vehicle.
  • Three Nights tourist standard Hotel in Kathmandu sharing room with breakfast service.
  •  Two Nights tourist standard Hotel in Pokhara sharing room with breakfast service.
  • One day full valley sightseeing UNESCO world heritage sites Patan, Bhaktapur and Ktm with city guide with transportation.
  • Entry permits:-  ACAP & TIMS fees.
  • Full day Pokhara sightseeing.
  • Transportations: Kathmandu to Besishahar  Tourist bus and Jeep service to Chame and  Pokhara to Kathmandu tourist bus service.
  • Transportation:  Around Pokhara valley, peace stupa, International mountain museum and David falls.
  • Transportation:- Jomsom to Tatopani and Hile to Naudanad.
  • Entry fee of the museum and Siddha cave.
  • The menu on client’s choice, Three times meals in a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Dessert) with (hot drinks Coffee and any Tea).
  • T- house (Lodge trek) accommodations clean and comfortable.
  • License holder, English speaking, experienced and helpful guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport.
  • Assistant trekking guide for a group over 8 members in a group with all company’s facilities.
  • Warm clothing and required trekking gear for porters like Gore Tex jacket /trousers, trekking shoes, woollen hat, woollen gloves, woollen socks, sunglasses etc.
  • Strong and helpful porters with proper equipments.
  • Nepalese staff health and accidental insurance.
  • Nepali staff’s insurance policy covered its rescue evacuation, medical treatment and accidental.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Down Jacket (-12*C) and Sleeping bag (-20*C) (pay extra $1 and 50 cents each item each day).
  • Company's complimentary: Duffle bag, Map and company T-short.
  • Hot bag services.
  • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • Welcome dinner and farewell dinner in Nepali cultured restaurant.
  • Meals while you are staying in Kathmandu/Pokhara Hotel Lunch and Dinner.
  • Personal trekking equipments, furthermore information ask to us or look at our equipment checklist.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Any entry fee for temple or monastery.
  • Donations or charity. 
  • Your Travel insurance policy should cover its rescue evacuation, medical treatment and accidental.
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses like, WIFI, telephone, Hot shower, Laundry, Battery charge and shopping etc.
  • Alcoholic and non alcoholic hot and cold drinks.
  • Tips for the guide, porter and driver (tipping is expected). 

Useful Info

Himalayan Diamond Adventure is stand-by for all times, the best quality services for our regular clients as well as new guests. We are quite thoughtful with our distinguish trekkers or hikers or Mountaineers joy, fun, and safe trip through our company. We are very aware that only our clients and guests can make a pleasant trip with the company’s extensive service and a local professional guide and faithful, helpful cook and porters. We accompany you with local experienced, faithful, helpful and intelligent good English-speaking guides and porters, informative in all sectors including weather forecast and caring personals.

Guide/ Porter service:

We have a different category of guides, such Porter guides, Trekking guides, Support Climbing guides, Mountain guides, French-speaking guides, German-speaking guide, Chinese speaking guides, Culture tour leaders, as your requirement.

Equipments/ Gears service:

We provide you (-25*C) down-filled sleeping bag and (-20*C) down filled jacket (Pay extra $2 each item each day). For mountaineers if you do not have own climbing gears we will provide you climbing gears on hire at a reasonable price particularly for your convenience, such Union of International Alpinist Association (UIAA) tested gears. Like a Black Diamond, Helmet, Harness, Crampon, Jumar ATC guide or Figure of 8, Ice axe, Carabiners, and La Sportiva alpine boot.

We provide you with sufficient and hygienic meals and dessert with hot drinks as your choice and book clean and comfortable rooms (hotel) on a mountain in advance of your trip in mountain lodges.

Packaging trips service:

There are more than 300 different trekking routes and 326 peaks open for climbing including 20 royalty free peaks. Climbing peaks have been divided into 3 categories: A, B and C. in Nepal, we will help you to organize the trip according to your time, budget and choice. We organize a trip for especial solitary (alone) personal as well as packaged trip for a big group.

Our Extra services:

We also help you to get permits, hiring trekking equipments and other related services i.e. bus reservation, aeroplane ticketing, and hotel booking in Kathmandu and in Mountain.

The conditions stated in the itinerary are especially for the trekker who prefer full package service. At the same time, we also customize itinerary based on your choice and time. The selection of itineraries and the staffs depends on your need and financial procurement. We have options for any partial visit as per your requirement and financial condition.