Annapurna Circuit Trek – 13 Days

Trip Highlights

Highest pass Throng-la 5416mPanoramic View of Annapurna Range and holly Mountain mt. Gangapurna and situated world highest Tilicho lakeBeautiful Manang /Mustang Village, Hindu’s /Buddhist pilgrims site Muktinath, Landscape looks like Tibetan plateauAmazing Kaligandaki river and fossils are found on its bank, Settlement of Gurung and Thakali (ethnic) people and their lifestyle and world deepest Gorge.

Trip Overview

Annapurna Circuit Trek is the most happening trek in Annapurna Region due to the presence of sheer beauty- the ecstatic backdrop of the mighty Annapurna Range, the seamless beauty of nature, encompassing the lush Rhododendron forests, diverse wilderness, waterfall and the everlasting Himalayas. Trekkers will also pass several villages with ethnic Gurung, Tamang people. Trekkers move along the Great Marsyangdi and Kali Gandaki valley- the latter considered to be the world’s deepest gorge. Thorang La (5,416m) is the highest point in this trek which requires good stamina and physical fitness. From this pass, trekkers can witness the icefall from the colossal Annapurna. Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), the Nilgiri Mountains as well as Mt. Macchapuchhre looks as majestic as ever and deserves promising pictures


High Altitude Sherpa guide welcome you in this trek to the Annapurna region and ensure that every trekker will see the other side of this trek. All foods, lodging, and luggage will be taken care of by us while you enjoy this heavenly adventure.This trek initially starts from low altitude and gradually moves up as trekkers accommodate with the rising altitude. Since the altitude reached as high as 5,400m acclimatization is the key to success. Without it, the altitude sickness might be rampant. Small steps are important and prior experience in similar trekking can be a huge asset. The duration of is around Annapurna Circuit Trek 9/ 14 days and is rated as a moderately difficult trek. We can sidetrack to the holy Muktinath and through the village of Marpha and Ghasa making this trek even more interesting.




Autumn Session: September – November  

The autumn months of mid-September, October and November are known for being Nepal’s mountaineering and the best time to go trekking. The monsoon rains have cleared the sky with outstanding the views are often remarkable. The valleys are still green and the weather is trifling so trekking is far more pleasurable at this time.

Winter Session : December – February 

Winter season is usually snowfall at higher elevations in Himalayas. Though it gets colder in night, often it offers the clear day / blue sky and comparatively less trekkers on the trail. Winter Treks like Ghorepani pun hill trek, Mardi Himal trek, Everest base camp, Annapurna Panorama, Annapurna Sanctuary, Everest base and Langtang reason treks are always comfortable to trek even in winter season.

Spring Session: March – May 

 Spring is the best trekking season for the trekking and mountaineering in Nepal. Weather is mostly perfect and temperature is moderate which offers beautiful views without any obstruction. Spring collects beautiful flowers, plants and rare animals Walking is also very much suitable during this season.

Summer Session: June – August 

Though summer collects heavy monsoon rainfall it is very much clear to trek around upper and lower Mustang, lower and upper Dolpo and Nar- Phu valley since they are rain shadow areas. Tibet is much more favorable for Tibet trek. Everest, Langtang and Annapurna are always comfortable to trek even in summer season.

Team Composition in Trek

There will be one English speaking high altitude experience trek leader. There will be one assistant guide if required. Guide have inclusive knowledge of wilderness medical training. this arrangement ensure that if anybody in the group get sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group. Porters for luggage carrying: two trekkers: one porters. It is depend number of porter where and how long you doing trek and Depending on the nature of the travel.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

This is a moderate trek suitable for trekkers who have the skill to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light bag. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks earlier to the trip to improve our strength and stability. Past hiking Experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes. You are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have a positive attitude, Self-confidence and strong determination best way to complete this trek successfully.

Outline Itinerary


Day 01:      Arrival Kathmandu and drive to hotel

Day 02:      Drive to dharapani vai Besisahar(830 m)

Day 03:      dharapani to Chame

Day 04:      Chame to Pisang

Day 05:      pisang to Manang

Day 06:      Acclimatization day in Manang village:

Day 07:      manang to Yak Kharka

Day 08:      yak kharka to Thorong Phedi

Day 09:      Phedi or High Camp to Muktinath:

Day 10:      Muktinath to jomsom via kagbeni (2,715m)

Plan A: fly back to pokhara): Day 11: Fly back to Pokhara: 15 minutes flight.

Plan B: drive back to pokhara from Nayapul: Day 11: Drive to Tatopani( hotspring)

Day 11:      Tato pani to Ghorepani

Day 12:      Ghorepani to hike Poon Hill trek  to pokhara

Day 13:      pokhara sighseeing full day

Day 14:      Pokhara to Kathmandu: flight 25: drive: 6 hours.

Day 15:      Kathmandu sightseeing:

Day 16:      Final Departure to your own destinations:-


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3540 m

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4450 m

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Detail Itinerary


Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu and drive to hotel: (1,350m.)

High altitude Sherpa Trekking Company Airport Representative will meet you outside the Terminal Hall. Transfer to hotel brief you about tomorrow’s activities and collect your needed documents for our official needs. introduce with your trekking guide check the requirements and briefing about the nepal annapurna circuit trek each day program.O/N at hotel.


Day 02: Drive to dharapani(1890m) vai Besisahar(830m): 5+6 hours.

Trekking staff will arrive at your Hotel at 7.00 am in the morning to pick you up. We have 6 hours of driving to Besishar. It is about 185km from Kathmandu. After, besi shar change to a four-wheel drive vehicle for the rough journey to Dharapani. It travels along the old Annapurna Circuit trek route, through amazing gorges and past stunning waterfalls. Overnight in dharapani.O/N at hotel.


Day 04: dharapani to Chame (2630m): 5 hours.

The trail climbs to Tyanja at 2360 meters, then continuing through forest.As we reach the Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district.the fine views of Annapurna II as you approach Chame & two small hot springs by the town. Along this route we are introduced to a local community said to have migrated from Tibet a long time past, noticeable by their different features.O/N at hotel.


Day 05: chame to Pisang (3100m): 5 hour.

The day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge at 2910 meters. We then cross another bridge at 3040 meters, from there the view of the spiraling Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear.O/N at hotel.


Day 06: pisang to Manang (3540 m): 5 hours.

Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district.Leaving Pisang, we have alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meets up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3325meters which involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river.O/N at hotel.


Day 07: Acclimatization day in Manang village: O/N at hotel


Today we spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend doing some fine day walks and over viewing the magnificent views around the village & the day time is best to gain altitude. At the end of the day, we return back to our accommodation & have a night rest.


Day 08: manang to Yak Kharka (4000 meters): 5 hours.

Additional day Trek to Tilicho Lake- Four Days=  Siri Kharka to Tilicho lake – siri kharka – yak kharka

Today we leave Manang, & the trail makes an ascent of nearly 500meters to the Yak Kharka. We make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka at 4000 meters, there we see the many yaks and vegetations steadily more sparse.O/N at hotel.


Day 09: yak kharka to Thorong Phedi (4450 meters): 5 hours.

After asending for two hours the trail descends to cross the river at 4310 meters we then climb up to Thorong Phedi at 4450meters where we have recently found some good Guesthouses built. O/N at hotel.


Day 10: Phedi or High Camp to Muktinath:

The journey from Phedi “foot of the hill” or at the foot to the 5416 m Thorung La pass, begins the day. We then make the climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problem to cross the pass if it is covered by snow. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the chortens and prayer flags. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent view from the top and another 4 hours trek will take to the holy town of Muktinath. Muktinath means place of Nirvana.It is said that all sorrows you feel are relieved when visiting the Temple, which is a scared pilgrimage site to both Hindus and Buddhists. The main pilgrimage normally takes place in September. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it from which Holy water pours. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple this contains a spring and an eternal flame fed by natural underground gas.


( Day 11: Muktinath to jomsom via kagbeni (2,715m): 5-6 hours.

(Plan –A fly back to pokhara): Day 11: Fly back to Pokhara: 15 minutes flight.

We take an early morning flight to Pokhara. The airplane passes through a gorge between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains making the flight itself an amazing experience. After arriving in Pokhara, the attractive ‘Lake City’, we can spend the rest of the day in leisure. Boating in the Fewa Lake and strolling in the quaint streets of ‘Lake Side’ is a popular choice among visitors.O/N at hotel.


Plan (B) drive back to pokhara from Nayapul: Day 11: Drive to Tatopani( hotspring) 4 hours

Drive to Tatopani meaning ‘hot water’. This is the best natural hot spring and we can enjoy the healing bath in the pond. It is believed that bone and joint discomfort conditions will be healed. Stop for overnight stay.O/N at hotel.


Day 12: Tato pani to Ghorepani (2834m): 7-8 hours.

Crossing the Kali Gandaki River we slowly climb steeply up the village of Sikha, which is inhabited by Magars. Sikha along the path that leads to the Rhodendrons forest and you can see the Annapurna South, hidden by a ridge smiling at you. Ghorepani is a settlement of Poon Magars.O/N at hotel.


Day 13: Ghorepani to hike Poon Hill trek  pokhara: 7-8 hours.

An early start and an hour hiking to Poon Hill (3195m) leads us to a brilliant spectacle, this vantage point provides an unobstructed view of sunrise over the high Himalayas. After spending about 45 minutes on the hillside, we come back to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast, and start walking to’s easy walking all downhill to Naya Pul where our trekking ends. we drive to Pokhara about an hour away. O/N at hotel


Day 14: pokhara sighseeing full day

Go boating on Phewa Lake, Visit Bindhya Basini Temple, Devi’s Falls, and Gupteswar Gupha cave. international mountaineering museum. O/N hotel.


Day 15: Pokhara to Kathmandu: flight 25: drive: 6 hours.

After breakfast drive to tourist Bus station or airport to Kathmandu. If you traveling by bus which takes 7 hours again on the Prithivi highway along the river and if you prefer flight which takes only 25 minutes.


Day 16: Kathmandu sightseeing:

We tour Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa which are all world heritage sites. The Durbar Square reveals the life of the royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple and Boudhanath stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. O/N at hotel.


Day 17: Final Departure to your own destinations:-


Generally 3 hours before your flight time to get Kathmandu airport is needed in Nepal. So you transfer you to Kathmandu airport for your own destination.

Equipment List


1.Sun hat or scarf

2.Light balaclava or warm fleece hat

3.with UV protection


Upper Body:-


5.Light and expedition weight thermal tops

6.Fleece jacket or pullover

7.Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)

8.Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

9.Down jacket [you can rent in Kathmandu]- must necessary



10.Lightweight gloves

11.Heavy weight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

12.Fleece liner gloves


Lower Body:-

13.Underwear ( minimum 4 and according to length of your trip)

14.Hiking shorts ( minimum 2 and according to length of your trip)

15.Lightweight cotton long pants

16.Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms

17.Fleece or wool pants

18.Gore-tex jacket

19.Gore-tex jacket trouser



20.thin, lightweight inner socks (minimum 3 and according to length of your trip)

21.Thick, warm wool hiking socks (minimum 3 and according to length of your trip)

23.Hiking boots with spare laces

24.Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp



25.Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F [Can rent in Kathmandu]

26.Headlamp and batteries

27.Basic First Aid Kit

28.Day pack

29.Water bottles (2)oiletries

30.Small wash towel

31.Swiss nkife

32.Leap gurd 30spf

33.Sun cream 50spf


What is the best season for this trekking ?

  • Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September, the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, June, October, November, December are the best time to do Everest base camp trek. From July to mid-September is raining season in Nepal. The best season for this Tour is any time between January to June and September to December.


How fit do I need to be for this trek ?

  • This is a moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have the skill to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light day pack.  Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks earlier to the trip are a good idea to improve our strength and stability. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes; however you are in excellent health with average physical fitness.  Have a positive attitude, self-confidence and strong determination best way to complete this trek successfully. Past hiking Experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip.


How long do we walk each day ?

  • This is best measured in time – about 5 to 7 hours for each full day (or 10-15 km) in hilly   terrain. In the morning we walk from 8-11 am and in the afternoon from 1-3 or 4 pm. 1/2-day or full day for rest is planned for each trek over 8 days in length


Are there a minimum and a maximum number for your groups ?

  • We cater to all group sizes, while maintaining the field staff ratio to give you the best quality and experience.


Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon arrival at the airport ?

  • YES, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100.


What essential documents do I need to bring with me on tours ?

  • Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits.


Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival ?

  • Yes, our airport representative will be there to receive  you at the airport. high altitude sherpa  showing high altitude sherpa sign-board. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.


What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu and in trekking ?

  • We use standard rooms at three tourist stander hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around a bon fire. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission.


Are the food and water safe to eat and drink ? 

  • Hygiene when trekking generally has improved extensively over the last ten years. local trekking guide knowledge to choose the lodges, which maintain a high standard of hygiene. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while for the lunch you would be stopping by on the way where you can order your meals as per your choice. Guide will help you to stop by at best possible places to eat. Most lodges serve boiled and filtered water, which is generally safe, we suggest a drop of iodine to be totally sure. We discourage the purchase of bottled water for the obvious environmental reasons. Please bring a water bottle with you, which you can refill.


How much additional money do I need per day ?

  • It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 15 to USD 18 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking. Please note, higher you go the things would be expensive especially at higher altitude; all the goods are supplied either by helicopter, horse, mules or porters therefore the things are expensive.


What mode of transportation do you use ?

  • Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation to even piggy back rides on mules and yaks.


Do we book our own international flights to and from Nepal ?

  • Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us.


Is there any communication while we are on trekking?

  • There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides carry mobile with local sim card and easily you can buy on arrival time in airport. Also we have kept a satellite phone which has poor connection for the network of phones. Our guide’s use it during the case of emergency and also clients can use them by paying its rental fee..


Can I use credit cards in the places I visit ?

  • Major credit cards are accepted in all places but you need to pay 4% extra as bank levy, which might make cash transaction is highly recommended. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains. if you try to exchange your foreign currency there you would be getting very less exchange rates.


Can I add extra days to my trip?

  • High altitude Sherpa can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food. If you are in private or solo trip it would be possible as your itinerary is very flexible or if you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure before departure tour.

Cost Included

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  •  Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu)
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • An experienced, English-speaking trek leader and assistant trek leader
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • One map of Annapurna Base camp trekking
  • One Nepali mobile SIM card for local communication
  • Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu with private vehicle
  • Annapurna conservation area entry permits
  • Trekking information management system TIMS
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Medical kit

Cost Not Include

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)

First Aid

If you are Going Trekking and Climbing in Nepal, you Should Carry the Complete Medic kit.


First Aid Kit:

1. Povidone-iodine cream-1 tube.

– Antiseptic cream.

2. Cotton- 1 roll.

For dressing wounds.

3. Dressing gauze – 5 pcs.

– For dressing.

4. Crepe bandage –2.

 Sprains and strains,also great as a sling for arm fractures.

5. Band- aid –10.

6. Dressing tape –1.

– Great not just for dressing but falsifier mild soft tissue injuries especially in the knee and ankles.

7. Moleskin second skin-1 packet:

 Great for treating chaffing and blisters.

Finger Pulse Oximeter:

1. Normal arterial oxygen is approximately 75 to 100 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg).

2. Values fewer than 60 mm Hg usually indicate the need for supplemental oxygen.

3. Normal pulse oximeter readings usually range from 95 to 100 percent.

4. Values under 90 percent are considered low.




8. Paracetamole 500 mg- 20 tablets:

 For mild headaches.

9. Ibuprofen 400mg –10 taplets:

– To relieve moderate to severe pain.

10.Throat lozenges –20:

– For cough and sore throat. Given the cold dry mountain air,it is a good idea  it have one in your mouth even without any discomfort.

11.Decongestant –10 tablets:

 For nausea congestion. Non-drowsy kinds like pseudo ephedrine recommended.

12. Antihistamine -10 tablets:

 For allergies.

13. Antiemetic –10 tablets:

 To control the vomit and nausea.

14. Azithromycin 500mg – 10 tablet:

 For bacterial diarrhea.

15. Omeprazole 200mg –10 tablets:

 For minor gastric upsets and acidity.

16. Tinidazole 200 mg-3 taplats(500mg-12 tablets):

 For giardia and amoebic diarrhea.

17. Acetazolamide 250 mg –20 tablets:

 For helping with acclimataization and treating mild AMS.

18. Dexamethasone  400mg-10 tablets:

 To be used only under expert supervision to treat AMS.

19. Nifedipine 60mg- 10 tablets:

 To be use only under expert  supervision to treat HAPE.

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  •   Destination: Annapurna circuit trek
  •  Activities: Trekking
  •   Trip Grade: Moderate
  •   Departure from: Kathmandu
  •   Arrival on: Kathmandu
  •  Best Seasons: Spring - Autumn
  •   Accomodation: B/B plan in Kathmandu
  •   Transportation: Flight- Tourist Bus

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