The Government of Nepal has announced an issue for the flight operation to Lukla. Most of the flights to Lukla will commence from Ramechhap until further notice to avoid the heavy traffic congestion in Kathmandu airport. The airport in Ramechhap is located 130km from Kathmandu (approximately 3-4 hours drive).
Embark onto the amazing Annapurna Circuit Trek 18 days that get us all over the whole Annapurna mountain range to the Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,769 ft). We’re also walking via the deepest Kali Gandaki gorge in the globe with Annapurna I rising to 8091 m to the east and Dhaulagiri standing at 8167 m to the west! We’re enjoying the stunning mountain views from Poonhill and discover the diverse Annapurna region. In addition, the Annapurna Circuit Trek also takes us to Manang, Jomsom and the Muktinath region, where we are once again familiar with the diverse landscape and culture of Nepal.
This is a long trek for travellers seeking to get across the Annapurna massif. However, it’s perfect for hikers who prefer a shorter trek along the same path which is Annapurna Circuit Trek-13 Days. We also have the Annapurna Base Camp Trek-7 Days for trekkers wishing to get to the base camp of Mt. Annapurna.
Thorung la pass, highest pass in the world at an elevation of 5416 meters
Muktinath, a holy Hindu temple dedicated to lord Vishnu
Jomsom valley, with its antique vibe and strong winds
Kali Gandaki gorge, the deepest gorge in the world
Marpha with its apple orchards, apple candy, pie, and brandy
Viewpoints like Ghorepani, Poonhill
Natural hot spring of Tatopani
Traditional Gurung, Tibetan and other ethnic villages with warm hospitality of the people
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Khudi (800m/2,624ft): 7- 8 hours
We’re starting our trek to the hills on a country road along the Trishul River. We appreciate terraced farmlands and lovely farmhouses on the way. After reaching the juncture of Mugling, we move straight ahead towards Pokhara. We take the previous road at Dumre and head north to Besisahar. Half an hour’s journey from Besisahar brings us to Khudi, the point of departure of our trek. Optionally, we can get off at Besisahar and then trek for an hour to get into Khudi along the wide path. Khudi gives us a first glimpse of the beautiful Manaslu range. Overnight in Khudi
Day 02: Trek from Khudi to Sirung (2200m/7216 ft): 6 – 7 hours
Our first day of hiking includes crossing a few suspension bridges and waterfalls, with several climbs and downhills across the rice paddies and the subtropical forest. At first, the walk is slow and steady, followed by steeper trails. Now, the hills that we see from Khudi seem a lot better. Until we meet the village of Sirung, we move the Tamang ethnic settlement of Taranche. We respect close-up views of the mountains of Nadi Chuli and Manaslu from Sirung. Overnight in Sirung
Day 03: Trek from Sirung to Jagat (1,300m/4265ft): 6 – 7 hours
We’re going to leave Sirung for Jagat on a fairly easy path. We take behind the village walkways and reach the forest, the fountains, and the woods. We’ve spotted a diverse range of birds on the forest path. We’re also passing through a few small villages and a few temples on the way. We cross a suspension bridge over Sangu Khola at Mipra, then again over the Marshyangdi River at Syange. There’s also a waterfall near the bridge. Now our path moves across the mighty Marshyangdi River and we cross another bridge before we reach Jagat. Overnight in Jagat
Day 04: Trek from Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7-8 hours
We slowly start our trek now after breakfast. The Jagat trail falls until it enters the river and then begins through a lush forest. The further climb leads to a sharp cliff facing the river bank. On the way, Chyamje arrives at the picture in the magnificent setting of the towering Annapurna mountain peaks. After passing the suspension bridge, we ascend steeply to the slippery and physically demanding route to Sattale. As we walk along a succession of rock-stretched trails, we descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal. As we walk away from Tal, the path becomes rough and winding. Then we approach the steeply forested village of Karte. Meandering along the waterfalls and cliffs, we finally reached Dharapani after passing the suspension bridge. Overnight in Dharapani
Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 5 – 6 hours
Now we travel through a few forested ridges on our way to Chame, the head office of the Manang District. Throughout the hike, we can appreciate wonderful views of the Himalayas, including Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688 ft). On today’s trek, we also arrive through small hot springs where we can dive and soothe our sore muscles.Overnight in Chame
Day 06: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft): 5 – 6 hours
A steep and narrow route via a very thick forest will take us to the drastic curved rock face, rising 1500 m from the river. This is likely the steepest part of the Marshyangdi Valley, so steep that the path is sculpted into a vertical rock. After crossing this last bit of rock, the valley enters with magnificent views. And right, where the valley widens, sits Paungda Danda, a huge sloping rock face that rises more than 5,000 ft (1500 m) above the trail. We’ve been trekking for a while before we reach Lower Pisang, where we spend the night. Overnight in Pisang
Day 07: Trek from Pisang to Manang: 6 – 7 hours
There are two pathways to Manang, but we follow the way to Upper Pisang via Geru. This trail ensures outstanding views of the scenery and the majestic mountains of Annapurna and Pisang. From today, we start to notice a contrast in landscape and vegetation. The cold and dry climate also generates a much tougher environment. Our short trip to the Barge monastery, the largest monastery in the entire Manang district, will be an unforgettable one. Overnight in Manang
Day 08: Manang Rest: Acclimatization day
To stay fit on the paths that adopt, we’re busy today with a nice walk to either Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. If we have the energy, we may even go hiking to Vraga Village, in which we can tour the Himalayan Rescue Association, which will provide us some concept of the Acute Mountain Sickness. Overnight in Manang
Day 09: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 3 – 4 hours
From the village of Manang, the path passes a stream, ascends to the village of Tenki and continues to rise out of the Marshyangdi Valley, transforming northwest into the Jarsang Khola Valley. The road continues to follow this valley to the north, crossing a few pastures and a scrub of juniper trees as it rises steadily. The path continues near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the path. Now the trail passes through the meadows where horses and yaks graze. After passing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail crosses the ancient wall of Mani in a pleasurable meadow and then enters another small village of Yak Kharka. Overnight in Yak Kharka
Day 10: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft): 3 – 4 hours
It’s a steep walk to Thorang Phedi. After trekking for a while, we pass a suspension bridge and hit the village of Ledar. We a little farther climb and cross through towering cliffs before hitting Thorang Phedi, the last village in front of Thorong La Pass. On this journey we will be rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. The word Phedi in Nepal is referenced to as the foot of a mountain. Overnight in Thorong Phedi
Day 11: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) via Thorong La pass (5416m/17764ft): 7 – 8 hours
Today Passing Thorong La Pass, one of the highest passes in the world, will be our ultimate goal today. We’re going to cross the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath) which is the easiest and safest direction. We get up about three o’clock in the morning and hike up the mountain. When we eventually get to the top, we recognize that our trip was worth it. We can make a couple of photos before moving to Muktinath Valley at the foot of Thorong La Pass. Overnight in Muktinath
Day 12: Trek from Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m/8,760ft): 4 – 5 hours
Muktinath is a significant pilgrimage for Hindus and Buddhists both. In the morning, we take a visit to Vishnu Temple and Gompa. Coming down down the steep and barren hillside from the village of Ranipauwa, we fall down to Kagbeni and then to Jomsom, arriving at Marpha. Today’s path is also quite surreal as we walk along a plateau above the Kali Gandaki River, the deepest gorge in the world. The barren landscape of this area is like Tibet. Marpha is also popular for being the apple capital of Nepal, where you can love different apple products. Marpha’s local apple brandy is popular all over Nepal. Overnight in Marpha
Day 13: Trek from Marpha to Kalopani (2,530 m/8,300 ft): 5 – 6 hours
From Marpha, we make a new path to Kalopani through the village of Chokhopani. Today, we arrive across the typical villages of the Thakali citizens. We do get to see the nice apple gardens. From now we have spectacular views of the Dhaulagari, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Fang and Annapurna I mountains. We begin to Kokhethanti from Chokhopani. We cross the river and cross the newly built road site before we enter Kalopani. Overnight in Kalopani
Day 14: Trek from Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m/3,937ft): 6 – 7 hours
Most of our trip today is down and down. We cross the bridge at Ghasa throughout the early part of today’s hike. As we descend to lower altitudes, we arise back into subtropical forests, lush with vegetation. Our path begins along the Rupse Chahara (a waterfall). We start down the East Bank from Kopchepani via Garpar to the Dana Bridge. At Narchyang Besi, we’re going to see a power plant that supplies electricity in the area. There are larger villages in this area where we can witness the daily lives of the local residents. Upon hitting Tatopani, we calm and have a hot spring bath. Overnight in Tatopani
Day 15: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 – 8 hours
We’re leaving the Kali Gandaki and heading up the Ghar Khola Valley. The path takes us through a terraced farmland with mountains all around. We cross via the villages of Shikha and Chitre before we meet the lovely Rhododendron forest. When in bloom the rhododendron trees with a normal height of up to 100 “are protected with pink or red flowers. Walking further, we enter Ghorepani, a lovely village placed at the top of the ridge. Overnight in Ghorepani
Day 16: Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft): 6 – 7 hours
To grab the sunrise over the Mountains, we make an early morning ascent along the steep road to the view of Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529 ft), the most famous tourist location in the Annapurna region. It is also a nice view to appreciate the stunning views of Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20 of the highest peaks, including the close-up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks. The snowy peaks of the high mountains are above and around us, shining in the morning light. After taking pictures, we’re going back to Ghorepani. After breakfast, we’ll head east and climb the nearby ridge. We fall through the Rhododendron forests, pass via remarkable waterfalls and meet Tadapani to spend the night. Overnight in Tadapani
Day 17: Trek from Tadapani to Pokhara (827m/2,789ft) via Ghandruk: 5 – 6 hours trek, 1 hour drive
From Tadapani, we consider a steep journey via a thick, dark forest. This part of the hike is going via a dense forest of old rhododendron forests. When the rhododendron trees are in bloom, they simply turn into stunning gardens. By afternoon, based on the visit season, we can also appreciate cherry blossoms in bloom on the slopes on the other side of the ravine. After a few more minutes of hiking, we reach the village of Ghandruk, a hillside village with stone buildings mostly populated by the Gurung citizens. Here, we appreciate the breathtakingly close-up views of the Fishtail, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli Hills. We’re continuing our trek to Nayapul from where we’re going to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara
Day 18: Drive back to Kathmandu and finish Our Trek
After breakfast, we bid farewell to Pokhara’s stunning northern skyline, and head towards Kathmandu. Free evening for your own leisure activities or shopping or exploring the tourist market of Thamel, etc Overnight in Kathmandu
What permits and fees are needed for Annapurna circuit Treks?
The permits needed are – Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry fee and TIMS(Trekkers’ Information Management System fee).
What happens if someone from our group gets sick while trekking in the mountains?
Please do note that if you are traveling in a group, a member falling sick won’t disrupt your trip. While the sick person will be taken care of, the rest of the group will be able to continue with the trip.
If someone becomes ill on the trail your trekking guide will take the sick person’s condition on the account and decide he or she shall continue with the trek or return to a lower elevation and wait for the rest of the group. If his or her condition is serious then the person will be flown by air ambulance to Kathmandu or Pokhara for expert medical attention. An assistant will take care of the sick person, while the rest of the group shall proceed onwards and complete the trip as per the itinerary.
What if I want to do something beyond the itinerary?
If you want to add extra activities and sites to your itinerary it can be done. Our Travel Consultant will help you customize your trip. Just let us know which places you want to visit and what you want to do and we will add these in your itinerary.
What kind of overland transportation facilities do you provide during the trip/tour?
We usually provide private comfortable vehicles to individual tourists. For groups we provide comfortable luxury buses for pick up and drop-offs.
How many tips should I give to the guide, porter, and driver?
Although tipping isn’t compulsory, it’s a sweet way to show gratitude to the people who helped you enhance your travel experiences. It all relies on how happy and satisfied you are about their services. There’s no fixed amount, but many of our customers offer as tips from a minimum of USD 50 to a maximum of USD 100.
On average how long will we be walking each day?
Each day you can expect 5 to 7 hours of walking, covering around 10 to 14 km. However when you reach 3500m, you will be walking around 5 to 7 hours but the distance covered will be less as you will be walking slowly at higher altitudes. We want you to know that all our itineraries are flexible and can be altered by the weather, geographical, and physical condition of the individual participants.
How are the teahouses in the Annapurna Region?
The quality of teahouses in the Annapurna Region is pretty good and most of them offer facilities like western toilets, hot showers (may charge cost) and a wide range of items on their menu. The rooms are usually furnished with two separate beds with mattresses, pillows, blankets, and bedsheets. Most of the teahouses are family or community-run establishments. Teahouses are like an extended home and have a warm and cozy feel to them.
Do you provide trekking gear and equipment for this trek?
We provide a sleeping bag and down jacket on rent but you need to bring your own personal gear. We can recommend some good stores where you can hire or buy new ones.
What about drinking water during the trek? Is it safe to drink?
Teahouses offer boiled and filtered drinking water to trekkers for a price. Though you can purchase bottled water, we discourage the use of plastic bottled water on the trail because of the adverse effect on the environment. You can bring along with you a reusable bottle and fill it up with drinking water.
Your guide will check the condition of the water of the filtered water before you purchase it. Please be assured that our guide will thoroughly check whether the water has been boiled and treated properly before you drink it.
What can one expect on a ‘Teahouse Trek’?
Teahouse trekking is one of the most popular ways of trekking in Nepal. Teahouse trekking has almost replaced old-style camping treks in Nepal along the popular trekking routes of Annapurna and Everest regions. Teahouse Trek involves resting or stopping at teahouses or lodges scattered along the trail for the night. The teahouses are locally owned and they provide accommodation and food. While the standard of teahouses varies, most of these establishments usually offer basic services – small rooms (usually on a twin sharing basis with comfortable beds), shared washroom, a heated communal dining area, and a menu with a range of dishes. Some may offer wi-fi and hot shower. As these teahouses are located in remote locations, one should not expect the service of a city hotel while staying in one. But in popular trails like Everest Base Camp trail and Annapurna Base Camp trail one can expect luxury standard accommodations too.
Where can I store my extra luggage while trekking?
You can store it at your hotel (most hotels in Kathmandu have storage facilities) or you can leave it at our office.
Can I get single supplement services in cities and during trekking?
Yes, a single supplement will be available in the cities and at lower elevations while trekking. At higher elevations there are very few teahouses. During peak season when there is a high demand for rooms, it will be difficult to book single rooms. However, if you are traveling during the off-season a single room can be arranged at all places at an extra price.
Can you provide more information about your trekking guides?
Most of the guides in our adventure company come from mountainous areas. They are carefully selected on the basis of their experience, leadership skills, and personal aptitude. We provide guides that are experienced and fluent in English. With the objective of sustaining local communities, we employ guides from different ethnic backgrounds who have adequate knowledge about the culture, ecosystem, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal.
Our guides have the required government license to guide tourists. They have all gone through intensive training programs like wilderness first aid, trekking guide training which are certified and approved by the government of Nepal.
Do I need to bring additional medicine for trekking?
We carry a first-aid box with us while trekking. But if you want you can carry along some essential medicines like ibuprofen, codeine, paracetamol, lozenges, anti-diarrhea tablets, and Diamox for AMS.
How do you avoid altitude sickness?
Please do note, all our trekking itineraries incorporate an adequate number of acclimatization days. You will get an extra day’s rest at a lower elevation to prepare your body for a walk-up in the higher reaches.
AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness usually occurs due to the lack of oxygen in the atmosphere in high altitudes. Our body is not used to walking in high altitude and it requires a lot of time to adapt to thin air in the mountains. Technically there is no way of stopping AMS but you can surely prevent it by following the given tips:
What kind of insurance do I need for trekking in Nepal? Can I get insurance there?
We would recommend all our clients to purchase travel insurance before booking any of our treks. Trust us you will have a pleasant holiday knowing that you have a good insurance cover. In the event of any sickness or injury, while trekking in the mountains, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation will be considerable. Therefore, traveling with an insurance cover is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up for any of our trips. But be careful while choosing a policy as some policies makes special exceptions for adventure travel.
Do read the fine print. Before buying insurance make sure your insurance company is aware of your travel itinerary and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken during the trip. Such as if you are planning to trek or climb (mountaineering expedition) in the Himalayas, your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tour in an urban area, insurance cover of air ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory. While booking a trip with us you need to send us a copy of your insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come for the trip.
No, you cannot get insurance in Nepal. Please also note that Mountain Hike Nepal does not arrange or sell insurance.
What happens if I need to leave the trekking beforehand?
If you have to leave the trekking due to ill-health or injury, an emergency air rescue will be arranged whereby an air ambulance/helicopter will fly you out of the mountains to Kathmandu for medical attention. Make sure your insurance covers high altitude mountain rescue. If you are able to walk down, one of the assistant guides will guide you down to a lower elevation where you can wait for the rest of the team or fly out to Kathmandu ahead of the group. Whether for health or personal reasons, please do keep in mind that refunds for the unused days of your trip will not be given. Even if you leave the trekking beforehand, we are committed to paying the porters, and guides for the duration of the trip for which they are hired.
How do I deal with the slow walkers in the team?
Besides, your group leader will appoint you with your group’s assistant guides, and your leader will take complete responsibility for the group’s slow walkers. He will work out regularly identifying each of his assistants in the team while taking responsibility for the people behind him, making it completely non-strenuous for everyone involved. Your leader, however, must set up grounds for everyone in the group to remain together and walk as a group.
You have to follow the mentioned terms and conditions before you should confirm your booking with our Mountain Hike Nepal team. You should read them in a careful way to stay aware with respective rights as well as obligations.
Note: For Bhutan and Tibet tours, if you intend to travel directly to those countries, you will pay the balance sum 20 days before your departure date. We reserve the right to cancel your trip if you cannot pay within our agreed period.
We also consider last-minute reservations. You can book a trip to Nepal 7 days before departure. However, last-minute bookings may not be eligible for Bhutan or Tibet.
A written letter will be submitted to us, for whatever cause, you cannot travel on the assigned days.
If the Nepal tour is postponed, a minimum of US$ 100.00 is compensated as a cancelation fee, and hence the remaining balance is allocated for the postponed trip.
You have to cancel your confirmed trek/tour booking with our Mountain Hike Nepal team in writing minimum 2 weeks before your scheduled trip. You may provide this in writing document or email.
However, even though you may cancel your trip, your down payment amount i.e. 20% of the total price is non-refundable.
But if you have paid more than just the deposit, we would then 20% deduction from the sum and the remainder will be refunded from the initial payment system.
And this policy is valid right after registering your reservation with us. If you intend to cancel your travel within 30 days or fewer than 30 days within your departure date, 20 % deposit is non-refundable.
The Total deposit you made for every Bhutan and Tibet tour would be called cancelation charge. We cannot postpone any trip to Bhutan and Tibet after booked for particular dates.
We are not responsible for any refunds for any incomplete trip, trek or expedition, whatever the reasons from customer’s side.
If your tour is canceled due to unexpected events such as natural disasters, battle or adverse climatic conditions, we will arrange another tour. And that even if your trip isn’t your preference, your money won’t go in waste.
We reserve our right to change prices under various situations. While our actions must be appropriate, just like in situations such as dramatic exchange rate fluctuations, inflation or government acts, we are not liable to answer for our actions.
To attend all of our trips, all our customers should have a full travel insurance policy. Insurance must cover all medical costs, personal injuries, emergency evacuations, travel cancellations, loss of gears and natural calamity, luggage theft or injury and personal belongings.
Flight delays and cancellations are likely to occur frequently in remote areas, especially in the Everest region, jomsom, Dolpo, Simikot and Jumla. Therefore, in case of delays, it is best to bring some extra money to purchase food and lodging. Mountain Hike Nepal won’t be responsible for any extra expenses. Please, prepare accordingly.
If you perform any illegal act during your trip and you are forced to leave Nepal, Mountain Hike Nepal is not responsible for any refunds.
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