One of the Worlds greatest circuit treks
Traverse the famous Thorung La pass
Open and private treks available
Duration: 14 days Code: AC14
Summary: 14 day trip, 12 day trek, 2 hotel nights, 11 nights teahouse
Included: Breakfast at Kathmandu hotel
Flight Jomsom-Pokhara and Pokhara-Kathmandu
Normally 4-12, plus leader and staff
Min age: 16 years old for open groups, 12 years old for private treks
The Annapurna Circuit is rightly considered one of the Worlds greatest treks and even in Nepal it
stands out for the incredible variety of scenery it offers. Starting in sub-tropical meadows near Besi Sahar it rises through ever more impressive alpine
peaks before reaching the famous Thorung La pass. From there the descent into the Mustang region
takes you through an arid semi-desert before you finally arrive in Jomsom for a spectacular mountain
flight back to Pokhara.
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The Annapurna Circuit is one of the greatest treks in Nepal, if not the world. This classic circuit trek is an incredibly varied
and extraordinarily beautiful journey. Dramatic deep gorges, bleak high mountain passes, Buddhist temples, picturesque
farming villages and all the major mountains of the Annapurna Massif.
To reach the start of the trek there is a long drive, first down the main Pokhara road and then following the Marshyangdi
River to Besisahar. The trek proper begins here, crossing and re-crossing the gorge carved by the Marshyangdi River on suspension bridges before you reach Manang, the largest
village on the route.
An acclimatisation day is taken here to prepare for crossing the Thorung La pass which is the highest point of the trek at
5416m. From there you descend progressively with plenty of up and down along the way until you reach Jomsom.
We now end our Annapurna Circuit trek at Jomsom to avoid the last section of the circuit. A new road now follows very closely making it very noisy and dusty for trekkers. Instead
you catch a spectacular mountain flight to Pokhara and then a second flight on to Kathmandu.
On a private trek, additional days relaxing on the shores of Lake Pokhara can be arranged before you fly back to
DAY 1 Hotel night in KathmanduDAY 2 Drive to Besisahar. Trek to BhulbhuleDAY 3 Bhulbhule to JagatDAY 4 Jagat to BagarchapDAY 5 Bagarchap to ChameDAY 6 Chame to PisangDAY 7 Pisang to ManangDAY 8 Acclimatisation day in ManangDAY 9 Manang to LetdarDAY 10 Letdar to Thorung High CampDAY 11 Thorung High Camp to MuktinathDAY 12 Muktinath to JomsomDAY 13 Fly to Kathmandu via PokharaDAY 14 Depart
We offer the Annapurna Circuit trek as an open group or private trek. We run 2-3 open groups every month during the trekking seasons (March-May and September-November). Private treks can be arranged on any day that suits you.
Your hotel stay for the nights before and after the trek
All airport transfers
Flight from Jomsom - Pokhara and Pokhara - Kathmandu
Conservation Area entry and TIMS fees
A fully supported trek with a qualified mountain guide
All drinking water on the trek
Teahouse accommodation on a room only basis
Access to emergency oxygen and first aid kit
International airfares and visas
Tips for your guides and porters
Travel insurance (you must be insured, and specificallyfor treks up to 6000m)
Your personal trekking gear
Your personal medicines or prescriptions
Meals and drinks on the trek
Meals and drinks in Kathmandu (breakfast is included)
DAY 1: ARRIVE IN KATHMANDU
All trekkers need to organise their own flights to Kathmandu International Airport(KTM). From Kathmandu Airport we will arrange a private transfer to your hotel. Thatnight you will meet your local Kandoo representative and have a full pre-trek briefing
DAY 2: DRIVE TO BESISAHAR TREK TO BHULBHULE
Elevation: 1300m to 840m to 970m, Distance: 8 km, Time: 3-4 hoursWe begin this trip driving along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre and thenfollowing the rough road along the Marshyangdi River. After 6 hours we finally reachBesisahar, the capital of Lamjung District, and starting point of our trek. We begin thetrek following the path to Pam Khola. On crossing the stream, we climb up towards thevillage of Denauti where we will see Nepali village life at close quarters. As the trailnears the Khudi Khola, we reach the Gurung village of Bhulbhule
DAY 3: TREK TO JAGAT
Elevation: 970m to 1300m, Distance: 20 km, Time: 6-7 hoursA steep trail descends from Bhulbhule before crossing a stream. It then climbs againand traverses the hillside before reaching the village of Hani Gaon. We follow thewinding mountain path down through Syange and along the river for some distance.The trail then climbs steeply and the path is cut into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the river-bed. Eventually we descend to the village of Jagat, situated on ashelf that juts out into the Marshyangdi valley
DAY 4: TREK TO BAGARCHAP
Elevation: 1300m to 2160m, Distance: 20 km, Time 6-7 hoursThe trail from Jagat descends until it reaches the river and then continues through alush forest, before ascending to a sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank. After crossinga suspension bridge, we climb steeply on the path to Sattale and then to Tal. As wewalk away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding and we pass the forestedvillage of Karte and Dharepani before we finally reach Bagarchap. Annapurna IIbecomes visible as we arrive at Bagarchap, a Bhotia village with colourful prayer flags
DAY 5: TREK TO CHAME
Elevation: 2160m to 2710m, Distance: 19 km, Time: 5-6 hoursAs we continue ascending through forests of pine and oak, we pass through Dhanakyubefore coming to a large waterfall. Further on, the Marshyangdi River enters a gorgeand the trail follows a rock-strewn path. When the steep incline ends, we follow a pathamid rhododendrons and continue on a gently rising path. We cross a stream beforeentering a pine forest. We then enter the hamlet of Kotho, from where we can get agood view of Annapurna II. The route reaches a large white gate with a corrugated ironroof, which is the entrance of Chame, the administrative headquarters of Manangdistrict. There is electricity, shops, health post, post office and banks in Chame. The hotsprings are a major attraction too
Once you have cleared immigration and collected your luggage, make
your way to the main doors. Baggage reclaim at Kathmandu is a little
chaotic but somehow it works! Once youve collected your bags you need
to make sure you have your airline baggage tags handy as they check these off against the flight tags on
your luggage before you can leave. If you have booked an airport transfer
with us, your driver will be outside these doors, holding a Kandoo sign.
If you have chosen to make your own way to the pre-trek hotel, you can
easily find a taxi at the airport. The address of your hotel is on your trip
The Nepali Rupee is a closed currency so you will not be able to buy this
before you arrive. It is advisable to travel with US Dollars, as these are
widely accepted. It is very important that US bills be new (post 2006), crisp
and untorn. If you want some local currency then we can take you to an
ATM or bank. Alternatively all the hotels in Kathmandu will change
money for you. We recommend that you take local currency on the actual
trek with you, as the teahouses prefer local currency to dollars. You will also get a more favourable exchange rate
If you are relying on a credit or debit card for emergency funds, make sure you tell your card issuer that you will
be using it abroad, or you may find that it won't work when you really
DAY 6: TREK TO PISANG
Elevation: 2710m to 3310m, Distance: 14 km, Time: 5-6 hoursToday we head off for Pisang crossing a large suspension bridge over theMarshyangdi. Our trail meanders through fields leading to Teleku at 2775metres before reaching Bratang. After leaving the forested village, the valleychanges from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape. Further on, we continue up steeptrails to the south side and cross a long suspension bridge at 3040 metres. Fromhere we get to view Paungda Danda rising more than 1500 metres from theriver. We cross one final bridge and enter the village of Pisang
DAY 7: TREK TO MANANG
Elevation: 3310m to 3540m, Distance: 19 km, Time 6-7 hoursWe start today heading along a steep ridge with wonderful views of the Manangvalley and the Tilicho peak. We descend through Manang's airstrip to come toHongde, lying beneath Annapurna III on the north-east face. The route thenleads to the wide plain of the Sabje Khola Valley from where we get views ofAnnapurna IV (7525m). Further on, we cross a wooden bridge, and enter thevillage of Mungji. We continue along the cultivated fields and after a whilearrive at the village of Bryaga which has a lovely monastery. On trekking downto Manang, we get more views of the Annapurna range - Annapurna II,Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna (7455m) and Tilicho Peak (7134m)
DAY 8: ACCLIMATISATION IN MANANG
Elevation: 3540m to 3800m to 3540m, Time: 4 hoursA day for rest and acclimatisation. Today we will trek up a further 300 metres tohelp your acclimatisation before returning to Manang
DAY 9: TREK TO LETDAR
Elevation: 3450m to 4250m, Distance: 9 km, Time: 4-5 hoursLeaving Manang we cross a stream and climb to Tengi, 120 meters aboveManang. We then ascend further past Marshyangdi Valley, turning up the valleyof the Jarsang Khola. The vegetation of scrub juniper and alpine grasses marksthe change in altitude as we reach the small village of Gunsang, a cluster of flatmud roofs just below the trail at 3960 meters. The trail takes us further along alarge stream that flows from Chulu Youst and Gunsang and leads to Letdar
Our procedure for lost or delayed luggage is as follows:
Establish what items are missing and a contingency plan
for each critical item
If it reaches 6pm on the evening before starting the
trek and your luggage has not arrived we recommend buying
and/or hiring items immediately as a precaution
We will arrange for the hire of wet weather gear, t-shirts,
fleeces and sleeping bags for you, to be paid locally
We will take you to a shop where you can buy toiletry
items, e.g. toothbrush
We will do everything we can to help if your luggage is lost or delayed but all additional out of pocket costs have to be paid locally and should be charged
back to the airline or your insurers. This includes the cost of taxis for shopping
and/or repeat trips to the airport to collect bags.
DAY 10: TREK TO THORUNG HIGH CAMP
Elevation: 4250m to 4850m, Distance: 8 km, Time: 4-5 hours Leaving Letdar, we climb gradually to a ridge before descending to theheadwaters of the Marshyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge.After a short ascent up the path on the right bank, we follow a narrow trailacross an unstable steep slope and then descend to Thorung High Camp
DAY 11: CROSS THORUNG LA PASS TREK TO MUKTINATH
Elevation: 4850m to 5416m to 3800m, Distance: 13 km, Time: 7-8 hoursWe have an early start today for the crossing of Thorung La (5416m). The trailbecomes steep immediately on leaving camp, but as local people have used thistrail for hundreds of years, the path is well defined. The gradient then eases andafter around 4 hours of steady climbing, we reach the prayer flags of the pass.From the snow-covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valleybelow and the brown and purple hills of Mustang, which spread out before us,we are presented with dramatic views. The descent to Muktinath is a tough1600m. But the excellent views of Dhaulagiri are a good distraction. Eventuallymoraine gives way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the JhongKhola Valley to Muktinath, with its shrines and temple
DAY 12: TREK TO JOMSOM
Elevation: 3800m to 2713m, Distance: 15 km, Time: 6-7 hoursWe now begin the descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki valley, initiallythrough arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. Afterpassing through Jharkot and Khingar, villages with typical Tibetan architecture,we follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom. En route, we gettremendous views of both Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. Jomsom is a large townsprawled along both banks of the Kali Gandaki River, and it is here we will spendthe final night of our trek.
DAY 13: FLY TO KATHMANDU VIA POKHARA
We take an early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. It is a spectacularflight along the Kali Gandaki Gorge and provides wonderful views of both theDhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. We then catch a further flight back toKathmandu
DAY 14: DEPARTURE FROM KATHMANDU
We will collect you from your hotel and transfer you to Kathmandu Airport foryour departing flight
The internal flights from Jomsom to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu
operate an absolutely strict maximum limit of 10kg for your main equipment
bag and a maximum of 5kg for your day sack. Your baggage will be weighed by the airport staff so it is important that
you do not exceed these limits.
The porters can carry up to 15kg in the main equipment bag, so there is scope
for your bag to be slightly heavier while you are on the trek. However, you may need to move items into your daysack
for the flight out of Jomsom.
All items must be packed in your main equipment bag. They should not be
attached to the outside, as we are not responsible if items fall off when the
bags are being carried on the trek.
We recommend that wherever possible you use your own gear for your trek as
this is the best way to ensure your comfort and enjoyment. We recognise
though that the cost of some items is very high and this may not be possible.
We do not have our own gear available for rental but there are many places
offering gear for rental in Kathmandu and we can recommend a number of
places for you. The quality of rental gear is very variable and it is your
responsibility to check carefully the condition of any item you rent. We
accept no responsibility for the quality of equipment hired. An indication of
the likely rental costs is below.
Four Season Sleeping Bag $2 per da...