Annapurna Circuit TrekAnnapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Duration14 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Max Altitude 5140m
  • Group Size 2-10+
  • Starts Kathmandu
  • Ends Kathmandu
  • Activity Trekking, climbing, Day tour
  • Best Season Sep - Dec and Mar - Jun

Annapurna Circuit Trek undoubtedly stands out as one of the most remarkable journeys for exploring the stunning mountains and diverse ethnic groups of the Annapurna region. Every step along the trail reveals captivating vistas, charming villages, and the majestic south face of the colossal Annapurna Mountains, evoking a profound sense of joy and awe.

One of the highlights of this trek is the opportunity to immerse oneself in the vibrant culture and lifestyles of the local communities. As you walk through the small villages dotting the landscape, you'll encounter a rich tapestry of traditions, languages, and customs, showcasing the remarkable diversity of the region.

The iconic Thorong La Pass at an altitude of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet) is a major highlight of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. This renowned mountain pass is not only popular among trekkers but also renowned for its stunning beauty. Located between the Manang and Mustang districts, crossing the Thorong La Pass Trek for 2024-2025 is an exhilarating experience, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and the dramatic landscapes that stretch out before you.

Embarking on the 14-day Annapurna Circuit Trek allows you to delve into the unparalleled beauty of nature, immerse yourself in the cultural tapestry of the region, and challenge yourself with high-altitude adventures. It is an unforgettable journey that will leave you with lasting memories and a deep appreciation for the wonders of the Annapurna region.

Refill yourself will all the faded energy of adventure and thrills by undertaking this journey to nature’s profoundly blessed region widely known as Annapurna Circuit.

  • Pass by the picturesque yak pastures, where you can witness the local herders grazing their livestock.
  • Explore Jomsom, the headquarters of the Mustang region, known for its unique cultural heritage and stunning landscapes.
  • Enjoy a day at Pokhara, a popular tourist hub surrounded by beautiful lakes and offering breathtaking views of the Annapurna mountain range.
  • Marvel at the spectacular views of prominent peaks such as Mt. Annapurna, Thorung Peak, Nilgiri, Chulu West, Chulu East, Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV.
  • Visit the beautiful Manang district, known for its traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture, ancient monasteries, and warm hospitality.
  • Witness magnificent lakes, glaciers, deep gorges, and stunning waterfalls along the trekking route, adding to the natural beauty of the surroundings.
  • Explore Muktinath, a sacred pilgrimage site revered by both Hindus and Buddhists. Marvel at the 108 stone faucets and the eternal flame burning for over 2,000 years.
  • Cross the renowned Thorong La Pass at an impressive altitude of 5,416 meters, offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountain peaks and valleys.
  • Visit Braga Monastery, the largest monastery in the Manang district, known for its ancient Buddhist artifacts, stunning architecture, and serene atmosphere.
  • Explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu, known for its rich cultural heritage, ancient temples, and bustling markets. Additionally, enjoy the serene beauty of Pokhara, situated by the picturesque Phewa Lake.
  • These are just a few of the many incredible experiences you can look forward to during the Annapurna Circuit Trek

What to expect in Annapurna Circuit

As you arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, our representative will be waiting to greet you. You'll then be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. You can unwind and rest after your flight. Later, there will be a brief introductory meeting to discuss the itinerary. Following that, you're free to explore the local markets or simply relax for the remainder of the day. Kathmandu sightseeing is also another cultural attraction of this journey
You'll commence your journey by driving to Jagat, a small village in the Lamjung district. From there, the trekking route takes you through picturesque villages such as Dharapani, Chame, Pisang, and Manang.
In Manang, you'll have a rest day for acclimatization, which is important for the trek ahead. The trek continues from Manang to Yak Kharka and Throng Phedi. You'll then cross the famous Thorong La Pass and reach Muktinath, a sacred pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists.
Annapurna Circuit Trek offers you constant views of snow-capped peaks from the start to the end of the journey. If you are a person who loves to see the authentic part of Nepal then Annapurna Circuit is the best ever option. Annapurna Circuit Trek actually covers a large area which is from Besisahar to Pokhara.
Annapurna circuit route heads to a long descent from Thorang-La pass to reach Mustang areas at the holy Muktinath Temple and Buddhist religions. From Muktinath, the path goes through the Kali Gandaki River and the beautiful desert valley to Jomsom headquarters. Thorong la Pass Trek takes you to explore the fascinating culture of Manang Valley and its old impressive monastery of Buddhist religion with ancient customs and colorful traditional life.

Difficult Level of this Journey

Annapurna Circuit Trek is generally considered to be a challenging-level trek. While it does involve high altitudes and long distances, it is manageable for individuals with proper preparation and a reasonable level of fitness. The most challenging part of the trek is crossing the Thorong La Pass, which reaches an elevation of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet). At this altitude, there is a risk of altitude sickness, so it is important to take necessary precautions and allow your body enough time to acclimatize to the changing altitudes. Our itinerary is designed to provide ample time for acclimatization, ensuring your safety and well-being.
Throughout the trek, you will be accompanied by experienced guides who are familiar with the trail and will provide guidance and support. The trail is well-marked, making it easier to navigate. However, it is essential to be prepared for long days of hiking, as some sections of the trek require several hours of walking.
Prior physical preparation, including cardiovascular exercises and endurance training, will greatly contribute to your overall trekking experience. It is advisable to consult with your healthcare provider and undertake a training regimen before embarking on the trek.
With the right mindset, preparation, and support from our team, you can successfully complete the Annapurna Circuit Trek and enjoy the stunning landscapes and cultural experiences along the way.

When One Should Book This Adventure

The best time to book the Annapurna Circuit Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer the most favorable weather and optimal trekking conditions. During the spring season, the hills and valleys come alive with vibrant colors as rhododendrons and other flowers bloom. The landscape becomes even more stunning, creating a picturesque backdrop for your trek.

In autumn, the weather is generally pleasant with mild temperatures and clear skies. The refreshing breeze makes trekking during the day comfortable, and you can enjoy unobstructed views of the mountains and surrounding landscapes. It's important to note that the winter months (December to February) can be extremely cold, with heavy snowfall in higher elevations. Trekking during this time can be challenging and requires specialized equipment and experience in winter trekking.

Similarly, the summer months (June to August) are the monsoon season in Nepal, characterized by heavy rainfall and high humidity. The trails can be muddy and slippery, and there is an increased risk of landslides. Trekking during this time is not recommended due to safety concerns and limited visibility of the mountains. By planning your Annapurna Circuit Trek during the spring or autumn, you can make the most of the favorable weather conditions, enjoy the stunning landscapes, and have a memorable trekking experience.

For further information or assistance regarding the Annapurna Circuit Trek or any adventure in Nepal, contact Nepal Nomad. We can provide detailed trek itineraries that can be customized to your preferences. Reach out to Nepal Nomad for a memorable and fulfilling adventure in the Annapurna region.


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Arriving in Kathmandu, you are warmly welcomed and settle into a comfortable hotel. Excitement fills you as you set out to explore the vibrant city. Walking through bustling streets, you are captivated by its charm and the symphony of sounds. Colorful shops display handicrafts and spices, reflecting the rich cultural heritage. Savoring the culinary delights, you return to your hotel, eagerly anticipating the adventures that await.

  • Max. Altitude:1300m
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Welcome Dinner

After a fulfilling breakfast, our knowledgeable city and tour guide will pick us up for a captivating sightseeing tour around Kathmandu. The city, despite being a bustling metropolis, has managed to preserve its ancient culture and traditions over the centuries. It is home to numerous World Heritage Sites that showcase the rich history and heritage of Nepal.

The tour will take us through the medieval customs and traditions that have been passed down for generations. We will witness the harmonious blend of Buddhism and Hinduism that is unique to the Kathmandu Valley. This region is adorned with ancient temples, palaces, and squares that hold immense cultural significance.

We will have the opportunity to explore iconic sites such as Durbar Square, where ancient palaces and intricately carved temples stand as testaments to Nepal's architectural grandeur. The spiritual ambiance of sacred places like Pashupatinath, a holy Hindu temple, and Boudhanath, a revered Buddhist stupa, will captivate our senses.

As we delve into the cultural tapestry of Kathmandu, our guide will provide interesting insights into the history, customs, and beliefs that have shaped this vibrant city.

After the enriching tour, we will have the afternoon free to make necessary preparations for the Annapurna Circuit trek. It's a perfect time to double-check our equipment, pack our bags, and ensure we have everything we need for the adventure ahead.

With the day coming to a close, I reflect on the unique blend of ancient and modern that Kathmandu offers. The exploration of its historical sites has deepened my appreciation for Nepal's rich cultural heritage. I'm now eagerly anticipating the challenges and rewards that await me on the Annapurna Circuit trek.

  • Max. Altitude:1300m
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:1 breakfast

To reach the apple orchard of the Brathang (2840m), former Tibetan settlements of Khampa, we hike to the fields of buckwheat and barley in the morning. We will then have our lunch before we cross to the river into the forest fir, we will have a sight of Annapurna and Lamjung which towers the path. We then get to see the huge slabs of PaungdaDanda (1500m) after spending some time in the forest. To arrive at the flat-roofed stone houses of the Pisang Village (3300m), precede our hike. With the sight of the gorgeous Pisang Peak (6091m) and Annapurna || we stay at our accommodation and bunk our night here.

  • Max. Altitude:1000m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

After a satisfying breakfast, we begin our trekking adventure for the day. The trail leads us through a scenic and pleasant path, meandering through the lush green jungle and terraced fields. The melodious sound of the flowing Marsyangdi river accompanies us as we make our way forward.

As we hike, we have the opportunity to soak in the natural beauty of the surroundings. The fertile lands and vibrant vegetation serve as a testament to the agricultural livelihood of the local communities. The rhythmic steps on the trail, accompanied by the symphony of nature, create a peaceful and serene ambiance.

At a suitable point along the trail, we take a leisurely lunch break, allowing us to refuel and relax amidst the captivating scenery. The break also provides an opportunity to interact with fellow trekkers and share stories and experiences.

Continuing on our journey, we pass through several rural settlements, where the authentic way of life of the local people unfolds before us. These villages offer glimpses into the traditional lifestyle and hospitality of the Nepalese countryside.

Gradually, our path leads us to the tranquil village of Jagat, which holds historical significance as a former trading post. Nestled amidst the mountains, this peaceful village offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere. It serves as a place of respite and a chance to connect with the local culture and traditions.

As we settle in for the night in Jagat, I reflect on the beauty and serenity of the day's trek. The harmonious blend of nature, rural life, and the adventure of the trail has set the stage for an incredible journey ahead. I look forward to the experiences that await us as we continue our exploration of the Annapurna Circuit.

  • Max. Altitude:1,300m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

On the fifth day of our trek, we continue our journey alongside the majestic Marsyangdi River. As we make our way, we encounter a steep climb that leads us into the enchanting Manang region, specifically to the village of Tal. Here, we are greeted by the mesmerizing sight of several waterfalls cascading down and converging to form a river that flows gently along sandy beaches.

As we hike through this picturesque landscape, we are surrounded by terraced fields adorned with crops like barley, rice, and potatoes. The vibrant colors and lush greenery create a stunning contrast against the backdrop of the towering mountains.

Our path guides us to Koto, which is one of the largest villages in the Manang Valley. This vibrant settlement offers us a glimpse into the local way of life, with its traditional houses and friendly inhabitants. The village resonates with a sense of community and resilience amidst the rugged terrain.

Continuing our trek, we come across a suspension bridge that allows us to cross the river and continue our ascent. After a short but invigorating climb through the stone Kani (a traditional archway), we arrive at our destination for the day - Dharapani.

Dharapani welcomes us with its rustic charm and tranquil atmosphere. The village is nestled amidst towering mountains, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes. It provides a perfect setting for us to rest and rejuvenate after a day of trekking.

As we settle into Dharapani for the night, I reflect on the beauty and diversity of the Manang region. The natural wonders, cultural experiences, and warm hospitality encountered along the way have truly enriched our journey. I eagerly look forward to the adventures that await us in the days ahead as we continue our exploration of the Annapurna Circuit.

  • Max. Altitude:1,860m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

Leaving Dharapani behind, our trek continues as we follow the trail through dense forests adorned with a variety of trees such as pine, fir, oak, and maple. The soothing shade of the trees provides respite from the sun as we make our way alongside the Marsyangdi River.

Immersed in the lush greenery of the forest, we can't help but feel a sense of tranquility and connection with nature. The symphony of chirping birds and rustling leaves accompany us, creating a serene atmosphere. As we look up, we are treated to breathtaking views of the Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m) towering above us, showcasing the grandeur of the Himalayan range.

During our trek, we have the opportunity to take a refreshing break at a small hot spring. This natural thermal pool provides a chance to relax and rejuvenate our weary muscles. The therapeutic properties of the hot spring are a welcome respite, offering a moment of indulgence amidst the rugged terrain.

After a brief rest, we resume our trek and continue to make our way through the captivating scenery. The trail gradually leads us to Chame, which serves as the district headquarters of the Manang district. Chame welcomes us with its unique charm and offers glimpses of the local lifestyle and culture.

As we settle in for the night in Chame, I am grateful for the beauty and serenity that the journey has bestowed upon us. The lush forests, panoramic mountain views, and moments of relaxation have made this day an unforgettable experience. With anticipation, I eagerly await the adventures that lie ahead as we continue to explore the wonders of the Annapurna Circuit.

  • Max. Altitude:2,610m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

After a hearty breakfast, we embark on our trek for the day. The trail leads us through a steep and narrow valley, guiding us toward a magnificent sight - the Paungda Danda Rock. This massive rock wall holds great significance and is considered sacred by the local people. As we approach, we are in awe of its sheer size, with the curved rock face rising an impressive 1500 meters from the Marshyangdi River.

The Paungda Danda Rock is a natural wonder that leaves us humbled by its grandeur. It serves as a reminder of the immense power and beauty of the natural world. The local communities hold a deep reverence for this sacred site, adding to its spiritual aura.

As we continue along the trail, we are treated to stunning views of Annapurna II in the south and Pisang Peak in the northeast. These majestic peaks dominate the skyline, their snow-capped summits reaching toward the heavens. The clear vistas allow us to appreciate the magnitude and beauty of the Himalayas.

Descending from the high points, our path takes us to the Manang Valley floor, where we arrive at the charming village of Pisang. Nestled amidst the mountains, Pisang offers a tranquil setting and a chance to immerse ourselves in the local culture. The village showcases traditional architecture, and the friendly locals warmly welcome us.

As we settle in for the night in Pisang, I am captivated by the natural wonders we have witnessed throughout the day. The Paungda Danda Rock, the breathtaking mountain views, and the serene atmosphere of the Manang Valley have left an indelible mark on our journey. I look forward to further exploration and discovery in the days to come as we continue our trek on the Annapurna Circuit.

  • Max. Altitude:3,300m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

On the eighth day of our trek, we embark on the upper trails, making our way through Upper Pisang via Geru. This alternative route offers a unique perspective and rewards us with outstanding views of the awe-inspiring north face of Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho, and Pisang Peak. The sight of these majestic peaks leaves us in awe of the sheer magnificence of the Himalayas.

As we ascend higher, we notice a change in the atmosphere. The air becomes colder, drier, and harsher, reminding us of the high altitude we are reaching. The rugged beauty of the landscape is intensified, creating a sense of adventure and exploration.

The trail takes us through Tibetan settlements, providing us with a fascinating opportunity to immerse ourselves in the Buddhist culture. We encounter prayer flags fluttering in the wind and encounter Buddhist shrines along the way, each adding to the spiritual ambiance of the journey.

One notable stop along the trail is the Barge Monastery, the largest monastery in Manang. This sacred site offers a glimpse into the rich Buddhist heritage of the region. Exploring the monastery allows us to deepen our understanding of the local traditions and customs.

As we continue our trek, we pass more monasteries and encounter additional Buddhist shrines. These spiritual landmarks serve as reminders of the deep-rooted faith and spirituality that permeate the region.

Our journey culminates in reaching Manang Bazaar, an area that caters to tourists and trekkers. Here, we find amenities and facilities to cater to our needs, providing a comfortable base to rest and replenish.

As we settle in for the night in Manang, I reflect on the remarkable experiences of the day. The breathtaking mountain vistas, the immersion in Buddhist culture, and the sense of adventure have made this day truly memorable. I eagerly anticipate the days ahead, as we delve further into the wonders of the Annapurna Circuit.

  • Max. Altitude:3,540m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

On this day, we prioritize acclimatization to ensure our bodies adjust to the high altitude and reduce the risk of altitude sickness. While we take the time to acclimatize, our day will be filled with exploration and discovery in the captivating village of Manang.

In the morning, we set out to visit Gangapurna and Ice Lakes. These serene lakes offer a tranquil setting and provide an opportunity to immerse ourselves in the natural beauty of the surroundings. The reflective waters mirror the towering peaks of Annapurna III, Tilicho, Pisang, and Chulu, creating a breathtaking panorama that leaves us in awe.

As we explore the lakes and their surroundings, we are enveloped by the majestic Himalayan scenery. The pristine air and the grandeur of the mountains serve as a reminder of the awe-inspiring power of nature.

Throughout the rest of the day, we take the time to soak in the magnificent views that Manang has to offer. The village is blessed with stunning vistas of the surrounding peaks, which captivate us with their beauty and grace. The play of light and shadow on the mountains creates ever-changing landscapes, offering a feast for the eyes and a source of inspiration.

In the afternoon, we have the option to visit the Himalayan Rescue Association in Vraja village. Here, we receive a valuable briefing on acute mountain sickness, including its symptoms and prevention methods. This information is crucial for our safety and well-being as we continue our journey in the high-altitude terrain.

As the day comes to a close, I reflect on the incredible experiences and sights of Manang. The majestic lakes, the panoramic mountain views, and the knowledge gained from the briefing have enriched our understanding and appreciation of the Himalayan region. I am grateful for the opportunity to acclimatize and prepare ourselves for the challenges and wonders that lie ahead on the Annapurna Circuit.

  • Max. Altitude:3,519m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

After acclimatizing Manang, we continue our trek towards Yak Kharka. Our journey begins by crossing a stream and ascending to Tenki village. From there, we head out of the Marshyangdi Valley, following the northwest direction towards the Jar Sang Khola Valley. The trail gradually ascends as we move northwards.

Along the way, we pass through beautiful pastures and enchanting juniper forests. The landscape showcases the natural beauty of the region, offering a serene and picturesque setting. As we progress, we come across the small village of Gunsan, characterized by houses with flat mud roofs. This glimpse of local architecture provides insight into the traditional lifestyle of the area.

As we continue our trek, we encounter vast pastures where yaks and horses graze peacefully. The sight of these magnificent creatures adds to the charm of the journey, connecting us with the rugged mountain environment.

Crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, we venture further into the valley, where we are greeted by an open and tranquil meadow called Yak Kharka. This serene location serves as our destination for the day. Here, we can appreciate the tranquility of the surroundings, take in the panoramic views, and embrace the peacefulness of the high-altitude meadow.

As we settle into Yak Kharka for the night, I am grateful for the opportunity to witness the beauty of the natural world and immerse myself in the tranquility of the mountains. The journey thus far has been filled with incredible landscapes and cultural experiences, and I eagerly anticipate what lies ahead on our Annapurna Circuit trek.

  • Max. Altitude:850m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

Our journey continues as we make our way towards Thorong Phedi, situated at the foot of the renowned Thorong La pass. Leaving Yak Kharka behind, we begin by climbing up to a ridge and then descend to cross the Marsyangdi River using a sturdy wooden bridge. As we ascend the mountain, we navigate a narrow trail that traverses a slope before finally descending to Thorong Phedi.

The landscape undergoes a dramatic transformation as we ascend higher. The once lush and verdant lowlands give way to an uninhabited and rugged terrain, creating an otherworldly atmosphere. The ruggedness of the surroundings serves as a reminder of the challenging yet awe-inspiring nature of the Annapurna Circuit trek.

Thorong Phedi serves as a significant milestone on our journey, as it marks the starting point for the challenging Thorong La pass. Here, we find a sense of anticipation and excitement as we prepare ourselves for the forthcoming ascent and the breathtaking views that await us at the summit.

As we settle in at Thorong Phedi, I reflect on the incredible diversity of the landscapes we have encountered thus far. The contrast between the lush lowlands and the rugged high-altitude terrain is a testament to the remarkable beauty of the Annapurna region. I eagerly await the next phase of our adventure, ready to conquer the Thorong La Pass and embrace the awe-inspiring vistas that lie ahead.

  • Max. Altitude:4,525m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

Today is undoubtedly a remarkable and challenging one as we embark on a trek from Thorong Phedi (4,525m/14,525ft) to Muktinath Temple (3,760m/12,623ft) via the awe-inspiring Thorong La high pass (5,416m/17,756ft). As we set off early in the morning, we brace ourselves for the icy air and high altitude that awaits us, fully aware that this portion of the trek will test our endurance and determination.

Ascending the Thorong La Pass, we push ourselves to conquer one of the highest passes in the world. Despite the physical demands, the rewards are immeasurable. Upon reaching the pass, we are greeted with a panoramic view of majestic Himalayan peaks, stretching towards Tibet in the north. Turning back, we are treated to a stunning sight of the magnificent Annapurna range. The sense of achievement and the breathtaking vistas make this challenging ascent truly worthwhile.

After taking in the beauty of the pass, we begin our descent towards Muktinath. This sacred place holds immense significance for both Hindus and Buddhists. Known as Chumig Gyatsa in Tibetan, meaning Hundred Waters, Muktinath is a place of spiritual importance and pilgrimage. The highlight of the temple is the 108 stone sprouts, symbolizing purity, with water flowing from the sacred Kaligandaki River. Witnessing this unique phenomenon is a powerful experience that connects us with the spiritual essence of the region.

Another remarkable sight at Muktinath is the eternal flame that has been burning for over 2,000 years. This eternal flame represents the divine presence and adds to the mystical ambiance of the temple.

As we conclude our day's trek in Muktinath, I reflect on the profound experiences and sights that have enriched our journey. The challenging ascent to Thorong La Pass, the breathtaking views, and the spiritual significance of Muktinath Temple has left an indelible mark on our adventure. I eagerly anticipate the upcoming days, as we continue to explore the wonders of the Annapurna Circuit.

  • Max. Altitude:3,760m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

After a satisfying breakfast, we continue our journey toward Kagbeni. Descending from Muktinath, we navigate a steep and barren hillside, gradually making our way through the rugged terrain. The village of Kagbeni welcomes us with its tightly packed mud houses and intriguing dark tunnels, showcasing its ancient charm. This historic settlement holds great cultural and historical significance, situated at the confluence of rivers and serving as the gateway to the Upper Mustang trek.

Continuing our descent, we follow the winding path alongside the Kaligandaki Valley. Along the way, we catch glimpses of the sacred black stone Shaligrams, revered by Hindu pilgrims. These fossilized ammonite stones are believed to embody the presence of Lord Vishnu, adding to the spiritual aura of the region.

After approximately 2.5 hours of relatively easy walking, we reach Jomsom, the district headquarters of Mustang. This town serves as a significant milestone in our journey, offering a well-deserved break. It's important to note that Jomsom is known for its dusty trail and strong winds, so taking precautions such as wearing sunglasses and applying lip balm is advisable.

In Jomsom, we have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the vibrant atmosphere of the town. Explore the blend of traditional and modern influences, engage with the friendly locals, and appreciate the rich cultural heritage that permeates the area. This is a moment to reflect on the incredible experiences and memories we have gathered thus far, as we prepare ourselves for the upcoming stages of our unforgettable Annapurna Circuit trek.

  • Max. Altitude:2665m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

The most convenient and efficient way to travel between Pokhara and Jomsom is by air, with a short flight taking less than 30 minutes. This allows travelers to cover the distance swiftly while enjoying breathtaking views of the Kali Gandaki Gorge, one of the world's deepest gorges. The small planes gracefully navigate through the gorge, offering passengers spectacular vistas of the surrounding landscape before landing in the open terrain of Jomsom.

The airport in Jomsom provides a remarkable vantage point, allowing travelers to witness the grandeur of the towering mountains that encompass the region. The views from this airport are truly awe-inspiring, immersing visitors in the majestic beauty of the Himalayas.

Flights from Pokhara to Jomsom usually operate in the late morning, taking advantage of calmer winds during that time. Conversely, flights from Jomsom to Kathmandu typically depart in the late afternoon, ensuring a safe and comfortable journey back to the capital city.

By choosing this air travel option, trekkers can save time and energy, maximizing their experience on the Annapurna Circuit trek.

  • Max. Altitude:850m
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast and Lunch with coffee/Tea
What's Included
  • Meals: The trek includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. These meals are provided as specified in the itinerary. The meals are usually prepared at local lodges or teahouses along the trekking route.
  • Internal Local Transport: All transportation within Nepal as per the itinerary is included. This includes transfers from the airport to the hotel upon arrival, as well as any transportation required during the trek.
  • Local Flights: The package may include local flights from Jomsom to Pokhara, providing a convenient and time-saving mode of transportation.
  • Trekking Permits and Fees: The trekking permits and National Park entrance fees required for the Annapurna Circuit Trek are typically included in the package. These permits are necessary to access the trekking trails and protected areas.
  • Accommodation: Accommodation during the trek is arranged in twin-sharing basis lodges or the best available places along the route. These accommodations provide basic facilities and a comfortable resting place for trekkers.
  • Guide and Porters: A knowledgeable and experienced trekking guide will accompany you throughout the journey. They will provide guidance, ensure your safety, and share insights about the local culture and surroundings. Porters will also be provided to carry the majority of your trekking gear and equipment.
  • Insurance and Salaries: The salaries, insurance, food, and accommodations for the guide and porters are included in the trekking arrangements.
  • First Aid Kit: Your guide will carry a basic first aid kit to provide initial medical assistance if needed during the trek.
  • Single Supplement: No additional single supplement is required in Kathmandu or during the trek. Accommodation in Kathmandu and the mountain will be arranged on a twin-sharing basis.
  • Airport Transfers: Arrival airport pick-up and departure drop-off services are provided as part of the package. You will be greeted by a representative upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport and transferred to your hotel. Similarly, for departure, you will be dropped off at the airport for your onward journey.
What's not Included
  • Kathmandu Food and Accommodation: Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu are generally not included in the package. You will be responsible for your own meals and accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • International Flights: The package usually does not include international flights from your home country to Nepal and vice versa. You will need to arrange and bear the cost of your international airfare.
  • Airport Taxes: Any airport taxes or fees imposed by the airports are not typically included in the package and will be your responsibility.
  • Local Transportation: Expenses related to local transportation such as car, taxi, or van for personal use or sightseeing outside the trekking itinerary are not included.
  • Visa Fees: The cost of obtaining a visa for entry into Nepal is not included in the package. You will need to arrange and pay for your visa separately.
  • Medical Examination and Vaccination Costs: If any medical examination or vaccinations are required before your trip, the associated costs are not included.
  • Personal Expenditure: Personal expenses such as shopping, souvenirs, snacks, and drinks not specified in the itinerary are not covered in the package.
  • Bar Bills and Laundry: Expenses incurred for alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, and laundry services are not included.
  • Hot Shower in the Mountains: The cost of hot showers in mountain lodges is usually not included. You may need to pay an additional fee for hot water showers during the trek.
  • Mineral Water and Sweet Deserts: The cost of mineral water and sweet desserts are typically not included in the package. It's recommended to bring a water purifier and neutralizer tablets to reduce costs and be an environmentally responsible traveler.
  • Tipping: While tipping is not mandatory, it is generally expected to tip the trek crew, including drivers, trek leaders, and porters. The amount of tipping is at your discretion.
  • Meals or Drinks not Specified: Any meals or drinks that are not specified in the itinerary will be at your own expense.
  • Personal Clothing and Equipment: You will be responsible for purchasing or renting personal clothing and trekking equipment necessary for the trek.
  • Travel Insurance: It is essential to have travel insurance that covers trekking activities. The cost of travel insurance is not included in the package.
  • Optional Trips: Any optional trips or activities not included in the itinerary will be at an additional cost.
  • Delays and Charges Beyond Control: Any expenses incurred due to unforeseen delays or circumstances beyond Nepal Nomad's control are not included in the package.
Good to Know

Experience Required:

While previous trekking experience is not a strict requirement for the Annapurna Circuit Trek, having a certain level of health and physical fitness will greatly benefit you in successfully completing the trek. The Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered a moderate to challenging trek due to its high altitude and long distances to be covered.

The trek involves walking for several hours each day, ascending and descending steep trails, and crossing high mountain passes, including the Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters (17,769 feet). Therefore, it is important to be in good overall health and have a reasonable level of physical fitness to endure the demands of the trek. Prior preparation through regular exercises, such as hiking, walking, jogging, or cycling, can help build stamina and improve cardiovascular fitness. It is also recommended to engage in strength training exercises to strengthen your leg muscles, as they will be crucial for navigating the rugged terrain.

Additionally, acclimatization to the increasing altitude is essential to prevent altitude sickness. Taking sufficient time for acclimatization days during the trek and following the guidance of your trekking guide will help minimize the risk of altitude-related issues.

It's always advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before embarking on any strenuous physical activity, especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions. They can provide personalized advice and ensure that you are in good health for the trek.

Remember to listen to your body throughout the trek, take regular breaks, stay hydrated, and maintain a steady pace that suits your fitness level. Hiring an experienced guide and porter can also alleviate the physical strain and allow you to fully enjoy the trek. By preparing yourself physically, and mentally, and being mindful of your health, you will increase your chances of successfully completing the Annapurna Circuit Trek and making the most of this incredible adventure.

Pre-Trip Meeting:

A pre-trip meeting is an essential part of the preparations for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. This meeting is typically conducted one or two days before the start of the trek and provides an opportunity for trekkers to gather important information and clarify any doubts or queries they may have.

During the pre-trip meeting, your trekking company or guide will provide a detailed briefing about the trek, including the itinerary, expected weather conditions, necessary equipment and gear, health and safety precautions, and any specific guidelines or rules to follow during the trek. They will also discuss the overall difficulty level of the trek and the expected daily hiking distances. You will have the opportunity to meet your trekking guide and fellow trekkers, allowing you to get acquainted and build a sense of camaraderie before embarking on the adventure together.

The pre-trip meeting is also an excellent time to discuss any specific requirements or concerns you may have, such as dietary preferences, accommodation preferences, or any medical conditions that may need attention during the trek. Your guide will address these concerns and ensure that necessary arrangements are made accordingly.

Furthermore, the meeting may also involve a gear check, where your guide will review the equipment and gear you have brought for the trek, ensuring that you have all the necessary items and advising on any additional gear you may need to acquire or rent. Overall, the pre-trip meeting serves as a crucial opportunity for you to gather all the essential information, clarify any doubts, and ensure that you are well-prepared for the Annapurna Circuit Trekking Adventure. It helps to ensure a smooth and enjoyable trekking experience for all participants.

Equipment Check List:

When preparing for the Annapurna Circuit Trek, it's important to pack wisely and keep your luggage within the weight limit of 15 kg (33 lbs) to ensure convenience and ease during the trek. Here are some essential equipment and items to consider:


  • Lightweight and moisture-wicking base layers (long-sleeve tops and pants)
  • Insulating layers (fleece jackets or down jackets)
  • Waterproof and breathable outer shell jacket and pants
  • Trekking pants/shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Comfortable and sturdy hiking boots
  • Trekking socks
  • Undergarments
  • Swimwear (if desired, for hot springs along the trek)


  • Sleeping bag (comfortable for temperatures below freezing)
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional, for added warmth and hygiene)
  • Travel pillow (optional, for added comfort)

Trekking Gear:

  • Trekking poles
  • Headlamp or flashlight with spare batteries
  • Water bottles or hydration system
  • Snacks and energy bars
  • Trekking backpack/daypack
  • Personal Hygiene and Health:
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, etc.)
  • Quick-drying towel
  • Sunscreen and lip balm (with high SPF)
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal medications and first aid kit
  • Water purification tablets or filters


  • Trekking map and guidebook
  • Cash (Nepalese Rupees) for expenses along the trek
  • Passport and necessary travel documents
  • Camera and spare batteries
  • Portable charger for electronic devices
  • A travel adapter for charging devices

Remember to wear and carry heavier items during your travel to Nepal to minimize the weight in your luggage. It's also recommended to wear and carry a few extra layers of clothing, as weather conditions can vary, and it's important to be prepared for both warm and cold temperatures.

Keep in mind that this list is a general guide, and you may have additional personal preferences or requirements. Make sure to check with your trekking company or guide for any specific gear recommendations based on the season and conditions during your trek. Lastly, it's always a good idea to pack efficiently and prioritize essential items. Only pack what is necessary to keep your luggage within the weight limit and make your trek more comfortable.

A typical day:

A typical day of the Annapurna Circuit trekking is filled with adventure, beautiful landscapes, and immersing yourself in the mountain environment. Here's a general outline of what a day on the trek may look like:


  • Wake up early, usually around 6:00 am.
  • Freshen up and pack your belongings.
  • Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the teahouse or lodge.
  • Trekking:
  • Start trekking, usually around 7:00 am.
  • Follow the well-marked trail, accompanied by your guide and fellow trekkers.
  • Enjoy the scenic beauty of the Annapurna region as you hike through forests, villages, and mountainous terrain.
  • Take short breaks along the way to rest, hydrate, and capture stunning views.
  • Mid-morning:
  • Stop at a teahouse or local lodge for a mid-morning break.
  • Have some snacks and hot drinks to rejuvenate.


  • Continue trekking after the mid-morning break.
  • Reach a suitable spot for lunch, usually at a teahouse or lodge en route.
  • Enjoy a delicious and filling meal, often consisting of Nepali or international cuisine.
  • Afternoon:
  • Resume trekking after lunch.
  • Experience the changing landscapes, cross suspension bridges, and ascend or descend trails.
  • Engage in conversation with fellow trekkers or locals you encounter along the way.
  • Keep an eye out for wildlife and enjoy the natural beauty of the surroundings.

Afternoon Tea:

  • Take a short break in the late afternoon for tea or coffee at a teahouse or lodge.
  • Rest and refuel before continuing the trek.
  • Arrival at the Destination:
  • Reach the designated stop for the day, typically a village or settlement where the teahouses or lodges are located.
  • Check in to your accommodation and freshen up.
  • Relax and enjoy the panoramic views around you.
  • Engage in activities such as exploring the village, interacting with locals, or simply resting and taking in the scenery.


  • Gather in the dining area of the teahouse or lodge for dinner.
  • Enjoy a warm meal while sharing stories and experiences with fellow trekkers.
  • Spend the evening relaxing, playing cards, or engaging in conversations.
  • Retire to your room for a good night's rest.

It's important to note that the exact schedule may vary depending on the distance to be covered and the pace of the group. The itinerary will be planned by your trekking company or guide, and they will provide you with a detailed schedule for each day. Each day on the Annapurna Circuit trek is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes, embrace the challenges, and create unforgettable memories.

Accommodation and meals:

  • Teahouses/Lodges: These are the most common type of accommodation along the trekking route. Teahouses provide basic facilities such as private or shared rooms with beds, blankets, and pillows. Some teahouses have attached bathrooms, while others have shared toilet facilities. These accommodations also offer dining areas where you can enjoy meals and socialize with other trekkers.
  • Guesthouses: In some larger villages and towns, you may find guesthouses that offer more amenities compared to teahouses. Guesthouses often provide private rooms with attached bathrooms, hot showers, and more comfortable bedding. They may also have a dining area and common spaces for relaxation.
  • Camping: For those who prefer a more adventurous experience, camping is an option in certain areas. Trekking agencies can arrange camping equipment, including tents, sleeping bags, and cooking facilities. Camping allows you to stay closer to nature and enjoy remote areas where teahouses may not be available.

It's important to note that while the accommodations provide basic amenities, they may vary in terms of comfort and facilities. It is advisable to be prepared for simple and rustic living conditions during the trek. The trekking company or guide will arrange accommodations along the route based on your preferences and availability.


It is highly recommended to have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical expenses, trip cancellations or interruptions, and emergency rescue evacuation when undertaking the Annapurna Circuit Trek. The trek involves traveling in remote areas with limited access to medical facilities, and unforeseen circumstances such as altitude sickness or accidents can occur.

  • Medical coverage ensures that you receive necessary medical treatment in case of illness or injury during the trek. It should include coverage for emergency medical expenses, hospitalization, and emergency evacuation by helicopter if required.
  • Trip cancellation or interruption coverage protects your investment in case you need to cancel or cut short your trip due to unforeseen circumstances such as personal emergencies, flight cancellations, or natural disasters. This coverage can reimburse you for non-refundable expenses such as pre-paid accommodations, flights, and trekking permits.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation coverage is crucial in the event of a medical emergency where you need to be airlifted from a remote location to a hospital for treatment. This can be a costly service, and having insurance coverage ensures that you receive prompt and necessary evacuation without incurring significant expenses.

It is important to carefully review the terms and conditions of your insurance policy to ensure that it covers the specific activities and altitudes involved in the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Make sure to disclose all relevant information about your trekking plans to your insurance provider to ensure that you are adequately covered. Additionally, carry a copy of your insurance policy and emergency contact numbers with you during the trek and inform your trekking guide or company about your insurance coverage.

Altitude Sickness:

altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), is a potential risk during the Annapurna Circuit Trek due to the high altitudes reached along the trail. It occurs when the body is unable to acclimatize properly to the reduced oxygen levels at higher elevations.

To mitigate the risk of altitude sickness, the trek itinerary typically includes acclimatization days where you rest and allow your body to adjust to the altitude. These rest days are strategically placed at certain points along the trek, such as in Manang, to help you acclimatize before ascending further.

During the rest days, it is important to stay hydrated, eat nutritious meals, and avoid strenuous activities. It is recommended to take it slow and not ascend too rapidly to higher altitudes, as this can increase the chances of altitude sickness.

Carrying necessary medications for altitude sickness is advisable. Diamox (acetazolamide) is a commonly used medication that can help prevent and treat altitude sickness. However, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional before taking any medications and to follow their guidance.

In case of severe altitude sickness or other medical emergencies, emergency evacuation by helicopter is available. Trekking companies usually have arrangements in place for such situations to ensure prompt evacuation and access to medical facilities.

It is important to be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness, which can include headaches, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, and shortness of breath. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is crucial to inform your guide or trekking company immediately, as they can provide appropriate assistance and take necessary actions for your safety. Remember, proper acclimatization, rest, and attentive monitoring of your own well-being are key to minimizing the risk of altitude sickness and ensuring a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.

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