The Annapurna Circuit trek is considered one of the top treks in the world with its spectacular Himalayan scenery and its mosaic of traditional villages and monasteries influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. You walk through rhododendron forests as well as open-vista trails surrounded by towering peaks before crossing the Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters (17,769 feet). Finally, you descend to the spiritual centre of Muktinath and the arid landscape beyond the Annapurna Himalayan chain.
From the top of the Thorong La, you can see the magnificent panorama of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,172m), Manaslu (8,163m), Annapurna I (8,091m) and its five sister peaks, as well as Fishtail (6,993m), Lamjung (6,983m), Hiunchuli (6,441m), and the Nilgiri range. Other than the day crossing the Thorong La Pass, the Annapurna Circuit trek is considered the least difficult of the major treks in Nepal because of its grade and the amount of valley walking. Also, the trek we do is not the full circuit because the construction of a road has introduced truck and jeep traffic after Jomsom, where we end our walk. We can arrange the full Annapurna circuit trek or a combination with Annapurna Base Camp at your request.
The best times for this trek are March to May and September to December. For more details, feel free to contact us.
Day 01:Kathmandu arrival (1350m).
Day 02:City tour or free day.
Day 03:Drive to Besisahar (760m).
Day 04:Besisahar to Chame (2,670m).
Day 05:Chame to Pisang (3,300m).
Day 06:Pisang to Manang (3,540m).
Day 07:Rest and acclimatization day at Manang.
Day 08:Manang to Yak Kharka (4,018m).
Day 09:Yak Kharka to Phedi (4,450m).
Day 10:Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong La (5,416m).
Day 11:Muktinath to Jomsom (2,743 m).
Day 12:Fly to Pokhara (half day sightseeing).
Day 13:Drive back to Kathmandu, farewell dinner.
Day 01Kathmandu arrival (1350m). Namaste and welcome to Nepal! A Nepal Hiking Trek representative will meet you at the airport and transport you to your hotel. BB Plan.
Day 02City tour or free day.to explore and shop on your own. The tour includes the Kathmandu valley, Pashupatinath temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Boudhanath. We offer an expert tour guide for this day excursion. BB plan.
Day 03Drive to Besisahar (760m).It’s a scenic 7-hour drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar. Along the way, you pass river valleys, terraced fields and various marketplaces. Breakfast, lunch and dinner (BLD) included.
Day 04Besisahar to Chame (2,670m).We take a drive from Besisahar to Chame along a new road that eliminates what was previously several days of forest walking to get to the more spectacular mountain scenery that starts in Chame. The rhododendron forests, monasteries and views along the way make this a fun ride. BLD.
Day 05Chame to Pisang (3,300m).We first walk through dense woods before the trail emerges in the open to beautiful mountain views. We pass some ethnic Gurung settlements, cross a bridge over the Marshyangdi River and finally reach Pisang village. BLD.
Day 06Pisang to Manang (3,540m).Today’s spectacular walk offers outstanding views of Annapurna III and IV as well as a stop at the ancient settlement of Braga Manang, where we can see beautiful monasteries and Chhortens. We slowly continue on to Manang village, a magical town lost in time that is home to Tibetan Buddhists. BLD.
Day 07Rest and acclimatization day at Manang.This will be one of the most memorable days of our trek. We explore monasteries, Chhortens, caves and a museum. Manang, nestled in the high Himalayas, preserves traditional ways of living with their vibrant Tibetan Buddhist culture. We also explore the surrounding heights and can walk to Gangapurna Lake. BLD.
Day 08Manang to Yak Kharka (4,018m).We walk the ancient trail of Manang, passing Ginseng and beautiful cattle grazing meadows. We then proceed to Yak Kharka, where you can see a significant population of yaks. Enjoy a Yak Burger at your teahouse! BLD.
Day 09Yak Kharka to Phedi (4,450m).Passing green meadows, we gradually ascend to a grassless region before reaching Thorong Phedi, our stop for the night. To get in shape for tomorrow’s tough day, we take a steep 45-minute walk from Phedi to High Camp and then return to our teahouse. BLD.
Day 10Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong La (5,416m). What a day! After an early breakfast, we begin our trek up the same steep trail we used yesterday for practice. The trail continues ascending but is less steep after High Camp. The open vistas are superb! After about 4 hours from Phedi, we reach the top of the Thorong La, the highest pass in the Himalayas. We have excellent views of Mt. Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and other stunning peaks of the Annapurna region. After posing for pictures at the top, we begin our long, steep descent, which actually drops down far more than the morning’s ascent. To cap off this once-in-a-lifetime experience, we trek down to the Muktinath temple, which is one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in Nepal. BLD.
Day 11Muktinath to Jomsom (2,743 m).This morning, we visit the Muktinath temple before descending to the Jhong River valley. We then pass the ancient town of Kagbeni and its 15th century monastery. The landscape, along a riverbed surrounded by mountains, is spectacular, resembling Tibet. We eventually reach Jomsom through the windy valley. BLD.
Day 12Fly to Pokhara (half day sightseeing).Early in the morning, we take a short scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. At Pokhara, you can enjoy a boat ride or walk around the lake. Pokhara is a trekker’s mecca, with excellent shopping and restaurants. Overnight at Hotel. BLD.
Day 13Drive back to Kathmandu, farewell dinner. From Pokhara, we take a bus drive for about 6 hours to Kathmandu. You also have the option to fly at an additional cost. Arriving in Kathmandu, you’re transferred to your hotel. To celebrate your successful adventure, we invite you to a farewell dinner. BB plan.
Day 14Departure. After a memorable experience, we take you to the airport for your departure. Thank you for your journey with us.
|Start Date||End Date||Cost||Status|
|23 July, 2018||04 August, 2018||$950||Guaranteed|
|06 August, 2018||18 August, 2018||$950||Limited|
|20 August, 2018||01 September, 2018||$950||Available|
|03 September, 2018||15 September, 2018||$999||Available|
|10 September, 2018||22 September, 2018||$999||Available|
|17 September, 2018||29 September, 2018||$999||Limited|
|24 September, 2018||06 October, 2018||$999||Available|
|01 October, 2018||13 October, 2018||$999||Limited|
|08 October, 2018||20 October, 2018||$999||Limited|
|15 October, 2018||27 October, 2018||$999||Guaranteed|
|22 October, 2018||03 November, 2018||$999||Available|
|29 October, 2018||10 November, 2018||$999||Limited|
|05 November, 2018||17 November, 2018||$999||Available|
|12 November, 2018||24 November, 2018||$999||Limited|
|19 November, 2018||01 December, 2018||$999||Available|
|26 November, 2018||08 December, 2018||$999||Limited|
December 14, 2017
Overall had a great time trekking with Hari, everything was always well organized and planned. We never had to worry about permits or where we would stay or what we would eat, grab your gear and head out on a trek of a lifetime, you won't regret it!
I spent 3 weeks trekking the Annapurna Circuit and Basecamp with my sister and dad, the trip was active, beautiful, as well as inspiring by walking through villages you're able to feel the culture more than any destination vacation.
November 03, 2017
I just completed my fourth trek, the Annapurna Circuit, with Hari, the owner of Nepal Hiking Trek. Since I had done this trek before, we improvised a lot, for example, using the beautiful Himalayan town of Manang as a base for 4 day trips.
As usual, Hari worked hard to make every day special, and even did some advance work to make sure we stayed in places with western toilets ;) He's also good company, informative, amicable and funny.
I highly recommend Hari and his growing, successful company, Nepal Hiking Trek.
March 26, 2017
My brother and I went on the Annapurna Circuit with a guide, Thakur, and porter, Rasnath. They were very attentive and Thakur helped us find the best viewpoints for photos. Nepal Hiking Trek was very flexible and helped us customize the trek to be exactly what we wanted. I highly recommend talking to Hari and booking with him. Ask for Thakur and you will have a great time!
January 08, 2017
If you are considering trekking in Nepal, you should definitely contact Nepal Hiking Trek. The business is locally owned and operated by expert trekking guide Hari Taralal Dharel. My wife and I, with our two children (ages 20 and 16) just completed the Annapurna Circuit trek from Bresisahar to Jomsom over the Christmas break. We had considered self guiding the trip, but in retrospect we are so glad that we had access to Hari's knowledge and expertise. One of the things we were hesitant about was that we thought a guide would be one more layer in between us an the people of Nepal. In fact it was because of Hari that we were introduced to aspects of the villages and culture that I'm sure we would have missed if we had been on our own. His unfailing positive attitude and friendliness were truly a highlight of the trip, and we already miss him and our porters Dakhal and Raj. With their help and guidance we were able to safely cross Thorong La pass (17,700 ft) in excellent condition and were able to enjoy the geography, scenery and local culture. Several times during the hike Hari suggested routes to our next destination that provided better views and better acclimatization experiences. Due to this approach we were comfortable at altitudes that have previosuly given me problems. I attribute this to Hari's experience. The tea houses and lunch spots that he selected were clean, comfortable and provided high quality food. The local wines and card games that he introduced us to also added another layer of connection to the local people and professionals that work in these remote areas. The Annapurna Circuit trek is truly amazing. The rivers, mountains, wildlife, religious sites and villages made this a trip of a life time. I've fallen in love with Nepal, and already am making plans to return with students in the future. Hari and his Nepal Hiking Trek will be with us on that trip as well.
January 04, 2017
I wish I could give Nepal Hiking Trek 100 stars. We just completed the Annapurna Circuit trek with Hari, and it was an amazing trip. From the minute he met us at the Kathmandu airport, to the top of the Thorong La pass, and a New Year festival in Pokhara, Hari's professionalism, experience, and cheerful nature made for a priceless family adventure. I can't imagine a better guide service for our trip.
July 29, 2016
I spent two months emailing Hari, going back and forth about what I wanted for my Annapurna Circuit Trek. He was very patient, giving me honest information. Finally I decided to hire a guide cum porter through him and it was definitely worthy. Amit was young but very attentive, nice and responsible. Most people were traveling solos, but I'm happy I went with a local. Learned more about the culture. Besides, I didn't feel like getting lost, especially as a female solo traveler, so having Amit led the way, gave me time to think and worry about other things. When I go back to do EBC, I will go through Hari's agency again. I know I'm in good hands. Safety first.