Annapurna Circuit Trek-22 days Annapurna Circuit Trekking is an epic journey in the Himalayas. The trek begins from Besishahar and follow up Marshyangdi river valley to Manang, crossing Thorong La Pass at 5416m to Muktinath and Kaligandaki valley in Mustang, ending in Pokhara. The trek is for seniors and trek beginners who want to trek around Annapurna massifs in a slow pace. This Annapurna circuit trek route is as Kathmandu- Besisahar-Ngadi-Jagat-Dharapani-Chame-Pisang-Manang-Khangsar-Tilicho Base Camp-Tilicho Tal-Khangsar-Churi ladder-Thorong Phedi-Muktinath-Marpha-Ghasa-Tatopani-Ghorepani-Hille-Nayapul-Pokhara. A good physically fitness with a good health and previous hiking experience is helpful to enjoy the trek. The mountain views of Annapurna, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchare is astonishing. The landscape is scenic and Tibetan and Nepalese culture is fabulous. We offer Annapurna circuit trek 22 days package cost and departure dates for 2021,2022, 2023, 2024, 2025.
Trek Name: Annapurna Circuit Trek
Trek Duration: 22 days
Trek Difficulty: Moderate
Trek Season: All year except July/August
Trek Altitude: 850m- 4300m
Trek Cost: USD 990-USD 1990
Group Size: 1 - 12 people.
Trek Package: Private/Group Trek
Mode of Transfer: Bus/Car/Flight
Start/End of Trek: Kathmandu / Pokhara
Annapurna Circuit Trek 22 days trip explores the best part of the Himalayas in Nepal.
22 days Annapurna Circuit Trek circles the mighty Annapurna massif in anti-clockwise direction and takes you to a variety of low-altitude and high-altitude landscapes. The Annapurna Circuit Trek has become one of the most spectacular trekking routes in the world with lush green valleys and fascinating villages that offer impressive snow-capped views of the white Himalayas.
Annapurna circuit trek 22 days gives us a chance to explore the Himalayas from bottom to top and from many different angles and perspectives. This three week trek starts right from Syange which goes along the Marshyangdi River, with great views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east. This magnificent trek leads you to the fine village, inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups, offering spectacular and majestic views of the Himalayas. Continuing to the north of the main Himalayan range to the high and dry Tibetan Plateau, the scenery is equally breathtaking.
The highest point of trekking Annapurna circuit is the Thorong La Pass on the top of the valley at 5,416 m. Due to the difficulties of crossing the pass, the circuit is usually walked in a counter-clockwise direction. Traveling clockwise the longer ascent and shorter descent from west to east is too much for many people to manage in one day. As we descend to the west at Muktinath, from the pass we continue to the barren Tibetan like village of the Kali Gandaki – the world’s deepest gorge, passes between the giant Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. After you cross the Thorong La Pass from Manang to Muktinath, we head to Tatopani for hot springs and climb Poon Hill before descending to Pokhara.
The construction of the roads in Annapurna Circuit has affected the trekking in some places. The roads aren’t as busy as the highways and not all trekking is done on the roads but we want to avoid them as much as we can and make your experience better. So, we have changed our routes where it is possible. To reach Manang, our itinerary goes via Upper Pisang and Ngawal via natural trails. And, to reach Jomsom from Muktinath, our itinerary goes via a mountain pass called Lubra Pass. At Jomsom to Tatopani section, the road is busier than any other place and it is unavoidable. So we have kept a local shared 4WD drive which takes 5 hours and saves you a day.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m)
Our airport representative will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying your signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in a private tourist vehicle. Overnight at a hotel. No meals included.
Day 02 : Guided Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley
After a hearty breakfast, at 8.30 am your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Today we will visit some heritages listed below:
Pashupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Though you are not allowed to go inside the temple as it is strictly for Hindus only, you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River. It is a square two-tiered pagoda temple built on a single-tier plinth which is famous all over the world.
Boudhanath Stupa: Boudhananath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. It was built in the 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla, famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style Batsala temple, Bhairavnath temple, Duttatraya temple, Pujari Muth and Palace of 55 windows. The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area for trekking essentials. Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.
Day 03: Drive to Besisahar (830 m) in a public bus and take a local 4WD vehicle to Syange (1,100 m) - 8 hours
Today we will take a public bus from Kathmandu to Besisahar which takes 6 hours and from there we will take a local shared 4WD vehicle to Syange (2 hours of drive). We will witness beautiful landscape, rivers and waterfalls on the way. Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 04: Trek to Tal (1,700 m) – 5 hours
Now tighten up the shoes laces. We will start walking gradually following the beautiful Marsyangdi River. This walk will be slightly ascending and we will come across the beautiful waterfalls on this walk. We will rest at Tal tonight. Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 05: Trek to Danaque (1,860 m) – 5 hours
This will be our exciting day. We will leave Marsyangdi River behind and continue our journey to witness Annapurna II and Pisang Peak and beautiful landscape and old villages. Don’t miss an opportunity to take beautiful pictures as we observe mountains, waterfalls and countryside life style of Nepal. We will rest at Danaque. Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 06: Trek to Chame (2,670 m) – 4 hours
We will continue our walk enjoying the view of mountains, and waterfalls on the way. Today will be an easy day. After 4 hours of walking, we will reach Chame, the headquarter of Manang. It’s a beautiful little town with more facility than our previous days. Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 07: Trek to Upper Pisang (3,300 m) – 6 hours
After breakfast, we continue our trek to Upper Pisang. On the way, we will walk through the dense forest, Marsyangdi River and come across the beautiful panoramic views of meadows and mountains. During this walk, we will see the first view of gigantic Paungda Dada rock face, which is curved like a bowl shape. Eventually, after 6 hours walk, we will reach Upper Pisang from where we can see Majestic Annapurna II standing high on our south and we will rest here today. Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 08: Trek to Ngawal (3,660 m) – 5 hours
Today, wake up early in the morning, watch the beautiful sunrise and first ray of sun on Annapurna II. After breakfast, we will continue our trek towards Ngawal. The trail to Ngawal is about 400 m higher than the lower trail but you will have great opportunities to witness high altitude flora and fauna, beautiful gorges, Annapurna II and III and Pisang Peak. We will take rest in Ngawal. Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 09 : Trek to Manang (3,500 m) via Bhraka (3,360 m) – 5 hours
We continue our trek walking through the big hills, jungle and wetlands. On the way, we can see beautiful landscapes, stupas and lama school. After 6 hours of walking, we will reach Manang, one of the happening places of the trek. Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 10: Acclimatization Day at Manang Village
We spend a day acclimatizing in Manang by doing some walks and sightseeing around the village. We will visit a monastery and go to Gangapurna Glacier Lake during our walk. Towards the end of the day, we return to our accommodation for a night’s rest. Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 11: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,000 m) – 5 hours
After acclimatization and rest at Manang, we will be energized and excited to continue our walk towards Yak Kharka which ascends by 500 m. We make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangdi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka at 4,000 m. Herds of yaks and vegetation appear to thin out. Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 12: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,450 m) – 5 hours
After a two-hour ascent, the trail descends to cross the river at 4,310 m. We then climb up to Thorong Phedi at 4,450 m where decent guesthouses have been built in the recent years. Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 13: Trek to Muktinath (3,800 m) via Thorung La Pass (5,416 m) – 8 hours
Today is a long trek starting before sunrise at 4 am to reach the pass by 9-10 am. Otherwise weather conditions (strong winds) will greatly affect the journey, particularly at the Thorong La Pass. We climb steeply on a regular route which is quite easy to follow. However, some problems may arise due to altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by heavy snow. After four hours of climbing to the pass marked by the chortens and prayer flags, we will be rewarded with stunning views from the top of the pass. Another four hours of walking will take us to the holy town of Muktinath.
Muktinath means place of nirvana and is home to the Muktinath Temple as well as several monasteries. It is said that all sorrows we feel are relieved when visiting the Temple. It is a sacred pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The prime pilgrimage month is September. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple which has a gorgeous natural spring and an eternal flame fueled by natural gas. Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 14: Trek to Jomsom (2,710 m) via Lubra Pass (4,020 m) – 8 hours
So now, we are at the other side of the Thorong La Pass, most of the land we see will be dry and looks somewhat like the desert. We will continue our trek walking by the bank of Kali Gandaki River. Most of the time, we will descend with closer view of stupas and old traditional houses and civilization of Mustang. Jomsom is a large town with many facilities. It is also the headquarter and official town for whole Mustang district where all the district government offices are present. Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 15: Drive to Tatopani (1,190 m) in Local Shared 4WD Vehicle – 5 hours
We still continue to descend through Kali Gandaki River Valley. On the way, we will encounter the world’s deepest gorge, Kopchepani. Tatopani is famous for its hot springs. This is the best place to relax our body after a long trek. We will spend another day relaxing at this spot. Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 16: Rest Day at Tatopani
Take a shower, dip into the natural hot springs, enjoy drinks and local food. Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 17: Trek to Ghorepani (2,810 m) – 6 hours
Today is another big day. It will take about 7 hours to walk from Tatopani to Ghorepani. We climb about 1,620 meters up. From Ghorepani, we will be able to see Annapurna South, Himchuli and Tukuche Himal. We will pass a couple of Magar and Gurung villages on the trail. Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 18: Hike to Poon Hill (3,210 m) and Trek to Tikhedunga (1,570 m) – 5 hours
Very early in the morning, we start an hour hiking to Poon Hill at an elevation of 3,210 m – a brilliant spectacle. This vantage point provides unobstructed views of the early morning sunrise over the high Himalayas, weather permitting. There we spend about an hour. We return to Ghorepani where we take a hot breakfast at the hotel. We trek down towards Tikhedunga, walking down along the ridges and through rhododendron forests before finally reaching Tikhedhunga. Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 19: Trek to Nayapul (1,010 m) and Drive to Pokhara – 4 hours
After some light trekking, we reach Nayapul (1,010 m). An hour drive takes us to Pokhara. Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.
Day 20: Guided Sightseeing in Pokhara
After breakfast, a full day sightseeing tour of Pokhara city begins. There will be a professional city guide and a private tourist vehicle at your disposal. You will visit the following sites:
Bindhabasini Temple: The temple lies in the center of the religious old bazaar. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati, another manifestation of Shakti. The park grounds offer a fine picnic and relaxing area. Davis Fall: Locally known as Patale Chhango and located in the southern flank of the Pokhara valley, it is where the stream flowing from Fewa Lake collapses and surges down the rock into a deep gorge, leaping through several potholes. This is hugely popular with tourists and locals alike. Gupteshwor Cave: The revered Gupteshwor Cave is situated 2 km from the Pokhara airport. The entrance is right across from Davis fall and the cave is almost 3 km long. It has some big hall-sized rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all four. This cave holds special value to Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered. Seti River Gorges: Carved by the Seti Gandaki River, it is one of the natural wonders of Pokhara. K.I. Singh bridge at Bagar, Mahendrapool and Prithivi Highway Bridge near bus park provide a perfect view of the river’s dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by the turbulent flow of white water. Tibetan Refugee Camp: The Tibetan camp Tashi Ling, which is behind Gupteshwor Cave, is renowned for the production and trade of woolen carpets and other handicrafts. The original Tibetan settlers in this region migrated to Nepal in the ‘50s. Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.
Day 21: Drive Back to Kathmandu (1,400 m) in a Tourist Bus – 7 hours
We will be driving back to Kathmandu in the morning. If you are interested in extending the trip, there are many options such as Chitwan jungle safari, river rafting adventure, Kathmandu shopping tour, mountain biking and other activities. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast and farewell dinner included.
Day 22: Kathmandu Airport.
The trip concludes here. Our airport representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal. Breakfast included.
No need to bring unnecessary trekking equipment with you for trekking in Nepal. The following trekking equipment and gears are recommended before trekking in Nepal. Most of the trekking equipment what you will need can be rented or purchased in Nepal either in Kathmandu or Pokhara at cheap price. We will help you with the necessary arrangements. Except your day pack all the luggage will be carried by porters. There is an allowance of 15kg per person. Additional personal items not needed for the trekking part of the trip can be stored in the storage room of hotel without extra cost.Head:
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses with UV protection
Lightweight cotton long pants
Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Thin, lightweight inner socks
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or pullover
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
Sleeping bag rated to zero DC
Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
Basic First Aid Kit
Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry insidetrekbag
Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
Water bottle (2) or camel bag
Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
1 medium sized quick drying towel
Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Face and body moisturizer
Feminine hygiene products
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti bacterial hands wash
Trail Map/Guide book
Journal & Pen
Pencils and small notebooks
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
Modest swim suits (for Kathmandu)