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Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Annapurna circuit treks takes you around the world's tenth highest mountain, Annapurna I ( 8,091m./26,700 ft.), crosses the Throng La Pass (5,416m/17,872ft.) from Manang to Muktinath, and takes in the magnificent mountain views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Fishtail and other snow peaks through flight to Pokhara from Jomsom.


Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Nepal alternative treks is arranging Annapurna circuit trekking with alternative route which avoids crowd and dusty gravel road as much as possible. We ensure that you enjoy the off the beaten track, quieter natural trail, untouched villages by modernity, local culture and unwritten history. As this trek is being so much disturbed by road construction in both sides, those trekkers who prefer to trek alternatively and to make something different and something special, we have designed this trip for them. We hear the rumor that Annapurna circuit is death, but it is not completely right because it’s natural beauties, Annapurna Himalaya ranges, hidden cultures in alternative route and highest elevated lake “ Tilicho lake” beautiful as it used to be.

During this trek, you will be staying at nice lodges but not classical towns; we take you to those villages where you can interact with local people, authentic local food and culture. Annapurna circuit treks takes you around the world’s tenth highest mountain, Annapurna I ( 8,091m./26,700 ft.), crosses the Throng La Pass (5,416m/17,872ft.) from Manang to Muktinath, and takes in the magnificent mountain views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Fishtail and other snow peaks through flight to Pokhara from Jomsom.

This trip is truly an amazing part of Nepal. The trek takes you from a low elevation of 830m. to 5,416m and back. While you are on this trek, you will encounter ten different ethnic groups and pass through four different climate zones. This magical trek reaches its zenith at 5,416m. and traverses all the way through agricultural villages to high mountain passes that resemble mountain peaks and also to the beginning of the Tibetan Plateau.

Our experienced, helpful and dedicated team will make your trip successful and memorable for your lifetime achievement.

Short Itinenary

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu-Besi Sahar-Khudi- Chamje (1430m.) 7 hours drive

Day 2: Chamje-Taal-Chame drive 6 hours ( 2710m.)

Day 3: Chame-Dukur Pokhari-Upper Pisang (3600m.) 5 hours walk

Day 4: Upper Pisang- Ngawal-Manang  (3400m.) 5 hours walk

Day 5: Acclimatization/ Exploring day

Day 6: Manang- Batase danda-Yak kharka (4110m.) 3-4 hours walk

Day 7: Yak Kharka-Lader-Throng Phedi  (4600m.) 3-4 hours walk

Day 8: Throng Phedi-Throng La Pass (5416m.)-Muktinath (3800m.) 9 hours walk

Day 9: Muktinath-Kagbeni (2810m./9273ft.) 3 hours walk

Day 10: Kagbeni- Jomsom ( 2560m.) 3 hours walk

Day 11: Jomsom-Pokhara fly ( 20 minutes)

Trek ends

Suggested Itinenary

Detail Itinerary 

Day 1: Kathmandu-Besi Sahar-Khudi- Chamje ( 1430m./4719 ft.) 8 hours drive
Drive to Besi sahar then continue drive to Chamje. Stay overnight at lodge .

Meals included : Breakfast

Day 2: Chamje-Taal- Chame ( 2710m./8943ft.) 5 hours drive
Drive through amphitheatre-shaped rice terraces, along a steep vertical cliff, lush forests, and some culturally intriguing villages, then you will pass by fields of corn, barley and potatoes on your way through small villages of Khorte and Karte and after a pleasant drive, you will arrive at Chame . Stay overnight at a lodge.

Meals included : Breakfast

Day 3: Chame-Dukur Pokhari- Upper Pisang ( 3400m./11220ft.) 5 hours walk
A steep, narrow path through a very dense forest will bring you to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. As the trail opens up, you will be surrounded by majestic Himalayan Peaks. After beautiful scenic drive through these amazing sites you will reach upper Pisang  then stay there overnight at lodge.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4: Upper Pisang- Ngawal-Manang ( 3500m./11550ft.) 4 hours walk
Enter the upper Manang region, where you will notice a contrast with the landscape and vegetation. The cold, dry climate creates a much harsher environment. Incredible views of the towering Himalayan Peaks. You will reach Manang then stay there overnight at lodge.

Meals included : Breakfast

Day 5: Acclimatization
Rest day for acclimatization. Enjoy the fascinating village and immerse yourself in its wonderful culture. There are many opportunities for both easy and strenuous day. Explore with spectacular side trips to Bhojo Gompa or Gangapurna Lake and Glacier. Stay at same place overnight at lodge.

Meals included : Breakfast

Day 6: Manang- Batase danda-Yak kharka( 4110m./13563ft.) 4 hours walk
Today is a short walk up to Yak Kharka, a small settlement and Gradual ascent is the key to avoiding altitude problems. Stay there overnight at lodge.

Meals included : Breakfast

Day 7: Yak Kharka-Lader-Throng Phedi ( 4600m./15180ft.) 4 hours walk
Make your way to the village of Throng Phedi . You will reach this small, busy settlement which caters to both trekkers and climbers. It is used as a base camp as well as the starting point for the climb up to the famous pass – Throng La. Stay overnight at lodge.

Meals included : Breakfast

Day 8: Throng Phedi-Throng La Pass-Muktinath ( 3800m./12540ft.) 10 hours walk
An early start is important to begin a long day’s trek over the pass. Crossing the famous Throng La pass {5,416m/17872 ft} will be an unforgettable experience. Breathtaking scenes of the high Himalayan peaks are presented from both the trail and the summit of the pass. Stay overnight at Muktinath at lodge.

Meals included : Breakfast

Day 9: Muktinath- Kagbeni ( 2810m./9273ft.) 3 hours walk

Muktinath is an important pilgrimage place for both Hindus and Buddhists. You will visit a Vishnu Temple and Gompa in morning. The trail today is quite surreal as you trek along a plateau above the Kali Gandaki, the world`s deepest gorge. After walking 3 hours, you reach Kagbeni and stay overnight at lodge .

Meals included : Breakfast

Day 10: Kagbeni- Jomsom ( 2713m./ 8952ft.) 3 hours walk 

Trek to Jomsom then day trip to Marpha.  Stay overnigth at lodge.

Meals included : Breakfast

Day 11: Jomsom- Pokhara by flight ( 22 minutes) 

Early morning, Fly to Pokhara.

Trek ends

Cost Inc/Exc

Cost Includs

  • Airport Transfer ( Airport + Hotel + Airport ) in Kathmandu.
  • Lodge ( Twin share basis for group) accommodation during the trekking with breakfast.
  • One highly educated, experienced, first aid trained, fluent English speaking, local language speaking, friendly and government authorized trekking guide and required porters (one porter for two clients).
  • Guide/ Porter’s food, accommodation, salary, insurance, transportation and equipments.
  • Kathmandu-Besisahar-Chame by local transportation.
  • Jomsom- Pokhara by flight.
  • Annapurna conservation area project ( ACAP) and Trekking information management system(TIMS) card.
  • Trekking map, duffle bag, Trekking completion certificate and company T-shirt etc.

Cost Excluds

  • Hotel accommodation and meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Lunch, Dinner with hard and soft table drinks such as tea/coffee, coke, fanta, mineral water, beer, desert, battery charge, hot shower, laundry, phone bill and bar bill. ( Each meal costs approax. $ 5 to $ 7 during the trek ).
  • Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Personal Travel insurance.
  • Tips for guide and porters. ( Highly suggested).

Fixed Departure

Trip Dates Trip Price Trip Status
September 10, 2018 US$ 570 Booking Open Book Now
September 15, 2018 US$ 570 Booking Open Book Now

Essential Info

Required Trekking permits 

Annapurna Conservation Area Project ( ACAP)

-  The provision of  ACAP is to maintain and build local tourism infrastructure and preserve the nature.  Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)  permit is necessarily required for this trip. It can be obtained from government registered trekking company as Nepal alternative treks & Expeditions.  It's fee is fixed by NTNC Rs. 2000 ( Two thousand rupees) per person to Annapurna Circuit. You can not obtain along the entry point, they may return you without carrying ACAP permit. You need passport copy,one  passport size photograph and fee Rs. 2000 ( two thousand rupees) or equivalent  in cash to apply the permit. This permit you can use only single entry in the area but no limitation of period.

Trekker's information Management System ( TIMS)

The main aim of TIMS has come into implementation from Jan.2008.  Trekking agency's association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal tour tourism board (NTB) has jointly recording the trekker's detail and issuing TIMS for trekkers.

TIMS can be applied through  Government registered trekking agency as Nepal alternative treks. TIMS fees are $ 20 for individual trekkers and $ 10 for organized trekker. It can be obtained only in Kathmandu and Pokhara through government registered company or departments of TAAN and NTB. You are required passport copy, one passport size photograph and the amount $ 20 for individual and $ 10 for organized in cash.

Trekking equipment in General for Annapurna Circuit Trekking

When you select your personal items, keep in mind the number of days you will be trekking, the time of year and the altitude. We advise our clients to bring these items:

- Lightweight walking boots "walked" them in prior to arrival in Nepal to avoid blisters.

- light weight cotton pants, shorts, wrap around skirt.

- At night -track top, pants

- Cotton T-shirts.

- Long sleeve cotton shirt, if susceptible to sunburn.

- Sun hat - sunburn is severe at rarefied altitudes.

- Thick outer wooden socks, thin inner cotton

- Vaseline for feet and crutch.

- Water bottle - 2 liters.

- Sunglasses and strap

- Small headlamp/flashlight /torch

- Personal medical supplies - do not forget ban - aids, elastic bandage

- Sunscreen, sun bock, sun - tan lotion.

- Small daypack - 25 liters.

- Rain jacket - poncho style to cover backpack.

- Small towels

- Warm down fiber filled jacket.

- Sleeping bag to -15c with inner sheet

- Thermal underwear, woolen shirts and thick sweaters.

- Flannel shirt

- Beanie with ear flaps

- A pair of gloves

- Snow glasses and strap

- Snow gaiters.

Travel insurance that coverage helicopter rescue

It is a condition of joining any of our trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medical issues or accidents (to include air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we don’t arrange or sell insurance.

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with Nepal alternative Trekking.

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What is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) ?

Acute mountain sickness is an illness that can affect trekkers at high altitudes, usually above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters).

How do we know if I get AMS ?

Your symptoms will also depend on the speed of your climb and how hard you push (exert) yourself. Symptoms are as below:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid pulse (heart rate)
  • shortness of breath with exertion
  • Cannot walk in a straight line


  1. Rest, Rest , Rest
  2. Go down, down, down
  3. Diamox

Diamox may be given to help you breathe better. It can help reduce mild symptoms. This medicine can make you urinate more often. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug. This medication works best when taken before reaching a high altitude.

Prevention and pre-cautious

Keys to preventing acute mountain sickness include:

  • Climb the mountain gradually and slowly
  • Stop for a day or two of rest for every 2,000 feet (600 meters) above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters)
  • Sleep at a lower altitude when possible
  • Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness
  • Drink plenty of fluid – 3 liters per day
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Eat regular meals, high in carbohydrates
  • Sleep well
  • Be well equipped
First aid

Owing to a sudden change in climate, altitude and other factors, it is obvious that there could arise some alterations in your health. It would be hard to know all aspects of Nepal's health problems.You will be eating and drinking in various outlets. Diarrhea is a common illness that a tourist would be facing. So, it is recommended to drink purified water and eat in clean outlets. Drinking and eating precautions will surely help to take care of many health problems that could arise during the trip. Staying hydrated during the travel, trekking, tours is highly recommended too. If any problem should arise during the trip. Being on good health before leaving for a trip would help you to enjoy your trip to the fullest.

Though Nepal alternative treks will be carrying first aid medical kid, you are also suggested to take personal basic first medicines for in case.

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Facts of this trek

Trip Price: US $ 570
Trip Duration: 11 days
Max. Altitude: 5416m
Minimum Altitude: 850m
Grade: Moderate
Activities: Trekking
Accommodation: Lodge
Meals: Breakfast
Transportation: Overland /Plane
Trek Departure: Every day throughout the week
Group Size: 1 person (minimum) to 14 persons (maximum)
Best season: Feb, March, April,May, Sep, Oct & Nov.
Available Time: All months
Per day hiking: 4 to 5 hours
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