At a glance
Our Annapurna Circuit Trek
After 2 exciting nights in Kathmandu, we hit the road and travel in our private vehicle to Ngadi at 930m. The next day, we begin our trek along the Marsyandi Valley and through the many Hindu villages along the route. The mountains are slowly revealed and we take in our first views of the stunning main Annapurna range.
We travel through lush forests and small villages. Everyone we meet is incredibly friendly. Ascending further we arrive in Manang and enjoy uninterrupted views of Annapurna III and Gangapurna. En route to Thorong Phedi, we stay just below the famous Thorong La pass at 5416m. We cross the pass and marvel at Dhaulagiri rising an impressive 8167m from the valley below.
After a long descent to Muktinath and take a well-earned rest. Here the landscape has changed dramatically and we can see the southern tip of the barren Upper Mustang region. We trek from Muktinath to Jomosom and it feels like we’re in an old western movie. From here we travel through Tatopani to Ghorepani and visit the hot springs along the way. From Ghorepani, we ascend Poon Hill for classic views of Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre. The view from Poon Hill is renowned as one of the best in all of Nepal. Our Annapurna Circuit Trek ends with a night in Pokhara beside the beautiful Phewa Tal lake.
Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport and be transferred by Trek Climb Ski staff to your accommodation at The Yak and Yeti Hotel. Afternoon at leisure. In the evening enjoy a welcome dinner and drinks hosted by your guides and Sherpa crew.
A fantastic buffet breakfast at The Yak and Yeti Hotel followed by a morning sightseeing tour around Kathmandu. Afternoon at leisure. Our staff will be available in the afternoon to assist any guests that may need to make last-minute purchases.
After breakfast, we leave Kathmandu and drive in our private vehicle along the Kathmandu to Pokhara highway. The drive is impressive and we take in a number of picturesque towns and villages along the way. We stop for lunch then continue on to Besisahar and then to the end of the road at Ngadi (930m) which is just past Bhulbhule in the beautiful Marsyandi Valley. Overnight at Ngadi.
Trek from Ngadi and ascend gently through Bahundanda (1310m) and then onto Jagat at 1300m. Overnight at Jagat.
Today we cross a number of streams (via suspension bridges) and enjoy a variety of changes in the scenery. Lush forests, stunning landscapes and waterfalls along the way to Dharapani at 1860m. Overnight at Dharapani.
From Dharapani to Chame at 2600m. Overnight at Chame.
We spend the next day trekking over steep forested ridges and passing through dense oak and maple forests. We pass the Manang District Administrative Headquarters and have our trekking permits stamped. On the way to Pisang we view the incredible Paungda Danda rock face – 1500m of curved slab rock rising spectacularly from the river below. Views of Annapurna II and Pisang Peak are impressive. Overnight at Lower Pisang (3200m).
Today we ascend slowly and make our way to Manang at 3530m. Manang is a thriving village and a great place to rest up, explore and even do some shopping.
A rest and acclimatisation day in Manang.
From Manang to Letdar at 4200m. Impressive views of Manaslu along the way today.
A short but important walk to Thorung Phedi at 4450m in readiness for crossing the Thorung La the next day. Overnight at Thorung Phedi.
Days 12 & 13
Today we leave early and cross the Thorong La at 5416m. This is a challenging day but a highlight of the trip with incredible views across to Chulu West, Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri. A long descent follows the crossing down to Muktinath and we quickly appreciate the return to 3800m. Overnight at Muktinath, then a well-earned rest and acclimatisation day in and around Muktinath.
From Muktinath to Jomosom at 2710m. Another solid descent this day with great views across to the barren landscape of the Tibetan Plateau. Much of today feels like we are travelling across a remote desert landscape and the busy town of Jomosom is a welcome sight. Overnight at Jomosom.
Drive by local bus to Tatopani via Lete (2480m) and Dana (1400m). Tatopani means ‘hot springs’ in Nepalese and the beautiful warm waters are a welcome sight after some long days trekking. Overnight at Tatopani (1190m).
From Tatopani to Ghorepani at 2750m. Overnight at Ghorepani.
Today we continue on to Ghandruk at 1940m and along the way ascend the famous Poon Hill (3200m) for incredible views of the main Annapurna range. Poon Hill is a highlight of the Annapurna Circuit and the views from this vantage point are among the best in the world.
Trek from Ghandruk to New Bridge. At New Bridge, we meet our private vehicle and return to Pokhara for a welcome hot shower. In the evening, celebrate with your guides and porters. Overnight at Pokhara.
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu in our private vehicle. Re-check into The Yak and Yeti Hotel and final celebrations in Kathmandu.
Trip concludes and all guests will be conveyed to Kathmandu International Airport to meet their respective flights.
3 nights accommodation at The Yak and Yeti Hotel (or equivalent standard) in Kathmandu with breakfasts
1 night accommodation in 3-star Hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
Welcome dinner and drinks with your Sherpa guides and leaders in Kathmandu
All ground transfers in Nepal
Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu (includes entry fees and guide)
Internal flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu (includes taxes)
Private bus transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara
National Park entrance fees and trekking permits
All meals while trekking
All lodge and tea house accommodation while trekking
Experienced leaders and guides
Porters to carry all personal and group equipment
Emergency medical kit
Down jacket and down sleeping bag
Complimentary Trek Climb Ski Nepal kit bag
All Nepalese tourist taxes and fees
Tips for porters and guides are NOT included
Accomm + meals
Our Short Annapurna Trek includes 3 nights at the famous Hotel Yak and Yeti (breakfasts included) in Kathmandu. Trek Climb Ski Nepal also provide a complimentary welcome dinner with drinks in Kathmandu on the first evening of your trip. While trekking in the mountains, you will stay in the best available lodges and tea houses along the route.
This trip includes a total of 19 breakfasts, 17 lunches and 16 dinners. Morning and afternoon tea is also provided each day you are trekking. Unlimited safe (thoroughly boiled) drinking water is also provided each day you are in the mountains.
Meals in the Annapurna region of Nepal are not cheap. If you were to purchase your own meals from the lodges we stay at on this trek, your total food cost would be close to AUD $850.
We proudly employ an all you can eat food and fluids policy on all our trips. Proper food intake and regular hydration are critical to safe altitude acclimatisation. In our opinion, trekking companies that leave food decisions and the purchase of food for their clients to manage (when trekking at altitude) are grossly irresponsible. Trekking companies often do this because it enables them to advertise a much lower (but unrealistic) trip price. Be sure to choose a tour operator that includes all your meals and safe drinking water in your trip price.