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Annapurna Circuit and Base Camp Trek

Annapurna circuit trekking offers the best panoramic views ofcentral Nepal Himalaya of Annapurna Himalayan ranges along Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mat Manaslu and other equally magnificent snow peaks including interning to the Mustang regain. Initiating for Annapurna round trekking get an experience the best of greenery, vegetation, terraced fields, dry land like a desert and Tibetan plateau along the north to the Tibet boarder. Annapurna circuit trekking as known as Throng La pass or Around Annapurna trekking is providing a combination of spectacular high mountain scenery, picturesque lowland farms, rich of cultural and villages, a physically quite challenging crossing over 5416m high pass is the simply superb.

Some most popular ethnic group of Gurung, Magar and Thakali community being the main inhabitants of this region with the Tibetan influenced culture and tradition can be seen as we ascend towards higher altitudes. Passing through high Thorung la pass 5416m, being reach at the pilgrimage site Muktinath which is most popular site of Buddhist and Hindhu's both religion. As you travel higher the valley becomes more rugged until the villages and forests finally give way to the arid hills of Manang and Mustang region.

Annapurna circuit starts all the way drive from Kathmandu to Jagat or Chamche and start the trekking all the way through, Chame, Manang flowing through Marshyangdi river, over crossing 5416m Throng la pass, Muktinath, Jomsom, Tatopani, Gorepani and the trek end at pokhara. This trek requires physical fitness and sound health condition as it involves trekking through high altitudes. The trek can be completed in a minimum two weeks starting from Kathmandu and finishing in Pokhara. If you have a few more extra days are allowed for this trek possible do trek via Tilicho lake (situated one of the highest lake in the world) to enjoy several of the possible side trips and add immeasurably to the experience.

Trip Facts

Primary Activity:
Secondary Activity:
Group Size:
1 - 10
Trip Altitude:
Trip Grade:
Easy to Moderate
Trip Season:
Sept - Nov, March to May
Trip Accommodation:
Tea House


  • High altitude trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 metres)
  • Up close with one of the world’s highest (above 8000 metres): Mt Annapurna I
  • Magnificent views of many peaks including some that remain in the memories of many people for long: Mt Dhaulagiri, Mt Machhapuchré, the LamjungHimal, Annapurna II, III and IV
  • Waterfalls a lot more in comparison

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. Group meeting programme for detailed information about trekking. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02 Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Driving approx. 6 hours by tourist bus. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03 One hour drive to Nayapul by car/van, trek to Tikhedhunga (1577 mt.). Walking 4 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 04 Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2835mt.). Walking 6 ½ hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 05 Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3210 mt.) to see 220 degree panoramic view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range and sunrise, trek to Tadapani (2520 mt.).Walking 4 ½ hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 06 Tadapani to Sinuwa (2300 m.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 07 Sinuwa to Deurali (3300 mt.). Walking 4 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 08 Deurali to ABC (4130 mt.). Walking 4 ½ hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 09 Retreat trek to Bamboo (2300 mt.). Overnight at guest house.

Day 10 Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1600 mt.).Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 11 Jhinu Danda to Nayapul  (1600 mt.).Walking 6 hours and drive back to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12 Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13 Transfer to airport for departure from Nepal.

Detail Itinerary

DAY 1    Arrival in Kathmandu (1,370metres)

  • Upon arrival at Tribhuwan Intl Airport in Kathmandu, a representative from Vista Trek waiting, well in time, to receive you, shall welcome you to this land of the towering Himalayas. Once reaching your hotel in a car from the airport, all you need to do is check in and enjoy the refreshment served.
  • We then visit the Vista Trek office for discussion on trekking, introduction to the guide and porter and settlement of dues if any. Since you often still have some time left for a walk around Thamel, you can do so if you please.

DAY 2    Kathmandu to Phokhara (820metres; 5-6-hour drive)

  • We head off to Pokhara on a tourist bus early morning. On a highway carved along the foothills and along the banks of the famous Trishuli and Marshyndiriver, this almost 6-hour journey, with guaranteed two stops for breakfast and lunch comes to its final stop in Phokhara, the city of lakes.
  • Spend the night in a hotel here.

DAY 3    Phokhara to Ulleri (1,960 metres; about 6 ½ hour travel)

  • After breakfast, it’s time for an-hour-and-a-half drive to Nayapul, With Annapurna Range already in sight, the ride takes us through forests and villages that are typical along the highways in the hilly regions of Nepal.
  • Once in Nayapul, we start trek and walk for about two and a half hours, stopping at Sudame Village for lunch. A gradual and comfortable uphill with quite a few waterfalls that, more often than not, make many a travelers’ day, the trail finally leads to Sudame – terraced fields, lovely people, wandering domestic animals, well-fed street dogs. The place happens to be a small village with a dozen or so households and this is where we stop for lunch.
  • After lunch, we walk again for another two and a half hours to Ulleri. Continuing the gradual comfortable uphill for half an hour or so to Tikhedhunga Village and after crossing suspension bridges twice, the route, immediately changes to a steep painful uphill for the nexttwo hours on stone-paved paths towards Ulleri. On a clear day, Ulleri generously showcases the Himalayas in its proximity: the gradual blending of the massive Mt Annapurna South and an almost a replica, but smaller in size, Mt Hiunchuli.
  • Spend the night here.

DAY 4    Ulleri to Ghorepani (2,860metres; about 5-hour walk)

  • After breakfast, we walk all the way to Nangethanti. For about an hour and a half until Banthanti, this walk comes as an uphill, the one not so sharp. The landscape, with terraced farms on hills, highlighting the presence of human settlement in villages pretty close, keeps most traversing the land updated about different ways of life people choose. There is some more to this, however. For anyone in motion, first Mt Annapurna South and Mt Hiunchuli appear then disappear behind the hills and, after a short while, Mt Machhapuchré (Fishtail) appears then the elevation too disappears from view before long. All the way through a dense rhododendron forest, we stop at Nangethanti for lunch.
  • After lunch, we continue through the forest on similar routes to Ghorepani. As one of the better equipped settlements to serve the tourist, with restaurants, cafes, pool houses and gift shops, Ghorepani, nestled in the middle of this forest, also offers a beautiful surrounding. In spring, the whole forest is in bloom with rhododendron flowers, mostly in red, some in pink and white sporadic.
  • At around 4 in the afternoon, we head off for Poon Hill. This one and a quarter of an hour journey uphill comes as taxing for many. Once atop Poon Hill, however, the sunset view, on a clear day, leaves none wanting for more: while the tops of the entire Annapurna Range glistens in shades of orange, the Dhaulagiri range opposite is more in the shadow and appears how it should in any normal dusk light. The walk back downhill from this vantage point takes most people around half an hour.
  • Spend the night in here.

DAY 5    Hike to Poon Hill (3,210 metres; about 1 ½ hour walk) and Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,630 metres; around 4 ½ hour walk)

  • Early morning and we walk to Poon Hill once again, but for a sunrise view this time around. The average period of one hour fifteen minutes spent on this vantage point in the early mornings presents everyone with a view that includes the glistening Dhaulagiri Range, the Annapurna Range opposite in shadow along with some incoming or outgoing Jomsom/Phokhharaaeroplanes flying past from a lower altitude.
  • Once back in Ghorepani and it’s time for breakfast. After breakfast, we start walking to Tadapani. With a sharp uphill for two hours still through a rhododendron forest, the trail continues with the Annapurna South, Mt Dhaulagiri as well as the Fishtail still in view. After about 2 hours’ traversing, the route arrives at a ridge. With the fading of rhododendron forest, the walk, on the ridge lasts for roughly half an hour on gentle ups and downs. The next to follow is a two and a half hour downhill, through a forest once again, with a gorge sometimes to the left and at others to the right and sometimes along a stream that requires crossing wooden bridges at places. The next one and a half hour takes all travelers to Banthanti, a small settlement and our stopover for lunch. Lunch over and we walk the next half an hour further downhill until crossing a river. From here on, the climb is a sharp one all the way to Tadapani.
  • Spend the night in this settlement.

DAY 6    Tadapani to Sinuwa (2,360 metres; around 6-hour walk)

  • After breakfast, we walk for 3 hours to Gurjung. The first two hours is a steep downhill the kind that makes most not-so-used-to-the-terrain legs go wobbling. The only relief for many seems to be the greenery around and the smiling porters carrying loads one would, perhaps, not believe if not for one’s first hand presence. The decline ceases only after crossing a suspension bridge placed over KimrungKhola, but a sharp uphill for half an hour is what follows. Finally, a gradual uphill for another half an hour or so brings everyone to Gurjung for lunch.
  • After lunch, we walk again for about 3 hours to Sinuwa. A sharp uphill leads the way for the first 30 minutes, followed by an almost flat path for the next 30 minutes to Chhomrong Village, a typical village found in the area and also a popular stopover for many tourists. A stop for tea or coffee or the popular Chhomrong pizzas and we get to see a closer view of Mt Annapurna South and Mt Hiunchuli right in front with Fishtail to the right front. We start again, a steep downhill of around 40 minutes on stone stairs. Once crossing ChhomrongKhola, the route turns a steep uphill for 70 or 80 odd minutes. Sinuwa, a small settlement with 3 constructions as of January 2016, is in place with one purpose: to facilitate tourism. Weather willing, a sunset view of Mt Hiunchuli and Mt Fishtail is a welcome relief for almost everyone.
  • Spend the night here.

DAY 7    Sinuwa to Deurali (3,230 metres; rougly 6-hour walk)

  • After breakfast, we walk for nearly 3 hours to Dovan. For about an hour, the trail presents a balanced combination of those flats, uphills and downhills. It then changes to a downhill, first gradual then sharp, all the way to Bamboo Village for roughly two hours. Most legs find the next one hour or so a comfortable uphill, which also happens to bring everyone to Dovan for lunch. A small settlement with only a few constructions mainly to serve the trekkers, Dovan offers a lunch in the presence of the majestic Mt Machhapuchré (Fishtail) up close.
  • After lunch, the walk now heads towards Deurali. The first 30 minutes is a gradual incline, followed by a 40-minute sharp uphill. The next 20 almost flattens out, mostly through parts of a forest, until Himalaya Hotel with two teahouses. From here on the route turns uphill, 20 minutes gradual, 40 minutes sharp, the gradual with the exception of a short 10 minute downhill. This landscape matches the one described just a while ago. As our destination closes in, WATERFALL, a big waterfall. This is the Deurali Waterfall, which appears to have emerged right from Mt Hiunchuli. Deurali, surrounded by rocky elevations with only a small portion of the peak of Mt Machhapuchré on display, houses four stone-n-wood constructions for tourists.
  • Spend the night here.

DAY 8    Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp/ABC (4,130 metres; about 4-hour walk)

  • After breakfast, we walk for approximately two hours to Machhapuchré Base Camp (MBC). During this period, the vegetation sees a decline in trees, from dense to sparse, taken over by shrubs and grasses. The route is first a one-hour gradual uphill and the next one a sharper uphill, with Mt Gangapurna appearing right from the initial stages out of Deurali and other mountains, namely Mt Glacier Dom and Mt Annapurna III, joining in from a little further up. A tea break at MBC leaves everyone facing the magnificence of Mt Machhapuchré and the Annapurna South from a different angle.
  • We start walking again after the break. After almost an hour up a sharp uphill, Annapurna I appears as soon as this uphill ends. The next hour eases off a little, less in sharpness than the one just before. Once in ABC, people often find themselves facing Annapurna South slightly to the right of Mt BarahaShikhar; to the right of this, the gaint Annapurna I; further right, Tent Peak also known as Tharpuchuli; to one’s right-back from this position, Annapurna III; to the back, Machhapuchré; to the left-back, numerous nameless rocky structures; to the left, Mt Hiunchuli and to top all this, the stunning sunset view of Mt Machhapuchré. On a clear night, especially, on a full moon positioned somewhere behind one of the peaks in the east, celestial bodies, including all those stars, appear closer and a lot more sparkling.

DAY 9    ABC to Bamboo Village (2,310 metres; 5-hour walk)

  • The morning of this first day of our journey back starts with an early sunrise view, especially, of the gradual lightening up of first only the top, then half of the peaks of the Annapurna South and Annapurna I to the West. After breakfast, we walk back and stop for a tea break in Deurali, then for lunch in Himalaya Hotel. Today’s stopover for the night is the Bamboo Village.

DAY 10 Bamboo Village to JhinuDanda (1,780 metres; 5-hour walk)

  • After a stop in Sinuwa for tea and Chhomrong for lunch, a sharp downhill finally takes us all to JhinuDanda. After checking in and some rest, we walk downhill, for only about 10 minutes, to the hot springs on the bank of Modi River.

DAY 11 JhinuDanda to Pokhara (5 ½ hour travel; 3-hour walk)

  • After breakfast, we first walk for 3 hours to Siway. A sharp downhill for the first 20 minutes, followed by a sharp uphill for the next 20, the trail from here on comes with gradual ups and downs all the way. Some additional attractions for all traversing are those several waterfalls and wild bee hives on the way.
  • After lunch in Siway, this final two-to-two-n-a-half-hour is a ride on a public vehicle to Phokhara.

DAY 12 Phokhara to Kathmandu

  • We head off to Kathmandu on a tourist bus early morning. This almost six-hour journey passes through numerous important settlements with guaranteed two stops for breakfast and lunch. The bus ride finally comes to its stop in Kathmandu.
  • Back in Kathmandu, and only your WILL shall dictate your involvement or indulgence as you may please since our arrival is in the afternoon.In the evening, however, please allow us the pleasure of your company during the fare-well dinner organized by Vista Trek.
  • Spend the night in a hotel.

DAY 13 Departure from Nepal

  • If you have a morning flight, we leave for Tribhuwan Intl Airport early morning in a car arranged by the office.
  • If your flight is in the late afternoon or evening, only your WILL shall dictate your involvement or indulgence as you may please before leaving for Tribhuwan Intl Airport in the vehicle.

Cost Includes

  • Pick up and transfer by car from Airport-Hotel-Airport.
  • 2 nights standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and 2 night in Pokhara as per the itinearay.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea/coffee during the trek.
  • Local lodges accommodation during the trek.
  • Government licensed guide,plus experience porters ( including their food, salary, accommodation, equipment, medicine & insurance).
  • All local transportation by car/bus as per the itinerary.
  • All necessary permits and entry fees.
  • Medical kit box
  • Rescue assistance.
  • All government taxes.
  • Necessary equipment (sleeping bags, down jackets etc. if needed).
  • Our service charge.

Cost Excludes

  • Meals in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee ($40).
  • Your travel insurance (should include your medical and rescue).
  • Any personal expenses.
  • Bar bills
  • Staff & driver tipping.

Single Supplement Charge: $ 250

About Accommodation.
In Kathmandu, we will accommodate you at Hotel Himalayan Traveller's Inn, and In Pokhara at Hotel Trekkers' Inn. Local lodges accommodation provided during the trek on twin sharing basis. Hotel in Kathmandu and in Pokhara comes with private bathroom , however in mountain, toilet and shower will be on sharing basis. In the busy months, (October/November & April/ May) you may have to share the room with other traveler as some villages have limited number of local lodges .

About Meal
You can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as continental , Italian, Indian and Tibetan. Dinner and breakfast serve at the teahouse where we stay and lunch will be served on the way to next destination. In Kathmandu and in Pokhara, only breakfast is provided. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, no worries, Nepal is such a easy place to get several vegetarian options.

About Staff:
A Guide and a porter assist you from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. In a group with more than 8 clients, 2 guide will be provided. A porter provided for 2 trekkers, and carries between 15 to 20 K.G.

About Equipments

Following Equipment list is recommended to bring for the trek.
Down Sleeping Bag, Down Jacket, Long sleeved shirt, Jumper or fleecy jacket, T – shirts, Trekking shoes or boots, Comfy shoes for around the camp, thick and warm woolen socks, Light cotton socks , A day bag to carry your valuable, Sun hat, Woolen hat, Gloves, rain coat, Sun block, lip balm , Goggles or sunglasses, Long underwear, Thermal wear, Nylon windbreaker, Nylon wind pants, Water bottle, Sewing kit, Medical & first aid kit, Flash light, Batteries and bulbs, Swiss army knife, Towel and toiletries etc.

Physical Fitness and experience
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a moderate which is fit for those who has the ability to walk 5-6 hours ups and down in a day carrying own day bag. Some days are even longer with 7- 8 hours of walking. Annapurna Base Camp is high altitude trek which demands more physical fitness,however if you are strongly determined and have excellent health and average physical fitness can complete this trek. Few weeks prior to the trip, doing some physical exercise is better . No technical skill is needed however past experience also helps . If you are taking medicine for heart, lung or for blood diseases, please kindly consult your doctor and inform to Vista Trek P. Ltd.

About Insurance,
You have to obtain the travel insurance which should cover emergency evacuation and medical expenses. Some Insurance policy's cover only up to 4000 meter, so please kindly confirm with the insurance company before you purchase it.

About Seasons
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for Annapurna Base Camp Trek. You can do it in winter (December to February )if you are used to with extreme cold temperature.

About Bus Drive
Highway in Nepal are safe, however sometime transport can be halted due to landslide , strike or by political issues. In such case trip itinerary will be affected. Thus, we would like to request you to add few days extra in Kathmandu. If you complete your trip smoothly, then you can enjoy your time with other activities like sightseeing, White water rafting. Jungle activities or more.

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