Round Annapurna Trek - 16 Days

Round Annapurna Trek

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most legendary trekking routes in the world and although some of the route is tarred these days, it still attracts thousands of trekking enthusiasts every year. In terms of numbers, it is the second most popular trek in Nepal. You can find in this blog post everything you need to know about trekking the Annapurna Circuit Trail: itinerary and altitude per day, cost, map, best season, and much more.

The total distance of the Annapurna Circuit varies between 160 and 230 kilometers (100-145 miles), depending on the options one chooses to trek. Because of the fact that some of the Annapurna Circuit Trek is tarred, trekkers choose to cover some of the routes with motorized transport. Other than logistics it also serves a gentle break after a long day of trekking.

Almost all trekkers do the Annapurna Circuit Trek in an anti-clockwise direction. This way the altitude gain is less and people are less prone to the effects of altitude sickness. The Thorong La Pass at 5416 meters (17769 feet) is the highest point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek and is, together with the various peaks you will see on the route, an absolute highlight of the trek.


Dream Adventure family will meet and Welcome you at the airport and they will transfer to the hotel and short briefing and introduces to your guide and staffs at the hotel. Overnight at Hotel!

  • Accommodation:Hotel

Leave Kathmandu’s frenetic streets, via private 4×4 jeep to the starting point of the trek, nestled between the high peaks of Mt. Annapurna’s and Mt. Manaslu the world’s 8th highest peak.

The track leading to Jagat heads north up through the Marsyangdi Valley with Himalchuli and Ngadi Chuli (Peak 29, 7871m) looming over the horizon.

We will pass by lush rice paddies and quiet villages before reaching our guesthouse in Jagat. This is the start of the Annapurna Circuit and the beginning of our trek.

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Altitude:1,300m

We follow a rocky trail following the Marsyangdi River, passing by some magnificent waterfalls and lush green flora and fauna. The trail winds progressively uphill to Tal – meaning lake in Nepali – and is also the first village in the Manang District. Here the scenery starts to change dramatically from the lush beginnings of the trek. The trail continues along an impressive, wide valley upwards along stone staircases until we reach the village of Dharapani.

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Altitude:1,860m

The trail follows the Marsyangdi River, climbing towards Timang at 2,360m continuing onwards through pine and fir forests. As the trail ascends through the forest there are incredible views overlooking the valley and of Annapurna II (7937m). Here you really start to get the feeling of being in the high mountains of the Himalayas. Before reaching Chame the administrative centre of the Manang District we’ll also get to see outstanding views of Mt. Manaslu (8156m) and Peak 29 (7871m).

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Altitude:2,600m


The day begins as we exit the village past a prayer wheel leading into the deep pine forest. Here the Marsyangdi Valley narrows and becomes one of its steepest points with the trail carved right into the vertical rock face. As we pass this point the valley opens up to reveal a majestic mountain vista, where the Paungda Danda rock face towers over 1500m above the trailhead.

Local Gurungs believe that atop Paungda Danda is the Gateway to Heaven. This impressive view follows us as we ascend to Pisang.

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Altitude:3,200m

The trail continues throughout the upper part of the Manang District where the Tibetan/Buddhist influence can be seen throughout. People in this region herd yaks and raise crops such as maize. Leaving Pisang, there are two options that follow the Marsyangdi River both of which meet up again in the village of Mungji and Braga, with its beautiful monastery – the southern route or the northern route.

The southern route involves a gentle climb following alongside the river. The northern route is a bit more demanding and strenuous, climbing up the north ridge of the valley. The views along the upper northern route of the Annapurna’s are stunning! We always have two guides on our treks, which means there is the option to split the group for this day.

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Altitude:3,540m

Today is a rest and acclimatization day. There are a number of day walks available to do that offer amazing views, whilst also gaining altitude. Possibilities include hiking up the hill (400m ascent) behind Manang and visiting the monastery. Here you can get magnificent views of the entire Annapurna range and the enormous icefall that can be seen crashing down from Gangapurna.

Another option is to take a challenging hike to Ice Lake (4500m), which takes about 5-6 hours and offers stunning views of the region. In the evening the perfect end to the day is to sit back and watch as the sun sets over the Himalayas.

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Altitude:3,500m

Leaving Manang in the morning we head towards the base of the Thorung La. Climbing out of the Marsyangdi Valley, following instead, the Jarsang Khola. Here we are far above the pine and fir forests and are truly immersed in the beauty of the high Himalaya. Today is a shorter day, taking it slowly as we reach Yak Kharka (Yak Huts) – where yak herders bring their animals to graze.

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Altitude:4,018m

This is another short day to aid in acclimatization. The scenery becomes wilder as we continue ascending the valley. The trail descends to cross the river, rising up to our highest lodge at 4,450m. Phedi in Nepali means foot of the pass, and indeed it’s true, as it is below tomorrow’s objective – the Thorung La.

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Altitude:4,450m

We rise early and begin our ascent. We take the path slowly, one step at a time until we reach the Annapurna Circuit’s highest point, the Thorung La, at a breathtaking 5416m high. The pass summit is quite broad and opens up to reveal an incredible, sweeping panorama of snow-capped peaks extending towards Tibet. Looking back to where we come offers views of the Annapurna. Descending and directly in front of us is the impressive chasm of the Kali Gandaki, the deepest gorge in the world. The descent is long, starting gently, but increasing in steepness, following a series of switchbacks leading to the grassy slopes and holy town of Muktinath (3800m). Muktinath is surrounded by rugged mountain landscapes and with unparalleled views of Dhaulagiri (8167m), the world’s 7th highest mountain.

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Altitude:5,416m

In the morning we will take a visit to Muktinath temple, this temple is important to Hindus and Buddhists alike. Many people come here on pilgrimage and it is possible for you to enter and witness some of the religious ceremonies. It is a great example of how two religions can share the same holy spot with mutual respect and support. All this before we descend to Jomsom.

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Altitude:2,670m

Early morning 18-minute flight to Pokhara with perfect weather through between two Heights Mountains. And in the afternoon relax in Pokhara.

If there is no flight from Jomsom due to weather their possibilities drive to Pokhara by Jeep.

  • Accommodation:Hotel

Today we shall visit the Gorkha Museum and Peace Stupa for great panoramic views and Davis Fall in the end of Fewa Lake.

  • Accommodation:Hotel

We return to Kathmandu following the gorge of the Trisuli River, arriving in Kathmandu in the afternoon. Wander around the medieval Durbar Square in the heart of the city, sample some Newari cuisine, or shop for some locally made handicrafts and souvenirs.

We will have a farewell dinner in the evening at a local restaurant.

  • Accommodation:Lodge

Today after breakfast we shall visit Monkey Temple (Soyamvhunath), Baudhanath, and Pashupatinath, and the afternoon free for shopping.

  • Accommodation:Lodge

Today our Dream Adventure Treks representative will take you to Tribhuvan International Airport in time for your onward flight. Should you stay longer in Nepal or have a late flight, please note that the hotel check-out time is 11 a.m.

    Cost Details
    • Local transportation airport arrival and departure
    • Three times meals with hot drinks and Accommodation during the trek (10 days treks)
    • Domestic flight tickets (Jomsom - Pokhara).
    • Government-licensed English-speaking trek Guide. For more than 6 trekkers, 1 assistant guide
    • Porter to help trekker luggage. 2 trekkers will share 1 porter, The maximum weight limit for a porter- is 25 kg (13 kg per trekker, weight limit). You can store non-essential items in your hotel.
    • Covers guides' and porters' wages, their meals, insurance, lodging, transportation, flight, and other necessary equipment
    • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
    • Seasonal fresh fruits every day
    • All government, local taxes, and official expenses
    • Assistance in arranging rescue operations in case of complicated health conditions (funded by travel insurance)
    • Souvenirs - company's T-shirt
    • Dream Adventure Treks, Appreciation Certificate after the successful trek
    • Farewell dinner at the end of the trek
    • Trekking permit.
    • Kathmandu - Besishahar by tourist bus
    • Besishahar- Jagat by public Jeep
    • Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus.
    • Guide and porters: all the meals, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, transportation, flight ticket etc.
    • First Aids Kit.
    • Duffel Bag.
    • Fingertip Pulse Oximeter (we use every day to check your oxygen level and blood pressure in your body to minimize high risk).
    • Dream Adventure Treks T-shirt.
    • Two Night's Hotel in Pokhara on BB Plan.
    • Three night's Hotel In Kathmandu (Kathmandu Guest House or Similar)
    • All the official charges and 13% Government VAT.
    • International flight costs
    • Nepal Entry Visa Fees
    • Excess baggage charges (Limit is 15 kg per Person) on the trek
    • All accommodations and meals in Kathmandu, before and after the journey
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, or early return from the trek.
    • Personal expenses ( snacks, boiled bottled water, cold drinks, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee, extra porters, during in treks, etc.
    • Personal clothing and gear
    • Travel insurance that covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation (compulsory)
    • Tips for guides and porters (recommended)
    • Additional costs incurred due to causes beyond our control, for example, landslides, weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc.