The Annapurna region lies north of Pokhara in Central Nepal and includes some of the world‘s highest and most beautiful mountains. These include the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre – the famous fish-tail mountain that dominates the skyline above Pokhara. In addition, this area boasts the Kali Gandaki, the world’s deepest gorge.
This classic trek circles the entire Annapurna massif and in so doing offers a spectacular variety of people and landscapes. Previously this was a much longer trek, but this is now a shorter, albeit still a classic, trek that starts in Chame and passes through the settlement of Manang at 3500m where we acclimatise and enjoy the mountain views. We continue to ascend and on day 10 of the trip, we cross the famous Thorung La, at 5416m, to Muktinath, an important pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists. From here we descend into the northern part of the Kali Gandaki, with Annapurna and Dhaulagiri towering on either side and reach Jomsom, from where we fly back to Kathmandu via Pokhara. This new shortened trek has the key attraction of fitting into a 2-week vacation window.
Fixed Trip Dates
Spring 2021 4 – 18 Apr, 18 Apr – 2 May, 2 – 16 May, 16 – 30 May
Autumn 2021 3 – 17 Oct, 17 Oct – 31 Oct, 31 Oct – 14 Nov, 14 Nov – 28 Nov
Day 01 : Arrive Kathmandu, transfer from airport to hotel
Day 02 : At leisure in Kathmandu, preparation for trek
Day 03 : Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (760m) and continue drive to Chame (2630m)
Day 04 : Chame to Upper Pisang
Day 05 : Upper Pisang to Manang (3540m) via Ngawal (3660m)
Day 06 : In Manang
Day 07 : Manang to Khangsar
Day 08 : Excursion to Tilicho Base Camp trek back Khangsar
Day 09 : Khangsar to Yak Kharka
Day 10 : Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi
Day 11 : Trek to Muktinath, crossing Thorung La
Day 12 : Muktinath to Jomsom
Day 13 : Fly to Pokhara
Day 14 : Fly to Kathmandu
Day 15 : Transfer from hotel to airport, fly home
What is included in the price?
When you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport you'll be greeted by our representatives and transferred to your hotel. Likewise when you return home you'll be transferred to the airport and looked after by our staff. For your flight to Pokhara, you will also be similarly looked after by our ground staff and trek staff for transfers to and from the Domestic Airport Terminal.
Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara
3 nights in Kathmandu and 1 night in Pokhara in a 3-star hotel, bed & breakfast, sharing in a twin room is included or a single supplement can be added to your package.
The flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and then a further flight on to Kathmandu, and transfers to and from the trailhead.
On the trek
Our trips are all operated on the GAP system - Guides, Accommodation, Porterage. Over our many years of experience we have realised that clients prefer to choose and pay for their own food and drink on the trail. Not only does this result in a more cost effective regime but it takes into account the many factors that can influence our clients choice. Some clients prefer a hearty breakfast with relatively light lunches and dinners, whilst others prefer the opposite and so we allow our clients to make their choices and the sirdar helps to settle bills as we progress along the trail. We recommend that you allow US$25 per day for food and drink.
Permits and Entrance Fees
All trekking permits and entrance fees are included.