October 22, 2023,, March 25th, 2024
€2,100 – €2,200
The Annapurna Circuit trek is one of the most popular and demanded treks in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Travellers have been praising the 128-mile route, which circles Nepal’s heaven-high Annapurna range, as the holy grail of trekking since it was first opened to foreigners in the early 1980s.
Annapurna Circuit is the 2nd most famous trek in the Himalayas, a very popular and really authentic trek. Namaste Nomad is the only travel company from Ireland that runs a regular departure group trek to Annapurna circuit trek. We also organise this trek for solo and couples, any time of the year..
Nepal’s most popular trekking region the Annapurna region is bursting with life, colours, and flavours to delight the senses. The white peak of Machapuchare, the red, yellow, and blue prayer flags, and the green terraced fields make this more than just an exceptional trekking region. Lower in altitude than the Everest region and with easier access that is not as weather dependant the Annapurna region is ideal for shorter treks.
This trekking trail in Nepal stretches almost 100 miles – beginning from the tropical zone to elevated highland Thorung La Pass, Annapurna Circuit Trek included widely diverse cultural and natural aspects. The world’s deepest gorge, The Kali Gandaki gorge, has an elevation of 4,660m and is flanked by two mountains both above 8,000m, namely Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Annapurna I (8,091m). The trek will take you through Throng La pass which rises up to an altitude of 5,416m. During the Annapurna Circuit trek, you walk through a blend of exquisite culture, typical Nepalese village lifestyle, unbelievably challenging yet mesmerizingly beautiful landscape, and above all pristine Himalayas. You will encounter varied cultural experiences of both Hindu and Buddhist lifestyles which will be manifested in numerous temples and monasteries that you bump into on the way.
Let us join our fixed departure for spring 2023.
Let’s experience the Himalayas together.
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Day 1: Arrival Day – Kathmandu
Arrive at TIA, Kathmandu, meet representatives and be transferred to the hotel. Guests are welcomed with
a welcome drink and rooms duly assigned. Free to visit local attractions for the remainder of the day.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu Day Sightseeing PM: Preparation
AM: Tour Kathmandu valley and travel through time as you visit UNESCO Heritage sites like the Durbar
Squares and Swayambhu Temple.
PM: Briefing about the trek and allow time for last-minute purchases of essentials.
Overnight at Hotel
Day 3: Day 03: Kathmandu / Besisahar / Bhulbhule (820 m)
Early breakfast and a 5-6 hour scenic drive along the banks of Trishuli and Marshyangdi Rivers to
Besisahar. Lunch en route. Reach Besisahar (823 m) (known as Besigaon prior), the main town of
Lamjung District and have your TIMS card examined.
An hour’s drive away we reach Bhulbhule and have our trekking permits checked at the ACAP office. Proceed
to cross the river on a ‘suspension bridge’, the first of many, and check into a lodge to retire for the
Overnight at Lodge. Drive duration: 7 hours (approximate)
Day 4: Kathmandu / Besisahar / Bhulbhule (820 m)
Trek formally begins – a pleasant early morning walk through fields of wheat, barley and maize to reach
Nagdi (890 m) – a small picturesque village. Proceed through the trail consisting of terraced farms and
small villages. The trail becomes steeper as we approach Bahundanda (Brahmin’s Village) (1314 m). Stop for
lunch while enjoying the view of Mt. Phungi (6379m).
After lunch, we descend toward Besi, cross a small stream; pass through a few villages to cross the
Marshyangdi River via a suspension bridge. Turn right and start an ascent to reach atop a hill. The trail
widens and we reach Jagat, a village along a mountain ridge (1340 m), our stop for the night.
Dinner and Overnight at Lodge Trek duration: 5 ½ hrs – 6 hrs (approximate)
Day 5: Trek: Jagat to Dharapani (1,943m)
Walk uphill for approximately 2 hours to reach Chamje (1433m). From Chamje, downhill to
Marshyangdi River, cross another suspension bridge and walk uphill to reach Sathtalle (‘top of the hill’
in Tibetan). The trail becomes fairly gradual up till Tal Phedi. A 45-minute walk later we reach Tal
(1600m), the gateway to Manang. Stop for lunch.
Following lunch, we head north along the river and cross a 60-metre-long suspension bridge. As we proceed,
some parts of the trail are exposed to a vertical cliff, which calls for caution. Reach Dharapani (1943 m).
Dharapani means ‘a stream of water’.
Dinner and Overnight at Lodge. Trek Duration: 5 ½ hours approximately.
Day 6: Trek: Dharapani to Chame (2, 713 m)
Log our entries at an ACAP checkpoint. Reach Bagarchap (the river bank) (2164 m) in 45 minutes.
Bagarchap marks where the point of contrast in topography begins – lush green fields in the south and
arid dry lands in the north. Reach Donaque. Ascent to Timang along beautiful pine and rhododendron
forests and be rewarded with stunning views of the Annapurna range atop. Lunch at Thanchowk with a
backdrop of Mt. Manaslu. After lunch, we walk towards Kodo which means ‘millet’ and then to Kyupar (2600 m). A police check post guards access to Nar Phu Khola Valley which leads to Tibet. Show our permits again and proceed to Chame (2713 m) – the District Headquarters of Manang.
Dinner and overnight at Lodge. Trek Duration (5 – 5 ½ hours) (approximate)
Day 7: Trek: Chame to Pisang (3,185m)
Consistently gradual with an occasional climb along the river through pine forests, in two hours we
reach Bhartang (2919 m), a small village with mostly Tibetans. Reach Dhukur Pokhari in 1 ½ hours and
have lunch. Enjoy splendid views of the Annapurna range en route.
Walk for about an hour through a pine forest to Pisang after lunch. Pisang is divided into two villages –
upper and lower. Upper Pisang is the main town; however, the recent construction of the main highway
to Manang has resulted in residents migrating to Lower Pisang.
Dinner and Overnight at Lodge. Trek Duration: 5 – 5 ½ hours (approximate)
Day 8: Trek: Pisang to Manang (3,530 m)
A relatively short however an equally interesting hike. We reach Humde after two hours of a fairly easy
walk. Humde has a small domestic airport which connects Manang to Pokhara and subsequently
Kathmandu. We cross the village, log our entries at another checkpoint and proceed to Barkha – our
lunch destination. We explore the village with its thatched houses and visit the Gompa (the largest in
the region with a beautiful collection of Thankas) while we wait for lunch.
After lunch, reach Manang in a short while which sits atop a plateau.
Dinner and Overnight at Lodge. Trek Duration: 4 – 4 ½ hours (approximate)
Day 9: Rest Day: Manang (3530 m)
Manang at an elevation of 3530 meters serves as a perfect place to rest and acclimatize before
proceeding to summit the peak. Plenty of activities to do – observe the art and explore the culture of this quaint little village. In the afternoon we can take a walk to the north of the village to take in panoramic views of the Annapurna
Annapurna IV and II to the southeast Gangapurna (7455m) and Tarke Kang or Ice Dome (7202m) to
Dinner and Overnight at Lodge.
Day 10: Trek to Churi Leadher (4,220 m)
A steady climb till the hamlet of Tengi (3642 m); from then on another hour of steady yet gentle climb to
Ginseng (3850 m). After Gunsang the trail is gradual up till our lunch destination – Yak Kharka.
After lunch, a gentle climb through a vast meadow, cross the suspension bridge and reach Churi Leadher
(4220 m) in an hour.
A short day trip to help with acclimatization.
Dinner and Overnight at Lodge. Trek Duration: 4 ½ – 5 ½ hours approximate.
Day 11: Trek: Churi Leadher to High Camp (4,450m)
A gradual trail exposes us to a magnificent landscape of the high-altitude desert. Reach Dewarli in an
hour, and cross a wooden bridge to reach the village. Reach Thorang Phedi (translates to ‘foot of the hill’) on
a small hill overlooking a high plateau to have lunch.
Hereon, the climb becomes a little challenging. Climb slowly to reach High Camp in an hour.
The climb is worth it – the view ahead of us is unbeatable. Catch close-up views of the mighty Himalayan
peaks, look out onto the rolling Himalayan pastures, and notice the Yaks and the Thars.
The short trek today to allow rest for the next day.
Dinner and overnight at lodge. Trek duration: 4 – 4 ½ hours (approximate)
Day 12: Trek: High Camp to Thorang La (5,416m) to Muktinath (3,802)
After breakfast, we start our trek with a slow climb for about an hour to reach Ledtar Village. The pace is slow as we are walking over 4 thousand meters. The landscape and mountain view is amazing throughout the day. An hour-long descending trek brings us to the narrow wooden bridge over Jorsang Khola. Crossing the bridge we trek along the trail that goes steeply up to a narrow gully. Further, an hour-long walk along the gully will bring us to Thorang Phedi for the overnight.
Day 13: Thorang Phedi to Muktinath (3760m)
“The day you cross 20 hills and one of Nepal’s highest mountain passes – Thorang La Pass.”
Today is a big day and we set off early. Early morning ascent to Thorang La. Several prayer flags offering
prayers to the mountains as we reach the highest point. At the highest point (5416 m) watch an
unparalleled, uninterrupted view of the Himalayas – Thorangse, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Tukche,
Drop down 1600 metres in 3 hours to reach Muktinath. Settle for the night.
Dinner and Overnight at Lodge Trek Duration: 7 – 8 hours (approximate)
Day 14: Drive to to Tatopani (1190 m)
Early morning we visit the Muktinath temple, one of the holiest temples for the Hindus and the
Buddhist. Return back to the lodge.
After breakfast board the vehicle and drive to Tatopnai. The name of the village means ‘hot springs’ for
which the village is famous for.
You can enjoy the hot spring at Tatopani.
Dinner and Overnight at Lodge. Drive Duration 5 ½ – 6 ½ hours (approximate)
Day 15: Trek to Sikha(1,920m).
After breakfast, it takes two to three hours to reach the village of Ghara (1768m) walking mostly uphill
and passing through small hamlets and villages with terrace farming. Another hour or so of uphill climb
brings us to the village of Sikha(1,920m).
Dinner and Overnight at Lodge. Trek Duration 4½ (approximate)
Day 16: Trek to Ghorepani (2874 m)
After breakfast, we climb through terraced farmland to reach Chitre village. The next hour and a half is
through the rhododendron forest area to arrive at Ghorepani which means ‘Horse water “ or water place for
Overnight at Lodge. Trek Duration 3- 3 ½ hours (approximate)
Day 17: Excursion to Poonhill Trek to Ulleri & Drive to Pokhara
Pre-dawn alert and it is time to do the one and half hour trek to Poon Hill (10,200 ft) to view a
magnificent sunrise over the Annapurna Range.
Shortly afterwards we returned back to Ghorepani for breakfast. After breakfast, bid farewell to the
villagers and the trek starts with a descent which gradually intensifies as we descend steeply to the river.
Then there is more descending through a trail of gurgling streams and forests till our arrival at the Magar
settlement of Ulleri.
Board a local vehicle to take us to Nayapool via the village of Tirkhedhunga. Change vehicle here and
Drive to Pokhara.
Overnight at Hotel Trek duration: 4 ½ hours. Drive duration: 3 hours
Day 18: Day 17: Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu
After breakfast board the vehicle drive back to the airport and catch the flight back to Kathmandu. Met
by waiting vehicle and transfer to hotel. Check in.
The rest of the day is free to rest and relax.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 20: Return to Kathmandu
Rest day in Kathmandu.
Day 21: Depart Kathmandu
This is your last day in Nepal. You can go shopping or buy some souvenirs for your family, friends or relatives until your departure at the airport. We will transfer you to the International Airport for your departure to your onward destination. Unless you have more extra days after the trek otherwise we will say goodbye until next time.
That’s the End of your Annapurna Circuit.
- Nepal Visa
- International flight ticket
- Few meals at Kathmandu and Pokhara except welcome & farewell dinners and breakfasts
- The entire cost of beverages, and mineral water while on the trek
- Travel insurance (must include Helicopter evacuation and Trip Cancellation charges)
- Tips for staff
See what people are saying about us!
"I took part in a trek to Annapurna Basecamp with Namaste Nomad in April 2019. I had trekked with Mohan and his team twice before- to Langtang Valley in Nepal in March 2018 and The Picos, in Northern Spain in June 2018. This was my third trip- so I wasn’t as anxious about what awaited me in Nepal! The route to Annapurna is very accessible, the walking was tough enough, I thought- a lot of steps, which are sore on the knees! We were well looked after my our guide, Mohan, and his Sherpa team, Dowa and Mingma, as well as the rest of the team. The food, as on all the trips I’ve been on, was really superb. I loved the rice, lentils, local vegetables and of course the ginger tea! The accommodation was basic but always clean and adequate. Reaching Annapurna Basecamp was the high point of the trip for me- I will never forget it! We were part of a small group, just four hikers. I was traveling with a friend. We had both been part of larger groups on our previous two trips.I think I would prefer to travel in a bigger group if/when I go on a trip like this again. It was a great experience and I recommend Namaste Nomad.
Grace MAnnapurna Basecamp trip
"Himalayas, they are beautiful, intimidating and challenging. You might think they are perhaps to hard for you? Well, they are hard, but in our everyday life we are often very comfortable. We need to be challenged from time to time to remind ourselves that we are more than our houses, jobs and what others think of us. I needed that break and challenge two years ago. I joined Mohan and his team on the journey to Everest Basecamp. And lets get the boring (but important) stuff out the way. The team is as professional as it gets. We had the nicest food, best accommodation and best guides. Mohan created atmosphere of community and support. I often looked at other groups (that probably payed 2 or 3 times as we did), and they did not had the service and the fun that we did. But apart from all of the pragmatic stuff, they are the Himalayas themselves. My choice was to abandon the internet altogether (its there if you need it) and enjoy being there. For two weeks, the world forgot about me as i forgot about it. All i cared about was walking. It was like a meditation, an it was simple. Just one foot after another until we reached the destination. Mohan does expeditions the way they should be done. He cares about your spirit, what you eat, what you drink, how you sleep. He knows that those things will get you there and help you with the altitude. His team is supportive, and very experienced. I will be a repeat customer one day, and not once.
Jarek MEverest Basecamp 2016
"A truly enjoyable hiking trip through the Pico mountains in North Spain with Mohan,our experienced guide. The trip was well organised and food and accommodation of unexpected high standard.Great company as well. Next trip will be Langtang,Nepal with Namaste Nomad,can't wait.
Roswitha IAMAZING PICO MOUNTAINS NORTH SPAIN
"Had an amazing trip. Was worth every penny. The sherpas and guides were very experienced and professional (two of them had summited Everest). The food was great too. Mohan knew what was best for the group, was great at leading us to Everest!
Kate FAdventure of a lifetime
"My serious walking career began at the age of 60, when I trekked with Mohan of Namaste Nomad in Ladakh. Since then I have gone back to the Himalayas with him every year: Everest Base Camp, Langtang, Island Peak... Each year I've thought it was as high as I could go, and each year I've come away wanting more. This time I hoped to attain the summit of my ambitions - to climb a 6500 metre mountain, Mera Peak, at the age of 65. Mera, known as the highest trekking peak in the world, was hard. It was steep. It was exhausting. It was wonderful. With the help of Mohan's right-hand-man, Dawa, and Nerbu, a younger sherpa; in the company of three other incredibly supportive Irish trekkers; with the amazing aid of our porters; and with the help, in my case, of copious amounts of oxygen (!), I made it to the very top. Mohan and Dawa always believed in me and did everything in their power to get me to the top. I am immensely proud to have done this, and immensely grateful to Namaste Nomad for giving me the opportunity. Seize the day, people. You are capable of so much more than you think.
Malachy D65@65: Mera Peak
"Did the errigal sunrise hike. We didnt see the sun because of the mist and the Rain, but is was still a very beautiful trip to the top. Had a great guide (Malachy thanks again) and the trip was well organized by Mohan.
Tim SterkenErrigal sunrise hike
"The trip with namaste nomad to Everest Base Camp was truly amazing. The group I was with were also a great bunch of people and it made the trip a lot more enjoyable. The professionalism that mohan and his team of Sherpas provide is exceptional. We did see some other groups on the trip and unfortunately we could clearly see that a lot of things were not provided for them. Travelling with mohan, everything is taken care of from food to the bed you sleep in. It’s almost like you have a group of babysitters because the only thing you have to worry about is the walking !. Mohan and his team provide a safe friendly and thoroughly enjoyable journey even when you hit some hard points. I would highly recommend Namaste nomad for any trip you might want to do. From start to finish the trip was amazing !
Stephen DLife changing !
"I have just returned from the most remarkable trip of a lifetime to Everest Basecamp. I don’t usually write reviews however on this occasion I feel the need to share my experiences which I hope will inspire others to travel and to book a trip with Namaste Nomad. I booked this trip in Jan 18 after meeting with Mohan. After my initial meeting I had no doubts in travelling with Mohan and his team. Mohan is an exceptional person who is so passionate about his business and works so hard to ensure everyone meets their goal and has an amazing trip. Everest Basecamp was everything I imagined and much more. The views are breathtaking and the sense of achievement on arriving at Basecamp is so hard to put into words. The trip is a life changing experience as you learn so much about yourself and indeed about others. It really was a journey from the time of booking until we returned home from the Himalayas. I found it very challenging physically, mentally and emotionally but that’s what made it so very special. Throughout the trek Mohan was so attentive to our every need, every decision he made was the right one and his motivation and encouragement ensured we all made it successfully to Basecamp. Mohan’s knowledge of Nepal and the Himalayas is exceptional. Everything from planning the food to gauging the weather to recognising signs when some of us weren’t too well was spot on If you are considering a trek then I can honestly say that you will not get anyone better to travel with than Namaste Nomad. The team of Sherpas and Porters are incredible and the bond made with the Sherpas is one I will never forget, it really was incredible. As for value for money you will not get a more competitive price as I priced several others which were significantly more costly than Namaste Nomad Overall if you want a challenging and life changing experience then I encourage you to make that adventure with Namaste Nomad and I guarantee you will not regret it Thanks to Mohan and his team for everything, I will never forget it. Xx
"This was my first time on a hike abroad thumbs up to mohan for his attention to detail, the trip was well planned and organized the views where amazing . Thanks mohan for some great memories I can't wait for my next trip.
BBenoTrip to picos
"My husband and I found out about Namaste Nomad while on a hike in Ireland the year before. We stayed in connect with Mohan and planned going on the Island Peak trek. Being in the USA, all our communication was by email and Mohan answered all of our questions so we felt ready when we flew to Nepal. The trek was incredible. No stress. Mohan dealt with accommodations in Kathmandu and in the Everest Circuit, food the entire trek, flights to and from Lukla, and taxis from the airport. He gave great advice on the hike up, like avoiding dairy and meat and keeping a constant steady pace, so we didn't get sick or hurt before summit day. He was concerned about our well being and wanted us to make it to the summit and be happy as much as we wanted to. His sherpas were incredible men. Humble, sweet, and considerate. You can trust your guides and you will make a great friend at the same time.
Jame BIsland Peak April 2018 Nepal Trekking