Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna base camp Trek

Trip Duration 24
Max Altitude 5416M at Thorong La Pass
Group Size 2-20
Best Time for Visit March to May, October to December

Trip Overview


The Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a breathtaking adventure that combines two iconic treks in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Spanning a distance of approximately 230 kilometers, this journey also takes trekkers through diverse landscapes, from lush green valleys to arid high-altitude desert terrains, offering unparalleled views of snow-capped peaks, charming villages, and ancient monasteries. The adventure begins in the vibrant city of Kathmandu, where trekkers make their way to Besisahar, the starting point of the  Annapurna Circuit. The trek gradually ascends through picturesque rice terraces, oak forests, and rhododendron groves, providing a glimpse into the rural Nepalese way of life. Passing through quaint villages like Manang and Pisang, trekkers also have the opportunity to interact with friendly locals and learn about their rich cultural heritage. As the trail winds higher, the landscape transforms into a stark and rugged terrain. Trekkers cross the challenging Thorong La Pass, situated at a breathtaking altitude of 5,416 meters, which rewards them with awe-inspiring views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks. The descent also leads to Muktinath, a sacred pilgrimage site revered by both Hindus and Buddhists. From Muktinath, the route diverts towards the Annapurna Base Camp, taking trekkers through stunning alpine landscapes. The trail also weaves through lush forests, cascading waterfalls, and glacial moraines before reaching the base camp, nestled at the foot of the majestic Annapurna massif. The panoramic views of Annapurna I, Machhapuchhre, and other towering peaks leave trekkers in awe of nature's grandeur. The return journey follows a different path, descending through the charming village of Chhomrong and the Modi Khola Valley. Trekkers pass through terraced fields, bamboo forests, and traditional Gurung settlements, immersing themselves in the local culture and hospitality. The trek concludes at Nayapul, where a scenic drive back to Pokhara awaits.

Conclusion and Summary

The Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a remarkable adventure that offers an immersive experience in the heart of the Nepalese Himalayas. It combines the best of both treks, showcasing the incredible diversity of landscapes, cultural encounters, and unparalleled mountain vistas. This unforgettable journey is also a must for trekkers seeking an extraordinary adventure amidst nature's splendor.

 Trip Highlight

  • Enjoy the Popular Ghorepani-Poon Hill and Challenging Annapurna Circuit trail and trek to the lap of the tenth highest mountain in the world, Annapurna base camp, in one trip
  • A classic and alluring trail to Annapurna Base Camp
  • Cross thrilling suspension bridges & streams and pass by cascading waterfalls
  • Trek through dense rhododendron & bamboo forests, picturesque villages, lush meadows, and moraines
  • View yak pastures and other meadows
  • Relax at hot springs in Tatopani and Jhinu Danda
  • Walk along the Kali Gandaki River gorge, the deepest gorge in the world
  • Himalayan panorama from Poon Hill
  • Stay at the stunningly beautiful Jomsom, the headquarter town of the Mustang District.
  • Spend a day in Pokhara, the most happening city in Nepal
  • Close up views of 8000 and 7000-meter peaks
  • Spectacular views of Mount Annapurna, Thorung Peak, Nilgiri, Chulu West, and Chulu East, Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV
  • Learn mountain lifestyle and culture while spending nights in different villages
  • Magnificent glaciers, gorges, and waterfalls
  • Tour around the famous Muktinath Temple, a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists
  • Visit the beautiful Manang district and embrace its beauty.
  • Visit Barge Monastery, the largest monastery in the Manang District.
  • Traverse through the world’s most extensive pass – the Thorong La Pass (5,416m)


Arriving at Kathmandu marks the beginning of your journey to Annapurna Circuit with the Annapurna Base Camp trek. We Friendship World Trek, will receive you at the airport and take you to your hotel in a private vehicle. You will also meet with your FWT guide, who will brief you about the trek. You will be spending your night in Kathmandu.

  • Overnight stay at a Three Star Hotel in Kathmandu

Kathmandu Valley is a microcosm of entire Nepal. Today, we will explore this ancient city rich in cultural heritage. You will visit UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath (the Monkey temple), Boudhanath, and historic Durbar Squares. As you relish these wonders, you will also get a brief insight into these places from our tour guide. After an entire day exploring Kathmandu, you will prepare for your trek that will start the next day. Your trek lead will conduct a final check of the equipment and gear you are carrying. 

  • Overnight stay at a Three Star Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Included standard meal (Breakfast)

Driving Hours (200km / 124miles) 7-8 hrs

You will start the Annapurna Circuit along with the Annapurna Base Camp trek with a drive to Bhulbhule. The bus will follow Prithvi Highway by the side of Trishuli River until Dumre. From Dumre, we head north to Besisahar and then to Bhulbhule.

Situated along the Marshyangdi RiverBhulbhule provides fantastic views of several snow-capped peaks. Throughout the trip, you can enjoy astonishing views of mountains, villages, rivers, and terraced farms. We need to register our permits at the Bhulbhule check-post before starting on the trails. We stroll around Bhulbhule and explore the beauty of this small yet wonderful town.

  • Overnight stay at Holiday Trekkers Lodge
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)


You begin your adventure by leaving Kathmandu in the morning and driving towards Besisahar. The highway is smooth and you have a pleasant ride driving past hills, forests, and rural settlements. It is an off road drive from Besisahar to Chame. As the road is not pitched the journey is rough and bumpy.

Set amongst green hills, Chame is a charming little settlement filled with stone houses. You spend a night here at a teahouse run by a local family.

Overnight at a teahouse in Chame.

Trek Distance 19km / 11.8miles

Highest Altitude 1,300m / 4,265ft

Trek Duration 5 hrs

Today is the first day of your walk in the Annapurna circuit. The trail is relaxing, and you will enjoy the stunning scenery as you traverse through lush forests and terraced fields along the banks of the Marsyangdi River.

The path is easy to walk and provides stunning views of mountains. You will be passing through several settlements and farmlands to reach the village of Jagat. We will be staying at Jagat for the night. Today’s light walk will prepare you for more intense treks set to follow in the coming days.

  • Overnight stay at Tilicho Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)


After breakfast, you pack your stuff and start trekking making your way to Upper Pisang. You are deep in the mountains and the views are wonderful. The trail goes past rivers, bridges, and forests. There are mule trains with tinkling bells sharing the trail.

The village of Upper Pisang is filled with prayer wheels, prayer flags, and traditional houses. The villagers are Buddhists and one can find old men and women with small prayer wheels or meditation beads on their hands. The Himalayan mountains seem close enough. Once you reach Upper Pisang, you head to a local teahouse and take a well-deserved rest.

Overnight at a teahouse in Upper Pisang.

Trek Distance 15.8km / 9.8miles

Highest Altitude 1,860m / 6,200ft

Trek Duration 5 hrs

After a peaceful stay at Jagat, we begin our hike towards Dharapani. As we commence our trek, we come across a split road. The trail goes uphill till we reach Tal, where the split trail meets. You will be enjoying several gorgeous waterfalls forming small sandy beaches along the way. Passing by rice and potato fields and crossing numerous bridges, you will reach one of the biggest villages of Manang, Kodo. 

After a short climb of the stone Kani, from Kodo, you will reach Dharapani. We have to register our Annapurna Circuit Permit at Dharapani before moving ahead. We relax at Dharapani and enjoy its scenery and traditional food.

  • Overnight stay at Heaven Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)


The views of Annapurna II and III are incredible as you make your way to Manang. The air gets thinner and colder as you ascend higher. The trail goes through hills covered with conifers, icy rivers, and snow-covered mountains. You stop briefly at the picturesque village of Ngawal before continuing to Manang. Chortens, Buddhist shrines, and prayer flags dot the trail. After a rough hike, you feel glad to reach Manang your stop for the night.

Overnight at a teahouse in Manang.

Trek Duration 16km / 10miles

Highest Altitude 2,610m / 8,890ft

Trek Duration 6 hrs

Our destination for this day is Chame. We walk through a motorable road, which can be both easy but dusty as the vehicles pass by. Following the trail through forests with pine, fir, oak, and maple trees along the Marsyangdi River, we head to Chame, the district headquarters of the Manang District. With greenery all around us, you will enjoy the amusing settlements of the Manang District. 

The aura of Chame is so beautiful that it will transport you to a serene and joyful world. The prodigious sights of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV enhance your whole experience. You will also stop by a small hot spring where you can dip in for a while to relax.

  • Overnight stay at Tilicho Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)


Manang, flanked by the Annapurna and Gangapurna mountains seems like a village straight out of a storybook. You spend a day in this quaint settlement acclimatizing and preparing for the tough Thorung La crossing.  Manang is one of the oldest villages on the Annapurna Circuit trail. The bustling village was an important stop for traders trading along the Tibet salt route in the bygone days.

You take a side trip to Ice Lake which lies about 16 kilometers from the village. To reach the lake you have to walk past the settlement of Braga and take an upward trail. Ice lake lies at an elevation of 4600m and elevation gain will leave you out of breath. But the views are stunning and worth every ragged breath. After taking pictures and soaking in the views you return to your teahouse.

Overnight at a teahouse in Manang

Trek Distance 13.2km / 8.2miles

Highest Altitude 3,115m / 10,200ft

Trek Duration 5 – 6 hrs

As we move through a steep and narrow valley, you will see a massive rock wall as you head to Pisang. Locals consider this rock, known as Pinguda Danda, very sacred. Gazing at the rock will provide you with hints about its sacredness. This massive rock rises 1,500m above the river and looks stunning.

Moving ahead on the trails, you can clearly see Annapurna II in the south and Pisang peak in the northeast. Then, we descend further to the Manang Valley floor. You still have to trek some more to reach Pisang, our destination for the day.

  • Overnight stay at New Trekkers Hotel (room with attached bathroom)
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)


More amazing sights of the snow-covered Gangapurna and Annapurna await you on the trail to Yak Kharka. Herds of Blue sheep, yaks, and Himalayan Tahr graze on the stubby shrubs and mountain grass. Riders on horseback gallop on the dusty trails. Horses are still a common means of transport in these parts. Yak Kharka which was a camp for yak herders has a couple of stone and wooden teahouses. You make your way to one of them where rooms have been booked for you and check-in.

Overnight at a teahouse in Yak Kharka.

Trek Distance 17km / 10.6miles

Highest Altitude 3,540m / 11,300ft

Trek Duration 5 hrs

We hike today alongside glorious mountains as we head to upper Pisang via Geru, appreciating the north face of Annapurna (II, III, IV), Gangapurna, Tilicho, and Pisang Peak. As you ascend, enjoying stunning views, you will notice the air becoming cold and dry. You will move past small Tibetan-style settlements, where we get a chance to appreciate Buddhist culture.

You will visit one of the largest and most famous monasteries in Manang – the Barge Monastery. The trail to Manang is full of Buddhist shrines and other Buddhist relics. When you reach Manang, you will notice that it is quite active with tourists. Manang is full of wonders, and you might realize that a single day may not be enough to explore this place.

  • Overnight stay at Hotel Himalayan Singi
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)


You are getting closer to Thorung La, the pass you have been dreaming to cross since starting out. The section of the trail leading to Thorong Phedi is one of the most dangerous. Prone to landslides, the gravel trail is narrow and hugs the side of a barren hill. It is windy and dusty up here, high above the tree line. Thorong Phedi, your stop for the night, lies surrounded by vertical cliffs. At 4525m, this would be the highest overnight stop.

Overnight at a teahouse in Thorong Phedi.

You will spend one extra day in Manang, exploring this village while adapting to the high altitude. There are many side hikes that you can commence on. For acclimatization, you need to trek high and sleep low.

You can hike up to Gangapurna Lake and spend the day admiring the absolute beauty of Annapurna III, Tilicho, Pisang, and Chulu Peaks. You can also hike up to the famous Ice Lake nearby.

We will take you to the Himalayan Rescue Association in Vraja Village in the afternoon. At this association, you can learn about acute mountain sickness, its symptoms, and precautions. After a relaxing day at enigmatic Manang village, we will have acclimatized to the altitude and prepare for the next day.

  • Overnight stay at Hotel Himalayan Singi
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)


You wake up before dawn and head up to High Camp. You need to have an early start as the weather starts deteriorating as the day progresses. You will have to cross the Thorung La Pass before it gets too windy and foggy.

Using a headlamp you make your way up in the dark. At High Camp, you stop for refreshments and warm yourself before plodding on. The hike is tough because of thin air which makes breathing difficult. Once you reach the pass, take selfies and pictures of the incredible views of the mountains. You can view the Tibetan peaks rearing in the distant horizon. After spending ample time at the snow-covered pass decorated with vibrant prayer flags, you head down to Muktinath.

Overnight at a guesthouse in Muktinath.

Trek Distance 9.4km / 5.8miles

Highest Altitude 4,050m / 14,275ft

Trek Duration 3-4 hrs

After enough rest and acclimatizing to the high elevation at Manang, we move ahead with the trek. From Manang, we head to Tenki village, crossing several beautiful streams.

Then you will head out of Marshyangdi Valley northwest up to Jar Sang Khola Valley. The trail is full of ups and downs. You will pass through the amazing Juniper forest and a few pastures. As you continue the trek, you will reach a small village called Gunsan – with houses made of flat mud roofs. As you trek forward, you will be crossing a small river on a wooden bridge and make your way up the spectacular valley to an open, peaceful meadow known as Yak Kharka.

  • Overnight stay at Hotel Gangapurna
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)


After breakfast, A drive to Tatopani is a scenic one. The route follows a lush coniferous forest and green pastures.  This is a welcome change from the dry and arid landscape of the past few days. As you descend lower you can feel the humidity and the change in the temperature. Cross the checkpoint and Ghasa before finally arriving in Tatopani, your stop for the night.

Tatopani which means ‘hot water’ in Nepali is famous for its hot springs. Locals come from far and wide to bathe in the therapeutic water of the hot springs. You can enjoy a dip in the steamy pool and relax your sore muscles.

Overnight at a teahouse in Tatopani

Trek Distance 9.6km / 6miles

Highest Altitude 4,525m / 14,525ft)

Trek Duration 5 hrs

Today we head to the foot of Thorong La passThorong Phedi. We start by climbing up to a ridge, then head down and cross the Marsyangdi river on a wooden bridge. After climbing up the mountain path, we follow a narrow trail across a slope and descend to Thorung Phedi. Based on the situation, we might hike to Thorong High Camp for the night. The uninhabited, rugged terrain you face will look otherworldly and much different than the lush lowlands you passed on the way up during the initial phase of the trek.

  • Overnight stay at Thorong High Camp Hotel
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)


The trail to Ghorepani is well laid out and paved in stones. There are signs at interactions indicating the way to Ghorepani. It is a long walk past lush forests of oak and rhododendron. Follow and up and down route till you reach Ghorepani. The settlement was named Ghorepani or Horse Water as it was a popular rest stop for traders journeying to Tibet on horses. There are several lodges and teahouses with modern amenities and you choose one where you can spend a restful night.

Overnight in Ghorepani.

Trek Distance 15.6km / 9.6miles

Highest Altitude 5,416m / 17,756ft

Trek Duration 9 hrs

As one of the most challenging days of the trek, we begin this hike as early as possible. You will be crossing one of the most exquisite high passes in the Annapurna region – Thorong La High Pass (5,416 m/ 17,756 ft). It is also the highest point of the trek.

With increasing elevation and decreasing oxygen level, the trail turns out to be challenging. Despite the difficulty of climbing, the view is unquestionably worth it. From the top of the pass, you will enjoy the panoramic views of glorious mountains extending northwards into Tibet. On the other side, you can see the Annapurna massifs smiling back. We take this hike slow and steady and conquer it and then descend to Muktinath, where we visit the famous Muktinath temple

A sacred place for Hindus and Buddhists, Muktinath is believed to be the god of forgiveness. You can take a bath at 108 water sprouts on Muktinath Temple premises. People believe that washing yourself on these water sprouts will wash away your sins. Buddhists call Muktinath Temple Chumig Gyatsa, which in Tibetan means “Hundred Waters.” We will spend the night at Muktinath.

  • Overnight stay at Hotel Town House Muktinath (room with attached bathroom)
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)


Wake up before sunrise and head to the hilltop vantage point of Poon Hill. The most popular Himalayan sunrise viewpoint in the Annapurna Region, Poon Hill offers amazing 360-degree views of the Annapurna Massif, Dhaulagiri, Gangapurna, and Hiunchuli.  The sun rising over the snow-covered mountains is a sight to remember. After taking in the views and clicking pictures head down to Ghorepani, collect your stuff, and proceed towards Tadapani.

Follow an up and down trail past a thick rhododendron forest. The forest along this route is one of the world’s biggest rhododendron forests. During spring the path is filled with blooming trees. Cross Deurali and Birethanti before finally arriving in Tadapani, your overnight stop.

Overnight at a teahouse in Tadapani.

Trek Distance 10.6km / 6.6 miles

Highest Altitude 3,760m / 12,623ft

Trek Duration 3 hrs

We descend from Muktinath to Kagbeni while witnessing the famous Sky Caves of the region. The path is quite easy as well as beautiful. If you wish, we can take you to have a short detour across the traditional villages of Chhyongkhar, Jhong, and Purang. A culturally rich place, Kagbeni, is a wonderful village. Today will be a relaxing day with not much distance to cover.

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)


Tadapani is where we start our journey to Chomrong. We can see Mt. Macchapucchre and the magnificent Annapurna South from the route. Chomrong is a little town surrounded by green hills, yet it is stunningly beautiful. It is the starting place and a well-liked rest break for the hikes to Annapurna Base Camp. Chomrong is bustling with stores, inns, and eateries.

Overnight at a teahouse in Chhomrong.

Trek Distance 18.4km / 11.4miles

Highest Altitude 2,804m / 9,200ft

Trek Duration 4-5 hrs

We trek from Kagbeni to Marpha today. It will be an exciting day as you will trek on an easy path, passing through gorgeous scenery. You will cross the Kaligandaki River to reach Marpha. Marpha is a hypnotizingly beautiful village. All the houses at Marpha are painted white, and the narrow Marpha alleys look fascinating. You will find captivating peaks, green forests with pine and oak treescold desert-like land, and the deepest river gorge (Kali Gandaki Gorge)

Marpha is also famous for its apple farming. The apple pie and alcohol made from local apple, branded as ‘Marpha,‘ is a must-try of this place. You can also hike up to a small turquoise-green lake nearby. The enigmatic village of Marpha, without a doubt, will impress you.

  • Overnight stay at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)


This morning, we set out early to complete a lengthy walk distance. As we hike, we will take in the vistas of Chomrong Khola. We will soon arrive at Sinuwa, a little settlement standing on a hill. As we ascend higher to Bamboo village, the scenarios enhance even more. We will hike to Dovan from Bamboo. Oak, bamboo, and rhododendron woods are everywhere along the trail. To get to Dovan, we need to traverse several wooden bridges. From Dovan, we will climb for a few more hours until we get to the Himalaya Hotel.

Overnight at a teahouse in Himalaya.

Trek Distance 10.6km / 6.6miles

Highest Altitude 2,665m / 8,744ft

Trek Duration 3 hrs

Our trek follows the Kali Gandaki River. The afternoon wind kicks up a lot of dust, so we must walk as early as possible. You will pass through wooden bridges, rocky paths, landslide areas, and several apple farms. 

As you move ahead, you will pass Khobang village on a narrow trail and trek until you reach Larjung. At Larjung, you can explore the narrow alleys filled with livestock. We will also descend to the river at Larjung to see stunning sunset views of Mount Nilgiri. Then, we conclude our day with a delicious dinner at Larjung.

  • Overnight stay at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)


You make an early start and head to Annapurna Base Camp, another major highlight of your trip. You walk past the Machhapuchhre Base Camp located at the foot of the Fishtail Peak.  This is one of the few mountains in Nepal which hasn’t been climbed. This is a sacred mountain worshipped by locals and stepping on it is prohibited.

As your body has gotten used to high altitude, you won’t feel the discomfort attached to walking at such a high altitude. Savor close up views of the Annapurna Massif from the Annapurna Base Camp.

Overnight at a teahouse in Annapurna Base Camp.

Trek Distance 16km / 9.9miles

Highest Altitude 2,544m / 8,346ft

Trek Duration 4 hrs

We head to Ghasa, enjoying marvelous views of the mountains throughout the path. From Larjung, we head to Kalapani while witnessing the wonderous Annapurna peak. After a wave-like trail from Lete, we finally reach Ghasa. We halt at Ghasa and enjoy the mysterious Tibetan-style village. From Ghasa, you can get fantastic views of DhaulagiriTukuche, and Dhampus peaks. Today’s trek will be relaxing and entertaining, as you can view exotic floras and faunas in the incredible Annapurna region. You will be spending the night at Ghasa Village.

  • Overnight stay at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)


We will get up early and head out to continue our trek. The trek is in a glacier basin surrounded by the peaks of Gangapurna, Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, and Annapurna I, the tenth-highest mountain in the world. We will take in the view of 8000 and 7000 meters high peaks. After taking photographs, descend to your teahouse.

Overnight at a teahouse in Bamboo.

Trek Distance 17km / 10.5miles
Highest Altitude 2,113m / 6,932ft
Trek Duration 6-7 hrs

A long trekking day awaits. We will be hiking to Tatopani, where you can dip in the natural hot spring. Tatopani precisely translates to ‘hot water,” and we will relax in the lukewarm water. En route, you will witness Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world. The trails are broad and comfortable to walk. We conclude our day in Tatopani immersed in lukewarm water that will soothe our sore muscles.

  • Overnight stay at Dhaulagiri Lodge (room with attached bathroom)
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)


From Bamboo head down to Matque. En route cross the villages of Sinuwa, Chhomrong, and Jhinu Danda. The final walk of your trek takes you past a typical Nepalese countryside with terraced fields, traditional mud houses, and farms.

On reaching Matque walk to the highway and catch a vehicle bound for Pokhara.

Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.

Trek Distance 17km / 10.5miles

Highest Altitude 2,860m / 9,385ft

Trek Duration 6-7 hrs

After enjoying the hot spring bath at Tatopani, we leave Tatopani for Ghorepani. Crossing the east side of the Kali Gandaki River, we ascend to Ghorepani past the Sikha, Chitre, and other Thakali villages. The trail passes through terraced farms and lush forests full of rhododendron, birch, and magnolia. Ghorepani sits at the top of a ridge and is known for providing astounding views of mountains. As a popular tourist village, you can find several restaurants and hotels to cater to your tastes. 

  • Overnight stay at Hotel Snow Land (room with attached bathroom)
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)


Take a long drive back to Kathmandu city through the Prithvi Highway. Along the way, you will get to observe the views of hills, green farms, and rivers. You will stop along the highway at a local restaurant for lunch and snacks. For easier and quicker travel, you can opt to take a flight to Kathmandu as well.

Note: If you are tired of the trek and drive to Pokhara on the previous day. You can stroll around Pokhara in the morning and take the flight to Kathmandu in the afternoon.

Note: You can either take a private or public vehicle or fly out of Pokhara. It takes around 25 to 30 minutes to reach Kathmandu by flight.

Trek Distance 11.50km / 7.1miles

Highest Altitude 3,210m / 10,525ft

Trek Duration 4hrs

Today, you will hike to Poon Hill (3,210m) viewpoint before dawn to catch the stunning views of dawn breaking at the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massif. Poon Hill is one of the most popular photographic spots on this trail and possibly in the whole of Nepal. You will stay at Poon Hill, soaking in the natural beauty before heading back to Ghorepani, where you will enjoy your breakfast, and then head to Tadapani. You will be spending the night at Tadapani.

  • Overnight stay at Hotel Grand View Lodge
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)


You will be driven to the airport in due time to catch your flight (three hours prior to the scheduled departure). If you want you can extend your trip and explore more of the country. Choose from our vast range of itineraries or allow us to customize a tour for you.

Trek Distance 10km / 6.2miles

Highest Altitude 2,630m / 8,630ft

Trek Duration 6-7 hours

We begin our trek from Tadapani to Chomrong. After a delightful breakfast, we descend to the Kimron River from Ghandruk. From the way, you will get a glimpse of the marvelous Annapurna South and Mount Macchapucchre. Chomrong is a small yet majestically beautiful village situated in the middle of lush hills. It is also the starting point and popular stop for Annapurna Sanctuary and Annapurna Base Camp treks. Chomrong is vibrant with shops, lodges, and restaurants.

  • Overnight stay at Panorama View
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

Trek Distance 12km / 7.4miles

Highest Altitude 2,890m / 9,425ft

Trek Duration 6-7 hrs

We commence this day early to cover a large trek distance. You will be enjoying the views of Chomrong Khola as you trek. Up ahead, you will reach a small village called Sinuwa that lies on top of a hill. The views get even better as you climb higher to Bamboo. From Bamboo, you will be trekking to Dovan. The path passes through rhododendron, bamboo, and oak forests. You will also be crossing several wooden bridges to reach Dovan. We will hike a few more hours from Dovan to reach the Himalaya, where we will halt for the night.

  • Overnight stay at Hotel Royal Family
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

Trek Distance 12.5km / 7.7miles

Highest Altitude 4,130m / 13,550ft

Trek Duration 5 hrs

From Himalaya, trekking through a narrow gorge along the Modi Khola glacier, we head to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). We pass by a fascinating large overhanging rock known as Hinku Cave before we reach Deurali. The forest trail to the base camp is utterly wonderful, due to the existing diverse floras and faunas. As you move ahead, you will come across several Annapurna glaciers. 

On the way to ABC, you will also stop for some time at Machhapuchhare Base Camp. From here, Macchhapucharre (Fishtail) looks spellbinding. 

When you reach ABC, you will get dazzling views of HimchuliAnnapurna MassifsMacchapucchreKhansari Kang, and Gangapurna. Encircled by peaks above 6000m, we enjoy the chilly and majestic aura at the base of Annapurna mountain. With snow-capped mountains all around, the views are other-worldly. The prayer flags add a spiritual dimension to the whole trek. We will be spending the night at Annapurna Base Camp.

  • Overnight stay at Paradise Garden Guest House
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

Trek Distance 14km / 8.6miles

Highest Altitude 4,130m / 13,550ft

Trek Duration 6hrs

We wake up early to enjoy the views of the sun kissing the snow mountains in front of us. Now, it is time to hike out of the Annapurna Sanctuary. We will trek back the same route we used to reach ABC and halt at Bamboo. The views of the mountains slowly diminish as we descend. Bamboo is a small yet enigmatic village. The cuisine here is pretty delicious. We can conclude our day with good food at Bamboo.

  • Overnight stay at Hotel Green View
  • Standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

Trek Distance 8.5km / 5.2miles

Highest Altitude 2,350m / 7,700ft

Trek Duration 3-4 hrs.

We continue our hike on the same trail that took us to the Annapurna Base Camp. Our final stop for today is Jhinu Dada. The track is mostly downhill, which can put stress on your knees. The trail is gorgeous, but the hot spring we visit at the end of our day is even more exciting. Jhinu Dada has a natural hot spring. When you take a dip in the hot spring, it will relax you and make you forget all your physical and mental stress. It is the perfect way to conclude the trek around the Annapurna region. We will spend the night at Jhinu Danda.

  • Overnight stay at Hotel Park Himalaya (room with attached bathroom)
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

Trek Distance 4km / 2.4miles

Highest Altitude 1,780m / 6,393ft

Trek Duration 3-4hrs

Driving Hours 2-3hrs

Today is the last day on the trails in the Annapurna circuit. You will trek back from Jhinu Danda to the plain dust road along the Modi Khola. This part of the trek is the most relaxing walk of the entire trek. When we reach Siwa/Ghandruk Phedi, we bid farewell to the majestic path and drive to Pokhara. The fun is yet to begin as Pokhara is the most happening city in Nepal. With the nightlifeboatingpubs, and barsPokhara offers all the luxury you would want.

  • Overnight stay at Silver Oaks Inn (room with attached bathroom)
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch)

Driving Distance 205km / 127miles

Time Duration 6-7 hrs

We conclude our trek in the Annapurna region and bid farewell to the mountains and the enchanting Pokhara. After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu on a tourist bus. It’s a 200 km route that first follows the Marsyangdi River and then the Trishuli River. Alternatively, you can fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu at your own cost, as the flight cost is not covered by this package. Your trek package completes in Kathmandu.

  • Overnight stay at Three Star hotel in Kathmandu
  • Included standard meal (Breakfast)

Friendship World Trek will drop you off at the airport in a private vehicle based on your flight schedule. We hope that you will have enjoyed your trek to the fullest.

  • Included standard meal (Breakfast)

Departures & Availability

The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.

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All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

Price include

  • Full-Day Kathmandu Valley sightseeing with a tour guide, in private transportation, including entrance fees to world heritage sites
  • Three-night accommodations with breakfast at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu to Bhulbhule/ Chame (trek start) by local bus or Jeep and Siwa/Ghanduk Phedi ( trek endpoint) to Pokhara by private transport
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu on a tourist bus
  • One night accommodation with attached bathroom at Silver Oaks Inn in Pokhara
  • Accommodation: Eight nights room with private attached bathroom at Jagat, Dharapani, Chame, Pisang, Muktinath, Tatopani, Ghorepani, and Jhino Danda. Fourteen nights standard room at Bhulbhule, Manang (2N), Yak Kharka, Thorong Phedi, Kagbeni, Marpha, Larjung, Ghasa, Tadapani, Chomrong, Himalaya, Annapurna Base Camp, and Bamboo. (Generally twin Sharing room). Total: 22 Nights in trek regions
  • All standard meals (23 Lunches, 22 Dinners, and 23 Breakfasts) during the trek
  • Government licensed qualified trek leader (guide), assistant trekking guide for a group of 12 or more. One porter for every two trekkers. Per trekker luggage weight limit is 9 kg.
  • Coverage of guides and porters’ meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and other necessary equipment
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) Fee.
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee
  • Local permits Fee
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • Shared jeep from Muktinath to Tatopani
  • All government taxes, local taxes, and official expenses
  • Rescue operation arrangements in case of complicated health conditions (funded by travel insurance).
  • Souvenir – a company T-shirt & cap
  • Friendship World Trekking trek appreciation certificate after trek completion
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at the end of the trek

Price Excludes

  • International flight airfare
  • Nepal entry visa fees at Tribhuwan International Airport. USD 50 for a 30-day stay
  • Excess luggage charges (Limit is 9kg per person)
  • Meals (Lunch, Dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation, Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to early arrival or late departure, and early return from the trek
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boil bottled water, hot (tea/coffee) and cold drinks, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee), extra porters, etc
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation (compulsory)
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Additional costs (due to delays) caused by circumstances beyond our control, such as landslides, bad weather, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, changes in government policies, strikes, etc.
  • All the costs and expenses not listed in “What is included?” will be counted as excludes

Gears And Equipment

Trip Information

Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp trek difficulty

Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp trek is a strenuous trek. The trek is for experienced trekkers who can spend more than 12 days in the mountains and adjust to basic services. You walk 6 hours a day at a minimum, so physical and mental fitness is important. The terrain is steep and rough. The trail has constant ascends and descends through dense forests, terraced fields, pastures, and moraines.

You cross a high and challenging pass on Annapurna Circuit with the Annapurna Base Camp trek. Likewise, the trail also passes by avalanche-prone areas. The weather at the high altitude can get unstable even in the peak season too, so you have to be well prepared for the trek.

Altitude Sickness

The Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp 18 days lead above 5,400 meters. Every day you’ll gain elevation on this trek, which also increases the risk of altitude sickness. It’s a common illness, but if it gets worse, the patient needs to be air evacuated to a hospital. Cases like this are rare, so you do not have to worry about anything. Moreover, our Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp itinerary has an adequate acclimatization day that allows you to adjust to the elevation during the trek.

Last Minute Booking

To make last minute booking for Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp trekking, you have to make the full payment of the package. Once our team receives the full payment and other details about you, we’ll proceed with the booking process and send you the trip confirmation mail. Do know that booking at the last minute may not leave you with ample time to prepare for the trek. For any query, you can call us at

What permits do I need for the Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp?

Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP) permit and a TIMS card are needed for Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp trek. The package cost covers the permit fees. We also obtain the permits on behalf of our guests to save them from hassle.

ACAP permit costs for SAARC nationals: NPR 1000
ACAP permit costs for other nationals: NPR 3000
TIMS card costs: NPR 2000

*Note: Trekkers below age 10 do not need this permit

Best time to trek to Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Base Camp

The best time to trek in the Annapurna region is spring (March to April) and autumn (October to November). These seasons have the perfect weather conditions for trekking. You’ll come across a range of flora & fauna along the trail and witness breathtaking mountain views. There is almost no chance of rain or unstable weather, so you’ll be on the itinerary and do not have to face any delays.

The climate in spring and autumn is mild. The day is bright and breezy. Whereas nights & mornings are a bit colder, which makes the trek fantastic. In the autumn season particularly, you may get to be part of some of the biggest festivals of Nepal like Dashain, Tihar & Chhat. The temperature ranges between 23°C to 18°C in the lower part of the trail and 15°C to 0°C in the upper part of the trail.


You stay overnight in a lodge or teahouse during Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp trekking. The accommodation along the trail is basic, but you’ll get comfortable & clean bedding to have a good night’s sleep. The rooms are double occupancy, so you’ll be sharing them with one of your fellow trekkers.

The washroom is shared mostly and in some places, you may get a private washroom. The services in the lodge are minimal. Facilities like hot showers, wifi, and charging are available on paid. These expenses are not covered in the package cost, so carry some additional Nepali cash with you.

Food and Meals

The Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp trek package covers three meals during the trek. All the meals are provided as per the menu of the lodge/teahouse. As you can guess, the menu is not anything fancy. You’ll get simple Nepali, Indian, and Tibetan dishes on the menu. These are some common dishes seen on the menu- momo, noodles, roti tarkari, Tibetan bread, sandwich, pasta, thenduk, soup, porridge, french fries, etc.

The most common meal will be dal bhat during the trek, and it’s our favorite. Dal Bhat means rice and lentil soup that comes with veggies, curries, pickles, and a few other side dishes. It’s very rich in minerals, tastes delicious, and gives ample energy to walk. Moreover, it is made from fresh ingredients, so you’ll not have an upset stomach or indigestion.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is needed during the Annapurna Circuit with the Annapurna Base Camp trek. It’s a high-altitude trek with the potential risk of altitude sickness and unseen accidents. We make sure the trek goes as smoothly as possible, but it’s better to be prepared than to be sorry. So, we’ll need travel insurance covering emergency air evacuation and medical bills.

Make sure your travel insurance has an airlift up to 6,000 meters. Failure of providing travel insurance documents at the time of booking may result in the cancellation of the trip from the company side.

Travel Tips (electricity, internet, ATM, luggage, tipping, personal expenses)

  • To charge your devices while trekking, you can pay a few extra bucks in the lodge. Spare batteries or a solar charger will come in extremely handy during the trek.
  • The Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp trail has no ATM or banks, so there’s no way you can withdraw cash while trekking. Get it in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
  • The internet along the trail is okay. Use cellular data for better connection. Wifi service is available in some lodges but may cost you additional money for the service.
  • For trekking luggage, we use a duffel bag and a daypack. Duffel bags are carried by porters and each trekker gets a 10 kg weight limit. In a rucksack, you can pack up to 5 kg.
  • Drink plenty of water while walking to keep yourself hydrated and avoid altitude sickness. Maintain your walking pace and get ample rest.
  • We suggest our guests tip our crew members themselves if they are happy with their service. Even though we make sure our guide & porters get paid well, giving them tips is the best thank you gesture for the trekkers.
  • Buy or rent heavy clothing for the trek and other gear in Thamel instead of carrying it from your home. It’ll save you a lot of money and space.
  • Make sure to have an emergency fund and spare money for personal expenses like international flights, shopping, personal expenses, etc.

Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp Route Map

Annapurna Circuit with ABC Map


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