Annapurna Circuit - 22 days/21 nights
Kathmandu - Besi Sahar - Thorung La - Pokhara - Kathmandu
In terms of landscape and culture, the Annapurna circuit trek is the most diverse trek in Nepal - and perhaps the world. Starting at below 3,000 ft., the trek takes you to a dizzying 17,700 ft traversing through colorful villages rich in ethnic culture. Begin and end your 18 day trek around the Annapurna Massif with sightseeing in the Kathmandu valley.
Benefits of a Red Lantern Journeys Trek
This is a tea-house trek. All accommodation during the trek is in private rooms in family-run tea houses, helping support the local economy. Our trips also include privately-guided tours in Kathmandu valley and complimentary foot massages at the end of your trek!
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- Kathmandu valley tour including Patan Durbar Square and Monkey Temple
- Insurmountable views of the Annapurna range from Thorung Pass (17,700 ft)
- A variety of trekking terrain from terraced farmland to the Tibetan Plateau
- Overnights in family-run tea houses
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (4,400 ft.)
Arrive at the Kathmandu airport where you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu. (Dinner)
Day 2: Kathmandu (4,400 ft.)
Your tour guide will meet you at your hotel in the morning to take you on a private tour of Kathmandu. Visit the Bodhnath temple, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, and one of the several monasteries neighboring the stupa. After this Buddhist experience, visit Pashupatinath, the holiest of temples for the Hindus in hopes of witnessing a Hindu cremation along the banks of the Bagmati River. Then head to the Patan Durbar Square to take in ancient Nepalese architecture and enjoy lunch at the museum garden. In the afternoon visit the Patan museum to view ancient Nepalese art. Overnight in Kathmandu. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 3: Kathmandu to BhulBhule (2,720 ft.)
After an early breakfast, hop on a chartered bus with your support staff for an 8 hour bus ride following the beautiful Trishuli River. Catch glimpses of Himalchuli (25,895 ft.) and Manaslu (26,658 ft.) along the way. Hike for a couple hours to your first camp at Bhulbhule. Overnight at Bhulbhule. (All meals)
Day 4: BhulBhule to Jagat (4,150 ft.)
Today, and for the next few days, trek along the Marsyangdi River while enjoying views of the Annapurna range. Camp at Jagat, a village that was an ancient Tibetan custom-post. Total trekking time is about 6 hours. Overnight in Jagat. (All meals)
Day 5: Jagat to Dharpani (6,350 ft.)
After breakfast begin your hike through valleys, watching as the vegetation changes to rhododendron and pine forests. Hike up a steep switchback before you reach the wide valley of Tal to stop for lunch. Total trekking time is about 6 hours. Overnight at Dharapani. (All meals)
Day 6: Dharpani to Chame (8,600 ft.)
Continue your ascent and begin to notice the transition from the lower, wet valleys to the higher, arid and dry regions of the Tibetan plateau. Total trekking time is about 5 hours. Overnight at Chame. (All meals)
Day 7: Chame to Pisang (10,450 ft.)
In the morning, trek through barley and wheat fields and apple orchards. Just before you reach the village of Pisang, pass by Paungda danda, a fascinating rock-slab. In Pisang, the terrain becomes dry and arid. Get your first glimpses of Annapurna III and Gangapurna towering above you. Total trekking time is about 5-6 hours. Overnight at Pisang. (All meals)
Day 8: Pisang to Manang (11,500 ft.)
Today will be a fairly easy trek to Manang except for one steep strip. Manang is spectacularly perched across from a glacial lake formed by water coming from the glaciers of Gangapurna and Annapurna III. Take in unsurpassed high alpine scenery between here and the pass. Total trekking time is about 5-6 hours. Overnight at Manang. (All meals)
Day 9: Manang (11,500 ft.)
Today is a rest/acclimatization day. Opt for a visit to the hermitage of a monk just above the village or visit the Gangapurna lake. Overnight at Manang. (All meals)
Day 10: Manang to Yak Kharka (13,400 ft.)
Take a short trek to Yak Kharka to help you acclimatize. Total trekking time is about 2-3 hours. Overnight at Yak-Kharka. (All meals)
Day 11: Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi (14,500 ft.)
Today is another short day to allow for acclimatization. Arrive at the Thorung Phedi (base in Nepali) for lunch. Total trekking time is about 4-5 hours. Overnight at Thorung Phedi. (All meals)
Day 12: Thorung Phedi to Thorung pass to Muktinath (12,500 ft.)
Wake up early (3am – 4am) for the long and gradual hike to the Thorung pass (17,700 ft.). From the pass, weather permitting, be rewarded with views of the Annapurna range and the Kali-Gandaki valley. The descent can be steep. Total trekking time is about 7-8 hours. Overnight at Muktinath. (All meals)
Day 13: Contingency Day
In case of bad weather on the pass, this contingency day will allow you to attempt the crossing again. (If this day is not needed for the pass crossing, the long day from Tatopani to Ghorepani - refer to Day 18 below - will be divided into two days.) Overnight at Muktinath. (All meals)
Day 14: Muktinath to Marpha (8,750 ft.)
After a steep descent to the village of Ekla-Bhatti where you’ll stop for lunch, continue through the windswept village of Jomsom to Marpha. Marpha is famous for its apples, with apple brandy and apple pies being a specialty. Marpha is also a very attractive town boasting good schools, latrines, a fine water system, and exceptionally clean and tidy homes.
Overnight at Marpha. (All meals)
Day 15: Marpha to Kalopani (8,400 ft.)
A long day's walk below Marpha brings you to Lete. Continue down the Kali Gandaki to Ghasa at 6,600 feet. At Ghasa, the forests change from conifer to sub-tropical and the canyon narrows. A side trip to the Dhaulagiri icefall is possible if trip members desire. The mountain views of yak pastures in this region are superlative. Total trekking time is about 6 hours. Overnight at Kalopani. (All meals)
Day 16: Kalopani to Tatopani (3900 ft.)
When you arrive at Tatopani, the trail will have taken you through the deepest gorge in the world. The peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri are only 20 miles apart and rise nearly four miles vertically on each side of the river. In Tatopani enjoy a relaxing soak in the hot springs. Total trekking time is about 7 hours. Overnight in Tatopani. (All meals)
Day 17: Tatopani (3,900 ft.)
Enjoy a free day to rest, take another soak in the hot springs or read a book. Overnight at Tatopani. (All meals)
Day 18: Tatopani to Ghorepani (9,100 ft.)
From Tatopani, climb 5,300 feet out of the Kali Gandaki gorge to the town of Ghorapani (9,300') perched right on the crest of a ridge. Total trekking time is about 6-7 hours. Overnight at Ghorepani. (All meals)
Day 19: Ghorepani to Pun Hill (10,500 ft.) to Ulleri (6,800 ft.)
Begin your final climb to the summit of Pun Hill (10,500 ft.) in time to watch the sun rise over the entire Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. If the conditions are right, three of the world’s fourteen 8,000-metre peaks can be seen. Descend to Ghorepani for breakfast. From Ghorapani, walk through a beautiful rhododendron forest for two hours, losing some altitude as you arrive in Ulleri. Total trekking time is about 6-7 hours. Overnight at Ulleri. (All meals)
Day 20: Ulleri to Pokhara (2,700 ft.)
In the morning trek to Birethanti (3,500') at the junction of two rivers. After lunch, take a 30 minute walk to the new Pokhara-Beni road at New Bridge where a chartered bus will drive you a short way to your hotel in Pokhara. Total trekking time is about 5 hours. Overnight in Pokhara. (All meals)
Day 21: Pokhara to Kathmandu (4,400 ft.)
Take a morning flight to Kathmandu. In the afternoon, you are free to relax or do some sightseeing. Overnight in Kathmandu. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 22: Departure
Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (Breakfast)
Per Person Rates
(based on double occupancy)
Contact Us for the current prices.
A private trek can be arranged for a date of your choice for a $500 per person supplement. Discounts on the "Private" supplement are available for groups of 4 or more.
- All airport transfers
- 3 nights twin sharing accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- 1.5 full day sightseeing in Kathmandu with vehicle, guide, and entry fees
- Chartered vehicle to Besi Shahar at start of trek, and from NayaPul to Pokhara at end of trek
- 18-days lodge trek with lodging and food, guide and porter
- Annapurna Conservation Area fee
- Meals as indicated on itinerary
- 1 night twin sharing accommodation in a four star hotel in Pokhara
- Airfare: Pokhara-Kathmandu
- Staff insurance
Rates Do Not Include
- International airfare
- Nepal visa (USD 30 for 60-days single entry)
- Airport tax
- Personal travel insurance
- Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara except as indicated on itinerary
- Personal equipment including sleeping bag
- Bottled/canned/alcoholic beverages including mineral water
- Expenses of personal nature (such as laundry, telephone bills, internet, etc)
- Tips and gratuities
To Book This Trek
Please call us toll free at 1-877-362-2793 and let us know that you would like to book this tour. Then follow these instructions:
- Download, print, and fill out the Reservation Form for each person.
- Fax the form to us at 206-529-4803, or mail it to:
Red Lantern Journeys
1000 N. Northlake Way, Suite H
Seattle, WA 98103
- Pay a non-refundable $500 per person deposit and we will initiate your reservations.
- Final payment is due 75 days prior to departure.
If your reservation is made less than 75 days prior to departure, the non-refundable deposit will allow us to initiate reservations. Full payment will be due immediately upon confirmation of all hotels and transportation services. If the services quoted cannot be confirmed, alternate accommodation or transportation will be arranged and the price will be adjusted accordingly.
Payments can be made by personal check, bank wire transfer, or credit card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will initiate your reservations and send you a statement showing your payment. Approximately 4 weeks prior to your departure, we will send you a final confirmation package containing your itinerary and detailed information on the logistics of your trip.
Forms to Download (pdf file)
Reservation Form with Complete Terms and Conditions
- Cancel more than 60 days prior to departure - forfeit your deposit.
- Cancel between 30 and 60 days prior to departure - forfeit 50% of the tour cost.
- Cancel less than 30 days prior to departure - NO REFUND of tour cost.
- Cancellations must be made in writing and sent via mail, fax, or email to Red Lantern Journeys.
- Refunds will be processed within 30 days of receipt of your written request.
- No refunds are available for unused services or tours during your trip.