Trip Facts

  • Total Days: 22
  • Trekking Days: 16
  • Hotel in Kathmandu: 3 Nights
  • Hotel in Pokhara: 1 Night
  • Trek Grade: Strenuous
  • Altitude Maximum: 5560m (Namun Bhajyang)
  • Type of Trek: Camping
  • Best season: April-May and September-October
  • Walking Time: 4-7 hours each day

Annapurna Circuit trek via Namun/Tilicho pass trekking, begin from Besisahar at 760 m, and ultimately ascending to 5,560 m, is quite strenuous, but more than that it is stunning—strenuous in terms of duration and ascent, and stunning because it’s all wonder with mountain views, aquamarine lakes, alpine desert, Tibetan plateau, paddy terraces, rivers and gorges, exotic fauna and flora, and whatnot.

For adventure and awe seeker, it is arguably one of the best treks. All you need is stamina and normal health without worrying about any training and technical experience. It’s thrill traversing off the beaten path, and camping makes it all the more fun. In fact, you will be walking such a path for the first seven days. The views from the Namun pass and the Tilicho pass will be paradisiac.

But, before getting to this part of raw and rugged beauty, you will be welcomed right away since your landing in the city of the temple. Indeed, Kathmandu is such. It’s an open-air museum. It has a lot of temples, monasteries, antiquated monuments, Durbar squares. In fact, the Kathmandu valley alone has eight UNESCO world heritage sites. Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swoyambhunath Stupa, Baudhanath Stupa are some of the major attractions. You will visit some of them. Their architecture and carvings will amaze you.

Henceforward, you will be driven to Besisahar, the starting point of the Annapurna Circuit. It has a sub-tropical climate with a deciduous forest. There you will camp overnight in a pleasant atmosphere. And then, nature will begin revealing its beauty to you as soon as you set off trekking the next morning. You will be walking across beautiful small villages to get to Kapur Gaun from where you will be able to view Manaslu, Himal Chuli, and Ngadi peak. The view will be pure delight. Likewise, you will be walking across many beautiful villages, hills, and forests.
This long trek is worth your time and effort. It is immensely rewarding. It will be a beautiful chapter in the book of your life. Let us help you write this chapter.

Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02 : Visit Patan & Kathmandu Durbar Square
Day 03:  Drive Kathmandu to Besisahar
Day 04:  Trek Besisahar to Kapur gaun
Day 05 : Trek Kapur Gaun to Maidu Kharka
Day 06 : Trek Maidu Kharka to Kyuper Kharka
Day 07 : Trek Kyuper Kharka to Taunja Lek
Day 08 : Trek Taunja Lek to Thurchu Lek
Day 09 : Trek Thurchu Lek to Danfe Lek
Day 10 : Trek Danfe Lek to Timang
Day 11 : Trek Timang to Pisang
Day 12 : Trek Trek Pisang to Manang
Day 13 : Acclimatization day at Manang
Day 14 : Trek Manang to Khangsar
Day 15 : Trek Khangsar to Tilicho Base camp
Day 16 : Trek Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho Lake
Day 17 : Trek Tilicho Lake to West Base Camp / North BC
Day 18 : Trek West Base Camp / North BC to Thini gaun
Day 19 : Trek Thini gaun to Jomsom
Day 20 : Flight Jomsom to Pokhara
Day 21 : Flight Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 22 : Departure

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu airport and you will be transferred to the hotel by one of our representatives. Welcome dinner at one of the Nepali Traditional  restaurants in Kathmandu.
Overnight: Hotel
Elevation: 1334m.

Day 02 : Visit Patan and Kathmandu Durbar Square: start our tour visiting Patan, a true open air museum with its pagodas, temples, and monasteries followed by Kathmandu's Durbar Square, including the old royal palace and the house of the Kumari (a living goddess who is the reincarnation of Kali).
Overnight: Hotel
Elevation: 1334m

Day 03 : Drive Kathmandu to Besisahar (760m): The Annapurna Circuit trek begins with a road journey from Kathmandu to Besisahar which takes approximately six hours.
Overnight: Camping
Drive Time: 6 hours (200Km)
Difference in Elevation: - 574m.

Day 04 : Trek Besisahar to Kapur gaun (1890m): The first day of the trek starts with gradual uphill from Besisahar. We go through small villages walking on the paddy fields. After couple of hours, trail gets steeper before we get to Baglungpani (1590m) which is pretty small but really beautiful village. We continue our walk towards the north. And after few more hours walk we reach to our tonight's camp, Kapur gaun. Manaslu, Himal chuli & Ngadi peak can be seen from near by hill.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 5 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 1130m

Day 05 : Trek Kapur Gaun to Maidu Kharka (3100m): Today's trek starts with gradually; going through maize; paddy fields. Our first stop would be at the place called Ghalegaun (2050m) which is one of the biggest villages and really popular for home stay trips. Then our trek continues towards Ghan-Pokhara, which is one of the highest settlements in the region. After Ghan-Pokhara trail goes through lush Rhododendron forest. Most part of the trek is on steep uphill. We could see some herds of buffaloes in the forest. We camp at the place called Maidu Kharka.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 1270m

Day 06 : Trek Maidu Kharka to Kyuper Kharka (3645m): Today's trek starts with steep up hill through flourishing forest. We stop on the top of the hill for the lunch. Then again our trek starts with another steep hill going through a huge rock face which is basically the top of the hill. Then, the trail gets little gradual. We camp in Kyuper Kharka (3645m) tonight.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 545m

Day 07 : Trek Kyuper Kharka to Taunja Lek (4220m): As we go higher, the views of the mountain peaks such as Manaslu and Himalchulu on the right and Lamjung on the left get even better. As for today's trek, first part of is fairly easy with decent up hill going through rhododendron forest. Once we get to the top of the hill, trail gets even easier so it is pleasant walk for the morning. We stop in a Kharka (3890m) for the lunch where we could see some sheep herds grazing on high plateau. Then our trek resume with steep up hill towards Taunja pass (5100m). We spend the night just before the pass which is called Taunja Lek (4220m). It is one of the best camp sites on this trek. It has the views of Taunja pass, and the eastern valley of the Annapurna region.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 6 ½ hours
Difference in Elevation: + 575m

Day 08 : Trek Taunja Lek to Thurchu Lek (4265m): We start our trek towards Taunja Pass (5100m) this morning, which is about 1 ½ hours walk to the pass. This is our first pass of the trek. This is where the two trails meet, trails from Siklis (Pokhara) and Lamjung. After spending for a while at the pass; we resume our trek towards our camp which is at the bottom of the hill so we have sharp descend from the pass for an hour and half. It is fairly short day so if anyone interested to explore the area, they can hike towards Dudh Pokhari (Lake).
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 3 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 45m

Day 09 : Trek Thurchu Lek to Danfe Lek (4515m): Today's trek starts with gradual down hill. Once we cross a river, we start climbing up hill towards the pass. It takes about 4 hours to get to the Namun Bhanjyang (5560m), locally known as Danfe pass, this is the highest elevation you climb on this trek. The trek to the pass is demanding on steep up hill. The view from the pass is superb. You can get the views of Manaslu, Himalchuli, Peak 29 & many more. After crossing the pass, we start descending to our camp site by recently built trail, which is fairly easy.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 5 ½ hours
Difference in Elevation: + 250

Day 10 : Trek Danfe Lek to Timang (2500m): As we continue our trek today, eastern valley offers splendid views of Manaslu, Himalchuli and Timang valley in front of us. We cross a small pass called Danfe deurali then continue our down hill trek all the way to Timang. This is where we get back to classic Annapurna trail.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 5 hours
Difference in Elevation: - 2015

Day 11 : Trek Timang to Pisang (3200m): The trek continues through a dense forest to reach Kotho village (2590m) before reaching Chame (2630m). Chame is the central (Administrative) headquarter of the Manang District. Today's trek is a bit longer but we can enjoy wonderful scenery as we cross the northern side of the river and trek west on the very easy trail to the Bhratang Village (2840m). From here the valley is steep and narrow and leads through dense forests until we cross one suspension bridge which is situated at 3040m before reaching Pisang (3200m). Pisang is a large village and it has been divided into upper and lower villages.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 7 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 700m

Day 12: Trek Pisang to Manang (3440m): We take upper route through Ghyru and Ngawal which offers you spectacular view of Annapurna range. Our trek takes about 7 hours to reach today's destination, Manang (3440m). Manang is a fairly large traditional village and it is significantly important point as it is the gateway to Throngla pass.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 240m

Day 13: Acclimatization day in Manang: Spending two nights allow you to become adjusted to thinning air and lessening pressure for your approach to Thorong-La. We go for day hike towards Gangapurna Lake which help you to acclimatize more for higher altitude. In the afternoon, we can visit the clinic run by Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) to get more information about high altitude trekking.
Overnight: Camping
Elevation: 3440m

Day 14: Trek Manang to Khangsar (3730m): being well acclimatized and rested, we continue our trek to Tilicho valley. we cross a river which comes from Tilicho lake then follow the path which leads to the pine forest and finally to the village of Khangsar.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 4  hours
Difference in Elevation: + 290m

Day 15 : Trek Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp (4150m): start our day with a short climb up to 4200m and then gradually descend into the moraine with picturesque views of Tilicho peak, Gangapurna and surroundings. It is about 5 hours trek to Tilicho Base camp.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 4 - 5 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 420m

Day 16 : Trek Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho Lake (4920m): a short trek takes us to Tilicho Lake; we pitch our camp by the lake. In the afternoon, you can explore the area and enjoy the highest lake in the world.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 4 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 770m

Day 17 : Trek Tilicho Lake to West Base Camp / North BC (4920m): The trek begins with a climb behind the rock, north of the lake and then continues to the east of the lake. After 400m, we get behind the ridge which leads to the west side of the lake. The west side of the base camp is protected by some huge boulders. We camp right in front of these boulders.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 4 - 5 hours

Day 18 : Trek West Base Camp / North BC to Thini gaun (2840m): We start our trek really early in the morning towards MesoKanto pass. After crossing the pass we start heading down hill towards Thini gaun.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 8 - 10 hours
Difference in Elevation: - 2080m

Day 19 : Trek Thini gaun to Jomsom (2750m): a short and fairly easy trek takes us down to Jomsom; district head-quarter of Mustang.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 3 - 4 hours
Difference in Elevation: - 90m

Day 20 : Flight Jomsom to Pokhara (820m): With our trek successfully completed, today our flight takes us from Jomsom to Pokhara which offers you another chance to have spectacular views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
Overnight: Hotel
Flight Time: 20 minutes
Difference in Elevation: - 1930m

Day 21 : Flight Pokhara to Kathmandu (1334m): a scenic flight for about 30 minutes and during your flight you can enjoy the panoramic views of the Himalayas again and be able to take some spectacular pictures which could be unforgettable.
Overnight: Hotel
Flight Time: 30 minutes
Difference in Elevation: + 514m

Day 22 : Transfer to the airport and departure.

Cost Includes

  • Transfers airport / hotel / airport
  • Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara on twin sharing BB basis
  • Transport, guided visits & entry of the monuments in Kathmandu
  • Private vehicle Kathmandu to Besisahar
  • Domestic flight tickets Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu as per Itinerary
  • Domestic airport taxes
  • Trekking permit /TIMS, and conservation entry fee
  • A professional tour/ trekking guide, Assistant guides, cook, assistant cooks and porters.
  • Meals Full board during trek
  • Drinks (Tea and Coffee only)
  • Accommodation in tents during the trek
  • Your international flight re-confirmation
  • All necessary documents and government tax
  • Insurance for all staff (including guide, porters, assistant guide)


cost Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory and we strongly advise you to take out to cover accident / repatriation helicopter /  medical care)
  • Personal expenses such as cold drinks, mineral water, alcoholic drinks, telephone, Hot shower etc
  • Emergency evacuation rescue charge, if needed
  • Alternative / additional transportation (flights / vehicles), accommodation in case of bad weather, flood, landslide, heavy rain, strike, road blockade etc
  • Tips for trekking staff or car / bus driver

Special Note: This Itinerary can be customized according to the duration of your holiday. We have many options for shorter visits based on your interests and budget.

NOTE: The price of the tour will be adjusted according to the group size.

Trekking Gear:

Srl.

Description

Qty.

Remarks

01 Day back-pack

1

02 Gore-Tex Jacket

1

03 Down Jacket

1

04 Fleece Jacket

1

05 Micro Fleece

1

06 Trekking pants(Trousers)

2 - 3

07 Hiking shoes (Boots)

1

08 Runners (sport shoes)

1

09 Trekking Socks

3

10 Rain poncho

1

11 Sun-glasses

1

12 Water bottles

2

13 Thermal underwear(long)

1-2

14 T- shirts

2-3

15 Sunscreen/lotion

1

16 Flip flop (sandal)

1

17 Towel

1

18 Hat(Baseball cap)

1

19 Pristine drops (Water purifier)

1

20 Head light/flash light

1

21 Sleeping Bag

1

22 Gloves

1

23 Wind Proof Trouser (s)

1

24 Personal medical kid

1

25 Toiletries

1

Weather Report

Nepal Climate

Climate:
From the eternal snow of the high peaks to the extensive tropical lowlands, Nepal has a wide variety of climates.

Spring: March to late May: In this season, Kathmandu is in full bloom, lots of different types of flowers can be seen at this time of the year.  Temperature is mild, end of the cold winter and approaching warm and hot summer.  Temperatures vary between 10 ° C to 28 ° C but can rise up to 30 ° C.  Between 2000 and 3000m, temperature rarely drop below 0 ° C. However, few frosts or snowfalls are possible in March above 4000 m.

The summer/monsoon period: It interrupts the majority of trekking from late June to late August. Some of the trekking regions "trans-Himalayan", Dolpo and Mustang, however, remain protected from monsoon prevailing rest of the country. They are the only channels available in Nepal in the summer.

Autumn: mid September – mid December - Perfect temperature and weather for trekking. Brings cooler days, but clear skies. Above 3000 m altitude, temperatures can drop to -10 ° C at night.

In winter: mid-December - mid-February - Nights are generally cold, dry climate, Above 3000m, temperature drop down to 0 ° C to - 15 ° C at night, the days are often sunny.

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