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Annapurna Semi Circuit Trek

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15 days
Max. Elevation
Group Size
Ground or Air 
Best Season
March to May & September to November
Tea Houses Lodges during Trek
Breakfats, Lunch and Dinner during Trek
Starts at
Ends at
Trip Route
Besisahar-Dharapani-Chame-Pisang-Manang-Yakkharka-High Camp- Throng La Pass- Muktinath-Jomsom-Pokhara


  • Enjoy the adventure around the northern side of massif Annapurna Himalayas.
  • Explore the lovely traditional Manang villages steeped with age-old cultures.
  • Following the most popular and world renowned route of Annapurna circuit trail.
  • Walk on picturesque Manang valley enclosed by towering snow-capped peaks.
  • Crossing high Thorang-La Pass facing exceptional views of peaks and landscapes.


Annapurna Semi Circuit Trek is an adventure of great beauty and charm facing a spectacular vista of towering snow mountain range. 
The everlasting splendid views of snow-capped peaks follow you from the start to the end of trekking.
A wonderful journey around the northern sides of massif Annapurna Himalayas, one of the most popular and renowned Himalayan destinations.

Annapurna full or half circuit is listed as the world’s top Ten Adventure travel destinations. Where trekkers will experience these marvelous walks from the beginning to the finishing point of the trek. The dramatic change of climate, landscapes people, and local cultures; as the walk proceeds from cooler hills to an arctic zone of ice and glaciers. 

The walk leads through lovely villages, adorned with the ancient cultural heritage of Buddhism, encountering a series of prayer monuments. Apart from the great beautiful scenery, the local fascinating culture is one of the trek highlights.

Adventure on Annapurna Semi Circuit takes you through nice serene woodland of tall coniferous and deciduous tree lines. Walking past from one traditional village to another reaching the picturesque Manang Valley, enclosed by amphitheaters of towering snow-capped peaks. Overlooking views of Chulu’s and Pisang peaks towards the north with Annapurna Himalaya range of peaks in the south.

Slowly walk takes leads to the main village at Manang, located above the Masrsyangdi River surrounded by arrays of snow peaks. An ideal scenic and cultural village Manang for rest days to support acclimatization, before proceeding to the high Thorang-La Pass.

Spending an extra day in Manang village with lovely views of surrounding exciting scenery, the adventure continues heading due west. Reaching the end of Manang valley at the base of Thorang-La Pass straddles the boundary between Manang and Mustang districts. One of the main highlights of the trek is crossing over high Thorang-La, the highest point of the adventure. 

Most trekkers start the climb early morning before the break of dawn to be on top of Thorang-La. Before the cold wind chill gets you along with the first rays of sunlight, a strenuous steep climb. But as the walk progress on winding up past small glacial ponds and glacial sections of a moraine. Then finally reaching on top of Thorang-La, after the hard effort turns into a delightful moment. 

Enjoy the glorious morning stunning panorama of the world’s highest mountain range, overlooking views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayas. Includes Chulu’s and Damodar Himal as far towards Mt. Manaslu with arrays of peaks with peaks of Mustang region.

A slow and long descent reaches to Mustang area, a country of photogenic landscapes with windswept terrains yet beautiful. The walk takes you to the sacred Muktinath temple, revered as a holy pilgrimage site for Hindu and some Buddhist followers. An exciting place facing scenic views of snow-capped peaks with amazing country landscapes. Having time to explore the temple premises of holy Muktinath, slowly our adventurous walks come to an end. 

The last leg of the journey takes you away from the main trail, heading towards the hidden Lupra valley. Where few groups of trekkers seldom venture, an amazing place with an old Bon monastery of pre-Buddhism sects.

Finally, the walk leads towards the wide Kaligandaki River Valley to reach the large town of Jomsom. The headquarter town of the Mustang district is located on the old Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Route of Nepal & Tibet. Next morning an enjoyable short swift, scenic flight to Pokhara, a beautiful city and renowned tourist holiday destination. A perfect wonderful place to conclude our marvelous adventure Annapurna Semi-Circuit Trek at Pokhara.  

Important Note

Trip Summary:
Mode of Trek:         Best available lodge / guest house on treks.
Trekking Grade:     Moderate to Adventurous.
Trekking Region:     Around Manang district Northern side of Annapurna’s. 
Start and End of trek: From Dharapani to Jomsom with drive and flight. 
Highest elevation:    On top Thorang-La Pass at 5,416 m /17,697 feet high.              
Trek duration:        08 Nights and 09 Days with drives and flights to Pokhara. 
Total Trip:            14 Nights and 15 Days, from arrival to departures.

Best Seasons for Annapurna Semi-Circuit Trek:
The best season for Annapurna Semi-Circuit Trek is late spring April and May. Including autumn/fall begins from September to early November. 
 Springtime is bright and beautiful, most days are clear with sunny days, can be cloudy afternoons. Bringing cold chill in the late afternoon, and night till morning this is the time when wildflowers are in seasonal bloom.
The next best season is autumn/fall, where days are clear with sunny days for views and walks. But shorter days due to limited sunlight hours, cold morning and night time can expect snowfall sometimes. But an enjoyable day for pleasant walks with clear views of the beautiful snow mountain range. 
Culture & Religion: 
The Manang district is populated by Manang Gurung tribes, quite different to Gurung of Southern Annapurna and Lamjung Himal areas. The Manang people of Tibetan origin with similar Buddhism culture and religions. But beyond Manang crossing high Thorang-La pass around Mustang areas of Kaligandaki Valley dominated by Thakali people. The tribes of Lower Mustang of Mongolian origin, interwoven to Buddhism. Follows similar culture to its neighbors of Upper Mustang and Manang people and Tibetan predecessors. Where trekkers will come across religious monuments of prayer walls, spinning wheels, Stupas, and monasteries. All houses are adorned with Buddhist prayer flags, as well on top of the Thorang-La pass. Which is a symbol of respect, the abode of gods and goddesses and holy mountain spirits. Traditionally the native of Manang are farmers and cattle herders, raising and breeding livestock.

Trip Itinerary

On first arrival at Kathmandu-Nepal international airport, our staff and guide will receive with traditional welcome. A short drive to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu city, on checking into your nice rooms. After getting refreshed from the jet-lag, join at the hotel lobby and at meeting room for trek briefing provided by our guide or leader. Information about the hotel, lodge on treks with full details of trekking trails, food and accommodation on treks. As well with do’s and don’ts with welcome group dinner in an authentic Nepali restaurants with local cultural program along with Nepali meals.

Morning after breakfast, the city / cultural guide will meet you at the hotel for tour around Kathmandu World Heritage Sites. As well visiting interesting places of steeped with history and culture. After the tour back at the hotel, preparation for Annapurna Semi Circuit Trek. 

A long and exciting drive to the starting point of Annapurna Semi Circuit Trek. 

Start the day, as early as possible for an interesting long overland journey heading Mid-West from Kathmandu. The road follows on main busy highway to Bhesisar the headquarter town of Lamjung district. From here the drive leads along the Masrsyangdi River to Syange village, then climbs on winding rough hilly tracks.

Reaching Jagat a nice mountain village, where air gets much cooler as the dirt tracks follows through Chamje. Then entering district of Manang from Tal Besi towards Dharapani for overnight halt, in the comfort of a nice lodge.

Dharapani located on a river gorge, which is also the route of Manaslu Circuit, a pleasant and lovely village. 

Enjoy the walk today, after a long hour drive of previous day feeling fresh, start the first day walk. A pleasant with gradual up on winding trail through lovely cool forest of pines and rhododendron. Walk through Bagarchap and Danaque villages,from here onwards within strong Buddhist religion and cultures. As you come across Buddhist monuments of Stupa and Mani Walls. The trail leads to a steep climb reaching Timang a large village of mixed tribes of hill people Gurung, Magar and Manange. A possible lunch stop facing grand views of Lamjung peaks in the south with Manaslu Himal towards North East. From here a slow and easy walk to Kodo village, where route to Nar-Phu and main Manang village branch-off.

After Kodo village a short walk up to reach Chame for overnight stop, in a large town of Chame, the headquarters of Manang district. Facing views of Lamjung Himal over a green rolling hills and rocky ridges. 

From Chame town, morning walk follows the Masrsyangdi River heading west through dense woods of pines, firs and rhododendron trees. The trail leads to a nice settlement of Bhratang and then cross a bridge with climb to a ridge at Dukure Pokhari. A small place with few Tea-House on a ridge top with grand views of Pisang Peak and Chulu’s range. Having lunch here a few hours walk downhill to Pisang village, located beneath towering Pisang Peak with views of Annapurna IV and II. Overnight in a nice homely lodge or guest house, from here the altitude gains gradually.

Enjoying a pleasant overnight in the comfort of nice lodge at Pisang village, today’s walks is quite short. From here entering into scenic Manang Valley towards the main Manang village, a slow morning walk with climb to a high ridge.

From the hill top facing grand views of Manang valley outlined by series of snow-capped peaks. Facing Chulu’s in the north with Annapurna, Gangapurna Himal and Tilicho Peak towards South-West direction. Includes views of Hongde village with a small airstrip which on the route to Manang village. Walk downhill within a valley and tree lines reaching Hongde village close to Manang airport. 

After a refreshing stop, continue walk on winding gradual path to Braga village with an oldest monastery of Manang. Having time for short visit of the monastery stand above the Braga village on a sandy hillock. A short climb to enter the monastery interior enriched with ancient idols of Lord Buddha and famous saints and gurus. From the monastery stunning panorama of snow-mountain range of Annapurna’s and Chulu’s with towering Pisang peaks. From Braga a short walk with few minutes climb to Manang village, enclosed by staggering mountain range. Located on a plateau above Masrsyangdi River valley, an exciting place to enjoy additional day in Manang.  

A great place for an extra day at main Manang village with the right altitude for acclimatization. Before heading towards high Thorang-La Pass, enjoy the day exploring the scenic areas. The best walks is to Gangapurna Himal ice fall and glaciers, a few hours walks both ways. Stands on the southern ridge from Manang village and above Masrsyangdi River, the view includes Manang small glacial lake. Enjoy the dramatic panorama of Chulu’s towards north with Annapurna II, IV and III close to where you stand. Rest of the afternoon explore the Manang village of typical Tibetan traditions and cultures.

After a good breakfast along with grand vista of surrounding scenery, then moving on towards our next overnights at Yak Kharka. The walk follows past smaller settlements facing views of Chulu West peak, with Gangapurna Himal. 

The walk leads to a small stream and then ending the morning walk on reaching Yak Kharka for lunch and overnight. Enjoy the afternoon marveling the snow peaks, and walk around with chances of spotting some wildlife. 

Like herd of Goral (mountain antelopes) Himalayan Thar, if lucky an elusive Snow Leopard with some pheasant like snow-cock / hens. 

Start the morning on a gentle wide trail to Ledar, a small place with few lodge. Located on route to Chulu West base camp, walk on winding ups and down to cross a stream. A steep climb and then on nice easy path to Phedi, the bottom ofThorang-La Pass, a settlement with number of lodges. Phedi located at the end ofManang valley. After a refreshing short break, a steep haul up to High Camp for lunch and last overnight around Manang areas. Transfer into a nice simple lodge and enjoy lunch, having time for short walk as exercise for long walk next day.

The toughest day walks of the adventure, an early morning start, the walk leads on level small path for short while, and then climb begins on winding and undulating ups. Reaching a flat spot with a small hut near a glacial ponds, continue walk up to the top of Thorang-La. After a strenuous climb rewarded with glorious jaw-dropping views of Mid-Western Himalayan peaks, as far towards Mt. Dhaulagiri range. Includes views of Mustang Himal towards west with Damodar Himal, Chulu’s and Annapurna with Manaslu in the far eastern horizon. 

The pass is marked with a sign board with thousands of prayer flags, after an overwhelming moment. A long descent reaches to Phedi of Mustang area, a place with small Tea-Shops, after a pleasant rest. Journey continues for another last hour on easy flat trail to Muktinath holy site and its nice village for overnight. 

Muktinath regarded as holiest of all holy pilgrimage sites around the Himalayan range, the Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. At Muktinath enjoy the comfort of a nice cozy lodge, provides wide-range of food menu, along with views of Dhaulagiri Himal.

Last day walk of the adventure to Jomsom town, from Muktinath, avoiding the main motorable road. As our route diverts towards remote and isolated areas reaching the hidden Lupra valley. An enjoyable, peaceful walk away from mainstream and busy trail on downhill to Lupra. A small windblown village with an old Gompa. One of the few monasteries of Bon-Po cult and religion, which is an ancient sect of pre-Buddhism. The Lupra village and the valley situated near Panda Khola / stream.

From here after exploring the village and the monastery walk down to join the main trail at Kali-Gandaki River valley. Following a wide trail of the river bank to reach Jomsom, the headquarter town of Mustang district. Located on an old Trans Himalayan Salt Trade Route of Nepal and Tibet / China.

Jomsom and Kaligandaki valley, is home to indigenous tribe the Thakali follows Buddhism culture and religion. An interesting and scenic town located on a windswept plain of Kaligandaki River with great views of Nilgiri peaks.

Overnight in the comfort of a nice hotels and lodge, Jomsom provides many lodges and guest-houses from budget, standard to deluxe accommodation. 

Afternoon enjoy walk on the stone paved nice streets of Jomsom, lined with shops, stores and good restaurants. 

Morning as time for short flight to Pokhara, transfer to Jomsom airport, as the small aircraft lands at Jomsom airport. Then, get on board in a small aircraft for sweeping panoramic flight of less than half hour. 

During airborne enjoy views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayas above rolling green hills of Ghorepani and Poon hill. Then landing at Pokhara airport and get transfer to a nice hotels close to beautiful Phewa Lakeside. 

Pokhara one of the most charming city around the whole Himalayas, located on 

the laps of massif Annapurna Himalayas. Where majestic Machhapuchare Himal 

the famous Fish-Tail dominates the Pokhara valley.

Morning leaving the hotel in Pokhara, drive in a private vehicle or on regular Tourist Bus, as per size of a group. The scenic and interesting overland journey to Kathmandu on the same exciting highway. After hours of driving reaching back to your hotel in Kathmandu, rest of the day at leisure.

Enjoy an extra day in Kathmandu with individual activities or get into shopping spree. Interested people can join for another interesting tour of other cities of Kathmandu valley. Sightseeing around Patan / Lalitpur or the famous Bhaktapur city Durbar Square, worth a visit.

After an enjoyable and most mesmerizing time in Nepal, around the Annapurna Himalayas on Annapurna Semi-Circuit Trek. As time for departure, our staff transfer you to international airport for flight homeward bound or to next port of call.

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  • Pickups and drops from hotels and airport
  • 4 night accommodations in 3 star hotels in Kathmandu and 1 night in Pokhara; and teahouses during the trek
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara. All meals during the trek
  • All ground transportation as per the itinerary
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide) and all necessary porters ( 2 trekkers- 1 porter)
  • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • All government and local taxes

Doesn't Include

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Excess baggage charges

Frequently Asked Questions

As this is a high altitude trek of moderate and adventurous walks of two weeks. The best for people from above 16 years to maximum of 70 years of age, all trekkers must obtained medical insurance. 

Nearly all villages and lodges have electricity from Hydro or Solar power, where one can charge their electronic items. Where client needs to pay an extra fee for using the power as per gadgets charged. As for internet and cell phone communications, every lodges have the Wi-Fi and internet services, but can be quite disturbing sometimes due to weather and location wise.

In major villages from budget to tourist standard as well offers luxury hotels or resorts like in Manang. Including Muktinath and Jomsom with high-class accommodation of international standard. On treks most lodges and guest-house are simple with spacious rooms with attached or non-attached bathrooms and toilets. Where meals are served in a large dining room with a warm environment provides comprehensive food menu. Includes from Continental, Chinese, Indian, Tibetan and popular Nepali meals. As well varieties of snacks and appetizers with home-baked bakeries items in large villages. The only simple comfort of accommodation available is in Thorang High Camp.

Depends upon the trek and grade chosen, for below 3,000 m high no risk of altitude sickness, but for trekking above 3,000 m and crossing high passes of over 5, 000 m. All trekkers should be well aware of altitude sickness or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness).  Our guides, leaders offer safety advice about the route and rise of altitude on daily walks to designated overnight stops.

Enjoying the walks taking slow pace when required, having short stops to catch with your breath against getting exhaustion. Taking advice from your guide and walking slow, drinking enough water or any fluids (except alcoholic drinks) as well having rest. All our itineraries for high altitude treks, have rest days for acclimatization before heading higher ground. 

Yes, certainly of course a short panoramic flight of 30 minutes to Kathmandu from Pokhara. But the flight airfare depends upon the cost as set on the itinerary days. If the flight is not included on trip cost, it will be at extra cost, where trekkers needs to inform the Trek Landers Adventure on early booking. 

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