- Take in stunning Himalayan views
- Experience the thrill of crossing the high passes and the prayer flags
- Stay in teahouse lodges and tiny hamlets
- Visit sacred temples and monasteries
- Enjoy a day to trek Poon Hill to unwind
- Immerse yourself in the culture, learn more about the Nepalese lifestyle and savor the taste of yummy momos!
- Explore the capital city of Kathmandu and its many ancient temples
Are you looking forward to a Himalayan adventure during your gap year in Nepal? How about trekking through the red-painted rhododendron forests, isolated hamlets, and mountain villages of the Annapurna Circuit? Embark on your trekking expedition from the capital city of Kathmandu, and head towards the Jagat village in Lamjung District of Nepal. Spend amazing 18 days exploring the Himalayan trails, while encountering temples, monasteries, and breathtaking landscapes.
Day 1 - Arrival in Kathmandu
You'll have to take a flight to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, where our coordinator will receive you and then take you to the accommodation where you can take rest after a long flight. It's a free day, so you can go out and explore the nearby places in the evening. There will be an Orientation Session where the coordinator will tell you about the trip in details.
Day 2 - Kathmandu to Jagat
Today, we'll be traveling to Besi Sahar from where there's a short trek to Jagat. Soak yourself in the freshness of the place and get mesmerized by the glimpse of the Himalayan peaks. You can also take some rest next to the hot springs that'll come on the way.
Day 3 - Jagat to Bagarchhāp
From today, your 11-days long trek will start, and you'll slowly be gaining height and get more closer to the mighty Himalayas. Today you'll be trekking for approx 5 to 6 hours, crossing the breathtaking landscapes and winding paths around the mountains.
Day 4 - Bagarchhāp to Chame
Today, you'll be trekking from Bagarchhāp to Chame and spend the night at the altitude of 8,760ft. It'll be an adventurous walk up the mountain trails.
Day 5 - Chame to Pisang
Start trekking from the village of Chame, walk past the prayer wheels, cross the gusty flowing wide rivers and pine forests on the way to Pisang. Tonight, you'll be staying at an altitude of approx 10,827ft.
Day 6 - Pisang to Manang
Today, you'll be crossing the Marsyangdi River on the way out to Manang, the largest village in the area. You'll also get to visit beautiful Buddhist monasteries on the way. Tonight, you'll be staying at an altitude of 11,614ft.
Day 7 - Manang
We know that trekking at such an altitude isn't a matter of joke, and your body will want to pause for a while. Today is a rest day at Manang, and you'll get some time to acclimatize as well. Get good sleep, take a hot shower, and relax before we start the trek again!
Day 8 - Manang to Yakkharka
Enjoy gorgeous views of the Annapurna range while trekking from Manang to Yakkharka. Get your warm layers on, because tonight we'll be staying at an altitude of 13,182ft.
Day 9 - Yakkharka to Phedi
While trekking to Phedi, you'll meet the grazing yaks, cross beautiful chortens, greet warm locals and finally, stop at an altitude of 14,600ft.
Day 10 - Phedi to Muktināth
Today, you'll be covering a distance of about 13 km while trekking from Phedi to Muktināth, and stop for the night at an altitude of 12,467ft.
Day 11 - Muktināth
You can sleep as much as you want, go slow and enjoy the scenery because it's a rest day for yo
Day 12 - Muktināth to Kalopani
It's time to descend! Today, you'll be trekking down to Kalopani and spend the night at an altitude of 8,301ft.
Day 13 - Kalopani to Tatopani
Today you'll get to enjoy a mountain drive from Kalopani to Tatopani.
Day 14 - Tatopani to Sikha
Your trekking adventure continues as you'll be crossing a bridge just outside the Tatopani village and head to Sikha, a picturesque mountain abode. Tonight, you'll be staying at an altitude of 10,197ft.
Day 15 - Sikha to Ghorepani
Today, you'll be covering a distance of about 8 km, taking a route Sikha that's full of myths and stories of the origins of the indigenous people of the Annapurna region abound. The views of Machhapuchhre and the Himalayas from Ghorepani are absolutely spectacular on a clear day.
Day 16 - Ghorepani to Pokhara
We'll leave early in the morning, and trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill, enjoying the views across rhododendron forests and of spectacularly colored birds during the trek. Once you've absorbed the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas in this region, we'll continue our trek to Nayapul, from where we'll be boarding our bus and head back to Pokhara.
Day 17 - Pokhara to Kathmandu
Explore Pokhara before heading back to Kathmandu. Once we reach the capital city, you can head out for some souvenir shopping and chill at one of the restaurants in Thamel. Enjoy
Day 18 - Depart from Kathmandu
Like all good things, this trip will also come to an end, adding some beautiful memories to your life. You'll have to board the flight back home from Kathmandu. Seek help from our coordinator, in case you want us to arrange for your airport drop.
Dates & Cost
- Comprehensive pre-departure guide
- 24/7 Assistance from support staff and In-country program coordinator
- Airport pickup in Kathmandu
- Program orientation
- English-speaking local guide and full support team of porters and assistants for the Annapurna Circuit trek between Besi Sahar, Muktinath, and Pokhara
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
- Accommodation - Hotels/guesthouses (3 nights), teahouse lodges (14 nights)
- International/Domestic Airfare
- Visa fees
- Travel insurance (available at nominal cost)
- Departure transfer to airport (can be arranged at nominal cost)
- Any personal expenses: meals, beverages, laundry and any other services which are not mentioned