Dec 22 - Dec 31, 2018 | Change

Annapurna Circuit trek (10 days)
Annapurna Region, Nepal

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Highlights: Ghyaru, Manang, Thorung High Camp, Thorung La, and Muktinath

Difficulty: challenging
Annapurna Circuit
Starting at $436 usd
For 1 person -Guide & Permits
Includes guide and all required permits & entry fees
$31.03 /day per person for guide
+ $30 per person for guide's insurance
+ $47 per person for guide's transport
+ $48 per person for permits

Teahouse lodging, food, & transportation paid separately.

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Included Services
  • Permits ACAP and TIMS Card
  • Guide Guide's wages, food, lodging, and insurance
  • Guide's Transport
Optional Services (Porter)
  • Porter Each porter may carry no more than 20 kg (44 lb). One porter is usually enough for 2 people's gear. Government required insurance covers the porter in case of an accident while on the trip.
    $20 per day per porter

    + $30 per porter for porter's insurance

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While the new road offers the possibility of shortening this classic trek, it still provides one of the most diverse trekking experiences in Nepal. Starting at Chame, or the traditional starting point of Besi Sahar, the trail runs through lush forest and passes through villages to Manang. From Manang there is an option to take the spectacular side trip to Tilicho Lake, or continue directly over the Thorung La (5416 m) descending to the pilgrim town of Muktinath, a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. From Muktinath, you have the option to take a jeep via the wide valley of lower Mustang to Jomson, where both flights and buses to Pokhara can be arranged, or trek via the traditional village of Kagbeni, gateway to upper Mustang. While the road has taken some of the charm out of this classic trek, the advantage is that a trip can be tailored around one’s interests and time constraints. Whether you do the epic full circuit from Besi Sahar to Ghorepani, or take off a bite sized chunk around the Thorung La, the Annapurna Circuit still has plenty to offer.

Weather Conditions in December

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December is probably the most underrated month to trek, one of the driest months of the year skies are often clear from sunrise to sunset. The trails and teahouses are less crowded than in November. At higher altitudes, temperatures drop as the winter season approaches so it is important to carry warm enough clothing and sleeping bags. When properly prepared December can be a great month to trek

At a glance
On average there are 1 day with precipitation in December. The highest point on the trek is Thorung La at 5416 m. During December, expect high temperatures of around -4.1°C (25°F) and lows down to -20.1°C (-4°F) at Thorung La.

Annapurna Circuit Trek
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Available Side Trips

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Sat Dec 22 (day 1)

Kathmandu (1337 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 20.4°C (69°F) and lows of about 4.4°C (40°F) in December.

Kathmandu
Public bus from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $6.00
Travel time: about 6 hours
Please pay the fare for your guide & porter (if you have hired one)

Besi Sahar (800 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 23.6°C (74°F) and lows of about 7.6°C (46°F) in December.

Highlights: Bahundanda
Difficulty: challenging
Before the road existed, trekkers would start their journey around Annapurna from the market town of Besi Sahar. This journey takes you from lush rice paddy clad hills to the ice and rock of the Thorung La. To experience the full range of Nepal’s diverse mountain ecology, begin your trek at this classic start point.

Difficulty: moderate
Start from Chamje/Jagat. If you only want one day of travel by road this is about as far as you can get but make sure to leave Kathmandu early if you want to make it to Chamje the same day.

Sun Dec 23 (day 2)
Shared vehicle from Besi Sahar to Chame (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $30.00
Travel time: about 8 hours
Please pay the fare for your guide & porter (if you have hired one)

Chame (2710 m)

From May through early October it is sometimes not possible to reach Chame by road due to landslides caused by rains. In that case you may have to start walking at an earlier point and the trek may take an extra day or two so make sure you plan accordingly, and pay your guide and porter for any extra days they work beyond the time you booked.
Expect typical high termperatures of about 12.1°C (54°F) and lows of about -3.9°C (25°F) in December.

Chame
Mon Dec 24 (day 3)

Pisang (3240 m)

About 5-6 hours from Chame
Expect typical high termperatures of about 9.0°C (48°F) and lows of about -7.0°C (19°F) in December.

Pisang

Upper Pisang (3300 m)

About 20 min from Pisang
Expect typical high termperatures of about 8.6°C (47°F) and lows of about -7.4°C (19°F) in December.

Upper Pisang
Tue Dec 25 (day 4)

Ghyaru (3670 m)

About 2 hours from Upper Pisang
Expect typical high termperatures of about 6.4°C (44°F) and lows of about -9.6°C (15°F) in December.

Ghyaru

Ngawal (3650 m)

About 45 minutes
Expect typical high termperatures of about 6.5°C (44°F) and lows of about -9.5°C (15°F) in December.

Ngawal

Braka (3500 m)

About 45 minutes from Ngawal
Expect typical high termperatures of about 7.4°C (45°F) and lows of about -8.6°C (17°F) in December.

Braka

Manang (3540 m)

About 30 minutes from Braka. Acclimatization Day: options for day hike to Ice Lake or Milarepa's Cave
Expect typical high termperatures of about 7.2°C (45°F) and lows of about -8.8°C (16°F) in December.

Manang

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Highlights: Manang and Tilicho Lake
Difficulty: strenuous
If you only have time for one side trip off the main Annapurna circuit, make time for the jaw-dropping vistas of Tilicho lake. Nestled against the backs of the Annapurna peaks, this brilliant blue lake at 5000m is a sight not to be missed. The trail to the lake is scenic but challenging, winding along loose eroded cliff sides to the Tilicho Base Camp lodge. From the lodge, there is a steep hike up to the lake and viewpoint that’s well worth the effort. Images from via Tilicho Lake Side Trek

Wed Dec 26 (day 5)

Manang (3540 m)

Thu Dec 27 (day 6)

Yak Kharka (4020 m)

About 3.5-4 hours from Manang
Expect typical high termperatures of about 4.3°C (40°F) and lows of about -11.7°C (11°F) in December.

Yak Kharka
Fri Dec 28 (day 7)

Ledar (4230 m)

About 1 hour from Yak Kharkha
Expect typical high termperatures of about 3.0°C (37°F) and lows of about -13.0°C (9°F) in December.

Ledar

Thorung Phedi (4540 m)

About 1-3 hours from Letdar
Expect typical high termperatures of about 1.2°C (34°F) and lows of about -14.8°C (5°F) in December.

Thorung Phedi
Sat Dec 29 (day 8)

Thorung High Camp (4830 m)

About 1 hour from Thorung Phedi
Expect typical high termperatures of about -0.6°C (31°F) and lows of about -16.6°C (2°F) in December.

Thorung High Camp

Thorung La (5416 m)

About 3-6 hours from Thorong Phedi
Expect typical high termperatures of about -4.1°C (25°F) and lows of about -20.1°C (-4°F) in December.

Thorung La

Muktinath (3800 m)

About 3-5 hours from Thorong La
Expect typical high termperatures of about 5.6°C (42°F) and lows of about -10.4°C (13°F) in December.

Muktinath

Highlights: Muktinath and Kagbeni
Difficulty: easy
Kagbeni is the gateway to the upper Mustang Valley. The longer route to Kagbeni via Jong passes through monastic villages reminiscent of those in Upper Mustang. It would be a shame to miss this picturesque village set in a spectacular landscape of dry eroded valleys and high snow-clad peaks in your rush to get back to Pokhara or Kathmandu. If you have the time, stop and take a break in Kagbeni.

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Highlights: Kagbeni, Marpha, Muktinath, and Poon Hill
Difficulty: challenging
For the satisfaction of doing the full Annapurna circuit, continue through the villages of lower Mustang and follow the rushing Gandaki River down from arid Mustang into the green middle hills. Finish the trek with a climb to the panoramic view point of Poon Hill and wave goodbye to the 8000 m peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.

Highlights: Charang (Tsarang), Chogo La (Marang La), Chusang (Chuksang), Dhakmar, Geling, Jhong Cave, Kagbeni, Lo Manthang, Muktinath, and Nyphu Gompa
Difficulty: moderate
Follow the ancient trade route once dominated by the Kingdom of Lo. Few regions offer this spectacular mix of cultural and geographic treasures. The spectacular eroded canyons of the trans-Himalayan landscape are a kaleidoscope of colors set beneath the distant snow-clad peaks of the Annapurna Range. Throughout this arid colorful landscape are the shrines, monasteries, caves and villages built by the devout Buddhist population. The highlight of the region are the monasteries and caves around the fortified walled city of Lo Manthang.

Sun Dec 30 (day 9)
Shared vehicle from Muktinath to Jomsom (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $8.00
Travel time: about 2 hours
Also possible to trek to Jomsom in about 6 hours.
Please pay the fare for your guide & porter (if you have hired one)

Jomsom (2760 m)

About 6 hours trekking or 1.5 hours in a jeep from Muktinath
Expect typical high termperatures of about 11.8°C (53°F) and lows of about -4.2°C (24°F) in December.

Jomsom

Highlights: Marpha
Difficulty: easy
The picturesque village of Marpha sits in the shadow of Dhaulagiri. It’s a far more appealing place than nearby Jomsom, with its whitewashed Tibetan style homes and Niyingma monastery dominating the village. A pleasant place to linger after a long trek.

Highlights: Poon Hill

If you'd like to finish the trek with a climb to the panoramic view point of Poon Hill and wave goodbye to the 8000 m peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, but not walk the road section you can cut out a few days by taking a bus between Jomsom and Tatopani.

Mon Dec 31 (day 10)
Public bus from Jomsom to Pokhara (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $18.00
Travel time: about 12 hours
You may have to change buses in Ghasa and/or Beni and possibly overnight in Beni.
Please pay the fare for your guide & porter (if you have hired one)

Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $117.00
Travel time: 30 minutes

Pokhara (827 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 23.4°C (74°F) and lows of about 7.4°C (45°F) in December.

Pokhara
you can add extra rest days after the itinerary is created

Jan 10 - Jan 20, 2019  confirmed

Annapurna Circuit via Tilicho Lake (11 days)
Annapurna Region, Nepal

Public trek
2 confirmed trekkers

$206 usd
For 1 person to join this trek
Guide & Permits Only
Includes guide and all required permits & entry fees:
$11.93 /day per person for guide
+ $10 per person for guide's insurance
+ $15.67 per person for guide's transport
+ $48 per person for permits

by Tania (Canada) on Dec 18, 2018

Annapurna Circuit Classic Start from Besi Sahar and Classic finish via Poon Hill led by Dawa Sherpa

Amazing views of the Annapurna range! The sidetrip to Tilicho lake is 100% worth the effort and will help with acclimating for the ascent up to Thorung La. Lots of people on the trail at Manang and up to the pass. The trip between Jomsom and Tatopani should not be missed. Do this stretch on the east side of the river. It is clearly infrequently travelled and had some of the most interesting trail sections of the entire trip. Just make sure to bring snacks in this stretch because villages are fewer and farther between.

by Dylan (France) on Apr 10, 2018

Annapurna Circuit via Tilicho Lake led by Nima T Sherpa

by Nee (Malaysia) on Oct 25, 2017

Annapurna Circuit via Tilicho Lake and Classic finish via Poon Hill led by Mingma Nuru Sherpa

this trek is not preferred due to heavy construction on some parts of the trail and also most parts of the trek are motorway, which is not conducive for trekking.

by Nee (Malaysia) on Oct 25, 2017

Annapurna Circuit via Tilicho Lake and Classic finish via Poon Hill led by Mingma Nuru Sherpa

great view and worth all the efforts!

by Tania (Canada) on Dec 18, 2018

Annapurna Circuit Classic Start from Besi Sahar and Classic finish via Poon Hill led by Dawa Sherpa

Poon Hill is worth the 30 minutes sidetrip from Ghorepani and will feel easy after all of the uphill on the first half of the trip. Most people got up early to be at the top for sunrise. I do not recommend this unless you want to share the viewpoint with hundreds of people. Sleep in, have a nice breakfast and enjoy the people free views later in the day.

by Nee (Malaysia) on Oct 25, 2017

Annapurna Circuit via Tilicho Lake and Classic finish via Poon Hill led by Mingma Nuru Sherpa

by Tania (Canada) on Dec 18, 2018

Annapurna Circuit Classic Start from Besi Sahar and Classic finish via Poon Hill led by Dawa Sherpa

This is unfortunately bypassed by a lot of folks. The scenery is unique the villages feel more authentic because they are less visited by people. Climbing through the different eco-systems and landscapes is interesting, you'll have plenty of time to acclimate, and your first site of the snow capped peaks is that much more special. Also, there are lots of opportunities for taking alternate trails to avoid the road. Make sure you buy a good map and plan out your routes otherwise you can be stuck walking on the road.