Sep 27 - Oct 6, 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 $428 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
+ $40 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 September

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Mid-September marks the start of the ‘Fall Season’ historically the monsoon would end in mid-September, however in recent years the monsoon has officially withdrawn in early October. While there is a good chance of precipitation, clear skies and lush, rice paddy terraced hills are your spectacular when it is not raining. The chance of rain decreases as the month progresses. The end of the monsoon means there is still a chance of the occasional heavy snowfall at high altitudes. Furthermore, high passes can have a lot of snow that has accumulated over the monsoon.

At a glance
On average there are 15 days with precipitation in September. The highest point on the trek is Thorung La at 5416 m. During September, expect high temperatures of around 3.9°C (39°F) and lows down to -6.1°C (21°F) at Thorung La.

Annapurna Circuit Trek
(Elevation Profile)

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Thu Sep 27 (day 1)

Kathmandu (1337 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 28.4°C (83°F) and lows of about 18.4°C (65°F) in September.

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 31.6°C (89°F) and lows of about 21.6°C (71°F) in September.

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.

Fri Sep 28 (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 20.1°C (68°F) and lows of about 10.1°C (50°F) in September.

Chame
Sat Sep 29 (day 3)

Pisang (3240 m)

About 5-6 hours from Chame
Expect typical high termperatures of about 17.0°C (63°F) and lows of about 7.0°C (45°F) in September.

Pisang

Upper Pisang (3300 m)

About 20 min from Pisang
Expect typical high termperatures of about 16.6°C (62°F) and lows of about 6.6°C (44°F) in September.

Upper Pisang
Sun Sep 30 (day 4)

Ghyaru (3670 m)

About 2 hours from Upper Pisang
Expect typical high termperatures of about 14.4°C (58°F) and lows of about 4.4°C (40°F) in September.

Ghyaru

Ngawal (3650 m)

About 45 minutes
Expect typical high termperatures of about 14.5°C (58°F) and lows of about 4.5°C (40°F) in September.

Ngawal

Braka (3500 m)

About 45 minutes from Ngawal
Expect typical high termperatures of about 15.4°C (60°F) and lows of about 5.4°C (42°F) in September.

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 15.2°C (59°F) and lows of about 5.2°C (41°F) in September.

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

Mon Oct 1 (day 5)

Manang (3540 m)

Tue Oct 2 (day 6)

Yak Kharka (4020 m)

About 3.5-4 hours from Manang
Expect typical high termperatures of about 11.3°C (52°F) and lows of about -2.7°C (27°F) in October.

Yak Kharka
Wed Oct 3 (day 7)

Ledar (4230 m)

About 1 hour from Yak Kharkha
Expect typical high termperatures of about 10.0°C (50°F) and lows of about -4.0°C (25°F) in October.

Ledar

Thorung Phedi (4540 m)

About 1-3 hours from Letdar
Expect typical high termperatures of about 8.2°C (47°F) and lows of about -5.8°C (22°F) in October.

Thorung Phedi
Thu Oct 4 (day 8)

Thorung High Camp (4830 m)

About 1 hour from Thorung Phedi
Expect typical high termperatures of about 6.4°C (44°F) and lows of about -7.6°C (18°F) in October.

Thorung High Camp

Thorung La (5416 m)

About 3-6 hours from Thorong Phedi
Expect typical high termperatures of about 2.9°C (37°F) and lows of about -11.1°C (12°F) in October.

Thorung La

Muktinath (3800 m)

About 3-5 hours from Thorong La
Expect typical high termperatures of about 12.6°C (55°F) and lows of about -1.4°C (29°F) in October.

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.

Fri Oct 5 (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 18.8°C (66°F) and lows of about 4.8°C (41°F) in October.

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.

Sat Oct 6 (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 30.4°C (87°F) and lows of about 16.4°C (62°F) in October.

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

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 Nee (Malaysia) on Oct 25, 2017

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