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Annapurna Circuit Classic finish via Poon Hill, via Tilicho Lake, and Classic Start from Besi Sahar (17 days)
Annapurna Region, Nepal

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Annapurna Circuit Classic finish via Poon Hill, via Tilicho Lake, and Classic Start from Besi Sahar
$724 usd
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Price drops to $413 if 1 interested trekker joins this trek

Includes guide and all required permits & entry fees:
$31.02 /day per person for guide
+ $30 per person for guide's insurance
+ $47 per person for guide's transport
+ $55.25 per person for vat tax
+ $48 per person for permits
+ $15 for private trek surcharge

Teahouse lodging, food, & transportation paid separately.

Included Services
  • Permits ACAP and TIMS Card
  • Guide Guide's wages, food, lodging, and insurance
  • VAT Tax 13% Nepal Government Tax
  • 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
    + $2.21 per day per porter for vat tax (porter)

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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.

Side trip Classic Start from Besi Sahar: 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.

Side trip via Tilicho Lake: 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.

Side trip Classic finish via Poon Hill: 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.

Weather Conditions in March

March is the start of the ‘Spring Season’ when temperatures begin to rise from their winter lows. By the end of March, temperatures are significantly warmer at lower elevations and hot air from the valleys tend to create clouds in the mountains during the afternoons. Mornings are generally clear, with the clearest weather coming just after sunrise. At high altitudes, while generally warmer than the previous months snow is still possible, and heavy snow storms in March are not unheard of. Mornings and nights are still cold.

At a glance
On average there are 4 days with precipitation in March. The highest point on the trek is Thorung La at 5416 m. During March, expect high temperatures of around 0.9°C (34°F) and lows down to -16.1°C (3°F) at Thorung La.

Annapurna Circuit Classic finish via Poon Hill, via Tilicho Lake, and Classic Start from Besi Sahar
(Elevation Profile)

Itinerary
(17 days / 16 nights )
created by Finlay

Mon Mar 9 (day 1)

Kathmandu (1337 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 25.4°C (78°F) and lows of about 8.4°C (47°F) in March.

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 28.6°C (83°F) and lows of about 11.6°C (53°F) in March.

Bhulbhule (840 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 28.4°C (83°F) and lows of about 11.4°C (53°F) in March.

Tue Mar 10 (day 2)

Bahundanda (1270 m)

About 3-4 hours from Bhulbhule
Expect typical high termperatures of about 25.8°C (78°F) and lows of about 8.8°C (48°F) in March.

Bahundanda

Ghermu (1140 m)

About 2-3 hours from Bahundanda
Expect typical high termperatures of about 26.6°C (80°F) and lows of about 9.6°C (49°F) in March.

Wed Mar 11 (day 3)

Syange (1080 m)

About a half hour from Ghermu or About 6-7 hours from Bhulbhule
Expect typical high termperatures of about 26.9°C (80°F) and lows of about 9.9°C (50°F) in March.

Syange

Jagat (1290 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 25.7°C (78°F) and lows of about 8.7°C (48°F) in March.

Chamje (1410 m)

About 3-4 hours from Syange
Expect typical high termperatures of about 24.9°C (77°F) and lows of about 7.9°C (46°F) in March.

Chamje

Tal (1700 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 23.2°C (74°F) and lows of about 6.2°C (43°F) in March.

Tal

Dharapani (1960 m)

About 5-6 hours from Chamje
Expect typical high termperatures of about 21.6°C (71°F) and lows of about 4.6°C (40°F) in March.

Dharapani
Thu Mar 12 (day 4)

Bagarchhap (2160 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 20.4°C (69°F) and lows of about 3.4°C (38°F) in March.

Chame (2710 m)

About 6-7 hours from Dharapani
Expect typical high termperatures of about 17.1°C (63°F) and lows of about 0.1°C (32°F) in March.

Chame
Fri Mar 13 (day 5)

Pisang (3240 m)

About 5-6 hours from Chame
Expect typical high termperatures of about 14.0°C (57°F) and lows of about -3.0°C (27°F) in March.

Pisang

Upper Pisang (3300 m)

About 20 min from Pisang
Expect typical high termperatures of about 13.6°C (56°F) and lows of about -3.4°C (26°F) in March.

Upper Pisang
Sat Mar 14 (day 6)

Ghyaru (3670 m)

About 2 hours from Upper Pisang
Expect typical high termperatures of about 11.4°C (53°F) and lows of about -5.6°C (22°F) in March.

Ghyaru

Ngawal (3650 m)

About 45 minutes
Expect typical high termperatures of about 11.5°C (53°F) and lows of about -5.5°C (22°F) in March.

Ngawal

Braka (3500 m)

About 45 minutes from Ngawal
Expect typical high termperatures of about 12.4°C (54°F) and lows of about -4.6°C (24°F) in March.

Braka

Manang (3540 m)

Acclimatization wise it is also possible to spend the 2nd night at Khangsar instead of Manang if you wish and the group agrees
Expect typical high termperatures of about 12.2°C (54°F) and lows of about -4.8°C (23°F) in March.

Manang
Sun Mar 15 (day 7)

Manang (3540 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 12.2°C (54°F) and lows of about -4.8°C (23°F) in March.

Mon Mar 16 (day 8)

Khangsar (3745 m)

About 2-3 hours from Manang
Expect typical high termperatures of about 10.9°C (52°F) and lows of about -6.1°C (21°F) in March.

Khangsar

Shree Kharka (4080 m)

About 2-3 hours from Khangsar
Expect typical high termperatures of about 8.9°C (48°F) and lows of about -8.1°C (17°F) in March.

Shree Kharka

Tilicho Base Camp (3900 m)

About 6-9 hours from Manang, about 4-6 hours from Khangsar, or about 2-3 hours from Shree Kharka
Expect typical high termperatures of about 10.0°C (50°F) and lows of about -7.0°C (19°F) in March.

Tilicho Base Camp
Tue Mar 17 (day 9)

Tilicho Lake (4919 m)

About 2-4 hours up to the lake and about 1-1.5 hours back. While it's possible to see Tilicho Lake in the morning and make it to Yak Kharkha the same day it's more leisurely to add an extra rest day. This option would also give more time to explore the lake.
Expect typical high termperatures of about 3.9°C (39°F) and lows of about -13.1°C (8°F) in March.

Tilicho Lake

Shree Kharka (4080 m)

About 2 hours from Tilicho Base Camp
Expect typical high termperatures of about 8.9°C (48°F) and lows of about -8.1°C (17°F) in March.

Shree Kharka

Yak Kharka (4020 m)

About 5-6 hours from Tilicho Base Camp, or about 4 hours from Shree Kharka
Expect typical high termperatures of about 9.3°C (49°F) and lows of about -7.7°C (18°F) in March.

Yak Kharka
Wed Mar 18 (day 10)

Ledar (4230 m)

About 1 hour from Yak Kharkha
Expect typical high termperatures of about 8.0°C (46°F) and lows of about -9.0°C (16°F) in March.

Ledar

Thorung Phedi (4540 m)

About 1-3 hours from Letdar
Expect typical high termperatures of about 6.2°C (43°F) and lows of about -10.8°C (13°F) in March.

Thorung Phedi
Thu Mar 19 (day 11)

Thorung High Camp (4830 m)

About 1 hour from Thorung Phedi
Expect typical high termperatures of about 4.4°C (40°F) and lows of about -12.6°C (9°F) in March.

Thorung High Camp

Thorung La (5416 m)

About 3-6 hours from Thorong Phedi
Expect typical high termperatures of about 0.9°C (34°F) and lows of about -16.1°C (3°F) in March.

Thorung La

Muktinath (3800 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 10.6°C (51°F) and lows of about -6.4°C (20°F) in March.

Muktinath
Fri Mar 20 (day 12)

Kagbeni (2840 m)

From Muktinath, about 3-3.5 hours via Jharkot or 6 hours via Jhong.
Expect typical high termperatures of about 16.4°C (62°F) and lows of about -0.6°C (31°F) in March.

Kagbeni
Sat Mar 21 (day 13)

Marpha (2780 m)

About 4-4.5 hours from Kagbeni
Expect typical high termperatures of about 16.7°C (62°F) and lows of about -0.3°C (31°F) in March.

Marpha
Sun Mar 22 (day 14)

Tukuche (2580 m)

From Marpha, about 5-6 hours via Chhairo and Chimang
Expect typical high termperatures of about 17.9°C (64°F) and lows of about 0.9°C (34°F) in March.

Tukuche

Larjung (2560 m)

About 1-1.5 hours from Tukuche
Expect typical high termperatures of about 18.0°C (64°F) and lows of about 1.0°C (34°F) in March.

Larjung

Lete (2480 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 18.5°C (65°F) and lows of about 1.5°C (35°F) in March.

Lete

Kalopani (2480 m)

About 2.5-3 hours from Larjung
Expect typical high termperatures of about 18.5°C (65°F) and lows of about 1.5°C (35°F) in March.

Kalopani
Mon Mar 23 (day 15)

Ghasa (2000 m)

About 2.5-3 hours from Kalopani
Expect typical high termperatures of about 21.4°C (71°F) and lows of about 4.4°C (40°F) in March.

Tatopani (1190 m)

About 6-7 hours from Ghasa
Expect typical high termperatures of about 26.3°C (79°F) and lows of about 9.3°C (49°F) in March.

Tatopani
Tue Mar 24 (day 16)

Ghorepani (2874 m)

About 6-8 hours from Tatopani
Expect typical high termperatures of about 16.2°C (61°F) and lows of about -0.8°C (31°F) in March.

Ghorepani
Wed Mar 25 (day 17)

Poon Hill (3210 m)

About 2 hours above Ghorepani, and an hour return
Expect typical high termperatures of about 14.1°C (57°F) and lows of about -2.9°C (27°F) in March.

Poon Hill

Tikhedunga (1525 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 24.3°C (76°F) and lows of about 7.3°C (45°F) in March.

Naya Pul (1000 m)

About 7-9 hours from Ghorepani
Expect typical high termperatures of about 27.4°C (81°F) and lows of about 10.4°C (51°F) in March.

Public bus from Naya Pul to Pokhara (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $2.00
Travel time: about 2 hours
Please pay the fare for your guide & porter (if you have hired one)

Pokhara (827 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 28.4°C (83°F) and lows of about 11.4°C (53°F) in March.

Pokhara