The Annapurna Circuit–Jomsom Trek is in high demand among trekkers looking for variety. During the trek visitors will experience rhododendron forests, spectacular Tibetan fortresses built on rocky cliffs and vibrant rice paddy fields. In addition to the natural landscape guests can also explore the lifestyles of the ethnic inhabitants of the region.
The trail of the Annapurna Circuit-Jomsom Trek takes guests along the Annapurna massif providing an opportunity for up-close and panoramic views of snow-capped Annapurna I, II, III and IV and other peaks of 6000m and above while also allowing visitors the chance to experience a traditional tea house.
After early-morning breakfast, our guide will pick you up from the hotel and take you to the bus station. Drive from Kathmandu to Ngadi via Besisahar, takes about eight hours. Stay overnight at lodge in Ngadi.
Trek from Ngadi (930m) to Chamje (1410m) takes about six hours. Ahead the Marshyangdi valley forms a steep V-shape and you follow the winding mountain path down through Syange (1100m.) where there is a beautiful waterfall above it and along the river. The trail then climbs steeply and the path is cut into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed. Now the trail begins to observe small ups and downs to Chamje through the forests. Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek from Chamje (1410m.) to Dharapani (1960m.) takes about six hours. The first part of the trail descends to the river and after crossing a suspension bridge, you begin a climb to Sattale (1550m.). You continue on an undulating path above the river. Climbing the zigzag path to the top of the hill, we see the level, plain of Tal (1700m.) before us. You descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal with its hotels and tea-houses. Here you can enjoy exhilarating waterfalls. Beyond Tal the valley narrows and the path becomes high and winding and in several areas hewn from the rock itself. Beyond the small village of Karte (1900m.), there is a bit more cliff-walking before the path drops again to the river. You cross a suspension bridge and climb the short distance to the stone Mani marking the entrance to Dharapani (1960m.), and our camp for the night. Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2675m.) takes about five and a half hours. As you cut through a narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, originating from the south face of Manaslu, enters on the opposite bank. The Marshyangdi then veers to the left and as Annapurna II becomes visible ahead, you arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhote village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze around a Buddhist monastery. Continuing to climb through forests of pine and oak, you pass through Danaque (2210m.). The trail goes flat until you reach Chame where there are government offices, shops and hotels. Chame is the administrative headquarters for the Manang district. Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek from Chame to Pisang (3100m.) takes about five hours. With Lamjung Himal (6893m) sparkling in the morning sun, you set off for Pisang. The mountain disappears as you climb the path up the valley, passing a huge apple orchard. You continue through a fir and pine forest, climbing to a high, rocky area as the opposite bank becomes an impassable cliff. From this point the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as you follow the path to Bhratang (2950m.). You now walk through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up a wonderful vista before us. You can see the east peak of Annapurna II as well as Pisang Peak (6091m.) to the north-east. Continuing on, you come to a long Mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang. Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek from Pisang to Manang (3440m.) takes about five and a half hours. Beyond Pisang, the trail climbs a steep ridge that affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7145m.). Descending past Manang's airstrip at Hungde (3320m.), you come to a level area from where the north-east face of Annapurna III rises majestically above you. From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV (7525m.) also becomes visible. Just beyond this point you cross the considerably reduced flow of the Marshyangdi Khola via a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji. Large Chortens and Mani walls abound and the tall peaks of the Himalaya spread out before us - Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna (7455m.) and to the rear, Tilicho Peak (7145m.). After a short steep climb you reach Manang. Stay overnight at lodge.
Rest day at Manang and spend time around town. This is an important rest and acclimatization day before crossing the Thorung La. There are optional day walks such as crossing the river to see the tremendous ice-fall coming down from the Annapurna, or climbing high above the village for a full panorama of the Annapurna range and the Manang Valley. Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4350m.) takes about three and a half hours. The trail ascends gently all the way to Yak Kharka passing through the Gunsang (3960m.) village. En route you can see panoramic views throughout the day. Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4420m.) takes about three and a half hours. Leaving Yak Kharka, you climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marshyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, you follow a narrow trail across an unstable spree slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi. Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3850m.) via Thorong La (5416m.) which takes about seven hours. You start early today for your crossing of Thorung La [5416m]. The trail becomes steep immediately upon leaving camp but as this trail has been used by local people for hundreds of years the path is well defined. The gradient then eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing you reach the chorten and prayer flags of the pass. The descent to Muktinath is 1600m and has excellent views of Dhaulagiri. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath and its shrines and temple. Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni (2410) takes about three to four hours. The trail ahead descends along a barren land. You will be able to see Dhampus peak, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri. Jharkot village is one of the villages you will pass by on the way. Kagbeni, located in Lower Mustang, is settled by Thakali people and has a 500-year old Gompa that hosts many ancient religious manuscripts. This is also the gateway to Upper Mustang. Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek from Kagbeni to Jomsom (2720m) and it takes about three to four hours. The trail passes through Kali Ganaki banks and much of the journey is windy. Jomsom is a district headquarters of Mustang and is the major settlement of Thakali people. Jomsom is a moderate town with facilities such as banks, post offices, schools etc. Stay overnight in lodge in Jomsom.
Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara takes about 25 minutes. During the flight you will enjoy the views of Annapurna, Dhaualgiri, Nilgiri etc. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu takes about seven hours. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city, Kathmandu.
All ground transportation and flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
2 -3 star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara and tea house and lodge during the trek
Breakfast in hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara and all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek