Annapurna Circuit Trekking (Jomsom Fly Out)

Fact of the Trip:

Group Size: 1 – 12 People

Max-Altitude: 5,416m

Destination: Nepal

Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal

Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal

Accommodation: Star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara and teahouse during the trek

Fitness level: Moderate plus

Duration: 16 days

Cost: USD 1200

  • Overview
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The classic trek around Annapurna is incredibly rewarding and once in lifetime experience. Annapurna circuit trek is the great combination of the diverse culture, lifestyles and topography on the backdrop of gigantic mountain vistas. Dramatic deep gorges, high mountain passes, age old ornate Buddhist temples, picturesque village and soaring view of peaks at every turn are the major highlights of this trek.

The total length of Annapurna circuit route varies between 160 – 230 km, depending on where motor transportation is used and where the trek ended. This horseshoe-shaped route crosses two different river valleys ad encircles whole Annapurna massifs. The entire trekking route is dominated by towering hills and alpine landscapes: majority of the parts are still inaccessible. Trekker can have pleasant experience by explore the natural wonders, perceiving pastoral life and culture and enjoying the highland flora and fauna of the Great Himalayan Trail.

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Throng La Pass (Jomsom Fly Out)

Annapurna Encounter have meticulously designed Annapurna Circuit Trekking itinerary to allow proper exploration with zero risk of altitude threat. We start the trek from Khudi after 7 hour long drive from Kathmandu. The trek is concluded at Jomsom where we catch a short flight to Pokhara. This fascinating hiking route also covers the major attraction of the “Great Himalayan Trail” (Dharapani – Kagabeni), the Tibetan Buddhist settlement. The major highlights of the trek includes the fascinating trail from Upper Pisang through Ghyaru and Ngawal to Bagra with great views of Annapurna II and IV. The sheer drama arrives when we climb the summit of Thorong Peak at 5,416m. It offers the exceptional views of snowy peaks in all directions. The pass once used to be the important trade route, herding agricultural product on yaks and donkeys. A long downhill walk leads us to Muktinath, a significant site for both Hindus and Buddhist.

Physical Requirements and Experience for Annapurna Circuit Trek

It is moderate trek suitable for passionate hike with the ability to walk for 5 – 6 hours a day with a light daypack. This trek doesn’t involve technical climbing but it’s good to have some hiking experience. The higher you climb, the harder the trek will become, so it is wise to take rest and remember to acclimatize properly. If you are in good shape and have positive attitude, you don’t require any hiking experience for this trek.

Best Season to trek Annapurna Circuit

Autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) are the best time of the year for trekking to Annapurna circuit. The weather is good and so are the views.
If you want to avoid crowd, it is also possible to trek during winter (Dec, Jan and Feb). However, the freezing temperature during winter might not be suitable for every trekkers. Trekking Annapurna (June to August) is affected by heavy downpours but monsoon trek could be perfect for keen botanist.

Do I Need Any Permits?

Yes. You need to obtain Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP0 and Trekkers Information Management System Card (TIMS card) which cost $20 for each individual trekkers. You can purchase the permits at the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) in Kathmandu. You need to hold your passport and passport sized photo.

Outline Itinerary

Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Day02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and preparation for the trek

Day03: Drive to Khudi (800m/2,624ft) – 7 – 8 hours trek

Day04: Khudi – Sirung (2200m/7216ft) – 6 – 7 hours trek

Day05: Sirung – Jagat (1,300m/4,265ft) – 6 – 7 hours trek

Day06: Jagat – Dharapani 91960m/6,430ft) – 7 – 8 hours trek

Day07: Dharapani – Chame (2,710m/8,891ft) – 5 – 6 hours trek

Day08: Chame – Pisang (3,300m/10,824ft) – 5 – 6 hours trek

Day09: Pisang – Manang – 6 – 7 hours trek

Day10: Manang: Rest and acclimatization

Day11: Manang – Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft) – 3 – 4 hours trek

Day12: Yak Kharka – Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft) – 3 – 4 hours trek

Day13: Thorong Phedi – Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) via Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,764ft) and drive to Jomsom – 7 – 8 hours trek

Day14: Fly to Pokhara – 25 minutes

Day15: Drive from Pokhara – Kathmandu – 5 – 6 hours

Day16: Final Departure

Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

After arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), a representative from Annapurna encounter will receive you and transfer to the hotel. After hotel check in and short refreshment, you may visit Annapurna Encounter office in Thamel. In the evening, enjoy welcome dinner hosted by Annapurna encounter which is the great introduction to the country’s food culture.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight at star hotel in Kathmandu

Day02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and preparation for the trek

After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing around the famous UNESCO world heritage sites of Kathmandu. We visit Pashupatinath Temple – the sacred Hindu temple located on the bank of holy river Bagmati, Boudha Stupa – the biggest stupa architecture in Nepal and Swayambhunath Stupa – the 2,000 years old legendary Stupa perched on a the hillock.

The sightseeing tour also covers the visit to Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, the Krishna Temple, the Kumbheswore Temple, the Golden Temple and many more. The sightseeing tour ends Kathmandu Durbar Square that is home to living goddess Kumari, Nautale Durbar, the Kaal Bhairav, the Swer Bhairav, the Freak Street and more.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Overnight at star hotel in Kathmandu

Day03: Drive to Khudi (800m/2,624ft) – 7 – 8 hours trek

After breakfast, we start our journey with a drive into the hills with frequent switchback. On the way, we get to explore terraced farms and beautiful countryside village. We follow the Pokhara trail until Dumre. From here, we leave the previous trail and drive north to Besisahar. Half an hour drive from Besisahar takes us to Khundi – the starting point of the trek. Khudi offers you the first glimpse of Manaslu range.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Overnight at star hotel 

Day04: Khudi – Sirung (2200m/7216ft) – 6 – 7 hours trek

The first day of the trek involves several ascend and descend across rice paddies and a subtropical forest. We also cross few suspension bridge and waterfalls. The mountains that we see from Khudi starts appearing closer. We walk across the beautiful Tamang settlement of Taranche before entering into village of Sirung.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Overnight at star hotel

Day05: Sirung – Jagat (1,300m/4,265ft) – 6 – 7 hours trek

We walk on a relatively easy trail to Jagat. Walking through the terrace of the village, we enter forest filled with cluster of ferns and woodland. On the forest trail, we get opportunity to witness variety of bird species. Crossing suspension bridge over Sangu Khola at Mipra and Marshyangdi River at Syange, we reach the beautiful settlement of Jagat.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Overnight at star hotel in Kathmandu

Day06: Jagat – Dharapani 91960m/6,430ft) – 7 – 8 hours trek

After breakfast, we descend down to the river and continue through the forested trail. Further we climb above the sharp-edged cliff overlooking the riverbank. On the way, we can see Chyamje amidst of towering Annapurna mountain range. We cross suspension bridge and climb steeply through challenging path to reach Sattale. Further we walk along the boulder-strewn trail and descend to a grassy riverbank that leads us to Tal. The trail beyond Tal becomes rugged and winding. Waking through the seeply-forested village of Karte and crossing waterfalls and cliffs, we reach Dharapani.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Overnight at star hotel in Kathmandu

Day07: Dharapani – Chame (2,710m/8,891ft) – 5 – 6 hours trek

After breakfast, we walk through a forested ridge to reach Chame, the district headquarter of the Manang. On the way, we get to admire the great views o Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). Today we walk across small natural hot spring where we soothe to relax our tired muscles.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Overnight at star hotel in Kathmandu

Day08: Chame – Pisang (3,300m/10,824ft) – 5 – 6 hours trek

A steep and narrow path leads us to the dense forest and takes us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. It is probably the steepest part of the Marshyangdi valley, so steep that the trail is carved in vertical rock. After pass the rock, the valley widens up and displays great vistas. Few hours trek leads us to the village of Lower Pisang.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Overnight at star hotel in Kathmandu

Day09: Pisang – Manang – 6 – 7 hours trek

Today, we follow the trail that leads us to Upper Pisang via Geru. On the way, we get the great views of mighty mountains like Annapurna and Pisang. Now onwards, we begin to notice the change in landscapes, vegetation and climate. We visit Bagra Monastery, the largest monastery in the entire Manang District.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Overnight at star hotel in Kathmandu

Day10: Manang: Rest and acclimatization

Today we set a day aside for rest and acclimatization. In order to acclimatize our body at higher altitude, we keep ourselves busy with a short hike to Bhojo Monastery or Gangapurna Lake. If time permits, we can even hike to Vraga village that houses Himalayan Rescue Association which provides some idea about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).

Included Meals: Breakfast

Overnight at star hotel in Kathmandu

Day11: Manang – Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft) – 3 – 4 hours trek

From Manang, we cross a stream and climb to the village of Tenku and further continue to climb out of the Marshyangdi valley. We follow the northward trail and walk across few patures and scrub of juniper trees. The trail crosses the small village of Ghunsa, menders through the grassy meadows and cross a small river on a wooden bridge to reach Yak Kharka.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Overnight at star hotel in Kathmandu

Day12: Yak Kharka – Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft) – 3 – 4 hours trek

Today we walk uphill to reach Thorong Phedi. After short uphill walk, we cross a suspension bridge that takes us to Ledar village. We then ascend and walk through the towering cliffs before reaching Thorong Phedi, the last village before Thorong La Pass. On the way, you will be rewarded with best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syangang, Thorong Peak and Mt. Katungkan. The word Phedi in Nepalese dialects refers to the foot of mountain.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Overnight at star hotel in Kathmandu

Day13: Thorong Phedi – Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) via Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,764ft) – 7 – 8 hours trek

Today we start early around three in the morning and walk up to the mountain. We cross the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath) which is the safest and easiest route to travel. The summit of pass features incredible highland panorama and majestic Himalayan vistas. We take few photos before taking a long descend to Muktinath valley. Next, we drive to Jomsom, the prosperous town with only airport in the region.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Overnight at lodge in Jomsom

Day14: Fly to Pokhara – 25 minutes

After breakfast, we catch an early morning flight to Pokhara. Upon arrival at Pokhara, we will be transferred to the hotel and take some time for refreshment and rest. We visit the Lakeside area in the vicinity of the Fewa Lake. We can indulge in buying some souvenirs or sample some local cuisine.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Overnight at star hotel in Pokhara

Day15: Drive from Pokhara – Kathmandu – 5 – 6 hours

After breakfast, we depart from beautiful lake city Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, we take a rest day or do some souvenir shopping. In the evening, we enjoy farewell dinner hosted by Annapurna encounter to celebrate the successful completion of our Annapurna circuit Trip.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight at star hotel in Kathmandu

Day16: Final Departure

Your adventurous journey in Nepal comes to an end today. Our airport representative will drop you to airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight.


Cost Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop off facilitates
  • Accommodation at star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • City tour in private vehicle
  • All the ground transportation as per itinerary
  • Trekking equipment like down filled sleeping bag, walking poles and duffel bag
  • An experienced government license holder guide and local porter to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porters)
  • Salary, Insurance, Equipment, Travel Fare, Food and Accommodation for guide and porter
  • Full meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
  • Hot Drinks (Tea and Coffee)
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu via tourist bus
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • City entrance fees in Kathmandu
  • Tour guide
  • Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Boiled water
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver
  • Travel insurance and evacuation insurance
  • Personal nature expense – alcoholic beverages, laundry, hot shower, shopping etc.

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