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Annapurna Circuit Trek with a drive

Annapurna Circuit Trek with a drive on roads

Annapurna Circuit Trek is popular for long-distance trekking but it got shortened after the construction of a motor road from Besi Sahar to Chame and Muktinath (a famous pilgrimage site) to Beni. It requires 12 to 14 days to complete this trek without taking a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, but it does require some off-road drive travel.

This trek option is suitable for those who have less time and are hesitant to walk on motor roads; they can use overland transport where motor roads are available. There is no problem going from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar by public bus, but there is an off-road from Besi Sahar to Chame where a four-wheeler jeep (vehicle) is required. From Muktinath or Jomsom to Tatopani you will travel by bus to experience the Himalaya bus service, if you want to travel by private transport then package cost will be expensive.

The trek starts with an off-road-drive journey from Besi Sahar to Chame, but it takes 6 to 7 hours to reach Besi Sahar from Kathmandu by car or bus and 4 to 5 hours to reach Chame from Besi Sahar by local jeep. Chame village is the headquarters of the Manang District in the Gandaki region of northern Nepal. From here, the trek enters the Manang Valley, a beautiful valley that offers spectacular views (every turn offers a different view of the Annapurna and Manaslu Mountains), an amazing variety of landscapes, from subtropical through alpine peaks to arid semi-desert similar to Tibet. The trek enters picturesque Farming villages, river basins, glacier lakes, a great variety of cultural diversity, Buddhist monasteries, and a challenging Thorong La Pass (5416 m).

The trek from Chame to Manang is a gradual climb but from Manang to Thorong La pass with a challenging climb. Thorong La Pass is the thrilling and most popular difficulty pass of this trek but it does not require any technical experience. After the Thorong La pass, we will descend to the spiritual place Muktinath. Muktinath is a Vishnu temple, sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists, which is visited by thousands of pilgrims every year. People believed that bathing in the 108 water streams in the back courtyard of the Muktinath temple would purify the soul and attain salvation.

After Muktinath, we descend into Kali Gandaki River and follow the trail to Jomsom, on this day see an eyeful landscape view of the Mustang, and immense views of Mount Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri Himal, and Tukuche peak. Jomsom has daily flight connections with Pokhara and has a tenuous road connection with Beni and onwards to Pokhara. Tourists can hire a four-wheel-drive jeep from Jomsom to go Pokhara but also the availability of bus service, so we use the bus to go Tatopani, this is on the way to Beni. Tatopani has the best natural hot spring beside the Kali Gandaki river, Trekkers can take a natural hot spring bath here.

After crossing the Kali Gandaki river, we need to ascend to Ghorepani (2855 m). It is a long day trek but beautiful provides good views of Mount Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and other snowy peaks. On arrival at Ghorepani, you will forget your tiredness because you rarely get such a beautiful place on earth. From Ghorepani in the early morning, we need to hike up to Poon Hill at 3210 meters, to see the wonderful sunrise with good views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges.

From Ghorepani, it is possible to reach Pokhara in a single day via Ulleri village. Nowadays, there is a motor link to Pokhara even from Ulleri village, but we have to hire a private jeep, which is a bit costly, so it is better to continue the trek to Nayapul where there are various transportation options.

However, our program includes continuing the trek to the village of Ghandruk and finishing there before taking the jeep to Pokhara. Traveling Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus is our original plan, but if you prefer to take a flight also possible, but you have to pay airfare.

Annapurna Circuit Trek with a drive on roads Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation
Day 03: Kathmandu drive to Chame (2710 m) [Not available in Monsoon]
Day 04: Chame trek to Upper Pisang (3300 m)
Day 05: Upper Pistang trek to Manang (3540 m)
Day 06: Acclimatization Day in Manang (3540 m)
Day 07: Manang trek to Yak Kharka (4110 m)
Day 08: Yak Kharka trek to Thorung Phedi (4420 m)
Day 09: Thorong Phedi trek to Muktinath (3800 m) over the Thorong La Pass (5416 m)
Day 10: Muktinath drive by public bus to Jomsom continue to Tatopani (1190 m)
Day 11: Tatopani trek to Ghorepani (2855 m)
Day 12: Ghorepani Hike to Poon Hill (3210 m) and trek to Tadapani (2610 m)
Day 13: Tadapani trek to Ghandruk (1940 m) and drive to Pokhara (820 m)
Day 14: Drive to Kathmandu (1550 m) by tourist bus
Day 15: Depart Kathmandu

Destination: Nepal
Trekking Region: Annapurna
Trek Start Point:  Chame
Trek End Point: Nayapul
Trekking Accommodation:  Teahouse / Camping
Trekking Grade: Medium-hard
Best Season:  March – May / September-November
Max Elevation: 5,416 m
Duration: 15 Days

The price of a private trek can fluctuate due to several factors, such as the trekking agency selected, the trek's duration, the group size, the level of services desired, and the preferred category of accommodation (deluxe, standard, or budget) in the city and during the trek, the choice between normal (simple) teahouses or the best available teahouses can also impact the overall price. Therefore, it is recommended that you click here: Price request form and fill in the required information and submit the same to get the exact price of your preferred trek and service.


  • Airport pick up and airport drop by private transportation
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (2 and above participants get twin sharing room in 3-star standard hotel)
  • Historical monument city sightseeing with a tour guide
  • Historical monuments city sightseeing transportation by Non A/C Comfortable Vehicle
  • Kathmandu sightseeing/monument visits Entrance fees
  • Accommodation in Pokhara as per the itinerary with complimentary breakfast (2 and above participants get twin sharing room in a tourist standard hotel)
  • Kathmandu to Besi Sahar and Chame transportation by private vehicle
  • Jomsom to Tatopani transportation by public bus 
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu transportation by tourist bus
  • Trekking accommodation in normal Trekkers lodge/Teahouse (2 and above participants get twin sharing room)
  • Three time meals a day during the trekking Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner/Main course
  • Dessert (Fresh Fruits/Chocolate) after dinner on behalf of the company
  • One Experienced English-speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide and his food, accommodation, and salary.
  • Porters carrying your luggage while trekking (Two guests get one porter carrying a maximum of 25 kg of luggage)
  • Nayapul to Pokhara transportation by private vehicle
  • Annapurna Conservation area project entry fee
  • Trekker's Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff (Trekking guide and Porters)
  • Nepal Government taxes and office service charge


  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • International and domestic air tickets
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Personal trekking equipment and Clothing
  • Wire Transfer charge or Credit card service charge as company rule
  • Alcoholic beverages, laundry, Telephone calls and all types of hot drinks in Trekking
  • Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water etc
  • Hot water, battery charge and hot shower charge during the trek (If need to pay)
  • Personal nature expenses and Tipping (Tips)
  • High risk medical / travel insurance and First aid kit
  • Expenses resulting from delays beyond our control in case of weather, flight cancellations, or natural calamities
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (if needed)
  • Any other things not mentioned

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by our staff at Kathmandu airport, and you will be transferred to the Hotel where you meet the person you are emailing with for trip briefing. You will get entire information of your trip. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation
After breakfast, Kathmandu visits Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Boudhanath Stupa which are all World Heritage Sites. Durbar Square throws light on the life of the royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most important pilgrimage places for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as Monkey Temple and Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. Late in the afternoon, we introduced you to your mountain/trek guide. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03: Kathmandu drive to Chame (2710 m) 10 – 11 hours
You will drive to Chame by private Four-wheel drive (4WD – Jeep) via Prithivi Highway to Besi Sahar. You will reach Besi Sahar in About 6 hours drive and then takes about 4 hours to Chame, the headquarters of Manag district. Almost road is blacktop to Besi Sahar but after Besi Sahar to Chame is off-road. During the journey you will see breathtaking view of Annapurna and Manaslu mountains. You will have the most beautiful views of Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu. After a long drive, you will reach Chame. You may be tired and can go to bed earlier after dinner. Overnight at Mountain Lodge/ Tea House

Day 04: Chame trek to Upper Pisang (3300 m) 5-6 hours walking
Today is the day on which you will notice a significant change in the landscape. The first half of the day you will hike through the dense forest along the Marsyangdi River. We cross the suspension bridge over the pristine, bluish Marsyangdi and hike further up to the village of Pisang. Above 3000 m, the forest becomes thinner and the landscape more deserted. You have the option of walking through Lower Pisang or Upper Pisang. The hike through Lower Pisang is easy as it is mostly a plain, whereas if you follow the trail through Upper Pisang (3300 m), you will have a surreal view. Overnight at Mountain Lodge/ Tea House

Day 05: Upper Pistang trek to Manang (3540 m) 6-7 hours walking
On this day, you trek through the old village of Nwagal to Manang. View of peaks like Annapurna, Gangapurna, Tilicho is visible almost throughout the trail. You pass through many hamlets and thin pine forest, enjoying the views of fantastic rock formations. The village of Braga on the way is one of the highlights of the day. The hamlet is picturesque and has a 400-year old monastery with unique architecture. It holds great historical and religious importance. Little up ahead lies the beautiful Manang village. Overnight at Mountain Lodge/ Tea House

Day 06: Acclimatization Day in Manang (3540 m)
On this day you will acclimatize. However, we will spend the whole day exploring the village of Manang. In the morning, you can hike to Parken Gompa (3,945 m), which is not that far from Manang. However, you will have to walk a steep climb to reach the gompa. The view from the gompa is incredible, with magnificent views of Annapurna II, Annapurna IV and Gangapurna etc. In the afternoon, explore Manang village and visit Gangapurna Lake. Optionally to explore Manang it is possible to take a day trip to Ice Lake (Kicho Valley) at 4620 meters, which is about 15 kilometers round trip from Manang it takes about 6 to 8 hours, it is difficult day trip better consult with the guide before you go, or you need to share you interested before book your trek usually our original plan is not included Ice Lake trip. Overnight at Mountain Lodge/ Tea House

Day 07: Manang trek to Yak Kharka (4110 m) 4-5 hours walking
You trek further uphill and leave the Masrysangdi valley behind you. You first hike uphill to the upper Manang village of Tanki Manag and further to a small Himalayan settlement, Gunsang. Then you reach the grassland known as Yak Kharka. The trail up to Yak Kharka can be quite challenging. However, from this point onwards, the terrain becomes relatively easy. After about 4-5 hours of trekking, you will reach the resting place of Yak Kharka. You will rest and enjoy the amazing delicacies amidst the mesmerizing, magical touch of Annapurna massifs, Pisang, Gnagapurna and other gems of the Himalayas. Overnight at Mountain Lodge/ Tea House

Day 08: Yak Kharka trek to Thorung Phedi (4420 m) 3-4 hours walking
After about an hour's trek from Yak Kharka, you reach Ledar (4200 m). Some people preferred to spend the night in Ledar instead of Yak Kharka. As you cross Ledar, you will see surreal landscapes. Dry areas with different colors and snow-covered rocks create a magical scenery. You trek along a steeply sloping path along the freezing Thorong River. Loose rocks fall onto the path in some places. Shortly before Ledar, you have to cross an area with landslides, so you have to be more attentive and careful. There is also a new way to avoid the dangerous route, but it takes a little longer. After reaching Thorong La Phedi (Thorong La Base Camp), we recommend trekking a little further and returning to Thorong La Phedi to acclimatize to the altitude. Overnight at Mountain Lodge/ Tea House

Day 09: Thorong Phedi trek to Muktinath (3800 m) over the Thorong La Pass (5416 m) 7-8 hours walking
Today you start your hike early in the morning at around 3:00 am from Thorong Phedi. You hike uphill for around 3-4 hours and reach the Thorong La Pass at 5,416 m, a breathtaking viewpoint. Watching the sunrise from here is a unique experience. The first rays of the sun touching Annapurna and Gangapurna are a dreamlike experience. Reaching the Thorong La Pass gives you a sense of achievement and satisfaction. Prayer flags and Mani stones mark the highest point on Thorong La Pass. After enjoying the view, you descend directly to an important Hindu pilgrimage site, the Muktinath Temple. It is of great importance not only for Hindus, but also for the Buddhist community. After reaching Muktinath, you can explore the Muktinath temple and the surrounding area. Overnight at Mountain Lodge/ Tea House

Day 10: Muktinath drive by public bus to Jomsom continue to Tatopani (1190 m) 5-6 hours’ drive
You start your overland journey in Muktinath. There are regular public buses from Muktinath to Pokhara. Tatopani is on the way, so we take the public bus or hire a private jeep to drive to Tatopani (depending on which service you have booked). However, if you prefer public bus, you sometimes have to change to another bus from Jomsom. After reaching Tatopani you are free to relax and enjoy bathing in the natural spring. Overnight at Mountain Lodge/ Tea House

Day 11: Tatopani trek to Ghorepani (2855 m) 6-7 hours walking
Today is another big day. It will take about 6 to 7 hours to hike from Tatopani to Ghorepani. You will climb 1,665 meters. On the way, you will pass some Magar and Gurung villages. Throughout the trek, you will see green fields and excellent views of Mount Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak and Nilgiri Himal. Ghorepani lies on a hilltop. From Ghorepani, the unparalleled beauty of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Tukuche peak is truly extraordinary.  Overnight at Mountain Lodge/ Tea House

Day 12: Ghorepani Hike to Poon Hill (3210 m) and trek to Tadapani (2610 m) 6-7 hours walking
Today we wake up early and hike to Poon Hill, just in time to see the sunrise over the Himalayas. From Poon Hill, we can view a brilliant panorama of mountain including Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Annapurna, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre (fishtail) and many more. After enjoying the view, we return to our lodge for a hearty breakfast and follow a pleasant forest trail uphill through rhododendron and oak forests to Deurali (2960 m). After Deurali, the trail descends through rhododendron forests to Banthanti (2606 m). The trail then climbs and passes through a sugarcane field to Bhurung Khola before climbing again for 20 minutes through steep forests to finally reach Tadapani (2710 m), which offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna ranges, especially Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre.  Overnight at Mountain Lodge/ Tea House

Day 13: Tadapani trek to Ghandruk (1940 m) and drive to Pokhara (820 m) about 3 hours walking and 3 hours’ drive
Today walk leads through the serene forest for an hour on the gradual path to Bhaisi Kharka. From this spot the trail descends with occasional views of the Annapurna south, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchre (Fishtail). The trial descends through forest, creeks and small streams and into the maze of trails until Ghandruk village. This is a semi-modern village. On reaching Ghandruk at lunch time you have enough time to explore the village and Gurung cultural museum. After visiting the village of Ghandruk, we organize private transport for the drive to Pokhara. Evening in Pokhara, good party after trekking success of your trekking. Overnight at Hotel

Day 14: Drive to Kathmandu (1550 m) by tourist bus 6-8 hours’ drive
It takes about seven hours, while driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli,, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu, which takes about 25 minutes. Overnight at Hotel

Day 15: Depart Kathmandu
The trip comes to the end today. If you prefer to extend your trip let us know otherwise we will transfer you to Kathmandu airport. Normally 3 hours before your flight, you are required to check in.

Joining a group is available in the high trekking season. Please contact us to check availability.

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