Annapurna circuit - the aftermath

Trekking

Here is day by day itinerary with trekking information, cost for food/drinks/accommodation and also a few DOs/DONTs…

Itinerary

Day 1: Besisahar to Ngadi (after Bhulbhule)

Trekking
Cost

Day 2: Ngadi to Jagat

Trekking
  • start: 8:10, duration: 6h51m
  • distance: 18.87km, ascent: 1066m
  • GPX track
Cost
  • lunch: 842 NPR in Ghermu
  • accommodation: 200 NPR @ Montblanc teahouse
  • dinner+breakfast: 2820 NPR

Day 3: Jagat to Dharapani

Trekking
  • start: 7:35, duration: 7h27m
  • distance: 22.56km, ascent: 1023m
  • GPX track
Cost
  • lunch: 200 NPR
  • accommodation: 300 NPR @ Tibet Lhasa teahouse
  • dinner+breakfast: 3072 NPR

Day 4: Dharapani to Chame

Trekking
  • start: 7:22, duration: 7h26m
  • distance: 20.58km, ascent: 1227m
  • GPX track
Cost
  • lunch: 580 NPR in Timang
  • accommodation: 500 NPR @ New Eagle Mountain (en-suite bathroom)
  • dinner+breakfast: 2381 NPR

Day 5: Chame to Pisang

Trekking
  • start: 7:40, duration: 5h25m
  • distance: 16.41km, ascent: 847m
  • GPX track
Cost
  • lunch: 1144 NPR in Dhukur Pokhari
  • accommodation: 100 NPR @ Himalayan teahouse
  • dinner+breakfast: 3362 NPR

Day 6: Pisang to Manang

Trekking
  • start: 8:05, duration: 6h58m
  • distance: 20.47km, ascent: 839m
  • GPX track
Cost
  • lunch: 948 NPR in Bhraga
  • accommodation: 500 NPR @ Alpine home
  • cost: 3000 NPR

Day 7: Manang to Tilicho BC

Trekking
  • start: 7:57, duration: 7h36m
  • distance: 15.11km, ascent: 962m
  • GPX track
Cost
  • lunch: 955 in Shree Karka
  • accommodation: 600 NPR @ Tilicho hotel
  • dinner+breakfast+lunch: 3106 NPR

Day 8: Tilicho BC to Tilicho lake (5014m) to Shree Karka

Trekking
Cost
  • accommodation: 500 NPR @ Tilicho hotel
  • dinner+breakfast: 2080 NPR

Day 9: Shree Karka to Thorong Phedi

Trekking
  • start: 7:33, duration: 8h12m
  • distance: 18.05km, ascent: 1066m
  • GPX track
Cost
  • lunch: 830 NPR @ Nirvana
  • accommodation: FREE @ Gangapurna lodge
  • dinner+breakfast: 2540 NPR

Day 10: Thorong Phedi to Thorong La (5400m) to Ranipauwa (Muktinath temple)

Trekking
Cost
  • brunch: 860 NPR @ Thorong La
  • late lunch: 510 NPR in Charabu
  • accommodation: 500 NPR @ Hotel Bob Marley
  • dinner+breakfast+drinks: 4374 NPR

Day 11: Ranipauwa to Jomson

Trekking
  • start: 8:38, duration: 6h16m
  • distance: 22.73km, ascent: 1055m
  • GPX track
Cost
  • lunch: 1403 NPR @ Yak Donalds in Kagbeni
  • accommodation: 400 NPR @ Paradise teahouse
  • dinner+breakfast: 2230 NPR

Day 12: Jomson to Ghara

Jomson - Tatopani
  • bus: to Tatopani
  • cost: 1000 NPR
Tatopani - Ghara
Trekking
  • start: 12:15, duration: 4h13m
  • distance: 8.33km, ascent: 675m
  • GPX track
Cost
  • lunch: 910 NPR @ Santosh in Birauta
  • accommodation: 500 NPR @ Namaste teahouse
  • dinner+breakfast: 1520 NPR

Day 13: Ghara to Ban Thanti

Trekking
  • start: 7:29, duration: 8h7m
  • distance: 17.84km, ascent: 1550m
  • GPX track
Cost
  • lunch: 644 NPR in Ghorepani
  • accommodation: 500 NPR @ Sunrise
  • dinner+breakfast: 2580 NPR

Day 14: Ban Thanti to Tolka

Trekking
  • start: 7:13, duration: 8h17m
  • distance: 17.70km, ascent: 767m
  • GPX track
Cost
  • accommodation: 500 NPR @ Hotel Namaste
  • dinner+breakfast: 4615 NPR

Day 15: Tolka to Kande

Trekking
  • start: 7:50, duration: 4h00m
  • distance: 8.65km, ascent: 600m
  • GPX track
Cost
  • celebratory drinks: 465 NPR

Kande to Pokhara

  • bus: 150 NPR, duration: 2h

Summary

Prices

Everything is very cheap compared with American/European standard prices and on average the prices are (note that 1 USD = 133 NPR):

  • alcohol (mostly beers but also local spirits): 600-700 NPR
  • accommodation per person:

    • 100-200 NPR with shared bathroom
    • 500-600 NPR (with en-suite bathroom or higher altitude)
  • food (both local and international food, pizza/pasta, steaks/burgers):

    • breakfast: 500 NPR
    • lunch: 1000 NPR
    • dinner: 1500 NPR

In high season, Oct and Nov add a 20-30% premium on all prices.

DOs/DON'Ts

  • no point carrying lots of food/drinks, you find teahouses every 1h or max 2h
  • the end of rainy season with clear sky in the morning and rain the in afternoon, no crazy rain, mostly a mood killer
  • leeches are very annoying (especially after rain) but won't kill you, see it as free SPA treatment
  • there are lots of stairs during the trek, be very careful when stairs are wet
  • and yes, there are also roads and jeeps but is not that bad as other people complain:

    • I would say that the worst section was between Kagbeni to Jomson, at some point we walked in river bed to avoid the dust
    • NATT (New Annapurna Trekking Trails) intersect the road here and there, it was fine for us, a good reason to enjoy a cold beer :)
  • regular trekking clothing works just fine with temperatures:

    • day: between 5°C (Thorong La at 5400m altitude) and 30°C (near Pokhara)
    • night: maybe 10°C-15°C (we did not sleep above 4500m)
  • humidity is very high, start with dry clothes in the morning, after 1h you can feel the moisture on outer layers
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