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  • Duration15 Days
  • Difficulty LevelStrenuous
  • Max Altitude5,416 M (17,769 ft)

The Annapurna Panorama Trek is one of the greatest treks not only in Nepal but throughout the world. The route follows the Annapurna Circuit Trekking trail but finishes a little earlier. Ending in Jomsom, you still get to experience the magic (and all the best mountain views) found on the Annapurna Circuit Trek, but you get to save 4 or 5 days to see other parts of Nepal or relax in Pokhara. Throughout the Annapurna Panorama Trek, you will see age-old Buddhist temples, towering Himalayan peaks, and meet the deeply spiritual locals – all while hiking following the footsteps of the ancient salt trade route. 

The beauty of the Annapurna Panorama Trek lies in its wide diversity. The contrasts are alive and well on the trail. You will climb through humid terraced rice fields up to a frigid high mountain pass. From dense forests, full of life to the deserted Mustang region, each day leads you to a totally unique landscape. The land isn’t the only thing that changes. You will pass Hindu communities in the lower regions and devout Tibetan Buddhist settlements high in the mountains. 

An added bonus of the Annapurna Panorama Trek is visiting Ice Lake (4620 meters/15,157 feet), locally known as Kicho Tal. The side trip from Manang is completely underrated and few people on the Annapurna Circuit even know that this place exists. To prepare for the Thorong La Pass (5416 meters/17,769 feet), its best to stay an extra day in Manang to acclimatize. But why waste a day hanging around the village when you can embark on an adventure to see some high alpine lakes with unbeatable views? The trip lasts most of the day, so we carry a packed lunch and enough water for the day. 

After the day trip to Ice Lake, it’s time to cross the fabled Thorong La Pass, adorned with its many prayer flags. It’s quite a challenge, but the feeling of accomplishment after you reach the top is unbeatable. From the top, you get a crystal-clear view of dozens of Annapurna region peaks as well as the start of the Tibetan Plateau. 

The next highlight of the Annapurna Panorama Trek is reaching Muktinath, where you get a glimpse into the mysterious Upper Mustang region. Characterized by ancient sky-caves and a culture unchanged by the passing of time, Upper Mustang is unlike anywhere else in the world. Also, Muktinath is a famous pilgrimage destination for both Hindus and Buddhists. Sadhus perched around the gate have walked from Muktinath from all over Nepal and India to reach this sacred place. It is said that if you bathe in the 108 water spouts, you will be freed from the cycle of death and rebirth. 

Descending from Muktinath, feel the howling wind that blows through the Kaligandaki Valley, the deepest valley in the world. You then walk along the Thak Khol (River), home of the Thakali people.  The Annapurna Panorama Trek ends in Jomsom, where you can either take a flight or a jeep back to Pokhara before the farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

Experience the best parts of the Annapurna Circuit Trek in a shorter amount of time on the Annapurna Panorama Trek! Feel free to reach out to us if you have any specific questions or requests regarding the itinerary.


What makes this tour very interesting

  • Exploring the world's longest pass Thorong La.
  • World Heritage Sites visit in Kathmandu.
  • Beautiful Pokhara Valley, Lakes.
  • Amazing Annapurna Himalayas, Landscapes.
  • Sunrise viewpoints, diversity.
  • Food, Cultures, lifestyle and more. 
  • Kaligandaki Valley, Exploring Lower Mustang.

Ice Lake Trek Annapurna

If you don't hike up to Ice Lake on this trek than you are missing the real beauty of this Short Annapurna Circuit Trek. Overall Annapurna circuit trek is definitely the best choice for us. This Trek is highly recommended for all kind of hikers, don't worry about ...

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  • Day: 1
    Arrive in Kathmandu.

    Upon your arrival at the Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Rugged Trails Nepal who will take to your hotel. Welcome drinks upon arrival at the hotel, free time until 6 pm. Evening welcome dinner in a traditional Nepali Restaurant with authentic Nepali cuisine and cultural program.Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel.

    If you arrive late at night then your dinner will be on the next day.

    • Hotel
    • NA
    • Dinner
    • 1300 M
  • Day: 2
    Kathmandu to Besi Sahar (760m) then again drive to Syange.
    • Lodge
    • 9 Hour Drive
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 1100 M
  • Day: 3
    Syange Trek to Dharapani.
    • Lodge
    • 5-6 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 1860 M
  • Day: 4
    Dharapani Trek to Chame.
    • Lodge
    • 4-5 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 2670 M
  • Day: 5
    Chame Trek to Pisang.
    • Lodge
    • 6 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 3300 M
  • Day: 6
    Pisang Trek to Manang.
    • Lodge
    • 6 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 3540 M
  • Day: 7
    Manang day hike to Ice Lake 4,600 M (15,092 ft)
    • Lodge
    • 3 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
  • Day: 8
    Manang Trek to Letdar.
    • Lodge
    • 5 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch.Dinner
    • 4200 M
  • Day: 9
    Letdar Trek to High Camp.
    • Lodge
    • 5 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 4925 M
  • Day: 10
    Thorung Phedi trek to Muktinath crossing Thrung La Pass 5,416 M (17,769 ft).
    • Lodge
    • 9 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 3760 M
  • Day: 11
    Muktinath to Kagbei , Jomsom , Kagbeni to Jomsom
    • Lodge
    • 7-8 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 2720 M
  • Day: 12
    Jomsom to Pokhara (820m) 30 Minutes fly from Jomsom.
    • Hotel
    • NA
    • Breakfast
    • 827 M
  • Day: 13
    Drive back to Kathmandu from pokhara, it takes normally 5- 6 hrs.
    • Hotel
    • 5-6 Hour Drive
    • Breakfast
    • 1300 M
  • Day: 14
    Kathmandu full day sightseeing, evening farewell dinner.
    • Hotel
    • NA
    • Breakfast,Dinner
    • 1300 M
  • Day: 15
    Final departure.
    • NA
    • NA
    • Breakfast
    • NA

What's Included

  • Airport Pickup drop.
  • All ground transportation & Tickets as trip plans. 
  • Full Board (breakfast, lunch, and Dinner) in Trekking
  • Accommodation during the trek (local lodge).
  • The government registered English speaking local expert guides, porters.
  • Annapurna Conservation park fees, TIMS Card, Government taxes.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing with breakfast.
  • Guided Tour in a city with the Expert tour guide.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in the city
  • Equipment clothing for porter & staff.
  • Insurance for all staff & porters.
  • Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek
  • First Aid Kit for short Annapurna Circuit Trek. 
  • Annapurna Circuit Trekking Map.
  • Salary, allowances, expenses & insurance for all staff including porters

What’s Excluded

  • Nepal visa - Multiple Entrée 30 days - USD 40
  • Lunch & dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu
  • Extra baggage charges
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/roadblock due to any reason
  • Personal insurance, medical evacuation in case of emergency.
  • Service other than mentioned above
  • Expenses incurred due to accidents, landslide, strikes, political unrest, etc..
  • Hot shower, battery charge (during the trek), Tipping etc..
  • Items of personal nature expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, mineral water
  • Entrance fees during sightseeing in the city.

Useful Information

  • Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara might be canceled or delayed due to the bad weather.
  • If flight canceled or delayed drive is another option from Jomsom.
  • During the winter if there will be heavy snowfall Throung La might not possible or need extra days to wait and see.
  • If you are in a group get the best offer from Rugged Trails Nepal.


  • Outstanding experience!

    - Ralf and Sandra, Germany

    We were in December and January 2017/18 in Nepal on the road and have received an all-inclusive package for 4 weeks. Our guides for Kathmandu and for trekking were phenomenal, the organization excellent. We felt very welcome and familiar. Many Thanks! Originally in the German language visit our Tripadvisor link.

  • “Eine Lebenserfahrung!”

    - Christin, Austria

    Wir sind den Annapurna Circuit gegangen und es war nicht nur ein Erlebnis, es war eine lebensverändernde Erfahrung! Alles war perfekt organisiert und sowohl Nirajan (der Agenturchef), Tul (unser Guide) und auch Yubraj (unser Porter) waren rund um die Uhr um unser Wohlergehen bemüht. Wir hatten so viel Spass gemeinsam!!! Nirajan in Kathmandu war immer für uns erreichbar und hat sich um alle unsere Anliegen sofort gekümmert. Danke an das Team von Rugged Trails für diese wunderbare Zeit!!! Wir sehn uns zum nächsten Trek auf alle Fälle wieder!!!

  • “An experience of a lifetime!” Annapurna Circuit Trekking

    - Elisabeth, Austria

    This was my first trekking experience and I could not have imagined it any better! I spontaneously decided to join a friend on the Annapurna Circuit Poon Hill, which she had already booked ahead of time. Nirajan was very flexible and helpful and even supported me when my credit card and ATM card didn't work.

    The trek was perfectly organized and we had an amazing guide and a great porter. I'm sure it's manageable to do the trek on your own, but I would definitely suggest going with a porter and having the trip organized by Rugged Trails Nepal. For once some places on the way have only limited availability and a guide can book a room ahead, but also while going with a porter you will learn about the culture, scenery, and customs of Nepal in a way you could never by simply using a guidebook.

    You will also have the chance to get in contact with the local people on the way. Our guide equipped us with a lot of background information and pointed out interesting facts and sights we would have missed otherwise. Nirajan picks his guides carefully and you are guaranteed to be taken the best possible care of! Even before and after the trek, Nirajan took the time to show us around and teach us many many interesting things about Nepali culture, language, society, politics, and history!

    We had an amazing time and a blast! We will definitely come back and will do another trip with Rugged Trails in the future! Thank you so much Nirajan for everything! We enjoyed every second of it!