Trekking and Walking

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Nepal

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Duration: 14 Days

Price: US 1,275 All Inclusive

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a very popular trek destination in the Annapurna Conservation Area. The path passes through the beautiful trail over Marshyangdi & Kali Gandaki stream with exquisite panoramic splendor of vast Annapurna mountain ranges.

Also referred to as the Round Annapurna, encircling the trek route, one can observe diverse altitude variations very unlikely to find anywhere else. As the altitude varies, so does the culture and lifestyle, and always accompanied by amazing arrays of floras and faunas widely scattered throughout the region.

The Annapurna Circuit hiking trail comprises a mix of small villages that houses culturally rich ethnic communities like the Gurung, Magar, Thakali, and the Tamangs. The trajectory also precedes you to the Buddhist hamlets and Hindu pilgrimage sites, particularly the famous temple of Muktinath - one of the sanctified sites for Buddhists and Hindus.

Annapurna Circuit Trek unfolds the wonders of nature as it meanders through the paddy fields, river valleys, and gorges and through small mountain hamlets giving you a true enigma of the Himalayan trekking experience. The total length of the route you hike on Annapurna Circuit is somewhere around 150km or (100 miles).

In addition, this route also has been listed as one of the top 10 must-visit places & the best trekking trails numerous times in terms of culture and unique landscape by individual authors, magazines, BBC, Trip Advisor, media companies, and such. 

Annapurna Circuit Trek Highlights

  • Explore UNESCO heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Descend into the Kali Gandaki, one of the world's deepest gorges.
  • Thorung La, the trek's highest point, which is 5,400 meters above sea level.
  • Visit Tilicho Lake, a high-altitude lake at 4,919 meters.
  • Take a detour into the rugged Nar and Phu valleys.
  • This trek can be tailored to your own preferences in a number of ways.
  • A fascinating hike along the Round Annapurna Trail and visit Braga - the oldest monastery in this area.
  • Take in Nepal's rich landscape and culture.
  • Throughout the trail, soak in the spectacular scenery of the Himalayan peaks.
  • Enjoy the enthralling landscapes of Manang and Muktinath.
  • Magnificent views of majestic Machhapuchhre, as well as unrivaled mountain adventure.

Best Season

The best season for this trek is in Spring (March to May) and Fall (September to December). During these periods, the weather is almost flawless with moderate warmth & usual cool nights. The Annapurna Circuit is best (and busiest) trekked in the spring and fall, though a shortened itinerary (focusing on the circuit's northern, drier region) is a great choice during the monsoon. It's only in the winter that there are problems, as the Thorung La pass is often closed due to snow.

Trek Difficulty

Since you will be exploring the high altitude Thorong La Pass at 5,416 m, this trek is more difficult than the Annapurna Base Camp trek (17764 ft.). In addition, this trek is made a little more difficult by the steep climbs and long walking distances combined with minimal facilities.

Because it's a demanding journey, you must be in excellent physical condition and able to walk for at least 5 to 7 hours per day. Even so, beginners can complete this trek if they have undertaken physical training prior to the trek. Cycling, swimming, acrobatics, hiking, jogging, and aerobic workouts are all good ways to prepare the body for a trek to the Himalayas.

Annapurna Circuit Route

The most convenient way to accomplish this trek is to go counter-clockwise, as this allows for gradual acclimatization as you approach Thorung La. The route generally starts in Besisahar and ends in Tatopani, but road construction has opened up a variety of options at the start and end of your trek.

Road development has made most of the western and eastern parts of the Annapurna Circuit accessible by buses and jeep over the last few years. The roads are bumpy dirt tracks at best, but many trekkers are opting for a shorter version of this trek that starts further up the valley (3-4 days on the conventional route) and finishes as early as Jomsom (taking a bus to Beni or flying to Pokhara).

Permits & Regulations

Before going trekking in the Annapurna zone, you'll need to get a TIMS card and an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). You'll be required to present these at several checkpoints along the way.

Guides and Trek Customization

You will be led by Himalayan Trekkers trek leaders who have been to the base camp and back numerous times. All of our guides are fluent English speakers with extensive knowledge of the mountain, its inhabitants, history, health, hygiene, and, most importantly, your protection.

Because of the road construction, this trek can now be accomplished in as little as 8-9 days by starting in Manang (3,520 m) and ending in Muktinath.

If you plan to skip the first few days of the journey, make sure to stick to an acclimatization schedule before crossing the Thorung La pass. Besides, you can proceed east from Tatopani by following the local village trails along the Ghorepani trek route to Ghandruk, then to Nayapul, where you can take a jeep or bus back to Pokhara. This will extend your journey by 4-5 days. Moreover, if time is not a factor, you might want to go on to Annapurna Base Camp.

Himalayan Trekkers delivers the best value by giving due consideration to your outlook & interest. Our staff members make sure to gratify all your needs keeping safety as the first priority. For further information about this package, please feel free to email or contact us. We are here 24/7 at your service.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu

30 mins

1,350 m

Upon arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport, a representative from Himalayan Trekkers will greet you and transfer you to the designated hotel. After a brief rest at the hotel, you can stroll around the streets of the famous tourist hub, Thamel in the evening. 

Later, we will gather at an authentic Nepali restaurant for the welcome dinner.

Dinner

3 star hotel in KTM

Day 2

Sightseeing in Kathmandu & trek preparation

5-6 hrs

1,350 m

Early after breakfast, w will spend this day exploring some of the World heritage sites such as Swayambhunath Stupa, Bouddhanath and Durbar Square in Kathmandu valley. All these sites are UNESCO world heritage sites and truly a gem of Kathmandu and its surroundings.

Breakfast, Dinner

3 star hotel in KTM

Day 3

Drive to Syange

7-8 hrs

1,100 m

Today our official Annapurna circuit trek begins. Taking the Prithvi Highway until Dumre, we will take an uneven road by the River Marshyangdi. While on this trail, we pass through the low-lying villages on the banks of the river and the paddy fields that are common in this area. 

Following this trail, you will reach Besi Sahar after a drive of around 6 hours. Besi Sahar is the Headquarter of Lamjung District and is a small commercial center along the banks of the River Marshyangdi. And from here, will be heading to Syange, which is another 2 hours on vehicle.

(Note- Apart from the Monsoon season, you can drive till Dharapani reducing one more day as the motorable road has reached Chyamche/Dharapani now. Furthermore, although you can choose the private drive till Synge, you can also walk further 1.5/2 hrs to Jagat / Chyamche).

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ Lodges

Day 4

Trek to Tal / Karte

5 hrs

1,700 m

From Syange, we travel down to Jagat (1.5 hours) and further continue till Chyamche. Also, we will be walking along the banks of the River Marshyangdi descending until the trail reaches the river. 

Further, we walk through the lush green forest for an hour and reach the village of Chamje. On treading along a succession of rock-strewn trails, we will descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal. As we hike away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding. Then finally we approach Karte, a village in the midst of a deep forest. This is our last destination for the day.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ Lodges

Day 5

Trek to Chame

5-6 hrs

2,630 m

After breakfast, we will continue through the narrow village trail keeping the Dudh Khola to our left. The Dudh Khola originates from the southern face of Manaslu. Further on, the Marshyangdi River enters a gorge and the trail follows the rock-strewn path. We will stop for a while to enjoy the majestic and impressive view of the Manaslu before the inclined ends and the forest of Rhododendron starts. 

Walking further up, we will reach the hamlet of Koto, from where we can have the most awe-inspiring view of Annapurna II and surrounding peaks. From here we will walk for nearly one hour until we reach a white gate with a corrugated iron roof, the entrance to Chame, a small village that serves as the Headquarter of the Manang District. It is dotted with most of the government offices of the area.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ Lodges

Day 6

Trek to Pisang

5-6 hrs

3,190 m

One of the most mesmerizing moments would be when you wake up with the sun rising beautifully over the Lamjung Himal (6,993 m). This is how our 6th-day trek will start. After the overnight rest, we will be heading towards Pisang, which will be your overnight destination for today. On your way to Pisang, you will cross through the barley fields gently swaying in the winds, cross-mountain passes, enjoy the sight of apple orchards and small hamlets on the way to the untouched hamlet of Bratang. 

After passing through this village, you will continue your journey enjoying the majestic beauty of Annapurna II, Gangapurna Glacier, and stunning snow-capped peaks. Similarly, after a walk of almost 3-hours, you will arrive at Pisang village.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ Lodges

Day 7

Trek to Manang

4-5 hrs

3,540 m

Our day starts with the journey towards Manang. On the way to this town, we will pass through the beautiful and scenic Manang Valley and have a glimpse of the sky-high Tilicho Peak (7132 m). We can see this while descending through Manang's airstrip, Humde. 

After a while, we will reach the spot where the north-eastern face of Annapurna III is visible. Further on, after a while, we keep on walking through the Sabje Khola Valley, from where we also can see the Annapurna IV, which stands at 7525 m, in all its majestic glory. 

Further on, you will cross a wooden bridge, as the Marshyangdi Khola gushes below us after which we enter the village of Mungji. We will continue downhill till we reach Manang and experience the awe-inspiring sight of Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna (7455 m) and Tilicho Peak (7134 m) standing majestically in their full glory as of the backdrop of our trail. 

Manang is one of the typical Nepali villages where one can find traditional houses made up of clay with a mix of Manangi and Tibetan culture in addition to the unique lifestyle of the local people.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ Guest house

Day 8

Trek to Lethar

4-5 hrs

4,250 m

Today is going to be a thrilling day as we have reached that point in the trek where we will start our ascent towards Thorung La. We will start your walk after breakfast and start climbing uphill to Tengi, and 120 meters above Manang. 

Furthermore, we will cross Marshyangdi Valley turning north-west up the valley of the Throng Khola and continue further to Gunsang (3960 m). This is a small mountain hamlet with houses that have flat roofs made up of mud. We will walk past picturesque meadows and rich forests of barberry, juniper, and other alpine plants. 

On the way, we might encounter horses and yaks grazing. This whole scene depicts the picture-postcard perfection also renowned as Yak Kharka. Keeping ourself on the same track, we will continue walking across the large stream coming down from the Chulu west. You will follow the trail until you reach a rich pasture that is 4000 meters above sea level.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ Lodges

Day 9

Trek to Thorong Phedi

3-4 hrs

4,600 m

Leaving Letdar behind, we will gradually climb to a ridge before going downhill to the gushing headwaters of the River Marshyangdi. We will then cross the river using a covered wooden bridge. After a short climb up the mountain path on the bank of the river, we will follow a narrow trail across an uneven steep slope and then climb down to Thorung Phedi. Similarly, if time allows, then we will climb to High Camp (4883 m) and stay overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ Lodges

Day 10

Trek to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass

7-8 hrs

5,416 m

This is the most exciting day of the trek as you will be crossing the Thorung La (5416 m), the highest trekking pass in the world. It has been listed as one of the best trekking trails in the world in terms of culture and unique landscape, many times by many organizations, individual authors, Magazines, BBC, Trip Advisor, and so on. 

So, we will start early for the climb followed by the downhill trek. The trail is very steep but well defined and easy to track as it has been used by the villagers for hundreds of years. The walk will be uphill and strenuous for the next four hours until we reach a place with prayer flags and a small stupa/chorten. 

From up here, we can see the majestic snow-capped mountains, rolling hills of Mustang and the beautiful Valley of Kaligandaki. After a brief rest, we will start our descent in the direction of Muktinath (3800 m). We will take a path along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath, a popular pilgrimage in the Himalayan region for both Hindus and Buddhists.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ Lodges

Day 11

Trek to Jomsom

5-6 hrs

2,713 m

Coming down the mountain in the morning we will find ourselves in Jharkot and Khingar, where there are beautiful monasteries. We will experience the culture of the local people which in many ways are similar to that of the Tibetan culture

One cannot really get over the awesome view of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri throughout the trail. We hike past Kagbeni to reach Jomsom along the banks of River Kali Gandaki. Jomsom is the Headquarter of the Mustang district and we spend some time here to explore the area and interact with the locals.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ Lodges

Day 12

Fly to Pokhara

20 min

827 m

Since Jomsom lies in the mountainous region so there is always an early flight to Pokhara because in the morning, the days are clear and also the flight duration is about 20 minutes. Similarly, Pokhara is also known as “City of Lake” and is one of the most popular places for foreigners after Kathmandu. 

There are lots of interesting things to see in Pokhara. So we explore Pokhara's popular landmarks here.

Breakfast

3 star hotel

Day 13

Fly/drive to Kathmandu

30 mins flight/ 6-7 hrs drive

1,350 m

Today either you can fly to Kathmandu, which will be 30 minutes scenic flight, which lets you view the changing natural vegetation with the Himalayan Range. Otherwise, we can drive from Pokhara. The drive will also be scenic and you will get the opportunity to experience the highway of Nepal.

Breakfast

3 star hotel in KTM

Day 14

Final departure

30 mins

You can depart from Kathmandu to your home country or extend the trip and head for another trip within or outside Nepal.

Breakfast

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferred accommodation.

In general we arrange a 3-star hotel with all facilities in cities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra.

Although all places during your trek do not have all modern facilities (especially at higher altitudes), we ensure that it is arranged safely and comfortably. Mostly hygienic and safe tea houses / local lodges / home stays are arranged & please feel free to personalize according to your preference.

If your travel schedule includes camping or if you choose to experience it, a correct campsite will be determined in advance and everything will be taken care of. If required, we also provide equipment such as a tent, cookware, etc. Check the equipment lists and equipment lists for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B accommodation within the costs. Meals in the city must be paid separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place.

Remote areas don't have that many options, but hygienic and well-prepared food is always served. Moreover, most meals are included in the costs during your trek. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available! Moreover, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome of Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Follow the detailed route description or itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you to your heart's content.

Inclusion

Whats Included

  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) paperwork and fee
  • All Permits in the Annapurna Conservation Area
  • Entry Fees
  • Airport Pick-up and Drop-off
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • Guide, Driver, and Porter
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with Tea)
  • Accommodation
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All government taxes and official charges

Whats Not Included

  • International airfares and airport tax
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees (USD 25/40/100- 15/30/100 Days, Cash On Arrival)
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, phone bills, bar bills, etc.
  • Tips to Guide, Porter, and Driver
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Any cost incurred from any unfavorable condition such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.
  • Any expenses not mentioned in the Includes Section

Gear List

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. 

A comprehensive list of gear for all activites is listed on our dedicated page of Complete Gear List For Trekking and Climbing

Trip FAQ'S

What permits do I need for Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Two permits ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) are mandatory for Annapurna Circuit Trek. 

The permits are taken care from Himalayan Trekkers team after you booking and is not much that of a concern.

Is Annapurna Circuit Trek safe to travel after Covid-19?

Yes, It is safe to trek to Annapurna Circuit after Covid-19 because this region has and had the least number of local spread. 

Do I need to be vaccinated for Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Yes, it is mandatory to be vaccinated for Annapurna Circuit Trek. The trekkers will also have to bring their vaccination card along with a negative CPR report. Apart from the Corona vaccine, we advise trekkers to consult with a medical counselor and chosen trekking agency for other medications/vaccines.

How much does it cost to hike the Annapurna Circuit?

For the standard facilities and services, it costs USD 1,275 for Annapurna Circuit Trek, however, it depends on the duration, route, interest of the trekkers, and also the facilities they choose. 

How many days is Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Ideally, It takes approx. 2 weeks for Annapurna Circuit Trek but also depends on the starting and ending point. If you want to lessen the days, it is also available via customization. 
 

Do you need a guide for Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Trekking with a local guide is very safe and comfortable in terms of communication, information, route, and others, so, we always recommend going with a professional guide. 

But as per the new rules and policies stated by the Tourism Act of Nepal, having a guide is mandatory for Annapurna Circuit Trek and all other regions as well.

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