Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Trip At Glance

Destination Annapurna Circuit Trek
Name of Trail ABC Round Trek
Duration 14 Days
Grade Moderate
Maximum Altitude 5416
Per Day Walking 5/6 Hours
Trek Style Tea House
Transportation Group Sharing
Accommodation 3 Star in City and Tea House during Trek
Best Time March to May - September to November

Outline Itinerary

Day Acitivity
Day 1 Welcome to Kathmandu (1360M)
Day 2 Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar to Jagat (1330M)
Day 3 Trek from Jagat to Dharapani (2720M)
Day 4 Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2720M)
Day 5 Trek from Chame to Pisang(3190m) (3190M)
Day 6 Trek from Pisang to Manang(3540m) (3540M)
Day 7 Acclimatization day at Manang (3540M)
Day 8 Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka(4210m) (4210M)
Day 9 Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong-la Phedi(4550m) (4550M)
Day 10 Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath(3710m) crossing Thorung la Pass(5416m) (5416M)
Day 11 Drive to Pokhara From Kagbeni (820M)
Day 12 Exploration Day at Pokhara (860M)
Day 13 Early morning Scenic drive to Kathmandu (1360M)
Day 14 Departure

Overview And Highlights

The Annapurna Circuit Trek typically takes 14 to 21 days, depending on your route, speed, and acclimatization requirements. The distance traveled ranges from 160 to 230 kilometers, with numerous high passes and rest days thrown in for good measure. It is essential to plan ahead of time in order to prevent altitude sickness and completely enjoy the trip.

The Annapurna Circuit, which combines natural beauty with cultural immersion, has long been a favorite among adventure enthusiasts. Trekkers will pass through traditional Nepalese villages like Manang and Pisang, where they may experience the native way of life and friendliness. The trail also passes through Muktinath, a sacred pilgrimage place, and follows the Kali Gandaki River valley, one of the world's deepest. The Annapurna Circuit offers a one-of-a-kind combination of difficult hiking, various ecosystems, and rich cultural contacts, making it a must-see destination for those looking for an amazing Himalayan journey.


Highlights Of Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Immerse in the rich cultures of ethnic villages along the route, experiencing diverse traditions and warm hospitality.

  • Witness awe-inspiring vistas of iconic peaks such as Annapurna I, II, IV, Gangapurna, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhre, and Dhaulagiri.

  • Conquer the challenging Thorang La Pass, standing as the world's highest trekking pass.

  • Visit the sacred pilgrimage site of Muktinath, revered by both Hindus and Buddhists for its spiritual significance.

  • Traverse diverse landscapes, from lush subtropical forests to arid high-altitude deserts, providing a visual feast for trekkers.

  • Explore the ancient Kali Gandaki Gorge, a historic trade route flanked by towering peaks, revealing the region's geological wonders.

  • Engage with the warm hospitality of teahouse owners, offering a unique blend of comfort and local charm along the trek.

  • Spot a variety of wildlife, including Himalayan blue sheep and the elusive snow leopard, adding a touch of wilderness to the trekking adventure.

Best Time To Trek In Annapurna Circuit Trek

The best time to walk the Annapurna Circuit are from March to May in the spring and September to November in the fall. The temperature is moderate in spring, and the terrain is covered with blossoming rhododendron woods, providing a magnificent backdrop for hikers. Similarly, fall offers consistent weather conditions with moderate temperatures and bright sky, allowing for beautiful vistas of the mountains and lush landscapes. While some may like the unique challenges of trekking during the monsoon season (June to August), which is marked by heavy rains and probable route obstructions, others may prefer winter owing to freezing weather and the chance of snow blocking higher passes. Planning the hike around these peak seasons guarantees a combination of pleasant weather and adventure. 

Detail Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Kathmandu

Welcome to Nepal. Our team member will be waiting for you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Our team member  will welcome you and transfer you to a three-star hotel in Kathmandu (in a private vehicle). You can relax for a while after checking into the hotel. We will meet you at our office and introduce you to your guides and brief you on the trek. The meeting will be followed by a warm welcome meal at one of Kathmandu's best traditional Nepali restaurants. Along with the meal you will get to experience ethnic dancing and cultural music of Nepal. Rest overnight.

Accomodation
Star Hotel
Elevation
1360
Day 2

Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar to Jagat

Early morning we will drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar by private vehicle. Besisahar is the starting point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. As a cultural hub with different castes and religions, there are several places you may explore during your free time, including Udipur Kalika Temple, Bhimsen Temple, and Chandimai Temple. Stay overnight at the tea house of Jagat.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
1330
Day 3

Trek from Jagat to Dharapani

After breakfast, we  will set foot from Jagat and trek for 4-5 hours. The route  features Manaslu and Himalchuli as the backdrop. The walk today involves some mild ascents and descents, gradually followed by steeper trails. Along the way, we will pass through some suspension bridges and waterfalls. After crossing a sub-tropical forest, we reach the Sirung village and rest overnight there.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
2720
Day 4

Trek from Dharapani to Chame

After breakfast we will trek from Dharapani to Chame, the headquarters of Manang District and one of the best sightseeing destinations of the Annapurna region. Throughout the 4-5 hours trek, you will pass through forests of pine, oak, maple, and villages with lovely wooden bridges. You can take a closer look at the mighty Annapurna II and IV. Rest overnight at Chame.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
2720
Day 5

Trek from Chame to Pisang(3190m)

After breakfast, we will trek for 5 hours from Chame to Pisang. We will encounter a lot of tall and fierce waterfalls on the trek. The path we will take leads us to ascend to the steepest part of the Marshyangdi valley. After the steep rock roads, lying ahead are fascinating landscapes like green rhododendron forests, oak trees area, and some unique cultural villages. You may take some time to explore one or two of them. Rest overnight at Pisang.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
3190
Day 6

Trek from Pisang to Manang(3540m)

After breakfast, we will trek through the dense forests and steep hills, followed by Marshyangdi, the fast-flowing river near Manang. Within the 4-hour trek, you can enjoy the enjoy amusing scenery of the mighty Himalayas as well as have a chance to encounter locals living there. Rest overnight at Manang.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
3540
Day 7

Acclimatization day at Manang

Explore Manang, the village of a private and scenic haven. You may visit the famous Gangapurna Glacier Lake, pay a visit to some ancient and holy places around, or just sit down and relax. This village will also amuse you with the local’s warm and generous hospitality. Enjoy evening programs during dinner and rest overnight.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
3540
Day 8

Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka(4210m)

We will trek from Manang, walking for 3-4 hours along the scenic route with little streams, juniper trees, and small villages. Travelers will be amazed on exploring the unique landscapes, quaint villages, diverse topography, beautiful hills, Mani walls, alpine yak pastures, and diverse flora and fauna of the Manang to Yak Kharka area during this endeavor. After Manang trekkers reach above the tree line so the landscape looks like a wasteland dominated by grass, bushes, and rocks. Rest overnight at Yak Kharka.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
4210
Day 9

Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong-la Phedi(4550m)

We will trek for 4 hours uphill to the snow-covered Thorang –La Phedi. Explore around and experience the challenging climate of the high Himalayas. Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi is located in the northernmost part of the latter. The distance between Yak kharka and Thorong Phedi is 7.3 kilometres / 4.5 miles. The flat trail gradually ascends to Thorong Phedi, and the steep ascent from Phedi to high camp takes 4 to 5 hours by foot.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
4550
Day 10

Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath(3710m) crossing Thorung la Pass(5416m)

we will cross Thorong La pass, the mountain pass with an elevation of 5,416 meters (17,769 ft), with the holy Muktinath being our destination of the day. Situated at an altitude of 3710m, Muktinath Temple is one of the most ancient and sacred temples for God Vishnu in Nepal. Besides spending time to explore around and learn more about the history of this special place, you can also enjoy the mountain view of the Annapurna southern range and the Tibetan plateau. Rest overnight at teahouse.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
5416
Day 11

Drive to Pokhara From Kagbeni

Today Early in the morning we will trek to Kagbeni and after lunch we will drive back to Pokhara via Jomsom. You will drive through beautiful Kaligandaki gorge, you will pass various beautiful places like Jomsom, Marpha, Tatopani, Ruptse Water fall, Beni Bazar during 6 hours drive. Overnight at Pokhara Hotel.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
820
Day 12

Exploration Day at Pokhara

Pokhara, one of the scenic havens and the most famous tourist destinations in Nepal, offers a large variety of leisure activities for you to spend the day, including boating, pony riding, and paragliding. Take a leisurely walk along the Fewa lake with the Annapurna Massif in the background. Explore the cultural villages and different holy places of great significance around the city.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Star Hotel
Elevation
860
Day 13

Early morning Scenic drive to Kathmandu

After breakfast, we will head towards Kathmandu city. On the way, we will see the local lifestyle, Marshyangdi river, Trishuli river, the local Dhaba(Highway restaurant), view of mountains along with green hill stations. Snatch the last moment to enjoy the vibes of Kathmandu and grab the last chance to capture a memorable moment in Nepal. 

Food
Breakfast & Farewall Dinner
Accomodation
Star Hotel
Elevation
1360
Day 14

Departure

We will serve you breakfast in the morning. If your flight is planned for the morning. In accordance with your travel plans, Our team member will go to drop you at the Airport(In a private vehicle). If your flight is in the evening, you may go for shopping and pick up some souvenirs for your loved ones, or you can just hang around the Kathmandu city. Additionally, if you wish to stay in Nepal for a few extra days, we can set up some of the best adventure activities there.

Food
Breakfast

What Is Included ?

  • 2 Night Kathmandu and 1 night pokhara accommodations with breakfast
  • 10 Night Tea house accommodation and full meals during trek days
  • Kathmandu Besisar Private Transportation, Besisar to Jagat sharing jeep
  • Trekking permits, Trekking Information Management System Fee, ACAP Fee
  • Jomsom Pokhara Sharing Transportation
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu Private Transportation
  • English-speaking Trekking Guide
  • Required no. of Porters (2 trekkers =1 )
  • Trekking Certificates,
  • Comprehensive medical kit
  • Government and local taxes
  • Preparatory Session before and after arrival.
  • Farewell Dinner

What Is Excluded?

  • Visa cost
  • International airfare
  • Excluded meals in the city
  • Drinks and beverage costs.
  • Insurance cost.
  • Trekking equipment.
  • Additional potter or equipment cost.
  • Personal expenses, tips, and shopping cost

Altitude Graph

FAQs

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a renowned trekking route in Nepal's Annapurna region. It traverses diverse landscapes and offers breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu. The trek also provides insight into the local culture, including Gurungs, Thakalis, and Manangis. It's considered one of the world's most beautiful and challenging treks, attracting trekkers from around the globe.

Typically, the Annapurna Circuit Trek takes 14 to 21 days, depending on your route, pace, and acclimatization needs. The distance covered ranges from 160 to 230 kilometers, with several high passes and rest days. It's crucial to allocate enough time to avoid altitude sickness and fully enjoy the experience.

The best times for the Annapurna Circuit Trek are Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). These seasons offer clear skies, mild temperatures, and stunning views. However, they are also peak trekking seasons, so advance bookings are essential.

Yes, Its mandatory to have a guide for trekking in High altitude. A guide can assist with navigation, logistics, and acclimatization, enhancing safety and cultural understanding. If you know someone personally who has previous experience than you can  contact them. Otherwise its better to book through trekking company. Companies are registered with Government of Nepal so you will have various benifits while booking through trekking companies.

Yes, permits are required for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. You must obtain the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card to support conservation efforts and regulate trekkers' flow.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek demands a high level of fitness and endurance. Prior hiking or trekking experience is beneficial, and cardiovascular training is essential. Acclimatization and proper preparation are key to success.

Yes, it is safe, it carries inherent risks associated with high-altitude trekking and remote wilderness areas. Adequate preparation, trekking with an experienced guide or group, and adhering to safety guidelines are essential.

Proper gear is crucial for safety and comfort. Essentials include trekking boots, warm clothing, a backpack, sleeping bag, trekking poles, and a headlamp. Depending on the season, additional gear like crampons and gaiters may be necessary. Consultation with a doctor before the trek is advised.

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