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Annapurna Circuit Trek

18 Days
  • Tourist Bus
  • 3 Stars Hotels
  • 5,416 metres
  • Kathmandu
  • March to May & Sep to Dec
  • Eco-Tour, Hiking, Trekking
  • All meals during the trek
  • English, Spanish, French, Chinese
  • Easy to Moderate
  • 2-16

Annapurna Circuit Trek Overview

Central Nepal’s mountain ranges are home to the Annapurna circuit trek. The entire trio varies from 160 to 230 km (100 to 145 mi), depending upon your route. Encircling the Annapurna Massif, this walk spans two distinct river valleys.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is the most popular trekking destination in the Annapurna range. Annapurna circuit trek includes mountains, crossing a height above 7000m. Annapurna 1 (8091m) the 10 highest mountain in the world, Annapurna 2 (7073m), and Annapurna South (7219m) are the popular regions including Machapuchhare (6993m). The world’s deepest gorge, formed by the Kali Gandaki River, is located to the west of the Marshyangdi River.

Continuing the journey, a renowned viewpoint of poon hill revises itself. You keep walking, and the view gets bigger with every step. At the summit of the circuit, Thorong La Pass, you’ll be rewarded with a 360-degree view. The glacial waters of secret lakes reflect the bare majesty of the Annapurna Massif.

The Annapurna Circuit trip starts and ends in Kathmandu and follows the valley of the Marsyandghi River via a series of villages. Once you’ve acclimated in Manang, you’ll ascend the 5,416-meter Thorong La Pass, leading you to the holy Muktinath. Enjoy the hot springs at Tatopani before making your way through the forests to Ghorepani. See breathtaking views of the Himalayas from Poon Hill, then descend to Pokhara and head back to Kathmandu. For those who are up for a challenge, this traditional trip provides a variety of landscapes, cultures, and obstacles.

The best time to visit the Annapurna Circuit trek

Picking the right time to trek in Annapurna or trek to Annapurna circuit is the key. Every season has its uniqueness and beauty. Nevertheless, the majority of the trekkers prefer to trek in the Annapurna circuit, especially during the spring and autumn seasons. Spring (march-may) and autumn (September –November) are the best seasons for trekking to enjoy the clear views of the sky and lush green forests. Unlike winter (December-February) and monsoon season where there is a slippery, muddy path, and unpredictability of weather. Accommodates are difficult to get since it’s a peak season. Lodges can get booked up quickly. In winter trials are less crowded, and accommodation can be easily available with lower but the trek is equally challenging during the off-season.

Spring: It’s the best Season and the busiest season of all. The sky is clear, with majestic views of the Himalayas and the golden light of dawn. However, be prepared for difficulties encountered in getting common accommodation.

Autumn: The Autumn Season is also popular for trekking. Autumn Boost a comfortable temperature. This season isn’t as busy as the spring season but trekkers can be seen. Accommodation and flights are easily available during these seasons.

Monsoon: During the monsoon season, the Annapurna Circuit is a muddy waltz. You will see beautiful skies that capture fleeting views of the Himalayan giants, and valleys that explode with emerald magnificence. Ahead of you on the trail, expect the occasional downpour and lodge closures. Experienced hikers are the target audience for this off-season adventure. When it comes to clothing, be adaptable since the Annapurna monsoon is going to fascinate you with its elusive yet breathtaking beauty.

winter: The harsh weather during the winter makes climbing to Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal difficult. But for those looking for a more private experience, the route is less busy. Be ready for temperatures that can drop to negative 10-15 degrees Celsius at night and range from 0 to 5 degrees Celsius during the day, despite the breathtaking vistas of the mountains. Because of the snow-covered trails and increased risk of avalanches, trekking in the winter can be dangerous. It is not advised to visit ABC in the winter.

How difficult is the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Unlike other treks, the trek to the Annapurna circuit is challenging. It demands both physical and mental dedication. The elevation gain can cause altitude sickness regardless of fitness. The trail is rocky and steep. The Annapurna region is known for its unpredictable weather with the possibility of abrupt temperature swings. Crossing Thorong La Pass could be difficult if you take off guard or are not prepared. Climbing continuously for hours over narrow ridges in thick snow could be dangerous.

Most of the accommodation in Annapurna trek is teahouses with limited amenities. It can be crowded, especially during peak season. Ascending and descending through the thin air push the limits of every trekker.

Weather and Temperature

The weather is unpredictable, especially in the Annapurna region, it’s difficult to forecast. The temperature during the night can be extremely lower than in the daytime. The temperature can change from a high of 15°C to 25°C in the lower evaluation and can go below freezing at night -10 °C. The best time to visit the Annapurna Base camp trek is from February to June and from October to December.

 Health and Safety Measures During Annapurna Trek?

The Tour guides are certified for the HM and Tourism sector. Throughout the journey, guides will evaluate your health condition and oxygen level. The guides are highly updated and well-informed about the areas and receive high-altitude training from the Kathmandu Environment Education Project (KEEP).

Acclimatization is crucial to adjust to the high altitude and reduce the risk of altitude sickness. Proper hydration, acclimatization, and gradual ascent help prevent altitude sickness. Remember to recognize symptoms and descend if it gets worse

How do you get to the Annapurna circuit?

The journey to the Annapurna circuit is once in a time experience. The adventure begins in Kathmandu, the official starting point. There are different budget-friendly plans for comfortable tourism. The journey starts in Besisahar and travels through dramatic glacial landscapes and mighty peaks like Annapurna and Manaslu. Go through charming villages and Pass by apple orchards in Marpha, soak in natural hot springs at Tatopani, and finally reach Pokhara, your endpoint.

There are different alternative routes to reach the Annapurna circuit

If want to explore more into the Himalayas region and truly want to get away from the crowds of the Annapurna circuit Ice Lake is an excellent gay away card.  Expect specular views of the Dhaulagiri, Lamjunh Himal, and Fish Tail on the way. Its breathtaking vistas, difficult terrain, and opportunities for seclusion will not disappoint your expectations.

Hike to Annapurna Base Camp

The trek to Annapurna Base Camp starts from Nayapul. Along the way, you will encounter charming Gurung villages, dense Rhododendrons, and terraced fields. As you ascend higher, the mountain gets closer. The trail leads you to the challenging stone staircases and constant restlessness. Through the journey, the scenery becomes more and more awe-inspiring beauty of nature. Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp is truly a different experience. The Panoramic view of the Himalayan giants, Annapurna, and its neighboring peaks is simply breathtaking.

Mardi Himal Trek

The Mardi Himal Trek is a hidden gem of Nepal. The trek passes through the rhododendron forest to stunning high-mountain views of Machapucher in the Annapurna region. This newly opened route is a journey to discover breathtaking views of snowcapped peaks and landscapes. Despite being the lowest and least popular trekking peak in Nepal, the Mardi Himal trek is a true adventure. Mardi Himal trekking leads you to mesmerizing Modi Khola and the Hiunchuli valley. Annapurna Himalayan Range: Annapurna 1(8091m),Ⅱ (7855m),Ⅲ (7855m), Ⅳ (7525m), Annapurna south(7819m), Nilgiri(6940m), Varaha Shikhar (7847), and Gangapuma(7483m) etc will be your constant companion. The amazing lush green forest, pristine landscape, terrace farming, and waterfalls are the crown jewel throughout the trek. This trek will introduce you to the cultural retreat and different groups and ethnicities of Magars, Tamangs, Gurung, and Brahmins. The base camp is located at an altitude of 4500m.

Lake Tilicho

Tilicho Lake is worth every step. The blue-green water reflects snow-capped peaks. It’s the most beautiful lake situated between the Giant Mountains. Re-join the Annapurna Circuit by crossing the formidable Thorung La pass and making your way down into the enigmatic Lower Mustang area. Reaching the highest lake in the world, and earning bragging rights are all part of this incredible journey.

Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Witness the majestic Annapurna Massif, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre soaring against stunning landscapes.
  • Conquer Thorong La Pass (5416m) and witness 360-degree Himalayan vistas.
  • See the holy site of Muktinath, stroll through historic monasteries, Immerse in local culture, and feel the hospitality of the communities.
  • Witness the magic sunrise spectacle at poon hill painted Annapurna peaks in a golden glow.
  • Explore natural wonders like the World’s deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki, and Tilicho Lake.
  • Explore the wilderness with varied flora and fauna.
  • Relax and rejuvenate with a Natural hot spring bath at Jhinu.
  • Visit the Annapurna Conservation area and witness rare animals.

Itinerary

As you land, our staff member will be expecting you. They will be a friendly guide to the hotel where our excursion kicks off. Once settled, we’ll have a quick conference and briefing about the exciting adventure. After a meeting, enjoy your rest night, whether you choose to hit the hay or explore Kathmandu at your own place, the choice is all yours.

The guide will pick you up for a drive to Besisahar after breakfast at the hotel. We escort you to the destination in a private vehicle. The Trishuli River will accompany you on your drive for several hours. The picturesque views of hills, mountains, farms, bridges, fruit vendors, and sleepy villages will be the constant companion. As we arrive in Besisahar after 6-7 hours journey to Annapurna Circuit Trek starts from Jagat. From Kathmandu, it takes us approximately 8 to 9 hours to travel the 185 km to Jagat.
Arriving at the destination, guide will take us to your guesthouse. Freshen up, collect energy for the days to come. You shall sleep comfortably and warmly during the evenings. Driving distance approximately: 185 kilometers Time spent walking: 8–9 hours Lodging: neighborhood guesthouse Meals: Included Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

The journey passes through the beautiful waterfall, Lush forest and streams along Marshyangdi River. After climbing uphill for almost 2 hrs we reach chyamche at 1310m. The trial leads to manang district, soaking into the scenery of the Himalayas and snow. Take a break and enjoy a delicious local lunch. Our journey continues to dharapani, our final stop. Dharapani roughly covers 12 km in around 5-6 hrs. It offers a stunning views, cozy guesthouse, and relaxing all meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).

Today’s trek leads to diverse landscape aiming for 17km with a 700m altitude. We pass through Bagarchhap, Danakyu, Timang, Thanchok, and Koto charming villages. Hiking for 2 hrs enjoying the Marshyangdi River we reach Timang (2750m). In a short walking distance, there lies koto village.
Finally, an hour of uphill push rewards us with chame, the hub of Manang. We rest our legs and refuel in a cozy chame guesthouse, with all meals included.

After leaving the Chame village behind, we'll travel through prayer wheels and into a dense pine forest. Imagine the "Gateway to Heaven," staring over us as we stroll down the Marshyangdi River beneath the imposing Lamjung Himal hills. Relish an enjoyable 4-hour stroll to Lower Pisang. These breathtaking views walk to Upper Pisang through the aromatic pine forest. After taking a break and enjoying the views of the mountains, return to our welcoming guesthouse to relax under the watchful eye of the towering peaks. You'll sleep well tonight, dreaming about Himalayan giants and adventures filled with the aroma of apple orchard. Approx. 5–6 hours and 10–13 km, you've completed an amazing day. Accommodation: local guesthouse Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Today’s trekking route is decorated with natural and cultural believes of locals. It takes probably 2 hrs to teach Ghyaru at an altitude of 3730m. as the journey continues we notice the presence of Tibetans and Buddhists. The stunning mani walls and mantras engraved on stone tables has its own uniqueness and spiritual believes. Passing through Ngawal the trail ascend through woodland in Braga. There's a lovely monastery and stupas. We walk for thirty minutes to reach Manang, our final destination for the day. You can take any of the routes but keep in mind that, based on the circumstances guide may choose route based on our safety. Stay the night in a cozy neighborhood hotel in Manang. 12.5 kilometers is the approximate walking distance. Time spent walking: 4-5 hours Lodging: neighborhood guesthouse Meals: Included Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Enjoy the breathtaking views of manang. Give your body relax as it needs time to adjust to the higher altitude. Kick back and enjoy the charming town of Manang. Explore the challenging hike to Ice Lake (4500m) at a short walking distance. Savor delicious food at cafes and restaurant, engage with locals. You will be surprise to know, Manang has everything you need- cozy Guest Houses to souvenir shops. Soaking scenery add up to the beauty of the villages. Witness the sunset and tranquility of this hidden Himalayan gem. Enjoy a delicious breakfast and recharge for tomorrow.

As we exchange the busy city of Manang for a tranquil mountain journey. We reach a world of grassy meadows, grazing horses and yaks, and stunning mountain vistas as we leave the towering woods behind. In about two hours we arrive in Ghunsang, where glistening sky reveal snow-capped hills, a winding river, and a peaceful lake. Villages and wildlife have vanished, leaving only unspoiled wilderness and breathtaking Himalayan giants in their stead. The journey leads to Tibetan Buddhist overtones as we approach Yak Kharka. Rest in comfortable yak herder homes tucked away in verdant meadows. Accommodation: guesthouse and meal included.

Todays a gentle climb to thorong La Pass, as we leave yak Kharka behind, embark the beautiful journey tp Thorang Phedi. The Jaw-dropping views and the charming bridges crossing gurgling rivers will mesmerize you. You might get a chance to meet blue sheep, and glimpse of other incredible creature after a walk for 3-4 hrs. we finally reach Throng Phedi(4600m). It’s our destination for today. Remember to take a proper rest as the trek ascends. Breathe and soak in the stunning scenery of mountain and enjoy the nights. Accommodation: guesthouse and meal included.

Today is a day to conquer the crown jewel of the Annapurna circuit. We start a early climb to high camp, where breathtaking views and invigorating air awaits. Witness the snowcapped mountains, fluttering prayers flags and panorama that will forever be with in your heart. Take a movement and celebrate your achievement and savor the victory- you’ve reached the highest point of the trek.
However try to be extra careful as you descend. The path down can be slippery. After 5 hrs we reach muktinath, a secret site. Explore temple and let the peaceful vibes wash over you. Overnight stay at the hotel, all meals included.

Todays filled with breathtaking scenery and quaint communities are ahead of you. First, we'll pass through the dusty lanes of Kagbeni, a town tucked away in the Kali Gandaki Valley, amid old caves. Continuing trek to Jomsom, a vibrant Himalayan town with an impressive monastery, lots of stores, and guesthouses.

After that, we'll traverse the Kali Gandaki, the deepest gorge on Earth, passing through real towns with white homes and wooden shutters. At last, we will arrive at Marpha, the region of mouthwatering apples, where we may stretch our legs and take in the breathtaking scenery of the day. Prepare yourself for 17 miles and 6–8 hours of breathtaking views, quaint villages, and a taste of local culture.

After early meals, we pass through villagers, field of yaks and riverbeds. Walking to the lush green forest and valley there is barely mountains to look at. the route goes through a jungle that is home to cows, goats, or yaks. Monkeys and their young will be swaying in the overhead canopy. After six hours, we reach Ghasa and stay the night. Walking duration: six to eight hours Accommodation: Tea room Meals: Included are breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Today is a rollercoaster of landscapes. Conquer mighty boulders and explore tiny villages nestled in meadows. We climb on to charming villages and glimpse dusty roads winding through the forest. Look out for an extremely views of mountain panoramas and the stunning waterfall. The trek leads to the lively villages before arriving in tatopani. Trek up to 15km and 5-6 hours of adventure, with all the delicious meals and accommodation.

We slow down here for a rest after several days of relentless trekking. Savor the stunning surroundings of the location. Discover the customs, way of life, and culture of the locals. Take a short stroll through the village while enjoying the native dance, music, and children's activities. Have a restful night at the guesthouse and be ready for our adventure the next day. Tea house or guesthouse accommodations Meals: Included are breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

You will get a better look at the core of the Himalayas on our trek today! Trek through forests, cross a river, and battle hill climbs—all while taking in the breathtaking vistas of the mountains. During the seven-hour drive, you'll pass through quaint villages and make stops for refreshments. At the end of the journey is Ghorepani, the bustling center of the Annapurna Circuit.

Awaiting us is our last Annapurna trip! Trek to the morning view atop Poon Hill, bid adieu to the Himalayas with a stroll through villages and terraced fields, and arrive in Pokhara for leisurely shopping and lakeside enjoyment. Savor the memory of your amazing victory over the Annapurna Circuit while you eat a delicious dinner, unwind in a comfortable hotel, and get ready for your trip to Kathmandu!

30 min flight to Kathmandu from Pokhara. Overnight stay at hotel, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Today is the last day of the journey. To assist with your airport transportation, a representative from our office will be at your trip hotel around three hours prior to your scheduled departure flight.

Cost

The Cost Includes

  • Airport transfers–pick up and drop in a private vehicle
  • All ground transportation in a private vehicle (Kathmandu - Jagat, Nayapul- Pokhara, and then Pokhara - Kathmandu)
  • Your 2 Night accommodation in Kathmandu and 1-night accommodation in Pokhara will be in a 3-star category hotel with a breakfast plan.
  • Your accommodation in the best guesthouses available (on twin sharing basis) during the trek.
  • Three-day meals include breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the classic Annapurna Circuit trekking, except in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • All paper works
  • National park and heritage sites entry tickets
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS), ACAP, and other necessary trekking permits for Annapurna Circuit Trek.
  • A licensed, English-speaking, experienced guide
  • Porter to carry your items on the trek. (Two clients will share one porter.)
  • All the costs of guide and porter, including salary, meals, and accidental insurance.
  • Duffel bag, and sleeping bags (to be returned to us after the trek)
  • T-shirts, a route map, and a travel completion certificate
  • All applicable government taxes and service charges.
  • First aid kit

The Cost Excludes

  • Meals (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • International airfare
  • Visa costs
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal refreshment items like cold drinks, snacks, etc.
  • Personal utility items like laundry, telephone expenses, electricity charges, etc.
  • Personal trekking gear for Annapurna Circuit Trek.
  • Tips for guides and porters and other trekking staff.

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