Annapurna Circuit Trek

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Facts About Annapurna Circuit Trek

Grade

Strenuous

Max Size

1-15

Altitude

5416m

Transportation

Privet Jeep

Accomodation

Hotel & Lodge

Major Activity

Trekking and tour

Himalayan Sights

Annapurna range

Starts/Ends

Kathmandu - Kathmandu

Duration:

12 Days

Trip Overview

The Annapurna Circuit Trek, commonly referred to as the Around Annapurna Trek, stands out as one of the world's premier adventurous treks. This journey winds its way around the entire Annapurna Massif, touching a dizzying altitude of 5,416 meters at the Thorong La Pass. Along the way, trekkers traverse picturesque villages, each with distinctive languages and vibrant lifestyles, providing a deep dive into the high Himalayan culture.

Highlights of the Trek

  • Muktinath Temple, the holy temple of Hindus and Buddhists
  • Mesmerizing sunrise and sunset views from Poonhill
  • beautiful rhododendron forests.
  • villages with diverse cultures and traditions.

Why Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Scenic Beauty and Natural Attractions

From awe-inspiring mountain vistas to serene forests, the Annapurna Circuit has it all. As you journey, you'll be greeted by the world's deepest Kaligandaki gorge and walk amidst red Rhododendron and oak forests. One of the highlights is the changing hues of the vast White Mountains during sunrise and sunset, a spectacle that remains etched in memory. A side attraction, the Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking route, offers unparalleled views of sunrise and sunset from Poonhill.

Culture and Spirituality

A unique aspect of the Annapurna Circuit Trek is the opportunity it offers to immerse in semi-Tibetan cultures in Nepal. Trekkers get to interact with locals who retain centuries-old Tibetan customs and spiritual ties to the mountains. The trek also has religious significance, with the Hindu Holy Temple of Muktinath being a major draw. Devotees believe that worshiping at Muktinath and bathing in the nearby 108 taps purges one of all sins.

Trek Highlights and History

The Annapurna Circuit was opened to foreign trekkers in 1977 and has since become a must-visit in the Annapurna Region. Along the route, trekkers get panoramic views of several towering peaks, including Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Manashlu, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Dhaulagiri, and Himchuli.

Difficulty and Physical Requirements

Classified as a moderate trek, the Annapurna Circuit is bustling with trekkers each season. Suitable for those who can walk approximately 6 hours a day, this trek differs from others, such as the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, due to its expansive route that circles the Annapurna Massif.

Nepal, with its diverse trekking options like Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Mardi Himal Trek, and others, awaits your exploration. The information provided here serves as a standard template, but we're always ready to customize the journey to your specific needs.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu ( 1400m/ 5492ft.) Tribhuwan International Airport, you will meet office representative from Life Dream Adventure who will transfer you to the Hotel.
Food
Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400

Welcome to Kathmandu. On arrival to Tribhuwan International Airport, you will meet office representative from Life Dream Adventure who will transfer you to the Hotel. You can relax on your remaining leisure time. There will be welcome dinner at evening hosted by Life Dream Adventure.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Accommodation- 3 star rated Hotel, Meals Included – Dinner

Day 2 : Drive from Kathmandu to Jagat (2148m / 7045ft), 8 hours drive
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2148

After having breakfast we start our journey to Jagat on a widening road along the Trishuli River. Observing the beautiful terraced farms and small huts we reach the juncture at Muglin. We head towards Pokhara but after reaching Dumre, we leave that trail and head north to Besisahar. Jagat is 2 hour drive from Besisahar. From Jagat we can have some glimpses of beautiful mountains.

Overnight in Jagat

Accommodation- Best hotel available, Meals Included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 : Trek from Jagat to Dharapani (1860m/6100ft), walk about 7-8 hours
Food
Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1860

After having early morning breakfast we slowly begin our trek. We follow the descending trail from Jagat to reach the river and continue through a lush forest. We walk over a suspension bridges and have some ascends and descends. The trail offers the good views of Annapurna Ranges. On the way we pass by Tal and Karte and finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge.

Overnight in Dharapani

Accommodation- Best Teahouse available, Meals Included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 : Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2650m/8,693ft), walk about 5 - 6 hours
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2650

We continue our walk after having breakfast passing through a few forested ridges. During the trek we can have the wonderful views of giant Himalayas including Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV etc. We will also explore small hot spring on the way to Chame. Chame is the Headquarter of Manang District.

Overnight in Chame

Accommodation- Best Teahouse available, Meals Included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 : Trek from Chame to Pisang ( 3250m/ 10660ft), walk about 5 - 6 hours
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3250

After early morning breakfast we climb on a steep and narrow path through a very dense forest that will takes us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. After passing the last bit of rock we reach the valley that opens up with majestic mountain vistas. After reaching lower Pisang we rek for a while and reach today’s destination.

Overnight in Pisang

Accommodation- Best guest house available, Meals Included- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 : Trek from Pisang to Manang (3519m /11543ft) walk about 6 - 7 hours
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3519

Among the two reputes to reach Manang from Pisang, we follow the trail that passes through the upper Pisang via Geru. This trail is very rich in natural beauties including the incredible views of great mountain vistas. WE can have the best view of Mt. Annapurna and Pisang. We will also make a short visit to Barge Monastery which is the largest monastery in the entire Manang district.

Overnight in Manang

Accommodation- Best Teahouse available, Meals Included- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 : Acclimatization day in Manang
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3519

In order to prevent ourselves from high altitude sickness and acclimatize our body in high altitude we rest in Manang today. We have an option to go for a short hike to either Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake.

Overnight in Manang

Accommodation- Best Teahouse available, Meals Included- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 : Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4000m/ 13120 ft), Walk about 4 hours
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4000

After having breakfast in Manang, we continue our hike to Yak Kharka. We cross a stream, climb to a village of Tenki and continue our climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsing Khola. Following the trail northward of this valley and passing few pastures, juniper trees and small villages we reach to the meadow where horses and Yaks graze. After passing the streams on a wooden bridges and ancient Mani Walls, we reach to small and beautiful village of Yak Kharka.

Overnight in Yak Kharka

Accommodation- Best Guest House Available, Meals Included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 9 : Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4450m/14596ft ) walk about , 3 - 4 hours
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4450

After having breakfast, we hike uphill to reach Thorang Phedi. On the way to Ledar Village, we cross a suspension bridge and ascend furthermore passing through towering cliffs. The trail rewards us with the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Mt. Katungkan and Thorung Peak. Literally Phedi means the foot of a Mountain so this place is known as Thorong Phedi.

Overnight in Thorong Phedi

Accommodation- Best Guest House Available, Meals Included- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10 : Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath via Thorong La pass (5416m/ 17764ft)walk about 7 - 8 hour
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
5416

Today we will trek to Muktinath – One of the holy Temple of Hindus and Buddhists. We pass through on of the world’s highest pass today. Passing Thorang La will be our ultimate objective today. We start our trek very early in the morning and walk uphill to Thorong La pass. After exploring one of the world’s highest pass we take some photos and get down to Muktinath Valley.

Overnight in Muktinath

Accommodation- Best Guesthouse available, Meals Included- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11 : Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2743m / 8,997ft), walk about 4 hours
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2743

Muktinath is famous pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists. Every year thousands of people makes pilgrim here from around the globe. Today we visit Vishnu Temple and famous Gompa in the morning. Then tumble down towards Kagbeni and then to Jomsom. We can taste different varieties of apple products here.

Overnight in Jomsom.

Accommodation- Best Guesthouse available, Meals Included- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12 : Early morning fly to Pokhara
Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
822

Today we will take flight early morning to Pokhara it will take 15min flight morning check in Hotel in Pokhara after lunch go for the sightseeing tour of pokhara city and evening relaxing and walk around Fewa lake

Overnight in Muktinath

Accommodation- 3star Hotel, Meals Included- Breakfast,

Day 13 : After breakfast drive or Fly back to Kathmandu.
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400

After breakfast, we drive to Kathmandu. Enjoying the great views of landscapes and mountains we reach Kathmandu by 5-6 hours driving in our private vehicle. You can relax in the hotel room or catch some last hour shopping in Kathmandu.

Overnight in Kathmandu

Accommodation- 3 star rated hotel, Meals Included- Breakfast

Day 14 : Final departure day
Food
breakfast

Today is the last day of our trip. Our representative will drop you Airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. Have a safe journey. Hope to see you again!!

Please Note: The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements

Cost Includes

  • Airport Pickup and Drop
  • 2 Nights hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Transportation for Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu on tourist bus or private vehicle.
  • Private transportation from Pokhara to Tikhedhunga (trek start)and Ghandruk Phedi (trek end) to Pokhara
  • Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast (room with attached bathroom).
  • Government licensed Life Dream Adventure experienced trek leader (guide), an assistant trekking guide for 1/2 or more trekkers. Porters to help trekkers luggage ( 1 porter for two trekkers, max luggage limit per trekker is 15 kg)
  • Guides and porters costs - including meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and other necessary equipment.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fee
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses
  • Arranging rescue operations in case of complicated health conditions (funded by travel insurance)
  • Souvenir - company's T-shirt & cap
  • Life Dream Adventure certificate of appreciation after successful trek
  • Farewell dinner at the end of the trek in Kathmandu

Cost Excludes

  • International flight airfare
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees for multiple entries on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport- (15 days - $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110)
  • Excess baggage charges (Limit is 15kg per person)
  • All accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after the journey
  • Extra night accommodation, meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, bottled water or boiled water, hot (tea, coffee) and cold drinks, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee, extra porters, etc
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation along with medical coverage
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Additional costs due to delays caused by circumstances outside company control like landslides, weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc
  • All the costs and expenses, which are not listed in "What is included in the 12days Annapurna Tour Package?" above will be counted as excludes

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Fequenty Asked Questions (FAQs)

When is the best time to go for Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Annapurna Panorama Trek or Around Annapurna Trek can be done in any months throughout the year but October to May is considered as best time for Annapurna Region Trekking.

Do I need to be fit to do this trek?

Not that fit. If you don’t bother walking up-stairs and can walk for a few hours at a time, this trek is for you. That’s not to say, it will be easy each day – you can be exhausted and your legs might get hurt. But if you take slow pace and take some day with acclimatization, drink enough water and listen to your body, you can make it with no major issues.
Engaging yourself in cardiovascular exercise, leg training, aerobic exercise and short hiking few weeks prior the trek would be the wise decision. It boosts up your strength and stamina.

Note: Because of some steep uphill and downhill trail route, rocky paths and rock steps, Annapurna Base Camp trekking would not be appropriate for anyone with knee problems or weak ankles. Anyone with the problem of heart or lungs must consult the doctor prior the trek. Be noted that the medical facilities are very basic on the trail.

What is maximum elevation of the trek?

The maximum altitude of the trek is 5,416m at Thorong La pass.

Do I find ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

You will not find any ATMs on the way to trek. ATMs are available in big cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Note: Everything you buy must be paid in Nepali currency. So, it is wise to exchange money before the trek.

How is the tea house and lodge along the route to Annapurna Circuit?

Annapurna trail routes are well-established and there are numbers of nice, cozy and well-furnished rooms in teahouse with bot belly stoves as heating systems, all run by native people office great food menu and hospitality.

How long does it take for Annapurna Circuit trekking?

Annapurna Circuit Trek can be completed within 11 to 20 days. You can fix your itinerary as your interest. And you can also combine the tour with other one day sightseeing packages or short tours.

Where to say during the night?

You will have enough options of staying in local lodges to tourist standard hotels in some places during the trek. You will have food and accommodation in tea houses. In the busy season you might adjust in kitchen rooms.

What to eat during the trek?

You can order from the available menu where you are going to stay. Because of the well-developed trekking route, this area offers continental and local Nepalese food available.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes you must have travel insurance which can cover the helicopter rescue and medical fee coverage in case of any kinds of emergency. Sometime altitude sickness makes you in difficult situation and need to airlift to Kathmandu. So the insurance need to cover these expenses.

Additional Information

Additional Info About Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a popular trekking route in Nepal that circles the Annapurna mountain range. The trek starts in the city of Besishahar and ends in Pokhara, covering a distance of approximately 160-230 km depending on the itinerary.
  • The trek takes you through a variety of landscapes, including lush green forests, barren hillsides, and high-altitude deserts. Along the way, you will encounter many traditional villages and experience the rich cultural heritage of the Gurung, Thakali, and Manangi people.
  • The highest point of the trek is Thorong La Pass, which stands at an altitude of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet). The pass is a challenging section of the trek and requires a good level of physical fitness and acclimatization.
  • The Annapurna Circuit Trek can be completed in 15-21 days, depending on your pace and itinerary. Shorter itineraries are also possible, but they may require more physical exertion and pose a greater risk of altitude sickness.
  • Permits are required for the Annapurna Circuit Trek, including the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card. These can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
  • The best time to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek is during the spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) seasons when the weather is clear and dry, and the views of the mountains are stunning.
  • The Annapurna Circuit Trek can be customized to include side trips and detours, such as the Tilicho Lake Trek or the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. These detours add a few extra days to the itinerary but offer stunning views and unique experiences.
  • Accommodation on the Annapurna Circuit Trek is plentiful, with tea houses and lodges available in most villages along the way. These are basic but comfortable, with shared bathrooms and hot water available in most places.
  • Hiring a guide or porter for the Annapurna Circuit Trek is not mandatory but highly recommended, especially for first-time trekkers. A guide can provide valuable information about the trail, culture, and history of the region, while a porter can help carry your backpack and ease the physical burden of the trek.

Trip Reviews (9)

“Wonderful experience in Nepal with Life Dream Adventure”

Katmandu – Pokhara – Nagarkot, 10 days tour in Feb, 2013 we are here to thank you very much for our guide Hari and his company – Life Dream Adventure Pvt. He let us had a wonderful trip in Nepal during Chinese New holiday of February 2013. As most of us (7 Ladies) were not the first time to travel to Nepal with Hari’s guidance, he proved again with his reliable and great experience to provide us the suitable itinerary – Katmandu – Pokhara – Nagarkot for 10 days tour. We took Hari’s suggestions with 4 days trekking to Poon hill with enjoyable natural hot spring in Tatopani. It’s fantastic experience. There were great views of snow mountain, sunrise, sunset, friendly village and people throughout the trekking route. We had excellent guidance by Hari and his Porter who are skilled, professional, reliable and great personalities, he also arranged us comfortable accommodation and good meal, which fitted our stomach. He always kept us in safety and health on the whole trips, especially when we were in the mountain, walk with snow covered road etc… We appreciated and highly recommended to travel to Nepal with Hari and Life Dream Adventure pvt. Surely, they will organize your trip perfectly and safely from the beginning to the end. If we plan to visit Nepal again, surely will go with Hari of Life Dream Adventure Pvt. As they are the best.

Haze Lam, Jean Lee, Lisa Law, Mandy Tsang, Rebecca

18th May, 2022


Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

“It was a pleasure to work with Hari and his company. It was an excellent introduction to Nepal and people of Nepal. Hari is a very nice guy, well spoken and friendly. He helped my wife and me with good tips about our trek in Annapurna area. I recommend him and his team for treks. They are very professional. We are planning to go back in Nepal for other treks and we will use Life Dream Adventure for our needs there. Before Nepal, Hari Bhatta was just a contact name, now he is a FRIEND. Thank you Hari and see you soon!!! "

Dan Popescu, Montreal

18th May, 2022


Ghorepani Poonhill Trek - 2010

We are recognized Had through our friend in Hong Kong. Starting from communicate with him via e-mail, he provided efficiently and details information about Nepal. Hari was a professional, friendly, helpful and knowledgeable guide and his porter Ram & Uttam were cheerful and capable. The teahouse those they choose were better than our expected (clean, comfortable and have good view). The very excited & unforgettable experience while we step on the snowy trail, the service teams help us patiently & carefully, let us safety and comfort to reach the goal. We would thoroughly recommend the travelers all over the world to enlist the service of this agency.

Wendy TesMiulan WongSara Lam

18th May, 2022


Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, 2009

We are delighted to give some feedback on our time trekking in Nepal under the care and guidance of Hari Bhatta and his porters. As first time visitors to the country of Nepal and its lovely people, we placed ourselves in the capable and caring hands and heads of our local guide Hari Bhatta . We felt completely safe at all times with Hari and his most humble, capable and kind porters, and are privileged to have seen many parts of Nepal in their company. Hari Bhatta is a natural leader. Aphetically speaking he is a born King - a careful listener who weighs up situations and demands very carefully while keeping the safety and comfort of all always at the fore of his decision making. He is calm and not easily shaken. I trust him with my life. Know that you are in the best possible care when trekking with Hari Bhatta and his team. My very best.

Michele Macgregor, Basel

18th May, 2022


Annapurna Trek - October 2007

In October 2007, I had the great pleasure of doing a trek with Hari and he was a superb guide, friendly, intelligent, extremely helpful and knowledgeable. He was instantly aware of the capabilities of each member of our group and lent a helping hand when necessary. He was well respected by his team of porters and they too were courteous, cheerful and also willing to help in difficult places. The tea-houses were clean and well-chosen. In short, I cannot wait to go back for another trek in October 2008!

Anne Sabato

18th May, 2022


Momorable Annapura Circuit Trekking

Dear Hari, Namaste! Thank you so much for organizing such a wonderful trip for us in Nepal. This trip makes us to understand Nepali culture and to enjoy the excellent natural scenery. We take pleasure in the trekking the most and will never forget the time we have when trekking around the Annapurna circuit trek. Sabin is our tour guide and eventually he becomes a friend of ours after the 6-day trip. He is a smart, fun, helpful and responsible person. He arranges our trip very precisely, reacts very quickly and understands our requests thoroughly all the time. Therefore, we didn’t worry about anything but to enjoy the trekking, Nepali food and the beautiful landscape of Nepal. It was not always easy to trek along the route, and he has been kind in taking great care of us that makes our trekking very interesting and fills with fun. Most importantly, we find that Sabin has great enthusiasm of being tourist guide and deep passion about his country. Undoubtedly, we will have Life Dream Adventure to organize our tour in our next visit to Nepal. We hope you all enjoy your work and look forward to seeing you soon.

Lee Ning

18th May, 2022


Wonderful Trekking around Annapurna

Thank you so much for organizing such a wonderful trip for us in Nepal. This Annapurna round trekking makes us to understand Nepali culture and to enjoy the excellent natural scenery. We take pleasure in the trekking the most and will never forget the time we have when trekking around the Annapurna region. Sabin is our tour guide and eventually he becomes a friend of ours after the 16-day trip. He is a smart, fun, helpful and responsible person. He arranges our trip very precisely, reacts very quickly and understands our requests thoroughly all the time. Therefore, we didn’t worry about anything but to enjoy the trekking, Nepali food and the beautiful landscape of Nepal. It’s not easy to trek along the route sometimes, and he has been kind in taking great care of us that makes our trekking very interesting and fills with fun. Most importantly, we find that he has great enthusiasm of being tourist guide and deep passion about his country. Also, we would like to thank our potter Shyam. He is responsible of carrying our heavy backpacks throughout the trip, and mostly, gets a nice-viewed room for us during the trekking route. Undoubtedly, we will have Life Dream Adventure to organize our tour in our next visit to Nepal. We hope you all enjoy your work and look forward to seeing you soon.

Aida Chan

18th May, 2022


Annapurna Circuit Trekking, So Great

I have just returned from Nepal with 3weeks trekking Annapura Circle organised by Hari Bhatta at Life Dream Adventure in Kathmandu.He's a nice guy and honest. Thank you very much to our guide for arranging our trip so efficiently and leisurely. Everything went very smoothly even when we changed our plans slightly. Guide and porters so friendly and helpfull We highly recommend Life Dream Adventure Pvt. Ltd to anyone interested in trekking and we will be back

Scor Doan, Ho Chi Minh

18th May, 2022


Can’t wait trek again in Nepal

We came back again 1years later to attempt Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Life Dream Adventure  - something we have planned to do since the last trek.

It was a marvelous experience and a wonderful Trek. Life Dream Adventure & Hari always provide the first class service and made our travel experience unforgettable. Our Guide, Sabin is experienced, jovial and attentive! We just love and enjoyed every moment during our trek.

We will be back again for more trekking! Nepal is so fascinating and we want to trek to all the regions including Everest, Upper Mustang and Langtang valley etc.. And of course, Life Dream Adventure will be always our top choice!

Kim Gerber ( Germany)

21st Feb, 2023


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