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Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal

Duration

15 Day(s) Day/s

Max. Elevation

5416 Meter

Group size

Min 2pax-Max 16pax

Level
DIFFICULT
Transportation
Tourist Bus | Private Vehicle | Domestic Flight
Best Season
September - November, March - May
Accomodation
Guest House | Hotel
Meals

KTM and Pokhara:  BB Plan

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek

Starts at
Kathmandu
Ends at
Kathmandu
Trip Route
KTM - Besi Shahar - Chame - Pisang - Manang - Thorang La – Muktinath- Tatopani- Ghorepani- Pokhara - KTM

Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal Highlights

    These are the major highlights of the Annapurna circuit trek
    • Crossing the world’s widest pass – the Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters.
    • View of 20 highest mountains of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges
    • Best sunrise and sunset view from Poonhill
    • Relaxing hot spring at Tatopani
    • Charming villages of the Himalayas
    • Enjoy the day at Jomsom which is known as the semi-desert of Nepal
    • Be amused by Nepalese landscape and local’s culture, tradition, and lifestyle
    • Majestic views of Mt. Annapurna, Thorong Peak, Nilgiri, Chulu West, and Chulu east, Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV
    • Wonderful waterfalls, glorious glaciers, lovely lakes, and gorgeous gorges. 
    • Visit monasteries in Manang district.
    • Visit pilgrimage site of Buddhist and Hindu, Muktinath
    • Explore the beautiful Manang district. 

Annapurna Circuit Trek will bring you close to the natural beauty, Himalayan wildlife, culture, traditions and lifestyle of the people who are living in the Himalayas from many years. Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the popular circuit treks of Nepal. Annapurna Circuit Trek takes us around the complete Annapurna massifs reaching the Zenith Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,769ft).
In Annapurna Circuit Trek we will walk through the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki gorge. More than that this trek will take you to the Poonhill from where you can view the best sunrise over the Himalayas and also 20 of the highest mountains within the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. 
We will also visit Manang, Jomsom, and Muktinath temple which is a major pilgrimage destination of Hindu and Buddhist people and we will be refreshed and get relaxed in natural hot spring at Tatopani. We will also explore Mustang valley from where we can learn more about the lifestyle of Tibetan people. We will also do a short hike to Jharkot and Kagbeni to visit Buddhist Monasteries.
We will trek through altitudes ranging from 800m to 5,416m taking you through a number of climatic zones from past rice paddy fields, subtropical forests, rural farmland, and glacial zones. We will be able to have a glimpse of a panoramic view of the Himalayas, including Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Mt. Annapurna I (8,091m) Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), Mt. Annapurna II (7,937 m.), Mt. Annapurna III (7,555m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7,525m), Mt. Annapurna south (7,219m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,041m), Mt. Machhapuchre (6,998m), Mt. Hiuchuli (6,441m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6,986m), Tukuche peak (6,920m), Tilicho peak (7134m).
 Annapurna Circuit Trek starts from Bhulbhule after a scenic drive from Kathmandu and follows the path towards Jagat, Dharapani to Chame to Pisang accompanying the Marsyangdi River valley. We trek to Manang where we practice acclimatization to prepare for crossing the Thorong La pass. From Manang, we will keep going through the trail and we set out for Yak Kharka. Afterward, we hike up to Thorong Phedi and again we trek from Thorong Phedi to Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,769ft). After crossing the Thorong La pass we will go for Muktinath. Thereafter, we drive to Tatopani and stay there at night. After Tatopani we trek to Ghorepani, Poon Hill to Birethati then we drive to Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu.
Annapurna Circuit Trek is full of daily surprises and always brings you close to the pretty sight of the Himalayas. In other words, you can enjoy a close-up view of many mountains. The scenario of the Annapurna region could be a paradise for photographers. Open trail treks could be an option to make your trip easy to Nepal. if you are looking for more information please don't hesitate to contact us.

Annapurna circuit trekking Altitude Map

Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal Itinerary

Day

1

After arriving in Kathmandu, a representative from Open trail treks will pick us up from the airport and take us to our hotel. In the afternoon, we may take a rest or visit Open trail treks’s office. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by open trail treks. For dinner, you will be served authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country’s food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals: Dinner

Day

2

We will begin our second day with breakfast before starting a guided tour to some of the historical and religious sites of Kathmandu, which are listed as World Heritage Sites. We will visit Kathmandu Darbar Square, Buddhist Stupa (Buddha Nath), and the Hindus secret temple, Pashupatinath. We will end our tour by visiting the Monkey temple – Swayambhunath. After the tour, we will take you to a very special local restaurant for lunch.  After we finish the tour we will meet our trekking guide and leader for discussion and preparation for our upcoming days of trekking.

Day

3

After breakfast in hotel, we drive to BesiShahar. Driving will be prox. 6hr After reaching Besi Shahar we explore there and rest overnight

Day

3

We drive for about 2 to 3 hours furthermore towards the village of Chyamje from where we begin our trekking. We make our way to the Dharapani village and the walk will take from 5-6 hours.

Day

4

Today we walk through a few forested ridges on our way to Chame, which is the headquarters of the Manang District. Throughout the trek, we can admire amazing views of the Himalayas including Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). On today’s trek, we also come across small hot springs where we can dip in and soothe our aching muscles. Overnight in Chame.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day

5

A steep and narrow path through a very dense forest will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. This is probably the steepest part of the Marshyangdi Valley, so steep that the trail is carved into the vertical rock. After passing this last bit of rock, the valley opens up with majestic vistas. And right, where the valley widens, stands the Paungda Danda, a massive sloping rock face that rises over 5,000ft (1500m) above the trail. We trek for a while before reaching Lower Pisang where we spend the night.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day

6

There are two routes to Manang but we follow the trail that takes us to Upper Pisang via Geru. This trail guarantees excellent views of the beautiful landscape and the mighty mountains including Annapurna and Pisang.  We begin to notice a contrast in the landscape and vegetation from today. The cold and dry climate also creates a much harsher environment. Our short visit to Barge monastery, the largest monastery in the entire district of Manang will be memorable. Overnight at Manang.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day

7

In order to keep fit on the trails that follow, we keep ourselves busy today with a short hike to either Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. If we have the energy, we can even hike to Vraga Village where we can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association which will give us some idea about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Overnight in Manang.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day

8

From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to the village of Tenki, and continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail follows this valley northward, passing a few pastures and a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. The trail further passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Now the trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Yak Kharka. Overnight at Yak Karka.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day

9

It is an uphill walk to Thorang Phedi. After walking for some time we cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We ascend furthermore and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, the last village before Thorong La pass.  On this trip, we are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak, and Mt. Khatungkan. The word Phedi in Nepalese is referred to as the foot of a mountain. Overnight in Thorong Phedi. Overnight in Thorang Phedi.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day

10

Crossing Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world, will be our ultimate objective today. We will be crossing the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath) which is the easiest and safest direction. We get up around three in the morning and walk up the mountain. When we finally make it to the top, we realize that our journey was worth it. We can take a few photos before heading to Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La pass. Overnight in Muktinath.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day

11

Muktinath is an important pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists alike. In the morning, we pay our visit to a Vishnu Temple and a Gompa. Descending from Ranipauwa village down the steep and barren hillside, we tumble down toward Kagbeni and then to Jomsom.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day

12

Today we'll drive through the world's deepest gorge also known as the Kali Gandaki gorge. From there we'll be descending through the Kali Gandaki valley towards Tatopani. As the name suggests, Tatopani literally means hot water and it is named so because of the existence of a hot spring. It is an amazing experience as getting into the natural hot water relax our tired bodies and gives us the energy we need that we might have lost from walking too much.

Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day

13

We leave the Kali Gandaki and head up the Ghar Khola valley. The trail leads us through a terraced farmland with mountains all around. We pass through the villages of Shikha and Chitre before reaching a beautiful rhododendron forest. When in bloom the rhododendron trees with its average height of up to 100″ will be covered with pink or red flowers. Walking further we reach Ghorepani, a beautiful village located at a ridge top. Overnight in Ghorepani.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day

14

We wake up early in the dawn and hike up towards a hill station called Poonhill before sunrise. This is a specialty of this place as it provides the panoramic sunrise view of the Annapurna range which is a beautiful sight to behold. Walking through the starry sky and finally watching the peaks of the mountain change its color from white to glittering gold is really spectacular. After enjoying the view we descend back to Ghorepani and upon having breakfast we make our way towards Hille. We trek down to Hille from where we'll drive back to Pokhara as we have come to an end of our trekking journey. We can enjoy the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara and its nightlife this day.

Meal Included: Breakfast & Lunch 

Day

15

After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, we have the rest of the day off to rest or do some souvenir shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals: Breakfast Dinner

Day

16

Our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! the Open trail treks representative will escort us to the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal Cost Detail

    • Airport transfers by Private Vehicles.
    • Standard twin- sharing accommodation in a three starts hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara, With BB plan. (4 Nights).
    • Twin sharing accommodation during the trek. (11 Nights).
    • One day Tour program in KTM with including Entry ticket, guide, and private transportation
    • Kathmandu – Besi Shahar & Pokhara – Kathmandu by Luxury tourist bus (If you want both ways private vehicle also available at additional cost).
    • Besi Shahar to Chymje (Trekking start Point) & Jomsom to Tatopani by local transport.
    • Hile to Pokhara by private vehicle.
    • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
    • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System & Annapurna Conservation area permit (Please bring 2 passport size photos).
    • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff
    • Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances.
    • Personal care & attention.
    • Local and government taxes.
    • All kind of beverage including mineral water, Phone calls, laundry, hot shower during Trek
    • Travel and Rescue Insurance
    • Tipping to the crew.
    • Personal mountaineering gears
    • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended 
    • International airfare and airport departure tax
    • Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu
    • Do not mention the services apart from the services mentioned in "Cost Included services"

Complimentary

    • Down jacket and four seasonal sleeping bag (to be returned after completion of the trip).
    • Open trail treks duffle bag and a trekking map.
    • A self-sufficient medical first aid kits containing vital medications.
    • Company branded water purification tablets
    • Warm woolen hat
    • Oximeter

Frequently Asked Questions

Is permit necessary for Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Yes, Permits are necessary for Annapurna Circuit Trek because without having permits and Tim’s card you can’t enter and trek in the Annapurna region. Permits and Fees in Annapurna Region: To trek to Annapurna Circuit, you need two permits. One is the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) card. These costs: For SAARC nationals: Nrs.200 (about US $2) For Others: Nrs.2000 (about US $20) Second is the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card that costs NRS. 2000 (about US $20) Note: Open Trail Treks provides all the permits and Tim’s card for its visitors. We will also arrange permits and Tim’s card for those visitors who only want to get permits and Tim’s card without having any trek with us.

Which is the best season to trek Annapurna Circuit?

Autumn season (September to November) and spring season (March to May) are the best seasons to trek Annapurna Circuit and the favorite season of most trekkers. The temperature in those seasons is neither too hot nor too cold. Since the sky gets clear in those seasons you can enjoy a clear view of the mountains. In the autumn season, the villages look colorful and decorated because of the festivals as Dashain and Tihar lie during this period, and in the spring season, tourists can enjoy a spectacular view of full blossomed red and pink rhododendron which makes the forest colorful and more alluring. Open Trail Trek doesn’t recommend its visitors to trek Annapurna Circuit in winter (December to February) and summer (June to August)season, since because of rain in summer season trail became wet and slippery and in winter you can’t get to see the view of mountains, often in summer and winter seasons, mountains hide behind the cloud.

How my journey Towards Annapurna Circuit Trek will begin?

The first day is your arrival day in Nepal. On the second day, we do the last preparation for our trek and if we have time we also visit some world heritage sites around Kathmandu. Day 3 early in the morning, your guide will come to pick you up at your stay hotel in Kathmandu and take you to the bus station. Then, we drive to Bhulbhule via Besisahar to begin the trek.

How is the accommodation during the trek?

We will stay in 3-star hotels at Pokhara and Kathmandu where you will have much more facilities of internet, bathroom, hot shower, and other facilities too. In the trekking region, we will stay at local tea-houses where we can’t have many more facilities like in Pokhara. You can found a private room but with a shared bathroom. There will be a communal area to have meals and seats next to the fire on cold nights.

What kind of food can we expect while doing Annapurna Circuit Trek?

We will enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well as the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) during the trek. Breakfast and dinner will be provided from the teahouse or from a lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be provided on the way to the next destination. All meals including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu and Pokhara. We also provide a welcome and farewell dinner to our guests in the local Nepali style restaurants.

Is there any chance of having altitude sickness?

Since trekkers will be walking across the high-altitude Thorong La Pass at 5,416m (17,764ft.), some may get altitude sickness while doing the trek but we do acclimatization before going at the highest altitude so that nobody has to face altitude sickness. You should learn more about altitude sickness and should be prepared mentally and physically before going on a trek.

How difficult is the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the longest and hardest treks than Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The steep climbs and long distance along with rough trails made this trek harder. As it is a long trek, you need to be in great shape for physical fitness so that you can walk for at least 5 to 7 hours each day. Even beginners can do this trek provided that they train themselves at least 3 months prior to the trek. Cycling, swimming, acrobatics, hiking, jogging, and cardiovascular exercises are some ways to get your body trained for a successful journey in the Himalayas.

Who will be my guide in Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Your guide will be local Nepalese who speak fluent English and if you want a guide who can speak Chinese, Japanese, German, Spanish, and Italian and so on we can provide you those guides as well. Our guides are so close to culture, nature, wildlife, mountains, Trekking, climbing, places of Nepal this closeness will help you to explore the Annapurna region more. A local guide can show you many places most of the tourists missed when they travel alone. You will be guided by those guides who will have a Government Issue license that is fully equipped for tours, trekking, and mountain climbing.

Is my trip is guaranteed departure?

Unless there are uncontrollable situations like a pandemic, epidemic, political riot, natural disaster, and weather catastrophic, our trips are guaranteed to run. Even one of the members cancels their trip we will still run our trip to Annapurna Circuit.

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