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Annapurna Circuit Trek

  Annapurna Region Trek , Nepal

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Duration

15 Days

Tour Type

Trekking

Group Size

2+

Accommodation

Tea House Lodge,Camping

Meal

Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Max. Altitude

5416 m

Best Season

Sep-Oct/Mar-May

Departure from

Kathmandu

Hightlight

  • Exploration of the Marsyangdi River Valley, Manang Valley and the Kali Gandaki River Valley
  • Flora and fauna of Annapurna Conservation Area
  • Thakali cuisine on the rest day in Manang Valley
  • Crossing Thorung La Pass (5,416m)
  • Snowcapped peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges
  • Muktinath Temple as a common place of faith to both Hindus and Buddhists
  • Scenic flight to Pokhara and exploration of the lake city

Overview

Annapurna Circuit trek takes you around the Manang and Mustang region. It is rich in nature and culture. It is the most popular trekking region of Nepal. Many tourists prefer this trek to Everest Base Camp trek and Manaslu Circuit trek. It has been estimate that nearly one third of the trekkers coming to Nepal visit to do Annapurna Round trek.

You can experience the wonderful combination of Himalayan views and amazing landscapes. This region is named after the Annapurna Massif. Annapurna I (8,091 m) is the tenth highest peak in the world.

The Annapurna Circuit trail is about 128 miles long. In this trek, you have the majestic views of the Dhaulagiri Massif, Tukuche Peak (6,920 m), Gangapurna Peak (7,454 m) and so on.

Besides Himalayan view, trekking around Annapurna rewards you with the unique lifestyle, culture and tradition. The Gurung, Magar, Thakali and other mixed communities are living in this beautiful region since time immemorial.

The ancient monasteries, mani walls and chortens decorated with the prayer flags are the ornaments of Annapurna Circuit trek. The typical Thakali Cuisine has been an international brand of Nepali food. The uniqueness of this dish is that Nepali Daal Bhaat is served with the fermented green vegetables pickle with it.

The trials of this trek runs through Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). A large variety of birds and animals are seen while walking along the pine, oak, fir and rhododendron forests.

Muktinath Temple is another must-visit site during this trek. It is a popular pilgrimage site for both the Hindus and Buddhists. Every year, thousands of pilgrims from India and Nepal visit this shrine. The natural flame continuously burning with the help of natural gas is just amazing.

ACT Trek Map

Annapurna Circuit trek starts after visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu. Then, it takes you around the Marsyangdi River Valley, Manang Valley and Kali Gandaki Valley.

Walking along the quiet trails enjoying the mountain peaks of the Northern Himalayas gives you a different experience of Nepal. The flora and fauna of Annapurna Conservation Area are the other alluring factors that attract national and international trekkers.

Formally, you begin the trek from Syange and then moves ahead towards Dharapani, Chame, Pisang and Manang. After exploring the beautiful Manang Valley, you move further to Letdar and Thorung Phedi.

By crossing the highest place of this trek, Thorung La Phedi (5,416 m), you trek to Muktinath. You visit the Muktinath Temple and continue going towards Jomsom, the administrative headquarters of Mustang.

Next morning, you catch a flight to Pokhara in the morning. You can spend this day to visit the most touristic places of the Lake City Pokhara. Or you can drive to Kathmandu along the Prithvi Highway. Alternatively, you can also fly back to Kathmandu in about 25 minutes.

Around Annapurna Trek Itinerary

Annapurna Circuit trek itinerary ranges from 1 day to 22 days. You may wonder how you can do  Annapurna Circuit Helicopter tour without landing just in a couple of hours. Nepal Trekking Routes has designed 15 days package. You can also add up to the Nepal trekking package and extend the duration, if you have enough time to spend in Nepal.

Travelers can cut short the proposed itinerary or extend this to other regions as well. You can extend this trip to Ghorepani Poon hill trek, Ghandruk trek, Annapurna Base Camp trek, Upper Mustang trek, etc. In order to customize the trekking packages, contact us via email, phone call, WhatsApp or online booking system.

Annapurna Circuit trek Cost

Actually, the cost of a Nepal trekking package depends upon many factors like the duration, facilities you want and the permits you need to buy. You can have the aerial view of Annapurna Circuit just in a couple of hours. For this, you have to go Annapurna Circuit Helicopter tour without landing.

The trek duration ranges from 1 day to 22 days. This means, the cost of a 1-day package is obviously different from that of 22 days. Likewise, from Jomsom, you can either fly to Pokhara or drive on a private jeep or local bus. So, the mode of transportation also plays a vital role to determine the cost of this trek.

There are from basic to good hotels and lodges on the route of Annapurna Circuit trek. The cost of the basic food and accommodation differs from that of quality services.

You can fix Annapurna Circuit trek cost by consulting with Nepal Trekking Routes. Therefore, contact us for the details either through email, phone calls, WhatsApp or system booking services.

 Annapurna Round Trek Solo

As there has been no restricted area to include in this trekking route, you can do Annapurna Circuit trek solo. Solo trekking to Annapurna Circuit is also possible as it is completely a teahouse trekking. The trails of this region are in good condition because they are frequently traversed by the national and international trekkers.

But, we highly recommend you to hire a professional trekking guide and a porter to cover the distance. As you have to go across a 5,416 meters pass, it is challenging as well. You may not be able to find out the right and safe trekking trail as well.

If you hire a registered trekking guide, he helps you in case of altitude sickness and loss of the right trekking trail. More importantly, he gives you more details about the heritage sites you come across or see en route.

For an organized trek to Annapurna Circuit, book via a local tour operator located in Kathmandu or Pokhara. Nepal Trekking Routes is the one having 100% success history records.

Itinerary

Upon your arrival time, a representative from Nepal Trekking Routes will reach Kathmandu International Airport [TIA] to welcome and receive you. You will then be escorted to your hotel where you can refresh and relax and in the evening a welcome dinner program will be organized at a Nepali restaurant. Overnight in Kathmandu.

After enjoying morning breakfast, you will be picked by your guide from the hotel and take around Kathmandu for sightseeing. You will visit world heritage monuments such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Swoyambunat and Bouddhanath. In the evening, our trekking guide will conduct a briefing about the trekking program before dinner. Overnight at Kathmandu.

We begin our long drive to Syange early in the morning. En route we get to enjoy the countryside of Nepal with its green hills, winding rivers, terraced farms and of course the mighty Himalayas. Overnight in Syange.

We enter Manang district after crossing a large bridge near Tal. The trail passes through barley, rice and potato fields and the waterfalls continue to accompany us even today. We also pass through the village of Kodo before reaching Dharapani which is one of the biggest villages in the Manang valley. Overnight in Dharapani.

Today we negotiate a few steep forested ridges along with several landslides on route to Chame. We should not forget to look up though, as we will be greeted with remarkable views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m). We also come across small hot springs which should help us relax for a while. Overnight in Chame.

We walk through a steep and narrow valley to have our first view of Paungda Danda rock face, a dramatic curved rock face rising 1500m from the river. From here, we also gain excellent views of Annapurna 2 to the south and Pisang Peak to the north east. Next, we descend to the Manang Valley floor enjoying the captivating landscape. Overnight in Pisang.

From Pisang there are two routes to Manang. We choose the one which passes through Upper Pisang via Geru as it guarantees outstanding views of Mt. Annapurna, Pisang Peak, and others. As we walk near Manang the climate becomes more cold and dry. However, a short visit to Barge Monastery, the biggest monastery in the Manang District should cheer us up. Overnight in Manang.

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.

Today we stay in Manang where we can do a short hike to ascent slightly higher to for instance Khangsar, which is a 200 meter ascend. It is important to have a relatively restful day today, to allow your body to acclimatize to the higher altitudes and thinning air. It also gives us the possibility to wash some of our clothing.

Manang to Letdar (4250) Trekking slowly upwards to Thorung La we will leave the large trees behind and see vegetation consisting mainly of scrub juniper and alpine grass and we will pass a few meadows where horses and yaks graze. After we reach Yak Kharka we will see herds of blue sheep grazing the steep slopes as well. About an hour after passing Yak Kharka we will arrive at Letdar (4:30 hrs)

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.  On this trip we are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. Overnight in Thorung Phedi

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.

Trek  to Jomsom all the way down to Jomsom you will enjoy your day walk down hill up to the kagbeni and walk through the kaligandaki corridor  to the Jomsom

Drive to Pokhara/ flight to Pokhara

Enjoy a scenic highway drive back to Kathmandu which takes about 6 hours.

Time to go home and tell your friends and family of the fun and adventure had on your trek in Nepal. Or, you could extend your trip. We can arrange many other tours and trips for you, such as: Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure, Scenic Flight, Cycling or even another trek in a different region. Nepal Trekking Routes would be both pleased and honored to be at your service

Inclusion/Exclusion

  • Airport pick-up and drop off service ,
  • Trekking Guide and Trekking porter(Two participant 1 porter, Porter carry 25 Kg )
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, accommodation during the trekking
  • Three Star Level or equal level hotel  in Kathmandu
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags and trekking sticks (if required)
  • Trekking permit of National park,
  • TIMS(Trekking Information Management System )
  • Insurance and equipment for the trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with cultural program in typical Traditional Nepali restaurant
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel Insurance Company .
  • Personal expenses
  • Heritage entry fee during the sightseeing Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Bar Bill
  • Travel insurance
  • Round trip flight fare for Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Extra Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu other than mentioned in Itinerary

FAQ's

The length of Annapurna Circuit trekking trail is almost 128 miles. To take a complete round of Annapurna circuit, you need up to 22 days.

Thorung La Pass (5,416m) is the highest point to go across during Annapurna Round trek.

Annapurna Circuit trek lies in the northern part of the beautiful lake city Pokhara in Gandaki Province of Nepal. It is a few days trek from Beshisahar, the gateway to Annapurna Circuit trek. It is also called Lower Mustang trek as it lies below the restricted area trekking to Upper Mustang.

TIMS card and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) are the permits necessary for trekking around Annapurna. Our agency helps you manage these legal documents, so don’t worry about it!

As soon as you start climbing a place higher than 2,500 meters, there is always chance that you suffer from altitude sickness. In this trek, you have to reach as high as 5,416m, there is high chances for altitude sickness. Drink enough water; have enough food and rest as well as walk slowly by taking enough rest in the course of trekking to avoid this problem.

Annapurna Circuit trekking is completely a teahouse trekking as there are hotels and lodges that provide from basic facilities to quality services. But, if you want to have an experience of camping trekking, Nepal Trekking Routes is ready to help you. Visit www.nepaltrekkingroutes.com.

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Henry
USA
950 days ago

Had a Good Trip

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Lauren Harley
Australia
1292 days ago

I recently completed the Annapurna circuit trek at the end of March and am already dreaming of when I can come back! This was my second time in Nepal and again I chose Nepal Trekking Routes after having an amazing experience three years ago trekking to Everest base camp in a group.

This time, I was traveling solo and started with the goal to spend my 35th birthday in the beautiful Himalayas. Right from the beginning, Shailesh was very helpful in explaining the different routes and options and he frequently checked in to see if I had any questions or concerns. He was flexible when a friend wanted to join me for a few additional trekking days at the end of my trip and was happy to make all arrangements at short notice.

My guide Nawin and porter Binod were amazing; making sure I felt safe at all times and successfully made it across Thorang la pass. On the many challenging days I was grateful to have their company and expertise and I know I couldn’t have done it without them.
Nawin’s knowledge of the route and mountains is second-to-none and he happily answered my countless questions. Having a knowledgeable guide also meant that I could avoid the sketchier sections along the trial, knew what to look out for (falling rocks!) and know when to head off from the main road and onto the trail – all things which I imagine would be hard if you were travelling by yourself.
I always felt like I had options on when to stop and rest and an effort was made to ensure I had the best rooms and accommodation. It was also the little personal touches such as fresh fruit with dinner every day that made this trip so special.

The trek itself is amazing and I would recommend to anyone seeking adventure and beauty! The peaceful mountainscapes are forever etched in my mind and I’ll never forget the adventure of sliding down the mountain after the pass, looking out onto Annapurna II, seeing a huge avalanche (from a safe distance!) and the crazy-winding roads back from Muktinath.

Thank you Nepal Trekking Routes for providing me with an experience I’ll never forget – I can’t wait until I can return!!

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Ram A
Australia
1280 days ago

Words doesn’t really describe what was like to organize a trip with Nepal Trekking Routes Treks & Expeditions in an wonderful Himalayas of world famous Annapurna circuit trek! one of the best trekking experience as well as best Himalaya vistas which I never forget.Trekking Guide Mr Nawin is well knowledgeable with hard working and their warm hospitality impress me lots. Looking forward to booking a trip with them again and Highly recommend them for any kind of adventure trip in Nepal

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