Annapurna Circuit Trek
Trip Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek
- Picturesque villages, turbulent river gorges.
- Enjoy trekking in Marshyangdi Valley.
- Visit the old Buddhist monasteries along the route.
- Explore the beautiful Manang village.
- Views of the world’s highest mountains: Dhaulagiri I (7th), Manaslu (8th), and Annapurna I (10th).
- Crossing the Throng- La (5416m).
- Visiting The Pilgrimage town of Muktinath.
- An unforgettable view of mountains and their surroundings.
Overview of Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the world’s most famous treks. It is the most visited and short trekking route course. You are experiencing the Himalayas. The trekking routes give you the best view of larger villages. Gurung, Magar, Thakali, and Tamang Communities are there. We can finish the Round Annapurna Trek or Annapurna Circuit Trek in about 10 to 12 days.
We can customize the Itinerary per your needs, depending on your pace and the time. You want to spend on each place on the way. The advice is- to do it and, as it will benefit your health. (acclimatization I should do to heights). You can enjoy each moment on the trail as the places are so beautiful.
The start part of the trek will go with the Marshyangdi River Bank. Then, you will cross the fantastic “Thorong-La” pass (5416m). The second part of the Annapurna circuit trek will follow the Kali Gandaki valley. On our trekking, we will surround the Annapurna ridges. It includes the highest peaks. Among them, some are over 8000m. We will walk in different valleys and canyons and beside rushing streams.
Since it opened for foreign trekkers in 1977, It is most famous for trekkers. The Annapurna Circuit short trek is now the most popular in Nepal. It passes through a country inhabited by a wide diversity of people. It offers spectacular mountain scenery of the Himalayas. It goes north of the main Himalayan ranges onto the high and dry Tibetan plateau.
Usually, We can do the Annapurna circuit short trek in a clockwise direction. It will make it easy to make accessible stops for Throng La. If you are trekking from mid-December to mid-March, the trail can be full of snow after Manang. We need to plan according to this. Check the weather forecast before going better to trek with other trekkers.
Annapurna Circuit short trek itinerary
You can start the Annapurna circuit short trek itinerary from Kathmandu and Pokhara. From here, we will take a drive to Dharapani or Chame. We will take a scenic drive through Prithvi Highway. The driving follows the trail toward Jagat. From Dharapani to Chame to Pisang, we are following the Marshyangdi River valley.
From Chame, we will trek first to the tiny village of Pisang. We can take down the upper route from Pisang before arriving at Manang. , where we stay for acclimatization to prepare for crossing the Thorung La pass.
After our acclimatization day from Manang, we continued the trek to Yak Kharka. The next day, we hike up to Thorong Phedi or High Camp, depending on your body condition. It is our Annapurna Circuit trek’s final and challenging day, as we will cross the Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,769ft).
On crossing the Thorong La pass, we head down to Muktinath. The trail is steep, downhill, and sleepy, so it is better to have a walking stick. Muktinath is a sacred pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists. From Muktinath, we drive to Tatopani and spend the night there. Tatopani has a natural hot spring pool. You can shower there. For short-time trekkers, there is also an option to take a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.
This Annapurna circuit trek itinerary gives the best experience. It is a more adventurous journey in the Nepal Himalayas. Enjoy the adventures of the diversified scenery and geography. We will get different climate zones of the Annapurna circuit. We can tailor-make the Itinerary listed in our package.
Please note that they may change it in case of changes beyond our control. The evolution of weather and availability of lodging can affect the Itinerary. We will do our best to offer you the best Itinerary to suit your needs.
Annapurna Circuit short trek route
While on the Annapurna Circuit trail, an excellent trekking map is essential. Annapurna circuit trek route is a famous and well-traveled trekking region in Nepal. Our Annapurna Circuit trek route gives you all the information. It includes significant things, insight, and clear pictures of the mountains.
The Annapurna circuit trek route map gives you an idea of what it looks like. It makes it easier to find the mountains and their surroundings. Furthermore, the trek starts at Besisahar (approx. 6 hrs drive from Kathmandu) and ends at Jomsom. It can go to Tatopani near the Kali Gandaki Gorge for a more extended version. The world is between Dhaulagiri (8,176 meters) and Annapurna (8,091 meters).
Itinerary of Annapurna Circuit Trek
Day 01: Pokhara or from Kathmandu drive to Dharapani.
Our Annapurna circuit short trek starts with taking a vehicle. You will drive by local bus to Besi Sahar through Prithvi Highway, about a 6-hour drive. Reach Besi Sahar or Bhulbule at Lunchtime. If you are traveling from Pokhara, we will start the campaign from there to Besisahar.
After lunch at Besisahar, we will take a local jeep to Dharapani for another 3-hour drive. While driving, we will cross the small village of Sange, Bhulbhule, Nagdi, and Chamche. While driving, we will see the Mount Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges.
Day 02: Dharapani trekking to Chame.
Beyond Dharapani, the wide trail climbs gradually over a spur. An hour’s work to Bagarchhap through a forest of blue pine, spruce, hemlock, maple, and oak, offers typical Tibetan architecture.
The trail has entered the Manang region with the site of our first Tibetan Monastery and the occasional glimpses of Annapurna II (7937m) and Lamjung Himal (6986m).
The trail stays on the river’s south bank, climbing through forests to Danaque (2210m), a valley surrounded by apple orchards. Climb steeply crisscrossing section of the road through a rhododendron forest.
The trail climbs along the mule track through the fir forest and then follows the river for a time amongst the higher oak and maple trees.
At the entrance to Chame is a long wall with many prayer wheels, the administrative headquarter of the Manang district. There are fine views of Lamjung, Annapurna II/IV (7525m).
Day 03: Chame trekking to Pisang.
On the third day of the Annapurna circuit trek, There is a long, level walk in the forests. We are trekking in the big rocks area.
Today, we walk through the river valley and get excellent views of Pisang Peak and Annapurna II at Pisang. Pisang marks the beginning of the region’s upper part of the Manang district.
Day 04: Pisang trekking to Manang.
After having breakfast, we will trek today to the Manang. It is the best Himalayan Shangrila in Nepal. We will go with the Upper Pisang trek route to see the best mountain view. It’s about 6-7 hours of walking today.
We will climb up to upper Pisang from lower Pisang. From here, the high trail enters pine grooves to reveal views of the small turquoise lake.
The path gives you the enjoyment of the charming village. We will pass with views of painted Mandalas and dragon mouth spouts. We are hiking through the fields of grazing Yak and various crops.
This large Tibetan small village will give magnificent views of the Himalayas. Upon arriving at Manang today, we will stay in an excellent local guest house.
Day 05: Acclimatization day at Mananag.
When we trek to high altitudes above 3000m, It is necessary to have a rest day. It helps you to acclimatize your body.
This day is an easy day for you. You can wake up late morning and have breakfast. To better fit for the Throng la pass trek, you can hike more height than your sleeping place.
We can walk to Gangapurna Lake and its surroundings. Some trekkers who are not tired and fit try Ice Lake or the Monastery up to the hills of Manang. Get spectacular views of the Himalayas nearby.
There are excellent views of Gangapurna’s lake from your hotel rooftop. This glacier lake is at the foot of the dramatic Gangapurna icefall. Today is our easy and pleasant day in our Annapurna circuit trek.
Day 06: Manang to Chure Letdar.
Today is getting more height on our trekking. From now the trail continues combing and exiting the Marsyangdi Valley. We are following the site of the north, passing a Goths, and gaining elevation.
The ample tree vegetation is not here from now and changes the landscapes. The vegetation currently consists of scrub juniper and alpine grasses. It’s fun to see extensive yaks grazing. The view of Annapurna III is excellent.
Day 07: Churi Letdar trekking to Thorung Phedi.
From Letdar, the first part of the trail is climbing. The Annapurna Circuit short trekking follows the east bank of the Jarsang Khola. From here, we descend and cross the stream on a wooden bridge at 4310m.
We can watch the Blue sheep and even snow-capped leopards on the trail. Sometimes they appear in the left parts of the steep hills.
There are lots of crow-like bird choughs and large lammergeiers. Himalayan griffons in the sky circle you overhead. Overnight at Phedi 4400m.
Day 08: Thorong Phedi trekking to Muktinath
Today is the tough day of the trek. After leaving the Throng Phedi, the trail becomes steep immediately to high camp. The landscapes switch back up moraines. We will follow rocky uphill paths till we ascend to the Thorong La pass (5416m).
Now the views are more open; We can see the long barrier ridge-till Tibet and the whole region of Manang. The Annapurnas, Gangapurna, and the glaciated peak of Khatung Kang (6484m) are usual.
Now is the time for a steep downhill trek, so be careful to your knees.
We walk on meadows and treeless barren before arriving at Muktinath. It is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus and Buddhists.
Day 09: Muktinath trekking to Jomsom via Kagbeni.
Morning you can go to visit Muktinath and enjoy its surroundings. After breakfast, we head down the steep, barren hillside to Kagbeni.
Enjoy this unique village with its packed mud houses and dark tunnels. Situated at an auspicious river confluence, it is also the gateway to the Upper Mustang trek.
We transit to the significant town of Kagbeni. We walk on the riverbank of Kaligandaki Valley and then can see some black stone Shaligram.
After two and a half hours of your easy walk, we will reach Jomsom, the district headquarter of Mustang. Today’s walk is on a dusty trail and wind, so you need sunglasses and lip balm.
Day 10: Jomsom fly to Pokhara transfer to hotel
Finally, we have come to the end of our trekking journey in the Himalayas. Take an early morning flight to Pokhara. It is a short flight, and we will take you to the hotel. You will have a rest and a free day today.
Sometimes Jomsom flights may also get canceled due to bad weather. As an alternate, you can drive back to Pokhara from Jomsom can take 9 to 10 hours.
Our service ends here, and after, we drop you at Pokhara.
Fixed Departure Dates
Note: We can run a trip for solo travelers, couple, friends and family with children. Our private trips are running everyday. If you are looking for a group joining trip please contact us.
- A trekking guide who is certified and licensed by Government and got training in high altitude sickness, and first aid.
- Trekking porter, 1 porter for 2 trekkers basis.
- Trekking staff, food, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, and clothing.
- Local Tea houses also called guest houses/ lodges twin sharing during your journey.
- Your daily meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). you can choose your meals from the menu, there are different types of food available.
- Annapurna Conservation Area Trekking Permit.
- TIMS Trekking Permit (Trekking Information Management System) Card for the Annapurna Trek
- Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- Above the Himalaya duffel bag. ( If you need, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us in our pre-meeting at our office)
- Kathmandu to Chame transport by local bus/sharing jeep ( private car/van are available by adding extra cost.
- Jomsom to Pokhara flight ticket.
- Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
- Above the Himalaya Gifts and Trekking certificate after finishing your trek.
- All necessary papers work, office Service charges, and all Government Taxes
- Hotels & Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Airfare to Nepal
- Nepal entry visa fee, you can get a Nepal visa upon arrival at the Airport.
- Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks (Tea & Coffee), hot water, hot and cold showers.
- Personal expenses such as laundry, Telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, and camera battery charging.
- Travel Insurance should include both rescue and medical insurance.
- Personal trekking equipment, you can buy and rent in Kathmandu trekking stores
- Gratitude to the tour/ trekking staff and driver
- Other of your personal expenses not mentioned cost includes section.
Essential Information - Annapurna Circuit Trek
Side trips Annapurna Circuit Short trekking.
Milarepa Cave (4,000m):
We can explore many other exciting landscapes on the Annapurna circuit short Trek. There are also some ritual sites along the way. This cave lies at the foothill of Annapurna III on the north-faced side of the mountain.
This cave, Milarepa, belongs to the Buddhist saint Milarepa. People say that Milarepa had meditated under this cave. This is about a 3-hour walk from Manang. During the hike to the cave, we can see the beautiful scenery of the Marsyangdi Valley. We can also get the best mountain view of Chulus & Pisang peaks.
It is a very worthwhile side trip from the Bragha village in Manang. Also, it is a famous pilgrimage site in Manang with a fascinating backstory.
Ice Lake (4,600m)
We can hike to this beautiful lake while we have a rest day in Manang for the Annapurna trekking. The Ice Lake Lake lies at the connecting neck of Chulu Far East. We need to climb 1100m, which takes about 4 hours from Braga.
After the hard climbing, you will get the best scenery and a stunning mountain view. We can see a very close picture of Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, and Annapurna III. Also, we see a very close-up view of Gangapurna, Khangsahar, Tilicho Peak, and Chulu East. The lake used to freeze during the night and morning in winter and spring. This is why this lake’s name is Ice Lake.
Gangapurna Lake (3,500m).
You can make This easy walking hike from Manang of our Annapurna circuit trekking. Gangapurna Lake lies at the foothill of Mt Gangapurna Glacier. This lake comes due to the meltdown of Glacier Gangapurna. To reach this place, it takes 20 minutes from Manang.
We can also see the migratory ducks swimming at the lake. The cascading Marsyangdi River flows through the side of this lake. We can take a shorter hike above the lake, and it has exciting landscapes.
Titi Lake (2,550m)
The other part of the Annapurna circuit short trekking region offers much. Lower Mustang Valley also has many things to see. Titi Lake is one of them, and we can reach here after r hiking 1.5 hours uphill from Kokhethanti. We were walking to Lake Traverse through pine trees forest. We will see the beauty when we go to the lake. We can see Mt Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Thapa Peak, and Dhaulagiri Icefall from the lake.
In the above paragraph, we discussed the possible side trips. There is also another place of interest in the Annapurna circuit. There are still many more possible places of interest that we need to mention in the above section.
The Dhaulagiri Icefalls.
Icefalls are difficult if you want to make a side trip to Dhaulagiri. It takes a two-day-long side trip and needs good physical fitness. It would help if you also were in good health condition. This tough side trip of Annapurna circuit trekking gives the best experience.
At the same time, you are on the foot of the Dhaulagiri Icefall. Offers excellent views of the Mount Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. We start this side trip from the small Larjung village.
Along the way, we will pass by forests, green pastures, rhododendrons, and pine forests. Another two more hours of steep climbing get to us the icefall. While returning, it is faster, and we can take a shortcut.
We can make a great side trip to a beautiful Dhumba Lake from Jomsom of our Annapurna circuit trekking. The lake has a clear water lake at Mount Nilgiri’s base. The first part of the Trek goes to a beautiful Thini Village. From here, we will lead to Dhumba Lake, smaller than Tilicho Lake.
Dhumba Lake is a sacred Buddhist lake; many prayer flags are here.
Some locals claim to come here to pray for some sort of change in their lives for their betterment. If we walk about a 15-minute walk from the lake, there is a small stupa called Kuchup Terenga Gomba. The lake provides picturesque snow-clad peaks and spectacular views of the valley.
Furthermore, this is a calm and pleasant place to relax and one of the worthy stopovers if you’re in Jomsom. You can see the apple orchard and mud houses of the Thini Village. This gives a peek into the Mustang culture. It was also the old salt trade route between Tibet and Nepal. During the return trail, we can trek to Marpha Village, a famous Thakali village.
You can see the apple garden everywhere here, as Marpha is the apple capital of the nation. You can try the Apply brandy and look at the apple and apricot industry and the local Tibetan monastery.
Annapurna circuit trek difficulty
The difficulty level of the Annapurna circuit trek is difficult as it goes Throng la pass 5416m. The Trek requires ten days as a shorter version. Even though the Annapurna circuit trek doesn’t require prior trekking expertise, but, all the trekkers must be fit and get some training and preparation before coming. We categorize this Trek as a difficulty level of difficulty. Most trekking is slow, and we make one rest day.
The Trek will be more difficult if we finish it in less time with our acclimatization day. Some trekkers ask us if the Annapurna circuit trek is more complex than Kilimanjaro. On the Annapurna circuit trek, you will walk for longer distances. The elevation gained and lost each day on more challenging terrain than Kilimanjaro. So, it is much more complex than in Kilimanjaro.
Furthermore, The Annapurna Circuit Trek requires no technical expertise.
There is no need for mountaineering skills as it is a long hike at altitude. And we will make the itinerary at a slow pace. Anyone who has essential fitness can go for the Trek. We will walk daily for 6 to 7 hours, about 15 km, on a downhill rocky trail.
Annapurna circuit Trek necessary gear and equipment
Annapurna circuit trek goes up to 54160 meters. Trek follows a challenging, upward route. So, it needs careful planning and preparation. You must bring the essential supplies and gear for this Trek. You can only get the most miniature clothes and equipment for this Trek. You can prepare for your journey by using the list that follows.
A sun hat or scarf
A winter hat, an insulating hat, or a wide-brimmed hat
Headlight with extra batteries
Sunglasses with UV protection
Wet tissue or face wipes
Hooded rain jacket
Lightweight cotton pants
Underwear (4-5 pairs)
Waterproof jacket and pants
Thick wool socks (2-3 pairs)
Comfortable trekking sports shoes
Backpack or daypack
Sleeping bag (-20 degrees is best for high-altitude trekking)
Medium-size drying towel
Biodegradable bar soap
First aid kit
More passport photos and photocopies of your passport
Why Private and Tailor-made Holidays?
Whether you are a single person, couple, or family member, we will run your Annapurna circuit trekking holiday as per your needs. We cater to each of your needs and plan a personalized holiday. The itinerary will make to give you a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
A private and tailor-made trekking holiday allows you to personalize your holiday. Above The Himalayas, trekking custom designs your holiday to your needs.
The private Tailor-made trips also offer the following:
Only the destinations you want to see
Your schedule and pace
Authentic experiences in ‘unknown’ places
Expert local guides with insider knowledge
Hassle-free transfers and private drivers
Peace of mind – We will arrange everything, so you don’t need to worry
Your trip will be made as per your budget. You can choose luxury or budget accommodation, and the price will match your needs. You will have your comprehensive, making succeeding on your trip easier. On crowded group tours, you must wait to get the guide’s attention. On the private trip, the focus is only on your service. You can get all your answers. You can visit the destination on your own time. Our guide will make your experience blissful and stress-free.
You can travel with your friends and family as we provide extra care and help for older people and children. With our personalized service, private travel guides make your tour perfect. Our tour coordinators who cater to your needs enjoy high-quality, seamless experiences.
You have complete control over your trip itinerary. When and where you want to go, what you want to do, and where you want to stay. You can choose the type of transportation and cancel or add activities to your trip.
While trekking to the Annapurna circuit trek. Trekkers may experience altitude sickness. Although trekkers experience altitude sickness, we need to take care of it. A significant altitude sickness needs rapid attention and need to do needful. Our trip directors and guides have a strong background in first aid. They get comprehensive training for it. We implore you to alert your group leader and guide you when you see any indications or symptoms.
The trek guide will tell you ways to prevent altitude sickness.
The easiest method to avoid altitude sickness when hiking is a slow walk. You can take your time and drink lots of water (at least 3–4 liters daily). The only treatment for severe cases of altitude sickness is to descend.
Please be aware that, depending on your health, your group leader may decide to stop your journey. Please remember that some people are more prone to becoming sick. Some get more symptoms from being at high altitudes than others.
You need to be aware of the signs and symptoms of AMS to recognize it. They are
Nausea and vomiting
Loss of appetite
Elevated heart rate
You need to take prompt preventive action if you experience any of the symptoms, such as:
Decent at a lower altitude (if possible).
Don’t climb up the hill until 48 hours
Rest until you feel better.
Have proper acclimatization.
Don’t work out or exercise.
Having garlic soup or hot ginger tea can be helpful.
Take in a lot of water.
Take more oxygen if required.
Take medication to prevent illness.
If the symptoms worsen, take Diamox as directed by your doctor.
Please Note: We will take you down to Kathmandu on a helicopter. For deportation if your health doesn’t improve over the following 24 hours. Thus, get insurance covering the expense of reusing your copters.
While we have an excellent program for trekking to the Annapurna circuit short trail. AS Our guides have years of expertise in bringing people in and out. We must have evacuation procedures. We want to make sure that our guest is comfortable on the journey.
Suppose they become ill or are unable to continue the trip. It is necessary that you need to come to a lower altitude. In the worst case, they can go back to Kathmandu or continue traveling if they choose. Thus, before beginning the walk, you get trustworthy travel insurance. An insurance coverage called travel insurance can support your expenses.
There might be a risk of getting injured on the Annapurna circuit trek. Due to a twisted ankle, a high altitude issue, or even the fact that your body is not adjusting well. We take every precaution and go forward with a very high success rate.
But we want to ensure that We take care of you as soon as possible if we do. Your travel insurance will cover the expenses. If any accident occurs during the Trek, arrange a helicopter rescue.
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Most Asked Questions by Travellers
The answer to this question is not one due to the variety of packages. But we can give a tentative number. Above, the Himalaya Trekking company will offer you the Annapurna Circuit trek in 10 to 13 days.
10 days is the least to complete this trek, while for the most extended duration, it can go up to 30 days too.
It depends upon your choice, time, and package. It depends on the Annapurna circuit trek itinerary. The approximate length of this trek is between 160-230km.
The shorter version of the walk takes 8-10 days, while the more extended version of the tour takes 13-15 days.
Some example routes with the estimated duration are:
Besisahar to Nayapul (entire course) – 12 to 15 days(approx.)
Besisahar to Birethanti –13 days(approx.)
Besisahar to Tatopani to Pokhara (By bus and jeep)-approx. 11 days
Besisahar to Jomsom– approx. Ten days (then a flight or jeep to Pokhara)
Jagat to Tatopani – approx. Ten days.
Chame to Jomsom- approx. Ten days.
Several Annapurna circuit trek packages are offered by Above the Himalaya Trekking agency. Some of them are listed below:
- Annapurna Sanctuary trek
- Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour from Pokhara
- Annapurna base camp trek seven days
- Annapurna Round Trek
- Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour
There are four seasons in Nepal. Two seasons are best for trekking—and the Best season to visit Annapurna Range Area.
Spring Season and Autumn Seasons are the best. We can go for an Annapurna Circuit Trek now. You can enjoy the incredible panoramic mountain view. Annapurna and Dhaulagiri lying against the sparkling skyline.
For those who don’t have enough time and want to explore the Annapurna region. We can offer the short Annapurna circuit trek. In other Seasons (Winter Season, Summer Season), not very good.
ATH (Above the Himalayas) will ensure your journey is incredible.
|Month||Avg. Day Temp||Avg. Night Temp||Weather|
|March, April, May||18-22 °C||8-10 °C||· Transparent, cloud-free views.
· Colorful rhododendron blossoms (national flower) and other wildflowers make the trail beautiful.
|June, July, August||20-26°C||9-12 °C||· Mostly suitable for northern areas of Annapurna trails
· Clean and pristine surrounding
|September, October||16-22 °C||7-12 °C||Most favorable time with crystal clear views|
|November, December||11-16 °C||4-6 °C||· Clear Blue skies with dazzling sunlight
· Dense forest
· least fog
· fresh and clean natural vegetation
|January, February||6-11 °C||2-6 °C||· Fewer trekker
· Pristine environment
· picturesque landscapes
The Annapurna Circuit trek is beautiful and challenging. People with weak physical fitness cannot make this journey.
This journey needs healthy physical fitness and enough training. Aerobic Training or Cardiovascular, Multi-Day Training is good. You can do Physical fitness training, also. It will increase your stamina and physical capacity.
Other than this, a positive attitude, self-confidence, and strong determination. This makes your Annapurna Circuit trek successful. Well-plan and proper physical training is the vigorous factor for this trek.
Trek with the best travel company is a bonus point for your journey.
Heart/lungs/blood disease patients, please do pre-inform about the disease. They should have medical advice before heading on the trek.
Well, everything is so excellent in these areas. We cannot speak about specific factors. But incredible views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Are always at the top of the list. Besides these, the ever-changing surroundings and fabulous scenic beauties. Also, getting the best memories with people is another captivating factor.
Well, the Annapurna circuit trek is a challenging task. To measure its difficulty level, it is a moderate kind of trek. Intermediate for those who have a robust physical personality. It can be a challenging task for novice travelers.
The trail of this trek is an off-beaten road, with a narrow die and somewhat steps. Thus, you ought to bring comfortable shoes to make your journey easy.
Besides these, this trek also needs specialized trek training. It is a difficult level trekking trail in Annapurna.
Travel insurance is a must for everyone traveling to this area. It would help if you did travel insurance before booking the trek.
Travel insurance covers medical and emergency returns. Besides this, Travel insurance also comprises helicopter rescue. As well as clearing expenses at high altitudes (for trekking members).
Giving it to your travel company before you trek would be best. Above the Himalayas would help you to get travel insurance. This will protect you from potential altitude sickness.
The Travel Company manages the insurance of guides and porters. Not only will all the other crews associated with that trip get meals. All, transportation costs, and lodging are based on company expenses.
After you decide on the Annapurna circuit trek, make your booking. You can book online through our website and make the advance payment. Afterward, you need to send us some of the essential documents to identify you and make your arrival easier.
These documents should be mailed.
- A copy of the original passport,
- 2-4 Passport size photos,
- Flight details,
- Copy of travel insurance (covering Heli rescue and medical evacuation).
Your porters and guide are the main reason to make your trip enjoyable and safe. After hiring a porter, all your journey’s responsivity would transfer to them.
They will make you feel as comfortable as they can. They will carry all your necessities and guide you throughout the journey. They also ensure you are in safe hands.
They will create a family environment and make us feel happy. Besides, their mind is full of knowledge is something they impart to us while traveling.
Based on these responsibilities towards us. Giving tips to guide and porter is the way to reflect gratitude towards them.
This is also regarded as a gesture of thankfulness. Giving tipping is a way of saying thank you for making my journey enjoyable with safe. Most, giving tips to them would make a good connection with them.
Advanced payment is mandatory associated with pre-booking. Thus, 20% you can pay in advance out of the total package amount. And the rest of the amount will pay after the arrival in Nepal.
Talking about the payment method: We accept credit cards. The particular bank will charge a minimal amount on payments made by credit card. Or you can also pay by cash. Paying with cash will provide you with some amount of discount.
We also offer cancellation and refund facilities in case of an emergency. Also, there is a rescheduling option for both pre-scheduling and post-scheduling. But you have to give an earlier notice in case of doing it. 20% trip booking amount is not refundable.
The answer to this question is yes. You can opt for a flight to go to a local destination. You can get a flight only if your journey’s starting and ending point is Pokhara.
The starting point for ACT is from Bhulbhule, and the ending is in Pokhara. After that, you have to take a return flight of about 25 mins from Pokhara to Kathmandu. The cost of these will be your own.
Altitude sickness is a huge problem in the region over 3000 m. Annapurna circuit region is at a high risk of Altitude sickness. The team above the Himalayas is well-trained. They can quickly deal with such kinds of issues. We also have an oxygen monitoring device, i.e., an oximeter, to measure the oxygen level at high altitudes.
Our team members will provide you with regular health check-up facilities. There is also an emergency rescue service in case of any emergency. Following are some of the methods and options that may help to reduce the risk of Altitude sickness:
• Cutting off caffeinated and alcoholic items
• Avoiding smoking items
• Drinking at least 4 liters of water per day
• Trekking slowly and drinking water at regular intervals
• Having Enough Acclimatization
• Not skipping the acclimatization days
• Continuing with Diamox in case of symptoms show up
• Drinking hot Garlic Soup early in the morning
You need two essential documents for this trek. , Trekker’s Information System (TIMS) Card, and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP).
These are the mandatory factors to begin your trek. But you need not worry; we will be responsible for the essential permit. So that your burden of these items will be on us, we will provide you with all such documents needed for this trek.
Good lodging is always essential during your trekking period. Considering those, we will manage a teahouse/lodge accommodation on your trek.
You can divide rooms for two people, one sharable squat style toilet. Toilets are on the outside of the house. Most of the teahouses will provide you with a blanket.
But carrying a sleeping bag is advisable because the rooms have no heater. Thus sleeping bags will help you in such a case.
Some lodges may provide hot water, but you have to pay extra charges for its use.
You can get a visa in Nepal after arriving at TIA (Tribhuwan International Airport).
You ought to bring the following necessary documents for a visa:
- Valid passport with a blank page (The Passport should have a validity of at least six months)
- You should fill out the online application form for the visa at immigration entry points.
- Two recent passport-sized photographs
It will cost USD 30 for 15 days for single/multiple entries. Similarly, for 30 days, it will cost USD 50. And USD 100 will cost for 90 days.
There is the provision of free visas for tourists of SAARC countries (except Afghanistan). The Visa will be valid only for 30 days; after that, you have to pay USD$ 3 per day for extra days.
For more information about the visa, you can click Nepal visa information. You will get a complete guide about the tourist visa policy of Nepal.
You may find the ATMs in Besisahar and Jomsom. But there will not be any banks or ATMs along the trail to ACT. It would help if you withdrew some cash from ATMs in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Yes, we provide you with pick-up/drop-off services. You will see our office representative standing at TIA. They are holding your name pamphlets in their hand.
They will pick you up from there and drop-off at the hotel on our private transportation.
Reviews on Annapurna Circuit Trek
Based on 300+ Reviews
Best Trekking agency for Annapurna Circui trek
I THOUGHT I WOULD DO IT ALONE when I was still in Israel planning my trip to Nepal. I was sole on my flight from Bangkok to Kathmandu.
I met Karen, a fantastic woman from New Zealand. A 47 years old and planning like me, doing the Annapurna circuit. We became a pretty strange couple, me 23 years old and a woman who looked like my mother.
In Kathmandu, we met Edi, a 60-year-old who also wants to do the Annapurna circuit trek. We decided to stick together. When we thought about how to do the trekking, we wondered if we wanted a guide or a porter.
Then Karen said she knew someone she was corresponding with by email. He has a good reputation as a guide and from a lonely planet recommendation agency.
We met Puru and fell in love immediately. We saw a man who likes his job, trekking, and being with tourists.
While on the trek, the experience and knowledge of Puru was terrific. On the way, about the history, the culture of the locals, and the surroundings. Puru treated us like kings and took care of every small thing.
Our health (I got a little altitude sickness, and he cared for me very well), accommodations, and food. All we had to do was enjoy the trekking and the marvelous landscape of Nepal.
But guides like that are many. I am writing this letter because Puru is a remarkable man. Before, he was a guide who did his job. He is a human being who cares about the life of the locals.
He tries tourism to develop the locals and help the poverty. Besides, he is very ambitious, making him a great man. After the trek, I didn’t regret I didn’t do it alone.
I had the pleasure and honor to do the trek with Puru, and I am sure he will be a great man in Nepal one day.
I wish you all the best, and don’t miss Nepal. It was one of the most essential experiences in my life.
Tel Aviv, Israel.
Sandra and Mel
Best Trekking company for Annapurna Circuit trek.
We have recently returned from the successful completion of the Annapurna Circuit trek. We were with our guide, “Him Raj Adhikari” from Pokhara. He provided us with excellent services throughout our tour.
Yet we were fortunate enough while on a trek. To meet up with another mixed nationality group. Who was being guided by their guide Basu Duwadi from Kathmandu?
We were fortunate enough to spend many days in their company. We always found Puru helpful, adding to our enjoyment of the trek.
He guided his group and often us for over ten days at a very comfortable pace. At the same time, he knew when you wanted your own space to socialize or explore the villages alone.
Apart from ensuring a smooth functioning trek with chosen lodges. Their guide cared about our well-being (in all respects) during the trip.
We are very much interested in their culture and religion. We appreciated that he was able to tell us so much. He told us about their ways of living and the local history, flora, and fauna.
In our opinion, he gave excellent service, and we ended up with some real friends in Nepal. We wish him the best of luck in his trekking business!
Also, we mentioned one evening that we wanted to travel overland through Tibet to Lhasa.
He made great efforts to gather the information we needed to make the trip successful. On returning to Kathmandu afterward, he arranged everything for us.
In our challenging circumstances with the political problems at that time. We are happy to recommend him to others looking for a good guide”.
Have a good trek.
Sandra and Mel.
Best Annapurna Circuit trekking with local guide
From the beginning of the Annapurna circuit trek, Puru was there to help give advice+ and plan the trip. He was prompt in replying to emails and provided excellent advice.
He could match me with a guide that fits my needs. He considered who I could spend time with. He was fantastic at booking my domestic + International flights.
He was always happy to help. My guide Jimmy was very informative, patient + helpful. He was knowledgeable about the mountains, people, religion, Language, culture, +food. He was a fabulous friend + cook; he was always putting my health + needs first. He made me fed like a part of the Nepali Family.
The expenses with Puru + a guide, Jimmy, were priceless. As a Solo female traveler, Jimmy and Puru’s Company.
Thanks to everyone
Around Annapurna circuit trek
We booked the Annapurna circuit trek above the Himalayas. , Unlucky for us, we got stuck in a snowstorm in The middle of the tour. We had to stay for eight days in the same village.
Puru contacted us daily to check if we were ok. He even got our family back home when the Wi-Fi failed. Everything was well organized, and we could enjoy the trek without any worries.
Thank you for a fantastic experience!
Excellent agency for a Annpaurna circuit trek in Nepal.
We came to Nepal to do the Anapurna trek. Mr. Puru helped us to organize everything. He gives us the best trek plan for our 14 days. We had a delicious porter and guide. He helps us to get transportation to the starting point and flight from Pokara to Katmandu.
We were 2, me and my son 😊
Everything was great.
He stayed in touch with us daily to see that everything was ok.
So if you are looking for someone who will help you organize everything.
This is the right agency if you want to do it for the trek and more!
Mary Lee Mrochek, Keith Mrochek, Charlotte and Family
Annpaurna Circuit Trek with Jomsom.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek was both easy and fascinating. The scenery changed each day! I am already planning to come back to Nepal.
I will indeed arrange my whole trip with Above The Himalayan Trekking. I will ask them about the availability of my excellent guide Dhurba.
He was patient, helpful, and fun. Dhurba and Bashu (Our Porter) come with my absolute highest recommendation.
Mary Lee Mrochek, Keith Mrochek, Charlotte
Round Annapurna Trek in September
Above The Himalayas, Trekking was fantastic!
From the first time I emailed Puru to discuss possibilities of my fantastic experience, to the first meeting to introducing me to my excellent porter/guide, (Gayan), to my sad goodbyes, they were nothing but caring, attentive, informative, and passionate for their customer, ME!!!
I was fortunate to travel ten days solo up to the Thorong Pass on Annapurna Circuit (5416M). I was very nervous, unfit, and unsure if I could make it. But Gayan led me through the difficult times with great care and attention.
I would HIGHLY recommend the Annapurna Throng Pass trek. You can use Above The Himalayan trekking for your arrangement, whatever they may be.
Good Luck, and if you have doubt, DONT! JUST DO IT!!!!
Stephanie Jones and Morgan Rittenbach
Life time adventrue in Annapurna Circuit
Above The Himalaya Trekking Company handled all the details of our Annapurna Circuit Trek very thoroughly.
Our guide Basu was the best guide of anyone else we met on the trekking. He took great care of us when we got sick. He was flexible to accommodate our wishes. He was a great company to have for 15 days.
We would travel again with them in the future.
Stephanie Jones and Morgan Rittenbach.
Great trek, Best local guide, Highly recommended company
I want to recommend the “Above the Himalayan Trekking” agency. They provided excellent, top-notch service to us this October. Thanks to Mr. Puru Timalsena (Managing director) and our guide, Mr. Dipak Karki.
It all started with an inquiry about the price of a mountain flight to Everest. They respond to all our emails in every detail. Since we were planning to trek the Annapurna Circuit, we put our trust in this agency.
We hire a porter/guide through it. For us, We are two inexperienced trekkers from Israel. It was the first trek for both of us) and the top priority was hiring an excellent guide.
It turned out that our choice was correct. Mr. Dipak Karki is a very experienced (it was his 19th Annapurna circuit) and friendly guide. His English is also excellent.
It was a joy to trek with him. Mr. Puru Timalsena booked excellent hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
It is (much better than we were able to find ourselves). He also provided a lot of other services. He helps us confirm our Nepal Airlines tickets or pick us up at the airport.
So our stay in Nepal was enjoyable, and our Annapurna circuit trek was a huge success. With prior trekking experience, we could hike some 300 km. Also, visit the remote Tilicho Lake and cross the Thorong La.
I am very grateful for all the service the “Above the Himalayan Trekking” agency provides.
Karl, Callum, Sara
Great experience in Annapurna circuit trekking trail
Today my friends and I went around the Annapurna Circuit trekking with our guide Purna.
We had a great time and got lots of help up and down the mountains. We had a few altitude problems and got lots of help from our guide. He answered all our questions and let us order breakfast from our bed.
The porters were ever cheerful, carrying all our gear and keep to us dancing each night.
Karl, Callum, Sara
Cape Town, South Africa
Thank you for the great adventure
You, the man, and Thanks to Fran and Hannah. You took me along in your group and guided this mighty 50-year-old. I went over 5500m with ease, along with everyone else!
Thank you. It’s been a pleasure to get to know the Annapurna circuit trek—the Nepal life Through your knowledge and insight. You ensured it was as easy as possible for me every step of the way.
I pleasure the time we spent together and have no hesitation in recommending you guys.
Shiloah Ravit and Levine Talia
Alone Habashan, Israel.
Annapurna Jomsom Muktinath Trek March/April
We enjoyed the Annapurna trek you arranged for us very much.
We very much appreciate your services. Your willingness to change plans according to our wishes.
The guide you sent us was very considerate and gave us the best service. It was an excellent decision to come here without any worries to arrange to let you take care of everything so well.
Shiloah Ravit and Levine Talia.
Tel Aviv, Israel.
Antonio Tirado & Victoria Marcos
Engineer and pharmacist, aged 59. Madrid.Spain
Awesome Annapurna circuit trekking & Villages Tour with the best company
We want to congratulate Mr. PuruTimalena for his best work. We like his professionalism and exceptional attention to customers.
Puru organized two Annapurna trekking in enjoyable and accessible ways. He made the itinerary and suggested our way in. In the first field, We did (The Royal Annapurna Trek).
The trek has unique views over cultivated fields. The relationship with local children was excellent. We enjoyed a lot the company of our guide and his team. We felt they treated us like kings in every moment and gave us more of their persons than any tourist deserves.
The second Annapurna trekking allows us to take part in everyday life. We visited Puru’s village, Pursuk, with his family as special guests. The experience was very intensive as well as instructive.
The example of European people living in a big city is different. We are sure we will never forget them, especially children and elderly people. I recommend this incredible experience.
Thanks to Puru’s efficient working practices. They try to fulfill all and more than we expected. Be sure you can trust him.
Finally, we especially thank Mr. Purna Kark, our guide in the Royal Annapurna trek. His team for their kind attention, good nature, and camp cooking. They made food better than in many luxurious restaurants.
Antonio Tirado & Victoria Marcos.
We went on the Annapurna circuit tour with Puru. A full-service package, airport pickup, hotel booking, and time in Kathmandu. They provide a great start to our trip and fantastic 13 days on the trek.
We had a great guide with good English knowledge, a funny porter, and great views of the Annapurna range.
We recommend ‘Above the Himalaya.’ We are already thinking about another tour!!
Tel Aviv, Israel.
Thanks for arranging best trekking adventure.
We highly recommend Puru and his ‘Above the Himalaya Trekking Company’ to anyone looking for a professional travel company for any treks or tours through Nepal.
We had arranged a trek to EBC but, due to poor weather, could not fly out of Katmandu. Puru promptly reorganized a unique and adventurous trip through the Annapurna Circuit trek at no extra cost to us and, at times, a price to himself.
Puru is efficient, honest, and practical with his advice; nothing is too much trouble for him. His guides and porters are of excellent standing and were very experienced and knowledgeable about the effects of acclimatization.
Thank you, Puru, for making our trip a success.
Andre Campbell & Chandra Kipfer
Annapurna Round trek in October.
Trek was awesome. Puru organized a grateful trip. Dev, the guide was great as well as the porter .grateful trek and over this ran very smoothly.
Andre Campbell & Chandra Kipfer.
Chad Smith & Morgan Dyck
7059 Jorgenson sub, Dawson Greek Bc Canada
Annapurna Circuit Trek in April.
We have finished the Annapurna Circuit trek. We are delighted with Puru’s services; our guides, Ramesh and Porter Ramsaran were excellent. Very helpful and always trying to please.
Getting Above the Himalayan Trekking services was one of our best decisions. Our holiday was so easy and stress-free. Puru took care of everything.
We recommend our guide and porter; they provided a lot of laughs. They were a significant part of making our trip a great experience.
Thanks for making our holiday great!!
Chad Smith & Morgan Dyck.
Annapurna Circuit Trek with AHT.
The Annapurna Circuit with Phurba, Ram, and Sunil was excellent! Phurba is a wonderful, patient, + Knowledgeable guide.
He was a great leader throughout eight days. He gave us many options on the trail and picked the best accommodation. I recommend Phurba and the team to others.
Annapurna Circuit Trek with best guide.
The Annapurna Circuit trek with Phurba, Ram, and Sunil was excellent! Phurba is a wonderful, patient, + Knowledgeable guide.
He was a great leader throughout eight days. He gave us many options on the trail and picked the best accommodation. I recommend Phurba and the team to others.
Rogers Phillips, London, UK.
Annapurna Circuit (Round) Trekking August.
I have hiked in the Annapurna circuit from Besi Sahar to Jomsom. Puru chose an excellent guide and organized the land-air connections. Everything went smoothly.
The guide was very knowledgeable, experienced, and helpful. I had a wonderful rainy season in Nepal experience.
Annapurna Circuit Trek with best company.
The trek of the Annapurna Circuit has been a fantastic experience. Thanks to Puru and his guys, Kc, Mithu, and Sujan. They made the trip enjoyable. They were rewarding and were always there to help us out.
All the accommodations and meals were of good quality. Himalayans always ate well to have enough energy for the next days trekking. The guys were also flexible with us so that we could make the trek shorter to accommodate a rafting trip.
I recommend Above the Himalayan trekking and hope you are lucky enough to have a good time as we did!!
Anita Fawcett and Amelia Orr
Annapurna Circuit And Everest Chola Pass Gokyo Lake Trekking April & May.
I had never trekked before- the help of a great guide and porter. We took them by Puru or”Above The Himalaya Trekking,” which made all the difference in the world.
Being a group of two and having two support staff was a luxury. Our Guide was knowledgeable. This was fantastic when you weren’t sure what you were setting yourself in too!!
I appreciated the flexibility that only a small group can provide. The professionalism and dedication of both our Porter and Guide are the best. They provide us with a trip that fits us for a reasonable cost.
I did two treks with Puru Above The Himalaya Trekking Annapurna
circuit and Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake. Puru made planning the trip enjoyable. Besides, the people working with Puru made the trekking the most
The mountain is fantastic, and everyone endowed that our best interest was a top priority! The trekking was an incredible experience, and I can’t wait to return To Nepal.
Anita Fawcett and Amelia Orr.
Annapurna Circuit Trek In March
Annapurna Circuit March to April. I started my web-based trekking inquiries with another Katmandu trekking company. Communication with this company was sporadic and unclear.
After that, I switched to Above the Himalayas. Puru answered each email inquiry. Skype was also used. I explained to Puru my idea of doing the Annapurna circuit solo. It was a risky journey for me.
I am 65 years old, with post-cancer and post-heart attacks. So why would I choose this challenging trip?…… Because I needed this challenge?
Puru matched me with guide/porter Suresh. We traveled together for 15 days. I was free as a bird to listen and watch all around me. Suresh took care of all the details that might stress a foreign trekker.
He carried my backpack and knew the quiet and clean lodges. He made expedited the meal orders and ensured tea stops. He handled all the paperwork at police checkpoints. These things were not my concern.
He was my mentor in the ways of Nepali customs. Traveling in large groups takes away from connection with the local environment. Traveling alone, I was more inclined to hear and see all the subtleties around me.
I remember the language and moods of Nepali village people. The smells of the pine forest and the spring flowering trees are excellent—the aromas of incense and simmering curries, the roar of wind and rivers.
Yes, I took away more than I expected from this journey. It was a challenging trek. But the satisfaction and educations I received were priceless! With the support of AHT, the journey worked for me. , I felt safe and cared for. THANK-YOU AHT
The upper Pisang to Manang was a favorite section. You can stop in Kalopani, and Sikha would make a more pace. Extra night in Pokhara was an exciting addition.
I traveled the same route with like-minded solo Trekkers for several days. We shared daily experiences over an evening meal.
Annapurna Circuit Trek in May.
Thanks to Puru, Bharat, and Hari, My first journey around Annapurna Circuit.
Puru was right on with his excellent skills. My guide and porter were very nice Bharat mountain knowledge is vast and impressive.
I was also happy with how flexible Bharat was when trekking with him solo.
I can’t wait to do another Trek!
Annapurna Circuit Trekking April
We booked the Annapurna short circuit with Puru for 17 days and 13 days of hiking. They picked up from the airport and started the Nepal vacation with a city tour.
Very comfortable start! Next morning with bus and jeep to Syange to start the hike.
Very friendly and helpful and a very reliable guide and porter. They speak okay English skills, good tea houses to sleep in. Beautiful mountain scenery and an apple pie if needed. Awesome trip.
Tan Soo See
Annapurna Circuit Trekking September.
Puru has been very prompt and patient with all the pre-trip inquiries I sent. They are also able to customize the trip schedule according to my preference. Yet still able to complete the trek I chose- ACT.
The trek itself is excellent. The guide/porter, Sitaram, assigned is knowledgeable and professional. They were caring and patient and pointed out the mountain views. (which I would have missed out on) along the trek.
The trek duration each day planing was according to my fitness level. He gave options on which village to stop over for rest etc. He even got me a bamboo stick as the walking stick, as I did not manage to buy one.)
I am already planning my next trek with them!
Tan Soo See
Annapurna Circuit trek - We loved it.
Phurba Sherpa was an excellent guide, and Ram and Sunil did a great job as our porters. Phurba was attentive for the entire trip and took excellent care of us both on the trail and at each stop for the night.
He always took our orders at the hotel and helped communicate with the hotel staff. We enjoyed the route and hoped to trek again with him. Thanks, Phurba
Annapurna circuit trek an awesome Experience.
My girlfriend and I completed the Annapurna Circuit trek in March and LOVED it. We have an excellent experience in paragliding, river rafting, trekking, and sightseeing.
And the best part was the hospitality shown by the whole team. , Including the tour coordinator, guides, drivers, etc.
I recommend this team for a trekking Tour and adventure. At the same time comfortable and cheap. For a Nepal Annapurna Circuit trek and tour,”.Above The Himalaya Trekking (P)Ltd.”
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