Trip Overview of Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna circuit trek is one of the most visited and famous trekking routes in the world. 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 for about 10 to 12 days. We can customize the itinerary as per your needs, depending on your pace and the time. You want to spend on each place on the way. The advice is- do it leisurely and slowly as it will be beneficial for your health. (acclimatization I should do gradually 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, and then you will cross the fantastic “Thorong-La” pass (5416m). The second part of the Annapurna circuit trek will follow the Kali Gandaki valley until Jomsom. On our trekking, we will surround the Annapurna ridge, which includes the highest peaks. Among them, some are over 8000m. We will walk in different valleys and canyons and also walk beside rushing streams.
Since it open for foreign trekkers in 1977. The Annapurna Circuit Trek is the most popular trek in Nepal till now. It passes through a country inhabited by a wide diversity of peoples. It offers spectacular mountain scenery, and it goes to the north of the main Himalayan ranges onto the high and dry Tibetan plateau. Normally the circuit trek is doing in a clockwise direction to make easy stops for Throng la. if you are trekking from Mid December to Mid March the trail can be full of snow after Manang and be prepared for this. Check the weather forecast before going better to trek with other trekkers.
Annapurna Circuit short trek
Annapurna Circuit short trek is the Top Ten trekking route in the world. This world’s best trekking trail is a combination of mountain scenery and unique culture. We will pass by an amazing landscape with low land civilization at Besisahar to Manang village high Lander people live hood. We will cross the famous Throng la pass (5416) meters, which is the highest point of this Short Annapurna Circuit Trek. Nowadays there is easy road access at the beginning and end of the trip, so we can finish the trek in 8 to 10 days of time frame.
People in this region are following both Hindu and following Buddhism. While in the down part of the trek like in Besisahar has more Hindus and when we are in more up The Buddhist people. The tradition and the culture here are untouched by modernization, so it remains uniquely like ancient Tibetan culture. The Annapurna Circuit Short goes through the subtropical jungle with the beautiful rhododendron flower paths to far-off villages and settlements. We will Encounter religious monasteries, Schortens, and Gumbas scattered across the land of this Moderate level hike.
The Annapurna Circuit Short Trek passes by the beautiful Manang Valley and visits the famed Muktinath temple. We will cross the high mountain pass of the Thorong La and bask in the natural beauty of the Kali Gandaki Gorge. Enjoy the cultural riches of the Thakali people at Jomsom and Marpha village. During our trekking days, we can get stunning views of mountain peaks like the Chulu range, Gangapurna, the Tilicho Peak, Kangaru Himal, and the Thorong Peak among many others.
Annapurna Round Trek
Annapurna Round trek is one of the famous trek routes in the Annapurna region. This popular trekking route takes you to the beautiful vicinity in Nepal. Annapurna circuit short trek is one trek that comes under the Annapurna region trekking. It falls under the top 10 trekking packages in Nepal. A traveler who has less time to spend in Nepal can go for Annapurna circuit short trek as it is moderate and traveled within less time.
Annapurna round trek course passes via cascading waterfalls, stunning villages. Terraced farmlands and lush rhododendron forests. Therefore, we can see notable mountain vistas. That encircles the basin Mountains in the Annapurna region from the imperative center. Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhre, and Annapurna IV, etc. are some mountains in the Annapurna region that you will witness.
Enjoy walking in the terraces landscapes and forests of rhododendron.
For the Annapurna round trek, we need to follow the trail of terraced lands. Dense lovable wooded forests of rhododendron, Gurung communities from conventional and cultural villages. Moreover, the Annapurna round trek ensures your amusement, pleasure, and an extraordinary insight into the herbal and cultural heritage of the small Himalayan country, Nepal. It’s by far one of the most lovable treks. As a result, we are passing via the diverse ethnic group’s lifestyle and the plants’ wooded area and wildlife.
We bless Nepal with the exquisite Himalayas. The world’s highest mountain Mount Everest with a height of 8,840 sq. km falls in Nepal. Many high mountains like Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Annapurna also fall on Nepal.
Because of these various high mountains, people from around the world come for trekking in Nepal. One of the most trekked mountains in Nepal is mount Annapurna. Annapurna is the tenth highest mountain globally, with an altitude of 8091 sq. km from sea level. The mountain range of center Nepal surrounds the Annapurna Circuit trek. The width of the Annapurna range varies from 160 to 230 km (100-145 mi).
This trip beauty is during the trek are you will get to cross the two river valleys. You can get a close view of the mountains like Annapurna Massif (Annapurna I-IV), Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, and Paungda Danda. Thorong la pass is the highest point of this trek and the longest pass in Nepal.
Thorong la pass is at the altitude of 5416m/17769 ft. You will also enjoy the grassland and green forest view filled with rhododendron and oak throughout the way. Visiting it is still a dream for many enthusiastic travelers. This article will provide you a complete guide.
Highlights of Annapurna circuit trek
- Picturesque villages, turbulent river gorges.
- Enjoy the trekking in Marshyangdi valley, Visit the old Buddhist monasteries along the route.
- Explore 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
Annapurna Circuit trek itinerary
It started Annapurna circuit trek itinerary from Kathmandu and Pokhara and drive till Dharapani or also to Chame. We will take a scenic drive through Prithvi Highway which follows the trail towards Jagat. From Dharapani to Chame to Pisang following the Marshyangdi River valley.
From Chame, we will trek first to the tiny village of Pisang. We can take down or upper route from Pisang before arriving at Manang, where we stay for acclimatization to prepare for crossing the Thorung La pass. From Manang, after our acclimatization day, we continue walking the trail of the moraine to Yak Kharka. The next day we hike up to Thorong Phedi or High camp depends on your body condition. This is the final and difficult day of our Annapurna Circuit trek, as we will going to cross the Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,769ft).
On crossing the Thorong La pass we head down to Muktinath, the trail is mostly steep downhill and sleepy so 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 here, Tatopani has a natural hot spring pool you can take a shower there. For the short time trekkers, there is an option also to take a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.
This Annapurna circuit trek itinerary gives the best experience of a more adventurous journey in Nepal Himalaya and experiences a diversified scenery, geography, and different climate zones of the Annapurna circuit. We can tailor-made the Itinerary listed in our package and please note that they may change it in the events of changes beyond our control. The change of weather, availability of lodging can affect the itinerary. We will do our best to offer you the best itinerary to suit your needs.
Annapurna Circuit trek route
While you are on the trail of the Annapurna Circuit, having a good 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 information and major things insight and clear pictures of the mountains.
The Annapurna circuit trek route map gives you an idea of how it looks like and makes it easier and to find the mountains and their surroundings. Furthermore, Trek starts at Besisahar (approx. 6 hrs drive from Kathmandu) and ends at Jomsom. For a longer version, it can go to Tatopani near the Kali Gandaki Gorge in the world between Dhaulagiri (8,176 meters) and Annapurna (8,091 meters).
Annapurna circuit trek cost
The Annapurna circuit trek cost is between USD 1145 to USD 1350 depends on your trekking time (8 days to 14 days trek) and mode of transport, hotels, and other things. When you trek with us will make all necessary arrangements for your domestic travels, lodging, food, permits, and guide. To get the best cost you can always choose the local trekking agency as the western operator can charge more than double the cost of a local agency. However, if you choose the local tour operator, it directly helps the local economy and they are the ones who know more about Nepal and trekking.
You will stay in basic local tea houses, which are clean mostly. They have electricity facilities and the room has a common area with a fire and good company. Most of the places that have Wi-Fi is available these days. Furthermore, The Annapurna Circuit trek is a journey of a lifetime and is worth every penny.
Cost for Indian Travelers
The Annapurna Circuit trek cost for Indian travelers is a little cheaper compared to foreigners. As the permit and flight fare cost less for Indian trekkers. The trek cost depends on various factors, such as transportation, permits, equipment, guides, accommodation, food, and so on.
The cost for the trek also depends on the duration and how you travel and spend. However, you can calculate your money your money’s worth with the Annapurna Circuit trek.
Our Annapurna circuit trek costs for Indian travelers are anywhere between INR 70,000 to 82000 per person, depending on the duration. the cost varies on the transportation also, There are two ways to choose domestic transportation. One option is to take a flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu and the normal options and most trekkers do are by bus or Private jeep drive.
If you choose to take a flight, it is generally costlier during the peak trekking months which are Feb-May and Sept – Nov. However, During the off-season time, you might be able to get some good deals.
For the group travelers better to hire a private vehicle in which you can share the cost amongst the group members. Accommodation is very cheap on the route. The average price for a double room with or without an attached bathroom is about INR 400 to 700 and this is the price if you eat breakfast and dinner in the teahouse. If you will go to eat at another place they charge more for the room.
Annapurna circuit trek package
Annapurna Circuit Trek package gives you the best trek experience which lies in central Nepal. This trek route also in the Annapurna mountain range and starts on the quaint village called Besisahar, located on the banks of River Marshyangdi. Our Annapurna circuit trek package ends in the beautiful lake town of Pokhara. The maximum altitude that one reaches during this trek is 17769 feet at Thorong La Pass.
This is a difficult trekking route and can be strenuous at higher altitudes. our 10 to 13 days package requires an optimum level of bodily fitness and preparedness. This famous route takes you across various suspension bridges, river crossings, waterfalls, small villages, and tea houses.
This route would offer you exquisite views of Annapurna Massif, Machhapuchhre, Gangapurna, and Manaslu, along with a few others. This trek is a must-do for every trekking and adventure enthusiast who is looking for a real hiking experience.
The trek package is on the full board and we will be assured that it has been designed to make your journey to the peak as safe and convenient as possible. We will choose good teahouses to sleep in every night, food (the full board is inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner). Our experienced trek guides will also be with you every step of the way to ensure the safety of the group. You can only enjoy the scenery and the time and focus on climbing.
Be Well prepared and get some exercise
Based on the experience you are seeking, you can choose easy to difficult routes in this region. This is the complete package of sheer beauty, beautiful typical village settlement, magical massive mountains, and hot springs. The trails of the Annapurna region are stepping up and down.
Thus it is advisable to get some training and preparation for Annapurna trekking. Trekking to the Annapurna region may be a grueling task for novice travelers. The stunning beauty of jaw-dropping mountains will make you speechless. You know what is challenging, standing at the base of the world’s most dangerous mountain. Trekking around the famous Annapurna sanctuary is genuinely fabulous. You need to have a minimum of 7 days to complete this journey. With the right gear and necessary equipment, you can complete this journey.
Trekking in Annapurna is very cold. You will need to pack your warm clothes.
With the right gear and necessary equipment, your trek can be super easy for accomplishing. Proper gear can make any trek less difficult and more enjoyable. Because the Annapurna sanctuary trek falls in the area of rain-shadow summer/ monsoon does not affect your trek. But you will need proper trek clothing and equipment to make your treks less difficult. You will need to have a pair of trekking shoes, waterproof jackets, windproof jackets.
- You need to carry a sleeping bag which helps on cold night’s higher altitude of Annapurna circuit trekking.
- Always carry a medical kit that consists of basic medicines like paracetamol, bandage, move, tape, etc. Which you may need anytime.
- you can also carry purifying tablets to purify water for having clean water anytime you need.
- You should take warm and good clothes with you as you will be walking through high altitude and the weather may be extremely cold.
- For your screen protection, you can carry sunglasses, a sunhat, and sunburn cream with you.
- You have to have enough cash and you should manage your budget wisely.
- You have to buy the trekking boots because hiking in other shoes hurts your feet but if you hike in your trekking shoes You will not hurt your feet and make you feel comfortable.
- Gain as much information about the trek as you can have, it will help with your preparation.
- You can choose the best weather conditions for a perfect and comfortable trek for beginners as well as for anyone who just wants to enjoy a comfortable trek.
- You should take the necessary permit for trekking to the Annapurna circuit.
- Don’t walk alone, stay with the group, and better trek with a guide.
- Wear a Knee cap, it will help to reduce the Knee pain and trek comfortably.
- Prepare yourself before training like doing yoga, exercise, and swimming.
- Be mentally and physically prepare before trekking it will help to reduce altitude sickness.
Side trips Annapurna circuit trekking
Milarepa Cave 4000m height:
During the Annapurna trekking, we can explore many other interesting landscapes and ritual sites. This cave is located at the foothill of Annapurna III on the north-faced side of the mountain. This cave name Milarepa belongs to the Buddhist saint Milarepa. It is believed that Milarepa had meditated under this cave. This cave can be reached after walking 3hrs from Manang. During the hike to the cave, we can see the beautiful scenery of the Marsyangdi valley, Chulus & Pisang peak as well.
It is a very worthwhile side trip from the Bragha village in Manang. Also, it is a very famous pilgrimage site in the Manang with a very interesting backstory. The ancient ladders that once accessed the cave have been destroyed. However, you can still see the saint’s footprint which has been carved into the cave’s wall.
Ice Lake 4600m
While we have a rest day in Manang for the Annapurna trekking we can make a day hiking to this beautiful lake. Ice lake Lake is located at the connecting neck of Chulu Far East. We need to climb 1100m and takes about 4 hours from Braga. After the hard climbing, you will be rewarded with its best scenery and the stunning mountain view of Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, Annapurna III. Also, we see the very close-up view of Gangapurna, Khangsahar, Tilicho peak, and Chulu east. The lake used to freeze during night and morning time in winter and spring thus this lake is called Ice lake.
Gangapurna Lake 3500m
This is an easy walking hike you can make from Manang of our Annapurna circuit trekking. Gangapural lake is located at the foothill of Mt Gangapurna Glacier. This lake is formed due to the meltdown of Glacier Gangapurna. To reach this place it takes 20min from Manang. We can also see the migratory ducks swimming at the lake. The cascading Marsyangdi River flows just through the side of this lake. We can make a shorter hike above the lake and it has interesting landscapes.
Titi Lake 2550m:
The other part of the Annapurna circuit trekking regions of the lower Mustang valley also lots of things to see. Titi lake is one of them and we can reach here after r hiking 1.5hrs uphill hiking from Kokhethanti. The walk to Lake Traverse through pine trees forest. When we reach the lake we get surprised by the surrounding beauty. From the lake, we can see Mt Dhaulagiri, Tukuchey Peak, Thapa peak, Dhaulagiri Icefall.
As we discussed the possible side trip and place of interest in the Annapurna circuit in the above paragraph. There are still a lot more possible places of interest that we haven’t mention in the above paragraph.
The Dhaulagiri Icefalls
If you wanted to make a side trip to Dhaulagiri icefalls it is quite a difficult one. It takes a two-day-long side trip and needs a good level of physical fitness and good health conditions. This tough side trip of Annapurna circuit trekking goes to This side trip right into the foot of the Dhaulagiri Icefall which gives great views of the Mount Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range.
We start this side trip is from the small Larjung village. Along the way, we will pass by forests, green pastures, rhododendron, and pine forests. Another two more hours of steep climbing get to us the icefall. While returning, it is the faster ad we can take some shortcut way also.
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 situated at the base of Mount Nilgiri. The first part of the trek goes to a beautiful Thini Village and after that will lead you to Dhumba Lake which is smaller than Tilicho lake.
Dhumba Lake is a sacred Buddhist lake and you will see here many prayer flags. Some locals claim to come here in order 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 in the past. During the return trail, we can trek to Marpha Village which is 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 take a good look at the apple and apricot industry there along with the local Tibetan monastery.
How long is the Annapurna Circuit trek?
The Annapurna trekking has a different package and it is from 2 days to 2 weeks trek. you can make it as long as possible as we can combine the 2 treks also. the Annapurna Circuit is a longer version we can do the side trip to Toilicho lake also. The length of the Annapurna Trek is dependent upon the use of transportation also as the lower parts have a road now. Moreover, We can do a 1o to 15 days long trek in Annapurna.
Annapurna Circuit Trekking is the world’s most beautiful destination- perfect for mountain and nature lovers. It was the first mountain climbed successfully among the 14 mountains. A French expedition led by Maurice Herzog made history by successfully climbing Annapurna on June 3, 1950. Before that, different people had made many attempts. During the Annapurna trek, you can see the magnificent view of the Annapurna base camp trek region’s mountains.
The Annapurna regions have the best flora and fauna which is surrounded by stunning mountains. Tre regions are the combination of snow-capped peaks, crystal clear blue lakes, chaotic rivers with deep gorges. We will also visit Sacred Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries along with the trail. The natural hot springs in Myagdi Tatopani is a bonus. There are many ethnic groups that live in picturesque vintage villages
The worlds best trail
Annapurna’s natural environment is a very diverse one as it has from 800m to 5400m altitude level. The climate is also starts From sub-tropical forests of oak, bamboo, pine, sandalwood, magnolia, juniper, and rhododendrons. from the high alpine meadows and windswept in the south, barren plateaus up the north. While trekking in the Annapurna base camp trek 5 days. There are many colorful butterflies along the way. We can wathe the striking birds, Blue Sheep, Himalayan Tahr, bear, leopard, monkey, and much more unique local fauna.
Most of it starts from a well-known city of Pokhara described as ‘the land of the dreams. You will experience a beautiful, traditional Nepali lifestyle and culture. There are different ethnic groups in Nepal, Some of them are Gurung. Magar, Thakali, as well as Manangi. known for their hospitality, friendliness, and a great sense of humor.
The main highlights of Annapurna region trekking are to get the mountain view of Annapurna I (8,091m), II, III, IV; Annapurna South. Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m); Mt. Manaslu (8,176m); Mt. Nilgiri. Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fishtail); Gangapurna and several more. We will trek through the deepest gorge of the world Kali Gandaki and also the highest lake (Tilicho Lake). Enjoy the majestic sunshine view from Ghorepani Poon Hill view spot. We can enjoy the natural hot spring at Tatopani, The Muktinath Temple and the Annapurna Base Camp views are the best to see.
Annapurna trekking in Nepal
Annapurna region trekking in Nepal has lots to offer, various farmlands, pasturelands, typical village settlements along the way to the trekking. Not only this, but you also cannot avoid the beauty of vibrant flora and fauna that possess mesmerizing aurora. The lush green forests are always sparkling and welcoming tourists to its warm lands. They shower enormous beauty so that one will forget all his/her life chaos. Apart from this, these creatures sparkle differently in different seasons of the year. So no matter whichever seasons you visit the Annapurna region, you are served with beautiful creatures and Cheri sable moments.
The trail along the way is flat in most of the parts and gain a gradual increase in altitude. All in all, you will have a moderate level of difficulty in this trekking journey. The best parts are, you will never be bored with the trekking journey in Nepal as the side-views will temp you and motivates you all along the way. Thus, enjoying and capturing the side-views could be your major job, and I am sure that you will love it.
The main highlights of Annapurna region trekking are to get the mountain view of Annapurna I (8,091m), II, III, IV; Annapurna South. Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m); Mt. Manaslu (8,176m); Mt. Nilgiri. Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fishtail); Gangapurna and several more. We will trek through the deepest gorge of the world Kali Gandaki and also the highest lake (Tilicho Lake). We can enjoy the natural hot spring at Tatopani.
You will stay at a local tea house
Another best part of the Annapurna circuit trekking in such a region is you will get to involve in lodges, teahouses, which will be quite fun. Not only this, but you will also get to witness and experience different cultures and traditions. These teahouse and lodges provide you the best services and warm environment so that you can enjoy your quality time there. Avoid worrying about the food and accommodation as these teahouses and lodges remain open throughout the year.
Annapurna Base Camp undoubtedly is one of the best adventure treks you could choose in the Annapurna region. The trek combines numerous landscapes and gives you the closest view of higher peaks.
Enjoy walking in beautiful high pass
During this Annapurna circuit trekking, we will explore the picturesque Manang and Mustang valley and also the magnificent Kali Gandaki and Marsyangdi Rivers. Enjoying the close-up views of the Himalayas, varied ecosystems, green paddy fields, and oak forests. the middle part of the trek goes in the deepest gorge in the world. Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna base camp trekking together give you an opportunity to enjoy the Himalaya experience from different angles and perspectives where the scale never fails to astound.
We will trek in the amazing variety of landscapes ranging from sub-tropical through alpine to an arid semi-desert akin to Tibet. The climax of the trek is crossing the formidable Thorong-La pass (5416m) and Annapurna Base Camp. Thus, in this Annapurna region trekking, you will be overwhelmed by the close-up views of the giant snow peaks Annapurna I (8,019m.), Annapurna III (7,555m.), Gangapurna (7,454m.), and Machhapuchhre (6,993m.) You go through the opportunity of feeling the sound hospitality and the warmth of the native residents. The Gurung, Thakalis, and Magar communities’ unique cultures will make in rejoice and jostling.
can follow the different routes to visit Panchase hill. This Annapurna region trekking trail is also s a new trekking area for those who are looking for something different, less touristy, and easy to walk.
Visit Jomsom after crossing the pass in another valley.
The Jomsom is the gateway of Nepal’s hidden treasure” Mustang” of Annapurna circuit trekking. The trail passes the landscapes mustang before after visit the sacred pilgrimage Muktinath. This area offers fantastic Himalayan views, a beautiful landscape trail, Kali Gandaki valley’s famous apple garden in Marpha and Tukuche village. Annapurna circuit trek part of the areas offers spectacular views of mountains above 8000m such as Mt. Dhaulagiri [8167m], Mt. Annapurna I [8091m], Dhaulagiri, and many more. The Trekking area situated on the dry, desert-like Tibetan Plateau with a treeless barren landscape allows access to the high mountains of the Himalayas within a reasonable timeframe and without ascending to an adventurous attitude.
This route of the Annapurna region Trekking Nepal explores the sacred temple Muktinath which has 108 waterfalls day around the ancient Muktinath temple in a pagoda-shaped temple of lord Bishnu, a center for pilgrimage. The marvelous mountain views are breathtaking although clouds roll in the early morning provide a wonderful environment in this trek. One can also enjoy the diverse culture of various communities and their traditional lifestyles during the Jomsom journey which provides genuinely a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the trekkers and visitors.
Annapurna Circuit Trek - Trip Info
Duration: 10 Days from Pokhara/ Kathmandu to Kathmandu
Max. Altitude: Throng La Pass (5416m/17764ft)
Trip Snippets: 10 days, 1 night’s hotel in Pokhara, 8 nights Lodges, Breakfast in Pokhara, three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek).
Trek Grade: Difficult