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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).

 

Nar Phu valley trek

Nar Phu valley trek is an exciting trek in very low tourist traffic. In the north region of Manang. The Nar Phu Valley region. Remained untouched and uninfluenced by the modern world, contrasting with the popular, neighboring Annapurna Circuit.

Nar Phu Valley Trek will go with the best picturesque medieval villages. Narrow gorges, herds of blue sheep. The spectacular Cliffside trail, over one of the region’s highest trekking passes. This exotic land, visit by very few trekkers. It is still abundant in medieval Tibetan culture. Which have keeping intact for centuries. Filling with dramatic mountain views and magnificent alpine scenery. This is probably the best-known tourist area of the Annapurna trekking routes.

There are a thousand reasons why people have always loved the beauty of Nepal. Among these, the Nar Phu Valley is one of the major ones. The fantastic geography of the place makes it irresistible for visitors. You can gaze at the place for hours. Besides, wandering around and exploring newer things in the region is even more commendable. The route of the trek overlaps and is communal with the Annapurna Circuit Trek. As a result, the place exists to the north of the beautiful Annapurna Himalayan Region. Beauty in the country is so vast and infinite that you get to achieve even more for what you had sought. Getting to Nepal is easy and delightful. But, returning without exploring a thing is quite tragic to experience.

Trekking To Nar And Phu in Nepal

Nar Phu valley trekking in Nepal nowadays is relatively easier than in the past, so long as you follow the rules. All foreigners must hire a registered trekking agency. They also need to carry an entry permit to show at checkpoints. An Annapurna Conservation Area permit is also required to trek. We can do a simple tea house trekking now. So you can trek with only a guide and porter without other supporting staff.

First, we will enter the Manang district we can directly take a jeep from Kathmandu or Pokhara till Koto. There is also an option to trek also via the old Annapurna circuit route. Can take a charter flight or helicopter to Humde small airstrip also. It is better to walk from Syange or Jagat to assure proper acclimatization. Due to the motorable road, the trail shortens each year as the motor road advances farther north so the trek is getting shorter now. From Koto we will start the low trail into Nar-Phu.

We will follow the river trail is through a picturesque forest of mixed conifers and deciduous trees, with some spectacular glimpses of the high peaks far overhead. while you are trekking in late Autumn or the winter be careful with the snow, however, the trail can become treacherous, with dangerous landslides. where we enjoyed exploring cultural sites and side trails before getting back to Kathmandu.

Crossing famous Thorong la pass

 Thorong La Pass lies in the Annapurna circuit trek and a small pass with an altitude of 5,416m (17,769 ft) from sea level. It lies on the northern side of the Annapurna region. Thorung La Pass Trek is one of the exciting and difficult pass treks in Nepal

Thorong La Pass Trek passes through the beautiful Annapurna circuit route and  Manang village. It is one of the best trekking places for trekkers in Nepal. Khatung Kang and Yakawa Kang are the mountains that form Thorong la pass. Throng La pass is also considered as one of the world’s highest passes.

You will be thrilled to see the beauty of the Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, Dhaulagiri. Also Fishtail, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho peak as well as Tukuche Peak, and many other mountains. This trek starts from low elevation and slowly gains height. The trail is at a distance of at least 200m from Manang valley. While going through the Thorong La pass, you will see Buddhist monasteries, Chame, Pisang, and Manang.

Annapurna circuit trek

Thorong la pass Trekking touches the edge of the Tibetan plateau. Therefore  The length of the Thorong la pass is 160-230 km (100-145 mi). Thorong la pass trip starts from Beshisahar to Thorong valley. You will observe the stunning view of the beautiful mountains and landscape.

When you will reach Yak Kharka, you will see the magnificent view of Chulu west and throng Phedi. You should be highly prepared for this trek frequent change in weather with high winds can occur. The range high viewpoint camp is located in between moraine slopes and Yakwakang. However, the route to the thrang high viewpoint camp can steep and rugged. You will get to visit and observe the village around the throng la pass area.

Visit Manang Village

Manang village is one of the beautiful and stunning places situated in Nepal. It is located at an elevation of 3519 m above sea level and surrounded by Gorkha and Lamjung in the east and Mustang village and Lamjung in the west.

Manang village is known as the hidden treasure of Nepal. Undoubtedly, famous for its uniqueness, this village has become a famous tourist destination. Although Manang lies far from the capital of the nation, all the facilities are available here. Yaks are very remarkable creatures here. The main occupation of the local people of Manang is agriculture and yak farming. The northern part of Manang is all about tradition and culture.

Local people here are so welcoming and openhearted. Many decorated hotels can be found in the southern Manang village. You can found many hotels, lodges and many other shops for trekkers.

Manang village trek is Himalayan Shangrila

The natural scenery of Manang village is stunning and marvelous. You can enjoy the desert-like barren upper plateau and natural scenic view throughout the way. Manang village is also taken as one of the most important trade points of Nepal to Tibet. I am sure you will be mesmerized by seeing salts and yaks, being imported from Manang village. Since Manang is one of the most visited treks in Nepal, it is a little crowded and full of trekkers.

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.

Clothing tips


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.

Gear Details

  • 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.

Dhumba Lake

 
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

 

Detailed Itinerary of Annapurna Circuit Trek

Our Annapurna circuit trek start with taking a vehicle or tourist bus to Besi Sahar through Prithvi Highway, about 6 hours drive. Reach Besi Sahar or Bhulbule at Lunchtime. if you are traveling from Pokhara we start the drive from there to Besisahar. After lunch at Besisahar, we will take a local jeep to Chame for another  4-hour drive. During our driving, we will cross the small village of Sange, Bhulbhule, Nagdi, Chamche, Tal, Tima, Koto, etc. with the view of Mount Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges. We can have the most beautiful view of Annapurna II, Manaslu, and Lamjung Himal from Chame headquarters of Manang district.

On the second day of the Annapurna circuit trek, There is a long, pleasant, and mostly level walk in forests. We are trekking in the big rocks area. We are mostly walking today through the river valley and get excellent views along the way of Pisang peak and Annapurna II at Pisang. Pisang marks the beginning of the region’s upper portion of the Manang district.

After having breakfast we will trek today to the Manang the best Himalayan Shangrila of Nepal. We will go with the Upper Mustang trek route to see the best mountain view. It’s about 6-7 hours walking today. We will climb up till upper 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, passing with views of painted Mandalas and dragon mouth spouts and hiking through the fields of grazing Yak and the wide variety of crops. This large Tibetan small village will give magnificent views of Annapurna II/III/IV, Gangapurna, and Marketing. Our overnight stays at Manang village at a good lodge.

When we trek to high altitudes above 3000m it is highly recommended 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 have breakfast. to be more fit for the Throng la pass trek better you can hike more height than your sleeping place. We can be walking to Gangapurna lake, some trekkers who are not tired and fit try for Ice lake also or the Monastery up to the hills of Manang. Get the spectacular views of the Himalaya nearby. There are excellent views of Gangapurna’s lake from your hotel rooftop. which is a glacier lake at the foot of dramatic Gangapurna icefall and traditional and stone building. Today is our easy and pleasant day in our Annapurna circuit trek.

Today is going more height and the trail continues combing and gets out of the Marsyangdi Valley. We are following the site of the north, passing a Goths, and gains elevation. Now the large tree vegetation is finished and the vegetation now consists of scrub juniper and alpine grasses. It’s fun to see extensive yaks grazing. The view of Annapurna III is excellent.

From Letdar, The Annapurna Circuit trekking trail climbs along the east bank of the Jarsang Khola, then descends and crosses the stream on a wooden bridge at 4310m.  We can watch the Blue sheep, and even snow-capped leopards, sometimes magically appear in the left parts of the steep hills.  There are lots of crow-like bird choughs, large lammergeiers, and Himalayan griffons are in the sky and circles you overhead. Overnight at Phedi 4400m.

Today is the tough and hard day of the trek, after leaving the Throng Phedi the trail becomes steep immediately after leaving Thorung Phedi, switchbacking up moraines and following rocky uphills trails 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. As usual, The Annapurnas, Gangapurna, and the heavily glaciated peak of Khatung Kang (6484m). Now the time for a steep downhill trek so is careful to your knees. We are walking on meadows and treeless barren before arriving at Muktinath. One of the most important pilgrimage sites for both Hindus and Buddhists.

Morning you can go to visit Muktinath and enjoy its surroundings. After breakfast, we are heading down the steep, barren hillside to Kagbeni. Enjoy this unique village with its tightly 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 mostly walk on the riverbank of Kaligandaki valley and can see some black stone Shaligram. After 2 and half your easy walk we will reach Jomsom, the district headquarter of Mustang. Today’s walk is in the dusty trail and wind so you must need sunglasses and lip balm.

 

 

Finally, we have come to the end of our trekking journey in the Himalayas. Take an early morning fly 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, Some time Jomsom flight may get also canceled due to bad weather, an alternate you can drive back to Pokhara from Jomsom can take 9 to 10 hours drive.

Take a flight or drive by tourist bus/Private car to Kathmandu. In the evening, you can have your last night in Nepal, enjoying the Nepali cultural dinner show, taking some beautiful snaps, and making up your mind about the returning journey. You can have greetings exchanging among friends and with all Nepalese people.

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Cost Includes

  • Your 1-night hotel twin sharing accommodation in Pokhara, Includes breakfast.
  • Trekking guide who certified and licensed from Government and got training on high altitude sickness, first aid.
  • Trekking porter, 1 porter for 2 trekkers basis.
  • Trekking staff, food, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, clothing.
  • Local Tea house also called guest house/ 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.
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu transport by tourist bus ( Private car or flight available by  adding additional cost)
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
  • Above the Himalaya Gifts and Trekking certificate after finish your trek.
  • Welcome/Farewell Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
  • We offer you 1 dinner in Kathmandu in a Nepali restaurant
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge, and all Government Taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara except for breakfast at your hotel.
  • Airfare to Nepal
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get a Nepal visa upon arrival at the Airport.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot and cold showers.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, 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  for the tour/ trekking staffs and driver
  • Other of your personal expenses not mentioned cost includes section.
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Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration

    Trip Duration
    10 Days

  • Tri Destination

    Destination
    Nepal

  • Trip Group Size

    Group Size
    2 - 12

  • Accomodation in Trip

    Accomodation
    Hotel in Pokhara, lodge in Trek.

  • Altitude Icon

    Maximum Altitude
    Throng La Pass (5416m/17764ft)

  • Trip Difficulty

    Trip Difficulty
    Difficult

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long it takes to trek the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The answer to this question will not be fixed due to a variety of packages. However, we can give a tentative number. Above the Himalaya Travel and trekking company will offer you Annapurna Circuit trek in the range of 12 to 30 days. 12 days is the min days to complete this trek, while for the most extended duration it can go up to 30 days too.

It depends upon your choice, time, packages, your Annapurna circuit trek itinerary, and your starting date, etc. The approximate length of this trek is between 160-230km. The shorter version of the trek takes 8-10 days while the longer version of the trek takes 24-30 days.

Some example routes with the estimated duration are:

  • Besisahar to Nayapul (full route) – 18 to 21 days(approx.)
  • Besisahar to Birethanti –17 days(approx.)
  • Besisahar to Tatopani to Pokhara (By bus and jeep)-approx. 15 days
  • Besisahar to Jomsom– approx. 13 days (then a flight or jeep to Pokhara)
  • Jagat to Tatopani – approx. 12 days
  • Chame to Jomsom- approx. 10 days
What are the types of Annapurna Trek packages offered by Above the Himalaya?

There are several Annapurna circuit trek packages offered by Above the Himalaya Travel and Trekking agency. Some of them are listed below:

  • Annapurna Sanctuary trek
  • Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour from Pokhara
  • Annapurna base camp trek 7 days
  • Annapurna Round Trek
  • Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour
When is the best time to visit Annapurna Range?

There are 4 seasons in Nepal, out of the 2 seasons are considered to be the ideal season to visit Annapurna Range Area. Spring Season and Autumn Season are the most favorable reason to go for an Annapurna Circuit Trek. You can enjoy the incredible panoramic view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri lying against the sparkling skyline.

Those who don’t have enough time and want to explore the Annapurna region in other Seasons (Winter Season, Summer Season), ATH (Above the Himalaya) will make sure your journey would be incredible. 

What will be the weather condition and Temperature around the Annapurna circuit trek at the various seasons?
Month  Avg. Day Temp Avg. Night Temp Weather
March, April, May  18-22 °C 8-10 °C · Transparent, cloud-free views

· colorful blossoms of rhododendron(national flower) and other wildflowers making 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

 

 

Physical fitness level needed to trek in Annapurna Circuit?

Annapurna Circuit trek is beautiful and challenging equally. People with weak physical fitness cannot accomplish this journey. This journey needs healthy physical fitness and enough training. Aerobic Training or Cardiovascular, Multi-Day Training, Physical fitness training, etc. are the critical factors to increase your stamina, physical capacity.

Other than this, a positive attitude, self-confidence, and strong determination are other vital factors to make your Annapurna Circuit trek successful. Well-plan and proper physical training is the vigorous factor for this trek. Additionally, choosing the best travel company is a bonus point for your traveling journey.

Heart/lungs/blood disease patients are highly recommended to pre-inform about the disease. They should have medical advice before heading to the trek.

What is so fascinating and eye-catching about Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Well, everything is so excellent in these areas. We cannot notably peak a specific one. However, incredible views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Are always on the top of its list. Besides these, the ever-changing surrounding, awesome scenic beauties, unforgettable memories with people are other captivating factors around the Annapurna circuit trek.

How diffuciult is Annapurna circuit trek?

Well, the Annapurna circuit trek is not an easy task. To measure its difficulty level, it is a moderate kind of trek. Moderate for those who possess a robust physical personality. It can be a really challenging task for novice travelers.
The trail of this trek is an off-beaten road, with narrow pass away, 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 of trekking trail in Annapurna.

What about Travel Insurance: Do everybody should have it?

Travel insurance is a must for everyone traveling to this area. You need to do travel insurance before booking the trek. Travel insurance covers medical and emergency return. In addition to this, Travel insurance also comprises helicopter rescue as well as clearing expenses at high altitude (for trekking members).

It would be best if you gave it to your travel company before you trek. Thus, Above the Himalaya would help you to get travel insurance. This will protect you from potential altitude sickness and unexpected events due to sudden climate change.

The insurance of guides and porters?? Who pays for it?

Insurance of guide and porters are all managed by Travel Company. Not only have them will all the other crews associated with that trip get meals, transportation costs, lodging based on company expenses.

What documents are needed for trekking in the Annapurna circuit?

After you decide on the Annapurna circuit trek, you need to book online through our website and make the advance payment. Afterward, you need to send some of the essential documents to us 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).
Is it compulsory to giving tips to my porter and guide?

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 hand. They will create a family environment and make us feel happy. Besides, their mind 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 tips is the way of saying thank you for making my journey enjoyable with safety. Most importantly, giving tips to them would make a good connection with them.

Tell me the details booking and payment method for Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Advanced payment is mandatory associated with pre-booking. Thus, out of the total package amount, 10% should be paid in advance. And the rest of the amount to be paid after the arrival in Nepal.

Talking about the payment method: We accept credit cards. The particular bank will charge a minimal amount on payment made by credit card. Alternatively, you can also pay by cash. Paying with cash will provide you with some amount of discount. We accept any currency.

What is the policy about Cancellation or Refund policy?

We also offer cancellation and refund facilities in case of an emergency. In addition to this, 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. You should directly contact our manager for rescheduling your packages. However, a certain charge may be deducted for holding for a more extended period. For more information, you can also visit our office.

Is there any flight option to go to a local destination during Annapurna Circuit Trek?

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 point 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.

What are the possibilities of altitude sickness and the methods to avoid it?

Altitude sickness is a huge problem in the region over the 3000 m. Annapurna region is at a high risk of Altitude sickness. The team above the Himalaya is well-trained. They can quickly deal with such kind of issues. We also have an oxygen monitoring device, i.e. oximeter, to measure the oxygen level at high altitudes.

Our team members will provide you with regular health check-up facilities. There is also the provision of 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 interval
• Having Enough Acclimatization
• Not skipping the acclimatization days
• Continuing with Diamox, in case of symptoms shows up
• Drinking hot Garlic Soup early in the morning

Do I need any permits for Annapurna Circuit Trek?

You need two essential documents for this trek. Firstly, Trekker’s Information System (TIMS) Card and secondly, Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). These are the mandatory factors to begin your trek. But you need not need to worry, as we will take all the responsibility for essential permits, paperwork, and other local taxes. So that your burden of these items will be on us, we will provide you with all such documents needed for this trek.

Types of lodging in Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Good lodging is always essential during your trekking period. Keeping those in mind we will manage you a teahouse/lodge accommodation on your trek. You can get rooms allocated for two people, 1 sharable squat style toilets. Toilets can be found outside of the house. Most of the teahouse will provide you with a blanket. But carrying a sleeping bag is advisable because there is no heater inside the rooms. Thus sleeping bags will help you in such a case.

Some of the lodges may provide you with hot water, but you have to pay extra charges for its uses.

What are the criteria to obtain an arrival visa at the airport?

In Nepal, you can easily get a visa 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 the online application form for the visa at immigration entry points
  • Two recent passports sized photographs

It will cost USD 25 for 15 days for single/multiple entries. Similarly, for 30 days, it will cost USD 40. And USD 100 will be charged 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 additional days.

For more information about the visa, you can click here, Nepal visa information, requirements & fees (complete guide). You will get a complete guide about the tourist visa policy of Nepal.

Are There ATMs On The Route To Annapurna Circuit Trek?

You may find the ATMs on the main roadside, but there will not be any bank or ATMs along the trail to ACT. It would help if you withdrew some cash from ATMs at Pokhara.

Will there be any pick up/Drop-off service by the Company?

Yes, we provide you with pick-up/drop-off services. You will see our office representative standing at TIA, holding your name pamphlets in her/his hand. S/He will pick you from there and drop-off at the hotel on our private transportation.

What are the items/gears needed during the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Below is the list of gears you should take with you for Annapurna Circuit Trek:
Clothing
• Base Layer
• Trekking Shirts/Short/Trousers
• Fleece Jacket
• Insulated Jacket
• Hard Shell Jacket and Rain Gear
• Hat for Sun Protection
• Headband or Beanie
• Neck Gaiter
• Inner/Outer Gloves

Legwear Items
• Hiking Boots
• Trainers (Trekking shoes/sandals)
• Hiking/Thermal Socks

Carrying bag/Hand carry
• Gaiters
• Duffel Bag
• Backpack
• Daypack
• Sleeping Bag

Medical items
• Water Purification Tablets
• Isotonic Powder
• Diamox
• General Medications
• Basic First Aid Kit
• Sunscreen/Lip balm/Wipes/Hand Sanitizer/
• Toiletries
• Blister Plasters
• Oximeter

Essential documents
• Passport and extra passport photos (3-4 copies)
• Airline ticket
• Durable wallet for travel documents,
• Cash money & passport
• Credit cards

Electronic devices
• Binocular
• Camera/Video Camera
• Extra Batteries/ Extra Chargers
• Notebook/Journal and Pen (optional)
• Playing Cards/Book/Kindle (optional)

Other essentials
• Trekking Poles
• Sunglasses
• Headlamp
• Reusable Water Bottle
• Trekking Towel
• Small Locks
• Waterproof Ziplock Bags


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