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Trip Overview of Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna circuit trek is one of the most visited and famous trekking routes n the world. You are experiencing the Himalayas. The trekking routes gives you the best view of larger villages.  Gurung, Magar, Thakali, and Tamangs 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 to heights should be done gradually). You can enjoy each moment on the trail as the  places are so beautiful

The start part of the trek will goest with the Marsyangdi River, and then you will cross the fantastic “Thorung-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.

Annapurna Round Trek

Annapurna Round trek is one of the famous trek routes in the Annapurna region. This popular trekking route that takes you to the beautiful vicinity in Nepal. Annapurna circuit short trek is one of the treks 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 as well as lush rhododendron forests. Therefore we can see notable mountain vistas. That encircle the basin Mountains in the Annapurna region from the imperative center. Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhre as well as Annapurna IV, etc. are some of the mountains in the Annapurna region that you will witness. 

Enjoy walking in the terraces landscapes and forest of rhododendron.

For the Annapurna round trek, we need to follow the trail of terraced lands. Dense lovable wooded forests of rhododendron, Gurung communities conventional and cultural villages. This trek won’t take you to Annapurna Base Camp, but it will allow you to enjoy nature and unidentifiable calm within the coronary heart and soul. Moreover, this Annapurna round trek ensures you amusing, pleasure, and an extraordinary insight into the herbal and cultural heritage of the small Himalayan country, Nepal. It’s far one of the most lovable treks. As a result, we are passing via the diverse ethnic group’s lifestyle and the kind of plants wooded area, and wildlife.

Nepal is blessed with the exquisite Himalayas. The world’s highest mountain Mount Everest with a height of 8,840 sq.km falls on Nepal. Many high mountains like Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Annapurna also fall on Nepal. 

Due to 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 the altitude 8.091 sq.km from the sea level. Annapurna Circuit trek is surrounding by the mountain range of center Nepal. 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 valley. You can get a close view of the mountains like Annapurna Massif (Annapurna I-IV), DhaulagiriMachhapuchhreManasluGangapurnaTilicho PeakPisang Peak, and Paungda Danda. Thorong la pass is the highest point of this trek and the longest pass in Nepal. 

Thorong la pass is situated 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 to 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 its surroundings

Annapurna Circuit trek route map

The Annapurna circuit trek route map gives you the idea of how it looks like and makes you easier and to find the mountains and its surroundings. Furthermore, the trek starts at Besisahar (approx. 6 hrs drive from Kathmandu) and ends  at Jomsom or Tatopani near the Kali Gandaki Geroge in the world between Dhaulagiri (8,176 meters) and Annapurna (8,091 meters)

You can buy the different route maps in Kathmandu and Pokhara, few of good of them are  The Himalayan Map house, New Annapurna Trekking Trails Map & Annapurna Circuit Trek Map. You can get these maps on the online plate form of Amazon or in the local map house and trekking store in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Also, These trekking route map also covers all possible side trips from the regular Annapurna circuit trail.

How to Prepare your Annapurna Circuit trek?

The best preparation for Annapuran round trekking is getting us for hiking and short walks in your home country. You can do the regular walking in the park if you can’t escape to the hiking to the hillside. You can check before your backpack and use your hiking boots if it fits well or not in your feet. As you trek in a colder area so little big hiking shoes will be best so that you can use thick socks. If you can go away to your park and nearby hiking trails is the best practice for your body. If you are in the city no need to worry Some fitness from running, swimming, the gym, yoga, Zumba classes are the best to make you ready for mountain trekking.

How many days trek?

Due to the road access to the Annapurna circuit trek starting and finish part almost the half trail it is now easy to finish in a short time. Thus, the itineraries are varied from 8 days, 10 days, 12 days, 14 days also. As there are many side trips along this trek so we can make the trek from 8 to 14 days. the short time trekkers take the shorter version route with driving the road part by local jeep or bus. if you have a longer time and take it easy with proper acclimatization you can trek 11 days to 14 days time frame. you can also take some side trips to Tlicho lake, Ice lake, even walk at the end of Poon hill part also. you can write to us your desired time in Nepal and we will create a suitable trek itinerary for you.

Group or Solo Trek

You can do both group trek or solo trek to the Annapurna circuit. Whenever you trek with your trekking guide it is not a problem to make a solo trip. It gives you more flexibility in the route, you can become more social with other fellow trekkers and easily meet local people. For group trek, it is a set itinerary and we need to follow the same route map. If you have your own family and friends we can make small group trek. Or you can join our set group departure date with other trekkers.

Annapurna circuit trek equipment list

The Trekking to Annapurna circuit is difficult to level route, so you need to have the proper equipment to succeed on this trip. You will sleep in the tea house and eat there so you just need to carry your personal belongings which are enough from the cold. Below are some suggested items to take with you while the route in the  Annapurna round trek

  • Walking boots with waterproof and have ankle support
  • Trainer or casual shoes you can use after a day trek.
  • Hiking Shorts (3): Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Trekking Pants (3), preferably that zip on/off at the knees so you can use as shorts also.
  • Loose, casual trousers for trekking
  • Thermal wear for colder areas
  • Lightweight underwear – Capilene or other synthetic.
  • Cotton pants or (loose jeans/khakis).
  • T-Shirts: Cotton for lower altitude walking. the synthetic is good above 2500m.
  • Thermal Underwear: Synthetic polypropylene
  • Waterproof Jacket. Quality waterproof clothing is essential. A proofed nylon or Gore-Tex jacket is recommended
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Goretex or warm jacket for winter trekking bring the down jacket
  •  women sports bras, Synthetic
  • Strong rucksack or large holdall to be carried by porters
  • Daysack to carry valuables such as passport, cash, camera, travel documents  personally
  • Plastic bags or stuff sacks to store
  • Plug adapter  2 round pin
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen, Pencils, and small notebooks
  •  Extra contacts or glasses
  • Quick-drying towel (medium-sized)
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap/handwash
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Wet wipes
  • Sanitizers
  • Water purification tablets or  iodine
  • Refillable Water bottles
  • Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava
  • Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking
  • Sunglasses or goggles
  • Warm gloves
  • Towel
  • Sun lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Sunglasses protect from day sunlight
  • Sleeping bag rated -20 degree Celcius  you can also get a sleeping bag liner
  • Some Extra pairs of Tshirts and also shorts.
  • Trekking pole
  • Camera
  • Flashlight and battery
  • First aid kit (with moleskin for blisters)
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of your passport

Annapurna circuit trek cost

The Annapurna circuit trek cost is between the USD 950 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.

Annapurna circuit trek best season

Annapurna circuit trek is open throughout the year. You can trek to the Annapurna circuit at any time of the year. But for your better enjoyment and a better view of the mountain, you will have to travel at a specific time and we are discussing here the best season. 

Annapurna circuit trek during autumn

Autumn is one of the best seasons to trek in Nepal and the Annapurna circuit too. It is also considered as the king season for trekking and traveling. This is the most fabulous time for trekking to the Annapurna circuit trek. Because of the stable weather and temperature, trekkers flood toward the Annapurna circuit for trekking. Skies are also prevalent in the Annapurna circuit during this season. This season falls during September, October, and November. The weather during these months is mostly sunny with a bright and clear sky. There is very little chance of precipitation on the Annapurna circuit area during this season. The average temperature during mid-autumn is 15 degrees Celsius during day time and 7 degrees Celsius during night time.

Cons of trekking during autumn seasons

  • This time of the year is the most crowded time for trekking to the Annapurna circuit. So, you might not get a proper view of the mountains.
  • You may not find hotels and lodge easily, and you might have to share rooms with your fellow trekkers.
  • Food and accommodation are costly during this season to compare to other seasons.

Pros of trekking during the autumn season

  • One of the main Nepal festivals like Dashing, Tihar falls during this season. So you can observe Nepal culture closely.
  • You can get the best view of the mountains because of the perfect weather and temperature.
  • You can get a stunning view of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain range.

Tips for trekking to Annapurna circuit during autumn

  • Since this is the peak and best season for trekking, you should book your book for your food and accommodation early.
  • It would be best if you carried lightweight clothes.

 

 Annapurna circuit trek during the spring season

Spring season is the second-best time for hiking and trekking to different places in Nepal. However, it is the most beautiful time of the year to do the Annapurna circuit trek. It is said that during this season, natural beauty reaches its maximum height. There are few chances of rainfall and snowfall during this season. Spring season is the gentle season as it takes away all the harsh weather of winter and welcome warmer weather. Weather during this month is also warmer and favorable for trekking. A clear sky will help you to get an outstanding glance at the mountain. New buds of the trees start to grow in the course of the season. This period’s average temperature ranges from 18 – 23 during the day and falls to 5 degrees during night time. The temperature on Thorong la pass becomes coldest throughout this month.

Cons of trekking during this season

  • There are few snowfall and rainfall chances during this season, so your trekking path will be difficult to walk.
  • This season is also slightly crowded, so you might not get a place for accommodation.
  • Night rainfall is very much possible during this season.

Pros of trekking during this season

You can walk along the forest full of wildflowers and rhododendron during the Annapurna circuit trek.

The temperature during this season is very much suitable for trekking.

This month also provides a fantastic view of the high Himalayas.

In this season, you can also get some glance of rare animals and birds.

Tips for trekking to Annapurna during the spring season

You will have to carry some warm clothes with you if you are trekking during the early march. 

It is also peak season, so book your trek early.

Since precipitation is maybe possible, you might have to carry rain gear with you.

Annapurna circuit trek during monsoon season

Monsoon season is the off-season for trekking. In Nepal, monsoon, and summer-fall on time in June, July, and August. So the trail to Annapurna circuit trek becomes hot and wet at the same time. As the weather during this season does not support trekking, people trekking to the Annapurna circuit trek are less. Monsoon rain makes the trail muddy and slippery. On the other hand, you might get some discount on food and accommodation during this season. The temperature throughout this season varies from 15 – 25 degrees Celsius.

Annapurna circuit trek receives an average rainfall of 600 – 800 mm. But some of the Annapurna region places like a lower mustang, Marpha, and Jomsom do not have rainfall because they fall on the rain shadow of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. If you want to experience the trek to Annapurna circuit during monsoon, then early June and late august would be the best options.

Cons of trekking during monsoon/ summer

      • All hotels and lodges might not open during these months.
      • The tail becomes slippery and difficult to walk.
      • Due to rainfall, your trekking days might have to get extended.

Pros of trekking during monsoon/ summer season

      • If you are a peace lover, this might be the best time for you to have the whole path by yourself. 
      • You might get a discount on accommodation and food.
      • The view you get to observe after the rainfall is just magnificent.  
      • The air during this season is very refreshing. 

Tips for trekking to Annapurna circuit during monsoon/ summer season

      • It is a must that you carry rain gears like a pair of trekking boots, raincoats, and waterproof jackets, etc. since weather during this season is unpredictable.
      • Leeches and other harmful insects are very much active during this season so, and you will have to look out for yourself.
      • As mosquitoes are also a problem during this month, you should carry any repellent cream.
      • There is no need to carry warmer clothes as it is also the summer season, but it is better to take full sleeves cloth with you.

Trekking Annapurna circuit during the winter season

We need to be careful to trek in Winter in the Annapurna circuit trek However, trekking to the Annapurna circuit is also ok on this season. It is also believed that Nepal’s Himalayas looks like a brand new bride covered with the white dress of snow. This season falls in December, January, and February. There is a chance of snowfall during the whole season of the Annapurna circuit. The weather of the winter season also does not support trekking and hiking. You may find many obstacles on the way during this season, but it is also true that this season provides the best view of the mountains. The temperature and weather of the Annapurna region can get harsh but worth bearing. The Annapurna region goes to 7 – 12 degrees Celsius average during the daytime and may fall to minus during nighttime. 

Cons of trekking during the winter season

      • The snowfall may block the trail, and you may feel painful to watch.
      • There is a chance of getting sick if you are not fit.
      • You may not get a clear view of the mountains due to fog.
      • Many small tea houses and hotels might not open during this month.

Pros of trekking during the winter season

      • You will get to know the real struggle for trekking.
      • Trekking to the Annapurna circuit during the winter season might be training for trekking to other extreme mountains.
      • The view of the mountains is just incomparable during this season.

Tips for trekking to Annapurna trekking

      • The most important thing that you will have to remember before trekking in the winter season is that you will have to be physically and mentally fit.
      • Trekking boots might be beneficial for trekking during this season.

 

Trekking permits

A trekking permit is an essential thing that you will have to take with you before your trek. For trekking to the Annapurna circuit trek, you will need to have two trekking permit. The first one is ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit), which you will need to have for visiting the Annapurna conservation area and TIMS (trekker’s information management system). By taking an ACAP card, you can see many endangered rare snow wild animals and species. You can get this card Tourism Board Office in Kathmandu. You will have to pay NPR 5000 / for making Tims card and Annapurna trekking permit. In case you forget to make this card in Kathmandu, you can also make ACAP and TIM’scard on The Immigration Office in Pokhara. To make this card, you will need to have a passport, insurance (required to show the detail), a contact person in Nepal (maybe your travel company), and some photos. 

 

Food and accommodation for the trek

Food and accommodation is the common thing for any trek. You will be surprised to see the facilities in the hotels and lodges in the Annapurna region. Despite the area on such high altitude, all the needed facilities for this Annapurna circuit trek is available. In some places, you can also get a top facility accordion to the price. The entire guest house has blankets, beds, and an attached bathroom. Guesthouse costs according to the season of the trek. 

As mentioned above, if you plan Annapurna circuit trek on peak seasons like spring and autumn, you might be charged more, but if you plan to trek on winter and monsoon, you will be charged less, plus sometimes you get a discount as well. For the Annapurna circuit region’s food, you will have food varieties like chilies, japans, and Indian food on lower altitude places like Pokhara. But as you start to gain altitude, you will not find a variety of food.

Most of the places served Dal Bhat and Tarkari, which is a daily and typical food in Nepal. Dhedo is another common food that you will be served in the Annapurna region. Dedho is also a national food of Nepal and is considered to be very advantageous for trekking. Milk is very famous in the Annapurna region. Milk ingredients like Paneer, curd, and Durkha also gives energy to you for trekking.

For drinks, you should not drink hard drinks like beverage and alcohol in high altitude places. Drinking hard drinks will make your heartbeat rate faster, and you might get a heart attack. Also, suffering from dehydration is a common problem. For minimizing dehydration, you should drink lots and lots of water. It would help if you also carry a purification tablet with you everywhere you go for drinking safe water. Book your Annapurna circuit trek and enjoy your holiday.

Drinking water during the Annapurna circuit trek

The water is the main thing to make your body hydration and help to reduce the chances of altitude sickness. As far as the Annapurna circuit trek they have safe drinking water most of the part. The water from the filter station can cost between 25 to 100 Nepali rupees. Another option is getting the Boiling water in your guest house which is also extra payable. This is also the best treatment as it is highly effective in removing both viral and bacterial pathogens.

Another good method for safe drinking water is taking good filters of a hand pump with carbon filters and are effective against removing protozoa, bacteria, and chemicals/toxins but are not effective against viruses, hence the water will still need to be treated virally with the aforementioned disinfectant. This combination of filter/disinfecting is preferred if boiling is not possible, and is an excellent option for those trekking independently.

The easy and cheapest way is to get water purification tablets or iodine. You can use 1 tablet before 1 hour on your water bottle and ready to drink. Most of the travelers use this way for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. However, You can also get the mineral water in the tea houses at the additional cost. But the plastic bottles are difficult to dispose of and bad for the environment so we suggest instead use the water purification tablets.

 


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

Annapurna circuit trek is difficult to grade treks which are 5 to 7 hours walking each day.  One or two days are a little longer too and some days are shorter.  The trails are mixed starting part is well- marked and wide and the upper part is mostly less well-traveled, rockier underfoot and steeper. we are making an acclimatization day in our difficult trek after trekking3,4 days. The difficult trek goest up to 5500m height.

This is the zone of less oxygen and our bodies start to notice and adjust to the reduced air pressure (and therefore reduced availability of oxygen) We ask that you have a good level of fitness and stamina: if you’re comfortable going on multi-day walks in mountainous terrain in your home country you swim, cycle, run or take a fitness class a couple of times a week you should find this trek within your means. You don’t need to be an experienced trekker to enjoy this trip but you should feel very comfortable hiking in the mountains,. The chances of altitude sickness are hight on this trek so you need to trek slowly and drink plenty of water and carry enough warm clothing.

Trekking Dates:  You can do this trek any dates.  The best time is Feb, March, April, May, June, Sept, Oct, November, and December for a group of 2 to 12 people. the rainy season is not that good for the trek as the views are not great and some time landslide can happen.

Your trekking luggage:  You will have 1 porter for 2 trekkers basis in Annapurna circuit trek, to carry your luggage. The maximum weight per trekkers is 15 kg, including your sleeping bag, and down jacket, other items not required on a trek can be stored in our office or your hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Equipment Renting and buying: We advise you to bring all of your clothing and gear from home, however, in Kathmandu, there are many shops to buy and rent trek related equipment. We advise you to bring all of your clothing and gear from home, however, in Kathmandu, there are many shops to buy and rent trek related equipment.

Your Trek Leader and Support staff

Your trek is leading by or experience trekking guide and porter who are joining you from Kathmandu. All of our guides have trained for and attained a Trekking Guide license provided by the Government. The license exam is organized by TAAN and Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHAM) every year. They have vast knowledge about the trekking trails and kinds of medical treatments and emergency services of first aids, altitude sickness, and other relevant issues.

Your belongings will be safely taken by our Porter, making your walk easy, more pleasant, and comfortable. Our porter will carry a maximum of 30 kg in total for 2 trekkers’ bag. If you have any extra weight, We suggest you hire another porter and will cost extra cost.

Transportation on the trek

For the Annapurna Circuit trek, there are different means of transport. Our trip starts at Besisaahar and ends at Jomsom. from Kathmandu or Pokhara we can take a local bus about 5 to 6 hours drive till Besisahar. You can also take a private jeep directly to Chame at the extra cost. from Besisahar we can drive by local sharing jeep till Chame, the jeeps are with other trekkers and mostly local people. when we finish the trek we take a flight to Pokhara, Please note that the flights depend on the weather, Some time it gets delayed and cancels also.

If a flight gets canceled in Jomsom, you can again drive by local sharing jeep and bus to Pokhara, Though this is quite a long drive and you will arrive at Pokhara in the evening.  from Pokhara to Kathmandu you can take 25 minutes flight or 6/7 hours drive by bus or by private car. the main way to get there is by driving. Above the Himalaya, trekking is always careful to choose the best transport options available for your travel period. We choose the transport means as per your package itinerary and budget also.

Passport and Visa info

First, be sure you have a valid passport with at least 6 months’ validity from the return date.  You can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport. USD 30 or equivalent convertible currency for 15 days for single/multiple entries. If you get a visa till 30 days It is USD 50 or equivalent convertible currency. USD 125 or equivalent convertible currency for 90 days for single/multiple entries

You can get a Nepal visa prior to arrival from the Nepalese Embassy in your home country. Likewise, you can easily get an upon arrival visa at Kathmandu airport and other different borders from Nepal.

We find that most travelers find themselves in difficulty as sometimes; they don’t carry money to get a visa at the time of their arrival. There is no ATM inside the visa section. Though there is a provision of ATM outside, it is more likely that sometimes it doesn’t work. So, for your comfort, we recommend you bring the cash US$ to get them on arrival visa.

Money Exchange for the trek

For your Annapurna circuit trek, you need some extra money for your personal expenses. Nepal banknotes comes in Rupees, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 250, 500, 1000 denominations. Coins come in Rupees 1, 2, 5, and 10 denominations. Foreign currencies must be exchanged only through banks or authorized money exchangers. The receipts of such transactions are to be obtained and retained. Visitors can exchange foreign currency at the foreign exchange counter at the airport upon arrival too, Although their rates are quite low so better you can exchange in the city.

You can also get money from ATM machines there are many in the city and it allows you a maximum of 40,000 per day. Visitors other than the Indian nationals have to make the payment in foreign currency (non-Indian currency) in the hotel. It also applies to book your trekking and tour. During the Annapurna circuit trek, you need local Nepali rupees for your extra expenses. So you can carry enough amount for the trek there are no ATM facilities along the way except Dhunche.

Note: Most of the banks and Money changers in Nepal will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn, or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.

Annapurna circuit trek group size

Our Langtang valley trek group sizes are quite small and from 2 people to 10. We always make a small group to reduce the impact on the environment and to enable us to provide a more personal service. The maximum group size on most of our treks/tours is 12 and the minimum group size is 2. if you are a single traveler we also operate a private solo trip for you. After the COVID 19 pandemic, we are now making our trekking group size in a 10-person limit, this also makes it easy to provide you the best service and look after all of you from your trekking guide and porter. So any number are you are don’t matter you can book your trip with us we are happy to run the best holiday for you.

Health and Fitness for Annapurna circuit trek

The main things for the Annapurna round circuit trek are needed your positive thinking and you need to able to walk 5/6 hours in the rocky trail. You can be fit for the trek before you arrive here by doing small exercises in your home country. The more stamina you built up is easier to trek in the mountain. To boost your stamina you can do running, cycling, Zumba, or some yoga practices. You will be walking 5 to 7 hours a day during the so be prepare for your legs. The best exercise you can do in-home is squats and lunges.

Altitude sickness:  Our entire Annapurna circuit trek itinerary is designed to climb slowly to prevent altitude sickness. When we ascend above 2500 meters, our bodies have to acclimatize to the decreasing amount of the oxygen available. The early symptoms are a headache, extreme fatigue, and loss of appetite. The only cure for Acute Mountain Sickness is to descend. When we climb slowly, avoid alcohol during your trek, eat crabs food, drink ¾ liters of water daily will help you.

Communication  during Annapurna circuit trek

In Langtang valley trek the use of internet service will be available at the lodges with some extra service charge. while you are in Langtang alley trek there are telephones facilities in many villages. You can make international calls and in most of the places has wifi facilities. Now You can contact your family and friends via the lodges. Our guide has a cellular phone and We’ll communicate to them frequently to know the trek and your health.

Furthermore, we are making sure to make sure you’re fine, safe, feel right, and have everything up there. Also, the easy way now is you can get the local sim card on arrival at the airport which has a 4g/3g network in most of the route.  Now Most of the places in the trekking route have wifi service available Normally Wi-Fi works every part of the trek in lodge/lodges which will be provided with a minimal fee or someplace have free.

Travel rescue Insurance

We suggest you have a full travel insurance package that covers medical, personal accident, emergency evacuation, furthermore, it should also include, trip cancellation, loss of gears, natural calamity, theft of or damage to baggage, etc. While you trek in the high altitude some time you get illnesses, small injured, or get sick. If you will get any problem and get ill or injured during your trek, Above the Himalaya trekking will taking care of you and in an emergency, we will rescue you.

If small injuries and health problems and altitude sickness are getting during the Annapurna circuit trek. Our staff will descend to you immediately. For the more serious medical issues, emergency  Above the Himalaya trekking company will arrange a helicopter rescues for you.

We need a guarantee of payment from your Insurance company or a cash deposit or a promise in Kathmandu. While you are trekking with Above The Himalaya Trekking, we will arrange the travel rescue insurance and initial payments. We will claim a refund to your insurance company again. Make sure when you buy the insurance it should cover bother rescue and medical assistance. We suggest you giving your full insurance information while you book your trip with us. For an emergency case, this will help us to arrange a quick and effective rescue operation and get emergency medical help.

 

Package Cost: Annapurna circuit trek cost depends on your group size how you travel by bus or private car and your trekking staff. Our package includes a trekking guide, porter, transportation by private car. It also includes the necessary trekking permits, accommodation meals, all service charges, and taxes. You can do the half board package also just hiring guide, porter, get permits. for your meals and accommodation during the trek, you can pay by yourself also. You can browse these pages more for details price and trip dates.

Tipping Info:

In the hospitality industry of Nepal, the workers except for some tips while you are in your tour or Trekking

While you are on the tour and trekking, you can tip to the guide and porter. Normally, people tip 10% of their payable amount. If you have booked the full board package for your trekking and tour. but if you just hire guide and porter service you can tip differently like a per day calculation basis.

We don’t suggest tipping while you have something to eat at the restaurant as they have already taken a 10% service charge, and 13% Government Taxes. However, while you enter the hotel, the bell boy may expect some tipping.

Trip extension

After completing your Annapurna circuit trek and if you have more time you can do different activities in Nepal. You can go to Chitwan National park for a Jungle safari tour or can do a day Rafting trip.  Pokhara is a famous place for different adventure activities like Paragliding, Ultralight flight, Bungy Jump. We can arrange different tours and put these extra activities as optional tours and They are not included in your package cost.

You can arrange these activities with us at a good discounted price.  If you need a hotel or flight ticket services after the trek we can arrange at a reasonable cost. you can do the tour in Kathmandu city also or join a 1-hour scenic flight over Mount Everest. Furthermore, we are also offering Tibet and Bhutan tours.

 

 

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 third 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 till 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 the 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 altitude 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 to 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 trees 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 of 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 at the significant town 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 walk is in the dusty trail and wind so you must need sunglass 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 in 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
  • Others 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 TempAvg. Night TempWeather
March, April, May 18-22 °C8-10 °C· Transparent, cloud-free views

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

June, July, August 20-26°C9-12 °C· Mostly suitable for northern areas of Annapurna trails

· Clean and pristine surrounding

September, October16-22 °C7-12 °CMost favorable time with crystal clear views
 November, December11-16 °C4-6 °C· Clear Blue skies with dazzling sunlight

· Dense forest

· least fog

· fresh and clean natural vegetation

January, February 6-11 °C2-6 °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 a healthy physical fitness and enough training. Aerobic Training or Cardiovascular, Multi-Day Training, Physical fitness training, etc. are the critical factor 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 a specialized trek training. It is 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 of 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 cost, 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 the 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 if 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 the 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 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 of 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 a 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 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 of 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?

A 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. Toilet 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 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 in 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 a pick-up/drop-off services. You will see our office representative standing at TIA, holding your name pamphlets on her/his hand. S/He will pick you from there and drop-off to 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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