Annapurna Circuit Trek

Duration: 16 Days5/5(2 reviews)
At a Glance
  • Duration 16 Days
  • Trip Grade Fairly Strenuous
  • Destination Nepal
  • Start/End KTM/KTM
  • Group Size 1-12
  • Max. Altitude 5416

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek is the best long-distance trek in Nepal. It revolves around Mt. Annapurna, the tenth-highest mountain in the world. You will traverse within the Annapurna Conservation Area (western Himalayas) and touch some lower Mustang parts towards the journey's end.

The cultural diversity, adventure, landscapes, and experience that the Annapurna Circuit offers set it apart from all the trekking routes in the Himalayas. To make the trek even more exciting, you can extend the trip to Tilicho Lake or the remote Nar Phu Valley.

We have the best Annapurna circuit trek itinerary that overlooks the recently constructed roads and joins the trail from Bhulbhule.

The journey is not affected at all, and the trekkers enjoy a serene walk in nature. You will walk past picturesque villages, dense rhododendron forests, meadows, and beautiful river valleys to a high mountain pass, Thorong La (5,416 m).

The route further descends to Muktinath temple (3,800 m), a sacred pilgrimage site. Then it follows the Kali Gandaki gorge to Jomsom (2,743 m). Kali Gandaki Gorge is the deepest gorge in the world.

On the way to Jomsom, the trail walks past the lovely stone houses and narrow alleys of Kagbeni (2,804 m) and enchanting apple orchards.

To make the ending grand, you end the Annapurna circuit trek with an excellent flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.

Between the treks, we rest in Manang village (3,519 m) and go on a side hike to explore Braga monastery and Parken Gompa or hike to Ice Lake (4,500 m).

The Annapurna circuit trek is a very immersive venture that combines adventure and culture.

Sometimes, you struggle to push forward on a steep, rugged path. In contrast, you will find yourself at peace, unwinding and rejuvenating at other times. This is the magical essence of the Annapurna circuit trail, which takes you far away from your conventional life.

The interactions with locals, the snow-capped mountain views, the simple but delicious meals, and all the stories our mountain guide shares will make the Annapurna circuit trek a lifetime voyage for you.

Annapurna Circuit Advenrue is an adventure for travelers who dare challenge themselves.

Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • A particular Annapurna circuit trek itinerary that overlooks the recent road construction and follows a serene trail to Thorong La pass
  • Trek in the Annapurna Conservation Area, rich in biodiversity
  • Meet with people from different ethnic groups, including Gurung, Magar & Thakali.
  • Adventurous trail and overnight stay in beautiful villages.
  • Witness diverse landscapes and stunning mountain panorama throughout the trek.
  • Admire lovely waterfalls, rushing rivers, and fluttering prayer flags along the route.
  • Explore the Lake and monasteries during acclimatization in Manang village.
  • Walk through lush pastures and cross Thorong La pass.
  • Get blessings in Muktinath temple, a famous pilgrimage site.
  • Take a thrilling flight, enjoying aerial views of the snow-clustered mountains from Jomsom to Pokhara.

Explore the tenth-highest mountain and Annapurna Conservation Area.

The Annapurna Circuit Trail is in the Annapurna range area. Along the way, you will see the Annapurna Mountains peeking through hills and forests now and then.

Annapurna South and Annapurna IV will become your friends in the first few days. Gradually, other ranges will also unfold as the trail opens up.

The Annapurna circuit trek is inside the Annapurna Conservation Area. It is a protected area. The trekking route is very rich in flora and fauna. You will walk past rhododendron, bamboo, oak, pine, fir, etc forests. There is a high chance of encountering animals and birds along the way.

Follow an adventurous trekking route.

The Annapurna circuit trail is adventurous, full of ups & downs via lush forests, narrow paths, meadows, and gorges.

You will cross thrilling suspension bridges, walk along rushing rivers, and encounter beautiful waterfalls. Many steep and sloppy sections dare you to push yourself. You will overcome many challenges while enjoying nature and its tranquility.

Beautiful villages, warm hospitality & humble locals

The Annapurna Circuit Trail goes through many fine villages inhabited by different ethnic groups. You meet Brahmins, Newars, and Chhetris in the lower belt.

The upper trail includes people from the Magar, Gurung, and Thakali communities. The locals' unique social ecosystem, norms, and beliefs enchant the journey. Their simple mountain lifestyle reveals a lot about them.

The locals are amiable and welcoming. The night stops are in these villages: Bhulbhule, Chamje, Dharapani, Pisang, Manang, Yak Kharka, Thorong Phedi, Muktinath, and Jomsom. You get to enjoy the warm hospitality of the natives while spending nights in these villages.

Go on an exciting side hike during acclimatization in Manang village.

We have added an acclimatization day in Manang village during the Annapurna circuit trekking. Acclimatization is for resting and adjusting to the elevation. To do so, we go on a hike.

We have two options- the first one that trekkers usually do is a hike to Braga monastery. Or, you can do a strenuous hike to Ice Lake at 4,500 m.

Witness diverse landscapes and stunning mountain panorama.

The sceneries and mountain views during the Annapurna circuit trek are phenomenal. There will not be one day in the mountains without a beautiful landscape.

You also witness diverse landscapes, ranging from verdant hills and rushing rivers to trans-Himalayan landscapes, rocky cliffs, and gorges.

Along the trekking route, you will see Himalayan mountains like Annapurna (8,091 m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Nilgiri (7,061 m), Tukuche (6,920 m), Pisang Peak (3,250 m), Tilicho Peak (7,134 m), Hiuchuli (6,441 m), Fishtail (6,993 m), Lamjung Himal (6,983 m), Gangapurna (7,455 m), etc.

Walk through lush pastures and cross Thorong La pass.

When you approach Yak Kharka, the upper part of the trail has giant pastures. Yaks and other mules can be seen grazing or basking in the sun.

The trail follows a steep, rocky path and ascends to Thorong La, Nepal's highest mountain pass. Crossing the pass asks for the guidance of a professional trekker who can navigate through the slippery slopes.

Get blessings in Muktinath temple, a famous pilgrimage site.

At 3,800 meters, Muktinath temple is one of the significant pilgrimage sites in Nepal. It is also the usual resting point after crossing Thorong La. The site is essential to both Hindus and Buddhists. The temple dates back to the 7th century and is one of the 108 Siddhpeeth.

Walk along the deepest gorge in the world & pass by stone houses.

After a few hours of walking, you will leave Muktinath behind and pass by the deepest gorge in the world, Kali Gandaki.

Only a few people talk about it, though. It is an ancient trade route between Tibet, Nepal, and India. The trail then passes by narrow alleys and beautiful stone houses of Kagbeni on the way to Jomsom.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Difficulty

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is challenging because it involves crossing a high mountain pass. The Thorong La pass is one of the main highlights of the Annapurna Circuit Adventure.

Standing at 5,416 meters, the Thorong La is the highest trekking pass in Nepal and is equally arduous. The route to the top of the pass is not technically demanding but requires professional guidance & support.

Likewise, you will spend a long time in the mountains, almost 11 days. Even though the accommodation and meal facilities are decent on the Annapurna circuit trek route.

You have to adjust to a simple lifestyle that is drastically different from what people in cities are used to.

The daily long walk on mountainous terrain, never-ending staircases, and frequently trodden sections require fit bodies.

You must have sound health, body, and mind to enjoy the Annapurna circuit trekking regardless of all the hurdles. As the trek progresses, the region becomes increasingly remote, limiting the available services.

Altitude sickness

The elevation rise drops the oxygen level and complicates the trek. You will get exposed to altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness. While trekking, we take all the measures and have an ample acclimatization period.

In odd cases, some trekkers still get symptoms of altitude sickness. In such a situation, the mountain guide will give you first aid and take other necessary actions.

You might wonder how safe it is to trek to the Annapurna Circuit. Well, the answer is quite simple and obvious; you can join the trek without any worries.

All you have to do is be aware of the underlying risks and avoid any activity that may trigger them. Our expert team will take care of you in the mountains.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Preparation

Preparing for the Annapurna circuit trek should involve building your walking habit, stamina, core strength, and endurance. You can achieve all these things by doing cardio, weight training, and regular long walking sessions (if possible, with a backpack up to 5 kg).

Do activities such as cycling, hiking, swimming, and jogging. Similarly, you can train in the gym and follow a routine to help you get ready for the trek. Remember to visit your doctor and pack trekking gear following our packing list.

Itinerary

This is a 16-day Itinerary for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Annapurna is a vast region with multiple options and side trips. The 16-day itinerary includes your arrival and departure days to and from Nepal, a day tour in Kathmandu, and a return flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.

We also have a longer itinerary that includes trekking to Pokhara through Ghorepani-Poon Hill, which we have named the Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek. We also have the shorter version of the Annapurna Circuit and another with a side trip to Tilicho Lake.

So, let us know if the given itinerary is not suitable for you and if you are looking for a shorter or longer program, as we at Outfitter Himalaya are always at your service to offer you the trip you desire.

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Our airport team will help you with hotel transfers on your arrival day. They will be at the terminal gate holding your name card.

Enjoy the remaining day relaxing and unpacking. In the late evening, meet with other team members and explore Thamel.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

After a big breakfast, we visit different tourist sites with a guide. We spend the morning exploring monuments like the Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square.

The remaining day is spent packing for the trek and meeting with the mountain guide.

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We leave Kathmandu early in the morning and drive along the Trishuli and Marshyangdi rivers to Bhulbhule.

We will take a short lunch break in Besisahar and continue driving, enjoying views of Manaslu, Peak 29, Lamjung Himal, etc.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude845

The trail passes by Musi Khola hydropower and ascends to Bhaundanda. From here, we descend to Syange and follow an uphill trail to Jagat.

Further, trekking through lush forests, waterfalls, and streams, we reach Chamje to spend the night.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude1430

We ascend for two hours and reach Tal (1,700 m). From this point, we have excellent views of snow-capped mountains.

The trail continues to Dharapani village, following stone staircases and broad valleys.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude1960

Today is a long trekking day, so gear up and prepare early. We will trek through beautiful villages, and the trail passes by subtropical forests.

We can see unique rock formations and a great mountain panorama on the way.

After around two hours of walking, we will reach Timang and walk by the Marshyangdi River valley. Then comes Koto village at 2,600 meters, and we finally reach Chame.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2675

This part of the trail is lovely. We walk past huge apple orchards and see Paungda Danda, a giant rock rising 1,500 meters from a river.

From here, we walk past prayer wheels and dense pine forests. After four hours of walking alongside verdant hills, we reach Lower Pisang.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3100

Today, we use the upper trail via Ghyaru. It is a very scenic route. You can sense the influence of Tibetan Buddhism on this part of the trail and onwards.

Walking past lush forests and Mani walls, we reach Ngawal. From here, ascend and cross a forest to Braga. Then, walk up to lovely Manang village.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3440

Today, spend an acclimatization day in Manang village. The rest day is crucial to avoid altitude sickness.

We will hike to Praken Gompa or take a challenging walk to Ice Lake at 4,500 m. After the hike, we will spend the remaining day in Manang village.

Manang village has much to offer, like coffee shops, museums, and a theater. So, we will have a great time here.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3440

Walking past alpine grasses and junipers, we ascend through remote mountain villages to the meadows where we can see yaks & horses grazing.

We first leave Manang village and reach Gunsang after two hours of walking. On the way, we can see snowy mountains.

Trekking through firs and junipers, we gradually ascend to Yak Kharka to spend the night.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude4050

Today is a short day. The trail ascends to Ledar and passes by Deurali Tea House. On the way, we will pass by Jarang Khola. From here, we walk on a rugged route to Thorong Phedi.

The region opens up, and the scenery becomes wider. We will get a good night's sleep today and get ready to cross the pass at dawn the next day.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude4420

We will wake up very early today. Leaving Thorong Phedi, we will walk up to the high camp.

The trail then passes by a transit point at Thorong La. Upon reaching the top of the pass, we can see prayer flags and breathtaking mountain views. The trail then gradually descends to Muktinath.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude5416

Leaving Muktinath behind, we walk along the Kali Gandaki gorge and traverse to Kagbeni village.

The trail is a little dusty, and the views are barren & rocky. We will walk past beautiful villages with white-washed and stone houses.

The trail further goes to Jomsom village, where we will spend the night.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2720

We will fly to Pokhara early in the morning. The flight offers stunning mountain views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.

Our team will escort you to the hotel. You have a full day of leisure in Pohara. Explore this beautiful lake city and rest.

We highly recommend catching the sunset at Phewa Lake and boating if you are unafraid.

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  • Max. Altitude830

We leave for Kathmandu in the morning today. The drive will be comfortable and scenic.

Upon reaching Kathmandu, we'll drop you off at the hotel and let you enjoy the rest of the day as you wish. We'll meet for a farewell dinner with the team late evening.

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Today, you leave for your home country. Our airport team will drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and bid you our final goodbye.

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Is the offered itinerary not suitable for you?

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Inclusions

  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • 3-night Accommodation in Kathmandu, including breakfast
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • 1-night Accommodation in Pokhara, including breakfast.
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) on trek as per the itinerary
  • 11 nights’ Accommodations in lodges during the trek
  • Experienced local trekking guide & porter (1 porter for every 2 trekkers, and a porter carries about 20-22 KG from 2 of you)
  • Paper works, National Park entry permits & TIMS permit
  • Ground transportation from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule and from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist/local bus
  • Flight fare from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Arrangement of emergency Helicopter service ( paid by travel insurance company)
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets, and duffel bag – if Necessary (return after the trek)
  • Seasonal fruits after dinner while on the trek
  • Trip completion certificate
  • T-shirt & trekking map
  • A farewell dinner
  • First Aid & oximeter
  • Official expenses and service charge

Exclusions

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals (lunch & dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara)
  • Your personal expenses, drink water, hot and cold drinks & bar bills
  • Laundry, telephone, hot shower & internet charge
  • Entrance fees on the second day
  • Tips for the guide and porters
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section

Add-Ons & Options

Single Traveller Supplement

For solo travelers, a mandatory single supplement cost of US $200.00 applies on a group trek.

Note: When booking your accommodation for this trip, please note that while we guarantee a single room in Kathmandu, mountain lodges may be limited.

During certain parts of the trek, you may need to share a room with a fellow trekker of the same gender. We will do our best to ensure your comfort and privacy throughout your journey.

Upgrade Transport on Day 3

There are options to upgrade the transport to a private jeep instead of the local bus. A Jeep costs US $200.00, and 6 people can drive in a Jeep.

Upgrade to flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

On Day 15, you can take a flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu instead of a long bus journey, which costs US $120.00 per person.

Group Departures

We at Outfitter Himalaya offers small group trek to Annapurna Circuit Trek. Find the fixed dates below to join the group trip and book your most suitable date.

The size for the group trek would be from 1 person to 12 people. If you are more than 12, contact us for the discounts and booking process.

If the offered dates are not suitable for you, or want to have private trip, Proceed booking from the right bar on your own date.

Start DateEnd DatePriceStatus 
Start DateStarts: WednesdayAug 28, 2024End DateEnds: ThursdaySep 12, 2024PricePrice Per PersonUS$1100StatusAvailable

FAQs

  • Q1. Do I need an insurance policy for the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

    Yes, you need travel insurance while coming for the Annapurna circuit trek. There is always some risk while doing the high mountain trek.

    We transfer you to the nearest hospital in case of any sickness or injury.

    You will be entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in the evacuation/rescue. Please make sure that your travel insurance covers these expenses.

  • Yes, you can join one of our fixed-departure Annapurna circuit treks. Our group trek is light-minded, and the fixed departure dates are open for you to join. The group will consist of 1 to 12 people.

    You may have to share a room in the trekking lodge with same-gender trekkers in the group trek.

    If you are a single trekker, you can join our Annapurna circuit group trek. Ask us if you need any further information.

  • Adding Tilicho Lake to our Annapurna circuit trek is possible, but it will require another three days on the itinerary.

    If you want to add Tilicho Lake, we have another itinerary with a trek.

  • Yes, we have included the trek from Bhulbhule to Jomsom and the flight/drive out from Jomsom. However, if you want to extend the trekking to the Annapurna base camp, we can extend it to the base camp; we have another itinerary that includes Annapurna Circuit & Base Camp.

  • The Annapurna Circuit has a moderate climate in October. The daytime is warm enough to offer comfortable trekking, but nights and mornings are chilly.

  • The best months for Annapurna Circuit trekking are March, April, May, September, October, and November. During this time, the skies are clear, rainfall is minimal, and temperatures are moderate, making for comfortable trekking conditions.

  • The Annapurna Circuit is coldest in winter, with temperatures dropping as low as -20°C. However, during the peak trekking seasons (spring and autumn), the temperature ranges between 5°C to 18°C.

  • During the monsoon season, trekkers can expect heavy rainfall and increased humidity. The monsoon brings frequent downpours, predominantly afternoons and evenings, which can last several hours and result in muddy and slippery trails. Clouds block the views, the air is damp, and the humidity is high.

  • Preparing for sudden changes in weather while trekking the Annapurna Circuit requires thorough planning and careful consideration of potential scenarios. Firstly, trekkers should pack a range of clothing suitable for various weather conditions, including waterproof jackets, insulated layers, and quick-drying clothing.

    Additionally, carrying essential gear such as a waterproof backpack cover, sturdy hiking boots, and a waterproof map or GPS device can help you navigate unexpected weather challenges.

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  • During the Annapurna Circuit trek, trekkers should be mindful of several specific weather hazards, such as rainfall and landslides in the monsoon season and snowfall and freezing temperatures in the winter.

  • Strong winds are less common along the Annapurna Circuit trail than in some other mountainous regions. In certain exposed sections, such as ridges and Thorong La pass, winds can pick up, especially during the afternoons when thermal currents are more prevalent.

  • During the winter months, sunrise typically occurs around 6:30 to 7:00 a.m., while sunset happens earlier in the evening, around 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. Conversely, in the summer months, sunrise is earlier, around 5:00 to 5:30 a.m., and sunset is later, around 6:30 to 7:00 p.m.

    During spring and autumn transitional seasons, sunrise and sunset times gradually shift as the days lengthen or shorten.

  • Altitude plays a significant role in shaping the weather and temperature along the Annapurna Circuit. As trekkers ascend to higher elevations, the air becomes thinner, resulting in lower atmospheric pressure and cooler temperatures. Generally, temperatures decrease by about 0.6°C for every 100 meters of ascent.

  • If you are trekking in the off-season, several weather-related challenges or delays could impact your Annapurna Circuit trekking itinerary.

    However, during the peak trekking seasons, you will not see such nuisances.

  • Stay informed about weather forecasts before and during the trek. Carry a reliable weather radio or a satellite phone to stay updated on sudden weather developments. Additionally, pack appropriate clothing and gear for various weather conditions.

  • During the peak trekking months, visibility is excellent, with clear skies providing unobstructed views of the surrounding mountains and landscapes.

    However, visibility can be significantly reduced during the monsoon and winter due to frequent rainfall, snowfall, and cloud cover.

Client Reviews

  • 5/5

    Best Annapurna circuit short Trek with Outfitter Himalaya

    We Had a wonderful trek with Outfitter Himalaya on the Annapurna Circuit Trek route. We had good lodges, good food, and a knowledgeable guide.

    The guide was able to accommodate changes to the itinerary on the spot when we wanted to return to civilization (Pokhara) earlier. When we asked for their recommendations for side trips, they helped schedule my paragliding in Pokhara, highly recommended.
     

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    AmandaFrom: Singapore,May 01, 2022
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    Dear Amanda,

    Thank you for your good review about the Annapurna circuit trek with us and our team. Good to know that you are happy with the guide and all the services provided.

    We wish you all the best and wish to serve you again. Have a good day.

    Arjun
    Outfitter Himalaya Holidays P. Ltd

  • 5/5

    The best company for the Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal

    I choose the Outfitter Himalaya team to organize my trekking in the Annapurna Circuit and Bhutan Tour. They are committed to all that I need and spared no effort to make you fully satisfied with all B & B, food, and above all safety and well-being of the group.

    I strongly recommend them.
     

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    JohnFrom: Australia,Apr 12, 2022
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    Dear John,

    Thank you for joining us for your adventure Annapurna circuit trek in Nepal and thank you for a great review about the trekking. Good to know that you are happy with the guide and all the services provided in the trekking.

    We wish you all the best and wish to serve you again.

    Have a good day.

    Arjun
    Outfitter Himalaya Holidays P. Ltd

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