Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek

Duration: 20 Days5/5(1 review)
At a Glance
  • Duration 20 Days
  • Trip Grade Fairly Strenuous
  • Destination Nepal
  • Start/End KTM/KTM
  • Group Size 1-12
  • Max. Altitude 5416

Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek 20 Days

On the Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek, explore the subtropical forests of the alpine zone of the western Himalayas. Embark on an immersive trekking venture that is both demanding and rewarding.

If you have heard about trekking in the Himalayas, you must have heard about the Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek. It is one of the most famous and loved trekking routes in Nepal.

Opened to foreign travelers in 1977, the Classic Annapurna Circuit trail has welcomed trekkers worldwide. Starting from the woodlands, the trail ascends to the highest pass of the country, Thorong La Pass (5,416 m), in 9 to 10 days of walking.

The Classic Annapurna Annapurna Circuit is a challenging trek. The trail encompasses Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m), the tenth-highest mountain in the world anticlockwise. To offer you an ultimate trekking experience in the Annapurna region, we have also combined gorgeous Ghorepani village (2,874 m) and Poon Hill (3,210 m) in our Classic Annapurna Circuit trek itinerary.

The Classic Annapurna Circuit Adventure is about diverse landscapes, adventure, and rich culture.

Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek Highlights

  • The Classic Annapurna Circuit is the best teahouse trek in the Himalayas
  • The Classic Annapurna Circuit is an Adventurous trekking route that goes through lush forests and pastures, crossing suspension bridges
  • Spend nights in picturesque villages and get to see the daily lifestyle of locals
  • Enjoy stunning mountain views and diverse landscapes while trekking
  • Cross-challenging Thorong La pass
  • Visit temples and monasteries along the way, including the holy Muktinath Temple.
  • Walk along the Kali Gandaki Gorge and apple orchards
  • Catch beautiful sunrise from Poon Hill
  • Spend time in a natural hot spring in Tatopani

Why go on the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Many reasons make the Annapurna Circuit trek a must-do trek in the Himalayas, which is why it's very famous among trekkers. Below are some reasons why Classic Annapurna Circuit trekking is one of our favorite treks.

Adventurous and rewarding teahouse trek in the Himalayas

Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the best teahouse treks in the Himalayas. A teahouse trek means simple accommodation yet heartwarming hospitality from the locals.

Every second on the trail is rewarding. Even though many trekkers hit the trail in the peak trekking season, you'll still be detached from all the chaos and enjoy the serene views.

Trek through beautiful villages and pass by many wonders of nature

The Classic Annapurna Circuit trail ascends through the foothills of verdant hills. It passes by remote villages like Chamje, Dharapani, Chame, Pisang, Manang, Yak Kharka, Kagnebi, Jomsom, Tatopani, and Ghorepani. There are also many other small settlement areas along the trekking route.

The trail is very adventurous, full of ascends and descends through forests, pastures, and gorges. You'll cross many suspension bridges and small streams, and likewise, you'll come across waterfalls and terraced fields.

Friendly locals and rich cultural heritage

The Classic Annapurna Circuit trekking route is resided by locals from different communities like Brahmin, Chhetri, Magar, Gurung, etc. The locals are amiable and welcoming. They'll always help you.

On the way, we will visit temples and stupas. Many places are also wrapped with colorful prayer flags. While staying overnight in the villages, we get a glimpse of the rich culture and practices of the locals.

Stunning mountain views and diverse sceneries

During the Classic Annapurna Circuit trek, one can see breathtaking views of Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Mt. Fishtail (6,993 m), Mt. Gangapurna (7,455 m), Mt. Tukuche (6,920 m), Tilicho Peak (7,134 m), and many others. Likewise, the trek offers diverse sceneries of verdant valleys and rushing rivers to dry, barren hills dominated by snowy mountains.

You Cross-challenging Thorong La pass.

Thorong La, also known as Thorung La, is a high mountain pass with an elevation of 5,416 meters. Located in the Damodar Himal, north of Mt. Annapurna, it connects Manang village in the east to the Muktinath temple in the Lower Mustang in the west.

The trail to the top of the pass is steep and rugged, requiring careful walking. Depending on the season, the trail may also be covered with snow. From the top of the pass, one can see jaw-dropping mountain scenery.

Get a blessing in Muktinath temple.

Muktinath temple is a pilgrimage site in Nepal. It is a significant temple for Hindus and Buddhists.

Hundreds of pilgrims visit this temple to worship every year. On the temple premises, locals sell saligrams and other precious stones.

Inside the temple, there are 108 sprouts. Taking a bath in these sprouts is believed to forgive all the sins by the god. Likewise, there are many small shrines around the main temple.

Walk along the Kali Gandaki Gorge and apple orchards.

Kali Gandaki Gorge is the deepest gorge in the world. It separates the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. This gorge was a trade route between Tibet and India for centuries.

Likewise, as the trail approaches Marpha and Kegbeni, we pass by lovely apple orchards. These apples are delicious. We may stop at the local factory to taste apple brandy and other apple-based products.

Witness the gorgeous sunrise from Poon Hill.

In the later part of the ClassicAnnapurna Circuit trek, we hike to Poon Hill, located above Ghorepani village.

At 3,210 meters, Poon Hill offers excellent sunrise and snow-capped mountain views. It is a famous viewpoint in the lower Annapurna region, and often trekkers visit this place as a single short trek- the Poon Hill trek.

Enjoy hot springs in Tatopani.

Tatopani is known for its natural hot springs. We spend a night there while descending. The hot springs are managed by locals, and we must pay a few extra bucks to enjoy them.

The natural hot springs will relieve our sore muscles and help us eliminate skin diseases. Therefore, remember to pack a swimsuit and carry extra cash with you.

The Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek Route

The Classic Annapurna Circuit Journey begins at Bhulbhule and ascends through subtropical forests and terraced fields, followed by picturesque villages. You cross suspension bridges and waterfalls along the way. Manang village onwards, there are pastures and arid cliffs.

You will walk on a rough, steep uphill path, approach the Thorong La pass (5,416 m), and descend to Muktinath temple (3,800 m). This part of the trail sees glacial walk and ice flows. Further, walking along the Kali Gandaki gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, you once again begin walking at a relatively lower altitude.

The trekking route has narrow alleyways and apple orchards to Kagbeni (2,804 m) and Jomsom (2,743 m). From Jomsom, the trail drops down to Ghorepani village (2,874 m) via Kalopani (2,480 m) and Tatopani (1,190 m). Further, the trail enters a forested path. The Classic Annapurna Circuit route's last part passes by lush rhododendrons and pine forests.

How difficult is the Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek?

We receive this question frequently from trekkers. The Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek is challenging and demands physical fitness and previous trekking experience. It is not for beginner trekkers.

The Classic Annapurna Circuit Hiking covers around 300 km, which involves walking along the Marsyangdi Valley to Thorong La Pass.

The Classic Annapurna Circuit trail has many hurdles, from steep terrain to high altitude and limited tourist infrastructure. Trekking in a remote area and walking on a rough forested path is difficult. And the trial only gets high and daunting. There is a lingering risk of altitude sickness, and the trekkers must be careful.

Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek Preparation

If you have decided to join the Classic Annapurna Circuit trek and are now looking to prepare your body for the journey, this may help.

First, once You Book the Classic Annapurna Circuit trek, one of our travel consultants will help you prepare. He/she will tell you everything about the journey and what physical activities you should do to prepare your body.

The daily average walk is 6 to 7 hours. So, you must ensure you can walk this much on rough terrain. Go on long walks before the beginning of the trek and hikes, too (if possible). You have to make the habit of walking for a long time.

Steady stamina is crucial for a trek like this. We suggest cardio activities such as swimming, cycling, jogging, and running to build stamina. You can also do cardio exercise.

Another important thing is getting your shoes ready for the trek. Do not carry brand-new shoes while trekking; they will only hurt you. Break in your shoes and make them comfortable.

Itinerary

The 20-day Itinerary of the Annapurna Circuit is the classic route of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. The Classic Annapurna circuit trek is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Nepal Himalayas.

However, after building the road in some parts of the trail, it is not as popular as before. However, we still found that many people are interested in a trek on the classic Annapurna Circuit Trek.

The 20-Day Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek includes your arrival and departure days to and from Nepal and a day tour in Kathmandu at the start of the trek as an introductory tour of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu.

Our itinerary is a perfectly designed guideline suitable for trekkers of average fitness levels.

However, if you want to arrange the hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara or need a customized itinerary, we at Outfitter Himalaya are always ready to create one for you. Feel free to contact us at any time.

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Outfitter Himalaya representatives will welcome you to the airport.

You can see them around the terminal gate with your nameplate. They'll help you with your heavy luggage and escort you to the hotel.

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  • Max. Altitude1345

An extra day in Kathmandu to prepare for the trek, but first, we visit some historical sites.

We have planned a guided sightseeing tour in the morning. Our friendly English-speaking tour guide will accompany you during the tour and take you to sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and Patan Durbar Square.

Later, you will meet in our office and prepare for the trek. We'll check all the permits and trekking gear. The trek guide will give a short briefing about the terrain and help you pack your duffle bag.

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We begin trekking from Bhulbhule. It is a long drive from Kathmandu. We'll follow the Trishuli River to Pokhara and, passing by Besishar, drive to Bhulbhule.

The drive offers a stunning panorama of terraced fields, lush green hills, and mountains like Ganesh Himal & Mt. Manaslu.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude875

The trail from Bhulbhule follows a flat path and then steeply ascends to a sheer cliff face.

Further, we descend to Jagat (1,330 m), a stone village. From here, we walk through lush forests to Chamje village for a night's stay.

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  • Max. Altitude1430

Descend to a river and cross it over a suspension bridge. The trail ascends to Sattale (1,550 m) and continues down a steep valley path.

We walk above the river and gradually climb to the top of the hill. The trail moves to Tal (1,700 m). From here, the path narrows and winds to a small village called Karte (1,900 m).

We then drop down to a river and cross another bridge before reaching Dharapani.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude1960

The trail follows lush forests and goes along the Marsyangdi River to Chame, the district headquarters of Manang.

The beautiful trail offers stunning views of Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, and Lamjung Himal.

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  • Max. Altitude2675

The trekking route from Chame goes through a steep and narrow valley to a massive rock wall. It's called Paungda Danda Rock and rises 1,500 meters from the Marshyangdi River.

While walking, we can see tempting views of Annapurna II and Pisang Peak. The trail then drops to the Manang Valley floor and goes to Pisang village.

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

We trek following the upper route through Upper Pisang via Geru.

It is a scenic route that offers remarkable views of snow-clustered mountains like Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, Gangapurna, etc.

We walk by Tibetan settlement areas and visit the Barge monastery. En route to Manang, there are many shrines and stupas.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3440

We take a rest day in Manang village and take this chance to explore the town. We'll hike to the Ice Lakes.

The scenery here is breathtaking. Later in the day, we visit the Himalayan Rescue Association in Vraja village and monasteries around the area.

Manang village has museums, a movie theater, and many other things to do. Today should be a good day.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3440

Manang onward, we begin walking at a high altitude and notice a change in climate & terrain.

After crossing a stream, we ascend to Tenki village. The trail heads out of Marshaygnadi valley and enters Jarsang Khola valley. We walk on an uphill path that heads north.

Walking through several pastures and juniper forests, we gradually trek to Gunsan village. We then cross a small river on a wooden bridge and ascend to Yak Kharka.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude4050

Today, the trail ascends to Thorong Phedi. From Yak Kharka, we climb a ridge and drop down to the Marshyangdi River.

Crossing the river, we gradually walk on a narrow trail to Thorong Phedi. The terrain is rugged.

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  • Max. Altitude4420

Today, our goal is to cross the challenging Thorong La pass. From Thorong Phedi, the trail ascends along a steep and rocky path to the top of the pass, offering a phenomenal mountain panorama.

From here, we descend to the holy Muktinath Temple. It will be a thrilling day today with all the gorgeous scenery and hurdles.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude5416

Before we leave Muktinath, we visit the temple. It is one of Nepal's most important temples and a pilgrimage site.

The temple has 108 stone sprouts. Locals believe the deity will forgive all your sins if you bathe in these sprouts.

From Muktinath, the trail goes through a medieval village called Jharkot. Here, we visit the ancient Shakya monastery.

We then trek through fields, tiny white-washed houses, and apple orchards. The trail descends to the Kali Gandaki riverbed and goes to Jomsom.

On the way, we pass by Kagbeni village, situated at the junction of Jhong Khola and Kali Gandaki.

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  • Max. Altitude2720

From Jomsom, we trek through Marpha, the apple capital of Nepal. This place has one of the most delicious apples and other products made from it.

The trail then continues to Kalopani, where we'll spend the night.

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From Kalopani, we walk on a downhill steep route to Rupse Chhahara (waterfall).

Near the waterfall is the deepest gorge in the world between Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri.

It's called the Kali Gandaki Gorge. The trail ascends to Tatopani, and we'll have plenty of time to enjoy the natural hot spring.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude1190

We walk on a flat path and ascend steeply through remote villages and terraced fields.

The trail then passes by lush forest to Phalate and Chitre villages. The last few hours of the route go through rhododendron forests to the beautiful Ghorepani village.

The village is surrounded by snow-capped mountains.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2860

Early in the morning, we hike to the Poon Hill viewpoint. From here, we see a gorgeous sunrise and views of numerous mountains like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Fishtail, Gangapurna, Hiunchuli, Lamjung Himal, etc.

After having breakfast, descend through the rhododendron and oak forest. From Ulleri (1,960 m), the trail steeply descends to Tikhedhunga.

A short 15-minute walk from here leads us to Hile village.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3210

Our last day of the trek is here. Today, it's a pretty easy walk to Nayapul.

From Hile, we mostly walk by forested paths. The trail descends, following Burundi Khola to Birethanti, and crossing the Modi Khola, we reach Nayapul.

The trek ends here, and we take a short drive to Pokhara.

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From Pokhara, it's a half-day drive to Kathmandu. The drive will be comfortable and full of stunning scenery.

In Kathmandu, you'll have the rest of the day's leisure. Meet us in the designated restaurants for the farewell Dinner. Remember to do window shopping.

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Our team will drop you off at the international airport at your flight departure time, or you can continue with your other plans in Nepal.

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Is the offered itinerary not suitable for you?

Looking for a customized itinerary? Reach out to our experts.

Map & Altitude Graph

Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek map

Inclusions

  • Airport transfers
  • Three nights’ Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the trek
  • Meals during the trek with hot tea/coffee in breakfast
  • Conservation entry permits & TIMS permit
  • 1-night Accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Ground transportation from Kathmandu – Bhulbhule - Pokhara - Kathmandu by local/tourist bus
  • A guide and porters
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service ( Paid by Travel insurance company)
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets if necessary (need to be returned after the trek)
  • Sleeping bag, Duffle bag and down jackets if necessary (returnable after the trek)
  • Office expenses, Tax & VAT
  • Serve fresh fruits after dinner as dessert
  • T-shirt & trekking map
  • A farewell dinner
  • First Aid with oxymeter

Exclusions

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Travel insurance (compulsory).
  • Entrance fees on the Kathmandu tour
  • Lunch and Dinner while you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Sweet things like chocolate, apple pie, etc...
  • International airfare to and from Nepal
  • Tips for the guide, porter & driver
  • Any other expenses, not mentioned in included section

Add-Ons & Options

Single Traveller Supplement

For solo travelers, a mandatory single supplement cost of US $200.00 applies for the group to join the 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

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.

Day 19: You can take a flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu instead of taking a long bus journey, which costs US $120.00 per person.

Group Departures

We at Outfitter Himalaya offer a small group trek to the Classic 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 you need a date different than the one offered or want a private trip, proceed to book from the right bar on your own date.

Start DateEnd DatePriceStatus 
Start DateStarts: WednesdayAug 28, 2024End DateEnds: MondaySep 16, 2024PricePrice Per PersonUS$1100StatusAvailable

Essential Info

Best Time for Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek

It's possible to do the Classic Annapurna circuit trek in most months of the year. However, autumn (Sep-Nov) offers clear skies, and the rains wash away the bugs and dust. So, autumn is the best time to go on a trek.

Spring (Feb-Mid end of May) offers warmer temperatures, longer days, and rhododendrons bloom. So, forests are colorful, and spring is another best time for the Annapurna circuit trek.

Fitness Required for Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek

To do the Classic Annapurna circuit trek, you must be physically fit and have a moderate fitness level. It involves daily walking/trekking on mountain trails for 3 to 9 hours.

At Thorong La Pass, you reach 5416m above sea level. You better have previous trekking experience, good health, and strong desire and stamina.

Meals & Drinks on Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek

51 meals (19 breakfast, 16 lunch, and 16 dinners) are provided in the Classic Annapurna circuit trek, and the meals are provided in guest houses. You will have breakfast/dinner at the lodge, where we stay overnights, and lunch at the lodge available along the trail.

Nepali and Western meals and drinks like coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer are also available. Note that drinks are not included in the cost.

We suggest you bring water purification pills/medicine while coming for the Classic Annapurna circuit trek. You get normal water for free. So, you can use the medicine and drink or buy bottled/boiled/safe drink water.

FAQs

  • Q1. How Difficult is Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek?

    It is a common question we get asked by trekkers all the time. To answer you in simple words, the Classic Annapurna Circuit trek is a challenging trek that demands physical fitness and previous trekking experience. Classic Annapurna Circuit trekking is not for beginner trekkers. The Classic Annapurna Circuit trek distance covers around 300 km of a walk along the Marsyangdi valley to Thorong La pass.

    The Classic Annapurna Circuit trail has many hurdles, from steep terrain to high altitude and limited tourist infrastructure. Trekking in a remote area and walking on a rough forested path itself is difficult. And the trial only gets high and daunting. There is a lingering risk of altitude sickness, and the trekkers have to be careful of that, too.

  • If you have decided to join the Classic Annapurna Circuit trek and are now looking to prepare your body for the journey, then this may help you. First of all, once we confirm Classic Annapurna Circuit trek booking 2022/2023 from our side, one of our travel consultants will help you in the preparation. He/she will let you know everything about the journey and what kind of physical activities you should do to prepare your body.

    The daily average walk is 6 to 7 hours. So, you have to make sure that you can walk this much on rough terrain. Go on long walks before the beginning of the trek and hikes, too (if possible). You have to make the habit of walking for a long time.

    That brings us to our next point, stamina. Steady stamina is crucial for a trek like this. To build stamina, we suggest doing activities that involve cardio like swimming, cycling, jogging, and running. You can also do cardio exercise.

    Another important thing is getting your shoes ready for the trek. Do not carry brand new shoes while trekking. It'll only hurt you. Break in your shoes and make them comfortable.

Client Reviews

  • 5/5

    Flexible Annapurna Circuit Trek

    We did a 20-day Annapurna circuit trek with these guys in December and had a fantastic time. They were very flexible and able to extend and modify our trip as we ended up having more time than initially expected.

    We ended up going up to Annapurna base camp with our guide Bhim and porter Rajan. These two did a great job of looking after us and were a lot of fun along the way.
    Everything went according to plan and, it was very well organized, well-chosen guides, nice hotels, and good food.

    I would have no hesitation recommending Outfitter Himalaya for a great trip to Nepal.
     

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    CraigFrom: Singapore,Feb 16, 2022
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    Dear Craig,

    Thank you for joining us for your Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal and thank you for a great review about Annapurna circuit trek with us and Good to know that you are happy with the guide and all the services provided this day tour in Kathmandu.

    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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