Annapurna Circuit Trek 13 Days

US$
1050
per person
  • Annapurna Circuit Trek sunrise view over the south annapurna mountain
  • On the top of the Thorong la top (alt. 5416m) Andres and Miran succesfully complete thier bucket list trek an Annapurna and picture took annapurna circuit trek
  • Netherlands team enjoying the Mt. Manaslu view from Timang village.
  • Fun from Honkong heading to Thorng la pass and she is enjoying with the annapurna mountains view in close distance.
  • Bharat kc mounain guise and Fun on the way to Annapurna circuit trek in 2023 spring.
  • Annapurna Circuit Trek sunrise view over the south annapurna mountain
  • On the top of the Thorong la top (alt. 5416m) Andres and Miran succesfully complete thier bucket list trek an Annapurna and picture took annapurna circuit trek
  • Netherlands team enjoying the Mt. Manaslu view from Timang village.
  • Fun from Honkong heading to Thorng la pass and she is enjoying with the annapurna mountains view in close distance.
  • Bharat kc mounain guise and Fun on the way to Annapurna circuit trek in 2023 spring.
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At a Glance

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Duration

13 days
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Destination

Nepal
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Trip Difficulty

Easy

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Max altitude

5416m / 17769 ft
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Group Size

2 -16 Pax.
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Activity

Trekking & Sightseeing

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Accommodation

3 star hotel in Kathmandu, lodge and camp during trek
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Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner during the trek
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Vehicle

Private car, tourist bus and flight

Overview of Annapurna Circuit Trek

We introduce you to the unique world of the Himalayas through our Annapurna Circuit Trek and life in the Himalayas at over 5000 m altitude. This trek will take you on a journey on the classic trails of the Annapurna Region and to the remote and isolated Hidden Kingdom of Manang and Mustang.

The Annapurna circuit trek is the perfect blend of popular and remote trekking trails that traverse you through a wide range of elevations and climates. You will travel from sub-tropical wet hill forests to high mountain wilderness and dry, semi-deserted landscapes, that will capture your imagination.

On this trek, you will circumnavigate the Annapurna wild trail witnessing the massive Annapurna mountain range, such as Annapurna II (alt.7939m), Annapurna III (alt.7555), Annapurna IV, (alt. 7525m), Tilicho peak, Mt.Dhualagiri range, Pisang Peak,  chulu east and west peak.  moreover, Gangapurna, Nilgiri, Dhampush Peak, and many more. Then you will walk through the arid landscape, cross the high mountain pass of Thorong La pass (alt. 5416m), and cross several deep gorges. You will then visit the ancient temple of Muktinath where Hinduism and Buddhism live side by side in peace and brotherhood.

During the annapurna circuit trek period, you will get to stay for a day in century-old settlements where the story of each destination comes to life. In a world where traditions and culture are disappearing fast, here everything is stuck back to the past, culture and traditions have long been preserved.

Our Annapurna circuit trek commences with a journey from Kathmandu to Dharapani village which is the starting point of our annapurna circuit trekking . We will then pass the settlements of Chame and Pisang to reach Manang.

After a day of acclimatization in Manang village, we will head to the Himalayan grasslands known as Yak Kharka. From here, we will cross the high Himalayan Thorong La pass at an altitude of 5416 meters. It is the highest point of our journey which offers stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains and the dry landscape that stretches for miles.

After crossing the mountains via the Thorang La pass, we will to Mu trek to muktinath and continue  to Jomsom. We will then catch a flight back to the lake city of Pokhara and then on to Kathmandu bringing back memories and sharing experiences with people.

Alternatively, you can also retrun to Pokhara from Muktinath or Jomsom by private, scorpio jeep, or sharing local bus to Pokhara. but by drivs  it takes many hours to reach Pokhara as the road condition is nor very nice  and its  contruction  is going on. Let us know any plan you want to do, we are happy to provide you the full information as per your timetable and budget.


Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Opportunity to hike along the most famous trekking route in the world around Annapurna massif
  • Experience the adventure of crossing the renowned Thorong La Pass between the Marshyangdi and Kali Gandaki river valleys
  • Exploring the Muktinath Sanctuary, where Hinduism and Buddhism thrive together
  • Passing the traditional villages of Manang, and Jomsom
  • Unparallel views of the eight-thousand meters high mountains: Annapurna, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri
  • Experience the diversity of Nepalese landscapes: subtropical forests, villages, farmlands, snow-capped peaks
  • Visiting the legendary monuments of Kathmandu Valley- Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath
  • Exploration of Pokhara with a magical view of Fishtail Mountain

Route Map and Altitude Chart

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Itinerary

01

Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.

Namaste! We will meet you at the International Airport of Kathmandu and drive you to your hotel.  We will hold an organizational meeting in the evening during which we will thoroughly discuss the route and preparation for following  trekking programs and intruduce  with guide and porter.

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Duration

30 minutes
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Max altitude

1300m/4265 ft
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Meals

Excluded
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Accommodation

3-Star Hotel

02

Day 02 Trek preparation day

We will go for a walk around the capital of Nepal – we will see Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Buddhist temple, Boudhanath and Pashupatinath. After the tour, we will make some final preparations for the trek, complete the outfit, and once more thoroughly discuss the route. and if you din’t have enough cloths for the trek still you can buy or rent them in Them at last minets.

at the maintime we will organized your annapurna circuit trekking permits and Tims cards and other necesarry  doccumets. if you want to start trek right next after you arrivel in Kathmandu , still it is  possible and we will  prepared all trip necesarry permits and documents.

 

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Max altitude

1300m /4265Ft.
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Meals

Breakfast
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Accommodation

3-Star Hotel

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Day 03 Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar – Nadi – Dharapani

Today, we will drive a full day to the town of Besisahar in the Marsyangdi valley. And after lunch  further, among subtropical vegetation and rice paddies, passing Gurung villages, we reach the village of Dharapani where we will stay for the night. On the way, in the village of Bahudanda, the first views of the peaks of Manaslu and Himalchuli will be revealed.

It is a long day’s drive direct from Kathmandu to Dharapani (alt.1900m. 6232 Ft), 9- 10 hours, but it is worth it to drive to Dharapani as we suggest to all trekkers who plan to go to Annapurna circuit trek at list start your trek from the reasonable high altitude of this trek. The road reaches even further up to Manang valley already, but as Manang is already higher (alt. 3500m) we don’t suggest you go directly to Manang by driving from Kathmandu and starting your trek. It will be very risky so Dharapani will be a good place to start this trek.

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Duration

7 to 8 hours
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Max altitude

1800m / 6266 Ft
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Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Accommodation

Lodge

04

Day 04 Trek from Dharapani to Chame

After breakfast, we will officially begin our trek to Chame.

 We will walk through numerous small villages such as  Danaque, Bagarchhap, Timang, and Lata Manag before we start the final leg in Chame.  At the beginning of the day you will gradually ascend to Dhanaque Khola for about 1. 5 hours and continue  steep ascend to Timang village, which is the most beautiful place to see Mount Manaslu range and Lamjung Himal, you can enjoy this view with a cup of hot tea. and Then you will trek to Lata manage for lunch before we end our day. along the way today,  admiring the view of the beautiful annapurna and Mt.Manaslu range. Further along, we will trek on the left side of the Marshyangdi River and traverse through dense forest and millet fields to reach Chame. We will have dinner and stay for the night in one of those local tea houses at Chame.

Chame village is located on Marsyangdi river bank  and it is headquarter of Manang district , where you can see shops , cultural monastery , school, Hot spring and fancy Lodge  and nepal government office as it is headquarter of Manang district

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Duration

4 to 5 hours
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Max altitude

2600m /8528 Ft.
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Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Accommodation

Lodge

05

Day 05 Trek from Chame to Upper Pisang

The second day of trekking with a constant view of Annapurna II. The route today will lead us along a rocky road, with a few sharper climbs and numerous turns. We will cross two bridges, and at the final turn, we will see the Paungda Danda rock, and reach at Dukur Pokhari at Lunch time. after lunch you will trek one hour to  upper Pisang  for  Overnight stay at one of the local tea hours  of uppr Pisang.

Upper Pisang village (alt. above 3300m) is very beautiful old tibetan village located  beneath of Pisang peak , where you can see cultural monasteries , old houses and farming fields , domestic animal ,and rewarded with amazing  view  of  Mt.Annapurna II, Annapurna III, IV and continue Ganggapura , Tilicho peak many more.

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Duration

4 to 5 hours
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Max altitude

3300m /10824 Ft.
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Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Accommodation

Lodge

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Day 06 Trek from Pisang to Manang

We will leave Pissang after breakfast. Two roads lead from Pisang to Manang – north or south of the Marshyangdi River. The northern route is longer and more difficult, but offers views of Annapurna and leads through interesting villages. The southern route requires less climbing. Both routes connect in Munge, from where the trail leads  final one hour to Manang.

We would highly recommended to all trekkers to go Manang via the Upper trail as the view is best and you will also have great chance to see the local village and old monastery , Tserten , Mane wall , beautiful landscapes , Hills and Charming people of  Garu village and Nwal village. definitely worth it to do the upper trail if you are well prepared both physically and mentally to see mesmerizing views of annapurna range and cultural heritage of Manang valley.

Well known  among everyone , Manang is the biggest town of this area where you can see several old monasteries , numbers of local villages and their dailly basic lifestyle. you will stay tonight at one of the nice tea houses from this town and enjoy yourself with food and drinks. Also you can try  organic food and drinks such as sea buckthorn juice , local plant buckwheat breads , barley breeds and varieties of potatoes and other special foods. Here, you can also get machine coffee and a bakery.

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Duration

7 to 8 hours
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Max altitude

3500m /11480 Ft
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Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Accommodation

Lodge

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Day 07 Acclimatize in Manang (Hike to Chongkor viewpoint)

 

Today is rest and acclimatization day of this trek, as we are going to a higher altitude, Thorong la pass 5416m. one extra night stay is highly recommended in manang.

We have several options to choose from for spending the rest day at Manang. While most trekkers take a trip to Gangapurna glacier, we will hike to Chongkor viewpoint which will take around 4 to 5 hours to reach.

From this viewpoint, we can enjoy the breathtaking vistas of the surrounding mountains and the entire Manang village. We will return to our lodge in the village and rest for the night.

You will return back from the hike to lodge an afternoon at lunch time and after lunch you have free time to explore Manang village and local shops before we leave manang next morning.

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Duration

4 to 5 hours
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Max altitude

4800m (highest section of viewpoint)
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Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Accommodation

Local Teahouse

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Day 08 Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka

After breakfast, we leave Manang village and walk along the Kone River valley enjoying the beautiful views of Annapurna range . We will pass numerous pastures with juniper bushes and quite quickly reach the shepherd’s settlement of Yak Kharka where we will retire for the night.

The trail leads gradual ascends to Gunsang through the Tanke manang  , where we stop for amazing view of Annapurna mountains, Tilicho peak , Ganga purnara and if you want you can also drink cup of tea with this peace and beautiful himalayas views before you heading to Yak Kharka  final two more hours gradual ascends.

Yak kharka is one of the beautiful places which is surrounded by Annapurna and Chulu east and west peaks . Yak Kharka is known as Yak house in monsoon season.

Afternoon  after lunch you can hike a few hundred meters up for another short acclimatization  which helps you to sleep well tonight.

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Duration

5 hours
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Max altitude

4050m /13284 Ft.
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Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Accommodation

Local Teahouse

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Day 09 Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi

Today, we have a short trek ahead. We will traverse through the village of Ledar with a gentle climb. From Ledar, the trail will need us to climb a cliff till we arrive at Thorong Phedi where we will stay overnight. Rest and gather strength before the long hike that awaits us the next day.

Altranative option, istaded of Thorong phedi you can also trek direct today to highcamp (alt. 4880m, 16000 Ft.) approx  few hours slowly up which will make more easier for you to cross Thorongla pass next mornning. but you can decide with your guide after you reach in Phedi. if you stay Phedi still you can ascend few hundreds meteres up for short acclimatazetion .

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Duration

3 to 4 hours
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Max altitude

Phedi 4500m / 14760 Ft. (Highcamp 16000 Ft.)
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Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Accommodation

Lodge

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Day 10 Trek to Muktinath through the Thorong La pass (alt.5416m)

Today is the most demanding day of the trek. We will start our day before dawn and climb toward Thorong La Pass alt. 5416m.  The climb may be steep but it is relatively easy. In about 4 -5  hours, we will be at the top of the Pass (alt. 5416m)  from where we can have a splendid view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri including numbers of beautiful himalaya peaks.

We will now descend to Muktinath in the Mustang district another 3 -5 hours . It is a holy place for Hindus and Buddhists and attracts crowds of pilgrims every year.

steep but it is relatively easy. In about 4 -5  hours, we will be at the top of the Pass (alt. 5416m)  from where we can have a splendid view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri including a number of beautiful Himalaya peaks.

We will now descend to Muktinath in the Mustang district another 3 -5 hours . It is a holy place for Hindus and Buddhists and attracts crowds of pilgrims every year.

Muktinath has become a popular and commercial place nowadays ,  as the road is accessible every month of year as January and February travelers use to visit this place. Compared with the last 15 – 20 years this place is very busy and builded well designed big hotels and resorts in this place.

Muktinath is another beautiful highlighted place, an annapurna circuit trek as it is rewarded with magical view of Mount Dhaulagiri , Nilgiri , Dhampush peak , Tukuche peak and cultural monastery , Muktinath 108 natular taps and beautiful temple.

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Duration

9 to 10 hours
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Max altitude

Muktinath (3800m) Thorong pass alt. 5416m 17765 Ft.)
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Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Accommodation

Lodge

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Day 11 Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom

After breakfast, we will explore the Muktinath temple which is known as Mukti Kshetra, which literally means “area of liberation” and is one of the Char Dhams of Nepal. There is the eternal flame in the temple that has been burning here continuously for thousands of years.

After spending some time in the temple, we will go down into the Kali Gandaki valley and walk along the religious banks of the river. We will then pass a picturesque valley to reach the Tibetan village of Kagbeni. Enjoy the massive view of the Nilgiri mountain range along the way. Further hike will take us to Jomsom where we will have dinner and spend the night.

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Duration

5 hours
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Max altitude

2700m / 8860 Ft.
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Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Accommodation

Lodge

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Day 12 Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara

Early in the morning, we will go to the Jomsom airport to catch an electrifying half-hour flight between the huge peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri to Pokhara. In about 25 minutes, we will reach Pokhara, we will then transfer you to your hotel in Pokhara. You will have the whole afternoon and evening to explore around Pokhara.

So take off your trekking shoes put on the sandals and visit some of the nice restaurants, and modern cafes of Pokhara.

Note:

Altranative option  instead of take a flight , If you don’t want to fly you can comeback  with the  scenic drive to pokhara , we can also arrange a private jeep or sharing bus as per group size.

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Duration

25 minutes
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Max altitude

740m./ 2430Ft
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Meals

Breakfast
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Accommodation

3-Star Hotel

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Day 13 Drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus,

After breakfast, we will return to Kathmandu driving via a tourist bus. The 7 to 8-hour drive will be eventful with beautiful mountain scenery taking us through the rural settings of different villages of Nepal. In the late afternoon, we will be in Kathmandu and we will transfer you to your hotel.

In the evening, we will take you to a farewell dinner at Nepali Kitchen with a cultural dance show.

Note:

If you wish to avoid the long driving hours, we can also arrange a domestic flight to Kathmandu from Pokhara at an additional cost of around USD 100 per person.

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Duration

7-8 hours
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Max altitude

1300m
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Meals

Breakfast
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Accommodation

3-Star Hotel
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Inclusion/Exclusion

What's Included?

  • Airport pickup and drop by private (Car/ Jeep /Bud as a group size.)
  • Two nights Hotel in Kathmandu 3- starter level before trek and ends of the trek including breakfast.
  • 2 nights Hotel in Pokhara (Before trek,and after the trek)
  • Three times meals a day on the trek ( Breakfast, Lunch,and  Dinner)
  • Hot drinks (Tea or Coffee)
  • Seasonal fresh fruits
  • All the necessary airport pick-up and drop
  • All necessary ground transportation during the trip
  • Accommodation on trek normal twine sharing basic rooms.
  • Professional  guide
  • Porter (each 2 people 1 porter and  weight limited is max 25kg)
  • Annapurna Conservations permits,   and TIMS card as required from Nepal Gov.
  • Kathmandu – Pokhara – rerun Kathmandu tourist bus services
  • Duffle bag for keeping your goods during the trek (refundable after the trek)
  • Nature Explore Trek T-shirt as a gift
  • Basic medical Kid bag
  • Treat drinking water
  • Trekking
  • All trip necessary trip arrangements.
  • Last night’s dinner at Nepali Kitchen with a cultural dance show.

What's Excluded?

  • International airfare
  • Personal insurance(encase for emergency only)
  • Trekking equipment
  • Extra nights Hotels, lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra cold drinks like
  • Personal expenses such as Wi -fi, extra snacks, laundry, Hot shower, buttery charges etc…
  • Not mentioned in Itinerary or includes section.

Trip Information

How journey starts?

Our journey begins as soon as you land in Kathmandu from where we will drive to Dharapani. We will then trek to the villages of Chame, Pisang, and Mustang. After spending a day in Manang, we will then hike to the mighty Thorong La Pass and reach the divine village of Muktinath. After exploring the temple, we will head to Jomsom and take a return flight to Pokhara. We will then either drive to Kathmandu or take a short flight back thus ending our remarkable journey to the circuit of Annapurna mountain range.

What to expect?

The Annapurna circuit trek is considered among the most beautiful long-distance treks in the world. Before the trek begins, you will get to spend a day in the capital of Nepal. You will capture the lifestyle of people, tour the colorful markets, and visit the legendary monuments of the valley.

After the trek starts, you will pass through terraced rice fields, oak and rhododendron forests, high passes, turquoise lakes, and snowy peaks. All along the route, you will behold the massive views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Pisang Peak, Manaslu, and many more.

As you stay overnight in the authentic village settlements of Dharapani, Chame, Pisang, and Manang, you will get to know the real world through the eyes of the Nepalese mountain community. You will meet travelers from all over the world, talk to each other, and maybe get to know each other better.

As you move on further, you will literally climb up to the clouds and reach an altitude of 5416 meters as you cross the Thorung Pass along the Annapurna circuit. Through this journey, you will be able to test your mind and body and push them to exceed the limits and get out of your comfort zone.

You will then walk through the grassy meadows to reach Muktinath. The Muktinath village refers to a place of nirvana that hosts a temple and a number of monasteries, making it a holy place for Hindus and Buddhists. You will see an eternal flame, as well as the 108 water springs that pour holy water. You will then descend to Jomsom and fly to Pokhara where you will get to spend some time in the tranquil paradise.

In short, it is a complete experience of all that Nepal has to offer, from the jungle to the icy heights of the Himalayas passing through numerous local cultures.

Best Time

The best times for trekking to the Annapurna Region are September, October, November, March, April, and May. During the autumn months of September, October, and November, the weather is clear providing incredible visibility of the endless mountain ranges. The forests are lush with warm temperatures, and the nights are especially beautiful.

Spring in March, April, and May is also the best time to visit the Annapurna Region. The end of winter brings changes to the region, a variety of colorful blooming trees in sub-alpine forests, tall green grasslands covered with wildflowers, moderate temperatures, and sunny weather. In this season you will see flocks of sheep and yaks grazing on the green plateau.

Elevation and distance

The Annapurna Circuit: 250 kilometers through the Himalayas that takes you around two weeks to complete. The highest elevation we reach in this trek is at Thorong La pass which stays at 5416m above sea level.

Our trek begins with a drive to Dharapani from Kathmandu which lies 118 km away from the capital. We will then trek along a 25.8 km long path to reach Chame.

We will complete our Annapurna circuit trek in 13 days consist 8 days of total hiking days. On the whole, we will be covering around 15 km distance each day. However, the distance we cover per day varies depending on the overnight village, terrain, and altitude.

Maximum/Minimum walk per day

 Each day on our entire Annapurna circuit trek, we will walk for about 4 to 6 hours traversing through varied terrains and landscapes. The least we walk will be on day 9 when we trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi. This day requires us to hike for only 3 to 4 hours. The short walk is planned for the proper acclimatization of our body before reaching a height of more than 5000 m.

On day 10, we hike to climb the mighty Thorong La Pass and trek back to Muktinath which demands around 9 to 10 hours of hike. The journey onwards will be pretty easy with a gentle downhill hike.

Difficulty and Acclimatization

The Annapurna Circuit trek is a technically relatively easy hike in good conditions. The paths are often wide trails or dirt roads. The terrain is neither particularly exposed nor particularly difficult to walk. You don’t need technical or climbing skills to accomplish this trek. However, the Annapurna circuit should not be completely trivialized.

The many meters of altitude in combination with the thin air are a drain on your strength. From around 3,500 meters you will become very slow and the higher you climb, the more strenuous it becomes. Therefore, we have reserved a day of rest at Manang on day 7 of the trek.

From the days onward, we will hike for only 4 to 5 hours on average to give our body time to adapt to higher heights. It will prepare us for the highest altitude gain we will attain on the following trekking days.

Can a beginner join this trek?

Yes, even if you are new to trekking at a higher altitude, you can engage in this trek. The trail around Annapurna has been systematically developed by roads. Therefore, the route is walkable without any need for technical skills. Still, you will be hiking through the dense wilderness as the days progress.

You will need to climb some high cliffs and hike through the dry mountainous terrain. Thus, you must have strong physical and mental fitness, to withstand the difficulties of trekking. If you can endure long hours of walking each day, and have good health and physical fitness with strong motivation, you can easily complete this trek.

Preparation and training

Like in many other treks in the high-altitude region of Nepal, you need some preparation and training beforehand for joining the Annapurna circuit trek. Train your body to be able to withstand pressure and frequently moving terrain.

You can join some gym or fitness center and start altitude training. You can also do some walking and treadmills with a light backpack to train you for the long hour walks and increase your endurance.

Plus, go up and down again and again on the stairs with a packed backpack. This will help you when traversing the uphill and downhill trek along the circuit route.

Alternate Routes

 There are possibly numerous alternate routes to the Annapurna circuit. So you can combine multiple treks to different destinations at the same time. For example, you can easily combine the Annapurna circuit trek with the Poonhill and Ghorepani hikes. Or, you can also trek around Annapurna with a brief stop at Annapurna base camp.

And what about Mardi Himal Trek with a hike to the circuit of Annapurna? Or, if you have a few days extra, you can go for the Lake Tilicho trek after trekking in the circuit. You can continue your trek to Tilicho from Manang.

You can also extend your trip to the hidden village of Mustang by staying a few more days in Jomsom and trekking to Kagbeni and Marpha.

Altitude Sickness

The altitude sickness usually occurs when you reach an altitude of more than 3000 m above sea level. In our Annapurna circuit trek, you will be at 3300 m altitude when you reach the village of Pisang. From there onwards, you will continuously gain altitude and reach the highest elevation of more than 5000 m at Thorong la Pass.

Due to the thin air and less oxygen, you may feel nauseated and have mild headaches. You may also have difficulty breathing and lose your appetite. In such a case, descend to a lower height according to the consultation of our guide.

Also, drink plenty of water and walk gradually utilizing the acclimatization day to your benefit.

Transportation, Meals and Drink

Our extensive Annapurna circuit package will provide you with all airport pickup and drop-off services from and to the International Airport of Kathmandu. We will drive you to Dharapani via private jeep and make arrangements for the return flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. From Pokhara, we will drive you to Kathmandu on a tourist bus or at an additional cost of USD 100 per person, we can also fly you to Kathmandu.

Regarding food, we will provide complimentary breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will provided during the entire trek period at the tea house or lodge along the trail. You will be treated to a variety of ethnic Nepalese, Tibetan, continental and western dishes. We will also provide tea or coffee with each meal.

Communication, Gadgets charging and Internet/wifi

All along the route to the Annapurna circuit, you can easily charge your gadgets at the lodge you rest for the night. Almost all the villages are well equipped with 24-hour electricity. The remote villages have access to solar energy.

These lodges also provide WIFI services of good speed. But at higher altitudes, you may not have WIFI access, in such case, you can use the data packages of NCELL or NTC network. You can buy these SIMS in Kathmandu, and Pokhara, and purchase the data option by dialing *17123# for NCELL and *1415*7# for NTC.

Both these networks have good reach in all the villages of Nepal so you will have no problem with communication.

Permits

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit and a Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Permit are needed for the Annapurna circuit trek. We will obtain these permits in Kathmandu or Pokhara. The ACAP costs NPR 3000 for each traveler while the TIMS costs NPR 2000 for each person.

Annapurna Circuit Trek FAQ'S

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How much money do I have to take with me for this trek?

You have to carry some money in Nepali currency during this trek to cover your personal expenses. Such as cola, snickers, alcohol, lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, internet, hot shower during the trek, and tipping cost for guide and porter. For this purpose, you can take NPR 30,000 in total.

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What do I need to pack for the Annapurna circuit trek?

You should carefully consider what to pack for your trip to the Annapurna circuit. Here is the list that will an idea of what to pack for this trek:

  • Well-worn, ankle-high hiking boots
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket and overpants
  • Warm clothing (e.g. Fleece jacket, insulation jacket)
  • Quick-drying functional clothing
  • Hat, scarf, and gloves (also a scarf/shawl for temple visits)
  • Sunglasses and cream
  • Daypack and trekking backpack/duffle bag
  • Sleeping bag and/or liner
  • First aid kit and travel documents

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What is the difference between the Annapurna base camp trek and the Annapurna circuit trek?

The Annapurna circuit trek is a circular loop route that borders the Annapurna Mountain range. It is a more challenging trek than Annapurna base camp trek which will take you to the highest elevation of more than 5000 m. The Annapurna base camp trek is relatively easier and shorter which will take you to the highest altitude of 4100 m.

Q

Do I need insurance for this trek?

Yes, not only to travel more peacefully if you have an accident or medical problem but because insurance is mandatory to carry out the trekking. The authorities will ask for a copy of the policy when requesting permission for TIMS. Make sure that your travel insurance covers trekking activities and, above all, up to what altitude you are covered.

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132 Excellence Reviews
Moira L
Moira L
7 April 2024
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A special experience I never dreamt I would achieve… on crutches! On our visit to Pokhara my friend arranged a trip by jeep via the Tatopani hot springs, The World Heritage Town of Marpha, Jomsom 2700 meters to Mukinath Temple 3500 meters. This was all arranged with advice from Dinersh. Dinersh has looked after three of my dear friend’s four children. All who have been with him to Everest Base camp & various treks. These were all hugely successful & lead by Dinersh himself. We were not on a trek but his input & advice was invaluable. He found us an experienced driver, Kumar to take us on our mountain adventure. He was wonderful so kind & caring. Slightly unusual circumstances to consider was my injury. I was recovering from a complex fracture of the lower leg & ankle & on crutches! However, it was an amazing experience for me. I achieved far more than I ever expected & now have such precious memories. Through the advice from Dinersh & the careful consideration of our driver I cannot rate this company & all their contacts more highly. Throughout our travels in Nepal I have met such very special people. Dinersh & his team are very much a part of this special band. They were just “1st class”
Alison D
Alison D
5 April 2024
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Absolutely incredible experience! Highly recommend! I met Dinesh 13 years ago, when he was working as a Guide. I am so proud of him for setting up such an amazing company. During the booking phase of my Nepal trip Dinesh was always available to answer all my questions. He was so helpful. In March 2024 I headed to Nepal to complete the Mardi Himal trek. My Guide Chhabin and Porter Santosh from Nature Explore Trek made this such a wonderful experience for me. I always felt happy, safe and confident trekking with them. They were both so helpful and so kind. Dinesh personally met me at the airport to welcome me back to Nepal and was in contact with me throughout my stay. I would 100% recommend trekking with Nature Explore Trek. I am already very excited to return to Nepal and trek with them again, thank you so much for building amazing memories with me!
Luis M
Luis M
3 April 2024
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Excellent Langtang Trek My trek with Nature Explore in Langtang Valley was an unforgettable experience. Deepak, our guide, was knowledgeable, friendly, and ensured our safety throughout the journey. He responded well to our requests and was very proactive in meeting our needs. The scenic beauty of Langtang Valley is breathtaking, and the trek was well-organized. I highly recommend Nature Explore for anyone looking for an adventure in the Himalayas.
Geoff F
Geoff F
24 March 2024
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Trip to Muktinath and earlier Family Treks Dinesh has been a guide to my family over many years. Two daughters trekked to Everest Base camp. One returned for second trek. Son has done three separate treks, including the Annapurna Trail. He then took on ‘Dad’ and arranged a 4 day trip to Muktinath, with an excellent driver, Kumar. Everything thought through, including extra care re altitude sickness What an amazing Quality of Service my family and I have received from Dinesh and his company, Nature Explore over these many years, Inc. March 2024. I cannot recommend Dinesh more highly. Definitely 5Stars.
dswwilson
dswwilson
8 February 2024
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Great beginner trek in Nepal We did the Pikey Peak trek in January. This is an excellent walk with some of the best views I’ve had in Nepal. Dinesh and his team at Nature Explore organized the trip
Matt M
Matt M
5 February 2024
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Once in a lifetime trip with a stellar crew This trip was hands-down one of the best trips I've ever been on. It was definitely challenging (~13,000 ft is no joke) but the food, the views, the hikes, the views, the company, did I mention the views, all of it was fantastic. Dinesh and his crew were amazing: they clearly have deep experience and training to be as safe and competent as they are, but they go the extra mile to make sure people are getting what they need, when they need it. If we go back to Nepal, you can be sure we'll be calling Dinesh.
Tammykatz
Tammykatz
28 January 2024
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Incredible experience in Nepal We had a incredible experience with Dinesh , from the first time we contact him he answer us very quickly and gave us all the information we wanted he organize us our trip to Nepal (Katmandu, Pokhara and also a safari in chitwan ) not only the nice trek he recommend us because we are beginners (poonhill) Poonhill was amazing to see the sunrise speechless They made sure that all the time everything was ok with us He has an exelent service and all what he recommend us was very worthy He couldn’t go with us to the trek so he send Deepak who was also very nice and always taking care of us we had a great time with him We really recommend nature explore and his team Next time we come to Nepal no doubt about it we’ll again organize everything wit dinesh
andyoyellow
andyoyellow
27 December 2023
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Amazing trip to ABC I joined the trip solo, but made a bunch of amazing friends on this trip, and a lot of that is owed to Dinesh and his team of guides and porters helping us all along the way. They were warm and generous with every part of the trip. Dinesh was super thoughtful as he captured moments to be remembered, such as sunrise at Poonhill and ABC, and even our group yoga classes. I would love to go on another trek with the guides of Nature Explore
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DayTrip40868
25 December 2023
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Wonderful and Trustworthy Guide Company Dinesh and his team were just wonderful! They were well organized throughout our trekking and were always nice and friendly. The hike was out of this world. The combination of amazing scenery, high elevation, physical and mental obstacles, beautiful souls in our group, delicious food, and expert guides created a special experience that will stay with us forever. We'll go back to Nepal for sure, and this time will be Everest base camp with Dinesh. 🤞
phinkley7
phinkley7
18 December 2023
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Best trek experience, best guides Thanks so much to Dinesh and his team for their warm, engaged, thoughtful and consistent assistance on our ABC trek this past October. There are a couple other reviews here of that trip and their wonderful support. I’ll add that Dinesh was available as well in addressing questions I had prior to the start of the trip to help put my mind at ease. From those moments going forward and through the entirety of the trip, I felt I was in good hands. Everything was well planned and communicated. Where there were surprises, they easily and calmly helped with a solution, such as when I’d somehow lost my rain layer mid-trip and they helped me set up a DIY trash bag rain layer which worked fantastic. Since many or most of us (~20 total) were new to high altitude hut-to-hut trekking there were of course a lot of expressed nerves about how things would go. The team’s support kept us at ease. Plus these guys were kind and funny. A pleasure to be around. A big thank you to them!
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