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Annapurna Circuit Trek

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Annapurna Circuit Trek Overview


  • Trip Code: CT-10034
  • Package: Annapurna Circuit Trek
  • Duration: 16 Day(s)
  • Max Alt.: 5,416m/ 17,764ft
  • Trip Level:
    Moderate
    Requires some level of experience in trekking with basic physical ability.
  • Start At: Kathmandu
  • Ends At: Kathmandu
  • Transportation: Tourist Bus | Private Vehicle | Domestic Flight
  • Accommodation: Guest House | Hotel
  • Best Season: March- April- May- Aug- Sep- Oct- Nov
  • Trip Route: Besi Shahar-Chyamje -Dharapani- Chame- Pisang- Manang- Thorung Phedi- Thorung La – Muktinath- Tatopani- Ghorepani- Pokhara

Annapurna Circuit Major Highlights

  • Stunning views of the Himalayan peaks: The trek takes you through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world, including views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, and Manaslu, among others.
  • Diverse landscapes: The trek starts in lush green forests, goes through high-altitude deserts, and ends in the dry and rocky landscape of the Mustang region.
  • Thorong La Pass: The Thorong La Pass, at an altitude of 5,416 meters, is the highest point of the trek and offers stunning views of the surrounding peaks.
  • Cultural experiences: The trek takes you through diverse ethnic communities, including Gurung, Thakali, and Tibetan, providing unique insights into their culture, traditions, and way of life.
  • Hot springs: The trek includes a visit to the natural hot springs in Tatopani, which are believed to have healing properties.
  • Muktinath: The holy temple of Muktinath, located at an altitude of 3,710 meters, is a significant pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists.
  • Local cuisine: The trek provides an opportunity to taste the local cuisine, including Dal Bhat, momos, and Thukpa, among others.

Annapurna Circuit Trek is the total package of trekking in the whole Annapurna region. The trek has an excellent variety and distinctiveness, thus, the whole trip is entertaining. Annapurna Circuit is enlisted among the top ten adventure destinations of the world by numerous travel magazines and guide travel books. Due to its amazing variation of climate change, dramatic landscapes and vegetation on daily walks, along with cultures.

Trekkers will certainly enjoy the delightful moments that the Annapurna Circuit trek offers, including the warm hospitality of the local villagers. Walking leads from low warm sub-tropical farm areas to cooler green hills, then reaches the arctic cold terrain.

There were vast changes and differences during the trekking and reaching the highest point on top of Thorang-La Pass. Which is at a height of 5,416 m. During the trek where the route leads through beautiful coniferous and deodar forests. Then reaching the dry windswept scenic valley of upper Manang, the villages are adorned with ancient Tibetan Heritage of Buddhism cultures. 

A great adventure to experience from Lamjung, Manang to Mustang region within the close backdrop of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayas. Walking leads to the holy Muktinath temple premises, the holiest of holy pilgrimage sites for all Hindu and Buddhist followers.

On leaving Manang valley crossing high Thorang-La towards Mustang region, past Muktinath and Jomsom. The walk follows the ancient Trans-Himalaya Salt Trade route of Nepal and Tibet through the charming villages of Marpha and Tukuche. 

The adventure heads down to the low warmer country of Kali Gandaki Valley and walks through the world’s deepest gorge. Sandwiched between the great giant peaks of Annapurna-I and Dhaulagiri Himalayas then reaching the nice village of Tatopani.

A place with a natural hot spring to enjoy a refreshing bath and dip in warm pools, enjoying time at Tatopani. The adventure continues heading for a big climb towards cooler forested hills reaching Ghorepani village, a popular and scenic spot. Located amidst a beautiful rhododendron forest surrounding, where an early morning hike takes you Poon Hill for stunning sunrise views.

Along with a 360° wide panorama of the world’s three high mountain ranges from Dhaulagiri, Annapurna to Manaslu. The snow peaks extend from far west to the eastern horizon, and slowly our great adventurous walks end. From Ghorepani walk towards a road-head around low warm farm villages, then drive to beautiful scenic Pokhara. This is where our most overwhelming and mesmerizing adventure and experience on Annapurna Circuit concludes.

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Altitude
Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu 1,350m/ 4,428 ft. (Kathmandu)
Day 02 Kathmandu to Besi Shahar 830m/ 2,723 ft (Besi Shahar)
Day 03 Besi Shahar to Chyamje to Dharapani 1,810m/ 5,936 ft (Dharapani)
Day 04 Dharapani to Chame 2,725m/ 8,938ft (Chame)
Day 05 Chame to Pisang 3,190m/ 10,463ft (Pisang)
Day 06 Pisang to Manang 3,500m/ 11,480ft (Manang)
Day 07 Acclimatization Day at Manang
Day 08 Manang to Yak Kharkha 4,090m/ 13,415ft (Yak Kharkha)
Day 09 Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi 4,441m/ 14,566ft (Thorang Phedi)
Day 10 Thorang Phedi to Muktinath via Thorang-La pass 5,416m/ 17,764ft (Throung La pass) 3,500 m/11,480ft (Muktinath)
Day 11 Muktinath to Kagbeni 2,530m/ 8,298 ft (Kagbeni)
Day 12 Kagbeni to Tatopani 1,991 m/ 6,530 ft. (Tatopani)
Day 13 Tatopani to Ghorepani 2,834m/ 9,295 ft. (Ghorepani)
Day 14 Ghorepani to Hille to Pokhara 3,210 m/ 10,528 ft. (Poon hill) 830 m/ 2,722ft (POkhara)
Day 15 Pokhara to Kathmandu 1,350m/ 4,428 ft. (Kathmandu)
Day 16 Departure

Annapurna Circuit Trek Altitude Chart

Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary


Day 01

Arrival in Kathmandu

Our staff from Core Treks will receive you at the airport on arrival for a short transfer to your hotel. The hotel accommodation of three-star standard or above is based on the preference of the clients. We will have a short briefing session at our office or in the hotel lobby and meeting rooms, regarding the trip and travel details. Please feel free to ask questions during the briefing session. After a bit of walking around the streets of Thamel, we will wrap up for the day.

Maximum Altitude: 1,350m/ 4,428 ft. (Kathmandu)
Day 02

Kathmandu to Besi Shahar

Having breakfast, get ready for trek departure where our guide and trekking staff accompany you. The drive leads beyond Kathmandu Valley and interesting journey on the main Nepal busy highway. From the junction town of Mugling Bazaar, our route diverts and then leaves the main Pokhara / Kathmandu highway. Heading north to Besisar, the major headquarters town of Lamjung district, after a great overland journey. Check into a nice lodge or guest house, with time to explore the town of Besisar.

Maximum Altitude: 830m/ 2,723 ft (Besi Shahar)
Drive Approx.: 6 hours (175 Km)
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 03

Besi Shahar to Chyamje to Dharapani

Morning drive for nearly 2 to 3 hours or more towards Syange, Jagat, and Chamje villages from where begins our trekking. On reaching Chamje a small village next to the Masrsyangdi River, our walk follows the old trekking trail. Reaching Tal Besi for lunch, this village is the entrance to Manang District. After lunch a pleasant walk of a few hours to Dharapani village for an overnight stop. Dharapani is a nice-looking village, where routes of Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit join.

Maximum Altitude: 1,810m/ 5,936 ft (Dharapani)
Walk Approx.: 4 hours
Drive Approx.: 2 ½ hrs
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 04

Dharapani to Chame

Today's walk is interesting around the Manang area, The morning walk follows through a lovely forest of pines and rhododendrons. We are reaching a nice village Bagarchap, where Tibetan Buddhism culture begins, heading past Danque with an apple orchard. Then a steep climb to Timang village for lunch stops facing wonderful views of Annapurna, Lamjung, and Manaslu Himalayan peaks. The afternoon walk leads close to Masrsyangdi River, reaching Kodo village, where the route branches to the Chame and Nar-Phu areas.

From Kodo heading west with a short climb to Chame, a large town and headquarters district of Manang. Chame provides many good lodges and guest houses, as well as good shops, and restaurants with views of Lamjung Himal towards the south.

Maximum Altitude: 2,725m/ 8,938ft (Chame)
Walk Approx.: 5 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 05

Chame to Pisang

From Chame town cross a bridge over the Masrsyangdi River, as the walk follows the river upstream through dense woods. Covered in rhododendrons, pines, and fir trees, then reached Bhratang village, after a short rest walk to cross another bridge.

After the bridge, a slow gradual climb within tree lines reached a high ridge at Dukure Pokhari. A small settlement with few tea shops and lodges with grand views of Pisang Peak, Chulu range of peaks. Includes Annapurna-II, III, and IV, having lunch, then downhill to a flat area to reach Pisang village for an overnight halt.

Maximum Altitude: 3,190m/ 10,463ft (Pisang)
Walk Approx.: 5 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 06

Pisang to Manang

A short day walk of a few hours or more, but exciting from Pisang onwards walk leads to a high ridge. A climb of an hour, from the top views of scenic Manang Valley surrounded by an array of peaks. Overlooking Chulu’s, Pisang Peaks with Annapurna range with Tilicho Peak and Gangapurna Himal, after a grand view downhill to Hongde. A nice village with a small airstrip, from here walk to Braga, a place with an old monastery. Having time for a short visit to the monastery perched on a high ridge above the main trail of Manang.

An interesting old monastery, enriched with ancient religious precious artifacts, the monastery enjoys grand views of the Annapurna Himalayas. After an impressive tour of the monastery a short walk to the main Manang village for two overnight stops.

Rest of the day enjoy exploring the Manang village of great cultural interest and marvel at the views of snow peaks.

Maximum Altitude: 3,500m/ 11,480ft (Manang)
Walk Approx.: 5 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 07

Acclimatization Day at Manang

After continuous walks for a few days, enjoy and immerse in the beautiful surroundings of Manang's scenic landscapes and traditional village. A perfect place for rest and acclimatization day, before heading towards the high Thorang-La Pass. Manang offers various scenic places for good short hikes to support the acclimatization procedure. The best option, walk down to Masrsyangdi River and cross a bridge.

Then a short climb to Gangapurna Himal Ice fall and glaciers with close views of Annapurna III and II. Includes views of Gangapurna Himal and Manang's small glacial pond, a wonderful viewpoint, and then walk back to Manang. Afternoon, get quite windy enjoy rest, and marvel at the marvelous surrounding scenery.

Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 08

Manang to Yak Kharkha

From Manang village, after a pleasant rest day, morning another short walk to Yak Kharka located west of Manang valley. Set off after breakfast on the gradual trail past a few smaller settlements and towards windswept dry terrain. The walk continues on gradual ups facing close views of Gangapurna and Chulu West Peak then reach Yak Kharka. Arriving by lunchtime as well for overnight stop, afternoon free at leisure for short walks and rest.

Maximum Altitude: 4,090m/ 13,415ft (Yak Kharkha)
Walk Approx.: 3 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 09

Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi

Today another short walk of a few hours can be strenuous due rise in altitude and dry, arid terrain. The morning walk leads further west on leaving Yak Kharka, past Ledar a place with few lodges. Which is en route to Chulu West base camp, The walk leads further northwest and down to Jarsang Khola / stream. After crossing a small wooden bridge a short steep climb and then on the gradual rocky gravel path to Thorang Phedi. A small settlement with several lodges tucked on a corner at the end of Manang Valley. 

Maximum Altitude: 4,441m/ 14,566ft (Thorang Phedi)
Walk Approx.: 3 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 10

Thorang Phedi to Muktinath via Thorang-La pass

Enjoy the main highlights of the adventure although a long tiring and strenuous climb to the pass. But well worth the views and excitement of being on the highest point of the journey at 5,416 m facing tremendous views.

Thorong La pass in October 2013

 The walk is not difficult but can be in snow-deep conditions following the guide and taking its slow stride. Having rested in between, they finally reached on top of Thorang-La Pass adorned with thousands of prayer flags. As well as stone cairns for the mountain spirits phase of the whole trek. Enjoy the spectacular panorama of the snow mountain range of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Damodar Himal as far as the Manaslu range.

After an amazing scenery surrounded by towering snow peaks, heed slowly downhill towards Mustang areas reaching the bottom. Where a nice gradual walk leads you to Muktinath, which is an important pilgrimage destination for Hindu and Buddhist followers.

Overnight in a nice lodge at Rani Pawa village, close to Muktinath temple premises facing grand views of Dhaulagiri Himal.

Maximum Altitude: 5,416m/ 17,764ft (Throung La pass) 3,500 m/11,480ft (Muktinath)
Walk Approx.: 8 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 11

Muktinath to Kagbeni

After a tough long walk of the previous day to Thorang-La and a swift descent to Muktinath, surely makes your muscles tired. Nevertheless, today a short easy walk downhill to the lovely old village of Kagbeni, the entrance of the Upper Mustang area. As well as the border of Nepal / Tibet-China, where the old Trans Himalaya Salt Trade follows through Kali Gandaki valley.

Start the morning downhill to a small windswept village and then avoiding the motorable road, head down towards Kagbeni. Kagbeni is a village on the border of Lower and Upper Mustang, located close to Kali Gandaki River valley. It is an old village with strong Tibetan traditional-style mud houses and stone houses. Provides several good lodges with a magnificent Gompa / Monastery. Check into nice lodges, with time to explore the interesting Kagbeni village steeped with ancient cultures.

Maximum Altitude: 2,530m/ 8,298 ft (Kagbeni)
Walk Approx.: 5 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 12

Kagbeni to Tatopani

Since the motor road has reached all over Mustang areas, walking can be quite disturbing.
So take a drive to Tatopani village, around the low warm farm country of Mygdi district, a lovely large village. The name is Tatopani and means hot water, a place with natural hot springs to enjoy at Tatopani village. Having breakfast, board in a four-wheeler or similar vehicle for an exciting drive.

The village of Marpha in Nepal

through Jomsom. A big town and the headquarters of Mustang district, as ride, leads past the lovely villages of Marpha and Tukuche. Famous as Apple country and its products, then reached the world's deepest gorge Kali Gandaki Gorge. Situated in between the giant peaks of Annapurna-I and Dhaulagiri Himal, forming a deep river gorge.

The drive leads past the beautiful waterfall of Rupse Chhara next to the road, then reaches Tatopani village. In the afternoon after getting organized in the best lodge enjoy the amazing experience of having a dip in natural hot water pools.

Maximum Altitude: 1,991 m/ 6,530 ft. (Tatopani)
Drive Approx.: 5 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 13

Tatopani to Ghorepani

Morning from Tatopani village after a refreshing time, the walk starts as early as possible for a long climb heading towards Ghorepani village. Leaving the low warm areas of Tatopani, crossing a bridge, and then our route diverts heading for a steep climb. Taking an hour to reach a ridge around farm areas, and from the top a gradual uphill walk to Sikha. Following the trail within a lovely forest reaching Chitra village, and then a few hours of the steep climb to Ghorepani village. Check into a nice lodge for an overnight stop, after a long tiring day's walks and climbs. Located amidst a beautiful rhododendron forest at the base of scenic Poon Hill our next day's early morning adventure.

Maximum Altitude: 2,834m/ 9,295 ft. (Ghorepani)
Walk Approx.: 7 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 14

Ghorepani to Hille to Pokhara

Rising early at the break of dawn, start the hour climb to the top of Poon Hill. Where you can catch the morning glory of a stunning sunrise over an array of snow peaks.

Enjoy the spectacular panorama of the world's three highest peaks at one glance with a series of snow-mountain ranges. From Dhaulagiri, Annapurna to Manaslu with majestic Machhapuchare Himal the famed Fish-Tail. After a cool morning with alluring views, head down to Ghorepani for breakfast and pack your gear. For the last day trek of the adventure, leaving Ghorepani walking amidst beautiful rhododendrons and pine forests. Slowly walk heads downhill past the large village of Ulleri to Tirkhedhunga a place with lovely waterfalls. Soon walk reaches the end of the road at Hille small farm village, where our trek completes. From Hille take an interesting drive of a few hours to reach a beautiful city in Pokhara by the serene Phewa Lake.

Where most good hotels and resorts are located, a great place to complete the overwhelming adventure on Annapurna Circuit.

Maximum Altitude: 3,210 m/ 10,528 ft. (Poon hill) 830 m/ 2,722ft (POkhara)
Walk Approx.: 5 hours
Drive Approx.: 2 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 15

Pokhara to Kathmandu

Depart from the hotel after breakfast, for a return drive to Kathmandu, on the same scenic and interesting highway. After more than 5-6 hours reach Kathmandu and then back to your hotel. After getting refreshed, the company provides a farewell dinner party for our fellow guests in nice traditional Nepalese restaurants.

Maximum Altitude: 1,350m/ 4,428 ft. (Kathmandu)
Flight Time: 25min
Drive Approx.: 7 hours (200 Km)
Meal Included: Breakfast & Farewell dinner
Day 16

Departure

The day has come to bid farewell to our guides and staff, as time for international flights Core Treks staff transfers you to Tribhuvan International Airport at least 3 hours before your international flight back homeward bound.

Meal Included: Breakfast
Not satisfied with this itinerary? CoreTreks offers a customized itinerary option that allows you to personalize your trek according to your preferences and requirements.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Cost Mentions

Trip Includes


  • Airport transfers by Private Vehicles.
  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in three-star hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara, breakfast included. (3 Nights).
  • Twin-sharing accommodation during the trek. (12 Nights).
  • Kathmandu – Besi Shahar & Pokhara – Kathmandu by Luxury tourist bus (If you want both ways private vehicles & flights are also available at additional cost).
  • Besi Shahar to Chymje (Trekking Start Point) & Kegbani to Tatopani by local transport.
  •  Hile to Pokhara by private vehicle.
  • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System & Annapurna Conservation area permit (Please bring 2 passport-size photos).
  • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff
  • Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances.
  • Personal care & attention.
  • Local and government taxes.

Trip Excludes


  • All kinds of beverages including mineral water, Phone calls, laundry, and hot shower during Trek
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance
  • Tipping to the crew.
  • Personal mountaineering gears
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended 
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu
  • Do not mention the services apart from the services mentioned in "Cost Included services"

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Embarking on the Annapurna Circuit trek requires securing two essential permits:

  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): This mandatory permit grants access to the Annapurna Conservation Area, a protected region rich in biodiversity. The cost is approximately USD 30 per person.
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Card: This compulsory permit, costing USD 10-20 depending on your nationality, helps track trekkers throughout Nepal. It applies to both foreign and SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) nation citizens.

Convenient Permit Acquisition:

You can obtain both permits from the Nepal Tourism Board offices in Kathmandu or Pokhara. Authorized trekking agencies can also handle the permit application process for you.

Keep Them Handy:

Always carry your ACAP and TIMS card throughout your trek. Officials at checkpoints along the route may request them for verification.

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Embark on a Breathtaking Journey: The Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a dream adventure for many, offering a chance to explore the majestic Annapurna region. This well-maintained route, a result of joint efforts by the government, local authorities, and the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), boasts breathtaking panoramas of towering giants like Annapurna (8091m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), and Manaslu (8163m).

Pine forests, terraced fields and mountains in the Annapurna Massif, Nepal.

The Journey Unfolds:

  • The Starting Point: The adventure begins in Besisahar, Lamjung district, a scenic 6-7 hour drive from Kathmandu. The initial trail winds through charming villages, farmlands, rivers, and hydropower projects before entering the enchanting Annapurna forests. As you ascend, the majestic Himalayas come into view, leaving you awestruck.
  • Gradual Ascend and Changing Landscape: The initial sections offer a relatively easy trek, leading to Manang (3540m), where the road ends, and the path transforms into a more challenging yet rewarding hiking trail.
  • Overcoming the High Pass: Beyond Yak Kharka (4018m), the challenge intensifies due to increasing altitude and harsher weather. Sparse vegetation, heavy winter snowfall, and strong winds during dry seasons test your determination. This section requires proper acclimatization and preparation.

Reaching the Peak of the Journey:

  • Conquering Thorung La Pass: After acclimatization at Thorung Phedi or High Camp (4925m), you'll embark on a pre-dawn hike to conquer the mighty Thorung La Pass (5416m), the highest pass in the world accessible on foot (outside of mountaineering routes). The early start helps avoid strong winds. From the pass, descend to Muktinath (3800m) on the same day, a holy pilgrimage site revered by Hindus and Buddhists.

  • Descent and Diverse Exit Options: The route from Muktinath to Jomsom is a well-paved blacktop road. Here, your adventure can take different turns:

    • Extend Your Exploration: Opt for additional trekking adventures in the area for a few days.
    • Return to Civilization: Take buses or jeeps from Jomsom to Pokhara for a relaxing conclusion.
    • Scenic Flight Option: Enjoy a breathtaking scenic flight from Jomsom directly to Pokhara.

Planning Your Annapurna Circuit Trek:

This detailed breakdown provides a glimpse into the diverse landscapes and experiences that await on the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Remember to thoroughly research and plan your trek, considering factors like permits, acclimatization, weather conditions, and gear requirements.

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The Allure and Challenge of the Annapurna Circuit

The Annapurna Circuit Trek beckons adventure seekers with its breathtaking scenery and diverse landscapes. However, conquering this majestic route requires preparation and an understanding of the physical demands. Here's a breakdown of the trek's difficulty:

  • High Altitude Challenge: The trek reaches Thorung La Pass, a formidable peak at 5416m. This high altitude necessitates a good level of physical fitness and proper acclimatization to avoid altitude sickness.
  • Distance and Terrain: Be prepared for a long journey! The total distance can range from 160-230 km depending on the chosen route and starting/ending points. The trail includes sections with steep climbs and rocky terrain, demanding careful navigation.

A hiker poses on the peak of Thorong La Pass, on Nepal's Annapurna circuit.

Planning for Success:

While challenging, the Annapurna Circuit Trek can be a rewarding experience with proper planning and preparation:

  • Physical Fitness: Regular exercise and building endurance are crucial for tackling the long distances and climbs.
  • Altitude Acclimatization: Gradual ascent and proper rest are essential to adapt to the decreasing oxygen levels at higher altitudes.
  • Experience and Guidance: Consider hiring a guide or porter, especially if you're new to high-altitude trekking. Their expertise can ensure your safety and provide valuable local knowledge.

Reward Beyond the Challenge:

Despite its demanding nature, the Annapurna Circuit Trek offers unparalleled rewards.

  • Majestic Himalayas: Witness the awe-inspiring beauty of the Annapurna Massif and other Himalayan giants.
  • Cultural Immersion: Experience the warmth and hospitality of local villages and immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of the region.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a test of your physical and mental strength, but the breathtaking scenery and cultural encounters make it an unforgettable adventure.

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A Multifaceted Adventure: Unveiling the Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna Circuit Trek, lauded as one of the world's best, beckons trekkers with its breathtaking landscapes. Towering mountains, diverse flora and fauna, and cascading rivers paint a picture of untamed beauty. However, continuous road construction threatens the route's "classic" status. Despite this, the trek remains a masterpiece of nature.

A Journey Through Diverse Regions (17-21 Days):

  • Lamjung and Myagdi (Lowlands): Lush, sub-tropical valleys adorned with terraced farms and charming Hindu villages greet you at the start.
  • Manang and Mustang (Higher Altitudes): Ascend into the realm of Tibetan Buddhism. The Gurung people of Manang showcase their unique heritage, while Mustang, once a part of Tibet, retains strong cultural ties. Explore the Bonpo religion in villages like Thini, Lupra, and Nargon.

The Trek Itinerary:

  • Anti-clockwise Circuit (Besisahar to Nayapul): The route boasts iconic sights like the mighty Thorung La Pass (5416m), offering glimpses of Manaslu, Langtang Himal, Annapurna I & Dhaulagiri, and the world's deepest gorge. Conclude with a breathtaking sunrise over these giants from Poon Hill.
  • Cultural Encounters: Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Buddhist monasteries like Braga (one of the oldest) and Hindu holy sites like Muktinath, revered by both religions.

Part of the Great Himalaya Trail:

This trek is a section of the extensive Great Himalaya Trail, a long-distance route traversing Nepal.

Route Highlights:

  • Marsyangdi River: Follow the river upstream to its source near Manang during the initial stages.
  • Thorung La Pass: Conquer this challenging pass, rewarding you with breathtaking views.
  • Kali Gandaki River: Descend on the other side and encounter the dramatic Kali Gandaki River.
  • Multiple Exit Options: Choose your adventure at the trek's end:
    • Follow the Kali Gandaki River to Beni and connect to Pokhara by bus.
    • Embark on a side trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary (ABC).
    • Experience the thrill of a mountain bike descent from Muktinath or Jomsom (a new option).

Teahouse Accommodation:

The entire route is dotted with teahouses, serving as your accommodation and dining haven. These lodges offer basic yet comfortable rooms at affordable prices. Food and drinks are the primary source of income for teahouse owners.

Bathroom Facilities:

Expect varying bathroom conditions. Some teahouses provide private flush toilets, while others have traditional squat toilets. Running water is available, but hot water might not be consistent. Solar showers offer tepid water on sunny days. Alternatively, inquire about hot water pipes near the kitchen/dining area for a steaming rinse.

Important Note:

Before embarking, check the status of road construction on the eastern part of the route (Besisahar to Chame) as it might pose challenges for trekkers.

A Journey Like No Other:

Despite the road construction, the Annapurna Circuit Trek guarantees an unforgettable experience. Immerse yourself in breathtaking landscapes, diverse cultures, and the majestic presence of the Himalayas.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


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Yes, the Annapurna Circuit Trek can be a safe and rewarding experience, but it's crucial to consider several factors. These include weather conditions, your personal fitness level and experience, and adherence to safety guidelines. The high altitude and remoteness of the trek make proper acclimatization essential.

For first-time trekkers or those unfamiliar with high-altitude environments, considering a guided trek can significantly enhance safety and enjoyment. A guide can help you navigate the route, ensure proper acclimatization, and provide valuable assistance in case of any difficulties.

For the latest weather updates and safety information, you can consult resources from the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).

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The Annapurna Circuit trek, typically lasting 14-21 days from Besisahar to Jomsom, is an unforgettable adventure through Nepal's diverse landscapes. Prepare for daily hikes of 5-7 hours, rewarded by breathtaking views of the Annapurna Massif and iconic landmarks like Manang Valley, Thorong La Pass, and Kagbeni village.

Here's what you can expect:

  • Ever-changing Scenery: From lush valleys in the lower regions to dramatic high-altitude trails with glaciers and snow-capped peaks, the trek offers a constant visual feast.
  • Cultural Immersion: Walk through charming villages inhabited by Gurungs, Manangis, and other ethnic groups. Witness their traditions and immerse yourself in the unique mountain culture.
  • Mountain Majesty: Witness some of the world's most spectacular mountains up close, including Annapurna I, Manaslu, and Dhaulagiri.
  • High-Altitude Challenge: The trek reaches high altitudes, requiring proper acclimatization to avoid altitude sickness. Be prepared for cooler temperatures and thinner air.
  • Simple Lodging: Accommodation primarily consists of guesthouses (teahouses) offering basic but comfortable rooms and hearty meals.
  • A Taste of Nepal: Savor delicious Nepali cuisine like Dal Bhat (lentil soup with rice) and Thukpa (noodle soup) along the way.

The Annapurna Circuit trek is a rewarding journey that combines breathtaking scenery, cultural immersion, and a sense of accomplishment. However, be prepared for the physical and mental challenges of high-altitude hiking.

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Teahouses: Your Annapurna Circuit Home

Teahouses are the trekker's haven on the Annapurna Circuit. These guesthouses provide basic rooms with beds and shared bathrooms. Common areas offer warmth from a central stove or fireplace. Trekkers enjoy simple, hearty meals like Dal Bhat to fuel their adventures. While camping is an option, teahouses win with convenience and a social atmosphere.

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To book the trek in Nepal, CoreTreks offers you a number of booking options including:

  • Online booking,
  • Wire transfer OR,
  • Cash on arrival

We recommend you go through our booking policy before you head to the payment. In case of further inquiries please feel free to contact us.

Additional Information


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The most favorable times are spring (March–May) and autumn (September–November).

In spring, expect pleasant and dry weather with clear skies and forests ablaze with rhododendrons. Daytime temperatures hover around 15-20°C (59-68°F) at lower elevations, dropping below freezing at higher altitudes.

Autumn brings clear and dry weather with warm days and cool nights. Skies are typically clear, offering excellent visibility of the surrounding mountains.

The hot season (June-August) sees frequent rain and cloudiness, with thunderstorms changing the weather regularly. Trails can become slippery and muddy, with an increased risk of landslides and floods.

Winter brings dry and cold weather to the Annapurna Circuit, with occasional snowfall and icy conditions at higher elevations. Temperatures can plummet below zero degrees, making hiking in the highlands quite difficult.

To ensure a safe and enjoyable trek, it's always advisable to check the latest weather forecast before you go.

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To prepare for your trek in Nepal, it's essential to consider both the specific route and the time of year. Here is a Nepal trekking packing list to help you pack wisely. Here’s our Nepal Trekking packing list.

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While permits mandate hiring a guide for the Annapurna Circuit, having one offers significant advantages. A guide can be invaluable in navigation, ensuring you select the best route, avoid hazards, and enjoy stunning viewpoints.

Guides can also assist with administrative tasks like organizing lodging, meals, and permits, freeing up your time to focus on the trek. Additionally, their knowledge of local culture and traditions can enrich your experience.

Perhaps most importantly, a guide can significantly enhance your safety on the hike. They can monitor your health, assist in case of altitude sickness or injuries, and provide peace of mind. Hiring a guide also contributes to the local economy and creates jobs for Nepalis.

Overall, a guide can make your Annapurna Circuit trek safer, smoother, and more informative and enjoyable. However, experienced trekkers with excellent navigation skills may be comfortable attempting the trek solo.

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Manang marks a pivotal point on the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Here, the breathtaking Himalayan scenery continues to unfold, but you'll also face exciting choices about your onward journey. These decisions will depend on your remaining time and physical condition.

Thrilling Options Await:

  • Conquer Thorong La Pass and Descend to Muktinath: Embark on the most challenging leg of the trek, reaching the highest point of the circuit - Thorong La Pass (5416 meters). After conquering the pass, descend to the sacred town of Muktinath, revered by Hindus and Buddhists alike.
  • Detour to Tilicho Lake: For adventure seekers with extra time, a detour to Tilicho Lake beckons. Nestled at 4919 meters, it's one of the world's highest lakes, offering breathtaking vistas of the surrounding peaks. Be prepared for a more challenging trek compared to the main Annapurna Circuit trail.
  • Explore Upper Mustang: A separate permit unlocks the culturally rich and remote region of Upper Mustang. This challenging trek diverges from the main circuit and requires careful planning.
  • Return to Besisahar: For those short on time or seeking a rest, retrace your steps back to Besisahar via the same route used while ascending.

Planning is Key:

A thoughtfully crafted itinerary is crucial. Consider your available time, fitness level, and interests. Ensure you have the necessary permits, especially if Upper Mustang is your chosen path. Hiring a guide can provide invaluable assistance with route selection and safety throughout your trek.

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The Annapurna Circuit offers stunning scenery year-round, but the prime trekking seasons are spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). During these months, you'll experience:

  • Clear and dry weather: Ideal for comfortable hiking and unobstructed mountain views.
  • Pleasant temperatures: Spring offers mild weather with blooming wildflowers, while autumn boasts crisp days and cool nights.

Choosing Your Ideal Season:

  • Spring (March-May): Perfect for nature lovers, with vibrant wildflowers and comfortable temperatures. Be prepared for potentially crowded trails.
  • Autumn (September-November): Enjoy clear skies, excellent visibility, and fewer crowds compared to spring. This is a great choice for trekkers seeking a quieter experience.

Alternative Seasons:

  • Winter (December-February): For experienced trekkers seeking a challenge, winter offers a unique opportunity to see the Himalayas transformed into a snowy wonderland. Be prepared for frigid temperatures and potential trail closures due to snow.
  • Monsoon Season (June-August): Generally not recommended due to heavy rain, muddy trails, and increased risk of landslides.

Remember:

  • Regardless of the season, it's crucial to check the latest weather forecast before your trek.
  • Proper gear and clothing are essential for any season, with adjustments for varying temperatures.
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Highs and Lows of the Annapurna Circuit

The Annapurna Circuit is a high-altitude adventure, culminating at the majestic Thorong La Pass, which pierces the sky at a staggering 5,416 meters. This isn't the only point that will test your legs – the trek boasts other high-altitude sections like the climb to Tilicho Lake (4,919 meters) and the Mesokanto La Pass (5,099 meters).

Altitude: A Gradual Climb with Big Rewards

The trek starts at a relatively low elevation of around 800 meters, gradually ascending towards the mighty Thorong La Pass. This significant change in altitude can lead to altitude sickness, so proper acclimatization is crucial.

Be Prepared for the Climb:

To ensure a safe and enjoyable journey, trekkers should be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness and know when to seek medical attention. Taking the necessary precautions like proper hydration and acclimatization schedules will help you conquer the heights and experience the immense reward of traversing this breathtaking Himalayan circuit.

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The Annapurna Circuit is an undeniably stunning trek, but it's important to consider the challenges before you lace up your boots. Here's a breakdown to help you decide:

High Altitude & Remoteness:

  • Be prepared for high-altitude conditions. Most days involve staying in elevated villages, reaching up to 5,000 meters.
  • This trek ventures into remote regions of Nepal. Expect basic amenities in teahouses, offering a unique cultural experience.

Distance & Difficulty:

  • The full circuit spans a significant distance, ranging from 160 km to 230 km (depending on the route).
  • Some days involve long stretches of trekking, up to 9-10 hours.

Unique Features:

  • Unlike other treks, the Annapurna Circuit offers a constantly changing landscape with a distinct descent route. Each day brings a new adventure.
  • The trek's highest point, Thorong La Pass (5416m), can be occasionally closed during winter due to snow. Be flexible with your itinerary.
  • Variable weather conditions are the norm. Your guide may adjust the route slightly for your safety, ensuring an enjoyable experience.

Overall:

The Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek requires a good level of fitness, a sense of adventure, and the ability to adapt to high altitudes and remote locations. If you're up for the challenge, it promises an unforgettable adventure amidst breathtaking Himalayan scenery.

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Fueling Your Annapurna Circuit Adventure: Delicious Eats on the Trail

The Annapurna Circuit trek offers a delightful surprise for your taste buds alongside breathtaking scenery. Teahouses, your accommodation haven, double as restaurants catering primarily to trekkers' needs. Here's what you can expect:

  • Hearty Staples: Dal Bhat, a comforting combination of lentil soup and rice, reigns supreme as a staple dish. It provides essential carbohydrates and protein to keep you energized for long hikes.
  • Variety for All Tastes: Don't worry about monotony! Many teahouses offer a diverse menu including fried noodles, fried rice, momos (steamed dumplings with savory fillings), and a selection of vegetable and meat curries.
  • Catered to Dietary Needs: Many teahouses cater to diverse preferences, offering breakfast choices like omelets, pancakes, and porridge for those seeking a lighter start to the day.

Snacking on the Trail: Chocolate and tea are readily available for quick energy boosts in between meals.

Remember: While some higher-altitude teahouses might have limited options, most offer a satisfying variety to keep you fueled throughout your trek.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Reviews


Annapurna Sanctuary Trek


From: United Kingdom | On: 25 Sep, 2023
5

The region is really beautiful. We just completed the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek with CoreTreks recently, which was a pleasing trip along well repaired trails from Naya Pul through Poon Hill that reached Annapurna Base Camp. The effort put into building the stone steps shows in the trek’s smoothness. And those panoramic views are breath-taking. The tea houses had more comfortable rooms and better meals than we expected. Moreover, the Nepali people were so warm and friendly; this made our experience even more special.

 

Lovely Mountains


From: United Kingdom | On: 01 May, 2023
5

An adventurous journey filled with trekking, quaint villages, and challenging roads, some with steep 100-200 meter drops if you veer off course. Fortunately, the road conditions have improved, as in the past, the only options were walking or relying on horses.

Best 16 days of my life


From: Swaziland | On: 11 May, 2019
5

This trip was literally the best trip of my life. I love Nepal and all the people there. I was planning to trek to Annapurna Base Camp for almost a year and finally got a chance to pack my bag up and book a flight to Nepal.

All the credit goes to CoreTreks and the whole team. The guides were so calm to explain everything and I loved it. I have nothing to complain. Highly recommended if you are looking to trek in Nepal.

Thank you Nepal


From: United States | On: 11 Oct, 2019
5

Annapurna was amazing. As a travel enthusiast, I can say that Nepal is a great travel destination for trekking and hiking. Sadly I could not experience many other adventure activities that Nepal had to offer but no problem, I will visit again.

Thanks Nepal and the CoreTreks team for guiding us through the trials and helping us transfer our luggage including booking the hotels and food. Thanks again.

 

Delicious meal with luxury stay


From: Australia | On: 23 Apr, 2018
4

I would consider the trek to be easier than I thought it would be. Being among the Himalaya range at the base of Annapurna is something that I will forever admire.

I am a big fan of different food all around the world. I loved the Nepalese cuisine. Also I did not expect our stay to be that much luxurious at all, thanks to CoreTreks and the guiding team.

One small suggestion would be to offer some more items on the package like spa, swimming pool, and more. Thanks. 

One of my best trips


From: Canada | On: 05 Oct, 2016
5

Annapurna Circuit Trek is the best trip I have ever had. The trekking was tiring but worth every step. I’m an active trekker myself and had always wanted to visit Nepal for trekking.

Thanks to CoreTreks for making my dream come true. I can frankly say that I enjoyed my time in Nepal.

Thanks to the team at CoreTreks for helping us through our journey and providing us with the best accommodation and food. Highly recommended for travelers.

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