Annapurna Circuit Trek
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Overview

Why trek Annapurna Circuit trek with Nepal Eco Adventure? Well if you’re puzzled by the question or having trouble deciding whether to visit the destination or not then let me put it straight. Annapurna Circuit trek is a complete package of adventure, fun, and challenges. It’s unlike any trekking spot in the world, incredibly stunning and packed with a surreal view of Mt. Annapurnas.

Nepal’s trekking trails are worldwide acclaimed for their spectacular views, dramatic landscapes, and wilderness. Their peaceful setting with unique geological wonders, high-mountain meadows, and glacially carved valleys pull the trekkers from across the world.

Annapurna Circuit trek hosts visitors from all around the world. In fact, it’s one of the few trekking destinations in Nepal, where there’s an overflow of hikers throughout the year. Visitors seem to be flattered walking the demanding trails of the circuit as it provides them an unforgettable experience.

Annapurna Circuit trek is sheer beauty with a pristine trail that offers a minute scene of snow-capped mountains, sweeping hills, and a steep-sided valley. It gives every better reason possible for trekkers to hike the classic trail that heads all the way up to Thorong La Pass.

The trek provides a fascinating insight into the local customs and traditions of different ethnic groups living in the region. But, most importantly, it exposes the visitors to the unique culture, heritage, and lifestyle of the Gurung community.

Visitors will be able to witness the great influence of the people in the region, especially with their villages, historical and religious sites. Other ethnic groups whose spiritual and cultural impacts are equally noticed in the local community are Thakali, Tamang, Magar, and Brahmin.

Annapurna Circuit Trek lies in central Nepal and has a trek length of 100-145 miles. It begins with a half-day drive to Besisahar and a short walk off the mountainside to Bulbule. The trek continues with an uphill walk on the next day and has us crossing several bridges to arrive at Chamje.

We’ll walk past many villages in the following days, including Chame, Pisang, and Manang. Since the trek above Manang is more difficult with low atmospheric pressure, we’ll stop at the village to give the body a whole rest. From Manang, we head to Yak Kharka, which has only a few settlements.

You can see a lot of yaks grazing here, though. From here, we take the most strenuous walk to Thorong Phedi via Thorong La Pass. From the cliff, we’ll get a fantastic view of Annapurna massif and Dhaulagiri. After crossing the pass, we’ll descend the trail to Muktinath and visit the religious shrine here. From there, we navigate the path to Jomsom that is rugged and looks more like a desert.

After arriving at the lovely village of Kagbeni, we'll take a short break for breakfast and then immediately rush to the trail. The journey to Jomsom continues with a gentle walk on the trail that overlooks the beautiful Kali Gandaki River before taking a rocky uphill climb.

Walking past the terrace farm and through the brink of the deep valley, we’ll reach the village. The next day, we’ll take a picturesque drive to Tatopani, where you can also enjoy a hot spring bath and then finally return to the valley.

In between the trip, we’ll also take a short uphill walk to Ghorepani, which is one of the trekkers’ favorite spots to stop by and watch the beautiful view of Machhapure and Gangapurna.

A lot of trekkers who’re pushed for time and cannot make it to the circuit trek Ghorepani to catch a beautiful sight of Annapurna. We’ll also be walking the steep trail of Poon Hill to see the beautiful sunrise view. In this way, with Nepal Eco Adventure, you’ll get an amazing experience of trekking the Annapurna Circuit.

NOTE: This package has 18 days which includes arrival, Kathmandu sightseeing tour, and departure days. If you want to directly join the trip, we have 15 days Annapurna circuit trek package. You can also check the cost includes/exclude there.

Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • A pristine view of high mountain ranges, including Annapurna massif, Dhaulagiri, and Lamjung Himal
  • Travel across splendid river valleys, Marshyangdi River Valley and Kali Gandaki River Valley en route
  • Submerge in the local Himalayan lifestyle and culture
  • Explore the serene glacial lake of Tilicho and its undulating landscapes
  • Cross the Thorong La Pass and traverse alongside the world’s deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki Gorge
  • Hot spring bath at Tatopani to relieve the stress
  • Watch shimmering glacial lakes, waterfalls, and gorges
  • Visit Muktinath, a sacred temple of Hindus and Buddhist
  • A short tour of Barge Monastery, one of the largest monasteries in Manang district

Altitude Chart

annapurna circuit altitude chart

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival at Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593 ft)
As agreed upon, our representative will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport on this day. They’ll be meeting you at the terminal before driving you back to your hotel. There you can ease off and get some rest.

There’ll be a pri-trek meeting for payment after you arrive(if you arrive in day if not there proper trip meeting on day 2 at Nepal Eco Adventure 15:00pm) where you’ll get acquainted with the trek guide. Also, if there are any queries related to hiking, you can ask them right over. Missing trekking equipment and gear can be bought in Thamel. So, waste no time and check it out at the earliest possible time.
Day 2
Kathmandu sightseeing tour.
On a day off in Kathmandu, we’ll take a tour of the city and visit a couple of major tourist attractions. We start the tour with a short visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square, which is just a mile away from Thamel. It takes 10-15 minutes to arrive here and watch the ancient Newari masterpiece. On our stop here, we’ll be able to witness many historic buildings, courtyards, ponds (Rani Pokhari), and vihara-style temples. You’ll also see the iconic Hanuman Dhoka, Kumari Ghar, and Kal Bhairav during a walk through the square.

After the sightseeing, we head to Swayambhunath also known as Monkey Temple, which sits on a hillock in the northwest of the Kathmandu Valley. It’s one of the oldest and sacred Buddhist pilgrimages with a dome-shaped base and a cubical structure above that has Buddha’s eye painted in all four directions. The stupa is filled with chaityas, statues, prayer wheels, and colorful flags. You can also see lots of holy monkeys in the temple.

With a 30-45 min (7.1km from Durbar Square) drive, we head our tour towards the Boudhanath Stupa. A 36-meter high mandala-shaped stupa, which was renovated in the 8th century by the Licchhavi rulers. It is one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites that’s popular among tourists. You can observe the beautiful view and Buddhist people worshiping from nearby rooftop restaurants with coffee in hand.

After the trip to the religious shrine, we’ll take a 10-15 min drive to Pashupatinath, a holy temple of Hindus. It lies in the northeast of Kathmandu on the bank of Bagmati River. There are many small temples and religious shrines in the inner courtyard of the temple including Vasuki Nath, Budhanilkantha, and Hanuman. The main temple of Pashupatinath is centuries old and built in a pagoda style. There, you can observe the cremation process of Hindu culture dead bodies.

We usually take a lunch break after finishing our Kathmandu sightseeing day tour. Returning to the hotel by afternoon must give you sufficient time to backpack and take a rest ahead of the trek.
Day 3
Drive to Besisahar (760m/2,493 ft) and drive to Nagdi by local bus (930m/3,052 ft)
Nagdi Altitude: 1050m

Walking Hours: 6-7 hrs

Overnight at Lodge in Bulbule Village

We kick off the first day of Annapurna Circuit Trek with a short and scenic drive to Besisahar, which lasts around 7-8 hrs. Driving 109-miles along the Prithvi Highway unfolds us a magnificent view of towering hills, lush green meadows, and colorful Nepali villages.

We’ll drive along the Trishuli River until Muglin, then follow the Marsyangdi River that passes several Gurung villages. After reaching Besisahar, we’ll take a short break and catch the local bus to Nagdi. Nagdi is a 1 hours walking distance from Bulbule.

From Besisahar, the local bus takes around 2 hours to reach the Nagdi village, which is our stop for tonight.

We just travel by bus on this day, no walking activity for this day.
Day 4
Trek to Chamje (1,410m/4,626 ft)
Chamje altitude: 1,410 meters

Walking hours: 5-6 hrs

Overnight at Tea house in Chamje Village

We begin our morning with a warm breakfast and a gentle climb through a deep wooded canyon that boasts a rushing waterfall. A few more miles of walk before the trail runs beside the rice farm and through the subtropical forest.

On the way, we cross a suspension bridge swinging over a gushing river and pass the flowing waterfall. Climbing the steep mountain pass with huge rocks is strenuous but provides a breathtaking view. In a short while, you’ll enter the village of Chamje that’s swarmed with natural scenery.

Its unique topography puts up great scenery, including steep hills, raging rivers, and vibrant valleys. After soaking in the natural scenery, we’ll move towards the tea house in Chamje and spend the night there.
Day 5
Chamje to Bagarchhap (2,160m)
Bagarchhap altitude: 2,160 meters

Walking hours: 5-6 hrs

Overnight at Tea house in Bagarchhap

From Chamje, the trail climbs uphill, divulging the glorious view of lofty mountains and green pastures. Passing the terrace farm, we embark on the dense rhododendron forest, which provides a peaceful atmosphere.

Coming off the deep woods, we cross a suspension bridge over Marsyangdi River and navigate a difficult path. Walking the ins and outs, we end up at the confluence of Marshyangdhi and Dudh Khola.

Out of here, the trail crosses several small streams and wooden bridges to reach Bagarchhap. Along the path, we get to relish the close-up view of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. Overnight stay in a tea house.
Day 6
Trek from Bagarchhap to Chame (2,650m/8,694 ft)
Chame Altitude: 2,710 meters

Walking hours: 6 hrs

Overnight at Tea House at Chame

Trek from Chame to Bagarchhap is 7-miles long and mostly upward. Except for a few short descents, there isn't much downhill walk throughout the entire day. But, despite the challenging journey, the trip is exciting as we get a glimpse of delightful Langtang Himal and lush-green forests.

The trail starts with a gentle climb into the pine and oak forest before passing over Danakyu. It then makes a further ascent to Timang, a small village lying at the foot of Lamjung Himal. From here, we'll navigate a rugged path filled with sharp rocks heading to Thanchowk.

A few more miles of walk through the dense forest which ends at Koto. After that, it’s an easy walk alongside Marsyangdi River before winding up at the charming village of Chame. In the village, you’ll get an even better view of Annapurna and Langtang. Tonight we’ll stay in a guest house.
Day 7
Trek to Pisang (3240m).
Lower Pisang Altitude: 3,240 meters

Walking Hours: 5-6 hrs

Overnight at Tea house in Pisang Village

Our day starts with a leisurely walk through the narrow and steep valley that displays a gigantic rock wall. Local people of the village regard the Paunga Danda rock face at 1,500 meters as holy. Climbing up high, we get a crystal-clear view of Annapurna II and Pisang Peak.

The trail then passes lunar landscapes before arriving at Lower Pisang. There are many tea houses and remote settlements where we can stop and have lunch before taking a village tour. Walking further up the rugged hill will take us to Upper Pisang, which is an ancient remote settlement.

The village has long, lined-up prayer wheels, mani walls, and chortens that show the old culture. There are many old monasteries and traditional-style houses in Upper Pisang, which you can explore in your spare time. Tonight, we’ll stay in a tea house.
Day 8
Trek from Pisang to Manang (3,540m/ 111,614 ft)
Manang Altitude: 3,540 meters

Walking hours: 6-7 hrs

Overnight at Tea House in Manang

From Pisang, we traverse the roughest trail that has many steep ascents with twists and turns. Climbing high, the path provides us an impressive view of Annapurna massif along with the surrounding snow peaks and Marsyangdi River valley. A section of the course is an arid steppe, the ins, and outs, including high mountain ranges, while a pinewood forest surrounds others.

It walks past the remote settlement of Ghyaru and Nawal that provides a marvelous view of Annapurna III and Tilicho Peak. The path makes its way through Bagra village, graced with traditional villages built by Tibetan habitants.

Visitors often stop at the settlements to explore one of its ancient, Tibetan monasteries. Coming ahead, the trek gets easy with a flat and level walk up to Manang. It takes almost half an hour to reach the remote settlement, which has ample tea houses to stay.
Day 9
Acclimatization day at Manang.
Ice Lake Altitude: 4,620 meters

Walking Hours: 1-2 hrs

Overnight at Good Hotel at Manang

After the hassle of last-day, we’ll take a well-deserved rest at Manang. To make the most of time, we’ll join the group for a short acclimation walk to Gangapurna Lake and its outskirts. In the morning after breakfast, we’ll leave for the trek to this glacial lake.

The route for this tourist attraction is a bit craggy and filled with small rocks and debris, but the landscapes are breathtaking. Surrounded by glistening mountains and rocky hills, the Gangapurna lake itself is tranquil and feeds on melting glaciers.

It lies at an altitude of 3,540 meters and is surrounded by steep hills and glistening lakes

Spend the time here enjoying the picturesque vista and immersing yourself in the natural beauty before retracing the steps back. Standing at the lakeshore, you can catch a glimpse of Mt. Gangapurna, Khangsar Kang, Glacial Dom, and Annapurna.

Some trekkers also prefer to take a side trek to Ice Lake and Base Camp, which come with magnificent scenery. Their trail overlooks the dazzling Annapurna III, Tilicho Peak, and Chulu Peak.
Day 10
Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4,120m/13,517 ft)
Yak Kharka Altitude: 4,120 meters

Walking Hours: 4-5 hrs

Overnight at Tea house in Yak Kharka

Leaving the Manang village, the trail walks uphill and crosses the suspension bridge stretching across the Manang River. On the other side of the flyover, the path is steep and continuously upward up to Khangsar village.

Next, the trail heads to Shree Kharka, paving the way over steep hills that takes about 2-3 hours to pass. We’ll get an impressive view of snowy peaks, deep valleys, and verdant meadows at the village. To get some rest, move towards the hotel.
Day 11
Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,560m/14,960 ft)
Thorung Phedi Altitude: 4,525 meters

Walking Hours: 4-5 hrs

Overnight at Good Hotel of Thorung Phedi

After breakfast, the trek continues with an ascent up the mountain ridge and a gentle descent to the Marsyangdi River. After crossing the wooden bridge, the trail rises upward and slowly follows a narrow sideroad across a slope.

On the journey to Ledar, we can see many Himalayan yaks herding on the lush green meadows. To the right of the trail is an impressive view of Chulu West, making the excursion more exciting. From Ledar, the trail levels, but after descending to the river and crossing the suspension bridge, the path inclines upward and gets harder.

After reaching the top, we’ll find a small tea house to stop over and have lunch. Shortly after the break, we’ll follow the route that passes from landslide-prone areas. Since the path is steep and a bit rough here, filled with tiny rocks, walking the section is slightly more challenging.

After trekking a solid 5-6 hours, we’ll finally arrive at Thorung Phedi, which provides a lovely view of snow-capped mountains and rocky hills. We can also see colorful valleys from the clifftop at 5,416 meters. We’ll spend the night in a tea house.
Day 12
Cross Thorong La Pass (5,416m/ 117,769 ft) to Muktinath (3,802m/12,474 ft
Thorong La Pass Altitude: 5,416 meters

Muktinath Altitude: 3,802 meters

Walking Hours: 9 hrs

Overnight at Hotel in Muktinath

Today’s the most challenging and toughest walk of the entire Annapurna Circuit Trek. Climbing up the trail to Thorung La Pass is also long and tiring; therefore, we get up early in the morning to finish the trek on time.

After having breakfast and making all the preparations, we begin our excursion by navigating a zigzagged trail that heads up to the high camp. After a short break at the campsite, we make the final ascent to Thorong La Pass, short but intensive due to low oxygen.

Alone this part of the trek takes 2 hours and more depending on the pace. Upon reaching the crest, we’ll be rewarded with an incredible view of the Annapurna range, Manaslu, Gangapurna, and Dhaulagiri.

As soon as the sightseeing is over, we’ll descend the trail to Muktinath which shall take anywhere between 6-7 hours. On the way, we’ll be crossing the suspension bridge numerous times and steer the rugged trail that heads to Muktinath Valley. After finishing the trek, we’ll spend the night in a tea house.
Day 13
Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2,750m/9,022 ft)
Jomsom Altitude: 2,750 meters

Walking Hours: 5-6 hrs

Overnight at Lodge in Jomsom

At the crack of dawn, we’ll visit Muktinath Temple and participate in the prayers. After the religious worship and a tour of the holy shrine, we’ll continue on the trek to Jomsom. The path is mostly downhill, so the expedition will be a little easier.

We’ll spend most of our day hiking off-the-beaten-path with downslope and passing several Gurung villages. Along the path, we’ll also witness many Tibetan monasteries, mani walls, and prayer flags. We make our way through Lubra and Kagbeni, a gateway to remote Upper Mustang.

The village is a major tourist attraction with beautifully designed Buddhist monasteries, traditional villages, and towering highlands. You can also enjoy the beautiful sight of the Kali Gandaki River during a stop at Kagbeni.

From there, we have several small streams to cross and pass the terrace farms before the scenery changes. The landscapes are semi-arid from Kagbeni, with a few traces of green vegetation. Most of the trails are rugged and dry, with soaring rock cliffs that visibly look astonishing.

Even at the Jomsom village, we’ll get a splendid view to relish. It includes a breathtaking glimpse of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri at the back of the town straddling on the Kali Gandaki River. Jomsom has plenty of accommodation facilities to offer trekkers along with some upscale resorts.
Day 14
Drive to Tatopani (1,341m/4,400 ft)
Jomsom Altitude: 2,743 meters

Tatopani Altitude: 1,200 meters

Driving Hours: 6-7 hrs

Overnight at Fine Lodge of Tatopani

The trip to Tatopani will be a lot more fun and relaxing as we have no trail to walk the entire day. In fact, we’ll just enjoy the scenic ride throughout the trip and give the foot a much-needed rest. Driving the rugged road, we'll pass the deepest gorge in the world, Kali Gandaki Gorge.

You’ll notice the arid landforms switch to green hills and pasture before even getting to halfway. From there, we can enjoy the beautiful sights of mountainous ridges, highlands, grassy meadows, and roaring streams.

After a 6-7 hours drive, we’ll arrive at the small village of Tatopani, which is famous for its natural hot springs. These large rock pools with hot water are popular among the tourists visiting Nepal. It lies almost 5 km south of Kodri on the border of Nepal and Tibet

As the water has medicinal and healing powers, locals often visit here to relieve their pain. To ease up and reduce fatigue after the long journey, we’ll also take a bath at this hot spring while enjoying the beautiful scene of towering green hills and a gushing river. Overnight stay in a guest house.
Day 15
Trek to Ghorepani (2,874m/9,429 ft)
Ghorepani Altitude: 2,860 meters

Walking hours: 6-7 hrs

Overnight at Nice Hotel at Ghorepani (Poon Hill)

We’ll get up early today and leave for the trek to Ghorepani that comes with an astounding view. The trek begins with crossing a Kali Gandaki River to the east side, from where we take a gentle but endless ascent uphill. Climbing the stone stairs and walking beside a terrace farm for almost 2 hours, we’ll end up at the lovely village of Ghara.

From here, we’ll follow a steep trail heading to Sikha. Due to the high elevation gain, the trek is a bit demanding and gruesome. The surrounding views of deep valleys, towering hills, and beautiful landscapes make up for the difficulties though. After reaching the village, we’ll stop at a guest house and have our lunch before continuing the journey further.

The trail to Ghorepani has us passing over the terraced farmland and into the dense forest filled with rhododendron, birch, and Mongolia. We’ll also walk from the edge of the hill which provides a stunning view of snow-capped mountains. After a long and arduous climb upward on the last section, we’ll finally arrive at the village.

The total travel length from Tatopani to Ghorepani is 16.9 km and takes anywhere from 6-7 hours depending on the speed. Ghorepani is one of the crowded villages in the entire Annapurna Circuit. It’s a central hub for trekkers and a perfect spot to watch the dazzling view of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, and Hiunchuli.
Day 16
Early morning trek up to Poonhill and trek down to Nayapul drive to Pokhara.
Poon Hill Altitude: 3,210 meters

Pokhara Altitude: 822 meters

Walking Hours: 7 hrs

Driving Hours: 1 hrs 30 mins

Overnight at Hotel in Pokhara

Soon after waking up to the first light of the day, we’ll hike up to Poon Hill to witness the mind-blowing sunrise view. The walking distance is 9.5 km and mostly uphill, making us lose our breath. Still, the trek is worth it as we get to see the 360-degree view of Annapurna massif and Nilgiri Himal.

Standing at the viewpoint, we’ll also get to glance at the rolling hills, vibrant valleys, and the beautiful red and orange colors of a sunrise. Upon enjoying the sightseeing, we’ll descend the trail to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara.

The drive from Nayapul to Pokhara lasts about an hour but even in such a little time, the trek gives us some fond memories and amazing views. Once arrived at the Pokhara, you can go on a little tour of the town or take a rest at the hotel.

There are also many adventurous activities to do in this city including paragliding, ziplining, and skydiving. In the evening, visitors can walk by the shore of Rara Lake and experience the beautiful sunset view.
Day 17
Drive back to Kathmandu (1400m/4,593 ft)
Kathmandu Altitude: 1,400 meters

Driving hours: 4 hrs

Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu

On the last day of the Annapurna Circuit Trek, we’ll head back to Kathmandu. After breakfast, we’ll be taking a long drive on a private jeep to Kathmandu City. The road from Pokhara to Kathmandu crosses the Trishuli River through Dumre and passes many villages.

The road trip also offers us an impressive glimpse of dazzling snow peaks, mountainous hills, and waterfalls. After entering the valley, our staff will escort you to the hotel where you can freshen up and get some sleep.
Day 18
Fly back to your home.
Our representative will drop you at the airport today. If your flight is in the evening time, you can spend your time shopping or exploring Kathmandu. We wish you all the best and welcome you to visit Nepal again.

What is Included?

  • Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle.
  • Three nights Hotel in Kathmandu and one night hotel in Pokhara including breakfast.
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek, including a cup of tea/coffee.
  • Fresh fruit every night after dinner.
  • Tea house(Trekking Lodge) accommodations during the trek.
  • ACAP entry permit & TIMS card.
  • Public bus to Nagdi and tourist bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • Shared Jeep /Bus from Jomsom to Tatopani and private transport from Nayapul to Pokhara.
  • English speaking guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport and insurance
  • A Strong, helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for two people).
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Sleeping bags, Down Jacket,duffel bag and Walking Poles (if you don’t have your own,to be return after trip completed). Using these 3 items you pay $10 USD each as maintenance and washing charge
  • Nepal Eco Adventure T-shirt, cap and duffel bag as souvenir.
  • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • Guided Kathmandu city tour with private vehicle.
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible for all levels of trekker.
  • Assistant guide group size above 6+ person.

What is Excluded?

  • Meals whilst you are in Kathmandu Lunch and Dinner.
  • Meals in Pokhara.
  • Nepal entry visa fee $50 USD for 30 days visa on arrival.
  • Your Travel and medical rescue insurance(recommended).
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses like;Laundry, Battery charging, telephone and shopping etc.
  • Alcoholic and non alcoholic hot and cold drinks.
  • Desserts Sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
  • Tips for the guide, porter and driver (tipping is expected).
  • Kathmandu sightseeing monument entrance fees approximate $30 USD per person.

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How difficult is Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Although Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered moderate and doesn’t have a technical climb, trekkers will still face some difficulties. They’ll have to work their way through the steep hills and walk over rugged terrains with sharp rocks and boulders. Walking Thorong La Pass is one of the greatest challenges for hikers of the Annapurna Circuit due to low barometric pressure.

How safe is Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a safe trek. But, get to know about the weather, avoid walking in the dark and stay on the main track. Don’t leave your guide and companions behind.

Also, walk slowly and be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness. If altitude sickness becomes intense, then do not force yourself and get ready to return.

What is the cost of Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The cost of 18 days Annapurna Circuit Trek largely depends on the length of stay and available services. It also varies based on whether you’re doing a solo trek or with the agency. If done with the travel company, the cost can range between US$1,200 to US$2,000, subject to the itinerary. We have a package of $1250. The amount covers the cost of a trekking permit, accommodation, food, porters, and guides.

The trek, however, can cost low or high depending on various factors. The number of trekkers, porters, trek routes, trek season, accommodating hotels, and the number of trekking days are some major factors that determine the cost of the trek.

How many hours do I need to walk per day?

Usually, you walk for about 5-7 hours per day. But some days, you will walk less or more than that.

Do I need guide for Annapurna Circuit Trek?

You spend so many days far from conveniences. Having a guide helps you smoothen your trek. You don’t have to worry about accommodation and meals.

We help you pre-plan your entire trip and probably, you will not experience any trouble.

Should I have to hire a porter?

Hiring a porter at Annapurna Circuit lifts off the pressure from the trekker. It allows them to walk the trail more comfortably without losing much energy. Likewise, carrying a load on your back for 5-7 hours a day is quite difficult. Porters here are strong and walk at a higher pace than trekkers. So, having a porter/porters helps you enjoy the trip freely.

Trekkers who can navigate the trail carrying their backpacks don't need to hire a porter. Individual trekkers who have never traveled to mountainous regions should consider hiring a porter as they reduce the weight from your shoulder and make the trip relaxing just at the cost of US$25 to US$30.

Can I bring extra luggage on the trek?

Yes, you can bring extra luggage on the trek unless you’re willing to carry it yourself or hire more than one porter. It’s because a porter can only help with the 15-20 kgs load of an individual hiker. For the excess weight, trekkers will have to pay an additional amount.

Should I buy travel insurance for Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Travel insurance is recommended for tourists to cover their medical and helicopter rescue helicopter expenses. Sometimes travelers may get sick and have to be evacuated by helicopter to the nearest hospital.

Travel Insurance is usually recommended for the all trekkers for worse case scenario. Since all our trekkers will be traveling the region on a local bus, they won’t need to buy one of these. Their backpack and equipment are safely transported to starting point of the trek so there's no risk of theft and stealing. Travel insurance gives you extra layer of security if things goes wrong.

Do I need any permit?

Yes, you need two different permits. TIMS card and Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit( ANCAP). As there will be various checkpoints, make sure you grab them in Kathmandu and keep them with you.

Although trekking permits are required for access to Annapurna Circuit, the permit fee is already included in the trekking package and there’s no extra amount charged for the entry to the conservation area.

How difficult is Thorong La Pass?

Passing Thorong La Pass is a tough part of the trek. You begin ascending to Thorong La Pass early in the dark morning. The total walk of the day exceeds 8 hours.

However, the trail on the pass is well-marked and there will be lots of trekkers during high seasons. But, be aware of the weather condition before you ascend to Thorong La Pass.

How much weight do porters carry?

A porter usually carry 20-25 kg of weight between two trekkers. As porters carry your load, you can carry a small backpack with daily essentials.

Is there a risk of getting altitude sickness?

Annapurna Circuit Trek poses a lesser risk of altitude sickness since there’s a continuous elevation gain and loss. Apart from that, trekkers will have to acclimate before going high so they’re able to adapt to the weather and temperature.

Exposure to high altitudes has a mild impact on trekkers. Beginners with no previous experience of trekking may show some light symptoms like headache and dizziness. But, after getting some rest, they’ll be fine to walk the trail.

Hikers will have to be a bit careful while climbing Thorong La Pass at 5416m meters. as the trails are steep here. They may feel an elevation gain at this height but if they take preventive measures, trekkers of Annapurna Circuit can easily cope up with the low atmospheric pressure.

How to fight off Altitude sickness?

Anyone who has not lived at high altitudes can suffer from Altitude Motion Sickness. You have to be extra careful to prevent altitude sickness.

Hydrate your body, take a slow and steady walk and take rest at times. If you find any symptom of altitude sickness, be careful to not take it to another level.

What if I get sick or injured during the trek?

There are small medicals in larger villages of the circuit. Also, there are hospitals in Manang and Jomsom. During the peak season, some temporary clinics at high-altitudes provide medical services.

If you feel sick or injured during the trek, your guide will work out and find the best option.

What are my accommodations and meals like?

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a popular classic trek. So, the villages throughout Annapurna Circuit route have teahouses to accommodate trekkers.

Teahouses in most villages of the trek are basic ones with basic food and accommodation facilities. Rooms have a bed, blanket, and some other essentials. Bathrooms usually are fine but not to optimal quality.

The meals are usually Dal Bhat with vegetable curry. Although many tea houses offer western foods as well, nothing beats heavy meals of Dal Bhat.

How much money should I carry during Annapurna Trek?

The travel package cost of the Annapurna Circuit trek is US$1,250 per person. It includes the cost of local transportation, food, accommodation, guide, and porter.

We suggest all our hikers carry extra spending money between US$15-US$25 or equivalent amount of local currency to cover snacks, hot shower(only above Manag, cost around $5), electricity, internet, charging camera batteries, bar bills phones, It’s better to buy these things at the shops in town since the price gets higher with the increase in altitude.

If you want to splash out an extra amount on the snacks and bars or western dishes, expect the cost to rise up to US$50 per day. Trekkers will be responsible for any private cost apart from the ones mentioned in the package.

Okay, I am interested. What is the best season for Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Autumn (Late-September to November) and Spring (Mid-March and Early-May) offer the best weather for Annapurna Circuit trekkers. They provide a warm and humid climate with a little bit of moisture in the lower region. The skies are clearer than any other time in these seasons so you’ll have a higher chance to spot the magnificent view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. The greeneries, fall foliage, and blooming flowers make the surroundings even more delightful and amazing for the hikers.

How long is the Annapurna Circuit trek?

The entire trek length of the Annapurna Circuit relies on where the hikers start their trek from; and where they wrap it up so it can range anywhere from 160-230 km. You can do the circuit Trek in as little as 12 to 18 days, but if you want to do a full tour, it can take about a month.

What is the accommodation like?

Annapurna Circuit trek is a tea house trek as it can be found even at a higher altitude with a few settlements. They are more convenient and affordable with all the basic facilities available. The service quality may vary between tea houses, but one thing is sure that all of them have a single bed and shared bathrooms. Pillow, blanket, and bedsheet are provided to the guest, but the use of solar heating and hot water will be charged separately.

Is wi-fi available at the trek?

Many guesthouses offer wi-fi service to hikers for a small charge. It may work fine at lower hills, but in the mountains, the connection might not be stable; therefore, trekkers may not be able to use the wifi whenever required.

Do you provide trekking gear and equipment?

Do you provide trekking gear Despite the fact that trekking gears are a personal expense, we do provide our clients the needed equipment. To make their trip safe and amazing, we provide all the essentials including a duffel bag, hiking poles, and sleeping bag.

Since the weather is chilly in high altitudes with low temperatures, we make the down jacket available to the trekkers. It will help them withstand the cold climate at Annapurna Circuit and even Thamserku. Upon returning back to Kathmandu, they’ll have to return the gears back to Nepal Eco Adventure.

Apart from these items, if there’s any other apparatus that trekkers find missing from the list then they will have to bring it along with them from the native country or buy it. There are plenty of shops in Thamel which help trekkers find the needed equipment. It can be on the budget or high standard which is a bit pricey but the qualities are unmatched.
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Are there ATM facilities along the route of Annapurna Circuit?

Don’t fear running out of money on the Annapurna Circuit Trek as there are a few ATMs and money exchange services at Chame, Jomsom, and Tatopani. But, keep in mind that the service is not available at higher altitudes. Therefore, if you have to exchange the currency, do it right at Chame, Tatopani or Jomsom.

Is solo Annapurna Circuit trek possible?

Yes, you can hike the Annapurna Circuit alone, but we highly recommend you to hire a professional trek guide who can navigate you the way. It will make the journey easier for you and also help you get the trek done faster.

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Why trek Annapurna Circuit?

Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most visited trek destinations in Nepal. Thanks to its spectacular scenery, good services, and reasonable price. Its unique geographical features and diverse landscapes put an excellent display for the hikers. It also delights them with the lovely view of rolling hills, green fields, and roaring white rivers.

Annapurna Circuit is one of the few hiking trails that’s always ready to accompany the visitors and treat them to the most incredible scenery. As a great host, it provides them with the best of the best panoramic vista that looks even more gorgeous in Spring and Fall.

That’s not all; even the locals here are amiable and never upset to accommodate the visitors. And this is only to mention some of them. There are several reasons why Annapurna Circuit is so popular among hikers. A few of them are as follows.

1. Scenic View

With breathtaking sights all year round, Annapurna Circuit Trek is every photographer’s dream. It’s the trekkers’ ultimate destination to escape the city hassle and soak in the natural beauty of the Himalayas.

It doesn’t matter which year they visit Annapurna Circuit; hikers will always find something interesting to watch. Right from the start of the expedition, they’ll be pleased by the lovely view of sweeping hills, clifftops, and beautiful Nepali villages.

Annapurna never fails to offer the most astounding scenery in the world to its guests. Almost anywhere on the trail, they’ll end up gazing at the lofty snow peaks including the famous Annapurna massif.

Trekkers are also likely to view diverse landscapes, steep-sided valleys, cascading waterfalls, and streams. Along the path, they will witness sweeping hills and meadows filled with grazing yaks.

Visitors will even get to explore old Tibetan monasteries, mani walls, and prayer flags that recollect the primordial times during stops at numerous villages. The unique landforms of Annapurna Circuit also have many stunning and hidden places to scout.

3. Great Facilities

When seeking a perfect trek destination in Nepal, lodging is what comes first in the mind of trekkers. That’s perhaps because many remote places in Nepal don’t have human settlements and are difficult to reach.

But, thankfully trekkers of Annapurna Circuit don’t have to fear it as they will mind plenty of lodging from on the budget to a high standard. They have a wide range of accommodation options to choose from depending on the price.

Keep in mind that the options get limited with the increase in altitude. Usually, it’s the tea houses and trekking lodges that trekkers count on most for the accommodation service on Annapurna Circuit Trek. They have basic facilities and come at a reasonable price that you can’t complain about a lot.

4. Diverse Culture

Although spread in a small geographical area with a few settlements, Annapurna Circuit Trek has great diversity and inclusion. Trekkers can find people of varied cultures and religions living cordially during their visit here.

They’ll also get to take a look inside the rich traditions and customs practiced by different ethnic groups and castes while stopping by the village. Its rich history, imposing cultural heritage, beautiful pilgrimage, and monasteries that carry historical value also awe travelers.

5: Beautiful sunrise view

Annapurna Circuit Trek comes with a short morning walk to Poonhill, from where the trekkers can enjoy a lovely sunrise view. The sight of vivid valleys and colorful towns is a bonus to visitors for making it all the way up. They can also see the magnificent view of Annapurna massif, Dhampus, and Gangapurna at the backdrop.

Trek to Poonhill is mostly uphill, which causes hikers to get tired sooner, so we start the expedition at dawn. But, once they reach the hilltop, all their fatigue will be gone, especially when they sneak a look at the magical views of glittering snow-capped mountains. Trekkers who visit Poon Hill in Spring will also get the sight of lush green hills, terrace farms, and blooming rhododendron flowers.

6. Visit Muktinath Temple

Another major reason to trek Annapurna Circuit is a visit to Muktinath Temple, a sacred Hindu temple. It carries a religious significance and is the abode of Lord Vishnu. Trekkers will get to explore this sacred Hindu Temple on their trip. They can even participate in the rituals and offer prayers to the deities. Visitors are also allowed to take a tour of the pilgrimage and shower under the 108 holy taps.

Sitting at the foot of Thorong La Pass, Muktinath Temple also offers a surreal view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and surrounding snow peaks. Those who want to explore the Muktinath Valley and make a visit to the villages can walk a few more miles.

Difficulties of Annapurna Circuit Trek

Although it’s considered a moderate hiking route, Annapurna Circuit Trek isn’t as easy as it seems. Its trails have many ups and downs, with gushing streams to cross over. The alpine meadows are easy to traverse, but the steep hills and rough terrains are demanding and strenuous.

Its long-drawn trails leave many trekkers with back pain, weariness, and cramps. The constantly changing weather doesn’t ease the hiker either and might create trouble. Other difficulties that the Annapurna Circuit trek might toss at them are as follows.

1. Altitude Sickness

But, it’s occasional for hikers of Annapurna Circuit to suffer from acute mountain sickness as they start the trek from low altitude. And by the time they arrive at Manang, the trekkers will have already acclimated themselves by spending enough time to reach the town.

It means that the visitors are able to withstand the environment and weather until they arrive at the highest altitude. It also helps minimize the risks to trekkers climbing Thorong La Pass and above stops and don’t bear the sickness.

Acclimatization is a must during Annapurna Circuit trek as it helps cope with the changing atmosphere. The hiker must give their body enough time to adjust to the climatic condition and weather to not suffer from altitude sickness.

2. Weather and Temperature

Unpredictable weather and temperature are just one of the many challenges trekkers have to endure during the Annapurna Circuit trek. They have to brave the cold in winter while navigating muddy and wet trails during the monsoon.

Tropical storms, low humidity, and blizzards make the hiking difficult and sometimes even leave them stranded on the trail. During winter, heavy snowfall blocks the path to Annapurna Circuit and makes it hard for trekkers to walk.

Not just that, looming fog and mist impacts the visibility and reduces the speed of the trekkers. Monsoon rain makes the trek equally difficult for hikers, especially beginners who’ve never walked mountainous terrain.

It makes the trails wet and slippery, so it’s impossible for trekkers to navigate the path without taking a tumble. Continuous rainfall is likely to trigger floods and landslides on the way to Annapurna Circuit. Therefore, trekkers will have to be sharp and wary while walking the trail in those areas.

The perk of trekking Annapurna Circuit in Monsoon is the incredibly clean and crystal-clear view. After the rain washes all the dirt in the air, trekkers will get to snap at the plain sight of shimmering snow-capped mountains, lush green hills, and terrains. Monsoon also brings the much-needed moisture and makes the climb less difficult.

3. Fatigue

Fatigue results from physical exertion and overtiredness. Walking a long distance with a heavy backpack, little water, and insufficient rest often causes tiredness. Unfortunately, trekkers of Annapurna Circuit have to deal with it, at most of the days of their trip, which often leads to exhaustion.

Due to steep trails and several hours of walking each day, they often lack the energy to traverse the path. Trekkers are often seen being drowsy due to overwhelming long walks and having trouble concentrating.

Hence, every traveler hiking Annapurna Circuit will have to take excellent care of their health and get enough rest. They’ll have to eat a balanced diet, get regular exercise, and drink more water to avoid dehydration.

4. Long and difficult trails

Annapurna Circuit trek has a hard and challenging trekking route that can’t be done without proper preparation. Like many other treks in the Himalayas, it too can intimidate hikers and make them anxious right from the start. The long winding paths of the Annapurna Circuit can be extremely strenuous and tiring.

However, if carefully planned, hikers will find the trails much easier to traverse. In fact, those who have continuously worked on their physical exercise will find the trails a breeze, especially when it’s so easily accessible.

Beginners will have to invest a little more time in the training, or else they won’t beat the trail. Trekkers must be more vigilant when walking steep inclines with narrow lanes as it causes distress and altitude sickness.

When is the best time for Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The best time for an Annapurna Circuit Trek visit depends entirely on what the travelers expect to form the trip. While its trail can be walked any time of the year, the ideal time to visit is Autumn when the weather is mild and pleasant.

Annapurna Circuit Trek in Autumn Season

Autumn embarks the trekking season in Nepal with a calm and serene atmosphere. It has crowds flocking all over the places in the Himalayas, making the most of low temperature and magnificent vista.

They start to swarm the trail from mid-September and continue to occupy it till late November. Temperature is blazing hot early in the season, with some places even receiving a little rainfall.

But, as time goes by, the weather starts to cool off. Even the temperature tips from 15 to 7 degrees Celsius, making it easy for hikers to navigate the trail. In Autumn, forests and valleys burst out with colorful tree leaves and the chirping of birds.

With the crystal-clear snaps of lofty mountains and beautiful waterfalls gushing down the cliff, trekkers will enjoy walking the path. The continuous flow of religious festivals and events will keep them busy and entertained.

Annapurna Circuit Trek in Spring Season

Spring is clearly another best time for Annapurna Circuit Trek as it offers warm and lovely weather with scenic views. It brings everything in alive after the frigid and snowy winter. The flowers start to bloom again while the animals come off from their shelter, putting on a fantastic display.

However, with the winter still roving around the circuit, the climate is cold and wet at the beginning of the season. As time passes, the temperature gets balmy and warm with radiant sunshine all day long. Visitors will have a great time navigating the path to the circuit, which unfolds magnificent scenery.

Due to the clear blue sky and clean air, trekkers can spot the Annapurna massif and its sweeping landscapes from far away. They’ll also have a great time walking along the path due to the lovely surroundings with varied flora and fauna. The weather is comfortably cool in Spring, so traversing the track won’t be much disturbing.

Walking the old smooth trail that goes into the forest will seem like a regular walk in nature. But, the ascent to the steep hills will be exhausting for trekkers, so they better relax and take slow steps instead of rushing. In this way, they will be able to avoid common problems that occur during trekking.

Annapurna Circuit Trek in Winter

Since the Annapurna Circuit trek has a convenient trek route, travelers will visit it even during winter and monsoon. But, it doesn’t mean they will get delightful weather like the previous seasons. Visitors in winter may encounter various challenges such as harsh climate, snow hazards, reduced visibility, and hypothermia.

Walking the snow-covered trail might cause them blisters while the steep mountain ridge steals the traction. Therefore, hikers have to be rigorous while walking the tracks as it can cause them severe injuries. They’ll have to take preventive measures before trekking the circuit in winter.

It includes staying up-to-date about the weather forecast and planning the trip accordingly. Travelers must carry warm clothes with high insulated jackets, gloves, and trekking poles. Using a sturdy boot with crampons while traveling the course can be of great help.

If done so, the trekkers will be able to enjoy the fantastic scenery that the season has to offer during the trip. They get to watch the snow-blanketed meadows, frozen lakes, and glaciers from the lap of Annapurna Circuit. Nights in winter may be chiller here, but the days are refreshingly warm and clear, making it easy to glance at the snow peaks.

Annapurna Circuit Trek in Monsoon

Monsoon isn’t a great time either for a trek to Annapurna Circuit due to the flash flooding rains, severe thunderstorms, and low precipitation. Strong winds and relentless rainfall keep affecting the region and make it impossible to walk the trail.

It can even put ice on the travel and ruin the whole schedule. Heavy rain can cause landslides and even block sidewalks. Therefore, trekkers will have to be extremely careful while hiking the routes in the mountains.

Post-rainfall, Monsoon brings a little joy to the visitors and provides stunning views. The waters wash away all the specks of dirt in the air, offering clear pictures of the glacial valleys, towering hills, and beautiful villages. Continuous rain feeds the surrounding rivers and waterfalls to the absolute limit that it looks pretty impressive.

Trekkers can feel the summer heat in the daytime, but nights are slightly cold, with the temperature falling up to -3 Degree Celsius. The rainy season lasts from June to August, so those planning to travel the region will have to prepare for the trek.

Preparation for Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek may be easy compared to other Himalayan camping treks, but there are still many challenges that have to be overcome to reach the viewpoint. Trekkers have to come prepared before starting the hike. They must be physically fit and mentally strong to withstand the 40 miles long trail of Annapurna Circuit.

Physical Preparation

If going to trek Annapurna Circuit, trekkers have to be in good physical condition. They must be strong enough to beat the meandering trail that runs peaks and valleys. Trekkers of Annapurna Circuit have to spend adequate time on physical training and exercise to increase their core strength and develop endurance.

They should focus on cardio exercises like jogging, cycling, running, and squat jumps to strengthen joint muscles. Aerobic exercise can also be added to the fitness regimen for improving balance and have a more solid base to walk the uneven terrain.

Apart from physical fitness, trekkers must also take a walk over different terrains so that they can easily tackle the course of Annapurna Circuit. They can start with the short day trip and, after getting comfortable, move onto long hikes.

Mental Preparation

Trekking Annapurna Circuit with or without a guide is always intimidating. Its long trails with several ups and downs can quickly get in the nerves of hikers and even compel them to give up. The changing weather, endless paths, and rising altitude can be the source of mental stress and anxiety for hikers.

The long-distance walk often gets daunting due to the lack of the right equipment and gear. Therefore, they have to be well-prepared and extremely cautious of what they pick before trekking Annapurna Circuit.

Trekkers have to ensure that they have all the needed essentials to make the trip as comfortable and plain sailing as possible. Lack of confidence can often cause disquiet and panic among trekkers, so trekkers must be emotionally charged.

They have to put enough research on the itinerary and the weather on the Annapurna Circuit. It will give you an idea of what to expect from the trek and how to combat it. Taking a few tips from your tour guide will also help plan the trip and keep your mental strength high.

Essential Equipment

The right equipment at the right place and at the right time can make the journey bliss while its absence can cause havoc. Therefore, trekkers have to make an accurate assessment while choosing the items for the trek. Anyone visiting the circuit must know what gear and equipment are appropriate for the favored season.

This will ease their time on the trail and make it easy to reach the circuit. Simultaneously, they’ll also have to ensure not to carry any extra apparatus that won’t be used even once. This unwanted clothing and equipment will occupy more space in the backpack and make it difficult to walk the trail.

Trekkers in winter will need warm and high insulated clothes, including windproof jackets, gaiters, and mufflers, while those visiting the circuit in Autumn can relax. Since the weather is bright and sunny in Spring and Autumn, travelers can carry light and comfortable clothes. For option, they can carry anyone pair of warm outfits.

Many local stores and clothing shops in Thamel are willing to help the trekkers with trekking gear and equipment, from decent purchase to branded. Buyers can also lease the trekking gear at these convenient stores and return it without damage after trekking.

Clothing

  • Warm insulated jacket or vest
  • Mountaineering pants
  • Quick-drying t-shirts
  • A fleece sweater and pants
  • Thermal shirt with long sleeves

Footwear

  • Hard-wearing mountaineering boots
  • Pairs of synthetic socks
  • Climbing shoes

Miscellaneous items

  • First-aid kit with prescription medications
  • Personal toiletries and hand sanitizers
  • The portable solar charger and extra batteries
  • Walking poles
  • Water bottle and purifier

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Annapurna Circuit Trek

Trip Facts

  • 18 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek
  • Moderate
  • Minimum 01 person
  • March to June, September to December are the best month.
  • 5416m
  • Tourist Bus
  • NEA-AT-02

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