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Annapurna Circuit Trek -12 Days

Nepal, Annapurna Circuit Trekking Packages, Annapurna Trek

Trip Facts
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Trip Duration 12 Days
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Mode of Trip: Tea-House / Lodge Basis.
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Grade: Challanging
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Highest Altitude 5416m
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Best Time Oct / Nov and March / April
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Group Size 2+


Annapurna Circuit Trek is a world-famous trekking route that explores the mystical peak in the Himalayan region, Mt. Annapurna [ 8,091 meters/ 26,545 feet]. This circumnavigating journey of the 10th highest peak in the world offers incredible views of the Annapurna mountain range, including other pristine peaks in the Himalayas, like Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho, Lamjung, Tukuche, Nilgiri and other surrounding peaks.

Besides the breathtaking Himalayan panorama, the culturally enthralling trails across the Magar, Gurung, and Tamang settlements, rare flora and fauna of the Annapurna Conservation Area, spiritual hub- Muktinath, and the highest pass in the Himalayas, Thorong La Pass [5,416 meters/ 17,769 feet] are some popular highlights of this trekking adventure.

Thus, the Annapurna Circuit Trek is not just a simple Himalayan exploration; it is a journey of a lifetime where adventure meets serene tranquility, and the soul soaks in the solace of nature’s grandeur.

Annapurna Circuit Trek 12 days route follows an anti-clockwise route behind the 50km Annapurna massif. As we start gaining elevation, lowland Hindu community gradually gives way to Tibetan group and architecture & agriculture changes accordingly. The stunning Himalayan ranges including 8,000m+ peaks – Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges comes full into view.

Some significant landmarks includes: the Upper Pisang – Braga route which offers great cultural insights and stunning views of Annapurna II and IV. Likewise crossing Thorong La pass at 5,416m/ 17,770 ft, offers you a real sense of achievement.

Annapurna Circuit Trek 12 days itinerary is designed to allow proper exploration and make the short trekking  . The trekking route avoids a recently build road as long as possible.  The total length of round Annapurna trek varies from – 160 – 230 km (100 – 145 miles), depending on where motor transportation is used and where the trek concludes. The Trek Start from  Dharapani  which drive 6, 7  hour by jeep or Bus from Kathmandu and Drive  from Muktinath to Pokhara.

12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek Highlight

  • Crossing of Thorong La Pass at 5,412m – A great sense of accomplishment!
  • Astonishing view of Himalayas – Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and numerous 6,000m+ & 7,000m+ peaks
  • Great cultural insight – Gurung and Magar Community (believed to be descended of Tibetan)
  • Paying homage to Muktinath – a religious place known for enlightenment
  • Incredible geographical experience – ranging from sub-tropical – alpine – snowy barren landscapes in short time period

Best time to Annapurna Circuit Trek

Autumn (September – November) and spring (March – May) are the best time to  Annapurna Circuit Trek. The weather during these season is excellent with outstanding views.

If you wish to enjoy lone time with nature, then you can consider trekking Annapurna in (Dec, Jan & Feb). However, the extremely cold temperature might not be suitable for most of the travelers. Trekking in Monsoon is full of risks – landslide & flood – but it can be boon for a keen botanist.

Difficulty of 12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trekking

The rewarding trek of circuiting the Great Annapurna takes you to an altitude of 5,614m (17,769ft), which is one of the major challenging factors of this trek. The elevation can cause trekkers to have altitude sickness, due to which proper acclimatization is a necessity. Moreover, the trekking duration is 13 days which requires the trekkers to walk for 160 to 230 km approximately.

Considering the altitude and length of the trek, the Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered to have a moderate to strenuous difficulty level, depending on various other factors. While the trek is considered difficult, it is completely achievable with proper preparation and good physical fitness. Trekking at such a high altitude for a long period of time requires trekkers to have good physical fitness and determination. Staying active before the trek and doing physical exercises is a must for physical preparation.

Moreover, the level of difficulty also depends on the season you choose to commence the trek. While the weather in the Himalayas is quite unpredictable and trekkers should be prepared for possible weather challenges, some seasons offer better weather and comfortable temperature conditions than others. So choosing the best season for the trek helps limit the difficulty and challenges during the trek.

The trek is just as rewarding as the efforts it requires, if not more. Proper preparation and planning, paired with physical fitness, make the trek achievable and more enjoyable.

12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek Cost

The cost of the Annapurna Circuit trek can range between USD 900 to USD 1300. There are various factors like itinerary, highlights, difficulty factors, time of the year, etc, that can determine the cost. With proper consideration of the requirements of our clients, Adventure Great Himalaya is offering this wonderful 12-day package of Annapurna Circuit trek at the economical price of only USD 950. 

The package will cover all your accommodations on the trekking trails and during your stay in Pokhara and Kathmandu. However, you will be provided with breakfast only during your stay in Pokhara and Kathmandu. For lunch and dinner during these stays, you have to manage it on your own. Rest assured, you will be provided with 3-time meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek. Moreover, all your permits, along with service fees and transportation after your arrival in Kathmandu, will be handled by us. The package will include the cost of hiring guides and porters, too, but tipping them is exclusive of the cost.

Despite most of the expenses being included in the package, you will have to handle your travel insurance and flight-related expenses in and out of Nepal on your own. Likewise, the meals do not include bars and bottled drinks along with additional amenities of the hot shower, recharging, and WiFi.

Meals on the Annapurna Circuit Trek

The meals during Annapurna Circuit Trek are just as comforting as the place. While you can find a good variety of meal options during the trek, do not expect to find all varieties of Western food in all teahouses and the menu can vary with place.

Breakfast menu options include heavy food options including porridge, fruits, eggs, toast, muesli, tea, coffee, and others of sort. The lunch and dinner menu consists of mainly Nepali cuisine ‘Dal Bhat’, noodles, and dumplings. The infamous Nepali cuisine ‘Dal Bhat’ is basically rice with lentils and a variety of vegetables and meat. This is considered the ‘comfort food’ in Nepal, which gives you nutrition in many ways and fuels your trek. Further, you can find shops along the way for some light local snacks for quick energy.

It is important to know that the food options might be more limited in more remote areas during the trek. Moreover, please make sure to communicate any dietary restrictions you might have with our guides. Overall, the meals during the Annapurna Circuit Trek are designed and served with the necessary nutrition to make you more energized during this journey in the Himalayas.

Accommodations Facility

Accommodations during the 13-day Annapurna Circuit Trek mainly feature teahouses and lodges operated by locals in the Annapurna region. While in Kathmandu, our stay will be at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu with all the needed facilities. As we make our way towards the natural wilderness in the Annapurna Circuit trekking journey, the accommodation options tend to decrease with remoteness.

Mostly the accommodations feature teahouses and lodges, whereby we can arrange rooms with attached bathrooms and hot showers in lower altitudes. But as we head towards higher elevations, some teahouses might not provide such service. All in all, the thing to look for during a trek in such remote areas is a comfortable place to sleep and rest, with basic amenities.

The accommodations stop during the Annapurna Circuit Trek are designed to provide comfort and a safe space for trekkers to rest and reset for the next day. In addition to that, the teahouses and lodges in major towns in the Annapurna region serve the most calming views of the Himalayas.


As you will be covering the distance to Dharapani from Kathmandu with an overland drive, we will provide you with a comfortable private jeep. From Dharapani, you will be stepping on trails until you reach Muktinath on the ninth day of the Annapurna Circuit trek. After arriving in Muktinath, you will take a jeep drive to Pokhara. If you want, you can trek to Jomson and opt for the 25-minute flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. But those flights usually get canceled due to various reasons, so it is better to take a Jeep drive.

While retracing your path, you will take a drive on a comfortable tourist bus from Pokhara to arrive at the busy metropolis, Kathmandu. While traveling from Kathmandu to Dharapani and back to Pokhara via Muktinath, you can opt for a cheap option of local jeep sharing. However, we do not suggest this method as it can bring discomfort and issues with limited space during the journey.

Annapurna Circuit Trek - 12 Days Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu (1,396 m.)

Upon your arrival, proceed to the outside of airport terminal, our representative will wait for you to take you to the hotel which taking around 20 minutes. Please look for your name which will be shown on signage. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Hotel :- 3 Star
Meals :  Dinner

Day 2

Drive to Dharapani by 4*4 wheel Jeep . 1,300 m, 7 hour drive

The day begins with the drive to Dharpani by jeep from Kathmandu via Prithvi Highway. We go through Dumre -Besisahar – Bhulbhule – Bahundanda – Tal– Dharapani . Passing across pretty waterfalls, small streams that join the Marsayangdi River, suspension bridges, barley and potato fields, numerous overnight camps with tea house occupies the entire way towards Dharapani Overnight stay at Dharapni.

Transportation :- 4*4 Wheel Jeep
Accommodation :   Twin Sharing  Lodge
Meals                   :-  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Trek to Chame- 2,710m, 6 hour

Today Our trekking destination is Chame, which is Headquarters of the Manang Distric, we will walk through of forest with amazing Views of Massif Annapurna 11, Annapurna IV and Lamjung Himala. On this day we will cross local village and some small hot spring as well. Over night Lodge in Chame.

Trek Duration          : – 6 Hour
Accommodation :   Twin Sharing  Lodge
Meals                     :-  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Trek To Upper Pisang 3, 230 m – 06 hrs.

After breakfast, we start our trek negotiating a steep and narrow path through the lush forest. Eventually we reach a dramatic curved rock face soaring 1,500m above from the river. This is probably the steepest section of Marshyangdi valley. As we cross the rock, the valley opens up with incredible views. We continue walking until we reach Lower Pisang.

Trek Duration          : – 6 Hour
Accommodation :   Twin Sharing  Lodge
Meals                     :-  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Trek To Manang, 3,450 m – 05 hrs.

Today we have trekking options to Manang but we follow the Upper Pisang route via Geru. This trekking route ensures the majestic views with stunning landscapes and mountains including Annapurna and Pisang. Gradually we start noticing a change in landscapes and vegetation. The climate becomes rough and dry as we reach Manang. On the way, we visit Bagre Monastery – the largest monastery in Manang district.

Trek Duration          : – 5 Hour
Accommodation :   Twin Sharing  Lodge
Meals                     :-  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Rest day at Manang for local hikes and acclimatization.

An important rest day for acclimatization before reaching high altitude and up to Thorang –la, here with short hike exploring Manang village beneath towering Annapurna and Gangapurna peaks, a nice short hike up for views of Gangapurna Glacier and the Manang glacial Lake.

Trek Duration          : – Free Day
Accommodation :   Twin Sharing  Lodge
Meals                     :-  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Trek to Ledar 4,230 m – 05 hours.

After a good rest at Manang, walk towards Yak Kharka, an interesting high altitude walk with views of mountains, crossing small streams to reach at Yak Kharka, a small settlement with incredible views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Chulu Peaks.

Trek Duration          : – 5 Hour
Accommodation :   Twin Sharing  Lodge
Meals                     :-  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Trek to Thorang High Camp 4,600 m – 05 hrs.

Morning walk leads closer to Thorang-la as the walk progress crossing a bridge and then a climb along the Jarjung river, then leading at Thorung Phedi for short rest and then climb the last hour uphill to Thorang High Camp for overnight stop.

Trek Duration          : – 5  Hour
Accommodation :   Twin Sharing  Lodge
Meals                     :-  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9

Cross Thorang-La 5,416 m and to Muktinath 3,800 m – 07 hrs.

Start the early morning walk on this Big Day! A thrill and highlight of this great adventure, after breakfast a long climb up to Thorang-la with steep haul to reach at 5,416 m / 17,700 ft on top of Thorang-la festooned with Buddhist prayer flags.Highest point of the adventure certainly requires high spirit and strong mind to reach this high point.The top offers superb vista landscapes and snowcapped peaks, from here a long descend to Muktinath at 3,800 m.Muktinath a holy place for both Hindu and Buddhist the word Muktinath literally means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’.

Trek Duration          : – 7 Hour
Accommodation :   Twin Sharing  Lodge
Meals                     :-  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

Drive Back to Pokhara by Jeep -8 hour

Today we will drive back to Pokhara by Private jeep,  There is flight from Jomsom to pokhara but offently cancel, so that we suggest you take jeep.

Transportation        : – Jeep
Accommodation :   Twin Sharing  3 Star Hotel
Meals                     :-  Breakfast

Day 11

Drive Back to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus

This morning we will catch tourist bus at 7 am and travel back to Kathmandu. Check in Hotel, farewell dinner hosted by Adventure Great Himalaya to celebrate the successful completion of the trip.

Drive         : –  6, 7 hour
Accommodation :   Twin Sharing 3 Star Hotel
Meals                     :-  Breakfast

Day 12

Departure from Nepal

Your adventure holiday in Nepal comes to an end today. An airport representative from Adventure. Great Himalaya will transfer you to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure.

Accommodation :   No
Meals                     :-  Breakfast

Cost Include/Exclude

What’s include

  • Airport/ Hotel/ Airport Transportation
  • Two Nights  3 Nights Comfort Hotel in Kathmandu including Breakfast.
  • 3 Meals a day during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  • Hot Drinks : Tea /  Coffee
  • Necessary Trekking Permit ( Annapurna Conservation fees and TIMS permit)
  •  Transportation  private Jeep / Tourist Bus
  • Lodge to Lodge accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
  • Trekking Guide: An experienced, helpful, friendly and English speaking Trekking guide .
  • Trekking porter: carry your luggage ( one porter for 2 trekkers) maximum weight is 16-20 kg
  • One night hotel in Pokhara
  • Adventure Certificate.
  • All government taxes.
  • Service charge.
  • Farewell dinner

What’s excluded

  • International airfare and Nepal entry visa fee
  • Travel insurance.Emergency rescue Evacuation
  • Lunch Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • All the bar bills like coke, beer, bottle of water, hot water etc.
  • Tips

Equipment List

  • Big Bag pack  / Rucksack -50 to 70 liters – you can put your gear and stuff for porter, if you don’t have it   Our Company provide duffel bag.
  • Day pack – 15-30 liters – Carry yourself to your valuable things like money, camera, passport.
  • Sleeping bag – down Sleeping bag rated to –20 degrees Fahrenheit is recommended.
  • Light fleece Jacket– during the hiking period
  • Hiking Boots- Sticky rubber sole Trekking shoes
  • Gaiters –pair of gaiters
  • Shocks – 3, 4 pairs of hiking shocks
  • Water bottle – Used for Boiled or filtered water
  • Hat – Fleece, woolen hat, be sure covers ears as well.
  • Head lamp
  • Gloves
  • Base layer Top – 2 pair Base layer – one pair for night and one pair for morning and evening
  • T-shirts – 2, 3 T-shirts
  • Rain coat or rain jacket
  • Underwear- (4 , 5 pair.)
  • Base layer Bottoms – 2 Pairs
  • Hiking Pants
  • Trekking poles
  • Sun glass Full UV protection
  • Sun cream
  • Lip boom
  • Bath towel
  • Shampoo

The Sleeping bag and down jacket, you can rent in Kathmandu which cost  $ 1 per day for each item.

Annapurna Circuit Trek -12 days Map


How long does the Annapurna Circuit Trek take?

The length of the Annapurna Circuit Trek depends on the starting and ending point you choose, along with the trails and places to visit. The length ranges from 160 to 230 km approximately. The duration ranges from 13 to as much as 20 days including side trips.

Is the Annapurna Circuit Trek very difficult?

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is moderately difficult, which requires the trekkers in good physical fitness, and well prepared. Since the trek takes you to an altitude of 5,614m and requires you to contribute 13 days to this journey, the trek is considered moderately difficult. Other than that, the season that you choose also contributes to the difficulty level of the trek. So, in spite of its difficulty level, proper preparation and physical training beforehand, along with proper planning makes the Annapurna Circuit Trek achievable.

When is the best time to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The best times to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek are the Spring and Autumn seasons of Nepal, which range from March to May and September to November respectively. These seasons offer stable weather conditions, comfortable temperatures, clear skies, and stunning views.
Winter and monsoon seasons can bring more challenges, with unstable weather and possible high rainfall along with snowfall.

Do I need permits for the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Yes, you will need two permits for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. The permits include Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekkers’ Information Management System card (TIMS).

How can I prepare myself for the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Since the Annapurna Circuit Trek takes you to a high elevation, it is essential to prepare yourself beforehand. Staying active and incorporating physical training in your routine is highly recommended, in order to warm up for the 13 days trek. Moreover, proper planning must be done while designing the itinerary to avoid altitude sickness as far as possible. It is essential to stay hydrated throughout the trek and to eat well, ascend gradually, and take proper acclimatization time.

What is the accommodation in the Annapurna Circuit Trek like?

The Annapurna region is famous for being a teahouse trek. This implies that you can find lodges and teahouses along the trails throughout the Annapurna Circuit Trek. The accommodations in the region have been designed to provide you with basic amenities, in order to have a comfortable stay for the night.

Are there ATMs on the Annapurna Circuit Trek route?

While ATMs are available in some bigger settlements in the lower altitude regions during the trek, we advise you to carry Nepali cash and not rely on ATMs.

Is the Annapurna Circuit Trek safe?

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is regarded as safe overall. You need to be well-prepared for altitude sickness and possible weather changes in higher altitudes, along with other possible challenges along the way.
To be on the safe side with all the issues related to trekking, you need to choose an experienced travel agency with professionals to guide you throughout the process. Our professional team at Adventure Great Himalayas is here to guide you and make this journey comfortable for you!

How much should I pack for the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Essential items to pack for the Annapurna Circuit Trek include warm clothes that you can layer with changing altitudes, sturdy boots, strong backpacks, water purification tablets, and a sleeping bag if applicable. It is essential to pack lightly.

Is there Wi-Fi on the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

While Wi-Fi can be available in lodges in some towns along the way either for free or a small charge, do not expect Wi-Fi compulsorily in all places giving respect to remoteness.

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