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Annapurna Circuit Trek


Annapurna Circuit Trek
Trip Facts
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Mode of Trip: Tea House/Lodge
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Trek Grade: Moderate to Adventurous walks.
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Highest elevation: 5,416 m / 17,700 Fit
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Trip Duration 17 Nights & 18 Days
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Best Time Oct / Nov and March / April
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Group Size 1-12


Annapurna Circuit Trek is recognized as one of the greatest treks in the world around the esteemed Himalayan range of Annapurna. The trek takes the trekkers into one such adventure that cannot be described by any superlatives. Amidst all the scenic delights, the trek also takes you to the homes of the Thakali and Gurung communities that preserved their ancient culture.

 Annapurna Circuit Trek will start after driving by jeep from Kathmandu. We will reach Chame after crossing several destinations like Besisahar, Bhulbhule, Bahundanda, and Tal. Alluring waterfalls, suspension bridge, natural landscape, the Marsayangdi River and the Kali Gandaki River are the major feature of the trek.

As the trekkers ascend an anticlockwise route from Chame, they spot the Tibetan typical flat-roofed stone houses still pristine, numerous tea houses with lodges, the glance of the Annapurna II walking steep into the subtropical woods up to Pisang – Manang – Yak Kharka. The famously known high Thorung La pass (5,416m) seems easier and safer as the trail descends from Thorung La High Camp to reach Thorung La Phedi (foothill) and ascends through a common trail to reach the pass. The overwhelming mountain scenery delightfully pleases the trekkers which include the Annapurna Massif, Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6997m), Mt. Manaslu (8163m), Mt. Gangapurna (7454m), and Tilicho Peak (6920m), and many others.

While much of the Himalayas cannot trek in the monsoon, Annapurna Circuit actually owns a wide variety of climate especially experienced at the Thorung La pass, which is possible to trek most parts of the circuit all year-round even to avoid the crowd. However, the sunny and warm climate (Sept. to Nov.) and (March to May) are the best seasons for this trek.

Our Annapurna Circuit Trek package is distinctly designed for the en-rapt trekkers who wish to spectacle the dazzling view of the various mountain ranges and nature. Travelers who wish to experience something distinct prevailing in the country whether it be the culture of the people or their lifestyle.

Annapurna Circuit Trekking also has an alternate package viz. the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake Trekking.

Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • The Thorong La Pass-5416m, The biggest Pass in the world
  • Trek to Manang village and other villages with different ethnic groups
  • Visiting Muktinath Temple, a sacred pilgrimage site
  • Incredible views of dramatic Himalayas including Annapurna Massif, Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167m, Mt. Machhapuchhre 6997m, Mt. Manaslu 8163 m, Mt. Gangapurna 7454m, Tilicho Peak 6920m, and many others.
  • The inspiring Thakali, Magar, and Gurung settlements
  • The Marsyangdi River and The Kali Gandaki River

Best Time for Annapurna Circuit Trek

Unlike most of the other Himalayan treks in Nepal, the Annapurna circuit trek is doable in any time of the year. However, Autumn (September to  Late November) and  Spring (March to  late of May) are the most popular time for Annapurna circuit trekking. Because of the bright and sunny days with fairly stable weather conditions.

Difficulties During Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Thorung La Pass, 5416 meters is a high altitude pass. Crossing the pass is tough. You are at higher risks of altitude sickness. Moreover, climbing to the top of the pass and crossing it is highly challenging. It demands more physical strength.

This Annapurna Circuit Trek is a long duration trek. Also, it covers a long distance. Trekkers who are not used to long distance trekking might find it difficult to complete this trek. There are some trekkers who feel exhausted and quit in the middle of the trek.

Crossing the Thorung- La pass in monsoon and winter is quite challenging due to unstable weather and climate. In monsoon, the trekking trail becomes slippery and wet. In winter, the Thorung La pass might remain closed due to heavy snowfall.    

 Annapurna Circuit Trek  Route

The trekking route of the Annapurna Circuit Trek can vary upon the package you choose. The trek itinerary generally ranges from 13-20 days. You can choose the one based on the number of days available for trekking on your schedule.

Our 15 days, Annapurna Circuit Trekking  journey starts with a scenic drive from the capital city of Kathmandu to Jagat ,  then enter into the stunning Dharapani (1920 m).  Chame (2,670 m) and (Pisang 3230 m) . We enter the beautiful Manang settlement (3450 m) where we acclimatize for the first time during the trek.

On the next day, we will acclimatize and explore the region through small hikes. The trek starts to get a bit taxing as we pass through the altitude of 4000m as we trek to the Sirikharaka village (4060m). If you choose the longer 20 day itinerary, you will get to observe the pristine Tilicho Lake (4949m) and explore around the surreal Tilicho Base Camp (4200m).

The shorter duration trek skips past these routes to arrive at the pastures of Siri Kharka and Yak Kharka (4200m). The treks are short but require long ascent and descent that may physically drain you. The most challenging part of the trek is the ascent of the majestic Thorong La Pass (5416m), which is the highest point of the trek.

The trek then leads to the sacred temple of Muktinath (3800m) from Thorong La pass. We worship at the pilgrimage site of Muktinath. Muktinath is a holy place where both Hindu and Buddhist tourists come to wash away their sins of the mortal world. You will get to acclimatize and rest properly at various points of the trek.

The trails around the Muktinath area converge with the motor roads in the area. The buses, and jeeps traveling in the route makes the trail dusty and uncomfortable. Hence, many trekkers avoid trekking this particular part of the trail. A direct jeep drive from Muktinath is our best option. You can also take a direct flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.

If you wish to trek further, you can trek to the gorgeous Ghorepani-Poonhill viewpoint to observe an awe-inspiring panoramic sunrise. We then descend downhill to Tikhedhunga (1550m). From Tikhedhunga, we take a drive to Nayapul and further to Pokhara (910m).

We celebrate the successful completion trek in Pokhara and drive to Kathmandu through the scenic winding roads. The trip comes to an official end in Kathmandu. You can then board a flight to your desired destination.

Accommodation In Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna Circuit trek is a well-marked trek with plenty of accommodation on offer along the trail. The lodges or guest houses have basic rooms consisting of two beds and a shared bathroom.

It’s challenging to get room for peak season. So, advance booking is effective during peak season.

These connectivity facilities are almost non-existent once you reach Manang. Although the accommodation facilities are pretty basic, the awe-inspiring natural beauty of the pristine Tilicho Lake and the entire Annapurna region will take your breath away.

Food Facilities

For breakfast, trekkers get served porridge, pancakes, and eggs. You will generally have “Dal Bhat” for lunch and dinner. Refilling is also available if you eat Dal Bhat. Other common eastern and western food are also available in the menu.

You should also carry snacks like Granola Bars, Snickers Bars, Protein Bars, and Energy Drinks for instant energy during the trek.

Annapurna Circuit Trek packages

 10 Days Annapurna Circuit trek Package – $ 850   Learn More
13 Days Annapurna Circuit Package  –  $1090-     Learn More
15 Days Annapurna Circuit trekking package –$ 1150       learn More


Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu

At Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be well received by AGH guide and staff for transfer to your hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city, after getting refreshed our guide / leader briefs of Annapurna Circuit trek, hotels, lodge, includes responsible trekking with welcome dinner in a nice Nepali restaurant includes culture programs.

Day 2

Drive to Jagat by Private Jeep-7 hour

Early Morning take breakfast and  Drive by Private Jeep to Jagat, Our Journey will be 8, 9 hour. Over night Lodge

Day 3

Trek to Dharapani (2060 m – 07 hours.)

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.

Day 4

Trek to Chame-2710 m, 5,6 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 hotspring as well. Over night Lodge in Chame.

Day 5

Trek to Pisang 3, 230 m – 05 hrs.

The day starts with a trek to Bhratang and from here into a deep forest in a steep and narrow valley. We cross a river on a long bridge over Marsayangdi River and encounter the soaring Pangdi Danda (a rock face) escalating more than 5,000 feet from the stream. Continuing ahead, we walk across dry grazing land to reach the place called Dhukur Pokhari through which the trail joins to climb Pisang. Overnight stay at Pisang.

Day 6

Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m – 05 hrs.

Today, we continue our trek through the drier upper part of the Manang district. On the route, we discover the typical Tibetan styled houses and the people who live within – herd yaks and raise crops for part of the year. Through high cross with ups and downs the valley of Ngawal to the descending Munchi, we reach Manang village. Overnight stay at Manang.

Day 7

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.

Day 8

Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m – 04 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.

Day 9

Trek to Thorang High Camp 4,600 m – 04 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.

Day 10

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’.

Day 11

Trek to Marpha 2, 670 via Jomsom 2, 715 m – 06 hours.

After Muktinath, rest of the journey is easier with moderate walks all the way with a big drop of 1,200m downhill to Kaligandaki river valley, this pleasant walk leads to Kaligandaki river valley, from here walk to Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang area with a small airstrip above Kaligandaki River. After Jomsom walk to Marpha, one of the most charming village with white painted houses, paved streets and well kept lodges. At Marpha celebrate with apple products cider, brandy and juice this area from Kagbeni to Larjung is famous for delicious apples.

Day 12

Trek to Lete 2,480m - 06 hrs.

From Marpha onward, walk is enjoyable following Kaligandaki river downstream with views of Tukuche peak, Dhaulagiri and Mt. Nilgiri walk to Larjung village, after few hours walk getting back into tree lines of pine, oaks and rhododendron forest and then reaching at Kalapani village, another lovely village with grand views of Mt. Annapurna I, Nilgiris and Dhaulagiri, a short downhill brings at Lete village for overnight stop.

Day 13

Trek to Tatopani 1,190m - 06 hrs.

Walk from Kalapani and Lete onward leads to dramatic change in vegetation and climate, as walk leads between two giant peaks of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna forming world deepest gorge.

The first two hours of trek leads through Ghasa village with view of snow capped peaks into forest.

After Ghasa a southern end of Mustang area mostly dominated by Thakali people ethnic tribe till Tatopani village.

This pleasant walk continues leading back to paddy fields in warm sub-tropical climate to Tatopani passing beautiful waterfalls of Rupsi.

Tatopani (Hot Spring) village the valley is quite constricted and it is quite warm with sub-tropic climate and vegetation, Tatopani is another nice village with large hot spring pools just by the bank of the River Kaligandaki.

Day 14

Trek to Ghorepani 2,750 m - 06 hrs.

After a wonderful time at Tatopani, trek continues on the nice winding trail for an hour, our route diverts heading uphill with steep climb then with gradual up all the way through dense forest to reach at Chitre, from here an hour climb to Ghorepani village with fantastic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna South with Vara-Shikar known as Annapurna Fang.

Ghorepani famous and popular Pun Hill a view point offers super views of world’s three highest peaks and range of other mountains with striking sunrise and sunset.

Day 15

Trek to Hile ,1,500m - 05 hours walk The Take Jeep Back to Pokhara

Morning an hour hike to Pun-Hill at 3,210m for sunrise views over array of mountains from Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu to Annapurna and as far to Ganesh Himal in the far eastern horizon including the majestic Mt. Machhapuchare “The Fish Tail”.

From here walk into lovely rhododendron forest, and then a long descend from Ulleri village to Tirkhedhunga – Hile  The Ride Jeep to Pokhara . for last overnight hotel in Pokhara.

Day 16

Fly back to Kathmandu

After a marvelous time on high mountains and hills of Annapurna Himal, morning depart Pokhara after breakfast , Arrival to Hotel kathmandu, free and relax.

Day 17

International departure homeward bound.

Today, last day in unique Nepal of Himalayan wonders, after great adventure and experience on Annapurna Circuit trekking and as your flight time AGH staff transfer you to Kathmandu airport for your international departure homeward bound or to your next port of call.

Cost Include / Exclude

What’s include

  • Airport/ Hotel/ Airport Transportation
  • Two Nights 3 Star  Hotel in Kathmandu including Breakfast.
  •  3  Meals a day during the trek Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Tea / Coffee with Meal
  • All the Permit and Company necessary paper works
  • Transportation  Kathmandu To  Jagat  By  4*4 Wheel Jeep
  • All ground transport by Car / Jeep
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu Flight ticket
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
  •  An Experience. Helpful and English speaking Trekking guide
  • Trekking porter- One Porter for 2 Members ( Maximum Load is 10 Kg each ) No Porter for Solo Trekkers
  • Adventure Certificate.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All government taxes.
  • Service charge.
  • Welcome  dinner

What’s excluded

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