Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Annapurna trekking region. It is also known as the Round Annapurna Trek. It covers the various natural and artistic views of the Annapurna area. The trek takes you through spectacular deep gorges, high mountain passes, relaxing hot springs, Buddhist and Hindu temples, charming farming villages, and a different view of Mount Annapurna and many other mountains at every turn. Main highlights of the trek are as below
· Natural hot springs Bath in Tatopani
· Guided tours in Kathmandu and Pokhara
· Visit Hindu pilgrimage Muktinath Temple
· superb sunrise and mountain views from Poon Hill
· Meet people in the mountains in the heart of the Annapurna Himalayas
· Trekking through the deepest gorge in the world and the Kaligandaki valley
· Cross the Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters, one of the highest passes in the world
· View of the highest mountains in the world: Dhaulagiri I, Manaslu and Annapurna
Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary can be customized according to your choice. Please write to us for the individual travel Itinerary. The price varies depending on hotel category, transportation, private vehicle, and flight service.
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport and briefing on your trip.
Day 02: A full day guided sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu Valley.
Day 03: Drive to Jagat (1290 m) - 10 hours drive.
Day 04: Trek from Jagat to Dharapani (1,940 m) - 7 hours on foot.
Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Chame: Walking Distance 5 to 6 hours
Day 06: Trek from Chame to Pisang: walking distance 5 to 6 hours
Day 07: Trek from Pisang to Manang: walking distance 6 to 7 hours
Day 08: Acclimatization day in Manang
Day 09: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka: 3-4 hours hike
Day 10: Hike from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi: 3-4 hours hike
Day 11: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath via the Thorong La Pass
Day 12: Trek from Muktinath to Marpha: hike from 4 to 5 hours
Day 13: Trek from Marpha to Kalopani: Walking Distance 5 to 6-hour hike
Day 14: Trek from Kalopani to Tatopani: walking distance from 6 to 7 hours
Day 15: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani: walking distance 7 to 8 hours on foot
Day 16: Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani through Poon Hill: walking distance 6 to 7 hours
Day 17: Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk: walking distance 3-4 hours on foot
Day 18: Trekking from Ghandruk to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara
Day 19: A full day guided sightseeing tour through the Pokhara Valley.
Day 20: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 200 km / 5-6 hours on the car
Day 21: Departure day: Transfer to Kathmandu International Airport.
Our Annapurna circuit trek itinerary can modify according to your wishes, to fit your time and budget. The costs for the trip are per person basis that we offer here. The exact cost of this trip will depend on the type of hotels and transportation you choose, and the size of the group will also vary in terms of travel costs. Therefore, please let us know the details of your travel needs for a tailor-made travel package. International tour leader can get a special discount.
We strive to maintain the daily itinerary of the Annapurna Circuit trek as described below. However, there may be some flexibility due to local situations or other problems beyond our control. In this case, the trekking head leader will do his best to work on changes in the itinerary to minimize the inconvenience.
Annapurna Circuit Trekking, also known as Round Annapurna Trekking, is one of the most famous classic adventure routes, the most varied and impressive trekking route with the tea house in the Annapurna Himalayas. The Annapurna trekking route in Nepal varies from medium to demanding. Experience the fascinating ethnic groups that have their language and tradition, as well as an incredible view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains - 8000-meter peaks in Nepal. You can also explore and enjoy the natural variety of lush forests, moss-laden rhododendron forests, tropical rice fields, and Tibetan fortresses that hang on rocky cliffs. Walking through the naturally rich terrain of different topography allows hikers to experience the rich cultural diversity of Hinduism, Buddhism, and the mysterious Bon Po religion, which still coexists and mixes in the same place.
Annapurna Circuit Trekking starts in Chamje after driving from Kathmandu through picturesque settlements and lush rhododendrons. You will also pass sacred caves and monasteries at higher altitudes. On our Annapurna trekking route, we celebrate the fabulous mountain panorama of the entire Annapurna and Dhaulagiri along the way. Our gradual ascent through the beautiful topography of the country leads us to Thorangla Pass (5,416 meters), one of the highest passes in the world, the highest point of Annapurna Circuit Trekking.
The absolute thrill of the adventure of crossing
The Thonagla Pass will be Amazing to cross Thorangla pass. You will enter the
Mustang region and arrive at Muktinath. It is a famous Hindu pilgrimage site in
the Annapurna region. God Vishnu is worshipped here. The temple is not only
known for its Hindu pilgrimage, but it is also a viewpoint to see a spectacular
mountain panorama. 108 migraines and a flame that never goes out hypnotize you
here in Muktinath. Then enjoy the Poon Hill hike with Ghorepani. We climb
Poonhill early in the morning. We experience a breathtaking sunrise. The
mountain peaks include the Annapurna massif, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Gangapurna,
Himchuli and Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. We passed Tadapani and Ghandruk and
arrived in Nayapool. We take a short drive and finally end your trip to
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, a representative of our company will pick you up and take you to your hotel. In the afternoon you can relax. In the evening, we organize a pre-trip meeting in your hotel in Kathmandu and present your tour and trekking guide. It includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. After the meeting, you can walk around in Thamel. Night stay at best three-star hotel in Thamel.
Have Breakfast at the hotel and start
sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley. Our private vehicle will pick you up at
your hotel and take you to 5 of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Apart from
that, you will visit many places of historical and cultural importance.
Starting from Swayambhunath Stupa, explore Patan Durbar Square, Boudhanath
Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Our professional
guides will take you the entire place. After sightseeing, you can walk the
streets of Thamel and go shopping for your trip. Night stay at a deluxe three-star
hotel in Thamel area
We leave Kathmandu in the early morning
with a private bus. It's a scenic drive with several beautiful gorges and
occasional mountain peak views. In Dumre, we left the Pokhara highway and drove
north along the Marsyangdi River to Besisahar. We drive past this city and pass
a new hydropower plant that is being built in Bhulbule until we reach Ngadi. In
this place, we will change our bus and take local jeeps and then continue the
journey to Jagat. You will spend the night in the tea house.
Shortly after leaving Jagat, you'll have a look at the impressive 200-meter Chamje waterfall before falling into the river and returning to the quieter east side of the Valley. On the west side of the Valley, there is a new dirt road that now meets the Annapurna Circuit. We avoid this by enjoying wildlife, flora, terraces and small farms, and sometimes a great path with giant stone steps that lead up and down the foothills of the Valley.
The path leads through huge boulders that have fallen from the mountains above. There is a steep but spectacular climb on the right way to the beautiful and colorful town of Tal, which is located in a wide, flat valley. After about four hours of walking, we will have lunch. After lunch in Valley, there is a dramatic section of the path along a cliff at Marsyangdi. Landslides on the east bank make the trail impassable, and we have to cross the river to the west bank, where we join the dirt road for a short section in Dharapani. There is a good selection of shops and a phone line in town. After about three hours of walking in the afternoon, we reached Dharapani at 1,940 m. for a night stay.
After Breakfast, your trip begins, and
you hike through some forested ridges on your way to Chame, the headquarters of
the Manang district. During the hike, you can enjoy fantastic views of the
Himalayas, including Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV. Overnight
A steep and narrow path through very
dense forest leads you to the spectacular curved rock wall that rises 1500 m
from the river. It is probably the steepest part of the Marshyangdi Valley, so
steep that the path is hewn out of the vertical rock. After you have passed
this last piece of stone, the Valley opens up with majestic views. And right
where the Valley is
The Paungda Danda, a massive sloping rock face that rises more than 1500 m above the path, expands. Walk for a while before reaching Lower Pisang, where you'll spend the night.
There are two routes to Manang, but you
follow the path that leads you through Geru to Upper Pisang. This path
guarantees a great view of the beautiful landscape and the mighty mountains
like Annapurna and Pisang. You notice a contrast in the scene and the
vegetation. Cold, dry weather also creates a much harsher environment. Your
visit to Barge Monastery, which is the largest monastery in the entire Manang
area, will be a memorable lifetime. You will spend your night in Manang.
To stay fit on the following trails, you
will take a short hike to Bhojo Gumba or Lake Gangapurna. If you have the
energy, you can even go to Vraga village, where you can visit the Himalayan
Rescue Association, which gives you an idea of acute mountain sickness (AMS).
From the village of Manang, the path
crosses a stream, rises to a Tenki community, and leads northwest out of the
Marshyangdi valley through the Jarsang-Khola valley. The trail follows this Valley
north, past some grasses and a thicket of juniper bushes as it grows higher.
The path leads closer to the small town of Ghunsa, a group of flat mud roofs
just below the starting point. The road now crosses meadows where horses and
yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail leads in
a beautiful landscape beyond an ancient mani wall and then reaches another
small town in Yak Kharka. You'll spend the night in Yak Karka.
Today’s walk goes uphill to Thorang
Phedi. After a while, cross a suspension bridge and reach the village of Ledar.
It also rises and goes through towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi,
the last community before Thorong La Pass. On this trip, you will be rewarded
with one of the best views of the mountain, such as Gundang, Mt. Syagang,
Thorung Peak, and Mt. Khatungkan. The word Phedi in Nepali is known as the foot
of a hill.
Crossing the Thorong La Pass, one of the
highest passes in the world, will be your ultimate goal. You will cross from east
to west, the easiest and safest direction. Get up very early morning around
three am and start walking to the mountain. When you finally get to the top,
you find that your trip has worth. You can take some photos before heading into
the Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La Pass. Night stay in
Muktinath is a famous pilgrimage for
Hindus and Buddhists. In the morning, visit a Vishnu temple and a gompa. When
you climb the steep and barren hill from Ranipauwa village, you fall towards
Kagbeni and then towards Jomsom and finally reach Marpha. The trail is pretty
surreal, like walking along a plateau over the Kali Gandaki River, the deepest
gorge in the world. The arid landscape of this area resembles Tibet. Marpha is
also known as the apple capital of Nepal, where you can enjoy various apple
products. Marpha's local apple brandy is known throughout Nepal. We will spend
the night in Marpha.
From Marpha, take a new route to
Kalopani through the village of Chokhopani. You will meet the traditional
villages of the Thakali ethnic group. You can also see the beautiful apple
orchards. From here, you have a panoramic view of the mountains Dhaulagiri,
Tukuche, Nilgiri, Fang, and Annapurna I. From Chokhopani, you continue towards
Kokhethanti. You cross a river and come across the newly built highway before
reaching Kalopani. We will spend the night in Kalopani.
Your walk begins after Breakfast; your
journey is mostly downhill. During the first part of the hike, cross the bridge
in Ghasa. When it drops to lower levels, it reappears in subtropical forests
that are lush with vegetation. Our path continues along the Rupse Chahara
(waterfall). Continue on the east bank from Kopchepani via Garpar to a bridge
in Dana. Visit a power station in Narchyang Besi that provides electricity in
the area. There are major cities in this area where you can see the daily life
of the local people. Relax when you arrive in Tatopani and bathe in the hot
Leave the Kali Gandaki and go to the
Ghar Khola valley. The road leads through a terraced farmland with mountains view
through the villages of Shikha and Chitre before getting a beautiful
rhododendron forest. When they bloom, rhododendron trees with an average height
of up to 30 cm will be covered with pink or red flowers. Keep going to reach
Ghorepani, a beautiful village on a ridge.
To view the sunrise over the Himalayas,
take an early morning hike up the steep path to Poon Hill Lookout (3,210m), the
most popular short trekking destination in the Annapurna region. It's also a high
viewpoint to enjoy extraordinary views of Mustang, Pokhara, and many other
highest mountains, including close-ups of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
The snow-capped peaks of the high mountains rise above and around it and glow
in the morning light. After taking photos, return to Ghorepani. After Breakfast,
head east and up a nearby ridge. Descend all the way through the rhododendron
forests, past amazing waterfalls, and reach in Tadapani for the night stay.
Your walk begins after Breakfast. It is
easy to walk gently through rhododendrons, oaks, and other types of dense
forests. You will hear different kinds of birds singing along the way. It is
one of the most popular destinations for bird lovers. Ghandruk is a beautiful
Gurung village, craft and a museum. From this place, you can see the views of
Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Hiunchuli, Annapurna III, and Fishtail. Night stay
in the standard guest house.
After Breakfast, start your trek, it is
an easy hike where you gently descend halfway through the rice field and
surrounding villages to the Syauli Bazaar and hike a flat section until Nayapul
and drive from Nayapul to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
Breakfast in the hotel and start
sightseeing with private vehicles and a professional guide. The places you
visit are Bindhabasini Temple: It is located in the center of the old religious
bazaar. It is dedicated to the goddess Bhagwati, another manifestation of
Shakti. The park area offers a nice picnic and a relaxation area. Davis Fall:
Known in the region as Patale Chango and on the southern flank of the Pokhara
Valley, the current from Lake Fewa breaks down and falls down the rock into a
deep gorge that jumps through various potholes. It is famous for foreign
tourists and locals people. Gupteshwor Cave: The revered Gupteshwor Cave is 2
km from Pokhara Airport. The entrance is directly opposite the Devi Fall, and
the cave is almost 3 km long. It has some large rooms, the size of a living
room, and some passageways where you have to crawl through all four. This cave
is of particular value to Hindus because a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is
preserved here in the state in which it was discovered. You will visit the Barahi
temple and Phewa Lake Located at an altitude of 800 meters above sea level; it
is the second-largest lake in the kingdom. The Barahi Temple in the center of
the lake is the most significant sacred shrine in Pokhara. This two-story
pagoda was built almost in the middle of Lake Phewa and is dedicated to the
female Shakti group. The reflection of the mount Machhapuchhare and Annapurna
can be seen in its calm waters. The dense forest lies on the adjacent southern
slopes of the lake. Seti River Gorges: Carved by Seti-Gandaki is one of Pokhara's
natural wonders. K.I. Singh Bridge in Bagar, the Prithivi Highway Bridge, and Mahendrapool
near the bus parking offers a perfect view of the terrible river rush and the
deep gorge created by the turbulent flow of white water. You will spend your night
After Breakfast, drive back from Pokhara
to Kathmandu. It will be a trip along the river bank with a beautiful view of
the hills and the rural lifestyle of Nepal. Take a rest after you arrive in
Kathmandu or buy some souvenirs for your family and friends. Night stay at
hotel in Kathmandu.
After a few days of fun and excitement
trip, the day has come to say goodbye. Our representatives will accompany you
according to your flight time to Tribhuwan International Airport.
Collection and return at the hotel and the airport in a private vehicle.
Accommodation in Kathmandu in two single beds with Breakfast.
All accommodations in tea houses on a trek in shared beds.
Guided tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara Valley by private vehicle
City sightseeing and entry tickets fee
Three meals every day during the trek
Local bus from Kathmandu to Chamje, tourist bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu, and private vehicle Nayapul to Pokhara.
All required documents, entry permits, TIMS permits
You will get an experienced, friendly and helpful, trek guide and porter.
Salary, food, accommodation, transfer, and insurance for the guide and carrier.
Necessary government taxes.
Entry visa for Nepal; you can get it upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport.
Your personal expenses.
Other meals then Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara Hotel
Tips for guides, porters, and drivers.
All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
published fixed departure dates are guaranteed. If the date does not suit your
travel plans, the cost and duration of the trip, please contact us for your
individual private trip, itinerary, and price. Since we are a local travel and
trekking company based in Kathmandu, we try to find a small private group that
fits your travel needs. Let us know what kind of trip you are looking for and
our travel experts will help you plan your customized trip to your dream
destination. Thank you and Namaste!
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The food and accommodation during this trek are minimalist, as the areas that fall on the trekking route are far from modern. You will stay in tea houses that offer clean and straightforward services. Heaters can only be found in dining rooms, and dishes such as pasta, pasta, dal Bhat, potatoes, vegetables, cereals, eggs, rice, soup, etc. are served. Depending on the season, you can get single, double, triple, or even dormitory rooms that are shared with more people. You will stay in a three-star hotel with breakfast according to the itinerary. Lunch and dinner are not included in the city.
The most important thing that makes this trip enjoyable and unforgettable is the experienced, polite, and helpful guides and crew who can make your days on the mountain go smoothly. Our trek is lead by the best and most professional trekking guide. All employees are carefully selected based on their experience, leadership skills, and personal skills. To preserve local communities, we only employ local staff who have sufficient knowledge of the culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of the local region (s).
Travel insurance for each itinerary of our company is a prerequisite for booking vacations. At a minimum, you must have emergency and repatriation insurance that must include the cost of the mountain rescue. Please read the terms and conditions of your insurers carefully, especially make sure that the following are covered: 1) activity (i.e., tourism, trekking or mountaineering) 2) maximum altitude reached on trekking 3) evacuation of the helicopter in an emergency. You must understand that you will bear the cost of the evacuation and return procedures and that it is your responsibility to pay for the evacuation or medical treatment. You must be fully aware of the effects of travel insurance and understand the limitations and exclusions of your policy. Please note that our company guide may, under certain circumstances, initiate helicopter rescue (or other necessary) operations in medical emergencies without first asking approval from your insurance company.
Physical fitness and experience requirements
The Annapurna Circuit Trek is suitable for passionate trekkers who can walk 5-6 hours a day with a light backpack. The hike is relatively comfortable for those who are used to walking at higher altitudes. We kindly ask you to jog and exercise regularly at least a few months before the start of your trip. Previous hiking experiences would be a bonus, but no technical knowledge is required for this trip. It is also essential to check with your doctor before booking the trek. If you have the following diseases related to heart, lung, and blood, then you must inform us before booking the trek.
Best travel time
Annapurna Circuit Trek is best in the fall (September through November) and spring (March through May). During this time, the sky is clear, and the view is excellent. The weather is perfect for hiking without rain. We can also enjoy lush vegetation in the lower regions of the trail, especially during the spring season.
The Annapurna Circuit is a reasonably tricky trek in the high mountains of the Annapurna region. The Annapurna Circuit trek offers a variety of trails, which can be rocky, steep or slippery. The trail also has many stairs, which can be more complicated than straight paths.
by Mario Eichmann, Germany
The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a great place for a challenging and beautiful trip. Words can't describe it. The Himalayas are impressive for wonderful walks. The landscape was incredible and everyone we met in Nepal was friendly and hospitable. Crossing the Throng La Pass is an immense challenge. During the trip, we saw wonderful views of beautiful mountains, sunrise over the hills, remote villages where we were greeted, temples, and monasteries. It was nice to walk around with like-minded people and we laughed a lot and supported each other.
Tenzi, our leader and his leadership colleagues could not have done more. They were fantastic and professional throughout the trip, offering support, encouraging words, and lots of cups of tea. They improved the hike at any time with professional service. They were friendly, supported when needed, acted as nature guides, and made sure we had everything we needed. It is rated at level 5 and feels more difficult. We had 19 days of walking
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