Annapurna Circuit Trek

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Duration

11 Days 10 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

12 people

Languages

English, Nepali

About this tour

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is an unforgettable adventure through the stunning landscapes of the Annapurna region with the renowned Annapurna Circuit Trek. Nestled in the heart of the majestic Himalayas, this classic trek offers an enchanting journey around the iconic Annapurna Massif, a treasure trove of natural beauty and cultural wonders.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a bucket-list-worthy experience that takes trekkers through diverse terrains, from lush subtropical forests to high-altitude deserts. En route, you’ll pass through charming traditional villages, encounter ancient monasteries, and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of local cultures.

One of the highlights of this adventure is conquering the Thorong La Pass, standing tall at 5,416 meters (17,769 feet), offering breathtaking vistas of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. The spiritual journey continues to the sacred pilgrimage site of Muktinath, revered by both Hindus and Buddhists.

Throughout the trek, you’ll be enchanted by the ever-changing scenery, the snow-capped peaks, and the warm hospitality of the local communities. The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the grandeur of the Himalayas and create cherished memories of a lifetime.

Essential Tips for a Successful Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Be in good physical condition and start preparing for the trek in advance, as it involves long and challenging days of hiking.
  • The best time for the Annapurna Circuit Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons for pleasant weather and clear mountain views.
  • Take your time to acclimatize properly to higher altitudes to avoid altitude sickness. Plan rest days at higher elevations.
  • Obtain the necessary permits, including the TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card and the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP).
  • Pack appropriate trekking gear, including warm clothing, a comfortable backpack, sturdy hiking boots, and a good-quality sleeping bag.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, especially at higher altitudes.
  • Respect the local customs and traditions while interacting with the communities along the trail.
  • Carry a basic first aid kit with essential medicines and personal medications.
  • Follow responsible trekking practices to preserve the natural environment. Avoid using single-use plastics and dispose of waste properly.
  • Stay informed about weather forecasts and be prepared for sudden weather changes, especially during the monsoon season.
  • Be prepared for basic teahouse accommodations along the trekking route. Booking in advance during peak seasons is recommended. Know your physical limits and trek at your own pace.
  • Carry emergency contact numbers and share your trekking itinerary with someone back home.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Safety Considerations Points only

  • Take sufficient time to acclimatize to higher altitudes to prevent altitude sickness. Ascend gradually and include rest days at higher elevations.
  • Stay informed about weather forecasts and be prepared for sudden weather changes, especially during the monsoon season.
  • Ensure you are in good physical condition for the demanding trek, which involves long hours of walking on varying terrains.
  • Consider hiring a local guide and porter for added safety, support, and local expertise.
  • Pack appropriate trekking gear, including warm clothing, a comfortable backpack, sturdy hiking boots, and a good-quality sleeping bag.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, especially at higher altitudes where dehydration can occur.
  • Follow responsible trekking practices to preserve the natural environment. Avoid using single-use plastics and dispose of waste properly.
  • Choose safe and reputable teahouses or lodges for accommodation along the route.
  • Know your physical limits and trek at a pace that suits your capabilities.
  • Carry emergency contact numbers and share your trekking itinerary with someone back home.
  • Be mindful of your health and any pre-existing medical conditions that might be affected by the trek.
  • Carry a fully charged mobile phone with a power bank for communication and emergencies.

Highlights

  • Crossing the Thorong La Pass at an altitude of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet) is the highest point of the trek and offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.
  • Experience a remarkable variety of landscapes, from lush green forests and terraced fields to arid high-altitude deserts and snow-capped mountains.
  • Witness stunning views of some of the world's highest mountains, including Annapurna I (8,091 m) and Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m).
  • Encounter unique cultural experiences as you pass through traditional villages with ancient monasteries and interact with the warm and friendly local communities.
  • Explore charming villages along the trail, including Manang, Pisang, and Marpha, known for their distinct architecture and vibrant cultures.
  • Visit the sacred pilgrimage site of Muktinath, revered by both Hindus and Buddhists, and witness the natural burning flames.
  • Relax and rejuvenate in the natural hot springs at Tatopani, providing a therapeutic experience after days of trekking.
  • Savor traditional Nepali meals and experience the delicious flavors of local dishes along the trekking route.
  • The Annapurna region is protected under the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), which offers opportunities for wildlife and nature enthusiasts.
  • Experience the thrill of trekking through challenging terrain, crossing suspension bridges, and walking through rugged mountain trails.

Included/Excluded

  • International and Domestic Airport Pick Up and Drop.
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner from the Teahouses menu during the treks.
  • Overnight Sleep at Standard tea house with basic facility during the treks.
  • Government licensed holder trekking guide including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • One porter for two person who carry only two trekking member’s bags, including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • If single trekker booked then guide will help you to carry some of your stuffs.
  • Equipment like sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, trekking poles, and Crampons will be provided (Returned after the trip is complete).
  • First aid kid box included and carry by guide.
  • Emergency helicopter rescue services provided, Pay By your Insurance or By Your Self.
  • All needed Trekking Permit and National park Entry fees.
  • All needed ground transportation mention on the itinerary.
  • Government Tax and Company service charge.
  • Personal expenses as like the Phone Bill, Camera Charging, Hot Shower, Wifi.
  • All kind of drinks as like Mineral Water, Tea, Coffee, Juice, Coke, Fanta, Beer and Bar Bills.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during your stay in city like Pokhara, Kathmandu.
  • Extra Nights’ Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, in case if you return earlier from the Treks.
  • Tips to your Guide and Porter. (It is expected)
  • Travel insurance.

Itinerary

  • Take a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar.
  • Enjoy views of green hills, rivers, and rural settlements along the way.
  • Overnight stay in Besisahar.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue the journey from Besisahar to Chame.
  • Experience the changing landscape as you ascend higher into the mountains.
  • Overnight stay in Chame.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Start the trek and walk through pine forests and small villages.
  • Enjoy views of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal along the way.
  • Reach Upper Pisang, a beautiful village with traditional architecture.
  • Overnight stay in Upper Pisang.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek through the upper part of the Manang district.
  • Pass through the village of Nawal and enjoy panoramic mountain views.
  • Reach Manang, a picturesque village surrounded by mountains.
  • Overnight stay in Manang.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Take a day to rest and acclimatize to the higher altitude.
  • Explore Manang and enjoy the views of Gangapurna Lake and Annapurna III.
  • Optionally, take a side trip to visit Bhojo Gompa and the Ice Lake.
  • Overnight stay in Manang.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue the trek and ascend towards Yak Kharka.
  • Enjoy the alpine landscape and yak grazing pastures.
  • Overnight stay in Yak Kharka.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek to Thorang High Camp, the last settlement before Thorang La pass.
  • Prepare for the challenging pass crossing the next day.
  • Overnight stay in Thorang High Camp.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Start early to cross the Thorang La pass, the highest point of the trek.
  • Enjoy spectacular views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.
  • Descend to Muktinath, a significant pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists.
  • Overnight stay in Muktinath.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Take a scenic drive from Muktinath to Tatopani.
  • Relax and soak in the natural hot springs at Tatopani.
  • Overnight stay in Tatopani.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue the drive to Pokhara, a beautiful lakeside city.
  • Enjoy the scenic journey through lush landscapes.
  • Overnight stay in Pokhara.
  • Breakfast and Lunch at the teahouse.
  • From Here you can stay your own at Pokhara or back to Kathmandu.

  • Continue the drive to Pokhara, a beautiful lakeside city.
  • Enjoy the scenic journey through lush landscapes.
  • Overnight stay in Pokhara.

Durations

11 Days

Languages

English
Nepali

Frequently asked questions

The duration of the Annapurna Circuit Trek can vary depending on the chosen itinerary and starting/ending points. Typically, the trek takes around 12 to 21 days to complete.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a classic trekking route in Nepal that takes you around the Annapurna Massif, one of the world's highest mountain ranges. It is renowned for its diverse landscapes, stunning mountain views, and rich cultural experiences.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered to be a moderate to strenuous trek. It involves some steep ascents and descents, as well as high altitude hiking. Trekkers should have a good level of fitness and be prepared for long walking days.

The best time to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and favorable trekking conditions.

Yes, trekkers need to obtain two permits for the Annapurna Circuit Trek: Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card. These permits are usually arranged by trekking agencies.

Previous trekking experience is not mandatory, but it can be helpful. A good level of physical fitness and some experience with high-altitude trekking will make the journey more enjoyable.

Yes, teahouses and lodges are available along the Annapurna Circuit Trek route. The trail passes through several villages with well-established teahouses offering basic to moderate accommodations and meals.

Solo trekking is allowed on the Annapurna Circuit Trek. However, it is recommended to have a guide or join a group trek for safety and navigation, especially in case of unforeseen circumstances.

The main highlights of the Annapurna Circuit Trek include crossing the Thorong La pass (5,416 m/17,769 ft), exploring diverse landscapes from lush valleys to arid high-altitude regions, witnessing panoramic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, and experiencing the unique culture of the local communities.

The highest point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek is the Thorong La pass at an altitude of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet).

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is generally safe for trekkers. However, as with any trek in the Himalayas, it is essential to be prepared and take necessary precautions, such as proper acclimatization, following your guide's advice, and being cautious of weather and terrain conditions.

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