Annapurna Circuit Trek - 13 Days

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Know before you go
  • Duration 13 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Best Season March - May and Mid-Sep - Nov
  • Trip Area Annapurna Region
  • Maximum Altitude 5416m.|17769ft.

Highlights

  • Embark on the fantastic natural diversity of Annapurna Trail. 
  • Reach Thorang La Pass, one of the zeniths in the Annapurna Circuit Trek. 
  • Travel through the deepest gorge, Kaligandaki Gorge.
  • Interact with the local people and get to know more about them. 
  • Taste the naturally beautiful landscape and the Himalayas.
  • Give a pilgrimage walk to the Muktinath.

Embark on the magnificent Annapurna trails and relish the incredible panoramic views from the pinnacle of trekking, Thorang La Pass.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a classic trek that has been rated highly among the ideal trekking trails in Nepal. The Annapurna Circuit Trek passes through the Marsyangdi river, rises to Thorang La Pass at 5416 meters, and descends to the North of the mountains that look like the desert at the bank of the Kaligandaki river. In recognition of the Annapurna Region's nature and multiculturalism is known as Nepal's magnificent trail. Rightly so, this trail is full of Thakali, Manangi, and Gurungs, who offer cultural uniqueness and spectacular views of the mountain ranges.

We will pass by the thrilling and heavenly high-suspension bridges that can give you chills when you look underneath. It will be another embarkment of experiences. We will get the company of several mountains ranges like Mt. Annapurna (8091m.|26545ft.), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.|26795ft.), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6993m.|22943ft.), and several others. 

Views During Annapurna Circuit Trek

While trekking near the most attractive mountain range with being treated to the top-class landscape and natural greenery of Marsyangdi river bank and the deepest river gorge, Kaligandaki, you will get the vistas of the most thrilling views of Mt. Annapurna( 8091 meters), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 meters), and Mt. Machhapuchhre (6993 meters) and several others. The other sight from the trails will be the Kaligandaki river, Marsyangdi river, etc. 

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Itinerary

Day to Day Details

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Your guide will meet you at your place and take you on a seven-eight hour public bus travel to Bhulbhule from Kathmandu. The route connecting Besishahar and Kathmandu is stunning. Before reaching Bhulbhule, we will pass a suspension bridge. From there, we will continue through the charming environment till we arrive at Ngadi town. After traveling on a dirt road via Besishahar to Bhulbhule, we will get views of Lamjung Himal, Peak 29 (NadiChuli), Manaslu, and other mountains.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 845m.|2815ft.

We will proceed on the trek to Jagat village from Bhulbhule, which might take up to 5 hours. Gurung ethnic groups are in the Jagat village. Along the way, we'll notice the V-shaped form of the Marsyangdi valley. We will continue our stroll along the river's edge as we descend the winding path beyond Syange. Additionally, we'll reach the Jagat village.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1300m.|4265ft.

 At Jagat, the day begins with breakfast. We depart Jagat and cross a bridge to reach Tal Village. In Tal, you can notice several waterfalls forming a river next to the white sandy beaches. We continue our trip across fields of wheat, rice, and potatoes to reach Kodo, one of the biggest towns in Manang Valley. Before arriving at Dharapani, we first climb Stone Kani, which we accomplish after crossing a suspension bridge. Dharapani is the trekking end point of the Manaslu Trek.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1860m.|6200ft.

Before we get to Chame, the administrative center of the Manang district, we go through the forest full of pine, fir, oak, and maple trees. With the majestic Annapurna IV, Lamjung Himal,  and Annapurna II rising behind us, we will be in the midst of the verdant forest. We will stop at a few little hot springs, where you can swim if you want.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2610m.|8890ft.

At the elevation of 3300 meters, Pisang is where we're heading to spend the day. As we begin our trek early in the morning, we are greeted with the stunning view of Lamjung Himal (6893m), as well as the first sunrays reaching the majestic mountain. As we get closer to Brathang Village, we can see a stunning waterfall. Along the way, one is treated to breathtaking vistas of Pisang's northeast peak and Annapurna II. We'll also traverse the Mani wall close to the bridges before entering Pisang.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3300m.|10824ft.

 Today is the day when the Annapurna Circuit trek begins. We'll travel on one of the most difficult and beautiful treks. The hike includes challenging climbs with spectacular panoramas of the Annapurna Massif, the Marshyangdi River valley, and other peaks. The environment is quite arid (much like the Tibetan plateau). Though, we can see pinewood woods in certain places. We'll see the charming towns of Ghyaru and Nawal. The views are stunning despite the tough hike. Before reaching Manang, we will stop in Braga, a historic settlement with Tibetan settlers' residential properties and one of Nepal's ancient Buddhist temples nearby.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3540m.|11612ft.

 We will have the acclimatization day in Manang, a settlement at the foot of Annapurna III that provides stunning vantage points both of Gangapurna and Annapurna. You can go on a stroll for acclimatization today at Ice Lake. The path to Ice Lake, also known as Kicho Tal locally, meanders along the northern slopes of Chulu East. Enjoy the serene and pleasant atmosphere for a while. Make a picture stop before heading back to Manang.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3540m.|11612ft.

The trek to Yak Kharka will reward us with more breathtaking views of the snow-covered Annapurna and Gangapurna. We can see the Blue sheep, yak, and Himalayan tahr herds grazing on the scraggly bushes, alpine grass, and horseback riders rushing down the dusted pathways. In some places, horses are still often used for transportation. A few stone and hardwood teahouses are there at Yak Kharka, a former yak herder camp.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4060m.|13316ft.

 Our body progressively acclimates to the high elevation when we walk at a height exceeding 4,000 meters. The path leading to Thorong Phedi winds through a desolate and remote landscape. While taking in the landscape and the peace, we will go along the trail to reach Thorong Phedi, a glacier valley surrounded on 3 sides by the snow-capped Himalayas.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4525m.|14842ft.

The trek today is hard. We'll rise early and head off as shortly as the sun comes up. The terrain is hilly but not difficult. Usually, the final 600 meters leading to the summit point (5416m.|17769ft.) of the trek are the most difficult. At the peak of Thorong La Pass, the dazzling Himalayan vistas are waiting for you. Dhaulagiri rises in all its glory. A historical kingdom called Upper Mustang may be cleared out in the distance. From the Thorong La Pass, we will go to a holy pilgrimage site Muktinath. Muktinath is a Buddhist and Hindu shrine as well as a place to seek revelation.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5416m.|17769ft.

As we make our way from Muktinath to the stunning Kali Gandaki valley, we will traverse dry terrain. We will take in the astonishing beauty of the Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri mountains as well as the unusual Tibetan architecture of Khingar and Jharkot along the route. Similarly, we'll keep strolling by apple orchards until we reach Marpha. After making our way through a hamlet of Marpha, Kokhethanti, & Ghasa, we will eventually arrive at Tatopani.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1190m.|3904ft.

We'll depart the Kali Gandaki river and start walking in the direction of the Ghar Khola valley. The path leads across a field with terraces that are encircled by mountains. We pass through the communities of Shikha & Chitre before landing at a wonderful rhododendron grove. Rhododendrons are in shades of red or pink and are prevalent in the woodlands. We go on foot till we arrive at the charming village of Ghorepani, which is set on a ridge.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2874m.|9429ft.

We will take a 45-minute climb to the top of Poon Hill (3210 meters), where we will be able to take in the breathtaking sunrise vista over the snow-capped Himalayas. This view serves as the focal point of the whole Ghorepani Poon Hill hike, making the journey there worthwhile. After breakfast, we begin our journey back to Pokhara, which entails an entire day of descending steep slopes. Through the Banthanti, Ulleri, Birethanti, & Tikhedunga communities, we departed in the direction of Hile. We will then go to Pokhara city.

  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • 800m.|2625ft.

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Route Map

Annapurna Circuit Trek - 13 Days map

What's Included

  • Transport from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule and Muktinath to Tatopani and Birethanti to Pokhara
  • Accommodation during the trek
  • All standard three meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • Guides expenses - meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and equipment costs.
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • All applicable permits
  • Seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • All government taxes, local taxes, and official expenses
  • Souvenir - Company's T-shirt, Trekking Map

What's Excluded

  • International flight airfare
  • Nepal entry visa fees 
  • Lunch, dinner, and hotel in Pokhara
  • Personal expenses such as shopping, snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, bottled or boiled water, shower, Wi-Fi, battery charging, hot showers, etc.
  • Porter optional ($300 for 1 porter) Recommended 1 porter between two trekkers
  • Travel insurance covering emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation (compulsory)
  • Tips for guide and porter

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Useful Info

Best Time for the Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna is open to everyone in every season though for taking full benefit of the natural beauty and mesmerizing views of the towering mountains, we recommend you to trek in the following seasons:

  1. Spring Season: Spring (March-May) is considered one of the more suitable seasons to trek in Nepal. The winter ended, and the greenery blooms again, which makes the landscape's beauty more desirable. The temperature from March to May is suitable for trekking as there won't be much heat and cold. The highest temperature in this season reaches up to 22-23 degrees celsius in the lower lands and decreases to 0 or even negative in the upper hills like Thorang La at night. 
  2. Autumn season: Autumn (Mid-September to November) is considered the best season for trekking to Annapurna Circuit Trek. Autumn is also the festive season in Nepal, so you will get more exploration of the local cultures, festivities, and celebrations like nowhere before. The temperature at day stays at 18-20 degrees celsius and decreases to 0 to even negative in the high altitudes. However, we will have balanced weather conditions, a clean environment, and equal days and nights with the journey of the beauty of the Himalayas. Annapurna, Fishtail, Nilgiri, and Dhaulagiri will be seen as crystal clear during the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Ahead of that, you will get the chance to enjoy and interact with the local people in their festive season. 

Annapurna Circuit Trek Permit

The permits required for the Annapurna Circuit Treks are:

  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS): NPR 2000 
  • Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP): NPR 3000

Note: Nepal Nirvana Trails will arrange every permit for you. 

Trek Difficulty

Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most stunning trekking trails in the Annapurna region. It is moderate with well-paved ways in densely populated areas. You will get very few modern facilities, and the road is rugged. Thorong La Pass is one of the highest passes in the world, at an elevation of 5416 meters from sea level. It can be a bit tough while passing Thorong La, but the overall Annapurna Circuit Trek is moderate if you have the experience of trekking at high altitudes. 

Trek Route

The Annapurna Circuit trek route has several stoppage points and attractions.

Kathmandu- Chame- Pisang- Ngawal Upper Trails- Ice lake- Yak Kharka- Thorang Fedi- Thorang La Pass- Muktinath- Jomsom- Pokhara- Kathmandu. 

Travel Tip 

  • There is no facility of ATM during the trek, so you are suggested to bring some cash with you. 
  • You can charge your devices in the teahouses with a little cash. But, bringing extra batteries is strongly recommended. 
  • Travel Insurance is an important document to have during the trek. You should have travel insurance that includes emergency evacuation and medical bills.
  • The cost of tips for your guides, drivers, and porters is not included in the trip cost. Tipping is expected by guide and porter and you can also give them an appreciation of their efforts.

FAQs

  • Annapurna Circuit trek is a moderate trek in difficulty but filled with rugged roads in the remote. It can be a little bit difficult in the beginning days for inexperienced trekkers, but you can achieve the goal of completing the trek with strong willpower.

  • Annapurna Circuit Trek offers the most balanced environment and views in Spring(march- May) and Autumn(Mid-September- November). We recommend you to trek to this region in these seasons to experience the best sceneries and trekking venture.

  • Yes, you can hike to Annapurna alone. Annapurna Circuit Trek is safe, but we recommend you travel with a reliable trekking guide to make your journey hassle-free.

  • Annapurna Circuit Trek can be completed in 11 to 20 days and can also extend with the addition of side trips. 

Client Reviews

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    KateUnited KingdomDecember 04, 2023

    Wholeheartedly recommend

    Would wholeheartedly recommend Nirvana Nepal for your trek in Nepal!
    We are 2 females in mid-20s who wanted to book through a reputable company for our first time trekking in Nepal.
    The whole trip with Nirvana Nepal has been easy and well organised. We completed the Annapurna Circuit with Tillicho Lake and Poon Hill with our fanatic guide Sukram and porter Dev.
    We were collected from the airport by our guide and KP helped us with advice on what to bring on our trek. KP kindly helped me with a jacket and sleeping bag and micro spikes for in case of snow.
    We have had a fantastic experience and wouldn’t change a thing.

    Dear Kate, Namaste!
    Thank you for sharing your experience of Annapurna Circuit Trek via TripAdvisor. We’re very pleased you enjoyed the trek with guide Sukram and Porter Dev. Thanks for your thoughts on the trek with our Nepal Nirvana Trails team and for recommending our service. We wish to see you again soon for trekking in other regions of Nepal.
    Best Regards,
    Kp Dhital and Nepal Nirvana Trails Team.
    WhatsApp: +977 9841380469

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    IvoNetherlandsNovember 27, 2023

    Annapurna Circuit

    We had a great time during the Annapurna circuit. Everything was well arranged, Ram was a nice, professional guide with extensive knowledge about the area and was always there for us. He knew where to find the most beautiful tea and lunch spots. Porter Bir was always around with a big smile on his face. Thank you for the beautiful trip and the good care!

    Dear Ivo, Namaste!
    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of the Annapurna Circuit Trek with us. We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed the tour with our Guide Ram and porter Bir. Wish to see you again for trekking in other regions of Nepal.
    Best Regards,
    Kp Dhital and Nepal Nirvana Trails Team.
    WhatsApp: +977 9841380469

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