Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek
Overview

Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most popular trekking destinations in the world and the classical route in the Annapurna region. The trek, which circles the magnificent Annapurna mountain range, is also familiar as the Annapurna Round Trek and the ABC Circuit Trek. It is among the top ten long-distance trekking locations in the world and the best trekking in Nepal.

It offers a breathtaking view of diverse landscapes, traditional villages of different ethnicities, thundering rivers, beautiful waterfalls, a conservation area, a high mountain pass, deep gorges, glaciers, icy lakes, a religious place, a hot spring, and panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains like Mt. Manaslu (8th highest mountain, 8,156 m), Annapurna (10th highest mountain, 8,091 m), Dhaulagiri (7th highest mountain, 8,167m), Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Nilgiri (7,061 m), Gangapurna (7,454 m), and many more magnificent peaks.

The elevation of this trekking region ranges from 1300 m to 5,416 m, with a wide range of climatic zones ranging from subtropical to alpine. This diverse landscape ranges from lush green valleys and terraced fields to high-altitude barren and rocky terrain.

This vast latitudinal variation fosters an incredible variety of ecosystems, which is an amazing experience in this trekking. Different landscapes have their own perspectives and attractions. Therefore, it is the most popular trekking destination in the world due to its distinctive biodiversity, beautiful landscapes, and multicultural diversity. Here are some key highlights of this trek.

People and Culture

Many different ethnic groups, each with their own cultures, traditions, and dialects, make up the population of this area. Hindus who belong to the Brahmin and Chhetri ethnic groups live in the lower elevations of this region. In contrast, the higher elevation is home to the ethnic groups of Grurung, Thakali, and Manangis. The Brahmin, Chhetri, Gurung, and Thakali are the native populations of this region, while the Manangis are Tibetan-descended people who practice Tibetan Buddhism. They are very similar to Tibetans in terms of language, dress, and culture.

It provides an opportunity to interact with the community and discover more about their culture, traditions, customs, way of life, and warm hospitality.

Tea house and accommodation

Along the Annapurna Circuit Trail, there are quaint lodges and tea houses that offer accommodation and meals to trekkers. These simple but comfortable accommodations provide a wonderful chance to interact with other hikers and exchange stories. Despite their remote locations, these tea houses offer a comfortable, unique experience with warm hospitality.

Annapurna Conservation Area with rich flora and wildlife

The Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP) in this trekking region is a protected area renowned for its diverse flora and wildlife, which offers a diverse taste to the trekkers. Depending on the climatic zone, it offers a variety of vegetation, from lush green rhododendrons and pine forests to alpine plants that provide habitat to wildlife such as Himalayan thars, blue sheep, and various bird species.

Crossing the Thorong La Pass

It is the most challenging mountain pass on this trek and is situated at a height of 5,416 meters. It is physically challenging but rewarded with 360-degree views of magnificent mountains that make your jaws open, which is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Muktinath Temple

It is a sacred Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site with 108 cow-head spring water spouts and mysterious natural gas fires that is situated at an elevation of 3,710 meters. It is a place of great spiritual and religious significance. Hindu mythology states that people go to this temple to seek blessings and obtain ultimate salvation.

Natural Hot Springs

The natural hot springs at Tatopani are a wonderful place to relax and rejuvenate. Its hot waters wash away all of the tiredness from the trek.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Highlights

  1. Exploration of UNESCO cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu city.
  2. Experiences of off-road driving in the countryside of the country.
  3. Experiences of diverse cultures, traditions, and lifestyles of different ethnic groups with warm hospitality, inhabited in different landscapes of the country.
  4. An exploration of diverse landscapes ranging from lush green valleys and terraced farmland to barren and rocky high-altitude terrain with rich biodiversity
  5. lifetime experiences of 360-degree views from the trek's highest point, Thorong La Pass at 5,416 m.
  6. An opportunity to experience thrilling flying on a small aircraft over and between the giant mountains.
  7. Opportunity to witness the panoramic views of the world’s highest mountains like Mt. Manaslu (8,156 m), Annapurna I (8,091 m), Gangapurna (7,455 m), Hiunchuli (6,441m), Nilgiri (7,061 m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Fishtail (6,993 m), and many others.
  8. Opportunity to observe the beautiful apple garden, glaciers, and waterfalls.
  9. Opportunity to explore the rich flora (rhododendron, pine, and alpine plants) and fauna (Himalayan thars, blue sheep, and different species of birds).
  10. Exploration of Muktinath temple (a sacred pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists for the ultimate salvation) and its surroundings (108 cowhead water spouts and an eternal flame) for religious immersion.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary

Different Annapurna circuit trek itineraries range from 12 to 21 days, depending on your physical condition, walking pace, requirements, and preferences. The Annapurna circuit trek 13 days itinerary is the best and most common, beginning in Kathmandu, continuing to the Thorong La Pass (high pass at 5,416 m), crossing it, and ending in Kathmandu, including international arrival and departure as well as a city tour of Kathmandu. This 13 days Annapurna circuit trek itinerary is available in our itinerary section. However, we may customize or modify it to meet your specific needs and preferences.

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Annapurna Circuit Trek Cost

The Annapurna circuit trek cost ranges from USD 900 to USD 1400 depending on several factors, such as group size, duration of the trek, itinerary, level of accommodation and food, mode of transportation, and inclusion of extra services. This cost typically includes accommodation, food, transportation, permit fees, a guide and porter, and official service fees. It may, however, rise if you choose more luxurious options or decide to trek longer. It also depends on your requirements and preferences. Annapurna circuit trek 13 days cost, or 13 days Annapurna circuit trek cost, is available in the cost section of the Annapurna circuit trek package.

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Annapurna Circuit Trek Route

The Annapurna circuit trek route depends on various factors like itinerary, trip cost, duration, and your requirements and preferences. Due to road construction in this region, the majority of the trekking route is now connected to the motorable road that leads to Manang. So, focusing on this parameter—your comfort, safety, and enjoyment—our trekking package has different Annapurna circuit trek routes listed below. Please choose the best route that suits your preferences and requirements. We may, however, customize it according to your requirements. Therefore, kindly contact us for the best route options via email, social media, or phone calls listed in our contact details. We are available around the clock.

  • The classical starting point of the Annapurna circuit trekking is Bhulbhule, which is a 7-8 hour drive from Kathmandu, your international arrival city. The route connects Jagat, Dharapani, Chame, Pisang, Manang, Yak Kharka, Thorong Phedi, Muktinath via Thorong La Pass, Jomsom, Pokhara, and Kathmandu.
  • The starting point of the Annapurna circuit trek is Dharapani, which is an 8–9-hour drive from your arrival city of Kathmandu. The 5–6-hour drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar and then another 3–4-hour off-road drive from Besisahar leads to Dharapani. The route passes through the following places on different days: Chame, Pisang, Manang, Yak Kharka, Thorong Phedi, Muktinath via Throng La Pass, Jomsom, Pokhara, and Kathmandu.
  • The starting point of this Annapurna circuit hike is Chame, which is a 10- to 11-hour drive from Kathmandu via Besisahar. The 5–6 hour drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar and then another 4-5 hour off-road drive from Besisahar leads to Chame. Then the route continues through Pisang, Manang, Yak Kharka, Thorong Phedi, and Muktinath via Thorong La Pass, Jomsom, Pokhara, and Kathmandu.
  • If you feel uncomfortable with long-distance driving, you can take a stop at Besisahar on the 1st  day, which is about a 5- to 6-hour drive from Kathmandu, Nepal's capital city, and easily accessible by road. The next day, begin your journey to Chame with a 4-5 hour drive. The Annapurna circuit trek route then goes through Pisang, Manang, Yak Kharka, Thorong Phedi, and Muktinath via Thorong La Pass, Jomsom, Pokhara, and Kathmandu.

Best Time For Annapurna Circuit Trek | Annapurn Circuit Trek Best Time

In terms of difficulty, it is a challenging, strenuous, and high-altitude trek. Fitness and weather are the two important factors that affect the trek. At high altitudes, the weather is unpredictable, unstable, and changes instantly. Based on these parameters, the Annapurna circuit trek best time is during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons, which are from March to May and September to November, respectively. These months provide stable and pleasant weather, clear skies, moderate temperatures, and stunning views, making trekking more enjoyable and safe.

 

Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary
Itinerary

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, meet and greet at the international airport and transfer to the hotel. Briefing on the trip. Check in to the hotel and rest for refreshment. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

After breakfast, pick up from the hotel and head towards the Kathmandu sightseeing tour, especially the UNESCO world cultural heritage sites, which include Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swoyambhunath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square, for the experience of a beautiful fusion of religion, culture, and history. These historical monuments reflect the centuries-old arts and architecture of Nepal, which are unique in the world. After the tour, drop back to the hotel and make preparations for the Annapurna Circuit Trek, including all trekking permits and equipment. Overnight at the hotel,Kathmandu.

After breakfast, pick up from the hotel and drive to Beshi Shahar, which is approximately 5–6 hours long and scenic. This is a beautiful town in the mid-hills of Nepal and also the gateway to Annapurna Circuit Trekking. Drive farther for about an hour to get to Bhulbhule. Overnight at the tea house, Bhulbhule.

After breakfast, start the trek to Jagat for about 5–6 hours. The trail is relatively easy and passes through small villages, terraced farmlands, and forests, crosses suspension bridges over the Sangu Khola and Marshyangdi River, and then reaches Jagat. There will be plenty of stopovers for necessary breaks, including the lunch break. Overnight at the tea house, Jagat.

After breakfast, start the trek to Dharapani for about 5–6 hours. The trek initially reaches a traditional village like Tal, where we can see beautiful waterfalls, and then Kodo, one of the biggest villagae in this region, after hiking through rice, barley, and potato fields. And then Dharapani, after crossing the bridge and making a short ascent of stone, Kani.

After breakfast, start the 05–06 hour trek to Chame, the district headquarter of Manang. The trek passes through forests of pine, fir,oak, and maple trees along the Marshyangdi River and ultimately reaches Chame. Manang is renowned in Nepal as the region beyond the Himalayas. It is an awesome place on the lap of Annapurna II (7,937 m) and surrounded by green forest for the breathtaking views of the majestic Himalayas like Annapurna II, IV (7,525 m), and Lamjung Himal (6,986 m). Overnight at the guest house, Chame.

After breakfast, trek to Pisang for about 05-06 hours. The initial part of the trek goes through a steep and narrow valley and provides a view of a giant rock wall. And then it descends to Pisang Village. This is a hot spot to have a great view of Annapurna II, Pisang, and Chulu Peaks. Overnight at the guest house, Pisang.

After breakfast, start the trek to Manang for about 5–6 hours, the mountain village where the prevalent Tibetan Buddhist culture can be experienced and offers a magnificent view of the pristine mountains like Annapurna II, III, and IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho, and Pisang. Now, the air becomes cold, dry, and harsher as the elevation rises. The trail is dotted with Buddhist shrines and monasteries. The highlighted monastery in Mnang is Barge Monastery, the largest monastery. Overnight at the Tea House, Manang.

Rest day at Manang to acclimatize to the altitude. Explore the local area of the Gangapurna glacier and Gangapurna Lake. Be comfortable, adjusting to the high-altitude climate. Overnight at the Tea House, Manang.

After breakfast, start the trek for about 6–7 hours to Yak Kharka. It literally means the Yak pasture land, which offers a mountain view and a beautiful atmosphere. The trek passes through a stream, a small village (Tenki), small valleys, several pastures, juniper forests, Gunsan village, and a wooden bridge, and then reaches Yak Kharka. Overnight at the tea house, Yak Kharka.

After breakfast, start the trek for about 04-05 hrs to Thorong Phedi, the base of the Thorong-la Pass. Enjoy and relax in the cool mountain environment. Overnight at Tea house, Thorong Phedi.

It is a long day of trekking, the most challenging and the highlight of this trip, which is approximately 07–08 hrs. Wake up early in the morning and start the adventure trip towards the highest pass in the world, Thorong La Pass (5,416 m). It is the highest point on this trek. A slow-paced uphill trek takes about 4-5 hours to reach the pass. After getting to the top, everyone feels great, and the view from there makes everyone forget all the effort and difficulties that went into making it. Then the trek starts descending down to Muktinath for about another 3–4 hours. After having lunch, the trek descends to Jomsom for another 2–3 hours. Jomsom is a small, beautiful mountain town that has a domestic airport. Overnight at the hotel, Jomsom.

Muktinath Temple is a sacred pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. It has 108 cow-headed water spouts and a divine flame that has been burning for more than 2000 years. Every year, Thousands of Hindu pilgrims from all parts of the country and neighbouring countries like India visit this temple to seek blessings. According to Hindu mythology, there is one popular proverb: If you visit and offer prayer at this place once in your life, you will get the ultimate salvation. It means you will get rid of all the curses that you have carried in your life.

After breakfast, fly to Pokhara, which is a 25-minute, adventurous flight through the series of mountains in the Annapurna region. After arrival in Pokhara, transfer to the hotel. Check in to the hotel and rest for refreshment. Explore the natural and adventurous wonders of Pokhara, a beautiful Lake city, which includes boating in Phewa Lake, visits to Devis Falls and Gopteshwor Cave, and adventurous activities like paragliding, Ultra-light flights, and Zip lining at an extra cost. Enjoy the free time by going boating, taking massages, and exploring the lakeside. Overnight at the hotel, Pokhara.

After breakfast, pick up from the hotel and drive to Kathmandu for about 06-07 hours by tourist bus through the scenic highway. After getting to Kathmandu, check in to the hotel and rest for refreshment. Enjoy the free time by shopping at souvenir shops and hanging around Thamel (the tourism hub city). Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Leisure until departure. Transfer to the international Airport to board the flight.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Cost
Cost

Cost Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop off service in a private vehicle.
  • Welcome drinks (non-alcoholic) on arrival.
  • All accommodations are in 3-star category hotels on a bed and breakfast (BB) basis in Kathmandu and Pokhara, while Tea House accommodations are on a twin sharing and full board basis (All meals) during the trek.
  • A Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu in a private vehicle.
  • Kathmandu – Bhulbhule overland transportation by public bus and Pokhara – Kathmandu by Tourist bus, while Jomsom – Pokhara by flight.
  • Medical supplies (First Aid Kit)
  • All the necessary permits (ACAP +TIMS) for the trek.
  • Highly experienced, friendly, government licence holder guide and porter with salary, accommodation, food, transportation and insurance.
  • Arrangement of helicopter service (under the emergency situation), which will be paid by your travel insurance company or yourself.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepalese visa fee.
  • International airfare.
  • Trekking, medical and travel insurance (Compulsory).
  • Lunches and Dinners not mentioned above.
  • All personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc.)
  • All the sightseeing places' entrance fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Extra-night accommodation in a teahouse or any other location due to any reason (early arrival or late departure, early return or late return from a mountain), as well as any activities other than the scheduled itinerary.
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic hot and cold drinks.
  • Tips for the guide, porter, and driver are expected but not mandatory.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Equipment
Equipment

  • Trekking poles (one pair/person).
  • Down jacket (winter season), Fleece jacket, Inner thermal wears, Neck gaiters (winter season).
  • Wind and water-proof trekking trousers, a T-shirt (summer), and shorts (summer).
  • Trekking shoes, midweight wool socks, and gloves (winter season).
  • Led headlamp with extra batteries.
  • Sunglasses, a sun hat (summer season), Sunscream, and a wool hat (winter season).
  • Hot water bottle (2 liters), Water purifying tablets.
  • Energy bars like dry nuts and chocolates.
  • First aid kit box.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Trip Map
Trip Map

Useful Information Annapurna Circuit Trek
Useful Information

  • The requirements of a licence-holder native guide, ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project), and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) permits are mandatory for this trekking package.
  • life-time opportunity to experience the ancient heritage and modern vibrant cityscapes (1300m) to high altitude (5,416 m) rocky and desert landscapes.
  • Opportunity to discover modern life and rural life in a single trip.
  • Witness the world's 7th, 8th, and 10th highest mountains, the world's deepest gorge (Kaligandaki gorge), ancient villages, beautiful apple gardens, stunning lakes, waterfalls, perennial rivers, glaciers, and lush forests of subtropical trees and alpine plants.
  • Offers a chance to visit the Muktinath temple (one of the best Hindu pilgrimage sites) and get blessings from the Hindu god Bishnu.
  • Experience a natural hot spring bath that washes away all the tiredness from the trek and makes you feel rejuvenated.

 

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