Highlights

  • Crossing the challenging Thorong La pass
  • Cross two river valleys including Kali Gandaki, deepest George in the world
  • You need to hike 160 km to 230 km to circle the mountain range.
  • Annapurna Circuit Trek takes you to the wilderness of striking moonscapes, rich Rhododendron forests, and High Mountain passes.
  • There are some off-beaten paths which captivate passionate trekkers who are prepared to push for unknown.
  • Gives you an opportunity to meet diverse Nepali culture in one trip.
  • Enjoy the hot springs of Tatopani

About Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit is a perfect trek to cover the entire geography and culture of the aesthetic Annapurna region.

During the Annapurna Circuit trek you will find the diverse route and landscape like subtropical forests, world’s deepest river George, ice flows and high mountain pass, lush forests, woodlands, and mountainous rivers.

The trek begins with the beautiful sight of the eighth highest mountain of the world, Manaslu.

When you move forward towards Thorong La pass, you will get to behold the beauty of mesmerizing Annapurna Massif, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Tilicho peak.

Continuing the trail, you enter Mustang where lies the Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage town of Muktinath. Here you will cross the orchard village of Marpha. You will relish if you take out time to wander in Marpha.

During the Annapurna Region Trek, you will get to experience the hot springs.

From Poon Hill, you will see more than 20 highest mountains within the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. This breath-taking scenery will certainly reconnect you with peace and provide you ultimate inner calm. You will also get a view of Mt Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters), Machapuchare (6,993 meters), Manaslu (8,156 meters), Gangapurna (7,455metres) and Tilicho peak (7,134 meters) around the circuit.

You need to walk at least 6-7 hours a day, so it is recommended that you should work out or get used to walking before the trek. As it is a long trek, sound health upon physical fitness will make you comfortable throughout the Annapurna Circuit trek.

During the Annapurna Circuit Trek, you will get to know new climate as you gradually ascend towards Thorong La pass at 5,144 meters. Thorong La, the highest and most challenging pass on the circuit enthralls you with the stunning beauty of the great Himalayas.

Circling the Annapurna Region will not only rejuvenate you but also allow you to meet diverse Nepali culture in one trip. In Manang Valley and Lower Mustang, you will find most people follow Tibetan culture. The farmers of Manang breed yaks and also raise crops. Also, they follow the ancient practice of trading goods.

During the trek, you will get to Kagbeni, a village in Upper Mustang. The place is quite busy with constant streaming of Yaks and Mules carrying goods for trade.

Throughout the trek, you will come across many tiny villages getting closer to the massive mountains upon every climb.

Opened in 1977 for foreign trekkers, Annapurna Circuit Trekkers since then has become one of the popular and well-liked trekking routes for many avid-trekkers.

Annapurna Circuit Trekking will allow you to get a view of the mesmerizing Himalayas from different angles. Here, the mountains are visible from less than 1,000 meters of altitude.

The 19 days trek of Annapurna Circuit begins from Syange and continues along the Marshyangdi River accompanied by the majestic views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli.

The circuit is usually walked in the counter-clockwise direction as traveling clockwise will take long ascends.

Annapurna Circuit Trek takes you to the wilderness of striking moonscapes, rich Rhododendron forests, and High Mountain passes.

Mostly resided by Buddhists, the Annapurna region has surroundings decorated with colorful prayer flags and monasteries.

For the convenience of the local, roads have been tarred on both sides. Though many have a notion about Annapurna Region that it's losing its originality because of infrastructural development. However, the vast region with the numerous Himalayas has many off-beaten paths which let you go into the wild far from the habited region. These paths captivate passionate trekkers who are prepared to push for unknown.

Annapurna Circuit Trek, also known as ‘Round Annapurna Trek’ circles the grand Annapurna massif. Located in the north-central part of Nepal, you need to hike 160 km to 230 km to circle the mountain range.

During the Trek you will cross two different river valleys, Kali-Gandaki, which is also the deepest George in the world and Marshyangdi river valley surrounding the Annapurna range. Some of the hidden treasures in the forests are amazing waterfalls and tall cliffs.

Your accommodation will be in tea houses where you will get a cozy sleep and hygienic food. Also, you must try delicious apple pies made by the locals here. With increasing footfalls every year, the number of tea houses and lodges are growing accordingly.

You can also trek from Khangsar village to Tilicho Base Camp (4,919 meters). This is an optional short trip if you want to explore more.

Best season for the trek is September, October, and November till the second week of December. Also, spring is another best season to trek in the Annapurna Region. Spring falls from February to May and these months offer crystal clear mountain views and open sky. You can also go trekking in the Annapurna region during the summer, however, monsoon will be uncomfortable. You are supposed to face a lot of problem due to leeches.

Regulus Treks and Expedition has various packages as per your comfort.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Welcome to Nepal! Upon your arrival in Kathmandu Regulus Treks & Expedition receives you at Tribhunvan International Airport and drive you to hotel. If your arrival is at appropriate time then you can enjoy leisurely walk in the streets of Thamel. It is a prime destination for foreigners. It is said that Kathmandu visit is incomplete without strolling in this part of the city. Overnight in a hotel. 

From the second day of your arrival starts our trip mission. Today you visit Kathmandu, also known as city of temples with our guide. Basically there are four major touring sites in Kathmandu. They are: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swoyambhunath Stupa and and Bouddhanath Stupa. And the main part is these all four sites are listed in World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You will be introduced to your guide by Regulus. You can have good conversation with him regarding the upcoming trip. You can enjoy the night life of Thamel which completely depends on your wish. Overnight in Thamel.

A six hour drive from Kathmandu will take you to besisahar. You will either go in a private vehicle or a tourist bus. Besisahar is the preliminary point of Annapurna Circuit Trekking. On your way the glorious view of Trishuli River, waterfalls, green hills and exciting road way will mesmerize you.Overnight in Besisahar.

Keeping an eye on the route of Marshyangdi River we reach Bahundada. The meaning of Bahundada is Brahmin Hill. The route attracts you throughout your journey. Overnight in Bahundada. 

To reach Chamje from Bahundada we need to go through a suspension bridge. As you move further to Chamje you can see the variation in culture, religion of people as well as the sculptures of their houses. Overnight in Chamje.

Now we enter into Manang district. It is also known as the dry district of Nepal. Bagarchhap lies in this district. The English meaning of Bagarchhap means butcher’s place. Flat roofed houses are found in this area. Overnight in Bagarchhap.

The path to reach Chame from Bagarchhap is slightly tough. We need to pass through a graveled and steep route. We come across a forest and river to Tyanja. We can observe a striking view of Annapurna II from Chame. Overnight in Chame.

We enter to Pisang through a narrow valley. Even though the walk is difficult but it is not that problematic. Now as we move further we can see the surface of Paungda-dada. Overnight in Pisang.

The route we follow today is to Manang district. The tower of Annapurna range blocks monsoon here. So, this region observes a very least rainfall. Most of the people indulge themselves in trading here. From pisang the instant destination is Mungji. From mungji the route goes further to Bryanga. It is also known as a hidden village to some extent. Passing through this village we reach Manang which lies at 3,500 m from sea level.

Today is a day to have a rest. We can sightsee some beautiful lakes, caves, monasteries and also have a good conversation with the local people. 

Leaving Manang back we go further to Thorang La Pass. We move through a hill followed by Jarsang Khola to reach Ledar. We can see a Snow Leopard which is listed as an endangered species of world. Ledar is a place where we will end our day for today. 

In the beginning it is a simple trace but after few minutes we need to climb a hill to reach Phedi. Newly built lodging houses are found in high camp. Unless you have an altitude problem the distance between Phedi and High Camp is not that long. Overnight either in Phedi or High Camp. 

From Phedi we go directly to Muktinath. It lies at a height of 5,416 m from sea level. We visit muktinath temple and also observe the culture of both Hindu and Buddhist people. Muktinath is regarded as holy shrine for both hindu and Buddhist. People mostly from Nepal and India come to worship here. We spend our night at Ranipauwa which is just at a distance of 15 minutes from Muktinath.

Concluding the visit of Muktinath now we get back to Jomsom. The trail of returning will leave you over-whelming. You will cherish the moment of trekking forever.

The immediate destination from Jomsom while getting back is Marpha. You can taste a local apple juice which is known as marpha juice here. Small and beautiful houses are built here. Following the route of Kali Gandaki we arrive at Tukuche. Thakali people take this place as center of their trading. After walking for a while we reach at Kalopani to spend our night. The view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri are beautifully captured.

Tatopani is famous for waterfall. The English meaning of tatopani is hot water. We reach to tatopani by crossing a bridge.

Today is a day of rest. You can explore the local area and be familiar with local people and their culture. You can enjoy the hot spring to get relaxed.

After having a good rest a day before, today we climb for a whole day. Moving through the beautiful forest accompanied by red rhododendron (national flower of Nepal) we arrive at Ghorepani. This place is best for sunset view. We spend a night here. 

Today we go for a hiking to Poon Hill. For this you need to get up early in the morning. Poon Hill is a hill station which is renowned worldwide for its sunrise/sunset view. The sunrise view will forever stick to your eyes and heart. It looks magnificent. After spending a couple of hours in Poon Hill we get back to Ghorepani. Here we will have a breakfast and continue our trail to Tadapani. 

Ghandruk is a place where majority of Gurung people resides. Gurung people are mostly known as army man. You can visit Gurung museum here and know briefly about the history, culture and lifestyle of Gurung people. While moving towards Ghandruk you encounter some beautiful rhododendron and Orchid forests. You will enjoy the electrifying view of Annapurna and a short snap of Lamjung Himal and Manaslu.

Now you follow an easy route to Nayapul from Ghandruk. You can reach Nayapul within 5 hours from Ghandruk. Then we will get back to pokhara on a vehicle. Today you can roam around Pokhara. You can walk through lakeside, visit different caves and other different sites. Pokhara is such a place where you want to come time and again. It is center of attraction for every tourist. Overnight in a hotel.

After having a breakfast, leaving all the beautiful memories behind, now we get back to Kathmandu on a motor. The staff of Regulus will accompany you in the evening and offer you a farewell dinner for positively undertaking the trip.

Your Jomsom Trekking final bids a goodbye here. A representative of Regulus will drop you to the airport three hours before your arranged flight to help you reach your destination. See you again!

Trip Map

Annapurna Circuit Trek map

What to Expect

  • 2 nights of accommodation in Kathmandu 3 star hotel (BB plan).
  • 1 night of standard accommodation in Pokhara.(BB plan).
  • 23 days of adventure , 18 of which includes basic accommodation on Mountain while trekking in a basic lodge/hotel includes 3 meals a day ( B L D ).
  • Hot drinks (Tea / Coffee) 3 times a day on trek.
  • An experienced, licensed, English speaking guide for sightseeing in Kathmandu.& also in Pokhara.
  • A government registered trekking guide (English speaking with license) & a local porter (1 porter with 2 trekkers) with their insurance, salary and meals.
  • Fooding, lodging ,Salaries & insurance of  the staffs.
  • Both way domestic flight (Ktm-Pokhara-Ktm).
  • Private transportation during ground-travel (including airport pick up & drop) .
  • Government taxes, entry fees and TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) permit & 
  • All applicable fees.
  • One cultural show and farewell dinner.
  • Trip Completion Certificate.
  • First Aid Kit.            
  • International flights.
  • Nepal entry visa.
  • Airport departure tax.
  • Entrance fees to monuments.
  • Extra showers, Battery recharge costs, laundry, etc.
  • Personal clothing and gears.
  • Food in Kathmandu ( also if earlier return to Kathmandu from Mountains due to any reason  than the scheduled Itinerary).
  • Unforeseen cost due to flight cancellation, weather conditions etc.
  • Tips to guide and porter.
  • Cancellation fees, if any from your side.
  • Hot shower.
  • Boiled water.
  • Wi -Fi.
  • Costs raised by conditions that are not under our control such as landslides, weather conditions, political unrest, illness, etc.