Beautiful trip over the Annapurna Circuit among the Himalayan peaks

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Duration23 Days
CountryNepal
Trip GradeModerate
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Maximum Altitude5,416m
Group SizeAny
Travel StyleTrekking
Best TimeMarch to May and September to December

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 landscapes like subtropical forests, the world’s deepest river George, ice flows and high mountain passes, lush forests, woodlands, and mountainous rivers.

Highlights 

  • Crossing the challenging Thorong La pass 5416 meters
  • 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.
  • Spectacular views of Mt. Annapurna, Thorung Peak, Nilgiri, Chulu West, and Chulu East, Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV
  • Visit Muktinath (a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists) known for 108 stone faucets, and eternal flame
  • Visit the beautiful Manang district
  • Visit Barge Monastery, the largest monastery in the Manang district
  • Poon Hill Viewpoint (3,210 m)
  • 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

Annapurna Circuit Trek Package

The trek begins with the beautiful sight of the eighth highest mountain in 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 peaks.

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 breathtaking scenery will certainly reconnect you with peace and provide you with 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 a new climate as you gradually ascend towards Thorong La passing 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.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Route

Circling the Annapurna Region will not only rejuvenate you but also allow you to meet diverse Nepali cultures 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 most 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 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 locals, roads have been tarred on both sides. Though many have a notion about the 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 the 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 is 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 Time For Annapurna Circuit Trek 

The best time 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 problems due to leeches.

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

Itinerary
Trip PlanExpand all
01Day

Our team will be at the Tribhuvan International Airport on your arrival day to extend a warm welcome to you and escort you to the hotel. If you have any queries, feel free to ask them while on the way to the hotel. Check in at the hotel and settle into your accommodation. In the late evening, we will meet for a welcome dinner.

Max. Altitude: 1,400 m/4,593 ftMeals: welcome DinnerAccommodation: 3 star Hotel
02Day

Have a delicious breakfast at your hotel and later meet with your tour guide in the hotel lobby. Today, you will visit some tourist sites in Kathmandu. The tour guide will accompany you and brief you about the monuments. You will start the tour by visiting Monkey Temple, perched on the hilltop.

From here, you will visit the holy Pashupatinath Temple, a significant Hindu pilgrimage site in Nepal, and continue the tour to Boudhanath Stupa, the largest stupa in the country. At last, you will explore the palaces, shrines, and courtyards of Kathmandu Durbar Square.

After the tour, return to the hotel and rest for a bit. We later meet you for trek preparation. Any left documentation will be done on this day. Pack the duffle bags and do any last-minute shopping if needed.

Meals: Breakfast onlyAccommodation: 3 star Hotel
03Day

Wake up early and have breakfast. After that, get ready to leave the hotel and drive to Besisahar. We will use a private vehicle as per the group size for the commute. During the ride, you will follow a very scenic route to Besisahar. The final section of the road gets bumpy, otherwise the overall ride will be comfortable.

Max. Altitude: 760 m/2,493 ftMeals: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Lodge
04Day

From today, the Annapurna circuit trek begins. You will leave Besisahar early in the morning and follow the cliff sides to Khudi. From here, the trail continues along the Marsyangdi river, offering stunning views of Mt. Hiunchuli and Mt. Ngadi Chuli to Bhulbhule. Further, trekking past Ngadi, you will reach Bahundanda for an overnight stay.

Max. Altitude: 1,340 m/4,396 ftMeals: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Lodge
05Day

The trail from Bahundanda descends steeply for half an hour and further, follows winding uphill and downhill paths to Syange village. You will cross a suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi river and trek past Jagat. From Jagat, it takes one hour to reach Chamje. On the way, you will go past a huge cascading waterfall.

Max. Altitude: 1,410 m/4,626 ftMeals: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Lodge
06Day

The trail continues via lush forests of pine, rhododendron, and bamboo. You will reach a small settlement called Tal, and from here, trek through terraced fields of potatoes, wheat, and grains to Dharapani. Further, trek via a forested route to Bagarchhap.

Max. Altitude: 2,160 m/7,086 ftMeals: Breakfast, lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Lodge
07Day

Leaving Bagarchhap, you will continue the journey to Danaque. From here, the trail ascends to a Tamang village, from where you will witness a captivating view of Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Annapurna, and other snow-capped mountains. Trekking through settlements like Thanchowk and Kolo, reach Chame for the night.

Max. Altitude: 2,650 m/8,694 ftMeals: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Lodge
08Day

The trail from Chame follows a steep and narrow valley to Paungda Danda Rock. It is a massive rock rising 1,500 meters from the Marsyangdi river. From here, trek enjoying stunning views of Annapurna II and Pisang Peak. Descend to the Manang valley floor and trek from here to Pisang village.

Max. Altitude: 3,115 m/10,200 ftMeals: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Lodge
09Day

The route is very beautiful today. You will follow the upper trails via Geru. On the way, witness breathtaking panoramas of mountains such as Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Tilicho Peak, Gangapurna, and Pisang Peak. The climate and vegetation changes as you get close to Manang. On the way, visit Barge monastery and trek past many shires.

Max. Altitude: 3,540 m/11,300 ftMeals: Breakfast, Lodge and DinnerAccommodation: Lodge
10Day

On this day, you will spend a rest day in Manang village. Early in the morning, hike to Ice Lakes. Witness outstanding mountain views of Chulu Peak, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, and Annapurna III during the hike. Later, visit the Himalayan Rescue Association and explore Manang village.

Max. Altitude: 3,540 m/11,300 ftMeals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
11Day

The terrain gets more steep and rugged from Manang onwards. Following an isolated and serene route, trek to Yak Kahrka. Crossing a stream, you will ascend to Tenki village. The trail heads out of the Marsyangdi valley and enters Jarsang Khola valley.

Passing by the juniper forest, you will reach Gunsan. From here, trek past yak pastures and ascend to Yak Kharka. Further, you will ascend following a narrow, rocky uphill track to Ledar to spend the night.

Max. Altitude: 4,200 m/13,779 ftMeals: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Lodge
12Day

Leaving Leadar, the trail continues to the High Camp. You will follow a narrow track that steeply ascends to Thorong Phedi. From here, you will climb via rock paths to the high camp. The route is isolated and offers lovely scenery.

Max. Altitude: 4,600 m/15,092 ftMeals: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Lodge
13Day

Today is the big day. You will cross the Thorong La pass. From the high camp, you will begin ascending towards the top early in the morning. Upon reaching the top of the pass, you will witness a spectacular mountain landscape.

Enjoy the view and descend from the pass to Muktinath Temple. It is an important pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists. On the way to Muktinath Temple, you will walk via landslide debris.

Max. Altitude: 5,416 m/17,756 ftMeals: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Lodge
14Day

From Muktinath, continue trekking to Jomsom. Follow the Kali Gandaki river valley and trek via Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world. On the way, you will see the villages of the Thakali community. Trek past small settlements and white-washed houses. The landscape is quite different on this part of the route. You will see arid scenery.

Max. Altitude: 2,743 m/8,999 ftMeals: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Lodge
15Day

Have a delicious breakfast and leave Jomsom early in the morning. The trail descends from Jomsom to Marpha, offering striking mountain views. So, you will reach Marpha, which is famous for apples. Taste some organic apples and other products made out of it. From here, you will descend and trek via pine forests to reach Kalopani.

Max. Altitude: 2,530 m/8,300 ftMeals: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Lodge
16Day

The trail drops down from the valley. You will further follow a densely forested route and walk via small settlements and ridges to Tatopani. It is a quite long trekking day, so pack ample snacks to have on the way.

Max. Altitude: 1,190 m/3,904 ftMeals: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Lodge
17Day

Today, you will take a much-needed break after a long walk over the last few days. Tatopani is known for its natural hot springs. So, take out your comfortable swimming clothes and spend a few hours dipping your body in the hot springs. You may have to pay a few bucks for it. Rest and recover on this day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunge and DinnerAccommodation: Lodge
18Day

You are almost at the final sections of the Annapurna circuit trek. On this day, hike to one of the most famous villages in the Annapurna region, Ghorepani. Leaving the Tatopani, follow a forested route and trek past terraced fields to reach Ghorepani village. Here, get to see the lifestyle of Gurung and Magar communities.

Max. Altitude: 2,874 m/9,429 ftMeals: Breakfast,Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Lodge
19Day

Today, you will go on an early morning hike to Poon Hill. Follow a well-marked route via rhododendron forests to reach Poon Hill. Once you are at Poon Hill, witness a wonderful mountain panorama stretching 270 degrees surrounding you.

Likewise, the sunrise from here is also very beautiful. After admiring the view, return to Ghorepani village, and from here, continue trekking to Tadapani. The trail goes through lush forests and small villages to Tadapani.

Max. Altitude: 3,210 m/10,531 ftMeals: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Lodge
20Day

From Tadapani, you will trek to another popular village called Ghandruk. Most of the Gurukhas are from this village. Following a downhill route, you will descend to Bhise Kharka. The trail then goes to Ghandruk village via dense forests. On the way, enjoy lovely mountain panoramas. Visit the Gurung museum in this village.

Max. Altitude: 1,950 m/6,397 ftMeals: Breakfast,Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Lodge
21Day

Today is your last day of the trek. From Ghandruk, you will trek via lush forests and pass by small settlements to Nayapul. The trek ends at Nayapul. From here, you will take a jeep ride to Pokhara. Spend the remaining day in Pokhara relaxing and shopping.

Max. Altitude: 822 m/2,697 ftMeals: Breakfast and LunchAccommodation: 3 star Hotel
22Day

Today, you will drive back to Pokhara. The ride will be comfortable and scenic. Upon reaching Kathmandu, the guide will drop you at the hotel. Unpack and rest. The remaining day is leisure. Buy souvenirs and explore the bustling streets of Thamel. In the late evening, we will meet for a farewell dinner.

 

*Note: You can upgrade the transportation to a short flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Additional charges apply.

Max. Altitude: 1,400 m/4,593 ftMeals: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Hotel
23Day

Our representatives will drop you at the international airport according to your flight departure time. We hope you enjoyed your journey in Nepal with us.

Meals: Breakfast only
Cost Details
Included
  • 3 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.
  • Half-day 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 private land transportation  (Ktm-Pokhara-Ktm).
  • Private transportation during ground-travel (including airport pick up & drop) .
  • Government taxes, entry fees and TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) permit & Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)
  • All applicable fees.
  • One cultural show and farewell dinner.
  • Trip Completion Certificate.
  • First Aid Kit.            
Excluded
  • 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 & Pokhara ( 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.
Dates & Availability

Regulus Nepal ensures the security, contentment, and safety of our valued clientele. Our top priority is keeping you secure. Here are a few methods by which we protect your safety.

  • We have all the tools, supplies, and first aid kits we need.
  • Our trip leaders have received in-depth first-aid training.
  • Our trek leaders are fully authorized to halt the journey or continue if someone becomes ill.
  • We shall send out a helicopter for evacuation in an emergency (covered by insurance).
  • The entire group will trek together.
Additional Info

Accommodation 

You can stay at one of the many tea houses or lodges along the trail while on the hike. You can take advantage of the local warmth and food in addition to the simple but decent lodging.

Equipment and Gear List For Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The essential trekking gear recommended for trekking in Nepal is mentioned below. All specified gears are also easily available in Kathmandu, which has a large number of stores providing the gear and clothing required for trekkers. You can read our complete guide for equipment checklist for trekking in Nepal.

  • A few pairs of Thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket/pullover
  • Windcheater - waterproof shell jacket one pair
  • Down jacket 
  • Comfortable Fleece/wool trousers
  • Trekking pants- at least 2 pairs
  • Mittens/woolen gloves
  • Warm Hiking socks
  • Trekking Sue with spare laces
  • Pair of flip flop
  • Underwear & Swimming costume
  • Hiking Cotton trousers/t-shirts
  • Sun hat/scarf
  • Sunglasses
  • Sleeping bag 
  • Trekking poles (Not 100%)
  • Day bag above 40 L
  • 1 set- Headlamp
  • Small lock for the day backpack
  • Reusable water bottles- 2 letters
  • Water purification tablets/ electric light
  • Wash towel
  • Toiletries (wet tissue, quick-drying towel, toilet paper, moisturizers, lip balms, sunscreens, sanitary pads, hand sanitizer, nail clipper, small mirror, toothpaste & brush, etc)
  • Rain poncho
  • Basic personal first aid kit

Permits and Fees

You will require two permissions in order to complete the Annapurna Circuit Trek: the Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card and the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). These licenses cost between USD 20 and USD 30 and may be purchased in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

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