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Annapurna Circuit Trek

19 Days

Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit Trek is a breathtaking expedition that weaves through some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes on Earth. Nestled in the heart of the Himalayas, this trek is a testament to nature’s grandeur, captivating adventurers and nature enthusiasts alike. With its stunning vistas, diverse terrain, and cultural immersion, the Annapurna Trek stands as a pinnacle for trekkers.

Spanning approximately 128 miles (206 kilometers), the Annapurna Circuit offers a diverse range of landscapes. Trekkers navigate through a tapestry of experiences, passing by cascading waterfalls, emerald lakes, and snow-capped peaks that pierce the sky.

This trek isn’t solely about the remarkable landscapes; it’s also a cultural odyssey. Encounter diverse ethnic communities, including Gurungs, Magars, and Thakalis, experiencing their warm hospitality and rich traditions. The trail is adorned with prayer flags, ancient monasteries, and chortens, providing a glimpse into the spiritual essence of the Himalayas.

As you traverse this iconic route, you’ll encounter various iconic landmarks. They are Thorong La Pass, standing tall at 17,769 feet (5,416 meters), offering panoramic views that redefine magnificence. The trek also presents opportunities to witness the Annapurna Massif, including Annapurna I, the world’s tenth highest peak, and Machhapuchhre, known as the “Fishtail Mountain.”

Beyond the physical challenges and natural beauty, the Annapurna Trek embodies a transformative journey. It stirs the soul and fostering a profound connection with nature. Every step resonates with a sense of achievement and wonder, leaving indelible memories that linger long after the journey ends.

Embark on the Annapurna Circuit Trek and immerse yourself in an expedition that transcends mere adventure, embracing the spirit of exploration amidst the majestic Himalayas. So, experience the allure of Nepal’s natural splendor and create memories that will last a lifetime.

  • Bus, Airlines
  • Tea House , Lodges
  • 5,416 metres
  • Kathmandu
  • October to early December
  • Eco-Tour, Hiking
  • All meals during the trek
  • English
  • Easy to Moderate
  • 2-15
  • 12
  • 65

Overview

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a popular trekking route located in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is renowned for its stunning natural beauty, diverse landscapes, and cultural experiences. Here’s some information about the Annapurna Circuit Trek:

Route:

The trek usually starts from the town of Besisahar, which is accessible from Kathmandu by road. From Besisahar, trekkers gradually ascend through various villages and landscapes, circumnavigating the Annapurna massif. The route passes through lush green valleys, terraced fields, rhododendron forests, and high mountain passes.

Duration:

The typical duration for the Annapurna Circuit Trek is around 15 to 20 days, depending on the specific itinerary and trekking pace. However, the duration can be adjusted according to individual preferences.

Highlights:

Thorong La Pass: This is the highest point of the trek, standing at an altitude of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet). Crossing the pass is a challenging but rewarding experience.

Highlights

  • Thorong La Pass: This is the highest point of the trek,
  • Enjoy the amazing view of the Himalayas from Thorong La Pas

Itinerary

Arrive in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. Transfer to your hotel, rest, and prepare for the trek. You can explore the city and make any necessary last-minute preparations.

Take a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Jagat (1,300m) via Besisahar. The drive offers views of rural landscapes and terraced fields. Spend the night in Jagat.

Begin your trek by crossing a suspension bridge and trekking through a beautiful forested trail. Pass through Chamje and continue along the Marsyangdi River to reach Dharapani (1,960m).

Trek through forests and villages, enjoying views of the majestic Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges. Pass through the village of Bagarchhap and continue to Chame (2,710m), the district headquarters of Manang.

Trek through dense forests, crossing a suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River. Ascend to the village of Pisang (3,300m), which offers panoramic views of the Annapurna and Pisang peaks.

The trail takes you through upper Pisang and offers stunning views of the Annapurna range. Trek through the arid landscape and reach the village of Manang (3,540m), known for its Tibetan-influenced culture.

Take a rest day in Manang to acclimatize to the higher altitude. You can explore the village, visit monasteries, and enjoy the breathtaking views of Gangapurna Lake and the surrounding mountains.

Trek along the wide valley floor, gradually ascending to the village of Yak Kharka (4,020m). Enjoy the alpine scenery and the grazing yaks in the area.

Continue trekking along the trail, which offers magnificent views of the Annapurna and Gangapurna peaks. Reach Thorong Phedi (4,450m), the last village before crossing the Thorong La pass.

Start early in the morning for the challenging but rewarding climb to Thorong La Pass (5,416m), the highest point of the trek. From the pass, enjoy panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Descend to Muktinath (3,800m), a sacred site for both Buddhists and Hindus.

Visit the Muktinath Temple in the early morning, known for its religious significance.
We descend following path steeply down to kagbeni, passing through Jharkot and Khingar villages.
We continue trek with path along the banks of Kali Gandki river and arrive jomsom.

Descend through barren landscapes and apple orchards to the picturesque village of Marpha (2,670m), famous for its apple brandy and apple products.
Continue trekking through charming villages and beautiful forests. Pass through Tukuche, known for its traditional Thakali culture, and reach Kalopani (2,530m), where you can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

Trek through lush rhododendron forests and picturesque villages. Descend to the village of Tatopani (1,190m), famous for its natural hot springs. Relax and rejuvenate in the soothing hot springs.

Trek through terraced fields, cross suspension bridges, and climb through rhododendron forests to reach Ghorepani (2,850m). The village offers stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.

Early in the morning, hike up to Poon Hill (3,210m) to witness a breathtaking sunrise over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain ranges. Descend to Ghorepani and then trek to Tadapani (2,630m) through lush forests.

Trek through forests of rhododendron and oak trees, descending to the charming Gurung village of Ghandruk (1,940m). Enjoy the traditional Gurung culture and stunning views of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre peaks.

Descend through forests and terraced fields to Nayapul. From there, drive back to Pokhara, where you can relax and enjoy the lakeside ambiance.

Drive by Tourist Bus or fly back to Kathmandu. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city, shopping for , or simply relaxing.

Day 19 :
Departure

Depart from Kathmandu with wonderful memories of the Annapurna Circuit trek.

Cost

The Cost Includes

  • • Airport Pick up and drop services
  • • Accommodation in teahouse during trek
  • • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) single items each day during trek
  • • Trekking Permits
  • • Experienced guide and porters
  • • Kathmandu to Jagat and Ghandruk to Pokhara Transport
  • • First Aid Box

The Cost Excludes

  • • Any personal expenses
  • • Extra meals and drinks during the trek/road journey/hotel accommodation
  • • Travel Insurance and Rescue in case of emergency
  • • Donation and monuments fee
  • • Battery charge, hot shower, Wifi service in trekking
  • • Trekking Gears

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will too, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay a certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, a hot water facility could be free at a lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. The Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. The Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during the offseason.

It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For the Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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Annapurna Circuit Trek
  • Bus, Airlines
  • Tea House , Lodges
  • 5,416 metres
  • Kathmandu
  • October to early December
  • Eco-Tour, Hiking
  • All meals during the trek
  • English
  • Easy to Moderate
  • 2-15
  • 12
  • 65