From $ 1495 USD Per Person

Highlights

  • Visit the first classical trekking route of Nepal in Annapurna region
  • Take a quality experience of Marshangdi and Kaligandaki river valley, touch the snow and frost line Thorung-la pass (5416m), visit the Tibetan refugee places Manang and Mustang valley
  • Explore the world's 7th, 8th, and 9th highest peak Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Annapurna 1st, and several snowy peaks around
  • Visit the hidden Nar Phu valley, Ice lake, Tilicho lake, Bhraka Buddhist monastery and apple orchard side
  • Experience the thrilling flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, explore the lake city Pokhara, the city is backdrop of  holy Mt. Machhapuchre called Fishtail in English and back to Kathmandu by tourist bus

Overview

Annapurna circuit trek is an adventure classical Himalayan journey lies in the central Nepal. It is a clockwise trekking route which begins at Dharapani in Marshangdi river valley and end it at Kali Gandaki River valley attempting at Thorong-la pass (5,416m). It is a perfect adventure high Himalayan trekking route for seeing the conjure images of the world’s 7th 8th and 9th highest peak Mt: Dhaulagiri, Mt: Manaslu, and Mt: Annapurna 1st, with several eye-catching snowy peaks, glacial lakes with beautiful highland villages of isolated barren land Manang and Mustang. This trek is for those who is seeking to know about the semi-Tibetan cultural peoples, their lifestyle and hospitality in the very remote villages in remote Nepal’s Himalayas.

Annapurna circuit trek is naturally the best high route trail for those who is wanting to see the variety of nature and Tibetan Culture. This trekking route is similarly popular as the world’s tough trekking route Everest Base Camp Trek in the Nepal’s Tourism Board records. As it’s great sceneries of the white Himalayas, amazing landforms and lovely natural beauty, this trek is one of the finest classical trekking routes in the past and till yet. This trek is inside of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project so, the travelers can see some beautiful flora and fauna which is preserved by the Annapurna conservation area project.

There are so many remarkable places to visit while trekking in Annapurna circuit. They are very famous for it’s special tasks such as Manang village which is very famous highland settlement, Bhraka Monastery (the century old classic Buddhist monastery) , Ice lake (the amazing scenery of Manang village, Annapurna Himalayan scenery with clean high land lakes), Tilicho lake (the world’s highlander lake), Muktinath temple (the religious Hindu and Buddhist temple), Kagbeni village, the famous riverside settlement and the gate way to Upper Mustang Trek and  Jomsom, the headquarter of Mustang district and also the challenging airport and finally the lake city Pokhara.

Annapurna Circuit Trekking Information

Annapurna Circuit is a round trip high route trekking trail. It is the perfect holiday trail for all hikers who wants to take the variety of climate experiences but it is altitudinally very tough. It requires the perfect physical fitness and mentally cool personality. We personally don’t require this trekking for above 70 and below 15 age groups. This trekking is also not friendly for those who has suffering from the heart attract, respiration, neurosis, bath and accidentally deep injured patient. You can trek to Annapurna circuit whole year but the best seasons are March to May-June and September to November and Mid-December for its friendly temperature, good weather and well visibility.

The people and their lifestyle

 The people in this region are specially inhabited Manangi and Mustangi, they are originating from Tibet and their culture and religion is like same as Tibetan. Almost all people at the trekking route are depending on tourism hospitability business and their main occupations are agriculture from generation to generation. They are also very familiar from the trade business such as Tibetan Chinese goods, Yak and Sheep hurdle and specially the Himalayan Viagra Yarsha Gumpa. The lifestyle of these places people was really very hard in the past, they were depending on foods and everything in Tibet because of the geographical conditions but most places are touched by the road axis so that they take the needed things from the main city Kathmandu nowadays.  

Best seasons to trek in Annapurna circuit

Annapurna circuit trek is an adventure high route trail where you get the variety of climate zone. This trek begins at 1,900m at Dharapani, touch at 5,416m snow line Thorung-la pass and finish it 2,743m at Jomsom in Mustang. So, for our several years experiences in this trek, the best seasons to trekking in Annapurna circuit is September, October to Mid-December in autumn and March, April and May in spring. At that time, you get the travel friendly temperature, long distance visibility and clear weather. If you don’t care about the weather and temperature then you can trek to Annapurna circuit whole year but in Nepal, generally December, January and February are the snow season in the mountain side and June, July and August are the raining season in low land so, it is better to mention the weather for better travel.

Annapurna Circuit Trekking Cost

The Annapurna Circuit trekking cost is depending on the services, duration of time and includes and excludes. Our company takes U$1,495 per person for 14 days programs which is included 3 night 3 star level hotel in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast, TIMS and Permit card for guest, 10 breakfast, 9 Lunch and 9 Dinner with tea and coffee during the trekking, 1 night hotel in Pokhara with bed and breakfast, day sightseeing in Pokhara, 1 day Kathmandu valley sightseeing, all ground and air transportation for the guest and office staffs such as Private Jeep from Kathmandu to Dharapani, flight ticket from Jomsom to Pokhara and return back bus ticket from Pokhara to Kathmandu, guide and porter’s salary, insurance, foods and accommodations, first aid kit and all official charges. We are sure, we provide you the services very reasonable price.

Packing List for Annapurna Circuit Trekking

The packing list is the most essential part to succeed the journey in the Annapurna Circuit Trekking ever. Annapurna Circuit Trekking is the high route trail where you attempt the snow and frost. So, you need to pack some best trekking gears for successful holiday journey. The list is as below: A pair of full size trekking boot, a pair of sport shoes, some pairs of good quality socks and  saddle for foot, 2-3 pieces of trouser, 2-3 pieces of T-shirts, thermals, a piece of super down at least -20 degree Jacket, a piece of Gore-Tex Jacket, Rain coat, gloves, sun glasses, hat or cap, Sunscreen and  cold cream for body part,  soaps and Sampo for washing part, stick and sleeping bag for walking and sleeping part, some dry foods for snacks, water bottle, camera for photo and video part, phone for connection part, and daily uses brush, tooth paste, first aid kit box, dairy book, day bag pack, bag for packing list, bag cover, and finally some amount of money for fun, donation or for other unexpected expenses. It is better to carry the Nepali money while trekking and the main city Kathmandu is the perfect places to take the cash.

Annapurna Circuit Trekking TIMS and Permit

Annapurna Circuit Trekking is inside of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). So, you should have to take the entrance permit of (ACAP) compulsory. The TIMS card is also required before heading to Annapurna Circuit Trek. The TIMS and Permit card is issued by the tourism board of Nepal which is located the places called Bhrikuti Mandap the Ramsaha path in Kathmandu. If you are the free individual tourist, you should have to go yourself and fill the form. The Permit cost is Rs 2000 and TIMS cost is U$15 per person but if you join the travel agency in Nepal then your travel agency will manage it all. If you want to trek in Annapurna Circuit, I personally suggest you to join the travel agency in Nepal because of your safe journey in the Himalayas. And also, the experienced trekking guide will help you to go the perfect view point for better photography around the trekking route.

Foods and Accommodations in Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Annapurna Circuit Trekking is the established classic trekking route in Nepal. There are so many tea house hotels and guest houses. These are normally providing the perfect services for the tourist. You get the rooms are very simple but neat and clean. The rooms are normally 2 bed and outside bathroom basis so you should have to share the room everywhere but don’t worry, the hotel man provide the sharing rooms for same sex group. The foods in Annapurna Circuit trekking are also well for everybody. You get the menu everywhere and you can select the foods what you want. You get normally Plain Chapati, Toast, Tibetan Bread, Egg Omelet, Boiled Eggs, Musly with milk, Noodle soups, Fruits and Butter, Jam and Honey for breakfast. Noodle Soups, Potato items, Mo:Mo’s, Spaghetti with Sause, Dal-Bhat thali set, Pizza, Spring role and some other variety for Lunch and Dinner. We personally don’t require to take the meat items while trekking in Nepal for some reason. You get the variety of Tea and Coffee and also some bakery items almost all places. The Wi-Fi is also available to connect your family and friends. You get the sell phone for connecting the people.

Annapurna Circuit Trekking difficulty level

Annapurna Circuit Trekking is the challenging trekking route. This trekking begins at the 1,900m altitude from Dharapani in Lamjung district, attempting at 5,416m Thorung-La pass (the baren land Manang district) and finished it at 2,745m Jomsom in Mustang district. You should have to walk normally 6-8 hours every day at the rocky cliffs’ ups and down. The trail reaches you very near from the mountains every day but you also face the high-altitude challenge. So, this trekking requires the perfect physical fitness and mentally well preparation.

Annapurna Circuit Trekking for solo traveler

The word “is this trekking safe for solo traveler” is really very complicative. We personally cannot judge it.  It depends on your behavior in the field. But we only say that, it does not matter if you are the solo traveler or group, Nepal is safe for every traveler around the world. You get the people in Nepal as the hospitality business and also normal people are very friendly, kind and helpful. But mention that, every people cannot speak proper English in the remote and rural area and also that is depends on the age group. 

Day 1: Kathmandu arrival

When you arrive at Tribhuwan international airport in Kathmandu, our representative will pickup you from the airport to the hotel. After checking in the hotel, we will talk about our trekking programs. If you have remaining dues, please pay it at our first meeting. In the evening at around 6:30 pm, we will receive you from the hotel to the local cultural restaurant where you will taste the local typical Nepalese foods with seeing the Nepalese local cultural programs.
Altitude: 1320
Meals: Breakfast
Accomodation: Hotel

Day 2: Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley

At around 8 am in the morning after having your breakfast, our tour guide receives you from the hotel for sightseeing around Kathmandu valleys UNESCO world heritage sites including Swoyambhu and Bouddha Buddhist monasteries, Pashupatinath Hindu temple and Kathmandu Durbar square art and architectural site. Rest of the time, prepare to your trekking.
Altitude: 1320
Meals: Breakfast
Accomodation: Hotel

Day 3: Kathmandu to Dharapani

After a hearty breakfast in your hotel, you take a tourist A/C bus to Besisahar. Besisahar is about 173 km northwest of Kathmandu and takes about 4-5 hours depending on the traffic. You take the Prithvi Highway and go to Dumre and travel north to get to Besisahar. You have your lunch at Besisahar and take a jeep from Besisahar to Dharapani. Firstly, you pass through a small town known as Chamje, located at 1311m. It takes about 3-4 hours to reach Chamje from Besisahar. You get to see beautiful views of the valley with sightings of mountains and spectacular waterfalls all along the way. After Chamje, you reach Tal, another scenic village with a beautiful waterfall. You reach Dharapani after leaving Tal. Relax your sore muscles from all the long ride today and take rest.
Meals: Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation: Tea House

Day 4: Trek from Dharapani to Chame

You begin to walk from Dharapani after breakfast. Much of today’s walk will be on or near the dirt road. Just after leaving Dharapani, you will be at Thoche which is the confluence with Dudh Khola and Manaslu circuit trail. The trail climbs steeply through oak and pine forests from Danaque near a huge waterfall. Further on, after gaining 500m you reach Timang, then continue through alpine forests where you start to feel the cool breeze. Take a break and enjoy the views of Manaslu. The steep ascent will take you through rhododendron trees and past the traditional village of Thanchowk, at the junction of the Nar-Phu valley. From here, you walk through pine and oak trees to get to Chame, the headquarters of Manang. The place is situated on the banks of Marshyangdi river and you find a ton of teahouses, lodges, and shops here.
Meals: B.L.D
Accomodation: Tea House

Day 5: Chame to Pisang

The day starts with good views of the Lamjung Himal while you have breakfast. The trail from Chame goes through deep forest in vertiginous drops down to the narrow valley and cross a bridge to get to the south bank of Marshyangdi Khola. You see the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face from here. The trail then continues to ascend passing small villages, pine forests and apple orchards till you reach a high, rocky area perfect for lunch—Dhukur Pokhari. From here, you'll come to a long mani wall by a bridge and the lower windswept village of Pisang with views of the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges.
Meals: B.L.D
Accomodation: Tea House

Day 6: Pisang to Manang

The walk today ascends up a steep ridge through forests that lead to the views of Humde village and the Manang valley with the Tilicho peak in the backdrop. After passing the Humde village, you continue through expansive plains and woodlands before you reach another valley known as the Sabje Khola valley where you get amazing views of the Annapurna range. The trail continues to Mungji past the beautiful village of Bragha, where there are many lodges, museum, and an HRA post. Continue walking along the trail to reach the large village of Manang. You’ll have opportunities to explore more of the area and the culture of the place tomorrow as it is going to be a rest day in Manang.
Meals: B.L.D
Accomodation: Tea House

Day 7: Rest in Manang for acclimatization

Today you spend the day acclimatizing in Manang. So, take advantage of being able to sleep in late before breakfast. You can choose to be at ease in the large village and spend the day roaming around the busy streets and interacting with the locals there. The view of Gangapurna glacier is magnificent from the hill behind Manang and the panorama of the Manang valley with the Annapurna range is one not to miss. You can also choose to take a more strenuous hike up to Ice Lake, which will take 5-6 hours and the views are equally amazing. Make sure to check up on your stuff and buy necessary items that you could break or lose in Manang as it is a major trading center of the area. At the end of the day, we have a lovely dinner and take a good rest at the lodge.
Meals: B.L.D
Accomodation: Tea House

Day 8: Manang to Yak Kharka

After having breakfast at Manang, the trail goes steadily up through Tengi and Gunsang continuing along the Jarsang Khola valley with magnificent views of snow-capped peaks. Thorung La Pass is nearly 2000m from Manang, so it is best to stop at Yak Kharka for acclimatization, although it’s only about 3-4 hours walk from Manang. The vegetation becomes sparser and shorter as you go higher until you finally reach Yak Kharka.
Meals: B.L.D
Accomodation: Tea House

Day 9: Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi

From Yak Kharka the trail is a slow and gradual climb with scenic views and many avalanche zones to Thorung Phedi. Take in the dramatic mountain landscape of turquoise blue glacial-fed basins and steep cliff drops. This terrain is the shared habitat for the Himalayan Monal, blue sheep and the elusive snow leopard. Hike up a ridge then descend down to Marshyangdi river where you’ll cross a bridge and reach a small tea shop. Then, you’ll follow a small trail that leads to Thorung Phedi. Once you reach Thorung Phedi, you can either choose to relax and rest there or hike up to the Thorung High View Camp for acclimatization
Meals: B.L.D
Accomodation: Tea House

Day 10: Thorung Phedi to Muktinath

Today is the most challenging day of our trek as we have to beat the winds and pass the gruelling Thorung-La Pass which stands at 5416m. Start before sunrise and after a four-hour walk, you reach to the top of the pass. The walk is worth the effort since the views over Kaligandaki and Mustang valleys, and the panoramic views of the surrounding peaks are spectacular. The descent is as back-breaking as the ascent as the trails are vertically steep and are slippery sometimes. After walking down on a grassy slope through a series of sharp turnings you reach Muktinath, a pilgrimage site for Buddhists and Hindus. Muktinath, surrounded by rocky mountains with excellent views of Dhaulagiri and other peaks, is our destination for today. Take a good rest and sleep at a lodge in Muktinath.
Meals: B.L.D
Accomodation: Tea House

Day 11: Muktinath to Jomsom

After breakfast, you visit Muktinath Temple where you will have the opportunity to go to the main temple and enjoy the serenity there. The trail then descends through a desert-like landscape to the village of Jharkot, where you can visit one more monastery and take in the beauty of ancient caves. The road then follows down steeply to the medieval-looking village of Kagbeni. After Kagbeni, it is a mostly dusty and flat walk to Jomsom, the major center in the Mustang region. Jomsom has an operating airport and does regular flights to Pokhara usually in the morning which you are going to take tomorrow. Once you’ve settled in, stroll around the village of Jomsom where you get to cherish the rich Tibetan culture and enjoy Thakali food.
Meals: B.L.D
Accomodation: Tea House

Day 12: Fly back to Pokhara

Wake up early morning to take the flight back to Pokhara. After breakfast, walk to the airport of Jomsom which is only about 15 minutes from the main bazaar. The airport is completely run by the local military base there. The flight from Jomsom only flies from morning to noon as the high winds in the afternoon makes it impossible to operate flights there. The overall views from the flight are incredible and leaves you in awe. You will see snow-capped mountain peaks and the wonderful valley splitting off in numerous directions. Enjoy the bird-eye views of the villages precariously perched on mountain edges. The mountains soon disappear and you will find yourself landing in the lake city of Pokhara. With all the exhilarating experience, the serenity of the mountains and the cultural attachment to the place, the trip concludes and you have a delightful time in the scenic city of Lakeside, Pokhara. Have a chilled beer by the Phewa Lake, and take in the beauty of the place.
Altitude: 820
Meals: Breakfast
Accomodation: Hotel

Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus

Be ready at 6: am in the morning. The hotel drops you to the tourist bus station then drive to Kathmandu. The bus stops 3-4 times on the way for breakfast and lunch with pp. The bus comes on the Marshyangdi river bank and Trishuli river bank site with crossing the beautiful local village cities which takes 7-8 hours. Take enjoy a lot to see the local village life with take the experience of tourist bust in Nepal. When you arrived in Kathmandu tourist bus station, our representative will receive you from the park to the hotel. In the evening, we will provide you the farewell dinner with sharing the trip. please don’t miss to leave some line which you take the experience during the trek.
Altitude: 1320
Meals: Breakfast
Accomodation: Hotel

Day 14: Prepare to back your home land

Today, you are going to back your homeland with collecting the trekking experience in the Himalayas. We are sure, you leave your footprint, spent money and kill the time but enjoy a lot with the lovely Himalayan natures. We drop you from the hotel to the international airport then say farewell. We hope, you come to Nepal as our guest but return back as our friend. Thank you for visiting with us.
Meals: Breakfast

What's included

  • Airport pick up and drop off service
  • Accommodation in hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast only
  • Kathmandu sightseeing
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during trekking
  • Porter and guide service (Experienced English speaking Sherpa guide)
  • All permits for trekking and sightseeing for world heritage sites
  • All government and local taxes
  • Tea house accommodation during trek

What's not included

  • Tips and other extra expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • International flights

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