Annapurna Circuit Trek

Duration: 23 Days   |   Based on 1 Review
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Style: Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle / Aeroplane
  • Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge to lodge
  • Group Size: Minimum 1 pax
  • Max Altitude: 5,416m/17,769ft

Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most famous and long trekking trails of Nepal. This trekking trail was opened in 1977 for foreign trekkers, and since then the number of trekkers is increasing every year. The trail includes arid desert terrain, lush green pasture, dense forests, challenging pass, picturesque valleys, lovely villages, and breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains.  The astonishing views of mountain landscape from Thorong La Pass will blow your mind. We will get to witness panoramic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Manaslu (8,156 m), Annapurna Ranges (8,091 m), Mt. Gangapurna (7,455 m), Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), and many other mountains.

 

Day to Day Itinerary

You will be picked up by one of our representatives from the Tribhuvan International Airport. He will take you to your hotel in a private bus/van. The rest of the days is free for you to rest. In the evening, you will meet with your guide and end your day with a traditional welcome dinner. 

    We will wake up early in the morning and have our breakfast. After that, we will go on the guided sightseeing tour where we will see the famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We will visit the sacred Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Later in the evening, we will prepare for our trek and do the last minute shopping if needed.

      After having breakfast, we will drive towards Besisahar. The drive will be going to be long yet scenic. We will see a river, waterfalls, green hills, and small settlements throughout the drive. Upon reaching Besisahar, we will take a short break to have snacks and again drive to reach Syange. 

        From today, we will be going to begin our trek. After having a warm breakfast, we will begin trekking following the Marsyangdi River. Further a small ascend will take us to a beautiful waterfall and lead to the Tal where we will be staying for a night.

          Living Marsyangdi River behind, we will continue trekking. On the way, we will get to see the superb view of Annapurna II (7,937 m) and Pisang Peak (6,091 m) along with gorgeous landscapes and small old villages. We will reach Danaque our final destination for the day and have a quality time here before continuing our trek tomorrow.

            Today's trail will be going to be easy and beautiful. We will trek along with the views of mountains and waterfalls. After around 4 hours of trekking, we will reach Chame. Chame is a lovely little town with more facilities, and it is also the headquarter of Manang.

              We will begin trekking through the dense forest along with Marsyangdi River on the other side. We will come across amazing views of meadows and mountains. Today we also see the first view of giant Paungda Danda (4,730 m) rock face. After a long 6 hours of walk, we will reach Upper Pisang our halt for the day. From here, we can see a panoramic view of Mt. Annapurna II standing high on our south.

                We are going to wake up early in the morning today to see radiant sunrise and it's first ray on the Annapurna II (7,937 m). After that, we will have breakfast and continue our trek towards Ngawal. Most part of the trail is going to ascend today which will allow us to witness high altitude flora and fauna, gorges, Annapurna II (7,937 m), Annapurna III (7,555 m), and Pisang Peak (6,091 m). 

                  We will trek through the huge hills, dense forests, and wetlands to reach our next destination, Manang. On the way, we will see superb landscapes, ancient stupas, and a Lama school. We will reach Manang, the most lively place of the whole trek. We will stay for a night here.

                    Today, we are going to stay in Manang so that our body can get acclimatized with the increased altitude. We will explore the village and its nearby areas. We will visit old monasteries and stunning Gangapurna Glacier Lake. We will also interact with the locals and experience their lifestyle on this high altitude. 

                      After having breakfast, we will begin trekking towards Yak Kharka. Again, most part of the trail is going to high ascend. We will begin ascending gradually through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangdi Valley behind. Further, we will cross the Jarsang Khola Valley, and reach Yak Kharka where we will see herds of yaks. From here onwards we will notice vegetation and air becoming thin.

                        The day is going to be tiring. After around 2 hours of long ascend, we will descend to cross a river at 4,310 meters. From here, we again ascend to reach Thorong Phedi located at 4,450 meters. We will stay for a night here.

                          We will wake up super early, and begin trekking to reach the pass before afternoon, as the weather condition gets bad during the daytime and strong winds can badly affect our walk. We will begin ascending on steep section. The trail might become a little difficult due to high altitude and snow. Once we will reach the pass marked by chortens and prayer flags, we will get to see breath-taking views of the mountain landscape. After spending some time here, we will continue our trek towards Muktinath, one of the holiest sites of Hindus.  

                            We are now on the other side of the Thorong La Pass and most of the land we will see look like a desert. We will trek along the bank of the Kali Gandaki River and ascend to the Lubra Pass (4,020 m). Further, we will descend passing through stupas and small old huts to reach Marpha. Marpha is known for its delicious apples and apple products. We will taste both Apple and its products like wine & pies. 

                              Leaving Marpha behind, we will descend through the valley following the Kali Gandaki River. The trail will be going to be short and easy today. On the way, we will see stunning views of Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m) and gorgeous sceneries. Further, the trail will lead us to Kalopani where we will be staying for a night.

                                We will begin descending through the Kali Gandaki River Valley. On the way, we will get to see Kali Gandaki gorge which is known as the world's deepest gorge. The trail further takes us to Tatopani famous for its natural hot springs. We will stay here for a night. 

                                  Today is our rest day at the Tatopani. We will begin our day in a hot spring to relax our aching muscles. Rest of the day we will enjoy local food & drinks and interact with the locals. We will explore the village and stay here for one more night.

                                    After yesterday's relaxation, today we will be going to trek for long hours to reach Ghorepani. We will again ascend around 1,620 meters high. From Ghorepani, we will get to see panoramic views of Annapurna South (7,219 m), Tukuche Himal (6,920 m), and Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m).

                                      We will wake up early in the morning, and hike to Poon Hill to witness a gorgeous sunrise on the backdrop of the Himalayas. After spending some time here, we will return back to the Ghorepani and have our breakfast. Further, we will trek down to the Tikhedhunga through ridges and lovely rhododendron forests.

                                        The trail will be going short and easy today. We will descend to the Nayapul through small villages and forested trail. From Nayapul we will take a private tourist bus/van and drive back to the Pokhara. Upon reaching Pokhara, we will moe to our hotel and rest for the day. 

                                          After having breakfast, we will go on a guided sightseeing tour of Pokhara. We will visit Bindhyabasini Temple where hundreds of devotees come every year. Further, we will visit famous Davis Fall and Gupteshwor Cave which, is located right across from Davis fall. From here, we will head to the World Peace Pagoda from where we can see an overall view of Pokhara city, Fewa Lake and Annapurna Ranges (8,091 m). In the evening, we will stroll on the Lakeside and enjoy the vibe of this tourist area. 

                                            We will drive back to Kathmandu. the drive will be for sure scenic. We will see green hills, rivers, and small villages along our way. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we will move to our hotel and rest for the day. In the evening, we will explore the colorful and lively streets of Thamel and end our day with the farewell dinner. 

                                              It's time to say goodbye to each other with lots of unforgettable memories. Once we will have our last breakfast, we will check out from the hotel, and head to the airport to take our flight back to our home. 

                                                Cost Details

                                                • Airport pickup/drop by a private vehicle
                                                • Standard accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara including breakfast as per itinerary
                                                • Teahouse/guest house accommodation during the trek
                                                • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek as per Teahouse/guest house menu
                                                • All ground transportation on a private vehicle as per the itinerary
                                                • Welcome and farewell dinners
                                                • Guided city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara by private vehicle
                                                • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits
                                                • An experienced, English-speaking government-licensed guide and assistant guide
                                                • Porter service
                                                • Staff expenses including their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation
                                                • Down jacket and sleeping bag provided by Royal Himalayan Safari Tours (to be returned after trip completion)
                                                • Free trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map to take back with yourself
                                                • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
                                                • Medical kit
                                                • All government and local taxes
                                                • Other official expenses
                                                • Nepalese visa fee
                                                • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
                                                • Excess baggage charges
                                                • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara
                                                • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary
                                                • Travel and rescue insurance
                                                • Personal trekking gears
                                                • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, hot & cold drinks, phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
                                                • Tips for guide(s), porter(s), and driver(s)
                                                • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the Price Include part

                                                Useful Info

                                                Tradition & Culture in Annapurna Region

                                                Annapurna region is resided by several ethnic groups but Gurungs, Thakalis, and Manangba are the most prominent ones. You will get to see their tradition, culture, and lifestyle. Monasteries, mani walls, prayer flags, chortens, temples can be seen everywhere. People living here are kind and big-hearted. They love to share their stories and interact with tourists so don't feel shy.

                                                We will also visit Muktinath Temple in this trek which is sacred pilgrimage sites of Hindus. Every year thousands of devotees visit here to worship.

                                                Accommodations

                                                We will be staying in 2 or 3-star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara. During the Annapurna Circuit Trek, we will stay in guesthouse. Guesthouse is basically a combination of hotel and lodge. The room will be small with little furniture, bed & blanket. All the accommodations are on a twin-sharing basis. On special request, single rooms can be arranged in the cities. However, single rooms might not be available all the time due to the limited service on higher elevations.

                                                Please understand that the services in the teahouse will be very basic and also all the guesthouse does not come with attached washrooms.

                                                Meals & Drinking Water

                                                In Annapurna Circuit Trek, we will enjoy authentic Nepalese food with few other cuisines like Tibetan, Indian. Meals will be served as per the menu of the teahouse. Beside that you can find bars, bread, cookies, butter tea, extra on the trail but, remember as the elevation get higher, the cost also gets high. In Kathmandu and Pokhara you will only get breakfast. There will also be welcome and farewell dinner for you.

                                                Drinking water can be easily found everywhere. You can get hot water from the teahouse and fill in your bottle everytime it gets empty. So, do carry a reusable water bottle with yourself. We request you to not buy mineral water bottle on the way as it will help in preserving the region. Moreover, you can also carry water purifier tablets or SteriPen with yourself to purify the water.

                                                Annapurna Circuit Trek Difficulty & Physical Fitness

                                                As a matter of difficulty level, the trail can become pretty strenuous for a novice trekker as we need to trek around 6 to 7 hours each day. We are required to be in good shape to go on this trek. The most difficult part of this trek is crossing Thorong La Pass situated at 5,416 meters but, again, we will get the most splendid view of the entire trek from this pass. Anyone with a good physical fitness can go on this trek. Previous trekking or hiking experience are not required but, if you have one then that will be beneficial.

                                                Other than that, if you have any kind of health related issues then do consult with your doctors before booking the trip. In case of any medical history, we highly recommend you to inform us so that any future event can be tackled without having any issue.

                                                Best Season to go on Annapurna Circuit Trek

                                                Autumn (last September to November) and Spring (mid-March to mid-May) are the best seasons to go on Annapurna Circuit Trek. The weather will be warm and clear with spectacular views. If you want to avoid the rush time and crowds then winter (December to February) will be an ideal time to go on this trek. However, the cold weather makes trekking in this time of the season difficult for many people.

                                                If you are botanist the summer season will be perfect for you trek in this region to explore the rare flora. Where monsoon (late May to mid- September) makes everything unclear and slippery.

                                                Annapurna Circuit Trek Permit

                                                Annapurna Circuit Trek comes into the Annapurna Conservation Area which, requires the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permit. Besides that, you also need to take special permission from the Government of Nepal, and also required to get TIMS card (TIMS cards is not needed if you have immigration permit).

                                                Following is the list of permits for the Upper Mustang Trek:

                                                ACAP permit fee for foreigners: 2,000 NPR (Around USD 20)

                                                ACAP entry permit fee for SAARC nationals: 200 NPR (Around USD 2)

                                                TIMS permit: 1,000 NPR (Approx. USD 10)

                                                TIMS entry permit fee for SAARC nationals: 600 NPR (Around USD 6)

                                                *If you are traveling with a trekking agency they will arrange these permits for you.

                                                * These prices exclude 13% VAT (Value Added Tax) compliance.

                                                Why go with Royal Himalayan Safari Tours on Annapurna Circuit Trek?
                                                Royal Himalayan Safari Tours offer one of the most extensive Annapurna Circuit Trek in the market. We take our clients as a family member, and for us, this is not only a business but, also a way to connect and know people from different part of the world. Our specially designed Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary give you all of the Annapurna Circuit Trek experience. We assure you that, with us, you will complete this trek without having any issues, and get back to your home with lifelong memories.

                                                Client Reviews

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                                                Prashant Chapagain, Nepal

                                                Fantastic Annapurna Circuit Trek

                                                Royal Himalayan Safari group and its team members have been a real great hrlp while I had a trekking trip in Annapurna Circuit trek. And friendly nature plus the knowledge of the locality witheld by the members of the organisation legit proved of a great component in making the trip the best possible.

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