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Annapurna Circuit Trek

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Trip Overview

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Moderate

  • Destination

    Destination: Annapurna

  • Activities

    Activities: Nepal Trekking

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotel, Teahouse

  • Meals

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Overland/Flight

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: 5416m

  • Group size

    Group size: 1-20

  • Trip Start / End

    Trip Start / End: Kathmandu - Kathmandu

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Autumn (Sept. to Nov.) and spring (March to May)

Want to witness and enjoy the magnificence of the Himalayan range as you trek around the massif? Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal is the trip for you. It takes you around the spectacular Annapurna range of the Himalayas.

This is a high-altitude adventure that takes you through the wilderness of mountains. You will love this trip as you walk through the river valley to the gigantic mountain region.

What is Annapurna Circuit Trek like?

Famous as Annapurna Circuit Trek, people also call this adventure Around Annapurna Trek and has also got a nickname the Apple Pie Trek.

Although the trek takes you to the high-altitude wilderness of the mountains, it is one of the most popular treks in the Himalayas. You will have enough comfortable teahouses along the trail to spend overnights.

The adventure starts at a river valley formed by the Budhi Gandaki River and finishes at Jomsom in Kali Gandaki River Valley. You will witness and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the mountains and the surroundings.

You will also get to explore and enjoy beautiful villages along the trail.

Unlike Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek in the region, this trek takes longer days to complete. The highest altitude you reach during the adventure is 5,416 meters above sea level at Thorong La.

Why Annapurna Circuit Trek?

This trekking adventure is for people who like to go on a longer trekking trips. Check the following points and think if this trip is for you.

You can go on this trip if you –

  • Love to spend more time in the mountain wilderness.
  • Want to enjoy walking around a glorious mountain range?
  • Love to explore villages and the lifestyle in the mountains.
  • Can trek in the high altitude.
  • Want to witness and enjoy varying landscapes from riverbeds to high mountains.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu (4,593ft/1,400m)

You will land at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. You will be then taken to the hotel after customs clearance and claiming luggage. The representative of Step on Himalaya will accompany you to the hotel in a private air-conditioned vehicle. Welcome dinner by Step on Himalaya in the evening. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: Dinner

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar: 7/8 hours

Besisahar is approximately 175 km from Kathmandu which takes around 7/8 hours’ drive depending upon the traffic situation. It will be either a tourist bus or jeep or car depending upon the size and budget of the group. Besisahar is the gateway of Annapurna Circuit Trekking. You will enjoy the road trip to Besisahar enjoying the beautiful greenery with scenic mountains, waterfalls, terraced farmlands, and stunning landscapes.  Once you arrive at Besisahar, you will be taken to the designated hotel/tea house. Overnight stay at Besisahar.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 03: Drive from Besisahar to Chame (8,891ft/2,710m): 4/5 hours

The distance between Besisahar to Chame Manang is about 65 Km that takes around 4/5 hours in 4 wheeler jeep. The road is quite rough and bouncy. On the way to Chame, you can stop by for lunch as well as click some pictures of the beautiful Himalayas, villages, and waterfalls. It is always recommended to take a jeep drive from Besisahar to Chame as you will start walking the next day and it will let you be prepared. After arriving at Cham, you will go to the tea house and then rest for the day. Overnight stay at Chame.

Accommodation: Tea house

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Trek from Chame to Pisang (10824ft/3,300m): 5/6 hours

You will pass through a dense forest walking on a steep and narrow road. You will ascend the vertical rock. Possibly this is the steepest part of the Marshyangdi valley. After crossing this last part of the rocky trail, you will arrive in an open land of the Marshyangdi valley surrounded by the magnificent Himalayas. The Paungda Danda is another slope that escalates towards 1500m. /5,000 ft. You will then reach Lower Pisang to stay overnight.

Accommodation: Tea house

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Trek from Pisang to Manang (11545ft/3519m) : 6/7 hours

You will continue your journey towards Manang from Lower Pisang after having breakfast. You will follow the trail leading towards Upper Pisang via Geru. En route, you will see the picturesque views of the gorgeous snow-capped peaks like Mt. Annapurna, Pisang, etc. The unique landscape and the lush vegetation are superb with a little harsh environment. The Barge Monastery here in Manang is the largest monastery in Manang District. You can take short breaks to maintain your pace as you are walking to a higher altitude. Lunch midway. After walking for about 6/7 hours, you will finally reach the destination i.e. Manang village. Overnight stay at Manang.

Accommodation: Tea house

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: Acclimatization day at Manang (11545ft/3519m)

Acclimatization day is a leisure day to let your body relax. This day is for relaxing your muscles and getting prepared to go to higher elevations and adjusting accordingly. You can still opt for a short hike to Gangapurna Lake or Bhojo Gumpa. Let yourself enjoy the cool environment of the Annapurna Himalayas. You can also visit Braga Village if you have leisure time. But make sure, you will be fully prepared for the next day's walk. The choice is yours: hike or rest. There is the Himalayan Rescue Association where you will get some information about the Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). This is helpful and very supportive to go further in the trek. Overnight stay at Manang.

Accommodation: Tea house

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (13,484ft/4,110m): 3/4 hours

You will trek to Yak Kharka from Manang. There is a river before climbing to Tenki village. You will continue the trek towards the northwest i.e. Jarsang Khola valley from the Marshyangdi valley. Passing through the dense forest and green pastures, you will now pass via Ghunsa village and then reach Yak Kharka. On the way, there is a small wooden bridge to cross and a pleasant meadow. These adorable villages are mainly of Gurung, Lama, and Tamang communities. They have their own ancient culture and traditions. After reaching Yak Kharka, walk to the tea house and overnight stay.

Accommodation: Tea house

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 08: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (15,092ft/4,600m): 3/4 hours

Your destination is Thorong Phedi which is the base of the Thorong La pass, the highest level to be attained during this Annapurna Circuit Trek. Phedi means the base or foot of the mountain. Hence, the name goes by the meaning. There is a suspension bridge on the way to Ledar village. The ups and downs through the cliffs make you tired and your legs sore but also offer the majestic views of Mt. Syagang, Mt. Gudang, Mt. Khatungkan, and Thorong Peak. After walking for about 4 hours, you will reach Thorong Phedi village. Overnight stay.

Accommodation: Tea house

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 09: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (12,467ft/3,800m) via Thorong La pass (17764ft/5416m): 7/8 hours

Today is quite a long walk which will surely be tiring but also interesting as you will reach the highest point of this Annapurna Circuit Trek. After having breakfast, from Thorong Phedi, you will head towards Muktinath today. The Thorong La Pass is one of the highest passes in the world situated at an elevation of 5416m. You will cross from East to West i.e. Manang to Muktinath. You will wake up around 3 a.m. and then start walking up so that you will reach Muktinath before dusk. Stop by the midway for Lunch. When you reach the top of the mountain, you will realize your achievement is worth it. Happiness is unmeasurable. After spending some time at Thorong La pass, you will descend towards the Muktinath Valley at the base of Thorong La pass. Overnight stay at Muktinath.

Accommodation: Tea house

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Drive from Muktinath to Tatopani (8,760ft/2,670m): 5/6 hours

You can opt to visit the Muktinath temple early in the morning. This is an optional visit. Muktinath temple is a pilgrimage that many pilgrims visit yearly as there is the belief that visiting this temple and bathing in the water of this temple lets you wash out your sins. Anyone can visit this temple. There are no restrictions but mainly Hindu pilgrims visit for their religious beliefs. Then after having breakfast, the drive will begin from Muktinath to Tatopani in a local jeep or bus. The road is rough and follows the Trail of Kali Gandaki River which is famous for Salikgrams. You will enjoy the road trip as the scenarios of the Himalayas and landscapes are overwhelming. After reaching Tatopani, you will head to the Tea house for an overnight stay. It will take around 5/6 hours to reach Tatopani from Muktinath. As per the name Tatopani meaning hot water, there are hot springs where you can enjoy a hot water bath. Overnight stay at Tatopani.

Accommodation: Tea house

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Drive from Tatopani to Pokhara (9,350ft/2,850m): 6/7 hours

The driving distance between Tatopani and Pokhara is about 317 km. It takes approximately 6/7 hours to drive from Tatopani to Pokhara in a local bus or jeep. This is still a mountainous road trip so it will still be jumpy and jagged but as you approach Pokhara, the road will be leveled and coal-tarred. After arriving at Pokhara, you will head to the hotel. Rest for the day. Evening walk or cycling if you want. Overnight stay at Pokhara.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 6/7 hours by tourist coach

Today after having breakfast, you will head back to Kathmandu in a well-air-conditioned tourist coach enjoying the greenery, aspiring Himalayan views, waterfalls, juggling rivers, and the terraced farmlands. It will take around 6/7 hours to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara. Lunch at the highway restaurant. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel. Rest and overnight stay in Kathmandu. Preparing for the next destination or home country the following day.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: Breakfast

Day 13: Final departure from Kathmandu, Nepal as per your flight schedule

The final day in Nepal if you don’t have any other trips. After having breakfast, you will head to the Tribhuwan International Airport in a private comfy vehicle depending upon the schedule of your flight.

Meal: Breakfast

Cost Details

What is included?

  • International transfer on arrival and departure in private air-conditioned vehicles

  • Local transportation (Kathmandu to Besisahar to Chame, Muktinath to Tatopani, Tatopani to Pokhara, Pokhara to Kathmandu to hotel) - Bus or local Jeep

  • Full-board meals are included during the entire trekking

  • Accommodation in Tea houses throughout the trekking

  • An experienced English-speaking Government Licensed Guide, 1 assistant trek guide for (more than 8 trekkers) including their food, lodging, transportation, salary, and Insurance

  • Entrance fees, TIMS, other permits to Conservation areas, etc.

  • First aid medical kit

  • Supplementary snacks like cookies, biscuits, or energy bars

  • Seasonal fresh fruits 

  • Trekking equipment as sleeping bag, down jacket (on a return basis, on rent)

  • Certificate of Appreciation after successful completion of the trek

  • Souvenir from Step on Himalaya (SOH): Trekking route map and printed SOH company T-shirt

  • Farewell Dinner (traditional Nepalese food items) 

  • Emergency Evacuation Rescues if any adverse health conditions happen (must be covered by Travel and Medical insurance)

  • All government, Local taxes, VAT, and official charges

What is not included?

  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee

  • International Air Fare

  • Charges for extra luggage/baggage

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara

  • Extended stay

  • Medical and Travel Insurance

  • Personal expenditures like bar bills, beverages, phone bills, laundry, hot showers, etc.

  • Porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter)

  • Tips to the staff

  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the ”What is Included” section

  • Notes: Porters can be arranged accordingly depending upon the request of the guests.

Trip Map

FAQ

A trekker has to walk a minimum of 5 to 8 hours daily.

As a Himalayan trekking adventure, you will trek through mountainous landscape. Walking up and down the hill during the trek is quite common characteristic of trekking in Nepal.

Yes, definitely. Elevation change is an important part of the trek. As there is a lot of walking up and down the hill, there is an elevation change every day. However, the range of change differs from day to day. It is mostly an uphill trek up to the destination and downhill on the way back. However, the trail winds up and down the mountains throughout the trek regardless of the elevation difference for the day.

Nepal offers trekking adventures throughout the year. However, the autumn and springs seasons are the best seasons to go trekking in Nepal. The months of September-November and March to May offer the best weather and atmosphere for trekking. Althgouh high altitude trekking is quite difficult and impossible in winter season, low altitude trekking can be done throughout the year.

Although age is not a bar to go on a trekking adventure in Nepal, you certainly need to consider a few factors before going on a trek. The basic requirement for trekking in Nepal is good fitness level regardless of your age. Since the activity involves a lot of walking up and down the mountains, you need to be fit enough to indulge in the activity for multiple days.

We highly recommend taking a guide with you when you go on the trekking adventure. Even if the trail is well-trodden and has many trekkers trekking, you need to have a guide for many reasons. First of all, a guide is not only the person to show you the trail. A trekking guide has a huge responsibilty of completing the adventure ensuring the safety of trekkers in the strange mountains. Moreover, the guide will also make your trip more than an adventure. It becomes a lifetime experience. 

The mountains now have basic teahouse and lodge accommodations for trekkers. You can spend overnight in the warmth of guesthouses called teahouses during the trek unlike tented camps in the past.

The most common food during the trek is Dal Bhat. However, you can choose other food items from the menu. The food items differ from region to region. 

You need to prepare your stuff wisely for the trek. The backpack you get ready for the trek should have all essentials and avoid any unnecessary stuff in there. Check this equipment list for a better understanding of what to pack for the trek. 

As a high altitude trekking adventure, the trek always has a risk of getting altitude sickness. While it is not predictable who, where, and how they will get it, we all need to be well-aware and prepared for the unwanted. As we gain altitude during the trek, we should be more careful on our pace of walk, food, water, rest, and recovery. Being careful and taking it easy in the mountains can reduce the chance of getting altitude sickness.

Yes, permits are necessary for the trek. Since, you are going on our package, we take care of everything. You do not need to worry about arranging the permit for yourself.

When you are on our trek package, we provide porters to carry your backpack in the mountains. A porter carries the backpacks of two trekkers.You suggest you to keep your backpack around 10 kg. 

Yes, you will need some cash in the mountain. Although your major meals are included in our package, you may need money for drinks, shower, souvenir shopping, wifi, device charging, and tips to guide and porters at the end of the trip. 

We will brief you on how much to take on the first day of the trip when we meet in Kathmandu.

We focus on small group adventures to ensure that every one is well-taken care of and they enjoy the trek. We keep our group to the maximum limit of 16 people.

In that unfortunate case, we will make sure that you are well taken care of. If you cannot continue your journey further towards the destination and want to rest or return back, we will arrange a porter to be with you and take care of you while rest of the group members continue the trek.

Review

Vithya Sri

Had a great experience hiking to the Annapurna Circuit with Hari from Step on Himalaya! Never expected that Annapurna Circuit would be of so much fun and tension free. Hari was really awesome in making us smile. He made sure we were all well and took care of us properly, ensuring that we reach the end. The route taken was also well thought of! Would definitely recommend hiking or any other adventurous trips with Step on Himalaya!


S

We were really scared and feeling strange in an unknown place..we chose Step on Himalaya as our guide in Nepal.. when we met Hari..he made us feel so comfortable and cozy that we forget our stress and fear .. only excitements and hunger for fun was in us... it was a really awesome experience in the Himalayas and made special with the company of Hari and Step on Himalaya... highly recommendable for their best services and guidance.