Annapurna Inner Circuit Trek

Annapurna Inner Circuit

Annapurna inner circuit trek is a perfect short trek to escape from your day to day lifestyle and explore some of the popular destinations of the Annapurna region.

Sambandha Malla
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Annapurna inner circuit trek

Annapurna inner circuit trek is a combination of some of the most popular viewpoints as well as the major touristic places that lie inside the Annapurna conservation area. Filled with extremely beautiful villages, Annapurna inner circuit trek is one of the ideal treks to experience the local cuisines, culture and tradition. Besides that, marvellous views of the snow-capped mountain ranges can also be seen during the trek. Similarly, the gorgeous landscape and ethnic villages are also the main highlights of the trek.

Annapurna inner circuit trek is a perfect short trek to escape from your day to day lifestyle and explore some of the popular destinations of the Annapurna region. Similarly, you will also get to explore some of the unexplored parts of the region such as the Hidden lake, Moharae Hill, Muldai View Point and Khayer lake.  Annapurna Inner Circuit Trek is a moderate level of trek and is a perfect choice for beginners. Besides that, it is also suitable for those trekkers who are willing to explore some of the less touristic trails.

Lake Pokhara is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal. Besides that, Pokhara is also the gateway to the Annapurna Inner Circuit Trek and other various trekking trails and expeditions in Annapurna. Some of the most popular treks that start from Pokhara include the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Mardi Himal Trek and Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. Similarly, Pokhara is also the perfect destination for some adventure activities.

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    Facts of Annapurna Inner Circuit

    Conservation Area Annapurna Conservation Area
    Trek Starting Point  Nayapul
    Lowest Elevation 2,012M (Ghandruk)
    Highest Elevation 4,500M (Khayer Lake)
    Geo Environment Moderate to High Hill
    Trek Difficulty  Moderate
    Type of Trek Tea House Trek
    Trek Duration 5-10 Days
    Walking Hours 6-7 Hours Per Day
    Typical Nepali Dish Dal, Bhat and Tarkari
    Typical Drink Chiyaa (Sweet Milk Tea)
    Location
    • Kaski
    • Myagdi
    Major Viewpoints
    • Poon Hill
    • Mohare Hill
    • Khopra Ridge
    • Muldai Viewpoint
    Villages
    • Ghandruk
    • Ghorepani
    • Nangi
    • Tadapani
    Lakes
    • Khayer Lake
    • Hidden Lake
    Mountain View
    • Dhaulagiri Ranges
    • Annapurna Ranges
    • Nilgiri
    • Machhapuchhre
    Things to do
    • Sunrise View
    • Sunset View
    • Camping
    • Yoga Trek
    • Village Experience
    • Bird Watching
    Best Time
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • September
    • October
    • November
    Permits
    • ACAP Permit
    • TIMS Card

    Where is Annapurna Inner Circuit located?

    Annapurna Inner Circuit Trek is located in the Gandaki Province of Nepal. It is one of the most popular trekking destinations of Nepal after the Everest Region of Nepal. Situated in the western part of Nepal, this trek lies inside the Annapurna Conservation Area of Nepal. The ACAP is spread in the 5 districts of Nepal. However, the Annapurna Inner Circuit Trek lies inside the Kaski and Myagdi districts of Nepal only.

    Annapurna Inner Circuit Trek is also one of the most ideal places to witness the flora and fauna. Rhododendron and Pine trees are some of the common trees around the region. Similarly, Danphe Muna, Kasturi and Snow leopard are awesome birds and wildlife that can be spotted around the trail.

    Some of the most popular trekking trails such as Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek and the Khopra Ridge Trek also lie inside this region. Most of the trek to the Annapurna Inner Circuit starts from Nayapul. Meanwhile, you can also always choose to take a ride to Ghandruk village and start the trek from this beautiful Gurung Village.

    Major Attractions of Annapurna Inner Circuit

    Annapurna Conservation Area is filled with various hidden gems. Similarly, you can also explore some of the untouched and less explored trekking trails and visit rural villages inside the Annapurna Inner Circuit. A few of the major attractions of Nepal also lie inside the Annapurna Inner Circuit Trek. Some of the most popular places of Nepal that lie inside the Annapurna Inner Circuit includes the Ghorepani, Poon Hill and Ghandruk.

    Major Attractions of Annapurna Inner Circuit Trek
    1. Poon Hill
    2. Mohare Hill
    3. Khopra Ridge
    4. Muldai View Point
    5. Ghandruk
    6. Nagi Village
    7. Narchyang Waterfall
    8. Khayer Lake
    9. Hidden Lake

    Besides that, there are also some of the untouched and less visited trails too. These trekking trails are excellent choices for those trekkers who want to escape the bustling trekking trails of the Annapurna region of Nepal.

    Poon Hill

    Poon Hill is one of the most popular hill stations in Nepal. It lies at an elevation of 3,210 meters above sea level in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Poon Hill is just a viewpoint because of that, there are no lodges or tea houses to stay overnight at the top of the hill. Because of that most of the trekkers stay overnight at Ghorepani situated at an elevation of 2,874 meters above sea level to witness the sunrise and sunset views over some of the highest mountains in the world.

    Annapurna

    About 1.5 kilometres of the uphill walk is required to reach Poon Hill from Ghorepani. The route is a complete uphill walk but the reward is mesmerizing. After 45 minutes of walk, you will reach the top of the hill. Meanwhile, you will have to pay a certain amount at the entrance gate in order to witness the view from the view tower.

    Dhaulagiri ranges, Annapurna I-III, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre and Nilgiri are some of the popular mountain ranges that can be seen from the top of Poon Hill. Similarly, Gangapurna, Dhampus Peak, Tukuche Peak, Hiuchuli and Gurja Peak can also be seen from the top of the hill.

    Mohare Hill

    The newly opened Mohare Danda Trekking is one of the most ideal places in the Myagdi district of Nepal to witness the scenic views of the mountain ranges. Mohare Hill situated at an elevation of 3,300 meters above sea level is at a distance of 5 kilometres away from Poonhill. Located in the southwest part of Poon hill, Mohare danda community lodge is the only place to spend overnight. The Mohare danda trek route is an ideal choice to experience the real Nepal with unspoiled nature, local tradition and rural lifestyle.

    Some of the snow-capped mountain ranges that can be seen from the Mohare Hill includes the Dhaulagiri I-IV in a butterfly shape, Tukuche Peak, Dhampus Peak, Nilgiri, Baraha Shikhar, Annapurna I-III, Annapurna South Fishtail and Mardi Himal. Besides that, during the clear weather, you can also witness the Gangapurna, Manaslu, Baudha Peak, Ganesh Himal and Gaurishankar at distance.

    Khopra Ridge

    Khopra Ridge is one of the remote villages of the Myagdi district. Very few facilities are provided at the top of the hill. Khopra Ridge Community lodge is the only place to spend overnight at an altitude of 3,600 meters above sea level. Gorgeous views of the natural scenario, as well as the mountain ranges, can be seen from the top of the hill. Climbing up to the hill, the Khopra ridge trek will take you to the top of the hill.

    From the top of the Khopra ridge, exceptional views of the two highest mountains of the world can be seen. The Khopra ridge Nepal has only one community lodge at the top of the hill. Although being at such a high altitude you can access the free internet service provided by the Mahabir Pun. Above all, Khopra ridge is the best viewpoint of the Myagdi district from where you can see almost all the mountain ranges of the west to far west of Nepal.

    Some of the popular snow-capped mountain ranges that can be seen from Khopra ridge includes Dhaulagiri I-V, Annapurna Ranges, Annapurna South and Nilgiri. Besides that, you can also witness Tukuche Peak, Dhampus Peak, Baraha Shikhar and Gurja Himal. Khopra Danda and Khayer Lake Trek is also one of popular treks around the area. You will have to walk uphill from Khopra ridge for about 4-5 hours to reach the Khayer lake from Khopra danda.

    Mulde View Point

    Mulde View Point is one of the hidden gems of the Annapurna region of Nepal. Situated at an elevation of 3,637 meters above sea level, jaw-dropping views of the 25 mountains can be seen during the clear day. Annapurna ranges, Machhapuchre, Gangapurna, Dhaulagiri ranges, Nilgiri, Lamjung Himal and many other peaks can be seen from the top of the hill. Besides that, spectacular views of the Phewa lake can also be seen from this viewpoint.

    Mulde View Point is one of the must-visit places while on the way to the Khopra Danda. About 30 minutes of uphill walk from Dobato will take you to this amazing place. You can stay overnight at Dobato and take an early morning walk towards the hill to get the amazing sunrise view over the snow-capped mountain ranges. Dobato lies at an elevation of 3,420 meters above sea level and has three lodges to stay overnight.

    Ghandruk

    Ghandruk Village is one of the most popular Gurung villages of Nepal. This beautiful village is situated in the foothill of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre ranges. Situated at a distance of 55 kilometres away from the city of lakes Pokhara, Ghandruk is enriched with Gurung culture and tradition. Besides that, the amazing sunrise and the sunset views over the snow-capped mountain ranges are also the main attractions of Ghandruk village of Nepal.

    Ghandruk is one of the most visited homestay locations in Nepal. Because of that, there are hundreds of local tea houses to luxurious hotels in Ghandruk. The distance from Kathmandu to Ghandruk is about 267 kilometres. However, you will have to change the ride from Nayapul or Pokhara to reach Ghandruk. Meanwhile, you can also start walking from Nayapul to reach Ghandruk which is about 11 kilometres away.

    Nangi Village

    Nangi is a small village in the mid-hills of Nepal that lies inside the Annapurna region. Situated in the southern flank of the Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri ranges, Nagi village lies at an elevation of 2,260 meters above sea level. Nangi is one of the hidden gems of Nepal that is still untouched and unexplored from the outer world. Most of the people living in this village are from the Magar community.

    The world-renowned person Mahabir Pun is also from the Nangi village. He has helped a lot to develop the wireless internet service around this village. Similarly, he also has helped many other villages of the Myagdi district of Nepal for a better internet facility. Besides that, he also has helped to grow the tourism flow of the Nangi and the nearby villages.

    Narchyang Waterfall

    Narchyang waterfall lies near the Narchyang village of Nepal. It is also one of the biggest VDCs of the Myagdi district of Nepal. Situated at an elevation of 1,200 meters above sea level you can also explore the Narchyang hill to witness some of the astonishing views of the village.

    This mind-blowing Narchyang waterfall lies above the Narchyang village of the Myagdi district of Nepal. Similarly, a temple of Bhume Than lies right below this high waterfall. Meanwhile, the pilgrims pay a visit to this holy temple during the months of Jestha and Asar. Narchyang waterfall lies about 200 meters above the Narchyang village. Besides that, the height of this waterfall is believed to be around 300 meters in height.

    Lakes

    Besides the waterfalls, gorgeous villages and viewpoints, Annapurna Inner Circuit Trek is also popular for different lakes. There are mainly two high altitude lakes inside the region. Both of them lie at a very high altitude and under the shadows of the high mountains. Besides that, they remain frozen for the most part of the year.

    Khayer Lake

    Khayer Lake is not a big lake, but a small tarn in the mountains. Situated at an altitude of 4,827 meters above sea level there is Baraha peak and on right there is Annapurna South. Its value is based on the temple and beliefs people hold. Actually, in between August and September a festival occurs, that is known as Janai Purnima. During that time lots of people come to worship here. Another belief of local people is that people or couples who do not have kids if they worship here and ask for a child they will have kids.

    The location of Khayer lake is nice and the scenery is perfect. The trail is mostly an easy uphill walk and the last part of the trail is steep till the lake. It is one of the unexplored and untouched trails of the Annapurna region of Nepal. Besides that, a sacred temple is located near Khayer Lake. Huge numbers of pilgrims visit this Temple during the Janai Purnima festival. It is believed that all the wishes are fulfilled if you pay a visit to this sacred temple with a good heart during the Janai Purnima festival.

    Hidden Lake

    Hidden Lake is a lesser-known lake that lies in the Annapurna VDC of the Annapurna region of Nepal. Situated at an elevation of 4,500 meters above sea level, this lake remains frozen during most part of the year. Meanwhile, located on the lapse of Annapurna South, Hidden Lake is one of the crystals clear high altitude lakes of the Annapurna region. Tribeni temple is located beside the Hidden Lake which is considered as the holy temple by the locals. Besides that, huge numbers of pilgrims visit this lake during the Janai Purnima festival.

    Most of the hikers confuse Hidden Lake with Khayer lake. Both of these lakes lies in the Annapurna Inner Circuit Trek but are not the same. Hidden Lake is also known by the name Hiranya Lake and is often considered as the sister of Khayer Barahi Lake of the same region. This lake is situated among the sharp, rocky spires on the lapse of the Annapurna South. Above all, close views of the Nilgiri, Baraha Shikhar and Dhaulagiri can also be seen during the walk to Hidden Lake.

    Things to Do in the Annapurna Inner Circuit?

    The trek inside the Annapurna Inner Circuit is one of the ideal choices to experience some of the major attractions of Nepal. The Annapurna Inner Circuit Trek includes some of the most popular villages as well as the hill stations inside Nepal. Some of the major viewpoints such as the Poon Hill, Mohare Hill, Khopra Ridge and the Muldai View Point lie inside this area.

    Things to do During  the Annapurna Inner Circuit Trek
    1. Sunrise View
    2. Sunset View
    3. Trekking 
    4. Camping
    5. Village Experience
    6. Mountain View
    7. Bird Watching

    Similarly, some of the most popular villages of Nepal such as the Ghandruk village, Ghorepani and the Nangi village also lie inside the Annapurna Inner Circuit Trek. Because of that, you will get to experience the ethnic culture and traditions of the Gurung and Magar community.

    Sunrise and Sunset View

    There are four major places to witness the sunrise and sunset view throughout the Annapurna Inner Circuit. Poon Hill, Mohare Hill, Khopra Danda and Muldai ViewPoint are the most popular viewpoints. Among these viewpoints, Poon Hill gets the most number of tourists every year. The number of visitors reaches thousands per day during the season peak. Poon Hill is not only the most popular viewpoint of the Annapurna region but also the most popular one of Nepal.

    The next one is Mohare Hill. Situated about 5 kilometres away from Poon Hill, you can witness the mesmerizing sunrise and sunset view over the Dhaulagiri ranges, Annapurna Ranges, Baraha Shikhar and many other mountain ranges. Similarly, Khopra ridge is also gaining a lot of popularity in recent years due to the amazing sunrise and the sunset view that can be seen from the top of the hill. Muldai ViewPoint is one of the least explored areas. The hikers can stay overnight at Dobato to take an early morning sunrise view from the top of the hill.

    Trek

    Trekking is one of the most popular things to do around the Annapurna Inner Circuit Trek. There are various trekking trails around the Annapurna Inner Circuit. One of the most popular trekking trails of the Annapurna Inner Circuit Trek includes the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. Thousands of visitors explore this trekking route every season of the year.

    The eye-catching scenario, the small waterfalls and the rivers as well as the mesmerizing views of the mountain ranges are the main attractions during the trek. Besides that during the spring season of the year, you can witness the beautiful rhododendron flower covering the forest. Passing through the rural villages of Nepal you can also experience the culture and traditions of the local Magar and Gurung community during the trek.

    Camping

    What would be more interesting than spending a night away from the madding crowd and on the lapse of the Himalayas! After waking up all you can see is the snow-capped gigantic peaks in front of you and the fresh air to breathe in. All of these things are possible while camping in the Inner Circuit of the Annapurna region.

    Although there are various hotels and lodges available in most parts of the trek, you can always choose to camp. Similarly, there are also few places around the region where there are no lodges or accommodation available to spend overnight. You can always choose such spots for camping. Some of the popular camping spots around the region include Bayali, Khayer Lake, Muldai View Point and many more.

    Village Experience

    Ghandruk is one of the most popular villages of Nepal. A perfect destination to witness the gigantic peaks as well as to experience the Gurung culture and tradition. Similarly, you can also wear the traditional clothes of the Gurungs. You can also explore this beautiful Gurung village and interact with the locals.

    Passing through several rural villages, you can have a lifetime experience. The stone-paved houses and the lifestyle of the people around the region will take you to the decades back. Although having the small houses you can notice the big hearts of the villagers. The beautiful farmlands and the melody of the river flowing will make you want to stay more. Similarly, the clean trails and the forests above the villages will give you peace of mind every time you walk by.

    Mountain View

    Annapurna Inner Circuit is the best place to witness the snow-capped mountain ranges. Some of the highest peaks in the world including the Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri can also be seen during the trek. Marvellous views of these mountain ranges can be seen from different parts of the trek. Some other mountain ranges that can be seen include the Tukuche Peak, Dhampus Peak, Nilgiri, Baraha Shikhar, Fishtail, Mardi etc.

    Besides that, you can also witness the Gangapurna, Manaslu, Baudha Peak, Ganesh Himal and Gaurishankar at distance. Normally, the Spring and Autumn seasons of the year is the best time to witness the mountain ranges during the trek. You can also witness the white snow-capped mountain ranges during the winter season of the year too, but due to the extreme weather trekking is not possible in the higher regions. But you can always see the mountain ranges from the lower parts.

    Bird Watching

    Annapurna region of Nepal is one of the ideal options for bird watching in Nepal. Hundreds of species of birds are recorded inside this conservation area of Nepal. Some of the protected birds inside the region include the Impeyan Pheasant, Crimson Horned Pheasant and Cheer Pheasant.

    Similarly, some of the most popular birds that can be seen during the trek include the Danphe, Monal and Hawks. Besides that, you can also witness some other rare species of Birds during the trek. Meanwhile, you need to go away from the human settlement areas for Bird watching.

    Altitude Table of Annapurna Inner Circuit Trek

    Destination Altitude in Meters
    Nayapul 1,070M
    Ghandruk 2,012M
    Tadapani 2,630M
    Ghorepani 2,870M
    Poon Hill 3,210M
    Mohare Hill 3,300M
    Mulde View Point 3,637M
    Bayali 3,420M
    Khopra Ridge 3,600M
    Khayer Lake 4,827M
    Nagi Village 2,300M
    Chhistibung (Dhankharka) 3,100M
    Ulleri 1,500M
    Hidden Lake 4,500M

    How to get there?

    Nayapul is the starting point of most of the treks of the Annapurna Inner Circuit. Nayapul lies in the Kaski district of Nepal, near the border of the Dhauligiri and Gandaki zone. Meanwhile, you can also start the trek from the beautiful Ghandruk village. You can take a jeep ride to reach the Ghandruk village from Nayapul. Meanwhile, the walking distance from Nayapul to Ghandruk is about 8 kilometres.

    From Kathmandu

    Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. This ancient news kingdom also holds 7 of the UNESCO world heritage sites of Nepal. The easiest option to reach Nayapul from Kathmandu is to take a flight to Pokhara and hire a jeep to Nayapul or catch a local bus to Kusma or Beni. Many flights take off to Pokhara from Tribhuvan Domestic Airport of Kathmandu. You can choose your travel date and time and book a flight to Pokhara.

    The flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu is about 25 minutes. Meanwhile, during the flight, you can witness marvellous views of the mountain ranges. Similarly, you can also take a ride to Nayapul too. You can catch a bus leaving towards Beni. Normally, the Bus or the Hiace leaves in the morning or in the evening. You can easily get one from the New Buspark of Kathmandu.

    From Pokhara

    Pokhara is the gateway to the Annapurna. Various treks of the Annapurna region start from this city of lakes, including the Annapurna Inner Circuit Trek. From Pokhara, you can either take a private vehicle to Nayapul Ghandruk or catch a local bus.

    If you are taking a private vehicle then it is better to start the trek from Ghandruk. To start the trek from Nayapul you can catch a local vehicle moving towards Kushma or Beni. Upon reaching Nayapul you can start moving towards Ghandruk. Similarly, you can also get a local jeep or bus ride to Ghandruk from Pokhara. You can get one from Buspark near Zero kilometre, Pokhara.

    Difficulty level of Annapurna Inner Circuit

    Almost all the treks inside the Annapurna region are moderate level. Because of that, it is an ideal choice for beginners as well as for teenagers. The most popular trek of the region includes the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek. Which is visited by thousands of visitors every season. Most of the trekkers are beginners as well as less than 15 years old. The maximum elevation of this trek is 3,210 meters above sea level only because of that the chances of getting High Altitude Sickness is also very low.

    Annapurna circuit

    There are also a few challenging and fairly difficult treks in the Inner Annapurna Circuit. Among those, The hidden lake trek and the Khopra Ridge and Khayer Lake Trek are the most difficult ones. Both of these treks lie in the rural parts of the region. Recently identified these trekking trails are less commercialized and provide basic facilities. Besides that, both of these trails take you above 4,000 meters. Because of that, there is a high chance of gaining altitude sickness.

    Although being at such a high altitude both of these treks can also be done by beginners too. Proper trekking gadgets and daily exercise a few weeks before the trek is needed to successfully complete all of the treks inside the Annapurna Inner Circuit.

    Best Time to Visit Annapurna Inner Circuit

    There are various trekking trails inside the Annapurna Inner Circuit Trek. Similarly, the elevations of the trails are also different. The highest point of the trek is Khayer lake that lies at an elevation of 4,827 meters above sea level. Similarly, the lowest point is the beautiful Ghandruk village that lies at an elevation of 2,012 meters above sea level.

    Spring Season

    The Spring season of the year is the best time for all the treks in the Annapurna Inner Circuit Trek. March, April and May are regarded as the Spring season in Nepal. The sky is clear and marvellous views of the mountains as well as the scenarios can be seen during this season of the year. Similarly, you are also welcomed by the beautiful rhododendron flowers in the lower regions of the trek.

    Autumn Season

    Autumn is another best season for the Annapurna Inner Circuit Trek. Normally, September, October and November months of the year are seen as the Autumn season in Nepal. The temperature is cold in the morning and the evening. However, the days are warm and perfect for hiking. Due to the high visibility, marvellous views of the mountain ranges can be seen during these months of the year. Besides that, the chances of snowfall are also very low which makes a perfect time for the trek.

    Meanwhile, June, July and December are also good times for trekking in the lower regions of the Annapurna Inner Circuit. The chances of snowfall are high during December, because of that, it is difficult to trek in the upper parts of the Annapurna region. Overall all the treks in this region of Nepal are suitable for beginners and families.

    Trek Itineraries of Annapurna Inner Circuit

    There are various trekking trails around the Annapurna Inner Circuit Trek. Among the themes, Ghorepani Poon Hill is the most popular. Although being in the same region there are a variety of options for hiking lovers. The trekking days as well as the difficulty level of the trek also varies according to the trekking itinerary and the route.

    Overnight Ghandruk Village Tour Package

    The overnight Ghandruk village tour package is one of the most popular short trip packages in Nepal. Situated at an elevation of 2,012 meters above sea level, you can reach this beautiful Gurung village without any hike. Meanwhile, for the hiking lovers, you can take a 3-4 hours hike from Nayapul. Some of the gigantic peaks such as the Annapurna, Hiuchuli and the Machhapuchhre can also be seen from the village.

    Overnight Ghandruk Tour Package

    01 Day: Kathmandu to Pokhara
    02 Day: Drive to Nayapul, Hike to Ghandruk
    03 Day: Drive to Pokhara
    04 Day: Drive to Kathmandu

     

    Mohare Hill

    Mohare Hill trek is one of the least explored viewpoints of Nepal. It is situated about 6 kilometres away from one of the most popular viewpoints of the Annapurna region, Poon Hill. The trekking trail is not as accessible as Poon hill but the views that can be seen from Mohare hill is far better than that of Poon hill.

    Away from the bustling of the trekkers and big commercial hotels, there is only a community lodge to stay overnight at the top. Unlike Poon Hill, you don't need an extra hike from the hotel to witness the marvellous views of the mountain ranges during the Mohare hill trek. Situated between the Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri, only 32 beds are available at the community lodge.

    Mohare Hill Trek
    01 Day: Drive to Pokhara
    02 Day: Drive to Galeshwor, Trek to Baskharka
    03 Day: Trek to Nagi Village
    04 Day: Trek to Mohare Hill
    05 Day: Trek to Deurali
    06 Day: Trek to Ghandruk
    07 Day: Drive to Pokhara
    08 Day: Drive to Kathmandu
     

    Hidden Lake

    Situated at an elevation of 4,500 meters above sea level it is one of the newly discovered trekking trails of the Annapurna Inner Circuit. The main highlight of the trek is the icy cold hidden lake. Situated on the lapse of the Annapurna south, Hidden Lake is also one of the holy pilgrimage sites. Hundreds of visitors explore this lake during the Janai Purnima festival. It is believed to fulfil all the wishes after praying at the temple. Meanwhile, you can also witness Pokhara at a distance while on a hike to Hidden Lake from Bayali.

    Hidden Lake Trek
    01 Day: Kathmandu to Pokhara
    02 Day: Drive to Nayapul, Hike to Tadapani
    03 Day: Trek to Bayali
    04 Day: Explore Hidden Lake, Hike to Dobato
    05 Day: Trek to Ghandruk
    06 Day: Drive to Pokhara, Back to Kathmandu
     

    Khopra Ridge Trek

    Khopra Ridge trek takes you to 3,600 meters above sea level. This trekking trail is less popular than that of other viewpoints of the Annapurna Inner Circuit. Meanwhile, the mountain ranges that can be seen from the ridge is spectacular. The only community lodge at the top of the ridge welcomes all the hikers and provides warm hospitality with the basic facilities available.

    Khopra Ridge Trek
    01 Day: Drive to Pokhara
    02 Day: Drive to Galeshwor, Trek to Narchyang
    03 Day: Trek to Khopra Ridge
    04 Day: Trek to Ghorepani
    05 Day: Trek to Ghandruk
    06 Day: Drive to Pokhara, Back to Kathmandu
     

    Khopra Danda and Khayer Lake Trek

    Khopra Danda and Khayer Lake trek are some of the most spectacular treks of the Annapurna Inner Circuit. Besides the amazing views of the mountain ranges from the Khopra ridge, you will also get to explore the holy Khayer Baraha lake that sits at an elevation of 4,827 meters above sea level. This icy cold water is situated on the lapse of the Annapurna mountain because of that the water of the lake is icy cold throughout the year.

    One extra day is required to visit Khayer lake and to return back to Khopra Danda. There are no teahouses and lodges throughout the trail to Khayer Lake from Khopra Danda. Because of that, you will need to take the packed lunch while exploring Khayer Lake. But in recent years, a local teahouse is built beside the lake but is opened only a few months of the year.

    Khopra Danda and Khayer Lake Trek
    01 Day: Drive to Pokhara
    02 Day: Drive to Ghandruk, Trek to Tadapani
    03 Day: Trek to Bayali Kharka
    04 Day: Trek to Khopra Ridge
    05 Day: Explore Khayer Lake, Back to Khopra Danda
    06 Day: Trek to Swanta
    07 Day: Trek to Ghorepani
    08 Day: Trek to Uller, Drive to Pokhara
    09 Day: Drive to Kathmandu
     

    Mulde Hill Trek

    Situated at an elevation of 3,637 meters above sea level, Mulde View Point is another must-visit place of the Annapurna Inner Circuit. Besides that jaw-dropping views of the mountain ranges, you will also get to pass through various rural villages of the Annapurna region of Nepal. Although situated at a higher altitude than Poon hill, only a few visitors pass by this viewpoint. Starting from Ghandruk, you will get various photogenic places to stop by and capture memories.

    Overshadowed by other popular trekking trails of the same region, Muldai View Point is getting a lot of popularity in recent days. Besides that, the views that can be seen from Mulde Viewpoint are often compared with that of Poon hill. This trekking trail is less explored and is ideal for those trekkers who are willing to skip the crowded trekking trails of the Annapurna region.

    Mulde Hill Trek
    01 Day: Drive to Pokhara
    02 Day: Drive to Ghandruk, Trek to Tadapani
    03 Day: Trek to Dobato
    04 Day: Hike to Mulde View Point, Trek to Ghorepani
    05 Day: Trek to Ulleri, Drive to Pokhara
    06 Day: Drive to Kathmandu
     

    Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

    Ghorepani Poon Hill trek of the Annapurna Inner Circuit is one of the most visited trekking trails. Easily accessible as well as one of the easy treks of Nepal passes through some of the popular villages such as the Ghandruk and the Ghorepani. Every year thousands of trekkers pass by this route to witness the mesmerizing sunrise and the sunset views from the top of Poon Hill.

    Besides that, you will also get to learn the culture and tradition of the Gurung community during your stay at Ghandruk village. Listed as one of the most popular villages of Nepal, Marvellous views of the Annapurna, Hiuchuli as well as the Machhapuchhre can also be seen from the village itself. Above all, the highest point of the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is 3,210 meters above sea level only. Because of that, it is an ideal choice for the Family Trek as well as to trek with the kids.

    Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
    01 Day: Drive to Pokhara
    02 Day: Drive to Ulleri, Trek to Ghorepani
    03 Day: Hike to Poon Hill, Trek to Tadapani
    04 Day: Trek to Ghandruk
    05 Day: Drive to Pokhara
    06 Day: Drive to Kathmandu
     

    Khopra Mohare and Poon Hill Trek

    Khopra Mohare and Poon Hill trek is a combination of the three short treks of the Annapurna Inner Circuit. Annapurna ranges, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri ranges, Lamjung Himal, Dhampus, Nilgiri, Hiuchuli, Lamjung Himal along with other mountain ranges can be seen during the trek.

    Besides that, jaw-dropping views of the mountain ranges, The holy Khayer Barahi Lake situated at an elevation of 4,827 meters above sea level is also the main highlights of the trek. Similarly, you will also pass through some of the beautiful villages of the Annapurna region. With moderate levels of difficulty, it is gaining a lot of popularity in recent days.

    Khopra Mohare and Poon Hill Trek
    01 Day: Drive to Pokhara
    02 Day: Drive to Ghandruk, Trek to Tadapani
    03 Day: Trek to Bayali Kharka
    04 Day: Trek to Khopra Danda
    05 Day: Explore Khayer Lake and Back to Khopra Danda
    06 Day: Trek to Swanta
    07 Day: Trek to Ghorepani
    08 Day: Hike to Poon Hill, Trek to Mohare Danda
    09 Day: Trek to Bash Kharka
    10 Day: Trek to Galeshwor, Drive to Pokhara
    11 Day: Drive to Kathmandu

    How much does Annapurna Inner Circuit cost?

    Annapurna Inner Circuit is one of the moderate levels of the trek of Nepal. There are various trekking trails around the inner circuit. Besides that, you will also get to pass by some of the most beautiful villages of the Annapurna region. The cost of the Annapurna Inner Circuit Trek completely depends upon the trekking trails you choose to explore.

    Normally, the trekking cost of the Annapurna Inner Circuit is comparatively low than that of exploring the Everest Base Camp Trek or the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Various teahouses and lodges are available during the trek route. Meanwhile, the basic facilities are available in the lodges and the tea houses because of that the cost of accommodation and food is comparatively low.

    Annapurna Inner Circuit Treks Cost
    Trek Route 2-3 Pax Cost 4-5 Pax Cost 6-8 Pax Cost
    Mohare Hill Trek 880 USD  830 USD  800 USD 
    Hidden Lake Trek 700 USD  650 USD  620 USD 
    Khopra Ridge Trek 700 USD  650 USD  620 USD 
    Khopra Ridge and Khayer Lake Trek 1,020 USD  970 USD  950 USD 
    Muldai Hill Trek  600 USD  550 USD  530 USD 
    Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek 6,30 USD  580 USD  550 USD 
    Khopra Mohare and Poon Hill Trek 1,210 USD  1,150 USD   1,120 USD 

    Entry and Permits

    Various permits are issued by the Nepal Tourism Board as well as the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal. Mainly there are three types of Annapurna Permits. All of these permits are mandatory to explore the specific trekking regions of Nepal. Besides that, conservation permits and national park permits are also needed to trek in the specific protected areas. Mainly, the Restricted area permits, TIMS cards and the protected area permits are mandatory for all hikers. 

    Annapurna Inner Circuit Trek lies inside the Annapurna Conservation Area of Nepal. Annapurna Conservation Area is also the first as well as the largest conservation area of Nepal. To explore this area you will need a TIMS card and ACAP permit. These two permits are checked in different trekking regions and should be kept throughout the trek.

    ACAP Permit

    ACAP is the short form of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project. It can be issued in Kathmandu as well as in Pokhara. This permit is mandatory to explore the Annapurna Conservation Area of Nepal. The cost of an ACAP permit is Nrs 3,000 for foreigners. Similarly, the SAARC nationals have to pay Nrs 1,000 for the ACAP permit. After getting an ACAP permit you can explore any part of the Annapurna region. You can stay as long as you want with a single permit. Meanwhile, you will have to get another permit in order to enter if you exit the Annapurna region once.

    ACAP Permit Cost
    Foreign Nationals Nrs 3,000
    SAARC nationals Nrs 1,000
     

    TIMS Card

    A TIMS card is another mandatory permit to trek in any region of Nepal. This card records all the details of the trekkers and can be used during natural calamities as well as in case of emergency. This card was first started in 2008 in order to ensure the safety and security of the trekkers. Besides that, it is also used to control the illegal trekking operation.

    There are two types of TIMS cards issued. One is the Green and another one is the Blue TIMS card. Blue TIMS card is issued for the organized trekkers. Normally, this card is given to the recognized trekking agencies of Nepal. Similarly, the next one is the Green TIMS card. This type of card is issued for the Free Individual Trekkers (FIT).

    Types of TIMS Card Foreign Nationals SAARC nationals
    Green Nrs 2,000 Nrs 600
    Blue Nrs 1,000 Nrs 300

    Hotels and Tea Houses around Annapurna Inner Circuit

    Ghandruk is one of the popular villages of the Annapurna region. Situated at an elevation of 2,012 meters above sea level, marvellous views of the mountain ranges can be seen. Various Teahouses and lodges are available around the village. Besides that, you will also get a variety of options for the meals. Similarly, Ghandruk is also a popular place around the Annapurna region. You will get proper lodges as well as food during your stay here too.

    Very few hotels and lodges are available around other parts of the trek. Besides that, they also provide very basic facilities. Khopra Ridge lies at an elevation of 3,600 meters above sea level. Only a community lodge is available to stay overnight at this palace. Similarly, the Mohare hill also has a single community lodge at the top. Because of that very basic facilities are available at both of these viewpoints.

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    Travel Tips for Annapurna Inner Circuit

    Trekking in the Annapurna region of Nepal is a lifetime experience. You can explore some of the rural villages and learn the culture and traditions of the locals. Besides that, the mesmerizing views of the mountain ranges that can be seen during the trek cannot be forgotten until the last breath. But to keep the trip safe and successful in Nepal you need to follow a few rules. Here are a few of the tips that can help you throughout the trek in Nepal.

    • Always carry plenty of water and stay hydrated throughout the trek.
    • Carry your trekking permits, photocopy of passport and national park permit with you.
    • Greet with namaste when you meet someone during the trek.
    • Take out your shoes or slippers before entering any temples or monuments.
    • Don't trek alone. Considered hiring a guide or making a friend to hike with.
    • Always keep your lightweight first aid kid.
    • Avoid public display of affection as these activities are frowned upon in Nepal.
    • Avoid short dresses while exploring the city and during the trek.
    • Always ask permission before taking pictures of the locals. 
    • Never ascend too quickly to avoid altitude sickness.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • How expensive is the Annapurna Inner Circuit Trek?
      Annapurna Inner Circuit Trek is comparatively less expensive than the Everest Base Camp Trek or any other treks of the Everest region. Similarly, it is also cheaper than that of Annapurna Circuit Trek or the Upper Mustang Trek of the Annapurna region of Nepal.
    • Do I need to have travel insurance?
      Travel insurance is one of the most important things to do before any trek. Most of the people neglect this part while visiting the foreign land. Travel insurance makes sure that your travel is safe and can be used in case of an emergency.
    • What are the teahouse and lodges around the Annapurna Inner Circuit?
      There are various trekking trails around the Annapurna Inner Circuit. During the trek, you will pass through various rural villages. Meanwhile, you will also get to explore some of the popular villages like Ghandruk and Ghorepani. Proper accommodation and fooding are available around these regions. Meanwhile, some of the trekking trails such as the Khopra ridge, Muldai ViewPoint and the Mohare hill has very few teahouses and lodges throughout the trail.
    • How long do we have to walk?
      Annapurna Inner Circuit Trek is among the easiest treks of the same region. Normally, 6-7 hours of daily walk is required almost throughout the trek.
    • What do I need to carry for the Annapurna Inner Circuit Trek?
      Although being the easiest trek of the Annapurna region, you will have to carefully pack the trekking gear. Check the Packing list of the trekking here to know in detail about the trekking gears required for the trek.
    • Do we get hot showers during the trek?
      Yes, hot showers are available almost throughout the Annapurna Inner Circuit. But you will need to pay extra for the hot shower service. Normally the cost of a hot shower around the region is from 1-2 USD depending on the altitude.
    • How Difficult is the Annapurna Inner Circuit Trek?
      Ghorepani, Poon Hill trek is one of the easiest treks of the Annapurna Inner Circuit. But there are a few difficult treks in the region such as the Khopra Ridge and Khayer lake Trek and the Hidden Lake Trek. The difficulty level of the trek completely depends upon the trekking trail you choose.
    • Is solo travelling possible in the Annapurna Inner Circuit?
      Yes, solo travelling is possible in Annapurna Inner Circuit. But it is better to take a guide or a friend while travelling in this region. Meanwhile, during the snowfall, all the trekking trails are covered and you may lose track easily. Because of that, it is better to avoid those seasons of the year.
    • Is Annapurna Inner Circuit suitable for a family trek?
      The elevation of the Annapurna Inner Circuit is not so high. Popular trekking trails such as the Ghorepani Poon Hill are ideal destinations for the family trek. Besides that, you can also explore the Mohare hill and the Muldai Viewpoint with family around the same region.
    • What are the Permits required to trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal?
      Annapurna Region of Nepal is the second most visited trekking trail after the Everest region of Nepal. There are three types of permits required for the Annapurna Region of Nepal. TIMS card, ACAP permit and Special permits are three types of permits issued for the Annapurna region. Know in detail the permits required for the Annapurna region of Nepal.

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