Annapurna Circuit Trek is a classic and legendary trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Long served as a way that was fundamentally connected with the lifestyle of the people in the remote Annapurna villages, the circuit trek is one of the most beautiful trekking routes in Nepal.
The astonishing deep gorges, incredible viewpoints, flora and fauna and the culture and lifestyle of people in local villages are the major things to explore during this trek. Though the traditional circuit is fragmented due to recent development in infrastructures, trekking to this part of west Nepal is widely admired and trekked by many world-renowned trekking enthusiasts in Nepal.
The trekking in the Annapurna circuit allows you to explore a wide range of flora and fauna. During the trek, you will also get an opportunity to witness the most beautiful wonders of the earth - the spectacular snow-clad Himalayas. Besides that, the cultural and traditional values that are part of the life of locals are the most fascinating part of the trek. The hospitable people throughout the trek continuously greeting you and sharing their experiences in the mountains is perhaps a wonderful part of trekking in the Annapurna circuit trek.
The trek also allows you to explore the vivid spectrums of nature. The Himalayas, vegetation, Annapurna conservation area, flora and fauna, small waterfalls, cultural villages, remote lifestyle and the nature-based experience make the trek fruitful. You will be fascinated by the experiences you get at the lap of mountains in the Annapurna region.
Passing through two river valleys and encircling the majestic Annapurna massif feels like you are circumambulating a mountain for spiritual enlightenment. It is perhaps a journey that is full of adventure and joy.
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Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek
- Spectacular Himalayan vistas in the Annapurna region.
- A diverse range of flora and fauna, culture and lifestyle of people.
- Brave the world-renowned Thorong La at an elevation of 5416 m.
- Explore the pilgrimage of Muktinath.
- Explore the amazing Manang valley.
- Beautiful Ice lake in Manang.
- The authentic cultural village of Mustang - Marpha village.
- Marshyangdi and Kali Gandaki river valleys.
- Cultural and natural beauty in the remote mountains.
Annapurna Circuit Trek
5416 m. at Thorong La Pass
Approx. Trekking Distance
Average Walk Per Day
The upper part of Annapurna is in the Tibetan Plateau. You will trek around the edges of it and explore the beautiful natural climate here. Some of the major mountains that you can witness while trekking in the Annapurna circuit are Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre, Gangapurna, Manaslu, Pisang Peak, Tilicho Peak and Paungda Danda. Besides these incredible mountains, you can witness many other mountain peaks and the neighbouring Himalayas.
After arriving in Kathmandu, explore the city and get ready for your trek in the Annapurna area. The benefit of this trek is that you may also explore Pokhara, Nepal's adventure capital. You leave Kathmandu and drive to Dharapani to begin your tour.
You reach the beautiful village of Manang via the villages of Dharapani, Chame and Pisang. After spending a day in Manang acclimatizing, you will walk to the magnificent Thorong la pass via Yak Kharka. In most parts of the trek, the climate and terrains are arid, so, it is one of the most beautiful and vividly adorned trekking routes that provide a wide range of experiences. After crossing Thorong La, trek down to Muktinath and Kagbeni to reach Jomsom. A flight from Jomsom will take you back to the Pokhara valley and a drive will take you back to Kathmandu to mark the end of the trek.
The Annapurna circuit trek can be extended to Tilicho Lake from Manang. Also, from mustang, other trekking areas such as Upper mustang can be extended. If you want a customization of the trip, you can provide us with your requirements and we’ll arrange a plan of your choice.
What is Annapurna Circuit Trek?
Annapurna circuit is a classical trek route that has been a part of the life of most of the people of Manang and corresponding areas. It used to be a dedicated trade route in the Annapurna region. As the route provides fascinating sights of Annapurna mountain, encircling it in the middle and passing around the different villages, this trek route is widely admired. Because of a wide range of trekking zones, this circuit trek offers diverse experiences in the Annapurnas.
It is a well-known route that connects numerous settlements in the districts of Manang, Mustang, Kaski, Lamjung, and Myagdi. This track was utilized to move goods and cattle back when the contemporary bus-jeep system couldn't access the highway. However, the pattern shifted between the 1970s and 1980s when an increasing number of young adventure seekers arrived in Nepal. And it became a well-liked trekking route in Nepal's Annapurna region. As of now, most of the areas in the Annapurna region have been explored by several hikers, and a few of them are connected to the existing trail, making it a superb destination for tourists seeking natural adventure.
The whole Annapurna area is governed by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). This trek encompasses a wide range of villages in the Kaski, Manang and Mustang districts of Nepal. All of these places have a wide range of experiences and a diverse range of typography to offer. So, trekking in the Annapurna circuit is not only rewarding in terms of the nature-based experiences, but it also allows you to witness a wide range of topological differences. Also, explore the high-altitude lakes, and valleys in the pristine settlement of Nepal.
The historical attributes are interesting to the Annapurna circuit. The interesting fact is this trek route is still an incredible one that has a wide range of villages covered and the most fascinating sights to explore. The arid beauty of trans-Himalayan villages in Manang and Mustang is very beautiful. On this trip, you will also be exploring a wide range of vegetation that is prevalent in the lowlands to the arid valleys in the higher elevations.
Thorong La Pass (5416m)
One of the most well-known mountain passes in Nepal, Thorong La Pass, sits at an elevation of 5416 m. above sea level. It is located in Nepal's Annapurna area. It is one of Nepal's highest crossings at 5,416 meters above sea level and part of the Annapurna Conservation Area. Because of its elevation, it is not possible to pass over this pass all year round. It is hard to cross the trail during these two times of the year because of the snow that covers the trail in the winter and the slick trail during the rainy season.
While traveling via the Thorong La Pass, one can enjoy breathtaking views of the enormous mountains. The revered Muktinath Temple is located after you have passed across the Pass from Thorong Phedi.
One of the most beautiful destinations in Nepal is Mustang. It is regarded as Nepal's ‘heaven’ and is located in the Dhaulagiri Zone. Roadways and aeroplanes can be used to get to Mustang. The number and frequency of flights to Mustang are however quite small. The high wind that blows after 12 AM is the main cause of the reduced number of flights in Mustang. When it comes to roads, the one that leads to Jomsom isn't in the best of shape. Off-road travel will be exhilarating and joyful as you can explore several waterfalls, scenic drives and small villages throughout the way.
When it comes to tourist destinations, there are a lot of undiscovered treasures. However, several locations in Mustang are very well known and receive hundreds of visitors each day. The most well-known places to visit in Mustang include Jomsom, Marpha Village, Dumba Lake, Chhairo Gompa, Muktinath Temple, Marpha Monastery, and others. In addition, you can add the Upper Mustang Trek to your journey if you want to elongate it.
Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP)
The largest protected region in Nepal, measuring 7,629 square kilometers, is the Annapurna Conservation Area. It is home to a wide variety of plant and animal species. It contains 101 different species of animals and different vegetation. Inside the Annapurna Conservation Area, some mammal species include the snow leopard, musk deer, Tibetan wolf, and others.
ACAP was founded in 1992 with an aim to conserve and protect the ecosystem and biodiversity of the Annapurna region. Within this protected region, there are numerous trekking trails offering mind-blowing experiences to the visitors. The Annapurna Conservation Area contains some of the most well-known hiking trails, such as Annapurna Base Camp, Ghandruk, Poon Hill, Manang, Muktinath, Jomsom, Upper Mustang, Nar Phu Valley, Mardi Himal, etc.
You will arrive at Manang after passing through the quaint villages of Pisang and Braga, each with breathtaking terrain and visual splendor. Manang is a charming, traditional, old town with stunning traditional architecture and breathtaking mountain vistas.
On the trip around the Annapurnas, Manang is the biggest settlement. Manang is a rain shadow region with desert landscapes, prevailing winds, and vistas of traditional towns, temples, monasteries, mountains, and viewpoints that soothe the tension from the trip. Some of the major places that can be explored in Manang village are ice lake, monastery, apple farms and many others. The cultural and traditional attributes of the village are also major attractions to explore.
One of the highest frozen lakes, Ice Lake, also known as Kicho Tal, is located at an altitude of 4,620 meters above sea level. There are also two frozen lakes nearby. The zigzag trail from Manang will lead you to the main trail to Ice Lake. The walk from Manang to Ice Lake and back is around 17 kilometers long in total. In addition, the hike will take 7 to 8 hours to finish. Because of this, it is advised to begin your hike from Manang early in the morning if you want to explore the Ice Lake.
Pisang village, a settlement of Gurungs, Ghales, and Tibetan immigrants, is situated at a height of 3,250 m in the Marshyangdi river valley. There are several tea houses decorated in the manner of antiquity where one can stay and enjoy wonderful sightseeing. The village's traditional beauty, the mountains, and the surrounding surroundings are all evident when you visit the Pisang village. The arid geography and beautiful sceneries are very stunning parts of the trek to explore in this village.
You enter the Mustang region of Nepal 1,600 meters below Thorong La. You get a better glimpse of Mt. Dhaulagiri and the barren hills of Mustang while trekking in this area. Muktinath, a well-liked location with many tourists and a sacred location for both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims, is located there.
You can find distinct medieval cities like Kagbeni (2,840 m) and Jomsom (2,670 m) by trekking to the lower parts of the Mustang. Additionally, Jomsom has an airport where you can fly directly to Pokhara to end your journey. The Muktinath temple is very fascinating as you can explore the scenic places in the surrounding and also the great pilgrimage importance.
Kathmandu Arrival | Welcome to Nepal!
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Extra activity that you can participate in Kathmandu during your Cultural Tour, let us know your preference in advance so you can schedule the program accordingly and book as needed.
Everest Mountain Flight (It is a 1-hour flight (scheduled at 6:30 AM) with a breathtaking view of the mountain range.) (USD 220 PP)
Gosaikunda Helicopter Tour from Kathmandu. (USD 300 PP)
Everest Helicopter Tour from Kathmandu with Kala Patthar Landing. (USD 1100 PP)
Kathmandu Cultural Sightseeing.
At. 08:30 AM: Have your morning meal and get ready for your cultural tour, you will devote your full day to cultural sightseeing inside Kathmandu valley. Explore the Pashupatinath Temple devoted to Lord Shiva which is famous for its awe-spiring and amazing pagoda architecture. Visit Boudhanath stupa, where you will be welcomed by the divine smell of incense and the cooing and grunting of the pigeons. After arriving at the Boudhanath stupa the divine aura will declare peace among people's souls. You can also enjoy the rooftop view of the entire place while sipping aromatic coffee and yummy food.
Pay a visit to the ancient Buddhist complex Swayambhunath stupa also known as the Monkey temple. At last you will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, the ancient palace of the Malla kingdom. Kasthamandap, Gaddi Baithak, Kaal Bhairav Statue, Hanuman Dhoka Palace, and several other Pagodas are the things to explore around durbar square. If you need anything for your upcoming trek you can do shopping at Thamel. You will be dropped back at your hotel in a private vehicle.
Drive to Dharapani.
At 08:00 AM: After breakfast at the hotel, your trek guide will pick you up from the hotel. You will take a ride to reach your destination of the day. During the first day of your trek, you will take a drive to Dharapani through Besisahar. The road to Besisahar is blacktopped. Meanwhile, after Besisahar you will ride off-road to reach Dharapani for the overnight stay. The total distance between Kathmandu and Dharapani is about 240 Km and takes about 8 hours to drive from Kathmandu.
Trek from Dharapani to Chame.
On this day, you will be exploring the majestic mountains, mind-blowing sceneries and incredible natural beauty. After breakfast at the teahouse, you will trek towards the beautiful Chame village. This village is situated at an elevation of 2650 m. Though the elevation is significantly higher than on previous days, it’s not that difficult to complete.
Trekking from Dharapani to Chame requires uphill and flat walks in the forested area. The dense forest and flora and fauna can be explored while passing through the trail. The trail passes through some of the popular villages such as Bagarchhap, Danakyu, Timang, Thanchok, Koto village and more. The beauty of passing through different villages is that you get to explore the diversity and cultural variations in the different places. One of the major attractions of the Annapurna Circuit Trek is the diversity of culture that has a significant contrast in the higher elevations with the slow pace.
The total trek distance is about 15 km and takes about 5-6 hours of continuous trekking. This day is a little difficult as you have to climb uphill in some places however, this is a very rewarding day in terms of the experiences you get.
Trek from Chame to Upper Pisang
You will begin the trek by crossing the Marsyangdi bridge. The beautiful forests of pine and tsuga alongside the incredible mountain vistas are the major attraction of the day. After continuous walking from Pisang, you will reach Bhartang. From Bhartang, there’s a significant uphill walk at the end of which lies the Dhukur Pokhari. From here you can witness the beautiful Paungda Danda rock face.
Annapurna II is spectacular in this area. Trekking ahead, you will reach lower and upper Pisang. Pisang is a popular stopover in Annapurna Circuit and the Tilicho lake trek. This place is popular for the mind-blowing sceneries, cultural artifacts and wonderful Himalayan panorama stretched in the mountain valleys. It takes about 3-4 hours of trekking from Chame to reach Pisang. The total trek distance this day is about 14 Km.
Trek from Upper Pisang to Manang
As the first ray of sun hits the mountains, you can see the spectacular beauty of the Himalayas from Pisang. After breakfast at the teahouse, you will be heading towards the incredible Manang valley. Manang is popular for its amazing cultural values, mountain vistas and astounding geographical variations that are particularly observed in this area.
Trekking from the Pisang village, it will take about 4 hours to reach Barga village where lies a 900 years old monastery. This is a spiritual hub in the Manang valley. An hour's walk ahead of Barga, lies the beautiful village of Manang where you can explore the authentic culture and traditions of local people, arid landscapes accompanied by majestic mountain panorama.
Manang is the stopover of the day. There are many things to explore in this area. And it is also a stopover for acclimatization that lets you prepare for the higher elevations you will be getting into.
This is the acclimatization day in Manang. You will do some acclimatization hikes in the nearby areas and explore the authenticity of the place. There are various things you can explore here. For acclimatization hikes, you can visit the vantage points or just trek to the near Lake. The ice lake is one of the beautiful places to visit in Manang.
Basically, you will be exploring the beautiful Manang village today. You can spend time with the locals and try the local dish or visit the viewpoints in the hills. You will stay in Manang this day too for acclimatization.
Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka
From Manang, you will trek to Yak Kharka. You will follow the trail to Gumsang passing through some beautiful scenery. You will reach Yak Kharka after crossing the old log bridge between Gumsang and Yak Kharka before reaching this place.
The distance to Yak Kharka from Manang is only 10 kilometers. Passing through the Tan village, you will cross the suspension bridge and leave Marshyangdi valley behind. The trail to Yak Kharka will be a steadily uphill climb into the dry and alpine region of the Annapurna Mountain range.
Trek from Yak Karka to Thorong Phedi
After Yak Phedi, you will be trekking to the Thorong Phedi which will lead you towards the legendary Thorong La Pass. On this day you will be trekking uphill for about 4-5 hours to reach Phedi at an elevation of 4525 m.
Along the way, you can witness the spectacular views of some mountains such as Mt. Gudang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak, and Mt. Khatungkan. The beautiful landscapes and sceneries are also the major attractions of the day. The total trek distance this day is about 7 Km.
Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath
This is the day you will be crossing the major pass in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The Thorong La Pass is famous for its wonderful arid atmosphere, high elevation attributes and beautiful mountains seen from the top. To complete the challenging Thorong La Pass, you will wake up early in the morning at about 3:00 Am and prepare for the trek. The majestic mountain panorama stretched on the northern side of Tibet and the very religious and spiritual surrounding of Muktinath while descending down will make it totally worth it.
The stopover of the day is Muktinath. It is one of the most popular Hindu and Buddhist temples in Nepal. The spiritual epitome of this incredible is also the major place to explore this day. On this day, you will need to trek a little longer than others as you will be crossing the Thorong La Pass and descending down is also a little difficult while reaching the Muktinath area. The total trek distance this day is about 14 Km, mostly downhill.
Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni
Trekking to the Kagbeni provides a mind-blowing view of the arid valley, beautiful apple trees and unique Thakali culture in some places. It takes about 4-5 hours of trekking to reach Kagbeni from Muktinath.
Though there are transportation facilities available to reach Kagbeni from Muktinath, exploring local villages while trekking in this area provides an amazing part of this place to explore.
Kagbeni is a popular place in the Mustang region of Nepal. It is famous for its beautiful village settlement, and arid views spectacularly seen from different places. The trek distance this day is about 12 KM.
Trek from Kagbeni to Jomsom
After breakfast at the hotel and you will move towards Jomsom. The distance from Kagbeni to Jomsom is about 10 kilometres. You will walk through the village and finally reach Jomsom. Jomsom is one of the popular stopovers in the Mustang of Nepal.
Drive/Fly to Pokhara
Finally, this day formally ends the trekking adventure. Early in the morning, looking after the flight time, you will be escorted to the Airport in Jomsom. From Jomsom, a short quick flight will take you back to the Pokhara valley.
If the flight option this day is not accessible due to inclement weather, you will be returned via a drive to the Pokhara valley. It takes about 5-6 hours to drive to reach Pokhara via Jeep from Jomsom.
Fly to Kathmandu
At. 09:00 AM: Have your breakfast and pack your bags for your flight back to Kathmandu. (flight duration is 25 mins) After baggage collection, your transportation will be waiting outside the airport. After check-in at your hotel, you can explore the vibrant streets of Kathmandu. You can visit Thamel and spend some time at cosy cafes and restaurants.
You can also collect souvenirs like handmade jewellery, clothing items, and many more eye-catching things. (If you feel the need for a guide you will be allowed) Lastly, we will meet for a cultural (traditional local dance live performance in folk songs) Nepali dinner in Kathmandu on your farewell.
Looking after your departing time, we’ll transfer you to the Airport for boarding. This day, after collecting a lot of incredible memories in the mountains of Nepal, you will be returning to your next destination.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the maximum elevation during the Annapurna Circuit Trek?
You will be trekking mostly in the higher elevations. However, the Thorong La Pass marks the highest point at 5416 m. It is also one of the highest passes in the Annapurna region of Nepal.
Can a beginner do Annapurna Circuit?
The Annapurna Circuit Trek is appropriate for novice hikers as well. In 1977 AD, the Annapurna Circuit Trek route became open to visitors from other countries. This track rises to a height of 5,416 m from a starting point of fewer than 1000 meters elevation. So, yes, a beginner can do Annapurna Circuit.
Is Annapurna Circuit safe?
For solo hikers, including female solo hikers, the Annapurna Circuit is a safe trail. Many of the local Nepalis are quite kind and friendly to trekkers because they are used to thousands of hikers passing through their villages each year. If you still encounter any insecurities, immediately contact tourist police or nearby authorities.
Is there WiFi on the Annapurna Circuit?
One of Nepal's most well-known treks, the Annapurna Circuit, which is located in the Annapurna mountain range, is now connected to the rest of the globe via the Internet. Villages along the trek route are now able to access the internet via Wi-Fi.
How difficult is the Annapurna Circuit trek?
The circuit can be very challenging at times, and crossing the Thorong La Pass might be risky if you're not prepared due to the high altitude and erratic weather of the Annapurna mountain range. However, if you are moderately fit, trekking can be completed easily.
Kathmandu airport transfer on arrival and departure.
Private vehicle with A/C for all mentioned sightseeing and transfers.
Kathmandu to Pokhara, Pokhara to Kathmandu transfer by domestic flight.
Jomsom-Pokhara transfer by domestic flight.
All (14 nights) hotel accommodations at the mentioned hotels and resorts/ teahouses at respective places.
Daily breakfast at the hotel/tea houses from the next day of your arrival.
Lunch and Dinner as mentioned in the itinerary during your trek trip.
English-speaking professional and government-licensed tour guide during your sightseeing at Kathmandu.
All necessary paperwork. (ACAP and TIMS Card)
Professional and experienced trekking guide during your trekking trip.
Guide’s salary, food and accommodation during the trip.
Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your traveller’s insurance company.
All mentioned sightseeing entrance fees and permits.
One local SIM card (returnable, if required) during your stay.
All government and local taxes.
Farewell Nepali cultural dinner on your last night in Nepal.
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
Nepal visa cost. (You will require 2 passport-size photos and 30 USD)
International flight ticket.
Travel health insurance. (Recommended)
Tips for the guide, porter and driver.
Sweet things like dessert/chocolate.
All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Hot shower/batteries charge/heater during the trek.