Annapurna Circuit Trek
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Annapurna Circuit Trek Summary
- Annapurna Circuit Trek Duration: 16 Days
- Thorong La height: 5,416 meters / 17,770 feet
- Trekking Hour: 6 hours daily
- Group-Size: 1 – 15 People
- Trip Mode: Guest House
- Best Time: March, April, May, October, November and December.
- Meals on Trek Route: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
- Transportation: Micro Bus / Jeep Ride Bus
The Annapurna Circuit Trek is the most popular route that takes you through a diverse range of landscapes, from lush subtropical forests to high-altitude desert plateaus and snow-capped peaks. Thorong la is the highest point of the entire journey which stands at 5,416m, marked the widest pass in the Himalayas.
ACT, a top most popular trek destination of Nepal, rich in diverse culture and flora and fauna. It passes through many traditional villages, and you’ll have the opportunity to experience the unique culture and lifestyle in the region. You’ll also see stunning views of the Annapurna Massif, including multiple high mountains across the journey.
They are Mt.Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Mt.Annapurna Ist (8,091m) Mt.Manaslu (8,163 m), Mt.Annapurna II (7,937m.), Mt.Annapurna III (7,555m), Mt.Annapurna IV (7,525m). Additionally, Annapurna south (7,219m), Mt.Nilgiri (7,041m), Mt.Fishtail (6,998m), Mt.Hiunchuli (6,441m), Mt.Lamjung (6,986m), Tukuche peak (6,920m), Tilicho peak (7,134m)..etc.
Likewise, a trek to the Annapurna circuit is a challenging but rewarding experience that offers stunning scenery and a chance to immerse yourself in the culture of Nepal. Furthermore, the hike to Thorong la usually takes around 12-15 days to complete and covers a distance of approximately 230km.
Gateway exploring ACT is usually either Besisahar or Nagdi village and finishes at Nayapul Bazaar. In terms of safety, it’s important to be well-prepared for the trek, with suitable clothing, equipment, and a good level of fitness.
The Kali Gandaki river source is a Nhubine Himal Glacier and the Kali Gandaki Gorge is the world’s deepest gorge, skirted by the giant Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan ranges. It’s part of the great Himalayan trek in Nepal possible to explore in all months.
How much does for Annapurna Circuit Trek Package Cost?
The cost of the Annapurna Circuit Trek Package with a Gokyo Treks local Agency ranges between US$ 880 to US$ 1350. In this package price includes transportation, a guide, porters, hotels, food and accommodation, and hiking permit facilities. It’s the standard trip package price that totally depends upon the group size you are traveling to and the category of accommodation you choose along the journey.
The Annapurna circuit trek cost for Indians is cheaper compared to other foreign tourists because of SAARC Tourist trek permits cost. Additionally, we also have a discount offer for group tour leaders. For example, if you could bring 10+ travelers (except you) on your trip, you are treated as a group leader. So you can hike the Annapurna circuit on 50% discounts on the given price.
It’s a standard trip package price for 16 days hike to Annapurna Circuit in Nepal. If you are 2 people the Annapurna circuit trek cost US$ 1098 for 16 days trek as per the given plan. We can able modify the trek route and the price as per your wish. Here is the price list for the ACT.
Price Per Person for 16 days Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal
|Number of Tourist
|Price Per Person
|4 to 6 person
|7 to 9 Person
|10 and more than 10 Person
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Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary details
Our trek in the Annapurna circuit is a classical journey with 16 days itinerary. The particular route is designed for globetrotters who wish to Annapurna Circuit hiking with a relaxing manner itinerary however if you are planning with limited time-wise? take a look at this special itinerary on around Annapurna short trek – 10 Days which would be a more appropriate choice.01 Day Micro Bus drive to Besisahar (760m/2,494 feet). Local Bus to Nagdi village, 8 hours.
In a very early morning, meet and brief about the circuit trekking in Nepal. Around 6:30 am in the morning, our guide will come to pick you up at your hotel. Drive to Gongabhu New Bus Park station to catch the Bus to Besisahar. The distance between Kathmandu and Besisahar is 110 km and the road distance is 174.5 km.
While on a drive, you have stunning snow-capped mountain scenery. On arrival at Besisahar, we take a local bus/jeep (share basis) and drive further to Nagdi village via Bulbule Lodges. The total drive requires about 8 hours with an adventure bus ride. Stay overnight at a local guest house.
Trekking from Nagdi village to Chame takes you on a fascinating journey, with the first leg being a hike to Syange Bazaar. At an elevation of 3,510 feet, Syange treats trekkers to a mesmerizing waterfall. As the trek progresses, you’ll traverse the suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River and trace its course until reaching Jagat. From there, the trail ascends to Chamje, offering a mix of natural beauty and challenging terrain.
Starting from Chamje, the trail leads towards Bagarchap, embarking on a journey through rocky mountain paths that run alongside the Marshyangdi Tributary. The path ascends persistently, eventually reaching Tal at an elevation of 1,675 meters, which marks the first village of the Manang district. The route proceeds with a traverse across a spacious, level gorge.
Continuing onward, the trail presents a series of undulating terrain, ultimately arriving at the village of Dharapani situated at 2,200 feet. Bagarchhap, situated at an impressive altitude of 7,085 feet, stands as a village influenced by Tibetan culture. Here, local Tibetans have crafted distinctive residence surrounded by apple orchards and maize fields, creating a unique and picturesque setting.
The nature path continues over the jungle, but across the river, to Kopar lodge at 2590m, we can see a chame guest house. Chame is the Manang district headquarter. Annapurna II with fine views as you approach Chame Bazaar. The massive landslides and the Marshyangdi river flood in 2021 destroyed some of the guest houses including two small hot springs.
Along with this travel route, tourists can see the local community said to have migrated from Tibet a long time in the past, noticeable by their different features. With them, they have bought local Tibetan house designs and maintained their ways.
In addition, Chame is a gateway to exploring Kajin Sara Lake which is situated at an altitude of 5,200 meters, said to have the highest lake in the world.
Commencing on the journey from Chame to Upper Pisang village, the day unfolds amidst a dense forest within a rugged and thin valley. Our path leads across a lengthy bridge that spans a river. As we traverse this bridge and advance, the rugged countenance of Paungda Danda’s rock formation comes into view, marking the kickoff of a remarkable ascent to Pisang.
Likewise, we ascends impressively, revealing the awe-inspiring trail that leads to Pisang. The Upper Pisang village beckons, offering a compelling reason to hike higher in elevation. Here, one can witness the lifestyles of the Manangis, the local inhabitants, as they reside amidst slightly loftier altitudes.
Guiding you along the cultural pathway, this trail navigates the arid upper expanse of the Manang district, shielded from the complete impact of the monsoon rains by the towering Annapurna Range. Inhabitants of this area engage in yak herding and cultivate crops during certain seasons. Remarkably, they still uphold distinctive trading privileges granted as far back as the 17th century.
For those who prefer a nomadic hiking experience or a more leisurely backpacking adventure, an alternate, more accessible trekking route leads to the Humde airport, running parallel to the scenic Marshyangdi valley. Following a southern route goes across the Humde airport – guest houses at 3,325 meters involves less climbing and easy ascending.
Walk at northern route passes over Ghyaru, a typical Buddhist village that is longer. Across the Gharu hiking trail, tourists catch a better mountain scenery that follows the northern bank of the Marshyangdi river. Choosing this higher trek route is best for the photographer. Furthermore, the ACT hiking trail is totally picturesque, and Braga and Manang villages are partially hidden but impressive.
Today is Acclimatization day but you can hike for some hours or stay at hotel and read the books. Taking a day to acclimate in Manang is crucial, ensuring a gradual ascent to higher altitudes and minimizing the risk of altitude sickness. While engaging in hikes and exploring villages isn’t obligatory, it’s advised to allocate time for these activities. We suggest initiating on leisurely walks, perhaps to the ice lake or Gangapurna glacier lake.
Ice lake hike stands out as one of the most exceptional day treks across the Trans Himalaya region, offering panoramic vistas of the Annapurna mountain range, including Gangapurna and Tilicho peaks, along with the striking arid valley. Similarly, a journey to Gangapurna glacier lake presents an uncomplicated day excursion, offering a splendid perspective of the Manang guest houses. Daytime is optimal for elevation gain, providing the best visibility and experience.
Embarking on the journey from Manang to Yak Kharka Lodge involves an uphill trek that traverses the cultivated terrain of Tanki Manang village. The path persists alongside the picturesque Jarsang Khola valley until reaching the destination of Yak Kharka. Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to observe Himalayan Yaks as they graze in the surrounding landscape.
Additionally, the area might reveal glimpses of various wild creatures, such as Mountain Rams (mountain sheep), Himalayan Thars, Mountain Goats, elusive Snow Leopards, Jackals, as well as a variety of pheasant and long-tail bird species. This stretch of the journey is known to offer encounters with these fascinating creatures as you ascend beyond this point.
Traveling from Yak Kharka Lodge to Thorong Phedi involves a trek that unfolds in distinct stages. Following a two-hour ascent along a verdant Yak trail, the path gradually descends, leading you to a river crossing at an altitude of 4,310 meters.
The journey then resumes with a subsequent climb, guiding you to the welcoming Thorong Phedi guest house, nested at an elevation of 4,450 meters. En route, you’ll traverse areas that have been affected by landslides.
Arriving at the base camp of Thorong La, you’ll discover well-maintained guest houses offering a comfortable and pristine environment. These accommodations not only provide excellent culinary options and a bakery but also grant access to Internet facilities, ensuring a well-rounded experience amidst the breathtaking surroundings.
Embarking on the challenging journey from Thorong Phedi to Thorong La pass and eventually to Muktinath requires an early start, typically around 4 am. To tackle this demanding day of trekking, it’s advisable to equip yourself with the finest mountain gear and be fully prepared for the trail ahead. Commencing as the sun rises, an early departure is crucial to successfully conquer the Thorong La pass at an elevation of 5,416 meters.
This portion of your hiking adventure stands among the world’s top ten long-distance treks and finest hikes. The mountainous pathway presents an initial steepness, but with a deliberate and steady pace, reaching the summit in approximately four hours is achievable.
Upon reaching the Thorong La pinnacle, vibrant prayer flags await, marking the highest point of your hike. Here, travelers have the opportunity to indulge in a cup of tea at the Thorong La Tea Shop, situated at the widest stretch of the pass.
The descent towards Muktinath town extends over a considerable distance, yet compensates with awe-inspiring mountain panoramas throughout the journey. Muktinath itself is a sizable settlement adorned with contemporary and comfortable lodges, providing a fitting resting place after the day’s adventurous exploits.
JEEP or Bus transfer from Muktinath to Tato Pani Hot spring
For those who have undertaken the long day hikes, including the challenging Thorong La pass crossing, fatigue may set in. As an alternative option, travelers have the opportunity to embark on a bus journey from Muktinath to the natural hot springs of Tatopani. This downhill adventure road offers a more convenient and efficient way to cover the distance, though with an additional fare (pay directly at Bus). By opting for this transportation choice, guests can effectively shorten and expedite their Annapurna Circuit trek.
It’s worth noting that some backpackers choose to follow backpacking travel guides, which might involve skipping certain segments of the journey. In this context, some hikers might bypass three days of trekking and subsequently drive from Muktinath to Tatopani. This streamlined approach allows for a quicker path to the renowned Poon Hill, ensuring the enchantment of a breathtaking sunrise. This flexible approach underscores our commitment to accommodating individual preferences and optimizing travel experiences. Feel free to share your suggestions, enabling us to tailor the special itinerary to your preferences and enhance the quality of your journey.11 Day Marpha village trek (2,665m/8,744 feet), 7 hours
Hikes at Jharkot shakyapa monastery is to see Buddhist Monks if you want. Walk along with the Kali Gandaki river sandy road. The Gandaki River, also familiar as the Narayani and the Gandak, is one of the major rivers in Nepal and a left-bank tributary of the Ganges in India. We have Lunch at Jomsom Bazaar and walk further to Marpha.
Have in mind that if you choose a plan for the Annapurna circuit trek for 10 days then you might need to fly out from Jomsom to Pokhara. So write to us for a better travel planMarpha is a lovely village with apple orchards and the sweet smell of cider. Several great bakeries produce apple puff pastry and apple cakes in this village.
From Marpha to Ghasa is a popular as an Annapurna north view trail because, from Kalo Pani area, tourists can observe Annapurna first. But the best view of Annapurna mountains is ultimately from Poon hill tower.
Later Kalo pani and Lete, we descend steeply through the woodlands to Ghasa, the final Thakali small town and the southernmost limit of Tibetan Shakyapa Buddhism. Kalopani in English is black water because there is a black lake above Kalo Pani villages in the Mustang district. Furthermore, the beginning part of the rough trail is stretched at an almost flat level up to Kalopani and begins descending steeply to Ghasa.
First part of the trek passes through the windy area wrapped with pine trees, rhododendron forests, and birches. The surrounding area of Ghasa is a famous destination for bird watching and wild Marijuana. Mt. Nilgiri North (7061m.)-Central (6940m.), Nilgiri South (6839m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Dhaulagiri I (8167m.), and Tukuche peak (6920m.) look terrific.
We begin our Tatopani trek and its flagstone-paved streets before following the Kali Gandaki Gorge which is deepest gorge in the world and the last remnants of Tibetan influence in the valley.
Our trail takes us to the impressive Rupse waterfall, the most beautiful waterfall in the Nepal Himalayas. Continue to hike to a delightful Tatopani lodge where tourists can take a bath in a natural hot spring.
Begin on the trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani leads us away from the Kaligandaki Gorge, guiding us toward the Gar Khola River. As the landscape evolves once more, expansive rice terraces come into view, offering a refreshing visual change. Upon reaching Chitre, our ascent involves ascending numerous steps until the distinctive blue rooftops of Ghorepani emerge directly above us.
The adventure-filled hike through a varied forest introduces captivating vistas of the Himalayas and charming village scenes. Typical meaning of Ghorepani – name Ghore means horse while Pani means water. It has striking Tibetan influence, welcomes travelers with an array of jewelry available for purchase in almost every corner. Additionally, it allows for a unique shopping experience amidst the captivating surroundings.
Early morning, hike to poon hill for a sunrise view over the Himalayan horizon. Reaching Punhill station, just climb poon hill tower to get an Annapurna Mountain glimpse. Poon Hill hike is located at an altitude of 10,548 feet above sea level for the best mountain view.
The hilltop is very popular to see the Himalayan panorama, especially in the sunrise over the Annapurna massif. Moreover, tourists can notice Annapurna South, Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, Blue Mountain (Nilgiri),…etc within a row. Get back to the lodge for breakfast, and start to walk down the hill to reach Hile Guest houses at 1,520 meters for Lunch.
After Lunch, we trek for three hours and continue downhill further on an easy walking trail to reach Nayapool where a private taxi transfer is waiting for us. Drive around 1:30 hours to reach the Fewa lakeside of Pokhara city. Check in at the hotel and your trekking crew will salute you for your work and last night’s celebration together.
Morning we’ll drive back through the scenic countryside and during the route will stop for breakfast & lunch. It takes 7 hours back to Kathmandu. Right on arrival at Sorekhutte Tourist Bus park, your guide will arrange a transfer to the hotel. Trip finish.
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How much does Annapurna Circuit Trek Package Price?
It’s a 16 Days Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek price start at 880 and might reach up to 1350 per person on double occupancy basis. Taking flights to and from Pokhara saves your time and riding the bus reduces the trip expenses. Gokyo Treks and Expedition agency notify this express Annapurna Circuit Trek Package price for 2024 and 2025 based on group size you are travelling with.
In addition, for the comfort – luxury ACT option, we add Pokhara to Kathmandu airfare, 4-5 star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu and in Pokhara with breakfast plan. Likewise, a comfort room with an attached bathroom/toilet in the possible places on the trekking route. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZING YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGE PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS.
Adventure Annapurna Circuit Trekking Package Price includes:
- A private taxi transfer from your hotel in Thamel to Gongabu bus station.
- Bus transfer from Gongabu bus station in Kathmandu to Besisahar (sharing basis).
- Local Bus transfer from Besi Sahar to Nagdi village (sharing basis).
- From Pokhara Fewa lake side Tourist bus park to Kathmandu final Bus station in Kathmandu (sharing basis).
- 1-night double bed room Tourist standard hotel accommodation on Phewa Lakeside in Pokhara.
- 16 Breakfast serve with a cup of tea/coffee, 15 Lunch and 15 Dinner [main course] on Annapurna circuit hike.
- Guest house accommodation during the Annapurna mountains tour.
- Fully escorted trek with English-speaking license holder local trekking guide.
- Necessary porter (every 2 guests with 12 kilos luggage = 1 Porter basis) because our porter carry maximum 24 kilos of Traveler’s bagpack.
- Annapurna circuit trek permit (Annapurna Conservation permit fee and TIMS permit fee).
- Nayapool to Fewa lake side of Pokhara transfer with a private taxi as per given plan.
- Agency’s duffel bag (50 liters) and Trekking poles if Necessary – return after the trek.
- Food and accommodation and salary for Nepali trekking porters and guide.
- Seasonal fruits like apples and pomegranates as a dessert after dinner for Thorong la trekking.
- Security of accidental insurance of guide and porters for thorong pass hikes as per given route.
- Annapurna circuit trek map and trek certificate of successful ascend – keep them as a souvenir.
- First aid medical kit, Oximeter to check oxygen level and Pulse rate every day to save you from higher risk.
- In a worst case, help with all Rescue and evacuation arrangements (but not the rescue bills).
- Nepal Government Tax, VAT, and as well as Company service charge.
Top Annapurna Circuit Trekking Package Price Excludes:-
- Lunch and Dinner on your staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
- Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls, and hot showers during the trekking.
- Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
- Expenses like personal nature, water, showers, and bar bills.
- Travel Insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
- Any donation and monument entrance fees.
- Gratuities for guide and porters [Tip is a culture, so they expect highly].
- Any other things which are not mentioned above
AC trek in Nepal is also the best day hike in the world. Many beginner hikers say that crossing Thorong la is the hardest day hike in the world. However, we can organize a private Annapurna Circuit Trek starting on any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.
|10 Feb, 2024 – 26 Feb, 2024
|28 Feb, 2024 – 16 Mar, 2024
|10 Mar, 2024 – 26 Mar, 2024
|20 Mar, 2024 – 06 Apr, 2024
|25 Mar, 2024 – 10 Apr, 2024
|01 Apr, 2024 – 16 Apr, 2024
|10 Apr, 2024 – 26 Apr, 2024
|20 Apr, 2024 – 05 May, 2024
|25 Apr, 2024 – 11 May, 2024
|01 May, 2024 – 16 May, 2024
|10 May, 2024 – 26 May, 2024
|20 May, 2024 – 05 Jun, 2024
|10 Sept, 2024 – 26 Sept, 2024
|20 Sept, 2024 – 05 Oct, 2024
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|20 Oct, 2024 – 05 Nov, 2024
|25 Oct, 2024 – 11 Nov, 2024
|10 Nov, 2024 – 26 Nov, 2024
|20 Nov, 2024 – 06 Dec, 2024
|05 Dec, 2024 – 21 Dec, 2024
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Available – Trip is available to run if minimum group size is filled
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Question: I am not a professional trekker. Do I need the experience to hike Annapurna Circuit?
Answer: Actually Annapurna Circuit Trekking is suitable for enthusiastic walkers who can walk around 4 in a day, with a lightweight daypack. If you have little experience with carrying little day packs? better for going around the Annapurna trek.
Question: Is pick up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?
Answer: Yes sure. Provide us with your flight details. Our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.
Question: Can I store my luggage/stuff in Kathmandu?
Answer: Yes, you can leave your luggage at your hotel or at Gokyo Agency office. Store your stuff in the Gokyo Treks agency office for free.
Question: Is AC trekking Safe for the Solo Female Trekkers?
Answer: Absolutely. Nepal is a safe country to travel to for solo travelers; this trek is perfectly safe for solo female trekkers. We have been organizing the Annapurna base camp trek even for solo female travelers since its establishment.
Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect?.
Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and lodge accommodation at Annapurna circuit trek routes. Rooms at the guesthouse are clean with a comfortable bed with a nice mattress and blankets. However we recommend you take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent them while you are in the Kathmandu gears shop.
Question: What kind of food can I expect?.
Answer: The lodges at the Annapurna circuit treks, have attached restaurants. They cook a yummy range of mostly vegetarian meals such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, curry rice, bread, and soups. Dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will provides on the way to the next place where you are going.
Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower?.
Answer: Over the lodge hikes, they have a hot shower which you can get often on pay. Although, if you upgrade your accommodation plan to a double bedroom with a private toilet bathroom then the cost of a hot shower will not charge extra. So please let us know the types of rooms you want to have for Circuit Annapurna hikes.
Question: How do I get drinking water?.
Answer: Hikers can buy water at a safe drinking water station in various hiking camps. Tourists can purchase bottled mineral water either at hotels or at local shops en route. But, we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of plastic waste in the mountains. So, we advise you to bring Aqua tablets to purify normal water to drink. Normal tap water is available in almost every station, stream, river, and village.
Question: Can I re-charge my digital camera or mobile phone?
Answer: As you go on Annapurna circuit lodge-basis trek, you can certainly re-charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair in case. Remember to bring your own adapters! An extra battery will be recommended.
Question: Are there any communication facilities?.
Answer: At the Annapurna circuit hiking route, Tourists can purchase a local NTC sim card to get a telephone call. It’s a cheaper way to call your home rather than calling direct. You can also buy a DATA PACK to use high-speed Internet as per your requirements.
Question: Can I use credit cards in Trekking?
Answer: No! So, for the AC trek, you need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards don’t accept in the mountains.
Question: Is Annapurna Circuit still worth it?.
Answer: There is no question or confusion that traveling to Annapurna is certainly worth doing. As talked about it is feasible to stay away from the motorable road in many places because of New Annapurna Trek Trail [NATT]. Both of these treks are acceptable choices in case you are searching for a hotel-based journey in Nepal.
Question: When should I book my trip and what are the payment terms?
Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to hold last-minute bookings.
And regarding the down payment, we prefer a 10% advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the remaining part of the payment can pay upon your arrival in Nepal.
Question: Who will carry my luggage in the Annapurna circuit treks?.
Answer: We do provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, each of our porters carries a maximum of 24 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.
Question: How much distance do I walk each day?
Answer: When walking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain, and altitude. The total length of the hiking route varies between 160–230 km (100-145 miles), depending on where motor transportation is used and where the trek is ended. This trek crosses Marshyangdi and Kali Gandaki river valleys and encircles the Annapurna Massif. As such it is very hard to give specific distances each day. However, you need to prepare roughly about 5-6 hours daily.
Question: Where is Thorong la Trek located?.
Answer: Annapurna Circuit is equally popular as Thorong la Trek. Its impressive journey goes over the widest Thorong la pass. The total length of the Annapurna circuit trek route varies between 160–230 kilometers (100-145 miles). It is depending on the dirt road transportation is used and where the trek is ended.
Question: Is Annapurna Circuit dangerous?.
Answer: Thorongla 5,416m, one of Nepal’s widest passes located over a rocky moraine and one of highest pass crossing it is potentially dangerous. In terms of altitude acclimatization, the safest hike goes from Manang to Mustang which is east to west. Windstorms and huge snowfall happen every winter season.
It is hard to cross over Thorong la pass without taking an expert Guide, especially in the early morning. Usually the best hike from Manang to Mustang in a counter-clockwise direction means a typically a soft adventure with less difficulty.
But it is a long way at a high elevation, which can cause problems. Likewise, every year solo trekker has been missing in the Himalayas losing the right hikes at high altitude because of walking alone without hiring a guide and porter.
Question: How dangerous is Annapurna Circuit Hike?.
Answer: The ACT route hike is very tough at times, and the high altitude is because of the high pass. The unpredictable weather of the Annapurna mountain range can make crossing the Thorong La Pass a dangerous task – particularly if you’re not prepared with trekking gear.
Question: Is it possible to hire a local trekking guide for ACT?
Answer: Yes of course. If you donot wish to purchase a complete full board package trip, you can hire our expert local trekking guide to make your holiday tour safer and enjoyable. Our local guides are licensed, friendly and honest, so write us an email to get their daily cost quotation.
Question: Do I need trek poles?
Answer: It is better to trek with trekking poles. Before hiking in Nepal, learn how to use trekking poles. It helps you balance and stability, whether on the sidewalk or on hiking trails. Walking poles can help prevent slips and falls. They are just recommended but not obligatory.
Question: How much additional money do I need per day?
Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on your trek.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Highlights Including MUST-SEE side trips.
There are many things to see around the Annapurna trekking tours which are still attracting travelers to visit circuit trek worthy. It is a MUST DO trek in Nepal Himalayas as there are many side trips hidden out of the main trek routes. Kindly get a list of top side trips of the Annapurna circuit perhaps you never know before.
- Picturesque villages, turbulent river gorges with nice waterfalls.
- Natural Hot Spring at Chame is one of the top side trips that tourists can cover on their holiday.
- Bhratang Apple Farm covers 37.49 Hectares in total. Both the projects, Bhratang Apple Farm and Agro Manang are the same.
- Kajin Sara Lake, a top attraction that is situated at an altitude of 5,200 meters above sea level.
- Ancient Buddhist monastery in Braga village. Milarepa Cave (4,100m) or Milarepa Cave is a cave associated with Milarepa in Nepal.
- Ice lake commonly known as a Kicho Tal, covering 16 kilometers takes about 7 hours hike from Manang Guesthouse.
- Gangapurna Viewpoint at 4,000 meters offers an amazing view of the entire Manang Valley and Glacial Lake.
- Thorong la high camp viewpoint offers a Grand View of high mountains and Sun Valley.
- Thorong La (5,416m) is the highest and widest pass of this valley and offers an awesome view of the complete Annapurna massive.
- The Pilgrimage town of Muktinath, Typical Eco-Museum in Jomsom, Views of Dhaulagiri Icefall, The world’s deepest gorge in the Kali Gandaki River valley.
- Shakyapa Monastery or Jharkot gomba is scenic and worthy to explore on your journey.
- Saligram ammonite hunting while walking along the Kaligandaki river bank.
- Dumba Lake (2,830m), 5.5 km west of Jomsom near the Thini village offers a scenic journey in Mustang territory.
- Marpha Monastery (2,650 meters), is the best destination for meditation.
- Titi Taal is another beautiful lake that situated in Kunjo Mustang, the habitat of the endangered wild small Ducks.
- Nepal’s one of the most beautiful Rupse waterfalls – Rupse Chhahara.
Best time for Annapurna circuit trek
The best time to trek in the Annapurna Circuit is during the autumn months starting from September to November and spring season from March to May. During these months, the weather is typically clear and dry, with moderate temperatures and low rainfall, making it ideal for trekking.
In the autumn season, the skies are usually clear with excellent visibility of the mountains, and the weather is generally stable. The temperatures are mild during the day but can get chilly at night, especially at higher elevations. This season is considered to be the best time for trekking in the Annapurna Circuit as the weather is favorable, the skies are clear, and the scenery is at its best.
In the spring season, the temperatures are also mild, and the weather is stable. At this season is also a great time for Annapurna Circuit trekking, as the Rhododendron forests along the trail are in full bloom, creating a colorful landscape.
While it’s possible for Annapurna Circuit trekking in the winter months from December to February, it’s generally considered more challenging. Due to cold temperatures, snow-covered trails, and higher risk of avalanches, especially around the Thorong La Pass.
Likewise, certain sections especially above Gunsang to Muktinath trail could be difficult to navigate. It’s recommended to have prior trekking experience, appropriate hiking gears, and well preparation for the severe winter conditions if attempting the trek during the winters.
Additionally, Trekking the Annapurna Circuit during the monsoon months from June to August presents challenges due to heavy rainfall and the risk of landslides. The trails can be muddy, slippery, and less visibility in a lower elevation. Often mountain views might be obscured by clouds, and there’s a higher chance of leeches and insects.
However, some sections might be affected by flooding or trail damage.
Annapurna Circuit trek difficulty
The Annapurna Circuit trek is considered moderately challenging. Journey to Thorong La involves varied terrain, altitudes, and weather conditions, requiring a reasonable level of physical fitness and some hiking experience.
Usually it takes about 10-16 days to complete and reaches a maximum altitude of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet) at Thorong La Pass. Often Thorong la is covered with snow and ice in the wintertime therefore it’s important to acclimatize properly and prepare well enough for changes in weather and trail conditions.
Annapurna circuit trek map
Book Annapurna Circuit adventure in Nepal alongside a local guide through Gokyo Treks and Expedition. By booking with their company, receive a complimentary map enabling you to pinpoint peak locations and their precise elevations. This detailed map, scaled at 1:50,000, part of the 500 series from the renowned Himalayan Map House in Thamel, will accompany you on your journey.
Notice for Annapurna Circuit Trekkers:-
During October 2014, around 43 trekkers lost their lives due to severe snowstorms and avalanches in Thorong La, marking Nepal’s most devastating trekking disaster. The most recent recorded human casualties were on January 17, 2020, attributed to avalanches triggered by heavy snowfall.
Additionally, travelling on a solo journey entails relatively higher costs concerning transportation and private trips. Hence, solo travelers have the option to join a group tour or opt for a private trekking, at the very least by hiring a guide, ensuring a safer experience while trekking the Annapurna Circuit.
Although, the nature trail is possible to customize at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. Local politics, landslides, cancellation of local flights, weather, transport, or a multitude of other factors that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary en route.
It is, however, very incredible that the itinerary would be extensively altered. If adjustment are essential the leader will decide the best alternative option, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. When a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.
What makes Annapurna Circuit Trek special?
The Annapurna Circuit hike is considered super special for several reasons, including its stunning mountain scenery, diverse landscapes ranging from lush forests to arid high-altitude terrain, unique cultural experiences with local communities, and the sense of accomplishment that comes from completing one of the world’s most famous trekking routes.
We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. First safety and success satisfaction is our prime concern. We are a team of experts, skilled, and licensed local guides who know the destination better than others and are also as well as very attentive. Not only this but also we give benefits to the local communities and help to conserve natural resources which reduced costs and consumption.
How to reach Basisahar from Kathmandu?
Well, since there is not an airport in Besisahar, you should follow the road journey which is another adventure on your journey. That’s why you should use either a Public Bus/Mirco Bus or a Private Car/Jeep/Hiace to make your journey comfortable. You will get 12 seater Microbuses that depart from BG MALL supermarket at Gongabhu Bus station every 30 minutes in the morning.
Likewise, a 35-seater local bus also departs from the same place to Besisahar, and both types of Buses take about 6 hours from KTM. If you wish to make a more comfortable journey to Besisahar from Kathmandu or want to get there quickly, you can book a private Car/Jeep/Hiace (depending on group size) paying an extra cost.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Review
Annapurna circuit 10 Days Trek
Gokyo Treks were responsive and professional from start to finish, and I couldn’t recommend them more. If you are looking to hike in the region, they will go the extra lengths to accommodate for your specific needs.
Special thanks goes out to Rajesh – our super guide. He was everything we could have asked for from a guide; attentive, knowledgeable, kind, sociable. He made the 10 days that much more enjoyable for us and his infectious passion for the mountains elevated the experience up another notch.
Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal
Dear Guest Daniel Cheng, Australia
Thank you for the review about Annapurna circuit trek 10 days in December with our guide Rajesh Rupakheti and porters. We are very happy that you are highly satisfied. So, let’s stay in touch as we are looking forward to serving you again for your other holidays in Nepal Himalayas!
Regards, Ammar Raj Guni
Impressive Annapurna Circuit trek
Easy contacts during the preparation of the trek. Qualified guide took care for us during the trek. Nothing to complain.
Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal
Thanks a lot for your time writing us an excellent review of the Annapurna circuit trek 5,416 meters above the sea level in Nepal with our guide and porters.
Epic Hiking Trails - Annapurna Circuit 15 Days
Gokyo has done a wonderful job in making our hiking trip a success. Ammar was very helpful and responsive in our planning stage by addressing most of our concerns and following up closely with our group.
Shreeram was assigned to us as our guide and we were so lucky to have him. We were well taken care of throughout the trek. Shreeram was always checking up on us and making sure we were doing ok. He was attentive to our needs and always willing to accommodate us.
He was observant and quick to solve our minor issues along the way , i,e my shoes were almost broken on Day 1 ( i didn’t even notice) but he noticed it and immediately super glued it during lunch and now my shoes are stronger than before! Most importantly, we felt safe and comforted throughout the trek.
Credits to the entire team including our 2 strong and fast porters Dev & Surendra for bringing us across Thorong La Pass and back down to Kathmandu safely with our bags. I am very happy with Gokyo’s services. Itinerary was well organized and flexible according to our pace. Guide/porters were super chilled and fun people to hang with!
We had so much fun together! This trip was filled with wonderful scenery and epic trails because we had experienced and capable people to guide and advise us along the way. Thank you!
Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal
Dear Guest Lee Jane, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Thanks a lot for your time writing us an excellent review of the Annapurna circuit trek 5,416 meters in Nepal with our guide and porters. We are very much pleased that you are highly satisfied and writing us an excellent experience exploring Nepal. Be in touch as we are looking forward to serving you again for your other holidays in Nepal Himalayas!
With best regards, Ammar Raj Guni
Annapurna circuit trek
We had a very tight schedule and Ammar (the owner) worked with us to create a schedule that worked with the time and budget we had allocated.
We had a great time with this trek. Our guide (Ram) and porter (Devi) are wonderful and we cannot recommend them enough. Ram and Devi listened to our requests and adjusted the pace and journey based on how we where feeling. Everything was really well organized once we leave Kathmandu. The guide was very attentive to our health and always give great suggestions. This company is owned and operated by Nepalese, using local companies is better for the economy of Nepal.
The weather was wonderful (November) and the trip was everything we hoped for.
Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal
Thank Monika and Jerry for your time writing us an excellent review of the 10 day Annapurna circuit trek 5,416 meters above the sea level in Nepal with our guide and porters.
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