Annapurna Circuit Trek


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Annapurna Circuit Trek Summary

    1. Trek Duration: 16 Days
    2. Trek Difficulty: Moderate adventure
    3. Thorong La height: 5,416 meters / 17,770 feet
    4. Trekking Hour: 6 hours daily
    5. Group-Size: 1 – 15 People
    6. Trip Mode: Guest House
    7. Best Time: March, April, May, October, November and December.
    8. Meals on Trek Route: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    9. Transportation: Micro Bus / Jeep Ride Bus


The Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most popular 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 trek which stands at 5,416m, marked the widest pass in the Himalayas.

ACT, a top most popular trek destination of Nepal that is 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 and the trek 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.

Annapurna ice lake trek

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. The 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 en route.

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 free of cost.

If you are 2 people the Annapurna circuit trek cost US$ 1,099 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 AC Trekking in Nepal

Number of TouristPrice Per Person
1 PersonUS$ 1350
2 PersonUS$ 1098
3 PersonUS$ 1095
4 to 6 personUS$ 1025
7 to 9 PersonUS$ 980
10 and more than 10 PersonUS$ 880

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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.

02 DayChamje trekking (1,400m/4,593 feet), 6 hours

Hike to Syange Bazaar. Syange offers an amazing waterfall located at an altitude of 3,510 feet. As we continue our hikes, cross the Marsyangdi River suspension bridge, and follow the river to the Jagat before climbing to Chamje.

03 DayBagarchhap trek (2,160m/7,087 feet), 5 hours.

The hike begins with the rocky mountain trails subsequent to the Marshyangdi Tributary continuously uphill to Tal at 1,675m, a first village of Manang district. We make a trail verse crossing a wide, flat gorge.

Continues up and down to Dharapani village at 2,200 feet. Bagarchhap is a Tibetan influence village located at an altitude of 7,0085 feet. Local Tibetans design special houses enclosed with apple Orchids and maize fields.

04 DayChame Hot Spring trek (2,630m/8,629 feet), 5 hours.

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. chame, Manang

05 DayUpper Pisang village trek (3,300m/10,827 feet), 5 hours.

The day starts through a deep forest in a steep and narrow valley and crosses a river on a long bridge. We cross the bridge and climb Paungda Danda’s rock face really begins to appear, an impressive trail climb to Pisang. Upper Pisang village is worth hiking to see Manangies and their lifestyles staying a bit higher altitudes.

Pisang, Manang
06 DayTrek from Ngawal to Manang Guest houses (3,540m/11,615 feet), 7-8 hours.

The cultural trail leads you through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. People of this region herd the yaks & raise crops for part of the year. They also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in the 17th century. If you are a nomadic hiker or easy-route backpacker, follow the alternate easy trek route to Humde airport alongside the Marshyangdi valley.

ice lake hikes

The southern route goes across the Humde airport – guest houses at 3,325 meters involves less climbing and easy ascending. The 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. 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.

07 Day Acclimatization day. Manang village day tour.

Acclimatize day in Manang is essential and it’s important to take your time and ascend gradually to avoid altitude sickness. Hiking and village excursion are not compulsory. However, we recommend you spend some fine walks to either the ice lake or Gangapurna glacier lake. Ice lake hike is one of the best day hikes in the Trans Himalaya to watch almost the best panorama of Annapurna mountains including Gangapurna plus Tilicho peak and impressive dry valley. Likewise, a hike to Gangapurna glacier lake is an easy day tour to watch the best view of Manang guest houses and during the daytime is best to gain altitude.

08 DayYak Kharka trekking (4,050m/13,288 feet), 4 hours.

Hike continues uphill leading through cultivated land of Tanki Manang village. Continue walking along the Jarsang Khola valley, we reach Yak Kharka. You can discern some Himalayan Yaks, grazing on the ground. Likewise, some wild animals such as Mountain ram (mountain sheep), Himalayan Thar, Mountain Goat, snow Leopards, Jackal, pheasant birds, long-tail birds..etc are possible to find en route above from here.

09 DayThorong Phedi Trek (4,450m/14,600 feet), 3 hours.

After ascending for two hours the grassy Yak trail descends to cross the river at 4310m. We climb further to Thorong Phedi guest house at 4,450 meters passing landslide areas. At Thorong la base camp, the guest houses are nice and clean and also provide very good cuisines, Bakery as well as Internet facilities.

thorong la Phedi lodge
10 Day Thorong La pass (5,416m/17,770 feet). Further to Muktinath Trek (3,800m/12,426 feet), 10 hours.
circuit Annapurna hike

A hard and challenging day tour starts roughly at 4 am in the morning. Use the best mountain hardware and be ready to hit the trail. At sunrise, we need to set out early to complete to cross over Thorong La pass (5,416m).

Nepal hiking journey at Thorong la is one of the top ten long-distance walks and best hikes in the world. The rocky mountain trail is steep right from the start, but with a slow and steady pace, we should reach the summit within 4 hours roughly.

In addition, Prayer flags await us at the highest point of our hikes. Tourists can buy a cup of tea at the widest pass Thorong la tea shop. The descent to Muktinath town is long, but the journey offers a superb mountain view. Muktinath is a large settlement with several modern comfortable lodges.

thorong la

Optional Hikes!

Walking long day hikes crossing over Thorong La, perhaps you may tire. So, tourists can take a Bus ride on the adventure road downhill from Muktinath to Tatopani. In this way, the guest can complete the ac trek shorter and more quicker.

Many backpackers use backpacking travel guides and skip those 3 days and climb again Tatopani to Poon hill to secure breathtaking Sunrise. Thus, hikers can drive from Muktinath to Tatopani road if they have a short time hiking in the Annapurna. So, we are open to your suggestion to modify the special itinerary to make your travel better.

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 plan

Marpha 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.

Marpha village, Mustang
12 DayTrek to Ghasa village (2,013m/6,605 feet), 6 hours

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.

The 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.

13 DayTatopani trek (1,190m/3,904 feet), 7 hours

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.

tato pani hot spring
14 DayGhorepani trek (2,853m/9,361 feet), 7 hours

Likewise, Tatopani takes us away from the Kaligandaki Gorge and towards the Gar Khola River. The scenery changes once again as large rice terraces appear. From Chitre we ascend several steps until we finally see the blue roofs of Ghorepani right above us.

An adventure hike over mixed forest offers scenic Himalayan and village views. Ghorepani has a strong Tibetan influence, and you could purchase jewelry almost everywhere.

poon hill
15 DayPoon Hill Sunrise trek. Descend to Pokhara city, 7 hours

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.

Poon Hill Trek
16 DayDrive out to Kathmandu, The capital of Nepal. Final departure day

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?

Hike to Annapurna circuit package price is US$ 1098 is the standard trek price on double occupancy basis. Taking flights to and from Pokhara saves your time and riding the bus reduces the trip expenses.

In addition, for the comfort – luxury ACT option, we add Pokhara to Kathmandu airfare, 3-5 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:

  • 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 Sorakhutte Bus station in Kathmandu (sharing basis).
  • 1-night double bed room Tourist standard hotel accommodation on Phewa Lakeside in Pokhara.
  • 16 Breakfast, 15 Lunch, and 15 Dinner in your 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 Tourist’s bagpack.
  • Annapurna circuit trek permits (Annapurna Conservation permit fee and TIMS permit fee).
  • Nayapool to Fewa lake side of Pokhara transfer with a private taxi.
  • 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:-

  • Nepal entry visa fees.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the 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, all types of drinks, showers, desserts, 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

Group join

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.

Departure DateAvailabilityPriceBook
10 Sept, 2023 – 26 Sept, 2023Available1098
20 Sept, 2023 – 05 Oct, 2023Available1098
05 Oct, 2023 – 21 Oct, 2023Available1098
20 Oct, 2023 – 05 Nov, 2023Available1098
25 Oct, 2023 – 11 Nov, 2023Available1098
10 Nov, 2023 – 26 Nov, 2023Available1098
20 Nov, 2023 – 06 Dec, 2023Available1098
05 Dec, 2023 – 21 Dec, 2023Available1098
10 Feb, 2024 – 26 Feb, 2024Available1098
28 Feb, 2024 – 16 Mar, 2024Available1098
10 Mar, 2024 – 26 Mar, 2024Available1098
20 Mar, 2024 – 06 Apr, 2024Available1098
25 Mar, 2024 – 10 Apr, 2024Available1098
01 Apr, 2024 – 16 Apr, 2024Available1098
10 Apr, 2024 – 26 Apr, 2024Available1098
20 Apr, 2024 – 05 May, 2024Available1098
25 Apr, 2024 – 11 May, 2024Available1098
01 May, 2024 – 16 May, 2024Available1098
10 May, 2024 – 26 May, 2024Available1098
20 May, 2024 – 05 Jun, 2024Available1098

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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 do Annapurna Circuit Treks?

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 our 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 on express Annapurna Circuit Trekking?.

Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and lodge accommodation at 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 in a rapid Annapurna round trek?.

Answer: All the lodges on round Annapurna 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 be provided on the way to the next place where you are going.

Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along Annapurna Circuit Lodge Trek?.

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 on Thorong la pass Lodge Trekking?.

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 charge my digital camera or other batteries on my Annapurna Circuit tour?

Answer: As you go on a lodge-basis trek, you can certainly 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 on Annapurna circuit hiking?.

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.
  • Chme Hot Spring 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 lies in Kunjo Mustang, the habitat of the endangered wild small Ducks.
  • Nepal’s one of the most beautiful Rupse waterfalls – Rupse Chhahara.

Best time to hike to Annapurna circuit – Thorong La

The best time to trek in the Annapurna Circuit is during the autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) seasons. 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.

thorong la pass

In the spring season, the temperatures are also mild, and the weather is generally stable. 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.

During the winter (December to February) and summer (June to August) seasons, the weather can be unpredictable, with the possibility of heavy snowfall, rain, and landslides, making trekking around Annapurna more challenging. Thorong La is basically an adventure high pass so better to prepare with well hiking gears .

However, trekking during these seasons can offer unique experiences, such as snow-covered landscapes during the winter and lush greenery during the summer. Likewise, it is important to check the weather forecast before embarking on a trek and to be well-prepared with appropriate gear and clothing for the conditions.

Annapurna circuit trek map

Annapurna circuit trek mapBook an Annapurna Circuit trek in Nepal with a local guide’s owned company Gokyo Treks and Expedition and get a free map in order to point to the peak’s location and their actual heights. The map is about 1:50,000 scale with 500 series and publishes from Himalayan Map House, Thamel.

Notice for Annapurna Circuit Trekkers:-

In October 2014, About 43 trekkers were killed because of heavy snowstorms and torrential slides in Thorong la, subsequently bringing about Nepal’s most noticeably awful truly journeying disaster. The latest report of human loss has been that of 17 January 2020, because of avalanches set off by weighty snowfall.

Annapurna circuit map

Solo travelers can join group tours or go privately at least by hiring a guide for a safe holiday in Annapurna. Hike the Annapurna Circuit information stated above is just a standard template guideline. If you are a domestic tourist and searching for the Annapurna circuit trek cost for Nepali? ask us for the best deal. 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 alterations are necessary 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 get Basisahar?

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 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

Rated 5 out of 5
February 23, 2020

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.

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Daniel Cheng, Australia

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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

Rated 5 out of 5
December 30, 2019

Easy contacts during the preparation of the trek. Qualified guide took care for us during the trek. Nothing to complain.

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Rihard Bednord, Dresden, Germany

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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

Rated 5 out of 5
December 30, 2019

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!

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Lee Jane, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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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

Rated 5 out of 5
December 30, 2019

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.

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Monika and Jerry

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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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