Annapurna Circuit Trekking
Annapurna circuit trekking is top first most popular trek destination of Nepal, rich in diverse culture and flora and fauna. The length of around Annapurna Trek route varies between 160–230 km (100-145 miles).
Annapurna round trek offers an outstanding scenery of Mt.Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Mt.Annapurna Ist (8,091m) Mt.Manaslu (8,163 m), Mt.Annapurna II (7,937 m.), Mt.Annapurna III (7,555m), Mt.Annapurna IV (7,525m), Mt.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).
While you trek in Annapurna circuit, you can see the settlements of diverse communities such as Brahmin, Chhetri, Tibetian sherpa, Thakali, magars, Tamang, Gurung. Not only this but also you can see some wild animals such as Mountain Thar/ Goat, Leopards, Jackal, birds such as pheasant, long-tail birds among others. Two river valley called Marsyangdi in the east and the Kaligandaki in the west is another attraction of this trek. Annapurna Circuit Trek is also a part of the great Himalayan trek in Nepal.
Kaligandaki is the world’s deepest gorge, skirted by the giant Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan range. Thorong la is recognized as a widest pass located over rocky moraine at an altitude of 5,416m / 17,710 ft above sea level. Due to the difficulties of crossing the pass, the circuit is usually walked in a counterclockwise direction.
Traveling clockwise the longer ascent and shorter descent from west to east is too much for many peoples to manage in one day. Annapurna Circuit Trek can be done any time throughout the year.
Annapurna Circuit Trekking detail itinerary
Our trek around Annapurna is a classical with 12 days itinerary compared to most walks in this region. The particular route is designed for globetrotters who wish to hike in Annapurna Circuit Trek with relaxing manner itinerary however if you are planning with limited time wise than take a look this special itinerary on Annapurna Circuit short trek – 10 Days which would be a more appropriate choice.Day 1 Arrived at Kathmandu valley
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu within B/B plan. Our representative will give you information about further programs.
Around 6:30 am in the morning, our guide will come to pick you up at your hotel. Drive to Gongabhu Bus station to catch the Bus to Besisahar. We have 7 hours of driving to Besishar, 185 kilometers far from Kathmandu. On arrival at Besisahar, you will witness stunning snow-capped mountain scenery. Overnight at Guest house.
As we take a local jeep or bus (collection basis) we drive further to Syange Bazaar at 1070m. Leaving Bahundanda a large waterfall can be seen. We need to cross Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge, follow the river to the stone village of Jagat before climbing through forest to Chamje at 1400m. Overnight at lodge.
The day begins with the rocky mountain trails following the Marsyandi Rivers steadily uphill to Tal at 1675m, the first village in the Manang district. We make a trail verse crossing a wide, flat valley.
The journey continues up and down to Dharapani at 1890m. A stone entrance chorten typical of the Tibetan influenced villages. Upon reaching Bagarchhap at 2160 m the typical flat-roofed stone houses of local Tibetans design along with the village surrounded by apple Orchards and maize fields. Overnight at Guest house.
The trail continuing through forest, but near the river, to Kopar at 2590m. As we reach the Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II as you approach Chame & two small hot springs by the town. Along with this route we are introduced to with a local community said to have migrated from Tibet a long time past, noticeable by their different features. With them, they have bought local Tibetan house designs and maintained their ways. Overnight at Guest house.
The day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge at 2910m. Then we cross another bridge at 3040m, from the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3200m & 3300 m. in the late afternoon, visit upper Pisang for Manangies and their lifestyles and as well as an amazing Himalayan view. Overnight at Guest house.
The 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 1784. Leaving Pisang, we have alternate trails north and south of the Marsyandi River.
The southern route by Humde, with its airstrip, at 3325m which involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Braga at 3475m to nearby Manang at 3540m. Overnight at Guest house.
Acclimatize day in Manang. Hiking and village excursion is not compulsory. However, we recommend you to spend doing some fine walks and over viewing the magnificent views around the village & the day time is best to gain altitude. At the end of the day, we return back to our accommodation & have a night rest. Overnight at Guest house.
Trek leads through cultivated land of Tanki Manang. We make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyandi Valley. The trail makes an ascent of nearly 500m to the Yak Kharka. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka at 4000 m, there we see the many yaks and vegetations steadily more sparse. Overnight at Guest house.
After ascending for two hours the trail descends to cross the river at 4310m, then we climb up to Thorong Phedi at 4450m. There are good guest houses and offers very good foods, Bakery as well as Internet and telephones are also available here. Overnight at Guest house.
Today is challenge day rather than others. We begin our trip from very early in the morning. At sunrise, as we need to set out early to complete the crossing of the Thorong La at 5416 m. The trail is steep right from the start, but with a slow and steady pace, we should reach the summit within three hours. Prayer flags and hot tea await us as we reach the highest point of our trekking. Our descent to Muktinath is long, but the view of Dhaulagiri family simply amazing. Muktinath is a large settlement with several lodges to choose from. Hot showers and a good meal will allow for a quick recovery after today’s long and difficult excursion. Overnight at Guest house.
A ‘gentle stroll’ as some guidebooks describe today’s walk. Our destination is Marpha, a lovely village surrounded by apple orchards and the sweet smell of cider. Several great bakeries produce apple strudel and apple cakes, which along with a rest day will be most welcome. Stay overnight in Guest house.
The trail descends steeply through forests to Ghasa, the last Thakali village and the southern-most limit of Tibetan Shakyapa Buddhism. The beginning part of the trail is stretched at almost flat level up to Kalopani and then the trail begins descending steeply to Ghasa.
The first part of the trek passes through the windy area covered with pine forests, rhododendron forests and birches are seen. The surrounding area of Ghasa is a famous destination for bird watching and wild Marijuana. Here you are quite amazed at the panoramic view of Mount Nilgiri North (7061m.), Nilgiri Central (6940m.), and Nilgiri South (6839m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) and Tukuche peak (6920m.).
After breakfast, we will begin our trek to Tatopani 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 through the villages of Dana. Our evening’s accommodation will be in a delightful setting in the large village of Tatopani (meaning hot water in Nepalese).
Tatopani, a fork in the trail takes us away from the Kaligandaki Gorge and towards the Gar Khola River. Scenery changes once again as large terraces appear, signaling the return of rice production. From Chitre we ascend several steps until we finally see the blue roofs of Ghorepani right above us.
This is another longest day as the stairs are not evenly spaced and there are many of them. An adventure walking though mixed villages and forest offers scenic Himalayan and village view. You might explore Punhill station and view tower easily. Finally, you are in the heart of Ghorepani. Ghorepani has a strong Tibetan influence, and you will be able to purchase jewelry almost everywhere.
Early morning, hike to Poon Hill 3210 m / 10497 ft above sea level hill to see panoramic views of Himalayan range with sunrise. This would be spectacular and crystallize mountains surrounded to you with including Annapurna South (7219m), Machhapuchre (6997m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Nilgiri (6915m) and many more. We return on our lodge, take breakfast and start to walk down a hill to reach Hile (1,520m/ 4,970 ft).
After Lunch, we trek 2:3o hours further easy walking to reach Nayapool where our private transfer is waiting for us. Drive around 1:30 hours to reach Fewa lakeside of Pokhara city. Check in the hotel and your trekking crew will salute with your work and last night celebration with 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. On arrival at Kathmandu guide will transfer to the hotel and rest of the day relax or explore the surrounding areas and overnight at hotel.
Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey !!
How much does Annapurna Circuit Trekking cost?
Hike to Annapurna Circuit is available now on USD 1,250 is standard trek price on double occupancy basis. And of course, the trip price will vary according to group size. Taking flights to and from Pokhara saves your time and riding the bus reduces the trip expenses.
For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add Pokhara – Kathmandu round trip airfare, 3-star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN) and 2-star hotel standard accommodation in Pokhara (BB plan) with attached bathroom while on trekking on possible places, so let us know. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discount and attractive complimentary.
Annapurna Circuit Trekking Cost Include:
- Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicles.
- 2 nights Twin sharing basis Tourist standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu within Breakfast plan
- 1 night Twin sharing basis Tourist standard hotel accommodation in Pokhara within Breakfast plan
- Meals on full board: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day during the trek
- Fully escorted trek with fluent English speaking license holder local guide and each 2 guest 1 Porter basis.
- Annapurna Conservation Area permits and TIMS permits for Trek tours
- Nayapool to Fewa lake side of Pokhara transfer by private vehicle.
- Bus transfer from Kathmandu – Besisahar & from Pokhara – Kathmandu.
- All land transportation as per written on above itinerary.
- Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs.
- Insurance of guide and porters.
- Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.
- A special gift from our company.
Annapurna Circuit Trekking Cost Exclude :
- Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
- Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
- Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
- Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
- Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
- Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
- Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
- Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
- Any other things which are not mentioned above
We can organize private Annapurna Circuit Trek starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.
May 15, 2019 – June 02, 2019
May 20, 2019 – June 07, 2019
May 25, 2019 – June 13, 2019
Sept 10, 2019 – Sept. 27, 2019
Sept 15, 2019 – Oct 02, 2019
Sept 20, 2019 – Oct. 07, 2019
Sept. 30, 2019 – Oct. 17, 2019
Oct. 05, 2019 – Oct. 22, 2019
Oct. 10, 2019 – Oct 27, 2019
Oct. 15, 2019 – Nov 02, 2019
Oct. 18, 2019 – Nov 04, 2019
Oct. 20, 2019 – Nov 07, 2019
Oct. 25, 2019 – Nov 12, 2019
Oct. 30, 2019 – Nov 16, 2019
Nov 05, 2019 – Nov 22, 2019
Nov. 10, 2019 – Nov 27, 2019
Nov. 15, 2019 – Dec 02, 2019
Nov. 20, 2019 – Dec 07, 2019
Nov. 25, 2019 – Dec 12, 2019
Nov. 30, 2019 – Dec 16, 2019
Dec. 01, 2019 – Dec 17, 2019
Dec. 05, 2019 – Dec 22, 2019
Dec. 10, 2019 – Dec 27, 2019
Dec. 20, 2019 – Jan 07, 2020
Feb 05, 2020 – Feb 23, 2020
Feb 10, 2020 – Feb 28, 2020
Feb 15, 2020 – March 03, 2020
Feb 20, 2020 – March 09, 2020
Feb 25, 2020 – March 13, 2020
Mar 05, 2020 – March 23, 2020
Mar 10, 2020 – March 28, 2020
Mar 15, 2020 – April 02, 2020
Mar 20, 2020 – April 07, 2020
Mar 25, 2020 – April 13, 2020
Mar 30, 2020 – April 18, 2020
April 10, 2020 – April 29, 2020
April 25, 2020 – May 13, 2020
April 30, 2020 – May 18, 2020
May 10, 2020 – May 28, 2020
Guaranteed – Trip is Guaranteed to run.
Available – Trip is available to run if minimum group size is filled
Limited – Only few space available
Question: Is pick up service available if my arrival day in Kathmandu?
Answer: Yes sure !! If you provide us your flights details then you should do request then our representative will come to pick up you on Kathmandu international airport.
Question: Do I need experience to do Annapurna Circuit Trek?
Answer: Actually in Annapurna Circuit Trekking is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours in a day, with a lightweight daypack. For this trekking, if you have little experience would be better.
Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on express Annapurna Circuit Trekking?
Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking routes. the rooms along the routes are clean with a cozy bed with a nice mattress and blankets. However we recommend you to take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent it while you are in Kathmandu.
Question: What kind of food can I expect in this trek?
Answer: All the guest houses along the annapurna trekking, they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season)
The 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 Trekking?
Answer: Tea house trekking all the lodges they have a shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying however if you are in camping trekking – we provide you hot water bucket then you will take a bucket shower.
Question: How do I get drinking water on AC lodge Trekking?
Answer: During the trekking route there are all places hotel and shops where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in campsite/along the way.
Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my Annapurna Circuit Trekking?
Answer: During the lodge trek there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair for in case. Remember to bring your adapters! An extra battery will be recommended.
Question: Is there any communication facilities on Annapurna circuit Trekking?
Answer: In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.
Question: Can I use credit cards in Trekking?
Answer: No! So, for the trekking routes, you need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards work only in the bigger city areas.
Question: When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?
Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
And regarding the deposit, we prefer 20 % advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Nepal.
Question: Who will carry my luggage on Annapurna Circuit Trekking?
Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, each of our porters carries a maximum of 25 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12.5 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 a gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.
Question: Is it possible to hire a trek guide? how to hire a local trek guide for ac trek?
Answer: Yes of course. If you are not happy to go with the complete full board package trip, still you can hire our expert guide to make your holiday tour safer. However, visit a guide and porter hire or email us for your detail travel inquiry.
Question: Do I need walking polls ?
Answer: Walking pools are recommended but not compulsory.
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 trek.
Annapurna Circuit Trekking Highlights
- Picturesque villages, turbulent river gorges with nice waterfalls.
- Visit old Buddhist monastery in Braga village – Explore beautiful Manang village
- Thorong La (5416m) is highest and widest pass of this valley offers awesome view of whole annapurna massive.
- The Pilgrimage town of Muktinath, Typical Eco Museum in Jomsom, Views of Dhaulagiri Ice – fall, The world deepest gorge in the Kali Gandaki River.
Annapurna Circuit Trekking Note:
As the information stated above is just a guide and standard template what we provide you, however, the trip can be customized 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 during on trip.
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. Where 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 Trekking special ?”
Opportunities for challenging trek & pleasant strolls are scattered all over this planet; you just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in the quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well trained and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others. Not only this but also we give benefits to the local communities and helps to conserve natural resources which reduced in costs and consumption.
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Ammar Raj Guni is a perfect and very reliable agent for arranging your trekking. He has also much experience as a guide, so he always knows where he is talking about. His prices are really competitive. His calculations were transparant, our trek was some days longer then arranged, but at the end we got no unexpected costs. He works with local people from the small villages and he treats them very socially. So during the two days we stayed at his house, we felt ourselves very comfortably. I strongly recommend his agency if you’re visiting Nepal. – Doreleijers Hendrikus, Geldrop, The Netherlands.
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Gokyo Treks was really affordable and easy to liaise with. We texted Ammar on a regular basis prior to the trip to clarify details, and he was always very responsive. The guides and porters catered to our needs and the side treks that we wanted to go for, but they were also wary about our safety and were honest with the risks involved. The guides took good care of our meals, and made sure we were well enough when we fell ill from the cold and AMS. They were really awesome! Thank you Bishnu, Sabin and Bir. Highly recommend!, – Grumpy Cheng, Singapore.
Trip Price : USD 1,250 Per Person
- Duration of trek: 17 Days
- Max Altitude: 5,416m / 17,710 ft
- Trekking Hour: 6 Hrs
- Group-Size: 2-20 People
- Best Time: Oct -May
- Trip Mode: Guest House
- Meal on Trek: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Transportation: Car/Plane/bus
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