Annapurna Circuit Trek

Duration: 20 Days / 19 Nights   |   Based on 1 Review
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Meals: BLD (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Lodge &Tent
  • Max Altitude: 5,416 m at Thorung La

Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Experience of the Marsyangdi River Valley and the Kali Gandaki River Valley
  • Pristine valleys and bizarre landscapes of Manang and Mustang
  • Acclimatization day in Manang and hike to Gangapurna Lake
  • Crossing Thorung La Pass (5,416m), one of the challenging Himalayan passes in the world
  • Natural flame that never burns out at Muktinath Temple, a holy shrine for both Hindus and Buddhists
  • Witnessing the dry hills of Upper Mustang from Kagbeni, a gateway to Upper Mustang trek
  • Visiting Marpha: ‘Apple Capital of Nepal’ and tasting apple brandy ‘Marpha’
  • A 360-degree panoramic view of the snowcapped peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges
  • Reach the vicinity of the world’s deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki Gorge
  • Familiarity with mountain villages, lifestyle and typical Nepali food items
  • Experience of the best sunrise view in the world during Ghorepani Poon Hill trek
  • Live the night life of the lake city Pokhara

Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most acclaimed treks in the globe, owing to the beguiling scenery and diverse culture.This popular Nepal trek offers you a large varieties of flora and fauna in the Annapurna Area Conservation Project (ACAP) premises. You can enjoy the magnificent view of the wonderful landscapes and snowcapped peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan chains. Walking along the culturally rich ethnic villages reflecting Hindu and Buddhist rituals is another attraction of this trek.

Among the remarkable features of the Annapurna Circuit Trek are mesmeric views of numerous snow-white Himalayan peaks over 6000m. You can have the enthralling glimpse of three eight thousanders, viz. Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu plus the glacial lake in Manang. The culturally rich villages of Manang, Jomsom and Muktinath, facilitate you with a peculiar co-existence among followers of Hindu and Buddhist religions. During the acclimatization day in Manang, you can take side trips to explore the hidden valleys of Annapurna region.

During our Annapurna Circuit trek you can immerse yourself as much as you want in the lovely Himalayan environment. You start this Annapurna trek from Bahundanda, a remote but lovely place on the lap of Annapurna region with immense beauty. Then the Annapurna Circuit trekking trail moves ahead along the banks of the raging Marsyangdi River upstream until we reach its headwaters. Then the rugged track continues to Thorung La Pass via Manang and Yak Kharka, and finally descend to Jomsom via Muktinath and Kagbeni.

From Jomsom we can either fly or drive to Pokhara which is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations of Nepal. To return Kathmandu from the lake city Pokhara, you can take either a scenic flight or drive along the Prithvi Highway. However, we highly recommend spending a couple of days in Pokhara, simply relaxing or exploring major touristic junctions there. You can indulge in adventure activities like paragliding, zip-line, bungee jumping and hot air ballooning in Pokhara for lifelong experience.

If you want to enjoy the mesmerizing view of the landscapes and snow-clad peaks, you can customize Annapurna Circuit trek. You can visit the Gurung ethnic villages of Annapurna Circuit like Ghasa, Tatopani and Ghorepani by doing Jomsom Ghorepani trek. Ghorepani Poon Hill trek gives you the rarest opportunity to have the best Annapurna sunrise view from Poon Hill (3,210m). Annapurna Sunrise View trek is one of the best treks in the world which is also recognized by National Geographic Channel.

Let the skillfully expert and government licensed guides of Orbit Alpine Adventure accompany you while doing Annapurna Circuit trekking. There is nothing you need to care about except for unleashing the adventurer in you and moving along the fascinating trail. The trekking guides of Orbit Alpine Adventure are really co-operative and helpful during the time of challenging journey through the Himalayas. They are ready to help you in hard times and join you in the memorable trekking hours until you finish Annapurna region trekking.

The main objective of this article is to refer you Annapurna Circuit trek 20 days itinerary for your comfort. Annapurna Nepal trekking can be customized considering your vacation, budget and other circumstances in a mutual understanding between you and the agency. For the customized Annapurna Round trek package, contact us via email, phone call or online booking services provisioned on official website.

FAQs:

1. Can I do Annapurna Circuit trek alone?

Yes, you can do Annapurna Circuit trek alone because there is not restricted area included in this trekking package. However, we highly recommend you to hire a registered professional guide during this trek to avoid some harsh circumstances. You may not be able to predict the threats of blizzard or other types of natural disasters to come in the Himalayas. If you take an expert guide with you, he can take enough precaution to prevent from such life-threatening happenings. You may have difficulty in finding the right trekking trail and crossing Thorung La Pass (5,416m) or may have altitude sickness. The guide will help you in such difficult situations without any accidents and assist to complete the classic trek in Annapurna region.

2. What is the average cost of this trek?

Annapurna Circuit trekcost depends upon your vacation, trekking itinerary, facilities you want and the budget you want to spend. First of all, you must be clear about the Annapurna trekking package which you want to buy. If you have any confusion deciding the right package, you can reach Orbit Alpine Adventure via email, phone call and online booking.

3. How can book Annapurna Circuit trek?

Among hundreds of trekking agencies in Kathmandu, Orbit Alpine Adventure is the one with a record of successful trekking in the Himalayas. To book Annapurna Circuit trek, you can contact: www.orbitalpineadventure.com or via phone calls and email services.

4. What is the best time to trek Annapurna Circuit?

You can do Annapurna Circuit trek any time of the year. However, in monsoon, the lowland suffers from flood due to heavy rainfall and in winter highland is covered with snow. The best time to trek Annapurna Circuit is spring and autumn as the weather of this region is really fine. Annapurna Circuit trek in autumn lets you observe the apple orchards full of apples and rhododendron forests covered in colourful flowers. In spring season, the snow-clad peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, Mt. Machhapuchhre and other peaks unleash their beauty at fullest. Now the choice is all yours!

5. Do I need any restricted area permit to do this trek?

No, you don’t. You don’t need any restricted area permit to explore Annapurna Circuit trek as there is no restricted area included in the itinerary. You must have TIMS card and Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit to trek around Annapurna region. But, you need to take special permit for extra money to trek Upper Mustang which is a restricted zone.

6. Can I get a customized package of Annapurna Circuit trek?

Undoubtedly, you can get a customized package of Annapurna Circuit trek to best fit your vacation, budget and the facilities you want. Orbit Alpine Adventure helps you fix the right kind of Annapurna Circuit trek itinerary to match your circumstance. Contact: www.orbitalpineadventure.com.

7. What is Annapurna Circuit trek famous for?

You know Annapurna Circuit trek is famous for natural beauty and cultural diversity found in Annapurna region. It is the most popular trek in Nepal which offers you the picturesque view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Bizarre landscapes and parched hills of Upper Mustang, river valleys are equally beautiful giving you strange feeling of new found land. Gangapurna Glacial Lake in Manang, Muktinath Temple, Apple orchards in Kagbeni and Marpha are the places worth visiting. Annapurna sunrise view in Poon Hill and Gurung Museum in Ghandruk have popularized this trekking package. Annapurna Circuit trek is famous for Thakali Dish, a typical Nepali food item with fermented leafy green vegetable pickle. Thakali Dish is also called the national food item of Nepal and it goes with Nepalese wherever they go!

 

Day to Day Itinerary

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The representative of Orbit Alpine Adventure welcomes you at the Kathmandu International Airport on the arrival schedule. Then, s/he takes you to the hotel for your accommodation for the night. In your leisure time, you can stroll around Thamel area to adjust with the new environment.

  • Meals: Welcome dinner
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1350m/4429ft

The tour guide of Orbit Alpine Adventure directs you around the UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in the Kathamndu Valley. The religious sites like Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), Bouddhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple helps you learn about their art and artifacts. Kathmandu Day Tour takes you to Patan Durbar Square where you can experience the ancient art and architecture of Nepal. In the evening, the trekking guide gives you the required info about Annapurna Circuit trekking itinerary and gears. The information from the trekking guide helps you make up your mind to successfully accomplish this Nepal trekking package.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1350m/4429ft

After taking breakfast at the hotel, your journey to Annapurna region trekking begins in a private jeep to Beshisahar. By enjoying the spectacular vistas of hills, snowcapped peaks of Manslu region and lush valleys, you reach Beshisahar within 7 hours. Then again the jeep moves ahead towards Bahundanda, a pleasant hillside village in Annapurna region. John Wood in his book “From Microsoft to Bahundanda” has described this classic village of Annapurna Circuitin a perfect way. You spend overnight at a teahouse by relishing the local cuisine served with the finest hospitality. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Bahundanda
  • Altitude: (1,430m/4692ft)
  • Time: 8/9 Hrs

Today’s destination is Chamje village where you can reach by walking along steep uphill and sloppy downhill trail. After taking breakfast, you begin the journey following the trail that goes down past Kanigaun and Ghermu villages. You can have a great joy of the natural waterfall just on the other side of the trekking trail. You have to go across Syagne and Jagat which are the important stations for the Annapurna Circuit trekkers en route. You will also enjoy the rhododendron and pine forests which have added to the natural prettiness of these villages.


  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Chamje
  • Altitude: 1,560m/5118ft
  • Time: 5/6 Hrs

The hiking of the day begins after you take breakfast at Chamje to reach the farthest point Dharapani for the night stay. The rugged path moves ahead along some ridges covered with forests offering you an extraordinary scenery. The trail moves across Tal, a beautiful ethnic village in Annapurna Circuit and an important lodging site. You can take a short break at a spring with naturally hot water on the way to recharge the energy to move further. You spend the night at a teahouse in Dharapani, where magical Manslu Circuit trekking trail meets with Annapurna Circuit trek. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Dharapani
  • Altitude: 1,810m/ 5938ft
  • Time: 5/6 Hrs

Today’s hiking route moves ahead along the Marsyangdi River Valley crossing the Marsyangdi River via some suspension bridges. Chame is the administrative headquarters of Manang district with the facilities of bank, quality hotels and other amenities for your luxury. You can adore the amazing view of the pristine valleys, bizarre landscapes and snowy peaks of Annapurna Himalayan range. The trekking trail goes past some rustic villages such as Bagarchhap, Timang, Thanchowk and Koto to reach Chame. You spend the night at Chame by enjoying the majestic vistas of the landscapes and mountains.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Chame
  • Altitude: 2,725m/8940ft
  • Time: 6 Hrs

The path ascends through the dense oak and maple trees along the rugged cliffs leading you to Pisang. You will go across the Marsyangdi River Valley, seasonal meadows and magnificent view of the peaks in the Nepalese Himalayas. The trail moves ahead alongside Phungda Danda ridge which is eroded by the glacial movement. By observing the distinct sight of the landscapes in the Himalayan region, you reach Pisang for the night stay. You stay at a hotel that serves you with the local organic food items perhaps the Thakali Dish!

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Pisang
  • Altitude: 3,190m/ 10466ft
  • Time: 5/6 Hrs

After having breakfast, you begin your journey to Manang Village following the rocky path moving upwards and downwards. The trekking route takes you to the rain-shadow area of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The plus feature of Manang trek is the familiarity with the bizarre landscapes and enthralling view of the snowy mountains. After walking for about 6 hours through the pastoral section of Annapurna region, you get to Manang for night station.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Manang
  • Altitude: 3,500m/11483ft
  • Time: 5/6 Hrs

As today is the acclimatization day in Manang village, you can sleep till late morning to recover from the trekking fatigue. The most important aspect of acclimatization day is to help you adjust with the high altitude region. The rest day in Manang enables you to cross Thorung La Pass (5,416m), the highest point of Annapurna Circuit trek. For this purpose, you can take a short hike to Gangapurna Glacial Lake or the cave above Manang village. If you want to learn about AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) or altitude sickness, you can take a short walk to Vraga village. You can take a stroll around the village to know about the typical culture and tradition by interacting with the local people.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Manang

 The trekking trail ascends towards the Jarsang Khola valley leaving the Marsyangdi River Valley far behind. You go across a rustic village Ghunsang which offers eye-catching outlook of the snowcapped peaks of the region. You might see some herds of yak grazing in the pastureland situated in the highland. You have to walk past some mani walls immediately after crossing a wooden bridge over the Jarsang Khola. You will reach Yak Kharka (meaning ‘meadow for cattle grazing’), a small human settlement area for the night station.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Yak Kharka
  • Altitude: 4,090m/13419ft
  • Time: 4 Hrs

The trekking route follows the banks of the Jarsang Khola to reach Thorung Phedi (bottom of Thorung La Pass) for the night stay. En route Thorung Phedi, you go across a beautiful village named Letdar that is one of the visit worthy pastoral villages. For acclimatization purpose, you can take a short walk around Thorung Phedi village to know about the socio-cultural aspects of this Himalayan region. Take a complete rest tonight as you are going to cross the highest point of the entire Annapurna Circuit trek 20 days itinerary. Enjoy the hygienic organic cuisines at a good hotel in the village so that you can restore the energy for further ascent.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Altitude: 4,441m/14570ft
  • Time: 4 Hrs

Today is the most memorable day of trekking around Annapurna region as you are crossing the highest point of this trek. As soon as you have your breakfast, you start ascending towards Thorung La Pass at the elevation of 5,416m). Winning over this Nepalese Himalayan high pass is a noteworthy achievement in itself giving you a lifetime experience. Follow the ‘slow but steady wins over the race’ strategy to avoid the altitude sickness while going uphill the pass. The journey to this challenging Himalayan pass will be more fantastic as you can see the prayer flags hoisted on top of the pass.

Thorung La Pass is the vantage point rewarding you with the incredible view of the Kali Gandaki River Valley. The panoramic vistas of the snowcapped peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Massifs accompanied by the strangely alluring landscapes are really soothing. After having ‘once in a lifetime’ experience of the Himalayan region, the trail leads you downwards to Muktinath. Muktinath trek awards you with the scarcest opportunity to witness the Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site in the Himalayan kingdom of Mustang.

MuktinathTemple is a vantage point to have 360-degree panoramic view of Dhaulagiri Massif and Tukuche Peak including other snowy mountains. The most captivating feature of Muktinath Temple is the 108 waterspouts exposing water continuously and the natural flame which never exhausts in the temple premises. Overnight stay at a hotel which offers delicious food items best suitable for your health and have enough sleep.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Muktinath
  • Altitude: 3,802m/12474ft
  • Time: 7/8 Hrs

 The Mustang trekking trail today descends towards the Jhong Khola River Valley showing the dry hills of Upper Mustang. You know, Upper Mustang is a restricted zone for tourists, so you need Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit to visit there. You meet a large flock of pilgrims, some walking bare feet; going to Muktinath Temple to pay their homage to the shrine. Drawing closer to Kagbeni, you see the spectacular scenery of the Kali Gandaki River and the Jhong Khola River valley. You also see some apple orchards which are full of mouth-watering apples if you make Kagbeni trek in autumn.

Kagbeni is a small but really beautiful pastoral village and one of the major gateways to Upper Mustang trek. You can find some good quality hotels which serve you with good accommodation facilities and local organic cuisines at the reasonable cost. After taking a short stroll around Kagbeni, you descend further towards Ekle Bhatti (one-hut settlement area) which is located in the Kali Gandaki River Valley. The rugged path below Ekele Bhatti introduces you with the strange walls indicating deserted landscapes in the rain-shadow area.

You stop at Jomsom, the administrative headquarters of Mustang district where you can find good hotels and other amenities. If you are enough with walking through the rocky trail up and down, you can catch a bus or flight to go to Pokhara. You can spend the night with some celebration with your fellow trekkers who have already done with hard trail of Annapurna Circuit trek.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Jomsom
  • Altitude: 2,743m/ 8999ft
  • Time: 6 Hrs

After breakfast, you follow rocky and dusty downhill path that leads you towards Marpha, also known as ‘Apple Capital of Nepal’. You can observe the apple orchards in Marpha, a Sherpa village and best place for apple production in the world. You go past some ethnic rustic villages like Kobang and Tatopani where thousands of tourists spend nights during Annapurna region trek.

Then the rugged route descends towards the Kali Gandaki River Valley offering you with the picturesque vistas of snowcapped peaks. You can have a wonderful glimpse of Annapurna Massif, Dhaulagiri Massif, Tukuche and Nilgiri Peaks including Dhaulagiri Icefall. On the way, you can sight some monasteries reflecting Tibetan Buddhist Culture and tradition and small human settlement areas. You spend overnight at a teahouse at Ghasa by tasting the typical Nepali cuisines served with purest hospitality.

  • Meals: Bearkfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Ghasa
  • Altitude: 2,080m/6824ft
  • Time: 6 Hrs

Today’s trekking is an unforgettable moment in your lifetime as you are going to witness the deepest gorge in the world. The trail from Ghasa village goes down towards the Kali Gandaki River Valley by crossing a few suspension bridges. Along with the landscapes on the sides of the rocky path, you see the Rupchechhara Waterfalland the Kali Gandaki Gorge. Following the banks of the Kali Gandaki River, you will reach Tatopani for the night stay. Reaching there, you can take a bath in the natural hot water to get rid of travel fatigue, if any.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Tatopani
  • Altitude: 1,110m/3642ft
  • Time: 6 Hrs

The trail leading towards Shikha moves uphill by crossing two suspension bridges and walking up thousands of rock staircases. You can see the forests inhabited by diverse species of birds and seasonal flowering plants. The hillsides having terraced farming practices and mountain villages, like Ghara (1,705m) showing purely rustic lifestyle are some attractions for you. Although lifestyle in such mountain villages is hard, people are happily living there experiencing the distant view of the snowcapped peaks. During the journey, you come across Durbin Danda (Telescope Hillock) a vantage point for distant view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Overnight at a lodge at Shikha that has houses with slat roofs that maintain temperature in different seasons.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Shikha
  • Altitude: 1,935m/5348ft
  • Time: 5 Hrs

Today’s trekking path further ascends towards Ghorepani by crossing Chaitre, a small settlement area in Ghorepani Poon Hill trek. You also witness rhododendron forests which look awesomely colourful if you do Ghorepani Poon Hill trek in spring. The trail comprises of lots of stone staircases to climb up and down comfortably even while carrying heavy loads. The trekking to Ghorepanioffers you the majestic view of gigantic mountains Annpaurna and Dhaulagiri; two eight thousanders of Nepal. Spend the night at a lodge at Ghorepani by relishing the typical Nepali food items prepared in local flavor.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Ghorepani
  • Altitude: 2,834m/ 9298ft
  • Time: 5 Hrs

Today is the second most important day of the entire Annapurna Circuit 20 days itinerary as you are visiting Poon Hill. Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is also known as Annapurna Sunrise View trek which is the world’s best sunrise view trek. You start the hiking to Poon Hill from Ghorepani early in the morning to grab the lifelong opportunity of sunrise view. Witnessing the sunrise view from the elevation of 3,210m is the rarest opportunity in one’s life.

After enjoying the sunrise view, you will trek back to Ghorepani and have your breakfast after arranging your backpacks. Then, you start the last walking of Annapurna Circuit trek all the way down to Ulleri along very steep stone staircases. You cross a suspension bridge over the river to reach Tikhedhunga, Hile and Birethanti, the last check-post in Annapurna region trekking. Getting your Annapurna trekking permit checked for the last time, you will head towards Nayapul which takes about 15 minutes.

From Nayapul, catch a bus to reach the hotel in Pokhara booked for your accommodation tonight. You can organize party with your fellow beings as you have completed one of the most popular treks in Nepal, Annapurna Circuit trek. You can visit the most important touristic sites like Phewa Lake, Devi’s Fall, Begnas Lake, etc. in Pokhara if possible.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel
  • Place: Pokhara
  • Altitude: 827m/ 2713ft
  • Time: 6 Hrs

Fly or drive to Kathmandu. The approximate driving duration is a little under 7 hours and the flight time is about 30 minutes. Stay overnight stay at a 3-star hotel. The dinner will be hosted for you by Orbit Alpine Adventures.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1350m/4429ft
  • Time: 6 Hrs

Today is the final day of Annapurna Circuit trek 20 days itinerary which we hope you enjoyed a lot. So, the team member of Orbit Alpine Adventure accompanies you up to the Kathmandu International Airport for the farewell. Nevertheless, if you have more days to spend here in Nepal, you can consult with us for other packages. We’d love to assist you plan the right kind of Nepal tour or trekking package according to your choice.

  • Meals: Breakfast

Cost Details

  •  Airport pick up on your arrival and drop at the end of your trip free of cost
  •  Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System)
  •  All needed ground transportation by tourist bus, Public vehicles or flight (on your request)
  •  Trekking maps and complete free trekking information before going to trek.
  •  Welcome and farewell dinner in typical Nepali restaurant at the beginning and end of treks and tour in Kathmandu     
  •  Accommodation in tea-house/lodge during the trek
  •  3 star hotel or similar in Kathmandu and Pokhara as per itinerary
  •  An experience English speaking licensed holder trekking guide
  •  Strong potter for carrying your luggage (1 potter for 2 person)
  •  First aid kit box (carried by your trekking guide or leader)
  •  Salary, insurance, food, accommodation for guide and potters
  •  Down jacket, sleeping bag, trekking poles and if needed more trekking gears here is available on hair
  •  All local tax and paper work will done by Orbit Alpine Adventure
  •  Your international flight ticket to Nepal and return back
  •  Nepal entry visa
  •  All kind of drinks (Tea, coffee, hot water, bottle water), bar bills (alcoholic beverage) and desert
  •  Hot shower. WIFI, all kind of battery charges in trekking region.
  •  Tips to guides, potters and drivers
  •  All kind of personal shopping
  •  Extra night accommodation and meals because of early arrival, late departure and early return from trekking (due to any reason than the   scheduled itinerary) in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  •  Your travel insurance (it is compulsory to take and adventure trip) for emergency evacuation and hospital 

 

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