Set out on a heaven Annapurna circuit trekking, that will take us around the Unbelievable Annapurna Conservation area project, Reach the best Thoragla pass (5,416 m/17,769 ft). This outing gives a gigantic chance to investigate Muktinath, Jomsom, and Manag Area which is socially and Naturally rich.
Annapurna Circuit Trekking is the most visited classic trek in Nepal. It is located in central Nepal within the Annapurna region. The trails of the Annapurna circuit include the famous Thorong La Pass, Muktinath, Kagbeni, Jomsom, Kaligandaki valley (The deepest place in the world) organic farm. Alpine zone, Tatopani (Hot spring), and the City of Lake- Pokhara.
Annapurna circuit trekking is known as Annapurna round trek / Around Annapurna trek.
During this wonderful Journey, you encompass the heart of the Annapurna Region, so that it is also known as around Annapurna trek/Annapurna round trek. It is about 2 weeks’ holiday that covers 111 – 125 miles distance, but it can be shorter orbit longer as per your desire.
15 days Annapurna Circuit Trekking is designed by an experienced guide who has guided 15 years in the Himalayas.
This trek starts from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule via Beshishahar by Bus. It is a 5-6 hour journey along the valley of Trisuli and Marshyagdi.
We enter Bhulbhule after the bus drives then to Manang, Thorong la pass. The Thorong La pass is a climax point of the Annapurna circuit trek.
Trails continue ascents towards the Thorongla pass (5,416 m) pass as it is a hub high hill station in this trek. You can see the magnificent view from the top.
The exotic view of the Snowcap Mountains is a major part of this trek. On top of this beauty, you have to cross aired massif lands, suspension bridges, waterfalls, tranquil forest, and stone-made steps.
You are advised to follow your guide or friends. While you are trekking in the Annapurna region for your meaningful holiday.
After the success of the Thorong La pass, the trails take us steeply down to Muktinath. From Muktinath, we trek continues to Tatopani (Hot spring) via Marpha, Ghasa, and Dana as per the Itinerary.
Tatopani is a popular place on this trek. Hundreds of tourists and locals visit Tatopani to get a Natural bath as it is great for joint pain.
From Tatopani, if you have still time, budget, or desire to explore more in the Himalayas, you can trek towards Ghorepani Poon hill. It is a popular short trek in Nepal. The next, from Ghorepani you can enjoy the dramatic view of Annapurna massif & Dhaulagiri than to Pokhara via Nayapul.
However, the Annapurna circuit trails recompense you with a spectacular indescribable view of the Annapurna Mountain Range. This trek gives you a delightful opportunity to view Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna South, Tilicho peak, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna IV, Nilgiri west/east, and other lots of small mountain peaks.
Furthermore, in this trek, the Buddhist’s Curtain, Temples, Village with various ethnicities are more frequent to observe.
Your experienced Guide of the Annapurna region takes you safely day by day till you complete your mission. He also describes the highlights of the Country including the Himalayan.
Nepal is a Himalayan country, where thousands of trekkers come for trekking. Almost all months of the year you can trek in Nepal. But the two autumn and spring seasons are the best in this season, you have stable weather, temperature, and no risk of landslides. There are some unique reasons, why autumn and spring season is the best season in Nepal.
The Annapurna circuit trek is known as Round Annapurna Trek. It can be done any month in a year. The best trekking season is in autumn (September- End of November).
During this clean season, the weather, Temperature, and Skies are always super clear, stable, and views magnificent Annapurna and neighboring peaks. The next season, the chances of rain are almost zero percent every day and mild temperature (23-degree centigrade) during the day while you are walking.
After the autumn season, the spring season is the best for the trek in the Annapurna region. It is a time of blooming flowers everywhere, which means it is also the season of colors. In March, April and May three months represent the spring season in Nepal. And during the spring season, the trekking trails get covered by various flowers.
During the year the spring season is the best time to trek and hike because there is less chance of snow, rain, and landslides, which is great? Similarly, the weather gets clear almost every day, with blue skies, stable temperatures, and weather. However, the Annapurna circuit trek in the spring season provides you so many Beauties created by nature spring season is relatively less touristy than autumn.
Embark to the hub of Annapurna is also a great opportunity to experience the culture, dazzling Mountain View, and Unique wilderness.
The spring season is right after the winter season when all plants and wilderness rejuvenate, thus the spring season is the best for photographers and video makers too.
The Accommodation in the lodge is very clean, comfortable, and private. Rooms are basically made of flies and woods, but they are warm and safe. Usually, there are two single beds in one room. Inside the room, there are almost all the essential things you need, a bed, pillows, window, Safe door, locker, a small table, and a warm big Blanket.
Most of the trekkers spent their time in the dining hall as it is warm. They all talk and some of them play cards, drink tea, coffee because dining is the warmest place in the lodge. We use our room mostly to sleep at night cause of the cold.
The busiest season (Peak season) is September to End of November and March to May therefore trekking accommodation should be booked before you reach there. Although, there are quite some lodges along the trails to spend the Night.
The Annapurna Circuit trek is relatively facilitated compared to other trekking trails in Nepal. There are almost roads to supply the goods now.
During the trek in the Annapurna circuit, we can have breakfast, Lunch, Dinner as per your choice. The lodges alongside the trails serve almost all types of foods. For Example – Indian, Western, Chinese, Tibetan, and Local Nepali. The way they cook in the mountains is clean, but it could be not as good as city food. All the lodges got a menu designed by the Hotel Management committee and they have the same price.
Breakfast: The most popular food for breakfast is Tibetan bread/Gurung Bread, Chapati, Thukpa, Thenduk soup, Instant Noodle soup, serials, Set breakfast (Serve with fried potato, bread, omelet & Tea Coffee), etc. If you want your other breakfast, and you can have them too.
Lunch: Lunch is important during the trek. We stop in the middle of the trails for lunch and at the same time, we have rested too. Usually, the locals serve Fried rice, Nepali set (rice, veg curry, lentil soup, pickle, and Spinach), Mo: Mo (Dumpling food), Spaghetti, fried Noodles, etc. There are more items of food, but they prefer to serve dinner time cause of time boundaries.
Dinner: Dinner time, you have relatively many choices of food because you have time to wait. The lodges serve your Indian dish, Nepali Dhal Bhat set, Mo: Mo, Italian pasta, Pizza, etc. You can choose from the menu and order your dinner before 5 pm every day.
We manage your pick-up service from TIA airport to the Hotel in Kathmandu on your arrival. You will have a private Car/Jeep as transport.
You can have rested after reaching your Hotel and later on our tour leader meet you for trip information.
You will have an authentic Nepali dinner with our team today.
From Kathmandu, we take a Bus to Beshisahar along the Trishuli River and Marsyangdi. The Beshisahar is the headquarter of the Lamjung District and a popular gateway of the Annapurna circuit trek. After Beshisahar, we will have a 2, and half-hour easy walk to Bhulbhule as it is much peaceful and also there are mountain views. It is our first easy day.
Our day begins after early breakfast in the lodge. Today we have a bit more difficult because the path rises steeply till we reach Bahundada than we follow the trail continue to Ghermu through terrace filed of rice and great landscapes.
Our trek leads you slowly steep up to Jagat after Syange Village. The path now drops straight to the bank of the river almost after that gentle uphill route to Chamjevillage as it is a beautiful mountain village. Our journey still continues upwards through the suspension bridge, then we reach Taal (Taal means Lake in English- the village was a lake a long time ago thus, the name of this village is called Taalvillage now).
In this beautiful local area, you can enjoy their Buddhist culture, paradise waterfall, and surround Mountain Views.
At Taal, we spent a wonderful time then we continue our Journey along the Marsyngdi River and crosses the breathtaking waterfall. We have a pleasant day along the bank of the river via a few Buddhist shrines. However, our journey from Taal to Danagyu is mild day difficult ways and needs to Ascent about 600 meters.
We begin our day in the morning before 8 am today. From the lodge, we follow the Natural path that passes Rhododendron and pine forest, including a magical view of Mt. Manaslu.
The trail continues through pine and rhododendron forests with a spectacular view of Manaslu. The lower route is faster but is not as scenic as the higher route of the trek. We continue to follow the river and reach Chame (2670 m). This village is famous for its hot springs – perfect for soothing our aching limbs! The village of Chamevillage is the district headquarters of the Manang district.
On day 6, we begin our day early again as usual and follow the trail through the trees of pine and Forest. Each and every single step onward we can enjoy the magnificent view of Pisang peak, Tilicho peak, and other neighboring peaks. However, your 5 hours of the walk today provide you an opportunity to experience different Biodiversity, Landscapes, and localities. Today you also have a chance to observe a wide valley and rolling green Hills.
Our first part of the trails today is a bit steep made by the stone which will lead us towards Aired hills- similar to the desert then reach to Ghyaru- 3,673 meters. The path leads us to continue along the ridge of the massif hill from where the view of Chulu, Annapurna, and neighboring peaks can be seen, including massif Avalanche, after all the walking route descents and take us to the bank of the river and the trail continues through the valley of the river and reach Braga. Braga is a cultural village where there are really old monasteries, Buddhist curtain, superstitious locals, and their traditions to see. It is where many explorers prefer to spend an extra Night to observe the real-life Rural people.
From Barga, if you are physically fit, you can stay here and visits Ice Lake as it is 6 hours away, but there you will have a wonderful view of the Gigantic Annapurna Mountains. However, it is for adventure trekkers only for normal hikers it is not recommended.
At Manang, we spent two nights be safe from rising altitude. Our 2-night stay in Manang helps us so much to acclimatize our body, as it is important. Today you have a choice either you just read the book, walk around without a bag, or you can go a few hours sight walk and explore more than you have estimated in the Himalayas.
Relatively our hike from Manang to Yak Kharka is the finest pleasant day, where there are the small forests of Pine, Juniper, and oak, likewise, we will be crossing some interesting Yak Grazing and Local typical Houses. While trekking towards Yak Kharka the glorious view of Annapurna mountains and other peaks will be just there, very close. Yak Kharka is a beautiful little mountain village where hundreds of trekkers stay for the Night and some trekkers still trek further up to Ledarr for the Night. However, if you are trekking in this high area for the first time, you can stay at Yak Kharka if not you can stay at Ledar.
Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi is a short day. It is 4 hour of walk beyond wonderful scenery and Annapurna Massif. If you are lucky enough, you may see some wild Blue Sheep and Snow Leopard in between Thorong Phedi and High Camp. The small natural path leads us slowly through the ridge and takes us to Thorong Phedi lodge, where we will spend our Night. The lodge provides almost all essential things for us. Today the elevation raised a bit high, thus, you should drink enough Warm water, Soup, Good food and try to keep warm your body.
In this beautiful trek, today is the best day and exhilarating moment ever! The Thorong-La top hill station is a climax point. We have an early start today at 4:30 am from the lodge. We trek slowly towards the Thorong La pass following a steady path. It is all ascents till we reach the Thorong pass, but no word to explain while you are walking. Once we reach Thorong top, you realized your Nepal trek how lucky you are. You feel like you are at the top of anywhere and anybody in the world. You can see 360-degree magical mountain panorama, uncountable layers of the Hills, valley, and blue skies. We can spend some time on the top with a cup of hot tea. There will be some people selling hot tea. After such a delightful moment, we descent steeply to Muktinath takes 3 to 4 hours. We stay at Muktinath. It is a rich place for Buddhist culture and Hinduism both including wide Kaligandaki valley views.
It is your easy day following the wide path through the Cultural Jharkot village. The trails descend gently till Eklebhatti then our trek continues along Kali Gandaki River. The route from Eklebhatti is just very easy, but after 10 am there is quite strong wind so try not to be late to begin your day from Muktinath. We trek almost 5 hours in total to reach Jomsom than the next 1:30-minute walk on a wide to Marpha. The Marpha village is a truly magical Thakali village where there is an Apple orchid, the distillery of alcoholic drinks, a monastery, and Organic farms.
Again, we are trekking on a wide road along the Kali Gandaki river. We follow the gentle descent, most of the time along the valley of Kali Gandaki. Our 5 Hours walk takes us to Lete village as it is a beautiful place. From the Lete village, we take Public transportation to Tatopani. It is only a 2-hour drive. Tatopani is a Nepali word that is Hot water if we translate it in English. After reaching the Lodge in Tatopani we can go to a natural hot spring located on the bank of the river and it is a 5-minute walk from your lodge.
You will sleep longer today, no worries, we have no plan to walk. We take the Bus or Jeep from Tatopani to Pokhara via Beni/Baglung. It is about 5 hours drive, but the last 3-hour drive is comfortable on a better road. We reach Pokhara and get refreshed all of us than by evening time we all go for dinner and share the experience with each other about the adventure Annapurna circuit trek.
We take an early bus from the Pokhara tourist bus station at Rastrabank Chok then drive to Kathmandu. Pokhara to Kathmandu bus drive is scenic and about 6-7 hours journey. From Pokhara after 2 Hours of the drive we stop for restroom and quick breakfast, then again after 3 hours drive, we stop for lunch at Malekhu then to Kathmandu.
It is your last day on this tour thus we are not happy to drop you. But need to complete our responsibilities. We will provide a comfortable Car/Jeep for you to reach Tribhuvan International airport on time that you have noticed us. Have a safe and pleasant flight see you soon rather than later for you another adventure trip with us in Nepal.
Note: Annapurna circuit trek has a few alternative options so, you can customize your itinerary if needed. However, the itinerary above is just a practical and popular one, but if you want more Longer days then you can trek via Ghorepani and Ghandruk.
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Annapurna region is the best and a popular region for trekking in Nepal, especially it is the best destination for adventure trekkers. However, Annapurna circuit or round Annapurna trek is best during the Spring season (March to May) and autumn (September to End of November) because:
But, if you prefer to trek in a peaceful route of the Annapurna region, then you may try your trek during winter or monsoon season, that is also possible but not as good as the other two seasons during a year.
Yes, the Annapurna circuit is a safe and moderate trekking route in Nepal. However, in this beautiful trek you may get lost sometimes if you don’t have trekking map or local guide with you, but if you are well prepared with map, books, permit, and trekking gears, then no doubt you can trek to Annapurna circuit trekking without any obstructions.
The next, in this trek you will see many cultural beauties which will represent the country, hence, if you are hiring a guide or at least a porter with you, they will share their knowledge, as well as they will take you to the right path always on the safe trail, so having a guide to Annapurna circuit is highly recommended.
Annapurna circuit trekking gets few options now for the last 10 years. There are roads and alternative trekking paths, which will affect the duration trek. However, the minimum you need 8 days, but in this option, you have to drive as far as possible towards throng la pass and fly from Jomsom to Pokhara. The next is by foot following the classic route or the Annapurna circuit takes 18 days.
On your request, you may customize the time for this trek with the help of your travel agency or Guide. According to the trekkers from Annapurna circuit trek, 2 week time is recommended.
Physical fitness is an important task while you are trekking in the high Himalayan region. Annapurna circuit trek is a moderate trek where there are tea houses along the route, a place to sleep, places to eat safety trail to walk thus if you are simply fit physically and mentally you can make this trek without problems. But if you have at least 2 weeks of physical exercise Before you trek that will helps you a lot for breathing and less chance to get mountain sickness too. You may try cycling, gym, swimming, running, etc.
Well, in this situation because of coronavirus pandemic nobody allows to trek, but for sure after corona, you can trek to Annapurna circuit. The route of Annapurna circuit trek is still safe, wide, and excess of food, accommodation, and transportation, so you of course this trek is worth it.
There are a few major factors that will determine the price of Annapurna circuit trek for example total how many days you want to trek, you need guide/porter, or not, are you flying from Jomsom to Pokhara or by foot, etc. However. Roughly you need $ 30 to $40 a day per person. This price includes your breakfast, lunch, dinner, and accommodation (basic).
You can also trek through a travel agency cost bit more than trekking yourself, but everything is just well managed by the and you have no rush, no pressure, and feel more secure during the trek. It is the best way to trek.
The cost of the Annapurna conservation area permit is $ 30 US per person and TIMS card costs $10 US per person. If you are from SAARC countries than the price of the permit is $2 US and TIMS Card is $10 US.
Trekking on your own and trekking through a travel agency is a bit different, so if you trek by yourself the color of TIMS card will be Green cost $20 US, and Through agency will be blue color cost $10 US.
There are two places- Kathmandu and Pokhara to apply for your trek permit. You just be prepared with your passport size photos 2 each and local currency 5,000 each for TIMS and ACAP permit. However, the place to get permits in Kathmandu is from the Nepal Tourism Board office at Bhirkutimandab, similarly, in Pokhara, you can get a permit from the Damside Nepal tourism board office.
Annapurna circuit trekking FAQs in details click this link
1. No pressure, no this- it’s all free,
2. Relatively much Cheaper,
3. Own decision,
4. You will feel More Adventure- you can try where ever you want to go out of the main trail,
5. You can save money from the food and Accommodation,
6. You can choose Lodges,
7. You need to care about others,
8. Any time your guide, coordinate to related place in case if you have an emergency,
9. The guide walks with you so that you feel more secure from a thief, Wild animals, and scary people, plus he also reserves your accommodation as it is important in peak season,
10. A part of trek having a guide means you are traveling and also contributing to the local economy.
1. You may be losing the trails,
2. You have to depend on yourself- sometimes you may need suggestion for your safety,
3. You also miss some wonderful Cultural places- local guide knows more,
4. You have to manage yourself Accommodation, reservation, permit, food Vehicles, etc. Yourself so it’s kind of pressure,
5. You may choose the wrong tea house to eat and sleep,
6. You may lose in the forest so that is a bit dangerous,
7. You may share the room with unknown trekkers in peak season, which is not safe some time,
8. You will have different behavior from the hotel staff, especially if you are single trekkers,
9. The problem of communication some time with locals,
10. You may disrespect the local culture and people.