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One of the most famous trekking routes in the world is the Annapurna Circuit Trek, which continues to draw thousands of trekkers each year. Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the world's most popular classical and diverse treks in Nepal. It is the second most popular trek in Nepal in terms of numbers.


We have carefully designed this trek to allow proper exploration of unique landscapes with short trekking. Annapurna Circuit trek takes us around the entire Annapurna massif reaching the highest point of the trek, Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,769 ft.). Walking through the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki gorge with views of Annapurna I rising to the east and Dhaulagiri to the west would be an unforgettable journey of your life. It offers superb views of mountains and a variety of landscapes. The trek passes through sub-tropical alpine peaks to barren semi-desert-like landscapes during this trek. It is best described as the most heartwarming and happening trekking route in the world. 


Annapurna Circuit Trek Highlights

    It's regarded as one of the world's top hikes.

    You will pass through the most diverse landscape starting from low-altitude lush forests and terraced fields to alpine meadows and rocky paths before finally reaching Thorong La Pass(5416 m).

    Witness extraordinary peaks like Mt. Annapurna, Thorung Peak, Nilgiri, Chulu West, and Chulu East, Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV

    Visit places like Barge Monastery and Muktinath which holds incredible religious significance for Hindus and Buddhists.

    Pass through magnificent lakes, glaciers, deep gorges, and stunning waterfalls along the trail.

    Natural hot springs at Tatopani where you can choose to take a dip.

    The stunning landscape of Manang and Mustang

    Explore the ancient village of Manang

    The world's deepest Kali Gandaki gorge

    Great cultural insight into Gurung and Magar communities

    The focal point of this trek is Annapurna Mountain which is the tenth-highest mountain in the world. The mountain is named after a goddess. In Sanskrit it translates as "giver of nourishment" as the words anna means "food" or "meal" and purna means "complete" or "full".
    This spectacular trekking route in the Annapurna region is open since 1977. Crossing over Thorong La Pass is both the highlight and challenge of the Annapurna Circuit trek. Annapurna Circuit Trek also called Round Annapurna Trek and Thorong Pass Trek offers a high pass between two distinct Manang and Mustang. This pass also lies between the seventh and tenth highest mountain in the world (Dhaulagiri and Annapurna) which is a beautiful real sense of achievement.

     
    It provides gigantic views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Chulu West on the way up. Likewise, from the top, you can see the region of the Besides, the trail winds down to Muktinath, a revered and sacred spot for both Hindus and Buddhists. Muktinath is also referred to as Chumig Gyatsa (a hundred-odd spring) by Buddhists. The cold water from the mountain springs is carried through 108 cow’s head faucets. It is behind the Vishnu temple. It is said to flow from the sacred lake of Manasarovar near Mount Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva. 


    Thorong La Pass

    Thorong La Pass serves as a defining chapter within the epic narrative of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. At an awe-inspiring altitude of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet), this pass presents an ultimate test of trekkers' determination and fortitude. 

    Ascent to the pass is a strenuous undertaking, marked by steep inclines, challenging rocky paths, and the thinning air that comes with high elevation. However, the true magnificence of Thorong La Pass lies not only in the physical struggle but in the unparalleled rewards it offers. 

    Upon reaching the summit, an all-encompassing vista unfolds, showcasing a majestic amphitheater of towering peaks that extend as far as the eye can see. This panoramic display, with Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, and other peaks as its stars, elicits a profound sense of accomplishment and awe. Yet, Thorong La Pass is not solely about conquering nature's heights; it's about conquering personal barriers, fostering camaraderie with fellow trekkers sharing the same aspiration, and embracing the spiritual significance bestowed upon the pass by local cultures. 

    Crossing this pass isn't just a one-time feat—it becomes a wellspring of inspiration and growth that resonates long after the trek concludes, reminding adventurers of the power of determination and the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas.


    Cultural experience

    The Annapurna Circuit Trek region boasts a captivating cultural tapestry characterized by a diverse array of ethnic groups and traditions. As you traverse this breathtaking landscape, you'll encounter the warm-hearted Gurung people with their vibrant festivals and hearty cuisine, the culinary-savvy Thakali community known for their delectable dishes, and the Manangi people who maintain strong connections to Tibetan culture and language. 

    The influence of Tibetan Buddhism is pervasive, evident in the monasteries, prayer flags, and chortens that dot the trail. Moving into the Upper Mustang and Nar Phu Valley regions, you'll step into a world reminiscent of "Little Tibet," where ancient traditions and unique architecture thrive. 

    The journey offers intimate insights into the rituals, festivals, and daily lives of these diverse communities, creating a profound and enriching cultural experience that resonates long after the trek's end. From the warmth of homestay interactions to the exhilaration of joining in traditional festivities, the trek becomes a multi-sensory portal into the heart of these cultures. 


    Location and Geography

    The Annapurna Circuit Trek is situated in the Annapurna region of Nepal, within the central part of the Himalayas. This iconic trek circumnavigates the Annapurna Massif, which is a range of towering peaks that includes some of the world's highest mountains. The tour passes through a diverse range of landscapes due to the variation in altitude, taking trekkers through lush subtropical forests, terraced fields, and alpine meadows, and finally reaching the high mountain desert terrain of Manang.

    The circuit traditionally starts and ends in the town of Besisahar, which is located in the Lamjung District of Nepal. From there, the trail progresses through various stages, passing through notable places like Manang, Muktinath, and Jomsom. The highlight of the trek is crossing the Thorong La Pass, which connects the Manang and Mustang valleys and stands at an altitude of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet).

    Overall, the Annapurna Circuit Trek is a journey through a mosaic of geographical features, offering trekkers an opportunity to experience the full spectrum of Nepal's natural beauty and topographical diversity.


    Annapurna Circuit Trek Route

    The Annapurna Circuit Trek encompasses a captivating circular route around the majestic Annapurna Massif. You will trek about 160-230 kilometers (100-143 miles) in the Himalayan terrain. Starting in Besisahar, the trek winds through diverse landscapes, taking trekkers from lush forests and terraced fields to arid valleys and high mountain passes. 

    Passing through villages like Dharapani, Chame, and Pisang, the trail reveals a spectrum of cultures and traditions. As altitude increases, the trek reaches Manang, offering a crucial acclimatization stop, before ascending further to the challenging Thorong La Pass. 

    Descending to Muktinath, the journey transitions to the desert-like region of Mustang. Passing through picturesque villages like Marpha and Ghorepani, and taking in panoramic vistas from Poon Hill, the route eventually concludes in Nayapul, with a final drive to the enchanting lakeside city of Pokhara. The Annapurna Circuit Trek's unparalleled blend of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and diverse terrain ensures an unforgettable adventure.



    Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary

    Day 1 and 2: Arrival in Kathmandu and drive to Besisahar

    Day 3: Besisahar to Chame drive

    Day 4: Chame to Pisang

    Day 5: Pisang to Manang

    Day 6: Acclimatization Day in Manang

    Day 7: Manang to Yak Kharka

    Day 8: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi

    Day 9: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass

    Day 10: Muktinath to Jomsom

    Day 11: Jomsom to Pokhara Flight

    Day 12: Pokhara to Kathmandu drive


    Annapurna Circuit Trek Distance

    The Annapurna Circuit is approximately  230 kilometers long (145 miles) however we will not trek from Beshisahar to Chame Part because of the road accessibility, so this trek will be  Some hikers avoid it here because the circuit has been tarred in recent years. Many trekkers opt to complete the Manaslu Circuit trip instead for the same reason. Nowadays, most Annapurna Circuit Trek itineraries are shorter than the traditional three-week trek, which was once the norm.


    It makes more sense to look at the number of days rather than the distance while viewing itineraries. Make sure to complete the Annapurna Circuit Trek in at least 13 days if you want to do it perfectly with proper acclimatization. A fantastic example of a 13-day itinerary is provided here. It can also be completed in 17 days if you have additional time. Both will enable ideal acclimatization and enjoyment of the Annapurna Massif's magnificence.



    Annapurna circuit trek days

    You will trek for a total of 8 days while the other 4 days will be transportation and flights.



    Annapurna circuit trek altitude

    Starting from Besisahar at 800 meters, above sea level the trail goes uphill gradually passing through villages such as Chame and Pisang. The elevation climbs to around 2,670 and 3,200 meters in these villages. As hikers journey towards the village of Manang nestled at 3,540 meters they enter a high altitude area with alpine meadows and towering peaks. The elevation gains become more noticeable as they trek to Yak Kharka, Thorong Phedi and eventually conquer the Thorong La Pass, which's the highest point of the trek standing at 5,416 meters. After descending from the pass they reach Muktinath before heading towards Jomsom where the elevation gradually drops. The trek finally ends in Pokhara at around 820 meters, above sea level.

    Itinerary

    Welcome to the home of the world’s highest mountains and often known as the Amazon of Asia. Upon your arrival at the capital, Tribhuvan International Airport, one of the representatives of Bold Himalaya will be waiting for you. After greetings, you will be dropped to your hotel room and helped with check-in. Later you will be briefed about your Annapurna Circuit trip by Company together with our guide.
    Overnight at Kathmandu hotel

    Our Annapurna Circuit trek starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar. After early morning breakfast in the hotel, Our trek guide will come to pick you up for the drive. After six to seven hours of driving (175km) admiring terraced farms and huts into the hills and on a road along the Trishuli and Marshyangdi Rivers, we reach the beautiful Besisahar. 
    Besisahar District (headquarter of Lamjung) is the entry point for the Annapurna Circuit. From the north of Besisahar, you can have beautiful views of Annapurna II, Machhapuchhre, and Lamjung Himal. Overnight at Besisahar.

    From Besisahar, we have to drive to Chame after breakfast. Besisahar to Chame off-road drives following the Marsyandi River drive present the stunning Greaney landscape, cultivated lands, beautiful waterfalls( Chamche waterfall and Syange waterfall), many local villages, and many more.
    With the off-road drive following the Marsyangdi River steadily uphill to Tal village. Passing across beautiful waterfalls, barley, and potato fields we reach the entire way towards Dharapani.
    After some rest at Dharapani, we start driving to Chame from Dharapani passing through the typical flat-roofed stone houses of local Tibetans to the Bagarchhap. Cross the village surrounded by apple Orchards and maize fields. We continue our trek through the forest near the river to Kopar at 2,590m. And finally, we reach the headquarter of the Manang district, Chame. 

    On reaching Chame you will be rewarded with amazing views of the Himalayas including Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, and Lamjung Himal. And today’s trek also comes across small hot springs. You can enjoy this magical natural hot spring on the bank of the Marshyangdi River.

    Today is the first day to start the trek of Annapurna Circuit (Annapurna Round) trek follows a steep and narrow path through a very dense forest. With the steepest part of the Marsayangdi valley, the dramatic curved rock face rises 1,500m from the river to the vertical rock. And after passing through the last bit of rock, the valley opens up with majestic vistas. 
    Then crossing the bridge at 3,040m, the soaring Paungda Danda rock face begins to appear. The trail joins us to climb to Pisang via Dukur Pokhari with a great view of great sceneries from here and we continue walking until we reach upper Pisang. we can visit upper Pisang village offers an amazing Himalayan view, Annapurna II and Annapurna IV. Overnight at Upper Pisang.

    After breakfast in Pisang, we follow the trail through the drier upper part of the Manang district. You can notice that people of this region herd the yaks & raise crops for part of the year. From here the trails separate.
    The trekking routers route goes up to Ghyaru, It is the ascent village that offers amazing scenery of the Himalayas, and the valley the northern route goes through Ghyaru. Form Ghyaru Nawal reached as the trek continue for around one and a half hours.

    Nawal is one of the oldest villages of Manang lies on the lap of the hill and offers standing straight-ahead views of Annapurna I, Annapurna Second, Gangapurna many more.

    Continuing the northern bank of the river passing the hidden village of Braga at 3,475m we reach the main downtown of Manang village where we stay for the night and prepare for the next day.

    As today is an acclimatization day in Manang, we will hike to Chongkor's viewpoint. From this viewpoint, we get an amazing view of the pristine Gangapurna Lake with a backdrop of the Annapurna range, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, Chulo Peak, Thorong Peak, and others. The view of the Gangapurna glacier is breathtaking from the viewpoint.
    Before reaching the viewpoint we crossed the Marsyangdi River and reached Gangapurna Lake. This glacial lake situated at a height of 3,540 meters is formed from the glaciers of Mt. Gangapurna, Annapurna IV, Khangsar Kang, and Glacier Dome. similarly, we can also hike to the Braga village and visit the Himalayan Rescue Association.
    Alternatively, we can hike to Ice Lake which is around 1000m straight above Brakha makes you good acclimatize and prepare for training to cross Thorong La Pass. On clear weather days, Ice Lake offers you can see a perfect reflection of Annapurna Third. It is highly recommended hike Manang to Ice Lake hike take around 8 hours to go and back where you may encounter some Himalayan goats. 
    After this beautiful visit to the viewpoint and Gangapurna Lake or Ice Lake, we return to Manang where we rest for the night and prepare for tomorrow's hike.

    From Manang village, we continue our trek climbing to the village of Tenki, crossing a stream. Further climbing out of the Marsyangdi Valley and turning northwest we arrive at Jarsang Khola. Then we follow the valley towards the north.
    We pass a few pastures and juniper trees with the gain of elevation we come across the small village of Ghunsa. Follow the trail that goes through meadows and crosses a small river on a wooden bridge. Then trail traverses up the ancient Mani wall and we reach another village, Yak Kharka. Overnight stay at Yak Kharka.

    We’ll begin our trek with an interesting high-altitude walk for some time. Then we cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. After Ledar village, we furthermore ascend and pass through towering cliffs that lead us to Thorong Phedi. 
    We will have some rest in Thorong Phedi. With the best view of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Khatungkan, Mt. Syagang, and Thorong Peak throughout the trek, we have a final climb for an hour uphill to Through High Camp. Overnight at Thorong High Camp

    Today we will be crossing one of the highest passes in the world, Thorong La. After breakfast, the earlier morning we start our trek with a thrill and highlight the great adventure. Passing through one of the most beautiful and achieving parts of the Annapurna Circuit (Round Annapurna) with majestic views on the way up of Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Chulu West we get closer to Thorong La Pass. 
    Khatanga Kang and the colorful peak of Thourungtse come into view. Finally, after a long climb up with the steep harvest and amazing views, we reach the top of Thorong La at the elevation of 5,416m/17,769ft, the high point of the trek. From the top, you can have 3600 views of mountain views and the region of the upper Mustang. Khatun Kang and Yaskawa Jang are the mountains forming Throng La After walking through the icy high-altitude trail while gazing at the breathtaking Himalayas scenery, we begin our long descent to Muktinath valley.

    Muktinath, the famous Vishnu temple is located in Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La pass. It is one of the highest temples in the world, sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. Overnight at Muktinath.

    In the morning we visit the most pilgrimage temple Muktinath, a Vishnu temple, and head toward Jomsom. It will be an easier journey with a moderate walk through the Kaligandaki River valley. 
    Continuing along the deepest gorge, Kaligandaki River Gorge with the amazing view of Annapurna I on one side and Dhaulagiri on the other side we ascend through Lupra villages we reach Jomsom.

    Jomsom is the entry point of the Upper Mustang Trek region. We then walk to one of the most charming villages with white-painted houses, paved streets, and lodges. Overnight at Jomsom

    Jomsom is headquartered in the town of the Mustang area with a small airstrip above Kaligandaki River. After breakfast in Jomsom, we take an early morning flight to Pokhara. A flight from and to Jomsom is possible only in the morning.
    You will be blessed by the absolute views of the Dhaulagiri range, glacier, and some amazing Annapurna range. Further, with beautiful views of Machhapuchhre and Kaligandaki valley. We will have around 20 mins flight from Jomsom to Pokhara we will transfer you to your hotel. You can spend the rest in the hotel or explore nearby places. Overnight at Pokhara 

    Today we will leave the beautiful lake city of Pokhara. After a delicious breakfast, we drive towards Kathmandu. With the beautiful scenic drive along the famous Trishuli River, we reach Kathmandu after around 7-8 hours. 
    On reaching Kathmandu, you can have some rest and later do some souvenir shopping. In the evening we will have a cultural dinner as a farewell. Overnight at Kathmandu

    One of our representatives will escort you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. But, if you want to spend more time exploring Nepal then we offer a wide variety of tour packages which you can choose from based on your interest.

    Included & Excluded Items in the Trip Package

    Included

    • All ground transportation (including airport pick up/drop) by private tourist vehicles.

      Three-star category hotel in the city(Pokhara, Kathmandu) in twin sharing bed with breakfast basis & standard trekking lodge in Annapurna Circuit Trekking route.

      Jomsom to Pokhara Drive by sharing transport.

      Whole accommodations during trips.

      Some necessary equivalents sleeping bag & Down jacket (if you need, return after trek).

      Full meals during trekking as mention in the itinerary (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner ).

      Essential First aid medicine items.

      Annapurna Conservation Area Trekking permit & TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System).

      Necessary staff, guide & porters their salary, accommodation, meals and their insurance, professional guide (for two guests one porter to carry baggage).

      One special cultural show and farewell dinner program.

      Duffle Bag, T-shirt, and Trip certificate .

      Our government/Local taxes and official expenses

    Excluded

    • Extra meals in Kathmandu & Pokhara (Except Breakfast).

      Dessert & any types of drinks during the trip.

      Your international air ticket & travel insurance.

      Tips for the trekking crew members

     Reasons to do Annapurna Circuit Trek / Annapurna Round / Thorong La Pass Trek

    • Most diverse trek in terms of scenery and altitude (760m to 5416m)
    • Oligotrophic glacier lakes Ice Lake and Gangapurna Lake 
    • Ascent Village monastery, memorials, and walls 
    • Gigantic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Rage
    • Muktinath is the Most popular Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site
    • Experience at once real ethnic Nepali and Tibetan culture
    • Every year listed as the best trekking route in the world
    • Highest pass trekking between the seventh and tenth highest mountain in the world


     

    Useful tips to make the perfect Annapurna Circuit Trek / Annapurna Round / Thorong La Pass Trek 

    • Start trekking from a lower altitude to prevent altitude sickness
    • Try the natural hot spring at Chame 
    • Go Trekking through Ghyaru and Nawal village for stunning scenery and ascent villages 
    • Hike to Ice Lake for Thorong pass preparation and best acclimatization
    • Pack lightweight
    • Bring water purification tablets or a filter bottle
    • Bring a solar power bank
    • Avoid the heavy rains and snowfall season (i.e. June, July, August and December, January, and February)

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    List of Mountains you see during this Trek

    The Annapurna Massif primarily supplies high peaks on the Annapurna Circuit. One peak over 8000 meters, thirteen peaks over 7000 meters, and sixteen more peaks over 6000 meters can be found in this massif. To put things in perspective: The height of Mount Kilimanjaro is 5,896 meters. When hiking the Annapurna Circuit, you can o observe the following peaks.


    • Annapurna I Central (8,041 m – 26,414 ft)
    • Annapurna II (7,937 m – 26,040 ft)
    • Annapurna III (7,555 m – 24,786 ft)
    • Annapurna IV (7,525 m – 24,688 ft)
    • Annapurna South (7,219 m – 23,684 ft)
    • Annapurna Fang (7,647 m – 25,089 ft)
    • Khangsar Kang (7,485 m – 24,557 ft)
    • Tarke Kang (7,202 m – 23,629 ft)
    • Lachenal Peak (7,140 m – 23,425 ft)
    • Tilicho Peak (7,135 m – 23,409 ft)
    • Nilgiri Himal North (7,061 m – 23,166 ft)
    • Nilgiri Himal Central (6,940 m – 22,769 ft)
    • Nilgiri Himal South (6,839 m – 22,438 ft)
    • Machhapuchchhre a.k.a. Fish Tail Mountain (6,993 m – 22,943 ft)
    • Hiunchuli (6,441 m – 21,132 ft)
    • Gandharba Chuli (6,248 m – 20,499 ft)
    • Gangapurna (7,455 m – 24,457 ft)



    Annapurna Circuit Trek Cost

    The Annapurna Circuit will cost you 750 USD. It will include most of the essential services such as food, accommodation, and transportation. For more comprehensive detail check out the include/exclude section of this page.



    Best time for Annapurna Circuit Trek

    Autumn (September, October, and November) and Spring (March, April, and May) are the best seasons for the Annapurna Circuit Trek (Thorong La Pass Trek). both seasons offer blue sky with clear views, absolute temperature, and fewer chances of rainfall and snowfall. Blooming small flowers in autumn and tall big flower trees in spring make the trek stunning.


    Winter seasons (December, January, and February) are also the doable season for the Annapurna Circuit Trek (Round Annapurna Trek) which offers crystal clear mountain views although sometimes heavy snowfall may get difficult to cross the high pass of the trek.


    It is difficult to complete the Annapurna Circuit during the rainy season because the rainy season (June, July, and August), heavy rainfall may occur landside, and floods which make it difficult in lower altitude trekking areas, and white mountains may be covered by clouds although high-flow of water in rivers and waterfalls and greenery all around the trekking routes makes trek beautiful.



    The weather of Annapurna Circuit Trek / Annapurna Round / Thorong La Pass Trek 

    Normally, the weather in high mountain areas is difficult to predict. In the rainy season (June, July, and August) the lower trekking area gets more rainfall  likewise the higher trekking area on the mountainside gets more snowfall in winter (December, January, and February)


    The temperature of Annapurna Circuit Trek varies in their places even at the elevation of the same place facing different directions have different temperatures. so Temperature the approximate temperature of  major places of Annapurna Annapurna Circuit Trek / Annapurna Round / Thorong La Pass Trek are as follows 


    Place SeasonTemperature (Approximately)
    Chame

    Autumn (September October and November) and Spring (March April May) 
    In winter ( December January, and February)

    Day times 7 to 20 degrees Celsius 

    Day time 3 to 10 degrees Celsius 

    ManangAutumn (September October and November) and Spring (March, April, and May)
    In Winter ( December, January, February)

    Day time 5 to 15 degrees Celsius 

    Day time 7 to -10 degrees Celsius

    Thorong La Pass

     Autumn (September October and November) and Spring (March, April, and May)
    In winter  ( December, January, and February)

    Daytime is 2 to -10 degrees Celsius


    Day time 0 to -20 degrees Celsius 

    JomsomAutumn (September October and November) and Spring (March April May)
    In Winter  ( December, January, February)

    Day time 5 to 15 Degrees Celsius

    Day time 4 to 12 Degrees Celsius



    Annapurna Circuit Trek Difficulty

    Trekking the Annapurna Circuit is quite an adventure. The high altitude, along the route is a factor that adds to its level of difficulty. It involves significant altitude gain, varied terrain, and long walking days. Thorung La, the pass in the region reaches a height of 5416 meters. This part of the trek can be particularly tough due to heavy snowfall leading to occasional closures. Moreover, you'll be consistently above 3000 meters, throughout your journey navigating through some of the terrains characterized by rocky slopes and steep paths.


    Physical fitness, mental stamina, and proper acclimatization are essential. Weather conditions, including cold temperatures and snow at higher altitudes, can add to the challenge. While not overly technical, the trek demands solid trekking skills.


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    Annapurna Circuit Trek Preparation

    Physical Preparation:

    Cardiovascular Fitness: To increase your endurance, practice frequent aerobic exercises like jogging, cycling, or swimming. Long periods of walking are required when trekking, therefore having good cardiovascular health will help you withstand the continual physical strain.


    Strength training: Focus on strengthening your legs, core, and upper body during strength training. To improve your entire body's strength, stability, and balance, use exercises like squats, lunges, push-ups, and planks.


    Hiking practice: Practice your hiking by going on hikes or lengthy walks that mimic the circumstances of a trek. To develop your endurance and become adapted to various terrains, gradually increase the distance and elevation gain.


    Mental Preparation:

    Mental Resilience: Train your mind to overcome challenges and discomfort. Push yourself during training sessions to develop mental toughness that will help you tackle difficult sections of the trek.


    Adaptability: Develop the ability to adapt to changing conditions. Training in different weather and terrains can help you become more adaptable to unexpected situations.


    Preparation Research: Read about the trek, its challenges, and the experiences of other trekkers. Knowledge about what to expect can reduce anxiety and help you mentally prepare.


    How to prevent Altitude sickness?

    Here are some important things to keep in mind to minimize the risk of altitude sickness:


    • Ascend gradually: Follow an itinerary that allows for proper acclimatization. Avoid gaining more than 300-500 meters (1,000-1,600 feet) in elevation per day above 2,500 meters (8,200 feet).
    • To avoid dehydration, consume moderate amounts of alcohol and coffee while drinking lots of fluids to stay hydrated.
    • Eat a balanced diet strong in carbs, and stay away from greasy, spicy, and heavy foods that can be difficult to digest at higher elevations.
    • To stay warm, layer your clothing. The symptoms of altitude sickness might be made worse by cold weather.
    • Acetazolamide (Diamox) can be prescribed by a doctor to help prevent altitude sickness. Discuss the dosage and possible side effects.
    • Be aware of early signs of altitude sickness, such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, and loss of appetite.
    • If symptoms of altitude sickness worsen or become severe, descend immediately to a lower elevation. Do not ignore the signs.
    • Alcohol and sleeping pills can suppress your respiratory system, which is already compromised at high altitudes.
    • If you have a history of respiratory or cardiac issues, consult a doctor before attempting high-altitude trekking.
    • Follow the advice of your guides, as they are knowledgeable about altitude-related risks and prevention.


    Medical check-up before the trek

    This examination includes a review of your general health, cardiovascular health, lung function, and routine blood tests. Consulting a doctor is essential if you have pre-existing conditions or concerns in order to receive individualized guidance and safety measures. 


    To provide time for any necessary changes or treatments, it is recommended to get the check-up a few weeks prior to the expedition. 



    Documents required for Annapurna Circuit Trek

    Passport

    Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after the day you intend to leave Nepal.


    Visa:

    Get a tourist visa for Nepal either in advance of your trip or at the Kathmandu airport. You will need to supply a passport, two passport-size pictures, information on your accommodations, proof of travel insurance, etc. in order to get a VISA. Following your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, we will process and provide the visa to you.


    Travel Insurance:

    Although it is not mandatory, however, it is a remote area trek of Nepal so buying travel insurance manages unpredictable financial risk and gives protection to travel freely. Travel insurance should cover medical treatment and helicopter rescue expenses up to the maximum elevation (5416m) of the trek.


    Annapurna Circuit Trek Permits

    Trekking within the Annapurna Conservation Area requires the following permits:


    Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP).

    TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) Card.


    We will help you provide these permits, so you can rest assured.



    Available Facilities in Annapurna Circuit Trek

    Drinking water facility in the Annapurna Circuit Trek

    While you are on Annapurna Circuit Trek you need to drink 3-4 liters of water as per your physical exercise and body structure  All the tea houses of Annapurna Circuit Trek (Round Annapurna Trek) provide safe drinking water, as well as a mineral water facility which you can get everyone to two hours, however, buying the mineral water at such a high altitude, can be expensive and drinking tap water may not be safe. So, we request to all our trekkers make water drinkable by using a water filter bottle or purification tablets which helps to save the budget as well as nature. 


    Electricity facility in Annapurna Circuit Trek

    During the Annapurna Circuit Trek, all the tea houses provide good electricity facilities to charge your gadgets and lights in the room. Charging your gadgets may take extra in high-altitude areas. Taking a solar power bank if you have one can be the best option to save your budget. 


    Wi-Fi and Mobile networks in Annapurna Circuit Trekking Route

    Nepal's local mobile networks (NTC & Ncell) work in most of the area of Annapurna Circuit Trek where you can use 4G Internet. likewise, all the trekking lodges provide Wi-Fi facilities which take extra charge in high-altitude areas. 


    Hot Shower and Laundry

    There is a good facility for the hot shower during Annapurna Circuit Trek although a few tea houses only at lower altitudes trekking area provide laundry services so we request to all our trekkers bring enough clothes to change into if they got dirty. 


    ATM and Bank 

    On the Annapurna Circuit trekking routes Chame, Muktinath, and Jomsom only have some banks and ATMs even these may not work sometimes and all the banks do not provide foreign money exchange facilities so request to carry enough money that should be enough for the trek. and also there is no registered money exchange counter to exchange your money with Nepalese rupees.


    Free Airport transfers

    Navigating through a country you've never visited can be quite challenging. That's why we offer airport transfer services, for guests who have booked our trek package. Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu you'll easily spot our representative holding a sign with your name and our company name. They will warmly greet you. Accompany you to your hotel in a vehicle. This service is extended to all our clients to ensure they feel welcomed and supported in an environment without any worries, about getting.


    Annapurna Circuit Trek Guide

    Guide and porter will enhance your Annapurna Circuit Trek, providing a well-rounded experience and easing logistical challenges. A local guide is a knowledgeable companion who brings depth to your journey. They possess insights into the trail's intricacies, pointing out hidden gems and explaining the local flora, fauna, and culture. 


    Guides provide reassurance in navigation, ensuring you stay on the right track even in areas where paths might be less defined. Moreover, their cultural insights add a layer of context to your surroundings, offering tales of local history, traditions, and customs. We generally provide a single guide for a group size of 5-6 trekkers, whereas, for larger groups, additional guides are provided.


    On the practical side, porters play a pivotal role in lightening your physical load. Carrying the bulk of your trekking gear and equipment, they allow you to hike with a lighter daypack, enhancing your comfort and enjoyment. Porters are familiar with the terrain and can deftly navigate challenging sections, ensuring a smoother journey.



    Annapurna Circuit Trek Trek Packing List

    Clothing:

    • Lightweight Moisture-Wicking T-Shirts (long and short-sleeved)
    • Thermal Base Layers (tops and bottoms)
    • Insulated Jacket or Down Vest
    • Fleece or Softshell Jacket
    • Waterproof and Windproof Jacket (with hood)
    • Trekking Pants (convertible to shorts is a plus)
    • Waterproof and Windproof Pants
    • Warm Hat and Gloves
    • Sun Hat or Cap
    • Sunglasses with UV Protection
    • Quick-Drying Underwear and Socks (synthetic or Merino wool)
    • Lightweight Sleepwear


    Footwear:

    • Sturdy and Comfortable Trekking Boots (broken-in)
    • Camp Shoes or Sandals (for relaxing at lodges)
    • Wool or Synthetic Socks (multiple pairs)


    Accessories:

    • Trekking Poles (helpful for descents and uneven terrain)
    • Headlamp with Extra Batteries
    • Reusable Water Bottle or Hydration System
    • Water Purification Tablets or Filter
    • Basic First Aid Kit (bandages, antiseptic, pain relievers, etc.)
    • Personal Medications
    • Insect Repellent and Sunscreen (SPF 30+)
    • Lip Balm with Sun Protection
    • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, etc.)
    • Quick-Drying Towel


    Miscellaneous:

    • Backpack (40-50 liters)
    • Daypack (smaller size for daily essentials)
    • Dry Bags or Ziplock Bags (for keeping electronics and clothes dry)
    • Travel Adapter and Charging Cables
    • Portable Battery Charger
    • Camera and Binoculars (optional)
    • Snacks and Energy Bars



    Nepal Visa Process 

    Except for Indian citizens, Every foreigner requires a visa to enter Nepal. Expect Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, and Syria all foreigners can get an arrival visa at International Airport or each Entry border. Travelers need to fulfill the following requirements to get a Nepal visa 


    • Original passport which is valid for at least the next two months and two blank visa pages.
    • The Nepal Tourist Visa Application Form (completed online and printed)
    • Photocopies of the personal information page of your passport.
    • At least one recent passport-size picture of yourself.
    • The completed and signed Nepal Tourist Visa Application form.
    • Proof of sufficient financial means.
    • Proof of having paid the Nepal visa fee. 
    • Proof of accommodation in Nepal (such as a hotel reservation or an address)
    • Valid return flight or travel ticket



    The weight limits for Porter and Jomsom Pokhara flight

    One porter carries the 20 kg loads for 2 guests which means one guest's load should be around 10 kg similarly if you have backpacks of more than around 10 kg please feel free to inform us similarly Jomsom Pokhara flight allowed 10 kg baggage and 5kg hand-carry if your total backpack is more than 15 kg the airline will charge extra cost calculated in per kg system.


    Tipping in Nepal

    Tipping guides and porters are an important aspect of the trekking culture in Nepal. It is a way to show your appreciation for their hard work, dedication, and the services they provide. Generally, we recommend you tip 15% to 20% of the total trek cost to the guides and porters.


    Respectable Etiquette

    Here are some respectful etiquette guidelines to follow:


    • When going through or entering a hamlet, say "Namaste" (hands clasped in front of your chest) or "Tashi Delek" (in Tibetan regions) to the inhabitants.
    • When visiting villages or areas with places of worship, dress modestly by covering your shoulders and knees. Respect for regional traditions and customs is shown in this.
    • Before photographing locals, especially in close-ups, always get their consent. If they choose not to, respect their decision.
    • Avoid intrusive photography in religious sites and during sensitive moments.
    • Remove your shoes before entering homes, monasteries, and temples. Follow local customs for entering sacred places.
    • Dispose of waste responsibly. Carry a reusable water bottle to minimize plastic waste and carry out all non-biodegradable trash.
    • Observe wildlife from a distance without disturbing animals or their habitats.
    • Avoid picking plants or disturbing natural formations.
    • Practice the "Leave No Trace" principles by minimizing your impact on the environment and leaving the trail as you found it.



    Expandable Trekking options


    Upper Mustang Extension:

    From Kagbeni (a village on the Annapurna Circuit), you can continue into the restricted area of Upper Mustang. This extension takes you to the "Forbidden Kingdom" with its unique Tibetan-influenced culture, ancient monasteries, and desert-like landscapes.


    Nar Phu Valley with Annapurna Circuit Trek

    Before reaching Manang on the Annapurna Circuit, take a detour to the hidden Nar Phu Valley. This remote region offers off-the-beaten-path trekking, traditional Tibetan villages, and spectacular mountain scenery.


    Manaslu Circuit Trek:

    After completing the Annapurna Circuit, travel to the neighboring Manaslu region to embark on the Manaslu Circuit Trek. This trek offers diverse landscapes, cultural encounters, and the challenging Larkya La Pass.


     

    Keep in mind that these extensions often require additional permits due to their restricted and special region status. It's important to arrange the necessary permits and adhere to local regulations.


    Accommodation

    While in Kathmandu, you will stay in cozy 3-star hotels to ensure convenience and proximity to neighborhood facilities. We prioritize quality, cleanliness, and individualized service while providing a variety of solutions to fit various budgets. 

    Teahouses, small guesthouses judiciously positioned along the trail, serve as the majority of lodging during the trek. These teahouses provide trekkers with simple but pleasant lodging options, including shared rooms with twin or bunk beds, basic linen, and public restrooms. Although some teahouses in more affluent locations might have private rooms with adjoining bathrooms, the overriding focus is on efficiency rather than luxury. 

    Heating might be available in common areas, but it's advisable to carry warm clothing and a reliable sleeping bag for chilly nights. Teahouses often serve meals, making it convenient to enjoy breakfast and dinner on-site. Electricity and Wi-Fi availability can vary, and connectivity might be limited in remote regions. 

    We book accommodations in advance, which is necessary, especially during peak trekking seasons. Our guide will take complete responsibility for securing accommodations, communicating preferences, and enhancing your overall experience as you traverse the breathtaking landscapes and immerse yourself in the unique hospitality of the local communities along the Annapurna Circuit.

    About Meal

    In this package, we will provide varieties of Nepali, Indian, Chinese, and Continental hygienic and fresh food with full board meals ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek and breakfast in Kathmandu. You have to choose for the food whatever you want from the Menu. 


    For breakfast, most of the places as a portion of food will have Tost, Potato, Gurung bread Omelet, Chapati, Curry, Noodle soups,  Pancake, Musli Rice Pudding, and Sandwich, with different types of soups items, bread as well as egg times


    Likewise for lunch during the Annapurna Circuit Trek: Dal Bhat (Rice, curry, lentil, pickle) Mo Mo, Chowmin, Thukpa, Curry rice, Pizza, Pasta, Macaroni, Burger, Spring roll, fried rice, Sizzler, French fried, etc. 


    Similarly, dinner includes Dal Bhat, Mo: Mo, fried rice, Chiwmin, Thukpa, boiled egg,  Chapati curry, Pizza, Thenduk, spring roll, sizzler, thukpa, spaghetti, curry with rice and bread, etc. 

    As it altitude, trekkers have to cross 5416m/17769ft, so it seems a difficult trek however, Annapurna Circuit Trek gradually starts climbing from a low altitude of 650m those who have a good preparation before the trek with enough acclimatization during the trek and climbing step by step in a friendly environment make it easier even for beginners trekkers. 

    The best time for Annapurna Circuit Trek is Autumn (September, October, and November) and Spring (March, April, and May) because these season blossoms beautiful mountain flower and also offers the best view of high mountain with clear sky. although some trekkers do trekking in winter too however sometimes this season may effect by heavy snowfall and temperature drops around -10 to-20 degrees centigrade.

    9 days is the main trekking day of Annapurna Circuit Trek if the trek starts from Chame and ends in Jomsom. There are different trek starting points such as Beshisahar, Bhilbhule, and Chame similarly it can end in Muktinath, Kagbeni, or Jomsom so the total days of the Annapurna Circuit Trek depend on where the trek starts and where it ends, It can be complete between 9 to 16 days. 

    Doing the Annapurna Circuit Trek is itself an achievement because of its high pass of 5416m. The most popular Annapurna  Circuit Trek is a hundred percent worth it trek of the world, it offers the world's most diverse landscape and local culture, straight standing view of high mountains, oligotrophic lakes, ancient monastery and villages and walls, world's most popular pilgrimage destination for Hindu and Buddhist. It is also the chance to see closely the world's seventh and tenth highest mountains of the world. 

    As compared to Everest Base Camp Tre it is a less hard trek because in Annapurna Circuit Trek you don't need to sleep above the 5000m whereas during the Everest Base Camp Trek you have to sleep Gorakshep 5164m. Climbing the Kalapather 5545m which is less altitude than Thorong La Pass 5416m. Annapurna Circuit Trek starts from a lower altitude Beshisahar 760 and Everest Base Camp Trek starts via Lukla 2850 starting a trek from a lower altitude can prevent altitude sickness.

    In conclusion, because of above these reasons Annapurna Circuit Trek is easier than Everest Base Camp Trek

    Tilicho Lake TrekTatopani Ghorepani Trek. Upper Mustang Trek and Nar Phu Valley Trek that you can join with Annapurna Circuit Trek.

    After the finish trek in Jomsom, you can join the trek to Ghorepani via Tatopani similarly from Dharapani to Narphu Trek and Muktinath to Upper Mustang Trek can join with Annapurna Circuit Trek.

    Annapurna Circuit trek is considered a moderate to difficult trek which is a perfect trek destination for beginners. Starting the trek from a lower altitude and getting fit with climbed elevation, slowly climb with proper rest even the beginner trekkers can complete Annapurna Circuit Trek.

    Annapurna Circuit cost is $750 which includes all ground transportation one-way Jomsom Lukla flight 3* category hotel in Pokhara and Kathmandu, all accommodation during trek, full board meals, guide, and porter.

    Thorong La Pass 5416m/17769ft is the highest elevation of Annapurna Circuit Trek which lies between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalaya range 

    Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP) Permit and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) is needed for Annapurna Circuit Trek 

    Should I hike clockwise or anticlockwise for Annapurna Circuit Trek?

    The anticlockwise trek route starts from Bhulbhule or Chame is the best route for Annapurna Circuit Trek because while trekking through this route you can be safe from high altitude sickness and reach the high pass by walking for a few hours thereby avoiding the risk of strong wind and bad weather.