Annapurna Circuit Trek

Trip Overview

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a fantastic trekking package of Nepal. This trek is a moderate trek that explores the most wandered tourist destination of Nepal. This trek is an expedition to the Annapurna Region of Nepal.

This 21-day trips will cover the trail of Annapurna circuit. The trek crossovers the Annapurna Circuit route and the Thorong La Pass, one of the highest pass in the world.  Then you will also climb up to Poon Hill, one of the finest and demanding destinations in Nepal. The Poon Hill is famous for its breathtaking views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. The 20 days trek will be full of the glorious path to eye-catching and mesmerizing views of mountains, forest, andtrekking trails with the Himalayas around. One of the unforgettable experience will be breathing in a distinct aura of Annapurna Region. Walk through the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge is an exciting part of this trek.  The fabulous view of the snow-capped mountain is the best view you will be sharing in this trek.

The trek to Annapurna Circuit will be a fantastic tour for you as you will be in the most popular tourist destination, Poonhill and most wandered land by thousands of travelers of Nepal, Annapurna Region. You will also share the beautiful Sunrise in Poonhill.

Best Season: The best time to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek is during the autumn season (September to November) and spring season (March to May). During these months, the weather is clear, and the temperature is moderate, making it perfect for trekking.

Rules and Permits:

As for permits and regulations, the Annapurna Circuit Trek is located in the Annapurna Conservation Area, and trekkers need to obtain a permit to enter the conservation area. You can get the permit at the conservation area’s entry checkpoint in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Besides, if you are planning to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek independently, you need to get a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card, which is available in Kathmandu or Pokhara. However, it is recommended that you hire a licensed trekking guide or porter who can help you navigate the area and ensure that you comply with all regulations.

It is essential to follow the conservation area’s regulations, which include rules on waste disposal, camping, and other activities. You should respect the local culture and traditions, and do not litter or damage the environment. Additionally, you need to be aware of the altitude sickness and take necessary precautions to avoid it.



Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Day 3: Drive to Khudi

Day 4: Khudi to Sirung

Day 5: Sirung to Jagat

Day 6: Jagat to Dharapani

Day 7: Dharapani to Chame

Day 8: Chame to Pisang

Day 9: Pisang to Manang

Day 10: Acclimatizatio day at Manang

Day 11: Manang to Yak Kharka

Day 12: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi

Day 13: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath

Day 14: Muktinath to Marpha

Day 15: Marpha to Kalopani

Day 16: Kalopani to Tatopani

Day 17: Tatopani to Ghorepani

Day 18: Ghorepani to Poonhill to Tadhapani

Day 19: Tadhapano to Pokhara

Day 20: Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 21: Final Departure


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Detail Itinerary

Day 01 – Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m)
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.

Note: If you happen to arrive after 4 pm you would be briefed about the trip by our guide, this will be the pre-trip meeting for you, so please make sure that you ask all the questions. But if you arrive earlier than 4 pm, your pre-trip meeting would be on that very day at our office. During the meeting, we will introduce your trek leader/guide. For the meeting, please make sure you bring the passport, three copies of passport-size photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.

Overnight at a hotel. No meals included.

Day 02 – Guided Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley
After a hearty breakfast, at 8.30 am your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Today we will visit some heritages listed below:

Pashupatinath Temple:
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Though you are not allowed to go inside the temple as it is strictly for Hindus only, you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River. It is a square two-tiered pagoda temple built on a single-tier plinth which is famous all over the world.

Boudhanath Stupa:
Boudhananath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. It was built in the 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
Visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla, famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style Batsala temple, Bhairavnath temple, Duttatraya temple, Pujari Muth and Palace of 55 windows.

The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area for trekking essentials.

Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 03 – Drive to Besisahar (830 m) in a Public Bus and Take a Jeep to Syange (1,100 m) – 8 hours
Today we will take a public bus from Kathmandu to Besisahar and from there we will take a jeep to Syange. We will witness beautiful landscape, rivers and waterfalls on the way.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 04 – Trek to Tal (1,700 m) – 5 hours
Now tighten up the shoes laces. We will start walking gradually following the beautiful Marsyangdi River. This walk will be slightly ascending and we will come across the beautiful waterfalls on this walk. We will rest at Tal tonight.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 05 – Trek to Danaque (1,860 m) – 5 hours
This will be our exciting day. We will leave Marsyangdi River behind and continue our journey to witness Annapurna II and Pisang Peak and beautiful landscape and old villages. Don’t miss an opportunity to take beautiful pictures as we observe mountains, waterfalls and countryside life style of Nepal. We will rest at Danaque.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 06 – Trek to Chame (2,670 m) – 4 hours
We will continue our walk enjoying the view of mountains, and waterfalls on the way. Today will be an easy day. After 4 hours of walking, we will reach Chame, the headquarter of Manang. It’s a beautiful little town with more facility than our previous days.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 07 – Trek to Upper Pisang (3,300 m) – 6 hours
After breakfast, we continue our trek to Upper Pisang. On the way, we will walk through the dense forest, Marsyangdi River and come across the beautiful panoramic views of meadows and mountains. During this walk, we will see the first view of gigantic Paungda Dada rock face, which is curved like a bowl shape. Eventually, after 6 hours walk, we will reach Upper Pisang from where we can see Majestic Annapurna II standing high on our south and we will rest here today.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 08 – Trek to Ngawal (3,660 m) – 5 hours
Today, wake up early in the morning, watch the beautiful sunrise and first ray of sun on Annapurna II. After breakfast, we will continue our trek towards Ngawal. The trail to Ngawal is about 400 m higher than the lower trail but you will have great opportunities to witness high altitude flora and fauna, beautiful gorges, Annapurna II and III and Pisang Peak. We will take rest in Ngawal.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 09 – Trek to Manang (3,500 m) via Bhraka (3,360 m) – 5 hours
We continue our trek walking through the big hills, jungle and wetlands. On the way, we can see beautiful landscapes, stupas and lama school. After 6 hours of walking, we will reach Manang, one of the happening places of the trek.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 10 – Acclimatization Day at Manang Village
We spend a day acclimatizing in Manang by doing some walks and sightseeing around the village. We will visit a monastery and go to Gangapurna Glacier Lake during our walk. Towards the end of the day, we return to our accommodation for a night’s rest.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 11 – Trek to Yak Kharka (4,000 m) – 5 hours
After acclimatization and rest at Manang, we will be energized and excited to continue our walk towards Yak Kharka which ascends by 500 m. We make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangdi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka at 4,000 m. Herds of yaks and vegetations appear to thin out.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 12 – Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,450 m) – 5 hours
After a two-hour ascent, the trail descends to cross the river at 4,310 m. We then climb up to Thorong Phedi at 4,450 m where decent guesthouses have been built in the recent years.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 13 – Trek to Muktinath (3,800 m) via Thorung La Pass (5,416 m) – 8 hours
Today is a long trek starting before sunrise at 4 am to reach the pass by 9-10 am. Otherwise weather conditions (strong winds) will greatly affect the journey, particularly at the Thorong La Pass. We climb steeply on a regular route which is quite easy to follow. However, some problems may arise due to altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by heavy snow. After four hours of climbing to the pass marked by the chortens and prayer flags, we will be rewarded with stunning views from the top of the pass. Another four hours of walking will take us to the holy town of Muktinath.

Muktinath means place of nirvana and is home to the Muktinath Temple as well as several monasteries. It is said that all sorrows we feel are relieved when visiting the Temple. It is a sacred pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The prime pilgrimage month is September. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple which has a gorgeous natural spring and an eternal flame fueled by natural gas.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 14 – Trek to Marpha (2,670 m) via Lubra Pass (4,020 m) – 8 hours
So now, we are at the other side of the Thorong La Pass, most of the land we see will be dry and looks somewhat like the desert. We will continue our trek walking by the bank of Kali Gandaki River. Most of the time, we will descend with closer view of stupas and old traditional houses and civilization of Mustang. Marpha is the home to the legendary apple orchids. We will be able to taste the apples and the myriad apple products like pies and wine. Apple Brandy is another local specialty that we may be lucky enough to taste en route.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 15 – Trek to Kalopani (2,530 m) – 7 hours
We descend through the valley following the Kali Gandaki River. On this trail, we will have an opportunity to view Annapurna I and beautiful landscapes.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 16 – Trek to Tatopani (1,190 m) – 6 hours
We still continue to descend through Kali Gandaki River Valley. On the way, we will encounter the world’s deepest gorge, Kopchepani. Tatopani is famous for its hot springs. This is the best place to relax our body after a long trek. We will spend another day relaxing at this spot.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 17 – Rest Day at Tatopani
Take a shower, dip into the natural hot springs, enjoy drinks and local food.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 18 – Trek to Ghorepani (2,810 m) – 6 hours
Today is another big day. It will take about 7 hours to walk from Tatopani to Ghorepani. We climb about 1,620 meters up. From Ghorepani, we will be able to see Annapurna South, Himchuli and Tukuche Himal. We will pass a couple of Magar and Gurung villages on the trail.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 19 – Hike to Poon Hill (3,210 m) and Trek to Tikhedunga (1,570 m) – 5 hours
Very early in the morning, we start an hour hiking to Poon Hill at an elevation of 3,210 m – a brilliant spectacle. This vantage point provides unobstructed views of the early morning sunrise over the high Himalayas, weather permitting. There we spend about an hour. We return to Ghorepani where we take a hot breakfast at the hotel. We trek down towards Tikhedunga, walking down along the ridges and through rhododendron forests before finally reaching Tikhedhunga.

Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 20 – Trek to Nayapul (1,010 m) and Drive to Pokhara – 4 hours
After some light trekking, we reach Nayapul (1,010 m). An hour drive takes us to Pokhara.

Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 21 – Guided Sightseeing in Pokhara
After breakfast, a full day sightseeing tour of Pokhara city begins. There will be a professional city guide and a private tourist vehicle at your disposal. You will visit the following sites:

Cost Included

  • All the ground transportation as per itinerary.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu ( 2 nights) and Pokhara ( One night) with breakfast at 3 stars level.
  • Twin sharing comfortable and clean private room in trekking ( 14 nights).
  • Domestic flight ticket from Kathmandu to Pokhara with airport tax.
  • Trip Map.
  • An experienced, knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and English-speaking trekking guide.
  • Strong and friendly mountain porter to carry your trekking baggage.
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment’s, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Four season sleeping bag and down jackets to use for trekking, if necessary.
  • Trip achievement appreciation certificate.
  • All necessary paper works and Annapurna conservation entry permits.
  • Emergency helicopter rescue arrangement which will be paid by your insurance company.
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System).
  • All our government taxes, vat, local tax, tourist service charges.

Cost not Include

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Meals and all kinds of drinks in the mountain.
  • Additional hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Personal equipment.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Extra personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, laundry, shower, excess baggage charges)
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).

Before You Go

Before you go for the Annapurna Circuit Trek, here are some things to keep in mind:

  1. Physical Fitness: The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a long and challenging trek, and it’s important to be physically fit and mentally prepared for the trek. Regular exercise and cardio activities such as hiking, cycling, and running can help you prepare for the trek.
  2. Permits: You will need to obtain two permits for the trek – the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card. You can obtain these permits from the Nepal Tourism Board or from registered trekking agencies.
  3. Accommodation: During the trek, you will stay in teahouses, which are basic lodges with shared rooms and facilities. The rooms can be cold, so make sure to bring warm sleeping bags and clothes.
  4. Weather: The weather in the Annapurna region can be unpredictable, and it’s important to be prepared for rain, snow, and cold temperatures. Make sure to bring warm and waterproof clothing.
  5. Altitude Sickness: The trek involves altitude gain, and it’s important to acclimatize properly to avoid altitude sickness. Take it slow and listen to your body, and if you experience any symptoms of altitude sickness such as headache, nausea, or dizziness, descend to a lower altitude immediately.
  6. Packing List: Some essential items to pack for the trek include a good quality backpack, sturdy trekking boots, warm clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, gloves, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle, and a first aid kit.
  7. Trekking Guide: It is recommended to hire a licensed trekking guide for the trek. They can help you navigate the trails, provide information about the local culture and wildlife, and ensure your safety during the trek.
  8. Trail Conditions: The Annapurna Circuit Trek passes through a variety of terrain, including steep inclines, narrow paths, and rocky terrain. Make sure to have proper trekking gear and shoes to handle the conditions.


  1. What is the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a popular hiking trail in Nepal that takes trekkers through the Annapurna mountain range, one of the most scenic and diverse regions in the Himalayas. The trek takes you through picturesque villages, lush forests, arid deserts, and high mountain passes, offering stunning views of the surrounding peaks, including Annapurna I, II, III, and IV, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, and Manaslu.

  1. How long is the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is approximately 160-230 km (100-145 miles) long, depending on the route you choose to take. The trek typically takes around 15-21 days to complete, depending on your fitness level, pace, and acclimatization needs.

  1. When is the best time to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The best time to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons, when the weather is mild and dry, and the visibility is excellent. These seasons offer the best chance to enjoy clear mountain views and comfortable temperatures. The winter season (December to February) is also possible, but you’ll need to be prepared for colder temperatures and the possibility of snowfall.

  1. Do I need a permit for the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Yes, you’ll need several permits to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek. These include the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) permit. You can obtain these permits from the Nepal Tourism Board or through a registered trekking agency.

  1. How difficult is the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered a moderate to difficult trek, depending on your fitness level and experience. The trail involves steep ascents and descents, rocky terrain, and high altitude passes, which can be physically challenging. However, with proper training and acclimatization, most people with average fitness levels can complete the trek.

  1. What should I pack for the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

You’ll need to pack warm clothing, including a down jacket, thermal layers, and a hat and gloves, as well as a good quality sleeping bag and hiking boots. You’ll also need a backpack, a water bottle, a headlamp, a first-aid kit, and trekking poles. Other useful items include sunscreen, sunglasses, a camera, and a map.

  1. Is it safe to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is generally considered safe, but there are some risks associated with high altitude trekking, including altitude sickness and hypothermia. It’s important to take proper precautions, including proper acclimatization, staying hydrated, and being prepared for changing weather conditions. It’s also recommended to trek with an experienced guide or porter to ensure your safety and enjoyment of the trek.

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