- Annapurna Circuit Trek
- Max Elevation
- 5,416 m at Thorang la pass
- Trip Duration
- 16 Days
- Trip Grade
- Easy to Moderate
- Eco Tea House Lodge
- Full Board During Trekking and BB Plan in Cities
- Private vehicle & flight
- Group Size
- Minimum 2
- Best Season
- Autumn and Spring
- Per Day Walk
- Approx. 5 - 6 hours
There’s nothing quite like Annapurna Circuit Trek. It’s unreal and incomprehensible, with stunning natural scenery, a panoramic view, and an incredible wildlife scene. The beauty of Annapurna Circuit is unrivaled and overwhelming for any outdoor enthusiast.
Annapurna Circuit Trek with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition is an ultimate adventure. It brings out your inner adventure and introduces you to new places and cultures. The amazing trekking journey of Annapurna Circuit allows you to explore its impressive natural landscapes and religious sites.
The trek is an epic adventure on the off-the-beaten landscapes of the remote Annapurna region. It’ll take you to some of the remotest parts of the Annapurna region and open you to its hidden beauties and breathtaking landmarks.
Its trail will take you through a series of villages, giving you a little taste of the culture and lifestyle of different ethnic groups. The settlements are mostly packed with Gurung and Magars, so you can expect to discover a lot of monasteries and chortens on your way to the circuit.
Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered to have moderate trekking trails, so climbing it won’t be challenging. However, trekkers will have to be well-prepared and well-trained for the hike. It’ll last almost two weeks and begins from the base of Chamje in north-central Nepal.
The trailhead lies more than a 7-hour drive away from Kathmandu. Trekkers will kick off the expedition with a short and leisurely walk from Chamje to Dharapani. It includes walking past the valleys, climbing cliffs, and crossing rivers.
Trekkers will need a permit to access Annapurna Conservation Area to make it all the way. They’ll have to walk through dense forests, ascent mountain ridges, and rugged hills.
Hikers will be trekking on mixed terrain that ranges from tropical forests and alpine meadows to high glaciated valleys. They’ll spend most of their day travelling uneven terrains that meander peaks and troughs.
Trekkers will pave their way through a chain of villages, including Chame, Pisang, and Manang. They will walk across the lush green forests and a glacial moraine overlooking the mountain.
Thorong La Pass is the most difficult hike in the entire excursion. It’s tough and continuously uphill, with snowy trails that are too slippery. Trekkers might need a trekking pole and crampon to climb the steep icy slopes.
Hikers will need a lot of physical strength and stamina to ascend Thorong La as it has an unceasing sharp incline. There is no downhill trek until you make it to the top. But once you reach the acme, you’ll be delighted to watch the undulating landscapes, glacial moraines, and serene lakes.
Trekkers will also get a crystal clear view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Damodar Himal, and Gangapurna. Since Annapurna Conservation Area boasts sub-alpine and tropical forests, so you can see many flora and fauna. The forest provides a mesmerizing backdrop to the visitors, with colourful fall foliage.
They might encounter unique wildlife and birds walking through the area, such as Tibetan argali, snow leopard, musk deer, and pheasants. It’ll also treat you with beautiful glimpses of vibrant valleys and old towns.
Thereafter, trekkers will gently descend the trail and climb down to Nayapul in the following. They’ll walk past the remote villages and make several stops before finally reaching the small roadside settlement. From here, they’ll have to ride via Prithvi Highway to Pokhara.
After breakfast in this beautiful city, you’ll be returned to Kathmandu again. Although this drive is 8 hours long, trekkers will still enjoy their time watching splendid views of rolling hills and waterfalls.
As soon as you arrive at the valley, our staff will transfer you to our hotel. You can freshen up, have dinner, and get some rest before packing your stuff and flying back home. Our staff at Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition will be at your service the whole time, making sure that you have safe travel.
Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek
- Spectacular view of jagged mountains and glacial valleys
- A gorgeous glimpse of verdant landscapes and rocky terrains
- Visit sacred Hindu temples and monasteries in Mustang
- A slow walk on the forested trails and rugged cliffs
- Discover abundant wildlife and natural vegetation
- Soaking in a natural hot spring at Tatopani
- Cross Thorong La Pass at 5,416 m elevation
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1345/4411ft] and Transfer to Hotel
Our staff will track the current status of your flight and be right on time at the airport. They’ll give you a warm welcome and a ride to your hotel. After 15 minutes of a quick drive, you can check into your hotel and get sleep.
Day 02: Sightseeing around world heritage sites of UNESCO in Kathmandu
Since Kathmandu is one of the most vibrant cities in Nepal, there’s always a reason to visit this place. There are too many attractions here; many are even listed in UNESCO’s world heritage sites. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the noblest constructions that manifests Nepalese tradition, art, and culture.
Boudhanath, reflects Nepalese architecture and its cultural strongholds. It exemplifies the religious belief, spiritual practices, and traditions of Buddhism. You can explore the monastery and see tons of small and large Tibetan monasteries, prayer wheels, and shops within the area.
Kathmandu Durbar Square doesn’t fail to impress, either. It travels in time to recollect the histories and enlighten trekkers. It narrates the years of Nepalese antiquity and culture with records.
Another iconic landmark at the heart of the city is Swayambhunath. It’s an absolute masterpiece with a beautiful statue that has a dome-shaped outdoor sculpture. Visitors can see many chortens, main wheels, and flags in the monastery.
We can also visit this cultural site to capture the beauty of the entire Kathmandu Valley in one frame. We’ll return to our hotel and have dinner before packing the bag for a trek and going to bed.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Chamje [1410m/4624ft] [7-8 hrs Drive]
Chamje Altitude: 1,430 m / 4,691 ft
Driving Hours: 8-9 hrs
Overnight at: a lodge
We’ll start the trip relatively early to miss the traffic. The day goes with a drive along the Marsyangdi River Valley and through the riverbank of Trishuli. The route follows the Marsyangdi River for a while, then turns to the hillsides.
Next, we drive beside the scenic terrace farms and through a few remote settlements. Being driven past the lush hills, we’ll see numerous scenic spots and unique landmarks. After a long road trip of almost 9 hours, we’ll arrive at Chamje, a small village in Besisahar. Overnight stay in a lodge.
Day 04: Trek from Chamje to Dharapani [1960m/6428ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Dharapani Altitude: 1669m / 5,476 ft
Walking Hours: 5-6 hrs
Overnight at: the guest house
A long haul to Annapurna Circuit begins right here from Chamje. The trek begins with a gentle walk down the river. Within a few minutes, we’ll cross the first suspension bridge of the day and prime for a steep, rocky climb towards Tal.
After reaching the peak of an ancient landslide and trekking through the village of Tal, the trail steers for Dharapani. Walking past the villages, we’ll give each prayer wheel a spin and enjoy the breathtaking view.
In due time, we’ll travel a grassy trail that continuously runs up until Dharapani. The trail roves around the terrace farm and into the rhododendron forests, providing an impressive view. Tonight we’ll stay in a lodge at Dharapani.
Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Chame [2710m/8888ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Chame Altitude: 2,710m / 8,888ft
Walking Hours: 5-6 hrs
Overnight at: a lodge
After a heart-filled breakfast, we’ll set off on a trek to Chame. Coming out of the village, the trail gradually tips over until Bagarchhap, a tiny village west of Danaque. It meanders through the pine forest and walks along the river bank to reach Koto.
We’ll climb a dirt trail for about an hour and finally arrive at the checkpoint. From here, it takes us just half an hour to reach Chame. The view along the way is quite incredible and keeps us busy throughout the time. Overnight stay in the lodge.
Day 06: Trek from Chame to Pisang [3300m/10824ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Pisang Altitude: 3,300m / 8,888 ft
Walking Hours: 5-6 hrs
Overnight at: a lodge
Early this morning, we’ll commence our trek to Pisang. Making a head start with a trek along the bank of Marsyangdi River, we’ll ascend pine forests and visit an apple farm. Slowly crawling up, we’ll walk out of the village of Bhratang and Dhukur Pokhari.
The trail takes us into the valleys and the grass fields surrounded by pines. We’ll follow the course to lower Pisang and then make the further ascent, passing snowy slopes. After five hours of continuous ascent, we’ll finally arrive at the beautiful Pisang.
The village and its trail will treat us with a breathtaking view of sweeping hills and steep-sided valleys. From this viewpoint, you can snap pictures of Namal Peak, Annapurna, Tilicho, and Chulu East. Overnight stay in a lodge at Pisang.
Day 07: Trek from Pisang to Manang [3800m/12464ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
Manang Altitude: 3519 m/ 11545 ft
Walking Hours: 5 to 6 hours
Overnight at: a lodge
We’ll kick off the seventh day of Annapurna Circuit Trek by ascending Manang. We’ll mount a steep ridge the entire morning through Ghyaru and Ngawal. Due to the rising altitude, walking the trail in this section seems relatively challenging and tedious.
After crossing the river, the trail gets tougher and steeper. It heads past the old villages and main walls with stone tablets before descending to Ngawal. From here, the trail drops down to Humde and meanders through the forests to reach Braga.
We can see a lot of Tibetan monasteries on the way to this town and beyond. The trek to Manang is just 2 km from Braga, yet it takes us about an hour to reach the town. Overnight stay in the village.
Day 08: Rest and acclimatization at Manang
As the trek to Manang is rough and weary, we’ll stop the hike and spend the day getting used to new climatic conditions. After breakfast, we’ll walk around the village and trek Khagsar at 3,756 m above sea level.
Gaining almost 200 m of elevation, we’ll make it to the hilltop and do some sightings. Visitors can also hike Praken Gompa and Gangapurna Lake to watch the scenic beauty. After exploring the major landmarks, we’ll descend the hills back to Manang. Overnight stay at a lodge.
Day 09: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka [4050m/13284ft] [3-4 hrs Trek]
Yak Kharka Altitude: 4,050m / 13,284ft
Walking Hours: 3-4 hrs
Overnight at: a teahouse
After a due rest at Manang, we’ll continue our expedition by taking the main Annapurna Circuit trail. Once we depart the village, the trail becomes steeper and harder. It gently ascends the hills and walks through the alpine forests. The routes are pretty rugged in this part of the region.
They are quite dusty and filled with rocks and boulders. Walking past the meadows and the village of Ghunsang, we arrive at a levelled ground. The trail meanders up and down before running flat terrains to Yak Kharka.
We’ll get a spectacular view of tumultuous rivers and wide valleys during the trek. You’ll also see a series of mountain ranges on the way to Yak Kharka and even at the remote settlement. Overnight stay in a teahouse.
Day 10: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi [4600m/15092ft] [3-4 hrs Trek]
Thorong Phedi Altitude: 4,600m / 1,5092 ft
Walking Hours: 3-4 hrs
Overnight at: a teahouse
Unlike our average hiking day, today will be a long and stressful one. So, after a well-deserved breakfast, we’ll set off on a hike to Thorong Phedi. The trek begins with gentle climb downhill and an ascent up to the river.
After a tough climb, we’ll arrive at a tiny hut, which often accommodates hikers and provides them with drinks and food. After a tea break, we’ll spend another half an hour walking past the areas prone to landslides. There’s a further 40 to 50 m walk on rocky terrain before we reach Thorong Phedi.
On the way, you can see beautiful landscapes and towering mountains, which provide an incredible view. You may also see the shimmering glaciers and ice slopes before winding up at the mountain pass.
Day 11: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath [3800m/12464ft] [7-8 hrs Trek] via Thorong La Pass[5416m/17764ft]
Thorong La Pass Altitude: 5,416m / 17,764ft
Walking Hours: 3-4 hrs
Overnight at: the teahouse
Our eleventh day of Annapurna Circuit Trek was the shortest and also the toughest one yet. The route is extremely craggy and covered with snow, making it too slippery to get a grip. The first section of the hike is incredibly challenging with a continuous ascent.
After two hours of trekking and 1000 m of elevation gain, we’ll arrive at the Thorong La Pass. As one of the best viewpoints, it provides a crystal clear view of Annapurna massif, Damodar Himal, and Machhapuchhre. You may even see rocky glaciers and steep valleys from the clifftop.
After enjoying the splendid view with hot tea and breakfast, we’ll descend to Muktinath. We’ll travel a zigzagged trail covered in loose gravel, mud, and snow. We’ll make a long and hard descent losing much of the altitude.
Following the rugged trail and a suspension bridge, we’ll reach the outskirts of Muktinath. A few more miles of the trek will lead us to this beautiful village. Upon arrival, we’ll check in the teahouse and have a rest.
Day 12: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom [2670m/8757ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Jomsom Altitude: 2743 m/ 8999 ft
Walking Hours: 6 to 7 hours
Overnight at: a lodge
Early in the morning, we’ll visit Muktinath and offer prayers before leaving the town. We’ll take a leisurely walk through the village and then follow the dustiest trail heading to Kagbeni and Jomsom. We’ll check out all the remote villages, Tibetan monasteries, and main walls on the way.
We’ll also walk past the green field and terrace farms before crossing the mountain streams. The landscape is semi-arid in this section. Deep gorges, Buddhist prayer flags, and Kali Gandaki Riverbed can be seen.
After 6 to 7 hours of long and arduous trek, we’ll finally arrive at Jomsom. Located at 2,700 m above sea level, Jomsom is a stunning village with breathtaking landscapes and surrounding mountains.
You can see Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri at the back of the town and the screaming Kali Gandaki River flowing through the town. There are plenty of ancient Tibetan monasteries and chortens in Jomsom, which you can explore during our stop at the village.
Day 13: Drive from Jomsom to Tatopani [1160m/3805ft] [2-3 hrs Drive]
This has to be the most incredible day for trekkers climbing Annapurna Circuit. Today we won’t walk the extensive trail, but instead, take a scenic drive to Tatopani. This trek shall last for 3-4 hours and come with an amazing view.
As soon as we come out of Jomsom, the trail sees a dramatic change in scenery. You’ll witness more greenery, dense tropical forests, and verdant meadows along the trail. After a much relaxing drive, we’ll arrive at Tatopani. It’s a hot spot for tourists and locals as many come here to relieve stress and enjoy a hot bath. We’ll spend the night in Tatopani.
Day 14: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani [2855m/9364ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
After breakfast, we fled Tatopani’s village and trekked to Ghorepani. We’ll make the way along the steep hills and through the village of Ghara, arriving at Kali Gandaki River. Upon crossing the bridge to the east side of the river, we’ll climb to Ghorepani through the villages of Sikha and Chitre.
Trekking alongside the terrace farms and mountains, we’ll enter lush green forests full of rhododendron, birch, and Mongolia. The last few hours of the trek are mostly uphill and wearying. But once we reach the top, it’ll offer a dramatic view of steep-sided valleys and verdant hills. Overnight stay at Ghorepani.
Day 15: Morning hike to Poonhill [3210m/10528ft] & Trek to Nayapul [4-5 hrs Trek] & Drive to Pokhara [1.5 hrs Drive]
Poon Hill Altitude: 3,210m / 10,525ft
Walking Hours: 4-5 hrs
Driving Hours: 2 hrs:
Overnight at: the hotel
On the final day of Annapurna Circuit Trek, we’ll climb Poon Hill to watch the beautiful sunrise view. We’ll have to continuously ascend the steep hill for an hour to reach the viewpoint. Poon Hill is one of the major tourist attractions and an ideal spot to capture beautiful shots of Dhaulagiri Massif.
After enjoying the incredible views, we’ll descend the trail to Ghandruk for breakfast. Without beating the air, we’ll again climb down the trail to Nayapul, but this time it’s easier. From Nayapul, we’ll get a ride to Pokhara.
Driving on the dusty trail from the side of the hill, we’ll be provided with a breathtaking view of lush green hills and dense forests. After two hours of the scenic drive, we’ll end up in Pokhara, watching the serene lakes. Overnight stay in a hotel.
Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu [5-6 hrs Drive]
Once the breakfast is made, we’ll leave Pokhara and start driving the Prithvi Highway. The ride will last between 6 and 7 hours and comes with a great view of sweeping hills plus snow-capped mountains. The 200 km route follows the Marsyangdi River and later Trishuli, providing spectacular scenery. After the scenic drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you’ll be transferred to your hotel.
Day 17: Transfer to International airport for final departure
Now that you’ve had a successful venture of Annapurna Circuit Trek, it’s time to wind it up for good. Hence, we’ll transfer you to the airport so that you can catch your flight on time.
- Airport Arrival and departure transfer by private vehicle
- 3 nights stay in Kathmandu and 1 night stay in Pokhara with BB Plan
- Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu including private vehicle, tour guide, and entry fees
- All land transportation by private vehicle as mentioned in the itinerary
- Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara [as mentioned in Itinerary option II]
- All meals [B/F, Lunch & Dinner] During Trekking period
- Tea House Accommodation during Trekking
- ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit) & TIMS (Trekker’s Information Management System)
- Highly experienced Trekking guide
- Required Number of Porters “2:1Ratio”
- Staffs food, clothing, salary & Insurance.
- General First aid Kids
- Welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu
- All tax, vats and necessary paperwork
- Personal Travel Insurance
- Personal nature expenses
- Bar bill and all kind of drinks
- Rescue & Evacuation
- Gratitude (tip) for staff
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What is the best time for Annapurna Circuit Trek?
Spring (March, April, May)
Spring is pretty chill with fine weather and a splendid view. It’s mild and warm with increased daylight hours, making the season ideal for hiking. Annapurna awakens from winter in spring, but there is still a bitter coldness in the air.
Its weather is slightly cold in early spring as the temperature remains below 0 Degree Celsius. The temperature may rise in late March as the season starts to shake. April is a warm month with temperatures averaging 8 Degree Celsius.
It has gorgeous weather and lets hikers enjoy long treks and magnificent scenery. Neighborhoods like Dharapani and Chame outburst with spring wildflowers and rhododendrons. You’ll see lush green farms and terraced fields along the way to the circuit, providing a great view.
The weather is hot and steamy in May. The days are balmy, with temperatures soaring to a high of nearly 15 Degree Celsius. The weather is cold at night, so you may need a few warm clothes.
Autumn (September, October and November)
Those unable to trek Annapurna Circuit in spring can take up Fall for divine weather and eye-catching scenes. The time between September and November is incredible for a hike as many places begin to cool off.
The weather is warm but just enough for trekkers to navigate the trail without difficulty. However, areas like Chamje in Annapurna Circuit can be hot and humid in September. Days are almost always sunny with no rainfall, making you swelter.
The temperature falls significantly in October, but it’s still mildly warm. Most of its days are clear and sunny, whereas the night being timid stays bitter cold. Despite that, trekkers relish visiting the circuit in October due to its astounding view.
Annapurna’s fall foliage is the major attraction of October. It provides a splendid view of leaves turning in vibrant red, yellow, and orange colors until mid-November. It’s a perk that you have a smaller crowd in November. Most trekkers of Annapurna Circuit descend the trail by the end of November.
Off Season for Annapurna Circuit Trek³
You can also trek the Annapurna circuit in the off-season, but it’s a bit more challenging.
Winter (Late December, January, and February) is frigid in Annapurna, while the Monsoon (June, July, and August) experiences hot, wet, and rainy weather. The off-season route will take you through difficult terrain. You’ll have to walk a slippery, muddy trail that doesn’t provide grip. The weather is quite nasty in the monsoon as there are continuous downpours.
It’s cloudy and dark during the monsoon season, making it impossible to observe the stunning view. During winter, heavy snowfall will block the trail, and difficult to find shelter as all the people at high altitudes move towards the lower altitude to avoid the cold.
Winter and monsoon are not recommended for the Annapurna Circuit trek.
Difficulties of Annapurna Circuit Trek
1. Altitude Sickness
Altitude Sickness is one of the biggest challenges for Annapurna Circuit trekkers. As the trail climbs to Thorong La Pass at 5,416 m, trekkers are more likely to develop acute mountain sickness. Many experience mild symptoms like headache, insomnia, and loss of appetite.
In most cases, it’s caused due to the increasing altitude and low atmospheric pressure. However, some trekkers can be affected at lower elevations, especially above 2,500 m. Dehydrations trigger acute mountain sickness by making them feel dizzy.
So, Acclimatisation and drinking enough water is essential while trekking the circuit.
2. Poor Weather
Weather in high-altitude regions like Annapurna Circuit is often unpredictable. It changes hard and fast without any weather alerts. The climate here can be extreme due to quick temperature changes. You’ll generally experience cold weather at Annapurna Circuit, but down in the valley, it varies from one hour to the next.
The weather changes swiftly from bright sunny to overcast and snowy in winter. It’s frigid here in the season, while the monsoon witnesses heavy rain and flash floods. Continuous downpour makes the trek challenging, leading to a muddy and slippery trail.
3. Heavy Backpacks
Trekking Annapurna Circuit with a heavy backpack is an absolute pain for hikers. Bringing it along the way is distressing and tedious. Trekkers are likely to wear out while ascending Annpaurna’s rugged terrain. Given it’s an essential piece of gear, you can’t get rid of it either.
Therefore, you’ll have to be more careful while packing the items. Make sure you have the right supplies so it’s easy to carry. If needed, you can also hire a porter as they’ll help you carry the luggage. They can carry up to 25 kg weight, making it easier for you to walk the trail.
4. Remote landscapes
Annapurna Circuit Trek is a remote region trek with many of its trails unpaved and rugged. It takes you to the remotest parts of the Annapurna region. The difficulty level of the trek increases as you go to higher altitudes.
You’ll have to traverse slightly off the beaten track and pass the narrow cliffs. Trekking at the lower elevation doesn’t come easy with loose rocks and dirt. The trails will pass narrow cliffs, cross the rivers, and climb harsh terrains.
Its trek routes feature steep inclines, long switchbacks, and strenuous mountain ridges. These are the climbs that require proper training and preparation. You’ll have to increase your stamina and fitness level. Training and exercise are crucial before the actual trek.
Food & Accommodation
Annapurna Circuit Trek is a tea house trek. You can find them everywhere within the region, including some of the remotest parts with sporadic settlements. They are a better and more natural option due to their easy availability.
An abundant number of teahouses provides needed facilities to trekkers. They offer them food, shelter, and other essential services. But, since they’re located in far remote regions, most of the tea houses aren’t in good condition.
They can only provide you with basic amenities like tiny rooms with a bed, pillow, and blanket. Most of these teahouses have shared rooms with no attached bathroom. They charge an extra amount for hot water and electricity during winter.
There are limited options for food, which mostly includes Dal Bhat. Trekkers can eat flatbread, curry, noodles, and dumplings for the meal as well. You have a couple of breakfast choices like hot tea, coffee, porridge, and cereal.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Preparations
Hiking isn’t just walking in the forest. It’s a strenuous activity that requires special skills and training. Moderate treks like Annapurna Circuit require an even stronger knack and physical conditioning. Hikers have to prepare themselves ahead of the long trek.
You’ll need to gain your overall fitness and stamina. Training is a must to improve your techniques on the harder trails. Start training at least a month before the trek if you’re an amateur.
Work on your strength and get fit for the trail. Set up a routine exercise and make sure that it fits your body and not conversely. Ensure that your fitness regimen complements exercises like jogging, cycling, and running.
Go for a brisk walk till the last day before the hike., This will increase your confidence in walking on the mountainous terrains of Annapurna Circuit. Practice hiking with a backpack, as it’ll make you comfortable trekking the course.
Cardiovascular or aerobic exercises are important for the trek. They help improve your balance, increase strength, and build endurance. These exercises will keep you fit and more agile.
Training for cardiovascular exercise will help you cope with the intensity of trekking up and down the rocky trails. It increases your stamina and breathing ability at a higher altitude. You’ll be able to resist the circuit’s harsh climatic conditions and low air pressure.
It’s often ignored in any physical activity, but preparing mentally for trekking is important. It relieves your stress level and helps develop positivity to withstand challenges and tackle difficulties. Keep a positive attitude and mindset on the trail to face the issues. You must consider mental training for hiking as it keeps you on the forefoot to persist in the presence of difficulties. It develops the resilience and willpower required for the trek.
Essential equipment for Annapurna Circuit Trek
When you’re planning for Annapurna Circuit Trek, there are several things you need to take care of. It includes choosing the right gear for the travel depending on the weather and difficulties. This equipment must make your expedition easy and not the way around.
Therefore, be careful of the things you carry. Also, pack versatile layers that you can wear or take off according to the weather and atmospheric conditions. Travel as light as possible. It’ll provide you with more freedom to trek and explore places.
You’ll be able to manoeuvre Annapurna’s rugged terrain without the help of porters. However, trekkers have many outfits and footwear options, making it challenging to decide what to bring and what not. Here is a list of some essential items you can use on the Annapurna Circuit Trek.
Clothing & Footwear
- Waterproof jacket/fleece jacket and vest
- Quick-drying t-shirt and long sleeve shirt
- Fleece pants (optional)
- Synthetic or wool socks
- Sturdy hiking boots or shoes
- Watersport Sandals
- Sanitizers and toiletries
- High SPF sunscreen
- Insect repellent
- First-aid kit
- Portable power device
- Water bottles or hydration reservoirs
- Trekking poles
The highest elevation in the Annapurna Circuit Trek is 5416m at Thorong La Pass.
The Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit and Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) card are required for the trek.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary is 16 days long.
Trekkers will stay in the teahouses and lodges along the trek. These teahouses offer meals and accommodation of a basic level. You will get rooms with twin beds, mattresses, clean sheets, and pillows. In the lower region, you will find extra facilities like electronic charging, Wi-Fi, and others. Toilets are generally of squat style and located outside of the main teahouse, and you will need to bring your toiletries.
The food facilities along the trail include the various Nepalese meals, including the “Dal Bhat.” It is pretty common along the path as it is nutritious and fulfilling. The other meals on the trail include momo, noodles, chaumein, pasta, and others.
Eggs, toast, and porridges are common for breakfast, whereas tea, coffee, hot chocolate, garlic soup, and other hot drinks are also available. During the trek, you can also take your snacks like dry fruits, protein bars, fruit juice, and chocolate bars.
The two peak seasons for the Annapurna Circuit Trek are Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November). These seasons are ideal for the trek due to stable weather without any weather-related challenges like heavy precipitation or snowfall.
The temperatures remain moderate with the majestic views of the Himalayas. Hence, there are fewer challenges and delays or cancellations during the peak seasons of Spring and Autumn.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek is moderately challenging in the remote landscapes of the country. There are various challenges in this high-altitude trek, including altitude sickness, rugged terrains, and others. The walk requires trekkers to have a basic level of fitness and stamina. A positive attitude and mental stability are also required to complete the trek without hassle.
Acute mountain sickness is a big problem during the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Trekkers must acclimatise, rest, and trek at a gentle pace to tackle acute mountain sickness along the trail. There are other measures like increased water intake and others that you can take.
You should also avoid drinking alcohol, smoking, and caffeine products as it can lead to dehydration which is a primary cause of acute mountain sickness. Moreover, you can also take Diamox tablets as a preventive measure during the trek.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a challenging trek in rugged terrains that requires proper training. The training regime must also include fitness-building exercises that build your strength and endurance.
Trekkers should also go through cardiovascular or aerobic activities to help their flexibility and breathing in the high-altitude region. Finally, the training and mental exercises will help you prepare for the challenging trek.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek package costs around US $999 per person.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a challenging high-altitude trek in the region that requires trekking gear and equipment of high quality. Some trekking gear necessary for the trek includes trekking poles, crampons, boots, waterproof clothes, and others. Trekkers can also hire these trekking gear and equipment if required.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek is also ideal for solo trekkers. However, it is generally recommended to trek with a professional guide for safety reasons. If you decide to hike solo, you must prepare well.
Professional guides with many years of experience are essential for the trek. Various challenging trails along the walk pass through the remote terrains. Hence, they will help you navigate along the route.
Moreover, they will also help you get to the destination safely without any discomfort. In case of any injuries, accidents, acute mountain sickness, and others, they will help you descend and evacuate. They are also your companion and motivate you to arrive at your destination.
Trekkers can also hire porters if they want to trek freely without the burden of heavy luggage along your back. You can also hire porter-guides who work both as porter and a guide in the high altitude region.
Travel insurance is essential for all high-altitude adventures in the region, including the Annapurna Circuit Trek. You must ensure that the travel insurance covers various aspects along the trail, including medical injuries, accidents, altitude sickness, loss, thefts, and damage to the property. It will also cover delays, cancellations, and evacuations.
GLIMPSES OF Annapurna Circuit Trek
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Annapurna Circuit with the Guide Ramu – IsraelOr and Amri [Israel]
We just came back from the Annapurna circuit with the guide Ramu. It was excellent! Ramu was great, cheerful and informative. We had a really good time with Ramu and everything worked out as planned.
Ramu doesn’t drink water (only tea once a day) doesn’t eat (except for dal bhat) and never complains.
All he does is walk and sing funny songs. Hope you enjoy your stay as much as we did!
Annapurna Circuit with the Guide Ramu – IsraelAniri [Afghanistan]
We just came back from the Annapurna circuit with the guide Ramu. Ramu was great it was excellent, cheerful and informative. We had a really good time with Ramu and everything worked out as planned. Ramu does not drink water (tea only once a day ...) Does not eat (except for dal bhat) and never complains. All he does is walk and sing funny songs hope you enjoy our stay as much as we did.
Nepal Guide Treks & Expeditions – AmericaAndy Cole [American Samoa]
I just got back from 19 days on the Annapurna Circuit, and I was so impressed that I’m already making plus to come back! My guide (Ram) was outstanding and he really did everything possible to make my experience a memorable one. Nepal Guide Treks & Expeditions was very professional & took care of my every need. I will definitely be recommending this trek & outfitter when I return to America
Thank you so much!
Annapurna Circuit with Shambu was Fantastic – South AfricaMega & Dave [South Africa]
Trekking the Annapurna Circuit with Shambu was fantastic – what a journey, the =ve of our lives. Thanks for everything it been wonderful.
We had a fantastic time on the Annapurna Circuit – CanadaKori + board Tomoto [Canada]
We wanted to extend a huge thank you for all your help and services. We had a fantastic time on the Annapurna Circuit. The landscapes, adventure, food, accommodation guide porters were all great! We well take care of and received good advice about acclimatization, hydration proper rest. The highlights who Ice Lake, district manag, upper base camp and Thorung La Pass. We all celebrated together at 5416m. Lots of great memories fabulous photographs.
Annapurna Circuit with SauishTima & thomos [Switzerland]
Annapurna Circuit 15 days we had been trekking the Annapurna Circuit with Sauish. He was a great a company always thinking ahead (where to stay where the best lunch is severed, etc.) we enjoyed the trek and the great nature of Annapurna. Thanks for the good guide to Nepal organisation on just half a day on very short notice. That saved a lot of time in the Kathmandu.
The Amazing ExperienceDavid [Netherlands]
Thanks for the amazing experience. I knew Nepal Guide Treks & Expedition from the internet. Thanks, Mr Prakash for his honesty. I think this is a Nepal experienced agency.
Thanks to my guide Ramu not only a guide but a very polite and well-educated boy. During the trekking, I was always safe.
Hope to come again to climb. My Friends, please stop smoking. Thank you for this beautiful days trek in the Annapurna. Really nice landscape comfortable guest house, good food and good guide also.
Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit – United StatesAlex M Seattle, Washington [United States]
Just arrived home from my third trip to Nepal and 5th trip arranged with Prakash at Nepal Guide! As expected we had a fantastic time moving about the country and mountains with Prakash handling all our logistics. This trip was a short trek in the Annapurna Conservation Area, but we've done the Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit, as well as Lang Tang valley treks with Prakash's company and always, had smooth transportation and accommodations. If he's available to be sure to get Ang Dawa Sherpa as your guide, he's one of the friendliest and most knowledgeable guides you'll find in Nepal, plus he's a pleasure to chat with and knows the mountains as well as anyone. Looking forward to next year.
Treated with Respect and Honesty – CanadaAlexi Black (alexi_black)& Friends [Canada]
It is hard to articulate how lucky and thankful I am that I walked into Nepal Guide Office from the first moment and first cup of tea I was treated with respect and honesty. There are so many trekking companies in KTM, it is almost impossible to know who to trust, my instinct, after visiting countless agencies, told me Prakash would make my trip memorable. He far and away exceeded my expectations; I first did the Annapurna Circuit Trek, what a way to first see Nepal! My guide was Rajan, he made me feel night at home and gave me such an? inside? look at the scenery and Culture, I was then supposed to leave Nepal and travel to China. However I had such a great time on my first trek, I decided to stay and climb the Island Peak and do an Everest region trek. Prakash custom scheduled a trip for me. In a word, it was amazing! Again, Rajan was my guide for the trek. Ang Dawa was my climbing guide. I cannot say enough how much fun Island Peak Was. I have been travelling for quite a while and Prakash and Nepal Guide Treks are truly the capstones of my trip. Please feel free to email me with any questions or more info. Id love to talk about my adventures!
We had a fantastic time on the Annapurna Circuit – Toronto, CanadaKori + Brett [Canada]
We wanted to extend a huge thank you for all your help and services. We had a fantastic time on the Annapurna Circuit. The landscapes, adventure, food, accommodations, guides, porter were all great! We were well taken care of and received good advice about accumulation, hydration + proper rest. The highlights were Ice Lake, Manang District, Upper base camp + Thorung La Pass. We all celebrated at 5416m together. Lots of great memories + fabulous photographs!
Best to you,