Annapurna circuit trek is one of the best and amazing, trek you can do in Nepal. It takes you around the Annapurna circuit in just 18 days of time and leaves you mesmerized in the end. Taking you through varied terrains, you will be accompanied by the amazing views of mountains in the back drop, through-out the trek.

The journey starts from Kathmandu, taking you to Chamje on the second day. From Chamje, the actual trekking begins and you slowly star to hike, reaching Bagarchhap, Chame and to Pisang. We will then reach the Manag and follow the trail leading to Yak Kharka. From there, we will reach Thorong Phedi – a rest place for many trekkers and climbers. We will then trek to Muktinath to Marpha and, to Ghassa. We will be sure not to miss the excellent apple cider in Marpha. From Ghasa, continuing our trek further, we will head towards the Tatopani, leading to Ghorepani. After enjoying the amazing sunrise from Poon Hill, we will head back to Pokhara, and finally back to Kathmandu.

In this 18-days Annapurna region trek, you will enjoy the nature in its true form. Walking across the barren lands and the lush forests, you will know more about the beauty it holds. Beautiful waterfalls and monasteries will be crossed along the way. Even the people living in this region, are equally, if not more, beautiful than the nature itself. Overall, you will be enjoying a complete package trek, filled with excitement and serenity, at the same time. In the end, you will be left with beautiful memories to cherish, and an amazing experience to inspire you for a very long time.

Best time to Trek

The best time for enjoying the Annapurna region trek, is during the autumn season (September to November) and Spring (March to May). These are the peak seasons for trekking in the Annapurna circuit but, the lodges and hotels might be fully occupied.

Overview

  • Duration 18 days
  • Max Altitude 5416 m /17769ft m
  • Group Size 2-10
  • Best Season Mar-May, Sep-Nov
  • Per Day Walk 6-7 hours
  • Accomodation Hotel / Teahouse
  • Start/End KTM-KTM
  • Difficulty Challenging
  • Trip Type Solo / Group / Custom /
  • Location Annapurna Region

Includes

  • Airport transfer
  • Transportation to trekking start point and  back to Kathmandu
  • Accommodation of two nights of  hotel in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation of one night of hotel in Pokhara.
  • Accommodation on Tea houses during the trek.
  • All Meals during the trek ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
  • Breakfast at your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Experienced License holder trekking guide.
  • Porter service (in 2:1 ratio)
  • Insurance for guide and Porter
  • Trekking Permit: Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) Fee.
  • Trekkers Information Management System fee for trekker’s safety
  • All Tax and local government fee.
  • Assistance in arranging rescue operation at your account
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Mountain Routes T-shirt
  • Appreciation of certificate after the successful trek
  • Farewell Dinner at the end of the trip

Excludes

  • International flight to Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee and your travel Insurance.
  • Meals ( Lunch & Dinner) in Kathmandu & Pokhara after and before your trek.
  • Extra night accommodation in Nepal.
  • Personal Expenses ( Laundry, Telephone, Snacks, Bar bills, etc)
  • Bottle water and hot shower during the trek.
  • Tips for guide and Porters.
  • Add On-trip
  • Additional cost caused due to natural phenomenon.

Annapurna Circuit Trekking Itinerary Map

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  • Day 1 :

    Arriving at Kathmandu

  • Day 2 :

    Kathmandu to Chyamje drive (1410m/ 4626ft.)
    Distance: 209 km / 130 miles
    Time: 06-07 hrs drive

  • Day 3 :

    Chamje to Bagarchhap  (2160 m/ 7086ft.)
    Distance: 15 km / 9.3 miles
    Time: 05 hrs walk

  • Day 4 :

    Bagarchhap to Chame (2630 m / 8628ft)
    Distance: 13.6 km / 8.45 miles
    Time: 04-05 hrs walk

  • Day 5 :

    Chame to Pisang (3300 m / 10826 ft.)
    Distance: 13.2 km / 8.2 miles.
    Time: 05-06 hrs walk

  • Day 6 :

    Pisang to Manang (3540 m /11614 ft.)
    Distance: 17 km / 10.6 miles.
    Time: 06-07 hrs walk

  • Day 7 :

    Acclimatization at Manang

  • Day 8 :

    Manang to Yak Kharka (4110 m / 13485 ft.)
    Distances. 10km / 6.22 miles
    Time: 04-05 hrs walk

  • Day 9 :

    Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi (4420 m / 14501 ft.)
    Distance: 7.3 km / 4.5 miles.
    Time: 04:00 hrs walk

  • Day 10 :

    Thorang Phedi to Thorang La pass (5416 m /17769ft.) to Muktinath (3710 m / 12172 ft.)
    Distance: 15.6 km / 9.6 miles.
    Time: 07-08 hrs walk

  • Day 11 :

    Muktinath to Marpha (2665 m / 8744 ft.)
    Distance: 28.7 km / 17.84 miles.
    Time: 06-07 hrs walk

  • Day 12 :

    Marpha to Ghasa (2010 m / 6595 ft )
    Distance: 27km / 16.78 miles
    Time: 07-08 hrs walk

  • Day 13 :

    Ghasa to Tatopani (1190 m / 3904 ft.)
    Distance: 14.2 km / 16.7 miles.
    Time: 06-07 hrs walk

  • Day 14 :

    Tatopani to Ghorepani (2850m / 9350 ft.)
    Distance: 15.65 km / 9.73 miles
    Time: 08-09 hrs walk

  • Day 15 :

    Ghorepani to Poon hill (3210m / 10532 ft) to Tadapani (2610m / 8562 ft.)
    Distance:  9.2 km / 5.72 miles
    Time: 06-07 hrs walk

  • Day 16 :

    Tadapani to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara (827m / 2713ft)
    Distance:  10.5 km / 6.53 miles
    Time: 06-07 hrs walk and 01:00 hrs drive.

  • Day 17 :

    Pokhara to Kathmandu (1400m / 4544ft)
    Distance: 210 km / 130 miles
    Time: 06-07 hrs drive

  • Day 18 :

    Depart Kathmandu

Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Arriving at Kathmandu

    On the very first day of our trekking in Annapurna region Nepal, we will be arriving at the capital city – Kathmandu. Our representatives from Mountain Routes, will pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel. They will be explaining you about the trek and its highlights. Any of you queries, regarding the trek, will be answered by them. You can freshen up at your hotels, and go out to explore the beautiful city of temples.

  • Day 2 : Kathmandu to Besisahar to Chamje (1410 m) Trip Duration: 6-7 hours

    On the 2nd day of our Annapurna region trek, we will be heading to Chyamje, which is going to take us about 6-7 hours of time. Chaymje village is the starting point of the trek, which is located in the Annapurna region, at an altitude of 1410 m. The village hosts a beautiful waterfall, and the all-around greenery is sure to make you find it amazing. Overnight at Chyamje.

  • Day 3 : Chamje to Bagarchhap (2160 m) Trip Duration: 6-7 hours

    On our 3rd day of the Annapurna region trekking, we will be trekking from Chamje to Bagarchhap, which will take us about 6-7 hours of time. The starting trail will lead us along the Marshayngdi river, taking us uphill to Tal village. We will then cross an extensive flat valley, then ascend along a stone staircase at 1860 m. We will, upon continuing further, reach Dharapani. After walking some time from Dharapani, we will finally reach Bagarchhap. Overnight at Bagarchhap.

  • Day 4 : Bagarchhap to Chame (2630 m) Trip Duration: 6-7 hours

    Today, we will be trekking from Bagarchhap to Chame, taking 6-7 hours of our time. The trail today is beautiful and follows a rocky path to climb Timang first, at 2360 meters. Continuing further, we will move through lush forests to Kopar. As we get closer to Chame, we will get more and more beautiful and up-close view of, Annapurna Himal. We will also encounter, two small hot springs along the way. We will stay the night in Chame.

  • Day 5 : Chame to Pisang (3300 m) Trip Duration: 6 hours

    Today, the trail will traverse through many small settlements, which are sparsely populated. It will traverse through fir and pine forests, climbing to a high, rocky area. After a crossing a bridge over a river, we can see the tall Paungda Danda rock, slowly appearing. From there, the trail will start to ascend to Pisang. We will stay the night in Pisang.

  • Day 6 : Pisang to Manang (3500 m) Trip Duration: 6-7 hours

    Today, the trail leads to two ways, of which, we will choose the one that passes through upper Pisang via Geru. Allowing us to enjoy the great views of Mt. Annapurna, Pisang Peak, and others, we will continue walking along this trail until we reach Manang. We will also visit, one of the oldest monastery of the region – Barge Monastery. Overnight at Manang.

  • Day 7 : Manang Acclimatization Day

    On the 7th day of our Annapurna region trekking, we will be acclimatizing at Manag. And, to utilize this day better, we will either visit Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna lake. After visiting one these places, we will spend the rest of the, exploring and sightseeing the beautiful places nearby and around the village. Finishing the sightseeing, and exploration, we will return back to our lodge, and spend the night there.

  • Day 8 : Manang to Yak Kharka (4110 m) Trip Duration: 3-4 hours

    Today, we will be trekking from Manang to Yak kharka, which will only take us about 3-4 hours of time. It will be an easy trek, passing along Thorang Khola crossing Tangki Manang, Ghusang then Ghyanchang. From Ghyanchang, we will finally reach the Yak Kharka. Spend the night at Yak Kharka.

  • Day 9 : Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi (4420 m) Trip Duration: 3-4 hours

    The trail from Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi is an uphill climb, and will only take us about 3-4 hours of time. We will be crossing a suspension bridges along the way to reach Ledar village. We will continue walking further from Ledar to pass through towering cliffs, and finally reach Thorang Phedi. Thorang Phedi is the rest point for many trekkers and climbers. Along the way, we are rewarded with the amazing views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. Overnight at Thorang Phedi.

  • Day 10 : Thorang Phedi to Muktinath (3800 m) Trip Duration: 7-8 hours

    Day 10 of our Annapurna region trek, is going to be a long and stretchy walk, passing through the Thoran La pass – one of the highest, pass in the world. Crossing it might come as a bit difficult but the stunning views, will continue to drive us through. It will take us about 4 hours to climb to the top of the pass. Upon reaching the top, we will be rewarded by the amazing view of the entire terrain, along with the chortens and the prayer flags. Then we will follow the trail further, which will take us to Muktinath. Muktinath is a very religious place for both the Hindus and the Buddhists. Overnight at Muktinath.

  • Day 11 : Muktinath to Marpha (2720 m) Trip Duration: 6-7 hours

    On day 11 of the Annapurna region trekking, we will be hiking from Muktinath to Marpha, which will take us about 6-7 hours of time. The elevation drop is quite high today, about 1000 meters. We will follow the trail today, which will descend through the Kali Gandaki gorge, and after one and a half hours of time, we will reach Ekle Bhatti. From there, we will continue walking and reach Marpha, with the astounding views of mount Nilgiri. Marpha is very famous for its apple, apple cider and apple rakshi (alcohol). We will spend the night at Marpha.

  • Day 12 : Marpha to Ghassa (2010 m) Trip Duration: 7 hours

    On the 12th day of our Annapurna region trek, we will follow the narrow trail passing through the village of Khobang. After having lunvh at Larjung, we will continue our trek further and reach Kokhethanti. Continuing the trek, we will reach Kalopani, from where the views of Annapurna and Fang peaks, are amazing. Following the trek further, we will reach Lete and finally Ghassa. Overnight at Ghassa.

  • Day 13 : Ghassa to Tatopani (1190 m) Trip Duration: 6 hours

    The trek from Ghassa to Tatopani consists of walking down to the Kali Gandaki Gorge. The deepest gorge in the world – Kali Gandaki, lies between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks. Upon walking further, we will reach Rupse Chhara – one of the most beautiful waterfalls. Following the trail further, we will finally reach Tatopani, where there is a natural hot spring. We will relax on that hot spring, washing away all our tiredness, and filling ourselves up for the trek, further ahead. Overnight at Tatopani.

  • Day 14 : Tatopani to Ghorepani (2850 m) Trip Duration: 7-8 hours

    Day 14 of our Annapurna circuit trek, consists of trekking from Tatopani to Ghorepani. The trail leaves the Kali Gandaki and leads to the Ghar khola valley. Passing through a terraced farmland, we will reach the villages of Shikha and Chitre, before reaching a beautiful Rhododendron forest. In spring, the view this forest has to offer is, mesmerizing. Upon passing through the forest, and continuing our trek further, we will reach Ghorepani. We will spend the night at Ghorepani.

  • Day 15 : Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3210 m) to Tadapani (2700 m) Trip Duration: 6-7 hours

    Today, we will be trekking from Ghorepani to Poon Hill, to Tadapani. To enjoy the early morning sunrise, we will climb to the top of Poon Hill, early in the morning. The sunrise from Poon Hill offers and astounding view of the Annapurna region, including Mustang, Pokhara and many high mountains. Sun rays slowly kissing the top of snow-capped mountains, is sure to leave you speechless. After the beautiful sunrise, we will head back to Ghorepani. From there, we head out to reach Tadapani, crossing many beautiful Rhododendron forests and waterfalls.

  • Day 16 : Tadapani to Pokhara (827 m) Trip Duration: 5-6 hours trek + 1 hour drive

    On the 16th day of our Annapurna circuit trek, we will be heading from Tadapani to Nayapul and finally to Pokhara. The trail follows a steep descent through dense and dark forest of Rhododendron trees. Trekking further, we will reach the Ghandruk village, inhabited mostly by Gurung people. From Ghandruk, amazing views of Machhapuchhre himal, Annapurna south and Himchuli mountains, can be enjoyed. WE continue our trek to Nayapul, from where, Pokhara is 1 hour ride away. Overnight in Pokhara.

  • Day 17 : Pokhara to Kathmandu

    Today, we will be travelling back to Kathmandu. It will take us about 6 hours of time. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we will go to our hotel, freshen up a bit, and then go out to explore the beautiful city. We can also do some shopping today. At night, we can enjoy the beautiful night life of Thamel. A good night’s sleep is all that is left for the day.

  • Day 18 : Departure

    Day 18th marks the end of trekking in Annapurna region Nepal, and you will be travelling back home today. Our representatives from Mountain Routes will pick you up from your hotel, and drop you at the airport. We will share goodbyes for the last time, and bade each other farewell. You will then, board the place with beautiful memories and an amazing experience, that is sure to inspire you for a long time.

Annapurna Circuit Trek FAQs

  • What is the minimum days required to complete Annapurna Circuit Trek?

    Annapurna Circuit trek usually takes about 16-17days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu because of stopover for acclimatization. The minimum days required to complete is 10 days.

  • What are the speciality of this trek?

    There are few specialities such as:

    • Scenic view of 6000 to 8000 meter mountains, Thoronga la Pass one of the popular view point in Annapurna Region, world’s deepest gorge Kali Gandaki. Muktinath Temple, popular among the Hindu and Buddhist people.
    • Natural Hot Spring for relaxation,
    • best sunrise and sunset view from many view point. And cultural experience with different ethnic groups that makes this trek special and memorable.
  • What will be the climate at Annapurna Circuit Trek during trekking Season?

    March to May

    (Min 18 and Max 22 on average) Day time

    (Min 8 and Max 10 on average) Night time

    September to November

    (Min 15 and Max 22) Day time

    (Min 8 and Max 10) Night time

  • Is it possible to do trek in other months than the trekking Season?

    Actually, it is possible to do trek in other months than the best trekking season and some people think it is best to do in low tourist season due to less crowd of tourist. Middle of the winter and mid Monsoon are not great decision to do trek but other months are perfectly fine to do Annapurna circuit.

  • What is the level of fitness needed to do this trek?

    Actually, this is a challenging trek but however this does not involve technical climbing but you need to have pleasant health conditions with a positive attitude, and great determination.

  • What if I do not complete my trek and have to return home early, is there refund policy?

    We offer cancellation and refund facility only on the special cases.

  • Is there any chance of High Altitude Sickness in this trek?

    Annapurna Circuit is 5416 m /17769ft high, so there is a chance of high altitude sickness depending on the individual. To minimize the risk of altitude sickness we suggest you follow these guidelines:

    • Drink enough water (at least 4 litres per day).
    • Walk slowly.
    • Acclimatize while trekking.
    • If you have some health issue take Diamox (Medicine) a day before the trek start.
    • Keep your body hydrated and drink mild hot soup.
    • Avoid smoking and drinking at high altitude.
    • Follow your guide.
  • What is the total distance for this trek?

    The distance of this trek is in between 160–230 km (100-143 miles ) depending upon the transportation used during the trek.

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