Annapurna Circuit Trek- 14 Days

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Annapurna Circuit Trek- 14 Days
  • Duration15 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Moderate Trek
  • Maximum Altitude 5416m
  • Activity Trekking
  • Group Size 1-20
  • Accommodation Hotel in Kathmandu and Teahouse during mountains
  • Meals Breakfast in Kathmandu, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in trek
  • Best Season March to May and September to December

Annapurna region is one of the most famous trekking regions in the world. Annapurna Circuit Trek provides an opportunity to make a trek around the Annapurna region.
Annapurna Circuit Trek is the most iconic trekking route in the world. Annapurna circuit trek starts from Chame, after long drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar and local jeep rides from Besisahar to Chame by newly constructed off road, the road is bumpy on the bank of Marsyandi river, popular trekking route surrounds the Annapurna Massif, offering breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, lush forests, and diverse landscapes.  Enjoy the mesmerizing green and snow-capped mountains including Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, the Annapurnas, the Dhaulagiri, and many more. You’ll also enjoy the exotic Nepali, Tibetan, and Trans-Himalayan cultures of the Annapurna region. You’ll see rural & rustic villages inhabited by a wide diversity of ethnic people including Gurungs, Magars, and Newars. The northern side of the region, Manang and Mustang, are influenced by Tibetan culture and Buddhist religion. Among Nepal’s 75 districts, Manang and Mustang are the only two districts that are beyond the Himalayas. Climb from the sub-tropical terrain of Pokhara to the world’s highest pass of Thorung La (5,416 m) and the Tibetan influence desert-like Kaligandaki Valley. You’ll also come across several waterfalls and lakes. You will be at the bottom of Ruchhe Waterfall, which is the biggest waterfall in the entire Annapurna Trekking route. Similarly, you’ll enjoy hot springs in Tatopani.

Cross the Thorung La pass, with magnificent views of the Himalayas and the Marsyandi Valley. Colorful Mustang and Kaligandaki Valleys can be seen from the Thorang La pass top. Visit the Muktinath Temple and some other monuments around the valley. Kalopani is a wonderful spot to see Dhaulagiri Ice Fall, Mt Dhaulagiri, and Mt Annapurna I. Poon Hill is famous for the breathtaking sunrise views over the Himalayas, with magnificent views of the Himalayas and the Marsyangdi Valley. After Ghasa, cross the Kaligandaki River, and trek through the deepest gorge in the world made by two giant mountains – Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.

 

Highlights
  • Sightseeing around Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • The Thorung-La pass (5416m) pass, Trekking Beyond the Himalayas
  • The pilgrimage hub of Muktinath, Tibetan Camps
  • The Dhaulagiri Icefall
  • The deepest gorge in the world in the river Kaligandaki
  • Ruchhe Waterfall, the biggest waterfall in the entire Annapurna Trekking route
  • Hot springs in Tatopani
  • Sunrise views of the Himalayas from Poon Hill
Itinerary

A representative from All Nepal Hiking will meet you when you arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA). After helping you get ready, our consultant will drive you to your accommodation and briefly explain the journey. Ask our tour operator or guides for any questions about the hike or adventure. Your preparation for the walk will also receive help from our personnel. You can take in the nightlife in and around your hotel in Kathmandu.

 

  • Max. Altitude:1300m
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Time:40 mins drive from airport

You will meet your trek leader for a briefing about the trek beginning the next day. After the briefing, there will be a short question and answer session about your trip in which you may ask anything regarding the trek. We all finalize our preparation for the trek. In the evening, enjoy the nightlife in Kathmandu.

  • Max. Altitude:1300m
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Time:1 day
  • Meals:Breakfast

After breakfast at your hotel in Kathmandu, drive to Besisahar along the banks of Trisuli and Marsyangdi Rivers. On the way, you’ll see rural villages, green mountains, and snow-capped mountains, including Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, and the Annapurnas. when we reached to Besisahar, we trake local jeep tom Chame,drive to Chame by crossing river Marshyandi and following the trail through the riverbank. You'll see several waterfalls on the eastern hillside. Among Nepal's 75 districts, two districts are beyond the Himalayas. They are - Manang and Mustang. While doing the Annapurna Circuit Trek, we trek in both these districts. Chame is Manang's headquarters, and Jomsom is Mustang District's headquarters. Chame is a big town with many government offices, grocery, guest houses, local restaurants, souvenir shops, etc. Overnight in a guesthouse. FB

  • Max. Altitude:760m
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Time:6 to 7 hour by bus
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Trek to Pisang is an easy walk, almost flat. Therefore, it’ll be a short day today. Walk through the pine forests and villages like Bharatang and Dhukur Pokhari. You’ll see yaks grazing in the woods. Another attraction of the area is the apple gardens. Overnight in a guesthouse. FB

  • Max. Altitude:3240 m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:5 to 6 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You can choose one out of two routes to get to Manang. The usual lower route follows the Marsyandi Valley via Hungde. Another brutal upper way takes extra three hours, but it offers magnificent views of Annapurna II and Annapurna III, the charming Villages of Gheru and Nawaal. Overnight in a guesthouse. FB

  • Max. Altitude:3540 m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:5 to 6 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we’ll make our excursion around the Manang Valley which would also help in acclimatization. Manang Village is a wide valley, and the district of Manang is named after this beautiful village. There are several activities you can do today. You may climb to the Praken Gomba, where you’ll have an audience with the “100 rupee Lama”. You may also trek to the other side of the Valley to Gangapurna Lake and climb the correct ridge to Chongar View Point. The viewpoint is decorated with prayer flags. If interested, you may even see the Gangapurna Glacier and Yaks shelters further. Overnight in a guesthouse. FB

  • Max. Altitude:3540 m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The trail goes gently up to Gunsang village, and then it becomes almost flat to Yak Kharka. After having lunch, we can have a day trip around Yak Kharka. Overnight in a guesthouse. FB

  • Max. Altitude:(4018 m)
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

we descend to the Marsyangdi River and cross the wooden bridge. A narrow and stone falling trail appears, so we carefully walk through the narrow trail for 20 mins and reach Thorang Phedi. OvernigAscending from Yak Kharka, gradually uphill, through the ridge of the mountain desert, ht in a guesthouse. FB

  • Max. Altitude:(4450 m)
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early in the morning, get up to prepare for Thorang La pass. In the first hour, we walk vertically up to High Camp. Then the climb becomes more gradual, with magnificent views of the Himalayas and the Marsyandi Valley. Colorful Mustang and Kaligandaki Valleys can be seen from the top. We descend to Jhong River to Muktinath and visit the Muktinath Temple and other monuments around the valley. The main attractions of Muktinath include 108 running taps, Natural Gas flame, monasteries, and nunneries. Overnight in a guesthouse. FB

  • Max. Altitude:3780 m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Down the Muktinath, we cross the Kaligandaki River. Now you are in the deepest gorge in the world,, made by two giant mountains, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. You will be at the bottom of Ruchhe Waterfall, the biggest waterfall in the Annapurna Trekking route. There are hot springs in Tatopani. After checking in the guesthouse, you can jump into the hot spring ponds on the banks of Kaligandaki River. Overnight in a guesthouse. FB

  • Max. Altitude:(1190 m)
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:3-4 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you will have the last crossing of the Kaligandaki River. We trek uphill to Durbindanda and can see the Ghara Shikha villages and Rhododendron forest near Ghorepani. While walking through nice villages, the locals will smile at you. The Dhaulagiri views are amazing, and the Annapurna ranges in the south are very close. Overnight in a guesthouse. FB

  • Max. Altitude:(2860 m)
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:6-7 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our crew will knock on your door to wake you up early in the morning so we can reach Poon Hill for Sunrise View. Poon Hill is famous for its breathtaking sunrise views over the Himalayas. We walk for 50 mins in the dark with the sounds of chirping birds in the pine and Rhododendron forests. Get ready to capture the colorful mountains with your camera. From Poon Hill, we descend to Ghorepani after having a heavy breakfast. After an early trek to Poon Hills, you will trek todown to Banthati, Ulleri, a magar village.  trek down to Thikhedhunga and take lunch and walk further to Hile or to nayapula and take bus or jeep to Pokhara.   Arriving in Pokhara, we can enjoy many activities like boating, fishing, etc. Overnight in a hotel. FB

  • Max. Altitude:(822m)
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:7 to 8 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, you will return to Kathmandu by car or bus, (there are regular flight to Kathmandu so you can take one) You can stop along the trip to take in the scenery of rural Nepal, rivers, and terraced fields. You will be transported to your accommodation upon arrival in Kathmandu. The rest of the day is free to tour the city or relax.

  • Max. Altitude:1300m
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Time:7-8 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Dinner

Today is the last day of your Annapurna circuit trek and holidays in Nepal. You will be driven to Tribhuvan International Airport in preparation for your travel. As you leave Nepal, you will have memorable recollections of the beautiful mountains and the Nepalese people's remarkable friendliness.

  • Meals:Breakfast
Cost Details
Includes
  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • 2 nights hotel in Kathmandu 1 night Hotel in Pokhara
  • All accommodations during the trek
  • Pickup and drop to start your trek and from the ending point to your Hotel In Kathmandu or Destinations
  •  All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  •  An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), and Sherpa
  • porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and lodging
  •  All necessary paperwork and permits (National Park permit, TIMS)
  •  A comprehensive medical kit
  • Sleeping Bag, Dawn Jacket ( return after treks) Duffle Bag and map
  •  All government and local taxes
     
Excludes
  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Alcoholic, non-alcoholic drinks and water, soft drinks, etc.
  • Hot showers during the trek, if it is payable
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver
Departure Dates
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Trip Date PriceStatus 
Start DateStartsJul 03, 2024End DateEndsJul 17, 2024PriceUS$915StatusAvailable
Start DateStartsJul 26, 2024End DateEndsAug 09, 2024PriceUS$915StatusAvailable
Start DateStartsJul 31, 2024End DateEndsAug 14, 2024PriceUS$915StatusAvailable
Useful Info

While Hiking in Nepal
A Checklist
Immunizations: Though, Nepal doesn’t have official vaccination requirements, it is nevertheless a good idea to consider some vaccines before coming here. See Immunization chapter under Safety for more details. It is also a good idea to read the chapter on Pre-existing Conditions before leaving home. Here is a list of the most relevant ones only:
Travel Insurance: Before you set out also make sure you have travel insurance that covers helicopter rescues. See Insurance under Safety for more details. Also, make sure to register with your embassy with your itinerary details before leaving. Go to our Embassy section for links.
Flight Tickets to Nepal
Book a Hotel in Nepal: There are a lot of review based web portals to book hotels in Kathmandu. However, it shouldn’t be much of a problem to get a room even if you haven’t booked in advance.
Packing Tips: Indeed exciting times we live in. Just make sure you don’t pack off valuables in your luggage for the international airport at Kathmandu isn’t too well renowned for packing everything in after a security check. Valuables are better off in your hand carry.
Things to do at the Airport in Kathmandu
Get a Nepali Visa: Visa on Arrival for most countries. Need USD 25(15 days)/ USD 40 (30 days)/ USD 100 (90 days) in one of these currencies: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. You will need your passport and 1 passport size photo.
Get a Nepali SIM Card: There are NTC and Ncell. two of the most popular telecom companies in Nepal, provide SIM cards based on GSM technology. Tough luck if your phone is of the CDMA kind.
Comprehensive Packing List for Trekking in Nepal
Both branded items and local take on branded items are available in Kathmandu. It is totally possible to get everything and anything you will need for a trek here. A word of cautions about local products though: Being labeled North Face or Mountain Hardwar, as most local products are, doesn’t bless them with durability. However, there are good fakes and bad fakes and most are okay for the price. If you spend some time checking and rechecking the stuff specially the zippers and stitching, it will provide service for at least one trek. Or you could just stick to one of the branded outlets in Thamel.

However, bringing some stuff from home will save you time in Kathmandu and will also give you peace of mind. Also if you don’t know, the dress code for the mountains is layers. And avoid cotton inners at all costs.

Gear from your Home Country
Trekking Boots- Lightweight, waterproof, ankle support, some toe room and most importantly broken in.
Daypack/Rucksack with pack cover- If you plan on hiring porters, a 30-liter bag should be enough. Otherwise look for a 70 liter one.
Passport size photos- 5-7 should be good.
Sunglasses with straps- Straps are important as sunglasses happen to be the one thing that people misplace most often while taking pictures or resting.
Spare glasses/lenses- If you wear glasses or contact, having a spare is very important.
Inner Thermals- Both top and bottom will make your trek that much more enjoyable.
Fleece- Great for layering with wind/waterproof jacket for walking.
Wind/Water Jacket- Make sure it is breathable and is waterproof.
Down Jacket- Mornings and evenings can be pretty chilly. Will make your stay at camp and short excursions that much more comfortable.
Fleece pants- So you can remain warm and feel clean during the evenings.
Wind pants- Waterproof breathable is recommended.
Gloves- Make sure it is at least windproof.
Underwear- 4-6 should carry you through a two-three week trek.
Flashlight- Look for LED head torches.
Camera with extra battery- One extra battery should be good as charging can sometimes be a bit of a hassle. Also, you cannot charge, if you don’t have a charger. Do not forget that.
Socket Adapter- Many sockets in Nepal are of Type C that is they have circular pins. It will be handy to have an adapter just in case.
Water filters or Water purification tablets- To give you peace of mind and protection when you aren’t sure of the water. Water filters are amazingly small and efficient these days.
Optional Gear you should consider bringing from your Home Country
Vitamin supplements- One thing that you will be short on during a trek is Vitamin C. Supplements are always welcome.
Zip locks- Useful in oh so many different ways, for first aid kits to toiletries to documents.
Running shoes- Great to keep your feet comfortable in treks like ABC, Annapurna Circuit and Manaslu in which a sizeable portion of the trek goes through low country.
Swiss Army Knife- Pack it off in your luggage if you don’t want it confiscated at airports.
Binoculars- Consider small and light ones unless watching wildlife is your main purpose.
Books- A trek is a perfect time to catch up on reading. However, it would be tough to finish more than 2 books in a single two-three week trek.
Tablet computers- Entertainment at evenings.
Gaiters- Keeps your feet dry and warm if the weather takes a turn for the worse.

Gear you can easily get in Nepal.
Trekking trousers- 2 pairs. Lightweight and loose.
Trekking shirts- 2 pairs. Collared ones are better. Avoid cotton.
Woolen cap
Trekking poles- You back and legs will love you for these, especially in downhill stretches.
Water bottle- Get 2 with a wide mouth and which can take in hot water.
Sandals- Great for giving your feet a breather during the evenings.
Buffs- 3. Can be used as a neck gaiter, headwear, to mask, hairband and a whole bunch of other ways. However our company All Nepal Hiking provides a buff for you, one of the best use however is to cover your nose and mouth at high altitudes to hydrate your breath and avoid the cold dry mountain air. Make sure to keep it rather loose around your nose though and your lungs will love you for it.
Sleeping Bag liner- A light silk liner is good enough rather than the heavy fleece ones. Its main purpose is to protect you from lodge blankets that are washed at most twice a year.
Socks- 5 pairs are more than good enough. Make sure they are thick woolen ones. For treks that go through low country like Annapurna Circuit and Manaslu Circuit, you might consider getting 2 more pairs of lightweight socks too.
Sunscreen- SPF 30-50 will be good enough. There is little point in going over that. However, make sure it is rated UVA in addition to UVB.
Lip Balm- Moisturizing and SPF 30 necessary.

Toilet paper- 2 rolls should be good enough.
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Shower Gel- Travel size or sachets ideal as you won’t be showering as much during a trek.
Shampoo- Travel size of sachets are ideal.
Towel- A small one will be more than good enough.
Moisturizing cream- That cold dry mountain air will take its toll on your skin.
Hand sanitizer
Plastic Bags- 2 large ones 3 small ones. Comes in very handy to put in your dirty laundry
Snacks- Carry some chocolate bars and nuts for a quick munch before lunch. Don’t carry too much as you can find them in lodges all along the trails.
Optional Gear you can easily Get in Nepal
Sun Hat/Baseball Hat- Great for protection from the sun when it is still warm enough.
Neck gaiter- A buff can be used in place of this. But this one comes in handy
Deodorant- Your partner will love you for this.
Diary
Pen- Carry some spares.
Kit Bag and lock- If you plan to hire a porter, a kit bag comes in handy. Make sure you get a lock too. Combination ones are easier.
Medical Kit Checklist

If you are trekking on your own, you should carry the complete medical kit. However, if you are going through a trekking company, they will provide a medical kit. Chances of the kit containing moleskins, knee supports or anklets is almost zero though. Get these for yourself. You should also consider getting a list of the stuff they will provide and tallying it with the list we have provided.

 Due to lax prescription requirements, most of the items are easier to get in Kathmandu.

  • Povidone-Iodine cream- 1 tube
  • Cotton- 1 roll
  • Dressing Gauze- 5 pcs
  • Crepe Bandage- 2
  • Band-Aids- 10
  • Dressing tape- 1
  • Moleskin/ 2nd Skin- 1 packet
  • Calamine- To aid in skin healing due to sunburns or chaffing.
  • Paracetamol 300 mg- 20 tablets. For mild headaches.
  • Ibuprofen 400 mg- 10 tablets. To relieve moderate to severe pain.
  • Throat lozenges- 20. For cough and sore throat. Can be used preventively against the cold dry mountain air.
  • Decongestant- 10 tablets- For nasal congestion. Non-drowsy kinds like pseudoephedrine recommended.
  • Antihistamine 10 tablets- For allergies.
  • Antiemetic 10 tablets- To control vomit and nausea.
  • Azithromycin 500 mg- 3 tablets. For bacterial diarrhea.
  • Omeprazole 20 mg- 10 tablets. For gastric problems.
  • Ciprofloxacin 500 mg- 10 tablets. For bacterial diarrhea.
  • Tinidazole 2 g- 3 tablets (500 mg- 12 tablets). For giardia and amoebic diarrhea.
  •  Acetazolamide (Diamox) 250 mg - 20 tablets. To aid acclimatization and AMS treatment.
  • Dexamethasone 4 mg - 10 tablets. To be used under expert supervision to treat AMS.
  • Nifedipine 60 mg - 10 tablets. To be used under expert supervision to prevent and treat HAPE.
  • Loperamide 2 mg- 20 tablets. To control diarrhea. 

All treks inside the Annapurna Conservation Area will require these permits. These treks include the Annapurna Circuit, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Mardi Himal Trek, Jomsom-Muktinath Trek, and Mohare Danda Trek.

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (NPR 2,000 + 13% VAT). This permit can be purchased at the Nepal Tourism Board or at Besishahar. However, be warned that the cost of the permit is double at Besishahar. You will also need two passport size photos for this permit.
TIMS Permit (USD 20 independent trekkers; USD 20 for organized trekkers). This permit can be obtained at the Nepal Tourism Board Office in Kathmandu.
 

FAQs
  • Some of the highlights include breathtaking mountain views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and other peaks, crossing the Thorong La Pass, exploring diverse landscapes, and experiencing the local culture of the Himalayan region.

  • The cost of the trek can vary depending on factors such as the duration of the trek, your choice of accommodations, whether you hire a guide or porter, and your personal expenses. On average, budgeting around $25 to $40 per day for basic expenses should give you a rough estimate.

  • The Annapurna region is home to various wildlife species, including snow leopards, Himalayan tahr, musk deer, langurs, and a variety of bird species. However, spotting wildlife is not guaranteed and requires luck and patience.

  • Yes, it's possible to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek in the reverse direction, starting from either Besisahar or Bhulbhule. However, it's less common and may affect your acclimatization schedule.

  • Teahouses and lodges offer a variety of meals, including Nepali, Tibetan, Indian, and Western dishes. Common menu items include dal bhat (lentil soup with rice), momo (dumplings), noodles, pasta, and fried rice. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available.

  • Yes, you can purchase bottled water at teahouses along the trail, but it's recommended to carry a reusable water bottle and use water purification tablets or a water filter to minimize plastic waste and ensure a clean water supply.

  • ATMs and money exchange facilities are available in some larger villages along the trail, such as Manang and Jomsom. However, it's advisable to carry enough cash in Nepalese Rupees to cover your expenses during the trek.

  • Yes, the trek can be extended or modified according to your preferences. You can choose to include side trips to Tilicho Lake or the Annapurna Base Camp, or explore other routes in the Annapurna region.

  • The popularity of the Annapurna Circuit Trek means that certain sections of the trail can be crowded, especially during peak trekking seasons. However, there are still opportunities to find quieter stretches and enjoy the serenity of the mountains.

  • The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a popular trekking route located in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is known for its diverse landscapes, stunning mountain views, and rich cultural experiences.

  • Yes, there are numerous teahouses and lodges along the route where you can find accommodation and meals.

  • Yes, altitude sickness is a potential risk during the Annapurna Circuit Trek, as some parts of the trail reach elevations above 5,000 meters (16,400 feet). It's crucial to acclimatize properly by taking rest days, staying hydrated, ascending slowly, and being aware of any symptoms of altitude sickness. It's recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before the trek.

  • Essential items to pack include sturdy trekking boots, warm clothing layers, a sleeping bag, a backpack, a good quality rain jacket, trekking poles, a first aid kit, water purification tablets, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a camera. It's important to pack light and carry only the necessary items.

  • Along the Annapurna Circuit, there are teahouses and lodges available for accommodation. These basic guesthouses provide rooms with shared facilities such as bathrooms and dining areas. The quality of facilities may vary along the route, with more amenities in larger villages.

  • The Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered moderately challenging. It involves long daily hikes, steep ascents and descents, and high altitudes. Adequate physical fitness and acclimatization are essential. Prior hiking experience and training will be beneficial, but it is not required for fit individuals.

  • Yes, you need two permits to trek the Annapurna Circuit. The first is the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP), which is required for entering the Annapurna Conservation Area. The second is the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card, which provides trekking information and helps ensure safety.

  • The length of the trek can vary depending on the specific route taken and side trips chosen. Generally, it takes around 15 to 20 days to complete the entire circuit, covering a distance of approximately 160 to 230 kilometers (100 to 145 miles)

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