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Annapurna Circuit Trek -Classic Himalayan Adventure

Annapurna Circuit Trek -Classic Himalayan Adventure

Overview

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most famous trekking routes in Nepal, located within the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). This iconic trek begins at an altitude of 840 meters and ascends to 5,416 meters at the renowned Thorong La Pass. Along the way, trekkers traverse rice paddy fields, subtropical forests, rural villages, and glacial zones, experiencing a stunning array of landscapes. The trek offers panoramic views of some of the Himalayas' most majestic peaks, including Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Mt. Annapurna I (8,091m), Mt. Manaslu (8,163m), Mt. Annapurna II (7,937m), Mt. Annapurna III (7,555m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7,525m), Mt. Annapurna South (7,219m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,041m), Mt. Machhapuchhare (6,998m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6,986m), Tukuche Peak (6,920m), and Tilicho Peak (7,134m).

Begin your Annapurna Circuit adventure in Chame, the gateway to this world-renowned trek. Follow the Trishuli River and enjoy breathtaking views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east. As you journey through diverse communities, you'll experience the unique cultures set against the magnificent backdrop of the Himalayas. The Annapurna Circuit is celebrated for its diversity, climbing to 4,622 meters before descending onto a high-altitude plateau and continuing south along the Kali Gandaki river valley. Despite recent road constructions, the trek remains a captivating journey adaptable to various durations, from an 8-day trip to a month-long expedition around the entire Annapurna massif.

Our meticulously crafted itinerary takes you around the entire Annapurna massif, reaching the highest point at Thorong La Pass (5,416m). Traverse the world's deepest Kali Gandaki gorge, flanked by Mt. Annapurna I (8,091m) to the east and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m) to the west. The trek also leads through the regions of Manang, Jomsom, and Muktinath, offering diverse landscapes and rich cultural experiences. Join the Himalayan Dream Team for an unforgettable journey on the Annapurna Circuit Trek, and immerse yourself in the unparalleled beauty and cultural richness of Nepal.

Trip Highlights: 

  • One of the World’s Greatest Circuit Treks: Embark on an unforgettable adventure on one of the most renowned trekking routes globally.
  • Traverse the Famous Thorung La Pass: Conquer the challenging and iconic Thorung La Pass at 5,416 meters, one of the highest passes in the world.
  • Lodge-Based Accommodation: Enjoy the comfort and warmth of lodge-based accommodations throughout the trek.
  • Flexible Trek Options: Choose between open and private treks to suit your preferences and needs.
  • Cultural Exploration: Discover the unique Tibetan Buddhist culture, visit picturesque monasteries, and marvel at traditional architecture.
  • Sacred Pilgrimage Site: Experience Muktinath, a revered pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists.
  • Diverse Ethnic Encounters: Meet diverse ethnic groups such as the Gurungs, Thakalis, and Manangis, and immerse yourself in their rich cultures, traditions, and renowned hospitality.
  • Breathtaking Landscapes: Trek through varied landscapes, from arid valleys to lush meadows, all while enjoying stunning mountain vistas.

Annapurna Circuit Trek -Classic Himalayan Adventure Itinerary

Details Outline

Upon arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from Himalayan Dream Team will greet you and guide you to your hotel. Once you reach the hotel, you can check in, freshen up, and take some time to relax. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan Dream Team. 

Food
Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
1335 m

Our adventure begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule (840m), taking about 7 to 8 hours. We travel along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre, then follow a rough road along the Marshyangdi River. After approximately 6 hours, we arrive in Besisahar, the capital of Lamjung District, where we take a short break. Continuing for another hour, we follow the path to Pam Khola.

As we ascend towards the village of Denauti, we get an intimate look at Nepali village life. Terraced fields filled with tomato plants and potatoes stretch out before us, painting a picturesque landscape. Nearing the Khudi Khola, we reach the charming Gurung village of Bhulbhule, where our first trekking day concludes. This initial leg offers a perfect introduction to the natural beauty and cultural richness of the Annapurna region

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
840 m
Walking Hours
7 hrs

Our trek begins with a steep descent from Bhulbhule, crossing a stream before ascending again and traversing the hillside to reach the village of Hani Gaon. From here, we follow a winding mountain path down through Syange and along the river for some distance. The trail then climbs steeply, cutting into the sheer cliff-face 200-300 meters above the riverbed, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

As we approach the village of Jagat, we descend to a shelf that juts out into the Marshyangdi valley. The path is scattered with mica rocks, their minerals sparkling in the Nepalese sun. This segment of the trek showcases the dramatic natural beauty and rugged terrain of the Annapurna region, setting the stage for the adventures to come.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
1290 m
Walking Hours
6/7 hrs

The trail from Jagat descends to the river, leading us through a lush forest before ascending to a sharp-edged cliff overlooking the riverbank. We cross a suspension bridge and then climb steeply towards Sattale and Tal. As we leave Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding, passing through the forested villages of Karte and Dharepani.

Finally, we reach Bagarchap, a charming Bhotia village adorned with colorful prayer flags. Upon arrival, we're greeted by stunning views of Annapurna II. This segment of the trek highlights the diverse landscapes and rich cultural tapestry of the Annapurna region, making it an unforgettable experience for trekkers.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
860 m
Walking Hours
6 hrs

Continuing our ascent through pine and oak forests, we pass through Dhanakyu and encounter a stunning waterfall. The trail then follows a rock-strewn path as the Marshyangdi River enters a gorge. After the steep incline, we walk amid rhododendrons on a gently rising path, crossing a stream before entering a pine forest.

We arrive at the hamlet of Kotho, offering impressive views of Annapurna II. The route leads to a large white gate with a corrugated iron roof, marking the entrance to Chame, the administrative hub of the Manang district. Chame offers electricity, shops, a health post, post office, and banks. Don’t miss the rejuvenating hot springs, a major attraction for trekkers.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
2740 m
Walking Hours
6 hrs

Today, we embark on our trek to Pisang, starting with a large suspension bridge crossing over the Marshyangdi River. The trail winds through fields, leading us to Teleku at 2775 meters, and then on to the forested village of Bratang. As we leave Bratang, the valley shifts from a V-shape to a more gentle U-shape.

We continue on steep trails to the south side and cross another suspension bridge at 3040 meters, offering stunning views of Paungda Danda, which rises more than 1500 meters from the river. After crossing one final bridge, we enter the charming village of Pisang, nestled in the heart of the Annapurna region.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
3300 m
Walking Hours
5/6 hrs

Today’s route takes us through the upper Manang district, shielded from the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. In this unique environment, the local communities engage in yak herding and seasonal agriculture, benefiting from historical trading rights established in 1784. Starting from Pisang, the trail splits around the Marsyangdi River, reconvening at Mungji. Opt for the scenic northern route via Ghyaru for impressive views, or the southern path through Hongde for less climbing. We'll pass through the secluded village of Bryanga before reaching Manang

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
3540 m
Walking Hours
5/6 hrs

Today is all about acclimatizing and preparing for the trails ahead. We’ll stay active with a short hike to one of the nearby attractions: Bhojo Gumba, Gangapurna Lake, Ice Lake, or Melereppa Cave. For those feeling particularly energetic, a hike to Vraga Village is an option, where we can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association and learn about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).

Today, we embark on our trek from Manang village, crossing a stream before ascending to Tenki village. Our journey continues as we climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley, turning northwest into the valley of Jarsang Khola. Along the way, we pass through pastures and a scrub of juniper trees, eventually arriving at the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs nestled below the trailhead.

After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, we trek through lush meadows and pass an ancient Mani wall, a spiritual monument adorned with sacred inscriptions. Our destination for the day is Yak Kharka, where we will rest and prepare for the next stage of our adventure.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
4110 m
Walking Hours
3/4 hrs

Today, we trek uphill from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi. The journey begins with a walk leading us to a suspension bridge, which we cross to reach Ledar village. From there, we continue our ascent, passing through towering cliffs that offer breathtaking views.
As we approach Thorong Phedi, the last village before the renowned Thorong La pass, we are rewarded with stunning panoramas of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak, and Mt. Khatungkan. "Phedi" in Nepalese means the foot of a mountain, aptly describing our resting point for the night. We'll spend the night in Thorong Phedi, preparing for the challenges and magnificent views that await us.

 

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
4600 m
Walking Hours
3/4 hrs

Today's goal is to cross Thorong La Pass, one of the highest passes in the world. We start early, around three in the morning, to make the ascent. The climb is challenging but incredibly rewarding.

Upon reaching the summit, we'll have the opportunity to take in the breathtaking views and capture some memorable photos. After savoring our achievement at the top, we'll descend into the Muktinath Valley, located at the foot of the Thorong La Pass. This descent leads us to Muktinath, a sacred place known for its spiritual significance and stunning landscapes.

 

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
3800 m
Walking Hours
8/9 hrs

Today, we begin our descent into the dramatic Kali Gandaki Valley. Our trek takes us through an arid landscape reminiscent of Tibet's geography and climate. We pass through the villages of Jharkot and Khingar, both showcasing typical Tibetan architecture.

Following the valley floor, we are treated to stunning views of the majestic Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains. Our destination is Jomsom, a sprawling town situated along both banks of the Kali Gandaki River. Here, we'll spend the final night of our trek, reflecting on the incredible journey and the breathtaking sights we've experienced.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
2745 m
Walking Hours
5/6 hrs

A short morning flight brings us to Pokhara. After checking into our hotel, the afternoon is spent exploring local attractions like Fewa Lake and Devi’s Waterfall.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
822 m

There is a choice between a 25 minute flight to Kathmandu or, we start our 200 kilometers drive by tourist bus back to Kathmandu. In both cases you can enjoy the scenery, but from the car you will witness the beauty of Nepali nature far more better when you drive along the Trisuli river. On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. 

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
1335 m
Walking Hours
5/6 hrs

After breakfast or lunch, depending on your flight time, we will transfer you to the international airport or if you leave by evening you can put your luggage at the Hotel and enjoy the city one final day.

If you're interested in extending your stay in Nepal, you might want to consider pre-booking a day's sightseeing tour in the Kathmandu Valley or a multi-day excursion to the wildlife reserve at Chitwan. For further information, please don't hesitate to reach out to our office.

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If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preference and specification.

Service Included on Trip Cost

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and transfer to and from the international and domestic airports by private vehicle
  • Welcome dinner upon arrival in Kathmandu
  • 3-star hotel accommodation with bed and breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Domestic flight from Jomsom - Pokhara 
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek
  • Experienced, first-aid trained, government-licensed, English-speaking trekking guide
  • Permits for Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP) and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS)
  • Travel and Rescue arrangement 
  • Government taxes

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare 
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Nepal visa on arrival at the international airport in Kathmandu (USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days and 4 passport-sized pictures needed)
  • All beverages
  • Personal trekking equipment, travel and medical insurance, helicopter rescue, and personal expenses
  • Tips for staff (guide/porter and driver)
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the inclusive section above

Annapurna Circuit Trek -Classic Himalayan Adventure Altitude Profile

FAQs

What is the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a popular trekking route in Nepal that circles the Annapurna Massif, offering diverse landscapes ranging from subtropical forests to alpine peaks. The trek typically takes 15-20 days to complete and covers approximately 160-230 kilometers, depending on the route variations.

The best times to trek the Annapurna Circuit are during the pre-monsoon (March to May) and post-monsoon (September to November) seasons. These periods offer stable weather, clear skies, and moderate temperatures.

The trek is considered moderate to challenging. It involves long days of walking, significant altitude gain, and varying terrain. Proper acclimatization and a good level of physical fitness are essential for a successful trek.

Yes, you need two permits: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card. These can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

The trek usually starts in Besisahar, which is accessible by a 6-7 hour bus ride from Kathmandu or Pokhara. Some trekkers choose to start further along the route in places like Bhulbhule or Chame to shorten the trek.

Accommodation along the Annapurna Circuit is typically in teahouses, which are basic lodges providing meals and a place to sleep. Facilities can range from very basic in remote areas to more comfortable in popular trekking hubs.

Essential items include trekking boots, warm clothing (layers), a sleeping bag, a first aid kit, a water purification system, sun protection, and a backpack. Packing light but adequately is crucial.

Hiring a guide or porter is not mandatory but highly recommended, especially if you are unfamiliar with high-altitude trekking. Guides can enhance your experience with local knowledge, while porters can carry heavy loads, allowing you to trek more comfortably.

The highest point is the Thorong La Pass, which stands at 5,416 meters (17,769 feet) above sea level. Crossing this pass is often the most challenging part of the trek due to altitude and weather conditions.

Acclimatization is key to handling altitude sickness. Take rest days, ascend slowly, stay hydrated, and be aware of symptoms like headaches, nausea, and dizziness. If symptoms worsen, descend immediately and seek medical attention.

Teahouses offer a variety of meals, including traditional Nepali dishes like dal bhat (lentil soup with rice), as well as international cuisine such as pasta, pancakes, and fried rice. Food becomes more basic and expensive as you gain altitude.

Yes, solo trekking is possible, but it requires thorough preparation and caution. Ensure you have proper maps, a detailed itinerary, and inform someone about your trek plan. Solo trekkers should be more vigilant about safety and altitude issues.


Weather varies significantly with altitude and season. Lower altitudes have milder temperatures and can be humid, while higher altitudes are colder with potential snowfall. Be prepared for sudden weather changes.

Mobile network coverage is available in many parts of the trek, but it can be unreliable in remote areas. Wi-Fi is available in some teahouses, often for a fee, but it can be slow and inconsistent.

Key highlights include the diverse landscapes, crossing Thorong La Pass, visiting the pilgrimage site of Muktinath, exploring the Tibetan-influenced village of Manang, soaking in the hot springs at Tatopani, and enjoying panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.

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