• Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Fairly Strenuous
  • Trip Style: Sight Seeing & Trekking
  • Transport: Private Tourist vehicle & Tourist Bus
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner on Trek & Breakfast in Cities
  • Group Size: 1-12
  • Max Elevation: 5416

Highlights:

  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule
  • Visit Manang village along with enjoying stunning views of Gangapurna Glacier
  • Cross the challenging Thorong La Pass (5,416 m)
  • Get blessed at Muktinath Temple, one of the holiest temples of Hindus
  • Trek through Kali Gandaki Valley, and the deepest gorge in the world, Kali Gandaki gorge
  • Taste delicious apples at Marpha, capital of apples
  • Soak your body into natural hot spring at Tatopani
  • Experience rich culture of different ethnic groups
  • Trek through beautiful Rhododendron, birch, juniper & oak forests
  • Witness stunning sunrise view from Poon Hill
  • Explore the city of Lakes, Pokhara

About Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a world-famous trekking journey around Annapurna Himalayas. It is an unforgettable odyssey through diverse landscapes with a unique blend of ethnicities along the way.

Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most famous treks in the Annapurna region. Looking over spectacular views of the Himalayan Mountains, you will trek through several small villages. The trail is extremely beautiful packed with a huge variety of floras. There are many things to see in the Annapurna region. From kind locals and their rich culture to the deepest gorge in the world, Kali Gandaki gorge, Annapurna Circuit Trekking is true adventurous activity.

Annapurna Circuit Trek starts with a guided day tour in Kathmandu. The next day, you drive to Bhulbhule, the starting point of the trek. The trail follows two major river valleys Marsyangdi River Valley and Kali Gandaki River Valley. The first half of the trail follows Marsyangdi River Valley and leads you to Thorong Phedi. Further, crossing challenging Thorong La Pass, you walk along Kali Gandaki River Valley.

Thorong La Pass (5,416 m) is the highest trekking pass in Nepal. The picturesque Manang village and Muktinath are the two significant places in the Annapurna region, where you will spend the night. We Outfitter Nepal Treks & Expedition offers both group joining and private departure of Annapurna Circuit Trekking 20 Days. Check out our departure dates to join or contact us for tailor-made Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary.

Things you will get to see & experience during the Annapurna Circuit Trek

Stunning Views of Himalayan Mountains

Annapurna Circuit Trek 21-days will offer you incredible views of several Himalayan mountains like Annapurna Range (8,091 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Mt. Gangapurna (7,455 m), Tukuche Peak (6,920 m), Varaha Shikhar (7,847 m), etc.

Culturally Rich Villages

During the Annapurna Circuit Trekking, you will get to see authentic culture while you stay in several villages. Mostly dominated by Gurung, Brahmins, Manangis, Thakalis, and Magars, this journey will let you experience the norms, values, and ancient practices of locals. Several stupas, gumba, and chortens in the example of cultural richness of the region. Along with that, you will also visit one of the holiest temples of Hindus.

Explore Manang

Manang is one of the most famous places in Nepal and also the most beautiful. Manang itself has numerous things to do from short hike to nearby by quaint villages to thrilling mountain biking. You can visit Milarepa’s Cave and Braga Bhojo Gompa, the most significant spots. Besides this, you can see stunning landscape views from Manang.

Cross Challenging Thorong La Pass

Crossing Thorong La Pass is the most challenging activity during Tilicho Thorong La Pass Trek. You have to trek on a steep rugged trail to reach the top of the pass. Regardless of the difficulty level, once you will reach the top, you will get to witness a tempting view of the surrounding.

Visit Muktinath Temple

Muktinath Temple is one of the holiest pilgrimage sites of Hindus and Buddhists situate at the foothill of Thorong La Pass. Known as the highest temple of the world (3,800 m), Muktinath is considered Mukti Kshetra (place of liberation). As per legends visiting Muktinath Temple will wash off all the sins of yours and bless with good luck. Thousands of pilgrims come here from different parts of Nepal and India to take a bath in the pond & the tap that exits in the Muktinath temple.

Taste Delicious Apples in Marpha

Marpha is known for its delicious apples and apple products. Here, you will see the beautiful orchards of apples. You can walk around lovely apple orchards and taste delicious apples and wines.

Enjoy Hot Spring in Tatopani

After you Annapurna Circuit Trek, you will descend to Tatopani. Here, you will find natural hot springs, where you can take a bath and relax your sore muscles. However, you have to pay a few extra bucks. The water of this spring is proved to be very good for the skin and has also cured many skin diseases.

Beautiful Ghorepani Village

Ghorepani is one of the most famous and beautiful villages surrounded by rhododendron, pine & fire forests and mountains. People from the Gurung and Magar communities reside here. You will get to interact with them and see their daily lifestyle.

Stunning Sunrise from Poon Hill View Point

Poon Hill is one of the most famous viewpoints of the Annapurna region. Located just above Ghorepani Village, Trekkers usually walk up to Poon Hill for a short hike. From here, you can see tempting sunrise and sunset along with the western Himalayan Mountains.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel

When flying into Kathmandu on a clear day, the views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawl down below you & are almost breathtaking, beginning a whole link of memorable experiences that stay with you for a real, long time, Our escort and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.

Our representative will help you check into your designated hotel then you will be briefed about your daily program. This is your first overnight in the valley of the gods.

  • Accomodation:Hotel
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Altitude:1345

After having breakfast at hotel, we will take your sightseeing tour in Kathmandu about 9:00 am and the Kathmandu is historical heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents an interesting holy mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and western influence in the valley.

There will be a day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath, and Swoyambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Squire, all of them are UNESCO recognized World Heritage sites, return to hotel and you will have some time to buy trekking gear if you need.

  • Walking Hours:6
  • Food:B
  • Accomodation:Hotel
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Altitude:1345

You will have an early breakfast at hotel in Kathmandu and our trekking guide will come to pick you up at the your hotel about 7 AM in the morning, we then drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway to Dumre and then follow the narrow and paved road by the Marsyangdi River to Besisahar then to Bhulbhule.

  • Walking Hours:7
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:Bhulbhule
  • Altitude:845

After having breakfast at lodge, we start trekking and the trekking will take about 6 hours to Chamje, The trail goes flat for the first part then climbs steeply and the path is cut into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed.

Eventually we descend to the stone village of Jagat (1330m.) situated on a shelf which juts into the precipitous Marsyangdi valley. Now the trail begins to observe small ups and down to Chamje through the forests.

  • Walking Hours:6
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:Chamje
  • Altitude:1430

After having breakfast at guest house, we start our trek by descending to the river and cross another suspension bridge; we begin a climb to Sattale (1550m.) on a path so steep that seems one slip would send you hurtling down into the valley.

We continue on an undulating path above the river, and at one point, where a tributary flows in from the opposite bank, the main river becomes covered with huge boulders that hide the water. Climbing a meandering path to the top of the hill.

We will see the level plain of Tal (1700m.). Beyond Tal, the valley narrows and the path becomes high and winding, and in several areas hewn from the rock itself. Beyond the small village of Karte (1900m.), there is a bit more cliff-walking before the path drops again to the river and we cross a another suspension bridge and arrive at Dharapani.

  • Walking Hours:6
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:Dharapani
  • Altitude:1860

After having breakfast at guest house, we start our trekking at first light after a cupper through a narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu, The Marsyangdi River then veers to the left, and as Annapurna II becomes visible ahead, we arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhote village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze around Buddhist monastery, continuing to climb through forests of pine and oak, we pass through Danaque (2210m.).

There comes a small wooden bridge which makes us follow a steep ascending path up to Timang village which lies at the bottom of Lamajung Himal & then the trail goes through a flat level until we reach Chame.

  • Walking Hours:6
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:Chame
  • Altitude:2670

After having breakfast at guest house, We start our trekking from Lamjung Himal (6893m) as we see it glittering in the morning sunshine with the first rays hitting us warmly in the face, & we set off for Pisang, The mountain disappears as we climb the path up the valley, passing a huge apple orchard.

We continue through fir and pine forest, climbing to a high, rocky area as the opposite bank becomes an impassable cliff. From this point the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as we follow the path to Bratang (2950m.) then a short climb from the village brings us to a rock-strewn area where we cross a wooden bridge and follow a high, winding path, before crossing back to the right bank again.

We now trek through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up wonderful vistas & then we come to a long mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang.

  • Walking Hours:6
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:Pisang
  • Altitude:3200

After having breakfast at guest house, we start our trekking with climbs to steep ridge which affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7145m.). Descending past Manang's airstrip at Humde (3320m.) will arrive & then we come to a level area from where the north-east face of Annapurna III rises to the skies above us. From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV (7525m.) also becomes visible.

Just beyond this point we cross the considerably reduced flow of the Marsyangdi Khola via a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji. Cultivated fields appear on both sides of the path and off to the right, below a craggy mountain.

We see the village of Braga with its splendid monastery, Large Chortens and mani walls abound and the tall peaks of the Himalaya spread out before us, then after a short steep climb we will reach Manang.

  • Walking Hours:6
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:Manang
  • Altitude:3540

This also gives our lungs a breather while we rest our weary bones a bit till we do some short hikes to get used to the thin air as we slowly go to the higher elevations.

Today, we hang around town; this is an important rest and acclimatization day before crossing the Thorung La. There are optional day walks such as crossing the river to see the tremendous icefall coming down from the Annapurna, or climbing high above the village for a full panorama of the Annapurna range and the Manang Valley.

There is also a Himalayan Rescue Association [HRA] aid post in the village which makes for an interesting and educational visit. Moreover you can visit Ganagapurna Glacier Lake to make your rest day a memorable one.

  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:Manang
  • Altitude:3540

We start our trek after having breakfast at guest house, today the trail ascends gently all the way to Yak Kharka passing through Gunsang (3960m.) village, En route, we will see panoramic views all the day and it seems it is short hiking, however, we will feel a bit fatigued as we are going higher and into less oxygen air.

  • Walking Hours:4
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:Yak Kharka
  • Altitude:4050

After having breakfast at guest house, we start our trekking with a climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marsyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge, after a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, you follow a narrow trail across an unstable spree slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi.

  • Walking Hours:4
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:thorong Phedi
  • Altitude:4450

Today, we start our trekking quite early in the morning crossing the Thorung La (5416m.), The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving camp but as this trail has been used by local people for hundreds of years the path is well defined, No trail hassles down here.

The gradient then eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing, we will reach the chorten and prayer flags of the pass. The views are dramatic to say the least, from the snow-covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang which are spread out before us.

The descent to Muktinath is a knee pounding 1600m but it's compensated for with excellent views of Dhaulagiri. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath and its shrines.

  • Walking Hours:9
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:Muktinath
  • Altitude:5416

This morning, we will go visit the famous temple of Muktinath and return to the lodge then have breakfast and begin the trek descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet.

After passing through Jharkot and Khingar villages with typical Tibetan architecture, we follow path steeply down to Kagbeni, a primitive village famous for Tibetan architectures and there is a monastery hereabouts said to have been built in the 15th Century the Kagbeni is the border for Upper Mustang,  have a lunch in Kagbeni.

We continue trek with flat path along the banks of dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone and arrive Jomsom.

  • Walking Hours:7
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:Jomsom
  • Altitude:2720

After having breakfast at lodge, We begin our trek Kalopani through  Marpha. Marpha is rich in cultivating apples & this is where our apple pies originate from, The apple brandy available there is famous among the local folks and travelers.

Then we continue trek to Kalopani.

  • Walking Hours:6
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:Kalopani
  • Altitude:2530

After having breakfast at lodge, we start the trek and the trail descends steeply up to Rupse Chhahara (Rupse Waterfall) which is amazing to look at.

There is situated the deepest gorge of the world between two massif mountains Annapurna I (8091m.) in east and Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) in west facing each other near Rupse Waterfall, Now the trail ascends slightly to Tatopani through different settlements, check in to the lodge and will have time to go and take bath on the natural hot spring.

  • Walking Hours:6
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:Tatopani
  • Altitude:1190

After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trekking by passing through flat level of the land at some distance. Then the trail begins ascending steeply for at least one hour then goes up through different villages inhabited by the people of different caste and a lot of agricultural land that shows this village is pretty well off.

The majority of the people here are Gorkhalis who serve in the Indian army. Then the trail ascends gently all the way to Ghorepani passing through small villages like Phalate, Chitre and so on.

While trekking you pass through rhododendron forests and come across the wild life such as monkeys and birds of various species. You are accompanied by more panoramic views of different mountains.

  • Walking Hours:8
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:Ghorepani
  • Altitude:2860

We will start our trekking with an early morning hike to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Himalayas including Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhre (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks.

We then return to the lodge and have breakfast, we again follow gradual descending path through the forests of rhododendron and oak up to Banthanti, It is a small village where you can haul up for hot and cold drinks. Then the trail descends to Ulleri (1960m.), a big Gurung village where we will enjoy the views of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli. From here the trail up to Tikhedhunga is steeply descending passing through terraces and some robust villages.

After a short walk of 15 minutes from Tikhedhunga we reach Hile.

  • Walking Hours:7
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:Hile
  • Altitude:1430

Today is the last day of our long Annapurna Circuit Trek and it is a pretty easy hike as well. The trails gradually descend following Bhurung Khola (Bhurung Stream) all the way to Birethanti before we cross the Modi Khola over the suspension bridge a short walk & we reach Nayapul, where our vehicle will be waiting to drive us back to Pokhara.

  • Walking Hours:6
  • Food:B, L
  • Accomodation:Hotel
  • Place:Pokhara
  • Altitude:850

We take a tourist bus at 7 AM to drive to Kathmandu and the drive will be fantastic along many satellite towns on the way. And we are able to see healthy settlements, Rivers, terraces and landscapes, after 6 hours driving we will arrive at Kathmandu.

If you want to take other tours in Nepal such as Chitwan Jungle SafariPokhara Day Tour or Lumbini tour then you can start from today and do let us know if you want to take any tour as we also arrange those tours.

  • Walking Hours:6
  • Food:B
  • Accomodation:Hotel
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Altitude:1345

OUTFITTER NEPAL feels honored to have met you & served you. You counted on us & we reckon we didn’t let you down.

We know you’ve enjoyed your vacation & we hope the relationships built up over the weeks will translate into a warm & mutual friendship in the years ahead. Please do remember us. Bon Voyage & take care!!!.

  • Food:B

What's Included

  • Airport transfers.
  • 3 night hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • A day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
  • 1 night hotel in Pokhara including breakfast.
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) on trek.
  • Accommodations in lodges on trek.
  • A guide & porters (1 porter for each 2 trekkers and a porter carry about 20-22 KG from 2 of you).
  • Paper works, National park entry permits, & TIMS permit.
  • Ground transportation Kathmandu – Pokhara- Kathmandu by tourist/local bus.
  • Arrangement of emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company.
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets and duffel bag – if Necessary (return after the trek).
  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu).
  • Your Travel insurance (compulsory).
  • Meals (lunch & dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara).
  • Your personal expenses, drink water, hot and cold drinks & bar bills.
  • Laundry, telephone, hot shower & internet charge.
  • Entrances Fees while visiting Kathmandu on second day.
  • Tips for the guide and porters.
  • Anything not mentioned in included section.

Price & Dates

Price Menu
No. of peoplePrice P.P
1 - 1 US$ 1400
2 - 5 US$ 1250
6 - 12 US$ 1050
Departure Note:
  • We have set date to departure the Annapurna circuit trek. So, select your date and book the trek.
  • If your preferred date is not listed then contact us for the further process to book on your own date as the trek is available on any date of the year.
  • We have listed the price for up to 12 people only so, if you are more than 12 people then please contact us for the group price and further process to book the trek.
  • Private trek is available on any date of the year, contact us for the booking.
  • Single persons are welcome to join the trek and single people have single room in Kathmandu & Pokhara and have to share room in the mountain lodge on trek cause of the less number of lodge and rooms available on remote mountain lodges.
  • Guaranteed dates are guaranteed to departure and we already have people booked for date.
  • Available dates are available to book and become guaranteed once you book for that date.
  • Closed dates are closed and not bookable on that date however if you are available only on that date then contact us as we may have some other alternatives.
  • The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.
DatesStatusPrice FromNote  
15 Aug, 2020 - 03 Sep, 2020AvailableUS$1050
29 Aug, 2020 - 17 Sep, 2020AvailableUS$1050

Useful Information

Best time to go on Annapurna Circuit Trek

Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) is the best time to go on Annapurna Circuit Trekking. The weather is usually stable, and the clear sky makes the views magnificent. On top of that, the moderate climate makes the journey more joyful.

Likewise, Monsoon (June to July) is not recommended to go on Annapurna Circuit Trek because of rainfall and slippery trails. The views are also not clear. While in winter (December to February), the unbearable cold takes away the thrill of trekking, however, it is the best time to capture the irresistible beauty of Annapurna Himalayas.

Annapurna Circuit Trek difficulty

Annapurna Circuit Trekking is a difficult trek. You have to walk for around 6 to 7 hours a day, therefore good stamina and health is required. The trial includes many steep and rugged ascend and descend. Plus, there is a risk of high altitude sickness. You will cross challenging Thorong La Pass. Enough rest days and proper guidance are very important during the trek that you will get with us.

Also, do know that trekking in the Himalayas is always risky. The weather is unpredictable, and you can face extreme weather conditions. You have to prepare your mind for any situation beyond our control.

Food & Accommodation during the Annapurna Circuit Trek

During Annapurna Circuit Trek 20-days, you will stay overnight in lodge or teahouse. The rooms are usually small and on a twin-sharing basis. You will find a few pieces of furniture along with a mattress, blanket, and pillow.

The meals will be served as per the menu of the lodge/teahouse. You can expect to find dishes like Momo, noodles, sandwiches, bakery items, bars, rice, curries, soup, tea, coffee, etc.

Annapurna Circuit Trek map

Annapurna Circuit Trek map designed to present you with a pictorial view of the route that you will be following during the Annapurna Circuit Trek. The map is professionally designed to assist you on the trail.

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