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 in the region. The 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 Annapurna trail is dauntingly mesmerizing and packed with wide variations in diversity. 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, round trekking in Annapurna is true adventurous activity.
The circuit trek is Nepal's most famous – and arguably the best – trek because it exposes you to so much in such a short amount of time. It's one of the most rewarding high-altitude treks you can make, and we hope you do! We'd say that if you could only do one trek in your life, this should be it. You'll get more out of one excursion than from numerous others.
The circuit trek is voted the best long-distance trek in the world since it covers a lot of climatic zones, a spectacular variation of geography, and, most importantly, distinct cultures and people. Furthermore, it is an enticing 160-230 kilometre journey into a divine universe that leads to the immaculate Thorong La Pass.
It is noteworthy to realize that the trek is spectacular and appeals to both novice and experienced trekkers. This graceful trek takes you along the most magnificent trekking trails in the world, with views of the world's seventh and tenth highest mountains, Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Annapurna (8,029m), respectively (8,091m). Similarly, the world's deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki River, is enthralling.
Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, and many other snow-capped summits above 6,000 m are visible from the circuit trek. Biodiversity exploration in the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) will never be second on your itinerary!
The trek takes you to the Thorong La Pass (5,416 m) - the highest trekking pass in Nepal. The picturesque Manang village and Muktinath are the two significant places in the Annapurna Region! You get to have an overnight stay there. At Outfitter Nepal, we offer both group joining and private departure of the 20 days Round Annapurna trek. Check out our departure dates to join or contact us for a tailor-made Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary.
For many reasons, the round trip in Annapurna is considered more than just a trek. From the start to the finish, the splendour of culture and environment is a subject of appreciation! It is a whole adventure across the Himalayas where you will have the opportunity to see some of the world's most stunning mountains and learn about and appreciate the interesting culture of the mountain peoples and their unique way of life.
As we hike day after day, we'll become acquainted with the daily lives of Nepalese mountain people who have lived in the remotest region of the country for centuries. Take this journey to be immersed in the splendour of the mighty Himalayas as well as the culture and agriculture of small traditional communities.
Start your adventure with our hand-picked circuit trek itinerary, which takes us around the Annapurna range, culminating at Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,769ft). We will march across the world's deepest Kali Gandaki gorge on the Annapurna circuit trek, regardless of difficulty level, with Mt. Annapurna I rising to 8,091m (26,545ft) to the east and Mt. Dhaulagiri hovering at 8,167m (26,795ft) to the west!
The circuit trek in Annapurna 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. This is an exciting opportunity you cannot miss!
Outfitter Nepal has extensive expertise in organising treks in Nepal's Himalayas. Our Annapurna Circuit trek package will take you on the most exciting experience of your life! Join us on one of our 2022 circuit trek departure dates, or contact us to tailor an Annapurna Trek to your specific needs. Enjoy this breathtaking excursion knowing that our skilled, experienced guides and porters will be there to help you at every turn.
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.
The Annapurna trekking is a treat to every wanderlust’s eyes. The gradual clearer and snow-clad view of the Nepali Himalayas will more than reward this unforgettable experience high up in the Himalayas!
Culturally Rich Villages
The trek delivers a magnificent view of the world's tallest mountains as well as a fascinating peek into the local culture, traditions, and rituals. The circuit trek traverses you through unique sceneries and topography, canyons between the highest mountains, ever-flowing glacier rivers and lakes, Himalayan flora and fauna, and traditional Nepali communities.
On our journey, we will encounter natural as well as Himalayan glory, including close-up views of some of the world's tallest mountains and the local community's outstanding hospitality, culture, and tradition.
During the 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 the example of the cultural richness of the region. Along with that, you will also visit one of the holiest temples of Hindus.
While trekking around the Annapurna Region, we will learn about their culture and traditions. Along the way, you'll pass through serene panoramas and gorgeous scenery, as well as exquisite Gurung and Magar villages. Mountaineers and many others who love the grandeur of environment and culture will enjoy the trek around the Annapurna Region.
Manang is one of the most famous places in Nepal and also the most beautiful. Manang itself has numerous things to do from a short hike to nearby 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.
Many visitors like spending a few days in Manang, which is known for its breathtaking grandeur. The gurgling of the flowing river can be heard throughout this charming village, as this tiny hamlet is nestled by the Marsyangdi River. This river goes towards the Annapurna Mountain’s eastern side. The population of this little village in Nepal's Gandaki province is about 6500.
Cross Challenging Thorong La Pass
Damodar Himal is home to the Thorong La Pass. It is located in central Nepal, to the north of the Annapurna Himal. The pass is lodged between the peaks Khatung Kang and Yakwa. The pass rises 5,416 meters above sea level which is also the circuit trek’s highest point. It is recognized as the most difficult hike in the Annapurna region.
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.
Trekking to the Thorong La Pass requires not only effort and stamina but also patience. You'll feel as though the pass is only around the corner, and you'll summon all your strength to claim triumph, but when you get there, it's simply another slope to a ridge. However, when you reach the highest point after all of your perseverance and effort, you will feel as if your patience and effort were rewarded. The view you see is simply stunning, and the sense of accomplishment and success that comes with reaching it is something you should experience for yourself. You'll feel like an ultimate champion with all the emotions in your soul and spirit.
Visit Muktinath Temple
Muktinath Temple is one of the holiest pilgrimage sites of Hindus and Buddhists situated at the foothill of Thorong La Pass. Known as the highest temple in the world (3,800 m), Muktinath is considered Mukti Kshetra (place of liberation). As per legends visiting Muktinath Temple will wash off all your sins of yours and bless you 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.
The temple is one of the oldest temples in Nepal's Himalayan state dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his Vaishnava devotees. The shrine is one of the eight sacred locations known as Swayam Vyakta Kshetras (the other seven being Srirangam, Srimushnam, Tirupati, Naimsharanya, Pushkar, and Badrinath). It is one of the 108 Divya Desam holy locations dedicated to Lord Vishnu's devotion. Similarly, it is also one of the 51 shakti pithas devoted to Lord Shiva's wife, Goddess Sati (Shakti).
Taste Delicious Apples in Marpha
Marpha is known for its multi-story old stone structures built by hand without the use of mud or cement, as well as the delicious apples cultivated in the lush valley that runs between the Nilgiri and Dahlugiri Himalayan foothills.
You'll want to stay here more than one night because this gorgeous Thakali settlement is so appealing! The lovely village's character is defined by its stoned pavements and whitewashed buildings. This village is quite tranquil! Apples are undoubtedly the village's stars. The handmade apple cider and delectable freshly baked apple pies are the best of the bunch. Have you already felt your mouth watering? Marpha is unquestionably one of the most exclusive villages on the Annapurna Circuit.
Enjoy Hot Spring in Tatopani
The Tato Pani natural hot spring is the highlight of the Annapurna Region. On the journey back to Pokhara, many trekkers choose this route. Bathing in a natural hot spring can help you recover from the tension and exhaustion of your walk.
Similarly, spring water is said to have a special healing capacity for easing pains and aches. It is impossible to overestimate the religious significance of hot springs. Thus, it is said that swimming in a hot spring spiritually purifies the soul. You must, however, spend a few additional dollars.
Beautiful Ghorepani Village
This village is a popular trekking destination in the Annapurna range. Ghorepani village, at roughly 2760 meters above sea level, boasts breathtaking views of Nepal's Himalayan terrain. In Ghorepani, hill trekking is quite popular. Poon Hill, which is also one of the routes to the circuit trek, is the most excellent hill for trekking from Ghorepani. Poon Hill's highest point rises 3210 meters above sea level. From the pinnacle of Poon Hill, you can see the most spectacular sun rising over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayas.
This village is located on the Ghorepani Poon Hill hiking trail. The oak forest, home to a variety of birds as well as verdant hills and patchwork valleys, will enchant your eyes. Almost every vantage point provides a tempting glimpse. A journey to Poon Hill allows visitors to witness the entire mountain range as well as the sun's red and pink rays in full bloom during Sunset and Sunrise. People from the Gurung and Magar communities also live in this region. You will have the opportunity to connect with them and witness their daily routine.
Stunning Sunrise from Poon Hill View Point
Poon Hill is one of the Annapurna region's most well-known vistas. Trekkers frequently ascend to Poon Hill, located immediately above Ghorepani Village, for a short stroll. Most trekkers leave the village of Ghorepani early in the morning to trek to Poon Hill to enjoy the sunrise. The western Himalayan Mountains, as well as a tempting sunrise and sunset, can be seen from here.
The vistas of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri are incredible, and the hour-long trek up stone stairs through a rhododendron forest is well worth the effort! Poon Hill may get quite crowded, especially during the peak hiking seasons of spring and autumn. As you take in the scenery, expect to be surrounded by hundreds of other hikers. There's also a coffee shop with hot and cold beverages. The enticing ride to Poon Hill will leave you speechless!
The climate and landscape are unique than anything else
The circuit trek starts in a verdant subtropical zone, where you can hear the rushing river even though you can't see it. The weather is pleasant, as you drive by numerous terraced paddies and farms. After that, you make your way up the Marsyangdi River valley, passing through deciduous forests and cooler temperatures. You begin to have clear views of the Annapurna ranges, which include Annapurna I (8,091 m), the region's highest peak and the world's tenth highest peak!
Then you ascend above the tree line to bare slopes and dismal ravines, surrounded by snowy peaks. The air is thin, and the wind is frequently strong. Thorong La, a mountain pass 5,416 meters above sea level where the Khatung Kang and Yakawa Kang mountains meet, is the highest point of the Annapurna Trek.
Itinerary of the Annapurna
The circuit trek starts with a drive to Bhulbhule and an overnight stay. The consecutive next days mean ascending to Chamje, Dharapani, Chame, villages of Pisang and finally Manang. A newly constructed roadway means you can cut your trek for a few days and get a direct jeep until Chamje or Chame if that is what you want. Acclimatization day at Manang would help you with the increasing altitude. The next day, you trek to Yak Kharka, followed by Thorong Phedi via Thorong La Pass.
After that, the trekking trail descends to Muktinath and then Jomsom where you can spend the night and enjoy! The next day you will be heading towards Kalopani followed by Tatopani, with an overnight stay in each of these villages. After Tatopani comes Ghorepani and then Poon Hill. From Poon Hill, you hike until Nayapul and drive to Pokhara. This way you can complete your Round Annapurna Trek.
Outfitter Nepal’s 20 days Itinerary to Annapurna Circuit Trek
Outfitter Nepal's 20 Days circuit trek in the Annapurna Region is customizable and can be tailored to meet your specific needs. We can create a customized plan for you if you wish to adjust the Circuit Trek itinerary to include fewer or more days.
The standard package is of 20 days, but it can be tailored to your specific requirements! Other sightseeing tours can also be arranged before or after your trekking adventure. Please keep in mind that by adding more travel days, the itinerary package's days must be extended! If you wish to visit extra tourist locations such as Chitwan or stay in Kathmandu for a few days, you must extend the regular package's days from 20 to any number you choose!
We recommend having a few days on hand if you wish to extend your vacation to Nepal! The cost varies according to the changes made to our standard Annapurna Trek program of 20 days. On the other hand, Outfitter Nepal makes certain that you acquire the most bang for your buck!
Cost of Annapurna Circuit Trek
For a group of 12, the 20-day expedition costs US$ 1050 per person. This is the cost of a standard Outfitter Nepal package. We can modify the package cost to match your demands if you have a group of more than 12 people. Similarly, depending on your budget, the cost of a circuit trek for a solo trekker or a small group of trekkers could range from US$ 1250 to US$ 1400. Please keep in mind that changing the accommodation or food services included in the overall standard pricing package would vary the trek cost.
We can upgrade your accommodation options for you to a deluxe hotel room and tourist class accommodation with attached toilets for the deluxe and luxury plans even when trekking in the Annapurna region.
Thus, the cost of an Annapurna trekking package varies depending on whether you want to customize your accommodations or change the itinerary! Read the cost including and excluding sections to learn more about the services included in the standard Trip cost for Round Annapurna.
The answers to some queries you would want to know!
When is the best time to go on a circuit trek to Annapurna?
The Annapurna Region's spring months of March, April, and May and the autumn months of September to mid-December are ideal for trekking. Even better, October is considered the best month to trek in Nepal! The weather is fairly constant, and the sky is clear, providing excellent vistas. In addition, the pleasant weather makes the voyage more enjoyable throughout these months.
The trek is also possible during the monsoon season (June to July) and the winter season (December to February). However, there could be rain and slick terrain, as well as chilly weather and temperatures during the monsoon season.
You might visit in December if you want it to be calmer. In the winter, the trek is also possible. The best visibility is provided by dry air and clear skies, although the winter will be bitterly cold and snowy. If you're planning a trek in December, be sure you have all of the necessary equipment.
Avalanches must be avoided when travelling from Manang to Yak Kharka in January. This route is prone to avalanche and landslide danger. Regardless of the season, trekkers should exercise caution when travelling from Manang to Thorong.
How difficult is trekking in the Annapurna Region?
The circuit trek is considered to be fairly strenuous. The trail is considerably more difficult than previous treks in the region. The likelihood of high altitude sickness increases as you gradually gain elevation. Notify your guide right away if you notice AMS symptoms.
When it comes to the trail, it has a fair mix of difficult and moderate courses. Because you must trek for 6 to 7 hours per day, you must have high stamina and good health.
Also, keep in mind that hiking in the Himalayas is always risky. The weather is unpredictable, and you may encounter severe weather. You must mentally prepare for any situation that is beyond your control.
Trekking and hiking through the Mountain imply that there may be surprises around every corner. The circuit trek is a risky and intriguing route for adventure travellers and hikers, with increasing difficulties and challenges until we reach our destination.
What kind of food and accommodation services are available in Annapurna Region?
According to our standard trek plan, you will spend the night on the trek in a basic lodge or teahouse and 3-star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara. You will be staying in tourist-friendly hotels and lodges in the Annapurna Region. We can also locate a luxury hotel and teahouse within your budget.
The trek itinerary includes luxury and premium hotels and lodges in addition to affordable hotel and lodge accommodations. Comfortable mattresses with cushions, electric blankets, hot and cold showers, free Wi-Fi, and other amenities are available at the hotel.
Dal Bhat, a Nepalese meal, is high in carbohydrates and protein. The lentils, beans, and pulses soup will provide enough protein for your body. Seasonal veggies will also be served in the guest's home, supplying your body with additional nutrients.
You can sample other menu items including Momo (dumplings), locally grown Barley, Buckwheat, Millet, and Corn Roti (Bread), noodles, sandwiches, bakery products, tea, coffee, and more if you give them a chance. Buckwheat, millet, and barley are high-fibre cereals that are also nutritionally dense. Noodles, spaghetti, macaroni, pizza, lasagna, various curry dishes, and fried rice are just a few examples of cuisines that may be prepared with minimal effort.
What kinds of gears do you need for trekking in the Annapurna Region?
One of the most crucial considerations is what to bring for the trek. It can be difficult to get around if you don't have the right equipment.
Here's a rough idea of what you'll need for your trek but in a detailed equipment list, you may find in the link of our equipment icon.
- Trekking Boots
- Few pairs of undergarments
- High quality down jacket and pant
- Thermal wears
- T-shirts and trousers
- Trekking pole
- A pair of gloves
- Woollen hat
- Energy bars
Any permits needed for Annapurna Circuit Trek?
You require two trekking permits in particular for the circuit trek in Annapurna. The first is the Annapurna Conservation Area Project Card (ACAP card). Non-SAARC nationals pay US$ 20 while citizens of SAARC countries pay around US$ 2 (NRs 250).
Another authorization required for the trek is the Trekkers Information Management System Card (TIMS card). This card will cost you around US$ 20 (around NRs 2200) if you are a solo trekker, and around US$ 10 if you are a group trekker (roughly NRs 1200).
Do you need any guide for doing the circuit trek?
The circuit trek to Annapurna is going to be long and tedious! An experienced guide for the trip always comes in handy. A guide can help you learn more about the culture of the local people. Especially during the peak seasons, they can best assist you in finding accommodations. On top of it, because of their years of experience in trekking, they know the DOs and DON’Ts of the region! Sat Outfitter Nepal, we make sure you get the best guides for your entire trek!