Annapurna Circuit Trek - 14 Days

Trekking, Hiking, Climbing, Cultural Insight, Foods and Culinary, Photography, Meditation, Sightseeing, Festivals Celebration, National Parks Exploration, and so on
Country
Region
Activity
Group size
1
Duration
14 Days Days
Mode
Tea-House
Max-Altitude
5,416 m / 17,764 ft
Daily Walking
6-7hrs
Grade
4
Culture
Brahmin and Kshetri, Gurung , Tibetan , Thakali , Magar
Best season
Autumn and Spring
Best season
Autumn and Spring

When you visit Nepal for your dream holiday trekking in the world’s most glorious mountain terrain, it’s strongly recommended that you consider enjoying the panoramic views from the Annapurna Circuit.

Annapurna is the tenth highest of the world’s mountains (8,091 metres, or 26,545 ft) and offers explorers a diverse range of peaks and features that make it a trekking magnet. Walking around this area will provide fascination at every step.

Incidentally, if you want a short trekking break in this same region, the Ghorepani Poon Hill circuit trek is also popular. It misses out the Annapurna Base Camp and other high terrains. 

However, for many adventure-seekers and serious mountain walkers, the entire massif and its surrounding Annapurna Conservation Area are worth an 11 night trekking holiday with Nepal Mountain Trekkers.

1. Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

  • Meals:Lunch / Dinner
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel

  • Kathmandu
  • Tribhuwan International Airport
  • Thamel

Highlights:

  • Tribhuwan International Airport
  • Evening Walk at Thamel

2. Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

  • Duration:Half Day
  • Meals:Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel

  • Thamel
  • Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Boudhanath
  • Pashupatinath

Highlights:

  • Sightseeing at Kathmandu
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Introduction with group members and trekking crew
  • Equipment checking and briefing about the trek

3. Kathmandu to Chame(2,710 m/ 8,891 ft) via Besisahar(760m/2,493ft)

  • Duration:10-11 hrs (241Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Transportation:Private 4WD Jeep
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Hotel
  • Descend:605m/1,984ft

  • Kathmandu
  • Besisahar
  • Tal
  • Dharapani
  • Chame

Highlights:

  • Waterfall
  • Landscapes
  • Marshyangdi Rivers

4. Chame to Pisang(3,200m/10,498ft)

  • Duration:5 hrs (13Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Hotel
  • Ascend:490m/1,607ft

  • Chame
  • Bratang
  • Dhukurpokhari
  • Pisang

Highlights:

  • Apple Garden
  • Apple Agro farm
  • Annapurna II View
  • Lamjung Himal View
  • Buddhist Monasteries
  • Pine Forest

5. Pisang to Ngawal(3,660m / 11,482 ft)

  • Duration:7 hrs(12Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Ngawal Mountain Home
  • Ascend:460m/1,509ft

  • Pisang
  • Deurali Dada
  • Ghyaru
  • Ngawal

Highlights:

  • Green Lake
  • Pisang Peak
  • Panoramic View of Annapurna II , III , IV

6. Ngawal to Manang(3,500m/11,482 ft)

  • Duration:5 hrs(9Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Descend:350m/1,148ft

  • Ngawal
  • Mugje
  • Braka
  • Manang

Highlights:

  • Braka Village( Typical Buddhist Village)
  • Landscapes
  • Marshyangdi River
  • Mountain Scenery

7. Manang Acclimatization Day , Ice lake Trekking , Day Hike

  • Duration:Whole Day
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Ascend:1,060m/3,477ft
  • Descend:1,060m/3,477ft

  • Manang
  • Braka
  • Ice Lake

Highlights:

  • Old monasteries
  • Ice Lake
  • Views of Annapurna Ranges

8. Manang to Ledar(4,200m/ 13,779ft)

  • Duration:5 hrs(7-8Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Ascend:660m/2,165ft

  • Manang
  • Ghusang
  • Yak Kharka
  • Ledar

Highlights:

  • Mountain
  • Similar faces with Tibetan Culture
  • Landscapes
  • Glacier Lake
  • Wildlife
  • Typical Villages
  • High Altitude Hike

9. Ledar to Thorong High Camp(4,925m/16,158ft ) via Thorong Phedi(4,420m /14,501 ft)

  • Duration:6 hrs(5-6Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Ascend:725m/2,378ft

  • Ledar
  • Thorong Phedi
  • High Camp

Highlights:

  • Himalayan range view
  • Gorgeous Landscapes
  • Snow Leopard
  • Mountain Thar
  • Blue Sheep

10. Thorong High Camp to Muktinath(3,800m/12,467 ft) via Thorong La Pass(5,416 m / 17,764 ft)

  • Duration:8-9hrs(12-13Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Ascend:491m/1,610ft
  • Descend:1,616m/5,302ft

  • Thorong High Camp
  • Thorong La Pass
  • Muktinath

Highlights:

  • Glacier Walk
  • Panoramic view of Annapurna Ranges
  • One of the most popular and famous Passes in Nepal
  • Achievement of a lifetime ( High Altitude)
  • 108 Taps
  • Jwala Mai(Gas Flame)
  • Pilgrims
  • Nun Leading Monastery

11. Muktinath to Tatopani(Hot Spring)(1,200m/3,937 ft) via Drive

  • Duration:5-6hrs(80Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
  • Transportation:4WD Jeep/Bus
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Descend:2,600m/8,530ft

  • Muktinath
  • Jharkot
  • Kagbeni
  • Jomsom
  • Marphak
  • Kalopani
  • Larjung
  • Ghasa
  • Rukse Chhahara(Waterfall)
  • Tatopani

Highlights:

  • Hot Springs
  • 108 Taps
  • Landscapes
  • Cold Desert
  • Jeep Ride
  • View of Dhaulagiri Mountain and  Annapurna I
  • Pine Forest
  • Ice Fall
  • Thakali Culture
  • Salt Trade Spot

12. Tatopani to Ghorepani(2,860m/9,383ft)

  • Duration:7-8hrs (13-15Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Ascend:1,660m/5,446ft

  • Tatopani
  • Sikha Ghara
  • Chitre

Highlights:

  • Waterfall
  • Typical Nepali Village
  • Mountain Sceneries
  • Rhododendron Forest
  • Pine Forest
  • Foods

13. Ghorepani to Pokhara(810m/2,657ft) via Poon Hill(3,210m/10,531)

  • Duration:7-8hrs (13-14Km Walking) and 1.5hrs (44Km Drive)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Descend:2,000m/6,561ft

  • Ghorepani
  • Poon Hill
  • Ulleri
  • Nayapul
  • Pokhara

Highlights:

  • Sunrise view from Poon Hill
  • Panoramic View of Mountains
  • Dense Rhododendron Forest
  • Bushes
  • Pine Forest

14. Pokhara to Kathmandu

  • Duration:200Km (5-6hrs)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Descend:710m/2,329ft

  • Pokhara
  • Malekhu
  • Dhading
  • Kathmandu

Highlights:

  • Scenic Drive
  • Farewell Dinner in the evening

15. Departure Day

COST INCLUDES

  • Airport pickup and drop service(Private Vehicle depending upon the Group Size)
  • 4 nights Hotel in Kathmandu(with Breakfast)
  • 1-night Hotel in Pokhara(with Breakfast)
  • All foods and lodging during the trek (B, L, D included)
  • Transportation costs: Public Bus (Kathmandu – Besisahar), Private Jeep(Besisahar – Dharapani), Private Vehicle(Nayapul-Pokhara) and Tourist Bus(Pokhara-Kathmandu)
  • Professionally trained experienced English speaking trekking guide and porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers with a max load of 25kg) along with their salary, lodging, food and insurance
  • Trekking Permits: Trekkers’ Information Management System(TIMS) Card and Annapurna Conservation Area(ACAP) fees
  • Trekking gears like sleeping bags and down jacket made available on rent
  • T-shirt, Duffel Bag and Trekking Map with Company Logo
  • Rescue Arrangement Service
  • First aid medical box
  • 13% VAT and 10% service charge
  • Farewell Dinner

COST EXCLUDE

  • Visa fee to enter Nepal (Visa Information)
  • International flight tickets
  • Foods in Pokhara and Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to any change in the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel insurance/ Rescue operation costs
  • All personal expenses(internet, laundry, battery charge, donation, etc)
  • All soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips for guide and porters

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“Namaste” is the common form of greeting in Nepal which is often spoken as Namaskar. It is a traditional Hindu greeting and it is used both for salutation and valediction. Namaste is usually spoken with a slight bow and hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards, thumbs close to the chest.

The bathrooms are not so well furnished but still, you can get a good experience on Annapurna Circuit Trek.

While you are on Annapurna Circuit Trek, you can get access to electricity or solar energy for charging your electronic devices at lodges and tea-houses but you can only get access to the two-pin adapter so you should bring conversion plug or another converter if your device is not suitable with two-pin plug.

Yes you can certainly get access to WiFi in lodges and also mobile data during Annapurna Circuit Trek for Internet and to communicate with your friends and family.

The trekking trails of Annapurna Circuit Trek is mostly less crowded but during the trekking seasons, the trails get flooded with a number of tourists which result in making the trails busy. But since they are all trekkers, it would be fun joining along your trek and it won’t affect your trekking experience at all because of the pace of each trekker/groups.

Well, the tip for guide and other trekking staffs like porters and drivers is not mandatory but since they contribute their time apart from family to make you enjoy the best of your trip ensuring your safety and satisfaction, we recommend you to contribute some amount of tip for them. In Nepal, it is practiced that 10% of the total amount you pay for your trek and tour is contributed as a tip.

You can bring any of the currencies to Nepal which is approved and acceptable by Government of Nepal and for your ease, Nepal Mountain Trekkers provide you with the facility of exchanging foreign currency at the market rate without any commissions and extra charge.

ATMs and credit cards are accessible only on the major cities of Nepal, so during your Annapurna Circuit Trek, you can use ATMs and credit cards only while you are on Kathmandu or Pokhara.

There is a possibility of getting altitude sickness during Annapurna Circuit Trek but with proper acclimatization and health care as well as the guidance from trekking staffs, you shouldn’t face the trouble of altitude sickness.

 

Annapurna Circuit Trek is available as a short and easy trek to the Annapurna Region as well as adventurous and challenging version according to the ability and the requirement of the trekkers.

 

The herbs and vegetations preserved at Annapurna Conservation Area are Silver firs, Birch, Rhododendron and Juniper trees whereas the wildlife inhabitant at Annapurna Conservation are Musk Deer, Himalayan Tahr, Ghoral, Serow, Wolf, and even the Himalayan Black Bear and if you are very lucky you can also spot snow leopard, red panda, two varieties of dazzling pheasants – the Crimson-horned and the Impeyan Pheasants(national bird of Nepal), Marmots, Pikas, and Marten as well.

The Annapurna Region lies at the border of Nepal and Tibet and is highly influenced by the lifestyle and culture of Tibetan people. There are mostly Sherpa people, who are often considered as “the born Mountaineers”, as well as Gurung, Magar, and other ethnicities like Tamang, Brahmin and Kshetris etc and almost everyone in this region practices Buddhism which is the reason you can see Monasteries, Chortens, Prayer flags, Prayer wheels, Mani walls and Mani Stones abundantly along the trails. In a nutshell, there is a mixed culture in the Annapurna Region of Nepal.

Yes, you will need a special permit for Annapurna Circuit Trek because of its existence within the Annapurna Conservation Area, you would need to request for Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).

 

Of course, since Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most accessible treks and very popular among the trekkers, one can go for solo trekking without any worries. Because the people in there are very friendly and co-operative and you can also meet other trekkers along the way so that there won’t be any risk for solo trekkers or solo female trekkers to go for Annapurna Circuit Trek. Furthermore, our trekking staffs (guides) are highly experienced and dedicated to their job, so our company will be fully responsible for that note.

Yes, of course, with Nepal Mountain Trekkers you can customize/personalize the trek itinerary and services to be provided according to your requirements.

Yes, it is possible to get hot showers during Annapurna Circuit Trek on the lodges you would be staying overnight or during acclimatization.

Well, it is not compulsory to be insured but as we already know “Prevention is better than cure”. If you are insured then you can have a relaxed trip without worries and enjoy with a free mind.

Since the trail of this trekking is mostly rural, the drinking water available during this trek would be tap water, well water or hand pumps and should be purified prior to drinking them. Hence, you should buy bottle waters or should have a water purifying pills or any other equipment to ensure drinking safe water.

Though it is not compulsory to take a guide with you if you are trekking for the first time with the purpose of exploring the best of Annapurna Circuit Trek and each aspect of this trek, then a highly experienced and licensed guide is the most to instruct you, help you explore as well as to take care of you.

Nepal Mountain Trekkers is a travel agency formed with the involvement of highly experienced and professional trekkers with an experience of more than two decades in trekking in the Himalayas. Moreover, we do have staffs from all the special parts of the country to provide you with the proper and adequate information and make you enjoy the best of your trip. In our years of experience, none of our clients had any complaint or dissatisfaction from our company and till now all our previous clients highly recommend our team to their friends and family which is the reason behind our dedication and diligence. Once you trek with our team, you will surely think of visiting Nepal time and again with us as our other clients.

During Annapurna Circuit Trek, you would be staying overnight at tea-houses or lodges and you will be served with traditional Nepali dishes like Dal-Bhat.

In the case of emergency, our highly experienced and determined trekking staffs and guides who are the inhabitants of this region and are professional in these fields would guide you with the best instruction according to the situation. They are well aware of every kind of risks and the solutions and they would be in touch with the company along with your trekking session, so there is no reason to worry about, just enjoy the trek.

 

The best time to go for Annapurna Circuit Trek would be autumn or spring because the weather would be clear and the sceneries are vivid under the clear blue sky and lush greenery everywhere. Moreover, the blooming of rhododendron forest and other herbs and vegetations would be the major attraction of being there during autumn and spring as well it will reduce the risk of natural calamities and blockades from snowfalls.

 

The earthquake of 2015 had an adverse effect on the trekking trails and the local inhabitants back then but now after the patience and positive attitude of the people along with their effort and collaboration from several donors, the trails are totally recovered and fine for trekking again. Though the lifestyle of people is somehow still lagged behind in some reasons because of trekkers and their contributions, they’ve got a light of hope that they will rise again.

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a moderate grade trek which doesn't necessarily require previous trekking experiences. However, you must be physically and mentally fit and fine as well as some hiking experience will be additional merit. 

Annapurna Circuit Trek is available in both short as well as long versions and it provides an opportunity to encircle the whole Annapurna Himalaya passing through beautiful forests, picturesque landscapes, striking waterfalls, deep gorges, shining glaciers, diverse cultures and pristine lakes with awesome views of the snow-capped Himalayas all the way.

Generally, Annapurna Circuit Trek is 14-18 days long but you can customize/personalize the trekking days and the itinerary according to your requirement with Nepal Mountain Trekkers.

Reviews
Sonja A
Sonja A
Source:Trip Advisor

Im November 2017 wollte ich mit einer Freundin wieder einmal nach Manang im Annapurna Gebiet trekken, um dort eine von uns unterstützte Boarding School zu besuchen. Ramesh hatte schon den dafür notwendigen Plan ausgearbeitet. Aber die Knieprobleme meiner Begleiterin machten es unmöglich. Kurzer Hand plante Ramesh um, besorgte uns den umsichtigen Fahrer Heris und den Guide Daljit und organisierte uns einen Homestay-Aufenthalt, der für uns ein Erlebnis wurde. Ich habe mit Ramesh einen Menschen kennnengelernt, der zuverlässing und verbindlich alles möglich macht. Wie er verfügen auch seine "Jungs" über großes Wissen, was Kultur und Natur des Landes angeht. Er ist ein überaus verantwortungsvoller und engagierter Mensch, der sich um seine Crew und die Menschen in seinem Heimatdorf kümmert.
Im März 2019 besuchte ich schließlich wieder einmal Nepal, wurde wie immer von der Trekkingagentur abgeholt und zum Hotel Horizon gebracht, ein familiär geführtes Hotel, welches ich empfehlen kann. Wie immer stand uns Ramesh mit Rat und Tat zur Seite. Ich habe in jeder Hinsicht mit ihm und seinen Leuten die besten Erfahrungen gemacht und plane bereits meine nächste Trekkingtour mit ihm. Seine raschen Antworten mit maßgeschneiderten Vorschlägen erleichtern die Vorstellung und Planung von dem, was möglich ist. In den Händen seiner Agentur ist man bestens aufgehoben.

Laura L
Laura L
Source:Trip Advisor

I did the Annapurna Circuit in October/November 2018 and had an amazing time! Nepal is by far the most beautiful country I’ve traveled so far and Nepal Mountain Trekkers made this trip an even better experience! Krishna has been a perfect guide who did not only ensure my safety in the mountains but also taught me a lot about flora and fauna as well as country and culture!
I highly recommend him as a guide as well as the company, who puts great emphasis on travelers’ wellbeing and an authentic travel experience. A special thank you to Ramesh for his kindness and for organising the trip as well as to Krishna - I look forward to coming back to Nepal!

Dimitris Kadakis
Dimitris Kadakis
Source:Trip Advisor

 

Did a excursion at the Annapurna area with a friend.The agency was really great, helpful and i didnt have to worry about anything..they arranged all. Highly recommended!!! Ramesh was great..thank u for the experience!!

Josef Maurus
Josef Maurus
Source:Trip Advisor

Nachdem ich mit dem Trekking Agentur „Nepal Mountain Trekkers“ bereits die Touren Langtang - Helambu sowie Annapurna Basecamp (Bewertung s. 2016) gemacht habe, war im Spätherbst 2017 der Annapurna Circuit dran, den ich mit zwei Freunden aus Amerika gegangen bin. Natürlich habe ich auch diesen Trek von Ramesh Dhakal, dem Inhaber der Agentur , vorbereiten lassen und gleich auch meinen vertrauten Guide Krishna für diese Zeit reserviert.
Warum eine so relativ einfache Trekkingtour über ein Agentur buchen, wird sich so mancher fragen. Aus meiner Sicht ist es absolut vorteilhaft jedes Trekkingunternehmen in Nepal über eine Agentur zu organisieren und die „ Nepal Mountain Trekkers“ kann ich nur wärmstens empfehen. Man wird in jeglicher Hinsicht fachkundig und als Freund betreut, sämtliche organisatorischen Dinge werden im Vorfeld zuverlässig erledigt und dadurch spart man sich viel Zeit für persönliche Interessen. Des weiteren ist ein Guide wie Krishna unterwegs eine unschätzbare Hilfe. Er konnte uns sehr viel Interessantes über die verschiedenen Gegenden auf der Strecke, über die Menschen und über die Natur erzählen das man sonst einfach nicht mitbekommt oder erfährt. Er kennt auch Wegstrecken die nicht allgemein bekannt sind und sollte es Probleme geben, so hilft er mit Rat und Tat. Einer meiner Freunde hatte zum Beispiel im Thorong Base Camp ein gesundheitliches Problem, das wir aber dank seiner Hilfe in den Griff bekommen haben.
Ganz herzlichen Dank nochmals an Ramesh und vor allem an Krishna. Mit seiner ruhigen und umsichtigen Art hat er uns ein unvergessliches Trekkingerlebnis in einer wunderschönen Landschaft ermöglicht.

Peter S
Peter S
Source:Trip Advisor

 

Recently completed a trek in the annapurnas, Besisham, Manang, Muktinah, Jomson. Took 11 days. I organised it while in Kathmandu through Nepal Mountain trekkers ( easy to find, office in front of horizon hotel). Ramesh was great giving me a competitive and detailed quote,a lot cheaper than organising back in Australia. All organised on the spot and we left next morning. He even organised my luggage to be transfered to Pokhra. Everything promised was delivered and my porter-guide Krishna was fantastic. I would highly recommend this company.

Raymond W
Raymond W
Source:Trip Advisor

 

Our spectacular 7 weeks of trekking was planned, managed and led by Shiva Lal Bhatta who is an exceptional leader and guide. Shiva has boundless energy and a wealth of local knowledge that will ensure that you miss nothing on a trek, stay safe and have a truly wonderful and enjoyable experience. Shiva arranged all food and accommodation for our trek and we wanted for nothing. He made us very aware of altitude sickness and made sure we avoided that. We walked over glaciers, across avalanche areas, across rivers, through historic sites and numerous beautiful villages and temples. It was truly the trip of a lifetime and I can highly recommend Shiva as your guide in Nepal and I cannot believe that he could be bettered. The people we met through Shiva and the spectacular scenery experiences he afforded us will never be forgotten. I must also thank Ramesh for his part in helping us enjoy such an exceptional experience.

Martin Š
Martin Š
Source:Trip Advisor

Mr. Ramesh Dhakal is very helpful and friendly professional. Even though we were not his clients he gave us plenty of great advices and tips for our Annapurna Circuit Trek. We met him in Kathmandu where we stayed in his hotel Horizon, which is such a lovely place to stay. Although the hotel is in the centre of Thamel, it is very quiet and clean with amazing garden for breakfasts and hangouts. Since we decided that our next Nepal trip will be using their services again, we can highly recommend both Nepal Mountain Trekkers and hotel Horizon.

Martin B
Martin B
Source:Trip Advisor

The trek was just perfect. Mr. Ramesh Dhakal is a very friendly and helpful guide with perfect english. His hotel Horizon is berfect base for all kind of treks.

Kate?ina J
Kate?ina J
Source:Trip Advisor

We met Mr. Ramesh Dhakal during our Annapurna Circuit Trek. He was very helpful and very kind, even though we were not his clients. He gave us a lot of helpful advices and we met him also in Kathmandu at hotel Horizon, which is such a nice place to stay. Although the hotel is in the centre of Thamel, it is very quiet and very nice and clean. We highly recommend Nepal Mountain Trekkers and hotel Horizon.

Inquiry us: info@nmtrekkers.com


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