• Duration 13 Days / 12 Nights
  • Price from $879 / person
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Max Altitude 5416 Meters

Dare yourself to trek the impressive Annapurna Circuit in Nepal.

Annapurna Circuit is a trek located at the central Himalaya of Nepal in Annapurna ranges. The distance of the route varies between 160–230 km (100-145 mi), depending on where motor transportation is used and where the trek is finished. This trek crosses two different river valleys and encloses the Annapurna Massif. The trail reaches its highest end at Thorung La pass (5416m/17769 ft), touching the edge of the Tibetan plateau. Basically all trekkers hike the route anticlockwise, as this way the daily altitude gain is slower, and crossing the high Thorong La pass is easier and safer. 

Beside to the Annapurna Circuit Trek, Tilicko Lake and Nar Phu Valley Trek is also popular in the region. However, this is less traversed and is off the beaten path trek in the region. Nar Phu Circuit is Wilderness Excursion’s recently proposed trek that can end at Jomsom traverse Mesokanto La Pass (5200m). The mountain panorama, seen at close quarters includes the Annapurna Massif (Annapurna I-IV), Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, and Paungda Danda. Numerous other peaks of 6000-8000m in elevation rise from the Annapurna range.

Annapurna Circuit has always been labeled as the best long-distance trek in the world, as it combined, in its old full form, a wide variety of climate zones from sub tropical to at 600 m altitude to the arctic at 5416 m altitude Thorong La pass and cultural diversity from Hindu villages at the low foothills to the Tibetan culture of Manang Valley and lower Mustang. Continuing construction of a road has reduced the trail and changed the villages. The Beisahar-Manag road has been constructed which goes through the trekking trail most of the time. With construction of the road, mountain bikers are attracted, with Mustang in particular becoming one of the world's most popular mountain biking destinations.

Annapurna circuit how many days? Check our itinerary; 

Actual Annapurna Circuit trek Itinerary used to be 21 days before road the access to Manang. But now; this once world most famous trekking trial is minimized so now we can be complete in 10 to 12 days. However Wilderness Excursion suggests you to begin your trek in lower that makes you fitter and acclimatized with high altitude. We have crafted 12 nights 13 days itinerary starting at Jagat and ending at Nayapul thus our itinerary includes also Ghorepani Poon Hill.  Some factor such as your age, fitness and past trekking habit conjointly vary your trekking tour. Write us for your customized tour. 

Accessing Annapurna Circuit 

Almost 100 percent of trekkers do the Annapurna Circuit anticlockwise; actual starting point is Besishahar; now there is road access up to Manang (3400m), Local buses departs Kathmandu every day. And local micro buses leave every one hours daily till 2:30 pm to Besisahar. You can take a local jeep to Syange or Jagat or even to Dharapni depending on until the transportation is used so it depends on your time and plan. Wilderness Excursion DO NOT suggests to drive higher and start the trek regarding high altitude sickens so it is always wise to begin the trek at lower foothill that ensures you are well acclimatized.  Prior departure of your trek; we will get the road information. After reaching at Jomsom, you opt whether take a flight /drive to Pokhara or continue the trek to Tatopani and then end the trekking at Nayapul via Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek.

How is meal in Annapurna Circuit? 

Almost all the lodges offer wide variety of food in Annapurna Circuit; from Apple pie to Pizza, rice and noodles items, breads and eggs items so you can enjoy common international food. To name few fried rice, spring rolls, pizza, macaroni, pasta, potatoes, soups etc. 
Nepali set Daal Bhat – comes with boiled rice, lentil or bean soup and vegetable with achar (spicy pickle) is so popular among trekkers. There is popular Nepali saying among trekkers “Daal Bhat power 24 hours” meaning it lasts long and filling. Nevertheless this trek is for high altitude trekking adventure to experience the natural and culture beauty of Himalaya in Nepal; your food in the mountain trail may not be like in cities and that what foodies look for but good enough for adventure passionate.  

How are accommodations in Annapurna Circuit trekking route? 

Annapurna circuit is lodge to lodge trek thus there are proper accommodations along the way; almost every lodges have private rooms each rooms having twin or triple beds in it. You do not need to bring mattress and pillow. Carrying a sleeping bag is highly suggested though lodges provide quilts and blankets, their quilts may not be sufficient in peak seasons as the route is packed out with trekkers so to have your own sleeping bag is important. We provide accommodations on twin and double shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 275. We will supply ensute rooms where available. As you go high accommodation are more basic, no running shower as water supply pipes get frozen and hot bucket shower is available on request. 

Please be prepared for all kind of bathrooms, Other times you'll have to venture out in the cold to use a smelly squat toilet. Even so, all lodges have running water. However, it may not always be hot water. Typically, a solar shower will give you a luke warm 'power shower' if it's been a sunny day, otherwise the thing to ask is if the water pipes run through the fire in the dining room or kitchen, as once the fire is going you'll be steaming with the best of them!

Safety guidelines and Acclimatization 

Adaptation to the high altitude is very important as the air is thin while trekking high Thorong La Pass. Our Annapurna Circuit trekking itinerary is designed with high priority of getting acclimatized to avoid AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Rapid ascend to in high altitude contribute a serious medical condition enough to kill sometimes. Our priority if always given for a safe trek, it is necessary to allow adequate time for acclimatization. Sensible planning is thus necessary to minimize the risk of AMS. Our itinerary is designed to prevent AMS as much as possible. But, it is important to remember that some visitors are more vulnerable than others. Also please bear in mind that trekking itself is an adventure activity, rock and landslides, bad weather and natural calamities may happen. You may encounter a wild animal, beasts that you attack you. Follow the safety instructions of your guide and do not walk alone. Nevertheless, in fair weather, the climb is no more risky than walking in any other mountain area anywhere in the world. Assuming you have taken the proper precautions to avoid AMS, the ascent offers a breath-taking glimpse of what life is like for the mountaineers who risk life and limb to haul themselves up the highest mountains on earth, but without the danger of dangling at the end of a rope. Walk gently and enjoy the trek is what we always say! 

How much does Annapurna circuit cost?

It is hard to say how much does it cost exactly. It really depends on your way of traveling or how much you spend, mode of transfer oration used, private vehicle or local shred bus. Also the length is your trek differs the expenses. Other factor is mode of package you buy, like full board inclusive package of customized package just with your requirements eg arrangement of guide / porter, permits etc. Meals on own pay as you go on etc.   
Yet here we present you a breakdown of prices for accommodation, meals, transfer, hiring a guide or a porter, trek permits and the main difference between going it alone or going through a trekking agency.

Annapurna Circuit Trekking Permit Costs

ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) entrance permit NPR 3000 (USD 30) per head
TIMS Card NPR 1000 per head

Guide and porters hire with our agency

Guide hire USD 25 – 30 per day including his/her expenses (meals, accommodation and wages).
Porter hire USD 20 / day per porters carries max. 25kg for you. 

Accommodation cost USD 5-7 per night on twin shared basis. 
Hot shower are extra or paying extra upon your order. 

Meals 

USD 3-7 per meals according to your meal choice. 
Table drinks around USD 1 to 2 / cup of tea and coffee
Cold drinks around USD 5 for 500ML of coke /fanta/sprite. 

Approximate cost for transfers:

Kathmandu – Besisahar by local bus USD 7 / head
Jeeps to Syange / Jagat / Chyamje/ Dharapani USD 10/15/20/25 per head.
Jomsom to Pokhara flight USD 123 per head
Guide flight USD 50

Yet; we offer a hassle free best budget package cost of USD 879 for 13 days that covers guide and porter fee with all your meals, lodges and local transfers. Please write us for your best customized trip.  

Variation; 

You have option to end the trek at Jomsom that shortens the trip, some people add Tilicho Lake side trip or even Nar Phu Valley with Kang La Pass in it then it is two weeks trek again. Our original itinerary still continues to Ghorepani Poon Hill after crossing Thorong La Pass and end at Nayapul. Thus you can make Annapurna Circuit trek from 10 – 16 days long as per your needs or still making it longer by adding Annapurna Base Camp as well that can be some 21 days. This trek also can be combined with Mardi Himal Trekking and end at Pokhara 

Highlights

  • 12 Nights 13 Days Annapurna Circuit Guided trek with inclusive package.
  • Nepal’s one of the most stunning trek  once described as world’s best trekking. 
  • Cross the two gorgeous river Marsyangdi and Kaligandali Rivers. 
  • Cultural diversity; Hindu villages in low foothills and Tibetan like culture in Manang and Mustang 
  • Wide variety of climate zones from sub tropical to alpine zones. 
  • Traverse dramatic Thorong La (5416 m) to test your gut limits. 
  • Soak yourself in hot natural spa at Tatopani after the big hike in Annapurna. 
  • End your trek at Pokhara – the lake city; best place to rest and relax after trekking. 

Itinerary

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Wilderness Excursion (WE) aim to keep to the day by day itinerary of Annapurna Circuit trek detail as following, even though there might be some flexibility because of local situations or other issues beyond our control. If this is the case the trek leader will do everything possible to work out the changes to the itinerary in order to minimize your inconvenience.  

After breakfast; We set up off our journey into the hills on a winding road along the Trishuli River. On the way we admire terraced farm lands and beautiful huts. After reaching a juncture at Mugling, we move straight ahead towards Pokhara. At Dumre, we leave the previous road and head north to Besisahar, there will be connecting drive to Jagat by local jeep, total drive today will be around 8 hours. Alternatively, we can just drive to Bulbule or Khudi from Kathmandu to avoid long ride but that will add one extra day in your itinerary. Overnight in stay at Jagat. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner. 

Today, we leisurely start our trek. The trail from Jagat descends until it reaches the river and then continues through a lush forest. Further ascent leads to sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank. En route, Chyamje comes into picture amidst the glorious backdrop of towering Annapurna mountain ranges, cross a suspension bridge; we climb steeply towards the slippery and physically challenging path to Sattale. On treading along a succession of rock-strewn trails, we descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal. As we walk away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding. Then we approach steeply-forested village of Karte. Meandering along the waterfalls and cliffs, we finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge. Overnight stay at Jagat. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner. 

Today we walk through a few forested ridges on our way to Chame, which is the headquarters of the Manang District. Throughout the trek we can admire amazing views of the Himalayas including Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). On today’s trek we also come across small hot springs where we can dip in and soothe our aching muscles. Overnight stay in Chame. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner. 

The trails goes on through a steep and narrow path through a very dense forest will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. This is probably the steepest part of the Marshyangdi Valley, so steep that the trail is carved into the vertical rock. After passing this last bit of rock, the valley opens up with majestic vistas. And right where the valley widens stands the Paungda Danda, a massive sloping rock face that rises over 5,000ft (1500m) above the trail. We trek for a while before reaching Lower Pisang where we spend the night. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 

Today, we trek to Manang via Upper Pisang which is an off the beaten trail that guarantees excellent views of the beautiful landscape and the mighty mountains including Annapurna and Pisang on clear day. We begin to notice a contrast in the landscape and vegetation from today. The cold and dry climate also creates a much harsher environment. Our short visit to Braga monastery, the largest monastery in the entire district of Manang will be memorable. Overnight stay at Manang. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 

As acclimatization is very important considering AMS. In order to keep fit on the trails that follow, we keep ourselves busy today with a short hike to either Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. If we have the energy, we can even hike to Ice Lake. Overnight in stay at Manang. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 

From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki and continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail follows this valley northward, passing a few pastures and a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. The trail further passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Now the trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Leddar for overnight stay. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 

It is an uphill walk to Thorang Phedi. After walking for some time we cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We ascend furthermore and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, the last village before Thorong La pass. On this trip we are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. The word Phedi in Nepalese is referred to as the foot of a mountain. Overnight stay at Thorong Phedi. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 

Today; it is challenging and a thrilling day crossing over Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world, will be our ultimate objective today. We will be crossing the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath) which is the easiest and safest direction. We get up around 4 o’clock in the morning and walk up the mountain. When we finally make it to the top, we realize that our journey was worth it. We can take a few photos before heading to Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La pass. Overnight stay at Muktinath. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 

Muktinath is an important pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists alike. In the morning, we pay our visit to a Vishnu Temple and a Gompa. Descending from Ranipauwa village down the steep and barren hillside, we tumble down toward Kagbeni and then to Jomsom finally arriving at Marpha. The trail today is quite surreal as we trek along a plateau above Kali Gandaki River, the world's deepest gorge. The barren landscape of this area resembles Tibet. Marpha is also famous as the apple capital of Nepal where one can enjoy different items made from apple. The local apple brandy of Marpha is famous all over Nepal. Overnight at Marpha. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 

We drive to Tatopani today from Marpha to Tatopani meaning “Hot Spring” in Nepalese. We can enjoy the natural hot spa here after the big hike over Thorong La. Nepalses believe that the body ache and bone and vein related diseases like Arthritis are healed if you soak in hot spring. Overnight in Tatopani. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 

We trek to Ghorepani leaving Kali Gandaki and head up the Ghar Khola valley. The trail leads us through a terraced farmland with mountains all around. We pass through the villages of Shikha and Chitre before reaching a beautiful rhododendron forest. When in bloom the rhododendron trees with its average height of up to 100" will be covered with pink or red flowers. Walking further we reach Ghorepani, a beautiful village located at a ridge top. Overnight stay in Ghorepani. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 

An early morning hike to Poon Hill before dawn to catch a amazing sunrise over the Himalaya climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill at 3,210 meter the most popular trekking destination of the Annapurna region. It is also a great viewpoint to enjoy the amazing views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The snowy peaks of the high mountains loom above and around us glowing in the morning light. After taking photographs, we return back to Ghorepani. After breakfast, we head Hile descend through rhododendron forests, pass by spectacular waterfalls. There will be our car/van waiting for us to drive to Pokhara. Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch. 

Customized Trip

What's Included

  • An experienced English speaking local trekking guide.
  • 1 Sharing high altitude Sherpa porter between 2 trekkers to carry your main pack.
  • Assistant guide to support the group and porters where necessary as per group size.
  • Mountain lodge accommodation in teahouses during the trek on twin sharing basis.
  • Daily 3 times meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Local vehicle transfers to and from trekking. 
  • Guide and porters fee will all their expenses.
  • Insurance for your guide and porter as per state low.
  • All necessary Annapurna Circuit trekking permit.
  • Insurance and trekking gear for guide and porters.
  • All government taxes, vat, office service charge and airport tax.

What's Excluded

  • Accommodation, meals and transfers in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu, can be arrange if you ask us.
  • Bar drinks, beverages such as coke, fanta, mineral water
  • Hot shower, hot water during the trek.
  • laundry service, phone calls and internet.
  • Personal travel insurance for your trip
  • Rescue operation charge in case of emergency.
  • Gratitude and tips for your guide and porter.

Availabilities

Wilderness Excursion (P) Ltd is a local tour operator so we guaranty small private groups departures any dates that suits your date and time.
Start Date End Date Status Note Price  
November 07, 2020 November 19, 2020 Available US$879
November 14, 2020 November 26, 2020 Available US$879
November 21, 2020 December 03, 2020 Available US$879
November 28, 2020 December 10, 2020 Available US$879

Useful Information

Our guided Annapurna Circuit Trek can be modified as per your requests that suits your time and the budget you have. The trip cost USD 945 per person we have offered here is on double occupancy basis and 12 days tour that will end in Jomsom following by the flight to Pokhara. Your exact Annapurna Circuit Trek cost will be according to kinds of hotels in Pokhara and Kathmandu and type of transportation we include, and also group size varies the trip cost as well. So please kindly provide us your tour requirement details for customized tour package. International tour leader are highly encouraged to get special discounted rate.

FAQs

The best time to trek to Annapurna Circuit is just after the monsoon is over in September, Nepal’s monsoon season last till end of August; sometime it last until first week of September, monsoon rain clears up all the dust and rainy season brings greenery in low foothill, and view of white peaks are super when we have blue sky. No snow on higher places and Throng La Pass is easily crossable. September, October and November is peak time of Annapurna Circuit trek.
Second best time to trek to Annapurna Circuit is spring (Mar to May), though there are chances of soft rain and thunder storm, sky can be hazy sometimes in lower place however there are haze in the mountains. The benefit of trekking in April and May are warm temperature or even begging of June is okay to trek to Annapurna. 

Trekking in winter (December to February) can be risk of snowfall, if snowfall is heavy then pass is blocked and you may have to turn back same way down to Besisahar. It is cold in winter, the night and early morning temperature can be around negative 14 degree Celsius outside the room. In Nepal we have no certain time if snowfall in Himalaya; thus it can be anytime in dry season (October to March) 

Still you need to bear in mind that climate change and global warming are affecting our world and the weather condition in Himalaya changes fast so there are chances are rain and weather turn bad even in peak seasons. 

And Annapurna Circuit trek is best alternative for those having vacation in summer (June to August). Upper part of Annapurna Circuit, mostly Manang Valley and Mustang is said be under the rain shadow zone. However; monsoon rain may affect the tails and roads / bridges are washed away sometimes, so it is always wise to allow few reserve days just in case bad weather, landslides and respectively flight delays that changes your plan. 

How difficult is Annapurna Circuit trek? The question is raised in everyone’s mind before heading to the trip it’s a fairly difficult trek for moderate trekkers. Trek used to start at Besi Sahar or Bulbule but as road building has shortened the trek thus people start the trek from Syange or Jagat. Our trek starts from Jagat though you can drive further to Dhapani or even Koto and Thame. Starting the walk from Chame (2600m) makes the trek shorter but possible chances of risk of altitude sickness that you have to go through 5416 meter high Thorong La Pass.  If you are fit and already acclimatized from previous trek then you can skip few early days of trekking with Jeep ride. Again the Jeep ride is very adventurous in bumpy road!

If you can allow the few extra days; you can add Tilicho Lake side trip to Annapurna Circuit Trek. Tilicho Lake is one of main attractions of the Annapurna Circuit. The lake situated at 4950 meters above sea level, it's one of highest altitude lakes in the world considering the size. Similarly Thorong La pass , the highest point of the circuit is considered as one of highest and widest pass in world. Again, this trek is not for beginners and notice trekkers. If you are fit and young but no such long distance trekking experience in Alps or Himalaya; pre-training like going gym or jugging regular that helps you to achieve the  goal by starting the lower and allowing few extra days to ensure you are well acclimatized and ready for the Thorong La pass. 

The Annapurna Circuit trek typically takes about 12–16 days, departure from Kathmandu and driving to Besi Shahar it depending on till where the transfer is used with a stopover in Pokhara before getting back to the capital. The trail is moderate to fairly challenging and makes several river crossings over steel and wooden suspension bridges.

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