Annapurna Circuit Trekking- 19 Days

The 19-day Annapurna Circuit Trek covers just over 300km as it circles around the Annapurna Massif.  Besides the fantastic mountain scenery throughout the whole trek, the altitude ranges from 900m to 5416m, which accounts for every kind of vegetation from dense tropical jungles to the spectacular scenery of the high, arid Tibetan plateau.  There are endless views of some of the world's most magnificent mountains; Annapurna, 8091m, Dhauligiri, 8167m, and Machhupuchhare, 6993m. The highest and most exciting point of the trek is the challenging climb to the Thorung La Pass, 5416m.

Throughout our Annapurna Circuit Trek, we enjoy regular contact with friendly villagers and can easily feel the cultural shift as we reach the high mountains.  The ethnic groups bear increasingly similarity to their ancestors in neighboring Tibet. The Annapurna Circuit Trek follows ancient paths used as trade routes between Nepal and Tibet, where not only salt was exchanged, but also new culture and religion penetrated this inaccessible region.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek starts with a scenic drive to the trail-head in the Marsyangdi Valley where we begin hiking through charming terraced farms and villages. The trail follows the great Marsyangdi Valley to reach the north side of the Annapurna Massif where we are surrounded by great peaks on all sides. Beyond the village of Manang, on the north side of the Annapurnas, we begin the tough ascent to the Thorung La Pass, the highest point on the Annapurna Circuit Trek, which touches the edge of the legendary Tibetan plateau. We then descend into the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gadaki valley, reaching Muktinath which is a famous pilgrimage site for both Hindu and Buddhist devotees.

The trail continues through the beautiful Kali Gandaki Valley for four leisurely days to reach Ghorepani.  We make the early morning hike up Poon Hill to watch the dawn break over Dhaulagiri and the Annapurnas, and savor another spectacular view.  The circuit finishes with a two day descent to Nayapul, where a vehicle will be waiting to take our tired legs to Pokhara.  We will enjoy a well earned rest in the relaxing atmosphere of Lakeside with the unique appreciation of its luxuries and conveniences that come from a long trek in the mountains .

Annapurna Foothills Treks recommends this 19- day Annapurna Circuit Trek for any avid trekker who is physically fit. For those who have less time, the Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek saves 4 days by flying out directly from Jomsom to Pokhara.  Another slightly more strenuous but thrilling option is the Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake Trekking in 19 days.   

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25 days Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Base Camp Trek on 15th October 2016

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Trip Highlights


  • greatest range of altitude and scenery of any trek of its category
  • stunning view from Thorong La Pass, 5416m
  • includes a visit to Muktinath – a famous pilgrimage site
  • incredible view of Himalaya from Poon Hill
  • Observe distinct cultural shift in highlands close to Tibet

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 : Drive 6hrs to Besisahar; Trek to Bhulbule, 820m, 2hrs

Day 3 : Trek to Ghermu Phant, 1136m, 5-6 hrs

Day 4 : Trek to Dharapani, 1946m, 6-7 hrs

Day 5 : Trek to Chame, 2800m, 5-6 hrs

Day 6 : Trek to Pisang, 3200m, 5-6hrs

Day 7 : Trek to Manang, 3540m, 5-6hrs

Day 8 : Acclimatization day in Manang, 3540m

Day 9 : Trek to Yak Kharka, 4000m, 4-5 hrs

Day 10 : Trek to Phedi, 4545m, 3-4 hrs

Day 11 : Trek to Muktinath, 3694m, 7-9 hrs

Day 12 : Trek to Marpha, 2670m, 6-7 hrs

Day 13 : Trek to Kalopani, 2410m, 5 hrs

Day 14 : Trek to Tatopani, 1190m, 6-7 hrs

Day 15 : Trek to Ghorepani, 2850m, 6-7 hrs

Day 16 : Trek to Hile, 1400m, 5 hrs

Day 17 : Trek to Nayapul, 1010m, 3 hrs

Day 18 : Drive back to Kathmandu

Day 19 : Departure

Click here to read detail day to day itinerary

Cost Include(s)

  • Transportation from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster
  • Welcome dinner with Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, two nights (bed and breakfast and tax included) Hotel categories are the 2-star, eg. Hotel Shakti or Hotel Holy Himalaya
  • Accommodation in Pokhara, One night (bed and breakfast and tax included) Hotel Lake Star or Hotel Meera
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder)
  • Porters: One porter for 2 persons basis, from Pokhara – whole Trek (Load Limit 30 KG per porter)
  • Local Transportation: Nayapul – Pokhara; Car, Van, Hi-ace and Tourist bus for pick up
  • Accommodation during trek ; local lodges 16 days (16 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 15 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms with beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
  • Annapurna Conservation Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff
  • All ground transfers Kathamndu – Besi Shar- Pokhara- Kathmandu Tourist Bus

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu / Pokhara - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurant
  • International round-trip airfare
  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water and beer )
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services


Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
30 October, 2016 17 November, 2016 USD 1190 per person Available
10 November, 2016 28 November, 2016 USD 1190 per person Available Book Now
18 November, 2016 06 December, 2016 USD 1190 per person Available Book Now
24 November, 2016 12 December, 2016 USD 1190 per person Available Book Now
30 November, 2016 18 December, 2016 USD 1190 per person Available Book Now
05 March, 2017 23 March, 2017 USD 1190 per person Available Book Now
15 March, 2017 02 April, 2017 USD 1190 per person Available Book Now
27 March, 2017 14 April, 2017 USD 1190 per person Available Book Now
05 April, 2017 23 April, 2017 USD 1190 per person Available Book Now
12 April, 2017 30 April, 2017 USD 1190 per person Available Book Now
20 April, 2017 08 May, 2017 USD 1190 per person Available Book Now
29 April, 2017 17 May, 2017 USD 1190 per person Available Book Now
10 May, 2017 28 May, 2017 USD 1190 per person Available Book Now
25 May, 2017 12 June, 2017 USD 1190 per person Available Book Now
27 July, 2017 14 August, 2017 USD 1190 per person Available Book Now
12 September, 2017 30 September, 2017 USD 1190 per person Available Book Now
20 September, 2017 08 October, 2017 USD 1190 per person Available Book Now
27 September, 2017 15 October, 2017 USD 1190 per person Available Book Now
07 October, 2017 25 October, 2017 USD 1190 per person Available Book Now
14 October, 2017 01 November, 2017 USD 1190 per person Available Book Now
22 October, 2017 09 November, 2017 USD 1190 per person Available Book Now
30 October, 2017 17 November, 2017 USD 1190 per person Available Book Now
10 November, 2017 28 November, 2017 USD 1190 per person Available Book Now
18 November, 2017 06 December, 2017 USD 1190 per person Available Book Now
24 November, 2017 12 December, 2017 USD 1190 per person Available Book Now
30 November, 2017 18 December, 2017 USD 1190 per person Available Book Now

Annapurna Circuit Trek Equipment and Packing List

This list is only our suggestion Annapurna circuit  Trek. You will want to adjust the list according to your personal requirements, interests, and season of your trip.  Well-seasoned trekkers will surely have their own ideas about what to pack.


Almost all of these items on the list are available in Kathmandu.   Kathmandu has a good selection of gear stores where many outdoor brands are available at a reasonable price (eg.North Face, Mountain Hardware and Marmot.) It is also possible to save money by renting equipment in Kathmandu.   


Please remember that Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition provides one porter for every two clients.  The weight limit for each porter is 30 kg.  That means your duffle bag carried by the porter must not exceed 15 kg (about 33lbs).  You will carry a day pack with extra windbreaker, sunscreen, water bottle and items you need on the trail. 

Because most items are available in Kathmandu we have marked the items which you should bring from home with an asterisk (*). Some marked items are available, but the exact variety may not be available in Kathmandu.


It is important to be equipped to cope with the extremes in temperature as well as unexpected bad weather.  At high altitudes it can be very hot when hiking in the sun and very cold when you stop in the shade and when the temperatures dip at night.  What is mentioned on the list is the minimum you should bring.  A couple extra T-shirts is a good idea.  You may get a chance to wash clothes, socks and underwear on rest days but that is not always dependable.

Upper Body

  • 2-Light weight thermal tops- long sleeved (medium weight merino or equivalent)
  • 3-T shirts or cool-max trekking shirts
  • 1- pull over or jacket (Merino, polartec powerstretch, soft shell, 100 weight fleece)
  • 1-200 weight fleece jacket or prima loft jacket
  • 1-Waterproof shell jacket with hood (lightweight, breathable)
  • 1-Down parka with hood

Lower Body

  • 2-Thermal bottoms (merino or polartec powerdry)
  • 1-Fleece or polartech powerstretch pants
  • 1-Light weight hiking trousers
  • 1-Heavy weight hiking trousers (wind proof soft shell for warmth at higher altitude)
  • 1-Hiking shorts (optional)
  • Waterproof shell pants (lightweight, breathable)
  • *Under Garments



  • 5- Warm Trekking socks (wool)
  • 5- Lightweight Cotton Trekking socks
  • 2-Thick wool socks to wear at night in lodges
  • *Gore-tex waterproof hiking boots- (you should buy at home and break them in before you come)
  • *Spare laces for hiking boots
  • Snow Gaiters (optional)
  • Camp shoes/sandals (crocs are ideal)


  • 1-Lightweight gloves-Polypro
  • 1-Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)


  • Warm beanie hat
  • Tubular Headwear (buff)
  • Sun hat or cap (cap and buff all fit under your hood)
  •  Polarised Sunglasses with UV protection


  • 1-Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • 2-Water bottle or camel bag, 1-liter (one with an insulated cover is recommended)
  • large duffle bag (and a lock as the porters will carry this)
  • Stuff sacks, dry bags, garbage bags etc (to organise and waterproof your things inside the duffle bag)
  • Trekking pole set
  • Sleeping bag (- 15’C)
  • Head lamp and spare batteries

Personal First Aid kit (we suggest the following items):  

  • *personal medication
  •  Broad spectrum antibiotics (e.g. Ciprofloxacin)
  • Diarrhea stopper (e.g. Immodium)
  • Rehydration salt sachets
  • Medication for giardiasis (e.g. Tinidazole)
  •  *Blister kit (tiny roll of 3M medical tape/breathable surgical tape)
  • Antiseptic (iodine or alcohol wipes for cleaning wounds)
  • *Sterile non-stick absorbent dressing/gauze (for more serious wounds)
  • *Antibiotic cream (sample size)
  • 10 ibuprofen tablets (anti-inflammatory; pain relief)
  • 4 antihistamine tablets (for bites, allergic reactions; e.g. Benadryl)
  • throat lozenges
  • Small Swiss Army knife (which has knife, scissors and tweezers)
  • Small whistle
  • Diamox (consult your doctor about this)



  • Toothbrush & *paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Toilet paper
  • Light weight towel and *soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • *Face and body moisturizer (the low humidity at high altitude dries the skin)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • *Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Wet wipes/ baby wipes (in case there is no warm water for a wash)
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Sunscreen (with a high UV factor needed for high altitude )
  • Sunblock lip balm (kept in a pocket and regularly applied)


  • *Lightweight reading material, journal
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • *Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  • Small pillow
  • Thermarest (optional – in case the mattress in the lodge is inadequate)
  • *Earplugs (in case group member snores)
  • Personal treats and snacks
  • *Zip-lock bags for snacks so you can divide each day
  • A bag to leave these in Kathmandu (very cheap in Kathmandu)
  • Shoulder bag or small backpack for exploring around town (optional)
  • *Music player
  • *Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Town clothes and shoes
  • *Swimming costume (for Kathmandu)
  • Tips for your Sherpa guide and porter


The Best Time to Visit the Annapurna Circuit Trek

The best seasons for trekking in the Annapurna region are spring (February to late April) and autumn (late September to late November). Winter trekking is also possible for Ghorepani, Poonhill, Ghandruk, Annapurna Base Camp, and Kali Gandki. However, it is not the best time for the Annapurna Circuit as the Thorung La pass may have too much snow. Click for more detail 

Tea Houses on Annapurna Circuit Trek
Village tea house lodges have plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. When you stay in the tea houses you will have close contact with the Nepalese people and are directly contributing to the local economy.

Safe Drinking Water on Annapurna Circuit  Trek
We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Several guesthouses have Euro-guard filters. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.

Washing and Toilet Facilities for Annapurna Circuit Trek

Most lodges offer hot showers, though sometimes a hot shower means a bucket of hot water. You can ask your trekking guide about the availability. For ecological reasons please try and limit your use of hot water unless the water is solar-heated. Please note that at higher altitude and in colder seasons there is very little chance to have enough hot water for all the trekkers. If the water is frozen then ask your guide to get warm bowl of water. Every lodge will have some kind of hand washing facility but it is good idea to carry a bar of soap with you.
Toilets are usually Asian squat style and vary in how clean they are. Normally toilets are outside the lodge but now some lodges have attached or indoor toilets. The rubbish bin in the toilet is kept for your used toilet paper.

Re-charging Batteries of Electronic Items on the Trek
You can recharge your digital camera, iPod, batteries etc. with electricity or solar power sources. You may need to buy an adaptor in Kathmandu before the trip since the plugs in Nepal might be different. The lodges charge a small fee per hour for recharging facilities.Nepal uses 220-240 volts to power your appliances. The sockets fit both round and flat plugs.

Spending Money per Day

In Kathmandu we suggest you allocate US$ 10 - 15 per meal, although it depends on your spending habits. On the trek, all your meals are included, but you may wish to purchase extras which are not included in your package, such as chocolate bars, Coca Cola or a beer. US$10 - 15 a day should be enough, but keep in mind the cost of all items increases proportionately with the distance from the trail head.

Cultural Aspects
The most prominent ethnic groups in the Annapurna region are the Gurungs, Thakali, and Manangba. The Gurungs are the most widely dispersed, being found from the hills of Gorkha district to as far West as Palpa. The Thakalis are originated from the upper Kali Gandaki Valley around Jomsom.

Clothing and Equipment

For the Annapurna Circuit Trekking, the following equipment is essential. This list is given as a guideline; you should make adjustments according to your needs, interests, duration of your trip, season of your trip, etc. You can find all of this gear to hire or buy in Kathmandu. The majority of the gear available in Kathmandu is cheaper, as it is locally manufactured. You can also find better quality gear imported from China, as well as some very high quality branded gear. {More detail }

Travel Insurance for Annapurna Circuit Trek
It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.


When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 19 Days

Price : US $1190 p/p

Trip Grade : Challenging

Single Supplement:$150

Minimum Group Size:2 Persons

Maximum Group size:12 Persons

Minimum Height:900m

Maximum Height:5416m


Transport By:Road



Hotel in Kathmandu:2 nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Hotel in Pokhara:1 night (Bed & Breakfast)

Accommodation during trek:local lodges 15 night (15 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 15 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms with beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included)

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