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.
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
|Start Date||End Date||Cost||Status||Booking|
|29 April, 2017||17 May, 2017||USD 1190 per person||Available|
|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|
|05 March, 2018||23 March, 2018||USD 1190 per person||Available||Book Now|
|15 March, 2018||02 April, 2018||USD 1190 per person||Available||Book Now|
|27 March, 2018||14 April, 2018||USD 1190 per person||Available||Book Now|
|05 April, 2018||23 April, 2018||USD 1190 per person||Available||Book Now|
|12 April, 2018||30 April, 2018||USD 1190 per person||Available||Book Now|
|20 April, 2018||08 May, 2018||USD 1190 per person||Available||Book Now|
|29 April, 2018||17 May, 2018||USD 1190 per person||Available||Book Now|
|10 May, 2018||28 May, 2018||USD 1190 per person||Available||Book Now|
|25 May, 2018||12 June, 2018||USD 1190 per person||Available||Book Now|
|27 July, 2018||14 August, 2018||USD 1190 per person||Available||Book Now|
|12 September, 2018||30 September, 2018||USD 1190 per person||Available||Book Now|
|20 September, 2018||08 October, 2018||USD 1190 per person||Available||Book Now|
|27 September, 2018||15 October, 2018||USD 1190 per person||Available||Book Now|
|07 October, 2018||25 October, 2018||USD 1190 per person||Available||Book Now|
|14 October, 2018||01 November, 2018||USD 1190 per person||Available||Book Now|
|22 October, 2018||09 November, 2018||USD 1190 per person||Available||Book Now|
|30 October, 2018||17 November, 2018||USD 1190 per person||Available||Book Now|
|10 November, 2018||28 November, 2018||USD 1190 per person||Available||Book Now|
|18 November, 2018||06 December, 2018||USD 1190 per person||Available||Book Now|
|24 November, 2018||12 December, 2018||USD 1190 per person||Available||Book Now|
|30 November, 2018||18 December, 2018||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.
Personal First Aid kit (we suggest the following items):
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.
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.
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.
Destination : Nepal
Duration : 19 Days
Price : US $1190 p/p
Trip Grade : Challenging
Minimum Group Size:2 Persons
Maximum Group size:12 Persons
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)
I did the above mentioned trip in December 2016. The trip was perfectly planned and everything went smoothly. The itinerary allowed for perfect acclimatisation, especially having two nights at Island Peak Base Camp. Tashi, the trekking guide for the trip picked me up at the airport and helped me through…Lukas
A friend and I worked with Annapurna Foothills Treks to be guided trekking on the Annapurna circuit from Besi Sahr over the Thorong La pass to Jomsom, with a guided climb of Chulu West on the way. Our trekking guide Dawa was outstanding all the way to Pisang, and provided…Craig
Our 14 day Poon Hill and Annapurna Base Camp trek, guided by Tashi was an outstanding experience. We enjoyed his local knowledge while making the trip a joy. From the trip's booking to departure from Nepal, all aspects of the trip were carefully organized and well executed-something we appreciated very…Kathy