Annapurna Circuit Trekking- 18 Days

Annapurna Circuit Trekking covers just over 300 km 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 Trekking, 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 Trekking 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.

Annapurna Circuit Trekking 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 Annapurna’s, we begin the tough ascent to the Thorung La Pass, the highest point on the Annapurna Circuit Trekking, 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 two 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 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 .

For those who have time limitation, we have an excellent option of choosing Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek which saves 3 Days period  as we will be flying out directly from Jomsom to Pokhara. Another option is, we can escape the first couple of days in order to shorten the trip duration. Jeep drive option is available up to Manang village.  

Another exciting addition to the Annapurna Circuit Trek, is the hike to one of the world's highest situated lake, Tilicho Lake 4915m, Tilicho Lake Trekking


Trip Highlights


  • Classic Tea House Trekking in the Annapurna Area 
  • greatest ranges of altitude and vegetation
  • stunning view from Thorong La Pass, 5416m
  • trekking around the Annapurna massifs
  • includes a visit to Muktinath – a famous pilgrimage site
  • incredible view of Panoramic Himalaya ranges from Poon Hill
  • Observe distinct cultural shift in highlands close to Tibeten 

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 7-9 hrs to Muktinath 3694m

Day 12 : Drive to Tatopani, 1190m, 6-7 hrs

Day 13 : Trek to Ghorepani, 2850m, 6-7 hrs

Day 14 : Trek to Hile, 1400m, 5 hrs

Day 15 : Trek to Nayapul, 1010m, 3 hrs and drive to Pokhara

Day 16 : Free/ Rest Day in Pokhara

Day 17 : Drive back to Kathmandu

Day 18 : Happy Departure

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
10 July, 2019 27 July, 2019 US $1250 per person Guaranteed
08 August, 2019 25 August, 2019 US $1250 per person Available
12 September, 2019 29 September, 2019 US $1250 per person Available
24 September, 2019 11 October, 2019 US $1250 per person Guaranteed
10 October, 2019 27 October, 2019 US $1250 per person Available
22 October, 2019 08 November, 2019 US $1250 per person Available
30 October, 2019 16 November, 2019 US $1250 per person Available
05 November, 2019 22 November, 2019 US $1250 per person Available
20 November, 2019 07 December, 2019 US $1250 per person Guaranteed
10 December, 2019 27 December, 2019 US $1250 per person Available
22 December, 2019 08 January, 2020 US $1250 per person Available
12 March, 2020 29 March, 2020 US $1250 per person Guaranteed
25 March, 2020 11 April, 2020 US $1250 per person Available
07 April, 2020 24 April, 2020 US $1250 per person Available
15 April, 2020 02 May, 2020 US $1250 per person Available
22 April, 2020 09 May, 2020 US $1250 per person Guaranteed
30 April, 2020 17 May, 2020 US $1250 per person Available
12 May, 2020 29 May, 2020 US $1250 per person Guaranteed
25 May, 2020 11 June, 2020 US $1250 per person Available
04 June, 2020 21 June, 2020 US $1250 per person Available

Cost Include(s)

  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
  • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, Two nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  • Accommodation in Pokhara, Two nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  • Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges13 nights (Full board meals with twin-share rooms ,beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  • Porters: One porter for 2 Trekkers basis.
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Tshirt.
  • Energy Supplies ( Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh Fruits on the Trek )
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • Annapurna Conservation Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  • All ground transfers Kathamndu – Besi Sahar, Nayapul- Pokhara and Pokhara- Kathmandu.
  • All government and local taxes.

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water, Boiled Water and beer).
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.

The Best Time to Visit the Annapurna Circuit Trekking

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 but will be much colder and sometimes bad weather on the Pass might be difficult instead short Treks such as Ghorepani, Poonhill, Ghandruk, Annapurna Base Camp, and Kali Gandki.  Click for more detail 


Tea Houses on Annapurna Circuit Trekking 
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  Trekking 
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 Trekking 

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.

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 : 18 Days

Price : US $1250 p/p

Trip Grade : Challenging

Maximum Height:5416m

Minimum Height:900m

Minimum Group Size:2 Trekkers

Maximum Group size:12 Trekkers

Activities:Sightseeing, Hiking, Trekking,

Transport By:Private Vehicles, Tourist Bus



Best Season:March- May and September- December

Permits:Annapurna Conservation Fee, TIMS permits

Hotel in Kathmandu:2 Nights on B&B Basis (Bed & Breakfast)

Hotel in Pokhara:2 Nights on BB Basis

Accommodation during Trek:Local Lodges 13 Nights

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