Overview of the World’s most famous Round Annapurna trek
Annapurna circuit trek 10 Days is the fastest itinerary of the Annapurna circuit trek. Annapurna circuit trek or Thorong la pass trek is one of the world’s most popular hiking trails. Guide books like Lonely Planet have been continuously recommending Annapurna Circuit Trek as one of the best trekking and hiking trails to explore. Every year it welcomes thousands of trekkers across the globe to explore the beauty of the Annapurna Himalayas, local culture, and diversified amazing landscape. Each year, on an average more than 120,000 hikers do Annapurna circuit hiking. On this trekking trail, The scenery changes dramatically from subtropical forests to cone forest and eventually it turns into the Himalayan desert. Annapurna circuit hike allows hikers to enjoy the Annapurna Himalayan Range and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range together.
Annapurna circuit trek is one of the best treks in Nepal. The trek starts at Lamjung then circles the whole Annapurna range clockwise and finishes at Pokhara. This is the reason you would enjoy the spectacular range of the Mountain peaks along the whole Annapurna circuit trek. Annapurna 8,091 Meters is only visible from the top of poon hill but other peaks like Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna and Tilicho with the height of 7940 Meters, 7,555 Meters, 7,525 Meters, 7,4555 Meters, 7,134 Meters, Chulu east, Chulu west, Yak Kawang, throng peak, Dhaulagiri 8167 Meters, Nilgiri South 7061 Meters, Nilgiri North, Dhampus peak, Tukuche peak and many other unnamed peaks. The deepest George, Natural Hot Spring, very colourful landscape, Muktinath temple, Kali Gandaki River bed, Marpha, Poon Hill 3200 Meters are the Major things that you would see on your Annapurna Circuit trek.
The following things are you can experience in your Annapurna Circuit trek. Annapurna circuit trek highlights are the short summary of the trek which you can see.
An opportunity to look around the Kathmandu valley before you start the trek especially Thamel and other areas of the Kathmandu valley, if you have time then you can also do the sightseeing in the World heritage sites of the Kathmandu Valley.
Scenic drive to Besisahar from Kathmandu which is 165 km, you can see the beautiful scenery, rivers and the local settlements.
Beautiful green hills around the valley before you reach Jagat, after Jagat the valley becomes very narrow and steep, you can see the bamboo bushes around the trek route and the Fast following Marshayndri river.
View of Mt. Manaslu and Mt.Manaslu North, Himalchuli from Timag and Chame which is very fascinating. Nice hike through the pine forest to the Chame.
Enjoy the hot springs in Chame with the view of Lamjung Himal.
Crossing the biggest apple farm of Nepal, where you can enjoy the apple products, bakery and coffee with an outstanding view of Annapurna II 7940 Meters.
The mesmerizing view of the Mountain ranges through the Dhukurpokhari, Lower Pisang and Upper Pisang.
Trek via beautiful lakes with the outstanding view of the Annapurna ii 7940 Meters, and from Gyaru, you can see Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho peak and many other mountains peak which is beyond the imaginations. You can see the marvellous valley down below where there are an airstrip and some beautiful villages.
The sightseeing in Manag village, you can choose either go hiking another side of Manag or set an adventurous journey to ice lake 4600 Meters. On the way, you can see a marvellous mountain ranges Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna and Tilicho with the height of 7940 Meters, 7,555 Meters, 7,525 Meters, 7,4555 Meters, 7,134 Meters and many other peaks. It is the best way to Acclimatize for the Thorong La pass.
Observations of the culture and traditions of Manag people, their culture, traditions and the monastery around the Manag.
Pleasurable trek to yak Kharka with the view of the Chulu East and Chulu west peak. Now you can not see the trees, you can see the yak hurdles and the peaks on both sides of the valley.
Tough walk to the Thorong la pass 5416 meters then down to Muktinath. Muktinath is a holy pilgrimage place for Hindu people.
The close view of Mt Dhaulagiri 8167 Meter from the Muktinath, The Nilgiri Mountains and the small peak around the border of Mustang and Dolpo. The colourful land of mustang makes the trek even more interesting.
Driving or trekking through the beautiful Kali Gandaki valley, with the view of Annapurna Himalayan ranges from the Kali Gandaki Valley. You can see the beautiful apple farms around the Kali Gandaki Valley.
Crossing the deepest George of Dana which is based on the Two tallest mountains Dhaulagiri 8167 Meter and Annapurna 8091 Meters.
Enjoy the Hotspring of Tatopani Myagdi and trek to the Ghorepani villages via Sikha, Ghara and Chitre.
A superb panoramic view of the tallest Himalayan ranges from the top of Poon Hill 3210 Meter, from where you can see Dhaulagiri 8167 Meters, Annapurna 8091 Meters
Ends your fantastic trek in the most peaceful and pleasurable city Pokhara
Annapurna circuit trek best time/seasons
Annapurna circuit trek can be very memorable if you do it on best time/seasons. It is a very important consideration that you should do before you start your trek, time in Nepal is really matters on your adventure here in Annapurna circuit trek. Look Below what the temperature, the scenery looks like.
This is the very best time to Trek here in Annapurna circuit. The weather at this time is generally the best weather of a year. Most of the days are sunny. It is the main season you will see many tourists along the route. This is also a festival time in Nepal, Down in a valley you would see people they celebrate a festival. In Nepal, this month is also known as neither cool nor hot month
This month is considered as a second-best season to trek in Nepal. This is before summertime so it is very hot and humid in the down valley and southern part of Nepal. But it does not impact you because you would go to Mountain. This is also known as a flowering season, elevation from 2000 Meter to 3000 Meter you can see, different types of rhododendron flowers and magnolia, not only this you would also see many plants get the different flower. Generally this time the sky is clear, but sometimes in the evening cloudy. This is also second-best time to visit Annapurna circuit
June, July, August and September
This is month is also known as a rainy season in Nepal. It rains a lot, the sky is cloudy, very less chance to see the mountain. Leeches, flood and landslides are common in this month. This is not a good time to do Annapurna circuit trek.
January and December
These months, generally it’s cold months of the year. Most of the tourist doesn’t do any adventure activities. Doing trek on this month is very difficult because of the cold environment snowfall rainfall and sometimes hell-storm as well. The sky is cloudy So you cannot see the beautiful view. For the comprehensive information go to Annapurna circuit trek best time
Annapurna Circuit trek Information
Annapurna Circuit trek Information which is short glance and character of Annapurna circuit trek
Trek Duration:Annapurna circuit trek 18 days Upon your arrival to departure to your country, 2 Days in Kathmandu, 1 day in Pokhara, 15 Days on Trek
This is 18 Days Annapurna circuit trek, As per your needs Annapurna circuit trek is totally customize-able. We can make it from 10 Days to onward please feel free to customize your trip
Max. Altitude of trek: Annapurna circuit trek 5416 Meter
Trek Grade: Moderate trek Grade
Trek characters: 18 days total time is required, 2 night’s Hotels in Kathmandu, 1 Night in Pokhara with Bed and breakfast plan, 15 days tea house base trek, breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek is included.
Annapurna circuit trek fixed departureNepal Trek Hub can organize this trek any day of the year. If you want to it personalize your trip, you are most welcome. We can organize your private trip on your own style and time
Equipment hire: Nepal Trek Hub offer you a complete list of equipment after you book the trek If you have not complete gear/equipment or could not manage due to time we are here to help you. You can get gear in Kathmandu, buy or rent both are possible
Rucksack/Duffle bag: Your luggage/stuff during your trek will be carried by your porter if you wish not to take porter or you can also carry yourself. You should manage duffel or rucksack before you come here, if you don’t have we can provide you with some
Transportation: From Kathmandu to Besisahar you go on a local bus, from there to onward it is your wish, we will bring you until Ngadi. After you pass Thorong la you will again take the local bus to Tatopani. From Nayapool you take the taxi or private vehicle to finish your trek. From Pokhara to Kathmandu you will have a tourist bus service.
Annapurna circuit trek Preparation
It is very difficult for hikers how to prepare for annapurna circuit trek while you work in your country and don’t have time to manage the things, Here is the things which might reduce your your worries about Annapurna circuit trek
Step-1: Make sure that how many days you want to spent in Nepal
The first step, you should calculate your time, how many days you are going to trek and How many days you will spend your time in the city. This allows your proper planning, such as your itinerary and sight trips like Tilicho lake and Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek also. If you have a sufficient time you can do both of this while you do Annapurna circuit trek.
Step-2: Choose the best flight to Kathmandu
Choosing the best flight is another challenge for the hikers, especially when there is short vacation, you can choose the anyone which suits you very well, for example, people from Europe love Turkish Airlines
Step-3: Know more about trekking
It is very important to take the Information before you start, here is some information which might be very important for you.
If you are going to trek then you must calculate yourself weather you will be able to do such a big hike or not, you need to know about the trek grade, distance, how much walk should you walk in a day, how much up and down. This is Moderate grade trek. Know about the grade of trek
Get Some Information About altitude mountain sickness, It is very good idea to collect more information about altitude mountain sickness before you go. In mountain there is no internet, so get some information of
If you are wondering to get the visa of Nepal, then you can either get in your country or even in Nepal Airport. Here is information about
For Trek you need to bring enough gear, Without Proper gear, you can not do the trek comfortably, or the equipment you bring is unnecessary, then it is only carrying things to you so get the proper equipment from here.
Annapurna circuit trek map
There are many types of Annapurna circuit trek map which you find in market. These maps are published by a different publisher, It also differs as per publisher. If you buy the map in Kathmandu, there are many publishers maps you can find, literally Nepal Map House, Himalayan Map house are two very popular maps in Nepal. If you want to get the big scale map it is little costly than normal. you can choose as per your wish but make sure that proper information on the map, Such as distance in KM, Time in Hours. We advise you to take the float-able map which can go anywhere in the bag or even in the pocket. You can get Annapurna circuit trek map free from us after you book the trip with us. We provide you when you arrive here in Nepal on your trip preparation day.
Annapurna circuit Ice Lake Hike
Ice lake hike should not be left if you do Annapurna circuit trek. Most of the trekkers do the acclimatization in Manag. Manag is located in 3500-meter surroundings with the massive mountains around. Most of the hikers do the hiking around the Manag by going to the other side of the river up to the viewpoint from where they can see the Gangapurna Mountains. This is suitable for most of you but if you want to do something challenging and explore more then you should definitely consider hiking to the Ice lake. Ice Lake 4600 Meters is incredible because you can see the Astonishing view of the Annapurna range including Tilicho peak plus a view of the beautiful lakes in such high elevations. This allows you to acclimatize very properly and you can also enjoy the incredible scenery of Mt Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna Iv, Gangapurna and many other peaks. You may also see the blue sheep while hiking to the Ice Lake.
Annapurna circuit trek itinerary
Annapurna circuit trek itinerary is here, but on your request we can modify it anytime to fit on your time frame.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu
We welcome you from the airport then bring you to the hotel and brief you about the trek program as well as we also help you to hire the equipment rental.
Day 02: Drive to Besisahar by bus and again drive to Ngadi
Early in the morning Around 6:30, the Nepal Trek Hub guide will take you to the Bus park from the hotel. You take the Local Bus to Besisahar, 7-8 Hours journey by bus afterward we take the local bus to Ngadi and stay overnight here.
Day 03: Nagdi to Chamje 1400 M, 6-7 Hours
As our trek begins today it is quite hot to walk in lowland, the rice fields and forest we pass to reach the Bahundanda, Then the trail descend down to Syaange. We do lunch Here. From here to Chamje it takes about 2 hours to reach.
Day 04: Chamje to Dharapani 1900 M, 6-7 Hours
Our day starts with the descent down to the river, crossing the bridge we walk the bank of the Marshyandri river, then the trail climb rocky mountain following the Marsyandi Rivers steadily uphill to Tal at 1675 meter, Tal is the first village of the Manang district. This is a very nice village to do lunch. Now the trail becomes easier because the road keeps continuing up to Karche after Tal village. from here you cross the bridge then continue following the crossing river you reach Dharapani
Day 05: Dharapani to Chame village 2630 M, 6-7 Hours
This is the Junction of two trekking trails. Manaslu and Annapurna trail joins here. We need to walk with Road until Bagarchap. Here in this village people are construction meaning hydropower projects. some farmer has a fishing pond as well. We climb with trekking trail to Timang. this is of mount Manaslu and many other peaks. The trekking trail becomes easier and reaches Chame.
Day 06: Chame to Pisang village 3300 M, 6-7 Hours
Early In the morning, you can see the view of Lamjung Himal from Chame. After breakfast, the trail is with the road until the Dukurpokhari 3-4 Hours walk. You do lunch here. You can go to either lower Pisang or upper Pisang from here. Overnight at Lower Pisang
Day 07: Lower Pisang to Manang 3540 M, 7-8 Hours
First of all, you cross the Marsyandi River. Then there is a small road to Gyaru. We keep walking until there is a river appears. On the way, you can see a small but very beautiful lake. Now you need to climb very steeply which might take 1.30 hours. Here is a small viewpoint from here people can see Annapurna iii, Annapurna ii, Annapurna iv, Gangapurna, and Tilicho lake. Locals are waiting for the trekkers to sell their bread and tea. The trail is now easier as it goes all the way forest to Ngwal. You do lunch here then descend down to valley you will reach Braga and Manag afterward.
Day 08: Acclimatization day at Manang Village 3540 M
This is our acclimatization day. You have many options to hike here to keep your body acclimatize, some hikers hike to Gangapurna Lake and onward, and some hike to Ice Lake. You can choose one of these depending on your wish.
Day 09: Manag to Yak Kharka 4050 M, 5-6 Hours
As you check the permit here the Trek goes through the cultivated land of Tanki Manang. A beautiful view of Tilicho Peak can be seen from here. you make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang to Gunsang, leaving the Marsyandi Valley. The trail climbs an ascent of nearly 500 meters to the Yak Kharka. It is located at 4050 Meter.
Day 10: Yak Kharka to Thorong high Camp 4850 M, 6-7 Hours
Today you start your hiking from yak Kharka. A yak pasture the trail gently climbs onwards to Thorong Phedi 4450 Meter. There is some area where you need to very be careful because of stone fall. You can have lunch here or can have a couple of cups of tea and coffee to strengthen your stamina. Now the trail is very steep and full of the moraine, continually hiking 1.30 Hour you can reach Throng High Camp.
Day 11: Thorong High camp to Muktinath (Thorong la pass day), 3800 M, 9-10 Hours
The most challenging day of the trek is today. Generally, trekkers start their trek early around 4:00 clock to 5:00 o clock. The early you start the better for you. As you are already on very high land it is quite harder for you to gear up. As you use it, it would be quite easier for you. The way to Thorong is not so steep. the trail climbs slowly but gradually up. On the way to Thorong La pass, you can also take the tea and coffee in the shop. It is generally 3 Hours climb to Thorong La pass. As you arrived at Thorong la pass, it is windy and cold here. You can see the mountain on the mustang side. The trail is now to go down. All the way down to Muktinath. Overnight at Muktinath
Day 12: Muktinath to Tatopani (1,190m/3,891 ft), 7 hrs
As you finish the walk, today you will take the local bus to Tatopani. The bus stop often for local people to come in and go down. You can see the village like Jomsom. Syang, Marpha, Kalopani, Kobang, Ghasa, Dana and finally to Tatopani. It is quite adventure driving because of a local bus. After you arrive at Tatopani you can enjoy the hot spring here.
Day 13: Tatopani to Ghorepani 2875 M, 7-8 Hours
Leaving the Tatopani, then climbing to Durbin danda is another unique experience you feel today, as you walk down the valley it is quite hot and humid. The view of the green village is awesome, you would see rice field and different types of fruit in the village, this is pretty nice to walk you would cross Sikha, Ghara, Chitre and then finally to Ghorepani.
Day 14: Hike to Poon Hill then trek to Tikhedhunga 1500 M, then drive to Pokhara 4-5 Hours
Early morning today you will trek to Poon Hill 3210 meters to see the splendid view of Mt. Annapurna range, this is one of the best viewpoints of Nepal of mountain panorama. As you come down to Ghorepani you would do breakfast. After breakfast, we trek descent down to Tikhedhunga and drive to Pokhara
Day 15:Drive to Kathmandu
The morning we’ll drive back through the scenic countryside and during the route will stop for breakfast and lunch. It takes 7 hours back to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu, the guide will transfer to the hotel and rest of the day relax or explore the surrounding areas and overnight at the hotel.
Day 16: Departure from Kathmandu
Annapurna circuit trek cost includes
Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicles.
2 night’s twin sharing on tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu
One Night Hotel in Pokhara
Meals on full board: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day during the trekking days
Guest house basis trekking accommodation while on trekking days
Tourist Bus transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu for guest and guide.
Fully escorted trek with fluent English speaking license holder local guide and each 2 guest 1 Porter basis
Annapurna conservation Area Project Permits
Seasonal Fruits if possible
First Aid Box
All land transportation as per written on above itinerary
Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs
Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
reviewBody”: “Just returned from the Annapurna Circuit trek with a group of friends, and the experience has been nothing short of amazing! It would not have been possible without our awesome tour guide, Shreeram, and our two strong porters (who happen to look like Korean twins btw), Dev and Surendra. Personally, I like to engage a local guide when trekking especially in unfamiliar places (this was our group’s first time in Nepal as well as doing such a long trek!), because I’d like to think that the local guides know the ins and outs of the trail better; making sure safety is the utmost priority while not compromising on the view and experience. More on Tripadvisior
One fine day in 2019, a group of 5 of us from the concrete jungle that is Kuala Lumpur got together and decided to take the leap into the unknown – a multi-day trek in the Himalayas. Our chosen route was the well-known Annapurna Circuit, a trail encircling the Annapurna Massif in the Nepal section of the Himalayas. This being the first time we were undertaking such a trip, we were naturally a little apprehensive and unsure of what to expect. However, we need not have worried at all. The team assigned to the 5 of us comprised of Shreeram (guide and founder of Nepal Trek Hub) as well as Dev and Surendra (charming young brothers who acted as our porters) – and the three of them were the best that we could have dreamed of. More on Tripadvisior
The road construction and Annapurna circuit trek
Recent years, the road has been building in Annapurna region, This has shifted the trekking trail as well as trekking villages as well. To avoid the road trekkers should go through NATT (New Annapurna Trekking Trail) Trail, Road construction has shortened the trek but, you can avoid this using NATT Trail. For Example, there is Lalupate trekking trail that starts from Besisahar and reaches Tal Village. The original taste of trek remains same, yes, of course, sometimes you need to walk through the Besishar-Manag Road which is normal. After road built a lot of mountain riders ride by cycle in Annapurna circuit trail. Mustang and Manag are the best area of Nepal to do Mountain Biking.
How does Annapurna circuit trek go?
Annapurna circuit trek or Annapurna circuit hike generally starts at Ngadi Bazaar. Nowadays there is a road so you can shorten your itinerary up to 10 days which is very minimum. As long as the trek moves on you will enjoy the spectacular view of the Mt Manaslu Range and Mt Manaslu 8,153 M (from Dharapani to Chame). Natural Hot Springs are there on Chame to enjoy. From Chame to Onwards till the Thorong la pass you will see the Mt Annapurna Range Mountains. Acclimatization is very essential for you to acclimatize and you will do it on Manag. After you cross the Thorong la pass you will reach the most unique colourful landscape area of Nepal Mustang. Following the Kali Gandaki River, you will descend down and reach Poon Hill to see the 360 Degree View of the Mt Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Range.
Thorong La pass on Annapurna circuit trek
Many of the trekkers hikers say Thorong la pass trek for the Annapurna circuit trek. The reason is the Annapurna circuit trek crosses the one of the High Pass of the Himalayas that is Thorong la pass 5416 Meters. Thorong la pass is named because the trail passes the base of the Thorong peak 6100 Meters. The Thorong peak is just on the right side of the Thorong La pass. Trekkers need more stamina to pass the Thorong la because it is elevated at the 5,416 Meters. Trekkers can either start from Thorong Phedi 4600 meters or Thorong High Camp 4800 Meters. It takes 4-5 hours to reach the top of the Thorong La pass. The trail to Thorong la pass is not that difficult. It goes accent slowly and gently by crossing the multiple zig-zag and this is the most difficult part of the Annapurna circuit hike.
Here we have noticed some question from the trekkers before they go to Trek, We have put some answer here, if this does not satisfy your answer please do question us
Which is the Annapurna circuit trek best time?
October, November and March, April is the best time to trek here on Annapurna circuit, However May, September and December till 15 You can do, if you are lucky enough, you can see the good view of Annapurna Himalayan Range. For more deatails go through the Annapurna circuit trek best time
How long walk per day and how difficult is walk on Annapurna circuit trek
You are required to walk 6-7 Hours per day, It is easy walk however there is not so much stairs that makes annoy to you while you walk. But the trails has so much ups and down.
What kind of accommodation is available in Annapurna circuit trek
There are normal tea houses, the Himalayan houses has used wood alot for insulation, which is warm, the bed are quite comfortable because they have a foam mattress. For Bathroom you will have a shared bathroom and toilet also shared.
Is there WIFI on Annapurna circuit trek
Now most of the Tea houses they have a WIFI, The wifi works not that fast but you can stay on touch with your friend and family.
Is there Hot Shower Available on Annapurna circuit trek?
Yes, The house organize you hot shower, most of the place they have a gas Shower, which they charge you per person, per time each time you take the shower.
Are there rescue service if there is something happened?
Yes, We do emergency rescue as per your wish and needs, if it is not that bad then we do not rescue.
Are there sufficient hotels on Annapurna circuit trek?
Yes, There are many hotels and tea houses, but in high camp there is one and only guest houses.
Is there water we can buy on Annapurna circuit trek?
Yes, Certainly there is mineral water you can purchase from anywhere, along the trail but we request you to use the your own water purification system, It helps to reduce the number of plastic bottle in environment. Statistics tell there is 2.3 million water bottle that the trekkers consume in Annapurna circuit per year. be responsible to environment.
Can I do Annapurna circuit and tilicho lake together?
Of course, you can do the Annapurna circuit trek with Tilicho Lake and it is very suitable to do. From Manag there is a lower way to go to Tilicho Lake and after doing the Tilicho Lake trek you will arrive near Yak Kharka. For More information of the Tilicho Lake you can visit the Tilicho lake trek or Annapurna circuit with tilicho lake trek.
Is there hospital or health check post on Annapurna circuit trek?
Yes, In Manag there is Himalayan Rescue Association where, you can check up with Doctor
Annapurna circuit cost for Nepali
Nowadays, Nepali also started to trek around the Himalayas and Annapurna circuit trek is their top destinations for the trek. For the vacations with the friends Nepali trekkers go to Annapurna circuit. We have given the itinerary above here which Nepali trekkers can shorten it because they can trek longer. As per our experience, Nepali can do Annapurna circuit in 6-8 days. Annapurna circuit cost for Nepali for 6-8 days cost you around NPR 35,000 to above. If you can minimize the cost it may be a little less to you
What hike is best for acclimatization on Annapurna circuit trek
Acclimatization is extremely important for all of the trekkers while doing the Annapurna circuit trek/hike. Most of the trekkers do acclimatization in Manag. Manag is elevated at the 3500 Meter. 3500 Meter is pretty high for most of you that are the reason it is very important to do acclimatization here on Manag. Most of you may think that it is just a rest day. In Fact, it is not just the rest day. Explorations and hiking to high elevated places and returning in the same place are the main things that you do for acclimatization. This allows you to acclimate properly. Ice Lake 4600 Meters is the best place to hike when you are doing the Annapurna circuit trek. The spectacular scenery of the Himalayas and the colourful Manag valley you can see while hiking to the Ice Lake.
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