Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Nepal

Annapurna Circuit Trek is your whole trek, or it is your trek, or it is the trek that the National Geographic has enlisted as the world's best walk. It is not an extraordinary trek but a compound trek in which you discover all the types of landscapes, prescribed by the general and the advanced trekkers. It's trekking trail not only confines to the unparalleled natural beauties but also embraces Muktinath, the pilgrim of the religious significance to the Hindu devotees across the world, and also adds the highest pass of the Annapurna Region to make your walk adventurous and challenging. Beyond this, you proceed to be introduced to the way of life that is rural, in comparison to your comfortable, urban life that lies within your reach. Feel the live difference between having and have nots through Annapurna Circuit Trek, and this trek is also the trek with the cultural getaway as you reach the Thakali villages. In addition to this, you will love to dive into the tradition that is rarely seen outside Nepal, and that has easy and acceptable forms. Annapurna Circuit strives to give you the best trekking experience by combining all its major highlights and starts from the City of Temple, and its upcoming trail first takes you to Besisahar. The beautiful scenery on the trekking trail will appeal to your times without number and creates an everlasting memory, as well as entices you to press the button of your camera occasionally because you will find it hard to resist the temptation. The incredible beauty of the towering mountains like Annapurna (8091m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), and Manaslu (8156m) will be along the trail in a way you want, and this unusual face to face view will add a climax to your sensory and stay there forever. As you step into the Manang region, be ready to be on the verge of exposition, and when you are in its heartland, you are amidst the richness of Manangis' culture and tradition which will welcome you with the wide-open arm.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)

Welcome to the Land of Himalayas. Today our company representative will come to the airport to receive you. You will be transferred to the hotel in a private vehicle. If your arrival is in the morning or day time, you can spend some time exploring Thamel- it's a tourist hub of Nepal. One of the company representatives will meet you and explain to you about your trip.

Meals: no meals

Accommodation: Hotel

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We have an early departure from Kathmandu bus park and take a local bus towards Beshisahar. Our first overnight will be in Jagat and we will have some time to explore the official starting point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Accommodation: Lodge/Mountain Teahouse

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After an early breakfast, we depart towards Dharapani. It is a peaceful hike along beautiful trails through forests and valleys.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Accommodation: Lodge/Mountain Teahouse

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Today we will do approx. 5 hours of hiking. After an early breakfast, we hit the trail alongside the mighty Marshyangdi River and continue through stunning Pine and fir trees. Passing Danakyu village we have a steep ascend through beautiful forests and waterfalls towards Thanchowk. The nature of this part is amazing. Final stretch towards Chame our overnight destination of the day.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Accommodation: Lodge/Mountain Teahouse

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After breakfast, we depart for Pisang. Our first stop is at the abandoned Tibetan refugee camp Bhratang. Continuing our trek towards Pisang we take the Dhulkur Pokhari the gateway to heaven. Amazing scenery can be viewed from here that will take your breath away. After passing Paungda Danda we have an easy valley the trail towards Pisang our overnight stay of the day.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Lodge/Mountain Teahouse

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Today we trek towards Manang village. After a strenuous steep ascends we reach Garyu from where we are rewarded with amazing views of the Mighty Annapurna II, III, and IV. Continuing we have some scenic views of the Pisang Peak and Chulu Mountain. Hiking up and down through gulley’s we reach the main trail to Manang our final destination of the day. Manang is a slightly more active village than others and we will stay here for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Accommodation: Lodge/Mountain Teahouse

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Altitude sickness is no joke and we take it very seriously as so we have a rest day in Manang for acclimatization. Enjoy this beautiful city explore the surrounding valleys and enjoy this resting day.

Trekking to Yak Kharka offers us great views of the Annapurna III and the Gangapurna Mountains. After leaving Manang we can view the pristine Gangapurna Lake laying majestically in the rocky valley. Passing through various rocky valleys and the villages of Tengi and Gunsang we finally reach the humble village of Yak Kharka for our overnight stay. From here we can see amazing views of the Muktinath Himal.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Accommodation: Lodge/Mountain Teahouse

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Early breakfast and we are ready for our departure towards Thorong Phedi. We have a hard day ahead of us and we start by crossing the suspension bridge towards Ledar Village. After descending we cross a small wooden bridge over the river and ascend back on small trails through the rocky valley. The views here are amazing but safety is warned here due to landslides of rocks, we advise strongly to walk in a distance of a few meters. Depending on how early we left Yak Kharka we plan to reach Thorong Phedi in the early afternoon. After a short rest we climb up to the Thorong High Camp to get used to the high Altitude as tomorrow we cross our highest point of the trek the mighty Thorong La Pass. In Thorong High Camp we can see amazing views of what to expect tomorrow. Overnight stay at Thorong Phedi.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Accommodation: Lodge/Mountain Teahouse

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Today will be the most difficult as we have a very steep climb towards snowy trails up to the Thorong La Pass at 5,416m! After our early breakfast, we go for High Camp and continue towards a massif canyon. Climbing over the canyon can prove tricky as the ground below is loose and the ground up is unstable. But we are rewarded with amazing views of the Annapurna range. The climb becomes steeper now as we reach close to Thorong La Pass. The trail is covered in snow and we have to walk in a single line which means a slow pace with regular breaks to catch our breath. After a good climb, we can celebrate upon seeing a small teahouse which means the Thorong La Pass. We take some time to take pictures at the Thorong La signboard and enjoy a well-deserved victory. Now it’s time to continue our trek towards Muktinath. Descending the Thorong La is not to be underestimated as the trail is tricky and slippery. We leave the snow behind and traverse barren plains with a few bushes here and there and finally arrive at our end destination of the day Muktinath.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Accommodation: Lodge/Mountain Teahouse

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Muktinath to Marpha is the goal of today. We start after our breakfast and descend towards Elke Bhatti; the scenery is completely different here offering views of massive canyons and desert-like plains. After Elke Bhatti, we have a welcoming flat trail as we follow the Kali Gandaki River. The river is a trough to its name Kali meaning Black and seeing the river as black as night is spectacular. We hike until we reach Jomsom for our break. The way to Marpha from Jomsom is a flat dust road and we plan to arrive in Marpha around the late afternoon for our overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Accommodation: Lodge/Mountain Teahouse

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Today’s trek will be mostly along the riverside and in and out of pine forests. The river is a nice scenic natural view and it is famous for its ammonites (fossils). After this beautiful riverside hike, the trail pushes us further into the river bed where it can become difficult due to the slippery rocks and uneven trails. Completing this trail rewards, us with our final destination of the day Kalopani meaning black water. We will stay here for our overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Accommodation: Lodge/Mountain Teahouse

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Early breakfast and we hit the road again leaving Kalopani behind us. The trail brings us fast downhill through beautiful forests and grassy valleys. On a clear day, we can enjoy the views of Annapurna I, Nilgiri, and the mighty Dhaulagiri. Now the trail becomes more road then the path and we have an easy downhill walk towards the village of Ghasa. Crossing various suspension bridges and descending deeper into the green valley we pass the hot springs of Tatopani, a clear sign we reached our end destination of the day.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Accommodation: Lodge/Mountain Teahouse

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Early breakfast and departure. We have a mostly uphill hike through beautiful valley landscapes. Upon reaching a small but much-welcomed tea house. A short break and we continue our valley hike towards Shika for our lunch. After Shika, we can follow a road that will lead us directly to Ghorepani our overnight destination for today.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Accommodation: Lodge/Mountain Teahouse

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From Ghorepani, we wake up very early and hike up to Poon Hill also known as the photographer’s paradise. From here we can see some of the most stunning panoramic views of the Annapurna range, depending on how early we reach Poon Hill a scenic sunrise is a moment one can care on for the rest of one’s life! Breakfast in Ghorepani and we descend towards Tadapani through lush rhododendron forests.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Accommodation: Lodge/Mountain Teahouse

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Today is relatively easy as we conclude our trek. After breakfast, we descend further towards Ghandruk village. It's a typical Gurung Village where you will see the stone roof and a traditional village of Nepal. From here we drive towards one of Nepal’s most beautiful city’s Pokhara. On the way, we are constantly accompanied by the Mighty Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) Mountain and it reminds us of the long and amazing trek we completed. Overnight stay in Pokhara.

Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Accommodation: Hotel

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After our breakfast, we will drive to Kathmandu on a tourist bus and drop you at the Kathmandu Hotel. In the afternoon we meet back at the travel office for the conclusion and review of your trek. A special dinner with a Nepali live culture show is planned to ensure the perfect ending of your vacation. Overnight stay at Kathmandu.

Meals: Breakfast & dinner

Accommodation: Hotel

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This day your trip concludes here. The company representative will drop you to the Tribhuvan International Airport in the private vehicle.

Meals: Breakfast

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FAQs

  • Pickup from the airport and a hotel as well as drop off in a private vehicle
  • Twin sharing accommodation at a hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Lodge/Mountain Teahouse accommodation during the time of trekking
  • Public bus from Kathmandu to Besisahar. Shared 4WD vehicle from Besisahar to Jagat and back from Pokhara to Kathmandu in a tourist bus
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Full board meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with tea/coffee during the time of trekking
  • Nepal Government-certified an English speaking local trekking guide and porter (one porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) permit card for trekking
  • Official paper documents, Government taxes, and local fees
  • Farewell dinner in a Nepali restaurant
  • International flight tickets
  • Travel & rescue insurance
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Personal trekking equipment and expenses like water, laundry, phone, and bar bills
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from your trip (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary. Expenses due to unavoidable events, like flight cancellation, strikes, and others
  • Tips to your guide, porter, and driver
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the "cost include" section

Start point: Our company representative will receive you outside at the airport (Tribhuvan International Airport) and transfer you to the hotel. The company representative will meet you and explain to you about your trip in detail.

Endpoint: On your last day, the company representative will pick-up you from the hotel and drop you to the international airport in a private vehicle.

The start point of the trekking: Jagat

The endpoint of the trekking: Nayapul

Second best trekking destination after Everest Base Camp trek in all of Nepal

City of Temples- Kathmandu

City of Lakes- Pokhara

Various rivers such as Marshyangdi and Kali Gandaki

Thorung-La Pass (5416m)

Annapurna Himal range- Annapurna I, II, III and IV, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapucchre (Fishtail) and more…

Traditional and rural villages

Bath in hot spring at Tatopani

Manang and the Tibetan culture

Spiritual center- Muktinath and the windy Kaligandaki Valley

World deepest gorge- Kali Gandaki gorge

Nepal best viewpoint for sunrise and the panoramic view- Poon Hill

National Geographic’s one of the world’s most famous trek

A traditional Gurung village- Ghandruk

Yes, one of our company representatives will receive you outside at the airport and then transfer you to the hotel.

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit & Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card for trekking is included.

You can get an arrival visa at Kathmandu airport. 

15 days- USD 30

30 days- USD 50

90 days- USD 125

For more details, please check this link: https://www.immigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa

You need to be physically fit and able to walk approx.-5-6 hours a day

The maximum group size will be 12 people. Yes, you can do solo trekking. There will be our trekking guide in your trekking.

In Kathmandu and Pokhara you are going to stay at a standard hotel. During the trekking, you will stay overnight at Lodge/Mountain Teahouse.

It’s is not compulsory or mandatory. As your wish but in Nepal trekking guide, the porter will expect some tipping over the completion of the trip.

Yes, we will provide you the mountain rescue in case of emergency cases. So, its most important to do travel insurance before you head to Nepal. One copy of travel insurance needs to submit to the company before your trip. Our guides use a local sim card to communicate to the office. If in case it happens, they will inform directly to the Kathmandu office.

Yes, our guide will carry the first aid kit in the time of trekking but we recommend you bring your first aid kit.

It’s a sickness caused due to the lack of oxygen at a higher altitude in the mountain. One of the ways to overcome it is to drink plenty of water and soup. The other is descending to a lower altitude, and the medicine you can take to fight against it is Diamox (Acetazolamide)

Most of the time, we have first-time trekkers, and they are doing good. Attempt a successful trip. So, you also can do it. We like to suggest jogging, swimming, and walking before coming to Nepal for trekking. It will be a plus point for you. And overall, you need to be mentally well prepared. And sure, you can do it.

You must be 100% physically fit, that means, you should not have acute health problem nor chronic health problem.

In Nepal, most of people use cash; that does not mean there is no ATM. You will easily find the ATM in the city areas like Kathmandu and Pokhara. We would like to recommend you to exchange into Nepali currency before you trekked.

Lodge/Mountain Teahouse might charge approx. USD3-10 for Wi-Fi (this needs to pay by yourself). Another option is you can buy a local SIM card for internet and phone call. Or you can use our trekking guide phone and later you can reimburse him. 

Yes, you can charge it. You need to pay approx. $1-$4 an hour for charging.

If you are seriously affected by altitude mountain sickness or get badly injured then you will be flown to Kathmandu for treatment. 

If you are below 18, you need to do the trek with your guardians, there is no such age limit because we have had families who trekked with us with their kids like below 16 years old as well as senior people aged 70. 

If you are doing a private trek (private tour), you can add extra days but it’s not possible in a group trek. In a private trek or tour, we can do it accordingly what you want. 

Documents

Passport

Travel insurance details

Boarding passes for flights

Passport photos- 3 copies

Cash USD

Credit/Debit card


Accessories

Sleeping bag (comfort rating -15 Celsius recommended)

Duffel bag

Adjustable trekking pole (optional)

Sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm

Toiletries, and a small washcloth

Day backpack: 35 liters

Gloves

Water bottles (3 liters capacity)

Headlamp, spare batteries

Camera


Footwear

Hiking boots

Hiking socks

Sandals


Headgear

Brimmed sunhat and bandana


Clothing

Rain shell, waterproof/breathable jacket

One or two cotton shirts

Fleece jackets

Warm top, such as a long-sleeved sweater

Long pants

Rain pants, waterproof/ breathable trekking pants

Travel Max Guide is not just the tour operator in Nepal but also a contributor for a good cause to our communities and the people. Companies donate certain funds annually for a good reason. We do have a team called First Act Nepal (FAN) working on behalf of the children of Nepal. Specially support in educational assistance. Right now, we are running child sponsorship programs for the needy children of Nepal. Support in fees, educational materials and do the counseling to the partners and the schools. 

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