Annapurna Circuit Trek-14 days trekking to Annapurna circuit is a challenging and mystical trek. The picturesque landscapes and mountains are a special part of the trek. The trek also explores beautiful Manang and Mustang valley, crossing Thorong La pass at 5416m. The trek through green lush forests, valleys and along the river bank of Marshyangdi and Kali Gandaki.
Annapurna Circuit Trek is the most famous trekking in the world. You can see Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Annapurna, Tukuche, Machhapuchchhre, Nilgiri, and Hiunchuli from Annapurna circuit trail. The Thorong La pass and the world's deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki gorge are charming part of this trek. The multi-ethnic villages, wildlife and temperate to alpine vegetation is amazing.
Autumn from October to December, and Spring from March to May are the best time trekking Annapurna. Annapurna circuit trek is possible all round the year. This is surely a fantastic trekking in Nepal. The Annapurna circuit trek is recommended for beginners to advance hikers.
Why Annapurna Circuit Trek
- One of the top treks in the world.
- Highest Thorong La Pass.
- Breathtaking Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
6 hours AP Plan-Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
Breakfast and get drive to Besishahar for 6 hours, and trek to Khudi for 2 hours and stay night in Khudi.
6 /7 hours AP Plan-Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
Our first day's walk involves crossing a few suspension bridges and waterfalls including several ascents and descents across rice paddies and a subtropical forest. Initially, the walk is gradual but is then followed by steeper trails. The mountains that we see from Khudi seem a lot closer now. Before reaching Sirung village we pass an ethnic Tamang settlement of Taranche. We admire close-up views of Nadi Chuli and Manaslu mountains from Sirung.
6 /7 hours AP Plan-Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
We leave Sirung for Jagat on a relatively easy trail. We leave behind the terraces of the village and hit forest, ferns and woodland. On the forest trail we spot a variety of birds. We also pass through several small villages and a few temples on the way. We cross a suspension bridge over Sangu Khola at Mipra then again at Syange over the Marshyangdi River. There is also a waterfall nearby the bridge. Now our trail moves alongside the mighty Marshyangdi River and we cross one more bridge before reaching Jagat.
7/8 hours AP Plan-Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
After breakfast, we slowly begin our trek today. The trail from Jagat descends until it reaches the river and then continues through a lush forest. Further ascent leads to sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank. En route, Chyamje comes into picture amidst the glorious backdrop of towering Annapurna mountain ranges. After crossing a suspension bridge, we climb steeply towards the slippery and physically challenging path to Sattale. On treading along a succession of rock-strewn trails, we descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal. As we walk away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding. Then we approach steeply-forested village of Karte. Meandering along the waterfalls and cliffs, we finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge. Overnight in Dharapani.
5 /6 hours AP Plan-Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
Today we walk through a few forested ridges on our way to Chame, which is the headquarters of the Manang District. Throughout the trek we can admire amazing views of the Himalayas including Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). On today’s trek we also come across small hot springs where we can dip in and soothe our aching muscles. Overnight in Chame.
5/6 hours AP Plan-Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
Venture into a steep and narrow path through a very dense forest and see the curved rock face that rises 1500 m from the river. The forests and heavy vegetation would now be out-of-the-sight. You have to again and again cross the river on suspension bridges. With the trail opening up, you get surrounded by the splendid Himalayan Peaks. Here you find yourself in the U-shaped valley of Manang hanging between two giant snow peaks. Sfter walking through these wonderful sites, you reach Pisang. Overnight stay in Upper Pisang.
5/6 hours AP Plan-Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
Breakfast and trek for 5-6 hours to Manang via Humde village.
Rest Day AP Plan-Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
Today represents the scheduled acclimatization day. Do not stay idle but rather take a short walk to higher altitude to get acclimatized with the altitude. Manang is a good place to do that as the next two days will be very challenging with the rapid gain in altitude. Not downplaying the possibility of serious health hazards posed by high altitude with cautiousness is simply crucial. Bhojo Gompa or Gangapurna Lake is worth visiting sites from the acclimatization perspective. An excursion to a little distance away to a village called Vraga, a small old village with a monastery, is also worthy. Also worth visiting is the Himalayan Rescue Association where you can get some ideas about Mountain Sickness. Overnight stay in Manang.
3/4 hours AP Plan-Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
From the Manang village, the trail is eclectically interesting. It crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki, and then continues to climb to the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail passes through this valley northward, passing a few pastures, a scrub of juniper trees as it gradually elevates. The trail passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Now, it crosses through the meadows where the horses and yaks are seen to be grazing. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, you will spot an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reach another small village of Yak Kharka. Little but a gradual ascent is the key to avoiding altitude problems. Overnight stay in Yak Kharka
3/4 hours AP Plan-Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
We head to the foot of the pass, Thorong Phedi, today. Thorong Phedi is a small busy settlement catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers. People use this point as a base camp with some of them even doing a hiking to the high camp so that the next day can be easier for them. However, we do not recommend this with overnight stay there because sleeping in higher altitude could well prove life-threatening. As we will have a tough day tomorrow, we take a shelter in the Thorong Phedi for sound sleep. Overnig
9 hours AP plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Budget Teahouse Lodge
Wake up early in the morning, have breakfast and trek to Muktinath crossing Thorong La Pass at 5416m, the big challenging day of the trekking steep uphill to Thorong La top, take some photos for short time and continue steep trekking downhill to Muktinath. Stay night there.
7 hours AP plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Budget Teahouse Lodge
Breakfast and get a scenic bus drive to Tatopani, the natural hot Spring, relax and enjoy day dipping to natural hot Spring called Tatopani in Nepali.
8 hours AP plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner AP plan: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner
Today is also a challenging day, breakfast and trek for a long climbing uphill to Ghorepani, the best view point to see Mount Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu range along with Mount Fishtail, Nilgiri and other many snowcapped mountain, and also can see sunset and sunrise from Ghorepani is in the middile of Rhododendron forest.
7 hours Breakfast and Lunch Standard Hotel
Wake up early in the mornig, climb up poon hill to see morning sunrise view along with the Himalayan Panorama of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Fishtail and other snow capped mountains, back to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue trek to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara. The trek ends here.
- Airport transfer - hotel/airport/hotel
- Twin sharing standard hotel accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu before and after trek we can book only on your request.
- Road transfer cost -from/to trek start to ending point kathmandu-Besisahar-Nayapul-Pokhara.
- Basic twin sharing tea house accommodation during trek.
- 3 times meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek.
- English Speaking guide and all his expenses during the trek like his transfer, insurance, salary, meals and accommodation.
- All Trekking permit -ACAP Permit, local government taxes and TIMS card.
- All government taxes, vat, company service charge.
What's not included?
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Travel Insurance in case of emergency for rescue and other medication.
- Nepal visa fee
- All kind of hot and cold drinks - coke, fanta, beer, whisky, bottle of water, hot water, tea, coffee etc.
- All personal trekking equipments like down jacket and sleeping bag etc.
- Porter to carry your backpack/luggage.
- Tips for guide and porter
- Personal expenses like wifi, hot shower, telephone, battery charge fee.
- Upgraded lodge accommodation like room with private toilet and bathroom during the trek.
- All the cost not mention on above cost includes.
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Accomodation during Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal
Please keep in mind that you are trekking in the remote Himalayas. During the 14 days Annapurna circuit trek, you will have basic and budget mountain lodge or guest house accomodation that we call teahouse lodges during the trek. The teahouses are neat and clean, common toilet and bathroom, and it is necessary to bring a good sleeping bag while trekking in Annapurna circuit Nepal.
Food/Meals on Nepal's Annapurna Circuit Trek
On 14 days Annapurna circuit trekking package, you will have 3 times meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. You can choose meals item from menus at the tea houses. Typical meals are as omelets, toast, boiled eggs, noodle soup, fried rice, macaroni, mo mo, vegetarian curries, pizza and chowmein. The traditional Nepali Dal Bhat which consists of rice, lentils, and a vegetable is all you can eat and always a good choice. Meat on the mountain is not hygienic and we suggest trekkers stick with vegetarian meals. The local meat is not refrigerated properly. If you have special dietary requirements just let us know and we will make sure to assist with the proper menu.
Weather and Temperature on 14 day Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal
Weather/Temperature in June, July, and August have the hottest temperature.The temperature in the daytime is between 20 to 25 degree centigrade. The nighttime temperatures in summer is high too. The lowest temperature gets in the night time is -3 degree centigrade and a maximum of 5 degrees. The temperature in June and July are pretty similar.
Weather/Temperature in Autumn lasts from the end of September to the November. This is the part of the year when the cold starts to set in. The maximum daytime temperature starts to go down from 20 degrees in September and falls to 12 degrees in November. The sun will not as warm as in the summers. In September the average nighttime temperature is almost 3 degrees. This starts to fall down and reach in between -7 to - 15 degrees in November
Weather/Temperature in Winter in December, January and February is as severely cold. The average temperature during the daytime in winters is 8 degree centigrade. There is not a lot of difference in the temperature in December, January and February. All three months are equally cold. The temperature falls down drastically. The nighttime temperatures around -7 degrees but it can go as low as -15 degrees.
Weather/Temperature in March/April/ May is around 12 degrees. This temperature goes up to 15-16 degrees in the month of April and peaks to almost 20 degrees in May. Devoid of biting cold and hot and wet summers, this is a glorious time.The nighttime temperatures, although sometimes below zero are not alarmingly low. The lowest that nighttime temperatures get is -8 in March. This increases to -5 degrees in April and -3 in May.
Trekking Equipment List for Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal.
Proper preparation and equipment will give you a great trekking experience. It is also possible to buy/rent trekking gear at affordable price in Kathmandu and Pokhara Nepal. Below is the recommended trekking equipment list for comfortable trek.
1. Day trek pack
Extra layers, gloves, wind breaker and poncho
Lip Balm with Sunscreen
Broad brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
Water Bottles or Camel Back
Headlamp with extra batteries
Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
Umbrella (works great in a light rain or to protect from the sun)
Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
Trekking Poles (optional)
Thermos (optional for hot beverages)
Wide brimmed hat
Wool hat (Should cover ears)/Balaclava
Insulated Wool/Down Mittens
Moisture wicking long sleeve T-shirts (2)
Moisture wicking T-shirts (1)
Long underwear pants (2)
Underwear (5 to 7)
Heavy Fleece/Down Jacket
Long sleeve shirts (2)
Trekking Pants (2)
Gore Tex Waterproof Jacket with hood
Rain Poncho that covers your day pack
Hiking boots with ankle support
Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes
Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
Hiking socks (10)
Sock Liners (optional)
5. Sleeping Bag
Sleeping bag rated to -20° degree centigrade
Sleeping bag liner (optional)
Sleeping bag stuff sack
6. Rucksack(Duffel Bag)/Daypacks
Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear (we provide this for the trek)
Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
Small Lock(s) for duffel bag and day pack
Waterproof cover for daypack
Dry Bags in several sizes
Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes
7. First Aid Kit/Toiletries
Advil or Ibuprofen
Diamox (for altitude sickness)
Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
Panty Liners and Tampons
Ear plugs for sleeping
Passport (needed at entry gate for registration)
One Passport Size Photo (Needed for trekking permit
9. Other Items
Portable Solar Charger
Journal, pen and paper
The rooms/accommodation on Annapurna region Trek are all very basic. There are many nice, cozy and well-furnished rooms available with the delicious food menu and great hospitality in the tea houses and lodges.
If you had not done trekking before then, this region will be best for the startups which are the moderate level of trekking.
You will need to carry a good-sized of a day pack where you could put your personal belonging items, water, camera, snacks, sunscreen, hat, a fleece jacket and gloves for higher altitudes. The porters will carry the bigger packs with your clothes etc. They will carry packs up to 15kg.
Yes, there are electricity/power in most tea houses at the lower part of the trekking. But no heating in the room. In the higher part of the trekking, there will power only a solar panel. The charging is only possible in the main dining room at expensive rates. The battery charging cost range take as per hour for cameras and laptop computers even more expensive.
Yes, Insurance is almost needed 100% trekking to Annapurna region. Injury and altitude sickness are far too common on ABC trek. So it is best to pick up insurance World.
Autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May), these are the best season to go on a trek in Annapurna Region. The sky is clear at this time, and you will get to see panoramic views of Annapurna Mountains.
If someone get sick in the group, a fellow trekker in the group has to descend, then a porter/assistant guide would go with them. So the person descending would be well looked after and it would not impact on the rest of the group's experience. Emergencies are dealt with by the guide and depending on the severity. In a serious case evacuation would be by helicopter
There is no specify training method to recommend that applies to each individual. The training you should do to prepare for Annapurna region trek depends on your current level of fitness and any medical condition.
There are between 2 to 12 fellow travellers in the group. The Annapurna trek is a popular trip so most of our groups are fully booked. The groups typically are a mix of individuals, couples or friends travelling together. The ages differ and trekkers can be in their 20's to 60's. The group comprises of people from all nationalities.
Trekking in Annapurna region is considered moderate in difficulty level, but still, a good level of fitness is required to complete the trek. As long as you are physically fit and possess sound health, you can go on this trek. We have a flexible route with enough acclimatization and rest days before heading towards higher elevation.
Annapurna region trek is not dangerous at all because trekking in Annapurna region is considered moderate. The altitude increases with daily ascent above 3,000 m to 4,000 m high.There are risks of getting altitude sickness, as you will be trekking above 3000 m. It depends on the person, how he/she is going to react to altitude regardless of their fitness and experience.
Weather/Temperature in Summer Annapurna region trek in June, July, and August have the hottest temperature.The temperature in the daytime in Annapurna is between 20 to 25 degree centigrade. The maximum temperature is found in the month of June and July. The nighttime temperatures in Annapurna during the summer is high too. The lowest that the temperature gets in the night time is -3 degree centigrade and a maximum of 5 degrees. The temperature in the months of June and July are pretty similar.
Weather/Temperature in Autumn in Annapurna region Trek lasts from the end of September to the November. This is the part of the year when the cold starts to set in the Annapurna region. The maximum daytime temperature starts to go down from 20 degrees in September and falls to 12 degrees in November. The sun will not be as warm as that in the summers, but that is expected. In September the average nighttime temperature is almost 3 degrees. This starts to fall down and reach in between -7 to - 15 degrees in November
Weather/Temperature in Winter Annapurna region Trek in December, January and February. The coldest of all the months throughout the year, winter at Annapurna as severely cold and poses challenges to the interested people. The average temperature during the daytime in the Annapurna winters is 8 degree centigrade. There is not a lot of difference in the temperature in December, January as well as February. All three months are equally cold. Nighttime is when the temperature falls down drastically. The nighttime temperatures around -7 degrees but it can go as low as -15 degrees.
Weather/Temperature in Spring March/April/ May a perfect time to enjoy Annapurna. The daytime temperature in March is around 12 degrees. This temperature goes up to 15-16 degrees in the month of April and peaks to almost 20 degrees in May. Devoid of biting cold and hot and wet summers, this is a glorious time for all Annapurna lovers.
The nighttime temperatures, although sometimes below zero are not alarmingly low. The lowest that nighttime temperatures get is -8 in March. This increases to -5 degrees in April and -3 in May.
Since you will be in the mountainous region, Wifi and phone network might not work everywhere or for many days. However, most of the guesthouses offer Wifi for free or for a little charge. It is better not to rely on the internet and enjoy your trip.
At the lower altitude the guesthouses provide the facilities of hot shower. And in rest of the places (at higher elevation), warm water in the bucket will be provided for shower. For all the showers, it costs you extra charge per shower. The higher you go the hot shower is expensive
Yes, you will be able to use ATM and Credit Cards during the trip. You can use ATM Card in Kathmandu valley and major cities, it’s better to have cash.
The hotel in Kathmandu provides the free storage services. So you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel or you can leave in our office too.
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.
Yes, all our trips are guaranteed to run. We never cancel the trip due to not having enough participants; we can arrange the trip for one person as well as a private trip at very minimum additional cost. Please inquire about this during the time of booking.
These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some charges. Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! You can also buy the adapters in the super markets or electronic shops in the Kathmandu. Our guide can help you with it.
According to thee size of your groups, it differs. The vehicles will be small and light so that it can be handled easily and safely through the narrow roads of Nepal. It can be a car, minibus, land cruiser, van, Jeep.