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Annapurna Circuit Trek

Trip code
Package name Annapurna Circuit Trek
Duration 17
Max. elevation 5416 m
Level Difficult
Transportation All ground transportation as per itinerary
Accomodation 3*** Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara and tea house / lodge during the trek
Starts at Kathmandu
Ends at
Trip route Kathmandu - Besisahar - Dharapani - Chame - Pisang - Manang - Yak Kharka - High Camp - Thorangla pass- Muktinath - Ghorepani - Pokhara - Kathmandu
Cost USD 1,350 per person



‘Adventure around north and southern side of massive Annapurna Himalayas’
Annapurna Round or Circuit trekking with Himalayan Forever Treks provides travelers with exciting and delightful moments. 
Our itinerary is specially designed for all travelers to enjoy scenic and pleasant moments in Nepal with us. Annapurna Round / Circuit is listed as World’s Top Ten Adventure destinations by renowned Travel magazines and guidebooks. It is one of the most popular and famous adventurous treks, due to its exciting scenery and culture.
The walk leads to daily changes in landscapes, climate, and vegetation from low warm farm areas to cooler green hills. Then finally reaches the arctic zone of ice, snow, and glaciers around the high scenic Manang valley and Thorang-La Pass.
Not only a world’s Top Ten Adventure destination, but it is also a favorite among travelers, who have heard of or ventured. Besides its awesome scenery and snow mountain backdrop, the country of Manang and Mustang's culture and heritage are equally fascinating. Makes Annapurna Round / Circuit one of the most favored and marvelous trekking on this planet earth.

Where trail follows the raging Masrsyangdi River right up to its glacial source around high Manang Valley and beyond. Trekkers can enjoy changes in vegetation, climate, views of surrounding terrains, and the people on everyday walks. 

The adventure begins after an exciting drive from Kathmandu reaching Nepal North Mid-West past Lamjung areas to reach Dharapani village.

Located in a cooler hill district of Manang, as well on the junction of the Manaslu and Annapurna circuit route. The walk leads on a pleasant winding trail through several traditional farm villages to Chame, the headquarters town of Manang areas. As the walk proceeds heading higher through lovely woods of pines and rhododendron reaching scenic Manang valley. After walking past the nice village of Pisang to the main Manang village, hidden behind towering Annapurna and Chulu peaks. 

An exciting and enjoyable place Manang village, with time for rest days for acclimatization and exploring its viewpoints. From Manang adventure continues heading to the end of Manang valley at Phedi and Thorang High Camp.
The next early morning a strenuous climb due to gain in altitude reaching atop Thorang-La Pass. The boundary that separates Manang and Mustang districts, the pass is adorned with thousands of Buddhist colorful prayer flags.

Stand on the highest point of the adventure overlooking the spectacular panorama of giant snow-capped peaks that surrounds the high Thorang-La. After achieving our goal and the main highlight of the trek, the long descent to Muktinath at Mustang district. A wonderful scenic place, surrounded by windblown hills and arid terrain with beautiful views of sceneries.

Muktinath is a holy site with a temple of the Hindu god Vishnu, it is also a famous pilgrimage place around the Himalayas. From Muktinath taking a day off from the walk, taking the comfort of a jeep drive to Tatopani village. 

Located in a low warm climate, an exciting drive takes you down to Kaligandaki River valley. Past through the town of Jomsom and lovely Marpha and Tukuche villages below the staggering Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan peaks.

As the road leads into the world’s deepest Kaligandaki River gorge, situated between towering Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Annapurna
Then reaching the low warm farm country at Tatopani village with a natural hot spring to enjoy.

The trek continues from Tatopani with a climb to Sikha and Chitre villages, walking amidst beautiful dense rhododendron and pine trees. Reaching Ghorepani village situated on a high ridge below the famous scenic Poon Hill, with views of Dhaulagiri Himal. An early morning hike up to the famous Poon Hill for excellent views of striking sunrise over 360° mountain panorama. Facing Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Mt. Manaslu with the majestic Fish-Tail peak that dominates the Annapurna Himalayas' southern hills.

Slowly the adventure comes to an end after great marvelous moments at Ghorepani and Poon hill. Heading down to the road head for interesting drive to beautiful Pokhara, a city blessed with mountains and lakes.
On reaching Pokhara our fabulous and scenic Annapurna Round/ Circuit trekking concludes with great services of Himalayan Forever Treks.
(Please note that we have to break the walks from Muktinath, due to the construction of motorable road. Trekking on the motorable trail can be dusty and annoying, the best is to skip few days of walks. Taking the comfort of jeep drive to save time and energy).

1. Why is Annapurna so Dangerous?
Annapurna I is the tenth highest mountain globally and holds a significant place in mountaineering history, being the first over 8000m summit in 1950. However, it also has the highest fatality rate among all 14 eight-thousander peaks, with 34 deaths per 100 safe returns. This alarming statistic deters many from attempting to climb it.

The Annapurna Circuit is the most favored trekking route in the region, but other routes like the Jomsom and Annapurna Sanctuary are equally stunning. The Annapurna Base Camp route, leading to a high glacial basin, is another popular option. However, due to the risks associated with Annapurna I, most trekkers opt to trek around it rather than attempting to summit.

Despite its dangers, the Annapurna region remains highly popular, attracting a significant portion of trekkers visiting Nepal each year. The Lukla Airport also serves as a bustling hub for hikers, offering access to the renowned Everest region.

2. So What Exactly is the Annapurna Circuit?
The Annapurna Circuit is a long-distance trekking route that encircles the Annapurna mountain range. Depending on the chosen route, it can take anywhere from 12 to 22 days and cover a distance of 160km to 230km.

You can customize your journey by taking detours, such as to the Annapurna Sanctuary, which will extend the duration of your trek. Alternatively, you can opt for faster travel along dirt roads installed by the government, but this may mean missing out on scenic high mountain passes, which many consider the highlight of the trek.

The circuit offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna mountains, including Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, and Annapurna IV, as well as Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre peaks. The route features diverse landscapes, from lowland villages and subtropical forests to ferocious mountains and paddy fields.

Accommodation along the way consists of local tea houses, where trekkers sleep in twin-share rooms with communal areas featuring fires. These spaces are perfect for socializing, playing games, and enjoying delicious food, including the traditional dish Dal Bhat.

3. How Long to Walk the Annapurna Circuit?
The Annapurna Circuit is a loop trek, meaning you won't see the same views twice. The trek typically starts in Besisahar, a sub-tropical municipality, and ends in Pokhara. Most trekkers hike the circuit anticlockwise for a slower altitude gain, making the crossing of Thorong La Pass safer.

Each trip on the Annapurna Circuit varies. Some take detours or shortcuts, while others need more time to acclimatize or rest. However, a traditional 19-day route plan includes:

  • Kathmandu to Besisahar (drive).
  • Besisahar to Dharapani (drive).
  • Dharapani to Chame.
  • Chame to Pisang.
  • Pisang to Manang.
  • Acclimatization and Exploration at Manang.
  • Manang to Yak Kharka.
  • Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi Base Camp.
  • Thorung Phedi Base Camp to Muktinath via Thorong-la Pass (5416m).
  • Muktinath to Tatopani (drive).
  • Tatopani to Ghorepani.
  • Ghorepani to Tikhedhunga.
  • Tikhedhunga to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara.
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu(drive)

4. How Difficult is the Annapurna Circuit Trek?
Well, it's a bit like asking how long a piece of string is or why Santa didn't bring us that pink bike with the basket and tassels we wanted when we were six years old. The difficulty of the Annapurna Circuit depends on various factors such as your fitness level, mentality, chosen route, and experience.

With the introduction of dirt roads, some trekkers are cutting down the trek's duration by riding jeeps to certain points, which some may consider cheating. However, there are still options to follow the full mountain trail or take quicker dirt roads while enjoying stunning views.

Undoubtedly, a full trek around the Annapurna Circuit is demanding, especially considering its duration. Any hike lasting double-digit days requires a certain level of fitness. However, you can take it slow, enjoy the journey, and relax in the evenings by the fire. Typically, days start early and end in the afternoon, with hikes lasting five to seven hours.

Many trekkers hire porters to carry their luggage, easing the burden. It's essential to choose the right local guide to ensure fair treatment of porters and proper training and weight limits.

5. What to Bring on the Annapurna Circuit?
When trekking in such varying temperatures, it's crucial to have the right gear. This includes reliable hiking boots, quality waterproofs, and a down jacket. A cheap, knock-off sleeping bag won't suffice in the Himalayas.

Carrying a metal flask for water is advisable, as plastic bottles may freeze in freezing conditions. It's also wise to bring something to purify water, as bottled water becomes expensive at higher elevations.

Similarly, be prepared for higher food costs as you ascend the mountain. There are no ATMs until Jomsom, so ensure you have enough cash on hand. Dinner might cost four times as much as in Kathmandu, but it's still relatively affordable, costing around £5 in UK terms. Just make sure you're financially prepared for the journey.

6. Where is the Annapurna Circuit located?
The Annapurna Circuit is located in the central part of Nepal, encircling the Annapurna Massif. The trek begins and ends in the bustling town of Besisahar, with the circuit taking trekkers through diverse landscapes, villages, and high mountain passes.

7. How Long Does it Take to Hike the Annapurna Circuit?
The Annapurna Circuit Trek typically takes 18 to 21 days, covering approximately 160-230 kilometers (100-145 miles) depending on the specific route and side trips chosen.

8. When Should I Hike the Annapurna Circuit?
The best time to hike the Annapurna Circuit is during the post-monsoon (autumn) and pre-monsoon (spring) seasons, from September to November and March to May. These periods offer stable weather, clear skies, and pleasant temperatures.

9. Accommodation and Food on the Annapurna Circuit
Accommodation on the Annapurna Circuit is primarily in teahouses along the route. These teahouses provide basic but comfortable lodging with communal dining areas. Food options range from local Nepali dishes to international cuisines, ensuring trekkers are well-nourished throughout their journey.

10. What Permits Do I Need for the Annapurna Circuit?
Trekkers need two permits for the Annapurna Circuit: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card. These permits are mandatory to ensure responsible tourism and conservation efforts.

11. Is Annapurna Circuit Trek Suitable for Beginners?
While the Annapurna Circuit Trek presents challenges, it is suitable for beginners with proper preparation and acclimatization. The trek's varied landscapes and cultural experiences make it an enriching adventure for those new to trekking.

12. Annapurna Circuit vs Everest Base Camp
The choice between the Annapurna Circuit and Everest Base Camp depends on personal preferences. The Annapurna Circuit offers diverse landscapes and cultural encounters, while Everest Base Camp provides iconic views of the world's highest peak, Mount Everest.

13. The Annapurna Circuit Trek – A 2024 Guide
A comprehensive 2024 guide for the Annapurna Circuit Trek includes updated information on trail conditions, teahouse facilities, and any recent changes in regulations. Staying informed ensures a smooth and enjoyable trekking experience.

14. An Important 2024 Update for the Annapurna Circuit Trek
Stay updated with the latest information for the Annapurna Circuit Trek in 2024. Changes in regulations, trail conditions, or safety measures may impact the trekking experience, emphasizing the importance of staying informed before embarking on the journey.

15. When to walk the Annapurna Circuit?
Choosing the right time to trek in Annapurna or hike the Annapurna Circuit is essential. The best times to hike the Annapurna Circuit are October-November or April-May. During these seasons, the weather is generally dry, skies are clear, and it's not too cold at higher elevations.

In winter, between these two seasons, the scenery is stunning, but heavy snowfall can close Thorong La Pass for days.

June-September is the rainy season, the least crowded time on the circuit. Despite being called the "rainy season," it doesn't rain as much as expected, especially in the northern parts due to the rain shadow effect. However, the southern part of the trail can get wet. Trekking during this time means fewer crowds and blooming flowers, but there's a higher chance of clouds obscuring the views.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu 1,320 m and transfer to hotel.

On arrival at Kathmandu, Nepal International Airport our guide and staff will receives you with traditional welcome. After knowing the staff of Himalayan Forever Treks, a short drive to your hotels. Located in the heart of a city within an exciting Thamel area, an interesting place where most good hotels and restaurants situated. Reaching at the hotel, check your lovely rooms, after getting refreshed join in for group briefing. Provided by your guide or Group Leader, offers useful and important information of the trek, hotels and local lodge. 

Day 2 : In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour and trek preparation.

Morning after breakfast, our city and cultural guide receives you at the hotel for exciting tour. The drive leads in the heart of Kathmandu city, where interesting historical Durbar Square / Palace Courtyard located. The right spot to observe Nepalese cultures. Tour of ancient monuments listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites, next tour takes you to old Swayambhunath Stupa of more than 2,600 years history.  A Buddhist monument situated on a hillock west of Kathmandu city outskirt, the famous landmark of the country.

Kathmandu Durbar Square:

Kathmandu Durbar Square, also known as Hanuman Dhoka Square, stands as a testament to the city's royal history. Surrounded by ancient palaces, courtyards, and temples, this UNESCO World Heritage Site encapsulates centuries of Nepalese architecture. The square served as the royal palace for the Malla kings and later the Shah dynasty.

Upon entering, visitors are greeted by the magnificent Hanuman Dhoka Palace, a complex adorned with intricately carved wooden windows and doors. The Kumari Ghar, home to the living goddess Kumari, adds an air of mystique to the square. The Kumari, a prepubescent girl chosen as the living embodiment of the goddess Taleju, occasionally makes appearances at her window, captivating onlookers.

Exploring the narrow alleys surrounding the square reveals hidden courtyards, shrines, and vendors selling traditional artifacts. The combination of historical charm and vibrant street life makes Kathmandu Durbar Square an unforgettable destination.

Pashupati Nath:

A short journey eastward leads to the sacred grounds of Pashupati Nath, one of the holiest Hindu temples in the world. Nestled on the banks of the Bagmati River, Pashupati Nath is dedicated to Lord Shiva and draws pilgrims from across the globe.

The main temple, adorned with intricate wood carvings and golden spires, stands as the focal point of the complex. Only Hindus are allowed into the inner sanctum, but visitors can witness the rituals and ceremonies from the eastern bank of the river. The atmosphere is infused with spirituality as devotees perform rituals, sadhus (holy men) meditate, and the scent of incense wafts through the air.

Pashupati Nath is not only a religious site but also a reflection of Nepal's rich architectural heritage. The surrounding area, with its ancient statues, shrines, and ghats, provides a serene backdrop to this spiritual haven.


Heading northeast from Pashupati Nath, the journey culminates at the iconic Boudha Stupa, a symbol of Buddhism and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The colossal white dome, adorned with the watchful eyes of the Buddha, dominates the landscape, creating a serene and contemplative ambiance.

The Boudha Stupa is encircled by a bustling market, where locals and tourists alike peruse a plethora of shops offering Tibetan artifacts, prayer flags, and traditional handicrafts. The rhythmic prayer chants, the spinning of prayer wheels, and the fluttering of colorful flags create a mesmerizing atmosphere.

The stupa itself is a marvel of symmetry and symbolism. Pilgrims circumambulate the structure, spinning prayer wheels and offering prayers, while monks in nearby monasteries engage in their daily rituals. As the sun sets, the stupa is illuminated, casting a tranquil glow that adds to the spiritual aura. From here back to hotel, afternoon at leisure and preparation for the trek to Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Day 3 : Drive to Besisar 760 m -05 hrs.

An interesting overland journey to Nepal Mid-Western Nepal, the drive leads on the main highway for some hours. On reaching close on route Pokhara, our route diverts heading north towards Besisar the headquarter town of Lamjung district.

An exciting town to explore and observe the hill people culture populated mostly by Gurung, few Tamang, Newar. Includes some Hindu Brahmin and Chettries.

Day 4 : Drive to Dharapani village 1, 820 m - 04 hrs.

From Besisar town morning another exciting drive following the Masrsyangdi River upstream through smaller farm villages. Reaching a nice village of Syange, where drive heads on winding uphill to Jagat village, from here to Tal Besi.

Tal Besi is the start of Manang district, a short hour reaches Dharapani village for overnight stop. A lovely place situated above Masrsyangdi River, as well the route to Manaslu valley, another famous trekking destination.

At Dharapani where is much cooler, but provides nice and cozy lodges located on a river gorge.

Day 5 : Trek to Chame 2,710 m -05 hrs.

Enjoying a pleasant overnight stop, first day walk starts on a winding trail through lovely woods of pines and rhododendron. The route leads through villages of Bagarchap and Danque, one can notice strong Tibetan Buddhism cultures and custom. As walk climb to Timang village for lunch stop, offers superb views of Lamjung and Manaslu Himalayan peaks. From Timang a short down to Kodo village and then short up to Chame, the headquarter town of Manang district.

Day 6 : Trek to Pisang 3,115 m - 05 hrs.

After a wonderful overnight halt at Chame, adventure continues heading towards west, following the river for sometimes. Then climb up into a nice forest to the top of a ridge a small place with few small lodges. Facing grand views of Pisang village with Chulu and Pisang peaks, afternoon walk down to Pisang village for overnight halt.

Day 7 : Trek to Manang 3,540 m- 04 hrs.

From Pisang village onwards the altitude gains gradually, taking a slow stride on uphill climb to a high ridge. The top offers grand vista of beautiful Manang valley enclosed by an array of snow-capped peaks. The trail heads down to Hongde village with a small airport, as walk continues reaching Braga. This nice village with the oldest monastery of Manang area, enjoy visit of the monastery.

Located above the village, facing spectacular views of Annapurna’s, Chulu’s and Pisang peaks, after an interesting monastery tour. An hour walk reaches main Manang village for overnight halt as well for a rest day.

Day 8 : Rest day in Manang for acclimatization and local excursion.

Manang main village of the district after Chame town, situated on a scenic and picturesque location. A great place for rest day to support acclimatization at 3,540 m high before the climb of Thorang-La pass. The village enclosed by giant peaks of Annapurna range in the south with Chulu’s peaks towards north.

A lovely areas for exciting hike to its view-point close towards Gangapurna Ice Fall and glaciers. Afternoon explore the village and witness the houses and cultures similar to its Tibetan predecessors. 

Day 9 : Trek to Yak Kharka 4, 110 m - 04 hrs.

After an enjoyable time at Manang village, today a short pleasant walk but gain in altitude makes it quite tough. The tail leads through several smaller settlement and hamlets, facing magnificent views of Gangapurna, Tilicho and Chulu West peaks. Finally the morning completes reaching a small settlement of Yak Kharka, situated on a small valley. Enjoy the lunch and overnight halt in the comfort of a nice cozy lodge, facing grand vista of surrounding towering snow peaks.

Day 10 : Trek to High Camp 4,900 m -04 hrs.

Another short day walk, but can be quite tough due to rapid rise in elevation, start the morning hike. Following a winding gentle uphill and down to Jarsang stream, and then a short steep up as trail leads to Thorang Phedi. The base of Thorang-La Pass, a small settlement at the end of Manang valley having number of smaller lodges. From Phedi an hour steep climb to our overnight stop at High Camp, reaching for lunch as well. Afternoon rest and enjoy the surrounding views of rugged rocky mountain landscapes and peaks of Chulu’s.

Day 11 : Trek to Muktinath 3, 800 m via Thorang la pass 5,416 m-06 hrs.

Today the toughest walk of the adventure, and a big day to cross over the highest point of the trek. Starting early as possible, before the cold breeze reaches the top of the pass, the walk follows on winding up. The trail is well defined as trek continues on undulating winding ups, then finally reaching on top Thorang-La Pass. Feeling in high spirits enjoy the glorious morning vista of snow mountain ranges that encircles Thorang-La top. After a marvelous moment a long descent towards Mustang district reaching Muktinath for overnight stop.

Muktinath a holy Hindu temple premises, considered as the holiest of all holy pilgrimage sites around the Himalayas. A little further from the holy areas a nice village situated having good lodges of great comforts and foods.

Day 12 : Drive to Tatopani 1,200 m - 04 hrs.

At Muktinath a motorable has been constructed since few decades, where trekkers can take the comfort of a four-wheel drive. To save time and energy, as well to avoid the walking trail obstructed by motor roads. Morning boarding in a local jeep or similar vehicle for easy, exciting and bumpy ride heading down to Kaligandaki valley. The drive heads through Jomsom town and then towards lovely Marpha and Tukuche villages famous for apples and products.

As drive heads south east facing astounding scenery of towering peaks of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiris and Annapurna Himalayas. The road passes through Kaligandaki River within world deepest gorge, sandwiched by Dhaulagiri and Annapurna peaks. Finally the drive ends reaching a lovely village of Tatopani, means Hot-Water, as this village is close to natural hot-spring.

At Tatopani enjoy the refreshing dip and a bathe in a hot and warm pools after checking into a good fine lodge.

Day 13 : Trek to Ghorepani 2,880 m - 06 hrs.

After a refreshing break from the walk for a day and enjoyable time in Tatopani village. Morning follows the Kaligandaki River for short while, and then our route diverts heading to steep climb. Reaching a farm villages of Sikha and Chitre village, walk into a cool forest of pines and rhododendron. Last climb of an hour brings you at Ghorepani village, situated on a high ridge.

Day 14 : Hike to Poon Hill 3,210 m trek to Tirkhedhunga 1,440 m -06 hrs.

Early morning at the break of dawn for an hour hike up to Poon Hill, to catch stunning sunrise views. The top of Poon Hill offers panorama of world’s three highest mountain range from Dhaulagiri, Annapurna to Manaslu Himal.

From Poon Hill after a glorious and refreshing morning, walk down to Ghorepani for breakfast, and then continue trekking. The trail follows through lovely forest downhill to a nice large village of Ulleri. As descent continues reaching Tirkhedhunga for overnight halt, after completing the last day of walking of the adventure.

Day 15 : Drive to Pokhara 860 m -04 hrs.

From Tirkhedhunga a small village with few nice lodges close to a beautiful waterfalls. Morning a short stroll and then taking a four-wheel drive on the rough exciting dirt tracks reaching Bhirethati village. Then driving get better after Nayapul town on the main highway to beautiful Pokhara.

The drive takes more than few hours facing exciting views of rolling hills and snow peaks of Annapurna Himalayas. As the journey comes to the end on reaching Pokhara by the serene Phewa Lake side, where all good hotels located.

Day 16 : Drive to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Depart from the hotel in Pokhara, for interesting overland journey back to Kathmandu on the same scenic highway. On reaching the hotel in Kathmandu by late afternoon, rest of day free for individual activities and shopping souvenirs. 

(Option for short flight of half hour to Kathmandu from Pokhara)

Day 17 : International departure for homeward bound.

Last day in Nepal and at Kathmandu, get ready for final departure as per your international flight time. Himalayan Forever Trek guide and staff transfer you to the airport. Bidding farewell to the guide and staff as you depart for homeward bound flight, after a wonderful experience and adventure on Annapurna Round / Circuit Trekking.


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