Annapurna Circuit Trek 2024-2025

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Overview

  • Duration 11 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max. Altitude 5,416 Meter / 17,769 Ft
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu
  • Trip Area Annapurna Region - ACAP
  • Best Season Autumn & Spring

Highlights

  • Adventure trekking around the Annapurna massif
  • Cultural sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
  • Cross Thorong La at 5,416m
  • The joy of completing a loop around the classic Annapurna circuit
  • Culture and lifestyle experience of Manang and lower Mustang valleys
  • Incredible Himalayan view and high altitude trekking experience

“A relaxation beneath the majestic Himalayas, worthwhile to live in.”

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most incredible treks in Nepal. This trek offers a sensational Mountain view of the Annapurna Mountain Ranges almost throughout the trip. Moreover, as there is less use of flying in airplanes; this trip is one of the most carbon-neutral travel itineraries. Not only that but the Annapurna Circuit Nepal trek distance is around 160 Kilometers (100 miles) in length which is not physically challenging. Although, you will have to be physically fit to trek in Nepal as usual.

The trekking tour has managed to stay away from the soil street. This is because it has been built through the Kali Gandaki Valley.

Not only that but the Annapurna Circuit's cost is reasonable than that of the others. This circuit adventure trek package cost usually ranges from around $900-1000 per person. If you manage to have a bigger group the cost can also be reduced with a certain discount.

Best Time to Hike Annapurna Circuit

As you high up to 5,416 meters/17,769 Ft in the mountains of Nepal; the weather can never be sure of. Thus, we suggest that travelers choose this adventure during the Spring (March-May) and Autumn (October-December) as the best time to hike. This way you can avoid the deep icefields during your journey to the mountains. More than that you can take the best photos of the Mountains throughout your adventure excursion. In this eco-travel, the weather challenge is one of the most crucial parts. Thus, to get somewhere like the mountains of Annapurna region; the best time consideration is a must.

Permits and Guide Requirement for Annapurna Circuit Trek

Since 2023, Nepal has had a strict Permit and Guide policy for Trekking. This is why solo traveling is banned in Nepal. This is because of so many loss of lives during the trekking. Thus, hiring a guide is one of the most crucial parts for travelers to mark their footsteps in the Annapurna Circuit Nepal. Also, consider a genuine Trekking Organization like Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition to hire a guide rather than choosing freelancers. This is to ensure that you get a professional, government-licensed, and high-altitude trained guide.

More than that another important part is the permit. For trekking in the Annapurna region you need two permits. One is the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). This will cost you NRS. 3000 per person. Similarly, your details of trekking need to be registered under Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS). To register your trekking details here will cost you NRS. 2000 per person. Thus as a whole, your Annapurna Circuit Permit cost will be NRS. 5000 per person.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Cost Breakdown

The usual cost of an excursion to Annapurna Circuit Trek package is between $750-1000 per person. But this cost will vary depending upon your accommodation, food, gear, and many more. Similarly, the type of transportation that you choose will also fluctuate the price. More than that you will be loving the mountains way more than you expected. In this case, we have found a few trekkers getting extra days in the mountains. This way as well your cost might vary.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek cost per day will come in a range of $90-100 per person. This is why we have managed a detailed cost breakdown for the Annapurna Round Trek below:

Annapurna Circuit Trek Hotel and Food Cost Breakdown 

The Hotel and Food on the trail of Annapurna Circuit Trek are pricier than any other trails en route if you travel on your own. However, having a local guide by your side will give you the best price.

Being remote from the cities and having less transportation in the region the cost of food and hotels are higher in the mountains of Nepal. The food prices can range anywhere between $15-$25 for a one-time meal in the Annapurna Region. This cost usually includes a pair of a single meal and drink.

Similarly, the rooms in the mountains need to be shared with fellow travelers. There is no luxury found in the Annapurna Region unless you get off the trail. So, the hotels in this trek are found to be charging in the range of $15-$30 depending upon the quality of the room you get. These qualities are usually determined by whether you choose a room with an attached bathroom or without it. But please keep this in mind, at all places you might not be able to find the attached bathroom rooms. Some places are also like shades only.

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What to Expect in Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The 10-Days Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary takes you through the beautiful villages of Manang and Mustang. These villages are also known to be the places behind the mountains. We usually start trekking from a place called Jagat. Until Jagat, you can opt for either a private vehicle or a public. From the starting point of trekking until Muktinath, you will be the best hiker of your life. You will see beautiful mountains namely; Annapurna, Machhapuchhe, Gangapurna, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho Peak, and many more.

This journey is a standout among the most well-known treks in Nepal. Thorong passes 5416 meters where your foot-shaped impression will be printed. Annapurna circuit trek is the best end of the line to investigate for two weeks occasions.

The trek starting from Jagat moves up the Marshyangdi Valley. Moving higher on the trek will lead you to the valleys with Tundra vegetation. However, the lifestyle and people over there will not let you feel dry in the heart and you will enjoy nature and everything. Moving more higher will take you to the rendezvous of the trek; the Thorong La Pass (5,416 meters/17,769 Ft). From there you hike downhill toward Muktinath; one of the most famous Hindu Sanctuaries.

Muktinath in the lower Mustang settlement begins a prior hour than Muktinath is the most renowned worldwide journey habitat for both Buddhists and Hindus. This sanctuary territory encompassed by white-painted dividers was incorporated for both religious sanctuaries. Incidentally, you can see characteristically gas flame and 108 taps with running sacred water. Around the Kagbeni and Muktinath, individuals are called Gurung yet they are initially from Tibet the antiquated.

After that, you head directly toward Pokhara and complete the trip in Kathmandu, or be involved in some other trips like Chitwan National Park Safari.

We, Himalayan Scenery Treks & Expedition welcome you all to join us for a great adventure and lifetime memory. Our staff and guides are highly experienced to serve you with their every intelligence.

Join a fixed-date group trek or private departure

The Annapurna Circuit Trekking is available on both fixed departure and private basis, If you are looking for a group to join then please check our fixed departure dates and ask for availability or if you would like to travel independently, or with your friends, families & colleagues then you are invited to choose any date at your convenient timeframe for any number of people.

Booking Requirements

Please provide us with your full credentials or a copy of your passport. Give your weight so that preplan your group’s trips for proper weight distribution. You may deposit 20 to 30 percent advance of the total package amount while booking. You may pay the rest of the amount before the trip. You can also pay us by card, bank transfer, or online. Please visit here for payment details.

Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to make your trip, let us know in advance. We will refund you as per our booking terms and conditions and available time frame. At times, there might be delays or cancellations of flights due to weather and unforeseeable reasons. In such cases, we will make our best effort to adjust your bookings and rearrange the schedule.

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NOTE: It is recommended that you arrive in Kathmandu a day earlier before you start your trek (if you do not have a day tour of Kathmandu scheduled). And If you have scheduled a Kathmandu day tour you should arrive two days before the actual day of trekking.

If you can arrive a day earlier, it will be best for you as you will get some time to rest, know about the trekking you are doing, get info about the trekking routes, and get time to buy trekking equipment if necessary. Adding some extra days besides actual trekking days will help you enjoy your trip to Nepal to the fullest without having to worry about any preparations, flight delays, and missing international flights.

Itinerary

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Early in the morning, we will head ahead towards Jagat through Pokhara along the route of Trishuli valley observing the splendid mountain outlooks of Ganesh Himal and Manaslu. With natural scenery, we will cross many small and large rivers along the thrilling route. After 7-8 hours of stunning ride, succeeding of the different beautiful paths we finally arrive at Jagat. Overnight stay in the guest house.

Next morning, the trail will be continued towards Dharapani. After overpassing a suspension bridge the way goes uphill through the Oak forest. Continuing the walk for a while the trail emerges into a valley and we reach the village of Tal which is situated on the foot of a mountain range waterfall. After crossing the river again the path goes up to the village of Dharapani. Overnight stay in the guest house.

From Dharapani, we will continue our climb to the village of Bagarchap (2164m) after breakfast. Ongoing the trek through the forest we will reach Dhanagyu. With the beauty of nature, we will climb to Temang where we will rest for a while to have lunch. Temang offers the attractive sights of Manaslu along with many other snowcapped mountain ranges. From here the way goes downhill through fir and pine forests to Koto and then to Chame, which is also the administrative capital of the Manang district. Tonight we are staying in Chame. 

Firstly, the trail follows the river closely through a deep canyon, making our way through a number of waterfalls we will arrive at Brathang(2919m). From here the trail goes through a steep narrow valley winding through a deep forest witnessing the magnificent view of Annapurna II. Crossing the river where the extraordinary curved rock face of Paungda Danda rises abruptly nearly 1500m from the riverbank, the trail climbs to the village of Upper Pisang.

Today, either you can have a high route to Manang via the villages of Gyaru and Ngawal or a shorter main trail to Manang which goes through a low pass into the valley below Pisang peak. Both the options offer the attractive and splendid Mountain View which introduces us to different Himalayan lifestyles and set up a strong foundation for the hidden geographical variation of the country. The longer walk will take 8-9 hours whereas the shorter takes 5 - 6 hours.

Today we will take a rest in Manang village and get adapted to the risen altitude and explore the surreal beauty of our surroundings. Most of the visitors ascend to a hill situated behind Manang which offers the astonishing view of Annapurna massif and the huge icefall that run into and rumbles down from Gangapurna. Diagonally to the valley the huge mass of Gangapurna and Annapurna tower just above us. The view of sunrise and sunset is seen from here is one of the most beautiful sights seen in the whole country.

From Manang, we will create our mode towards the base of Thorong La pass. Hiking out of Marshyangdi valley, we turn northwest to the valley of Jarsang Khola. Twisting directly above the forest we pass through arid, alpine land, with scrub juniper and patches of birch to Yak Kharka. We will reach Leddar by afternoon. There are beautiful views of the couloir of weathered and pointy mountains from Yak Kharka. The highest of all the tops is Syagang (6026 m), which leads the secret “trip from the other side of the Thorong High Camp, and during the remaining time, we can explore the neighborhood.  

The Trail from Leddar rises only slowly through Thorong Khola Valley up to the base camp in Thorong Phedi (4538m). Around Annapurna’s this one belongs to the shortest ones. In Thorong Phedi, where every day early in the morning tourists set off to conquer Thorong La Pass, the highest point of the trek, there is plenty of time to have a rest or an acclimatization trip up to High Camp. We start after the breakfast trek to Thorong Phedi about claiming 5000mtr. The path is easy but we have to be careful it is above Attitude more than 4000 mete. On the way sometimes we can see blue sheep also.

We will start early in the morning to climb the pass. The first phase of the ascent is very steep, but as we approach the peak it becomes completely disordered, but the altitude still makes the walk a thrilling one. After making our way through a few false summits, we finally make it to the top of the pass (5416m). The top offers the unexplainable 360-degree panorama of snowcapped peaks extending northwards into Tibet. Upon looking back, we can view several peaks of Annapurna and in front of us is the deep gorge of Kali Gandaki. After the pass the trail descends gradually but becomes steeper, finally making to a grassy slope, just before easing off to a gradual downhill walk to Muktinath. 

After visiting the trial's highest point Muktinath, we make our way through the arid landscape with the snow-clad Himalayas in the backdrop. The trail goes down the valley offering an array of beautiful colors to Kali Gandaki Valley at Ekalabatti. The scenery of the way ranges from the forest of bright Rhododendrons to rocky cliffs. 

On this day we will travel back to Pokhara on a shared vehicle early in the morning. The drive will be around 7-8 hours long. However, you can also take a flight back to Pokhara which will only take around 25 mins. Once you reach Pokhara, you can refurbish on the lakeside. This night we will spend in a guesthouse.

Note: If you want to fly back to Pokhara from Jomsom, flight costs will be separately added.

We take a drive back to Kathmandu via the same highway we took earlier to go there. Once in Kathmandu, we spend leisurely time back in the chaos of the city after so many days of serene mountain air and incredible adventure. The rest of the day is free to explore Kathmandu.

Instead of Kathmandu, you can also choose to get involved in other trips like Chitwan National Park Safari.

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Trip Map

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Cost Details

Included

  • One night’s accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
  • Surface transfer to and from Kathmandu
  • Three meals a day during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
  • One Government-Licensed, highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide.
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, and equipment. 
  • Accident insurance for all staff
  • Trekking map/ Company's cap, and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit and oximeter to check pulse, heart rate, and oxygen saturation at higher altitudes.
  • ACAP Permit & TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Worst case, help with all rescue and evacuation arrangements.
  • Government taxes & office service charge

Excluded

  • $200 Single Supplement Fee
  • Personal Travel insurance
  • International airfare and Nepal Entry Visa Fee
  • Your Personal trekking equipment and expenses
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

Useful Info

In Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition, your safety precedes every other thing. As this adventure entrails traveling in the remote mountainous region, we are always at the mercy of nature. During the trip, factors such as weather, natural disasters, or a  multitude of other factors that are beyond our control can subsequently bring changes to the itinerary.

Although all the itinerary we provide to you is guided and standard; please note that your team leader has the authority to alter or even drop the planned itinerary of any part if it is necessary due to safety concerns. All the alternations or changes of the standard itinerary are made by the leader by taking into consideration the best interest of the whole group. We give our best effort to stick with the above-mentioned itinerary; however, in case of any unpredicted event that is beyond our control, you need to be flexible and follow the guidelines as instructed by your leader.

Note that the company won’t be responsible for any result of alterations to itineraries or any delays due to unforeseen circumstances.

Hotel and Accommodation:

Trek to the Himalayas is one of the favorite destinations for travel enthusiasts and adventure seekers all around the globe. Although the Himalayan region of Nepal is the most popular trekking destination in the world; there are a lot of things people don’t have a clue about. While trekking to the high mountain region, you will not find the hotels and accommodations you see in the city areas. The hotels and accommodations around the high Himalayan have fewer services and facilities. The hot shower may turn out to be simply a bucket of lukewarm water and the toilet may be a latrine behind the hotel. The private room can be a wooden cell with no furniture except a bed, mattress, and curtain in place of the door.  So, while trekking to the mountainous region of Nepal, you need to be ready to stay in the less fancy and minimum facilitated hotels.

We provide you with a 2 to 3-star standard hotel while you are in Kathmandu (i.e. for 3 Nights). During your Annapurna Circuit Trekking, we provide you with the basic lodges and tea houses for your accommodation. The rooms of these lodges and tea houses are less fancier with just a bed, a pillow, and a blanket. We put our every effort to make your trek as cozy as possible. However, you need to stay flexible in some cases. We will accommodate the groups in the local lodge available each day. We send the porters ahead of us to pre-book the room for the next day (rooms cannot be pre-booked in all places). 

In Kathmandu besides the 2 / 3 star hotel, some 4 / 5 - star luxury accommodation is also available. If you want to change the accommodation plan to the luxury, please do let us know so that we can arrange and book the hotel for you for your Kathmandu stay.

Food and Beverages:

All the food and Beverages included in the package of Annapurna Circuit Trekking are provided by the company itself. The foods are provided in the tea houses or lodges on the trail. We will have breakfast and dinner at the lodge where we stay overnight. On the everyday trek, our guide will decide on the available place and stop for lunch. We highly recommend you bring water purification pills, to cleanse the water and drink during the trek. During the trek, there are options for buying bottled water and boiled water as well.

Transportation:

We at Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition provide all the necessary transportation facilities for your trip. We provide private vehicles for airport pick-up and sightseeing tours around Kathmandu. Likewise, we provide tourist bus transportation for your trip. However, you have other options as traveling in private vehicles such as cars or vans.

You have to pay additional for the transportation which is excluded from our package. You can send us an inquiry for the latest price details for the private transportation and flight tickets.

Luggage and Backpack:

The main luggage of your will be carried by your porters during the trek. For your things, we highly recommend you, to carry a small handbag containing water bottles, cameras, sunscreen, and other things which you require daily during the trip. Making the backpack small and lighter will unquestionably assist you in enjoying the trip to its fullest. You should simply convey the thing that is basic for your outing and the rest of the garments and different things can be left in the locker room/safe store of hotels. The hotels provide the locker room / safe deposit for free. So, don’t hesitate to leave the redundant things. While making the backpack or luggage for your trip ensure that the luggage doesn’t exceed more than 15 Kg. Weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic airlines is 15 Kg including your handbag. Excess weight is chargeable of USD 1.5 or more which will be the additional cost of our trip.

Guide and Porters on Trek:

We provide you with a well-trained and experienced guide and porter for your trek.  Our guide will assist you in every possible way to make your trips remarkable and memorable. Talking about the porter, we provide one porter for 2 trekkers each. The porters carry 20 Kg of total luggage (10 Kg from each trekker). We provide one guide for the smaller groups and if the group size surpasses 10 individuals; we will provide an additional guide for your trip.

Personnel Expenses:

Personnel Expenses are largely influenced by your habit of expenditure. We provide you with all the necessary food and accommodation facilities at the cost of your Annapurna Circuit Trekking. So, you only need money to pay for your drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages) and snacks while strolling on the trail. You will get a significant number of smaller shops on the trail to buy drinks and snacks. Likewise, you can also use the money to buy souvenirs of the trip, entrance tickets, hot showers, tips, and many more. Note that, tips and gratuities are not mandatory, but it is fine if you wish to. If you feel like the service provided to you is excellent, then you can tip directly to the staff. Of course, there is no obligation to tip if you are disappointed with the service you receive. As a suggestion, we advise you to allocate an amount of 5 - 10% of the total package price for tips. The amount you give depends on your budget and appreciation of their work.

Rescue and Evacuation:

In some cases, the thrilling experience in the mountains comes up with a serious hazard. The most exciting, and joyful trip may backfire on us and we may have to be the victim of nature. Not only that while trekking in the high altitude rough terrains may also occur afflictions like a sprained ankle or even broken leg, appendix ruptures, hypothermia, skin infection, and respiratory infection. If any of this misfortune happens to you, then it should be treated on time. If left untreated then you may even lose your life. If any of the above-mentioned affliction happens during your trip, we at Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital ASAP. All the expenses made to rescue and evacuate you, are entirely liable to us. So, before departing for your trip, make sure that your travel insurance company has a policy to cover all the expenses in case any misfortune arises during the trip so that you can enjoy the trip to the utmost. If not, be ready to pay on your own once you arrive in Kathmandu. To learn more about Travel Insurance for the Trip to Nepal, please visit the Travel Insurance page in the Nepal Travel Guide.   

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