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Annapurna Circuit trek

Annapurna Circuit trek

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Strenuous

  • Destination

    Destination: Annapurna region

  • Activities

    Activities: Trekking

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels/Lodges

  • Meals

    Meals: Included on trek

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle/Plane

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Thorong La High Pass (5,416m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Mar-May, Sep-Nov

Annapurna Circuit trek is a complete hiking program in the Annapurna region that offers spectacular mountain panoramas, diverse landscapes and rich cultural heritage. Annapurna Circuit or round trek of Annapurna so it’s called is considered one of the most beautiful treks in the world. Spectacular views of peaks like Annapurna, Gangapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre will greet trekkers along the trail. 

Annapurna circuit trek itinerary passes through varied landscapes that go from rugged terrain to lush forests and traditional villages. You will come across majestic views of some of the world’s highest peaks like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri. One needs to have a good level of fitness and requires adaptation to the different climatic conditions. You will witness a unique local cultures and customs of the various communities living in the high Himalayas adding more to your overall trekking experience.

The trek to Annapurna Circuit begins after a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Syange from where you will begin your trek. As the trek proceeds forward you will trek along diverse landscapes and beautiful villages showcasing the traditional Nepalese way of life. The trekking trail of Annapurna Circuit is filled with lush forests, cascading waterfalls and majestic mountain views making Annapurna Circuit trek an extraordinary experience.

The prime highlight of the trek is crossing over the high mountain pass known as Thorong La Pass. This is the highest point of the trek Pass located at an altitude of 5,416 meters. Upon reaching the top of the pass you will be rewarded with a spectacular panorama of the entire Annapurna Range and the surrounding region.
After Thorong La, you will get down to Jomsom where the trek eventually ends. Jomsom is a gateway to the Mustang region and a popular destination for trekkers and travelers. From Jomsom you will take a short flight of about 20 minutes to the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara.

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a challenging yet rewarding adventure in the Himalayas and it’s to experience the beauty of the Himalayas and immerse oneself in the rich culture of Nepal.

Annapurna Circuit trek Highlights

  • Stopover at Pokhara- the natural wonder of Nepal.
  • Hike at one of the world’s highest pass - Thorong La Pass (5,416m)
  • Machhapuchhre, Mt. Annapurna south, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and others.
  • Trekking past traditional villages, deserted land, stunning waterfalls with panoramic Himalayan views.
  • Visit the sacred Muktinath Temple with 108 stone faucets & burning eternal flame.
  • Visit the windswept town of Jomsom – the headquarters of Mustang.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Syange (1080m) via Beshishar (823m/7-8 hrs Drive)
Day 03: Trek from Syange to Dharapani (1,860m/5-6 hrs)
Day 04: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2,650m/5-6 hrs)
Day 05: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,115m/5 - 6 hrs)
Day 06: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3,540m 5 - 6 hrs)
Day 07: Rest and acclimatization day at Manang (3,519m)
Day 08: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4,050m/3-4 hrs)
Day 09: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,525m/4-5 hrs)
Day 10: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath Temple (3,760m) via Thorong La High Pass (5,416m/9 hrs)
Day 11: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (3,760m/5-6 hrs)
Day 12: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (820m/20 minutes)
Day 13: Flight or drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1400m/25min)
Day 14: Final Departure

Arrive in Kathmandu and one of our representatives will receive you and then transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. The rest of the time is free to explore the city where your hotel is located which is usually at Thamel – the popular tourist hub in Kathmandu where every needs and facilities for the tourist are located like hotels, pubs, restaurants, departmental stores, trek gear shops etc. Or you can simply rest at your hotel if you are jet lagged and get ready for an amazing Himalayan trek.

Hotel

We're going to drive to Syange in a private tour car today from Kathmandu. Depending on traffic and road conditions, the travel could take seven or nine hours. There is concrete and paving on the road leading to Besisahar.

For a maximum of two to four hours, we will experience an exciting dirt road trip from Besisahar to Syange. We'll designate the best car for the conditions of the road. All of our drivers have extensive experience and hold valid licenses to drive on public roads.

If the weather permits, you can also see stunning scenery, rivers, and waterfalls throughout this trip, as well as peaks like Mount Machhapuchhre, Mount Lamjung, and Mount Annapurna II and III. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

After breakfast, we set off on foot from Syange, crossing a huge bridge close to Tal to approach the Manang district. The trail winds through fields of barley, rice, and potatoes; the waterfalls never stop accompanying us. One of the largest settlements in the Manang valley, Dharapani, is reached after passing past the village of Kodo.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We have breakfast today and then resume our hike. We will climb up to the settlement of Chame by navigating via a couple steep forested ridges and other landslide locations. But we shouldn't overlook raising our gaze, as the spectacular views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m) await us. We also find a few little hot springs, which should provide us with some temporary relaxation. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

After breakfast today, we will travel through an extremely deep forest before arriving at the striking curved rock face that rises 1500 meters above the river valley. We will arrive to Bhratang Village, well-known for its apple orchards. After that, we go up a rocky trail through the Marshyangdi Valley to Paungda Danda, which is a gigantic rock face that slopes upward nearly 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) above the trail. Once you get past this final section of rock, Dhukur Pokhari offers breathtaking views across the valley. We hike for a long from here until we get in Pisang, where we spend the night. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

You will take the upper trails which pass through Upper Pisang and Geru to reach the village of Barge. Barge village is popular for the Barge Monastery – the biggest in Manang. Along the trail you will come across several Buddhist shrines and monasteries and finally reaches the big town of Manang. The trekking trail provides fantastic views of Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Pisang Peak, and Tilicho. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today is rest day at Manang for better acclimatization to adjust with the increasing altitude and to avoid altitude sickness. You can rest at your lodge or explore around Manang town visiting nearby interesting places like Gangapurna and Ice lakes, the traditional Kangsar village, and Milarepa Cave – believed to be the meditation bode of Buddhist Guru Milarepa. Visiting Vraja village will take you to Himalayan Rescue Association where you will learn more about acute mountain sickness. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

With better acclimatized in Manang the trek continues to Yak Kharka. Now the trail with tall trees changes to alpine grass and junipers. You might notice a few horses or yaks grazing on the meadows en route. Walking further will reach the small village of Gunsan which has flat mud roof houses. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge will give you a hint that Yak Kharka is nearby which is a peaceful meadow – is nearby. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Now you will leave the Marsyangdi Valley and follow the Jharsang Khola towards Thorong Phedi. The trail passes through pine and fir forests to enter the high Himalayas which appear completely different as seen from the lowlands during the first half of the trek. If luck favours you might spot wildlife like blue sheep or even snow leopard en route. Thorong Phedi is the stopping point for trekkers to spend overnight before attempting to cross the Thorong La High Pass.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

This day is the most challenging day of the entire trek which involves crossing Thorong La High Pass which is one of the highest passes in the world. You will ascend up to Thorong La then descend down to Muktinath. Afternoon will be too windy to cross the pass so you will start early morning battling icy air and high altitude but still enjoying the views. Upon reaching the top of the pass witness even great views of peaks like Khatungkang, Gangapurna, and Annapurna ranges.

 

After enjoying a great photographic moments you will descend to Muktinath enjoying another good view of Dhaulagiri. With continue descending will reach Muktinath temple. It’s the holy temple for both Hindus and Buddhists which has 108 water spouts and an eternal flame which is burning there for ages. Stay overnight at Muktinath.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today is the last day of trekking and the route heads down the valley loosing elevation and gradually rejoining the Kali Gandaki River Valley bottom to reach Jomsom. Upon reaching Jomsom you may feel like a big change from the serene trails and villages which you passed during the trek. Rest and explore around in Jomsom town.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Take the early morning flight to Pokhara from Jomsom which is a short flight of about 35 minutes. Upon reaching Pokhara the rest of the time is rest at your hotel or explore the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara. In the evening you can visit the lakeside area closer to Phewa Lake with many restaurants, pubs, eateries which is like the tourist hub of Thamel in Kathmandu.

Hotel
Breakfast included

After breakfast you can either choose to fly to Kathmandu from Pokhara (20 minutes) or take an overland drive to Kathmandu (6-7 hours drive). Upon reaching Kathmandu check-in hotel and the evening is all set for Farewell Dinner at one of the authentic Nepali restaurants.

Hotel
Breakfast Included

The trip concludes and our office representatives will take you to the international airport in Kathmandu to catch your onward flight to your next destination or fly back home. You need to be at least 3 hours prior to your flight time at the airport.

 

Thank you for visiting Nepal and we hope your Himalayan Holiday has come true. Have a safe flight back home!

Breakfast included

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu & Pokhara with breakfast as per itinerary.
  • Kathmandu to Syange drive by local bus or private vehicle.
  • All trekking accommodations with Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner at local lodges.
  • Jomsom/Pokhara airfare
  • Four seasonal sleeping bags (to be returned after trip completion) & Marron Treks duffel bags,
  • A comprehensive medical kit (will be carried by the trekking guide)
  • Experienced Government licensed English Speaking Guide & Porter (1 porter for two people) including their food, accommodation, salary & insurance.
  • All applicable tourist fees, ACAP permit & TIMS fees necessary for trekking.
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Farewell dinner with Nepalese cultural program. 

What is not included?

  • International airfares.
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (USD30 for 15 days)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance).
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc.)
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Tips for guide & porter. 

Route Map

FAQ's

 

1. How long is the Annapurna Circuit trek?
The duration of the Annapurna Circuit trek can vary depending on the specific itinerary and starting/ending points. On average, it takes about 11 days to complete the entire circuit.

2. Is the Annapurna Circuit trek difficult?
Annapurna Circuit trek is considered a moderately challenging trek. The difficulty level can vary based on factors like your fitness level and acclimatization. While it involves some steep ascents and descents, it is generally suitable for trekkers with average fitness and some prior trekking experience.

3. When is the best time for Annapurna Circuit trek?
The best time for the Annapurna Circuit trek is from March to May and September to November which offer pleasant weather, clear skies, and stunning mountain views.

4. Are there teahouses or lodges along the Annapurna Circuit trek route?
Yes, the Annapurna Circuit trek is well-developed with teahouses, lodges, and guesthouses along the trail. These provide accommodation and meals for trekkers, making it possible to complete the trek without camping gear.

5. What is the maximum altitude reached during the Annapurna Circuit trek?
The highest point of the Annapurna Circuit trek is Thorong La Pass, which is situated at an altitude of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet) above sea level.

6. Do I need a special permit for the Annapurna Circuit trek?
No special permit is required but you need the “Annapurna Conservation Area Permit” (ACAP), which permits entry into the Annapurna Conservation Area, and the “Trekkers’ Information Management System” (TIMS) card.

7. Is it necessary to hire a guide and porter for the Annapurna Circuit trek?
Hiring a guide and porter for the Annapurna Circuit trek is now mandatory. A guide helps you with navigation and provides valuable insights of the places you visit. He also ensures your safety. A porter carries your luggage, allowing you to enjoy the trek more comfortably.

8. What type of physical fitness is required for the Annapurna Circuit trek?
The Annapurna Circuit trek requires a reasonable level of physical fitness. Regular walking or hiking practice before the trek is advisable to prepare your body for the daily trekking distances and altitude gain. Cardiovascular endurance and strength training are beneficial to cope with the demanding sections of the trail.

9. What is the maximum altitude reached during the Annapurna Circuit trek?
The highest point of the Annapurna Circuit trek is Thorong La Pass, which sits at an elevation of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet). Proper acclimatization and physical fitness are essential for tackling this section of the trek safely.

Equipment

Below are the suggested items for the packing list and it also depends upon the season you are trekking. We shall provide 75 liters duffel bag and a sleeping bag. You can bring other items from your home country and if you are traveling light and don’t wish to overweight your luggage during international flights then many of them can also be brought in Kathmandu before the trek starts.

Clothing (Core & Lower body)
·         Water-proof (breathable fabric) jacket, Poncho or Umbrella
·         Hard shell pants (breathable fabric- 1 set), preferably that zips from top and bottom which can be worn over boots without getting undressed, in case of abrupt weather            changes
·         Fleece jacket or Pullover
·         Fleece windcheater jacket
·         Down jacket or a Down vest
·         T-shirts (2 – 3) and Long-sleeved shirts with collars ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Nylon (cotton ought to be strictly avoided) hiking shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Hiking trousers- one that is detachable from the knees so that they it can be folded up as shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Thermal underwear as well as synthetic underwear (3 -4 each – avoid cotton)
·         Synthetic sport brassieres for women (2 pairs- avoid cotton)
 
Head/Eyes & Hand Gears
·         Sun hat/cap
·         Woolen hat or Balaclava
·         Sunglasses/Goggles (preferably the ones with 100% UV protection)
·         Liner, Synthetic or Thin wool gloves (1 -2 pair)
·         Warm gloves (designed to shield the sub-zero temperatures)- 1 pair
 
Footwear
·         Trekking boots (1 pair) and spare laces
·         Running shoes, Sandals or Thongs (flip-flops)- 1 pair each
·         Hiking gaiters (1 pair) to do away the rocks, dusts and moist feet
·         Liner socks- preferably synthetic (3 – 4 pairs)
·         Heavy or wool blend socks (3 – 4 pairs)

Equipment
·         Backpack/Rucksack
·         Duffle bag (will be provided by Marron Treks)
·         Pack cover (to protect your gears from getting wet)
·         Day sack/Nylon stuff sack
·         Sleeping Bag/ Silk liner (will be provided by Marron Treks but should be returned after the trip)
·         Water bottle
·         Good head torch along with spare batteries and bulbs
·         Maps, compass and a guidebook
·         Trekking poles

Miscellaneous Bits
The items below could seem trivial, but if you don’t have them, you might just find yourself sticky and stinky, which isn’t actually good for you!
 
Toiletries
·         Quick-drying camp towel
·         Detergent powder/bar
·         Toilet paper
·         Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 20+) & Lip balm
·         Pocket knife
·         Sewing/Repair Kit (for tent & mattress)
·         Emergency kit including a whistle, waterproof match/lighter
·         Padlocks for bags and lodge rooms
·         Stuff sacks
·         Earplugs

Medicament
It is important that you include the medicines prescribed by your doctor. Below is just the generic list of medications. We advise you to always consult your travel doctor as you might be resistant or allergic to some medicines

·         Anesthetics (Ibuprofen/Aspirin)
·         Broad spectrum antibiotics tablets
·         Metronidazole and Antacids (for diarrohea /indigestion)
·         Broad spectrum ointments (Neosporin/ Clotrimazole/Gentamicin)
·         Antiseptic liquids (Dettol/Savlon)
·         Assorted band-aids
·         Small gauge pad
·         Roll of adhesive tape
·         Iodine tablets

Optional Carry
Nothing hard and fast about carrying the items on this list as they are not the basics. Yet, though not all, if you still manage to squeeze in some of these items on your carry, you will not regret it as they might just come in handy during the trek

·         Camera, memory card and battery charger
·         GPS unit Altimeters
·         Binoculars
·         Pee bottle for men (leak proof/wide mouth) & Pee funnel for women
·         Books and magazines

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