Annapurna Circuit Trek

Duration: 15 Days   |   Based on 6 Reviews
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Trekking and Tour
  • Transport: Tourist Bus
  • Food: Full Board Plan
  • Accommodation: Hotel And Guest House
  • Group Size: 1-16
  • Max Elevation: 5,416 m

Annapurna Circuit Trek- An unforgettable experience to cherish forever!

Annapurna Circuit Trek (ACT) is one of the longest and best treks in the world that leads you to mountain ranges of central Nepal through rocky hill terrains, subtropical forest areas, tranquil villages, gigantic cliffs, etc. Covering a length of around 170-230km (depending on the endpoint of the trek), this trek encompasses some of the iconic tourist attractions like Muktinath temple, Manang, Tilicho Lake, Thorang La Pass, Tatopani, etc.

Annapurna Circuit Trek description

Annapurna Circuit Trek encircles the incredible Annapurna Massif and offers you majestic views of towering, snow-capped mountains. Touted as Nepal's adventure playground, the trek within the Annapurna mountain ranges is nirvana for naturalists and adventure buffs.

The route crosses Manang valley and Kaligandaki valley and reaches the highest point at Thorung La pass (5416m). If you are seeking long holidays in the high Himalayas of Nepal and are willing to test your adrenaline, this trek is for you.

Highlights of the ACT

  • Breathtaking views of stunning snow-filled mountains like Annapurna I-IV, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho Lake, etc
  • An ideal way to explore the geographically diverse, culturally rich Annapurna region and cross the highest point on Annapurna Circuit-the 5416m high Thorang La Pass
  • An opportunity to discover the tranquil villages and isolated communities and get a first-hand authentic experience of the ancestral traditions of local people
  • Sigh-inducing countryside views that give you peace of mind and soothe your soul
  • Experience diverse climatic zones, geography, vegetation, faunas, and lifestyle of people
  • Witness the cultural diversity from Hindu villages dominated by Gurung, Magar, Thakali, and Brahmin in the lower elevations to Tibetan cultural villages in northern Manang Valley and lower Mustang
  • Escape the daily grind and get a new perspective on life in the Himalayas i.e. the way of living of Nepalese mountain communities and be appreciative of the varied cultures and multilayered history of the mankind

Important facts

Annapurna Circuit Trek is the legendary tourism product of the country that takes travelers inside Nepal's largest conservation area known as Annapurna Conservation Area. Established in 1985, this protected area spans 5 districts including Manang, Mustang, Myagdi, Lamjung, and Kaski, and ranges in elevation from 790m to the summit of Annapurna I at 8,091m. Besides hosting some of the highest peaks on Earth, the area is also home to the world's deepest gorge 'Kali Gandaki Gorge'.

What to expect on the Annapurna Circuit journey?

The region for trekking is bestowed with such a diverse ecosystem and cultural influences that almost every step you take on this trip brings a difference in geography, way of life of Himalayan people, and landscape. There is a variety of climatic regions within a span of 120km; from the tropics at 600m above sea level to the artic at 5416m at the Thorang La Pass. With every 1000m rise in elevation, the temperature drops by nearly 6 °C.

Owing to the geo-diversity and complexity, this trek will push you to the limit but the sense of accomplishment and the lifetime experience of astounding mountain wilderness, a different aspect of the Himalayas, dispersed wildlife, and the authentic local experience you will get make the trek worth the effort.

Flora and fauna found

The difference in altitude and climate results in a wide diversity of floras and faunas found in the Annapurna Conservation Area. The common plants you will notice during your trek to Annapurna Circuit include rhododendron, oak, pine, bamboo, fir, maple, etc., and the vegetation available includes barley, potato, wheat, paddy, rice, etc. Likewise, the region is also home to rare and valuable wildlife like snow leopards, lynxes, red pandas, gaurs (wild ox), musk deer, etc.

Annapurna Circuit Local culture

At the lower foothills, you will pass through many traditional communities of Gurung, Magar, and Thakali. As you go north to the villages of Manang Valley and lower Mustang, Tibetan culture becomes apparent. Immerse yourself in the authentic culture of the region's ethnic groups. Kagbeni is another important religious site and a gateway to Upper Mustang.

Is the trek to Annapurna Circuit difficult?

Annapurna Circuit is one of the semi challenging routes in Nepal in light of its duration, altitude, and complexity of trails from the steep climbs in the hills and cliffs to walks in the subtropical forests, etc. Annapurna Circuit is a 2-3 week journey and involves multi-day walking through varied landscapes.

The most common difficulty faced by trekkers is related to altitude sickness. As you start your journey from low elevation to the highest point above 5000m, there is a high chance of becoming prone to altitude sickness. The disorders resulting from exposure to high altitudes can affect people of any age, gender, or physical condition. The diagnosis is based on symptoms developed like fatigue, dizziness, nausea, shortness of breath, insomnia, loss of appetite, etc.

If you develop any of these symptoms, don't ignore them and climb no further until the symptoms subside. The negligence in symptoms of acute mountain sickness can lead to the development of more severe illnesses like High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) in which fluid builds up in the lungs and High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) in which brain tissues swell from fluid leakage.

Drinking plenty of water, proper acclimatization, and descent are the most effective treatments for high altitudes.

The majority of trekkers prefer to undertake a trek to Annapurna Circuit in an anti-clockwise direction to allow sufficient time for acclimatization to the altitude. It is the easiest and safest way to gain the daily altitude and cross the highest point on the Annapurna Circuit.

Booking the Annapurna Circuit Trekking package through Global Adventure Trekking will help you get the ultimate experience in the Himalayas of Nepal without hassles. We will brief you about altitude sickness and offer the perfect itinerary that takes into account the need for your body to acclimatize to a higher altitude. Our itinerary includes an acclimatization day to allow adaptation to the effects of low oxygen saturation in the air and minimize the risk of altitude sickness. Besides, our guides are locally based and have first-hand experience in dealing with the rigors of the journey. They will guide you and take care of your safety.

The most favorable time for ACT

While it's possible to undertake trekking to most parts of the Annapurna Circuit all-year round due to their location within a rain shadow, the most favorable time for the ACT is October-November as it marks the end of monsoon season and offers relatively stable weather with clear sky views, tantalizing mountain views, pleasant walking temperatures, and vibrant surroundings.

Besides October-November, April-May is also a favorable time for trekking on the Annapurna Circuit as the hills are a riot of colors with several species of flowers in bloom and the weather is comfortable with dry and clear blue skies.

Why Global Adventure Trekking for the ACT package?

We are a government-authorized travel agency that has been established with the aim of promoting tourism in Nepal by ensuring our guests get the most satisfying and lifetime experience to cherish forever. Customer safety and satisfaction are our priority and we resort pride in offering trekking packages in those areas of which we are well aware. We have a long experience operating the Annapurna Circuit trek and our client's testimonials are evidence of our expertise. We have a team of certified and experienced guides and porters who put clients' needs before theirs and make their journey easier.

We advance sustainable goals by contributing to the local economy of rural areas. We don't have any intermediary and work directly with local suppliers so the money you pay for this trip directly helps to uplift the standard of local people in remote regions. We offer good value for money and ensure that the price for the Annapurna Circuit Trek package is worth the experience you will get.

Highlights

  • Ascend to the mountain and reach an altitude of 5,416m as you cross the Thorung La Pass along the Annapurna Circuit.
  • Discover a different side of the Himalayas, trekking past oak-terraced rice fields and rhododendron forests, there’s a diverse array of nature with butterflies that waits in the Annapurna circuit trekking.
  • Experience the Annapurna Circuit Trekking mountain life in Nepalese communities, get to know locals, and meet other trekkers while staying in teahouses.

Outline Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrival and transfer to Hotel

Namaste! Upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, Global Adventure Trekking staff will meet you and coordinates transfer to Hotel.

  • No food
  • Hotel
  • 1,350 m

After 5hrs drive to Beshisahar, the Annapurna Circuit Treks begins. The road is quite smooth and very scenic to Beshisahar then 1.5 hrs dirt road to Syange. This is a small village with a handful of lodges available here.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Guest House
  • 1,100 m

Today’s trek continues through the deep wooded canyon embellished by stunning waterfalls. You’ll be venturing into the Manang district of the mountain range, with much of the trail ascending throughout the day.

  • Full board meals
  • Guest House
  • 2,160 m

Marking the end of the great Marsyangdi River Gorge, make a steep climb to Timang, then the trail settles into gentler slopes as the vegetation transforms from dense pine forests to drier slopes. The district headquarters of Manang, Chame, is the largest settlement after Besisahar

  • Full board meals
  • Guest House
  • 2,700 m

Slowly you are going to enter into a different world and gain elevation and walk through the pine forest. Passing is the inhabitant of the Gurung people. 

  • Full board meals
  • Guest House
  • 3,200 m

Trek the northern trail via upper Pisang and Ghyaru – an area renowned for its spectacular views. It is now drier and you are sure to come across local farmers herding yaks. Here’s a hot tip – Tibetan yaks take a special interest in people wearing red, so choose your gear carefully today!

  • Full board meals
  • Guest House
  • 3,440 m

Spend a day here to acclimatize and day hike to Monastery, then return to Manang for the night. Manang is a village of about 500 flat-roofed houses and offers excellent views of Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, and Chulu East.

  • Full board meals
  • Guest House
  • 3,440 m

You will be walking as a slog due to the altitude. Along the way, you will encounter Musk deer, Himalayan Thar, and an all-mountain range. It is an easy and short hike due to the altitude. 

  • Full board meals
  • Guest House
  • 4,050 m

Today leisurely walk to Throng Phedi and have a Lunch then 2hrs hike to High Camp. It offers great landscapes and Mountain views.

  • Full board meals
  • Guest House
  • 4,925 m

Probably the hardest day of the entire trek. Early morning ascend 490m to the Throng la top and walk down to Muktinath. This is a pilgrimage holy place in Annapurna region. Once you are in Muktinath you are entering into the different world which you may feel.

  • Full board meals
  • Guest House
  • 3,760 m

The most relaxed day and walking into the barren land and facing to the warier caves, visit the hundreds of years Monastery and Experience the Tibetan tribes.  Walkabout 3 hours to Kagbeni for Lunch and explore the area. After having Lunch walk to Jomsom for another 2 hours.

Note: If you would like to end up your trek here, there is a flight facility from Jomsom to Pokhara and end up the trek earlier.

  • Full board meals
  • Guest House
  • 2,810 m

After having breakfast at your lodge, take a bus to Tatopani for Natural Hot spring bathe. Enjoy the day and evening. Jomsom to Tatopani route is all by road to walk and not the interesting part.

  • Full board meals
  • Guest House
  • 1,200 m

Pokhara is a nice and clean city on the lap of Annapurna Himalayas. If you are interested to extend your stay in Pokhara, please kindly let us know we will rearrange your accommodation as per your requirement. There are non-stars to five stars hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel
  • 2,000 m

arrival and transfer to Hotel, evening farewell dinner at Nepalese typical Restaurant. 

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel
  • 1,350 m

After the healthy breakfast, we drop you at the airport for your final departure for your onward destination.

  • Breakfast

What's included

  • Airport pickup and drop off by private coach
  • Tow-night win-sharing accommodation in Kathmandu, including breakfast
  • One-night twin-sharing accommodation in Pokhara, including breakfast
  • All meals while on the trek (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)
  • TIMS-card (Trekker Information Management System)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area entry fees
  • All ground transportation by private and public vehicle
  • 11-night accommodation at the various available tea houses or lodges during the trek (twin sharing)
  • Experienced English-Speaking Trekking guide with a government license holder
  • Company guarantee for Government Rescue Services
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • All government taxes and VAT
  • The Company provides a complimentary duffel bag or sleeping bag if necessary (refundable after the trek)
  • Farewell dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant
  • Nepalese visa fee, Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at Kathmandu Airport. Visa cost 30 USD, 50 USD, 125 USD  for 15, 30 and 90 days respectively
  • A porter to carry your trekking baggage if required
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • International flights Tickets
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide, porter

 

Price & Dates

Trip Dates Availability Price  
10 Mar, 2023 - 24 Mar, 2023 Guaranteed 800 USD
25 Mar, 2023 - 08 Apr, 2023 Guaranteed 800 USD
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Useful Info

Passport and Visa: All travelers should have a 6-month validity passport. Visa can obtain on your upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport. Visas cost 30 USD, 50 USD, and 125 USD for 15, 30, and 90 days respectively. Nepal entry visa granted on arrival at Kathmandu International Airport (TIA). For further info please visit here

Medical and health information: All travelers need to be in good physical health in order to participate in this trip. Before buying this trip please read the details itinerary carefully. You should consult your doctor for your medical travel information or any necessary vaccination before departure. We suggest you bring your personal medical kid. The lowest price is on offer and the deluxe trip price is also available throughout the year for the deluxe holiday trip.

Vaccination and immunization: Dengue is an ongoing risk in many parts of Asia and the Pacific Island. It is spread through the mosquito bits and health effects from dengue include fever, muscle aches, joint pain, nausea, vomiting, and minor bleeding. So it is better to wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers. For more details please read here

Annapurna Circuit Trek is 15 days from arrival until international departure. However, we can customize this trek as per your time frame. Are you having a short length of time but really keen to accomplish the Annapurna Circuit trek? No worry, we have the possibility to make it short,

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