Thorungla Pass with background view and guide with guests
At a Glance
  • Duration13 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Max. Altitude5416 M
  • Group Size15
  • Trip Styletea house trek
  • Startskathmandu
  • EndsKathmandu
  • Best TimeRound the year
Highlights
  • Kaleidoscope of landscapes, varying from lush green valleys and terraced fields to alpine forests and arid high-altitude deserts. 
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the world’s highest mountains including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu, as well as picturesque waterfalls and deep gorges.
  • Encompass the challenging crossing of Thorong La Pass (5,416m), the greatest hill pass that offers panoramic views and a sense of accomplishment. 
  • Opportunity to observe massive cultural diversity and rustic lifestyle of the natives inhabited by Gurung, Magar, Thakali, and other ethnic communities. 
  • Relax as well as freshen in the soothing mineral-rich waters of natural Hot Springs at Tatopani
  • Enjoy the most beautiful sunrise with 360-degree mountain views from Poon Hill
  • Offer various route options, allowing for flexibility in the treks depending on your time and preferences.
  • Trudge along the deepest gorge in the world at Kali Gandaki Gorge
  • Religious experience at the holy temple Muktinath 
  • Need to obtain the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card to enter the Annapurna region.

OVERVIEW

The Annapurna Circuit Trip is just one of one of the most popular as well as diverse treks in Nepal. Established as a trekking destination in 1997 it has stayed a desired experience for thrill-seekers throughout the world. From rich lowlands to rising Mountainous passes this trek incorporates beautiful towns, subtropical woodlands, dry surface as well as majestic hill vistas consisting of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna plus Manaslu.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a remarkable journey that incorporates breathtaking landscapes and cultural encounters. Being an eminent trek it has all the well-marked trails as well as very easy availability of teahouses along the route. For those looking for a challenge, the Annapurna Circuit Trip is an excellent option. This 12-day walking will certainly push your limits, and check your endurance, coupled with awarding you with extraordinary experiences as the walk incorporates a considerable elevation gain from 760 meters to 5,416 meters over 2 weeks.

The Main attractions of Annapurna Circuit Trek

The main attractions of this route are the Manang Valley, Ice Lake, Milarepa Cave, Muktinath Temple, Kagbeni Village, Marpha, and Dhumba Lake. If you continue your journey onward from Jomsom instead of flying to Pokhara, you get to the hot spring at Tatopani, and the opportunity of enjoying the panoramic view from Poon Hill. The Annapurna Circuit Trek crosses over the mountain pass Thorung La at 5,416 meters, which is another highlight of this trip. Thorung La Himalayan Pass stands impressively at an elevation of 5,416 meters above sea level. It is an adventurous trekking journey from a low river valley up towards the mountainous landscape. Eventually, you will cross the pass, only to descend to the other side of the mountain and enter another river valley. The Marshyangdi River Valley and the Kali Gandaki River valleys will certainly provide their unique beauties to the trekkers.

EXPLORING THE ROAD TO ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK

The trek takes place in the Annapurna region of Nepal, showcasing the stunning landscapes of the Annapurna massif, including Annapurna I (8,091m), the 10th-highest mountain in the world.
Starting from Besisahar at an altitude of 760 meters, the route progresses in an anti-clockwise direction, leading you toward the Annapurna massif. The journey leads up in crossing the formidable Thorong La Pass at an elevation of 5,416 meters before descending into the captivating Lower Mustang region. The trek concludes in the enchanting Lakeside City of Pokhara.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL OF ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered a challenging expedition, even for experienced trekkers. It requires a good level of fitness and some prior trekking experience. The trek involves long hiking days, steep ascents and descents, and crossing high passes. 

The Annapurna Circuit is a remarkably safe and well-established route, catering to both independent trekkers and guided adventurers alike. Well-marked trails wind their way through breathtaking landscapes, ensuring that trekkers can navigate the terrain with confidence. Along the route, a network of cozy teahouses and lodges provide comfortable accommodations and warm hospitality, offering respite to weary travelers and enriching the overall trekking experience.

Proper acclimatization and gradual altitude gain are essential for a successful and safe trek. While the journey encompasses dramatic changes in altitude over two weeks, the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is effectively mitigated through careful acclimatization and prudent trekking practices. 

The trek’s blend of natural splendor, cultural immersion, and safety provisions make it a must-try for every adventurer.

BEST SEASON FOR ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK

The prime seasons for Annapurna Circuit Trek are autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May), offering optimal trekking conditions.
Autumn provides a completely dry environment with very little snowfall with clear skies that introduce awesome landscapes plus hill panoramas. Nevertheless, it's worth keeping in mind that the routes often tend to be bustling with fellow trekkers during this time.
Spring adheres very closely as the second-best period for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. The temperatures, even at higher altitudes, are mild and pleasant. The temperature levels also at greater altitudes, are moderate together with pleasurable. Yet contrasted to Autumn there's a somewhat raised possibility of running into rainfall or snow showers.

Venturing right into the Annapurna Circuit throughout wintertime (December to February) positions special difficulties. Temperature levels at greater altitudes can tumble below 20 ° C, necessitating the use of substantial gear to endure the chilly nights. Deep snow blankets many of the high passes, rendering the crossing of Thorong La Pass particularly daunting, if not outright impossible, at times.

Trekking during the monsoon season (June to August) is unadvisable. The warm, wet weather brings incessant rain and clouds, severely limiting visibility. Moreover, the heightened risk of landslides along various sections of the trail poses considerable safety concerns. It's best to steer clear of the Annapurna Circuit during this period.

ACCOMMODATION IN ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is renowned as a traditional teahouse trek, using a variety of accommodations to fit different choices together with budget plans. Along the route, you'll come across a mix of typical teahouses as well as also some deluxe hotels making sure that trekkers have enough alternatives for accommodations. While many teahouses are small in their services, they reliably give all the essential facilities coupled with satisfying meals, making sure a comfy remain for site visitors. Also throughout peak season, securing accommodation in this region is typically hassle-free.

Normally areas along the Annapurna Circuit come furnished with two single beds, complete with pillows and blankets. Lodging alternatives differ, varying from connected areas to typical spaces. For standard rooms, guests should expect shared bathroom facilities. While Western-style toilets are prevalent in the lower altitudes of the trek, trekkers may encounter squat toilets at higher elevations.

Moreover, many teahouses along the Annapurna Circuit also offer hot shower facilities although they might charge an added cost for this feature specifically at greater altitudes. Despite the additional expense, the opportunity to enjoy a warm shower amidst the rugged terrain can be a welcome indulgence after a day of trekking.

ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK COST

The cost of Annapurna Circuit Trek is influenced by factors such as the duration of your trek and your chosen mode of travel. 
If you're thinking about hiking the Annapurna Circuit individually prices can differ depending upon your certain plan. Hiring a guide and porter for support along the journey can boost your experience. Conversely, entrusting your trekking arrangements to a recognized international tour company ensures a comprehensive package, including professional guidance and logistical support. It is important to note that the budget for the Annapurna Circuit Trek may fluctuate based on the season you choose to trek on the journey. Choosing for peak trekking seasons may entail higher service costs while trekking during the off-season could potentially result in a more budget-friendly expedition. Inevitably signing up with a team together and traveling through a registered company is advisable to make certain ideal solutions as well as create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime experience.

To further reduce costs, trekkers can consider opting for shared rides instead of private vehicles and taking a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara instead of alternative transportation methods. These adjustments can help trim expenses without compromising the overall trekking experience.
 

You will arrive at the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu which is well-known as the City of Temples. Our representatives will aid you in your transfer to the hotel. Kathmandu is a vibrant city with a large populationwhere the roots of culture and traditions still run deep. You can visit a few of the beautiful landmarks this city has to offer such as, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and the Basantapur Durbar Square.

  • Max. Altitude:1300m
  • Accommodation:3-Star Hote
  • Meals:Welcome Dinner

We commence our journey bright and early from Kathmandu, embarking on a scenic drive towards Besi Sahar. The captivating landscapes of rolling hills and the glistening Trishuli River will accompany us along the way, making the journey itself an adventure. After approximately 7 hours on the road, we will arrive at Besi Sahar, where we will transition to a shared jeep for the onward journey to Dharapani. The rugged terrain and picturesque vistas en route will continue to captivate us as we make our way towards our destination. By late afternoon, we will reach Dharapani, where we will settle in for the night, ready to embark on the next leg of our Annapurna Circuit Trek adventure.

  • Max. Altitude:1860m
  • Accommodation:Tea house / Syange
  • Meals:c

After breakfast, we continue the trail towards the headquarters of Manang District. Manang and Mustang are both known as the nation beyond the mountains - due to their geographical location. Appreciate the beauty of Mount Annapurna II and IV along with Mount Lamjung. Take a soothing dip in natural hot spring near Chame.

  • Max. Altitude:2670m
  • Accommodation:Tea house / Chame
  • Meals:Tea house / Chame

After breakfast, continue along the trail. Hike against the eye-dropping steep terrain in the region. Today's trip will bring out a sense of adventure as we descend very low into the Marshyandi Valley and later ascend towards the village of Pisang. Feast your eyes with wonderful view of Mount Pisang and other looming mountains.

  • Max. Altitude:3100m
  • Accommodation:Tea house / Pisang
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Another adventure begins with a dayful of journey towards Manang - a civilization beyond the mountains in the north. The terrain starts looking barren as we move forward. The dry yet extremely chilly wind will seep inside our clothes. It is recommended to have good quality down jackets and wind cheaters in this trail. We will visit Bhrakaa, a local monastery in the region.

  • Max. Altitude:3540m
  • Accommodation:Tea house / Manang
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

During the acclimatization day at Manang, trekkers have the opportunity to rejuvenate and immerse themselves in the unique culture and natural beauty of the region.

Since Manang is situated at a higher altitude (around 3,540 meters), it's crucial to acclimatize properly before continuing with the trek. A short acclimatization hike to higher elevations, such as Gangapurna Lake or Praken Gompa, can help trekkers adjust to the altitude and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Alternatively, a leisurely stroll through the charming village of Manang, characterized by traditional stone houses, prayer flags, and intricate Buddhist monasteries is also a worthy experience. 

 For more adventurous trekkers, a hike to Ice Lake (Kicho Tal) is a popular option. This high-altitude lake offers spectacular views of the Annapurna range and is a great way to further acclimatize while enjoying the pristine beauty of the Himalayas.

  • Accommodation:Tea house / Manang
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

With enough rest and a good breakfast, we are ready for a trip to Ledar Village. Ascend out of Marshyandi Valley and continue hiking through pastures and forest. We continue gaining elevation as passing through Ghunsa Village and large grassland. Watch yaks and horses grazing peacefully and cross a small stream as you continue along the trail to reach Ledar. Ledar is about an hour walk from Yak Kharka, where it is also possible to spend overnight.

  • Max. Altitude:4200m
  • Accommodation:Tea house / Ledar
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We are approaching nearer and nearer to the mighty Thorung-La pass every day. Thorung Phedi (base of mountain) is about 3-hours walk from our starting point. It is the last settlement before we make the ascend towards the high pass of Thorung-La the next day.

  • Max. Altitude:4550m
  • Accommodation:Tea house / Thorung Phedi
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Thorong La Pass, also spelled Thorung La Pass, stands as one of the highest accessible mountain passes globally, presenting an extraordinary challenge and a remarkable achievement for trekkers. Despite its lofty elevation, determined adventurers can conquer this pass even during the winter months.

On the day of our ascent, we'll rise before the crack of dawn, setting out on our journey from our accommodations as early as 4 am. With our sights set on reaching the apex of the pass as early as possible, we'll embark on a spirited trek, fueled by determination and the breathtaking vistas of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.

As we ascend, each step brings us closer to our objective—the pinnacle of Thorong La Pass. Upon reaching this illustrious summit, we'll pause to celebrate our triumph and capture the moment with a photograph, a testament to our perseverance and the indomitable spirit of exploration.

With the highest point conquered and memories immortalized, our descent towards Muktinath on the opposite side of the pass begins. The journey downward offers its own set of challenges and rewards, as we navigate the rugged terrain and marvel at the ever-changing landscape.

Arriving at Muktinath, we'll bask in the satisfaction of our achievement, reflecting on the journey that led us to this sacred destination. Our experiences at Thorong La Pass will remain etched in our memories, serving as a testament to the boundless possibilities of human endeavor and the unparalleled beauty of the Himalayas.

  • Max. Altitude:5416m
  • Accommodation:Tea house / Muktinath
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The Muktinath region derives its name from the revered Muktinath Temple, a sacred site of immense significance in both Hindu and Buddhist traditions. "Muktinath" translates to "the lord of Nirvana," underscoring the temple's spiritual importance.

Legend holds that the waters from the temple's 108 sacred sprouts possess the power to cleanse the soul of its sins, offering devotees the promise of spiritual purification. As a result, Muktinath Temple attracts pilgrims from Nepal, China, India, and neighboring countries, who undertake the arduous journey to seek blessings and redemption.

Trekking through the Muktinath region unveils a tapestry of diverse landscapes, from the rugged terrain of the Kali Gandaki Plateau to vistas reminiscent of ancient Tibet. The journey culminates in Jomsom, another bustling town in the region, which serves as a popular hub for trekkers and pilgrims alike. Notably, Jomsom boasts a domestic airstrip, facilitating access to the remote corners of the Himalayas and serving as a gateway to further adventures in the mystical realms of the Annapurna Circuit.

  • Max. Altitude:2720m
  • Accommodation:Tea house / Jomsom
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, we will board a thrilling flight from Jomsom, home to one of the world's most adventurous airports, and land safely in Pokhara. Upon arrival, we will be drive to our hotel, where we will have free time to explore the charming city. Pokhara, known as the city of natural wonders, boasts the stunning Phewa Lake, captivating caves, and breathtaking mountain views. We will spend the day indulging in the city's delights, from leisurely walks along the lakeside to exploring its enchanting attractions.

  • Accommodation:3 Star Hotel/Pokhara
  • Meals:Breakfast

After an early breakfast, we'll board the bus bound for Kathmandu. For those eager to soak in the scenic beauty along the way, snagging a seat on the left side by the window is advised.

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, the remainder of the afternoon will be dedicated to relaxation. Later in the evening, we'll reconvene for a heartfelt farewell dinner. It's an opportunity to reflect on our shared experiences, exchange stories, and bid farewell to our treasured companions, guides, and the dedicated Hiking Adventure staff who made our journey unforgettable.

  • Accommodation:3-Star Hotel / Kathmandu
  • Meals:Breakfast

Our representative will assist you with your departure arrangements. Based on your flight schedule, you will be promptly transferred to Kathmandu Airport. It is time to bid farewell to the enchanting land of Nepal and embark on your journey back home, or perhaps towards your next exciting adventure

  • Meals:Breakfast

Service Details

Includes
  • Airport pickups and drops via a private vehicle
  •  3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  •  Tea-house accommodation during the trek
  •  All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  •  Welcome and farewell dinners
  •  All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  •  Domestic flight (Jomsom-Pokhara)
  •  An experienced, English-speaking and licensed trek leader
  •  Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  •  Salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation of staff
  •  Duffel bag and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  •  T-shirt and trekking map
  •  All necessary paperwork and permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  •  First Aid kit (carried by your trek leader)
  •  All government taxes
Excludes
  • Nepal Tourist Visa fee
  •  International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  •  Excess baggage charges
  •  Travel and rescue insurance
  •  Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  •  Single supplement USD 150 per person
  •  Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. How long does it take to trek the Annapurna Circuit?

Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most versatile trekking routes in Nepal. The trek length depends upon the route variations and optional side trips you choose. The trek covers somewhere between 160 to 230 kilometres based on the itinerary you choose.

You can complete your Annapurna Circuit Trek in as little as eight days or extend it up to 30 days. However, the standard Annapurna Circuit Trek would require at least 16 days to complete the whole itinerary.

2. Can I do the Annapurna Circuit Trek on my own?

Definitely! You can trek to the Annapurna Circuit on your own. You can go for a solo adventure, travel with a partner, or hike with a group of friends.

Having said that, trekking independently means you’ll need to go through all the hassles, including carrying your backpacks, route planning, and navigating. Additionally, you’ll be required to sort out the trek logistics, including permits, accommodation, and transportation, all by yourself.

Apart from that, the routes of Annapurna Circuit are easily navigable as most of part of the trail is well-marked. You’re also bound to come across many independent trekkers and make new friends along the way.

If you have prior experience of trekking in the high Himalayas, travelling on your own is hands down the best and cheapest way.

3. How fit do I need to be to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a multi-week, high-altitude trek in the foothills of the Himalayas. On average, you’ll be walking for about five to seven hours every day through rocky terrains, high valleys, and steep passes. Compared to some low-altitude treks in Nepal, Annapurna Circuit is a bit challenging.

Thus, you need to maintain a decent level of physical fitness to complete the trek. Regardless of your fitness level, it is better to do some cardio-oriented exercises a few months before hitting the trail. If you’re willing to hit the gym to build your strength, we recommend you focus on the core and legs in particular. Likewise, squats might come in handy for this particular trek as few of the teahouses in the upper section only offer squat toilets!

Besides physical fitness, Annapurna Trek also demands mental fitness. Since you’ll be crossing Thorong La Pass at 5,416 metres, you should consider altitude sickness seriously.

4. Annapurna Circuit Trek vs. Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Most people tend to confuse Annapurna Circuit Trek with Annapurna Base Camp Trek for all the right reasons. Although both of these treks are part of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), they are entirely different treks.

The primary differences between these treks are the level of difficulty and the length of the route. Annapurna Base Camp is a relatively moderate trek that covers about 75 kilometres from start to finish. Compared to this trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek is a bit strenuous, covering between 160 to 230 kilometres.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a classic out-and-back adventure. On this trek, you’ll walk via the trails of Chomrong to the base camp and retrace the same route back. On the contrary, while doing the Annapurna Circuit Trek, you’ll be trekking around the entire Annapurna massif. So, you won’t have to retrace any route on this trek.

The highest elevation point of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is 4,130 metres at the base camp. In comparison, you’ll be crossing the Thorong La Pass at an altitude of 5,416 metres on the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Thus, the risk of high altitude sickness is much higher in the Annapurna Circuit.

Since you’ll have to cross a high Himalayan pass in the Annapurna Circuit Trek, the trekking season is mainly restricted to autumn and spring only. On the other hand, Annapurna Base Camp offers a much larger window for trekking. You can just about trek to Annapurna Base Camp any time of the year. However, stay cautious of the avalanche sections while travelling in winter.

Moreover, the trails of Annapurna Base Camp are dominant with typical Gurung household and culture. In contrast, the journey of Annapurna Circuit begins from a Hindu village. As you enter the Nupri Zone on the trek, you’ll pass through several Buddhist villages, including Manang and Pisang. Hence, Annapurna Circuit Trek offers more cultural and ethnic diversity.

5. Why is the Annapurna Circuit Trek so popular ?

Tourists enjoy Annapurna Circuit Trek as it is a complete package. Travellers start from their journey through the lush green forests and move upwards admiring the majestic mountain views. Additionally, this trek provides fascinating insights on the local lifestyle and culture that is practised in these regions. The journey takes you from Besisahar to the rural villages of Manang and then to the holy temple, Muktinath itself.

For a traveller and nature lover, there is so much in the Annapurna Circuit. It is a combination of both natural beauty and religious sentiments that is why this trek offers such a unique and delightful perspective.

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