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Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal that invites more than 50,000 trekkers from all over the world to explore its vicinity.
The 16-days trek takes you through Nepal’s dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical forests, paddy fields, a high mountain pass, cliffs, and ice flows to even the world’s deepest river gorge.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek rewards every trekker with breathtaking views of Nepal’s mountain peaks like the Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Lamjung Kailash, and Dhaulagiri, to name a few. The trail will also take you to the best sightseeing spot, Poon Hill, where you will see the Himalayas’ best views.
With the fantastic landscapes and sceneries, the trail also passes by some beautiful villages like Braga, Manang, Jomsom, and Marpha.
The Annapurna Circuit trek takes you to the famous Hindu-Buddhist pilgrimage site at Muktinath. The walk through the trails will let you meet people of various cultures, which in turn will be an excellent opportunity to learn about the local’s distinguishing cultures and traditions.
Kathmandu (Tribhuvan International Airport)
3 Hours Before Flight Time
You will be landing at Nepal’s Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
We will be waiting for you with a placard. Our team will escort you to the hotel. After reaching the hotel and relaxing for a while.
Day 2 is the rest day. We have kept an extra day for you to acclimatize to jet lag.
You will get to meet your CEO (Chief Experience Officer) and acquainted with fellow travelers.
We will commence our Kathmandu sightseeing tour at the UNESCO World Heritage Sites starting from Swayambhunath. We will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, and Pashupatinath.
Visiting these sites will be a great learning experience about Nepalese culture, history, and religion.
After, you will have dinner at the hotel and have a sound sleep before starting your 2-weeks journey.
Today we start-off our Annapurna Circuit Trek.
Right after an early breakfast, we will take a tourist bus to the western side of Nepal, Bhulbule.
On our 7-8 hours journey from Kathmandu city, we will pass through the serene Trishuli river, terrace farms, villages, and mountains.
After we reach Pokhara, we will turn right to Besisahar– the district headquarters of Lamjung. A few miles along the Marsyangdi River, we will reach the beautiful countryside of Bhulbhule, where we will be staying for the night.
The on-foot journey of Annapurna Circuit starts now.
After a hearty breakfast at Bhulbhule, we will start walking alongside the Marshyangdi river. You will get a view of Mount Manaslu and a waterfall near Nadi Bazaar.
You will also cross a suspension bridge and come across a beautiful waterfall at Syange. After five hours of trekking, you will finally reach the village of Jagat. Jagat served as a trading post in the past. We will stay the night here today.
After breakfast, we will leave Jagat and head towards the Manang region. We will again be walking along the Marshyangdi river.
We will be starting our steep climb to Tal village, which is located in the Manang region. While we are passing by this place, we will be greeted by several waterfalls and sandy beaches. Following the trails through the irrigated fields, we will cross a suspension bridge and climb Kani’s stone.
After five hours, we will finally reach Dharapani, where we will eat and rest.
On Day 6, we will trek to the headquarter of Manang District- Chame.
After breakfast, we will start our incline trek through the beautiful forest consisting of Nepal’s national flower rhododendron, complemented with pine, oak, and fig trees.
Besides the forest’s greenery, you will also see some magnificent views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Kailash, and other mountain peaks.
The beauty of Mount Manaslu especially seems to be very captivating. After passing through some regional villages like Timang, Tanchok, and Koto, you will reach Chame.
Chame being your last destination of the day, you will relax and stay the night. If you are not tired, we can take you to explore this town.
After an overnight at Chame, we start our six hours walk to Pisang.
You will see a fantastic view of the Lamjung Himal and Ngadi Chuli as you advance through the trails. You will pass by some beautiful chortens and mani walks. You will also pass through a steep and narrow route to see the massive wall of sacred rock at the Paungda Danda rock face.
Paungda Danda will show you clear views of Annapurna II and Pisang Peak. After this spot, we start descending from the Manang valley floor to Pisang. We will be walking through a ridge to Pisang.
Pisang is divided into two parts: Upper Pisang and Lower Pisang. Upper Pisang is known for having Gompas and clear views of Lower Pisang, whereas Lower Pisang is known for its many lodges. We will take you to sightsee Upper Mustang in the evening if you want.
Right after breakfast, we will start our walk on the upper trail through Upper Pisang.
First, we will be inclining to Ghyaru village to see the fantastic views of Annapurna II, III, IV, and Gangapurna, Tilicho, and Pisang peak.
We will have our lunch in Ghyaru and hit the trail again to Ngawal. As we start ascending, the air will also begin turning colder and drier.
We will have a short visit to Barge Monastery– the largest monastery of Manang, where you will get a chance to explore the Buddhist culture.
You will start descending to Bhakra, where Buddhist shrines will greet you. From Bhakra, you will reach Manang’s lively bazaar area full of tourists in about 20 minutes.
We spend the day exploring the famous spot of Annapurna Circuit Trek– Manang. The reason for us to stop at Manang is to let our bodies acclimatize to the high altitude.
We will hike to the Gangapurna Lake and the base camp and admire the views of Annapurna III, Tilicho, Pisang, and Chulu Peaks. We will hang out at the Manang village and its monasteries. After lunch, we will go to the Himalayan Rescue Association in Vraja village to be briefed about acute mountain sickness.
You are free to roam around Manang and visit the city’s restaurants and bakeries in the evening.
After a full day of getting used to Manang’s high altitude, we will start walking again today. As soon as we leave Manang, we will reach a convergence of the Khangsar and Jharsang river, which forms the Marshyangdi river.
We will walk alongside the Jhrasang river. The Jharsang river trail ascends slowly till we pass through the Gunsan village. We will cross a small wooden bridge then further incline to reach Yak Kharka, where we will see some beautiful views of the Annapurna range and Gangapurna peak.
You will indeed feel peaceful as you see the spectacular valley of Yak Kharka and know that you will be staying the night here.
After an overnight at Yak Kharka, today, we will be heading towards the foot of Thorong La Pass at Thorong Phedi. You will feel a gradual inclination in the trail as you climb up to a ridge then descend to cross the wooden bridge.
We will be slow-walking and taking rest at times due to the high altitude. We will be climbing further up the narrow trail across the river’s western side till we finally reach Thorong Phedi.
Thorong Phedi, your stop for the day, will mesmerize you with its uninhabited rugged terrains.
Today is the most challenging yet the most exciting day of the Annapurna Circuit trek, as we reach the highest point of the trek. Today we will cross the Thorong La Pass– one of the highest passes in the world.
You will have to wake up early and have your breakfast to start the trek. We will ascend on the steep trail towards the Thorong La Pass. We will push ourselves through the snowy trails and icy air.
After 3 – 4 hours of our trek, we will finally reach the Thorong La Pass. All the hours of walking will feel worth it after witnessing the panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks that extend northwards into Tibet.
Besides sightseeing, I suggest you take lots of photos and also have a cup of tea at the tea houses of Thorong La Pass. You can also have some snacks if you want.
After you have had your time at the pass, we start descending towards our resting stop at the Mustang region’s Muktinath.
We will have our lunch on our way down to Muktinath. After lunch, we will pass through Chabarbu village. Then again, after an hour or so, we will reach Muktinath temple– the famous Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site.
We will visit the temple, pay our respects and enjoy the valley’s view for some time before proceeding towards Ranipauwa town, where we will be spending the night.
We leave Muktinath and descend towards Marpha.
The walk down to the valley is reasonably steep. On a good note, you will see incredible landscape views as you pass the mysterious mountain kingdom of Upper Mustang.
You will follow the trails alongside the Kali Gandaki river. We will have our lunch at Jomsom, which is a very windy district.
From here on, you need to walk for an hour and 15 minutes more to reach Marpha– your resting spot for today.
Marpha is a pretty village that is also known as the apple capital of Nepal. When you are here, you need to try the apple pie or the local apple wines.
We will be taking a jeep ride to Tatopani today.
We will pass by some quaint villages like Chokhopani, Kalopani, and Kopche Pani. We will also drive through some deepest gorges of the world to reach Tatopani’s lush green forests.
Once we reach Tatopani, you can soak in the hot springs and relax your muscles, all the while getting lost in the mesmerizing views of Mount Dhaulagiri.
After a relaxing time at Tatopani, we hit our trails to Ghorepani right after breakfast.
After crossing a suspension bridge, we will start our uphill walk and travel through the beautiful villages of Ghara, Sikha, and Chitre. The town will keep you amazed by its beautiful terraced fields, farmlands, and ethnic culture.
You will also pass through lush forests full of rhododendrons and magnolia flowers to finally reach Ghorepani, where you will be staying the night.
It is the final day of our Annapurna Circuit Trek trail.
We will wake you up before sunrise and take you straight to Poon Hill to witness the famous Poon Hill sunrise. Poon Hill is a popular viewpoint because you can see the magnificent views of the Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, and Mount Machhapuchhre.
The sun rays hitting the white snow and making the mountains look golden is a scene that needs to be witnessed by every nature lover’s eyes.
After you have had your share of sightseeing and have taken several photos at Poon Hill, we will descend back to Ghorepani’s lodge to have breakfast. After having a belly full, we will start our trek to Nayapul.
First, we start descending towards Tikhedhunga. Then, we will pass through beautiful rice fields until you reach Nayapul.
At Nayapul, our trekking bus will be waiting to escort you from Nayapul to Pokhara. Since we will be staying the night at Pokhara, you can also go out to experience the lake city’s booming nightlife.
On our 17th day, we will be heading back to Kathmandu on our tour bus.
We will leave Pokhara and begin our 200 km journey back home. It will take you about 7 – 8 hours to reach Kathmandu to have lunch at Mugling in-between.
We will escort you to the hotel where you can sleep the night away.
The last day of the trip is a day for you to pack your bags with the lifetime experience of the tour with you.
Our tour guide will drop you at the airport three hours before the boarding time.
Unless you are an Indian citizen, you will need a visa to enter Nepal.
You can get the visa at the Tribhuvan International Airport. You will need to present a passport of 6 months validity and a passport-sized photo. The visa fee is USD 50 for 30 days, which needs to be paid in cash.
If you want to extend your stay in Nepal, you can go to the Central Immigration Office and fill out the forms and pay.
You also need to specify the return flight tickets or the list of entries a few days prior and the date of exit a few days after; in case you face any problems en route that would delay your departure.
If you are a citizen of the SAARC countries or China, you will receive a free visa. However, if you are a citizen of Nigeria, Ghana, Cameron, Swaziland, Somalia, Iraq, Palestine, Liberia, and Afghanistan, then you may not receive the visa on arrival to Kathmandu. You need to contact your local Nepalese embassy before flying to Kathmandu.
If you have a child under the age of 10, s/he will get a free visa.
Tourist Visa Fee Details
New Visa Fee (July 2019 onwards)
15 Days (Multiple Entry)
30 Days (Multiple Entry)
90 Days (Multiple Entry)
Visa Extension (Within Valid Visa Period)
USD 3 per day
Visa Extension (With Multiple Entry)
Additional USD 25
Visa Extension (After Visa Expiration)
Late fee USD 5 per day
No one is beyond nature. We must decide when to carry out the Annapurna Circuit Trek by looking at the weather conditions.
You can trek anytime in the 12 months of the year, but it is better to hike during the spring and autumn seasons as you will have clear skies throughout the day, plus there are no signs of rain. This way, you will be able to see the breathtaking views of the mountains and the landscapes.
Even though trekking to the Annapurna Base Camp can be done throughout the year, the monsoon and winter seasons can be quite challenging. On the brighter side, each season has its advantages and disadvantages.
Read below for detailed information about the weather condition of every season per quarter of the month.
The spring season starts in March and ends in May, making it a splendid time to go for Annapurna Circuit Trek.
These are the months when the temperature is mild, and the chances of rainfall are relatively low. The lower regions of the trail are warm whereas, the higher elevations at Annapurna Circuit Trek have temperatures as low as -0 degrees to -8 degrees celsius.
Trekking to the Annapurna Base Camp during these months will reward you with a clear panoramic view of the Himalayas and the blooming rhododendron flowers along the trails.
June to August marks the summer season.
These are the months when the temperature is the hottest in the region (10 degrees – 23 degrees celsius), making it pleasant for trekking compared to other months.
You will get to see the vibrancy of the forests during these seasons. However, monsoon also begins between these months, so we must be careful while walking on the trails, like the route can be wet and slippery.
September to November is yet another best month to trek in the Annapurna region as it marks the Spring season. The mild temperature, along with low precipitation, will make the trek pleasant.
Along with the perfect climatic condition, you will also have clear skies and excellent views of the mountains and lush forests.
The temperature rises to 20 degrees Celsius in the daytime and drops to 5 degrees celsius at night, cold but bearable.
Winter arrives during December and ends in February in the Annapurna region.
Going on the Annapurna Circuit Trek during these months is challenging due to the cold weather, but adrenaline seekers seek.
Trekking during winter may not be suitable for beginners, but experienced trekkers will have no problem.
The temperature drops to -10 degrees Celsius at high altitudes at night. Thankfully, the days are warm and usually have clear skies showing picturesque mountain views.
The 18-days Annapurna Circuit Trek includes a 14-night stay at mountain lodges along the trails, one night in Kathmandu, and one in Pokhara’s hotel. We will be choosing the best suitable accommodations for you.
One night of accommodation in Kathmandu before and after the trek is not included in the package, so you will have to manage these expenses independently. You can choose from a wide range of hotels according to your preference, or we can help find it for you.
We will be trekking over high elevations to reach the Annapurna Base Camp, so it is no exception to miss out on nutritious food to strengthen your body. Your body will need enough carbohydrates, protein, fats, and fiber to get you through the challenging trails.
The meal provided to you will be nutritious and hearty even though it may not meet a typical restaurant’s quality.
You will be provided with 16 breakfasts, 16 lunches, and 17 dinners throughout the trek on this package.
Your breakfast will have cornflakes, oatmeal, muesli, toasts with jam, butter, cheese, and honey, french toasts, Tibetan bread, chapati, hashed browns, boiled eggs, or omelets, pancakes, fruits, vegetables, and hot drinks like tea, coffee, and hot chocolate.
Lunch includes Dal, Bhat, and Tarkari with poppadoms, Tibetan bread with soup, steaks, sandwiches, momos, macaroni, thenduk, fried noodles, vegetable curry, potato items, pizza, and dessert items like rice pudding and apple pie.
Dinner constitutes Dal, Bhat and Tarkari, Tibetan bread, soups, stew steaks, sandwiches, Momo, thenduk, spaghetti noodles, pasta, and potato items snacks like poppadoms and prawn crackers, and dessert items like rice pudding and apple pie.
All these food items will be fresh, hygienic, organic, and delicious. The menu list is a combination of traditional local Nepalese food, Asian and western cuisine.
Vegetarian and non-vegetarian items are included; however, we do not recommend eating non-vegetarian items on the trek as some places might not be hygienic. We also encourage avoiding dairy items, alcoholic items, and caffeinated items.
It is essential to drink 3 – 4 liters of water a day to keep your body hydrated throughout the trek.
You should carry a hydration bladder and use water purification tablets. You can also use a reusable bottle with a SteriPen or an inbuilt infiltration system.
If you do not have one, then you can buy sealed mineral water. Mineral water bottles are available throughout the trail in local lodges.
Never drink water directly from flowing rivers or streams for your safety.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek is graded as a challenging trek in the Annapurna region.
We will be hiking uphill and downhill for 14 days and reaching the highest pass at Thorong Phedi (4,525 m). Even though we will be taking breaks between the trek, walking for 5 to 6 hours every day is no joke.
To accomplish this trek, you do not need any technical skills. However, past hiking experience would be welcome as you will be trekking in higher altitudes, which is physically demanding.
If you think you cannot hike for 5-6 hours a day at an average pace, then you need to start exercising and jogging regularly a couple of weeks before the trek to enhance your stamina.
Besides these, you also need to have a good health condition, average physical fitness, and most importantly, a positive attitude.
If you have a pre-existing health condition like heart, lung, or blood disease, you need to inform the agency or consult your physician before booking the trek.
Our 18-days Annapurna Circuit Trek has a rest day in between the trek in Manang for acclimatization. It is done to avoid the potential risk of altitude sickness and adapt to the thin air at high altitudes.
Altitude sickness is preventable, but just because it is, does not mean that we can take it lightly. If it is not treated in time, it can be life-threatening.
We will be hiking through the trails slowly and drinking plenty of water so that our body can cope with the increasing altitude. The trekking guide will be using an oximeter to check your body’s oxygen level and detect the symptoms. The guide will also be carrying Diamox tablets for emergencies.
Besides, our trekking guides are also trained in first-aid processes and are well-experienced in this sector. If you have severe mountain sickness, you will be descended immediately.
Our client’s safety, security, and satisfaction is our number one priority.
We carry all the required gear, equipment, and first aid kits in case of an emergency.
Our team of leaders and guides are skilled professionals who have extensive first aid training. In case a trekker falls sick due to altitude sickness, the trekker needs to tell the trekking guide about what he wants to do; alternatively, we may take a call based on the situation.
If the situation is critical, a rescue helicopter will be sent to bring the trekker back from the higher elevation.
Annapurna Circuit Trek is a lifetime journey that takes you to one of the highest passes in the world at Thorong La Pass (5,416 m).
Annapurna Circuit Trek is a challenging graded trek that is not for faint-hearted people but thrill-seekers. With thrill comes the risk of altitude sickness, injury, illness, avalanches, and other emergencies, that you may face along the way.
Even though we put your safety as the number one priority, you need to ensure yourself with a travel insurance policy that provides coverage for all the costs of injuries or emergencies you may face during the trek.
The travel insurance policy must include the cost of helicopter evacuation and hospitalization, incase of an emergency.
We make travel insurance policy a compulsory part of our booking process. All of the trek members will need to provide a copy of their insurance policy certificate to the agency.
Failing to present an insurance policy or even an improper insurance policy will lead to the cancelation of your trip.
The agency will be using your insurance policy information to arrange a quick and effective rescue operation in case of need.
Internet service is available at the lodges with some extra service charge.
You can also use data from your mobile phones by buying local sim cards at the airport. Otherwise, we can provide you with one.
However, the signal starts getting weaker with the increase in altitude but do not worry; we will contact you through the phone and update you at least once a day to ensure you have everything you need and are safe.
You will not have to worry about anything as you will be connected to Kathmandu’s travel agent for any assistance during the trek.
Nepal uses the Nepalese Rupees (NPR/Rs) as their local currency.
1 USD = NRS 118.45
You can exchange your foreign currency at the local banks or the legitimate money exchange companies in Kathmandu and Thamel.
As much as Traveler’s Cheque is a secure way of transactions, the banks prefer cash exchange as it has a quick process.
You can also withdraw cash (in NRS) from many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel. When you use a foreign card, the ATM will charge NRS 500 as a processing fee, for which you can withdraw a maximum of NRS 35,000.
If you want to exchange the money at banks and financial institutions, the service charge will be imposed about 4% or more depending on the amount of withdrawal and the bank’s policies.
There are no banks or money exchanges on the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek trail. You need to exchange your money in Kathmandu depending on how much money you require for personal expenses.
Most of the major expenses during the trek are covered by the package that you will buy. These expenses include transportation, accommodation, food (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the tour, and permit charges.
The clients themselves pay the expenses of meals and accommodations on the first and last day in Kathmandu. The hotels/lodges can be booked online, or you can ask the agency to do it for you.
You will have to separate some cash for personal expenses to cover meals in Kathmandu, Visa process fees, travel insurance premium fees, snacks/drinks/beverages during the trek, souvenirs, and trekking tips crew members.
We suggest you bring cash (dollars) and convert them into Nepalese rupees while you are in Kathmandu because you need to have the local currency to purchase goods and services on the Annapurna Base Camp trail.
Carry a minimum of USD 700 as an emergency fund.
Note that the people in the Annapurna region accept Nepalese currency only.
Electricity for the camera and mobile battery recharge is available at an extra cost throughout all the lodges at the Annapurna Circuit Trek trail.
Most of the lodges have hydroelectricity or solar power. We suggest you bring a portable power bank, just in case.
A trekker can carry luggage of a maximum of 9kgs.
We will assign a porter to carry your luggage. If you are traveling in a group, then he will be carrying another person’s luggage too. So the combined weight of the bags would be 18 kgs. We would not permit the porter to carry more weight than that for safety reasons.
You should carry your valuables in your backpack and bring only what is necessary. You can leave your excess baggage at the hotel or our office store for free.
It is vital to protect our environment and not disturb any natural aspects on the trail, be it plants or animals.
Our motive is to support eco-friendly trips and leave only footprints, not garbage, on the area we visit. We also believe in limiting the use of plastic consumption as well as supporting local communities.
In Nepal, tipping is an action that shows a person that you honor their work and are thankful for their assistance.
The tips should be offered at the end of the trek. There is no specific amount of how much to tip. It can depend on the service quality, length of the trip, budget, and overall appearance of the agency’s work.
We make sure that all of the Get Lost Forever team are paid well and are treated equally. Tipping them makes them feel inspired to give you all an excellent service and offer an enriching journey.