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Max Elevation

5,416m

Best Season

September to December
February to June

Duration

11 days

START

Kathmandu (ask for Pokhara if preferred)

Difficulty

medium-hard

FINISH

Pokhara (ask for Kathmandu if preferred)
Tour Details

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a renowned adventure that encompasses an incredible array of highlights and experiences. This iconic trek takes you across the world’s widest trekking pass, Thorong La Pass, standing at 5,414 meters, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Annapurna Massif, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Tilicho Peak.

The trek showcases the remarkable diversity of landscapes, from lush subtropical forests and paddy fields to icy terrain, arid cliffs, and the awe-inspiring Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest river gorge on Earth. Along the way, you’ll immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Tibetan-like Buddhist villages in Manang, and explore enchanting places like Kagbeni, with its monasteries, prayer flags, and intriguing clay effigies. Proper acclimatization is facilitated, allowing you to adapt to the high altitudes before tackling Thorong La Pass. The trek is physically demanding, requiring an average of 6-7 hours of walking each day, making a good level of fitness essential. In addition, you’ll have the chance to visit significant cultural and historical sites, such as the sacred Muktinath Temple with its 108 waterspouts, offering a glimpse into Nepal’s cultural heritage. The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a captivating adventure that combines natural beauty, cultural exploration, and physical challenge, creating an unforgettable journey through the diverse landscapes and cultures of Nepal.

Price Includes

  • Pre-trek online personal advice
  • Round trip vehicle to Annapurna Region and all transportation during trek
  • All permits
  • Bedroom in teahouse lodges during trek
  • Three meals per day during trek
  • Government registered, well experienced, English speaker and friendly local trekking guide
  • Staff fees with all their expenses and necessary insurance
  • Welcome dinner

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa fee
  • Health insurance with heli-rescue up to 5,500m (compulsory)
  • Any expenses which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, political trouble, and strikes etc.
  • Personal expenses (phone charging, WiFi, hot shower, laundry...)
  • Personal expenses due to flight delay (if you included flight)
  • Drinks and Bar Menu
  • Breakfast on the first day, dinner on the last day
  • Gratuity (optinal)

You can add to your pack

  • Guide in your own language
  • Porter (20kg max)
  • Private room during trek
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Three meals per day in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Round trip vehicle or flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Other transportation options during trek, such us private vehicle or flight
  • Taxi service
  • International flight

Complementaries

  • Firante's gift
  • Combine several treks and extend your trip
What to Expect

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is an amazing journey that lasts for 11 days. You will see more than 43 mountains from the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu ranges during this trek. It is one of the most popular treks in the world.

During the Annapurna Circuit Trek, you will have the opportunity to visit the Mustang valley, which has been recognized by CNN as one of the 23 must-visit places in the world. This picturesque valley offers a unique and captivating experience. With its stunning landscapes, ancient monasteries, and a rich blend of Tibetan and Nepali culture, Mustang is truly a hidden gem. Exploring this enchanting valley will provide you with a deeper understanding of the region’s history and traditions. The Mustang valley adds an extra layer of beauty and cultural significance to the already extraordinary Annapurna Circuit Trek, making it an even more memorable and fulfilling adventure. on the trek, you will experience a variety of landscapes and encounter different cultures. You will pass through beautiful valleys, fields with terraced farming, and challenging mountain passes. The trek takes place in the Annapurna Conservation Area, which is known for its rich nature and wildlife.

Overall, the Annapurna Circuit Trek is an incredible adventure that combines natural beauty, cultural exploration, and physical challenges. It will be an unforgettable journey through the Himalayas of Nepal.

  • Visit the Mustang valley, CNN's list of 23 places in the world
  • Experience the beauty of the alpine region of Nepal yaks and their pastures
  • Stay at the stunningly beautiful Jomsom, the headquarters town of the Mustang district
  • Spectacular views of Mount Annapurna, Thorung Peak, Nilgiri, Chulu West and East, Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV, Khangsar Kang
  • Magnificent glaciers, gorges and waterfalls
  • Traversing through one of the world's highest passes - the Thorong La Pass (5,416m)
  • Traverse through the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge
Itinerary

Day beforeWelcome Dinner

The day before our trekking expedition begins, we’ll gather for a memorable welcome dinner. It’s a perfect occasion for us to connect and become acquainted with one another before we set off on our exciting adventure. This dinner also provides a valuable opportunity for us to approach our guide with any final questions or concerns we may have.

Day 1Vehicle: Kathmandu (845m) - Besisahar (760m) - Jagat (1,300m)

7h 30min

Our trekking journey begins. From Kathmandu, we’ll take a 5h bus ride to Besisahar, where we’ll have lunch. Then, we’ll continue our adventure by jeep, traversing the scenic route of Besisahar-Chame Sadak for about 2h 30min, passing through Khudi Bazar, Bhulbhule, Lampata and Syange. We will enjoy the drive, witnessing rivers and encountering local communities along the way. Finally, we’ll reach Jagat, our overnight stop, nestled amidst charming towns and villages.

Day 2Jagat (1,300m) to Dharapani (1,860m)

5h, 778m ascent, 137m descent, 15km distance

After a hearty breakfast, we embark on a 15km trek lasting around 7h30min including our breaks. The trail leads us through stunning terraced fields and enchanting villages. Along the way, we’ll encounter the mesmerizing Octopus and Chyamche waterfalls, as well as the picturesque Taal Village. Before reaching Dharapani, our stopover for the night, we’ll immerse ourselves in the mountain’s captivating magic. Rest assured, Dharapani welcomes us for a peaceful overnight stay.

Day 3Dharapani (1,860m) to Chame (2,675m)

6h, 1,090m ascent, 318m descent, 15.5km distance

We’ll embark on a beautiful yet challenging trek to Chame, where breathtaking mountain views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II and Annapurna IV await. The trail involves steep ridge walking and crossing landslides, making it an exhilarating journey of approximately 7h including our breaks. As we leave Dharapani, the lush forests with pine, fir, oak and maple trees guide us alongside the Marsyangdi river. We will reach Chame, the district headquarters of Manang, surrounded by vibrant green forests and awe-inspiring mountain views. We’ll prepare for a rewarding overnight stay in Chame, immersed in nature’s splendor.

Day 4Chame (2,675m) to Upper Pisang (3,300m)

5h 30min, 1,166m ascent, 518m descent, 13.2km distance

After breakfast, we’ll embark on a journey through a steep and narrow valley. As we traverse the trail along high mountain slopes, we encounter the village of Bhartang (2,950 m) where we’ll pause for a rest. Notably, Bhartang is home to Nepal’s largest apple farm. We will be eagerly anticipating our first glimpse of the majestic Paungda Danda Rock. This sacred rock formation rises 1,500m above the Marshyandi river, showcasing its awe-inspiring curved face. From the trails, we are treated to unobstructed vistas of Annapurna II to the south and Pisang Peak to the northeast. Our path then descends, guiding us to the picturesque Manang Valley floor, where the charming village of Pisang awaits us. We will spend the night there, embracing the tranquility of the surroundings. We’ll savor this day’s adventure, immersing ourselves in the grandeur of nature and the cultural significance of the Paungda Danda Rock.

Day 5Upper Pisang (3,300m) to Manang (3,540m)

5h 30min, 463m ascent, 233m descent, 17km distance

On day 5, we’ll embark on an exhilarating trek along the upper trails of Upper Pisang via Ghyaru. We have to prepare to be captivated by breathtaking vistas of Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho and Pisang Peak‘s north face. As we ascend, the air will grow colder, drier and more challenging. This route traverses Tibetan settlements, offering a unique opportunity to immerse ourselves in Buddhist culture. We are not going to miss the chance to visit the magnificent Barge Monastery, the largest in the area. Before reaching Manang, we’ll pass through Ngawal and Braka, encountering Buddhist shrines and monasteries along the way. Finally, we’ll arrive at Manang Bazaar, a vibrant hub catering to tourists.

Day 6Acclimatization in Manang (3,540m)

During our stay in Manang we’ll dedicate an extra day to acclimatization, allowing us to adapt to the high mountain climate. We’ll have the opportunity to embark on a side hiking trip to a higher elevation and return to Manang for an overnight stay. There are multiple hiking options available, and we can select one that suits our preferences. This strategic approach of hiking and staying at the same location as the previous night will prepare us for further ascent to higher elevations tomorrow.

Day 7Manang (3,540m) to Yak Kharka (4,050m)

3h 30min, 4,050m highest altitude, 10.4km distance

On day 7 of our Annapurna Circuit Trek, after breakfast, we will begin our journey from Manang to Yak Kharka. The distance is around 10.4 kilometers, and it will take us about 3 to 4 hours to walk. The trail gradually goes uphill along the Thorong Khola, passing through Tangki Manang and Ghusang at an elevation of 3,900 meters. We will continue through Ghyanchang until we reach Yak Kharka, which is at 4,018 meters above sea level. As we go higher, the landscape changes to a barren wasteland with grass, bushes, and rocks. This part of the trek offers stunning views, quaint villages, and a chance to experience the local culture. It will be a memorable day as we make our way to Yak Kharka.

Day 8Yak Kharka (4,050m) to Thorong High Camp (4,880m)

6h, 1,076m ascent, 305m descent, 10.8km distance

Our journey continues from Yak Kharka, as we embark on a steady uphill trek that leads us to Thorong Phedi, the last village before the formidable Thorong La Pass. From there, we press onward towards Thorong Base Camp. As we ascend, the mesmerizing views of majestic mountains unfold before us, revealing the grandeur of Gudang, Syagang, Khatungkan and Thorong Peak. Today’s leg of the trek proves to be relatively more challenging due to the increasing altitude. Finding solace in a cozy teahouse, we prepare ourselves for the exhilarating ascent of Thorong La Pass, eagerly anticipating the early morning adventure that awaits us.

Day 9Thorong High Camp (4,880m) to Muktinath (3,762m) via Thorong La Pass (5,416m)

8h, 630m ascent, 1,728m descent, 13.4km distance

Today’s trek presents the ultimate challenge as we conquer Thorong La Pass, one of the highest passes in the world and the pinnacle of our journey. Rising at 4am in Thorong High Camp, we brave the harsh elements and high altitude, determined to surpass our limits. Upon reaching Thorong La Pass, a magnificent reward awaits. The breathtaking scenery unfolds before us, with Himalayan peaks stretching towards Tibet in the north, while Annapurna stands tall behind us. Nature’s grandeur leaves us in awe. Descending from the pass, we make our way to Muktinath, a revered site for both Hindus and Buddhists. Known as Chumig Ghasa, meaning “Hundred Waters” in Tibetan, Muktinath boasts 108 stone sprouts that channel the icy waters of Kali Gandaki. Amidst this sacred place, an eternal flame has burned for over 2000 years, further enriching the spiritual atmosphere. This leg of the journey encapsulates the triumph over challenges and the profound connection to nature and spirituality.

Day 10Vehicle from Muktinath (3,762m) to Tatopani (1,269m)

7h 30min

After undertaking a spiritually enriching pilgrimage to Muktinath Temple, we press onward on our journey, this time aboard a local bus bound for Tatopani. The ride proves to be a thrilling adventure as we navigate through rugged terrain adorned with winding roads, traversing a region renowned for harboring the world’s most profound gorges. Our path leads us through the lively Jomsom Bazaar, bustling with vibrant energy, until we eventually arrive at our desired destination of Tatopani, celebrated for its tranquil and natural hot springs. As the daylight gradually fades, the allure of indulging in these invigorating thermal waters becomes an irresistible proposition, providing a sublime way to conclude the day’s events. We choose to stay overnight in Tatopani, embracing the soothing ambiance and allowing ourselves to fully immerse in the serenity of this remarkable place.

Day 11Vehicle from Tatopani (1,269m) to Pokhara (822m)

5h 30min

On our final day of the trek, we embark on an exciting bus journey from Tatopani to Pokhara, anticipating an approximately 5-6h expedition. The road conditions may be challenging initially until we reach Maldhunga, but as we continue along the Baglung-Pokhara highway, the path becomes smoother. Throughout the bus ride, we are treated to a mesmerizing kaleidoscope of ever-changing landscapes and encounters with the warm-hearted locals. The journey itself becomes an enriching experience, allowing us to soak in the beauty of the surroundings and connect with the vibrant culture.

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Flight delay (if you included flight)

To avoid the road trip from Muktinath to Tatopani and later to Pokhara, it is recommended to inform your travel agency in advance to arrange flight tickets. The road conditions in the Mustang region, particularly from Muktinath to Tatopani and Maldhunga, can be challenging due to the high mountainous terrain. The best alternative is to take a flight from Jomsom Airport to Pokhara Airport, which saves time and offers convenience. However, it’s important to note that flight delays can occur due to unpredictable weather conditions. In the event of a flight delay, you are responsible for your own personal expenses and accommodations. Your travel agency will keep you informed about the updated flight timings and any changes that may occur. It’s advisable to maintain communication with the agency and be prepared for potential delays by keeping extra funds and allowing some flexibility in your travel plans.                                                                                                                                                           

What is the best time to trek?

The Annapurna Circuit Trek offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas and unique cultural experiences. While the best time to undertake this trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (late September to October), each season has its own charm and considerations. Here’s a breakdown of the different seasons for the Annapurna Circuit Trek:

Spring (March to May): Spring is considered the ultimate season for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. During this time, the days are long, temperatures are warm to hot, and the landscape is adorned with lush greenery and colorful flora and fauna. It’s an excellent time to immerse yourself in nature’s beauty and witness the vibrant flora and fauna of the region.

Autumn (late September to October): Autumn is another fantastic season for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. The days are warm with pleasant temperatures, and the skies are clear, offering extended visibility. This season provides breathtaking views of the massifs of the Himalayas, allowing trekkers to enjoy stunning panoramas of snow-capped peaks.

Monsoon (June to August): Although trekking in the Annapurna Circuit is possible during the monsoon season, it comes with some challenges. During the monsoon/summer season on the Annapurna Circuit Trail, the weather is unpredictable with a higher chance of rain and occasional thunderstorms, especially in the afternoons. Temperatures range from mild to warm, around 20 to 25 degrees Celsius during the day, but drop significantly at night. It’s important to be prepared with waterproof jackets, warm layers, and proper trekking shoes. Stay updated with the weather forecast and plan accordingly for a safe and enjoyable trek. 

Winter (December to February): Winter in the Annapurna Circuit brings cold and freezing weather, especially in the higher regions. The trail is covered in snow, and some passes may be unpassable due to heavy snowfall. The temperature can drop as low as 1°C during the daytime and below -10°C at night. It is important to be well-prepared with appropriate gear and equipment to tackle the harsh winter conditions.

In summary, the best time to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (late September to October) when the weather is generally favorable and the landscapes are at their most beautiful. However, with proper preparation, the trek can still be undertaken during the monsoon and winter seasons, although they come with their own challenges and considerations. It’s important to note that weather conditions can vary, and it’s advisable to check the local forecasts before embarking on the trek. Additionally, we have to be prepared for colder temperatures at higher altitudes and always carry proper gear and equipment for the specific season we choose to trek.

Acclimatization

Acclimatization at Manang during the Annapurna Circuit trek is crucial for adjusting to the high altitude. Located at around 3,500m Manang serves as a vital acclimatization point along the route. Taking a rest day here allows trekkers to adapt to the thinner air and reduced oxygen levels, reducing the risk of altitude sickness. In the morning, we will visit  Gangapurna & Ice Lakes,and spend the rest of the day soaking in the magnificent views of Annapurna III, Tilicho, Pisang, and Chulu Peaks. It is advisable to engage in light activities, hydrate well, and gradually ascend to higher altitudes to ensure a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.

Trek travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for the trek. All the trekkers must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation – including helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitudes (up to 5,500m).

Trekking members are kindly requested to send their detailed insurance information after trek booking. In case of emergencies, we will be using the insurance policy and informational documents you sent us. It will help us arrange a quick and effective rescue operation, transfer for emergency medical help, etc. Please ensure that your insurance covers all costs incurred during mountain rescue service.

Before buying travel insurance, make sure to call the insurance company and recheck if they have heli-rescue up to 5,500m.

Drinking water

We recommend you bring a container for one liter of water. In the teahouses we can buy boiled water suitable for drinking with which to fill our bottles. Another option is to refill the water from the fountains that we find along the way or from the tap of the teahouses themselves, for this we have to count on water disinfectant tablets that we can find in pharmacies.

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David Johnson

Solo Traveller

Another fantastic journey with Firantes, and I couldn’t be happier. This time, it was the Annapurna Circuit Trek. The agency’s attention to detail, friendly staff, and exceptional guides never cease to amaze me. From the camaraderie of fellow trekkers to the awe-inspiring landscapes, every moment was a reminder of why I keep coming back. Firantes, you’ve become my trusted companion in exploring the world’s wonders. Can’t wait for the next adventure!

June 12, 2023

Sophie Dupont

Family Traveller

Oh mec, Firantes a secoué mon monde avec le trek du Circuit de l’Annapurna ! C’était comme entrer dans un film d’aventure en direct. La planification de l’équipe était solide, les guides étaient géniaux, et ces vues ? Époustouflantes. Depuis le lever du soleil à Poon Hill jusqu’aux villages sereins, ce trek a coché toutes les cases. Ambiance épique, approbation totale !

June 1, 2023

Maria Lopez

Family Traveller

Estoy muy contenta de haber escuchado la recomendación de mi hermana y haber elegido a Firantes para el trekking del Annapurna Circuit. Este viaje superó todas mis expectativas. La organización impecable de la agencia y la experiencia de los guías lo hicieron muy sencillo. Desde el Thorong Law Pass hasta los encantadores pueblos, cada paso fue una revelación. Compartir esta aventura siguiendo la elección de mi hermana fue la mejor decisión. ¡Gracias, Firantes, por una experiencia excepcional que fortaleció los lazos familiares!

May 13, 2023

Liam Murphy

Group Traveller

Absolutely thrilled with Firantes for the Annapurna Circuit Trek! From lush valleys to jaw-dropping passes, the journey was a craic. Guides were legends, and the views? Unbelievable. Kudos, Firantes, for an adventure I won’t forget!

April 25, 2023

Emma Smith

Group Traveller

Had a blast with Firantes on the Annapurna Circuit Trek! Me and my mates had a total blast. Guides were awesome, views were unreal. Cheers, Firantes, for an epic time!

April 25, 2023
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