12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek

12 Days Short version of Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal with Small Group Departure !
12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek
What to see & doSpecific information about 12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek
  • Duration12 Days
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
  • Max Altitude 5416m
  • Starts at Kathmandu
  • Ends at Kathmandu
  • Trip Style Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Group Size 10
  • Transportation Local and Tourist Vehicles
  • Best Season March, April, May and Sept, Oct, Nov

The 12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek, also known as Mini Annapurna Circuit, is a shorter version of the standard AC Trek that takes 20 days to complete. This 12 days trekking itinerary around the Annapurna Circuit is designed to favor the time-bound trekkers who are unable to manage an extended vacation and still want to experience the thrill of circling the Annapurna range on foot.

Despite a short itinerary, you won't miss much by taking the 12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek, as we follow the usual route passing by Manang, Thorong La, and Muktinath to end the trek at Jomsom. We take a direct flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, skipping almost a week-long hike back to Pokhara.

Gaining popularity after Manang opened its doors to trekkers in the 1980s, the Annapurna Circuit Trekking has become one of Nepal's most traversed trekking routes. The mountain vistas you'll see while hiking around the Annapurna range look like something out of a dream. That is also the reason why the Annapurna Circuit Trek is a dream of trekking enthusiasts all over the globe.

The 12 days Annapurna circuit trek is one of the most gratifying high-altitude treks you can take in Nepal. This should be the trek you take if you only have time for one in your life. One journey will be more beneficial to you than many others. The circuit trip is regarded as the best long-distance trek in the world since it passes through numerous climatic zones, displays a stunning variety in terrain, and, most importantly, encounters a wide range of ethnic groups.

In addition to the fascinating natural beauty, the Annapurna region is equally blessed with gorgeous vegetation serving as a home to unique flora and fauna. Furthermore, the friendly encounter with local villagers from different ethnic backgrounds living in harmony will fill your heart with joy. You can learn about the rich Hindu and Buddhist culture preserved by these communities for generations.

Our Outfitter Nepal experts have gathered all the information for you to efficiently plan your 12 days Circuit trek in the Annapurna region. Let's go ahead and take a look at the special features and more reasons to go for the 12 Days AC Trek. Read along to go through the virtual journey of the Annapurna Circuit before even reaching Nepal. If you have any queries at the end, feel free to reach out to us via mail or WhatsApp. We're always at your service.

What to anticipate from the 12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The 12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek traverses through Thorong La Pass (5,416 m), the highest trekking pass in Nepal. Similarly, you get to spend the night in Annapurna Region's two most beautiful locations (Manang and Muktinath), which is a terrific way to learn about the locals who live there. We'll get to know the everyday routines of the Nepalese mountain people as we hike day after day across the most isolated area of the nation. This trip lets you experience the magnificence of the majestic Himalayas as well as the culture of small, rural communities.

The circuit hike in Annapurna is regarded as more than just a trek for a variety of reasons. The richness of culture in naturally beautiful places from beginning to end is admirable. The entire Himalayan journey is an adventure where you may see some of the most beautiful mountains on earth and get to know and respect the mountain people's fascinating culture and distinctive way of life.

Beginning with a supervised day trip to Kathmandu, the Annapurna Circuit Trekking starts in Kathmandu. You go by bus to Bhulbhule the following morning to begin the journey. The Marsyangdi River Valley and the Kali Gandaki River Valley are the two principal river valleys that the trail follows. Thorong Phedi is reached after traveling the first portion of the trail, which follows the Marsyangdi River Valley. You then continue walking in the Kali Gandaki River Valley after traversing the difficult Thorong La Pass. Expect to have a lifetime experience on the trip.

What Makes the 12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek Unique?

The ever-changing climatic zone, vegetation, and weather pattern of the Annapurna Circuit set it apart from the other treks. The Annapurna Circuit trekking journey begins in a lush subtropical region, where you can hear the rushing sound of a river at a distance. You go past various terraced farms and fields in nice and warm weather. Countless Himalayan villages that are attractively constructed in the traditional manner can be seen along the way. After that, you ascend the Marsyangdi River Valley while traveling through cooler deciduous woodlands. Rich subtropical vegetation, including rhododendron, birch, oak, and juniper trees, make most of the woodlands you travel through. You might as well see some animals at the Annapurna National Park.

After a few days, you'll start to see the Annapurna ranges clearly, including Annapurna I (8,091 m), the highest peak in the area and the tenth-highest peak in the world. Then you trek above the tree line to see desolate ravines and barren hills encircled by snow-capped summits. The Manangis live in a desert-like region of the Himalayas where the air is thin, and the wind is frequently severe. The highest point of the Annapurna Trek is at Thorong La, a mountain pass located 5,416 meters above sea level where the Khatung Kang and Yakawa Kang mountains converge.

You can observe the amazing, desert-like Himalayan slopes with their distinctive purplish color from Thorung La Pass. From this point on, the walk mainly descends. Before returning to Pokhara's picturesque Valley of Lakes, you'll descend the alpine environment and pass through rich subtropical vegetation again.

How is the 12 Days Itinerary of the Annapurna Circuit Trek Designed?

The 12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek starts with a drive to Dharapani, after which you begin your trek following the Marshyangdi River Valley. The hike continues to Manang village, stopping for the nights in Chame and Pisang. You have a rest day in Manang to get used to the high altitude before continuing your walk to the Thorong La Pass. After spending 2 nights at Yak Kharka and Thorung Phedi, you reach Thorong La Pass, the highest point of the 12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trekking.

Thorong La Pass has become a significant tourist attraction as it is the highest trekking pass in Nepal. You trek ahead to reach Muktinath, where you visit the holy Muktinath temple, also known as "the God of Salvation" in Hinduism. You then trek to Jomsom via Kagbeni and take a morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara the next day. You can relax at Lakeside, Pokhara, for the rest of the day. Your trip ends with a 6-8 hours bus ride from Pokhara to Kathmandu the following day.

Best Features of the 12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani
  • Trekking through the Marshyangdi River Valley
  • Visiting Manang village and looking over the charismatic Gangapurna Glacier and Lake
  • Crossing the rugged Thorong La Pass at 5416 meters
  • Seeking blessings from the holy Muktinath temple
  • Observing village life of different ethnic groups
  • Hiking through the alluring forests of Rhododendron and Oak
  • Exploring beautiful lakes, viewpoints, and relaxing lakeside cafés in Pokhara

Major Attractions of the 12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek

Mesmerizing vistas of the Annapurna range and surrounding mountains

It is given that you'll witness the mountains of the Annapurna range during the 12 Days Annapurna Circuit trek. This 55-kilometer-long massif houses several peaks like Annapurna (8091 m), Machhapuchchhre (6993 m), Gangapurna (7455 m), Nilgiri Himal (7061 m), Tilicho Peak (7135 m) and others. In addition to these mountain peaks, you'll also get to enjoy the view of Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Manaslu (8163 m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6986m), and more. You're, in fact, surrounded by snow-capped mountains in all directions.

Enchanting Himalayan landscape with diverse vegetation

The 12 days Annapurna Circuit Trek begins in a lush subtropical region where you can hear the river rushing down somewhere. Enjoying the nice and warm weather, you hike past countless terraced paddy fields and farms. After that, you ascend the Marsyangdi River Valley while traveling through cooler deciduous woodlands.

You can now clearly see the Annapurna ranges, including Annapurna I (8,091 m), the highest peak in the area and the tenth-highest in the world. Then you climb above the tree line to see desolate ravines and barren hills encircled by snow-capped summits. Overall, you'll traverse through the uniquely diverse vegetation of the Annapurna region.

Hospitable locals of culturally rich villages

Along with a stunning perspective of the tallest mountain peaks, the trek offers an intriguing peek at the region's customs, traditions, and rituals. You will experience the authentic culture practiced by Gurungs, Brahmins, Manangis, Thakalis, and Magars while on the 12 days Annapurna Circuit Trek. This excursion will allow you to learn about the region's customs, values, and age-old traditions from the friendly locals. Numerous stupas, gumbas, and chortens are examples of the area's cultural diversity.

Rest day at beautiful Manang village

Manang itself is renowned for its magnificent splendor. Trekkers tend to spend a few days in this lovely village tucked away by the Marsyangdi River, hearing the soulful sound of the river as it flows. Manang offers various activities for your acclimatization day here, from exhilarating mountain biking to quick hikes to adjacent charming villages. You can as well visit the significant locations of Braga Bhojo Gompa and Milarepa's Cave on your leisure day in Manang.

Thorong La Pass (highest point in Annapurna Circuit Trek)

The trek's highest point, Thorong La Pass, is tucked between Khatung Kang and Yakwa peaks at an elevation of 5416 meters. It is acknowledged as the region's most challenging hike, as you have to walk along a rugged, steep trail to get to the top of the pass. Once you reach the top, the compelling view of the surrounding mountains will make you feel as though your perseverance and effort were fairly rewarded. The accomplishment you feel after seeing the breathtaking view from the pass cannot be described in words. You should see it for yourself.

Holy Muktinath Temple in all its glory

Muktinath Temple is one of the most revered Hindu pilgrimage destinations, located at the base of Thorong La Pass. This highest temple in the world (3,800 m) is regarded as Mukti Kshetra (place of liberation). According to mythology, going to the Muktinath Temple will cleanse you of all your sins and grant you good fortune. Thousands of pilgrims visit the temple from various parts of India and Nepal to take a bath in the pond and the taps present at the site. The 12 days Annapurna Circuit Trek is a great chance for you to pay a visit and seek blessings yourself.

Exciting Drive from Jomsom to Pokhara

Since Jomsom is the last hiking location as per our 12 days Annapurna Circuit Trek, we take a jeep from Jomsom to Pokhara. The drive is an adventure in itself. You get to drive under the great Himalayas and land in a beautiful Kali Gandaki River to Pokhara. The aerial view of the places you fly by is delightful to watch from a window seat of your adventure drive.

ItineraryTrip day to day detail itinerary

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, you will be welcomed by our airport representative and taken to your hotel at Thamel. Thamel is a tourist center of Kathmandu with plenty of hotels, restaurants, trekking equipment stores, and souvenir shops. It is also where our office is located. The rest of the day/evening is free for you to rest or explore.

  • Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429ft
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

After early breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up by our guide from your hotel and taken to the boarding point of your bus to Besi Sahar. It is a 6-7 hour drive in scenic Kathmandu-Pokhara highway to Dumre and a narrow paved road along the Marsyangdi river to Besi Sahar. Then, you take a jeep to Dharapani, where you stay overnight in a lodge.

  • Max. Altitude: 1960m/6430ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 610m/2001ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Transportation: Local Bus/Jeep

Today is the first day of trekking. We start with a narrow field from the village. The Annapurna II becomes visible ahead as the Marsyangdi river veers to the left. You arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhote village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze around a Buddhist monastery.

Continuing the climb through pine and oak forests, we pass through Danaque (2210 m). A small wooden bridge follows a steep ascent up to Timang village, lying at the bottom of Lamajung Himal. The trail then goes through a flat level until we reach Chame, where we stay the night.

  • Max. Altitude: 2670m/8760ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 710m/2329ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 7-8 hours
  • Walking Distance: 24 km/14.9mi

We begin today's trek with Lamjung Himal (6893m) dazzling in the morning sun as we set off for Pisang. The mountain disappears as we climb the path up the valley, passing a huge apple orchard. We continue through a fir and pine forest, climbing to a high, rocky area.

From this point, the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as we follow the path to Bhratang (2950m.) Then a short climb from the village brings us to a rock-strewn area where we cross a wooden bridge and follow a high, winding path.

We, again, trek through a pine forest, and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up an incredible vista. Then, we come to a long mani wall by a bridge and arrive at the lower village of Pisang.

  • Max. Altitude: 710m/2329ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 630m/2067ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
  • Walking Distance: 14km/8.7mi.

We start the day by climbing a steep ridge that unfolds good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7145 m). Descending past Manang's airstrip at Humde (3320 m), we come to a level area from where the northeast face of Annapurna III rises majestically above us. From the vast plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV (7525 m) also becomes visible.

Just beyond this point, we cross the considerably reduced flow of the Marsyangdi Khola via a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji. Cultivated fields appear on both sides of the path below a craggy mountain. We then see the village of Braga with its splendid monastery, large chortens, and mani walls abound, and the tall peaks of the Himalayas spread out before. After a short steep climb, we reach Manang.

  • Max. Altitude: 3540m/11614ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 3540m/11614ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 19km/11.8mi

Today, we hang around town. This is an important rest and acclimatization day before crossing the Thorung La. There are optional day walks, such as crossing the river to see the tremendous icefall coming down from the Annapurnas or climbing high above the village for a complete panorama of the Annapurna range and the Manang Valley.

A Himalayan Rescue Association [HRA] aid post in the village makes for an interesting and educational visit. Moreover, you can visit Ganagapurna Glacier Lake to make your rest day memorable.

  • Max. Altitude: 3540m/11614ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 1-2 hours
  • Walking Distance: 3km/4.82mi

Moving forward from Manang, the trail gently ascends to Yak Kharka, passing via the village of Gunsang (3960 m). We will have panoramic mountain views all-day while hiking. Although the walk appears brief, we will feel exhausted due to the altitude. We climb much higher (4050 m) and into the air with lower oxygen levels, making breathing hard.

  • Max. Altitude: 4050m/13287ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 510m/1673ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 3-4 hours
  • Walking Distance: 10 km/6.2mi

We begin our walk by gradually ascending to a ridge, then drop to the Marsyangdi's headwaters and pass over on a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank of Marsyandgi, you follow a narrow trail across an unstable spree slope and finally descend to Thorung Phedi.

  • Max. Altitude: 4450m/14599ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 399m/1312ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 3-4 hours
  • Walking Distance: 9km/5.6mi

Early in the morning, we begin our trek on a steep but well-defined trail to Thorang La Pass (5416 m). The gradient eases after a while. After 4 hours of steady climbing takes us to the chortens and prayer flags of the infamous pass. The views are dramatic, to say the least, from the snow-covered mountains above to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang spread out before us.

The descent to Muktinath is a knee-pounding 1600 m, but it's compensated for with excellent views of Dhaulagiri. Eventually, the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath and its shrines and temple.

 

  • Max. Altitude: 5416m/17769ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 966m/3168ft
  • Elevation Loss: 1666m/5465ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 7-8 hours
  • Walking Distance: 16km/9.9mi

On our last hiking day, we visit the famous temple of Muktinath and return to the lodge, then have breakfast and begin the trek down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through an arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet.

After passing through Jharkot and Khingar villages with typical Tibetan architecture, we follow the path steeply down to Kagbeni, a primitive village famous for Tibetan architecture. We stop at Kagbeni for lunch, then trek to Jomsom.

  • Max. Altitude: 2800m/9186ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Loss: 1616m/5303ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 7-8 hours
  • Walking Distance: 23km/14.3mi

The 11 th day of your trip begins with an early morning have a breakfast than drive to Pokhara, it takes around 7-8 hours. you will be taken to a hotel in Lakeside. After checking in to the hotel, you can rest for a bit and head out to explore the beautiful lake city of Pokhara or enjoy a few drinks with live music at a lakeside restaurant.

  • Max. Altitude: 827m/2713ft
  • Meals: Brekfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Transportation: Local Jeep/Bus

We take a tourist bus at 7 AM from Pokhara to Kathmandu. The river-side driveway is fantastic, with many towns, hills, cultivated terraces, and landscapes. After 6/7 hours of driving, we will arrive in Kathmandu. We will drop you off at your hotel.

Since it is the last day of your journey with us, we treat you with a farewell dinner in the evening. You can rest at the hotel and further plan your vacation or return home.

If you want to take other tours in Nepal such as Chitwan Jungle Safari, Pokhara Day Tour or Lumbini tour then you can start from today and do let us know if you want to take any tour as we also arrange those tours.

  • Meals: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Transportation: Tourist Bus

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, you will be welcomed by our airport representative and taken to your hotel at Thamel. Thamel is a tourist center of Kathmandu with plenty of hotels, restaurants, trekking equipment stores, and souvenir shops. It is also where our office is located. The rest of the day/evening is free for you to rest or explore.

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Cost DetailsGood to know before trip booking
What's Included
  • All the Airport transfers by private vehicles.
  • 2 night hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • 1 night hotel in Pokhara including breakfast.
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) on trek.
  • Accommodations in lodges on trek.
  • Paper works, Annapurna conservation entry permits & TIMS permit.
  • Ground transportation Kathmandu – Dharapani, Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu by tourist/local bus/jeep.
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek, including hot tea/coffee in the morning with Breakfast.
  • A knowledgeable and friendly guide who speaks fluent English.
  • Salary, food, beverages, lodging, transportation, and insurance for the guide.
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets and duffle bag – if NECESSARY (return after the trek)
  • Seasonal fruits after dinner as a dessert.
  • Well-equipped first aid kit, oximeter.
  • Farewell dinner on the last night in Kathmandu.
  • Trip Achievement Awards for your lifetime memories.
  • Outfitter Nepal Company T-short, Camp, and Trekking map.
  • In case of emergency: A helicopter service will be arranged and paid through your travel insurance
  • All the government Tax, Vat, and service charges.
What's not Included
  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu).
  • Your Travel insurance (compulsory).
  • Meals (lunch & dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara).
  • Your personal expenses, drink water, hot and cold drinks & bar bills.
  • Laundry, telephone, hot shower & internet charge.
  • Porter to carry your luggage during the trek (if you require a porter to carry your stuff, it will cost you USD 220 each porter and 1 porter for 2 trekkers; the porter has a 20-22kg weight limit)
  • Tips for the guide and porters.
  • Anything not mentioned in included section.
Add-Ons & Options

Outfitter Nepal Treks & Expedition introduces an extensive selection of add-ons that you can add to the standard trekking packages at the time of checkout. These premium add-on options are designed to customize your trips according to your liking without any hassle. Add an extra night’s accommodation in Kathmandu or a private vehicle to the trailhead with just a couple of clicks. Enjoy your 12 days Annapurna circuit trip to the fullest with our tailor-made add-ons!

Extra Night in Kathmandu: Need accommodation for extra nights in Kathmandu? Add a single room for $45 per night and a double room for $50 per night in a 3-star hotel with breakfast.

Single Supplement: Want some privacy during the trek? You can now get a whole room to yourself at teahouses and lodges during the entire journey by paying an extra $250. By adding this add-on, you no longer have to share your teahouse room with fellow trekkers. 

Porter Service: Too much weight on your shoulders? Hire a porter to carry your backpack for an additional $20 per day. You can share the porter’s wage with another trekker as a porter can carry a maximum of 20-22 kg. 

Kathmandu to Dharapani in a Private Vehicle: Not a fan of bus rides? Now, you can travel in comfort from Kathmandu to Dharapani (the starting point of the trek) in a private jeep for an additional cost of $295. Travel at your own pace with frequent stops to admire the scenery along the way. Extra bonus for a group, you can share the Jeep fare amongst each other. 

Jomsom to Pokhara Flight: Bus/Jeep rides at the end of the trek can be exhausting, especially when you’re already worn out from several days of hiking. Book a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (the end point of the trek) for just $140 per person.

Pokhara to Kathmandu Flight with Airport Pickup and Drop: Don’t want to spend a whole day on the road? Skip the lengthy and uncomfortable bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara and book yourself a flight for just $120. You can use that time to explore the beautiful lake city of Pokhara instead. The price includes a free airport pickup and dropoff. Isn’t that a deal?

Pokhara to Kathmandu in a Private Vehicle: Not a fan of bus rides? Now, you can travel in comfort from Kathmandu to Pokhara in a private car for an additional cost of $130. Travel at your own pace with frequent stops to admire the scenery along the way. Extra bonus for a group, you can share the car fare amongst each other.

How to get Add-ons on my trip?

Customizing your trip is now easier than ever! Follow these simple steps to get add-ons:

  1. Go to your desired trip package.
  2. Choose your favorable date.
  3. Click on “ADD TO CART.”
  4. Select the number of travelers.
  5. Select the required Add-ons.
  6. Click on “Checkout.”
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  • If your preferred date is not listed then contact us for the further process to book on your own date as the trek is available on any date of the year.
  • We have listed the price for up to 10 people only so, if you are more than 10 people then please contact us for the group price and further process to book the trek.
  • Private trek is available on any date of the year, contact us for the booking.
  • Single persons are welcome to join the trek and single people have single room in Kathmandu & Pokhara and have to share room in the mountain lodge on trek cause of the less number of lodge and rooms available on remote mountain lodges.
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Useful InformationGood to know before you travel

Maximum Altitude

During our 12 days Annapurna Circuit trek, we trek through the Annapurna Conservation Area, ranging in altitude between 790 meters and 8091 meters at the peak of Annapurna I. However, the maximum altitude we attain during the trek is 5416 meters at Thorong La Pass. The pass has gained popularity as the highest trekking Pass in Nepal.

Trek Difficulty

The 12 Days Annapurna Circuit trek is of moderate difficulty. It can be more challenging for you if it's your first time trekking in high altitudes as we reach above 5000 meters above sea level, where it is difficult to breathe due to lower oxygen levels. However, a month of preparation by doing cardio or hiking around your place daily can make the trek far more manageable and enjoyable.

Transportation

Our 12 days Annapurna Circuit trek itinerary includes both air and road transport. To begin the trek, we need to reach Dharapani, for which we take a luxury bus to Besi Sahar and a local jeep to Dharapani. The roads are black-topped most of the way, but you might have to drive on a graveled off-road the last few hours.

On your return, you'll be flown to Pokhara from Jomsom if the weather conditions are favorable. Otherwise, you'll be driven to Pokhara on a luxury Volvo bus. For your Pokhara to Kathmandu journey, we will arrange a comfortable tourist bus.

Accommodation

Similar to most trekking routes in Nepal, accommodation on the trail will be on a mountain lodge or tea house. These are small hotel-like facilities run by the locals and provide simple meals and a room with 2 to 5 beds, depending on the size of the room. Therefore, you might have to share a room with fellow trekkers during peak seasons. The rooms are warm, and you will have a comfortable mattress, bed sheets, pillow, and blankets.

You should also be comfortable using an Asian squat-style toilet. The washrooms are also available on sharing basis. The bathroom will have water, but we suggest you carry your own toiletries.

Accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara, however, will be in 3-star hotels with a complimentary breakfast.

Meals

You are open to having anything you like for your lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara, as it is not included in our package. You'll find lots of options around your stay in Thamel, Kathmandu, and Lakeside, Pokhara.

The menu in tea houses during the trek, however, will have limited options. You'll have the traditional Nepali meal, Daal Bhat, consisting of white rice, lentil soup, seasonal vegetables, salad, and pickles. It is rich in carbohydrates and protein that will energize you for the hike. Breakfast mainly includes Tibetan bread with curry, boiled eggs, tea, or coffee. You can also try other local dishes like noodles, momo, etc.

Make sure you hydrate yourself well by drinking hot water and ginger lemon tea to help combat altitude sickness.

Drinking Water

Plastic-bottled water is not recommended due to increasing plastic waste on the trail. So, carry a thermos flask and fill it with hot water at the tea house you stay. During the day, you can fill your bottle with natural freshwater streams and purify it with water purification tablets. You can also get a bottle with in-built filtration for safety.

Guides and Potters

Our 12 days Annapurna Circuit trek package comes with a guide and potters. 1 potter is provided for 2 trekkers, and each potter carries a total of 20-24 kgs from both trekkers. If you're an expert hiker and are confident enough to carry your own backpack, you can save the potter's salary by carrying the baggage yourself.

However, we strongly recommend you trek with a qualified trekking guide as the situation can go wild in no time in the Himalayas. Hiring a guide not only helps in navigating the route and communicating with the locals but also helps you in case of emergencies.

Permits required

To go on our 12 days Annapurna Circuit trek, you require two permits. These are:

  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Entry Permit
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Card

We issue these permits for you before you begin the trek. The cost for both permits is also included in our package cost.

FAQs12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek frequently asked questions
  • Like all other trekking destinations in Nepal, it is best to go on the 12 days Annapurna Circuit Trek in spring and autumn. Spring months comprising March, April, and May, and autumn months containing September, October, and November, are the best months in terms of weather in the Annapurna region. The sunny, warm days with crystal blue skies not only make for a pleasant hiking day, but also, the scenery appears clearer than ever. There's not usually any rain or snowfall during this time, making the hike safe and enjoyable.

  • Unfortunately, no. The Annapurna Circuit trek takes you around the Annapurna Range, which doesn't include the base camp. To go to ABC, you need to choose a different trekking trail beginning a few hours' drive away from Pokhara. Although you don't get to reach the base camp of Annapurna during our 12-day Annapurna Circuit Trek, the mountain vistas you get to witness are phenomenally better than ABC.

  • You might find tea houses with WiFi connections along the trail for some additional cost but with a patchy connection. You can use mobile data where the network coverage is available. The major phone networks are N CELL and NTC. You can buy any of these SIM cards in Kathmandu, and you're good to go.

  • You can recharge your phone and camera batteries at the teahouses by paying an additional energy fee. The tea house you stay the night in may provide the service for free. The power is generated by solar energy, so it's not very reliable during winter. It's usually a good idea to have extra batteries or power banks, just in case.

  • Trekking anywhere above 3000 meters is an invitation for Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), commonly known as altitude sickness. It acts on different people differently, but headaches, shortness of breath, fatigue, dizziness, and loss of appetite are some of the major symptoms. Drinking enough fluids, taking enough rest, and eating well are helpful to manage the symptoms. If it gets serious, the patient should be immediately transferred to a lower altitude.

  • Having prior trekking experience is preferable but not necessary. We have multiple examples of first-time trekkers commencing the 12 days Annapurna Circuit trek successfully. All you need is to be physically and mentally fit for the adventure.

  • Definitely! Your wish is our command. We're open to whatever changes you want, given that you're booking a private trek. Making changes in group departure trips is difficult and not fair for other trekkers in the group.

  • Pack light but carry all the essential items. Some of the essential trekking gear is as follows:

    • Hiking boots
    • Sandals/Crocs
    • Several sets of undergarments
    • Good quality down jacket and pants
    • Fleece jacket
    • Thermal wear
    • T-shirts and pants
    • Warm woolen clothes for the night
    • Trekking stick
    • One set of gloves
    • Woolen hat
    • Sunhat
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Water bottle with purifying tablets
    • Toiletries
    • A medium-sized towel
    • Energy bars
    • Basic medications
    • Raingear
  • Being in the business for over a decade, we are well aware of the needs of the trekkers. Our biggest priority is to make you happy with a successful trek. You are safe in the hands of our experienced English-speaking guides. You don't even have to worry about the permits. We will make all the arrangements for you. We also hire local guides and potters to support local employment and take sustainable traveling seriously.

    If you want to know more about us or our services, feel free to reach out to us via mail or Whatsapp. We're always at your service. See you in Nepal!

     

Client ReviewsTravelers talk about Outfitter Nepal
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    CarnthecarpsAustralia,March 09, 2023
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    Fantastic Short Annapurna Circuit Trek

    My wife and i recently did the Mini- Annapurna circuit trek offered by Outfitter Nepal and we absolutely loved it. Even before we got to Nepal, Arjun always replied to our emails promptly and gave us all the information we needed. Everything promised by the company was delivered, from the airport pick-up, to the quality accommodation and the excellent guide and porter (thanks Bhim and Sunil!!!).

    We had an incredible time walking through the mountains - the himalayas are something that you really need to see if you haven't been there. Our guide was really flexible, letting us walk further if we wanted, and stopping anytime we wanted a break or something to eat. Our guesthouses were great - particularly the delicious food that we'd get each day.

    if only our local nepalese restaurant did a proper (Nepali tradinational dish) daal bhat! When we go back to Nepal, we will definitely be booking with Outfitter Nepal Treks.

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