Annapurna Circuit Trek - 17 Days

Most Popular Circuit Trek in Annapurna - The Thorong La Pass Trek 17 Days !
Annapurna Circuit Trek
What to see & doSpecific information about Annapurna Circuit Trek - 17 Days
  • Duration17 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

From the stunning Annapurna Base Camp to the world-renowned Annapurna Circuit, the Annapurna region is a paradise for trekkers, mountaineers, and adventure enthusiasts. It is ideal for those who want to commit to a short or long trek featuring remarkable routes packed with subtropical lowlands, Tibetan temples, monasteries, and tea houses. Trekking in the Appapurna is therefore regarded as one of the best ways to immerse yourself and experience the majestic Himalayan regions of Nepal. If you want to plan your next trek excursion, this is where you should start. The legendary Annapurna Circuit trek is one of the best-known routes in the world. The classic trail encircles the entire Annapurna Massif and has been rated highly among trekking communities in Nepal and the world. The Annapurna Circuit Trek passes through the mesmerizing Marsyangdi River and rises to Thorang La Pass(5,416m). The trail then descends to the bank of the Kaigandaki River.

Moreover, apart from the serene landscapes, the region provides you the opportunity to experience the multiculturalism of Nepal. Along the trail, you can interact with the native communities of the areas, such as Gurungs, Thakali, and Manangi. During this exciting journey, you will pass through thrilling suspension bridges, adventurous mountain passes, and serene hamlets. Moreover, you will be accompanied by majestic mountain peaks like Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Machhapuchhre, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and others.

Comprehensive Annapurna Circuit Trek Route Overview and Distance

The total time to complete the Annapurna Circuit Trek depends on your route, so it can take anywhere from 8 to 22 days and span a distance of 160 km to 230 km. Your journey begins from Bulble after a scenic 8-hour ride from Kathmandu. The trail ahead follows the Marsyandghi River Valley and passes through settlements like Dharapani, Jagat, Pisang, and Chame. Look at the map we provide for a comprehensive Annapurna Circuit Trek map overview. Moving ahead, on the sixth day of the trek, you will arrive at Manang and spend a day acclimatizing to prepare for the crossing of Thorong La Pass. After the rest of the day, you will resume the hike and head towards Yak Kharka and Thorong Phedi. Eventually, You will go to Thorang La Pass, which connects Manang, Muktinath temple, and Panipauwa village. Crossing the Thorong La Pass, you will finally arrive at Muktinath Temple, a sacred pilgrimage site. We will trek to Tatopani, a famous hot spring in the region. Religious followers from around the world believe that bathing in the spring water cures skin diseases. The next day, we will leave Tatpani and hike through rhododendrons, magnolia, and birch forests to reach Ghorepani. The following day, you will hike to Poon Hill, a famous vantage point renowned for spectacular views of Annapurna, Dhaluagiri, Nilgiri, Hiuchuki, Tukuche Peak, Macchapuchre, and Gurja Himal. After spending quality time in Poonhill, we will hike to Berithanti and back to Pokhara, which concludes our trek. The next day, you will board a bus leaving for Kathmandu. The Annapurna Circuit trek is for enthusiasts who want to experience an adventurous journey in the majestic Himalayan region of Nepal. In this expedition, you can hike along the trail while enjoying the region's diverse geographical landscape, climate zones, culture, and natural beauty.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Cost

The total cost of the Annapurna Circuit trek will generally depend on your total days and route. Factors like transport preferences, accommodation, porters, and other services will also contribute to the total amount. Outfitter Nepal offers a 17 days Annapurna Circuit trek Cost starting from USD 1075.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Highlights

  • Climb the spectacular Thorng La Pass at an elevation of 5,416m.
  • Trek through beautiful woodlands, rhododendron forests, and farmlands.
  • Learn about the culture and tradition of the indigenous people of the Annapurna region.
  • Explore historical sites and temples in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Visit Muktinath Temple, which Buddhists and Hindu followers revere.
  • Explore the largest monastery in Manang, which is in the beautiful town of Braga.
  • Admire the breathtaking panorama of the magnificent Annapurna Himalayan mountain range.
  • Witness majestic glaciers, series, lakes, deep gorges, and waterfalls.
  • Stunning views of Mt. Annapurna, Nilgiri, Thorung Peak, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, and Lamjung Himal.

Best Time for the Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna region is open to trekking in every season in Nepal. To enjoy the natural beauty in full bloom and mesmerizing views of the surrounding landscape, we recommend traveling during the Autumn and Spring seasons.

Spring Season (March, April, and May): During this time of the year, most days are sunny with clear blue skies, making it the most sought-after season for trekking in the Annapurna region. The weather conditions are good, with little rain and snowfall. Moreover, lush vegetation will cover the landscape, charming the trail. The temperature in the season of Sring reaches up to 22–23 degrees Celsius during the day and falls below 0 degrees Celsius in high altitude regions like Thoran La Pass at night.

Autumn season (September, October, and November): The autumn season in Nepal starts in September and ends in November. Autumn is also known as the festive season, so you can experience different festivals and celebrations. The temperature ranges around 18–20 degrees Celsius and below 0 degrees Celsius at night. On the other hand, the weather conditions are favorable for trekking and other outdoor activities such as cycling, paragliding, and bird watching.

Is this trip right for you?

Our Annapurna Circuit Trek package is a long-distance expedition that involves 17 days of hiking and exploring the mystical land of the Annapurna region. During the trip, you will spend nights at altitudes over 5000 meters, resting for a few days to acclimatize to the effects of the atmospheric changes and high altitude. Also, remember that due to the nature of the trip, you might experience unexpected weather changes during the trek. If such circumstances occur, your group leader will arrange to continue, halt, or stop the expedition. Further, read our gear and packing list for the trek, and remember to bring along what's necessary.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Difficulty

The Annapurna Circuit Trek difficulty level is graded as challenging. The trek's extreme elevation significantly contributes to its difficulty. Thorong La is the highest altitude pass in the area, located at an astounding altitude of 5,416m; further, the pass will be closed most of the year due to the extreme cold and heavy snowfall. During the trek, you will be hiking under challenging terrains, which are frequently steep and rocky, contributing to the complicated nature of the trek. In general, you will walk for 5-6 hours on most days of the trek and ascend to the higher elevation area of the region. The trek will consist of rest days, allowing your body to acclimate to the increasing elevation. The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a challenging journey involving long hikes, steep ascents, and descents in the remote parts of the Annapurna region.

How to Prepare Yourself for the Trek

Please remember that the fitter you are, the more you can enjoy the trek. So, physical preparation is essential for a successful Annapurna Circuit Trek. Building your core strength and endurance will help prevent your muscles from straining too much. Consider doing the following exercises to elevate your fitness for the exciting journey ahead.

  • Cardiovascular exercises: Engage in running, swimming, brisk walking, and cycling.
  • Strength Training: Build strength in your core, legs, and body through planks, squats, step-ups, and squats.
  • Flexibility and Stretching: Indulge yourself in stretching exercises, which focus on hips, back, and legs.
  • Altitude training: Engage in altitude simulation exercises. This can aid in the acclimatization process before the trek.
ItineraryTrip day to day detail itinerary

Namaste, and welcome to Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by a representative of Outfitters Nepal. After a brief introduction, you will be transported to your Hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you can spend the rest of the afternoon exploring nearby areas such as Basantapur, Thamel, and Durbar Square.

  • Max. Altitude: 1,350m/4,429ft
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

In the morning, your guide will meet you at your hotel and help you load your luggage into a private vehicle. Shortly, the eight-hour road journey will begin as you traverse through hills, villages, and sub-urban areas. The route that connects Kathmandu to Besisahar is stunning, with spectacular views of the surrounding area. As you arrive at Chamje, you will be greeted by wonderful views of Manaslu and Lamjung Himal.

  • Max. Altitude: 840m/2,756ft
  • Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 510m/1,673ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

The total trek distance from Chamje to Dahrapani is 15 km/9 miles. You will begin the hike early in the morning and ascend through dense forest areas. We will continue the hike for 6 hours, enjoying the view of the spectacular Annapurna and Manaslu mountains. Before arriving at our destination today, we will encounter several villages, such as Danakyu, Bagarchhap, Thanchol, Timang, and Koto.

  • Max. Altitude: 1,960m/6,430ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 550m/1,804ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
  • Walking Distance: 14km/8.7mi

On the fourth day of the trek, you will enjoy spectacular scenery as you walk past traditional villages and alpine meadows. The hike begins at 1,860m and ascends to a maximum elevation of 2710m. You will cover a total distance of 15m in 5 hours from Dharapani to Chame.

  • Max. Altitude: 2,710m/8,891ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 750m/2,461ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 19km/11.8mi

Today, the hike begins as you make a steep ascent from your tea house at Chame. Moving ahead, you will hike alongside rivers and through dense pine forests. Along the way, you will come across villages such as Bhratang and Dhukur Pokhari. The 15km hike ends after you arrive at Pisang. You can spend the rest of the time exploring nearby areas during the afternoon.

  • Max. Altitude: 3,300m/10,827ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 590m/1,935ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
  • Walking Distance: 15km/9.3mi

Today, the hike ahead will be challenging as you travel from Pisang to Manang. It is a long hike with steep uphill walks throughout the trail. Nonetheless, you will be rewarded with stunning views along the way. Moving ahead, you will hike past Ghyaru, Ngawal, and Braga villages. Starting at 3,200 m, the hike will end at Manang, at an elevation of 3,540m. By the end of the day, you will have covered a total distance of 15km.

  • Max. Altitude: 3,540m/11,614ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 240m/787ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 16km/9.9mi

As we're now trekking above 3000 meters, it is crucial to fully acclimate before crossing over the Thorung La Pass (5416 m). Manang offers a wide range of optional day hikes, making it an excellent destination for acclimatization. One of the options is to hike across a river to witness a massive icefall descending from the Annapurnas. Another ascends well above the settlement to have a panoramic view of the Manang Valley and the Annapurna mountain. You can also go to Ganagapurna Glacier Lake to add some unusual adventures to your rest day. Once you're done with the day hike, visiting the Manang aid station operated by the Himalayan Rescue Association [HRA] in Manang village is recommended.

  • Max. Altitude: 3,540m/11,614ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

Today, the hike is short and comfortable. The 4-hour trek starts at 3,450 m at Manang and ends at Yak Kharka (4,200 m). As you move forward, you will arrive at Ghunsang, where we will briefly stop for lunch. Eventually, we will resume our hike and follow the trail to Yak Kharkha. After 4 hours of hike, we will finally arrive at our destination for today. You can spend the rest of the time strolling around nearby areas or resting at the comfortable tea house.

  • Max. Altitude: 4,110m/13,484ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 570m/1,870ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 4-5 hours
  • Walking Distance: 10km/6.2mi

Similar to the day before, today's hike is short, allowing you plenty of rest at the tea house. Today, the route will take us from Yak Kharka to Ledar, where we will move to Deurali Tea House. This is where we will have lunch and enjoy a brief break. After walking for 9 kilometers through various terrains and landscapes, today's hike ends at Thorung Phedi.

  • Max. Altitude: 4,450m/14,599ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 340m/1,115ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 3-4 hours
  • Walking Distance: 9km/5.6mi

This is the day we have all been looking forward to. We will traverse Thorung La Pass, the highest point on the Annapurna Circuit at 5416 meters, today. Early in the morning, we set out on our challenging but straightforward trek to Thorang La Pass. After four hours of continuous climbing, we get close to the prayer flags of the well-known Thorung La Pass. 

As soon as we reach the top of the pass, we are greeted with breathtaking views of the snow-capped peaks at the top of the Kali Gandaki Valley, as well as the brown and purple hills of Mustang. As you stand at the summit of Thorung La Pass, the spectacular surroundings fill you with pride and a sense of success.

We take a brief break to admire the majestic Himalayas before moving on with our journey. The excruciating 1600-meter descent to Muktinath can give you knee pain, but is rewarding at the same time, because of the alluring view of Dhaulagiri. We finally emerge from the moraines into grassy slopes and have a leisurely hike up to Muktinath via Jhong Khola Valley.

  • Max. Altitude: 5,416m/17,769ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 966m/3,169ft
  • Elevation Loss: 1,966m/6,450ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 7-8 hours
  • Walking Distance: 16km/9.9mi

We will wake up early and enjoy a hearty breakfast with tea and yak cheese. We then go to Muktinath, one of the most revered Hindu and Buddhist religious sites. The panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and the opportunity to explore the holy pilgrimage make the trip a once-in-a-lifetime experience. After exploring the Muktinath temple, we will head towards Jomsom, where we will spend the night at a tea house.

  • Max. Altitude: 2,720m/8,924ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Loss: 690m/2,264ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
  • Walking Distance: 15km/9.3mi

As there are roadways available, we drive the distance from Jomsom to Tatopani in a jeep. By taking the road, we don't miss anything major, as the walking trail is just along the Kali Gandaki River on the opposite bank of the roadway.

After breakfast at the overnight lodge at Jomsom, we prepare ourselves for an adventurous jeep ride. The roads are bumpy, which makes the journey fun and scary at the same time. But do not worry; the drivers driving this route are experienced and reliable. Once you get to Tatopani, you can drop off your belongings at the lodge and head to the hotspring. Tatopani has a hot spring that is supposed to help with pain relief and muscle soreness healing. It can be a relaxing experience after spending more than a week walking in the treacherous terrain of the Annapurna region.

  • Max. Altitude: 2,530m/8,301ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Loss: 190m/623ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 7-8 hours
  • Walking Distance: 22km/13.7mi

Today, we again resume our trek with a hike from Tatopani to Shikha. Once, you’re done with your breakfast at the overnight lodge, you begin on the uphill hike to the beautiful village of Shikha. We first walk on the level path for a while and take a steep ascent to Ghara (1700 m) and then walk along a somewhat level trail until we get to Shikha, where we spend the night at a tea house. Most people rely on farming in this village as it is surrounded by a vast cultivable land. Here, you’ll also find people whose family members serve in the Gurkha army. 

  • Max. Altitude: 1,190m/3,904ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Loss: 1,340m/4,396ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 20km/12.4mi

After a delicious breakfast at the guest house in Shikha, we continue on our Annapurna Circuit trail to Ghorepani. Today, we traverse several small villages, such as Phatale and Chitre. It's mostly a steady ascent from Shikha to Ghorepani. The trail moves through forests in between the villages. You may also spot various wildlife and birds as you trek through rhododendron woods and enjoy the magnificent vistas of multiple mountains surrounding you. We'll spend the night at a mountain lodge in Ghorepani today.

  • Max. Altitude: 2,850m/9,350ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 1,660m/5,444ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 18km/11.2mi

The trail brings us to yet another trek highlight. We will be hiking to Poon Hill early today, which is well-known for its breathtaking Himalayan sunrises. We will trek for an hour and a half before daybreak to the top of Poon Hill, a fantastic viewpoint with a spectacular sunrise against the surrounding mountains and the Annapurna range. The warm, golden sunlight bouncing off the snow-capped Annapurna range, Machhapuchre Peak, and Dhaulagiri Peak will captivate you.

After descending from Poonhill, we have breakfast at the Ghorepani Lodge and prepare to depart. It's also our last day of hiking. We stroll through a thick forest and cross a tiny creek while listening to the melodies of the birds before arriving at Ulleri, another Magar village. After a bit on a steep downhill trail, we arrive at Tikhe Dhunga. From there, it's a short hike past a few suspension bridges to Hile.

In Hile, we get into a local jeep that will take us to Pokhara in two hours. Once you have settled into your Pokhara hotel, you can take an evening stroll along the lakeside. After a few cocktails to commemorate finishing the hike, we spent the night in a comfortable hotel room in Pokhara.

  • Max. Altitude: 2180m/7217ft
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Elevation Gain: 360m/1,181ft
  • Elevation Loss: 810m/2657 ft
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Walking Hours: 7-8 hours
  • Walking Distance: 15km/9.3mi

Today, you will enjoy an early morning breakfast at your hotel in Pokhara. Eventually, our staff will escort you to the private vehicle, which will leave for Kathmandu around 8 a.m. Along the way, you will witness beautiful terraced farms, village settlements, hills, and tumbling rivers. The 7-hour ride will come to an end after you arrive in Kathmandu. Upon your arrival, you will be transferred to the designated hotel, where we will enjoy a farewell dinner in the evening.

  • Max. Altitude: 1,350m/4,429ft
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Today is the last day of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. You will be driven to Kathmandu International Airport according to your departure time. Our staff members will bid you farewell as you make your way to the terminal. We wish you a safe trip back to your home. Besides, if you want to extend your stay in Nepal and begin another epic adventure, please reach out to us so we can make the necessary arrangements.

  • Meals: Breakfast
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Trip MapDay to day route map and altitude graph
Annapurna Circuit Trek - 17 Days map
Cost DetailsGood to know before trip booking
What's Included
  • Airport transfers by private vehicles
  • 2 nights' accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • 1 night's accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Ground transport (Kathmandu - Chamje, Jomsom - Tatopani, Hile - Pokhara, Pokhara - Kathmandu)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) while on the trek
  • Accommodations in basic mountain lodges or tea houses on the trek
  • A guide and potters (1 potter carries a total of 22 kg from 2 trekkers)
  • Paperwork, Annapurna Conservation Permit, and TIMS card
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service paid by your travel insurance company
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, and duffel bag – if necessary (return after trek)
  • Farewell dinner on your last night in Kathmandu.
  • A trekking map, T-shirt, and a Cap 
  • Well-equipped first aid kit with oximeter
  • All the Government Tax, VAT, etc.
What's not Included
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee (easily issuable upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu)
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Meals (lunch and dinner at Kathmandu and Pokhara)
  • Personal expenses (snacks, drinking water, beverages, bar bills, etc.)
  • Laundry and telephone bills
  • Hot shower, hot drinking water, battery charging, internet charge while on the trek
  • Tips for guide and potters (expected)
  • Anything not mentioned in the Included section
Add-Ons & Options

Outfitter Nepal Treks and 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 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 $40 per night and a double room for $45 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 $300. By adding this add-on, you no longer have to share your teahouse room with fellow trekkers. 

Kathmandu to Chamje in a Private Vehicle: Not a fan of bus rides? Now, you can travel in comfort from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule (the starting point of the trek) in a private jeep for an additional cost of $225. 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. 

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 Pokhara to Kathmandu 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 Pokhara to Kathmandu 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 but not more then 3 pepole.

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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  • We have set date to departure the Annapurna circuit trek. So, select your date and book the trek.
  • 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.
  • Guaranteed dates are guaranteed to departure and we already have people booked for date.
  • Available dates are available to book and become guaranteed once you book for that date.
  • Closed dates are closed and not bookable on that date however if you are available only on that date then contact us as we may have some other alternatives.
  • The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.
Useful InformationGood to know before you travel

Meals Available during the Annapurna Circuit Trek

The food and beverages you will have during the Annapurna Circuit Trek will be of excellent quality. The menu items will be fresh, locally grown herbs and vegetables. We advise you to try the regional specialties and cuisine during this journey. On the other hand, a variety of Western dishes will also be available in the tea house. Breakfast options include cooked eggs, pancakes, toast, Tibetan bread, porridge, muesli, oatmeal, tea, coffee, and milk. On the other hand, for lunch and dinner, many items will include a variety of soups, dal, bhaat, fried rice, veg and non-veg side dishes, spring rolls, macaroni, chowmein, momo, noodles, ramen, pizza, steaks, and lasagna.

Note: We advise you not to consume alcoholic beverages and caffeinated drinks. Consider drinking lemon tea, hot lemon, green tea, and garlic soups.

Accommodation during Annapurna Circuit Trek:

You will stay in three-star hotels Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara during the expedition. On the other hand, you will be staying in well-facilitated teahouses and lodges along the trails in the Annapurna region. The tea houses are pleasant with basic amenities, but the facilities might be scarce due to their remote locality as you move to higher elevations. In most places, the tea house will feature a communal dining area with a wooden stove, where travelers gather to warm themselves and discuss their journey. Your room will have a comfortable bed, a warm blanket, a mattress, and a pillow. Some of the tea houses have the feature of an attached bathroom, while others might not. You must pay additional charges to enjoy hot showers, WiFi, and charging.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Packing List

The gear and equipment for this trek will generally depend on your travel season. Your luggage limit is 9 kg, so we recommend you bring only the necessary items. Please keep in mind that this equipment will assist you during the expedition, and any absence of crucial gear might compromise your comfort. Here is a list of general items that you must consider bringing along for the trek.

  • Head and Body: Sports cap, sun brim, insulated hat, woolen gat, scarf, neck warmers, insulated inners. T-shirts, warm shirts, woolen sweaters, fleece jackets, waterproof jackets, shell jackets, lightweight gloves, down jackets, waterproof gloves, hiking shorts, windproof trousers, and woolen trousers.
  • Feet: Moisture-wicking socks, insulated socks, woolen socks, trekking boots, sandals, trainers, shoes, ankle support, waterproof leg gaiter.
  • Personal Care/Hygiene: Toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, soap, conditioner, body lotion, sunblock, lip protection, towel, toilet paper, tissue, foot powder, hand sanitizer, bug repellent, nail clipper, mirror, shaving kit, dental floss, personal medications.
  • Equipment/Gear: Sleeping bag, UV-protected sunglasses, flashlight, camera, binoculars, duct tape, trash bag, power bank, pen and journal, map, compass, GPS device, rain cover.

Travel Documents for the Annapurna Circuit Trek

In addition to the packing list, you must also understand the necessary documentation and permits for this epic adventure. To explore the beautiful Annapurna region, you will need the following licenses:

  • Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) Card
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit

The cost of the ACAO permit is approximately USD 30 in all seasons. The TIMS card costs around USD 15 to 20, depending on your travel season. These cards can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu. To obtain these permits, you have to provide us with the following documents and information:

  • Two passport-sized photographs
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of your travel insurance
  • Star and end of the trek
  • Entry and exit points of the trek
  • Emergency contact details in your home country

Nepal Visa

The Nepal Visa is a crucial travel document you will need while entering the country. You can obtain one by filling out an online form 20 days before your arrival, or you can get one upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport. The cost of your visa will depend on the number of days you are staying in Nepal.

  • 15 days travel visa- USD 30
  • 30 days travel visa- USD 50
  • 90 days travel visa- USD 125

If you want to learn more about the Nepal Visa process and its costs, you can visit Nepal’s Department of Immigration’s official website.

Travel Insurance

A comfortable and safe travel is only possible with comprehensive travel insurance. While traveling to the remote region of Nepal, the cost of emergency evacuation and medical emergencies is concerning. We highly recommend you get travel insurance before you book an exciting trek package with Outfitter Nepal. We also advise you to check the insurance coverage and ensure it covers expenses for medical and rescue operations during the activities involved in the trek. In addition, you must also check if the insurance covers trip cancellation, as all the deposit payments are non-refundable. In Nepal, travel insurance costs between USD 30 and USD 50 for basic plans, which cover trekking up to altitudes of up to 6,000 meters. On the other hand, comprehensive travel insurance with a wide range of coverage will cost you between USD 100 and USD 150.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Booking Procedure

Outfitter Nepal has been operating treks and tours in Nepal for over a decade. Our company is a registered, government-approved, well-recognized establishment in Nepal's tourism industry. Outfitter Nepal is also a member of the Trekking Association of Nepal (TAAN) and the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). We assure you of the best hospitality and top-notch services and facilities during your exciting journey. To book a trip with us, you must pay 10% of the total cost as advance payment. After the payment is made, email us the relevant paperwork and documents so we can continue the process. We accept cash, credit cards, and any other form of online payment.

FAQsAnnapurna Circuit Trek - 17 Days frequently asked questions
  • You will experience everything from a cultural exposition to natural adventures and the best views of the unique highlands to high altitude passes. The Annapurna Circuit is the best trekking in Nepal with an array of multiple and varied experiences.

    The takes you through surreal, desert-like vistas and into the Himalayan foothills. During each day's trip, you will encounter something new and exciting. As a result, many trekkers opt to do this trek to experience all of the diversity it has to offer.

    You will also be crossing the challenging Thorang La Pass and onto the ancient kingdom of Mustang. The trek is a mix of everything and has many things for you to explore and experience.

  • Anyone, regardless of fitness, can be affected by altitude sickness. From 2500m (8200ft) above sea level, symptoms can be felt. Trekking the Himalayas means you are trekking at a high altitude. However, it is impossible to foresee how your body will react to trail conditions and changes in oxygen levels. While every precaution is taken, it is critical to stay hydrated, take it slowly, and report any symptoms to your group leader.

  • For your personal expenses, you'll need to bring cash with you on the trail. Your itinerary and trip notes will outline the tour's highlights and give you a basic idea of the costs you'll need to budget for. This is a crucial piece of advice for hikers on the Annapurna Circuit. If you run out of money on the trek, you won't be able to get cash until you reach Jomsom after passing via Thorong La Pass. ATMs can only be located in cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Jomsom, and Beshisahar, so plan ahead for your trek.

  • In the west of Kathmandu sits the Annapurna Himalayan range. The Annapurna region is a popular trekking destination for both international and domestic tourists in Nepal. This is the most popular trek region among the others.

  • You can drive to Manang, but you will be driving at 3440 meters above sea level, which may cause altitude sickness.

  • The typical trekking route runs from Bhulbhule to Nayapul. This is the longer route, but it allows you to acclimate and experience the Annapurna Region's different scenery and temperature zones, as well as its rich cultural diversity.

    If you just have a limited amount of time, there are alternative ways to cut the journey short. Although the journey begins at Bhulbhule, you can drive up to Chame and cut your trek time by 2 to 3 days. You can either trek down to Jomsom and fly to Pokhara or take a local jeep or bus to Pokhara after crossing the Thorong La pass.

  • In the case of the Annapurna circuit trek, the trekking hour normally depends on the path you take; you'll need to navigate for about 4 to 8 hours. The longest day of this expedition is crossing the Thorong La pass. There are height restrictions, and you can only ascend to a maximum of 600 meters per day.

  • For your Nepal trek, you should have comprehensive travel insurance that covers your emergency evacuation and medical issues. Make certain that your travel insurance covers you at 5,416 meters above sea level, as this is the highest point of the Annapurna circuit trek. You can purchase an insurance package that could cover you if you want emergency assistance from Annapurna's mountain.

  • Nepal is one of the friendliest nations to visit in the world. In Nepal, solo female travelers are also safe. We will pass through several traditional villages on our Annapurna circuit trek, and they are somewhat superstitious, therefore it is recommended that you wear modest clothing and be kind to the locals. If you're a single woman visiting a city, don't wander around alone after 11 p.m. Next, bring a guide with you on your Annapurna trek; he will keep an eye out for you and act as your guard, making you feel safer while trekking.

  • The majority of the trekking trail offers the opportunity to purchase a bottle of water. Because plastic bottles are prohibited in some regions, you must purchase boiled filter water that is safe to drink and fill your personal water bottles with it. During the Annapurna trek, you can drink water from the taps and cleanse it with water purifying tablets.

  • Throughout the year, the Annapurna region is subjected to a wide range of weather conditions. The spring season (March-May) is warm, with temperatures ranging from 17 to 20 degrees Celsius (63–68 degrees Fahrenheit) throughout the day and cooler nights and early mornings. From June to August, the summer, or monsoon, brings torrential rains, thundershowers, and humid days with temperatures ranging from 20 to 25°C (68-77°F). The optimum time to trek to Thorang La Pass is in the autumn (September–November), when the weather is more steady and predictable than in other seasons.

  • Even in the winter (December to February), the Annapurna trek is possible, albeit the traditional hiking paths up to Thorang La Pass may change if there is enough snowfall due to the risk of an avalanche. Despite the fact that the weather is magnificent in the winter, temperatures are likely to fall below freezing. In order to witness Annapurna's spectacular beauty in the winter, visitors must be well-equipped with winter gear and mentally prepared to face the harshest weather conditions.

  • Keep in mind that if you're traveling in a group, a sick individual won't cause you to miss or leave your trip. The remainder of the group can continue on their journey while the sick person is being cared for. If someone gets sick on the trail, your trekking guide will assess the situation and decide whether the sick person should go on or retreat to a lower height and wait for the rest of the group. If the person's condition is critical, an air ambulance will transport him or her to Kathmandu or Pokhara for professional medical care. An Outfitter Nepal member will look after the unwell person while the rest of the group continues on their journey.

  • Wi-Fi will be available at most guesthouses, either for free or for a modest fee. However, because you'll be in the mountains, Wi-Fi may or may not be available on any given day for a variety of reasons, so don't count on it. And, going offline for a spell might be quite good!

  • Depending on where you are located during the trek, you will be accessed accordingly. In certain locations, you are serviced to jeep services. In the event of an emergency, an air ambulance will be dispatched to either Pokhara or Kathmandu, depending on the weather. Following that, you'll be moved to a world-renowned hospital for rehabilitation. Outfitter Nepal's operating personnel will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the event of an emergency during the trek.

  • Annapurna treks are physically hard, and you'll need to be in good shape to get the most out of them. You'll need to be ready for a series of climbs and descending, rough terrain, and potentially long days if you don't prepare properly. There is plenty of rest time, and the days are usually reasonable with only 5-7 hours of trekking; however, depending on your itinerary, you may be on the trail for up to 16 hours. Because routes vary in difficulty, it's crucial to examine your itinerary and trip notes carefully before picking which is best for you.

  • The most difficult trekking counts for a tough time crossing the Thorang La Pass. You have to start quite early in the morning and ascend an altitude of more than 5000m. At altitude as such, you may have a time, particularly when it gets too windy. Other than that, most of the trekking days have more than 6 hours of walking, which you might get habituated to during your weeks’ worth of trekking.

  • The Annapurna Circuit is a famous hiking and trekking destination for millions of trekkers, however camping is uncommon in the region owing to unanticipated circumstances.

  • The Annapurna Circuit is a safe route for solo trekkers, including women. Thousands of trekkers pass through Nepali villages every year, and many of them are exceedingly warm and hospitable to hikers. It's also simple to meet other solo hikers and form a small group of companions.

    If you're trekking solo, keep track of where people are ahead of you or behind you so you don't get lost. Red and white stripes demarcate the trails. Wait until another trekker or group of trekkers comes along if there appears to be a fork in the path and you're not sure which trail to take. Locals walking between villages may also be able to direct you on the right path.

  • Spend one extra night, or a 'rest day,' around the villages of Manang and Bhraka to avoid severe altitude sickness while trekking the Annapurna Circuit. The communities are just over 3000 meters above sea level, and staying here allows your body to acclimate to the high altitude.

    Several side treks, such as a trek up to the Ice Lake or a visit to a huge monastery, can be explored on this rest day. Manang village is also the starting point for the side trip to Tilicho Lake. Only sleep roughly 500 meters higher than where you slept the night before. Although it is beneficial to acclimate by hiking to high altitudes (trek high), you must descend to no more than 500 meters above your last stop to spend the night (sleep low).

  • This suggestion for trekking the Annapurna Circuit applies to any location where the temperature drops dramatically at night. Your electronics (phone, portable battery, GoPro, etc.) will keep warm and charged if you sleep with them in your sleeping bag.

    The frigid temperatures will likely deplete the batteries of your electronics if they spend the night anywhere in the room. Keep electronics in your sleeping bag at night to avoid worry and frustration!

  • The Annapurna Circuit trek is both cheaper and less touristy than the Everest Base Camp. The most common way to get to the Everest region is via plane (US$ 380 round-trip from Kathmandu), and costs for items like food, water, and charging electronics are 2-3 times higher.

    The scenery throughout the Annapurna Circuit is also much more varied, ranging from deep green valleys and ice blue rivers to enormous glacial plains and magnificent mountains. The Everest Area hosts colorful communities, notably the lovely Namche Bazaar, and large, dangerous mountains, but the Annapurna Circuit offers a greater range of scenery.

  • If you are a solo traveller who must trek with a group, even the prospect of following the group and your pre-planned itinerary can be intimidating. Going alone, on the other hand, allows you to go according to your own schedule.

    Traveling in a group, on the other hand, provides greater safety and security. A friendly crew is constantly present, and a local, well-trained guide provides up-to-date information and occasionally cracks jokes to make the tour more enjoyable. In a nutshell, each has its advantages.

  • Consider this scenario: you're eating your meal next to the fire, and you've also played a few hands of cards with a friend before retiring to your bed. You wake up at 2 a.m. with diarrhoea and need to go to the bathroom every 2 minutes. So, if you haven't brought Pepto-Bismol with you, the chances of you completing your journey are slim.

    You could also have a cold, a fever, a headache, a stomachache, and so on. If you don't bring a medical kit, you'll have to call it a day on your trek. Because the odds of having altitude sickness are particularly high at higher elevations, make sure you carry Acetazolamide with you (but with a proper prescription!).

    Long hikes in those boots may create blisters, necessitating the usage of bandages and blister plasters. You might also require water purification pills. Scratches and wounds require antibacterial cream as well. For allergic responses, antihistamine pills are used. Motion sickness remedies include anti-nausea medications, as well as paracetamol or ibuprofen for fever and discomfort treatment. Finally, having some toilet paper with you will come in handy, and you will thank yourself later for having brought it with you. Thus, you should take precautions.

  • Altitude sickness has affected the majority of Nepal's high-altitude treks. Although there are no major risks, our experienced trek guides and trip planners have tried and tested the following ways to reduce high altitude sickness on the circuit trek:

    • Ascend slowly with lots of rest and acclimatization.
    • Drink plenty of water at all times.
    • Eat a well-balanced diet and get enough rest throughout the walk.
    • Avoid alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, and tobacco products when hiking.
    • Be mentally prepared and keep your wits about you.
    • Do enough cardiovascular or gym workouts to prepare your body for uphill hikes.
  • The circuit trek does not necessitate the use of crampons. All you'll need for extra support and stability are some nice hiking boots and trekking poles. If you hike in early spring, such as January or February, you may need crampons depending on the amount of the snowfall.

  • Except at some high-altitude spots, cell phone service is accessible on the circuit. Most of the tiny settlements and hiking routes are covered by NCell or NTC networks. However, network coverage may be extremely restricted or non-existent in some areas. WI-FI services, on the other hand, are available in most areas for a modest cost.

Client ReviewsTravelers talk about Outfitter Nepal
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    Peak_BaggerAustralia,October 22, 2019
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    Annapurna Circuit Trek

    I had an excellent trip with Outfitter Nepal! Arjun was amazing with organizing the trek.

    There were no hidden costs or extra fees, and all was ready when I arrived in Nepal (airport pickup, documentation for the trek, bus tickets, etc). I traveled as a single female and felt completely safe with them for the whole time that I was in Nepal.

    I would highly recommend Outfitter Nepal to anyone looking for a safe, well-planned, professional trekking company in Nepal !

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