Annapurna Circuit Trek - 20 Days

Most Popular Circuit Trek in Annapurna - The Thorong La Pass Trek 20 Days !
Annapurna Circuit Trek
What to see & doSpecific information about Annapurna Circuit Trek - 20 Days
  • Duration20 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

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a world-famous trekking journey around the Annapurna Himalayas. It is an unforgettable odyssey through diverse landscapes with a unique blend of ethnicities in the region. Looking over spectacular views of the Himalayan Mountains, you will trek through the Annapurna trail, which is dauntingly mesmerizing and packed with wide variations in diversity. From kind locals and their rich culture to the deepest gorge in the world, there's a lot to see in the 20 days of Annapurna Circuit Trek.

The circuit trek is Nepal's one of the most rewarding high-altitude treks you can make, and we hope you do! If you could only do one trek in your life, this should be it. You'll get more out of one excursion than from numerous others. The circuit trek is voted the best long-distance trek in the world since it covers a lot of climatic zones, a spectacular variation of geography, and, most importantly, distinct cultures and people. Furthermore, it is an enticing 160-230 kilometer journey into a divine mix of nature and culture.

It is noteworthy to realize that the trek is spectacular and appeals to both novice and experienced trekkers. This graceful trek takes you along the most magnificent trekking trails in the world, with views of the world's seventh and tenth-highest mountains, Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) and Annapurna (8,091 m), respectively. Similarly, the world's deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki River, is enthralling.

Start your adventure with our hand-picked circuit trek itinerary, which takes us around the Annapurna range, culminating at Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,769ft). We will march across the world's deepest Kali Gandaki gorge, regardless of difficulty level, with Mt. Annapurna I rising to 8,091m (26,545ft) to the east and Mt. Dhaulagiri hovering at 8,167m (26,795ft) to the west!

Outfitter Nepal has extensive expertise in organizing treks in the Nepalese Himalayas. Our Annapurna Circuit trek package will take you on the most exciting experience of your life! We offer both group joining and private departure trips of the 20 days Annapurna Circuit Trek. We provide comfortable accommodation in basic mountain lodges where you'll get to interact with fellow trekkers and the locals owning the guest house.

Join us on one of our 2023, 2024 circuit trek departure dates, or contact us to tailor an Annapurna Trek to your specific needs. Enjoy this all-inclusive adventure with our knowledgeable, experienced guides and potters, who will share your weight at every step.

What to expect from the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The Annapurna Circuit Trek 20 Days takes you to the Thorong La Pass (5,416 m) - the highest trekking pass in Nepal. The picturesque Manang village and Muktinath are the two significant places in the Annapurna Region. You get to have overnight stays in each of these places, which is a great way to learn about the people living in the mountains. As we hike day after day, we'll become acquainted with the daily lives of Nepalese mountain people who have lived in the remotest region of the country for centuries. Take this journey to be immersed in the splendor of the mighty Himalayas as well as the culture of small traditional communities.

For many reasons, the round trip in Annapurna is considered more than just a trek. From start to finish, the splendor of culture and environment is a subject of appreciation! It is a whole adventure across the Himalayas, where you can see some of the world's most stunning mountains and learn about and appreciate the interesting culture of the mountain people and their unique way of life.

The circuit trek in Annapurna starts with a guided day tour in Kathmandu. The next day, you drive to Bhulbhule, the starting point of the trek. The trail follows two major river valleys, Marsyangdi River Valley and Kali Gandaki River Valley. The first half of the trail follows the Marsyangdi River Valley and leads you to Thorong Phedi. Further, crossing the challenging Thorong La Pass, you walk along Kali Gandaki River Valley. This is an exciting opportunity you cannot miss!

Why is Annapurna Circuit Trek's landscape considered unique?

The Annapurna circuit trek starts in a verdant subtropical zone, where you can hear the rushing river far away even though you can't see it. The weather is pleasant as you hike by numerous terraced fields and farms. You'll also come across numerous Himalayan villages built beautifully in a traditional style. After that, you make your way up the Marsyangdi River valley, passing through deciduous forests and cooler temperatures. The forests you hike through inhabit rich sub-tropical vegetation, including Rhododendron, birch, oak, and juniper trees. You might as well encounter some wildlife in the Annapurna National Park.

After a few days, you'll begin to have clear views of the Annapurna ranges, which include Annapurna I (8,091 m), the region's highest peak and the world's tenth-highest peak. Then you ascend above the tree line to bare slopes and dismal ravines surrounded by snowy peaks. The air is thin, and the wind is frequently strong in the desert-like Himalayan terrain inhabited by Manangis. Thorong La, a mountain pass 5,416 meters above sea level where the Khatung Kang and Yakawa Kang mountains meet, is the highest point of the Annapurna Trek.

From Thorung La Pass, you'll see the incredible desert-like Himalayan slopes with unique purplish shade. The trek mostly descends from here on. You'll pass down the alpine terrain to lush sub-tropical vegetation before getting back to the beautiful valley of Lakes, Pokhara.

What mountains are visible from the 20 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The Annapurna trekking is a treat to every wanderlust's eyes. The circuit trek traverses you through unique sceneries and topography, canyons between the highest mountains, ever-flowing glacier rivers and lakes, Himalayan flora and fauna, and traditional Nepali communities. Among all these precious experiences, the enticing panorama of snow-capped mountains surrounding you from all directions has to be the winner!

This 55-kilometer-long Annapurna massif is home to many peaks, including Annapurna (8091 m), Machhapuchhre (6993 m), Gangapurna (7455 m), Nilgiri Himal (7061 m), Tilicho Peak (7135 m), and others. You'll also get to see Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Mt. Manaslu (8163 m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6986 m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Tukuche Peak (6,920 m), Varaha Shikhar (7,847 m), and other mountains in the distance. The snow-clad view of the Nepalese Himalayas will truly reward this unforgettable experience high up in the Himalayas.

How does the Annapurna Circuit Trek justify the cultural experience of the region?

The Annapurna Circuit Trek delivers a magnificent view of the world's tallest mountain peaks as well as a fascinating peek into the local culture, traditions, and rituals. On our journey, we will encounter natural as well as cultural glory, including close-up views of some of the world's tallest mountains and the local community's outstanding hospitality, religion, and tradition. Mountaineers and many others who love the grandeur of the environment and culture will enjoy the trek around the Annapurna Region.

During the circuit trekking, you will get to see authentic culture while you stay in several villages. Mostly dominated by Gurung, Brahmins, Manangis, Thakalis, and Magars, this journey will let you experience the norms, values, and ancient practices of these communities. Several Buddhist stupas, gumba, and chortens are examples of the deep religious and cultural history of the region. Along with that, you will also visit one of the holiest temples of Hindus (Muktinath Temple).

Best Features of the Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule
  • Visit Manang village along with enjoying stunning views of Gangapurna Glacier
  • Cross the challenging Thorong La Pass (5,416 m) 
  • Get blessed at Muktinath Temple, one of the holiest temples of Hindus
  • Trek through Kali Gandaki Valley and Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world 
  • Taste delicious apples at Marpha, the capital of apples
  • Soak your body in the natural hot spring at Tatopani
  • Experience the rich culture of different ethnic groups 
  • Trek through beautiful Rhododendron, birch, juniper & oak forests
  • Witness the stunning sunrise view from Poon Hill
  • Explore the city of Lakes, Pokhara

Major Attractions of the Annapurna Circuit Trek

Manang, the crown jewel of the Annapurna Circuit

Manang is one of the most famous places in Nepal and also the most beautiful village on the trek. Manang itself has numerous things to do, from a short hike to nearby quaint villages to thrilling mountain biking. You can visit Milarepa's Cave, Braga Village, and Bhojo Gompa, the most significant spots near Manang. Besides this, you can see stunning landscape views of the snow-clad mountains from Manang, forming a crown over the village.

Many visitors like spending a few days in Manang, which is known for its breathtaking grandeur. The gurgling of the flowing river can be heard throughout this charming village as the Marsyangdi River nestles this tiny hamlet. This river goes towards Annapurna Mountain's eastern side. The population of this little village in Nepal's Gandaki province is about 6500.

Challenging Thorong La Pass

Damodar Himal is the home to Thorong La Pass. It is located in central Nepal, to the north of the Annapurna Himal (mountain). The pass is lodged between the peaks of Khatung Kang and Yakwa. It rises 5,416 meters above sea level, which is also the Annapurna circuit trek's highest point. It is recognized as the most difficult hike in the Annapurna region for obvious reasons. You have to trek on a steep, rugged trail for hours before sunrise to reach the top of the pass.

Trekking to the Thorong La Pass requires not only effort and stamina but also patience. You'll feel as though the pass is only around the corner, and you'll summon all your strength to claim triumph, but when you get there, it's simply another slope to a ridge. However, when you reach the highest point after all of your perseverance and effort, you will feel as if your patience and effort were rewarded. The view you see is simply stunning, and the sense of accomplishment and success that comes with reaching the top is something you should experience for yourself. You'll feel like an ultimate champion with all the emotions rushing in your soul and spirit.

Muktinath Temple

Muktinath Temple is one of the holiest pilgrimage sites of Hindus and Buddhists, situated at the foothill of Thorong La Pass. Known as one of the highest temples in the world (3,800 m), Muktinath is considered Mukti Kshetra (place of liberation). As per legends visiting Muktinath Temple will wash off all your sins and bless you with good luck. Thousands of pilgrims come here from different parts of Nepal and India to take a bath in the pond & the tap present on the temple premises.

The temple is one of the oldest temples in Nepal's Himalayan region. The shrine is one of the eight sacred locations known as Swayam Vyakta Kshetras (the other seven being Srirangam, Srimushnam, Tirupati, Naimsharanya, Pushkar, and Badrinath). It is one of the 108 Divya Desam holy locations dedicated to Lord Vishnu's devotion. Similarly, it is one of the 51 Shakti Pithas devoted to Lord Shiva's wife, Goddess Sati (Shakti).

Taste Delicious Apples in Marpha

Marpha is known for its multi-story old stone structures built by hand without the use of mud or cement, as well as the delicious apples cultivated in the lush valley that runs between the Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri Himalayan foothills. You'll want to stay here more than one night because this gorgeous Thakali settlement is so appealing. The lovely village's character is defined by its stoned pavements and whitewashed buildings. This village is quite tranquil! Apples are undoubtedly the village's stars. The handmade apple cider and delectable freshly baked apple pies are the best of the bunch. Have you already felt your mouth watering? Marpha is unquestionably one of the most exclusive villages on the Annapurna Circuit.

Hot Spring in Tatopani

The Tato Pani natural hot spring is the highlight of the Annapurna Region. On the journey back to Pokhara, many trekkers choose this route just for the hot spring. Bathing in a natural hot spring can help you recover from the tension and exhaustion of your walk. Similarly, spring water is said to have a special healing capacity for easing pains and aches. The spiritual importance of hot springs cannot be overstated. Thus, it is said that swimming in a hot spring spiritually purifies the soul. You must, however, spend a few additional dollars.

Beautiful Ghorepani Village

Ghorepani village, at roughly 2760 meters above sea level, boasts breathtaking views of Nepal's Himalayan terrain. In Ghorepani, hill trekking is quite popular. Poon Hill is the most excellent hill to hike from Ghorepani. The oak forest, home to a variety of birds as well as verdant hills and patchwork valleys, will enchant your eyes. Almost every vantage point provides a tempting glimpse. People from the Gurung and Magar communities live in this region. You will have the opportunity to connect with them and witness their daily routine.

Stunning Sunrise from Poon Hill View Point

Poon Hill is one of the Annapurna region's most well-known landmarks. Trekkers frequently ascend to Poon Hill, located immediately above Ghorepani Village, for a short stroll. Most trekkers leave the village of Ghorepani early in the morning to trek to Poon Hill to enjoy the sunrise. The western Himalayan Mountains, as well as a tempting sunrise and sunset, can be seen from here.

The vistas of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri from Poon Hill are incredible, and the hour-long trek up stone stairs through a rhododendron forest is well worth the effort! Poon Hill may get quite crowded, especially during the peak hiking seasons of spring and autumn. As you take in the scenery, expect to be surrounded by hundreds of other hikers. The enticing hike to Poon Hill will leave you speechless!

ItineraryTrip day to day detail itinerary

When flying into Kathmandu on a clear day, the views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawl down below you & are almost breathtaking, beginning a whole link of memorable experiences that stay with you for a real, long time, Our escort and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.

Our representative will help you check into your designated hotel then you will be briefed about your daily program. This is your first overnight in the valley of the gods.

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

After having breakfast at hotel, we will take your sightseeing tour in Kathmandu about 9:00 am and the Kathmandu is historical heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents an interesting holy mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and western influence in the valley.

There will be a day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath, and Swoyambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Squire, all of them are UNESCO recognized World Heritage sites, return to hotel and you will have some time to buy trekking gear if you need.

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

You will have an early breakfast at hotel in Kathmandu and our trekking guide will come to pick you up at the your hotel about 7 AM in the morning, we then drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway to Dumre and then follow the narrow and paved road by the Marsyangdi River to Besisahar then to Bhulbhule.

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

After having breakfast at lodge, we start trekking and the trekking will take about 6 hours to Chamje, The trail goes flat for the first part then climbs steeply and the path is cut into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed.

Eventually we descend to the stone village of Jagat (1330m.) situated on a shelf which juts into the precipitous Marsyangdi valley. Now the trail begins to observe small ups and down to Chamje through the forests.

  • Max. Altitude:1,410m/4,625ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain:570m/1,870ft
  • Accommodation:Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours:6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance:16km/9.9mi

After having breakfast at guest house, we start our trek by descending to the river and cross another suspension bridge; we begin a climb to Sattale (1550m.) on a path so steep that seems one slip would send you hurtling down into the valley.

We continue on an undulating path above the river, and at one point, where a tributary flows in from the opposite bank, the main river becomes covered with huge boulders that hide the water. Climbing a meandering path to the top of the hill.

We will see the level plain of Tal (1700m.). Beyond Tal, the valley narrows and the path becomes high and winding, and in several areas hewn from the rock itself. Beyond the small village of Karte (1900m.), there is a bit more cliff-walking before the path drops again to the river and we cross a another suspension bridge and arrive at Dharapani.

  • 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

After having breakfast at guest house, we start our trekking at first light after a cupper through a narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu, The Marsyangdi River then veers to the left, and as Annapurna II becomes visible ahead, we arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhote village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze around Buddhist monastery, continuing to climb through forests of pine and oak, we pass through Danaque (2210m.).

There comes a small wooden bridge which makes us follow a steep ascending path up to Timang village which lies at the bottom of Lamajung Himal & then the trail goes through a flat level until we reach 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

After having breakfast at guest house, We start our trekking from Lamjung Himal (6893m) as we see it glittering in the morning sunshine with the first rays hitting us warmly in the face, & we set off for Pisang, The mountain disappears as we climb the path up the valley, passing a huge apple orchard.

We continue through fir and pine forest, climbing to a high, rocky area as the opposite bank becomes an impassable cliff. From this point the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as we follow the path to Bratang (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, before crossing back to the right bank again.

We now trek through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up wonderful vistas & then we come to a long mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang.

  • 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

After having breakfast at guest house, we start our trekking with climbs to steep ridge which affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7145m.). Descending past Manang's airstrip at Humde (3320m.) will arrive & then we come to a level area from where the north-east face of Annapurna III rises to the skies above us. From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV (7525m.) 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 and off to the right, below a craggy mountain.

We see the village of Braga with its splendid monastery, Large Chortens and mani walls abound and the tall peaks of the Himalaya spread out before us, then after a short steep climb we will reach Manang.

  • 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

This also gives our lungs a breather while we rest our weary bones a bit till we do some short hikes to get used to the thin air as we slowly go to the higher elevations.

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 Annapurna, or climbing high above the village for a full panorama of the Annapurna range and the Manang Valley.

There is also a Himalayan Rescue Association [HRA] aid post in the village which makes for an interesting and educational visit. Moreover you can visit Ganagapurna Glacier Lake to make your rest day a memorable one.

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

We start our trek after having breakfast at guest house, today the trail ascends gently all the way to Yak Kharka passing through Gunsang (3960m.) village, En route, we will see panoramic views all the day and it seems it is short hiking, however, we will feel a bit fatigued as we are going higher and into less oxygen air.

  • 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

After having breakfast at guest house, we start our trekking with a climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marsyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge, after a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, you follow a narrow trail across an unstable spree slope and then descend to 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

Today, we start our trekking quite early in the morning crossing the Thorung La (5416m.), The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving camp but as this trail has been used by local people for hundreds of years the path is well defined, No trail hassles down here.

The gradient then eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing, we will reach the chorten and prayer flags of the 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 which are spread out before us.

The descent to Muktinath is a knee pounding 1600m 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.

  • 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

This morning, we will go visit the famous temple of Muktinath and return to the lodge then have breakfast and begin the trek descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet.

After passing through Jharkot and Khingar villages with typical Tibetan architecture, we follow path steeply down to Kagbeni, a primitive village famous for Tibetan architectures and there is a monastery hereabouts said to have been built in the 15th Century the Kagbeni is the border for Upper Mustang,  have a lunch in Kagbeni.

We continue trek with flat path along the banks of dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone and arrive Jomsom.

  • 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

After having breakfast at lodge, We begin our trek Kalopani through  Marpha. Marpha is rich in cultivating apples & this is where our apple pies originate from, The apple brandy available there is famous among the local folks and travelers.

Then we continue trek to Kalopani.

  • 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

After having breakfast at lodge, we start the trek and the trail descends steeply up to Rupse Chhahara (Rupse Waterfall) which is amazing to look at.

There is situated the deepest gorge of the world between two massif mountains Annapurna I (8091m.) in east and Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) in west facing each other near Rupse Waterfall, Now the trail ascends slightly to Tatopani through different settlements, check in to the lodge and will have time to go and take bath on the natural hot spring.

  • 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 having breakfast at lodge, we start our trekking by passing through flat level of the land at some distance. Then the trail begins ascending steeply for at least one hour then goes up through different villages inhabited by the people of different caste and a lot of agricultural land that shows this village is pretty well off.

The majority of the people here are Gorkhalis who serve in the Indian army. Then the trail ascends gently all the way to Ghorepani passing through small villages like Phalate, Chitre and so on.

While trekking you pass through rhododendron forests and come across the wild life such as monkeys and birds of various species. You are accompanied by more panoramic views of different mountains.

  • 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

We will start our trekking with an early morning hike to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Himalayas including Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhre (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks.

We then return to the lodge and have breakfast, we again follow gradual descending path through the forests of rhododendron and oak up to Banthanti, It is a small village where you can haul up for hot and cold drinks. Then the trail descends to Ulleri (1960m.), a big Gurung village where we will enjoy the views of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli. From here the trail up to Tikhedhunga is steeply descending passing through terraces and some robust villages.

After a short walk of 15 minutes from Tikhedhunga we reach Hile.

  • Max. Altitude:3,210m/10,531ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain:360m/1,181ft
  • Elevation Loss:1,780m/5,840ft
  • Accommodation:Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours:5-6 hours
  • Walking Distance:15km/9.3mi

Today is the last day of our long Annapurna Circuit Trek and it is a pretty easy hike as well. The trails gradually descend following Bhurung Khola (Bhurung Stream) all the way to Birethanti before we cross the Modi Khola over the suspension bridge a short walk & we reach Nayapul, where our vehicle will be waiting to drive us back to Pokhara.

  • Max. Altitude:827m/2,713ft
  • Meals:Breakfast and Lunch
  • Elevation Loss:603m/1,978ft
  • Accommodation:3 Star Hotel
  • Walking Hours:2-3 hours
  • Walking Distance:7km/4.3mi

We take a tourist bus at 7 AM to drive to Kathmandu and the drive will be fantastic along many satellite towns on the way. And we are able to see healthy settlements, Rivers, terraces and landscapes, after 6 hours driving we will arrive at Kathmandu.

If you want to take other tours in Nepal such as Chitwan Jungle SafariPokhara 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.

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

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We know you’ve enjoyed your vacation & we hope the relationships built up over the weeks will translate into a warm & mutual friendship in the years ahead. Please do remember us. Bon Voyage & take care!!!.

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What's Included
  • Airport transfers.
  • 3 night hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • A day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
  • 1 night hotel in Pokhara including breakfast.
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) on trek.
  • Accommodations in lodges on trek.
  • A guide & porters (1 porter for each 2 trekkers and a porter carry about 20-22 KG from 2 of you).
  • Paper works, National park entry permits, & TIMS permit.
  • Ground transportation Kathmandu – Pokhara- Kathmandu by tourist/local bus.
  • Arrangement of emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company.
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets and duffel bag – if Necessary (return after the trek).
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.
  • Entrances Fees while visiting Kathmandu on second day.
  • Tips for the guide and porters.
  • Anything not mentioned in included section.
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Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary

The circuit trek starts with a drive to Bhulbhule and an overnight stay. The consecutive next days mean ascending to Chamje, Dharapani, Chame, villages of Pisang and finally Manang. A newly constructed roadway means you can cut your trek for a few days and get a direct jeep until Chamje or Chame if that is what you want. Acclimatization day at Manang would help you with the increasing altitude. The next day, you trek to Yak Kharka, followed by Thorong Phedi via Thorong La Pass.

After that, the trekking trail descends to Muktinath and then Jomsom where you can spend the night and enjoy! The next day you will be heading towards Kalopani followed by Tatopani, with an overnight stay in each of these villages. After Tatopani comes Ghorepani and then Poon Hill. From Poon Hill, you hike until Nayapul and drive to Pokhara. This way you can complete your Round Annapurna Trek.

Outfitter Nepal’s 20 days Itinerary to Annapurna Circuit Trek

Outfitter Nepal's 20 Days circuit trek in the Annapurna Region is customizable and can be tailored to meet your specific needs. We can create a customized plan for you if you wish to adjust the Circuit Trek itinerary to include fewer or more days.

The standard package is of 20 days, but it can be tailored to your specific requirements! Other sightseeing tours can also be arranged before or after your trekking adventure. Please keep in mind that by adding more travel days, the itinerary package's days must be extended! If you wish to visit extra tourist locations such as Chitwan or stay in Kathmandu for a few days, you must extend the regular package's days from 20 to any number you choose!

We recommend having a few days on hand if you wish to extend your vacation to Nepal! The cost varies according to the changes made to our standard Annapurna Trek program of 20 days. On the other hand, Outfitter Nepal makes certain that you acquire the most bang for your buck!

Annapurna Circuit Trek Cost

For a group of 10, the 20 days expedition costs US$ 997 per person. This is the cost of a standard Outfitter Nepal package. We can modify the package cost to match your demands if you have a group of more than 10 people. Similarly, depending on your budget, the cost of a circuit trek for a solo trekker or a small group of trekkers could range from US$ 997 to US$ 1400. Please keep in mind that changing the accommodation or food services included in the overall standard pricing package would vary the trek cost.

We can upgrade your accommodation options for you to a deluxe hotel room and tourist class accommodation with attached toilets for the deluxe and luxury plans even when trekking in the Annapurna region.

Thus, the cost of an Annapurna trekking package varies depending on whether you want to customize your accommodations or change the itinerary! Read the cost including and excluding sections to learn more about the services included in the standard Trip cost for Round Annapurna.

The answers to some queries you would want to know!

When is the best time to go on a circuit trek to Annapurna?

The Annapurna Region's spring months of March, April, and May and the autumn months of September to mid-December are ideal for trekking. Even better; Trek to Annapurna Circuit in October is considered the best month to trek in Nepal! The weather is fairly constant, and the sky is clear, providing excellent vistas. In addition, the pleasant weather makes the voyage more enjoyable throughout these months.

The trek is also possible during the monsoon season (June to July) and the winter season (December to February). However, there could be rain and slick terrain, as well as chilly weather and temperatures during the monsoon season.

You might visit in December if you want it to be calmer. In the winter, the trek is also possible. The best visibility is provided by dry air and clear skies, although the winter will be bitterly cold and snowy. If you're planning a trek in December, be sure you have all of the necessary equipment.

Avalanches must be avoided when travelling from Manang to Yak Kharka in January. This route is prone to avalanche and landslide danger. Regardless of the season, trekkers should exercise caution when travelling from Manang to Thorong.

How difficult is trekking in the Annapurna Circuit ?

The circuit trek is considered to be fairly strenuous. The trail is considerably more difficult than previous treks in the region. The likelihood of high altitude sickness increases as you gradually gain elevation. Notify your guide right away if you notice AMS symptoms.

When it comes to the trail, it has a fair mix of difficult and moderate courses. Because you must trek for 6 to 7 hours per day, you must have high stamina and good health.

Also, keep in mind that hiking in the Himalayas is always risky. The weather is unpredictable, and you may encounter severe weather. You must mentally prepare for any situation that is beyond your control.

Trekking and hiking through the Mountain imply that there may be surprises around every corner. The circuit trek is a risky and intriguing route for adventure travellers and hikers, with increasing difficulties and challenges until we reach our destination.

What kind of food and accommodation services are available in Annapurna Circuit?

According to our standard trek plan, you will spend the night on the trek in a basic lodge or teahouse and 3-star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara. You will be staying in tourist-friendly hotels and lodges in the Annapurna Region. We can also locate a luxury hotel and teahouse within your budget.

The trek itinerary includes luxury and premium hotels and lodges in addition to affordable hotel and lodge accommodations. Comfortable mattresses with cushions, electric blankets, hot and cold showers, free Wi-Fi, and other amenities are available at the hotel.

Dal Bhat, a Nepalese meal, is high in carbohydrates and protein. The lentils, beans, and pulses soup will provide enough protein for your body. Seasonal veggies will also be served in the guest's home, supplying your body with additional nutrients.

You can sample other menu items including Momo (dumplings), locally grown Barley, Buckwheat, Millet, and Corn Roti (Bread), noodles, sandwiches, bakery products, tea, coffee, and more if you give them a chance. Buckwheat, millet, and barley are high-fibre cereals that are also nutritionally dense. Noodles, spaghetti, macaroni, pizza, lasagna, various curry dishes, and fried rice are just a few examples of cuisines that may be prepared with minimal effort.

What kinds of gears do you need for trekking in the Annapurna Circuit?

One of the most crucial considerations is what to bring for the trek. It can be difficult to get around if you don't have the right equipment.

Here's a rough idea of what you'll need for your trek but in a detailed equipment list, you may find in the link of our equipment icon.

  • Trekking Boots
  • Sandals/Crocs
  • Few pairs of undergarments
  • High quality down jacket and pant
  • Thermal wears
  • T-shirts and trousers
  • Trekking pole
  • A pair of gloves
  • Woollen hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Energy bars

Any permits needed for Annapurna Circuit Trek?

You require two trekking permits in particular for the circuit trek in Annapurna. The first is the Annapurna Conservation Area Project Card (ACAP card). Non-SAARC nationals pay US$ 20 while citizens of SAARC countries pay around US$ 2 (NRs 250).

Another authorization required for the trek is the Trekkers Information Management System Card (TIMS card). This card will cost you around US$ 20 (around NRs 2200) if you are a solo trekker, and around US$ 10 if you are a group trekker (roughly NRs 1200).

Do you need any guide for doing the circuit trek?

The circuit trek to Annapurna is going to be long and tedious! An experienced guide for the trip always comes in handy. A guide can help you learn more about the culture of the local people. Especially during the peak seasons, they can best assist you in finding accommodations. On top of it, because of their years of experience in trekking, they know the DOs and DON’Ts of the region! Sat Outfitter Nepal, we make sure you get the best guides for your entire trek!

FAQsAnnapurna Circuit Trek - 20 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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