Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek - 20 Days

Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary and Cost 2024, 2025
Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek
What to see & doSpecific information about Classic 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 Bus and Jeep
  • Best Season March, April, May and Sept, Oct, Nov

The Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek 20 Days is an exciting trekking excursion that covers several climate zones, striking topographical variations, and above all, distinctive cultures and populations, which makes the Annapurna Circuit the best long-distance trekking journey globally. Ideal for both experienced and novice hikers, this Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek provides an unforgettable experience. You may take in up-close views of the massive Himalayas, which rise to a height of over 7000 meters, as well as small, historically significant communities nestled at the foot of these massive peaks and a variety of harsh, verdant landscapes.

With views of Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) and Annapurna (8,091 m), the seventh and tenth highest mountains in the world, respectively, this elegant journey leads you along some of the most breathtaking trekking trails in the world. The world's deepest gorge of the Kali Gandaki River makes the trek even more captivating. Landmarks like the Thorung La Pass, Muktinath Temple, Poon Hill, and the peaceful village settings of Manang, Jomsom, and Ghorepani add icing on the top.

The Classical Annapurna Circuit trekking route gradually grew in popularity since Manang welcomed its door to hikers in the 1980s. Now, it is one of the most popular trekking routes in, not only Nepal but the entire world. Wandering around the Annapurna range will offer you dreamlike views of the surrounding mountains, which is why, trekking lovers worldwide have a dream of completing the Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek at least once in their lifetime.

Traveling through the Annapurna region is interesting because of its many climatic zones and scenery, which range from the lush green forests of the sub-tropical region to the arid stony regions of the alpine region. Every day of the hike offers something new to view. In addition to being a natural experience, trekking in the Annapurna Circuit also possesses great cultural exposure. You get a taste of the renowned culture and way of life of the ethnic people from Gurung, Manange, Thakali, and Magar communities, living in the little villages along the trail. 

This expedition differs from the traditional 17 days Annapurna Circuit as you will use road transportation wherever feasible, which will cut down on the overall amount of hiking days. The development of roads to the isolated settlements along the circuit, which were undeveloped only a few years ago, has allowed for a shorter schedule of just 20 days. It's a shorter trip, but you won't miss anything significant. We take you from Kathmandu to Chamje on a bus, then trek through Dharapani, Chame, Pisang, Manang, Thorong La, Muktinath, and Jomsom. From Jomsom, we take a jeep ride to Tatopani and again resume the hike to Shikha, Ghorepani, Poon Hill to Hile, where we catch a local jeep to Pokhara. We end the trip with a picturesque drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

Our Outfitter Nepal professionals have put together everything you'll need to successfully finish your Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek in 20 days. We handle everything, including lodging, meals, and transportation, so you can hike stress-free. Moreover, your trip will be safe and enjoyable, thanks to our qualified trek guides and skilled potters.

Best Features of the Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Trekking excursion at high-altitude central Himalayas with rugged terrain 
  • Picturesque drive from Kathmandu to Chamje, Jomsom to Tatopani, and Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Wandering through the lush green woods of Rhododendrons, oak, birch, and juniper
  • Surround yourself with 7000+ meters of mountain peaks
  • Getting to know the locals of Manang village while acclimatizing
  • Savoring the breathtaking view of Gangapurna Glacier from Manang
  • Reaching the challenging Thorung La Pass, the trek's highest point at 5416 meters
  • Visiting Muktinath Temple in Mustang, a sacred Hindu and Buddhist shrine
  • Relaxing your tired muscles at Tatopani Hot Spring 
  • Enjoying the glorious sunrise view of the Annapurna range from Poonhill

“If you can only trek once in your lifetime, make it the Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek.” Why do people say this?

As we said earlier, The Annapurna Circuit is considered the most beautiful trekking route in the world. There are various reasons for that! First and foremost, the trekking trail offers outstanding natural beauty featuring verdant forests, traditional Himalayan villages, terraced farmlands, vibrant flora and fauna, roaring waterfalls, enormous snow-covered mountains, and the list goes on. Secondly, the landscape of the Annapurna region is so diverse that you’ll get to witness something new each passing day during the trek.

Likewise, the Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek is not only naturally beautiful but also culturally rich. The various ethnic groups living in the remote villages of the Annapurna region is the proof of that. Furthermore, it’s a difficult trek in the rough Himalayan terrain but also provides all basic amenities for fooding and lodging on the way making the trek comfortable. The 20 Day Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek is unique among other trekking routes due to its unrivaled natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and diversity of landscapes within a condensed time frame. That’s why one must trek to Annapurna Circuit if they can only go on one trekking journey in their lifetime.

What is so unique about the landscape of the 20 Days Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The Classic Annapurna Circuit differs from other trekking routes because of its constantly shifting climatic zone, vegetation, and weather patterns. The trekking adventure begins in a lush subtropical setting where, in the pleasantly warm weather, you cross numerous terraced farms and fields. Hikers see several Himalayan communities built in a conventional manner. Then, among chilly deciduous forests, you approach the Marsyangdi River Valley. You will find subtropical plants such as birch, oak, juniper, and rhododendron thickly forested in most of the woodlands you traverse.

After a few days, the Annapurna Range will come into view which has the highest mountain in the area, Annapurna I (8,091 m), and the tenth-highest peak in the world. Once you get over the tree line, you will see desolate ravines and parched slopes surrounded by snow-capped summits. The Manangis, or people of Manang, live in a sparsely populated location where there is sometimes a fierce wind in an area of the Himalayas that resembles a desert. The Khatung Kang and Yakawa Kang mountains meet at the mountain pass known as Thorong La (5416 m), which is the highest point of the Annapurna Trek.

Thorung La Pass offers views of the magnificent, desert-like Himalayan slopes, that are distinguished by their unusual purplish hue. The remainder of the journey is mostly a decline till Jomsom. Once again, you will leave the alpine setting and pass through a profusion of subtropical vegetation going uphill and downhill before reaching Pokhara's stunning Valley of Lakes.

How does the Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek highlight the cultural significance of the region?

In addition to offering a breathtaking view of the highest mountain peaks in the world, the Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek offers an enthralling glimpse into the customs, culture, and rituals of the region. Along the way, we will experience both natural and cultural splendor, such as up-close views of some of the tallest mountains on Earth and the exceptional hospitality, customs, and religion of the local people. The walk through the Annapurna Region is an enjoyable experience for mountaineers and many others who appreciate the grandeur of the landscape and the warmth of the culture.

You will witness authentic culture during the Annapurna Circuit hike while staying in guest houses run by locals and eating local delicacies in multiple villages along the way. This trip will allow you to observe the customs, values, and age-old practices of ethnic groups, which are primarily dominated by Gurung, Brahmins, Manangis, Thakalis, and Magars. The significant religious and cultural history of the area is exemplified by the numerous Buddhist stupas, gumba, and chortens that you'll visit. In addition, you'll pay a visit to Muktinath Temple, one of the holiest Hindu temples.

Major Attractions of the Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek

Magnificent views of the Annapurna range and other tall mountains

Since you will be encircling the entire Annapurna range, it is evident that you will witness its mountains from the start to finish of the trek. Numerous peaks can be found on this 55-kilometer-long massif, such as Tilicho Peak (7135 m), Nilgiri Himal (7061 m), Mt. Gangapurna (7455 m), Mt. Machhapuchhre/Fishtail (6993 m), the 10th highest peak, Mt. Annapurna I (8091 m), and others. Aside from these, you'll also be able to see other mountains including Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Mt. Manaslu (8163 m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6986 m), and summits rising to heights of 7000 meters and higher. You will be encircled by mountains covered with snow all around you.

Gorgeous Himalayan scenery with a variety of vegetation

The 20 days Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek begins in a subtropical area with tumbling rivers and thick woods. The weather is nice as you go across endless paddies and terraced fields. After a few days, one may observe the alpine vegetation with its arid slopes and lonely ravines surrounded by mountains covered in snow. You will cross Thorung La Pass and enter the desert-like landscape with parched soil and no flora. You'll descend to the tropical forest once more before the adventure ends. All things considered, the hike becomes increasingly fascinating as each day goes by with continuous changes in the surrounding landscape.

Passing across challenging Thorung La Pass, a high mountain pass

Standing at 5416 meters, the formidable Thorang La Pass is situated between the peaks of Khatung Kang and Yakwa. The steep, upward approach to the top of the pass, along with the thin, high-altitude air that has limited oxygen, makes this section of the hiking adventure the most difficult. Your persistence and hard work will seem well worth it when you eventually reach the summit and enjoy the magnificent view of the surrounding mountains. It's impossible to put into words the feeling of accomplishment you get from seeing the breathtaking vista from the top of the pass. You must witness it for yourself.

The charming village of Manang and its surroundings

At an elevation of 3519 meters, Manang is a stunning alpine town located to the north of the Annapurna Range. Manang is home to descendants of Tibetans who follow Buddhism and speak Manange, a Sino-Tibetan language spoken in Nepal's northern Himalayas. They are modest people who make their living from yak herding, tourism, and a small amount of agriculture. You will be spending a full day in Manang to acclimate, which is an excellent chance to take in the surroundings, engage in conversation with the locals, and discover their distinctive, long-standing customs and culture. The view of Gangapurna Lake and Glacier is plenty for those who enjoy the natural world.

Healing your sore muscles in Tatopani's hot spring

In Nepali, tapo pani translates to "hot water". Tatopani, named after a natural hot spring in the vicinity, is a highlight of this 20-day classic trek over the Annapurna Circuit. It's said that the spring water has a special ability to ease pain and promote recovery. Hot spring baths are said to have the power to purify the soul as well. So we suggest that you have a little soak in the hot spring before starting your uphill climb to Ghorepani. It will undoubtedly ease discomfort and help to relax your muscles, but we cannot promise soul purification.

Visiting the revered Muktinath Temple

Situated at the foot of Thorong La Pass, Muktinath Temple is a highly esteemed site for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimages. Bathing in the sacred taps within the Muktinath temple precincts is believed to wash away all sins and provide good fortune. The temple is also known as Mukti Kshetra (place of freedom). From all over India and Nepal, thousands of pilgrims come to this temple to bathe under the taps, believing the water will atone for their sins. While on your adventure tour across the Classic Annapurna Circuit, you have the unique opportunity to seek blessings for yourself at the Muktinath temple.

Meet modest locals from various ethnic backgrounds

The hike offers a stunning perspective of some of the highest mountain tops in the globe, as well as an insightful glimpse into the customs and cultural traditions of the region. You will have the opportunity to witness the primitive lifestyles of the Gurungs, Brahmins, Manangis, Thakalis, and Magars while on the hike. The hospitable inhabitants will assist you in learning the long-standing customs, beliefs, and traditions of the area. The various ancient temples, stupas, gumbas, and chortens that are still standing strong demonstrate the cultural richness of the region.

Beautiful sunrise view over the Annapurnas from Poonhill

The Ghorepani-Poonhill trekking route, which is a separate trek in itself, is also a part of the Annapurna Circuit. Poonhill is well-known for its breathtaking sunrise views of the Annapurna range and the neighboring mountain ranges. The Annapurna Range, Mt. Machhapuchre, and Mt. Dhaulagiri all seem to be glowing in golden rays during the spectacular Himalayan sunrise. The hike from Ghorepani to Poonhill is a short stroll uphill in the early morning and offers some magnificent views.

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
  • Walking Hours: 4-5 hours

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 Gain: 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 Safari, Pokhara Day Tour or Lumbini tour then you can start from today and do let us know if you want to take any tour as we also arrange those tours.

  • 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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  • Transportation: Private Vehicles
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What's Included
  • Airport transfers by private vehicles
  • 3 nights' accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • 1 night's accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Ground transport by local transportation (Kathmandu - Bhulbhule, and Pokhara - Kathmandu by tourist bus)
  • 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, National Park Entry 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 Bhulbhule 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 $190. 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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Starts:WEDNESDAYMAY 29, 2024
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PRICE (Per Person)US$1197
Starts:FRIDAYMAY 31, 2024
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Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek

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Useful InformationGood to know before you travel

Maximum Elevation

Offering the ultimate high-altitude trekking experience, Annapurna Conservation Area is situated at an elevation of 790 meters to 8091 meters at the summit of Annapurna I, the tenth-tallest Himalayan peak in the world. Throughout the 20-day journey, we rise and fall, changing our attitudes.

Reaching Thorung La Pass at 5416 meters is the highest point we will climb on the Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek. The pass is well-known for being Nepal's highest trekking pass. Furthermore, we stay the night at the highest altitude of 4450 meters at Thorung Phedi, the beginning point of the Thorung La Pass.

Weather Conditions of the Annapurna Region

The weather and temperature in the Annapurna region depend on the season you're trekking in as well as the elevation. Comparatively speaking, the lower portions are warmer than the higher ones. The months of December, January, and February bring bitterly cold temperatures and a lot of snowfall in the mountains. Mornings are quite stable, but midday and later in the day see extremely strong winds. Spring (March, April, and May) comes after winter with sunny skies and a warmer climate. But the monsoon/summer months of June, July, and August are very severe, with a lot of rain and landslides. With its chilly air, bright sun, and good visibility, autumn (September, October, and November) is once more a delightful season in the Annapurna region.

Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek Difficulty

Trekking the Classic Annapurna Circuit in 20 days is regarded as difficult because of the distance traveled and the elevation gained. There is a good mix of difficult, moderate, and easy hiking on the trail. Your body will take a little longer to adjust to the lower oxygen levels because of the constant ascent at the start of the hike. You will be trekking at an elevation of 5,000 meters above sea level, thus altitude sickness can be a severe worry.

You will be walking across the difficult Himalayan terrain for six to eight hours every day, so you'll need to be in peak physical and mental shape. The difficulty of the task is further increased by the unpredictable weather at high elevations. Without question, this 20-day Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek is more difficult than other shorter treks in the Annapurna region. But for a true adventurer, it's just another challenge.

Transportation for the trip

This classic tour of the Annapurna Circuit involves walking on the trekking trail and vehicle transportation at a few locations. From Kathmandu, we first take a bus to Besisahar, from where we catch a local jeep to Chamje. Following nine days of hiking, we once more travel from Jomsom to Tatopani by bus or jeep, where the hike resumes. Ultimately, we go from Hile to Pokhara in a local jeep, and then we board a luxurious tour bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Our package also includes airport transfers in a private car.

Accommodation during the Classic AC Trek

Accommodations on the journey will be in a guest house, mountain lodge, or tea house, much as on any other trekking route in Nepal. These low-cost, locally-owned lodgings offer basic meals and rooms on a sharing basis. Thus, in the peak hiking season, you may have to share a room with other trekkers. The rooms come equipped with cozy blankets, pillows, and bedding in addition to a comfy mattress.

In the lodges, especially at higher altitudes, you will have to share a bathroom, so we recommend carrying your own toiletries due to cleanliness concerns. You should also become acquainted with Asian-style squat toilets, as you will probably be using those while staying at lodges in the mountains.

In Pokhara and Kathmandu, however, lodging will be provided in a 3-star hotel with free breakfast.

Meals for the trek

You are free to eat anything you like while visiting Kathmandu and Pokhara as lunch and dinner in these cities are not included in our plan. Breakfasts, however, will be provided in your hotel. There are several restaurants offering a range of cuisines including vegetarian and non-vegetarian alternatives in Thamel in Kathmandu and Lakeside in Pokhara. It might be interesting to locate some vegan cafés if you’re up for it.

However, the tea houses along the trail will have limited options on their menus. For dinner and maybe lunch as well, you will be served Daal Bhat, a typical Nepalese cuisine made with white rice, lentil soup, salad, pickles, and seasonal vegetables. The substantial carbohydrate content of the meal will provide you with energy for a full day of hiking. Tibetan bread, curries, boiled eggs, tea, and coffee are common morning meals. You can also try some regional favorites like momo and noodles. You’ll also have some international cuisine options like pasta, pancakes, etc.

Drink plenty of fluids, such as hot water and ginger lemon tea, to stay hydrated and avoid altitude sickness. 

Drinking Water Facility

We do not recommend drinking water from single-use plastic bottles due to the growing amount of plastic waste on the trail. It is preferable to bring a thermos flask and fill it with hot water from the trail's tea rooms. You can use water purification tablets to clean the water if you're concerned about the water's purity. The best option is to invest in a high-quality water bottle with an inbuilt filter system. Clean water from local natural sources can be added to it, filtered, and then consumed on the move.

WiFi and Mobile Network Connectivity

Let's not expect fast WiFi and great phone reception in the remote areas of the Annapurna region. You'll be secluded in the Himalayan paradise and unlikely to feel the need to communicate with the outside world. At the tea shops along the route, you may be able to pay extra for WiFi connectivity if needed but expect some lags.

You can utilize mobile data anywhere the network is available, which is typically the lower part. Obtain a 4G SIM card from the NTC or NCell phone networks in Kathmandu before you depart for the trip. The NTC network is claimed to function better in remote areas.

Battery Recharge on the trail

The tea houses and lodges along the path offer a minimally priced battery recharge facility for your devices. The service could be provided freely at the tea house where you stay the night. Solar power is used as a source of electricity at high altitudes. You can't rely on it completely because there is less sunshine at high elevations in the winter and even other months. Be safe and always have spare batteries on hand. Because the batteries on your gadgets drain quickly in the cold, try to limit their use. In order to prolong the battery's life, keep them close to your body to keep them warm.

Guide and Porters

We include competent potters and skilled trekking guides in our 20-day trekking package around the Annapurna Circuit.

When trekking in the Annapurna region, you must be accompanied by a licensed trekking guide. We provide an experienced hiking guide with firsthand experience leading parties up the Annapurna mountain range and familiarity with the specific route's weather patterns. Since they help you traverse the path, connect with locals, and rescue you in an emergency, a competent guide is essential to the success of the journey.

A potter is assigned to two hikers, who will carry 20–22 kg of weight from the two of you. If you are an experienced hiker, you can avoid paying the potter's salary by carrying your own backpack. However, bear in mind that this isn't your normal hike. You'll journey through the strenuous trek at high altitudes in the Annapurna region for a full 17 hard days. So, think it out before opting not to hire a potter.

Permits Required

As an adventurous sport in remote areas, trekking in the Himalayas requires obtaining certain permits. The following two permissions are needed for this specific hike.

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

We will obtain these permits for you before the trip. These two permits are also included in the price of our package, so you don't have to worry about their cost.

Packing List

When trekking in the Himalayas, just bring what you absolutely need because it can be challenging to haul your belongings all the way to the top and back. Here's a general idea of what to pack for the hike.

  • Trekking boots
  • Sandals/Crocs
  • Several pairs of socks and underwear
  • Down jacket
  • Hiking pants
  • Trousers and t-shirts
  • Thermal wear
  • Trekking poles
  • Backpack and a daypack
  • A woolen cap
  • Sunhat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle and purifying pills
  • Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, tissues, etc.)
  • An average-sized towel
  • Protein bars and snacks
  • Basic medicines
  • Raingear
FAQsClassic Annapurna Circuit Trek - 20 Days frequently asked questions
  • When going above 3000 meters, altitude sickness, often known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), is a common danger. Due to the trek's elevation gain of above 5000 meters, there's a potential that you could get AMS. The main symptoms include headaches, dyspnea, fatigue, lightheadedness, and anorexia, though each individual experiences the condition differently.

  • Altitude sickness can be prevented by maintaining a balanced diet, obtaining adequate sleep, and drinking enough fluids. A good acclimatization process is also important in avoiding AMS. Keep alcohol out of your system when you're climbing. If the patient's condition deteriorates, they should be sent to a lower altitude immediately. In an emergency, the patient will be evacuated to safety and brought to a hospital in Pokhara or Kathmandu.

  • Your trek guide will take care of your safety if the emergency is manageable at the location. You will be examined to find out if the situation requires immediate attention. A jeep will be dispatched to retrieve you if the place is reachable by road. If you are in a distant area, you can be transported to Pokhara or Kathmandu by air ambulance. After that, you'll be brought to a hospital. Working staff from Outfitter Nepal will be available around the clock during the expedition.

  • Absolutely! Travel insurance is a must. Typically, lost luggage, postponed or canceled flights, and medical costs associated with travel accidents are covered by travel insurance. Occasionally, when trekking in the high Himalayas, a natural calamity or an emergency medical situation may require the use of a rescue helicopter to transport you to safety. Travel insurance is often beneficial in these situations. Consequently, make sure the insurance you buy covers emergency helicopter flights.

  • As there are no hospitals along the route, you must have a medical kit that includes common prescriptions, bandages, painkillers, diarrhea pills, cough syrup, and other basics for your own protection. Please consult with your doctor before beginning the hike as it can be dangerous for some individuals with underlying health conditions like asthma and heart disease. 

  • One of the trickiest sections of this trekking route is the Thorang La Pass. You have to start the day early in the morning and reach the elevation of 5416 meters before noon. This kind of altitude could be problematic for you, particularly if the wind picks up. Aside from that, you will typically need to walk for more than six hours each day while trekking, something you may become used to as the weeks pass.

  • There's no one right way to prepare for a hike. If you are fit, both physically and emotionally, you can finish the walk. It is ideal to have prior experience trekking at high altitudes due to the hike's length and elevation. If not, you can schedule regular cardiovascular exercises to begin preparing. Try jogging, swimming, or hiking in your neighborhood. Also include strength endurance training in your workout routine.

  • It is safe for women to travel alone in Nepal. When traveling alone, though, it is always good to exercise caution. On our journey along the Annapurna Circuit, we will pass through several traditional communities that are a little superstitious, so please dress modestly and be respectful of the inhabitants. During the hike, a guide will be with you to keep you safe. He'll be your protector and look out for you.

  • The streets of Thamel are lined with stores that sell hiking gear. In Thamel, you can purchase anything from hiking boots to a rain jacket. When compared to the pricing in your country, the price is reasonable. They are appropriate for the Himalayan climate, but they won't be the best quality.

  • Our trek package includes lodging in a mountain lodge and three basic meals per day (breakfast, lunch, and supper) while on the trail. Additional costs for drinks, tea, coffee, snacks, etc. are your responsibility. It is best if you bring some cash with you, as the isolated lodges do not accept other payment methods.

  • No, this journey circumnavigates the Annapurna range in the opposite way from the one that leads to the Annapurna Base Camp. We can extend the trek for you if you would like to accomplish ABC in addition to this one. Simply contact us with your request.

  • For millions of hikers, the Annapurna Circuit is a popular destination for hiking and trekking, although due to erratic weather, camping is uncommon. If the weather suddenly changes, the camping trip may not proceed as planned. The tea houses along the trail are far safer than campgrounds.

  • The Annapurna Circuit Trail does not have any ATMs. Make sure you withdraw enough cash before starting the journey because there are a few ATMs in Besi Sahar and plenty of them in Kathmandu.

  • If you are going to be traveling from your home country with cash, you can exchange that cash for Nepalese rupees in Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, especially in Thamel, where our office is located, money changers are everywhere.

  • Of course! We are happy to make any changes to your itinerary and lodging if you reserve a private trip. However, because altering the group departure trips could be unfair to other participants, we are unable to do so.

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