Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek - 17 Days

Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary and Cost 2024, 2025
Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek
What to see & doSpecific information about Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek - 17 Days
  • Duration17 Days
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
  • Max Altitude 5416m
  • Starts at Kathmandu
  • Ends at Kathmandu
  • Trip Style Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Group Size 10
  • Transportation Local Bus and Jeep
  • Best Season March, April, May and Sept, Oct, Nov

The 17 Days Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek 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 20 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 17 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 17 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 17-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 17 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 17 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 17-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

As soon as you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our airport facilitator will meet you at the exit. They will drive you to a three-star hotel in Thamel, one of Kathmandu's most popular tourist destinations, which is lined with lodging options, eateries, gift stores, cafes, pubs, and bars. Due to its central location within the city, this place is a favorite among tourists and hikers.

You may unwind or take a tour of the area after checking into your accommodation. Now is a great time to get any trekking gear you may require. Everything from handicrafts to trekking and climbing gear is available in stores on Thamel's streets. Make sure you get enough sleep and recover from your jet lag so you're ready for the adventure the very next day.

    At approximately seven in the morning, your trek guide will pick you up from the hotel and transport you to the bus terminal where you will board a bus to Besisahar. The timing may differ according to the bus schedule. Make sure you get ready and have breakfast before the scheduled time in the morning. Traveling by bus along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre is a comfortable experience. After Dumre, the path gets exciting. To arrive at Besisahar, you drive beside the Marshyangdi River on a paved off-road route. After reaching Besisahar, you take a local jeep to Chamje, where you will spend the night at a guest house.

      After a hearty breakfast at the guest home, we head out on our first hiking day of the Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek. The trail begins with a descent to the river, crossing it on a suspension bridge. Then it's up a steep slope up to Sattale (1550 m). We continue climbing up a meandering trail to a hill's summit, from where you can see the flat surface of Tal (1700 m).

      The valley narrows and the path becomes more winding after Tal. In certain places, the trail looks as though it has been chiseled out of the rock. Worry not, our experienced trekking guides will keep you safe. We have to travel past the small settlement of Karte (1900 m) along the cliffs to reach Dharapani. After that, the trail drops back down to the river and over another suspension bridge. We spend the night at a mountain lodge in Dharapani.

        From Dharapani, we start the hike after breakfast, walking toward a little field of grass. The Marsyangdi River drifts left, revealing Annapurna II in the distance. When you get to Bagarchhap, a Bhote village next to a Buddhist temple, you can see prayer flags waving in the breeze flirtatiously. We continue our trek crossing Danaque (2210 m) and hiking up through trees of oak and pine. After navigating a narrow wooden bridge and a treacherous slope, we come to the settlement of Timang at the base of Lamjung Himal. From here, the trail is somewhat flat up until we get to Chame, where we spend the night at a tea house.

          Before setting out on our trek to Pisang, we enjoy a great breakfast at the overnight tea house. The sight of Lamjung Himal (6893m), glistening in the morning light while having breakfast, will cheer you up. As we walk up the valley through a large apple orchard, the mountain vanishes. 

          With each step on the route to Bhratang (2950m), the valley rises sharply. After a short climb from Bhratang, we arrive at a region scattered with rocks. We now traverse a wooden bridge and continue on a challenging, winding track. As we hike through a pine forest, the valley's V-shape gradually becomes a U-shape, offering an incredible view. We, then, reach the small community of Pisang, which is distinguished by a long Mani Wall. It is where we spend the night after a delicious dinner. 

            We begin the day with a climb up a tall hill from Pisang that offers breathtaking views of Tilicho Peak (7145 m) and the Manang River. After passing Manang's airport at Humde (3320 m), we get to a level area where Annapurna III's northeast face looms majestically above us. One may also see Annapurna IV (7525 m) from the expansive, plain Sabje Khola Valley.

            After this, we walk a little distance over a wooden bridge to the tiny settlement of Mungji, situated across the Marsyangdi River. Here, you can witness the crops cultivated by the locals in the fields on either side of the trail. Next, we see the town of Braga, encircled by the magnificent monastery, numerous enormous chortens, and the Mani walls. After a strenuous uphill hike from Braga, we arrive in Manang. We settle down at a tea house where we’re going to stay for the next two nights. 

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

                On day 8 of our Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek, we wake up in Manang ready to take on Thorung La Pass after a well-earned day of relaxation. However, we have a few more days till we steadily get to Thorung La. So, today’s destination is going to be Yak Kharka.

                The trail passes through the hamlet of Gunsang (3960 m), while progressively ascending from Manang to Yak Kharka. Throughout the day, as we hike, we will take in the breathtaking views of the mountains all around us. Although it seems like a short climb, the altitude will tire us. Yak Kharka is situated at an even higher elevation of 4050 meters, making breathing difficult. Thus, we go cautiously and gently. After we reach Yak Kharka, we rest at a tea house where we also spend the night.

                  Following a hearty breakfast in Yak Kharka, we set out toward Thorung La Pass and reach Thorung Phedi today. The route begins with a moderate climb to a hilltop and then descends to the headwaters of Marsyangdi. Then we cross a hidden wooden bridge. We initially ascend the mountain way on the right side of the Marsyandgi for a while before making our way up a treacherous slope on a narrow trail and eventually descending to Thorung Phedi. At the end of our hiking day, we reach the foot of Thorung La Pass, also known as Thorung Phedi, and spend a comfortable night in a mountain lodge to restore our energy for the next day.

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

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

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

                      Today, you’re going to visit the revered Hindu temple, Muktinath, which also has a religious significance in Buddhism. It is believed that if you take a bath in the holy tapes present at the temple premises, it will wash away your sins. So, we wake up early, freshen up, and head towards the temple to seek blessings. 

                      Once we’re done with the temple visit, we get back to our overnight lodge, have breakfast, pack our belongings, and continue on our hiking journey towards Jomsom. Jomsom is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mustang. It is also where the Upper Mustang Trek begins. In just a few hours we reach the beautiful town of Jomsom. You can try the famous local apple wine here. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                You will have an early breakfast at your Pokhara hotel and then board a luxury tourist bus to Kathmandu at around 7/8 AM. You get to witness the tumbling rivers, terraced farms, and verdant rural beauty as you pass through several tiny villages on the way. The six or seven-hour bus ride will be an amazing experience for you to observe the beautiful Nepalese countryside. 

                                Once you arrive in kathmandu, you will be dropped off at your hotel in Thamel. After settling in at your Thamel hotel, unwind for a while and pick up some souvenirs to give to your family and friends back home. Join us for your farewell dinner on your last night in Kathmandu. 

                                  On your last day in Nepal, you will be driven to the Kathmandu International Airport for your final flight home. Travel safely!

                                  For the past 17 days, OUTFITTER NEPAL has had the utmost pleasure in serving you. We truly hope you had a fantastic time in Nepal. It was great meeting you and we hope to see you in the future. Please keep us in mind for any future travels to Nepal.

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                                    Cost DetailsGood to know before trip booking
                                    What's Included
                                    • Airport transfers by private vehicles
                                    • 2 nights' accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
                                    • 1 night's accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
                                    • Ground transport (Kathmandu - Chamje, Jomsom - Tatopani, Hile - Pokhara, Pokhara - Kathmandu)
                                    • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) while on the trek
                                    • Accommodations in basic mountain lodges or tea houses on the trek
                                    • A guide and potters (1 potter carries a total of 22 kg from 2 trekkers)
                                    • Paperwork, 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
                                    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 17-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 17 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 17-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 17-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 - 17 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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