• Duration 18 Days
  • Trip Grade Strenuous

    The strenuous grade is both moderate and difficult. Even in this grade, treks reach around 5000-5500 meters. You walk generally 6-7 hours every day. Strenuous treks require good physical condition and acclimatization. if some problems appear, you have to walk down and take some hot drinks or soup. You may get affected fast if you have high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease or complicated medical conditions.

  • Maximum Altitude 5416
  • Group Size Minimum 02 pax

With a reputation of being one of the most beautiful trekking trails in the world, our Annapurna Circuit Trek 18 days will not disappoint anyone exploring the region. Travelers have been observing the glorious views of Annapurna and Chu lu range since it was opened for trekking in 1977 A.D. The dramatically changing landscapes as we begin our trek from Chyamje (1,430m) is admired by everyone instead of driving up the valley to minimize the trekking days.

Annapurna Circuit Trek by Adventure Treks Nepal is prepared by expert guides because of whom you will not miss anything that this trail has to offer. The vegetation changes drastically from dense Oak forest to Pine forests and finally onto a Himalayan desert. As we gain altitude the landscape turns drier and the mountains seem huge as we approach them.

The mixture of people living throughout the trail also offers a lot of new experience and an opportunity to get in contact with their diversified culture. On the beginning part of the trail (i.e. Bahundanda, Chamje) you will see Bhramins people followed by villages inhabited by Magar community in Chame, Tal, Dharapani. The last settlements of the trail are mostly inhabited by the Sherpa community reflecting preserved Buddhist culture.

This Annapurna Region Trek is regarded as a demanding trek as you will be crossing a trekking pass above 5,416 meters which requires some good level of physical fitness. All your hard work would be compensated by sceneries of Annapurna II, III, IV, Lamjung Himal, Gangapurna, Pisang Peak, Chu lu East, Chulu West, Thorang Peak, Dhaulagiri and many other surrounding peaks of Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek region.

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Adventure treks Nepal will not end after you cross the Thorang La Pass as we have extended the trek further towards Poonhill where you will have one last 180 degree view of Annapurna Range before heading towards Pokhara. However, according to your reference we can arrange a flight from Jomsom as well.

While you are in Muktinath our guides will also take you to visit a Holy Hindu Temple where it is believed all your sins would be removed if you take a bath in all its 108 taps and deep in two pools in front of the main temple.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Highlights

  • Diversified landscapes throughout the trek with varieties of vegetation.
  • Crossing the mighty Thorang La Pass at 5,416 meters above sea level.
  • Experiencing local culture of people living in Manang, Braga, Chame, Nagwal and other villages along the trail.
  • Visiting Buddhist monasteries during the hike.
  • Exploring Gangapurna Lake at Manang.
  • Lots of side trails options such as Milarepa Cave, Ice Lake, Tilicho Lake to extend your trekking duration.
  • Extraordinary views of Mt. Annapurna III, II and IV along with Mt. Gangapurna, Khangsar Peak, Lamjung Himal, Tilicho Peak and the entire Chulu Range.
  • Tour to sacred Hindu temple at Muktinath.
  • Witness panoramic sunrise from Poonhill (3,210m).
  • Relax at natural hot springs in Tatopani.

"Is trekking in the Himalayan desert of Nepal while you get close to the mountains with views that leave your mouth open in your bucket list?" If Yes, Annapurna Circuit Trek 18 Days by Adventure Treks Nepal is a perfect choice for you.

Difficulty of Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trekking trail wanders in high altitude with many steep uphill sections which might be difficult if you are physically and mentally not prepared. Along with trekking for many days above 4,000 meters you will be exposed to uncertain weather conditions and high speed winds. Thorang Pass Trek is one of the most challenging treks in the Annapurna Region and we suggest everyone to train for a minimum a month before starting the trek.

Annapurna Circuit Trek throughout the Year

Spring Season (March to May)

A perfect time of the year to visit this Himalayan gem. The days are normally clear, offering you good views of the surrounding mountains, peaks and valleys. The first section of the trail and Poon hill region will have some Rhododendron flowers blooming in this time of the year. The Rhododendrons around Ghorepani with tall mountains in the background will provide some great memories for everyone.

Summer Season (June to August)

Not regarded as the ideal time for trekking with frequent rainfall and leeches until 2,800 meters, Annapurna Circuit Trek receives very few visitors during this season.

But summer has its own beauty and there is a lot to see during this period. As you reach the villages of Manang, Kagbeni, Nagwal, Pisang you will have a beautiful view of fields filled with barley and while its flowers bloom the field turns all pink leaving a wonderful scenery.

Autumn Season (September to November)

Another best season to trek through Manang and over the Thorang La Pass. With sunny days and clear mountain views, people who have visited Annapurna Circuit Trek at this time of the year have never been disappointed. The wind is not so high and the mornings are usually clear, offering you time of a lifetime.

This is the busiest period on the Annapurna Circuit Trek so everyone is expected to book their trek in advance if you are planning to visit. Most of the Tea Houses are often booked or very busy with large numbers of internal and external tourists.

Winter Season (December to February)

It is the most dangerous time to travel Annapurna Circuit or any high altitude trek in Nepal. During winter there will be snow if most of the sections of the trail above 3,500 meters. Many parts will be more challenging and travelers need more energy to cross the pass. There have been some accidents while people were trekking in winter so we don’t suggest you choose this season for your visit. Avoid winter as much as possible for Annapurna Circuit Trek

Booking For Annapurna Circuit Trek 2024/2025

Adventure Treks Nepal is very flexible with dates for your travel. If you have your private group with friends and family we can arrange the trip according to your preferred dates. For booking of the trip please email us and follow the easy booking procedure. Join us for a wonderful and memorable trekking experience in Nepal.

Packing Idea for Annapurna Circuit Trek

These are the basic things that you require to complete the Annapurna Circuit Trek. We will provide you duffle bag for trekking (each for one person). These duffle bags are to keep all your luggage for the trekking which will be carried by our strong and helpful porters.

Head Gear

  • Woolen Cap or warm hat
  • Sun cap or hat
  • Scarf or Buff
  • Sunglasses

Upper Body Clothing

  • Down Jacket (good quality)
  • Rain and windproof Jacket
  • Base layer Thermal
  • Long Sleeve Hiking Shirts (avoids sunburn)
  • Warm shirts to be worn in Tea House
  • Warm Gloves

Lower Body Clothing

  • Flexible Trekking Pants
  • Base layer Thermal
  • Warm and Comfortable trousers for Tea Houses.
  • Rain and windproof layer
  • Hiking shorts for lower elevation and for summer season. (optional)
  • Shocks which is comfortable for hiking
  • Warm shocks for Tea House.

Important Equipment

  • Head Lamps or Light
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Trekking Boots
  • Scandals or slippers for evening and campsite area
  • Trekking Poles (Optional)
  • Water Bottle
  • Water purification tablets
  • Personal Towels
  • Sunscreen and Lip Guards
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Chargers of your electronic devices
  • Personal Items such as Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Toilet Paper, etc.
  • Personal Medicines (Incase if you have any regular medicines)
Itinerary

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Plan
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A representative from Adventure Treks Nepal will be waiting for you outside Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu according to your flight time with a board mentioning your Name. One you meet our expert team member you will be accompanied by him to the hotel and help you with check in procedures.

Once you have settled down, a trip briefing will be done where all your queries will be answered by a member from our Managing Team. Rest of the day is at leisure and you may explore around Thamel or visit some of the World Heritage Sites. We can arrange these tours for you upon your request.

  • Max Altitude: 1,330m / 4,365 ft.
  • Accommodation: Hotel

With the intention of introducing Nepal's rich history and cultural display Adventure Treks Nepal has planned this day with Cultural Tour of three of the World Heritage Sites and important religious sites.

Breakfast will be served at the Hotel after which we proceed towards the ancient palace of Bhaktapur now commonly known as Bhaktapur Durbar Square. This 15 km drive from Kathmandu will take you away from the main city and onto the old settlement inhabited by the Newar community where you can still see the palace from 17th century. Our professional tour guide will accompany you as you wander into the surrounding area while he explains each and every tiny detail about this artistic town.

The second half of the day consists of a visit to two religious pilgrimage sites for Hindu and Buddhist religion. Pashupatinath temple, a Hindu shrine is the most important Shiva temple in the world where during your visit you will see many burning bodies as a part of Hindu cremation process and you get the opportunity to learn about many rituals that people follow in Nepal.

Bouddhanath Stupa, the biggest stupa of South Asia is the last destination for Today. This Stupa is believed to hold remains of Buddha and is a holy place for people following Buddhism. After completing all three destinations you will be dropped at your hotel for refreshment and free time.

  • Max Altitude: 1,330m / 4,365 ft.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel

Today we will leave the busy Kathmandu and begin the real adventure. We have a long drive ahead which will be done by private transport just for our group. The drive takes us along the Trishuli River and provides amazing views of the Himalayas. As the high mountains appear in front of us the excitement begins to kick in. After 110 km of drive we meet Marshyangdi River and we follow this river further north towards Besisahar.

From Besisahar we hop on to a 4WD Jeep to experience a thrilling Road trip to Chyamche. As we follow Marshyangdi River on the mountain road many waterfalls appear on our sites and we stop in these waterfalls to capture some good pictures. The Jeep ride will be around 2-3 hours before arriving at Chyamche and spending the night there.

  • Max Altitude: 1,430m / 4,691 ft.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tea House

Today will be our first day of our trekking. We will have breakfast at the Tea House in Chyamche from where we set our footsteps on the Annapurna Circuit Trek. The walk today will be following Marshyangdi River into the dense forests surrounded by gigantic rocky cliffs. We pass an overhanging rock and climb a steep staircase into the village of Sattale. Along the trail we cross a bridge and enter into another large settlement of the region, Dharapani. Crossing several pine, spruce, maple and oak forests we make our way towards Bagarchhap.

  • Max Altitude: 2,160m / 7,086 ft.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Tea House

After a good sleep in Bagarchap our destination for this day is situated approximately 14 km away at an elevation of 2,630 meters above sea level. Chame is a popular hub and headquarter of Manang District and is quite a big town that we may come across in the trail.

During today's hike you will get further close to the Pisang Peak, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II and provide you the feeling of entering the Himalayas. The culture of people begins to change and the Aryan Face people will gradually be replaced by Mongolian faced natives.

The vegetation now also will turn completely into forest filled with pine trees and many waterfalls flowing down the mountains come into view while we hike today.

  • Max Altitude: 2,630m / 8,630 ft.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Tea House

Another day in the Annapurna region with nothing but the wonderful scenery waiting to welcome you. After breakfast in Chame we head in the direction of Pisang. As we approach north, people mostly follow Buddhism because of which several prayer flags, chortens, and prayer wheels appear on the trail. The treeline becomes thinner as we approach close towards Pisang following the Marshyangdi River. Even Marshyangdi River will seem smaller as we gain altitude. From Pisang you will catch amazing vistas of the Annapurna II, Pisang Peak, Lamjung Himal, and many more.

On the trail today you will have the opportunity to visit an apple farm in Bhartang and try some of their apples and other products like apple pie, apple juice which they prepare themselves.

Since we are above 3000 meters on this day we request everyone to intake a minimum of 3 liters of water, helping you to stay hydrated and avoid Acute Mountain Sickness.

  • Max Altitude: 3,230m / 10,597 ft.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Tea House

We stay on the southern edge of Marshyangdi River and cross several streams and local villages as we approach the desert of Annapurna. We will see an airport at Hungde, which is not operating currently and many apple fields along the trail. Proceeding north the valley widens up in Manang surrounded by the Annapurna Range.

There is another option of taking the upper route to Manang via Nagwal and Ghyaru which has some steep uphill sections and is challenging compared to the lower trail. However, all your hard work will be paid off with brilliant views of the mountains and valley.

There is an ancient monastery in Braga which is a must visit place during this day of hiking. Our guides will take you to the monastery and help you interact with the monks there if you are interested.

From Braga, it's a 30 min walk to Manang, a big village with many Tea Sops, Bakery and Retail Shops.

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

Today is the leisure day in our Annapurna Circuit Trek 18 Days plan. As we are now heading into the dry, rocky terrain high into the Himalayas, it is very important for our body to acclimatize. This day is not completely for rest though. There are many side trip options around Manang which you can visit during the day.

Mila Repa Cave, situated near the glaciers of Annapurna is one of the holy and important caves of this region which is approximately 2hrs 30 min away from Manang.

Ice Lake is another popular side trip around Manang, a lake which is 4 hours away from Manang. The trail to Ice Lake is mostly uphill as we gain almost 1,100 meters of altitude and reach 4,600 meters. This lake has some of the outstanding views of the Annapurna and Chulu range with the mountains reflecting on the lake.

If you don’t wanna have a big hiking day, you can visit the Gangapurna Lake which is just 20-30 min away from Manang village. This glacier lake is just across the main village and has some of the thrilling views of overhanging glaciers of Mt. Gangapurna.

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

From this day we will be heading into the desert of Annapurna Region. The vegetation changes completely and turns into a short patch of juniper and rocky surrounding. No trees will be in sight which means there will be a lack of oxygen in the air.

After crossing a stream and climbing to Tenki we head towards Yak Kharka via Gunsang. Yak Kharka has some Tea Houses where we plan to have our Lunch. After spending some time and enjoying the views we leave Yak Kharka and head towards Letdar which is another 1.5 hrs away.

  • Max Altitude: 4,250m / 13,943 ft.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Tea House

Following the Jharsang Khola we head close upto the Thorang La Pass. Today will be a short day for you as we prepare for the big day tomorrow. We descend down and cross the bridge over Jharsang River and ascend the narrow trail until Thorang Phedi.

Travellers also have an option to trek to High Camp which is at an altitude of 4,800 meters with only one Tea House. Many travelers have faced difficulties while sleeping and many issues with less number of rooms. To avoid all these issues Adventure Treks Nepal prefers to stay at Thorang Phedi.

  • Max Altitude: 4,500m / 14,763 ft.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Tea House

Finally the day we all have been waiting for. Today is the highlight of the trek as we will be reaching the highest point of Annapurna Circuit Trek and crossing the Thorang La Pass. The hike from Phedi to Thorang La is challenging as we enter above 5,000 meters of altitude and it will take around 4 hours.

We start very early with the aim of crossing the Pass before 10 A.M. As we look behind on today's hike, the panoramic view of Chu Lu range provides us energy to continue further ahead.

Upon reaching the top we will stop for some pictures and Tea, Coffee in the Tea Shop. After a few moments we began our descent towards Muktinath. The trail after the pass is all rocky which may cause you to slip, so please be extra careful.

With a heart full of happy emotions we visit the holy Muktinath Temple. This is a very religious Hindu Temple and people from all over the world visit this temple with a belief of eliminating all their sins by bathing in the temple. You may give it a try if you want where you need to walk across 108 water taps and dip in 2 pools in front of the temple.

After a long and demanding trek we get to the Tea House in Muktinath and rest.

  • Max Altitude: 3,802m / 12,473 ft.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Tea House

This day can serve you as a rest or relaxing day after that strenuous climb to Thorang La Pass. Today we will be driving to Tatopani, where there are natural hot springs which will give you a healing experience as you take a dip.

In between the drive we will have a stop at Marpha and explore the Buddhist monastery of the area. After exploration we will continue ahead to Tatopani via Tukuche, Lete and many other villages inhabited by the Thakali community. Thakali people are believed to prepare the best Dal Bhat, so while in this area you should give it a try.

  • Max Altitude: 1,190m / 3,904 ft.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Tea House

On this day we will enter another popular trekking destination of Nepal, Ghorepani. The trail which we will be walking today was once used as a trade route to Tibet. You will see wide roads because of modernization during today's hike. In some sections of the trail we will be walking on the ancient trail as well. This is a short day and we would suggest you take it slow.

  • Max Altitude: 2,210m / 7,250 ft.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Tea House

Another easy day in the Annapurna Circuit Trek as we gradually climb up to Ghorepani. This village has people from the Poon and Magar community living in the region whose hospitality is unmatched. The trail passes through Chitre and offers an amazing scene of Rhododendron during the Spring Season. This trail doesn’t receive many tourists because of which the Rhododendron are untouched which will leave you awe struck.

Once you arrive at Ghorepani, the remainder of the day is at leisure. You have the option to explore and buy some Himalayan souvenirs for your loved ones or play some basketball/ volleyball with locals.

  • Max Altitude: 2,810m / 9,219 ft.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Tea House

Our day begins very early in the morning as we climb up to Poonhill gaining almost 350 meters of altitude. The sunrise from Poonhill is believed to be one of the best sunrises with Dhaulagiri range and Annapurna range providing panoramic views. After spending some moments at the top we return back to Ghorepani for breakfast.

The trail after breakfast is easy as we gradually descend wandering into the Rhododendron forests. You will notice many travelers coming towards Ghorepani as this is a very popular short trekking destination in Annapurna. We cross many bridges both cemented and suspended before arriving at Tikhedhunga through Nangethanti, Banthanti and Ulleri.

  • Max Altitude: 1,525m /5,003 ft.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Tea House

Today is our last day in the Annapurna Conservation Area. We begin our trek after breakfast following the Burungdi Khola until Birethanti where Modi Khola appears in our sight. We will have exit stamps on our permit in Birethanti and in Nayapul our car will be waiting for us. Once you arrive in Pokhara the rest of the day is at leisure.

  • Max Altitude: 970 m / 3,182 ft.
  • Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
  • Accommodation: Hotel

After breakfast in Pokhara, we have a mountain flight to Kathmandu; it is a thrilling, exciting flight over forests, fields and villages with the Himalayas in the background. On arrival, we transfer to the hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure for any last minute shopping for your loved ones.

Suggestion: Be on the left side of the aircraft to catch great views of the mountains.

  • Max Altitude: 1,330m / 4,365 ft.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel

A representative from Adventure Treks Nepal will drop you to the airport. Return back home with the memories for lifetime.

  • Max Altitude: 1,330m / 4,365 ft.
  • Accommodation: Breakfast
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Cost Details
Included
  • Arrival and Departure Transport.
  • Sightseeing tour with entrance fee.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Duffel Bag using for Trekking.
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner during the Trekking.
  • Accommodation in Tea house during the trekking.
  • Kathmandu Besisahar Transport.
  • Besisahar Chyamche Transport.
  • Muktinath Tatopani Transport.
  • Nayapul Pokhara Transport.
  • Pokhara - Kathmandu flights with airport Tax.
  • Trekking Porter with Insurance. (We Provide 01 Porter for 02 Pax).
  • Trekking Guide with insurance.
  • Trekking guide and porter's food and accommodation, wages etc.
  • First Aid kit.
  • Annapurna Circuit Trekking Region map.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permit fee.
  • Trekker’s Information Management system (TIMS).
  • Farewell dinner with cultural program.
  • Water purification tablets.
  • All Government taxes.
  • Office service charge.
Excluded
  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance of any kind
  • Nepal entry Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days you should get visa open your arrival)
  • Drinks, Dessert, Juice, Mineral Water, Heater charge, Hot Shower during the Trekking and main meals in cities.
  • Tips for Guide, Porter and driver.
FAQs

On an average, you should expect walking a minimum 5 to 6 hours each day during Annapurna Circuit Trek. During these hours you will be trekking on many uphill and downhill filled with glorious vistas.

Yes, there are ATMs in Manang and Muktinath.

Spring and autumn are the best seasons to travel this region because of clear skies and Rhododendrons. The temperature during this period of the year is also suitable for hiking.

The best way to ignore Altitude Sickness is by climbing slowly and acclimatizing properly. We also request you to drink a minimum 3 liters of water to stay hydrated. You should also avoid alcohols, cigarettes as much as you can while you are there at high altitude.

Yes you certainly can with proper planning and guidance. Adventure Treks Nepal had clients with similar and more age who completed the trip without any difficulties.

Yes, we are very flexible with travel dates and we will operate this trip according to your preferred time.

It is very difficult to exactly mention the amount. Depending on your nature of drinking hot drinks which cost roughly 1.5 to 2 USD. 10 to 15 USD per day should be enough for you to complete Annapurna Circuit Trek.

For booking please contact us at adventuretreksnepal@gmail.com where our team will guide you to book your trip.

We will have Porters arranged for you who will carry 02 bags each 10 kg. We provide one porter for two clients.

We will get you rescued by Helicopter or any other way possible for you to avoid any further danger. The cost of helicopter evacuation or any other should be paid by you or your travel insurance.