Duration
15 Days
Activities
  • Thorong La Pass
  • sunrise view from Poon Hill
  • Sightseeing
Accommodation
  • 3-night hotel
  • 11-night lodge
Meals
  • 20 breakfast
  • 17 Lunch
  • 18 Dinner

Price

Reduced

$1565 USD

$1250 USD

10% Discount for Group
Destination Destination
Nepal
Difficulty Difficulty
Moderate to Adventurous
Max. Altitude Max. Altitude
5416 M, Thorong La Pass
Activities Activity
Trekking
Start and Point Start/End Point
Kathmandu/Kathmandu
Best Season Best Season
Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov
Group Size Group Size
1-8 people
Transportation Transportation
Private Car, Jeep and Bus
Activity Per Day Activity Per Day
6-7 hour trekking

Overview & Highlights

Annapurna Circuit Trek Highlights


  • Beautiful alpine meadows
  • Trek through narrow Marshyangadi and Kali Gandaki River valleys
  • Crossing the Thorong La Pass located at 5416m above sea level
  • A peek into Tibetan Buddhism
  • Therapeutic hot springs at Tatopani
  • Spectacular view of some of the tallest peaks of the world

Overview of Annapurna Circuit Trek


The Annapurna Circuit Trek is widely regarded as one of the finest trekking trails in the world. While you can see lush forests, terraced fields and densely populated settlements in the lower Annapurna region, the upper trans-Himalayan region is arid and barren, and sparsely populated. The lower region is mostly inhabited by Hindus, while most of the upper region is home to people following Buddhism.

This round Annapurna trek offers trekkers with lifetime experiences as they can witness great cultural, religious and ecological diversity of the Annapurna Region. The walk is pleasing as you can listen to birds chirping above the thick forest canopy and meet ever-smiling locals saying Namaste with their palms joined together. The Annapurna Circuit trail crosses numerous rivers and rivulets and you can see waterfalls cascading through lush forests into deep pools or fast-flowing rivers.

The vegetation in the Annapurna Circuit route ranges from sub-tropical and temperate forests in lower areas to sub-alpine and alpine forests in higher areas. These forests are home to rare medicinal herbs like the caterpillar fungus locally known as Yarsagumba which is believed to have aphrodisiac value, and endangered species like red panda, musk deer and the elusive snow leopard.

Mountain Views During 15-Days Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna Circuit trail lies between Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Annapurna (8091m) — the 7th and 10th highest peak in the world, respectively. The trek offers spectacular views of mountains peaks like Gangapurna, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu, Pisang Peak, Chulu East, Chulu West, Nilgiri, Tukuche Peaks and the omnipresent Machhapuchhre or the Fishtail.

You will also be walking through Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world between Annapurna and Nilgiri mountains at Andhagalchhi (2,520m). The gorge lies more than 5,000 meters below the summit of Mt. Annapurna, making hiking the Annapurna Circuit a lifetime experience for many.

Annapurna Circuit Route Info

This 15-day Annapurna Circuit trek begins with a scenic drive to Chamje from Kathmandu. The trail then traverses the Marshyangdi River valley passing through scenic sections to the villages of Dharapani, Chame and Pisang before climbing to the village of Manang. You will see chhortens, mani walls and colorful prayer flags as you gain altitude, hinting that you are entering the Buddhist countryside. Continuing further, the trail climbs gradually to Thorong La Pass (5,416) and enters the Kaligandaki River Valley.

Crossing the Thorong La Pass, the trail is mostly downhill and passes through the beautiful Muktinath Temple and beautiful Thakali villages known for the hospitable people and their mouth-watering delicacies. This section of the Annapurna Trail is also famous for organic apple orchards.

From Tatopani, the trail crosses the Kali Gandaki River and climbs to the village of Shikha before reaching the famed Ghorepani Poon Hill region. After enjoying sunrise and mountain views from Poon Hill, we will then descend to Ulleri and then to Tikhedhunga from where we will take a jeep and drive to Pokhara.

This 15-Days Annapurna circuit trekking itinerary is a well crafted itinerary for trekkers who are looking for  thrilling and adventurous journey in Nepal Himalaya. Besides that, Peregrine Treks and Expedition offers many other exciting Nepal trekking packages in Annapurna region such as 14-Days Annapurna Circuit Trek, 18-Days Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake, 13-Days Mardi Himal Trek, 20-Days Nar Phu Valley Trek, 10-Days Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek and so on.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary

Welcome to Nepal. After completing immigration and customs formalities, and claiming your baggage, come out of the airport where you will find our representative waiting for you. He will offer you a traditional Nepali welcome and escort you to your hotel. He will also assist you in the check-in process. Take some rest to unwind after a long flight. If your arrival is earlier in the day, you can step out to your hotel neighborhood to get the first glimpses of Kathmandu city or visit the Peregrine office. In the evening, there will be a trek briefing session where you will also meet your guide. The guide will inform you about the trek and help you with the trekking gears needed. After that, join us for a welcome dinner at a restaurant serving authentic Nepali food. Enjoy the meal as well as the traditional songs and dances performed by the artists.
O/N: 3-Star Hotel

Meals: Not Included

After early breakfast at your hotel, the journey begins with a drive to your trailhead at Chamje. The drive is pleasing as it passes through winding hills and beautiful riverside roads offering you a glimpse of the Nepali countryside. It takes around six hours to reach Besishahar, a small hilly marketplace, where you will change the vehicle for an amazing off-road drive of around three hours. Expect some turbulence in the jeep ride as the road to the mountainside is in bad shape. It is pleasing nevertheless as it takes you through beautiful hamlets, rice terraces, rocky cliffs and deep gorges. Upon arrival at Chamje, check-in into your teahouse. 

O/N: Teahouse 

Meals: Breakfast

Your trek begins in earnest today. After breakfast, walk slowly following your guide as he leads you on a beautiful trail with a series of uphill and downhill walks. The trail follows the Marshyangdi River and passes through waterfalls, rocky cliffs and lush forests. After a walk of a few hours, you will pass through an entry gate into the village of Taal. The narrow trail then opens into a beautiful valley of Taal where you will stop for lunch. Taal translates into the lake in Nepali. The area got its name when the river was dammed by landslide debris many years ago creating an artificial lake. Taal is also the entry point of Manang district where a major section of this trek lies. After lunch, a brief leisurely walk will take you to Dharapani where you will stop for the night. You will see a chhorten before entering the village, hinting that you are entering the Buddhist land.
O/N: Teahouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

You will start early today as the trial is a bit longer. Hit the trail after sumptuous breakfast at your lodge. The trail is mostly uphill as you are climbing up into the alpine land. The trail passes through the beautiful villages of Bagarchhap and Danaque. Climbing further, you will reach the beautiful Timang village where the trail coming from the Manaslu region meets the Annapurna trail. You can take a tea break here admiring the beautiful view of Mt Manaslu (8163m) — the sixth highest mountain in the world. Continue walking and pass through beautiful villages of Thanchowk and Koto, where the Nar-Phu trail joins Annapurna Circuit trail, before entering Chame. At the village entrance, you will see a large mani wall with prayer wheels. Chame is the district headquarters of Manang with good hotels, Internet cafes, trekking gear shops, banks, and health and communication facilities, among others.
O/N: Teahouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Resuming walking after breakfast at your lodge. The trail from Chame passes through beautiful alpine forests in a narrow yet steep valley. After crossing the Marshyangdi river on a suspension bridge, the trail climbs up offering beautiful views of rocky surfaces including the face of Paungda Danda. Continuing further, you will reach Dhukur Pokhari where you will stop for lunch. After lunch, cross the river and start walking toward Upper Pisang. Pisang offers you beautiful views of Pisang Peak and other peaks in the Annapurna Range to your south. Some trekkers may face breathing difficulty here as you are entering the area with thin air. You will stop here for the night.  

O/N: Teahouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The trail beyond Upper Pisang lies in the drier rain shadow area. There are two trails to Manang — first is the easy trail via the road and Hongde airstrip, while the second is steep through the villages of Ghyaru and Ngawal. You will take the second one as it offers breathtaking views of the mountains and also helps you in acclimatization to the higher altitude. It passes through the beautiful settlement of Mungji and the hidden hamlet of Braga before reaching Manang. Manang is one of the biggest villages on the Annapurna Circuit trail. You can find all facilities here. There is also a Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) health post where you can get information about altitude sickness. 

O/N: Teahouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, you will take a rest day for acclimatization. You have a lot of options today — exploring Bhraka village, Manang village or going to the Gangapurna viewpoint. The best option is a trek to Gangapurna viewpoint as it will help you to acclimatize in higher altitude. You can enjoy a beautiful view of Gangapurna glacial lake, Gangapurna glacier as well as Thorong La Pass. Return to the teahouse for lunch. After lunch, attend a lecture on altitude sickness at HRA health post. The doctors there will advise you on necessary precautions that you should take to avoid altitude sickness. 

O/N: Teahouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The next three days are going to be the most difficult days of your trek as it is an ascent of nearly 2,000 meters to Thorong Pass — the highest point of your trek. Beyond Manang, the trail leaves the Marshyangdi Valley and continues along the bank of its tributary Jarsang Khola. As you are gaining altitude, you will witness vegetation becoming shorter and sparser as you reach Yak Kharka. The trail offers amazing views of Annapurna II, III and IV, TIlicho Peak, and Gangapurna Peak, among others. You can easily reach Letdar, but it will not be wise to press further. It’s free time for independent activities after lunch at Yak Kharka.

O/N: Teahouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, you will trek to Thorang Phedi or High Camp. It will take a walk of around 3-4 hours to reach Thorong Phedi or the base of Thorong Pass depending on your body and weather conditions. If the trail is snowy, it could take much longer. Walk slowly and steadily, following your guide. Across the river on the other side of the trail, you can see herds of blue sheep and Yaks grazing. There are few tea houses in Thorong Phedi. If you are not tired and willing to go further, you can trek to the High Camp as it will make next days’ walk easier. It’s totally your call.

O/N: Teahouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This is going to be the longest and toughest day of your trek. Your guide will give you a wakeup call at 3 am so that you are ready to start by 3:30 am. If you are starting at High Camp, you can start a bit later. It is always wise to start early in the morning if you have to cross high passes because the passes could become windy after 11 am onwards. The trail is very steep but it is easy to follow. If the pass is covered with snow, it won’t be wise to cross. Your guide will have the final say in that scenario. It will take around four to six hours to reach the pass. You can see chorten and colorful prayer flags at the top. There is also a signboard that says you are at the top of Thorong pass (5416m). Don’t forget to take a photo keeping the signboard in the backdrop. You can enjoy breathtaking views all around. The pass divides two beautiful river valleys and watersheds — Marshyangdi Valley from where you came to the top and Kali Gandaki Valley to where you will be descending. After spending some time at the top, enjoy your packed lunch and start a knee-busting descent to Muktinath (3800m). You will reach Muktinath by late afternoon.
O/N: Teahouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

You will enjoy a short excursion to the Muktinath Temple in the morning. It is a common pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists. There is also a holy flame fed by natural gas.

After breakfast, begin your drive toward Tatopani. The drive passes through beautiful villages like Kagbeni, Jomsom — the district headquarters of Mustang — Marpha, Tukuche and Lete, along the Kali Gandaki river. Upon arrival at Tatopani, check into your teahouse. You can take a soothing bath in one of the natural hot springs in the village. The second leg of your trek begins today.
O/N: Teahouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Another long day today. After an early breakfast, cross the Kai Gandaki River and start uphill walking toward Shikha village on the way to Ghorepani. A walk of about an hour or so will take you to a small settlement of Guthre. You can see lush vegetation and beautiful rice terraces in the village. Continuing further, you will pass through Ghara settlement and further to your lunch point at Shikha village at around noon. After Shikha, the trail to Ghorepani is mostly uphill. It passes through lush forests and rocky sections. The final leg of the walk to Ghorepani is all on stone stairs. The Magar village saddles on a ridge and offers you plenty of accommodation options. As it is one of the largest villages of the area, it is always brimming with traders and tourists. 

O/N: Teahouse   

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This is going to be the last walking day of the trek. Start the day early, as we will be going on a hike to the Poon Hill (3210m) viewpoint. Poon Hill, which sits a little above Ghorepani village, commands a beautiful view of mountains in the Annapurna range. You can enjoy amazing views of mountains like Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Himchuli, Annapurna III, Dhampus Peak, and Dhaulagiri, among others from Poon Hill. After enjoying the view and taking pictures, walk down to Ghorepani. After breakfast, start walking toward Ulleri and then to Tirkhedhunga. It is an easy walk through beautiful rhododendron forests. You can take lunch either at Ulleri and Tirkhedhunga. At Tirkhedhunga, board a waiting car and start driving toward Birethanti, Nayapul and then to Pokhara. Upon arrival in Pokhara, check into your hotel. In the evening, you can check a wide range of pubs and eateries in the Lakeside area to unwind after a long trek.
O/N: Three-star Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, you will be driving to Kathmandu. After early breakfast at your hotel, board a waiting car and start driving toward Kathmandu. We will stop for lunch somewhere along the highway and continue to Kathmandu. The journey takes around seven hours. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, your guide will transfer you to your hotel. In the evening, we will host a farewell dinner for you where you can share your trek experiences.

O/N: Three-star Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Your last day in Nepal. After a leisurely breakfast, our representative will transfer you to the airport for your flight back home at least three hours before your flight. If your flight is in the late afternoon or evening, we can organize activities for you on request. Goodbye until we meet next time.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Includes/Excludes

Annapurna Circuit Trek Accommodation

Meals and Accommodation During Annapurna Circuit Trekking

You will stay on a sharing basis in three-star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Your package includes complimentary breakfast. In treks, however, you will stay in a teahouse/lodge that may or may not have attached toilets.

You will be served three meals a day during trek — breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meals are generally the Nepali staple Dal-Bhat-Tarkari (rice, lentils and vegetables). However, other dishes like pizza, pasta, noodles etc, are also available.

DayHotelHotel LocationCategory
01 Samsara Resort or similar Kathmandu, Nepal 3-star hotel
02-12 Local Lodge Trekking Area Basic Accommodation
13 Kuti Resort or similar Pokhara, Nepal 3-star hotel
14 Samsara Resort or similar Kathmandu, Nepal 3-star hotel

Annapurna Circuit Trek Route Map

Annapurna Circuit Trek Route Map
Annapurna Circuit Trek Route Map

Departure Dates

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Essential Information

Natural Experience

This Round Annapurna Trekking trail is a repository of natural attractions. While on this trail, you can experience authentic Nepali experience which might be beyond your imagination. Lush forests, rice terraces, breathtaking views of mountains including Fishtail, Annapurna, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri, among others, spectacular sunrise view from Poon Hill are some of the attractions of this trail.

Getting to the Trailhead of Annapurna Circuit Trek

The 15-Days Annapurna Circuit trek starts from Chamje, which is a three-hour drive from Besisahar and ends at Pokhara. From Pokhara, you can either fly or drive to Kathmandu. The drive takes about seven hours, while the flight takes only around half an hour.

Transport is in a private air-conditioned vehicle. On dirt roads to the trailhead, air-conditioned vehicles won’t be available.

Trek Difficulty

The Annapurna Round trek is moderately difficult. It is not suitable for children and senior citizens. The highest point is 5,416 meters, at the top of Thorong La Pass. But Annapurna Circuit is the most popular trek in Nepal with good trails and other infrastructure.

Best Season for Annapurna Circuit Trek

The trek can be done around the year. Autumn (mid-September to mid-November) and spring (March-May) are the best seasons for Round Annapurna Trek. The weather and temperature of the Annapurna Circuit are just perfect for trekking during this time. But the trek can be done during winter and monsoon as well. If you want to avoid the crowd, monsoon and winter are the best time to do the trek in Annapurna Region.

Packing List

The packing list depends on the trekking season. We will provide you with the list of trekking equipment well in advance. No technical trekking equipment is required for this trek. A three-season plus sleeping bag will be enough for you.

How much does the trek cost?

The Annapurna Circuit Trekking cost depends on the group size, required service, and tour plan (standard or deluxe). The price is USD 1690 for a single trekker. If you are more than two in one group, the price will be relatively low. The cost will increase if you want to fly to Kathmandu from Jomsom or Pokhara. We can customize this trek based on time and budget. We encourage international trek leaders and representatives from global travel companies to get complimentary service.

Extensions

You can extend this 15-Days Annapurna Circuit trekking by spending more days in the Annapurna region to observe the local culture. Or you can add sightseeing activities in Kathmandu and Pokhara, indulge in adventure activities like rafting, bungee, canyoning and paragliding, add jungle safari in Chitwan, in your program. You can cap your amazing trek with a mountain flight that offers you an opportunity to get sweeping views of high Himalayan peaks from the comfort of your aircraft seat.

Annapurna Circuit Trek FAQs

Where is Annapurna Circuit located?

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is located in the Annapurna region in the western part of Nepal between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges. 

 

How Long does the Annapurna Circuit Trek take?

The trek generally takes around two weeks.

 

Which is the best season to go on this trek?

The best season to do the trek in Annapurna region is autumn (September-November) because you get clear views after the monsoon. The second-best season in the spring (March-April) as you get to see rare wildflowers on the trail. However, the Annapurna Circuit Trek can be done around the year.

 

How fit do I need to be for this Annapurna Trek?

A healthy individual can do this Annapurna trekking as it is only moderately difficult. 

 

How long do we need to walk in a day?

You will have to walk 6-7 hours a day on average during the trek.

 

What are the permits required for this trek?

You need two types of permits: ACAP Permit and TIMS Card.

 

What is the highest altitude of this trek?

The highest altitude is 5,416 meters i.e. the top of Thorong La Pass.

 

How is the accommodation?

You will stay in hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara, while the accommodation is in a lodge/teahouse while on the trek.

 

Do I get internet facilities during the trek?

You will get the Internet facility in most of the places. But keep in mind that the speed is not as fast as in your homeland.

 

Is there an ATM facility on the trek?

No. Make sure that you withdraw cash in Besishahar before the trek starts.

 

Do I need to hire a trekking guide/agency for the trek?

You can do the trek alone. But you recommended you to take the service of government authorized trekking agencies who will take care of your comfort, safety and well-being.

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Apr 3, 2020
by Howard Flynn on Peregrine Treks - Everest Base Camp Trek - Annapurna Base Camp Trek - Langtang Valley Trek - Annapurna Circuit Trek - Manaslu Trekking

Amazing Annapurana circuit trek: Best Trek in Nepal

Peregrine Treks in one word is superb ! Upfront communication with Pradip was very efficient and the organiz went very well. Mr Pradip receive me at the airport took me safe at the hotel at midnight. The day next we started the trek, our guide Mingmar was a star. He was trustworthy, reliable and always smiling with a great sense of humors.

They all were excellent and was perfect in organizing any sort of tour in a perfect way. I can wholeheartedly recommend them, the Peregrine Treks and Expedition. Thank you!

Apr 1, 2020
by Julia Simons on Peregrine Treks - Everest Base Camp Trek - Annapurna Base Camp Trek - Langtang Valley Trek - Annapurna Circuit Trek - Manaslu Trekking

Annapurna Circuit with Peregrine Treks: Greatest experience!

I was doing Annapurna Circuit for the first time in my life and have been a bit reluctant because of the fact that at the time I wanted to start, it was off season. It was because of this that I decided to make this tour with a guide and my choice was Peregrine Treks because of a recommendation I received from German couple I met in Kathmandu.

I was really pleased by the way the agency handled this and moreover, I had a great guide Mingmar, who was knowledgeable and did everything to accommodate me and because of his open-mindedness, we had much fun with other travelers.I would definitely recommend Peregrine Treks and Expedition and especially Mingmar for doing Trekking in the Himalaya! You‘re in good hands

Annapurna Circuit Trek Highlights


  • Beautiful alpine meadows
  • Trek through narrow Marshyangadi and Kali Gandaki River valleys
  • Crossing the Thorong La Pass located at 5416m above sea level
  • A peek into Tibetan Buddhism
  • Therapeutic hot springs at Tatopani
  • Spectacular view of some of the tallest peaks of the world

Overview of Annapurna Circuit Trek


The Annapurna Circuit Trek is widely regarded as one of the finest trekking trails in the world. While you can see lush forests, terraced fields and densely populated settlements in the lower Annapurna region, the upper trans-Himalayan region is arid and barren, and sparsely populated. The lower region is mostly inhabited by Hindus, while most of the upper region is home to people following Buddhism.

This round Annapurna trek offers trekkers with lifetime experiences as they can witness great cultural, religious and ecological diversity of the Annapurna Region. The walk is pleasing as you can listen to birds chirping above the thick forest canopy and meet ever-smiling locals saying Namaste with their palms joined together. The Annapurna Circuit trail crosses numerous rivers and rivulets and you can see waterfalls cascading through lush forests into deep pools or fast-flowing rivers.

The vegetation in the Annapurna Circuit route ranges from sub-tropical and temperate forests in lower areas to sub-alpine and alpine forests in higher areas. These forests are home to rare medicinal herbs like the caterpillar fungus locally known as Yarsagumba which is believed to have aphrodisiac value, and endangered species like red panda, musk deer and the elusive snow leopard.

Mountain Views During 15-Days Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna Circuit trail lies between Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Annapurna (8091m) — the 7th and 10th highest peak in the world, respectively. The trek offers spectacular views of mountains peaks like Gangapurna, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu, Pisang Peak, Chulu East, Chulu West, Nilgiri, Tukuche Peaks and the omnipresent Machhapuchhre or the Fishtail.

You will also be walking through Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world between Annapurna and Nilgiri mountains at Andhagalchhi (2,520m). The gorge lies more than 5,000 meters below the summit of Mt. Annapurna, making hiking the Annapurna Circuit a lifetime experience for many.

Annapurna Circuit Route Info

This 15-day Annapurna Circuit trek begins with a scenic drive to Chamje from Kathmandu. The trail then traverses the Marshyangdi River valley passing through scenic sections to the villages of Dharapani, Chame and Pisang before climbing to the village of Manang. You will see chhortens, mani walls and colorful prayer flags as you gain altitude, hinting that you are entering the Buddhist countryside. Continuing further, the trail climbs gradually to Thorong La Pass (5,416) and enters the Kaligandaki River Valley.

Crossing the Thorong La Pass, the trail is mostly downhill and passes through the beautiful Muktinath Temple and beautiful Thakali villages known for the hospitable people and their mouth-watering delicacies. This section of the Annapurna Trail is also famous for organic apple orchards.

From Tatopani, the trail crosses the Kali Gandaki River and climbs to the village of Shikha before reaching the famed Ghorepani Poon Hill region. After enjoying sunrise and mountain views from Poon Hill, we will then descend to Ulleri and then to Tikhedhunga from where we will take a jeep and drive to Pokhara.

This 15-Days Annapurna circuit trekking itinerary is a well crafted itinerary for trekkers who are looking for  thrilling and adventurous journey in Nepal Himalaya. Besides that, Peregrine Treks and Expedition offers many other exciting Nepal trekking packages in Annapurna region such as 14-Days Annapurna Circuit Trek, 18-Days Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake, 13-Days Mardi Himal Trek, 20-Days Nar Phu Valley Trek, 10-Days Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek and so on.

Welcome to Nepal. After completing immigration and customs formalities, and claiming your baggage, come out of the airport where you will find our representative waiting for you. He will offer you a traditional Nepali welcome and escort you to your hotel. He will also assist you in the check-in process. Take some rest to unwind after a long flight. If your arrival is earlier in the day, you can step out to your hotel neighborhood to get the first glimpses of Kathmandu city or visit the Peregrine office. In the evening, there will be a trek briefing session where you will also meet your guide. The guide will inform you about the trek and help you with the trekking gears needed. After that, join us for a welcome dinner at a restaurant serving authentic Nepali food. Enjoy the meal as well as the traditional songs and dances performed by the artists.
O/N: 3-Star Hotel

Meals: Not Included

After early breakfast at your hotel, the journey begins with a drive to your trailhead at Chamje. The drive is pleasing as it passes through winding hills and beautiful riverside roads offering you a glimpse of the Nepali countryside. It takes around six hours to reach Besishahar, a small hilly marketplace, where you will change the vehicle for an amazing off-road drive of around three hours. Expect some turbulence in the jeep ride as the road to the mountainside is in bad shape. It is pleasing nevertheless as it takes you through beautiful hamlets, rice terraces, rocky cliffs and deep gorges. Upon arrival at Chamje, check-in into your teahouse. 

O/N: Teahouse 

Meals: Breakfast

Your trek begins in earnest today. After breakfast, walk slowly following your guide as he leads you on a beautiful trail with a series of uphill and downhill walks. The trail follows the Marshyangdi River and passes through waterfalls, rocky cliffs and lush forests. After a walk of a few hours, you will pass through an entry gate into the village of Taal. The narrow trail then opens into a beautiful valley of Taal where you will stop for lunch. Taal translates into the lake in Nepali. The area got its name when the river was dammed by landslide debris many years ago creating an artificial lake. Taal is also the entry point of Manang district where a major section of this trek lies. After lunch, a brief leisurely walk will take you to Dharapani where you will stop for the night. You will see a chhorten before entering the village, hinting that you are entering the Buddhist land.
O/N: Teahouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

You will start early today as the trial is a bit longer. Hit the trail after sumptuous breakfast at your lodge. The trail is mostly uphill as you are climbing up into the alpine land. The trail passes through the beautiful villages of Bagarchhap and Danaque. Climbing further, you will reach the beautiful Timang village where the trail coming from the Manaslu region meets the Annapurna trail. You can take a tea break here admiring the beautiful view of Mt Manaslu (8163m) — the sixth highest mountain in the world. Continue walking and pass through beautiful villages of Thanchowk and Koto, where the Nar-Phu trail joins Annapurna Circuit trail, before entering Chame. At the village entrance, you will see a large mani wall with prayer wheels. Chame is the district headquarters of Manang with good hotels, Internet cafes, trekking gear shops, banks, and health and communication facilities, among others.
O/N: Teahouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Resuming walking after breakfast at your lodge. The trail from Chame passes through beautiful alpine forests in a narrow yet steep valley. After crossing the Marshyangdi river on a suspension bridge, the trail climbs up offering beautiful views of rocky surfaces including the face of Paungda Danda. Continuing further, you will reach Dhukur Pokhari where you will stop for lunch. After lunch, cross the river and start walking toward Upper Pisang. Pisang offers you beautiful views of Pisang Peak and other peaks in the Annapurna Range to your south. Some trekkers may face breathing difficulty here as you are entering the area with thin air. You will stop here for the night.  

O/N: Teahouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The trail beyond Upper Pisang lies in the drier rain shadow area. There are two trails to Manang — first is the easy trail via the road and Hongde airstrip, while the second is steep through the villages of Ghyaru and Ngawal. You will take the second one as it offers breathtaking views of the mountains and also helps you in acclimatization to the higher altitude. It passes through the beautiful settlement of Mungji and the hidden hamlet of Braga before reaching Manang. Manang is one of the biggest villages on the Annapurna Circuit trail. You can find all facilities here. There is also a Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) health post where you can get information about altitude sickness. 

O/N: Teahouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, you will take a rest day for acclimatization. You have a lot of options today — exploring Bhraka village, Manang village or going to the Gangapurna viewpoint. The best option is a trek to Gangapurna viewpoint as it will help you to acclimatize in higher altitude. You can enjoy a beautiful view of Gangapurna glacial lake, Gangapurna glacier as well as Thorong La Pass. Return to the teahouse for lunch. After lunch, attend a lecture on altitude sickness at HRA health post. The doctors there will advise you on necessary precautions that you should take to avoid altitude sickness. 

O/N: Teahouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The next three days are going to be the most difficult days of your trek as it is an ascent of nearly 2,000 meters to Thorong Pass — the highest point of your trek. Beyond Manang, the trail leaves the Marshyangdi Valley and continues along the bank of its tributary Jarsang Khola. As you are gaining altitude, you will witness vegetation becoming shorter and sparser as you reach Yak Kharka. The trail offers amazing views of Annapurna II, III and IV, TIlicho Peak, and Gangapurna Peak, among others. You can easily reach Letdar, but it will not be wise to press further. It’s free time for independent activities after lunch at Yak Kharka.

O/N: Teahouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, you will trek to Thorang Phedi or High Camp. It will take a walk of around 3-4 hours to reach Thorong Phedi or the base of Thorong Pass depending on your body and weather conditions. If the trail is snowy, it could take much longer. Walk slowly and steadily, following your guide. Across the river on the other side of the trail, you can see herds of blue sheep and Yaks grazing. There are few tea houses in Thorong Phedi. If you are not tired and willing to go further, you can trek to the High Camp as it will make next days’ walk easier. It’s totally your call.

O/N: Teahouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This is going to be the longest and toughest day of your trek. Your guide will give you a wakeup call at 3 am so that you are ready to start by 3:30 am. If you are starting at High Camp, you can start a bit later. It is always wise to start early in the morning if you have to cross high passes because the passes could become windy after 11 am onwards. The trail is very steep but it is easy to follow. If the pass is covered with snow, it won’t be wise to cross. Your guide will have the final say in that scenario. It will take around four to six hours to reach the pass. You can see chorten and colorful prayer flags at the top. There is also a signboard that says you are at the top of Thorong pass (5416m). Don’t forget to take a photo keeping the signboard in the backdrop. You can enjoy breathtaking views all around. The pass divides two beautiful river valleys and watersheds — Marshyangdi Valley from where you came to the top and Kali Gandaki Valley to where you will be descending. After spending some time at the top, enjoy your packed lunch and start a knee-busting descent to Muktinath (3800m). You will reach Muktinath by late afternoon.
O/N: Teahouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

You will enjoy a short excursion to the Muktinath Temple in the morning. It is a common pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists. There is also a holy flame fed by natural gas.

After breakfast, begin your drive toward Tatopani. The drive passes through beautiful villages like Kagbeni, Jomsom — the district headquarters of Mustang — Marpha, Tukuche and Lete, along the Kali Gandaki river. Upon arrival at Tatopani, check into your teahouse. You can take a soothing bath in one of the natural hot springs in the village. The second leg of your trek begins today.
O/N: Teahouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Another long day today. After an early breakfast, cross the Kai Gandaki River and start uphill walking toward Shikha village on the way to Ghorepani. A walk of about an hour or so will take you to a small settlement of Guthre. You can see lush vegetation and beautiful rice terraces in the village. Continuing further, you will pass through Ghara settlement and further to your lunch point at Shikha village at around noon. After Shikha, the trail to Ghorepani is mostly uphill. It passes through lush forests and rocky sections. The final leg of the walk to Ghorepani is all on stone stairs. The Magar village saddles on a ridge and offers you plenty of accommodation options. As it is one of the largest villages of the area, it is always brimming with traders and tourists. 

O/N: Teahouse   

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This is going to be the last walking day of the trek. Start the day early, as we will be going on a hike to the Poon Hill (3210m) viewpoint. Poon Hill, which sits a little above Ghorepani village, commands a beautiful view of mountains in the Annapurna range. You can enjoy amazing views of mountains like Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Himchuli, Annapurna III, Dhampus Peak, and Dhaulagiri, among others from Poon Hill. After enjoying the view and taking pictures, walk down to Ghorepani. After breakfast, start walking toward Ulleri and then to Tirkhedhunga. It is an easy walk through beautiful rhododendron forests. You can take lunch either at Ulleri and Tirkhedhunga. At Tirkhedhunga, board a waiting car and start driving toward Birethanti, Nayapul and then to Pokhara. Upon arrival in Pokhara, check into your hotel. In the evening, you can check a wide range of pubs and eateries in the Lakeside area to unwind after a long trek.
O/N: Three-star Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, you will be driving to Kathmandu. After early breakfast at your hotel, board a waiting car and start driving toward Kathmandu. We will stop for lunch somewhere along the highway and continue to Kathmandu. The journey takes around seven hours. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, your guide will transfer you to your hotel. In the evening, we will host a farewell dinner for you where you can share your trek experiences.

O/N: Three-star Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Your last day in Nepal. After a leisurely breakfast, our representative will transfer you to the airport for your flight back home at least three hours before your flight. If your flight is in the late afternoon or evening, we can organize activities for you on request. Goodbye until we meet next time.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • Three-night Tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu and one night in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Room in the best available lodge and all meal (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during trekking
  • All local transport
  • An experienced English or other Language speaking guide and one assistance guide for more than five trekkers
  • One porter for two trekkers
  • Trekking crew member salary, insurance, accommodation and food, and airfares if necessary
  • An achievement certificate and trekking map are free services from the company.
  • All necessary Permit and TIMS in trekking
  • First Aid Medical kit or essential medicine
  • Seasonal fruits during trek and farewell dinner
  • All applicable government and local taxes

  • Nepal visa fee and an International flight ticket
  • Hotel accommodation, Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival in Nepal or late departure from Nepal, prior return from the mountain because of any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Travel and rescue insurance for trekkers only
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, soft or hard beverages, recharge the battery, bottled/boiled water, extra porters, hot shower, a pot of tea, etc.) during trekking
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Tips and gratuities for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

Meals and Accommodation During Annapurna Circuit Trekking

You will stay on a sharing basis in three-star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Your package includes complimentary breakfast. In treks, however, you will stay in a teahouse/lodge that may or may not have attached toilets.

You will be served three meals a day during trek — breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meals are generally the Nepali staple Dal-Bhat-Tarkari (rice, lentils and vegetables). However, other dishes like pizza, pasta, noodles etc, are also available.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Route Map
Annapurna Circuit Trek Route Map
YearStart DateTrip DurationCost/PersonAvailabilityJoin Group
2021 01 January 2020 15 Days USD 1250 AvailableJoin Group
2021 22 January 2020 15 Days USD 1250 AvailableJoin Group

Natural Experience

This Round Annapurna Trekking trail is a repository of natural attractions. While on this trail, you can experience authentic Nepali experience which might be beyond your imagination. Lush forests, rice terraces, breathtaking views of mountains including Fishtail, Annapurna, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri, among others, spectacular sunrise view from Poon Hill are some of the attractions of this trail.

Getting to the Trailhead of Annapurna Circuit Trek

The 15-Days Annapurna Circuit trek starts from Chamje, which is a three-hour drive from Besisahar and ends at Pokhara. From Pokhara, you can either fly or drive to Kathmandu. The drive takes about seven hours, while the flight takes only around half an hour.

Transport is in a private air-conditioned vehicle. On dirt roads to the trailhead, air-conditioned vehicles won’t be available.

Trek Difficulty

The Annapurna Round trek is moderately difficult. It is not suitable for children and senior citizens. The highest point is 5,416 meters, at the top of Thorong La Pass. But Annapurna Circuit is the most popular trek in Nepal with good trails and other infrastructure.

Best Season for Annapurna Circuit Trek

The trek can be done around the year. Autumn (mid-September to mid-November) and spring (March-May) are the best seasons for Round Annapurna Trek. The weather and temperature of the Annapurna Circuit are just perfect for trekking during this time. But the trek can be done during winter and monsoon as well. If you want to avoid the crowd, monsoon and winter are the best time to do the trek in Annapurna Region.

Packing List

The packing list depends on the trekking season. We will provide you with the list of trekking equipment well in advance. No technical trekking equipment is required for this trek. A three-season plus sleeping bag will be enough for you.

How much does the trek cost?

The Annapurna Circuit Trekking cost depends on the group size, required service, and tour plan (standard or deluxe). The price is USD 1690 for a single trekker. If you are more than two in one group, the price will be relatively low. The cost will increase if you want to fly to Kathmandu from Jomsom or Pokhara. We can customize this trek based on time and budget. We encourage international trek leaders and representatives from global travel companies to get complimentary service.

Extensions

You can extend this 15-Days Annapurna Circuit trekking by spending more days in the Annapurna region to observe the local culture. Or you can add sightseeing activities in Kathmandu and Pokhara, indulge in adventure activities like rafting, bungee, canyoning and paragliding, add jungle safari in Chitwan, in your program. You can cap your amazing trek with a mountain flight that offers you an opportunity to get sweeping views of high Himalayan peaks from the comfort of your aircraft seat.

Where is Annapurna Circuit located?

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is located in the Annapurna region in the western part of Nepal between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges. 

 

How Long does the Annapurna Circuit Trek take?

The trek generally takes around two weeks.

 

Which is the best season to go on this trek?

The best season to do the trek in Annapurna region is autumn (September-November) because you get clear views after the monsoon. The second-best season in the spring (March-April) as you get to see rare wildflowers on the trail. However, the Annapurna Circuit Trek can be done around the year.

 

How fit do I need to be for this Annapurna Trek?

A healthy individual can do this Annapurna trekking as it is only moderately difficult. 

 

How long do we need to walk in a day?

You will have to walk 6-7 hours a day on average during the trek.

 

What are the permits required for this trek?

You need two types of permits: ACAP Permit and TIMS Card.

 

What is the highest altitude of this trek?

The highest altitude is 5,416 meters i.e. the top of Thorong La Pass.

 

How is the accommodation?

You will stay in hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara, while the accommodation is in a lodge/teahouse while on the trek.

 

Do I get internet facilities during the trek?

You will get the Internet facility in most of the places. But keep in mind that the speed is not as fast as in your homeland.

 

Is there an ATM facility on the trek?

No. Make sure that you withdraw cash in Besishahar before the trek starts.

 

Do I need to hire a trekking guide/agency for the trek?

You can do the trek alone. But you recommended you to take the service of government authorized trekking agencies who will take care of your comfort, safety and well-being.

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Annapurna Circuit Trek

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