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Max. Elevation
5416 m / 17769 ft
Group size
1 - 16
Level
Moderate
Transportation
All ground transportation as per itinerary
Best Season
Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
Starts at / Ends at
Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Accomodation
3*** Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara on Bed/breakfast basis and Lodge / Tea House during trek
Meals
Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara and all meals during the trek
Trip Route
Kathmandu, Besisahar, Chame, Pisang, Manang, Yak Kharka, Thorong Phedi, Thorong La Pass, Muktinath, Jomsom, Tatopani, Ghorepani, Tikhedunga, Nayapul, Pokhara, Kathmandu.

Highlights

  • Thorong La Pass: Conquering Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters is a monumental achievement and offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.
  • Diverse Landscapes: Experience a remarkable variety of landscapes, from lush subtropical forests to arid high-altitude deserts, each with its own unique charm.
  • Cultural Immersion: Encounter diverse ethnic communities, including Gurung, Manangis, and Thakalis, and gain insight into their traditions, lifestyles, and hospitality.
  • Picturesque Villages: Visit charming villages like Ghandruk, Pisang, and Manang, which are nestled amidst terraced fields and surrounded by towering peaks.
  • Natural Hot Springs: Relax in natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda, a perfect way to soothe tired muscles and enjoy the serene surroundings.
  • Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Views: Marvel at the stunning vistas of iconic peaks like Annapurna II, III, and IV, as well as Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Machhapuchhre.
  • Manang Valley: Explore the unique Manang Valley, with its Tibetan-influenced culture, ancient monasteries, and breathtaking landscapes.
  • Muktinath Temple: Visit the sacred Muktinath Temple, a place of pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists, known for its eternal flame and 108 water spouts.
  • Suspension Bridges: Cross thrilling suspension bridges over deep river gorges, adding an adventurous element to your trek.
  • Local Cuisine: Savor delicious Nepali and Tibetan dishes, including momo (dumplings), dal bhat (lentil curry with rice), and yak cheese products.
  • Wildlife: Keep an eye out for local wildlife, including Himalayan blue sheep, snow leopards (rare sightings), and a variety of bird species.
  • Buddhist Monasteries: Visit ancient monasteries along the trail, such as Braga Monastery in Manang, to gain insight into the spiritual side of the region.
  • Sunrise and Sunset Views: Witness stunning sunrise and sunset views over the Himalayan peaks from strategically located viewpoints.
  • Cultural Festivals: If your trek coincides with local festivals, you may have the opportunity to participate in or observe traditional celebrations, adding depth to your cultural experience.

Overview

The 14-day Annapurna Circuit Trek is a classic and diverse trekking adventure in Nepal, offering a remarkable journey through some of the most breathtaking landscapes and diverse cultures in the Himalayas. This trek circumnavigates the Annapurna Massif, taking you from the lush lowlands to the high alpine desert, showcasing a variety of ecosystems and terrains. 

During this trek, you'll encounter charming villages, terraced fields, rhododendron forests, and dramatic river valleys, while also experiencing the rich cultural diversity of the region, with encounters with Gurung and Manang communities. The high point of the trek is Thorong La Pass (5,416 meters), which provides panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is not just a physical challenge but a cultural and natural immersion, making it a must-do trek for adventurers seeking an authentic Himalayan experience. With each day offering unique landscapes and cultural encounters, this trek is a rewarding journey that leaves a lasting impression on those who embark on it.

Important Note

As you ascend to higher altitudes, be mindful of symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headaches, nausea, and dizziness. It is essential to acclimatize properly in Manang to prepare for the Thorong La Pass.

Trip Itinerary

Embark on your Annapurna Circuit adventure with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar. As you leave the bustling city behind, the journey takes you through winding mountain roads, providing glimpses of rural life and lush landscapes, setting the stage for your trekking experience.

Max. altitude

1,300m / 4,265 ft.

Accommodation

Teahouse/Lodge

Meals

Lunch and Dinner

After a morning drive, you'll reach Chame, the district headquarters of Manang. The road winds alongside the Marsyangdi River, surrounded by terraced fields and picturesque villages. Chame welcomes you with its cool mountain air and stunning views of the Lamjung and Annapurna II peaks.

Max. altitude

2,670m / 8,760 ft.

Accommodation

Teahouse/Lodge

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Begin your trek with a pleasant hike through dense pine forests and alongside the Marsyangdi River. As you ascend, the landscapes change, and you'll be rewarded with your first glimpses of the majestic Annapurna range. Pisang is a charming village with a distinct Tibetan influence, offering a taste of local culture.

Accommodation

Teahouse/Lodge

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Today's trek takes you to Manang, a Tibetan-influenced village nestled amidst stunning alpine scenery. You'll pass through fields of barley and buckwheat, with the towering peaks of Annapurna and Gangapurna as a backdrop. Manang is an ideal place for acclimatization before heading to higher altitudes.

Accommodation

Teahouse/Lodge

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Spend a day in Manang for proper acclimatization. You can explore the village, visit monasteries, and enjoy panoramic views of the Annapurna and Gangapurna mountains. It's a crucial rest day to prepare for the challenging ascent ahead.

Accommodation

Teahouse/Lodge

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Leaving Manang, you'll continue your trek towards Yak Kharka. The trail leads you through alpine meadows and yak pastures, with stunning views of the peaks. You'll feel the altitude as you ascend further, so it's essential to take it slow and stay hydrated.

Accommodation

Teahouse/Lodge

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Today's trek brings you to Thorong Phedi, the base camp for the Thorong La Pass. The trail can be steep and challenging, but the anticipation of crossing the pass the next day keeps you motivated. The landscape becomes more rugged as you ascend, and you'll spend the night at a higher altitude to prepare for the pass crossing.

Accommodation

Teahouse/Lodge

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

An exhilarating and challenging day awaits as you ascend to Thorong La Pass (5,416 meters), one of the highest trekking passes in the world. The panoramic views from the pass are awe-inspiring. After the descent, you'll reach Muktinath, a sacred pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists, known for its natural spring and religious significance.

Accommodation

Teahouse/Lodge

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Descend from Muktinath through arid landscapes and villages, eventually reaching Jomsom, a bustling town in the Kali Gandaki Valley. Jomsom is famous for its strong winds, and the views of Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri peaks add to the charm of the place.

Accommodation

Teahouse/Lodge

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

A scenic drive from Jomsom takes you to Tatopani, famous for its natural hot springs. After days of trekking, a dip in the soothing hot springs is a rejuvenating experience. You'll also pass through the iconic Kali Gandaki Gorge, one of the world's deepest.

Accommodation

Teahouse/Lodge

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

The trek resumes with a climb to Ghorepani. The trail takes you through dense rhododendron forests, and if timed right, you'll witness these forests in full bloom during spring. Ghorepani offers stunning sunset views over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.

Accommodation

Teahouse/Lodge

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

An early morning hike up to Poon Hill rewards you with breathtaking sunrise views over the Himalayas. Afterward, descend to Tikhedunga through terraced fields and picturesque villages, giving you a chance to interact with the local communities.

Accommodation

Teahouse/Lodge

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Your final day of trekking takes you to Nayapul, where you'll conclude your trekking adventure. From there, a scenic drive brings you back to Pokhara, where you can relax by the serene Phewa Lake and celebrate the completion of your trek.

Accommodation

Teahouse/Lodge

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Bid farewell to the Annapurna region as you drive back to Kathmandu. Reflect on the incredible landscapes, cultural experiences, and physical challenges you've encountered during this epic 14-day journey through the heart of the Himalayas.

Accommodation

Teahouse/Lodge

Meals

Breakfast
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Annapurna Circuit Trek

Includes

  • Kathmandu to Besisahar by sharing Bus.
  • Besisahar to Chame by sharing Jeep.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during Trekking.
  • Twin bed sharing teahouse/lodge accommodation during trekking.
  • Hotel accommodation at Pokhara.
  • An English speaking trekking guide.
  • One porter for two trekkers.
  • Jomsom to Tatopani by sharing Jeep/Bus.
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu by sharing Bus.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit (ACAP).
  • Trekker's Information Management System Permit (TIMS).

Doesn't Include

  • Hotel Accommodation at Kathmandu.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Bar Bills like Mineral Water, Beer, Whiskey etc.
  • Tips/Gratitude to staffs.
  • Personal Expenses.
  • Expenses occured due to landslide, pilitical unrest, strike etc.
  • Rest of all that are not mentioned in cost inclusive.
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Annapurna Circuit

My partner and I did the Annapurna Circuit Trek for the first time with Metro Everest. We were inexperienced trekkers, and we made sure we shared all details and information with the company. We arranged all the details of the trek and the logistics months before we reached Kathmandu. Everything was settled via email. They are very efficient and quick in replying to emails, giving quotes and advising on best ways and treks around Nepal. We had a special request to see the most monasteries and temples during our trek and they were flexible enough to suggest a last minute change to our plan and we went on with it. The guide and porter provided by Metro Everest were very strict, sticking to schedule and motivating. The guide at times when we were feeling tired and down, he was there to cheer us up and keep us motivated. The Porter was always on time ahead of us (because we were very slow :)) to book our rooms at the Inns and make sure we had the best rooms available. Some times it worked other times it didn’t but that was not his fault. I would definitely recommend Metro Everest for your next trekking journey. Everything can be sorted via email and cleared in the email.

Brian
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Equipment List

This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. Those items marked by an asterisk are provided by Bharal Adventure inclusive in the service. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

Important documents and items
  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
Head
  • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Upper Body
  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
Hands
  • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
 Lower Body
  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
Feet
  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
Sleeping
  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag *
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Medical
  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Practical Items
  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
  • 1 compass or GPS(optional)
  • 1 alarm clock/watch
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • large Ziplocs
  • 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
  • 1 small folding knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
Toiletries
  • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash
Extras/Luxuries
  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • iPod
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  • 1 modest swim suit
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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