Embark on a memorable journey along the desolate hills of the Annapurna Region as you witness the magnificent views of the towering icy peaks in the backdrop. The Annapurna Region lies in the western provinces of Nepal and offers some of the best natural landscapes that you’ve never witnessed before!
Voted as one of the best trekking routes in the world, the Annapurna Circuit trek takes you through different textures of landscapes contrasting from lush green vegetation to barren and deserted landscapes. Aside from the natural beauty, the walk also allows you to witness the Buddhist-influenced cultural diversity of the Gurungs, Magars and Thakali tribes settling along the route.
The 16-day Annapurna circuit trek commences with a drive from the capital to Besisahar, from where we will be ascending towards Manang. The trail follows the Marshyangdi valley passing through the settlements of Chame, Pisang, Manang, and Yak Kharka eventually reaching Thorung La Pass. The Thorung La Pass is one of the main highlights of the trek and sits at an altitude of 5,416m.
From Thorung-La, we descend into the desert-like, Tibetan-style hills of Mustang lying at the upper Kali Gandaki Valley. En route, we also visit the holy shrine of Muktinath, which carries a massive religious significance amongst Buddhists and Hindus. The temple also features 108 showers which locals believe that bathing in them cleanses one of all their sins and wrongdoings. The trek finally concludes with a drive back to Pokhara after an early sunrise in Poonhill.
For newbies or infrequent trekkers, the Annapurna Circuit Trek can be a great way to step into the world of challenging treks. For usual trekkers, it can be one of their most exceptional trekking experiences! The sceneries are captivating, and the journey promises to give you an experience that you won’t obliterate in your lifetime!
Read on to find out more about our 16-day Annapurna Circuit Package and the different factors associated with the trek.
Note: We also conduct flights from Jomsom to Pokhara, eliminating the longer itinerary and concluding your trip when you arrive at Jomsom.
The best time to opt for the Annapurna Circuit Trek would undoubtedly be the autumn season which lies from September-November. During this time of the year, the winds are calmer, and the skies are more apparent, contributing to a crisper and sharper view of the mountains. Also with the end of the monsoon season, the peaks are fully snow-capped, providing a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains!
The spring season (March-May) is another good time to opt for the trek. The skies are open, and the vegetation is blooming, which can help you to capture some unreal photographs. The weather is much calmer and less cold, which makes it blissful to travel.
Try and avoid the rainy season, as the frequent rainfalls create slippery and muddy paths as well as obstruct the views of the mountains. Also, snowfall can occur in higher altitudes which can create unwanted delays in your schedule.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a moderate trek, and if you are an average healthy person, you can definitely opt for it! However, the trek is not always a breeze and a few days of the circuit demands extreme physical endurance and strength. So if you’re a novice trekker, it is better to opt for a lighter trek before signing up for this one.
One of the main difficulties of this trek is undoubtedly the high-altitude. High-altitude often brings unwanted fatigue and can make ascending seem a lot harder than it actually is. Another grave issue is the altitude sickness, which many people fall prey to during this trek due to a lack of proper acclimatization.
We have prepared this particular itinerary with full priority to acclimatization using short ascents and rest days. However, if you do feel symptoms of it, refer to your guide who will take the necessary actions.
Apart from the altitude, the other difficulty of this trek is the long days of trekking which can wear you out if you do not have adequate physical strength. So it is best to train yourself a few weeks before the trek to increase your physical endurance.
The highest point we will be venturing during the Annapurna Circuit Trek is the Thorung-La Pass which stands at an altitude of 5,430m above sea level.
The total circuit covers anywhere between 180-230kms. These numbers fluctuate depending on the furthest locations up to where you have used the motor transportation.
Since you will be entering the Annapurna Conservation Area, which the Government of Nepal highly prioritizes, you will require two different permits. These are the TIMS card and ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit). You can obtain the permits from the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu or Pokhara. However, if you are traveling with a tour operator, you do not require to get them personally.
The Annapurna circuit trek is a tea house trek. So you will find plenty of tea houses and lodges along the way. Since it is a popular trekking destination, the quality of the accommodations is also pretty good. You will find rooms with double sharing and a shared bathroom. Some tea-houses also provide Wi-Fi and hot water services at some additional cost.
Yes, as long as you are in low altitude areas. As you travel higher, the internet strength is not so good, and some lodges even do not even have Wi-Fi, so don’t rely on it!
No, there are no ATM’s along the route. So be sure to carry an adequate amount of cash by withdrawing from any one of the ATM’s in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Since the trek is at a lofty altitude, there is a potential of catching altitude sickness. However, we have designed the itinerary to reduce the risk as much as possible. You can also carry Diamox or Ibuprofen tablets to help speed acclimatization. Staying hydrated can also eliminate the chances of catching AMS.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek is voted as one of the most beautiful trekking destinations of the world, and it rightfully deserves to be so! The contrasting landscapes, glittering streams, and the towering snow-capped peaks guarantee to provide you with an experience like never before! So, pack your bags and gear up for the Annapurna Circuit Trek, which can be the ultimate trekking experience of your life!