Duration: 15 days

Starts At: Kathmandu

Grade: Moderate

Accommodation: Hotel and Lodges

Transport: Plane, Bus, Jeep, Car

Altitude: 5,416m

Ends At: Kathmandu

Group Size: 2+ pax

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara hotel

Highlights

  • Explore the cultural and natural beauty of the Annapurna region.
  • Visit Hindus and Buddhist holiest Muktinath temple.
  • Superb views of Mt. Manaslu, Pisang peak, Annapurnas, Himalchuli peak, and fishtail mountain.
  • Thorong La pass (5,416m.) – one of the longest pass in the world.
  • Hike along with the world deepest gorge – Kali Gandaki river
  • Explore beautiful remote villages.
  • Sightseeing in UNESCO world cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley.
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Overview

If trekking is your first love, then the Annapurna Circuit Trek is an adventure in the wilderness you don’t want to miss, at any cost. This is a memorable hike that circumnavigates the Annapurna massif, displaying some of the most astounding scenery on the planet.

With tarred roads built on both sides of the geographical division, the expression ‘circuit’’ that this trek in Nepal is so famous for will soon lose its shine; & the backpackers of today will soon look for the conveniences of the jeeps & buses sooner than later; however, take heart from the fact that in the massive never-ending Himalayas, there are always off the beaten paths that find new routes in the wild, leading trekkers into cut off village settlements that are still unnoticed by contemporary development, which attracts die-hard trekkers who are always prepared to go the extra mile in their quest for the unknown…

The Annapurna circuit trek is an epic circuit loved by trekkers all over the world. This trek is also known as the ‘Round Annapurna trek’. The adventurous 160-230 Km hike circles the grand Annapurna massif. Annapurna is physically placed in the north-central part of Nepal. And this trek is said to be the best long-distance hike on the planet & was opened to globe trotters since the 1980s.

The trek starts from the rural mid-hills and reaches a height of 5,416 meters at the Thorung La pass. Thorong La is the highest and most challenging pass on the circuit. This impressive pass is the most advantageous point on earth to view the stunning beauty of the great Himalayas. The trek crosses two different river valleys encircling the Annapurna range. 

Trekking Annapurna Circuit begins at Beshisahar in the Marshyangdi river valley and ends up in the Kali Gandaki gorge. This is the deepest gorge in the world. The trail moves along paddy fields, sub-tropical forest, incredible waterfalls, huge cliffs, and several lovely friendly villages. Depending on the hiker’s speed, duration of side trips, and rest days are taken, it usually takes 10 to 15 days to complete the journey. Cozy Teahouse accommodation and hygienic meals are available along the trek…& those delicious apple pies are the best found anywhere on earth in these teahouses…

The journey also offers wonderful opportunities to interact with different ethnic people, and their cultures and observe their lifestyles & livelihood. Manang valley and Lower Mustang are influenced much by Tibetan culture. Visitors get fantastic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Machhepuchhre (6,993m), Manaslu (8,156m), Gangapurna (7,455m) and Tilicho peak (7,134m) around the circuit. Most visitors who love to walk in the Annapurna region make sure they do this trip.

After Thorong pass we visit the famous Muktinath. It is a well-known temple of Hindus as well as Buddhists. It would be better if you have one more day’s visit to Marpha. This place is famous for Apples in Nepal and a beautiful village in the valley is almost a must-visit. Due to an increasing inflow of trekkers every year, the number of teahouses/lodges has increased in the Annapurna trekking region, offering juicy options to trekkers…

Best season for Annapurna Circuit Trek

The months of September, October, and November till the second week of December are the peak trekkers season with the trails bursting with trekkers. And spring is also a favored season which falls from February to May. The weather is pleasant and offers excellent crystal clear mountain views in the spring season. But it is also possible to do the trek any time of the year. This trek can also be done in the summer. But the monsoon period invites problems due to lots of blood-sucking leeches.

To know more about the trekking seasons of Nepal click here. 

Glorious Himalaya Treks offer some exceptional trips to this region. Check us out for more details on our website…Check out our design itinerary for Annapurna Circuit Trek or just send us an email and we’ll tailor-make an itinerary based on your requirements.

Itinerary

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Upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in medieval and modernized Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by a representative from Glorious Himalaya and be transferred to the hotel. After check-in and some refreshments, our senior sherpa guide/ manager will come to meet you and give you a brief orientation about Annapurna Circuit Trek. You can wander around Thamel down the street to get familiar with the neighborhood and shop some souvenir. In the evening, we host a welcome dinner at a local cultural restaurant, where we will enjoy excellent traditional Nepalese cuisine with a classic cultural dance show. This is your first overnight in the valley of temples and cows.

Kathmandu_airport

Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu

The capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, being the historical and cultural heart of the country, is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers and other types of adventure seekers. The city is a marvelous amalgamation of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Western cultures and influences. Patan and Bhaktapur are its two major neighboring cities. These two cities, like Kathmandu, have a rich historical, cultural and religious legacy which is reflected in the many temples, monuments, and artifacts that they contain. You will be taken on a half-day guided tour of Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, you will be visiting Pashupatinath, the most famous and revered Hindu shrine in the country; Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Soyambhunath, which contains both Buddhist and Hindu shrines and stands as testimony to the religious harmony that exists in the country; and the 15th-century 55-window palace in Bhaktapur. An orientation session for the trek, which commences the following day, will be organized in the evening where you get an opportunity to ask any questions concerning our forthcoming adventure.

Kathmandu_sightseeing_tour

Early in the morning, we drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway following the Trisuli and Marsyangdi River. We enjoy the gorgeous countryside of Nepal with green hills, whispering rivers, terraced farms along the way then reach Besisahar after a long 6-7 hrs of drive, which is the headquarter of Lamjung. All the local government offices are based here. From here, you get to see some well-known mountain peaks, a lot of natural green landscapes surrounding the valley and the daily activities of the happy local folks. This headquarters is the center from where the daily usable commodities are supplied to the different villages and other towns. A further one and half hours off-road drive from Besisahar will take us up to the exhilarating waterfall of Syange. Overnight at local lodge.

Trishuli_river

The first part of the trail passes on a flat level along the bank of the Marshyangdi River. You can enjoy the sceneries and the local culture of the Gurung community. The trail goes all the way through Jagat, Chyamche, Tal, Kyodo, and Karte, passing through barley, rice and potato fields. Not to mention the numbers of magnificent waterfalls and eye-catching scenarios surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Overnight at lodge.

Syange_Waterfall

Today we climb through forests of pine and oak as you pass through Danaque (2210m). Soon, there comes a small wooden bridge that will take you on a steeply ascending path up to Timang which lies at the bottom of Lamjung Himal. The trail goes then on a flat level until you reach Chame, where you will find government offices, shops, and hotels. Chame is the administrative headquarters for the Manang district. Stay overnight at lodge.

Dharapni_to_Chame

With Lamjung Himal (6893m) sparkling in the morning sun, we set off for Pisang. We continue through a fir and pine forest, climbing to a high, rocky area as the opposite bank becomes an impassable cliff. From this point, the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as we follow the path to Bhratang (2950m.). You now walk through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up a wonderful vista before you. You can see the east peak of Annapurna II as well as Pisang Peak (6091m.) to the north-east. Continuing, you come to a long Mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang. Stay overnight at lodge.

Chame_to_Pisang-min

Beyond Pisang, the trail climbs a steep ridge that affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7145m.). Descending past Manang’s airstrip at Hungde (3320m.), you come to a level area from where the north-east face of Annapurna III rises majestically above you. From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV (7525m.) also becomes visible. Just beyond this point, you cross the considerably reduced flow of the Marshyangdi Khola via a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji. After a short steep climb, you reach Manang which is a surprisingly large village for this remote mountain region. Stay overnight at lodge.

Upper_pisang_manang

We will hang around for one more day in Manang for acclimatization by observing beautiful views of green landscapes, silvery mountains, Chortens, and Monasteries. We can also explore the unique culture and lifestyles of local people. We bunk out overnight at our Lodge.

Manang_valley

The path gradually rises along Thorong Khola crossing Tangki Manang, Ghusang 3900m, then Ghyanchang finally to reach Yak Kharka. We get across a stream, climb to a village of Tenki above Manang, and then continue to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. We then follow the trail north to the valley, passing a few pastures, a scrub of juniper trees, as it firmly gains elevation. The path further passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just under the trailhead. The trail then follows through the meadows where horses and yaks graze. Soon we will reach Yak Kharka. Overnight at Yak Kharka.

 

Yak kharka

Yak Kharka

Leaving Yak Kharka, you climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marshyangdi and crossing via a suspension bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, you follow a narrow trail across an unstable scree slope and then descend to Thorong Phedi. Stay overnight at lodge.

Yakkharka_to_Phedi

Today is the most important day of this trek that you are going to conquer the height of 5,416 meters and be ready to accept the challenge. You start early today for your crossing of Thorong La [5416m]. The views are dramatic, to say the least, from the snow-covered mountains above to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang which are spread out before you. Eventually, the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath and its shrines and temple. Stay overnight at the lodge in Muktinath.

On the way to Thorong La Top

On the way to Thorong La Top

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Today is the last day of our Annapurna circuit trek, we visit Muktinath – a sacred temple in the morning and return to the hotel. Then, we follow a downwards trail through the streams, pastures with a tremendous view of Mount Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. After reaching Kagbeni, we explore the ancient Kagbeni village and then follow the trails along the bank of Kali Gandaki River to Jomsom. Jomsom is a beautiful and large town in the Mustang district. It is also known as Dzongsam or New Fort, which is the headquarters of the Mustang district. Kali Gandaki runs through the Jomsom and the town extends over both sides of the river. We stay overnight at the local lodge in Jomsom.

Trek to Jomsom-min

This takes about 25-30 minutes flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. The flights are available during the morning time. The strong breeze blows and frequent change in the weather prevents the flight from being landed and taken off in the afternoon. During the flights in the morning, the sky looks very clear which makes you able to enjoy the splendid views of different mountain peaks. Overnight hotel inclusive breakfast.

Mount_Fishtail_from_Pokhara

While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, we head up to Damauli, Dumre, Mugling and Kurintar where Nepal’s first Cable car is operated to reach Manakamana Temple, this is a temple where most Nepalese come to have their wishes granted before leaving home or getting married. From Naubise we climb up to Thankot, the gateway to Kathmandu and finally reach our hotel & a lovely soft warm bed.

After breakfast and our last day in Kathmandu, our vehicle and escorts will be on standby to drop you to the international airport three hours before our scheduled flight back home. At Glorious Adventure, meeting you has been a great honor and we pray for your Safe journey home and will reflect on the wonderful times we spent together. Bon Voyage!!! We hope to see you again someday…

Trip Includes:

  • All airport and hotel transfers by private vehicles.
  • Nepalese cuisine welcome dinner at a typical local restaurant in Kathmandu.
  • One day Kathmandu sightseeing tour guided by a city tour guide with private transport.
  • 3-nights of 3-star standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu inclusive breakfast.
  • 9-nights of twin sharing local lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • 1-night of hotel accommodations in Pokhara inclusive breakfast.
  • Domestic airfare from Jomsom to Pokhara including airport taxes.
  • An experienced and government license holder guide for the trek. k.
  • Supporting porters to carry your belongings while on the trek. (1 porter for 2 guests)
  • All the essential ground transfers by bus, jeep, and car.
  • Rain protection duffel and sleeping bags to use for the trek.
  • All the necessary trekking permits and paperwork for the trek.
  • First aid medicine for the trek.
  • All the government taxes and company service charge
  • Trip achievement certificate after trip completion.

Trip Exclude:

  • International airfares and Nepal entry visa.
  • Alcoholic beverages, bottled mineral, and hot/boiled water, use of WIFI, hot shower and battery charges, etc during the trek
  • Extra nights in Jomsom due to the cancellation of your flight because of the bad weather.
  • Tips to the trekking guide and porters.
  • Entrance fees for Kathmandu sightseeing.
  • Meals during the trek.

Price and date

This trip is available at an any time of the year. Just let us know your travel date.

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All our guides are well-experienced and are aware of the possible physical problems and crises that may arise during the trek. They are well-trained with first aid and are already prepared for any sort of emergencies.

For any minor cases, there are health posts organized by local and foreign doctors.

In case of an emergency, the guides are qualified to deliver the First-Aid and will transfer you to the nearest hospitals possible or alert for immediate Air-Evacuation to Kathmandu. 

For major issues like AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), the guides provide Diamox and instantly descend the patient to the lower elevation as soon as possible, and if necessary, promptly evacuate to Kathmandu.

We will cover the initial expenses for the rescue operation since these expenses will need to be recovered either from your insurance company or over cash/credit.

In case of a severe illness or any casualties, while You’re on Annapurna circuit trek (that we think won’t happen), we’ll do everything to move one to the closest hospital to save your life (that has happened to us few times), and you’re utterly accountable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation/rescue, therefore, please be certain these costs are covered by your insurance coverage before assigning to the trek Or even be ready to cover your own after return to Kathmandu. So make sure that you’ve insured yourself with at least 50 thousand dollars of coverage before performing the excursion.

We highly recommend you book your trip in a few months’ advance. We need to reserve your domestic flight (Jomsom to Pokhara) and hotel accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara, especially during the peak trekking season, when there is a large number of trekkers. However, if you arrive and want to organize your trip we can also arrange the Last MINUTE BOOKINGS !!!  The earliest is best for us.

In our given package, we provide luxurious Thamel based 3-star standard hotel accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara city, such as Hotel Thamel Park, Hotel Splendid View, Hotel Lake Star, Kathmandu Eco Hotel, etc. However, if you prefer the higher-standard hotels, we will reserve accordingly and it will charge extra costs.

You will spend your night at the common local teahouse or lodges during your Annapurna circuit trek, which is the classic form of trekking accommodation in the Annapurna circuit trail. Most are set and operated by local villagers and provide you basic yet optimal facilities like comfortable rooms, westernized washrooms, hot showers, and WIFI. While at dinner, you can also meet other interesting people from different nationalities, with their interesting stories.

While both vegetarian and non-vegetarian foods are available for meals that are hygienic and healthy. You can order your favorites as per the menu of the teahouse/lodge. On the lower elevations, you can taste a wider variety of dishes like Nepali, Indian, Continental, Tibetan, etc. While Tea, coffee, eggs, bakery items, snacks, bars, etc can easily be found on your trek.

Some prior trekking experiences is beneficial.
However, any novice or experienced trekker with moderate fitness should be able to complete the trek.

For those who are used to hiking long distances with a weighted backpack, they might find the trek easy.

Moreover, those who don’t have any such experiences can try jogging, sprinting, swimming, and exercising a few weeks before the trekking which helps to boost your endurance level and also brings your body in proper shape condition. Hike around nearby places, and focus on building your strength. The trek is challenging but rewarding in every way. With a little bit of training and determination, you can conquer the trek and tick it off your bucket list.

Hiring a professional licensed guide will add more trekking experience. Some of the ways that having a guide will benefit you are:

1. Lead or suggest the best trails to take.
2. Manage all your permits.
3. Recommend the best spots to rest, eat at, and stay overnight.
4. Monitor your health regularly.
5. Provide first aid treatment in case of emergencies.
6. Assist you to communicate with the locals.
7. Get the latest updates on the weather conditions of the trails.
8. Provide you information on the surroundings such as the names of the mountains/peaks, their height, plus Local names.
9. Give information on the culture, flora and fauna of the region and some interesting stories.

Besides, having a guide is also having a friend as a guardian who is always there to look after you. You don’t have to focus on making lots of decisions while on the trek and make the most of your trip. Moreover, you are employing someone and also contributing to a local economy.

1 USD=~100 Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs.)
You can exchange most of the foreign currency through local Banks or Money Exchanges in Kathmandu, and all-around Thamel …. READ MORE.

It’s a great thing to be “connected” with your loved ones. The Internet is the most popular means of communication used by most of the trekkers. Use Viber, WhatsApp, Skype, or facetime where you can call. Though the internet speed experience during your trek may not be as fast as in the city areas cause the farther up the height you get, the slower, less reliable, and more expensive these service becomes. Your Hotels in the cities will provide free WIFI, but the lodges and tea-houses on the trek will charge an extra 1 to 2 Dollars per day.

Most of the routes have mobile coverage, though the service may still not be reliable.
This will also depend upon the type of network SIM you use and will cost you a fair bit of money to keep using it. Though some days at a higher altitude, the mobile network is not reachable. Upon your request, we will provide you with a local SIM card.

In case of emergencies, your emergency contacts and information will be with us before you leave for the trek.

It is not necessary to invest a great deal of money buying gear for your Annapurna Circuit Trek on your nation, as the majority of those gears can be purchased at reasonable prices in Kathmandu. Besides, we will provide you the high-quality sleeping bags and rain protection duffel bags for your trek. (No charge, to be returned).

Reviews

Explored Stunning Place with Amazing team Glorious Himalya Trekking
By Rajkumar T, Australia
September 1, 2022

I was always dreaming to explore one of the stunning tourist destination of Nepal “Annapurna Circuit ” which came true only because of Glorious Himalya Trekking team especially guide Prakash Gurung. They were so humble and friendly and offered excellent hospitality service as well as guided me well. If are fond of mountains and love to observe hypnotic beauty of nature you should visit this place. Overall, it was one of my memorable and enjoyable experience of my life.

Annapurna Circuit Trek 2022
By Bozena P , Italy
June 14, 2022

It was a wonderful trip with the Glorious Himalaya Team. I did Annapurna Circuit Trek – 17 Days with my two other friend. The company provided a great service. Sujan managed all the necessary permits like TIMS and ACAP. Our guide Uttam and porter Shyam were great. If we had not trekked with them we would have missed everything all those laughter and fun. Shyam was a good singer as well he sang beautiful folk songs during our trial. We really enjoyed our trek and recommend this company to everyone.

Annapurna Circuit
By Augustyn, Poland
November 5, 2021

This was great adventure, beautiful views like nowhere else, amazing people and great food. The company offered us full support all the time we were there. They are very flexible, we changed our schedule couple of times during trek without any problems. Our guides always had the answer for our questions during the trek and sightseeing Katmandu. This trip defeninitly worth recommending, it isn’t that hard except Throng La Pass day but as our guide says “slowly, slowly” and everybody can make this.

Annapurna Circuit Trek
By Artur K, Poland
October 20, 2021

The trek itself is a great and beautiful experience but doing it with Glorious Himalaya Trekking made it even greater. The company is reliable and professional. During the whole trip, we felt safe and comfortable. Everything thanks to:
Ganesh – is the owner who is in control over everything which is so great. Due to the Covid situation, we had to postpone our trip three times and Ganesh made it easy for us, always responding quickly and changing the schedule accordingly. As we managed to finish the trek earlier there was no problem for Ganesh to be very flexible, and helpful and to arrange quickly new flights and a new schedule for us.
Buddhi – our great guide with impressive knowledge about Nepal, always positive attitude, and is a great companion for us during whole trek. Thank you my friend!
And the last but not least Ashok – our porter, the toughest guy I have ever met. 25 kg on his back but always smiling no matter what.

TOOK CARE OF EVERYTHING
By Saul Archila, USA
December 3, 2018
“The Annapurna Circuit is filled with opportunities to get to know the way people in the Himalayas live their day to day lives as well as views difficult to compare to anywhere else in the world.”
Annapurna Circuit Aug 2018
By Dipesh Khimasia, London, United Kingdom
September 15, 2018

Incredible experience with Glorious Himalaya on the Annapurna Circuit in August 2018. Mr Ganesh Bahadur and his team always went the extra mile to ensure that our trip was an experience of a lifetime. Annapurna Circuit offers a different perspective in the summer months when the flora and fauna are in full bloom and the route is not so busy and so one will experience and feel the solitude and remoteness. Do not hesitate to use Glorious Himalaya as you will not be disappointed.

DREAM COME TRUE!
By Jose Banegas, Spain
November 10, 2016

“Glorious not just made my trip affordable, but also my dream to experience the Himalayas come true. I’d like to thank everyone who has helped me in making this trip possible.

Bishal our guide was excellent, and the porter was phenomenal, without whom my trip could not have been easier.
In General, Ganesh and his team were very experienced, professional and did excellent with their job. Don’t hesitate to book this trip, and choose Glorious Himalaya.”

Great Experience with GHT team
By Hanah G, Bristol, United Kingdom
March 15, 2014

Everything was okay in the trip to Annapurna, apart from the weather, for which I cannot blame Glorious Himalaya Trekking. The Itinerary was properly planned and was always compatible with my physical strength, time for recovery was appropriate and the hospitality of the Guest House was excellent. Despite the variety of food being reasonable, I choose Daal Bhaat almost always as Nepali people excel in this dish.

The overall trek was pleasant and I recommend Glorious Himalaya to everyone for a perfectly planned holiday.

Awesome experience – Annapurna Circuit Trek
By Elodie & Morgan , France
November 15, 2012

We did the Annapurna Trekking from Besisahar to Jomsom in Oct. 2012 and everything was good! We had a wonderful time. The trek was well organized and as we asked for. Our Guide, Raju was really nice and friendly. Our porter, Bharat was really helpful and thanks to him, we always got the best available logdes !! (with hot water every time it was possible!!)

Raju is a well-experienced guide, he knows much about mountains, religion, and cultural stuff and he always explained everything to us and answered all our questions!

This young company took really good care of us from the beginning (with all the emails before departure) till the end of the trek and even after (our guide even invited us to have Dal Bhat with his family)

Thank You very much for everything !!

Visit – October 2012 Regards,

Round Annapurna Trek with GHT team
By Frederic Dannoux , France
June 15, 2012

Round Annapurna (Beshisahar-Thorong La Pass-Jomsom-Ktm)

I had a very good time during this trek. For my first time in Nepal, everything was spectacular, from the people, their hospitality and and the magnificence of the landscape. I’m sure it won’t be long before I come back, why not next year for the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. I have discovered the the most beautiful mountain ever, Machhapuchhre, and will be back to see it from closer. I recommend Glorious Himalaya Trekking without any hesitations, everything has been perfect, from the start to the end. So, see you as soon as possible for another trek.

Thank you very much and I don’t hesitate to recommend Glorious Himalaya Trekking company to all the travelers from the globe.

Annapurna Circuit Trek – Great time in Nepal
By Cartier Biele , France
September 15, 2011

Thanks to Glorious Himalaya Trekking, we had a wonderful time around Annapurna. The guide, Bhes Bahadur Gurung was very helpful very funny and he answered every question we asked. He also managed to change the itinerary when we asked for it. The porters were very helpful and very professional too. The trek around Annapurna is a very winy trek, with nice accommodation and a large variety of food is provided, Even hot shower!!! Good memories for all of us!

We highly recommend Glorious Himalaya company to all our fellow travelers. Wish you all the best!

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Duration: 15 days

Starts At: Kathmandu

Grade: Moderate

Accommodation: Hotel and Lodges

Transport: Plane, Bus, Jeep, Car

Altitude: 5,416m

Ends At: Kathmandu

Group Size: 2+ pax

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara hotel

Highlights

  • Explore the cultural and natural beauty of the Annapurna region.
  • Visit Hindus and Buddhist holiest Muktinath temple.
  • Superb views of Mt. Manaslu, Pisang peak, Annapurnas, Himalchuli peak, and fishtail mountain.
  • Thorong La pass (5,416m.) – one of the longest pass in the world.
  • Hike along with the world deepest gorge – Kali Gandaki river
  • Explore beautiful remote villages.
  • Sightseeing in UNESCO world cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley.
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Overview

If trekking is your first love, then the Annapurna Circuit Trek is an adventure in the wilderness you don’t want to miss, at any cost. This is a memorable hike that circumnavigates the Annapurna massif, displaying some of the most astounding scenery on the planet.

With tarred roads built on both sides of the geographical division, the expression ‘circuit’’ that this trek in Nepal is so famous for will soon lose its shine; & the backpackers of today will soon look for the conveniences of the jeeps & buses sooner than later; however, take heart from the fact that in the massive never-ending Himalayas, there are always off the beaten paths that find new routes in the wild, leading trekkers into cut off village settlements that are still unnoticed by contemporary development, which attracts die-hard trekkers who are always prepared to go the extra mile in their quest for the unknown…

The Annapurna circuit trek is an epic circuit loved by trekkers all over the world. This trek is also known as the ‘Round Annapurna trek’. The adventurous 160-230 Km hike circles the grand Annapurna massif. Annapurna is physically placed in the north-central part of Nepal. And this trek is said to be the best long-distance hike on the planet & was opened to globe trotters since the 1980s.

The trek starts from the rural mid-hills and reaches a height of 5,416 meters at the Thorung La pass. Thorong La is the highest and most challenging pass on the circuit. This impressive pass is the most advantageous point on earth to view the stunning beauty of the great Himalayas. The trek crosses two different river valleys encircling the Annapurna range. 

Trekking Annapurna Circuit begins at Beshisahar in the Marshyangdi river valley and ends up in the Kali Gandaki gorge. This is the deepest gorge in the world. The trail moves along paddy fields, sub-tropical forest, incredible waterfalls, huge cliffs, and several lovely friendly villages. Depending on the hiker’s speed, duration of side trips, and rest days are taken, it usually takes 10 to 15 days to complete the journey. Cozy Teahouse accommodation and hygienic meals are available along the trek…& those delicious apple pies are the best found anywhere on earth in these teahouses…

The journey also offers wonderful opportunities to interact with different ethnic people, and their cultures and observe their lifestyles & livelihood. Manang valley and Lower Mustang are influenced much by Tibetan culture. Visitors get fantastic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Machhepuchhre (6,993m), Manaslu (8,156m), Gangapurna (7,455m) and Tilicho peak (7,134m) around the circuit. Most visitors who love to walk in the Annapurna region make sure they do this trip.

After Thorong pass we visit the famous Muktinath. It is a well-known temple of Hindus as well as Buddhists. It would be better if you have one more day’s visit to Marpha. This place is famous for Apples in Nepal and a beautiful village in the valley is almost a must-visit. Due to an increasing inflow of trekkers every year, the number of teahouses/lodges has increased in the Annapurna trekking region, offering juicy options to trekkers…

Best season for Annapurna Circuit Trek

The months of September, October, and November till the second week of December are the peak trekkers season with the trails bursting with trekkers. And spring is also a favored season which falls from February to May. The weather is pleasant and offers excellent crystal clear mountain views in the spring season. But it is also possible to do the trek any time of the year. This trek can also be done in the summer. But the monsoon period invites problems due to lots of blood-sucking leeches.

To know more about the trekking seasons of Nepal click here. 

Glorious Himalaya Treks offer some exceptional trips to this region. Check us out for more details on our website…Check out our design itinerary for Annapurna Circuit Trek or just send us an email and we’ll tailor-make an itinerary based on your requirements.

Itinerary

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Upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in medieval and modernized Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by a representative from Glorious Himalaya and be transferred to the hotel. After check-in and some refreshments, our senior sherpa guide/ manager will come to meet you and give you a brief orientation about Annapurna Circuit Trek. You can wander around Thamel down the street to get familiar with the neighborhood and shop some souvenir. In the evening, we host a welcome dinner at a local cultural restaurant, where we will enjoy excellent traditional Nepalese cuisine with a classic cultural dance show. This is your first overnight in the valley of temples and cows.

Kathmandu_airport

Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu

The capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, being the historical and cultural heart of the country, is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers and other types of adventure seekers. The city is a marvelous amalgamation of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Western cultures and influences. Patan and Bhaktapur are its two major neighboring cities. These two cities, like Kathmandu, have a rich historical, cultural and religious legacy which is reflected in the many temples, monuments, and artifacts that they contain. You will be taken on a half-day guided tour of Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, you will be visiting Pashupatinath, the most famous and revered Hindu shrine in the country; Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Soyambhunath, which contains both Buddhist and Hindu shrines and stands as testimony to the religious harmony that exists in the country; and the 15th-century 55-window palace in Bhaktapur. An orientation session for the trek, which commences the following day, will be organized in the evening where you get an opportunity to ask any questions concerning our forthcoming adventure.

Kathmandu_sightseeing_tour

Early in the morning, we drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway following the Trisuli and Marsyangdi River. We enjoy the gorgeous countryside of Nepal with green hills, whispering rivers, terraced farms along the way then reach Besisahar after a long 6-7 hrs of drive, which is the headquarter of Lamjung. All the local government offices are based here. From here, you get to see some well-known mountain peaks, a lot of natural green landscapes surrounding the valley and the daily activities of the happy local folks. This headquarters is the center from where the daily usable commodities are supplied to the different villages and other towns. A further one and half hours off-road drive from Besisahar will take us up to the exhilarating waterfall of Syange. Overnight at local lodge.

Trishuli_river

The first part of the trail passes on a flat level along the bank of the Marshyangdi River. You can enjoy the sceneries and the local culture of the Gurung community. The trail goes all the way through Jagat, Chyamche, Tal, Kyodo, and Karte, passing through barley, rice and potato fields. Not to mention the numbers of magnificent waterfalls and eye-catching scenarios surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Overnight at lodge.

Syange_Waterfall

Today we climb through forests of pine and oak as you pass through Danaque (2210m). Soon, there comes a small wooden bridge that will take you on a steeply ascending path up to Timang which lies at the bottom of Lamjung Himal. The trail goes then on a flat level until you reach Chame, where you will find government offices, shops, and hotels. Chame is the administrative headquarters for the Manang district. Stay overnight at lodge.

Dharapni_to_Chame

With Lamjung Himal (6893m) sparkling in the morning sun, we set off for Pisang. We continue through a fir and pine forest, climbing to a high, rocky area as the opposite bank becomes an impassable cliff. From this point, the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as we follow the path to Bhratang (2950m.). You now walk through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up a wonderful vista before you. You can see the east peak of Annapurna II as well as Pisang Peak (6091m.) to the north-east. Continuing, you come to a long Mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang. Stay overnight at lodge.

Chame_to_Pisang-min

Beyond Pisang, the trail climbs a steep ridge that affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7145m.). Descending past Manang’s airstrip at Hungde (3320m.), you come to a level area from where the north-east face of Annapurna III rises majestically above you. From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV (7525m.) also becomes visible. Just beyond this point, you cross the considerably reduced flow of the Marshyangdi Khola via a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji. After a short steep climb, you reach Manang which is a surprisingly large village for this remote mountain region. Stay overnight at lodge.

Upper_pisang_manang

We will hang around for one more day in Manang for acclimatization by observing beautiful views of green landscapes, silvery mountains, Chortens, and Monasteries. We can also explore the unique culture and lifestyles of local people. We bunk out overnight at our Lodge.

Manang_valley

The path gradually rises along Thorong Khola crossing Tangki Manang, Ghusang 3900m, then Ghyanchang finally to reach Yak Kharka. We get across a stream, climb to a village of Tenki above Manang, and then continue to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. We then follow the trail north to the valley, passing a few pastures, a scrub of juniper trees, as it firmly gains elevation. The path further passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just under the trailhead. The trail then follows through the meadows where horses and yaks graze. Soon we will reach Yak Kharka. Overnight at Yak Kharka.

 

Yak kharka

Yak Kharka

Leaving Yak Kharka, you climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marshyangdi and crossing via a suspension bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, you follow a narrow trail across an unstable scree slope and then descend to Thorong Phedi. Stay overnight at lodge.

Yakkharka_to_Phedi

Today is the most important day of this trek that you are going to conquer the height of 5,416 meters and be ready to accept the challenge. You start early today for your crossing of Thorong La [5416m]. The views are dramatic, to say the least, from the snow-covered mountains above to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang which are spread out before you. Eventually, the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath and its shrines and temple. Stay overnight at the lodge in Muktinath.

On the way to Thorong La Top

On the way to Thorong La Top

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Today is the last day of our Annapurna circuit trek, we visit Muktinath – a sacred temple in the morning and return to the hotel. Then, we follow a downwards trail through the streams, pastures with a tremendous view of Mount Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. After reaching Kagbeni, we explore the ancient Kagbeni village and then follow the trails along the bank of Kali Gandaki River to Jomsom. Jomsom is a beautiful and large town in the Mustang district. It is also known as Dzongsam or New Fort, which is the headquarters of the Mustang district. Kali Gandaki runs through the Jomsom and the town extends over both sides of the river. We stay overnight at the local lodge in Jomsom.

Trek to Jomsom-min

This takes about 25-30 minutes flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. The flights are available during the morning time. The strong breeze blows and frequent change in the weather prevents the flight from being landed and taken off in the afternoon. During the flights in the morning, the sky looks very clear which makes you able to enjoy the splendid views of different mountain peaks. Overnight hotel inclusive breakfast.

Mount_Fishtail_from_Pokhara

While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, we head up to Damauli, Dumre, Mugling and Kurintar where Nepal’s first Cable car is operated to reach Manakamana Temple, this is a temple where most Nepalese come to have their wishes granted before leaving home or getting married. From Naubise we climb up to Thankot, the gateway to Kathmandu and finally reach our hotel & a lovely soft warm bed.

After breakfast and our last day in Kathmandu, our vehicle and escorts will be on standby to drop you to the international airport three hours before our scheduled flight back home. At Glorious Adventure, meeting you has been a great honor and we pray for your Safe journey home and will reflect on the wonderful times we spent together. Bon Voyage!!! We hope to see you again someday…

Trip Includes:

  • All airport and hotel transfers by private vehicles.
  • Nepalese cuisine welcome dinner at a typical local restaurant in Kathmandu.
  • One day Kathmandu sightseeing tour guided by a city tour guide with private transport.
  • 3-nights of 3-star standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu inclusive breakfast.
  • 9-nights of twin sharing local lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • 1-night of hotel accommodations in Pokhara inclusive breakfast.
  • Domestic airfare from Jomsom to Pokhara including airport taxes.
  • An experienced and government license holder guide for the trek. k.
  • Supporting porters to carry your belongings while on the trek. (1 porter for 2 guests)
  • All the essential ground transfers by bus, jeep, and car.
  • Rain protection duffel and sleeping bags to use for the trek.
  • All the necessary trekking permits and paperwork for the trek.
  • First aid medicine for the trek.
  • All the government taxes and company service charge
  • Trip achievement certificate after trip completion.

Trip Exclude:

  • International airfares and Nepal entry visa.
  • Alcoholic beverages, bottled mineral, and hot/boiled water, use of WIFI, hot shower and battery charges, etc during the trek
  • Extra nights in Jomsom due to the cancellation of your flight because of the bad weather.
  • Tips to the trekking guide and porters.
  • Entrance fees for Kathmandu sightseeing.
  • Meals during the trek.

Price and date

This trip is available at an any time of the year. Just let us know your travel date.

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All our guides are well-experienced and are aware of the possible physical problems and crises that may arise during the trek. They are well-trained with first aid and are already prepared for any sort of emergencies.

For any minor cases, there are health posts organized by local and foreign doctors.

In case of an emergency, the guides are qualified to deliver the First-Aid and will transfer you to the nearest hospitals possible or alert for immediate Air-Evacuation to Kathmandu. 

For major issues like AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), the guides provide Diamox and instantly descend the patient to the lower elevation as soon as possible, and if necessary, promptly evacuate to Kathmandu.

We will cover the initial expenses for the rescue operation since these expenses will need to be recovered either from your insurance company or over cash/credit.

In case of a severe illness or any casualties, while You’re on Annapurna circuit trek (that we think won’t happen), we’ll do everything to move one to the closest hospital to save your life (that has happened to us few times), and you’re utterly accountable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation/rescue, therefore, please be certain these costs are covered by your insurance coverage before assigning to the trek Or even be ready to cover your own after return to Kathmandu. So make sure that you’ve insured yourself with at least 50 thousand dollars of coverage before performing the excursion.

We highly recommend you book your trip in a few months’ advance. We need to reserve your domestic flight (Jomsom to Pokhara) and hotel accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara, especially during the peak trekking season, when there is a large number of trekkers. However, if you arrive and want to organize your trip we can also arrange the Last MINUTE BOOKINGS !!!  The earliest is best for us.

In our given package, we provide luxurious Thamel based 3-star standard hotel accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara city, such as Hotel Thamel Park, Hotel Splendid View, Hotel Lake Star, Kathmandu Eco Hotel, etc. However, if you prefer the higher-standard hotels, we will reserve accordingly and it will charge extra costs.

You will spend your night at the common local teahouse or lodges during your Annapurna circuit trek, which is the classic form of trekking accommodation in the Annapurna circuit trail. Most are set and operated by local villagers and provide you basic yet optimal facilities like comfortable rooms, westernized washrooms, hot showers, and WIFI. While at dinner, you can also meet other interesting people from different nationalities, with their interesting stories.

While both vegetarian and non-vegetarian foods are available for meals that are hygienic and healthy. You can order your favorites as per the menu of the teahouse/lodge. On the lower elevations, you can taste a wider variety of dishes like Nepali, Indian, Continental, Tibetan, etc. While Tea, coffee, eggs, bakery items, snacks, bars, etc can easily be found on your trek.

Some prior trekking experiences is beneficial.
However, any novice or experienced trekker with moderate fitness should be able to complete the trek.

For those who are used to hiking long distances with a weighted backpack, they might find the trek easy.

Moreover, those who don’t have any such experiences can try jogging, sprinting, swimming, and exercising a few weeks before the trekking which helps to boost your endurance level and also brings your body in proper shape condition. Hike around nearby places, and focus on building your strength. The trek is challenging but rewarding in every way. With a little bit of training and determination, you can conquer the trek and tick it off your bucket list.

Hiring a professional licensed guide will add more trekking experience. Some of the ways that having a guide will benefit you are:

1. Lead or suggest the best trails to take.
2. Manage all your permits.
3. Recommend the best spots to rest, eat at, and stay overnight.
4. Monitor your health regularly.
5. Provide first aid treatment in case of emergencies.
6. Assist you to communicate with the locals.
7. Get the latest updates on the weather conditions of the trails.
8. Provide you information on the surroundings such as the names of the mountains/peaks, their height, plus Local names.
9. Give information on the culture, flora and fauna of the region and some interesting stories.

Besides, having a guide is also having a friend as a guardian who is always there to look after you. You don’t have to focus on making lots of decisions while on the trek and make the most of your trip. Moreover, you are employing someone and also contributing to a local economy.

1 USD=~100 Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs.)
You can exchange most of the foreign currency through local Banks or Money Exchanges in Kathmandu, and all-around Thamel …. READ MORE.

It’s a great thing to be “connected” with your loved ones. The Internet is the most popular means of communication used by most of the trekkers. Use Viber, WhatsApp, Skype, or facetime where you can call. Though the internet speed experience during your trek may not be as fast as in the city areas cause the farther up the height you get, the slower, less reliable, and more expensive these service becomes. Your Hotels in the cities will provide free WIFI, but the lodges and tea-houses on the trek will charge an extra 1 to 2 Dollars per day.

Most of the routes have mobile coverage, though the service may still not be reliable.
This will also depend upon the type of network SIM you use and will cost you a fair bit of money to keep using it. Though some days at a higher altitude, the mobile network is not reachable. Upon your request, we will provide you with a local SIM card.

In case of emergencies, your emergency contacts and information will be with us before you leave for the trek.

It is not necessary to invest a great deal of money buying gear for your Annapurna Circuit Trek on your nation, as the majority of those gears can be purchased at reasonable prices in Kathmandu. Besides, we will provide you the high-quality sleeping bags and rain protection duffel bags for your trek. (No charge, to be returned).

Reviews

Explored Stunning Place with Amazing team Glorious Himalya Trekking
By Rajkumar T, Australia
September 1, 2022

I was always dreaming to explore one of the stunning tourist destination of Nepal “Annapurna Circuit ” which came true only because of Glorious Himalya Trekking team especially guide Prakash Gurung. They were so humble and friendly and offered excellent hospitality service as well as guided me well. If are fond of mountains and love to observe hypnotic beauty of nature you should visit this place. Overall, it was one of my memorable and enjoyable experience of my life.

Annapurna Circuit Trek 2022
By Bozena P , Italy
June 14, 2022

It was a wonderful trip with the Glorious Himalaya Team. I did Annapurna Circuit Trek – 17 Days with my two other friend. The company provided a great service. Sujan managed all the necessary permits like TIMS and ACAP. Our guide Uttam and porter Shyam were great. If we had not trekked with them we would have missed everything all those laughter and fun. Shyam was a good singer as well he sang beautiful folk songs during our trial. We really enjoyed our trek and recommend this company to everyone.

Annapurna Circuit
By Augustyn, Poland
November 5, 2021

This was great adventure, beautiful views like nowhere else, amazing people and great food. The company offered us full support all the time we were there. They are very flexible, we changed our schedule couple of times during trek without any problems. Our guides always had the answer for our questions during the trek and sightseeing Katmandu. This trip defeninitly worth recommending, it isn’t that hard except Throng La Pass day but as our guide says “slowly, slowly” and everybody can make this.

Annapurna Circuit Trek
By Artur K, Poland
October 20, 2021

The trek itself is a great and beautiful experience but doing it with Glorious Himalaya Trekking made it even greater. The company is reliable and professional. During the whole trip, we felt safe and comfortable. Everything thanks to:
Ganesh – is the owner who is in control over everything which is so great. Due to the Covid situation, we had to postpone our trip three times and Ganesh made it easy for us, always responding quickly and changing the schedule accordingly. As we managed to finish the trek earlier there was no problem for Ganesh to be very flexible, and helpful and to arrange quickly new flights and a new schedule for us.
Buddhi – our great guide with impressive knowledge about Nepal, always positive attitude, and is a great companion for us during whole trek. Thank you my friend!
And the last but not least Ashok – our porter, the toughest guy I have ever met. 25 kg on his back but always smiling no matter what.

TOOK CARE OF EVERYTHING
By Saul Archila, USA
December 3, 2018
“The Annapurna Circuit is filled with opportunities to get to know the way people in the Himalayas live their day to day lives as well as views difficult to compare to anywhere else in the world.”
Annapurna Circuit Aug 2018
By Dipesh Khimasia, London, United Kingdom
September 15, 2018

Incredible experience with Glorious Himalaya on the Annapurna Circuit in August 2018. Mr Ganesh Bahadur and his team always went the extra mile to ensure that our trip was an experience of a lifetime. Annapurna Circuit offers a different perspective in the summer months when the flora and fauna are in full bloom and the route is not so busy and so one will experience and feel the solitude and remoteness. Do not hesitate to use Glorious Himalaya as you will not be disappointed.

DREAM COME TRUE!
By Jose Banegas, Spain
November 10, 2016

“Glorious not just made my trip affordable, but also my dream to experience the Himalayas come true. I’d like to thank everyone who has helped me in making this trip possible.

Bishal our guide was excellent, and the porter was phenomenal, without whom my trip could not have been easier.
In General, Ganesh and his team were very experienced, professional and did excellent with their job. Don’t hesitate to book this trip, and choose Glorious Himalaya.”

Great Experience with GHT team
By Hanah G, Bristol, United Kingdom
March 15, 2014

Everything was okay in the trip to Annapurna, apart from the weather, for which I cannot blame Glorious Himalaya Trekking. The Itinerary was properly planned and was always compatible with my physical strength, time for recovery was appropriate and the hospitality of the Guest House was excellent. Despite the variety of food being reasonable, I choose Daal Bhaat almost always as Nepali people excel in this dish.

The overall trek was pleasant and I recommend Glorious Himalaya to everyone for a perfectly planned holiday.

Awesome experience – Annapurna Circuit Trek
By Elodie & Morgan , France
November 15, 2012

We did the Annapurna Trekking from Besisahar to Jomsom in Oct. 2012 and everything was good! We had a wonderful time. The trek was well organized and as we asked for. Our Guide, Raju was really nice and friendly. Our porter, Bharat was really helpful and thanks to him, we always got the best available logdes !! (with hot water every time it was possible!!)

Raju is a well-experienced guide, he knows much about mountains, religion, and cultural stuff and he always explained everything to us and answered all our questions!

This young company took really good care of us from the beginning (with all the emails before departure) till the end of the trek and even after (our guide even invited us to have Dal Bhat with his family)

Thank You very much for everything !!

Visit – October 2012 Regards,

Round Annapurna Trek with GHT team
By Frederic Dannoux , France
June 15, 2012

Round Annapurna (Beshisahar-Thorong La Pass-Jomsom-Ktm)

I had a very good time during this trek. For my first time in Nepal, everything was spectacular, from the people, their hospitality and and the magnificence of the landscape. I’m sure it won’t be long before I come back, why not next year for the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. I have discovered the the most beautiful mountain ever, Machhapuchhre, and will be back to see it from closer. I recommend Glorious Himalaya Trekking without any hesitations, everything has been perfect, from the start to the end. So, see you as soon as possible for another trek.

Thank you very much and I don’t hesitate to recommend Glorious Himalaya Trekking company to all the travelers from the globe.

Annapurna Circuit Trek – Great time in Nepal
By Cartier Biele , France
September 15, 2011

Thanks to Glorious Himalaya Trekking, we had a wonderful time around Annapurna. The guide, Bhes Bahadur Gurung was very helpful very funny and he answered every question we asked. He also managed to change the itinerary when we asked for it. The porters were very helpful and very professional too. The trek around Annapurna is a very winy trek, with nice accommodation and a large variety of food is provided, Even hot shower!!! Good memories for all of us!

We highly recommend Glorious Himalaya company to all our fellow travelers. Wish you all the best!

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