Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Duration: 16 Days


  • Difficulty LevelStrenuous
  • Trip ModeTea House
  • Best TimeOct -May
  • Max Altitude5,16 m

Annapurna Circuit Trek - an exploration of the diverse culture, lifestyles and topography.

Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the classic, most diverse and stunning tea house trek in Nepal. This Annapurna Circuit trekking route explores the fascinating ethnic groups having their own language and tradition. The incredible views of some of the most stunning 8000 meter peaks including the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges - simply wonderful. We explore the natural diversity from lush, tropical rice paddies to moss-laden rhododendron forests. Besides that the Tibetan fortresses clinging to rocky cliffs - great natural diversity. Walking through the naturally rich terrain of diverse topography trekker has a chance to experience the rich cultural diversity of Hinduism, Buddhism. The mysterious Bon-Po religion still co-exist and intermingle with other at same place.

We have specially designed this classic circuit hike of Annapurna itinerary making it shorter. It avoids the walk on recently build road as long as possible. We start the trek from Bulbule after a drive from Kathmandu. We finish our walk at Jomsom from where we take flight to Pokhara. This hiking route keeps all the main highlights of classic Annapurna circuit trek intact. The hiking route includes the Great Himalayan trail from Dharapani to Kagbeni, the Tibetan Buddhist dominated settlements. Further more we explore the Braga monastery, the oldest in the region at Manang. Not to miss the shine of Muktinath, a famous pilgrimage site being worshiped by both Hindu and Buddhist devotees together.

Crossing the Thorung la pass - Diverse and Classic route

No doubt climbing over the challenging pass of Thorung la at 5416 meter is tough but rewarding to the great sense of achievement. Undoubtedly the view from the pass is truly spectacular on this this Annapurna circuit trek in Nepal. It spreads from the northwest wind eroded "Once Forbidden Kingdom" of Mustang valley to incredible mountain ranges of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri to the southwest. Originally the pass was initially used as a trade route, herding agricultural products on yaks and donkeys. In fact people of Mustang identify themselves closer with Tibet and the Mustang region has actually been part of Tibet in past. At the end we also do explore the peaceful lake city of Pokhara to end the exhilarating journey to the diverse region of Annapurna in the Himalayas.

Trekking itinerary of Annapurna Circuit:

  • 1 Day
    Arrive Kathmandu / Nepali dinner with ethnic cultural program.
    • Hotel
    • Welcome Dinner
    • 1340 m
    • Car
    • Airport pick up

    • Arrival in Kathmandu airport and transfer to the hotel and check in.
    • Pre Trek Briefing about Route/facilities and other information will be given.
    • Evening group dinner at Nepali traditional Restaurant.

  • 2 Day
    Cultural tour to Boudhnath Stupa and Hindu Cremation site / Trek preparation.
    • Hotel
    • Tour @ 9 am
    • Breakfast
    • 1340 m
    • Hiace
    • Tour & Trek Briefing

    • Morning half day city tour in World Heritage sites
    • PM. Distribution of your kit bag, down jacket, sleeping bag etc.

  • 3 Day
    Drive to Besishahar and trek to Bulbule
    • Tea house
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 840 m
    • Hiace
    • Drive and trek starts

    • Early Departure from Kathmandu to Bulbule trek starting point.
    • Drive along the Trisuli and Marshyangdi River famous for Whitewater Rafting,
    • Lunch at Besisharhar and first entry point of Annapurna conservation Area.
    • Views of mountains Lamjung Himal (6,931m) Himalchulee (7,893m) Manaslu (8,156m), Peak 29(7,541m)

  • 4-5 Day
    Trekking along the Marsayandi River to Dharapani
    • Tea house
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 1860 m
    • Trekking

    • Cross Musi Khola Hydro power and climb to the village of Bahundanda (1,311m).
    • Descend down valley to lunch at Syange (1,136m).
    • Afternoon the track follows near-vertical cliffs high above the river camp at Jagat (1,341m), a Tibetan village that served as a customs post on the long-standing trading route from Tibet.
    • We follow classic route narrower and steeper.
    • Walk passes several high waterfalls and suspension bridges.
    • Lunch at beautiful village Tal by the Marchyangdi River with cool bridge of near by waterfall.
    • Reentry permits at Police check post before the camp.

  • 6-7 Day
    Trek through alpine terrain of Chame and Pisang, great views.
    • Tea house
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 3300 m
    • Trekking

    • Chame Town is Administrative Center of Manang District. Very refreshing day walk through forest and numerous teahouses along the way.
    • Come across excellent views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II (7,937M), and Annapurna III (7,555m) up the valley and to the west Manaslu and Peak 29 soar magnificently to the skies.
    • Trekking permit be checked at police post at Koto, a short distance from before Chame (2,685m).
    • Pisang (3,475m) Walk approx. 5 hrs.
    • A trail now leads though fields of barley and buckwheat, to reach the apple orchards at Brathang (2,840m), a formal Khampa (Tibetan rebels) settlement.
    • After crossing the river into thick fir forest where you will have glimpse of Lamjung and Annapurna towering high above the trail.
    • The forest ends and reach a clearing to reveal the huge rock slabs of Paungda Danda.
    • Continue to follow the valley to reach the flat roofed with stone houses of Pisang village (3,300m) and our lodge in full view of Annapurna II and Pisang Peak (6,092m).

  • 8-9 Day
    Continue hiking to Manang, with stunning mountain panorama.
    • Tea house
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 3540 m
    • Trekking

    • We walk through Pisang village and cross the River Marsyangdi to detour main road,
    • Adorable views an indication of the arid trans-Himalayan terrain.
    • We pass some terraced farmlands grow seasonal crops barley, wheat, buckwheat or potatoes can be grown.
    • To supplement their living many locals run hotels and teahouses as well as having herds of goats and yaks that graze on the hillsides high above the valley.
    • Afternoon walking is fairly easy along the valley to Braga (3,475m) where the houses are stacked on top of each other perched high on the valley cliffs.
    • Monastery of Braga, the oldest and most interesting in the area, estimated to be above 500 years old. From the village of Braga it is only a short walk to the village of Manang.
    • Manang (3,535m) acclimatization and exploration.
    • Off day is designed to aid acclimatization not to relax hike above and around village where you will be rewarded with great views of the Mountains and valley.
    • Manang is a tight compact village of about 500 flat roofed houses set among spectacular scenery.
    • The huge icefall of Annapurna rears over the village. Annapurna II and IV (7,525m) tower dramatically above the valley floor to the southeast, with Tilicho (7,132m), Roc Noir (7,485m) and the Grand Barrier to the west. Chulu West (6,630m) and East (6,200m) lay behind the village a hauntingly beautiful panorama.

  • 10-11 Day
    Trek to Phedi, amazing views, preparation to cross the Thorong la pass.
    • Tea house
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 4700 m
    • Trekking High

    • Ledar (4,200m) Walk approx. 5 hrs
    • A relax walking day, taken at a slow pace to avoid for the effects of altitude.
    • You will leave in the morning and slowly ascend to village Tengi then away from Marsyangdi Valley.
    • You pass Teashops and yak pastures before stopping at the pleasant meadow of Ledar (4,200m).
    • Trek to Thorong high camp (4,700 m) 
3 -4 hrs. 

    • The walk leads along a small glacial stream past the herders’ shades, towards yak pastures, which leads to a left side of River valley and good spot to establish the Thorong La Base Camp at 4,100m/ after 3-4 hrs.
    • We continue upwards after lunch to High Camp for night stay.

  • 12 Day
    Trek to Muktinath after the Cross over Thorong La Pass. Stunning Panoramic views.
    • Tea house
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 3750 m
    • Cross the Thorung la pass @ 5416 m

    • Thorong La pass (5,416m) Muktinath (3,700m) Walk approx. 7 – 9 hrs.
    • The pass poses no technical problems though need to start early morning, lately by 5 AM, so you can proceed slowly and safely. The trail is not steep but long, gradual approach passes several false summits before reaching some stone cairns making the crest of the pass at 5416 m. in fine conditions the views from the pass are truly fantastic.
    • ·Spread out entire Annapurna range to the south, the Mukut and Mustang himal to the west, and the incredibly Kali Gandaki valley below.
    • Peaks of Chulu west and east lie to the north, and on either side of the pass are Thorungtse (6,462m) to the north and snow dome of Thorung peak (6,484m) to the south.
    • The steep descend from the pass is guaranteed to make the knees wobble, but you are compensated with the view of mighty Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Tukche peak (6,920m). You will arrive at the first village on the other side of the pass, Muktinath, in the late afternoon.

  • 13 Day
    Trek to Jomsom with historical visit to Kagbeni, the gate of Upper Mustang.
    • Tea house
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 2720 m
    • Traditional village trek

    • Kagbeni is situated at the junction of the Jhong Khola and the Kali Gandaki, and gateway to upper Mustang. It is a fascinating village with many Tibetan influences.
    • We passes medieval village of Jharkot, Shakya Monastery, a traditional medicine center and incredibly photogenic whitewashed houses and streets.
    • The scenery is truly wonderful – soft light, patchworks of fields, peaks overhead, villagers out plowing the fields, horses tethered next to the houses, apple trees providing texture to the landscape.
    • Down the Kali Gandaki riverbed, looking for saligrams along the way, to Jomsom, the administrative center for the region.

  • 14 Day
    Fly to Pokhara to end the Annapurna trekking /stay at hotel / free exploration day.
    • Hotel
    • Breakfast
    • 820 m
    • Plane
    • Flight & Explore Pokhara lake city

    • We take an morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara – a fantastic way to round off the trek, flying right along the Kali Gandaki Gorge between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
    • Almost a day to explore lake city Pokhara, Over night stay at Hotel.

  • 15 Day
    Drive to Kathmandu / PM free to explore.
    • Hotel
    • Breakfast
    • 1340 m
    • Hiace
    • Drive & Explore

    • This morning, we have a drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. It is a thrilling/ exciting drive on High way through paddy fields and villages/towns with the Himalayas at the background. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

  • 16 Day
    Trek ends / Airport transfer.
    • Breakfast
    • Airport transfer

    • Transfer to International Airport with exhilarating experiences of Nepal in mind.
    • Please make sure that you have collected all valuable before handover your room key to Front desk.

Trip Inclusion

  • Customise airport arrival and departure transfers as per your fligth details.
  • Standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on a twin share bed- and- breakfast basis as per the itinerary.
  • Welcome dinner with cultural program as listed in the itinerary.
  • Half day guided city tour as listed in itinerary.
  • Jomsom Pokahra flight with airport tax as listed in the itinerary.
  • Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as applicable.
  • Full board meals ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea, Coffe and drinking water) while on trek.
  • Responsible trekking of 0ne trekker : One porter.
  • Accommodation in comfortable lodge or Teahouse on whole hike.
  • Professional local trekking group leader well trained in Wilderness First Aid.
  • Supplementary Oxygen Cylinder with Comprehensive First Aid Kit as a safety back up
  • Trek supporting crew including porter with wages, accommodation, food, requried insurance and gear
  • Complementary Mountain Monarch trek duffle bag, T-shirts and Annapuran region trek map.
  • Annapurna region trek permit and conservation entry fees.
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Nepal entry Visa fees
  • International Airfare and Airport Tax
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Drinks and main meals in cities.
  • Tips and Items of a personal nature like postage and laundry

Cost and Dates

Annapurna Circuit Trip Dates:

Here below is the confirmed trek departure dates for the trekking to the round Annapurna trip for 2021. One of the best tea house trekking destination. Join the guaranteed group trip for more fun and safety at affordable inclusive trip cost of the Around Annapurna holidays.

Start DateEnd DateStatusPrice 
20 Mar, 202104 Apr, 2021AvailableUS$1490

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Client Reviews

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This round Annapurna trek which once used to be the world's no. 1 trekking destination during departed years and which once served as a fundamental trading route between Nepal and Tibet is by far the most admired and beautiful trekking destination of all. the route is challenging, though the trek rises to an altitude of 5416m / 17,769 feet but the daily altitude gain is very gradual which prepares undemanding grounds for going over the highest Thorong La pass. Anyone with reasonable fitness can join because altitude is the major issue than the level of fitness. However our itinerary is very well designed with slow pacing and ample time for acclimatization strategy. It's indeed a heaven for keen walkers.

Annapurna Circuit is more than a moderate trek with longer hours walking. Since the altitude gain is very gradual it is suitable for anyone with reasonable fitness. However, anyone with knee, ankle, heart or lungs pre medical history need to seek medical consent before considering the trek to Annapurna Circuit. Though Mountain Monarch itinerary are so designed that the walks are challenging but not very exhausting yet some pre training is must to figure out how many hours or how much weight you can handle. With some physical preparation anyone can be ready to benefit from the paradise like setting of diverse Annapurna region

Acute mountain sickness is something we get when our body fails to adapt to the thin air environment. Though Annapurna Circuit trail has very gradual ascent yet altitude sickness has been reported among many trekkers. Mountain Monarch provides medically professional leaders with medications, oxygen cylinders and oxygen chamber bag to deal with any altitude related ailments. Besides, your leader will put forth some basic guidelines to get away with altitude sickness and as well there are multiple things you can do as precautions to ward off AMS eg taking diamox etc. so far there has not been any record of fatal altitude sickness misfortune with mountain monarch groups.

Usually not more than 6 to 8 hours excluding lunch. Since Annapurna circuit is feasible doing counter clockwise walking hours are longer also because there is more of gradual up walking trail. However, it also depends on your pace though we allow you enough time to set up your own pace to make everyday more entertaining. We usually start early so that you could reach the destination on time leaving you enough time to explore and enjoy the serenity of the place.

In cases of emergency the necessary prompt assistance will be available only if you are affiliated with a reputed company. Furthermore, if you are looking for hassle free holiday in terms of issuing permit, hotel, flights, and transportation etc it's best to go with a reputed company that offers you leaders who are knowledgeable and professionals. Reputed companies are there to provide you with quality service at a very competitive price and are there to guarantee your safety which I suppose is the biggest concern. Leaders, besides giving you all the necessary information, are there to cater you at times of any crisis no matter if it’s a mountain ailments or any weather mayhem.

Other than your group leader you will have assistant guides in your group. Your leader will sort out assigning each of his assistants in the group systematically while he takes responsibility for the slow walking people being at the tail of the group making it utterly non strenuous. Nevertheless, your leader would be counseling everyone in the group to stay together and walk collectively as a team.

Tea houses in Annapurna Circuit trail provides you with hygienic family oriented lodges with twin bed sharing rooms with clean common toilets and occasional rooms with attach toilet bathrooms. Since advance booking is not possible sometimes these tea houses during peak season provides you with dormitory facility or dining hall with heated chimney. However, we have always given our best to accommodate our group in rooms available. You have variety of choices for the food and in Annapurna circuit tea houses cooks are proficient in preparing the variety that is in their menu. So far there has not been any complaints whatsoever in regards to food and accommodation provided by us.

Annapurna circuit which is approximately 248 km / 154miles in total length comprises of four different constituency of Nepal namely – Lamjung, Manang, Mustang and Myagdi that goes through Beshisahar, Thorong La, Jomsom, Poonhill and Pokhara. The everyday shifting transformation in the vegetation and landscape is mystifyingly very touching.

Any sort of vaccination is not mandatory while visiting our country. But we strongly suggest for a personal medical consent before you sign up for this trip if you have any pre medical history.

Mountain Monarch provides you with very warm sleeping bag and feather duvet jackets which people have used it even while climbing peaks which is the mother of all warm clothing's. We also provide you with duffle bag to fit all your gears in and very warm fleece liner that goes into your sleeping bag to keep you warm and cozy during night chill.

Natural Annapurna Trekking Trails (NATTs) has indeed introduced a latest trail to assist the embarrassment of the trekkers walking into the jeep road. Though we are giving our best to skip the jeep road and take the trekking trial and since NATTs isn’t fully functional due to the survey delay after the 2015 earthquake we would in some-way or the other encounter the motor way. As a result, out of compulsion we may not fully guarantee your walk in the off beaten track but we are ready to go an extra mile to bring you very close to the nature.

Nepal air aviation is quite strict about these small planes flying high into the remote mountain airstrips like Jomsom. There are possibility of flight delays and sometimes cancellation. Since Jomsom happens to be the valley of winds of Nepal the airport would be momentarily closed whenever there is a slightest weather chaos or high velocity winds. So there is no need to fear about flying to Jomsom. However, there is also an alternative of driving to Pokhara in same day in case of bad weather for this flight.

April to mid June during spring and September to November during autumn before the harsh winter is the best time to trek to around Annapurna when the view of Annapurna massif, beautiful gorges and startling landscapes are at its best state. Keen walkers from around the world come to visit Annapurna Circuit during winter (December till February) despite the serious chill factor and lower temperature since the day time in winters offers crystal clear weather and exceptional mountain views. However, there might be chances of closure of Thorong La pass due to snow fall. As the climate change has basically altered the pattern of weather factor winter trekking is doable if there is no heavy snow, all you need to do is prepare for the worst of chill weather circumstance.

The charging privilege for any of your electronic devices is possible all the way around the trek except for few settlements in the high elevation as they are void of hydro electricity and totally relies on solar panels which may not be very reliable. So it is always wise to carry some extra batteries or the fully charged power bank batteries since your batteries run out pretty quick in the cold. Availability of hot showers may be on and off in the trek and also your leader may suggest you of not having the shower in high elevation regarding the health issues.

Yes, as per the time convenient to you and the level of fitness we can always modify this classic circuling of Annapurna massif trip routes. Depending on your time schedule you can either book for the whole circuit via Poonhill or semi circuit i.e. flying from Jomsom airport to Pokhara after the highest Thorong La pass. Mountain Monarch has always been successful in organizing customized trek for the clients as per their requirements.