Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the easier long treks in Nepal but does demands high fitness, walking experience and proper acclimatization. We will enjoy the fascinating ethnic group with their own language and tradition. The views are incredible: 8,000m+ peaks including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri rages and numerous 7,000m+ and 6,000m+ peaks. We get opportunity to enjoy the natural diversity from lush, tropical rice paddies and moss-laden rhododendron forests to alpine and snow-covered landscapes. The pre-Buddhist Bon-Po region still con-exist where one girl is married to all the brothers in the family.

Annapurna Circuit Trail follows an anti-clockwise route behind the Annapurna massif. Lowland Hindu communities gradually gives way to Tibetan group and architecture changes accordingly. Notable landmarks we visit includes: the Upper Pisang to Braga route which displays the fascinating architecture and great views of Annapurna II & IV. The crossing of Thorong La Pass at 5,416m is the major objective of the trek.

We walk through the deepest Gorge “Kali Gandaki” with Annapurna I rising to 8,091m to the east and Dhaulagiri towering at 8,167m to the west. We also enjoy the outstanding mountain views from Poon Hill and explore the Annapurna region. Annapurna Circuit Trek also offers an opportunity to explore Manang, Jomsom and the Muktinath region which helps us to get the in-depth knowledge of local culture and tradition.

Day 01:Drive from Kathmandu(1400m) to Ngadi(890m) 

Duration of time: hours

Today our representative will pick you up for the hotel for a drive to Besi Sahar(760m). Your trip goes through the deep gorge as you trace the Trishuli River westwards. You will pass the small town of Muglin, the junction of Trishuli and Marshyangdi. We stop here for lunch. On arrival at Besi Sahar in the foothills , you will  start your trek up to the Gurung village of Khudi (790m). You  then follow the gorge and pass a sprinkling of small hamlets and tropical forest before making our way across the Khudi Khola. Then you will follow the northern trail along the Marsyangdi valley towards Bulbule. After that you will move towards Ngadi.

Overnight at Lodge in Ngadi

Day 02:Ngadi(890m) to Chamje(1400m)

Duration of time: hours       

Today you will trek from Nagdi to Chamje, you will need to cross the various suspension bridges, waterfall. Once you reach Jagat, you will see the Marsyangdi Khola and also rocky hills. The interesting part of your today’s trek is the bww hives at the top of the cliff. After walking for a short time you will reach Chamje. 

Overnight at Lodge inChamje

Day 03:Chamje(1400m) to Bagarchhap(2160m)

Duration of time: hours

Today, you will walk through steep valleys, among pine and rhododendron forests and also bamboo forests. You will come across a bridge and will ascend from there. Then you will reach the valley. To reach Dharapani you will go across wheat and potato farms from where you will turn west to reach Bagarchhap.

Overnight at Lodge in Bagarchhap

Day 04:Bagarchhap(2160m) to Chame(2650m)

Duration of time: hours

First up all,you will reach Danaque village, then you will trek to reach Tamang village from where you can see Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Lamjung, Mt. Annapurna and other beautiful mountains. After that you will trek through the Tibetan village which takes action between the Lowlands and high hills, then you will move towards Than Chowk. After exploring there and moving forward will lead you to Chame.

Overnight at Lodge in Chame

Day 05:Chame(2650m) to Pisang(3250m)

Duration of time: hours

Today you will be making a steep trail on the north bank through the dense forest of fir and pine and pass through the massive gigantic curved, ice-carved rock face above Bhratang(2,950m). It soars 1,500m above the river and takes around an hour to pass. Further, you will walk along the ledge hewn from a cliff face before crossing the southern bank of the river and ascend towards U-shaped Upper Manang Valley between two snow peaks. The view becomes more exciting as we reach the village of Pisang.

Overnight at Lodge in Pisang

Day 06:Pisang(3250m) to Manang(3519m)

Duration of time: hours

There are two routes that connect us to Manang but we follow the Upper Pisang via Geru. This trail offers the excellent views of landscape and the mighty mountains including Annapurna and Pisang.You will begin to notice a grand contrast in the landscapes and vegetation. You will make a short visit to Barge monastery, the biggest monastery in Manang district.

Overnight at Lodge in Manang

Day 07:Acclimatization in Manang(3519m)

Duration of time: hours

In order to properly acclimate your body at higher altitude, you need to keep yourselves busy today with a hike to Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. If time and energy permits, you will hike to Vrage village and visit the Himalayan Rescue Association to get the insight of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). 

Overnight at Lodge in Manang

Day 08:Manang(3519m) to Yak Kharka(4035m)

Duration of time: hours

From Manang village, the trekking trail passes through a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki and continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi valley. From Jarsang Khola, we follow the northward trail, pass a few pasture and dwarf juniper trees and start to gain steady elevation. The trail goes through the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs below the trailhead. Now the trail heads through the grazing spots of horses and yaks. After crossing a small river over a wooden bridge, the trail crosses the old Mani wall before reaching the small village of Yak Kharka.

Overnight at Lodge in Yak Kharka

Day 09:Yak Kharka(4035m) to Thorong Phedi(4540m)

Duration of time: hours

Today you will walk an uphill to Thorong Phedi. You will cross a suspension bridge before crossing Ledar village and walk through the soaring cliffs before reaching Thorong Phedi, the last village before Thorong La Pass. On the way, we get the best view of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang(5942m), Thorong Peak(5416m) and Mt. Khatungkan. The word Phedi in local language means the foot of a mountain.

Overnight at Lodge in Thorong Phedi

Day 10:Trek to Thorong pass(5416m), down to Muktinath(3805m) then drives to Jomsom(2743m)

Duration of time: hours

Crossing Thorong La Pass, the highest pass in the world, is the key highlight of the trek. You will start early at 3:00 AM and head east to west (Manang to Muktinath) – the easiest and safest direction. When you make it to the top, you will get amazing scenery. You can take a few photos and make a downhill hike to Muktinath valley located at the foot of the Thorong La Pass.

Overnight at Lodge in Jomsom

Day 11:Fly/ Drive back to Pokhara(850m) from Jomsom(2743m)

Duration of time:15 minutes/ 9 hours

To catch the mesmerizing sunrise over the Himalayas, we make an early climb to the popular viewpoint of Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft). Here we view the astounding view of Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20 of the highest mountains including up-close views of Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri ranges. After some photographs, we trek down to Nayapul via Ghorepani, Ulleri and Tikhedhunga. Here we board on a private vehicle that drives us back to the hotel in Pokhara.

Overnight at Lodge in Pokhara

Day 12:Drive from Pokhara(850m) to Kathmandu(1400m)

Duration of time:6-7 hours

You can take a private car to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara with an amazing countryside view. It will take about 6-7 hours. You can enjoy the drive with the view of green hills, rivers and terrace farming. After your arrival, you can head to your hotel and take some rest.

The Trip cost will vary depending on the Group Size Duration of days and Services required please contact us via our website with your details to obtain a Quote.

Cost Includes

  • All Land Transportation
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (B L D) including Tea or coffee
  • Accommodation on Tea House ( Lodge ) or provided Tents during the trek as mentioned in the trek type
  • High Experienced Government Licensed Guide and Necessary porter during the trek.
  • All Government local Taxes
  • National park Fees
  • TIMS Cards (Trekkers information Management System)
  •  First Aid kit,
  • General equipment for Porter during the adventure trip
  • Guide and porter salary
  • All Filed Staff insurance during the trekking and extra services according to the guest per demand.

Cost Excludes

  • Trekking equipment any type of personal expenses such as Alcoholic Beverage drinks,phone and Laundry
  • Emergency Rescue and Travel Insurance,Trip Cancellation cost accident or Health ,Loss Theift or Damage and personal effects. we Advice you to take out personal Travel Insurance.
  • Hot Shower
  • Tips and Gratuities.

Accommodation

We will be accommodated in star hotel or similar in Kathmandu and Pokhara; and teahouse during the trek. All the accommodation are offered on twin-shared basis. Single accommodation can be provided on request and will cost an additional charge. The charge depends on the hotel you are staying.

Private rooms are readily available in Kathmandu, Pokhara and the trekking region, except in high altitudes where there will be just dormitories. Usually there are no heaters in teahouse; they provide warm blanket. You can bring sleeping bag with extra liner for more comfort and warm. There is normally on electricity connection in the rooms unless the village has hydroelectric powers. The rooms and dining halls are connected with solar lighting. Most teahouses now have source of power to charge small appliances – mobile phones and cameras.

Meals

During Annapurna Circuit Trek 12 Days, we get to taste authentic Nepalese cuisine and as well as the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) but the choice of foods are limited. We provide the “Breakfast & Dinner” from the teahouse or lodge where we will be spending overnight and lunch will be served on the way to next destination.

We also offer welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu. All the meals (B, L, D) will be provided during the trek but only the breakfast will be served in Kathmandu and Pokhara (except for welcome and farewell dinner).

Drinking Water

Crown Himalaya Trek offers Chlorine/Iodine treated water during the trek. All the teahouses provide mineral water and boiled water for trekkers on additional charge. We suggest you not to buy mineral water or bottled water while on the trek as plastic bottles are difficult to dispose- off.

What to bring

Firstly, you need to carry some documents to purchase Annapurna conservation permit (ACAP) and TIMS. Passport size phots and valid passport are required for ACAP. For Annapurna Circuit Trekking 12 Days, you have to bring hiking boots, trousers, wind and water proof jacket and trousers, down jacket, sun glasses, hat, flash light, water bottle, refillable water and positive attitude. As it is difficult to find the charging port in high mountains, you need to bring back-up for your camera and mobile phones. Crown Himalaya Treks will arrange comprehensive medical kit for the trekkers.

This is very physical trip, meaning you will be walking on rough terrain, so pack as lightly as possible. Crown Himalaya Trek provide an experienced porter on (2 trekkers: 1 porter) basis. Your trekking gear will be carried by the porter in a duffel bag; the maximum of 15 kgs are carried by porters – 30 kgs by 2 porters. You can stock your unnecessary luggage in Kathmandu on absolutely free of cost.

Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness is the unusual physical condition that occurs at higher elevation (more than 2,000m) due to change in air pressures. The symptoms are nausea, diarrhea, dizziness and loss of appetite that may lead to fatal conditions.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek 16 Days itinerary offered by Crown Himalaya Treks offers ample time to acclimatize and rest. We walk on slow pace; taking proper rest which lets your body acclimatize well. We ensure our “trekkers” zero risk of altitude threat.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

ABC trek is a moderate trek perfect for passionate hikers with the ability to walk at least 5 – 7 hours on mountain terrain with a light rucksack. With excellent physical condition, positive attitude, self-confidence and strong determination, anyone regardless of size and age can accomplish the trek successfully.

We suggest you to engage on physical training for few weeks prior the trip to boost your strength, stamina and confidence. Cardio, swimming, running and leg exercise are few recommended physical training to prepare yourself for the trek. Previous trekking experience is always an asset but not mandatory. And no technical skills are required as well.

Trekkers with pre-existing medical conditions like heart, lung and blood diseases are suggested to consult their doctor prior the trip.

Best Time to Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek 12 Days is possible to conduct throughout the year but autumn (Sept to Nov) and spring (March – May) are considered as the best time of the year for the trek. If you want to avoid the traffic, you can enjoy the trek during winter (Dec, Jan and Feb). However, the extremely cold temperature and frequent snow-fall might distract the trek. Trekking in summer or Monsoon seasons (June – August) are full of rain; which might invite the risk of landslide and flood. But the rainy season could be paradise for keen botanist.

Route Map

Crown Himalaya Treks will provide the complementary route map and T-shirt for the trekkers.


Trip Facts

Group Size: 1 – 12

Max Altitude: 5,416m

Difficulty Grade: Moderate – Challenging

Best Season: Autumn & spring

Destination: Nepal

Arrival in: Kathmandu

Departure From: Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast in Pokhara and all meals (BLD) during the trek

Accommodation: Star hotel in Pokhara and teahouse during the trek