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Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Annapurna
Trip Grade
Hard
Trip Type
Trekking
Maximum Elevation
5416 M
Accomodation
Tea house
Destination
Annapurna
Best Time
Oct-Dec/ Feb-May
Trip Start
Bahundanda
Trip Ends
Kathmandu

Overview

Annapurna Circuit Trekking

The wonderful Annapurna Circuit Trekking offers two choices at the end – flying to Pokhara from Jomsom or taking a land route. Most people like the easy and comfortable flight to Pokhara, which is a nice way to end after walking on well-made paths, including the tough Thorong La at a very high place of 5416 meters. This trek is made for going around the pretty Annapurna mountains, letting travelers see different cultures and ways of living in various villages. It’s a really cool journey where you can explore amazing views, lots of different plants, and interesting animals. Plus, you get to see big mountains like Mt. Annapurna-I, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu, and many more.

The way of Annapurna Circuit Trekking follows two rivers: the Marshyandi River until the Thorong Pass (5416m) and the Kaligandaki River after the pass. A special part of the trek is walking through the Kaligandaki Gorge, which is the deepest gorge in the world. It’s like a big gap between the tall Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountains. These things make the trip very special and really rewarding. The trek starts from Besi Sahar and goes through places like Syange, Dharapani, Chame, Pisang Village, Upper Pisang Village, Manang, and Thorong Phedi. It ends at the important Muktinath Temple at 3780 meters and finishes in the nice town of Jomsom at 2720 meters. The best part of the journey is Thorong-La, which is the highest point of the trek. It’s a big accomplishment and leaves you with happy memories.


Annapurna Circuit Trekking Highlights

The Annapurna Circuit Trekking is a renowned trekking route in Nepal, cherished by trekkers for its diverse landscapes, cultural experiences, and stunning Himalayan views. Embarking on this adventure will lead you to discover the following highlights:

Spectacular Mountain Views: Behold breathtaking panoramic views of majestic peaks like Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu, among others.

  • Thorong La Pass: Challenge yourself to cross the Thorong La Pass, the highest point of the trek at 5,416 meters, and savor the awe-inspiring vistas.
  • Diverse Landscapes: Traverse through lush green forests, terraced fields, and arid high-altitude deserts, witnessing the ever-changing scenery.
  • Rich Culture, Vegetation at and Traditions: Interact with diverse ethnic communities, including Gurungs, Thakalis, and Manangis, immersing yourself in their unique cultures and warm hospitality.
  • Muktinath Temple: Experience the spiritual ambiance of Muktinath, a sacred pilgrimage site revered by both Hindus and Buddhists.
  • Natural Hot Springs: Relax in the healing waters of Tatopani’s natural hot springs, a perfect respite after days of trekking.
  • Poon Hill Sunrise: Take a side trip to Poon Hill for a magical sunrise over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
  • Charming Villages: Stroll through traditional villages adorned with stone-built houses, prayer wheels, and colorful prayer flags, offering an authentic cultural experience.
  • Local Cuisine: Delight in the flavors of Nepali and Tibetan cuisine, including momos, dal bhat, and yak-based dishes.
  • Flexibility, accessibility and Variability: Customize your trek with side trips, route extensions, or exploration of different trails, tailoring the journey to your preferences.
  • Well-Developed Trekking Infrastructure: Find comfort in the well-established tea house lodges along the route, ensuring a convenient and accessible trekking experience.
  • Kagbeni Village, Jharkot Village and Monasteries: Explore the ancient Kagbeni Village with its mud-brick houses, red cliffs, and a unique blend of Tibetan and Nepali culture.
  • Red Cliffs and Unique Landscape: Admire the striking red cliffs surrounding Kagbeni, creating a surreal and captivating landscape.
  • Historical Importance: Learn about Kagbeni’s role as a vital trading point along the Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade Route, reflecting its rich history and heritage.
  • Kag Chode Thupten Samphel Ling Monastery: Visit the prominent Kagbeni Monastery, steeped in religious significance and offering insights into Buddhism in the region.
  • Upper Mustang Gateway: Experience Kagbeni as the gateway to Upper Mustang, a restricted region with its own distinct cultural charm and traditions.
  • Mystical Vibe: Immerse yourself in the spiritual atmosphere and mystical ambiance that permeates the entire Kagbeni region.
  • Tilicho Lake: A side trip to Tilicho Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world, situated at an altitude of approximately 4,919 meters.
    Stunning Alpine Lake: Behold the mesmerizing beauty of Tilicho Lake, surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks and rugged cliffs, creating a picturesque alpine setting.
  • Spiritual Significance: Regarded as a sacred site by local communities, Tilicho Lake holds cultural and religious importance, making the journey even more meaningful.
  • Challenging Yet Rewarding: The trek to Tilicho Lake requires extra time and effort, but the breathtaking views and serene environment make it a truly rewarding experience.

Adding Tilicho Lake to your Annapurna Circuit Trekking allows you to explore an exceptional natural wonder and deepen your connection with the spiritual and awe-inspiring landscapes of Nepal’s Himalayas.


Annapurna Circuit Trekking Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu.
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be warmly welcomed by a representative of Glacier Family Treks & Expedition P. Ltd. They will transfer you to your hotel, where you’ll have a relaxing stay on a Bed and Breakfast basis with twin sharing accommodation.


Day 2: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing and Preparation.
Take this day to explore the cultural and historical wonders of Kathmandu Valley. You will embark on a sightseeing tour to visit some of the city’s famous landmarks and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. After the sightseeing tour, you’ll have some free time to prepare for the trek. Overnight at the hotel.


Day 3: Drive to Bahundanda via Besi Sahar
Today marks the beginning of your trek. You’ll start with a scenic drive to Bahundanda via Besi Sahar, enjoying views of the beautiful landscapes and rural settlements. After approximately 9 hours of travel, you’ll reach Bahundanda, where you’ll stay overnight in a lodge.


Day 4: Trek to Jagat
Your trekking adventure commences as you walk towards Jagat, situated at an altitude of 1300 meters. The trail takes you through picturesque terrain, passing small villages and lush forests. After a 5-hour trek, you’ll arrive in Jagat and spend the night in a lodge.


Day 5: Trek to Dharapani.
Today’s journey leads you to Dharapani. The trail continues through charming villages, offering glimpses of local lifestyles and traditional culture. You’ll trek for approximately 5 hours and reach Dharapani, where you’ll rest for the night in a lodge.


Day 6: Trek to Chame – The Capital City of Manang District.
As you trek further, the landscape begins to change, with more dramatic mountain views. The trail takes you to Chame, situated at an altitude of 2670 meters. Along the way, you’ll be enchanted by the majestic scenery and the serene environment. Overnight in a lodge.


Day 7: Trek to Upper Pisang Village.
Embark on a trek to Upper Pisang Village, where you’ll encounter unique Tibetan-influenced culture and architecture. The village offers impressive views of Annapurna II and other peaks. After trekking for around 5 hours, you’ll reach Upper Pisang and stay overnight in a lodge.


Day 8: Trek to Manang via Ngawal Village.
Today’s trek takes you to Manang, passing through Ngawal Village. The route rewards you with breathtaking vistas of the surrounding landscapes. Upon reaching Manang, situated at 3540 meters, you’ll have the rest of the day to acclimatize and explore the area. Overnight in a lodge.


Day 9: Rest Day in Manang.
This day is dedicated to acclimatization. You’ll take a well-deserved rest to allow your body to adjust to the increasing altitude. You can spend the day exploring Manang, interacting with locals, and enjoying the captivating mountain views. Overnight in the same lodge.

Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka/Ledar.
Continuing the trek, you’ll make your way to Yak Kharka at an altitude of 4018 meters. The trail gradually ascends, and you’ll be surrounded by stunning alpine scenery. After approximately 4 hours of trekking, you’ll arrive at Yak Kharka and stay overnight in a lodge.


Day 11: Trek to Thorong Phedi/High Camp.
Today’s trek leads you to Thorong Phedi, located at 4550 meters. The trail becomes more challenging, and you’ll be in the midst of the Himalayan wilderness. After about 4 hours of trekking, you’ll reach Thorong Phedi, where you’ll spend the night in a lodge.


Day 12: Cross Thorong Pass and Descend to Muktinath.
This is a significant day of the trek as you conquer the Thorong Pass, standing at a daunting 5416 meters. The ascent is steep, but the reward is the breathtaking views from the top. After crossing the pass, you’ll descend to Muktinath at 3780 meters. The entire journey takes around 8 to 9 hours. Overnight in a lodge.


Day 13: Trek to Jomsom
From Muktinath, you’ll continue the trek to Jomsom at an altitude of 2720 meters. The trail takes you through arid landscapes and traditional villages. After approximately 5 hours of trekking, you’ll arrive in Jomsom, where you’ll spend the night in a lodge.


Day 14: Fly/Drive to Pokhara
Today, you’ll have the option to fly or drive from Jomsom to Pokhara. Either way, you’ll be treated to spectacular aerial views or a scenic drive through the countryside. Upon reaching Pokhara, you’ll be transferred to your hotel for a well-deserved rest.


Day 15: Return to Kathmandu and Sightseeing
From Pokhara, you’ll fly or drive back to Kathmandu. Once you return, you can take this day to visit any remaining sites and explore the city further. Overnight at the hotel.


Day 16: Departure from Kathmandu – Nepal for your further destination.
On the final day of your Annapurna Circuit Trek, you’ll be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure from Nepal to your onward destination. With cherished memories of the journey, you bid farewell to the Himalayan adventure.


Annapurna Circuit Trekking Cost

02 -04 people Cost per person USD 1035.00

The cost will be changed according to numbers of trekkers, so kindly contact us- WhatsApp: +9779818727219

Email: info@glacierfamilytreks.com

The cost of trekking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal can vary depending on several factors, including the duration of the trek, the level of comfort you seek, whether you are trekking independently or with a guided group, and your personal spending habits. Here are some of the main components that contribute to the overall cost:

  • Permits: As mentioned earlier, you’ll need the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card. As of my last update in September 2021, the combined cost of these permits was around USD 40-60 for individual trekkers.

  • Transportation: The starting point of the trek is usually Besi Sahar, and you’ll need transportation to get there from Kathmandu or Pokhara. Bus fares or private transportation costs will add to your expenses.
  • Accommodation: Along the trail, there are various tea houses and lodges where trekkers can find accommodation. The cost of a basic room can range from USD 5-25 per night, depending on the altitude and the facilities available.

  • Meals: Most tea houses also provide meals. The cost of food can increase as you gain altitude due to the difficulty of transportation. On average, expect to spend around USD 15-30 per day on meals.
  • Guide and Porter (optional): If you decide to hire a local guide or porter, their fees will be an additional cost. Having a guide can enhance your experience and provide valuable insights into the local culture and nature.
  • Travel Insurance: It is essential to have travel insurance that covers high-altitude trekking, medical emergencies, and evacuation if needed. The cost of insurance varies based on coverage and duration.

Guide and Porter Local Insurance

As a registered trekking company, we prioritize the safety and well-being of our clients, guides, and porters. We understand the importance of providing adequate insurance coverage for all team members in case of unforeseen accidents during the trek. To ensure comprehensive protection, it is mandatory for clients to cover the premium of the local insurance for guides and porters. This insurance will provide financial support to their families in the unfortunate event of any mishap while on the trek. As part of our responsible trekking practices, we take proactive measures to handle all necessary actions and procedures for issuing the insurance, guaranteeing that our team is appropriately covered throughout the journey. By incorporating this essential insurance coverage, we aim to promote a safe and secure trekking experience for everyone involved while also supporting the local community.

Miscellaneous Expenses: This includes expenses for snacks, drinks, hot showers (available at some tea houses), charging electronic devices, and any personal shopping.


On average, the total cost for trekking the Annapurna Circuit can range from USD 700 to USD 1800 per person. This is a rough estimate, and the actual cost can vary widely based on the factors mentioned above or depends on the service that you are proposed by our company. So, “Better service, higher cost and survival service, cheaper cost”.

Considering all average needs of our clients, we propose the Annapurna Circuit Trekking Cost as below according to above itinerary and program- (It’s changeable cost)


Cost includes:

  • 2 rooms in Kathmandu with Breakfast ( 1 room before and 1 room after the trekking.
  • 1 room with Breakfast in Pokhara while you get from Jomsom.
  • Airport service by private CAR.
  • 12 days meals- Three times in a day: Luch-Breakfast-Dinner
  • Tea/Coffee during 12 days during meal time in CUP system (If you order in pot basis, it will be calculated)
  • ACAP Permit.
  • TIMS Card.
  • Guide with his salary, Local Insurance, Food, Transport, accommodation (English Speaking)
  • 1 porter for 2 trekkers and 15 kilos limited.
  • Local Insurance, salary, Food and Transportation of Porter.
  • Public bus from Kathmandu to Bahundanda for clients, guide and porter.
  • Public bus from Jomsom to Pokhara for clients, guide and porter.

Above cost excludes- 

  • The given cost does not correspond except those things which are mentioned in above  <<Cost includes>> section.

Annapurna Circuit Trekking Guide

The Annapurna Circuit Trekking presents an exhilarating and challenging journey through some of Nepal’s most awe-inspiring landscapes. To make the most of this adventure and ensure a safe and enriching experience, having a knowledgeable and experienced guide by your side is highly recommended. A trekking guide plays a vital role in enhancing your journey in numerous ways.

One of the primary benefits of having a guide is their local expertise. They possess an intimate knowledge of the trail, including its twists, turns, and challenging sections. This familiarity allows them to navigate the route with ease, ensuring you stay on track and avoid potential hazards.

Moreover, a guide serves as a bridge between you and the local culture. With their insights, you can delve deeper into the region’s rich history and customs, as well as interact meaningfully with the local communities you encounter along the way.

Language assistance is another significant advantage a guide provides. In remote areas, language barriers may arise, but a guide who speaks both English and Nepali can facilitate communication, making interactions smoother and more enjoyable.

Additionally, your guide takes care of essential logistics, such as arranging accommodation, meals, and transportation. This invaluable support allows you to focus on relishing the trek without the burden of managing logistical details.

Safety is paramount during any trek, especially in rugged and remote terrains like the Annapurna Circuit. An experienced guide can assess and respond to emergencies promptly, ensuring your well-being throughout the journey.

Furthermore, trekking at high altitudes can be physically demanding. In such situations, a supportive guide can offer motivation, encouragement, and valuable tips, helping you conquer challenging stretches and maintain a positive mindset.

Responsible trekking practices are essential for preserving the pristine beauty of the region. A knowledgeable guide promotes environmentally friendly habits, ensuring the trail and its surroundings remain unharmed and undisturbed.

Selecting a guide from our trekking agency -Glacier Family Treks, is crucial. We Ensure to our clients that our guides are experienced and certified to provide a safe and enjoyable Annapurna Circuit Trekking experience. By choosing a local guide, you also contribute to the economic well-being of the region, creating employment opportunities for the local community.

A trekking guide is not just a companion on your Annapurna Circuit Trekking adventure; they are a valuable source of information, support, and safety. Their expertise, cultural insights, and logistical assistance enrich your journey, making it a truly unforgettable experience amidst the stunning landscapes of Nepal.


Annapurna Circuit Trekking Porter

When you start the Annapurna Circuit Trekking in Nepal, hiring a porter can be immensely beneficial, especially if you prefer to lighten your load and focus on enjoying the journey. A porter is a local individual who carries your trekking gear and supplies, allowing you to trek with greater comfort and ease. Here are some key points about the role and significance of a porter during the Annapurna Circuit Trekking:

  • Load Carrying: One of the primary responsibilities of a porter is to carry your heavy backpack, typically containing clothes, sleeping bag, and other personal items. This relieves you of the burden of carrying a heavy load, enabling you to trek more comfortably, particularly through challenging terrains and high altitudes.

  • Supporting Local Communities: Hiring a porter from the local region directly contributes to the livelihood of the local community. It creates job opportunities and helps the porters and their families sustain themselves economically.

  • Experiencing the Trek at Your Pace: With a porter to carry your belongings, you can trek at a pace that suits you best. You’ll have the flexibility to savor the stunning landscapes, take breaks as needed, and fully immerse yourself in the journey without feeling rushed.

  • Cultural Exchange: Interacting with your porter provides an opportunity for cultural exchange. You can learn about their way of life, traditions, and experience the warmth and hospitality of the local people.
  • Safety and Convenience: Having a porter ensures that your belongings are taken care of, and you can access essential items easily during the trek. It also allows you to focus on the trail and the breathtaking surroundings rather than worrying about managing your backpack.

  • Support during Emergencies: In case of an unexpected situation or medical emergency, a porter can seek help or alert the guide promptly, ensuring a quick response and appropriate action.

When hiring a porter for the Annapurna Circuit Trekking, it’s essential to consider their well-being. Make sure the porter is provided with proper clothing and equipment to handle the trek comfortably. Responsible trekking companies adhere to guidelines that prioritize the welfare of their porters.

Notably, a porter carries a limited weight, typically between 15-20 kilograms, including their personal belongings. If you have additional luggage, consider hiring more than one porter.

By hiring a porter, you not only enhance your trekking experience but also contribute to the local economy and positively impact the lives of the people from the region. It is a responsible and considerate way to undertake the Annapurna Circuit Trek, ensuring a memorable and rewarding journey amidst the majestic Himalayan landscapes.


Annapurna Circuit Trekking Porter-Guide

In addition to hiring a porter or a guide separately for the Annapurna Circuit Trek, another option is to hire a porter-guide, who combines the roles of both a porter and a guide. A porter-guide serves as a multi-functional support system, offering a range of benefits that cater to your trekking needs and preferences. Here are the key advantages of having a porter-guide during the Annapurna Circuit Trekking –

  • Load Carrying: Like a porter, a porter-guide carries your heavy backpack and trekking gear, reducing the physical strain on you. This allows you to trek more comfortably and focus on enjoying the stunning landscapes without worrying about your luggage.
  • Local Expertise: As a guide, the porter-guide possesses valuable knowledge about the trail, the surrounding areas, and the local culture. They can provide insights into the region’s history, traditions, and natural wonders, enriching your trekking experience.

  • Language Assistance and Cultural Exchange: With a porter-guide, you have the advantage of clear communication in both English and the local language. This facilitates smooth interactions with locals, making it easier to learn about their culture and customs.
  • Flexibility and Personalization: A porter-guide allows you to trek at your own pace and tailor the itinerary to your preferences. Whether you want to take more breaks, explore specific places, or extend your stay in a particular village, they can accommodate your requests.
  • Safety and Emergency Response: Having a knowledgeable guide ensures your safety throughout the trek. The porter-guide can quickly respond to emergencies, assess the situation, and take appropriate action, giving you peace of mind during the journey.

  • Convenience and Support: With a porter-guide, you have continuous assistance throughout the trek. They can help with organizing accommodation, meals, and other logistical aspects, ensuring a hassle-free experience.
  • Interaction and Companionship: The porter-guide becomes your trekking companion, sharing stories, experiences, and laughter along the way. This adds a social dimension to the trek, making it a more enjoyable and memorable adventure.

When hiring a porter-guide, it’s crucial to select someone from a reputable trekking agency who is experienced, knowledgeable, and certified. Communicate your preferences and expectations clearly to ensure a harmonious and rewarding trekking experience.

By choosing a porter-guide, you get the best of both worlds—professional guidance and logistical support combined with the convenience of having someone carry your belongings. It’s a popular and practical choice for many trekkers on the Annapurna Circuit, offering a comprehensive and fulfilling trekking journey amidst the magnificent Himalayan scenery.


Trekking Guide in Nepal

Guide:
A Trekking Guide is an essential companion for trekkers exploring the Himalayas of Nepal. These professionals are equipped with extensive training and possess valuable licenses, making them well-qualified to lead treks safely and knowledgeably. Guides are experts in the region’s trekking routes, geography, and culture. They plan the trekking itinerary, ensuring a smooth and enriching experience for trekkers. With proficiency in languages like English and the local dialect, guides facilitate effective communication with both trekkers and local communities. Their responsibilities encompass ensuring trekkers’ safety, offering in-depth knowledge about the trail and surroundings, managing logistics, and creating opportunities for meaningful cultural exchanges. With a guide by their side, trekkers can journey with confidence and gain valuable insights into the captivating landscape and rich heritage of Nepal.


Trekking Porter-Guide in Nepal

Porter-Guide-
A Trekking Porter-Guide plays a versatile role, combining the responsibilities of both a porter and a guide. While they may lack formal guiding certifications, their prior experience as porters equips them with essential guiding skills. Porter-guides are proficient in carrying trekkers’ heavy backpacks and gear, lightening the load for a more comfortable trek. Additionally, they provide basic guidance along the trail and offer limited cultural insights, enhancing the overall trekking experience. Their language proficiency allows them to communicate effectively with trekkers and locals, fostering interactions and facilitating interactions with the local culture. This dual role of load carrying and basic guiding makes the porter-guide a valuable asset, offering flexibility and support throughout the trekking.


Trekking Porter in Nepal

Porter
Trekking Porters are the backbone of trekking expeditions in the Himalayas. Although they may not require formal qualifications or guiding licenses, their physical strength and endurance are indispensable. Porters are responsible for carrying heavy loads, including trekkers’ backpacks, equipment, and supplies. Their robust abilities enable trekkers to trek with more ease and enjoyment, as they are relieved of the burden of heavy gear. While porters do not serve as guides, their contributions are crucial in facilitating successful treks. Their limited language skills allow for basic communication, and while they may not offer detailed guidance, their support is invaluable, ensuring that trekkers can focus on appreciating the breathtaking landscapes and cultural encounters along the journey.


Best season of Annapurna Circuit Trekking

The best season for Annapurna Circuit Trekking in Nepal is generally during the autumn and spring months. These seasons offer the most favorable weather conditions, clear skies, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Here are the details of the best seasons:


1. Autumn – September to November:
Autumn is considered the prime trekking season in Nepal, including the Annapurna Circuit. The weather is stable and relatively dry during this time. The monsoon season has passed, leaving the landscapes lush and green. The skies are clear, offering excellent visibility of the Himalayan peaks. The temperatures are moderate, making it comfortable for trekking during the day, while the nights might get chilly at higher elevations. The stable weather conditions and breathtaking views make autumn the most popular time for trekkers to embark on the Annapurna Circuit.


2. Spring – March to May:
Spring is another excellent season for the Annapurna Circuit Trekking. The weather remains dry, and the temperatures gradually start to warm up as the winter months recede. The hills and valleys come alive with blooming rhododendron forests and other wildflowers, creating a colorful and picturesque landscape. Like autumn, the skies are clear, providing exceptional views of the mountains. Spring is also a great time to experience the local culture and festivities as many Nepali festivals fall during this season.

While autumn and spring are the best seasons for the Annapurna Circuit Trekking, it’s essential to note that the weather in the mountains can be unpredictable. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to check the weather forecast and be prepared for sudden changes in conditions, especially if you are trekking at higher altitudes. Additionally, during peak seasons, the trails and tea houses might get crowded, so early bookings are advisable for a smoother trekking experience.


Difficulty of Annapurna Circuit Trekking

The Annapurna Circuit Trekking is considered to be a moderate to challenging trek, and its difficulty level depends on several factors, including the route chosen, altitude gain, trekking experience, and physical fitness of the individual. Here are some aspects that contribute to the difficulty of the Annapurna Circuit Trekking –

  • Altitude Gain: The Annapurna Circuit Trek presents a considerable altitude gain, particularly during the Thorong La Pass (5416 m) crossing at an impressive 5416 m. Altitude sickness poses a concern for some trekkers, emphasizing the importance of proper acclimatization to minimize risks.
  • Duration: Spanning approximately 15 to 18 days, the trek covers a total distance of 160 to 230 kilometers. Enduring the physical demands and maintaining mental stamina throughout this extended journey can be quite challenging.
  • Terrain: The terrain varies from well-developed trails in lower regions to rocky and rugged paths at higher elevations. There are steep ascents and descents, especially when crossing high passes, which can be physically demanding.
  • Weather: Weather conditions can be unpredictable, especially at higher elevations. Trekkers may encounter rain, snow, and cold temperatures, particularly during the spring and autumn seasons.
  • Remote Areas: The Annapurna Circuit Trek takes trekkers through remote areas with limited access to modern amenities. Accommodation and facilities in some places may be basic.
  • Crossing High Passes: Crossing Thorong La Pass is one of the most challenging parts of the trek. Trekkers should be prepared for long hours of walking at high altitudes.
  • Physical Fitness: While prior trekking experience is not mandatory, a reasonable level of physical fitness is recommended. Regular cardiovascular and strength training exercises can help prepare for the trek.
  • Logistics: Carrying a backpack with essentials and trekking for several days in a row can be physically demanding. Hiring a porter can ease the burden and make the trek more manageable.

Annapurna Circuit Trekking in Winter

Trekking the Annapurna Circuit during winter (December to February) presents a unique and challenging experience. While it is possible to trek during this season, there are several factors to consider before embarking on the journey:

1. Weather Conditions:
Winter in the Annapurna region is cold, with temperatures dropping significantly, especially at higher altitudes. The higher elevations may experience snowfall, making the trails more challenging and potentially hazardous. The mornings and nights can be extremely cold, and trekking in sub-zero temperatures requires adequate preparation and suitable gear.


2. Visibility and Mountain Views:
During winter, the skies may not always be as clear as in autumn or spring. Cloud cover and snowfall can reduce visibility, limiting the magnificent mountain views that the Annapurna Circuit is famous for. However, when the skies clear, the snowy landscapes can create a magical and serene atmosphere.


3. Trail Conditions:
The trails during winter may be less crowded compared to peak seasons, providing a more solitary and tranquil trekking experience. However, the trails can be icy and slippery, especially at higher altitudes. Trekking poles and crampons might be necessary to maintain stability on icy sections.


4. Tea house Availability:
While many tea houses along the route remain open during winter, some might close due to low demand. It is crucial to plan your trek and be aware of available accommodation options along the trail. Additionally, tea houses might have limited facilities and might not offer hot showers due to water freezing issues.


5. Physical Preparedness:
Winter trekking requires a higher level of physical preparedness due to the challenging weather conditions and potentially strenuous trails. It’s essential to have previous trekking experience and good physical fitness to undertake the Annapurna Circuit in winter.


6. Shorter Daylight Hours:
Winter days have shorter daylight hours, which means trekking hours need to be planned accordingly. Starting early and finishing trekking before it gets dark is crucial for safety.

Despite the challenges, winter trekking in the Annapurna Circuit can be a rewarding experience for seasoned trekkers and those seeking a unique adventure. However, it is advisable to consult with experienced trekking agencies, local guides, and closely monitor weather conditions before attempting the trek in winter. Proper gear, preparation, and an understanding of the potential risks involved are essential for a safe and memorable winter trekking experience.


Annapurna Circuit Trekking in Rainy Season

Annapurna Circuit Trekking Rainy Season, which typically spans from June to August, can be a challenging and unpredictable experience. This period coincides with the monsoon season in Nepal, bringing heavy rainfall, landslides, and potential disruptions to the trek. Here are some important factors to consider before attempting the Annapurna Circuit trek during the rainy season:

1. Monsoon Rainfall:
The monsoon brings heavy and continuous rainfall to the region, particularly in July and August. The trails can become muddy and slippery, making trekking more difficult and slower. Frequent downpours can also lead to swollen rivers and streams, potentially affecting river crossings.


2. Landslides and Avalanches:
The heavy rainfall increases the risk of landslides and avalanches, particularly in areas with steep slopes. Trekking routes may be blocked or temporarily closed due to such natural hazards, which can disrupt the trek and pose safety risks.


3. Limited Mountain Views:
The monsoon clouds often obscure the magnificent mountain views that the Annapurna Circuit is known for. Trekkers might miss out on the stunning vistas and panoramic landscapes that are more visible during other seasons.


4. Leeches and Insects:
The rainy season brings out leeches and insects, particularly in the lower elevations with dense vegetation. Trekkers should be prepared to encounter leeches and take precautions to avoid them.


5. Fewer Tourists:
The rainy season sees fewer trekkers on the trail compared to peak seasons. If you prefer a quieter and less crowded trekking experience, this could be an advantage.


6. Accommodation and Facilities:
While some tea houses along the Annapurna Circuit may remain open during the rainy season, others could close due to low demand. It’s essential to check the availability of accommodation and facilities before starting the trek.

At the-End, trekking the Annapurna Circuit Trekking in rainy season requires careful consideration and preparation. It is not recommended for inexperienced trekkers or those seeking clear mountain views. However, if you are an experienced trekker, adequately prepared for the challenges posed by the monsoon, and are looking for a unique and adventurous experience, trekking in the rainy season can offer a different perspective of the Annapurna region with lush green landscapes and a quieter trail.


Annapurna Circuit Trekking in Monsoon

The Annapurna region in Nepal experiences the monsoon season, which typically lasts from June to August. The monsoon is characterized by heavy rainfall and high humidity, as moisture-laden winds from the Indian Ocean bring precipitation to the region. Here are some key characteristics of the monsoon in the Annapurna region:

1. Heavy Rainfall: During the monsoon season, the Annapurna region receives significant amounts of rainfall. The rainfall is often continuous and can be particularly intense in July and August. The heavy downpours can result in muddy and slippery trails, making trekking more challenging.


2. Green and Lush Landscape: The monsoon showers bring life to the landscapes of the Annapurna region. The hills and valleys transform into lush greenery with vibrant vegetation, making the scenery incredibly picturesque.

3. Landslides and Avalanches: The heavy rainfall increases the risk of landslides and avalanches, especially in areas with steep terrain. Trekking routes may be affected or blocked temporarily due to such natural hazards, requiring caution and possible route alterations.


4. Limited Mountain Views: The monsoon clouds often obscure the views of the majestic mountains, including the Annapurna massif. The mountain peaks may be hidden behind clouds, and trekkers might miss out on the breathtaking panoramas that are more visible during other seasons.

5. Fewer Trekkers: Due to the challenging weather conditions and limited mountain views, the number of trekkers in the Annapurna region reduces significantly during the monsoon season. If you prefer a quieter and less crowded trekking experience, this could be a potential advantage.


6. Insects and Leeches: During the monsoon season, the Annapurna region sees an emergence of leeches and insects, especially in the lower elevations with dense vegetation.
Trekking the Annapurna Circuit during the monsoon season requires careful consideration and preparation. It is not recommended for inexperienced trekkers or those seeking clear mountain views.


Temperature in Annapurna Circuit Trekking

The temperature during Annapurna Circuit Trekking varies significantly based on the season and elevation. Here is an overview of the temperature range you can expect during different seasons:


1. Autumn (September to November):

Daytime Temperature: 10°C to 20°C
Nighttime Temperature (at lower elevations): 0°C to 5°C
Nighttime Temperature (at higher elevations): -5°C to 0°C


2. Spring (March to May):

Daytime Temperature: 15°C to 25°C
Nighttime Temperature (at lower elevations): 5°C to 10°C
Nighttime Temperature (at higher elevations): -5°C to 5°C


3. Winter (December to February):

Daytime Temperature: 5°C to 10°C
Nighttime Temperature (at lower elevations): -5°C to 0°C
Nighttime Temperature (at higher elevations): -10°C to -5°C


4. Monsoon (June to August):

Daytime Temperature: 15°C to 25°C
Nighttime Temperature (at lower elevations): 10°C to 15°C
Nighttime Temperature (at higher elevations): 0°C to 5°C
Please note that temperatures can vary depending on the specific location and the altitude you are at during the trek. At higher elevations, especially in the Thorong La Pass area, temperatures can drop significantly, and it can be much colder than at lower elevations.


Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Annapurna Circuit Trekking 

Q1. How long does it take to complete the Annapurna Circuit Trekking?
A: The Annapurna Circuit Trek typically takes around 15 to 18 days to complete, depending on the starting and ending points, trekking pace, and acclimatization days.


Q2. What’s the best time for Annapurna Circuit Trekking?
A: During the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons will be The best time for the Annapurna Circuit Trekking . These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and better mountain views.

Q3. Is prior trekking experience required for the Annapurna Circuit Trekking?
A: It’s not obligatory the trekking experience, but it is better to have so, it’s recommended. The trek involves long hours of walking on rugged terrain and ascending to high altitudes. Good physical fitness and some hiking experience can enhance the trekking experience.


Q4. Are permits required for the Annapurna Circuit Trekking?
A: Yes, trekkers need to obtain permits to enter the Annapurna Conservation Area. The obligatory permits are Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and the Trekkers’ Information Management System card.

Q5. Are tea houses or lodges available along the trekking route?
A: Yes, there are tea houses, lodges, and guesthouses available in most villages along the Annapurna Circuit. These provide accommodation, meals, and basic amenities for trekkers.


Q6. What’s the highest point of the Annapurna Circuit Trekking?
A: The highest point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek is Thorong La Pass, which stands at an elevation of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet) above sea level.

Q7. Is altitude sickness a concern on the Annapurna Circuit Trek?
A: ltitude sickness can be a concern during the trek, especially when crossing high passes like Thorong La. It’s essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness.


Q8. What type of gear and equipment are needed for the trek?
A: Essential trekking gear includes comfortable hiking boots, warm clothing, a sleeping bag, a backpack, trekking poles, and a water bottle. A detailed packing list should be prepared before starting the trek.

Q9. Are there emergency rescue services available along the trail?
-There are some emergency rescue services available in the Annapurna region, and some trekking agencies offer evacuation arrangements in case of emergencies. Travel insurance that covers high-altitude trekking is highly recommended.


Q-10. Can I do the Annapurna Circuit Trek solo, or do I need a guide?
-Both solo trekking and hiring a guide are possible for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. While a guide can provide valuable support and insights, experienced trekkers with proper preparation can also do the trek independently.

For further information, kindly drop your queries on –

WhatsApp: +9779818727218 (DILU Rai)

Email: info@glacierfamilytreks.com

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Kathmandu, Budhanilkantha-11

Itinerary

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be warmly welcomed by a representative of Glacier Family Treks & Expedition P. Ltd. They will transfer you to your hotel, where you’ll have a relaxing stay on a Bed and Breakfast basis with twin sharing accommodation.

Take this day to explore the cultural and historical wonders of Kathmandu Valley. You will embark on a sightseeing tour to visit some of the city’s famous landmarks and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. After the sightseeing tour, you’ll have some free time to prepare for the trek. Overnight at the hotel.

Today marks the beginning of your trek. You’ll start with a scenic drive to Bahundanda via Besi Sahar, enjoying views of the beautiful landscapes and rural settlements. After approximately 9 hours of travel, you’ll reach Bahundanda, where you’ll stay overnight in a lodge.

Your trekking adventure commences as you walk towards Jagat, situated at an altitude of 1300 meters. The trail takes you through picturesque terrain, passing small villages and lush forests. After a 5-hour trek, you’ll arrive in Jagat and spend the night in a lodge.

Today’s journey leads you to Dharapani. The trail continues through charming villages, offering glimpses of local lifestyles and traditional culture. You’ll trek for approximately 5 hours and reach Dharapani, where you’ll rest for the night in a lodge.

As you trek further, the landscape begins to change, with more dramatic mountain views. The trail takes you to Chame, situated at an altitude of 2670 meters. Along the way, you’ll be enchanted by the majestic scenery and the serene environment. Overnight in a lodge.

Trek to Upper Pisang Village, where you’ll encounter unique Tibetan-influenced culture and architecture. The village offers impressive views of Annapurna II and other peaks. After trekking for around 5 hours, you’ll reach Upper Pisang and stay overnight in a lodge.

Today’s trek takes you to Manang, passing through Ngawal Village. The route rewards you with breathtaking vistas of the surrounding landscapes. Upon reaching Manang, situated at 3540 meters, you’ll have the rest of the day to acclimatize and explore the area. Overnight in a lodge.

This day is dedicated to acclimatization. You’ll take a well-deserved rest to allow your body to adjust to the increasing altitude. You can spend the day exploring Manang, interacting with locals, and enjoying the captivating mountain views. Overnight in the same lodge.

Continuing the trek, you’ll make your way to Yak Kharka at an altitude of 4018 meters. The trail gradually ascends, and you’ll be surrounded by stunning alpine scenery. After approximately 4 hours of trekking, you’ll arrive at Yak Kharka and stay overnight in a lodge.

Today’s trek leads you to Thorong Phedi, located at 4550 meters. The trail becomes more challenging, and you’ll be in the midst of the Himalayan wilderness. After about 4 hours of trekking, you’ll reach Thorong Phedi, where you’ll spend the night in a lodge.

This is a significant day of the trek as you conquer the Thorong Pass, standing at a daunting 5416 meters. The ascent is steep, but the reward is the breathtaking views from the top. After crossing the pass, you’ll descend to Muktinath at 3780 meters. The entire journey takes around 8 to 9 hours. Overnight in a lodge.

From Muktinath, you’ll continue the trek to Jomsom at an altitude of 2720 meters. The trail takes you through arid landscapes and traditional villages. After approximately 5 hours of trekking, you’ll arrive in Jomsom, where you’ll spend the night in a lodge.

Today, you’ll have the option to fly or drive from Jomsom to Pokhara. Either way, you’ll be treated to spectacular aerial views or a scenic drive through the countryside. Upon reaching Pokhara, you’ll be transferred to your hotel for a well-deserved rest.

From Pokhara, you’ll fly or drive back to Kathmandu. Once you return, you can take this day to visit any remaining sites and explore the city further. Overnight at the hotel.

On the final day of your Annapurna Circuit Trek, you’ll be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure from Nepal to your onward destination. With cherished memories of the journey, you bid farewell to the Himalayan adventure.

What's Include in Cost

    • Airport service as per program.
    • Hotel in Kathmandu as per your requirement.
    • Trekking permits according to itinerary.
    • TIMS cards (Trekkers Information Management System).
    • Food and accommodation during the announced trekking duration.
    • Hot drinks- Tea, Coffee, etc during the trek.
    • Local flight tickets as per plan and Itinerary.
    • Porters and guide with their wages.
    • Insurance for local Nepali staffs.
    • High altitude chamber and Oxygen as per requirement.
    • Local airport tax and land transportations according to program.
    • Applicable Nepal government tax.

What's Excluded in Cost

    • Nepal entry visa.
    • International flights and airport tax.
    • Travel insurance.
    • Personal expenses, Hot or Mineral water.
    • Laundry service and Bar Bills.
    • Internet and Battery charge.
    • Rescue in emergency.

Fixed Departure

Equipment

Advisory

Inportant Things Required

FAQ

When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget.

When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget.

When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget.

When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget.

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