Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Trip Price: $1380 pp
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  • Total Duration:18 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Max Elevation:5416 M
  • Max Group Size:1 - 20 Person
  • Best Time:March - May & Sep - Nov
  • Trip Mode:Tea House/ Lodge
  • Start Point:Jagat
  • End Point:Pokhara
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  • Popular trekking destination with high passes standing over the 5400 m above sea level
  • Best long-distance trek in the world
  • Living museum of the different lifestyle of numerous ethnic villages from different backgrounds
  • Reach Muktinath temple that holds sacred shrine that holds equal significance to both the Hindu and Buddhist followers in the world
  • The highest pass of the world, Thorong La Pass that separates two valleys in Manang
  • World’s deepest gorge that is cut by the river Kali Gandaki.
  • Adventures in the land of majestic Annapurna massif
  • Stunning view of the mountains like Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri and other peaks nearby.
  • Majestic view of the eternal flame burning in the Muktinath
  • Beautiful sunrise view amidst the mountains from Poon Hill locale's rich richness.
  • Rich woodlands to the snow-capped desert-like scene, adding a feeling of alienation to your journey

Airport transfers – pick up and drop
 All ground transportation
 Your accommodation in a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast plan
 Your accommodation in best guesthouses available (on twin sharing basis) during the trek with
breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the trekking journey
 All paper works
 National park and heritage sites entry tickets
 Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) and trekking permits
 A licensed, English speaking, experienced and professional guide along with a porter (1 for two
clients)
 All the costs of guide and porter including accidental insurance
 Duffel bag, sleeping bags (to be returned to us after trek)
 T-shirts, route map and a travel completion certificate
 All applicable government taxes and service charges.
 First aid kit

Meals (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu
 International airfare
 Visa costs
 Travel insurance
 Personal refreshment items like cold drinks, snacks, etc.
 Personal utility items like laundry, telephone expenses electricity charges, etc.
 Personal trekking gears
 Tips for guides and

Overview

Annapurna Circuit trekking is a vintage trekking route that rises above the spirituality and adventures near majestic Annapurna massif. In the same vein, it is the most popular trekking destination, with high passes standing over 5400 meters above sea level. Annapurna Circuit trekking establishes wonderful challenges for those who are fond of the traditional ways of hiking. In addition, it sets up brilliant difficulties for those who give much room to adventure, thrill, and the knowledge that it develops within the soul about nature, people, culture, and values. For this reason, it is a pure experience of self-discovery within.

Best of the Trek

The Annapurna circuit route passes many ethnic villages from various backgrounds. They have unique eco and social systems resembling a vast living museum of different lifestyles and experiences. It reflects peace and harmony among the fellow tribes. We pass from the slants of Manaslu and the Annapurna. Once we pass the pilgrimage and trading trails, the circuit showcases a wide variety of Gurung and Magar traditional qualities. A trek to Muktinath temple refreshes your soul. It is one of the prime points of the trip along with the mystic Kagbeni village trip. It is a sacred shrine that holds equal significance to both the Hindu and Buddhist followers in the world. The field is barren, filled with dry landscapes. From there, you will reach the gorgeous High passes that separate two valleys in Manang. The circuit likewise comprises the world’s deepest gorge, cut by the river Kali Gandaki.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Alternatives

Annapurna circuit trek has the best bits for any trekking group, as it possesses several alternative routes. The travelers can mix the trail with another route. You can pass up the Annapurna Sanctuary and ABC trek to shorten the circuit trip. Likewise, escape the Poon Hill trip, which lessens the trip by 5 days. You can also trek to Tilicho Lake which separates way after Manang. But it’s a warning that these two destinations have remarkable features that you will miss. You may never get the chance to visit these areas and complete the quest. Therefore, most of the trekkers extend their stay and explore more about Nepal. For many, this is a lifetime opportunity to see Annapurna massive and Mt. Machhapuchhre up close. Thus, it is so hard to lose.

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Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. As you land in the valley, you will immediately notice the smell of ancient monuments, sculptures, artistic temples, and magnificent art. If you come by air, our staff will wait for you outside of the airport terminal. He/she stands there by your nameplate and the company name. They will greet and warmly receive you. Then they will support you with the transportation to transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Take a rest and gather energy to walk on the trails. Also, if you have some personal gear to buy, you can go shopping in Thamel in the evening. You will spend the night in a hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: Breakfast (Included)

After breakfast at the hotel, the guide will pick you up for a drive to Besisahar. We drive to the location by private vehicle along the route of the Prithvi Highway. During your drive, the Trishuli river will accompany you for hours. Then the pleasing beauty of hills, mountains, farmland, bridges, fruit sellers, and quiet villages will be there with you during the other hours of driving. After 6-7 hours of driving, we will reach Besisahar.

From Besisahar, we head to Jagat, the beginning point of our Annapurna Circuit Trek. Jagat is a beautiful place nestled between the lofty peaks of Annapurna and Manaslu. It takes us around 8–9 hours to reach Jagat from Kathmandu, covering a distance of 185 km approx. When we arrive at our destination, our guide will take us to your guesthouse. Freshen up, make yourself comfortable and collect energy for trekking. Getting excited for the days to come, we will spend our nights there with a cozy, warm sleep.

Approximate driving distance: 185 km

Walking time: 8–9 hours

Accommodation: local guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Included)

Today, our journey will pass through forests, streams, and small trickling waterfalls along the Marshayndi River. Walking for an hour with the rhythm of nature, we soon reach Chyamche at 1310 meters. Then, the trail progresses uphill for around 2 hours to reach Tal (meaning "a lake") at a height of 1700 m. Tal is the first village in the Manang district on our journey. Here, you will get a feeling of being at the center of the Himalayas. As a result, we spend some time taking in the surrounding scenery while eating delicious local fare.

Then, we continue our trek to Dharapani at a height of 1960 m. The route passes through impressive stone staircases and wide valleys and takes two and a half hours to reach our last stop for today. For today, we will stay at the guest house in Dharapani and spend the night there.

Approximate walking distance: 12 km

Walking time: 5–6 hours

Accommodation: local guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Included)

After a local morning meal, we resume our Annapurna Circuit Trek route. Tie up your shoelaces and get ready for a long trekking day. Today, we cover 17 km of the journey and climb over 700 m of altitude. We pass through beautiful villages such as Bagarchhap, Danakyu, Timang, Thanchok, and Koto. Get along with the presence of subtropical forests, arid landscapes, bizarre rock formations, and majestic panoramas of the great Himalayas.

First, we hike for 2 hours to reach Timang at an altitude of 2750 m. Enjoy the beauty of nature as we pass through the Marshyangdi river valley. From Timang, we walk for 1 hour and 40 minutes to Koto, at a height of 2600 m. Finally, with outstanding views of Mt. Manaslu (8156m) and Ngadi Chuli (also known as Peak 29), we reach Chame in about an hour. Chame is the administrative headquarters of Manang District, rising at an altitude of 2670 m. We relax and enjoy our food in the guesthouse and spend the night there.

Approximate walking distance: 14 km

Walking time: 5–6 hours

Accommodation: local guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Included)

Today's major highlights are the huge apple orchard, Paungda Danda rock, majestic mountain vistas, prayer wheels, and deep pine forests. First, the day begins in a village, past prayer wheels into the forest route. We hike under the Lamjung Himal along the vertical rocks of the Marsyandi valley near the Paunda Danda Rock. The rock towers over 1500 m. Locals refer to it as the "Gateway to Heaven."

Following these breathtaking views, we set out on a four-hour hike to lower Pisang. The route is simple and easy compared to other days. Then, traveling through the pine forest, we go to Upper Pisang. We take some rest, enjoy the views, and walk back and stay at the guesthouse. Spend the night at the lodge under the beautiful peaks.

Approximate walking distance: 10–13 km

Walking time: 5–6 hours

Accommodation: local guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Included)

The entire Annapurna Circuit Route today is decorated with natural and cultural heritage. First, we move to Ghyaru at an altitude of 3,730 m. It takes around 2 hours. As we move through, you can feel the influence of the Tibetans and Buddhists. We pass through green forests, beautiful mani walls with stone tablets inscribed with mantras. After that, we trek to Ngawal, which takes us around 1 hour and 35 minutes. The path climbs upward at a much steadier incline. From there, we tumble down to the valley, crossing the forest for 2 hours to Braga. We will spend some time in Braga. There are stupas and a beautiful monastery. After we explore Braga, we walk for half an hour to reach Manang, our last point for today.

Today, there's the option of two routes to follow from Pisang to Manang: the southern route and the northern route. The southern trail is easier and less demanding than the northern trail. You will choose to go in any of these ways. Also remember, our guide can use any route depending on the present situation over there. Spend the night in Manang at a comfortable local hotel.

Approximate walking distance: 12.5 km

Walking time: 5–6 hours

Accommodation: local guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Included)

Day 7 is our acclimatization day or rest day. This is a rest day to adapt to the local changing environment. If you are interested, we will do a few day's walks. Some possibilities include hiking to Praken Gompa. Another option is to attempt a challenging hike to Ice Lake (4500m). Also, the guide will arrange some small hikes in the afternoon.

There are many guest houses, coffee shops, hotels, and restaurants in Manang. Today, enjoy small hikes, food, and talk to local people to get to know their lifestyle. If you want to buy some gear, you can do so as there are many small shops. Relish your day and watch the sunset from your residence in the evening.

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Included)

From Manang, we start our journey to Yak Kharka. We pass tall trees on our way towards the alpine grass and junipers. We pass through villages to grassy meadows where horses and yaks graze. From Manang, we reach Ghunsang, which takes around 2 hours. We enjoy views of snowy mountains, the river meandering through the valley, and a small lake.

Soon you will be ahead of the firs and junipers. Also, there are no vehicles or village settlements, so you just have clear views of the stunning peaks all around you. During the day, you will get to know Tibetan Buddhism and its presence on the route. There are no longer any day walks for today. So, walking slowly, we will climb to Yak Kharka (Yak Huts). It is the yak herders' place. They bring their yaks or other animals to graze in the grassy meadows. Tonight, sleep comfortably at local lodgings. Drink plenty of water at regular intervals. From today onwards, you may feel a sign of high altitude, so if you see any symptoms, explain them to your guide.

Approximate walking distance: 9 km

Walking time: 3–4 hours

Accommodation: local guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Included)

This is another short day of trekking on the Annapurna Circuit Route. It also aids in acclimatization. First, we hike to Ledar, then to Deurali Tea House, and finally to Thorong Phedi. We begin our journey in Yak Kharka, where we begin our journey in Yak Kharka.To Deurali Tea House, passing through Jarang Khola and similar views of mountains, bridges, grassland, and rivers. As we hike further, the scenery becomes wider and more beautiful.

After 3–4 hours of walking, we reach Thorang Phedi at an altitude of 4,600 m. "Phedi" means base in English. Thus, Thorang Phedi is the base of the Thorang La Pass, our tomorrow's goal. If you are lucky enough, we may glimpse blue sheep, snow leopards, Lammergeyers, and griffons.

Tonight, we will spend the night at a lodge.

Approximate walking distance: 6 km

Walking time: 3–4 hours

Accommodation: guesthouse or lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Included)

Today we rise early and begin our Annapurna Circuit Trekking journey. We hike from Thorong Phedi to High Camp, then cross the two Thorong-La Passes and hike to Muktinath to spend the night. Thus, you may feel tough as you pass through strong winds in the upper region.

First, we walk to high camp, which takes around 50 minutes. It's a kilometer of uphill walking. From high camp, we walk to the transit point at Thorang La Pass, the highest point on the Annapurna Circuit Trek. The pass reveals views of snowy mountains extending into the Tibetan territory. At the summit, you see prayer flags and congratulatory messages. Appreciate your achievements so far and enjoy the beauty of the mountains. Take some pictures and celebrate the success with your group members.

We begin our trek to Muktinath after spending some time at the mountain pass. The route is full of snow, mud, and loose gravel. The road is very slippery in places, so keep your walk slow and balanced. We have views of Annapurna, Gangapurna, and the heavily glaciated peak of Khatungkang to motivate you and keep your focus on the trails.

We arrived at Muktinath (3800 m) after five hours of walking. This is a holy site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The major attractions of the site are the Jwalamai temple, with a spring and an eternal flame, and the 108 water spouts that pour holy water. Every year, over 1,000 disciples come to visit this place. Enjoy the religious site, and tonight we will spend our time at a hotel.

Approximate walking distance: 16 km

Walking Time: 7-9 Hours

Accommodation: hotel or lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Included)

Today, we start our journey by passing through ancient caves and traversing through Kagbeni village in the Kali Gandaki valley. The road is gravel and dusty. From Kagbeni, we start our journey to Jomsom, which is a distance of 10 km. Jomsom is a small town in the Himalayas. There is a comprehensive school and a beautiful monastery, along with an entire row of little shops and guesthouses. The place is busy with travelers.

From Jomsom, we cross to Kali Gandaki Gorge, which is the deepest George in the world. You will pass through many authentic villages. The houses are white with wooden window shutters. Finally, we reach Marpha, the land of apples.

Approximate walking distance: 17 km

Walking time: 6-8 hours

Accommodation: hotel or lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Included)

After an early meal, we pass through villages, rivers, open fields of yaks and riverbeds, and local goat's paths to Ghasa. Today, we continue our walk through the lush green valley, with minimal wind, no dust, and mountains to look at. We pass through the jungle with cows, goats, or yaks on the way. We will see monkeys and their babies swinging through the canopy above.

We arrive in Ghasa after six hours and spend the night there.

Walking time: 6-8 hours

Accommodation: Tea house

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Included)

After crossing the river and climbing over some massive boulders, we arrive in Kopchepani in 2 hours. Along the route, we visit small villages and small grasslands. As we pass through green, forested areas, we get a glimpse of the dusty road that notifies us we have reached Kopchepani. Enjoy some of the surrounding scenery and take pictures and videos of mountains, houses clinging to the green slopes, and waterfalls. Also enjoying the view of the Rupse waterfall streaming down right underneath the dusty track, we walk downhill. Later, we pass through more populated local villages on our way to Tatopani. It is a beautiful place with gardens, flowers in bloom, and lots of greenery.

15 km walking distance

Walking time: 5–6 hours

Accommodation: Tea house

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Included)

We take a break here because we've been trekking nonstop for the past few days. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the place. Experience the lifestyle, tradition, and culture of the local people. Have a small hike around the village and have fun with the children, local music, and dance. Prepare for our next day trip and spend a comfortable night at the guesthouse.

Accommodation: tea house or guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Included)

After a rest day, we continue our journey, crossing the river and the forest area to Ghorepani. We pass through a small farmhouse and climb stone steps at some points. Continuing our Annapurna Circuit Trek journey with the views of the surrounding mountains, pockmarked with houses clinging to the slopes, we cross Ghara, Sikha, and Chitra villages. As the route is long, we stop at least three times for tea or lunch. Today we have to climb some major sections of the hill. If you have any difficulties, explain them to your guide.

We arrive in Ghorepani, the busiest village on the Annapurna Circuit, after 7 hours of walking and climbing. Tonight, spend some quality time at a guest house in Ghorepani.

Walking time: 7 hours

Accommodation: Tea house

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Included)

In the early morning, we continue our classic Annapurna Circuit journey to Poonhill. This is going to be the last trip of the travel package. We will hike through different villages all along the trail, observing the local culture of the people. This is the shortest trek, taking you to Gurung and Magar villages. The hike is easy, passing through a farm field, a forest of pine and oak, and different species of rhododendron flower. On the entire journey, you will see panoramic views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhare, and many other peaks.

The major attraction of this trek is Poon Hill itself. Enjoy the sunrise view from Poon Hill. After watching the sunrise from Poonhill, we will then step back to Ghorepani. From there, we travel to Nangethanti, Birethanti, Ulleri, Tikhedhunga, Hile, Birethanti, and finally, Nayapul. Passing through the terraced fields and some well-maintained trails, we reach Nayapul in a few hours. From Nayapul, we take a local bus and drive to Pokhara. After you arrive in Pokhara, you can visit the lakeside to enjoy the panoramic views of the lake, hills, and dense surrounding trees. You'll find many excellent shops and malls around there. Have a look and do some shopping. Tonight, pack your bag and get ready to go to Kathmandu with a relaxing warm sleep at a pleasant hotel in Pokhara.

Walking Time: 7-8 Hours

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: Breakfast (Included)

After breakfast, we drive to Kathmandu via the same route as the Prithvi Highway. Enjoy the last moments of your Annapurna Circuit Trip from the window, with views of green hills and the Trishuli River. Soon, after about 5–6 hours of driving, we arrive in Kathmandu, the starting and ending point of your classic Annapurna Circuit Trek. Then, the guide will drop you off at your hotel. There are no other programs for today. Thus, either take some rest or visit some places in Kathmandu. You can go shopping around Thamel to buy some gifts from Nepal for your family. Tonight, recollect the trekking memories and have a good time at a magnificent hotel in Kathmandu.

Walking time: 6 hours

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: Breakfast (Included)

I'm sorry to say that your Annapurna Circuit Trekking ends today. You will have two options for today: fly home or continue your vacation in Nepal. If you have any plans, please let us know about them. Our representative will drop you off at the airport 3 hours earlier than your scheduled flight. We hope you had a great time and enjoyed our trip. Thank you and have a safe journey.

Meal: Breakfast (Included)

Frequently Asked Questions Expand all

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a travel package to the mountain ranges of central Nepal in Gandaki Pradesh. Widely known as one of the best long-distance treks in the world, ACT takes you around unique villages, forest areas, hills, and snow-capped mountains.

The total length of the Annapurna Circuit Trek ranges from 160-230km. The route starts at the low hills of Bhulbhule in the Marshyangdi River Valley at an altitude of 923 meters, which stretches to the alpine mountains at an altitude of 5416 meters, and finally ends at Pokhara.

First, we drive to Besisahar in Lamjung District. The distance between Besisahar and Kathmandu is 177 Km, which we will take around 6-7 hours on a private vehicle depending on the traffic along the roads. From Besisahar, we walk to Thorang la Pass (5,416m). Then, from Thorong La Pass we hike to Muktinath (3800 meters) which is at a distance of 16km. Finally, we descend along the Annapurna route to Nayapul and end our trek there.

The time duration to complete the trek is 10 - 14 days for the shorter version and 18 -21 for the full route.

The initial point is Besisahar/Syange/Jagat/Chame/ Bhulbhule/Manang, whereas the ending point is Muktinath/Jomsom/Tatopani/Hile/Nayapul, depending upon the Annapurna circuit package you choose. However, the trip organized by Heaven Himalaya will start at Besisahar in the Marshyangdi River Valley and end at Nayapul.

The best time to go to the Annapurna Circuit Trek is during spring (March, April, and May) or autumn (September, October, and November). More often, the trekkers choose March, April, October, and November as their months. So, while hiking during these trekking months, you are likely to meet many fellow travelers along the route.

Fall Season

Autumn (sometimes called "fall") is everyone's favorite time of the year. It is a smooth transition from summer to winter. The days are cooler than spring and cozier than winter. You see trees changing their colors and animals preparing to hibernate. Foremost, the daylight becomes shorter, and the temperature remains moderate. So, fall is the season for everyone. So, the feel of cool weather, the sound of the crunching of brown leaves underfoot, the smell of ripped grains, and the Annapurna circuit trails will have different vibes. Some also find it nicer because you can have fewer clothes on your body, which will be a lot easier while hiking. Also, you can pack fewer gears while packing your bag.

Nepal experiences many great festivals like Dashain and Tihar during autumn. As the festive season flows, the villages around the track lighten up in red and white, and we find children singing melodies as the schools are mostly closed. Therefore, if you travel during this time, you will experience jolly villages.

Besides, during this time of the year, your trekking shoes, find a grip. The Annapurna round trails which were slippery and full of leeches in Summer will turn normal again. The temperate flickers around 17°C to 4°C as the rains are gone. But, Thorong La Pass, the highest reach of the trip, has a daytime temperature near -4°C as it's always covered in snow.

In spring (the season of rhododendron in Nepal)

Spring is the season of flowers. The trails smell differently during this time, as they are filled with wildflowers that blossom in the winter. Spring is the king of all seasons because it rejuvenates nature. In Nepal, spring is also called the season of the rhododendron. While on an Annapurna Circuit Journey, you walk along with the rhododendron forests that blanket the hills. Wintry days move away and are replaced by warm and bright days with average daylight temperatures of 15 °C–20 °C. The mornings and nights are colder as you climb higher altitudes. Muktinath and the Manang area receive very little rainfall. Thus, the locations are colder in the evenings. Make yourself warm and enjoy the clear, unobstructed views of the hills and majestic peaks.

There is less humidity in the air, and you will be immensely pleased to wander around the high Himalayas. The villages and tourist hubs like Pokhara and Jomsom are bustling with the celebrations of the Nepali New Year Falls in the spring.

Everywhere, the surroundings become livelier: flowers start blooming, trees start growing new delicate leaves, the sky becomes clear and blue, rivers and streams murmur mildly, etc. You will have the wind blowing through your hair. The remaining fragments of cloud point you to the best views. Indeed, spring is one of the best seasons for trekking in the Annapurna Circuit.

Besides, February to May is also better for trekking. Days are longer and the weather is warm. Thus, you can also consider trekking ACT during these months. 

To some extent, the Annapurna Circuit Trek is a long journey at high altitudes. Some trails along the routes are slippery, contain rocks, and have lots of stairways that make you feel the difficulty while trekking. In the initial days, you hike with a slow increase in altitude. After crossing Manang, you will find a narrow path leading through a slope that directly looks down to the Marshyangdi River. Thus, trekkers must be careful with their steps. You will feel the next challenge trekking through Thorong La Pass. It is a long journey on a sloppy road if you are not prepared. As it's the highest point of the trip, you might feel some signs of altitude sickness. Therefore, trekkers should be conscious of their health before traveling.

The weather is also unpredictable, which may cause difficulties during your trek. Once you pass through Thorang La, you descend 1600 meters to the holy and tourist area of Muktinath. Although it invites some challenges, it's a completely doable trek with rewarding views.

Training 

As the days for trekking approach, almost everyone has the thought, "Can I do the Annapurna Round Trek"?

Yes, even first-time trekkers in Nepal who have experience in hiking can attempt to do the trek. But, to overcome thoughts like the above, prepare yourself for trekking. Any physical pieces of training that involve increasing your stamina and endurance capacity are okay. No, standard gym training is required. But, you can use your treadmills to run and walk. Make your knees, hips, and ankles have the habit of walking. Using the long stairs in case of lifts will also help you walk uphill here on the Annapurna Circuit. Don't forget cardio and strength training, too. The fitter you are, the more it's easier to cope up with, the less oxygen environment in the high hills.

We highly recommend trying a long-distance hike with a backpack and your choice of hiking boots and clothes. By trying this, you will know if the backpacks and your other choice of gear are comfortable for you or not. If you feel uncomfortable wearing them, change them and try hiking with new ones. Try carrying a bag with a similar weight to what you will carry on the trails. To get an actual idea of the weight, pack all your belongings and gear in a bag and carry it while hiking. A carrying bag will increase your shoulder strength. Also, use your hydration pack while practicing hiking.

Doing as recommended above for a few weeks will train you and make you ready to accept the challenges on the route.

One of the hardest parts of trekking in the Annapurna Circuit is altitude sickness. You will walk above 4000 m in most places so, keep yourself prepared for the high altitude. Some training such as running, biking, and swimming will improve your VO2 max. It's the maximum volume of oxygen that your body can use. Also, while walking, the higher you climb, the more you slow down even on simple paths. This way, you will adapt your body to a high-altitude environment.

Yes, there's a minor risk of altitude sickness depending on the person's health and fitness. There is a risk of altitude sickness at altitudes greater than 3000 m. Different people react differently when they move to a higher altitude, so it's better to prepare yourself before moving to a higher altitude.

Mostly, people feel nausea, dizziness, insomnia, increased heart rate, headache, vomiting, exhaustion, and fuzzy vision. Also, lips, nails, and tongue may turn blue. If you experience any symptoms or feel uneasy, you can easily communicate this to your guide. He is well trained and is fit to handle such situations. He will provide you with some medicine or help you reduce your uneasiness. If you feel comfortable, then continue your journey; otherwise, have some rest at your current elevation or move down to a lower elevation.

The following are some precautions you can take to avoid altitude sickness:

Climb slowly: Travel only 1,000 feet each day, and plan a rest day for every 3,000 feet you go higher.

Eat carbs: When you are at a high altitude, you need more calories, so carry plenty of carb-containing food with you.

Avoid alcohol, smoking, or taking sleeping pills during your trip to a higher altitude.

Keep yourself hydrated. Drink water to prevent altitude sickness.

The total cost of the Annapurna Circuit Trek depends on your period and how you travel and spend. For a 10 -to-18-day trip, the cost per person can range from USD 1200 to USD 1600 (excluding international flights). And our total price is 1380 USD per person, which is very reasonable.

Other costs for you include international flight tickets, visas, extra food, insurance, hot showers, etc.

The first cost is the visa for Nepal. Your visa cost will depend on your duration of stay.

USD 30 for 15 days 30 days: USD 50 USD 125 for 90 days

Transportation Cost 

You can either take a flight or go by land, via bus or a private jeep or taxi. If you choose to take a flight, the cost can vary seasonally. Flight tickets are costlier during the peak trekking months, which are Feb–May, and Sept–Nov.

Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara (round trip): approximately USD 215 Local bus from Pokhara to Besisahar (trailhead): approximately USD 3 Local bus from Nayapul to Pokhara (return): approx. USD 3.

And if you are traveling in a group, you can choose to hire a private vehicle in which you can share the cost amongst the group members.

The cost of a local bus from Kathmandu to Besisahar is approximately USD 6 to 7 (one way). Private Jeep from Kathmandu to Besisahar: approx. USD 120 to 150 (one way)

Heaven Himalaya handles all your transportation costs when you book the trip with us.

Food and accommodation both cost

On average, you will spend USD 30 to 50 per day on (basic) accommodation, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The cost of food starts at USD 5 at a low altitude and rises as you go up.

Bottled water costs between $1 and $5. Tea costs between 0.5 and 2 USD. Hot water: USD 0.5 to 2 per cup.

Heaven Himalaya will book your accommodations and food.

Travel insurance costs

The average cost for Annapurna Circuit Trekking insurance is $500.

Porter Cost or Guide Cost

If you want to take a guide, it will cost you around the US $22–$30 per day. If you are hiring a guide, then check his valid license issued by the government of Nepal. Check his background and the reviews from past clients. An experienced guide will charge USD 30 plus per day. A potter charges USD18–20 per day.

Heaven Himalaya handles all the costs of porters and guides.

The Cost of Trekking Equipment

The cost of equipment is difficult to estimate, as it varies from one individual to another. It also depends on how much equipment you already own and how much you will buy or rent. A rough estimate is somewhere around USD 200–500.

Yes, trekking to the Annapurna Circuit requires two permits. One is TIMS and the other is an ACAP permit. Both permits are available either in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

TIMS is a basic permit implemented jointly by the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) to ensure the safety and security of every trekker.

ACAP is for the Annapurna Conservation Area entry permit.

Heaven Himalaya will arrange both permits on your behalf; you will only have to provide him with details and passport photos. It is always better to take a photo of your ACAP and TIMS cards and keep them on your phone.

The cost for TIMS per person is:

SAARC nationals: NPR 600, about $6

All the other nationals: NPR 2000, about $200.

Fees for ACAP permits:

SAARC nationals: NPR 200, about $2.

ALL OTHER NATIONS: NPR 2000, approximately $200 (excluding 13% VAT).

Trekkers under 10 years of age don't require this permit.

During the trek, you will find different accommodation and food facilities. You will find tourist-friendly lodges, guest houses, and teahouses. The lodges are comfortable for your initial stage, but they may vary going to higher altitudes.

Accommodations are always sociable places where you can meet many other trekkers. The tea house contains a large dining area with a wood-burning stove. Most of the time, hikers sit in the dining area to socialize and keep themselves warm by the fire. All guesthouses have blankets. Almost all have hot showers available, which are mostly gas-heated. The rooms are very basic. Usually, they have two single beds, blankets, and sometimes a table and a chair.

Lower lodges have clean, western-style flush toilets, but as you go higher, long-drop normal toilets, which are holes in the ground, become more common. It is better to have some toilet paper on you at all times. You can use any of the other lodges or shops along the way if you need to use the toilet.

There is both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food available. Local foods are available, such as dal baht. Most of the lodges also provide western food. You can also have one hot drink for each meal, but if you want to order more, then the average price is 150 Rs per cup of tea, coffee, or hot lemon, etc, or 1500 Rs for a flask. A can of beer is between 600 - 800 Rs. Also, at a high altitude, you should pay for boiling water.

Likewise, water bottles cost you some other dollars. So. it is better to bring water purification tablets. They are cost-effective and easier compared to buying bottled drinking water. Water purification tablets are also better for the environment. You can fill up your bottle from the many water sources you find along the way and use the purification tablets for drinking. We also recommend carrying your water bottles as it reduces waste.

Yes, you can add or customize days on your own, including the locations of your visit. Tilicho Lake can also be visited while on the Annapurna Circuit. But, inform us earlier to customize your Annapurna Circuit itinerary. Kindly note that the costs and trekking days might change when you customize the routes.

Also, check out our Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek; it might be the one you are looking for.

It's always a good idea to visit Tilicho Lake. It is one of the highest altitude lakes at a height of 4,919m. During your visit to the lake, you can find eye-catching views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, as well as other white Himalayas above 5,415 m. The lake collects the glacial melt from the entire northern slopes of Annapurna and Thorang Peak. It is also a holy spot mentioned in the Ramayan, a holy book of the Hindus.

Some of the popular mountains you will see while exploring the Annapurna Circuit are:

Annapurna I Central (8,041 m), Annapurna II (7,937 m), Annapurna III (7,555 m), Annapurna IV (7,525 m), Annapurna South (7,219 m) Gangapurna (7,455 m), Annapurna Fang (7,647 m) Khangsar Kang (7,485 m), Tarke Kang (7,202 m) Lachenal Peak (7,140 m), Tilicho Peak (7,135 m) North Nilgiri Himal (7,061 m), Central Nilgiri Himal (6,940 m), South Nilgiri Himal (6,839 m) Machhapuchchhre, a.k.a. Fish Tail Mountain (6,993 m) Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Gandharba Chuli (6,248 m)

The highest point on the Annapurna Circuit Trek is Thorang La Pass (5416m/17769 ft), reaching the edge of the Tibetan plateau. It is the point where you can have the best views of the mountains. It is a mountain pass in the north of the Annapurna Himal, in central Nepal. Khatung Kang and Yakawa Kang are the mountains that form Thorong La.

The local climate on the western side of the pass is much drier than on the eastern side. There is practically no vegetation on the western side, except where irrigated.

Yes, you can find Wi-Fi at some tea houses at the lower base while trekking to the Annapurna circuit. But as you go up to Thorang and Shree Kharka, you can't find Wi-Fi. But, there's always the option of using mobile networks. You can access the internet in Annapurna Circuit via a Nepalese sim card. NCELL and NTC. are the two sim card companies that are popular as the best SIM card for trekking. Subscribe to the internet package to use the internet via NTC sim. For a 1GB data package, pay NRS500 ($5) which is valid for 30 days. You can subscribe to less or more data depending on your requirement.

Please remember to buy a Nepalese SIM card for yourself while you are checking out of the airport terminal.

This Thorang La, or the Annapurna Circuit trek, is worth it. This is one of the longest trips in the world where you can experience the unique culture, traditions, mountains, rivers, and forests all at once. The journey takes you to some outstanding destinations like Muktinath, Lower Pisang, and Jomsom, etc. Similarly, trekkers will cross the Thorong La Pass, one of the highest mountain passes in Nepal. The trek then weaves through a dramatic landscape and gives stunning views of mountains like Lamjung Himal, Dhaulagiri, and surrounding peaks.

Every day is a beautiful opportunity to learn new things, embrace the beauty, and admire stunning views. Explore Gurung and Thakali Villages, whose warm hospitality is one of a kind. They are friendly and beautiful people. From Kalopani to Ghasa, there is a superb, remote (but longer) trail on the east side of the valley.

Well, it's not compulsory to hire guides and porters for Annapurna Circuit Trekking, but if you trek with a guide, it will be helpful to you. The guide will have more options for the places to visit. The guide is familiar with the terrain and local weather and is aware of the danger zone. A guide can take you to places that you would never know about. They will point out the things that you would never notice.

A guide can create your itinerary, arrange your accommodations and transportation, and even probably save you money. Guides handle the safety of groups and provide first aid or handle emergencies. The guide will keep you safe when undertaking adventure activities such as safari trips, mountain climbing, trekking, and rafting.

With us, you will have an experienced mountain guide and a porter.

Here are a few important things you need for Annapurna Circuit Trekking.

Trekking Shirts/Shorts/Trousers, An insulated jacket Base Layer Trekking shoes, a cozy fleece jacket, Backpack and Duffel Bag a sleeping bag and a walking stick Gloves, sunglasses, a towel, and medicine, General Medications, raincoat, down jacket, and beanie, metal water bottle. Water purification tablets, Camera, notebook, cards, book, blisters, knee bands, and hand sanitizer of high quality Extra snacks

Yes, you need insurance while traveling. It is the major part of traveling. Make insurance that will cover 5,416 meters high, as it is the highest spot during the Annapurna Circuit hike. If you buy an insurance package, please include the emergency rescue too.

You’ll enjoy your adventure more with the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have the right insurance cover in place. Besides, insurance helps with everything from lost or stolen luggage to a full helicopter rescue from a mountain.

Nepalese porters are the most energy-efficient load carriers in the world. The standard weight for a porter on the Annapurna Circuit Trek is 25 kg. You will have one porter for two people. So, pack your bag accordingly.

There are two types of porters:

The tourist porter: they carry the backpacks or luggage of tourists, which is limited to a maximum of 25kg–30kg.

The freight porter: they carry all kinds of stuff (building materials, food) up to the teahouses. He carries a load of 70–140 kg.

Some of the popular routes are:

Ghorepani-Poon hill trek Trekking the Mardi Himal Khopra trek, Trekking to Muktinath, Jomsom Upper Mustang Trek

The alternative routes for trekking are:

Drive straight to Chame, then trek to Jomsom for a 10-day trek. The classic route is a 19-day trek that begins in Besisahar and ends in Nayapul. A 16-day trek begins in Bahundanda and ends in Ulleri. Begin in Besisahar and end in Tatopani on this 15-day trek. The 13-day trek begins in Besisahar and ends in Jomsom. Begin from Jagat and end at Tatopani-Twelve Day Trek.

If you have your idea of trails, please email us with a note. We will be happy to customize the trip for you.

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When deciding what goes into your bag, it is important to check out the characteristics of the trek which you are going to undertake as well as the season/month in which you are coming to Nepal. Here’s our recommended packing list and Equipment.

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Spot on all the way. We were very well taken care of during the round trek in Annapurna off and recommend it highly.

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Thank you for providing professional service and arrangements on the Annapurna Circuit Trekking. It is an amazing trip.

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Ram and his team Heaven Himalaya are one of the best and most professional companies I’ve ever encountered in all my years climbing mountains. Very professional and capable of helping families, groups of friends, or more pro levels like myself. They take care of EVERYTHING in a classy, sensible, and efficient manner. Ram is a great team leader and has a very educated and enjoyable team. If you want to explore the region I would recommend you go with them and you’ll have a great time. Second to none. Antonio

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Heaven Himalaya Team offers a magnificently arranged trekking involvement in Nepal. Ramhari answered instantly to all my messages. They make a solid effort to make your vacation in Nepal an extraordinary one and genuinely went well beyond my desires.

I couldn't remember the name of the guide but my boy, you were more than amazing. I wish you good luck in the days to come.

Everything from pickup to trekking in the mountains was very professional with excellent service.

I strongly suggest everyone and will trek with Heaven Himalaya again in the future.

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