Annapurna Circuit Trek

Trip Duration 14
Max Altitude 5416M
Group Size 1 to 20
Best Time for Visit March to May, October to December

Trip Overview


The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a captivating journey that takes trekkers through some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes of the Annapurna region in Nepal. Spanning approximately 300 kilometers, this trek also offers a remarkable blend of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and thrilling adventure. The trek usually begins in the vibrant city of Kathmandu, where trekkers make their way to the starting point in Besisahar. From there, the trail also winds through picturesque villages, lush forests, cascading waterfalls, and terraced fields, gradually ascending towards the majestic Himalayan peaks.

Annapurna Circuit Trek: A Journey to Majestic Peaks and Cultural Marvels

As trekkers ascend higher, they also get treatment with breathtaking vistas of snow-capped mountains, including the iconic Annapurna massif, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail). The high point of the trek is the Thorong La Pass, standing at an elevation of 5,416 meters, which offers unparalleled panoramic views and a sense of triumph upon reaching its summit. Apart from the stunning natural landscapes, the Annapurna Circuit Trek also provides an opportunity to immerse oneself in the rich local culture. Along the way, trekkers encounter diverse ethnic communities such as Gurungs, Thakalis, and Manangis, each with their own unique traditions, architecture, and cuisine. This cultural tapestry adds a fascinating dimension to the trek, allowing for interactions with friendly locals and visits to ancient monasteries, prayer flags, and chortens. Accommodation options also vary from teahouses along the trail to basic lodges in the remote villages, providing a glimpse into the rustic mountain life. Delicious Nepali meals like dal bhat (lentil soup with rice) and momos (dumplings) fuel trekkers for the challenging days ahead. The Annapurna Circuit Trek typically takes around 15-20 days to complete, depending on the chosen itinerary and individual pace. It is recommended to undertake this trek during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is relatively stable, offering clear skies and moderate temperatures.

Conclusion and Summary

Overall, the Annapurna Circuit Trek is a truly transformative adventure, combining natural grandeur, cultural richness, and physical endurance. It is an experience that leaves trekkers with lifelong memories and a profound appreciation for the wonders of the Himalayas and the indomitable spirit of Nepal.

 Trip Highlight

  • Breathtaking views of stunning snow-filled mountains like Annapurna I-IV, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho Lake, etc
  • An ideal way to explore the geographically diverse, culturally rich Annapurna region and cross the highest point on the Annapurna Circuit-the 5416m high Thorang La Pass
  • An opportunity to discover the tranquil villages and isolated communities and get a first-hand authentic experience of the ancestral traditions of local people
  • Sigh-inducing countryside views that give you peace of mind and soothe your soul
  • Experience diverse climatic zones, geography, vegetation, faunas, and lifestyle of people
  • Witness the cultural diversity from Hindu villages dominated by Gurung, Magar, Thakali, and Brahmin in the lower elevations to Tibetan cultural villages in northern Manang Valley and lower Mustang
  • Escape the daily grind and get a new perspective on life in the Himalayas i.e. the way of living of Nepalese mountain communities and be appreciative of the varied cultures and multilayered history of mankind


Namaste! Upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, Friendship World Trek staff welcome you and transfer you to the Hotel.

  •  No food
  •  Hotel
  •  1,350 m

After 5hrs drive to Beshisahar, take a jeep ride to Dharapani which is the junction of Manaslu Circuit and Annapurna Circuit Trek. The road is quite smooth and very scenic until Beshisahar but the road to Dharapani is on a dotted road which takes about 4hrs.

Distance: Kathmandu to Besisahar-172km/5hrs and Besisahar to Dharapani–35km/3hrs

  •  Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  •  Guest House
  •  1,860 m

Marking the end of the great Marsyangdi River Gorge, make a steep climb to Timang, then the trail settles into gentler slopes as the vegetation transforms from dense pine forests to drier slopes. The district headquarters of Manang, Chame, is the largest settlement after Besisahar

Approx. time taken: 6 hrs

Accommodation: Guest House

Distance: 15 km

  •  Full board meals
  •  Guest House
  •  2,700 m

Slowly you are going to enter into a different world and gain elevation and walk through the pine forest. Passing is the inhabitant of the Gurung people.

Accommodation: Guest House

Approx. time taken: 5 hrs

Distance: 13 km

  •  Full board meals
  •  Guest House
  •  3,200 m

Trek the northern trail via upper Pisang and Ghyaru – an area renowned for its spectacular views. It is now drier and you are sure to come across local farmers herding yaks. Here’s a hot tip – Tibetan yaks take a special interest in people wearing red, so choose your gear carefully today!

Accommodation: Guest House

Approx. time taken: 6 hrs

Distance: 17km

  •  Full board meals
  •  Guest House
  •  3,440 m

Spend a day here to acclimatize and day hike to Monastery, then return to Manang for the night. Manang is a village of about 500 flat-roofed houses and offers excellent views of Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, and Chulu East.

Accommodation: Guest House

Approx. time taken: 2/3 hrs exploration

  •  Full board meals
  •  Guest House
  •  3,440 m

You will be walking as a slog due to the altitude. Along the way, you will encounter Musk deer, Himalayan Thar, and an all-mountain range. It is an easy and short hike due to the altitude.

Accommodation: Guest House

Approx. time taken: 5 hrs

Distance: 10km

  •  Full board meals
  •  Guest House
  •  4,050 m

Today leisurely walk to Throng Phedi and have Lunch then 2hrs hike to High Camp. It offers great landscapes and Mountain views.

Accommodation: Guest House

Approx. time taken: 5 hrs

Distance: 8 km

  •  Full board meals
  •  Guest House
  •  4,925 m

Probably the hardest day of the entire trek. Early morning ascend 490m to the Throng la top and walk down to Muktinath. This is a pilgrimage holy place in the Annapurna region. Once you are in Muktinath you are entering into a different world which you may feel.

Accommodation: Guest House

Approx. time taken: 7 hrs

Distance: 15km

  •  Full board meals
  •  Guest House
  •  3,760 m

The most relaxed day and walking into the barren land and facing the warier caves, visit the hundreds of years Monastery and Experience the Tibetan tribes at Kagbeni for about 3 hours walk where you can have Lunch and explore the area. After having Lunch walk to Jomsom for another 2 hours.

Accommodation: Guest house/Hotel

Approx. time taken: 6 hrs

Distance: 22km

Note: If you would like to end up your trek here, there is a flight facility from Jomsom to Pokhara and end up the trek earlier.

  •  Full board meals
  •  Guest House
  •  2,810 m

After having breakfast at your lodge, take a bus to Tatopani for a Natural Hot spring bath, on the bank of Kali Gandaki River. The trek route to Tatopani is on the dots roads and will be a bit hectic but worthwhile in the end. It is possible to keep driving to Pokhara by bus but it’s a long day drive. Enjoy Natural Hot Spring!

Accommodation: Guest House

Approx. time taken: 4 hrs

Distance: 48 km

  •  Full board meals
  •  Guest House
  •  1,200 m

Pokhara is a nice and clean city on the lap of the Annapurna Himalayas. If you are interested to extend your stay in Pokhara, please kindly let us know we will rearrange your accommodation as per your requirement. There are non-star to five stars hotels. The choice is yours!

Accommodation: Hotel

Approx. time taken:  6hrs

Distance: 85 km

  •  Breakfast
  •  Hotel
  •  810 m

Arrival and transfer to Hotel, and evening farewell celebration at a Nepalese typical Restaurant.

  •  Breakfast
  •  Hotel
  •  1,350 m

After the healthy breakfast, we drop you at the airport for your final departure for your onward destination. Bye!

  •  Breakfast

Departures & Availability

The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.

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Start Date Price Availability

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

Price include

  • Airport pickup and drop off by private coach
  • Tow-night win-sharing accommodation in Kathmandu, including breakfast
  • One-night twin-sharing accommodation in Pokhara, including breakfast
  • All meals while on the trek (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)
  • TIMS-card (Trekker Information Management System)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area entry fees
  • All ground transportation by private and public vehicle
  • 10-night accommodation at the various available tea houses or lodges during the trek (twin sharing)
  • Experienced English-Speaking Trekking guide with a government license holder
  • Company guarantee for Government Rescue Services
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • All government taxes and VAT
  • The Company provides a complimentary duffel bag or sleeping bag if necessary (refundable after the trek)
  • Farewell dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant

Price Excludes

  • Nepalese visa fee, Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at Kathmandu Airport. Visa cost 30 USD, 50 USD, 125 USD  for 15, 30 and 90 days respectively
  • A porter to carry your trekking baggage if required
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • International flights Tickets
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide, porter

Gears And Equipment

Annapurna Circuit Trek Information

Annapurna Circuit walking encircles the incredible Annapurna Massif and offers you majestic views of towering, snow-capped mountains. Touted as Nepal’s adventure playground, the trek within the Annapurna mountain ranges is nirvana for naturalists and adventure buffs.

The route crosses Manang Valley and Kaligandaki Valley and reaches the highest point at Thorung La Pass (5,416m). If you are seeking long holidays in the high Himalayas of Nepal and are willing to test your adrenaline, this trek is for you.

Important Facts of Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Starting and Ending Point: Kathmandu
  • Trekking Area: Annapurna Circuit (North-west of Kathmandu)
  • Area Cover: 170-230 km (depending on the starting and ending point of the trek)
  • Duration of the Trek: 12 days
  • Highest Point of the Trek: Throng-la 5416m.
  • Trek Level: Moderate to Difficult

Annapurna Circuit Hiking is the legendary tourism product of the country that takes travelers inside Nepal’s largest conservation area known as Annapurna Conservation Area. Established in 1985, this protected area spans 5 districts including Manang, Mustang, Myagdi, Lamjung, and Kaski, and ranges in elevation from 790m to the summit of Annapurna I at 8,091m. Besides hosting some of the highest peaks on Earth, the area is also home to the world’s deepest gorge ‘Kali Gandaki Gorge’.

What to expect on the Annapurna Circuit journey?

The region for trekking is bestowed with such a diverse ecosystem and cultural influences that almost every step you take on this trip brings a difference in geography, way of life of Himalayan people, and landscape. There is a variety of climatic regions within a span of 120km; from the tropics at 600m above sea level to the Arctic at 5,416m at the Thorang La Pass. With every 1000m rise in elevation, the temperature drops by nearly 6 °C. The Tilicho Lake is another attraction of the Annapurna circuit trek which lies north of Manang village.

Owing to the geo-diversity and complexity, this trek will push you to the limit but the sense of accomplishment and the lifetime experience of astounding mountain wilderness, a different aspect of the Himalayas, dispersed wildlife, and the authentic local experience you will get make the trek worth the effort.

Flora and fauna found In Annapurna Region

The difference in altitude and climate results in a wide diversity of floras and faunas found in the Annapurna Conservation Area. The common plants you will notice during your trek to Annapurna Circuit include rhododendron, oak, pine, bamboo, fir, maple, etc., and the vegetation available includes barley, potato, wheat, paddy, rice, etc. Likewise, the region is also home to rare and valuable wildlife like snow leopards, lynxes, red pandas, gaurs (wild ox), musk deer, etc.

Annapurna Circuit Local culture

At the lower foothills, you will pass through many traditional communities of Gurung, Magar, and Thakali. As you go north to the villages of Manang Valley and lower Mustang, Tibetan culture becomes apparent. Immerse yourself in the authentic culture of the region’s ethnic groups. Kagbeni is another important religious site and a gateway to Upper Mustang.

Is the trek to Annapurna Circuit difficult?

Annapurna Circuit is one of the semi-challenging routes in Nepal in light of its duration, altitude, and complexity of trails from the steep climbs in the hills and cliffs to walks in the subtropical forests, etc. Annapurna Circuit is a 2-3 week journey and involves multi-day walking through varied landscapes.

The most common difficulty faced by trekkers is related to altitude sickness. As you start your journey from low elevation to the highest point above 5000m, there is a high chance of becoming prone to altitude sickness. The disorders resulting from exposure to high altitudes can affect people of any age, gender, or physical condition. The diagnosis is based on symptoms developed like fatigue, dizziness, nausea, shortness of breath, insomnia, loss of appetite, etc.

If you develop any of these symptoms, don’t ignore them and climb no further until the symptoms subside. The negligence in symptoms of acute mountain sickness can lead to the development of more severe illnesses like High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) in which fluid builds up in the lungs and High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) in which brain tissues swell from fluid leakage.

Drinking plenty of water, proper acclimatization, and descent are the most effective treatments for high altitudes.

The majority of trekkers prefer to undertake a trek to Annapurna Circuit in an anti-clockwise direction to allow sufficient time for acclimatization to the altitude. It is the easiest and safest way to gain the daily altitude and cross the highest point on the Annapurna Circuit.

Booking the Annapurna Circuit Trekking package through Friendship World Trek will help you get the ultimate experience in the Himalayas of Nepal without hassles. We will brief you about altitude sickness and offer the perfect itinerary that takes into account the need for your body to acclimatize to a higher altitude. Our itinerary includes an acclimatization day to allow adaptation to the effects of low oxygen saturation in the air and minimize the risk of altitude sickness. Besides, our guides are locally based and have first-hand experience in dealing with the rigors of the journey. They will guide you and take care of your safety.

Best Time for Annapurna Circuit Treks

While it’s possible to undertake trekking to most parts of the Annapurna Circuit all year round due to their location within a rain shadow, the most favorable time for the ACT is October-December as it marks the end of monsoon season and offers relatively stable weather with clear sky views, tantalizing mountain views, pleasant walking temperatures, and vibrant surroundings.

Besides October-December, March-June is also a favorable time for trekking on the Annapurna Circuit as the hills are a riot of colors with several species of flowers in bloom and the weather is comfortable with dry and clear blue skies. January and February are too cold with heavy snowfalls and June-Auguest are monsoon and too rainy with poor visibility. The Monsoon is the best time for those who love flowers. Here is the packing list for the Annapurna trek.

Annapurna Circuit Package With Friendship World Trek

We are a government-authorized travel agency that has been established to promote tourism in Nepal by ensuring our guests get the most satisfying and lifetime experience to cherish forever. Customer safety and satisfaction are our priority and we take pride in offering trekking packages in those areas of which we are well aware. We have a long experience operating the Annapurna Circuit trek and our client’s testimonials are evidence of our expertise. We have a team of certified and experienced guides and porters who put clients’ needs before theirs and make their journey easier.

We advance sustainable goals by contributing to the local economy of rural areas. We don’t have any intermediary and work directly with local suppliers so the money you pay for this trip directly helps to uplift the standard of local people in remote regions. We offer good value for money and ensure that the price for the Annapurna Circuit Trek package is worth the experience you will get with Friendship World Trek.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Route Map



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