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Price per person

USD $ 1240

Trip Duration

17 Days

Region

Annapurna Treks

Country

Nepal

Group Size

1 To 15 Person

Trip Grade

4
Very Difficult
Very Difficult Trekking covers 4000 meters to 6000 meters. Physical fitness, and acclimatization are the must. Hiking per day of 7 hrs per day and altitude becomes an obstacle. You have to cross the Himalayan passes using basic climbing equipment. Even the trail is steep and may be slippery.

Activity

Nepal Trekking
Nepal Trekking

5 / 5 from 8 reviews

Arrival On

Kathmandu

Departure From

Kathmandu

Best Season

Spring And Autumn

Max Altitude

5416M

Annapurna Circuit Trek Overview

Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the inspiring and fascinating trekking destinations throughout the world. If you want some adventure, fun, and thrill away from the hectic and busy city life, then go for this Himalayan hike. Amidst the majestic mountains, diverse landscape, and variant culture, prepare yourself to experience the next level of serenity and astonishment.

Trekking from the lowland of Besisahar up to the highest altitude of Thorong la Pass (5416m), you will get to admire the diverse array of temperatures and landscapes of the Annapurna region. Where the initial phase of the trek lets you embrace the Hindu culture, the middays of the trek towards Manang, Yak Kharka, and Mustang astonish you with the Buddhist culture and monuments.

Passing through the quaint and charming ethnic villages and crossing several suspension bridges, this adventurous Annapurna Circuit Trekking serves you with the perfect amalgamation of culture and nature. On the trail, you will also get to witness the stunning views of various mountains like Annapurna, Dhauligiri, Nilgiri, Lamjung Himal, and many others.

Undoubtedly, the untrodden natural beauty of the Annapurna circuit is highly irresistible. But speaking of the hospitality of the local mountain people, they are equally awe-inspiring. Deep gorges, high mountains, Buddhist monasteries, Muktinath temple, Thorong La Pass, diverse flora and fauna, hot springs, farming villages, and ethnic tribes are all the attractions of this Round Annapurna Trek.

Considering your acclimatization rest, pace, refreshment, and exploration desires, Mission Himalaya Treks offer you the perfect itinerary. As the trek is a high-altitude trek with multiple days on the Himalayas, we suggest you hire a guide or porter. The porter helps you to carry your luggage, whereas, the guide serves you with an abundance of history, culture, and nature-related information and details about the circuit.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Facts:

Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara/ Lodges on the trek Maximum altitude: 5416m.

Trekking distance: 260 kilometers/ 160miles.

Trekking Duration: 16-20days.

Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging.

Starting Point: Jagat.

Ending Point: Nayapul.

Route: Kathmandu-Besisahar-Jagat-Dharapani-Chame-Pisang-Ngawal-Manang-Yak Kharka-Thorong Phedi-Muktinath-Jomsom-Tatopani-Ghorepani-Nayapul-Pokhara-Kathmandu.

Food options: Nepali, Chinese, Indian and Western Cuisines.

Trekking hours per day: 7-8 hrs.

Group Size: 1 to 24pax.

Short Itinerary:

Day 01. On arrival day in Kathmandu transfer to hotel (1350m/4429ft) (15 to 25 minutes driving).

Day 02. Trek preparation and Kathmandu sightseeing tour.

Day 03. Drive from Kathmandu to jagat1100m/ 3608ft) (8 to10 hour drive).

Day 04. Trek from Jagat to Dharapani1960m/6430ft) 5-6 hours trekking).

Day 05. Trek from Dharapani to Chame2710m/ 8891ft) (5 to 6 hours trekking).

Day 06. Trek from Chame to Pisang3300m/10824ft) (5-6 hours trekking).

Day 07. Trek from Pisang to Ngawal3660m/12008ft) (4-5 hours trekking)

Day 08. Trek from Ngawal to Manang3540m/ 11615ft) (3-4 hours trekking)

Day 09. Acclimatization day and Exploration around Manang.

Day 10. Manang to Yakkharka. 4110m/ 13484ft) (4 hours trekking).

Day 11. Trek from Yak kharka to Throng Phedi4600m/15092ft) (3-4 hours trekking).

Day 12. Trek from Throng Phedi to Muktinath3800m/ 12467ft) (7-9 hours trekking).

Day13. Driving from Muktinath to Tatopani1200m/ 3937ft) (7-8 hours driving).

Day14. Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani2850m/9350ft) 7-8 hours).

Day 15. Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara1070m) (7 hours trek and 1 and half hour drive).

Day 16. Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu1350m) (7 hours driving).

Day 17. Shopping, Departure or Extend your holiday.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary

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Day 1:

Arrival day in Kathmandu transfer to hotel

Walking Hours : 30 Minutes Drive

Meals Included : Welcome Dinner

Accomodation : 3 Star Standard Hotel

Max. Altitude : (1350m/4429ft)

Annapurna Circuit Trek-Guest Arrival at TIAToday is your first day in the Himalayan country Nepal. One of our office representatives welcomes you to the TIA arrival gate with your name card.

Thereafter, you will be transferred to the hotel In Thamel. In the evening we will give you a briefing on your trekking package. Meanwhile, we will also introduce you to your guide.

Day 2:

Trek Preparation And Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour

Walking Hours : 6 Hours Sightseeing

Meals Included : Breakfast

Accomodation : 3 Star Standard Hotel

Max. Altitude : 1350M

Annaprna Round Trek-Saints at Pashupatinath TempleAfter the morning breakfast, we will start a sightseeing day tour in Kathmandu's world heritage sites. In the beginning, we will bring you to the Pashupatinath temple. This holy temple of Hindus is situated at the bank of the Bagmati river. This place is famous to see the cremation system of the Hindu people of Kathmandu.

After sightseeing in the Pashupatinath temple we will drive to Boudhanath stupa, the biggest Buddhist stupa around the world. We will take lunch there and will drive to Patan Durbar Square later. 

Patan Durbar Square is one of the old royal palaces with the famous museum inside there with the Krishna temple. The 21 pinnacles of Krishna Mandir is a sight to appreciate.

Thereafter we will head to Swayambhunath stupa- a Buddhist stupa associated with Nepali Buddhism. This is a self-existent temple according to legend. Terminating our tour at Swayambhunath Stupa we will head to the hotel.

In the evening we will do the trek preparation and shopping. Then we will greet you with welcoming local food in a typical restaurant with a Nepali traditional cultural dance show.

Day 3:

Drive from Kathmandu to Jagat

Walking Hours : 8 To 10 Hours Drive

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, And Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House Or Lodge

Annapurna Circuit Trek-Jeep Drive From Kathmandu To Jagat
Annapurna Circuit Trek-On the way to Jagat

We will commence the day with an early meal in Kathmandu. Afterwards, we will drive by local bus to Besishahar. The road passes through several waterfalls, rivers, farming lands, some Himalayan highlands, and mountains.

Furthermore, enjoy a glimpse of the Trishuli River. Trishuli river is a famous point for one and two-day rafting activities. After Besishahar, we will follow the river Marshyangdi till Jagat. 

Due to the poor road condition from Besisahar to Jagat, instead of the bus and car drivers, join a jeep drive. Overnight at Jagat is near North Annapurna Glacier.

Day 4:

Trek from Jagat to Dharapani

Walking Hours : 5 To 6 Hours Trek

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, And Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House Or Lodge

Max. Altitude : 1960m/6430ft

Annapurna Trek-Jagat to Dharapani
Diamond Waterfall Between Jagat to Dharapani

After breakfast, we will join the trails which incorporate moderate and slightly uphill walks. In the beginning, we will reach Chamje, Tibetan Tiny Village. 

From there you will have two options. You can either easy trek along the road or the beautiful trekking trail after crossing to Marshyangdi River. 

The steady climb from there takes us to the delightful Tal village. In the village, you can see little farmland of Potato, Wheat, and Buckwheat. Leaving the village behind the trail will haul us through a small forest of pine.

Recross the Marshyangdi river in Koto again. Then, after covering a short walking distance, we will reach the Bigger Tibetan village, Dharapani. In the Manang Valley, Dharapani is the junction of two rivers.

Day 5:

Trek from Dharapani to Chame

Walking Hours : 5 To 6 Hours Trek

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, And Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House Or Lodge

Annapurna Circuit-Cute Baby Girl at DharapaniWe will initiate today's trek by heading in the little west direction. Several landslides and forest areas mark our way today. Then we ascend the south side of the valley.

The enchanting view of Lamjung Himal, Manaslu, and Annapurna II is the prime attraction on the way to Dharapani and Chame. Chame is the headquarters of Manang district where you can find banks, hospitals and other offices. 

In Chame, we can go to the natural hot spring at the bank of the Marshyangdi River.

Day 6:

Trek from Chame to Pisang

Walking Hours : 6 To 7 Hours Trek

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, And Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House Or Lodge

Max. Altitude : (3300m/10824ft)

Apple Garden at Bhratang-Annapurna Circuit Trek
Buddhist Memorial Gate near Chame

We will today follow the North Bank of the Marshyangdi river. With the majestic view of the Annapurna Himalayan Ranges, we will continue the trek along the dense pine forest. First, we reach the village Bhratang.

Bhratang is popular for the Apple garden. We there taste the fresh juicy apple. From there we will continue our trekking to Dhukurpokharai which astonishingly boosts the majestic mountain views and Dhukurpokhari lake. 

We will savor delicious lunch there and head to the right way to Lower Pisang. In the evening we will opt for a sunset hike to Upper Pisang.

Upper Pisang is also a popular village because of the Mountain view and a famous Gompa or Monastery there. After little hiking to Upper Pisang, we will down to Lower Pisang and overnight there.

Day 7:

Trek from Pisang to Ngawal

Walking Hours : 4 To 5 Hours Trekking

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, And Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House Or Lodge

Max. Altitude : 3660m/12008ft

Buckwheat Farm in Upper Pisang
Annapurna II and Ancient Gate in Ghyaru

Two-way leads to Manang. Down way through Humde airport and upper way from Ngawal. The view from the upper way is best. Thus, during this Annapurna Circuit Trek, we follow the upper way.

In the beginning, we will walk on a gradual flat trekking trail. Thereafter challenging trek route meet us till Ghyaru. At  Ghyaru, the glimpse of a beautiful stone and mud constructed house surrounded by the farmland of wheat, Buckwheat, Potato, and beans. It's a fascinating cultural old village.

Small Chorten and rest viewpoint in Ghyaru is also a big attraction of our trekking. Then we will walk gradually uphill, flat and some down to another village Ngawal. Gompa, Juniper Trees and other ornamental natural beauty of Ngawal village heals for all the hard work you have done up to Ngawal. 

Day 8:

Trek from Ngawal to Manang

Walking Hours : 4 To 5 Hours Trek

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, And Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House Or Lodge

Max. Altitude : 3540M/ 11615FT

Annapurna Circuit Trek-Braka Village
Teahouse in Ngawal Village

Trekking to Manang from Ngawal is quite gradually descending and flat. We will follow the trail to reach Mungi where the trekkers following the lower route meet. 

After 20 minutes of trekking, we will reach Braga. Braga is famous for the ancient largest Gompa with the oldest carving of Thanka.

Manang is just a short walk from this village. In the evening we can walk to Gangapurna lake and Chonker viewpoint which is the cynosure of Manang.

You can also visit the Himalayan Rescue Association for learning some Acute Mountain Sickness information. Every day at 3 pm you can freely talk to grab much information about AMS. Overnight at Manang.

Day 9:

Acclimatization day and Exploration around Manang

Walking Hours : 3 To 4 Hours Hiking

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, And Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House Or Lodge

Max. Altitude : 3540m/ 11615ft

Wooden Bridge on the way to Milerapa Cave
Annapurna Circuit Trek- Ice Lake with Mountain Reflection

 

This rest day is specially allocated to prepare ourselves for 3 days trek in a further higher region. According to your desire, we will take you for exploration around Manang. 

Either go to Milarepa cave or Ice Lake. We can also take a short walk at Annapurna III and Gangapurna. The discovery of 200rs Lama Gompa is not a bad decision either. Overnight at Manang.

Day 10:

Manang to Yak Kharka

Walking Hours : 4 Hours Trekking

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, And Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House Or Lodge

Max. Altitude : 4110m/ 13484ft

Annapurna Circuit Trek-Milking of Yak
Manang to Yak Kharka

Doing high altitude trekking is a challenge for trekkers. The possibility of high altitude sickness(AMS) holds the main cause. Ignoring the left way leading through the World's highest altitude lake Tilicho Lake we will join the right way heading to Yak Kharka from Manang.

According to your time duration, you can customize and modify your route there. But as per our plan, we will trek through Tanki Manang where we will continuously climb along the right side of the Marshyangdi River. The views of mountains from the way are heart-touching.

Annapurna 2 3 4, Gangapurna, Chulu Mountain, Tilicho Peak, Khangsarkang mountain bestows their charm along the trails. Proceeding the journey, we will climb to Gunsang.  Just 2 tea houses there. We can see some horses and Yak grazing in the trails. 

Big trees and forests cannot be seen here because of the high altitude. Cross a small wooden bridge and ancient mani wall during the trek. Overnight at Yak Kharka.

Day 11:

Trek from Yak Kharka to Throng Phedi

Walking Hours : 3 To 4 Hours Trekking

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, And Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House Or Lodge

Max. Altitude : 4600m/15092ft

Ledar- Between Yak Kharka to Throng Phedi
Blue Sheep in Annapurna Circuit Trek

According to high altitude trekking rule, we just walk 500 meters today. A short day trekking with a slowly uphill and gradually flat trail. The scenery of landslides and varieties of rocks accompany us on this day. We can see some board of landslide information and Danger area.

In the beginning, the first 4 houses village namely Ledar come. From there, we cross a suspension bridge and climb for half-hour. Afterwards, we will trek on a flat way. 

The trek today ultimately takes us to Throng Phedi. In throng Phedi, we can see just 2 houses with 200 person capacity. But it closes during winter if a big snowfall occurs. 

In the afternoon we will hike to the Throng high camp for around 1 hour. We will stay overnight at Throng Phedi.

Day 12:

Trek from Throng Phedi to Muktinath Via Throng La Pass

Walking Hours : 7 To 9 Hours Trek

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, And Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House Or Lodge

Max. Altitude : 3800m/ 12467ft

Throng La Pass and Throng Peak
Chyangra Himalayan Goat at Chambarbu

Today is the climax day of the Throng-La Pass trek. Most challenging day and the most beautiful day of our Annapurna Circuit Trek. Lifetime unforgettable experience you can make because of world-famous High pass, Throng Pass. It requires around 1000m climb up and 1600m trekking downhill. 

The mountain Yakawagang and Throngpeak middle satiate your urge of experiencing something pleasing. From here, the view of the Marshyangdi river disappears and shows up the Kaligandaki River below. To cross the pass before midday, we will start the trek early. If we delay the trek, the unpredictable afternoon weather might block our way or might cause severe harm to our health.

As we tread further from the pass, the Huge Dhaulagiri ranges caress our eyes. After a short rest and lots of photoshoots there, we can take a high-altitude tea there. Trekking through Chambarbu, join a long drop to Muktinath. 

Of Course, the mountain scenery and religious essence greet you on this day. But the pleasure of spending a night at the lower altitude rectify your joy the most.  Revered by Buddhist and Hindu devotees, the mixed temple of Muktinath shows you the mutual religious harmony of Nepal.

Thousands of prayers flags with 108 spiritual water taps and 2 ponds with the natural burning fire is the main attraction of this temple. Some Banyan and peepal trees can be seen there. Tibetan people narrate this holy place ‘CHU MIG TSA GYE’ meaning 108 spiritual places.

Day 13:

Driving from Muktinath To Tatopani

Walking Hours : 6 To 7 Hours Driving

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, And Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House Or Lodge

Max. Altitude : 1200m/ 3937ft

Annapurna Circuit Trek-Muktinath Temple
Locals Harvesting Buckwheat near Kagbeni

The road below the Muktinath leads you to the Jomsom. Before, the construction of this road, it was a famous trekking trail. Because of dust and crowd, Mission Himalaya Treks And expeditions suggest you not to trek from Muktinath to Tatopani.

We can drive today by bus or jeep along the Kali Gandaki valley or deepest gorge in the world. You will find the drive very pleasant. The impressive Kaligandaki Gorge comes to your view after passing the Apple kingdom of Nepal Marpha. Marpha is a beautiful village of stone and an agriculture centre.

Continuing the drive we will reach Tatopani. Tatopani is famous for natural hot spring showers. People believe that if you take shower there your skin disease will disappear. Further, spending some time in the hot spring, you will find yourself more fresh and relaxed.

Day 14:

Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani

Walking Hours : 7 To 8 Hours Trek

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, And Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House Or Lodge

Max. Altitude : 2850m/9350ft

Porter Carrying Firewood for Lodges
View of Mt Dhauligiri from Tatopani To Ghorepani

After the morning meal, our trails uphill to Ghara stream valley which is the south side of Annapurna massif mountain. Most of the way we will follow oak forest Rhododendron and magnolia.

We pass Ghara, Phalate, Chitre, and Shikha on the way with a beautiful view of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain. Ghorepani is the best tourist cynosure below Poonhill.

Day 15:

Trek to Nayapul(1070M) and drive to Pokhara

Walking Hours : 6 To 7 Hours Trek And 2 Hours Drive

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, And Dinner

Accomodation : 3 Star Standard Hotel

Max. Altitude : 820M

Annapurna Circuit Trek-Poon Hill in Winter
 

Today we will hike in the morning for 1 hour to Poonhill to see the majestic sunrise mountain view. From the top of Poonhill, we can see 14 snow-capped mountains including, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak, Dhampus Peak, Nilgiri, Annapurna South and Fishtail with other lots of snowy Himalayan peaks. 

After sunrise, we will back to Ghorepani and take breakfast. Thereafter, we will trek down to Nangethanti, Ulleri, Hile, Matathanti, and Birethanti and finally to Nayapul. It is the start point of Annapurna Base camp and Ghorepani Poonhill trekking. We will finish the trek there and drive to Pokhara to complete the trekking.

Day 16:

Drive or flight back to kathmandu

Walking Hours : 7 Hours |Driving/30 Minutes Flight

Meals Included : Breakfast

Accomodation : 3 Star Standard Hotel

Max. Altitude : 1350M

Trek Around Annapurna-Pokhara Airport
Selling Local Goods on the way to Kathmandu

It's your choice to drive or fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Flight is of short time duration. If a road drive is your interest, we will go to Pokhara tourist bus park to take a tourist bus to Kathmandu.

On the way, we can explore the culture of people, Farmland, Cable Car, abundant rivers, hills and riverside. After a long drive to Kathmandu, we will transfer you to the hotel. In the evening we will share your trekking experience with our office representative. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 17:

Shopping, Departure or Extend your holiday

Walking Hours : 30 Minutes Drive

Meals Included : Breakfast

Accomodation : None

Max. Altitude : 1350M

Annapurna Circuit Trek - Guest Departure From TIA Airport

Guest Departure After Complete Annapurna Circuit Trek.

 

This day we will drop you at the airport to go back to your sweet home. According to our Nepal airport rules and your check-in time, we will drop you 3 hours prior to the Flight to the airport.

Waiting for your next trip with your friend and relatives to other Nepal trekking destinations. Have a safe and wonderful journey to your home. Hope to see you again.

  • All private transportation from Airport to Hotel and Hotel to Airport.
  • Kathmandu city accommodation in 3-star standard hotel with free breakfast as per itinerary.
  • Pokhara lake city accommodation in a 3-star category hotel with free breakfast as per itinerary.
  • 3 main course meals during the trekking(breakfast, lunch, and Dinner) with fresh fruit as a dessert as per the availability.
  • Very experienced and knowledgable trekking guide from Government well trained with his salary, transportation, accommodation and insurance and food.
  • Very strong porter as per itinerary with his insurance, food, transportation, and salary.
  • All government and local taxes with company service charges.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project(ACAP) permits and Trekkers Information Management System permits(TIMS).
  • Trekking registration certificate after completing the trek signed by your guide and company owner.
  • Kathmandu to Besishahar by Public Microbus and Pokhara to Kathmandu by deluxe tourist bus as per itinerary.
  • First aid medication with your guide.
  • Free Trekking Map for Annapurna circuit trek.
  • Welcome or Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance and live music show.
  • Nayapul to Pokhara transportation by Private deluxe AC vehicle.

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Where to start and end the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

As the circuit offers various starting and ending places to start and end your round trek, you can join any of the route options. No matter whether you are in Kathmandu or Pokhara, it is always recommended to join the anticlockwise Annapurna Circuit Trekking. As the climb towards Thorong La Pass is more gradual, this route option gives your body full acclimatization rest.

Although most of the section of this circuit is approachable through roadways transport, there are still various options to avoid the jeep tracks. Depending on how much time you have and how far you can go, you can decide where to start and end your trek by yourself.

Whether you are going to choose this or that route option, you are still going to experience the diverse culture and temperature of Nepal. With the adoption of diverse temperatures, each of the destinations on the route has something unique and special to offer you.

And there are lush green forests, uphill and downhill climbs, where you can cross passes, walk on the loose stones, sometimes on snow-covered land and arid land. Throughout the journey, you will get mesmerized by the ravishing views of the majestic Himalayas.

Start of the Trek:

After a drive from Kathmandu or Pokhara to Besisahar, you can begin the Annapurna Circuit Trek anywhere between Besisahar to Manang. However, due to the increased risks of getting caught by altitude sickness, it is better not to start these treks beyond Chame. Without thinking much you can start your trek right there from Besisahar itself.

But skipping a day or 2 of walks, you can directly start your trek from Bulbule, Syange, Jagat (1300m), or Chame (2726m). By taking the jeep ride from Besisahar, you can reach any of these mentioned starting points. Well, starting the trek from Jagat or Chame steals your moment of enjoying the eye-catching waterfall view in Syange. Indeed, it is probably the only biggest waterfall on the entire route to which you can get very close.

As you ascend higher the risk of acute mountain sickness also increases, so after continuing the trek from Chame to Manang, you will have to take 2 or 3 days of acclimatization rest there. The closer the Manang you reach, the more crowds you get to see. Skipping the acclimatization rest at Manang increases the risk of getting altitude sickness. So, never ever dare to ignore such important things.

You can continue your trek from Manang to Yak Kharka and Thorang Phedi. Further, crossing the Thorang La Pass, You will finally reach Muktinath, a Buddhist and Hindu pilgrimage destination.

End of the Trek:

With Jomsom and Tatopani being the most popular ending point, you can also end the trek anywhere between Muktinath, and Nayapul. Besides these all, Nayapul is the most popular Annapurna Circuit Trek ending point for actual Annapurna trekkers.

For the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek, you can join the Jomsom Pokhara Flight. Well, to be blunt, choosing the direct jeep or bus ride from Muktinath, Jomsom or Tatopani is not a bad idea, if you are just a traveler. Explorer always adores facing all the good and bad experiences of a journey. So if you are an explorer, then just dare to complete the whole circuit by trek.

Are there any extensions available on the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

There is a range of trek extension options available on the Round Annapurna Trekking. By choosing any or all of these extensions, you can make your Annapurna Circuit Trek one of the longest ones.

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake:

Upon reaching Manang from Besisahar, Jagat or Chame, you can make your side trek to Tilicho Lake. Just around 3 or 4 days of this extended Annapurna Circuit Trek lets you admire the enticing beauty of the glacial Tilicho Lake. Located at an elevation of 4919 meters, Tilicho is one of the world's highest-altitude lakes.

Undoubtedly, this turquoise lake is astonishingly beautiful in itself and has got enough within itself to lure the trekkers. But, spending some time in the vicinity of this lake, the glimpses of Kangshar, Annapurna, Nilgiri, Tilicho Peaks, and many other peaks leaves you spellbound. Further, with the reflection of the surrounding mountains and the environment, the surface of this deep lake adds more glamour to its beauty.

To get to this Tilicho Lake from Manang, you have to follow the trail leading to Tilicho Base Camp. Moreover, passing through the Khangshar village and crossing the Marsyangdi river you will make your way to Tilicho Base Camp. Upon reaching the Base Camp you can take a rest at the teahouse there.

And the next morning, make your final move to Tilicho Lake. After savoring the beauty of this lake, you will head to Yak Kharka, for your further Annapurna Circuit Trekking. However, you will be relishing the generous overnight stay at Yak Kharka before continuing the further trek.

In contrast, there are some other people who just choose the Tilicho lake trek and dare to cross the challenging Mesokanta La Pass instead of Thorong La Pass. Crossing the Mesokanta La Pass they head to either Jomsom or Marpha. However, the Mesokanta La Pass remains snow-covered most of the time.

Annapurna Circuit with Upper Mustang Trek:

Joining the Upper Mustang Trek during the round Annapurna trekking demands around 5 extra days on your normal Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary. After experiencing the lifestyle and culture of Hindu and Buddhist communities, now be ready to immerse yourself in the culture of Tibetan Buddhism.

Furthermore, by blending the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Upper Mustang, you will no longer be just stealing the view of the arid landscape from far. The extended round Annapurna trek takes you to the mysterious world of the ancient Buddhist Kingdom of Mustang, which is also called Lo.

The vibrant Tibetan culture, Tibetian plateau-like arid landscape, and history of old palaces, monasteries, and Chortens of Upper mustang lure a wide range of the population to visit this isolated land.

Opened for tourists in 1992, you require a Restricted Area Trekking Permit to join the Upper Mustang Trekking. The cost of that permit costs around USD 500 which is valid for the 10 days duration. After reaching Muktinath via Thorong La Pass, you will head towards Kagbeni for Upper Mustang Trek.

Passing through the villages of Chele, Syangboche, Tshrang, and many others, you will reach Lo-Manthang. Lo-Manthang is located at an elevation of 3800m. From Lo-Manthang, you have the option to retrace the route either by trekking or driving.

Taking a drive from Lo-Manthang you will reach Jomsom from where you can continue your further Round Annapurna Trek. On the way to Lo-Manthang from Kagbeni, you can embrace the beauty of the Kaligandaki River George which is sometimes silent and other times violent.

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Annapurna Base Camp:

With this combined trek, be ready to immerse yourself in the thrill and tranquillity of the Annapurna region. Some additional days on the trek let you step into the Annapurna Base Camp at 4130meters/1349ft.

Adorned with the forests of rhododendrons and the spectacular Himalayas views, the route to Annapurna Base Camp from Ghorepani is incredible and fascinating.

On the way, you can enjoy a glimpse of captivating Annapurna, Dhauligiri, Nilgiri, Tukuche, and many other peaks. Further, the hospitality of locals on the trails makes you feel special and happy deep from the heart.

Continuing the round Annapurna Trek from Jomsom, you can make your way to Tatopani via Marpha, Tukuche, and other pristine villages. The hot spring of Tatopani allures lots of trekkers to take a soothing bath. In fact, it is believed that the natural hot water pond of Tatopani heals various skin diseases. Further, it also balances the pressure level of your body. After enjoying the soothing bath, continue your trek towards Ghorepani.

From Ghorepani continue our trek to Poonhill. A blissful journey to Poonhill lets you relish the stunning sunrise and sunset views behind the incredible mountain views. Being a popular vantage point, Poonhill is the dream destination of several short trek lovers in Nepal.

People with less time in Nepal normally book the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek for the Himalayan trekking experience. After spending the blissful time in Poonhill, return back to Ghorepani and head towards Tadapani, Chomrong, Dovan, and then finally trek to Annapurna Base Camp.

With some memorable time spent at the Base Camp, you will now return back to Jhinudanda through Bamboo. Jinudanda also serves the trekkers with its relaxing hot spring bath. From Jhinudanda, continue your walk to Nayapul, the endpoint of the trek. From Nayapul take a drive to Pokhara.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Gear List

Essential Packing List For the Annapurna Circuit Trek:

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a multi-day trek in the Himalayas of Nepal. The trek takes you from the sub-tropical zone of Besisahar at 760 meters to the highest altitude of Thorang Lass Pass at 5416meters. In the middle, you will be traversing through different zones. For this reason, you have to be prepared for everything from scorching sunlight to the normal and freezing cold temperature. Being on the high-altitude trek, you never know when the weather brings certain challenges on your way.

As you have to trek for longer days, we recommend you pack all the essential equipment and clothing and make the pack as light as possible. You can hire a porter to carry your backpacks, but it becomes far better to behave smart and pack light. If you have decided to go for Annapurna Circuit Trek but are in a dilemma of what to pack and what not to pack, give a look below. Below is the recommended list of essential packing items for the trek to Annapurna Circuit.

Clothing:

Prior to commencing the journey of such a high-altitude trek, the first thing you need to consider is your clothing. The clothes you carry must be suitable for all the varying temperatures on the trek. Otherwise, due to the wrong packing of the clothing, you may not find your trek as successful trek.

Inner layer:

It is recommended to include at least 4 to 5 undergarments on your backpack. While selecting the undergarments, you have to select comfortable, breathable, and quick-drying products. Depending upon your gender, you can find such underwear anywhere in the valley, if you have not already bought them. Besides, undergarments, thermals are absolutely necessary inner layers at higher altitudes. To prevent yourself from excessive cold, carry two sets of comfortable and non-restricting thermals.

Upper Body Wears:

For sun protection, pack some long-sleeved shirts in your bag. You may also require short-sleeved t-shirts on your way. So include a minimum of 2 two shirts on your Annapurna Circuit packing list. However, make sure whether the shirts are lighter, quick-drying, and breathable or not.

Outer layer clothes for Upper and Lower Body:

Simply the layers of thermals and shirts cannot prevent you from the cold temperature of the Annapurna region. Wearing the outer layer clothes such as Fleece Jacket and Down Jacket, you can bear the cold. Make sure to buy the thick, breathable, quick-drying, and full-zipped outers. Furthermore, to prevent your hand from the harsh cold, pack some better quality gloves as well. Carry quick-drying, waterproof, and ultralight trousers and track pants in your bag for a healthy and comfortable trek.

Footwears:

Footwear also plays a vital role in making your journey best or worst. In this Annapurna Circuit Trek, most of the time you will be wearing hiking boots so make sure to buy the proper one. Further, a pair of flip-flops is a must during your stay at the teahouses. Besides, don't forget to pack 3 pairs of trekking socks and 3 pairs of warm thermal socks for this trek.

Headwears:

There is plenty of essential headwear you need to carry during Annapurna Circuit Trek. Sunglasses, Sunhat, Fleece hats, and scarves are some items you have to carry. Sunglasses help to prevent ultraviolet rays whereas Sunhat prevents sunburn. For the warmth on the head, a fleece hat helps you the best. Speaking of Scarf, it prevents you from dusting and sometimes gives you the needed warmth.

Backpack:

To make the Annapurna Circuit Trekking more happening and exciting, the right backpack plays a vital role. it will be easy for you if you carry the backpack up to 12kg. Carrying a backpack of more than 12 kg makes you feel more tired and exhausted. Even if you are hiring a porter, it is always recommended not to carry a load over 12kg in this trek. To carry your items in such a load, it is better to use the rucksack. With waist straps and good back support, the rucksack gives you better comfort.

If you are hiking with the porter, then you should also carry a comfortable daypack on your trek. The daypack allows you to carry some snacks, a water bottle, and extra clothes for one day.

Hiking Poles:

With several ascents and descents on the route, it might become difficult to trek all the way without the hiking poles. Therefore, for your convenience, it is recommended to carry the hiking poles.

Headlight:

As the trekking to the Annapurna Circuit includes various early morning and late evening walks, carrying headlamps becomes crucial.

First-aid Box:

Joining this longest and high-altitude trek, it is very important to carry the First-Aid box. In the first aid box, you should include the following list of items.

Diamox:

Heading for such high altitude trek, you might get caught by acute mountain sickness. Consequently, to lower the risks of altitude sickness, carry the Diamox on this trek.

Imodium:

Spending the days away from home may not allow your body to have the proper diet. The changing temperature and improper diet may result in diarrhea. In such conditions, Imodium helps you a lot.

Bandages and Antiseptic Creams:

Whenever you get cuts or wounds on your body, bandages and Antiseptic Cream help to prevent the bleeding.

Paracetamol:

In the case of minor sickness, paracetamol helps you the best.

Water purification pills:

You can get safe drinking water on your way to the Annapurna Circuit Trek. However, in someplace, you may feel unsafe. In such a condition, you can use water purification pills. Besides these all, you also have to carry toiletries also. Moreover, you can also carry miscellaneous items like books, knives, binoculars, water bottles, a lighter, and many others.

Annapurna Circuit Trek FAQ'S

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Q. Can I see Annapurna and Dhauligiri during the round Annapurna Trekking?

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Annapurna Circuit Trek Reviews
Santiago Campos Menendez
Santiago Campos Menendez
Oviedo, Asturias,SpainFantastic trekking

We trekking combined with ABC and ACT absolutely fantastic. The crossing to the high altitude Throng-la (5416m) with amazing landscape and heart-touching views is my lifetime best. The guide was so funny told us a lot of jokes to make our trip never bore. The porter carrying luggage like they do not feel any tired. Keep it up to Mission Himalaya Trekking And Expeditions Team.

One of our friends Chema feels sick in trekking Nawol but our guide helps us to give him medicine as well. Because of his effort and arrangement we are out of six- 6 complete Throng pass. The guide was so flexible according to our condition and desire. He managed tea houses, food, and transportation so easily.

We give the best recommendation to Mission Himalaya Treks and Expeditions PVT Ltd. We plan to come back again for Everest Base camp Trekking with our friends and family.

Great MHT arrangement we are appreciated!!!!!!!!!!

Malini Nambiar
Malini Nambiar
IndiaLovely Trek

Thank you Birendra for the lovely trek we had. It was a great experience for you were really good. We will keep in touch for any future trek and other travel services.

Thank you!!!!

Malini 

Roberto Artuno
Roberto Artuno
Bilbao,spainFantastic Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Fantastic Annapurna Circuit Trekking

I did the amazing Annapurna circuit trekking with Birendra the best guide that I've ever known, He was always attentive to everything that I needed and answered every question.

It was a pleasure to see all those things and share this incredible experience with him and Sundar the porter, thanks.

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