Annapurna Circuit Trek 12 Days

Overview

  • Duration12 Days
  • Trip GradeModerate 
  • Arrival CityKathmandu
  • ActivityTours and Hiking
  • Group Size8 People Maximum
  • Max Altitude5,416m

About Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek also known as Round Annapurna Trek or Annapurna Circle Trek is one of the most popular and classic trekking routes in the Annapurna Region.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek trail was opened to the foreigners in 1977 and since then it is among the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal. Our 12 days Annapurna Circuit Trek is perfect for people with limited time and budget.

Our itinerary is custom-made in such a way that you will be able to enjoy every aspect of trekking around the Annapurna Circuit without much hassle in only 12 days’ time.

The 12 days trek of the Annapurna Circuit begins from Chame after a scenic 7-8 hours’ drive from Kathmandu and ends at Jomsom, the capital of the Mustang district.

On this trek, you'll experience some truly unique features of the Himalayas, such as stunning scenic beauty, majestic mountains, beautiful flora and fauna, and unique culture and traditions.

This trek offers a great view of all the Annapurna ranges. The Annapurna 1 (8,091m), Annapurna South (7,273m), the Glacier Dome, Gangapurna (7,454m) are all spectacular. And the unclimbed Fang (7,647m) and the fishtail peak of Machhapuchhare (6,997m) are also attractions.

This trek will introduce you to various ethnicity and cultures. The lower regions of the trail are home to Brahmins and Chhetris and the upper regions are home to the Gurung people.

You will also be crossing the Thorong La Pass, which is one of the highest and challenging passes across the world.

Overall, this is a perfect trek for people seeking to experience the Himalayas of Nepal in a limited time period.

Have any questions or more information please contact us.

Highlights

  • Cross the highest pass in the world, Thorong La Pass at 5,416 m.
  • Amazing views of majestic mountains of the Annapurna Massif and many more.
  • Come across various culturally rich ethnic groups and learn a few things about their culture.
  • Hiking along the deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki Gorge.

Itinerary

  1. Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu

    Welcome to Kathmandu, our representatives will be at the airport to pick you up. After arriving at the airport, our team willgreet and guide you to the hotel.

    Since, it is the first day, you can take your time to take a stroll around Kathmandu city or get to know the people better there. You can enjoy your day either resting or wondering the place.

    There are many places to enjoy or to shop at. In the evening, we will give you a brief detail about your trip to Annapurna Base Camp.

    • Accommodation:Optional
    • Meals:No
    • Maximum Altitude:1,400m
    • Time:Rest
  2. After breakfast, you will drive to Besisahar. On the way to Besisahar, you will pass through Trishuli and Marshyangdi valley. It is a scenic ride with amazing views of the landscapes, rivers and hills of Nepal.

    From Beshisahar, you will drive to Chame in a local jeep. You will cross the Marshyangdi River on a suspension bridge. On the way, you will get beautiful views of mountains such as LamjungHimal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV.

    Once you reach at Chame, have dinner and get an early sleep so that you can start your trek tomorrow with good energy. Overnight at Chame.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:2,670 m
    • Time:5-6 hours
  3. After breakfast, you will start on your very first day of actual trekking. Today your trail is going through steep and narrow valleys.

    The trail will take you through dense pine forests and lead you to PaungdaDada, a dramatic curved rock face rising 1500meters from the river.

    From here, you'll get stunning views of the Annapurna II and Pisang peak. As the trail opens up, Himalayan peaks will surround you all the way to Pisang. Once you're near the village of Pisang, you'll get a view of the Manang Valley. Overnight at Pisang.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:3,200m
    • Time:5 – 6 hours
  4. After breakfast, you will start your trek towards Manang. The first few hours of the trek are smooth and easy walk until you get close to Humde, where you'll have to ascend a bit.

    Besides that, it is pretty much hiking on flat land. On today's trek, you'll get stunning views of the snow-capped mountains of the Annapurna range, Pisang peak, Gangapurna, Tilicho, etc.

    You will also experience the unique Tibetan Buddhist culture of Manang. Overnight at Manang.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:3,540m
    • Time:4 - 5 hours
  5. Since acclimatization days are for getting used to the high altitudes, today you will be trekking to the Gangapurna Lake or the BhojoGumba.

    After the short hike, you can discover Manang and learn a few things about the culture and lifestyle of the people living there. Overnight at Manang.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:3,540 m
    • Time:Rest day
  6. After breakfast, you will begin your trek towards Yak Kharka. The beginning part of today's trek is a steady ascend through the Tenki Village.

    Your trek will start by crossing a stream to the Tenki Village, and from here you will trek to the JarsangKhola Valley. From JarsangKhola, you will trek to Ghunsa, and on the way to Ghunsa, you will come across pasture lands of horses and yaks.

    Finally, you will cross a small wooden bridge near the mani wall to reach Yak Kharka. On today's trail, you'll get beautiful views of the Gangapurna, the Glacier Dome, etc. Overnight at Yak Kharka.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:4,110m
    • Time:5 hours
  7. Leaving Yak Kharka, you will gradually climb the mountain trails that run along the headwaters of the Marsyangdi and cross it at one point over an old wooden bridge. Then you follow a narrow mountain path that leads you to ThorongPhedi.

    The High Camp, which is an hour away from Thorong Phedi.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:4,420m
    • Time:4 – 5 hours
  8. Today's trek begins at dawn around 3-4 a.m. as you cross Thorong La Pass today, one of the highest and most adventurous passes in the world.

    And the weather is unfavorable to cross in the afternoon, because of the strong wind.

    It'll take about 4 hours to reach Thorong La Pass, but once you reach the top, you'll be rewarded with amazing views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and many other mountains.

    After spending a while at the top, taking pictures and enjoying the view, you're heading down to Muktinath. It is one of the most important pilgrimage sites of Hindus and Buddhists. Overnight at Muktinath.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:5,416m
    • Time:8 hours
  9. After breakfast, you'll start on the final day of your Annapurna Circuit Trek.

    Your trek begins with a downhill walk through some beautiful old village of Jharkot, then down to Ekle Bhatti. Once at Ekle Bhatti, you cross the Kali Gandaki via the suspension bridge and follow the path to Jomsom.

    Today's trail offers spectacular views of the Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tukuche and the surrounding snow-capped mountains. Overnight at Jomsom, Mustang District Headquarters.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:2,713m
    • Time:5 hours
  10. After breakfast today, you can take a bus or a jeep to drive along the plateau of the Kali Gandaki Gorge. You'll also pass some beautiful waterfalls and forests along the way.

    If you plan to fly, you may end up needing to go by road, if flights are canceled. The road between Beni and Muktinath was only constructed a few years ago, and it’s mostly off-road track, and (halfway) from Beni to Pokhara is paved. The journey takes about 6 to7 hours to reach Pokhara.

    Optional, if your time permits, spend few nights in Pokhara and enjoy the delights of Pokhara, taking a trip to a spa massage or listening to live music. Or simply relax in a quiet café, restaurant overlooking the Fewa lake

    • Accommodation:Hotel
    • Meals:Breakfast
    • Maximum Altitude:900m
  11. Early in the morning, take another long but beautiful drive to return to Kathmandu today, which will take about 7 hours. You have the option to fly back at an extra cost. The flight is 25 minutes long.

    In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant with culture show.

    • Accommodation:Optional
    • Meals:Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:1,400m
  12. Today you can either stay back and enjoy a free day in Kathmandu or leave for your respective countries.

    Our representatives will drop you off at the Airport according to your flight schedule.

    We hope you had an amazing time Annapurna Circuit trek with us and we look forward to your next trip in the future.

    What's Included

    Included

    • Airport transfers pick-up and drop-off.
    • Annapurna National park entry permit and TIMS permits.
    • 1-night hotel accommodation in Pokhara.
    • Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus.
    • Kathmandu to Beshisahar to Chameby local bus (upgrade to private Jeep).
    • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek.
    • All accommodations during the trek.
    • English speaking Sherpa trek guide.
    • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staffs.
    • Porter to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers).
    • Magical Summits duffel bag.
    • Hiking pole for the trek, if needed.
    • Trek map.
    • Farewell dinner including a cultural show.

    Not Included

    • International airfare and Nepal entry visa.
    • Tips for guide and porter (tipping is expected).
    • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
    • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on the 'Included' section.

    Our published dates are guaranteed departures. If the dates don't match with your travel plans, we are more than happy to create your desired date.

     

    FAQs

    1. How difficult is the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

    The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a moderate and one of the longest hiking routes in the region. So, it can be a little harder for a beginner to complete the journey without hiking experience and prior training.

    Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most exciting and adventurous trekking trips for any trekker. Passing through the highest point of the trekking route, Thorong La Pass is one of the highlights of this trek, at 5416meters above sea level.

    Yes, there are risks of getting altitude sickness, as you're heading to trek above 3000 m. It depends on the person, how he/she will react to altitude, regardless of their fitness and experience. Therefore, it is advised that you should know some information about altitude sickness and its symptoms beforehand. Before you leave for a trek, you can consult with doctors on high altitude sickness.

    For a comfortable experience, Autumn and Spring are the best time to do the Annapurna Circuit trek. The visibility is outstanding with clear blue skies. The temperature is warm, making it easy to walk in the daytime. The nights are chilly but not freezing.

    Similarly, Monsoon and Winter could be a good time for trekkers looking for solitude while trekking. The trails are less crowded. You'll get an authentic experience of local culture and lifestyle.

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