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    Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
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    Group Size: 1-16 Pax
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About Annapurna Circuit Trek

One of the most famous adventure trekking, with the biggest high pass (Throng-La), is the Annapurna circuit trek in Nepal. It is a classic trekking route in the Annapurna region. Entire trails of the trip go through behind the Annapurna massif. It is a mixture of a multi-ethnic, cultural and religion-based trek in Nepal. The journey also offers the world’s deepest river gorge, the Himalayan hidden valley (Kaligandaki), magnificent Annapurna, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri massif and attractive landscapes.

The Annapurna circuit trek lies inside the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). Variations in nature, explore Hindu and Buddhist religions, Crossing Throng La (5,416m) with unreal views of big snow-capped mountains like Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tiicho and more are the major attractions of the trek.

You may have a typical Himalayan rural feel in traditional villages like Bhraka, Pisang, Kagbeni and others during this adventure circuit trek in the Annapurna region. Different nature views every single day from start to the end provides you with a lifetime experience from around the Annapurna trek.

The Annapurna circuit trek begins from Kathmandu, driving in a public bus to Bhulbhule. It is about a 7-hour drive through the hillside road. You can also hire private transportation, which is fast and comfortable. You can either stay in Bhulbhule on the first day or walk about an hour to Ngadi.

On the second day goes to Chyamje on a rough road. Here, you can see a beautiful waterfall and lots of beehives on the rock on the other side of Chyamche town. You leave the road after Chyamje and start ascending to Sat Tale and go to Taal crossing a forest. The trail around this area goes through the Marsyangdi river valley, so you can not see high mountains around here.


Kagbeni village

You reach Bagarchhap on the third day, from where you can start seeing high white mountains. Massive Annapurna second looks attractive on the north side of Bagarchhap. Likewise, the trail goes to Chame, Pisang and then Manang. The Manang is a place where you have an acclimatization rest day. Then, you go further to Yak Kharka and Throng Phedi before crossing the world’s biggest pass Throng La (5,416m). It starts ascending from 4,450m to 5,416m and then descends to 3,760m (Muktinath). That is why it is the biggest high pass in the world.

You reach quite a different landscape than the Manang side to the Mustang region after the pass. You have magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Tilicho peak and Nilgiri mountains from Muktinath. The Muktinath is a famous and sacred pilgrimage site for the Hindus and Buddhists. You can visit Hindu temples, Buddhist monasteries and shrines at the same place. You can also see a natural gas flame inside a Buddhist monastery, which is offered as Jwala Mai (Flamed Goddess).

You trek to Marpha from Muktinath through the Kaligandaki river valley. Here you can see the high mountain desert landscape. The Marpha is the apple capital of Nepal, where you can try some apple dishes and drinks. Kalopani is only the place from where you can see the Annapurna I during the Annapurna circuit trek. Next, you go to Tatopani, where you can enjoy a natural hot spring and then trek to Ghorepani. You can also drive direct from Tatopani to Pokhara if you do not have enough time or don’t want to climb a hill to Ghorepani.

Poon hill is one of the best hill stations for the sunrise and Himalayan views. You will hike to Poon hill early morning and see two Himalayan ranges Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Dhaulagiri I, II, III, Tukuche peak, Nilgiri south, Brahashikhar, Annapurna south, Hiuchuli and Machhapuchchhre (Fishtail) look stunning from this hill. Then you descend to Tikhedhunga and Nayapul and drive to Pokhara at the end of the Annapurna circuit trek.

Tilicho Lake trek With Annapurna Circuit

Tilicho lake trek also lies in the Annapurna circuit route. If you have 2 days more from the regular Annapurna circuit trek, you can visit Tilicho lake too. It is one of the world’s highest lakes and is very beautiful.

Following the route around the Annapurna trek, you split left to Shreekharka and Tilicho base camp via Khangsar village in one day trek. On the second day, you hike to Tilicho lake (4,919m) and then trek to Shree Kharka. You will join the Annapurna circuit trekking trail on the third day after the Tilicho lake trek.

Half Annapurna Circuit Throng La Pass Trek

You might be confused about a half Annapurna Annapurna circuit trek. How is it possible and what is it? The full circuit ends in Nayapul with a few days of the walk after Jomsom, but the half circuit Throng La pass trek ends with a fly-out to Pokhara from Jomsom.

The Annapurna half circuit trek is perfect for the trekkers who do not have enough time for a full one. It is an 11-day trek from Kathmandu to Pokhara.

Why Annapurna Circuit Trek with Frolic Adventure

  • Easy online booking access
  • We provide all the essential information about the trek
  • We arrange group joining and private trip departures
  • We have well-experienced government licence holder guides for the trek
  • We provide helpful, hard-working and honest assistance
  • Ask us for a customized itinerary, make a flexible plan according to your time and interest
  • Competitive price and reliable service with travel safety operation
  • Our trekking crews are well equipped and insured
  • Easy in any changes if possible

Trekking Gear for Annapurna Circuit

The Annapurna circuit is an adventure trek with a high pass (Throng La). It is a cold region for a whole year, so you need to pack warm and quality trekking gear. Check the essential checklist below for the Annapurna circuit:

  • Duffel bag or rucksack
  • Daypack
  • Sun hat
  • Warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Head torch
  • Sun lotion
  • Moisturizer cream
  • Lip balm
  • Buff
  • Thermal layers
  • Long and short sleeves trekking shirts
  • Down jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Windproof jacket
  • Rain gear
  • Half and full trekking pants
  • Warm gloves
  • Windproof trouser
  • Few pairs of trekking socks
  • Quality trekking boots
  • Extra shoeless
  • Sport shoes and water sandals
  • Finger and toe warmer
  • Water bottle
  • Trekking poles
  • -20° support or plus sleeping bag
  • Muti uses power-socket
  • Powerbank
  • Extra camera battery
  • Swimming costume
  • Light-weight quick drier towel
  • First-Aid kit
  • Toiletries

Accommodation, Food and Drink in Annapurna Circuit Trail

There are plenty of guesthouses on the Annapurna circuit trail in each camp. But, just a few in the camps like Yakkharka, Churi Ledar, Throng Phedi and High Camp. You need to book your space in these places in advance if you are on a trek during the high trekking season.

Most of the lodges have rooms without a bathroom inside, but you can get an attached bathroom in some places. The toilets are indoors in the same building, so you do not need to go outside from the lodge building. You will get a free hot shower in most of the places in the Annapurna circuit route. The accommodation has twin-sharing clean and comfortable beds with pillows and blankets.

The foods are served from a food menu in the lodge where you stay. You can get western and local dishes to choose from for the main course. Trained cooks prepare hygienic foods in the Annapurna circuit trekking route. The bakery items in Manang are the best to try.

You can buy bottled mineral water or safe drinking water along the way after Taal, but some places might be closed nowadays. You can also drink tap water but, use purification methods before drinking it.

Internet, Phone Calls and Battery Charging

There are wi-fi services at almost every place in the Annapurna circuit region. But, the internet access might be slow, so we recommend buying an NTC SIM card for the trek. You can make phone calls and use the internet from the data.

There is electricity in all the places where you stay on the trek. So, you can charge your batteries in the guesthouse, but you need to pay for the battery charging in some places.

Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Witness the mesmerizing Himalayas in Annapurna region including Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre (6997m), Hiunchuli (6441m), and Tilicho Peak (7134m) among others
  • Explore the quaint Buddhist villages like Manang, Pisang, and Marpha
  • Visit culturally enriched Buddhist monasteries in the region
  • Cross the biggest pass in Nepal, Thorung La Pass (5416m)
  • Visit one of the biggest pilgrimage sites in Nepal, Muktinath
  • Relish the enchanting sunrise view over the Annapurna range at Poon Hill viewpoint
  • Enjoy the local apple brandy at Marpha
  • Relieve bodily aches and pains in the hot springs at Tatopani

Itinerary

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Upon your arrival at Kathmandu Airport, our representative will warmly receive you and escort you to your hotel. After checking-in, you can choose to relax at the hotel or consider taking a stroll around the vicinity or market. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1350m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Private Car/Van/Bus
  • Departure Time: According to the arrival time
Today, you’ll embark on a cultural journey of Kathmandu city. Kathmandu is a historical city with links to a variety of faiths and beliefs. The historical temples dating back to 500-700 years along with age-old temples and Buddhist stupas are the sites worth seeing. Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath and Pashupatinath are few of the major tourist destinations and UNESCO Heritage sites inside Kathmandu. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1350m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Private Car/Van/Bus
  • Departure Time: 9:00 am
Today, you’ll embark on a road journey to the west of Kathmandu. The journey to Bhulbhule goes along the Prithvi highway with the company of Trishuli River in the early stages and Marsayangdi on the latter one. Instead of driving until Besisahar, you’ll reach up to Bhulbhule via Khudi, which may take around 6-7 hours. From Bhulbhule, you begin the trek. The first day is more or less a warm-up as you walk up to Ngadi. Overnight stay at Ngadi.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Ngadi
  • Altitude: 930m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Public Bus
  • Departure Time: 7:00 am
From Ngadi, you’ll make your way northwards through the hills and lush forests to the village of Chamje. You cross Ngadi River and arrive at Bahundanda. Continuing ahead, you reach Ghermu Phant after passing several villages on the way. Further ahead, you reach Jagat after crossing Marsayangdi River and following the river, you finally reach Chamje. The trek may last 7hr with a good amount of uphill hike and altitude gain. Overnight stay at Chamje.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Chamje
  • Altitude: 1430m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
Today, you’ll begin from Chamje and take the rocky trail following the Marsayangdi River. You'll enter Tal which is the first village in the Manang district. From here on, you'll be tracing the trek trails inside Manang. The trail continues and goes through Dharapani. The village is more influenced by Tibetan-Buddhism. The short distance from Dharapani lies Bagarchhap, a typical Tibetan-Styled village with flat-roof houses. Overnight stay at Bagarchhap.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Bagarchhap
  • Altitude: 2160m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
You’ll climb uphill and make your way towards Danakyu. You’ll continue through the forests and reach Koto. After a brief hike, you’ll reach Chame–the headquarters of the Manang district. From here, you can enjoy a quaint view of Annapurna II (7937m) along with the two small hot springs for relaxation. Overnight stay at Chame.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Chame
  • Altitude: 2670m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
You’ll make your way through the deep forest into a steep and narrow valley. After crossing two long bridges, you’ll enjoy the view of the mighty Pangdi Danda rock face. Further ahead, you enter the Swargadwari region, which translates to ‘Gateway to Heaven in Nepali’. A short distance from here lies the Pisang village. Overnight stay at Pisang.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Pisang
  • Altitude: 3200m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
The trail here on is drier until the top. Also a rain-shadow area, you will less likely encounter any vegetation. The inhabitants of the region mostly breed yaks as the crop season lasts only a few months. Walking along the Marsayangdi River you’ll reach Munchi. From here, you’ll route towards Humde. The trail continues along the beautiful but partially hidden village of Braga which makes way to Manang. Overnight stay at Manang.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Manang
  • Altitude: 3540m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
Today, you’ll spend the day acclimatizing at Manang valley. You will indulge in a short hike around the village and gain some altitude to prepare for the tougher part of the trek. The valley lies to Tibet in the north and has a history of yak herding and salt-trade with the neighbouring Tibet. Few of the surrounding mountains you’ll enjoy are Gangapurna (7454m), Tilicho Peak (7134m), and Thorung peak (6144m). Overnight stay at Manang.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Manang
  • Altitude: 3540m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
Upward the Manang valley, you’ll cross a stream and climb towards Tengi village. From here, you’ll head out of Marsayangdi valley and northwest to Jharsang Khola valley. The trail continues northward and passes pastures and juniper trees. En route, you’ll reach the Ghunsang village, a typical Tibetan village with flat-mud roof houses and yak pastures. After crossing a small river, you’ll make your way up towards Yak Kharka. Overnight stay at Yak Kharka.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Yak Kharka
  • Altitude: 4050m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
Today, you'll make your way towards Thorung Phedi which lies at the foot of Thorung La Pass. After climbing a ridge, you'll head down and cross the Marsayangdi River. The trail here on follows a narrow path towards Thorung Phedi. The trek on this day can be taken as a preparation for the ascent of Thorung La Pass (5416m). Overnight stay at Thorung Phedi.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Throng Phedi
  • Altitude: 4450m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
You’ll start the trek early as it’s essential to cross the Thorung La Pass before the weather becomes harsh on the latter part of the day. Today, you'll complete the Thorung La Pass (5416m) trek, the highest pass in the region. From the top, you can see a panorama of majestic Himalayan peaks lying inside Tibet. It also comprises the highest Annapurna circuit trek altitude. From the top, you'll make your way downwards towards the village of Muktinath. Muktinath is revered by both Hindus and Buddhists. You can explore the temple premise before checking-in at the lodge. Overnight stay at Muktinath.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Muktinath
  • Altitude: 3760m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 5:00 am
Today, you’ll walk all the way down to Jomsom bazaar. You will get to see some interesting agricultural patterns on the way. The valley is covered by large rocky hills. You'll walk along the Kali Gandaki River towards Jomsom. Jomsom is the headquarters of Mustang district. After a brief stop, you'll make your way south towards the village of Marpha. Marpha boasts apple orchards which produce some of the finest apples in the entire country. The locals use the apple to make brandy which is sold around the world. Overnight stay at Marpha.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Marpha
  • Altitude: 2670m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
From Marpha, you'll make your way towards Kalopani. You will pass numerous monasteries as you begin the trek on this day. You can also explore the Rinjing and Solmi Gompa on the way. Kalopani is a small village which lies a few hours from Marpha. The settlement lies alongside the Kali Gandaki River. Overnight stay at Kalopani.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Kalopani
  • Altitude: 2530m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
Today, you'll make your way towards Tatopani. Here on, you’ll start witnessing large expanse of green forests. Tatopani is named after its natural hot spring enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. The road is narrow and can be scary sometimes. You can choose to relax at the hot spring along with enjoying the local dishes. Overnight stay at Tatopani.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Tatopani
  • Altitude: 1190m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
Today, you’ll start from Tatopani and further ahead trek to the village of Ghorepani. Ghorepani is a popular tourist site. It may require a good amount of uphill hike to reach the village. Once at Ghorepani, you can enjoy the close-up view of Annapurna massif, Machhapuchhre (6997m), and other surrounding mountains. The trail up northeast converges into the popular trek trail of Annapurna Base Camp.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Ghorepani
  • Altitude: 2850m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
In the morning, you’ll make a scenic hike to Poon Hill. Poon Hill is a tourist landmark which offers a beautiful view of the sunrise and sunset along with the up-close view of the surrounding mountains in the Annapurna region. After a brief hike, you’ll start descending toward the village of Tikhedhunga. The descent will be fairly easy and you pass through thickly spread settlements of Gurung communities along the way. Overnight stay at Tikhedhunga.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Tikhedhunga
  • Altitude: 1540m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 5:00 am
From Tikhedhunga, you'll make your way down to Nayapul which also serves as the starting point for Annapurna Base Camp trek. It's a short downhill hike. From Nayapul, you'll catch a car/jeep to Pokhara. The short drive will take you to the scenic city of Pokhara. One of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal, Pokhara boasts wonderful activities ranging from boating, cycling, sightseeing, and bungee jump and paragliding for the adventure enthusiasts. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Pokhara
  • Altitude: 820m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk + Private Car/Van/Bus
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
Today, you’ll drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. While bidding adieu to Pokhara city, you’ll get the constant view of Annapurna I and Machhapuchhre at the distance. The drive may last around 6 hours and will take you through the swirling hill roads of Nepal. Once at Kathmandu, you’ll be escorted to your hotel. And, in the evening you will enjoy a farewell dinner with us. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1350m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Tourist Bus
  • Departure Time: 7:30 am
Today, our representative will drop you off to the airport. On the way, you can share your holiday experience and future travel plan with us.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Place: Home
  • Mode of Transportation: Private Car/Van/Bus
  • Departure Time: 3 hours earlier from the departure flight time

Cost Details

  • Airport picks up and drops by private car/van/bus.
  • 3-night accommodation in a tourist standard hotel including breakfast as per the above itinerary twin sharing basis.
  • 1-night accommodation in Pokhara in the standard hotel including breakfast as per the itinerary twin sharing basis.
  • Private car/van/bus and a tour guide for the cultural tour in Kathmandu 
  • All the ground transportation during the trip.
  • Your standard meal BLD during the trek with a cup of hot tea/coffee for breakfast
  • Fresh fruit after every dinner in the mountain
  • All necessary papers works, conservation area entry permits, TIMS cards, and monument entrance fees
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
  • An experienced, helpful, and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people).
  • Salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transportation, and insurance for the guide and porter.
  • Farewell dinner at last night in Kathmandu
  • Certificate of achievement
  • The arrangement of an emergency helicopter service will be paid for by your travel insurance company.
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets, and duffle bags if you don't have
  • Certificate of achievement
  • All government taxes (Gst) and Stationery expenses.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan international airport  (Kathmandu). 
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory).
  • Lunch and dinner while you are in cities Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • All entry fees for heritage sites.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Sweet things like dessert/chocolate.
  • Hot shower/batteries charge/heater during the trek.
  • International airfare.
  • Tips for the guide, porter & driver. 
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on including section.

Useful Info

Annapurna Circuit Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

The Annapurna Circuit is not an easy trek, so you might have some curiosity to know about the difficulties, facilities, best time to go, altitude effect, and more. Here, we have tried to provide some information, that you are looking for below:

How Difficult is the Annapurna circuit trek?

It is a strenuous adventurous trek, but except for the Throng La pass, it is not difficult.

Can I get accommodation easily on the trek?

Yes, but it can be difficult to find your accommodation in Yakkharka, Ledar, Throng Phedi and High Camp during a busy season. You need to book in advance in these places.

When is the best time to go to the Annapurna circuit?

September to November in autumn and March to May in spring are the best times for the Annapurna circuit trekking. Early March and the end of November might have some snowfalls in the higher areas of this trek. It will be very hard in winter, but it will be easy in summer. Summer rains a lot and will be cloudy days.

How about altitude sickness in the Annapurna circuit trek?

The Annapurna Throng pass trek starts from 800m and ascends slowly to 5,416m, so there will be fewer chances of suffering from altitude sickness. Although, you feel a bit difficult to breathe after the Manang for a couple of days.

How far can I drive in for the Annapurna circuit?

You can drive up to Manang, but the altitude can make it difficult and get sick if you drive direct to Manang.

What is the highest elevation during the Annapurna circuit?

5,416m (the Throng La) is the highest elevation that you reach during the Annapurna circuit trip.

Can I drive to Pokhara from Muktinath after the pass?

Yes, you can drive to Pokhara from Muktinath if you do not have enough time or do not want to trek anymore after the pass.

How is the view from the Throng La pass?

You do not see big mountains from the top of the Throngla. You have six thousand plus peaks Throng peak on the left and Yakawakhang to the right of the pass. The edges view towards Mustang hills looks attractive.

Which is the best place to see Annapurna I during the Annapurna circuit?

Kalopani is the best place to see Annapurna I during the Annapurna circuit journey. People say you can see it from Poon hill, but Mt. Brahashikhar bocks it.

How is Tatopani hot spring?

It is amazing! You can stay in the hot pool for a long time. We recommend going after the sun goes down. The hot water here is very hot. You can also enjoy cold drinks and beers at the pool.

Is a guide compulsory for the Annapurna circuit?

No, it is not compulsory, but we highly recommend taking a guide for the Annapurna circuit.

Does the Annapurna circuit trail ever close?

The Annapurna circuit trail keeps open mostly except for heavy snowfalls.

Can I visit the Tilicho lake while I and on the Annapurna circuit trail?

Yes, you can visit the Tilicho lake during the Annapurna circuit trekking, but you need 2-3 extra days with a regular trekking itinerary.

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