Annapurna Circuit Trek - 15 Days

Want to embark on an adventurous journey surrounded by tall mountains in remote lands? High altitude trekking is the best thing for travel enthusiasts like you. With nothing on your minds other than the beautiful views of the mountains surrounding you, your days will be filled with bliss. Adventurous climbs combined with the beauty of nature, is that not the true paradise?

What better place to visit for such an adventurous beautiful journey other than the Annapurna Region. Also, to satisfy the wanderlust in you, we have brought the Annapurna Circuit Trek 15 days providing you the best opportunity to explore the Annapurna Region.

Following our Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary, you will get the best of the Annapurna Region in a total of 15 days. Your 15 days Annapurna Circuit Trek will be made safe and adventurous with our trek itinerary.

As per our itinerary, you will leave Kathmandu with a scenic drive to Besisahar. Your trek starts from Besisahar as you walk down the remote trekking trails to Bhulbhule. Your trek then leads you to the beautiful village of Chyamje through many waterfalls and suspension bridges.

From Chyamje, you will trek uphill to Bagarchhap where you will get the chance to experience the beautiful culture and traditions of the locals infused with the Tibetan culture. Walking further down the trekking trails, you will reach the beautiful valley of Chame with great views of the Lamjung mountains.

Crossing the Marsyangdi river following the Annapurna Circuit Trek route, you can enjoy mesmerizing views of the mountains and landscapes including the bowl-shaped rock, Paungda Danda. We will then head towards Manang and take an acclimatization day for our safety and avoid any altitude sickness.

After an acclimatization day, you will continue your trek following the Thorong La Pass trail to Ledar and finally reach Pedi or High Camp crossing the highest point of the trek. Crossing Thorong La Pass at 5416 meters altitude, you will descend to Pedi and finally reach the famous pilgrimage site at Muktinath.

From Muktinath, you will make your descent to Jomsom through the beautiful valley of Kagbeni witnessing the highest gorge in the world. You will also get a chance to experience the popular trekking destination, Tatopani where natural hot springs will rejuvenate your energy for further treks.

Our trek will now slowly come to an end as the Annapurna Circuit Trek Route leads us to Ghorepani and Poon Hill for the eye-pleasing sunrise view over the mountains. We will then head back down to Nayapul and finally drive back to Pokhara. You can enjoy sightseeing in Pokhara if you would like to. The very next day you will return to Kathmandu on a tourist bus ending our Annapurna Circuit Trek 15 days.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Highlights

  • The highest pass at 5416 meters, Thorong La Pass
  • Muktinath Temple
  • Natural Hot Spring, Tatopani
  • Poon Hill Sunrise Viewpoint
  • Diverse Culture
  • Jomsom and Kagbeni

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Day 1
Day 01: Kathmandu to Bhulbhule

Maximum Altitude: 1400 meters

Total Distance: 192 km

Ride Duration: 7.5 hours

Trek Duration: 3 hours

As you land in Kathmandu, your Annapurna Circuit trek Itinerary takes into place. Your first day of 15 days Annapurna Circuit Trek takes place as you take your leave form Kathmandu heading towards Bhulbhule.

Leaving the beautiful city of Kathmandu, you board the tourist bus that will take you to Besisahar. The drive is beautiful as you slowly drift away from the beautiful city of Kathmandu. You will see beautiful landscapes and views of the valley as you leave for Besisahar.

On the way, you will see many lush green forests and the 7.5 hours of drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar will finally end. This leads us to the first trekking expedition of our Annapurna Circuit trek.

The trail from Besisahar to Bhulbhule is a short hike that takes around 3 hours. The trail consists of many suspension bridges along with beautiful views of rice fields and terrace farming.

The 3-hour hike will finally take you to our destination, Bhulbhule. The small village of Bhulbhule provides you with the best views of the Himalchuli and Manaslu mountains on the north. We shall spend the night in a tea house in Bhulbhule and prepare for our next trek tomorrow.

Day 2
Day 02: Bhulbhule to Chyamje

Maximum Altitude: 932 meters

Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours

Our second day of Annapurna Circuit trek starts with a warm breakfast at the teahouse at Bhulbhule. We shall leave BhulBhule as we look at the beautiful views of the mountains glowing in the sun.

Our next destination on the Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary is Chyamje at an altitude of 1400 meters. The trek from Bhulbhule to Chyamje is comparatively a short trek and the trails start off as an easy trek.

As you reach Bahun Danda, the ascent starts and you reach the beautiful settlement of the Brahmin inhabitants. As you cross the Bahun Danda and its beautiful settlement, you will descend down to the Marshyangdi River. The trail then continues past cultivated lands and beautiful mesmerizing waterfalls. Shortly after, you will have to cross many suspension bridges to cross the Marshyangdi River.

A short walk from the suspension bridge will take you to our destination for the day. Walking 5-6 hours, you will finally reach Chyamje and enjoy dinner in a teahouse. You will spend the night in Chyamje.

Day 3
Day 03: Chyamje to Bagarchhap

Maximum Altitude: 2160 meters

Total Distance: approx.15 km

Trek Duration: 7 hours

Our next destination is Bagarchhap. Leaving Chyamje with a full stomach, we will make a short uphill climb. Walking through the beautiful trails with great landscapes, we will walk towards Tal.

Crossing Tal, we will cross a suspension bridge right after enjoying the beautiful view from the ridge across Tal. the trail gets narrow but beautiful as you get to see many waterfalls.

Walking further, you will enter the Manag district. Climbing a stone stairway, you will reach Dharapani with a few uphill and downhill trails. On the way from Dharapani to Bagarchhap, you will have the opportunity to see many chortens and stupas which are many years up to a century old.

From Dharapani, we will now set to Bagarchhap and reach the beautiful Buddhist community at Bagarchhap. We will spend the night in one of the stone houses among the Tibetan culture-infused locals.

Day 4
Day 04: Bagarchhap to Chame

Maximum Altitude: 2630 meters

Total Distance: 13.5 km

Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours

After getting rested up in Bagarchhap, we shall now leave for Chame. Chame is the headquarters of the Manang district. The trek from Bagarchap to Chame covers a total distance of 13.5 km and takes around 6-7 hours.

Chame is a beautiful village with great views of the Lamjung Himal along with great markets for you to explore. The trail from Bagarchhap to Chame is a beautiful one with uphills and downhills. With beautiful views of the mountains and the lush green forests surrounding the trails, you won’t even notice the time pass by.

You will have to cross a river as you reach Kopar, and the trail ahead of you will take you straight to Chame. We shall spend the night at Chame and prepare the next journey.

Day 5
Day 05: Chame to Pisang

Maximum Altitude: 3300 meters

Total Distance:13.6 km

Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours

The next destination on our Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary is Pisang. As we leave Chame after a warm breakfast in the morning, we will be crossing the Marsyangdi river bridge. The trek will continue towards Bhartang.

Taking a short break we will head towards our destination through the narrow trails. The trails will lead you to the Marshyangdi River Valley through the dense beautiful forest of Pine trees and Hemlock.

With the beautiful meadows and the distant mountains in a clear view, we will walk to Bhartang. The way from Bhartang is mostly uphill till we reach the beautiful place known as Dhukur Pokhari.

Continuing our journey from Dhukur Pokhari we will soon witness the infamous rock shaped like a bowl known as the Paungda Danda Rock. following the trail straight forward, we will reach Pisang. The small village is covered with tourists and lodges for these tourists.

You can take a short hike and reach Upper Pisang which has great views of the mountains nearby mainly Annapurna II. we will spend the night at one of the comfortable lodges for the night.

Day 6
Day 06: Pisang to Manang

Maximum Altitude: 3519 meters

Total Distance:17.2 km

Trek Duration: 7-8 hours

With a full stomach and a great view of the mountains as the sun shines upon them, we will leave Pisang today. Heading towards Manang, we will start our journey for the day.

The trail towards Manang is a beautiful one filled with great views of the peaks like Annapurna II, Pisang Peak, and Annapurna III. You can also enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna from the trails.

Walking through the lush jungle and beautiful landscapes, we will enter the dry region of Manang. You will come across a lama school along with some beautiful stupas on the way.

Coming at a crossroads, you can choose either way as they both lead to a small village known as Barga. The north route is beautiful and scenic but a longer alternative to the south short one. We shall visit the 900-year-old monastery in the village of Barga and head towards Manang. After a 6-7 hours walk, we will finally reach Manag and end the day in a teahouse or a lodge nearby.

Day 7
Day 07: Acclimatization day in Manang.

Maximum Altitude: 3519 meters

Today is an important day in the Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary. Acclimatization day in Manang means we will let our body rest and adjust to the changing altitude. Reaching an altitude of 3500 meters in Manang makes it a great acclimatization destination.

Acclimatization is an important part of any high altitude trek as it helps to prevent you from suffering altitude sickness. With proper acclimatization, your body will be well adjusted and won’t suffer any complications from high altitude.

Acclimatization in Manang is an exciting stop as you can do many activities on your acclimatization day. You are free to explore the village of Manang or just provide your body with some much-needed rest.

One of the main attractions during your acclimation stay in Manang is the hike to Khangsar. Khansar Hill provides you with a mesmerizing view of the famous Tilicho Lake. If you don’t want to hike on your rest day, you can also opt for visiting the Milarepa Cave or the Gangapurna Glacier Lake.

Day 8
Day 08: Manang to Ledar

Maximum Altitude: 4250 meters

Total Distance: 9.1 km

Trek Duration: 3-4 hours

Spending a day in Manang and making many great memories, we will now head towards Ledar. Filling our stomachs with breakfast in the teahouse, we shall now leave for Ledar which follows an uphill trail.

The trail follows uphill to Thorong La Pass at an altitude of 5416 meters. As we walk through the trails to Thorong La Pass, we can see the beautiful views of the Annapurna Mountains along with glaciers formed.

Following a steady uphill trail to the Thorong La pass, we will reach Tenki. Further from Tenki, we will finally reach the beautiful Marshyangdi River Valley. Continuing towards the Jarsang Khola, we will be able to see the beautiful Jarsang Khola Valley. You will soon reach Ledar with a short walk from the beautiful river valley.

The greenery and unique vegetation and landscapes from Ledar will surprise you. However, the deeper you walk into Ledar, the vegetation and greenery get sparse.

We shall spend the night at a teahouse in Ledar and rest up for the next day.

Day 9
Day 09: Ledar to Phedi or High camp

Maximum Altitude: 4600 meters

Total Distance: 7.3 km

Trek Duration: 4-5 hours

Today is a short hike from Ledar to Phedi. Phedi is also known as the high camp to most trekkers in the region.

The trail from Ledar to Pedar is a rough uphill road going through a river. You will have to cross a river along the way to reach the High Camp. Apart from the river crossing in an uphill trail, the trail is fairly nice and beautiful with great views of the neighboring mountains and villages.

You will reach Phedi as you walk the trail from the river crossing. The settlement at Phedi is not a big one but it provides you with basic facilities of a guest house where you will be staying the night.

Day 10
Day 10: Phedi to Mukti Nath

Maximum Altitude: 5416 meters

Total Distance: 16.4 km

Trek Duration: 8-9 hours

We shall now enter a more intense trekking course for the day. Today, our Annapurna Circuit trek itinerary takes you to the highest point of our trek.

Starting from early morning before sunrise, we will head towards the highest point of our trek, Thorong La Pass at 5416 meters. we should cross this high point early in the morning as it gets next to impossible to cross this pass later in the day due to the strong winds.

Crossing the Thorong La Pass before 10 am we can also get a glimpse of the beautiful sunrise hitting on the mountains along with the small villages from the pass. The path to the pass is tough as you get to the rocky steep trails. Also, there may be some icy rocks that will be slippery so watch your step.

After around 4 hours of climbing, you will reach the pass and enjoy the view. You will also notice the prayer flags rustling from the wind. This moment is complete bliss.

We shall now make our descend to yet another highlight of the day. We will now head towards one of the most popular pilgrimage sites i.e, Muktinath Temple. Another 4 hours of descending will lead you to the infamous temple in the lower mustang region, Muktinath Temple. We shall spend the night in a tea house or guesthouse in Muktinath.

Day 11
Day 11: Mukti Nath to Jomsom Via Kagbeni.

Maximum Altitude: 3710meters

Total Distance: 21 km

Trek Duration: 8-9 hours

Today we shall have a short spiritual and cultural tour of the Muktinath Temple and then head back to Jomsom via Kagbeni.

Starting our short tour of the Muktinath Temple, you will get a chance to experience the culture and devotion of the people first hand. This temple is a famous pilgrimage site to both the Hindus and the Buddhists. With the infamous 108 water sprouts known to purify your soul of any impurities, many devotees come from around the world to get their souls purified.

Apart from the water sprouts, the temple of Lord Vishnu along with the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara attracts devotees from everywhere. The devotees worship the temple and leave with some of the water from the sprouts for their loved ones as a blessing.

You can enjoy this site and get some blessings for yourselves. Also, you can also witness the eternal flame that is fueled by a natural source of gas at the Jwala Mai Temple.

After receiving your blessings, you will now head down to Jomsom. On the way, you will pass through the beautiful sight of Kagbeni. Kagbeni is a small valley that sits in the middle of two rivers of KaliGandaki and Jhang Khola.

Passing through this beautiful valley at the deepest gorge of the world, you will reach Jomsom in an hour. We will spend the night at Jomsom.

Day 12
Day 12: Drive from Jomsom to Tatopani Natural hot spring.

Maximum Altitude: 2743 meters

Total Distance: 67.1 km

Drive Duration: 5 to 6 hours

Today is more of a relaxation day for you. We will take a short ride from Jomsom to Tatopani. The ride from Jomsom to Tatopani is a scenic one. You can enjoy the view from the ride as you stay seated comfortably.

With the 3-4 hour bus ride, you will reach Tatopani. Tatopani is a popular attraction for tourists mainly the trekkers. With natural hot springs that claim to cure your body aches, trekkers come here to relax and get rid of the fatigue from the trek.

After rejuvenating yourselves from the natural hot springs, you can rest at the tea house or lodge, where you will be spending your night.

Day 13
Day 13: Trek down to Ghorepani

Maximum Altitude: 2874 meters

Total Distance: 16.9 km

Trek Duration: 7-8 hours

After enjoying the relaxing natural hot springs the day before, you must be feeling fresh and rejuvenated. Well, now it’s time for another trek. Today we shall head up to Ghorepani.

Ghorepani is a small beautiful village with great views of the mountains. Apart from the great views, the route to the village along with the village itself is rich in tradition, culture, and tribes.

The cultures and traditions of the locals all throughout the trails are amazing. You will pass through various beautiful small villages along the way like Ghara, Gharkhola, Shikha, Phalante, and lastly Chitre before reaching Ghorepani. These villages each have their unique tribes and culture and traditions.

You will finally reach Ghorepani village after 7 long hours of trekking but the route will be worth the walk. Also, you will see mostly Magars and Gurungs in the village of Ghorepani.

You will stay the night at a lodge in Ghorepani where you will be provided with dinner and breakfast in the morning.

Day 14
Day 14: Trek to Poonhill – trek down to Ghorepani and Nayapul – back to Pokhara.

Maximum Altitude: 3210 meters

Total Distance:14 km

Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours

After proper rest, we shall make a short detour to Poon Hill in the morning today. As we are nearing the end of our Annapurna Circuit Trek, today is our last trek.

We will leave Ghorepani early morning for a short hike. Today, we shall enjoy our sunrise from one of the most popular sunrise viewpoints. Reaching Poonhil from Ghorepani will take around an hour or two. We will enjoy the mesmerizing view of the sun rays hitting the mountains making them glow in our eyes along with the valleys. The view is very picturesque and will be etched in your memory for a lifetime.

After admiring this beautiful view of the mountains under the glowing sun, we will return back to Ghorepani. After enjoying a warm breakfast, we will leave again for another trek. Now we will make our way back to Nayapul.

The trek from Ghorepani to Nayapul has many beautiful scenic moments. It will take you around 5-6 hours. The descent is not as steep so you can complete it easily. As you reach Nayapul, you will take a bus ride from Nayapul to Pokhara.

Today you will spend the night in Pokhara. If you have enough time after dinner you should check out the nightlife of Pokhara.

Day 15
Day 15: Back to Kathmandu.

Maximum Altitude:1400 meters

Total Distance: 200.9 km

Drive Duration: 7 hours

Today marks the very last day of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. with a beautiful and scenic ride from Pokhara to Kathmandu, your trek will finally end today.

You will leave for Kathmandu on a tourist bus and exit Pokhara comfortably on your bus enjoying the beautiful views from your window seat.

The ride will get you to Kathmandu in around 6-7 hours.

Cost Includes:

  • Pick up and dropping transportation cost from airport to the hotel
  • One night deluxe hotel stay in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Standard meals throughout the trek including breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation in tea houses and lodge during the trek
  • Sleeping bag and down jacket provided for the trek to be returned on completion of the trek
  • All ground transportations
  • Tourist bus transportation from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Professional licensed guide with great English communication skills
  • A strong and reliable porter to be shared among two trekkers
  • Salary, food and accommodation fees of the guide and the porter along with other staff like the cooking staff
  • Monastery entry fees.
  • Annapurna Circuit Trek map
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter rescue services to be paid by your travel insurance
  • Insurance of the guide and porter
  • Trekking permits like the Annapurna Conservation Area Entry fees and TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System.) card fees
  • Emergency medical supplies charges
  • Government taxes and other official charges

Cost Excludes:

  • Any kinds of alcoholic drinks
  • Drinks or junk food
  • Hot showers, charging of electronic devices
  • Nepal Entry Visa fees
  • International Airfare
  • Sweet things like chocolate and others
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Extra days in Pokhara or Kathmandu.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Best Time

Now that you have learned about how beautiful and adventurous the Annapurna Circuit Trek is, you must be very excited. Are you wondering about what time would be best for this trek? Well, we have brought you just the information you require.

Any trek you embark on gives you the best experience only when you take the trip on the best time with all its best qualities appeasing you. Similarly, you can enjoy the Annapurna Circuit trek the best when you embark on this journey at the best time.

So when is the Annapurna Circuit Trek best time, you ask? Well, most trekkers claim that they get the best experience in this fabulous trek during Autumn and Spring seasons. Mainly during the months of September to November when the weather is not very cold or hot and the weather is mostly stable. The autumn season provides you with the best most favorable climate, weather, and temperature for your Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Also during the months of March to May is when you will experience the most beautiful views along with some exotic flora and fauna. Also with the clear skies, you get to witness the best views during this time of the glorious mountains, glaciers, and the villages below.

You could also make this trip in winter. The snow falling on the trails and the snow-capped alpine vegetation makes for a killer view. However, late December is not an idea for trekking so early to late February is the best for Annapurna Circuit trek in the winter.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Difficulty

Although being a moderately difficult trek, Annapurna circuit trek takes a total of 15 days to complete. The trek takes you to the highest altitude of 5416 meters. Some of the Annapurna Circuit Trek difficulties which may appear for beginners and those without proper preparations are listed below:

Altitude sickness

Reaching the highest altitude of 5416 meters at the Thorong La Pass, there is a high chance of you getting altitude sickness. Even with the proper acclimatization, there are chances of your body not adjusting with the high altitude so it is always better to prepare for such situations. You should carry medicines for curing altitude sickness.

Difficult trail

Another difficulty that you may face during your circuit trek is that of the difficult trail. The Annapurna circuit trek trails are narrow and steep. With this said, without proper precautions, there could be complications. You should be careful while descending rather than ascending in higher altitudes. As the altitude increases, the steeper rocks can get slippery making the trek complicated. So watch your step on the trek.

Thorong La Pass

As beautiful as the views from the Thorong La Pass may be, the height of the pass is extremely high. Apart from being at a high altitude, the pass faces strong winds after 10 am. So it is necessary to cross the pass before the strong winds kick in.

Weather Changes

As stated before, choosing the best time for the trek is extremely important. Choosing summer time for your trek can prove to be a bad decision. In summer, the rainfall causes the rocky mountains to be slippery which may result in accidents. So it is better to travel in autumn or spring. Also, the weather changes may be uncertain in higher altitudes, so be prepared for the weather changes and listen to your guides.

Food And Accommodation In Annapurna Region

You must be curious about the type of food and accommodation you will be provided during your trek. We are here with all you need to know about the food and accommodation in your Annapurna Circuit trek.

To start with, you can find many varieties of food in the city area. Your first day being in Kathmandu, you can enjoy the traditional, continental, street every kind of food you want. As the journey starts, you can still find a variety of food like pizzas, bread, noodles, etc. to some point on the trek. But the higher up you get, the more expensive these items get. Also, you will only find the traditional food of the region or Dal Bhat steamed rice with lentils in the higher remote areas.

As for the accommodations, you will have to share a room with another trekker during your trek. You will be accommodated in tea houses or lodges during your whole trek. The teahouse will provide you with a room with a twin sharing bed and an attached bedroom. The room will be hygienic and clean. You can get hot showers if you pay extra. Also, during the off-season, you can also find private rooms for a higher price. But during peak seasons like autumn and spring, you should consider pre-booking your rooms.

Tips for Annapurna Circuit Trek

Being a moderately difficult trek, you must be overwhelmed with the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Here are some tips for all the beginners as well as experienced trekkers to help make their trek a little more comfortable and safer.

  • Try to get yourself some physical training before the trek to improve your stamina for the trek
  • Carry your own water bottle so you can store the water instead of buying them everywhere. Less trash and less cost.
  • Don’t forget to carry water purifier pills to keep your drinking water safe for drinking.
  • As the altitude gets higher, the toilets will be squat toilets. So try squatting before the trek to make yourself familiar.
  • If you are worried about altitude sickness, try avoiding any alcoholic drinks and meet as you get to higher altitudes.
  • Always carry your own medicines as you know your body better than anyone. Include altitude sickness medicine in them.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Cost

Annapurna Circuit trek cost depends on the services you are provided and the services you use. Also, the cost of the trek also depends on the number of days you decide the trek to be. Hence, the Annapurna Circuit Trek cost depends on the Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary.

The standard 15 days Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary costs USD 950 per person. This cost includes the transportation cost, food and accommodation costs and many other costs combined. Below are the detailed inclusions and exclusions in the disclosed cost.

FAQs

What is the highest point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The highest point of the Annapurna Circuit trek is the Thorong La Pass at the altitude of 5416 meters. This pass provides you with the best views of the neighboring mountains along with small villages underlying the pass.

What is the total distance traveled during the Annapurna circuit?

The total days covered by the Annapurna Circuit Trek is 15 days. However, it does not mean you have to walk continuously for 15 days. There are bus rides and acclimatization days in between. The total trekking distance of Annapurna Circuit trek 15 days is approximately 160 km. The remaining of the total 260 km is made with the help of private vehicles.

How many hours do we have to walk per day?

The average trekking duration of the Annapurna Circuit trek is around 5-6 hours a day. This means you need good stamina for the trek.

Where can I get my trekking equipment?

If you are a beginner and do not have much knowledge of the trekking equipment, it is advised that you rent the equipment from the trekking company itself. It saves you a lot of money and you also get to learn about the equipment and what suits you better. This makes your purchase later a lot easier.

How can I prepare for the Annapurna circuit trek?<

To prepare for the Annapurna Circuit trek, you don’t have to undergo any hardcore training programs. However, it helps if you pick up some exercises that help build your stamina like cardio. With better physical strength and stamina, you can easily complete the beautiful and adventurous trek in the Annapurna region.

How much weight can a porter carry?

A porter can carry up to 15 kgs of your luggage. But it is always advisable to carry lightweight so it is not a burden to the porter as well. The porter is shared among two trekkers so make sure to carry light.

What kind of gears are required for this trek?

There are no specific gear requirements for this trek as it is not technical at all. However, as we are hiking up the steep rocky trails, you should be properly prepared with trekking equipment and proper clothing. Some of the basic packing requirement for this trek are mentioned below:

Clothing:

  • Lightweight T-shirts
  • Full sleeve pants and shirts
  • Lightweight down jacket
  • Waterproof trousers and jacket

Footwear

  • Trekking boots
  • Hiking boots
  • Spare socks

Equipment and miscellaneous

  • Trekking pole
  • Whistle
  • Medikit
  • Map
  • Headlight or flashlight

What will happen in case of emergency cases?

In case of any emergency cases, you will be rescued by helicopter evacuation on the spot. The cost of the helicopter evacuation will be paid through your travel insurance so be sure to get your travel insurance before this trip.

How much does the Annapurna Circuit Trek cost?

The standard cost of 15 days Annapurna Circuit trek ranges from USD 950 and gets expensive as the trekking days increase.

Will I get altitude sickness during the trek?

Reaching above 4000 meters makes you more likely to catch altitude sickness. Also, lack of acclimatization is the main cause of altitude sickness. So if you are taking a proper diet and adopting proper acclimatization methods, you are less likely to get altitude sickness.

How can I avoid altitude sickness?

You can avoid altitude sickness by firstly taking proper acclimatization measures. Secondly your diet also highly affects your chances of getting altitude sickness so take a proper balanced diet with plenty of water. Avoid meat and alcohol to stay on the safe side.

How cold is the Annapurna circuit?

The temperature of the Annapurna Region during your circuit trek depends completely on the time of the year you decide to embark on this adventurous journey. If you are taking this trek during the autumn season, the average temperature will be 2-3 degrees celsius and it decreases to minus temperature during the night.

As per the spring season, the average temperature of the Annapurna Region is 20 degrees celsius. However, the temperature decreases as you get higher up.

However, during the winter season, the temperature is always on a negative scale so it is very cold.

How difficult is the Annapurna circuit trek?

Annapurna circuit trek is of moderate level difficulty among other treks. D\however, the Annapurna circuit trek routes take you through narrow and steep trails, so you should be careful not to slip on the rocks.

When is the best time to hike in the Annapurna Region?

Along with the Annapurna Circuit trek, other treks in the Annapurna Region are best taken during the Autumn and Spring season. These seasons provide you with the best views along with the most favorable weather and temperature for trekking. The stable weather conditions also make these seasons the best for trekking in the Annapurna Region.

Where do we start the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

You can choose between taking the whole 260 km trek or the 160 km trek. With the advanced trekking routes, you can drive halfway through personal vehicles. So most people start the trek with a ride to Besisahar. This makes Besisahar the starting point of your trek which provides you with the best startup for the whole trek.

Is Annapurna Circuit Trek possible to be done solo?

If you are an experienced trekker, you can accomplish this feat. However, guides and professionals advise you not to perform this trek solo. The main reason is the Thorong La Pass. it is known to be a destination where strong winds cause complications during your trek. If you are alone with no one to call for help, it could cause you safety concerns so it is best to travel with a guide.

What permits are required for your Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The required Annapurna Circuit Trek permits include the TIMS card and the Annapurna Conservation Area Entry permit. Traveling with a trekking company makes it easier for you as they will have these permits prepared for you without you having to go through the hassle.

What are the required documents for the permits and the trek?

The documents that are required for your trek along with the permits include your original passport with six months of validity along with passport pictures for each permit. Also, your Nepal Entry visa is a must. Also, you will need some cash with you for the permit fees.

Can you complete the Annapurna Circuit trek in the summer?

Attempting the Annapurna Circuit Trek in summer is not completely impossible. During the early summer-like early June, there is less rainfall. This means you can trek without the fear of slippery roads. However, midsummer is not a good time for trekking in the Annapurna region.

Do I need to hire a guide to complete the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

You are allowed to trek Annapurna Circuit without a guide. But this requires a lot of expertise in the fields. Unlike other trekking routes, the Annapurna circuit trek route is a difficult one. This means it requires more expertise in the field of trekking skills and knowledge about the trails. Having a guide is like having a safety belt on. You can easily get help from your guide based on the best trekking routes and of course in case of any emergencies.

How much do I tip the guide and the porter?

While tipping, you can give the porter and guide and any other staff 10 percent of their total fee as a tip.

How far is the Annapurna Circuit starting point from Kathmandu?

The starting point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek is around 180 kilometers away from Kathmandu. The drive from Kathmandu to the starting point takes roughly 7-8 hours.

How much cash should I bring on the Annapurna circuit trek?

If you are traveling with a trekking company, your permits and food and accommodation costs will be covered by the total trekking cost charged by the company. So, the only cash you will be needing will be for your own personal expenses. This includes buying junk food or extra drinks and hot showers, charging electrical devices, and mostly for souvenirs and stuff. So having somewhere around USD 100 would be more than enough in Nepali change.

How much does a guide charge for the Annapurna circuit?

A guide charges based on their qualifications during the trek. Typically a professional licensed guide with experience will charge around USD 50 or more per day. The guides with low-end facilities and skill charge around USD 20 per day.
A guide charges based on their qualifications during the trek. Typically a professional licensed guide with experience will charge around USD 50 or more per day. The guides with low-end facilities and skill charge around USD 20 per day.

Despite facing some difficulties during the trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary presented by Radiant Treks provides you with the best views and adventures for great memories. Your safety will be our first concern so worry not about the what-ifs.

We will make sure you have the best experience in your 15 days Annapurna Circuit Trek expedition without any complications. You can also add some more destinations in this circuit trek like the Tilicho lake visit and make a custom itinerary after discussing it with the company guide. I hope you have a great trek ahead with great memories.

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Annapurna Circuit Trek