Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Trip Duration 20 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Trip Difficulty Strenuous
  • Trip StyleTrekking
  • AccomodationHotel + Teahouses + Lodges
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About Trip

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is hands down the most popular trek in Nepal.  During peak season, roughly 300 trekkers reach the trail every day.  In fact, the Annapurna Circuit Trek is consistently ranked among the best foot paths in the entire world. From the subtropical jungle to the desolate orange-red rock structures in the Lower Mustang region to the rugged mountains, this trek provides a full taste of the Annapurna region. The Annapurna Circuit trailcombines the Annapurna and the Mustang regions –two unique and treasured landscapes of Nepal.  providing some culturally and spiritually famous destinations for the journey. It is estimated that the total distance of the route is between 160-230 km (100-145 mi).

The Annapurna Circuit Trekstartsin Bahundanda in the lower Annapurna region. Hiking through the Marshyangdi river valley, we feast our eyes on cascading waterfalls, and breathe in the fresh air of thelushsub-tropical forests.The sound of the flowing streams brings us peace as we begin the trek. We head up through the Manang region, where Tibetan Buddhist settlements begin to appear. By the time we reach Phedi, characterized by yak grazing alpine meadows, we are completely enclosed by mountains on all sides. Here, we cross the Thorong La Pass (5416m), a tough, but exhilerating climb. The pass is the highest in the Himalaya. It is snowy and icy up there, but that only adds to the thrill. The high pass offers magnificent views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna I (8091m) Manaslu (8163m), Annapurna II, Mt. Annapurna III, Mt. Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Nilgiri, Machhapuccre, Hiunchuli, LamjungHimal, Tukuche peak, and Tilicho peak. Afterwards, we descend to the famous Muktinath Temple, a famous pilgrimage destination for Hindus and Buddhists from all over India and Nepal. Trekkers feel spiritually elated when they reach Muktinath.  Immediately surrounding the temple is the arid, desert-like landscape, while in the distance, there are snow-capped peaks as far as the eye can see. Then, the trail goes through the Kaligandaki Gorge, passing the apple orchards of Marpha, and eventually ending in Nayapulafter a majestic sunrise view at Poon Hill.

Trekking is possible throughout the year, but Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) provide the best weather.  During the Spring, there is a bit more color and the rhododendrons are blooming, and in the Autumn months, the skies are generally clearer.  The Annapurna Circuit Trek requires fitness and acclimatization to avoid acute mountain sickness. Shikhar Adventure arranges the trek with complete management. Please, feel free to contact us for more detailed information.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuvan International airport (1345m).

A representative from Shikhar Adventure will welcome you our hotel. We will prepare you with information and gear for your trek. Overnight at hotel.

Cost Details:

Cost Includes

  • Transportation to and from Tribhuvan Airport.
  • Three nights in a 2-3 star hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included.
  • All transportation for the trek.
  • Local guest house accommodation in mountain.
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) fees
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
  • Government-authorized, experienced guide and porters
  • Insurance, food, accommodation, and wage for guides and porters
  • Hygienic meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • All equipment (sleeping bag, down jacket and duffel bag)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Maps
  • Service charge and government taxes
  • Post-trek celebration dinner in Kathmandu

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (besides breakfast)
  • Your personal expenses, shopping, etc.
  • Shower and electronic charging fees at guest houses during the trek
  • Alcoholic drinks, chocolates, tea and coffee
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary
  • Costs from unexpected occurrences (i.e. cancellations, weather problems, damages of property, illness, etc.)

Note:

Shikhar Adventure is not responsible for any problems due to weather, damages of property, etc. However, we will help you manage your inconveniences to the best of our abilities.  Transportation to and from Pokhara can be delayed due to weather conditions and delays may last up to several days.  It is best to book flights to and from Kathmandu with a several day margin to avoid missing a flight back to your home country.  If flights go smoothly, we will help arrange activities for you during your margin days.  If you have a tight schedule and the roads out of Pokhara are delayed, it is possible to take a flight back to Kathmandu for an additional cost.