Annapurna Circuit Trek is a popular and rewarding trek in the Annapurna Region. It offers the variety of scenery of both the northern and southern Himalaya and valley views along the trails.
Annapurna Circuit Trek is known as a fully round trek and the best trek in the world. Experiencing the Himalayas on this trek gives you the opportunity to enjoy and view the large villages of Gurung, Magar, Thakali, and Tamangs. Annapurna Circuit Trek takes about 2 weeks from start to finish, depending on your time frame and interest. The Round Annapurna Trek takes you up to the Marsyangdi River, and then you will cross the fantastic Thorung-La pass (5416 m) and complete the route while descending through the Kali Gandaki River. During the trek, you surround the Annapurna ridge, which includes the highest peaks; among them, some are over 8000 m. You will be following different valleys and canyons and also walking beside rushing streams that pound over white granite rocks and through deep pools. The journey through lush fields and forests, mountains, and the desert-dry Trans will be one of the most unique experiences you will ever have.
Our Annapurna Circuit Trek begins in Kathmandu.We drive to Besishar and then to Syange (760 m, about 10 hrs). Trekking starts from Jagat (1,100 m (3,608 ft)) and passes through different villages. These villages have a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The highest point in this trek is Thorong La, which sits at 5,416 m (17,768 ft). The highlights of this trek include the high trail from Upper Pisang through Ghyaru and Ngawal to Braga (its ancient gompa) with magnificent views of Annapurna II and IV. Manang (3540 m) is a village that caters well to trekkers while offering magnificent views of Gangapurna and Annapurna III. The high pass over the Thorung La (5,416 m) summit offers exceptional views in all directions as well as diversity of landscape and culture.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek will bring you close to the natural beauty, Himalayan wildlife, culture, traditions, and lifestyle of the people who have lived in the Himalayas for many years.
Accommodation and food
- Accommodation in teahouses during the Annapurna Circuit Trek in the Annapurna Region
- During Annapurna Trekking, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served at the tea house.
- 2 nights' accommodation in Kathmandu on a bed and breakfast basis
- 1 night's accommodation in Pokhara on a bed and breakfast basis
- Welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu
Best Time for Trekking to Annapurna Circuit Trekking
Spring Season: March, April, and May
The weather is spring-like, the forest is blooming with flowers, and the track is lined with green trees.Springtime starts in March and ends in May. The trekking trail will probably be crowded with a lot of trekkers at this time of the year, but it is the best time to enjoy the beautiful mountain views and landscapes.
Summer Season: June, July, and August
Summer in Nepal is different because it rains a lot and is also known as monsoon season.You just have to be prepared and plan your trek according to the season you are trekking. The hilly regions are moist and wet at this time of the year, so the trekking routes are likely to get muddy and slippery.
Since it rains a lot, there is less crowding when it's not raining, and the trails are pretty slippery. We will get the best view of the green landscape. The weather is quite harsh, as it is sunny during the day and can rain at any time.
Autumn Season: September, October, and November
Autumn is the best time to trek anywhere in Nepal, including the Annapurna Circuit Trek. The weather is warm during the day and quite chilly in the mornings and evenings. In the higher altitudes, the temperature might drop below the freezing point. The best time to trek in Nepal is in the autumn, and the best months are October and November. The trek is busy and crowded, but the view is perfect (white mountains and blue sky) compared to the summer and spring seasons.
Difficulty Level of the Annapurna Circuit Trek: Stenuous
Annapurna Circuit Trek is not considered to be a difficult trek, but it is very adventurous trekking in Annapurna Regency. This trek is considered a moderate one. Like Everest Base Camp Trek, it is also demanding and a beautiful trek, but with a bit of patience, Annapurna Circuit Trek is very enjoyable and achievable.
Trekking and hiking through the mountains mean that there may be adventure waiting for you at every step of your walk. The Annapurna Circuit Trek is also a very adventurous and exciting journey for adventure travelers and hikers, and the difficulties and challenges will be added until we reach our destination.
Physical condition and experience requirements
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a normal trekking experience in the Annapurna region; it is possible to trek with a basic level of fitness, but a good training plan prior to your Annapurna Base Camp trip will make that much more enjoyable. It doesn’t require any climbing skills. We have seen many different ages of travelers completing this trek, like old, young, overweight, and underweight, and they all are very appreciative of the journey as a non-technical trek that does not require crampons, walking poles, oxygen cylinders, ropes, or technical equipment. However, if you do not have your own warm down jackets and sleeping bags, our company will provide them for you.Most trekkers with some level of fitness and decent drive with a lot of stamina to last two weeks in the cold weather in the mountains can complete a standard ABC trek.
Extra personal expenses on trekking
All meals (lunch, breakfast, and dinner with hot drinks) are included in the package, and meals will be served according to the package program; however, there will be an additional charge if you extend your trip beyond the schedule of our package. Last but not least, we recommend that our client carry some snacks such as energy bars, snickers, waters, chocolates, cookies, and personal belonging materials such as passports, battery chargers, and so on.
Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek
- Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Experience mountain people and their life styles in the heart of Himalayas.
- Views of the world’s highest mountains: Dhaulagiri I (7th), Manaslu (8th) and Annapurna I (10th)
- Crossing the Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters
- Dicover pilgrimage site of Muktinath
- Bath in natural hot springs at Tatopani
- Magnificent sunrise views from Poon Hill.