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12 Days
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Trek through beautiful villages of Chame, Lower Pisang, and Manang.

Visit the largest monastery of Manang district, Braga monastery.

Experience rich culture and tradition of the locals.

Cross challenging Thorong La Pass.

Get to observe gorgeous landscape views.

Visit Muktinath Temple.

Witness panoramic views of Annapurna range, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Machhapuchhre, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Ganggpurna, etc.

The Annapurna Circuit trek takes you on a whirlwind journey that explores the major districts in western Nepal like Kaski, Lamjung, Manang, and Mustang. This 12-day trek will lead you along the illustrious trails of the Annapurna region that starts from the green trails and ends at the dusty ones. During Annapurna Circuit trek 12-days, you will be blessed with views of amazing mountains that range from the mighty Annapurnas to the silent Dhaulagiri. Along with majestic sceneries, you can witness the ancient culture that thrives in the isolated parts of the Himalayas.

This amazing journey starts from Kathmandu and goes along the Prithivi highway. Stop at Besisahar for a night and after that, the trails then ascend and pass through dense forests & vegetation. As we progress ahead, we reach the headquarters of Manang district, Chame. The dusty road commences from here as we admire religious gompas and scenic views of Annapurna. We rest a bit in Manang and visit the Gangapurna lake. The road becomes tough as we aim to summit the Thorong La pass. The pass is very scary and requires strength and vigor. Pray in the holy Muktinath and descend to Jomsom where you can explore the Leopard Cave. From here, you will fly back to Pokhara and trek comes to an end.

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What's included

Departure Location
Kathmandu, Nepal
Return Location
Kathmandu, Nepal
Price includes
  • All government taxes and our service charges.
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
  • All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners)oneitem Menu.
  • An experienced Government license holder guide.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Best available accommodations during the trek in Teahouse.
  • Duffel bag during the trek (should be returned to us)
  • Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali Restaurant with on the second last day.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all staff.
  • Jomsom to Pokhara drive by bus
  • Jomsom to Pokhara flight
  • Optional (Available on extra cost)
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu domestic flight
  • Rescue service arrangement only (covered by your travel insurance)
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three or four star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included.
  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
Price does not include
  • Air travel to/from Nepal,
  • Guide Potter Tips.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Respective expenses if one returns earlier from the trip due to sickness or emergency purpose.
  • Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
  • Soft/hard drinks, laundry, postage, telephone bills, all items of personal nature,
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel, Trekking and Helicopter Rescue insurance.
  • Day 01
  • Day 02
  • Day 03
  • Day 04
  • Day 05
  • Day 06
  • Day 07
  • Day 08
  • Day 09
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
  • Day 12
Day 01

Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m).

With beautiful views of hills, rivers, and dense forests, you will land on Tribhuvan International Airport. At the terminal gate, one of the members from our company will wait for you to welcome. He will take you to the hotel. Rest for the left of the day, and in the evening, join welcome dinner organized by the company.

  • Meals Included: Welcome dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
Day 02

Drive to Besisahar (760 m).

After having breakfast, you will drive to Besisahar on a winding road along the Trishuli River. The drive will present you scenic views. Upon reaching Besisahar, you will head to the lodge where you will stay overnight.

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: Lodge
Day 03

Drive Besisahar to Chame (2,630 m); 6 hrs.

From Besisahar, you will head towards Chame. Crossing a suspension bridge, you will ascend through the dense forest of oak and fir. Further, you will pass by small villages and reach Chame.

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: Lodge
Day 04

Trek from Chame to Lower Pisang (3,200 m), 6 hrs.

Trekking on a steep narrow river valley, you will head to Lower Pisang. The path will be winding and goes through dense forests. Upon reaching Lower Pisang, you will get to see superb views of Pisang Peak and Mt. Annapurna II.

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: Lodge
Day 05

Lower Pisang to Braga (3,450 m), 7.5 hrs or Manang (3,540 m); 8 hrs.

To reach Braga or Manang there are two routes, however, you will follow the route that takes you to Upper Pisang via Geru. The trail will offer you excellent views of Annapurna range and Pisang. Similarly, you will get accompanied by the gorgeous scenery. You will reach Braga where you will visit the largest monastery of Manang district, Braga monastery. From here, a short walk will take you to Manang village.

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: Lodge
Day 06

Acclimatization day.

Today is your acclimatization day in Manang. You will explore around the village and go on a short hike to either Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. You can also visit the Himalayan Rescue Association to get some idea on Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: Lodge
Day 07

Trek to Thorung Phedi (4,420 m).

Leaving Manang behind, you will cross a stream and ascend to Tenki village. From here, you will climb out of Marshyangdi Valley, and trek in the northwest to reach Jarsang Khola Valley. Further, passing by pastures and juniper trees, you will gradually ascend to the small village of Ghunsa. The trail then goes through meadows and lead you to Thorong Phedi.

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: Lodge
Day 08

Trek to Muktinath (3,710 m) via the Thorong La (4,420 m).

Today, you will wake up early in the morning and continue trekking to Muktinath. Before reaching Muktinath temple, you will cross challenging Thorong La Pass. After having a quick breakfast, you will climb upward on along rocky ridges that will take you to the top of the pass from where a fantastic view of surrounding can be seen.

From here, the trail descends to steeply to Muktinath Temple, an important holy site of Hindus.

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: Lodge
Day 09

Trek Muktinath (3,710 m) to Jomsom (2,720 m).

You will wake up early and visit Muktinath Temple. After that, you will have a warm breakfast and begin driving towards Jomsom.

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: Lodge
Day 10

Trek end: Drive Jomsom (2,720 m) to Pokhara (827m).

Today, early in the morning, you will fly back to Pokhara. You will have the whole day to rest and explore Pokhara. If you want, we can also arrange a guided tour.

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: Hotel
Day 11

Drive Pokhara (827 m) to Kathmandu (1,375 m).

Leaving Pokhara behind, you will drive back to Kathmandu. You will follow the same route and reach Kathmandu. Also, there is an option for flying back to Kathmandu as well. You can do the shopping and look around. In the evening, you will have a farewell dinner organized by the company.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast & farewell dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
Day 12

Departure.

With a heavy heart and lots of memories, you will fly back to your home today. 

  • Meals Included: Breakfast only

Go for Nepal Review

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The Annapurna Circuit was my second trek with Go For Nepal in 2018. After completing the Annapurna Base Camp trek the year before, I came back to discover more of this beautiful country Nepal. The Annapurna Circuit was one of the best adventures of my life… Babu (the owner of the company) and his team made sure the whole organization went smoothly from the first until the last day. And even though I had a stomach ache in the mountains, thanks to caring support and encouragement, I was able to accomplish my goal and reach Thorong La Pass. The Annapurna Circuit offers stunning scenery through the most diverse landscapes, and the view up there on Thorong La Pass is breathtaking. Thank you Go For Nepal, for this wonderful experience.

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Himalayan Penchant

Annapurna Circuit Trek is the longest and most adventurous trek in the Annapurna region. From rich culture to the high pass, Annapurna Circuit Trek 12-days has got everything. If you are someone who wants to taste the real thrill and challenges of Annapurna region then this is the perfect trek for you. During the trek, you will get to witness some of the most beautiful views of nature. Similarly, high Himalayan mountains like Annapurna Range (8,091 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Fishtail (6,993), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m), Mt. Ganggpurna (7,455 m), Lamjung Himal (6,983m), Mt. Himchuli (6411 m), etc.

Annapurna Circuit Trek landmark

Manang

Manang is one of the most famous places in Nepal. It is a beautiful secluded village where you can see breath-taking landscape views. There are so many things to explore and do in this village-like you can go on a short hike to Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake.

Thorong La Pass

Located at 4,420 meters, Thorong La Pass is the highest point of Annapurna Circuit Trek. To reach the top of the pass, you have to ascend on the steep rugged trail that is challenging. From the top of the pass, you can see the most gorgeous views of the surrounding.

Muktinath Temple

Muktinath temple is one of the pilgrimage sites of Hindus. Every year hundreds of pilgrims visit this temple to worship. The temple boat thousands of year old tradition and history.

Culture

Along with culture, you will get to witness the culture of the Thakali people in these silent parts. Walk across the ancient settlements in villages like Ledar and Phedi, where you can see traces of Tibetan culture. The journey takes you to Muktinath which is a major pilgrimage for Buddhists and Hindus. The trails in the trek are decorated with chortens and gumba that add a certain bit of spirituality to this trek.

Ethnic Diversity

During Annapurna Circuit Trekking, you will pass by villages resided by Brahmans and Chhetris in lower elevation. Likewise, in high elevation, people from Gurung and Magar communities live. You will get to learn and experience their ancient tradition, culture, and lifestyle.

Natural Aptitude

Annapurna region is extremely rich in vegetation. The region includes a diverse range of forests from sub-tropical low land to dry alpine environment. Annapurna region is home to many rare and outstanding species of flora and fauna. During the Annapurna Circuit Trek, you will trek through several dense forests of rhododendron, bamboo, pine, oak, etc. On the way, you will also see pasture lands and terraced fields. The trail also passes by Annapurna Sanctuary where you can come across wildlife.

Annapurna Circuit Trek difficulty

The Annapurna Circuit trek is a comparatively difficult trek, which involves lots of walking and that too through steep & landslide-prone paths. This trail commands you to walk for at least 5 hours a day, and the combination of snow and strong winds may take its toll on you. Before making the trek, make sure that you have the required level of stamina and willpower to complete this trek.

Altitude Sickness and Prevention

This trek will take you around 5,000 meters, which is a very high altitude trek. And, the high altitude trek always brings chances of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) with it. It is a common illness that occurs during high elevation trekking and can be avoided by adding rest days in between the trek. Also, keep yourself hydrated can also decrease the chances of AMS.

Transportation and Bag Pack

A long scenic drive from Kathmandu will take you to Pokhara. From Pokhara, drive for one hour and reach the starting point of the trek, Besisahar. Here onwards, begins your trek through picturesque villages and dense forests.

Here is the list of things you should carry during the Annapurna Circuit Trek:

  • T-shirts and Pants (Innerwear)
  • Thermal Wears
  • Lightweight woolen jumper/sweater
  • Down jacket or down vest
  • Fleece or wool trousers
  • Breathable Underwears
  • Trekking Pants/Shoes/Socks
  • Casual Sandals
  • Insulating Jacket
  • Rain jacket
  • Gloves/Scarves
  • Sleeping bag
  • Trekking Pole
  • Toiletries (sunscreen, Multipurpose Soap, Shampoo, Hand sanitizer, Toilet Paper, Sanitary pads, Lip guard, moisturizers, etc)
  • Miscellaneous (Binoculars, eye mask, camera, extra batteries, journal, cards, bars, snacks, water purification tablets, etc)
  • Documents (passport, visa, travel insurance, voucher, passport-sized photos)

Food and Accommodation during Annapurna Circuit Trek

During your time in the Annapurna Circuit trek, you will be spending your time in one of the teahouses and lodges present on the trail. There are no fancy lodges here, so you need to suffice with the local teahouses. However, in the main cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara, you can reside in quality hotels. Your budget will be a major determining factor.

In the trail, you’ll mostly dine on dal bhat whereas, in the city, you can choose from a variety of cuisines. While on the trail, these lavish hotels won’t be available. You will have to make do with simple lodges and teahouses. In terms of food, you won’t eat anything fancy while you are trekking. However, dishes like noodles, momo, rice, curries, flatbread, thukpa, and egg will be available.

Best time to go on Annapurna Circuit Trekking

As per the opinion of experts, the best time to scout the famous Annapurna region and to take the Annapurna Circuit trek is from October to mid-December. The monsoon rain clears the weather and provides a surreal view of the Himalayan ranges. The trails aren’t slippery and the most important fact, the temperature is neither too cold nor too hot. There are options of taking this trek early March and April too. In this time, the rhododendrons have an unusual bloom to them.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Cost

Annapurna Circuit Trek cost rate can vary as per your budget. You can always customize your itinerary as per your requirements. The general cost includes Kathmandu – Pokhara single way flights, all ground transportation as per itinerary, permits, accommodation, meals, guide, and porters. However, things like travel insurance, visa fees, trekking equipment, personal expenses, tips are not included in the cost.

Miscellaneous

  • Carry insect repellents and table salts
  • Collect adequate information on the weather and temperature
  • Get yourself a good map
  • Pack light
  • Maintain body hydration
  • Walk slow
  • Carry hand cash
  • Do not get obsessed over network and internet
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Annapurna Circuit Trek

Price
$1049 per person
Duration
12 Days
Travellers
20+

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