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11-Day Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Trip Facts

Weather

Weather -10°C to 14°C

Duration

Duration 11 Days

Difficulty

Difficulty Strenuous

The 11-Day Annapurna Circuit Trek is a popular trekking route for exploring the entire Annapurna massif. Situated in central Nepal, the trek route lets you explore the Annapurna region. The routes take you through scenic landscapes, picturesque villages, forests of rhododendron, oaks, bamboo, and highland pastures.  

Your trek will begin from Besi Sahar. As you slowly start climbing to the higher elevation, you can witness the panoramic mountain view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), and Nilgiri ranges. You will pass by villages like Ghorepani, Tadapani, Ghandruk, Landruk, Phedi, and more. The trail requires you to cross through numerous suspension bridges.  

Likewise, you will pass the Annapurna Conservation Area where you can observe diverse flora and fauna. En route, you will cross one of the biggest passes in the world, Thorung La Pass. Situated at an elevation of 5,416 meters, the view from the top is something out of a fantasy novel. For all these reasons Annapurna Circuit Trek often lands among the 10 best treks on the planet lists.  

The trail to Annapurna Circuit Trek is challenging. But with challenges comes one of the most awe-inspiring experiences. You get to indulge in the true beauty, culture, and tradition of the Annapurna Region. Similarly, you will also come across ancient monasteries and the religious pilgrim Muktinath temple.For every trek enthusiast, Annapurna Circuit Trek provides an enriching experience. 

Accommodation During Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a popular route with well-established trails. Hence, there are plenty of tea houses, lodges, and guest houses available. All accommodations provide basic facilities. These accommodations are usually budget-friendly with shared bathrooms. But you can also find rooms with attached bathrooms. 

On our 11-day Annapurna Circuit Trek package, accommodations are all arranged by our agency. We make arrangements for your stay with the local lodges at each stop on our trek. The lodge accommodation is on the twin shared basis. As we move to high elevations, the accommodations are less luxurious with only basic facilities. Nonetheless, they are comfortable. Note that the accommodation for Kathmandu is not included in this package.

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Highlights

  • Cross the Thorung La Pass (5416m), one of the biggest passes in the world
  • Enjoy the panorama of the mountains in the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri ranges
  • Experience the Manangi and Thakali culture and traditions
  • Trek across the Annapurna Conservation Area and relish its biodiversity

11-Day Annapurna Circuit Trekking Itinerary

Day 1

Drive to Besi Sahar

Day 1 Facts

Trekking Time Average

160km Drive
(Avg 5hrs)

Accommodation

Hotel yumpo

Altitude

850m./2805ft.

Today, you’ll embark on a scenic full-day bus journey towards Besi sahar in Lamjung District. Begin the drive along the beautiful Trishuli River and take a detour north alongside the Budi Gandaki River. A 5-6 hour long drive will bring you Besisahar Town.  Overnight in Besisahar.

Day 2

Drive to Chame

Day 2 Facts

Trekking Time Average

80km Drive
(Avg 5hrs)

Accommodation

Royal Garden Hotel

Altitude

2710m./8943ft.

Leaving Besisahar, you’ll begin driving upstream along the Marsayangdi River. The pristine mountainous river takes you through lush forests toward Chyamje village. The road continues going north towards Taal village, where you’ll enjoy your lunch. Afterward, you’ll continue driving upstream towards Chame village. Chame is the headquarters of Manang District, where you can enjoy the majestic sight of Lamjung Himal (6983m) in the distance. Overnight in Chame.

Day 3

Trek to Upper Pisang

Day 3 Facts

Trekking Time Average

15km Uphill Hike
(Avg 6hrs)

Accommodation

Mandala Hotel

Altitude

3300m./10890ft

Enjoy a delicious breakfast and then embark on the first day of the trek. Leaving Chame, you’ll begin trekking upstream along the Marsayangdi River towards Telekhu village. The trail starts to climb through lush forested ridges towards Bhratang. A short hike will bring you to Dhukur Pokhari from where you’ll begin climbing along the Marsayangdi River towards Lower Pisang village. A short climb above Lower Pisang will bring you to Upper Pisang village. Overnight in Upper Pisang.

Day 4

Trek to Manang

Day 4 Facts

Trekking Time Average

16km Uphill Hike
(Avg 6hrs)

Accommodation

Hotel Yeti/ himalayan Singi

Altitude

3500m./11550ft

Enjoy breakfast at Upper Pisang while enjoying the beautiful view of Marsayangdi Valley. Leaving Upper Pisang, you’ll begin to cling uphill through Manang Sadak towards Ngawal village. You can enjoy your lunch and then explore the Tibetan styled settlements at Ngawal. From here, the trail continues through Ghyaru, Humde, and Braga villages towards Manang. Overnight in Manang.

Day 5

Acclimatization/Exploring around

Day 5 Facts

Accommodation

Lodge in Manang

Manang is a town in Manang District surrounded by Annapurna III (7555m) and Gangapurna (6454m). It is home to the ethnic tribes of Tibetan and Gurung people. You can spend the day exploring the scenic town and nearby destinations. If you’re up for an adventurous hike, you can head to the Gangapurna Lake and Ice Lake located in the glaciated region amidst Annapurna massif and Chulu East Peak. Catch the beautiful panoramic sight of Annapurna and Gangapurna ranges on the way. Overnight in Manang.

Day 6

Trek to Ledar

Day 6 Facts

Trekking Time Average

10km Uphill Hike
(Avg 4hrs)

Accommodation

Lodge in Yak Kharka

Altitude

4110m./13563ft

Leaving Manang village, you’ll begin climbing uphill through Tengi village towards Ghunsang. Leaving Marsayangdi valley, the trail begins to climb along with the Jar Sang Khola Valley. You will begin walking past Yak pastures and a scrub of juniper trees. The trail climbs past an ancient Mani wall towards the small village of Yak Kharka. You will walk further 45 minutes to Ledar.  Overnight in Ledar.

Day 7

Trek to Throng Phedi

Day 7 Facts

Trekking Time Average

6km Hike
(Avg 4hrs)

Accommodation

Lodge in Throng Phedi

Altitude

4400m./14520ft.

Leaving Ledar, you’ll begin climbing uphill towards Thorong Phedi. The steep trail goes upstream along the Kone River and climbs through the rocky ridges towards Thorong Phedi. Enjoy the scenic sights of Annapurna massif and Thorong Peak (6144m) as you make your way towards Thorong Phedi . Spend the rest of the day acclimatizing for the upcoming climb of Thorong La Pass.

Day 8

Hike to Muktinath

Day 8 Facts

Trekking Time Average

18km Up/downhill Hike
(Avg 10hrs)

Accommodation

Lodge in Muktinath

Altitude

3800m./12540ft.

Leaving Thorong Phedi, the trail begins to climb upstream along the Marsayangdi stream. You’ll encounter thick snows as you approach the top of the pass. Once at Thorong La Pass situated (5,416 m), you can enjoy the majestic view of the surrounding mountains in Annapurna and Gangapurna range along with the desert-like landscape of Mustang. Mountains as far as in Tibet will also be visible from the top. You’ll begin descending to the other side and climb down the rocky ridges to reach the monastic destination of Muktinath Temple. Overnight in Muktinath.

Day 9

Trek to Marpha

Day 9 Facts

Trekking Time Average

18km downhill Hike
(Avg 7hrs)

Accommodation

Lodge in Marpha

Altitude

2713m./8952ft

The day begins with an exciting tour around Muktinath Temple. Located at an altitude of 3760 meters, Muktinath Temple is one of the most popular pilgrimages in South Asia. Leaving Muktinath, you’ll begin climbing downhill with the company of Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri peaks in the distance. You can enjoy your lunch upon reaching Kagbeni village. The trek continues over the dried beds of Kali Gandaki River and goes towards Jomsom, the headquarters of Mustang District. Walk an hour to Marpha – Capital city of Appl, a beautiful town. Overnight in Marpha.

Day 10

Drive to Pokhara

Day 10 Facts

Trekking Time Average

8hrs Drive

Accommodation

Hotel Kausi

Altitude

820m./2706ft

Enjoy the pristine Himalayan sights of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range as you jumb to bus/jeep. You will drive through a beautiful scenic places as Tukuche, Kalopani , Rupse waterfall, Tatopani, Beni and Nayapul.  Overnight in Pokhara.

If you wish, you can indulge in a short boating ride around the lake in the evening or next morning.

Day 11

Drive to Kathmandu

Day 11 Facts

Trekking Time Average

200km Drive
(Avg 6hrs)

Altitude

1295m./4273ft

Enjoy your breakfast overlooking the beautiful Phewa Lake.  Afterward, you’ll embark on a half-day long road journey back to Kathmandu by tourist bus. The scenic journey goes along the massive Trishuli River and crosses numerous colorful towns en route. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you can explore the nearby Thamel town and shop for souvenirs. Overnight in Kathmandu.

What do you get in the Trip?

Included

  • Tribhuwan International Airport Transfer ( Airport + Hotel + Airport ) in Kathmandu.
  • One night hotel accommodation in Pokhara ( Hotel Kausi) .
  • Lodge ( Twin share basis) accommodation during the trekking.
  • All meals ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) along the trek.
  • One highly experienced, first aid trained, fluent English speaking, local language speaking, friendly and government authorized trekking guide and required porters (one porter for two persons).
  • Guide/ Porter’s food, accommodation, salary, insurance, transportation and equipment.
  • Overland transportation as per mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Annapurna conservation area project ( ACAP) and necessary permits  .
  • A trekking map, duffle bag, Oxygen saturation check up everyday, Trekking completion certificate and company T-shirt etc.
  • Government tax and service charge etc.
  • Assistance for emergency rescue evacuation.
  • Public Liability Insurance.

Excluded

  • Hotel accommodation and meals in Kathmandu.
  • Hard and soft table drinks such as tea/coffee, coke, fanta, mineral water, beer, desert, battery charge, hot shower, laundry, phone bill and bar bill.
  • Personal Travel insurance .
  • Tips for guide and porters. ( Highly suggested).
Spring season ( March, April, May) -5°C to 20°C , Autumn Season ( Sept, Oct, Nov) -10°C to 15°C, Winter season ( Dec, Jan, Feb) -15°C to 10°C, Summer Season ( June, July, August) 0°C to 20°C

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Group Discounts Available

Group of 1 - 1 $940.00 PP $740.00 PP
Group of 2 - 4 $730.00 PP $630.00 PP
Group of 5 - 8 $690.00 PP $590.00 PP
Group of 9 - 12 $650.00 PP $550.00 PP
Group of 13 - 16 $620.00 PP $520.00 PP
Group of 17 - 20 $590.00 PP $490.00 PP
Group of 21 - 25 $487.00 PP $450.00 PP

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The given rates are per person with guaranteed departure schedules. If the given dates are not appropriate for you, please feel free to contact us for requesting a new dates, we will gladly personalize the itinerary and schedule of the trip that fits for you.

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Traveler Reviews

Absolutely fantastic trip organised by Tej. We emailed him asking about arranging a porter for our 15 day trek and Tej replied with all the information needed promptly. We me with him in his office in Thames and immediately knew we had made the right choice. Tej was incredibly organised and had many tips that enhanced our experience. Our porter, Samir, was a great guy and a tremendous help throughout the trek. By the end, he was not a porter, he was a friend and huge part of our journey. Cannot recommend Tej and his company more.

5.0

jared worsteling

Melbourne, Australia
I spend 12 days to finish the ACT, it was a wonderful trip, the snow mountain the valley the people... everything is so beautiful here! I appreciate Samsher (my guide cum porter) and Tej's support thoughout the whole trip. When we were crossing the 5416m Tholong Pass I have serious difficulty breathing, and Samsher helped carrying both my bags so I can finally reached the top. This is the memory i'd cherish for the rest of my life.Looking forward to meeting Tej and his team next time when I do the EBC or other activities in Nepal. Thank you and see you soon! - Jerry Dong

5.0

Jerry Dong

China

ESSENTIAL INFO

Best time to visit

The best time to do Annapurna Circuit Trekking is during the spring and autumn seasons. During this time of the year, you will be able to see the beauty of the surrounding in clear visibility. Furthermore, during this season you will also be able to find proper accommodation for your stay. At this time of the year, the temperature is also moderate. Which will multiply your experience and fun during the trek.

11-Day Annapurna Circuit Trek Route

At Nepal Alternative Treks, we have an 11-day Annapurna Circuit Trek package. The itinerary is customized to let you experience the route at its best. Similarly, we prioritize our trekkers’ safety while designing the itinerary.

Our trek will begin from Kathmandu. Here is the breakdown of our Annapurna Circuit Trek route’s day-to-day itinerary. We will discuss the walking distance, trek duration, elevations, and view of each day’s route.

On the first day, we will embark on our journey from Kathmandu. We will take a full-day bus journey towards Besi Sahar (850m/2,805ft) in the Lamjung district. The bus will drive alongside the Trishuli River. The bus will take a detour north alongside the Budi Gandaki River passing by greeneries and charming villages. We will cover a 160 km distance and stay at Besi Sahar overnight.

We will leave Besi Sahar and drive upstream along the Marsyangdi River. The drive will take you through the lush forests towards Chyamje village. Heading in the north direction, we will drive towards Taal village and then towards Chame (2,710m/8,943ft). The majestic sight of Lamjung Himal will greet you as you enter Chame. The Chame village is the headquarters of the Manag district. The drive covers 80km and takes around 5 hours. We will rest at Chame for the night.

The next day, we will begin our uphill climb. We will trek upstream alongside the Marsatyangdi River and climb through luscious forest ridges. We will pass by the villages of Telekhu, Bhratang, and Dhukur Pokhari. After a short climb above Lower Pisang, we will reach the Upper Pisang village (3,300m/10,890 ft). The day’s trek will take around 6 hours and cover a 15 km uphill hike. We will stay at Upper Pisang for the night.

Our day 4 will begin with a beautiful view of Marsayangdi Valley. This day we will embark on a 4-hour, 12 km uphill journey to Manang (3,500m/11,550ft). We will continue to climb uphill through Manang Sadak towards Ngawal village. We will explore a little at this Tibetan-styled settlement. We will then continue our trek and pass by the Ghyaru, Humde, and Bagra villages before reaching Manang.

Acclimatization is important for adjusting your body to the higher elevation. So today, we will explore Manang and acclimatize. The town is surrounded by Annapurna III (7,555 m) and Gangapurna (6,454 m). Home to Tibetan and Magar people, you can explore the Gangapurna Lake and Ice Lake. Both lakes are located in the glaciated region of Annapurna Massif and Chulu East Peak.

Our trek destination for the day is Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,563ft). We will climb through Tengi village, Ghusang, and Marsayangdi valley. Then, the trail will climb up to Sang Khola Valley. We will pass by Yak pastures, scrub of juniper trees, and an ancient Mani wall. After a 3-hour walk and 6 km uphill hike, we will reach Yak Kharka.

The following day, the trail will lead uphill through Chauri Ledar village and towards Thorong Phedi. It is a 6 km hike which takes 4 hours. We will walk alongside the Kone River and climb through rocky ridges. Along The way, you can enjoy the stunning view of Annapurna Massif and Thorong Peak (6,144m). After reaching the Thorong Phedi High Camp (4,400m/14,520ft), we will spend the rest of the day acclimatizing.

Next morning, we will again climb upstream alongside the Marsyangdi River. Expect to walk on thick snow as you slowly approach Thorong La Pass (5,416m). You can witness the Annapurna and Gangapurna ranges along with the desert-like landscape of the Mustang from the top. Similarly, you can also view mountains in Tibet. We will then descend and climb down the rocky ridges. Our trek will end for the day at Muktinath. The trek covers 18 km and takes around 10 hours.

We will begin our day with a tour around Muktinath temple (3,760m). The temple is one of the most popular pilgrimages in Nepal. You can witness mountain views of Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri as you leave Muktinath. We will pass by Kagbeni, the dried beds of Kali Gandaki River, and Jomsom. After a 7-hour hike and covering an 18 km distance, we will finally reach Marpha (2,713m/8,952ft). Marpha is a beautiful town famous for being the capital city of Apple. We will stay overnight here.

We will enjoy the morning with the beautiful views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Then we will hop in a jeep or bus and drive back to Pokhara (820m/2,706ft). During the 8-hour drive, we will pass by Tukuche, Kalopani, Rupse waterfall, Tatopani, Beni, and Nayapul. We will stay at Pokhara overnight.

On the final day, we will begin our morning with breakfast overlooking the beautiful Phewa Lake. Then we will head back to Kathmandu on a 6-hour drive alongside the Trishuli River.

What are the Difficulties Faced During the Annapurna Circuit?

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is challenging. Although the trail is well-established, trekkers have to be prepared for steep uphill and downhill hikes. The trek will take you through various landscapes and terrains. There are many narrow trails with slippery sections. Similarly, as you move higher, the trail becomes rocky.  

You will also have to cross over several suspension bridges during the journey. The route of the Annapurna Circuit Trek goes through remote areas of the region. As a result, there are limited facilities available. The communication and internet connection can also be limited. To avoid any risky areas, trekkers have to stay updated with the trail conditions.   

The high altitude can also cause altitude sickness problems for many trekkers. Likewise, the weather conditions at higher elevations are unpredictable. Proper preparation is necessary to combat the Annapurna Circuit Trek difficulties. The trails will test any trekker’s stamina and endurance.

Trekkers have to be physically as well as mentally prepared for the journey.  So, it is highly recommended that you do strength training and exercises before the trek. It is always best to embark on these challenging treks with a positive mindset. 

Meals During Annapurna Circuit

We don’t provide any Meals facilities in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Similarly, we also don’t provide any soft or hard drinks during the trek. Most importantly, we provide meals 3 times a day which includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner facility as your wish. Likewise, we also provide food in sufficient quantities. In addition, we also provide healthy Nepali and western food during the 11-day Annapurna circuit trek.

Accommodation During Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a popular route with well-established trails. Hence, there are plenty of tea houses, lodges, and guest houses available. All accommodations provide basic facilities. These accommodations are usually budget-friendly with shared bathrooms. But you can also find rooms with attached bathrooms. 

On our 11-day Annapurna Circuit Trek package, accommodations are all arranged by our agency. We make arrangements for your stay with the local lodges at each stop on our trek. The lodge accommodation is on the twin shared basis. As we move to high elevations, the accommodations are less luxurious with only basic facilities.

Nonetheless, they are comfortable. Note that the accommodation for Kathmandu is not included in this package.

We Offer Last-Minute Bookings and Multiple Departures

If you are thinking of making immediate for Annapurna Circuit Trek, we have your back. Nepal Alternative Trek provides last-minute bookings and multiple departures. The cost of the booking will remain the same for last-minute bookings as for regular packages. Contact us 24 hours before you wish to set off for the trek. We will make the arrangements and provide you with an online briefing for the trek. 

Documents and Paperwork Required For Trekking Annapurna Circuit

There are three types of documents and paperwork required for Annapurna Circuit Trek. These include:

Visa

Every international traveler is required to get a tourist visa to enter Nepal. They can get the visa before arrival. You can get a visa from the Nepal Embassy situated in your country. Or they can get the visa on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport. The tourist visa allows travelers to freely travel across Nepal. Similarly, it allows you to participate in different activities including trekking.

Permits

For the Annapurna Circuit Trek, trekkers are required to take two permits. These permits include TIMS (Transport Information Management System) and ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit).

The TIMS permit is required by trekkers for every trekking route in Nepal. As the Annapurna Circuit Trek route goes through the Annapurna Conservation Area, you need the ACAP permit. There are different checkpoints along the trail where you need to show these permits. Failure to provide the permits will lead you to pay a fine.

The ACAP permit costs NPR 3000 for foreigners and NPR 1000 for SAARC trekkers. The cost for a child below 10 years is free. You can get these permits in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Our 11-day Annapurna Circuit Trek package includes both of these permits.

Insurance

It is always best for trekkers to get travel insurance while traveling in unfamiliar territory. Since you will be trekking to higher elevations where altitude-related sickness is common, it is best to get travel insurance. There can be some unforeseen medical issues or emergencies. At such times, the insurance helps to cover any emergency medical evacuation.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek route is safe but it is challenging. So, it is best to be prepared. Travel insurance also covers baggage loss, trek cancellations, or postponements. In addition, make sure that your insurance company has ticked all your trekking-related policies such as rescue missions, medical expenses, and loss of personal equipment. Therefore, if all these things are good then it will be easy for you to excess to the trek via us.

Fitness and experience requirements

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a very long trek so you should be physically fit and mentally tough. In addition, you should have at least the experience of climbing small peaks. Not everyone can do this trek. Most importantly, you should be passionate about the trek. Furthermore, you should not have any heart or lung diseases. Most importantly, you should also not have any blood-related diseases. Furthermore, you should have confidence in yourself.

Annapurna Circuit Route Weather and Climate

Annapurna Circuit Trek route go through diverse topography and elevation changes. Therefore, the weather and climate vary significantly. You will trek from the subtropical climate to alpine. Similarly, you will ascend uphill and descend downhill through different ecological zones. The weather in lowlands can be warm but as you climb to the higher elevations, the temperature begins to drop.

For the best trekking experience, spring and autumn are the best time. The weather and temperature are favorable and warm. The temperature ranges from 20°C to 30°C at lowland and range from 10°C to 20°C at high alpine. Similarly, The clear skies also provide the best views during the season.

However, trekkers should be prepared for weather changes while at their Annapurna Circuit Trek. There can also be occasional rain showers. Therefore, trekkers carry proper clothing and be equipped with proper gear. it helps to make the trek comfortable and safe. It is also best to check the weather forecasts before your trek.

Extra Personal Expenses

Other than the essential expenses for permits, accommodations, guides, and meals, trekkers should be prepared for extra personal expenses. These expenses can be high or low depending on their preferences. Sometimes unforeseen circumstances can also add extra personal expenses. 

Some of these extra personal expenses during the Annapurna Circuit Trek can include tips, snacks and drinks, personal items, and souvenirs. At higher altitudes, accommodations can charge you extra for hot showers, chagrin devices, and wifi access. Your personal gear and travel insurance also costs you extra expenses. Therefore, it is advised for trekkers to have some flexibility in their budget for these extra personal expenses. 

Gear List

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. A comprehensive list of gear for all activities is listed on our dedicated page of Trekking Gear List

Safety and Security While Going From Nepal Alternative Treks

We are a very reputed trekking and travel company who takes consumers’ safety and security very seriously. It is the most important component of our company. Likewise, we take full care of our consumer and their property. Similarly, our trip constantly and carefully checks every area of our travel. So, you can feel free and enjoy your time trekking with us.

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