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Annapurna Circuit Trekking – 11 Days

11 Days Annapurna Circuit Trekking Facts

Trip Facts

Weather

Weather -20°C to 25°C View Weather Detail

Duration

Duration 11 Days

Difficulty

Difficulty Strenuous

Accommodation

Accommodation Hotel, Lodge, Resorts

Meals Included

Meals Included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Best Season

Best Season March, April, May, Sept, Oct, Nov

Transportation

Transportation Overland

Daily Activity

Daily Activity 4-6 hours

Religion

Religion Buddhist, Hindu, Bon

Ethnic People

Ethnic People Gurung, Thakali, Magar

Geographic Terrain

Geographic Terrain Mountain, Forest, Village

Region of Nepal

Region of Nepal Annapurna Region

Max. Altitude

Max. Altitude 5416m

Overview 

11 days Annapurna Circuit Trekking 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. 

How Long is Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The duration of the Annapurna Circuit Trek can vary depending on the route. Generally, it can last between 11 and 22 days. Since it is a high-altitude trek, trekkers should take their time ascending to high altitudes. They can easily fall victim to altitude sickness. They should take proper acclimatization days to allow their bodies to adjust to the growing elevation. Similarly, trekkers may have to walk 6 to 7 hours a day during the trek. 

Take a look at the itinerary and maximum elevation during Nepal Alternative Treks’ 11 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek: 

Day Itinerary Maximum Elevation
1 Drive to Besi Sahar 850 meters/ 2805 feet
2 Drive to Chame 2710 meters/ 8943 feet
3 Trek to Upper Pisang 3300 meters/ 10890 feet
4 Trek to Manag 3500 meters/ 11550 feet
5 Acclimatization day
6 Trek to Ledar 4100 meters/ 13563 feet
7 Trek to Throng Phedi 4400 meters/ 14520 feet
8 Trek to Muktinath through Thorong La Pass 5416 meters/ 17769 feet
9 Trek to Marpha 2713 meters/ 8952 feet
10 Drive to Pokhara 820 meters/ 2706 feet
11 Drive to Kathmandu 1295 meters/ 4273 feet

How is Annapurna Formed?

The Annapurna Massif contains six tall mountains with elevations of over 7000 meters, including the Annapurna and Nilgiri ranges, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, and more. The tallest peak on the massif is Annapurna I, at an elevation of 8091 meters. It is also the world’s 10th-highest mountain.

“Annapurna” comes from the Hindu deity Annapurna, the giver of food and nourishment. She is also the daughter of the king of the mountains, Himavat. Annapurna mountain is also a giver, as its rivers support the vegetation of the lower regions.

The entire massif is 55 km long, and limestone makes up the top of the Annapurna. Geologists believe that the tectonic plate movements formed the mountain’s present structure on the ocean floor. The world’s deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki, separated the Annapurna mountain from Dhaulagiri.

Climbing the Annapurna I summit is one of the most dangerous mountain expeditions. The death rate is astonishingly high, 38%. It is comparatively higher than other mountains above 8000 meters, and Mt. Everest’s death rate is around 6.8%. As a result, many prefer to hike the Annapurna Circuit Trek rather than climbing the summit. The Annapurna Circuit covers around 160 to 230 km, depending on the route.

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 Days 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.

Briefing of ACT Trek

Your Annapurna Circuit Trek will begin with a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. It is a scenic 7 to 8-hour drive on the winding Prithvi Highway. From Pokhara, you will drive to Besi Sahar in the Lamjung district. It is a 5 to 6-hour drive alongside the Budi Gandaki River. 

From Besi Sahar, you will hop again into a jeep and head towards Chame. The road goes upstream along the Maesyangdi River. After covering an 80 km distance, you will arrive at Chame, the headquarters of Manang district. Similarly, it is the gateway of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Your trek starts from Chame. 

You will begin your ascent to Manang from Upper Pisang. Once you arrive, you will have an acclimatization day in the village. After a rest day, you will begin your climb to Ledar through Yak Kharka.  Next, you will trek to Throng Phedi. 

You will leave Thorong Phedi and climb the trail alongside the Marsayangdi River towards Muktinath via Thorong La Pass. The arduous climb on rocky terrains takes you to the highest parts of the trek before reaching Muktinath. The following day, you will head to Marpha. It is mostly a downhill climb from Muktinath and passes by Jomsom, the headquarters of the Mustang district. 

From Marpha, you will get into a jeep and head towards Pokhara. Your trek will end as you drive past Tukuche, Kalopani, Tatopani, Beni, and Nayapul. The next day, you will get onto a tourist bus again and head back to Kathmandu.

What Makes Annapurna Circuit Trek so Special?

Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the must-take treks in Nepal. It offers a unique and enriching experience that is unlike any other. But what makes the trek so special from the other? 

The first unique factor about the trek is that there are multiple routes. Whichever one you choose, you will trek from dense green woodlands to highland pastures, deep canyons, high mountain passes, and picturesque terrace farms. The vibrant and scenic landscapes add to the charm of the route. The incredible mountain vistas view is the crown jewel of the trek. 

Similarly, you can witness the diverse flora and fauna during the trek. The circuit lies within the Annapurna Conservation Area. It is Nepal’s largest protected area and home to 105 mammals, 518 birds, 40 reptiles, 23 amphibians, and 1226 flowering plants, including 40 orchid varieties.   

The Annapurna region is a melting pot of diverse cultures and ethnic groups. While on a trek, you can experience the warm hospitality of the Gurung, Magar, and Thakali communities. Likewise, you will also have the opportunity to immerse in the culture of Tibetan Buddhism. 

The trek offers a thrilling adventure into the rugged and rough terrains of the Annapurna Circuit. You will get so many experiences from this single trek that you may not find in any other trek.

Before and After Road Construction on Annapurna Circuit trail

The road construction on Annapurna Circuit Trail has been a topic of discussion. While the construction has made the region accessible by road, many trekkers and naturalists argue that it ruined the natural charm of the trails. So, it has raised the question of whether Annapurna Circuit trekking is still worth taking. 

The circuit trek first began in 1977. The trek trail encircles the entire Annapurna massif and offers stunning mountain views. Its pure nature, serene atmosphere, and unique biodiversity quickly garnered national and international attention. 

The road’s construction now connects Pokhara to Manang and Mustang. Locals can more easily access roadways and facilities like health services, trading, and more. However, efforts are being made to ensure the trails’ unique charm and beauty remain intact. 

The Government of Nepal and the Annapurna Conservation Area Project have been working on alternative trails jointly since 2010. These new alternatives are the Natural Annapurna Trekking Trails (NATT). The new trails follow the paths locals have used for ages. They are well-marked and safe for traveling.  

The new road construction has made the old main trail noisy and dusty. However, the new trails have added an element of new adventure and excitement. The trails are still serene and beautiful. So, the Annapurna Circuit Trek is undoubtedly worth taking.

How Cold is Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Winter (December to February) is the coldest time during the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Even in other seasons, temperatures in higher regions are slightly colder than lower regions. But in winter, the temperature at high elevations can drop below -20 degrees Celsius. January is the coldest month, with daytime temperatures at higher elevations ranging from 1 to -10 degrees Celsius.

The average daytime temperature of the lower region is between 7 and 12 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, the average high altitude temperature ranges from 2 to 8 degrees Celsius. The freezing temperature and harsh weather conditions make Annapurna Circuit Trekking the least popular time. Heavy snowfall and blizzards can block the high mountain passes, and there is also the risk of avalanches.

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Highlights

  • Trek through the dense verdant of rhododendrons, oka, firs, and bamboos to highland pastures.
  • Traverse through picturesque villages, deep gorges, cascading waterfalls, rushing rivers, and glaciers.
  • Witness alluring mountain vistas of the entire Annapurna Massif, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhra (Fishtail), Gangapurna, and more.
  • Walk into the Annapurna Conservation Area and witness diverse flora and fauna.
  • Visit several ancient monasteries, stupas, and gompas along the trails.
  • Cross one of the highest mountain passes, Thorong La Pass (5416 meters).
  • Visit the famous pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists, the Muktinath temple.
  • Experience the culture, tradition, and hospitality of the Manangi and Thakali communities.
January
-20°C to -6°C
February
-20°C to -5°C
March
-15°C to 0°C
April
-10°C to 10°C
May
-5°C to 14°C
June
0°C to 20°C
July
5°C to 25°C
August
5°C to 25°C
September
0°C to 20°C
October
-5°C to 14°C
November
-15°C to 5°C
December
-20°C to -5°C

11 Days Annapurna Circuit Trekking Day -to - Day Itinerary

Day 1

Drive to Besi Sahar | Lamjung District

Day 1 Facts

Trekking Time Average

160km Drive
(Avg 5hrs)

Accommodation

Hotel yumpo or Similar category

Altitude

850m./2805ft.

Included meals

Lunch, Dinner

You’ll embark on a scenic full-day bus journey to Besi Sahar in Lamjung District. The journey begins with a drive along the beautiful Trishuli River from Kathmandu. You will drive on the Prithvi Highway, passing green hills and forests, and detours north alongside the Budi Gandaki River. Similarly, you will also pass by rural Nepali countryside. A 5-6 hour drive on the winding roads will bring you to Besi Sahar Town. You will stay overnight in Besisahar.

Day 2

Drive to Chame from Besi Sahar

Day 2 Facts

Trekking Time Average

80km Drive
(Avg 5hrs)

Accommodation

Royal Garden Hotel or Similar category

Altitude

2710m./8943ft.

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 north toward Taal village, where you’ll enjoy lunch. Afterward, you’ll continue driving upstream towards Chame village.

Just as you reach the village, you will encounter a stunning waterfall. Chame is the headquarters of Manang District, and you can enjoy the majestic sight of Lamjung Himal (6983m) in the distance. The village locals belong to the Gurung and Magar ethnic communities. You will rest for the night in Chame.

Day 3

Trek to Upper Pisang from Chame

Day 3 Facts

Trekking Time Average

15km Uphill Hike
(Avg 6hrs)

Accommodation

Mandala Hotel or Similar category

Altitude

3300m./10890ft

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After enjoying a delicious breakfast at Chame, you will embark on the first day of the trek. As you leave Chame, you’ll begin trekking upstream along the Marsayangdi River. Then, you will head towards Telekhu village. The trail starts to climb through lush forested ridges towards Bhratang. As you get closer to Dhukur Pokhari, you will descend steeply and cross a suspension bridge.

A short hike will bring you to Dhukur Pokhari, where you’ll begin climbing along the Marsayangdi River towards Lower Pisang village. Gorgeous mountain views of the Annapurna ranges and Pisang Peak will slowly come into view. A short climb above Lower Pisang will bring you to Upper Pisang village. The Marsyangdi River divides the Upper Pisang with the Lower. You will stay overnight in Upper Pisang.

Day 4

Trek to Manang from Upper Pisang

Day 4 Facts

Trekking Time Average

16km Uphill Hike
(Avg 6hrs)

Accommodation

Hotel Tilicho / Similar category

Altitude

3500m./11550ft

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On this day, after breakfast at Upper Pisang, you will head towards Manang. As you leave Upper Pisang, you can enjoy the beautiful view of Marsayangdi Valley. Then, the trail begins to ascend, and you’ll climb uphill through Manang Sadak towards Ngawal village. You can enjoy your lunch and then explore the Tibetan-style settlements at Ngawal.

You will encounter several suspension bridges, monasteries, and gompas. Likewise, the trail continues through Ghyaru, Humde, and Braga villages towards Manang. You will also notice that the subtropical forests slowly change into forests of conifers. After you reach Manang, you will rest there for a night.

Day 5

Acclimatization/Exploring around Manang | Manang District Surrounded by Annapurna III

Day 5 Facts

Trekking Time Average

Day excursion

Accommodation

Lodge in Manang

Altitude

3500m./11550ft

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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. As you will be climbing to higher elevations from here onwards, you will acclimate for a day at Manang. You can spend the day exploring the scenic town and nearby destinations.

If you’re up for an adventurous hike, you can head to Gangapurna Lake and Ice Lake in the glaciated region amidst the Annapurna massif and Chulu East Peak. You can catch a beautiful panoramic view of the Annapurna and Gangapurna ranges on the way. After your day excursion, you will return to the village and stay overnight in Manang.

Day 6

Trek to Ledar

Day 6 Facts

Trekking Time Average

10km Uphill Hike
(Avg 4hrs)

Accommodation

Dhading Laxmi Hotel or similar category

Altitude

4110m./13563ft

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

As you leave Manang village, you’ll begin climbing uphill from Tengi village to Ghunsang. Leaving Marsayangdi Valley, the trail starts to climb along with the Jar Sang Khola Valley. Then, 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 see many ancient monasteries and stupas when you reach the village. There is also a cultural museum. While most trekkers stay at Yak Kharka, you will walk a further 45 minutes to Ledar, where you will rest overnight.

Day 7

Trek to Throng Phedi from Ledar

Day 7 Facts

Trekking Time Average

6km Hike
(Avg 4hrs)

Accommodation

Thorong Phedi Base Camp Lodge or Similar category

Altitude

4400m./14520ft.

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leaving Ledar, you’ll begin climbing uphill toward Thorong Phedi. The steep trail goes upstream along the Kone River and climbs through the rocky ridges. It is an arduous trek that passes the villages of Tengi and Gunsang. Similarly, you will traverse green pastures where you can see yaks grazing leisurely.

As you approach Thorong Phedi, enjoy the scenic sights of Annapurna Massif and Thorong Peak (6144m). The trek is relatively shorter and takes around 4 hours. Once you reach Thorang Pedi village, you will spend the rest of the day acclimatizing for the upcoming climb of Thorong La Pass.

Day 8

Hike to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass | Highest Trekking Pass

Day 8 Facts

Trekking Time Average

18km Up/downhill Hike
(Avg 10hrs)

Accommodation

Town House or Similar category

Altitude

3800m./12540ft.

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On this day, you will ascend to the trek’s highest point, Thorong La Pass (5416 m). After leaving Thorong Phedi, the trail begins to climb upstream along the Marsayangdi stream. The trail passes through alpine pastures and a suspension bridge. As you approach the pass, the path becomes rugged and rocky. You’ll also encounter thick snow as you approach the top of the pass.

Once at Thorong La Pass, the majestic view of the mountains in the Annapurna and Gangapurna ranges and the desert-like landscape of Mustang will greet you. Mountains as far as Tibet will also be visible from the top. After savoring the view, you’ll begin descending to the other side. You will climb down the rocky ridges to reach the monastic destination of Muktinath Temple. The total trek duration is around 10 hours, and you will rest overnight in Muktinath.

Day 9

Trek to Marpha

Day 9 Facts

Trekking Time Average

18km downhill Hike
(Avg 7hrs)

Accommodation

Hotel Paradise or similar category

Altitude

2713m./8952ft

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The day begins with an exciting tour around Muktinath Temple. Located at 3760 meters, Muktinath Temple is one of the most famous 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 towards Jomsom, the headquarters of Mustang District. From Jomsom, you will walk for an hour to Marpha, a beautiful town famous as the Capital of Apple. Here, you can try or buy various apple products like dried apples, apple brandy, and cider. You can also explore the picturesque town, its narrow alleys, and whitewashed buildings. You will stay overnight in Marpha.

Day 10

Drive to Pokhara

Day 10 Facts

Trekking Time Average

160km. (Avg. 8hrs Drive)

Accommodation

Hotel Kausi

Altitude

820m./2706ft

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch

You will enjoy a hearty breakfast while witnessing the pristine Himalayan sights of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Then, you will jump on the bus or jeep and head towards Pokhara. You will drive through beautiful scenic places such as Tukuche, Kalopani, Rupse waterfall, Tatopani, Beni, and Nayapul.

The drive takes 8 hours. After reaching Pokhara, you can enjoy a short boating ride around Phewa Lake in the evening or the following day. Likewise, you can explore the area around Pokhara Lakeside. You will stay overnight in Pokhara.

Day 11

Drive to Kathmandu

Day 11 Facts

Trekking Time Average

200km Drive
(Avg 6hrs)

Altitude

1295m./4273ft

Included meals

Breakfast

Enjoy your breakfast overlooking the beautiful Phewa Lake.  Afterward, you’ll embark on a half-day tourist bus journey back to Kathmandu. You will travel back on the Prithivi Highway. The road goes along the massive Trishuli River and crosses numerous colorful towns en route. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you can explore the nearby town of Thamel and shop for souvenirs. Your 11 Days at Annapurna Circuit Trekking will come to an end here.

What do you get in the Trip?

Included

  • Tribhuwan International Airport Transfer ( Airport + Hotel + Airport ) in Kathmandu.
  • One night hotel ( Hotel Kausi) accommodation in Pokhara .
  • 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.

Not included

  • 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).

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Group of 1 - 1 $940.00 PP $840.00 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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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

Attraction of Annapurna Circuit Trek

Stunning Landscapes

One of the factors that attract trekkers to the Annapurna Circuit is the stunning landscapes. The Annapurna region has diverse landscapes, terrains, and ecology. You will trek from subtropical forests to forests of conifers and desert-like terrains. Similarly, you will cross the snowy high mountain pass, the Thorong La Pass, and the world’s deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki Gorge. The variation of the stunning landscapes is astounding and appealing to many.

Captivating Mountain Views

We cannot miss the captivating mountain views when it comes to the major attractions of Annapurna Circuit. Since the trail goes around the Annapurna Massif, you are bound to witness incredible mountain views during the trek. You can witness the stunning Annapurna ranges, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Lamjung Himal, Gangapurna, and many more.

Thorong La Pass

The Thorong La Pass is the major highlight of the Annapurna Circuit Trekking. At 5416 meters, it is one of the highest mountain passes. The trail to the pass is the most challenging part of the trek, but it is worth the effort. You will get a panoramic view of the mountain vistas and the semi-arid desert landscapes. You will feel a sense of massive achievement once you descend from the Thorong La Pass.

Holy Muktinath Temple

The sacred Muktinath Temple is another major highlight of the trek. Located in the Mustang district, it is a religious site for Hindus and Buddhists at an elevation of 3710 meters. The main temple has a golden statue of Lord Vishnu. The temple has pagoda-style architecture and 108 water spouts within its complex. The temple holds a deep religious and cultural significance. Hence, thousands of devotees visit the temple annually to cleanse themselves of their sins and gain salvation.

Marpha, the Capital of Apples

Along the trek route, you will encounter a picturesque town, Marpha. Over the years, the town has become famous as the “Capital of Apples.” It has numerous apple orchards and is famous for its delicious apples and products. The local farmers have been cultivating apples for generations. While in the village, you can try the famous apple brandy and cider. Similarly, you can explore the alleys and streets with whitewashed houses and sample the apple pies, juices, and jams.

11 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek Route

At Nepal Alternative Treks, we have an 11 Days 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. 

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.

What are Viewpoints Seen During Annapurna Circuit Trek

You will come across several viewpoints during the Annapurna Circuit Trek. These include the following:

Chame

After leaving the Besi Sahar, you will come across Chame village. It is a small village at an elevation of 2710 meters that is the headquarters of Manang district. The village lies on the eastern side of the Annapurna Conservation Area. Luscious green forests, paddy fields, and cliffs surround the village. From here, you can get a magnificent view of Annapurna II and the Lamjung Himal.

Upper Pisang

Upper Pisang also serves as a viewpoint during the Annapurna Circuit Trek. It is a picturesque village that sits at 3300 meters. Home to several ancient monasteries and stupas, you can get incredible panoramic views of Mount Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, and several other peaks.

Manang

The Manang village sits amidst gorgeous mountains. It is a famous village at an altitude of 3540 meters. From here, you can see stunning mountain views of Annapurna II, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak. The village has charming traditional stone houses, age-old monasteries, and stupas.

Thorong La Pass

The Thorong La Pass is the highest point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Hence, it serves as the best viewpoint during the trek. At a height of 5416 meters, it offers a splendid view of the entire Annapurna Massif and Dhaulagiri ranges. Similarly, you can also witness the stunning landscapes from the top.

Muktinath

After descending from the Thorong La Pass, you will reach Muktinath. The Muktinath temple is a sacred site. It also serves as a viewpoint that offers stunning mountain views and desert-like landscape views. You can witness the mountain vistas like Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, Nilgiri, Tilicho Peak, and several other peaks.

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. 

Best time to visit Annapurna Circuit Trek

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.

Spring (March to May)

If you want to see the colorful landscapes of the Annapurna Circuit route, spring is the perfect time. Red, pink, and white rhododendrons and colorful Himalayan flora decorate the hills and trails. The precipitation level is low, so there is low rainfall, and the weather is pleasant. 

The average daytime temperature of higher elevations ranges between 0 and 8 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, the average temperature in lower regions is between 10 and 25 degrees Celsius. However, the temperature at night can drop significantly to 5 to -5 degrees Celsius.

Autumn (September to November)

The autumn season begins right as the monsoon season leaves the country. Hence, the rainfall from the previous month cleanses the atmosphere of dirt and dust. The vegetation looks vibrant and luscious. The visibility is also excellent, and the mountain views are magnificent. 

The weather is most stable at this time of year. Daytime temperatures in the lower regions range from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius. However, nighttime temperatures can go below freezing in higher elevations. As the season progresses, the temperature slowly begins to get colder.

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 Days Annapurna circuit 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 For ACT Trek

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.

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. 

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.

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

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