Annapurna Circuit Trek

Trip Highlights

The Annapurna circuit trek is an epic circuit loved by trekkers all over the world. This trek is also known as the ‘Round Annapurna trek’. The adventurous 160-230 Km hike circles the grand Annapurna massif.

  • Crossing the world’s widest pass, the Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters.
  • Majestic mountain views of the Annapurna range, Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt Macchapuchchhre.
  • Seeing the world’s deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki gorge, Varying landscapes, local mountain villages, and Buddhist monasteries

Annapurna is physically placed in the north-central part of Nepal. And this trek is popular as the best long distance hike on the planet and opened to globe trotter since the 1980s. The trek starts from the rural mid-hills and it reaches a height of 5,416 meters at the Thorung La pass. Thorong La is the highest and most challenging pass on the circuit. This impressive pass is the most advantageous point on earth to view the stunning beauty of the great Himalayas.

The trek crosses two different river valleys encircling the Annapurna range. Trekking Annapurna Circuit begins at Beshisahar in the Marshyangdi river valley and ends up in the Kali Gandaki gorge. This is the deepest gorge in the world. The trail moves along paddy fields, sub-tropical forest, incredible waterfalls, huge cliffs, and several lovely friendly villages. Depending on the hiker’s speed, duration of side trips and rest days taken, it usually takes 10 to 15 days to complete the journey. Cozy Teahouse accommodation and hygienic meals are available along the trek…& those delicious apples pies are the best found anywhere on earth in these teahouses.

What does the journey offer?

The journey also offers wonderful opportunities to interact with different ethnic people, their culture and observe their lifestyles & livelihood. Manang valley and Lower Mustang is influenced much by Tibetan culture. Visitors get fantastic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Machhepuchhre (6,993m), Manaslu (8,156m), Gangapurna (7,455m) and also Tilicho peak (7,134m) around the circuit.

Most visitors who love to walk in the Annapurna region make sure they do this trip. After Thorong pass we visit famous Muktinath. It is a well-known temple of Hindus as well as Buddhist. It would be better if you have one more day visit to Marpha. This place is famous for Apples in Nepal and beautiful village in the valley is almost a must visit. Due to an increasing inflow of trekkers every year, the number of teahouses/lodges has increased in the Annapurna trekking region, offering juicy options to trekkers.

Best time for Annapurna Circuit Trek

The months of September, October, and November till the second week of December are the peak trekkers season with the trails bursting with trekkers. And spring is also a favored season which falls from February to May because the weather is pleasant and offers excellent crystal clear mountain views. But it is also possible to do the trek at any time of the year. You can also trek during summer but not in monsoon period because of bloodsucking leeches.



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  • Duration 14 Days
  • Activities Trekking
  • Trekking starting from Besisahar
  • Max-Altitude 5,416mm
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Group Size Min. 2Pax
  • Tour Type Private tour

Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges

Early morning we drive from Kathmandu for about 9 hours to the village of Syange via Besisahar. The road up to Besisahar is good, but from there to Syange is rough and bumpy. En route, we can see many beautiful villages, farms, flowing rivers and a glimpse of beautiful mountain ranges. Overnight at Syange.

After breakfast we begin our trek, we cross a suspension bridge and after a steep climb, we enter the vicinity of Manang region at the village named Tal. Here we see several waterfalls forming a river by the sandy beaches. We follow the trail through barley, rice and potato fields. and pass through the village of Kodo which is one of the biggest villages in the Manang valley. We cross a suspension bridge, and after a short climb of the stone Kani, we reach Dharapani. Overnight at Dharapani.

We start from Dharapani, we keep on ascending the river valley passing the beautiful Gurung Village, Thonje and then reach Bagarchhap. Walking further, along with the left shore, we ascend up to Manang valley passing through small settlements with terrific views of Mt. Manaslu (8,164 m) and the mountains over Larkya La pass. As we trek through a Tibetan village that acts as a transition between the lowlands and high hills, we follow a gradual flat path to Thanchowk, Koto and finally to Chame. Overnight at Chame.

We walk through the older part of Chame, climb up to Telekhu and continue on a long, levelled path through the forest to Bhrathang. The trails around a bend and once we continue ahead we need to cross back to the south bank of Marshyangdi River on a suspension bridge. We also see clear views of Annapurna 2 at the south and Pisang Peak at the northeast. Then the trail forms a gentle climb over a pine forested ridge and then levels again as we move from the upper part of Manang valley to Pisang. Overnight at Pisang.

The town of Pisang is the beginning of the upper region of the Manang district. On this day, the trek climbs to Braga, a Tibetan styled village. The houses here are stacked upon each other forming verandas with each other rooftops. The main attraction is the Gompa, the largest in the district, with a vast array of statues in display and perched on a high crag with the view of the entire village. After a while, we reach Manang, where we refresh and spend the night. Overnight at Manang.

As we are moving from lower to higher elevations, we need to acclimatize to avoid the risk of altitude sickness. For our body to acclimatize we spend this day exploring Manang , early morning we hike up to Gangapurna Lake and Base Camp spend the day admiring Annapurna III, Tilicho, Pisang and Chulu Peaks, roam around Manang Village and Monasteries.during the afternoon we may visit the Himalayan Rescue Association in Vraga village where we will be briefed about acute Mountain Sickness., its symptoms, and prevention. Overnight at Manang.

After the rest, we feel rejuvenated to continue forward on our trip. As we move to pass the tall trees towards the alpine grass and junipers, we reach meadows with a few horses and a number of yaks grazing around. The serene environment with meadows and steep slopes of Yak Kharka is the perfect place for us to spend the night. Overnight at Yak Kharka.

Trekking to Letdar helps in getting acclimatize to the increasing heights as we climb along the east bank of Jarang Khola. In some time we reach a meadow surrounded by vertical cliffs, the Thorung Phedi. Sighting of blue sheep and snow leopards have been reported a few times in the area, whereas Lammergeyers and griffons are quite common. On our way, we get the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. Overnight at Thorang Phedi.

This is the most challenging part of the trip, we cross Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world, and the highest point of the trek. we have to wake up early morning at 3 to complete this challenge. we have to push ourselves through the icy air, and high altitude but the view from the pass will make it totally worth it. We will see a panorama of majestic Himalayan peaks extending northwards into Tibet, at the back we can see several of the main peaks of Annapurna. We then descend all the way to Muktinath a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. The Buddhists call it Chumig Gyatsa, which in Tibetan means “Hundred Waters”.We stay overnight at Muktinath.

From Muktinath, we follow a path of the Jomsom trek where we descent through meadows, streams and fruit trees to reach Kagbeni. Look around and keep moving downwards from Kagbeni we reach Jomson, Kali Gandaki valley.

From Jomsom, it is about the 5-hour scenic drive to Tatopani. Since the road has been build lots of people take either Jeep or Bus rather than trekking. It is Jeep road driving through the villages and nature. After passing through the numerous villages, we finally reach Tatopani. The main attraction of the place is the hot spring, which is a sauna with a natural source of hot water. It is a relaxing experience to retire after the long journey.

We ascend to Ghorepani through villages of Sikha and Chitre, the villages of ethnic thakali people. we go through terraced farmland with mountains all around. then pass lush forests filled with rhododendron, birch, magnolia. We finally reach Ghorepani as we witness the beautiful mountains in the evening sky. We rest in Ghorepani to make an early start to Poonhill in the next morning.

We ascend to poon Hill (3,210m) early morning to view sunrise over the whole Annapurna, Dhaulagiri massif including Mt Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Mt Manaslu and surrounding rice terrace. A favourite spot among photographers After visiting Poonhill, The peaks in the scenery include the Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri. Also known as a photographer’s paradise, we can spend some time here taking breathtaking pictures of the spellbinding surrounding, capturing the spectacular moments in a frame. Then we go down to Ghorepani breakfast then 5-hour trek down to Nayapul first part of the trek down until Tikhedhunga is quite steep downhill with lots of steep. then we trek back to Nayapul then drive to Pokhara, overnight at Pokhara.

After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu on a tourist bus. You may also choose to return by a 25-minute flight (not included in the package). Our trek package completes at Kathmandu. We wish you have a memorable journey trekking Annapurna Circuit to Poonhill.


  • All airport and hotels transfer by private car/van (depends on group size).
  • Two nights hotel accommodation at 3-star category in the city of Kathmandu on the basis of bed and breakfast.
  • Professional English speaking, Eco Trained trekking guide his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine, transportation etc.. (one porter for two people).
  • Kathmandu – Beshishar by private car/van (depends on group size) and Pokhara – Kathmandu drive by tourist bus.
  • The company guarantees the rescue services in case of emergency; please hand over your insurance policy copy to us.
  • Best available twin sharing Tea house/Lodge accommodation with full board meal during trek.
  • All the necessary paper works and conservation entry permit (Trekking permit / TIMS card etc).
  • Sleeping Bag and Trekking sticks (to be returned after trip completion).
  • One night hotel accommodation in Pokhara city on the basis of bed and breakfast.
  • First Aid Medical Kit Box.
  • All the government taxes, VAT and company service charge.
  • Nepali food farewell dinner party.
  • International airfare.
  • Extra night’s accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara hotel than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Nepal visa which obtained at the airport upon arrival (bring 4 copies passport size photo).
  • Alcoholic beverages, bottle mineral and hot/boiled water, soft drinks and snack foods.
  • Any personal medical or evacuation expenses incur and strongly recommend international Travel insurance which included rescue.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara Hotel.
  • Additional costs or delays caused by management out of control like landscape, bad weather condition, in case of itinerary modification with a view to a safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability raises strike, moment etc.
  • Tips to the guide and porters.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on including section.


  • Crossing the world’s widest pass, the Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters.
  • Majestic mountain views of the Annapurna range, Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt Macchapuchchhre.
  • Seeing the world’s deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki gorge, Varying landscapes, local mountain villages, and Buddhist monasteries


All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at Nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended at the central immigration office.; Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport -size photo. The current cost of the visa for 30 days is US$40(to be paid in cash) for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ. Other nationalities should check entry requirements. visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, time intended stay in Nepal. We recommended you schedule at least 1-2 day extra at the end of the trip just incase there is a delay. If no delay occurs we can arrange an additional activity for your time in Nepal. To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get the free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice. Citizens of China as well as citizens of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) get the free visa. countries not entitled to get a visa upon arrival are Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency. (1 USD = ~ Rs.100 NPR). We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel. The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export, and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined. Despite having security advantage of traveler’s cheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four percent or more depending upon the bank. Please note that most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes

Depending on the season you wish to go trekking you may have to make adjustments to clothing and equipment however these are the necessities list we prepared to keep your comfort and utility in mind. We never recommend our clients to bring over equipment which is not necessary for the trek. Head Sun hat or scarf Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide-brimmed hat Headlight with extra batteries Face Sunscreen Sunglass with UV protection Face/body wipes Hands Lightweight gloves Heavy weight winter gloves Body Hiking shirts Long sleeved shirt made of synthetic fiber Hooded rain jacket Fleece jacket Lightweight cotton pants T-shirts ( bring Lightweight wool) Polypropylene underwear down jacket ( available in rent in Kathmandu) Sweater Waterproof jacket and pants Footwear Hiking Boots that been worn in Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks) Essential gear Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not). Thermal bottle Water purification Trekking pole Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trek) Toiletries (toilet papers, tooth paste, tooth brush, ) Toiletries Medium size drying towel Tooth brush Toothpaste Deodorant/ floss Bio degradable bar soap Nail clippers Small mirror Personal accessories Money Watch Cell phone Camera Extra items First aid kit Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport Notebook and pen Binocular

The most importantly, tipping is at travelers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters, and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, the tip is the accepted and honored way to say thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget, and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- the trip of once in a lifetime experience. We ensure that all of our crews including guides and porters are paid well and treated fairly with respect.

One Review to “Annapurna Circuit Trek”

    • Mireia C

    I have enjoyed a lot the Annapurna Round. It had being a very good experience and with a very good people and guide. Don’t miss it.

    Rating: 5 / 5

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