The Annapurna Circuit trek is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and breathtaking treks in the world. Along this journey, you will encounter a diverse range of landscapes and cultural groups, starting from the subtropical lower Marsyangdi Valley, inhabited by Gurungs and Thakalis, and eventually reaching the arid Buddhist regions in the north of the country.
As we progress along the Marsyangdi River, we will gradually ascend to higher altitudes, crossing suspension bridges, passing through rice terraced fields and forests, all the while acclimatizing ourselves for further elevation gain. Upon reaching Pisang, we will be treated to awe-inspiring views of the snow-capped peaks and glaciers of Annapurnas II, III, and IV. Our path will be lined with lush forests of rhododendrons, junipers, and pines.
One of the highlights of the trek is crossing the Thorong La pass (5415 m) surrounded by peaks and glacial moraines.
Key Highlights of the Annapurna Circuit Trek:
Overall, this list highlights the most memorable aspects of the Annapurna Circuit Trek, making it an enticing adventure for trekkers and nature enthusiasts.
Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan international airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu (1,400m). After time to get refreshed, evening you will meet and transfer for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu and after meal briefing about your trip and overnight at Hotel.
Today, morning we will ready after your breakfast to head on for our relaxing guided day trip to world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and visit the highlights of Kathmandu and the surrounding areas. We take you to visit the pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, one of the most important shrine of Shiva temples on the subcontinent which is place of thousand of devotees, Saddhus (holy men/Baba), and can be seen the cremating body most of the times in the holy riverbank of Bagmati. Hundreds of monkeys are giggling with you and take a time to exploring surrounding area and visit Bouddhanath stupa an another pilgrimage centre which is most popular and important place for Buddhist. You can explore with rounding prayer wheel and flattering colorful flag with melodious chanting noise. After your lunch at Bouddha visit Swoyambhunath stupa also known as monkey temple covering wide range of area with highest point of Kathmandu valley and enjoy the 360 degrees of valley view. After exploring the surrounding areas visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square which is old royal palace of Kathmandu and can be seen lot of temple, architectures and Kumari (living goddess) and walk in a freak street and late afternoon back to hotel and evening briefing about your trip, what is your responsibility, what to do and does not in the trek? Introduce with our fellow trekking staff and chances to ask remaining question and simply relax at the hotel
We will come to pick up at your hotel about 7 AM in the morning then we drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway till Dumre and then follow the narrow and paved road by the Marsyangdi River to Bhulbhule. Overnight at tea house lodge.
After the breakfast, we take local Jeep till Dharapani (1943). After lunch at Dharapani we will take easy walk to Bagarchap, we see first Tibetan monastery and you can also see the view of Annapurna II and Lamjung himal. Overnight at tea house lodge.
The trail climbs along the mule track through the forest, past a rough trail, hot springs a water fall and a wooden bridge, to arrive at Chame. Overnight at tea house lodge.
Walk along the riverside, through deep forest to cross the suspension bridge and arrive at Pisang with good views of Pisang peak and Annapurna II. Overnight at teahouse lodge.
We follow the trail that takes us to Upper Pisang via Geru and Ngawal village. It guarantees excellent views of the beautiful landscape and the mighty mountains including Annapurna II, IV, Tilicho and Pisang. We will stop short visit at Braga monastery, oldest and largest in the region. We continue our trek to largest tibetan settlement in the region Manang. Overnight at tea house lodge.
Acclimatization day in Manang. Visit to Ice Lake or Gangapurna Lake and explore around Manang. Overnight stay at tea house lodge.
The trail climbs to Latdar along the riverside, passing a village thicket and meadows where horses and Yak graze, at an elevation of 4250m the second to last camp before the pass. Overnight at tea house lodge.
The trail climbs north west of the tributary valley of the Jargeng Khola. It is some times possible to see herds of blue mountain sheep along the cliff. Overnight at tea house lodge.
Ascend steeply for 2 hrs. to a rock ledge high camp at 4890m, then along an undulating trail to the level top of Thorang La 5416m. View of Annapurna range to the south and Mukut Himal bordering Dolpo to the West. Descend in to Mustang, a steep down hill trail for 3 hrs. to Muktinath. This is one of the most important pilgrimage sights for Hindus. The holy water flows from the 108 carved spouts surrounding the Vishnu temple in a grove of secret poplars. Muktinath is also home to many ethnic Tibetans and holy Buddhist as well, particularly for the temple in which fire miraculously burns in a stream of water. Overnight at tea house lodge.
After breakfast trek to Kagbeni 2800m. Kagbeni is the Gateway to Upper Mustang. We will visit Buddhist monastery, the monastery supposed to be some 500 yrs old which is situated in the town. After the lunch we continue trek to Jomsom. Overnight at hotel.
Today 22 minute morning flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once we arrived at Pokhara airport, we then drive to hotel. In the afternoon we will have sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, which covers Fewa Lake, Devi’s water fall, International Mountain Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave. Overnight at hotel.
Driver back to Kathmandu. 7 hrs drive. Overnight at hotel.
Drop to international airport for final departure or follow your next adventures trip.
We will be staying at 2/3 star hotel in Kathmandu, and in tea-houses during the trek. All rooms are on twin-shared basis. Single bedroom will be arranged on request and will cost additional. Fourteen Summit will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, tea-houses at some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and in trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher altitude.
All meals will be provided during trekking (On demand, we can arrange only breakfast during the trek and trekkers can order lunch and dinner individually from the tea-house menu). In Kathmandu, breakfast will be available. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners taking place for guests. While on trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges where we spend the night and lunch on our way to next destination. Authentic Nepalese, Tibetan, continental meals and Indian cuisine are common choices in the menu.
Annapurna circuit Trek is a moderate trek. Travelers who can walk up to 5-6 hours a day on an uphill and downhill trail will consider this trip fulfilling and enjoyable. It is a good idea to prepare for the trek by jogging and exercising regularly at least for a month prior to the start. Trekking to the Everest Base Camp should be relatively easy for those who have experience in walking/trekking in high altitudes. Determination, good physical health, positive attitude and average physical fitness are good preconditions for a successful accomplishment of the trek. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Fourteen Summit before booking the trek.
The best time for trekking to Annapurna circuit trek is during spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). The temperature is moderate and guarantees amazing views throughout the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.
Fourteen Summit has compiled a list of necessary equipment, personal medical supplies and symptoms of medical condition likely to face during trekking / peak climbing. Also, please do understand that items listed below should be considered as an essential summary.
We highly recommend you to be familiar with all of your equipment and basic understanding of medical Conditions related to high elevation.
Your document to travel to Nepal:
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport)
Dollars in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport
Credit cards, bank/ATM/cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines
Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F
Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries
Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
Small wash towel
Personal Clothing items
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses with UV protection
Weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or pullover
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
Lightweight cotton long pants
Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
Personal hygiene supplies;
Two tubes lip sun cream, at least 1 large tube regular sun cream (min. factor 30), some after-sun lotion in case you do get a sunburn
One toothpaste/brush set;
One hand sanitizer gel
1 (fast drying) synthetic towel
Personal prescription medications; Please let your leader know about any medical issues before the climb.
Small personal first-aid kit; (Simple and Light): first-aid tape, plasters (Band-Aids),alcohol-free wipes for cuts, personal medications, etc. (The leaders will have more extensive first-aid kits)
One skin blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills (Imodium) (one regular package)
Anti-headache medication (Aspirin or Ibuprofen) (one regular package)
One small bottle cough and/or cold medicine.
One course antibiotics for chest infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor’s prescription.
One course antibiotics for stomach infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor’s prescription.
One small bottle anti-altitude sickness medication: Diamox (Acetylzolamide), available locally, for more about this medication, please contact us or your doctor
One small bottle of water purification tablets (needs to contain silver-ions AND chlorine) or a water filter or UV sterilizer.
Extra prescription glasses/contact lens. Contact lens wearers, please bring glasses in case of emergency.