Annapurna Circuit Trek


  • Embark on an adventurous trek in the western Himalayan in Nepal
  • Trek in the Annapurna Conservation Area following the trails of Marshyangdi and Kali Gandaki valley
  • Witness lush green hills and waterfall views to ice flows and arid cliffs 
  • Trek through picturesque villages resided by people from different communities like Gurungs, Magars, Manangis, Thakalis, etc. 
  • Witness diverse landscapes and jaw-dropping mountain panorama
  • Visit one of the pilgrimage sites in Nepal, Muktinath Temple
  • Trek through the Kali Gandaki gorge, the deepest gorge in the world
  • Enjoy natural hot springs in Tatopani
  • Explore beautiful Ghorepani village and hike to Poon Hill 
  • Experience mountain lifestyle and get to see the cultural heritage of the villagers along the trail

Annapurna circuit is a world-class trekking destination in the western Himalayas of Nepal. The Annapurna circuit trek follows the adventurous trails of Marshyangdi valley and ascends to Thorong La at 5,416 meters before descending to Kali Gandaki valley. 

You go from seeing lush, verdant hills to ice flows and arid cliffs in a matter of 4 to 5 days of trekking. If you are in search of the best trek in Nepal, then the Annapurna circuit trek should be your first priority. 

The Annapurna circuit trek in Nepal offers an immersive experience in the Himalayas. You trek through various climatic zones and numerous mountain villages resided by groups like Gurungs, Magars, Manangis, Thakalis, etc. 

The Annapurna circuit trail circumambulates inside the Annapurna Conservation Area and takes you across the seventh (Dhaulagiri) and tenth (Annapurna) highest mountains in the world. 

Our Annapurna circuit trek itinerary follows a distinct course, undisturbed by recent road constructions on the old route. You will be trekking following lush forests and tranquil hillsides. The breathtaking mountain views and diverse landscapes along the trekking route amplify the trekking experience. 

The trek is challenging and only suits trekkers who have trekked before. In 21 days, you will traverse one of the remotest parts of the world, touch great heights, and learn about Nepali culture. 

Mountain views during the Annapurna circuit trekking

The Annapurna circuit trail offers views of an uncountable number of hills, peaks, and mountains. You get to witness mesmerizing views of Annapurna I (8,091 m), Annapurna South (7,219 m), Annapurna II (7,937 m), Annapurna IV (7,525 m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Nilgiri (7,061 m), Fishtail (6,993 m), Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Gangapurna (7,455 m), Pisang Peak (6,091 m), Tukuche (6,920m), Tilicho Peak (7,134 m), etc during the trek. 

Annapurna circuit trek itinerary brief

The Annapurna circuit trek begins from Syange (1,100 m). The trail ascends along the Marshyangdi river to Tal village (1,700 m) and continues to Danaque (1,860 m). Trekking through Chame (2,670 m), we walk up to Upper Pisang (3,300 m). Following the upper trail via Ghyaru, ascend to Ngawal (3,660 m) before trekking towards Manang village, enroute stop at Braga monastery. 

After an acclimatization day in Manang village (3,500 m), the trail further ascends to Yak Kharka (4,000 m). We now walk on huge meadows and steep tracks to Thorong Phedi (4,450 m). A trodden uphill climb will take you to Thorong La pass (5,416 m) and descend to Muktinath Temple (3,710 m), lower Mustang. We now trek, enjoying arid landscapes. Drop down to Kali Gandaki river valley and trek to Jomsom (2,760 m). 

We'll drive to Tatopani (1,190 m) and continue trekking from here to the beautiful Ghorepani village (2,810 m). Hiking to the Poon hill (3,210 m) viewpoint, we descend through lush forests and small villages to Nayapul (1,010 m). A short drive from Nayapul will take you to Pokhara, and you'll drive back to Kathmandu.

Annapurna circuit trek difficulty

The Annapurna circuit trek is challenging. This trek is for individuals who can walk 6 hours a day and adjust to the little facilities available along the way. The trail is steep and offbeat. There are long ascends and descends throughout the trek. You cross a high mountain pass, which demands a lot of strength and stamina. 

Trekking for more than two weeks in the remote mountains requires more than physical fitness. You have to sacrifice modern comforts and get aligned with nature to enjoy the venture. If you can do so, then the Annapurna circuit trek is an ideal trek for you.

Altitude sickness

Altitude sickness is common during the Annapurna circuit trek. However, following our Annapurna circuit trek itinerary and preventive measures, you can avoid altitude sickness during the trek. We ascend gradually and take our time to adapt to the changing environment as we trek higher. Our mountain guide assures the safety of the group and provides first aid if needed. 

Drink plenty of water while trekking. This will help you avoid altitude sickness. Likewise, we do not smoke or drink alcohol. Eat nutritious food and sleep well. You have to preserve and maintain your energy to complete this long trek.

Annapurna circuit trek preparation

You do not have to do much to prepare for Annapurna circuit trekking. Go for regular walks with a backpack weighing 5 kgs and day hikes. If you already go to the gym, then combine cardio training in your routine too. You have to work on building your stamina, walking habits, and endurance for the Annapurna circuit trekking.

Annapurna circuit trek 2023 booking

To book your seat for the Annapurna circuit trek 2023, get in touch with us anytime. This is the best time to book for the Annapurna circuit trek spring departure. For early bookings and big groups, we have special discounts. You can also customize the Annapurna circuit trek itinerary with us. 

Check out our Annapurna circuit trek map for more information about the trail. If you are looking for other similar adventure treks in Nepal, then here are our top picks- Manaslu circuit trek, Everest three high passes trek, Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trek, Upper Mustang trek, etc. 

We also have a range of tour packages and helicopter tours in Nepal for travelers looking for short & easy trips in Nepal.

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Our team representatives will meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport terminal gate with your name card. If you couldn't find them, kindly contact them on the given number. The airport has free WiFi service that you can use or ask the local authorities for help. They will escort you to the hotel. Spend the evening exploring the lively streets of Thamel and later meet us over a welcome dinner.

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 1300m

Early in the morning, we'll go on a guided sightseeing tour of historical sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Monkey temple. After lunch, meet us in our office. We'll introduce you to your trek guide and proceed with preparing for the trek. We'll double-check all the trekking gear, arrange the documents, and pack our duffel bags.

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Max. Altitude: 1300m

Our trek begins from Syange, and it takes around 7 hours of driving from Kathmandu to reach there. We leave our hotel early in the morning and begin driving on a well-made road. The drive will let us enjoy views of green hills, rivers, and terraced fields. On the way, we also get to see a stunning panorama of snow-capped mountains like Fishtail, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Lamjung Himal, etc.

  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 1100m

Our first day of the trek leads us to Tal village. From Syange, we begin trekking gradually, following the Marsyangdi river. The trail ascends through forests. We'll walk past beautiful waterfalls on the way before reaching Tal to spend the night.

  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 1700m

It is going to be an impressive walk on this day. We get to see the stunning panorama of Annapurna II and Pisan Peak while trekking. The trail goes through remote villages where we can see the locals catering to tourists and doing their daily activities. We will be enjoying the fantastic countryside views and life.


  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 1860m

Leaving Danaque, we trek, appreciating the tranquil surrounding and wonderful mountain scenery. Waterfalls, green hills, and terraces decorate the path. The trek is short, so we'll have ample time to rest and explore Chame, the headquarters of Manang.

  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 2670m

This is one of the most scenic paths of our Annapurna circuit trek. Trekking through lovely apple orchards, reach Paungda Danda, a huge 1,500 m tall rock rising from a river. Further, walking past prayer wheels, we will enter pine forests. The trail gradually ascends to lower Pisang and climbs to Upper Pisang, a beautiful village with striking mountain views.

  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 3300m

The natural and cultural heritage of this region will especially stand out today. From Upper Pisang, we follow the higher trail that goes through Ghyaru (3,730 m). The route offers phenomenal views of the Annapurna range, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli, Pisan Peak, Tharpu Chuli, Gangapurna, etc. In the later part of the trail, we can see the influence of Tibetan Buddhism. Passing through inscribed stones and fluttering colorful prayer flags, we reach Ngawal for the night stay.

  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 3660m

The trail descends to the valley floor and goes through dense forests for a couple of hours to Braga village. Here, we will visit a century-old monastery and continue our trek to Manang village. Two routes go to Manang village from Braga. The northern trail is a bit more demanding than the southern trail. Depending on the weather and the group's energy, the guide will choose a route.

  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 3500m

We’ll spend a rest day in Manang village, enjoying the mountain lifestyle and going on a hike to nearby places. We have hiking options to Ice Lake (4,500 m) or Praken Gompa. After the hike, return to Manang to spend the night. Manang is one of the biggest villages in the region with many tourist facilities, including an old cinema hall that only plays a few selected masterpieces. This is a good day to spend close time with the locals and understand their practices.

  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 3500m

Leaving Manang village, we trek to Yak Kharka. We will walk past tall trees and soon join alpine grass and junipers. At one point, the trail leaves the treeline behind, and we trek on grassy meadows, watching yaks & horses grazing. We will walk through Gunsang and meander through the valley to Yak Kharka. The mountains are profoundly close and clear.

  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 400m

Today, we have a short walk to Thorong Phedi. It is the last settlement before we cross the Thorong La pass the following day. The trail ascends to Ledar and walks past the Deurali Tea House. We will cross Jharang Khola on the way and walk on grassland. Thorong Phedi is the lap of Thorong La pass, with a few tea houses where we'll spend the night. The landscapes are jaw-dropping, and the surroundings are peaceful.

  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 4450m

Today, we’ll cross the highest pass in Nepal, Thorong La. Our day begins quite early. Leaving Thorong Phedi, we ascend for 50 minutes to reach the transit point of Thorong La pass. Following the steep rocky trail, we ascend to the top of the pass, which is marked with huge rocks and colorful prayer flags. 


Here, we spend some time admiring the breathtaking mountain panorama and continue the trek to Muktinath Temple. The trail descends along a steep boulder field. This part of the trail offers a trans-Himalayan landscape. It is much more windy, dusty, and rocky.


  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 5416m

We are now on the descending part of the journey. From Muktinath, we drop down the valley and walk alongside the Kali Gandaki gorge, the deepest gorge in the world. The trail descends to the bottom of the river valley and continues to Jomsom via small villages. The mountain views are surreal on the way. We walk past white-washed houses and narrow alleys.

  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 2710m

From Jomsom, we’ll drive to Tatopani. The road is offbeat and bumpy, but the scenery is worth all the discomfort. Upon reaching Tatopani, we check in at our tea houses and spend the remaining day relaxing. We can walk to natural hot springs and spend some time there.

  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 1190m

The trail from Tatopani heads to Ghorepani village, a very famous village in the lower Annapurna region. The trail descends through lush forests and remote settlements. It is a long walk today. On the way, we get to see stunning mountain views. 

Further, walking through rhododendron forests, we ascend to Ghorepani village, which welcomes us with the rich cultural heritage of Gurungs & Magars. The views of Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Annapurna IV, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tukucje, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, etc are superb from this village.


  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 2810m

Today, we have a very exciting day ahead of us. We’ll wake up early in the morning and hike to Poon Hill viewpoint. It is a viewpoint that offers gorgeous sunrise and 270 degrees views of the western Himalayan mountains. The trail to Poon hill from Ghorepani is well-made. After spending some time relishing the view, we descend back to the village and descend to Tikhedhunga. 

Most of the route drops down through rhododendron forests. From Tikhedhunga, we walk to Nayapul, where the trek ends, and drive to Pokhara. We have the evening free. Do boating on Phewa Lake and dine as per your cravings.


  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 800m

We have one full day in Pokhara to explore the city before we return to Kathmandu. We go on a guided sightseeing tour to Sarangkot and stop at different tourist sites like Davis Falls, Gupteshwor Cave, Mahendra cave, etc, on our way back. Sarangkot is famous for ziplining and paragliding. If you want to do any of these activities, let us know, and we'll arrange it for you. Extra charges apply.

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Max. Altitude: 800m

After a delicious breakfast, we will drive back to Kathmandu. The drive will be smooth and scenic. The guide will drop you at the hotel upon reaching Kathmandu. You have the remaining day leisure. Do shopping and rest. We meet you at the designated hotel for a farewell dinner in the late evening. End the day strolling on the bustling streets of Thamel.

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 1300m

Our airport representatives will drop you at the international terminal as per your flight departure time. They will bid you our last goodbye! 

Note: If you want to join another trek or tour with us, feel free to let us know. We have a wide range of packages.


  • Meals: Breakfast
Route Map
Annapurna Circuit Trek Map
  • Three nights accommodation including Kathmandu and Pokhara with twin sharing at tourist standard hotel (Bed and Breakfast)
  • All Ground and air transportation. Pick up and drop.
  • Full board meal 3 times a day (B+L+D) during the trek days including tea & coffee (served in a cup).
  • English speaking trekking guide who has been authorized by the Nepal government and necessary number of porters (According to the group size) with their insurance, salary, accommodation, and meals.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu with Cultural show. (Ethnic music and dance)
  • All the necessary official documents, TIMS Permit, Trekking Permit, etc.
  • Sleeping bags and down jackets if necessary.
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking Route map.
  • Insurance of Guide and Porters.
  • All required local and government tax.
  • Nepal Visa fee and International flight.
  • Meal except for Breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • All personal expenses such as bar bills, water, extra tea/coffee, snacks, battery re-charge, laundry service, hot shower etc.
  • Personal clothing and gears.
  • Tips to guide and porters.
  • Cost raised by flight cancellation, emergency rescue charges, landslide, weather, political unrest, illness, re-routing etc which are not under our control.
  • Monument entrance fees.
Price and Availability
Date AvailabilityPrice 
Start DateJul 31, 2024End DateAug 20, 2024StatusAvailablePriceUS$1350

Departure date of Annapurna circuit trek

We ( Nepal Pioneer Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd ) prefer to provide fixed departure trek, tour and expeditions in all himalayan region of Nepal. If you are single and prefering with a group, you can join our fixed departure schedule. If the schedule dates are not comfortable because of your time, please contact and let us know. We always happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals or group doesn’t want to join with our other group, we can organizeand provide personalized service as per your need, wish and requirement. We arrange the trip according to our clients need, wish and interest.

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Additional Information

Useful Information

Annapurna circuit trek best time

The best time to do the Annapurna Circuit trekking depends on your personal preferences and the type of weather you prefer. Here are a few things to consider:

Autumn (September to November): This is the most popular time to do the Annapurna circuit trek in Nepal. The weather is usually clear and dry, with warm days and cool nights. This is a great time to see the stunning mountain views and beautiful forests.

Spring (March to May): Spring is another great time to do the Annapurna circuit trek as the weather is warm and dry with clear skies. The rhododendron forests are in full bloom during this time, which makes the scenery extremely gorgeous.

Monsoon (June to August): The Annapurna region experiences heavy rainfall during the monsoon season, which can make the trails muddy and slippery. Trekking during this time can be very challenging, with high risks of landslides.

Winter (December to February): Winter is off-season for Annapurna circuit trekking. The upper part of the trail gets blocked because of heavy snowfall, which increases the risks of avalanches. It is better not to trek in winter. 

Annapurna circuit trek solo

Trekking the Annapurna Circuit solo can be a rewarding and memorable experience, but it's important to be prepared and aware of the potential risks and challenges. Make sure you are in good physical shape, properly acclimatize to the altitude, and have a plan in place for emergencies. If you ask our advice, then we say trek with a guide for a more immersive and hassle-free experience. 

Consider the below things if you are planning to do the Annapurna circuit trek without a guide:

Safety: As with any solo travel, it's important to be aware of your surroundings and take necessary precautions to ensure your safety. This may include carrying a first aid kit, staying in touch with friends or family, and being mindful of your surroundings.

Physical preparedness: The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a physically demanding trek, with long days of hiking at high altitudes. It's important to be in good physical shape and properly acclimatize to the altitude before embarking on the trek.

Logistics: Solo travelers will need to arrange their transportation, accommodation, and meals. It's a good idea to plan and research the best options for each stage of the trek.

Emergencies: It's important to have a plan in place for emergencies, such as injury or illness. Make sure you have access to reliable communication, a first aid kit, and emergency contact information.

Annapurna circuit trek accommodation

Accommodation during the Annapurna Circuit trek varies depending on the specific route and time of year. Our Annapurna Circuit trek cost covers all the accommodations along the trail as per our given itinerary. 

Along the main Annapurna Circuit trek route, several small villages have basic tea houses or lodges where trekkers can stay overnight. These teahouses typically have shared dormitory-style rooms with thin foam mattresses and blankets and may have shared toilet and shower facilities. Some teahouses may also offer private rooms for an additional fee.


Meals during the Annapurna Circuit trek are typically provided by the tea houses or lodges where you stay overnight. Most teahouses offer a set menu of Nepali and Tibetan dishes, as well as some western options such as pasta and sandwiches. Prices for meals are generally reasonable but can vary depending on the specific location and type of dish.

Have Nepali dishes such as dal bhat (a staple dish of rice and lentil soup) as your staple meal. Momos, thukpa, soup, Tibetan bread, etc are some other decent food options. Many tea houses also offer drinks such as tea, coffee & soda and snacks such as cookies and chips.

If you have any specific dietary restrictions or allergies, inform us in advance so we can accommodate your needs. You can bring snacks, such as energy bars or nuts, to have on hand in case you need a quick energy boost during the trek.

Group/private joining

Group treks are organized by trekking companies and typically include a group of 6-12 people, led by a guide and assisted by one or more porters. The advantage of group treks is that they are often more affordable and can be a good way to meet other travelers and make new friends. 

Private treks are organized for a single individual or a small group of travelers and can be customized to your specific interests and preferences. You will have your own guide and porter(s) and can choose your itinerary and pace. The advantage of private treks is that you have more control and flexibility, but they tend to be more expensive than group treks.

Child Policy

Annapurna circuit trek is a very high altitude and demanding trek. Whether your child can do this trek or not depends on many things, such as health, physical fitness, and endurance. It is best to assess your child's ability to do this trek before joining it, and also make sure to consult your doctor. 

Travel Insurance

It is recommended to purchase travel insurance before embarking on the Annapurna Circuit trek. Travel insurance can provide coverage for unexpected events such as trip cancellations, medical emergencies, and lost or stolen luggage.

There are many travel insurance companies and policies to choose from, so it's important to shop around and compare coverage and costs to find the policy that best meets your needs.

Look for a policy that provides coverage for medical emergencies, including evacuation to a hospital if necessary. One thing that your travel insurance must cover is emergency air evacuation.


  • You can do the Annapurna circuit trek in less than 14 days or follow an itinerary that goes above 22 days. Our Annapurna circuit trek itinerary is 20 days long and covers all the major highlights of the Annapurna region.

  • No, Annapurna circuit trek is not an ideal package for beginner trekkers. The trail is very demanding and can put a lot of pressure on new trekkers. It is better to have some high-altitude experience before joining the Annapurna circuit trek.  

  • Annapurna circuit trekking is a challenging trek. You go above 5,000 meters and cross a high mountain pass, which requires professional support. The trekking route is steep and rough and demands strong fitness.

  • The Annapurna circuit trek cost varies as per the itinerary. You can expect the cost to range from USD 1200 to USD 2500 per person. We have the best Annapurna circuit trek price in the market, with additional discounts for big groups.

  • Yes, the Annapurna circuit trek is worth doing. We have mapped a new route that leads to the Thorong La pass, offering the same tranquility and jaw-dropping mountain panorama to the trekkers as before. You will be exploring picturesque villages, lush forests, gorges, caves, and many other natural wonders.


  • Both the Everest base camp and Annapurna circuit treks are incredible ventures. You will get distinct trekking experience in both treks, and both are worth doing once in a lifetime. If you are new to trekking, then go for the EBC trek and approach the Annapurna circuit. The Annapurna circuit trek is more difficult than the Everest base camp trek. 

    The EBC trek will take you to the lap of the highest mountain in the world and present you with the lifestyle of Sherpas. Whereas, the Annapurna circuit trek circumambulates around the tenth-highest mountain in the world and presents you with a lifestyle of Gurungs & Magars.


  • Yes, it is better to carry a sleeping bag during the Annapurna circuit trekking. The tea houses give blankets, but there is no heating system in the room, so a sleeping bag will give you an extra layer of warmth.

  • No, particularly, but it is better to get in shape before joining the trek. You have to make sure you can walk 6 hours a day on an uneven path.

  • No, you will not need crampons for the Annapurna circuit trek if you are doing it in the spring and autumn seasons.

Client Reviews
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    MarcusIrelandOct 11, 2019

    Brilliant Experience

    The trip around the Annapurna Circuit was an amazing experience, our guide Binod really made it an enjoyable experience, and catered to every ones needs. providing surprisingly good accommodation and food in such an amazing landscape!
    Id fully recommend Nepal Pioneer Treks and Expedition to any one wanting to complete this circuit.

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    Anne CIrelandOct 06, 2019

    Annapurna Circuit

    Just completed a 21 day circuit programme of Annapurna with Nepal Pioneer Treks. Binod Pokharel based from Kathmandu and his team did an outstanding job of leading and supporting a team of six trekkers through Thorung La pass back to Pokhara and Kathmandu. Binod’s extensive experience and the excellent daily attention to detail on preparation, daily scheduling, safety, accommodation and quality of the trek brought by all the team made it a very positive experience. The Annapurna circuit is stunning and diverse. I trusted and enjoyed working directly with this Nepal based organisation. I would recommend Binod and his team without any hesitation. Anne Carthy - Ireland

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