Duration
16
Days
Trip Facts
  • Activities: Trekking and Hiking
  • Min. Age: 12
Accommodation
  • 3 Nights 4* Hotel 
  • 12 Nights Best Available Teahouse
Meals
  • 15 Breakfasts
  • 13 Lunches
  • 14 Dinners
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Trip Introduction

Annapurna Circuit Trek lets you tread on ancient trails and walk through a diverse landscape. Stay at family-run teahouses and enjoy local hospitality. Explore ancient village squares and monasteries. Walk past sacred mani walls and spin Buddhist prayer wheels, sending out a prayer to the mountain gods.  Interact with locals and experience indigenous mountain cultures. Get awed by the magnificence of the towering peaks and frozen lakes. Ascend the high pass of Thorong La and reach the edge of the Tibetan plateau. One of the classic long-distance treks in the world, Annapurna Circuit Trek is a Himalayan adventure beyond compare!

Annapurna Circuit Trek, a classic trek in the Nepal Himalaya, takes you to one of the most popular trekking trails in the world. A favorite of many trekkers who have been to the Himalayas, hiking the Annapurna Circuit allows you to complete a loop in the Annapurna region. The journey takes you from lush green terraced farms to barren landscapes surrounded by soaring icy mountains.Your Annapurna Circuit Trek begins from Lower Pisang. Tread on ancient trails used by locals and traders trading along the old Tibet trade route. Cross one of the highest mountain passes in the world, Thorong La Pass. There are many highlights of this trek – the fascinating journey past the two river valleys, Marshyangdi and Kali Gandaki, the crossing of the challenging Thorong La Pass (bordering Tibet), the exciting hike through the Kali Gandaki gorge to Muktinath a holy mountain shrine sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. But the one which will remain etched in your mind is the walk through the high altitude lakes of Tilicho Lake thorong la pass and Ice Lake. After crossing the Thorong La head down to Muktinath. And make your way to the mountain town of Jomsom. 

Throughout your journey our experienced trek leader will be there to guide you. He will dispense valuable advice and nuggets of information about the people and places along the trail. Many who have completed the Annapurna Circle swear that this is the best trek that Nepal has to offer. The circuit is highly recommended by all trekkers as a spectacular trekking route. The diversity of landscape, mountain views, culture and people you encounter during the trek are incomparable.  

Short on time or a first-time trekker? Do check out these treks! Annapurna Base camp Trek-11 days, Annapurna Sanctuary Trek-13 days, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek-7 days,Mardi Himal Trek-9days and Khopra Ridge Trek-10 days, 


Trip Highlights

  • Cross the Thorong La pass and hike across the world’s deepest gorge Kali Gandaki Gorge
  • Visit the mesmerizing high altitude mountain lakes of Tilicho (4920m) and Ice Lake(4600m)
  • Take the lesser known trails that avoids the dusty motorable roads
  • Traverse two river valleys- Marshyangdi River Valley and Kali Gandaki River Valley during your Annapurna Circuit Trek
  • Walk along an ancient trade route that’s still used by mountain dwellers
  • Immerse yourself in mountain culture
  • Close up views of 7000 and 8000 metre peaks- Annapurna Massif, Lamjung Himal, Dhaulagiri

Is This Trip Suitable For You?

  • As the Annapurna Circuit Trek takes you to elevations above 5000 metres, you need to have a high level of physical fitness.
  • From Besisahar, you board a four wheeler and drive on a rough jeep track to Lower Pisang. The ride can be best described as an off-road adventure as the vehicle winds through a gravelly and mountainous route. 
  • You begin your Annapurna Circuit Trek-16 days from Lower Pisang (3,200m). The trail is filled with steep ascents and descents and river crossings via traditional wooden bridges. The most difficult part of the trek is the crossing of the Thorung La pass (5,416m) - the highest point of the trek.
  • If you can easily hike on rough terrain and can climb stairs without any difficulty, you can do this trek. No technical climbing involved. 

Day to Day Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal | Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal

DAY 1:

Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,428ft) expand

Transfer to Hotel and Trek Preparation

Enjoy the view of Kathmandu spreading below before your plane lands at Tribhuvan International Airport. Upon your arrival our representative will meet you at the airport terminal and drive you to your hotel. Freshen up and take some rest. Later in the afternoon or evening attend a pre-trek briefing.

Meet your trek leader and if you any questions about the trek you can ask your trek leader. Get your trekking gear and equipments checked. If you have missed out on any items you can always buy them in Kathmandu. Thamel, Kathmandu’s tourist district is lined with stores selling trekking gears and equipments- from budget to branded stuff. 

As you will have an early start on Day 2 it is advisable to schedule your arrival to Kathmandu in the morning or during daytime. This will allow you to attend the pre-trip briefing and give you ample time to rest before the start of your Annapurna adventure. Overnight in Kathmandu  

Accommodation: Oasis Kathmandu Hotel or Thamel Boutique Hotel

DAY 2:

Drive to Jagat (1300m/4264ft) via Besisahar expand

Distance: 9-10 hours drive

You leave Kathmandu and drive along the winding road down to Naubise. Mesmerizing views of green hills and local farms fill the landscape. Drive beside the glacial river of Trishuli before reaching the confluence of Marshyangdi and Trishuli rivers. Cross a bridge spanning the Marshyangdi river and drive along the Prithvi Highway.

The road winds along a verdant forest. Drive past the charming town of Besisahar, set beside the Marshyangdi river. Your destination is Jagat, an ancient settlement which was once the point where taxes were collected from travelers traveling along the old Tibet trade route. Once you reach Jagat head to a teahouse and take a well deserved rest. Overnight in Jagat.

  

Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 3:

Drive to Lower Pisang (3,200m/10,498ft) via Chame (2670m/8,759ft) expand

Distance: 5-6 hours Drive

From Jagat drive to the ancient village of Lower Pisang via Chame. You follow a rough jeep track past a landscape filled with brown hills, cascading waterfalls, snowy peaks and pine trees. Drive past a lunar landscape before reaching the village of Lower Pisang. Head to a teahouse and after a brief rest, explore this ancient village.

Pisang is divided into Upper and Lower Pisang. Lined with prayer wheels mani walls and chortens, Upper Pisang is the old settlement. The village is filled with ancient traditional houses and an old monastery. Most of the teahouses and business establishments are located in Lower Pisang. There’s not much greenery in this part of the world and the landscape is barren.

The inhabitants of Upper and Lower Pisang are descendants of Tibetan settlers. They follow Tibetan customs and their lifestyle is similar to Tibetans. From here you can savor close up views of Pisang Peak, Lamjung Himal and Annapurna II. Overnight in Lower Pisang.

  

Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 4:

Trek to Manang (3,540m/11,613ft) expand

Walking Distance: 6-7 hours

You begin your Annapurna Circuit Trek from here. Today you will be walking along one of the toughest but also the most beautiful section of the trail. The hike involves steep ascents with glorious views of the Annapurna Massif and other peaks and the Marshyangdi River valley. The landscape is partly arid (like the Tibetan plateau) with some sections covered with pine wood forest.

Walk through the picturesque settlements of Ghyaru and Nyawal. It is a tough climb but the views are awesome. The pointed summit of Annapurna III and Tilicho or Tent Peak look over the trail.  Braga is an old village filled with traditional houses built by Tibetan settlers. The village has one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries in Nepal.  

From Braga take a short walk to Manang. The trail is even and easy. Within a short duration of just 40 minutes you will reach this ancient settlement. Head to a teahouse once you reach the settlement and take a well-deserved rest. Overnight in Manang.

  

Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 5:

Acclimatization hike to Ice Lake (4,600m/15,091ft) and return to Manang expand

Walking Distance: 6-7hours

Spend a day in Manang acclimatizing. The village of Manang lies at the foot of Annapurna III and offers splendid views of Gangapurna and Annapurna. Take an acclimatization walk today to Ice Lake. Locally known as Kicho Tal, the trail to the Ice Lake winds along the northern slopes of Chulu East. The lake is fed by the Chulu River that flows down the slopes of Chulu East. Spend some time soaking in the peaceful and heavenly ambience. Take pictures before retracing your steps back to Manang. Overnight in Manang.

Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 6:

Second Acclimatization Day in Manang (3,540m/11,613ft) : Visit Himalayan Rescue Association’s Clinic expand

 You spend an additional day in Manang acclimatizing. Inhabited by Mananges, the settlement is known as the home of merchants trading along the Upper Mustang and Tibet route. Explore the village, visit the monastery and interact with the locals. Take an acclimatization walk and visit the Himalayan Rescue Association’s Clinic. The clinic wasestablished in1981 to aid trekkers and climbers suffering from sicknesses related to high altitude. Doctors manning the health aid post daily hold talks and lectures on high altitude sicknesses (AMS, HACE, HAPE) - how to recognize the symptoms and prevent it. Overnight in Manang  

Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 7:

Trek to Sri Kharkha (4,000m/13,122ft) expand

Walking Distance: 4-5 hours

Leaving Manang take an uphill ascent and cross a suspension bridge spanning the Manang River.  Continue climbing up. After a couple of hours walk you reach Khangsar village.  From the village take the upward trail leading to Shree Kharka.  After hiking for just over an hour or two you reach the village of Shree Kharka. Head to a teahouse and take a well deserved rest. Overnight in Sri Kharkha.

  

Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 8:

Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4150m/13,614ft) expand

Walking Distance: 3-4 hours

Follow an easy trail to Tilicho Base Camp. There are only a few gentle ascents en route. But be careful at the landslide area before reaching Tilicho Base Camp. There are loose rocks and pebbles and you need to watch your step. Walk cautiously along the narrow path till you reach Tilicho base Camp. Once you reach the base camp, walk to a teahouse where your rooms are booked and take rest. Overnight in Tilicho Base Camp.

  

Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 9:

Hike to Tilicho Lake (4920m/16,141ft/) and return to Sri Kharkha expand

Walking Distance: 4 to 5 hours

This day is memorable as you visit the highest lake in Nepal, Tilicho Lake situated at an elevation of 4920 meters.  You follow a trail that goes up and up till you reach the lake. The dark emerald waters of Tilicho Lake surrounded by pure white snow and ice will surely captivate you. Take pictures and soak in the heavenly views before retracing your steps back to Sri Kharkha. Once you reach the settlement, head to a teahouse and relax. Overnight in Sri Kharkha.

  

Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 10:

Trek to Yak Kharka (4,050m/13.286ft) expand

Walking Distance: 4-5 hours

Head to Yak Kharka following a gentle ascent. After reaching an abandoned settlement the trail dips down and goes past cultivated grounds and farmlands. There is a gentle ascent again, up to a hill from where one can view Yak Kharka. Take a steep descent, cross the river and amble up again till you reach the settlement of Yak Kharka. The settlement is actually a grazing pasture used by yak herders. There are only a handful of teahouses offering accommodation and food. Overnight in Yak Kharka.

  

Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 11:

Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,525m/14,845ft) expand

Walking Distance: 3-5 hours

This is the last leg of the walk before you make the challenging traverse to Thorong La pass. You are walking above 4000 meters and your body is gradually getting used to high altitude. Take it slow and keep yourself hydrated. Have diamox if you feel the altitude is affecting you. The trail to Thorong Phedi goes along a secluded and solitary landscape. Enjoy the solitude and the views. Thorong Phedi is a glacier valley surrounded by snowy mountains on three sides. Usually it’s freezing out here. Once you reach this stopover point, head quickly to a teahouse and warm yourself. Retire early as you have a long day ahead of you tomorrow. Overnight in Thorong Phedi.

  

Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 12:

Cross Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,769ft) and trek Muktinath (3760m/12,335ft) expand

Walking Distance: 8-9 hours

Today’s walk is difficult. You make an early start and head off at the crack of dawn. The trail is steep but easy. The last 600 meters to the highest point of the trek tends to be the toughest. When you finally reach the top of Thorong La Pass, spectacular views of the mountains greet you. Dhaulagiri rises in all its glory.  In the distance you can see the ancient kingdom of Upper mustang and the Tibetan plateau. Take pictures and celebrate this wonderful moment with your teammates. Afterwards head down to the holy pilgrimage site of Muktinath. Named after a temple that is sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists, Muktinath is regarded as a place to receive salvation.  As you reach this small settlement, make your way to a guesthouse and rest your aching muscles. Overnight in Muktinath.

Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 13:

Visit Muktinath Temple and trek to Jomsom (2,720m/8,923ft) expand

Walking Distance: 5 -6 hours

Before leaving Muktinath, visit the Muktinath Temple and seek blessings from the guardian deities, Lord Vishnu for Hindus and Avalokiteshwara for Buddhists. Other small shrines and Buddhist Gompa surround the main temple. It is believed that the Buddhist guru Padmasambhava blessed this place. After visiting the temple, board a vehicle and drive to Jomsom. The rough jeep track winds along the banks of the pristine Kali Gandaki river. The river is a source of ammonites or saligrams (fossilized mollusks worshipped by Hindus as a representation of Lord Vishnu). After walking for a couple of hours you reach Jomsom, a picturesque small town and the headquarters of Mustang district.

In  Jomsom you will find internet cafes, bakeries selling delectable pies and pastries, restaurants, bars and a range of accommodation choices(budget to high end).  The town is filled with white-washed traditional houses. After checking in at the lodge stroll around the ancient part of the town or simply call it a day and take rest. Congratulations, you have completed the Annapurna Circuit and this calls for a celebration. Get together with your teammates and crew and celebrate in the evening. Overnight in Jomsom.  

Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 14:

Fly to Pokhara (800m/2,625ft) expand

Duration: 25 minute flight

Take a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. From the window you can see the Annapurna mountains and Dhaulagiri rising up almost to touch the sky. On reaching Pokhara head to your hotel and check in. The rest of the day is free. You can spend it as you wish. Stroll around the lakeside or explore more of the city on your own or book a guided tour at an extra cost. The lakeside area is lined with shops selling handicraft items in case you need to shop for souvenirs. Overnight in Pokhara. 

  

Accommodation: Hotel Pokhara Batika
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 15:

Drive to Kathmandu (1400m/4593ft) expand

Duration: 6-7 hours drive

Drive to Kathmandu by a comfortable tourist coach. Enjoy the scenic landscape as your bus winds  along the Prithvi Highway.  Once you reach Kathmandu check in at your hotel and take rest. Evening, head to an authentic Nepali restaurant for farewell dinner (complimentary). Enjoy a sumptuous Nepali feast and a cultural show. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Oasis Kathmandu Hotel or Thamel Boutique Hotel
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

DAY 16:

Final Departure expand

 

Bid goodbye to Nepal. Our representative will drive you to the international airport three hours prior to your flight’s departure. If you are interested in exploring more places do let us know. We run tours to some of the most fascinating and exotic destinations.

  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast


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What's Included

  • Airport pick up & drop off service in a private vehicle
  • 4-star accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • 4-star accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
  • All ground transportation by comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary

  • Transfer from Kathmandu to Lower Pisang by Private Vehicle
  • Transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu by comfortable private vehicle
  • Best available clean and comfortable Tea house accommodation during the trek
  • Farewell Dinner at the end of the trip

  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea/coffee during the trek
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • Domestic flight (Jomsom-Pokhara)
  • Highly experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, trained in first-aid Trek Leader (Guide)
  • Assistant Trekking Guide (4 trekkers : 1 Asst. guide) for personalized cares
  • Porter service to carry your main luggage during the trek (2 trekkers : 1 porter)
  • Staff cost including their food, accommodation, salary, flight, insurance, equipment etc.
  • Trekking permits - Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry fee and TIMS
  • First Aid kit, Pulse Oximeter and essential medicines (Paracetamol, Diamox etc.) carried by the Trek Leader
  • Souvenirs - Third Rock Adventures’ kit bag (Duffel bag), T-shirt, and trekking map
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trek completion)
  • All Local and Government taxes, administrative charges

What's not Included

  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival or late departure
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • International flights
  • Excess baggage fee
  • Personal expenses (phone call, internet, laundry, bar bills, snacks, battery recharge, bottled or boiled water, souvenirs, hot showers, extra porter etc.)
  • Personal trekking gear and equipment
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver (tipping is expected)
  • Any unseen expenses due to circumstances beyond our control

Accommodation

During your Annapurna Circuit Trek, you spend 2 nights in Kathmandu and 1 night in Pokhara. You will be accommodated at a 3 star hotel - Oasis Kathmandu Hotel or Thamel Boutique Hotel in Kathmandu and Hotel Pokhara Batika in Pokhara. These hotels are centrally located and feature rooms with comfortable beds and en suite bathrooms. Other amenities include in-house restaurant, café, bar and free wi-fi.

While trekking you will be staying at the best available teahouses. These are run by local families and is a source of sustenance for mountain communities. Compared to city hotels, teahouses along the trail may not have the same facilities. Please try to keep an open mind and embrace the experience.

The basic facilities available at the teahouses include – a room with twin beds, shared washroom (western style toilet) and a communal sitting and dining area. Some newly built teahouses offer rooms with attached bathrooms, but these are very few.

You need to pay extra for hot showers, using the wi-fi hotspot and charging your electronic devices. To save on cost, you can bring extra batteries.  Carry toilet paper rolls as most teahouses’ toilets don’t have toilet paper rolls. 

The rooms have thin walls and are not insulated.  Most rooms have two single beds with a small table in between. The beds come with mattresses, pillows and blankets. Using your sleeping bag and pillow liner will be more hygienic. Layer your sleeping bag with the blanket for warmth as it can get quite cold during the night.

Accommodation is arranged on a twin-sharing basis. If travelling solo, you get to share the room with a fellow traveler of the same gender. Single room will be available on request, at added cost. It’s possible to get a single room in Kathmandu, Pokhara and at lower elevations while trekking. But at higher elevations there are few lodges and single rooms are not available during high season.


Meals

During your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara, breakfast will be complimentary. There are many multi-cuisine restaurants and eateries around Thamel in Kathmandu and lakeside area in Pokhara, which serve good food. From fine dining options to budget eateries, you will be spoilt for choice. On your last night in Kathmandu, we invite you for a complimentary farewell dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant. 

On the trail, enjoy full-board trekking. Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and accommodation cost are already included in the package. While breakfast and dinner will be served at the lodge you will be staying at, lunch will be taken at a teahouse en route.

If you are gluten-intolerant, we advise you to bring your own gluten-free snacks and extra food as there will be limited food options for you at the teahouses.

The meals served at the teahouses are freshly prepared. Items on the menu include the traditional Nepali and Tibetan fare like dal-bhat (rice, lentils, curry), momo, Tibetan bread etc. as Indian and continental dishes (chapattis, apple pie, pancake, pizza, mac & cheese, noodles etc.).

At breakfast you can expect bread, eggs, hash brown, cereal or porridge with tea or coffee. During lunch and dinner, you can choose from the extensive menu. Nepalese traditional meal of ‘Dal-Bhat’ (rice, lentil soup, curry and pickle) with unlimited refills is the most filling and energy-giving.

We urge you to stick to vegetarian foods as the meat served on the trail could be several days old and not safe for consumption. If you feel you need your dose of protein, you can bring canned tuna or sardine. These are readily available at departmental stores in Kathmandu.

It is advisable to stay away from alcohol and carbonated drinks while trekking, as these will adversely affect your body’s acclimatization process.


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Best Time To Travel

Spring (March to May) and autumn (mid-September to November) are considered as the best seasons to complete the Annapurna Circuit Trek. The weather stays dry and clear during these times which makes it ideal for trekking and enjoying unobstructed views of mountains. The days are warm and the nights chilly. On the downside however, these are peak seasons and the trails get crowded and busy.

During spring, the trail is filled with wildflowers. Blue Sheep and Musk Deers, come out to graze on alpine meadows. Walking through the hills covered with colourful blooms, against the backdrop of the snowy Himalayas will seem heavenly.

Autumn is the most popular season for Annapurna Circuit Trek. With the end of wet monsoon season which clears the skies of dust and impurities, you can enjoy crystal clear views during this season. Timing your trek around late September or October will allow you to experience the most important festivals of the Nepalese Dashain and Tihar. These festivals celebrated by Hindus, last for several days. Expect good food, merry-making, dance and music at all the villages along the trail. 

Yartung, one of the oldest festivals in the Himalayan region, is celebrated in Manang, Upper Mustang and Muktinath. It is a horse racing festival where riders from Manang and Mustang compete with each other and show-off their horse riding skills. Though according to custom it is observed for 3 days, the celebration continues for a week. Unfortunately this festival falls during the rainy season (July or August). If you can brave inclement weather, you can be a part of this ancient and wonderful festival. You can do half the circuit and trek only up to Manang and skip the Thorong La crossing.

This trek involves walking across Thorong La (5,416m), one of the highest mountain passes in Nepal, which can be quite risky during bad weather. Taking this route during monsoon or winter season can be hazardous.


Getting to the Annapurna Circuit

The classic Annapurna Circuit route takes around three weeks to complete. It involves walking across two river valleys with diverse cultures and landscape. With the development of a road network in this remote region in the recent years, it is now possible to complete the circuit in a short timeframe two to three weeks.

While the classic itinerary involves trekking from Besisahar or Khudi, now it is possible to drive up to Chame or Lower Pisang and begin your trek from there. The Besisahar-Chame Sadak (Highway) also known as the Manang Sadak is a rough and narrow jeep track built along a steep mountainside. The off-road journey past narrow hair-pin bends, canyons and waterfalls, is an adventure in itself.

To reach the trailhead, you can take a drive directly from Kathmandu to Besisahar and change vehicles to reach the starting point of your trek. If you are in Pokhara you can find local as well as private transportation to whichever point your trek starts (Besisahar, Khudi, Jagat or Chame).

Local buses and micro vans depart daily for Besisahar form Gongabu and Naya Bus Park in Kathmandu. While the micro vans leave at around 6:30 AM and 7 AM the buses depart somewhere around 8 or 9 AM. Besisahar lies 190 km from Kathmandu and it takes nearly six and a half hours drive to reach the place.

 As per our itinerary, your trip lasts for 16 days. You take a ride from Kathmandu to Jagat via Besisahar on a private vehicle. After spending a night at Jagat, you drive further to Lower Pisang via Chame. Your Annapurna Circuit adventure begins from Lower Pisang and ends in Jomsom, from where you take a flight back to Pokhara. The flight, which lasts for around 25 minutes, offers grand views of the Himalayan mountains.  From Pokhara you return to Kathmandu by a tourist bus. Depending on the traffic, it will take around 6 to7 hours to reach the capital city by road.


Entry Permits & Requirements

The permits you need for Annapurna Circuit Trek are – 1) Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Entry Permit, and 2) TIMS (Tourist Information Management System) card.

Both Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Entry Permit and TIMS Card can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board’s Office in Kathmandu or Tourist Information Centre in Pokhara.

To get these permits you need to provide the following documents and information:

  • Copy of your passport
  • 2 Passport-sized photos
  • Dates when your trek starts and ends
  • Itinerary/route
  • Entry and exit points
  • Emergency Contact Information (local and home country’s)
  • Travel Insurance Details

Permit Fees: Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Entry Permit: NRS 3000 per person for foreigners, NRS 1000 for citizens of SAARC countries, and NRS 100 for Nepalese.

TIMS Card: NRS 1000 if you are trekking with a guide. NRS 2000 for free individual trekker (FIT). For SAARC country nationals, NRS 300 if trekking with a guide and NRS 600 for a solo trekker.

You won’t have to worry about queuing up to get the permits as the company or our guides will arrange all the permits for you.


Altitude Sickness & Acclimatization

You will be trekking under the foothills of 8000 and 7000 metre peaks and crossing one of the highest mountain passes in the world, the Thorong La (5416m).,  the highest point of your trek. In this environment, there is less oxygen which will lead to breathing difficulty.

To let your body get used to the thin air, you need to walk slowly, steadily and keep your body hydrated. If you try to hasten and walk fast to reach your destination in less time, chances are you may suffer from AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness.

AMS symptoms like dizziness, headache, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue etc., are seen at elevations above 2000 metres.  Taking diamox and a good night’s rest may work for mild cases. Drinking plenty of fluids (water, tea, soup etc.) and keeping your body hydrated will also help to keep the sickness at bay. One should take necessary precautions to ensure that the condition does not worsen. But if the symptoms persist even after taking diamox, one may have to return to a lower elevation and get medical help.

There is a medical aid post run by the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) in Manang which offers treatment for high altitude sickness and basic care for minor ailments. In the worst case scenario, an air evacuation will be arranged, where the patient will be flown to Kathmandu or Pokhara to receive medical aid. AMS, if untreated or ignored can take your life.

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a high-altitude trek for which acclimatization is very important. Your body needs time to get used to thin air which can be done by resting at a lower altitude before ascending higher. Our experts have included two days in the itinerary for acclimatization. You will be spending 2 days in Manang (3540m) for acclimatization, so as to adapt your body to thin mountain air before going higher.

The chart given below will give you a rough idea about the level of oxygen in the atmosphere on the trail.

Altitude

Oxygen Level

1000m/3,281ft

88%

2500m/8,202ft

73%

3000m/9,843ft

68%

3500m/11,483ft

64%

4000m/13,123ft

60%

4500m/14,764ft

57%

5,000m/16,404ft

53%

5,500m/18,044ft

50%


Drinking Water

It is important to keep your body hydrated on the trail as dehydration also causes AMS. One should drink at least 3-4 litres of fluid

Inside the Annapurna Conservation Area, you will find several safe drinking water stations.  We highly recommend you to carry a reusable water bottle with you, one that can hold hot water. You can use one with a steri pen or an inbuilt filtration system like LifeStraw.

You can also use water purification tablets to treat the water. While the water in the mountains tend to be pure and without impurities, it’s better not to take chances and filter or treat the water before drinking.

Using chlorine or iodine tablets to treat the water may alter its taste. You can add flavored electrolyte powder (which are readily available at pharmacies in Kathmandu) to mask the bitter chemical taste. Adding electrolyte to your drinking water may also be beneficial as the minerals (sodium, potassium, magnesium etc.) you lose while walking gets replenished.

Teahouses offer boiled and filter drinking water at additional cost. At some stops you will get to buy bottled drinking water. It can cost anywhere from USD 1 to 3. Charges vary according to altitude (the higher you reach, the more expensive it will be) and quantity.


Internet Connectivity

Internet connection (though erratic and irregular at some places) is available in the Annapurna Region. You can connect with your loved ones while trekking, post updates and upload pictures on social media. Wi-fi is available at all teahouses. Teahouses charge extra for using their Wi-Fi hotspot. You can also get a sim card (preferably Ncell) in Kathmandu and purchase internet data to use on your trek.


Packing Checklist for Annapurna Circuit Trek

As opposed to popular belief, you don’t need a lot of complicated gear and equipment for an Annapurna Circuit adventure. Here’s a basic checklist of the most essential items that you should not forget to bring with you during your Annapurna Circuit Trek:

  • A sturdy pair of trekking boots with good ankle support
  • Rucksack or daypack (30 litres) with waterproof cover
  • Trekking pants and waterproof trousers
  • T-shirts or shirts
  • Down jacket
  • Wind/ waterproof light jacket
  • Fleece jumper or jacket
  • Inner Thermal (top and trouser)
  • Socks and underwear
  • Sunglasses, sun hat, woolen cap or balaclava
  • Inner and outer gloves
  • Headlamp, power bank  and extra batteries
  • Sun protection cream, wet wipes and hand sanitizer
  • Towel, flip-flop or rubber sandal, toiletries
  • Water bottle and water purification tablets
  • 4 season Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Trekking poles
  • Crampons and gaiters

These are only some of the essential items. Find a more detailed list by clicking here.

Most of the trekking equipment are available on hire in Kathmandu. You can keep your baggage light by only packing the most essential items and renting or buying the rest in Kathmandu. Shops in Thamel offer branded as well locally made gear and equipment.

You can leave your spare luggage at your hotel’s storage room. It is completely safe and free. But do make sure to lock your luggage before leaving it at the storage unit.    


Guide(s) & Staff Arrangements

A trek along the Annapurna Circuit takes involves walking under the shadows of 8000 and 7000 metre peaks. You cross one of the highest mountain passes in the world, Thorong La and visit two high altitude mountain lakes (Tilicho lake and Ice Lake).

Having an experienced local guide accompanying you will enrich your trip in so many ways. Trekking with a person who has in-depth knowledge of the mountain will also keep you safe and secure.

When you book a trek with us, we pair you up with one of our local guides. All our guides have an experience of more than 10 years and have a vast knowledge of the area you are visiting. They have completed the trekking guide course and have the required government license to work as a mountain guide. They can communicate in English and have received training on wilderness first aid and crisis management.

The trek will be led by a chief guide or trek leader. For every 4 trekkers, there will be an assistant guide assisting them personally. One porter will carry the luggage of 2 clients. Make sure that your luggage does not exceed 15 kg, as the porter can only carry a weight of 30 kg.

We believe in ethical treatment of our staff. All our Guides and Porters are provided with weather appropriate gear and clothing to battle the harsh weather in the mountains. Before the start of a trek, we ensure that our mountain guides are fully insured. They are given fair wages and treated with respect.

We seriously follow the guidelines set by IPPG (International Porter protection Group) and offer assistance to porters to develop other skills. A portion from the booking fee goes to fund the education of our field staffs’ kids.


Travel Insurance

For Annapurna Circuit Trek, you need a good travel insurance policy that offers you coverage for all activities and altitudes included in your itinerary. The highest altitude you reach is 5416 metres and your travel insurance should offer you suitable coverage up to this elevation.

Though we take your safety as our number one priority, we cannot rule out mishaps and emergencies that may occur at this altitude. There is less oxygen in the environment and trekkers usually suffer from Acute Mountain Sickness, which could prove to be fatal if not treated on time.

Walking on a treacherous mountain environment also exposes you to physical injuries. Therefore make sure that your insurance covers the cost of all injuries and emergencies that you can possibly face during this trekking adventure.

Your insurance policy should especially cover the cost of helicopter evacuation and hospitalization in case of an accident or medical emergency as these happen to be quite expensive. Check for vaccination requirements as some travel insurance policies makes it mandatory to immunize yourself before you leave your country. 

Before you decide on a policy, be mindful and don’t forget to read the fine print. It would be advantageous for you also to choose a company that offers insurance cover on both domestic as well as international flight cancellations and lost or stolen baggage.


Trip Safety

We ensure the safety of our clients by following all safety protocols during the trip. This itinerary has been designed by travel experts and veteran guides who have trekked on this route innumerable times.

To prevent AMS, required number of rest days have been added in the itinerary. Our guides always carry a first-aid kit and pulse oximeter (to measure the oxygen level in your blood) with them. The guides assigned to you have more than 10 years’ experience and know what steps to take during an emergency. They are well-trained in wilderness first aid and crisis management.

If a client shows symptoms of AMS and needs to descend to a lower elevation, an assistant guide will escort him/her and will follow the safety protocol. He will closely monitor the client’s condition and will take the required steps needed for the well-being of the client.

If he/she feels alright after a night’s rest, the guide will escort the client back to join the group. But if the condition worsens, the client will be escorted down to a lower elevation or get air lifted to Pokhara or Kathmandu for expert medical aid.


A typical day on the Annapurna Circuit Trek

A typical day on the trail begins with a wakeup call at around 6 AM by your guide. Freshen up and get ready. Pack your belongings and head to the dining area for breakfast by 7 AM. Check your luggage for the final time and fill your water bottle, before you hit the trail by 8 AM along with your guide.

To avoid walking in the heat and to enjoy clear views of the mountains, you make an early start. En route there will be short breaks to enjoy the views and take photographs. You stop for lunch at a local teahouse around noon or mid-day. After a quick rest of about an hour or 40 minutes, you get back on the trail and continue till you reach your overnight stop.

Upon reaching the stop for the night, you head to your teahouse, check in and have some rest. Tea with some light refreshments (cookies or biscuits) will be served at 5 PM. As the rooms are not insulated, you can warm yourself by the heater or stove in the communal area.

Exchange stories or play cards with other trekkers till dinner is served (around 7PM). After dinner, your guide will brief you about the next day’s trek – the route you will take, difficulty, where you will stop for lunch etc. Afterwards, retire for the night and have a well-deserved rest.

On average, you may have to walk 5 to 6 hours daily. The toughest day will be Day 12, when you cross Thorong La Pass (5,416 m), one of the highest mountain passes in the world. You have to make an early start on this day to cross the snow covered pass before the trail gets battered by strong winds and fog in the afternoon.


Responsible Travel

Travel responsibly and try to limit any negative impact on the environment. Limit the use of plastic and be mindful about throwing waste in the mountains. When you trek with us, you will be supporting local communities (from the guides and porters to teahouse owners). We as a company support sustainable tourism and patronize local businesses. We partner with service providers who work towards saving the environment.  As an active member of KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project) we make sure that our trips are environment friendly.


Annapurna Circuit Trek FAQs

If you have booked a package with us you won’t be spending much as accommodation and 3 meals are already included in your trip price. You may have to personally pay for items like beverages and drinks, extra snacks, hot showers, electronic device charging, wifi etc. USD 20 to 30 (NRS 2000-3000) per day will suffice.

Please do note that if you are traveling in a group, a member falling sick won’t disrupt your trip. While the sick person will be taken care of, the rest of the group will be able to continue with the trip.

If someone becomes ill on the trail your trekking guide will take the sick person’s condition on account and decide he or she shall continue with the trek or return to a lower elevation and wait for the rest of the group. If his or her condition is serious then the person will be flown by air ambulance to Kathmandu or Pokhara for expert medical attention. An assistant will take care of the sick person, while the rest of the group shall proceed onwards and complete the trip as per the itinerary. 

If you want to add extra activities and sites to your itinerary it can be done. Our Travel Consultant will help you customize your trip. Just let us know which places you want to visit and what you want to do and we will add these in your itinerary.

We usually provide private comfortable vehicles to individual tourists. For groups we provide comfortable luxury buses for pick up and drop-offs.

While tipping is not mandatory it is a nice way of showing your appreciation to the people who have helped you enrich your holiday experience. It all depends on how far you are pleased and satisfied with their services. There is no fixed amount, but many of our clients offer 8-10 percent of the total tour price as tips.   

Each day you can expect 5 to 7 hours of walking, covering around 10 to 14 km. However when you reach 3500m, you will be walking around 5 to 7 hours but the distance covered will be less as you will be walking slowly at higher altitudes. We want you to know that all our itineraries are flexible and can be altered by weather, geographical and physical condition of the individual participants.

The permits needed are - Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry fee and TIMS(Trekkers’ Information Management System fee).

The quality of teahouses in the Annapurna Region is pretty good and most of them offer facilities like western toilets, hot showers (may charge cost) and a wide range of items on their menu. The rooms are usually furnished with two separate beds with mattress, pillows, blankets and bed sheets. Most of the teahouses are family or community run establishments. Teahouses are like an extended home and have a warm and cosy feel to them.

We provide sleeping bag and down jacket but you need to bring your own personal gear. We can recommend some good stores where you can hire or buy new ones.

Teahouses offer boiled and filtered drinking water to trekkers for a price. Though you can purchase bottled water, we discourage the use of plastic bottled water on the trail because of the adverse effect on the environment. You can bring along with you a reusable bottle nd fill it up with drinking water. 

Your guide will check the condition of the water of the filtered water before you purchase it. Please be assured that our guide will thoroughly check whether the water has been boiled and treated properly before you drink it.


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Trip Reviews

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werner berger
Werner Berger
Guinness World Record holder Gives Third Rock Adventures a 5-Star

I am Werner Berger and my "claim to fame" is probably best defined as being in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest person in the world to have climbed the highest mountain on each of the seven continents, including Mt. Everest. Little did I know my life was to change forever on my first trek into the Himalaya in 1992 at age 55. It was the beginning and just a matter time before I realized I could combine my leadership and climbing skills to create a program in which people could explore their own possibilities. So, in 2010, I began leading Transformational Life Experiences, treks to Mt. Everest Base Camp and other high places. One of the earliest keys to success is to find a company with the right mix of professionalism, support, and, of course, experience. I have used Naba Amgai and his teams on all my Nepal trekking adventures. Naba's caring and climber support, is second to none. In my estimation, Third Rock Adventures is one of the very best in the business, in or outside of Nepal. They know the mountains. So you can relax, enjoy and transform.

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Hayden Kelly
flagsAustralia
Jun 03, 2019
Joy of accomplishment
I did the Annapurna Circuit trek of 16 days with a bunch of my friends. It was challenging no doubt thus my eyes are shining with the joy of this accomplishment. The stunning views of the trek are to die for and being on the top of Thorongla Pass is incomparable. Huge shout out for our guide and porters without whom we couldn’t have done this trek. The team encouraged us when we were tired to move further and helped us to be comfortable in our own pace. A good sense of humor and jokes we perfect to deal with a whining group like ours!
Good Value,
Yes
Milan Van den Berg
flagsNetherlands
May 12, 2019
Two weeks of bliss
It’s undoubtedly challenging but exceedingly rewarding. Good combination of dramatically high mountains and rural villages of Nepal. The trek leading to Thorangla pass is a memory for a lifetime. Crossing high pass over 5000 meters is more of a personal accomplishment for me. Glad to make it with mild Acute Mountain Sickness. My first 2-weeks long trek in the Himalayas and felt like my training in gym and day hike in weekends back home helped me a lot.
Go on your pace, don’t rush, breathe while enjoying the mountains and traditional villages. I would definitely recommend this trip to everyone who is skeptical about doing this trek!
Jenice Thomsen
flagsDenmark
May 01, 2019
An unforgettable Annapurna Circuit Trek
Although the trek is physically demanding there isn’t any dramatic climb over boulders. The altitude hits you as you trek higher in elevation and makes a non-intimidating ascend difficult. The trek from Thorongla pass to Muktenath is excruciating but rewarding as well. The scenery with astounding snowcapped mountains was amazing and the locals were warm and welcoming. Lake Tilicho was stunning! Waterfalls, lakes, monasterary, suspension bridges and ancient villages are the added bonus to then trek in the wilderness.
Best Destination,I like itinerary,
Yes
Crossing Thorongla pass and that feeling of being on top of the world is still fresh.
Pack a bit of patience and enjoy the trek.
Paul Reilly
flagsNew Zealand
Mar 22, 2019
A lifetime experience
I would like to express my gratitude to Third Rock Adventures’ team for their wonderful service  during our Annapurna Circuit Trek. We had a fantastic trek with our man Shiva, guiding our group. An experienced guide, he was prudent enough to adjust the itinerary when a couple of our group members felt a little unwell. We had brief spells of bad weather up in the mountains, but the crew’s enthusiasm and encouragement buoyed our spirits and motivated us to carry on. All in all it was an outstanding trek. I have come away a stash of great pictures and memories that will last a lifetime. Our group started off as a bunch of strangers, but by the end of the trek all of us became good friends. Thank you for a well-organized and safe trek. I have no hesitation in recommending Third Rock to anyone considering a trip to Nepal!
Best Destination,
Yes
Because I had been meaning to do the Annapurna Circuit for a pretty long long time.
Meeting all the members during trip briefing, swapping stories after dinner at the end of each day's trek and experiencing the cultural as well as geographical diversity of this tiny country.
Wear a wide brimmed hat if you suffer from sunburns easily, like I do.
Kevin Chang
flagsSingapore
Sep 17, 2018
Amazing Annapurna Circuit Trek
My sincere thanks goes out to the team at Third Rock Adventures for organizing a memorable trek. I completed the Annapurna Circuit and accomplished a lifelong dream, all thanks to the wonderful people at Third Rock Adventures! Yam, our mountain guide proved to be an excellent leader. He took great care of us and ensured that we had a hassle-free trek. The porters were uncomplaining, humble and cheerful. The altitude hit me as we neared the high pass at Thorung La. But I was okay after taking Diamox and spending a day at Thorung Phedi, just below the pass. The whole trek was filled with amazing sights. Tilicho and Ice Lake were spectacular, but the trek’s highlight was the crossing of the Thorung La pass. It was kind of difficult but worth the effort. The views were lovely and we spent a great deal of time taking pictures and soaking in the views. Part of the trail felt like Tibet. Manang, Pisang and other villages above the 3000m mark seemed culturally more Tibetan. The visit to the shrine at Muktinath was insightful. Much as I enjoyed the trek, it was a relief to arrive in Jomsom and enjoy a hot shower and a can of beer. I am fully satisfied with the way this company organized my Annapurna Circuit Trek. I definitely recommend this company and use them again.
Good Value, I liked the itinerary.
Yes.
Beuse this trek has been in my bucket-list for ages.
Hikes to Ice Lake and Tilicho Lake, turning the prayer wheels and gazing at the snow-covered mountains that stood so close. The crossing of the Thorung La Pass was also meorable.
Though roads have been built along the circuit, the place is still beautiful. Annapurna Circuit has not lost its charm. Don't let people talk you out of walking along this beautiful part of the world just because a rough jeep track goes through it. This trek is still one of the best treks in the world. You should do it.
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