Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Diffculty Level: Moderate 
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Best Time: Mar - May | Sep - Dec
  • Activity: Trekking
  • Max. Altitude: 5410m


  • Enjoy the beauty of city of lakes, Pokhara
  • Crossing Thorong La Pass, World's Highest Pass
  • Annapurna Mountain Peaks
  • Stunning views of Mount Fishtail and Mount Annapurna
  • Suspenssion Bridges and perennial rivers
  • Forest of Rhododendrons and Oaks

15 days Annapurna circuit trek is the most prolific and marvelous journey to pack on. The trail extends from the temperate geographical belt to the tundra belt. Nepal’s finest Himalayan detour. Experience the diverse landscape of Annapurna Sanctuary and the alpine mountains.

The initial experience with the villagers of the Annapurna trail will bring a smile to your face. Crossing suspension bridges admire the lakes, waterfalls, and Gorges on your journey. You will also find many temples and monuments throughout the valley.

Starting your trek from Chame at 2670m, your journey passes through tiny settlements. These settlements are clean, cherished, and beautiful with survival cultivation and natural vegetation. You will pass through the hilly landscape and Giant Himalayas in the distance.

Your journey covers the reddish rhododendron and Tundra Forest. Rhododendron is also Nepal's national flower, making this trail an attachment to culture. You will pass through a Bamboo forest and a dreamy landscape.

Extended views of the mountains and Mount Annapurnas are the glory of the circuit. the world's tenth-highest mount Annapurna 8091m often referred to as the Annapurna range. Annapurna range covers one peak over 8000 m, thirteen peaks over 7000 m, and sixteen more over 6000 m.

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a true Sanctuary with spiritual importance on the trail. You will hear a morning prayer and Buddhist monks chanting their rituals.

Crossing the Thorong La Pass

Annapurna circuit trek route is the most trekked among all the trekking routes of Nepal. Experience the diverse attractions of Annapurna Sanctuary and cross the iconic Thorong La Pass. The pass is very popular among foreigners. Moreover, the route traverses a unique landscape.

Thorong La Pass is a high-altitude pass situated at 5416m during Annapurna Circuit. Crossing Thorong La comprises a beautiful and organized route to the pass. The pass is a high center point that connects Manang and Mustang.

After crossing Thorong La pass you will visit the historical temple of Muktinath. Many Hindu and Buddhist devotees from Asia and some foreigners visit every year. You can also visit the historical and sacred temples with a Muktinath Tour.

Thorong La pass is often recognized as one of the toughest passes. Trekkers must climb at least 1230m and descend at least 540m in a single day. Most of the time crossing Thorong La is west to east.

The pass is most secure to go across in March–April, and October–November. few hours after sunrise, a strong wind will pass your head. Best to start early and leave a Thorong Phedi early before the sun rises.

Diverse Landscape and Vegetation

Trekkers start the Annapurna circuit trek from the hilly region of Nepal. Vegetation in the early phase of trekking is temperate. The landscape is full of hills, terraced farmlands, and river valleys. As the trek moves higher, the vegetation appears subalpine and alpine.

Around Thorong La Pass the landscape is Himalayan. Vegetation is hardly Tundra. Glacier and moraine along with the grassy meadows are in the middle phase of the trekking. Manang Village will offer you the Duned Tibetan vibe.

Yak Kharka and Thorong Phedi offer the best chance to capture iconic pictures. As trekkers cross the pass the landscape is of the Himalayan desert. Further down the trail starts to cover the sub-alpine, temperate forests, and snowcapped mountains as a backdrop.

Multiethnic Villages, Monasteries & Temples

The route is not only famous for the mountains, valleys, and rivers. It is popular for cultural diversity. This serves as a great example of religious harmony in Nepal on the trail.

There are many monasteries as well as temples along the way. The most famous ones are from Pisang and Muktinath. The temple in Muktinath is important for Buddhists and Hindus.

Annapurna Circuit Trek route is suitable for the cycling adventure as well. Every year lots of people choose to traverse the trail by cycle. This is the most daring activity to do.

Moreover, trekkers also choose to extend their journey to trails. trekking towards the world’s highest-altitude Tilicho Lake. Tilicho Lake is a famous add-on to the package.

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How to prepare for the Annapurna Circuit Trek

preparation is the key to achieving your dream. Anyone can trek the Annapurna Circuit, you might have heard from others. that is right but with the right preparation and maintaining your physical endurance.

To get the idea about Annapurna Circuit Trek preparation, here are some ideas to get a head start.

  • Carry your backpack with a hiking essential and hike a nearby hill.

  • Prepare to maintain your physical level by joining a gym or performing an exercise.

  • Prepare mentally by performing yoga and getting ideas about the journey.

  • Yoga, Cycling, and Swimming can also increase your cardiovascular ability.

  • Building your weight in a backpack and ascending and descending your stairs before 3 to 5 months.


  • Altitude1310m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast

Welcome to the vibrant and cultural city of Kathmandu. A representative from Yolo Hike will pick you up from Tribhuwan International Airport and transfer you to your accommodation. You can take a rest and freshen up. In the evening you can take a visit to our office in Thamel and stroll out the street of Thamel and explore cuisines and music.

  • Altitude2670m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We will wake up early in the morning, have our breakfast or pack them and begin the drive towards Chame on scenic and changing landscapes. We drive through the Prithivi Highway alongside the Trishuli River and join Dumre Highway along the Marsyangdi River with a wilderness of green lush forest, several waterfalls, gorges, and beautiful mountains in the distance. We will cross the Jagat and Dharapani, which used to be the trailhead of Annapurna. Nowadays, the road construction has made to skip these trail heads and reach Chame for Overnight.

  • Altitude3300m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Trekking begins. We will start after a brief breakfast with a view of the magnificence Himalayas and ascend towards Pisang. We will walk through the plain landscapes in the initial and see some chortens in Talekhu and cross some wooden and suspension bridges along the beautiful Marsyangdi. We will pass by a few settlements and grazing fields and pass by adjacent watermarks of Dhikur Pokhara to reach Pisang village. We will stay in Upper Pisang as we can see beautiful mountain views and Lower Pisang village.

  • Altitude3540m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner

From Upper Pisang, we descend to Lower Pisang, we will cross the wooden and suspension bridge similar to the day before and enter Lower Pisang, the beautiful village concluding of several Gumbas and Temples. we can explore the lifestyle of the locals and interact with them and trek toward Manang Valley. We will also check our health condition and oxygen level in the village. The trail ahead is decorated by the rhododendron and pine woods and lush green grass adding a beautiful texture to the white mountain.

  • Altitude3540m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Manang is a beautiful Himalayan village in the lap of the Annapurna range, and a perfect destination to acclimatize to prevent altitude sickness and learn about the culture and trading history of Nepal. As Manange (Citizens of Manang) were famous as traders. During your acclimatization, you can stroll around the nearby hills and explore some mists and glory of the Annapurna. The Gangapurna tal, Ganggapurna glaciers, and explore some spirituality of Bondzo Gompa and 900 years old Braka Gompa.

  • Altitude4200m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, we will leave Manang and head towards the next destination, we will approach Tengi Village where the route separates Khangsar or Ghusang. If we follow the way to Khangsar we will reach Tilicho Lake but in this journey, we will choose towards Ghusang to reach Yak Kharka. We will cross a few wooden bridges and come across beautiful Mani walls along the Thorong River to reach Yak Kharka.

  • Altitude4450m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We have to take a precaution along the trail today as we will pass by one of the Landslide areas on the trail, as we approach in the beginning, we have to check the condition of the trail, observe the weather and slowly cross the Landslide area and reach ACAP office in Ledar. From Ledar we will pass by another Landslide to reach Thorong Phedi. This day needs ultimate preparation and precaution. we will stay overnight in Thorong Phedi and take a good rest.

  • Altitude5415m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today we will approach the ultimate destination of our circuit, The Thorong La pass at 5416 meters. We will wake up early in the dawn around 4 am, pack the bag and use the essential equipment like headlight, poles, boots cover, and crampons if necessary and walk along the trail. We will have some tea in Thorong high camp and walk gently and smoothly to Thorong La Pass.

The Thorong La will welcome you with prayer flags, a small chorten, and a welcome board. We will spend some time in Thorong La and descend as early as possible to reach Muktinath via the temple complex.

  • Altitude2769m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We will wake up in the Mustang region after a long journey in the Manang and Marsyangdi valleys. We will trek through the glimpse of Lower Mustang through Lupra Pass and Lupra Village where we can explore Thakali village and Bonpo Gompa and reach Jomsom Valley. In Jomsom, we can stroll around Marpha village if you have time.

  • Altitude822m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, we will take a flight to Pokhara in the early morning after breakfast in Jomsom. The flight will take 25 minutes and we will reach the Hotel in Pokhara by 11 am. We will have a lot of free time today. We can stroll around Pokhara or take sightseeing and boating at Phewa Lake, exploring Davids Falls, Gupteshwor cave, and other famous landmarks in the city.

  • Altitude1310m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, we will leave Pokhara and drive to Kathmandu on the scenic road of Prithivi highway in a scenic and changing landscape, which will show you the hilly region of Nepal, we will then join along the highway of the Trishuli River and enter Kathmandu. In the evening you can enjoy and celebrate your trip completion and do some last-minute shopping for memories.

  • AltitudeN/A
  • AccommodationN/A
  • MealsBreakfast

Your journey around to Annapurna ends here, A representative from Yolo Hike will assist you till the airport and bid you farewell. You can then enter for boarding to your home with the impeccable beauty of the Himalayas and small yet diverse Nepal.

Trip map

What's Included
  • All Ground Transportation by private Vehicle
  • Airport to Airport Transfer in Private Vehicle
  • 3 Night accommodation in Kathmandu on BB Basis in Star category Hotel
  • Three times meals (breakfast, lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • Best available accommodation in Tea House Lodge on a twin-sharing basis during the trek.
  • Highly Experienced and Certified Guide and porter (2 trekkers:1 porter)
  • Trekking Guide and Porter Salary, Food, Accommodation, and Insurance
  • Private Car from Kathmandu to Lamjung and Jeep from Lamjung to Chame
  • Jomsom to Pokhara Flight
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus
  • All entrance fees and taxes including Airport Tax
  • ACAP, all necessary permit
  • All Government Taxes and Services Charges
  • Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag by YOLO Hike
  • Duffle bag by YOLO Hike
  • First Aid Medical Kit
What's Excluded
  • Meals are not listed in the itinerary.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance
  • International Flight Tickets
  • Nepal Entry Visa fee
  • Soft Drinks including water and other beverage not listed in the itinerary
  • Snacks, tea / coffee
  • Personal expenses like bar bills, laundry, and others
  • Hot Showers 
  • Personal Trekking Gears
  • Internet, Phone calls
  • Tips for Staffs

Additional Info

What to pack for Annapurna Circuit Trek

Packing for any trekking in the Himalayas is quite similar. you need to understand the basics, pack the essentials and pack less. While packing for Annapurna Circuit Trek you need to consider some factors. you can observe the weather before entering the trail and get basic ideas.

Among the essential packing list, these are some basic factors. you can consider some basic t-shirts, shorts, or track pants during your trekking hours. you need a warm buffer jacket that keeps you warm at the night. Packaging your sleeping Bags are life a saving factor.

You can consider packing extra items like your changer and cameras. you will find the massive Annapurna range and scenic trail where you will want to capture a moment. Your sunscreen, gloves, and Hat can save you from direct sunlight.

How difficult is the Annapurna Circuit trek?

As per the trekking agencies, the Annapurna Circuit trek difficulty is moderate. the circuit trail is well-managed and marked which makes it easy to trek. This is also the most demanding trek available in the Annapurna region.

One of the beauties and difficulties of this walk is passing through Thorong La Pass. located at 5500 m and the highest point of the hiking route needs motivation and preparation.

The trail length is another aspect that makes the Annapurna circuit difficult. Annapurna circuit itinerary lengthens from 14 to 21 days. Trekking for these long days will make you weaker. your body feels heavy once you increase the altitude.

Yet, you do not need excessive training to complete this trek. you can prepare to make your body healthy and increase your fitness level.

Food and Drinks during Annapurna Circuit Trek

Yolo Hike is always conscious of the right nutrition and health of trekkers. We make sure we do our best in research before deciding on meals and accommodation. Tea houses are common during the trail providing you with a place to sleep and eat.

During your trek to the Annapurna circuit, you get three meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Meals on the menu are best chosen for trekkers' health and nutrition needs.

You will find local Nepalese cuisine more than delighted. Dal Bhat and Tarkari is the famous Nepalese food. everyone in the trekking region is more than happy to eat the Thakali Dal Bhat.

Also continental, Italian, Indian, and all types of foods are available during the trek.

In the lower areas of the trekking route, you will find quite a range of foods to delight your cuisine needs. Once you hike up and gain the altitude your choice will get fewer.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Accommodation

Accommodations are among the prime factors while traveling anywhere around the world. The Himalayas has a different theory.

It would be best if you had a place to eat good food and sleep the night without fear. Tea House provides you with the same feature.

Yolo Hike provides you with 3-star Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara. During your trial, you will get a standard room on a twin-to-twin sharing basis. Paying extra for a single room can get you a more luxurious room.

Your accommodation will provide you with a hot shower if you pay extra cash for a bucket of water. you will get changing services, again paying extra. Most accommodations evolved to provide western restrooms and have to adjust for some.

Safety precautions during Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit trek is one of the most visited trekking in Nepal. Take breathtaking mountain vistas while moving in a circuit of twisted routes. nothing is predictable while you hike up to mountains. that’s the reason insurance is the most for trekkers.

Yolo Hike gives its 100 percent to make a trek safe and Successful. we have had the greatest success rate since the establishment.

when it comes to safety our experienced guides provide their greatest value. all certified guides in Yolo Hike have years of experience in the field. achieving travel First Aid training is the key when it comes to safety.

Our trained team makes your journey wholly safe and secure with Yolo Hike. you eat and sleep in verified and hygienic tea houses.

Transportation during Annapurna Circuit

Annapurna Circuit Trek starts from Kathmandu and drives to a Chame village. the route is scenic with some narrow roads where passing by two vehicles is risky. we will transport to Chame in a Mahindra Scorpio Jeep or similar.

Roadways are being constructed till the Manang and will be dusty in summer and muddy in fall. Transportation is still available till Pisang and increases your cost. Transportation to Pisang can make your start a bit easier.

While returning from your journey you will take a flight from Jomsom to Kathmandu. This flight will take about 25 minutes so, you can relax for the day. We will drive back to Kathmandu in a private vehicle.

You can add a flight or travel through Local Hiace or Bus to adjust your cost. you can customize your itinerary as per the needs and time available. Plan your Trip with Yolo Hike.


  • Q1. Can I charge my electronic devices on the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

    Most lodges and teahouses along the Annapurna Circuit Trek have electricity and will allow you to charge your electronic devices for a small fee. It is a good idea to bring a portable charger or power bank as backup, in case you are unable to access electricity.

  • The Annapurna Circuit Trek is generally not suitable for young children due to the long distances and high altitudes involved. However, older children who are physically fit and able to handle the challenges of the trek may be able to participate with proper preparation and supervision.

  • The winter season (December to February) is not the best time to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek due to the cold temperatures and potential for snow and ice on the trails. The days are also shorter, which can make the trek more challenging.

  • There are several cultural and religious sites along the Annapurna Circuit Trek, including the holy Hindu temple at Muktinath and the Tibetan Buddhist Monastery at Marpha. These sites offer a unique opportunity to learn about the local culture and religion, and to interact with the local people.

  • The monsoon season (June to August) is generally not recommended for the Annapurna Circuit Trek due to the heavy rainfall and potential for landslides. The trails can become slippery and unsafe, and the views may be obstructed by clouds.

  • It is possible to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek in less than 10 days, but it is not recommended as it involves walking long distances at high altitudes and can be physically demanding. It is important to allow enough time to acclimatize to the altitude and to properly rest and recover between stages.

  • The cost of the Annapurna Circuit Trek varies depending on your travel style and the services you choose to include. Factors that can affect the cost include the length of the trek, the level of accommodation, the type of transportation, the cost of permits, and any additional activities or sightseeing. On average, you can expect to spend between $500 and $1,500 for the entire trek.

  • Yes, it is possible to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek without a porter, but it is recommended to hire a porter to carry your gear and supplies if you are not comfortable carrying a heavy load. A porter can also be a valuable resource for information and guidance along the route.

  • Some lodges and teahouses along the Annapurna Circuit Trek have hot showers available for an additional fee. However, it is important to be mindful of water conservation in the remote areas of the trek, and showers may not

  • The weather on the Annapurna Circuit Trek can vary significantly, depending on the time of year and the altitude. The lower sections of the trek are generally warm and dry, while the higher sections can be cold and wet, with the possibility of snow and ice. It is important to be prepared for all types of weather and to bring appropriate clothing and gear.

  • The starting point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek is usually the town of Besishahar, which can be reached by bus or private vehicle from Kathmandu. From Besishahar, it is a short drive to the trailhead at Chame, which is the starting point of the trek.

  • The cost of the Annapurna Circuit Trek will depend on various factors, such as the length of the trek, the type of accommodation and transportation you choose, and any additional services (such as a guide or porter). On average, you can expect to spend between $500-$1000 for a 12-day trek, not including flights or travel insurance.

  • The Annapurna Circuit Trek typically takes 10-21 days to complete, depending on your pace and how many rest days you take.

  • Food on the Annapurna Circuit Trek is generally simple and hearty, with a focus on local Nepali and Tibetan cuisine. Options may include dishes like dal bhat (a staple of rice and lentils), momos (Nepali dumplings), and Tibetan bread. Vegetarian options are usually available, but it may be more difficult to find non-vegetarian options outside of the larger towns.

  • The Annapurna Circuit Trek is generally considered to be safe, but it is important to be aware of the risks involved with any high-altitude trek. Altitude sickness, hypothermia, and other weather-related illnesses are all potential hazards that should be taken seriously. It is also advisable to hire a local guide who is familiar with the route and can help to mitigate these risks.

  • While it is possible to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek solo, it is not recommended due to the potential risks and challenges involved. It is always safer to have a companion or a group to hike with, in case of emergencies or other unforeseen circumstances.

  • The Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered to be of moderate to challenging difficulty, with some steep and rocky sections, as well as high altitudes to contend with. It is important to be in good physical condition and have some prior hiking experience to tackle this trek.

  • Some essential items to pack for the Annapurna Circuit Trek include good-quality hiking boots, warm and waterproof clothing, a hat and gloves, sunscreen, a first aid kit, and a water purification system. It is also a good idea to bring snacks, energy bars, and electrolyte tablets to fuel your body during the trek.

  • Accommodation on the Annapurna Circuit Trek is basic and consists of local lodges or teahouses. These facilities provide simple rooms with shared bathrooms and sometimes hot showers (for an additional fee). It is also possible to bring a tent and camp along the route, although this is not recommended due to the high altitude and potential for cold temperatures.

  • Yes, it is possible to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek independently, but it is more challenging than doing it with a guide. You will need to arrange your own accommodation, transportation, and permits, and navigate the route yourself. It is also important to be aware of safety precautions and be prepared for any potential challenges that may arise.

  • The Annapurna Circuit Trek is suitable for fit and healthy individuals who are comfortable walking long distances. It does involve some challenging sections and high altitudes, so it may not be suitable for beginners or those who are not in good physical condition.

  • It is not necessary to hire a guide for the Annapurna Circuit Trek, but it is highly recommended. A local guide can provide valuable knowledge about the route, local culture, and safety precautions, and can also help you to arrange accommodation and transportation.

  • The best time to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek is during the autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) seasons. The weather is generally clear and dry during these times, with pleasant temperatures.

  • The highest point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek is Thorong La Pass, which is at an elevation of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet).

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