Day 4th picture at Pisang.Day 4th picture at Pisang.

Annapurna Circuit Trek 15 Days

Quick Facts
  • Trip Duration15 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Maximum Altitude 5,416 m/17,769 ft
  • Activity Trekking
  • Starts/Ends Kathmandu-Kathmandu
  • Group Size 16
  • Transportation Tourist bus, Local bus & Jeep
  • Best Season Spring & Autumn
Why You'll Love This Trip
  • Uncover a very diverse and dramatic part of the Himalayas where life and isolation coexist
  • Take a break from the digital world and get lost in nature. Test your limits and set new boundaries
  • Wrap yourself with varied landscapes and ascend beyond the clouds at 5,416 meters (Thorong La)
  • Subtropical forests climb to alpine forests and open to pastures before joining a rocky and barren region
  • Enjoy the warm hospitality of the villagers amidst cold valleys and isolated mountains
  • Come across some of the most stunning towering mountains and surreal river valleys 
  • Learn about Nepalese in the capital Kathmandu and enjoy teahouse overnight stays across the Annapurna circuit trail
  • In Pokhara, you will take a break from everything while unwinding at the shore of Phewa Lake

In the great Himalayas, the Annapurna circuit trek is one of the most diverse and adventurous trekking routes. We, Nature Excursion, offer you the best Annapurna circuit trek 2024/2025 package. You will be traveling with friendly guides and porters. Join us now to get the best price!

On this 13 days journey, you will be exploring the subtropical forests & remote villages as the trail gradually ascends to the highest mountain pass in Nepal, and follow Kali Gadanki river valley on the way to Jomsom (2,743 m/8,999 ft), and descends to Tatopani (1,190 m/3,904 ft). You will trek through the beautiful Manang village (3,519 m/11,545 ft) and the famous pilgrimage site, Muktinath (3,710 m/12,172 ft).

To make the Annapurna circuit trekking more thrilling, you can add a side trip to Tilicho Lake to the itinerary. Check out our Annapurna circuit trek with TilichoLake package for more information. 

This is our short Annapurna circuit trek program. You can also combine the Annapurna base camp or fly out from Jomsom village to Pokhara in our Annapurna circuit trek itinerary. We have a very flexible booking and customization service that lets you tailor design any package with us as per your requirements. 

The dramatic landscapes, ancient monasteries and temples, rhododendron forests, arid cliffs, and welcoming locals make the Annapurna circuit trek in Nepal one of the best trekking packages. Following the verdant hillsides and barley fields, the elevation rises as you walk from one village to another. We have a rest day in Manag village, during which you'll go on an acclimatization hike to nearby places. 

The Annapurna circuit trail begins in the Marshyangdi valley and further goes by the Kali Gandaki valley. Toward the end of the trek, you get to enjoy natural hot springs in Tatopani and explore the lovely Ghorepani village (2,874 m/9,429 ft). The hike to Poon Hill (3,210 m/10,531 ft) is a must before leaving Ghorepani village, and you'll drop down to Ulleri (2,050 m/6,726 ft), where the Annapurna circuit trek 13 days ends. 

The Annapurna circuit trek views

We love showing the breathtaking western Himalayan mountains during the Annapurna circuit trekking. The Annapurna circuit trek photos do not do justice to sceneries. Mountains like Annapurna (8,091 m/26,545 ft), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m/26,795 ft), Hiunchuli (6,441 m/21,132 ft), Nilgiri (7,061 m/23,166 ft), Fishtail (6,993 m/22,943 ft), Tilicho Peak (7,134 m/23,406 ft), Gangapurna (7,455 m/24,459 ft), Tukuche (6,920 m/ 22,703 ft), Manaslu (8,163 m/26,781 ft), and numerous others, are seen along the Annapurna circuit trek route. 

While driving from Muktinath to Tatopani, we will witness arid landscapes. The barren hills, giant rocks, white-washed houses, and apple orchards decorate the route. Likewise, the view from Poon Hill is equally enchanting. A glorious sunrise over white Himalayan massifs is just out of this world. To be honest, you will enjoy outstanding views from every village and high points on the Annapurna circuit trek. 

Thorong La pass & Muktinath temple

Crossing Thorong La pass (5,416 m/17,769 ft) is not easy. The trickiest part of Annapurna circuit trekking is navigating the Thorong La pass. The route is steep and carries the risk of rock falls. Therefore, we do not recommend doing the Annapurna circuit trek alone and having the support of a mountain guide. Thorong La pass is also the highest point for us on this trek.

After the adrenaline of traversing Thorong La pass comes the calmness of Muktinath temple. Muktinath is an important religious place in Nepal for Hindus and Buddhists. Known as one of the 108 Divya Desams, pilgrims visit here to get salvation from their sins and moksha (liberation). As you will be circling the Annapurna range anti-clockwise, you can see Hindu and Buddhist culture side by side. 

Is this trip right for you?

  • Annapurna circuit trek is for those who can walk 6 hours a day on uneven, steep trails. The trek demands high-altitude experience and perseverance to adjust to limited facilities. 
  • Fitness and good health are a must for a smooth journey. 
  • You have to be flexible and understand the unpredictable nature of the Himalayas. There can be a sudden unexpected change in weather.
  • As you will go offbeat, simple teahouses become your home. You have to adjust to the available facilities. 
  • You have done some minor trekking before and now wish to approach more challenging trails. 

A typical day on the Annapurna circuit trek

During the trek, you will wake up early with fantastic views and a delicious breakfast. After breakfast, we leave the tea house and trek to another village where we'll be spending the night. We have lunch on the way. While trekking, we take a break every now and then to have water and catch our breath. While passing through small settlements, we can see villagers doing their daily chores. Enjoying the warmth of the sun and the shade of the tall trees, you will follow our guide.

Annapurna circuit trek difficulty & altitude sickness

Annapurna circuit trail is challenging. Out of 13 days, you will spend 11 days trekking. This trek is suitable for experienced trekkers as it traverses steep mountain trails and a high mountain pass. For beginner trekkers, the Annapurna circuit trek is very demanding and may put a lot of strain on the body. 

Terrain: The terrain is uneven and steep. You trek through dense forests and river valleys. Cross suspension bridges and some tiny streams on rocks. A daily 5 to 6 hours walk is demanding, but you will get used to it as the days passes by. After crossing Thorong La pass, the toughest part of the Annapurna circuit, the trail descends following a rocky and arid track. The climate gets dusty and barren from Muktinath onwards.

Elevation and altitude: The elevation gain during the Annapurna circuit trek is huge. From Kathmandu, at 1,440 m/4,600 ft, you will drive to the starting point of the trek, which is Jagat (1,290 m/4,232 ft). The trail then ascends to Thorong La top at 5,416 m/17,769 ft and gradually descends to Ulleri village at 2,050 m/6,726 ft. This variation in the elevation may cause altitude sickness to travelers. Therefore, acclimatization is important during the Annapurna circuit trek, and our itinerary has ample rest days. 

Annapurna circuit trek preparation

A long and difficult trek like this demands preparation that assures you of a safe and smooth journey. You do not have to undergo rigorous training for the Annapurna circuit trek, however daily walking and some exercise will help you a lot during the trek. 

Annapurna circuit trek is not a marathon. Whether you do a private trek or trek in a group, you can have your own pace. The only person you will be fighting with is yourself. And to maintain pace, you have to be patient with yourself and understand your limits and where you can break free. 

Do daily exercise. Involve cardio in your gym routine. Walk with a backpack weighing 5 kg. And do not forget to visit your doctor once before the trek begins.

 Other adventurous treks in Nepal

We also organize the Annapurna circuit trek budget. Similarly, we have many trekking packages in Nepal in different regions around the Himalayas. Some of our best recommendations are theEverest base camp trek, Mardi Himal trek, Khopra danda trek, Langtang valley trek, Ama Dablam base camp trek, Helambu trek, Everest view trek, etc. 

For experienced trekkers, these packages will be most suitable-Everest three passes trek, EBC trek with Gokyo Lakes, Upper Mustang trek, Manaslu circuit trek, Makalu base camp trek, etc. 

Likewise, we have easy tours in Nepal, like the Everest base camp helicopter tour with landing, the Kathmandu Pokhara Chitwan tour, etc. You can customize any package with us. 

The benefits of the Annapurna circuit trek with Nature Excursion

  • Free airport pick up and drop off as per the itinerary.
  • Get trekking gear like a down jacket and duffel bag for the journey (to be returned at the end of the trek).
  • Oximeter and a first-aid kit during the trek.
  • Native mountain guides and porters
  • Trek certificate and Nature Excursion t-shirt.
  • Satellite phone to stay connected with the office team during the trek in the isolated areas. 
  • Free storage for your additional luggage in Kathmandu.
  • In case of emergency, we will provide you with immediate helicopter evacuation and medical assistance (involving charges payable by your travel insurance company).
  • Farewell dinner at the end of the trek.
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Itinerary

Day1

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, meet our team at the terminal gate. After a quick meet and greet, they will transfer you to the hotel. The remaining day is free. You can rest and later explore the surroundings of your hotel.

We will book you a nice hotel in Thamel, the tourist area in Kathmandu. So, you will have a lot to explore and look around. In the late evening, we’ll meet for a welcome dinner.

Day2

The drive from Kathmandu to Jagat via Besisahar is an adventure in itself. The journey begins in the bustling capital city of Kathmandu and takes you through the beautiful countryside of Nepal, passing by small towns on the way. The road follows hills and rivers, offering stunning views of the Himalayan range in the distance.

We use a local bus/jeep for the ride. The ride gets bumpy from Dumre to Besisahar. From Besishar, we continue to Jagat following an uneven road. We can arrange a private jeep for travelers who do not want to share the ride with others.

  • Max. Altitude:1,290 m/4,232 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:7-8 hours
Day3

The trail goes along the Marsyangdi river. We walk on a steep uphill route and reach Tal village. Further, passing by many beautiful waterfalls, we trek through rice, barley, and potato fields. The trail takes us to Kodo, a big village, and later crosses a suspension bridge. We then ascend from here to Dharapanu. 

 

  • Max. Altitude:2,610m /8,890ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:6 hours
Day4

From Dharapani onwards, we follow a forested trail that goes along the Marsyangdi river to Chame village. Forests of fir, pine, maple, and oaks are crossed in this part of the trail. As we trek, we can see fantastic views of Annapurna IV, Annapurna II, and Lamjung Himal. It is a beautiful walk today. 

 

  • Max. Altitude:2,610m /8,890ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:6 hours
Day5

The trail continues along a steep, narrow valley. Soon, we will come across a massive rock known as Paungda Danda, rising 1,500 meters above the Marshyangdi river. We can see a striking view of Annapurna II and Pisang Peak along the trail. The trail further descends to the Manang valley floor and continues to Pisang village. 

 

  • Max. Altitude:3,115 m/10,200 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:5-6 hours
Day6

Following pinewood forests along the Marsyangdi river, we trek to Manang village today. The trail goes through beautiful Ghyaru and Nawal villages. We can see magnificent views of Tilicho Peak, Annapurna III, and Tent peak on the way. Likewise, while passing through Braga village, we will come across traditional houses and ancient monasteries. From Braga, it is a short 40 minutes walk to Manang village, where we will spend the night. 

 

  • Max. Altitude:3,540 m/11,300 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:6-7 hours
Day6-7

Today is our acclimatization day in Manang village. We can go on a hike to Chhonkar view point via Gangapurna  Lake. Both hiking options offer a surreal mountain panorama of Annapurna III, Chulu Peaks, Tilicho Peak, and Pisang Peak. Later, we may visit the Himalayan Rescue Association and spend the remaining day in Manang villages resting.

 

  • Max. Altitude:3540m/11300 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:3 hours
Day8

From Manang village, we trek high to Yak Kharka. The trail crosses a stream and ascends to Tenki village. We come out of the Marsyangdi valley and enter Jarsang Khola valley. As we slowly ascend, the forest route opens up to pastures and juniper forests. We then walk through a small village called Gunsan. Further, watching views of yaks and horses, we will cross a small wooden bridge and walk to Yak Kharka.

 

  • Max. Altitude:4,050 m/14,275 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:4 hours
Day9

Today, we have another short trekking day. We will be trekking to the lap of Thorong La pass today. Leaving Yak Kharka, the trail ascends to a ridge and descends to Marsyangdi river. Crossing the river on a wooden bridge, we follow a steep, narrow uphill trail across a slope and drop down to Thorong Phedi. This place only has a few tea houses to serve the travelers, unlike the villages full of houses and locals. 

 

  • Max. Altitude:4,525 m/14,525 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:4 hours
Day10

We have a big day ahead of us today. From Thorog Phedi, we ascend to Thorong La pass. We begin trekking early in the morning, enjoying the superb landscapes. The trail is rugged and steep to the top of the pass. As we walk, the track gets narrow and rocky. From the top of the Thorong La pass, we can see breathtaking views of mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Gangapurna, Manaslu, etc. 

We enjoy the view and then continue trekking down to Muktinath, one of the very important pilgrimage sites in Nepal. The trail drops down through rocky tracks. We get settled in our tea house upon reaching Muktinath and later explore the surrounding area. 

*Fun fact: Muktinath is known for its eternal flame, which is believed to be burning for more than 2,000 years. 

 

  • Max. Altitude:3,760 m/12,623 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:8-9 hours
Day11

From Muktinath, we take a long drive to Tatopani. The ride will be bumpy but offers incredible landscapes. Along the way, we will drive past gorges and arid highlands before joining the forested route. The twist and turns along the verdant hills with excellent mountain views are nerve-racking but enchanting. 

Once we reach Tatopani, we will drop our stuff at the tea house and walk to the natural hot springs to soothe our bodies. You have to pay a few bucks for the service. 

 

  • Max. Altitude:1,200 m/3,940 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:4-5 hours
Day12

Early in the morning, we will have a delicious breakfast. After that, we cross the east side of the Kali Gandaki river and gradually ascend through Thakali villages like Sikha and Chitre. The trail then continues via farmlands and lush forests of rhododendron, magnolia, and birch to the beautiful Ghorepani village. 

Gurungs and Magars are the main residents of this village. We can see stunning views of mountains like Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Tukuche, Hiunchuli, etc from this village.

 

  • Max. Altitude:2,874 m/9,385 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:6-7 hours
Day13

We have an early morning hike to Poon Hill today. We wake up before dawn breaks and walk to this famous viewpoint to catch a gorgeous sunrise over the western Himalayan mountains. After the hike, return to Ghorepani village and have breakfast. We then leave Ghorepani and trek to Ulleri village. 

The trail goes through rhododendron forests and steeply descends on a series of stone staircases to Ulleri village, where the trek ends. From here, we will hire a local jeep and drive back to Pokhara. The evening is free in Pokhara. You can explore the Lakeside Market and enjoy Phewa Lake's tranquility. 

 

  • Max. Altitude:895 m/2936 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast & lunch
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Duration:4-5 hours trek & 2 hours drive
Day14

After breakfast, we leave Pokhara and drive to Kathmandu. The ride will be smooth and scenic. We will be following the lovely Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers, enjoying rolling hills and terraced field views. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we'll drop you at the hotel. Spend the remaining day unpacking and shopping. We'll meet you in a restaurant in the late evening for a farewell dinner. 

 

  • Max. Altitude:1,400 m/4,593 ft
  • Meals:Meals on you
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Duration:7-8 hours
Day15

Our airport team will drop you at the terminal gate of the international airport as per your flight departure time. Make sure to pack your stuff carefully and do leave anything behind. We hope you have a great time trekking with us.

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Cost Details
Includes
  • Airport pickups and drops off services on a private vehicle (car/jeep/hiace/delux bus) as per group size, during the arrival and departure time
  • Transportation cost from Kathmandu to Jagat via besisahar, Muktinath to Tatopani, Banthanti to Pokhara and to Kathmandu (local bus/jeep/tourist delux bus)
  • Accommodation during the trek as per the itinerary
  • Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch & dinner as per the itinerary) during the trek
  • Experienced, English speaking and government-licensed nativ guide and his salary, insurance, transportation and necessary expenses (1 assistant guide for group of 6 or more trekkers 
  • 2 night hotel in kathmandu and 1 night in pokhara. 
  • Down jacket and four seasonal sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fees
  • Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) card fees
  • All necessary paper work
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit including Dimox, Oximeter for measure your heartbeat pauls (carried by the guide)
  • Complimentary farewell dinner at the end of the trek at nepali cultural restaurant in kathmandu
  • All government and local taxes, company service charges
Excludes
  • International flight fare
  • Nepal visa fee for multiple entries on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport 
  • Hotel, lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to early arrival, late departure or early return from the trek 
  • Your personal clothing and gear
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, extra drinks, battery charge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, etc).
  • Your travel insurance for emergency rescue operation, incase of worst health condition (funded by your travel insurance company)
  • Additional cost due to delays caused by circumstances beyond our control like- landslide, itinerary modification due to safety concern, weather condition, illness, change of government policies and strikes
  • All the cost and expenses which are not listed in the include section
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver (Expected)

Clients Reviews

  • Thrilling Adventure with Nature Excursion in Nepal!

    I recently embarked on an adventure tour with Nature Excursion in Nepal, and it surpassed all expectations! The professional guides were incredibly knowledgeable and passionate, ensuring a safe and exhilarating experience throughout.

    Nature Excursion offers a diverse range of activities that cater to all skill levels. From mountain treks to relaxing dips in hot water springs, every moment was filled with excitement and adrenaline. Their attention to detail in logistics, including accommodations and meals, was commendable.

    What sets Nature Excursion apart is their commitment to environmental conservation. They promote responsible tourism and encourage participants to minimize their impact on the natural beauty of Nepal. I highly recommend Nature Excursion for an unforgettable adventure. Can't wait to join them again in the future!

    Omar Al Zeidi
    Omar Al ZeidiOmanReview Date: Jul 08, 2023
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  • Fantastic guide-Karan

    We had a great time trekking through the Himalayas. Everything was taken care of. We didn't have to worry about anything. Our guide Karan Gurung was amazing. Such an experienced guide. We always felt safe and also had a lot of fun while trekking. We were so glad to have Karan, our dedicated guide and Taran Gurung, our very strong porter with us. Especially on the way to Tilicho lake with the landslide areas. Everything was tailored and flexible to our preferences before and during the trek. In the teahouses during the trek we also didn't have to worry about anything. Karan and Taran made sure we had the nicest rooms and best experiences in the mountains. We enjoyed the company and also our own spare time. I have celiac disease, so I eat glutenfree. Anytime we had food, Karan made sure to communicate it well with the kitchen. Even with my weird request with egg with bananas. We were blown away by the beautiful nature of Nepal as well as the variety which you encounter on the Annapurna Circuit. Each day was a different experience altogether. We did Poonhill as a beautiful end to the trek. In April the Rhododendrons were absolutely gorgeous. We did our trek end of March/start of April.

    Pieternel Kers
    Pieternel KersNetherlandsReview Date: Jun 20, 2023
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Useful Information

Best time to do the Annapurna circuit trek

Trekking on the right makes a huge difference to your experience. The best time to do the Annapurna circuit trek is during the spring and autumn seasons in the months of March, April, May, September, October, and November. Other seasons are off-time Annapurna circuit trekking, and certain parts of the trail get closed due to bad climate conditions. 

Annapurna circuit trek in spring (March to May)

Spring is one of the ideal times for Annapurna circuit trekking. The average daily temperature ranges between 0°C to 8°C. The lower part of the trail is warmer, and trekking is quite comfortable. The climate is mild, and the weather is stable. Spring is also the season of rhododendrons, so the trail is well-bloomed and pretty. 

Annapurna circuit trek in autumn (September to November)

Trekking in the autumn is another great time of the year. Autumn brings stable weather once again after the monsoon. During this post-monsoon time, the climate begins to cool off gradually. The trekking conditions are best. Autumn also has many Nepali festivals. It is the season of celebration. The average temperature ranges from 5°C to 25°C. 

Annapurna circuit trek in summer/monsoon

Summer and monsoon are off time for the Annapurna circuit trek. The heavy rainfall wrecks the trekking route and causes several landslides. The temperature goes from 5°C to 23°C. The weather is unstable, and the climate is not good for trekking. Many parts of the trail see landslides and get close in this season. We do not recommend trekking in the monsoon time. 

Annapurna circuit trek in winter

Winter Annapurna circuit trek is kind of getting famous. However, the weather is unstable, with a bad climate in this season as well. However, some adventure lovers like to challenge themselves and do this trek in winter. The snowfall can block the trail, and tea houses at the upper elevation can get close, so you have to be self-sufficient. The temperature drops below -10°C, and navigating Thorong La pass gets very tricky. 

Accommodation during the Annapurna circuit trekking

We will book you the best teahouses during the Annapurna circuit trek. During the trek, you will be getting a simple but safe and comfortable space to spend the nights. The rooms will be small and shared between two trekkers. You can expect a clean bed and blanket. For solo trekkers, we can also book a single room. 

The warmest place in the tea house are dining area. So, warm yourself up here before going back to your room. You will get a clean blanket, but carrying a sleeping bag is recommended for additional warmth. Washrooms can be private or common, depending upon the teahouse. 

Meals on the Annapurna circuit trek

The meal options are quite decent along the Annapurna circuit trail. From western to Nepali, Indian, and Tibetan dishes are available on the menu. Dal bhat is the trekker meal, however there are also options for burgers, noodles, pasta, sandwiches, etc. Other dishes, like momo, curries, roti, soups, porridge, thukpa, and thenduk, are also available. 

For dessert, you can usually get rice pudding or apple pie. And the breakfast menu involves cheese, honey Tibetan bread or chapati, oatmeal, cornflakes, eggs, pancakes, muesli, French toast with jam, etc. 

Travel visas and Annapurna circuit trek permits

Nepal travel visa is available at all entry points of the country. You can also get an on-arrival visa at Tribhuvan International Airport. It is a quick and easy process. If your country is not eligible for an on-arrival visa, get a visa from Nepali Embassy or consulate office nearby your place. 

Annapurna circuit trek needs an Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit (ACAP) and TIMS Card. ACAP permits cost USD 30 per person for foreigners. SAARC nationals only have to pay USD 2 per head. 

Likewise, TIMS Card cost USD 6 per person for SAARC nationals, USD 10 per person while trekking through a local company, and USD 20 per person for independent trekkers. 

Last-minute bookings

Annapurna circuit trek booking at the last minute is possible with us. You can contact us for a last-minute booking. We will need some basic information from you and assurance that you are fit enough for this trek for trip confirmation. 

You have to do 100% payment of the package cost and be available in Kathmandu at least one day before the trek begins. No refund will be made for last-minute bookings. 

Things you should know about our Annapurna circuit trek 15 days package

Airport Pickup/Drop: Our team will be at the airport on your arrival day to welcome you and take you to the hotel. Likewise, on your departure day, they'll drop you at the airport as per your flight time. This is a complimentary service, so you do not have to pay them, but tips are encouraged. 

Charging: There is no issue with charging in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Along the trail, you will get charging services in all the villages. It may be a paid service, so carry some Nepali cash with you. For backup, carry spare batteries or a power bank. 

Communication/Internet: Internet facilities are okay on the Annapurna circuit trail. Many villages offer paid WiFi facilities, and you can also use a tourist Nepali sim card. The network is decent, too, in most parts of the trail.

Luggage: You will use a duffel bag during the trek. You can store any in the storage room we'll provide you with. During trekking, each trekker has a 10 kg weight limit for a duffel bag and a 5 kg weight limit for a daypack. 

Tip: Apart from other industries, tipping culture is huge in Nepal in travel and tourism. Our Annapurna circuit trek cost does not include tips for guides, porters, and drivers. You can tip them as you wish. Usually, each trekker tip 10% of the trip cost to the mountain guide & porter, USD 5 to the tour guide, and USD 2 to the driver.

Travel Insurance: For safety purposes, we need travel insurance for the Annapurna circuit trekking. It is a remote trek with the potential risk of altitude sickness, injuries, bad weather, etc. In an emergency, we may have to use air evacuation, and travel insurance is the only way to get you a quick response from the rescue team. So, make sure your travel insurance covers emergency air evacuation. 

ATM: There is no ATM on the Annapurna circuit trail. Withdraw enough money to use for personal expenses during the trek in Kathmandu. You cannot use foreign currency or ATM cards along the trail.

Annapurna circuit trek safety

You will be trekking with an expert and reliable team. Our guides are trained to lead groups in the Himalayas and have numerous years of experience. Likewise, our trekking leaders have extensive Wilderness First Aid Training, Mountain Climbing Training, Wilderness Survival Training, and many others. 

They are very knowledgeable and strong individuals with excellent navigation skills, which make them the perfect trekking partners. Likewise, our porters will carry the heavy luggage, so you can trek safely and freely. 

    Equipments

    HEAD

    • Sun hat or scarf
    • Winter hat or insulating hat or wide-brimmed hat
    • Headlight with extra battery

    FACE

    • Sunscreen
    • Sunglass with UV protection
    • Face and body wipes
       

    HANDS

    • Lightweight gloves
    • Lightweight winter gloves

    BODYY

    • Hiking shirt
    • Long-sleeved shirt
    • Hooded rain jacket
    • Fleece jacket
    • Lightweight cotton pants
    • T-shirt (bring lightweight wool)
    • Polypropylene underwear
    • Down jacket (available for rent in Kathandu)
    • Sweater
    • Waterproof jacket and pant

    FOOTWEAR

    • Hiking boots
    • Thick wool shocks (take an extra pair of thick wool shocks)
    • Crampons

    ESSENTIAL GEARS

    • Backpack or day back (size depends on whether you take a porter or not)
    • Thermal bottle
    • Water purification
    • Trekking pole
    • Sleeping bag (-20 degreis sleeping bag is best in high altitude trekking)

    TOILETORIES

    • Medium size drying towel
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Biodegradable bar soap
    • Nail clippers

    PERSONAL ACCESSORIES

    • Money
    • Watch
    • Cell phone
    • Camera

    EXTRA ITEMS

    • First aid kit
    • Extra password photos and photocopies of password
    • Notebook and pen
    • Binoculars

    Annapurna Circuit Trek 15 Days FAQs

    • Annapurna circuit trek is usually 12 to 22 days long. You can choose the route depending on your time. This trek generally covers 160 km to 230 km. In this package, we have proposed a 13-day Annapurna circuit trek itinerary, which is a shorter version. 

       

    • Annapurna circuit trek is a challenging venture with lots of hurdles and trodden trails. It is a high-altitude trek that crosses a challenging mountain pass and goes through remote areas. The trekkers have to adjust to the bare minimum facilities while trekking and walk 6 hours a day on a minimum. 

       

    • For a beginner trekker, Annapurna circuit trekking is very demanding. It is a long trek with lots of difficulties. We recommend doing some moderate treks like Langtang valley and Mardi Himal before approaching the Annapurna circuit.

    • Annapurna circuit trek costs range from USD 1200 to USD 2500 or more, as per the package. If you are planning to do the Annapurna circuit trek, get in touch with us to get the best price. Trekking in a group also lowers the per-head cost.

       

    • You have to be healthy and fit to trek 6 hours a day on average. The trekkers should have basic fitness to walk and endure the challenges during the trek. Prior trekking experience will help you a lot. 

       

    • Both the Annapurna circuit and the Manaslu circuit are challenging treks in the Himalayas. The only difference is Manaslu circuit sees less crowd, and the tea houses along the trail are also limited compared to the Annapurna circuit. Like the Annapurna circuit trek, you will also cross a high mountain pass during the Manaslu circuit trek. 

       

    • Yes, you will need a sleeping bag for the Annapurna circuit trek. In the mountains, nights and mornings get a bit colder than the daytime. On some days, the blanket provided by the tea house may not be enough, so we recommend carrying a good quality sleeping bag. 

       

    • Yes, the Annapurna circuit trek is still worth it. Even though there are some road constructions, you can still enjoy alternative routes during the trek. The trekking experience is still adventurous, and the views are fine as always.

    • No, Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Everest is located in two different regions and directions in the Himalayas of Nepal. Annapurna is part of the western Himalayas in Nepal, whereas Everest is in the eastern Himalayas. 

       

    • The Annapurna base camp trek takes you to the base of Mt. Annapurna, the tenth-highest mountain in the world. Likewise, the Annapurna circuit trek navigates the Thorong La pass and Kali Gandaki river valley. 

       

    • You can get the permits for the Annapurna circuit trek on your own. So, as per the rules, foreigners are allowed to do the Annapurna circuit trekking without a guide. But as a professional trekking company, do we recommend doing the Annapurna circuit trek alone? No, we don't. It is a very risky trek because of the terrain and elevation.

    • The Annapurna circuit trek in 10 days is a very tight schedule. You may have to compromise on acclimatization day in Manang village and ascend more than 500 meters twice to maintain this time frame. If you are super fit and can adjust to the altitude quickly, then you may go for the Annapurna circuit trek 10 days. But for regular trekkers, we do not advise a 10 days itinerary.

       

    • While trekking during the spring and autumn season, you can wear two thin fleece jackets to stay warm. Down jackets are best. 

       

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