There are more than fifty kilometres of trails around the Annapurna massif. That’s the Annapurna Circuit. It is one of the absolute trekking classics in Nepal, always highly regarded by adventurers. Come face to face with Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Gangapurna and Tilicho Peak.
Walk along lush rice terraces, visit picturesque villages and get to know the different cultures Annapurna has to offer. Meet the Gurungs, the Newars, the Brahmins and many other peoples. Pull over the Thorung La pass and walk over the edge of the Tibetan Highlands.
The Annapurna Himalayas are located on the pavement of the colourful town of Pokhara. You can reach it from Kathmandu with a short flight or a bus trip of 6-8 hours. Once there, a selection of the largest mountain peaks in the world await you. Daydream about the summit of Machhapuchhre, Gandharwa Chuli or Patal Hiun Chuli. Fantasize over the 8167 vertical meters of Dhaulagiri while resting in one of the characteristic teahouses. Get inspired. Conquer the Annapurna massif with Bookatrekking.com.
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A typical trek on the Annapurna Circuit involves a circular route around the Annapurna Massif. It is standard to hike the route anticlockwise, as this way elevation comes more gradual and the passing of the Thorong La pass is safer.
The trek usually takes anything between 15 and 20 days. Most itineraries start in Kathmandu with a flight or a bus trip to the City of Lakes Phokara. On the route, you are likely to cross a number of rivers via suspension bridges.
Day 01 – From Kathmandu, travel west to Besisahar (820m/2690 ft) via private vehicle or public bus, taking six to seven hours.
Day 02 – Trek to Khudi (790m/2592 ft)
Day 03 – Trek to Bahundanda (1310m/4298 ft)
Day 04 – Trek to Jagat (1290m/4232 ft)
Day 05 – Trek to Dharapani (1920m/6299 ft)
Day 06 – Trek to Chame (2630m/8629 ft)
Day 07 – Trek to Upper/Lower Pisang (3190m/10466 ft)
Day 08 – Trek to Manang (3520m/11549 ft)
Day 09 – Rest day in Manang (3520m/11549 ft)
Day 10 – Trek to Letdar (4250m/13944 ft)
Day 11 – Trek to Thorung Phedi (4500m/14764 ft)
Day 12 – Trek to Muktinath (3800m/12467 ft), crossing the Thorung Laon the way
Day 13 – Trek to Marpha (2665m/8743 ft)
Day 14 – Trek to Lete (2470m/8104 ft) (or by 4×4)
Day 15 – Trek to Tatopani (1160m/3806 ft) (or by 4×4)
Day 16 – Trek to Ghorepani (2775m/9104 ft)
Day 17 – Trek to Birethanti (1050m/3445 ft) and travel to Pokhara
Day 18 – Return to Kathmandu (1400m/4593 ft)
The Annapurna Region, along with the rest of Nepal has 4 distinct seasons. Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. It is possible to the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek throughout the year, but the months from March to May and from October or November are the most popular for trekking this Annapurna classic. What must be said, is that every trekking season offers its own excitement and atmosphere for hikers. You can read more about the most favorable trekking and hiking seasons in Nepal in this blog post.
Hiking or trekking on the Annapurna Circuit can be a challenge. But this doesn’t mean that you can not do it. If you like hiking and make sure you start to get
The Annapurna Circuit is not difficult but hikers and trekkers should still be moderately fit. After all, you are stilling trekking through the Himalayas of Nepal. If you are wondering what it physically takes to go trekking in Nepal and what you can do to become the fittest version of yourself, check out this blog post.
Both the Annapurna Circuit and the Annapurna Base Camp Trek are quite exciting in their own way. If your goal is to get the best views of the Annapurna Region, then you can choose either one. On either trek, the Annapurna Massif will be center of attention. One great advantage of the Annapurna Circuit over the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is that you are hiking in a circular direction. This means that you won’t be seeing things twice.
As most foreign visitors to Nepal land in Kathmandu, they are likely to go trekking in regions other than Annapurna. This is the first hurdle to trekking in the Annapurna Region. One has to actually travel to Pokhara. All the trekking providers by default offer transport from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Some by bus, others by plane. An itinerary usually includes hotel accommodation in Pokhara and transport from Pokhara to Besisahar. This is where some of the costs sit.
Although you do not need to pay some kind of entrance fee, you still need to pay for permits. Without it is impossible to hike in the Nepal Himalayas.
For the Annapurna Circuit, you need two kinds of permits:
TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System): This permit is important for every trekker wishing to trek in Nepal. This costs NRS 2000 per person. This equals about 17 USD or 15 EUR.
ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit): As you will be entering the Annapurna Conservation Area, you will need a permit.
All permits are arranged by your trekking provider.
Prices for the Annapurna Circuit Trek are around USD 1100 or EUR 1000.
Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our hikes and trekkings low. Our trekking guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all guided treks and hikes on the Annapurna Circuit.
When you are planning to go trekking or hiking in the Annapurna Region, you can expect to stay in a decent hotel in Pokhara and you are likely to stay in teahouses along the trek. Regardless of where you stay in Nepal, do not expect a luxury show. Accommodation is relatively basic but is perfect for those who are resting their legs from hiking and trekking. Down below you can read more about staying in teahouses.
Tea houses are small hotels known as Bhatti. Them being small hotels, you can expect a certain level of comfort. Yes, you can, but just know that comfort is a relative concept. They are comfortable to the extent that you have a place to sleep and that you can enjoy home-cooked meals. That’s right, tea houses are run by local families who have opened their houses to trekkers passing by.
Because trekking in Nepal has become so popular in recent years, more and more tea houses have opened their doors and the concept has improved over the years. The more popular your route, the better the quality of your tea house is. If you are headed to Everest Region or the Annapurna Conservation area you can expect to see tea houses being of good quality. Quality meaning that you can expect flush toilets, hot showers and in some cases wireless internet. The use of these amenities is at an extra charge. On popular routes, it is even likely that you will stay in a building that has been built with the sole purpose of serving as a tea house. Read more about staying in teahouses here.
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