Annapurna Circuit Trek is the most authentic trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Annapurna circuit trek is the 14-day trip that circles through the different natural and artistic magnetism of the country. The trail passes through the important jewels of Nepal such as the Kali Gandaki Gorge, Manang, and Muktinath temple. During the trails, one will observe the attractions such as high mountains, greenery, frozen lakes, steep downhill and uphill path, stone-steps, caves, cascades, temples, forest paths, blooming rhododendron, spruce and magnolia, wilderness, rivers, centuries-old monasteries and the off-beaten tracks. Also, the ethnic Nepalese cultures, traditions, and lifestyles of local inhabitants catch the eye of multiple visitors.
Annapurna Circuit Trek circuits the Annapurna Region covering its beautiful locales with a close intact through the districts like Kavre, Mustang, Manang, Lamjung, and Myagdi. This trek to Annapurna starts from Kathmandu and ends in Kathmandu. Amid this circuit trekking to Annapurna, the major halting points are Besisahar, Bulbule, High Camp, Muktinath, Marfa, Tatopani, Ghandruk, Tadapani, Pokhara and so on. In these places, except Kathmandu and Pokhara, the accommodation is provided on local tea houses or lodges (on a twin-sharing basis) or camping. The food offered is hygienic and self-grown in most of the spots.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Route
Kathmandu -> Besisahar -> Bulbule -> Chamche -> Timang -> Dhikurpokhari -> Nawal -> Manang -> Ledar -> Phedi/High Camp -> Muktinath -> Marfa -> Tatopani -> Ghorepani -> Poonhill -> Tadapani -> Ghandruk -> Pokhara -> Kathmandu
Major Attractions of Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna Circuit Trek encircles the most beautiful spots of Nepalese beauty beyond the mountains and some cultural and religious aspects. Some of the major attractions or the reasons to choose Annapurna Circuit trek are listed below:
Annapurna Region centers the hundreds of alluring natural, cultural and artistic attractions. All these lures can be inhaled during this circuit trek to Annapurna. One will be mesmerized to the upper level of satisfaction and gratification after coming in contact with them.
Annapurna Circuit trek is regarded as the best trekking experience by the travelers who visit Nepal from all around the world. Surrounded by many mountain ranges and natural beauty, the circuit trek to Annapurna encompasses every natural and artistic aspect of the Annapurna region. While one can trek to the Annapurna circuit at any time of the year, the best time is considered to be autumn. In this season, you will have a perfect climate and weather to look at the surrounding mountain ranges like Annapurna, Manaslu, and Dhaulagiri. With no unobstructed weather, you can view the great sunrise and sunset scenario during the whole trekking journey. The main festival of Nepal, Dashain and Tihar also fall in autumn which is a great chance to look at the local tradition and culture of the people as well. Forests are filled rhododendron flowers and with greenery all around the trek.
The highest altitude that we reach during Annapurna Circuit Trek is the Thorong La Pass. It is at an elevation of 5416 m or 17769 ft. The Thorung La pass is in the Damodar Himal, in the center of Nepal. It is a connecting point of the village of Manang to the east to the nearby village of Ranipauwa in the west. In addition to travelers who visit, the pass is regularly used by local traders.
While the trek along the circuit is easy to travel. There are many things that the trekkers need to take into account while going through the Annapurna circuit. Here are some tips that might be helpful.
We highly recommended that you change your countries currency to Nepalese rupees. You will have no problem to buy and spend the money on anything necessary along the trek. Having a dollar or other currencies cannot be used effectively in local areas. We highly recommend you to change to the local currency in Kathmandu, the capital city before you head to the trek.
You should always carry some light snacks, dried fruits, drinks (water is the best choice), and many more. It will help to maintain the stamina and energy to help you make all set for the trek roads.
Having a good set of gears while on the journey is always important. You should definitely carry trekking poles, jackets, gloves, sleeping bags, woolen hats, etc. You can always bring your own gears, but if your luggage is already heavy enough you always have an option to buy them in the capital. There are many outfitters and authentic stores in Kathmandu that will provide you with the best gears in cheap and negotiable prices.
Dehydration is always a thing you should consider when traveling. It is not always possible to get fresh water everywhere. You can use purification tablets, purifiers for this. You should always carry some water bottles so that you can stay hydrated all the time. Also, always remember to fill up on mineral water bottles or water from local villages when you come across them.
Always carry a map of the place to know where you are at all times. Having a navigation item is always handy for use.
Nepal is a very diverse country in its culture and religion. Respect any culture and traditions you come across. You can ask your guide to explain them to you whenever you come across one or, study the culture of the place where you’re heading beforehand.
The tap water and the untreated water is considered rather safe in the Annapurna Circuit. However, it is highly recommended you buy mineral water along the way or use iodine tablets or Steripen. Steripen is considered better than tablets for purifying the water. The food is 100% safe to eat. The foods in the circuit are considered to be some of the best delicacies in Nepal. Also, there are many hotels and restaurants where you can even get some wester style dishes and coffee. You will definitely have no problems with the food while traveling in the Annapurna Circuit.
We did Annapurna Circuit in the past year and had an incredible experience. From the minute I initially reached to Binod, I felt sure our trek would be dealt with expertly and with consideration to all subtleties. Binod was by and by included from sorting out outing, meeting us in the air terminal, keeping an eye on us amid acclimatization to high elevation in Manning, he was in contact with our guide Suresh on a regular schedule. Rajan and porter Bijay were a joy to be near, dependably in uplifted spirits, inviting, proficient and mindful to every one of our needs. Nepal is a nation of the stunning view and awesome people!!!! Thank you such a great amount, for enchanted involvement in Nepal!!! We will be back this year for different treks without a doubt.
The NTA is very responsive and well organized agency. The Annapurna circuit was much more beautiful than I ever expected. Passing through Himalayas with snowy paths and rhododendron forests was an awesome experience. The 14 days trek gave a never forgetting experience. This could not be possible without Nepal trek adventures. Everything was managed before we reached and in a great way. The agency is really different than any other agencies in Nepal providing comfort and quality service at the same time.
These 14 days spent for the Annapurna circuit trek were unbelievable. Felt like I was in a dream world, surrounded by snow, and passing through the mountains. Thanks to NTA for making this possible and confirming the trek in such short notice. The agency is very trustworthy having the best trekking guides. The company is very clear about everything and professionally manages the trek. Though they managed the trek in a short time, they fulfilled everything mentioned in the packages.
I am so glad that I chose NTA for the Annapurna Circuit trek. I’m sure no other agency could manage the environment as NTA team did. The team is extremely helpful and feasible with our dates. At every step, they made sure that we were fine and comfortable proving all the required information in an understandable way. Annapurna circuit trek is one of the best treks in Nepal and Nepal trek adventure is one of the best trekking company providing well-experienced guides and reasonable prices.
Well, I am really impressed with every NTA team member I met. Due to their enthusiasm and effort, we had extra fun on the tour. The way they managed everything on time and tackled every situation to comfort us was very remarkable. The Annapurna circuit went awesome with the guide. I went for this trek for research and needed to learn a lot of things related to the Annapurna region and people residing here. The guide was so informative that my research was successful. I highly recommend such a team for such an adventurous trek.
After going for Everest Base Camp trek with NTA team, I wanted to explore the Annapurna region as well and I could not think of any other agency than the Nepal Trek Adventure as I am very satisfied with their great service and friendly environment. Of course, the Annapurna circuit trek went awesome, as expected. Nepal is such a blessed country. I want to travel all the mountain region in Nepal in my life and I’ll make sure the agency is NTA. I truly suggest NTA for all the treks in Nepal as they provide the best service possible.
I had booked an Annapurna circuit trek with Nepal trek adventures which is one of the best trekking agency of Nepal. The facilities, services, and guidance provided by them were more than awesome. Binod Sapkota, the managing director himself was our guide who is so experienced, friendly and highly informative about Annapurna region. I got to know about all the mountains, their names, and history which also increased my knowledge level. along with the gain of knowledge, I got to view the beautiful villages, massifs, flora fauna, cultures and traditions, the lifestyle of people, and among all, I got a new friend in Nepal, My. Sapkota. Highly recommend for Binod and his team.
I had heard that Once Nepal is not enough I agreed with this saying after I visited Nepal. I had had one of the best treks of Nepal that is Annapurna circuit trek with Nepal trek adventures. The experienced and friendly team of NTA along with the view of Annapurna, Machhapuchre mountain (Fishtail mountain) made an invaluable memory of my life. The time spent in Nepal was just WOW and I'll never forget my journey there. Thank you all for contributing your time and experience for me making my life worthy and beautiful.
I planned to hike the Annapurna Circuit in March 2015 and booked the tour by NTA. Unfortunately I had to return after 3 days due to very bad weather conditions. Binod and his team were very flexible and they took time to make me different suggestions for alternatives. In a case of emergency of a friend on the Poonhilltrek Binod & his team reacted fast und straightforward to help. Binod, Shiva, Raj, Pawan... everyone was kind and helpful. And every appointment was perfect in time.
We recently used Nepal Trek Adventures to do the Annapurna Circuit in October, and we can't say enough good things about the company and the staff. The tour company owner, Binod, was extremely organized and responsive to our concerns. He set us up with everything we needed, from a great guide and porter to airport transportation to meals and city activities and shopping for our trek. Binod arranges for his guests to stay in his own hotel, which is one of the nicest hotels in Kathmandu. Our guide Deepak was excellent. He was attentive to our needs and had no problem slowing down the pace when we were tired. He was friendly, easy to talk to, and extremely kind. He also knew all the shortcuts and which areas were dangerous. Our porter Raju was also wonderful and helped to arrange our accommodations and meals at guesthouses. We happened to be on the trek when the October 2014 blizzard hit the Annapurna region, so we eventually had to turn back. Binod, Deepak and Raju were so helpful during this time in contacting our families to let them know we were okay, as our cell phones had no signal. They even arranged to buy me a birthday cake from a local bakery the night of my birthday. Even though we could not complete the circuit, we had an excellent experience with Nepal Trek Adventures. We felt really comfortable and safe the whole time, and we would recommend NTA with enthusiasm!
I was myself doing trekking in the Annapurna circuit, I was carrying a big rucksack it was heavy but I missed my porter and I was keep going myself. Then Binod appeared with a couple, his customers actually, really nice couple, and they offered me some help with my backpack. I hesitated at first but Binop went on about and eventually we swaped our bags, his rucksack was smaller than mine. Then he told me to leave some of my stuff in the next hotel in the mountains at the beginning of the track of Annapurna base camp, and that´s what we did. We went together for 3 days till the base camp and he didn´t want any money for his service he just did it as a friend or as a support who knows, but the real thing is that I wasn´t alone any more I enjoyed their company a lot and he was so attentive to our needs, he also did the journeys incredibly pleasant because he knows the treck very well, he tell us loads of histories that happened in the Himalayas, and he has a vast experience of what he is doing. I can truly say that he does his job with pleasure and knowledge even with non-profit making. Thanks again for your kindness, your goodwill and to made us an unforgettable journey. He is a total professional and I would recommend to everyone who wants to go to Nepal to contact him because he will organized the perfect holidays for you.
We did Annapurna Circuit in 2012 and had fantastic experience. From the moment I first contacted Binod, I felt confident our trek would be handled professionally and with care to all details. Binod was personally involved from organizing trip, meeting us in airport, checking on us during acclimatization to high altitude in Manang, he was in contact with our guide Suresh on daily basis. Suresh and porter Rajo were a pleasure to be around, always in high spirits, friendly, knowledgeable and attentive to all our needs. Nepal is a country of amazing scenery and wonderful people!!!!Thank you so much, for magical experience in Nepal!!! We will be back this year for 3 Pass Trek. Namaste! Irina.
Annapurna circuit ( well ½ circuit to Jomsom). A fabulous experience that revealed a lot not only about the beauty also wonders of the Nepalese people villages and culture but also revealed a lot about myself! Thank you Amnt and Binod for a wonderful experience and for the patchy together fantastic trek.
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The most well-known Hiking season in Nepal is October-November and due to the warming climate, April to May is the second most prominent trekking season. Same goes for Annapurna Circuit Trekking too. While a great part of the Mountains can't trek in the wet season, as a great part of the Annapurna circuit really sits inside a downpour shadow. This implies to the point that it is conceivable to trek most pieces of the circuit throughout the entire year, including the storm time frame. This clears up that Annapurna Circuit Trekking is protected for any seasons in Nepal. The mountainous locale is the coldest area where the temperature goes down to less as the day temperatures will be exceptionally cool and night temperatures will drop well underneath solidifying.
Aimed at Annapurna Circuit Trek, there will be one leader and a Sherpa porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers). This preparation is done for the flat running of the trekking. It safeguards that the trip will carry on as per plan also if anybody in the group gets bizarre. Nepal Trek Adventure (NTA) can operate this ramble for a group of any scope. But, a group of 12 are considered as finest size. However, if you have an assembly of more than 12, NTA can organize this too.
We will pass nights at a luxury hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Besisahar, respectively. While on the trek, we will pass nights at local tea houses. All accommodations for this trekking journey will be on twin sharing basis. However, on entreaty, single rooms can also be made accessible but it costs an additional $ 300 US. But some places in the Annapurna region do not permit single accommodations at any cost.
Throughout our Annapurna Circuit Trekking, we will relish typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines as well as all sorts of international cuisine like Tibetan, Continental, Italian, and Indian. You can even relish hot chocolates, bread, and drinks of diverse variety and snacks. Breakfast of a day will be assisted at the same tea house or lodge where we disbursed the night, as per its menu. Lunch will be provided on the path to the destination, and dinner will be provided at the tea house where you spent the night. A welcome dinner, a farewell dinner, and breakfasts will be organized during the stay in Kathmandu.