Annapurna Circuit Trek

Region: Himalayan Ranges in Nepal. Annapurna Zone.
Tour Activity Type: Group Adventures.
Group Size: 1 to 12 People per Group.
Duration: 15 nights / 16 days.
Difficulty Level of Annapurna circuit trek: Medium to High.
Best time to travel to Annapurna circuit trek: Mid-March to mid-June and mid-September to mid-December.
Trip Begins and Ends at: Kathmandu.
Maximum Altitude Gain during Annapurna Circuit Trek: 5,416 meters. 17, 769 feet.
Type of Accommodation: Hotel or tea houses on a twin-sharing basis.

Overview of the Trek to Annapurna Circuit

Highlights Of the Annapurna circuit trek with Tilicho Lake:

  • Witnessing the famous Annapurna zone in Nepal.
  • Crossing high mountain passes.
  • Experiencing the warmth of the local Buddhist and Hindu culture.
  • Visiting some scenic Monasteries.
  • Visiting high-altitude freshwater Tilicho Lake.
  • Witnessing the spectacular panoramic view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges.
  • Seeing many high peaks with a height of 8000 meters and more.

What to expect: The Annapurna circuit trek‘s difficulty level ranges from moderate to difficult, making it ideal for both inexperienced and experienced trekkers. On this trek, you can expect to have an adventure-filled journey that will give you a lifetime of memories. You can also expect to have lots of activity-filled excitement and splendid views of nature.

Fitness Needed for Annapurna circuit trek: Any individual between 12 to 80 years old, an enthusiastic adventure lover, adores trekking, and has an average fitness level, can go on this trek.

Weather: In summer, the nighttime temperature in upper Altitudes will range between 0 to -5, and in winter, it will range between -5 to -20. The temperature ranges from 25 to 10 in summer and 5 to -5 in winter at the lower altitude. (Temperature in degrees Celsius).

Welcome to the world’s most beautiful trek! Annapurna circuit trek is considered the world’s most beautiful trekking destination. Our 16-day Annapurna circuit trek with Tilicho Lake takes you to a different world where 100s of waterfalls flow endlessly (nowhere in the world you will witness so many waterfalls together), where mighty snow peak mountains mesmerize you. The local people’s hospitality makes you feel at home. We offer an affordable cost of Annapurna circuit trek so that you can enjoy the trek without going out of budget. Our Annapurna circuit trek cost for Indians is formulated reasonably, so you know you are spending your money on a journey you will truly remember. Many nowadays wonder if the is Annapurna circuit still worth it or how much it costs to do the Annapurna circuit. But with our affordable cost of the Annapurna circuit trek, you will surely be surprised and create memories for a lifetime.

The beginning of our Annapurna circuit trek with Tilicho Lake tour starts in the lower elevation of the Himalayan zone, where you are confronted with many waterfalls. This zone is full of lush green forests, and you can see many tabletop mountain villages with their beautiful, terraced farming. Once the elevation goes higher, you will find a beautiful alpine forest with mesmerizing views. After this, you will journey into a cold, treeless desert which is exceptionally beautiful and looks like a fine painting.

Our Annapurna circuit trek 2022 starts from Chame (2,630meters, 8,629 ft). Chame is a small and beautiful village in the Annapurna zone, and then we proceed to higher elevations day by day. We will stay and visit many places like Pisang, Manang, Khangsar, Tilicho Base Camp, Tilicho Lake, Yak Kharka, Throng Phedi, Thorong La Pass, Muktinath, Kagbeni, and Jomsom during our 16 day Annapurna circuit trek. The highest and toughest elevation we will cross during the trek is Throng La Pass (5,416 meters. 17,769 feet). The route goes past the following mountains:

  • Manaslu (8,163 meters, the eighth highest mountain).
  • Langtang Himal.
  • Annapurna II and IV.
  • Annapurna III.
  • Gangapurna.
  • Annapurna I (8,091 meters, is the tenth highest mountain).
  • Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters, the seventh highest mountain).

We will see unique Buddhist culture once we reach Chame. In Chame, Pisang and Manag, you will find Gurung people with their unique cultural heritage but in Mustang (Muktinath, Kagbeni, Jomsom) you will find some truly Tibetan Buddhists (in fact, once upon a time, Mustang was part of Tibetan History). Here you can witness the true Tibetan Buddhist culture. Braga, one of the oldest monasteries, is situated in this region. We will also see one of the most beautiful high-altitude lakes in the world, called Tilicho Lake, during our trek.

Once you get down from Thorong La Pass, you will reach Muktinath, a holy place for Hindus and Buddhists. Muktinath is a small pagoda-style wooden temple at an elevation of 3,800 meters (12,467 feet). This is a stunning destination. Muktinath is a prominent temple in Nepal, and lots of people visit this temple from India and Nepal. Once you trek down from Muktinath through the mighty Kali Gandaki River, you will find a completely different zone. The views of treeless gray mountains and sky burials on the cliffs of mountains are really unique.

What does Annapurna circuit trek 2022 include?

  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin-sharing basis.
  • 1-night accommodation in Pokhara on a twin-sharing basis.
  • 12 nights’ accommodation in the trekking route on a twin-sharing basis.
  • International airport pick up and drop.
  • Kathmandu to Besisahar and Pokhara to Kathmandu bus ticket.
  • Jomsom to Pokhara flight ticket (1 way).
  • Besisahar to Chame local shared jeep.
  • Certified guide.
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
  • The porter will carry only one luggage per person.
  • All necessary permits.
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation.
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader).
  • Please Note: For single trekker we provide porter cum guide.

What does the Annapurna circuit trek cost not include?

  • Travel expenses to reach and return from Kathmandu.
  • Food and drinking water throughout the Annapurna Circuit Trek, Nepal.
  • Additional accommodation and food expenses if the trek gets delayed due to weather, flight cancellation, health, or any other reason.
  • Health Insurance, Personal Insurance, and other travel insurance for the Annapurna circuit trek package.
  • Expenses for evacuation and rescue operations due to natural calamity, mishaps, injury, or any health problem.
  • Anything not mentioned in the “What does it include” section.

Itinerary Of Annapurna Circuit Trek

Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu.

Upon your arrival, we will provide airport pick up and take you to the hotel, brief about the Nepal Annapurna circuit trek. Today is a leisure day so you can visit Thamel street, it is a very popular place. It has a lot of restaurants, casinos, and plenty of shops to buy trekking gear and accessories.

Day 2: Kathmandu to Besisahar (760 meters, 2,490 feet): 6 hours.

The next day on our Annapurna circuit trek itinerary starts with a nice road trip to Besisahar alongside Trishuli and Marshyangdi River. It offers some excellent views of snow-capped mountains and so many beautiful mountain villages. Besisahar is the major town in this area, up to Besisahar the road is nice; Besisahar is a small and beautiful village on the bank of the Marshyangdi River.

Day 3: Besisahar to Chame (2,630 meters, 8,629 feet) – by jeep: 4 – 5 hours.

Today we will drive to Chame by jeep. The road journey is adventurous as the road goes alongside the Marshyangdi River. We can see a lot of ups and downs. You can say this is your best Himalayan drive to date; you will cross many waterfalls on the way. This is an unforgettable road journey for anyone. Once you reach Chame you will find yourself in an alpine zone full of pine trees.

Day 4: Chame to Pisang (3,190 meters, 10,466 ft) : 5-6 hours.

Today we will pass the older part of the Chame, then hike to Telekhu at 2,840 meters and continue the Annapurna circuit trek with Tilicho Lake through the forest to Brathang. After some distance, we will see the first view of the Paungda Danda rock face, a strangely curved rock rising more than 1500 meters from the river. We will cross the Marshyangdi River on a suspension bridge and then make a gradual climb over a ridge through beautiful pine forests.

Day 5: Pisang to Manang (3,520 meters, 11,549 ft): 5-6 hours.

Today we will trek to a Tibetan-style village called Bryaga, which is in the valley. This is a spectacular Buddhist village with typical Tibetan-style homes and a beautiful Monastery overlooking the village. Then we will continue our Annapurna circuit trek through the very arid countryside, full of spectacular cliffs of yellow stones that are abraded and transformed into pillars alongside the trail to reach our destination; the village of Manang. Manang is one of the spectacular villages in this area, and almost everything is available in this small town.

Day 6: Rest day in Manag.

Today is a rest day in Manang. The town is situated in the big valley of the Marshyangdi River to the north of the Annapurna Mountain range, and we will explore the spectacular surroundings. Also, we can do a day hike to an icy lake above Braga.

Day 7: Manag to Khangsar (3,745 meters, 12,287 ft): 5-6 hours.

After our rest day at Manang, we continued our trek to Khangsar. From Manang, we head out through the western gates and follow the path down to the river. We cross the river and continue walking on its southern side through the beautiful pine forest. Khangsar is a beautiful old Tibetan-style village.

Day 8: Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp (4,150 meters, 13,615 ft): 5-6 hours.

Today we will be trekking to the Tilicho Base Camp. This is a relatively challenging day. The trail is broad enough for a good trekking experience. On our way, we will visit a monastery. We will have 2 trails, but we are taking the newly built trail as it is safer and much less strenuous. This trial will take us to the adjacent valley and stream flows below. We will then cross over for Tilicho Base camp, which is at an altitude of 4, 150 meters.

Day 9: Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho Lake (4, 919 meters, 16,138 ft) and back to Tilicho base camp: 7-8 hours.

We will be starting early for Tilicho Lake. It is likely to take about 3 to 4 hours to reach Tilicho Lake. It is one of the beautiful freshwater lake systems in the highest peaks of the Himalayas and one of the high-altitude lakes in the world. We will spend about an hour returning to Tilicho Base Camp.

Day 10: Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka (4,000 meters, 13,123 ft): 5-6 hours.

We will be trekking upwards from Khangsar and will cross the remains of the old Khangsar settlement. We will be going on regular trekking trails, descending and crossing a river to reach Yak Kharka.

Day 11: Yak Kharka to Throng Phedi (4,450 meters, 14,600 ft) or high camp: 6-7 hours.

Today will be a slow-paced Annapurna circuit trek with amazing views till Thorong Phedi. Thorong Phedi is at the base of the highest pass in this region called Thorong la. It offers wonderful views of the landscapes and high peaks. This is a small settlement that serves as a gateway for many parts of the region. We can reach the high camp if your speed is good.

Day 12: Throng Phedi to Muktinath (3,800 meters, 12,467 ft) via Thorng La Pass(5, 416 meters, 17,769 ft): 8-9 hours.

Today is the longest and toughest expedition of the entire Annapurna circuit trek. We leave Thorong Phedi early in the morning by 5 am for a climb to the pass called Thorong La (5, 416 meters, 17, 769 ft), with packed lunch. It is a different experience to cross Throng La. We will start early in the morning because the wind speed is very heavy after 10 am. The first part of the trail becomes steepest initially and reaches the high camp. Once we reach, the very pass itself is at 5, 416 meters. We will get a jaw-dropping panoramic view of the majestic Himalayan peaks extending northwards into Tibet, and looking back; we can see several of the main peaks of Annapurna. We will reach Muktinath by late afternoon. Muktinath is a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists.

Day 13: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,800 meters, 8,999 ft): 5-6 hours.

Today we will visit the holy Muktinath temple and get down to Kagbeni village. The view in this zone is simply out of the world. Over here, you can see a lot of sky burial caves on the cliff walls on the bank of Kali Gandaki River. After Kagbeni village, we will trek down to Jomsom on the bed of the Kali Gandaki River. Jomsom is a small hilly town with almost every facility that is a magnetic spot on the Annapurna circuit trek.

Day 14: Jomsom to Pokhara: 30 min flight.

Today we will fly down to Lake Town called Pokhara. It will be a 30 minutes lifetime flying experience with some stunning views of the Annapurna region. Once you arrive at Pokhara, you can spend the day doing a lot of activities like kayaking in Phewa Lake or Paragliding.

Day 15: Pokhara to Kathmandu.

Today we will go back to Kathmandu by road. Pokhara to Kathmandu takes 6 hours to reach. On the way, you will witness a stunning mountain view.

Day 16: Departure.

End of the magnificent Annapurna Circuit Trek, check out the hotel by 11 am, and we will drop you at Kathmandu international airport.

Items to bring with you on the Annapurna circuit trek

  • Trekking Bag.
  • UV Protected Sun Glasses.
  • Best Quality Hiking Shoes (Preferably Water Proof).
  • Trekking Poles.
  • Crocs Shoes/sandal.
  • Water disinfection Drops / Tablets.
  • Knapsack / Backpack / Rucksack.
  • Good jacket to protect from cold.
  • Sleeping Bag.
  • Windcheater.
  • Thermals – Top and Bottom.
  • Poncho (for rain).
  • Knee Cap 1 Pair.
  • Moisturizer.
  • 1 quick-drying towel.
  • Sunblocks (SPF 50 and above) and Lip Salve with Sun blocks.
  • Toilet Paper.
  • Wet-Tissue Papers/ Baby wipes.
  • Headlamp, Torch with spare batteries.
  • Gloves.
  • Trekking Socks.
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter.
  • Microspikes for winter treks.
  • 2 lightweight trekking pants.
  • 3 light-weight trekking T-Shirt.
  • 4 pairs of trekking socks.
  • Dry Fruits and Chocolates.
  • Small, basic first aid kit(cough and/or cold medicine, headache pills, etc.).
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