Annapurna Circuit Trek 2024/2025

The classic Annapurna Circuit trek is one of Nepal’s most well-known trekking routes and, as one of the most popular multi-day hiking tours in Nepal, is trekked by thousands of people each year. The trail snakes between mountain ranges in central Nepal, winding through deep gorges, remote villages and teahouses, and stunning mountain passes like the Thorong La Pass, with sections reaching over 5,000 meters in altitude. There is little doubt that the Annapurna Circuit Trail is one of the world's best and most scenic routes.

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We had an absolutely amazing time on our Annapurna circuit trek. We were a group of 4 together with ...
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15 Day Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

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The trip is a must do for nature and Himalayan lovers. Himalayan hospitality and mightiness are foun ...
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Oh the views! Such a lovely country with such lovely people. I loved every bit of my trek in Nepal
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  • Age Range 20-70 yrs
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Annapurna Circuit Trek

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I met Mr. Khum SUBEDI, Managing Director, in the taxi receiving me at my arrival at Kathmandu airpor ...
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We took Jeep to Dharapani then walk. Our Guide try to skip the road but still we had to walk
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Everest Base Camp & Annapurna Circuit Trek

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30 day trekking and hiking trip through Kathmandu, Phakding, Ngadi and 21 other destinations in Nepal. Read More
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Annapurna Circuit Trek

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My trek on the Annapurna circuit is one of the few trips I have done that did not seem ages
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Around Annapurna Trek

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The Annapurna Trek was a spectacular experience. The scenery was unforgettable, the people were frie ...
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Annapurna Circuit Trek

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From start to finish easy planning. Everything went smoothly. The local tour operator team made seve ...
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Annapurna Circuit Trek - 15 Days

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My boyfriend and I decided to do this trek and jump straight in the deep end with not much trekking
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Annapurna Circuit Trek

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Very pleasant trip, not to difficult with a very good crew (thank you Buddhi and Ramesh!!!), We were ...
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Annapurna Circuit Trek

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My experience on the Annapurna Circuit Trek was nothing short of incredible. My guide Dawa's experti ...
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8 Days Annapurna Panorama with Poonhill Trek

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The tour package was well-organized, and the guides were knowledgeable. Highly recommended
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Annapurna Circuit Trek

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A wonderfully guided trek in a beautiful country. The variety of landscape, fauna and flora amazing. ...
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An Unforgettable Adventure: Annapurna Circuit Trek
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  • Danniel Riccairdo
“I recently had the incredible opportunity to embark on the Annapurna Circuit Trek, and I must say, it was an experience of a lifetime. From the breathtaking landscapes to the warm hospitality of the locals, every aspect of this trek exceeded my expectations. First and foremost, the natural beauty of the Annapurna region is simply awe-inspiring. The trek takes you through diverse terrains, ranging from lush green forests to arid landscapes, and from tranquil valleys to snow-capped peaks. Every turn of the trail presents a new and captivating view, leaving you in constant awe of the majestic Annapurna range. The trek itself is well-organized, with clearly marked trails and numerous teahouses along the way. The teahouses provide comfortable accommodation and delicious meals, offering a much-needed respite after a day of trekking. The local guides and porters are knowledgeable, experienced, and always ready to lend a helping hand, ensuring a safe and enjoyable journey. One of the highlights of the Annapurna Circuit Trek is the opportunity to immerse oneself in the local culture. The trail passes through several traditional Nepalese villages, where you can interact with the friendly locals and gain insight into their way of life. From witnessing age-old traditions to tasting authentic Nepalese cuisine, these encounters add a unique and enriching dimension to the trek. One cannot talk about the Annapurna Circuit Trek without mentioning the iconic Thorong La Pass. Standing at an elevation of 5,416 meters, crossing this pass is a challenging but immensely rewarding experience. The feeling of accomplishment upon reaching the summit, surrounded by towering peaks and prayer flags fluttering in the wind, is indescribable. Additionally, the Annapurna Conservation Area offers an opportunity to witness an incredible array of flora and fauna. From rare orchids to elusive snow leopards, the biodiversity of this region is truly remarkable. The trek promotes responsible tourism and supports conservation efforts, ensuring the preservation of this natural paradise for generations to come. In conclusion, the Annapurna Circuit Trek is a must-do adventure for any avid trekker or nature lover. The stunning landscapes, warm hospitality, and cultural immersion make it an unforgettable journey. Whether you are a seasoned trekker or a first-time adventurer, this trek will challenge and inspire you, leaving you with memories that will last a lifetime. I cannot recommend the Annapurna Circuit Trek enough. It is an experience that will not only test your physical endurance but also touch your soul with its beauty and the warmth of its people. So, pack your bags, lace up your hiking boots, and get ready for the trek of a lifetime! Strongly recommended this company and trek for every trekker!”
Brilliant Trek to Annapurna Circuit
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  • Toon Simons
“We booked our Annapurna Circuit trek and Chitwan visit and I must say everything was arranged perfectly! Very rapid and clear communication before we got to Nepal and great service once we arrived. Our guide was terrific and taught us a lot about Nepal and the mountains! He had a lot of knowledge and a good grasp of English. Every evening we enjoyed his company together with the rest of the team (guides and porters) to play some Nepalese card games. Perfect trip for us so highly recommend booking your next Nepal holiday with them!”
Must do great experience for nature n mountain lovers
5 - Excellent
  • Arjun Pradhan
“The trip is a must do for nature and Himalayan lovers. Himalayan hospitality and mightiness are found here which changes a person for good after single trip. Its the greatest humbling experience one can have.”

Annapurna Circuit Trek - Overview

Enroute on the Annapurna Circuit.
View of the Thorong La Pass on the trek.
Trekkers walking on the trails of Annapurna Circuit.
Aerial view of Muktinath village.

The entire Annapurna Circuit lies within the 7,629 square kilometers of Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal’s first and largest conservation area. The classic trek route is approximately 160 kilometers, starting from Besisahar in the Marshyangdi river valley and ending at Jomsom in the Kali Gandaki river valley. The route follows forests, paddy fields, waterfalls, massive cliffs, and small villages, passing through Manang, a Tibetan village with powerful Buddhist traditions. Weather permitting, views en route include 13 peaks above 7,000 meters, the world's 10th highest peak — Annapurna I at 8,091 meters. Along the way, trekkers will also see glaciers, experience the extreme Annapurna elevation, visit Kagbeni village — famous for its Hindu pilgrimage — and meet Gurung people, native to the Annapurna region. After a long trek, the natural hot springs in Tatopani await to soothe tired muscles.

Alternative Treks in the Annapurna Region

There are other trekking options available in the Annapurna region:

  • The Annapurna Base Camp trek takes you to Annapurna Base Camp instead of the Annapurna Range. The Annapurna Base Camp trek can be completed in 9 days, less than the trek to Annapurna Circuit.
  • If you only have 8 days available, the Annapurna Panorama trek might be a good option for you. The trail leads trekkers through lush rhododendron forests, picturesque villages, and terraced farmlands, offering glimpses of the majestic Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.
  • The Poon Hill Trek is a short and enchanting journey in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The trek is around 3 to 5 days and the ultimate highlight is reaching Poon Hill's summit at dawn.
 

Trek Facts

A view of snowy mountains on the Annapurna Circuit trek.
Annapurna circuit trekking trail.
Trek difficulty Moderate to hard
Trekking experience Somewhat experienced
Number of days 12/15
Number of days Not recommended due to the high altitudes and number of days.
Popularity Very popular and has well-established tea houses, lodges, and facilities along the trail.
Max altitude 5,416 m, Thorong La pass
Accommodation Basic cheap teahouses / Lodges / Higher-end guesthouses
Best season Mar–May, Oct–Nov
Transport to/from trek Bus from Kathmandu or Pokhara to Chame or Manang.
Permits required Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Card
Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Entry Permit
Restrictive permits are NOT required for this trek

 

Annapurna Circuit trek map.
Annapurna Circuit map.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary

The following is a standard sample itinerary for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. This may vary depending on your preferences and your trekking agency:

Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2 Bus from Kathmandu or Pokhara to Besisahar and hike to Bhulbhule (840 m)
Day 3 Trek to Chamje (1,430 m) 7 hours
Day 4 Trek to Bagarchhap (2,150 m) 6 hours
Day 5 Trek to Chame (2,670 m) 6 hours
Day 6 Trek to Lower Pisang (3,300 m) 5 hours
Day 7 Trek to Manang (3,540 m) 5 hours
Day 8 Acclimatization day at Manang. Day trip to surrounding areas.
Day 9 Trek to Yak Kharkha (4,020 m) 4 hours
Day 10 Trek to High Camp (4,800 m) 5 hours
Day 11 Trek to Muktinath (3,800 m) via Thorong La Pass (5,416 m) 8 hours
Day 12 Trek to Jomsom (2,700 m) 6 hours
Day 13 Fly to Pokhara 20 minutes
Day 14 Take a bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu, 8 hours or take a 30 minutes flight
Day 15 Departure from Kathmandu

 

View of Mount Gangapurna and Manang village.
View of Mount Gangapurna and Manang village.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Highlights

  • Before or after your trek, take time to visit the popular lakeside town of Pokhara. Pokhara’s best sights include Shree Bindhyabasini Temple and the International Mountain Museum. There is also a hub of restaurants, coffee shops, resorts, and more.
  • Enjoy the tea house experience. Annapurna is famous for traditional tea house accommodations along the route, which are simple mountain lodges with buckets of local Gurung hospitality.
  • Soar above 5000 m of elevation. The highest point of the trek is the Thorong La Pass and once you’re on it, you’ll be rewarded with some of the best mountain views in the world.
  • Check out phenomenal glacial lakes. You’ll pass Tilicho Lake and Ice Lake, both above 4000 m of elevation!
  • Relax in relative luxury. By Nepali multi-day hiking standards, the number of toilets, warm accommodations, and relatively decent beds are borderline luxurious. You won’t need to pitch a tent during the trek!
  • There’s plenty to do on acclimatization days. On several routes around the world, acclimatization involves a small hike and a lot of waiting around for your body to adjust, but this trek isn’t like that. You’ll find a ton of villages, like Chame, with shops and cafes to explore on your acclimatization days.
  • Experience major mountains during the trek, with views across the Manang Valley, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna I, and Gangapurna.
  • Embrace the major Buddhist landmarks on the trek, including the famous Braga Monastery, located a short walk away from Manang.

Acclimatization During Annapurna Circuit

On many of the Annapurna Circuit trek itineraries, trekkers will have at least one full day for acclimatization out of a 15-day trip. This is to prepare your body for the higher elevations to come without forging ahead too soon, which can cause altitude sickness. Explore the village at Manang, or enjoy a short hike to the Gangapurna Lake.

Trek Difficulty

The difficulty level of the trek to Annapurna Circuit is categorized as moderate to hard. The trail is largely easy to follow, and you’ll be traveling with a guide, however, it is still a very long multi-day hike with an intense elevation shift in the latter part of the trek. Training, especially with your gear and daypack, is advised. We’d suggest doing cardio training 2–3 times a week in preparation, as well as some strength training to help you with your gear and the altitude.

What to Pack

Here’s our basic Annapurna circuit packing list, but you might have some essentials that you want to add. Sometimes items like sleeping bags and duffel bags are provided by your tour operator, so it is good to check in advance.

  • Sleeping bag certified for temperatures up to -15°C
  • Comfortable hiking boots that have been broken in
  • Wool or other hiking socks (at least 2 pairs)
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • A fleece jacket and sweater
  • A down jacket
  • Layerable trekking clothing and extra set (zip-off trousers, t-shirts, base layers, etc)
  • A brimmed sun hat
  • A winter beanie or hood
  • Warm gloves or mitts
  • A large rucksack or duffel bag (between 55 to 70 liters)
  • A head torch and spare batteries
  • 2 water bottles (at least one liter each)
  • A water purification kit
  • Basic toiletries (toothbrush, soap, hair wash, sunscreen, etc)
  • Towel for face and body
  • Optional:
    • Binoculars
    • Battery-pack charger for electronics/phone
    • Camera
    • Walking or hiking poles
    • A sleeping bag liner
    • Any medications

Annapurna Circuit Trek Safety Considerations

For safety, consider the following when trekking the Annapurna Circuit:

  • Since this is a high-altitude trek that goes through high mountain passes, proper acclimatization is absolutely essential. Acclimatization days are required during the trek to avoid altitude sickness.
  • Temperatures regularly drop below freezing in the passes during early spring, late autumn, and winter. Depending on the time of the year, please ensure that you have suitable gear and clothing.
  • Make sure you bring a water purification system with you to be extra safe. No one wants to get ill on a multi-day mountain trail!
  • Like with any multi-day trek, the weather during the trek can change in an instant, so make sure you pack for all weather eventualities. It can be glorious sunshine one moment and huge downpours the next!
  • Ensure that you have cash to hand on the trail. Once you leave Kathmandu, it’s going to be extremely difficult to find an ATM.
  • You cannot hike the Annapurna Circuit without a guide. Even if you’re looking to trek as a solo traveler, you’re still going to need to hire a guide. It’s a legal requirement.
  • If you’re hiking and trekking in Annapurna, the following vaccinations are advised: Hepatitis A, Poliomyelitis, Meningitis, and Typhoid.

Annapurna Circuit Trek - Questions and Answers

  • How do you get to Annapurna Circuit Trek?

    The Annapurna Circuit trek usually starts from Besisahar. To get there, you can take a direct bus from Kathmandu to Besisahar which takes around six and a half hours. A road option is also available up to Chame or Manang these days and from Muktinath after crossing Thorong La Pass. Alternatively, you can fly with some of the domestic airlines like Buddha Airlines, but this will cost a lot more.

  • What is the best time for Annapurna Circuit Trek?

    The best time to trek the Annapurna Circuit trek is split into two seasons that match up with the best trekking seasons in Nepal as a whole. Those are in the Spring (February to May) and in the Autumn (September to November). This avoids the summer monsoons and snowfall in the winter, which makes some higher passes impossible to cross. 

  • How much does Annapurna Circuit Trek cost?

    The Annapurna Circuit trek can cost anywhere from USD 700 up to USD 4000 (March 2023), without factoring in your international flights. If you’re not going with a full guided tour and hire an independent guide and do the logistics yourself, expect to pay between USD 700 and USD 1,000, including your trekking permits. If you want to go on an organized tour, you’ll pay for not having to organize the logistics, having porterage costs covered, and additional safety methods. That price rises from around USD 1,500 to USD 4,000, with the higher range being a more luxurious experience, including flights and transfers from Kathmandu.