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  • 15 Days/14 Nights
  • Hard
  • 17,779 ft./5416 m
  • 12 Participants
  • Spring and Autumn
  • Nepal

Annapurna Circuit Trek Overview

Annapurna Circuit Trek unravels the grandeur of one of the world’s greatest treks. The trek is christened as classic and offers an immersive experience of Nepal’s diverse and rich culture. Add the splendour of the big mountains, including the 10th highest Mt Annapurna dominating the skyline. 

The celebrated Annapurna Circuit Trek circumvents Annapurna massif in its entirety over a 15-day long journey. It is every trekking enthusiast’s dream to embark on the classic Annapurna Circuit trek and be enchanted by one of the most breathtaking trekking routes in the world. 

Discover the adventure of a lifetime and embark on the Annapurna Circuit trek in Nepal. Your journey begins in the charming town of Besisahar and traverses breathtaking landscapes with panoramic views of iconic Himalayan peaks like Annapurna Massif, Dhaulagiri, and Machapuchre. 

When you trek to the maximum altitude of 17,769 ft, you will experience the exhilarating Thorongla Pass, adding an unforgettable memory of conquering a high-altitude pass. Add the thrill of jaw-dropping vistas at every turn, showcasing the world’s deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki Gorge. 

A paradise for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts alike, the trek is often ranked among the 10 best trekking routes globally. It is a challenging multi-day trek, traversing the highlands of the Annapurna region and a perfect blend of adventure, tranquillity and natural beauty. Do not miss out on the opportunity to witness the beautiful mountains up close and personal – the Annapurna Circuit trek is an epic experience you will cherish forever. 


  • Meals 
    • Breakfast, Lunch and dinners
  • Accommodation 
    • Tea house
  • Experienced Guides 
    • Trained and Qualified Guides
  • Permits
    • National parks and sanctuaries 
  • Camping Equipment
    • Kitchen tent
    • Toilet tent
    • Dome tents 
    • Sleeping bags
    • Mattresses
  • Technical Equipment
    • Wilderness Medical Kit
    • Climbing Rope 
    • Climbing accessories
    • Oxygen Cylinder
    • BP Meter
    •  Oximeter, thermometer etc.


  • Travel costs to and from Kathmandu
  • Transit Meals 
  • Personal Expenses 
  • Offloading Charges 
  • Cost incurred due to change in the itinerary 
  • Additional services  (including mules, assistance, health-related support etc.)
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions list. 

Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Arrive in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. 

Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Shyange via Besishahar

Take an early morning bus to Besishahar. Hiring a private jeep is comfortable and faster in reaching Besishahar. From here, continue by jeep to the next location, Shyange. Shyange is the starting point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. 

Day 3: Trek from Shyange to Dharapani (1,860m)

Trekking duration: 7-8 hours

You will cross several suspension bridges, and picturesque mountain villages and experience Nepal’s rich culture and tradition. 

Day 4: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2650m) 

Trekking duration: 6-7 hours

The trail is a walk amidst a dense forest dominated by pine and fir. You will immerse yourself in serene surroundings as you traverse a serene path with majestic Lamjung Himal and Annapurna in front of you.

Day 5: Chame to Pisang (3,300m)

Trekking duration: 6-7 hours

The trek from Chame to Pisang traverses the northern bank of the Marsyandi River. As you trek on an undulated forest trail, you enjoy scenic waterfalls, charming mountain villages and majestic mountains. You will also come across a Swragadwari, a huge rock formation. The locals believed this to be the path to heaven. 

Day 6: Pisang to Manang (3,540m)

Trekking duration: 7-8 hours

Start your hike to Manang, one of the largest settlements on the circuit. As you hike on, you will encounter picturesque villages, lush green yak pastures, old Tibetan monasteries and the bustling village of Manang. We recommend the upper route via Ghyaru for spectacular views of Mt Annapurna. 

Day 7: Acclimatization Day in Manang

Set off to explore Manang village and learn about the rich culture of the region. Manang is a picturesque village and offers stunning views of Mt Annapurna. On the acclimatization day, you can explore the glacial lake, Gangapurna, formed by the glaciers from Mt Gangapurna, Annapurna IV and other peaks. 

Day 8: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,020m)

Trekking duration: 4-5 hours

Take on some steep ascents while enjoying the majestic views of Mt Annapurna and Chuli peaks on your way to Yak Kharka. The vegetation has become sparse now, and you traverse a windy terrain with a few bushes. 

Day 9: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,450m)

Trekking duration: 3-4 hours

The trek to Thorong Pedi is a challenging climb as the terrain is difficult to traverse with tree lines left behind. You will navigate a demanding trail to the tiny settlement of Thorong Phedi. 

Day 10: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong La Pass (5,416m)

Trekking duration: 8-9 hours

It is the most strenuous day of the trek. Start early to take on the steep uphill battle to the highest point of the trek, Thorong la Pass. Soak in the thrill of being atop 5000 mt and witness the spectacular scenery around you. After admiring the beauty of the Pass, descent to Muktinath begins. Visit the temple in Muktinath to offer your prayers to the god for an unparalleled experience in the mountains. 

Day 11: Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m)

Trekking duration: 6-7 hours

After offering your prayers at Muktinath, descend through Kali Gandaki Valley. Enjoy the thrill of the deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki before you continue your journey to the charming village of Marpha. 

Day 12: Marpha to Tatopani (1,200m)

Trekking duration: 6-7 hours

Set off on a descending trail, cross beautiful Nepali villages and enjoy the hot springs in Tatopani. Tato translates to hot and pani to water in Nepali language. 

Day 13: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,860m)

Trekking duration: 7- 8 hours

Embark on a beautiful trail from Tatopani to Ghorepani. Set off on an uphill path to Ghorepani, traversing vibrant rhododendron forests, terraced farmlands, and quaint villages along the way. 

Day 14: Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3,210m) to Nayapul and then drive to Pokhara

Trekking duration: 6-7 hours

Before you depart for Pokhara, set off on an early morning hike to Poon Hill for breathtaking sunrise views.

Soak in the dreamy sunrise and descend to Nayapul with a bag full of unforgettable memories of the mountains. Drive from Nayapul to Pokhara takes 2 hrs. 

Day 15: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

You can stay in Pokhara for a day and explore the lake town of Nepal with breathtaking mountain views in the backdrop. Get on a bus or a flight to Kathmandu from Pokhara. 

How do you reach the base camp of Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Annapurna Circuit trek begins in Besishahar and concludes in Pokahara. Plan your travel to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, followed by a road journey to Besisahar. 

Fly to Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. The capital city of Nepal is well connected to major international airports worldwide. 

Reaching Kathmandu from India 

The most convenient and efficient way to travel to Kathmandu is by air. You might be surprised to know that the distance between the capitals of India and Nepal can be covered in just one and a half hours by air. If you plan your trip well in advance, you can book a flight from Delhi to Kathmandu between INR 12-15K. Major airlines such as Indigo, Air India, and Vistara provide direct flights from Delhi to Kathmandu.

Here is the current cost of flights from major Indian cities to Kathmandu for April. The fare surges further if you postpone your booking.

  • Delhi to Katmandu – ₹ 12,050
  • Mumbai to Kathmandu – ₹ 16,149
  • Bangalore to Kathmandu – ₹ 19,858
  • Hyderabad to Kathmandu – ₹ 24,777

Flying from Delhi is the cheapest option to reach Kathmandu. 

Only Delhi and Mumbai have direct flights to Nepal’s capital.  Other cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kolkata have connecting flights to Kathmandu. 

Where to stay in Kathmandu? 

The capital city of the Himalayan country is also a tourist hub frequented by explorers from across the world. After you land in Kathmandu, take a room in Thamel, a buzzing, visitor-friendly area and a commercial neighbourhood located in Kathmandu. Thamel is well connected to other parts of Nepal.

There is an array of options for staying in Kathmandu. You can settle for a night in a hostel or book a room in a hotel. 

If you are looking for hostels in the Thamel region, visit Hostelworld’s website to check the availability.

Kathmandu to Annapurna Circuit Trek basecamp 

From Kathmandu, the journey to Annapurna region winds through scenic villages, rice fields and beautiful mountain landscapes. It takes 7 to 8 hrs to reach the starting point of the trek from Kathmandu on a shared jeep or a bus. 

For a comfortable journey, you can book a private taxi. It costs you 140 to 180 USD. 

Annapurna Circuit Trek FAQ

Where is Annapurna Circuit Trek located? 

Annapurna Circuit Trek is located in Western Nepal and inside the Annapurna Conservation Area.

Where is the base camp of the Annapurna Circuit trek?

The trek begins from Beshisahar and concludes in Nayapul.

What is the distance of the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The total distance of the Annapurna Circuit Trek ranges between 160 to 200 km depending on the route you follow. You will walk for a minimum of 5 to 8 hours every day.

Is Annapurna Circuit Trek suitable for beginners?

No, it is not recommended to absolute beginners.  It is a challenging trek climbing above 17,000ft. You need prior experience of at least one high-altitude trek. 

How difficult is Annapurna Circuit Trek?

It is a difficult grade trek as you set off on a multi-day trek, spanning over 15 days in difficult mountain terrain and high altitude regions. It requires trekkers to be in good physical condition to trek comfortably to Annapurna Circuit.

What will be the temperature on Annapurna Circuit trek?

The temperature on the Annapurna Circuit trek ranges between 10°C to 20°C during the day in lower regions. The temperature drops to -10°C at higher elevations in spring months. 

What is the best time to visit Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The autumn months of September to November are considered the best time to do the Annapurna Circuit trek for clear weather and spectacular views of the big mountains. The monsoon rain washes off the dust and haze, offering a crisp mountainscape. 

Alternatively, spring is the best time to visit the Annapurna Circuit trek. The weather is pleasant and the trails adorn vibrant hues as rhododendron flowers bloom abundantly.

Will there be snow on the trek?

In spring, you will find the remains of winter snow at higher elevations. You will find the remains of the snow at higher altitudes if the region receives heavy snowfall.


What is the duration of Annapurna Circuit trek?

It takes 15 to 20 days to complete the Annapurna Circuit trek, including travel to and from the base camp. 


What is the altitude of the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The trek takes you to a maximum altitude of 17,769ft/5416m. 


Can we do Annapurna Circuit on our own?

Trekking without a licensed guide is restricted in Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Treks in Nepal come with the comfort of tea houses, making trekking on your own a feasible option. However, the trek requires experienced local guides to help you navigate strenuous terrains. 

Hiring a guide is mandatory when entering conservation areas in Nepal. Nepal Tourism Board recently passed new guidelines for foreign trekkers. As per the new guidelines, foreign trekkers are restricted from entering Nepal’s national parks and conservation areas without a guide or a porter for the entire journey.

Hiring a guide helps obtain trekking permits to enter the conservation area without hassle. 


How should I prepare to avoid AMS?

The most important thing to do on a trek to avoid AMS is to drink water, more than your daily intake. Water is an excellent way to avoid AMS. Along with this, you should also have all the nutritious meals we provide on the trek. If you still are sceptical about getting AMS, we would advise you to carry Diamox tablets with you. However, according to the situation your Outdoor leader will advise whether or not you should take it.

I have a medical condition. Can I join the trek?

We encourage everyone to trek, even if or not they have a medical condition. We have an in-house doctor at OWLS with whom you can discuss your medical condition and accordingly, we can help you better prepare you for the trek.

What permits do we need to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek trek?

You will need an ACAP and TIMS card for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. 

Annapurna Circuit Trek is located inside the Annapurna Conservation Area so you will need an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). To acquire the permit take your guide’s help. The permit can be collected from the Tourism offices in Pokhara and Kathmandu. 

Don’t forget to carry passport-size photos for the permit. You have to pay Rs 3000* for the permit. The fee is payable in Nepali Rupees. 

The other permit you will need is a Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card. You can collect the card from the tourism office in Pokhara by paying Rs 2000.*

Should I bring snacks to eat on the trek?

Although we provide filling breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with morning tea and evening snacks, you can carry some light snacks for munching on the trail. You can carry protein bars, dry fruits, and homemade snacks like Shakkarpara to help you give that extra energy on the trek. 

Who will be leading my trek?

All our Outdoor Leaders are trained and experienced leaders. They have completed basic Mountaineering Course, and are equipped with basic first-aid knowledge. Our leaders are certified Wilderness First Responder course

Do I need to get my medical kit for the trek?

You don’t need to carry your medical kit. If you have your prescribed medications, you need to carry them on the trek

What kind of accommodation is available on the trek?

The accommodation will be in tea houses. 

Is there any arrangement for offloading on the trek?

Yes. Communicate your requirements to the trek leaders beforehand, as it will be difficult to arrange to offload at the last minute. 

Note: At OWLs, we suggest that participants carry their backpacks and avoid offloading. However, in case of pressing circumstances, you can opt for offloading.

Is there any option to keep our luggage at the base camp?

You can request the lodge or hostel you will be staying in Kathmandu to keep your extra luggage. However, do not keep valuables. 

What will be the toilet facilities on the trek?

For treks in Nepal, you will have access to regular concrete toilets as you will be staying in tea houses. Some tea houses have Western-style toilets with flush facilities. In higher elevations, expect a squat-style toilet facility. 

What will be the food arrangement on the trek?

Tea houses on the Annapurna Circuit trek offer Thakali Thali, a staple in Nepali cuisine. This local thali is a combination of Daal (lentils), Bhaat (rice), and Tarkari (vegetable curry) with a side of green veggies, pickles, and some local delicacies. 

You will eat Thakali Thali for lunch and dinner on most days. Bread, eggs, porridge etc are available for breakfast.  

If you wish to order anything outside this staple meal, Teahouses offer a variety of options -right from pizza to pasta at lower elevations. However, this will come at an additional cost. As you go higher up, Dal Bhat is an easily available option. 

What will be the status of the mobile network on Annapurna Circuit trek?

You will have access to WiFi in most of the tea houses, though they charge on an hourly basis for the WiFi connection. Keep in mind that a high-speed connection is unlikely, as you will be trekking through remote villages. You can also purchase a local NCell sim card before the trek begins. 


Can we use a credit card on the trek?

No, credit cards are not accepted in the tea houses. Withdraw enough cash in Kathmandu to pay for food, tea houses and other miscellaneous expenditure on the trek. The Tea houses accept the Nepalese Rupee.