Annapurna Circuit Trek

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Trip Fact:
  • Duration 17 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • DestinationNepal
  • Max Altitude5416m
  • AccommodationHotels in Kathmandu/Pokhara and Guest houses/lodges during trekking
  • MealsBreakfast in Kathmandu/Pokhara and All meals during the trek
  • Trip Start/EndBesisahar/Nayapul
  • Group Size1-25 pax
  • Best SeasonMarch, April, May, September, October and November are the best months.

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a breathtaking journey in Nepal that takes you around the vast Annapurna mountains. This trek lets you cross the towering Thorung La Pass, walk beside the world's deepest gorge, Kaligandaki, and witness a mesmerizing sunrise over the Himalayas from Poon Hill. Along the way, you'll also get a chance to visit the revered Muktinath temple and relax in Tatopani's soothing hot springs.

This trek covers a wide range of altitudes, from 800m to a lofty 5,416m. You'll pass through changing climates: from rice fields and lush forests to icy glaciers. The journey rewards you with incredible views of several majestic Himalayan peaks, including Mt. Dhaulagiri, the Annapurna range, Mt. Manaslu, and many others.

One of the unique experiences of the Annapurna Circuit is discovering the Tibetan-influenced culture of the Mustang valleys. If luck is on your side, you might even spot the elusive snow leopard or the native blue sheep. A highlight is the hot springs of Tatopani, believed to have skin-healing properties.

Your trek begins at Bhulbhule, after a picturesque drive from Kathmandu. The trail leads you along the Marsyandghi River Valley, with stops in towns like Jagat, Dharapani, Chame, and Pisang. The sixth day is essential; you'll stay in Manang to adjust to the altitude, preparing for the upcoming Thorung La pass. After Manang, the journey continues to Yak Kharka, followed by a night at Thorong Phedi.

The big challenge is on the ninth day when you'll ascend the Thorong La Pass ( 5, 416m), linking the east's Manang village with the western regions of Muktinath temple and Ranipauwa village. Post this challenge, you'll descend to Muktinath, a holy site for Hindus and Buddhists. From there, a drive will take you to Tatopani, where you can soak in the reputedly curative hot springs.

The trek's next leg takes you from Tatopani through vibrant forests of rhododendron and magnolia to Ghorepani. An early start the next day takes you to Poon Hill, a famed vantage point for stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan giants.

After soaking in the beauty at Poon Hill (3,210m), the trail leads you to Berithanti and then a drive to Pokhara, marking the end of the trek. A bus journey the following day returns you to Kathmandu.

The Annapurna Circuit is perfect for those seeking adventure in Nepal. It's a chance to witness varied landscapes, climates, and rich cultural experiences in the Himalayan backdrop.

Why Opt for the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a standout choice for several reasons. It takes trekkers from tropical climates to high-altitude icy terrains, showcasing a diverse range of landscapes. Annapurna I, one of the world's highest peaks, offers breathtaking views throughout the journey. The trek also weaves through the deep Kali Gandaki gorge, providing a unique geological experience. Add to this the rich local cultures you'll encounter, and it's clear why many choose this trek over others. In essence, the Annapurna Circuit delivers both natural beauty and cultural depth in one unforgettable journey.

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Upon you arrival at the airport, one of your representative will well come you and transfer you to your respective hotel. Plus he will brief you about the outline of the Annapurna Circuit trek. Meanwhile, in the evening time you can explore the valley or take a rest in your hotel.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 1400m

Today, after early morning breakfast, you will explore UNESCO listed heritages around the Kathmandu valley. For instance, Pashupathinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar square are some of the UNESCO- listed heritages of Kathmandu. In this process you will get closer to Nepalese lifestyle, especially cultural and religious aspect.

After the fascinating exploration, you will prepare yourself for 18 days Annapurna Circuit trek. If you are in need of any trekking gears and essentials, Thamel is the ideal market.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 1400m

our trek commences with an early morning departure from Kathmandu. Following a satisfying breakfast, we board a bus that transports us from the Kathmandu valley, tracing the picturesque Trishuli river to Besisahar, and finally reaching our destination, Bhulbhule. Along the way, you'll be treated to captivating sights of terraced farms, traditional villages, and majestic snow-capped peaks like Ganesh and Manaslu. Upon arrival at Bhulbhule, we proceed to register our permits at the check post, allowing us entry into the trekking area.

  • Guesst House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 840m

we embark on our trek after a fulfilling breakfast. The trail leads us through verdant forests and terraced fields alongside the Marsyangdi River. As we traverse the route, we pause for a relaxed lunch break and continue our journey through rural settlements and expansive farmland until we reach the tranquil village of Jagat, historically known as a trading post. Our overnight stay will be at the best tea house, featuring rooms with attached bathrooms.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 1300m

Our trek proceeds along the Marsyangdi river on the third day. After a steep ascent, we enter the Manang region near Tal village. En route, we encounter captivating waterfalls that meander through sandy beaches. Our path takes us through fields of barley, rice, and potatoes, leading us to Kodo, one of the largest villages in the Manang valley. Continuing onward, we cross a suspension bridge and ascend a stone Kani to reach Dharapani, our destination for the day. Overnight in the tea house, providing rooms with attached bathrooms.

  • Guest Houses
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 1860m

We bid farewell to Dharapani and embark on our trail through forests adorned with pine, fir, oak, and maple trees, accompanying the meandering Marsyangdi river. Our journey culminates in Chame, the district headquarters of the Manang district. Enveloped by lush green forests, Chame offers breathtaking views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m) when you cast your gaze upwards. During the trek, we will also take a brief respite at a small hot spring. Overnight accommodation awaits us at the Tea House in Chame, where rooms with attached bathrooms are provided.

  • Guest Houses
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 2610m

On this day, we will hike from Chame to Upper Pisang. The trail will take us through a steep and narrow valley, offering us our first glimpse of the impressive Paungda Danda Rock. This sacred rock face rises 1500m from the Marshyandi river and is revered by the locals. Along the way, we will also enjoy clear views of Annapurna II and Pisang Peak. Eventually, we will descend into the Pisang village, where we will spend the night.

  • Guest Houses
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 3300m

We will continue our trek from Pisang to Manang via Geru. This upper trail provides breathtaking views of Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho, and Pisang Peak. As we ascend, the air will become colder and harsher. We will pass through Tibetan settlements and have the opportunity to explore the Buddhist culture. In Manang, we will visit the Barge Monastery, the largest monastery in the area. The trail will be adorned with Buddhist shrines, leading us to the tourist-oriented area of Manang.

  • Guest Houses
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 3540m

This day is dedicated to acclimatization. We will spend the day exploring the village of Manang. In the morning, we will visit Gangapurna and Ice Lakes, enjoying the magnificent views of Annapurna III, Tilicho, Pisang, and Chulu Peaks. In the afternoon, we may visit the Himalayan Rescue Association in Vraja village, where we will learn about acute mountain sickness and how to prevent it.

  • Guest Houses
  • Breakfast/Lunch /Dinner
  • 3540m

After a day of acclimatization in Manang, we will trek to Yak Kharka. The trail will take us through pastures and juniper forests, passing through the village of Gunsan, known for its flat mud roofs. We will also encounter yak and horse pastures along the way. Crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, we will reach the peaceful meadow of Yak Kharka.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 4050m

We will trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi, the base of Thorong La pass. The trail will lead us through a ridge, across the Marsyangdi river, and up the mountain. We will navigate a narrow trail along a slope before descending to Thorong Phedi. The terrain in this area is rugged and different from the lush lowlands we previously encountered.

  • Guest Houses
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 4525m

On this day, you will face a challenging yet rewarding trek as you cross the highest point of the Annapurna Circuit, Thorong La Pass (5416m). After an early breakfast, you will start your journey towards Thorong High Camp. The trail ascends steeply for about 2 hours until you reach some tea houses where you can take a break and warm up with hot beverages. From there, you will continue walking for another 2-3 hours on the snowy trail until you finally reach Thorong La Pass. Take your time to appreciate the stunning views and enjoy being at the highest point of the trek.

Afterward, you will begin your descent towards Muktinath. Along the way, you will pass through the picturesque village of Chabarbu, nestled at the base of a hill. You will have your lunch in Chabarbu before continuing your trek to the sacred pilgrimage site of Muktinath. Muktinath is a popular destination for both Hindu and Buddhist devotees, drawing thousands of pilgrims each year. You will spend the night in Panipouwa, the main town of Muktinath.

  • Guest Houses
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 3760m

In the morning, we will visit Muktinath Temple before embarking on a local bus ride to Tatopani. The drive will be rough as we pass through deep gorges, transitioning from arid highlands to lush green forests. Tatopani is famous for its natural hot springs,

  • Guest Houses
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 1200m

Once you have finished your breakfast, you will embark on your journey towards Ghorepani. The path initially leads downhill until you come across a suspension bridge, after which it continues uphill.

During today's trek, you will traverse through a charming small village adorned with terraced fields and sloping farmlands. As you make your way along the trail, meandering through picturesque rice fields, you will eventually arrive at Ghara. Approximately an hour's walk from Ghara will bring you to Sikha. Continuing your trek from Sikha, you will pass through a beautiful rhododendron forest until you finally reach your destination of Ghorepani.

  • Guest Houses
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 2860m

On Day 16 of the Annapurna Circuit Trek, you will wake up before sunrise and head towards Poon Hill, which is located at an elevation of 3,210 meters. Poon Hill offers stunning views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, and other surrounding mountain peaks. After enjoying the panoramic views, you will trek back to Ghorepani and have breakfast there. From Ghorepani, you will descend towards Tikhedhunga. The trail from Tikhedhunga to Nayapul is relatively comfortable. Once you reach Nayapul, a short 2-hour drive will take you to Pokhara, which is situated at an elevation of 800 meters. You will spend the night at a hotel in Pokhara.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • 900m

On Day 17, you will travel back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. The journey takes approximately 6-7 hours by road. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you will check into your hotel and spend the night there.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 1300m

Day 17 marks the end of your Annapurna Circuit Trek. You will bid farewell to the magnificent Mt. Annapurna and board your flight back to your home country. The trekking company wishes you all the best and invites you to visit Nepal again in the future.

  • Breakfast

Cost Details


  • Airport Transfers: Hassle-free airport pickups and drops via car, van, or hiace.
  • Stay in Cities: Enjoy 3 nights in Kathmandu and 2 nights in Pokhara with bed and breakfast arrangements.
  • Accommodations & Meals on Trek: Full board during the trek, encompassing breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Kathmandu Exploration: A day's sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley, inclusive of guide and transport.
  • Guided Trek: A seasoned, English-speaking guide holding a Government license. Package covers their salary, insurance, flight, food, and lodging.
  • Porter Support: Trekking porter services, covering salary, insurance, flight, food, and lodging. (Basis: 1 porter for every 2 trekkers.)
  • Necessary Permits: Trekking permits and TIMS card arranged.
  • Safety First: A comprehensive medical kit for emergencies.
  • Equipments: Trekking gear for our staff to ensure their safety and comfort.
  • Local & Government Levies: All local taxes and government fees covered.
  • Ground Transfers: Private transportation between Kathmandu & trek starting/ending points and a tourist bus transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu.


  • Meals in the City: Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu/Pokhara.
  • Extra Stays: Additional accommodation nights in Kathmandu/Pokhara.
  • Personal Insurance: Travel and rescue coverage.
  • Personal Expenses: Phone calls, laundry services, battery recharges, bottled water, hot showers, etc.
  • Gratuities: Tips for the trekking guide and porters.
  • Beverages: Alcoholic, non-alcoholic, hot, and cold drinks.
  • Miscellaneous: Any other costs not listed in the 'included' section.

Good to Know

Best Time for Annapurna Circuit Trek

If you're planning the Annapurna Circuit Trek, autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) stand out as the prime times. These periods promise clear skies, showcasing the majestic Himalayan peaks, and favorable weather for trekkers. Autumn presents cool, pleasant days, while spring enchants with its vibrant rhododendron blooms. However, the mountainous weather remains unpredictable. Always be prepared and keep an eye on local forecasts.

Accommodation Options for the Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna Circuit, a trekking gem in Nepal, offers accommodations ranging from cozy tea houses to luxury hotels. Localities like Manang, Chame, and Pisang boast tea houses providing essential amenities. While they may not offer heated beds, the warmth ensures comfort. Remember to pack a sleeping bag for extra coziness. Some establishments even offer hot showers and internet access. For a touch of luxury, Kathmandu, Jomsom and Pokhara provide plush stay options to rejuvenate in grandeur.

Altitude Sickness & Insurance on the Annapurna Circuit

All trekkers joining Dream Heaven Adventure for the Annapurna Circuit Trek in Autumn 2023 are advised to secure comprehensive travel insurance. With the trek touching heights like the Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters and other elevations such as Yak Kharka and Manang, altitude sickness is a concern. While symptoms are typically mild – headaches or nausea – they can intensify, necessitating medical interventions or even emergency evacuations. A suitable insurance plan is crucial to cover unforeseen expenses. Our skilled trek guides and carefully planned itinerary, coupled with proper hydration and nutrition, help mitigate these risks.


  • Q1. Is Annapurna Circuit Trek Difficult?

    The Annapurna Circuit route is easy to moderate grade difficulty. In the recent decade, the jeep ride to Manang has reduced the trek days making the trip to Manang sweat-free. It also saves stamina for trekking from Manang to Muktinath and Jomsom.

    From Manang, you'll trek to yak Kharka, Thorung Phedi, and Thorong La Pass, which will be arduous due to the trail and long trek hours. Climbing Thorong La Pass can get cumbersome if it's filled with snow. Also, the lengthy stairways en route are tiring.

    Prepare yourself mentally and physically for rare situations of snow blizzards and fierce winds. But for rest, the trek is moderate. Even novice trekkers find it easier than trekking to Everest Base Camp.

  • Annapurna circuit trek cost for Indians starts from INR 40,000. This cost varies as you prefer customization in the trek. Also, if your luggage is above the standard weight, you'll have to employ multiple guides. Thus, the cost increases.

    However, this trek costs around NPR 40,000 for Nepal nationals.

    For foreign nationals, this trek costs USD 1100 or EUR 1000 approximately, the total trip cost depends on the factors you chooosed for the trek.

    For the additional cost, you'll have to pay tips for guides and porters. It is a culture among Annapurna trekkers to pay 20% of the total trek cost as a tip to guides and porters.

  • Amidst the four seasons in Nepal, Annapurna Circuit is best in Autumn and Spring. March, April, and May are the best Spring months for this trek. September, October, and November are the most preferred time to hike Annapurna Circuit.

    The stable weather, mild temperature, and clear outlook make the sightseeing experience unmatched.

    But, some passionate trekkers also prefer the Annapurna Circuit trek during monsoon as this area lies in the rain shadow area. The few drizzles to almost zero rain make the hike undisturbed.

    Rhododendron, exotic birds in Spring, the Apple orchards in Jomsom, the vibrant landscape in Autumn, and snow-filled terrain in winter are the best of Annapurna Circuit Trek.


  • Annapurna Circuit trek route is the safest in Nepal. Even the female trekkers hike this circuit without worries. Even if you set out solo for this trek, you'll find countless trekkers en route. You'll never be alone, most of the time.

    But, solo trekking becomes risky if you get altitude sickness at higher altitudes. You may not get immediate health attention and emergency rescue on time.

    Thus, with a trusted tour agency like Dream Himalayan, you'll be on safe and responsible guidance. Our expert guides with first aid expertise and 24/7 attention help you complete the tour without vital issues.

  • The Annapurna Circuit Trek is an adventure-filled hiking experience that takes you through the breathtaking Annapurna mountain range in Nepal. It offers an immersive journey in the Himalayas, showcasing stunning landscapes, diverse cultures, and remote villages.

  • To complete the Annapurna Circuit Trek, you will need two permits: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card. These permits contribute to environmental preservation and help manage trekking activities.

  • Yes, there are several alternative routes and side trips you can take during the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Some popular options include a visit to Tilicho Lake, the highest lake in Nepal, or a detour to the beautiful and secluded Nar Phu Valley. These diversions add extra days to the trek but offer unique and rewarding experiences.


  • The Annapurna Circuit Trek poses certain risks and challenges that trekkers should be aware of. These include altitude sickness, unpredictable weather conditions, challenging terrain, and the potential for landslides in some sections. It is crucial to acclimatize properly, be prepared with appropriate gear, and listen to the advice of experienced guides or locals.


  • ATMs and places to withdraw money are available in some villages along the Annapurna Circuit Trek. However, it is recommended to carry enough Nepalese currency (Nepalese Rupees) for the duration of the trek, as ATM availability can be limited, and the fees for cash withdrawals can be high.


  • During the Annapurna Circuit Trek, you can expect a variety of food options in the teahouses and guesthouses along the trail. The menus often include a mix of local Nepali dishes, such as dal bhat (rice and lentil soup), momos (dumplings), and thukpa (noodle soup), as well as international cuisines like pasta, pancakes, and fried rice. It is recommended to consume hot, freshly prepared meals and drink purified water or carry water purification tablets.


  • Communication facilities are available at various points along the Annapurna Circuit Trek, although the availability and reliability may vary. Most teahouses and guesthouses offer Wi-Fi, but it may be limited or require an additional fee. Additionally, mobile network coverage is present in some areas, allowing for text messages and calls, but remote regions may have limited or no coverage.

  • When packing for the Annapurna Circuit Trek, it is essential to consider the changing weather conditions and the need for both warm and lightweight clothing. Some essential items to pack include sturdy hiking boots, warm layers, a waterproof jacket, a sleeping bag, a hat, gloves, sunscreen, a water bottle, a first aid kit, and a good quality backpack.

  • Hiking the Annapurna Circuit in the monsoon season, which usually happens from June to August, can be quite tough because of heavy rain and increased risks of landslides and slippery paths. The rain can make it hard to see the mountains and some parts of the trail can be dangerous. However, some hikers still choose to do the trek during this time because the surroundings are lush and green, and there are fewer people on the trail. If you decide to hike in the monsoon season, it's important to have the right rain gear, be careful about the condition of the trail, and keep yourself updated on weather forecasts and local advice to stay safe.

Client Reviews

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    Zoe DeanUnited Kingdom |October 23, 2018

    Annapurna Circuit

    Had a brilliant time and felt incredibly well looked after by our guide Sam and our porter Robin. Sam was exceptional and helped us deal with the altitude over the Thorong La Pass.

    Would definitely recommend going with Dream Heaven Adventure, one of the most genuine companies out there at the moment.

    Hotels at the start and end of the trek were fantastic too.

  • Connor Carrol
    Connor CarrolUnited States |April 06, 2018

    Annapurna circuit & ABC trek

    I trekked the Annapurna Circuit and base camp with Gopal and Dream Heaven. I had a great time, as a solo hiker, it was great to not have to worry about anything and know that someone was looking out for me. It was also very cool to have someone informing me about the mountains and culture as we went along. Would definitely trek with Dream Heaven again!!

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    Christina AllenUnited States |September 21, 2016

    Annapurna Round Trek

    We had a lovely time. Our guides and porters are so much hospitable and helpful. It was an amazing experience and would gladly suggest using the same team to my friends. We are very thankful for our guide Nima and porters Dinesh and Ram for all the help and for a very good time. You all made our visit to Nepal even more memorable. Many Thanks Again !!!

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    Mikko KervinenFinland |December 24, 2014

    Fantastic experience with Dream Heaven Adventure

    Recently finished 13 days Annapurna circuit trek, organized by Dream Heaven Adventure! Everything organized very well. Suman is familiar and was able to assist me with all questions I wrote before my Annapurna trip. The price was reasonable and really worth.
    Our guide and porters were excellent. Guide Ganesh did immense job with great care. We had great time in the mountain, and excellent views. I would highly recommend this company to anyone who are looking best treks and company

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    James Hey and Thomas HeyUnited States |November 29, 2014

    Annapurna Circuit Trekking

    Upon checking into Kathmandu, we organized several meetings with tour operators and adventure companies to arrange for a guide for us to hike and trek to the Annapurna Circuit in the Himalayan Mountain. By far, the best operator was Mr. Suman Aryal at Dream Heaven Adventure Company (Email: ), Mr. Aryal was polite, courteous, and thorough and speaks fluent English. Within minutes, he arranged to get us organized by getting a fantastic guide ( Kaji Magar) who had numerous treks of both the Annapurna Circuit and the Annapurna Sanctuary, our required hiking permits, and our transportation to and from the beginning and end of the circuit. Everything was done in the highest professional manner and services provide by Dream Heaven and Mr. Aryal was exceptional! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them again to our best hiking and trekking friends.

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