Annapurna Circuit Trek - 18 Days

Annapurna Circuit Trek Introduction

Annapurna circuit trek provides a chance to explore the local culture, natural land, and breath-taking scenery of the Himalayas. In particular, the classic Annapurna circuit trek is one of the three major trekking routes in the Annapurna region. Likewise, it is a highly admired and remarkable trekking route in the Annapurna region. Moreover, this glorious trek leads you to the villages inhabited by a widely diverse people from different ethnic groups. The picturesque villages sit alongside the white Himalayas offering spectacular and majestic views.

Annapurna circuit Trek fulfills your adventure desire to be in the bosom of high Himalayan ranges. Firstly, this 18 days trek starts from Bhulbhule. Then it goes along the Marshyangdi River, terraced fields, and small Hindu villages.

This route greets us with scenic views of Himal Chuli and Manaslu to the east. As you climb through the trail, you will reach a high desert country- Manang (3597 m). The scenery from Manang is equally breath-taking with distinct medieval feel to it. Finally, continuing through the dry aired landscape of Manang leads you to Thorang-La Pass. In fact, this is the highest point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Thorang La pass is at the top of the valley at 5416 m.

This is a challenging ascent but the trails reward you with the view of some magnificent mountains. Ultimately, you go downhill to Muktinath in the lower Mustang region. Muktinath is one of the most divine pilgrimage sites for Buddhist and Hindu people. Continuing the descent leads you to Tatopani– natural hot springs. Tatopani is a great place to soak, soothe and refresh your tired muscles. Rejuvenate yourself for more adventurous days to come.

The final section of the trek includes climbing up to Poon Hill via Ghorepani. It is popularly known as “Photographer’s Paradise”. Poon Hill lets you capture some of the best snaps of impressive Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. From Poon hill, you head to Nayapul. From there a vehicle will transport you to the beautiful lakeside town of Pokhara and then to Kathmandu.

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Annapurna Circuit Trek Altitude Chart

Annapurna Circuit Trek Altitude Chart


Day 1
Day 01 : Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, our representative will pick you up and escort you to the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu - Bhulbhule [840m] 6-7 hours.

We begin our journey by driving along the highway to Dumre. Following the winding road to Besisahar, we get a view of amazing mountain peaks and picturesque villages as we drive. After 7 hours’ drive and mesmerizing view of Marsayangdi River, we reach Bhulbhule. Overnight at a guest house.

Day 3
Day 03: Trek from Bhulbhule - Chamje [1430m] 5-6 hours.

The trail today first climbs steeply on a cliff-face above the riverbed and then descends to the stone village of Jagat and into the mesmerizing Marsayangdi valley. We then trek through a winding trail through the forested path to reach Chamje. A stunning view of Lamjung Himal (6983m) awaits us in Chamje. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 4
Day 04: Chamje - Bagarchhap [2160m] 5-6 hours.

Ascending from Chamje, we pass through stunning terraced fields and walk uphill through rhododendron forests. Crossing several suspension bridges over Marsayangdi River, we climb steeply on curving trails to reach the confluence of Marsayangdi River and Dudh Khola at Bagarchhap. Here, you can get an unobstructed view of the magnificent Annapurna II (7937m) and Lamjung Himal (6983m). Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 5
Day 05: Bagarchhap to Chame [2630m] 4-5 hours

We continue to climb through pine and oak forests as we pass through Danakyu on our way to the village of Timang, which lies at the bottom of Lamjung Himal (6983m). We then walk through the flat trail alongside Marsayangdi River past the villages of Thanchowk and Koto to reach Chame. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 6
Day 06: Chame - Pisang [3190m] 5-6 hours.

Crossing a bridge over Marsayangdi River, we continue walking through the pine forest towards Bhratang. We ascend uphill to Dhikur Pokhari and walk ahead to Pisang enjoying the view of the Annapurna massif on one side and Pisang Peak (6091m) on the other side. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 7
Day 07: Pisang - Ngawal- Manang [3540m] 5-6 hours.

We leave Pisang and walk towards Braga village where we visit the 900 years old monastery. Then, continuing to walk towards Manang, we cross a bridge over Marsayangdi River and climb uphill through pine forest to Ghyaru. We climb uphill to Ngawal and downhill to Mungji to meet the lower route to Manang. Overnight at a guest house.

Day 8
Day 08: Acclimatization day in Manang.

Today, we spend the day exploring the outskirts of Manang. We hike up to the beautiful Gangapurna Lake from where an amazing panorama of Marsayangdi River valley, the Annapurna range, Gangapurna (7454m), and Tilicho Peak (7134m) can be seen. We also visit the ancient monasteries and the old village of Tengi while in Manang. Overnight at lodge.

Day 9
Day 09: Manang - Ledar [4250m] 4-5 hours

Climb uphill to Tengi and continue to walk towards Ghunsang with stunning views of the Annapurna range and Gangapurna (7454m). The walk continues to Yak Kharka where we can see wide meadows with grazing blue sheep and yaks. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 10
Day 10: Ledar - Thorung Phedi [4450m]- High Camp [4925m] 6-7 hours.

Climb uphill and cross a stream. Ascend uphill to a tea shop and walk to Thorung Phedi. This is one of the difficult days of the trek as we walk along steep graveled trails to reach Thorung Phedi. Later, we climb to High Camp where we get to see the 360-degree view of the mountains. The view is surreal at such high altitude. Descend back to Thorung Phedi. Overnight at lodge.

Day 11
Day 11: High camp to Muktinath [3800m] 7-8 hours.

Ascend to high camp and climb to Thorung La (5416 m), the highest pass in Nepal, to get a view of the amazing Kali Gandaki valley and the surrounding mountain peaks like the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs. Walking through the moraines, we climb steeply downhill to reach the holy temple of Muktinath. Muktinath is a popular Shiva Temple with 108 holy water taps. Overnight at lodge.

Day 12
Day 12: Muktinath to Marpha [2670m] 6-7 hours.

We visit Muktinath Temple in the morning and offer our prayers to the God of Salvation. Later, we climb down to Jharkot and descend to Khingar. We follow the trails of Thorong Khola and walk to reach the beautiful village of Kagbeni. We walk downhill through the apple orchards and then continue walking on the riverbed of Kali Gandaki River to reach the windy town of Jomsom. The trek continues until we reach the apple capital of Nepal, Marpha. This village is famous for its apple garden, apple brandy, and the local Thakali people. Overnight at lodge.

Day 13
Day 13: Marpha - Kalopani [2460m] 5-6 hours.

Continue to walk on the riverbed of Kali Gandaki River and pass the villages of Tukuche and Larjung. Relishing the view of the Dhaulagiri massif, descend through the riverbed and cross several suspension bridges to finally reach Kalopani. In Kalopani, we visit the Cultural Thakali Museum and relish the view of Dhaulagiri massif and Annapurna massif that surround the small village from two sides. Overnight at lodge.

Day 14
Day 14: Kalopani - Tatopani [1190m] 6-7 hours.

Descend to Ghasa passing a Mani wall and walk to the beautiful waterfall called Rupse Chhahara. We then climb down to Dana village where we will find another waterfall. Then, crossing several suspension bridges over Kali Gandaki River, we reach Tatopani. You can take a dip in the natural hot spring in Tatopani to relax your aching muscles. Overnight at lodge.

Day 15
Day 15: Tatopani - Ghorepani [2870m] 7-8 hours.

Ascend to the Shikha village via Ghara village. Here, we get astonished by the view of Annapurna South (7219m) and Machhapuchhre (6993m). Walking on stone steps through the rhododendron forest while enjoying the continuous view of snow-capped mountains, we arrive in Ghorepani. Overnight at lodge.

Day 16
Day 16: Ghorepani - Nayapul - Pokhara [820m]. 7-8 hours.

Early in the morning, we climb to Poon Hill to watch the sunrise over the Himalayas including the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs. We then descend through oak and rhododendron forest to Ulleri and descending on stone steps we reach Hille. The walk continues to Birethanti and Nayapul. From Nayapul, we drive back to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.

Day 17
Day 17: Pokhara - Kathmandu by tourist bus.

We leave Pokhara behind and return back to Kathmandu via a tourist bus. Enjoy the landscape and the countryside view throughout the drive. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be dropped at your hotel. You have the evening to yourself; feel free to explore the streets of Thamel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 18
Day 18: Transfer to airport for your onward destination.

Our representative will drop you at the airport 3 hours prior to the flight time.

Cost Include(s)

  • Airport pick up & drop-off by private car / van.
  • 02 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • 01 night accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • 14 nights accommodation (guest house) during the trek (mainly in twin sharing).
  • A local government licensed English speaking Guide during the trek.
  • The required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine and transportation for all trekking staff.
  • All necessary trek permit, ACAP Permits and entry fees.
  • Down Jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag.
  • First aid medical kits.
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate.
  • Annapurna Circuit Trek route map.
  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory).
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, laundry.
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Tips for trekking staff.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

We are advised to consider the following equipment as these are essentials while packing for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Adjustments to the list can be managed according to the requirements, interests, duration of trip, and season of trip.  We can find variety of these gears to rent or buy in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Majority of the gears which are in sale in Kathmandu and Pokhara are locally manufactured and some are imported from china and they are much cheaper. And there are some famous branded gear shops in Thamel, Kathmandu.

Equipment List:

– Lightweight and comfortable hiking boots: fit them with hiking socks and wear them wherever possible before you go to trekking.
– Sleeping bag and liner
– Sandals/ Flip flop
– Hiking socks – at least 4 pairs of cotton socks and 2 pair of wool socks
– Lightweight long sleeve hiking shirts
– Windproof/Waterproof pants and jacket
– Plastic rain poncho
– Light weather protection and warmer weather
– Hat for sun and wind
– Windproof gloves
– Warmer clothes
– Long underwear
– Thermals (socks, t-shirts, sweater)
– Wool hat/beanie (for winter)
– Shorts
– Hiking trousers
– Down jacket


– Sunglasses with good UV protection
– Sunscreen
– Lightweight bag to carry your personal needs during the day
– Insect repellent
– Camera with extra battery
– Flashlight
– Backpack
– Aluminum water bottle
– Head lamp
– Trekking Poles

Q: I’ve never trekked before.  Can I do this trek?

Answer: As long as you are reasonably fit, mentally prepared and can walk for 6-7-hours a day then no matter who you are and what your background is, a bit of training may be necessary, but even that is not 100% essential for most.

Q: How many miles do you walk each day?
In average you walk around 4-7 miles per day while going up and 8-12 miles while coming down.

Q: Is there battery charging facility?
Answer: The tea houses have charging facilities with both electricity and via their solar panels but both of them are uncertain thus it is better to have an extra battery. If there is electricity only from solar panels then the tea houses usually charge for it – maybe a 100-200 rupees per hour but if it from regular electricity then it is free of cost.

Q: Can I do laundry on the trek?
Answer: Yes, you can. You can take this service with guest house. This will not be by machine, it will be by hand. Or, you can do your own laundry in a bucket.

Q: Is there bottled water on the Annapurna Circuit Trek?
Answer: Yes, there is bottled water from Bishisahar  to all the way to Nayapul. But, the price goes up the higher you go. One liter bottle of water cost start around 50 rupees and at base camp cost well over 200 (around $2). A budget solution to this is to use water treatment solution or use water purifier tablets. Some purification tabs and drops make the water taste weird. Please be aware of that too. In majority villages there is safe drinking water station where they sell safe drinking water in cheaper cost. If you are thinking of buying boiled water then make sure if water was fully boiled or not.

Q: Is there age limit for Annapurna Circuit Trek?
There isn’t any official age limit saying you can and cannot trek to Annapurna Circuit Trek .

Q: How difficult is the Annapurna Circuit Trek?
Answer: In terms of terrain there are no ropes needed and no ice picks needed. There is no vertical climbing involved. The ground is not paved. It is rough, rocky and gravel strewn. Most of the trek involves long paths that go up and then down. People with weak ankles should take caution. Depending on the time of year you go there can also be snow and ice in the trails.

Q: Can children go to the Annapurna Circuit trek?
Answer: Yes in the general rule. It’s advisable that your child is reasonable and able to understand and follow instructions immediately. Your child should be mature enough to recognize altitude sickness symptoms.


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  1. My partner and I had arrived in Nepal and wanted to organize a trekking trip from Kathmandu. We went to Base Camp adventure and organized a trip to Poon Hill, a popular destination along the Annapurna Mountain circuit, and Base Camp Adventures were so awesome and accommodating every step of the journey. They arranged our bus to Pokhara (And from Pokhara), where we stayed for a few days before leaving to begin our trek, where our guide Jwala met us and we drove to the beginning of the Annapurna circuit and set off on our trek. What followed were 5 days of pure bliss, around every corner of the trek were breathtaking views, magnificent and ever changing fauna and terrain, walking in peace among chirping birds and taking in all the surroundings, this trek opened my eyes up to an amazing piece of the world. The accommodation and food was covered with in our package and to the highest standard where we could choose whatever we liked to eat on the menu. Our journey smooth and seamless as we ventured from Ulleri to Ghorepani to Ghandruk etc, we were always comfortable at nights, felt safe, and had great conversations and many hours of playing cards were spent with Jwala our amazing guide who has a big heart and gave us a unique perspective of Nepal, sharing his knowledge and wisdom with us as a experience trekking guide. My only wish is that I could have stayed longer, it was truly an amazing trip of a lifetime. Nepal and Base Camp Adventure, I will be back and look forward to seeing you both again. Thankyou so much. 10/10 !!!!
  2. Outstanding. I would highly recommend Base Camp Adventures for single women, a couple of people to a group. I was blown away with the service Shree provided, he is fluent in English, honest, very professional and flexible. His priority is to ensure you have a once in a life time experience and I certainly did! A friend and I wanted to do the Annapurna Circuit and we visited numerous companies in Khatmandu, but were dissatisfied with them all. However we then found Shree at Base Camp Adventures, recommend to us by another group of travellers having done Everest BC with them. Instantly we liked him and after a lovely long chat (these can sometimes go on for hours, but are always interesting and funny!) we decided to go with his company. We wanted to leave the next day and this was absolutely fine - much to our surprise! Everything that Shree said would happen, happened and it was an incredible trip. We weren’t sure about a guide, but after talking with Shree we decided to hire one - Jwala. Jwala made our trip, he was our guide as well as a friend and I am very happy that we took him with us. He is very kind, professional, thoughtful, incredibly knowledgable about Nepal and high altitude treks (having a great extent of experience himself) and most importantly, I always felt safe. Jwala also took us off the beaten trek when possible and helped us experience a truly unique Nepal. When I was unwell in Langtang he looked after me as a dear friend, always making sure I was warm, comfortable and eating/drinking enough - once I recovered, I made it to the top of the mountain, which I could not have done without him! I was hesitant being a solo female traveller and hiring a guide on my own, but with Jwala I knew I was in good hands! Having completed with Jwala and a friend the Annaourna Circuit, I decided to take him with me to the Langtang Valley. It was the best decision I made, as I had a fantastic time with him! We were able to go into the locals homes and he managed to have the Glacier research hut opened for me! Shree also organised for my friend and I to go to Chitwan, which was a great trip too! I have Shree, Jwala and Base Camp Adventues to thank for such a wonderful time in Nepal. I hope to go back in the near future to visit Nepal and will be going with Base Camp Adventures (who I have recommended to so many people already!)
  3. A friend and I did a two week trek around the Annapurna Circuit with Shiva. He was great company to hike with and very flexible with the specifics of our trip. He took excellent care of me when I got sick from the water (the expensive bottled water at the top of the mountain is worth it) and his well-stocked medical kit came in handy when altitude sickness inevitably kicked in. Even though he is half my size, he can eat twice as much dal bhat as me - I guess this is why he is such a strong trekker. All the other travelers we met that didn't have a guide all gravitated towards Shiva for his guidance and excellent knowledge of the area. I would strongly recommend Shiva as a friendly, reliable guide.

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