March - May and September- December
Bhulbhule - Thorongla Pass- Poonhill- Pokhara
- Witness the breathtaking view of some of the highest mountains in the world including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Manaslu.
- Reaching one of the highest mountain passes in the world –
Thorong La Pass(5416m)
- Traverse through diverse landscapes, beautiful settlements,
rivers, lovely waterfalls, and dense forest
- Witnessing mesmerizing sunrise view over Annapurna Ranges, from
the Poon hill(3210m)
- Enjoying hot springs in Tatopani to relax and rejuvenate.
- Visit one of the world’s highest Muktinath Temple (3800m)
|Person(s)||Price per Person|
|1 Pax||USD 1099.00|
|2 Paxes||USD 849.00|
|3 Paxes||USD 819.00|
|4 - 6 Paxes||USD 799.00|
|7 - 12 Paxes||USD 779.00|
|13 - 18 Paxes||USD 749.00|
The Annapurna Circuit trek is popular as one of the best treks in the world for its breathtaking natural scenarios, beautiful diverse landscapes, and cultural immersion. Hillary Step Treks presents 14 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek for those who love challenging yet alluring treks with a perfect blend of natural scenarios and cultural exploration.
Our Annapurna circuit trek takes you through lush green forests, charming villages, and diverse landscapes including arid deserts, with jaw-dropping views of Annapurna mountain ranges surrounding the trekking trails. During your journey, you will get to immerse yourself in the unique culture of people living under the shadows of the Himalayas.
Our journey of the Annapurna circuit trek (14 days) starts from Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. However, you will start the actual trek from Besisahar taking you through different beautiful villages such as Bhulbhule, Jagat, and Dharapani. The key highlight of the trek is arriving at Thorong La Pass, which is the highest peak (5416m) of our trek. Additionally, hiking to the Poon Hill viewpoint, visiting Muktinath Temple, and witnessing the beautiful sunrise view over Annapurna Ranges presents you with a lifelong memory.
During your trekking days, we have also separated a day for acclimatization for you to adapt your body to high altitudes. For this, you will be spending a day in Manang, where you will also have an opportunity to learn about the local lifestyle and culture.
To clarify the financial aspect, the Annapurna circuit trek cost with Hillary step treks varies for individual travelers and group travelers. On average, our Annapurna circuit trek cost ranges from USD 749 to USD 1099 per person, which includes accommodation costs, meals, transportation, and permits. You May continue to Tilicho Lake if you have more time.
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Day to Day Itinerary
On our first day of the 14 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek, you will depart Kathmandu on a Public bus in the early morning. The bus takes you through the beautiful scenarios of terraced fields, small villages, and green hills. The scenic drive presents you with a magnificent view of the Trishuli River and snow capped peaks including Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Ganesh on your way.
After 6 hours of driving, you will arrive at Besisahar, a bustling town that is considered the starting point for Annapurna circuit trekking.
From Besisahar, the bus takes you through rough road uphills towards Bhulbhule. Upon arriving at Bhulbhule, you will witness the beautiful Marshyangdi River flowing freely at the side. We will take some time to relax for a while at a teahouse before registering the trek permits at the check posts. Later, you can explore nearby places in Bhulbhule.
You will stay overnight at Bhulbhule.
Today is the day we start our real trekking in our 14 days Annapurna Circuit trek itinerary. After an early morning breakfast, you will start your journey from Bhulbhule with a gradual walk to reach Jagat. The trekking trail passes through the lush green forest and terraced fields alongside the beautiful Marshyangdi River. On the way, you will pass through the pleasing waterfalls as you walk past beautiful villages to arrive at Jagat. Remember to admire the beautiful Mt Annapurna, Lamjung, and attractive landscapes on your journey.
You will stay overnight at a teahouse at Jagat.
Today, you will continue your trek along the Marsyangdi River to reach Dharapani. The early trekking trail passes through rocky cliffs, a suspension bridge, lush forests, and beautiful waterfalls. Then you will gradually climb steep ascents, which will take you to Tal village, the gateway of the Manang Region. From here, you will enjoy walking and observing the terraced fields with growing crops such as rice, barley, and potato as you reach Kontro village.
From Khotro village, the trekking trail descends downhill before you cross a bridge. A short walk from here will take you to Dharapani.
You will stay overnight at Dharapani.
Today, the trekking trail will take you through stunning forests of pine and oak trees, with occasional glimpses of astonishing mountains from the distance. You will also pass through several small villages of Bagar Chhap, Danaque, Timang, Thanchok and Koto while observing the unique lifestyle of people in these lively settlements.
The highlight of the day is the stunning view of the Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II as you make your way to Chame. Stay overnight at Chame.
On the fifth day of our 14-day Annapurna Circuit trek, you will walk on the trekking trails towards Upper Pisang passing through steep ascents in the thick woods and narrow river valley. On the way, you will get a glimpse of the sacred huge Paungda Danda Rock.
Moving ahead through rocky terrain and stunning forests, you will ascend to Dhikur Pokhari. From here, a gradual walk on the trail will take you to Upper Pisang village. This small village is situated on a ridge overlooking the Marsyangdi River valley, with stunning views of the Annapurna range in the distance.
Waving goodbye to picturesque Upper Pisang, you will start the day climbing steeply toward the numerous beautiful villages such as Ghyaru, Ngawal, Munji and Braka. You are rewarded with stunning views of Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Pisang Peak, and Tilicho while you pass through various Tibetan settlements. On these settlements, you will explore small monasteries and make a visit to the largest Braka monastery in Manang. From Braka monastery, you will arrive at Manang after a short walk on the ascending path.
You will stay overnight at Manang.
Today is acclimatization day in our 14-day Annapurna Circuit trek itinerary. Acclimatization is important to allow your body to adapt to the high altitude and thinning air. Here, you will spend the day exploring the nearby villages and monasteries. You will also hike to the Gangapurna viewpoint to adjust your body to the higher altitude. From this viewpoint, you will witness the magnificent Gangapurna Glacier Lake, glaciers, and exceptional views of Annapurna. It also presents you with the top view of the beautiful Manang Valley.
Later on the day, you will visit the Himalayan Rescue Association and learn about prevention against altitude sickness.
In the evening, you will also get an opportunity to interact with the local people and learn about their unique lifestyles. We will end the day enjoying the local cuisine.
Stay overnight at Manang.
From Manang, today, you will head towards Ledar. The trekking trail is peaceful today, so you will enjoy walking in the quiet surrounding. The occasional encounter with beautiful animals such as yaks, goats, and mules on the way to Ghashang keeps you entertained. Walking further, the snow-capped mountains follow you as the trail ascends and descends to reach Yak Kharka. Careful walking is required as some passes are narrow.
From Yak Kharka, an easy wall will take you to Ledar where you will spend a night at a teahouse.
The ninth day of our 14-day Annapurna Circuit trek is quite challenging as the trails gain a significant amount of altitude. Today, you will leave Ledar walking slowly and gradually on several ascends and descends and cross a river following a narrow trail. On the trail, you will pass through Thorong Phedi where you are welcomed by the cold blowing wind.
You will trek at a slow pace throughout the day to arrive at High Camp. Stay overnight at a teahouse in High Camp.
Today, the most thrilling part of the trek begins as we will be reaching the highest altitude of the Annapurna Circuit trek. The trekking trail is certainly challenging yet rewarding.
You will leave High Camp early in the morning as you pass through steep and rocky trails, where you may need to take frequent breaks to rest. As you climb higher, it is important to walk at a slow pace to avoid potential altitude sickness.
Upon reaching Thorong La Pass, you are rewarded with astonishing panoramic views of snow-capped mountains including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. You will also witness colorful prayer flags and chortens at the top of the pass.
After taking some time for rest and enjoying the exceptional nature at Thorong La Pass, you will begin to descend toward Muktinath. If we have time, we will make a visit to Muktinath temple, which is a pilgrimage destination and holy site for Hindus as well as Buddhists.
Stay overnight at a teahouse.
On the 11th day of our 14 Days Annapurna Circuit trek, you will start a day early in the morning with a visit to Muktinath temple. The temple includes a golden statue of Lord Vishnu, and outside of the temple are 108 stone faucets with a bull face on them. Here, you will also visit the small monastery Mebar Lha Gompa and get a glimpse of the continuous natural gas fire at the entrance of the gate. Inside the gompa is a statue of a Buddhist god dedicated to Guru Rimpoche.
From Muktinath temple, we will ride on a bus to visit Tatopani. The thrilling bus ride takes you through the rigged roads of dry highlands; and passes the deepest gorge Kali Gandaki. The bus ride takes around 5-6 hours to reach Tatopani; and takes you through the beautiful villages of Kalopani, Marpha, Jomsom, and Tukuche.
After arriving at Tatopani, we will take a rest for a while. Later, you will visit the famous natural hot spring and enjoy the hot spring to heal your body. The bath provides you with refreshment and relaxation after a long day of continuous walking.
Stay overnight at a teahouse in Tatopani.
Waving goodbye to Tatopani, you will resume your trekking journey walking toward Ghorepani. The trek starts by crossing a suspension bridge of Kali Gandaki River before climbing steeply uphill to reach Sikha village. The trekking trail passes through the beautiful terraced farms and rhododendron forests to reach the charming Magar villages of Shikha. From here, the trail further passes through blooming magnolia, rhododendron, and birch forests to arrive at Ghorepani. You will enjoy stunning views of wonderful Himchuli, Tukuche, and Annapurna South on your way.
Stay overnight at a teahouse in Ghorepani.
Today, you will start the day early in the morning to enjoy the beautiful sunrise view. So, the hike commences at around 4.30 AM to arrive at Poon Hill after an hour of walking. The famous landmark for sunrise presents a breathtaking sunrise view over the snow-capped peaks including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Lamjung, Nilgiri, and other surrounding peaks. You can capture the moments with your camera or just relish the moment.
After collecting lifelong memories, you will return to Ghorepani and enjoy breakfast. Afterward, you will start trekking towards Hile passing through rich beautiful forests of bamboo, oak, rhododendron, and pine.
From Hile, you will ride a cab or local vehicle to drive to Pokhara. If time favors us, we will visit the nearby sightseeing sites or else we will rest at a hotel.
Stay overnight in Pokhara.
Our extensive and thrilling14 days Annapurna circuit trek comes to an end today. After early morning breakfast at a hotel in Pokhara, you will drive back to Kathmandu on a 7 to 8 hours scenic drive. If you prefer a flight, you can also fly on domestic flights from Pokhara to Kathmandu (excluded from the package). After arriving in Kathmandu, you can take time to take a rest at a hotel in Thamel. If time favors, you can visit nearby sites in Kathmandu. Stay overnight at your own hotel in Kathmandu.
- One night Accommodation in Pokhara ( Hotel Splendid View with Breakfast)
- 12 nights Lodge accommodation during the Annapurna Circuit Trek
- All the Standard meals ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner/the main course) Three times a day during the trek
- Kathmandu to Bhulbhule by Bus
- Muktinath to Tatopani by public Bus
- Hile to Pokhara by Private Jeep
- Pokhara to kathmandu by Tourist bus
Note: ( If you ask flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu we can arrange an extra cost)
- Annapurna Conservation Area Permit ( ACAP) fees
- Trekker's Information Management System ( TIMS ) Card Fees
- One professional well English speaking government Licence holder trekking guide
- Porter ( One porter for 2 trekker's, combine porter limit is 20kg)
- Guide's, porter's meal, salary, insurance, accommodation, insurance etc.
- Sleeping bag (if needed)
- First aid kits
- Water purification tablets for drinking water
- Seasonal fruits
- Trekking Map
- All Government, local taxes, and official expenses
Accommodation in the Annapurna Circuit Trek is mostly teahouses or lodges operated and owned by local natives. The teahouses in the mountains are basic and comfortable. Additional facilities like Wi-Fi, laundry, hot water, and attached bathrooms at the lower altitudes with additional charges. At the higher altitudes, sharing must be done but basic facilities are provided. During winter, a facility of heaters, blankets, and a bucket full of hot water for a shower. There is a fire in the commonplace on winter nights to keep the room warm. Confirm the availability of working electrical outlets, and Wi-Fi before booking a room. Learn about the culture, tradition, and lifestyle of the locals if one wishes to by interacting with them. Be kind and respect the customs during the stays in the Annapurna Circuit Trek.
Meals during the Annapurna Circuit Trek are basic but appropriate and healthy for the trekkers. Carbohydrate, nutrition, and protein-based foods are required for the trekkers in the mountains. It helps to keep them energized throughout the trek. Enjoy the authentic Nepalese staple diet: Dal Bhat along with vegetable curry and fresh salads. Trekkers can also enjoy international cuisines (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) but menus are basic as options are fewer in the mountains. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided at the destined stopovers. Also, carry some chocolate bars and light snacks or can buy them at nearby small shops to have them during the trek. One thing to keep in mind is that the meal prices rise as the altitude rises.
Drinking water in the Annapurna Circuit Trek is abundant throughout the Annapurna region. Freshwater streaming from the mountains can be consumed directly or by performing water treatment using purifying tablets or drops. For quick water treatment, one can carry a portable water filter. Else, one can fill water at water filling stations paying an extra charge in case of any doubt or to be safe. The water is kept boiled at these stations and can be found at various stops on the trail. Since plastic water bottles are forbidden in the Annapurna Conservation Area it is handy to carry reusable water bottles. Keep on drinking water to prevent altitude sickness in the mountains.
The phone network in the Annapurna Circuit Trek is stable at the lower altitudes. As you go higher, a high chance of an unstable network or no network at all. One can communicate with family or friends via Wi-Fi which is easily available at the teahouses.
Technological advancement has made the world a better place to live. Even in the mountains of Nepal, one can get an internet facility. Annapurna region teahouses mostly have installed the internet that works smoothly for most of the part. Only at Thorong La Pass and Ledar, the internet may not work properly during the Annapurna Circuit Trek. With some additional charges, trekkers can use the Wi-Fi facility at the teahouses. Likewise, trekkers can buy a Sim card and use a mobile data pack instead of paying an additional charge for Wi-Fi.
Reaching the starting point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek
If you are planning to embark on the Annapurna Circuit Trek, it is important to have a clear understanding of the itinerary. The 14-day Annapurna Circuit trek begins at Besisahar, which can be reached via a 6-hour drive from Kathmandu. The journey to Besisahar can be completed by a tourist bus or private cab, depending on your preferences. Our Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary is designed to ensure that you make the most of your journey, with ample time for rest and acclimatization. So, whether you are an experienced trekker or a first-timer, our itinerary will provide you with a well-rounded experience of the beautiful Annapurna region.
Essential Permits for the Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna Circuit Treks required mandatory permits. Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) permits can be purchased at the tourism office. The TIMS costs NPR 2000 and NPR 1000 for SAARC nationals. The ACAP permit costs NPR 3000 and NPR 1000 for SAARC nationals. Both ACAP and TIMS permits are valid for all treks in the Annapurna region until it has an exit stamp on them.
Travel Insurance safeguards trekkers from the risk of unexpected events. It works as a protective shield against medical and other travel-related expenses. An essential tool to make a comfortable traveling experience. Get proper travel insurance that covers all medical extremities, luggage loss, theft, flight cancellations, emergency evacuations, and high altitude. Therefore, before embarking on your Annapurna Circuit Trek, make sure to purchase comprehensive travel insurance that covers all the necessary aspects of your 14-day Annapurna Circuit Trek.
How tough is Annapurna Circuit Trek for trekkers having various experience levels?
Annapurna Circuit Trek is challenging for first-time trekkers but adventurous at the same time. The circuit is blended with high ascends, steep descends, and straight roads. It is very good for trekkers to hike for months including such features before starting the real Annapurna Circuit Trek. Trekkers having normal physical fitness and good health condition under the proper guidance and planning can easily complete the trek. First-time trekkers can enjoy more during the peak seasons as trekkers’ flow are high. Trekkers should have strong determination and a confident approach while accomplishing the Annapurna Circuit Trek. A guide and a porter to companion you give delightful and great learning experiences about the Annapurna region.
Altitude Sickness and Acclimatization at Annapurna Circuit Trek
Altitude sickness is popularly termed mountain sickness. It is common for the trekkers who trek over 3000 m at the mountains/high altitudes. Trekkers have to ascend and descend several times during the trek. Therefore, acclimatization rest is essential to prevent altitude sickness. So, HST has properly designed acclimatization day at Manang for resting of the body. Primary symptoms of altitude sickness are headache, hangover, nausea, breathlessness, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, loss of appetite, and sleep. In extreme cases, hallucinations, unconsciousness, and a rise in primary symptoms. Only a few trekkers suffer from altitude sickness below 3000 m but with proper guidelines and medications, it can be well-treated. If anyone has a symptom of altitude sickness immediately inform the guide and necessary actions are taken. Below are some points to prevent altitude sickness:
- Do warm-up hikes and stretching before starting the journey for the day.
- Drink an adequate amount of water. Keep rehydrating at regular intervals. It is best to drink a liter every hour you've walked then. Set yourself to urinate further throughout the day and night.
- Get plenty of rest & sleep. Don't push yourself too much while walking. The key is to ascend slowly and gradually.
- You need to have an applicable balanced diet throughout the journey. Avoid too-much salty food, cigarettes, tobacco, and alcohol throughout the trek.
- If necessary take the capsules for Altitude sickness by consulting with your guide. If you feel too uncomfortable descend immediately.
When is the best time to visit Annapurna Circuit Trek?
Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered classic as one can experience variety under one trek. All seasons have their uniqueness and trekkers can experience diversity in each season. Most trekkers preferred Spring and Autumn as they are considered the best seasons to trek. During this season, the weather is clear and bright, and teahouses are fully-operated. Monsoon and winter are considered an off-season for trekking. Only a few experienced trekkers preferred to trek for a thrilling experience despite being risky. Annapurna Circuit Trek can be accomplished in all seasons with a guideline of systematic planning and proper medication.
Luggage limitation for Porter
Porters make the trekking journey comfortable. They perform an admirable job by carrying heavy luggage on their back with the help of a strap band. They climb uphill and downhill on the rough, slippery, and zigzag trails. Porters carry the luggage of two trekkers. So, considering their health, and difficulty level the maximum luggage limitation for a porter is 20-22 kg.
HST guides and porters are professional experts, well-trained, and skilled with over one decade of experience. For us, the safety of the trekkers is the topmost priority. The guides always carry personal protective equipment and first-aid kits with them. They are technically skilled, friendly, spotless judgment, and have proven safety acts with no fatalities. The guides and porters accompany you to make the trekking journey memorable, safe, and easy. HST is always concerned about the trip safety of international clients. We are readily available to fulfill various needs and provide better service for our clients to have a safe, satisfying, and unforgettable experience.
What is the Equipment checklist for Annapurna Circuit Trek ?
The essential equipment checklist for Annapurna Circuit Trek is listed below:
Upper Body: -
- A long-sleeve thermal base layer
- Trekking shirt
- Insulation layer
- fleece jacket
- Warm Down Jacket
- waterproof jacket
- T-Shirt lightweight
- Beanie and ear warmers
- Sunhat & Scarf
- Headlights with extra batteries
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Dust Masks
- Lip Balm
- Face /Body wipe
legs & Boots: -
- Trekking Pants two pairs
- waterproof jacket
- Trekking boots
- Sport Shoes
- Crampons (If snow or Ice)
- Thermal Leggins
- Underwear & thick Socks
Essentials Gear: -
- Trekking pole
- Sleeping bag
- Water bottle
- Backpack or Day pack
- Quick drying towel
- Toilet paper
- Small mirror
- Nail cutter
Personal accessories: -
- Power bank
- Extra batteries for the Camera
- Diary & Pen
- Extra Passport copy and Photos
- Firsts Aid Kits
Note: The above list can be customized as per the seasons and necessity of the trekkers.
Extra Personal Expenses
Trekking in the mountains is adventurous but full of unpredictability at the same time. It is sensible to carry extra cash as there is no availability of banks and ATMs at the higher altitudes. For the following purposes, one needs to carry extra cash:
- For your Travel Insurance
- Extra or personal porter
- Gears and Equipment
- Hot showers, internet access, battery charging, laundry, and other extra services in the mountains
- Emergency evacuation cost
- Souvenirs from the Himalayas, such as medicinal herbs, paintings, and other things
- Flight cancellation/Extra stay
- Any kind of drinks, energy bars throughout the trek, tips to the guides and porters at the end of the trek
What is the Tipping System in Nepal?
Tipping in Nepal is a good culture and is widely accepted. Based on the services provided by the guides and porters one can tip them. It is completely your choice to tip them but a general rule is to tip about 10% of your trekking cost.
Benefits of Choosing Hillary Step Treks (HST)
- Our experienced team of over one decade has accomplished treks in Annapurna Circuit Trek and other treks too.
- Our guides are fluent in English, and Nepali dialects. They know the terrain, culture, people, and the Annapurna region through & through.
- HST provides you with the best value services for your money. No hidden cost, every step with HST is transparent and clear. We value our clients over profit any day.
- Your safety is the top priority while trekking with the HST team. Thus, in case of an emergency first-aid kit or provision of rescue teams as a requirement.
- We are a government-registered company providing you with real care services at the best reasonable rate.
- Our company also has 70% repetitive clients over the years which shows their trust in us.
- We go the extra mile to assure you of a complete trekking experience in Nepal. HST is your ideal choice for trekking in Nepal.
FAQs of Annapurna Circuit Trek
1, What is the Luggage limit for Porter to carry?
Hillary Step Treks will provide one porter for two trekkers to carry a combined 20 Kg of Luggage (10Kg for each trekker)
2, How much does it cost to Hike Annapurna Circuit Trek!
It cost USD 749 to 1099 per person. Depends on group size.
3, What is the highest point of Annapurna Circuit Trek?
The highest point of this ACT is (5416m) Thorongla Pass.
4, Can I use a Private Vehicle instead of riding a public bus?
Yes, you can use Private Vehicles at an extra cost and it ensures hassle-free travel.
5, Can I hire or buy a sleeping bag and Down Jacket in Kathmandu?
Yes, you can hire a Sleeping bag and down jacket in Kathmandu. They charge around RS 150-200 per piece per day. And You also can buy it if you need a fresh one.
6, What permit is required for the Annapurna Circuit Trek?
There are 2 permits required for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit fees, and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card.
7, How long does it take to reach Annapurna Circuit Trek?
Generally, it takes 10-17 Days to reach the trek from Kathmandu. It depends on which route you choose.
8, Approximately How many Kilometers(KM) do we have to walk in this Trek?
We, need to talk approximately 140km in 14 days Annapurna Circuit Trek.
9, Do guides and Porters have Insurance?
Yes, all Hillary Step Treks Guides & Porters are covered by Insurance.
10, What is the Tipping culture like in Nepal?
All our tour operators are a member of the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal registered under the Nepal Government. You may wish to tip the guides and porters for their service during the trek. Tipping is your personal choice and you may tip about 10% of the trekking cost or more than that.
11, What documents do I need for the Annapurna Circuit Trek?
You need to submit the following documents by WhatsApp or Email after the advance deposit.
- A Copy of Passport copy
- P.P size Photos
- Flight details (Arriving and Departure date)
- Travel insurance which should include emergency evacuation
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