Classical Annapurna Circuit Trek- 19 Days

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Classical Annapurna Circuit Trek- 19 Days
At a Glance
Duration19 Days
Trip GradeStrenuous
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CountryNepal
Maximum Altitude5416m/17769.03ft
Group Size1 -10 pax
StartsKathmandu
EndsKathmandu
Travel StyleTrekking
Best TimeSeptember to November and March to May

Trip Overview

The renowned Classical Annapurna Circuit Trek covers the entire distance of the original Annapurna Circuit Track, starting from Kathmandu and leading us to Jagat Drive to begin the trek. As we pass through various villages, we ascend to the majestic Thorong La, the highest pass in the world, at an impressive altitude of 5416 m (17769.03 ft) above sea level. Continuing, we reach Muktinath, a village with strong Tibetan influences in the Rainshadow Mustangregion. Following the Kaligandaki River valley, known as the world's deepest gorge, our journey takes us to Tatopani. Trekking uphill to Ghorepani Poon Hill, we are treated to breathtaking views before reaching the largest Gurung village at Ghandruk. Finally, our adventure of the Clssical Annapurna Circuit Trek concludes in Pokhara after starting and ending in Kathmandu.

Highlights

  • Commence the 19-day Classical Annapurna Circuit Trek in Kathmandu and conclude in Ghandruk.
  • Delight in the opportunity to discover the hidden gems of Kathmandu with the guidance of a local cultural expert.
  • Capture the mesmerizing moments of the journey during the scenic drive from Kathmandu to Jagat.
  • Embark on the Classical Annapurna Circuit trek by foot, commencing in Jagat and concluding in Ghandruk.
  • Trek a distance of 212 km on foot from Jagat to Ghandruk over 14 days.
  • Experience the diverse climates, flora and fauna, monasteries, and breathtaking mountain views of the Annapurna range, including a glacier lake.
  • Conquer the impressive high-altitude pass at Thorang La, reaching a staggering 5,416 meters.
  • Marvel at the awe-inspiring sight of the world's deepest gorge, Kaligandaki.
  • Visit the revered Muktinath Temple, a sacred site for both Hindus and Buddhists, as well as numerous vibrant monasteries.
  • Indulge in the authentic and organic local cuisine while staying at local lodges during the trek.
  • Immerse yourself in the exotic beauty of Dhaulagiri Peak and the nearby Nilgiri Mountain.
  • soak into the natural hot spring pool in Tatopani Village before heading to Ghorepani.
  • Witness the breathtaking sunrise over the snow-capped mountains from the iconic Poonhill.
  • Explore the largest Gurung village in Ghandruk before heading to Pokhara.
  • Enjoy a memorable night in Pokhara before returning to Kathmandu.
  • Conclude the trek with a farewell dinner hosted by Himalayan Trekking Path in Kathmandu.

The classical Annapurna Circuit Trek is a remarkable hiking route that offers adventurous trekkers the chance to explore the breathtaking mountainous landscape and take in the stunning panoramic views nearby. This trek also provides an opportunity to discover the cultural richness, way of life, and traditions of the local people, as well as the unique ecosystem of the Annapurna Conservation Area. The Annapurna Circuit Trek takes us on a journey around the entire Annapurna Region, reaching the summit at Thorong La (5,416m) and venturing as far as the world's deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki. This trek brings immense joy to backpackers as they catch a glimpse of the majestic snow-capped peaks of the Annapurna Massif, the Dhaulagiri Range, and countless other magnificent mountains.

Embark on the adventure you've always dreamed of as you arrive in Kathmandu City. Here, you'll have the opportunity to explore the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. These places hold a rich history and great significance to the locals, passed down through generations. Our journey begins in Besisahar, where we venture into the captivating villages along the Annapurna circuit. Passing through the lesser-known town of Manang, we continue our trail, facing the challenges of Thorong La Pass, until we reach the sacred Muktinath region, revered by both Hindus and Buddhists. Descending to the renowned town of Jomsom, we are greeted by the breathtaking views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri peaks. Along the way, we will also visit the enchanting Poon Hill, where the mesmerizing sunrise and sunset paint the sky above the majestic Himalayas with vibrant colors.

Finally, we arrive back in Pokhara, where we can render a break to our exhausted bodies. Also renowned as “Lake City," Pokhara is the ultimate tourist destination that never lets you down. Subsequently, the adventures come to an end with your arrival in the capital city of Kathmandu.

Looking forward to the trek around the Annapurna Circuit? Then, get in touch with us right now and book this exciting expedition instantly with us!

Annapurna Circuit  Trek cost for 2024-2025

The price of the renowned classical Annapurna Circuit Trek can vary based on several factors, including the starting point, the services provided, the duration of the trip, and the size of the group. This trek is highly sought-after and commences and concludes in Kathmandu. Our package offers a comprehensive array of services, such as airport pick-up, accommodation in Kathmandu before and after the trek, sightseeing in Kathmandu, transportation to the trailhead, necessary permits, an experienced guide, a porter, accommodation in the mountains, and full-board meals from Jagat to Ghandruk, following the traditional route of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Additionally, we provide transportation from Ghandruk to Pokhara, hotel accommodation in Pokhara, transportation from Pokhara to Kathmandu, and departure assistance. The cost of our meticulously organized classical Annapurna Circuit Trek package is determined by the group size. If you opt to travel alone, your cost will be higher compared to traveling with a group of two or more individuals. During the journey, any additional fees for accommodation and transportation will be applied accordingly. The cost of this exceptional package ranges from USD1200 to USD1500, depending on the group size, as mentioned below:

  • Solo trekkers can enjoy the Annapurna Circuit Trek for a cost of USD1500
  • Groups of 2–6 trekkers can experience the same trek at a reduced rate of USD1300 per person
  • For groups of 7–10 trekkers, the cost per person for the classical Annapurna Circuit Trek is USD1200

The Classical Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary

The meticulously crafted Classical Annapurna Circuit Trek Package is renowned worldwide for its exceptional convenience. This remarkable trek takes you to an elevation of over 5416m, making it the highest pass in the world, while immersing you in the authentic beauty of the entire Annapurna region. Our thoughtfully designed itinerary begins with a captivating sightseeing tour of Kathmandu's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From there, we embark on a scenic drive to Jagat, where the trek commences. Over the course of 14 adventurous days, covering a distance of 212km on foot, we traverse captivating landscapes until we reach the enchanting village of Ghandruk. Our journey takes us through Jagat, Dharapani, Chame, Pisang, Manang, Yak Kharka, Throrong Phedi, Thorong La, Muktinath, Marpha, Kalopani, Tatopani, Ghorepani, and Ghandruk before concluding in Pokhara. However, the entire experience, including the trek, sightseeing, and driving, spans a total of 19 days. After bidding farewell to Ghandruk, we proceed to Pokhara before ultimately returning to Kathmandu. This itinerary for the Classical Annapurna Circuit Trek allows ample time for acclimatization and provides a glimpse into the ancient trails that still exist today. Embarking on this classical Annapurna trek is undoubtedly one of the finest ways to explore the entirety of the Annapurna region in a single, unforgettable trip. If you wish to customize the itinerary to suit your preferences, please feel free to contact us. We are always flexible and committed to fulfilling your desires.

Is the Classical Annapurna Circuit Trek for you?

The renowned Annapurna Circuit Trek provides a range of options for those looking to explore the pristine Annapurna region. Depending on your trekking experience and fitness level, you can choose from short- to long-duration treks. The classic Annapurna Circuit Trek is ideal for beginners and first-time trekkers in Nepal. This moderate-level, challenging trek requires physical fitness and good health, with recommended ages ranging from 10 to 70 years old. Covering an average of 15km (6–7 hours) of walking per day over a 14-day journey on foot, you will experience various climates between 900m and 5416m at Thorong La, the world's highest pass. The itinerary of the classic Annapurna Circuit Trek allows for ample time to acclimatize, ensuring an enjoyable trip and preparation for the high elevations and passes. This trek is perfect for nature enthusiasts who appreciate the traditional route and less-traveled paths, away from the crowds of most trekkers and first-timers. Although the Annapurna circuit trek was first opened to tourists in 1977 AD, the trail has evolved due to road construction. Despite this, the lower-elevation route remains beautiful and untouched, waiting to be explored.

What are the best seasons for the Classical Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The majority of trekking in Nepal follows a seasonal pattern, and this holds true for the renowned Annapurna Circuit Trek as well. It is crucial to select the most suitable season in order to have an exceptional experience, capture stunning photographs, witness awe-inspiring views of the Himalayan ranges, immerse in the beauty of the surrounding landscapes, explore charming villages, encounter diverse flora and fauna, and enjoy a comfortable journey. The primary trekking seasons, which offer optimal conditions including clear skies, breathtaking Himalayan vistas, stable weather devoid of rain, and pleasant temperatures at varying elevations, are fall and spring. Opting for these seasons significantly increases the chances of a successful trip compared to the winter and monsoon off-seasons. The Himalayan Trekking Path recommends two specific seasons for the Classical Annapurna Circuit Trek: fall/autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May). However, for those who prefer less-crowded trails, December, August, and February can also be excellent times to trek, provided the weather is favorable. Autumn is particularly ideal for trekking due to the lush greenery, opportunities to witness harvest activities, and the vibrant cultural atmosphere, including festive celebrations and the great Himalayan views. On the other hand, spring offers longer days, blooming forests, magnificent mountain views, and the chance to spot various bird species along the trail.

What are the packing lists for the Classical Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Adequate preparation is crucial for a rewarding and unforgettable classical Annapurna Circuit Trek. In order to guarantee an exceptional trekking adventure, we have put together a detailed packing checklist that you should organize prior to starting the famous Annapurna Circuit Trek. If you have any questions or uncertainties, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

  • Essential Gear: Prepare a backpack or daypack (30 L) for daily requirements. Heavy loads will be assisted by our porter. Remember to bring a 2-3-liter water bottle, trekking poles, a water purification method, and a sleeping bag with a liner (consider a -20-degree capacity for winter treks).
  • Headwear: To protect yourself from the sun, you can choose between a sun hat or a scarf. In colder climates, it is recommended to wear a winter hat or a wind-brimmed hat that is designed to shield you from the winter elements. Additionally, it's always wise to carry a headlight with spare batteries to ensure you have adequate lighting in any situation.
  • Face Protectors: When it comes to safeguarding your skin, don't forget to include sunscreen, sunglasses with UV protection, and face and body wipes in your daily routine. These items play a vital role in shielding your skin from harmful UV rays and keeping it clean and refreshed.
  • Handwear: Lightweight gloves offer comfort and flexibility, whereas heavyweight winter gloves provide superior insulation for extreme cold conditions.
  • Body Requirements: For a successful hiking experience, it is important to have the appropriate clothing. This includes hiking shirts made of synthetic fiber, long-sleeved shirts, a hooded rain jacket, a fleece jacket, lightweight cotton pants, polypropylene underwear, a down jacket for winter treks, and waterproof jackets and pants.
  • Footwear: The footwear options include waterproof hiking boots, thick wool socks, and sports shoes or sandals for relaxation during trek-off time.
  • Toiletries: When going hiking, make sure to pack a fast-drying towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, soap, shower gel, washing powder, nail clippers, and a compact mirror.
  • Rain Protection: When preparing for rain, it is important to remember to bring windproof gear in addition to rain protection. This includes rain jackets or ponchos and bag covers, as well as crampons for the icy and slippery trail.

Why the Classical Annapurna Circuit with the Himalayan Trekking Path?

The Classical Annapurna Circuit Trek is renowned as an exceptional trekking route in the Annapurna region, offering a remarkable itinerary and comprehensive packages for those seeking an authentic experience. At Himalayan Trekking Path, we are dedicated to promoting this trek to adventurous souls who yearn to explore the lesser-known aspects of the Annapurna Circuit. Our 19-day package ensures top-notch service at a reasonable cost, and there are several compelling reasons why you should choose to embark on the Annapurna Circuit Trek with us.

  • Convenient booking options are available through Email, Website, package form, WhatsApp, Phone call, and various social media platforms
  • Complimentary Airport transfer services for pick-up and drop-off
  • Multiple payment methods are accepted, including Cash, Card, Online, and western union
  • Deluxe accommodation is provided in Kathmandu and Pokhara as part of the package
  • Annapurna Circuit Package includes a comprehensive range of services
  • guided exploration of the hidden treasures of Kathmandu Valley with a local culture guide
  • High-level service options are available in the mountains for better accommodation
  •  Enjoy organic fruits, authentic foods, 3 times tea or coffee, full board meals, cookies, and nuts
  • professional guide and helpful porter will make your Annapurna circuit trek worthwhile
  • Receive a company t-shirt, map, and duffle bag from Himalayan Trekking Path
  • Access to a first-aid box with kits provided; no hidden fees associated with the trek
  • 10% discount offered for rebooking; and special group offers for more than 10 people traveling together.
Itinerary

Embark on the classical Annapurna circuit trek if you have a desire to immerse yourself in the traditional path of the entire Annapurna trek.

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Greetings, backpackers! Nepal extends a warm welcome to you, a land adorned with endless natural beauty, vibrant ethnic traditions, timeless heritage, and hospitable people. Once you arrive at Kathmandu Airport, we will have the pleasure of meeting you for the first time. A private car will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel while exchanging friendly greetings. Following that, you will be introduced to your trekking guide. We recommend taking some time to relax and take a leisurely stroll in the evening to acquaint yourself with the lively and colorful Nepalese bazaars!

Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429.134ftMeal: DinnerAccommodation: Hotel

After finalizing your trekking permits, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a seven-hour sightseeing tour of the UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu city. Accompanied by a professional guide, you will explore these sites in the comfort of a private car. During the tour, you will witness the perfect fusion of vintage traditions and modern technologies, all while experiencing the religious harmony that exists among the city's residents. Your first destination will be the sacred Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, where you will be enveloped in a truly holy atmosphere. Continuing on, you will visit the magnificent Buddhist shrines of Boudhanath and Swayambhunath, both renowned for their architectural grandeur and religious significance. The tour will conclude with a visit to the splendid Kathmandu Durbar Square, where you can marvel at the ancient craftsmanship of Nepalese artisans. Following the tour, you can make the necessary preparations for your upcoming trekking adventures.

Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429.134ftMeal: BreakfastAccommodation: Hotel

Embark on your journey today from Kathmandu as you set off on a captivating drive to Jagat. The duration of this drive, which may vary depending on traffic conditions, is approximately eight hours. You have the option to choose between a tourist bus or a Jeep for your transportation. As you traverse the hills along the Prithvi Highway, you will be accompanied by the wild and untamed Trishuli and Marsyandi rivers, renowned for their thrilling white-water rafting experiences. The meandering highway will unveil the picturesque countryside of Nepal, with its verdant greenery, babbling streams, quaint villages, fertile agricultural lands adorned with vibrant green paddy plants, and awe-inspiring mountain panoramas. Upon reaching Dumre, we will veer north onto a narrow yet well-paved secondary road that will lead us to Besisahar, offering enchanting mountain vistas along the way. From Besisahar, it will be a delightful one-hour drive to Jagat, passing through Kundi and sprung.

Max. Altitude: 1,300 meters (4,265 feet)Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, DinnerAccommodation: Tea house/ Lodge

From Jagat, we make an abrupt ascent to Chamje and keep up with our trek on the trail along the east bank of the meandering Masryangdi River. We now move across a suspension bridge and ascend uphill through fields of corn, barley, and potatoes, and then through forests of bamboo and rhododendrons, all the way into a large highland ahead at the Village of Tal (1,511m). Tal is the first village in the Manang district that is situated on a flatland besides the sandy beach and river at the bottom of a huge waterfall. From here, we trek past the village of Khotro (1,860 m), the alpine forest, and other villages, and finally make it to Dharapani (1,960m).

Max. Altitude: (1960m/6430.446)Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house/Lodge

Setting off from Dharapani, our journey takes us along a trail that begins with a steep ascent before gradually descending towards the west. Eventually, we arrive at Bagarchhap, a quaint village that showcases the rich Buddhist culture and features traditional Tibetan-style houses. Continuing our trek, we navigate through enchanting fir and pine forests, passing by charming bridges and cascading waterfalls nestled amidst the towering oak and maple trees. Ascending via a series of steep stone steps, we finally reach Chame (2,710m), the administrative hub of Manang district, offering panoramic views of Lamjung Himal (6,983m), Annapurna IV (7,525m), and Annapurna II (7,937m).

Max. Altitude: 2710m/8891.076ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house/Lodge

Today, we embark on a challenging journey along a steep path surrounded by dense forest, leading us to a magnificent curved rock face that rises 1,500m above the river. Beyond this point, the landscape transforms, and the lush vegetation gives way to open spaces. We will cross the river multiple times, using suspension bridges along the way. As we continue, the trail unveils the breathtaking U-shaped valley of Manang, nestled between two majestic snow-covered peaks, offering us awe-inspiring views of the surrounding mountains. Finally, we arrive at the enchanting Pisang village, situated at an elevation of 3,300m.

Max. Altitude: 3300m/10826.77ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house/Lodge

We have reached a point where the main trail splits into two paths that lead to Manang. Opting for the upper route, we pass through Upper Pisang via Ghyaru village, which is known for its charming stone houses. Along the way, we are treated to breathtaking views of majestic mountains like Pisang Himal and Annapurna, which seem to be within arm's reach. Today, we take delight in the soft hues of the stunning landscape, complemented by the contrasting vegetation. Our next stop is Ngawal, a village that boasts a gompa and ancient juniper trees. As we continue our journey, the trail gradually descends towards Mungji and eventually leads us to the renowned Thakali village of Manang (3,519m). Along the way, we witness the harsher conditions brought about by the cold and arid climate.

Max. Altitude: 3510m/11515.75ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house/ Lodge

On the eighth day of your journey, it is essential to take a break and adjust to the higher altitude in Thorong La. Manang is the perfect place to rest and acclimatize before continuing. If you have any concerns about acute mountain sickness, you can seek medical advice at the Himalayan Rescue Association outpost. Additionally, Manang offers breathtaking views that you can enjoy during your rest day. However, if you prefer not to rest, there are nearby attractions such as Gangapurna Lake (3,525m) and Cave Gompa (4,000m) that showcase stunning vistas of the Annapurna range, Tilicho Peak (7,134m), Pisang Peak (6,091m), Chulo Peak (6,584m), Thorong Peak (5,416m), and more. Nevertheless, it is highly recommended to prioritize rest and acclimatization to ensure a safe and successful journey. Never underestimate the impact of higher elevations on the human body, as negligence can have severe consequences, including loss of life.

Max. Altitude: 4000m/13123.36ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house/lodge

Today's expedition leads us along a trail that traverses a stream, then ascends above Manang towards Tenki village, before gradually climbing out of the Masryangdi valley. The path now changes course to the northwest, guiding us through the enchanting Jarsang Khola valley, where we encounter sprawling pastures, clusters of juniper trees, and a continuous gain in elevation. Passing through the charming village of Ghunsa, we make our way across thriving meadows until we reach a wooden bridge spanning a gentle river. Ultimately, our destination awaits at Yak Kharka (4,110m). The term 'Yak' denotes a long-haired, domesticated mammal resembling an ox, commonly found in the Himalayan region, while 'Kharka' signifies lush meadows or pasturelands. Essentially, Yak Kharka serves as yet another idyllic grazing spot.

Max. Altitude: 4110m/13484.25ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house/lodge

The trek today will prove to be quite challenging. We will be heading north along the trail and will eventually come across a suspension bridge that leads to the village of Ledar. As we continue our ascent, we will be greeted by towering cliffs on the uphill path. Our final destination for the day is Throng Phedi, where we will be treated to a stunning view of Annapurna III and the majestic mountaintops of Syagang (6,026m), Gundang (5,312m), and Khatungkang (6,484). Thorong Phedi is the last human settlement before reaching Thorong La Pass, situated at the base of Thorang la peak (6,144m).

Max. Altitude: 4600m/15091.86ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house/lodge

At the crack of dawn, we embark on the most grueling part of our entire journey. We initiate a sudden ascent on the trail towards the world's highest mountain pass: Thorong La Pass, situated at an elevation of 5,416m above sea level. This will be the highest point we will ever reach during our adventure. The quest to conquer the renowned Thorong La Pass will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on your lifetime experiences, as each step towards the summit can be physically exhausting. However, the end reward is beyond compare, with awe-inspiring and tempting vistas that encompass the enchanting Annapurna range to the south and the majestic Mukut Himal (6,473m) to the west, unrivaled by anything else in the world. Afterward, we descend through grasslands to reach Muktinath (3,800m). Muktinath holds religious significance for both Hindus and Buddhists, serving as a sacred shrine devoted to the mighty deity Vishnu.

 

Max. Altitude: 5416m/17769.03ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house/lodge

Blessed by Holy Muktinath, we set off for Ranipauwa village. Along the way, we’ll meet many fellow trekkers, pilgrims, and backpackers heading towards Muktinath. Thereafter, we’ll make an abrupt descent on an arid hillside to Kagbeni, continue on our way to Jomsom, and finally set foot in Marpha village (2,670m).In order to achieve this feat, we will pursue the trail along the plateau above the world`s deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki, throughout the arid terrain that corresponds to the Tibetan Plate. The village of Marpha is renowned worldwide for its lovely apple orchards. This village offers various items made of apples, including famous “Marpha” apple brandy

Max. Altitude: 2,670m/8759.843ft

This very day, we tighten up the shoelaces and commence our trek. Following the trekking trail, we run across multiple classical villages inhabited by traditional Thakali communities and head towards Chokhopani village. En route, we’ll be delighted to see the lovely apple orchards alongside the picturesque mountain scenery which includes snow-capped peaks of Annapurna I, Annapurna Fang, Dhaulagiri, Tukche and Nilgiris’. Subsequently, we arrive in the town of Kalopani (2,530m).

Max. Altitude: 2,530m/8300.525ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house/Lodge

The fourteenth day of our journey presents us with a trek that is predominantly composed of downhill descent. As we proceed on our descent, we arrive at the village of Ghasa. From now on, we come across a sub-tropical forest with lush vegetation as the elevation gradually falls. Afterwards, we make it to Rupse Chahara, a renowned waterfall in the region. We continuously stay away from the roadway and move downward to a bridge at Dana. Eventually, we’ll trek down to the village of Tatopani (1,200 m), where the alleviating natural hot springs come to the aid and loosen up our worn-out muscles.

Max. Altitude: 1,200m/3937.008ft)Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house/lodge

We depart from the Kali Gandaki region and set foot in the Ghar Khola valley. Today may prove to be a tough day as we ascend on an abrupt trail across Ghara, Shikha, and Chitre alongside terraced farmlands. Along the way, we come into contact with the different ethnic cultures and traditions of various communities. Regarding regional flora, we come across rhododendron, birch, magnolia, and a few pasturelands. After gaining some altitude, we witness sublime mountain vistas and finally arrive at the gorgeous village of Ghorepani. The village is chiefly inhabited by Magar people and consists of guest houses that usually accommodate trekkers who stay overnight for an early morning climb to Poonhill (3,210m).

Max. Altitude: 2,850m/9350.394ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house/lodge

Early in the morning, we ascend uphill on an hour trek to Poonhill. The viewpoint at Poonhill renders awe-inspiring sunrise vistas above the enchanting Annapurna range and other snowy peaks such as Dhaulagiri I (8,167m), Tukuche (6,920m), Dhampus (6,012m), Nilgiri (7,061m), Hiunchuli (6,441m), Machhapuchhre (6,997m), Lamjung Himal (6,920m), Manaslu (8,163m) etc. that tend to freeze the observer for some moments due to dismay and amazement. After watching some spectacular view, we now trek down to Ghorepani. Afterwards, we trek to Deurali then gently descend downhill to Banthanti. We continue on the uneven but pleasant trail to small Gurung village of Tadapani (2,660m). From here, a gentle walk through the forest combined with some hours of gradual descent; we arrive at Ghandruk village (1,952m): the largest Gurung settlement in the region. The beautiful village renders splendid Mountain View of; Annapurna South (7,219m), Hiunchuli (6,441m), Machhapuchhre (6,997m), Mardi Himal (5,587m) and many more. A visit to Ghandruk Gurung Museum with a tour of the village itself may help you to get a deep insight into the ethnic Gurung culture and tradition.

Max. Altitude: 1950m/6397.638ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house/Lodge

Bidding farewell to friendly locals of Ghandruk, we depart from there and trek down to Syauli Bazaar. Thereupon, we trek along the right bank of Modi Khola to Birethani then finally arrive at Nayapul. An approx. 1-hour drive on a private vehicle will lead us to Pokhara. This alluring city offers various options to relax perfectly. Either you can rest in your hotel room, enjoying the services provided by your hotel or you can get a kick out of various adventure sports such as bungee jumping, zip flyer, paragliding etc. You can also visit landmark sites of the city such as Davis falls, Mahendra Cave or take rejoice in boating around prepossessing Phewa and Begnas Lake.

Max. Altitude: 823m/2700.13ftMeal: Breakfast and LunchAccommodation: Hotel

Today, you’ll head back to Kathmandu via tourist bus. It takes about 7-8 hours to cover about 200km journey via Prithvi Highway; depending on traffic conditions. You’ll definitely love the scenic landscapes throughout the way. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you’ll be transferred to your hotel. The evening in the city is wonderful and during this time you can visit the radiant marketplaces to perform some last minute souvenir shopping.

Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429.134ftMeal: BreakfastAccommodation: Hotel

Today marks the end of your journey in Nepal. We hope you are satisfied with our services and expertise. We also appreciate your decision to choose us and provide us with the opportunity to help you plan and implement your dream escapade. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, we’ll escort you to the airport. Farewell!!

Meal: Breakfast
Cost Details
Included
  • Our services include transportation to and from the airport in a private vehicle, following the classical Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary and package.
  • You will have two nights of accommodation in Kathmandu before starting the Annapurna Circuit Trek trek, as well as one night after the trek. The accommodation in the city includes breakfast.
  • Included in the cost is a half-day tour in Kathmandu, which comprises a knowledgeable guide, a private vehicle, and the entrance fees.
  • Kathmandu to Jagat: the trekking commences by public bus
  • During the trek, you will stay in mountain lodges as per the itinerary.
  • All your meals during the trek, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, will be provided.
  • A professional local guide who is licensed by the government, well-trained, and fluent in English will accompany you.
  • We will provide a porter service, with 2 trekkers assigned to 1 porter. The maximum weight for a porter is 20kg.
  • All expenses for our staff, including their food, insurance, accommodation, equipment, and a fair salary, are covered.
  • A daily provision of fresh seasonal fruit, along with 3 cups of tea or coffee, accompanied by cookies, nuts, and a chocolate bar.
  • Trekking poles, a company-branded T-shirt, a duffel bag, and a map.
  • All necessary permits, including the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System), and conservation area permits.
  • Nayapul to Kathmandu in a Car or Jeep
  • One-night accommodation in Pokhara at Hotel with breakfast
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu in a Tourist Coach
  • A government tax of 13% and company service fees.
  • Experience and appreciation certificate
  • A well-equipped first-aid box.
Excluded
  • The visa fees for Nepal are USD 30 for 15 days, USD 50 for 30 days, and USD 125 for 90 days per person.
  • International airfare is not included in the travel package and needs to be arranged separately.
  • Private vehicles are available at an extra cost
  • Domestic flight between Pokhara and Kathmandu
  • Visitors are advised to have travel and medical insurance for their safety.
  • In cases of unexpected bad weather conditions, extra days may be required and should be planned accordingly.
  • Some amenities, such as hot showers, drinking water, WIFI, laundry, and batteries, may come at an additional cost.
  • Personal expenses, extra drinks, and lost items are not included in the travel package.
  • It is customary to give tips to your driver, porter, and guide.
  • All kinds of trekking gear
Dates & Availability
Starts:May 21, 2024Ends:Jun 08, 2024
PriceUS$1250
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At Himalayan Trekking Path, we offer various options for booking your desired journey on the iconic Annapurna Circuit Trek. Our package includes a set departure schedule, ensuring your convenience and comfort. Our platform aims to provide you with better choices and the opportunity to join a group of like-minded individuals, all at an affordable cost. You can rest assured that we guarantee a 100% fixed departure as per the specified date mentioned below.

Additional Info

In the supplementary details, you will find extensive information regarding the confirmation of your booking, our cancellation policy, payment terms, the level of difficulty, permit requirements and formalities, the optimal time to visit, a recommended packing list, the availability of guides and porters, meal options, accommodation details, and transportation arrangements. We highly recommend visiting our website to gather all the necessary information. Should you decide to book with us, we are committed to providing you with exceptional service. Please find the detailed information listed below.

How Do I Book the Classical Annapurna Circit Trek?

Discover the Annapurna Circuit Trek in a Classical Way, a remarkable adventure package highly favored by trekkers around the world. Recognized as the 7th most popular trekking route globally, it presents unmatched opportunities to discover the stunning Annapurna region. Our company excels as a leading local operator in Nepal, meeting the high demand for this trek. To accommodate our esteemed clients, we have established a seamless and trustworthy booking system. You can secure your spot effortlessly by filling out our online form or contacting us through email, WhatsApp, or other communication channels. To finalize your reservation, we kindly ask for your passport details for necessary procedures and your flight itinerary for convenient airport pick-up arrangements. Moreover, we provide flexibility in deposit payment, giving you the option to pay at the time of booking or upon your arrival.

What are the payment methods?

There are different ways to settle your dues for the classical Annapurna Circuit Trek. You have the choice to make the payment either at the time of booking or upon your arrival. We offer several payment methods, such as online transfer, credit card, or cash. If you choose to pay by card, please keep in mind that a 4% bank service charge will be included in the total amount. Alternatively, for cash payments, you can use the local currency or other currencies approved by the Nepal government, such as USD, AUD, EURO, CAD, RMB, and others.

Can I know about the cancellation policy?

Most of the trekking bookings are non-refundable; however, at Himalayan Trekking Path, we provide a flexible cancellation policy within a specific timeframe. We understand that plans can sometimes change unexpectedly, so we offer complimentary cancellations for bookings made up to 30 days prior to the trip. It is important to note that any cancellations made after this period are non-refundable. Trekking involves the careful coordination of various elements, including hotels, transportation, flights, guides, porters, mountain accommodations, and permits. We encourage you to explore our packages and services, and if they do not fully meet your requirements, customization is always an option. Once your booking is confirmed, we kindly request that you refrain from canceling, as we will immediately begin making arrangements for a seamless experience. Our company values its reputation, and canceling may have an impact on our relationship with local stakeholders and the overall quality of our services in the future. To uphold our reputation in the tourism industry, we kindly ask that you avoid canceling once your booking is confirmed. However, we do understand that unforeseen circumstances may arise, and in such cases, we can accommodate a change in the travel date.

Is the Annapurna Circuit Trek difficult? 

Discover the remarkable range of climates and altitudes on the Classical Annapurna Circuit Trek as you embark on a transformative journey from the lush sub-tropical climate to the awe-inspiring heights of the Himalayas. This meticulously planned trek ensures ample time for acclimatization, making it an ideal choice for those seeking a moderate-level challenge. With an average of 6 hours of daily walking and a distance of 15 km to cover, this adventure offers a perfect balance of physical exertion and breathtaking scenery. The pinnacle of this expedition is the exhilarating crossing of Thorong La, the highest pass in the world, standing proudly at an astounding 5416m above sea level. While suitable for novice trekkers, it is crucial to possess a reasonable level of fitness, prior trekking experience, and mental and physical preparedness to fully embrace this extraordinary endeavor.

What are the best seasons?

Discover the wonders of the Annapurna Circuit Trek throughout the year with the Himalayan Trekking Path. Our team is dedicated to customizing the trek according to your individual preferences. Nevertheless, if you seek an exceptional adventure during the ideal time, we offer a variety of seasons for you to select from. Kindly inform us of your preferred season to embark on an unforgettable journey.

  • Autumn Season (September to November): Autumn offers the perfect conditions for embarking on the Classical Annapurna Circuit Trek, as is the case in various regions of Nepal. With reduced rainfall, travelers can enjoy sunny days that highlight the lush greenery at lower elevations and breathtaking landscapes. The weather is generally pleasant, featuring warm temperatures and stable conditions. This time of year provides a fantastic chance to marvel at the majestic Himalayan peaks and revel in the beauty of verdant valleys, including those carved by rivers. Due to the high influx of tourists, tea houses along the trail are often fully booked, so it is recommended to secure accommodations in advance. At times, congestion may be experienced along the route. If you are planning to undertake the Classical Annapurna Circuit Trek, make sure to plan ahead and secure a comfortable stay at the tea houses.
  • Spring Season (March to May): Embarking on the Annapurna Circuit trek in the spring promises an unforgettable adventure. With extended daylight hours, favorable weather conditions, and comfortable temperatures, it sets the perfect stage for exploration. Throughout the journey, you will be captivated by the beauty of spring, from colorful flowers and the sweet songs of birds to lush green landscapes at lower levels and breathtaking mountain views as you climb to higher elevations.
  • Winter Season (December to February): The winter season, which includes December, January, and February, is generally not recommended for high-pass treks such as the Classical Annapurna Circuit Trek. However, if you are lucky, you may come across favorable weather conditions. Despite the cold temperatures, you can still enjoy the journey with the right equipment and encounter fewer fellow travelers along the way. While we cannot guarantee a successful crossing of the Throng La Pass, our team is available to assist if you are up for the challenge. Typically, the weather during this season is unpredictable and prone to frequent changes. Snowfall, storms, and avalanches are common. Nevertheless, we provide an exceptional winter trekking experience, with only a few exceptions.
  • Monsoon season (June to August): It is advisable to avoid undertaking the Annapurna Circuit Trek during the rainy months of June, July, and August. Nevertheless, if fortune favors you, there is still a possibility of having an incredible trekking experience. The rainfall can present difficulties, but with the right equipment, the trek can still be manageable. Occasionally, landslides, overcast weather, or heavy downpours can block the trail or disrupt transportation due to road closures caused by landslides. This can lead to limited visibility. However, if you are considering embarking on this journey during this season, we are pleased to offer our assistance. Please be aware, though, that the success of the trip cannot be guaranteed at all times.

Is travel insurance mandatory?

Travel insurance is essential for any adventure in Nepal, especially for the Annapurna circuit trek. Your safety is our top priority, and having proper travel insurance is vital in case of emergencies. We highly recommend all trekkers obtain comprehensive travel insurance covering rescue operations, theft, and medical emergencies.

What types of accommodations does the package provide?

The Himalayan Trekking Path offers detailed information on our Classic Annapurna Circuit Trekking packages, with accommodation being a crucial component. We offer two types of accommodations: city and mountain. The quality of accommodation plays a significant role in shaping the overall trekking experience. We kindly ask that you review the accommodation arrangements that will be included in your trip with us.

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara: Experience a delightful and family-friendly journey through the Annapurna Circuit Trek while enjoying the charming cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara. Immerse yourself in the cozy and comfortable ambiance of our handpicked hotels, such as Hotel Simal, Hotel Buddha, or a similar option in Kathmandu, and Hotel Crystal Palace or a similar property in Pokhara. These accommodations offer modern amenities to enhance your overall experience. If you have any specific requests, kindly inform us, and we will make every effort to accommodate them within the package.
  • Mountain Accommodation: Experience the charming Annapurna Circuit Trek, where you can find a range of tea houses and homestay options that offer cozy bedding and a welcoming atmosphere. The trail is well-maintained, ensuring tidy bedding and nicely decorated rooms. However, once you reach Manang, the accommodations become more simple and shared compared to the lower altitudes. Many tea houses even have dining campfires, creating a warm and inviting ambiance. The lodges along the route offer basic amenities with limited services, such as warm blankets and clean bedding. Therefore, there is no need to carry a tent, but we suggest bringing your own sleeping bag for added comfort.

What types of meals can be provided?

You will be able to savor a wide array of culinary delights, ranging from local delicacies to international cuisine. Whether you have dietary restrictions such as gluten-free or allergies, or if you follow a vegetarian, non-vegetarian, or vegan diet, we have options to cater to your needs. In the mountains, our team ensures that there is an abundant selection of food available, but if you find it insufficient, we recommend choosing alternative items. It is advisable to consume higher-calorie meals during the trekking journey. We kindly request that you review the food options provided both in the town and on the mountain.

  • Breakfast: In urban areas such as Kathmandu and Pokhara, the accommodation package includes a complimentary breakfast. The breakfast in the city offers a wide range of options, including eggs, meat, vegetables, fresh fruit, juice, bakery items, cereal, cheese, tea, coffee, and both local and continental dishes. Additionally, in the mountainous regions, there is a delightful breakfast menu available. Here, you can select from a variety of options such as eggs, bread, paratha, set breakfast, Champa (a local porridge), porridge, muesli with milk, hot beverages, fruit salad, and warm noodle soup.
  • Lunch and Dinner: During the Annapurna Circuit Trek, you will be provided with full board meals in the mountains and a welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu. The meal service begins after departing from Kathmandu to Besishahar and continues until Jomsom. Throughout the journey, there are various meal options available to accommodate different dietary preferences, such as vegan, vegetarian, and non-vegetarian dishes. You will have a wide array of choices ranging from local Dal Bhat to continental cuisine, including Nepali, Indian, and Tibetan dishes. Expect to find popular food items like noodles, momo, Dal Bhat, roti or bread, curry, rootsy, soup, Thukpa, spaghetti, pasta, fried rice, chicken roast or grilled, pizza, spring rolls, French fries, and more.

What types of transportation are available? 

The all-inclusive package includes transportation services such as airport pick-up and drop-off, as well as travel from Kathmandu to Besishahar, Ghandruk to Pokhara, and back to Kathmandu. Our clients will receive complimentary transportation throughout their journey.

  • Airport Tansportation: Experience a seamless airport pickup service with the Annapurna Circuit Trek Package upon your arrival. Our dedicated airport team will be waiting for you, holding a name card and the Himalanaya trekking path board, ready to assist you. Please locate your name card and meet our team. Following Nepali customs, you will be warmly welcomed with a marigold garland before being escorted to a private car that will transfer you to your designated hotel. Once you have completed your journey on the Annapurna Circuit Trek, the package ensures a hassle-free airport drop-off in a private vehicle. As a gesture of our gratitude, we will present you with a Khada to wish you a safe and prosperous journey. We eagerly anticipate the opportunity to host you again. Namaste!
  • Kathmandu Sighseeing: The renowned Annapurna Circuit Trek provides a chance to immerse yourself in the wonders of the Kathmandu Valley. This journey not only allows you to appreciate the country's hidden treasures but also exposes you to its rich art, architecture, civilization, history, and culture. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to explore significant landmarks such as Pashupatinath, the most revered Hindu temple; Boudhanath, the largest stupa in the world; Swayambhunath, famously known as the Monkey Temple; and Patan Durbar. To ensure your convenience, a private vehicle will be at your disposal for transportation to and from these remarkable sites.
  • Kathmandu to Besishahar: The Classical Annapurna Circuit Trek commences from Jagat, which is located 213km away from Kathmandu. To reach Jagat from Kathmandu, our package includes public transportation. On the third day of the itinerary, you will be accompanied by our guide and porter as you travel to Jagat in a local bus. During this journey, you will be able to travel by bus until Besishahar, and from there, we will arrange a shared Jeep to take you to Jagat. Although the journey may not be the most comfortable, we offer this option to provide you with an authentic local travel experience. However, if this option does not suit your preferences, we can arrange a private Jeep for you at an additional cost of USD 250 in total, suitable for up to 6 people. If you require any assistance, please do not hesitate to let us know.
  • Ghandruk to Pokhara : The renowned Annapurna Circuit Trek culminates in Ghandruk Village, which happens to be the largest Gurung village in the region. From Ghandruk, you have two options: you can either opt for a scenic ride to Pokhara or embark on a 2-hour trek to Syauli Bazar and then conveniently travel to Pokhara by vehicle. The journey to Pokhara takes a mere 2 hours, leaving you with ample free time to explore the enchanting surroundings of Pokhara.
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu: The package includes transportation from Pokhara, a tourist city, to Kathmandu via a tourist coach, with a travel time of around 6 to 7 hours. For those who wish to opt out of the bus journey, there is a flight option available at an additional cost of USD100 per person, which only takes 30 minutes. If you need help booking the flight, please don't hesitate to contact us.

What types of permits are required? 

The iconic Annapurna circuit covers the entire Annapurna region, situated within the Annapurna Conservation Area. In order to enter this region, two distinct permits are required, starting from Besishahar and ending at Nayapul. It is essential to provide a copy of your passport and a passport-sized photo when applying for these permits.

  • TIMS Card: The TIMS Card (Trekkers Information Management System Card) is a vital tool that provides information on weather conditions and track situations. It is especially crucial in emergencies involving tourists, local porters, and guides. The cost of the TIMS Card is Rs 2000 per trekker. To obtain the card, you must submit a copy of your passport and a passport-sized photo. The documentation process will be handled by Himalaya Trekking Path, and the cost of the TIMS Card is already included in the package.
  • ACAP Permit: The Annapurna conservation areas encompass the captivating Annapurna Circuit Trek, necessitating the acquisition of the ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit) for entry. This permit plays a vital role in conserving nature, managing waste, and establishing essential infrastructure. Each trekker is required to pay Rs 3000 for the ACAP, which grants them access for one entry. To obtain the permit, trekkers must provide a copy of their passport and a passport-size photo. It is worth noting that the cost of the permits is already included in the package.

Mountain Amenities

Kindly note that the mountain amenities mentioned, such as wifi and internet access, mobile phone and recharge services, hot showers, drinking water, and charging facilities, are not included in our package. These services are available at an additional cost. Please be informed that you can avail of these amenities by paying an extra fee.

  • Drinking Water:During high-elevation treks like ACT, it is essential to stay hydrated in order to prevent mountain sickness. Hydration plays a crucial role in Annapurna Circuit Trekking, and it is advisable to consume 3 to 4 liters of drinkable water daily. There are several options available to obtain clean water while on your journey, such as using a filter or purification tablets to treat spring water. Alternatively, you can purchase bottled water or boil water for consumption. If you prefer hot water, make sure to carry suitable containers. The cost of a one-liter bottle can range from Rs 150 to Rs 350, depending on the altitude.
  • Hot Shower: During the extensive day of hiking, it is crucial to ensure a good night's rest to rejuvenate, which can be complemented by a refreshing shower. Regrettably, hot showers are not included in the package. Nevertheless, most teahouses and homestays in the vicinity offer hot shower amenities for an extra charge. These showers are operated using either gas or solar energy. As you set off on your Annapurna Circuit Trek, you can take advantage of a shower at a reasonable price. The cost per person per shower typically varies from Rs. 200 to Rs. 400. It is recommended to have some Nepali currency on hand to cover the cost of this service.
  • WiFi and reception: While on the Annapurna Circuit  Adventure, wifi is provided at all teahouses. If you wish to use a local SIM card with data, you can do so in locations with good reception, except for certain places. However, if you prefer to use wifi, there is a fee of Rs. 200 to Rs. 300 per teahouse. Please note that internet service may not be accessible during unfavorable weather conditions.
  • Laundry Service: When embarking on a lengthy journey, utilizing the laundry service can be an excellent way to reduce the number of belongings you have to pack. In areas with mountains, there are laundry services offered at a reasonable cost, but you also have the choice to wash your clothes yourself. To do this, make sure to bring washing powder or soap and clean your daily-use items. Afterwards, hang them near a wood fire or on the balcony of the tea house, utilizing the wind to ensure they dry quickly overnight.
  • Charging Facility: During the Classicial Annapurna Circuit Trek, you will have access to a charging facility for your electronic devices. The hydroelectricity service extends up to Highcamp, ensuring the availability of essential amenities. Additionally, each tea house is fitted with multiple outlets for your convenience. To prepare for unforeseen circumstances like inclement weather or power failures, it is advisable to bring a power bank. Please keep in mind that there may be a small fee ranging from Rs. 100 to Rs. 300.

Tipping Culture:

Tipping is a common practice in the tourism industry in Nepal. When utilizing airport transportation services, it is customary to leave a tip for the driver. Similarly, when dining for lunch or dinner, it is expected to show appreciation by leaving a tip for the staff. This practice also applies to trekking guides, tour guides, climbing guides, and porters. The amount of the tip is discretionary and should reflect your satisfaction with the service received.

Farewell 

On behalf of the  Himalayan Trekking Path Company, we are delighted to invite you to a farewell dinner in honor of your upcoming departure. This special occasion will also serve as an opportunity for us to present you with an appreciation certificate and engage in a conversation about your trip, allowing us to gather your valuable suggestions and reviews. Your kind feedback holds great significance for our company.