Annapurna Circuit Trek: Map, Cost and other Details

Annapurna circuit trek is probably the most popular trek in Nepal. Voted as the #1 long trek, traversing around greater Annapurna region can be the most adventurous travel. More than 70,000 people trek in greater Annapurna region in a year, followed by Everest (Khumbu) and Langtang regions.

Annapurna Circuit Region

 

Ascending to Thorong La
Trekkers ascending towards Thorong La

The trek, spanning almost 17-21 days, starts from the hilly village of Besisahar and ending at Nayapul. The highest elevation you can reach during the trek is Thorong La Pass, located at 5,416 m (17,769 ft). During the trek, you can enjoy the breathtaking scenery and close-up vistas of surrounding Himalaya peaks, namely; Manaslu and Annapurna (I,II,III,IV), which are Eight-Thousander peaks, and Langtang, Gangapurna and Dhaulagiri. You will also pass through the world’s deepest gorge of Kali Gandaki.

Ghorepani and Poon Hill, located almost at the end, adds charm to the entire trek. Poon hill is popular among tourists for seeing Sunrise and surrounding mountains; South Annapurna, Ganesh Himal and Machhapuchhre.

You can also consider making a side-trip to Annapurna Base Camp which may take additional  5 days.

#1 Mustang and Manang

Mustang and Manang are the two high elevation regions of Annapurna circuit. The inhabitants are predominantly Buddhist, mostly hailing from Tibet. The native tribe of Gurung also inhabit the regions. Mustang is a major tourist attraction for its vast arid and desert like landscapes and high-mountain caves.

#2 Lamjung and Myagdi

Lamjung and Myagdi are the two low elevation regions comprising mainly of Hindu inhabitants. These two regions are the part of Hills of Nepal; with lush green subtropical valleys and terraced farmlands. Ancient Hindu temples and shrines and abandoned royal palaces are the major attractions of these regions.

Itinerary

Day 01: Deive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (800 m/2,624 ft), 6-7 hrs drive, & Trek to Khudi.
Day 02: Khudi – Ghermu.
Day 03: Ghermu – Tal
Day 04: Taal – Chame
Day 05: Chame – Pisang village (3,300 m/10,824 ft)
Day 06: Pisang village – Manang (3,400 m/11,155 ft)
Day 07: Rest day at Manang
Day 08: Manang – Yak Kharka (4,110 m/13,484 ft)
Day 09: Yak Kharka – Thorong Phedi (4,600 m/15,092 ft)
Day 10: Thorong Phedi via Thorong La Pass (5,416 m/17,769 ft) to Muktinath (3,800 m/12,467 ft)
Day 11: Muktinath – Marpha (2,670 m/8,760 ft)
Day 12: Marpha – Ghasa (2,120 m/6,955 ft)
Day 13: Ghasa – Tatopani (1,200 m/3,937 ft)
Day 14: Tatopani – Ghorepani (2,850 m/9,350 ft)
Day 15: Hike to Pun Hill & Descend to Tadapani (2,710 m/8,891 ft)
Day 16: Tadapani to Ghandruk (1,990 m/6,529 ft)
Day 17: Ghandruk – Nayapul & drive back to Pokhara (820 m/2,700 ft)
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Trek Trail & Seasons

Trekking in Annapurna can mostly be done during 2 different seasons; Pre-monsoon (March-June) and Post-monsoon (September-November). The weather is generally clear with rare chances of rain or snowfall during pre-monsoon and during post-monsoon the days remain warmer and the nights colder.

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Cost & Permits

You must obtain Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit before entering the region, which costs:-

  • SAARC Nationals – Rs. 200 (Approx. US $2)
  • Non-SAARC Nationals – Rs. 2,000  (Approx. US $20)

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