Annapurna Circuit Trekking is one of the major trekking routes in the Annapurna region, the other being Annapurna Base Camp trekking.
Through this blog, I’ll be giving you ALL the details about the trekking route. If you want, you can check out my similar blog for Everest Base Camp Trek.
Here is the basic information about Annapurna Circuit Trek:
- Trek duration: 18 Days
- Voted as the best long distance trek in the world
- Permits required: TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) Permit, Conservation Area Project Fees
- Height of Mount Annapurna I: 8,091 m (26,545 ft)
- Highest Point: Thorong La pass- 5,416 m (17,769 ft)
- Annapurna I was the first 8,000 metre peak to be climbed
- Mountain Views: Annapurna I- IV, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Gangapurna and Tilicho Peak.
- High peaks range: 6,000 m – over 8,000 m
- Arrange a trek: Package tours or Independent trekking
- Best time to trek: October – November
The clothes and gears depend on the time you go, but here are the essentials:
- Good pair of hiking boots
- Good quality socks
- Long sleeve shirts
- Trekking pants
- Wind cheater jacket
- Hat/ Cap
- Rubber sandals
- Water bottles (purification tablets)
- Medical Kit
- Rain jacket (for monsoon)
It is a fairly challenging level trek. Those of you who’re physically fit, would find it comfortable.
- A long trek: goes up to 23 days
- Requires decent stamina
- Many parts of the trail requires you to ascend and descend
- Snow and ice on the trails (depending on the season)
- Most difficult part: Thorong Phedi to Throng La pass, 5400 m (around 45 min)
Fitness and tips:
You need to have a certain level of fitness. I advise you to see a doctor before your trek.
- 4-7 hours of slow trekking per day
- Cover around 160 km- 200 km
- Slower trek means easier trek
- For first time trekkers: take longer package to complete the trek, go during peak season
- Chances of altitude sickness
The cost varies on how you will be trekking.
- Package tours: around USD$ 1,600
- Guide and porter: US$50 to US$80 per day (excl. food or accommodation)
- Guide only: US$30 to US$60 per day (excl. food or accommodation)
- Average teahouse cost: Rs.150- Rs. 300 (off season and peak season respectively)
- Cost of Dal Bhat (Rice, pulse soup and curry): Rs. 200 – Rs. 600
- Cost of one liter of bottled water: Rs 80- Rs. 200
- Annapurna National Park Permit: Around US$20
- TIMS card : US$20
This is the basic itinerary for the trek:
Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar and then to Bhulbhule (840 m)
Day 2: Trek to Syange (1400m)
Day 3: Trek to Tal (1700 m)
Day 4: Trek to Danakyu (2200 m)
Day 5: Trek to Bharthang (2850 m)
Day 6: Trek to Pisang (3200 m)
Day 7: Trek to Ngawal (3680 m)
Day 8: Trek to Braga (3450 m)
Day 9: Trek to Manang (3540 m)
Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka (4018 m)
Day 11: Trek to Muktinath (3800 m) via Thorong Pass (5416 m)
Day 12: Trek to Marpha (2670 m)
Day 13: Trek to Lete Khola
Day 14: Trek to Tatopani (1190 m)
Day 15: Trek to Chitre (2350 m)
Day 16: Trek to Ghorepani (2750 m)
Day 17: Trek to Ghandruk (1940 m)
Day 18: Trek to Nayapul (1080 m) and then drive to Pokhara
- Yes, Nepalese government has constructed a road covering 70% of the Annapurna Circuit. (bummer)
- The route is comparatively developed so more number of tea houses, better facilities.
- Yes, there are food options other than Dal Bhat.
- Yes, beer, soda, coffee, tea, hot lemon and water are widely available.
- Yes, local alcohol like Chyang (prepared out of rice) and Tongba (prepared out of whole grain millet) is available.
- And yes, it’s better to have travel insurance.
Hope these were helpful to you. Have a great trek to Annapurna Circuit!
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