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12 days Annapurna Circuit trek

12 days Annapurna Circuit trek

Overview And Highlights

TRIP FACTS

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Accommodation Tea House
Max Altitude 5416m
Best Season Spring/Autumn
Trip Duration 12 days
Trip Grade Strenuous
Meals All inclusive

" The timeless 12-day Annapurna Circuit Trek remains a beloved choice among trekkers in Nepal. Each year, countless individuals set out on this journey and return with unforgettable memories. "

On this trek, you'll encircle the massive Annapurna mountain range, crossing two valleys and covering a distance ranging from 160 to 230 km.

Our journey commences in Besisahar, following the Marsyangdi River to its source beyond Annapurna. We then proceed to Manang, crossing Thorong La Pass at 5416 meters. Along the way, we pass through historically and culturally rich villages, ascending Poon Hill for a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding peaks. Afterward, we descend to Pokhara.

Throughout the trek, you'll be treated to awe-inspiring views of snow-capped giants such as Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Lamjung Kailas, and Annapurna South. Additionally, you'll spot Tilitso Himal, Machapuchare, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Ri, and Nilgiri South. An integral aspect of this adventure is immersing yourself in the unique cultures of various high-mountain villages, including the Gurung, Tamang, Sherpa, Magar, and Thakali communities, each with their age-old Buddhist and Hindu temples.

Your knowledgeable guide will lead you through enchanting rhododendron and Cyprus forests, across suspension bridges, introduce you to the region's unique flora and fauna, and ensure you have the most enriching experience possible.

Highlights of 12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Explore remote and rugged areas far from the typical tourist paths, where you'll encounter unique landscapes, including subtropical forests and high-altitude rocky terrain.
  • Enjoy breathtaking vistas of colossal peaks like Annapurna, Lamjung Himal, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri.
  • Pause to socialize at charming teahouses and immerse yourself in the local culture.
  • Challenge yourself by crossing the high-altitude Thorong La Pass at 5416 meters.
  • Pay a visit to Muktinath Temple and other sacred religious sites.
  • Observe the distinctive architecture and meet the locals in Braga, Manang, Kagbeni, Jomson, and Marpha.
  • Capture the early morning sunrise over Annapurna from Poon Hill, ensuring your camera is ready and charged!
  • Take a soothing dip in the therapeutic hot springs at Tatopani to relax those tired muscles.

Best time for Annapurna Circuit trek

The best time to embark on the 12 days Annapurna Circuit Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is stable, temperatures are moderate, and the views are clear. Winter trekking is also possible, offering a chance to witness the snowy landscapes at higher altitudes. However, it's advisable to avoid the monsoon season due to unpredictable weather conditions that may affect safety and enjoyment of the trek.

Equipments

The next details will provide you with a basic understanding of what you should carry for the trek. It's crucial not to overlook the necessary items, as they will impact your comfort and safety during the hike. It's just as vital not to weigh yourself down with unnecessary gear during the trek.

  • A pair of half-golves
  • A pair of Woolen shocks
  • A wool jacket or pullover, Water and Windproof shell jackets
  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • Windproof and Waterproof Trousers (warmer), Comfortable trekking pants
  • Water Trekking Boots/  Pair of sandals
  • First Aid kits and Medicine
  • Backpack with rain cover
  • Water Bottle
  • Headlamp or torch
  • Sunscreen / Sunglasses / Sunhat
  • Sleeping bag 
  • Trekking Poles
  • Chapstick
  • Camera & Batteries
  • Power adapter and chargers
  • Travel Towel
  • Toiletries

 

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  • Start your journey from Kathmandu, heading west towards Besishar.
  • The distance between Kathmandu and Besishar is approximately 200 km.
  • The drive will take you through scenic landscapes, rural villages, and winding mountain roads.
  • Enjoy the views of terraced fields, rivers, and small settlements along the way.
  • Arrive in Besishar, a town situated at an altitude of 845 meters (2,815 feet).
  • Check into your accommodation and rest for the night.
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
845

  • After breakfast, continue your journey from Besishar to Chame.
  • Chame is located at an elevation of 2,610 meters (8,890 feet).
  • The drive takes you deeper into the Himalayan region, offering stunning mountain vistas.
  • You will pass through picturesque villages, dense forests, and cross suspension bridges.
  • Arrive in Chame, the headquarters of the Manang District.
  • Settle into your accommodation and spend the night in Chame.
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
2610

  • Begin your trekking adventure from Chame towards Pisang.
  • The trail gradually ascends as you leave the lush forests behind.
  • You'll pass through charming villages, observing the local culture and traditions.
  • Enjoy the panoramic views of Annapurna II and Pisang Peak along the way.
  • Reach Pisang, a village situated at an altitude of 3,115 meters (10,200 feet).
  • Check into a teahouse or guesthouse, where you'll spend the night.
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
3115

  • Today's trek takes you from Pisang to Manang.
  • The trail offers breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.
  • Pass through the Upper Pisang village and traverse the arid landscapes.
  • As you ascend, you'll notice the change in vegetation and climate.
  • Arrive in Manang, a beautiful village located at an altitude of 3,540 meters (11,300 feet).
  • Rest and acclimatize to the high altitude. Overnight stay in Manang.
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
3540

Rest and acclimatize to the high altitude. Overnight stay in Manang.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
3540

  • Leave Manang behind and continue your trek towards Yak Kharka.
  • The trail winds through alpine landscapes, crossing rivers and valleys.
  • As you gain altitude, the air becomes thinner, so take it slow and steady.
  • Enjoy the stunning views of Gangapurna and other peaks in the Annapurna range.
  • Reach Yak Kharka, a grazing pasture for yaks, situated at an altitude of 4,050 meters (14,275 feet).
  • Rest and prepare for the next day's trek. Overnight stay in Yak Kharka.
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
4050

  • Begin your trek from Yak Kharka towards Thorong Phedi.
  • The trail climbs steeply as you approach the Thorong La pass.
  • Marvel at the rugged mountain scenery and the dramatic landscapes.
  • Thorong Phedi is a small village located at an altitude of 4,525 meters (14,525 feet).
  • Rest and prepare for the challenging pass crossing the next day.
  • Overnight stay in Thorong Phedi.
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
4525

  • Today is a challenging day as you cross the Thorong La pass.
  • Start early in the morning to ensure you have enough time for the crossing.
  • The pass stands at an altitude of 5,416 meters (17,756 feet) and offers stunning views.
  • Trek carefully, following the marked trail, and take breaks to rest and acclimatize.
  • Descend from the pass and reach Muktinath, a sacred temple at an altitude of 3,760 meters (12,623 feet).
  • Explore the temple and its surroundings. Overnight stay in Muktinath.
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
5416

  • After breakfast, begin your trek from Muktinath to Jomsom.
  • The trail descends through arid landscapes, with views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
  • Pass through Kagbeni, a medieval village with narrow alleys and ancient architecture.
  • Continue trekking until you reach Jomsom, a bustling town in the Kali Gandaki Valley.
  • Rest and relax in Jomsom. Overnight stay in Jomsom.
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
2743

  • Today, leave Jomsom and embark on a drive to Tatopani.
  • Enjoy the scenic journey as you pass through picturesque villages and river valleys.
  • Tatopani is known for its natural hot springs, which provide a relaxing experience.
  • Take a dip in the hot springs to rejuvenate your body and soothe your muscles.
  • Check into your accommodation and spend the night in Tatopani.
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
1190

  • After breakfast, continue your drive from Tatopani to Pokhara.
  • The drive takes you through beautiful landscapes, alongside the Kali Gandaki River.
  • Enjoy the views of the surrounding hills and terraced farmland.
  • Arrive in Pokhara, a popular tourist destination known for its natural beauty.
  • Check into your hotel and have the rest of the day to explore Pokhara.
  • Overnight stay in Pokhara.
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
950

  • After breakfast, bid farewell to Pokhara and start your drive back to Kathmandu.
  • The drive will take you through scenic countryside and winding mountain roads.
  • Admire the views of the hills, rivers, and traditional Nepalese villages.
  • Arrive in Kathmandu, completing your memorable Annapurna Circuit journey.
  • Check into your hotel in Kathmandu and rest for the night.
Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

What Is Included ?

  • Airport Pickup and Drop 
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • Transportation by Local Bus and Local 4WD if required
  • Tourist Bus Ticket (Pokhara to Kathmandu)
  • English Speaking Trekking Guide with Insurance, Transportation, Food and Accommodation
  • All Trekking Permits (ACAP and TIMS Card)
  • Daily seasonal fresh fruits after dinner 
  • A first aid kit carried by the guide (Oximeter to measure your oxygen and pulse in high altitude) 
  • All Government and Local taxes

What Is Excluded?

  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for the guide and porter(s)
  • Any additional costs incurred during the trek, such as hot showers or extra nights in guesthouses.
  • Other costs not mentioned in 'Cost Includes' section

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Client Reviews

Mathilde A

Mathilde A

France

Excellent guide français

13th October, 2023

Vous pouvez faire confiance à cette agence, je vous la recommande !
Merci beaucoup a Dev pour ce magnifique trek des les Annapurnas.
Dev est disponible, accessible, il connaît tout des Annapurnas. Il parle très bien anglais et français également. Vous pouvez tout lui demander, il s'occupe de tout de A a Z et même si vous avez besoin après le trek il est encore disponible.
Il est prudent sur le parcours et ne vous fera pas passer n'importe où si c'est trop dangereux, il sait s'adapter à l'allure de chacun.
Nous avons vraiment passer un super trek, c'est un moment qui restera gravé à vie dans nos mémoires.
Encore merci, tout ceci a été possible grâce à toi Dev !

Pauline B

France

Best Trek Annapurnas with french guide

13th October, 2023

Je n'ai pas les mots pour décrire cette expérience incroyable ! Le circuit des Annapurnas restera pour moi un trek inoubliable.
Cette agence est fiable et je la recommande vivement ! Nous avons fait la rencontre de Dev notre guide, avec qui nous avons très vite créé un lien. Il a une expérience de longue date dans l'Himalaya, il est bienveillant. Avec lui nous nous sommes sentis en confiance tout au long de notre trek. Il parle TRES BIEN français, et anglais ! Nous avons ainsi pu bénéficier de nombreuses explications sur les coutumes locales.
Il a su rythmer nos journées, nous rassurer sur le mal des montagnes, et surtout nous faire rire !!! Sans Dev, les journées de marche n'auraient pas été si agréables. Nous savions que le soir nous aurions une lodge en arrivant et que nous n'avions qu'à le suivre ! C'était une véritable chance de pouvoir profiter pleinement du trek sans n'avoir à se soucier de rien.
Nous avons beaucoup appris sur la culture népalaise, chanté sous la pluie, appris à compter jusqu'à 10 en népalais, dansé sur les passerelles himalayennes. Tant de souvenirs que je ne suis pas prête d'oublier.
Si vous souhaitez faire le circuit des Annapurnas, n'hésitez pas à demander Dev pour être certain de passer des moments incroyables ! Au début du trek, il était un guide pour moi, désormais c'est devenu un ami. MERCI DEV

Anna katharina

Germany

Alles perfekt

16th October, 2023

Alles perfekt - sehr hilfsbereit, gut zu erreichen und wir haben uns sehr gut aufgehoben gefühlt. Nächstes Mal würden wir wieder über Annapurna Encounter buchen.

Arnold S

Arnold S

France

Annapurna Circuit Trek au top

24th November, 2023

Merci a Dev de nous avoir si bien accueilli a Katmandu et d'avoir arranger notre trek. Merci à Riman, Jit et Govinda de nous avoir fait vivre l'Annapurna Circuit Trek avec eux. Grâce à eux, nous étions en sécurité, plus proche de la société Nepalaise et toujours confortable le soir venu. C'était une expérience formidable pour nous, nous les oublierons jamais encore merci à eux.
 Translation:
Thanks to Dev for welcoming us so warmly to Kathmandu and for arranging our trek. Thanks to Riman, Jit and Govinda for making us experience the Annapurna Circuit Trek with them. Thanks to them, we were safe, closer to Nepalese society and always comfortable in the evening. It was a great experience for us, we will never forget them again, thank you to them.
 

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