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Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Duration : 12 Days | Travel style : Active Adventures


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  • Annapurna Circuit trekking
  • Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Trip Highlights

  • Country; Nepal

  • Duration

    12 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    17,769 ft. / 5416 M.

  • Accommodation

    Hotel and Lodge

  • Fitness Level


  • Best Season

    Mar to May - Sep to Dec

  • Group Size

    1- 15 People

  • Transportation

    Flight / Private Vehicle

The Annapurna circuit trek is an adventurous journey that goes around the Annapurna mountain range, which includes some of the highest peaks in the world like Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri. The trek follows a well-known path that leads to Thorongla Pass, starting from Besisahar and finishing at Jomsom. After that, a short 16-minute flight takes you to Pokhara, which saves time compared to trekking the entire way.

Details for Annapurna Circuit Trek 2023

The Annapurna circuit trek covers a vast range of landscapes and cultures, from the deepest gorge of Kaligandaki to the high-altitude Thorongla pass, which borders the Tibetan plateau. The journey takes you through regions with distinct cultural identities, starting with the Hindu culture in the lower elevations and transitioning to the Buddhist influence in the higher Himalayas. Overall, the trek offers a unique experience of diverse geography and culture.

Starting from Besisahar, hiking on the trails of subtropical forest, swift flowing river, amazing waterfalls accompanied by the mystical mountain views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tilicho and other mountains. Once we reach Manang, gaining altitude we make our self-ready in order to cross the well-known pass Thorongla.  Crossing the pass and losing the altitude we reach Muktinath, a holy pilgrimage site for Buddhist and Hindu people. The next stop will be Jomsom, a small town lying just next to Kaligandagi River. Jomsom is the final destination of the trek and you will catch a flight to Pokhara.


You can always customize this itinerary as per your preference.



Arrival at TIA, Kathmandu
You will be received by one of the representative of Global Holidays Adventure. He will be holding the PLA card with your name written in it. You then will be transferred to a hotel by a private vehicle. We will conduct small briefing about the trip during evening.
Hotel (Bed and Breakfast) | Private Vehicle



Drive to Besisahar
You will hop on private vehicle and the vehicle will take you to Besisahar. It will take like five hour to reach Besisahar.
Hotel (Bed and Breakfast) | Private Vehicle



Drive to Pisang (3200m 6 hour drive).
Following breakfast, you will embark on a jeep ride to Pisang that typically takes 6-7 hours. Along the way, the trail passes through several stunning waterfalls and dense forests.
Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) | Private Vehicle



Trek to Manang (3540m 5 hour hike)
Beyond Pisang, the Annapurna circuit trek offers two paths on either side of the Marsyangdi River, which converge again at Mungji. The southern route through Hongde at an altitude of 3325m is less strenuous compared to the northern route via Ghyaru, despite the northern path offering better views of the river. The trail continues from Mungji and passes through the charming village of Bryanga, located at an elevation of 3475m, before reaching Manang at 3500m. Manang, which is the primary destination for trekkers in this region, is a drier area that offers stunning views of the Annapurna mountain range. The locals here rear yaks and grow crops for their livelihood and move to other places during winter for trade.
Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)



Acclimatization Day (3540m)
Today, we will be taking a break from trekking to rest and acclimatize ourselves to the higher altitude in Manang valley. We can spend the day exploring the area on foot and visiting the local village to learn more about the Manang culture. It is advisable to utilize the daytime for altitude gain and getting acclimatized to the new environment.
Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)



Yak Kharka (4090m 5 hours walk).
After exploring Manang, gaining altitude we move gradually to Jardang Khola valley reaching Ledar at 4250m. Hiking while enjoying the view we reach Yak Kharka. You could see many huts that belong to many yak herders, and if possible then Yak herders too. You can interact with them too. There is also high chance Snow Leopard at Yak Kharka.
Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)



Trek to Thorung Phedi (4420m 5 hour hike).
Today we descend along the trail and you will come across a river at an altitude of 4310 meters. Once you cross the river, you will have to climb again along the trail, which will eventually lead you to Thorong Phedi, situated at an altitude of 4420 meters. This place is located at the base of Thorung La Pass and offers a delightful view of the magnificent Annapurna region.
Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)



Cross Thorung-la Pass (5416m) and trek down Muktinath (3802m), 8 hour hike.
Today we start our day early in the morning and conquer the highest pass of the entire trek, Thorung-la Pass at 5416 m. The day will be quite challenging as well as rewarding. We hike on rugged terrain enjoying the views of mountains and live in the moment to the fullest. Hiking slowly and steadily we mass many chortens, prayer flags and many other things reflecting the faith in Buddhism of locals residing in the area. After crossing the pass we descend to place called Muktinath, which is also another important sacred site for Buddhist and Hindu people.
Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)



Jomsom (2713m, 5 hours hike).
Towards the end of the Annapurna Circuit trek, you will descend through a dry terrain and reach the historical town of Kagbeni, located on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River. It takes a maximum of three hours to trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni (2800), where you can explore ancient monasteries that are over 2500 years old and get familiar with the Himalayan culture. From there, you can continue your walk to Jomsom and spend the night at a teahouse before taking a flight back to Pokhara. This marks the final day of the trekking portion of the Annapurna trek.
Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)



Fly to Pokhara.
Fly to Pokhara from Jomsom 16 minutes. rest of the day explore lakeside and surrounding pokhara.

 Hotel (Breakfast Included) | Flight/ Private Vehicle



Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu - 35 Minutes and transfer to hotel. 
After breakfast at hotel you wil drive to airport and fly to Kathmandu. Some of our airport representative will pick up you and transfer to hotel. You can spend you rest of the time for personal shopping or individual sightseeing.

 Hotel (Breakfast Included) | Flight/ Private Vehicle



Departure to destination country.
Global Holidays Adventure's representative will drop you to the Airport terminal to bid you a final farewell.

Cost Details

"So What you are paying For?"

We would like to explain to you. We are a local company providing world-wide travelers with internationally qualified services. We provide you with the lowest cost possible for fully inclusive trips that have no hidden fees. We guarantee your safety, satisfaction, and long-lasting memories of your experience.

Cost Include
  • International & domestic airport transfers as per the itinerary.
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis on BB plan.
  • 1 nights hotel accommodation in Pokhara on twin sharing basis on BB plan.
  • 1 nights hotel accommodation in Besi Shahar on twin sharing basis on BB plan.
  • Kathmandu-Besi Shahar ground transportation by private jeep.
  • Beshishar - Pisang by private Jeep. 
  • Jomsom - Pokhara flight cost.
  • Pokhara - Kathmandu flight cost.
  • 3 meals a day during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) as mention in itinerary.
  • Accommodation while trekking in twin sharing basis in guesthouses.
  • Annapurna conservation area permit and TIMS card.
  • Professional government lisence holder English speaking trekking guide.
  • The required number of porters to carry the luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
  • Sleeping bag and duffel bag during the trek. (Refundable after finish trekking)
  • A comprehensive medical kit.
  • All government and local taxes.
Cost Exclude
  • International air fare to/ from Nepal.
  • Entry Visa fees.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Besi Shahar. 
  • Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, etc.
  • Beverages, alcoholic drinks, mineral water, boiled water during the trekking.
  • Hot shower during the trekking.
  • All food and beverages other than on the itinerary. 
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal gear and expenses.
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Trekking on Annapurna circuit is categorized as moderate to strenuous, featuring some difficult uphill stretches. Trekkers can expect to walk for approximately 5-7 hours each day along steep and rocky terrain. As there are high altitude portions on the trail, altitude sickness is a potential risk, thus taking regular breaks and staying hydrated is important. The highest point is Thorongla pass 5,416 m (17,769 ft.) and is longest day of the entire trekking.

Nepal has two primary trekking seasons: spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). These seasons offer stable and dry weather conditions with clear skies and excellent visibility, making them ideal for trekking. Spring is particularly popular due to its mild weather and vibrant rhododendron flowers in bloom, while autumn is preferred for its cool temperatures and less crowded trails. Winter trekking is possible but may be extremely cold and snow-covered, while the monsoon season (June to August) brings heavy rainfall, causing muddy and challenging trail conditions.

The highest elevation of circuit trek is Thorongla pass 5,416 m (17,769 ft.) and is going to be the longest day of the entire trekking.

The accommodation offered in mountains are basic and you can get attach bath in places like Manang and after Manang it’s all basic communal till Muktinath.

While prior trekking experience is not mandatory, it is advisable to maintain proper hydration during the trek and engage in some cardio exercises before embarking on the trip.

You need some water proof boots, Gore-Tex jackets, pair of gloves, and pair of shocks for each day of your trek, dry fit t-shirts and your personal stuffs.

Yes, trekking in Annapurna is definitely worth it. It offers stunning views of the Himalayas, diverse landscapes, and the opportunity to experience Nepalese culture and hospitality. The trek is suitable for people of various fitness levels and can be customized according to one's preferences. Overall, it is an unforgettable adventure that leaves a lasting impression on trekkers.

During the trek up to the base camp, drinking water will be available at the teahouses through taps, boiling or bottled water. It is advisable to use water purification solutions such as Striepen to ensure safe drinking water.

Well the electricity are readily available on tea houses and guest house. However in order to use Wi-Fi you may need to pay extra dollars hourly and in order to charge your electronics you do have to pay extra. The price is below $5.

Required Equipments

Equipment items are individual interests & choices but the most important fact is that you should carry enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas. During the trek heavy items will be carried by our porters or yaks. And the personal belongings which you need for daily or frequent purposes like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun-cream and toilet paper etc. are to be carried by yourself in the backpack. We will provide complimentary water proof duffel bag which you can use during the trek and is carried by porters. You can leave your non trekking items at the hotel or in our office and collect them after the trek.

The following list gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek.


  • 4 seasons sleeping bag (Optional/ we can provide if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack or suitcase ( We will provide one complimentary GHD duffel bag gore you to Keep )
  • Daypack
  • Down Jacket ( Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek. )


  • Shade hat or baseball cap-some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it in place. 
  • Warm wool and synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  • Balaclava-lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses- 100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case ( i.e Jumbo or Cube).
  • Headlamp- Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they will last in the colder temperatures.
  • Some people like ear-muffs; There are optional; a good hat balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people ( Optional).
  • A Neck Warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it ( Optional).


  • 1 pair liner gloves, thins wool or synthetic, useful alone on mind days or as a layer inside other gloves/mitts for additional warmth.
  • 1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
  • 1 pair warm gloves ( heavier fleece or wool )
  • Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient( Optional).


  • T-SHIRTS -2
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper Jacket ( Optional)
  • Waterproof ( preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, synthetic, no cotton.


  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts-quick drying type not cotton.
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton ( 4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear-capilene or ther synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants-synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof/breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from top and bottom- this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants ( loose jeans/khakis ).
  • All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resident plastic bags.


  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pairs light weight socks, a good option for the lower/warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots.
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes/boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary ( Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well.)

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox ( Commonly prescribed as acetazolamide) 125 or 250 mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take his medicine.
  • Water purification iodine tablets or polar-pure crystals.


  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies )
  • Airline ticket ( Please make a copy and leave on at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of you)
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & Passport.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss army type.
  • Toiletry kit, Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towels, soap, etc.


  • 1 pair adjustable trekking pole. 
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds ( Optional).
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player.
  • Binocular (optional)
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use ( Optional)
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator ( Optional)
  • pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip ( Optional )
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos ( Optional )

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