Annapurna Circuit Trek – 12 days

12 Days

Annapurna Circuit Trek is the classic trek in the Himalayas. Annapurna is a Himalayan region in north-central Nepal famed for its magnificent views, rough landscape, and isolated mountain settlements, desolate high mountains, hot springs, Buddhist and Hindu Temples and the stunning views of Annapurna Summit. The Annapurna Circuit Trek is still without doubt one of the best treks anywhere in the world despite inroads being developed in the region.

The overall length of the trip ranges between 160–230 kilometers (100–145 mi), depending on where motorized transportation is used and where the trek concludes. This hike traverses two river valleys and rounds the Annapurna Massif. The hike is moderate to fairly demanding, with multiple river crossings over steel and wooden suspension bridges. There are tea shops and lodges along the route where you may eat and stay.

Itinerary Outline

Day Description Altitude (Meters) Trekking Duration
1 Arrival in Kathmandu. Meet at Airport and Transfer to Hotel 1,365
2 Drive from Kathmandu to BesiSahar and to Chame 2670 6-7 hours
3 Trek from Chame to Upper Pisang 3100 5 hours
4 Pisang to Manang 3540 5 hours
5 Acclimatisation day at Manang 4600
6 Manang to Letdar 4200 5 hours
7 Letdar to Thorung Phedi 4450 3-4 hours
8 Thorung Phedi to Thorung La Pass to Muktinath 5416 7-8 hours
9 Muktinath to Jomsom 2730 4-5 hours
10 Jomsom to Pokhara by Flight 15 minutes
11 Pokhara to Kathmandu 25 minutes
12 Departure

Required Permit for Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake

To trek to Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake, you’ll need to obtain two trekking permits. They are:

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit

Where to obtain:

  •     Nepal Tourism Board Office on Pradarshani Marg, Kathmandu
  •     Nepal Tourism Board Service Center in Damside

How much does it cost:

  •     US$30 for international travelers
  •     US$2 for SAARC travelers

Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card

Where to obtain:

  •     Nepal Tourism Board Office on Pradarshani Marg, Kathmandu
  •     Nepal Tourism Board Service Center in Damside
  •     TAAN Lakeside Office in Shanti Patan, Pokhara

How much does it cost:

  •     US$20 for individual trekkers
  •     US$10 for group trekkers
  •     For SAARC, US$6 individual trekkers
  •     For SAARC, US$3 group trekkers

Things required to acquire TIMS Card

  •     Permit fees
  •     Photocopy of your passport
  •     Passport size photographs


On this very first day, we welcome you to the land of Himalayas, you will be received at the airport by our representative. Then, you will be transferred to your hotel.You can take your time to refresh and relax.

In the early morning, we will have an early departure from Kathmandu. You will be received at your hotel and drive to Besisahar. The first overnight will be at Chame and to reach Chame you will share your drive till the destination. Our journey takes us via the villages of Sange, Bhulbhule, Nagdi, Chamche, Tal, Tima, Koto, and many others, with spectacular views of Mount Annapurna and Manaslu. You will enjoy breathtaking views of Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal, and Manaslu. Chame is also the district headquarter of Manang, with numerous shops and teahouses.

Overnight at Chame

Day 3 will be our trekking day. You will be walking along the Marsyangdi river in the dense forests .In the woodland, there is a lengthy, lovely, fairly flat walk. The pine-scented route bends to show the first glimpses of the stunning Paungda Danda rock face, a massive curved slab of rock. The trek winds across the river valley, providing spectacular views of Annapurna II and Pisang Peak at Pisang. Pisang is also the beginning spot of upper Manang.

Overnight stay at a tea house in Pisang.

The journey on day 4 starts from Pisang, passing from the old village of Nwagal and our trail ends at Manang. The trail allows us to enter pine grooves with the mesmerizing view of turquoise lake.  Peaks such as Annapurna, Gangapurna and Tilicho are seen almost the entire way. Your visit to Barge monastery, the largest in Manang’s district, will also be noteworthy.
Overnight stay at a tea house in Manang.

This is your second night in Manang to acclimatize to the greater elevation before continuing on to the Thorong La. You can see the amazing Himalayan vistas nearby. It is not advised to sit inactive, but rather to take a short stroll to Gangapurna lake to acclimate. Gangaourna lake is the glacial lake of Manang, formed by the glaciers from Mt. Gangapurna, Annapurna IV, Khangsar Kang and Glacier Dom.

Overnight Stay at Manang.

Today the trail continues to climb out of the Marsyangdi Valley. The route follows this valley to the north. After the ascent climb for about 5 hrs, you will reach Letdar.
Overnight stay at teahouse in Letdar

The route from Letdar ascends along the east bank of the Jarkang Khola before descending and crossing the stream on a wooden bridge.The trail sometimes gives the sight of blue sheep and snow-capped leopard as well. The ascent for 3-4 hours will lead you to Thorung Phedi.
Overnight stay at the tea house at Phedi.

Today is the longest trekking day of your journey, as well as the most exciting trek. After leaving Thorung Phedi, the path gets steep, switching over moraines and along stony ridges as it ascends to Thorung La Pass. The lengthy Great Barrier Ridge, the Tibet-like area of Manang, the Annapurnas, Gangapurna, and the highly glaciated mountain of Khatung Khang will all be seen in this trail. The route then gets steep through meadows to muktinath. Muktinath is one of the holiest places for bith Hindus and Buddhists.
Overnight stay at Muktinath.

After our visit to temples, shrines and Ghumbas of Muktinath, our destination will be the barren hillside to kagbeni. From Muktinath you will descend to the Eklebhatti.  As the path progresses, you will be able to experience spectacular vistas of Mt. Dhaulagiri. The walk then continues down to the Kaligandaki- a river and then reaches to Jomsom. Jomsom is a small town with various amenities, markets and hotels.
Overnight stay at Johmson.

You will travel to Pokhara early in the morning; it is a short flight of around 15 minutes, and we will drive you to the hotel. Today is your free day to unwind and roam around Lakeside in Pokhara.
Overnight in Pokhara

To get back to Kathmandu, you may either take a 25-minute flight or a six- to seven-hour tourist bus ride. Farewell dinner at Hotel.
Overnight in Kathmandu.

With a lifetime experience and memory , you will be escorted to Tribhuwan International Airport by the representative of Nepal Social Trek.

The Cost Include(s)

  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara on twin sharing basis.
  • Private Arrival & Departure transfers
  • Jomsom-Pokhara flight
  • Full board meals while trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
  • Accommodation in teahouse during the trek on twin sharing basis.
  • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu
  • Transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek
  • Nepal Social Treks Gears - sleeping bag, duffel bag etc for use during the trip. garbage plastic bag.
  • Professional local experienced Trek Leader / Guide trained in Wilderness First Aid.
  • Comprehensive First Aid Kit.
  • Respective region ( Annapurna) trekking map. TIMS Card & Trek Permit
  • Necessary Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment.
  • Proper Insurance of all staff including porters.
  • Warm clothing & trekking gear for staff including porters: Gore Tex jacket & trousers, fleece jacket and pants, trekking shoes / boots, woolen hat, gloves, shocks etc.
  • Trekking map

The Cost Exclude(s)

  • Nepal entry Visa fees,
  • Your travel insurance of any kind
  • Lunch and Dinner except mentioned on Itinerary
  • All Drinks and main meals in cities.
  • Tips to trekking staffs.
  • Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, Telephone, beverages, hot mineral water during trekking etc.


What Is The Physical Requirement For Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Anyone who is physically sound can join Annapurna Circuit trek. The trek does not require prior trekking experience. However, we recommend you to do some basic exercises before your Annapurna Circuit trek. If you have any medical condition, you must seek medical advice from your doctor before considering the trek.

Who Will Pick Up Me At The Airport, Upon My Arrival?

Our team representative will be there to greet you outside of Arrival section of Tribhuvan International Airport. He will be displaying Nepal Social and the name card with your name on it. After that, you will be transferred to pre-chosen hotel.

What Sort Of Accommodation Can I Expect In Kathmandu And During The Trek?

Accommodation in Kathmandu depends on your preference and budget. Normally, we offer three-star hotel services in our itinerary, but we can accommodate you according to your choice as you can choose from a budget hotel to luxurious five-star services.

However, you will have to forget the luxuries of the city during the trek as you will be staying in teahouses/lodges with basic facilities. The teahouses/lodges, although small, provide clean sheets and blanket with a cozy mattress. We also offer sleeping bags if required (which needs to be returned after the trip), but it’s always a good idea to carry a personal sleeping bag. We provide you with single and double rooms depending on the availability and prior booking. It is quite difficult to get a single room during the peak season; therefore, we usually offer double rooms in our outline itinerary.

What Food Choices Will I Have During The Trek?

The teahouses in the Annapurna region offer both Nepali as well as western cuisines on their menu. We’ll be balancing both Nepali and western meals during the trek. Your health and well-being is the number one priority of Nepal Social Treks. Hence, our company will guarantee that all the meals served during the trek will be fresh, healthy, hygienic, nutritious, and delicious.
Here is a list of popular items on our menu:
Breakfast – Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolates, Oatmeal, Pancakes, French Toast (with Jam, Butter, and Honey), Tibetan Bread, Local Tsampa Porridge, Muesli, Fruits, Egg (Boiled, Fried, Omelets), etc.
Lunch – Dal Bhat, Tibetan Bread, Sherpa Stew, Hot Soup, Momo, Pizza, Sandwich, Pasta, Noodles, Spaghetti, Fruits, Thukpa, Vegetable Salads, etc.
Dinner – Dal Bhat, Sherpa Stew, Hot Soups, Momo, Sandwich, Macaroni, Thenduk, Thukpa, Pizza, Noodles, Pasta, Vegetable Salads, Desserts, Tea, Hot Chocolate, etc.
Although there are a few non-veg meals available on the menu, we advise you to avoid the meat as much as possible. Meats items are usually not healthy and hygienic meals. Also, avoid having too many dairy items, such as cheese and milk. Not only that, but we strictly suggest you avoid alcoholic beverages during the trek

When Is The Best Season To Go For Annapurna Circuit Trek?

It is best to trek during the spring season from March to May and the autumn season from September to mid-December. It is not recommended to trek in the region during the monsoon season from June to August or during the winter season from mid-December to February.

During The Trek, What Are The Temperature And Weather Like?

Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. It is, generally, chillingly cold in nights, whereas, the days are warmer. Since you will be trekking in the spring or autumn season, the weather during the day is comfortably dry and warm. The temperature could be as high as 20-degree c to 15-degree c low, during the daytime.

Can My Trek Be Extended By A Few Days

Yes, it is absolutely possible to add some more days to your trek. We can customize your trek according to your preferences with additional costs including accommodation, food, guides, and porters.

Am I likely to suffer from Acute Mountain Sickness on this trek?

In general, the threat of high altitude sickness begins once you exceed the elevation of 3,500 meters. On this trek, you’ll be visiting the world’s highest altitude lake — Tilicho Lake at 4,949 meters and navigating the world’s highest pass — Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters. With such altitudinal variation, the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness in Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake is significant.

What kinds of insurance do I need for this trek?

Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most strenuous treks in the Himalayas of Nepal. It is because this trek leads you across the highest navigable pass along the rugged mountain trails. Additionally, this trek will also take you to the world’s highest lake. Therefore, it possesses a massive threat of Acute Mountain Sickness and other unforeseeable events.
So, if you’re trekking to Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake, it is mandatory to provide a copy of your travel insurance to Nepal Social Treks before the trip. Considering the trek’s challenge, we highly recommend you to buy comprehensive travel insurance that covers all the necessary expenses.
Make sure your travel insurance covers all the medical treatment expenses, trip cancellation, accidents, theft, and, most importantly, helicopter evacuation charge at high elevation (up to 6,000 meters).

What are the Packing List for Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Here are a few essential gears you need to pack for Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake:
● Daypack
● Duffel Bag
● Trekking Shirt – Pack 3 to 4 breathable trekking shirts, balancing both half and full sleeves
● Trekking Trousers – Minimum 2 water and wind-resistant trekking pants
● Trekking Shorts – Pack a couple of trekking shorts for lower reaches of the trek
● Fleece Jacket – Pack a lightweight fleece jacket for the lower region
● Down Jacket – Carry a high-quality down jacket to keep you warm from the extreme weather at the trek’s upper reaches
● Waterproof Shell Jacket – One waterproof jacket to stay protected in the wet weather
● Thermal Layer – At least one pair of a thermal layer
● Breathable Underwear – Carry at least 3 to 4 pairs of breathable and comfortable underwear
● Hiking Boots – A pair of high-quality hiking boots will be enough for the trek.
● Hiking Socks – Pack at least 4 to 5 pairs of comfortable hiking socks.
● Sandals/Trainers – A pair of either sandals or trainers, depending upon your preference.
● Thermal Socks – Carry at least a 2 pair of warm thermal socks to keep you warm in the evening and night.
● Gaiter (For Winter) – You can pack a gaiter for any season, even though it is primarily for winter.
Head Wears:
● Sun Protection Hat – One sun protection hat to your face protected from harmful UV rays and sunburn.
● Buff/Neck Gaiter – One buff or neck gaiter to protect your neck from the harsh wind.
● Warm Beanie – One beanie to keep your head warm in the upper reaches of the trek.
Hand Wear:
● Outer Gloves – A pair of outer gloves to wear as an additional layer in the upper reaches of the trek.
● Inner Gloves – A pair of inner gloves for the lower region of the trek.
Other Accessories:
● Toiletries
● Trekking Poles
● High-Quality Sleeping Bag
● Water Bottle
● Water Purification Tablets
● UV Protection Sunglasses
● Hand Sanitizers
● Sunscreen/Lip Balm
● Headlamp with Spare Batteries
● Trekking Towels
● Camera
● Portable Chargers
● Prescribed Medications

Is there any Special Note?

It is our humble request to you to attend the briefing session mandatorily! Your trekking guide will provide you with all the necessary information regarding the trek in brief, including day-to-day itinerary, trek difficulty, transportation, accommodation, food, cultures, mountains, etc.
Note that we want the meeting to be as interactive as possible. Therefore, ask as many questions to your trekking guide to clear any concerns regarding the trek. During the meeting, we will also conduct a meet and greet session. So, try to bond with the rest of the members of the group during the session and at the dinner.
It is advisable that you pack your bags before you go to sleep to avoid the rush in the morning. If there’s anything you want to leave at the hotel, keep it separate from your trekking bags.

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Annapurna Circuit Trek – 12 days