Annapurna Circuit Trek Overview
“Embark on the Classic Trek of Nepal-Annapurna Circuit Trek that leads you through the entire Annapurna region discovering the highest trekking pass in the world-Thorang La Pass-5416 meters.
Annapurna Trek in Nepal takes you through sub-tropical vegetation, rugged terrain, Buddhist and Hindu communities, deep valleys, gorges, highest passes, and towering peaks. Classic Trek Nepal has designed the classic Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary, allowing you to discover every corner of the Annapurna Region. Some of the highest peaks in the world surround the Annapurna circuit.Mt. Annapurna (8091m), Mt, Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Manalsu (8156m), and other mountain peaks over 7000 meters rewards you with an unforgettable experience.
This trek also known as Annapurna Round Trek starts with a long drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani. Next, from Dharapani, the trail takes you passing several villages like Chame, Pisang, Manang, Srikharka, etc. Visiting the highest lake in the world-Tilicho Lake (4949m) is another major highlight of this trek. Exploring Tilicho Lake, the trek continues to Thorang La pass at 5416 meters. After crossing the pass, the famous Muktinath Temple awaits you. Paying the homage at the Temple, the trail moves further to Marpha, Kalopani, Poon Hill, and back to Pokhara. Sunrise View from Poon Hill Trek is the best way, to sum up your trek to Annapurna Circuit Trek.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Major attractions:
Upper Pisang: An attractive village lies at an altitude of 3200 meters. The day you arrive in this village, you will get to see magnificent views of Annapurna and Pisang Peak. In addition, Marshyangdi Valley gives beautiful sights.
Manang: Another picturesque village along the journey at Annapurna Circuit Trek. The village offers beautiful views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, and Gangapurna. Manang is also called as “Crown Jewel”.
Thorang La Pass: It is the highest point of this trek, which delivers breathtaking views of Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, and stunning landscapes. The pass is also the highest trekking pass in the world.
Muktinath Temple: The famous holy place of Hindu and Buddhist devotees. It lies at an elevation of 3710 meters offering scenic views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri Himal.
Jomsom: It is a popular mountain town with an elevation of 2720 meters.
Poon Hill: Poon Hill Trek is a popular short trek in Nepal. It is a vantage viewpoint at 3210 meters. You can see complete ranges of mountain peaks like Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
How difficult is Annapurna Circuit Trek?
Annapurna Circuit Trek's difficulty depends on its itinerary, the physical and mental fitness of trekkers, and the season you trek. Short Annapurna Circuit Trek requires more strength and endurance without any acclimatization days. Therefore, trekking to Annapurna Circuit within a short time is more difficult. However, if you are a beginner taking acclimatization days can be a great idea to make your trek easier and more comfortable. Past trekking or hiking experience is always a plus point for this trek. The major difficulty is altitude sickness. If you can prevent the sickness until you pass the Thorang La Pass then, you can complete this trek without any hiccups.
Best time to trek Annapurna Circuit
Trekking to Annapurna Circuit is possible any month in a year but avoid June-August as much as you can. June-August falls under the monsoon season. There is a high chance of floods, landslides, and other unpredictable natural calamities. The Annapurna circuit trek month by month:
September-November: These months fall under the autumn season, which is the peak trekking season in Nepal. The trails are dust free with open blue skies providing clear views.
December-February: Annapurna Circuit Trek in winter is difficult but adventurous too. Especially, in January heavy snowfall makes the trail so difficult. Sometimes, even trails are blocked due to snowfall.
March-April: These months come under the spring season. You can find trails covered with beautiful rhododendron forests. Moreover, the temperature of day and night is warm and chilly respectively.
June-August: During these months, the monsoon hits hard with rain, and there is always the risk of natural disasters. We suggest avoiding the trek as much as you can during these months. However, hiking around Kathmandu Valley to experience the lush and green views is possible.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Cost
The cost of Annapurna Circuit Trek varies from the services clients want to take. Moreover, it also depends on the itinerary, way of transport, accommodations, guides, porters, and so on. Short Annapurna Circuit Trek 12 Days costs from $1200 to $1500 per person. Likewise, 17 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek cost from $1100 to $1300. Further, if you want to do 20 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek, it costs $1400-$1800. Therefore, different factors play significant roles in your budget to trek to Annapurna Circuit. Always pick the best itinerary and services that suits your time and budget. Classic Trek Nepal organizes customized itineraries for our clients upon request. Therefore, feel free to contact us to make your plan for Annapurna Circuit Trek.
How to Get Permit Card for Annapurna Circuit Trek?
Getting a permit card for Annapurna Circuit Trek is not difficult. Classic Trek Nepal will arrange the required permit cards and paperwork. Annapurna Circuit Trek lies completely inside the Annapurna Conservation area. Therefore, you need to pay a certain amount of fee to enter the conservation areas. Similarly, trekkers also need to get a Trekkers Information Management System card.
- Trekkers Information Management System Card cost $16.
- Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit Card cost $25.