Annapurna Circuit Trekking - 14 Days

Annapurna Circuit Trekking - 14 Days
Trip Information
  • Duration14 Days
  • A legendary Trekking trail in Nepal is famous worldwide for the landscape and beauty it poses.
  • The Annapurna Circuit Trek lets you witness the mountains of the Annapurna massif. Annapurna I, Annapurna ii, Annapurna iii, Annapurna iv, Dhaulagiri,Machhapuchhre, Gangapurna, Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Hiunchuli, and Nigiri.
  • Crossing the almighty Thorang La Pass, between Katung Kang and Yakawa Kang mountains, walking above the glacier.
  • Walking from the subalpine forest to the forbidden desert kingdom of Muktinath.
  • From The hot spring of Tatopani to the sunrise view of the mountains turning to gold from Ghorepani Poon Hill.
  • Witness the harmony between Hinduism and Buddhism along the trail.

An Advantage of Booking a Trip with a Holiday Planner Nepal.

  • Private vehicles pick up and drop off passengers at all airports.
  • First-aid kit box.
  • If necessary, Holiday Planner Nepal’s down jackets, t-shirt, and cap.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (you should have insurance for emergency evacuation, which will be paid for by your travel insurance company).
  • We use an oximeter to check your pulse, oxygen saturation, and heart rate, and we provide oxygen as per needed.
  • We provide sim cards for travelers, so there won’t be any communication issues.

"Annapurna Circuit Trek is a full circuit of the Annapurna Trail, which takes you from the rainy side of Nepal to the windy side of Nepal."

Trip Introduction: Annapurna Circuit Trekking 14 Days 2023-2024.

Annapurna Circuit Trekking takes you across Thorang-La Pass. It leads you to the world's top ten adventure destinations as described and listed by several world-leading travel magazines and guidebooks.

It is truly one of the most fascinating adventures in the Himalayas and probably on this planet, where you will be walking from low, warm rice fields and terraces to reach a cooler alpine zone and then towards remorseless areas of ice glaciers and giant mountains.

There is a great dramatic change in temperatures, vegetation, landscapes, and people on daily walks with constant views of snowcapped peaks from the start to the end of this marvelous Annapurna Circuit Trek by crossing Thorang-La and reaching Kagbeni, then going towards Muktinath.

Besides great changes with mountain views, the walk leads you into lovely villages around the high and scenic Manang valley of interesting culture and an old traditional way of life interwoven with Buddhism religion, where one can visit its monastery of great immense interest in this wonderful trekking.

Starting with an exciting drive and heading high into cooler areas within alpine woodland and then past vegetation and tree lines, reaching Thorang-La Pass on the highest spot of the adventure.

The walk leads from the beautiful Manang Valley to the scenic Kali Gandaki River valley at Mustang Areas in Jomsom and charming Marpha village. Then it enters the world-deepest gorge of the Kali Gandaki River valley to reach back at scenic Pokhara via Ghorepani Poon Hill.

Our incredible adventure on Annapurna Circuit Trekking and Thorang-La Pass concludes at beautiful Pokhara, and we then drive back to Kathmandu with fond memories of wonderful times on Annapurna Circuit Trekking and Thorang-La Pass.

Where does the Annapurna Circuit Trek Begin and End?

The Annapurna Circuit Trek begins with a drive towards Dharapani from Pokhara. After reaching Dharapani, we spend the night there for acclimatization, and the next day we head towards Pisang. After pisang, we go towards the village of Manang, which is a wonderful village. We spend an extra day at Manang for acclamations as we enter inside 3400 m/11154 ft.

After the acclimatization day at Manang, we return to the trail and go towards our destination, Yak Kharka, at 4100 m/13451 ft. After Yak Kharka, we go slowly towards Thorang Phedi. By chance, if you have energy holiday tours in Nepal, we recommend pushing to Thorang High Camp, as it will reduce the walk by more than an hour for the next day.

The biggest day of our lives, we begin our day with a walk towards the high camp of Thorang La Pass. We enter the Thorang La Pass between Katung Kang (6,484 m/21272 ft) and Yakawa Kang (6,482m/21266 ft) mountains that form Thorang La Pass. Thoran La Pass connects Manang and Mustang, divided by the two distinct rivers of the Annapurna Region, which are famous and known as Marshyangdi and Kali Gandaki.

After crossing Thorang La Pass, we go towards Muktinath Temple, have a bath at the 108 spouts of Muktinath, and then visit the Lord Vishnu. For Hindus, Muktinath represents Lord Vishnu; for Hindus, it represents Mahatma Buddha for Buddhists. Due to the representation of both religions, this place has a different energy that can be felt and is home to of the harmonies between Hinduism and Buddhism.

After finishing the prayers and worshipping at Muktinath, we head towards Tatopani.

Take a shared public vehicle towards Tatopani, where, if we reach on time, we can bathe in the hot spring and rest for the day. After Tatopani, we head towards Ghorepani, a beautiful village beneath Poon Hill. Upon reaching Ghorepani, we stayed for the night. The next day, early morning, we do a 45-minute hike to Poon Hill, where we will witness one of the most beautiful sunrises ever.

After Seeing the sunrise, we have breakfast, say goodbye to Ghorepani, and leave for Birethanti, where we will be taking a jeep back to Pokhara, marking the end of our Annapurna Circuit Trek.


What to Expect during Annapurna Circuit Trekking?

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a perfect loop of the Annapurna Region that takes you from the sub-alpine forest of Dharapani to the forbidden kingdom of Nepal, the Muktinath. It brings you back again to the hot spring of Tatopani, ending your journey with the best sunrise of your life.

Get ready to cross the Thorang La Pass, which is situated at an altitude of 5,416 m/17769 ft, which is a challenge, but never worry; as you slowly go through Dharapani, you will be more than ready to cross the Thorang La Pass.

The nighttime is going to be cold. The facilities are going to get basic as the trek starts. Experience the mountain ranges' changing landscapes and take the Annapurna region's whole loop.

Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of Nepal's most recognized and popular treks. This route is famous for cycling and is a budget trip compared to other expensive routes like the Everest RegionFar Western Region, and the Manaslu Region.

What is the Best time  for Annapurna Circuit Trekking?

The best month for trekking towards Annapurna Circuit in Nepal is September, October, November, March, April, or May, in the springtime. These are the best times for trekking in Nepal.

During spring and autumn, the weather conditions are very good, the views are clearer, the flowers start to blossom, and it's a great time for trekking in Nepal. as the trekkers and travelers will be able to avoid the cold, freezing temperatures in the high altitude and even avoid the rain of the monsoon, which makes trekking worse.

Trekking can be conducted till late December or even during early February. Still, it may be colder than usual, resulting in -2 or -3 degrees less temperature in spring and autumn.

How do I prepare for the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Before heading on an adventure to the Annapurna Circuit Trek:

  •   Ensure you are well prepared.
  •   Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol 10–12 days before the trek.
  •   Start eating healthy foods and try to get engaged in physical activities.

Get engaged in physical exercise. Cardiovascular exercise: try to wake up early and try to avoid lifts. Carry around 7-9 kilos of weight and go for a hike once a week. Try to exercise for about 30 minutes a day in the morning and strengthen your body before you sleep at night. Have some deep breathing practices and complete your suggested equipment and gear list. Make sure everything is packed. Before coming to Nepal, inquire about anything you have in mind that confuses travelers and trekkers with Holiday Tours Nepal officials who are available 24/7.

After booking the trek or setting up their mind about trekking in Nepal, trekkers and travelers must practice for the walk. Trekking is difficult if your legs are lazy. Still, if you are used to walking 4-5 hours a day without issues, there is nothing better than trekking in Nepal.


What are Local Culture and Religion like on the trail of the Annapurna Circuit?

Various local cultures and religions can be observed and witnessed during the Annapurna Circuit Trekking Trail. Hinduism and Buddhism widely influence the region of Annapurna. Prayer flags, mani walls, Hindu temples, Buddhist monasteries, and gumbas or gompas can be seen along the trail, representing both religions.

Suppose you are traveling in September, October, or November. In that case, travelers and trekkers can get involved in two of the biggest festivals in Nepal, Dashain, and Tihar, which is the best time to be in Nepal. Remember to dress properly and respect the culture, especially while visiting the monasteries and temples.

As they trek through villages, they can encounter Gurung and Thakali cultures. We meet many ethnic communities of Nepal along the trail, from place to place, camp to camp, and village to village. We can witness various ethnic groups and practices along the trails. Nepal is home to more than 116 ethnic groups and communities.

How are the Accommodations During Annapurna Circuit Trekking?

The accommodation facilities at the Annapurna Circuit Trek are very basic. Only the basic, necessary things and equipment are placed in the rooms. Electric blankets attached to bathrooms are available at prior notice. The price for a good accommodation at Annapurna Circuit Trek is around $20–25 or even more, depending on what sort of extra services trekkers and tourists select.

Usually, the dining room is warm, as heaters are mostly on after 4 p.m.

Holiday Tours Nepal arranges all the accommodation facilities for the trekkers, travelers, and guests once the trekking for the Annapurna circuit is booked.

Toilets, Restrooms, and Sanitation during Annapurna Circuit Trekking.

We can find two types of toilets: western-style pan toilets and Asian squat toilets. Finding attached bathrooms is difficult, and holiday tours in Nepal require prior notice for attached restrooms, for which we must pay some extra fees.

The toilets are clean and serene, with water inside the restrooms, or sometimes we need to carry the water on our own, which is situated outside the toilets. Toilet paper is unavailable in the bathrooms, so we must bring our toilet paper.

For sanitation Holiday Tours Nepal recommends carrying sanitizers, towels, face wipers, and tissues so that sanitation and hygiene remain systematic during the Annapurna circuit trekking in Nepal.

What Types of food are Available on the trail of Annapurna Circuit Trekking?

There are a lot of options available, from Western food to our local foods, for example, Dal Bhat, roti, vegetarian curries spaghetti, Chowmein, Momo Dumplings, Porridge Omelets, Burgers, or Pizza. There is a wide variety to choose from, and you can even consume a variety of soups available at the tea house.

Remember that the local foods are always safe and fresh, as the locals prepare the food after getting the orders. Avoid things like ketchup, cheese, meat, and spicy items, as this can lead to constipation and sometimes diarrhea during the trek, which is the worst thing someone would want during an outing.

There is an open menu during the all-inclusive package with Holiday Tours in Nepal, where trekkers can select a single item of their choice for the food.

Note: Our all-inclusive packages for the Annapurna Circuit Trek include breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, and coffee available during the trek.


Outline itinerary Annapurna Circuit Trekking.

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m/ 4,430 ft) and transfer to the hotel.
Day 2: Drive to Dharapani (1,920 m/6299 ft) in 6 hours.
Day 3: Trek to Chame, (2,670 m/8759 ft), 5 hours.
Day 4: Trek to Pisang (3, 230 m/10597 ft), 5 hrs.
Day 5: Trek to Manang Village, (3,450 m/11318 ft), 5 hrs.
Day 6: Rest Day at Manang for local hikes and acclimatization.
Day 7: Trek to Yak Kharka, (4,110 m/13484 ft), 4 hours.
Day 8: Trek to Thorang High Camp, (4,600 m/15091 ft), 4 hrs.
Day 9: Cross Thorang-La (5,416 m/17769 ft) and Muktinath (3,800 m/ 12467 ft) at 7 hrs.
Day 10: Drive from Muktinath to Tatopani.
Day 11: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani.
Day 12: Hike Poon Hill, trek back to Birethanti, and drive to Pokhara.
Day 13: Drive or Fly to Kathmandu, a  6 hrs. road journey (30 minutes via air).
Day 14: Final international departure from Nepal.

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On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport via the respective airlines, you will be received by our office staff and guide with a warm welcome greeting and then transferred to your hotel in the city's hub.

After checking into your rooms and getting refreshed, join the briefing on the Annapurna Circuit and Thorang-La Trekking. Our guide will offer you useful and important information regarding the trek and your stay in Nepal with us.

The evening includes a welcome dinner in a nice and authentic Nepalese restaurant with the Culture Program of Nepal.

Breakfast and a welcome dinner are included.

    We start our drive from Pokhara to Dharapani, which will take around 6 hours. After completing the drive, we will spend the night in Dharapani.

    Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, and coffee are included.

      After Dharapani, walk on a wide, winding trail with rhododendrons and pine forests past Bagarchap and Danque village and then uphill to Tamang village. From here on, enter more Buddhist cultural villages offering views of Mt. Manaslu.

      From Tamang village, it takes a few hours of trekking to Koto and then reaching Chame town for an overnight stop. Chame is the largest and headquarters town of Manang district.

      Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, and coffee are included.

        From here onwards, the air gets cooler and fresher as the walk leads close to the mountains. A morning walk through an alpine forest of rhododendrons and pine trees follows the Marshyangdi River upstream with a few short ups and downs to Bhratang village.

        From Bhratang village, walk uphill into cooler woodland to reach a ride-top small village of Dhikure Pokhari with a few teahouses and lodges.

        Overlooking views of Chulu’s and Pisang peaks, a possible lunch break here, and then an afternoon walk descend to reach lower Pisang village for an overnight stop.

        Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, and coffee are included.

          Pisang village offers great views of mountains and surrounding landscapes. From here, altitude gains slowly as the walk leads into small forested areas with a short uphill offering views of staggering Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna, and Pisang Peak.
          From the ridge top, entering a flat valley at Hongde village, tree lines disappear for barren, arid landscapes with a cold, dry, arctic climate.

          Before Manang, visit the old Braga monastery with old Buddhist relics, ancient wall paintings and frescoes, and stunning views of Annapurna Himalaya. From here, an hour-long walk reaches Manang village.

          Manang people are known for their rich culture and traditions; their houses are built in traditional Tibetan style.

          Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, and coffee are included.

            A necessary rest day for acclimatization before heading to a higher altitude towards Thorang-La Pass At Manang, take short walks and explore Manang village and its beautiful valley. Manang is the main and largest village of the area, placed on a windswept valley by the bank of the Marshyangdi River beneath towering Annapurna II-III and the Gangapurna mountain range. Take a nice walk uphill for Gangapurna Glacier and Manang Emerald Lake views.

            Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, and coffee are included.

              After a good rest and time at Manang, the morning walk leads towards Ghunsang village on the uphill path to Yak Kharka, an interesting high-altitude trek with superb views of snowcapped mountains, then crossing a small stream river to reach Yak Kharka, a small settlement with tremendous views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Chulu Peaks.

              Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, and coffee are included.

                As the walk advances to the high area, heading closer to the base of Thorang-la as the walk leads to cross a bridge and then a climb along the river bank of Jarjung, as the walk leads at Thorang Phedi, depending upon the physical conditions of the clients, an hour-long steep climb to Thorang High Camp for an overnight stop.

                Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, and coffee are included.

                  Our hardest and biggest day! On the adventure of having an early breakfast and walking a long, steep climb to reach the top of Thorang-la at 5,416 m.

                  Marked with Buddhist-colored prayer flags and a signboard with the name and altitude of Thorang-La Pass, with views of dramatic landscapes and high snowcapped peaks, a long descent takes you to Muktinath at 3,800 m.

                  At holy Muktinath areas for overnight stops, regarded as the most sacred spot for Hindus and Buddhists, the name Muktinath means ‘place for Nirvana or Liberation.

                  Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, and coffee are included.

                    After visiting and bathing at the 108 spouts of Muktinath and having a good breakfast after seeing the Lord, we take a shared public ride towards Tatopani. Suppose there is enough time after reaching Tatopani. In that case, we head towards the hot springs of Tatopani and spend the night at Tatopani.

                    Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, and coffee are included.

                      After a marvelous time at Tatopani, the journey continues on an hour-long trail, then heading uphill within steep terraced hillsides dotted with farms and villages.

                      After the steep section, coming to a gradual path past the dense alpine forest to Chitre, an hour of climbing brings you to Ghorepani village with fabulous views. Mt. Dhaulagiri ranges with Annapurna South and Vara-Shikar, or Annapurna Fang.

                      Ghorepani is located on a high spot within a beautiful forest surrounding it, inhabited by Poon and Magar tribal people.

                      Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, and coffee are included.

                        After Tikhedhunga, the last day walk of our marvelous adventure headed downhill most of the way past scattered farm villages with views of waterfalls, and then finally reached a nice village, Birethanti, by the Modi River.

                        From here, we took an overland drive. We end our final day walk of the great adventure with a scenic and exciting drive of a few hours to reach the beautiful Pokhara for an overnight stop by the serene Lake Phewa.

                        Pokhara is a renowned and top-most tourist destination blessed with natural beauty and picturesque scenery of mountains, hills, and lakes.

                        Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, and coffee are included.

                          From Pokhara overland, the drive leads on the same route back to Kathmandu with a wonderful time on the Annapurna Circuit and Thorang-La Trekking. On reaching Kathmandu, transfer to your respective hotels with a free afternoon for individual activities.
                          (Flying options include a half hour on air to Kathmandu with a sweeping panorama of mountains.)

                          Breakfast accommodation in Kathmandu is included.

                            Your last day in Nepal, the country of the Himalayan wonders, and as per your international flight time, depart for homeward bound or to your next respective connecting destinations.

                            Our staff and guide will transfer you to Kathmandu airport after a mesmerizing memory, a great time on the Annapurna Circuit, and crossing Thorang-La Pass.

                            Breakfast included

                              Cost Details
                              What's Included
                              • All airport Pick up drop by private vehicle.
                              • 3 nights twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation on BB in Kathmandu.
                              • 1-night twin/double shearing accommodation on BB in Pokhara.
                              • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu and in Pokhara with privet vehicles.
                              • Kathmandu to Syange (if you want a private vehicle from Kathmandu also available at additional cost) and Pokhara to Kathmandu by bus (if you want a flight or private vehicle from Pokhara also available at additional cost).
                              • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and Trekkers’ Information Management System( TIMS card).
                              • A highly experienced, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English-speaking trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport, and insurance.
                              • 1 porter for 2 guests with their Insurance, Salary, Food, accommodation, and equipment.
                              • Accommodation in the mountain during the trekking.
                              • We provide assistance guide his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport, and insurance walking with the group to support where necessary as per the group size.
                              • Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during the trekking.
                              • Safe drinking water.
                              • All applicable government and local taxes as per the itinerary.
                              What's not Included
                              • Your Nepal Visa fees.
                              • All the International airfare from and to Kathmandu (no need to pay a departure tax for international flights).
                              • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
                              • Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation.
                              • In case of extra night accommodation, lunch and dinner in a city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of an itinerary.
                              • Your Personal expenses such as ( laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottled water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc).
                              •  The Tips to the Trekking Crews and Drive.
                              • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather conditions,s or any event out of our control.
                              • Anything not included in the service includes the column.
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