Annapurna Circuit Trek, 9-day trek around Annapurna is the best classic trek in Nepal. Annapurna round trek will take from low lands to high alpine valley with crossing Thorong La Pass at 5416m.For an incredible experience of culture and nature with diverse landscapes from green mid hills to barren desert like Tibet, short Annapurna circuit trek is recommended.Actually, this is an ideal trek for those trekkers with lack of time doing full Annapurna circuit trek. If you are physically fit, trekking around Annapurna circuit is possible in 9 days. For booking enquire regarding Annapurna Circuit Trek 9 days package price and dates for 2023, 2024, please email us at [email protected] and call or leave message on WhatsApp at + 977 9851023742.
Trek Name: Annapurna Circuit Trek
Trek Duration: 9 Days
Trek Difficulty: Challenging
Trek Season: Aug to Nov, Feb to Jun
Trek Altitude: 850 m-5416 m
Trek Cost: USD 580-USD 1030
Group Size: 1 - 12 people
Trek Package: Budget Tea house
Mode of Transfer: Bus/Jeep
Start/End of Trek: Kathmandu / Pokhara
9 days Annapurna Circuit Trekking is perfect for an adventure seeker.
Annapurna Circuit is one of the most popular trek in the world.The 9 days Annapurna Circuit Trek will take you over 5416 m high, the Thorong La Pass and down to Muktinath temple in Mustang. The best trek in Annapurna to experience a little bit of everything of Nepal has to offer.Certainly not an easy trek, particularly if you are crossing Thorong La Pass if you are not prepared well. Annapurna Circuit Trek 9 days itinerary starts from Kathmandu and ends in Pokhara, the beautiful nature city of Nepal.The trek is for physically fit trekkers who have short time trekking around Annapurna Circuit.
It is still possible to do Annapurna circuit trek in rainy season as there is less rainfalls. Annapurna Circuit trek belongs to the rain shadow region of Nepal but view of the Himalayas may not clear like in Autumn and Spring. Crossing Thorong La Pass at 5416 m is the hardest day of the trek. Waking up before sunrise and heading over narrow ridges in thick snow. Then climbing continuously for hours before finally reaching to the top of Thorong La Pass. As long as you prepare, wearing enough warm clothes and have acclimatize enough to ensure your body comfortably makes the journey most joyous moments of the trek.
An incredibly enjoyable trek journey to Annapurna Circuit is suitable for all ages and fitness level people. The most important thing throughout the trek is to stay positive. Even when your body aches and you’re craving a hot shower, positivity will drive you on. The incredible views, wonderful hospitality of the local people and company of your trekking buddies make your Annapurna Circuit Trek more memorable in a lifetime.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Package
We offer budget, standard and full fledged package to Annapurna Circuit Trek.In the package price, guide, permit, accommodation and meals are all inclusive. We make sure a good value for money and a great option for trek beginners and solo trekkers.
Accommodation on Annapurna Circuit Trek
There are nice tea house facilities along the trail. Every guesthouses have electricity, hot shower and wi-fi at an extra paying cost. The facilities at higher altitudes like in Thorong Phedi and Thorong High Camp are more basic. No power outlets in the room, not wi-fi or very poor wi-fi, and no hot shower. The rooms are very basic with two single beds, blankets, sometimes a table and a chair. Trekkers most of the time sit in the dining area because it's usually nice, warm and social. Trekkers drink tea, play cards and talk. You go to your room only for sleeping.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Meals
Meals on the trek is quite diverse and usually includes Nepalese, Chinese, Indian and western dishes. They are Spaghetti, pasta, noodles and rice with vegetable/chicken/cheese and tomato sauce, omlette, fried, boiled or scrambled eggs with potato/Cheese/vegetable, Dal Bhat includes rice, roasted vegetable, chapati and lentil soup, momos-local dumplings, pizzas and pancakes, different breads such as Chapati, Tibetan bread, toast, porridge and muesli like oats, cornflakes, muesli with honey, jam, apple or banana and all sort of soups like chicken, vegetable, garlic, tomato, noodle.
Annapurna Circuit Trek difficulty
The paths are mostly in good condition. No technical skills are required so the act of walking is pretty straightforward. The physical effort required, it clearly helps to be as fit as possible. Saying that, you don’t have to be an athlete, far from it. People of all ages and levels of fitness complete the Annapurna Circuit Trek. The key point to remember is to hike at your own pace.Over the course of the trek, you ascend in altitude from 700 m to 5106 m. Much of the route, particularly in the early days, involves plenty of up and down – descending to cross the river, ascending again, then repeating the process further along the trail.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Permit
For the Annapurna Circuit trek you need two permits. TIMS card, the Trekkers information management card and the Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP) permit are necessary, costs around USD 50. We will take care of your trek permit on your behalf once you book Annapurna Circuit Trek with us-The Mission Eco Trek & Expedition Pvt. Ltd. For this, we need your scanned passport copy and two passport size photos.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Cost
Manaslu Trek package costs ranges from USD 590 to USD 1200 and includes all transfers, accommodation, meals, permits, and even the hotel stay before and after the trek.
Internet, Wifi, Sim cards and staying Charged
If you’re looking to stay connected while trekking the Annapurna Circuit, the options are fairly limited.
Wifi-WiFi is available in the tea houses along the trail. There is however normally a charge for using the internet,WiFi and with slow speeds, you may end up wishing you hadn’t bothered. If there’s nothing urgent, our advice would be to wait until you get back from the mountains.Costs anywhere from $4 to $6 to use WiFi at the guesthouses.
Sim Cards-4G sim cards and packages can be bought at the airport, or from numerous vendors in the Thamel area of Kathmandu. They’re great in the city but as soon as you leave the coverage is patchy. We recommend Nepal Telecom and Ncell for 3G/4G coverage. It’s safe to say that in the mountains, neither are really any good.
Electricity-There are electricity available along the trail to charge your power banks, cameras, and phones. The key is to get a fat power bank. Pay to charge that then charge everything from your power bank.Your power bank lets you charge your phone and camera batteries. Most of the places you stay let you charge your gear for an extra cost.
Best time Trekking Annapurna Circuit
The best time to go trekking in Annapurna Circuit are Spring, Autumn and Winter.
Autumn Trekking- September, October and November are the most popular months for trekking in Annapurna Circuit. Autumn brings clear blue skies and mild temperatures before the cold sets in in December. Autumn is also a festive season with the celebration of Dashain and Tihar. Nepal’s biggest festivals.The weather is generally dry and clear, with warm sunny days and excellent visibility. Regardless of the seasons, the weather conditions at Thorung La can change rapidly and there is always a chance of unstable weather, cold and snow storms. It is important to check the weather forecast before crossing Thorung La. A freak storm in October 2014 killed several trekkers as they got stuck in bad weather and snow.
Spring Trekking- The spring season from March to May is considered to be the next best option. The weather is generally clear although a little colder, particularly at higher altitudes. Mornings are sunny and flowers are in bloom. There is however a higher chance of rain, or even snow, and melting ice increases the chances of landslides or avalanches.
Summer Trekking- June, July and August are the monsoon months.The Marsyangdi valley up to Manang sees lots of rainfalls. The trails will be muddy with lots of leeches, but the landscapes will be lush and green. The Kali Gandaki valley is in the rain shadow and sees much less rain. The monsoon is responsible for warm and wet weather, with cloud and mist making visibility extremely poor. You can hardly see a mountain. Leeches are a big problem at this time of year, as is the risk of landslides. As the Manaslu Region was one of the worst affected by the 2015 earthquake, there are many landslide areas – these can be more dangerous in wet weather.
Winter Trekking- January and February are too cold with lots of snow on the trail. The Thorung La Pass will be closed due to heavy snowstorms and a risk of avalanches. By March/April the pass reopens again, but you can still expect snow at the higher altitudes.
You can make last minute booking a day before this trek gets started. Moreover, the payment should be made 100% if you are booking this for the last minute and the booking can be made directly through the online form, by sending us an email, messages on Whats app and by calling. But, Last minute booking is not acceptable for Bhutan and Tibet tours.
Day 1: Kathmandu to Besishahar(970m, 190km, 6 hours)
Receive you at your hotel by your guide and we will drive to Dumre via the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway, then follow the Marshyangdi River to Besisahar, a 6-hour trip overall.This is where our trek really starts. Spend night at Besishahar.
Day 2: Besishahar to chame(2800m, 90km, 6-7 hours)
Breakfast and get a local jeep drive sharing with other people that takes almost one full day travel for 6 to 7 hours. A scenic and adventure jeep drive. Stay night at guest house in Chame.
Day 3: Chame to Pisang(3,300m,16km, 5-6 hours)
Leaving the village of Chame behind, walk out past the prayer wheels and cross wide rivers and pine forests on the way to Pisang.
Day 4: Pisang to Manang(3,540m, 12km, 5-6 hours)
Cross the Marsyandi River on the way out to Manang. Leaving Pisang behind, head out west, passing several small villages and fascinating Buddhist monasteries before arriving at Manang, the largest village in the area.
Day 5: Manang
Enjoy a rest day at Manang. The dramatic setting of Manang makes for a pleasant rest and acclimatization day with the added benefit of hot showers. The best way to acclimatize is to do some high climbing then return to the lower altitude of Manang for sleeping.
Day 6: Manang to Yak Kharka(4,018m,9km, 5-6 hours)
Trek through Manang, where the altitude continues to rise as the route snakes through the mountains and up to Yakkharka. Enjoy gorgeous views of the Annapurna range during the hike and from the tea house at Yak kharka.
Day 7: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi(4,450m,5km, 3-4 hours)
Trek from Yakkharka via pastures of grazing yak, small chortens and streams before arriving at Phedi.
Day 8: Throng Phedi to Muktinath crossing Thorong La Pass(3,800m,13km, 8-9 hours)
This is a tougher uphill day walking up to Muktinath crossing over Thorong La Pass(5416m). Keep a slow steady pace and enjoy the views while hiking.
Day 9: Muktinath to Pokhara(850m, 180km, 9 - 10 hours drive)
Breakfast, get local jeep drive to Jomsom for an hour drive and then get bus drive to Pokhara via Marpha, Kalopani, Ghasa, Tatopani and Beni, then Pokhara Baglung highway that takes whole day drive for 9 to 10 hours. Evening arrive in Pokhara and stay night at hotel in Pokhara.
Annapurna Trek Packing List
We would suggest to take what you need and make your bag as light as possible.You can expect to need more warm clothes in the colder months. Also, crampons may be needed if there’s ice and snow on the pass. On the other hand, if you plan to trek with a porter then this will make choosing what to take a bit easier – just don’t overload your porter of course. Also, bear in mind that it’s very common to leave excess baggage at hotels and guesthouses in Kathmandu.Sleeping Bag (NPR 200 - 300 NPR per day) is available to rent in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Long-sleeved shirts or sweater
Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders)
Shawl or scarf (for temple visits)
Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
Passport (required) (With photocopies)
Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
Cash, credit and debit cards
Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, band-aids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes,
antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra
prescription drugs you may be taking)
Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
Locks for bags
Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
Reusable water bottle
Small travel towel
Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
Watch and alarm clock
Waterproof backpack cover
Windproof rain jacket
Health and Safety:
Face masks (required)
Hand sanitizer (required)
Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.)
High Altitude Trekking
Down jacket (Recommended for winter season)
Hiking boots (Worn frequently prior to departure)
Pack liners to waterproof bags
Reusable water bottler - minimum 1 litre (Aluminium or Nalgene polypropylene are best)
Sandals (For wearing around camp in the evenings)
Sleeping bag and liner, 4 season
Spare boot laces
Thermal base layer
Windproof rain gear
Drinking Water-The Annapurna Circuit is physically demanding and drinking plenty of water is a must.Drinking lots of water helps you acclimatize. Please drink at least three liters of water while trekking each day.Use an effective sterilization method to make sure your water is safe to drink.Purification tablets and the Steripen is a perfect means sterilization the drinking water.Bottled water and hot water is available to buy throughout the trek, the cost ranges from USD 3 to USD 5 per liters.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Guide
A guide is required on this trek and the guide manages all of the logistics, distances, directions, and tea houses. The directions are not always very clear like on the Everest Base Camp trek and having the guide manage all of the logistics is great.The Annapurna Circuit Trek does require a guide and also can be done independently as well.
Drugs and Smoke-Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is not acceptable for our travellers, also illegal in Nepal. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. We have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
Laundry- Laundry facilities are offered by some of tea house and hotel for a charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.
Money Matter-Everything is payable in the local currency, Nepalese Rupees (NPR).Take plenty of small denomination notes as change is not readily available on the trail, particularly at higher altitudes. Also beware that ATM have max withdrawal amounts, and your bank may have a max daily withdrawal limit, so you may not be able to withdraw the total amount that you need all in one day. The amount of money you need to take on the Manaslu Circuit Trek will depend on whether you’re on an inclusive tour or not. If you are on an inclusive tour then you’ll only need money for any snacks or drinks over and above what’s included in your package. If you are paying as you go, then you’ll need to have enough cash to cover all costs: accommodation, food, drink, etc.
Travel insurance is compulsory trekking in Annapurna Circuit because the high altitude can lead to many illnesses, weakness in trekkers, and misjudgments. There is also a risk on trails for falls, avalanches, or other mishaps. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
Nepal Visa-Tourist visas are available on arrival at Kathmandu-Tribhuvan International Airport and at all land border crossings that are open to foreign travellers. While this is available for most foreigners, citizens of some countries are required to get a visa prior to arrival, while those from SAARC countries can get their visa free of charge.There are three different visa options and prices: Multiple Entry 15 Days – 30 USD, 30 Days – 50 USD and 90 Days – 125 USD. In order to get a visa on arrival you’ll need four things:
One passport size photo
A passport valid for at least six months
At least one blank page in your passport
The visa fee in cash (US Dollars is best)
Laundry-Laundry facilities are offered by some of tea house and hotel for a charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.
Passports- As a general rule, your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity remaining. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Please ensure the passport details you provide are accurate. Any errors provided may result in extra fees for making corrections in bookings. We recommend taking copies of the main passport pages and other important documents with you as well as leave copies at home with family or friends.
Travelers to altitudes higher than 2,500 m are at risk of altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS). This can be life-threatening and affect anyone, even people who are very physically fit. There is a higher risk for those who have had altitude sickness before, who exercise or drink alcohol before adjusting to the altitude, or who have health problems that affect breathing. If your tour travels to high altitude, see your doctor for advice specific to you and your situation before you depart. It is important to be aware of the normal altitude symptoms that you may encounter BUT NOT worry about:
1.Periods of sleeplessness
2.Occasional loss of appetite
3.Vivid, wild dreams at around 2500-3800m in altitude
4.Unexpected momentary shortness of breath, day and night
5.Periodic breathing that wakes you occasionally
If you are feeling nauseous, dizzy, or experience other symptoms, please be sure to let your guide know immediately so that we can monitor your condition. Please be aware that should your guide deem it unsafe for you to continue trekking at any time, they will arrange for you to descend to a lower altitude.
Medical Facilities and Treatment
Medical facilities in Nepal are very limited, particularly outside Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, treatment at international-standard clinics is expensive and up-front payment for services is generally required. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment, including evacuation by helicopter.
Alcohol and Caffeine
Alcohol and trekking don't mix. We highly recommend that you limit your alcohol consumption in Kathmandu prior to your trip. Celebrate your achievements after your trek. Both alcohol and caffeine increase dehydration. Limit your intake of both when hiking at high altitudes.
Solo Travelers-Single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Minimum Age-You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a our tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.
Own Departure-Small groups of four or more can pick their own desired departure dates. So grab your family, your neighbors, or your best friends and call us.
Customized Private Trip-Family reunions, corporate groups, wedding parties, student groups, church groups, and any groups interested in a customized departure are welcome to contact us.
Trip Cancellation-If you cancel prior to departure, we need written notice and cancellation fees are:
91 or more days -$0
61 to 90 days -$500
31 to 60 days -50% of trip cost
0 to 30 days -100% of trip cost
Go to Nepal for FREE-For private groups with nine full-paying passengers, the 10th person goes free. Well, almost free.International airfare not included and there is a $400 cost which is needed to cover Pokhara flights, and trekking permit.
Payment and Cancellation Policy- Deposit of $500 due at time of reservation. Final balance prior to trip departure.
Guide and Porter Cost- For ABC trek, pay for guides range from $25 to $35 per day and porters take $20 to $30 per day.
Tipping-People have become used to receiving tips. However, there is no set amount as tipping is a westerner created culture. They will be happy to receive what you see fit to give. If you feel confused, trekkers have taken 15% of the total pay as the standard.
Electricity and Charging Battery-You can charge batteries en route. For this, you need to bring your charger. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay a certain amount for it.
WiFi and Internet-You will have enough Internet access in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you in your home country and at losing connection is very common at times.