Annapurna Circuit Trek - 18 Days

Annapurna Circuit

Trip Overview

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a popular classic trek in the Himalayas of Nepal. Traverse through diverse landscapes ranging from subtropical forests, rural farmland, paddy fields to a high mountain pass, and arid cliffs.

Explore ancient village squares, Buddhist and Hindu temples, and monasteries. Marvel at panoramic views of Himalayas, including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna South, Annapurna IV, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhare, Hiunchuli, Lamjung, Tukuche peak, Manaslu and Tilicho peak.

The trail to Annapurna Circuit unfolds the breathtaking beauty of the Annapurna region. Annapurna Circuit Trek is an opportunity to learn about Tibetan Buddhist villages and the unique culture of local people.

Thorang La Pass Trek is the highlight of this trek. Cross the Thorong La pass, one of the high mountain passes in Nepal and hike across the world’s deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki Gorge. Walk past picturesque villages, home to Gurungs and Thakalis.

Trek to Poon Hill, a vantage point and Ghandruk, a beautiful village for unforgettable experience.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Route

Start your Annapurna Circuit trek 18 days from Kathmandu. Embark on 6-7 hours ride to Khudi from Kathmandu and rest for the day.

The next day you will walk up to Sirung through a sub-tropical forest, crossing a few suspension bridges and waterfalls. The trek further ascends to Jagat, Dharapani, Chame, and Upper Pisang before arriving at Manang.

On the 8th day, you will acclimatize at Manang and hike to Ice Lake. Walk uphill to Phedi, cross Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world, to reach Muktinath Temple. The trail then descends to Marpha, Kalopani, and Tatopani.

On the 16th day, you will hike to Poon Hill to admire the stunning sunrise and panoramic views of the soaring Himalayas in the Annapurna region. Follow the trail to Kimche via Ghandruk and drive back to Pokhara.

You will conclude the Annapurna Circuit guided trek with a drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Difficulty

Annapurna Circuit Trek is graded moderate to difficult trek, ideal for experienced trekkers. However, a novice trekker can opt for this trek with proper plan and preparation.

Our astute guides and expert travel consultants at Nepal Trek Routes will help you. This trek entails one acclimatization day at Manang.

The highest elevation of the trek is 5,416m. On a challenging day, you will trek for 7-8 hours a day.

Please note that you must trek at least 3-4 hours per day. If you are looking for an easy trek, we recommend Dhampus Australian Base Camp Trek.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary

Day 1
Day 1

Drive from Kathmandu (1,400m/4,59ft) to Khudi (790m/2,592ft)
Duration: 6-7 Hours (198 km) Drive

Day 2
Day 2

Trek to Sirung (1,864m/6,114ft)
Walking Distance: 6-7 hours trek

Day 3
Day 3

Trek to Jagat (1,300m/4,264ft)
Walking Distance: 6-7 hours trek

Day 4
Day 4

Trek to Dharapani (1,860m/6,101ft)
Walking Distance: 6-7 hours trek

Day 5
Day 5

Trek to Chame (2,660m/8,725ft)
Walking Distance: 5-6 hours trek

Day 6
Day 6

Trek to Upper Pisang (3,300m/10,824ft)
Walking Distance: 5-6 hours trek

Day 7
Day 7

Trek to Manang (3,540m/ 11,612ft) via Ngawal
Walking Distance: 6-7 hours trek

Day 8
Day 8

Manang: Acclimatization Day, Hike to Ice lake (4,600m/15,088ft)
Walking Distance: 6-7 hours trek

Day 9
Day 9

Trek to Yak Kharka (4,050m/13,284ft)
Walking Distance: 3-4 hours trek

Day 10
Day 10

Trek to Phedi (4,525m/14,842ft)
Walking Distance: 3-4 hours trek

Day 11
Day 11

Trek to Muktinath (3,800m/12,464ft) via Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,765ft)
Walking Distance: 7-8 hours trek

Day 12
Day 12

Trek to Marpha (2,670m/8,758ft)
Walking Distance: 5-6 hours trek

Day 13
Day 13

Trek to Kalopani (2,530m/8,299ft)
Walking Distance: 5-6 hours trek

Day 14
Day 14

Trek to Tatopani (1,190m/3,904ft) hot spring
Walking Distance: 6-7 hours trek

Day 15
Day 15

Trek to Ghorepani (2,874m/9,427ft)
Walking Distance: 7-8 hours trek

Day 16
Day 16

Trek to Tadapani (2,600m/8,528ft) visit Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft)
Walking Distance: 6-7 hours trek

Day 17
Day 17

Trek to Kimche (1,610m/5,281ft) via Ghandruk, drive to Pokhara (800m/2,625ft)
Duration: 4-5 hours trek, 2:30 hours’ drive

Day 18
Day 18

Drive from Pokhara (800m/2,625ft) to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft)
Duration: 6-7 Hours (200 km) Drive

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Annapurna Circuit Trek

Trip Facts

  • Trekking & Hiking
  • Moderate to Difficult
  • 5,416m/17,765ft
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • 1-12

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