|Accomodation||Hotel in Pokhara and Hotel/Lodge/Tea House during the trek|
|Start / End point||Kathmandu / Kathmandu|
|Max. Altitude||5,416m at Thorung la high pass|
|Meals Included||Breakfast in Pokhara Hotel and all Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek|
|Group size||2 - 6|
|Nature of Trek||Lodge to Lodge Trekking|
|Best Season||Feb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec.|
|Trip Code||dwt 002|
|Activity Per Day||Approx. 4-6 hrs walking|
|Transportation||Kathmandu to Besishar to Chame, Muktinath to Tatopani via Jomsom, and Tatopani to Pokhara by public transportation, Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus|
Annapurna Circuit in Nepal
The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a beautiful blend of hike & adventure in the Annapurna region where we can see dramatic deep gorges, desolate high mountain passes, and the massive snow-capped mountain ranges as well as relaxing hot springs, Buddhist and Hindu temples, and delightful farming villages.
Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal
- Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meter
- See blue sheep at Yak Kharka
- Spectacular views of Mt. Annapurna, Thorung Peak, Nilgiri, Chulu West, and Chulu east, Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV
- World’s deepest Kali Gandaki George
- Magnificent lakes, glaciers, gorges, and waterfalls
- Visit Muktinath, a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists
- Visit the beautiful Manang district and interact with its people
- Jomsom’s busy marketplace
- Visit Barge Monastery, the largest in Manang
- Hot springs in Tatopani
Benefits of booking Annapurna Circuit Short Trek with DWT
- Free airport arrival and departure transfer to/from Hotel by private transportation.
- Provide pulse oximeter for blood oxygen saturation level monitor at high altitudes. It is an important indicator to recognize early signs of impending altitude sickness and other potential health risks.
- Free excess luggage storage at Discovery World Trekking store during the trek
- Medical Kit.
- Easy booking and reservation system
- Multi-channel communication (Email, WhatsApp, Facebook, WeChat, Viber, Skype, Zoom) and online trip briefing
- 24/7 phone communication at +977- 9840055491
- Easy payment system.
- Sleeping bags and down jackets arrangements if you do not have your own.
Annapurna Circuit Trekking Route
The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a fulfilling trek where you will be able to enjoy the panoramic sceneries of the Himalayas including - Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m) Mt. Manaslu (8,163m), Mt. Annapurna II (7,937m), Mt. Annapurna III (7,555m), Mt. Annapurna south (7,219m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7,525m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,041m), Mt. Machhapuchhare (6,998m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6,986m), Tukuche Peak (6,920m), and Tilicho Peak (7,134m).
You will get an opportunity to explore the Tibetan-style Buddhist villages as well as Manang settlements and their culture. The circuit takes you through several climatic zones, and you will pass rice paddy fields, subtropical forests, rural farmland, and glacial zones. There is a small chance of seeing a snow leopard in Yak Kharka along with blue sheep. We will pass through Jomsom’s bustling market area, a substantial change from the scenic farms and rural villages, and make a stop at Tatopani where, after days of trekking, we can relax in the famous hot springs.
We begin our adventure at Kathmandu by taking a local bus to Besisahar and registering our permits there. The next day we take a local bus for a scenic drive to Chame - our destination for that day. On our way, we stop by Dharapani to complete paper (Trek Permits) formalities for the Annapurna region trek.
The next day, we begin our trek from Chame to Pisang, and our path passes through a pleasant forest route. On the way, we will view Paungda Danda Rock. After reaching Pisang, we will rest for the day. The following morning we leave Pisang behind and head to Manang while enjoying the north face views of Annapurna II, III, IV, and Gangapurna. After stopping at Manang for the night, we head to Ledar the following day.
After reaching Ledar on the fifth day, our journey takes us from Ledar to Thorong Phedi on the sixth day. The seventh day is exciting. We start from Thorong Phedi, pass through Thorong La High Pass and head down to Muktinath, a sacred pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists. After spending a night at Muktinath, the following morning, we leave Muktinath and drive to Jomsom, then to Tatopani for the night. The next day, we drive from Tatopani to Pokhara via Beni Bazaar, and from Pokhara, we return to Kathmandu.
We have designed Annapurna Circuit Short Trek (10 days) for passionate trekkers who can hike 6 to 7 hours a day as an alternative to our 14 days Annapurna Circuit Trek that circumnavigates the entire Annapurna region.
Please see our Annapurna Circuit Trek Map below, as it provides you with precise data about the trip.
This package includes a local bus ride from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar or Bhulbhule. However, for an extra cost, you can book a private jeep. Similarly, while returning, you have the option for a self-funded (flight cost not covered in package) flight from Pokhara back to Kathmandu. We also want our guests to arrive in Kathmandu one day before the trip departure day (before 3 pm) to participate in the trip briefing. We will use trip briefing to check gear and equipment and set your trek expectations.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek Experience in Nepal
Annapurna Circuit Day to Day Itinerary
- day 1
Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (760m / 2492ft) west of the Kathmandu Valley
Itinerary Facts Driving hours (190km / 118miles) 6-8 hrs
Early morning after breakfast, we take a local bus to Besishar, which takes about 6-7 hours (190 Km). The route passes out of the valley along the picturesque Trishuli river to Besisahar, situated along the Marsyangdi River. Throughout your ride, you will see amazing terraced farms, beautiful villages, gorgeous Ganesh and Manaslu snow peaks.
- Overnight stay at Hotel Gangapurna (room with attached bathroom)
- Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
- day 2
Drive From Besisahar (760m / 2492ft) to Chame (2,710m / 8,890ft)
Itinerary Facts Driving hours (66.5km / 41.3miles) 7 - 8 hrs
We take a local bus to Chame. The bus route passes through several jungles and terrace farms along the Marsyangdi River. We will be passing through the peaceful Jagat Bazaar and stopping briefly at Dharapani (1860m) to register our permit. Dharapani is the main entry point for Annapurna Trek. Then, we continue our bus ride until we reach Chame.
Chame has a busy bazaar and rejuvenating hot springs along the Marsyangdi river- where we can relax. From Chame, you can witness the fantastic views of Annapurna II (7,937m) and Lamjung Himal (6,932m) up the valley, and if you look back, you will be able to see the Manaslu (8,154m) and Peak 29 (7,833m)
- Overnight stay at Four Season Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
- Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
- day 3
Trek from Chame (2,710m / 8,890ft) to Upper Pisang (3,300m / 10,826ft)
Itinerary Facts Trek Distance 13.2km / 8.2miles Highest Altitude 3,115m / 10,200ft Trek Duration 5 - 6 hrs
Our actual steps on the trail start from Chame, first, we walk through a steep and narrow valley to catch the views of Paungda Danda Rock face, a curved rock face rising 1500m from the river. Along with Paungda Danda Rock, you will also get clear views of Annapurna II in the south and Pisang Peak in the northeast. Then we descend to the Manang Valley floor to reach Pisang - the destination for this day.
- Overnight at Hotel Mandala (room with attached bathroom)
- Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
- day 4
Trek from Pisang (3,115m / 10,200ft) to Manang (3,540m / 11,300ft)
Itinerary Facts Trek Distance 17km / 10.6miles Highest Altitude 3,540m / 11,300ft Trek Duration 5 - 6 hrs
This day we continue our trek on the upper trails of Pisang via Geru. We choose this trail as it offers the outstanding northern face of Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho, and Pisang Peak. As we ascend, you will feel the air turn cold, dry, and harsh. This trail will take you through several Tibetan-style settlements from where you get a chance to explore Buddhist culture before reaching Manang. In Manang, we will pay a short visit to Barge Monastery - the largest monastery in Manang.
- Overnight stay at Hotel Himalayan Singi (room with attached bathroom)
- Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
- day 5
Trek from Manang (3,540m / 11,300ft) through Yak Kharka (4,050m / 14,275ft) to Ledar (4,200m / 13,779ft )
Itinerary Facts Trek Distance 9.4km / 5.8 miles Highest Altitude 4,050m / 14,275ft Trek Duration 3-4 hrs
The fifth day on our trail is challenging as we will be gaining an elevation of more than 500 meters. We first make our way to reach Tanki Manang (upper Manang Village). At Tanki Manang, you can see stone-built houses with flat roofs, and as you move ahead, you will realize that you are nowhere near any other settlements. The place is desolate. As you continue further, you will reach a tiny village - Gunsang, and shortly after, you will arrive at a peaceful meadow known as Yak Kharka. The path to Yak Kharka might have been challenging, but from Yak Kharka, the trail to Ledar is easy. We will spend our night at Ledar.
- Overnight stay at a ledar Hotel Dhading laxmi
- Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
- day 6
Trek from Ledar (4,200m / 13,779ft) to Thorong Phedi (4,525m / 14,525ft)
Itinerary Facts Trek Distance 8.5km / 5.2 miles Highest Altitude 4,525m / 14,525ft Trek Duration 4-5 hrs
Today's trek will be a short one - 3 to 4 hours as it also helps the acclimatization process. We leave Ledar behind and continue our walk, which takes us across Jorsang river(4310m) and to Phedi at (4,525m/14,525ft). Phedi is a Nepali word for the foot of the hill.
- Overnight stay at Thorong High Camp Hotel
- Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
- day 7
Trek from Thorong Phedi (4,525m/14,525ft) to Muktinath Temple (3,760m/12,623 ft) via Thorong La High Pass (5,416 m/17,756 ft)
Itinerary Facts Trek Distance 15.6km / 9.6miles Highest Altitude 5,416m / 17,756ft Trek Duration 9 hrs
The most challenging part of the trip lies on our seventh day, as we will be crossing Thorong La Pass, one of the highest passes in the world, and the highest point of this trek. We wake up very early at 3 am to face this challenge and push ourselves against icy air and rough high-altitude trails, but the views from the pass are totally worth it.
From the Thorong La Pass, on your north, you will see a panorama of majestic Himalayan peaks extending to Tibet, and as you turn back, you can see the Annapurna massifs. After enjoying the views from the Thorong La Pass, We descend to Muktinath.
The descent is quite steep and will take between 3 to 4 hours. Muktinath is sacred for both Hindus and Buddhists - the Buddhists call it Chumig Gyatsa, which in Tibetan means Hundred Waters. Muktinath Temple has 108 water sprouts with icy-cold water flowing from Kali Gandaki. Moreover, you can also see the eternal flame that has been burning there for more than 2,000 years.
- Overnight stay at Hotel Town House Muktinath (room with attached bathroom)
- Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
- day 8
Drive from Muktinath (3,760m/12,623 ft) to Jomsom (2,720m) and then to Tatopani (1200m/3,940ft)
Itinerary Facts Driving hours (113km / 70 miles) 6-7 hrs
On our eighth day, we take public transport from Muktinath. The road heads down the valley to Jomsom. We will soon find ourselves at the bottom of Kali Gandaki river valley and to Jomsom, district headquarters of Mustang. Jomsom's bustling marketplace provides a great change from the scenic farms and rural villages we had previously visited. We will stop and rest for a while in Jomsom and catch a local bus to Tatopani.
Our journey passes along the deepest gorge in the world, and it will take us from the arid high elevation terrain to the lowlands with lush jungle and farmlands. Throughout your bus journey, you get to enjoy the great views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges until we finally reach Tatopani. At Tatopani, we can take a dip in the nearby hot springs before settling for the night. (Tatopani means hot water in Nepali.)
- Overnight stay at Dhaulagiri Lodge (room with attached bathroom)
- Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
- day 9
Drive from Tatopani (1200m / 3,940ft) to Pokhara (850m / 2788ft)
Itinerary Facts Driving hours (197km / 122miles) 6 –7 hrs
We wake up early in our hotel in Tatopani and take a local transport, and head to Pokhara. Your journey will take roughly seven hours, and before reaching Pokhara, you need to pass the beautiful Beni Bazaar town.
Pokhara is a tourist paradise with almost all the amenities you would ever require. We encourage you to explore Pokhara and arrange dinner for yourself. It must have been a long time since you missed your best food.
- Overnight stay at Silver Oaks Inn (room with attached bathroom)
- Included standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch)
- day 10
Drive from Pokhara (820m / 2,690ft) to Kathmandu (1,350m / 4,450ft)
Itinerary Facts Driving hours (200km / 124miles) 6-7 hrs.
Finally, on the tenth day, early morning, you will return to Kathmandu on a tourist bus. The 200 km route first goes along the Marsyangdi River and then the Trishuli River while letting you enjoy the natural scenery and farmlands. The bus makes one last climb, and you will be back in Kathmandu. We hope that you had a memorable journey.
- Excluded from the package
- Standard meal (Breakfast)
What is included in Annapurna Circuit Package (10 days)?
- Drive from Kathmandu to Besishar to Chame and Muktinath to Tatopani to Pokhara by local bus.
- Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus
- One night accommodation with attached bathroom in Silver Oaks Inn in Pokhara
- Total 8 nights - five nights rooms with an attached bathroom at Besishar, Chame, Pisang, Muktinath, and Tatopani. Three nights standard rooms at Manang, Ledar, and Phedi / High Camp (Twin Sharing Room)
- All standard meals (9 lunches, 8 dinners, and 10 breakfasts) during the trek
- Government licensed experienced trek leader (guide) and porter to help trekkers luggage (2 trekkers will share 1 porter, luggage weight limit 9 kg per trekker).
- Guides and porters meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and other necessary equipment
- Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fee
- Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee
- Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day
- All government, local taxes, and official expenses
- Rescue operation arrangement in case of complicated health conditions (funded by travel insurance).
- Souvenir - a company's T-shirt & cap
- Discovery World Trekking Certificate of appreciation after the successful trek
- Farewell dinner at the end of the trek at Kathmandu
What is excluded in Annapurna Circuit Package (10 days)?
- International flight costs
- Nepal entry visa fees at Tribhuwan Internationa Airport- (15 days - $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110)
- Excess baggage charges (limit is 9kg weight per trekker)
- All accommodations and meals in Kathmandu, before and after we start the journey
- Lunch and dinner in Pokhara
- Extra night accommodation and meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to early arrival, or late departure, or early return from the trek
- Personal expenses - shopping, snacks, bottle or boiled water, hot drinks (tea, coffee), cold drinks, alcoholic drinks, shower, Wi-Fi, laundry, telephone call, battery re-charge fee, extra porters, etc.
- Personal clothing and gear
- Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory
- Tips for guide and porters
- Additional costs or delays caused by conditions beyond company control like landslides, bad weather conditions, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policy, political strikes, mass movements, etc
- All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "What is included in Annapurna Circuit Package (10 days)?" above
Official Annapurna Circuit Trek Route Map
Gears for Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal
Gears for Annapurna Circuit Treks depend upon the season you are trekking, and you may have to make adjustments accordingly. However, here is a list we compiled for your comfort and utility. Please bring only the essentials.
Sun hat or scarf
Winter hat or insulating hat or a wide-brimmed hat
Headlight with extra batteries
Sunglasses with UV protection
Heavyweight winter gloves
Long sleeved synthetic fiber shirt
Hooded rain jacket
Lightweight cotton pants
T-Shirt (bring lightweight wool)
Down jacket (available for rent in Kathmandu)
Waterproof jacket and pants
Thick wool socks (take an extra pair of thick light socks)
Backpack or daypack (size depends on whether you take a porter or not)
Sleeping bag (-15 degree bag is best in the high altitude trek)
Toiletries (toilet papers, tooth paste, tooth brush, )
Medium size drying towel
Biodegradable bar soap
First aid kit
Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
Notebook and pen
Annapurna Circuit Trip Info : Cost, Trip Grade & Best Time
Safety precaution for the Annapurna Circuit Trek
Although Annapurna Circuit Trek takes place at high altitudes, this trek is completely safe. Discovery World Trekking takes several precautions to ensure your safety so that you can enjoy your journey without any worries. For safety -
- Our guides have completed Intensive Wilderness First Aid training
- Trek leaders and guides have years of trekking experience
- In addition to sanitizers, we use high-quality masks & gloves
- We check food & accommodation hygiene in lodges/hotels we will be staying
Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary beginning
You will be arriving in Kathmandu at least one day earlier (before 3 pm) from the trek departure date to take part in the trip briefing. Discovery World Trekking representative will welcome you from Tribhuvan International Airport and take you to your hotel.
On the second day, your trip guide will pick you up from the hotel and take you to the bus station from where you will catch a bus to Besisahar.
Local transport (from Kathmandu - Besisahar, Besisahar - Chame, Muktinath (via Jomsom) - Tatopani) is included in the package. You can book a private jeep for an extra cost.
Complimentary airport transfer service on your Annapurna Circuit Trek Tour
We will pick you up from the airport and drop you at your hotel by private vehicle on your arrival and vice-versa on your departure for free. Our representative will be at the Tribhuvan International Airport holding a pamphlet with your name on it. They will either present you with a Khada or Marigold garland as a welcome gesture and then take you to your hotel. Please submit your flight details to take advantage of this free service.
Hot showers, Wi-Fi will be available at an extra cost in possible places.
Accommodation in the Annapurna Circuit Trekking Route
The 10-day Annapurna Circuit Trek includes lodge to lodge stays in the trekking regions and one night in Pokhara at the best available hotel. We select the best available accommodations at all places.
You will be staying five nights in twin sharing rooms with a private attached bathroom at Besisahar, Chame, Pisang, Muktinath, and Tatopani. Similarly, you will spend three nights in twin-sharing standard rooms at Manang, Ledar, and Thorong High Camp.
We will stay one night at a hotel in Pokhara in a room with the attached bathroom, TV, 24 hours hot water, power, and laundry facility.
Solo travelers will be staying in a single private room with an attached bathroom wherever available and single private standard rooms in other places.
Two nights in Kathmandu before and after the trek may be required but is not included in the package. Kathmandu hosts a wide range of hotels to suit your tastes and budget.
Food on Annapurna Circuit Trek
This trek takes you to high elevations near the world’s highest peaks, so you need enough carbohydrates, protein, and other nutrients. We will provide you with nutritious food, but you might not have all the choices you enjoy in big cities.
We will provide 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, and 8 dinners during the trek. Some of the popular menu items are -
Ten breakfasts -Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, French toast with Jam, Butter, Cheese, Honey Tibetan bread or Chapati, Local Tsampa porridge, Eggs, Pancakes, Muesli Breads, Fruits, and Vegetables, Hot drinks (varieties of teas and coffees, hot chocolates, etc.)
Nine lunches - Dhal, Bhat, & Tarkari, Tibetan Bread, Various Soups, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Macaroni dishes, Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles, Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable curry, Potatoes, Vegetables, Salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Desserts, (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), etc
Eight dinners - - Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari, Tibetan Bread, Various Soups, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Macaroni, Tenduk Spaghetti, Noodles Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable curry, Potatoes items, Vegetable and salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Korean Ramen, Desserts items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), Hard Drinks Steaks, etc
In trek regions, menu item options include traditional, Asian, and Western cuisines. However, as we go up menu list will get shorter.
We highly recommend you to take fresh vegetables and liquids such as green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea, and garlic soup (must) at high altitudes.
Though plenty of non-veg items is available in trekking regions, we do not recommend them because the meat in such places may not be hygenic. We also encourage avoiding dairy items along with alcoholic drinks, caffeinated items, and hot chocolates.
Note- Lunch and dinner at Pokhara shall not be provided by the company.
All personal bills - alcoholic drinks, hot (tea, coffee, etc.), and cold drinks - in tea houses/lodges or cafes except standard meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from the package.
Best Season for Annapurna Circuit Trek
The weather is the most important factor to consider when deciding to go on an Annapurna Circuit Trek Tour. Though Annapurna Circuit Trek is possible throughout the year, the trek is easier in some seasons.
Trekking during spring and autumn when the skies are crystal clear makes trekking easier while allowing you to enjoy great landscape views.
During winter, trekking becomes a bit challenging, due to heavy snowfall and cold temperature, but it also excites many adventurous trekkers. Similarly, during Monsoon, the trails may get slippery, and the clouds might cover the views.
Discovery World Trekking conducts Annapurna Circuit Treks throughout the year.
The temperature in the mountains changes according to the altitude and seasons. Here is an overview of the weather in the high elevations of Annapurna Circuit Treks.
During spring (March-May), mountain lovers and travel enthusiasts come to Annapurna Circuit trek in large numbers. In this season, the climate is mild, the rainfall is low, and the trekking conditions are perfect. The mean daily temperatures in the high elevations are between 5 to 0°C. Lower regions along the trek are warmer, making it pleasant for everyone to trek during this season.
Trekking season begins after March. By April, the trek route throughout the Himalayas will be aligned with red, pink, and white rhododendron flowers at altitudes up to 3,000 meters.
The temperature starts rising from mid-March up to mid-May. The weather is cool, the skies are bright, and you can enjoy the clearest views of the mountains.
June to August (summer)
The summer in Nepal lasts from June to August. Needless to say, the temperatures are high, but the Monsoon season coincides with summer making the trek paths wet and slippery.
Monsoon generally begins from the end of June and continues up to the second week of August.
At high elevations, the temperature during the days usually ranges from 10°C to 23°C and gets relatively colder at night ( 5°C to 10°C). Mornings are mainly clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon, but they disappear at night. Various plants bloom during this season, the valleys look green, and you can enjoy completely different views compared to other seasons.
September to November (autumn)
The autumn season (September, October, November), like spring, is a popular season for the Annapurna Circuit treks. Moderate temperatures, mild wind, and low precipitation make autumn a perfect season for Annapurna trekking.
The sun shines brightly, the skies are clear, the temperature for trekking is just right, and you can get a superb view of the mountains.
You can enjoy spectacular starry skies at night. The Monsoon will be over by early September, and daytime temperatures at high altitudes can reach up to 20°C, nights are relatively colder at around 5°C. The greens that grew during the Monsoon fade to golden/amber providing a spectacular contrast against the crystal blue skies. You will see the terraced farms full of ripening grains.
The environment is clean, and the lowlands are lush. The biggest festivals of Nepal - Dashain & Tihar - also fall during this season. This adds a sense of joy to all trekkers.
December to February (winter)
Winter (December - February) treks in the Annapurna circuit are also popular. The places along the Annapurna circuit trek can get cold, but it excites many trekkers. The temperature at high elevations of the Annapurna Circuit Trek can be as low as -10 °C. But the daytime is pleasant and relatively warm with enough sunlight.
The coldest time is from late- December through early February. After late February, the climate gradually gets warmer.
Despite being cold, the skies are usually clear, and mountains are at their best. It snows at high altitudes, and the trails are the least busy. Though it might not be the best trekking season for beginners, experienced trekkers will have no problem.
Weather at high altitudes is unpredictable and changes quickly.
Trip Grade: Fitness level, Medical, and Health
The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a challenging and alternative short trek to 14 Days Annapurna Circuit.
The hike in the lower lands below 3,500m from Chame (2,710m) to Manang (3,540m) lasts 6 to 8 hrs per day, and in the high mountains, above 3500m, from Manang to High Camp (4,900m), we will be trekking for 3 to 4 hours per day because trek in high altitude is physically demanding.
Past hiking experience would be an added advantage, but no technical experience is necessary.
Trekkers who can hike at a reasonable pace for 6-8 hours per day can complete this Annapurna Circuit Trek. It is a remote mountain journey, and the trek routes involve long climbs, steep descents, and steep forward trails through the rocky paths and the forests.
Exercising and jogging regularly for a couple of weeks before the trip is a good idea as it enhances stamina. To join the Annapurna Circuit Trek, trekkers should be in good health with fair physical fitness and have a positive attitude, self-confidence, and strong determination.
Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek. You might also consider taking your doctor's advice.
Annapurna Circuit Group Trek | Private Single Trek | Private Family Trek
We organize groups as well as private treks. Group discounts are available based on your team size. The bigger your team is, the more discount you will get. Please view our price list for details. Just click on the - we offer group discount -on your right.
However, if Discovery World Trekking assembles the group, you will not be eligible for discounts.
We can handle any group size. Each group will have a guide, and for every two trekkers, we will assign a porter. For groups of 12 or more, we will arrange an assistant guide.
A typical day on Annapurna Circuit Trek
Each day you will be trekking, climbing, enjoying the scenery, taking photos, and exploring the local villages. During the expedition/trek, our expert Sherpa guide will share with you information and historical facts about the places you will be trekking. The porters will carry most of your luggage. However, you may also need to carry a small backpack for your valuables.
The day starts with an early morning hot cup of tea/coffee. After breakfast, we set off on the day's walk from 7 am to 8 am, depending on the duration and nature of the walk. After trekking for three to four hours, we will have lunch around midday on the route to the next destination. We will rest for an hour and continue the trek.
The afternoon walk is generally shorter - about two to three hours. Once we reach our overnight lodge/tea house/tent, we snack on the extra dietary food and explore the town/village, where we will be spending the night.
We serve dinner around 6.30 pm. Before going to bed, we will spend some quality time in friendly conversations. Your expedition leader/guide will be briefing you about the next day’s plan. After this briefing, you can enjoy onboard games like monopoly, card, or watch mountaineering documentaries. Most of our guests also prefer to learn common Nepali words. If reading provides you pleasure, you can pack one or two books.
Communication during the trek
While on the Annapurna Circuit Trek, you can use internet service at the lodges for an extra service charge. But once we reach high altitudes, we will communicate using phones. Discovery World Trekking Office will remain in contact with all trek teams at least once a day via the team guide.
Depending on the network service you use, you might get signals, but they may not be strong enough. If you want, you can buy a local SIM in Kathmandu.
Normally Wi-Fi works every part of the trek in lodge/lodges but will come with an extra cost.
Electricity for battery recharge, water on trekking
Throughout the lodges we will be staying during the Annapurna Circuit trek, electricity for the camera and mobile battery recharge is available for an extra cost.
Similarly, you can buy packed mineral water from local lodges and en route shop or fill your water bottle with boiled water. We also provide water purification pills if you need them.
You should not drink water from the rivers, taps, and wells, in the trek regions because they may not be drinkable.
Extra personal cost during the Annapurna Circuit Trek
You need to arrange for meals and accommodations in Kathmandu. All meals, transfers, and accommodations required for Annapurna circuit trekking are included except for the lunch and dinner in Pokhara.
Trekkers will have to bring personal spending money with them to cover costs of accommodations in Kathmandu, visa fees, travel insurance policy purchase, beverages, snacks, souvenirs, tips to the trekking crew members, and other personal expenses.
We recommend you to bring cash (major currencies) and exchange them in Kathmandu. You can use your debit/credit card to withdraw money from ATM.
Insurance requirements for Annapurna Circuit Trek
Insurance for Annapurna Circuit Trek is compulsory. There is a slight chance of altitude sickness and other unforeseen events such as climate change.
All trekkers must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Discovery World Trekking before starting the trek. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation, including helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitudes.
We can recommend insurance companies based on our clients' experiences, but we do not sell insurance policies.
Trekking members are kindly requested to send their detailed insurance information once they book for the trekking. In case of emergencies, we will be using your insurance policy and the informational documents you sent us for a quick rescue operation or to cover your medical expenses.
Do not just rely on information provided by the insurance companies on their website. Call them and recheck if they cover helicopter rescue and evacuation costs at altitudes up to 6000m, along with all medical expenses.
Visa on Arrival | Nepal Tourist visa
All foreigners except Indian nationals need a valid visa to enter Nepal. You can get an on-arrival Visa at the Tribhuvan International Airport or Nepali borders touching India or Tibet. You can find more information about visas at www.immigration.gov.np
To apply for the visa, you need a passport that is at least valid for six months, one passport-size photo, and a visa fee. The current visa fee is USD 50 for 30 days stay, which you need to pay in cash.
Chinese and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) country (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) citizens get a free visa.
Citizens from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan may not get an on-arrival visa. Hence if you are a citizen of these countries, contact your local Nepali embassy.
Money Exchange | USD to NPR
Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.
(1 USD = (around) Rs.120 NPR).
You can exchange major foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Legal money exchanges display their rates publicly.
Only 100 and 2,000 Indian Rupee notes are legal in Nepal.
We prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high commission bank rates around four percent or more.
You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself using your international credit or debit cards. Most of these ATMs are open round the clock.
The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing for foreign cards.
Most Asian banks do not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn, or faded. So please bring only new, clean notes.
How much luggage can I take during the Annapurna Circuit Trek?
We assign one porter for every two trekkers, and the maximum combined load the porter carry is 18 kgs. So, that calculates to 9 kg luggage weight limit per trekker. We also expect you to carry a small backpack for your valuables. Please bring with you only the essentials. You can leave your excess luggage at your hotel or our office store. Discovery World Trekking provides free luggage storing service for our trekkers during their trek period.
You will also recheck your luggage and equipment during our trip briefing.
Responsible Travel in Annapurna Circuit Trek Tour
As an eco-tour company, we are aware of the environmental consequences of our actions and try our best to protect the environment. Our policy is to:
"Take nothing but pictures.
Leave nothing but footprints.
Kill nothing but time."
Please make sure you think about the environment and not litter carelessly. Discovery World Trekking works with the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) to organize eco-friendly trips that benefit travelers and communities.
Discovery World Trekking Hiking Team
During the Annapurna Circuit Trekking, our trained and experienced guides/Sherpas will be accompanying you. For every two trekkers, we will assign a porter. The combined weight limit for a porter is 18 kgs.
Since our crew members are local people from remote high Himalayas, their physical endurance at high altitudes is phenomenal.
All our staff members are precious to us. We pay them well and cover their insurance, clothing, food, and lodging. They receive medical care when ill or injured. Discovery World Trekking believes that only a happy person can keep others happy. Hence, we try hard to keep our staff happy.
Our crew has:
- Intensive Wilderness First Aid Training
- Government-authorized Trekking Guide Training Certificate
- Fluency in speaking English and one other major language
- Conservation and Biodiversity Training
- Rock climbing experience
Tipping in Nepal
Nepali culture accepts and honors tipping, and it is a way to show gratitude. Tipping is at trekkers' discretion and based on service quality. We encourage you to tip at the end of the trek and as a group.
100 % Secure Payment | MasterCard | Visa | American Express| Other Methods
Discovery world trekking is a Nepal government-authorized and bonded trek and tour operator. Additionally, we are members of the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Therefore, you can book your trek/expedition with Discovery World Trekking trip with 100 percent confidence.
We require 10 percent of the trip booking amount as advance. Please send your documents like passport copy, passport-size photos, travel insurance policy, arrival and departure flight details within a week of booking.
You can pay 10% advance using bank transfer, western union, or through our website online payment, and the remaining amount when you arrive in Nepal. We accept cash, bank transfer, or credit cards. You will also receive the payment options in your email.
Last minute booking on Annapurna Circuit Group Trek | Private Trek
For those unable to book Annapurna Circuit Trek in advance, Discovery World Trekking provides last-minute booking. To take advantage of this service, you need to pay 100% of the trek cost 24 hours before the trip starts.
We try our best to conduct last-minute booked treks/trips on your date. However, sometimes due to circumstances beyond our control - bad weather or unavailability of lodging, there is a small chance of trek delay.
For more information, contact us at 977- 9851054143 / 9840055491 (Paul Gurung) or email us at [email protected]
After trip completion, if you have extra days, you can go on a sight-seeing tour in Kathmandu or nearby areas. You can also choose to go jungle safari in Chitwan, paragliding, rafting, canyoning, or other treks.
At the end of the trek, Discovery World Trekking hosts a farewell dinner, and after dinner, we will also present you trek completion certificate (hard copy). It is also a perfect time to share your experience and provide us feedback.
USEFUL INFO ABOUT ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT SHORT TREK
Please Note: 10 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek includes fixed departure dates from Kathmandu and Pokhara, and we can tailor a trip to accommodate your requests and schedule.
Please review your designated departure date for this trek, and if the designated departure date does not suit your schedule, contact us. We can re-arrange the trek at your convenience.
The itinerary we listed above may be modified for unforeseen events beyond our control. However, we do our best to stick to the itinerary.
We look forward to guiding you in the Annapurna region on a trek that is considered the best long trek in the whole world.
Join Upcoming Trips
Book this trip with us. Here are the upcoming dates. Feel free to share this trip with your friends and family. For custom trips or general inquiries contact us.
|Departure Date||Price||Trip status|
|10 Days07 Oct, 2022 - 16 Oct, 2022|| ||Guaranteed||Enquire Now|
|10 Days09 Oct, 2022 - 18 Oct, 2022|| ||Guaranteed||Enquire Now|
|10 Days11 Oct, 2022 - 20 Oct, 2022|| ||Guaranteed||Book Now|
|10 Days13 Oct, 2022 - 22 Oct, 2022|| ||Guaranteed||Book Now|
|10 Days15 Oct, 2022 - 24 Oct, 2022|| ||Guaranteed||Book Now|
Group Discount Prices
|No. of Persons||Price per Person|
|1 Pax||US$ 850|
|2 Paxes||US$ 625|
|3 Paxes||US$ 600|
|4 - 6 Paxes||US$ 575|
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What an experience! My friends and I have just returned from our Annapurna Circuit trek and our eyes are still sparkling with joy from this huge accomplishment, and glistening with tears from having to part ways with our DWT family. :(The trek was difficult, yes, but the stunning views are to die for. And what's not to like about feeling like a champ at the top of Thorong La pass?The real super stars of this epic trip, however, are Soroj, Amar, and Gore, our guide and two porters. They went above and beyond to ensure our safety and comfort, catering to our every need with great attitudes and good humor because god knows it takes patience to deal with a whining bunch like us. They were there with us every step of the way, helping us to be comfortable with our own pace, dealing us the jokes we needed to keep going. I can't stress enough their impressive level of service and capacity to handle every situation with finesse. I definitely recommend DWT!!!Show less
I was a little worried about coming to Nepal and doing the Annapurna Circuit in the off season but all the trekking companies are still running. I decided to go with DWT as they were the most reassuring in terms of experience and organisational skills. Before I knew it I was making my way by local bus to the starting point. I did not have to think at all on the trek everything was arranged for me. I would highly recommend DWT!
An unforgettable experience!
Since my very first contact with Paul via email, Discovery World Trekking has been nothing but professional and accomodating. From prompt responses to emails, to airport pickup and drop off, the company did everything possible to make this a stress free experience.I did the Annapurna Circuit trek, with my guide Simbir and porter Ganesh. Both Simbir and Ganesh were polite, professional and couldn't do enough to make my experience a positive one. As a first time trekker travelling alone, this was very important and appeeciated.Simbir is very experienced and knowledgeable, and was constantly checking with me that I was feeling ok and if there was anything I needed. He has a great relationship with the tea house owners and always choose excellent places to stay, and made sure I got the best room. Carrying fruit and serving it to me every evening is one of the small things that make a huge difference; I was the cause of envy many evenings in the tea houses amongst guests who were missing fresh fruit!I have no hesitancy in recommending this company for trekking in Nepal, and will definitely book with them when I come back!Thank you Paul, Simbir and Ganesh