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Annapurna Circuit Trek

11 Days

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is truly a remarkable experience. The breathtaking views of the Himalayas, the diverse landscapes, and the rich culture of the local people make this trek an unforgettable journey. 

As you weave your way through small villages, passing by terraced farms and rhododendron forests, you will feel a deep appreciation for the natural beauty that surrounds you. The challenge of climbing over Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters is one that will test your physical endurance but also leave you feeling accomplished and proud.

But it’s not just about the stunning scenery. The hospitality and warmth of the locals along the way will leave a lasting impression on you. From sharing a cup of tea with a family in their home to learning traditional dances with villagers, you gain insight into their lives and traditions.

As someone who has had the privilege of completing this trek, I cannot recommend it enough. It is an incredible adventure that will push you out of your comfort zone while also providing moments of stillness and reflection in nature. The memories and experiences gained from this trek will stay with you forever.

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Overview

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is not for the faint of heart, but it is an adventure that will leave you with unforgettable memories. The trek offers a variety of landscapes to explore, from lush subtropical forests to high-altitude deserts. You will also encounter diverse cultures along the way, as you pass through numerous small villages and towns.

One highlight of the trek is crossing the Thorong La Pass, which stands at 5,416 meters above sea level. This challenging ascent will test your physical and mental endurance, but when you reach the top, you will be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of the Himalayas.

Another thrilling experience on this trek is visiting the sacred Muktinath Temple, a pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The temple is located at an altitude of 3,710 meters and features natural gas jets that provide continuous flames. It’s a unique spiritual experience that adds to the already exciting adventure.

Overall, if you’re looking for an adrenaline-pumping adventure in Nepal that combines stunning scenery with cultural experiences, then the Annapurna Circuit Trek should be on your bucket list. With its challenging terrain and breathtaking views, this trek will give you a sense of accomplishment like no other.

Highlights

  • Thorong La Pass – At an elevation of 5,416m, this is the highest point of the trek. The views from the top are absolutely breathtaking.
  • Annapurna Massif – The Annapurna Massif is home to some of the highest peaks in the world, including Annapurna I which stands at 8,091m. Trekking through this area will leave you in awe of the natural beauty.
  • Tilicho Lake – This stunning glacial lake is one of the highest lakes in the world and is surrounded by snow-capped mountains.
  • Marpha Village – Known for its apple orchards and production of apple brandy, Marpha is a beautiful village with traditional architecture and a charming atmosphere.
  • Muktinath Temple – This ancient temple is a place of pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists. It is believed that taking a dip in the holy water here will wash away all sins.
  • Kali Gandaki Gorge – This is one of the deepest gorges in the world and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Poon Hill – This is a popular viewpoint that offers incredible views of the sunrise over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.
  • Local Culture – Along the trek, you will encounter many different ethnic groups such as Gurung, Thakali, and Manangi. You will have the opportunity to learn about their traditional lifestyles and customs.
  • Natural Hot Springs – After a long day of trekking, there’s nothing better than relaxing in a natural hot spring. There are several hot springs along the trek that you can take a dip in.
  • Local Cuisine – From momos (dumplings) to dal bhat (lentil soup and rice), you will have the chance to try a variety of delicious traditional Nepali dishes.

Itinerary

– Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (6-7 hours)

– Drive from Besisahar to Chame (5-6 hours)

– Overnight stay in Chame

– Trek from Chame to Pisang (5-6 hours)

– Overnight stay in Pisang

– Trek from Pisang to Manang (6-7 hours)

– Overnight stay in Manang

– Rest day in Manang for acclimatization

– Hike to Gangapurna Glacier Lake or explore the town

– Overnight stay in Manang

– Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (3-4 hours)

– Overnight stay in Yak Kharka

– Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (3-4 hours)

– Overnight stay in Thorong Phedi

– Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass (7-8 hours)

– Overnight stay in Muktinath

– Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (5-6 hours)

– Visit the Muktinath temple and hot springs

– Overnight stay in Jomsom

– Drive from Jomsom to Tatopani (3-4 hours)

– Relax in the natural hot springs

– Overnight stay in Tatopani

– Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (7-8 hours)

– Overnight stay in Ghorepani

– Early morning hike to Poon Hill to watch the sunrise over the Annapurna Range

– Trek from Ghorepani to Nayapul (4-5 hours)

– Drive from Nayapul to Pokhara

Includes/Excludes

Cost includes:

  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • All necessary permits (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and TIMS card)
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Besisahar and from Nayapul to Pokhara
  • All meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek (teahouses)
  • Experienced and licensed trekking guide and porter(s)
  • Insurance for guide and porter(s)

Cost excludes:

  •  International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Alcoholic and bottled beverages
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, snacks, and drinks
  • Tips for guide and porter(s) (recommended 10-15% of trek cost)

FAQs

How difficult is the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered to be a moderately challenging trek with some steep inclines and high altitude. It requires a good level of fitness and acclimatization is necessary to avoid altitude sickness.

What is the best time to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The best time to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek is from September to November and from March to May when the weather is dry and the skies are clear.

Is it necessary to hire a guide for the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

It is not necessary to hire a guide for the Annapurna Circuit Trek, but it is highly recommended. A guide can provide valuable information about the trek, the culture, and the surroundings, as well as help with navigation and communication with locals.

What is the accommodation like on the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Accommodation on the Annapurna Circuit Trek is in teahouses, which are basic lodges with shared rooms and bathrooms. The rooms usually have a bed, a blanket, and a pillow. Electricity and hot water may not always be available.

What permits are required for the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The Annapurna Circuit Trek requires two permits: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card. These can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board or from your trekking agency.

Can I do the Annapurna Circuit Trek solo?

Yes, you can do the Annapurna Circuit Trek solo, but it is recommended to hire a guide or join a group for safety and support. Solo trekkers should also be prepared for potential risks and challenges.

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Based on 51 reviews
patrik b
patrik b
2024-05-06
Amazing Annapurnas with Mta trekking Great tour, everything was well organised - great tour guide and porters, very nice ldoges owned by friendly people, good food, very nice transportation, generally very professional approach. Woudl recommend to everyone.
Loni S
Loni S
2024-05-05
Enjoyable and unforgettable trek with the experienced! Thanks MTA and Mardi Himal ❤️ I did 5D4N Mardi Himal trek with a few friends in Apr 2024 with MTA. The four of us from Hong Kong were very well taken care since entering Pokhara. MTA (kudos to Bijay) gave us best advice of anything from equipment, flight to massage. Bijay organised our airport pickup and connecting cars so well so we could be worry-free the whole time. It’s especially important as we sometimes had miscommunications with drivers even using ride-hailing app. Our tour was customised and extended one day vs the regular 4D3N with Bijay’s help so we had more time for ascending and made it easier to reach the highest point at 4200m. Going on Mardi trek with MTA, their guide Kaji and two porters Donbadu and Natium, makes the experience 5-star! 1/ Kaji knew the trek and his guests so well. He never failed to estimate how much time we still needed and we could adjust our expectations. 2/ Kaji had best connections on the mountain (which is tremendously important), everyone doing business on the trek is like his extended family. With that our schedule was more flexible for a change. 3/ MOST IMPORTANTLY, Kaji was very observant and ensured safety of everyone. He made timely decision to save my friend from altitude sickness! My friend started to feel unwell and vomit after we reached 3,300m. Kaji tried to extend our rest time to help her recover, and in the end got Donbadu to go down with her so she could be relieved. We really appreciate that! ❤️ We’re always treated as top priority and served very well on the trek. Food and drinks are never missed, Kaji and his team were very hospitable and always checked in if we felt good for the coming trek. MTA guides all treks you can name - Poon Hill, Mardi Himal, ABC, ACT, EBC and many more lesser known ones. Definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a worry-free, safe trek in Nepal, especially if you’re first timers like us. Thanks for supporting our trekking dream! Annapurna and Mardi Himal look surreal, it’s a good story of a lifetime. <3
René S
René S
2024-05-01
Everything we wanted and more! The company is excellent. This is a newer trekking company but with all the right contacts to make sure things run smoothly. We were 3 in our group. We all felt relaxed because everything was taken care of in an stress-free way. Our questions (which were many) were answered before and during the trek. The vibe is laid back and friendly. The company are also concerned that porters do not carry too much weight and everybody is treated fairly. The trek was tough for us but the guide and our porters were excellent - very patient and helpful - they were very concerned for our needs and thanks to them, we made it to base camp and it was so amazing we cannot thank them enough!
Zacattack
Zacattack
2024-04-22
Everest Base Camp - Absolute must for your Bucket List. If you're an adventurer at heart, seeking the thrill of reaching great heights and witnessing breath-taking landscapes, or like me have a bucket list then a journey to Everest Base Camp is an absolute must. Recently, I had the incredible opportunity to embark on this unforgettable expedition with a few friends and M.T.A , I'm still buzzing with excitement from the experience. Our journey began in Kathmandu, Nepal, where after landing at the airport we were greeted by Bijay from M.T.A. and taken for a very delicious Nepalese meal. Next we flew to Lukla, a tiny airstrip nestled among the towering peaks of the Himalayas. The hair-raising flight was an adventure in itself, offering jaw-dropping views of the rugged terrain below. Here we meet our main guide Shishir along with porters to assist in carrying our packs. We then embarked on 9 day trek to Everest Base camp. As we trekked through quaint Sherpa villages and lush rhododendron forests, each step brought us closer to our ultimate goal: reaching Everest Base Camp. Along the way, we were treated to awe-inspiring vistas of snow-capped peak, sparkling glaciers and an array of different animals such as Yaks & horses, Shirhir was amazing in his knowledge of the trek, the villages and giving us advice on how best to pace ourselves to enjoy the journey. As we reached higher altitudes he was very conscious of our health and safety to ensure we were in the best possible position to reach base camp watching us closely and monitoring our oxygen levels. Reaching Everest Base Camp was a momentous occasion, even thou we were tired this soon faded as we were filled with a sense of accomplishment and wonder. Surrounded by towering giants like Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse, we couldn't help but be humbled by the sheer magnitude of nature's grandeur. We were blessed with been able to meet with one most experienced sherpa’s who had climbed mount Everest 18 times and enjoyed a cup of Tea with him. Shirhir knowledge of the region, coupled with his warm camaraderie, made the journey all the more enjoyable. We enjoyed the hearty wide range of Sherpa meals that fuelled our bodies and warmed our souls after a long day on the trail. In the evenings after a meal, we reflected on the days excitement and ended the evening most nights with a round of cards and in bed by around 9. As I had limited time I opted to fly out by Helicopter from Gorashep. This was absolutely an amazing flight. What had taken 8 days to walk around 70KM from Lukla to Gorashep took around 8mintues to Helicopter out. I will never forget the amazing scenery on that flight out. In conclusion, my journey to Everest Base Camp was nothing short of extraordinary. It was a test of endurance, a feast for the senses, and a soul-stirring adventure that will stay with me forever. If you're searching for an experience that will challenge you, inspire you, and leave you utterly spellbound, look no further than Everest Base Camp. M.T.A , Bijay and Shirhir make the whole experience so enjoyable I have no hesitation in recommending them. Everest base camp is worth every step of the journey, it is a must to put on your bucket list.
Peter M
Peter M
2024-04-17
Wonderful Mardi Himal Trekk My favorite mountain. The people were incredibly helpful I made a few mistakes in bookings, but they were very accommodating.We managed to shorten the trip to meet my schedule by taking me partway by jeep. My guide was very good. He brought me to the best place my strength could handle.
Jana H
Jana H
2024-03-18
Experience you never forget Unforgettable experience to trek the EBC, thank you to Shishir who was always very helpful and kind. We all successfully reached the base camp.
JogT
JogT
2024-03-04
Wonderful poonhill trekking via Ghandruk We thoroughly enjoyed trekking in Poonhill and Ghandruk village! Sadly, the weather was not favorable and we couldn’t see the mountains from Poonhill but aside from that, our experience was wonderful. Our guide Kaji was caring and went above and beyond to make our trek memorable. He organized clean and comfortable hotels with hot showers in Ulleri which was great after climbing many stairs. The early morning Poonhill hike was worth it and the Ghandruk village and museum were also intriguing. We are happy to have booked our Poonhill trek via Ghandruk village with MTA Trekking.
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GoPlaces20530362823
2024-02-03
Ultralight Plane Flight and Sarangkot The ultralight plane flight was amazing. You can see the Himalayas from so close you can almost reach out and touch them. It's a must-do if you visit Pokhara. The guide was very experienced, so I was able to leave it to him with confidence.
Bishal S
Bishal S
2024-01-14
Wonderful Poon Hill Trekking Experience We had wonderful Poon hill trekking experience with Mta trekking. As we had chosen full package, everything was taken care perfectly including accommodations, foods and transportation. Sunrise from Poon hill was the highlight of this trip. We would recommend this trusted and reliable company.
Teknomad
Teknomad
2024-01-13
Wonderful Mardi Himal Trek Experience i had Wonderful Mardi Himal Trek Experience . The Guide was knowledgeable and know the local areas very well. As it offers few numbers of accommodations, my guide made sure that the food was prepared fresh and hygienic. Their service is recommended.

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