Annapurna Circuit Trekking | Avoid Road | Follow Trekking Trail

Trip Overview
  • Duration 19 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate or Grade B (**)
  • DestinationNepal
  • Meals & AccommodationBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Trip Start & EndKathmandu-Kathmandu
  • Trip TypeTrek
  • Major AttractionThorong La pass, Hot-Springs
  • Maximum Altitude5416 Meters
  • Best TimeApril-May-June, September-October-November

Annapurna Circuit Guided Trekking In Nepal takes us to the world's most comprehensive pass. This trek starts from Besisahar and follows the Marsyangdi River with great views of Manaslu and Him Chuli to the east. This magnificent route leads you through traditional Manangi villages inhabited by friendly, habitual people who always offer a warm welcome amidst the magical, snow-capped Himalayas.

The first part of the Annapurna Circuit Trekking Itinerary is that of the Annapurna circuit route. However, from Manang, we ascend to Yak Kharkha, which has beautiful and innocent Himalayas views. After that, our trail continues to Phedi and Thorong La Pass, one of the widest passes in the world. We also climb up to Poon Hill, famous for its spectacular views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. On our Trekking in Annapurna Circuit Journey, we pass through forests, cross pristine meadows, and experience the change in vegetation while in the company of the glorious Himalayas.

Then, the ascent to the Thorong La Pass (5416m), the highest point in the trek, bestows us with spectacular views of Mustang Peak and the snow-covered giant - Dhaulagiri (8167m). We then reach the village of Muktinath, where we can see the sacred Hindu pilgrimage - Muktinath Temple with 108 spring water taps and mysterious natural gas fires on the Annapurna Circuit Trek 19 Day package. The descent from here follows the breathtaking Kali Gandaki River Valley.

A two-day descent from Muktinath, Tatopani is famous for its natural hot springs - perfect for relaxation and believed to heal diseases. The trek passes through Ghorepani, Tadapani, and Ghandruk and finally drives to Pokhara and Kathmandu.

Hiking the Annapurna Circuit will keep you focused and your camera clicking until your batteries run out because of the presence of a lot of mountains here. For instance, the famous Mt. Machapuchare, which looks like a Fish-tail (6,993 meters), the highest mountain in the world Manaslu and Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters and 8,163 meters) will certainly not let you get bored.

The route passes through varied villages where culturally rich ethnic communities like the Gurungs, Magars, Thakalis, and Tamangs reside. The path will lead you to different Buddhist villages and Hindu pilgrimage sites, including reaching one of Nepal's most revered Pilgrimage sites, i.e., Muktinath Temple. 

Annapurna Circuit Trek from Kathmandu offers a taste of nature as it travels through fields, river gorges, mountainous valleys, and small hamlets in the mountains, giving you a true enigma about a Himalayan trek. The distance you would walk on Annapurna Circuit is around 150km (100 miles).

To experience the best Himalayas adventure in the Annapurna region, check out our best-designed 19-day Annapurna Circuit Trekking Itinerary. This detailed Itinerary is provided along with a map of the trekking area you will visit. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced hiker, this specially curated Itinerary and Map of the 19-day trip in the Annapurna circuit will surely help you by providing in-depth details of the hike. Book this trek with Mountain Rock Treks in the autumn and spring months at the best cost for 2024 and 2025. 

Annapurna Circuit Trekking 19 Day Highlights

  • Reach the highest point of 5416 meters at Thorong La Pass which is an amazing journey as well as an extreme challenge.
  • Stroll through the green forest of oak and rhododendrons, where you can take in the breathtaking scenery of the Himalayas.
  • Exploring the Nepalese Mountain culture through some off-the-beaten-track villages on the routes can give a good idea about the lifestyle of the local people.
  • Visit one of the sacred temples with 108 stone faucets revered by Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. 
  • Discover one of Braga's largest and most important monasteries, where you can learn about the region's spirituality on the trekking in Annapurna Circuit journey. 
  • Enjoy the Annapurna Himalaya Ranges at their finest as you hike the Annapurna Circuit trek route. 
  • Enjoy the natural wonders like splendid lakes, glaciers, gorges, and waterfalls under the fascinating scenery.
  • Immerse yourself in the customs of the Manang village's local population.
  • Unwind yourself at the Tatopani Hot Spring (natural hot spring) and regain your health after many days of walking.

What Annapurna Circuit Trekking 19 Days Package Offers?

The Trek in Annapurna Circuit for a 19 day package offers a guided experience with deep exposure to Nepal's astonishingly beautiful Annapurna region. In addition to the wondrous scenery that it gently showcases, the package offers all essential services, including sleep, food, and well-informed guides and porters. This Annapurna Circuit Trekking Package 19-day package offers travelers a comprehensive adventure characterized by cultural encounters, varied landscapes, and the joy of subduing high-altitude mountains. Here is more what the Package offers below:

  • The package offers an opportunity to transverse the beautiful and peaceful route with the extensive alpine woods or towering Himalayan peaks. 
  • Opportunity to cross Thorong La Pass, one of the highest passes in the Annapurna region.
  • Experienced and certified trekking guides ensuring safety and knowledge of the route.
  • Quality accommodation in tea houses throughout the journey.
  • Well-managed and secure Trek to Annapurna Circuit for 19 days in the Annapurna area.
  • Thoughtfully planned trek itinerary, including a day for acclimatization at Manang.
  • Support for any necessary permits and logistics.
  • Memorable experiences and camaraderie with fellow trekkers amidst the breathtaking scenery.
  • The hike offers an opportunity to conquer one of the world's highest mountain passes at an elevation of 5,416 meters, Thorong la pass, and reach one of the sacred temples Muktinath Temple in a single journey. 
  • The package offers Optional side trips to Tilicho Lake.

Join Annapurna Circuit Trekking 19 Days Solo, Private or In Group From Pokhara or Kathmandu

At Mountain Rock Treks, we know that each of our explorers is keen to experience a different adventure. Here, we offer options ranging from Annapurna Circuit Joining Treks designed for a particular trip and budget to improve your travel. This means you now choose to go on the Annapurna trek solo in a private or in a group. 

Whether you choose a solo, private, or group Annapurna Circuit Trekking Package, you are accompanied by the qualified and experienced team members of Mountain Rock Treks. The guides who will trek with us are not only hikers experts but also the ones who know the Annapurna region like the back of their hands. They will be your guides for the whole 19 days trip, and they will teach you the local culture, flora, and fauna so that you learn much more during the trip than just the beautiful scenery. 

Join the Annapurna Circuit trek along the Annapurna range from Pokhara to Kathmandu. We from Mountain Rock Treks propose a Customised itinerary that will suit your requirements and interests. We want you to have the best experience of the Himalayas. Feel free to contact us for the Itinerary Customization. 

Is Annapurna Circuit Trekking 19 Days Right for You?

  • A trek to the Circuit Trail of Annapurna is quite strenuous and calls for moderately good physical condition. It's not necessarily technically challenging, but hikers have to do a lot of walking for 5 to 6 hours a day, gradually increasing altitude. If you are ready for this challenge, this trip is right for you.
  • If you are an enthusiast of travel hikes and have sufficiently gained experience in carrying your light backpack, then you can join this trek. 
  • It is an adventure rather than a hike. If you can embrace the long days and sometimes changeable weather then the trip is the one for you. 
  • If you crave an awe-inspiring Himalayan view, the Annapurna Circuit Excursion will satisfy your desire to the maximum. See snow-topped mountains, different landscapes, and deep canyons. 
  • The hike gives you a peep into the daily life of the locals. Talk with friendly guides and teahouse owners, visit stunning old monasteries, and ogle Buddhist stupas and mani stones placed along the trail. If you want this kind of experience, this is the adventure you don't want to miss. 
  • It is not a must, but a trekking experience in a rocky environment can be quite helpful. This will prepare you mentally for what to expect on the trail and assist you in acclimatizing to the altitude on a higher level.

If these points resonate with you, the Annapurna Circuit trek could be the adventure of a lifetime. 

Annapurna Circuit Trekking 19 Days Cost 2024 and 2025

Annapurna Circuit Trekking 19 Day cost ranges from $958 to $1063 per person, depending on the number of people in the group. We provide solo, private, and group trips starting from Pokhara or Kathmandu at Mountain Rock Treks. 

The trek cost package includes accommodation, daily meals, an English-speaking trip guide, permits, the best itinerary, etc. This package does not include the cost of drinking water or showers, which you have to pay for additionally, nor does the tip for guides and porters or the personal travel insurance, which is a separate charge. 

Here are the Annapurna Circuit Trekking Package cost  we offer for different no of people below:

No Of Pax

Cost Per Person

Status

2-6

$ 1063

Available

7-12

1009

Available

13-30

$958

Available

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Itinerary

You will be greeted by a Mountain Rock Treks representative on the first day following your arrival as per the Annapurna Circuit Excursion Itinerary. To go to Bhulbhule, we would travel for 7-8 hours the following day through Besisahar. After that, it will take us 7-8 hours to hike to Tal. The following day, we would climb from Tal toward Bagarchhap. The track climbs up a steep path to Timang, which is at 2360 meters, and then it continues through a forest with a river close by. We shall arrive in Chame after passing Kopar at 2590 meters. The following day of the Annapurna Circuit Trekking Package, we will hike from Chame to Pisang. We follow routes that have been blocked off due to the effects of the monsoon as we travel into the upper part of the Manang area. We'll proceed to Manang. Our acclimatization day will be the following day. We'll look at the village and take in the scenery.

We will leave Manang and travel through the Thorung La pass on our way to Ledar.From Ledar, we initially drop to a river crossing at 4310 meters before climbing to Phedi at 4420 meters. From Phedi, we will set out early, ascend Thorung La Pass, and then descend to Muktinath. We shall arrive in Kagbeni after passing via Ranipauwa and Jharkot over the rocky and sand routes as per the Annapurna Circuit Trekking Itinerary. After that, we'll head to Jomsom. We still have a ways to go till we get to Tukuche. After leaving Tukuche, we'll move toward Lete and then stroll over to Ghasa. We will walk to Tatopani the following day. As we leave the highway, we traverse towns like Ghara and Sikha. To get to Ghorepani, we'll hike. After that, the next morning following the Annapurna Circuit Trek 19 Day Itinerary, we'll rise early to trek to Poonhill so that we can witness the most spectacular Himalayan sunrise. After that, we'll move toward Tikhedhunga. From Tikhedhunga, we will go on a short hike to Nayapul before continuing on to Pokhara. We'll make the lengthy drive to Kathmandu the next day (6-7 hrs by tourist bus). In Kathmandu, we'll have a farewell meal. A Mountain Rock Treks & Expeditions representative will drop you off at the airport

Day to Day Info

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Our Airport Representative will meet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport. We have arranged a drop at the Hotel by private tourist vehicle. You can either take a rest or meet us at our office and know the detailed arrangement of theAnnapurna Circuit Trek 19 Day Itinerary.  We have a welcome dinner at a traditional Nepali restaurant.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1320m

We commence early in the morning with a seven to eight hours long drive that passes Besisahar to reach Bhulbhule. Nepalese countryside with different vegetations, small villages, and beautiful mountain views lies along the Trek to Annapurna Circuit route. The road gets a little rough and primitive after Besisahar. Overnight stay at a lodge in Bhulbhule.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1100m

After breakfast, we leave Bhulbhule to embark on this seven to eight hours journey as per the Annapurna Circuit Trekking Itinerary. On the way total, we pass paddy fields and cross slippery and steep trails that run along the rhododendron forest. Finally, after crossing a rocky path through the banks of the Marsyangdi River and climbing upward, we reach Tal, the first village in the Manang district where we take shelter for the night.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1710m

Crossing an extensive flat valley, we climb a stone staircase to reach a height of 1860m. The wavy ups and downs lead to Dharapani. A stone Chorten typical to Tibetans resembling the entrance to their villages comes across. Finally, we will reach Bagarchhap as per the Annapurna Circuit Trekking Itinerary. Bagarchhap is the station for the day, at an elevation of 2160m, where there were typical Tibetan flat-roofed stone houses, but nowadays, roads have changed.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2160m

Today's trail on the Annapurna Circuit Trekking Itinerary ascends through the rocky path to Timang at 2360m and then passes through a forest with a river nearby. Passing Kopar at 2590m, we reach the headquarters of Manang - Chame, where the blessed views of Annapurna II await us. Two small hot springs also lie near the town, relieving the long trek. Overnight stay at Chame.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2670m

From Chame, the trail through the forest is steep and narrow and brings us to a curved rock face 1500m above the river. The scenic beauty of the Himalayan Peaks opens up along the trail, and further on, we find ourselves in the U-shaped valley of Manang between two giant snow peaks. After crossing a long bridge at 2910m and climbing to yet another bridge at 3040m, we start to get the towering view of the Paungda Danda rock face. The trail with a magnificent backdrop finally leads to Pisang at 3200m which is the final destination of the fay on the Annapurna Circuit Trek 19-Day Itinerary. Overnight stay at Lower Pisang.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3310m

Taking the trail through the upper part of the Manang district, we walk along trails cut off by the effect of the monsoon. The local people here herd yaks & raise crops for part of the year and their trading business. The end of Pisang leads to alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River, which meet up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru but offers majestic panoramic views of mountain peaks. Unfortunately, harsh weather conditions pick up. From Mungji, the trail continues through Bryanga, a hidden village, to Manang. Overnight at Guest House.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3540m

Today is the first acclimization day included in the 19-Day Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary. A day to acclimatize, enjoy the views, observe village culture and take relaxing walks while getting ready to gain altitude. Sitting idle is not recommended, and one of the best options is to visit the Ice Lake, which takes 5/6 hours to go and come back. Overnight stay at Manang.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3500m

Leaving Manang, the trail crosses a stream and makes an ascent of nearly 2000m to the Thorung La pass. Then, the route makes a progressive ascent through Tenki, leaving the Marsyangi Valley. Finally, turning northwest and continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Ledar (4250m), where we spend the night at a guest house.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4250m

First, we descend to cross a river at 4310m and then ascend to Phedi at 4420m following the Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary. We can find some good recently constructed guest houses at High Camp on the elevation of 4600m where we settle for our overnight stay.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4600m

We leave early from Phedi (foot of the hill) and climb to Thorung La pass (5416m) at the beginning of the day. The climb is tedious if covered with snow as it is steep. Otherwise, it is a regularly used route that is easy to follow. We reach the pass after four hours of climbing marked by Chortens and prayer flags. Reaching the top is rewarding as you can have a magnificent view. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists alike, with its 108 water spouts on the walls surrounding the temple of Vishnu. Overnight stay will be arranged at Muktinath as per the Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary. 

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3800m

Walking past Ranipauwa and Jharkot along the Stoney and sandy paths, we reach Kagbeni, a typical Tibetan village. From here, we move to Jomsom. The walk further continues through wide roads and flat land with views of Tilicho and Nilgiri North Peaks until we reach Tukuche, the center of the Thakali people.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2600m

Leaving Tukuche following the Annapurna Circuit Trek 19 Day Itinerary, we head towards Lete, where we get an excellent view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. From here, we follow the Kaligandaki river and walk to Ghasa. Overnight stay at Ghasa.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2100m

Subtropical vegetation starts to get prominent as the trek drops to lower elevations. Passing through Rupse Chahara (waterfall) and continuing along the east bank from Kopchepani, we get to Narchyang Besi, whose powerhouse supplies electricity to the locals. Villages pass more frequently. Our stop for the day, Tatopani, awaits hot springs for a refreshing bath.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1200m

Leaving the motorway, we walk through villages such as Ghara and Sikha with terraced and inclined farmlands. We can observe the village lifestyle through the walk on this day of the Trek to Annapurna Circuit route. A steep ascent mainly through stone-paved paths leads to Ghorepani. Different colorful vegetations pass en route and as we ascent, the view of mountain peaks multiplies their magnificence, yet more awaits at Poon Hill the following day. Overnight stay at Ghorepani.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2850m

Poon Hill, at an elevation of 3210m, gives the most magnificent panoramic views of the Himalayas. Reaching Poon Hill is one of the main highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek 19 Day Itinerary. With the early sunrise, the golden peaks come into life. After an hour of the spectacular scenery, we return to Ghorepani for a hot meal and then start the day's trek. Walking along ridges and rhododendron forests, we pass Ulleri, a large Magar village, to finally reach Tikhedhunga, our destination for the day.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1495m

Light trekking from Tikhedhunga gets us to Nayapul, from where Pokhara is just an hour's drive away. Pokhara is a beautiful valley with mountain views and beautiful lakes. Overnight stay at a hotel.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 820m

A 5/6 hours bus ride from Pokhara gets us to Kathmandu. We celebrate the end of the Annapurna Circuit Trek 19 Day Itinerary with a farewell dinner. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1320m

Departure from Kathmandu. A drop from the hotel to the airport 3 hours before the scheduled flight time in a private tourist vehicle.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 1320m

We are pleased to offer the flexibility of tailoring your journey to your desired duration and places, whether extended or shortened, as our proficient team of locals-cum-guides, porters, and accompanying staff have an in-depth understanding of every location traveled.

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Trip Map

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Cost Details

Includes

  • Airport Pick up and drop off service by Private Coach.
  • Two nights' accommodation with breakfast at a standard hotel in Kathmandu.
  • 1-night accommodation with breakfast at a traditional hotel in Pokhara.
  • one Potter between two trekkers.
  • While trekking, there is three-time food in a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
  • Tea House accommodation during the trek.
  • We will provide you professional English-speaking trekking guide (trained by the Ministry of tourism) his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, etc.
  • Local bus to go to Besi Sahar and Tourist Bus Ticket to Kathmandu.
  • Annapurna conservation permits & TIMS Permits.
  • All Tourist service charges, Vat.
  • One map Annapurna Trekking for the group.

Excludes

  • International airfare and Nepal Visa Fees.
  • Nepal Travel insurance.
  • Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Flights are not inclusive. (it will be additional If you want to have a flight from Jomsom or from Pokhara)
  • Travel/Medical insurance and Emergency evacuation costs if needed.
  • Personal expenses include phone calls, drinks, donations, souvenirs, etc.
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events, i.e., road wrecks, flight delays, etc.
  • Tips for guide, porter (it is expected).

Dates & Price

Upcoming Departure

Few Seats AvailableStarts: MondayJul 08, 2024
Ends: FridayJul 26, 2024
Status: AvailableUS$958

Essential Info

Best Time To Do Annapurna Circuit Trekking 19 Day

An ideal time to take the 19 Day Annapurna Circuit Trek could differ for each individual, based on their preferences. Nevertheless, it is important to consider the weather conditions and the landscape; therefore, the most convenient period for such trekking is spring and autumn. Here's why:

The timeline from March to May reflects the stable season of Nepal, which has a low amount of rain and snow. Temperatures are moderate, averaging from 15°C to -14°C. Furthermore, the weather on the Annapurna Circuit Excursion route is advantageous, with clear blue skies and fewer clouds to obstruct the views of the Himalayas, traditional settlements, forests, and rivers.

Moreover, the trees start to undergo a transformation as the leaves change to different colors while flowers become fully bloomed, making the forest a vibrant and colorful place during the Spring.

Autumn (September to November) is also the best time to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Weather patterns during this period, like in Spring, have average temperatures of between 12°C and 16°C.

Off-Season Annapurna Circuit Trekking 19-Day

Hiking in the off-season for the Annapurna Circuit From Kathmandu journey is not usually recommended, especially in the rainy and winter seasons, as the weather can be hostile and life-threatening.

The winter in the Annapurna area can be hazardous when the temperature decreases even below zero. The impossible trails might be buried and traversed by heavy snowfall, making it hard to be there and get to the circuit's bottom camp.

Therefore, the stormy monsoon season brings the same problems, as the route is often slippery and dangerous due to landslides and floods downstream. In such conditions, the Trek to Annapurna Circuit poses formidable challenges, which must be approached correctly to ensure safety.

On the other hand, winter trekking can be a worthy alternative to explore if you are worried about crowds.

Finally the choice of the best time when trekking is unique to you, and it is going to depend on your personal preferences. Do you want to be in changing weather patterns and possibly encountering cold conditions and snowfall?

Accommodations on Annapurna Circuit Trekking 19 Day

Accommodation is also managed in the  Annapurna Circuit Trekking package with us. The tea houses (which serve as the base for the locals) are where you will be staying on the route and will provide you with basic but comfortable lodging for the trekkers. Altitude sickness makes you experience insomnia, and only the tea houses can save you, providing simple mountain lodges with the essential amenities for a good night's rest after a long day of hiking. 

The stay at the standard hotels is included while you are in Kathmandu. During hiking, you will reside in different accommodation forms- lodges, guesthouses, and tea houses- that act as trekkers' accommodation spots. The accommodations in the lower elevations of the 19 Day Annapurna Circuit Trek route are comfortable and luxurious, but they become more basic as you ascend the higher slopes. 

Most tea houses have rooms with at least two beds that can comfortably accommodate two people each, with thick blankets to keep you warm. Besides, some tea houses also have private bathrooms, whereas shared bathrooms are clean and spacious. The rooms are crammed and simple, but they have a warm, sheltered feeling.

The dining hall at a teahouse usually covers a large area with a stove so that trekkers can devour hot food while snuggling in the warmth of the fire. At each guesthouse, there is a blanket that is offered. 

Three Meals a Day Service on Annapurna Circuit Trekking 

The Annapurna Circuit Trek 19 Day package provides trekkers with hot, three hearty daily meals designed to meet the needs of the rugged trails of high altitude levels. Almost all meals are cooked on-site at many tea houses scattered along the route. 

The cuisine consists especially of traditional meals such as dal bhat (lentil soup and rice) or Sherpa stew, boiled potatoes with chili sauce, and green vegetable curries. The tea houses also offer familiar Western tastes with pasta, pizza, pancakes, and more. Still, as trekkers, we encourage you to try the regional Nepali dishes that have existed for as long as the locals can remember. 

For breakfast, eggs, porridge, Tibetan bread, and toast with some hot drinks are usually served on the Annapurna Circuit Trek 19 Day. Lunch and dinner typically have the same menu, including Dal Bhat, pork soup, macaroni, fried rice, noodles, potatoes, and even steaks cooked in the buff occasionally. 

A trekker should restrict the consumption of dairy, alcohol, caffeine, etc., which can cause dehydration at a high altitude. In contrast, substitutive leaf teas, ginger teas, garlic soups, and fresh vegetables are suggested to boost energy and acclimatize during the 12-day Annapurna Circuit adventure.

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Difficulty Level of Annapurna Circuit Trekking

It is true that 19 Day Annapurna Circuit Trek is an exciting and adventurous journey but we strongly recommend the trekkers be well-equipped to face all possible challenges. The Annapurna Circuit trek is given a 'moderately challenging' class because its routes are usually rugged and have high altitudes.

Annapurna Circuit is 5,364 meters above sea level and is characterized by thin air, high air pressure, and low oxygen levels. They also increase an individual’s susceptibility to altitude-related illnesses, including Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE), and High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). As a result, to acclimatize sufficiently before mounting to higher altitudes is essential.

Also, hiking the Annapurna Circuit, which takes about 6 to 7 hours, makes up the daily treks of the itinerary. The extended physical efforts are tiring not only for the body but also for the mind. However, it is not necessary to be an elite-level athlete to complete the Annapurna Circuit Trek, yet fitness and a positive attitude of mind are important components.

The troubling issue of altitude sickness is a serious problem during this expedition. Therefore, extensive preparation for both your physical and mental components is paramount. Moreover, ensure you possess the essential gear and equipment for the expedition.

Physical Fitness Required for the Annapurna Circuit Trekking

At any level of your physical fitness, the Thorong La pass is a very challenging segment, aside from the relatively calm Trek to Annapurna Circuit at a more moderate elevation. A minimum degree of physical conditioning, which cannot be less than levels 2-3, is needed for this trek. Among the most crucial points is the experience and the ability to continue walking, mostly uphill, for a long distance. Here are some of the training you can do to maintain your fitness level for your hike.

  • For your Annapurna Circuit Trek from Kathmandu journey, develop leg and core muscles using exercises of your own body weight or weights, such as squats, lunges, planks, etc. Strong legs and core will keep you straight and stable on a mountain that has many bends.
  •  Exercise hiking on short trails with a backpack loaded to build up stamina for activities such as long hours hiking with the load on the back. Gradually build up weight to avoid stress injuries, and do not overdo the distance at once.
  • If possible, pre-acclimatize with gradual high-altitude adaptation for a couple of weeks at medium-altitude. The body in case of slow ascent to a thin atmosphere is able to adapt.

How to Prepare For Annapurna Circuit Trekking Journey?

Here are some of the Preparations you can make below:

  • Try to train for a minimum of 3 months by hiking, running, cycling, etc, to build endurance for the Trip, which has 10-17 days of hiking for 5-8 hours per day covering a distance of approx. 100-130 km.
  • Get a TIMS permit & ACAP permit, as well as insurance for travel and rescue to cover any future emergencies. To avoid inconvenience, refer to the procedures for passports, visas, ID cards, and any other documents you may require.
  • Contact a travel agency and join the small group Annapurna Circuit Trekking 19 Day Adventure as they provide safety, route information, and porter help. They organize accommodation & transportation: 
  • The best seasons are Spring (from March to May) and Fall (from September to November). Research the weather. Carry gear accordingly.
  • Tea houses are mere lodging hosting very basic food. Fold a sleeping bag in your backpack as a backup in an emergency. Book in advance during the high season.
  • See doctors' advice if you have concerns about vaccinations, Diamox drugs for altitude sickness, and pre-existing medical problems.
  • For your Trek to Annapurna Circuit, Make sure to carry some Nepali Rupees for unforeseen expenses like permits, lodging, food, porters, transportation, and emergencies. For the daily budget, plan with at least $30-$40 per day.
  • Study the route in terms of sights and sounds to be experienced daily. Look for symptoms of altitude sickness and be aware that this can affect travelers at any time while at a high altitude. Know emergency numbers.
  • Keep a spare day in the schedule for acclimatization or any unexpected issue like road obstruction, sickness, etc.

Transportation Facility On Annapurna Circuit Trekking 19 Day

All transportation services in the 19 Day Annapurna Circuit Trek package are included. A private vehicle will be arranged from Kathmandu airport outside to begin the trek for pick up as you arrive in Kathmandu. This quick service brings trekkers to their accommodation in Kathmandu after arrival. Finally, the private coach provides trekkers' transportation after the end of the trip from your accommodation to the airport to catch your international flight. Hence, this simplifies your traveling on the Trek to Annapurna Circuit journey by providing an easy getaway before and after the hike without looking for local cabs/taxis.

Also, a bus transportation service will pick up trekkers from Kathmandu to bring them to the beginning of the trek in Besi Sahar. This public bus allows the trekkers to enjoy the environment and view the local scenery while efficiently getting to the doorstep of the Annapurna Circuit. 

Regarding the last tourist transport facility on the Annapurna Circuit Trek from Kathmandu trip, we provide return tickets from the finishing point to Kathmandu for the tourists on the tourist buses. When troops are done doing the hard circuit, the tourists will be back in the luxurious coach to appreciate the foot of the hills on the way back to the capital city. Now, the trekkers don't need to worry about any transportation details like between, during, and to the trek as they are provided at the price of the Annapurna Circuit.

Altitude Sickness on Annapurna Circuit on Annapurna Circuit Trekking 

Annapurna Circuit Trekking 19 days adventure  in Nepal is one of the most picturesque treks, leading passes  5,416 m. Nevertheless, low oxygen in the air exposes climbers to the severe danger of the life-threatening sickness known as altitude sickness. These symptoms are similar to those we have at the elevation of 2,500 meters like headaches, nausea, sleepiness, and trouble sleeping. 

Lack of oxygen exposure leads to the deadly condition known as high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE), it can also escalate into high altitude cerebral edema (HACE) if not dealt with properly. The hardest part about this Annapurna Circuit Trek 19 Day trail is getting the descent and medical treatment quickly, as they are often unavailable immediately.

The ultimate safeguard against altitude sickness on Annapurna Circuit is to have a maximum daily rise of 300-500 meters in altitude of your sleeping position and to take a rest day every one thousand meters you climb in altitude. Hydration, avoiding alcohol, and mentioning painkillers such as Diamox may also be on the list of helpful suggestions. Nevertheless, do not neglect high altitude sickness as this might entail some danger. 

Travel Insurance Requirement for Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Hiking in the Himalayas, including the famous Annapurna Circuit trail, is subject to certain risks, and travel insurance with the appropriate coverage is necessary. Hiking the Annapurna Circuit takes you to a remote area, so medical facilities are scarce. The risks of hiking end up being quite extensive and dangerous. 

These include AMS or sustaining some types of injuries that could require evacuation to the nearest hospital. Hence, the most reliable trek outfitters require trekkers to be covered by a travel policy as a requirement for the trek.  If a hiker gets ill or suffers an injury or an accident, quality emergency medical care and good health can be very hard. Therefore, as for every other travel insurance policy, high-altitude trekking in Annapurna Circuit requires insuring your life for such instances.

Verify if the insurance covers medical and emergency evacuation expenses fairly, even including helicopter evacuation if necessary. Most policies that are intended for regular travel are not sufficient. You should, therefore, get one that is, in particular, made for adventure sports and trekking. Here are some of the things to consider before getting an insurance policy for Annapurna Circuit Trekking Package:

  • You should be sure that your policy covers the evacuation of the doctor and emergency treatment for altitude disease. 
  • The healthcare policies should cover emergency medical treatment, hospitalization, and medication. You can go for about $50,000 minimum coverage.
  • You must have the necessary medical transportation via helicopter and ambulance coverage per your policy. 

Additional Information on Annapurna Circuit Trekking 

Internet Connectivity

Despite the 19 Day Annapurna Circuit Trek being a remote trek, an internet network is available along almost all the routes. Most tea houses never disappoint with reliable wifi connections and $1-2 for each device you can access. Many of the tea houses may have Internet access until Thorong High Camp. 

Money Withdrawal

Though the logistics, like accommodation, meals, and guide service, are all included in the 19 Day Annapurna Circuit Trek package, it's best to carry cash on your Annapurna Circuit trekking journey. You can withdraw a little money from the ATM in Kathmandu before the start of the trek. Basisahar is the last stop with the ATM facility available. After Besisahar, no ATM facility can be spotted until you finish your trek and return to Pokhara.

Guide and Porter Service

The Annapurna Circuit Trekking package includes both guide and porter services. Guides are experienced and licensed English-speaking trekking guides who undergo training from the Ministry of Tourism. In addition, you are provided with one porter among two trekkers. The service of the local guide and porter is very important for long and high-altitude treks in Nepal. The local guides with the greatest experience of trekking the Annapurna Circuit and culture will share their knowledge of this region with the trekkers. Similarly, porters transport your heavy gear so that you can enjoy the trek without worrying about your equipment and gear. We strongly recommend getting accompanied by a guide and porter while making your Himalayas journey to promote your safety. 

Hot Showers

Some of the guesthouses on the Annapurna circuit trekking 19 Day route have hot water showers, and often, you will have to pay a small fee if you are to have a hot shower. Tea House owners usually use gas heaters to heat water. However, at altitudes beyond 4500m, taking showers is not advisable. Meanwhile, come prepared with your personal, bio-degradable soap and be ready for the basic washing facilities in this Annapurna journey.

Electricity Facility

In most teahouses of the Trek to Annapurna Circuit route, there is enough electricity for the lighting of the ceiling and few electrical outlets; the outlets are usually placed in the standard room only. To begin with, most tea houses rely on solar power, so you can't count on having electricity on all days. You may consider purchasing a small solar charger or a spare battery to charge your devices on the way should you wish to increase your chances.

FAQs

  • Q1. How was the weather during Annapurna Circuit Trek 19 Day?

    Annapurna Circuit Trek is generally taken in the months of February, March, April, May, late September, October, November, and December. You can say Spring and Autumn. During this time of the year, the weather is in its best condition in these regions. Spring and Autumn are also the peak season for trekking in Nepal as well. The climate will be neither hot nor cold, the sky will be clear & bright, and the views are prominent. Likewise, the forests and hills get bloomed up with colourful wildflowers. 

  • Trekking in the high elevation brings chances of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Annapurna Circuit Trek takes you above 5,000 meters, which does include the risk of high altitude. However, enough rest days in between the trek for acclimatization can remove the chances of altitude sickness. Also, keeping yourself hydrated during the trek can help avoid AMS. 

  • During the Annapurna Circuit Trek, you will be walking on the trail. Most of the trail will be well made while some parts will be steep and rocky. Nowadays roads destroyed some of the regular trekking trails and there is an alternative trail in the lower part of the trek after a pass from Jomsom.

  • During the Annapurna Circuit Trek, you will be staying in a lodge or guesthouse. The rooms will be small on the twin-sharing term with limited furniture and a common toilet. However, you will find big cosy dining halls in almost every lodge where you can spend time and have some good food. 

    Food will be served as per the menu of the lodge or guesthouse. Usually, the menu includes dishes like dal bhat with several different options of curries (veg/non-veg), momo, noodles, sandwiches, toast, egg, pizza (at some places), thukpa, bakery items, coffee, tea, drinks (alcoholic & non-alcoholic), etc. 

  • While the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is not a technical mountain climb, it requires excellent physical fitness and the ability to walk for several hours a day on rough terrain. If you are new to trekking, start with a shorter and easier trek to build up your stamina and confidence.

  • The Annapurna Circuit trek is considered moderately challenging. While it doesn't require technical climbing skills, it does involve long days of walking, steep ascents and descents, and high altitude. Proper physical fitness and preparation are essential for a successful trek.

  • The best time to do the Annapurna Circuit trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and optimal trekking conditions.

  • Trekkers need to obtain the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card before starting the Annapurna Circuit trek. These permits help support conservation efforts and provide important information for trekker safety.

  • Yes, there are emergency rescue services available on the Annapurna Circuit trek in case of accidents or medical emergencies. It's recommended to have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation and medical expenses.

  • Yes, the Annapurna Circuit trek itinerary can be customised to suit individual preferences, time constraints, and fitness levels. Travel agencies and guides can help tailor the itinerary to include specific side trips, rest days, or additional sightseeing opportunities along the route.

Client Reviews

  • Let's Go Exploring: Choosing the Right Trail for Your Annapurna Circuit Trek

    After much research, I chose the route of the Annapurna Circuit Trekking Package with Mountain Rock Treks. I was looking for a company to ensure my journey through the Annapurna Circuit was safe, well-planned, and enjoyable, and Mountain Rock Treks gave me all that and more. I knew I had chosen the right trekking partner when I contacted the company. First and foremost, the staff at Mountain Rock Treks were very knowledgeable and helpful. Every query I had was answered quickly and knowledgeably. I liked that they weren't afraid to go the extra mile and offer advice based on my experience and preferences. When planning the trek, the team at Mountain Rock Treks offered important advice and suggestions. They provided full-fledged itineraries outlining the different trails that could be taken and what activities could be expected along the way. Mountain Rock Treks gave me detailed information on the places I would visit, the times that I should be where, and the equipment I should have to have the best experience possible. This ensured I had the necessary knowledge and supplies to enjoy my journey. All the guides knew about mountain risks and hazards and provided tips on approaching various challenging sections.  Mountain Rock Treks made my Annapurna Circuit trek enjoyable and unforgettable. The company's expertise in mountain trekking is immense and highly recommended. 

     

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    Farnell HernandezGreeceMarch 01, 2023
  • The Best Way to Experience the Annapurna Circuit

    I was so excited to take this trek but so intimidated, too. After all, I planned to go on a 19-day. Annapurna Circuit Trek, a tough mountain range in the Himalayas. That is why I decided to go with Mountain Rock Treks for my journey. From start to finish, the experience was fantastic. I should start by talking about the planning and organizing of the trip. The team at Mountain Rock Treks was great with providing detailed information and answering any questions I had. They organized the permits, flights, and transport options and ensured I knew what to bring and any safety concerns related to the trek. The trekking experience with Mountain Rock Treks was top-notch. I was assigned a guide and porter who went above and beyond to ensure I had a great trip. They were incredible mountain guides and shared their wealth of knowledge throughout the trek. They also cared for me and ensured I had plenty of rest, water, and food. Aside from the trek itself, Mountain Rock Treks offered an incredible cultural experience. During the Trekking in Annapurna Circuit journey, through our conversations, I had the chance to meet and interact with the locals from the villages in the region and get to know the people who live in the mountains. At the end of the trek, I felt a real connection with the mountains, thanks to Mountain Rock Treks. 

     

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