The Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of Nepal’s most well-known and classical trek routes. The Annapurna section is a 55 km long massif, connected by the Kali Gandaki Gorge in the west, the Marshyangdi river on the north and east, and the Pokhara valley on the south.
The Annapurna Circuit trek is one of the most popular trekking routes in on earth partly because of the number of high peaks that can be seen during this trek. You can view 13 peaks above 7,000 meter and 16 peaks over 6,000 meters plus the worlds 10th highest peak – Annapurna I at 8,091 meters.
The entire Annapurna Circuit lies within the 7,629 sq. km Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal’s first and largest conservation area. The trek starts from Besisahar in the Marshyangdi river valley and ends at Jomsom in the Kali Gandaki river valley. The total length of the route is approx. 160 km. The route follows forests, paddy fields, waterfalls, massive cliffs, small villages and goes through Manang, a Tibetan village with strong Buddhist traditions.
Annapurna Circuit – Trek Facts:
Trek Difficulty: Level 3 – Medium
Trek Duration: 12 days
Remoteness: Not Remote with good services along the route
Max altitude: 5416 Meters at Thorong La pass
Accommodation: Basic teahouses / Lodges / Fancy guesthouses
Best season: Mar-May, Oct-Dec
Transport To/From Trek: Bus from Kathmandu or Pokhara to the trailhead at Besisahar (790 m)
Require Annapurna Circuit Trek Permits:
The Nepalese authorities require all hikers to purchase two permits before hiking, the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS card). Both permits are required to enter the Annapurna area and are checked at points all along the Circuit. There is no expiration date on the permits, so once you enter the ACAP area you can stay as long as you like – but when you leave, you need to purchase new permits to re-enter.
ACAP: 2,000 Nepali rupees (npr) (US $21.74) TIMS: US $20 (1,840 npr)
- Besides the 12-day Annapurna Circuit trek, there are other trekking options in the Annapurna region available to you.
- The standard Annapurna Sanctuary trek is similar to this trek and can be completed in 11 days.
- If you have less time on your hands and still want to explore the Annapurna region, then the 10 days Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek might be a good option.
- If you have a less time with your children’s in low altitude treks and want to explore the Annapurna region, then the 06 days Annapurna family lodge trek might be a good option
- Located in the Annapurna Mountains, the Ker and Downey Lodges offer the perfect opportunity to experience trekking in the Himalaya in luxury and comfort. With hot showers, comfortable beds and great food, these lodges are the best on offer whilst trekking, then 10 days Annapurna luxury lodge trek might be good option for luxury holidays in Annapurna region
Annapurna Circuit – Safety Considerations:
Safety is our number one concern here at Nepal Visitors and all trekking agencies on Nepal Visitors are assessed on their safety standards after every trek, via trekkers’ feedback. Each and every agency will go through safety procedures with you during your pre-trek meeting.
However, please consider the following for the Annapurna Circuit trek:
Since this is a high altitude trek that goes through high mountain passes, proper acclimatization is absolutely essential. Acclimatization days are required during the trek to avoid altitude sickness.
Temperatures regularly drop below freezing in the passes during early spring, late autumn and winter. Depending on the time of the year, please ensure that you are properly dressed and have the proper gear