13 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek

13 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek
The Annapurna Circuit trek is a classic and most famous trek in the Himalayas of Nepal. Trekkers will be blessed by the sight of magnificent mountains of different height and significance. From the deepest gorge to the world-famous high altitude pass as well as various hamlets of Tibetans, Chhetris, Brahmins, Sherpa, Thakali and Gurung people make the voyage enthralling. You’ll be able to experience stunning high mountain scenery, beautiful lowland farms and villages, cultural diversity and a stimulating pass crossing for all the adventure seekers. The Annapurna Circuit trek is an exceptional adventure for ambitious travelers!

13 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek Highlights

  • Scenic drive to Besisahar and Chame
  • Trek through picturesque valleys, lush forests
  • Panoramic views of the Annapuran range
  • Ancient monasteries
  • Beautiful high altitude lakes
  • Crossing the world's largest and thrilling pass, Thorong La Pass (5,416 m/17,764 ft)
  • Visit the most sacred temple of Hindus, Muktinath

About the 13 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most popular trekking trails in the Himalayas of Nepal. The trail is full of lush green pasture, arid desert terrain, challenging passes, beautiful forests, picturesque valleys, and stunning views of massive mountains. The breath-taking view of the Himalayas from Thorong La Pass will amaze your mind and eyes. This trek will offer you panoramic views of Annapurna Ranges (8,091 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Manaslu (8,156 m), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), Mt. Gangapurna (7,455 m), Mt. Tilicho (4,920 m), and many more.

This trek will further take you to Manang, Jomsom, and Muktinath where you will get to witness gorgeous landscapes and experience the traditional, culture, and lifestyle of people living in this region. Manang and Jomsom are one of the most beautiful and isolated regions of Nepal, and Muktinath is one of the sacred pilgrimage sites of Hindu.

Brief Itinerary: 13 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1

Welcome to Kathmandu

Kathmandu

Day 2

Kathmandu to Bhulbhule

Bhulbhule

Day 3

Bhulbhule to Jagat

Jagat

Day 4

Jagat to Dharapani

Dharapani

Day 5

Dharapani to Chame

Chame

Day 6

Chame to Upper Pisang

Pisang

Day 7

Pisang to Manang

Manang

Day 8

Manang (Acclimatisation day )

Manang

Day 9

Manang to Yak Kharka

Yak Kharka

Day 10

Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi

Thoran Phedi

Day 11

Thorung Phedi to Muktinath via Thorung -La pass

Muktinath

Day 12

Muktinath to Jomsom

Jomsom

Day 13

Flight to Pokhara

Pokhara

Itinerary: 13 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek

Day 1 - Welcome to Kathmandu

Once you land at Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu our representative will receive you and transfer to the respective hotel. On this day, you can either rest or stroll around the nearby places like Thamel or Durbarmarg. In the evening, our tour guide will give a short brief about the upcoming trek. During this orientation program, you will get a chance to meet your trekking guide and other fellow trekkers. Finally, in the evening you can stroll around the nearby hotel area and if you have forgotten to bring any trekking gear you can buy over there

Day 2 - Kathmandu to Bhulbhule

Our third day is the day when our actual trekking begins. We will drive to Bhulbhule from Kathmandu by private car or by local bus beside Trishuli River and Marsyangdi River. It takes around 7 hours to reach Bhulbhule.

Before reaching Bhulbhule we will also walk on a suspension bridge and carry on walking through a magnificent terrace farm to get to the Ngadi community. At Bhulbhule, we will discover the views of Lamjung Himal, Manaslu, Peak 29 (Nadi Chuli), etc. Overnight at Bhulbhule.

Day 3 - Bhulbhule to Jagat

We will hike to Jagat village from Bhulbhule which takes up to 5 hours. On the way, we will notice the V-shape image of Marsyangdi valley. After that, we will walk on the criss cross path passing Syange and go down to the river bank. Also, we will walk down to the rocky Jagat village. Jagat is a small village of Tamang & Gurung community people live in. Overnight at Jagat.

Day 4 - Jagat to Dharapani

We follow a rocky trail following the Marsyangdi River, passing by some magnificent waterfalls and lush green flora and fauna. The trail winds progressively uphill to Tal – meaning lake in Nepali – and is also the first village in the Manang District. Here the scenery starts to change dramatically from the lush beginnings of the trek. The trail continues along an impressive, wide valley upwards along stone staircases until we reach the village of Dharapani. Overnight at Dharapani.

Day 5 - Dharapani to Chame

The trail follows the Marsyangdi River, climbing towards Timang at 2360m continuing onwards through pine and fir forest. As the trail ascends through the forest there are incredible views overlooking the valley and of Annapurna II (7937m). Here you really start to get the feeling of being in the high mountains of the Himalaya. Further walkin we will enter the district headquarter of Manang district- Chame lying on the shore of the river. Overnight at Chame.

Day 6 - Chame to Upper Pisang

We will start our journey early in the morning witnessing the amazing view of Lamjung Himal (6893m). Hike through the forests of Juniper, Pine, above fairly plain ground all the way through Bhratang village. Our final point of this day is reaching upper Pisang. The views of the north-east peak of Pisang, as well as Annapurna II, appear magnificent. Overnight at Upper Pisang.

Day 7 - Pisang to Manang

Today, we continue our trek to Manang valley. We take a stable way up to reach to the top and witness the view of the Manang valley. This exciting spot offers superb views of the valleys, the great peaks of Gangapurna, Annapurna II, III, Chulu east and Pisang peak. The walk takes us further to Humde and then we have a pleasant walk up to the village of Braga and walking further we reach Manang.Overnight at Manang.

Day 8 - Manang (Acclimatisation day )

Today is a rest and acclimatisation day. We need to acclimatize to avoid the risk of altitude sickness as you move higher. Spend a day in Manang. Explore the village or hike up to Gangapurna Lake, visiting mountaineering school which gives basic mountaineering training are the major attractions of the place. In the evening the perfect end to the day is to sit back and watch as the sun sets over the Himalaya. Overnight at Manang.

Day 9 - Manang to Yak Kharka

After having a warm delicious breakfast with the breath-taking views of landscapes, you will continue your journey towards Yak Kharka. You will ascend to get out of the Marshyangdi Valley and turn northwest towards Jarsang Khola Valley. You will go through juniper trees and pasture land. Further, the trail will take you to the small village of Ghunsa, and continue towards the village of Yak Kharka crossing a small river on a wooden bridge. You will stay overnight at Yak Kharka.

Day 10 - Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi

From Yak Kharka, we start our trek at a slow pace to reach Phedi which means 'foot of the hill'. We still have the same splendid view of peaks and landscapes. After an hour trek, we arrive at Ledar and go on to mount along the east shore of the Jorsang Khola, then descend and cross the river on a bridge. We stop for superb view and tea; we go across a narrow path, uneven incline before reaching to Thorung Phedi. You can decide either to continue to High Camp or stay in Phedi depending on the condition.

Day 11 - Thorung Phedi to Muktinath via Thorung -La pass

Today will be going to be one of the most challenging and adventurous days of your itinerary. You will cross Thorong La Pass, which is known as one of the highest passes in the world. You will cross the pass from east to west, the easiest and safest route. Upon reaching the top of the mountain, you will get the heart-pounding views of snow-capped mountains and landscape that will make you forget all the challenges you have faced to reach up to here. Further, you will continue your trek towards Muktinath where you will be staying for the night.

Day 12 - Muktinath to Jomsom

Today, it will be our last trekking day. After exploring Muktinath we will hike down the valley. We will soon find ourselves at the bottom of Kali Gandaki river valley on the trail to Jomsom, district headquarters of Mustang. The Jomsom bustling market area will be a big change from the scenic farms and rural villages. Overnight at Jomsom

Day 13 - Flight to Pokhara

Morning take a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (35mins) and transfer you to the hotel. Free and easy in the afternoon.

Our trek ends at Pokhara. You can enjoy the rest of your vacation in Pokhara or can ride back to Kathmandu.

Note: Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in the mountains, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travellers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy-going nature is an asset!

What's Included

  • Airport pickup and drop off services
  • All accommodation during the trek (in lodges and guesthouses)
  • Both way transportation from Kathmandu-Pokhara and Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) Fee
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee
  • All government, Local taxes and official Expenses
  • A highly experienced, English-speaking trekking guide (8 or above trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter to help trekkers luggage. (2 trekkers:1 porter "9 kg per trekker max limit")
  • Coverage of Guides and Porters, Their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, flight and other necessary equipment
  • Use of a sleeping bag, down jacket and a duffel bag (in case you don't have them). They have to be returned after the trek.
  • A first aid kit and basic supplies appropriate for the group size. In a worst case scenario, arrangements of an emergency helicopter evacuation service (to be paid for by your travel insurance). Note: if you require or are taking specific medications it is critical that you discuss this with us prior to your trip departure
  • Farewell Dinner at the end of the trek

    Note: The local tea houses are basic but clean and they do not often have attached bathrooms or hot showers. The price is based on twin share and does not include any extra charge that lodge owners may levy for single rooms, attached bathrooms or hot showers (if these facilities are available) or for battery charging. We can’t know in advance what they may charge for such things in the different lodges along the way, so we prefer to leave this cost out, rather than pass along an estimated charge to you.

What's Excluded

  • International flights to and from Kathmandu; Nepal visa fees and international airport taxes; any excess baggage charges
  • Comprehensive travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and emergency rescue / evacuation that covers all of the activities you will undertake during your trip should this be required for any reason (we require this as the minimum insurance cover)
  • Services and activities not mentioned in the detailed itinerary above (eg additional nights, optional trips and sightseeing tours)
  • Additional costs or delays caused by out of management control, for example, landslide, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes etc.
  • Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9kg per Person)
  • Any gear or equipment that you may need to rent/buy - please ask us if you would like any advice about gear to bring/buy/rent
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek.
  • Personal expense (shopping, snacks, boil bottle water, hot and cold drinks, hot shower, Alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee), extra porters etc
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • All Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after we start our journey
  • Personal expenses (eg mineral water/soft drinks/bar bills, entrance/photography fees at monasteries, laundry, telephone calls, postage, donations, extra snacks etc)
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory
  • Costs incurred due to unforeseen events (eg caused by natural disasters, adverse road conditions / flight delays, labour strikes, fuel shortages, extreme exchange rate changes, etc)
  • Any extra charge that tea house owners may levy for single rooms, attached bathrooms, or hot showers (if these facilities are available) and charging of batteries
  • Tips for the guide, and porter (if you have added a porter to help you carry your backpack)
  • All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "cost includes" will be counted as Excludes

Best Season/Time for 13 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek

The weather is one of the most important factors to look before you decide to trek to the Annapurna region. People trek 12 months of the year up to the Annapurna region but certainly, there are ups and downs in every season.

Spring Season (March, April, May)

Trekking to the Annapurna region during the spring season is the second most popular time of the year. Spring falls in the months of March, April and May with warming weather, low precipitation and clear blue sky where the view of Annapurna range is highly visible. This is the time when the trek routes bloom in Rhododendron, Magnolia, and many other alpine flowers. This is the time when the chilling cold and hazy days start turning warmer. The nights and mornings are still a bit chilly while the days are much hotter. You can trek in light clothes and feel more comfortable on the trek route.

The coldest of the spring months is March where the temperature can go below 0 degrees Celsius on the coldest of days. But April and May are much warmer and the temperature is higher as compared to March. Average daily temperature for ABC region at this time is 15-18 degrees at day and 7-8 degrees at night. The lower parts of the Annapurna region trek might be hot during spring.

In spring, the ecosystem of the Annapurna region becomes totally flourishing. If you love flowers, rhododendrons are in full bloom sweeping ascending altitudes with its lofty color and beauty.

Summer Season (June, July, August)

Summer is known as the monsoon season in Nepal. The temperature is quite high, especially during the day. While in the evenings the temperature is quite moderate. The temperature is high during these months, especially on the Annapurna lowlands. The average daily temperature for the trek ranges around 18 to 19-degrees during the day and 10 to 12-degrees at night.

Rain during monsoon is not unending. Most of the time, it rains for a certain period of time after which the skies are clear and you can resume trekking. Also, it doesn’t rain every day during the monsoon. So you don’t have to worry about spending many days idly. While packing for trekking in the Annapurna region during summer, make sure you have trekking boots that have a firm grip as the tracks might get slippery. You should also bring rain covers, waterproof down jackets as well as trousers. Umbrella is another piece of equipment that you will need for summer trekking in Annapurna Base Camp.

Autumn Season (September, October, November)

Autumn is the best season for all trekkers to trek in Nepal around Annapurna range. This is the time when the monsoon rain has already washed the dust and cleaned the whole trails with high visibility. Clear visibility offers stunning views of peaks like Annapurna mountain range, mount Machapuchhre, Himchuli, Gangapurna and many more. Also, the smiling lush vegetations greenified everywhere on the trail offers the best experiences.

On the lower reaches, the weather is generally warm. As you get higher in altitude temperatures drop considerably. Average daily temperature for Annapurna region in this season is 14-15 degrees at day and 5-8 degrees (or even freezing temperature) at night.

Major festivals in Nepal fall during this season. There is a joyous environment all around. You will get a chance to experience the local culture and traditions closely.

Winter Season (December, January, February)

Trekking to the Annapurna region in the winter season is definitely a challenge. But for those who love some thrill and extra adventure, winter is the best time. The winter season has the coldest weather in the Annapurna region. The temperature drops throughout the region so you can expect this trek to be a cold adventure. Normally the daytime temperature can range between 9-12 degree Celsius while evenings can drop to sub-zero degrees.

The mornings are foggy in winter but the afternoons are usually clear where the mountain vistas are at their best. Also, there is occasional snowfall in the mountains. Though the weather is cold you will find warm meals in the tea houses. Some tea houses also let you into their kitchen area where you can warm yourself.

The trails will also be empty which makes the trek a stress free and peaceful one.

Packing list / Equipment checklist

List of Equipment for 13 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek

It is recommended to carry the basic clothing and accessories needed for the trek. The following belongings are suggested that should be brought, although we understand that our clients have their own preference for clothing, we have listed some useful clothing during the trek. Porters will be carrying the main luggage which should not exceed more than 18kg (one porter will carry two people's luggage, 9 kg for each).

Upper Body

  • Headband or Beanie
  • Neck Gaiter or Balaclava
  • Hat for Sun Protection

Hands

  • Inner Gloves
  • Outer insulated gloves

Core Body

  • Base Layer
  • Insulated Jacket
  • Outer Layer
  • Trekking Shirts/T-Shirt
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Hard Shell Jacket and Rain Gear

Lower Body

  • Base Layer
  • Trekking trousers and shorts
  • Rain and Windproof Trousers
  • Underwear

Feet

  • Hiking Boots
  • Trekking shoes/sandals
  • Hiking/Thermal Socks
  • Gaiters (not necessary)

Sleeping Gear

  • Sleeping bag
  • Liner
  • Earplugs

Bags and Backpacks

  • Duffle bag
  • Backpack
  • Daypack
  • Raincover

Miscellaneous & Accessories

  • Trekking Poles
  • Head Torch
  • Sunglass
  • Sunscreen/Lip balm/Wipes/Hand Sanitizer/Toiletries
  • Reusable Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder
  • Small Locks
  • Trekking Towel
  • Waterproof Ziplock Bags
  • Camera/Video Camera/Extra Batteries/ Extra Chargers
  • Notebook/Journal and Pen (optional)
  • Playing Cards/Book/Kindle (optional)
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • General Medications
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Blister Plasters
  • Oximeter
  • Durable wallet for travel documents, money & passport
  • Favourite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)

Accommodation

Teahouse accommodation is the classic form of trekking accommodation in ABC trail. Along the way to Annapurna Base Camp, most of the tea houses are built and managed by local villagers. These tea houses are specially designed to provide the basic facilities for trekkers to take rest.

  • Rooms

    Basically, you’ll find twin-basis type of accommodation on the ABC trail. Most single rooms have twin beds with some basic furniture like a small table or a chair. Almost all tea houses provide blankets as it will be freezing at night.

  • Toilets

    Mainly on the lower elevation, most lodges offer western-style toilets. As you move higher on the trail you’ll find squat toilet facilities. Showers do not always have hot water and most tea houses charge for the use of hot water.

Documents & Permits

If you are planning for a trip to Annapurna Circuit Trek, there are different kinds of costs and permits that are involved.

TIMS Permit

TIMS card was necessary for trekkers in the Annapurna region. TIMS Card is still valid for trekkers in other regions of Nepal. TIMS is issued by the Tourism Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN). There are 2 kinds of TIMS cards that are issued- one for an Independent trekker and one for an organized trekker.

TIMS Card for Independent Trekker

  • Color- Green
  • Cost- Rs 2000 Per Person
  • Photos – 2
  • Collected by- Self

TIMS Card for Organized Trekker

  • Color- Blue
  • Cost- Rs 1000 Per Person
  • Photos – 1
  • Collected by – Local Trekking Agency

You also need Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit.

ACAP permit cost for SAARC Nationals : Nrs.200 (about US $2)

ACAP permit cost for Other Nationals : Nrs.2000 (about US $20)

Difficulty

Many trekking enthusiasts are often curious about the difficulty during trekking in the Annapurna region.

Trekking in this region is strenuous and adventurous at the same time. It takes you around the foothill of one of the world’s highest Himalayan ranges, the Annapurna range.

The main difficulty in this trek is the walking distance with a load on your bag. Trekking in this region is a long trek (also depends on itinerary) so your body should be able to walk for about 5-7 hours daily. You have to walk the uneven trails of ups and downs. The backpack also affects your pace and puts a heavy weight on your shoulders. Also, walking in higher altitudes can be challenging than walking in the lower altitudes. People with heart and lung problems should consult their doctors before getting on with the trek.

Being involved in a prior physical activity is a plus point. If not you will need to prepare your body for 7-8 hours of walk daily. The daily hikes are on various terrain.

Do not underestimate a high altitude trek like this one. You should never ignore any sign of altitude sickness as this is a serious issue. Drink plenty of water and allow your body to acclimatize well.

13 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the highest altitude of Annapurna Circuit Trek?

    Annapurna Circuit Trek doesn't go higher than 5416m.

  • What is the best season for 14 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek?
    People can trek 12 months of the year up to the Annapurna region but the best season to go for this trek is from October to November and mid-March to mid-April.

  • How many hours a day do we walk?

    On average, you have to walk around 6-8 hours per day. Some days can vary from 4-5 hours a day to just 2-3 hours.

  • Do I have to hire guide/porters in 13 days Annapurna Circuit Trek?
    There is no necessarily need to get a guide or porters. If you go for a solo trek or through an agency it completely depends on you. But it advised taking assistance with an agency.

  • Do I need permits to trek to Annapurna Circuit?
    Yes, you need to have two trekking permit which is Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) & Trekker Information Management System Card (TIMS) permit.

  • Is there a risk of altitude sickness in 13 days Annapurna Circuit Trek?
    Yes, there will be a risk of getting altitude sickness, as you will be trekking above 3,000m. But a rightful precaution will help to avoid the sickness by drinking plenty of water during the trek and taking medicines like Diamox.

  • What happens if I get sick or get hurt while trekking?

    Basically our guide will take care of this. If it is not too bad we will go down by walking, however in the event of an emergency there usually is access to a telephone line for an evacuation via helicopter.

  • Will I get the facilities of battery charging & hot shower?

    You can bring your charger and charge your batteries during trekking. There is also a facility for hot water, but you may have to pay an extra $1-$2. However, you can find a hot water facility for free at a lower altitude.

  • Is there any access to the internet or WIFI?
    Surprisingly most of the tea houses will offer you the wifi for free or with minimal charges. But don't rely on the speed on the internet as its very slow in this region.

  • I have never gone trekking yet. Is the Annapurna Circuit trek for me?

    Yes, of course, you can do it. Trekking in this region is considered to be moderate. It doesn’t involve technical climbing but it’s good to have some hiking experience.

  • What is the accommodation like?

    The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a teahouse trek, which means there are guesthouses in almost every village. However, rest assured that we will try our best to provide you with the best option that meets all of your needs. All teahouse rooms are basic and come with shared bathrooms.

  • How much luggage can I take during my Annapurna Circuit Trek?

    The weight limit for your luggage is 9 kg per trekker, Porters will be assigned to carry your luggage, Two people will be assigned with one porter, combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs. Only carry what is essential.

  • Can I extend my trek?

    Yes, you can. But for this, you have to update us before the trek so that we could manage the itinerary as per your requirement.

  • How can I use toilets during the trek?

    On the trail, you will find the Toilets in the small villages where there are restaurants and tea houses. Most toilets in this region are squat toilets. And in other options prepare to hide yourself behind big rocks and do your business.

  • Do I need Insurance?

    100% Yes! Injury and altitude sickness and any other calamities may occur during the trek, so it is best to get travel insurance before you go. Better safe than sorry!

  • What is the average size of the group?

    Groups can vary between 6 to 16 travelers, who typically are a mix of individuals, couples or friends traveling together who have a shared interest in outdoor adventure and nature.

  • Where can I exchange my money?

    There are a number of registered money exchanges in the streets of Thamel and its common to find near your Hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Are there any ATM’s on the Trekking route?

    There will be no ATM on our trekking route. Kathmandu and Pokhara are the only places where you will find an ATM.

Please note:

  • Rates are in US dollars
  • Prices are valid for your specified time of travel only
  • This is only an offer and no reservations have been confirmed
  • Prices are subject to availability

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Adam Leashorne
4/ 5stars
2019-11-27 au
Traveler:
Annapurna circuit trek was on top of my bucketlist and I compared the price and services from different trekking agencies in Nepal. I am glad I made the right choice by going with Dookma. They provide us nearly everything and the prices are really reasonable, especially compared to other trekking agencies. Our 13 days Annapurna circuit trek was a memorable adventure. Highly recommended Dookma.
Adam Cook
4/ 5stars
2019-11-27 au
Traveler:
I did the Annapurna circuit trek and had a wonderful time. As I did my trek during the peak season and the circuit was crowded with travellers. But i suggest to go for this trek during the off season. A big thanks to Dookma for being professional and taking care of us. I would highly recommend Dookma for your next trip to Nepal.
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