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Annapurna circuit trek 18 days

Annapurna Circuit Trek is an ideal trek for enthusiastic trekkers with limited time. Anyone with good physical fitness can do this trek. Although no prior trekking experience is required for

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Trip Fact

Grade: Moderate

Walking Hours: 6-7 hrs/day

Activity: Trekking

Trek type: Tea House

Accommodation: Hotels in Kathmandu and

Maximum Altitude: 5,416m

Season: Sep-Dec, Feb-Jun

Group Size: 1+

Trekking Duration: 18 Days

Trip Highlights

  • Experience the traditional Gurung culture and warm hospitality of the locals.
  • Visit holy temple Muktinath and Buddhist monasteries. 
  • Enjoy spectacular views of Annapurna mountain ranges and sunrise view from Poonhill.
  • Explore the beautiful Annapurna Region and walk through magnificent trials. 
  • Climb the highest Pass in the world Thorang La Pass (5416m) 

Annapurna Circuit Trek 18 Days is a long trek which goes within the Annapurna Region.  The trek transfers through the world largest pass called Thorong – La pass which stands at an altitude of 5461m above the sea level and starts from the tropical valley of Besisahar. Short Annapurna Circuit Trek – 18 Days is an itinerary designed for trekkers with limited time bound in Nepal. This trek provides amazing views of some sky scarping peaks of Nepal with their base camps which include Annapurna I and Machapuchre Mountains. Moreover, in this short Annapurna Circuit trek you will experience the wildest variety of Climate and vegetation of Annapurna Region.  Annapurna region is one of the most popular trekking destinations in the world after Everest.

Annapurna Circuit Trek is an ideal trek for enthusiastic trekkers with limited time. Anyone with good physical fitness can do this trek. Although no prior trekking experience is required for doing this trek, trekking or hiking experience anywhere in the world would be an added point.  Since the maximum altitude gained during the trek is 4130m, it is very rare for trekkers to have altitude problems.

The best season to do Annapurna Circuit Trek is during Spring and Autumn. These seasons guarantees the best views and good weather. Although the trek can be done during Monsoon as well but there occurs heavy rainfall which is not suitable for trekking and during winter the region gets heavy rainfall and is freezing cold. 

Accommodations during Annapurna Circuit Trek 18 Days.   

The accommodations during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara will be provided in a standard three star hotels and teahouses or lodges during the trek. All the accommodations are on twin-shared basis and if you want single supplement it will be provided with an additional cost. Single supplements in Kathmandu and Pokhara can be easily available but we may not get it in the higher elevations.

Meals during Annapurna Circuit Trek 18 Days.

You will get to taste the authentic Nepalese meals during the trek. Every meal during the trek is provided by the company.  However, if you don’t want to have Nepali food then there are also available options of more common Indian and continental foods in the menu. 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing.

Day 03: Drive to Dharapani (1960m) 

Day 04: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 5 - 6 hours

Day 05: Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft): 5 - 6 hours

Day 06: Pisang to Manang: 6 - 7 hours

Day 07: Manang: Acclimatization day

Day 08: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 3 - 4 hours

Day 09: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft): 3 - 4 hours

Day 10: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) via Thorong La Pass (5416m/17764ft): 7 - 8 hours

Day 11: Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m/8,760ft): 4 - 5 hours

Day 12: Marpha to Kalopani (2,530 m/8,300 ft): 5 - 6 hours

Day 13: Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m/3,937ft): 6 - 7 hours

Day 14: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 - 8 hours

Day 15: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani. 6-7 hours trek

Day 16: Tadapani to Pokhara.

Day 17: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours

Day 18: Final departure

Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

You will meet Actual Adventure representatives at the arrival gate of International Airport. They will welcome you and take you to the respective hotel.  Today you will meet your trekking guide and be concise about your daily activities. At evening you will enjoy a welcome dinner organized by our company and stay at the hotel at night.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation.

Today you will have half day sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. You will visit the main historical and cultural UNESCO world heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley. Today you will visit Pashupatinath Temple, Soyambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa and Patan Durbar Square. If time favors you can also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Kathmandu Durbar Square. After completing sightseeing around Kathmandu valley our guides will give you some trekking information and check your trekking gears at the hotel. Overnight at Kathmandu.  

Day 03: Drive to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7-8 hours

Early morning we will have our breakfast at Kathmandu and then drive to Dharapani. The drive takes about 7 to 8 hours in a private vehicle. The drive goes through highway and then on a bumpy terrains where you can see countryside villages, valleys, forests, rivers and mountains. Overnight at Dharapani.

 Day 04: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 5 - 6 hours

The fourth day of Annapurna Circuit Trek 18 Days: After an early morning breakfast the trek begins. You will continue today’s trial walking through few forested ridges. The trial today offers amazing views of the mountains like Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV. The trek also passes through a small natural hot water spring where you can relax for some time before reaching to Chame. Chame is the headquarters of Manang district. Overnight at Chame.

Day 05: Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft): 5 - 6 hours

The fifth day of Annapurna Circuit Trek 18 Days: Today the trek begins after an early morning breakfast at Chame. The trek today begins with a steep and narrow path that goes through a lush jungle that takes you to a steep trial on a dramatic curved rock face rising 1500m above the river. The valley opens up wide and beautiful with majestic vistas and Paungda Danda which is a massive sloping rock face rising over 5000ft soon after passing the last bit of rock. Overnight at Lower Pisang.  

Day 06: Pisang to Manang: 6 - 7 hours

The sixth day of Annapurna Circuit Trek 18 Days: You will have your breakfast at Lower Pisang and begin the trek. To enjoy the remarkable views of the Annapurna and Pasang mountains and beautiful landscapes you will take the trial that goes to upper Pisang via Geru. You can notice the changes in the landscapes, climate and vegetation now onwards. Upon reaching Manang you can also visit the largest monastery of the Manag district Barge Monastery. Overnight at Manang.  

Day 07: Manang: Acclimatization day

The seventh day of Annapurna Circuit Trek 18 Days:  Today you will have acclimatization day at Manang.  It is very important to acclimatize properly to avoid the risk of altitude sickness. Today you will have a short hike to Gangapurna Lake or Bhojo Gumba and also to Vraga Village to get some information about Acute Mountain Sickness. The rest of the day you will roam around the village and can interact with the locals. Overnight at Manang.

Day 08: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 3 - 4 hours

The eighth day of Annapurna Circuit Trek 18 Days:  The trek starts after an early morning breakfast at Manang.  You will cross a stream and the trek ascends towards Tenki village and continues further to Jarsang Khola out of Marshyangdi valley. The trial goes northward from the valley and passes through few pastures and juniper trees as you start to gain elevation. The trial further passes by a small village of Ghunsa and then through the horses and yaks grazing lands. You will then cross a small river by a small wooden bridge to an ancient Mani walls and then finally reaches to Yak Kharka. Overnight at Yak Kharka.

Day 09: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft): 3 - 4 hours

The ninth day of Annapurna Circuit 18 Days: You will have your breakfast at Thorong Phedi and then begin today’s trek. The trek begins with a gradual ascent. The trial today rewards magnificent views of the mountains like Mt. Gundang, Mt Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. After a short walk you will cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. Walking further you will pass through towering cliffs and then reach to the last village of Thorang La Pass i.e. Thorang Phedi. Overnight at Thorang Phedi.

Day 10: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) via Thorong La Pass (5416m/17764ft): 7 - 8 hours

The 10th day of Annapurna Circuit Trek 18 Days:  Today you will be crossing the highest pass of the world Thorang La Pass at 5416m. You will get up early in the morning at around 3 am and start the trek. It will take about 4 hours to reach the pass. You can see some small tea houses and walk on a trials marked by some Chortens and flags before reaching the pass. After spending few times on the pass you will further continue your trials to Muktinath Valley. Overnight at Muktinath.

Day 11: Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m/8,760ft): 4 - 5 hours

The 11th day of Annapurna Circuit Trek 18 Days: Today you will visit the famous religious site Muktinath early in the morning. The temple of Muktinath has a great significance for both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. There are 108 water taps inside the temple premises. It is believed that if anyone showers in all the taps then god fulfills their wish and cures all the wrong deeds. After visiting the temple you will descend to Marpha from Ranipauwa village continuing the trials through barren hills and desert like landscapes resembling Tibet.  You can see numbers of apple treeks in Marpha as it is also known as an apple capital. There you can find varieties of apple products made up of apple such as wine, juice, candys and many more. Overnight at Marpha.

Day 12: Marpha to Kalopani (2,530 m/8,300 ft): 5 - 6 hours

The 12th day of Annapurna Circuit 18 Days: You will have your breakfast at Marpha and then start todays trek. The trek goes via the new route towards Chokhopani village to Kalopani. Anong the trek you will pass by traditional Thakali village and apple farms. Following the trial that offers magnificent views of the snow capped mountains like Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri and many more you will reach to Kokhethanti. You will cross a river and following the newly constructed road site you will reach Kalopani. Overnight in Kalopani.

Day 13: Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m/3,937ft): 6 - 7 hours

The 13th day of Annapurna Circuit Trek 18 Days:  After an early morning breakfast at Kalopani you will head towards Tatopani. The trek begins with a gradual walk. You will cross a suspension bridge at Ghasa and start to descend down. You can now see several lush jungles as you start decreasing elevation. You will pass by a huge water fall and continue down to the east bank from Kopchenpani via Garpar to a bridge at Dana. After crossing several villages and crossing suspension bridges you will finally reach Tatopani. You can relax in hot water spring in Tatopani. Overnight at Tatopani.

Day 14: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 - 8 hours

The 14th day of Annapurna Circuit 18 Days: After having breakfast at Kalopani the trek to Ghorepani begins. The trek heads up to Ghar Khola valley leaving Kali Gandaki River behind. You will then trek through terraced farmlands with magnificent views of mountains. Passing through several villages like Shikha and Chitre the trial goes through a forest blanketed by rhododendron trees and then finally reach to Ghorepani. Overnight at Ghorepani.

Day 15: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft): 6 - 7 hours

The 15th day of Annapurna circuit 18 Days: You will have your breakfast at Ghorepani then you hike up 45m to Poon hill for sunrise view. It is one of the best trekking destinations of Annapurna region. From there you can see sensational view of Annapurna ranges, Dhaulagiri ranges, Nilgiri, Fishtail after that you will came back to the Ghorepani then trek down to Tikedhunga. Overnight at Tadapani.

Day 16:  Tadapani to Pokhara (850m/2,789ft) via Ghandruk: 5 - 6 hours trek, 1 hour drive

The 16th day of Annapurna circuit 18 Days: After having breakfast at Tadapani You will have your breakfast at Tadapani and then you will trek to ghandruk 3 hours walking through jungle and downhill. Ghandruk is one of biggest Gurung village in Nepal, they have own language, dress, typical foods and houses. Gurung cultures are highly preserved in this region. You can visit the village and explore the cultures and lifestyles of Gurung people. From here you will trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara. Overnight at Pokhara.  

 Day 17: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours

The 17th day of Annapurna circuit 18 Days: You will have your breakfast at Pokhara and drive to Kathmandu following the same route. After reaching Kathmandu you can rest in the hotel or roam around the city. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 18: Final departure

Farewell: We hope you had an amazing journey with us in Nepal and wish to meet you soon with your friends, families or co workers. We will give a short farewell to you and our representatives will drop you to the airport for your final departure. 


Cost Include

  •  Airport pick & drop off service by Private Vehicle
  • Welcome or fare well dinner in typical Nepali restaurant with traditional musical show.
  •  hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per Itineary
  •  hotel accommodation in Pokhara
  •  Kathmandu Valley sightseeing with English speaking license holder’s tour guide
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information/meeting in your Hotel or in central office of Actual Adventure Pvt. Ltd.
  •  3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners with tea or coffee) during the tre, (Generally we will provide you 3 cop of tea )
  •  Accommodation in lodges, guesthouses on twin sharing basis during the trek (We will try to provide you Attach bathroom room as well as available)
  •  Trekking guides and porters (Porter can carry up to 20kg )
  •  Guide airfare (if applicable)
  • Ground road transportation as per itinerary if applicable (Private Car , Bus ,Van extra)
  •  Arrangements for food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all trekking staff.
  • Travel insurance for Nepali staff. While trekking period
  •  Actual Adventure's Group medical supplies (First Aid medical kit will be available)
  •  Annapurna Conservation Area Permit for National park & Conservation
  •  Trekking information management system ( TIMS ), New Trekking permit to keep record of tourist, (This is for your safety)
  •  Seasonal fresh fruits like (orange, apple, banana, mango and grape and other Nepali local fruits etc)
  • All Paper work and Administration and registration charge.
  • All Government, Vat, Service charge, and taxes are included.

Cost Exclude

  •  Meals in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  •  Airfare domestic ( Kathmandu - Pokhara flights ) and international flights
  •  Nepal entry visa fee
  •  Airport tax required for the Domestic / International flights
  •  All alcoholic drinks, mineral water, laundry, phone calls, internet
  •  Personal trekking equipment, medical and travel insurance
  •  Entrance fees for sightseeing/Monument
  •  Any extra transportation except itinerary (we can arrange if request) 
  •  Any kind of personal expenses / Helicopter rescue due to cause of out of our control.
  •  Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the inclusive price 
  • Some extra assistance like (if you can not walk properly our guide will arrange you horse, to came back, if applicable this you have t o pay them directly
  • Tips to staff. After working everyone expect some Tips , we never tell you fixed amount ,because it is up to you and up to their service ,but generally tourist use to give10% of total cost.

Stay Safe

  • Altitude Sickness: The main and common risk while trekking above about 2500m is Altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. The available amount of oxygen to sustain mental and physical alertness decreases with altitude. Available oxygen drops as the air density itself, the number of molecules (of both oxygen and nitrogen) per given volume, drops as altitude increases. So don’t ignore, if you have any symptoms then descending to a lower altitude is the only option.
  • Water: Have some means to purify water, iodine or a fine ceramic filter are the best options. The streams should be considered polluted and whilst bottled water is often available, the disposal of plastic bottles is a problem.

Electricity in Nepal

Nepal is a developing country, Outside of major cities area electricity on trekking can be scares. You should have to pay 100-800 NRs per hour to charge goods on many lodges and also many tea-house treks, including in Annapurna base camp trek, Everest Base camp trek and many others treks also. Chargers often won't work on low power solar systems you find right up in the mountains so u can buy alternative bayonet light to electricity power plug converter, which will only works in low voltage is highlow. The standard Nepalese electrical outlet is a three-pronged triangle so bring three-pronged triangle chargers.

Nepal Climate information

Nepal is a landlocked country which lies in Hindu Kush Himalayan region. Nepal has monsoonal climate having four main seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter.

Below is a general guide to conditions at different seasons:
January to March (winter): In this season temperature will decrease at often 0°C (32°F) at night, with extreme cold at high elevations. It is possible to trek in places like the Everest region during the winter but due to extreme cold weather and heavy snow fall it may be quite difficult than as usual.
April to June (summer): In these months it is quite warm and dry weather. There is an abundance of blooming flowers in the Himalayas at this time, with rhododendrons, in particular, adding a splash of color to the landscape. This season is the best time to undertake mountain expeditions.
June to September (Monsoon): There will be heavy monsoonal rainfall in this season. Rains are generally lighter in high Himalayan reasons. In this season the mountain ranges are not often visible due to the clouds.
October to December (autumn): These months are cool and clear which is due to the end of monsoon, there is little dust in the air so this is the best season to visit the hilly and mountainous regions.

Nepal Visas information

Visa in Nepal can be acquired on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and also at the border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki border of Nepal - India and Kodari on Nepal-China border. Visa can also acquire at the nearest Nepal Embassy. For visa renewal purpose you can contact at Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan at Kathmandu. A valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background is required. Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee.

Visa Facility         Duration       Fee
Multiple entry       15 days          US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       30 days          US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       90 days          US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Respect to Local Peoples

In Nepal, “Namaste” or “Namaskar” is said to an older or high-status person with palms together, figure up. It is used to greet a person in place of goodbye or hello. There is no limitation how many times you say “Namaste” but, it is better if you say once per person, per day. If You want to say “Thank You” then you can say “Dhanyabaad /'ðɅnjɅbɑ:d/ (Dhan-ya-baad)” 




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