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Annapurna Circuit Trek - 16 Days

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Annapurna Circuit

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Highlights Of Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Tilicho Lake - The lake is situated at the highest altitude (4,919m-16138ft) in the world.

  • Deepest gorge- Kali Gandaki.

  • Natural hot springs at Tatopani.

  • Amazing sunrise/sunset views from Poon Hill and Thorong La Pass (5,416m-17769ft).

  • Discover Muktinath Temple, one of the most important Buddhist and Hindu temples in the world.

  • Visit Pokhara- Lake City.

  • Walk through lush Rhododendron and oak forests.

  • Glimpses of rural Nepalese lifestyle.

  • Traditional Gurung villages.

  • Diverse Floral and Faunal Species.


Annapurna Circuit Trek would be an adventurous and mind-refreshing trek in the Annapurna region. Annapurna Region is one of Nepal's most geographically and culturally diverse regions. Annapurna circuit route was first opened to foreigners in the early 1980s. Trekkers have been praising the 128 miles course that circles Nepal’s paradise high Annapurna extend as the heavenly vessel of trekking since it was first opened to the nonnatives in the mid-1980s.

The Annapurna Circuit itinerary offers a captivating exploration of Nepal's Himalayan wonderland, typically spanning 14 to 16 days. Our 16-day Annapurna circuit trek with Tilicho Lake will take us through charming villages, terraced fields, rhododendron forests, and the challenging Thorong La Pass at 5,416m (17,689), the highest point of the Annapurna circuit where you can see mountains reflecting the sun's rays and the picturesque scenes of the tallest mountains. Due to its length, high altitude, and varying terrain, the Annapurna Circuit trek is moderate to difficult. This hike offers breathtaking vistas of Annapurna Massif (8,091 meters-26545 feet), Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters-26794 feet), Manaslu (8,163 meters-26781 feet), and Tilicho Peak. After passing through the arid Mustang region, Tilicho Lake, Muktinath, narrow cobbled streets, apple orchards, and hot springs at Tatopani, the journey continues to Poon Hill Viewpoint. Along the way you can also enjoy and see exotic wildlife, innumerable rivers, stunning waterfalls, and the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki Gorge.

The Annapurna Circuit Nepal, a renowned trekking route in the majestic Himalayas of Nepal, offers a breathtaking journey through diverse landscapes, picturesque villages, and towering peaks. The circuit encompasses a variety of terrains, from lush valleys to arid highlands, providing trekkers with an unforgettable experience of nature's beauty and cultural richness. To navigate this captivating trail, the Northern Trekking Team offers a comprehensive and reliable Annapurna Circuit map, guiding adventurers through the intricacies of the route and ensuring a safe and awe-inspiring expedition amidst some of the world's most awe-inspiring scenery.

Permits For Annapurna Circuit Trek

Completing 16 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek requires a trekking permit to enter the Annapurna conservation area. The trekking permit for Annapurna Circuit can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu or Pokhara, or from the immigration office in Besisahar, which is the starting point of the trek.

There are two types of permits required for the Annapurna Circuit Trek: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card. The ACAP costs around NPR 3,000 for foreign nationals and the TIMS card costs around NPR 2,000. Both permits are necessary to enter the Annapurna Conservation Area.

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Namaste and welcome to Nepal. Northern Trekking Team will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and will transfer you to the hotel.

You can stroll around the streets of Thamel if time permits. Thamel is the key touristic site in Kathmandu.

We will introduce you to the guide who will get you to the Annapurna region under the Annapurna Circuit Trek package. He will assure all the requirements prior to the trek.


We will reach Jagat by road. It will take nearly 9 to10 hours to get there from the capital, Kathmandu. You will get an opportunity to acquaint yourself with countryside Nepal while on this ride.


Here begins our trekking! After breakfast, we proceed toward Dharapani. We will be entering into Manang district and is also known as the desert area of Nepal due to least rainfall. Waterfalls on the way to Dharapani is quite fascinating for trekkers. Crossing Kodo and walking for a few more minutes, we reach in Dharapani.


Trek today will attract you as you will get an astounding view of a couple of minor peaks while on the way to Chame. It (Chame) is the headquarter of the Manang district. Gurungs are the major inhabitants of this place. There are popular for valor and unique culture and traditions.

Before arriving in Chame we have to experience a steep climb for roughly two hours from Danakyu. It will lead us to Tamang village followed by Chame.


Ah! What a pleasant hike! As we proceed toward Pisang, we will start getting closer views of Annapurna II (7,937m-26040ft) at South and Paung Danda at north-east. Despite a few up and down, we will be walking on a flat trail.


Nawal village is the first on the way destination to Manang. Gurung, Magar, and Ghyarung are the major natives of this small settlement, Nawal. As we head further, the site will gradually unfold the majestic view of mountains.

Manang will present the beauty of Annapurna II and IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak. Gangapurna and Tilicho glaciers.


Acclimatization is most while on the trek as it will help your body to adjust with increasing elevation. Despite the rest day, we will be going for a short hike. You will be visiting monasteries that will reveal the grip of Tibetan Buddhism in this part of the country. We will also pave the way to Ice Lake.


Hold your breathe and have patience! You will be passing through challenging trail today. The path is not even of a foot at some places and you have to cautiously put your feet. But the best part of mastering this trail is that it will reward you with an astounding view of Tilicho Peak.


We will start our hike early in the morning as this will help us to avoid wind that blows harshly during noon. It will take us nearly four hours to get to Tilicho Lake. We return to Base Camp after spending a couple of minutes and back to base camp.


It is a relatively easy trail as we will be a following ascending trail. We cross Jarsang Khola Valley and arrive at Yak-Kharka leaving Marshyangdi Valley beyond. The view of Annapurna III is truly mesmerizing.


The initial part of the trek is an uphill climb which will bring us to Ledar village. We walk for a few more hours to enter the village of Thorong Phedi which is the last settlement before Thorong La Pass. Major attractions of this place are Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak, and Mt. Khatungkan.


So, are you ready for the pass, Thorong La Pass? You have to be because uneasiness will lead you nowhere and the only way out is to master the challenge. We will be crossing the pass from Manang to Muktinath—east to west. The spectacular view that you will experience from the pass-the highest point of the trek is something which could not be expressed in words. In short, marvelous.

Muktinath is a religious site of this country. It is a common shrine of both—Hindus and Buddhists. Lord Bishnu (Hindu god) is worshipped here and the priest performs rituals based on Buddhism.


Trek to Jomsom is really a great experience and quite easy. The destination, Jomsom, is popular for an apple orchard and local wine made of apple. You can enjoy the wine today.


It is scenic but thrilling drive as the road is uneven at some places. Despite this, the experience of a ride at this part of the world is worth. We will be in Pokhara by late noon.


Early in the morning, we will catch a tourist bus to get in Kathmandu. By 2 pm you will be in a capital where you can roam around. We will offer you a farewell dinner in the evening.

 Here ends your Annapurna Circuit Trek and with it, here ends your Nepal stay as well. We will drop you in TIA three hours prior to the scheduled flight. See you next season for another trip to a different destination of Nepal.

Cost Includes

  • All private Ground Transportation Including Airport Transfers.
  • 2 Night’s Standard Hotel in Kathmandu twin sharing basis with breakfast(on the arrival day and after the Trekking.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  • 1-night standard hotel in Pokhara.
  • Daily Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) and 3 cups of tea/coffee per day during the Trekking.
  • Seasonal Fruits during trekking.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permits & TIMS card.
  • All accommodations in lodges/Tea Houses During the Treks.
  • A first aid kit will be Available.
  • Sleeping bag, Down jacket, and Duffie bag. ( Refundable)
  • Trekking T-shirt, Trekking map, and Waterdrop.
  • Kathmandu to Jagat transfer by local bus.
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu transfer by deluxe tourist bus.
  • Jomsom to Pokhara transfer by local bus.
  • An experienced, helpful, and friendly Guide with his Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation, and Insurance.

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu. and Pokhara 
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • International Airfare/Airport tax.
  • Porter to carry your luggage, if you would like to take a porter it will cost USD 239/porter (Maximum luggage weight 20-25Kg)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to Early arrival or late departure,or early return from the trek
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, WiFi, sweets, alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot showers, snacks, beverages and bar bills, and camera battery charging.
  • Health and travel Insurance.
  • Personal trekking gears.
  • Tips for trekking staff.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned in the Price Includes section.

Altitude Graph

Route Map


The Annapurna Circuit Trek typically takes 13-15 days, depending on the route and pace of the trek.

The highest elevation of the Annapurna Circuit Trek is Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters (17,769 feet).

The best months to trek the Annapurna Circuit are September to December and March to May.

While you can trek the Annapurna Circuit independently, many trekkers choose to hire a guide or a porter for safety and convenience.

Accommodation on the Annapurna Circuit Trek is typically in teahouses or guesthouses, which provide basic rooms and shared bathrooms.

Food on the Annapurna Circuit Trek is typically Nepali and Tibetan, with dishes such as dal Bhat, momos, and noodle soups.

You should be in good physical condition with moderate to a high level of fitness, able to walk for several hours a day and have no major health issues that would prevent you from trekking.

You will need TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) and ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit) for the Annapurna Circuit Trek.

The best way to prepare for the Annapurna Circuit Trek is to start training several months in advance, with a combination of cardio, strength and endurance exercises.

Essential items to pack for the Annapurna Circuit Trek include warm clothing, hiking boots, a sleeping bag, a water filter, a headlamp, a first aid kit, and personal hygiene items.

See more: Trekking Packing Lists

The cost of the Annapurna Circuit Trek can vary depending on factors such as group size, duration, and level of service.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered a moderate to challenging trek with strenuous uphill and downhill sections.

It is possible to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek in less than 12 days, but it would be a fast-paced trek and not recommended for most trekkers. 

Some guesthouses along the Annapurna Circuit Trek have electricity, but it is not guaranteed. It is recommended to bring a power bank to charge your devices.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a challenging trek and it is recommended to have some prior trekking experience.

Additional Information


►Windproof/waterproof jacket. (1)

►Fleece jacket. (1)

►Shirts and t-shirts. ( 3/4 pairs)

►Down jacket. (1) (provided by Company)

►Raincoat. (1)



►Warm cotton long pants. (1/2 pairs)

►Waterproof pants. (1)

►Long thermal underwear. (2)

►Short underwear. (3/4 pec)



►Sun hat or scarf. (1)

►Warm fleece hat. (1)

►Sunscreen sunblocks, and Lipbalms with UV protection.

►Sunglasses. (1/2 pairs)



►Comfortable trekking boot.

►Thick shocks. (3/4 pairs)

►Light shocks. (3/4 Pairs)

►Camp shoes and sandals.



►Warm waterproof (gore-tex) gloves.



►Basic First Aid Kit.

►Sleeping bag ( Provide by the company)

►Water Bottle


►Day-pack or Backpack

►Swiss Knife

►Torchlight or Flashlight

►Hand Sanitizer

►Hiking Pole

►Smartphone or Compact Camera


Travel Insurance

For everyone who will plan to Trek in Nepal, it is highly recommended that you get travel insurance that covers added expenses that might result due to various health issues, injuries or accidents (together with the ambulance, helicopter rescue, and other treatment costs). Your insurance policy should cover the entire activities that you are planning to accomplish throughout your stay in Nepal.

In addition to this, the policy should also cover death, misplaced luggage, theft and liability, cancellations, medical treatment (counting hospital charges, cost of the medicine, and doctor’s fees) as well as repatriation cost. Also, this trekking trail in Nepal takes you 5,000 m above the altitude, therefore, you also need to ensure that your insurance policy covers treks that go over 5,000 m. 

We suggested that you buy your insurance policy from your home country before joining us, as it is difficult buying a local travel insurance policy for foreigners in Nepal.

\Meals And Accommodation

While you’re in Kathmandu, your accommodation is at a standard hotel (Arrival time and departure time). Your accommodation is at the best local Lodge and Guest Houses where available. The Mountain local Lodges are clean and have comfortable beds. The Lodges are fairly basic and the room is spare with twin beds. Blankets are generally provided. There is a large dining hall and warm fitted with a chimney duct, in which a log fire is lit.

Eating is a big part of the Holiday. Travelling with Northern Trekking Team, you experience a vast array of wonderful Nepalese food, Italian, Thai, Chinese, and several local foods. While on the trek you will be on full board all 3 times meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, with Tea/Coffee) included in the package. Your guide will suggest delicious, hygienic special food during your trips. Generally, chosen menu items are Nepalese meals (Dal Bhat), Tibetan fried bread, various types of soups, Momo’s (steamed dumplings), boiled and fried potatoes, kinds of pasta and even pizza. So, overall you have a different choice of foods on the trek. During this trek, you will usually have breakfast and dinner at the same guest house.

Booking And Payment

You should book the service at least 15 days before the trek departure date. After you confirm your trip with us, you should be transferring us a photocopy of your passport or your personal information to or WhatsApp at +9779842907439. The personal information you have to provide us is your first name, middle name, last name, passport number, date of birth, nationality, and gender. Importantly, you need to pay 20% of the total price in advance for the domestic flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process. You can pay the remaining balance before you start the trek.

Personal Expenses

How much money or cash you should be bringing with you depends on how you do the trip and the number of days you want to spend here in Nepal. Much also depends on your spending habits. Generally, you must have to take10 to 15 USD to spend your expenses, such as laundry, telephone calls, snacks, camera, and mobile battery charging. How much you will be spending during your trekking depends on the standard of the package you have purchased. 

Our Guides And Safety

Our guides are fully trained and licensed by Nepal Government Tourism Department, and certified by TAAN & Nepal Mountaineering Association.

All our Trekking Guides are professionals with decades of experience in this field of adventure. They are trained specially for specified and various trips, to cater for the flexible requirement of our clients from different nationalities, this will assure you that your trip will be enjoyable and in the safe hands of professional experts.

On every trip, will be one Trek leader and an assistant leader on each additional 7 people in the group on treks, this arrangement would ensure that even if any of our guide/ assistance guides gets sick or clients may get sick and need to be evacuated or staying behind from the walks, it wills still works smoothly and there would non-impact with our original trek plan. 

Every 7 trekkers will have one Sherpa helper for carrying their trekking bags.

Caring Porter

Our porter is fully strong, helpful and friendly. Their salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transportation, and Insurance on each trip with us. As you know that we are very trustworthy and polite, while on trek thus we make sure that our porter is fully prepared for the trip. We are closely working with the International Porter Progress Association for the welfare and benefit of trekking porters. 

The maximum load carried by our porter minimum 20 to 25 KG maximum so be sure that your trekking bag is not more than the above figure.

High Altitude

This is a high-altitude journey and elevation starts from low 1,300 m to 5,416 m high, where symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) might occur due to dry air, cold wind, and less oxygen. Generally, for The Annapurna region trip one needs to be in good physical with sound health to avoid other medical complications on the route journey, just follow our guide he will advice and suggestions which keeps and makes you feel secure to enjoy this fabulous adventure with us.

Best Time To Visit Nepal

Three best seasons for the trek to the Annapurna region. We suggest you join in at the right time of the year as far as possible.

  1. High season- Autumn (September-November)
  2. Shoulder-Spring (March-May)
  3. Low season- Moonson (June-August)


Things To Know Before Trekking

The main flow of foreign visitors in Nepal is for trekking from moderate to adventurous or challenging treks, the most important is choosing the right trip as per your duration of holiday and fitness, for Annapurna Himalayan trekking adventure one needs to be in sound health and physically fit.

On booking our preparation of fitness required walking-jogging-Jumba-aerobic at least fifteen days before your departure from the home country.

Please send us your dietary list and medical history report so that we can arrange it well in advance respectively. Book the ticket from home for Kathmandu, Nepal to reach at least two days ahead and earlier from trek departure with much space in Kathmandu after the trek, this allows you more time in Nepal to enjoy the culture and heritage sites of Nepal.

If you are wondering about how to obtain a Nepal visa, then the easiest way to obtain it is at the Tribhuwan International Airport upon your arrival in Nepal or else at the immigration entry point if you are entering through the border of India or Tibet.

Note: There are a few countries namely Nigeria, Ghana, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Somalia, Cameroon, Swaziland, Iraq, Ethiopia, Liberia, Palestine, etc. People from these countries do not get a visa from the immigration entry points of Nepal.)


Passport & Visa Information

What do you need to obtain A Nepal visa?

If you are thinking of taking a visa at the airport or immigration entry point, the following are your requirements:

  • A valid passport (The passport should have a validity of at least six months)
  • You should fill out the application form for a visa available at the airport or immigration entry points.
  • Two passport-size photos
  • Visa fees should be paid in cash.


Entry points to Nepal

  • Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
  • Eastern Nepal – Kakarvitta, Jhapa
  • Central Nepal – Birjung, Parsa
  • Northern Border – Kodari, Sindhupalchowk
  • Western – Rupandehi (Belhiya, Bhairahawa)
  • Mid-western – Banke (Jamuna, Nepalgunj)
  • Far western – Kailali (Mohana, Dhangadhi) / Kanchanpur (Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar)


Visa Fees

  • USD 30 or equivalent convertible currency for 15 days.
  • USD 50 or equivalent convertible currency for 30 days.
  • USD 125 or equivalent convertible currency for 90 days.
  • For the tourist of SAARC nationals, free visa for up to 30 days.
  • Visa is not required for Indian nationals. However, if they enter Nepal via air, they will have to show a valid identification certificate (passport/ citizenship certificate). Children under the age of 10 do not need to show an identification certificate.


Visa Extension

  • If you want to extend the visa for 15 days or less, the visa extension charge is USD 45 or the equivalent convertible currency
  • If you want to extend the visa for more than 15 days, USD 3 will be charged per day after 15 days. However, the visa can be extended a maximum of up to 150 days in a visa year (Visa year refers to the year starting January to December.)


Transit Visa

When a foreigner has to get down at a Nepalese airport as a result of his/her transit point or due to any forced landing for whatever reason, the foreigner can obtain a transit visa for a day after paying USD 5 or any other currency equivalent.

Download Tourist VISA Form (.pdf)

Other General Information

  • Entering Nepal or staying in Nepal without a valid visa is illegal.
  • A tourist visa can be obtained either through the Nepalese embassy or consulate or other mission offices in your nation or at the immigration entry points in Nepal listed above.
  • Visa once issued cannot be amended and the visa fees are non-refundable.
  • You should pay the Nepal visa fees in cash. A credit card or cheque is not acceptable.
  • Visa charges are not applicable for children under 10 years of age, however, they must obtain a valid visa.
  • If you are obtaining a new passport or travel document, you are advised to contact the Immigration Department for the document transfer.
  • Always carry your passport and trekking permit while trekking.
  • Some of the areas are restricted for filming. Therefore, be careful not to do activities that are strictly prohibited.
  • The culture, tradition, and sentiments of Nepalese people should be respected. Do not perform any activities that would hurt their sentiments.
  • Do not perform any activities that would lead to moral turpitude.



  • Based on 4 Reviews

Alu | Indonesia | On 27th Jun, 2022

1 Excellent

Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho lake in winter

I took act n Tilicho lake in the winter season alone the last January on a solo trip. I don't expect to have such extreme cold weather but thanks to Mingmar he completes the gear with a good down jacket and sleeping bag. The trip was awesome and Mingmar took care of me soo much.

Turn out Mingmar has also a good talent as a photographer...

See u on the next trip Mingmar...

Date of experience: January 2019


Ni guoshang | China | On 10th Sep, 2019

1 Excellent

Annapurna Circuit, unbelievable trekking

We thirteen friends go to Nepal, specifically for trekking of a lifetime... Mount Anapurna circle. our first leg of the trekking,Mingmar was well prepared, even though we thought we had the experience to climb the peak,
Mingmar made our trekking more easier, at 4850meters stop he observed all of us carefully ensure no one of us behind the team during the trekking and made sure we were well taken care of at each TeaHouse where we last all of us 13 people totally pass the peak.
Mingmar ensured our amazing trekking was secure and safe, I would highly encourage anyone wanting an amazing Guide... Please use MingMAR


Date of experience: September 2019

Trip type: Traveled with friends

Ash | United Kingdom | On 22nd May, 2023

1 Excellent

Outstanding organisation - If you want to go to Nepal book with these guys!!!

Words cannot even describe how good this company is. This is the second time I have booked with them. The first time was six years ago when I completed Everest Base Camp and now in May 2023, when I completed the Annapurna Circuit with them.

Everything was seamless. From the moment we arrived in Nepal to when we left. The team coordinated everything - as a female traveller, I felt cared for and safe. Even on the paths when I felt unsure about my footing my guide and porter were there to lend a hand!

Howard Owen | United Kingdom | On 11th Jul, 2023

1 Excellent

Such an amazing trip to the Himalayas and hiking the Annapurna Circuit and Poon Hill, such beautiful scenery, such a professional Northern Trekking Team, taking care of us and every aspect of our time with them.

This was my first time time in Nepal and first time at high altitude, Mingmar's calm, personable, professional, friendly and knowledgeable approach and support made our hike so incredibly enjoyable.

I would thoroughly recommend Northern Trekking Team to anyone visiting Nepal - they will make your trip to this incredible country so much more enjoyable 😀

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