“Allow the eternal mystique of the Himalayas to capture your imagination and enthrall your spirit. On this short and accessible Annapurna Circuit Trek, you’ll discover for yourself why these mountains have drawn travelers from all over the world to discover their secrets.”
Explore a land of skyscraping mountains and ancient monasteries on the Annapurna Circuit Trek
The Annapurna mountains were named after the Hindu goddess Annapurna, who is recognized as a manifestation of Parvati. Faith and spirituality have been associated with these mighty Himalayan peaks since time immemorial, and our six-day trekking itinerary offers an unforgettable chance to explore a fascinating intersection of culture and wilderness. On the Annapurna Circuit Trek, you’ll encounter unique geological formations like the Kali Gandaki Gorge, set your sights on towering peaks like Dhaulagiri and Machapuchare, climb the high-altitude mountain pass of Thorong La, and visit both Buddhist monasteries and Hindu temples. The unique combination of rugged mountain landscapes and rich cultural heritage has made the Himalayas a premier destination for travelers from around the globe. As far as we’re concerned, trekking in Nepal is the only way to fully enjoy the best of both worlds—and Alpine Ramble Treks has carefully developed an itinerary that will surpass even your wildest dreams.
Embark upon one of the shortest and most accessible Annapurna trekking adventures
Traditionally, the Annapurna Circuit Trek can take up to three weeks to undertake. This is a thrilling round-trip adventure through some of the most beautiful mountains in Nepal, and many travelers want to spend as long in the Annapurnas as possible. But the demands of modern life may render some trekkers unable to devote weeks upon weeks to trekking in Nepal—and that’s where we come in. Alpine Ramble Treks has crafted an itinerary specifically suited to travelers who are short on time, if you are a novice traveler then you may consider doing our comfortable Annapurna circuit trek with acclimatization. Our six-day version of the Annapurna Circuit Trek does not include acclimatization and it is specially designed for those who are physically and mentally fit and well-prepared, but you’ll still enjoy all of the spectacular highlights of this unforgettable Himalayan wilderness in just a fraction of the time. While you won’t make a full circuit of the Annapurna massif on this abbreviated itinerary, you’ll visit the mountainside villages of Manang and Thorong Phedi, experience awe-inspiring panoramic vistas from an altitude of more than 5,400 meters in elevation, and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Himalayas on an internal flight between Jomsom and Pokhara.
What can you expect on the Annapurna Circuit Trek?
Our adventure begins with a scenic drive from the capital city of Kathmandu to the little town of Chame, where we’ll pick up the trail and set off into the wilderness of the Annapurna Conservation Area. This is the largest protected reserve in the country, with some of the most dramatic Himalayan views. We’ll be hiking for about five or six hours each day, rising from Nepal’s forested lowlands to its windswept alpine heights. Our path leads through steep valleys where glacial rivers cut their way through stands of juniper and birch, climbs along stark ridgelines with sweeping mountain views, and ascends to narrow passes where colorful prayer flags snap in the chilly alpine air. Best of all, Alpine Ramble Treks will handle all of the arrangements, leaving you free to focus on enjoying the adventure of a lifetime.
Best Time of Year for the Annapurna Circuit Trek
Trekking seasons in Nepal are largely dictated by the summer monsoon, and our six-day Annapurna Circuit Trek is no exception. The monsoon typically lasts from June to August, and most visitors consequently choose to hike during the spring months of February to May or the autumn months of September to November. These are the best times of year to enjoy the perfect combination of comfortable temperatures and clear mountain views. But you can hike in the Annapurnas at any time of year, and the snow-laden trails of winter are just as mysterious and evocative as the mist-shrouded hillsides of summer. Whenever you choose to travel, rest assured that Alpine Ramble Treks will put together a trekking adventure that will surpass even your highest expectations.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Difficulty
Our six-day Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most popular and enduring hikes in the Himalayas. Most travelers in good health and reasonable physical fitness will be able to complete this itinerary without issue, and no previous trekking experience is required. However, this trek does climb to altitudes higher than 4,000 meters, with the mountain pass of Thorong La reaching well above 5,000 meters. At these altitudes, it’s important to drink lots of water and get plenty of rest in order to let your body adjust naturally to the increased elevation. As always, your guide will look after your progress and ensure that you enjoy a safe and rewarding trek into the heart of the Annapurnas.
Other options for trekking in Nepal
If our six-day Annapurna Circuit Trek isn’t exactly what you had in mind, don’t worry—there are plenty of other treks to consider in this part of Nepal. We offer extended versions of the Annapurna Circuit Trek, including a two-week itinerary and an expanded 17-day trek, which includes a visit to the stunning Tilicho Lake. If you’re looking for a longer trek but don’t necessarily have two weeks to spare, our 10-day Annapurna Circuit Trek might be the perfect compromise. Of course, you don’t have to go hiking in the Annapurnas to see the Himalayas at their finest. Some of the best treks in Nepal can be found elsewhere in the country, like the Langtang Valley Trek or the Everest Base Camp Trek. If you aren’t sure which option is right for you, reach out to Alpine Ramble Treks for some free and friendly advice.
Additional Benefits of this trek with ART
- Free transfers to and from Tribhuvan International Airport upon arrival and departure.
- Complimentary use of any necessary trekking equipment, such as sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, walkie-talkies, trekking poles, and an oximeter to monitor your oxygen and pulse.
- Fun souvenirs of your Himalayan adventure: a trekking route map, a t-shirt emblazoned with the Alpine Ramble Treks logo, and a hat!