Annapurna Circuit Trek - 8 Days

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  • 8 Days
Price per personUS$855
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No. of peoplePrice P.P
1 - 1 US$ 1055
2 - 2 US$ 955
3 - 5 US$ 899
6 - 10 US$ 855
11 - 16 US$ 825
17 - 30 US$ 799
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  • Trip Duration8 Days
  • Difficulty LevelModerate - Strenuous
  • Best SeasonMarch - June & Sept - December
  • Max Altitude5416 m

Overview

The trek to the Annapurna circuit has been broadly one of the most popular trekking destinations on the earth. However, this epic short Annapurna circuit trek-8 days has been built up by sharing experiences and ideas from our trekking field staff of guides who have been working for long years in this profession.

 

Experience Nepal’s best treks in the Annapurnas

Trekking to the Annapurna is simply an outstanding experience, a lifetime memorable trip. Moreover, the classic Annapurna circuit trek-8 days offers a wide range of outstanding mountain views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu ranges; this route is famous and richest for its diversity of cultures and nature.

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Mardi Himal Trek, and Poon Hill Trek are just a few of the wild, high-altitude trails which trace winding courses through the peaks and valleys of this spectacular mountain territory.

But the Annapurna Circuit Trek is the gold standard for trekking in the Annapurnas. This is a quintessential hiking adventure that circumnavigates the Annapurna massif, exposing travelers to a stunning diversity of landscapes—typically over two or three epic weeks.

 

What makes our short Annapurna Circuit Trek unique?

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a fantastic overland journey, linking the subtropical lowlands of Nepal’s forested hillsides to its high mountain passes.

But this epic hike usually takes several weeks to enjoy to its fullest, and that’s often been a barrier to prospective travelers with less time to spend exploring the length and breadth of the Himalayas. In contrast, our short Annapurna Circuit Trek takes only eight days to complete—including transportation from Kathmandu.

This accelerated trekking itinerary has been carefully developed by our professional guides, each with years of experience in the field. We’ve built appropriate acclimatization days into this itinerary, ensuring that we reduce the risk of contracting altitude sickness as we climb higher and higher into some of Nepal’s most striking alpine landscapes.

While this version of the Annapurna Circuit Trek is a more demanding trekking itinerary involving five or six hours of walking every day, hikers in good physical condition should find this trek to be a rewarding challenge.

 

Explore the intersection of nature and culture on the Annapurna Circuit Trek.

The scenic grandeur of the Annapurnas defies any attempt at description—it’s one thing to read about this trek and another thing entirely to stand in the shadow of some of the world’s highest mountains.

With the Himalayan winds blowing in your hair and an endless trail beckoning you further into the wilderness of the Annapurna Conservation Area, you’ll begin to understand what makes trekking in Nepal so irresistible.

But it’s not all about the scenery—this part of Nepal is also home to historic monasteries, classic Himalayan villages, and famously friendly people. As you traverse the high-altitude landscapes of the region, you’ll pass through alpine communities and learn firsthand about the timeless culture and traditions that are so closely associated with these mountains.

Book your own excursion into a land where nature and culture exist in remarkable cohesion with one another.

 

Annapurna Circuit trip - 8 Days Highlights

  • Visit ancient temples and UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • A dip into the natural hot spring
  • Manang village- the scenic traditional village of the Himalayas
  • magnificent views of Mt. Annapurna, Chulu West, Dhaulagiri, Thorung Peak, Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV
  • A day in Pokhara with a beautiful atmosphere
  • Dazzling lakes, glaciers, deep gorges, and stunning waterfalls
  • Cross the classic Throng La (5416m)- the highest elevation of the trek
  • Visit local villages of Gurung, Sherpa, and Tibetan origins
  • Visit the beautiful Barge Monastery, the largest monastery in the Manang district, and Muktinath Temples
  • Explore the local culture, tradition, and mountain lifestyle

 

Additional benefits with Alpine Ramble

  • Free Airport transportation on arrival and departure days (We will pick you up and drop you off)
  • Trekking equipment such as the Sleeping bag, Down jacket, and walking poles (rental is included if needed)
  • Duffle bag for the helpers if required
  • Souvenir: Trekking route map or browser and printed ART's hiking T-shirt
  • Baggages store room for free
  • First aid box, including the medicines for high altitude sickness 
  • An Oximeter to measure your Oxygen and Pulse at a high altitude to find out your accurate health condition while you are trekking in the mountain.
  • WOKI TOKI - for communication during the trek

 

Please note: The trekking times indicated Below are approximate and are best used as general guidelines. During the Annapurna Circuit Trek, we added one extra day for acclimatization, so it would take 9-10 days to complete the trek; you can travel freely at your own pace. We also recommend arriving in Kathmandu at least one day before your scheduled itinerary begins; this will allow you to meet with our trekking team in advance to learn more about your planned activities. However, this trek itinerary can be flexible and personalized based on your time and desires!

Itinerary

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Our adventure begins in Kathmandu, Nepal’s buzzing capital city. From here, we’ll travel by road to reach the town of Besi Shahar, about five or six hours to the northwest. This exciting drive will allow you to enjoy the hustle and bustle of urban Nepal, the verdant greenery of lowland jungle roads, and the winding mountain passes that become more prevalent as we approach our destination. Upon arriving in Besi Shahar, we’ll get changed in the local jeep and drive to Chame. The journey from Besishar to Chame would be around 3 to 4 hours overnight at the best available tea house with excellent food!

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Driving Time: 9-10 hrs approx
  • Meals: Lunch, and Dinner (Included)
  • Maximum Elevation: 800m/2755ft

Today is our first day of real hiking on the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Our trail begins just outside of Chame, passing along the left side of the valley through a landscape characterized by green forests and apple orchards. We’ll cross a suspension bridge and make a steep ascent to reach a beautiful little village called Dhukur Pokhari, where we’ll stop to enjoy a packed lunch. When we’re ready to get moving again, we’ll pick up the path just past the village to continue onwards to Pisang. You can count on getting great views of Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, and Pisang Peak during this stretch of the trail. When we arrive at Pisang itself, you’ll see that the town is actually divided into Upper and Lower Pisang, separated by the Marsyangdi River. Make sure to explore both parts of town to appreciate the superlative mountain views and colorful local atmosphere. We’ll choose the best available trekking lodge or teahouse for tonight’s accommodations.

  • Accommodation: Trekking Lodge /Tea House
  • Trekking Time: 5-6 hrs approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Included)
  • Maximum Elevation: 2670m

Our next day on the Annapurna Circuit Trek kicks off with a hike along a valley blanketed in sweet-smelling pines. We’ll stop at the village of Braga, best known for its fascinating hilltop monastery dating back approximately 900 years. If it’s open, make sure to take a look inside—there are some beautiful statues in the gompa’s dark interior, and the views from its roof are simply sublime. Moving on, we’ll ascend through more pine forests and cross several suspension bridges, with the rushing Marsyangdi river far beneath our feet. Our goal today is the village of Manang, where we’ll spend the next two nights for acclimatization purposes. After getting checked in at our teahouse, make sure to visit one of the local bakeries while you gaze upon the vast monoliths of the Annapurnas and Gangapurna.

  • Accommodation: Trekking Lodge /Tea House
  • Trekking Time: 5 hrs approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Included)
  • Maximum Elevation: 3310 m

Spending another day here in Manang will allow our bodies the time they need to acclimate to the high altitude before we plunge further into the heart of the Annapurnas. This is a great place to explore: the town is packed with scenic viewpoints and timeless monasteries—and there’s even a cultural museum! If you find yourself getting restless, we can also embark on one of several available day hikes leading to fantastic glacial lakes set against a backdrop of skyscraping Himalayan summits, including Gangapurna and Tilicho Peak. Later tonight, we’ll return to our lodge for a filling meal and a good night’s sleep. Tomorrow, our adventure on the Annapurna Circuit Trek continues.

  • Accommodation: Trekking Lodge /Tea House
  • Trekking Time:2-3 hrs approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Included)
  • Maximum Elevation: 3450 m

Today’s hike begins with a serious ascent. We’ll take our time, climbing past the village of Tengi and sharing the trail with lots of locals transporting horses and yaks. We’ll reach the village of Gunsang just in time for an early lunch; this isn’t a very busy town, but it’s a nice place to stop and enjoy the marvelous views of Annapurna II and Annapurna IV. Then it’s onward through little stands of juniper and across a few suspension bridges. We’ll continue to ascend as we approach Yak Kharka, but the grade is much gentler at this point. You may notice that our trek today was relatively short; this is because we are steadily increasing our elevation and need to ascend gradually in order to avoid altitude sickness. So we’ll stop in Yak Kharka with plenty of time this afternoon to relax before spending the night in one of the town’s comfortable guesthouses.

  • Accommodation: Trekking Lodge /Tea House
  • Trekking Time: 4-5hrs approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Included)
  • Maximum Elevation: 4040 m

Our morning begins with a slow climb across expansive alpine pastures teeming with roaming horses, where the shadows of high-flying Himalayan griffons glide across the ground. Soon we’ll approach a dramatic suspension bridge leading to the opposite side of the valley—although a smaller wooden bridge is also available for the faint of heart. However we decide to cross, we’ll soon find ourselves carefully navigating a rock-strewn slope on the way to Thorong Phedi. There are a couple of lodges here, as well as a handful of bakeries. We’ll get settled at our accommodations and then spend the rest of the evening resting in order to prepare ourselves for tomorrow’s ascent over the pass of Thorong La.

  • Accommodation: Trekking Lodge /Tea House
  • Trekking Time: 4 hrs approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Included)
  • Maximum Elevation: 4420 m.

Are you ready for the most exciting day on the Annapurna Circuit Trek? This morning, we’ll be making our way up and over Thorong La. This is a thrilling high-altitude mountain pass situated at 5,416 meters in elevation. The views from the pass are sublime, especially with the spectacle of brilliant prayer flags snapping in the wind and contrasting with the windblown snow. In fact, heavy snows can occur here at any time of year; your guide from Alpine Ramble Treks will carefully assess the condition of the pass to make sure that it’s safe to cross. Our steep descent from Thorong La is no less dramatic, and we’ll take it slow in order to avoid slips and falls. Before long, we’ll enter the spectacular Kali Gandaki Gorge. By some metrics, this is the deepest gorge in the world, and it funnels water all the way from the Tibetan Plateau to the Ganges River. We’ll enjoy this fabulous scenery all along the path as we reach Muktinath at last. This town is an important site for religious pilgrims, and there are a number of temples and shrines to explore. We’ll spend the night in one of Muktinath’s teahouses to recover from our long day on the trail.

  • Accommodation: Trekking Lodge /Tea House
  • Trekking Time: 7-8 hrs approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Included)
  • Maximum Elevation: 5416 m (Throng La)

Right after breakfast- the last breakfast in the mountain, a scenic drive through the beautiful lower Mustang valley towards Pokhara takes about 8-9 hours approximately. Pokhara is a lakeside tourist's paradise with many facilities for travelers where you can enjoy international cuisines and foods and feel free to drink a beer or any sort of drink if that is the way of celebrating your successfully completed journey. Pokhara is also a peaceful lakeside location that rests beneath the snow-capped peaks of the Annapurna and Machhapuahre (Fishtail )ranges. this place is inhabited by mostly people groups of Magars and Gurungs authentic as they are well-known people of hardworking farmers and valorous warriors who have earned worldwide fame as Gurkha soldiers. Enjoy the evening your Time by looking around the colorful lakeside street.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Panorama
  • Driving Time: 9-10 hrs approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, & Lunch (Included)
  • Maximum Elevation: 850 m

Trip map

Annapurna Circuit Trek - 8 Days map

Trip inclusion

  • Free airport transfer on arrival and departure by private vehicles
  • Meals on a full-board basis (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner/ the main course) during the trek in the mountain.
  • Alpine Ramble’s experienced, government-licensed, English-speaking trekking guide.
  • All salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport, and insurance for the guide.
  • All necessary papers including Annapurna conservation permit and TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System)
  • One strong local porter for every two trekkers with a limited weight of 12 kg per person
  • Trekking equipment such as the Sleeping bag, and down jacket on request (optional)
  • Trekking lodges (Tea House) throughout the trek
  • Transportation from Kathmandu – Besishar by bus and from beisshar to Chame by sharing jeep, and Jonsom - Tatopani - Pokhara by local sharing bus or jeep
  • Supplementary snacks: energy bars, crackers, cookies, etc.
  • Appreciation of certificate after the successful trek.
  • Alpine Ramble’s complimentary free T-shirt or route map and a duffel bag (if required)
  • A basic first aid box (Guide will carry it throughout the trek).
  • Emergency rescue operation assistance will be arranged in case of complex health conditions (funded by your Travel Insurance)
  • All government, Local taxes/ vat, and official Expenses
  • 10% OF ALL PROCEEDS GO TO SUPPORT OUR SOCIAL IMPACTS INITIATIVE
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  • Nepal entry visa fees (you can easily issue the visa on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu). $25 USD for 15 days Visa.
  • Extra accommodation and meals behind schedule (Foods and accommodations before and after the trek) 
  • All kinds of beverages (tea/coffee, coke, beers, water etc).
  • Additional cost by out of management control due to the landscape, weather condition, illness, change of government policies, strikes, and physical condition, etc.
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, laundry, telephone, WIFI, hot shower, etc at tea houses on a trek.
  • Travel insurance has to cover emergency rescue evacuation from the high-altitude up to 5000 m.
  • Personal trekking equipment for this trek 
  • Tipping  (expected by guide and staffs)
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the Price Include section of this trek

Dates & Price

The Trip departure dates both for group and private tours are available any time of the year, click here to select your own desired dates! 

Start DateEnd DateStatusPrice 
18 Jul, 202725 Jul, 2027AvailableUS$855

Trip Info

Meals on a trek

Food on the Annapurna circuit trekking route has a pretty wide selection of food items on the tea houses/ trekking lodges menus which are originated and prepared by the local community, the most common meals of the region are as given below.
 

Water on Annapurna Circuit Trek

The water on a trek is available at every trekking lodge or shopping shop along the way, buying a regular bottle of mineral water costs 1-3 USD per litter. Annapurna region has plenty of water sources to get the water as you can also refill the water from random taps or water sources, refilling waters from any of those sources is potable but it will be fine to drink with a Lifestraw or using the water purification pills – at least 2-4 L water per day is recommended to drink that keeps you hydrated.

Accommodations

Accommodations on the mountain are simple in tea hoses/ Trekking Lodges. The rooms come usually in double occupancy with a wooden bed, blankets, mattresses, pillows, and attached bathrooms (not everywhere), and the view is spectacular from the rooms of mountain tea houses. Likewise, single rooms are available ( except Himalaya and ABC) and they will be provided for solo female travelers.

We will ensure and accommodate you to the best available tea houses with great views of the mountain and sceneries during the trek

Passport and Visa

If you are traveling to Nepal you need to have a visa to enter Nepal. However, the arrival visa is available at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu where you can simply get an ``On Arrival Visa” and you must enter Nepal within six months from the visa-issued date. Your total stay is counted starting from the day you enter Nepal.

You will be charged $40 USD as visa application fees for 30 days tourist visa to the forefingers except for Chinese and Indian. For those tourists who have Indian and Chinese passports then you do not need a visa (Free Visa)!

Travel Insurance

For safety reasons, Travel insurance is mandatory for trekkers participating in any trek and tour programs on the mountains. Getting travel insurance, especially while traveling in the mountain areas is like security on which you can rely and enjoy your trip without any worries. We highly recommend getting good compressive travel insurance that covers things like emergency helicopter rescue, and medical evacuation expenses it will be assisted protection tour to cover personal injury, injury, repatriation expenses, and any kind of illness will be covered. Having good travel insurance will not only guarantee you peace of mind while you travel with us but also provide you with complete coverage for anything things that may go wrong.

Packing list

The following lists are the essential trekking gear that is recommended for trekking in Nepal and all listed gear can also be bought easily in Kathmandu, Kathmandu has a number of shops selling the necessary clothes and gear for trekkers.

  • Thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket/pullover
  • Windcheater - waterproof shell jacket one pair
  • Down jacket -( It will be provided by the company if you do not have your own)
  • Comfortable Fleece/wool trousers
  • Trekking pants- at least 2 pairs
  • Mittens/woolen gloves
  • Warm Hiking socks
  • Trekking Shoe with spare laces
  • Pair of flip flop
  • Underwear & Swiming costume
  • Hiking Cotton trousers/t-shirts
  • Sun hat/scarf
  • Sunglasses
  • Sleeping bag -( It will be provided by the company if you do not have your own)
  • Trekking poles (Not 100%)
  • Day bag above 40 L
  • 1 set- Headlamp
  • Small lock for the day backpack
  • Reusable water bottles- 2 letters
  • Water purification tablets/ electric light
  • Wash towel
  • Toiletries (wet tissue, quick-drying towel, toilet paper, moisturizers, lip balms, sunscreens, sanitary pads, hand sanitizer, nail clipper, small mirror, toothpaste & brush, etc)
  • Rain poncho
  • Basic personal first aid kit

Last-minute booking

The last-minute booking can be made by any interested travelers a day before the trip gets started. Moreover, the payment should be made 100% if you are booking this for the last minute and the booking can be made directly through the online form or, by sending us an email, messages on Whatsapp, or by calling. But, Last minute booking may not be acceptable for Bhutan and Tibet trips.

We look forward to experiencing this trip with you in the land of the mighty mountains, and the place of Lord Gautama Buddha

FAQs

Yes, travel insurance is mandatory for trekking to the Everest region. -your travel insurance must cover medical and emergency repatriation inclusive of helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitude for individual trekking members, please kindly provide us your insurance to us at the time of booking your trip or later - before your trip get started. Alpine Ramble will help and assist you to buy travel insurance for potential unforeseen events or altitude sickness during the trek.

  • Ascend Slowly
  • Avoid Alcohol, Cigarettes & Tobacco
  • Proper Acclimatization Rest and walk slowly
  • Drink plenty of water - at least 3 liters of a day
  • Eat Well and Plenty- mostly soups items like garlic, ginger, etc
  • Use the Diamox as per Doctor's instructors if AMS symptoms grew 

Yes, you could choose to own your departure dates according to your time and schedule if the published Departure dates are not suitable for your travel plans, we will help you to customize the trip Itinerary on your own time and preferences. 

Yes, The trekkers should have to have registered trekking permits of Annapurna Conservation area Permit and TIMS (Trekker's Management Systems) and they are all helped and provided by Alpine Ramble Trekks- it's all are included on our package program.

Of course, yes, you can!  This trekking tour can be done by anyone from 10 years young to 75 years old with a reasonably fit by physical and mental. However, this trekking tour will be guided by a highly experienced and knowledgeable guide who helps you to accomplish the trek with great help and support thoroughly.

Yes, Our Guide and Porters are all insured and they have trekking climbing insurances for trekking to any mountain in Nepal.

The Highest Point of our trek is 5416 meters (Throng La)  !

Yes, on upon arrival at Tribhuvan International airport, you’ll be received and welcomed by one of our Alpine Ramble crews and transfer to the respective hotel

Yes, almost every teahouse has Wifi offer with a little charge 

Yes, we will help you to exchange your current very easily 

The best season of the year for this trek is Autumn ( Spe- Dec) and Spring ( March-May) with the clear sky and great views- the temperatures are moderate, you can also do the trek in other months as well with less crowded. 

The travelers need to be paid 10% of the full trip cost in advance and remaining of the funds for trekking can be made on arrival in Kathmandu. For the booking of your trip please go through the section of "BOOK YOUR TRIP" and click there to make your reservation, it's instant booking confirmation. 

Yes, Three meals of a day including breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided during the trek in the mountain and foods you will be eating as per menu- offers a wide verity of meals including local and western continentals. 

  • Ascend Slowly
  • Avoid Alcohol, Cigarettes & Tobacco
  • Proper Acclimatization Rest and walk slowly
  • Drink plenty of water - at least 3 liters of a day
  • Eat Well and Plenty- mostly soups items like garlic, ginger, etc
  • Use the Diamox as per Doctor's instructors if AMS symptoms grew 

Yes, We have a safe and sound place to store where you can be easily stored your luggage at our Hotel or office. 

Reviews

  • Elisa - July 26, 2018

    I booked Alpine Ramble for my trek to Everest Base Camp and it was absolutely amazing. They picked me up at the airport and really cared about me. During the trek my guide Samir helped me whenever I felt tired or exhausted. We really enjoyed our time in the mountains with singing and dancing. The lodges where we stayed in were quite nice and the food was really good all the time. I learned about the culture and the mountains. The team was really friendly and it felt like family! I would definitely recommend Alpine Ramble for a trek in the Nepali mountains! You‘ll have a wonderful experience with a accommodating company, a good guide and a wonderful landscape. Thanks for everything !!!