12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek

Duration: 12 Days   |   Trip Photos  |   Trip Map
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Transport: Private Vehicle / Tourist Bus
  • Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel + Teahouses + Lodges
  • Group Size: 2+
  • Max Elevation: 5416m

Annapurna Circuit Trek 12 Days

Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most popular Himalayan trekking adventures in the world and the second-mainstream trekking adventure in Nepal. This classical trekking expedition in the north-central part of the Himalayas circumnavigates the surrounding region of the tenth-highest mountain in the world, Mt Annapurna [8,091 meters/ 26,545 feet]. The Annapurna trekking route officially opened in 1980, and since then, this exciting Himalayan adventure has climbed its way to the top chart of outdoor adventures and is a beloved destination for trekking enthusiasts all over the world.

This mainstream trekking route in the Himalayas offers an amazing opportunity to explore the rich cultural trails of the region with diverse ethnic groups, naturally blessed landscapes, fascinating bio-diversity of the Annapurna Conservation Area, and the significant religious landmarks that sum up an enthralling trekking experience. So, if you are wondering where to start your trekking journey, trekking at Annapurna Circuit might be the best way to build up your Himalayan prospects.

Package Customization Option

Although our 12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek is a standard trekking package in this mainstream central Himalayan route, Marvel Adventure also offers a package customization option for those who are looking for a more personalized experience. In this customization option, you will be able to de12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek

cide on almost every aspect of your trek. For instance, you can adjust the walking pace, start point, number of rest days, highlights you want to explore, quality of service, number of guides and porters, etc.

There are two options for designing the custom-tailored package for this Annapurna Circuit Trek 12 Days; you can either provide us with the details of your overall trip, or you can give us an idea about the experience you are looking for. This way, we will design the most ideal adventure package for you.

**Note: The 12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek cost package for the custom tailor option will mostly depend on the duration of the trek and the quality of services**

Group Discount

Our 12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek cost is already a reasonable price that offers the best value services without compromising on quality. However, there is a further discount for this mainstream trekking journey if you are participating with your group of friends and families. Doing a group trek with us will be a budget-friendly experience and you can use up the saved budget to decide your next great adventure.

Marvel Adventure’s Group Discount Option for Annapurna Circuit Trek 12 Days

  • For a trekking group with 2 to 4 people= US$ 1,175 per person
  • For a trekking group with 5 to 10 people= US$ 1,150 per person
  • For a trekking group with 10+ people= US$ 1,125 per person

**Note: If there is only one person in the group for the trip, the person will have to pay an additional cost of US$ 150**

Daily Routine- What Can You Expect During Your Annapurna Circuit Trek 12 Days?

Every day of your Annapurna Circuit Trek 12 Days itinerary will unveil the new side of the cultural and natural phenomenon this region is known for. Passing through the beautiful settlements, you will get closer to the serene atmosphere of the tenth-highest peak in the world. During the trekking part, you will have your breakfast at around 7 AM to 8 AM before following the charming trails of the lush valleys. After exploring for nearly 3 to 4 hours, you will then arrive at the predetermined lunch destination, where you will get about an hour of break.

The remaining part of the trek is mostly easy as you will hardly walk even 2 or 3 hours to reach the top destination for the day (for the most part, expect the long Thorong La Pass trek day). If there is enough daylight, you can also take it slow with the sightseeing of popular landmarks around your destination (consult your guide first). After the sightseeing, you will enjoy your dinner in the teahouse from around 6 PM to 7 PM, and your group will dine together. After dinner, your guide will provide details on the next day’s trek so you will be able to make an efficient preparation for tomorrow’s adventure.

**Note: You can play board games or watch movies/documentaries after the briefing, but make sure to get enough rest, or you will feel exhausted for the next day’s trek**

Trip Extension

After completing your 12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek, if you want to extend your stay in Nepal, we will provide all the necessary assistance to accommodate your needs. From assisting you with the visa extension process to offering the most exciting tour and travel prospects, Marvel Adventure will take care of everything to ensure a seamless experience for you. For your extended stay, we have several popular tours and short trek packages that you can choose from.

Safety and Comfort

Our guest’s comfort and safety are the top priority of Marvel Adventure, no matter which package you choose. We adhere to every precaution strictly to buff the safety factors and offer valued service to enhance the experience. Your trek will be handled by an experienced guide who will oversee your health and experience during the trek. Our team will check your health conditions every day and make sure that you are adapting to the new altitudes before pushing further.

You can also easily communicate with your team guide if you are facing any kind of discomfort, and we will try to resolve the issue immediately. In case of health issues or other emergency situations, the team-leading guide will stay in touch with the head office to take the most suitable course of action. You can stay assured while trekking with our capable team who are exceptional at handling different situations.

Annapurna Circuit Trek 12 Days Itinerary Outline

This is Marvel Adventure’s standard 12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary plan that you will follow during this exciting Himalayan adventure. Other Annapurna Circuit Trek 12 Days itinerary that you find on the internet may vary slightly as the trek starting point differs from agency to agency. However, the circuit route is the same, and you will join the mainstream no matter where you start the trek from.

DayItinerary PlanTrek DurationAltitude Gain
01Driving from Kathmandu (1,400 meters/ 4,593 feet) to Ngadi (930 meters/ 3,051 feet)7 to 8 hours (drive) (191 km/ 118 miles)470 meters/ 1,541 feet (loss)
02Trekking from Ngadi to Jagat (1,300 meters/ 4,265 feet)

5 to 6 hours

370 meters/ 1,213 feet
03Jagat to Dharapani (1,860 meters/ 6,102 feet) trek5 hours (15 km/ 9.3 miles)560 meters/ 1,837 feet
04Dharapani to Chame (2,670 meters/ 8,759 feet)6 hours (15.5 km/ 9.6 miles)810 meters/ 2,657 feet
05Trekking from Chame to Lower Pisang (3,200 meters/ 10,498 feet)5 to 6 hours (13.2 km/ 8.2 miles)530 meters/ 1,738 feet
06Trek from Lower Pisang to Manang (3,519 meters/ 11,545 feet)5 to 6 hours (17 km/ 10.6 miles)319 meters/ 1,046 feet
07Acclimatization and exploration day at Manang  
08Manang to Yak Kharka (4,120 meters/ 13,517 feet)3 to 4 hours (9.4 km/ 5.8 miles)601 meters/ 1,971 feet
09Trekking from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,560 meters/ 14,960 feet)4 to 5 hours (8.5 km/ 5.2 miles)440 meters/ 1,443 feet
10Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,760 meters/ 12,335 feet) across Thorong La Pass (5,416 meters/ 17,769 feet)

8 to 9 hours

(15.6 km/ 9.6 miles)

856 meters/ 2,808 feet
11Drive from Muktinath to Tatopani (1,190 meters/ 3,904 feet)6 to 7 hours (drive) (70 km/ 43 miles)2,570 meters/ 8,431 feet (loss)
12Drive down from Tatopani to Pokhara (820 meters/ 2,690 feet)4 to 5 hours (drive) (98 km/ 60 miles)370 meters/ 1,213 feet (loss)


  • Exploration of the foothills of the tenth tallest mountain in the world, Mt Annapurna [8,091 meters/ 26,545 feet]
  • Traversing across the scenic landscapes from lush forested areas to high alpine meadows and the glacial moraines
  • Picturesque views of the Himalayan massifs like Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Annapurna, Gangapurna, Tilicho, Chulu, and other adjacent peak
  • Trekking over the intriguing high Himalayan pass, Thorong La Pass
  • Muktinath Temple; a significant holy site of the Buddhist and Hindu religions
  • The natural hot spring of Tatopani with healing properties
  • Rich cultural trail, an opportunity to explore the traditions and lifestyle of the Magar, Gurung, and Tamang ethnic group

Day to Day Itinerary

  • Day 1 Drive from Kathmandu to Ngadi

    Kathmandu Elevation: 1,400 meters/ 4,593 feet

    Ngadi Elevation: 930 meters/ 3,051 feet

    Elevation Loss: 470 meters/ 1,541 feet

    You will kickstart the Annapurna Circuit Trek adventure on Day 1 with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Ngadi. Driving on Prithvi Highway, you will move along the Trishuli and Marsyangdi Rivers, enjoying the lush landscapes of the region and Himalayan views on the right side. You will cover an approximate distance of 185 km from Kathmandu to reach Ngadi via Besisahar.

    This day’s driving adventure will last about 7-8 hours; after arriving at Ngadi, you will rest at a comfortable teahouse and prepare for the exciting trekking adventure starting tomorrow.

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Place: Kathmandu
    • Altitude: 1,400 meters
  • Day 2 Trek to Jagat

    Ngadi Elevation: 930 meters/ 3,051 feet

    Jagat Elevation: 1,300 meters/ 4,265 feet

    Elevation Gain: 370 meters/ 1,213 feet

    Today will be the first day of your trekking in this iconic Himalayan adventure; during the first leg, you will head toward the Bahun Danda Village, crossing a suspension bridge from Ngadi. Then, moving further ahead with your adventure, you will follow the descending trail from the village that stretches toward Jagat via the Ghermu Village.

    You will take your lunch break at Ghermu, closing toward this day’s rest point. During the last part of this day’s trek, you will cross the suspension bridge and follow the trails of the Marsyangdi River for about one and a half hours to finally arrive at Jagat. 

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Tea House/Lodges
    • Place: Jagat
    • Altitude: 1,300 meters
  • Day 3 Jagat to Dharapani

    Jagat Elevation: 1,300 meters/ 4,265 feet

    Dharapani Elevation: 1,860 meters/ 6,102 feet

    Elevation Gain: 560 meters/ 1,837 feet

    Moving further in your trekking route, you will continue your trek across the lush landscape at the banks of the Marsyangdi River. In about one and a half hours, you will reach Chamche Village following the gradual trekking trail, a beautiful waterfall across the river called Chamche Waterfall will greet your arrival in this charming village.

    Then, proceeding further on your trails, you will cross a suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River to reach the beautiful Taal Village, which is at the border of the Lamjung and Manang districts. It will take you approximately 2-3 hours to reachTaal Village; this will be your lunch destination in today’s trek. From here, it will take about 2 hours for you to reach Dharapani via Khotre Village.

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Tea House/Lodges
    • Place: Dharapani
    • Altitude: 1,860 meters
  • Day 4 Trekking from Dharapani to Chame

    Dharapani Elevation: 1,860 meters/ 6,102 feet

    Chame Elevation: 2,670 meters/ 8,759 feet

    Elevation Gain: 810 meters/ 2,657 feet

    This day’s trekking will take you across the lush pine, fir, and oak forests on the trails of the Marsyangdi River heading toward Chame. You will follow the gradual trails through forested areas heading toward the Danakyu Village. From here, you will trek the steep climbing sections to reach Timang Village; the vantage point of this charming Himalayan village offers an incredible view of the Manaslu. You will slowly start to see the Himalayan settlements heavily influenced by Tibetan and Buddhist culture from this day onward.

    Chame, the district headquarters of the Manang, is just a short walk’s distance from Timang on the gradual trail via Koto Village. You will be able to enjoy the stunning mountain views on your arrival at Chame; there is also a natural hot spring close to Chame near the bank of the Marsyangdi River if you want to take a dip to relax your weary body.

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Tea House/Lodges
    • Place: Chame
    • Altitude: 2,670 meters
  • Day 5 Chame to Lower Pisang trek

    Chame Elevation: 2,670 meters/ 8,759 feet

    Lower Pisang Elevation: 3,200 meters/ 10,498 feet

    Elevation Gain: 530 meters/ 1,738 feet

    On Day 5 of your trek, you will make your way through the narrow valley heading toward the Paunga Danda Rock, which is considered sacred by the natives. You will be able to enjoy the enchanting views of the up-close Gangapurna, Annapurna II, III, and IV, Lamjung Himal, and Pisang Peak as you move along your trekking route. Continuing with the gradual ascending trails alongside the soaring Marsyangdi River and deeper onto the Manang Valley, it will take you another 2 hours to reach Bhratang Village.

    Then, taking a short break at the Bhratang, which has a big apple garden, you will then proceed trekking toward Dikur Pokhari. You will reach Lower Pisang in about one hour of trekking from the pond; Swargodawari Hill is another popular tourist destination on this route that offers panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks.

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Tea House/Lodges
    • Place: Lower Pisang
    • Altitude: 3,200 meters
  • Day 6 Lower Pisang to Manang

    Lower Pisang Elevation: 3,200 meters/ 10,498 feet

    Manang Elevation: 3,519 meters/ 11,545 feet

    Elevation Gain: 319 meters/ 1,046 feet

    Today’s trekking adventure can be slightly challenging as you ascend over a significant altitude on this day. Following the steep uphill climbing section, you will proceed toward Ghyaru Village from Upper Pisang, which will take approximately 3 hours. Ghyaru Village, at an elevation of 3,670 meters (12,040 feet), is higher than Mananag and situated at the top of a mountain. From its vantage point, you can witness the crystal clear beauty of Annapurna I, II, and IV, Pisang Peak, Tilicho Peak, Chulu Peak, and Gangapurna.

    Then, moving further in this day’s trekking route, you will make your way to Ngwal Village, which is a 2-hour trekking distance from Ghyaru. Continuing with your descending trail, you will trek past another beautiful Himalayan village Bhraga/Bhraka, there is an old monastery that you can visit in this high Himalayan village for blessings. Following a short gradually ascending trail from here will then finally take you to Manang, your resting destination tonight.

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Tea House/Lodges
    • Place: Manang
    • Altitude: 3,519 meters
  • Day 7 Acclimatization day at Manang

    Manang Elevation: 3,519 meters/ 11,545 feet

    This day in your Himalayan trekking expedition will be an acclimatization day; you have already climbed over a significant altitude on this Himalayan adventure. So, you will use this day to acclimatize properly at the rising altitude before continuing with your trekking route.

    Physical activities are recommended for an effective acclimatization process, so you can do some short hikes around the region in the morning. Chongkar View Point, Gangapurna Lake, Paken Gumba, Milerepa Cave, Kicho Lake, etc, are some of the popular destinations among the trekkers in Manang for an acclimatizing hike. For the rest of the day, you can just rest and stroll around the vibrant tourist destination, checking out cafes and restaurants.

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Tea House/Lodges
    • Place: Manang
    • Altitude: 3,519 meters
  • Day 8 Trekking from Manang to Yak Kharka

    Manang Elevation: 3,519 meters/ 11,545 feet

    Yak Kharka Elevation: 4,120 meters/ 13,517 feet

    Elevation Gain: 601 meters/ 1,971 feet

    It’s a short day’s trekking adventure on your Himalayan exploration; after breakfast, you will cross the Manang and follow the ascending trail heading toward the Tenki Village across a stream. Then, moving out of the Marsyangdi Valley, you will head toward the Jar Sang Khola Valley to the north and traverse across the charming juniper forests and yak pastures.

    Then, pushing further ahead on your trekking trails, you will arrive at the Gunsan Village with traditional flat mud roof houses. You will continue trekking across the scenic pasture, enjoying the incredible views of the Himalayas. In the last leg, you will cross a wooden bridge over a small river and follow an inclining trail that will lead you to the wide-serene meadow of Yak Kharka.

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Tea House/Lodges
    • Place: Yak Kharka
    • Altitude: 4,120 meters
  • Day 9 Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi

    Yak Kharka Elevation: 4,120 meters/ 13,517 feet

    Thorong Phedi Elevation: 4,560 meters/ 14,960 feet

    Elevation Gain: 440 meters/ 1,443 feet

    After breakfast, you will continue with your ascending trail, leaving the wide meadow of the Yak Kharka behind and heading toward Thorong Phedi, the last resting destination before Thorong La Pass. Although it is not a challenging or long day’s adventure, the altitude gain on this day is significantly high, so make sure to take it slow, stay hydrated, and pay attention to your body language.

    You will first climb a ridge and follow the scenic alongside the Marsyangdi River, and after crossing a suspension bridge over the river, you will follow a narrow trail on the mountain. It's mostly pebbles and rocky trails on this day, and you will also cross a landslide area before you trek across the slope of the mountain to reach Thorong Phedi.

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Tea House/Lodges
    • Place: Thorong Phedi
    • Altitude: 4,560 meters
  • Day 10 Thorong Phedi to Thorong La Pass to Muktinath

    Thorong Phedi Elevation: 4,560 meters/ 14,960 feet

    Thorong La Pass Elevation: 5,416 meters/ 17,769 feet

    Muktinath Elevation: 3,760 meters/ 12.335 feet

    Elevation Gain: 856 meters/ 2,808 feet

    It is an exciting day’s trekking adventure; today, you will traverse across one of the highest Himalayan passes, Thorong La Pass. You will start your trekking adventure early in the morning; after breakfast, you will make your ascend on the pass, traversing across the steep sections. Although it is a demanding trekking adventure over the pass, the incredible views of Annapurna, II, IV, Dhaulagiri, Gangapurna, Himal, Tilicho Peak, and other adjacent peaks will melt your heart.

    After relishing your time at the top of this magnificent Himalayan pass to your heart’s content, you will then make your descent from the pass toward Muktinath. You will descend about 1,600 meters and trek down for about 3-4 hours to reach Muktinath, one of the holiest religious sites in Hinduism and Buddhism. You can check out the 108 stone taps in the temple and the eternal flame that has been burning for over 2,000 years after you arrive at Muktinath.

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Tea House/Lodges
    • Place: Muktinath
    • Altitude: 3,760 meters
  • Day 11 Drive to Tatopani

    Muktinath Elevation: 3,760 meters/ 12.335 feet

    Tatopani Elevation: 1,190 meters/ 3,904 feet

    Muktinath Elevation: 3,760 meters/ 12.335 feet

    After concluding your Himalayan trekking adventure, you will then move along with your return journey from this day onward. On Day 11 of your Himalayan expedition, after visiting the Muktinath Temple for the blessing, you will board a comfortable vehicle heading down to Tatopani. Driving alongside the world's deepest gorges, lush forests, arid highlands, and terraced farms enjoying the clear Himalayan vistas, you will move past the Himalayan settlements like Kagbeni, Jomsom, Marpha, Kalopani and Ghasa to arrive at Tatopani.

    You can immerse yourself in the natural hot spring of Tatopani, with healing properties to wash away your tiredness. This will be the last Himalayan resting destination on your trek, surrounded by picturesque Himalayan vistas.

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Tea House/Lodges
    • Place: Tatopani
    • Altitude: 1,190 meters
  • Day 12 Drive to Pokhara from Tatopani

    Tatopani Elevation: 1,190 meters/ 3,904 feet

    Pokhara Elevation: 820 meters/ 2,690 feet

    Elevation Loss: 370 meters/ 1,213 feet

    It is another scenic day’s driving adventure; after breakfast, you will drive all the way down to Pokhara, leaving Tatopani. This day’s driving adventure will take approximately 5-6 hours; moving past the region's scenic landscapes, you will also pass the vibrant settlements along the way to reach Pokhara.

    Once we arrive in Pokhara, you can do some sightseeing around the city of the lake or just stroll around the peaceful city enjoying the views. As this will be the first day back in luxury after a long Himalayan journey, don’t forget to check out the popular restaurants and cafes. Thank you for trekking with Marvel Adventure; we hope to see you again!

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Place: Pokhara
    • Altitude: 820 meters

What to Expect

  • Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle
  • Nutritious standard meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) throughout the journey.
  • A licensed guide with a proper understanding of the area
  • A robust and supportive porter, equipped adequately (1 porter per 2 individuals).
  • Full coverage for guide and porter expenses, including salary, food, accommodation, and insurance.
  • Comfortable tea house/lodge accommodations during the trek.
  • All-encompassing land transportation for seamless travel.
  • Inclusion of TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) card for your trek.
  • ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) entry permit for environmental conservation.
  • One night stay in a standard hotel in Pokhara on a BB basis
  • Access to a comprehensive first aid kit for any unforeseen circumstances.
  • Inclusive of government taxes and official expenses.
  • International airfare and taxes
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Your Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • All the expenses of a personal nature
  • Any kind of drinks and desserts during the trek
  • Tips for guide and porter (Tipping is expected)


Trip DatesAvailabilityPrice  
17 Jun, 2024 - 28 Jun, 2024GuaranteedUSD 1175
21 Jun, 2024 - 02 Jul, 2024GuaranteedUSD 1175
24 Jun, 2024 - 05 Jul, 2024GuaranteedUSD 1175
28 Jun, 2024 - 09 Jul, 2024GuaranteedUSD 1175
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Best Season for Annapurna Circuit Trek 12 Days

Best Season for Annapurna Trek

The most ideal time for Himalayan trekking and mountain expeditions in Nepal is considered to be during spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). These peak seasons offer stable weather conditions, dry trekking trails, lush landscapes, clear mountain views, and the opportunity to explore the cultural prospects of the natives in the festive vibe. So, if you are planning to do this trek, these are the ultimate seasons for the best value Annapurna Circuit Trek experience.

Although both spring and autumn are top contenders for this wonderful Himalayan adventure, each of these seasons adds their magic to your exploration. Let’s break down what both these peak seasons bring to the table.

Annapurna Circuit Trek in Autumn

Autumn season is dubbed as the number one season for the Himalayan trekking adventures, especially due to its mild temperature, clear days, and picturesque unobstructed views of the Himalayan massifs. The unique, colorful shades of the fall season, high-flowing rivers, and lush landscapes nourished by the monsoon rain add further excitement to your Himalayan exploration.

The temperature of the Annapurna region is around 15° C to 17° C during the daytime and can drop up to 5° C at night and early mornings. You can expect the night temperature to be minus degrees at high altitudes above 4,000 meters.

Highlights of the Autumn Season

  • Mild trekking temperatures
  • Clear skies and panoramic views of the Himalayas
  • Colorful landscapes with stunning shades of the fall season
  • High visibility for stunning photography
  • Less crowded trekking trail than in the spring season
  • Opportunity to explore the cultural prospects of the country
  • Culinary delights of the harvest season
  • Fresh rain washed lush landscapes

Annapurna Circuit Trek in Spring

Spring season in the Himalayas is typically known as the blooming season; you can expect nature to be in its prime during this season. The stunning visuals of diverse colors, warm temperatures, clear mountain views, and stable weather conditions of the spring season make the Annapurna Circuit Trekking route a natural paradise.

You will have a high probability of witnessing the endangered Himalayan wildlife during this season. Also, the migratory birds from all around the world make up the perfect time for bird watching. The normal temperature of the Annapurna region averages around 14° C at higher altitudes, but you can expect it to hover around 18° C to 20° C at the lower regions.

Highlights of the Spring Season

  • Blooming trails decorated with dotted rhododendrons and other wildflowers
  • Pleasant temperature even at higher altitudes
  • Opportunity to explore endangered Himalayan flora and fauna of the Annapurna Conservation Area
  • Stable weather and clear views of mountains
  • Longer daylight hour
  • Favorable climatic conditions for outdoor activities
  • Incredible waterfall and sparkling stream nourished by the melting snow
  • Comfortable and well-equipped teahouses and lodging facilities along the trail

How Difficult is 12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek?

How Difficult is 12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal

Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most popular Himalayan trekking adventures in the world. It won’t be a stretch to say that this adventure is something that you definitely have to try at least once in your lifetime if you are a trekking enthusiast. If you are looking forward to this Himalayan adventure and wondering about its difficulty level, fret not; this iconic Himalayan exploration is just at a ‘moderate’ difficulty level.

You don’t need any prior Himalayan trekking experience or technical skills to do this trek. But, as this is a Himalayan adventure that takes place in remote and steep sections, you should be well prepared to overcome the hurdles that you have to face during your expedition for a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Let’s discuss some of the difficult factors of this trek that you have to face during your exploration.

Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness is a major concern during any kind of high-altitude adventure as it is difficult for the human body to properly adapt to the environment over an altitude of 3,500 meters. Thus, this classical Himalayan adventure that takes you to altitudes over 4,000 and 5,000 meters can be challenging if you haven’t made enough preparation.

Starting your adventure at Ngadi (930 meters), you move along the high elevation points on this adventure, like Yak Kharka (4,120 meters), Thorong Phedi (4,560 meters), and the highest elevation point of this adventure Thorong La Pass (5,416 meters).

Trekking Distance

You will cover an approximate trekking distance of 160 km to 230 km while trekking the Annapurna circuit. So, you will walk about 6-7 hours during each day of the trekking adventure; it can be a demanding feat to pull if you haven’t made enough preparation for the long hours of walking. On top of that, trekking at higher altitudes can be even more vexing as you can get easily tired with even simple tasks.


Annapurna region is a remoter Himalayan destination, so the services and amenities here are not on par with a luxurious destination. Besides the remote-rugged trails that you have to overcome during your trekking days, the facilities at the eatery and lodging establishments are on a moderate scale as they are run by natives. Similarly, the transport facilities in the region are limited, and there are very few health institutions along the trekking trail. So, you have to prepare yourself mentally and physically to overcome these hurdles for an enjoyable experience.

Weather Factors

If you are planning to trek the Annapurna circuit on off-seasons like winter (December to February) and monsoon (June to August), you will have to overcome the challenging weather factors as well. Annapurna region is extremely cold during the winter season, and snow covers almost all of the trekking trails in the higher region. So, you will have to carry extra gear and clothes to keep yourself warm during this season.

As for the monsoon, its continuous downpour makes the trekking trail slippery and dangerous. You might often have to postpone your road travel, and the potential danger of natural disasters like landslides and flooding adds risk to your Himalayan adventure.

Is This Trek Right For Me?

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This exhilarating and classical trekking expedition in the Himalayas is an ideal package for even beginners. Even if you are completely new to the Himalayan trekking adventures, with enough preparation and determination you will be able to easily complete this trek. A basic level of fitness and good health condition will be sufficient for you to make this trek an enjoyable experience if you are willing to put in some effort during the preparation part.

The success rate of the Annapurna Circuit Trek is about 98% to 100%; even if this is a high-altitude adventure, you will enjoy slow-paced walking during each day. You will also get enough acclimatization days to properly adapt to the rising altitude and minimize the risk of altitude sickness. As there have been records of even children and elderly trekkers completing this classical Himalayan adventure, if you are determined, you will be able to easily complete it.

Training and Preparation

Training and preparation is a crucial step to make your adventure enjoyable and memorable. The minimum recommended preparation period for this trekking adventure is 4-6 weeks; you can do a thorough physical assessment to decide the duration and the effective training for this trek. If you work out routinely, you may not have to put in many hours during your preparation; however, in case if you are not that physically active, you may need to put in extra effort.

For the most effective preparation, you can do some practice on steep landscapes closer to you, carrying a backpack with significant weight. This will work as the perfect stimulation of the adventure that you can expect during your actual trek. Also, don’t forget to break in your trekking boots during the practice hike; it will help you to understand the comfort level of your boots. Here are some exercises that are recommended for your training program:

Strength and Endurance Training: Push-ups, pull-ups, plank, bicep curls, squats, weightlifts, leg extensions, bench presses, lateral raises, deadlifts, lunges, etc.

Cardiovascular Exercises: Jogging, cycling, jumping jack, burpees, swimming, jumping rope, rowing, power walking, mountain climbing etc.

Food and Accommodation

Annapurna region is the second most popular trekking destination in the Himalayas. Compared to other remote destinations, the trekking routes in this region are well-developed and accessible by road to certain points. So, you can expect moderate to top-tier food and accommodation facilities during your adventure.

As this is a teahouse trekking adventure, you will rest at comfortable lodging facilities run by the natives. You will stay in a well-furnished room, generally with two or three adjacent beds; you will receive a comfortable mattress, pillow, and blanket during your stay. As for the bathroom facilities, you will use a shared bathroom like your room in a standard trekking package; you can switch to luxurious options for a more personalized experience.

On the topic of food during your expedition, you can expect a wide range of delicacies in this mainstream trekking route of the Himalayas. Besides the delicious local delicacies, you will also be able to enjoy the Tibetan and Indian culture-influenced dishes as well as some of the top continental cuisines. You can expect the following menus at the teahouses during your trekking adventure:

For Breakfast: Tea, coffee, juice, toast, eggs, cornflakes, oats, paratha, chapati, muesli, porridge, pancakes, etc.

For Lunch and Dinner: Dal Bhat Tarkari, pizza, pasta, salad, soup, dumplings, spaghetti, Macaroni, fries, momo, Chowmein, Thukpa, etc.

What About Water?

During your trekking expedition, you are recommended to drink at least 3-4 liters of water each day of your trek to avoid altitude sickness. As you have to fulfill the required hydration quota, buying bottled mineral water at the teahouses can be slightly costly. We also don’t recommend buying plastic water bottles to preserve the environment

So, our experienced guide will fill up the bottle from a clean resource and you can use purification tablets or solutions to make the drinking water safe.

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For Map

To understand your overall Himalayan journey better, here is the detailed map that your Annapurna Circuit Trek 12 Days itinerary plans will follow. The highlights along the trail are clearly marked on the map, and your guide will provide you with all the details about other highlights along the trail that are not mentioned on the map. We will provide you with a guidebook that has more detailed version of the Annapurna Circuit Trek map.

12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek Map

Private Joining and Group Joining

If this is your first time doing the trek in Nepal, there are actually two types of trek groups joining with the agencies: private joining and group joining. The same goes for this 12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek; if you are doing this trek alone, group joining is the most viable option. In the group joining option, after setting a start date, trekking enthusiasts from all across the world are allowed to join until the group size reaches the maximum limit.

As the start dates are already set, there isn’t flexibility in the group joining, and you will be trekking with other trekkers that you are not familiar. In case if you are traveling with your friends and family and want to avoid strangers joining your trekking group, private joining is the most suitable option for the Annapurna Circuit Trek 12 Days. As only your group will be joining, you can decide on the group size and the start date for the trip as per your flexibility.

Internet and Charging

The Annapurna Circuit Trek 12 Days takes place in a major and mainstream trek destination in Nepal. This region also has more access to roadways, so the infrastructural and technological development here is more advanced than other regions. So, your internet and charging facilities are available across the trekking route. Even if you are not happy with the bandwidth at the teahouses, you can also easily buy data packages with major telecommunication companies like NTC and Ncell to stay connected with the world.

Similarly, you can charge your devices at the teahouses along the trail, even at the stop point where you are taking short breaks. The cost for charging your device and using a connection is pretty much the same; teahouses charge around US$ 1 to US$ 2 per hour. However, these services are more costly at the higher altitudes where settlements are solar power reliant.

Luggage Store

While doing the 12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek, you might be wondering about how to store the extra luggage that you will not need for the trek. There are two ways to securely store your luggage. You can either leave it at the hotel you are staying in, or they will charge a daily for storing your luggage. Or, you can leave your baggage under our care while you are exploring the beauty of the Annapurna region. We don’t charge a single penny to store your luggage at our office.

Booking Procedure

The booking procedure for Annapurna Circuit Trek 12 Days is swift and easy with Marvel Adventure. You can easily book the package from the products page and fill in the necessary details to validate your booking. For an easy interface, we have also included the customize trip button along with the booking option as well so you can enjoy the adventure of your preference. After your booking is confirmed, our sales department will contact you. You can also get directly in touch with use from our Contact Page.

**Note: We also do offer last-minute booking services with us; trekkers will have to pay the full amount upfront for such short notice booking**

Nepal Visa Info

Depending on the length of your stay in the country, you can decide on which Nepali Travel Visa you want to buy for your trek. You can either acquire the travel visa before your arrival at the nearest Nepali embassy or you can get it on your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). You can check out this On Arrival Visa National List to find out if an on-arrival visa is provided to the residents of your country or not.

Here are three arrival vias given at the entry point in Nepal:

  • 15 days travel visa= US$ 30
  • 30 days travel visa= US$ 50
  • 90 days travel visa= US$ 125

As for the visa extension, you will need to get at least 15 days of visa extension, which will cost US$ 45. In case of delays for visa extension below 150 days, you will had to pay US$ 5 as late fine for each day.

Payment Terms

After confirming your booking for the package, you will need to pay 20% of the total cost upfront and submit a copy of your passport. This assures us about you joining the trip, and we will proceed toward the booking for services for Annapurna Circuit Trek 12 Days itinerary plans. As for the remaining amount, the payment can be made through bank draft, bank account wire, or cash. If you use a credit card, about 4% of the bank processing fee will be charged.

As for our cancellation policy, if you have booked the package with just 20% advance, that amount is not refundable as we proceed toward booking fo services for your trek. If you have paid the full amount in advance, the refundable policy will depend on the notice period. You can check out the cancellation policy in detail here.

**Note: If you, for some reason, cannot join the trek at the set date during your booking, you can also postpone your adventure for any dates later which is feasible for your**

Personal Expenses

Your 12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek cost will cover all the general expenses for the trek. For instance, food and accommodation, land transportation, permits, guides and porters, first aid, etc, are covered by our standard package. However, as for the personal nature expenses, you will have to pay for them out of your own pocket. Some examples of personal expenses that will incur during your trek in the Annapurna region are refreshment drinks, snacks, desserts, laundry, hot shower, internet, charging, satellite calls, etc.

Hot Shower and Laundry

You will be able to enjoy hot showers in this mainstream central Himalayan route. The teahouses at the trailside in the lower region have a Western-style interior design with flush and hot shower systems. As for the trekking part during remote high-altitude regions, teahouses provide buckets with hot water for bathe. Laundry is also the basic service provided by the teahouses; most of them use washing machines to wash and dry clothes and linens.

**Note: The 12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek cost for laundry and shower starts at US$ 2 at lower region and can reach upto US$ 5 at higher altitudes.

Purchasing or Renting Gear in Kathmandu

If you don’t have your own set of gears for the 12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek, you can easily buy or rent it at Kathmandu. Marketplaces like Thamel and Assan, which are tourist have several gear shops where you can find the equipment you need. If you are planning to keep chasing your passion for trek, it will be more efficient to buy gear instead of paying daily charges. However, make sure to check the build and quality of the gear, as there are many fake copies in the market.

The cost of renting trekking gear in Kathmandu is around US$ 1 to US$ 5 per day, depending on the type. As for the buying cost of the gear, the cost can start as low as US$ 5 and cross even US$ 1,200.

**Note: Marvel Adventure also provides basic personal trekking gear like a trekking pole, sleeping bag, down jacket, and duffle bag absolutely free of cost**

Currency Exchange

As the standard Annapurna Circuit Trek 12 Days packages do not cover personal expenses, you will need to consider proper budgeting for day-to-day expenses. Besides snacks and refreshments break along the trail, you will also need extra cash for shower, laundry, charging, tipping, shopping, etc. You should exchange the cash required for the trek at Kathmandu, as the exchange rate on the mountain may not be fair. You can check the current official exchange rate for currency from the Nepal Rastra Bank foreign exchange rates page.

**Note: You don’t need to necessarily convert all the cash into Nepali rupees; you can also keep changes for other popular acceptable currencies like dollar and pound**

Guide and Porter

Annapurna Circuit Trek 12 days is a high-altitude journey that takes you across the remote part of the central Himalayas, and even one of the challenging Himalayan passes. Doing such high-altitude treks without any familiarity with the region can be challenging and, at some point, even life-threatening. That’s why now it is mandatory to take a licensed guide for high-altitude exploration. The trekking guides who are experienced in the route make the journey informative, comfortable, and safer as they understand the region like the back of their hand.

On top of that, the guides are also responsible for taking care of your health. They make sure that your health condition is at an optimum level before proceeding further and take appropriate action in case of emergencies. Besides those, guides also take care of the logistics details so you can immerse in a hassle free journey. As for the porters, they are mostly the inhabitants of the region and take care of your luggage.

**Note: The cost of hiring a guide for the 12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek is about US$ 30 to US$ 35 per day, and as for the porter, it is about US$ 20 to US$ 25 per day (without including tips)**

Hotel Pick-Up and Drop-Off

During your 12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek, Marvel Adventure will take care of all your transport needs. You don’t need to take a domestic flight on this trek (the flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara route is an option), and we will take care of all transport needs in between while moving along with the Annapurna Circuit Trek 12 Days itinerary. Even after completion or before the start of the trek, if you need any kind of land transportation for your travel activities, we will make the arrangements for those as well.


Tipping is an obligation in the service industry; however, it is not mandatory while trekking in Nepal. Although there aren’t any official laws for tipping culture in Nepal for the trekking world, it is certainly expected. Trekking is a seasonal business that is at its peak during the high season like spring and autumn; for the rest of the year, only a few numbers of trekkers visit the trekking trail in the country. For natives who entirely depend on the trekking business, tipping is a welcome gesture that helps their financial situation. So, take it as a way of showing gratitude for the incredible Himalayan trekking experience that was possible due to this hardworking gentlemens.

**Note: Instead of handing out cash, which can be seen as disrespect, put the tip in an envelope and give it to the guide and porters. The general tipping margin for porter is US$ 10 to US$ 15 per day and for guide its US$ 20 to US$ 25 per day**

FAQs About Annapurna Circuit Trek

Thorung La pass it was all downhill to Muktinath

How long is the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The Annapurna Circuit Trek lasts somewhere between 12 to 22 days, depending on the itinerary plans and side detours.

Can a beginner do Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Yes, the Annapurna Circuit is suitable for beginners; you don’t need any previous trekking experience or technical skills to do this trek.

Is Annapurna or Everest harder?

In comparison to the altitude gain and remoteness of the trekking trail, the Everest Base Camp trek is slightly more challenging and demanding than the Annapurna circuit.

What level of fitness do you need for Annapurna Circuit?

If you have good health conditions and a basic level of fitness, you will be able to complete the Annapurna circuit easily.

What is the hardest part of the Annapurna Circuit?

Thorong La Pass, one of the high Himalayan passes at an elevation of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet), is considered the hardest part of the Annapurna circuit.

How many km is Annapurna Circuit?

Annapurna Circut Trek covers an approximate trekking distance of 160-230 km, depending on the exploration route.

How do I prepare for Annapurna Circuit?

You are recommended to start your training at least 4-6 weeks before your expedition and emphasize strength, endurance, and cardiovascular exercises.

Can you see Mt. Everest from Annapurna Circuit?

No, it is not possible to see Mt. Everest during your Annapurna circuit as it takes place in a different part of the Himalayas, north-central.

Can children do Annapurna Circuit?

Although children in the past, even children and elderly trekkers above the age of 70, have completed this trek, children under the age of 13 are not recommended to do this trek.

How much does it cost to trek the Annapurna Circuit?

The Annapurna circuit trek cost can range somewhere between US$ 900 to US$ 4,000, depending on the itinerary plans, exploration route, services, and amenities.

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