Annapurna Circuit Trek – Definite Independent Travelers Itinerary

Annapurna Circuit Trek is high status and most famous trekking route in Nepal. Initially, the trail is easy to walk before the track joins to adventure part Thorung la pass (5416 m) which is main climaxes of the trek. In the route, we see a beautiful scenery and landscape of High Himalayas. We will have a chance to explore the various culture, ecosystems, stunning landscape that is covered with green paddy fields and conifer forests and then Rupse waterfall, deepest gorge in the world along with awe-inspiring spectacular view of Annapurna (8091 m), Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Machhapuchhare and Mount Manaslu which are the major highlights of the Annapurna circuit trek.

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Thorung la Pass (5416 m)

The beautiful landscape and authentic cultural made this Annapurna Circuit trek best quality Trekking adventure in Nepal along with world antique rambles. It traces the Marsyangdi Gorge to the northern part and can see a major mountain range before exceeds a 5416m successfully pass. Afterwards, descend into the impressive desert sand just like, Tibetan-style countryside of the upper Kali Gandaki Valley. The trek goes attractive residence of Gurung, Thakali and also Manangis that provides breathtaking mountain vistas of Annapurna peaks (above 7000 m) and you’ll find some of the most effective trekking tea house lodges in Nepal.

First Day: Drive five to six hours from Kathmandu and from Pokhara three to four hours to Besi sahar and again drive two and half hour and last overnight stay at Jagat.

Begin your journey by viewing the green mountain hill into the snaky road highway. On the way you will have a lots of time to appreciate the famous Trisuli and Marsyangdi rivers which are very famous for the white water rafting and kayaking. Another, along the way you enjoy terraced rural areas with farms and even attractive scene of greenery. After approaching a juncture at Mugling, proceed right forward in the direction of Pokhara by crossing bridge above the Narayani river. By Dumre, go away from the former trail again and head off north to Besisahar (BS).

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Driving to Jagat (1300 m) from Besisahar

A place looks like a well-known area with amazing view of the mountains. Thereafter, it will be very easy to find a jeep from Beshishar to Jagat. Just by the end of the Besisahar town in the small valley below, where you can notice small counter house. Otherwise, you even can question to any specific hotels in Besisahar. If you wish to planning by private jeep to Besi sahar then simply the same jeep can continue to Jagat. So, as you reach Besesahar, local jeep takes 2 and half hrs. to Jagat and cost Nrs.1000. In between, you can see beautiful gorgeous waterfall. Overnight at lodge.

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Along the way green view

Note: There are many tea houses along the trail to stay in the Annapurna circuit trek. But, according to your time frame. You can go ahead little if you have reached early in Besisahar. As you may know, nonstop public bus to Bulbule is accessible from Kathmandu in early morning as well. If you wish to start your trekking from Bhulbhule through Bahundanda then take direct local bus from Kathmandu to Bulbule, and if not through bahundanda then get off at Besisahar and take or go by a jeep to Jagat.

Second Day: Annapurna Circuit Trek from Jagat to Dharapani for Six to Seven hours.

Right now you eventually left Jagat first after a timely morning meal. And commence on a wonderful day time of walking, not very much exhausting but predominantly all the way through really lovely atmosphere. In the beginning you stroll out of suspicious, sunlight-dappled jungles via rivers. And then joint with charming dripping waterfalls. You pass by the stream many times across bridges which stimulate various levels of determination with foamy. Pale blue waters hitting over the rocks below. Soon after you come across on steeply staying sizable rocks that created the valley edges.

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Suspension bridge after Chamje (1430 m)

As you go along you confronted a sizable number of trekkers group plus you appreciate the fantastic climatic condition and approaching the 1st high slopes of the valley. After certain relaxation on the mountain hills, the path descended once again and ended around into an extended open valley surface. After that, you come into the Manang region and then shortly after a wall of prayer wheels. You can actually stop for lunch at Tal. After you step away from Tal, the route is rugged and windy.

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Amazing Landscape along the trail

Then simply we get near steeply-forested community of Karte. Winding along the waterfalls and cliffs, we finally access Dharapani by afternoon after crossing a suspension bridge. Stay in at a pleasant guesthouse. Throughout your stopover in late afternoon you can go to sense the Environment of encompassing area.

Third Day: Annapurna Circuit Trek from Dharapani to Chame for Five to six hours.

Now today, you arrive at the light-headed heights of Chame. It really is the loveliest area still, definitely provides a Nepalese sense for trekkers. Actually anybody can evaluate by the holiday tea lodges, those who arrive on the scene. In your day, adventure begin from Dharapani at 1900m and Chame is situated up considerably at 2670m. The villages you going path are Bagarchhap at 2140m and also Danaqyu at 2210 m.

Trekking Route Information Board along the trail

After you check out from Dharapani, you commence your walk from breathtaking forested hillsides sprinkled with marigolds. This very day you will find quite challenging due to the fact that the ascends are steep, from time to time there are abnormal high stone stairways in the mountain hillside and at other ones’ muddy sharp trails with a number of plant roots for control. Emotional factor is always that as you are going up section. Just as a trekker you can find that in a couple minutes,’ effort you are giving to going on zigzagging trail directly reverse down and then up again.

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Nayabazaar Chame

After a short time, you appear beyond the jungles and highland. Certainly you experience that you are on much higher surface and you come at Danaque in due time for an initial lunch break. This area you find silent and peaceful as you approach. The meals are satisfactory both in level of quality and portion sizes. Afterward, the firstly you meet with the adorned mani stones at the gateway to the village. After strolling past an attractive offering of snacks shop, you pass by a swing bridge fluttering with countless prayer flags above the Marsyangdi. After some minutes of walk you reach Chame, where you can spend your nighttime.

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Mani wall with prayer wheel and Prayer Flag

You will find it an incredibly fascinating, gorgeous desired destination. In the late afternoon, you actually can proceed to explore Gomba monastery. Inside of the Gompa is amazing, astonishingly vibrant designs. The ceremonial masks are widely-used at certain festivals to bring significant Buddhist tales at several auspicious occasions. There is a wall structure of 108 golden Buddha’s, 108 is genuinely an auspicious digit.

Fourth Day: Annapurna Circuit Trek from Chame to Pisang for five to six hours.

Get up with the beautiful sound of the Marsyangdi stream down the gorge with a monotonous rasping from the swing bridge. Your incredible adventure today takes up from Bhratang (2850m) and Dhikur Pokhari (3060m) to Pisang at 3300m. If the outside weather becomes crystal clear, the mountain vistas will likely be outstanding. The natural environment around offers green forested acres and valleys to an infinitely more alpine atmosphere and also unique fragrance of pine. Now, you walk at the beginning in a bit of the corridors which has been virtually annoying beyond the rock stone. This indicates that, for most part attractive extraordinary scenes.

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Apple Farm, very cheap and tasty

After this, you enjoy your very first panorama of Pisang Peak (6091m) and Annapurna II (7937m) that are quite truthfully stunning. That you can incredibly begin to think that you have to be in the Himalayas. The walk in the present day is lovely and uncomplicated across flat terrain, some steeper parts in wilderness although with a great number of peaks, exclusively the Lamjung Himal (6983m) presence as you go along.

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Lower Pisang (3200 m)

Today even you think exactly like a pretty fast trekking day time. So greatly you can know when you decide to reach Lower Pisang for a noon-time meal (Lunch). Thereafter, you will complete trekking twenty or so minutes uphill to Upper Pisang (3300m). This really is the mature area of Pisang, far more traditional and also incredibly gorgeous against the up high a mountain background. This area might be a good village among other remote part of Nepal. Moving away outside and keeping an eye out across the valley is wonderful in the genuine feeling of the expression.

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Upper Pisang (3300 m)

The ambiance of Upper Pisang looks awesomely environmental. In the mid-afternoon, so again you can go to make a visit new monastery towards the top. The development of this monastery first began in 1999 after the older one was believed to be beyond maintenance. The property is one of the most exceptional as opposed to other monasteries that is generally just the inside. A number of younger monks chanting in low, deep-seated, monotone voices so that a bell rang every now and again.

Fifth Day: Annapurna Circuit Trek from Pisang to Manang for Six to Seven hours.

You will need a bit of time to get heading now after a severe chilly overnight at Lower Pisang. All over again one better day of offensive great beautiful places. Imagine you are going to be in the favorite of the Annapurna’s. Virtually the perfect panorama you observe you have ever had. So what on earth provides today been the most preferred spot on this planet. Later in the day after evening meal, take a short decision about the following day’s path that you have not one but two alternatives for walking from Pisang (3200m) to Manang (3540m).

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Way to Manang

One particular trail will go along with a gradually ascending route and take around four to five hrs. In spite of this, becoming along the stream in the valley you do not enjoy as much that you want to see. The next track normally will bring you up the north point of the valley up till around 3800m. Along this area for a little bit dropping back into the major way for you to get Manang. This upper part of the track will provide surprising vistas of the Annapurna Himal on a visible daytime, even though it will even need around 7 hrs. for the day walk.

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Manang Village (3540 m)

Continue with the upper part of the trail. Just in case not anything better, it will be a fine day of acclimatization to trek higher and then restful sleep lower in Manang. The initial half hour of the stroll is normal, comparatively smooth trek along the waterway. After that the excitement started out. After going by one minor mani wall structure, you commence a rigorous ascend of about a couple of hrs. to the small town of Ghyaru (3670m). Not a single relaxation, zero pain relief, only continuous move encouragement up the mountain for roughly 500m of height. Have a 2-3 breaks for refreshment and snapshot making. And pace slowdown in the thinner and lighter mountain atmosphere. After two hours of walk you will reach Ghyaru the place where you can stop to take a tea-like drink break for half an hour approximately.

Massive scene of Annapurna II, III and IV rise behind. As you reach top then can observe right into the stream valley below and Pisang valley apparent clearly. After the short stop move onto the Ngawal for to have a day meal. Find everywhere charming terraces of vegetation and goats and sheep grazing on the thin grass that found at that altitude. The trekking is even less difficult as previously however, considerably down and up from the valley’s since you will achieve a little more height before descending right back Ngawal (3660m).

From Ngawal after your noon meal, you begin a descent returning to the river and the primary track to Manang. It is a beautiful busy place in the part of Annapurna Circuit trek. The tea houses here are well managed with more varied menu. In the town, some bakeries make a pastries and cookies. Even cinema hall in the town. On the next day acclimatization, if you like after visiting the major attractions you can go to look at the movie.

Sixth Day: Annapurna Circuit Trek – Manang Acclimatization Day

Today is your acclimatization and exploration day in Manang. As you wake up from the bed, you see the imaginary view that you ever have seen. Gangapurna Himal (7454m) on the west and Chulu in the east (6300m) looks very close and unspoiled white that help you amused deep into the Himalayas. You should always walk at least a 300 m up from where you are staying for the night. Because, next day you have to go higher elevation.

Manang Rest Day

So, a familiarization walk today is important. After having your breakfast, you can go away taking a hike across the stream to a destination generally known as Chongkar viewpoint which lies 305m above Manang. Even more than just that above the Marsyangdi rivulet which you can pass by to reach your destination. Your track normally takes you across the valley area and up a good incline to a virtually right down scene of Gangapurna Lake.

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Mountain from Manang

If you are searching for words and phrases, Ganga signifies rivers or water, purna indicates satisfy, and also Anna represents vegetation. From the vantage point you can observe the incredible perspective of Annapurna 2, 4, together with 3, and also Gangapurna with the glacier park below it. The Chongkar vantage point is straight away below Annapurna III. If you have an effort, you can also take a hike to Braga village where it is possible to have a look at the Himalayan Rescue Association that may provide you with certain suggestion regarding Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).

Seventh Day: Annapurna Circuit Trek from Manang to Yak kharka for three to four hours.

Wake up early morning and feel pretty cold of the outside weather. After your breakfast, make more cheerful, lively and interesting a little up and decide to move onwards to the next village of Ghusang (3900 m) which is famous for the wonderful view of Gangapurna Mountain. You can make the Ghusang village comfortably although moving slowly to be sure. Take an enough break at Ghusang to acclimatize your body on the high height by viewing Annapurna massif.

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Mountain view along the way to Yak Kharka

Moving at any speed on the higher altitude brings you tiredness in Annapurna circuit trek. But, be cool down and drink water time to time. You will see a lots of people heading towards Yak Kharka or above. Now, after your long rest, keep your pace gradually up along the Thorung Khola from side to side the gasping landscape where only with mountain grass and juniper bushes. One thing, you will be above tree line where the landscape is plain. Scrubland, grass and rock subjugated.

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Yak Kharka (4018 m)

The ground has layer of snow, but the trail is still clear. The trekking itself is beautiful. You will see a goat herder moving his goats. The route is not too difficult, mostly widen with some part uphill section. By the time you will reach Yak kharka. The special of the place is Yak steak and chips along with stunning landscape.

Eighth Day: Annapurna Circuit Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi for four to five Hours.

This is the day begin with little tough coz, you are going to higher elevation up to 4450 m. After your better night sleep and early morning warm breakfast, start to hit the trail for Thorung Phedi which is the ultimate leading edge before the Thorung la pass. You will climb up may be 100 m up steep trail from the Yak Kharka village.

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Trail way to Thorung Phedi

While you are moving upward direction in annapurna circuit trek, move very slowly that does not make serious cause to you. To reach Thorung Phedi at least have to climb around 450 m up. You must be sure that you could do reach at the point. And do not take mental pressure about to pass next morning. As you arrived to the destination lodge, you will see other friends /people who came via Tilicho lake. As you make your pace towards the destination Phedi along the trail midway up the ridge with a sheer descent.

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Thorung Phedi view to High camp trail

It will be the situation of rambling in excess of unattached rock and be very sure of your balance. In the direction of the end of the trek your breathing will be quite miserable like a snail pace. After your three to four hours of walk you will reach at the Phedi. Thorung Phedi is a peculiar place surrounded by Rocky Mountains.

If you go to the corner some side, you may see the blue sheep gazing over the slope. Himalayan crow is one unique bird which beak is yellow and sounds same crow. Finally, there are only two lodges in Phedi. For the overnight stay, you can choose any of the lodges. Rooms are basic standard and foods are delicious. But, do not expect much like city restaurants and hotel.

Ninth Day: Annapurna Circuit Trek from Thorung Phedi to Muktinath via Thorung La Pass for 8 to 9 Hours.

Today is a tough day of the trekking and this is the time to show the power of stamina and proud of happiness to be on the top 5416 m. Thorung la pass is the one which is the longest and highest pass in the world. Actually, to pass the Thorung la have to wake up early morning. Because, if you do late to cross the pass then it will be very tough to cross. Meanwhile, there will be lot’s chances of blowing strong and bitterly cold wind over the pass that makes very difficult and lethargy.

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Thorung La Pass (5416 m)

Wake up early morning around 3:30 am and have your light breakfast. I would like to remind you that order your breakfast after last night dinner before going to bed and give a time to prepare what time will be favor for you. Move from the lodge at 4:00 am. Otherwise, ask to the owner of lodge what time will be the best to move or consult with other visitors who are in the dining.
Moreover, be prepare with cold in the high pass. Put off very warm clothes for the day. The temperature will go minus. Most of the time it would be like -10 to – 20 Degree and above.

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Thorung la Top (5416 m)

Your trekking will begin like this; As you move from the Thorung Phedi you have to headed up for 1:30 min to reach at the high camp. There also you see the tea house lodges. But, making a decision to stay at down is much better. Normally, on high altitude everyday 300 m up above 3000 m is good to stay. As you arrive in Thorung high camp, take a left direction from the stone platform and continue your way towards the narrow trail to the upwards. See the flags near or far behind and follow the track likewise. Slowly, morning shows the day.

Continue your footing by crossing the iron bridge and narrow trail by be carefully. Give an eye sight and look at around, you will see the stunning view of high Himalayas and you will be near to Thorung Peak. On the way to the pass at “Annapurna circuit trek” there you see the first tea shop. Stop there, have a piquant tea or coffee. And again give your pace slow and steadily to the Top 5416 m. As you arrived to the top, enjoy the part of success at all, take a photos and selfie and move downwards to Muktinath.

Muktinath (3760 m)

This is very important place for the Hindu Deities. Many Hindu people from Nepal and India come to worship lord Vishnu. A protective god of the earth as per Hindu Mythology. In Muktinath, there are many hotels and lodges. You can prefer to stay wherever you like. If I recommend, then Bob Marley is very good and popular restaurant there. The mountain views from Muktinath are awe – inspiring.

Tenth Day: Drive from Muktinath to Ghasa for 4 to 5 hrs.

After the long hours of trek on the last day. Some of the people wanted to have a rest at Muktinath for one day to recover the tiredness. But, we didn’t take a rest day at that place. You can reserve the jeep or can go through local bus for up to Jomsom at 8 am in the morning. The road is smooth and black pitched.

So, there is not any bumpy. The view is excellent and impressive. Jomsom is the headquarter of Mustang and this is also the destination for the way to Kagbeni and Upper mustang (The Hidden Kingdom). The apple of Jomsom is very popular, sweet and fresh. There you can get off and have a Lunch and explore the town.

If you need to take the money from ATM machine, then this is the best stop place. After having lunch or exploration, you again can drive to Ghasa in off road so after. It takes only 3 hrs. drive. As you arrive, there are many tea house lodges. You can stay there for rest to night.

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Normal Bed Room in Annapurna Circuit Trek

Eleventh Day: Annapurna Circuit Trek to Tatopani from Ghasa (Trek 4hrs and Drive 2hrs)

In this day, if you’d like then you can drive or even can trek to Tatopani. If I suggest you then prefer to go by foot, on the way you can see beautiful waterfall called Rupse Chahara and deepest gorge in the world, Kaligandaki Gorge with natural eye catching view.

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Rupse Waterfall way to Tatopani

If you don’t want to walk, then you can drive to Tatopani from Ghasa by following the Kaligandaki river from off road. As you arrive in Tatopani, you can have lunch and relax for a while. In the late afternoon around at 3 pm, go to have hot spring bath (Tatopani). It will help to heal all your body pain. Have a relax and well sleep at Tatopani.

Twelfth Day: Annapurna Circuit Trek from Tatopani to Sikha for 5 hours

After your early morning meal, walk through the off road a bit and cross the suspension bridge from the left side. Head up through the forest and continuing your way up to the Ghara. This is very wonderful place to have a tea break. Again after trekking upward like 2 hrs. through the local village. You will reach at Sikha. This is also good view spot to enjoy the life style of local mountain people and beautiful landscape.

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Nature Water along the way to Sikha

Thirteen Day: Annapurna Circuit Trek from Sikha to Ghorepani for 4 hours.

Wake up before 7 am and have your breakfast apple porridge and sun side eggs. Leave the lodge around 8 am and hike for around an hour, you will reach at Chitre. Follow the same trail ahead, you will see the direction board, way to Ghorepani. Continue your path and head up through the Rhododendron forest till Ghorepani.

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Ghorepani hill top lodge view

The day where you are going to see the world largest Rhododendron forest along with magnificent panorama of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. There are lots of tea houses in Ghorepani. You can stay among them. If I recommend, stay at the Hotel Hill Top which is highest point lodge. The view is awesome and wonderful to see the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Range. Next morning before going to poon hill also good to see the weather previously heading up to Poon Hill (3210 m).

Fourteenth Day: Annapurna Circuit Trek from Ghorepani to Tikhedhunga for 5 hours

Wake up one-hour early morning before the sunrise time and get ready with warm clothes for the excursion hike to poon hill. This trek is very popular for the fantastic view of the sunrise from the Himalaya. Many different countries travelers you can see on the top hill. All of them are coming to enjoy the sunrise view. This poon hill is the major and popular hill station spot to see the excellent sunrise view. It only takes maximum 1 hr to climb up the hill. The trail is almost stone stair cases.

Poon hill (3210 m)

After enjoying the view at the top including sunrise, you can come down to the lodge and order for the breakfast. Go to pack up the belongings and come to have a warm morning meal. After that descend all the way through the Rhododendron and bamboo forest to Tikhedhunga. In between way, you can see lot beautiful landscape and colorful tea houses who are ready to serve you a food. Even you can see the mule who are transporting goods to the upper hill and mountain. Cross the suspension bridge and see the beautiful waterfall you will pasture at Tikhedhunga. There are very good lodges to stay with fresh organic foods.

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Tikhedhunga (1540 m)

Fifteenth Day: Annapurna Circuit Trek from Tikhedhunga to Nayapul for 3 hrs. and Drive back to Pokhara for 1:30 hrs

Start early morning around 7 am after the breakfast. Your day will be pleasant walk up to the Nayapul by following the Burungdi River and Modi Khola. As you arrive in Nayapul, you can see the lot of taxi parking behind. Ask for the charge up to Pokhara and drive back to the magnificent seven lake city. Actually, drive towards lakeside where there are hundreds of restaurants, hotel, pubs and bar with western and traditional music.

Necessary things to carry for Annapurna Circuit Trek

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• Warm down jacket or any other warm stuff
• Thermal underwear
• Wind proof or water proof jacket
• Pair of warm gloves and scarf
• Hiking trousers
• 2-3 pair of woolen socks
• 3-4 T-shirt
• Proper trekking Boot
• Light weight walking boot or Slipper when you arrive at Lodge
• Polarizing sunglass
• Sleeping bag
• Toiletries
• Sunscreen or Sunblock Cream
• Toilet paper
Others use your own judgement of travelling other area. If you have any question regarding stuffs just contact or comment below.

Do I need to Hire a Guide or Porter for Annapurna Circuit Trek?

This is almost all people asking question before planning trekking. Actually, for hiring a guide and porter is very essential when you are travelling to higher altitude. For the short trek you don’t need them. You can travel yourself. But, for the Annapurna circuit I think you need to hire. If possible both, otherwise guide is very essential for you. Because guide play a vital role in your serious condition; like, Rescue or getting trouble or sick or in emergency situation.

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Guide or Porter

Hiring guide can be possible in any of the trekking agency in Nepal. Even you can get the extra knowledge from them about the locality and also you will have no problem in booking the lodge. If you need porter, then your guide can help for you. He will bring the person to whom he well known and experience since year. Porter will help in carrying your belongings and help make the trek pleasant, homely environment and fulfilling.

Another, they will get the employment opportunities that can help to uplift their life. Sometimes we see on the trail, some of the solo trekkers are going trek without guide and porter. When they get problem they do not get success and descent back. So, at last would like to suggest you to take a Guide if you don’t need carrier and can carry your stuff yourself.

Do I need a trekking permit to do this Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Yes! You need a trekking permit to do this trek. Actually, for the foreigner those who intended to trek any part of the country Nepal should obtain the trekking permit from the department of Immigration at Nepal Tourism Board lies in Kathmandu or in Pokhara.

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Before heading towards Annapurna circuit on the way have to make an entry permit

For this trek; you need a two types of Permit: One is Trekkers Information Management Systems (TIMS Card) and second, National Trust for Nature Conservation permit provided by NTB (Nepal Tourist Board) in the association of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP).

At last, you need to provide the photocopy of your passport detail and 2 passport size photograph and have to fill up the form. Cost for TIMS: $10 per person and for ACAP Permit: $30 per person.

Read also: things to know before travelling or trekking in Nepal

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