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Hire a Guide for Annapurna Circuit Trek

Hire a Guide for Annapurna Circuit Trek

Overview

Trip Fact

Trip Name:

Guide Hire for Annapurna Circuit

Best Month:

Sep to Nov & March to May

Max Elevation:

5,416 m

Walking hours Per Day:

5 - 8 Hours

Trip Duration:

12

Trip Grade:

Moderately Difficulty

Group Size:

2+

Destination:

Annapurna Region of Nepal

"For a safe, inspiring, memorable, and hassle-free trekking experience, hiring a professional trekking guide for the Annapurna Circuit Trek is a great idea because the guide allows you to focus on enjoying the trek."

Hiring a guide for the Annapurna Circuit Trek offers various benefits and increases the overall trekking experience that makes a stress-free journey in life. Guides always help with correct route-finding, acclimatization, manage accommodation, food, transport, permits, and allow trekkers to focus on enjoying the journey.

Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the best trekking routes in Annapurna Region for its natural scenery and cultural diversity. Thorong-La (5416 m) is the highest point of the trek. Annapurna Circuit Trek route is a moderate and bit challenging for those who do not have previous trekking experience. So, it requires physical fitness and strong mental health. There is a road connected till Manang from Kathmandu, but the road condition is not comfortable to all vehicles. The trekking trail is shadowy due to the road but still its natural beauty is similar to before. 

Safety will be an important matter when doing solo trek because of the unfamiliarity of trails, high altitude sickness, natural disaster and accidents. The trek is in remote parts of Nepal, so you need immediate help and relief when injured in the high elevation where there is no human settlement. That's why most trekkers hire the Nepalese Guide and Porter or Porter Cum Guide for trekking to Annapurna Circuit.

We heartily recommend you hire a guide and porter for Annapurna Circuit Trek to make a trip easy, safe and memorable because with an experienced guide, you can minimize your journey and easily explore lots of hidden places of the trek. Hiring guide is also arranging transport, food, accommodation and other basic requirements for the trek. The guide can provide you with more information about the nature and culture of the route as well as help to interact with local communities despite the communication problem. 

However, when hiring a guide for Annapurna Circuit Trek, you have to ensure that they are with a Licensed holder, well-informed and experienced with in-depth knowledge and a creative eye.

If you are looking for a Guide hire for Annapurna Circuit Trek, we always carefully provide you with the best and experienced local guides and strong Porters to successfully complete the trip.  Hire local guides and porters are to support their economy and create jobs for them.  

We arrange Guide or Porter from Kathmandu, Pokhara, or Lukla required from the Customer.

Highlights of hiring guide for Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Supporting Local Economy: For Hiring local guides and porters supports the local community economically and helps increase their income.
  • Expert Navigation: Guides are familiar with the terrain and the locations, ensuring you stay on the correct path.
  • Emergency Assistance: Guide will be trained in first aid; he can handle medical emergencies and altitude sickness.
  • Risk Management: Guides knows the assess weather conditions and advise on the safest trekking routes and schedules.
  • Increase Cultural and history knowledge: The guide explains the local culture, helping you learn about the customs, traditions, and lifestyle of the people in the Annapurna region. You also gain insights into the history and significance of the places you visit.
  • Permits and Documentation: Guides handle the acquisition of necessary permits like ACAP and TIMS along the route.
  • Accommodation and Meals: Guide help secure lodges and tea houses for accommodations, handle food and all logistics such as transport, and manage the acquisition of necessary permits like ACAP and TIMS along the route.
  • Itinerary Planning: Guides customize the trek according to your pace and interests, ensuring a smooth journey. They can adjust the itinerary based on your fitness level and preferences, providing a personalized experience.
  • Flora and Fauna: Guides point out unique plant species and wildlife, enhancing your understanding of the ecosystem.
  • Photography Spots: The guide shows you the best places to discover the ideal spots for photography, capturing stunning views and memorable moments.

Cost of Hire a Guide, Porter Cum Guide and Porter: 

  Cost per day (including meals, accommodations, equipment, salary, and insurance)
Guide US$ 30
Porter cum Guide US$ 25
Strong Porter US$ 20

Permits:

  • TIMS Card Permit: US$ 20 per person
  • Annapurna Conservation Entrance Permit (ACAP): US$ 30 per person

Please note that these costs are subject to change and it's always a good idea to verify the current prices before making any arrangements.

Benefit to Choose High Pass Adventure for Annapurna Circuit Trek

You will get numerous benefits by choosing High Pass Adventure for your trekking to Annapurna Circuit. These advantages make you the best choice for a memorable and safe journey experience. High Pass Adventure employs seasoned guides with extensive knowledge of the terrain, culture, and safety protocols. Their genuine dedication ensures that your holiday is carefully organized to be the most breathtaking experience of a lifetime. They provide invaluable insights and support throughout the trek.

We always offer tailored itineraries based on client preferences and fitness levels with comprehensive package services. Our itinerary and cost details are always clear, with sections indicating what costs are included and excluded. High Pass Adventure prioritizes safety with well-trained guides, first aid kits, and emergency evacuation plans. Regular health checks and acclimatization schedules minimize the risk of altitude sickness.

We are willing to work with you to develop an appropriate itinerary and provide a wonderful mix of high-quality accommodations, intimate small-group excursions, family tours, solitary treks, honeymoon treks, and group treks. Additionally, our guides hire strong porters to assist with carrying the luggage and have a general understanding of first aid equipment in addition to having years of expertise in the trekking industry.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Difficulty 

The difficulty level of the Annapurna Circuit Trek is moderate to challenging due to its duration, altitude, and terrain. There is off-road access to the starting and ending points of the trek, as well as along the trekking route, which can make it difficult to walk in the beautiful area and to get in and out. The walking distances are 5 to 8 hours a day, and there are many obstacles, including the Thorong La Pass (5416 meters), during the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Some trekkers find it challenging to complete the Annapurna circuit because of the high altitude. This trek can be particularly difficult for those without previous trekking experience, so strong physical and mental health and determination are necessary.

Booking accommodations is very important during peak season, as it gets very crowded. During the busy season, many trekkers head to the Annapurna Circuit, and there are limited accommodations at higher elevations. The summer and winter seasons are not ideal times to trek because of snowfall at higher altitudes during winter and heavy rain during summer. If you trek during these seasons, it can be difficult to complete the trek due to slippery and blocked trails caused by rain and snow.

Teahouses provide accommodations and food, and resting places, acclimatization days, slow walks, short and easy steps can help you manage the difficulty of trekking the Annapurna Circuit. Hiring an experienced guide will also be beneficial.

Important Note for the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Guide:

  • During your pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu, we provide you with a free T-shirt and a warm cap (beanie), as well as a refundable duffel bag for packing your trekking gear.
  • We assign one porter for every two trekkers, so the duffel bag should weigh around 10 to 12 kg, which is carried by the porter throughout the trek. Additionally, we can arrange other working team members according to your requirements.
  • You must have your own special daypack with a waterproof cover for carrying your daily necessities things like cash, necessary papers, a water bottle or bladder, sunglass, mobile phone, power bank, a camera, toiletries, sunscreen, lip guard, a notebook, light clothing, etc. 
  • The guide will check your trekking gear and give you suggestions on what to pack and what not to pack. Any unnecessary items (non-trekking items) can be stored at the hotel or our office in Kathmandu.
  • A down jacket and a sleeping bag are required for trekking in the Nepal Himalayas. The sleeping bag should be rated for temperatures between -10 to 20 degrees Celsius, depending on the trekking route. If you don't have either of these items, you can rent them in Kathmandu for USD 2 per day. Please note that in case of loss or damage, you will be required to pay the cost of USD 100 per item.
  • Every day, the guide will brief you about the walk, nature, food, accommodation, culture, and other aspects of the trek. It's important to listen to and follow the local rules and guidelines provided by the guide.

Hire a Guide for Annapurna Circuit Trek Altitude Profile

Itinerary Expand All Close All

High Pass Adventure Pvt (Ltd) welcomes you to Nepal, one of the company staff will be waiting outside the baggage hall of the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu. You have to look for the person carrying A4 size paper with your and our company name. This person will take you to a hotel in Kathmandu from the airport. Check into the hotel, rest and fresh up and ready for the meeting to your programs in our trekking office.

Food
Welcome Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

You have to leave early in the morning, after breakfast from Kathmandu hotel and catch a public or private vehicle to Besisahar via Prithivi Highway heading along river valleys, few towns, terraced fields and green hilly scenery until Dumre and turn right to Besisahar along the Marsyangdi river through beautiful terrace rice field. From there we will change another jeep to Dharapani.   

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea-house
Elevation
1900

Today is a beautiful trekking day to get Chame. You are hiking gently up to Danaqu and ascending through pine and rhododendron forest towards Timang. Timang is the best viewpoint of Mt. Manaslu. After crossing Timang, Thanchok, and Koto you reached the Chame.  Chame is Headquarter of Manang District and there are many shopping centers and banks as well as roads connected from Besisahar.  

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea-house
Elevation
2710

After breakfast, we will head to Pisang through Brathand and Dukur Pokhari in a green forest of pine. This day is a chance to see Lamjung Himal along with the rays of sun over the peak, Annapurna II, Pisang Peak and others snow peaks and hills as well as cross some suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River. 

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea-House
Elevation
3200

Today there are two options to get to Manang one is the lower trail, and another is the upper trail. Lower trail is already road constructed so your guide leads to the upper trail. Upper trail is more fascinating for the panoramic view of mountains and Tibetan lifestyle culture. So, you will ascend up to Ghyaru village from Pisang and the trail continues heading to Manang through Ngawal.  

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea-House
Elevation
3540

Today is a rest day to acclimatize at Manang because you are above 3500 meters. It is necessary for all trekkers before climbing further. There are many places to visit such as ice lake, Gangapurna lake, few caves etc.  You can make a short hike around the village or hike up to an ice lake to increase altitude to cross Thorong la pass. From Manang, you will see splendid views of Annapurna IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak and other mountains. 

Today is quite a short day but you feel difficulty due to high altitude. The trekking trail is ascending up to Ghunsang through Tengi Village. We left the Marsyangdi valley and turned right north to Jharsang Khola Valley. You hike further up to reach Yak Kharka. You will have amazing views of the mountain and chance to see wildlife such as blue sheep, Marmot etc. 

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea-house
Elevation
4050

Thorong Phedi is the base of the Thorong La Pass, and it is necessary to spend a night before crossing the Pass. The trail is gradual and walking is easy, slow and takes a rest along the way. You will cross a couple of suspension bridges and a great view of mountains before reaching Thorong Phedi. If you like, you can hike up to Thorong high camp for high altitude acclimatization. 

 

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea-house
Elevation
4450

Today is an exciting, long and difficult day as well as crossing the Thorong la Pass (5416 m), highest point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. You will have to wake up early and have breakfast because it is necessary to start early for crossing that pass on time before the weather bad. Trail is continuing ascending until Thorong La top; it takes about 3 to 5 hours. From the top, you will enjoy panoramic Mountain View, Capture the moment in your camera and explore the area and walk   down the other side and make your way into the Mustang district. After a long descent, we get the first teahouse in the Chabarbu after the pass and trekkers will have lunch there. After lunch, the trail continues down to Muktinath. Muktinath is a famous pilgrimage site for Hindu and Buddhist Devotees.  

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea-house
Elevation
3800

Drive all the way to Pokhara. Upon arrival in Pokhara, drive to the hotel and take a rest day off. You can explore Pokhara City and Fewa Lake if you have time while you're there. The walk finishes in the lovely city of Pokhara, where you may take a shower, eat delicious food, and relax. Hotel stay overnight.

Elevation
850

We have to leave early in the morning after breakfast from Pokhara hotel and road heading along river valleys, few towns, terraced fields and green hilly scenery to Kathmandu. You will take a rest in Kathmandu hotel or do souvenir shopping.  

Elevation
1350

This is your last day of your trip in Nepal. One of our High Pass Adventure staff will take you to Kathmandu international Airport for your flight departure time. If you are looking forward to your extra trip in Nepal, High Pass Adventure will help you for your next trip and adventure activities in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India.

What Is Included ?

High Pass Adventure trekking agency has the best and experienced guides and porters for working in the trekking field. We are providing excellent service to our customers during their stay in Nepal. All our costs are net and very clear with details of the cost include and exclude section. We have paid the best salary to Trekking, Climbing and Tour guide and porter, which is more than the government fixed amount. Our entire customers are satisfied with our service. For the more details please feel free to Contact us.

Cost Details:-

  • Guide Cost:-  US$ 30 per day
  • Porter cum Guide Cost:-  $ 25 per day
  • Porter Cost:-  US$ 20 per day
     

 

What Is Excluded?

  • All Transports, Accommodations, Foods and Drinks
  • All requires trekking permits
  • Nepal visa fee and your International flights
  • Travel insurance and Mountain rescue service (covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation)
  • Personal expenses (phone, laundry, water, bar drinks, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Tips to Trekking staff (Tips is expected)
     

FAQs

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a famous Trekking route in Annapurna Region of Nepal and there are many qualified guides available to support you throughout the trip. If you are booking the trip through a local trekking agency it is an easier option to get a qualified guide to Annapurna Circuit Trek.
Before finalizing a guide, make sure about fluency in English or your preferred language; discuss the cost and service offered during the trekking.

If you will have a knowledgeable and experienced guide you can enhance your trekking experience and ensure your safety throughout the Annapurna Circuit Trek. 
 

The difficulty level of the Annapurna Circuit Trek is moderate and challenging by all trekkers around the world. Going without a guide is quite a challenge because of the unfamiliarity of trails, high altitude sickness, natural disasters and accidents. 
Safety is an important matter when doing an alone trek to Annapurna Circuit. So, in accordance with the newly enforced regulations from government rule (effective from 1st April 2023), all international trekkers are required to have a licensed guide accompany them while hiking the Annapurna Circuit.
This condition ensures a hassle-free experience as you need not concern yourself with route planning, finding accommodation, logistical arrangements, or carrying a backpack.

The cost of hiring a guide in Nepal can vary depending on some factors, such as the trekking route, the duration of the trek, the experience and qualifications of the guide, and the services included in the package. On average, the cost of hiring a guide for trekking in Nepal, the daily rate for a certified trekking guide in Nepal can range from $25 to $40 per day.

Annapurna Circuit Trek is also suitable for beginners as well as first-timer trekkers with suitable preparation and a reasonable level of fitness, a strong-minded beginner can positively complete the Annapurna Circuit. We highly recommend to beginner trekkers to do Annapurna Circuit trek having good physical fitness and need preparation such as normal walking, day hiking, running, biking, jogging and swimming to easily complete the Annapurna Circuit trek.  These practices are beneficial in preparing for the trekking in Himalayas.

The cost of the Annapurna Circuit Trek depends on group size, trekking itinerary, and your preference about the service you need. The 11 nights 12 days trip from arrival and departure date to Annapurna Circuit trekking package cost can range from USD 800 to 1300 per person. 

It depends on your trekking package like you are doing full package trek or just hiring a guide through a trekking agency. So, if you are doing a full package trek with a trekking agency, you do not have to carry much cash but you do have to carry a few of cash for your personal expenses. We advise you to carry cash approximately USD $ 25 to $35 per day. It can cover your personal expenses such as Wi-Fi, bottled water, charging mobile phones and cameras and hot showers in a few places. 
 

The difficulty level of the Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered moderate and difficult because you have to walk uphill to Thorong-La (5416m) and after that continue downhill to Muktinath (3800m). The toughest part of the trip is walking from throng Phedi to Muktinath via Throng la pass (5416m) as well as trekking trails are rocky in the forest which makes it tough to walk in a few places.  
The difficulty of the Annapurna Circuit trek is also depending on some factors such as the route taken, weather conditions, individual fitness level, and previous trekking experience.
Our guide manages the tea-house for accommodation, resting place of rest, acclimatization day to manage, high altitude, slow walk, and short easy steps to complete the trip without any stress. 
 

Annapurna Circuit Trek does not require technical climbing skills, so you don’t need special training for trekking.  But, we highly recommend having good physical fitness and preparation to easily complete the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Normal walking, day hiking, running, biking, jogging, swimming practices are beneficial in preparing for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. 
 

Annapurna Circuit trek is very safe during the spring and autumn season with our experienced trekking guide. We (high pass adventure teams) guarantee clients safety and security by preparing necessary trekking gear to face any condition of risk. Annapurna Circuit is not safe due to rainfall in summer but very safe in winter season. At the summertime the trekking trail will be slippery and humid due to rainfall. High Pass Adventure is always with you to assist all emergencies during the Annapurna Circuit Trek. 

There are two best seasons for trekking to Annapurna Circuit. These are the autumn season (September to December) and spring season (March to May). So, the best time to go on the Annapurna Circuit Trek is during the spring and autumn. These both seasons offer unbelievable chances to experience the natural beauty, cultural richness and enjoyable weather. 
 

Yes, you can choose your own departure date on your suitable holiday for Annapurna Circuit Trek. We have also fixed the departure date to Annapurna Circuit Trek but that might not match on your holiday program.  If Not Match, we easily help to create the suitable private itinerary on your own performance.


The duration of the Annapurna Circuit trek depends on your reference such as itinerary, trekking place, trekking route, extra days for acclimatization. Anyway, the most famous route from Kathmandu to Kathmandu takes 10 days to 15 days to complete the Annapurna Circuit Trek and needs 2 days extra for your arrival and departure from/to your home.

The walking distance depends on your fitness level, the terrain, elevations and destination. Normally the walking hours range is 4 to 8 hours a day during the Annapurna Circuit trek. 

It is a pretty busy trail to the Annapurna Circuit Trek during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. At that period, there will be many trekkers, porters, yaks, horses, donkeys and some vehicles till Manang along the trails.  But in the summer and winter seasons it is not a busy trail due to not good weather for trekking. 
 

5416 meters high is the highest point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. It's called Thorong-la pass, which is the wonderful and best view point for mountains and surrounding landscape of the Annapurna region. 

To embark on the Annapurna Circuit Trek, all trekkers are required to obtain permits as the route falls within the Annapurna Region, which is part of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). Additionally, a permit called Trekkers' Information Management Systems (TIMS) issued by a trekking agency is also mandatory. Therefore, it is essential to secure both permits before commencing the trek. These permits not only support the conservation efforts in the area but also help ensure the safety and management of trekkers along the route. Our team will assist you in obtaining these permits to ensure a smooth and enjoyable trekking experience.

Indeed, it is essential to carry your own water bottle for drinking water during the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Purchasing bottled water becomes more expensive as you ascend to higher altitudes. The cost of a single bottle can range from 100 to 500 Nepali rupees at elevated places. To save costs and minimize plastic waste, we highly recommend using water purification tablets or drops. These portable and effective solutions will enable you to treat water from local sources, ensuring safe and clean drinking water throughout the trek. Our team will provide guidance on the proper usage of water purification methods, ensuring your hydration needs are met responsibly and economically during the journey.
 
 

Tipping your guide and porter is customary and highly appreciated as they play a crucial role in ensuring the successful completion of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. They are like heroes, assisting and supporting you throughout the journey. Expressing gratitude through tipping is a compulsory gesture to acknowledge their exceptional service and dedication to making your trek an unforgettable experience. Your generosity will not only be well-received but also encourage and motivate them in their future endeavors with other trekkers. We recommend tipping your guide and porter as a token of appreciation for their invaluable assistance and contribution to your trekking adventure.

Traveller Useful Information

Annapurna Circuit Trekking Details

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a well-liked trekking route located in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It's famous for its surprising natural beauty, diverse landscapes, and rich cultural experiences. The trek typically takes around 10 to 15 days to complete, depending on the chosen itinerary, pace, and side trips. You will have wonderful trekking experience for Annapurna Circuit Trek with a hiring guide. 

Annapurna Circuit Trekking Route

The classic Annapurna circuit trek starts in Besisahar and ends in Jomsom, Beni or Nayapul (depending on the chosen route). Nowadays, most of the trekkers start the trek from Dharapani and ends in Muktinath due to road constructed.  Our hiring guide will lead you to avoid the road path. The trail circles the Annapurna Massif and others mountain, offering breathtaking views of peaks like Annapurna I, II, III, and IV, Dhaulagiri, Gangapurna, Nilgiri center, north, and south, Machapuchare (Fishtail), and more. The trek passes through various climatic zones and landscapes, including lush subtropical forests, alpine meadows, high mountain deserts, and attractive traditional villages.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Altitude:

The highest point of the Annapurna Circuit trek is the Thorong La Pass, situated at an elevation of about 5,416 meters (17,769 feet). Suitable acclimatization is necessary to prevent altitude sickness. Most itineraries include rest days at Manang to allow trekkers to adapt to the increasing altitude. If you will get symptoms of the altitude sickness, you need to converse with your guide for further plan. 

Lodging and Food during the Trip:

There are teahouses (lodges) along the trekking route where you can find accommodation and meals. These teahouses offer basic but comfortable lodging and a variety of local and international food options. It's advisable to have some cash with you, as ATMs are limited along the trail due to its remote.  Our guide manages the best lodges for accommodation and serves the meal to you in your places. 

Requeir Physical Fitness for the Trip:

The Annapurna Circuit is considered a moderate to demanding trek. Trekkers should have a reasonable level of good health with physical fitness, and be prepared for long days of walking and steep ascents and descents. Previous trekking experience can be helpful, but it's not a strict requirement. Gradual acclimatization and a slow pace is the main key to a successful and enjoyable trek. Those things manage by the hiring guide and makes stress-free journey. 

Cultural Highlights during trip:

The trek also offers opportunities to experience the local culture and interact with the native communities, including the Gurung, Thakali, and Manangba people. You'll have the chance to visit temple, monasteries, ancient villages, and learn about the traditional way of life in the Himalayas. You have to ask your guide for the culture information and rule of respect the local culture. 

Acclimatize day in Manang

Taking an acclimatization day in Manang during the Annapurna Circuit Trek is a common practice to help trekkers adjust to the higher altitudes and reduce the risk of altitude sickness. Manang is a picturesque village situated at an elevation of around 3,540 meters (11,614 feet) above sea level. Spending an extra day here allows your body to gradually adapt to the increasing altitude before ascending to even higher elevations. After get Manang Village, guide will brief about acclimatize day. 

Rest and Hydration:

Use this day to rest, relax, and hydrate. Staying properly hydrated is essential for acclimatization. Drink plenty of fluids, such as water, herbal teas, and soups, to stay hydrated in the dry mountain air.

Short Hike:

While you're in Manang, you can take a short hike to a higher elevation and then return to the village for the night. This helps your body adjust to higher altitudes without the stress of extended experience. A popular hike is to Gangapurna Lake and Glacier, which is a few hours' walk from the village.

Explore around Manang:

Spend some hours exploring the Manang village and its surroundings. Manang has monasteries, traditional buildings, and stunning views of the surrounding peaks. This is also a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and interact with fellow trekkers.
Altitude Education: you can use this day to educate yourself and with guide about the symptoms of altitude sickness and how to recognize them. It's important to be aware of your own body and any signs of discomfort or illness. 

Proper Nutrition:

Consume nutritious meals rich in carbohydrates and protein. Proper nutrition contributes to your body's ability to adapt to higher altitudes.

Enjoy the Views:

Enjoy the beautiful mountain views and scenery from Manang. Take in the breathtaking landscapes, and possibly even do some light stretching or yoga to keep your muscles active.

Side Trip to Tilicho Lake

Adding a side trip to Tilicho Lake during the Annapurna Circuit Trek is a fantastic idea if you're looking to experience even more of the region's natural beauty and diversity. Tilicho Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Adding the Tilicho Lake is alternative route to your Annapurna Circuit Trek will definitely enhance your experience by providing you with the opportunity to see one of the region's most iconic and beautiful natural landscapes. Just ensure that you're well-prepared, informed, and have accounted for the extra time and challenges related with this side trip. 

It is strongly advised that you need a guide when embarking on the Tilicho Base Camp side trip from Manang. The trail lacks comprehensive information and can be difficult, characterized by narrow passages and areas prone to landslides. Without the experienced trekking guide you will have encounter and face potentially challenges during the Tilicho Base Camp Trek.

Thorong La Pass

The Thorong La Pass is one of the main highlights of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. It's the highest point of the trek and offers trekkers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. 

The Thorong La Pass is situated at an altitude of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet) above sea level. This makes it one of the highest trekking passes in the life.

Crossing the Thorong La Pass is a significant achievement for trekkers on the Annapurna Circuit. It marks a challenging and exhilarating point of the trek.

Most of the people plan for an early start on the day of crossing the pass. Trekkers usually wake up very early in the morning to set out, as the weather is generally calmer and visibility is better during the early hours. Without the guide, it is difficult to find the right location in bad weather. We highly recommend you must hire a guide for Annapurna Circuit Trek to crossing the Throng-La Pass. 

The ascent to the pass will be physically challenging due to the high altitude and steep terrain. Trekkers may experience symptoms of altitude sickness, and the thin air can make breathing more difficult. 

Despite the challenges, the views from the pass are incredibly rewarding. Trekkers are treated to a panorama of snow-capped peaks, including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and more. The descent on the other side offers a change in landscape as you move into the Mustang region.

Visit Muktinath Temple

Muktinath Temple is a sacred pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists, located in the Mustang region of Nepal. It holds great religious meaning and is a common destination for trekkers, including those on the Annapurna Circuit Trek. 

Muktinath Temple is situated at an altitude of about 3,800 meters (12,467 feet) above sea level, making it best pilgrimage sites for culture experience along the Annapurna Circuit.
Muktinath is considered a place of salvation and spiritual freedom for both Hindus and Buddhists. Hindus believe that bathing in the 108 water spouts and visiting the temple will cleanse them of their sins. Buddhists associate Muktinath with the fire element and believe it to be one of the 24 tantric places.

Visiting Muktinath Temple with a guide is not only an opportunity for spiritual exploration but also a chance to witness the rich cultural and natural beauty of the Mustang region. It's advisable to travel with a knowledgeable guide who can provide insights into the local culture and customs. 

Best Time to Annapurna Circuit Trek

The best time to visit the Annapurna circuit trek is during the two main trekking seasons namely spring and autumn season. These two seasons offer the most favorable weather and spectacular views, making your trekking experience enjoyable and memorable. We can do an Annapurna Circuit Trek throughout the year but the weather is quickly changeable during the summer and winter season, which makes it terrible and difficulties to get to the target on time due to landslides and snow falls.

Spring season (March to May):-

Spring is one of the best times for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. During this season, the weather is generally stable, with mild temperatures during the day and clear skies, providing excellent visibility of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna II (7890 m), Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna III (7545 m), Gangapurna (7450 m), Glacier Dom (7425 m), Machhapuchhre (6890 m) and more. Trekking trail is decorated with vibrant rhododendron blooms, creating a colorful and picturesque landscape. The temperatures are pleasant, making it a comfortable time for hiking and the days are longer, allowing for more exploration. So spring is the best and recommended time for trekking and climbing in Nepal. 

Autumn season (September to November):-

Autumn is another popular and recommended season for the Annapurna circuit Trek. The weather will be dry, and the skies are generally clear, offering breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks. The temperatures are moderate, and the conditions are favorable for hiking. Autumn is also known as the post-monsoon season, so the air is crisp and clean after the rains, providing stunning vistas of the surrounding mountains and landscapes. You might have the opportunity to witness local festivals like Dashain and Tihar, which add a cultural touch to your trekking experience. While autumn is popular and can attract a higher number of trekkers, the atmosphere is generally lively and energetic.

Summer and winter season (July to August and November to February):-

Annapurna Circuit Trek is possible during the summer and winter seasons but can be more challenging compared to the preferred trekking seasons of spring and autumn. Summer is not the most recommended time due to the challenging weather conditions and potential risks involved. Winter season can be suitable for experienced trekkers but you have to prepare for the cold conditions and have the appropriate gear and equipment.

However, the weather and trail conditions may not be as favorable and you may encounter more challenges, such as rain and snow during the winter months (December to February) and  the possibility of monsoon rains and leeches during the summer months (June to August). This is not good time for trekking in Annapurna Region of Nepal. 

Preparation for Annapurna Circuit Trek 

Trekking to Annapurna Circuit is a breathtaking adventure, but it requires careful preparation to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Annapurna Circuit Trekking itinerary is a bit longer and tougher itinerary. So your physical fitness, mental health and determination are the important factors to consider before participating in Annapurna Circuit Trek.

If you don't have the previous trekking experience, we highly recommend having good physical fitness and need a proper preparation to easily complete the Annapurna Circuit trek such as normal walking, day hiking, running, biking, jogging and swimming.  These practices are beneficial in preparing for the trekking to Annapurna Circuit. 

The altitude gain of 5416 meters from the 1800 meters, the journey through farmland, terraces, landscapes, narrow trail, forest, rocky path and Gurung, Thakali and Manangies communities, there are a number of ascents and descents. Thus, a good level of physical fitness is essential to maintain 5 to 8 hours of daily trekking. Mental flexibility is equally crucial, as self-doubt can often give rise to discomfort and anxiety. It is highly recommended to seek medical advice prior to embarking, particularly if respiratory concerns are relatable. You can ask to local trekking agency for preparation before book the Annapurna Circuit Trek. 

Trekking Gear List 

Travel equipment are necessary to pack before you travel.  We hope it is too much to carry from your home to others country but some are the necessary equipment can be hired or buy in Kathmandu around Thamel. These general equipment are for all seasons while on trekking in Nepal, but may be different as per the different season and duration of trekking routes on your chosen trip.

Documents: 

  • Passport and 4 passport size photos 
  • Travel insurance details (in case an emergency evacuation if needed)
  • Boarding passes for flights
  • Driver’s license (if needed)
  • Cash USD
  • Credit/Debit Card (Ensure you have $500 on your card incase an emergency helicopter evacuation is needed)

Sleeping:

  • Sleeping bag (Comfort rating -15 Celsius recommended)
  • Sleeping bag liner (Optional)

Footwear:

  • Trekking boots: one pair lightweight
  • Sandals for city and tea house footwear 
  • Shoes for the plane and tea houses (Optional)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks

Clothing for Body: 

Please make sure that you have non-cotton clothing for trekking:

  • Base-layer t-shirts (e.g. running t-shirts)

  • Fleece/Windproof jacket

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Down jacket for warmth

  • Travel clothes and City Wear

  • Underwear

  • Base-layer trousers (optional)

  • Waterproof trousers

  • Trekking trousers

  • Trekking shorts (Optional)

  • Gloves and wool hat

  • Bandanna or scarf 

Health Requirements (Basic First Aid Kit)

  • First-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased in Kathmandu

Others: 

  • Sunglasses and Sun cream 
  • Towel
  • Book (reading and writing materials)
  • MP-3 /Music, headphones and ear plug (who know some people on group are snoring) as 
  • Travel wash
  • Hand sanitizer, wet wipes
  • A day bag: 35 liters
  • A duffel or rucksack with straps to go over your back (Max 12 kg of weight for porters to carry)
  • Dry Liner or Dry Bag
  • Water bottle/thermos/ camel bag: At least 2 L. Nalgen bottles best.

General Toiletries

  • Toilet papers/ tissue 

  • Contact lenses, Glasses (if needed)

  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel

  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)

  • Multipurpose soaps (preferably biodegradable)

  • Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside your kit / duffel bag

  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, and scrabble. (for luxuries) 

  • Binoculars (for luxuries)

  • Trail Map/Guide book (if you are alone)

High altitude sickness information

Mountain sickness is another name for high altitude sickness. You must be aware of high altitude sickness symptoms since they arise rapidly if you hike or ascend to a higher elevation. Here are some details if you're curious as to why it occurs. The air pressure is the main cause of altitude sickness. Your body needs time to adapt to the shift in air pressure when you travel to higher elevations since the air pressure decreases and there is less oxygen present. According to doctors, if you are at sea level, it begins at 8,000 feet (2400 meters).

Types 

There are three types of altitude sickness:
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS):
it is very common and symptoms feel like a tiredness, dizzy, headache, thirsty, muscle aches, nausea 
High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE): it is effect in the lungs, which can be very dangerous and hard to do life threatening
High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE): it is effective in the brain and most difficult to treat and you need to go to hospital attention the right way. 

Cause 

Following are the causes of high altitude sickness:

  • Generally living near sea level and travel to a high elevation 
  • Had the sickness before
  • Climbing quickly
  • Not being acclimatized to the altitude
  • Drinking alcohol when you ascend 
  • Medical problems of heart, nervous or lungs 

Symptoms

These symptoms will appear depending on your speed to climb and how hard you push. Symptoms range from normal to serious. They can affect the nervous system, lungs, muscles, and heart.
Here are symptoms of High Altitude Sickness:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dizziness 
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid Pulse (Heart Rate)
  • Short breath with action
  • Blue color of skin or gray soft skin 
  • Chest tightness or blocking
  • Confusion
  • Dry cough or coughing with blood
  • Cannot walk in a straight line 

Prevention 

Important keys to preventing of High Altitude Sickness are:

  • Climb the mountain gradually. 
  • Stop every 2,000 feet (600 meters) of climb above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) and one or two nights sleep there.
  • Sleep at a lower altitude when possible.
  • Make sure that you have the ability to quickly descend if needed.
  • Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness.
  • If you plan on climbing quickly, or climbing to a high altitude, ask your provider about medicines that may help.
  • If you are at risk for a low red blood cell count (anemia), ask your provider if your planned trip is safe. Also ask if an iron supplement is right for you. Anemia lowers the amount of oxygen in your blood. This makes you more likely to have mountain sickness.

While climbing, you should follow these rules:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Climb slowly.
  • Take it easy
  • Do not drink alcohol.
  • Eat regular meals that are high in carbohydrates.
  • Sleep lower elevation 
  • Take a medication (diomax) according to doctor 

Client Reviews

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Vimal

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Memorable trek experience for Annapurna circuit Trek through High Pass Adventure

20th May, 2024

I had an Annapurna circuit Trek in April 2024 through High Pass Adventure. They arrange this trek for me at very affordable and reasonable price. The service I got from them is also very nice. The guide Gyan Bhai was very knowledgeable about the trek and route. They help to arrange all your logistics without any worries.

I highly recommend High Pass Adventure for hiring a guide to any treks in Nepal.
 

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