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12 Best Treks in Annapurna

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Are you planning to visit Nepal and searching for the best treks in Annapurna? If yes, you are in the right place. In this blog, I am going to explain about the 12 best trekking routes in the Annapurna region.

Nepal, A beautiful country blesses with Mountains, fast-flowing river, high hills is indeed the perfect destination for trekking. It will be a wonderful time to visit that country which is rich in unique diversity, culture, tradition, hospitality, and many more. The beautiful lake having the reflection of the white mountain is indeed the heart of Nepal. The country where the highest peak of the world, Everest and more than 1300 other mountains lies, in fact, the famous and best destination for tourism.

Annapurna Mountain lies in the North Central region of Nepal. The world’s tenth highest mountain, Annapurna I lie over there. The word Annapurna is a Sanskrit word which means “Full of food’’. Annapurna Region includes many other prominent peaks which are considered as the best trekking sites. Annapurna Massif includes one peak over 8,000m, 13 peaks over 7,000m, and 16 peaks over 6,000m within Northern Himalayan ranges. The region is protected under the Annapurna Conservation Area, the first and largest conservation area of Nepal. Some prominent peaks of the region are; Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna II (7,937m), Annapurna III (7,555m), Annapurna IV (7,555m), Gangapurna (7,455m), Annapurna South (7,219m).  You can find many best trek in Annapurna to see these mountain peaks.

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Time DurationRecommended TrekFixed Departure DateWhy?
4 daysDhampus Village TrekDhampus Village TrekBest Short Trek from Pokhara
7 daysGhorepani Poon Hill TrekGhorepani Poon Hill TrekA best short trek from Pokhara
8 daysMardi Himal TrekMardi Himal TrekThe best alternative of Annapurna Base Camp
10 daysKhopra Danda TrekKhopra Danda TrekSee the Annapurna Panorama with Nilgiri
11 daysAnnapurna Base Camp TrekAnnapurna Base Camp TrekTrek to the 10th Highest Mountain Base Camp
14 daysTilicho Lake TrekTilicho Lake TrekThe Adventurous trek to the world's highest lake- Tilicho
14 daysUpper Mustang TrekUpper Mustang TrekBest trek to see Tibetan culture, Chorten, caves,
15 DaysAnnapurna Circuit TrekAnnapurna Circuit TrekRound Trip to Annapurna Massif
16 DaysNar Phu Valley TrekNar Phu Valley Trek

Here are the 12 best popular treks in the Annapurna region that you can explore:

1. Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp
Annapurna Base Camp

Overview

Maximum Elevation:4130 Meters
Trek Duration:7 days
Trek Category:Moderate
Accommodation Type:Teahouse and lodge
Best Season:March-May, and October- November
Trek Restrictions:No
Trek Permits:TIMS, ACAP

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a short trek where you can experience an amazing walk through the diverse landscape and can observe unique culture, tradition, and a wide variety of flora and fauna. It is an easy and shorter trek but in fact the most popular trek in Annapurna. This region is visited every year by two-third of all trekkers. Annapurna base camp trekking provides a wonderful chance for the trekkers to view the beautiful scenario of Annapurna I, the 10th highest peak in the world. Trekkers also get a great opportunity to enjoy the hospitality of local people over there and get a chance to learn about different cultures, from them.

Highlights

  • The starting point of the trek is a very famous lake city of Nepal, Pokhara.
  • Stunning view of Annapurna I
  • Learn unique settlement, culture, tradition, and spiritual behavior.
  • Reach to the destination without any difficulty.
  • Get well-managed hospitality from Gurung, Magar, and other local people.
  • Accommodation in beautiful teahouse and lodge of unique structure.
  • Collect the wonderful arts on small monuments and the status of goddesses.
  • Gets first aid service and well treatment if you get sick or injured during the trek.

2. Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Overview

Maximum Elevation:5416 meters, Thorong La Pass
Trek Duration:15 days
Trek Category:Moderate
Accommodation Type:Teahouse, Lodge
Best Season:March-May, and October- November
Trek Restrictions:No
Trek Permits:TIMS, ACAP

While trekking in the mountain range of central Nepal, we reach to the place from where the mountain of Annapurna massif is seen closely, that place is Annapurna circuit. It is the popular trekking site of the Annapurna. Annapurna Circuit trek is done by passing through the different river valley and at its final destination it encircles the Annapurna massif. The mountain scenery from the Annapurna Circuit is wonderful. The trekking is also very exciting and adventurous. Annapurna circuit trek has also been considered as the best long-distance trek in the world. It takes about 15-20 days to complete the trek. During the trek, you will accommodate in teahouse and lodge and get a chance to interact with the groups of people living there and learn their culture and lifestyle.

Highlights

  • Stunning view of Himalayas
  • Learn Nepalese culture from local villagers.
  • Get well-managed hospitality
  • Gets first aid and well treatment in case of injury or illness during the trek.
  • It provides refreshments and a peaceful environment.
  • Encounter the world’s deepest gorge at Kali Gandaki during the trek.

3. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorapni Poon Hill Trek

Overview

Maximum Elevation:3210 meters, Poon Hill
Trek Duration:7 days
Trek Category:Moderate
Accommodation Type:Teahouse
Best Season:March-May, and October- November
Trek Restrictions:No
Trek Permits:TIMS, ACAP

Ghorepani poon hill is a town located at higher elevation other than plain land to see the Annapurna massif range and Dhaulagiri mountain range that lies in the border of Myagdi district and Kaski district of Nepal. This trek is specially done to observe beautiful sunrise rising from Annapurna massif. Often people from Pokhara hike to poon hill to see the beautiful Himalayan range. Annapurna sanctuary lies in the center of the Annapurna Conservation area and poon hill lies on the way to Annapurna sanctuary. You can get the opportunity to observe beautiful peaks from the top of poon hill and the sunrise observed from the poon hill is very mesmerizing, and splendid.

Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is also short and easy trekking. The Himalayas and its beautiful scenario are indeed the main reason to have Ghorepani Poon Hill trek. Once you reach the top, you will be speechless by the mind-blowing scene of mountain range and sunrise. It takes 3-4 days to reach to the final destination.

Highlights

  • Mind-blowing sunrise view
  • Get a chance to involve in activities that the local people do
  • Warm welcome and hospitality from villagers
  • Accommodation in tea house
  • Peaceful environment surrounded by high hills, mountain range, and Rhododendron Forest

4. Tilicho Lake Trek

Tilicho Lake Trek

Overview

Maximum Elevation:5416 meters, Thorong La Pass
Trek Duration:14 days
Trek Category:Moderate
Accommodation Type:Teahouse
Best Season:March-May, and October- November
Trek Restrictions:No
Trek Permits:TIMS, ACAP

The World’s highest altitude lake, Lake Tilicho which is situated at an altitude of 4,919m from the sea level lies in the Manang District of Nepal. No aquatic organism has been found in the lake. It is situated in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas which is 55 Km far from the beautiful lake city of Nepal, Pokhara. The site of one of the highest ever altitude scuba dives was considered as Tilicho lake. In 2000, A Russian diving team conducted a scuba dive in the lake.

The trek to Tilicho lake is truly an amazing experience and perfect destination for trekkers. You will reach the final destination in a day hike from the lodge at Tilicho Base Camp. This trek is not as easy as other minor trek but this trip is exciting, adventurous, and wonderful. This trek displays an amazing view of the eastern side of the Annapurna circuit including its natural beauty, mind-blowing scenario, beautiful waterfalls, attractive floras, and faunas. When you are heading towards your final destination, you will pass through small beautiful villages where you get a chance to learn the culture and tradition of local people and get-well hospitality too. You will also enjoy various delicious foods and fruits.

Highlights

  • Exciting and thrilling trek towards the highest lake in the world
  • Visit local villages and learn many things from them
  • Accommodation on lodges
  • Gets well-managed hospitality
  • Get a wonderful chance to observe incredible views of Mt. Annapurna I, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri

5. Khopra Danda Trek

Overview

Maximum Elevation:3640 Meters
Trek Duration:7-9 days
Trek Category:Moderate
Accommodation Type:Teahouse
Best Season:March-May, and October- November
Trek Restrictions:No
Trek Permits:TIMS, ACAP

Khopra Danda Trek is a newly opened short trekking route in the Annapurna Region. The journey to the final destination passes through the Rhododendron forest, a beautiful kayak lake. You will encounter some Himalayan animal-like pheasants, yaks, etc. The treks also pass through Ghorepani poon hill where you will get a chance to observe mind-blowing and best sunrise views as well as the landscape of various peaks.

Our trek begins from Kathmandu to Pokhara and then passing through Ghorepani poon hill, thick forest, we will reach to the final destination which is at 3640m altitude. When we will reach Khopra danda then, we will rest a bit to observe the beautiful scenery then passing through Tatopani, we will return back to Pokhara on the 9th day of our trek. The trek will be indeed an exciting and wonderful experience for all the trekkers.

Highlights

  • View the best sunrise at Ghorepani Pool Hill
  • Pass through beautiful Rhododendron forest
  • Known about the wide variety of flora and fauna
  • Hike to Khayar lake and Tatopani too
  • Accommodation on teahouse with well-managed hospitality

6. Mardi Himal Trek

Overview

Maximum Elevation:4500 meters, Mardi Base Camp
Trek Duration:8 days
Trek Category:Moderate
Accommodation Type:Teahouse
Best Season:March-May, and October- November
Trek Restrictions:No
Trek Permits:TIMS, ACAP

Mardi Himal lies in the Annapurna Region of Nepal which is 5,587m high. It is the peak much more beneath the prominent Machapuchchhre. In 1951, Basil Good Fellow climbed Mardi Himal at first. Mardi Himal trek is in fact the high-altitude trek which takes around 4 days to reach the destination. The journey gets started after finishing the poon hill trek where you can enjoy the scene of the beautiful sunrise and different peaks. Trekkers often combine their Annapurna Base Camp trek or Poon Hill trek to the Mardi Himal trek. This way is more exciting and adventurous. This trekking route has been recently famous among the trekkers. It was used to be a less known trek in Annapurna sanctuary. You can find hotels, lodges during the trek but while you reach more nearer to your destination, you have to do camping there to take rest and eat.

Highlights

  • Combines trek of Annapurna Base camp trek or Poon hill trek
  • Can engage in camping
  • Gets more and more exciting when you walk through the cold, snowy landscape
  • Accommodation on hotels
  • Food of different categories: Nepalese, Indian, Western and Chinese

7. Nar Phu Valley Trek

Overview

Maximum Elevation:5.320 meters, Kang La Pass
Trek Duration:15 days
Trek Category:Moderate
Accommodation Type:Teahouse
Best Season:March-May, and October- November
Trek Restrictions:No
Trek Permits:TIMS, ACAP

Nar Phu valley is a beautiful place located in the north of Annapurna which is considered to be the perfect destination for trekking where the trek passes through Annapurna Circuit and then reaches to Nar Phu valley. The valley has a wide range of views of beautiful mountains which has a peaceful environment surrounding having ancient villages, high altitude grazing settlement. Trekking to this hidden mountain valley provides quite Tibetan culture, great alpine sceneries. You will get a chance to know the unique culture of people living there.

Highlights

  • Visit remote part of Nepal
  • Get to know the culture and tradition of villagers
  • Enjoy a great view of Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tilicho lake, and Himlung Himal
  • Experience a bit of Tibetan culture
  • Witness the ancient colorful prayer stone and monuments

8. Upper Mustang Trek

Overview

Maximum Elevation:3820 meters, Lo-Mangthang
Trek Duration:15 days
Trek Category:Moderate
Accommodation Type:Teahouse
Best Season:March-May, and October- November
Trek Restrictions:No
Trek Permits:TIMS, ACAP

In the Himalayas, the remote and isolated region, called mustang is located. It was an undeveloped place before but for some years now, It has been considered as the best trekking site in Annapurna. The tourist visiting Nepal never misses a chance to trek in upper mustang. Due to tourism, life in mustang has revolved around now.

An Independent kingdom in past, Mustang was tied by language and culture of Tibet. Later on, it fell under the kingdom of Nepal.

Upper Mustang trek is the ultimate goal for the tourist who worships Buddha. The then Isolated place is now the most populated by the tourist in the favorable climate. This trek provides a great opportunity to observe mountain views as well as provides a desert environment. This is a wonderful experience you can ever get in your life. You will get a chance to learn both Nepalese and Tibetan culture and you can buy beautiful stone monuments. To reach the final destination upper mustang, you have to start your trek from a beautiful place Jomson. You will enjoy teahouse and simple lodges and get to know the villagers more closely.

Highlights

  • Experience Tibetan and Nepali culture
  • Accommodation at Teahouse
  • Great Hospitality
  • Enjoy delicious food and fruits
  • Lying in the rain shadow
  • Observe mountain as well as desert beauty

9. Dhampus Village Trek

Overview

Maximum Elevation:1650 meters, Dhampus
Trek Duration:5 days
Trek Category:Easy
Accommodation Type:Teahouse
Best Season:March-May, and October- November
Trek Restrictions:No
Trek Permits:TIMS, ACAP

In the Kaski District of the Gandaki Zone of northern-central of Nepal, a beautiful village named Dhampus Village is located which is a well-known and best destination for tourism/trekking. Dhampus village trek is the shortest trek in Pokhara valley passing through forest, beautiful village having their own unique culture and tradition. When you reach the final destination, you will observe a snowy white wonderful scenario of the Annapurna Region. It is indeed the best viewpoint for many mountains and also it is the village of Gurung ethnic Community. You will get a chance to witness their livelihood, culture, and language. Many trekkers seem to be affected positively by their culture. It is an easy trek.

Highlights

  • witness Gurung ethnic culture
  • The best viewpoint of Pokhara valley
  • Village with proper hospitality for guests

10. Panchase Trek

Overview

Maximum Elevation:2500 meters, Panchase Danda
Trek Duration:15 days
Trek Category:Moderate
Accommodation Type:Teahouse
Best Season:March-May, and October- November
Trek Restrictions:No
Trek Permits:TIMS, ACAP

Panchase trek is also a short trek that is carried on to explore the area around Pokhara. The trek starts from the boating in Phewa lake to reach another side of it and then passes through peace pagoda, a thick forest where you witness beautiful flora and fauna and walking more ahead, you will get satisfied by the result of that trek i.e. The wonderful view. While heading towards the final destination, you pass through the local villages where you get a chance to learn the livelihood of the different people. This trek is short and easy but indeed an exciting journey.

Highlights

  • Observe beautiful scene of mountains, forest, lake, village and many more
  • Accommodation on Teahouse
  • Proper Hospitality
  • Gets first aid and treatment in case of any injury or illness during the trek

11. Ghandruk Trek

Ghandruk Trek

Overview

Maximum Elevation:1940 meters, Ghandruk
Trek Duration:5-7 days
Trek Category:Moderate
Accommodation Type:Teahouse
Best Season:March-May, and October- November
Trek Restrictions:No
Trek Permits:TIMS, ACAP

Ghandruk is a beautiful village which lies in the Kaski District of the Gandaki province of Nepal. The village is accessible by transportation facilities and other facilities too. It is a short trek that is typically done in 6 or 7 days. Gurung community live in Ghandruk village. Ghandruk village has a friendly vibe to it and offers amazing views of Himalayan giants Annapurna, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchare. You can learn Gurung culture, language, and livelihood while you stay in their local teahouse. You will be impressed by their homely environment and hospitality.

Highlights

  • Short trek but exciting and satisfying journey
  • Passing through beautiful Rhododendron forest of the lower Annapurna Region
  • Well managed hospitality and Homely Environment
  • Learn cultures and tradition from Gurung Community

12. Sikles Trek

Overview

Maximum Elevation:1,981 meters
Trek Duration:5 days
Trek Category:Moderate
Accommodation Type:Teahouse
Best Season:March-May, and October- November
Trek Restrictions:No
Trek Permits:TIMS, ACAP

Sikles lies in Kaski District and Sikles trek has been the most loved and best trek site in Annapurna. Trekking in Sikles is a wonderful experience for all the trekkers. During the trek, you will walk through various lakes, Rhododendron forest, and Himalayans. The charming natural beauty of those places is splendid. You will also get a wonderful camping site. The trekking begins from the beautiful city, Pokhara and camping are done near Begnas lake. The next day we will head to the north to Baral along The Madi Khola and finally, we will reach our final destination, Sikles. You will encounter a beautiful village in the way of your hike where you will get a chance to interact with villagers closely. You will also enjoy delicious food. Overall, your journey will be exciting, thrilling and you will have lots of fun.

Highlights

  • Accommodation at Teahouse
  • Stunning view of Annapurna Range
  • Get to know about the unique culture and tradition of local villagers

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you trek in Annapurna without a guide?

You can trek in Annapurna without a guide but we always recommend you to go with a guide for your safety and security.

How much does it cost to treks in Annapurna?

It depends on the trek, how many people are there, and what kind of service you prefer on the trek. If you’re trekking without a guide we recommend that you allocate $30 per person per day. If you intend on trekking with a company a 7-day trek begins at approximately USD 650-800 per person with local transport.

When is the best season to trek in Annapurna?

It hinges on trekking. Generally, the best time to trek in Nepal is March to May and September to mid-December. December, January and February are the best months for those who want to silently hike the popular trek and don’t mind the cold. The rainy season (June to August) is good for Trekking Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo

Is Nepal Safe?

Nepal is pretty positive. That said, in the Himalayas, you ‘re trekking/walking. Things in the mountains are unpredictable. We do not recommend solo trekking to an inexperienced hiker if you don’t know what you’re doing. Hire a guide at least If you’re on a solo hiker.

What is the best trek do you recommend?

It is practically impossible to suggest a trek without understanding the individual’s preferences and timeline. All of the trek mentioned in this article has a spectacular view. We tried to mention all of the highlights, pros, and disadvantages of every trek. That will help you choose the best trek to match your needs.

I recommend you to contact us to get a more personalized recommendation.

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