Annapurna Circuit Trek Difficulty

Since we should cross Thorong La 5416m while Annapurna Circuit Trekking, most people quickly answered it is very difficult. But it’s not indeed an answer.

In order to figure out the Annapurna Circuit trekking difficulty, we should analyze it’s trail structures, teahouse duration each day, maximum altitude parts of total trekking days, and so forth. Through this post, I am going to present your difficulty level of ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREKKING.

Annapurna Circuit trek distance

The total length of the Annapurna Circuit route varies between 160–230 km (100-145 mi), depending on where the trek started and where the trek ended.

Annapurna Circuit height

The maximum height we will touch whilst trekking to Annapurna Circuit is 5,416m. At this altitude, there is the widest pass, known as Thorang La. We will pass less than hours by taking photographs and taking a cup of tea on the teahouse of Thorong La.

Is it difficult for beginner trekkers to complete Annapurna Circuit Trek?

For the beginner’s trekkers, trekking to Annapurna Circuit might be very hard upon crossing YakKharka. Because Till Yak Kharka, the altitude is below than 4000m and afterward Yak Kharka above 4000m. But as we take acclimatization day on Manang, it reduces difficulty for the trekkers. The day of Thorong La pass might be hard for first-time trekkers.

Annapurna Circuit Trek required fitness level

Since Annapurna Circuit is an adventure trek, trekkers should have some practice walking before the flight to Nepal. Those who attend 4-5 hour jogging each day before the 1 month trip starts, can do Thorong Pass. So all in all, a healthy person with 5-6 hours walking capacity level of fitness is required for the ACT.

In which seasons difficulty level high and low ?

Choosing the best time we can reduce the difficulty of Around(Circuit) Annapurna Trek. During the winter time, it is hardest to explore Annapurna Circuit Trek . Because at that time temperatures lie 0 to -25  degree celsius at upper parts, especially Manang to Muktinath). So the difficulty level will be very high whilst winter trekking to Around Annapurna. 

Besides that, other seasons(Autumn, Spring, Summer) are significantly less difficult than winter seasons due to temperatures.

Can we minimize Annapurna Circuit Trek difficulty ?

Sure, we can minimize the difficulty level somehow but not all. The tips to avoid Annapurna circuit trek are as follows.

  1. Attend jogging 4-5 hours each day prior to starting your Around Annapurna Trek.
  2. Start your trek from low altitudes such as Bulbule or Syange or Jagat or Even Chamche
  3. Start drink at least 2 liters water from Syangey to Muktinath
  4. Avoid Alcoholic drinks upon Chame
  5. Give at least 10 days time for Annapurna Circuit Trek
  6. Make 1 rest day at Manang before leaving Manang.


Annapurna Circuit trek is also known as Around Annapurna Trek because the trek circles the Annapurna massif anticlockwise. And Around Annapurna Trekking is for those who want to emerge in an adventure. If you consider minimizing the budget of the trip by shortening trips or you’ve limited time to trek, it makes it hard on your body.

Some preparation before trek departure, the Annapurna Circuit Trekking is double and acquiredable.

If you have any questions regarding trekking to Annapurna Circuit, don’t hesitate to contact us

About Author

JayaramJayaram Thapaliya, an executive director at BASE CAMP HIKE. He has trekked to mostly places in Nepal. He has been to Annapurna Circuit more than 10 times. Jayaram is the one who is ready to help you to make wonderful trip in Nepal.

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