Annapurna Circuit Trek

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  • DURATION20 Days
  • DIFFICULTY-LEVELStrenuous
  • GROUP SIZE1-14

Highlights

  • Scenic Drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule.
  • Visit of Manang village with Gangapurna Glacier.
  • Pass over the Thorong la at 5416 M.
  • Visit Muktinath Temple, the holy place.
  • You trek through Kali Gandaki Valley and the deepest gorge.
  • Visit of Marpha village, capital of apple.
  • Visit Natural hot spring at Tatopani.
  • Trek through the Rhododendron and pine forest.
  • Sunrise View from Poon Hill over the Himalayas.
  • Visit of The city of Lakes- Pokhara.

Trip Overview

The Annapurna circuit trek is said to be one of the best circuit trekking in the world, From the typical Nepalese countryside to the dry and windswept villages of Pisang and Manang where people still follow the Tibetan culture of Yore, Crossing the Thorung La Pass, the circuit trek envelops an experience so varied and rich that will certainly leave you spell bound for a long time to.

The Annapurna circuit trekking route is probably the world’s best trekking destinations that offer wide range of spectacular sceneries of mountain and takes to the high mountain pass—the Thorung La pass (5,416 m), arid Manang valley, cultural mix of varied ethnic groups, their traditional stone walled and thatched houses and the village itself is worth exploring, beside the Tibetan-style Buddhist monasteries, Mani and Chhorten, these all are of worth exploring.

Annapurna circuit trek takes around the entire Annapurna massif and offers great trans-Himalayan scenery which is found alongside of the trail while crossing the new detour.

The Annapurna circuit trek starts with a day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and a day drive to Bhulbhule. The real trek begin from Bhulebhule to Chamje, Dharapani and then continue trek to Chame then enter into Manang valley. There is a rest for one day in Manang to explore all around the arid cultural mix of varied ethnic groups and acclimatization.

The trek continue next day to Yak Kharka then via Throng Phedi continue trekking to Muktinath, Kagbeni, Marpha, Tatopani and reach at Ghorepani. A short hike to Poon hill, the best viewpoint in the north-western Nepal to have spectacular views of majestic Himalayas and the sunrise views, after having excursion and exploration trek down to Hille, Nayapul and finally get down to Pokhara and then retrace back to Kathmandu.

The Annapurna circuit trek commences in the lush rice paddies and climbs through the deep gorges of the Marshyandi, then continues to Marshyandi valley then you will swing to the west into the arid Manang region and the trail climbs up to the Thorong la then descends into the dramatic Kali Gandagi valley. Throughout the trail, you will be enfolded with the awesome views of the north-side of the Mt. Annapurna, The blend of culture of Gurung, Manangi, Thakali including Brahmin, Chettri and others and their traditional stone walled and thatched houses on our circuit trek.

Itinerary

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Our escort and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to hotel. Our representative will help you check into your designated hotel and you will be briefed about your daily program and the rest of the day is free.

  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu

After having breakfast at hotel, you go for tour of Kathmandu. The Kathmandu is historical heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents an interesting holy mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and western influence in the valley.

Guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, the Boudhanath, Swoyambhunath and the Kathmandu Durbar Squire and these historical sites you visit are UNESCO recognized World heritage sites.

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  • Kathmandu

Our guide come to pick you up at the your hotel around 7 AM in the morning, You then drive along the Kathmandu - Pokhara highway to Dumre and then follow the narrow and paved road by the Marsyangdi River to Besi Sahar and Bhulbule.

  • Guest House
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  • Bhulbhule

After having breakfast at hotel, you start the trek and it is about 6 hours trek to Chamje. The trail goes flat for the first part then climbs steeply and the path is cut into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed. Eventually, you descend to the stone village of Jagat (1330m.) which is situated on a shelf which juts into the precipitous Marsyangdi valley. Now the trail begins to observe small ups and down to Chamje through the forests.

  • Guest House
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  • Chamje

The trek starts by descending to the river and cross another suspension bridge; you then begin a climb to Sattale (1550m.) on a path so steep that seems one slip would send you hurtling down into the valley. You continue on an undulating path above the river, and at one point, where a tributary flows in from the opposite bank, the main river becomes covered with huge boulders that hide the water. Climbing a meandering path to the top of the hill, you will see the level plain of Tal (1700m.).

Beyond Tal, the valley narrows and the path becomes high and winding, and in several areas hewn from the rock itself. Beyond the small village of Karte (1900m.), there is a bit more cliff-walking before the path drops again to the river and cross a another suspension bridge and arrive at Dharapani.

  • Guest House
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  • Dharapani

The trek starts after having a breakfast at lodge and the trekking at first light after a cupper through a narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu. The Marsyangdi River then veers to the left, and as Annapurna II becomes visible ahead, you arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhote village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze around Buddhist monastery.

Continue to climb through forests of pine and oak, you pass through Danaque (2210m.). There comes a small wooden bridge which makes you follow a steep ascending path up to Timang village which lies at the bottom of Lamajung Himal & then the trail goes through a flat level until Chame.

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  • Chame

The Trek starts after having breakfast at lodge, you see Lamjung Himal (6893m) glittering in the morning sunshine with the first rays hitting you warmly in the face then you set off for Pisang.

The mountain disappears as you climb the path up the valley, passing a huge apple orchard. You continue through fir and pine forest, climbing to a high, rocky area as the opposite bank becomes an impassable cliff. From this point the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as you follow the path to Bratang (2950m.) then a short climb from the village brings you to a rock-strewn area where you cross a wooden bridge and follow a high, winding path, before crossing back to the right bank again.

You now trek through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up wonderful vistas & then you come to a long Mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang.

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  • Pisang

The trek today starts with climb to steep ridge which affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7145m.). Descending past Manang's airstrip at Humde (3320m.) will arrive & then you come to a level area from where the north-east face of Annapurna III rises to the skies above you.

From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV (7525m.) also becomes visible. Just beyond this point you cross the considerably reduced flow of the Marsyangdi Khola via a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji.

Cultivated fields appear on both sides of the path and off to the right, below a craggy mountain, you see the village of Braga with its splendid monastery, Large Chortens and Mani walls abound and the tall peaks of the Himalaya spread out before you – then After a short steep climb you reach Manang.

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  • Manang

This day gives your lungs a breather while you rest our weary bones a bit till you do some short hikes to get used to the thin air as you slowly go to the higher elevations.

Today, you hang around town and this is an important rest and acclimatization day before crossing the Thorung La. There are optional day walks such as crossing the river to see the tremendous icefall coming down from the Annapurnas, or climbing high above the village for a full panorama of the Annapurna range and the Manang Valley.

There is also a Himalayan Rescue Association [HRA] aid post in the village which makes for an interesting and educational visit. Moreover you can visit Ganagapurna Glacier Lake to make your rest day a memorable one.

  • Guest House
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  • Manang

The trek starts after hot breakfast at hotel and today, the trail ascends gently all the way to Yak Kharka passing through Gunsang (3960m.) village. En route, you see panoramic views all the day. And it seems it is short hiking, however, you feel a bit fatigued as you are going higher and into less oxygen air.

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  • Yak Kharka

The trek starts with a breakfast at lodge and the trek is with a climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marsyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge.

After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, you follow a narrow trail across an unstable spree slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi or if you still have some energy left then you can continue trek to high camp after stopping at Phedi for lunch which will be much helpful to pass the Thorong la the next day.

  • Guest House
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  • Thorung Phedi

Today, you start the trek early in the morning for crossing the Thorung La (5416m.). The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving camp but as this trail has been used by local people for hundreds of years the path is well defined.

No trail hassles down here. The gradient then eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing, you reach the Chorten and prayer flags of the pass. The views are dramatic to say the least, from the snow-covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang which are spread out before us.

The descent to Muktinath is a knee pounding 1600m but it's compensated for with excellent views of Dhaulagiri. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath and its shrines.

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  • Muktinath

This morning, you go visit the famous temple of Muktinath and return to the lodge to have hot breakfast. You then begin trek descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet.

After passing through Jharkot and Khingar villages with typical Tibetan architecture, follow path steeply down to Kagbeni, a primitive village famous for Tibetan architectures and there is a monastery hereabouts said to have been built in the 15th Century. Kagbeni is the border for Upper Mustang and have a lunch in Kagbeni.

After lunch in Kagbeni- the trek goes continue Jomsom.

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  • Jomaom

After having breakfast at the lodge, the trek starts to kalopani through the Kali Gandaki River, the trail today is stretched at almost flat level up to Kalopani today.

  • Guest House
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  • Kalopani

The trek starts after having breakfast at lodge and the trail descends steeply up to Rupse Chhahara (Rupse Waterfall) which is amazing to look at. There is situated the deepest gorge of the world between two massif mountains Annapurna I (8091m.) in east and Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) in west facing each other near Rupse Waterfall.

Now, the trail ascends slightly to Tatopani through different settlements, there is natural hot springs here in the bank of the Kali Gandaki River and you go in these hot spring to take natural hot bath and it is believed that all the skin diseases (if we have any) will be recovered after taking bath in this hot spring.

  • Guest House
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  • Tatopani

The trek starts after having breakfast at lodge and goes by passing through flat level of the land at some distance. Then the trail begins ascending steeply for at least one hour then goes up through different villages inhabited by the people of different caste and a lot of agricultural land that shows this village is pretty well off.

The majority of the people here are Gorkhalis who serve in the Indian army. Then the trail ascends gently all the way to Ghorepani passing through small villages like Phalate, Chitre and so on. While trekking you pass through rhododendron forests and come across the wild life such as monkeys and birds of various species.

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  • Ghorepani

Today, you start the trek with an early morning hike to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Himalayas including Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhre (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks.

You then return to the lodge and have breakfast, you again follow gradual descending path through the forests of rhododendron and oak up to Banthanti. It is a small village where you can haul up for hot and cold drinks. Then the trail descends to Ulleri (1960m.), a big Gurung village where we will enjoy the views of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli. From here the trail up to Tikhedhunga is steeply descending passing through terraces and some robust villages.

  • Guest House
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  • Hile

After having breakfast at lodge, you start the trek and today are the last day of your long Annapurna circuit Trek and it is a pretty easy day as well. The trails gradually descend following Bhurung Khola (Bhurung Stream) all the way to Birethanti before to cross the Modi Khola over the suspension bridge a short walk & we reach Nayapul, where our vehicle will be waiting to drive us back to Pokhara.

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  • Pokhara

We take a tourist bus at 7 AM to drive to Kathmandu and the drive will be fantastic along many satellite towns on the way. And you are able to see healthy settlements, Rivers, terraces and landscapes, after 6- 7 hours driving you arrive at Kathmandu.

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  • Kathmandu

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What's Included

  • Airport transfers.
  • 3 nights’ hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary.
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the trek.
  • Meals during the trek with hot tea/coffee in breakfast.
  • Conservation entry permits & TIMS permit.
  • 1 night hotel in Pokhara including breakfast.
  • Ground transportation from Kathmandu –Bhulbhule -Pokhara - Kathmandu by bus.
  • A guide and porter (1 porter for 2 people) and a porter carry about 20-22 kg from 2 trekkers.
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets if necessary (need to be returned after the trek).

What's Excluded

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu). You will require 2 passport size photos.
  • Your Travel insurance (compulsory) and entrance fees while you do tour in Kathmandu on day 2.
  • Lunch and Dinner while you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic Drinks.
  • Sweet things like chocolate, apple pie etc...
  • International airfare to and from Nepal.
  • Tips for the guide, porter & driver.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on including section.

Check Available Dates

  • We have set date to departure the Annapurna Circuit Trek. So, select your date and book the trek.
  • If preferred date is not listed then contact us for the further process to book the trek on your own date as the trek is available on any date of the year.
  • We have listed the price for up to 14 people only so, if you are more than 14 people then please contact us for the group price and further process to book the trek.
  • Private trek is available on any date of the year, contact us for the booking.
  • The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.
Start DateEnd DateAvailabilityPrice 
Start Date03 Sep, 2020End Date22 Sep, 2020AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$1000
Start Date19 Sep, 2020End Date08 Oct, 2020AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$1000

Useful Information

Passport, Visa and permits for Annapurna Circuit Trek

You need to have valid passport (at least 6 month valid) to travel Nepal and need to obtain Nepal tourist Visa to travel Nepal, you can get Nepal visa on arrival at Airport or you can apply online (http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa) (and get it on arrival as well.

You required having Annapurna conservation area entry and TIM’s permits to do Annapurna Circuit Trek and we apply and get these permits for you once you book the trek from us.

Best time and climate for Annapurna Circuit Trek

The best seasons (time) for Annapurna Circuit Trek are autumn (from mid-September till mid-December) and spring (from the beginning of March until May end). Temperatures will drop considerably as you trek higher every day.

The nights are chilly & cold (between -20 C to 5C) but the days are sunny and hot (between 10C to 30C).

The mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon & disappearing at night.

Accommodation on Annapurna Circuit Trek

You have good hotel accommodation for 5 night (3 night in Kathmandu and1 night in Pokhara) and simple lodge/teahouse accommodation for rest of the 14 nights on Annapurna Circuit Trek, the rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets on trek lodge. A few have electric lights and all have a spacious dining room - lounge.

We accommodate you and group in local lodge available each day. We send a porter ahead of us to book the required number rooms for the group (rooms cannot be booked in advance in all places). Please remember that some of them are very basic and a sense of adventure is necessary.

  • Hotel in Kathmandu: Hotel Samsara Resort or similar: 3 nights
  • Hotel in Pokhara: Hotel splendid view or similar : 2 nights
  • Hotel on Trek- Simple Mountain lodge: 14 night

Accommodation will be on double/twin share (triple share available in most places also)

Note: hotel upgrade in Kathmandu and Pokhara is available as there are luxury 4 & 5 star hotels available in these cities so, let us know if you want to upgrade the hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara.

Extra nights in Kathmandu

If you arrive in Nepal earlier and stay in Nepal later than the scheduled dates then the extra night cost 55.00 USD per night including breakfast and airport transfer and it does not include any extra tours/activities so, contact us if you need any extra nights for pre or post the trek and want to plan any extra tours and activities for your extra days.

Transportation used on Annapurna Circuit Trek

We provide private vehicle for airport transfers and sightseeing and bus for Kathmandu- Bhulebhule and from Pokhara – Kathmandu.

You also have options to drive by private car/jeep to Bhulbhule and from Pokhara to Kathmandu and take short flight from Kathmandu – Pokhara. Please do let us know if you want to upgrade the modes of transport.

Electricity and battery charge

There is electricity available in Kathmandu and Pokhara and in most of the villages of Annapurna Circuit Trek where you are able to Re- charges your camera/mobile batteries however. We suggest you to have spare batteries too.

Food and drink on Annapurna Circuit Trek

Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on trek are included in our price and the meals are taken in lodges, you have breakfast and dinner at the lodge where you stay overnights and lunch at the lodge available along the trail.

You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western food as well as drinks (coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer) - the drinks are not included in the cost.

You can bring water purification pills/medicine while coming for the Annapurna Circuit Trek since you have normal water for free or you can simply buy bottled water or boiled/safe drink.

Luggage on Annapurna Circuit Trek

Your main luggage on Annapurna Circuit Trek is carried by porter, you simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek.

A trek bag or duffle bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu for free of charge.

Guide and Crew on Annapurna Circuit Trek

You have professional tourist guide for a day tour in Kathmandu on day two (the tour guide for this day may different from the trek guide you trek from next morning) and trained trekking/certified trekking guide for the whole trek (handles the logistics and guide you and your team on the trek) and a Sherpa (Assistant guide) when there are 8 or more members in the group and porters to carry your luggage and there is 1 porter for each 2 members and a porter carry about 20 - 22kg which means 10- 11 KG from each trekker.

Child policy for Annapurna Circuit Trek

Children of 10 or more years can take this trek and must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old, no discount for 10 or more years old children and full price are applicable.

Contact us if you are planning to do Annapurna Circuit Trek with children less than 10 years before you book.

Gratuities/Tips for Annapurna Circuit Trek Staff

Tips are not included in the tour price for services tour guide, trekking guide, porter and driver. The recommended tip is US$ 5 from each member for tour guide (day 2) and US $ 3 from each member for driver (day 2) and total of US 150.00 from each members for the trek part to divide guide and porters (it depends on the size of the group you traveling so, our trek guide will give you clearer idea when the trek come to end).

Note: Tipping for all services provided on tour is always a matter of personal discretion, however please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and they may approach you for payment and there is no need to be intimidated by the request.

Personal expenses on Annapurna Circuit Trek

Personal expenses depend largely on your habit and as all the meals are included in the cost. You only need some money for table drinks (alcoholic/non alcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (some smaller shops are available along the trail in the areas), tips, souvenirs, hot shower (you have to pay in some places).

If you do not drink alcohol and sopping then 12-15 USD per day per person should be enough for the hot drinks, shower and snacks.

Fitness Level Required for Annapurna Circuit Trek

Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately the Annapurna Circuit Trek is currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile.

Please note that a moderate-strong level of fitness is required with daily trekking from between 3 hours to 8 hours. You will reach an altitude of 5,416m above sea level. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to book our Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation on Annapurna Circuit Trek

In case of a serious sickness or injury while you are on Annapurna Circuit Trek, we do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital.

You will be entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in the evacuation/rescue, so, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before departure to Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Suggested Equipment List for Annapurna Circuit Trek

General

  • Four seasons Sleeping bag (Optional) [One can be provided if required, to be returned after the trek]
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep your all the gear and this will be carried by the porters.
  • Daypack for yourself
  • A down Jacket (alternatively these can be hired and returned at the end of the trek free of charge)
  • Shade hat
  • Warm wool hat to cover your ears
  • A pair of light-weight warm gloves
  • T-shirts 2-3 pieces
  • Light weight thermal tops
  • -Fleece jacket
  • Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • A pair of quick-drying nylon hiking shorts
  • Two pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts
  • Four pairs of liner warm socks
  • A pair of light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots
  • A pair light trekking shoes for camp/lodges
  • A pair of sandals (optional)
  • A water bottle
  • Head/torch Light
  • A medium size towel
  • Walking poles (optional)

Medicines and First Aid Kits

  • We recommend consulting your local Medical GP regarding any medication suggestions to take for these regions.

Miscellaneous but Important

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies) - these extra passport photos are necessary to obtain the trekking permits.
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm, at least SPF 20, 2 sticks.
  • Sun cream with SPF 40 is recommended.
  • Pocket knife.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets.
  • Toiletry kit and be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.

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