Annapurna Circuit Trek

OVERVIEW

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16 Days

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Activity

Hiking and Trekking

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Best Season

March, April, May, September, October and November

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Difficulty

Challenging

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Group Size

2-60

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Transportation

Flight/ Private vehicle

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Meals

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Accomodation

Tea Houses

Annapurna Circuit is popular adventurous trekking trail of Nepal that allows to hike world’s highest Himalayan pass called Thorong La (5,416m) and fly over world’s deepest River gorge between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. The trek is also known as Round Annapurna Trek or Thorong La Pass Trek. This trekking trail offers beautiful landscape of white Annapurna Himalaya, classical Tibetan villages of Manang, Pisang, and Jharkot, glacial moraine, historical Buddhist pilgrimage, breathtaking waterfalls with diverse geographical landscape. 


During adventure trekking trail to Annapurna circuit, we can have amazing Himalayan Peaks such as Annapurna II (7,937m), Annapurna III (7,555), Annapurna IV (7,525m), Tilicho Peak (7,134m), Gangapurna (7,455m), Lamjung Himal (6,983m), Mt. Manaslu (8,163m), Pisang Peak (6091m), Chulu East (6,584m), Chulu West (6,419m), Machhapuchre (6,993m),  Nilgiri (7,041m) with massive range of 7th and 10th highest Mountain of the world called Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Annapurna I (8,091m). 

Annapurna Circuit Trek begins from Beshisahar, but we can recommend to start your trek from Jagat due to more vehicle drive in lower part of Annapurna region. People also can have direct drive to Manang village by private Jeep from Besisahar but need acclimatize to hike in lower part to make successful Himalayan cross. The trail goes along with Marshyangdi River, terrace Rice field, sub-tropical forest, beautiful waterfalls, local villages having great chance to explore local ethnic culture and lifestyle of Himalayan people such as Gurung, Magar and Thakali. There is Tibetan influence in higher region, so we can encounter Tibetan Buddhism including old monastery, Chortens, Mani wall, prayer flags, and their typical houses. 

After crossing amazing pass of Thorong La, we trek down to Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage Muktinath, with an elevaton of 3800 meter. Muktinath is famous Vishnu Temple which means “Lord of Salvation”. Thousands of Hindu devotees visit this place to get moksha (salvation) from the cycle of birth and rebirth. Knowingly or unknowingly, if Hindu people did sin in their life, can get salvation after visiting this temple. According to Buddhist tradition, Guru Rimpochen founded the Tibetan faith, stopped in this place to pray the sky dancing goddesses, when he was on the way to Tibet in 8th century. We can also visit the Tibetan monastery having naturel fire (gas from soil) inside and meet with female nuns. We end our trek in Jomsom and fly to Pokhara having scenic view of sliver Himalayan peaks.
 

Highlights 
  • Cross adventure Himalayan Pass of Thorong La (5416m) 
  • Fly over world’s deepest gorge between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Range
  • Encounter classical Tibetan villages of Manang, Pisang and Jharkot
  • Visit popular  Hindu Temple called Muktinath
  • Diverse geographical landscape, Historical Buddhist pilgrimage
  • 7th and 10th highest mountain of the world called Annapurna I (8,091m) and Dhaulagiri (8,167m) 


     

Itineraries

Your adventure and cultural trip to Nepal begins after your arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu. After you will land, get your hand bag and go to immigration office where you can get your Nepal visa. There must be many people; need fill form before apply for visa and get down to 1st floor where you will wait your suitcase. After getting suitcase, go outside where our office member shows your Name in white paper sheet and transfer to Hotel. We have booked your hotel in Thamel which is the touristic hub of Nepal.

After breakfast, your cultural tour begins where our Guide will brief to you about whole Nepal including history, culture, people, religion, geography and living standard of People. You will visit popular world Heritage sites of Nepal such as Swyambhunath (Monkey Temple) - Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site, Patan Durbar Square – Old King Palace with Beautiful Temples and Houses, Pashupatinath Temple - popular Hindu temple of South Asia and Boudhanath Stupa – biggest Buddhist stupa with monastery around. It is full day guided city tour where you will learn most important historical and cultural things of Nepal. After you will return back to Hotel from sightseeing, meet with your Trekking Guide and brief about trekking program.

Early morning, after breakfast drive to Jagat by Private Transport with your Guide and Porters. It is quite a long drive but having an amazing experience of Nepal Road -drive with a view of Local Villages, Forests, Rivers, and beautiful Hills. We drive Kathmandu-Pokhara Hihgway till Dumre along with Trishuli and Marshyangdi River and turn right and more drive to Besisahar. From Besisahar, we took private jeep to Jagat having 2:30 hour off road drive.

You will have breakfast in the morning, and ready to walk which is your first-day hike in lower part of Annapurna region. Your Guide will be with you from today to the end of your trek though he will drive from Kathmandu together. Porters carry your bag and you will have an amazing walk to reach Dharapani having a fantastic view of Rice field and beautiful Hills. The trekking trail goes through Chaymje, Tal, and Karte village with beautiful Himalayan landscape.

Early morning after having breakfast, your trekking trail goes to Chame from Dharapani. Chame is the head quarter of Manang district having Government institutions and offices. During your hike, you will have an amazing view of Mt. Manaslu, local forests of Pine and Oak, Rivers and village settlement. We pass through Danaque and Timang village having ascending trekking trail.

From Chame your trail moves forward to Pisang. Today, you will leave the walking through forests and Jungles. Pisang is the place having less greenery and more barren rocky areas. Today, you will have amazing walk with magnificent view of Lamjung Himal. We take lunch in Dhikurpokhari and walk to Pisang. We recommend you to stay in Upper Pisang from where you will see Annapurna II. Your Guide will take you to show Buddhist Monastery near the Tea-House. Enjoy the view of Annapurna range from Pisang.

Early morning you will have a super view of Annapurna and hike to Manang via Ghyar Village. We recommend you to go higher route to Manang due to the amazing view and beautiful landscape. Even people go Manang from Lower Pisang but there is no good view. You will also enjoy the breathtaking view of Grass Land and Braga Village. You will have a really amazing experience from today because of entering inside Annapurna Himalaya. Pisang Peak and Annapurna II are the main Himalayan sights of today trip.

Today is your rest day for accilimazation but you are not resting whole day in your Tea House. To avoid high altitude sickeness, need to stay one more night at Manang. Your Guide will take you to explore Old Manang Village, Gangapurna Lake and beautiful areas around Manang village.

From today, you will feel real adventure experience in Annapurna Trekking trail. You must walk slowly during your hike to Yak Kharka. During your Hike, enjoy the view of Himchuli, Peak 29 at your back. We cross Gundon River via a beautiful bridge. We sleep in local lodge of Yak Kharka Today.

Today you will have 3-4 hours walk to Thorong Phedi crossing wooden bridge. You will have different experience due to high altitude; drink more water and walk very slow. Today we will make way up steadily to an edge and then move down to the Marsyangdi River. After that, we will traverse through a wooden bridge. In addition, there is a track that moves transversely to an uneven hill and after that ascend to Thorung La Phedi taking approximately 3 hours. Overnight at tea house

Today is your adventure day in whole trekking in Annapurna which is unforgettable because you will cross the world's highest Pass (Thorong-La-Pass 5416m). You will walk very early morning having 8-9 hours walk to Muktinath. There is no technical problem but need a physical walk to success it. You must walk slowly, and safely with your trekking crew though our Guide and Porters will be with you. The cross is not hard but it is long and gradual. During your Climb, you will have a fantastic view of Annapurna Range, Chulu west and east, and incredible Kali Gandaki Valley. From Thorong Top, east part water and ice moves to Marsyandi River and west part moves to Kali Gandaki River. After 3-4 hours Hike from Phedi, you will be in the top, take photograph and steep down to Kali-Gandaki Valley with an amazing view of Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Tukuche Peak (6920m). After you step down Mustang district begins and finally, you will reach in Hindu/Buddhist Pilgrimage of Muktinath. Now, you are very tired and rest and overnight at Tea House of Muktinath Village. In the evening, hike fifteen minutes to famous Hindu Temple Muktinath where many Hindu people from Nepal and India come to worship and Pray to God Vishnu.

Early morning, you will have easy hike down to Jomsom from Muktinath. It takes 5-6 hours walk to reach in Jomsom via Kagbeni. You will have all the way descend and straightway along with Kali Gandaki River. It is very easy walk through Jharkot, Kagbeni and Ekale Bhatti village. In Jharkot, you can visit old monastery and classical old village. You can have beautiful scenery of Nilgiri (7,041m) today.

We recommend you to fly from Pokhara to Jomsom early morning. Though circuit trek is not finished. From Jomsom, there is also a road drive to Pokhara but it is not an interesting walk from Jomsom to Pokhara. If you like to finish by foot to whole Annapurna Circuit Trek; need 5-6 days extra more from Jomsom to Pokhara.

Fly to Kathmandu from Pokhara by Plane; it takes a 25-minute fly to Kathmandu.

After completing, Annapurna Circuit Trekking, you are free in Kathmandu or you can have shopping as gift of Nepal to your family and friends. You must be very tired after trekking, can also have good body massage in Spa center. You will feel free and explore local markets and also enjoy your time in good restaurant in Thamel.

Our staff help your departure to Tribhuvan International Airport for your respective destination. Hopefully, we will wait your recommendation and suggestion and also review about your trek to Annapurna Circuit. Our Guide and Porters can wait for your next adventure journey to Nepal Himalaya. See you again and good bye.

INCLUSION

     

    • Airport Pickup and drop in Private Transport 
    • Kathmandu Sightseeing with Cultural Tour Guide, Entrance Fees of Hindu/Buddhist Temple
    • 3 star Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with Twin Share including breakfast only 
    • Jomsom-Pokhara flight, & Pokhara to Kathmandu Flight  
    • Guide flight Ticket Jomsom - Pokhara
    • Kathmandu to Besisahar drive By Private Transport and Besisahar to Chamje drive by Jeep
    • English Speaking Trekking Guide including his salary, insurance, equipment, Food and Accommodation 
    • Strong Trekking Porter including his salary, insurance, equipment, Food and Accommodation
    • Twin share Tea House Accommodation with Breakfast only during Annapurna Circuit Trekking 
    • Annapurna Conversation Area Project Permit, TIMS and all Documents for Annapurna Trekking
    • Nepal Government Taxes and Office Service Charge 
       

EXCLUSION

    • Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu and Pokhara 
    • Lunch & Dinner during Annapurna Base Camp Trekking
    • Nepal Visa Fee (30$ for 15 Days and 50$ for 30 Days) 
    • International Flight Ticket
    • Personal Trekking /Travel Insurance 
    • Personal Trekking equipment and Clothes 
    • Hot Shower, Wi-Fi in mountain, Battery Charge and all personal expenses during Trekking 
    • Tips for Guide & Porter
    •  Any other things not mentioned 
       

Additional Information

Jomsom – Pokhara Flight 


Jomsom airport is one of the most exciting airport in the world where in peak seasons, the airport becomes very busy with many flights from Pokhara. Sometime due to unexpected weather the flight can be delay and cancellation of the flight is common here.  Due to wind, on the route sometime the weather change immediately. The Hindu pilgrimage from Nepal and India fly to Jomsom from Pokhara for visiting Muktinath Temple. If there will be uncertainty Pokhara flight from Jomsom due to weather, we also have alternative Jeep drive to Pokhara from Jomsom, takes 9- 10 hour drive. But we wish best weather and have good flight to Pokhara. 


Trekking Difficulty 


Is it difficult to trek Annapurna Circuit?  You do not need to be a good Football player or Olympic athlete to success Annapurna Cirucit trek. Sometime, we have many experience of young people failing to reach Annapurna Circuit and older people succeeding. So, anyone who is mentally and physically fit can easily completer the journey to Annapurna Circuit. Walking slowly, drink plenty of water, enjoying nature, avoiding cold, eating a balanced died and mentally daring to reach Annapurna with happy mood are the hallmarks of your successful journey to destination. Though, Annapurna Cirucit is challenging trekking trail having steep hills with ascending path, sometime with ice but there will be no need any technical equipment or skill. 


High Altitude Sickness 


If the trekkers have symptoms of headache, loss of appetite, diarrhea, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, rapid pulse with sleeping problem, he/she is suffered by high altitude sickness.  The other factors such as changing weather, cold, sun, wind, low oxygen and bad foods are the key component of high altitude sickness. So trekkers need to warm while trekking Annapurna Circuit with proper clothes and equipment. It can affect people of any age, sex and physical conditions. So, we suggest our clients, do not drink alcohol and smoke, drink plenty of water while hiking to Annapurna, train your body and strength up before trekking, eat energy food, and mentally be happy during your journey. The most common medicine for preventing high altitude sickness is Diamox or Acetazolamide. Even our guide takes Diamox on the route which is easily purchased in Kathmandu. Ascending down is the solution to avoid high altitude as the altitude sickness affects people from the elevation of 2600 meters above sea level. For normal high altitude sickness our guide helps to control by providing medicine and good food and he takes to medication center where available. If the trekkers feel bad, we send private helicopter for rescue, which is covered by your personal travel insurance. So, individual insurance is necessary while trekking to Annapurna Circuit. 


Best Time to Go 


If you are looking trek to Annapurna Circuit, must know the best time to visit such as weather and circumstances with other factors that affects in your trip. The best time to visit Annapurna Circuit is March – May and Sep – Nov due to clear sky and pleasant temperature.  Spring and autumn is considered as the best season to trek Everest Base Camp. In spring, the days are warmer and longer whereas the autumn has short days. October and April is the peak touristic months having more crowd but the weather is fantastic and amazing.

Pre-monsoon is called spring season that covers the month of March, April and May whereas the lower region of Everest, rhododendron and flower blooms with warm temperature. In higher route, there will be more chance of problematic snowfall with sunny weather. 

Post-monsoon is called autumn season that covers the month of September, October and November whereas the Himalaya is full of blue sky, pleasant atmosphere, moderate temperature with less chance of problematic snowfall. As for the climate, it is neither warmer at day or not freezing cold at night. The Tea houses, cafes are full of tourist and visitors in autumn season. 

Accommodation 


During the trekking trail to Annapurna Cirucit, trekkers sleep and eat in Tea houses. Tea houses provide tea and food which is the best possible accommodation available on the route. Tea houses offer very basic accommodation facilities having bed and blanket inside the room and some places attached bathroom too. The tea houses looks very basic and normal but it is neat and clean. In our program, we provide simple/normal lodge for trekkers and according of their choice and interest also can provide luxury lodge where available. Though, tea houses provide us the blanket but it is not enough to reduce cold. That is why, we suggest to bring sleeping bag own self to make warm and safety night. The attached room is possible in low altitude but in high altitude after Manang, there will be very basic Tea house Room with Beds. 


Food and water 


Food and water is very important things during the trekking to Annapurna Circuit. Tea houses provide breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea/coffee. Trekkers can choose the food from Menu list what they like to eat such as Nepali food (Dal Bhat), soups, snakcs, momos, fried Rice, continental and American breakfast, porridge, Bread with Jam and honey, Eggs, noodles, spaghetti, spring roll, fried potatoes, and steak. We recommend to have vegetarian food during trek due to porter and yaks carry meat from lower region which is not refrigerated that may cause stomach problem. Therefore, we would highly recommend to avoid meat dishes on the route with exception of tinned fish and preserved items. So, no need to carry food except chocolates, such as Diary milk, Snickers, Mars and so on. But in low region, if Tea houses can provide fresh meat of Chicken can eat easily. 
Do not drink water from river or water fall; local people can easily drink the running water that is not fit for foreigners as they do not have habit before. So, we recommend to drink bottle water or boiled water for good health that keeps our body safe. Even, trekkers keep purification tablet inside water, kills 99.9% of bacteria, virus and protozoa. Because of the altitude, it is recommend to drink 2-3 liters per day. 


Hire a Guide 


A person having license from Nepal government, who guides visitor, interprets the cultural and nature, leads the right track to the Himalaya having responsible work recognized by the appropriate authority is known as trekking guide. Guide not only led the way rather he is the ambassador of country explaining People, history, geography, religion and make successful attempt for visitors. 

Trekking guide is also knows as Trek Leader who makes easy access in Himalayan region to book Tea houses, order food for visitors, manage porters, and lead the right trail to destination. During trekking, Guide is a good friend, makes entertainment with fun and laughter too. So, Trekking guides has very important role who not only make enjoyable trip but also educate the visitors through interpretation and contribute sustainability of local environment. The trekking agency should choose appropriate guide by providing suitable training time and again though they are government license holder. Guides expected to work to a high level of customer service keeping good reputation of the company and clients. 

That is why our Guide has good communication skill, immediately solve the problem, decision making with self-motivation having physically strong and fit. Either the visitor go to Everest region trek, Annapurna region trek, Upper Mustang trek or other trekking trail, our guide makes successful effort to complete the trip. 


Hire a Porter 


Trekking porters are those people who carry the gear of trekkers from one place to other, lives in village especially from Sherpa, Tamang, Gurung and Rai, community. They are very innocent, kind, pleasant and smiling having broken English will be together from beginning to the end of the trip. Even in Annapurna region, the Brahmin and Chhetri people are working as trekking porters nowadays. A trekking porter carries 25 kg to 30 kg of gears who are very fit from mountain altitude. Porters are the transport of the visitors so must be good relationship with Guide and trekkers. During the end of the trek at Jomsom, we suggest for visitor to have TIP to porters for their support and cooperation.  


Telephone and Internet 


The internet, telephone and mobile phone is available all the way to Annapurna Circuit except after Manang to Thoron La Pass. There are multiple option for Internet, mobile network such as NTC and NCELL. Sometimes internet becomes poor during the time of bad weather or snow. NCELL and NTC are cheaper that works during trekking trail as well as Kathmandu too. Even trekkers can purchase WIFI in local tea houses which is chargeable. Due to the exciting geography and sometime bad weather conditions the mobile network has not access in all parts of the trial but the network such as NCELL and NTC works most of the places. The both NTC and NCELL Sim Cards can purchase at Tribhuvan Interantional Airport, Kathmandu or in the street of touristic town Thamel.


Toilet and Shower 


Wherever travel in the Himalaya, must know the circumstances of toilet and shower before depart to the destination. During the trekking to Annapurna Circuit, in higher route, toilet should be shared by all trekkers due to common Tea houses only with normal beds in the room. But in Lower part before, there are attached bath room with toilet and shower inside. Bucket Shower is possible in high altitude after Manang Village due to no running water. But during the time of bad weather for example if heavy snow at that time it is hard to get shower above 4500 meters. We suggest to bring toilet paper during the trail due to very cold water for your safety and protection. During the peak season, even in lower region the guest houses can be busy so you will have common Rooms during trek to Annapurna Circuit. 


Trek Insurance 


Trek insurance is very important component during the trek to Everest Base Camp. We suggest trekkers to make plan to be covered up to 5500 meters. Due to unexpected event or emergency evacuation, if the trekkers feel uncomfortable to walk in Himalaya, Helicopter rescue is necessary along with administration in hospital. So, need insurance for your safety and protection. There are so many insurance companies, you may find in internet and make strong insurance for your security. There may occur so many causes such as altitude sickness, accidents, physical illness, flight cancellation, that is why need to make insurance before you fly to Nepal for Annapurna Circuit. 


Trek Permit 


Annapurna Circuit is situated inside the territory of Annapurna Conservation Area which is the first conservation area of Nepal. Foreign Trekkers are required to obtain permit to entry Annapurna Circuit Trek such as ACAP Permit and TIMS. 

ACAP is known as Annapurna Conservation Area permit which cost 30$ per person where is 10$ for TIMS (Trekking Information Management System). Permits and TIMS can be purchased in Nepal Tourism Board by our company. During trek, need to show Permit in checking points from our trekking guide and provide permit to you after finish the trek in Pokhara. Our company need your passport copy and 2 copy of passport size Photos to make permit at Kathmandu.


Trek Equipment List 


While trekking to Annapurna Circuit, need to sufficient trekking gears for your protection and safety. Trekking gears not only make protection for your body, it makes successful trip to Annapurna Circuit. The trekking gears also have benefit to remove high altitude sickness and make easy access to destination. The following gears are mandatory towards Annapurna Circuit Trek. 

 

  •  Sleeping Bag (-20) 
  • Trekking poles 
  • Waterproof hiking boot
  • Water proof warm Gloves
  • Sport shoes 
  • Waterproof hiking Pant
  • Fleece pant
  • Comfortable underwear 
  • Warm and thin socks 
  • Duffel Bag, 90L
  • Hand carry bag 
  • Water bottle 
  • Hiking Shorts 
  • Down Jacket
  • Warm Cap & Sun Cap 
  • Sun Glass
  • Sun Cream
  • Lip care 
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Neck Gaiter  
  • Lightweight thermal tops
  • Waterproof jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
  • Rain coat 
  • Travel Towel 
  • Camera
  • Personal first Aid Kit ( Though our guide also have First Aid Kit)

 

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