Annapurna Circuit Trek

around annapurna trek
Mustang Valley in Annapurna Circuit Trek

Overview

Duration :16 days-25 Days
Difficulty: Moderate hard
Season: September, October, November, March, April and May
Max.Height:5416 m Thorong La Pass
Mode: Lodge Trekking
Activities: Tea house trekking+ city tour

Highlights:
 
Waterfalls, Annapurna Mountains above 8000 m, Thorong La pass 5416 m, Hot Spring, Manang, Mustang, Muktinath, Ghorepani Poonhill Sunrise view,
Pokhara and Kathmandu city tour
 
Introduction
 
Since early 80s Around Annapurna Trek was introduced to the world trekkers, it has been one of the best trekking routes in the world. Situated in the Annapurna Conservation Area in western Nepal, this trekking route covers the lower land of Besishahar at the elevation of 760 m to the alpine pass of 5416 m at Thorong La .The trail covers the lands in two sides of Annapurna range spreading on the northern plateau of Himalayan range. One side being Lamjung and Manang distric and the other side Mustang, Myagdi and Kaski district, this remote trail offers a long holiday walk in solitude, independence, closest experience with nature and mixed people, their culture, diversity of flora and fauna en route.Due to it's geographical variation every day in the route, it's a journey of experiencing true Nepal. Although road construction at the lower parts of the route for good or bad reason has cut down the trek days, it still attracts trekkers due to it's incredible landscape and mountain sceneries. Manang and Mustang districts which borders Tibet in the north are called the districts behind the wall where monsoon has no effect and  even the central government has a very weak presence that the people still follow their traditional local rules in daily life.
Mustang still has the honored King in existence for centuries where we need special permit to visit the upper part of Mustang whereas Nar Fu valley in Manang is restricted for the tourist due to it's off the beaten path and the wilderness due to remoteness.
This is a perfect route for someone who likes wilderness, to be away from home, any kind modern amenities etc., to be lost in nowhere but still very safe. As the route goes in clockwise direction making a circle around Annapurna Conservation Area, this trek is also called the Around Annapurna Trekking.
This Annapurna Round Trek can be customized from 2 weeks to 3 weeks as per your choice. Besishahar and Pokhara are the beginning and ending point of this trek. Driving is the only way to get there at the beginning point of trek in Besishahar although we have the option to fly back from Jomsong to Pokhara after the Thorong la Pass.
Lush green forest, scattered villages, beautiful waterfalls, rivers, Tatopani natural hot spring, mixed casts of people and their culture, beautiful Pokhara city are the attractions of lower region whereas Tibet alike landscape in hidden Manang and Mustang valley, ethnic Gurung people , Tibetan influenced  Buddhist culture, several Buddhist Monasteries, Holy Hindu Shrine at Muktinath, Jomsong city, Poon Hill view point, view of several high mountains such as Annapurna I(8091m), Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Dhaulagiri(8167 m), Fishtail,  challenging Thorong La high pass 5416m etc. are the attractions of higher region.
Some of the epic facts of this region include multi-husband culture around Muktinath, last Bonpo religion practice in lower Muktinath and the last honored king in Mustang valley. Fossils found in the Kali Gandaki valley, unique tradition of sucking blood  of alive Yaks which is believed to contain high rate of nutrients as the Yaks feed on alpine medicinal herbs , are other unbelievable facts of this remote Shangri-La.

Itinerary:
 
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Drive to Besishahar 790 m 0700 hrs by bus/car/van
Day 03: Trek to Bahundada 1310m
Day 04: Trek to Chamje 1430 m
Day 05: Trek to Dharapani 1943 m
Day 06: Trek to Chame 2630 m
Day 07: Trek to Pisang 3190 m
Day 08: Trek to Manang 3530 m
Day 09:Rest/Acclimatization day at Manang
Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka 4090 m
Day 11: Trek to Thorong Fedi/High Camp 4450 m
Day 12: Trek to Muktinath 3800m after Thorong la pass 5416 m
Day 13: Here you have multiple options:
    A: Trek to Kagbeni and continue via Jomsong next day
    B: Trek direct to Jomsong and fly Pokhara next day
    C: Take Jeep/Bus to Jomsong and fly next Day
    D: Take Jeep/Bus to Pokhara
    E: Take Bus/Jeep to Ghara and continue trekking to Ghorepani Poon Hill loop
    F: Continue the classic route trekking although it will be windy, dusty and noisy for 3 days walk due to frequent passing vehicles on the route between Muktinath and Tatopani loop, views are still incredible.
If you would like to follow the classic route, it goes like this:
Day 13: Trek to Kagbeni 2810 m
Day 14: Trek to Marpha 2665 m
Day 15: Trek to Kalapani 2500 m
Day 16: Trek to Tatopani 1189
Day 17: Trek to Ghorepani 2885 m
Day 18: Trek to Tadapani 2540 m (or go to Pokhara direct from Tikhedhunga route 7 hours)
Day 19: Trek to Ghandruk
Day 20: Trek to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara
Day 21: Sightseeing in Pokahara
Day 22: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 23: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 24: Departure Home/Next destination

We can customize above itinerary as per your interest and time frame available

Annapurna Circuit Trek Map:

annapurna region map





Packing List For Round Annapurna Trek:

Clothing
 
Headwear
 
1 Hat/cap
1 Pair of UV proof sunglass , to prevent from snow blind
1 Neck shawl, woolen hat
 
Body Part

2 Pairs of Half pants
2 pairs of trousers with full zippers, easy while taking on and off shoes, can break half while on hot days
2 Pairs of cotton pant for city and evening at lodges
4 pairs of t-shirts quick dry
2 pairs of long blouse
1 Pull over
1 Fleece
1 Rain proof, wind proof down jacket North face/Gore-Tex preferred
1 Shower Towel
1 face towel

Footwear

1 pair of sandal
1 pair of light travel shoes for city and evening lodges
1 pair of trekking boots Gore-Tex, Columbia etc.
1 pair of crampon if travelling in late autumn or early spring

Underwear
 
4 Pairs Socks lining full size
4 Pairs thick shocks
1 swimwear

Hand wear

1 lining Gloves cotton
1 Special mountain Gloves wind/rain proof North face/Gore-Tex etc.

General Pack List

Passport, Ticket, Money bag, Camera
Day Bag pack to carry your own stuff like camera, tissues, books wallet etc.
Duffle bag to pack your daily stuff while in trekking
Torch Light and sufficient battery , there is charging facility but very expensive, travel plug
Alarm clock, padlock, walking stick(if necessary)
Reading materials, notebook
Swiss knife, plasters, bandage, antiseptic, water purifier (chlorine, Iodine)
1 Umbrella it may rain in lower region
Insurance Policy papers, Passport sized photos

Price/CostfFor Annapurna circuit Trek Package:
We offer you competitive and reasonable price after you choose your trip Itinerary as this route has several options to choose from.

USD per person
 
Price Details
 
Cost Covers:
 
Airport pick up and drop
Kathmandu Hotel 3 star on BB plan , Pokhara Hotel 3 star on BB plan  and best available lodges during trekking on MAP plan
All meals during trekking breakfast lunch & dinner
One Guide, necessary porters(1 for 2 clients) , assistant guide for groups bigger than 7 pax
All food, accommodation, salary, equipment and insurance for guides and porters
All government taxes, office charges
Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit fee, all sightseeing entry fees mentioned in the itinerary
TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card
Bus ticket to Besishahar(trekking start point)
Taxi to Pokhara from Nayapul(trekking ending point)
Bus ticket to Kathmandu from Pokhara
All Jeep/bus transportation in Muktinath-Tatopani Loop as per your Itinerary
Guided city sightseeing tour on private car/van as mentioned in the itinerary
Annapurna Trekking Map for the group
Group Medical Kit
Hot Shower during trekking
Farewell dinner at Bhanchaghar Kathmandu with typical Nepali food and cultural show
Sleeping Bag
Boiled drinking water during trekking which is  safe

Cost Doesn't Cover:

Foods in Kathmandu and Pokhara except breakfast at hotel
All bar bills during trekking
Any kind of personal expenses like phone calls, internet,  battery charging etc.
Tips for guides, porters, drivers (expected)
Nepal entry visa(easy upon arrival at the airport)
Travel Insurance (we can assist you to join one if you already haven't done in your country)
All international flight tickets and airport taxes
Anything not mentioned in the above list

General Tips:

Walk slowly and steadily in the mountain, never run in mountain
Don't encourage beggars and children giving away money/sweets etc.
Don't make excessive noise in the mountain
Don't' over stretch your body in the mountain
Don't drink/smoke too much in the mountain
Don't take someone's photo or enter someone's home without asking some people specially teenagers don't like to get photographed
Don't over expose your body while in trekking, Nepal is a Hindu/Buddhist country, respect their tradition
Don't insist to go up or move ahead in case of natural disaster, sickness, mountain sickness, consult with guides and the local people
 
Altitude Sickness cause , Symptoms and Prevention

Sickness felt due to high altitude is called Mountain sickness also called Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)
Symptoms: Headache, confusing, Tiredness, unable to sleep, loss of appetite, stomach soar,  dizziness and vomiting(worst)
Prevention/Treatment
Walk slowly if early symptoms are seen, stop there, drink a lot of fluids and take rest until you feel fine to go up, If the case gets worse descend down  by walk, on horse/porters back etc. going down is the only one solution.
Never send sick person alone or with someone who can't communicate or cant arrange rescue in case of emergency
In case of emergency we will arrange helicopter rescue so keep your insurance papers with you all the time.
 
Meals

This trip includes full board meal while in trekking. We eat at the same lodge where we sleep for the night. Lodges serve variety of foods such as noodle, spaghetti, Pasta, Pizza, Lasagne, Potato, French Fry, Egg Items, Chicken Items, Breads, seasonal vegetables, Dal Bhat(dal bhat is common food in Nepal includes Rice, Lentil soup, vegetable and pickles, meat item can be added) etc. Foods are great and always hot, fresh and hygienic.This itinerary includes the breakfast in Pokhara and Kathmandu Hotel.

Accomodation:

Kathmandu and Pokhara Hotels included are International 3 star levels. All accommodations during trekking will be small tea houses. We will try to give you the best rooms available wherever possible. Rooms during trekking will be on twin sharing basis .Rooms are quite smaller but clean with shared common bathroom and showers outside. Most of the showers are solar heated and sometimes  heated in kitchen , so shouldn't expect it to be too great like in cities. Most of the lodges provide blanket although it may not be the same during peak tourist season so keeping a good sleeping bag is a must.


Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA ) Kathmandu, our representative will pick you up, transfer to Hotel, trip briefing, guide porter introduction, finalize payments, exchange necessary money, check/buy/hire equipment's, free evening at Thamel
Day 02: Drive to Besishahar 7 hrs by Bus/Car/ van the package includes a bus extra cost for car/van, it's a nice drive along Trishuli and Marsyangdi river bank, check in Hotel in Besishahar BLD evening walk around the city
Day 03: Trek to Bahundanda 1310, 6 hrs
Breakfast at hotel and start trek through rough rocky road , villages, fields and arrives in Nadi after passing Khudi,  and Bhulbhule.Nadi is the last village for lunch before arriving Bahundanda.After lunch the trail climbs up through forest and fields and arrives at Bahundanda at the top of the hill.Over night at Lodge BLD
Day 04: Trek to Chayamje 1430m, 05.40 hrs
The trail a downhill walk to the bottom of the hill through  forest and fields and passes Ghermu village, waterfalls view across the river is incredible. After crossing a suspension bridge at Marsyangi river , trail slightly ascends through forest and arrives in a settlement of tea houses at Syange and continues to Jagat where we eat lunch and further walk following  a narrow valley on the left side of the river to Chamje.BLD
Day 05: Trek to Bagarchhap 2160 m, 06.20 hrs
Its an incredible morning walk through forest and a small uphill to Tal1 1675 m which is the gate way of Manang valley, trail continues along the river passing Tok Tok village and arrives in Dharapani, both villages are good for lunch stop, the trail climbs further to Bagarchhap at the height of 2160 m BLD
Day 06 Trek to Chame 2630 m, 5 hours
Chame is the headquarter of Manang district as we leave Bagarchhap, we have a lower temporary trail from Danaque to Koto, which is often  closed due to landslide, a steep uphill walk through Temang Bensi route is wrathful as the view from this upper route is incredible. You will have glimpse of Annapurna II through tall pine trees.Its an easy walk to Chame after lunch at Temang or Koto.Chame is located at a narrow gorge surrounded by forest and hills. BLD
Day 07:Chame to Pisang 3190m, 5 hours
The trial climbs steadily to Bhratang and follows Marsyangdi river through pine forest and crosses a suspension bridge before arriving at Dhukure Pokhari.It's a great lunch stop with Swargadwari(gateway to Heaven)peak view from Dhukure Pokhari.Easy 45 minutes walk through damp pine forest will bring you to Pisang BLD
Day 08:Trek to Manang 3530m, 5.30 hrs
There is another alternative Upper Pisang route to Manang but longer and not so popular route, we take the left hand side route via Hungde Airport which is often closed due to weather and difficult geographic location. Trail now continues through  open valley as the trees slowly disappear and air becomes cooler. Views on both sides are spectacular. Bhraga village is a perfect place for lunch,  explore the beautiful Bhraga village while on lunch stop before continuing to Mannang for an easy one hour walk.
Day 09 Rest/Acclimatization day at Manang
After breakfast hike up to Gangapurna view point above the beautiful Gangapurna Lake on the foot of Gangapurna mountain, go back for lunch and explore around the village in the afternoon.There are several Video parlors with excellent DVDs, a nice Bakery with pool table, visit Himalayan Rescue Association(HRA) if you want, there are several doctors and volunteers giving you information about high altitude sickness BLD
Day 10:Trek to Yak Kharka 4035/Ledar 4250 m 0500-0600 hr
Trail climbs up through Tenki Manang leaving behind the valley and arrives in a scenic settlement of few houses at Ghunsang.Further walk through barren land with Juniper shrubs arrives in Yak kharka with few guest houses.We have the option to walk more 45 minutes to stay in Ledhar if you want to cut some part of next day walk but in terms of altitude sickness, Yak kharkha is much safer and offers better view. BLD
Day 11:To Thorong Fedi 4420 m (High Camp 4850 m Optional not recommended)
It's a scenic hike through pastures filled with small juniper patches climbing softly before arriving at Ledar 4250 m.After Ledar the trail
continues through leveled path before crossing a wooden bridge and slightly climbs again through narrow rocky path leading to small settlement of lodges at Thorong Pedi.One more hr steep uphill walk can bring you at High Camp 4850 m which cuts the early morning walk the next day but not recommended as the night will be very very cold and sleep less because of altitude.
Day 12:Pass Thorong La 5416 m 3.3 hrs and trek down to Muktinath 3800 m 3 hrs
This is the hardest day of the trek as we are going to pass the highest point of our trip. Start early morning at around 5 am to avoid stronger wind after the noon time, prepare your water bottle, torch light, wear enough warm clothes and keep some snickers or some chocolate bars or other day snacks
as there will be no lunch stop between here and Muktinath. We will see 2 tea houses at High Camp after  an hr walk. The trail ascends through dry rocky trail with several ridges confusing you about the top until you will see the real top with Prayer Flags allowing you the faraway view of Desert like
landscape in the western horizon. After the pass, the trail descends down through steep and rough path before arriving a small tea house at Chabaru at an elevation of 4290 m , you might want to take some snack and hot drinks here.It takes about more one hr to arrive at Muktinath where the Holy
Temple of Lord Vishnu lies at the top of the Village. There is a small Temple inside the compound with 108 holy taps behind it, it is believed that
 taking shower here will purify you body and mind. There is a constant flame inside a Monestery at the eastern part of the temple symbolic to the fire, ice,
water and land in this valley which is inhabited by lord Shiwa while on his Himalayan trip.
Muktinath is bigger village with a lot of Hotels and several villages in the southern part. You might like to visit a Pool Bar at Bob Marley Guest House.
Day 13: From here you have many choices to arrive in Pokhara, You will get your detailed itinerary after you choose how you want to customize your trip from
this point.
  A.Drive to Jomsong and fly to Pokhara next day.
  B.Trek to Jomsong and fly Pokhara next day.
  C.Trek down to Kagbeni and continue to Jomsong
  D.Drive to Pokhara through Jomsong-Tatopani-Beni
  E.Drive to Tatopani and trek via Ghorepani Poon Hill
  F.Continue trek through Jomsong-Tatopani and Ghorepani
Either option will bring you in Pokhara which is a very quiet and clean city with beautiful Fewa lake.Boating at Fewa lake, cycling around the lake, visiting Sarankot, Gupteshwori Cave, Mahendra, Cave, Bat Cave, Davis Falls, Tibetan Refugee Camp, World Peace Stupa etc are other sightseeing sites in Pokhara.
 

 
        
annapurna view from Manang
Annnapurna View From Manang Valley

 
 
  
 
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