Annapurna Circuit Trekking
Annapurna Circuit trekking description
Around Annapurna trekking known as Annapurna Circuit trekking, Annapurna Thorong Pass is one of the famous trekking tours in Nepal, 1980s opened for the trekkers, since then the Annapurna circuit was possible for the adventure travelers. The region no doubt is rich in scenery apart from the diverse culture and flora and faunas. Annapurna circuit trekking is the most popular trekking because of its panoramic scenery of Himalayas, including of the Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091 m) Mt. Manaslu (8163 m), Mt. Annapurna II (7937 m), Mt. Annapurna III (7555 m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7525m), Mt. Annapurna south (7219 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7041 m), Mt. Fishtail also called Mt. Machhapuchre (6993 m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6441 m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6986 m),Tukuche peak (6920m), Tilicho peak (7134 m). Furthermore, there are the settlements of diverse communities such as Brahmin, Chhetri, Tibetan Sherpa, Thakali, Magar, Tamang, and Gurung. Likewise, if you are lucky enough you can see some wild animals such as Mountain Thar/ Goat, Leopards, Jackal, birds such as pheasant, long-tail birds among others. Around Annapurna – circuit is one of the classic treks in the world. The circuit takes one around the Annapurna Himal, following the courses of two mighty rivers–Marsyandi in the east and the Kali Gandaki in the west. Kali Gandaki is the world’s deepest gorge, flanked by the giant Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalaya range. The flora, geography and culture also change dramatically around the Annapurna circuit trekking. This is a part of Great Himalayan Trail (GHT) trekking in Nepal.
Annapurna Circuit trekking highlights
Classic trekking on ancient trade routes using NATT Trail just to avoid roads on some parts – Ascending the Marshyangdi valley – Passing Manaslu and Hinchuli – Visit old Buddhist monastery in Braga – Explore beautiful Manag village – Crossing the Thorong – La (Widest pass in the world about 5416 m) – The Pilgrimage town of Muktinath, View of Dhaulagiri Ice fall, – The world deepest gorge and the Kaligandaki valley – Natural Hot spring at Tatopani – Sunrise at Poonhill with magnificent mountain views.
Annapurna Circuit trek grading
Annapurna circuit trekking is appropriate for any trekkers who is looking for little bit adventure. Maximum height of Annapurna circuit is Thorong la 5416 m. It is not necessary any previous trekking or mountaineering experience and also it is not necessary that you must be young and energetic to do this trekking. If you are healthy and can walk 5 to 6 hours daily, you can easily do this trekking. However it would be more good to do daily jugging or walking exercise is useful before you leave from your country. Our program have been prepared including rest day and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. On trek, you can go at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.
Annapurna Circuit trekking covers
Kathmandu – Besishar – Manang – Throung La pass – Muktinath – Tatopani( natural hotspring) – Ghorepani Poonhill – Ghaundrung village – Pokhara.
Best time to explore Annapurna Circuit trekking
February, March, April, May, June, September, October , November and early December.
Annapurna Circuit Outline Itinerary
Annapurna circuit trekking itinerary in detailsDay 01 : Arrival at Kathmandu (1350 m)
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu within B/B plan. Our representative will give you information about further programs. As your request we go to short walk around old city area.Day 02 : Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Full day guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley Tour including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Baudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa also known as monkey temple which are World Heritage Sites listed by UNESCO.Day 03 : Drive to Beshisahar (820m) 6 hrs
In the morning guide will come to meet you in the hotel loby at 6 AM. After picking you up, you will be transfer to the local bus park to leave for Besi Sahar (185km). It takes around 6 hours to reach Besisahar via scenic drive. Along the journey you will witness some stunning scenery of snow capped Mountains, green hills, rafting rivers, and villages. And overnight at the Guest house.Day 04 : Trek to Bahundanda (1310m) 5 :30 hours
This our first day’s trek introduces us to the varied cultural of Nepal, pass by many typical local houses and the faces of varied ethnic tribes exchanging greetings (Namaste) on the way. The trail goes to through subtropical forests and the rice terraces of Sera to the village of Khudi (840m) then Bhulbule we will see a majestic 60m high waterfall, views of Manaslu (8156m). The mountain views disappear as we com closer to the small town of Ngadi, here we will have to cross the Ngadi Khola by a long suspension bridge then the trail gently ascent to Bahundanda and overnight in lodge.Day 05 : Trek to Chyamje (1430m) 6 :30 hours
Today, we will be leaving the lush rice paddies and the sub-tropical jungle, as we begin our ascent towards the village of Tal, nestled on a plateau. Taal means lake, but no lake can be found here, just the imprint it has left. The nights are already cooler and the vegetation begins to change. Due to the density of small villages in the area, we will have ample opportunity to meet the Nepalese at work and at play.Day 06 : Trek to Bagarchhap (2160m) 6 hours
While hiking to Bagarchhap we will pass the old village and its ruins, which were completely destroyed by a massive landslide less than ten years ago. A series of bridges allow us to cross the roaring Marshyangdi River, using the well-trodden paths of the porters and locals. Today’s hike is not for the faint hearted as several sections of the path allow for some rather impressive views down to the river. Bagarchhap is the first truly Tibetan style village we will come across with flat, firewood covered roofs, and prayer flags blowing in the wind.Day 07 : to Chame (2630m) 5 hours
The hiking today is a little rougher than the previous days with quite a bit of up and down, crossing the river several times on good bridges. Reaching the town of Chame, one of the larger settlements of the area will allow us to have a hot shower. Chame is the administrative headquarters for the Manang area and is also known for its healing thermal baths and interesting architecture.Day 08 : Trek to Pisang (3190m) 5 hours
Today, we will have a shorter hiking day ahead of us. The landscape between Chame and Pisang changes notably, and soon we will be walking through sub- alpine terrain which is Alpine interface. The early part of today’s walk will take us through large forests and past the massive, 1500-meter rock face called Paungda Danda. Pisang proper is a cluster of homes with a few nice lodges and plenty of activity in the fields.Day 09 : Trek to Manang (3500m) 5 hours (Lower Route) or 7 to 8 hours (Higher Route)
A half-day of walking will get us to Manang. The climate here is very similar to the high Tibetan plateau, with little precipitation and large fluctuations between daytime and nighttime temperatures. The inhabitants of Manang use horses for nearly everything, and the jingling of bells will announce the arrival of a horseman and his stead. Manang has a local airport, and many good bakeries and several internet cafés. We will be staying here for three nights, allowing us to acclimatize properly before taking on Thorang-La. Day hikes will be planned but are not mandatory.The High route
You have to cross the river out of Pisang village and then take a reasonably level path through scrubland, passing a small picturesque lake on your right. You will then pass long ‘Mani walls’ and descend to cross a stream and begin a strenuous zigzagging climb up to the village of Ghyaru (3,673m) offers Annapurna II and Annapurna IV very stunning view. From Ghyaru you will continue up the valley on a wonderful high-level trail. Here, passing through the ruins of a castle, we will arrive on a promontory, with views both ways up and down the valley. Then, we will arrive at the village of Ngawal (3,650m) where there is a large newly built Gompa up to the right. You will leave the village near a long Mani wall. Finally, you will descend back to the valley floor and rejoin the main trail to continue to Braga and Manang.Day 10 : Rest day for acclimatization
It is essential to spend time for acclimatization in this area. There are splendid views of the peaks from both Manang and Braga villages. Manang is a large village situated on a rise immediately across the huge Gangapurna glacier. A beautiful emerald lake lies at its foot. There are plenty of good walks in the area and for at least a couple of hours you can try to climb as high as possible above the village. Side trips are recommended to a small summit with prayer flags about an hour above Braga village, up the ridge behind Manang village, or to a viewpoint above the lake opposite Manang Village. It is also possible to walk up the valley towards Tilicho Lake to the village of Khangsar. In addition, it is worth visiting the Manang Gompa or, if it is open, visits the clinic run by the Himalayan Rescue Association. They often have talks about altitude in the afternoon. There are also shops to explore for souvenirs.Day 11 : Trek Manang to Letdar (4200m) – 4 to 5 hours
After hot breakfast, we will walk through the farm terrace to Tanki Manang then gradually goes to high alpine to the Gunsang; offering panoramic mountains scenery and we will pass a few meadows where horses and yaks graze. Nearby Yak Kharka we will see herds of blue sheep grazing the steep slopes as well. Arrive in Letdar and stay overnight in guest house.Day 12 : Trek to Thorung Phedi (4420 m) 4 hours
The trail for today, relatively easy to get used to the altitude before we have to cross the highest point in the trek, and possibly the highest point you have been on in your life. From yak Kharka we will continue to climb along the east bank of the Jarang Khola to Thorung Phedi, a rock-strewn meadow surrounded by upright cliffs at 4420 meter. Blue sheep and even snow leopards can be sometimes seen in this area. Or if you are sure for, we can continue our trek to the High camp another an hour after lunch.Day 13 : Trek form Thorong Phedi – Thorong la (5416m)- Muktinath (3800m) 7 hours
Our journey begins before sunrise, as we need to set out early to complete the crossing of the Thorong La at 5416 meters. The trail is steep right from the start, but with a slow and steady pace, we should reach the summit within three hours. Prayer flags and hot tea await us as we reach the highest point of our trek to Thorung pass summit. Our descent to Muktinath is long, but the views of border Himalayas and Dhaulagiri family are simply amazing. Muktinath is a large village, rambling settlement with several lodges to choose from. Hot showers and a good meal will allow for a quick recovery after today’s long and difficult dayDay 14 : Trek to Marpha (2665m) 7 to 8 hours
Trek from Muktinath to Marpha (2667m.) begins through several village and Kali Gandaki river bank, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar, villages with typical Tibetan architecture, you follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom. Jomsom is sprawled along both banks of the Kali Gandaki and from here there are fine views of the Nilgiri peaks. You continue down to Marpha, a delightful Thakali village, complete with a drainage system beneath the flagstone streets. Its narrow alleys and passageways provide welcome shelter from the strong winds of the Kali Gandaki Gorge and Marpha is particularly well known for its apples, apple cider and apple, apricot and peach Rakshi.Day 15 : Trek from Marpha to Ghasa (2013m) 6 hrs
The trail descends steeply through forests to Ghasa, the last Thakali village and the southern-most limit of Tibetan Buddhism. The beginning part of the trail is stretched at almost flat level up to Kalopani and then the trail begins descending steeply to Ghasa. The first part of the trek passes through the windy area covered with pine forests, rhododendron forests and birches are seen. The surrounding area of Ghasa is famous destination for bird watching and wild Marijuana. Here you are quite amazed at the panoramic view of Mount Nilgiri North (7061m.), Nilgiri Central (6940m.), and Nilgiri South (6839m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) and Tukuche peak (6920m.).Day 16 : Trek to Tatopani (1190m) 7 hrs
After breakfast we will begin our trek to Tatopani and its flagstone-paved streets before following the Kali Gandaki Gorge which is deepest gorge in the world and the last remnants of Tibetan influence in the valley. Our trail takes us through the villages of Dana. Our evening’s accommodation will be in a delightful setting in the large village of Tatopani (meaning hot water in Nepalese).Day 17 : Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani village (2853m), 8 hrs
We cross Kaligandaki river and cross again Gar Khola River and ascend left direction to Ghorepani. Scenery changes once again as large terraces appear, signaling the return of rice production. We will have lunch around midday in Chitre, than continue climbing with many stone steps until we reach at ghorepani. Ghorepani has a strong Tibetan influence, and you will be able to purchase jewelry almost everywhere. This is a difficult day as the stairs are not evenly spaced and there are many of them. If you are interested, hike about 50 meter up towards Punhill to explore sunset view.Day 18 : Poon hill sunrise ! Descend downhill all way to Pokhara. 8 hrs roughly.
Early in the morning, we hike to Poon Hill to see the panoramic views of Himalayan range with sunrise. This would be spectacular and crystallize mountains surrounded to you with including Annapurna South (7219m), Machhapuchre (6997m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Nilgiri (6915m) and many more. Return to lodge to get hot breakfast than we descend downhill all the way to Nayapool passing several tiny villages. And from Nayapool we take a private car transfer to Pokhara about 90 minutes and your trekking crew will salute with your work and last night celebration with together and transfer to hotel.Day 19 : Mystical flight from Pokhara city to Kathmandu, 25 minutes.
After breakfast, Fewa Lake boating a couple of hours, visit Tal Barahi Temple situated an island of Fewa Lake and after Lunch drop to Pokhara Airport for fly to Kathmandu. Than we transfer you back to your hotel.Day 20 : Final departure to your port of destination.
The trip ends but we at Gokyo Treks and Expedition’s representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International airport for your final departure from Nepal to your port of destination.
How much does Annapurna circuit trek cost?
Annapurna circuit trek cost / price is based on double occupancy basis. In this price, we offer you Tourist Standard accommodation at our home stay located near by Thamel, Kathmandu and tourist standard accommodation in Pokhara Fewa lake side and of course the trip price will vary according to group size. Taking flights to and from Pokhara saves your time and riding bus reduces the trip expenses. For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu round trip airfare, 3 star category hotel deluxe air conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN) and 2 star hotel standard accommodation in Pokhara (BB plan) with attached bathroom while on trekking on possible places, so let us know. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discount and attractive complimentary.
- Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicles.
- 2 nights twin sharing on tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu.
- 1 night Tourist standard accommodation in Pokhara within Bed with Breakfast Plan
- Meals on full board: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day during the trekking days
- Domestic flight: Kathmandu to Pokhara airfare with airport departure tax.
- Guest house basis trekking accommodation while on trekking days.
- Tourist Bus transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu for guest and guide.
- Fully escorted trek with fluent English speaking license holder local guide and each 2 guest 1 Porter basis.
- Annapurna Conservation Area permits and TIMS permits for Trekking tours
- Pokhara Fewa lake side – Nayapool & Return to Fewa lake side transfer by private vehicle.
- All land transportation as per written on above itinerary.
- Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs.
- Insurance of guide and porters.
- Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.
- A special gift from our company.
Cost Exclude :
- Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
- Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
- Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
- Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
- Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
- Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
- Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
- Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
- Any other things which are not mentioned above
We can organize private Annapurna circuit Trek starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.
Sept 10, 2018 – Sept. 27, 2018
Sept 15, 2018 – Oct 02, 2018
Sept 20, 2018 – Oct. 07, 2018
Sept. 30, 2018 – Oct. 17, 2018
Oct. 05, 2018 – Oct. 22, 2018
Oct. 10, 2018 – Oct 27, 2018
Oct. 15, 2018 – Nov 02, 2018
Oct. 18, 2018 – Nov 04, 2018
Oct. 20, 2018 – Nov 07, 2018
Oct. 25, 2018 – Nov 12, 2018
Oct. 30, 2018 – Nov 16, 2018
Nov 05, 2018 – Nov 22, 2018
Nov. 10, 2018 – Nov 27, 2018
Nov. 15, 2018 – Dec 02, 2018
Nov. 20, 2018 – Dec 07, 2018
Nov. 25, 2018 – Dec 12, 2018
Nov. 30, 2018 – Dec 16, 2018
Dec. 01, 2018 – Dec 17, 2018
Dec. 05, 2018 – Dec 22, 2018
Dec. 10, 2018 – Dec 27, 2018
Dec. 20, 2018 – Jan 07, 2019
Dec. 25, 2018 – Jan 12, 2019
Dec. 30, 2018 – Jan 16, 2019
Guaranteed – Trip is Guaranteed to run.
Available – Trip is available to run if minimum group size is filled
Limited – Only few space available
Answer: Yes sure !! If you provide us your flights details then you should do request then our representative will come to pick up you on Kathmandu international airport.Question: Do I need experience for Annapurna circuit Trekking ?
Answer: This trekking is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 5 – 6 hours in a day, with a light weight rucksack somehow about 3000M above sea level.Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Annapurna circuit Trekking?
Answer: We provide you 3 star category hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking there would be normal hotel accomidation which offers basic clean facilities with a mattress and blanket. We can also offer you sleeping bags if needed (which need to return after the trip) but it is always better idea to own sleeping equipment.Question: What kind of food can I expect in Annapurna circuit Trek?
Answer: All the guest houses/lodges along the annapurna circuit trek they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season)
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to next place where you are going.
Answer: Tea house trekking all the lodges they have shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying and in Camping trekking – we provide you hot water bucket then you will take bucket shower.Question: How do I get drinking water on Annapurna circuit Trekking?
Answer: During the trekking route there are all places hotel and shops where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in camp site/along the way in the camping trekking.Question: Can I charge my digital camera or mobile batteries on my trip?
Answer: During the Tea house trekking there will be chances to charge your battery. We recommend to you bring extra pair for in case. Remember to bring your adapters ! And we recommend you to take extra batteries along with you.Question: Is there any communication facilities on Annapurna circuit Trekking?
Answer: In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.Question: Can I use credit cards in Trekking?
Answer: No, for the trekking you need to have cash because credit cards works city area of Nepal only.Question: When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?
Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment. We will of course make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings. We prefer 20 % advance deposit of total price of a trip in order to conform your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And rest of the payment can be made after your arrival.Question: Who will carry my luggage on Annapurna circuit Trekking?
Answer: We provide porters they will carry your luggage.Question: Is there any communication while we are on Annapurna circuit Trekking?
Answer: There are telephones in many villages along the popular trekking routes from which you can make international calls.Question: How much distance do I walk each day?
Answer: When walking/trekking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however you have to be prepared to walk 5-6 hours each day.Question: Do I need walking polls for Annapurna circuit Trekking?
Answer: We recommend to take that it will be the helpful to you.Question: How much additional money do I need per day?
Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch / dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$7 to 10 US$ a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee and some drinks in trekking.
Note:The above itineraries are subject to change due to condition beyond our control. This is a Guide line showing tentative camp night stops. Physical, technical and natural condition may change this above itineraries.
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Annapurna circuit trekking fact
- Trip Duration: 18 Days
- Max Altitude: 5,416m / 17,710 ft
- Trekking Hour: 6 Hrs
- Group-Size: 2-20 People
- Best Time: Oct -May
- Trip Mode: Guest House
- Meal on Trek: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Transportation: Car/Plane/bus
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