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Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Annapurna Circuit Trekking

14 Days into the Mighty Annapurna Mountains!

For centuries, the region of the Annapurnas was known to traders all across the ancient world. Here traders joined with Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims as they traveled across the High Himalayas. For the religious pilgrims they were on their way to the sacred temples at Muktinath where the eternal flame always burns as well as to experience the holy waters pouring forth from 108 taps.

The ancient traders were on their way to Tibet on the old salt road, bringing the famous black salt of Tibet from the north and back into India, the Middle East and eventually to Europe. These were hearty and rugged men who would cross the great mountain passes to retrieve this valuable commodity.

The Annapurna Circuit Trekking follows much of the ancient way. It will take you to one of the highest mountain trekking passes at Thorung-La Pass (elev. 5,416 m) for the most incredible, breath-taking view of the highest peaks in the world.

This trek, despite its high elevation, is not a difficult trek. It gradually climbs upwards as you make your way toward Thorung-La Pass. Along the way, you will encounter incredible snowcapped peaks on the vistas while passing along side of fast flowing mountain streams with hidden waterfalls, fields of wildflowers and through dense forests of oak and rhododendron.

The Annapurna Circuit Trekking is considered by many to be the classic Annapurna Trek because it takes you through the very heart of the Annapurna Mountains. There is no shortage of scenery as you begin your journey following along the banks of the swift flowing Marsyangdi River as it bubbles and cascades down from the mountains.

You will eventually meet up with the Kali Gandaki River, passing along the world’s deepest canyon. The sunrise over Pooh Hill will leave you awestruck as you watch the morning sun ascend into the Himalayan skies, illuminating the snowcapped peaks from grey to pink and finally to brilliant white.

There is one day of acclimatization at the picturesque Gurung village of Manang. All along the way, there are wonderful villages that feature amazing cultural diversity. Many places in the world talk about multi-culturalism, but in the Annapurna Mountains of Nepal, it successfully happens here. All of the various ethnic groups have preserved their culture and language while living in peace and harmony with their neighbors. And these mountain people will welcome you into their homes and villages.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is just 16 actual days of trekking, with a day of sightseeing in Kathmandu where you will experience several of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There is also time to enjoy the lakeside city of Pokhara, known for its stunning views of the Annapurna peaks which reflect in the beautiful blue waters of Lake Phewa.

The Annapurna Circuit Trekking is a popular trek and Nepal Tibet Tours and Treks is pleased to be able to offer this amazing trek as part of its regular itinerary. Your representative at Nepal Tibet Tours and Treks can help you to put together all of the details for this trek in order to make your Nepal Holiday a delightful one. Be sure to ask your representative at Nepal Tibet Tours and Treks today about doing this, or any other trek or adventure in both Nepal and Tibet.

Annapurna Circuit Trekking - Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu (1400m.)

Day 02: Kathmandu 

Day 03: Kathmandu - Besishahar (847m) (179km)

Day 04: Besishahar  - Chame (2630m.)

Day 05: Chame - Pisang (3190m.).

Day 06: Pisang - Manang (3520m.)

Day 07: Manang Rest Day (3520m.)

Day 08: Manang - Ledar (4250m.)

Day 09: Ledar - Thorung Phedi (4500m.)

Day 10: Thorung Phedi - Muktinath (3800m.)

Day 11: Muktinath – Marpha (2713m.)

Day 12: Marpha – Kalopani (2530m.)

Day 13: Kalopani- Tatopani (1190m.)

Day 14: Tatopani-Ghorepani(2850m.)

Day 15: Ghorepani - Poon Hill (3200m.) – Hille

Day 16: Hile - Nayapul – Pokhara (910m.)

Day 17: Pokhara – Kathmandu

Day 18: Departure

Note:
The above program can be tailor made as per your request, We can use morning 8 am flight to Pokhara which is only 30 minutes flight so we can start the trek in same day, can take a fly back to Kathmandu also late afternoon when finished the Trek.We can adjust the program as per the time and interest such as we can add Rafting, Chitwan National Park, Paragliding in Pokhara, jeep flyer, Mountain flight in Kathmandu and many more. Please do not hesitate to write us your interest; we will make the itinerary to suites your needs. 

Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Cost Included

Accommodation as per Different standard of your choice in City and simple lodge or Tented Camp at Trekking. English Speaking Trekking Guide & porter. All the ground transportation as per Group Size & standard of Tour/Trek starting to end of Tour or Trek. Every day 3Meals Trekking portion. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner), Camping Trek Our Cook prepare & Tea House Trek will provide on local Lodge. All fees on Trek.

 

Cost Excludes

All the expenses of personal nature, drinks, lunch and dinner city portion, tipping, all the Delay due to weather, situation beyond our control Nepal Visa, (USD25 for 15days, USD40 for 30days) and Airport Tax etc.

 

Annapurna Circuit Trekking - Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu (1400m.)
After arrival to Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be brought to your hotel by our representative. You will be shortly briefed about the trekking. You can check in and rest for free afternoon at the Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu
After breakfast, sightseeing to Swayambhunath Stupa will be organized which allows a beautiful view of Kathmandu valley. This old stupa is also called Monkey Temple as numerous monkeys can be found. Soon after, you will be headed towards second biggest stupa in the world, Boudhanath Stupa and famous Hindu temple Pashupatinath. And finally, trek preparation will be completed later in the afternoon in your hotel.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Besisashar (847m) (179km)
Approximately 8 hours drive through Prithivi Highway with an excellent view of Marsyangdi River; you will reach your first destination Besishahar where you spend the night is the door of Annapurna Circuit Trekking.

Day 04: Besisashar- Chame (2630m.)
After Breakfast drive aproximate - 6-7hrs drive to Chame. On the way cross the the famous Dudh Khola which in fact is originated from the south face of Manaslu, enters on the opposite bank as you cross the slender grassland from the village. The Marsyangdi then swerve to the left and as Annapurna II becomes visible ahead, you reach to Bagarchhap. With the beautiful sceneries of Manaslu and Annapurna II (7939m.), you will continue your walk to the forest of Fir and rocky declivities. Later, you arrive to the capital and administrative headquarter of Manang district, Chame in the bank of river. 

Day 05: Chame - Pisang (3190m.)
Your 5 hours trek will start with the sparkling view of Lamjung Himal (6893m.) in the crack of dawn where you set off for Pisang. Near Brathangs village, an amazing waterfall can be sighted. Pisang is in the lap of the Pisang peak which is considered a popular peak to mount. And the east peak of Annapurna II along with the northeast peak of Pisang appears breathtaking. Eventually, you will be allowed to capture the view of long Mani wall by the bridge and lower village of Pisang.

Day 06: Pisang - Manang (3520m.)
With the approximate walk of 4 hours you acquire the chance to experience the wonderful path with the meadows for Horses, Yaks and cattle's. The trail even offers several fantastic views of the crest of Annapurna. After petite hike from Pisang village the trail diverge and one ascend towards the Nawal for the finest view of Annapurna. In the midst of fluttering prayer flags which embellish the houses, you stay overnight.

Day 07: Manang Rest Day (3520m.)
Concerning rest and acclimatization, today you will stay in Manang. The difficulties and ways to be safe regarding high altitude sickness will be shortly briefed by The Himalayan Rescue Association. You can travel around to explore the town. Gangapurna Lake appears to be pleasant; Mountaineering school can also be visited which provides basic mountaineering training arranged by Nepal Mountaineering Association.

Day 08: Manang - Ledar (4250m.)
Early morning, you walk from Manang where the landscape is similar to Tibetan plateau. The trek of almost 3 hours seems to be more gradual, however takes longer time to cover shorter distance because of the trouble in breathing with the marvelous view of Annapurna all the way. In addition, you can see Peak 29 and Himchuli behind us. Climbing through the path, you pass the summer village of Gunsang where you cross Gundon Khola via a wooden bridge and finally arrive to a small settlement of Ledar.

Day 09: Ledar - Thorung Phedi (4500m.)
Leaving Ledar, you ascend gradually to a ridge prior to descend to the headwaters of the Marsyangdi crossing via a covered wooden bridge. After a short rise up the mountain path on the right bank, you have a narrow trail across a wobbly slope and then tumble down to Thorang Phedi in an overall walk of about 3 hours.

Day 10: Thorung Phedi - Muktinath (3800m.)
This is the most awaited and exciting day for your Nepal trip and you will start trekking early in the morning after your breakfast. The day will be more hectic as the walk will last for 7-8 hours. You will ascend to the top of the Thorung la Pass 5416m which is the utmost point for the entire trek. On the other side of the pass, landscape changes vividly from snowy mountains to brown-yellow areas which resembles desert. The descent toddles to Hindu temple,” God of Salvation” Muktinath. And this temple is considered as the best example that shows a relationship and harmony between Hinduism and Buddhism. The most uttermost and attractive part is the festival in Sep-Oct months.

Day 11: Muktinath – Marpha (2713m.)
You now walk down to the dramatic Kali Gandaki valley, originally through parched area in the same climatic and geographical zone as Tibet. After crossing through Khingar and Jharkot, rural community with typical Tibetan architecture, we pursue towards Jomsom and are rewarded with tremendous scenes of both Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri. Jomsom is a huge city extended along both banks of the Kali Gandaki River. Likewise, you continue through apple orchards to Marpha after lunch in Jomsom. The entire trek will last for roughly 6 hours.

Day 12: Marpha – Kalopani (2530m.)
The west side of the river will be followed, then on the new-fangled street through dazzling Thakali Villages with broad paved streets and adorned houses. You pass through the river in Koketanti for lunch, then back over again to trail the stone path through grazing land to Kalopani and pine woods. Kalopani is a very elegant town snuggling beneath the Dhaulagiri Icefall. And the complete trek last for 5-6 hours.

Day 13: Kalopani- Tatopani (1190m.)
A little fresh walk for about 6-7 hours will allow you witness nearly all downhill today, mostly through orchards and fields, but occasionally on the street built by human up to Muktinath. Rukse Chhahara, close to a huge waterfall will be your destiny for lunch. You continue descending towards the lowest valley in the world to the city of Tatopani (hot water) where you can soak in the hot springs by the river for nearly 20 minutes before indulging in chips and fish in the town.

Day 14: Tatopani – Ghorepani(2850m.) 
Today is an entirely contrast to the last few, for almost 8 hours, as its all uphill, for 1,600m you will  Look out for the many orchids in the trees. You stay in the grounds of the Green View Hotel.

Day 15: Ghorepani - Poon Hill (3200m.) – Hille
You start your trek in the very early morning at 4 am to Poonhill (3195) with the help of a stick and flash light. And you can enjoy the panoramic views of mountains, beautiful sunrise from the eye level. After an hour you will hike down to Ghorepani, have your Breakfast and begin 6 hours walk to Tadapani. Tadapani literally means “Far water” as water is supplied from far distance to this village. You climb along the ridges and through rhododendron and pine forest to Deurali and descend to reach Banthanti prior to the winding way of Tadapani. And you will be staying overnight in hotel or tent.

Day 16: Hile - Nayapul – Pokhara (910m.)
The very last day of your trek is to walk down the river to Birethanti, where you cross easily to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara and stay overnight in the hotel.

Day 17: Pokhara – Kathmandu
After Breakfast you will be driven back to Kathmandu by a luxurious Tourist Bus or your private vehicle which will take 6hrs, or you may fly to Kathmandu directly, takes only half an hour flight and stay in the hotel overnight.

Day 18: Departure
You will be driven to Airport for departure from Kathmandu.

Trip Duration: 19 Nights/ 20 days
Country: Nepal (Annapurna region)
Trip Start from: Kathmandu
Trip Ends at: Kathmandu
Total Nights in kathmandu: 3 nights
Total Nights in Pokhara: 1 night
Trip Grade: Easy- Moderate/Adventurous
Per day walking/Hiking: 4- 6 hrs
Minimum Group Size: from 1 Person & above
Activities: Trekking, Hiking & Cultural plus religious Tour
Maximum High Altitude: 5416m at THORONG LA PASS
Meals during Trip:  Breakfast in Cities & all meals during Trekking
Accommodation during Trip: Hotel, Guest House,Lodge (Tea house)
Mode of Transportation:  Private Comfortable Car/van/Hiace & domestic Flights
Best Travel season: March - May, September -December
Trip Route: Kathmandu- Bahundada- Chame- Manang- Thorong la Pass- Marpha - Tatopani - Poon Hill- Pokhara - Kathmandu

Clothing and equipments

Certain basic trekking equipment is essential on all routes we described in this site. Depending on the area and season, we will provide you with a comprehensive list of necessities. Here is some recommended Equipments List for trekking in Nepal.

Clothing

1. Boots

Lightweight walking boots. If new one is being bought, “walk then in” to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.

2. Track shoes

A pair of track shoes. To wear in the camp at night or when the boot is wet.

3. Jacket

Warm jacket. Fiber fills or down should be adequate. This is especially necessary during winter from December to February. A rainproof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get the one that is guaranteed waterproof.

4. Shirt and Sweaters

Woolen shirts and thick sweaters. During winter months, December through February these items are essential. Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu. 1 lightweight long sleeved -shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn.

5. Trousers

A pair of lightweight/ heavy weight trousers. Jeans are unsuitable to wear on treks. Cheap loose cotton pants are available in Kathmandu. Heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night. Windproof/ waterproof trousers are necessary on all treks going above 10.00ft.

6. Underwear

Thermal underwear. These are excellent to sleep in at night in the winter months thermal underwear are quite invaluable.

7. Tracksuit

A tracksuit useful for wearing in camp and in the tent. 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/ skirts.

8. Sleeping Bag

As you do not carry it yourself this may be synthetic or down, but it must be 4 season. As most treks pass through a variety of climatic conditions, a long zip is a good idea. A cotton/fleece liner helps keep your sleeping bag clean. Good sleeping bags are expensive but can be rented easily in Kathmandu (Only for treks starting and finishing there)

9. Sun Hat, SunCream/Block & Lip Salve

Choose a high factor suncream (Factor 20 or stronger) to protect your skin against the sun at high altitude. A combination sunblock/lip salve is ideal for facial protection.

10. Personal First Aid Kit

You should have your own supply of plasters, aspirin, diarrhea tablets and also a comprehensive blister kit. (Please do not give medicines to local people without consulting the trek leader.)

11. Hat/ Glove/ Sandle/ Shocks/ Underwear

a) A woolen hat to wear in the morning and at night. During winter it is an essential item.
b) A sunhat and ensure it has a wide brim to cover the face and neck.
b) A pair of gloves. Leather with lining and woolen are best. c) 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in camp.
d) 4 pairs of thin and 4 pair of thick woolen socks.
e) Underwear” normal quantity and swimming costume, hankies.

Equipments and Accessories

a) Duffle bag or kit bag to carry to gear while trekking
b) Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirement for the day e.g. toilet items, camera, film towel, soap, a boot etc.
c) Water bottle.
d) Snow glasses and sunglasses
e) 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones.
f) 6 -10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage.
g) Wallet and /or money belt with compartment for coins.
h) Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can buy in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
i) Small headlamp and/ or torch with spare batteries and bulbs
j) candles and lighter to burn toilet paper.
k) Snow gaiters essential during wither and all treks going over at other times.
l) An umbrella (optional), which is quite useful to as a sunshade and useful when it rains.
m) Reading materials, camera and film, game items (optional), note book, rubber band, pen and pencil, envelopes, a diary, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars (optional), a small pillow or headrest (optional). Thermoses (optional)- an inflatable sleeping mat, trekking map, adequate quantities of passport photograph

Trip Photos

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