Annapurna Circuit Trek

21
Days

Trip Facts

Highlights of the Treks

  • World famous trek around the Annapurna massif.
  • Cross Thorung La pass 5416m from the sea level.
  • Visit Tilicho Lake world highest glacier Lake.
  • Visit popular pilgrimages site Muktinath Temple.

Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most rewarding treks in Nepal, circling around the Annapurna massif passing through the famous Thorung La Pass. Annapurna Circuit Trek has always been famous for excellent mountain sceneries, that includes varying angled views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and the magnificent Nilgiri. The trek is particularly known for the way the landscapes, flora, culture and climate zones changes as the trek progresses. Fertile villages with Hindu inhabitants and terraced fields at the start is slowly replaced by arid valleys full of Buddhist stupas and mane walls during the trek. The trek also has parts with totally isolated moraines at an altitude of 5000 meters with a stunning backdrop of high cliffs and mountains.

Once, this trekking trail was one of the most popular trekking destinations in world, with diverse landscapes, vegetation, weather and culture. A newly constructed road has shortened the trek, resulting the trek to lose its previously held charm to people visiting the region. Because of the road, instead of starting at Besisahar, people can easily drive to Chame, administrative headquarters of Manang. However, trekking through local villages of Upper Pisang, Gyaru and Ngawal, villages untouched by the driving road, still makes it an exciting trek. Hiking thorough these village also provides an opportunity to experience Manang people’s culture and lifestyle.

One of the most amazing experience (it is a strenuous climb at an altitude above 5000 meters) of the trek is crossing the 5416 meters high Thorung La Pass. This eventful and scenic day perfectly sums up the trek as well. In a day, the trek goes from arid valleys of the upper Manang, home of Tibetan Buddhists, down to the Hindu pilgrimage site of Muktinath, in the windy Kali Gandaki valley. Annapurna Circuit Trek also offers a side trip to Tilicho Lake, highest lake in the world located at 4949 meters with towering Tilicho Peak (7134 meters) standing right beside the lake. Milarepa cave and Ice Lake are the other exciting prospects available on this trek. Annapurna Circuit Trek also has a natural hot springs at Tatopani. Here, a couple of days of trek of old days is replaced by a days bumpy ride. But this also has added a different edge to this already exciting trek. The striking views of Anannapurna and Dhaulagari Ranges from Poon Hill provides a fitting climax to Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1335 meters).

    A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided. (Overnight at Hotel)

  • Day 02: Drive to Dharapani (1960 meters) via Besisahar.

    After breakfast, a private vehicle (car/bus) will pick you at your hotel. We drive to Besisahar via the Prithvi Highway, following Trishuli River for most part of the drive. It takes around 6 hours to reach Besisahar about 5 hours. After lunch now take a local jeep and drive to Dharapani on a secondary road. The road at times passes through the settlements of the old Annapurna Circuit Trail. It keeps following the Marshyangdi River for the whole day. This bumpy and exciting ride will take around 4 hours. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

  • Day 03: Trek to Chame (2670 meters).

    The trek starts on the secondary road and does so for the most part of trek until the trek reaches Manang. The road passes the villages of Bagarchap and Danaque. The trail gets briefly off the road and starts to climb through the woods to Temang. Stunning view of Manaslu (8136 meters) opens up at Temang. The trek returns back to the road and goes through the small villages of Thanchok, Koto and finally reaches Chame. Chame is one of the big settlements of Manang region and is also the administrative headquarter. A nearby hot spring just a few minute away from the town can be enjoyed in the afternoon. (6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

  • Day 04: Trek to Pisang (3200 meters).

    The trek continues on the road by the Marshyangdi River and goes through small ancient looking houses at Bhratang. The road passes under an interesting huge rock face and continues to move into the valley following the river. After crossing the river, a brief climb leads to Dhikur Pokhari and offers an amazing view of the rock face of the Paungda Danda, standing more than 1000 meters from the river. An easy walk with the picturesque views of the valley ends at Pisang. (6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

  • Day 05: Trek to Ngawal via Gyaru (3670 meters).

    The trail leaves the road, crosses the river, and moves on the alternative route. This less travelled route undulates through a thin forest, a small pond with the reflection of Annapurna II (7937 meters) and Annapurna IV (7525 meters), some mane walls and crosses a suspension bridge in the morning. A good steep climb leads to the Gyaru Village, one of the two medieval villages on the day’s route. The views of the valleys and Annapurna II (7937 meters), Annapurna IV (7525 meters) can be thoroughly enjoyed during the whole day on this route. More undulating trail follows as the trail also passes by some ruins of forts and reaches the second medieval village, Ngawal. (6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

  • Day 06: Trek to Manang (3540 meters).

    A descend down to the valley and an easy terrain joins the trail back with the road near Mugje. After passing through Mugje, the road leads to the village of Braga. Braga has two contrasting parts, an ancient looking village with a monastery a few minutes away from the road and new modern facilitated teahouses at the other side of the road. An easy walk on the road and a final brief climb ends the day at Manang. The road also ends at Manang and the trek will only get back on road after the Thorang La. (4 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

  • Day 07: Acclimatization day at Manang.

    There are few options for the acclimatization day at Manang. If one wishes to have a full day of good trekking, Ice Lake and Milarepa Cave are the best options. If one wishes to do both in a day, it will take a very long day. A short hike near towards Gangapurna Glacier is another easier option. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

  • Day 08: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (3734 meters).

    The trail now separates from the regular Annapurna Circuit and heads into a different valley. A descent leads into the river and turns into an ascent for the next few hours until Khangsar. After the Khangsar the trail gets narrower and crosses through a scree in the latter part of the day. A flat grassy area with a small stream finally leads to the Tilicho Base Camp. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

  • Day 09: Trek to Tilicho Lake and trek back to Khangsar (4990 meters).

    The day starts with a steep climb and then turns into an easier ascent. More majestic views of mountains start to appear in every direction as the trek slowly and continuously keep on climbing. Gangapurna (7455 meters), Annapurna III (7555 meters) and several unnamed peaks starts to show themselves as the climb continues. The huge lake finally starts to appear as the terrain slowly starts to turn easy. Tilicho Lake is highest lake in the world located at an altitude of 4949 meters. We return back to Tilicho Base Camp and continue to return towards Khangsar via the same route taken a day ago. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

  • Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka (4018 meters).

    The route again changes as the trail now heads towards the Thorung La. A steep climb crosses a ridge and the trek now starts to descend down to a small stream at the bottom of the valley. Another climb follows at the other side of the river leading to the Yak pasturelands of Yak Kharka. (6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

  • Day 11: Trek to Thorung Phedi (4450 meters).

    The day begins with a gradual uphill as the valley starts to get narrower with each passing hour. The trail passes through some teahouses at Ledar and drops into the river only again to climb at the other side of the river. The trek continues to undulate and enters into a rocky moraine. The valley gets narrower and finally ends at Thorung Phedi. Thorung Phedi is enclosed by huge rock faces and is located on a sloped rocky moraine. (4 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

  • Day 12: Cross Thorung La (5416 meters) and trek to Muktinath (3800 meters).

    An early start to the day leads to a steep climb that continues to the top of the pass. The top offers views panoramic views of Annapurna IV (7525 meters), Annapurna III (7555 meters), Chulu West (6419 meters), Chulu East (6584 meters), Tilicho (7134 meters) and many more. A steep descent starts from the top and continues to the very bottom of the pass. Couple of teashops at the bottom finally marks the end of the steep drop. The terrain is now more easier but still continues to go steadily downhill. The day finally ends at Muktinath, one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites of Hindus. This is also one of the longest day of the trek. (7-8 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

  • Day 13: Trek to Kagbeni (2800 meters).

    After a late breakfast, the trek once again continues to go down in the valley. The descent leads down to Kali Gandaki Valley and only ends at Kagbeni. The Kali Gandaki Valley is also famous by the name of the windy valley as strong gusts travels through the valley every afternoon. Kagbeni is located on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River and is also the entry point to Mustang, the forbidden kingdom. (3 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

  • Day 14: Trek to Jomsom (2720 meters).

    The trek now returns back to the road and follows the river towards Jomsom. The trail closely follows the river for the whole day, staying on the road and passes through Ekle Bhatti. The day ends at Jomsom, the biggest town and also the administrative headquarter of Mustang. Jomsom is also famous for apples and is also known as the apple capital of the country. The apple and apricot brandy from the region is also very popular. A visit to Marpha Village is also an interesting option for the afternoon. (3 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

  • Day 15: Drive to Tatopani.

    We drive to Tatopani on a local bus passing through many settlements that used to be the part of old Annapurna Circuit. A long and bumpy drive of around 5 hours in the newly built secondary road finally ends at Tatopani. Afternoon can be enjoyed in the famous hot spring of Tatopani. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

  • Day 16: Trek to Ghorepani (2850 meters).

    A long day’s ascent of nearly 2000 meters through the villages of Ghara, Shika, Chitre and rhododendron forests (towards the end of the day) keeps the adventure intact. The day begins with a steep climb and passes through terraced fields and villages throughout the morning. The terrain becomes more easier but still remain steep for the whole day till the day’s trek finally ends at Ghorepani. (8-9 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

  • Day 17: Climb Poon Hill (3210 meters) and trek to Tadapani (2600 meters).

    An early morning uphill hike to Poon Hill (1 hour), one of the best viewpoint of the region to enjoy the sunrise above the spectacular mountain ranges of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. We return for breakfast at Ghorepani and then trek towards Tadapani, climbing a gentle ridge of yet another Rhododendron forest with the views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges still delighting us. The trail leaves the ridge after Deurali and starts to descend down steeply to Nange Thati. A steady and easy walk is soon followed again by another descend down to a small stream with a final climb in the afternoon finally ending the day at Tadapani. (5 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

  • Day 18: Trek to Naya Pul (1000 meters) and drive to Pokhara (900 meters).

    The day starts with a descent through the jungles passing through couple of teashops at Bhaisi Kharka and continues to drop steeply to the famous Gurung village of Ghandruk. The steep descend still continues and finally leads to Syauli Bazaar. The path joins with the newly built road and stays on the road until Birethanti. A short walk to Naya Pul finally ends the trek. A private vehicle awaits and a couple of hours drive separates you from the city and its luxuries. (6 hours) (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast, Lunch included)

  • Day 19: Sightseeing at Pokhara and fly back to Kathmandu.

    A half day guided tour to the most popular and historical sites of Pokhara and a late afternoon flight back to Kathmandu. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)

  • Day 20: Sightseeing at Kathmandu.

    A half day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)

  • Day 21: Departure.

    A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future. (Breakfast included)

  • Note:

    ALL ITINERARIES CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUESTS ACCORDING TO YOUR CONVENIENCE.

Includes

  • Arrivals and departure transport by car (We will collect you from the Kathmandu international airport) and transfer to Hotel.
  • Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu (Boudhanath and Pasupatinath) with city guide and necessary transport.
  • 4 nights accommodation (2 persons per room) in Kathmandu and Pokhara in a 3* standard Hotel with breakfast.
  • Kathmandu - Besisahar land transportation in a private car. Other sections will be in a local bus.
  • Pokhara - Kathmandu airfare including airport taxes.
  • Accommodation and all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) while on trek in normal teahouses.
  • Salary, insurance, food, accommodation for guides and porters.
  • A porter to carry your luggage on treks (Per person 15 kilogram luggage).
  • National Park entry fee and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).
  • Group First Aid Kit.
  • Government taxes and service charges.

Excludes

  • Nepal entry Visa Fee.
  • Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Entry fee at the sightseeing sites.
  • Personal expenses like beverages (mineral water, alcohol, soft drinks), telephone bills, laundry, bar bills, personal tips etc.

Gear List

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.

Hiking boots
Socks
Trekking trousers / pants
Waterproof overt rousers / rainpants
Baselayer shirts
Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
Waterproof jacket
Sunhat
Warm hat
Sunglasses
Thermal gloves
Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
Water bottles 1 L.
Antibacterial handwash
Small towel
Daypack, 25/30Litres
Trekking poles
Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season * (rated down to – 20ºC)
Warm jacket (down)*

Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.

Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu or request we will provide it.

Faqs

How do I know that your company is a legit company?
On the home page of our website, under the section, company profile, all the legal documents are present.
What happens if I have to cancel or postpone my booked trip?
On cancellation, depending on time duration before the cancellation of the trip, cancellation charge will be charged. A trip can be postponed up to a year.
How far in advance can I book?
A trip can be booked as far as one year in advance. We do not book more than one year ahead because of possibility of huge fluctuations in the international exchange rate.
Can I customize trips to make them suite me?
We always try to be flexible with our trips for our client’s convenience. We are open to changes on the trips as long as the proposed itinerary does not harm your own chances of acclimatization on the trips.
Before a trek: What do I need to bring for the trek?
On confirmation of a trek, full lists of required gears would be sent to you or please view our Gear List section on website.
What kind of insurances do I need?
Proper travel insurance is necessary before confirming a trek. At times of emergency cases like evacuation, it will cover your expenses. Make sure to consult with your insurance company about the coverage of the insurance that you have bought.
How do I prepare myself for the physical requirement of the trek?
An average physical fitness should be maintained on prior of booking a trek. Any sort of illness or recent medical problems should be mentioned while booking a trip. Most of our itineraries are prepared to give you a maximum time to acclimatize and pace setting on the treks would be done according to your convenience.
How long will be an average day on the trek?
On average, a day on a trek would be 5-6 hours long. The longest day can be up to 10 hours and 3 hours is the shortest day. It all depends on the region that your are trekking.
How safe are the treks?
Our main objective is your safety. Safety is never compromised and all our guides are properly trained and equipped to take care clients’ safety in even the wildest region of the country.
Is there any arrangement made for emergency while on trekking Tour?
In case of severe sickness or accident (which is least expected), you will be rescued by a helicopter. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred for the use of such emergency services, please make sure that your travel insurance covers you for both- medical as well as emergency evacuation costs.
On a trek: How are the food and the logistics on the trek?
All the lodges used on the treks are frequently used and trusted by our company. We take our clients review very seriously and never repeat any lodges with complaints on their food on lodge/ tea house trek. On Camping Trek our trekking cook will provide food cooked in our own camp.
I m a Vegetarian, is that a Problem?
It is not a problem at all because in a mountain tea house / lodges serve vegetarian food as well and our guide well take care at the time and on a camping trek our cook will care well for the vegetarian food.
How is the standard of the lodges that we use on treks?
Most of the lodges in the mountains are quite basic. On few major towns or settlements, when possible we provide the best lodges possible. There are luxury lodges but it’s not included on the standard treks.
What is the stander of gears use on camping trek?
We use stander quality of (Camping Gears) like tents, dining tents, mattress, etc on a camping trek, Also we provide proper warm jacket, trouser, shoes for the porters too.
Will I be able to charge my mobile and camera during the trek?
Lately, most of the teahouses on the trekking routes have electricity. So, charging your gadgets is not a problem at all. However, on some teahouses which run on solar power, you would have to pay additional fee (US$ 1 to 3 approx.), in order to get your gadgets charged.
Is there any communication while we are on trekking?
Now a day’s most of the major village cell phone is work however such a remote place cell phone does not work but land line phone is available. You can use land line Local phone to call to your relatives.
Can I use credit cards in the places I visit in trekking?
You can’t use credit card on a trekking unless in a certain luxuries hotel.
Can I use foreign currency in the place I visit in trekking?
Well! You may use foreign currency during the trekking but exchange rate may not meet correct rate as city so we recommended you to take enough Nepali currency from Kathmandu where you can exchange.
What opportunities will I have for shower along the trek?
Most of the place they have shower heated by gas and some places headed by solar so you can have shower paying extra cost. However in Camping trek our staffs will provide hot water in bucket for wash and shower.
What safety measures are in place? What safety equipment do your guides carry with them on trek to deal with sickness/accidents?
In every trekking our guide carries first aid kit with basic requirement tools and some medicine for preventing out in an emergency condition.
Is Visit Himalaya's staff insured?
All our staffs are fully covered by Insurance and high altitude evacuation if necessary.
Do I get refund if trek finished earlier then the schedule?
After conformation your trip we manage our field staff giving them a full wages of the trip duration so you won’t get refunds. If any case you drop from the trip by illness or any case there will be not any refundable.
Do you use yaks/porters on the trek or do we carry all of our own gear?
We provide 2 in sharing porter for carry your gears in Tea house trek (Lodge Trek) and such a demanding camping trek we use Yak, Mules, for carry the loads. Our porter carry 20 to 25 kilograms so we suggest each person‘s good weight 10 to 12 Kilograms. You need to carry your own day pack with your valuable items.
Will there be a place to store items/clothing not required for the trek?
Yes either you can store same hotel as you stayed or we can store your goods with us safely in our office free of cost.
Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon on arrival at the airport?
Yes you can obtain your Nepal Visa upon arrival in Kathmandu Nepal. More details of Nepal visa please follow the link given. Nepal Visa Information.
How much luggage is allowed on treks?
The luggage must not exceed up to 20 kilos. A trekking helper (porter) carries a baggage of less than 15 kilos. This bag can be received at the end of each day’s trek and you should carry the rest of the weight as a day bag with all your money and valuables inside it.
About Tipping and Suggestion:-
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 25 to USD 900 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs.
The best time to Visit Nepal - October to November :-
October to November also referred as the autumn season, this is the time of the year with the clear blue skies and green and lush valleys, easily making it the best time in the year to visit Nepal. Adding to the weather is also the festive season that falls in these months, Tihar, the festival of lights (also known as the festival of the brothers and sisters) being the highlight of the many festivals. The temperature can be hot in the days with clear sky with no rains and can be very pleasant for the views of the mountains.
December to February :-
December to February it is winter in Nepal in these 3 months in Nepal. High altitude trekking can be unbearable because of the freezing cold, with many treks with high passes being close at this time of the year. This could be easily the best time to visit and do some moderate treks like Annapurna Base Camp, Everest Base Camp Trek, Langtang Trek etc if a quiet, peaceful and less people on trails is your priority. The weather remains calm, rainfall is rare during these months and trekking is still very much possible and enjoyable as well.
March to May :-
March to May The spring season falls during this time and is easily the busiest time of the year in some parts, Everest Trekking trail in particular being the busiest region. The days can get really hot, at times temperature crossing 30 degrees Celsius mark but the jungles with blossoming colourful Rhododendrons and other flowers with towering snow capped pinnacles at the background are an absolute delight to watch. March to May, along with October to November are the best months to trek in Nepal.
June to September :-
June to September The worst time to trek in Nepal as heavy rains, floods and landslides are common until mid September. However, places like the Upper Dolpo and upper parts of Mustang are the places to be at this time of the year because of the least rainfall in these areas. Apart from these areas, all other areas are a nuisance to trek during these times because of the rains and the problems like leeches, muddy trails, cancelled flights.

Notes

Trip cost will vary depending on numbers of travelers, duration/days of trek, standard of hotel in Kathmandu before & after the trip. Please contact us to GET a Custom Quote.

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