Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Duration
16 days $ 1299 pp

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Annapurna Circuit trekking has been recognized as one of the World's best trekking trails according to a survey by Modern Maturity (USA). This is a dramatic trek around the mighty Annapurna range, a journey that is regarded as one of the top ten walks in the world.
Annapurna circuit trekking range offers a unique insight into the physical and cultural diversity of Nepal. This lodged-based trekking is certainly a 'classic' and is enjoyed by trekkers from all round the world.Annapurna circuit trekking was opened for foreign trekkers in 1977. This trekking is renowned as one of the most spectacular and varied walks in the world with lush green valleys and fascinating villages that offers impressive snow-capped views of the white Himalayas. Starting from less than 1,000 meters, it gives us a chance to explore the Himalayas from bottom to top and from many different angles and perspectives.Our well design Annapurna circuit trekking itinerary completes the Circuit with a few new variations that will enhance this magnificent trek. From Kathmandu we travel to the road-head at Besishahar and then start the Annapurna Circuit trekking. The trek follows the Marsyangdi River through rice paddies, terraced fields and Hindu villages under the shadow of the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges. As we ascend, the valley becomes narrower, waterfalls plummet from high above, and the scenery gains a rugged alpine appearance.The highest point of the Annapurna Circuit trekking is Thorong La pass at the top of the valley at 5,416m/17,765ft high. Due to the difficulties of crossing the pass, the circuit is usually walked in a counter clockwise direction. Traveling anti clockwise the longer ascent and shorter descent from west to east is too much for many people to manage in one day.As we trek north of the Great Himalayan Divide there is a dramatic change as we enter the stark landscape of the Tibetan Plateau where the culture becomes predominantly Buddhist.We then head back down the great Kali Gandhaki Valley, said to be one of the deepest gorges on earth with Annapurna and Dhaulagiri towering some 7,000 metres.Our experience local guide will take you revised route along the Valley to avoid road being built between Muktinath to Kalopani. In this section of our trek now detours to follow footpaths through pretty villages away from the road, but returns to the traditional circuit villages for overnight lodge stays.
With mountain Hiking & trekking, you can expect the very best service and specialist knowledge on your Annapurna Circuit trekking. All our Annapurna Circuit trekking are led by experienced Local Sherpa guides, most of who have minimum 10 years experience.We provide you clean & comfortable room in best selected mountain Lodge for good night sleep in our Annapurna Circuit trek. Hygienic & High quality meal, hot drinks will be provided in ouAnnapurna Circuit trekking. For your assurance and safety we provide you medical kit bag for trekking as well as free emergency helicopter rescue service on time. All your trekking gears will carry by our strong porter. We highly recommend you to just carry your small day bag with Camera & necessary items during trekking day.We are organizing this trek for 20 years. Our Annapurna Circuit Trek itineraries are carefully designed to ensure you have adequate time to acclimatize comfortable thereby enjoying the trekking experience to the full.

 Day to Day itinerary

Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters)  B/B plan

Day 02:  Full day city Tour in kathamandu city and preparation for trek (B/B Plan

Day 03 :  Drive to Besisahar by privet car (830meters). 6 hours. F/B plan

Day 04  :  Drive to Syange and trek to Chamje (1400meters). 5 hours F/B Plan

Day 05  :  Trek to Bagarchhap (2160meters). 5 hours  F/B Plan

Day 06  :  Trek to Chame (2630meters). 5 hours. F/B Plan

Day 07  :  Trek to Pisang (3300 meters) 5 hours. F/B Plan

Day 08  :  Trek to Manang (3540 meters). 5 hours. F/B Plan

Day 09  :  Acclimatization day at Manang village FB Plan

Day 10  :  Trek to Yak Kharka (4000 meters) 5 hours. F/B Plan

 Day 11 :  Trek to Thorong Phedi (4450 meters) 5 hours. F/BPlan

Day 12  :  Trek to Muktinath (3800 meters) via Thorung La pass (5416 meters) 8 hours. F/B
Day 13: Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m/8,760ft): 4 - 5 hours
 
Day 14: Marpha to Kalopani (2,530 m/8,300 ft): 5 - 6 hours
 
Day 15: Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m/3,937ft): 6 - 7 hours
 
Day 16: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 - 8 hours
 
Day 17: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft): 6 - 7 hours
 
Day 18:  Tadapani to Pokhara (850m/2,789ft) via Ghandruk: 5 - 6 hours trek, 1 hour drive
 
Day 19: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours
 
Day 20: Final departure


Annapurna Circuit Trekking Special price offer Full Board Package. 

 01-10 Pax    US$   1299    per person,                                                                               
 11-15 Pax    USD  1099    Per Person,  

          

Service Includes in the cost in details:
 
  •  Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car.
  •  Two nights 3 stars hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan.
  •  Two nights 1 stars hotel in Pokhara on BB plan.
  •  Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) in trekking for you.
  •  All accommodations during the trek. (Private Room)
  •  An experienced Government licensed holder guide.
  •  Trekking porter /Sherpa who will carry your bags during the trekking.
  •  Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter.
  •  Ground transportation by bus from Kathmandu to Besishar and Pokhara to Kathmandu and local jeep from Besishar to Syange ( Local sharing jeep )
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  •  All necessary paper works and Annapurna conservation entry permits.
  •  All necessary paper works and Annapurna conservation entry permits.
  •  IMS (Trekkers' Information Management System).
  •  All government taxes and tourist service charge.
  • sleeping bag,down jacket,water bottel,walking stick 
  • Farewell dinner after trek or befor trek

Service Excludes in the cost in details:
 
  • Meals whilst in Kathmandu allow US$ 7-10 per Meal
  • Your Travel insurance.
  •  International airfare and airport departure tax.
  •  Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected ).
  • All kind drinks (hot, cold and alcoholic)
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Note of above Itinerary:
  • Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. And if you would like to stay more than 15 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari or Everest mountain flight, we are happy to follow your suggestion accordingly.
  
 For more information please contact us: info@himalayaguide.com                   
                         

Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters).
There you will be met by our Airport Representative and transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel.
 Day 02  :  Full Day city TOur in Kathamandu city And Trek Equipment preparation


Day 03 : Drive to Besisahar by bus (830meters). 6 hours.
Trekking staff will arrive at your Hotel at 7.00 am in the morning to pick you up. We have 7 hours of driving to Besishar. It is about 185km from Kathmandu. On arrival at Besisahar you will witness stunning snow caped mountain scenery. Overnight at Guest house.
 
Day 04  :  Drive to Syange and trek to Chamje (1400meters). 5 hours
The trail drops steeply to Syange at 1070meters from Bahundanda. Leaving Bahundanda a large waterfall may be seen. Crossing the Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge. We then follow the river to the stone village of Jagat before climbing through forest to Chamje at 1400meters. Overnight at Guesthouse.
 
Day 05  :  Trek to Bagarchhap (2160meters). 5 hours.
Our day begins with the rocky trail following the Marsyandi Rivers steadily uphill to Tal at 1675meters, the first village in the Manang district. We make a trail verse crossing a wide, flat valley. The journey continues up and down to Dharapani at 1890 meters. A stone entrance chorten typical of the Tibetan influenced villages. Upon reaching Bagarchhap at 2160 meters the typical flat roofed stone houses of local Tibetans design along with the village surrounded by apple Orchards and maize fields. Overnight at Guest house.
 
Day 06  :  Trek to Chame (2630meters). 5 hours.
The trail climbs to Tyanja at 2360 meters, then continuing through forest, but near the river, to Kopar at 2590meters. As we reach the Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II as you approach Chame & two small hot springs by the town. Along this route we are introduced to a local community said to have migrated from Tibet a long time past, noticeable by their different features. With them, they have bought local Tibetan house designs and maintained their ways. Overnight at Guest house.
 
Day 07  :  Trek to Pisang (3300 meters) 5 hours.
The day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge at 2910meters. We then cross another bridge at 3040meters, from there the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3200m & 3300meters. Overnight at Guest house.
 
Day 08  :  Trek to Manang (3540 meters). 5 hours.
Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. People of this region herd the yaks & raise crops for part of the year. They also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784. Leaving Pisang, we have alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meets up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3325meters which involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga at 3475meters to nearby Manang at 3540meters. Overnight at Guest house.
 
Day 09  :  Acclimatization day at Manang village.
Today we spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend doing some fine day walks and over viewing the magnificent views around the village & the day time is best to gain altitude. At the end of the day, we return back to our accommodation & have a night rest. Overnight at Guest house.
 
Day 10  :  Trek to Yak Kharka (4000 meters) 5 hours.
Today we leave Manang, & the trail makes an ascent of nearly 500meters to the Yak Kharka. We make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka at 4000 meters, there we see the many yaks and vegetations steadily more sparse. Overnight at Guest house.
 
Day 11 :  Trek to Thorong Phedi (4450 meters) 5 hours.
After asending for two hours the trail descends to cross the river at 4310meters we then climb up to Thorong Phedi at 4450meters where we have recently found some good Guesthouses built. Our overnight stay will be there. Overnight at Guest house.
 
Day 12  :  Trek to Muktinath (3800 meters) via Thorung La pass (5416 meters) 8 hours.
Today is a long trek starting before sunrise at 4 am to reach the pass by 9 - 10 am otherwise weather conditions will greatly affect the journey. We cross over at an altitude of 5416 meters we can be exposed to strong winds if crossing too late. We start to climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by heavy snow. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the chortens & prayer flags. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent view from the top with another 4 hours trek will take to the holy town of Muktinath.
 
Day 13: Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m/8,760ft): 4 - 5 hours

Muktinath is an important pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists alike. In the morning, we pay our visit to a Vishnu Temple and a Gompa. Descending from Ranipauwa village down the steep and barren hillside, we tumble down toward Kagbeni and then to Jomsom finally arriving at Marpha. The trail today is quite surreal as we trek along a plateau above Kali Gandaki River, the world's deepest gorge. The barren landscape of this area resembles Tibet. Marpha is also famous as the apple capital of Nepal where one can enjoy different items made from apple. The local apple brandy of Marpha is famous all over Nepal. Overnight at Marpha.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
 
Day 14: Marpha to Kalopani (2,530 m/8,300 ft): 5 - 6 hours

From Marpha, we take a new route toward Kalopani via Chokhopani village. Today, we come across traditional villages of the ethnic Thakali people. Also, we get to see beautiful apple gardens. From here we get panoramic views of Dhaulagari, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Fang and Annapurna I mountains. From Chokhopani, we continue to Kokhethanti. We cross a river and come across the newly constructed road site before reaching Kalopani. Overnight at Kalopani.Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

 Day 15: Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m/3,937ft): 6 - 7 hours

Our journey today is mostly downhill. During the early part of today’s trek, we cross the bridge at Ghasa. As we drop to lower elevations, we emerge back into subtropical forests, lush with vegetation. Our trail continues along Rupse Chahara (waterfall). We continue down the east bank from Kopchepani via Garpar to a bridge at Dana. At Narchyang Besi, we get to see a powerhouse that supplies electricity in the area. There are bigger villages in this area where we can observe the everyday lives of the local people. Upon reaching Tatopani, we relax and have a bath in the hot spring.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
 
Day 16: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 - 8 hours

We leave the Kali Gandaki and head up the Ghar Khola valley. The trail leads us through a terraced farmland with mountains all around. We pass through the villages of Shikha and Chitre before reaching a beautiful rhododendron forest. When in bloom the rhododendron trees with its average height of up to 100" will be covered with pink or red flowers. Walking further we reach Ghorepani, a beautiful village located at a ridge top. Overnight in Ghorepani.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 17: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft): 6 - 7 hours

To catch the sunrise over the Himalayas, we make an early morning climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft), the most popular trekking destination of the Annapurna region. It is also a great viewpoint to enjoy the amazing views of Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20 of the highest mountains including the close-up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The snowy peaks of the high mountains loom above and around us glowing in the morning light. After taking photographs, we return back to Gorepani. After breakfast, we head east and climb a nearby ridge. We descend through rhododendron forests, pass by spectacular waterfalls and reach Tadapani to spend the night.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
 
Day 18:  Tadapani to Pokhara (850m/2,789ft) via Ghandruk: 5 - 6 hours trek, 1 hour drive

From Tadapani, we make a steep descent through the dense and dark forest. This part of the trek will be through a thick forest of old rhododendron trees. When the rhododendron trees are in bloom, these forests actually turn into amazing gardens. By afternoon, depending upon the season of travel, we also get to enjoy cherry blossoms in bloom on the slopes on the other side of the ravine. After trekking a few more minutes, we enter the village of Ghandruk, a slope settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by the Gurung people. Here, we enjoy the stunningly close-up towering views of Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli mountains. We continue our trek to Nayapul from where we drive to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch
 
Day 19: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours

After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, we have the rest of the day off to rest or do some souvenir shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals:Breakfast Dinner
 
Day 20: Final departure

Our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A Mountain Hiking representative will escort us to the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Included meals:Breakfast
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Important Note

Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Mountain Hiking & trekking. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

 

                                     
                         
  
Service Includes in the cost in details:
 
  •  Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car.
  •  Two nights 3 stars hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan.
  •  Two nights 1 stars hotel in Pokhara on BB plan.
  •  Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) in trekking for you.
  •  All accommodations during the trek. (Private Room)
  •  An experienced Government licensed holder guide.
  •  Trekking porter /Sherpa who will carry your bags during the trekking.
  •  Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter.
  •  Ground transportation by bus from Kathmandu to Besishar and Pokhara to Kathmandu and local jeep from Besishar to Syange ( Local sharing jeep )
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  •  All necessary paper works and Annapurna conservation entry permits.
  •  All necessary paper works and Annapurna conservation entry permits.
  •  IMS (Trekkers' Information Management System).
  •  All government taxes and tourist service charge.
  • sleeping bag,down jacket,water bottel,walking stick 
  • Farewell dinner after trek or befor trek


Service Excludes in the cost in details:
 
  • Meals whilst in Kathmandu allow US$ 7-10 per Meal
  • Your Travel insurance.
  •  International airfare and airport departure tax.
  •  Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected ).
  • All kind drinks (hot, cold and alcoholic)
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Note of above Itinerary:
  • Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. And if you would like to stay more than 15 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari or Everest mountain flight, we are happy to follow your suggestion accordingly.
IF you want to take flight from pokhara to Kathamandu  (Extra fligt cost is US$ 95 per person )
  
 For more information please contact us: info@himalayaguide.com
Trekking Equipment  

The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for treks and climbs in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.

For Head
 
  1. Sun hat or scarf
  2. Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  3. Sunglasses with UV protection
  4. Upper Body
  5. T-shirts (2)
  6. Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  7. Fleece jacket or pullover
  8. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  9. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  10. Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
  11.  
For Hands
 
  1. Lightweight gloves
  2. Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
  3. Lower Body
  4. Underwear (4)
  5. Hiking shorts (2)
  6. Lightweight cotton long pants
  7. Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  8. Fleece or wool pants
  9. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
  10.  
For Feet
  1. Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
  2. Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
  3. Hiking boots with spare laces
  4. Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  5. Gaiters (Optional)
  6. Accessories
  7. Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C (Depending on trekking region)
  8. Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  9. Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
  10. Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
  11. Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bags
  12. Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  13. Thermarest sleeping pad (Only Camping Trek)
  14. Water bottles (2)
  15. Toiletries
  16. Small wash towel
  17. Optional items
  18. Binoculars
  19. Books (Highly Recommended)
  20. Compass
  21. Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
  22. Swiss Knife
  23.  
  24. Recommended Mountaineering Kit
In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialized items which are required for the trekking peaks.
Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaiters and crampons that have been tested for a good fit.
Fleece trousers or silhouette
Additional mits and gloves suitable for climbing
Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axes can be rented in Kathmandu)
Climbing helmet
Alpine climbing harness.
2 x tape slings
2 x screwgate karabiners
Descender/abseil device
Ascender

For more information please contact us info@himalayaguide.com

Trip's Quick Facts

Duration: 16 days $ 1299 pp
Accomodation: Guest House
Seasons : sep,oct,Nov and march,April and may
Type: Moderate/ Hard
Activities : Trekking And city Tour
No. of Pax : from 1 Person & above
Starts From : Nyapul pokhara
Ends at : Besisahar

Trip Highlights

   Classic trek on ancient trade routes
  Ascending the Marshyangdi valley
  Passing Manaslu and Hinchuli
  Visit old Buddhist monastery in Braga
  Explore beautiful Manag village
  Crossing the Thorung- La ( 5416m)
  The Pilgrimage town of Muktinath
  View of Dhawagiri Ice- flow
  The world deepest gorge and the Kaligandaki valley
  Natural Hotspring at Tatopani
 Sunrise at Poonhill with magnificent mountain views.

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