Annapurna Circuit

Tucked away far at Annapurna region, Annapurna Circuit Trek is an exceptionally beautiful trek that is blessed with surreal natural beauty. It is awe-inspiring trek filled with incredible diversity and majestic views of soaring peaks. Annapurna Circuit Trekking Trail traverses through sub- tropical zones right up to the vicinity of the arid Tibetan plateau. An unrivalled trek that connects the stunning Marsyangdi valley with sacred Kali Gandaki and makes a loop of entire Annapurna Himal.

The total length of Annapurna Circuit Trek varies from 160 to 230 km depending on where the transportation is used and the trek is ended. From sub-tropical forest to alpine zone and from lush jungle to aired wind-swept valley, very few other treks in Nepal has such great offerings. Starting low from Jagat (1269m) to 5,416m at Thorung La Pass, edging to the Tibetan Plateau, Annapurna Circuit Trekking offers everything for every kinds of travel-seeker.

The lower section of Annapurna Circuit Trail are intensively farmed in steep terrace and densely inhabited by Gurung and Bahun community, mostly Hindu. The few days hike to upper-section takes you to the area of Buddhist people like the Manangis and Thakalis, distinctively Tibetan. The heights gained during trekking in Annapurna circuit are literally dizzying until you take critical acclimatization to the higher altitude and the continuous cutting across the high-valley and mountain village certainly has its ups and downs.

Annapurna Circuit Trek is highly demanding trail even for experienced trekkers but it is great introduction to the hiking in Nepal for who are physically fit. Annapurna Circuit Trekking can be conducted on fully teahouse mode however trekkers can camp overnight to make it more adventurous. This loop trek is fully dominated with alluring views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges along with close encounter of the culture and lifestyle of different tribe living in remote corner of Nepal.

Day 01:

Arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Transfer to Hotel. Our Representative will meet you at the hotel to inform you the details of our trek which starts the next morning. Overnight.

Day 02:

A scenic drive through a river side upto Jagat. Overnight.

Day 03:

Trek to Tal (1675m). You will be trek uphill along marshyandi river upto Tal. The first village in Manang District. Overnight.

Day 04:

Trek to Danaque (2210m).

We walk through a wide and flat valley, then the journey continues making up and down to Dharapani at 1890m. There we find a stone entrance chorten typical of the Tibetan influenced villages from here northwards. We then visit the Bagarchhap at 2160m that offers the typical flat roofed stone houses of local Tibetans design although the village which is still in the transition Zone before the dry highlands. Before we reach to Danaque we walk through a pine forest and mani walls. Overnight.

Day 05:

Trek to Chame (2630m). With often rough and rocky, the trail climbs to Tyanja at 2360m, & then continue through forest, but near the river, to Kopar at 2590m. 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. Overnight.

Day 06:

Trek to Pisang (3300m). The day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge at 2910m. We then cross another bridge at 3040m, 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 & 3300m. Overnght.

Day 07:

Trek to Manang (3500m). Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Anapurna Range. People of this region, herd yaks & raise crops for part of the year besides, they also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784. Leaving Pisang, we have an alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meet up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3325m 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 3475m to nearby Manang at 3500m. Overnight.

Day 08:

Acclimatization day. Today we spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend by doing some fine day walks and overviewing 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.

Day 09:

Trek to Ledar (4250m). Today we leave Manang, & the trai makes an ascent of nearly 2000m to the Thorung La pass. We make the climb steadily through Tenki, leaving the Marsyangi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Ledar at 4250m, there we see the vegetations steadily more sparse. Overnight.

Day 10:

Trek to Phedi or High camp (4600m). The trail descends to cross the river at 4310m we then climb up to Phedi at 4420m. At High Camp on the elevation of 4600m, We’ll stay Overnigth.

Day 11:

Trek to Muktinath (3710m). The journey from Phedi “foot of the hill” or at the foot to the 5416m Thorung La pass, begins the day. We then make the 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 problem to cross the pass if it is covered by 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. Overnight.

Day 12:

Trek to Jomsom (2713m.). Treks ends here. Overnight.

Day 13:

Fly back to Pokhara (about 20 minutes short, but scenic flight).

Day 14:

Drive back to Kathmandu. By Private Car / Van - about 5 hours scenic drive. Overnight.

Day 15:

Transfer to Airport for your onward Journey.

End of Service

Cost Includes

    • Airport pickup & dropoff by Private Car.
    • Accommodation in Kathmandu in a 3-star category Hotel with Breakfast.
    • English Speaking Guide as per the itinerary, And a Porter in the Trekking area.
    • All accommodation in trekking area in local lodges. ( soft comfortable bed with Shared bathroom)
    • food, accommodation, salary, equipments, insurance, of guide and porter.
    • Surface Transfer from Kathmandu to Jagat and drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara by private Vehicle.
    • Annapurna conservation & TIMS permit.
    • Accommodation in Pokhara in a 2-star category hotel with Breakfast.
    • Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, including airport departure tax.
    • Tourist service charge, Vat.
    • Office Service charge

Cost Excludes

    • Launch, dinner in Kathmandu Pokhara and meals in trekking area.
    • Travel insurance
    • International air fare to and from Nepal.
    • Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
    • Personal Expenses.
    • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot water, hot shower, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
    • Trekking Equipments (down sleeping bag and down jacket)
    • Tips for guide, porters, driver ( Not mandatory )

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Do I need previous hiking experience required to go on a trek?
If you are physically fit and have extra Exercise enough enthusiasm for the trip previous experience is not required.

Could I trek without a guide?
You could, the area is very safe and in most cases navigation is relatively easy-however with a guide you will get more out of the experience. Having someone with you that knows the local customs and language helps you interact with people you meet in remote villages, and shows that you respect their culture.

What will happen if I get sick on the trek?
Either you will get better, or if it seems serious we will evacuate you with Helicopter and will be taken to Hospital in Kathmandu where you’ll get excellent attention. Our crew is well versed in medical and emergency care and carry a reasonably comprehensive first aid kit.

What will happen if I get injured?
If it is serious (this has never happened). You will again be taken care by our staff. If evacuation is required, this will be arranged by Visit Nepal tour. It’s advised that if you have any personal doubts you should have evacuation insurance arranged. Nepal Tour Guide Team can advise you on this.

Will I get sick?
Not likely. The worst is you may get some diarrhea or temporary stomach upset. Please look our staying healthy during holiday topic for details. Follow the health advice given in our briefings during welcome dinner and you’ll be fine.

What is the food like on the trek?
Fantastic! If you haven't already tried Dal Bhat you are in for a treat - there is nothing better to fill that trekking appetite. Dal Bhat is the signature Nepali dish - rice and lentil soup served with two types of curried vegetables and pickles. It is on the menu in every tea-house on the trek. A nice breakfast specialty you might also want to try is Tibetan Gurung bread with honey. The mountain tea houses will also serve up more familiar western dishes like pizza, or muesli for the morning

Is there a problem with altitude sickness?
For our tours/treks below 4000m, there is little likelihood of being subject to altitude sickness, unless you are taking one of our more extreme adventure tours. Kathmandu rests at an altitude of only 1350-m (4430ft) and at this altitude there is no likelihood of altitude related sickness.

We’ll be advising you well in advance if altitude is an issue. Our tours/treks above 4000m do require acclimatization periods and any of our tours needing acclimatization has it built into the itinerary and that comes from 13 years of experience and the best medical advice... So don’t worry. If you want to know more about altitude sickness, please look the topic staying healthy.

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