Annapurna Circuit Trek with Thorong La Pass trekking

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Annapurna circuit trek is one of the most spectacular and fascinating treks within the Annapurna Himalayan range of central Nepal. This is a classic two to three-week popular trek that provides a magic blend of Himalayas exclusive cultures, scenery, and climate zones.

Annapurna circuit trekking starts from the lowland and rises to an altitude of5416m on the Thorong La pass, touching the edge of the Tibetan plateau. From the arid landscape of the Tibetan plateau to the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki gorge and the breathtaking view of the Annapurna massif, we are spoilt for choice in an extremely stunning region steeped in history, culture, religion, and tradition.

After you land in Nepal, you cannot miss exploring the ancient city of Kathmandu, where we will take you to explore the age-old monuments of Patan and Bhaktapur. The next day, we embark on our journey on a minibus and drive to the road ahead to Bhulbule and to the lush terrace fields of the lower Marsayangdi River valley. We set foot on this trail and make our way alongside this ancient river as it cuts through the main Himalayan chain. Our companions during this trek will be the bamboo and tropical vegetations. Soon the temperate climate makes its way to the arid desert and barren conditions of the Manang district, home to century’s old Buddhist temples, medieval villages, and the native people, the Nyeshangs.

We set our foot in the footsteps of the ancient salt traders over the highest pass in the world, the Thorong La pass. At 5,416m it is the highest trekking pass on earth and the spectacle from the top of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m) is just stupendous. On the way down to the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki gorge, we make a short visit to the holy temple of Muktinath, a sacred site for both Hindus and Buddhists. Witness how the locals indulge themselves while devoting themselves to God.

As we continue our descent, we arrive at Kagbeni and the junction of the Jhong Khola and Kali Gandaki Rivers (2,800). Eventually, we will end up in the deepest valley in the world. Surrounding us to the east is the splendid Annapurna (8,031m) which majestically sits astride the gorge, and on the west lies the towering peak of Dhaulagiri at 8,167m. Like sentinels of the rapidly flowing Kali Gandaki River, they guide us south towards the lush lowlands. We end our adventure trekking at Jomsom, the district headquarters of Upper Mustang and Manang. We fly to Pokhara,


If you have a few days more to explore then we keep continuing walking from Jomsom down to Tatopani and Ghorepani Poon Hill. As we descend through the trails, we will be surrounded by the cool winds of the pine and rhododendron forests which will lead us to the natural hot springs. Soak away the dust of the trail, revitalize, rejuvenate and relax yourselves. We also make a short ascent to the peak of the unmissable Poon Hill for the stunning and great views when the sun rises and the sunrays gently caress the mountain peaks. A final reminder that you have just circumnavigated one of the most breathtaking mountain ranges on earth. 


  • Annapurna circuit 13 days is the most popular classic trek in the Annapurna region
  • The trek will be organized from Kathmandu, anyone with good physical fitness can easily join the trek
  • The trek leads to the Manang village and Thorong La pass to Muktinath and Jomsom walking through terrace farming lands, traditional villages, cool and refreshing jungles crossing several bamboo bridges and waterfalls.
  • This is the second most popular and famous trek in Nepal
  • Explore a magic blend of beautiful landscapes and nature of the central Himalayan region of Nepal
  • Enjoy the breathtaking views of the splendid Himalayan panorama of Annapurna massif, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Fishtail, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Hinchuli and several other Midwestern Himalayan giants of Nepal
  • Experience the diverse ethno-culture, lifestyles, topography on the shadow of incredible mountain vistas 

Outline Itinerary

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Day 01:Drive from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar and then to Bulbule (800m), 8 to 9 hours driving

We embark local bus drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar then continue to Bulbule. Leaving Kathmandu valley we are driven on the highway along the Trisuli River until Mugling. From Mugling we go westwards along the Marshyangdi River. We will be trekking along the Marshyangdi River valley until the day we go over the Thorung la pass 5415m. From Besisahar we drive another two hours to reach Bulbule. We have the first glimpse of the stunning Manaslu range from Khudi village. Also, we can relax to the sound of the mighty Marshyandi River. Overnight at guest house.   

  • Accommodation:Guesthouse
  • Meals:Breakfast and Accommodation
  • Place:Bulbule
  • Maximum Altitude:800m

After showing our permits at a check post at Bulbule for the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), we cross a steel bridge over the Marshyangdi River which serves as a vital connection between both sides of the village. We continue passing mostly terrace rice fields until the village of Ngadi (The birthplace of Late Dr Harka Gurung, a popular naturalist). We will cross another large suspension bridge over the Ngadi River where the trail begins to ascent straying away from the Marshyangdi River through a forested area. The last hour is a pretty steep climb to Bahundanda (Hill of Brahmins) through cultivated fields. Overnight at guest house. 

  • Accommodation:guesthouse
  • Meals:Breakfast and Accommodation
  • Place:Bahundanda
  • Maximum Altitude:1,310m

Leaving Bahundanda, we will descend on several stone steps. The farmers can harvest 2-3 crops a year in these lowlands depending on the rainfall. The path levels off and from here the small villages of Sildhunga and Tadring and is seen on the hillside opposite the valley. Contouring along the undulating path until the descent to the small settlement of Syange. We will have a rest stop before the descent at Ghermu phant for a drink and to admire an impressive waterfall on the opposite side of the valley. We need to cross a suspension bridge across the Marshyangdi. We will notice the sides narrowing and getting steeper while walking up the valley. We may pass mule trains along the way. From here is a steep climb to the village of Jagat. A series of up and down walk brings us to Chamje, the final stop for the night. Overnight at guest house. 

  • Accommodation:guesthouse
  • Meals:Breakfast and Accommodation
  • Place:Chamje
  • Maximum Altitude:1,430m

We cross a suspension bridge to the east side of the Marshyangdi soon after leaving Chamje. We continue along with a series of overhanging rock formations. The path begins to traverse a broad ledge after a short climb. We then come to a series of stone steps as we pass a couple of tea shops while going uphill. The trail evens out after a while and we will cross through an archway- which is the gateway to Tal and the Manang district. Tal means lake in Nepali. We can see a broad expanse where a lake used to be. The Tibetan influence gets more evident from here on with Chortens, Gompas and the architecture of the buildings. The trail from Tal levels out for a while, a welcome relief for our legs. We will cross a bridge back to the West of the Marshyangdi after about an hour later. We can see the old trail on the other side which was recently abandoned due to landslides. The trail continues upwards until the village of Dharapani where there is a police check post. Bagarchhap is only another 45-minute walk from Jagat(1920m). Overnight at the guest house in Bagarchhap. 

  • Accommodation:guesthouse
  • Meals:Breakfast and Accommodation
  • Place:Bagarchhap
  • Maximum Altitude:2,160m

Great views of Mt. Annapurna II (7937m) and Mt. Lamjung Himal (Mountain) (6932m) greet you as we proceed up the valley. We reach the village of Danakyu after 30 minutes. If we look behind the lofty peaks of Mt. Manaslu 8156m, the eight highest mountains in the world and Peak 29 (7833m) could be visible on the clear days. There is a steep climb for about an hour through Pine and Fir forest with spectacular scenery. We may see Langur monkeys in the forest. We will reach Timang village with spectacular views of Manaslu 8156m. Continuing on a flattish path and a river late the village of Thanchok is reached. The towering Annapurna II (7937m) is incredible further up the trail. The path rejoins the main trail while descending through woodland down to Koto which sits in the shadow of Annapurna II 7937m. The Nar Khola (river) from the recently opened valleys of Nar and Phu joins the Marshyangdi from the right side of the valley. Chame which is the district headquarters of Manang is a short walk from here. There are excellent views of Lamjung Himal 6932m from here. Overnight at guest house. 

  • Accommodation:guesthouse
  • Meals:Breakfast and Accommodation
  • Place:Chame
  • Maximum Altitude:2,630m

This day is a shorter trek to Pisang. However, as it is so beautiful most trekkers take their time to admire the scenery and take lots of photographs. We will pass through a series of mani walls. The trail is pretty even until the apple orchards of Brathang. The trail heads uphill for about 45 minutes through the forest, leaving off before reaching a suspension bridge. A moderate climb follows after crossing the bridge through a forest consisting of Juniper, Pine and Fir. The valley begins to broaden and Pisang Peak 6091m stands out in front of us. We pass a couple of small lakes where sometimes birds can be seen wading. Pisang is divided into upper and lower. Overnight at guesthouse. 

  • Accommodation:guesthouse
  • Meals:Breakfast and Accommodation
  • Place:Pisang
  • Maximum Altitude:3,190m

There are 2 options on the days a low route 5 hours or a high route 7-8 hours. If we take the lower, less strenuous route, the path out of the valley is pretty level and then once out of the valley we begin to contour round to our left and climb up onto a ridge. The view from this ridge is breathtaking looking down into the Manang valley and our heart says we spend the whole day here to enjoy it! Dropping to the valley floor the path is wide and dusty. We will have noticed that the scenery here is becoming more arid, the air drier and the wind colder. Annapurna III (7,555m) rises to the left and passing through the village of Hongde we will see the deserted remains of the old village on its outskirts. The path then rises gradually and takes us into the next valley. After a couple of hours walk, we will pass through the village of Braga, just 30 minutes walk from Manang. The High route

If you are feeling fit and energetic then the high route on the east bank of the Marshyangdi is strenuous but well worth the effort. We cross the river out of Pisang village and then take a reasonably level path through scrubland, passing a small picturesque lake on our right. We then pass a long mani wall and descend to cross a stream and begin a strenuous zigzagging climb up to the village of Ghyaru (3,673m). A welcome tea shop is the first house we reach in the village. It is well worth climbing up to visit the Gompa at the top of the village. The views from here of Annapurna II and Annapurna IV are totally stunning. From Ghyaru we continue up the valley on a wonderful high-level trail, passing the ruins of a castle set on a promontory, with views both ways up and down the valley. We then arrive at the village of Ngawal (3,650m) where there is a large newly built Gompa up to the right. We leave the village near a long mani wall. Finally, we descend back to the valley floor and rejoin the main trail to continue to Braga and Manang. Overnight at guest house. 

  • Accommodation:guesthouse
  • Meals:Breakfast and Accommodation
  • Place:Manang
  • Maximum Altitude:3,500m

It is essential to spend time 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 from 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, we should 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, or 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, visit the clinic run by the Himalayan Rescue Association, they often have conversations about altitude in the afternoon. There are also shops to explore for souvenirs. Overnight at guest house. 

  • Accommodation:guesthouse
  • Meals:Breakfast and Accommodation
  • Place:Manang
  • Maximum Altitude:3,500m

Despite being a shorter day, it is essential for acclimatization to stop between Manang and Thorong Phedi. We will leave Manang and take about 30 minutes to reach the upper village. After this, we contour around the hillside and gain great views of the Grand barrier, the high ridge between Roc Noir and Nilgiri named by French climber Maurice Herzog. Below the grand barrier, you will see down the Khangsar valley which leads up to Tilicho Lake. Passing the hamlet of Gunsang we continue through the barren upper reaches of the Manang valley. The path ascends gradually but is still hard work due to the increased altitude. We will arrive at Yak Kharka and have lunch there. In the afternoon we could take a walk further up the valley or climb the ridge behind the village if we make it to the top of the ridge there are great views of the north of the Annapurna range. Either of these walks would help with acclimatization. Even if we only venture a short way above the camp there is the chance to see the large flocks of blue sheep which inhabit this area. Either of these walks would help with acclimatization.

  • Accommodation:guesthouse
  • Meals:Breakfast and Accommodation
  • Place:Yak Kharka
  • Maximum Altitude:4,090m

Again this is a short day, yet essential for proper acclimatization. Leaving Yak Kharka we will pass through the small collection of lodges known as Letdar. We will take a high route, which winds its way around the eastern side of the Thorong valley, before dropping down to the valley floor. Crossing the river there is a short but sharp climb to Thorong Phedi. Phedi means foot of the hill and while it is the jumping-off point for crossing the Thorong La it is not the prettiest place in the world! In the afternoon it is worth walking up beyond the first notch to the collection of huts known as an upper base camp, as an acclimatization walk, and then continuing up to the right to a small peak for superb all-round views. Watch out for blue sheep here. Overnight at guest house. 

  • Accommodation:guesthouse
  • Meals:Breakfast and Accommodation
  • Place:Thorong Phedi
  • Maximum Altitude:4,420m

Starting at dawn or thereabouts we first ascend steeply for one hour to a rock ledge and notch at 4,679m, then continue up along an ascending and undulating trail. This ascent will seem endless and be warned there are several false summits - but there are great views back down the valley as we go. Finally, after anything from 3 to 5 hours, we arrive at the top of the Thorong La (5,416m) with its large cairn and many prayer flags. We will have spectacular views of the Annapurna Range to the south and the Mukut Himal bordering Dolpo to the west. The peak immediately south of the pass is Thorong Peak this is a trekker's peak and we may see people climbing here. We will probably not want to linger too long at the pass as it can be very cold and we will probably be feeling the effects of altitude. The descent to Muktinath is very steep and takes some 3 to 4 hours. This is where we might appreciate having walking poles to take the strain off the knees! During the descent, there are splendid views of Dhaulagiri (8,175m) and Tukuche Peak (6,920m) and all the way down into the valley of the Kali Gandaki below. Finally, we see the buildings of Muktinath coming into view. We bypass the enclosure round the famous temples and descend to the main village, which is actually called Ranipauwa and not Muktinath, a name which technically refers just to the temple. Overnight at guest house.

  • Accommodation:guesthouse
  • Meals:Breakfast and Accommodation
  • Place:Muktinath via Thorung la
  • Maximum Altitude:5,416m and 3,800m

Muktinath is a sacred pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. Before breakfast, we pay our visit to the temples of Vishnu and Gopma. Descending from Muktinath (also known as Ranipauwa village) down the steep and barren hillside, we tumble down toward Kagbeni and then to Jomsom. The trail today is quite surreal as we trek along a plateau above Kali Gandaki, the world's deepest gorge. The barren landscape of this region looks like Tibet. Overnight at guesthouse. 

  • Accommodation:guesthouse
  • Meals:Breakfast and Accommodation
  • Place:Jomsom
  • Maximum Altitude:2,670m

After breakfast, we will fly from Jomsom to Pokhara, 25 minutes flight provides amazing mountain views. It is also known as mountain flight. Arrive at Pokhara airport. End our service. (Please note that sometimes flight from Jomsom to Pokhara gets delay or cancel for one or two days in that case we will arrange a jeep or bus (depending on group size) to come to Pokhara. And your flight fare will be covering the drive if you are minimum 4 people. If your group size is 1 to 3 people then you will have to pay some extra cost on top of the flight fare to come to Pokhara by private jeep). Reaching Pokhara you will be exploring on your own. 


    • Transfer from Kathmandu to Trekking Starting point 
    • Flights from Jomsom to Pohkara and then to Kathmandu (if necessary).
    • Annapurna Conservation fee with trekking permit.
    • Tims card (trekking information management system card).
    • Daily Breakfast and Lodge accommodations during the trekking period. 
    • Accommodation (Teahouse) during the trekking period.
    • English speaking guide and highly experienced staff.
    • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance.
    • All necessary grounded transportation.
    • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
    • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
    • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu served by Ram Kumar.
    • Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes.
    • Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara
    • Sightseeing or any extra activities except the above program.
    • Personal nature expenses.
    • Bar bill and all kind of drinks.
    • Rescue & Evacuation.
    • Gratitude (tip) for staff.



    Trip DatesAvailabilityPrice  
    07 Dec, 2022 - 19 Dec, 2022Guaranteed$950 USD
    16 Dec, 2022 - 28 Dec, 2022Guaranteed$950 USD
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    Useful Information

    Annapurna Circuit Trekking (A classic trek in the Annapurna Region); being a teahouse trek, each and every stop provides decent guesthouses and mountain lodges. As for the local’s needs and accessibility, there is the road from Besishar to Manang has been built now, this means the trek is badly affected by the road but no problems will arise as we will be following a different trail to skip the road. The very famous and beautiful trail is called NATT trail (New Annapurna Trekking Trails) which is the best and most peaceful trekking trail on the Annapurna circuit trek that skips the entire road walk. We have been conducting the Annapurna circuit trek package as a small group departure or a private trek. Contact us for letting us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek so that we can provide you with the cost and other information according to your group size.

    Required Permits

    Annapurna circuit trekking requires two permits to enter the region. The first one is the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the second one is Trekker’s Information Management System card (TIMS). We organize both permits in Kathmandu with your passport details.
    Your Trek Bag: Your trek bag, and duffel bags will be carried by our porters. 1 porter for 2 clients and our porter can carry up to 20 kilograms.

    Trip Orientation  

    About 6 hours local bus drive from Kathmandu to Besishar and 2 to 3 hours local jeep drive to Bulbule or Chame from where the real adventure begins with our guide and porters. Trek from Bulbule or Chame to Manang, Thorong Phedi, Thorong La pass, Muktinath, and then finally to Jomsom via Lubra village. 12 nights guesthouse accommodation based on daily breakfast.


    How challenging is 13 days of Annapurna Circuit Trek?

    This is 13 days long trek in the Annapurna region. Assimilating into a 2-weeks-long outdoor journey, the trek got enlisted into the best long treks in the world and was regarded as the world's best trekking destination. It traverses the ancient trading route between Nepal and Tibet. Annapurna Circuit remains famous for its challenging endeavors. The trek rises to an altitude of 5,416m (17,769ft) at Thorong La Pass. However, the daily altitude gain remains gradual, which offers enough acclimatization along the trek to Thorong La Pass. Anyone with a good fitness level can join the trek. The itinerary accommodates a comfortable trek experience with ample time for acclimatization and exploration.  

    How fit do I have to be for the Trek to Annapurna Circuit?

    This is an arduous trek with a long duration of walking. Since the daily altitude gain is less than 500 meters, it is suitable for anyone with reasonable fitness. The highest altitude gain during the trek is 876 meters from Thorong Phedi to Thorong La Pass. Anyone with previous medical histories such as knee, ankle, heart, or lung problems must seek medical consent before undertaking this trek. The standard itinerary requires a six to nine-hour-long trek excluding lunch. Alpine Eco Trek keeps in mind the need for acclimatization and exploration along the trek. With enough physical preparation, anyone can undertake this trek. 

    How about high altitude sickness during the 13 days hiking to Annapurna Circuit?

    Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) or high altitude sickness is a common problem in any high-altitude trek. The lack of oxygen at high altitude can trigger altitude sickness in trekkers who fail to adapt to thin air. 13 days of hiking to Annapurna Circuit has gradual ascents not reaching over 500 meters in a day, yet altitude sickness can overcome many trekkers who find it hard to adapt to thin air. Altitude sickness becomes common once a trekker reaches above 2,500 meters. 

    Alpine Eco Trek provides professional leaders trained in first aid and emergency medical treatments. They carry proper medications and oxygen cylinders (on request), to help deal with any altitude-related ailments. Your trek guide will assess your health throughout the trail and apply basic guidelines to prevent altitude sickness. Taking Diamox before approaching the high-altitude region can help prevent altitude sickness.

    When is the best time for 13 days Annapurna Circuit Tour? 

    The best months to undertake the Annapurna Circuit tour are in the spring and autumn seasons. Spring spans from March until May and autumn span from September until November. These two seasons guarantee the best weather for outdoor adventure.

    Trekkers can undertake the trek any time of the year. However, winter and monsoon seasons often present harsh weather conditions. Keen trekkers often visit Annapurna Circuit during winter (December till February) despite the lower temperature because winter often offers crystal clear weather to witness exceptional mountain views. There are chances of zero access to Thorong La Pass during winter due to heavy snowfall. 

    How many hours a day are you walking on the Annapurna Circuit Trekking?

    The daily walk duration is usually not more than six to nine hours, excluding lunch. Since the Annapurna circuit trekking holiday is mostly done in a counterclockwise pattern, it encounters longer walk duration and altitude gain. The daily trek duration depends on your own pace and can enjoy slight adjustments to accommodate your fitness and preferences. The day starts early as we must reach the destination on time.

    Why do I need to join a licensed company for Annapurna Circuit Hiking Tour?

    Nepal Government recommends trekkers to book this trek with only national, licensed, and reputed trek agencies. Joining the trip with a licensed company makes the entire trip a hassle-free experience in terms of issuing permits, booking hotels, and transportation. Moreover, in case of an emergency, the necessary prompt assistance will only be available if you go with a reputed company. Alpine Eco Trek is a reliable company, and always there to provide you with quality service at a very competitive price along with guaranteeing your safety. 

    What if I'm in the group very slow?

    Each trekking group is assigned a leader trek guide and assistants. Other than the group leader, each person in the group will have assistant guides to look after them. For ease, the group is generally divided into sub-groups according to the walking speed of trekkers. The trek guide or leader always takes the tail end of the group or the slowest group. Nevertheless, your group leader will always counsel each one in the group on the trek.

    What type of food and accommodation do I get during 13 days of Annapurna Circuit Trekking? 

    Teahouses along the Annapurna Circuit trail are well-equipped with comfortable rooms and beds. Every teahouse has its kitchen, where the hosts prepare healthy meals.

    Each lodge offers a room with a twin bed and common toilets. One can occasionally find rooms with attached toilet bathrooms. Booking isn't possible a few times during the peak seasons. Hence, the trekkers manage to spend the night in the dormitory or dining hall with a heated chimney. However, we try our best to accommodate our clients in cozy and comfortable rooms. 

    A balanced and nourishing diet is important during the trek. Hence, Annapurna Circuit Trek offers extensive meal menus. Guesthouse's restaurants provide a wide variety of food items from Tibetan, to Nepalese, and Continental to Indian cuisines.

    Breakfast menu-Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, French toast with Jam-Butter-Cheese- Honey, Tibetan bread or Chapati, Local tsampa porridge, Hashed-brown eggs, Varieties of egg items, Pancakes, Muesli, Bread, Fruits and Vegetables, Caffeinated drinks, Hot chocolate, etc.

    Lunch Menu -Dhal Bhat and Tarkari (Rice and lentils), Tibetan bread, Varieties of soups, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (Dumplings), Thenduk, Spaghetti/Noodles, Thukpa, Pasta and Macaroni, Vegetable curry, Varieties of potato items, Vegetable and salad, Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad or Prawn), Desserts, etc.

    Dinner menu -Dhal Bhat and Tarkari (Rice and lentils), Tibetan bread, Varieties of soups, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (Dumplings), Thenduk, Spaghetti/Noodles, Thukpa, Pasta and Macaroni, Vegetable curry, Varieties of potato items, Vegetable and salad, Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad or Prawn), Korean Ramen, Desserts, etc.

    What is the distance of the Annapurna Circuit Hike?

    The original Annapurna circuit spans approximately 248km or 154miles in length and covers four districts of Nepal, namely Lamjung, Manang, Mustang, and Myagdi. The trek begins at Beshisahar in Lamjung District and reaches the highest point of Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters before descending towards Mustang District. The last leg of the trail goes past Jomsom and Poon Hill to reach Myagdi District.

    Any vaccination required for the Annapurna Circuit Trekking?

    Any sort of vaccination isn’t mandatory for Annapurna Circuit Trek, but you should consider taking vaccinations recommended by the WHO and your embassy before entering Nepal. We recommend you bring a personal medical consent along with your personal medical history before undertaking the Annapurna Circuit.

    Any recommendation on equipment for the Annapurna Circuit Trekking Tour? 

    Alpine Eco Trek may help secure a warm sleeping bag with a warm fleece liner that goes into the sleeping bag to keep trekkers warm and cozy at night and a feather duvet jacket designed for high-altitude trekking. We recommend trekkers bring their sleeping bag and a feather duvet jacket. You must purchase or rent necessary trek gear and equipment such as trek boots, walking sticks, warm clothes, glasses, gloves, etc. in Kathmandu.

    Can we entirely avoid the motor road and instead use a trekking trail?

    Natural Annapurna Trekking Trails (NATTs) introduced the latest trail designed for trekkers looking for an ultimate natural experience and avoiding the embarrassment of walking on motorable roads. Although we assure you to skip motorable roads along the trail, we might encounter a few sections with human-made roads since NATTs have delayed assigning the trail due to the survey delay after the 2015 earthquake.

    Jomsom to Pokhara flight, any alternative in case of bad weather?

    The flight from Jomsom to Pokhara poses less or no risk to the passengers. Nepal’s air aviation follows strict guidelines when it comes to the safety of both passengers and the crew. With a slight deviation in the weather conditions such as likely chances of rainfall or high-velocity wind, the flight delayed until the weather stabilized. As an alternative, tourists can take a road trip from Jomsom to Pokhara.

    Can I charge my devices on the Annapurna Circuit trek and do they have hot showers?

    Teahouses, along with the trail, offer trekkers with facilities to charge their electronic devices such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets. The charging privilege is available around the trek except for a few places in the high elevation. The lodges in the high-altitude region rely on solar power, which isn’t reliable for charging electronic devices. We recommend all of our clients carry extra batteries or a fully charged power bank. The availability of a hot shower depends on the altitude and remoteness of the region. The trek leader may suggest you not have a shower at high elevations to prevent any health issues.

    Any more tips on the Annapurna Circuit Trekking Package?

    Embark on an adventurous hike, this trek is the second most popular trek in Nepal (Everest Base Camp trek is the first one), the trek to Annapurna Circuit, Thorong La pass begins with a pleasant walk through ever-charming villages and cool and refreshing jungles crossing several suspension bridges and waterfalls enjoying the mesmerizing view of snowy peaks interacting with lovely and welcoming locals. The trek is a demanding and adventure one, but no need for any previous trekking, or climbing experience. However, you need to be physically fit to complete the trek successfully so we suggest you spend at least 4 to 5 days a week doing some physical training like treadmill, jogging, cycling and etc for about 40 to 55 days prior to the trek departure date.

    Can I customize the Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary?

    Indeed, you can customize the trek at your convenience. You can choose to customize the trip according to your schedule, fitness level, and other preferences. Depending on your schedule, you can either book the entire circuit trek i.e., joining the Poon Hill in the last leg of the trek or join the semi-circuit trek which omits the trek to Poon Hill, and instead ends with a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. Alpine Eco Trek assures great customizable services.

    How can I book Annapurna Circuit trekking?

    Once you confirmed the trip, we need a photocopy of your passport along with a 20 percent down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process.

    Do I need to stay in Katmandu and Pokhara?

    Kathmandu valley, is one of the historical cities as well as the capital of Nepal, and Pokhara is a beautiful city with lakes and caves, at least, you need to spend two nights in Kathmandu and two nights in Pokhara before and after your trip. 

    Do I have a pre-departure meeting?

    Yes, we organize a pre-departure meeting in Kathmandu one of our trek leaders will come to your hotel and brief you regarding the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduce your trekking guide and helpers.  

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