Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Duration: 17 Days   |   Based on 1 Review

Annapurna circuit trekking 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 climates zones.

Annapurna circuit trek starts from the lowland and rises to an altitude of 5416m 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 companion 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 the Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m) is just stupendous. On the way down to 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 headquarter of Upper Mustang and Manang. We fly to Pokhara, or if you have a few days more to explore then we keep continue 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 breath-taking mountain ranges on earth.

Highlights

  • a magic blend of beautiful landscapes, nature, culture, and religion of the central Himalayan region of Nepal with 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. 

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m):
  • Day 02Trek preparation or packing day or Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley:
  • Day 03Drive from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar and then to Bulbule (800m), 8 to 9 hours drive:
  • Day 04Trek from Khudi to Bahundanda (1,310m), 5 to 6 hours walking:
  • Day 05Trek from Bahundanda to Chamje (1,430m), 5 to 6 hours walking:
  • Day 06Trek from Chamje Trek to Bagarchhap (2,160m), 6 to 7 hours walking:
  • Day 07Trek from Bagarchhap to Chame (2,630m), 5 to 6 hours walking:
  • Day 08Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,190m), 5 to 6 hours walking:
  • Day 09Trek from Pisang to Manang (3,500m), 5 to 6 hours (Low Route) or 7-8 hours (High Route):
  • Day 10Rest Day at Manang for Acclimatization:
  • Day 11Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4,090m), 4 to 5 hours walking:
  • Day 12Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,420m), 4 to 5 hours walking:
  • Day 13Trek to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorung la (5,415m), approximately 8 to 10 hours walking:
  • Day 14Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2,670m), 5 to 6 hours walking:
  • Day 15Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (800m):
  • Day 16Drive or fly to Kathmandu or Chitwan National Park, drive 6 hours, flight 25 min:
  • Day 17Final Departure:
Detail Itinerary

Inclusion

  • The entire airport picks up and drops.
  • Standard hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Necessary flights from Kathmandu to Pohkara return trips or one way.
  • Annapurna Conservation fee with trekking permit.
  • Tims card (trekking information management system card).
  •  All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking period.
  • Accommodation (Teahouse) during the trekking period.
  • English speaking guide and highly experienced staffs.
  • 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 and fare well dinner in Kathmandu serve by Ram Kumar.
  • Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes.
  • 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.

 

PRICES & DATES

Trip DatesAvailabilityPrice  
20 Nov, 2019 - 06 Dec, 2019Guaranteed$1190 USD
28 Nov, 2019 - 14 Dec, 2019Guaranteed$1190 USD
30 Nov, 2019 - 16 Dec, 2019Guaranteed$1190 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 need 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 the different trail to skip the road. The very famous and beautiful trail called NATT trail (New Annapurna Trekking Trails) which is the best and peaceful trekking trail on the Annapurna circuit trek that skips the entire roads walk. We have been conducting Annapurna circuit trek 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 the cost and other information according to your group size.

Special offer is available for the group travelers above five trekkers with easy, cheap and secure online payment platforms. 

Trek Duration: 17 Days (13 days in the mountain and 4 days in Kathmandu and Pokhara) 
Trek Begins-Ends: Kathmandu, Besishar, Jomsom, Pokhara 
Trek Grade: Moderate Plus
Highest Point:  Thorong La Pass (5,416 meters)

Best months to trek

As the trek is demanding one, we suggest you to choose the right season to enjoy your adventure. The best months to trek to Annapurna circuit are March, April, May June, September, October, November and up to mid-December. Although, we have led and organized small and large groups of people in other months as well.

A glimpse of the Trip

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. 3 night’s standard accommodation in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis, 12 night’s guesthouse accommodation on full board basis (breakfast, lunch, dinner and 3 cups of coffee, tea per day) during the trek and 1-night standard accommodation in Pokhara on bed and breakfast basis.

Total Distance of the Trek

Annapurna circuit trekking trail covers around 165 km to 235 km, depending on the start and end of the trek. You will be walking around 12 to 16 km per day.

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.

Equipment for the Trek

You are recommended to bring warm clothes and trekking shoes from your home, however, in Kathmandu, there are some gear shops that provide gears on sale and rent. For a packing list please visit our Trekking and Hiking Gears page.

Your Trek Bag, Duffel Bag

Your trek bag, duffel bags will be carried by our porters. 1 porter for 2 clients and our porter can carry up to 20 kilograms.

Tips on Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Embark on an adventurous hike, Annapurna circuit trekking 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 demanding and adventure one, but no need for any previous trekking, climbing experience. However, you need to be physically fit to complete the trek successfully so that we suggest you to 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.

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