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Annapurna Circuit Trek - 16 days

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Annapurna Circuit Trek with Himalaya Trekking Team

Trip Facts

Trekking Destination: Manang, Thorangla-Pass

Minimum altitude: 823m.

Maximum altitude: 5416m.

Grade Info: Moderate, strenuous

Season: September to late December and February to late June.

Transportation: Bus

Total Days: 16 Days (Kathmandu - Kathmandu)

Walking Hour: Approximately 6 - 7 hours each day.

Highlights: Manang, Thoran_la Pass, Muktinath, Jomsom valley, hot spring, Pokhara

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Cost Info
  • Equipment Checklist 
  • Reviews

Grade: Moderate to strenuous

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most popular and fantastic Trekking Destinations in Annapurna region. Its also known as Thorong La Pass (5416m), During this trip you can see stunning panoramic views of many snow covered Mountains and beautiful Lakes. We Himalaya Trekking Team give you an unforgettable experience and lifelong memories. Book this adventure trip with us for your life time memory.

Annapurna Circuit Trek completes an entire loop around the Annapurna range. Annapurna Circuit Trek is best trekking destinations of Nepal. It entails 300 km of walking through lush green forests, culturally rich villages and majestic mountains covered in snow. Commencing in the hilly region of Besisahar the trek passes through the culturally rich regions of Manang. we recommend for acclimatization one day in Manang for high Altitude and excursion around Manang village if you stay at Manang you will get more confidence with high altitudes also Manang valley is a nice place you will get chance to explore Gangapurna glacier and visit monasteries. The trek also includes the highest pass in the world; Thorong-la Pass (5416m). The qualities one can enjoy during this Annapurna Circuit Trek include exploring the natural and cultural wonders, observing tribal lifestyles and sightings of rare flora and fauna of the great Himalayan region. Dominated by high hills and mountains where many parts are still inaccessible, very good view of snowed covered mountain. Annapurna Circuit Trek follows the beaten path used as a trade route between Nepal and Tibet in ancient times. In those days, it was mainly for trading salt. Today, in this region, Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism, Hinduism and the ancient Bon-Po religion coexist and interpenetrate one another.

During the Annapurna Circuit Trek you will also pass through Muktinath, a very special and holy site for Hindus and Buddhists alike. Believers travel to Muktinath from near and far to cleanse themselves of their sins. One of our previous trekkers experienced the sighting of a man who had flown from India to Kathmandu and then flown by helicopter to Muktinath (at great expense). This extensive trip was undertaken for the reason explained above. One can also enjoy an unusually wide range of climatic zones and varying altitudes in such a small area.

Annapurna Circuit Trek ascends from the lowlands of Besisahar (900m) to the snowy terrain of Thorong-La Pass (5416m). Capturing these moments, trying ethnic cuisine and mingling with the locals will provide priceless memories of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. The Second option when you finished your trek at Jomsom you can choose another trekking route Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek or you can fly from Jomsom to Pokhara. Pokhara is the last stop on the Annapurna Circuit Trekking before returning to Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing tour

Day 3:Kathmandu to Bhulbhule

Day 4: Bhulbhule to Jagat (1300m) 6 hrs

Day 5: Jagat to Danakyu (2300m) 5 hrs

Day 6: Danakyu to Chame (2670m) 5 hrs

Day 7: Chame to  Pisang, 5 hour (3300mt)

Day 8: Pisang to Manang (3540m) 6 hrs

Day 9: Rest day at Manang

Day 10: Manang to Ledar (4200m) 4 hours

Day 11: Ledar to Thorung Phedi (4450m) 3 hrs

Day 12: Thorung Phedi to Muktinath (crossing Thorung-La pass 5416m) 8 hrs

Day 13: Muktinath to Jomsom (2700m) 5hrs

Day 14: From Jomsom Flight to Pokhara

Day 15: From Pokhara Flight or drive to Kathmandu

Day 16: Final Departure

Some Related Information

The Trekking Day

While you are on trekking in Annapurna Circuit you will stay in Tea House, You will have nice Tea House During the Trek for Annapurna Circuit Trek, Only in High Camp there is normal tea house, before you departure to Trekking you will need to pack up your trekking bag before your breakfast in Tea House, as porters will set off early. After breakfast we need to walk approximately 3-4 hours for lunch time, some time in some places it takes 4-5 hrs. After a relaxing your lunch, you typically spend around 2-3 hours or even more sometimes on the trail before reaching your stopping point. Throughout the day, you will take frequent rest breaks and take time to admire the fascinating mountains views. You take plenty of pictures of yourself with incredibly panoramic mountains of Annapurna Region rivers, landscapes, Buddhist prayer flags, temples, shrines, cairns, monasteries, etc. Once you arrive at your tea house, you take a rest and Dinner is generally around 7pm. After your dinner our guide will take your breakfast order for tomorrow and he will give you briefing for tomorrow trip.

What you carry in your day pack bag

You need to carry your day pack for your personal items like your water bottle, your money, and some others medicine, camera etc.Your guide will let you know each evening of any extra items you will need for the following day. If you have a comfortable day pack you load will only be a few kilograms and hardly noticeable.

Food

In Kathmandu part we provide breakfast but during the trek we have three meal (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner), Every Tea House have their own menu so you can order menu food item but if you have big group like 20 pax guide will choose the food for you.

Accommodation

Accommodation in Kathmandu we will provide you deluxe room with private facilities on Breakfast basic. During the Trekking you will have Tea House and is of a basic (normal) standard. Twin Rooms or multi share with basic shared toilet facilities. Hot Showers are available in some places but they will charge directly to client when they ask for hot shower. and if you wish to book tented camp (Camping trekking) instead of tea house Himalaya Trekking Team will provide two men tent for two people to share the accommodation on tent camp.

Transportation

Transportation within Kathmandu valley is done with Cars or Jeeps, Van, Hiace, Coaster bus, Mini bus, Coaches depending upon the group size. In trekking region, transportation mean is hiking and in some cases Yaks / horses and donkeys are used for baggage carriage. In this trekking route, hiking is the major mean of transportation while your baggage will be carried by porters .

Trekking Staff

The Guide is in overall charge of the trek and looking after you. This is the person you should go to with all problems, concerns and questions. All our guides are well trained in all aspects of trekking, conservation, high altitude medicine, and first-aid and emergency procedures. They are professionals selected for their knowledge and passion for Nepal and its peoples.

Porters

Transport your Trekking Bag – one porter for every two trekkers in Tea house trekking and camping (Tented camp) trekking it is depend on luggage /equipment that we need for your camping trekking.

Trek Grading

Remember Annapurna Circuit Trek is Adventure Trekking in Nepal so you should have well fitness level and well prepared, before you come to Annapurna Circuit Trekking its much better to go Swimming, Cycling or walk every day 4 km. Remember that no trek in the Himalaya is a stroll as all involve going up and down at altitude and that altitude affects everyone differently.

Money

It should be better to bring the USD in Nepal. Because you can change everywhere easily.

You should exchange enough money into Nepalese Rupees to last the entire time of your trek before leaving Kathmandu. You can find the money exchange counters near your hotel also can get in trekking trails but they will take more commission.

Tipping

Tipping is a personal and voluntary matter and tips are not included in the trip price but who will working for you they are expect the tips so you can give tips directly to them at end of your trekking / tours and tipping is not any limitation so you can give tips as much you like if they will make you happy.

Insurance

It is main important part of the trip. Your Travel insurance is not included in the trip price. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency evacuation and repatriation (including helicopter evacuation) and personal liability. is included trekking crews' against personal accident.

Health

There are no specific health requirements for travel into Nepal. However, for the trekking in Himalayas, you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish this trek successfully but you should consult your doctor for up-to-date information regarding vaccinations, high altitude medication and medications for any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling in Nepal. Some part of trekking have a small health post for emergency treatment with limited equipment, limited health workers and medication. Be aware that some drugs, including anti-malarial, have side effects at altitude. Please discuss this carefully with your doctor.

Please be aware that you will be in remote areas and away from medical facilities for some time during this trip. We strongly recommend that you carry a personal First Aid kit as well as sufficient quantities of any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses).

High Altitude Sickness

AMS (acute mountain sickness) is a serious issue. It is the result of the failure of the body to adapt to high altitude and can affect anyone, regardless of age or fitness. It usually occurs above 1,800 meters and the likelihood of being affected increases as you ascend. The way to reduce the affects of altitude is to ascend slowly, 300 meters per day above 3,000 meters until you have acclimatized. Poor acclimatization results in headache, nausea, sleeplessness, difficulty breathing and swelling of fingers and glands. The only cure for AMS is to descend to lower altitude and your guide's decision on this matter is final. When you are planning to trek above 3,000 meters we recommend not walks faster. If you will get altitude sickness please consult with your guide to go down at least 500 meters to recover.

Nepal Visa

Multiple entry visas are available on arrival at Kathmandu airport and all land borders except the citizens of Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, and Palestine, Afghanistan. Multiple entry visas can be obtained from the immigration points costing US Dollars 25 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 15 days multiple entry visas, US Dollars 40 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent there to for 30 days multiple entry visa, US Dollars 100 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 90 days multiple entry visa.

If not really satisfied with above itinerary, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences. Please customize the trip.

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu.

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport you will be warmly greeted by a representative of the Himalaya Trekking Team.  After completion of customs formalities we will collect your luggage and escort you to your hotel.

Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley.

Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and Pashupatinath Temples and Durbar Square in Patan. After you complete a briefing with our trekking guides, you will visit the above mentioned famous sites in Kathmandu.

Day 3:Kathmandu to Bhulbhule.

This trip can be taken by private car or bus. Today we will head toward Bhubhule passing Trishuli and the Marsyangdi river. We also pass Bensishhahar, the district headquarters of Lamjung. Overnight at Hotel

Day 4: Bhulbhule to Jagat (1300m) 6 hrs.

After breakfast we cross a hanging bridge and head toward Bahundanda, taking about 2 hours. The trail then heads down where you will see rice and grain growing areas as well as waterways. After about another hour and a half we arrive at Syange where we will enjoy a well deserved lunch. Following our meal we climb steeply until we reach the small village of Jagat. In this village, the ethnic groups of Tamang and Gurung are the major residents. Overnight at Tea House.

Day 5: Jagat to Danakyu (2300m) 5 hrs.

Our day commences early and our first destination is Bagarchhap which usually takes an hour. On this morning we will be passing Pinus Radiata (pines) and fir jungles. You can also visit an interesting white colored monastery in this location. The trail then proceeds until we arrive at Danaque, which also takes about one hour. Another hour further on we have the chance to view mountains like Manaslu (8156m) as well as Peak 29 (7871) Peak 29 has rarely been summited. Overnight at Tea House.

Day 6: Danakyu to Chame (2670m) 5 hrs

Todays trek will take us to Chame, the district headquarters of Manang. Along the way, you will be rewarded by beautiful views of Manaslu and Annapurna II. We will continue walking to the forest of fir and later arrive at Chame. Overnight at Tea House.

Day 7: Chame to  Pisang, 5 hour (3300mt)

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 Tea House .

Day 8: Pisang to Manang (3540m) 6 hrs.

In the morning we walk along a beautiful track through grasslands. We constantly have incredible views of the Annapurna peaks. We eventually arrive at Newal to enjoy the best view of the Annapurna Mountains. Overnight in Manang.

Day 9: Rest day. Manang.

Manang is a stunning village and is situated in the broad river valley of the Marshyangdi River, north of the Annapurna. We will explore the village and also Gangapurna Lake. This lake has formed within the last 50 years as the Gangapurna Glacier has retreated. It is a memorable location.

Day 10: Manang to Ledar (4200m) 4 hours

Early in the morning we will leave Manang and view scenery similar to the Tibetan plateau. Along the way we will again see breathtaking views of Annapurna. We will pass through the village of Gunsang and traverse the Gundon Khola via a bridge. Finally we will arrive at the small community of Ledar.

It is normal for trekkers to be feeling the effects of altitude by now as we are about half the height of Mt. Everest. Overnight at Tea House.

Day 11: Ledar to Thorung Phedi (4450m) 3 hrs.

Today we will ascend steadily to a ridge prior to going down to the headwaters of the Marsyangdi river. We will use a bridge to cross the river and then follow a narrow track across an unstable hill. We eventually climb to Thorung La Phedi. Walking and especially climbing at this altitude is usually a bit slower due to the lower oxygen content in the air. Most trekkers are surprised at how it is “harder” to walk at altitude. At the same time, it is an interesting experience. You can imagine what it is like at 6000 or 7000 m. Overnight at Tea House.

Day 12: Thorung Phedi to Muktinath (crossing Thorung-La pass 5416m) 8 hrs.

This will be a memorable day as we hike up to Thorung -La pass and then drop down to Muktinath. Muktinath is a famous location. It is one of the main religious sites for Buddhist and Hindu ethnic groups and  is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Nepal. It is a great example of harmony between two of the greatest religions in the world. Overnight at Tea House.

Day 13: Muktinath to Jomsom (2700m) 5hrs.

It is mainly downhill today as we follow an easy trail to Jomsom, passing by Kaagbeni. Kaagbeni is on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River. Over many centuries, this river has created the Kali Gandaki Gorge; claimed by some to be the deepest in the world. We will follow this impressive river valley till we reach Jomsom. Overnight at Tea House.

Day 14: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara

Today early morning we will fly to Pokhara, whole day visit in Pokhara and take relax after long day trip of Annapurna Circuit

Day 15: Pokhara to Kathmandu.

You will have the option of flying or using road transport to Kathmandu. By road it will take about 6 hours. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 16: Departure.

Today your journey in Nepal will come to an end; unless you are staying longer in Kathmandu. The Himalayan trekking team will meet you, collect your luggage and transport you to the airport. You will be farewelled in our traditional manner. We trust you will leave with lifetime memories and you will wish to return.

Inclusions:

  • Airport picks up/ transfer
  • 3 star standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Half day Guided tour of Kathmandu valley with private car, entrance of all the temples and monuments
  • Annapurna Circuit Trek permit/TIMS Card- Trekkers Security Card
  • Kathmandu- Besisahar by comfortable public bus.
  • During  trek of Annapurna Circuit with full board of meals( Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, tea coffee)
  • One Advance Adventures Trek Leader( Gov. Licensed, first aid and eco trained), his entire expenses, equipment and insurance
  • Entire cost of porter and Sherpa’s- one porter for each two member in a group
  • Nayaul to Pokhara by private car drive at end of the trek
  • One night tourist standard hotel in Pokhara on BB plan
  • Pokhara- Kathmandu transport by deluxe tourist bus
  • All the Gov and local taxes
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Group medicine kit box
  • Departure transfer

Exclusions:

  • Nepal Visa, in/out flight to Kathmandu
  • Your meals at Kathmandu & Pokhara, except provided dinner and breakfast
  • Entire beverages, mineral water, beer etc. while on trek
  • Travel Insurance(Must includes Helicopter evacuation and trip cancellation)
  • Personal Nature Expenses
  • Tips for staff and any extending trips

Clothing

• Sun hat or scarf

• Fleece jacket with wind-Stopper

• Waterproof shell jacket

• Down vest and/or jacket (can hire here in Nepal also)

• Lightweight gloves

• Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

• Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms

• Fleece or wool pants

• Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

• Thick, warm wool hiking socks

• Hiking boots with spare laces

• Sunglasses with UV protection

Accessories

• Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees Fahrenheit

• Trekking poles (sticks)

• Headlamp

• Trek bag-pack

• Basic First Aid Kit

• Daypack (approximately 2,500 to 3,000 cubic inches)

• Thermo-rest sleeping pad

• Water bottles

• Small wash towel

Toiletries

• Quick drying towel (medium sized)

• Soap (preferably biodegradable)

• Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)

• Deodorants

• Face and body moisturizer

• Nail clippers

• Small mirror

• Tissue paper/ toilet roll

• Anti bacterial Hand wash

Extras

• Trail Map/Guide book

• Binocular

• Reading book

• Journal & Pen

• Pencils and small notebooks

Annapurna Circuit Trek

(5/5)

OB, who was our guide, was brilliant. He is very knowledgeable about Annapurna Region and speaks very good English. We thoroughly enjoyed spending time with him and would recommend him to everyone.

Annapurna Circuit Trek - 16 days
2017-01-09

“Wonderful presence to our family holiday, wouldn't have been the same without him!”

(5/5)
We were trekking with OB and 2 porters for 13 days and nights on the Annapurna Circuit. It was an unbelievably amazing experience that would not have been the same without OB and his team. The pace we walked at was perfect for us (late teenaged kids, parents in 50s) - fast enough to feel the exercise, yet slow enough to soak in every beautiful viewpoint. OB's gentle, kind, considerate personality is exactly the soothing presence you need after each day of walking. Feel so lucky to have befriended him - one of the truly loveliest people I've met. Definitely recommend him to anyone wanting a genuine, peaceful and wonderful guide and experience in the Himalayas that you'll never forget!

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Annapurna Circuit Trek - 16 days
2016-04-04

“Amazing team”

(5/5)
I did AC trekking last year with Uttam and he was really great guide that i ever had. He s friendly, honest, and has good knowledge about the area and took care of us very well that i have nothing to complaint. I would definitely contact with him again if i come back to Nepal.

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Annapurna Circuit Trek - 16 days
2016-04-02

“Annapurna Circuit Trek 05/02/2016-21/02/2016”

(5/5)

This is travel very interesting.. thanks all you in my team and tour guide... tour guide is very good

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Annapurna Circuit Trek - 16 days
2016-03-31

“A very carefully and enthusiastic trekking team in Nepal”

(5/5)
I had been trekking in Nepal last year during the big earthquake ever in history. Our tourguide and porter took care of us very carefully and enthusiastic even their suffer bcoz of the earthquake is very heavy. We got a lot of unforgotable moments with them. Thanks for their support. They are a very gud team, gud choice for every one who want to trek in Himalayas ...

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2016-03-31

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