Annapurna Circuit Trek - 12 Days

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek also known as Round Annapurna is once described as the world best trekking destinations in the hiking literature. Though the road construction is threatening its reputation yet it is still world's best classic trek and no one disputes that the scenery is outstanding: Annapurna Circuit Trek used to be minimum 21 days long previously and now this trek is 10 – 14 days long depending on your itinerary and tour plan. During the journey we have to pass through four districts of Nepal: Lamjung, Manang, Mustang and Myagdi of the lower elevations are both predominantly Hindu and with lush green subtropical valleys with villages and terraced farming lands.

In Higher elevations Manang and Mustang are mainly Tibetan Buddhist influenced areas. The Manang people are Gurung (not Tibetan descent) and are very proud of their unique cultural heritage and merging of lower land Gurung and Tibetan cultural influences. People of Mustang identify themselves a lot closer with Tibet and the Mustang region has actually been part of Tibet in history. Mustang also is one of the last places in the world to view the ancient Bonpo Religion in action. Villages to note for Bonpo are Thini and Lupra near Jomsom, and Nargon near Kobang.
Annapurna Circuit Trek starts anti clockwise from Besisahar to Nayapul and reaches its summit in Thorung La (pass) at the altitude of 5416m (17,769 ft.). The route goes past the following mountains: Manaslu (an 8,000-plus meter peak), Lamjubg Himal, Annapurna II and IV, Annapurna III and Gangapurna, and, of course, Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri -- passing through the world's deepest gorge in between those two 8,000-plus meter peaks. Poon Hill, at the end of the trek, affords views of those two mountains, as well as South Annapurna and Machhapuchhre, known as the "Fishtail Mountain." among westerners.

The trek also goes through Buddhist villages and Hindu holy sites, most remarkably the village of Muktinath, a holy site for Buddhists and Hindus, and Braga, one of the oldest monasteries in the region. From Dharapani to Kagbeni you will be walking the Annapurna section of The Great Himalaya Trail, a 1700km long distance Great Himalaya Trail trekking route connecting Nepal from East to West. The trek is through distinct regional scenery of rivers, flora, fauna and above all - mountains.

The eastern portion of the trek follows the Marsyangdi River upstream, to its source near the village of Manang. It requires several days of up-hill hiking to get there. Then the route goes over the Thorong La pass, a grueling day of hiking, and back down the other side, where it meets up with the Kali Gandaki River. After the pass, an alternative to walking is to rent a mountain bike (in Muktinath or Jomsom), and bike your way down, following the jeep road or alternative trails. Mustang is on its way to become one of the world's major mountain-biking destinations, thanks to its still beautiful sceneries and the fact that one descends from 4000m. to 1200m. altitude along this jeep road or single tracking it on alternative walking trails. The road construction is thus turned into a positive thing for tourism. At the end of the trek, several options are available: following the river further to the road proper to Beni and catching a bus to Pokhara, or adding on a trek to the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC Trek), also called the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek.
Annapurna Circuit is a "teahouse trek," meaning there are lodges and restaurants in the villages to eat and stay in along the entire route. You are expected to eat breakfast and dinner in the same lodge where you are spending the night.

When to trek?
Best time to trek to Annapurna Circuit is autumn season. The weather is sunny and warm during the day time with breath taking sceneries. If you don't like crowd and enjoy less crowded time with nature then you could trek in winter (Dec - Feb) and it is still warm during the day time and cold in the morning and nights. The temperature is 2 to -7 degree Celsius in Annapurna Circuit during the winter. Nevertheless, the weather condition in Himalaya is associated with Indian Ocean. Trekking in the summer or Monsoon seasons (June to Aug) will be affected by rain but the summer trek could be a benefit for a keen botanist. Second best time to terk to Annapurna Circuit is in Spring Season (March - May)

Getting There
Local buses leave to Besishar/Bulbule daily. And local micro buses leave every one hours daily till 2:30 pm to Besisahar. You can take a local jeep to Dharapani for further drive from Besisahar if you would like to finish the trip in 10 to 12 days. We DO NOT recommend to drive higher and start the trek concerning high altitude sickenss. Before the departure of your trek we will get the road information. Upon arriving in Jomsom, you have an option whether fly to Pokhara or take a jeep to Beni or still hike to Tatopani and add the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek and end the trip at Nayapul.

Experience and Fitness Requirements
Regarding the difficulty; this is a medium hard trek best for passionate walkers who have the stamina and ability to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher elevation is more physically challenging than walking in lower altitudes; however, if we are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have a positive attitude, self-confidence and strong determination, we can achieve this trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Previous hiking and trekking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. It is an essential for participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases to consult their doctor before taking the trip. It is also advised that you inform Wilderness Excursion of any conditions before booking the trek with us.

Annapurna Circuit Permit
To trek to Annapurna Circuit, two types of permits are required. ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) which cost NPR 2000.00 approximately USD 21.00 per person and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) Card will costs USD 20.00 per person. This permits can be arranged before your arrival if you want to make your stay in Kathmandu shorter. We will just need your clearly scanned passport copy for initial booking.

Meals in Annapurna Circuit
There will be buffet continental breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara and during our Annapurna Circuit trek, we can enjoy Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be provided from the teahouse or from a lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be provided on the way to the next destination. All meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner, will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There will also be farewell dinner at the end of our trip.

Accommodations
We will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu and a best tourist standard hotel in Pokhara; and teahouses during the trek. We will stay at Samsara Resort in Kathmandu and Splendid View in Pokhara. All accommodations are on twin and double occupancy basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 275. Wilderness Excursion will arrange rooms with attached washrooms where available; however, rooms in the tea house lodges are clean, tidy, toilet outside. Please be prepared for all manner of bathrooms, Other times you'll have to venture out in the cold to use a smelly squat toilet. Even so, all lodges have running water. However, it may not always be hot water. Typically, a solar shower will give you a luke warm 'power shower' if it's been a sunny day, otherwise the thing to ask is if the water pipes run through the fire in the dining room or kitchen, as once the fire is going you'll be steaming with the best of them!

Safety guidelines and Acclimatization
Acclimatization is vital while trekking to Annapurna crossing 5416 meter high Thorong La Pass. All of Wilderness Excursion trekking itineraries are designed with high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitude too fast contribute a medical condition serious enough to kill. We understand that for a safe trek, it is essential to allow sufficient time for acclimatization. Sensible planning is thus necessary to minimize the risk of AMS. Our itinerary is designed to prevent AMS as much as possible. But, it is important to remember that some visitors are more vulnerable than others. Also please bear in mind that trekking itself is an adventure activity, rock and landslides, bad weather and natural calamities may happen. You may encounter a wild animal, beasts that you attack you. Follow the safety instructions of your guide and do not walk alone. Nevertheless, in fair weather, the climb is no more risky than walking in any other mountain area anywhere in the world. Assuming you have taken the proper precautions to avoid AMS, the ascent offers a breath-taking glimpse of what life is like for the mountaineers who risk life and limb to haul themselves up the highest mountains on earth, but without the danger of dangling at the end of a rope.

Your Financial Protection
Wilderness Excursion realizes that financial security is a consideration when choosing a trekking company who to book a holiday property through. We hold a License with the Authority to operate adventure activities under the supervision by Nepal Government. We are a fully bonded Adventure operator authorized by the Nepal Government, Tourism and Civil Aviation Department, Nepal Tourism Board, Industry Department, Company Registration Office, Nepal National Bank and the Taxation Office. We are also affiliated with several prestigious regulating bodies such as NATTA, NMA, TAAN, and KEEP with whom we have a bond. We know that the last thing you want to worry about when you’re planning your trip of a lifetime is whether your money is in safe hands. As a leading Adventure provider it’s our job to make sure your finances are secure, so when you book with us you can be confident that we do just that. To ensure that you have complete peace of mind Wilderness Excursion is an authorized adventure travel agency. Please kindly check our legal documents if any doubt. To see the legal documents click here.

Itinerary
Annapurna Circuit trek itinerary will be 12 to 16 days long only for trekking depending on your time and your interest. Age factor, physical fitness and past trekking experience also vary your trekking itinerary. Plus you will have to add transportations days to/from Nepal and trekking starting/ending points. Our original version of 12 days guided Annapurna trek itinerary starts from Jagat at the elevation of 1300 meter. Alternatively we can start even from lower to make sure that you are well acclimatized if you are beginner and like to trek slowly.

Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Meet and greet in Kathmandu airport, escort to hotel.
Day 02: Drive to Jagat (1300m), around 8 hours.
Day 03: Trek to Dharapani (1960m), 4-5 hours walking.
Day 04: Trek to Koto (2610m), approx. 6 hours walking.
Day 05: Trek to Upper Pisang (3300m), approx. 6 hours walking.
Day 06: Trek to Manang (3540m), approx.5 hours walking.
Day 07: Rest day in Manang for acclimatization and explore surroundings.
Day 08: Trek to Chauri Ladder (4230m), 3-4 hours walking.
Day 09: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4540m), 3 hours walking.
Day 10: Trek to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass (5416m) 7-9 hours walking.
Day 11: Trek to Jomsom (2760m) 5-6 hours walking.
Day 12: Fly to Pokhara/stay overnight in Pokhara.
Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu. Overnight in hotel in Kathmandu.

To extend the trek and continue via Ghorepani Poon Hill
Day 11: Trek to Marpha (2670m) via Lupra Village
Day 12: Drive to Tatopani (1190m) take healing bath in natural hot spring.
Day 13: Trek to Ghorepani (2870m) 7-8 hours walking; stay overnight at lodge.
Day 14: Hike to Poon Hill (3210m) in the morning and trek to Hile (1475m), 5-6 hors.
Day 15: Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara.
Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara.
Day 17: Fly back home or further destination

Trip Note: Our guided Annapurna Circuit Trek can be modified as per your requests that suits your time and the budget you have. The trip cost USD 945 per person we have offered here is on double occupancy basis and 12 days tour that will end in Jomsom following by the flight to Pokhara. Your exact Annapurna Circuit Trek cost will be according to kinds of hotels in Pokhara and Kathmandu and type of transportation we include, and also group size varies the trip cost as well. So please kindly provide us your tour requirement details for customized tour package. International tour leader are highly encouraged to get special discounted rate.

Day 01: Meet and greet in Kathmandu
We have included your travel time in the itinerary. On first day you will depart from your homeland flying to Nepal will be amazing experience with Nepal's long Himalayan Panorama from the plane if you have right side window seat. Wilderness Excursion agent will welcome you in airport and transfer to your selected hotel in Kathmandu. A short briefing about your Annapurna Circuit Trek and welcome drink will be held. Overnight stay in Kathmandu. Meals: Not included.

Day 02: In Kathmandu,
Today; it is rest day, or preparation. We get permits and arrange rest of things for our trek to Annapurna Circuit, you have choice for a guided tour to some of the most chronological and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu which are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. We visit the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is also one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, we get our equipment checked by our climbing leader, get introduced to fellow participants. If you would like to; we can remove day 02 in Kathmandu but we recommend you to spend your second day considering acclimatization, Kathmandu is 1350m from sea level. Overnight in Kathmandu. Overnight stay in Kathmandu. Meals included: Breakfast.

Day 03: Drive to Jagat (1300m)
After breakfast; We set up off our journey into the hills on a winding road along the Trishuli River. On the way we admire terraced farm lands and beautiful huts. After reaching a juncture at Mugling, we move straight ahead towards Pokhara. At Dumre, we leave the previous road and head north to Besisahar, there will be connecting drive to Jagat by local jeep, total drive today will be around 8 hours. Alternatively, we can just drive to Bulbule or Khudi from Kathmandu to avoid long ride but that will add one extra day in your itinerary. Overnight in stay at Jagat. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner.

Day 04: Trek to Dharapani (1,960m), 6-7 hours walk.
Today, we leisurely start our trek. The trail from Jagat descends until it reaches the river and then continues through a lush forest. Further ascent leads to sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank. En route, Chyamje comes into picture amidst the glorious backdrop of towering Annapurna mountain ranges, cross a suspension bridge; we climb steeply towards the slippery and physically challenging path to Sattale. On treading along a succession of rock-strewn trails, we descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal. As we walk away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding. Then we approach steeply-forested village of Karte. Meandering along the waterfalls and cliffs, we finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge. Overnight stay at Jagat. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner.

Day 05: Trek to Chame (2,710m) 5 - 6 hours walk
Today we walk through a few forested ridges on our way to Chame, which is the headquarters of the Manang District. Throughout the trek we can admire amazing views of the Himalayas including Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). On today’s trek we also come across small hot springs where we can dip in and soothe our aching muscles. Overnight stay in Chame. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner.

Day 06: Trek to Pisang (3,300m), 5 - 6 hours walk
The trails goes on through a steep and narrow path through a very dense forest will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. This is probably the steepest part of the Marshyangdi Valley, so steep that the trail is carved into the vertical rock. After passing this last bit of rock, the valley opens up with majestic vistas. And right where the valley widens stands the Paungda Danda, a massive sloping rock face that rises over 5,000ft (1500m) above the trail. We trek for a while before reaching Lower Pisang where we spend the night. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 07: Trek to Manang (3540m), 6 - 7 hours walk.
Today, we trek to Manang via Upper Pisang which is an off the beaten trail that guarantees excellent views of the beautiful landscape and the mighty mountains including Annapurna and Pisang on clear day. We begin to notice a contrast in the landscape and vegetation from today. The cold and dry climate also creates a much harsher environment. Our short visit to Braga monastery, the largest monastery in the entire district of Manang will be memorable. Overnight stay at Manang. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 08: Rest or acclimatization day at Manang (3540m)
As acclimatization is very important considering AMS. In order to keep fit on the trails that follow, we keep ourselves busy today with a short hike to either Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. If we have the energy, we can even hike to Ice Lake. Overnight in stay at Manang. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 09: Trek to Leddar (4230m), 4 hours walk.
From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki and continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail follows this valley northward, passing a few pastures and a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. The trail further passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Now the trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Leddar for overnight stay. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 10: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,600m), 4 hours walk.
It is an uphill walk to Thorang Phedi. After walking for some time we cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We ascend furthermore and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, the last village before Thorong La pass. On this trip we are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. The word Phedi in Nepalese is referred to as the foot of a mountain. Overnight stay at Thorong Phedi. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 11: Trek to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong La pass (5416m), 7 - 9 hours walk.
Today; it is challenging and a thrilling day crossing over Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world, will be our ultimate objective today. We will be crossing the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath) which is the easiest and safest direction. We get up around 4 o’clock in the morning and walk up the mountain. When we finally make it to the top, we realize that our journey was worth it. We can take a few photos before heading to Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La pass. Overnight stay at Muktinath. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 12: Trek to Marpha (2,670m), 5-6 hours walk.
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. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 13: Drive to Tatopani (1,200m) 3-4 hours drive
We drive to Tatopani today from Marpha to Tatopani meaning “Hot Spring” in Nepalese. We can enjoy the natural hot spa here after the big hike over Thorong La. Nepalses believe that the body ache and bone and vein related diseases like Arthritis are healed if you soak in hot spring. Overnight in Tatopani. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 14: Trek to Ghorepani (2,850m), 7 - 8 hours walk.
We trek to Ghorepani leaving 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 stay in Ghorepani. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 15: Trek to Hiley (1475m), 5-6 hours walk.
An early morning hike to Poon Hill before dawn to catch a amazing sunrise over the Himalaya climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill at 3,210 meter the most popular trekking destination of the Annapurna region. It is also a great viewpoint to enjoy the amazing views of 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 Ghorepani. After breakfast, we head Hile descend through rhododendron forests, pass by spectacular waterfalls. Overnight at Hile. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 16: Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara
From Hile, it is short walk of some 3 hours to Nayapul, there will be our pre-arranged car or van depending on our group size, it is a 42 km drive to Pokhara from Nayapul where we end our adventurous Annapurna Circuit trek. After one and half hours drive will take us to Pokhara. We rest and relax in Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara. Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch.

Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara: 6-7 hours.
After breakfast, we catch our pre-arranged tourist coach to Kathmandu from Pokhara 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. Meals included: Breakfast and farewell Diiner.

Day 18: Fly back to home or further destination.
Your adventure holiday in Nepal comes to an end! Wilderness Excursion will drop you and see you see you off at Airport prior 3 hours your flight schedule. On our way home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Trip Cost Includes

  • All airport transfer by private car or van depending on group size
  • 1 Government registered and well experienced local guide.
  • 1 Sharing high altitude Sherpa porter between 2 trekkers to carry your main pack.
  • Assistant guide to support the group and porters where necessary as per group size.
  • 2 Nights sharing twin/double deluxe room 3 star category hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast on double occupancy basis.
  • 1 Night sharing twin/double deluxe room in best tourist standard hotel in Pokhara with buffet breakfast basis.
  • Mountain lodge accommodation in teahouses during the trek on twin sharing basis.
  • Daily 3 times meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Hot table drinks: tea, coffee and hot chocolate during the trek.
  • Cookies and seasonal fresh fruits are served during the trek.
  • Jomsom - Pokhara by domestic flight.
  • Kathmandu - Besisahar by deluxe tourist coach and connecting local 4WD jeep to Jagat
  • Pokhara - Kathmandu A/C tourist coach.
  • Salary, meal, accommodation for guide and porters.
  • Insurance for your guide and porter as per state low.
  • Gear and clothing for your trekking crew.
  • ACAP permit and TIMS Card.
  • Insurance and trekking gear for guide and porters.
  • All government taxes, vat, office service charge and airport tax.
  • Emergency rescue arrangement
  • Farewell dinner in one of authentic Nepalese Restaurant with Live culture show after the trek

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except farewell dinner.
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu, can be arrange on your request.
  • All bar bills, beverages such as coke, fanta, mineral water
  • Hot shower, hot water during the trek.
  • laundry service, phone calls and internet.
  • Personal travel insurance for your trip
  • Rescue operation charge in case of emergency.
  • Gratitude and tips for your guide, porter, driver bell boy etc.
# Start Date End Date Status
1 02 Mar, 2018 14 Mar, 2018 Available book know
2 12 Mar, 2018 27 Mar, 2018 Available book know
3 20 Mar, 2018 07 Apr, 2018 Available book know
4 05 Apr, 2018 18 May, 2018 Available book know
5 10 Apr, 2018 25 Apr, 2018 Available book know

when to trek?

Best time to trek to Annapurna Circuit is autumn season. The weather is sunny and warm during the day time with breath taking sceneries. If you don't like crowd and enjoy less crowded time with nature then you could trek in winter (Dec - Feb) and it is still warm during the day time and cold in the morning and nights. The temperature is 2 to -7 degree Celsius in Annapurna Circuit during the winter. Nevertheless, the weather condition in Himalaya is associated with Indian Ocean. Trekking in the summer or Monsoon seasons (June to Aug) will be affected by rain but the summer trek could be a benefit for a keen botanist. Second best time to terk to Annapurna Circuit is in Spring Season (March - May)

Getting There

Local buses leave to Besishar/Bulbule daily. And local micro buses leave every one hours daily till 2:30 pm to Besisahar. You can take a local jeep to Dharapani for further drive from Besisahar if you would like to finish the trip in 10 to 12 days. We DO NOT recommend to drive higher and start the trek concerning high altitude sickenss. Before the departure of your trek we will get the road information. Upon arriving in Jomsom, you have an option whether fly to Pokhara or take a jeep to Beni or still hike to Tatopani and add the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek and end the trip at Nayapul.

Experience & Fitness Requirements

Regarding the difficulty; this is a medium hard trek best for passionate walkers who have the stamina and ability to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher elevation is more physically challenging than walking in lower altitudes; however, if we are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have a positive attitude, self-confidence and strong determination, we can achieve this trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Previous hiking and trekking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. It is an essential for participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases to consult their doctor before taking the trip. It is also advised that you inform Wilderness Excursion of any conditions before booking the trek with us.

Accommodation

Accommodations
We will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu and a best tourist standard hotel in Pokhara; and teahouses during the trek. We will stay at Samsara Resort in Kathmandu and Splendid View in Pokhara. All accommodations are on twin and double occupancy basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 275. Wilderness Excursion will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, rooms in the tea house lodges are clean, tidy, toilet outside. Please be prepared for all manner of bathrooms, Other times you'll have to venture out in the cold to use a smelly squat toilet. Even so, all lodges have running water. However, it may not always be HOT water. Typically, a solar shower will give you a luke warm 'power shower' if it's been a sunny day, otherwise the thing to ask is if the water pipes run through the fire in the dining room or kitchen, as once the fire is going you'll be steaming with the best of them!

Permits

To trek to Annapurna Circuit, two types of permits are required. ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) which cost NPR 2000.00 approximately USD 21.00 per person and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) Card USD 20.00 per person.

Meals

There will be buffet continental breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara and during our Annapurna Circuit trek, we can enjoy Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be provided from the teahouse or from a lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be provided on the way to the next destination. All meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner, will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There will also be farewell dinners at the end of our trip.

Acclimatization

Acclimatization is vital while trekking to Annapurna crossing 5416 meter high Thorong La Pass. All of Wilderness Excursion trekking itineraries are designed with high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitude too fast contribute a medical condition serious enough to kill. We understand that for a safe trek, it is essential to allow sufficient time for acclimatization. Sensible planning is thus necessary to minimize the risk of AMS. Our itinerary is designed to prevent AMS as much as possible. But, it is important to remember that some visitors are more vulnerable than others.

Your Financial Protection

Wilderness Excursion realizes that financial security is a consideration when choosing a trekking company who to book a holiday property through. We hold a License with the Authority to operate adventure activities under the supervision by Nepal Government. We are a fully bonded Adventure operator authorized by the Nepal Government, Tourism and Civil Aviation Department, Nepal Tourism Board, Industry Department, Company Registration Office, Nepal National Bank and the Taxation Office. We are also affiliated with several prestigious regulating bodies such as NATTA, NMA, TAAN, and KEEP with whom we have a bond. We know that the last thing you want to worry about when you’re planning your trip of a lifetime is whether your money is in safe hands. As a leading Adventure provider it’s our job to make sure your finances are secure, so when you book with us you can be confident that we do just that. To ensure that you have complete peace of mind Wilderness Excursion is an authorized adventure travel agency. Please kindly check our legal documents if any doubt. To see the legal documents click here

Itinerary

Annapurna Circuit trek itinerary will be 10 to 16 days long only for trekking depending on your time and your interest. Age factor, physical fitness and past hiking and trekking experience also vary your trekking itinerary. Plus you will have to add transportations days to/from Nepal and trekking starting/ending points. Our original version of itinerary starts from Jagat. Alternatively we can start the trek lower than Jagat which at the elevation of 1300 meter. Alternatively we can start even from lower to make sure that you are well acclimatized if you are beginner and like to trek slowly.

Packing List for Annapurna Circuit Trek

Foot wear

  • A waterproof trekking boot with suitable ankle support that have been worn-in prior to the trek, 
  • Trainer or casual shoes, for walking or strolling around(optional)
  • 2-3 Pairs of warm socks for colder areas depending on trekking duration.
  • Gaiters, in case of rain or snow
  • Sandal or flip flop to take shower and walk around, 
  • 2-3 pair of smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene Liner socks to be worn next to the skin. This reduces the incidence of blisters and hot-spots and makes the outer sock last longer before needing to be changed. They should fit well with your heavyweight socks.

Leg wears
  • Trekking/hiking casual trousers and short, Thermal leggings for colder areas
  • Long skirt for women as an alternative to trousers and Waterproof trousers.
Body
  • Selection of hiking/trekking T-shirts, and long sleeved shirts, preferably not cotton
  • Thermal and warm shirts, possibly fleece shirt for colder areas.
  • Fleece jacket or warm wool jumper
  • Hard shell jacket with hood and hard shell pants if trekking in colder months/winter.  
  • Windbreaker or waterproof jacket for higher altitudes
  • Down jacket (optional for cold nights and mornings; can be hired in Kathmandu cheaply)

Head/Hands

  • Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava
  • Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking
  • Sunglasses or goggles, genuine UV protection preferable.
  • Warm gloves
  • Buff and higher and colder place. 
  • Large handkerchief/bandana for neck
  • head lamp/torch with spare batteries

Personal Trekking Equipment 

  • Strong rucksack or large hold all to be carried by porters
  • Day sack to carry valuables such as passport, cash, camera, travel documents personally
  • Plastic bags or stuff sacks to store/separate trekking gear inside your main bag, Personal first aid kit to include essential items, Adjustable 3 section trekking pole
  • 3-4 season sleeping bag, Camera and memory cards, charger, tripod if necessary, towel and toiletries., rain cover for yourself and luggage. 

Optional items

  • Binoculars, Books or an eBook, Altimeter, Compass and GPS. 
  • Tablet, MP3 or smart phones (there are mobile networks in most Nepal's trekking area)
  • Playing cards, backgammon and chess set etc.

For water 

  • Two water bottles one liter each is fine or preferably camel bag water bottle. Water treatment tablets: Iodine, Dioxide tablets, Taste neutralizer tablets remove iodine taste if necessary.
 
Pee Bottle (Optional) but very useful.
Pee funnel for women (optional) Lightweight urinary director.
Hand/foot warmers (Optional) Recommended if you easily get cold hands and feet 1-3 pairs.
 
Personal first aid kit (small and simple) Aspirin, Moleskin, Adhesive tape, Band-Aids. Scissor, Blade, 
 
Drugs/medications/prescriptions Climbers should bring Mupirocin (Bactroban) cream, excellent topical antibiotic for scrapes and cuts. Cirprofloxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for travelers' diarrhea and for urinary tract infections. Loperamide (Lomotil) or Immodium for diarrhea. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250mg tablets for alltitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Excedrin for headaches. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity.
This above list is only an advice for you. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands. If you have questions please email at: info@wildernessexcursion.com or consult your expert.
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Trekkers crossing river in Annapurna Circuit Trek
Trekkers walk over in a bridge in Annapurna Circuit trek
Gangapurna Lake in Annapurna Circuit Trek
Sunset in Annapurna Himalaya

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Trip Facts

  • Max. Altitude: 5416m
  • Difficulty: Medium Hard
  • Trip Destination: Annapurna Region, Nepal
  • Trek Duration: 10 Days
  • Group Size: Minimum 2 Pax
  • Best Season: Spring and autumn
  • Accommodation: Teahouse and Lodge
  • Transportation: Bus, Car and Jeep
  • Tour Type: Teahouse Trek

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