Join our fabulous 12 days Annapurna Circuit trek through dramatic Thorong La Pass (5416m); once described as the world’s best hiking destinations in the world. Join group for Spring and Autumn 2020 and 2021 advance booking available
Annapurna Circuit 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 12 – 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)
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 3000.00 approximately USD 30.00 per person and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) Card will costs USD 10.00 per person for group trek with us. 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.
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 and sharing toilet is 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.
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.