Annapurna Circuit Trek

Duration: 13 Days
Price: US $795 View dates & Prices
  • DestinationNepal
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
  • ActivityTrekking
  • TransportationPrivate Vehicle / Bus
  • AccomodationLodge to lodge
  • Max Person12
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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 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.

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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: Drive to Jagat (1300m)
  • Day 02: Trek to Dharapani (1,960m), 6-7 hours walk.
  • Day 03: Trek to Chame (2,710m) 5 - 6 hours walk
  • Day 04: Trek to Pisang (3,300m), 5 - 6 hours walk
  • Day 05: Trek to Manang (3540m), 6 - 7 hours walk.
  • Day 06: Rest or acclimatization day at Manang (3540m)
  • Day 07: Trek to Leddar (4230m), 4 hours walk.
  • Day 08: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,600m), 4 hours walk.
  • Day 09: Trek to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong La pass (5416m), 7 - 9 hours walk.
  • Day 10: Trek to Marpha (2,670m), 5-6 hours walk.
  • Day 11: Drive to Tatopani (1,200m) 3-4 hours drive
  • Day 12: Trek to Ghorepani (2,850m), 7 - 8 hours walk.
  • Day 13: Trek to Hiley - Nayapul and drive to Pokhara.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01 :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 02 :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 03 :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 04 :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 05 :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 06 :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 07 :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 08 :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 09 :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 10 :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 11 :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 12 :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 13 :Trek to Hiley - Nayapul and drive to Pokhara. 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. There will be our car/van waiting for us to drive to Pokhara. Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch.

Cost Includes

  • Government registered and well experienced English speaking local trekking 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.
  • 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.
  • Jomsom - Pokhara flight for your guide.
  • Kathmandu - Besisahar by deluxe tourist coach and connecting local 4WD jeep to Jagat
  • 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

Cost Excludes

  • Accommodation, meals and transportation  in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu, can be arrange if you ask us.
  • 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 and porter.

Clients Review

Rated 5/5 based on 2 reviews
  • noimage
    Sweden

    Annapurna Circuit Trek Review

    Rating:

    Thank you for a very well organized trek. Our guide was very Professional and porter took us all the way through the Thorong La Pass. Our guide and porter were very friendly and careful all the time. We highly recommend Wilderness Excursion as one of the best local trekking agency in Kathmandu. Håkan och Agne From Sweden

  • Mieke Deblaere
    Belgium

    Great guiding organisation and very personal approach!

    Rating:

    Stop searching for a guiding organization now and choose for Wilderness Excursion!  Perfectly organized, always very friendly, taking care of clients! Personal is being paid correctly and insurance is all right.

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Trip Dates Availability Person Left Price
Start: April 02, 2019
End: April 14, 2019
Available 10 Left US$ 795

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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…

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