Annapurna Circuit Trekking

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Overview

For centuries, the region of the Annapurna was known to traders all across the world. Traders travelled to Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims as they advanced to the High Himalayas. They reached the sacred temple at Muktinath, where the eternal flame always burns and holy water pours from 108 taps. The ancient traders, on their way to Tibet on the old salt road, brought the famous black salt of Tibet from the north back into India, the Middle East and eventually to Europe. 

The Annapurna Circuit Trekking follows much of the ancient way. It will take you to one of the highest mountain trekking passes at Thorung-La Pass (elev. 5,416 m) for the most incredible, breath-taking view of the highest peaks in the world.

The Annapurna Circuit Trekking is considered to be the classic trek because it takes you through the very heart of the Annapurna Mountains. This trek, despite its high elevation, is not a difficult one. The trek gradually advances as you make your way towards the Thorung-La Pass. There is no shortage of scenery as you begin your journey following the banks of the swift flowing Marsyangdi River.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek includes trekking for 12 days, a day of sightseeing in Kathmandu where you will experience several of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will have time to enjoy the lakeside city of Pokhara, known for its stunning views of the Annapurna peaks reflected in the blue waters of Lake Phewa. There is one day of accomodation at the picturesque Gurung village of Manang. So, you will also get to experience their culture and traditions. 

The Annapurna Circuit Trekking is a popular trek and Nepal Tibet Tours and Treks is pleased to be able to offer this amazing trek as part of its regular itinerary. Your representative at Nepal Tibet Tours and Treks will help you with all the details for this trek.

NOTE:
The following program can be tailor made as per your request. We can adjust the program as per the time and interest. We can make fly to Pokhara from Jomsom on the day 12, Or we can make Jeep ride to Pokhara from Muktinath with in two days time. For instance, we can add Rafting, visit to Chitwan National Park, Paragliding in Pokhara, Jeep flyer, Mountain flight in Kathmandu and many more. Please do not hesitate to write to us about your interest; we will make the itinerary to suit your needs. 

Included/Exclude

√  Accommodation as per different standards of your choice in the City and simple lodge / guest house in Trekking.

√  English Speaking Trekking Guide & porter

√  All the ground transportation as per Group Size & standards ensured in Tour/Trek from start to end.

√  Every day 3 Meals Trekking portions (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner), at local Lodge.

√  All fees on Trek

Χ  All the expenses of personal choices, drinks, lunch and dinner city portion, 

Χ  All the Delay due to weather, situation beyond our control

Χ  Nepal Visa, (USD25 for 15days, USD40 for 30days), Airport Tax, tipping, etc.

Trip Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu (1400m.)

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our representative at the airport and then s/he will usher you to the hotel. You will be briefly described about your tour and checked into the Hotel. You will have the rest of the day to yourself and overnight at the hotel.

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Day 2: Kathmandu

After breakfast, sightseeing to Swayambhunath Stupa will be organised for you to see a beautiful view of Kathmandu valley. This old stupa is also called Monkey Temple as a lot of monkeys can be found here. Then, you will visit the second biggest stupa in the world, Boudhanath Stupa and the famous Hindu temple Pashupatinath. Later, in the hotel, your trek preparation will be finished.

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Day 3: Kathmandu – Besisashar (847m) (179km)

Approximately, after an 8 hours drive through Prithivi Highway with an excellent view of Marsyangdi River, you will reach your first destination; Besishahar where you will spend the night. This is the door of Annapurna Circuit Trekking.

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Day 4: Besisashar- Chame (2630m.)

After Breakfast, it will be a drive of approximately 6-7hrs to Chame. On the way, you will cross the famous Dudh Khola which in fact originated from the south face of Manaslu. The Marsyangdi then swerves to the left and as Annapurna II (7939m.) becomes visible ahead, you reach Bagarchhap. With the beautiful sceneries of Manaslu and Annapurna II, you will walk to the forest of Fir and rocky declivities. You arrive at the capital and administrative headquarter of Manang district, Chame on the bank of the river. Overnight at Chame.

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Day 5: Chame - Pisang (3190m.)

Today, your 5 hours trek will start with the sparkling view of Lamjung Himal (6893m.) in the crack of dawn where you set off for Pisang. Near Brathangs village, an amazing waterfall can be sighted. Pisang is in the lap of the Pisang peak which is considered a popular peak to mount and the east peak of Annapurna II along with the northeast peak of Pisang appears breathtaking. Eventually, you will witness the view of the long Mani wall by the bridge and the lower village of Pisang.

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Day 6: Pisang - Manang (3520m.)

You start off with a walk of 4 hours and you will find a wonderful path with meadows for horses, yaks and cattle. The trail offers fantastic views of the crest of Annapurna. After a petite hike from Pisang village, the trail diverges and one ascends towards the Nawal. You rest the night in the midst of fluttering prayer flags embellishing the houses .

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Day 7: Manang Rest Day (3520m.)

Today you will stay in Manag for a break. You will be briefed about the difficulties and safety measures for high altitude sickness by The Himalayan Rescue Association. You can go around and explore the town. Gangapurna Lake appears to be pleasant; you can visit the Mountaineering school. It is a school which provides basic mountaineering training arranged by Nepal Mountaineering Association. The Gurung village will welcome you with warmth and love.

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Day 8: Manang - Ledar (4250m.)

Early in the morning, you set off from Manang; the landscape is similar to the Tibetan plateau. The trek of almost 3 hours seems to be unhurried, however it takes longer to cover a shorter distance because of the trouble in breathing. However, you will feel re-energized by the view of Peak 29 and Himchuli. Climbing through, you pass the summer village of Gunsang where you cross Gundon Khola via a wooden bridge. Finally, you arrive at a small settlement of Ledar where you will stay the night.

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Day 9: Ledar - Thorung Phedi (4500m.)

Leaving Ledar, you ascend a ridge prior to descending the headwaters of the Marsyangdi crossing, via a wooden bridge. After a short elevation up the mountain path on the right bank, you go through a narrow trail across a wobbly slope and then go down to reach Thorung Phedi after a walk of about 3 hours. Overnight at Thorung Phedi.

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Day 10: Thorung Phedi - Muktinath (3800m.)

This is the most awaited and exciting day of your trip. You will start trekking early in the morning after your breakfast. The day will be more hectic as the walk will last for 7-8 hours. You will ascend to the top of the Thorung la Pass (5416m) which is the highest for the entire trek. On the other side of the pass, the landscape changes vividly from snowy mountains to brown-yellow areas which resemble desert. You finally reach the Hindu temple “God of Salvation'', Muktinath. This temple is considered to be the best example that shows harmony between Hinduism and Buddhism. The celebration of Yartung festival in August/ September will be the most exciting and beautiful part of your trek.

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Day 11: Muktinath – Marpha (2713m.)

Today, you walk down to the Kali Gandaki valley through a parched area in the same climatic and geographical zone as Tibet. After crossing through Khingar and Jharkot, a rural community with typical Tibetan architecture, you move towards Jomsom. You will be rewarded with tremendous scenes of both Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri. Jomsom is a huge city extended along both banks of the Kali Gandaki River. You continue through the apple orchards to Marpha after having lunch in Jomsom. The entire trek will last for roughly 6 hours. Night stay in Marpha.

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Day 12: Marpha – Kalopani (2530m.)

After breakfast, you will set off following the west side of the river. Then, through the new-fangled street by the Thakali Village having broad paved streets and adorned houses. You pass through the river in Koketanti for lunch, then get back to trail the stone path through grazing land to Kalopani and pine woods. Kalopani is a very elegant town snuggling beneath the Dhaulagiri Icefall. The complete trek lasts for 5-6 hours.

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Day 13: Kalopani- Tatopani (1190m.)

A walk for about 6-7 hours and you will witness nearly all downhill today, mostly through orchards and fields but occasionally on the street built by humans up to Muktinath. Rukse Chhahara, close to a huge waterfall will be your destination for lunch. You continue descending down towards the deepest valley in the world leading to the city of Tatopani (hot water) where you can enjoy the hot springs by the river for about 20 minutes before indulging in chips and fish in the town. Overnight in Tatopani.

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Day 14: Tatopani – Ghorepani(2850m.)

Today is entirely a contrast to the last few. You will trek for almost 8 hours, covering 1600m uphill. It will be a tough trek with lots of stair climbing with a few stops. Upon reaching Ghorepani; the bustling village, you stay in the Green View Hotel.

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Day 15: Ghorepani - Poon Hill (3200m.) – Hille

You start your trek at dawn around 4 am to Poonhill (3195) carrying your gear; stick and flash light. You will get to enjoy the warm sunrise from your eye level. After an hour, you will hike down to Ghorepani, have your breakfast and set off on a 6 hours walk to Tadapani. You climb along the ridges through rhododendron and pine forest to Deurali and descend down to reach Banthanti prior to the winding way of Tadapani. You will be staying overnight in a hotel or tent.

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Day 16: Hile - Nayapul – Pokhara (910m.)

The very last day of your trek you will walk down the river to Birethanti, where you cross to Nayapul. You will drive to Pokhara and stay overnight there in the hotel.

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Day 17: Pokhara – Kathmandu

After Breakfast, you will be driven back to Kathmandu in a tourist bus or you can take your private vehicle which will take 6hrs. You may even fly to Kathmandu directly which will be only a half an hour flight. You will stay in Kathmandu in the hotel overnight.

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Day 18: Departure

Today is the last day of your stay in Nepal. Our airport representative will transfer you to the Airport. We, Nepal Tibet Tours & Treks, wish you a safe journey back home.

 

Note: This itinerary can be customized as per situation.

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Clothing and Equipments

Certain basic trekking equipment are essential on all the routes that we have described in this site. Depending on the area and season, we will provide you with a comprehensive list of necessities. Here is the list of some recommended equipment required for trekking in Nepal.

CLOTHINGS :

1. Boots

Lightweight walking boots; If it is brand new, “walk them in” to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.

2. Track shoes

A pair of track shoes; To wear in the camp or when the boot is wet.

3. Jacket

A warm jacket; Fibre fills or down should be adequate. This is essential during winter from December to February. A rainproof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get the one that is guaranteed waterproof.

4. Shirt and Sweaters

Woollen shirts and thick sweaters; these are essential during the winter season (December to February). Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu. A lightweight long sleeved t-shirt is suitable for avoiding sunburn.

5. Trousers

A pair of trousers; Jeans are not suitable to wear on treks. Cheap, loose, cotton pants are available in Kathmandu. Heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night. Windproof or waterproof trousers are required on all treks going above 10.0 ft.

6. Tracksuit

A tracksuit is comfortable to wear in camp and in the tent. You want to add at least two pairs of loose fitting long shorts or skirts.

7. Underclothes

Thermal underwear is the best for sleeping during the winter. 

8. Sun Hat, SunCream/Block & Lip Salve

Choose a high factor sun cream (Factor 20 or stronger) to protect your skin against the sun at high altitude. A combination sunblock/lip salve is ideal for facial protection.  A sunhat having a wide brim should be used which covers your face and neck.  A woollen hat is a must during winter. 

9. Glove/ Sandal/ Socks

 A pair of gloves; Leather with lining and woollen are best, 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in the camp and about 4 pairs of thin and 4 pairs of thick woollen socks are required accordingly. 

10. Sleeping Bag

As you do not carry sleeping bags yourself, this can be either synthetic or down but it is a must for all 4 seasons. As most treks pass through a variety of climatic conditions, a long zip is a good idea. A cotton/fleece liner helps keep your sleeping bag clean. Good sleeping bags are expensive but can be rented easily in Kathmandu (Only for treks starting and finishing there.)

11. Personal First Aid Kit

You should have your own supply of plasters, aspirin, diarrhoea tablets and also a comprehensive blister kit. (Please do not give medicines to local people without consulting the trek leader.)

 

Equipments and Accessories :

a)  Duffle bag or kit bag to carry gear while trekking

b)  Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirements for the day. e.g. toiletries, camera, film towel, soap, boots etc.

c)  Water bottle

d)  Snow glasses and sunglasses

e)  2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones

f)  6 -10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage 

g)  Wallet or money belt with compartment for coins

h)  Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can be bought in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.

i)  Small headlamp or torch with spare batteries and bulbs

j)  Candles and lighter to burn toilet paper

k)  Snow gaiters required during winter 

l)  An umbrella (optional), which is quite useful as a sunshade and when it rains.

m)  Trekking map, adequate number of passport photographs

Optionals: rubber bands, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars, a small pillow or headrest, thermoses, an inflatable sleeping mat, etc.