The Annapurna circuit trek is an epic circuit loved by trekkers all over the world.
Annapurna Circuit Trek 14 Days
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeTrekking
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Large Group
The Annapurna circuit trek is an epic circuit loved by trekkers all over the world. This trek is also known as the ‘Round Annapurna trek’. The adventurous 160-230 Km hike circles the grand Annapurna massif. Annapurna is physically placed in the north-central part of Nepal. And this trek is said to be best long distance hike on the planet & was opened to globe trotter since 1980s. The trek starts from the rural mid-hills and it reaches a height of 5,416 meters at the Thorung La pass. Thorong La is the highest and most challenging pass on the circuit. This impressive pass is the most advantageous point on earth to view stunning beauty of the great Himalayas. The trek crosses two different river valleys encircling the Annapurna range. Trekking Annapurna Circuit begins at Beshisahar in the Marshyangdi river valley and ends up in the Kali Gandaki gorge. This is the deepest gorge in the world. The trail moves along paddy fields, sub-tropical forest, incredible waterfalls, huge cliffs and several lovely friendly villages. Depending on the hiker’s speed, duration of side trips and rest days taken, it usually takes 10 to 15 days to complete the journey. Cozy Teahouse accommodation and hygienic meals are available along the trek…& those delicious apples pies are the best found anywhere on earth in these teahouses.
The journey also offers wonderful opportunities to interact with different ethnic people, their culture and observe their lifestyles & livelihood. Manang valley and Lower Mustang is influenced much by Tibetan culture. Visitors get fantasric views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Machhepuchhre (6,993m), Manalsu (8,156m), Gangapurna (7,455m) and Tilicho peak (7,134m) around the circuit. Most visitors who love to walk in Annapurna region make sure they do this trip. After Thorong pass we visit famous Muktinath. It is a well known temple of Hindus as well as Buddhist. It would be better if you have one more day visit to Marpha. This place is famous for Apples in Nepal and beautiful village in the valley is almost a must visit. Due to an increasing inflow of trekkers every year, the number of teahouses/lodges has increased in the Annapurna trekking region, offering juicy options to trekkers.
The months of September, October and November till the second week of December are the peak trekkers season with the trails bursting with trekkers. And spring is also a favoured season which falls from February to May because the weather is pleasant and offers excellent crystal clear mountain views. But it is also possible to do the trek anytime of the year. This trek can also be done in the summer but the monsoon period invites problems due to lots of blood sucking leeches.
- All airport and hotels transfer by private car / van (depends on group size)
- Domestic airfare from Jomsom to Pokhara including airport taxes
- Three nights hotel accommodation at 3 star category in the city of Kathmandu on the basis of bed and breakfast.
- Highly experienced English speaking Himalayan trekking guide and porters (one porter for two person) salary / accommodation / insurance.
- Kathmandu – Beshishar drive by local bus and Pokhara – Kathmandu drive by tourist bus.
- Company guarantees the rescue services in case of emergency; please hand over your insurance policy copy to us
- Best available twin sharing Tea house/Lodge accommodation with full board meal during 12 days trek.
- Rain protection duffel bag for client luggage
- All the necessary paper works and conservation entry permit. (Trekking permit / TIMS card etc.)
- One night hotel accommodation in Pokhara city on the basis of bed and breakfast.
- One day Kathmandu sightseeing by city tour guide and all the entrance fees.
- First Aid Medical Kit Box
- All the government taxes and company service charge
- Nepali food farewell dinner party.
- From and To International airfare
- Extra night’s accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara hotel than the scheduled itinerary
- Nepal visa which obtained at the airport upon arrival (bring 4 copies passport size photo).
- Alcoholic beverages, bottle mineral and hot/boiled water, soft drinks and snack foods
- Any personal medical or evacuation expenses incur and strongly recommend international Travel insurance which included rescue
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara Hotel
- Riding horse along the trek.
- Extra cost on natural disaster
- Extra nights in Jomsom due to the flight cancel because of the bad weather.
- Tips to the guide and porters.
Drive to Beshishar (923m) and trek to Bulbule - 7 Hours
From Kathmandu, we start early to drive to Besishar. The road up to Besisahar is quite good, but from there on we walk 2 hour to reach Bulbule. Once we reach there, we freshen up and spend the night there.
Trek to Chamje (1410m) - 7 Hours
On the first day of the trek, we cross through various suspension bridges, waterfalls and continue past rice paddies and forests. Once we reach the cliff in Jagat, we can view the Marsyangdi river below and rocky hills all around. The bee hives at the top of the cliffs is an attraction of the day’s trip. In a short while we reach Chamje where we spend the night.
Trek to Bagarchhap (2160m) - 6 Hours
As we move past narrow and steep valleys, among Rhododendron, Pine and Bamboo forests, in the rocky folds of a mountain, we come across a bridge that takes us to a quick ascent and finally atop a climb to reveal a widening valley. After reaching the village of Tal, we have to move across barley, wheat and potato farms for a while to reach Dharapani. From there we turn west through the fir and pine forests to reach Bagarchhap.
Trek to Chame (2710m) - 6 Hours
From Bagarchhap we start ahead to reach a Danaque village and then a steep climb to reach a Tamang village with exquisite views of Manaslu, Lamjung , Annapurna and other mountains beauty. As we trek through a Tibetan village that acts as a transition between the lowlands and high hills, we follow a gradual flat path to Thanchowk, Kolo and finally to Chame.
Trek to Pisang (3240m) - 5 Hours
We first pass through the older part of Chame, climb up to Telekhu and continue on a long, levelled path through forest to Bhrathang. The trails rounds a bend and once we continue ahead we need to cross back to the south bank of Marshyangdi River on a suspension bridge. Then the trail forms a gentle climb over a pine forested ridge and then levels again as we move from the upper part of Manang valley to Pisang.
Trek to Manang (3540m) - 5 Hours
The town of Pisang is the beginning of the upper region of the Manang district. On this day, the trek climbs to Braga, a Tibetan styled village. The houses here are stacked upon each other forming verandas with each other rooftops. The main attraction is the Gompa, the largest in the district, with a vast array of statues in display and perched on a high crag with the view of the entire village. After a while we reach Manang, where we refresh and spend the night.
Acclimatization day at Manang - 3 Hours
As we are moving to higher elevations, we need to acclimatize to avoid the risk of altitude sickness. Manang is the perfect spot with its beautiful natural setting and a hike up to Gangapurna lake view point in the afternoon for a short detour.
Trek to Yak Kharka (4120m) - 4 Hours
After the rest, we feel rejuvenated to continue forward on our trip. As we move pass the tall trees towards the alpine grass and junipers, we reach meadows with a few horses and a number of yaks grazing around. The serene environment with meadows and steep slopes of Yak Kharka is the perfect place for us to spend the night. We can also choose to walk for an hour to reach Letdar and spend the night there.
Trek to Thorung Phedi (4,560m) - 5 Hours
Trekking to Letdar helps in getting acclimatize to the increasing heights as we climb along the east bank of Jarang Khola. In some time we reach a meadow surrounded by vertical cliffs, the Thorung Phedi. Sighting of blue sheep and snow leopards have been reported a few times in the area, whereas Lammergeyers and griffons are quite common. We spend the night here.
Over Thorung La (5,416m) to Muktinath (3,802m).
The trail is comparatively easier having been trodden for years, but could get difficult with strong winds at the upper regions. The trail is believed to have been used for hundreds of years to take sheep and yaks in and out of Manang along with other trading goods. We reach Thorung Phedi in about 6 hours. After we reach Thorung-la pass, our entire hard walk will be rewarded by the beautiful views of Annapurna, Gangapurna and a heavily glaciated peak of Khatungkang. After a 1600m of descent, we view the glorious Dhaulagiri standing in the distance. After a while, the trail becomes less steep and enters grassy fields and meadows to finally reach Muktinath. In Hindu religion, Muktinath refers to a place of nirvana which houses a temple and a number of monasteries, making it a holy site for Hindus and Buddhists alike. The main attractions of the site are the Jwalamai temple with a spring and an eternal flame as well as the 108 water sprouts that pour holy water. These are visited by thousands of pilgrims every year.
Trek to Josmosm(2750m) via Kagbeni - 6 Hours
From Muktinath, we follow a path of the Jomsom trek where we descent through meadows, streams and fruit trees to reach Kagbeni. Look around and keep moving downwards from Kagbeni we reach Jomson, Kali Gandaki valley.
Drive to Tatopani (1190m) - 5 Hours
From Jomsom it is about the 5 hour scenic drive to Tatopani. Since the road has been build lots of people take either Jeep or Bus rather than trekking. It is Jeep road driving through the villages and nature. After passing through the numerous villages, we finally reach Tatopani. The main attraction of the place is the hot spring, which is a sauna with natural source of hot water. It is a relaxing experience to retire after the long journey.
Trek to Ghorepani (2750m) - 8 Hours
Now we move from Tatopani through villages of midland Nepal with terraced fields and inclined farmlands. As we hike an ascent we move past rhododendron, magnolia and other vegetation of the area. We finally reach Ghorepani as we witness the beautiful mountains in the evening sky. We rest in Ghorepani to make an early start to Poonhill in the next morning.
Sunrise Poonhill, trek Nayapul -Drive to Pokhara - 8 Hours
Early morning climb up to Poonhil for the sunrise is the main highlight of the trek as we make our trip to the vantage point early in the morning with sunrise. Once you see the snow capped peaks highlighted in the changing golden rays of the sunrise, it will be one of the unforgettable moments of one’s life. The peaks in the scenery include the Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri. Also known as a photographer’s paradise, we can spend some time here taking breathtaking pictures of the spellbinding surrounding, capturing the spectacular moments in a frame. Then we go down to Ghorepani breakfast then 5 hour trek down to Nayapul first part of the trek down until Tikhedhunga is quite steep down hill with lots of steep.From there we move past terraced fields for a few hours to reach Nayapool. From there a short drive will finally take us to Pokhara.
The journey also offers wonderful opportunities to interact with different ethnic people, their culture and observe their lifestyles & livelihood. Manang valley and Lower Mustang is influenced much by Tibetan culture.
This trek is also known as the ‘Round Annapurna trek’. The adventurous 160-230 Km hike circles the grand Annapurna massif. Annapurna is physically placed in the north-central part of Nepal.
- Crossing the world’s widest pass, the Thorong La Pass at 5416 meter
- Majestic mountain views of the Annapurna range, Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt Macchapuchchhre
- Seeing the world’s deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki gorge
- Varying landscapes, local mountain villages, and buddhist monasteries
All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended at the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np; Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport -size photo. The current cost of visa for 30 days is US$40(to be paid in cash) for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ. Other nationalities should check entry requirements. visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, time intended stay in Nepal. We recommended you schedule at least 1-2 day extra at the end of the trip just incase there is a delay. If no delay occurs we can arrange additional activity for your time in Nepal.To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice. Citizens of china as well as citizens of south Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) get free visa. countries not entitled to get a visa upon arrival are Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.
Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.
(1 USD = ~ Rs.100 NPR).
We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel.
The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined.
Despite having security advantage of traveller’scheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four percent or more depending upon the bank. Please note that most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes
Depending on the season you wish to go trekking you may have to make adjustments to clothing and equipments however these are the necessities list we prepared keeping keeping your comfort and utility in mind.
We never recommend our clients to bring over equipments which are not necessary for the trek.
- Sun hat or scarf
- Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide brimmed hat
- Headlight with extra batteries
- Sunglass with UV protection
- Face/body wipes
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavy weight winter gloves
- Hiking shirts
- Long sleeved shirt made of synthetic fibre
- Hooded rain jacket
- Fleece jacket
- Lightweight cotton pants
- T- shirts ( bring Light weight wool)
- Polypropylene underwear
- down jacket ( available in rent in Kathmandu)
- Water proof jacket and pants
- Hiking Boots that been worn in
- Thick wool socks (Take a extra pairs of thick light socks)
- Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
- Thermal bottle
- Water purification
- Trekking pole
- Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trek)
- Toiletries (toilet papers, tooth paste, tooth brush, )
- Medium size drying towel
- Tooth brush
- Deodorant/ floss
- Bio degradable bar soap
- Nail clippers
- Small mirror
- Cell phone
- Extra items
- First aid kit
- Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
- Notebook and pen
The most importantly, tipping is at travelers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, tip is the accepted and honored way to saying thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- trip of once in a lifetime experience. We ensure that all of our crews including guides and porters are paid well and treated fairly with respect.