Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Duration 11 Days Difficulty5,416mm

Trip Highlights

 

  • Crossing the world’s highest pass, Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters.
  • Majestic mountain views of the Annapurna range, Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt Macchapuchchhre.
  •  Diverse landscapes, Tibetan cultures, Buddhist monasteries

Arguably the most popular trekking route of Nepal, the Annapurna Circuit Trek takes you around the entire Annapurna Mountain Range. You begin from 800 meters and reach an elevation of 5416 meters. You traverse through diverse landscapes and human cultural settlements. You’ll discover the Annapurna Range and view it from all sides while passing through famous places like Manang, Muktinath, and Jomsom.

On this trek, you’ll experience different cultures, traverse through forests, fields, and rocky ridges, and discover exotic places. The trek lasts for about 11 days as you go around the Annapurna Range exploring it from all directions. You’ll also visit popular destinations like Muktinath and Poon Hill as well. Most importantly, you’ll walk across Thorang La, one of the highest passes of the world.

Discover diverse cultures

Exploration of Tibetan culture is another important aspect of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. You’ll visit monasteries and Chortens which are some sacred places of Buddhists. In addition, you’ll get familiar with the Sherpa living in the Himalayas and their livelihood. Moreover, you’ll also know about Hinduism as you visit one of their most holy places i.e., the Muktinath Temple.

Muktinath temple is also one of the leading destinations of this trek. The holy temple of Muktinath is a popular destination among the Hindu as well as Buddhist pilgrims. However, other tourists also go there to see the historical and sacred temple. It is an immensely popular Vishnu temple situated in the Muktinath Valley at the bottom of the Thorang La mountain pass. Around 108 water spouts surround the temple premises.

Traverse assorted landscapes

Annapurna Circuit Trek passes through four districts of Nepal. We go counter-clockwise around the Annapurna Massif as we move through Chame, Manang, Muktinath, Jomsom, Tatopani, and Ghorepani, among other places. The circuit encompasses forests, rivers, hills, valleys, and mountains across Midwest to the northern part of Nepal. Along with Annapurna, the trail also provides some magnificent views of other mountains like Manaslu, Nilgiri, and Dhaulagiri. Furthermore, places such as Poon Hill provide glimpses of other mountains like Machhapuchhre, Himchuli, and Lamjung Himal.

The ideal times to visit are the months of September, October, and November. Also, February, March, April, and May are equally good times for the trek. These months of autumn and spring provide favorable weather to enjoy the trekking. We offer guides that will accompany you throughout the journey. Moreover, we provide Annapurna Circuit Trek at an unbeatable price.

You decide what is best & we’ll take care of the rest

  • The itinerary mentioned is a standard guideline. We can readily modify it according to your needs and requirements.
  • The cost of the trek can also be changed according to your group size, needs, and time boundary.
  • You can easily add additional activities into the Itinerary. You just have to let us know before confirming the trip.
  • This trip can also start in the capital city of Kathmandu. You have to let us know if you want to begin there. In that case, the Itinerary will extend by a few days. Consequently, the cost will also increase.
  • The addition or removal of activities will increase or decrease the cost of the trip respectively. This will be done through mutual understanding between the agency and the client(s).

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TRIP DETAILS
  • Duration 11 Days
  • Activities Trekking
  • Pickup Point Besisahar
  • Best time to visit Dec, Jan, Feb,
  • Max-Altitude 5,416mm
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Group Size Min. 2Pax
  • Tour Type Private tour
ACCOMODATION

Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges

On the first day, we get on a tourist bus that will take us to Besishahar. It takes about 3 hours to reach there. From Besishahar, we take a 4-hour Jeep ride to Chame.

We follow a narrow path through dense forest and then along a steep rocky trail. We pass through Telekhu, Bhrathang and cross a bridge to reach the south bank of Marshyangdi River. We then walk along a gentle climb northward with the view of Annapurna 2 at our backs. We finally reach the town at Upper Pisang, where we spend the night.

We hike towards the Tibetan-styled village of Braga. There is also a Gumba that is quite stunning, which is the largest in the district. After walking for about 6-7 hours, we finally reach Manang.

It is crucial to acclimatize at high altitude. So, we spend the day exploring the town as there are several places worth visiting.

It is a gentle climb to the village of Tenki, and we continue to climb out of the Marsyangdi valley. The route further passes through the village of Gunsang. After that, you will walk across grasslands that are the grazing places of yaks. After crossing a bridge and walking for some time, we will reach the village of Yak Kharka.

After walking uphill for a while, we cross a suspension bridge and then reach the village of Ledar. We climb upward further until we reach Thorang Phedi.

We will walk up a steep slope towards one of the highest passes in the world; Thorang La pass. After reaching the pass, we walk downhill to the Muktinath valley where we spend the night.

In the morning, we visit the popular Vishnu Temple and also the Gumba nearby. Then, we start descending down for about 4 to 5 hours until we reach Marpha.

We get on a Jeep from Marpha and drive to Tatopani which takes approximately 3 hours.

We walk uphill across terraced farmland with endless views of the mountains. We pass through the villages of Shikha, Chitre and across forests of rhododendron. After hiking uphill for about 8 hours, we reach the beautiful village situated on the ridge.

We start early to catch the sunrise from Poon Hill. It is about an hour walk to the top of the hill. After enjoying the view, we return back to Ghorepani. We then have our breakfast and start descending. We pass through Ulleri, Tikhedhunga, Birethanti and finally reach Nayapul after 7 hours. From there, we take a ride back to Pokhara, which takes about 1.5 hours.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • All airport and hotels transfer by private car/van (depends on group size).
  • Two nights hotel accommodation at 3-star category in the city of Kathmandu on the basis of bed and breakfast.
  • Professional English speaking, Eco Trained trekking guide his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine, transportation etc.. (one porter for two people).
  • Kathmandu – Beshishar by private car/van (depends on group size) and Pokhara – Kathmandu drive by tourist bus.
  • The 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 trek.
  • All the necessary paper works and conservation entry permit (Trekking permit / TIMS card etc).
  • Sleeping Bag and Trekking sticks (to be returned after trip completion).
  • One night hotel accommodation in Pokhara city on the basis of bed and breakfast.
  • First Aid Medical Kit Box.
  • All the government taxes, VAT and company service charge.
  • Nepali food farewell dinner party.
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • 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.
  • Additional costs or delays caused by management out of control like landscape, bad weather condition, in case of itinerary modification with a view to a safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability raises strike, moment etc.
  • Tips to the guide and porters.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on including section.

FAQs

  • Crossing the world’s widest pass, the Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters.
  • 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

Sep-Dec/March-April

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 the 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 an 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 the 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 the 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 traveler’s cheque, 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 equipment however these are the necessities list we prepared to keep your comfort and utility in mind. We never recommend our clients to bring over equipment which is not necessary for the trek. Head Sun hat or scarf Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide-brimmed hat Headlight with extra batteries Face Sunscreen Sunglass with UV protection Face/body wipes Hands Lightweight gloves Heavy weight winter gloves Body Hiking shirts Long sleeved shirt made of synthetic fiber Hooded rain jacket Fleece jacket Lightweight cotton pants T-shirts ( bring Lightweight wool) Polypropylene underwear down jacket ( available in rent in Kathmandu) Sweater Waterproof jacket and pants Footwear Hiking Boots that been worn in Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks) Essential gear 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, ) Toiletries Medium size drying towel Tooth brush Toothpaste Deodorant/ floss Bio degradable bar soap Nail clippers Small mirror Personal accessories Money Watch Cell phone Camera Extra items First aid kit Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport Notebook and pen Binocular

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, the tip is the accepted and honored way to say 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- the 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.

One Review to “Annapurna Circuit Trek”

    • Mireia C

    I have enjoyed a lot the Annapurna Round. It had being a very good experience and with a very good people and guide. Don’t miss it.


    Rating: 5 / 5

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