Annapurna Circuit Trekking
Annapurna Circuit Trekking is amongst the few treks that combine different landscapes, undulated and adventurous sections, extensive biodiversity and, flora and fauna besides the cultural variations of the inhabiting communities. From the lush valleys of Pokhara and Kali Gandaki River to the mysteries of Manang, Muktinath, and Marpha, this trekking experience shall leave you truly mesmerized and smiling. Beautiful waterfalls and lush valleys, colorful and lively villages, close up views of Annapurna massifs, unique Fishtail Mountain, Dhaulagiri Mountain, and several others, and the challenging Thorang La Pass (5416m) with the fabulous view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu, decorate this trekking trail of Annapurna Circuit Trekking.
Annapurna Circuit Trekking circumambulates the amphitheater of Annapurna massifs in the anti-clockwise direction starting the trek from Khudi which is near Besi Sahar, the administrative headquarters of Lamjung District. Gradually exploring the villages less influenced by the ills of development and through the trails with beautiful waterfalls, green and lush landscapes, the trail enters Tibetan influenced settlements of Manang and heads into the Mustang district over the challenging yet inspiring Thorang La Pass decorated with prayer flags and providing the beautiful view of lofty peaks. You shall then experience exemplary religious harmony in the surroundings of sacred Muktinath Temple before moving onto the Marpha village, famous for delicious apples and local elixir made from apple, through the trail that turns windy in the afternoon.
Through another famous settlement of Jomsom, you shall explore the natural hot-springs in Tatopani, trek past one of the deepest gorges of the world (the gorge made by Kali Gandaki River) after Kalopani village and wander around Ghorepani before moving on to the villages at lower altitude including Tikhedhunga and beautiful Poonhill. Complete your Annapurna Circuit Trekking in Pokhara valley and move on to Kathmandu before leaving for the respective onward destinations. En route you shall enjoy the lively countryside of Nepal near Khudi, cross vertigos suspension bridges and subtropical forests, walk through stone stairs at several places, explore beautiful apple orchards in Brathang, Marpha and other villages and marvel at excellent views of the Himalayas accompanying the entire trail.
Annapurna Circuit Trekking is graded as moderate to adventurous trekking trail with the maximum elevation at Thorang La Pass (5416m). In the trail that offers an original trademark and diverse cultural characteristics of Nepal, you need to have above average physical fitness, mental endurance and openness to enjoy the diversity offered. Though this trail can be embarked upon round the year, September to December and March to May are the best seasons. Get the best out of this exciting trail by joining the quality professional team of Nepal Trekking Planner. We also organize other activities such as trekking, tours, peak climbing and more for groups of elders and families with children. Enjoy a hassle-free holiday in Nepal with our team.
- Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4430ft )
- Day 02: Full day in Kathmandu
- Day 03: Drive to Khudi (850m/2788ft) about 08 hrs drive via Besi-Sahar( 823m/2700ft)
- Day 04: Trek to Sirung (2200m/7217ft) 5-6 hrs walk
- Day 05: Trek to Chamje (1425m/4675ft) 4-5 hrs walk
- Day 06: Trek to Dharapani (1930m/6332ft) 5-6 hrs walk
- Day 07: Trek to Chame (2660 m/8730ft) 4-5 hrs walk
- Day 08: Trek to Pisang (3185m/10450ft) 4-5 hrs walk
- Day 09: Trek to Manang (3480m/11420ft) 4-5 hrs walk
- Day 10: Acclimatization day in Manang.
- Day 11: Trek to Churilattar (4180m/13714ft) 4-5 hrs walk
- Day 12: Trek to Churi Lattar to Thorang Phedi(4447m/14600ft) 3-4 hrs or Thorang High Camp (4910m/16109ft) 4-5 hrs walk
- Day 13: Trek to Muktinath (3700m/12140ft) via Throng-La (5416m/17770ft) 6-7 hrs walk
- Day 14: Trek to Marpha (2660m/8728ft) via Kagbeni 5-6 hrs walks
- Day 15: Trek to Kalopani (2530m/8300ft) 4-5 hrs walks
- Day 16: Trek to Tatopani (1190m/3905ft) 5-6 hrs walk
- Day 17: Trek to Gorepani (2780m/9121ft) 6-7 hrs walks
- Day 18: Trek to Tirkhedhunga (1570m/5150ft) via Poonhill (3210 m/10532ft) 4-5 hrs.
- Day 19: Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara (820m/2690ft) about 3 hrs walk and 1 and half hrs drive.
- Day 20: Drive to Kathmandu (1350m/4430ft) 7 hrs drive
- Day 21: Final departure
- All airport Pick up drop by private vehicle
- Welcome dinner in Authentic Restaurant
- 03 deluxe accommodation on BB in Kathmandu
- 02 deluxe accommodation on BB in Pokhara
- Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu and in Pokhara with privet vehicle.
- Kathmandu to Khudi (if you want private vehicle from Kathmandu also available on additional cost) and Pokhara to Kathmandu by bus (if you want flight or private vehicle from Pokhara also available on additional cost)
- Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and Trekkers’ Information Management System( TIMS card)
- A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly , English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport and insurance.
- 02 guest=01 porter with their Insurance, Salary, Food, accommodation and equipment
- Accommodation in the mountain during the trekking
- We provide assistant guide his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport and insurance walking with group to support where necessary as per the group size
- Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the trekking
- First add kid box
- Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, Ti-shart, Cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
- Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
- Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trekkiung(Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible
- All applicable government and local taxes as per the itinerary
- Your Nepal Visa fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos)
- All the International air fare from and to Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Meals during the traveling time
- Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation
- In case of extra more night accommodation, lunch and dinner in city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of itinerary
- Your Personal expenses such as ( laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc)
- The Tips to the trekking crews and drive
- Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
- Anything not included in service includes column
Suggested Equipment list for this trip;
- Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase (We will provide one complimentary Trekking Planner duffel bag but is to be returned after the trip)
- Day bag.( Small handbag)
- Trekking shoes
- Sports shoes or sandal.
- Sun Hat/cap
- Warm woolen cap
- Trekking jacket Gore tax/ flees jacket
- Pullover or warm sweeter
- 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock
- Hand gloves
- 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers
- 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts
- 3/4 pairs of Underwear
- Eye glass
- Water bottle
- 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trip)
- Flash or Torch light
- Camera and batteries.
Difficulties rating of Annapurna Base Camp trek
A trekker or walker who is able to hike normally 5-6 hours per day carring a light weight backpack will be very fit enough to do this trekking. There are stone step up and down which are very uneven and due to some long descents your leg may feel shakey so we recommend to use walking poles to feel more safe. Normally, maximum altitude of the trek is 4130m, so you should be more careful about your health and altitude related risk. To get rid of it please walk slowly and have more water and other drinks.
Safe drinking water on Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Basically, we can get mineral water bottles in lower places but as we go higher cannot find it. In that case we suggest you to drink boiled water which may charge small fee, found in tea houses and better to bring chlorine tablets to purify water. Due to no provision of plastic bottles better to use boiled rather than mineral water, helpful for protection of environment.
Recharging Batteries of Electronic Items On the Trek
Hydro electricicty or solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like camera, batteries, ipod, iphone etc. Tea houses or lodges may charge small fee per hours for charging facilities. Better to buy adoptors before the trip since plugs are limited. In Nepal 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.
Extra Advice for Annapurna Base Camp Trek
You may see some beautiful and sweet children and you may want to distribute ballons, chocolates, money and pens as many trekkers has feit same. But better not to do so because it encourages them to beg and ask to every trekkers.
In the trekking, keep your valuables safe. Do not left any thing anywhere. Ensure that you lock your door when you leave your room and do not hang anythings outside at night.
Use a dustbins and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry garbages in the way where dustbin facilities is not available and conserve the environment.
Spending Money per Day
It mainly depends upon spending habits, normally you should allocate US$ 9-12 per meal in Kathmandu and Pokhara. On trekking, US$ 10-15 a day is good enough to buy drinks and chocolates.
Travel Insurance for Annapurna Base Camp Trek
You should be sufficiently protected and need to have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer the appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.
Washing and Toilet facilities for Annapurna Base Camp Trek
All the guest houses offers hot showers, which can be in bathroom or can be a bucket of hot water. Please note that at high altitude there may not be enough hot water for all the trekkers. Limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated or firewood for the ecological reason. Every lodge have some kind of washing facilities but you must carry a bar of soap. If the water frozed then ask your guide to get warm bowl of water.
Toilet are mainly Asian squat style. Basically toilet are outside your room and vary in how clean they are. You should not through toilet paper in the toilet hole rather you should use rubbish bin tht is kept inside the toilet.
On this trekking route local people have built tea houses lodge with food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually have two narrow beds. While staying in the tea houses you will see the charming local people with their goodhospitality services.
How Can I Plan and Confirm My Trip?
Trekking Planner is a government licensed trekking company in Nepal. You can see photos of legal documents in about us section. We accept your booking under following terms and conditions:
- Bookings must be done 48 hrs. in advance
- Free Cancellation
- No Down payment
- No Deposit
- Accept Cash Payment, Bank Transfer, Western Union, Money Gram, or a Credit Card.
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