• Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

 
  • Days: 21
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Overview

Trip facts

Duration: 21 Days

Activities: Trekking

Departure From: Kathmandu

Country: Nepal

Region: Annapurna

Price: USD 1,450

Group size: Min 1-12 Min

Annapurna Circuit Trek 

Annapurna Circuit Trekking, also recognized as Round Annapurna Trek -  as being the classic trekking route; trekking to this entire Annapurna Himalayan range and exclusive views of impressive wanderings through the astonishing variety of landscape with mixtures of different ethnicities on the trail.

The mountains you get to perceive from the Annapurna Circuit is Annapurna I (8090 m, 26545 ft) (the 10th highest peak in the world) and was first climbed by the French summit in 1950. Other peaks like Mount Dhaulagiri ( 8165 m,26795 ft) (7th highest peak in the world ), Mount Manaslu ( 8165 m,26780 ft) (the 8th highest peak ) and Mount Machhapuchare (also known as Fishtail) (6995 m, 22945 ft).

This trek takes you to the abundant sub-tropical area to the huge dense alpine forest where you will be crossing the challenging Thorong La Pass (5415 m) which is the highest point of this trek. This trekking is to some extent moderate or rather a tranquil trek. With sound health, any trekkers can attempt this trek.

The way to the Annapurna Circuit Trek begins from a scenic drive to Besishar. We then start our trek from Khudi, from where you slightly get the glimpse of Manaslu range. Then our trail takes us to the subtropical forests, ascending and descending, after crossing several suspension bridges, we reach Sirung village. The communities living here are mostly from the Tamang ethnic group and you get to discover their culture and livelihood. As we continue on the trail, we will be crossing through terraced fields and after few suspension bridges, we reach Dharapani and headed towards Chame, which is the headquarter of the Manang district. We then head to Pisang, spotting several temples on the way. Finally, we reach Manang, where we will be acclimatizing here.

At this Annapurna Circuit, there is no such high altitude but novice climbers may suffer some altitude sickness. So, we will halt here at Manang and do short hikes to some villages. And continuing our trek, we will reach Yak Kharka, where we will be spotting several yak herders on the trail. As continuing our trekking and crossing some more suspension bridges, we will be heading to the high cliff Thorang La (5416 m), where we get the splendid view of Mount Gundang, Mount Syagang, Mount Thorung and Mount Khatungkan. And from Thoangpedi, we will reach Muktinath, one of the sacred places for Hindus and Buddhists. We are then headed to Marpha, a well known place for apple farming.

And then we will be heading to Kalopani, then to Tatopani, trekking through the beautiful villages of Shikha and Chitre and trailing through the beautiful rhododendron and other several forests and reach Ghorepani village.Lastly, we trek to Ghorepani Poon Hill, the ultimate heaven where we get the superb entire view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. Finally, we head to Tadapani and after trekking some time, we will drive to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu.

We the Accent Himalaya also have an opportunity for extending and reducing the itinerary schedule according to your vacation schedule. So if you want to know further details about this trek, have any inquiries, please feel free to contact or email us.

Here we list the detailed itinerary for Annapurna Circuit Trek:

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Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

As your arrival at Airport, our representative will pick you up and drop you at your respective hotel. In the evening you will be invited to dinner hosted by Accent Himalaya with amazing Nepalese taste.

Included meals: Dinner

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek Preparation

Kathmandu, the town of temple and cultural things, we will visit today. We will visit the Kathmandu Durbar square having amazing architect and arts of Nepal. We visit the Swayambhunath temple, (also known as monkey temple). We will travel to Boudhanath for sightseeing the - world largest Stupa aka Boudhanath Stupa. At last, we will visit the religious site - the Pashupati Chhetra which has more than 1000 Sivayalayas and others. Then we will reach our management and check out our climbing equipment.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 03: Drive to Khudi (800m/2,624ft): 7- 8 hours

We will drive to Khudi from Kathmandu on a winding road along the Trisuli River. We will admire the terraced farms and beautiful huts on the way. After reaching to the turning point, Mugling, we move straight ahead towards Pokhara. After reaching Dumre, we leave our previous trail and follow new trails that head north to Besisahar. After some drive from Besisahar, we will meet Khudi, from where we will be able to see the glimpses of gorgeous Mountain Manaslu and range.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 04: Khudi to Sirung (2200m/7216 ft): 6 - 7 hours

We start our trek of the first day crossing several suspension bridges and waterfalls with several ascending and descending across rice paddies and subtropical forest. Our trails at initial are gradual however after some walk becomes steeper trails. Before reaching to Sirung, we have to cross an ethnic Tamang settlement of Taranche. We admire close views of the NadiChuli and Manaslu mountains from Sirung.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 05: Sirung to Jagat (1,300m/4265ft): 6 - 7 hours

Today we will leave Sirung on easy trails for Jagat. We will leave behind the terraces of the village and cross-forest, ferns and woodland, where we spot a variety of birds, passing through several small villages and few temples on the way, crossing a suspension bridge over SanguKhola at Mipra again at Syange over the Marshyangdi River. After crossing one more bridge we will arrive at Jagat.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 06: Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7-8 hours

After having our breakfast, we will continue to trek from Jagat descending until we reach the river and continue through a lush forest.  Our trails ascent leads to a sharp-edge cliff facing the river bank. In our route, Chyamje comes into picture amidst the glorious backdrop of towering Annapurna mountain range. We will cross the suspension bridge, climb steeply towards the slippery and physically challenging path to Sattate. Then we descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Taal. As we leave behind Tal, our way becomes much winding and rugged. We approach the steeply-forested village of Karte meandering along the waterfalls and cliffs, we finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 07: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 5 - 6 hours

We will walk through some forested ridge on our way to Chame, which is headquarters of Manang district. We can admire views of Himalayas including Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II and IV. On our trek, we also come across the small hot spring where we dip and soothe our aching body.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 08: Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft): 5 - 6 hours

The steep and narrow way with a very dense forest shall take us to the diagrammatic curved rock face, rising 1500 m from the River, which is the steepest part of the Marshyangdi valley. After passing the last point of rock, the valley will open up with majestic vistas. We will trek for a while before reaching lower Pisang.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 09: Pisang to Manang : 6 - 7 hours

We have two routes to Manang but we will follow the trail that takes us upper via Geru. This trail guarantees excellent views of the magnificent landscape and the mighty mountains including Annapurna and Pissang. We will be notified that a contrast in the landscape and vegetation from today. We will visit Barge Monastery, the largest monastery all over the Manang.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10: Manang: Acclimatization day

We will stay at Manang for acclimatization for keeping us fit on the trail that we follow. We will take a short hike to BhojoGumba or Gangapurna Lake. If we have the energy, we will also hike to Vraga village, where we can visit the Himalayan rescue association, which give us some idea about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 3 - 4 hours

Through Manang village, we will cross a stream then climb to a village of Tenki and continue to climb out of the Marshyangdi valley turning to the valley of JarsangKhola. We will follow the trail following valley northward, passing some pastures and a scrub of juniper trees. The trails also pass near the village of Gunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Our trails will go through the ground on where horses and yaks are grazing. We also cross the wooden bridge, pass an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then we will finally reach another village of Yak Kharka. 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12: Yak Kharka to ThorongPhedi (4,600m/15,092ft): 3 - 4 hours

It will be uphill walk to Thorong La Pass. After some trek, we will cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We will ascend furthermore and pass through towering cliffs before reaching ThorongLa Pass. We will reward by the views of Mt.Gundang, Syagang, Thorong Peak and Mt. Khatungkan.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13: ThorongPhedi to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) via Thorong La pass (5416m/17764ft): 7 - 8 hours

We will cross Thorong La Pass, one of the highest passes in the world, from East to West (Manang to Muktinath), an easiest and safest trail. For that, we shall have to get up early in the morning around 3 am and walk up the mountain, after reaching the top of the peaks we then realize the worth of our trekking. We take some photos and head to Muktinath valley.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14: Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m/8,760ft): 4 - 5 hours

Muktinath, an important pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhist, early in the morning we pay our visit to a Vishnu Temple and Gumba. Descending from Ranipauwa village down the steep and barren hillside, we will tumble down towards Kegbeni and Jomsom finally arrive at Marpha.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 15: Marpha to Kalopani (2,530 m/8,300 ft): 5 - 6 hours

We will take a new route toward Kalopani via Chokhopani Village. We come across traditional villages of the ethnic Thakali people with beautiful apple garden. We see the panoramic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Fang and Annapurna I. We continue to trek from Chokhopani to Khethanti. We will cross the river and come across the newly constructed road site before reaching Kalopani.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 16: Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m/3,937ft): 6 - 7 hours

Today we will trek mostly downhill. We cross the bridge at Ghasa, dropping down to lower elevation, we will emerge back into subtropical forests, lush with vegetation. We will continue to follow our trails along RupseChaharaa (waterfall). We continue down down the east bank from Kopchepani via Garpar to a bridge at Dana. We will see the mini-powerhouse at Narchyangbesi. Upon reaching Tatopani, we will rest and have a bath in the hot spring.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 17: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 - 8 hours

We will leave Kaligandaki and head up to the Ghar Khola valley. Our trails take us through the farmland with the mountainous surrounding. We will cross the village of Shikha and Chitre before reaching the beautiful rhododendron forest. Walking further we will reach Ghorepani, a beautiful village situated at the top of the ridge.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 18: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft): 6 - 7 hours

We will make the early morning climb along steep trails to the viewpoint of Poon Hill, the most popular trekking destination in Annapurna region to catch the sunrise over the Himalayas. It is a great viewpoint to enjoy the amazing Manang, Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20 mountains along with views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. After some while, we will return back to Ghorepani, having breakfast and we go ahead east and climb a nearby ridge. We will descend through rhododendron forests, pass by spectacular waterfalls and reach Tadapani.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 19: Tadapani to Pokhara (850m/2,789ft) via Ghandruk: 5 - 6 hours trek, 1 hour drive

We will make a steep descent through the dense and dark forest. This part of the trek will be through a thick forest of old rhododendron trees. After trekking few more we reach Ghandruk, a slope settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by Gurung communities. Here we will see the stunningly close-up towering views of Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli mountains. We continue our trek and reach to Nayapul, from there we transfer to Pokhara.

Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 20: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours

Early in the morning after having our breakfast, we catch the tourist bus from Pokhara tourist bus park and return to Kathmandu alongside river Trisuli. You can enjoy the amazing hillside and green valley and hills on our route to Kathmandu. After reaching to Kathmandu and being freshened up, we will attend the farewell function in the evening.

Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 21: Final departure

Our representative will drop you at the International airport before your flight time. However, if you want to explore more here in Nepal, we Accent Himalaya will try our best to help you.

Included meals: Breakfast

Includes and Excludes

What's Included

  • Tourist bus transportation from Kathmandu - Beshishahar
  • Tourist bus transportation from Pokhara - Kathmandu
  • 2 nights accommodation with breakfast in a Hotel at Pokhara
  • 3 Meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek
  • Tea house accommodation during the trek
  • English speaking, well trained and experience trekking guides, assistant guide(s) as per the group size and support team for luggage
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (if needed)
  • Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • Annapurna Conservation Park Permits fee
  • TIMS Fee (Trekkers Information Management System)
  • Government taxes & office service charge

Not Include in the Cost

  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc)
  • Porters in needed
  • Tips for guides and porters

Trip Note

 

Accommodation for Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Accent Himalaya manages its best to provide good food and comfortable accommodation. During your stay in Kathmandu, standard hotels (rated 2-3 stars) will be provided (for 4 nights). However, if you are willing to pay more, we can arrange some luxurious room from 4-5 star hotels.

But once you set out for Annapurna Circuit Trek, normal lodges or Teahouse will be arranged where you get a normal bed and pillow. A few lodges have electric lights but others rely on candle lights or lanterns. Nevertheless, there will be a good provision of food. All the lodges are booked prior to your trekking but in some cases, they cannot be booked in advance. In such a case, you need to show willingness since it is an adventurous trekking and some facilities are limited on the high mountains.

Meals and Drinks on Round Annapurna Trek

All the meals and breakfast required for you are included in our package. Dinner and breakfast will be served in the same lodge where you spend overnight and the team leader or guide will find you a good place for lunch on the way to your destination. We recommend you to carry water purification pills along with you as normal water will be provided free of cost. If you wish to drink bottled water, they are available in the shop and tea houses. However, bottled water and liquors are not included in the package. 

Best Season to Travel

The best Seasons for traveling in Nepal are spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). Trips can also be arranged during winter upon request. However, the cold environment might not be suitable for all. Because of scorching heat, and monsoon with melting snow, we don’t recommend you for trekking in the months of June, July, and August. 

Luggage/Backpack on Annapurna Circuit Trekking

During your trek, your main luggage will be carried by our porters and you will be carrying a small backpack with your water bottle, camera, tissue paper, towel, or other gears that you need to use frequently. The clothes and gears that you don’t need can be packed and left in the locker or safe deposit box in the hotel free of cost.

Normal weight limit at Nepal’s domestic airline is 15 kg including your hand carry and in case you exceed the limit, you need to pay the extra amount which is not included in our package.

Guide/Porter on Trek

Accent Himalaya provides you a very trained and experienced trekking guide who will handle all the logistics and other issues that may emerge during your trek. We have the best provision of very loyal and honest porters who will carry 20 kg from two tourists (10 kg each). If you are trekking in a bigger group (more than 10 people in a group), we will provide you an additional guide.

Group Size, Guide, and Crew Member

Accent Himalaya organizes Annapurna Circuit Trek from a minimum of a single person to maximum of 12 people in a group at once. However, larger groups trek can be arranged by splitting the groups. One guide is provided for up to 6 trekkers and 2 guides are provided up to 16 trekkers. One porter is provided for 2 trekkers. The guide will be in the same hotel or lodge where you are accommodated but porter might be placed somewhere else during your trip.

Personal Expenses on Trek

A personal expense literally depends upon your personal habit; whether you are alcoholic or non-alcoholic, extravagant or thrifty and so on. Normally, the cost of the meal and accommodation during the trek are covered in our package and you will be liable to pay for table drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while trekking, souvenirs, hot shower (available at some places) tips to the guide and porters, meals during your stay at Kathmandu (a normal meal costs $ 5-7 in Kathmandu) as well as the entrance fees during your city tour to different places in Kathmandu (approximately $ 25). Tips to the guide and porter are your personal choice. However, we advise you to give tip and allocate 5-10 percent of your total tour cost if you are satisfied with their service.

Gears Available in Kathmandu

All the necessary gears required for the trek are available in Kathmandu for a reasonable price or even you can hire them. Hence, you don’t have to spend a large amount of money for your trip preparation in your home country.

A Typical Day on Trek

On a usual day, you are required to walk for 4-6 hours every day. After having breakfast, you will set out for the day’s walk for 3-4 hours until midday and stop for lunch. After lunch, you continue to your destination. The after lunch walk is comparatively shorter and can reach the destination within next couple of hours. On some particular days, you will get to reach your destination at lunchtime and after that, you can take rest and enjoy the remaining hours. After reaching your destination of the day, you can relax, stretch your body, take a shower, read some books, roam around or even play cards in a group.

Our Greetings at Airport

We advise you to flow the information of your international flight details after you confirm your Annapurna Circuit Trekking with Accent Himalaya for our meeting and greetings. Right after you cross the Customs and check out of the terminal building, you will find our representative holding a placard with your name or the name of the company (Accent Himalaya) and drop you to your hotel in a private car. In case you have booked the hotel by yourself, we suggest you inform us in advance the name of the hotel you are about to stay so that our representative can drop you to your hotel and would be easier to meet with the team leader or the guide.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it

Our normal Itinerary includes 21 days package for Round Annapurna Trek which is the most usual and practical. In the package, the days of your arrival and departure and a day of city tour are also counted. In case you managed further schedule, you want to exclude those days for our service and just want us to help you with the trekking part, upon your request, we can rearrange and adjust the itinerary and let you know about the final cost for the trip.

Also, you can extend or shorten your trek if you feel it’s necessary with consulting our guide on the way to your destination. We recommend you to finish the trek within the last day mentioned in our package as many unforeseen circumstances may befall at any time.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation

Health, Safety, and Security of the clients are always our top most priority. So, In case of a serious sickness or any mishaps, while you are on Annapurna Circuit Trek (which we believe will not happen), we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital to save your life and you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before assigning for the trek or you have to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Ensure that you’ve insured yourself before doing the trip and please visit Nepal Travel insurance page for more info about it.

Booking and Payment

You are required to make 20% (non-refundable) payment in advance in order to confirm and book Annapurna Circuit Trekking along with a photocopy of your passport and flight details (arrival detail, flight name, number and time) and the remaining 80% balance is due when you arrive in Nepal. You have the option of paying the advance by bank transfer or credit card. So, do let us know which modes of payment are convenient for you, then we will forward the details of payment.

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