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Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna circuit trek is the best portrayed as the most occurrence motivator trekking destination of Nepal. Opened in 1977 for the remote trekkers, the Annapurna Circuit Trek has been demonstrated as a quite applauded and breathtaking trekking track in the Annapurna.

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a three weeks trek that begins right from Besishahar and follows the Marshyangdi River, with incredible perspective of Mount Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east. This elegant trek head towards fine village occupied by a wide diversity of individuals from diverse ethnic group, offering marvelous and glorious perspective of the white Himalayas. As it presses on to the north of the primary Himalayan, we can view the amazing landscape of dry Tibetan Plateau. After that we reach the highest point of this trek, Thorang La pass, the top of the valley at an altitude of 5416m. Exploring Annapurna Region in clockwise direction requires the longer ascent and shorter descent from west to east that might be difficult for many peoples to manage in a single day. So, due to the trouble of crossing the pass, the circuit is usually walked in a counter clockwise direction. Then we slide from Manang to the west at Muktinath, the sacred pilgrimage of Hindu and Buddhist Religion, we continue to the barren Tibetan like village of the Kali Gandaki renowned as the deepest forge of the world that passes between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. We trek the remaining seven days from Jomsom to Pokhara after crossing the Thorang La pass from Manang to Muktinath. Pokhara is one of the most beautiful city of Nepal.

Trip Highlights of Annapurna circuit trek

-Offer a fascinating glimpse of traditional rural life , offering  great taste of foods as well as  majestic views few ever experience.

-Stunning Himalayan views from different side by side , a great  high passes and prayer flags, explore rhododendron forests.

– Manang village, Thorung La Pass (5416m) The Pilgrimage town of Muktinath; Views of the Dhaulagiri Ice

– Fall; The world’s deepest gorge in the Kali Gandaki river; Hot Spring at Tatopani; and Sunrise and mountains views from Poon Hill.

Day 01: Land in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Free and arrangement day

Day 03: Drive to Bulbule (923m).

Day 04: Bulbule to  Chyamje (1400m).

Day 05: Chyamje to Bagarchhap (2160m).

Day 06: Bagarchhap to Chame (2630m).

Day 07: Chame to Pisang (3300m).

Day 08: Pisang to Manang (3500m).

Day 09: Acclimatization day in Manang.

Day 10: Manang to Ledar (4250m).

Day 11: Ledar to Pedi or High camp (4,600m).

Day 12: Phedi to Mukti Nath (3,710m).

Day 13: Mukti Nath to Jomsom (2750m) Via Kagbeni.

Day 14: Mukti Nath drive to Tatopani(1190) Natural hot spring.

Day 15: Trek down to Ghorepani (1,200m).

Day 16: Trek to Poonhill – trek down to Ghorepani and Nayapul – back to Pokhara.

Day 01: Land in Kathmandu

Once you land in Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), our representatives will be there to receive you and drive you to your hotel,

Day 02: Free and arrangement day.

Today is a leisure day. We can do some last minute shopping for trekking such as trekking gears, canned food and so on. We can also buy beautiful and unique handicrafts to take back as souvenir back home. We can visit the World Heritage Sites such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati Nath, Swayambu Nath or Boudha Nath among others.

Day 03: From Kathmandu Drive to Bulbule (923m).

From Kathmandu, we start early for our drive to Bulbule. The road up to Besisahar is quite good, but from there on we continue on rocky roads for about 45 minutes to reach Bulbule. Overnight at tea house.

Day: 04: Bulbule to Chamje (1410m).

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 Khola 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.

Day 05: Chyamje to Bagarchhap (2160m). 

We will begin the day by trekking uphill following the cool Marshyangdi river to reach Tal (1,657m). we will have officially entered Manang district by now. We will climb a long stone stairway to reach at height of 1,860m. We will trek uphill and downhill until we reach Dharapani (1,890m).  We can see different centuries old Chortens here.  From here, we will ascend to reach Bagarchhap (2,160m) which is a small Buddhist village heavily influenced by Tibetan culture. We will stay overnight stay in a guest house.

Day 06: Bagarchhap to Chame (2630m).

Today we will trek uphill on a rocky trial to reach Tyanja (2,360m). We will walk through the forests and on bank of rivers to reach Kopar (2,590m). From there, we will trek uphill to Chame (2,630m). It is a small town and also the headquarter of Manang district. We can have a breathtaking view of the Annapurna range. There are two hot springs here where we can take a bath. We’ll stay overnight in a guest house.

Day 07: Chame to Pisang (3300m).

We will trek through a deep forest and a narrow valley today. We will cross beautiful rivers on wooden bridges and suspension bridges at heights of 2,910m and 3,040m. we will have beautiful views of mountains all along to keep us refreshed. From here, we will climb to Pisang which is at a height of 3,200m. we will stay the night in a guest house.

Day 08: Pisang to Manang (3500m).

We will trek through the dried terrain of the Manang district. We will walk through beautiful settlements and we might see a caravan if lucky. From Pisang, we can choose a route north or south of Marsyangdi and reach Mungji. The southern route of Hongde is easier as it involves less climbing than the northern route of Ghyaru. However, the northern route is more scenic than former. From Mungji, we will trek upwards through Bryanga (3,475m) to reach Manang (3,500m) where we will be spending the night.

Day 09: Acclimatization day in Manang

We will spend the day exploring and acclimatizing to the climate and terrain of Manang. We will walk or go for very short hikes. We can go to viewpoints from where we can get great view of the Annapurna range. At evening we will come back to our hotel and have a good dinner and a good night’s sleep.

Day 10: Manang to Ledar (4,250m).

We will trek uphill ascend to nearly another 2000m via the majestic Thorung La Pass. We will leave the Manang early today as we will have to trek for a long time. We will make our ascend up through Jarsang Khola Valley. From there, we will climb up to Ledar (4,250m). From here, the vegetation starts to get sparser. On reaching Ledar, we will take rest at a local inn.

Day 11: Ledar to Pedi or High camp (4,600m).

From today our downhill trek begins. We will descend and then cross a dwindling river at 4,310m. From there, we once again climb to Phedi (4,420m). From there, we will continue our trial uphill until we reach high camp at height of 4,600m.

Day 12: Phedi to Mukti Nath (3,710m).

We will now continue our trek downhill to reach Mukti Nath, the famous temple. We will cross the Thorung La Pass at 5,416m. On reaching Mukti Nath, we can receive blessings from the priests. We will spend the night in a local guest house.

Day 13: Mukti Nath to Jomsom (2750m) Via Kagbeni.

From Muktinath, we follow a path of the Jomsom trek where we descent through meadows, streams and fruit trees to reach Kagbeni. Look around the old village then keep moving downwards from Kagbeni we reach Jomson, Kali Gandaki valley.

Today we will trek down to reach Marpha, which is a small Thakali settlement of around 150 houses. There are ancient monasteries in this region which are of great religious and historical advantage. We can also visit the apple brandy factory here. We will spend the night at a local guest house.

Day 14:  Jomsom- Drive to Tatopani(1190) Natural hot spring.

The road from Marpha to Kalopani is through a new trail past Chokhopani village which is a traditional Thakali village.  The panoramic views of the Himalayas include Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Annapurna and many other snow capped peaks.  From here we cross a river and a newly constructed road to finally reach Kalopani.

Day 15: Trek down to Ghorepani (1,200m).

We will trek downhill mostly through the lovely villages of Shikaha and Ghara. The vegetation starts to become denser as we trek downhill. We can go for exploration of beautiful Ghorepani once we reach here. We will stay the night at a local guest house.

Day 16: Trek to Poonhill – trek down to Ghorepani and Nayapul – back to Pokhara

Today is the last but an eventful day. Early in the morning, we will trek up to Poon Hill, a picturesque hilltop and a major tourist destination to watch the sunset on beautiful Annapurna range. We can view the majestic Annapurna range along with Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchre. We will now trek back to Nayapul via Ghorepani from where we will catch a bus to reach the lake city Pokhara.

Trip Cost US$ 925 Per person
Cost Includes:
  • Pick up from the airport and Final drop to the airport by private vehicle
  • All your standard meals like, Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, during the trek with A cup of tea or coffee during the breakfast.
  • Tea house Accommodations during the trek.
  • Equipment like sleeping bag, Down Jacket & needed things etc if you do not have your own. To be returned after the trip completed.
  • All ground transportation.
  • Well English speaking guide, friendly, experienced, with government license holder.
  • A Guide his , food, Transport, Accommodation, Salary, equipments, e.t.c. All paid.
  • Monastery fees.
  • A Trekking route map
  • Emergency helicopter rescues service arrangement. pay by your travel insurance.
  • Insurance of Guide.
  • Conservation area park fees.
  • TIMS (trekkers’ Information Management System.)
  • One night standard accommodation on B/B in Pokhara end of the trek.
  • First aid service box with normal medical supplies.
Cost Excludes:
  • All kind’s of Drink’s like Mineral water, beer Juice, Coke, fanta, other alcoholic hard drink’s, ETC.
  • Sweet things like chocolate and others
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Hotel night and activities in Kathmandu.
  • Porter , carrier if you need ( 225 USD ) per porter.

Start Date - End Data Status Cost Book This Trip
03/09/2017 - 03/25/2017 Available US$ 1115 per person Book this trip

FAQs- Frequently Asked Questions

Trekking to a new place can always be nerve-wracking  disregard of the number of times you might have done it. Every place has its own culture, non-verbal norms and values, government policies and so on.

Having even the basic knowledge about the place can boost your confidence and give you a positive anticipation of the experience you can gain from the place.

If you are looking forward to trek in Nepal, this article will indeed be of great use to refer to. Answered below, are some of the most frequently asked questions about trekking in Nepal.

1.      Is trekking difficult?

The difficulty level of the trek entirely depends upon the trek you chose.

If you happen to be trekking for the first time, or your physical condition does not permit you to (because of age or other medical conditions) you can always look for easy treks.

Easy treks have shorter number of days, less distance to be walked in a day, and relatively lower altitudes. You do not have to have prior experience or knowledge to trek to these places.

If you are adventurer and are looking for some thrill, you have plenty of options to choose from. Difficult treks have longer number of days. You will have to walk for 5-7hrs a day on an average and these treks are mostly situated in high altitudes. These treks also demand a good level of physical fitness.

Unlike other product, trekking is not about more for better. The difficulty level has got nothing to do with the experience you can gain from a trek.

Go for what you want to and what your physical ability will allow you to. Do not push yourself too hard. Trekking is not a competition. Its relaxation.

2.      Is trekking expensive?

This entirely depends upon how much you are willing to spend on your trek. You can trek luxuriously by spending lavishly or you can backpack. It all depends upon how much your bank balance allows you to.

You will get accommodation for as less as 3-4$ per night, or you can pay up to 60-1004 per night for luxury resorts. On an average, you will need not more than 10$ for a meal. If you are looking for economical places, you can eat 3 meals for 10$! But eating at such places come at a great cost of low hygiene rate.

Bottom line: Nepal is not an expensive place when it comes to tourism. It is probably one of the places you can have the most economical luxury trek comparing to what a luxury trek would otherwise cost in your country!

3.      What preparations should I make before trekking?

It is always a good idea to involve yourself in doing physical exercises before trekking. Not that you have to be all athletic and muscular to trek. An average level of physical fitness will make the journey less stressful.

Ending up with sore muscles, blisters, joint pain, and back pain can be very discomforting while trekking. This is unlikely to happen if you exercise beforehand.

Start exercising at least a month before the trek. You can do cardio exercises like running, jogging, long walks, cycling and swimming. Carry a light backpack along with you to get used to it. Gym work out can be a good option too. Just don’t over-do it.

If you are going on an easy trek, you need not be very physically fit. But prior exercising is still a good option. You will only make your journey more comfortable.

4.      What are the things I need to pack?

There are a long list of things you will need for trekking. The things you carry can affect the entire experience of your journey. So make sure that while purchasing any gear, make no compromisation on the quality or the brand of the equipment.

To know about the things you require, refer to the following link-

http://www.thelongestwayhome.com/travel-resources/trekking/equipment-gear-needed-for-trekking-in-nepal.html

5.      Do I need special permission to trek?

You will not need trekking permits in any of the treks in the Everest region, the Annapurna region and also in the Langtang region. But you will have to pay entry fees while entering a conservation area or a national park.

Trekking permits are a must for trekking in the restricted regions. The permits are available for purchase in the department of immigration located in Dillibazaar, Kathmandu. For further information, refer to-

http://www.taan.org.np/pages/trekking-permit-fees

6.      Is drinking water easily available?

Availability of drinking water is not the problem. The problem is the cost of it at higher altitude. As you gain height, the price of water rises up to 2-3$ per liter.

An alternative way of getting drinking water is by having your water bottles filled in tea houses. Tea houses will provide you boiled water for about 0.4-0.7$ per liter. They are completely safe for drinking.

Therefore, do not forget to take at least two water bottles with you.

7.      What kind of food is available during trekking?

Food is not of any concern while trekking. You will get all kinds of cuisines. For breakfast, tea houses will provide you with eggs cooked in your preferred style along with pan cakes, bread butter, roti, and so on.

Various other dishes like pizza, pasta, momo, chowmein and many more are also available. The most preferred dish is Dal Bhaat. It is a typical Nepali meal. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentils, tomato chutney and meat curry. The best part- an extra helping will no cost you extra! The meal is highly nutritional. It will also keep you fueled for long walks.

8.      What kind of accommodation should I expect?

Accommodation depends upon the type of trekking you are going for. There are two types of trekking

1.      Tea house trekking:

You will be spending your night in tea houses. Tea houses are local lodges and hotels. They are small and comfortable enough. Most rooms are shared with two small cots that have mattress, pillows and sheets. If you need spare blankets, you can always ask for it. The rooms have attached bathroom, western flush designed and shower. You will have to pay for hot shower and electricity.

Dormitories are also available and a very low cost of about 3-4$ per night. These come with common toilets and bathrooms.

The cleanliness of the rooms may not live up to your expectations. Bring your own pillow if possible. Conjunctivitis is a common case you might fall sick of.

2.      Camp treks

In this type, you will spend your nights in tented camps. Such treks mostly lie in the restricted regions. These regions do not have enough facilities to accommodate many people.

 

9.      What are the risks associated with trekking?

Trekking is an extreme sport and does come with a lot of risks. Some unavoidable risks are avalanche, heavy rainfall, earthquake, landslide and other such natural calamities.

You might fall and injure yourself or catch some viral flue. The deadliest risk of trekking is AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness. This sickness occurs when a great altitude is gained and the body fails to adjust to the changing pressures associated with it. Anyone can fall a victim of the sickness and if not treated in time, it can be fatal.

10. How to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?

There is absolutely nothing you can do to prepare your body for altitude sickness. But yo can take few precautionary measures to avoid it. They are-

  1. Attain height gradually and slowly
  2. As you cross over 2000meters, reduce your number of walking hours and walk slow
  3. Drink plenty of water
  4. Take ample rest. Take more rest if you feel like your body is asking for it
  5. Eat high caloric food
  6. Avoid smoking or drinking

11. How to diagnose AMS?

In order to detect AMS, you need to be aware of the symptoms of them. They are-

  1. Headache
  2. Nausea and vomiting
  3. Dizziness
  4. Tiredness
  5. Loss of appetite
  6. Upset stomach
  7. Feeling unsteady
  8. Shortness of breath
  9. Increased heart rate
  10. Difficulty sleeping

If you notice any of the symptoms, take immediate precautionary measures such as:

  1. Do not climb any higher for the next 48 hours
  2. Descend to a lower altitude if possible
  3. Take complete rest until you feel well
  4. Do not exercise
  5. Do not smoke
  6. Drink plenty of water
  7. Take external oxygen supply if necessary
  8. Take anti-sickness medicines

If you see no further improvement in your heath within the next 48 hours, you will have to be deported to Kathmandu in a helicopter. Therefore, do not forget to issue and insurance that will cover you helicopter reuse cost.

12. Do I need a guide/porter to trek?

There is no such hard and fast rule that you must have one. But it is highly advisable to travel with them. Some of the treks cannot be trekked without a guide most of them are the restricted ones.

A guide is someone who will help you with navigations. He will also have a better idea about the places to live in and eat at can negotiated prices for you. They will also help you during medical emergencies.

A porter is someone who will carry your load for you so that you can enjoy long walks.

In case you hire them, you are entirely responsible for providing them with trekking gears, food and accommodation and other medical facilities.

Guide/porter as also available these days. These are people who play the role of both a guide and a porter. Hiring them will save you from bearing an additional cost.

13. Can I trek solo?

To some places, yes. But trekking solo in the restricted area is completely forbidden. You will have to trek in a group.

A lot of people trek solo in Nepal and have thoroughly enjoyed. Trekking solo has its own benefits. You will not have to adjust your schedule according to anyone. You can also follow your own route as you wish to. Also, finding your way, especially in the non-restricted regions, is very easy. The routes are well marked and pretty straight.

Nepal is completely safe for solo trekkers. But you will also have to be a little more careful while travelling alone.

14. What is the difference between trekking independently and trekking with an agency?

Trekking independently means trekking without an agency. You can hire a guide or a porter if you want to. You may also have a trekking partner. But the entire journey depends upon the way you want to take it.

In treks organized by agencies, they will have a well-planned schedule designed for you which you will have to strictly follow. Most of the times, you will be travelling with a group. The agency will also provide you with a guide and a porter. Trekking with an agency will be a little more expensive than trekking independently or solo.

15. Which is the best season to trek in Nepal?

Every season as its own charm. However, the best seasons are spring lasting from April to May and autumn lasting from September to November.

In these two season, Nepal sees the maximum number of tourists who come to trek. These are the busiest months of the year. The weather is highly pleasant and favorable for long walks. The trails are blossoming with fresh leaves and flowers. The clear skies allow you to get a great view of the magnificent Himalayas.

Conclusion

The above information covers up almost everything you need to know about trekking. If you happen to have any queries, please feel free to leave a comment below or inbox us at info@excitingnepal.com

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Trip Facts

  • Trekking Destination: Annapurna region
  • Group Size: 1 (minimum)
  • Minimum altitude: 900 MTRS.
  • Maximum altitude: 5416 MTRS
  • Season: All around the year
  • Grade Info: Moderate to Strenuous
  • Transportation: Car / Van /bus
  • Total Days: 16 days
  • Walking Hour: 5 to 8 hours

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