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Annapurna Circuit Trek

Duration 16 days
Max-Altitude 5416 m
Transportation Bus/Jeep
Grade Strenuous
Accommodation 3 star accomodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara and Tea houses during trek
Meals Breakfast in Kathmandu,Pokhara and all meals during the trek
Best Season Every week through out the year how ever (June - Aug) is not recommended.
Communication
Group Size Any

Annapurna Circuit Trek completes the round journey of Annapurna Mountain Range in Annapurna  Region, of Nepal. The trail rises to an altitude of 5,416m on the Thorung La Pass, touching the edge of the Tibet. This trek crosses Thorung La (5416m/17769 ft) which is the highest pass on this trek. This trek provides a lifetime opportunity to explore the diverse culture, religion, typical villages, beautiful landscapes, valleys, green hills, subtropical forest, paddy fields, gigantic cliffs, artistic waterfalls, tranquil lakes, pristine rivers, gorge, temples, monasteries, Gompas. It also provides the fantastic views of Annapurna (8091m), Dhaulagiri (8168m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), Nilgiri (7061m) and Himchuli (6441m. The diverse culture of different ethnic groups such as Brahmin, Chhetri, Gurung, Magar, Thakali and Tibetan Buddhist are the main attraction of this trek. Annapurna Circuit Trek is also the best and long distance trek in the world.

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

Day 02:  Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

Day 03: Drive from kathmandu to Jagat (1100 mtr)

Day 04: Jagat to Dharapani (6 hrs)

Day 05: Dharapani to Chame(2630m) Duration:4- 5 hours 

Day 06: Chame to Pisang(3300m) Duration: 5 hours 

Day 07: Pisang to Manang (3570m) Duration: 4 hours

Day 08: Manang – Rest day to acclimation

Day 09: Manang to Yak Kharka (4195m), (4 – 5hrs)

Day 10: Trek Yak Kharka to Phedi (4430m), (4 to 5hrs)

Day 11: Trek Phedi to Thorong-La (Pass), (5416m) and Mukthinath (3802m), (9 – 10hrs)

Day 12: Drive from Mukthinath to Tatopani (Hot Springs), by bus (1189m), (5 – 7 hrs)

Day 13: Trek Hot Springs(Tatopani) to Ghorepani (2856m), (7 – 9hrs)

Day 14: Trek Ghorepani (early morning hike to Poon Hill for sunrise ) Trek to Pokhara

Day 15: Drive Back to kathmandu.

Day 16: Departure Day 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
One of the representative from Himalayan Sanctuary Adventure will be waiting you outside the international airport terminal gate holding your name and take you to our hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation
After breakfast in the morning you will be Proceed for Sightseeing in some places as given below.

  1. Boudhanath Stupa ,
    Lies about 6 kms to the east of downtown Kathmandu and is the largest stupa in the valley. It looms 36 meters high and presents one of the most fascinating specimens of stupa design. Buddhanath is also known as Khasti, or dew drops, after an account that builders had to use dew to mix the mortar as Kathmandu was suffering from a severe drought during the construction of Bouddhanath.
  2.  Pasupatinath Temple ,
    Pashupatinath is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world and lies 5 kms east of the city center. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred Linga, or phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva. Chronicles indicate the temple’s existence prior to 400 AD. Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati River flowing beside the temple
  3.  Patan Darbar Square ,
    Patan Durbar Square is an enchanting combination of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. The former royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. One remarkable monument here is a 17th-century temple dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna, built entirely of stone
  4.  Swayambhunath Stupa ,The Monkey Temple (World Heritage Site)
    Watches over the valley from the top of a hillock on its western side. The huge stupa is one of the holiest Buddhists sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. Swayambhu is also known as Samhengu and the Monkey temple because of the countless monkeys living in the premises

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Synge/Jagat (1100m) Duration: 6-8 hours 

We will drive to Beshisahar. We then take a local jeep from Beshisahar to Syange. This drive gives you some insight of the rural people – their lifestyle and their culture. From Syange, we begin our trek. We’ll walk to Jagat and stay overnight at a Guesthouse – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included.

Day 04: Jagat to Dharapani (1960m) Duration: 6 hours
We will leave Jagat on foot. Our trail winds up to Chyamje. After crossing a suspension bridge, the trail takes us uphill through the Oak forest. We’ll continue walking for a while until it emerges into a valley. We pass the village of Kodo and ascend to the village of Dharapani. Overnight at Guesthouse – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.

Day 05: Dharapani to Chame (2630m) Duration: 5 hours 

On day 5 of the Annapurna Circuit trek the trail climbs along the mule track into a fir forest and then follows the river alongside the higher oak and maple trees. On the way you will be awe- struck by spectacular views of major Himalayan peaks. Overnight at Guesthouse – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

 

Day 06: Chame to Pisang (3300m) Duration: 5 hours 

Our trial now follows a steep and narrow river valley winding through deep woodland. The view of Pisang peak and Annapurna II on our way is truly amazing. Overnight at Guesthouse – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

 

Day 07: Pisang to Manang (3570m) Duration: 4 hours 

Today we will take the upper route to Manang via Ghyaru – Ngawal – Mungji. We will experience more breathtaking scenery as the towering, majestic peaks overwhelm our senses with panoramic views of Annapurna, Pisang peak, and several others. We will notice a change in the landscape and vegetation from today. The cold dry climate creates a much harsher environment. Our short visit to Barge monastery, the largest in the entire district of Manang will be memorable. Overnight at Guesthouse – breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

 

Day 08: Manang – rest day to acclimatize

This day is set aside for acclimatization to the higher altitude. We’ll spend our time visiting the monastery with a side trip to Gangapurna Lake. We can also look around the local villages and visit the Himalayan Rescue Association Clinic. Overnight at Guesthouse – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

 

Day 09: Trek Manang to Yak Kharka (4195m), (4 – 5hrs)

From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, ascends to the village of Tenki above Manang, and then continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. We’ll then follow the valley northward, passing pastures and a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. Further on we pass the small village of Ghunsa – a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Now the trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks contentedly graze. We cross the river on a wooden bridge and passan ancient Mani wall in a pleasant meadow before arriving at another small village – Yak Kharka. Gentle but gradual ascent is the key to avoiding altitude problems. Overnight at Guesthouse – breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

 

Day 10: Trek Yak Kharka to Phedi (4430m), (4 to 5hrs)

On day 10 we will make our way to the foot of the pass to Throng Phedi. This is a small yet busy settlement catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers. Groups such as ours use this point as a base camp. Some members of the group might want to hike to the High Camp today to make next day easier for them –although the Nepal Hiking Team have reservations about this. There is a tough day planned for tomorrow and we stop at Thorong Phedi in order to sleep soundly (rather than risk a less peaceful night in the higher altitude at High Camp). Overnight at Thorong Phedi Guesthouse – breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

 

Day 11: Trek Phedi to Thorong-La (Pass), (5416m) and Mukthinath (3802m), (9 – 10hrs)

We will make an early start on our climb to the pass. We need to be fresh for the initial stage of ascent is very steep. As we approach the peak the trail becomes slushy from melting snow. After making our way through rocky ridges, we arrive at the top of the pass (5416m). The top offers an indescribably magnificent 360 degree panorama of snowcapped peaks extending northwards into Tibet. Looking back, we can see several peaks of Annapurna and in front of us is the beautiful gorge of Kali Gandaki. Our trail then descends steeply down to Muktinath (3800m) – an important pilgrimage sight for Hindus. It is a special place and home to many ethnic Tibetans and devout Buddhists. Overnight at Guesthouse – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

 

Day 12: Mukthinath to Tatopani (Hot Springs), by Local Jeep (1189m), (5 – 6hrs) .

We Drive through Kali Gandaki River Valley. On the way, we will encounter the world’s deepest gorge, Kopchepani. Tatopani is famous for its hot springs. This is the best place to relax our body after a long trek. 

 

Day 13: Hot Springs to Ghorepani (2856m), (7 – 9hrs)

Today is another big day. It will take about 7 hours to walk from Tatopani to Ghorepani. We climb about 1,620 meters up. From Ghorepani, we will be able to see Annapurna South, Himchuli and Tukuche Himal. We will pass a couple of Magar and Gurung villages on the trail.

 

Day 14: Ghorepani (early morning hike to Poon Hill for sunrise) trek to Pokhara.

Very early in the morning, we start an hour hiking to Poon Hill at an elevation of 3,210 m . This vantage point provides unobstructed views of the early morning sunrise over the high Himalayas, weather permitting. After spending an hour we will return to Ghorepani where we take a breakfast at the hotel. We trek down towards Nayapul through tikhedunga, walking down along the ridges and through rhododendron forests we reach Nayapul and Drive back to Pokhara

 

Day 15: Drive Back  to Kathmandu.

We will be driving back to Kathmandu in the morning around 7 am bt Tourist Bus from Pokhara. We will take you for a cultural dinner in the evening as successful completion of the Nepal trip. Overnight in Kathmandu.

 

Day 16: Departure Day

Our driver will transfer you to the International  Airport to connect your international flight for Onward Destination.

 

Note  :   Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer.

What Is Included

  • Pickups and drops from hotels and airport
  •  3 star Category hotels Accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara including Breakfast
  • Transportation by Local Bus to trekking starting Point and Tourist Bus from Pokhara
  • Kathmandu Heritage Sites Sightseeing(4- 6hr)
  •  Teahouse/Lodge Accommodation including Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner during the trek
  •  Farewell dinner at the end of Trek
  • Duffel Bag
  • An experienced English-speaking Trekking guide, and  porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP, TIMS )
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

What Is Excluded

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Entrance fees for Sightseeing and Tour Guide
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and/or Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, Tea,Coffee, WiFi, hot shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

 

Our main paramount is to offer safe and enjoyable trek for your clients. Experienced trekkers will often take only a selection of these items based on what has worked in the past. The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you need to  bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes

  • Sun hat (We provide you a complimentary sunhat)
  • Wool or synthetic hat that cover the ears
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Headlamp
  • Neck warmer

Hand

  • Liner gloves
  • Heavier shell gloves

Core Body

  • T-shirts (2)
  • Lightweight expedition thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Water/windproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric)
  • Synthetic sports bras (for women)

Lower Body – Legs

  • Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
  • Nylon hiking shorts
  • Soft shell and hard shell trekking pants
  • Water/windproof trousers
  • Casual pants

Feet

  • Liner socks
  • Heavyweight socks
  • Waterproof hiking/trekking boots
  • Light shoes/sneakers
  • Gaiters (For monsoon and winter)

Other essential important items

  • Passport and extra passport photos (2 copies)
  • Airline tickets (Please make a copy and leave one at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of yours)
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
  • Water bottle/bladder
  • Water purification Iodine tablets
  • Toiletries (Include toilet paper, wet wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap)

Medicines and First Aid Kit

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness
  • Anti-infection ointments
  • Band-aids
  • Lip balm (At least SPF 20)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 40)

Optional

  • Adjustable trekking poles
  • Favorite snacks (No more than 2 pounds)
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player.
  • Binoculars
  • Cameras (Memory cards, chargers and batteries)
  • Pee bottle for man and pee funnel for woman

Note :  This equipment list is only a guide. You need to bring the listed items, however, you can choose from your preferred brands using your expertise. Plus, you can shop the trekking equipment and clothing at a reasonable price at stores in Thamel, Kathmandu.

Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival ?
Yes, Our representative from Himalayan Sanctuary Adventure will be waiting you  outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for overnight in Kathamndu.

Can I obtain the visa for Nepal on arrival at the airport ?
YES, you can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 30 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 50 and 125 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.)

Can I use credit cards in the places I visit in trekking ?
Once you are out of the cities, all you need is cash. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains.

I am a Vegetarian, is that a Problem ?
No problem at all because mostly, the lodges serve the vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid the food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at the high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

Do I need to bring toilet paper for the trek ?
Almost all the guest houses sell the toilet paper so you can buy it there itself. Hand sanitizer and a towel you must bring your own.

Where do we go to toilet along the trail ?
At most cases, you can use the toilet provided by the tea houses/lodges on the trail but normally in case of emergency, you just do toilet along the trail wherever you find privacy.

What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu, Pokhara and in trekking ?
We use standard rooms at 2 -star category hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast. Along the trekking routes, Teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory style. At times when possible, dining will be around a bon fire. In teahouses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission. The toilet in teahouses provides essential and basic facilities and is always outside the room.

What is the drinking water facility in the mountain?
Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and teahouses, which you can buy at the cost of USD 1 at lower elevations upto USD 4 to higher elevation per liter.

If you are planning to drink normal water all the way during trek, purifying water with any sort of purification tablets or drop is must. You can bring your own purifier or can purchase it in Kathmandu.

How much additional money do I need per day ?
It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu and Pokhara you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 10 to USD 15 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking.

What is the weather & temperature like in trekking ?
One of the most unpredictable elements of the mountain is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns and volatility of the conditions that can occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation.

Spring – March / April / May / June
During springtime, the average temperature is 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), with a maximum of 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of 0 degrees C (32 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 2500 meters.

July / August Through Mid- September is Monsoon SeasonThis season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes. There are positive sides of trekking during the monsoon months as the excess rainfall can provide ample chance to see spectacular views of the waterfall and it’s also the best season to avoid the crowds.

During this time, the average temperature is 25degrees C (77 Degrees F), with a maximum of 30 degrees C (86 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of 5 degrees C (41 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 2500 meters.

Autumn – End of September / October / November
The average temperature during the fall is 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), with a maximum temp of 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -5 degrees C (23 Degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 2500 meters altitude.

Winter- December/ January/ February
Winter start from mid December till mid February in this region. The average temperature during the winter is 10 degrees C (50 Degrees F), with a maximum temp of 17 degrees C (62.6 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -10 degrees C (14 Degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 2500 meters altitude.

The above temperature is based on outside of the guesthouse temperature. No need worry about the cold temperature as we provide the sleeping bag plus the extra blanket to make sure our clients are warm enough during the time of need.

What is the temperature rating of the sleeping bag that you lend to trekkers ?
The temperature rating of the sleeping bags we provide are about -10 deg C (14 Deg Fahrenheit), our guide can provide liner or extra blanket from the lodge in the mountain if the sleeping bag is not warm enough for you
Do your guides have trekking guide certificates from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center? Have they received first aid training for high altitude?
Yes, they have all received a 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project)

What immunizations will I need ?
You don’t need to submit any immunization documents to enter Nepal however if you have been immunized with diphtheria TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus then that is a plus point but it’s not mandatory.We also recommend:A dental check-up prior to travelling. That you know your blood group in case of emergency

If I am sick can I continue the trek next day after a day rest ?
It totally depends on level of your sickness. Once you are sick in higher altitude you need to rest at lower altitude and it at least need 3 days to a week for the recovery.
If you are in private or solo trip you can discuss and decide with guide depending on your health status.
If you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure you discuss with guide and catch up the group later on.

Is there any communication while we are on trekking ?
There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes. Our guides are equipped with the local mobile phone. They carry the Nepal Telecom and Ncell Sim that has good network coverage.

Can I charge my digital camera or other equipment’s on my trip ?
These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! You can also buy the adapters in the super markets or electronic shops in the Kathmandu. Our guide can help you with it.

Do you use yaks/porters on the trek or do we carry all of our own gear?
While on the trek, our porter will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream etc.

Will there be a place to store items/clothing not required for the trek ?
The hotel in Kathmandu does provide the free storage services. So you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel.

Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 100 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs, 

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