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Annapurna Circuit with Base Camp Trek

Duration 25 days
Max-Altitude 5416 m.
Transportation Bus / Private Jeep
Grade Strenuous
Accommodation 3 * category hotel in kathmandu and Pokhara and Teahouse During Trek
Meals Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara and all meals during the trek
Best Season March - May, Sept - Dec
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Group Size 1+

The massif Annapurna Mountains covers the Annapurna Region in Northwest part of Nepal. Annapurna Circuit with Base Camp Trek provides an opportunity to explore cultural varieties, mesmerizing landscape, high snow mountains and different flora and fauna. Starting from Greenery hilly region our trail passes through different rivers, stream, waterfalls, fertile agricultural land, different indigenous community and massif forest. It also offers the natural music of different chirping birds and colourful dancing butterfly on the way. The trail of Annapurna Circuit Trekking slowly and gradually leads you up to the smiling high silver mountains to world’s biggest pass, Thorong La (5416 m) to completely desert and naked hills of Mustang, where you can easily feel as you are in Tibet.

Annapurna Circuit Trek is also one of the famous treks in the world.  This trek is not only famous throughout Nepal, but it is one of the top trekking trails in the world. There was a time where there were no roads and the minimum amount of tea houses to stay but nowadays the roads are up to Manang Village. Before starting of Annapurna circuit trek we need to drive to Beshisahar from Kathmandu. After spending a night in Beshishar next morning we start a complete trek towards Thorong-la pass via Manang and other villages. The roads are along the trail but recently TAAN and government made optional routes to avoid the roads but still, you can hear the vehicle beeping around.

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

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syange (1100m/3608 ft): 7 – 9 hours

Day 04: Trek from Syange to Dharapani (1,860m/6,430ft): 6 – 8 hours

Day 05: Dharapani to Chame (2,610m/8,891ft): 4 – 6 hours

Day 06: Chame to Pisang (3,200m/10824ft): 4 – 6 hours

Day 07: Pisang to Manang (3,540m/11,482ft): 5 – 7 hours

Day 08: Acclimatization Day

Day 09: Manang to Siri Kharka (4060m/13,320ft): 4- 5 hours

Day 10: Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4150m/13,583ft): 5-6 hours

Day 11: Visit Tilicho Lake (4,920m/16,138 ft) then back to Siri Kharka: 5-6 hours

Day 12: Siri kharka to Yak kharka (4060m/13,020ft):4-5 hours

Day 13: Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi: (4525m/14501 ft): 3-4 hours

Day 14: Thorong Phedi to Thorong La pass (5416 m/17764 ft) to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft): 5 – 7 hours

Day 15: Drive from Muktinath to Tatopani (1,200m/3937 ft): 6 – 8 hours

Day 16: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 – 9 hours

Day 17: Hike Poon Hill ( 3200 m) and trek to Tadapani ( 2630m)  5-7 hours

Day 18: Trek to Sinuwa (2170 m) 5 – 7 hours

Day 19: Trek to Deurali (3200 m) 5 – 7 hours

Day 20: Trek to Annapurna Base camp (4130 m) 4 – 6 hours

Day 21: Trek back to Bamboo (2310m) 5 – 7 hours 

Day 22: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760m/5770 ft)5 – 6 hours

Day 23: Trek to New bridge and drive to Pokhara 5 hours 

 Day 24: Pokhara to Kathmandu: 6- 7 hr

Day 25: Departure Day

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)
Our representative from Himalaya Sanctuary will meet you after landing and custom clearance in the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) than transfer you to the hotel for overnight in Thamel, Kathmandu.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing ( 4 – 6hr)
After breakfast you will be Proceed on to Boudhanath Stupa , Pasupatinath Temple , Patan Darbar square and Swayambhunath Stupa. Swayambhunath is a Buddhist Stupa said to be more than 2000 years old, is perched on a hillock 77 meters above the valley floor and offering a bird’s eye view of the Kathmandu City. Afternoon, tour of Patan, also known as Lalitpur or the “city of beauty” is the oldest city in the valley. A great center both of the Newari Buddhist religion and of traditional arts & crafts with 136 bahals or courtyards and 55 major temples. Overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu
Included meals: Breakfast 

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syange (1100m/3608 ft): 7 – 9 hours
Early morning we drive from Kathmandu for about 8 hours to the village of Syange. En route we can see many beautiful villages, farms, flowing rivers and glimpse of beautiful mountain ranges.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 04: Trek from Syange to Dharapani (1,860m/6,430ft): 5 – 7 hours
After breakfast we begin our trek , we cross a suspension bridge and after a steep climb we enter the vicinity of Manang region at the village named tal .here we see several waterfalls forming a river by the sandy beaches. We follow trail through barley, rice and potato fields. and pass through the village of Kodo which is one of the biggest villages in the Manang valley.We cross a suspension bridge, and after a short climb of the the stone Kani we reach Dharapani.
Included Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner

Day 05: Dharapani to Chame (2,610m/8,891ft): 4 – 6 hours
Today we follow the trail through forest with pine , fir, oak and maple trees by a river to reach Chame, district headquarter of Manang district. Well be surrounded by the green forest around us and over us we’ll see remarkable views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m). We’ll also stop by a small hot springs where we can relax for a while.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 06: Chame to Pisang (3,200m/10824ft): 4 – 6 hours
We walk through a steep and narrow valley to have our first view of Paungda Danda rock face, a curved rock face rising 1500m from the river. From here, we also see clear views of Annapurna 2 at the south and Pisang Peak at the north east. Next, we descend to the Manang Valley floor
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 07: Pisang to Manang (3,540m/11,482ft): 5 – 7 hours
We trek on the upper trail through upper pisang via Geru, we choose this trail as it offers outstanding views of north face Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho and Pisang Peak .as we ascend well feel the air turn cold, dry and harsher.The trail goes through Tibetan settlement and and we get a chance to explore Buddhist culture in a short visit to Barge Monastery, largest in Manang
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 08: Manang Acclimatization day
For our body to acclimatize we spend this day exploring Manang , early morning we hike up to Gangapurna Lake and Base Camp spend the day admiring Annapurna III, Tilicho, Pisang and Chulu Peaks ,roam around Manang Village and Monasteries.during the afternoon we may visit the Himalayan Rescue Association in Vraga village where we will be briefed about acute Mountain Sickness., its symptoms and preventions.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 09: Manang to Siri Kharka (4060m/13,320ft): 4-5 hours
 Today’s trek will be a little easier. we take the upper route which follows a path down down to a river. We cross the river walk through coniferous forests , after -3 hours walking we arrive the Tibetan settlement Khangsar.After an hour more of walking we reach Shiri Kharka. Throughout the trek we will have a clear view of Gungang Himal and Mt. Chulu.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10 : Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4150m/13,583ft): 5-6 hours
Today we walk an easy path that leads through the middle of the landslides area where we can view impressive rock formations we trek up till Tilicho base camp where we can get a good view of Tilicho Peak and other snow Cover Mountains.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11: Visit Tilicho Lake (4,920m/16,138 ft) then back to Siri Kharka: 5-6 hours
We start the day early to avoid afternoon wind. After a steeps consistent climb of 2-3 hours we reach Tilicho lake, The highest lake in the world also referred as the “the great ice lake” by the leader of the French expedition team .this is a large sparkling lake that lies at the foot of the north face of tilicho peak, after spending some time here we take the same route back to siri kharka.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12: Siri kharka to Yak kharka (4060m/13,020ft):4-5 hours
We descend to the uninhabited Khangsar village ,pass Tare gumba,a thousand year old monastery then follow a rock wall out of Khangsar to descend a bridge in the Thorong Khola valley.We go across a river ,hike up to a plateau to reach yak kharka . from her you can see Annapurna mountains range, other peaks, blue sheep (bharal) and if you are lucky you might spot a snow leopard.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13: Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi: (4525m/14501 ft): 3-4 hours
We walk uphill to Thorong Phedi.a small busy settlement with an amazing view of mountains and landscapes. On our way we get the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan.
Included Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner

Day 14: Thorong Phedi to Thorong La pass (5416 m/17764 ft) to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft): 7 – 8 hours
Today’s the most challenging part of the trip, we cross Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world, and the highest point of the trek.we have to wake up early morning at 3 to complete this challenge . we have to push ourselves through the icy air , and high altitude but the view from the pass will make it totally worth it. We will see a panorama of majestic Himalayan peaks extending northwards into Tibet,at the back we can see several of the main peaks of Annapurna. We then descend all the way to Muktinath a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists.The Buddhists call it Chumig Gyatsa, which in Tibetan means “Hundred Waters”.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 15: Drive from Muktinath to Tatopani (1,200m/3937 ft): 6 – 8 hours
We visit Muktinath temple before continuing our journey in a car ride to Tatopani. Tatopani is famous for natural hot spring; it is place where we can soak in the hot springs. 
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 16: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 – 9 hours
We ascend to Ghorepani through villages of Sikha and Chitre, the villages of ethnic thakali people.we go through a terraced farmland with mountains all around.then pass lush forests filled with rhododendron, birch, magnolia we stop at Ghorepani, a beautiful village located at a ridge top.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 17: Hike Poon Hill ( 3200 m) and trek to Tadapani ( 2630m) 5 – 6 hours  
We get up early in the morning to reach Poon Hill just in time to see the sunrise over the Himalayas. Poon Hill is the most popular destination to enjoy close up views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges and enjoy the sunrise from these majestic mountains. From Poon Hill, we also get incredible views of Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20 of the highest mountains. After enjoying a cup of coffee, we trek back to Ghorepani. We have breakfast here then walk towards the east and climb a ridge. Our trail descends through rhododendron forests and waterfalls before we reach Tadapani. Overnight in Tadapani.

Day 18: Trek to Sinuwa (2170 m) 5- 7 hours

Day 19: Trek to Deurali (3200 m) 4 – 6 hours
We then walk uphill on a trail which is sometimes steep.  It is only after reaching Himalaya Hotel that the forest opens up and we are out in the sun again with astounding views of the glacial river below. It is a steep climb up through a much drier forest before reaching Hinku Cave. From here our trail descends to a river before ascending to Deurali. From here, we can enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding hills and Mt. Dhaulagiri. We notice that the vegetation has become sparse allowing magical views of the valley, the river below and cliffs adorned with waterfalls. Overnight in Deurali.
Included Meals :Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 20: Trek to Annapurna Base camp (4130 m) 4 -6 hours
We follow the valley trail in a steady climb. The trail sticks to a rocky cliff and is sometimes steep. We walk on a somewhat flat path for a while before ascending to Machhapurchre Base Camp. From here we get excellent views of Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna mountains. We then turn left and begin ascending gently to the Annapurna Base Camp. During our ascent, we can admire spectacular views of the Himalayan panorama. Walking further we reach the base camp of Mt. Annapurna and it is amazing. We are surrounded by magnificent peaks and the only way into this area is through the gorge we just hiked. Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp.

Day 21: Trek back to Bamboo (2310m) 6-7 hours
From Annapurna Base Camp our trail rapidly descends past the Machhapuchhre Base camp, Deurali, Himalayan Hotel, and Doban and finally to Bamboo where we spend the night. Today’s trek is downhill so it shouldn’t be very difficult. Overnight in Bamboo.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch  and Dinner

Day 22: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760m/5770 ft): 5 – 6 hours
We retrace our step back to Chhomrong where we stop for lunch. From Chomrong it is a steep descent down to the Modi Khola valley. The stone steps to Chhomrong are equally tricky as they were before. The trail then descends to Jhinu Danda, where we will be resting for the night. On the way, we enjoy our walking through rain forests and farms. After reaching Jhinu Danda, we can spend the rest of the afternoon taking a rest and relaxing. Overnight in Jhinu Danda.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 23: Trek to New bridge and drive to Pokhara: 5- 6 hr 
We leave Jhinu Danda and enjoy the beautiful hill landscape of western Nepal on our way to Naya Pul. We have lunch on the way and drive back to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 24: Pokhara to Kathmandu: 6- 7 hr
After breakfast, you will take Tourist bus back to the capital. Enjoy the refreshing hill highway segment to the valley. In your spare time head out to explore the lively Thamel market and do some souvenir shopping. Join us for a farewell dinner and share your experiences with the whole team. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 25: Departure Day
We will pick you up and drive you to the TIA from your hotel a couple of hours before the departure. With some exciting stories and wonderful memories from the Himalayas,Himalayan Sanctuary will remain with you forever.

Cost Included

  1. Arrival and Departure transfer .
  2. 3 Star Category hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara on a twin share bed including Breakfast.
  3. Teahouse/Lodge Accommodation including Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner  during Trekking.
  4. Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  5. Fare well dinner at the end of Trek .
  6. Duffel Bag
  7. Transportation  by  Tourist  Coach (Pokhara – Kathmandu) and Local Bus to Besisahar(trekking Starting Point)
  8. An experienced English-speaking Trekking guide and  porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment,food, and lodging
  9. All necessary paperwork and permits (ACAP, TIMS )
  10. A comprehensive medical kit
  11. All government and local taxes

Cost Excluded

  1. Nepal entry Visa fees,
  2. Your travel insurance of any kind,
  3. International Airfare
  4. Entrance fees for Sightseeing
  5. private Transportation
  6. lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  7. 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
  8. All personal expenses like hot and cold drinks, Tea, Coffee, WiFi, hot Shower,  battery charge, telephone, beverage drinks.
  9. Tips for Guide and Porters

The following personal items gives you a general idea that 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
  • 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 

  • 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
  • Paperback books, cards,
  • Binoculars
  • Cameras (Memory cards, chargers and batteries)

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

 

Will somebody come to pick me up from the airport upon my arrival ?
Yes, our airport representative from himalayan sanctuary adventure will be there to pick  you up displaying your name outside the arrival terminal than you will be transferred to your hotel for overnight.

What opportunities will I have for shower along the trek?
Yes, most of the guesthouses provide proper running common cold shower and toilet facility.

Are the guesthouses heated ?
The guesthouse does not facilitate with heater or air conditioner. However as it gets colder above 3,500m, they do have facility of hitting the dining area by providing kerosene or metal heater. USD 1 to USD 3 per person would be applicable to use this service and this is payable directly to the guesthouse.

Where do we go to toilet along the trail ?
Wherever possible we utilize the toilet facilities provided by the tea houses/lodges on the trail. However, in case of emergency trekkers are recommended to find a private, scenic spot!

What are the Toilet facilities in the tea house/guesthouse ?
Most of the tea houses do have western style flushing toilets however tea houses at higher elevations you could find the squat toilets made of either a ceramic basin on the ground or few planks precariously positioned over a hole in the ground which is always outside.

What is the best season for this trekking ?
From early September the monsoonal rains decrease. By the end of September through to December, the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, October, November, December is the best time to do Everest base camp deluxe trek.

Can I obtain visa for Nepal upon arrival at the airport?
Yes, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.

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 20 to USD 30 per person a day will be enough to buy meals, bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking.

Can I use credit cards in the places I visit in trekking?
Yes, you can use your credit card in Kathmandu and Pokhara,  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

What mode of transportation do you use ?
We provide you only those options, which enhance your local experience while allowing you to travel comfortably and efficiently. We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans, tourist bus to and from Kathmandu/ Pokhara.

I am a Vegetarian, is that a Problem?
No problem at all because our restaurants and hotels will serve a variety of vegetarian and meat-based meals. We always recommend our guests to enjoy vegetarian meals to avoid food poisoning, eating heavy meals.

What is the weather & temperature like in trekking?

Spring – March / April / May / June

Spring happens to be one of the best times of the year to visit the Annapurna region, although because of this, it can become somewhat crowded. The beautiful clear blue sky can be seen and the many different species of flower are visible in the lower altitude. During springtime, the average temperature is 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), with a maximum of 20 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 Season

This 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 25 degrees 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

Similar to springtime, autumn in this region is also a crowded season, but it’s one of the best times to trek. While it lacks the beauty of flowers, the clear blue sky can be seen, affording incredible views from just about every angle. 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 -10 degrees C (14 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. People still like to trek in this month due to fewer crowds. 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 -5 degrees C (5 Degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 2500 meters altitude.

What if I am very sick in the mountain?
Our guides are 24 hours available for the services during the trek. They are trained to use first aid kit and have knowledge to use Oxy meter. They are very much aware that higher the altitude the oxygen level gets lesser so to get updated on the oxygen level of our client and to know whether they are fit enough or needs extra precautions to continue. Guides carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and NCell in order to update whereabouts and situation of our every client.

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