Annapurna Circuit Trek-16 days
Annapurna Circuit Trek is popular as one of the adventurous trekking in Annapurna region in Nepal. It is also known as Around Annapurna Trek. Therefore it demands trekkers with higher level of determination. A perfect option for people who literally want to enjoy trekking to the fullest is Annapurna Circuit Trek. You can view the entire Annapurna massif and later reach to a centre-point at Thorong La [5,416m/17,769ft]. At some point, the route passes through the deepest Kali Gandaki George with close views of Annapurna I [8,091m/26,545ft] to the east and Dhaulagiri [8,167m/26,794ft] to the west.
Actually, Annapurna Circuit Trek is a perfect combination between Annapurna and Mustang region. We have tremendous insights of both regions while being part of this trekking. Manang valley, Jomsom and Muktinath, a holy Hindu pilgrimage site in Annapurna region are major highlights of this trekking.
The arid landscapes of Manang Valley and Jomsom, a windy city, are equally fascinating in Annapurna Circuit Trekking.
Annapurna Circuit Trek alos offers us an opportunity to experience thrilling adventure. The crossing of one of the highest passes in the world, Thornagla Pass, is truly an adventurous to adventure enthusiasts. Thorangla Pass is a popular view point in this trekking which offers us awe-inspiring view of Annapurna massif.
As you cross one of the highest passes in the world, Thorong La Pass, on the way from Manang to Muktinath, you can gain views of the surrounding mountain peaks from the master viewpoint at Poon Hill [3,164m/10,381ft]. Remote villages make you realize more than 10 ethnic groups rich in cultures and traditions. This amazing altitude also offers a wide range of wild lives, flora and fauna as well.
Annapurna Circuit Trek also takes us to a scared Hindu pilgrimage site, Muktinath. Here, we amaze at seeing 108 water spouts and a natural flame which never goes out. It is believed that those who have bath with the water from these taps, will wash out all the sins. Therefore, people are seen taking bath from each tap ignoring the chilling cold. Similarly, the premises of this Muktinath offers us some mesmerizing views of mountain peaks.
We end our Annapurna Circuit Trek after a short flight (25minutes) from Jomsom to Pokhara. If we have further planning in Pokhara or other tourist destinations like Chitwan and Limbini, we head to these places. Otherwise , we either drive or fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Highlights Annapurna Circuit Trekking
- Alluring and serene Pokhara Valley and its natural infatuations
- Poonhill, one of the most popular viewpoits in Annapurna Region trekking in Nepal
- Breathtaking Mountain peaks include Annapurna Massif and mighty Dhaulagiri
- Traditional lifestyle and friendly people
- Arid Landscaeps and some insights of Tibetan life style
- The deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge
- Annapurna Conservation Area, the biggest conservation area in the world and its flora and fauna
- Natural water falls, creeks, floweing rhododendron, winding rivers, picturesque settlements
- Thorangla Pass, one of the highest passes in the world
- Manang Valley and Lo Manthang
We will offer three star accommodation in Kathmandu . If you want to upgrade the accommodation, you have to pay some extra. Mountain accommodation during the trekking days will be very ordinary and basic. All accommodation will be on twin sharing basis. Single supplementary has to pay extra. We spend the night at lodges and guesthouses. We occasionally get attached bathrooms. eNepaltour Pvt. Ltd. tries its best to book the A grade accommodation in the mountain prior to the trekking unlike other populated regions.
We provide only breakfast in Kathmandu and during the trekking days. In the trekking days, you pick up the item mentioned in the menu at the lodge or guesthouse and you will enjoy it. Sometimes, in a big group, you may have buffet service too. This takes place especially in peak season (Sept-Nov). Breakfast will be provided at the guesthouse where we spent the night, lunch somewhere in the middle of the next destination and dinner at the guesthouse where we stay tonight. We offer you typical organic Nepali cushion which are really amazing. One item of meal costs between3-9 USD ijn this trekking route.
Best Time to Travel
Autumn (Sept. to Nov.) and spring (March to May) are the best time for Trekking. The weather is delightful and pleasant during autumn. The mountain views are astonishing.
The hills are wrapped with beautiful flowering rhododendron during spring. Also majority of the trekkers find Spring best time for Annapurna Circuit Trekking since they love to see flowering rhododendron.
Winter( Dec-Feb) will be very harsh due to cold and cloudy weather which hide the mountain peaks.
Summer will be too hot for some trekkers. Heavy rainfall occurs and disturbs the transportation and even walk in the mountain.
Physical Condition and Experience
Those who can walk 4-7 hours in the mountain can do this trek. Annapurna Circuit Trekking is a challenging trek in Annapurna Region Trekking in Nepal . Regular exercise, jogging and short hiking enhance your stamina and confidence. Prior trekking experience and technical skills are recommended for Annapurna Circuit Trekking. These prior skills will be an asset for it.
Getting to the trailhead and Away
We drive for Besisahar from Kathmandu. No special tourist bus can be found from Kathmandu to Besisahar. It takes 6-8 hours to get Besisahar from Kathmandu. If you want to drive further, we can drive to Jagat or Syange. Jagat or Dharapani is the beginning point of Annapurna Circuit Trekking. We end our Annapurna Circuit trekking at Pokhara after a short and scenic of 25 minutes from Jomsom . We either choose to fly or drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara.
Threats and Safety
We do not really face such terrible threats during this trekking. In few cases, we have to experience some slippery and steep trail. For this, you need to have treking poles and proper trekking or hiking boots. We do not face any glaciers and avalenches in Annapurna Base Camp Trekking. But crossing Thorongla Pass might be challenging, sometimes . Otherwise, we will clebrate beautiful and pleasant and adventurous trek in the lap of mountains.
There are few cases the trekkers suffered from altitude sickness. It may be because dehydration and lack of stamina. Sometimes, we have food poison too. Report it to you trekking leader or guide if you have any health inconveniences. You will immediately be rescued. Drink plenty of hot drinks and do not smoke in the higher elevation. Have balanced diet and have sound sleep.
Note: If you have serious health problem, please consult doctor or inform us before departure to the trailhead.
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Day 1: Day 01 - Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu
Day 2: Day 02 - Trek Preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
Day 3: Day 03 - Drive from Kathmandu to Synge/Jagat (1100m) Duration: 8 hours
Day 4: Day 04 - Jagat to Dharapani (1960m) Duration: 6 hours
Day 5: Day 05 - Dharapani to Chame (2630m) Duration: 5 hours
Day 6: Day 06 - Chame to Pisang (3300m) Duration: 5 hours
Day 7: Day 07 - Pisang to Manang (3570m) Duration: 4 hours
Day 8: Day 08 - Manang - Acclimatization day
Day 9: Day 09 - Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m) Duration: 3 - 4 hours
Day 10: Day 10 - Yak kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m) Duration: 3 - 4 hours
Day 11: Day 11 - Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) crossing over Thorong La Pass (5416m) Duration: 7/8 hours
Day 12: Day 12 - Muktinath to Jomsom (2600m) Duration: 5 hours
Day 13: Day 13 - Fly Jomsom to Pokhara
Day 14: Day 14 – Drive or Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 15: Day 15 – Leisure Day
Day 16: Day 16 – Farewell
Day 01 - Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu
After your arrival in Kathmandu, our representative, a representative from Kanko Nepal Treks and Expedition will pick you up from the airport and take us to our hotel. In the evening, After you get refressed, we have a short orientation meeting introducing guide, porter and the description about the trip. We also prepare the necessary equipment. Be with 3 passport size photographs, passport and travel insurance. We have a welcome dinner this evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02 - Trek Preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
We begin our valley sightseeing after breakfast at around 8. This is a guided sightseeing. We have a van or car and a professional city guide.Our visit is to UNESCO World Heritage sites located withn the valley like Pashupatinath, Swyombbunath, Bouddhanath, Patan etc. We have lunch during our tour. After lunch we still continue our city tour and we end today's tour at around 4. In the evening, we can get the equipments that we require during the trek.
Day 03 - Drive from Kathmandu to Synge/Jagat (1100m) Duration: 8 hours
This drive is with local bus or private car or jeep. Acturally, we do not get luxury tourist coach to go Syange or Jagat from Kathmandu. It is a drive along Prithvi Highway till we get the place called Dumre. Then, we take right way to go Syange or Jagat. It is a country road drive experiencing traditional lifestyle of the ethnic groups. we begin our hiking from Syange and spend overnight at Jagat.
Day 04 - Jagat to Dharapani (1960m) Duration: 6 hours
This trekking, today, is largely through oak forest having tremendous insights of traditional lifestyle. After we pass Kodo village, we have an ascent which takes us finally to Dharapani. Overnight at Teahouse at Dharapani.
Day 05 - Dharapani to Chame (2630m) Duration: 5 hours
We follow the riverside trail used by mules. We also trek through oak and maple. Enjoying breathtaking mountain views, we get to Chame. Overnight at teahouse at Chame.
Day 06 - Chame to Pisang (3300m) Duration: 5 hours
Today’s trekking is spectacular. We witness Pisang Peak and Annapurna-II on the way which is truly mesmerizing. This is really a pleasant walk. Overnight at teahouse at Pisang.
Day 07 - Pisang to Manang (3570m) Duration: 4 hours
Today’s trekking will be more spectacular comparing to other previous days. The views will be more thrilling. The mountain views and the arid landscapes will be more majestic and incredible. Our short visit to Barge monastery, the largest in the entire district of Manang will be memorable. The views of Annapurna-II and Pisang peak will be more breathtaking. Overnight at Teahouse at Manang.
Day 08 - Manang - Acclimatization day
Today we acclimatize ourselves. We explore Manang valley. We can visit Gangapurna Lake. We can also trek around the local villages and visit the Himalayan Rescue Association Clinic which offers us some significant insights. Overnight at Teahouse at Manang.
Day 09 - Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m) Duration: 3 - 4 hours
We first climb up to the village Tenki just above Manang village. We encounter with two different major valleys including Marshyangdi Valley and Jarsang Khola valley. These two valleys are truly beautiful. Then, we experience high pasture lands and junipers forests. Horse grazers are found grazing horses in these kharkas.
Finally, we encounter with wooden wall and mani wall then we get a small village that is Yak Kharka. Overnight at Teahouse at Yak Kharka.
Day 10 - Yak kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m) Duration: 3 - 4 hours
Today, we pass Thorang Phedi. It is a busy settlement. Some trekkers want to go directly to high camp. But we really do not recommend this. Going directly high camp may be dangerous. Overnight at Teahouse at Thorong Phedi.
Day 11 - Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) crossing over Thorong La Pass (5416m) Duration: 7/8 hours
Today, the initial part of the trekkin is steep. However, we slowly maintain it and this pass, Thorongla Pass offers us breathtaking mountain views extending to Tibet.
Witnessing Annapurna massif and Kali Gandaki Gorge, we descend to Muktinath, a Hindu pilgrimage site. It has a temple, 108 water taps and a natural flame which never goes out. Overnight at Teahouse at Muktinath.
Day 12 - Muktinath to Jomsom (2600m) Duration: 5 hours
After we visit this holy temple, we almost complete Annapurna Circuit Trekking. We arrive at this windy city. We experience strong wind in Jomsom. Overnight at Teahouse at Jomsom.
Day 13 - Fly Jomsom to Pokhara
Today, we board an early morning flight to Pokhara. In the afternoon, we can explore Pokhara valley. Overnight at Hotel in Pokhara.
Day 14 – Drive or Fly back to Kathmandu
We either drive or fly from Pokhara ro Kathmandu today. If we choose to fly, it is 30 minutes scenic flight or if we choose to drive, it takes 7-8 hours. The road is , indeed not good enough, Sometimes, we have heavy traffic in narrow road. If we arrive early in Kathmandu, we can do some sightseeing and other activities like shopping. We have a farewell dinner this evening.
Day 15 – Leisure Day
This is a spare day in case we have some disturbances during the trek. This leisure can be used exploring more about Kathmandu or you can just relax. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 16 – Farewell
According to your international flight schedule, we drop you at the 2 hours earlier so that you will be able to catch up your scheduled flight. This is the day to say good bye to you but it doesn’t mean that you won’t come back to Nepal again.
US $ 850* All Inclusive Price
Duration: 15 Nights / 16 Days
Trip Grade: Challenging
Destination: Nepal, Asia
Group Size: Minimum 2 - Maximum 12 People
Arrival On: Kathmandu
Departure From: Kathmandu
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