Annapurna Circuit Trek

14 Days

Annapurna Region has always been the best trekking destination in the world. Annapurna Circuit Trek also known as Round Annapurna Trek is the foremost trekking package in Nepal going around Mt. Annapurna. Annapurna Circuit Trek won’t go to Annapurna Base Camp, instead this trek circles Mount Annapurna.

Annapurna Circuit Trek takes you through Annapurna Conservation Area, the largest conservation area in Nepal, taking you through the diverse vegetation of the lower Annapurna Sanctuary to rugged alpine terrain. Cross Thorong La pass and traverse to the magical Mustang. This 14-day Annapurna Circuit Trek is no doubt the most appealing trekking in Nepal. The trek offers you the majestic view of Mt. Annapurna (8019m), the 8th highest mountain, Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), the 6th highest mountain, and Mt. Manaslu (8156m) 7th highest mountain in the world. Also thirteen mountains over 7000 meters and over sixteen peaks over 6000 meters.

This Round Annapurna Trek starts from the Marshyangdi River valley. A 6-7 hours drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar and continue driving to Manang through the bank of Marshyangdi river. The trial goes through several beautiful settlements, terraced fields, and rich vegetation. We follow the trail to the Glacial lake in Manang, the source of the Marshyangdi river. Explore Gangapurna Lake, Ice Lake Milerepa cave in Manang.

From Manang, we trek to Yak Kharka and continue crossing Thorong La Pass at 5416 meters and traverse to Mustang. Explore Muktinath Temple, Muktinath Temple is one of the most significant shrines for both Hindus as well as Buddhists. This Temple of Lord Bishnu attracts several pilgrimage tourists from around the world yearly. It is believed bathing in 108 taps of Muktinath Temple will wash all the sins one has done in their lifetime and their souls directly travel to Heaven.

From Jomsom, we will fly back to Pokhara. Pokhara is a place of remarkable natural beauty. The panoramic view of Mount Fishtail over Fewa Lake is worth seeing.

How difficult is Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Annapurna Circuit trekking is considered a challenging trek. This is due to the elevation we gain, the distance we cover, walking hours per day, weather, and terrain are some major factors that make this trek challenging. However, the main factor making this trek tough is the rapid growth of altitude.  Lightweight training like swimming, jogging, cycling, etc comes very handy. It is recommended to hike at least 2 hours a day can really build stamina and increase the lung capacity which you are going to need while hiking at a higher altitude. Also, we suggest you consult with your physician before traveling if you have any medical conditions.

Is Annapurna Circuit Trek still worth it?

The development of roads has been extended till Manang deducting half of the days we used to trek during Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek. Which has been delivering positive and negative experiences in tourism as well. Despite rapid road development, the Annapurna Circuit trek has not lost its serene beauty making this trek the best of the best.

How fit do you need to be in Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The better your health condition, then you better enjoy the trip. Physical and mental fitness is key for making any kind of adventurous vacation a memorable one. However, this Annapurna Circuit trek can be easily done by travelers with an average level of fitness. Never forget a good preparation makes your trip easy, thus take your time to be prepared.

Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Magnificent view of Mount Annapurna (8,091m), Mount Dhaulagiri (8,167), and many other mountains above 6000 meters.
  • Witness the serene beauty of the Annapurna Conservation Area.
  • Trek through sub-tropical forests to high alpine rugged terrain.
  • Visit the sacred Muktinath Temple also known as Muktichetra.

Itinerary

Welcome to Nepal!!! Our representative will welcome you at the International airport and assist you to the hotel. You will have a comprehensive pre-trip meeting with your trekking guide. Consult and complete your last-minute shopping. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Early morning after breakfast drive to Syange. Drive through Trishuli and Marshyangdi rivers following the green hills and several villages. From Besisahar we will drive through the Marshyangdi River on the graveled road to reach Syange. Overnight at a guesthouse in Syange.

Trek from Syange to Dharapani through the lush green vegetation and many settlements to reach Dharapani.

Trek to Chame. On the way, you will be greeted with the best view of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV. Continue your trekking via Tatopani. Take a dip in Tatopani (hot water). Later continue your journey to reach Chame.

Trek to Pisang (3,300m) which will take around five to six hours approx. Overnight stay at Pisang.

Trek to Manang (3,500m) via Upper Pisang village. Visit Braga Monastery, one of the biggest of its kind in Manang. Overnight stay at Manang village.

This day is free to acclimatize our bodies in high altitudes. From Manang get a stunning view of Annapurna II, Annapurna III (7,55m), Gangapurna (7,454m), Tilicho (7,132m), Chulu East (6,059m), Chulu West (6,583m). A short hike to Khangsar is recommended.

After breakfast start our trek to Yak Kharka (4,18m). Enjoy the view of dramatic ice walls surrounding you. Not a long walk today, so your reach Yak Kharka early. The rest of the day is free to explore or relax.

On this day we will trek to the base of the famous Thorong La pass. We will trek to 4,420 meters at Thorong Phedi. Take enough rest for tomorrow's long trek.

Today is the hardest day as we cross Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters. This is the longest day of the trek as we walk for 7-9 hours. The view of Annapurna, Gangapurna, Khatungkang, and Dhaulagiri will be rewarded throughout the day. Explore Muktinath temple and later drive to Jomsom for an overnight stay.

Early morning board your flight to Pokhara. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day will be free. Relax and enjoy the beauty of Pokhara.

After breakfast drive back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel

After breakfast commences the exciting sightseeing tour of culturally rich Kathmandu City. We will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Swoyambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple). Evening farewell dinner with cultural show.

Your trip ends. After breakfast, you will be transferred to International Airport to board your flight to your next destination.

Cost Includes

  • Arrival/ departure transfers, sightseeing tours, and outstation trips as mentioned above using private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • AIRFARE: Jomsom - Pokhara Airfare with Fuel sur-charge and domestic airport tax. (For guide and guests)
  • Two nights of twin-sharing accommodation in Kathmandu and One night in Pokhara using a 3-star category hotel with breakfast.
  • Twin-sharing failing dormitory accommodation in the best available guesthouse lodges while trekking.
  • Three-time meals a day with tea/coffee on trekking.
  • Complimentary farewell dinner after your trek completes with a cultural show.
  • Experienced local English-speaking guide throughout the trek with his salary, equipment, meals, and insurance.
  • Required number of porters to carry your luggage with his salary, equipment, meals, and insurance. (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Necessary trekking permits, ACAP, TIMS, entrance fees, detailed pre-trip meeting, and comprehensive first-aid kit.

Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare and visa fees.
  • Lunch and dinner wishlist in Kathmandu.
  • Your travel insurance (mandatory for all our trips) should cover emergency rescue and evacuation expenses.
  • Personal trekking gear, personal expenses, bar bills, telephone, wifi in lodges, hot water, hot shower, and beverages.
  • Any kind of extra expenses occur due to unforeseen situations like flight cancellation, natural calamities, or political disturbances)
  • Tips for trekking crew (not mandatory but highly appreciated)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is new Covid-19 policy for travelling to Nepal?

Nepal is fully open without any restrictions. Nepal Government has issued a new advisory regarding travel restrictions on 01 March 2022 rescinding all previously issued restrictions. No need for quarantine to enter Nepal. The following criteria should have to be followed while traveling to Nepal:
1) Travelers must show documents regarding the last dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to Nepal’s arrival. If you are not vaccinated or partially vaccinated, you must bring a negative PCR/RT result, checked not more than 72 hours prior to your arrival.
2) The government of Nepal has removed the compulsion of PCR tests while traveling to Nepal, however, re-confirm with any other country you enter for transit.
3) You need a Covid-19 Crisis Management Coordination (CCMC) generated QR Code. You can either print the bar code or take a screenshot, and keep it safe while traveling to Nepal.

Can I get on arrival visa in Nepal?

On-arrival visa also called tourist visas facilitates multiple entries. One can get Tourist visas (On arrival visas) at TIA or any surface Entry/Exit Points established under the Department of Immigration.

Is this trip for me? How fit do I have to be for this trek?

This trek is suitable for every traveler with average health conditions. You need to be moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required for this trek. Lightweight training like swimming, jogging, cycling, etc comes very handy. It is recommended to hike at least 2 hours a day can really build stamina and increase the lung capacity which you are going to need while hiking at a higher altitude. Also, we suggest you consult with your physician before traveling if you have any medical conditions.

What extra documents do I need?

Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, three passport-sized photos, and a copy of your passport.

Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?

Yes, a professional and experienced representative from High Altitude Nomads will be at the airport. He/she will greet you and transfer you to your hotel.

What kind of accommodation can I expect in this trip?

We will provide a nice 3-star centrally located hotel for your accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast included. While trekking, we use the best possible teahouse lodges providing basic accommodation and meals. We will provide single/ double rooms, occasionally dormitory rooms. We suggest bringing your own sleeping bag for trekking.

What kind of meals is available during our trek?

Nowadays food menus in teahouse lodges have developed and provided a wide range of eateries to hungry trekkers. The local items as Dal, Bhat (lentils, rice, curry, pickle), momos (Tibetan-style dumplings filled with veg, chicken, buff, or cheese), noodle soup, American-style breakfast with tea or coffee, cold drinks, hot beverages, and much more.

Is it a problem, if I am a vegeterian?

Mostly the teahouse serves vegetarian meals, which is also good for you while trekking in the mountain.

What about safety and security while trekking?

One has to take proper care of their belongings and ensure every personal possession is secure. It is important to secure your belongings, especially when you are sharing a room with another trekker.

What mode of transportation is used in this tour?

We use comfortable, private air-conditioned tourist vehicles for our entire tours. We have an exciting range of fleets for the transportation of our valued guests. We are just starting our initiative of sustainable tourism by using electric vehicles where able it is possible.

What is the usual group size for this tour ?

We believe in a small group tour. Every group consists of a minimum of 2 and not more than 10.

When is the best time to visit Nepal?

The best times to travel to Nepal for any kind of tour are Spring (March to June) and Autumn (September to November). The clear skies and sunny day with the best mountain view makes this time most favorable for all kind of tours, trekking, and expeditions related programs.

Is your staff insured?

Yes, all our trekking crew including guides, cooks, Sherpas, and porters are well insured.

Is Altitude Sickness a risk in Nepal?

According to Medical News Today – Altitude sickness occurs when a person travels to a high altitude without gradually acclimatizing. It is most prevalent at 8,000 feet or higher and results from a shortage of oxygen.

The risk of Altitude sickness in Nepal depends on where you are going. Most of the cultural and historical sites in Nepal lie between 800-1600 meters and the National park in the terai region is even lower. This means you are not going to get any Altitude sickness in this area.

The possibility of altitude sickness arises if you are trekking to mountains above 2000-2500 meters. Even though good preparations, enough acclimatization, proper diet, and moving gently can be really effective.

What if I fall sick while trekking?

Your safety is our foremost priority. Our professional guides will be at your disposal 24/7 throughout your trip. Our trekking staff is well-trained in emergencies in mountains. Our staff will be well equipped with the necessary first-aid kit. In any emergencies, our guide will keep us updated and if needed we shall arrange an emergency evacuation as soon as possible.

Can I charge my gadgets in the trek?

You can get this facility at guesthouse lodges by paying an extra charge.

How long do we walk each day trekking?

Most of the trekking days in the Himalayas need 6-7 hours of walking. It includes a number of breaks and stopping for lunch somewhere along your trekking route. Our itinerary is designed to make your daily walk shorter as the altitude rises, helping your body to acclimatize.

On the major day of trekking or while crossing high-mountain passes, we might need to walk for 10-12 hours depending on our speed of walking.

Do I have to carry my own luggage on trekking?

Normally our cost includes a porter to carry your luggage. Porters typically carry 20-25 kg on teahouse trekking and 25-30 kg on a camping trek. We recommend you to carry your most needed items, fragile items yourself. For shorter treks (2-3 days), you can take the most necessary items in your backpack (carry yourself) and just have a guide.

What is the ratio of guides and porters in each group?

Normally we use one guide for guests up to 5 pax. For more than 5, there will be an assistant guide at your disposal. For every two people, there will be 1 porter, and the ratio of trekkers and porters be 2 trekkers:1 porters.

How cold does it get during trekking?

The mountain weather is very hard to predict. Normally night time colder than the daytime. In winter except for the frosting night but the days are warm and beautiful. Average temperatures in Nepal drop 6°C for every 1,000 m you gain in altitude.

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Annapurna Circuit Trek