Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna Circuit Trek is a popular Nepal Classic trek. Every year more than 50,000 trekkers come from all over the globe for this trek. The trek includes a varied landscape and scenery which appeals to the eyes of the trekkers. The trek is a perfect choice for hikers looking to travel across Annapurna with little time on their hands.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek calls for strong mental and physical dedication, as we will visit one of the most rural and forbidden valleys of Nepal known as Mustang. Mustang district was not accessible to foreigners, though Thorong La Pass can be dangerous due to the chance of Avalanche and frostbite when crossed during the offseason.
The trek unlocks you with amazing views of the beautiful Himalayas all along your walk.
Through their special culture and tradition, you also get to know the locals. Gain insight into their lives and discover the ways they live.
The Annapurna circuit normally takes 20 days and can be extended to 30 days depending on the path and temperature conditions. We designed this trek and turned it into a 10-day trek so you won’t miss the natural beauty of Nepal.
Day 01: Arrival Day (Kathmandu at 1400M)
Welcome to Nepal! We’ll drive to your hotel and sign in so you can spend some time freshening up and relax. We will host a dinner with local cuisine and entertainment in a Nepali Restaurant. Here you will get exposed to the culture of Nepal and participate in the music and dance performed in different parts of Nepal.
Day 02: Drive to Besisahar (760M/ 6 hours driving) by public bus & Drive to Pisang (3200m/10496ft).
We take the Bus to Besisahar on the second day. Local bus travel is 6 hours west of Kathmandu where you can see some small settlements and stunning scenery from the bus. We will continue our journey from Besisahar towards the northern area to Pisang which will take you about 5 hours.
Day 03: Trek to Manang (3540M/ 4 hours walk)
We’ll have already covered 3300 m at Pisang on the morning of our 3rd day. This is our official start to our tour of Annapurna Circuit. Today, from Pisang trekking to Manang, we can cover up to 17kms. We can take the southern route via Humde, where the trail meets at Mugje via a suspension bridge. Compared with the northern route through Ghyaru the southern route is smoother.
Day 04: Acclimatization Day in Manang
The proper way to adapt to the higher altitude and thinning air is to be active. Hence we can take a short trip to the nearby Gangapurna Glacier ridge or walk up to the cave above Manang village to aid acclimatization. The remaining time is used to visit the settlements, the indigenous peoples and their history. They’ll spend the night at a Manang lodge.
Day 05: Trek to Yak Kharka
The trek toward Yak Kharka begins. Ascending the steep path we reach Ghusang first. The mani walls will lead the trail from Ghusang (Gunsang) along Thorung Khola where we will have to cross a suspension bridge and walk uphill before finally reach yak Kharka.
Day 06: Trek to High Camp
Continue to climb along the Kone Khola (River) and cross the suspension bridge from where the road leads to the Chulu High Camp and the Thorong La Pass road. We take the path to Thorong La and pass through several tea shops along the way from where we pass over a steep slope up to Thorong Phedi.
Day 07: Trek to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass (5416 Meters.8 hours walking)
Today will be one of the hardest yet most satisfying trek for us as we’ll reach the highest pass to get to Muktinath. Early traders and now trekkers used the Thorong La Pass to travel from Manang to Mustang. You will be welcomed by the glorious view of the peaks above 6000 m; nice view of Kali Gandaki Valley westward and Yakwakang northward until we reach Muktinath few blocks away.
Day 08: Trek to Jomsom (5 -6 hours walking)
We will launch our day with a visit to the famed Muktinath temple. Annually hundreds of tourists visit the holy site. We walk from Muktinath towards Jomsom which is a 5-6 hour trek. We come across different suspension bridges and prayer flags along the way. The Mustang area is absolutely stunning, and its unique culture and land arrangement differ from the rest of Nepal. We’ll sign in at our lodge until we enter Jomsom.
Day 09: Fly to Pokhara (20mins) & Fly to Kathmandu (25mins)
Today is going to be your last day of the trip, as we fly back from Jomsom to Pokhara. The airport sits opposite the villages. The flight from Jomsom to Pokhara takes 20mintues, and we’ll catch another flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu afterward. Later in the evening, we will host a farewell dinner for you where we can talk about your experience in the Annapurna Circuit Trek. We’ll arrange a farewell dinner for you later in the evening, where we will chat about your Annapurna Circuit Trek experience.
Day 10: Departure Day
It’s your last day today in Nepal. If your flight is late in the afternoon or at night, you can walk around town and buy souvenirs. We’re dropping you off at the airport. We wish you safe journeys.
Best time to trek Annapurna Circuit Trek
The best time to trek Annapurna Circuit trek is in Spring (March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October, November) are the best seasons; however, Nepal can be traveled any time of the year. Find more information about Nepal Travel.
What’s included in the Cost?
- Airport pick up and drop off on private transportation
- 2 nights twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu at a tourist standard hotel
- Welcome dinner and farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurant with traditional entertainment
- Breakfast at Kathmandu and Pokhara
- All accommodation during the trek (lodge/tea house)
- Annapurna (ACAP) Trekking permits and Tims (Trekkers Security Card) permits
- Bus transportation to Besisahar (Public bus) and shared jeep to Pisang
- Flight to Pokhara from Jomsom
- Flight to Kathmandu from Pokhara
- Three meals a day (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) during the trek
- 3 Hot showers on high altitude
- Licensed and well trained English speaking guide and his entire expenses
- A porter (One porter for every 2 members) and his entire expenses
- Insurance of Guide and Porter
- All required local tax and Gov tax
- Down jackets and sleeping bags
- Official T-Shirt
- Official duffel bag
- Trekking route map
What’s Excluded in the Cost?
- Nepal arrival visa
- Meals in the city above mentioned meals
- Wi-fi, hot showers, and battery charging on the trek
- Your personal nature expenses. Mineral water, Beer, Coke and entire beverage, etc
- Travel insurance that covers trip cancelation and Helicopter evacuation
- Tips (As an appreciation) and any other extending trips and accommodation.
Annapurna Circuit Trekking Info
Altitude sickness is a chronic illness that happens at a higher level due to atmospheric pressure changes causing nausea, diarrhea, fever and lack of appetite, or even premature death. Provided that this trek crosses the highest point of 5416 m at Thorong La Pass, some may even expect altitude sickness issues. In those situations, the team leader will prepare for you to hike down, rather than go on. It is also important to be trained physically and psychologically before you decide on the trek. Planning Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal requires basic technical ability.
Trekking Permits for Annapurna Circuit Trek
Trekking permits are required in Nepal for every trek. So kindly coordinate with us so we can get the permits ready for you. We need:
- I) A copy of a color scanned passport
- II) A copy of two passport-sized photos scanned in color
When should I plan this Annapurna Circuit Trek?
While Nepal can be visited any time of the year, Spring and Autumn are the best seasons in which to schedule the trek.
Spring – the perfect months are mid-March, April, and May. With warm weather, blue sky, decent temperature and the highest sunshine these months help us.
Autumn – The perfect months to schedule the Annapurna Circuit Trek are mid-September, October, November. In terms of better visibility, warm weather, clear blue skies and excellent trail these months are also good.
Winter – December, January, and February are not ideal months to schedule the Annapurna Trek, since the region is becoming thick with snow and the trails are also close due to harsh weather.
Summer-Mid June, July and August are not the best months to hike as the monsoon rain affects the trail and the visibility; however, at this time of year, the trek can be scheduled on request.
Health, Medication Tip for the trek
The treks demand outstanding fitness, and the best standards of health, as most days require 6-8 hours of travel. So we recommend you have a physical test at least 4-6 weeks before the trek and get advice, prescription, and approval from your doctor before the journey. We also recommend that you take specialist advice and experience in altitude disease and travel medications from your nearest general practitioner.
Safety and Security during the Annapurna trek
Your wellbeing is our main concern. Therefore, in the case of unexpected events, such as drastic weather changes, natural catastrophes, and a community member’s ill health or some sort of disruptive agitation or protests, the team leader is granted absolute power to alter or cancel the itinerary.
For the protection of your possessions, such as passports, air tickets, traveler checks, currency, and other important things, it is strongly recommended that you carry these things with a collar wallet or a money belt. Remember not to carry any expensive items such as jewelry.
Visas to enter Nepal
All foreign nationals (except Chinese and Indians) need a visa to access Nepal. So we ask you to secure visas before you fly. Visas can be obtained from the nearest Embassy / Consulate or Mission offices in your own country or from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu upon arrival.
To apply for a Nepal visa, you require 2 passport-sized photos, US dollar Visa fees, and a passport that is valid at least 6 months prior to the journey. A transit visa is only issued for 3 days for international nationalities. Visas are also issued from the borders mentioned below, for the convenience of foreign nationals:
- Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu)
- Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
- Birgunj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
- Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border of Nepal)
- Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Western Nepal)
- Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Mid Western Nepal)
- Mohana, Dhangadhi (Far Western Nepal)
- Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Far Western Nepal)
Nepal Tourist Visa Fees:
Transit visa (3 days) Free of cost
- Multiple entry (15 days) 25 USD or equivalent convertible currency
- Multiple entry (30 days) 40 USD or equivalent convertible currency
- Multiple entry (90 days) 100 USD or equivalent convertible currency
TREKKING SEASON IN BHUTAN
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