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ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK

Group Size

5-15 Persons

meal

Breakfast, Dinner

accomodation

Hotel

arrival on

Kathmandu

departure from

Kathmandu

trip level

Moderate

max. altitude

5416 m

Best season

Autumn, Spring

trip highlights

  • A mythical and historical trek, Panoramas on the Himalayan range
  • The Thorong Pass at 5,400m,The views of the Annapurna
  • Many villages and ethnicities
  • An accessible itinerary for a first trek in Nepal

trip introduction

Annapurna circuit trek considers one of the most beautiful treks in the world. The Annapurna circuit trek did not become famous by chance, Objective reasons, such as the exceptional variety of landscapes encountered and have greatly contributed to its fame. This great classic of Himalayan treks owes its success to the variety of ethnic groups encountered. The beauty of the landscapes allows many people to make this trek in the best possible conditions.  First, we take the main road that connects Kathmandu to Pokhara. Then, we leave at Dumre to head north towards the high mountains. All the way to rice fields that line the path is all illuminated with tender greens.

During, this Himalayan discovery our steps lead us in a few days bananas to eternal snow. After crossing rice fields, pine forests or rhododendrons, deserts of rock and sand. From 900 to 5400 meters, a world of varied cultures unfolds before our eyes marveled. Gurung villages or thakalis are scattered in terraced fields, small Tibetan villages close around their monastery.

 The ethnic groups of Tibetan origin settled in Nepal for centuries have kept their customs and their Buddhist religion. So, with gompas (monasteries), chortens, walls to mani, smiling Lamas, and mischievous sparrows. The landscapes are surprising and grandiose, with deep gorges where raging torrents roar, immaculate peaks that sparkle in the translucent air of the high altitudes, and the desert landscapes of the region of Manang and on the outskirts of Mustang

Is the Annapurna circuit trek right for you?

There are 14 days of strenuous trekking on this trip including thorong la high pass 5416m. and acclimatization is undertaken, You’ll be trekking up to 6-7 hours a day. however, at altitudes over 5000 m at times and need to be aware of altitude sickness. But it’s very important it is to be in excellent fitness and health, which means training in the lead up to your trip in order to be best prepared.

The trekking teahouses that you stay in on the trek are very simple with only basic facilities. Hot water may not be always available and may cost extra. As will access to electricity points for charging devices. Wi-Fi is available at some teahouses, but connections may be poor. The Annapurna base camp trek is a popular route and you will encounter many other trekkers and groups on your trip during your hike and at the teahouses.

why you will love this trip?

  • Ascend and cross to the world’s highest pass Thorong la 5416 meters along the Annapurna Circuit.
  • Discover Nepal’s compact capital in Kathmandu and Muktinath temple after Thorong la pass.
  • Trekking past terraced rice fields, rhododendron forests, and oak forests, there’s a diverse formation of nature that expect in the Annapurna region.
  • Discover about Nepalese mountain people’s life, culture, and traditions while you stay in teahouses in the small communities along the way.
  • Spend time in the peaceful Pokhara after finishing your trek and Relax with your group on the banks of Phewa Lake.

 

Annapurna circuit trek route and itinerary

Annapurna circuit trek itinerary in two weeks, a dream cherished by many enthusiasts. Progress with count steps to the famous Thorung La pass (5416 m), rough descent to Jomsom, the door of the nearby Mustang, Bon village of Lupra then return by the track at the foot of Dhaulagiri’s (8167 m) and Annapurnas (8091 m). This region offers us quite an astonishing variety. The progression in altitude is very slow and the acclimatization is thus excellent, to be able to cross the pass of Thorung (5,416 m) in good conditions. These ten days of walking are enhanced by the grace and kindness of the Nepalese, always warm. The trip ends in Jomsom, at the top of the gorges of Kali Gandaki.

This is a wonderful trek and a physical challenge. We can recommend everyone to walk this amazing trek in the Annapurna region of  Nepal. Are you going to walk the Annapurna Circuit Trek yourself, without a guide or trekking company? then chances are that you are already preparing an itinerary. No worries, the Annapurna Circuit trekking route is easy to plan and walk by yourself.

Itinerary

Arrival in Kathmandu. you are greeted at the airport by our team and then transferred to our hotel. Evening briefing from your guide,

Approximately 15 munites driving to the hotel from the airport
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals:  dinner
Accommodation: night in the hotel

We reserve this day for sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley and to prepare for trekking. After having a warm breakfast, we will leave the hotel in a private vehicle with an experienced tour guide. We will visit several UNESCO-listed world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and the famous sacred Hindu temple, the Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa, and Boudhanath stupa. These places are famous to have inherited ancient religious practices, architecture, and culture.

Tour: full-day tour
Final altitude: approximately 35,50 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the hotel

Early departure for Dumre (Pokhara Road, approx 5-6 hrs) then Besi Sahar, end of tarmac road. Change of vehicle to take the track that leads to Jagat. The rice field landscape is a marvel. Beautiful views of the Himal Chuli (7500 m).

Approximately 7 hours of driving
Final altitude: approximately 1,310 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

We follow the wide and comfortable track to reach Tal, a small village wedged under huge cliffs. The Marsyangdi river rumbles at the bottom of its gorges, forcing us to cross some beautiful suspension bridges. Just before Tal, the valley opens suddenly and we can admire the Manaslu (8,125 m). After an ascent along the cliffs, we reach Dharapani by another suspension bridge.

Approximately 7 hours of walk
Final altitude: approximately 1900 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

After an hour’s walk, we arrive at the village of Bagarchap. a little further, we can see our first “8000”, prayer walls and gompas. The path bends sharply towards the west to enter a valley where the vegetation becomes alpine with pines and junipers which replace the virgin forest In Koto, Annapurna II and Manaslu are in focus. Lodge in Chame, capital of Manang district, many shops and breathtaking views of the Lamjung Himal. In Chame, if conditions allow, we can take a bath in the hot springs located near the village.

Approximately 7 hours of walk
Final altitude: approximately 2,500 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

our route takes us to altitude and magnificent snow-capped mountains appear, such as Lamjung Himal (6,931 m), Pisang Peak (6,091 m) and Annapurna II (7,937 m). This stage is long but very gradual.Walk-in a forest dominated by impressive cliffs, at least until around 3000 meters, where, at a bend of the river, the rock sets in an immense and spectacular inclined plane and the valley opens. It is the country of Manang. We sleep in a lodge in  upper Pisang, a village of Tibetan influence, where we can see the construction of 152 prayer wheels! Visit the old village, with its monastery overlooking the valley of 150 meters, unfortunately, deserted to the benefit of the new village frequented by trekkers.

Approximately 7 hours of walk
Final altitude: approximately 3,500 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

From Chame, the ethnic groups and villages that we meet are of Tibetan origin, with the architecture characteristic of the high valleys of Nepal: flat roofs, mani and chorten walls.  Panorama of this day: the huge glacial barrier of the northern slopes of Annapurnas IV, II, III, Gangapurna, and Tarke Gyang. One of the most famous mountain landscapes in the world … The path climbs to reach the hilltop village of Ghyrau (3670 m). The landscape, absolutely exceptional, alone justifies the trekking. Path in the balcony until Ngawal, then descent towards Braga  Manang. We arrive in Manang, the main town in the region, and continue through the pastures still frequented by a few yaks who are waiting for the first snow to descend into the valley.

Approximately 7 hours of walk
Final altitude: approximately 3,500 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

This day is reserved for acclimatization before taking the Thorung pass at 5,400 m. You can walk the streets of Manang or take a half-day walk to the monastery and the village of Braga.Quiet and beautiful walk in the vicinity of Manang, one of the most beautiful villages in the valley, in an exceptional setting. We will have plenty of time to return to Braga to visit the remarkable temple and discover the typical village.

Approximately 3 hours of walk
Final altitude: approximately 3,500 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

The step is relatively short; this allows us to walk slowly to continue our acclimatization in peace. Beautiful climb to the hamlet of Leder, dominated to the east by the snows of Chulu. We go along the barrier of the Chulus.

Approximately 5 hours of walk
Final altitude: approximately 4,200 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Last day before the ascent of Thorung pass which culminates at 5,416 m. We still take our time among the yak breeders, before reaching through a succession of glacial moraines, the high camp of Thorung Phedi,  Again, the stage is very short, no need to run to altitude sickness. The peaks that surround the Thorung Pass are looming on the horizon. At the end of the stage, the path crosses the river and crosses a scree zone before reaching the bottom of the valley. Tomorrow, Thorung Pass, “Weapon Watch”.

Approximately 6 hours of walk
Final altitude: approximately 4,920 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

We start early, our slow climb to the pass, where everyone takes their own pace. The pass, which rises to 5,416 m, is dominated by Khatung Kang (6,484 m) and Yakawa Kang (6,482 m). On the other side of the pass, the Muktinath valley, very close to Mustang, offers us its arid landscapes, illuminated by the snows and glaciers of Dhaulagiri (8,167 m). We visit the shrine of Muktinath, a high place of pilgrimage, both Buddhist and Hindu. “The eternal flame that springs from the Earth” gives the place a sacred character.

Approximately 9 hours of walk
Final altitude: approximately 3,760 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

landscapes opening on the Tibetan plateaus to the north and scenery of snowy high mountains to the south: here is the Nilgiri, and especially the formidable Dhaulagiri. The short climb to a pass (4000 m), from where the view of the Dhaulagiri is exceptional. Descent to Lupra, a unique village bon on our route. Bon religion is Tibetan religion pre-existent to Buddhism. Descent to Jomsom.

Approximately 7 hours of walk
Final altitude: approximately 2,800 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

By jeep, we follow the track that runs along the Kali Gandaki. Beautiful views of the Dhaulagiri at Tukuche. Arrival in Beni, change of vehicle and road to Pokhara.

Approximately 7 hours of  drive 
Final altitude: approximately 850 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch
Accommodation: night in the hotel

Return road to Kathmandu. 6 to 7 hours drive.

Approximately 7 hours of  drive 
Final altitude: approximately1,350 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch
Accommodation: night in the hotel

free time depending on the departure time of your flight and our representative will drop you at the airport, ending your journey in Nepal. We hope to be of service to you again. Thank you and safe travels.

approximately 20 minutes of drive
Final altitude: approximately 1,350 m
Meals: breakfast 

inclusion

what's included

  • Pick up from the airport and Final drop to the airport by private vehicle
  • 3-night hotel stays in Kathmandu on B/B Plan
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Meals as indicated in the “Day to day” program.
  • Dinner on the last evening in Kathmandu (except for drinks).
  • Supervision by an English-speaking Nepalese guide throughout the trip.
  • 1 porter for 2 members to carry the luggage
  • food and accommodation for the local team and insurance
  • The assistance of a local team during the trekking (sirdar, porters, cooks).
  • Ground Transportation Charge while returning back to Kathmandu from the trekking destination
  • The permit for this region of Nepal.
  • All Government tax

what's not included

The price does not include

  • Cancellation/interruption of stay/loss of luggage insurance and assistance.
  • All that is not indicated in the section “The price includes”.

Your expenses on site

  • Visa fees on arrival.
  • international flight ticket
  • Travel and Medical insurance
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu  and Pokhara
  • Any additional luggage on domestic flights.
  • The drinks.
  • tips

TIPS

Tips are an integral part of the country’s culture. This gesture of thanks, which varies according to the itinerary and the duration, has become an obligation. A prize pool is created, given at the end of the trip to the members of the team.

However, it is important that the tip remains a gratuity, as our teams are also very well paid. We invite you to distribute tips only if the service has met your expectations and to reduce this sum if the services were not sufficient, explaining why in order to consolidate our educational work.

 

Accomodation & meal

ACCOMMODATION

In a standard category hotel (base: double room) in Kathmandu and Pokhara, during the rest of the trip in a tent (3-person tents for 2 people) or in a lodge depending on the trip. The lodges in Nepal are very comfortable random. In general, conditions are quite good around the Annapurnas and the Everest region. On the other hand, in Mustang, in the Manaslu,  Tsum valley, and in the region of Kangchanjung or Makalu, they can be very rudimentary to the point of being a dormitory sometimes even a kitchen. lodges can look like a refuge or sometimes a bed and breakfast from home. Most of the time it is a family house with double, triple, or dormitory rooms. Toilets and showers are always separate.

MEAL

In the cities, many restaurants allow us to discover the typical local cuisine. Meat is scarce in the high mountain, the Nepalese are generally vegetarians. The basic ingredients are rice, pasta, lentils, potatoes, vegetables. Snacks are included during the trek (cereal bars, dried fruits, etc.).

For camping trek accommodation: during the trek, breakfasts and evening meals are prepared by the kitchen team. They are taken under the mess tent. Depending on the profile of the stages (length of the day’s walk and/or presence of water), midday snacks will be served hot or cold in the form of picnics.

For tea house trek accommodation: meals are prepared by the cooks of the lodge and are taken in the dining room. Here is a typical one-day menu:

  • breakfast: eggs, toast or chapati, or Tibetan bread or pancakes, or pancakes, butter/jam, tea or coffee
  • lunch: the main course, tea or coffee.
  • dinner: soup, main course, fruit (fresh or canned), tea or coffee

NB: Hindus and Buddhists are most often vegetarians. We, therefore, eat very little meat or fish. The dishes are pasta, rice, potatoes, lentils, etc.

DRINKS: during the trek, tea is served with meals (two cups of tea per meal). Additional cups of tea and other beverages, including mineral water, are the responsibility of the participants. You can fill your gourds with water in the lodges, but it is essential to treat them with purifying tablets.

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    15 days
  • difficulty level :

    Moderate

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