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Annapurna Circuit Trekking

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Annapurna circuit is an iconic trekking odyssey around the range of peaks of the Annapurna Massif. This 55 km stretch of mountains is the showpiece of the route circumnavigating it. The Journet passes through a thrilling array of eco-diversity and cultures. The heart of it all is Annapurna I 8,091 M ranked as the world 10th highest mountain and the first peak over 8000 m to have been scaled.

The Annapurna circuit is also nicknamed The apple Pie Circuit Known for the delicious, hard-won desert along the way. Pie is found in high elevation towns along the way. The Annapurna circuit trekking is world-renowned trek and still Nepal’s most popular. This long stretch of the Annapurnas includes thirteen prominences over 7,000 m and at least 16 over 6,000 m.

The trek’s usual starting points is in the lowlands with lush sub-tropical scenery near the Marsyangdi River. The route gradually ascends to its high points, a pass known as Thorang la, 5416 m. Along the way around, astonishing scenery includes a dazzling array pf peaks and the varied and diverse people that make it a culturally rich experience.

Annapurna circuit is Located with In the preserve known as the Annapurna Conservation area Project (ACAP), Nepal’s first and largest officially designated conservation area. This region receive the most tourists per annum of all of Nepal’s mountain destinations, with about twice as Many trekkers as the nest busiest area, the Everest Region in Solu-khumbu.

Before road construction along the Annapurna Circuit began in 2005, the journey was 215 Km and took about three weeks . Road have led to a shortening of this original distance although alternative routes allows for fascinating options. The road also give trekkers an option of starting/finishing at different points along the way. This allows people with less time to join the fun! Road construction still remains and the yearly monsoon requires constant maintenance. At any rate, the roads are a Joy for mountain cyclists who can Now make the circuit on two wheels, Carrying bikes over the passes and steep sections.

The Thorung La is a watershed pass that marks the changeover from the Marsyangdi RiverValley to the Kali Gandaki River and a whole new set of views, landscape and cultures. On a descent from the Passes is the ancient temple of Muktinath mentioned in the Hindu Sage, the Mahabharata. It has been a pilgrimage destination for centuries and is set in a poplar tree thicket. Hindi and Buddhist patrons alike considered flames (from burning Natural gas) emanating from a crack in rock to be sacred. A shine has been build up around the flames, revered for its unification of fire, water, earth, and air. With in the Temple compound is a spring-fed array of 108 bulls-head brass water spouts used for ritual bathing.

Along the Upper Kali Gandaki Valley, Ammonite mollusk fossils from 10 to 160 million years old can still be found. They are remnants of the prehistoric Tethys Sea. The relics are considered by devout Hindus to be representation of Lord Vishnu. Although the road now reaches up to the gates of Muktinath, Newly-marked trails escape the road with detours along nearly the whole eastern side of the famous, rejuvenating hot spring at Tatopani.

Across the Kali Gandaki River is the Dhaulagiri massif with the world’s seventh highest peak at 8167 and Highest peak located entirely in Nepal. Because Of the location of the Annapurna I on one side of the river and Dhaulagiri on the other, the Kaligandaki Valley at that point is considered the deepest gorge in the world.


Alternative routes and detours are have been develop for trekkers looking for adventure and include one of the highest lakes in the world, Tilicho Tal, 4919 m, mentioned in the Hindu sage, the Ramayana, as well as sacred caves used by the Tibetan yogi Milarepa and much more. The attraction continue to makes the Annapurna Circuit a coveted destination for worldwide travelers! Despite road building, trekkers continue to find exceptional hospitality and unsurpassed panoramas in one of the world’s favorite trekking areas.

Trip Facts:

Country: Nepal
Trekking Type: Tea House
Max Altitude: 5416 M ( Thorung La Pass )
Group Size: 01 - 12
Trip Duration: 18 Days
Best Season: Mar - May | Sep - Dec
Trip Grade: Moderate to Strenuous
Start - End: Kathmandu to Kathmandu

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 meters). O/N at Hotel, BB
  • Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley. O/N at Hotel, BB
  • Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Besi Shahar (823m), 8 hrs walk. O/N at Guesthouse, BLD
  • Day 04: Trek to Bahundanda, (1430m), 7 hrs Walk. O/N at Guesthouse, BLD
  • Day 05: Trek to Chamje, (1560m) 6 hrs walk. O/N at Guesthouse, BLD
  • Day 06: Trek to Dharapani (1881m), 6 hrs walk. O/N at Guesthouse. BLD
  • Day 07: Trek to Chame (2725m), 6 hrs walk. O/N at Guesthouse, BLD
  • Day 08: Trek to Pisang (3300m), 5 hrs walk. O/N at Guesthouse, BLD
  • Day 09: Trek to Manang (3540m), 5 hrs walk. O/N at Guesthouse, BLD
  • Day 10: Acclimatization day at Manang, (3540m). O/N at Guesthouse, BLD
  • Day 11: Trek to Yak kharka (4090m), 4 hrs walk. O/N at Guesthouse, BLD
  • Day 12: Trek to Throung Phedi (4420m), 4 hrs walk. O/N at Guesthouse, BLD
  • Day 13: Trek to Thorungla - la (cross over 5416m), then trek down to Muktinath(3802m), 8/9 hrs walk. O/N at Guesthouse, BLD
  • Day 14: Trek to Kagbeni to Jomsom (2713m), 5 hrs walk. O/N at Guesthouse, BLD
  • Day 15: Fly to Pokhara, O/N at Hotel. BB
  • Day 16: Pokhara to Kathmandu Approx 6 hrs driving, O/N at Hotel. BB
  • Day 17: Rest day Shopping/ Leisure, O/N at Hotel. BB
  • Day 18: Departure to destination country.
  • BB= Bed and Breakfast   |  BLD= Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • [NOTE: The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. The trek can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.]
  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 meters).
    Arriving Kathmandu from your homeport, where Global Holidays Adventure's representative meets you at the airport, transfer you to the hotel nearby Thamel as per your requirement. Great food from all over the world, fabulous shopping and Durbar square with its several temples and markets are nearby Thamel. Overnight at hotel with BB Plan.
  • Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley.
    You will meet your trekking guide, discuss the trekking program and coordinate any last-minute arrangements. After/before briefing, with our professional tour guide we visit Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa, Swaymbhunath and Patan Durbar Square. Rest of the time you can use for travelling around Thamel and buying needed equipment and other necessaries. Overnight at hotel with BB Plan.
  • Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Besi Shahar (823m) 8 hrs walk.
    Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 04: Trek to Bahundanda, (1430m), 7 hrs Walk.
    We will drive until Bhulbhule after breakfast then the hiking trail will start from Bhulbhule. Then we keep on hiking onwards towards Bhulbhule Lampata (1135 m) and finally we reach Bahundada, the Brahmin village situated at a top of the hill. Overnight at Teahouse. First day of Annapurna circuit trek. Overnight at Guest House with BLD Plan.
  • Day 05: Trek to Chamje, (1560m) 6 hrs walk.
    From Bahundanda trail descend steeply to syange at the elevation of 1070 mt passing the suspension bridge on Marshyangi River entering the Nyingma. Nyingma is one of the Buddhis influenced are in northern part of Nepal. Following the river to stone village of Jagat and hiking thought the forest we reach Chamje at the height of 1560 meters. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 06: Trek to Dharapani (1881m),6 hrs walk.
    We begin the day with the rocky trail following the Marsyandi Rivers gradually uphill to reach Tal at 1675m. This is our first day in Manang district. Crossing a wide, flat valley, climbing a stone stairways gives you taste of exciting adventure of Annapurna circuit trek. Journey goes up and down until we reach Dharapani at 1890 meters. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD Plan.

    Day 07: Trek to Chame (2725m), 6 hrs walk.
    Trail continues with often jagged and rocky, climbs to Tyanja at 2360m and then through the forest near the bank of river we reach Kopar at 2590m. Annapurna Circuit trek now enters into conifer woodland and reaches Chame the official district capital of Manang district. As we approach Chame, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II and two small hot springs by the town. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 08: Trek to Pisang (3300m), 5 hrs walk.
    Hiking though the deep forest and narrow valley at the bank of Marshyangdi river, we will see a long suspension bridges at 2910 meter and another at 3040 meter. Paungda Danda rock emerges from the second suspension bridge and the trail joins to climb Pisang. Passing the Oble Dome rock wall the trail of Annapurna Circuit trek continued to upper Pisang, the place famous for architecturally magnificent village at 3100 meters. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 09: Trek to Manang (3540m),5 hrs walk.
    After Pisang, we have alternate paths at north and south of the Marsyangdi River that meets up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3325m involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, despite the fact that there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the quaint but partially hidden village of Bryanga at 3475m to nearby Manang at 3500m. Walking along the valley through the drier upper part of Manang (the unofficial trekking capital of the Annapurna Circuit) we can view Annapurna range. People of this area herd yaks and raise crops for leaving, beside this during winter they move to other places for trades. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 10: Acclimatization day at Manang, (3540m).
    Today we explore Manang valley to take some rest and acclimatization for next days. We spend our day walking and sightseeing around Manang village, learn some Manang culture and the daytime is best to gain altitude. Overnight at guesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 11: Trek to Yak kharka (4090m), 4 hrs walk.
    Leaving Manang the trail ascent steadily along the Jarsang Khola valley and reached Ledar at 4250 meter. Walking and glancing over the steadily sparse vegetations, we reach Yak Kharka at 4090 meter. Overnight at guesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 12: Trek to Throung Phedi(4420m), 4 hrs walk.
    Descending the trail, crossing the river at 4310 meters and again climbing through the trail takes you to Thorong Phedi at 4420 meters. At the foot of Thorung La Pass, this place gives your pleasant view of massive Annapurna region. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 13: Trek to Thorungla - la (cross over 5416m), then trek down to Muktinath 3802m), 8-9 hrs walk.
    The journey starts early in the morning from the foot of the hill to the Thorung La Pass, highest place of our twenty days Annapurna Circuit Trek. Crossing the steeply made pass, covered with stone, we hike gradually looking at magnificent views. Pass marked by Chortens and prayer flags looks nice and magnificent views imprinted in your memory. Passing Thorung we reach the sacred site of Muktinath at the elevation of 3800 meters. Hindus and Buddhists alike visit Muktinath. The temple is built in the pagoda style dedicated to Lord Vishnu or Avalokiteshwara as the Buddhists call him. For Hindus, Muktinath is one of the most important places of pilgrimage. Long and difficult yet rewarding day of our Annapurna Circuit Trek. Overnight at guesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 14: Trek to Kagbeni to Jomsom (2713m),5 hrs walk.
    Finally, the Annapurna Circuit trek heads downhill, through the arid landscape to the ancient town of Kagbeni on the Kali Gandaki river. A maximum of three hours trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni (2800), where you can visit some two thousand five hundred years old monasteries and get to know some Himalayan culture. Walk further to Jomsom and spend overnight there to catch flight back to Pokhara. Overnight at teahouse. Last day of the trekking portion of Annapurna trek. Overnight at guesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 15: Fly to Pokhara.
    Fly to Pokhara from Jomsom. Transfer to hotel. Free time on your own. Message, boating at Phewa Lake and relax. Overnight at Hotel with BB Plan.
  • Day 16: Pokhara to Kathmandu Approx 6 hrs driving.
    Around six hours scenic drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. You can spend you rest of the time for personal shopping or individual sightseeing. Overnight at hotel with BLD Plan.
  • Day 17: Rest day Shopping/ Leisure.
    Extra day in Kathmandu for relaxing and some shopping , if you are interested in continuing onto Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure, Kathmandu Shopping Tour or Scenic Everest Flight. Overnight at hotel with BLD Plan.
  • Day 18: Departure to destination country.
    Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you'll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.
  • BB= Bed and Breakfast   |  BLD= Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • [NOTE: The above itineraries are guide and standard template of what we provide. The tour can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. Please contact us info@nepaltraveladventure.com or fill our inquiry form.]
"So What you are Paying For?"
What you are paying for, we would like to explain to you. We are a local company providing world-wide travelers with internationally qualified services. We provide you with the lowest cost possible for fully inclusive trips that have no hidden fees. We guarantee your safety, satisfaction, and long-lasting memories of your experience of Nepal Journey.

Cost Include

  • International & domestic airport transfers as per the itinerary.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with BB Plan.
  • Welcome and Firewell Dinner.
  • Internal transport and flight within your Nepal staying as per the itinerary.
  • 3 meals a day during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) as indicated by the itinerary.
  • Accommodation while trekking in twin sharing basis tents or local lodges / guesthouses.
  • All trekking and climbing related permit & fees,(Entry Permit and TIMS Card).
  • Professional English speaking tour leader, guides and necessary porters.
  • Sleeping Bag and Duffel bag for during Trekking period.
  • A comprehensive medical kit.
  • All government and local taxes.

Cost Exclude

  • International air fare to/ from Nepal.
  • Entry Visa fees - at present $25 for 15 day, US$ 40 for 30 day, and US$ 100 for three month visa on entry into Nepal.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, theft expenses.
  • Drinks: both alcoholic and bottled other than sterilized drinking water.
  • Laundry fees.
  • All food and beverages other than on the itinerary.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal gear and expenses.
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.
What type of shape do I need for this Trip?
Annapurna Circuit Trek is a suitable trek for all kind of people who are moderately fit, not any previous adventures experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming and walking are recommended before your Everest Base Annapurna Circuit Trekking. Persons suffering from a pre-existing medical condition must seek medical advice/consent before considering the trek. Whist on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized.

Will somebody come to pick up me at the Airport upon my arrival?
Yes, Global Holidays Adventure representative will be there to greet you outside of Terminal Hall. He will be displaying an Global Holidays Adventure name with your name on it. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your Hotel.

Visa info: Entry Visa fees- at present $ 25 for 15 day, $ 40 for 30 days and $ 100 for three month visa on entry to Nepal. You can take visa after landing Nepal in Tribhuwan International Airport.

What sort of accommodation can i expect in Kathmandu and in Trekking?
In Kathmandu: Here are all kind of Hotel simple hotel to 5* hotel. Its depends on your demand but normally in our trekking package we use standard rooms from 3* or 4* on BB Basis.

During Trekking: You will have teahouse/Lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quit blanket. We can also offer you Global Holidays Adventure's sleeping baggage if needed ( which need to return after the trip) but it is good idea to have your own sleeping baggage always. We usually provide you single and double rooms as well as the occasional dormitory. The dining room is sownstairs around a fire. All food will be cooked to order in the little kitchen. You should not enter the kitchen unless asked to do so.

Toilet Facilities During Trekking: On, Trek common toilet facilities are available at Tea House. Now some teahouse have attached bathroom.

Shower Facilities: You will have hot shower in all teahouses but some place there isnot hot shower, we will provide you hot water in bucket for Shower.


Do you use porters/ yaks on the trek or do we carry all of our own gear?

Whilst on the trek, our porter will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream etc only.


What kind of food can i expect in Trekking?

Most of Teahouse cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare Pasta, Tuna Bakes, Noodles, Potatos, Eggs, Dalbhat, Bread, Soups, Fresh Vegetable ( variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like Apple Pies, Pancakes and some interesting attempts at Custard. You will find a lot of garlic items on the menu, eat some every day because it assists with acclimatization. In many larger villages you may find some meat on the menu. You cal always get hot chocolate, tea, coffee, hot lemon as well as soft drinks. Each day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same lodge you spend the night. Lunch will be take on the way to distination.


What sort of transportation I use?

Global Holidays Adventure is all about providing you with local insights as well as adventure with that in mind where we think you will get more our of your holiday by using a different means of transport that is what we do. Using a variety of private transport is an integral part of our Himalayas travel and enhance the experience. We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pick ups. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, van or Landcruiser. These small light vehicles are more manoeuvrable and flexible enabling us to take you through the narrow roads of Nepal. All the vehicles are usually air-conditioned unless we are travelling in cooler areas.


What is the best season for this trekking?

The best season for this trek is October to mid December and mid February to mid June. It is not very good trekking during the monsoon season from June to August excepts treks in the Himalayan rain shadow like Upper Mustang and Mt. Kailash.


What is the weather and temperature like in trekking?

Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. At night it is generally cooler the days are enerally warm. Winter ( January and February ) will be bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. There will be bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. It is also important to makes sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any condition. Expert the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 degree c to 15 degree c low during day time.


Can I charge my camera batterries on my Trip?

These facilities will be available in most of the places in your Hotel reception by playing some service. Remember to bring your adapters!!.


Is there any communication while we are on Trekking?

There are telephone in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls, Some place there is also interest access which you can use by paying some charges.


Can I use credit cards in the places visit in Trekking?

In Kathmandu you can use your credit/ master card. During the trekking you need cash, you can't use your credit card.


How much additional money do I need per day?

In Kathmandu, you can allocate $ 10-15 for lunch and dinner. It's all depends on your spending habits. $. 15- 20 a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolate and few drinks in Trekking.


Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?

This is a difficult things to tell. It's up to you from your heart by looking their work and support. Tipping is not required, but a small way to show your guides and local porters thanks for their help. The level of the tip should reflect the level of personal involvement with your guide.


Is the water Ok to drink? Do I need to bring purifying tablets/filter?

In most places bottled water is readily available. If you wish to drink normal water, you need to use purifying aid, which you will need to bring with you.


Is Global Holidays Adventure's staff insured?

Our Company insures all our trekking staff, including guide, cook, Sherpa and Porters.


What essential documents do I need to bring with me on tour?

  • Valid Passport- must be valid for up to 6 months after return from your tour, keep a seperate photocopy.
  • Travel insurance, keep a seperate photocopy which you need to give to us before you leaving for trip.
  • Cash and Traveller's Cheques, keep numbers and proof of purchase seperate.
  • Flight Tickets.
  • Emergency contact numbers for T/C's bank, insurance, family contacts.
Can I add extra days to my Trekking Trip?
A trekking holiday should be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.


I would like to extend my holiday, any recommendations?

Yes there are many options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Following trips are suggested for your holiday extensions.

What immunizations will I need?
No vaccinations are compulsory in Himalaya but we do recommend you are coveres for * Diphtheria & TB, *Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B * Malaria, * Typhoid, Polio and tetanus. We also recommend-

  • A dental Check up prior to Travelling.
  • That you know your blood group in case of Emergency.

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