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Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel 

Welcome to Kathmandu, our Sunrise Adventure Trek airport representative will welcome you in the airport then transfer to hotel and will give short brief relating further details of the program.  Overnight stay in hotel.

 

Day 02: Sightseeing & Preparation

In the morning, a short briefing on trek and its preparations and in the afternoon you will be doing sightseeing to Swayambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Pashupatinath Temple. Overnight stay in hotel.

 

Day 03: Drive to Besisahar and trek to Khudi (820m)

Today, our journey will be 6 hours of drive to Besisahar. And along the way you will be seeing giant White Mountains, rivers, green sceneries and stunning landscapes. Afterwards we will be trekking around a hour to reach Khudi. Khudi offers the first glimpses of Manaslu Range. Overnight in guesthouse.

 

Day 04: Trek to Bahundanda (7 hours)

We start the day by trekking to Bahundada. And along the way we have to pass the typical local houses and diverse cultural and ethnic tribes while exchanging greetings (Namaste).              Our route passes through subtropical forest and rice terraces of Sera. Then comes the 60m waterfall after passing Bhulbule and slowly we will be arriving to Ngadi Khola (river), which we will be crossing by suspension bridge. And finally route takes us gently upward to Bahundanda, an attractive village in the saddle of a long ridge at 1300m.

 

Day 05: Baundanda to Chamje (1410m) 5-6 hrs

After breakfast, we trek through steep trails reaching village of Syange. And after crossing several suspension bridges comes Chanje en-route Jagat. Overnight stay in Chamje.

 

Day 06: Chamje to Bagarchhap (2160m) 5 hrs

Through the steep uphill course of Marshyangdi River, we reach to the first village of Manang, Tal (1675m). And then the wide and flat valley with ups and downs leads us to Dharapani (1890m) from where further trail leads us to the Bagarchhap welcomed by the stoned entrance. Bagarchap is a typical Tibet influenced village with apples and maize fields.

 

Day 07: Bagarchhap to Chame (2630m) 5 hrs

Climbing to Tyanja (2360m) and through the forest and river leading to Kopar and a little bit closer to reaching Chame, headquarter of Manang District. From here we can see great views of Annapurna II and come across two small hot springs. And you are sure to encounter a local community who are believed to be migrated from Tibet in the past.

 

Day 08: Trek to Pisang (3,240m)

After the stay in Chame we pace forward crossing some narrow paths and dense forest. Right after the hours of walk, the steep and big rock (1500m.) can be seen. Crossing this rock can be an adventure before we reach to the accommodating area in lower pisang.

 

Day 09: Trek to Manang (3,540m)

The Moments passing through Geru is excellent that offers us stunning landscapes and magnificent view of Mt. Annapurna and Pisang. Today we will be going to Barge monastery, also the biggest monastery of whole Manang.

 

Day 10: A day to rest and acclimatize in Manang

To stay fit for further journey and atmospheric adaptation we take a day off here in Manang for acclimatization. For the whole day we will be doing some walk around the village viewing beautiful mountain sceneries.

 

Day 11: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,018m)

Continuing the trek, the altitude rises as we trek slowly toward Yak Kharka. You can enjoy gorgeous views of Annapurna Range during the hike and from the tea house at Yak Kharka.

 

Day 12: Trek to Phedi (4,450m)

This day we trek to the foot of Thorang La & we will have to climb uphill, cross a suspension bridge and ascend down a towering cliff. During the trek we are rewarded with the wonderful view of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak & Mt. Khatungkang.

 

Day 13: Trek to Muktinath (3,800m)

From Thorang Phedi, we finally will be heading to the world’s highest pass, Thorang La Pass (5416m). From this elevated venue you are guaranteed to witness some magnificent views of Dhaulagiri ranges. And then trail ascends towards Chabarbu making our way to Muktinath in the evening. Muktinath is famous for shrines worshipped both by Hindus and Buddhists.

 

Day 14: Rest Day at Muktinath (3800m)

Enjoy the rest day and you can explore the Muktinath village. Muktinath is pretty popular among travelers possessing the famous temple Muktinath, scenes and several monasteries. Both the Hindus as well as Buddhists come here to this pilgrimage site which has 108 waterspouts and famous eternal flame.

 

Day 15: Trek to Kalopani (2,010m)

Kalopani will be our destination. Along the way you are sure to be surrounded by Himalaya views and the place is mostly dry with villages of Thakali people. Panoramic views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Fang and Annapurna I are likely to impress you and you can see beautiful apple gardens too.

 

Day 16: Trek to Tatopani (1,190m) 6-7 hrs

Most of today’s journey is downhill. We cross the bridge at Ghasa and enter subtropical forest as we drop to lower elevation. Then through the Rupse Chahara (waterfall) we ascend from the bank of Garpar to a bridge at Dana. Before reaching Tatopani we can observe everyday life of local people as the villages are bigger and upon reaching Tatopani you can relax or take bath in hot spring.  

 

Day 17: Trek to Ghorepani (2,750m)

Leaving behind Kali Gandaki, we head up to Ghar Khola valley from where the trail continues through terrace farmland with mountains surrounding us. Then passing the villages of Shikha and Chitre we reach beautiful rhododendron forest. Trekking further we reach Ghorepani which is a beautiful village located right at a top of ridge.

 

Day 18: Morning hike to Poon Hill (3,210m) and trek to Tadapani (1,460m)

To catch beautiful sunrise view in the morning we hike early to viewpoint of Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft.). It is also famous for viewing more than 20 highest mountains alongside the close up views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Then we return back to Ghorepani for our trek to Tadapani for overnight. We reach Tadapani through rhododendron forest then pass by spectacular waterfalls.

 

Day 19: Tadapani to Pokhara via Ghandruk 5 – 6 hrs trek, 1 hr. drive

Making downhill descend thru dense and dark forest of rhododendron trees we reach Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a slope settlement with mostly stone houses and inhibited by Gurung people. From here we can enjoy stunning close-up views of Mt. Fishtail, Annapurna South and Hiuchuli. Then we trek to Nayapul for our drive to Pokhara.

 

Day 20: Drive/Flight to Kathmandu

For the return trip two options are available, you can either take easy 25 minute flight to Kathmandu or take longer 7 hours of scenic drive to Kathmandu, the choice is yours. Both the means are great with beautiful mountain views during flight and fascinating views of landscapes in drive.

 

Day 21: Departure/Farawell

Last day, you can either safely make return journey to home or you can join for another exciting adventure. And according to flight schedule you will be escorted to airport approximately 3 hours earlier to catch flight to your next destination. 

Trekking Group Size

We organize trekking in Annapurna region for any number of people. If the group consists of more than 16 pax, we will split the group and arrange accordingly. We will assign one trek leader, one assistant leader for the group of four pax and porters (one porter between two members) to carry members luggage. This arrangement ensures that the group can still go ahead as scheduled itinerary despite any member gets sick on the way in the trekking.  

Experience and Health Requirements

Annapurna circuit trekking is considered a moderate trek suitable for those who can hike for 6 – 8 hours a day. Obviously hiking in the high altitude will not be so easy rather physically more demanding, however our itinerary is scheduled for the proper acclimatization while gradually gaining the altitude in the trekking. It will be advisable to have some walking and hiking or other outdoor activities for more than two weeks which will contribute to comfortable accomplishment in reaching there. No technical skills or use of crampons are required for this trekking. It is highly recommended for the trekkers to consult with the doctors before coming for this trekking. Trekkers who have asthma, allergy or any other diseases related to hurt, lungs should take more precaution for this trekking.

Travel Insurance

Trekkers need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs). Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide travelling insurance for the foreigners and the trekkers need to get the travelling insurance from one of the international insurance companies. Sunrise Adventure Trek will have accident insurance for the trekking staff.

Accommodations

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be arranged on twin sharing basis on BB plan except the extra cost for the single supplement (depending on the room availability) according to the choice of the standard of the hotels before and after the trekking. Accommodation during the trekking will be arranged at standard teahouses/ lodges with unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses on twin sharing basis. The trekkers will have to share washing and toilet facilities. If the trekker is a solo traveler, he/she will have to share a room with the trekker of same sex.

Meals

Trekkers are provided three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during Annapurna circuit trekking. They can enjoy wide variety of food from typical Nepali food, Sherpa food, and Tibetan food to all types of international cuisine (Continental, Italian, and Indian). Unlike other trekking companies, Sunrise Adventure Trek allows trekkers to choose the food from the menu at the hotel / lodges in the trek. When the group is too big for the hotels/ lodges to provide individual dishes, set menu will be arranged in most places. We use the lodges / hotels which serve hygienic, nutritious and good food for the trekkers for them to get enough energy for the hiking.

Acclimatization

Any trekker can get altitude sickness while trekking in the high altitude despite strong physically fitness. What is important is giving enough time for the proper acclimatization for the trekking. Sunrise Adventure Trek has planned the itinerary with gradual altitude gain giving enough time for acclimatization for the trekkers. Hiking slowly specially in the high altitude help prevent AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness ).  If anyone feels dizzy, suffer palpitation or severe headaches and loss of appetite, he / she will be moved to the lower altitude immediately or arrange the helicopter rescue in the severe case of AMS and the client has to pay for it.

Equipment and Packing List

A variety of clothing is necessary for the Annapurna Circuit trek. While choosing the equipment trekkers need give emphasis on two simple aspects: Lightweight and Functional. The items should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme weather conditions. The quality of the trekking equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain. For this reason you have to be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing.

Clothing

-    T – shirts

-    Hiking shorts

-    Undergarments

-    Full sleeves shirts

-    Long light weight cotton pants

-    Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)

-    Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants.

-    Insulated pants / nylon windbreaker

-    Light and expedition weight thermal tops.

-    Fleece jacket or pullover

-    Waterproof shell jacket

-    Down jacket

-    Light warm fleece hat / woolen hat

-    Sun hat

-    Lightweight gloves.

-    Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal).

Foot Wear

-    Hiking boots

-    Light and comfortable camp shoes

-    Thin, lightweight inner socks.

-    Thick, warm wool hiking socks

Accessories

-    Down Sleeping bag

-    Trekking bag / Duffle bag ( to carry for the porter )

-    Day pack ( to carry with the trekkers to put the things required during the day time )

-    Large plastic bags ( to keep items dry inside the trekking bag )

-    Water bottle

-    Head lamp with spare bulb and batteries

-    Trekking poles

-    Personal medicine box

-    Sunglasses with UV protection.

-    Books, dairy, pen, walkman  and any other game instruments

Toiletries and Personal Hygiene

-    Quick drying small towel

-    Toothbrush / paste

-    Soap

-    Face and body moisturizer

-    Sun block for lips

-    Tissues / toilet rolls

-    Wet wipes

-    Feminine hygiene products

-    Anti bacterial hands wash

Trek Leader(s) and Staff

All our trek leaders are well experienced who have led trekking in Annapurna region for more than eight years. Their in-depth knowledge about culture, custom, the geological surroundings as well as their professionalism, sincerity, and their hospitality make your dream of successful trek  a enjoyable, memorable event in your life. Although our trek leaders are not highly educated, they are well experienced, professionally trained and posses good leadership skills to operate the trip smoothly. Their smiling faces, loving and caring attitude will make your even a hard walking day a pleasant one. All trekking staff of Sunrise Adventure Trek are locally employed and have the adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, history and the safety measures in running the trips.  Their attitude and the efforts will be always concentrated on the less impact of the trekkers to the local culture, custom, nature and the eco system.

Porter Care

We are strongly committed to the porters rights. We make sure that they are well paid and have the proper clothing, foot ware and shelter. We are aware that no porter should be asked to carry a load that is too heavy for their physical abilities and the weight limit should be adjusted for altitude, weather and trail condition. We request our members not to have more than 15 kg weight of luggage to give to the porters. Porters who become sick while in the trekking are treated with high priority just like the other trekking staff or the members. If needed helicopter is sent and rescued in case of sever condition of sickness or accident. All porters are insured for sickness and accident.

Season

Nepal, as a tourist destination is good for all seasons, however, the best seasons for trekking to Annapurna region are Spring (March – May) and Autumn (mid Sept. – mid Dec. ). Trekking in autumn season is noted for clear weather and excellent views of silvery mountains against blue sky. It gets colder towards the end of December. This trek can be done in any month except January and February. Annapurna circuit trekking can be done even during the monsoon season but not recommended. There a few avalanches prone area in this trekking route which makes it dangerous for trekking in winter season.

Cost Includes
  • Airport pick up and departure and all ground transportation during trips.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu two or three star category in twin sharing bed and breakfast basis
  • Kathmandu sightseeing with city tour guide 
  • Accommodation  in lodge  and full board meals during the trekking 
  • Govt. trained guide and necessary no.of porters with their insurance, salary and meals 
  • All entry fees TIMS card and entry Permit 
  • Domestic Flight according to Itinerary 
  • Sleeping bag and Down jacket for trek necessary equipments during the trek
  • One cultural show and dinner program

Cost Excludes
  • International Flight major meals in cities
  • Airport tax and monuments entrance fees
  • All personal expenses such as bar bills, beverage, snacks etc.
  • Tips to guide and porter and your insurance.


Trips Facts

  • Trekking, Sightseeing, Camping
  • Annapurna Region, Kathmandu
  • 5416 meters
  • 19 - 24 Days
  • Trek, Hike, Sightseeing
  • 5 - 7 hrs
  • Kathmandu, Besisahar (Trek)
  • Kathmandu
  • 2 - 14 Pax
  • Oct, Nov, early Dec
  • Moderate
  • Land/Flight
  • Thorang La Pass (5416m.), Sunrise/Sunset view, Mountain View, Cultural Sightseeing, Above 5,000 meters/ Trail, Glacier, Sherpa Vilage

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