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Annapurna Circuit Trekking Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna Circuit Trekking
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Highlight of the Annapurna Circuit Trekking
 
  • Explore the wonderful landscape naturally blessed Annapurna region.
  • Enjoy marvelous Ariel view of the Annapurna 1 (8091 m) and Dhaulagiri (8167 m) and other high Himalayas.
  • Great view of the world deepest Kaligandaki George. Massif sunrise mountains view,different people and their diverse cultures.
  • Crossing Throng La pass 5416 m and reach to explore the pilgrimage Muktinath temple,
  • Natural bath in the hot spring. Enjoy the massif sunrise view of the Himalayas from Ghorepani and Poonhill.
 
Trip Summarize –
Annapurna Circuit Trekking provide you marvelous views of many stunning Himalayas Annapurna I, III, Macchapuchre and many more. Along with this, you can also explore the beautiful floras and faunas of this region. See endangered species like wild yaks, musk deer, spotted deer, and leopards in beautiful pine and bamboo forest. During trekking on the trail, you can observe the local culture of Mongolian people, Gurung, Magar, Thalkali following their own cultures. For the day your you can do ABC helicopter tour
 
This Annapurna Round trekking is an incredible trekking the total length of the trek varies from 180 km to 260 km depends on where we start the trek. Nowadays there is access of road transportation to the higher part of the trek. Annapurna  trek takes minimum 10 to 18 days this trek start from Besishar and ending in Jomsom or Pokhara. Trek is starting from easy to gradually difficult. Trail gets to see rhododendron forests, isolated hamlets, and mountain villages and different people. Walking around six to seven hours a day, follow the trails of this challenging circuit. Trail passes around one of the world’s highest mountains while encountering temples, monasteries, and breathtaking landscapes.
 
Similarly, our Sunrise Adventure trek expert guides and assisted by support staff throughout, your trek. You will greeted by locals who offer a fascinating glimpse of the traditional rural life of ethnic people like Thakali, Gurung. Majestic views of mountains, the experience of the local people are the famous part of Annapurna circuit trekVisit some of the world heritage sites in Kathmandu with beautiful temples.
 
The trail passes through the world deepest George and the Kali Gandaki george, Throng pass 5416 meters (17,769 ft) above the sea level. Siimilarly Annapurna circuit trek is famous for pilgrimages to see the Muktinath /salvation, enjoy hot spring at Tatopani. Enjoy the magnificent sunrise and sunset views of the Himalayas are the major attraction of the trek.
 
However, you can see the great landscape and beautiful rivers during the trek. If you have limited time in Nepal you can do Ghorepani / Poonhill trek. Where you can see the marvelous view sunrise from the Poonhill. While you go higher part Chame, Manang Yak Kharka, Throng Phedi you can see the wonderful mountains. Muktinath where you can see the pilgrimages panoramic view of the Himalayas with fresh air.
 
Annapurna circuit completely surround’s the by the hills and the great Himalayas. Truly thrilling this trek takes you into the heart of the land of Nepal and makes you interact with the highlander people.

Outlined itinerary:

Day1:  Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Day2:  Sightseeing & Preparation – B

Day3:  Drive to Besisahar and trek to Khudi (820m) – B.L.D

Day4:  Trek to Bahundanda (7 hours) – B.L.D

Day5:  Baundanda to Chamje (1410m) 5-6 hrs – B.L.D

Day6:  Chamje to Bagarchhap (2160m) 5 hrs– B.L.D

Day7:  Bagarchhap to Chame (2630m) 5 hrs– B.L.D

Day8:  Trek to Pisang (3,240m) – B.L.D

Day9:  Trek to Manang (3,540m) – B.L.D

Day10:   A day to rest and acclimatize in Manang – B.L.D

Day11:  Trek to Yak Kharka (4,018m) – B.L.D

Day12: Trek to Phedi (4,450m) – B.L.D

Day13: Trek to Muktinath (3,800m) – B.L.D

Day14: Rest Day at Muktinath (3800m) – B.L.D

Day15: Trek to Kalopani (2,010m) – B.L.D

Day16:  Trek to Tatopani (1,190m) 6-7 hrs – B.L.D

Day17: Trek to Ghorepani (2,750m) – B.L.D

Day18: Morning hike to Poon Hill (3,210m) and trek to Tadapani (1,460m) – B.L.D

Day19: Tadapani to Pokhara via Ghandruk 5 – 6 hrs trek, 1 hr. drive – B.L.D

Day20: Drive/Flight to Kathmandu – B

(Note:  B.L.D, Plan Including / B: Breakfast, L: Lunch & D: Dinner.)

Day 1
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 2
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. All of them reflect the legendary histories of ancient emperors. You can get to observe beautiful structures; statues and arts galleries built in ancient Nepal. Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 3
Drive to Besisahar and trek to Khudi (820m)

Today, our journey will be 6 hours of drive to Besisahar from Kathmandu. And along the way you will be seeing giant White Mountains, rivers, green sceneries and stunning landscapes. Afterwards we will be trekking around an hour to reach Khudi. Khudi offers the first glimpses of Manaslu Range with local surroundings of people.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge

Day 4
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.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 5
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. During the trail we pass through the amazing settlements of rural people. This offers a chance to observe the daily living style of typical Nepalese people. From different ethnic communities. Overnight stay in Chamje.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 6
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.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 7
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.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 8
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.), Paungda Danda can be seen. Crossing this rock can be an adventure before we reach to the accommodating area in lower pisang.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 9
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.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

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 scenery.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in hotel.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, and dinner provided buy our company side and finally an overnight stay in hotel.

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.

Cost included

  • 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 excluded

  • 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.

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Useful information

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.

  • 1. How difficult is trek to Annapurna Circuit and how can we prepare?

    Trekking to Annapurna Circuit is an easy trek as compared to others. And our company also provides well skilled guides and potters to help you during the trek. People with weak ankles, lungs, hearts problems may suffer more difficulty on trekking. Well preparation is needed for every trek.

  • 2. What about safety measurements and altitude sickness do the guides and porters have their insurance in Annapurna Circuit trek?

    Worrying for safety measurements?  Our guides having long experience are much professional for handling such issues with various means of safety measurements. For common health issues like: headache, common cold, diarrhea, vomiting, we provide you first aid medicines. In case of being sick in the mountain, Sunrise Adventure Trek will make proper arrangements rescue by helicopter, for this you should have better travel insurance. If our guide and porters may suffer from sickness, they have also travel and medical insurance and we will also rescue by helicopter.

  • 3. What about guide & porter, do they have well training?

    Guides and potters provided to our guests had complete accomplishment of several trainings required for their professions by the Ministry of Nepal Tourism. Having well experience in tourism sector as a guide or potter, make easy to explain all the information required for trekking and can create very familiar environment to the guests.

  • 4. What about communication system during trek?

    As all the porters and guides are well certified by the Ministry of Nepal tourism they can easily understand and speak English languages during the trek. On the other hand, we can also provide you guides and potters according to your own understanding languages.

  • 5. Do I need to give tips to guide and potter and if how much?

    It’s difficult to mention about tipping which is up to your happiness, but guides and potters do expect the tips at the end of the trip. However, normally people can give minimum 10% of their total payment to the guide and porter.

  • 6. What kind of food, drinking water and accommodation do we have on Annapurna Circuit trek?

    Trek to Annapurna Circuit with Sunrise Adventure Trek includes trekking lodges or guest houses as accommodation with twin bed sharing room, if you are in a group and if you are solo traveler, you have private room.  Regarding meals, we will have some options to choose like: continental foods, Italian, Indian and Chinese cuisine etc. For drinking water, you can buy the mineral bottles or safe drinking water from hotel either you can bring water tablets.

  • 7. How many hours should I walk per day and what happened if I am a slow walker in the group?

    Normally, we have to walk around 5 to 7 hours per day, if you are slow in walk the team leader will professionally manage to you walking with our assistance guide and potter.

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Trip Facts

  • Trekking, Sightseeing, Himalayan views, culure
  • Nepal
  • 5416 meters
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Easy to moderate
  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Oct, Nov, early Dec
  • 1-18
  • Lodge to Lodge trek
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