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Duration - 15 Days
Availability : January - December
Starting: Kathmandu
Ending: Kathmandu
Min Age : 10 years
Max People : 22
Overview

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a varied trek in terms of nature, valleys, waterfalls and rivers, villages and Himalayas. The trek is popular as an amazing trek for a long time. This is one of the popular treks of Nepal that adventurers started to walk since the beginning of trekking activities in Nepal. The trek is concluded after making a cross over Thorong La Pass at 5416 meters, the world’s most famous trekking pass.

Annapurna Circuit Trek has been the most preferred trekking for several years among a lot of trekkers from all over the world. Approximately 128-mile horseshoe-shaped route, a circular trail through Nepal’s most preferred Annapurna region, it has been highly popular route since the trail was opened to foreigners in the early 1980s. Annapurna Circuit Trail is an amazing journey that gets more scenic every day. It’s a pleasuring Himalayan adventure that will hardly disappoint you. With aspiring beauty of Annapurna Himalayas together with green forests, settlements in the remote cliffs and isolated hamlets.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a pure example of the beauty of nature. The new road construction till Manang valley made the trekking trail look ugly however the tremendous nature and breathtaking Himalayan peaks still looks spectacular. Our trek to Annapurna circuit will be led by local guides accompanied by supporting staffs during the whole trek. Himalayan Leisure, Inc. is committed to providing you the best services for Annapurna Circuit Trek at the most reasonable price.

Price Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop services on a private vehicle including before and after the trek
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu valley for 2 nights with complimentary breakfast
  • Kathmandu - Bhulbhule transfers on a local bus, Pokhara - Kathmandu transportation on a tourist bus
  • Accommodation in Pokhara at 3 star category hotel for 1 night with complimentary buffet breakfast
  • Jomsom - Pokhara domestic flight tickets as per the availability (seasonal flights / if the flights are not available we will arrange private jeep transfers)
  • Meals on full board [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner] during the trek
  • Accommodation on beautiful cozy tea houses as per the itinerary
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permits and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) cards
  • Experienced English speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Strong experienced Sherpa helpers [porters] with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide / American medical association approved Oximeter
  • Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes, company service charges
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant [optional]

Price Excludes

  • International airfare, Nepal visa fees ( two passport photographs ), travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation
  • Personal nature expenses ( bars and beverage bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc. )
  • Costs arising from natural calamities, mishaps or anything beyond our control ( Costs are not refundable and transferable in any mean if you leave the trek voluntarily and want to return from the trek earlier than scheduled)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara ( also in the case of early returns and late departures than scheduled itinerary )
  • Services not mentioned in 'Services Includes' section ( Please ask us if you are confused about any services )
What to Expect

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a great trekking trail. It’s a classic jewel which will surely make you feel aww. It’s one of the very beautiful trekking routes of Nepal and one of the oldest trekking routes as well. We will basically eat and sleep in the lodges throughout the trek. Lodges are developed well and they are in pretty good conditions. A couple of places like Phedi and High Camp comparatively lower standard lodges / rooms. In terms of meals, rice, noodles, pasta, vegetables, potato, curries, pizza, spaghetti, sandwich, etc. are available.

Usually, we will be walking 6 – 7 hours every day while on the trail. Since there is new road construction in the area, sometimes we will walk on the road while in some places we will skip the road and walk on the original trekking trail. Even though the beauty of the route is slightly damaged by the latest road construction and we may not feel it same like before, the beauty of nature still has its presence. It’s a high altitude trek where we will reach up to 5416 meters in Thorong La pass.

  • Beautiful, circular trekking route inside the popular Annapurna region
  • One of the most famous and oldest trekking routes of Nepal
  • Beautiful villages, valleys, wildlife, Tibetan influenced culture and traditions observed
  • Amazing views of Himalayas, dramatic splendid views
  • Magnificent flight to Jomsom Airport, visit to the city of lakes 'Pokhara'
  • World famous Thorong La Pass (5416 meters) crossing
Itinerary

Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel (1310M / 30 minutes)

Welcome to the city of temples and the country of Himalayas. Our airport representative will be waiting for your arrival with a name card written your name. We will transfer you to the hotel. The day is free to explore on your own if time permits. (No meals)

Day 02Drive to Bhulbhule (840M / 7 - 8 Hours)

The guide will collect us from the hotel and we will drive to the bus station to catch our bus to Bhulbhule. It’s going to be a scenic drive through the beautiful villages of Nepalese countryside. Bhulbhule is a small town located on the bank of Marshyangdi River. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 03Trek to Chamje 1430M / 6 - 7 Hours)

We will keep the Marshyangdi River on our left and start gentle ascending towards Chamje. It is a pleasant walk through beautiful hillsides, towering waterfalls, and small settlements of various ethnic groups. It is a mostly flat walk until we cross Ngadi village. We will cross the Marshyangdi River keeping it on our left and continue to Syange for our lunch. Continuing slightly more than an hour will take us to Chamje for overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 04Trek to Bagarchhap (2150M / 6 - 7 Hours)

We will cross the Marshyangdi river again and start climbing uphill towards Sattar and Tal Phedi before making a steep ascent to Tal village. Tal is a small valley on the bank of the River, the village is popular as a lunch spot. We will be entering Manang district from here. Continuing our trek further we will be passing through villages like Karte, Naje, and Dharapani before reaching Bagarchap. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 05Trek to Chame (2640M / 6 - 7 Hours); the capital of Manang district

The trail at the beginning is mostly flat until we reach Danakyu. Passing Danaqyu, we will make steep ascending towards Timang village inside the forests of rhododendron and oaks with beautiful views of Manaslu on the back. The Timang village offers spectacular views of Himalayas on a close distance. We will proceed our walk towards Chame passing small villages like Latamarang, Thanchok, and Koto. Chame is district headquarters of Manang district with lots of lodges and shops. This place will serve magnificent views of Annapurna II. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 06Trek to Pisang (3300M / 6 - 7 Hours)

We will cross the Marshyangdi river once more and enter the forests of pines. We will enter a small valley and start ascending to Bhratang village. Continuing further, we have to cross the Marshyangdi once more before making a steep ascending to Dhukur Pokhari for lunch. From Dhukur Pokhari we will walk flat for another hour to reach lower Pisang where spectacular views of Annapurna range will be served. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 07Trek to Manang (3540M / 5 - 9 Hours)

There are 2 ways to Manang, the higher route is difficult but serves spectacular views. The lower route is shorter and easier but the views are not that fantastic.
The lower route is mostly flat and gently ascending through Humde Airport; the only airport in Manang district serving charter flights. The lower route takes about 5 – 6 hours to reach Manang. The route is suitable for easy trail lovers.
The higher route to Manang is less visited than the lower route, however, the views can’t be compared. The upper route offers a stunning panorama of Himalayas but needs little more energy than the lower route. We will stop either in Ghyaru or Ngawal for lunch then continue mostly downhill to Manang. The whole trail from Ngawal to Manang will show us stunning Himalayan views. As we will be walking on the high route the views of Hunde and Marshyangdi valley on the bottom also looks fabulous. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 08Rest and acclimatization day in Manang (3540M), optional hike to Ice Lake

We have a rest day here. If interested for a long day but stunning hike then Ice Lake can be an option. Ice Lake is situated on the top of Manang village, takes about the whole day to reach and return. The views from the top are stunning and aren’t comparable to anything else seen in this area. It’s difficult but it’s worth.
If not interested then we can also do a short hike to Gangapurna lake before returning to Manang for lunch. Manang is a beautiful place to rest and explore, lots of activities available at our service. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 09Trek to Yak Kharka (4020M / 4 - 5 Hours)

It’s a beautiful day today. We will make gentle ascending throughout the day with stunning views of various peaks of Annapurna region right in front. We do have some chances to see blue Sheep grazing in the mountains. Views of Annapurna, Gangapurna, Tilicho, etc. will be always next to us. It’s a day with close and stunning views of snowy Himalayas. On our walk, we will pass two small villages called Tengi and Gunsang. Both villages have few basic lodges for trekkers. The trail after crossing Gunsang is mostly flat with a couple of suspension bridges. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10Trek to Phedi (4450M / 4 -5 Hours) or High Camp (4800M / 1 hour further from Phedi)

It is another stunning and breathtaking day. Amazing views, light trail, and the towering Himalayas right in front. We will pass through Churi Ledar and Ledar before making a cross at Kone Khola (stream). Once we cross this stream, the trail will give us a sudden steep climb and dry landslide areas before we approach Phedi. We can stay here tonight and prepare to cross the pass, continuing for another 45 minutes – 1 hour will take us to high camp which is about 400 meters higher than Phedi.

Day 11Cross Thorong La Pass (5416M), trek to Muktinath (3800M / 8 - 10 Hours)

It’s a long, tiring and difficult trek. It’s approximately 600 meters up and 1600 meters down. Whether we start from Phedi or High Camp we will have to start our breakfast early in the morning; a few hours before sunrise. It is a challenging yet special day for us. With amazing views around us, we will be walking in the middle surrounded by huge white peaks. There are no lodges between High Camp and Muktinath. There is a small teashop on the top of the pass serving hot tea during the main trekking season. The top of the pass is surrounded by praying flags and offers spectacular panoramic views of the Himalayas in 360 degrees.
The trail further from the pass is steep descending making it very difficult for people with knee injuries / pains. Once we walk about 3 hours down we will reach Muktinath; our destination for tonight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Note: There is a famous Hindu temple in Muktinath.

Day 12Trek to Jomsom (2750M / 6 - 7 Hours)

This is the last day of our trekking. The trail is mostly downhill and flat. The initial part starts with a downhill walk where we will pass through different villages like Jharkot, Khingar Kagbeni, and Eklebhatti. The day, especially after mid-day, is going to be dusty with heavy winds. The trail between Eklebhatti to Jomsom is flat all the way. Jomsom is a small town with modern facilities available. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13Fly to Pokhara (820M / 15 - 20 Minutes), drive to the hotel (15 - 20 minutes)

We will walk to the airport before catching our flight to Pokhara. The flight is beautiful beautiful and flies between the spectacular Himalayas. Once we complete 15- 20 minutes flight we will drive to the hotel. You can enjoy a free afternoon or go to explore some heritages of Pokhara valley.
There are some remarkable places in Pokhara like world peace Pagoda, Bindawasini Temple, Phewa Lake, Matepani Monastery, International Mountain Museum, Devi’s Falls, etc. Alternatively, you can go for boating in Phewa Lake. In the evening you can enjoy last night dinner with your staffs and make a celebration. (Breakfast)

Day 14Drive back to Kathmandu (1310M / 8 Hours)

We will follow the same highway through beautiful rivers, hills and small Nepalese settlements. The drive will take about 8 hours to drop us in Kathmandu. Form the tourist bus park you will be transferred to the hotel. In the evening you can explore the town probably buying souvenirs for friends and family members. (Breakfast)

Day 15Drive to the Airport, departure from Kathmandu (30 minutes)

We will drive you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your flight time. The airport is small and has only 1 terminal. It’s time to say goodbye until we meet again! (Breakfast)

FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

Our prices are different based on a number of people. The prices are set based on a number of people traveling together. For example, the price for 1 person and the total price for 2 people is different. So, the price you see at the time of making the reservation is the final. We do not charge an additional amount for the single traveler.

Which currency is accepted on this tour?

We accept all major currencies such as USD, EUR, CAD, AUD, SGD, MYR, GBP, THB, CHF, JPY, HKD, etc. Credit card payments are accepted only in USD. We also accept bank transfers, direct remittance services (Western Union, Moneygram), etc.

What is the best time and season?

March – May, and September – December are considered the best months for trekking in Nepal. Trekking is doable throughout the year however some months are better than others. June – August is monsoon season so there might be some rain showers in these months. January – February is winter months and it’s usually much cold in higher areas. The trek is run throughout the year.

What is the cancellation policy?

The trek has free cancellation 60 days before departure. Any cancellations received within 60 days of departure will incur 15% cancellation fees.

How are the meals and accommodation like?

We will be eating and sleeping in the lodges for the whole trek (Day 2 to Day 12). Generally, rice, noodles, pasta, vegetables, curry, potatoes, eggs, sandwich, burgers, etc. are available.
The lodges will have twin sharing rooms. In most cases, we will provide you a private room however in rare cases you may need to share the rooms with other travelers (especially if you are traveling alone). In Dharmashala the lodge is very basic and foods are very basic as well.
In Kathmandu and Pokhara (Day 1 – Day 3 and Day 15 – Day 16), we will accommodate you at 3-star category hotel with complimentary breakfast.

Do I need to be physically fit?

This is moderate to difficult level trekking route so it’s good to have a good fitness level. If you are able to walk 7 – 8 hours every day then the trek is suitable for you. A couple of days are even more difficult and needs to have a good fitness level. We will be walking for 9 – 10 hours while crossing the Throng La Pass.

Can we do this trek with kids?

Yeah, the trek is doable with small kids however we recommend not bringing kids below 10 years on this route.

Are the guides experienced? Are they licensed?

We have very experienced guides at the company. We have guides experienced for at least 7 years to 22 years. All our guides are Ministry of Tourism trained and licensed by Nepal Government.

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Meals and Accommodation:

This is completely tea house based trek hence we will be sleeping and eating in the lodges. In Kathmandu and Pokhara, we provide 3 start category hotel accommodation with breakfast and it will be standard lodges while on the trek. The lodges on the trek will be mostly shared bathroom / shared toilet while in 1/2 places we may provide you rooms with private toilet.

The meals on the trek will be mostly locally prepared using local ingredients most of the time. Kathmandu and Pokhara offers a wide selection of meals in basic to high standard luxury lounges. On the trek, the number of meal items will be limited to a small number.

Best season

This is a easy to moderate level trekking route. The trek can be done throughout the year however February – November is comparatively better than other months. In winter season (December – February), the pass will have some snow making it difficult to cross the pass. During best months the sky is generally crystal clear, the views are breathtaking and the weather is lovely as well. As this is the ultimate adventure of your life we recommend you to plan the trek properly and during best months though Himalayan Leisure, Inc. will be able to arrange your trip throughout the year.

Gear List

Head: Sun hat or scarf – Light balaclava or warm fleece hat – Sunglasses with UV protection

Lower Body: Under Garments – Hiking shorts – Lightweight cotton long pants – Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms – Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) – Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet: Thin, lightweight inner socks – Thick, warm wool hiking socks – Hiking boots with spare laces – Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp

Upper Body: T-shirts – Light and expedition weight thermal tops – Fleece jacket or pullover – Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) – Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket – Down vest and/or jacket*

Hands: Lightweight gloves – Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)

Accessories: Sleeping bag rated to zero degree centigrade * – Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries – Trekking Bags/Duffel bag * – Basic First Aid Kit – Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag – Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) – Trekking Poles – Water bottle (2) or camel bag – Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc) – Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)

Toiletries: 1 medium sized quick drying towel – Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable) – Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable) – Deodorants – Nail clippers – Face and body moisturizer – Personal / Feminine hygiene products – Small mirror

Extras/Luxuries: Binoculars – Reading book – Trail Map/Guide book – Journal & Pen – Walkman – Pencils and small notebooks – Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble – Swimming customs (Kathmandu and Trek)

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