Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna Circuit Trek starts from a low altitude and at one point it reaches a height of 5,416 meters at the Thorang La pass. This marvelous pass is one of the best points on the face of earth to view the sublime beauty of the mighty Himalayas. Annapurna circuit trek offers chances to Visit Ice lake & Tilichi lake. If you have flexible time frame then can be visit to Tilicho Lake in this trek. You need three nights more visit to Tilicho lake. Annapurna circuit trek covers to visit ice lake. It can be visited the scheduled of the itinerary the day of rest at Manang. Now days, road is being built on Annapurna circuit trek up to Manang.
Annapurna circuit trek trails Marsyangdi River up to Manang valley. And the go higher up to Thorong pass with 5416 meter above sea level elevation, afterwards bring down into melodramatic valley of Kali Gandaki and eyeful landscape view of Mustang. This route leads you day by day with different landscape and scenery as well as several cultural groups. According this itinerary, your foot print will be printed on the trail as long as approximately 145Km. After Thorong pass you will visit Muktinath. It is one of the famous temple of Hindu as well as Buddhist. Specially, mostly Hindu pilgrims have to visit Mt Kailas in Tibet, Pashupati Nath in Kathmandu and Muktinath. It would be better if you have one more day visit to Marpha. It is the king land of Apple in Nepal and beautiful village and environment.
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After arrival in Kathmandu International airport, you will be welcomed by our officer. He will assist you to transfer the hotel. At hotel he gives you orientation of the overall trip. Meet your trekking guide. O/n at hotel in Kathmandu
Drive from Kathmandu to Beshishahar
Morning take a two hour drive by local bus on the dirt road to Syange. It is a beautiful small village surrounding by river and beautiful waterfalls. From Syange your trekking starts. You ascend one hour and reach Jagat(1330m). Here you may have lunch. Form Jagat you walk uphill to Chemje (1410m). Then you cross the suspension bridge over the Marshangdi River. Now the trail will be narrow and steep hanging the rocky nearby small tea house. Later the trail will be little bit down and reach Tal. Tal is entry point of Manang. Overnight at mountain lodge in Tal
Drive from Beshishahar to Syange (1130m). Then trek to Tal (1700m). 4h walking
This morning you will cross the little wooden suspension bridge and walk through Marsyangdi River bank. The trail climbs up to suspension bridge across the Marsyangdi River at 1850m and pass by stone cliff nearby two waterfalls at Khorte. From Khorte you ascend stone staircase to the long suspension bridge that goes west side of the Marshangdi River. After a while you enter to Dharapani, beautiful village influenced by Tibetan culture. Then you lead to another village Bagarchhap(2160m). After this village you walk through pine, maple and ok trees and arrive to Danaque. From this place you can enjoy view of Lamjung himal(6986m) and Annapurna II (7937m). Over night at mountain lodge in Danaque
Trek from Tal to Danaque(2230m). 5h walking
After the crossing the small wooden bridge you will see junction of two trails. The guide decides on the spot which trail is better. The tails lead with a view of spectacular water fall through beautiful forest to the lower Tamang village (2440m). The trail passes small landslide and walnut trees to the Lattemarang. After the Lattemarnag the trail continuous ups and down over the forest climbing nearby tea house and apple garden in Thanchok Besi. Another ridge appear the entrance chorten of Kotho(2640m).After the half an hour easy walk you will be in Chame(2713m). Chame is the administrative headquarters of Manang district. Here you can get service of telephone, post office, and bank. Also here is better hotel you will get. You may like to visit hot spring bank of the Marshandi River. Overnight at mountain lodge in Chame
Trek from Danaque to Chame (2713m). 5h walking
Today the trail passes through the Mani wall (Kani) and Stupa nearby tea house and buckwheat that marks entrance of the village and end of the village. This village called Telukhu(2840m). Form here quite easy walk to the Bhratang at 2950m.The Bhartang village has two village one is old and another is new. The old village used by Khampa settlement now is largely abandoned. The trail is round bend and became a very rocky and dramatic view of Annapurna II and Pisang peak and back down the valley of Himalchuli and Ngadi chuli. The trail gentle climb over the ridge through the blue pine forest and little down to the Dhukure Pokhari(3200m).From here your walk on flat trail the upper part of the Manang. In Pisang (3294m) you get several good tea houses and facilities. Overnight at mountain lodge in Pisang
Trek from Chame to Pisang (3294m). 5h walking
From Pisang village start upper part of the Manag. Here people harvest crop in their field once in a year. Their main food is barley, buckwheat, potatoes and beans. From here the climate becomes cold and almost arid. This village people's main transportation is horse. The trail cross the stream and climb through the mani wall and memorial of German people who is dead in Pisang peak. The trail continues the gradual up to the ridge at 3440m. From here you see spectacular view of Pisang peak, Manang Valley and Tilicho Peak. Then the trail slightly down through the grazing pasture to the Manang airport at Hongde(3420m). The trail is passing the long Mani walls with huge prayer wheels. Then it climbs through the field of barley and buckwheat. The village is largest part of the Tibetan - style village about 200 houses built by crop the rock. It is worth to visit the Monastery here. The path crosses rocky and wide crossing the old chortens and Mani walls. The trail continues half an hour to the magic land of Manang at 3540m. In Manag village you will find several tea houses with good facilities. Overnight at village in Manang
Trek from Pisang to Manang (3351). 51/2 h walking
Manang village is the special trading village given to them in 1784 and Manang village engage in trade throughout Asia especially Bangkok Singapore and Honking. The villager's main income source is tourist. The old part of Manang compact and collected 500 flat- roof houses separated by narrow alleyways one the way to Late Manang. For day hiking you can go to view Gangapurna Glacier Lake. Also you can climb to the edge until 4695 m. Here you can enjoy view of Manag village and more. Another option is to Visit the Bhojo Gompa. From Manang thirty minute climb. From here good view of Tilicho , Annapurna 4 and Annapurna II. Overnight at mountain lodge in Manang
Rest in Manang village or day hike to the Gangapurna Glacier Lake
The trails cross the Mani (Kani), chortens and prayer wheel through the cluster old village of Manang. You will pass small stream and field of potatoes, barley and buckwheat. The trail climb half an hour to the Tengi at 3650m. The trail continues climb out of the Marshandi valley north and passing the small stream near to the small village Gunsang at 3969m. The trail continues pass the small juniper tree, barberry and meadows and reach to Yak Kharka. Overnight at mountain lodge in Yak Kharka
Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4050m). 4h walking
From Yak Kharka the trail continues climb east bank of to the Jorsang Khola and descend to the small wooden bridge then cross the Khola. You may fill little bit tough this climb because you're walking in dry and arid high Himalaya but no need to worry you can take your time. The trail follow narrow and unstable screed slops with rocky-strewn to the Throng Phedi at 4420m. You may settle early dinner to prepare to long way climb to Thorung-La (5416m). Overnight at mountain lodge in Thorang Phedi
Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorng Pedi (4420m). 3 ½ h walking
Trek start early in morning around 4 o'clock in dark. The trail from Phedi starts steep up through the rocky ridge. The tail uses hundreds years ago to bring yak and sheep herds. After one hour climb you may have tea break in High camp at 4830m. After the high camp the trail becomes ice and slippery. You may follow the guide and porter. The trail continues climb traversing in and out of many canyons to next tea house at 5030m. Here you will feel little bit headache and cold because the wind is very strong in the clear day. The tail climbs up and up to the top Thorung -La (5416m). The Thorung top you can imaging easily because in top you can see traditional chorten, prayer flags and stone Cairn from faraway. The tail down with white snow soon you will find another Kaligandaki valley. You may feel relief to have hot cup of tea in small tea house. The trail continues down through the yak pasture land to the Muktinath at 3805m. Overnight at mountain lodge in Muktinath
Trek from Thorung Pedi to Muktinath (3805m). 9h walking
Morning you are recommended to visit Muktinath temple. The is holy temple for Hindus and Buddhist. You may see many Indian and Nepali pilgrims are taking cold shower around the temple. The Next place you visit is Jharkot impressive old ruined village. You see the massive Mount Dhaulagiri dominate to the Kaligadaki Valley. It is worth to visit nearly five hundred years old Gompa. The tail continues down to the another beautiful village Kagbeni(2840m). Here you will find Tibetan style houses and many Kani and prayers wheels and red color Gompa. The trail pass bank of the Kaligandaki Rever all the way to Jomsom (2760m).Overnight at mountain lodge in Jomsom
Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom(2760m). 5h walking
Today morning you will take three hours drive to Tatopani by local bus. The road is narrow on the mountain terrain. Have a lunch at Tatopani. You walk around Tatopani village. Here you also get bath in the natural hot springs. Overnight at mountain lodge in Tatopani
Drive Jomsom to Tatopani (1190m) by local bus
The trail continuous following the Kaligandaki River then cross the long suspension bridge over the Kaligandaki. You will be in the junction of the trail. The down trail goes to Beni and upper trail lead to Ghorepani. You move to Ghorepani climbing the hill called Durbin Danda at 1580m. The trail passes through the nice field and beautiful village of Ghara at 1780m. The trail continuous climb up hill and reach Sikha Village (1950m). This village is inhabitants of Magar ethnic groups. Here you will have lunch. The trail climb up and up through the two small village Phalate(2390m) and Chitre(2420m). Form here the trail become much steep climb muddy and slippery through the rhododendron forest to the Ghorepani (2810m). From Ghorepani you enjoy the great panorama view of Annapurna range and Dhulagiri range. Overnight at mountain lodge in Ghorepani
Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2880m). 8h Walking.
Early in the morning one hour climb to the Poon Hill (3210m) for sunrise view. From Poon hill you can see panoramic view of the mountains as well. You can see Mt Dhulagiri(8167m), Nilgiri range(6940m), Himachuli(6441m) Annapurna I(8091m), Machpurchhre himal(6696m) and Lamjung Himal. After the spectacular mountain view down to the Ghorepani and have breakfast. The trail decend to small Magar inhabitant and magnificent rhododendron forest. The trail continues down through the sparkling clear streams and lush muddy trail. From Ulleri(2080m) the trail became a steep decent through the stone staircase to the Bhurundi Khola. From here several time up and down to the Hille(1510m). Overnight at mountain lodge in Hille
Trek from Ghorepani to Hille. 5h walking.
Hille is a beautiful small Magar village surrounding by the cultivated field. The trail follows the bank of the Bhurundi Khola. The trail all the way down to the Birethanti(1000m). Here the trail junctions the left trail follow the Modhi khoala it leads to Ghandrung village. After half an hour walk from Birethanti you arrive to Nayapul. Here your trekking ends. From Nayapul you take a drive to Pokhara. Overnight at in hotel Pokhara
Trek from Hille to Nayapul(1010m). Trek end. Drive to Pokhara.
After breakfast walk to tourist bus station with trekking guide. Then set for Kathmandu. After reach in Kathmandu, you will be taken to your hotel at Kathmandu. Have a rest. In evening you can stroll around Thamel, the major tourist destination of Kathmandu. You can do some last minute shopping of souvenirs for your family and relatives. O/n at hotel in Kathmandu
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Today is your the last day in Nepal. Our officer will come to meet you at the hotel to escort you to Kathmandu International Airport for your flight to home.
Transfer to the airport for your onward journey
- One night accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast (Base camp Resort or Hotel Kantipur or Trek o Tel Pokhara
- All necessary paper works and Annapurna conservation area entry permit - TIMS Card (Trekker’s Information Management System card)
- Airport to hotel pick up and drop by private vehicle
- Two night accommodation in Kathmandu at three star hotel with breakfast (Hotel Marshyangdi or Samsara Resort or Hotel Harati)
- One highly experienced mountain Guide and porters (1 porter for 2 people),
- Accommodation food, drinks, salary, insurance, transportation of both trek guide and porters
- Group medical supplies (first aid kit)
- All additional government tax
- Domestic flight both ways from Kathmandu/ Lukla/ Kathmandu with airport tax.
Price Not Includes
- Nepal entry visa fee (USD 25 for 15 days from date of issue) (You may easily get Nepal visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu)
- All Meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking
- Accommodation in Mountain lodge run by local people during trek
- Any Airfare (Domestic & International)
- Travelers insurance
- All kind of drinks (Alcohol, hot and cold drinks)
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (Approx 10-12 USD)
- Bar bills, telephone bills and other personal expenses (shopping/ laundry)
- Tips to guide and porter
- All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strike etc.
- Helicopter evacuation charge in case of emergency whilst trekking
How are we assisted in our transfer?
During the day of departure at the appointment time our officer meets you in the lobby of the hotel where you are staying. He will help you to transfer to the airport.
How many hours prior to the departure flight are we picked -up from the hotel?
You are picked from your hotel 2-3 hours before the time of your departure flight.
Accommodation in Kathmandu
We have chosen accommodation options based on the following criteria: standard of hygiene, standard of service, location, food standards and cost. Normally for trekkers we give three star level hotels in Kathmandu as well as in Pokhara (For Annapurna Trekking). All accommodation is based on twin sharing with breakfast.
How will be our trekking guide and porter, up to how much one porter carry?
We offer you an experienced trekking guide. He is in charge of your overall trekking. This is the person you should go to with all problems, concerns and questions. He is well trained in all aspects of trekking, high altitude medicine, first aid and emergency procedure. He is selected in terms of his professionalism. Remember that trekking guides are local citizens and their English may be basic and limited to trek related topics. About porters, they carry your luggage. They are also local citizens. Normally one porter carries 20 to 25 kg of stuff. Normally we provide one porter for every two trekkers.
Is this trip safe? Are there any dangers in the trip?
Nepal is absolutely safe country to travel. Our staffs do take every precaution to ensure the comfort and safety of the trekkers. Before 2006 when Maoist movement was going on, there was a kind of fear in few trekking destinations. But today they have also come to peaceful political stream. So there is no more any fear and need to give donation for any party.
Will my tickets be reconfirmed while I am on trek?
Now most of international airlines tickets do not need reconfirmation. If your tickets require reconfirmation, please inform our representative before you go trekking or tour. He collects it for reconfirmation and return to you after you come back from trekking or tours.
Is communication to home possible while on trek?
Trekking areas like Everest, Annapurna and Langtang, all most tea houses/ mountain lodges have telephone facilities. From there you can make international calls to your home and friends staying any part of the world.
How many extra days should I allow in case of flight cancellation?
If you are flying from a remote mountain airstrip like Lukla, Jomsom, Simikot, Taplejung and Dolpo, you should keep at least two spare days before your departure for home.
Is it possible/easy to get equipment on hire?
There are trekking shops at Thamel, in Kathmandu, where you can easily rent or buy items like sleeping bags, down jackets, walking sticks, rucksacks, duffel bags and other equipments on reasonable price.
Should I bring my own medicine?
Please consult your local doctor and follow his advice. However, if you are taking any particular medicines, it would be best to bring them with you.
Is a Trekking permit required?
The government of no longer requires a trekking permit for Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, and some other regions. However, conservation permit or National park permits are required for these regions. There are few restricted trekking areas in Nepal, where trekking permits are required. But for trekking in any area you require to get TIMS Card. TIMS means Trekker’s information Management System. It costs USD 10 if you make it through trekking company. Otherwise it costs USD 20. We manage TIMS card to all trekkers going trekking with us.
How hot/cold does it get in a day?
As general rule, it is hot enough during the days to wear an open-neck shirt with shorts and you will not be cold. During the evening, it gets cold so, long trousers and a warm jersey is essential.
What kind of footwear will I need?
You will require a light weight pair of boots that have rubber soles with thick tread and good ankle support. Hi-Tech and Nike produces good walking comfortable shoes.
What alcoholic beverages are available in?
Nepal produces different types of bottled beers, which are excellent. They are very much like a lager. Some lodges have a good supply of local as well as foreign whisky, gin, vodka, rum and soft drinks. A local "wine" is produced in the hills which is served hot and resembles sake. If you have a special preference, buy it at a duty free shop on your way to Kathmandu.
Is Ethical Nepal Company’s trekking crew insured?
We have insured all our trekking staff (guide, sirdar, porters and others).
What about Travel Insurance?
It is mandatory that all Clients obtain travel insurance while travelling with the Company and this insurance must cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses and emergency evacuation expenses. It is strongly recommended the coverage be extended to include cancellation, curtailment, loss of belongings and all other expenses, which might arise as a result of loss, damage, injury, delay or inconvenience occurring to the Client. The Company shall have no liability for loss, theft of or damage to baggage or personal effects. We also let you know that Nepalese Insurance Company does not have travel insurance for foreign nationals. They have travel insurance only for Nepalese nationality. We advise you when you come to Nepal, please bring legal documents with you.
What happens in the event of an emergency?
Normally trekkers rarely have emergency case like serious mountain sickness. Because our staff do not let you have it. Sometime if there is an emergency incident a helicopter will be called to the spot. You will then be flown with our staff to Kathmandu and taken to the Hospital for treatment. But Helicopter rescue is costly. So we suggest all trekkers do travel insurance covering helicopter rescue and medical.
What happens if I get sickness during trekking?
To some trekkers when they go over 3000 m they may feel some affect of altitude sickness like shortness of breath and possibly a light headed which is fairly common. Sometime they may also get diarrhea as well as sprains and muscle aches. In such case our guide who is experienced in first aid treatment and high altitude sickness will advise you about any health requirements and also treat you. Altitude sickness is dangerous but it can be avoidable. If your follow a few simple rules you will not suffer from altitude sickness. Rules are trek slowly with your guide, drink at least two liters of water per day (not including beer or soft drinks), If you feel shortness of breath, a slight headache or dizziness, tell your guide and rest immediately. Lie down, drink water. If you are still feeling unwell you may consider going down a few hundred meters. Do not pretend you are okay, and do not go down alone. For further information of altitude sickness.
What is the best season for trekking in Nepal? And can I go trekking in the months of January- February and June- August?
The best time for trekking in Nepal is from mid September to early December and from March to April. Beside them in other months also you can do trekking in Nepal but in selected regions. In January and February the climate is colder. So, at that time high altitude trekking is not recommendable. For January and February, we suggest Langtang trekking, Ghorepani trekking, Jomsom Muktinath trekking. Likewise June July August is the rainy season in Nepal. During this time here occurs heavy rain fall. Mountain views are not clear. For this period we recommend Upper Mustang, Dolpo trekking. These are rain shadow areas where rain falls very little. June July August is also the best time for Tibet/ Lhasa Tour, Mt. Kailash Tour.
How long do we trek per day and how high?
Up to a maximum of 5-6 hours a day with lunch breaks along the trail. The maximum altitude is depends upon which trek you are going. In Nepal normally the maximum altitude of most of the trekking falls between 3500m to 5000m.
What kind of food will be served while on trek?
You will be served freshly cooked food during trekking. In all tea houses/ lodges along trekking trail Western, Continental and Nepali dishes are available. Three meals a day will be provided you in full board (Gold) package.
What equipments should I bring?
You should bring your personal wear like walking boots and sand shoes, sandal, a water-and wind-proof jacket, woolen shirts, T-shirts, a thick pullover, shorts/skirts and trousers/track suits. Thermal underwear is necessary for high altitudes and cottons are best for lower and warmer altitudes. Also don't forget a water bottle, sleeping bag, gloves, walking stick, knife and sewing kit, torch light with spare batteries, extra boot laces, sun glasses, sun cream, rain coat and personal medical supplies. Bring a duffel bag to put your clothing and equipments in. We provide you porter to carry your kit bag.
What is Camping Trekking? How is it organized?
In a camping trek you will sleep in our tents. The tents are roomy. The sleeping pads/ mattresses are comfortable. All food are prepared and served by our camping crew. Food you get is hygienic and fresh.
What is tea house trekking? How is it organized?
Almost in all popular trekking trails in Nepal (Everest, Annapurna, Langtang), local villagers have built tea-house lodges. In tea house trek you stay at those mountain lodges and have breakfast, lunch and dinner in their restaurant. Normally the tea houses are more like hotels with hot showers, continental and Nepali food and comfortable private rooms (twin sharing). If you stay in local hotels, you will also get an opportunity to interact with local hoteliers and their family members and get information about their lifestyle and culture.
Am I fit to Trekking? Should I do prior preparation to trek?
In fact you don't need to be a mountaineer with rippling muscles to enjoy trekking. If you are reasonably fit, have a spirit of mountain journey and like walking, you are always qualified for any trekking in Nepal. You do not need any previous experience. However we suggest you some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking before you embark on journey.
Whom should I contact during their stay in Nepal?
We assign one of our officers to look after you, who constantly stay in touch with you during your stay in Nepal. We give you his mobile number. Or you may directly contact to our office number also.
Do they carry their luggage themselves?
According to airport rule as the visitors can meet our officer only outside the arrival lounge, you have to carry your luggage in the trolleys through the custom lobby up to the exit point on your own. After meeting our officer you can hand over it to him. He takes care of your luggage till your check in at the hotel.
How do I identify your Officer?
Our officer can be identified easily. They are standing with your name play card. After meeting you are taken to our private vehicle then transfer to the hotel. He also helps you in the hotel check in formalities.
Where are we receive after arrive at Kathmandu airport?
You are met just outside the arrival lounge of the Kathmandu International airport by our officer.
How much should I pay for visa?
Visa Valid for Fee 15 days US$ 25 30 days US$ 40 90 days US$ 100
What do I need to get my visa?
You need a valid passport, two passport size photos and the visa fee.
Can I get a VISA on arrival at Kathmandu airport?
Yes, you can obtain your entry visa at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu upon your arrival.
Do I need a visa to enter Nepal?
All foreign nationals, except Indian citizens, need visas to enter Nepal. You get Nepalese visa from Nepalese Embassy or consulate in your home country.