Annapurna Circuit Trek Overview
|Annapurna Circuit Trek|
Annapurna circuit trek is one of the most famous and classical trek in Nepal which trek is in Annapurna region. The trek goes some time climbing up and down in the mountain route so; this is moderate to challenging trek.
The major feature of this trek is our trail cross high altitude of 5416m on the Throng La pass and reach world’s deepest gorge of Kali Gandaki river. During the trail from Manang to Muktinath you will have fantastic mountain view of several mountains.
Annapurna circuit trek leads you through villages with different ethnic group having different cultures and traditions, you will have diversity of mountain view. You will get different geographical and cultural variation with magnificent flora and fauna, waterfalls, you will offer excellent view of Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna (8091m), Manaslu (8156m), Lamjung Himal (6983m), Machapuchhre (6993m), Tukuche peak (6920m), Tilicho Peak (7134m), Nilgiri (6940m) and many more during the trek.
The trek goes touching the border of fabulous Tibetan Plateau, visiting Poon Hill which is very famous for panoramic view of mountains and sunrise over the snow covered mountains.
Our Trail starts from Khudi or Besi Sahar after 8 to 9 hour drives from Kathamndu. From Khudi our trail goes through rice farms, forest and villages, watching perfect mountain scenic view. We will visit beautiful villages such as Manang, Jomsom, Tatopani (hot spring), Ghandruk where settled by ethnic group of Gurung, Thakali, Magar, Newar and Chhetri. Trek trek ends at Nayapool then drives to Pokhara.
Annapurna Circuit Trekking Itinerary
Day 01 : Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar – 6 hours by regular bus. Overnight at lodge/teahouse.
Day 02 : Trek from Beshishahar to Bahundanda (1305m.) – 6 hours. Overnight at lodge/teahouse.
Day 03 : Trek from Bahundanda to Chamje (1410m.) – 6 hours. Overnight at lodge/teahouse.
Day 04 : Trek from Chamje (1410m.) to Dharapani (1960m.) – 6 hours. Overnight at lodge/teahouse.
Day 05 : Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2675m.) – 5 hours. Overnight at lodge/teahouse.
Day 06 : Trek from Chame to Pisang (3100m.) – 5 hours. Overnight at lodge/teahouse.
Day 07 : Trek from Pisang to Manang (3440m.) – 5 hours. Overnight at lodge/teahouse.
Day 08 : Rest day at Manang for acclimatization. Overnight at lodge/teahouse.
Day 09 : Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4350m.) – 3 hours. Overnight at lodge/teahouse.
Day 10 : Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4420m.) – 3:30 hours. Overnight at lodge/teahouse.
Day 11 : Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3850m.) via Thorong La (5416m.) Pass – 8 hours. Overnight at lodge/teahouse.
Day 11 : Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni (2895 m.) -3:30 hours. Overnight at lodge/teahouse.
Day 12 : Trek from Kagbeni to Marpha (2650m.) – 5:30 hours. Overnight at lodge/teahouse.
Day 13 : Trek from Marpha to Ghasa (2013m.) – 6 hours. Overnight at lodge/teahouse.
Day 14 : Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani (1189 m.) – 5 hours. Overnight at lodge/teahouse.
Day 15 : Rest at Tatopani & enjoy the natural hot spring bath. It is believed that one who takes bath get rids of skin diseases. Overnight at lodge/teahouse.
Day 16 : Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2853 m.) – 7 hours. Overnight at lodge/teahouse.
Day 17 : Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m.) & enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhre (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. Trek from Poon Hill to Hille (1475m.) – 5 hours. Overnight at lodge/teahouse.
Day 18 : Trek from Hille to Nayapul (1050m.) via Birethanti – 3 hours. Drive to Pokhara – 1.30 hour.
Day 19 : Drive from Pokhara to Kathamndu 6 hours by tourist bus. Overnight at hotel.
Bus ticket from Kathmandu to Beshishahar (day 01) & Pokhara to Kathmandu (Day 19)
Private vehicle from Nayapul to Pokhara (day 18).
All meals (breakfast, Lunch & dinner) during the trekking in mountain area.
Accommodation in Tea House / Lodge – room on twin sharing basis during the trekking in mountain area.
A professional guide & porter (1 porter for 2 persons) their salary, meal, accommodation & insurance.
Annapurna Conservation Area entrance permit fee.
Price does not include
Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
International airfare to and from your country.
Nepal visa fee: Nepal entry visa ( US$ 40 or equivalent foreign currency for 30 days . you will also require 2 passport size photos.)
Travel & Health Insurance – Emergency Helicopter Rescue Insurance (Most recommended)
Any alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, boiled & mineral water, beverages etc during the trek.
Tips for trekking & other employed staffs which is not mandatory but expected.
Hot shower, battery charges (available in trek with extra cost or free in some lodges)
Unforeseen cost such as flight cancellation or delayed, sick in trek, and helicopter rescue in trek.
Cost due to bad weather etc which is out of our control
Any other cost, which is not mentioned in cost includes items as above
During the trekking, Smile Adventure will arrange your accommodation at standard tea house or lodge – room on twin sharing basis with attached bathroom however some places will not have attached bathroom so; bathroom are on sharing basis.
We will provide all meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) during the trekking in Mountain area.
Private Vehicle : –
Transfer from Nayapul to Pokhara (day 18).
Bus from Kathmandu o Besisahar Pokhara (day 1) & & Pokhara to Kathmandu (day 19).
OPTIONAL : if you want to take a flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu then we offer you US$ 110 per person
Guide & Porter during the trekking
Smile Adventure and tours will provide a professional trekking guide (license holder). We arrange porter(s) to carry your gears (a porter can carry maximum 15 kg) and the porter will accompany with you. The number of porter depends on group size. We will provide the salary, accommodation, insurance, meals for the guide and porter.
A trekking day in Annapurna Circuit Trek
The trek starts after a delicious breakfast with a cup of tea. Our guide briefs about trail then after we start to walk of 3 to 4 hours. We offer lunch in a local teahouse or shop. After lunch you will relax for a while and continue to walk for for 3 to 4 hours until we reach next destination. When we reach next destination we can enjoy short hiking around the village or enjoy games. Evening have a dinner and overnight at the teahouse/lodge.
We also offer to rest frequently and give enough time to load & capacitor the amazing scenery of mountain, local settlement, and countryside in your camera during the trail.
Personal gears & equipment need during trekking
Sun cream lotion
Comfortable hiking boots
Walking poles (if necessary)
Flash light with extra batteries
Personal medical kit box.
Extra batteries for camera
Backpack- with outsider pockets to handle smaller items.
Health & Experience Required for Annapurna Circuit Trek
The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a strenuous grade trek which offers at least 6-7 hours easy work in a day. We can do Annapurna Circuit Trek if you have average physical fitness with good health condition. Please note that walking in higher altitude demands more physical fitness than walking in lower altitudes. Several weeks of exercise and jogging before the starting the Annapurna Circuit Trek is highly suggestible. If you have done hiking and have good past experience it also helps to do this Annapurna Circuit Trek but technical skill does not require for this trip.
Headaches, fever, vomiting, dizziness, loss of appetite or stomach disorders are symptoms of high altitude Sickness, the main cause of high altitude sickness is lack of enough oxygen in air. We find less oxygen in the higher altitude then less altitude so the Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary have been customized by Smile Adventure and Tours considering the sufficient time to acclimatize in each places.
Trekking grade of Annapurna Circuit Trek
Strenuous: This trek needs a good physical fitness with some mountain experience also. It offers a magnificent view of mountains range with a vertical climbing. This trip ascends up to 5416 meters .
All trekkers / travelers are requested to insure their travel insurance before traveling for Annapurna Circuit Trek. Please note that the insurance should be covered medical, air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and all treatment costs.