Annapurna Circuit Trek
A complete trek encircles the famous Annapurna mountains. The trek offers great variety of sub-tropical plains in the Himalayas foothills through the trans-Himalayan Manang and Mustang regions. The trek goes through Thorang-La Pass-5416m. Between two valleys of Manang and Kaligandaki River gorge (the deepest gorge of the world). Above combinations make this trek one of the most famous in Nepal. It shows diverse culture, nature and traditional values.
This is one of the classic and most rewarding treks in the Himalayas. It provides an opportunity to explore the scenery of both the southern and northern Himalayas. You can encounter rhododendron forests, the thin Tibetan Highland atmosphere as well as many ethnic groups on the way.Trekking north, we acclimatize at the important trading village of Manang (3351 m.) before crossing the Thorong-La (5407 m.).When you reach the pass, line after line of snow ridges stretch before you while far below lies the sub-tropical Kali Gandaki Gorge.From the heights of the Pass we descend to Muktinath and its sacred Buddhist and Hindus shrines. Further south, the contrast of the Nepal Himalaya becomes even more apparent as forests or mandarin and banana groves replace high windswept passes.Finally we trek out of the gorges and look back to the peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri before traversing the forest ridges down to Pokhara.
Day 01: Drive out from Kathmandu to Besisahar early in the morning by reserved bus & local bus (depends on the size of the group).
Day 02: Besi Sahar to Bahundanda (hill of the Brahmins, 1,310 m.). Along the route the trail follows a stream and climbs to Denauti, and then slippery rocks lead to the Marshyangdi Khola. During this route the villages Khudi. Ngadi and Lampa are interesting to see.
Day 03: Bahudanda to Chamje (2,160 m.) Beautiful water falls, some forests full of birds, villages occupied by Tibetan heritage. Tea houses and guests houses are available.
Day 04: Chamje to Bagarchhap (2,160 m.). It is a village of Tibetan architecture. A well mentioned Diki Gompa is a famous place to see.
Day 05: Bagarchhap to Chame (2,630 m.). This is a nice camping place and several years ago it was the district Headquarters of Manang. Police check post, School, Health post, Post office, Bank, wireless station are there, with the facility of electricity. On the route the Annapurna (II 7,937 m.), (IV 7,525.), Ganesh Himal and Manasalu Himal (8,156 m.) are visible.
Day 06: Chame to Pisang (3,190 m.). A Khampa settlement is known as Bratang now days abandoned. One can find over there a stone memory to a Japanese climber who died in an avalanche. Crossing the Thorong La pass, Pisang peak, Annapurna II and other natural beauties blow one’s mind.
Day 07: Pisang to Manang (3,335 m. Approx.). During the trek we cross the place, known as Nyseyang (wheat barley). They also grow potatoes and beans. Horses are the means of transportation. Life standard is better at Manang. There is a chance to buy medicines and warm clothes.
Day 08: Pisang to Manang a day to acclimatize. There is a good opportunity to climb the north ridge of the village and have a view of the Annapurna II, IV, Glacier Dome and other excellent scenaries.
Day 09: Manang to let dear. Trail crosses a stream, climbs to Tingi and continues to Marsyangdi valley. Yak Kharka and Letdear is next to last shelter before the pass.
Day 10: Letdear to Thorang Phedi. A wooden bridge at (3,320 m.). should be crossed to reach Thorang Phedi (4,420 m.). Sometime snow can block the pass. In such a situation this place is really crowded. Usually people schedule is 3 a.m. to departure, which is not necessary. The ideal departure could be made between 4 and 5 a.m.
Day 11: Thorang Phedi to Muktinath (3,800 m.). During the season of December to January there are very few chances to cross Thorang La pass. If porters are not well equipped, they may suffer badly due to the cold and expectable storm.
Day 12: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,713 m.). Trail descends to Jomsom, this is a nice place from where trek could be shortened by flight back to Pokhara or Kathmandu.
Day 13: Jomsom to Kalopani (2,580 m.) Trek becomes easier as trail follows downwards. But no doubt, natural beauties are unforgettable. You may enjoy along the route the view of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna I and so on.
Day 14: Kalopani to Tatopani (1,680 m.). Tatopani means hot water in Nepali. Thus this village gains the name as Tatopani from the hot spring.
Day 15: Tatopani rest: This is a spot with more facilities and there are hotels and guesthouses which offers good accommodation.
Day 16: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,775 m.). Ghorepani means horse water in Nepal. Along the route you will have a panoramic view of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak, Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Nilgiri, Himalchuli and the Glacier. They all are excellent to be explored.
Day 17: Ghorepani to Birethanti (1,065 m.)
Day 18: Birethanti to Pokhara
Day 19: Drive back to Kathmandu.
- Airport pick up and Drop by private car/van/bus.
- Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley with private car/van/bus.
- Three nights standard accommodation in Kathmandu (Bed & Breakfast).
- Your standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking.
- All necessary paper works and national park entry permits.
- Domestic airport pick up and drop by private car/van/ Flight ticket (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu).
- All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
- Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS).
- An experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, porters.
- Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter.
- Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service.
- Outfitter Nepal’s sleeping bag, down jackets, and walking stick, if necessary.
- Medical supplies.
- All government taxes.
- Nepal entry visa fee. You will require 2 passport size photos.
- Your Travel insurance.
- Food while you are in Kathmandu.
- Entrance fees while sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley.
- Your personal expenses.
- All the alcoholic and non alcoholic Drinks.
- Sweet things like chocolate.
- Hot Shower during the Trek.
- International airfare and airport departure tax.
- Tips for the guide and porter.
Certain basic trekking equipment is essential on all routes I described in this site. Depending on the area and season, I will provide you with a comprehensive list of necessities. Many of the items on the list are available in Nepal. Here is some recommended Equipments List for trekking in Nepal Himalayas.
- Lightweight walking boots.
- If new one is being bought, “walk them in” to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.
- A pair of track shoes. To wear in the camp at night or when your boots are wet.
- Warm jacket. Fiber fill or down should be adequate. This is especially essential during winter, from December to February.
- A rainproof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get the one that is guaranteed waterproof.
- Woolen shirts and thick sweaters. During winter months, December through February these items are essential.
- Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu.
- A pair of lightweight/ heavy weight trousers. Jeans are unsuitable to wear on treks. Cheap loose cotton pants are available in Kathmandu.
- Heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night.
- Windproof/ waterproof trousers are necessary on all treks going above 10.00ft.
- Thermal underwear. Which is excellent to sleep in at night in the winter months.
- A tracksuit useful for wearing in camp and in the tent.
- 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/skirts.
- 1 lightweight long sleeved -shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn.
- A woolen hat to wear in the morning and at night. During winter it is an essential item.
- A sunhat and ensure it has a wide brim to cover the face and neck.
- Â A pair of gloves. Leather with lining and woolen are best.
- 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in camp.
- 2 pairs of thin and 2 pair of thick woolen socks.
- “Underwear” normal quantity and swimming costume, hankies.
Equipment & Accessories
- Duffle bag or kit bag to carry to gear while trekking.
- Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirement for the day e.g. toilet items, camera, film towel, soap, a book etc.
- Water bottle.
- Snow glasses and sunglasses.
- 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones.
- 6-10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage.
- Wallet and /or money belt with compartment for coins.
- Toiletries with large and small towels.
- Toilet paper can be by in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
- Small headlamp and/ or torch with spare batteries and bulbs candles and lighter to burn toilet paper.
- Snow gaiters essential during wither and all treks going over at other times.
- An umbrella (optional), which is quite useful to as a sunshade and useful when it rains.
- Reading materials, camera and film, game items (optional), note book, rubber band, pen and pencil, envelopes, a diary, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars (optional), a small pillow or headrest (optional). Thermoses (optional) – an inflatable sleeping mat, trekking map, adequate quantities of passport photographs.
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