Annapurna Circuit Trekking - 23 Days

Annapurna Circuit Trekking
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Trip Facts
  • Duration 23 Days
  • Trek Days 15
  • Grade B
  • Max Altitude 5416m
  • Best Time Oct - May
  • Activity Sightseeing and Trekking

Trip Overview


Annapurna circuit, the 332-k.m-trek is not only the most famous trek in Nepal but also one of the most celebrated trek in the world. If you are looking for diversity in both landscape and people, Annapurna Circuit trek is one of the best choice. A trek to Annapurna circuit use to take 3 weeks before but now due to the recent changes in Jomsom side this three weeks trek can be done within 17 to 18 days. Annapurna circuit completely around the famed Annapurna massif offers the fascinating ethnic groups, incredible views of many of the Himalayas’ most famous high peaks, crystal clear lakes, turbulent rivers with deep gorge, hot springs and constantly changing panoramas from lush tropical rice paddies and moss – laden rhododendron forests to Tibetan fortresses clinging to rocky cliffs. Actually trekking in Annapurna Circuit takes you into the heart of the high mountain of Nepal.

It takes about 16 days to trek, visiting the Tibet – like country ont eh northern slops of the Himalaya and thte dramatic Kali Gandaki valley. Nepal opened Manang to trekkers in April 1977, although a few expeditions and scientific parties visited the region in teh 1950s. The last part of the trek is the reverse of the popular trek to Jomsom.

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Cost & Dates


Start Date End Date Price Trip Status
08/04/2018 22/04/2018 1415 USD p/p Open Booking
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12/04/2018 28/03/2018 1415 USD p/p Open Booking
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16/04/2018 30/04/2018 1415 USD p/p Open Booking
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21/04/2018 06/05/2018 1415 USD p/p Open Booking
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24/04/2018 08/05/2018 1415 USD p/p Open Booking
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Additional Info


The Trail Conditions

Straight, Uphill, Downhill, Jig Jag with small rocky, pebbles, somewhere flat man made stone steps, through the rhododendron, moss covered forests, suspensions metal bridges

Medication

  • Bandage for sprains
  • Plasters/Band-aids
  • Iodine or water filter (optional)
  • Moleskin/Second skin – for blisters
  • Antiseptic ointment for cuts
  • Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
  • Aspirin/paracetamol – general painkiller
  • Oral dehydration salts
  • Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin)
  • Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic)
  • Diarrhea stopper (Imodium – optional)
  • Antibiotic for Giardia or similar microbe or bacteria
  • Diamox (altitude sickness – can be bought in Kathmandu)

Clothing / Equipment List

  • Pair trekking boots and waterproofing agent
  • Pair lightweight trekking sandals
  • Pairs thin walking socks
  • Pairs lightweight wind – water proof pants
  • T-shirts
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Set lightweight thermals
  • North Face down Jacket (Preferably)
  • Small thin towel (sports towel best)
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Sunscreen
  • Extra lightweight shirt for daypacks – for stops along the way
  • Hat
  • Cotton or silk bag liner – optional
  • Neck warmer
  • Pairs ‘thinners’ gloves
  • Rucksack
  • Pack tissues
  • Pair sunglasses
  • Water filter / Iodine (you could buy boiled water in hotels/ lodges which is safe to drink.
  • Camera and films
  • Head torch and spare batteries
  • Sleeping bag (rated -15(above) deg C during our trek)

Above things are required for Annapurna Circuit Trek. However if you do not have clothing you can either buy or rent in Nepal. In this case we have equipment cheaper than your country.

 

 

Itinerary


Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrival in Kathmandu airport, You will be greeted by us at the airport and driven back to the hotel. There’s time to explore the city’s many charms on your own too. A full briefing will be given in the afternoon. In the evening, a welcome Nepali dinner awaits for you. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2 : Sightseeing / Cultural Day in Kathmandu Valley

Today we explore Kathmandu with a local guide,After breakfast, you will visit Swayambhunath temple, and said to be 2000 years stupa on a hillock offers breath-taking view of Kathmandu City. We will then proceed to Visit Pasupatinath and Bouddhanath. After lunch we’ll visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan (Lalitpur) – which is the oldest of the three major cities in Kathmandu Valley – famous for its Buddhist monuments and Hindu temples, and you can catch the traditional artisans working with wood, stones and metals. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 3 : Kathmandu drive to Beshishar and to Bulbule (790M) - 6 hour drive

After breakfast, we drive to Bhulbhule via Besisahar. It normally takes about 6 hours to reach to Bhulbhule, thoruhg Beshashar which is the capital of Lamjung district of Nepal. The drive continues passes through several valleys villages mostly through the banks of Trishuli & Marsyangdi river. After Dumre on Prithvi Highway, we head through the forests, terraced plains on the bank of Marsyangdi River for about two hours before reaching Bhulbhule.Spend overnight at Bulbule.

Day 4 : Bhulbhule to Jagat (1330 m) - 5 hour

After checking our trek permit at Bhulbhule we cross Marshyangdi Khola (river) on a long suspension bridge and we will pass a majestic waterfall along the way. The trail reaches to Ngadi and to Lampata. If we come earlier this could be our destinanaion for overnight. From Nangdi we finally making a short steep climb you will reach Baundanda (Bramins Hill) Descend on a steep, slippery trail and then climb to Lili Bhir, where you can visit a small hot spring. The trek continues to Khanigaon (1170m) and further on to Ghermu Phant with a huge waterfall. Then the trail descends, crosses the Marshyangdi on a bridge at Syange (1080m) and climbs to Shree Chaur. Passing a small waterfall, we descend a little bit and the trail reaches Jagat (1330 m) where we will be spending overnight.

Day 5 : Jagat to Dharapani (1945 m) - 6 hours

We climb steadily all day long Tal (1664, 5460 ft), a small village at the foot of a large waterfall. We are now entering the Manang district. After leaving Tal, we cross a large bridge to the village of Dharapani (6103 ft ) where our trekking permits are checked,

Day 6 : Dharapani to Chame (2700m, 8600 ft) - 6 hours

Today We climb through forest to Bagarchap (7120 ft ) which was the first village on the trek with typical Tibetan architecture and now washed away by Landslide in 1994.The trail is now bearing west, Manaslu forming a splendid backdrop and Annapurna II (26040 ft ) appearing occasionally to the south. We continue through forests of pine and fir, resting at the hamlets or Charku, Thangje and Kuparkot. As we continue on the same (8859 ft), views of the Annapurna improve dramatically.

Day 7 : Chame to Pisang (3190m ) - 5:30 hours

From Chame, we will reach Bhratang after walking through the pine forest and huge apple orchard which is surrounded by a stone wall. The trail has admirable views of Annapurna II, Pisang peak, Himalchuli and Ngadi Chuli and ends for the day at Pisang, upper part of Manang Valley.

Day 8 : Pisang to Manang (3540m)

The trail from Pisang takes a long ascent with the excellent view of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak(7134m), reaching Manang airstrip at Hongde (3325m). Crossing to the north bank of Marshyangdi on a bridge, the trail passes Mungji (3360m) and climbs to Bryaga (3550m), Tibetan-style village. Finally, you will reach Manang. Evening yoga, O/n at mountain lodge

Day 9 : Manang - Rest Day

It is highly recommended to have an extra day in Manang for acclimatisation as we start the climb towards the Thorong La in next days. There are some side trips around Manang. One option is to walk to Khangsar village on the way to Tilicho Lake or a longer walk to Ice Lake above Braga, Gangapurna lake,It is well worth visiting the gompa above Braga as well as attending the Himalayan Rescure afternoon lecture on altitude and acclimatisation.

Day 10 : Manang to Yak Kharka (4,090 m)

Today is a shorter day, takes about 3 to 4 hours. As we go higher up the discance will be shorter in order to help everyone acclimatise to the altitude. It is recommdned to go for an afternoon walk which also helps with this process, you can either walk up the valley and back to the lodge or climb the ridge behind the village.

Day 11 : Yak Khadka to Thorong Phedi (4,490 m)

Leaving Yak Kharka we pass through a few lodges at Letdar and after crossing the river there is a climb to Thorong Phedi. In the afternoon it is a good idea to go for a short walk. Stay overnight at Throng Phedi.

Day 12 : Thorong Phedi trek over the Thorong La (5,400m) and to Muktinath (3,800m)

Today we will wake up early morning and after breakfast we leave Phedi at first light for the challenging walk over the Thorong La. The trail begins with a steep ascent immediately from Thorung Phendi but the route becomes less so as we gain altitude. The 4-5 hours steep climb takes you prayer flags welcoming you to the top of an icy pass. Two peaks rise up from the saddle of the pass. To the north is Yakawa Kang 6482 m and to the south Khatung Kang 6488m.
There are spectacular views of the Annapurna Range to the south and the Mukat Himal bordering Dolpo to the west, as we descend on the other side Dhaulagiri (8,175m) and Tukuche Peak (6,920m).
After Throung La, the descent is quite steep and will take between 3 to 4 hours. It is a good idea to have walking poles to help in case of a slippery path if there is still snow (depends on the time of year) and to take the strain off the knees. The trail continues steeply down from here, crossing a stream to more yak herders� huts. Passing through the meadows, you reach Muktinath.

Day 13 : Muktinath to Jomsom (2710m)

From Muktinath the trail descends to Jharkot and to Khingar. Beyond Khingar you will meet the junction of two routes. The first one is Kagbeni (the entrance of upper Mustang) and another is to Jomsom. Then the trail proceeds to Eklebatti following the Kali Gandaki River. You will end the day at Jomsom where you can see the Annapurna Conservation Project check post, hospital, airport and army camp. Evening Yoga and O/n at mountain lodge

Day 14 : Jomsom to Kalopani (2,560m)

The trail follows the Kali Gandaki down to the town of Jomsom and then on to the pretty village of Marpha set amongst apple orchards and we pass the interesting village of Tukuche with its large, carved houses before continuing on down the Kali Gandaki to the villages of Karjung and Larjung. Kalopani is further located a little further down the valley.

Day 15 : Kalopani to Tatopani (1,190 m)

From today we leave dry landscape and start to see pine, cypress and junipers trees. The trail is sometimes on the valley floor and other times on a trail high above. Tatopani is village with natural hot springs and is it well worth having a soak in the afternoon.

Day 16 : Tatopani to Ghorepani (2855 m)

Travel to Kaligandaki river then long rise until a Ghorepani. (7hrs). We then cross the Kali Gandaki and then climb to the Magar village of Sikha, we climb steadily all day, we leave behind the terraced fields and enter into thick rhododendron forest and village of Ghorepani. We camp at the Pass where we can get the best views of sunset and dawn of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. This village was originally a horse-watering post, which has evolved into an important crossroads for tourists and the numerous mule caravans on the Jomoson-Pokhara trip.

Day 17 : Ghorepani to Tadapani (2590m)

In the morning ascend Poonhill (3200m) for the beautiful sunrise and breakfast spectacular views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre ranges. After having breakfast we start Climb the Deorali (2855m) then descent through the forest rhododendron until Tadapani (6hrs) Overnight in Lodge.

Day 18 : Tadapani to Ghandruk (1919m)

Descent in the forest until Gandrung, Visit a village of Gurungs community and enjoy cross with beautiful magnificent mountain. (4.30 hours) Overnight in hotel. The Ghandruk is very popular for diversity in both landscape and people which is a second largest Gurung village in Nepal with their own distinct language & culture.

Day 19 : Ghandruk to Pokhara

Easy increase until Birethati and crossing by Modi river and descent up to point to join the track by bus to Pokhara hotel.

Day 20 : Pokhara - Sightseeing Day

Day 21 : Pokhara drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus

Day 22 : Free Time in Kathmandu

Day 23 : Departure

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Trip Includes


  • All transportation by a van and bus within Nepal
  • All listed twin occupancy accommodation within Nepal.
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) while on trekking
  • All breakfast in Ktm and Pokhara
  • Drinks included with meals are teas, hot lemon and coffee
  • Guide, porter, driver wages and insurance
  • All necessary documents (trek permits, TIMS, tax)
  • All entrance fees to listed sites and places of interest.

Trip Excludes


  • International airfare to and from Nepal
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • All alcoholic & bottled drinks (beer, wine, spirits, sodas, juices etc)
  • Between meal snacks and drinks while on trek
  • Personal shopping, hot shower during the trek
  • Option donations (temple, gompas, assistance projects etc
  • 30 days visa,
  • Personal travel insurance including emergency mountain rescue evacuation.

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