Annapurna Circuit Trek 15 days 15 days $1040 $ 990 / pp

Duration 15
Group Size 2-12
TransportaionPrivate Vehicle, Tourist & Local Bus
Altitude 4,600m/15,092ft
Accomodations Hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara, Local Lodge during trek
Best Seasons Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November)
Activities Trekking & Hiking
Meals All meals during trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Package Overview

Trek Highlights
  • The majestic views of the Annapurna massif, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Mt. Fishtail mountains. 
  • Trekking experience on the highest trekking route of the world situated in the Annapurna region, the Thorang La pass (5416 meters above the sea level). 
  • Enjoy the natural vegetation, flora, fauna and wildlife of the Annapurna conservation area. 
  • Plan a side trip to Tilicho, lake situated at the highest altitude in the world. 
  • Enjoy the fascinating natural sceneries and the sound of roaring Marshyangdi River. 
  • Visit to the sacred pilgrimage of Hindus, Muktinath and Kali Gandaki River. 
  • Observe the deepest George in the world, the Kali Gandaki George. 
  • Witness green yak grazing lands, desert like landscapes and snowy mountains at one scene. 
  • Experience the local mountain life of the remote Himalayas. 
  • Observe the culture, lifestyle and traditions of the locals. 


One of the most popular trekking destinations in the Himalayas, Annapurna circuit trek covers the major highlights of the entire Annapurna region. The moderate to demanding trekking destination includes high altitude passes and requires high level of physical fitness and great health conditions during the trek. Still, the trekkers do not require high technical expertise to pass the trekking route. Probably one among many reasons contributing to the popularity of the trek. 

The trekking offers beautiful sceneries and views of the yak grazing lands and snow capped mountain ranges mainly Annapurna- I, II, III and Mount Dhaulagiri. This is most ideal trekking route for Mountain photography enthusiasts. It also allows mingling in the Lama and Tibetan culture and experience the local mountain life of the remote Himalayan Nepalese districts. It is referred as the classical trek in Nepal due to its popularity among trekking enthusiasts around the world. 

Before talking about anything, understanding the Annapurna circuit develops more enthusiasm and mind boggling excitement. So, let’s understand the Annapurna circuit first;

Annapurna actually means “full of food”, in Sanskrit. In Hinduism, Annapurna is the goddesses of Harvest. The mountain is named after the goddesses. Annapurna is a massif in the Himalayas with 6 major peaks and many other infamous peaks. The major ones Annapurna I, II, III, IV, V and Gangapurna. Annapurna circuit is the trek around the trails surrounding the Annapurna massif. The trek in the circuit begins from Bulbule, heading towards Jagat, to Dharapani, to Chame, to Pisang, to Manang, to Yakkharka, to Thorang phedi, to Thorang La, to Muktinath and ends at Jomsom. The entire circuit falls in the Annapurna conservation area and is rich in flora and fauna too. 

The journey begins from departure from Kathmandu to arriving at Bulbule (840 meters above sea level) where the actual trekking begins. From bulbule the trail heads forward towards Jagat, Dharapani, to Chame and Pisang following the Marshyangdi river valley. We trek to Manang where we stay for acclimatization, a preparation to adapt in the high altitude to cross Thorang La pass. From Manag, we head towards Yak Kharka, and to Thorang Phedi and pass Thorang La pass (5416 meters above the sea level), it is the highest trekking route in the world. From Thorang La, we head down towards Muktinath, a Hindu shrine and a sacred pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists. From Muktinath, we trek to Jomsom and to Tatopani. From Tatopani, we’ll drive to Pokhara and then back to Kathmandu. 


Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal. 

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Bulbule

Day 03: Trek from Bulbule to Jagate (5-6 hours)

Day 04: Trek from Jagate to Dharapani. (5-6 hours)

Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Chame. (5-6 hours)

Day 06: Trek from Chame to Pisang. (5-6 hours)

Day 07: Trek from Pisang to Manang. (5-6 hours)

Day 08: Acclimation day in Manang. 

Day 09: Trek from Manang to Yak kharka. (4-5 hours)

Day 10: Trek from Yak kharka to the Thorang Phedi. (6-7 hours)

Day 11: Trek from Thorang phedi to Muktinath via Thorang La. (9-10hours)

Day 12: Trek from Muktinath to Jomson. (6-7 hours)

Day 13: Trek from Jomsom to Tatopani, and drive to Pokhara. 

Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu and overnight in a hotel. 

Day 15: Final departure from Kathmandu. 


Includes


  • All Airport Pickup/Drop.
  • Kathmandu Heritage Sightseeing including tour guide, entry fee & private vehicle.
  • Two night 3-star hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Bliss International or similar category) with breakfast (Twin Share).
  • One night 3-star hotel in Pokhara (Hotel Crystal Palace or similar category) with breakfast (Twin Share).
  • Welcome dinner at Kathmandu.
  • Kathmandu – Besisahar & Pokhara – Kathmandu by Local & Tourist bus
  • Nayapul -  Pokhara by Private vehicle.                           
  • Accommodation in lodge or tea houses during trek (Twin share)
  • Food During trek (Three Times Meals); Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with tea/coffee.
  • An experienced, English speaking and government licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and professional insured porter (1 porter for 2 guests) their salary, meals, accommodation, transportation & insurance.
  • All necessary paper work and permit (National park permit, TIMS)
  • Sleeping bag, Trekking pole and Trekking map (sleeping bag & trekking pole are to be returned after trip complete)
  • A comprehensive medical kit.
  • All government and local taxes.

Not Includes


  • Nepal Visa fee (bring small denomination cash USD and two passport photographs).
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Extra sightseeing activities more than itinerary.
  • Extra night accommodation at Kathmandu, Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Kathmand –Besisahar & Pokhara - Kathmandu by private vehicle or flight.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Travel & Health Insurance – Emergency Helicopter Rescue Insurance (Most recommended)
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport, our airport representative will be there to receive you holding your name in a placard with a pleasant welcome smile. We’ll drive you to the hotel in Kathmandu for a overnight stay.

Day 2 : Drive from Kathmandu to Bulbule

The beginning day of our journey towards Annapurna circuit, we’ll take a bus to Bulbule from Kathmandu. The bus route goes alongside the Trishuli River to Pokhara and from Pokhara to Besisahar and to Bulbule, situated alongside Marshyangdi River. The journey takes 8-9 hours from Kathmandu to reach Bulbule.

Day 3 : Trek from Bulbule to Jagate (5-6 hours)

Today is the beginning of our foot trekking from Bulbule to reach Jagate following the trail alongside Marshyangdi River. We’ll pass through rural village settlements and farmlands through the journey. We’ll stay overnight in a guest house/ lodge.

Day 4 : Trek from Jagate to Dharapani. (5-6 hours)

We’ll begin the journey early after breakfast, and walk the trail alongside Marshyangdi river. After a steep uphill climb we’ll reach the village called Tal. We’ll see few waterfalls on the way. The trails heads forward through farmlands, crossing a suspension bridge and a short uphill climb we’ll reach Dharapani. We’ll stay overnight in a guest house/ lodge.

Day 5 : Trek from Dharapani to Chame. (5-6 hours)

We will follow the trail through the forest with pine, fir, oak, and maple trees alongside the Marsyangdi river to reach Chame, the district headquarter of Manang. we'll be surrounded with greenery and the remarkable picturesque views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV. We'll stop by a small hot spring to relax for a while. We’ll stay overnight in a guest house/ lodge

Day 6 : Trek from Chame to Pisang. (5-6 hours)

We’ll begin the trek to Pisang through narrow steep trails via pine forests alongside Marshyangdi river enjoying the scenery of apple orchards and tea houses in stone built houses. As we cross the suspension bridge, we’ll be see the view of Pisang peak along with other mountain peaks. We’ll stay overnight in a guest house/ lodge.

Day 7 : Trek from Pisang to Manang. (5-6 hours)

After breakfast, we hit the trail to beging our journey to the beautiful village of Manag. We’ll see the change in landscapes as we ascend towards Manang. The weather is dry and we can witness various winter crops swaying to the cool wind, Yaks grazing in the pasturelands, significant number of monasteries around the village depicting the strong belief in Buddhism. We’ll stay overnight in a guest house/ lodge in Manang.

Day 8 : Acclimation day in Manang.

To adapt our body and respiratory system with the higher altitude and thin oxygen level, we stop to acclimate ourselves with the growing altitude at Manang. We’ll visit the local monasteries, and observe the culture, lifestyle and local traditions. We’ll stay overnight in a guest house/ lodge.

Day 9 : Trek from Manang to Yak kharka. (4-5 hours)

We’ll trek towards Yak kharka from Manang, enjoying the scenic beauty of the landscapes of the mountains, pasturelands, and deserts here. We’ll cross the Ghyangchang river and visit a local monastery. There are huge pasturelands around here and we’ll see yaks grazing. We’ll stay overnight in a guest house/ lodge Yak kharka.

Day 10 : Trek from Yak kharka to the Thorang Phedi. (6-7 hours)

We will trek for 6-7 hours today, to reach Thorang phedi (4525 meters)from Yak kharka which is the base of Thorang La pass. We’ll stay overnight in a guest house/ lodge.

Day 11 : Trek from Thorang phedi to Muktinath via Thorang La. (9-10hours)

Today, we’ll trek through the highest pass in the world, Thorang La to reach the famous Muktinath temple, from Thorang phedi. Muktinath is a sacred pilgrimage to the Hindus. People bath in all 108 taps here at Muktinath believing that the sins wold be forgiven as the name “Muktinath” means the Lord ofg Forgiveness. Both Hindus and Buddhists pay their devotion to Lord Muktinath here.We’ll stay overnight at Muktinath.

Day 12 : Trek from Muktinath to Jomson. (6-7 hours)

We again hit the trail from Muktinath to reach Jomsom, the Windiest place in Nepal. Jomsom is famous for its Apples and Marpha, a place nearby Jomsom is famous for its Apple brandy popularly known as Marpha. Jomsom lies beyond the Himalayas and is very dry as it receives very less precipitation.

Day 13 : Trek from Jomsom to Tatopani, and drive to Pokhara

Today, we’ll trek from Jomsom to reach Tatopani and from Tatopani we’ll take a bus to reach Pokhara. We’ll stay overnight in a guest house/ lodge.

Day 14 : Drive back to Kathmandu and overnight in a hotel.

We’ll take a bus drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara, this takes about 7-8 hours. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we’ll drive you to the hotel where you’ll spend your night.

Day 15 : Final departure from Kathmandu.

Upon departure, our representative will be there at the hotel to pick you up with vehicle to drop you to the Tribhuwan International airport for your final departure.

Equipment List


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

Lower Body: 
- Lightweight cotton long pants/ Hiking shorts 
- 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)

Upper Body: 
- T-shirts 
- Fleece jacket or pullover 
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket 
- Down vest and/or jacket *

Hands: 
- Lightweight gloves

Accessories: 
- Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F * 
- Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries 
- Trekking Bags/Duffel bag 
- Basic First Aid Kit 
- Large plastic bags for keeping items dry inside trek bag 
- Trekking Poles * 
- Water bottles 
- Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)

Toiletries (it’s up to your comfort label): 
- 1 medium sized quick drying towel 
- Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable) 
- Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable) 
- Deodorants 
- Nail clippers 
- Face and body moisturizer 
- Feminine hygiene products 
- Small mirror

Personal Hygiene (it’s up to your comfort label):
- Wet wipes (baby wipes) 
- Tissue /toilet roll 
- Anti bacterial hands wash 
- Diamox (Drugs for altitude sickness if incase) 
- Water purified pills

Extras/Luxuries (it’s up to your comfort label) 
- Binoculars (optional) 
- Reading book 
- Journal & Pen 
- Pencils and small notebooks 
- Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble

 


Useful Information


Which Season is best for this trekking?

Normally, Annapurna Circuit trekking in Nepal can be done in any time of the year. However February, March, April (spring) and September, October and November (autumn) is the biggest season for this trekking. In this month the weather is clean and chance to see amazing view of Mountain peak. Most of the day is sunny gets more warm and easy for walking. While walking we see the different types of flower and fauna. While in winter (December-January-February) season most of the trekking roots are covered by Snow and have maximum cold. The view will totally covered by fogs and snow however travelers come for enjoying with snow. Whereas, Monsoon season (June-July-August) is unfavorable time for trekking.  At the time there will be heavy rain. So, it will be difficult time of trekking and less chance of Mountain View.

What kinds of accommodation we get during this trip?

We provide 3-Star Hotel “Hotel BlissInternational or similar category hotel” in Kathmandu which is in the peaceful street on the edge of Thamel. Whereas “Hotel Crystal Palace or similar category hotel” in Pokhara nearby Phewa Lake. We provide basic Tea-houses or Local lodge during trekking. All accommodation is in (Twin share basis) for, single supplementary charge ($200) extra.

What sort of meals we get during this trip?

We provide Buffet Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara which is included in the cost. During trekking we provide three meals per day (i.e. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner per day) from the selected menu as per available in lodge and tea house. Food during trek is not so well decorated as Kathmandu and Pokhara however; most of the food is prepared by their local people in their field. The food is organic, delicious and quite healthy.

How fit should be trekker for this trekking?

Annapurna Circuit trekking is the modest trekking of Annapurna Region so it can be done by any age groups who have good and fit health. It doesn’t does not required any experience before trekking. We do not recommending travelers who are suffering from blood pressure or any disease or medical situation before one year. We highly recommend to conceding with doctor before their trekking.


Cancellation Policy


To reserve your place in this trekking, you should complete the trip booking form along with 50% deposit of total trip cost and remaining payments should be paid before trip departure. 

  • 15 % of total trip cost will be charged, if cancellation takes place before 30 days of departure date of trip.
  • 30 % of total trip cost will be charged, if cancellation takes place before 30 days of departure date of trip
  • If cancellation takes place after trip departure or during the trip, your payments will not refunded.

Trip Information

  • Type : Trekking
  • Package Code: ACT2
  • Group Size: 2-12
  • Max Altitude : 4,600m/15,092ft

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