|Transportaion||Private Vehicle, Tourist & Local Bus|
|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)|
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.
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.
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Lightweight cotton long pants/ Hiking shorts
- Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
- Thin, lightweight inner socks
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket *
- Lightweight gloves
- 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)
- Nail clippers
- Face and body moisturizer
- Feminine hygiene products
- Small mirror
Personal Hygiene (it’s up to your
- 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
- Binoculars (optional)
- Reading book
- Journal & Pen
- Pencils and small notebooks
- Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
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.
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