Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Trip Fact

Trip Duration 23 Days
Destination Nepal
Trip Grade High
Transportation Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus
Accomodation Teahouse
Price US $ 1399
Trip Style Tea house trek
Meals Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Max. Altitude 5416m
Per Day Walking 4 - 6 Hours
Best Season March to May and September to November
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Trip Highlights

  • You will lose at least 5-10 lbs
  • More than 100,000 trekkers pave the way to ABC in a year.
  • The ABC trek is best for those who want to lose him/her in nature from the busy and hectic office schedule. 
  • On the way to the Camp the trekkers pass through series of waterfalls, beautiful villages of its own type, terraced farmlands, rhododendron forests, and amazing panoramic views of mountains which gives you the feeling of refresh forever. 
  • A single trip that gives you the view of popular three peaks of the world namely, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchre (Fishtail).
  • Observe massive Annapurna Conservation Area. 
  • If you are a researcher or the student of sociology then it is more fruitful as you will get chance to encounter Sherpa people and their culture.

Annapurna Circuit Trek has its own distinct feature. Trekkers unanimously talk about the circuit for its scenic beauty of rivers, flora, fauna and mountains despite road construction in modern days have threatened this classic trekking site. The trail passes through Lamjung, Manang, Mustang and Kaski (Myagdi).

The trekking goes anti-clockwise from Besisahar to Nayapul and reaches to Thorong La Pass at an altitude of 5416 m. It passes series of mountains like, Manaslu which is more than 8000m. Similarly, it passes Langtang Himal, Annapurna II and IV, Annapurna III and Gangapurna, and Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri -- passing through the world's deepest gorge (Dana) in between those two 8,000-plus meter peaks. At the end of the trek, Poon Hill, offers scenic view of two mountains Annapurna and Machapuchare (Fishtail Mountain).

The trek leads to famous Budddhist and Hindu holy sites, significantly Muktinath—a sacred site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The circuit inhabits more than ten different culturally rich ethnic groups that reside in different climate zones there.

Outline Day to Day Itinerary:

  • Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 02:Preparation for trekking
  • Day 03:Drive to Besishahar
  • Day 04:Besishahar to Bahundanda
  • Day 05:Bahundanda to Chamje
  • Day 06:Chamje to Bagarchhap
  • Day 07:Bagarchap to Chame
  • Day 08:Chame to Pisang
  • Day 09:Pisang to Manang
  • Day 10:Manang - Acclimatization day
  • Day 11:Manang to Ledar
  • Day 12:Ledar to Phedi or High camp
  • Day 13:Phedi or High Camp to Muktinath
  • Day 14:Muktinath to Jomson
  • Day 15:Jomson to Kalopani
  • Day 16:Trek to Tatopani
  • Day 17:Rest day at Tatopani
  • Day 18:Trek to Ghorepani
  • Day 19:Hiking to Poon hill
  • Day 20:Trek to Ghandruk
  • Day 21:Ghandruk to Nayapul/ Drive to Pokhara
  • Day 22:Drive back to Kathmandu by car / van
  • Day 23:Fly to your destination

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu After you arrive in Kathmandu, our staffs will transfer you to your hotel.
  • Day 02:Preparation for trekking On this day, you will be provided sufficient time for doing preparations for continuing our trek. You will meet trek leaders and other team members of the expedition.
  • Day 03:Drive to Besishahar About 5 hours scenic drive by car / van / bus to Besishahar.
  • Day 04:Besishahar to Bahundanda The route follows the Marshyangdi River upstream, crossing a long suspension bridge and passing a beautiful, thin waterfall with a fine bathing pool. We ascend to the town of Bahundanda, which means ‘Brahman Hill’. There are good views to the north and a little-known hot spring here.
  • Day 05:Bahundanda to Chamje The gorge becomes narrower as we cross a cantilever bridge followed by a suspension bridge. We pass a few small settlements along the route and Chamje, the destination for the day, is one of them. Having traveled upstream, we observe many changes in the people, architecture and vegetation. Houses are built of rocks, the vegetation is less tropical and the culture more Tibetan-like.
  • Day 06:Chamje to Bagarchhap Leaving Chamje, the gorge becomes more impressive. We cross into the district of Manang and see more Bhotia people. These are primarily agro-pastoralists and the real trans-Himalayan traders of the region. The route climbs gradually to the town of Bagarchap meaning (butcher’s place). The houses here have flat roofs, indicating that there is less rainfall here than the south. There is a temple here worth visiting, and views of the Annapurna's and the Lamjung Himal.
  • Day 07:Bagarchap to Chame With often rough and rocky, the trail climbs to Tyanja at 2,360m, & then continues through forest, but near the river, to Kopar at 2,590m. As we reach the Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II as you approach Chame and two small hot springs by the town.
  • Day 08:Chame to Pisang The day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge at 2,910m. We then cross another bridge at 3,040m from there the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3,200m & 3,300m.
  • Day 09:Pisang to Manang Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. People of this region, herd yaks & raise crops for part of the year besides, they also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1,784. Leaving Pisang, we have an alternate trails north and south of the Marshyangdi River which meet up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3,325m involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river, and chances to watch the eagles soar. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga at 3,475m to nearby Manang at 3,500m.
  • Day 10:Manang - Acclimatization day Today is acclimatisation day, which is best spent being active and climbing to higher elevations for views but returning to lower altitudes to sleep. Manang itself is in a spectacular location with many attractions. There are lakes, caves, moraine-hills, monasteries or local activities in town.
  • Day 11:Manang to Ledar Today we leave Manang, & the trail makes an ascent of nearly 2000m to the Thorung La pass. We make the climb steadily through Tenki, leaving the Marshyangdi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Ledar at 4,250m, there we see the vegetation's steadily more sparse. This is snow leopard area.
  • Day 12:Ledar to Phedi or High camp The trail descends to cross the river at 4,310m we then climb up to Phedi at 4,420m. At High Camp at an elevation of 4,600m, we can find some good, recently built Guesthouses. Your overnight stay will be there or at Phedi depending on how the altitude is affecting you.
  • Day 13:Phedi or High Camp to Muktinath The trail now leaves the river valley and climbs steadily over lateral moraine. The pass, marked by a large cairn, is the high point of our trek at 5,416m. It is an exhilarating geographical feature, dividing 2 mighty Himalayan valleys. Far below to the west is the Kali Gandaki River. We descend in that direction for the village of Muktinath, located in a poplar grove. It is a sacred shrine and pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists.
  • Day 14:Muktinath to Jomson From Muktinath to Jomson, we see people from Mustang, a restricted area to the north, who comes to sell handicrafts to pilgrims. Among their merchandise is the highly-revered mollusk fossil called shaligram. We will pass some ancient caves and see the impressive white mountain that is Dhaulagiri. We also transit at the significant town of Kagbeni, which is at a junction of 2 rivers and the north-south and east-west trading routes.
  • Day 15:Jomson to Kalopani We descend to Marpha, a lovely village of whitewashed houses and fertile fields, and continue down the Kali gandaki reaching the former Thakali trading centre of Tukche. As the trail continues, the Himalayan rain shadow blends into coniferous forest, and we reach the main river valley and Kalopani. From here there are spectacular views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna's.
  • Day 16:Trek to Tatopani A beautiful walk, with another transition into sub-tropical vegetation and the return of water buffalo, banyan trees and poinsettias. The trail follows the river through a narrow gorge and descends to cross a bridge near a spectacular waterfall, before winding through the valley to Tatopani. The hot springs that give the village its name provide the perfect opportunity for a good scrub.
  • Day 17:Rest day at Tatopani We have dinner and take rest, and do preparation for continuing trek.
  • Day 18:Trek to Ghorepani Steadily climbing all day, we eventually leave behind the terraced fields and walk through thick rhododendron forest to the village of Ghorepani, meaning (horse water). We camp at the pass for the best views of the sunset over the spectacular, snow-capped Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna Range.
  • Day 19:Hiking to Poon hill This morning, we will get up early in the morning, and go for hiking to Poon Hill. From here you will see superb view of sunrise, and panoramic view of Himalayas, including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fishtail, and so on. After visiting Poon Hill, we will come back to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast, and continue walking to Tadapani.
  • Day 20:Trek to Ghandruk Today the trail undulates through giant rhododendron forest and orchid colonies to the pretty Gurung town of Ghandrung, where the Annapurna range and Machapuchare (the Fishtail) dominate the mountain views, although glimpses of Lamjung Himal and the Manaslu range can also be seen further east.
  • Day 21:Ghandruk to Nayapul/ Drive to Pokhara Ghandruk to Nayapul is comparatively an easy trail. It takes around 4-5 hours to arrive at Nayapul. At Nayapul we take rest for some time and have our lunch. We drive to Pokhara from here and it takes around an hour. We will spend some time Pokhara, enjoy evening. Overnight in a hotel.
  • Day 22:Drive back to Kathmandu by car / van After enjoying the days full of adventure, we return back to Kathmandu.
  • Day 23:Fly to your destination Our trip concludes today as you pack your baggage for your country. A representative of NTA will take you to the airport.

Cost Includes

  • Costs related to all airport and hotel transfers. Domestic flights and airport departure taxes.
  • Conveyance: Pokhara to Kathmandu in Tourist Bus and all other transport such as Kathmandu to Khudi via Besishahar and all pickups and drops in private car
  • All nights in local lodges/teahouses during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Three times meals during the trek
  • Experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide) and Sherpa porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (on hire ) and trekking map.
  • All permits and necessary paper work (National park permit, TIMS )
  • First aid kit.
  • All taxes, be it local or government.

Cost Excludes

  • Visa fee for Nepal (bring accurate USD cash and 2 passport size photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • All conservation areas and cultural heritage sites entrance fees
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from trekking than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • International or domestic flights
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

Usefull Info

Size of Trekking Group

For Annapurna Circuit Trek, there will be one leader and a Sherpa porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers). This arrangement is done for the smooth running of the campaign. It ensures that the trip will carry on as per plan even if anybody in a group gets sick. NTA can operate this trek for a group of any size. But, a group of 12 are considered as optimum size. However, if you have a group of more than 12, NTA can arrange this too.

Accommodations

We will spend 3 nights at a luxury hotel in Kathmandu and one each night in Pokhara and Besisahar, respectively. While on trek, we will spend 17 nights at local tea houses. All accommodations for this trek will be on twin sharing basis. However, on request, single rooms can also be made available but it costs additional $ 300 US. But some places in Annapurna region do not allow single accommodations.

Meals

During our Annapurna Circuit Trek, we will enjoy typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine like, Tibetan, Continental, Italian, and Indian. You can even enjoy hot chocolates, breads and drinks of different variety and snacks. 
Breakfast of a day will be served at the same tea house or lodge where we spent the night, as per its menu. Lunch will be served on the way to destination and dinner will be served at the tea house where you spend the night. A welcome dinner, a farewell dinner and breakfasts will be served during our stay in Kathmandu.

Getting Visa for Nepal

You will get on arrival visa for Nepal. On arriving Nepal you will get tourist visa for 15 to five months. It depends upon your purpose of visit but regarding tour you will get the visa for 15 to three months. 
For trekking you need to submit photocopy of passport and two pp size photo of yours.

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