Trip Highlights
  • Ramble and explore the Gurung village.
  • Meander around the green and lush forests of oaks and rhododendrons
  • Encounter the splendid suspension bridges and mesmerizing rivers.
  • Get to know the rural Nepalese lifestyle.
  • Glance at the majestic peaks of the Annapurna region.

Annapurna circuit trekking is amongst the worlds most sought after treks as the trekkers take on the most beautifully enthusiastic trails which are deeper yet higher leading you to the closest introduction of Annapurna massif reaching 5,416 m meters of height. Our venture actually starts after reaching the beautiful Dharapani at 1,890m from where we begin our hike by clinging to the Marshyangdi River through rice paddies, terraced fields as our imaginations starts turning into pretty reality with rich cultures. Our marvelous Annapurna Circuit trekking package extends our reach to the wondrous village of Manang at 3,519m which is a flourishing village town in the shadow of the wonderful Annapurna.

“Refill yourself will all the faded energy of adventure and thrills by undertaking this journey to nature’s profoundly blessed region widely known as Annapurna Circuit.”

How is Annapurna circuit trekking better than other treks?

The 16 days Annapurna circuit trek brings us closer to the picturesque terraced foothills of the Marshyangdi and then Manang circuit. The most attractive part of our great Annapurna Circuit hike has to be the crossing of the marvelous pass known by the name of Thorong La at5, 416meters. As we climb higher, the valley starts getting narrower. The backdrop is beautiful than ever as the scenes are change from fertile to rocky alpine manifestation. Likewise, we will be introduced to the serene existence of monasteries which are constant reminders of the vivacious Buddhist culture which will be brought towards us through the undertaking of Annapurna Circuit trek route with the use of Annapurna Circuit Route Map. Along the journey, we will be welcomed by peaceful Tibetan prayer flags fluttering with grace as the mountain wind flows its way. After the Annapurna circuit trek through the apple orchad of Marpha, Jomsomat 2,743mand Muktinath at 3,710m, we then join the Kali Gandaki Gorge which is indeed deeper. In the recent years, Annapurna hiking is much different than in the past due to the wider development of roads and the Kali Gandaki route has also gotten much better. We therefore lead the Annapurna circuit route to avoid foot walk on road by gaining the experience and attraction of trekking to the classic beauty of Annapurna Circuit in the best way. Cutting between the majestic peaks of Dhaulagiri8, 167m and Annapurna8, 091m, we complete the round circuit and go downhill into the valley of Jomsom at 2,661m to the foot of the world’s deepest gorge. Out of Jomsom, we stay two nights near the gorgeous Phewa Lakeas we skip a flight to Pokhara.

This great journey will certainly be one’s experience of a lifetime which experiences you won’t be able to stop sharing about. All the amazing encounters of beautiful wilderness and wildlife like Ghoral, Himalayan Thar etc. will definitely humble you. The kind and helpful nature of the people following the mountain lifestyle will certainly create your closer attachment to this trekking experience. You will get profound opportunities to explore the beliefs, traditions and cultures of the people living in the region. The mesmerizing sights of Yak Caravan in the grassland will fill you immense warmth and joy as it is definitely one of the beautiful sight. So what are you waiting for? The foothills of Annapurna circuit are desperately waiting to feel your presence in the region.

Contact us at Nepal Nomad if you have any need for further information or a need to solve any queries regarding any sorts of adventure including the Annapurna Circuit trekking. It will be a gracious feeling to provide you with the Annapurna Circuit trek itinerary, if you want to take a look at one which can be customized as well.

Itinerary

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Welcome to Kathmandu! You are moved to the warmth of you hotel. On your routine a pre- trek briefing will be scheduled for the discussion of the trekking program and we co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. You can get accustomed with your surroundings by going for hike down the street. Then we head to the street for the delicious dinner where Nepalese Cuisine is prepared in Nepalese Style which is mainly known for its healthy ingredients. This is your first overnight in Kathmandu. 

  • Meals: Welcome dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1300m

The day begins with an early breakfast with a guided trip to the capital city Kathmandu. The attractions in Kathmandu is sacred and historical where the landmarks estimated world heritage sites that includes the holy Hindu temple Pashupatinath, the ancient Durbar Square, the famous Monkey Temple and place of peace also known as Boudhanath. During afternoon we take a pre-trip preparation and discuss as well as get together with our trek guide and additional team members. Nepal nomad discusses on the topic of trek and we are welcomed to ask any inquiries concerning the journey. We stay overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1300m

We initiate our trek by heading for a drive to Dharapani from Kathmandu. With the gorgeous mountain sight of Manaslu and the Ganesh ranges, the drive is commendable. The terraced hillside and the white rivers of Trisuli are unquestionably very mesmerizing. On the venture, you will get a packed lunch and meet the trekking crew where you are free to relish the road head village. From the accommodation, the sight of Lamjung Himal (6931) is beautiful which dominates the skyline.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Dharapani
  • Altitude: 1890m

Through the pine forest and fir, the valley is extended towards the westward. We arrive at Bagarchap (2160m) after half an hour to the first village of the hike where the architecture is quite Tibetan. For the preparation of the hard and long winters the firewood are stacked on the roofs. Between the higher dry arid areas and the lower wet valleys the village marks the transition of the Manang Valley. The beauty of Himalayas like Annapurna II (7937m), and Annapurna III (7555m) and the Lamjung valley comes closer to the valley. Magnificently to the skies, the peaks like Peak 29 and Manaslu soars higher. Out from the Bagarchap we cross the wooden bridge and then climb up hill to Laatamarang (2360m) where we rest for the cold drink. The path proceeds to the police check post at Koto which is near from Chame (2685m). Facilities like bank, health post and hotels as well as the wireless station are available.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Chame
  • Altitude: 2685m

To reach the apple orchard of the Brathang (2840m), former Tibetan settlements of Khampa, we hike to the fields of buckwheat and barley in the morning. We will then have our lunch before we cross to the river into the forest fir, we will have a sight of Annapurna and Lamjung which towers the path. We then get to see the huge slabs of PaungdaDanda (1500m) after spending some time in the forest. To arrive at the flat roofed stone houses of the Pisang Village (3300m), precede our hike. With the sight of the gorgeous Pisang Peak (6091m) and Annapurna || we stay at our accommodation and bunk our night here.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Pisang
  • Altitude: 3475m

Through the Pisang Village, we go on our path to the wooden irrigation canals which are a sign of the arid trans- Himalayan terrain. Here the soil is poor and only one crop per year of barley, wheat, buckwheat or potatoes can be grown. To supplement their living, many locals run hotels and teahouses as well as having herds of goats and yaks that graze on the hillsides high above the valley. There is one steep ascending to saddle down to the airstrip at Hongde but beside that the walking is easy. During the afternoon, we walk along the valley to Braga (3475m) which is perched high on the cliff valleys and the houses are stacked to the top of each other. Estimated to be over 500 years, above the house there is monastery. It is a short walk to reach at Manang from the Braga village.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Manang
  • Altitude: 3475m

Set amongst impressive scenery, Manang is a tight compact village of 500 flat roofed houses. With Tilicho (7132m), RocNoir (7485m) and the Grand Barrier to the west, Annapurna II and Annapurna IV (7525m) tower dramatically above the valley floor to the south-east. Behind the village s the hauntingly beautiful panorama of Eat (6200m) and Chu lu west (6630m) lies. The remaining days is build for adjustment and we can choose to either trek or rest to see the beautiful sights of Annapurna. On the craggy higher slopes we may see Blue Sheep and elusive mountain goats.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Manang
  • Altitude: 3535m

In the early morning we progressively move to Tengi. Here we branch away from the Marshyangdi valley and follow the Jar sang Khola. Sparse fir and pine is replaced by scrub juniper and grasses as we pass a few small yak herder ''shelters'' before stopping at the pleasant meadow of Ledar. Taken at a slow pace to allow for the affects of altitude, today is a pretty cool hiking day.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Ledar
  • Altitude: 4200m

It is day 12, and is short day to arrive at the base of Thorung Pass for acclimatization. We pass the Jarsang Khola which is covered bridge and then follow to loose scribes on the steep sided valley of the left bank river. For lunch we reach at Phedi and we have some time to relax and prepare to cross the pass.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Phedi
  • Altitude: 4420m

Though the pass poses no technical problems we need to start very early, around 3am, so we can proceed slowly and safely. The trail is not steep, and the long, gradual approach crosses several false summits before reaching some stone cairns marking the true crest of the pass at 5416m. In fine conditions, the views from the pass are truly awesome offering an amazing panorama of the Annapurna, Mukut and Mustang ranges with the Kali Gandaki valley seen far below.

Compensated with the sight of Tukche Peak (6920m) and Dhaulagiri (8167m) the descent from the pass is steep. After a lengthy walk in the afternoon we reach at the village of Muktinath which is sacred sites for Buddhist and Hindus. The monastery is worth visiting and 108 waterspouts of the pagoda temple seem cool. Small spring emerging from the rock and burning of the natural gas can be found in one of the temple. An auspicious religious blend of main elements being water and fire is known for this.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Muktinath
  • Altitude: 3800m

Back-dropped by sensational views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri (7061m), passing through the village of Jharkot, the trail descends towards the Kali Gandaki Valley from Muktinath. The geography around Jharkot is barren, yellow, patches of the green cultivation with moonlike landscape where there is irrigation of fruit trees and crops in the manmade canals across the fields. We then reach at the lunch stop at Eklaibhati of the Kali Gandaki Valley after a short descent. We reach to the Jomsom after following the river heading south.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Jomsom
  • Altitude: 2665m

From Jomsom, we take an early flight to Pokhara after an early breakfast and get moved to the hotel. After relaxing and wandering around we will head to dine out at lake side restaurants (cost not included).

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Pokhara
  • Altitude: 850m

You will be adjusted to the tranquil surroundings of Pokhara where you will be getting sightseeing opportunities as you can laze and relax around the hotel. You will get lots of chance for shopping or the Internet cafes as well as take boat out on the serene lake.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Altitude: 850m

Connecting to the Pokhara and Gorkha, a 25 kilometer road highway brings us to the captivating and untouched town of Nepal. Gorkha is one of the tiny states out of 50 when 300 years ago King Prithvi Narayan Shah unified Nepal. At an altitude of 3281 feet (about 1000 meter) which is on top of the hill, the king would watch his people from here as in the center of Nepal; the tallest palace lies. Gorkha is also home to the famous Gurkhas - the legendary brave warriors who fought with knives against guns. Gorkha is the reason for what Nepal is today.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Gorkha

With the gorgeous backdrop of the towns, valleys, rivers and hill drive through the amazing highway. You will be moved to your hotel as you arrive to Kathmandu. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1300m

Today is the final day so you can relax until your departure or you can also initiate any supplementary trips or activities that you may have booked. In case of departure, you will be transferred to the international airport for fight back home.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Place: kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1300m

What's Included

  • 3 night's standard accommodations in Kathmandu and 2 nights in Pokhara on BB plan 
  • All meals as specified for trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner).      
  • All internal local transport as per the itinerary. 
  • Internal l flights from Jomsom - Pokhara for client and trek leader.
  • All trekking arrangements including trekking permits, National Park entrance fees, accommodation in twin sharing local basis lodges or best available places for accommodations, trek leader and porters-salary, insurance, food, accommodations and other allowances. 
  • Trek bag, basic first aid kit carried by your leader.
  • No single supplement is required in Kathmandu or in the mountain.
  • Arrival airport pick and departure drop.
  • Kathmandu food-lunch and dinner, International flights from your home to home.
  • Airport Taxes, car, taxi or van, Visa fees, medical examination (if required) and vaccination costs. personal expenditure, all bar bills, laundry, telephone calls, hot shower in the mountain, mineral water, sweet deserts, we recommend bringing Water purifier and neutralizer tabulates to reduce your cost of traveling and to become responsible traveler.         
  • Tipping for trek crew (driver, trek leader and porter-tipping is not mandatory but expected).
  • Meals or drinks except 3 meals or not specified in the itinerary, personal clothing and equipment, travel insurance, optional trips.     
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond Nepal Nomad's control. 
  • Anything not specified in the cost includes section.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Experience Required:

Previous experiences of trekking are not a huge requirement here, however, health and physical fitness will certainly benefit you to successfully accomplish the trek.

Pre-Trip Meeting:

All the preparations and needed introduction will be made sure in the Pre-Trip meeting which will be carried out before heading for the incredible Annapurna Circuit Trekking Adventure.

Equipment Check List:

Please keep in mind the following equipment within the limit of 20 kg:

Head:-

For the head protection: Sun hat or scarf - Light balaclava or warm fleece hat - Sunglasses with UV protection.

Lower Body: -

Under Garments - Hiking shorts - Lightweight cotton long pants - Light weight hiking thermal bottoms - Fleece or wool pants – Waterproof trekking trousers -

Feet: - lightweight thin inner socks - Thick, warm wool hiking socks - Hiking boots with spare laces - Camp shoes – Gaiters (optional)

Upper Body:-

As for the upper body’s shirts – Hiking and light weight thermal tops - Fleece jacket or pullover - Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) - Waterproof shell jacket - Down vest and/or jacket - Base layer shirts - Warm jacket (down)*

Hands: - gloves that are Lightweight - Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer.

Accessories:-

Sleeping bag (comfort rated –10ºC)*- Sleeping bag liner - Head torch with spare bulbs and batteries - Small pad or combination.

Trekking Bags: - Large bag for keeping items dry inside trek bag, Daypack 250 to 30litres. - Thermarest sleeping pad - Water bottles - Water purification tablets.

Basic First Aid Kit: - Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

Toiletries:- 1 medium sized quick drying towel - Tooth brush/paste - Multipurpose soap - Deodorants - Nail clippers - Face and body moisturizer - Feminine products - Small mirror - Wet wipes - toilet roll/Tissue Extras - Antibacterial hand wash

Luxuries - Binoculars - Reading book - Trip Map/Guide book - Trekking poles – Camera - Repair kit: needle, thread, duct tape.

A typical day:

A typical day of the Annapurna Circuit trekking looks like this:

  • You wake up as early as the day’s walking demands
  • You then have the breakfast of your choice brought to your room or you can have it anywhere while enjoying the scenario
  • Then you have limited time to pack your bags
  • You walk for some hours and take a rest in a comfortable tea house or hotel for lunch
  • Then you again start conducting a few hours of walk
  • You finally reach or meet your destination
  • You Stay there for the night and enjoy your dinner there.

Accommodation:

The Accommodations in the Annapurna Circuit area may have these natures:

  • Nature of shared facilities like shower and bathroom
  • Family run nature of the lodges
  • Nature of a warm fireplace in the grouping area
  • Availability of Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Insurance:

Must get insured in all three aspects like medical, trip cancellations and Emergency rescue evacuation as per our terms and conditions for joining the Annapurna Circuit Trekking.

Altitude Sickness:

In Annapurna Circuit Trekking, you might have to deal with the risk of Altitude Sickness as the trails climb up higher. So, for that we acclimatize and we rest to adjust with the environment while still being prepared with medicines for in case it occurs along with the facility of Emergency evacuation when anyone has severe case of the sickness.

Meals:

You will be enjoying Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner three times a day on a complete full board basis on this Annapurna Circuit Trek.

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