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Annapurna Circuit Trekking

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Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Trip Overview

This is a quality trek of its own unique kind with amazing spotted scenery and cultural depth that blend your imaginations to get ready. Taking trekkers down passionate trails, higher and deeper into the Annapurna massif, the Annapurna Circuit is one of the world’s most sought after treks. Our venture begins from historical Kathmandu as we travel to the road-head at Besishahar and begin our hike by clinging to the Marshyangdi River through rice paddies, terraced fields and culturally rich villages with cows ornamented with dotted vermilion on the foreheads and lively women decorated in red Saris going about their everyday jobs on lush fields all in the shadow of the wonderful Annapurna.
Our superb Annapurna trekking holidays start in Beshishar. From Syange, our first five days take us through the terraced foothills of the Marshyangdi valley, to reach the village of Manang, a thriving little village town on this circuit. A great feature of all our trekking holidays’ adventure, and this is no exception, is the variety of landscapes they encompass and our days crossing the higher peak of our trek, the Thorung La, 5,416m/17,765ft, are spent in uncovered, but dramatically beautiful high altitude terrain. As we ascend the higher areas, the valley becomes narrower; waterfalls plunge from high above, and the scenery changes from the fertile to the rocky alpine manifestation. The trail then stand west behind the Annapurnas, to enter a Trans-Himalayan region populated by people of Tibetan origin whose prayer flags, mani walls and monasteries are continuous reminders of a lively Buddhist culture of years.
Trekking via Muktinath, Jomsom and the apple orchard of Marpha, we now enter the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest in the world, before ending our trek in the foothills once more, with a gap en route to watch a majestic sunrise over the mountains from Poon Hill. This is one hell-of-a-sight to view at the break of sunrise with the leave behind pink & red rays of the sun cutting through the mountains that tells you the love of God who created such incomprehensible natural beauty.
In recent years the development of a road along the Kali Gandaki has gotten Annapurna hiking much different than the past. We have therefore pioneered this route to avoid walking on the road, thereby retaining the attraction and experience of trekking the classic Annapurna Circuit in its original form. On completing the round circuit, we further descend into the valley at Jomsom to the foot of the world's deepest gorge, cutting between the peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. From Jomsom, we skip a flight to Pokhara where we enjoy two nights close to the beautiful Phewa Lake. This is a trip that would truly be enjoyable if done with your loved ones, or your very close colleagues. Please note, our flight from Jomsom will be subject to clear weather where all flights generally take-off in the morning because in the afternoons the powerful winds that blow from the mountains are very unsafe for take-offs and landings.

  • Trip Code: AC -02

    Destination: Nepal

    Duration: 18 Nights / 19 Days

    Trip Grade: Challenginng

    Best season: September - december and March to June

Day to day itinerary

You arrive in Kathmandu and our representative will be on standby with our office vehicle to transfer you to your hotel. A pre-trek briefing will be scheduled to discuss the trekking program and co-ordinate any last-minute arrangements. Your can refresh your self, go for a walk down the street to get familiar with your surroundings before preparing for a tasty dinner of a local Nepalese cuisine which you will truly enjoy accompanied by a cultural dance performed by the local belles. Your first overnight in the city of temples, probably the most in the world
Meals included: 1 welcome dinner
Today we explore Kathmandu on an organised sightseeing tour. This will include a visit to the Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world. We also visit Pashupatinath, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River and home to the most famous Hindu temple in the country. Here we will see Hindu holy men (saddhus) and pilgrims performing ritual bathing, and occasionally, funeral pyres burning on the ghats. The cremation site here is used by the royal family and also for the simple man living next door. Your early afternoon will be free to relax in the hotel garden or visit Thamel for some curious shopping. You will be supplied with your trek departure information in the afternoon.
Meals included: 1 breakfast
We depart early in the morning for the drive to Besisahar, from where we commence our trek. The drive is quite spectacular with mountain views of the Ganesh and Manaslu ranges, the tumbling white waters of the Trisuli River and the ever-present terraced hillsides. A packed lunch is provided for the journey. Upon arrival we’ll meet our trekking crew and the rest of the afternoon is free to explore this road-head village. From the lodge, the views of the mountains are spectacular with Lamjung Himal (6931m) dominating the skyline.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee
From Besisahar we follow the west bank of the Marsyangdi River to the village of Khuldi where we cross a tributary of the main river and continue on to Bhulbule for lunch. The views from Bhulbule are fantastic, especially the snowy peak of Himalchuli (7893m). In the afternoon we cross the Marsyangdi to the east bank, and after a short distance, views of Manaslu (8156m), Peak 29 (7541m) and Lamjung (6986m) open out on the horizons. The afternoon’s walking is easy and we stay in the small village of Upper Ngadi for our overnight on the trail.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee
From Ngadi we cross a small suspension bridge over the Musi Khola to start a gradual climb to the village of Bahundanda (1311m) located on a ridge top. After a short descent we follow the river valley again and stop for lunch at Syange (1136m). In the afternoon the track follows a cut in the near-vertical cliffs high above the river to reach Jagat (1341m), a Tibetan village that served as a customs post on the old trading route from Tibet.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee
Today the vegetation changes to rhododendron and pine forests and the valley becomes narrower and steeper. We leave the village and cross the river on a large suspension bridge from where the trail ascends quite steeply, with the river tumbling through a maze of large boulders. After reaching the top of the zigzag climb, the valley widens out to reveal the village of Tal, nestled amongst fields of barley, wheat and potatoes. We have now entered the district of Manang and we will have lunch in one of the many fine hotels hereabouts. The afternoon’s walk follows the river valley, crossing back to the west bank before gradually ascending to Dharapani (1890m) where we end our trek of the day and some rest.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee
The valley now extends westward through dramatic fir and pine forests. After half an hour, we reach Bagarchap (2160m), the first village on the trek with typical Tibetan architecture. Here we may observe firewood stacked on the roofs in preparation for the long, hard winters. The village marks the transition between the lower wet valleys and the higher dry arid areas of the Manang valley. From here there are excellent views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II (7937m), and Annapurna III (7555m) up the valley. Down the valley to the east, Manaslu and Peak 29 soar magnificently to the skies. Leaving Bagarchap, we cross a small wooden bridge beside a beautiful waterfall and ascend to Laatamarang (2360m) where we may wish to rest over a cold drink. The trail then continues past the police check post at Koto, a short distance from Chame (2685m), which boasts among other things, a wireless station, bank, health post and well-run hotels.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee
In the morning we trek through fields of barley and buckwheat to reach the apple orchards at Brathang (2840m), a former Khampa (Tibetan rebels) settlement. We will stop here for lunch. Before crossing the river into thick fir forest, we will have glimpses of Lamjung and Annapurna towering high above the trail. After spending some time in the forest we reach a clearing to reveal the huge rock slabs of Paungda Danda, some 1500m high. From here we continue to follow the valley to reach the flat-roofed stone houses of the Pisang village (3300m) and our lodge in full view of Annapurna II and Pisang Peak (6091m). we bunk out here for the night.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee
We follow the wooden irrigation canals, an indication of the arid trans-Himalayan terrain, through Pisang village. 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. The walking is fairly easy but there is one steep climb to a saddle that leads down to the airstrip at Hongde where we have lunch. In the afternoon we have an easy walk along the valley to Braga (3475m) where the houses are stacked on top of each other, perched high on the valley cliffs. Above the houses is a monastery, the oldest and most interesting in the area, estimated to be over 500 years old. From the village of Braga it is only a short walk to the village of Manang.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee
Manang is a tight compact village of about 500 flat-roofed houses set amongst impressive scenery. The huge icefall of Annapurna rears over the village. Annapurna II and Annapurna IV (7525m) tower dramatically above the valley floor to the south-east, with Tilicho (7132m), RocNoir (7485m) and the Grand Barrier to the west. Chulu West (6630m) and East (6200m) lie behind the village: a hauntingly beautiful panorama. The rest day here is designed to aid acclimatisation and we can choose to relax or trek above the village where there are great views of the Annapurna peaks. We may even see elusive mountain goats (Thar) and Blue Sheep on the craggy higher slopes.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee
We leave early in the morning and slowly ascend to Tengi. Here we branch away from the Marsyangdi valley and follow the Jarsang 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. Today is a pretty cool hiking day, taken at a slow pace to allow for the affects of altitude.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee
Today is another short day to ensure we arrive at the base of the Thorung Pass feeling well acclimatized. We cross the Jarsang Khola on a covered bridge and then follow the left bank of the river over loose scribes on the steep-sided valley. We will arrive at Phedi in time for lunch and have the afternoon free to relax and prepare for the crossing of the pass.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee
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.
The descent from the pass is fairly steep but compensated with views of Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Tukche Peak (6920m). This is a long walk and we should arrive at the village of Muktinath in the early afternoon. Muktinath is one of Nepal’s most sacred pilgrimage sites for both Hindus and Buddhists. It is well worthwhile visiting the monastery and the pagoda-style temple with 108 waterspouts in the form of cows' heads. There is also a temple where burning natural gas and a small spring emerging from the rock in the same vicinity can be seen. This is considered to be an auspicious religious combination, the prime elements of fire and water.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee
From Muktinath the trail descends towards the Kali Gandaki Valley, passing through the village of Jharkot, back-dropped by sensational views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri (7061m). The terrain around Jharkot is a yellow, barren, almost moonlike landscape, dotted with patches of green cultivation, where man-made canals cut across the fields, irrigating the crops and fruit trees. From here a short steep descent leads to our lunch stop at Eklaibhati on the floor of the Kali Gandaki Valley. In the afternoon we follow the river heading south, through the wide, windswept and barren valley to historic Jomsom
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee
After an early breakfast we fly to Pokhara and transfer to our hotel. After a welcome shower, the rest of the day is free for you to relax or wander around. In the evening we will dine out at one of the many lakeside restaurants (cost not included).
Meals included: 1 breakfast
We have allocated a further day in the peaceful surroundings of Pokhara. Your leader will advise you of sightseeing opportunities or you may just wish to relax and laze around the hotel. The lakeside area has good shopping opportunities, Internet cafés and it is well worthwhile taking a boat out onto the serene lake.
Meals included: 1 breakfast
A 25 kilometer road off the main highway connecting Pokhara and Katmandu brings you to ancient Gorkha - the untouched and captivating town of Nepal! Some 300 years ago, Nepal was divided into 50 tiny states, and Gorkha was one of them. King Prithvi Narayan Shah, the founder of the `Shah Dynasty' unified Nepal into one kingdom. His Gorkha palace resides on top of a hill at an altitude of 3281 feet (about 1000 meter) The King would watch-over his people as far as his eyes could see from the tallest palace in the very center of Nepal! 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 included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee
Drive through a scenic highway of beautiful hills, valleys, towns and rivers. On arrival in Kathmandu you are transferred back to the hotel.
Meals included: 1 breakfast
Today is free to relax until your departure or to commence any additional trips or activities you may have booked. If you are departing, you’ll be transferred to the international airport in time for your return flight home. Nepal Nomad is sure that your trek will have given you deep insights into Nepal’s unique landscapes and that you fully enjoyed this trip of a lifetime that may bring you back to this amazing country once again. We wish you a safe journey home!
Meals included: 1 breakfast.

Trip Cost Details

Cost Include

  • 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.

Cost Exclude

  • 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.

General Info

Prior to set off to Annapurna circuit, we host a Pre-Trip meeting here in Kathmandu office on the 2nd day of your itinerary which starts in the evening during the dinner and introduce your trek Leader. It is an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about your trekking as well as introduce your self to one another.
Annapurna circuit requires a good level of fitness and experience of mountain walking. These tend to be longer treks with some more difficult days, some of which may involve walking at increased altitudes and more difficult terrain. There may occasionally be a longer day when negotiating the more challenging sections such as a mountain pass or viewing peak. Altitude may range up to 5000 meters.
The following basic equipment check lists should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. At the start of the trek your packed trek bag should not weigh more than 20 kg.
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 and expedition weight thermal bottoms
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) Gaiters for hiking in winter cold.
Upper Body:
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or pullover
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket
Lightweight gloves
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
Sleeping bag rated to zero DC *
Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
Nepal Trek Bags/Duffel bag *
Basic First Aid Kit
Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry insidetrekbag
Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
Trekking Poles
Water bottle (2) or camel bag
Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
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:
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti bacterial hands wash
Extras Luxuries:
Reading book
Trail Map/Guide book
Journal & Pen
Pencils and small notebooks
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
Swimming custom for city.
At 6.30 am your Sherpa knocks on your door with a cup of good morning tea. Then it's time to have breakfast, tight up your bag pack and head off for today's trekking hiking for the next three to four hours then stop for an hour at pleasant spot along the way for a well-prepared hot lunch. Afterward, walk another three hours or so, before you stop for the over night. The evening can be spent reading or chatting with your fellow hikers or trekking crew about the trip of the day. Pack of games can be an asset to these nights; your trekking crew love teaching various Nepali card games and learning new Western games. Eventually, it's time to bed for a well deserved night.
Whilst on to Annapurna circuit, accommodation options are limited so please do not expect the Ritz! Nepal Nomad use simple family run lodges, with a large sociable central dining area and a cozy chimney burning fire. Accommodations are on a twin share basis and we recommend you use your own sleeping bag. Lodges in the Annapurna circuit tend to have shared bathroom facilities and you may not always have access to a shower. Despite the lack of facilities, these lodges certainly have a rustic charm, most are blessed with spectacular views and being family run operations, they offer a great insight into the daily life of the Mountain people.
It is Nepal Nomad's booking terms & conditions of joining Annapurna circuit with us that you must be fully insured with medical, emergency rescue evacuations including trip cancellation insurance which should cover over 3000m to 6000m.
Annapurna circuit itinerary designed to ensure there is plenty of times for adequate occurs as a result of acclimatization and cases of mountain sickness are rare. The common Symptoms are headaches, nausea, irregular breathing, insomnia and the swelling of fingers and glands. Treatment is to descend to a lower altitude as quickly as possible which normally results in rapid improvement and recovery.
Annapurna circuit three meals on full board basis will be provided (Nepali, Gurung, Thakali and Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Chinese and Indian cousins). Each day dinner and breakfast will be taken in the same lodge you spend over night but Lunch will be taken on your way to next village. Reception, farewell dinner and breakfast will be provided in Kathmandu.

Trip Note

This itinerary is only a guideline which we offer, trekking tours of this type can sometimes, at the least, be prone to unpredictable calamities that may occur due to climate change in the mountain weather, local politics, riots, flight delays, and transportation etc, which are beyond Nepal Nomad’s control & can result in a change of your program for your general safety. Of course, it is very unlikely that such circumstances may occur but our effort is to minimize its effect; in the event of any unforeseen happenings in such a situation, Nepal Nomad will not be responsible for the result in any delays or changes. If there are any changes to be made to your itinerary, the final decision will be taken by your senior guide after consulting with the group, but your senior guide will make the final decision for the sake of your safety and protection.

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