ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK
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The classic trek of Annapurna Circuit within Annapurna Region is ranked among the world's top ten long distance trails with the route varies between 160-230km (100-145 mi) depending on where motor transportation is used and where the trek end. This trek crosses two different river valleys, encircles the Annapurna massif, rises to highest altitude (5,416m/17,769 ft) on Thorung La and touches the edge of Tibetan plateau. The trail is rich in cultural which passes several villages inhabited by Hindu at the low foothills to the Tibetan-origin of Manang, it offers incredible view of Himalayas range as it goes north to the Tibetan-like high-altitude desert landscape.
From acclimatization point of view it is better to undertake this circuit in a counter-clockwise direction start from Chamje, Besisahar or Gorkha. Top1Trekking Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary start from Chamje as the road are being built allowing to cut the trail shorter, however trekker who has more time can start from Besisahar to reach a dream of walk in Marsyandi valley or even Gorkha give you a peaceful first few days walk through isolated rural countryside.
First day take you to first village of Manang district called Tal toward Bagarchap, a village was obliterated by a mud-slide during storm. Beyond this village the trail leads to Chame, Pisang and Manang is pine-forested with increasingly glimpse of giants Himalaya including Annapurna II, Lamjung. From Manang, the trail towards the Thorung La starts to gain elevation rapidly therefore take rest day in Manang to proper acclimatize. From here an ascent of nearly 2,000m to highest elevation of the trek with overnight in Yak Kharka and Thorung Phedi, the last accommodation before the pass. Phedi means “foot of the hill” and that’s is the foot of the 5,416m of the Thorung La from there start a long climb with several false summits before the prayer flags appear on the horizon ahead. The descent from the pass is steep before reaching the temple complex at Muktinath then Kagbeni before starting the long walk down the Kali Gandaki river. The remain 6 days simple follow the Jomsom trail on opposite direction, fly out from Jomsom Airport can cut the itinerary shorter but we strongly recommended you to continue walking to Ghorepani to make morning hike to Poon Hill to catch first dazzling rays of orange sun over Himalaya mountain range.
Trekking in Annapurna Circuit is better to be done in Autumn (Sep-Nov) that is after monsoon the trail along the circuit is refreshed, clean and vibrant. Views are usually clear and the night sky is extremely visible and you will get a chance to enjoy outstanding views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks. During Spring (Mar-May) Most of the snow has dissipated, leaving crystal clear skies and rhododendrons start flowering, which brings hill sides alive with flaming color. Some may consider visiting during monsoon as this region lie within Himalaya rain shadow hence receive lesser rain, many of the flora species flower during this period making the trek exceptionally beautiful. This is also the time when the Tilicho Lake side trek is relatively easier. In winter, can be really cold at night and Thorong La is often blocked with snow.
➡ High trail from Pisang via Ghyaru and Ngawal to Manang offer spectacular views and the two villages are the best preserved samples of Tibetan style villages still in their original state.
➡ Muktinath, a famous pilgrimage site being worshiped by both Hindu and Buddhist devotees
➡ The touch and rewarding challenging pass of Thorung la at 5,416 meters/17,769 ft with truly spectacular view spreads from the northwest Mustang valley to mountain ranges of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri to the southwest.
Annapurna Circuit Trek - Elevation Chart
+ See Itinerary
Day 1 & 2: Kathmandu
Day 3: Drive from kathmandu to Bhulbhule (840 m/ 2,755 ft) trek to Nadi (930m/3,083ft)
Day 4: Trek to Jagat (1,300m/4,265ft), 5-6 hours
Day 5: Trek to Dharapani (1,995m/6545ft), 5-6 hours
Day 6: Trek to Chame (2,730 m/8,956 ft) via Tamang 6 hrs
Day 7: Trek to Pisang (3,186 m/10,452 ft) 6-7 hrs
Day 9: Trek to Manang Village (3,540 m/11,614 ft) via Ghyaru and Ngawal 7-8 hrs
Day 9: Rest day and acclimatization. Explore Manang.
Day 10: Trek to Yek kharka (4,050 m/ 13,287 ft) 6 hrs
Day 11: Trek to Thorung Phedi/ High camp (4,510 m/14,769 ft) 4 hrs
Day 12: Trek to Muktinath (3,760 m/ 12,335 ft) via Thorong-La pass (5,416 m/ 17,769 ft) 9 hrs
Day 13: Trek to Kagbeni (2,810 m/9,291 ft) 4 hrs
Day 14: Trek to Marpha (2,640 m/8,661 ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 15: Trek to Kalopani (2,560 m/8,398 ft) 6 hrs
Day 16: Trek to Tatopani (1,190 m/3,904 ft) 8 hrs
Day 17: Trek to Ghorepani (2,810 m/9,186 ft) 8-9 hrs
Day 18: Trek to Tikhedhunga (1,570 m/5,741 ft). Sunrise trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3200 m/10,498 ft). 7 hrs
Day 19: Trek to Nayapul (1,070 m/3,510 ft), drive to Pokhara 3 hrs
Day 20: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu 8 hrs
Day 21: Kathmandu
On trekking we will be hiking 4–10 hours per day with trail often ascents/descents on steep mountainous terrain at elevations ranging from 1,070m/3,510ft to a maximum of 5,416m/17,769 ft . Some days with challenging high passes and some rest days with optional hikes to properly acclimatize.
Thorong-La (5,416 m/ 17,769 ft)
+ What is included in the tour package?
- Airport pickup/drop off and transportation described in itinerary
- Doulbe/Twin Deluxe Room at 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu/Pokhara
- Basic Twin Room at Mountain Lodge during trekking
- Meals Described in Itinerary, 2 hot drinks per day on trekking
- Trekking permits and TIMS
- Local English speaking guide who have many years experience with good trails knowledge can answer your questions during the trip. Basic first aid knowledge first aid kit provided.
- Porters carrying a maximum of 20kg (Two guests share a porter). Guests who want extra kilograms we would like to collect $3/kg/day and money give directly to the porter.
- Insurance for all employees
- Top1Trekking support Before / During / After tour completion
- Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter Service (Urgent Case)
- Personal expenses: City meals not included in the schedule, Mountain water heating fees, Electronic equipment charge, Telephone / Laundry / Water.
- Tips for staff (Referral Fee $ 7/1 day depending on level of satisfaction)
- Horseback riding (if needed) - Rates range from $ 50 to $ 100 per day, depending on the hour.
- VISA Entry visa to Nepal ($25/40/100) for (15 days/1 month/3 months)
- Travel insurance covers medical evacuation costs in the event of an emergency
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+ When is the best time to do Annapurna Circut Trek?
Autumn (Sep-Nov) Outstanding views, the weather is generally warm, night time temperatures drop below freezing. Spring (Mar-May) for a lively hill country with rhododendron on it's blooming occasion.
Monsoon (Jun-Sep) receive less rain due to location within rain shadow with flower blooming during this period making the trek exceptionally beautiful.
Winter (Dec-Feb) trail is less busy, but can be extremely cold and the pass is often blocked by snow
+ How much physically fit should you be for Annapurna Circut Trek?
You should be reasonably fit as we will be hiking 3–7 hours per day and some day ascents/descents on steep mountainous terrain at elevations ranging from 1,070m/3,510ft to a maximum of 5416m/17769ft at Thorong la Pass Some days will be rest days with optional hikes to properly acclimatize.
+ Am I likely to get Altitude Sickness?
Altitude Sickness is the effect of altitude on those who ascent too rapidly to elevations above 3,000 meters and it does not related to fitness level or age. The basic early symptoms of altitude sickness are headache, loss of appetite and sleeplessness and you should not ignore any symptoms. GO SLOWLY, listen to your body, be aware of any symptoms and listen to your guide.
+ Do I need a travel insurance?
Yes, Travel insurance is highly recommended which should cover emergency flights, medical expenses, pricing between 50$ to 75$ for two weeks period and more for longer period, "dangerous activities" should also be mentioned in document. Send the insurance paper to us before the trip so we can assist you in case of emergency.
+ What about simple medical treatment on the trek?
Trekking in the mountain for long time may have small accidents so we prepare our First-Aid set and our guide pass first-aid level I trainning.
+ Is it safe to drink water?
No, it is not safe to drink water directly from the source draining from the mountain, buying mineral water from lodges or bring your water purification tools or tablets to help saving conserve our environment. We will offer free water tablets during the trek
+ How to pack for the trek?
High in Himalayas mountain, the weather changes very quick sometimes it is extremely hot under the sun and other time it changes to cold and windy so the more layers the better. Clothes are easy to get out or wear is a good choice. See DETAIL
+ Do I need to carry sleeping bag?
Yes, it is better to bring sleeping bag as tea house room does not keep warm enough when the temprature drop down. Renting a sleeping bag in Kathmandu will cost you $1 or $2 per day.
+ Does crampons is required for the trek?
Crampons are not necessary. Instead of crampons, carry micro spikes which are not technical, lightweight to carry, cheaper and fit any shoe size.
+ Will we be using tents and mattresses for the trek?
No. There are teahouses along the trek. We will not need tents or mattresses.
+ How about Accommodation?
Tea Houses (Lodges) Most of popular trail in three main popular trekking regions of Langtang/Annapurna/Everest have well-established lodges with private room, some are in certain level of comfort while others maybe dirty, remember to bring your own sleeping bag for a good night sleep. The dining room is downstairs and often have fire during cold weather, toilet facilities will be separate, sometimes outside.
+ Where can I leave my stuff before the trek?
Anything you don’t want to take on the trek with you can be stored at your hotel or in our office. We suggest you ensure your bag is lockable.
+ What kind of food can I expect?
Most Tea House offer a good range of dish: Pasta, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season). Hot drinks like chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks.
+ Who will be my guide?
On local guide can speak English who have been to the relevant areas numerous times, are experienced, knowledgeable who can explain about trails, cultural and any sight that catches your eye. They are all authorized licensed guides with the Government of Nepal.
+ Do I need porters for the trek?
Depending on your personal interest. Hiring porters allow enjoying your trek without carrying a heavy bag and improving the income of the local community. Help us to keep an eye on your porters just as he will keep an eye on you.
+ How much can a porter carry?
On average a porter can carry 20kg of your gear and equipments and 5kg of their own backpacks. Every extra kg we will charge 3$/kg/day and the money should give directly to porter.
+ Are Guides/Porters are well-taken care?
Yes, our guides/porters have insurance covered, have proper waterproof clothing and shoes.
+ What is your suggestion of customized itinerary?
Take a bus / private car from Kathmandu to Besisahar, Beshisahar jeep to Chame begin the trek trip shorten the journey of 2 days, Muktinath back to Jomsom by Jeep, Jomsom on Pokhara by airplane or jeep, shortens the itinerary by 7 days. And there is an additional 4 days trek from Manang to Tilicho Lake , Nepal's highest freshwater lake.
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