Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna Circuit Trek Highlights
- One of the World’s greatest circuit treks
- Traverse the famous Thorung La pass
- Lodge-based accommodation
- Open and private treks are available
- The trek proper begins here, crossing and re-crossing the gorge carved by the Marshyangdi River on suspension bridges before you reach Manang, the largest village on the route. An acclimatization day is taken here to prepare for crossing the Thorung La pass which is the highest point of the trek at 5416m.
- This classic circuit trek is an incredibly varied and extraordinarily beautiful journey. Dramatic deep gorges, bleak high mountain passes, Buddhist temples, picturesque farming villages, and all the major mountains of the Annapurna Massif.
Annapurna circuit trek an Exciting and scenic walks around Annapurna Himalaya with high Thorang-L Pass Within high green hills covered with tall rhododendron-magnolia and pines tree lines Walk from low warm paddy fields to cooler alpine hills to the vast arctic zone of ice and glaciers Explore traditional Manang-Gurung, Thakali villages of colorful Buddhist culture and custom Into scenic Manang valley to Mustang and within world deepest gorge of Kaligandaki River Ending marvelous adventure at picturesque Pokhara valley blessed with natural beauty.
Well Plan Trekking Path presents one of the most scenic walks around Nepal North Mid West on Annapurna Circuit Trek, a fascinating journey with daily constant views of snow-capped peaks of Annapurna-Manaslu, as the walk progress higher overlooking the Dhaulagiri range of mountains. Truly an awe-inspiring trek considered at world’s top ten adventure destination where you can have an excellent time with views of high mountains in the comfort of nice cozy local lodges with rooms facing dramatic landscapes and mountains in the harmony of high Manang people enriched with old cultures and custom of Buddhism religion.
Annapurna Circuit Trek beside mountain views the green vegetation with enchanting woodland is equally fascinating of tall rhododendron-magnolia-pines-oaks and fir tree lines and exploring high scenic Manang village of great interest with its ancient impressive monasteries.
Annapurna Circuit Trek begins taking an overland the exciting drive to reach Nepal Mid West around warmer areas of Lamjung at a bheshisahar town, where the drive continues at the foot of the hills to follow the raging Marysangdi River right up to its glacial source at Manang and beyond. A pleasant walk with some strenuous uphill past charming villages of Jagat-Dharapani-Chame the headquarter town of Manang to enter Pisang and Manang villages within the Northern side of massive Annapurna mountains with the superb panorama of peaks that includes Chulus, Pisang peak.
After Manang headed high to cross a scenic Thorang-La Pass the highest point of the adventure above 5,416 m with sweeping views of Dhaulagiri-Mustang Himal-Annapurna with Damodar peaks then reaching the holy Muktinath area, regarded as holiest of all holy places the temple of Muktinath. From Muktinath heading towards warmer areas of Tatopani village after a drive through lovely villages and town of Jomsom, Marpha to enter world deepest gorge of Kaligandaki River, from Tatopani with refreshing time on hot spring heading high to Ghorepani and Pun Hill with the fabulous panorama of mountains and stunning sunrise views.
Enjoying a fantastic time on high hills covered within rhododendron forest with excellent views walk leads downhill to warmer low areas for the drive to scenic and beautiful Pokhara by its serene Phewa Lake, where our marvelous adventure of a lifetime experience on Annapurna Circuit Trekking completes. if you want a short Annapurna circuit Trek Package here.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Outlet Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,345 m and then transfer to respective Hotels
Day 02: Drive to Syange village 960 m – 06 hrs journey journeys.
Day 03: Trek to Dharapani 1,920 m – 06 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Chame 2,670 m – 05 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Pisang 3, 230 m – 05 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m – 05 hrs.
Day 07: Rest day at Manang for acclimatization and excursion.
Day 08: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m – 04 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Thorang High Camp 4,600 m – 04 hrs.
Day 10: Cross over Thorang-La 5,416 m and descend to Muktinath 3,800 m – 07 hrs.
Day 11: Drive to Tatopani 1,190 m via Jomsom 2,715 and Marpha 2, 670 m – 06 hrs.
Day 12: Continue trek uphill to Ghorepani 2,840 m – 06 hrs.
Day 13: Hike to Pun Hill trek to Tikhedunga-Hille 1,577 m and drive to Pokhara 860 m
Day 14: Drive or fly to Kathmandu and then transfer to your hotels.
Day 15: International departure for homeward bound or to respective countries
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,345 m and then transfer to respective Hotels
On reaching Kathmandu via respective airlines well received by company guides and staff for a short drive in the hub of Kathmandu city where your hotels located.After checking into your lovely rooms getting refreshed join in at the hotel lobby for a group briefing regarding treks and other useful information to make your stay in Nepal enjoyable and pleasant.
Day 02: Drive to Syange village 960 m - 06 hrs journey journeys.
Annapurna Circuit trekking begins with the overland drive to Nepal Mid West taking a comfortable coach or in Tourist Bus to reach at scenic Pokhara, a beautiful and leading touristic place in all Himalaya range, with warm sub-tropical temperatures and close views of Annapurna Himalaya with Mt. Manaslu.On reaching Besisar a large town and headquarter of Lamjung district where drive continues on the dirt road following Marysangdi River to reach Syange for the overnight stop in this nice farm village. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 03: Trek to Dharapani 1,920 m - 06 hours.
The first-day walk begins uphill after leaving the Marysangdi River behind to reach Jagat village, a farm village with many lodges for trekkers. From Jagat, village walk continues on the winding path to Chamje, and back at Marysangdi River to cross eastern bank into the forested area, with views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges, as our walk advances on a wide path to Tal Besi. Here for the refreshing break, and then a few hours walk continues to Dharapani village for the overnight stop, Dharapani a nice village situated on the junction of Annapurna circuit and Manaslu trekking trail. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 04: Trek to Chame 2,670 m - 05 hours.
After Dharapani walks on the wide winding trail with rhododendron and pine forest past Bagachap and Danque village, and then uphill to Timang village, from here onwards entering more Buddhist cultural villages offering views of Mt. Manaslu. From Timang few hours trek to Koto and then to reach Chame town for the overnight stop, Chame a large and headquarter town of Manang district. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 05: Trek to Pisang 3, 230 m - 05 hrs.
From here onwards air gets cooler and fresher as walk leads close towards mountains, a morning walk through the alpine forest of rhododendron and pine trees, following Marshyangdi River upstream with few short ups and down hills to Bhratang village. From Bhratang village walk follows uphill into cooler woodland to reach a ride to the small village of Dhukure Pokhari with few teahouses and lodge overlooking views of Chulu’s and Pisang peaks, a possible lunch break here, and then afternoon walk descends to reach at lower Pisang village for the overnight stop. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 06: Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m - 05 hrs.
Pisang village offers great views of mountains and surrounding landscapes, from here altitude gains slowly as the walk leads into a small forested area with short uphill offering views of staggering Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna Chulu’s and Pisang peak. From the ridge top entering a flat valley at Hongde village, from here onward tree lines disappear for barren, arid landscapes with cold, dry arctic climate. Before Manang, visit the old Braga monastery with old Buddhist relics, ancient wall paintings,s and frescos, and stunning views of Annapurna Himalaya, from here an hour's walk reaches Manang village. The houses built with traditional Tibetan style, Manang people are known for their rich culture and traditions. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 07: Rest day at Manang for acclimatization and excursion.
A necessary rest day for acclimatization before heading higher altitude towards Thorang - La pass, at Manang taking short walks and explore Manang village and its beautiful valley, Manang the main and a large village of the areas placed on the windswept valley by the bank of Marsyangdi River beneath towering Annapurna II-III and Gangapurna mountain range, a nice walk uphill for views of Gangapurna Glacier and the Manang emerald Lake.
Day 08: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m - 04 hours.
After a good rest at Manang, morning walk leads towards Ghunsang village on the uphill path to Yak Kharka, an interesting high altitude trekking with super views of snowcapped mountains, then crossing a small stream river to reach Yak Kharka, a small settlement with grand views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Chulu Peaks.
Day 09: Trek to Thorang High Camp 4,600 m - 04 hrs.
As walk advance to a higher area, getting closer at the base of Thorang-la where walk leads to cross a bridge and then a climb along the riverbank of Jarjung, as the walk leads at Thorang Phedi, here depending upon the physical conditions of the clients if all goes well an hour steep climb to Thorang High Camp for an overnight stop. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: Crossover Thorang-La 5,416 m and descend to Muktinath 3,800 m - 07 hrs.
Our hardest and main adventure of the trek having an early breakfast walk leads to the long steep climb to reach on top Thorang-la at 5,416 m. The top of the pass marked with Buddhist color prayer flags and a signboard with the name and altitude of Thorang-La Pass, with views of dramatic landscapes and high snowcapped peaks, from here a long descent takes you at Muktinath at 3,800 m. At holy Muktinath areas for the overnight stop, regarded as the most sacred spot for both Hindus and Buddhists, the name Muktinath literally means ‘place for Nirvana or Liberation’. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11: Drive to Tatopani 1,190 m via Jomsom 2,715 and Marpha 2, 670 m - 04 hrs.
From Muktinath, the rest of the journey is much easy on downhill hills where our walk stops for short intervals due to the motorable road, taking a drive with a big drop of 1,200m to Kaligandaki river valley. We have to adjust ourselves in a public vehicle on sharing basis for the day today than on vast Kaligandaki river valley to reach at Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang region with a small airstrip above Kaligandaki River. After Jomsom reaching past Marpha, in one of the most charming villages of all Himalaya regions with whitewashed houses, paved streets and numerous well-kept lodges. As drive leads towards Kalapani and Lete back into tree lines with dramatic changes in vegetation and landscapes from dry, arid desert to pine and conifer forested area, as ride leads in between Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna mountains forming the world's deepest gorge. Journey enters Ghasa village which is the end of Mustang areas and then another hour of good drive brings you to warmer areas at Tatopani village a nice village with large hot spring pools by the bank of Kaligandaki River. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12: Continue trek uphill to Ghorepani 2,840 m - 06 hrs.
After a marvelous time at Tatopani, the journey continues on a winding trail for an hour, then heading uphill within steep terraced hillsides, dotted with farms and villages. After the steep section coming to a gradual path all the way past the dense alpine forest to Chitre, from here an hour of climb brings at Ghorepani village with fabulous views Mt. Dhaulagiri range with Annapurna South and Vara-Shikar or Annapurna Fang. Ghorepani located on a high spot within a beautiful forest surrounding, inhabited by Pun / Magar tribal people. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13: Hike to Pun Hill trek to Tikhedunga-Hille 1,577 m and drive to Pokhara 860 m
The morning before dawn an hour hike up to Pun-Hill at 3,210m offers stunning views of the sunrise over the array of snow peaks with the world's three highest mountains Dhaulagiri-Annapurna and Manaslu with Machhapuchare Himal 'Fish Tail' the virgin and unclimbed peaks of the whole Himalaya. From here back to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue last day walk of the great adventure to complete Annapurna Circuit trekking, after Ghorepani morning walks starts within the cool shade of the forest and then downhill with views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna Himalaya then reaching at warmer areas within paddy fields at Tirkhedhunga and Hille village. Our adventure finally ends onboarding into a vehicle for the ort drive to Pokhara by the Phewa Lakeside after completing a grand adventure on Annapurna Circuit trekking. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 14: From Pokhara drive to Kathmandu 1,345 m - 06hrs.
After a wonderful time around high mountains and hills, taking a morning driving journey back to Kathmandu, on reaching Kathmandu after 5-6 hours of nice interesting drive, transfer to respective hotels with an afternoon free at leisure or last day shopping souvenirs and handicrafts. Meals included: Breakfast
(Options by air 30 minutes flight back to Kathmandu with great views)
Day 15: International Departure for Homeward Bound.
Last day in Nepal in the country of high Himalayan mountains with fascinating culture, after a memorable adventure on Annapurna Circuit Trekking with marvelous time and experience, as per your international flight time our staff transfers you to the airport for the flight homeward bound or to your next port of call and respective countries. Meals included: Breakfast
The package includes the following service
- Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
- Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast as per the program (3-star Hotel )
- Teahouse accommodation during the trek
- All meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with tea/ coffee
- All ground transportation as per the itinerary
- Pokhara to kathmandu tourist bus
- Helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, well English speaking trained, government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodations and insurance
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits(Annapurna conservation area and trekker’s information management system (TIMS)fee
- A strong, helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for two people (a porter will carry 25 maximum kilos )
- Comprehensive medical kits and basic first aid (carried by your guide)
- All government and local taxes
- Farewell dinner
Package excludes the following service
THE PACKAGE EXCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SERVICE
- Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Katmandu).
- Your Travel and rescue insurance.
- Your personal expenses. (Phone call, Wifi, Laundry service, bar bills, battery recharge, a bottle of water or hot water, Mineral water, Hot shower, etc.)
- All the alcoholic drinks and bar bills.
- International airfare and airport departure tax.
- Extra Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival or late departure. early arrive from the mountain (due to any reason) Than the scheduled Itinerary.
- Services not mentioned in the 'Services Includes' section ( Please ask us if you are confused about any services )
- Kathmandu and Pokhara, lunch and Dinner
- Tips for the guide and porter.
Physically condition & experience requirements
For physically fit people of all ages with sound health who have done moderately to strenuous walk and activity before or at present. This type of trek involves long ups and downs and the length of walking will be from 5 - 7 hours every day with rest and break in between. The whole trip goes from a week to two weeks or more in the high altitude. This trip is for well experienced people who have done previous long high hills or mountainous trekking in and around Himalaya or other mountainous areas on rough terrains, this trip involves walking in snow and ice conditions sometimes and encountering high of over 4,000 meters passes, as for moderate people can join on this type of trips as long they are super physically fit and a mind with positive and determinations. Past hiking experience is a must but no technical skill is required for this trip .participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform well plan trekking before booking the trek. we also recommend that you consult your doctors before the trip.
Accommodations on the trek
In Kathmandu, we use the deluxe hotel to ensure a comfortable stay and a relaxed environment before and after your adventure. All breakfasts are included at the hotel in Kathmandu. Rooms are generally twin share - depending on group size and room availability, the triple share may be offered to your request. A single supplement room is available at an additional cost. And on request single supplement will be charged US$200.well plan trekking will arrange clean and comfortable rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities .also note that single rooms are available in the trekking regions at the lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.
Meals during the trek
In the city, only breakfast is included in the trip itinerary. While on the trek, we provide good quality food in sufficient quantities from Tea Houses/Mt. lodges. We provide all meals on full board (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and tea & coffee) from the teahouse menu during the trekking period. Various meals including noodles items, soups, bread, rice item, curries, spaghetti, pizza, egg items, potatoes item, pasta, the fresh vegetable so overall you have a different choice of food on the trek.
Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at the altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 liters per person per day. We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on the trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal’s trekking areas.
All tea houses will provide cold water free of charge if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar) with you and use a SteriPEN to treat it with. A SteriPEN is a handheld UV water purifier – small, lightweight and battery-powered so easy to pack for a trek. In Nepal’s trekking regions most of the bottled water isn’t strictly ‘mineral water’ anyway but is UV treated, so it’s exactly the same technology. It’s quick to use, far more effective than purification tablets, and the water is ready immediately. It’s fine to use a SteriPEN on non-boiled water so long as it isn’t cloudy or full of sediment (which is uncommon in these regions).
TRAVEL & MEDICAL & TRAVEL INSURANCE:
Before you book any of our trips we strongly suggest that you buy medical and travel insurance to make you stay and while traveling in Nepal Himalaya or neighboring countries, which will help and support you, in case medical and travel problems arise and situations beyond companies control. If such a situation arises with emergency evacuation, where your medical bills on using transportations services by Helicopter or other means of which you can directly claim from your insurance, which is to be paid by you or by your insurance company on the spot.
Where Well Plan Treks will obtain a strong letter of the incidents that occurred so that you can claim from your insurance agents. In case of mishaps and accidents or severe illness, we will contact your insurance company if it is okay to use Heli or other immediate life-saving processes and transportation to the nearest medical post and hospitals, where your insurance company will directly pay related expenses accordingly as per situations and conditions of the victims. For all trips with us, we need your contact address as well as your next to kin, family members, close relatives, or friends in case of emergency purposes.
Climate and Weather
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to May, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good, days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
Recommended equipment list
This list is a guide to help you pack for your trip. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list; rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel necessary for your comfort and convenience .we also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.
• The warm hat that covers your ears
• Sun hat
• Headlamp with extra batteries
• Fleece jacket or sweater
• Fleece wind –stopper jacket
• Waterproof shell jacket
• Down vest and /or jacket (optional)Hands
• Lightweight gloves (water /windproof)
• Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
• Hiking trousers
• Fleece or woolen trousers
• Lightweight thermal bottoms
• Lightweight cotton pants
• Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric )shell pants Feet
• Thin lightweight inner socks
• Heavy poly or wool socks
• Hiking boots with spare laces
• Camp shoes (sneakers and sandals)
• Sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C de 14 degrees F)
• Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
• Toothbrush /paste
• Multi-purpose soap
• Nail clippers
• Medium-sized quick-drying towel
• Face and body moisturizer
• Small mirror
• Female hygiene products
• Wet wipes (baby wipes)
• Tissue/toilet roll
• Antibacterial hand wash
• Small, personal first-aid kit (simple and light)
• A cough and /or cold medicine
• Anti –altitude sickness pills; Diamox or acetazolamide
• Stomach antibiotic
• Reading book
• Trail map /guidebook
• Journal and pen
• Travel game(chess, backgammon, playing cards etc)
• Modest swimsuit