Annapurna Circuit Guided Trekking In Nepal takes us to the worlds widest pass in the world. This trek starts right from Besisahar and follows the Marsyangdi River with great views of Manaslu and Him Chuli to the east. This magnificent route leads you through traditional Manangi villages inhabited by friendly, habitual people who always offer a warm welcome amidst the magical, snow-capped Himalayas The first part of the trail is that of the Annapurna circuit. However, from manang, we are ascending to yak kharkha with beautiful and innocent Himalayas views. Our trail is continuous to Phedi and Thorong La pass, one of the widest passes in the world. We also climb up to Poon Hill famous for its spectacular views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. On our 20-day journey, we pass through forests, cross pristine meadows, experience the change in vegetation, all the while being in the company of the glorious Himalayas.
Then the ascent to the Thorong La Pass (5416m), the highest point in the trek that bestows us with spectacular views of Mustang Peak and the snow-covered giant - Dhaulagiri (8167m). We then reach the village of Muktinath where we can see the sacred Hindu pilgrimage - Muktinath Temple with its 108 spring water taps and mysterious natural gas fires. The descent from here follows the breathtaking Kali Gandaki River Valley.
A two-day descent from Muktinath, Tatopani is famous for its natural hot springs - perfect for relaxation and also believed to heal diseases. From here, the trek passes through Ghorepani, Tadapani, Ghandruk and finally drive to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu.
How was the weather during Annapurna Circuit Trek?
Annapurna Circuit Trek is generally taken in the months of February, March, April, May, late September, October, November, and December. You can say Spring and Autumn. During this time of the year, the weather is its best condition in these regions. Spring and Autumn is also the peak season for trekking in Nepal as well. The climate will be neither hot nor cold, the sky will be clear & bright, and the views are prominent. Likewise, the forests and hills get bloomed up with colorful wildflowers.
There is the chance of getting AMS during Annapurna Circuit Trek?
Trekking in the high elevation brings chances of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Annapurna Circuit Trek takes you above 5,000 meters, which does include risk of high altitude. However, with enough rest days in between the trek for acclimatization can remove the chances of altitude sickness. Also, keeping yourself hydrated during the trek can help avoid AMS.
We have to walk on the road or in trekking trail in Annapurna Round Trek?
During the Annapurna Circuit Trek, you will be walking on the trail. Most of the trail will be well made where some parts will be steep and rocky. Nowadays road destroyed some of the regular trekking trails and there is an alternative trail in the lower part of the trek and after a pass from Jomsom.
What will be a food & lodge on Annapurna circuit trek?
During the Annapurna Circuit Trek, you will be staying in lodge or guesthouse. The rooms will be small on the twin-sharing term with limited furniture and common toilet. However, you will find big cozy dining halls in almost every lodge where you can spend time and have some good food.
Food will be served as per the menu of lodge or guesthouse. Usually, the menu includes dishes like dal bhaat with several different options of curries (veg/non-veg), momo, noodles, sandwiches, toast, egg, pizza (at some places), thukpa, bakery items, coffee, tea, drinks (alcoholic & non-alcoholic), etc.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek passes through lowland Brahmin and Chhetri villages to the remote village of Manang and descends the Kali Gandaki Gorge (officially the deepest gorge in the world). Thorung La Pass (5416m) in the trek, which is one of the highest passes in the world which trekkers can summit without climbing a mountain. With a wide range of culturally rich ethnic groups, diverse terrain that ranges from subtropical jungle to high and dry landscape, the trek also includes spiritual hub Muktinath and Poon Hill, a famous viewpoint for panoramic mountain view.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu-Transfer to Hotel
Day 02:Drive to Shange via Dumre, Besisahar and Bhulbhule
Day 03:Trek Shange to Tal (1710m)
Day 04:Trek from Tal to Bagarchhap (2160m)
Day 05:Bagarchhap to Chame (2630m)
Day 06:Trek from Chame to Pisang (3300m)
Day 07:Trek from Pisang to Manang (3500m)
Day 08:Acclimatization day at Manang
Day 09:Trek from Manang to Ledar (4250m)
Day 10:Trek from Ledar to Phedi or High camp (4600m)
Day 11:Trek from Phedi or High Camp to Muktinath (3710m)
Day 12:Trek from Muktinath to Tukuche (2600m)
Day 13:Trek from Tukuche to Ghasa (2100m)
Day 14:Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani (1200m)
Day 15:Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2850)
Day 16:Explore Poonhill and Trek to Tikhedhunga (1495m)
Day 17:Trek from Tikhedhunga to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara
Day 18:Tourist Bus Journey from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 19:Drop to Kathmandu international airport or onward for next program
Airport Pick up and drop off service by Private Coach.
2 night's accommodation with breakfast at standard Hotel in Kathmandu.
1 night accommodation with breakfast at standard Hotel in Pokhara.
Three time food in a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) while you are on trekking.
Tea House accommodation during the trek.
Professional English speaking trekking guide (trained by Ministry of tourism) his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments etc.
Local bus to go to besishar and Tourist Bus Ticket to Kathmandu.
Annapurna conservation permits & TIMS Permits.
Tourist service charge, Vat.
One map Annapurna Trekking for the group .
International airfare and Nepal Visa Fees.
Nepal Travel insurance.
Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Travel/Medical insurance and Emergency evacuation cost if needed.
Personal expenses such as phone call, drinks, donation, souvenirs etc.
Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.
Tips for guide, porter (it is expected).
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu-Transfer to HotelOur Airport Representative will meet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport. A drop to the Hotel by private tourist vehicle is arranged. You can either take a rest or meet us at our office and know the detail arrangement of the Trek. A welcome dinner at a traditional Nepali restaurant.
Day 02Drive to Shange via Dumre, Besisahar and Bhulbhule We commence early in the morning with a long drive that goes on for seven to eight hours that passes Besisahar to reach Bhulbhule. Nepalese countryside with a different vegitations, small villages and beautiful mountain views lie in route. The road gets a little rough and primitive after Besisahar. Overnight stay at a lodge in Bhulbhule.
Day 03Trek Shange to Tal (1710m)We leave Bhulbhule after breakfast to embark on this seven to eight hours journey. On the way to tal, we pass paddy fields and cross slippery and steep trails that runs along the rhododendron forest. After crossing a rocky trail through the banks of the Marsyangdi River, and climbing upward, we reach Tal, the first village in Manang district where we take shelter for the night.
Day 04Trek from Tal to Bagarchhap (2160m)Crossing an extensive flat valley, we climb a stone staircase to reach a height of 1860m. The wavy ups and downs leads to Dharapani. A stone chorten typical to Tibetans resembling the entrance to their villages comes across. We reach Bagarchhap, our station for the day at an elevation of 2160m, where typical Tibetan flat-roofed stone houses can be seen but nowadays road made changed.
Day 05Bagarchhap to Chame (2630m)The trail ascend through the rocky trail to Timang at 2360m and then passes through a forest with a river nearby. Passing Kopar at 2590m, we reach the headquarters of Manang - Chame where the blessed views of Annapurna II awaits us. Two small hot springs also lie near the town adding relief to the long trek. Overnight stay at Chame.
Day 06Trek from Chame to Pisang (3300m)From Chame, the trail through the forest is steep and narrow and brings us to a curved rock face 1500m above the river. The scenic beauty of the Himalayan Peaks opens up along the trail and further on, we find ourselves in the U-shaped valley of Manang between two giant snow peaks. After crossing a long bridge at 2910m and climbing to get to yet another bridge at 3040m, we start to get the towering view the Paungda Danda rock face. The trail with magnificent backdrop finally leads to Pisang at 3200m. Overnight stay at Lower Pisang.
Day 07Trek from Pisang to Manang (3500m)Taking the trail through the upper part of Manang district, we walk along trails cut off by the effect of the monsoon. The local people here herd yaks & raise crops for part of the year along with their trading business. The end of Pisang leads to alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meet up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru but offers majestic panoramic views of mountain peaks. Harsh weather conditions pick up. From Mungji, the trail continues through Bryanga, a hidden village to Manang. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 08Acclimatization day at ManangA day to acclimatize, enjoy the views, observe village culture and take relaxing walks whilst getting ready to gain altitude. Sitting idle is not recommended, and one of the best options is to visit the Ice Lake which takes 5/6 hours to go and come back. Overnight stay at Manang.
Day 09Trek from Manang to Ledar (4250m)Leaving Manang, the trail crosses a stream and makes an ascent of nearly 2000m to the Thorung La pass. The route makes a progressive ascent through Tenki, leaving the Marsyangi Valley. Turning northwest and continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, Ledar (4250m) is reached where the night is spent at a guest house.
Day 10Trek from Ledar to Phedi or High camp (4600m)First we descend to cross a river at 4310m and then ascend up to Phedi at 4420m. Some good recently constructed guest houses can be found at High Camp on the elevation of 4600m where we settle for our overnight stay.
Day 11Trek from Phedi or High Camp to Muktinath (3710m)We leave early from Phedi (foot of the hill) and climb to Thorung La pass (5416m) at the beginning of the day. The climb is tedious if covered with snow as it is steep, otherwise it is a regularly used route that is easy to follow. We reach the pass after four hours of climbing which is marked by chortens and prayer flags. Reaching the top is rewarding as you can have a magnificent view. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists alike with its 108 water spouts on the walls surrounding the temple of Vishnu. Overnight stay at Muktinath.
Day 12Trek from Muktinath to Tukuche (2600m)Walking past Ranipauwa and Jharkot along the stoney and sandy paths, we reach Kagbeni, a typical Tibetan village. From here, we move to Jomsom. The walk further continues through wide roads along flat land with views of Tilicho and Nilgiri North Peaks until we reach Tukuche, the centre of Thakali people.
Day 13Trek from Tukuche to Ghasa (2100m)Leaving Tukuche, we head towards Lete, where we get a wonderful view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. From here, we follow the Kaligandaki river and walk till Ghasa. Overnight stay at Ghasa.
Day 14Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani (1200m)Subtropical vegetation starts to get prominent as the trek drops to lower elevations. Passing through Rupse Chahara (waterfall) and continuing along the east bank from Kopchepani , we get to Narchyang Besi, with its powerhouse that supplies electricity to the locals. Villages pass more frequently. Tatopani, our stop for the day, awaits with hot springs for a refreshing bath.
Day 15Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2850)Leaving the motorway, we walk through villages such as Ghara and Sikha with terraces and inclined farmlands. The village lifestyle can be observed through the walk. A steep ascent mostly through stone paved paths leads to Ghorepani. Different colorful vegetations pass en route and as we ascent, the view of mountain peaks multiply their magnificence, yet more awaits at Poon Hill the next morning. Overnight stay at Ghorepani.
Day 16Explore Poonhill and Trek to Tikhedhunga (1495m)Poon Hill, at an elevation of 3210m gives the most magnificent panoramic views of the Himalayas. With the early morning sunrise, the golden peaks come into life. After an hour of the spectacular view, we return to Ghorepani for a hot meal and then start the day's trek. Walking along ridges and rhododendron forests, we pass Ulleri, a large Magar village to finally reach Tikhedhunga, our destination for the day.
Day 17Trek from Tikhedhunga to Nayapul and Drive to PokharaA light trekking from Tikhedhunga gets us to Nayapul from where Pokhara is just an hour's drive away. Pokhara is a wonderful valley with mountain views and beautiful lakes. Overnight stay at a hotel.
Day 18Tourist Bus Journey from Pokhara to KathmanduA 5/6 hours bus ride from Pokhara gets us to Kathmandu. The end of the journey is celebrated with a farewell dinner. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
Day 19Drop to Kathmandu international airport or onward for next program Departure from Kathmandu. A drop from the hotel to the airport 3 hours before the scheduled time of flight is arranged in a private tourist vehicle
5/5 based on
Germany Published: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
First multiday trek ever- went smoothly
I would highly recommend this company! Our guide, Ramesh was attentive and helpful. Went beyond his duties a few times and was cheerful all the time which really helped bring up the mood on an especially arduous day.
The trek was gorgeous and thank you Dipak (the boss of Mountain Rocks!) for recommending us this trek and introducing Ramesh to us.
Hope to be back in Nepal soon for another hike with this company and Ramesh!
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