One of the most well-known treks in Nepal is the Annapurna Circuit trek. Ever since it was made accessible to foreigners in 1977, this track has been one of the most well-known trekking routes in Nepal. The area is full of scenic features, such as snow-capped mountains, varied cultures, vegetation, and animals. While trekking the Annapurna circuit, you may see and take in panoramic views of the Himalayas, including Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), Mt. Manaslu (8163m), Mt. Annapurna II(7937m), Mt. Annapurna III(7555m), Mt. Annapurna IV(7525m), Mt. Annapurna south (7219 (7134m).
Due to the region's reputation for being rich in beautiful mountain views, distinct local cultures and lifestyles, and a variety of flora and fauna, trekking in this area has become a popular tourist activity. The Annapurna Circuit Trek usually starts in Kathmandu and lasts 12 to 15 days, stopping at Pokhara along the way before returning to the city. The intermediate Annapurna Circuit Trek might be difficult for a novice trekker to accomplish without prior training and planning.
If you're looking for a lodge-based hike, Annapurna's is highly recommended, and both hikes are good options if you want to avoid the road in most places. Teahouses are mountain lodges that are situated along many trekking routes in Nepal that offer meals and lodging and you primarily get private rooms and a spacious selection of food. The Kali Gandaki is the locality Many Nepali people are quite kind and friendly to trekkers since they are accustomed to seeing hundreds of hikers pass through their communities each year. Compared to the journey to Everest Base Camp, Annapurna is significantly simpler. The routes on the Annapurna Circuit Trek are well maintained and include more steps. The primary valleys of the Annapurna Circuit Trek include Gandaki Gorge, Jomsom, Manang, Marpha, Muktinath, Pisang, Ghorepani, and Tatopani hot springs.
This walking path has the advantage that, as you ascend, you may get more panoramic views of the Manang hamlet, woodlands, and hills. The path is home to a variety of wild species, including Mountain Thar or goats, Leopards, Jackals, and birds like pheasants and long-tailed birds, among others. The route circles Annapurna Himal by following the paths of two powerful rivers, the Kaligandaki in the west (the world's deepest gorge, bordered by the enormous Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalaya range), and the Marsyangdi in the east.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek starts from Ngadi or Jagat, about six hours' drive from Kathmandu, and we then continue our trekking to Dharapani, Chame, and then take a circuit to Pisang or Manang (3540 m), from where we can see Gyaru village and Ngawal village, as well as views of Annapurna II (7937m), III (7555m), IV (7525m), and Gangapurna (7455). The next day, after visiting the area, we go to Ledar (4030 m), Thorong Phedi through Thorong Pass (5416 m), and Muktinath (3800 m). If we run out of time, we may also fly back to Kathmandu from an airfield.
For visitors to the Annapurna Circuit Trek, we can tailor the days to their preferences and areas of interest; alternatively, if you only have a short amount of time to spend exploring the Annapurna region, the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, the Annapurna Base Camp, or the Upper Mustang Trek would be a good choice. For further information or specific needs, get in touch with us.
Welcome from Mountain Guide Trek staff upon your arrival in Nepal. After check-in, if time allows, you will visit the MGT office to meet your trekking leader as well as other participants for the final preparation of the trip. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)
We have to start early today since we have a long journey to make to get to the beginning place of our walk. We leave Kathmandu shortly after breakfast, and it takes us around 8 to 10 hours to drive via Besishahar to get to Syange or Jagat (depending on the situation). En route, we get to witness more of Nepal's rural areas, which include granaries, rivers, villages, farms, and stunning mountain vistas. However, not every part of our trip today's journey has excellent road conditions. The road leading up to Besishahar is coal-tarred, whilst the road leading away from Besishahar is dusty and bumpy, yet we can easily ignore it as we see the amazing views from the window. (Stay the night at a tea house with full board)
Today's start is laid-back following breakfast. After passing over a huge bridge close to Tal, we approach the Manang district. After passing the town of Kodo, the road continues through fields of barley, rice, potatoes, and pine trees, bringing us to Dharapani, one of the larger settlements in the Manang valley. (Stay the night at a tea house with full board)
On the path to the west today, we cross multiple landslides as well as a few high wooded peaks. But we shouldn't forget to glance up since Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft) will be on display for some of the most breathtaking vistas. Our lengthy, difficult trip is made easier by a few little hot springs. . (Stay the night at a tea house with full board).
We will reach the stunning curving rock face, rising 1500m from the river, along a steep, narrow road through a very deep forest. The beautiful Himalayan Peaks surround us as the trail spreads out. After traversing these breathtaking locales, we arrive at Pisang, which is located in the U-shaped valley of Manang sandwiched between two enormous snow-capped hills. (Stay the night at a tea house with full board)
Today, we have a choice between two paths. The possibilities are excellent if taken the higher path, which is the route through Upper Pisang through Geru (which is what we advise). We have the impression of being horizontally in front of the magnificent peaks.We will undoubtedly be drawn in by the expansive vistas of the mountain summits, including Annapurna, Pisang Peak, and many others. With regard to the current topography and vegetation, we see a disparity. The atmosphere is made even harder by the cold, dry weather. It would be remarkable to see Barge Monastery, the biggest in the entire Manang area. (At the tea house overnight on full bb)
The route leaves Manang village, crosses a creek, ascends to Tenki, a settlement above Manang, and then continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley before turning northwest and ascending Jarsang Khola valley. The route ascends gradually as it follows this valley to the north, passing through a few fields and a juniper tree scrub.The route goes close to the little community of Ghunsa, a collection of mud-roofed structures immediately below the trailhead. The path now passes through meadows where yaks and horses graze. The route crosses an old Mani wall in a lovely meadow after crossing a little river on a wooden bridge, and after that it comes to Yak Kharka, another tiny settlement. The key to preventing altitude difficulties is a slow, steady climb. (Stay the night at a tea house with full board)
We move toward Throng Phedi, the foot of the pass. A lively tiny town called Thorong Phedi provides services to weary hikers and climbers. This area serves as a base camp for travelers. Some people try to climb to High Camp today in order to make the next day easier for them, but we do not advise trying to reach High Camp and spending the night there because it is not advisable to sleep at a higher altitude. Even though the next day would be challenging, we choose to stay in Thorong Phedi so that we may get a good night's sleep rather than risk sleeping at High Camp's greater altitude. (Stay the night at a tea house with full board)
Today marks the culmination of our trip around the Annapurnas. Crossing the renowned high pass, Thorong La, will be a remarkable experience that will last a lifetime. In order to finish the job, an early start is necessary. Today's high-altitude track requires constant effort on our part, but the breathtaking views of the Himalayas are so alluring that our eyes tend to wander more beyond the horizon than toward the trail. With the sun sinking, we go to Muktinath. Muktinath (muktikshetra) is one of the most significant Buddhist and Hindu pilgrimage sites. There is a Vishnu temple in the neighborhood, and a monastery lies close by. Muktinath is a prime example of Nepal's tolerance of all religions. (Stay the night at a tea house with a full board)
We take use of the fact that there are vehicles accessible today (bus/jeep) to go over a plateau above the Kali Gandaki, the deepest gorge in the world. Today, we must become used to adjusting oneself in a shared public transportation. The road is currently being coal-tarred, so it is bumpy and dusty, making for an unpleasant journey. This region's desolate scenery is reminiscent of the Tibetan Plateau. Today will be a boring day because we eventually have to replace our automobiles as well. When we get to Tatopani, we take a bath in one of the hot spring pools to soothe our sore muscles. (At the tea house overnight on full bb)
As we move along, we take in the way of life in Nepal's rural midlands. The settlements with terraced and sloping farmlands are Share and Sikha. We progressively ascend sharply to Ghorepani's elevation. passing via Chitre and the Palate. We strolled across meadows, birch, magnolia, and rhododendron in a non-habitat region. As we ascend, the peaks in front of us appear stunning. We choose to remain at Ghorepani since tomorrow morning we must climb to get to Poon Hill. (Stay the night at a tea house with full board)
We travel to Poon Hill (3,210 meters) before the crack of dawn to see the magnificent sunrise across the entire Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs and the adjacent rice terraces. Even Poon Hill's moniker is a photographer's dream come true. After breakfast, we continue the nighttime, uphill walk through rhododendron trees to Tadapani. We like continuing to scan the horizon since today's situations are all as captivating. (Stay the night at a tea house with full board)
We descend steeply through the dark and deep forest from Tadapani. This section of the trail passes through a dense stand of mature rhododendron trees. When viewed from the air or from a distance, these woods transform into gardens of stunningly gorgeous flowers, most of which are red, when the rhododendron trees are in bloom. Depending on the time of year, we may be delighted to see some cherry blossoms blooming on the slopes on the opposite side of the valley by afternoon.We approach the village of Ghandruk, a hillside community with stone homes mostly inhabited by the Gurung people, after continuing our climb for a short while further. In addition to taking in the breathtakingly close-up towering vistas of Fishtail, Annapurna South, and the Hiuchuli mountains, we learn more about the Gurung people's straightforward yet rich cultural traditions at the Gurung Museum in Ghandruk. (Stay the night at a tea house with full board)
Today, we travel to Pokhara after trekking from Ghandruk to Naya Pul. To get to Birethanti, the hike is downhill. We ascend a stone-paved stairway that curves in and out of the settlement before leading to terraced farmland. Up till the Modi Khola river valley, it descends virtually continuously. Some of us would feel like we had run a downhill marathon by the time we got to Birethanti. Our race is still far from done, though. We walk for 30 minutes from Birethanti to Naya Pul. At Nayapul, the trek on foot comes to an end. From Nayapul, we next go by car to Pokhara. (BB base, overnight stay at a luxury hotel)
Your journey will begin at 7:30 am from Pokhara with a ticket reserved for you in the tourist coach at a riverfront seat. You will arrive in Kathmandu (around Thamel) after 6–7 hours and be transferred to your accommodation. The day is free for you to relax, finish up any last-minute shopping, or see any attractions you might have missed on your first day in Kathmandu. (BB base, overnight stay at a luxury hotel)
There is nothing left to do but exchange emails with the travel agency and organize the images as today is the last day of the Annapurna base camp trip. You are bidding goodbye to the mountains as the vacation to Nepal comes to an end today. You can go shopping or go sightseeing if you have more time. Mountain Guide Treks will send a representative to pick you up at the airport around three hours prior to the flight's planned departure time.
Entry visa for Nepal: You can simply obtain a visa upon arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuwan International Airport by paying $40 or equivalent in foreign currency for a 30-day multiple-entry tourist visa. Similar to that, a $100 fee will get you a 90-day multiple-entry tourist visa. Bring two duplicate passport-size pictures.)
Equipment Required The following is a list of recommended clothing and accessories for Annapurna Circuit Trekking in Nepal. This isn't meant to be a comprehensive list of clothing and equipment; rather, it's meant to serve as a reminder of the items we believe are essential for your comfort and convenience. However, we understand that you may have particular choices regarding clothing that are just as appropriate.
If the above schedule does not meet your requirements, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.
Trekking guides who hold valid licenses from the government usually speak english and they have gook knowledge and experiences about the highland mountains. For 6 trekkers, single (1) hiking guide is offered (can be more upon your request). Likewise, 3 Porters who can carry up to 20/25 kg are assigned for a group. (number of porters can be more upon your request).
When we are at high altitude (above 2500m, or around 1.55 mi), if our bodies experience altitude sickness, a harmful health condition. If any symptoms are noticed while on the journey, we will initially descend at least 150m (approximately 492.13 feet) from the spot where they are noticed, and if the symptoms do not improve, we will descend once more. We can either hire a horse or ask our porter to carry the casualty if he or she is unable to move around on their own. To treat illness, warm water and ginger juice are also provided. Helicopter rescue is an option if these treatments fail to heal the patient.
Visitors can experience different weather/temperature throughout the year in Annapurna Base Camp. During the spring season (March- April-May) the temperature is plesent and the temperature during the day is around 17 to 20°C. Autumn temperature is a bit colder than spring and also the best time to hike around mountains 13 to 15/16°C. Winter (December-January-February) is the coldest time of the year and the temperature is below -18°C-20°C.
Winter (December-January-February) is the most freezing time of the year. You can experience extreme cold during night and morning. The temperature goes below 15 degree-20 degree. People sometimes attempt mountaineering despite coldness. This is the best time to experience snowfall, walk across glassical lakes, understand harsh mountain life and observe the breath-taking mountain views.
Annapurna circuit trek always starts from low altitude to high altitude. Pokhara (850m) or Beshishar (760m) up to the high altitude of (4600m) at Thoran Phedi. People sometimes experience altitude sickness and are given immediate treatment if the condition is severe. Moreover, the travellers hike for 5-6 hours a day and spend the night at teahouse for physical adjustment and rest. It generally takes 15-18 days to complete the entire trip. It's so oxygen cylinder is not needed for Annapuurna circuit trek.
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