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Annapurna Circuit Trek - 20 days

Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the popular names in trekking at Annapurna range of Nepal is Annapurna Circuit trek often known as Thorang la Pass trek or Round Trek which reaches up to an elevation about 5500 M. Annapurna Circuit Trek is mainly carried on four regions i.e. Lamjung, Manang, Mustang and Myagdi. The trek is conducted counter clockwise as elevation gradually increases which prevents trekkers from different hazards and altitude sickness. During this journey you will be encircling whole Annapurna region enjoying flora, fauna, glaciers, waterfalls, rivers, pilgrimage sites, sunrise and natures gifts especially mountains. Annapurna Region is regarded as an ultimate trekking in Annapurna Region as you will be travelling a long distance and experiencing nature and people at their best.
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Annapurna Circuit Trek begins from Kathmandu Valley and trailing counter clockwise to west, Beshi sahar to Marshyandi river gorge through green paddy fields, villages, waterfalls and many more. You trail towards Manang through different remote villages like Syange, Bharatang, Pisang, and many more. From Manang you will depart for Thorang La Pass to famous pilgrimage site Muktinath Temple, down to Jomsom, to Tatopani i.e. hot water springs, Poon Hill-Ghorepani to view spectacular sunrise and after you reach Phedi, you will be driving back to Pokhara and return back to Kathmandu and then to your own place. In this journey you will get chances to see whole Annapurna Region, Mountains, Wildlife and many more. Annapurna Circuit Trek is of medium grade so it requires healthy body with sound mind, good physical fitness and strength. It can take up to minimum of 15-20 days. The best season for this trek is between Sep-Nov and March-May. This trek is classic trek offering you a wide range bio and socio-cultural diversity.

Outline Itinerary of Annapurna Circuit Trek 

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 3: Kathmandu to Besisahar to Bulbule

Day 4: Bulbule to Jagat

Day 5: Jagat to Dharapani 

Day 6: Dharapani to Chame

Day 7: Chame to Pisang

Day 8: Pisang to Manang

Day 9: Acclimatization

Day 10: Manag to Yak Kharka

Day 11: Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi

Day 12: Thorang Phedi to Thorang La Pass to Muktinath

Day 13: Muktinath to Jomsom

Day 14: Jomsom to Tatopani 

Day 15: Tatopani to Ghorepani 

Day 16: Ghorepani to Poon Hill

Day 17 : Ghorepani to Ghandruk

Day 18: Ghandruk to Nayapul to Pokhara

Day 19: Pokhara to Kathmandu 

Day 20 : Departure


Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival
You will be warmly welcomed by Well Nepal Treks representative at your arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu and escorted you to hotel and our representative describe the itinerary of your tour. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu Tour and trek Preparation (1360m)
Today you are going to  explore the several cultural and natural sightseeing in this ancient city Pashupatinath, Boudhanah Stupa, Swayambunath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. After exploring this places you will do preparation for trek. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Kathmandu to Beshi Sahar to Bulbule (840 M)
After breakfast you drive to Bulbule. The road till Beshi Sahar is fine and pitched but further ahead from Beshi Sahar the road is dusty and rough. During your drive, you can view spectacular scenery of mountains, different rivers, villages and many more. Stay overnight at Bulbule.

Day 4: Bulbule to Jagat (1100 M)
After breakfast you trail through Marshyandi River to Jagat. You will encounter greenery, hills, vistas of mountains like Manaslu, Himchuli Lamjung Himal, Pisang peak and other, rivers, farms and villages. After long trek you stay overnight at Jagat. 

Day 5: Jagat to Dharapani (1960 M)
After breakfast your journey will be very interesting as we leave Jagat and head to Dharapani. you enter into Manang District and you will be passing through several rice, barley and potato fields which are very mesmerizing. You will enter village of Kodo and see its lifestyle. Furthermore steep climb from here leads to big village of Manang Valley called as Dharapani. It is a village where Manaslu pass joins and people and their lifestyle is more Tibetan. Stay overnight at Dharapani.

Day 6: Dharapani to Chame (2710 M)
After breakfast yourmove towards Chame. Along the way you will enjoy small wooden bridges, landslides, waterfalls, Tamang Villages, apple garden and rests at the administrative headquarter of Manang i.e. Chame. You get access to different hotels, Bank, telephone service and post office. Stay overnight at Chame.

Day 7: Chame to Pisang (3300 M)
After breakfast you head towards Pisang. The trails are steeply and rocky. you pass through several villages like Telukhu and Bharatang, entertained with the dramatic views of Annapurna II and Pisang peak also valley of Himal chuli and Ngadi chuli. The trail climbs through pine forests you reach at Pisang. Stay overnight in Pisang. 

Day 8: Pisang to Manang (3500 M)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               After breakfast you will trek above tree line and everyone can feel the oxygen getting thinner. The trail passes through Mani wall which is the largest part of Tibetans style village built with rocks. You will see famous Tilicho Lake, Pisang peak, monasteries and finally you are at the magic land of Manang. In Manang there is good provision of tea houses with food facilities. Stay overnigth at Manang.

Day 9: Rest Day
Today is for acclimatization day but we recommend you to exercise rather than being idle. You can visit surroundings from camp or visiting Gangapurna Glacier Lake is worth visiting. Another option to hang out is to visit Bhojo Gompa, a thirty minute climb from Manang give you spectacular view of Tilicho Lake and Annapurna 2& 4. Stay overnight at Manang.

Day 10: Manang to Yak Kharka (4110 M)
After breakfast you headed to Yak Kharka along with crossing the fields of barley, potato, buckwheat, and climbing half hour to tengi, north Marshyandi valley, and passing through small streams, juniper trees, barberry and meadows of Gunsang Village you arrive at Yak Kharka after 5 hr of walking. Stay overnight at Yak Kharka.

Day 11: Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi (4600 M)
After breakfast you heade to Thorang Phedi. you trail east bank of Jorsang Khola, its bridge, and climbing tough up to the dry high Himalayas and then through steeply rocky path down. And finally arrived at Thorang Phedi. Stay overnight at Thorang Phedi.

Day 12: Thorang Phedi to Thorang la Pass (5416 M) to Muktinath (3800 M)
After breakfast you start your trek and climb rocky trails and then follow icy slippery trails we are at amazing Thorang La Pass (5416 M) which will be your life time experience. Beautiful Vistas of mountains will certainly astonish you. One can feel headache and cold because of icy cold wind. Then trail downward to famous pilgrimage temple, Muktinath. This Vishnu temple is regarded as the way to salvation. You will explore the Muktinath Temple surrounding. Stay overnight at Muktinath.

Day 13: Muktinath to Jomsom (2760 M)
At morning you will visit Muktinath Temple without any breakfast. In Nepal, it is believed that one should not eat before visiting temple means you worship temple being pure. This is famous pilgrimage site for all Hindus and Buddhists all around the world and disciples from India, Tibet and Bhutan visit here every year. After rituals at temple, you will have your breakfast and trail down to Jomsom. Along the way you will experience amazing ruined village called Jarkot, Kali Gandaki Valley and 500 Years old Gompa. Stay overnight at Jomsom.

Day 14: Jomsom to Tatopani (1190 M)

After breakfast you will head to Tatopani in about 3 hr by local transportation and take bath in natural hot springs. You will also exploreTatopani Bazaar and stay overnight at Tatopani.

Day 15: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2750 M)
After having breakfast you will depart for Ghorepani. You will pass through Kaligandaki River and its suspension Bridges. The trail leads you to villages of Beni, Ghara, Sikha, phalete and Chittre. As you trail down the path becomes muddy and slippery and get chance to pass by rhododendron forest and finally 8 hours of walk bring you Ghorepani from where amazing panorama view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Range can be enjoyed. Stay overnight at Ghorepani.

Day 16 Ghorepani to Poon Hill 
Early morning you climb up the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon hill i.e. an icon of Annapurna region, from where great views of mountains and nature landscapes of mustang and Pokhara valley are seen. At sunrise everything seems so beautiful that words are not enough to describe it. After some tea/coffee we head back to Ghorepani and have full day rest. At this day you can visit this village and know its history, shop its local products and crafts. Stay overnight at Ghorpani.

Day 17 Ghorepani to Ghandruk (1951 M)
After breakfast you will trails down to Ghandruk. while trekking, you will encounter forests, waterfalls, thick dense rhododendron forest (making the forest Red), gardens of beautiful flowers, astonishing cherry blossom flowers, mountainous scenery of Annapurna, fish tail and other. Finally you rest at Ghandruk which is settlement of mostly Gurungs. Stay overnight at Ghandruk.

Day 18 Ghandruk to Nayapul (1010 M) to Pokhara
After breakfast you trail down to Nayapul from where you’ll be driven to Pokhara. It’s about 1.5 hr ride from Nayapul and enjoy Pokhara rest of the day. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 19: Pokhara to Kathmandu.
After breakfast you will explore the different plaaces like Phewa Taal, Davidfall, Mahendra Cave, and also enjoy the boating, And drive back to Kathmandu. Tonight you will  have an dinner with your team mates in Nepali kitchen with Nepali musics. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 20: Departure
Today your Annapurna Circuit Trek comes to an end so collects the photographs and gadget. Then our representative will help you to drop to the airport or if you have plenty of time to spend in Nepal, then feel free us to join another trip or adventurous activities like hiking, river rafting,bunjy jumping, paragliding etc.



Services include:

Necessary local transport by private vehicle

Accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara at 3/4 star standard hotels with breakfast.

Sightseeing in Kathmandu with tour guide.

Entrance fee of all sightseeing spots in Kathmandu, National park fees on Treks

Accommodation on Lodge/Guest House while on treks.

Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking including Tea/coffee.

Experienced government license holder trek guide and porter to carry your luggage.

Insurance of our field staff.

Permits and Group medical supplies (first aid kit)

Pokhara - Kathmandu flight ticket including 15kg Baggage’s

TIMS Card (Trekker’s Information Management System card)

All additional government tax.

 

Services exclude:

Nepal entry visa fee

International / any air fare.

Travelers insurance (compulsory)

Alcohol, hot and cold drinks)

Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara

All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strike, political disturbances etc.

General Informations

A trekker who is able to hike and trek normally 5-6 hours per day with a light weight backpack will be very fit enough to perform this trekking. There may be stone steps, ups and downs, rocky paths and which are very uneven and also because of long trails your leg may feel tired and shaky so we strongly recommend you to use walking poles and trek sticks to feel safer and to maintain the pace. You will be informed about altitude and you should be more careful about your health and altitude related risk. To get rid of it, acclimatize as well as walk slowly and have more water and other drinks to maintain yourself hydrated.

Equipments Required

Trekking Accessories- Trekking Bag pack, Trekking day bag (Small handbag), Trekking stick, Trekking jacket Gore tax/ flees jacket, Sleeping bag, etc

Footwear - Trekking shoes, Camping Shoes, Sports shoes or comfortable sandal, 4/5 pairs of good qualities socks, etc

Cosmetics - Sun cream, Body Lotion, Moisturizers, lip balm, Mirror Wet Tissue Papers, Soap, Perfumes, and Tooth brush etc.

Clothes - Pullover or warm sweeter, Sun Hat, Warm woolen cap, Raincoat, Hand gloves, 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers, 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts, 3/4 pairs of Underwear, etc.

Gears - Flash or Torch light, Head Torch lights, lighters, Chargers, Camera and batteries, Eye glass, Water bottle, etc.

Extra – IPods, Binoculars, First Aid Kit, Ear Plugs, Pen & diary, Travel Map or GPS, etc as per your requirements and necessities.

Always Drink Safe Water

Well Nepal Treks suggest you to have purified drinking water. Basically, we can get mineral water bottles in lower places but we might not find it in higher ground. In such cases we suggest you to drink boiled water which might charge very tiny fee in tea houses. Bring chlorine tablets to purify water. Recommend yourself to use boiled rather than mineral water which will be helpful for protection of you and healthy environment.

About Recharging Your Batteries & Electronic Devices during Trek

Hydro electricity may not be available in every location, so solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like camera, batteries, iPod, I phone etc. Several Tea houses or lodges may charge small fee per hours for charging facilities for consumption of electricity or solar power. Well Nepal Treks recommends you to have adaptors and chargers before the trip since plugs are limited. In Nepal 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.

Garbage Disposal

Well Nepal Treks suggest you to use dustbins and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry a separate garbage carrier in the way and dispose it where dustbin facilities are available and promote the healthy environment.

Travel Insurance

Well Nepal Treks reminds you on your sufficiently protected and have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the Himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer the appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.

Washing and Toilet facilities

Every guest houses offer hot showers in bathroom or can be a bucket of hot water. But please note that at higher altitude there may not be enough hot water for all the trekkers. So you must limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated or firewood for the ecological reason. Every lodge has some kind of washing facilities but you must carry a bar of soap. Don’t feel hesitated to get warm bowl of water If the water frozen.

 Toilets here are mainly Asian squat style. Basically toilets are outside your room and vary in how clean they are. You should not throw toilet paper in the toilet hole rather you should use rubbish bin that is kept inside the toilet.

Tea Houses

On this trekking route local people have built tea houses lodge with food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually has two narrow beds. Note that while staying in the tea houses you will see the charming local people with their good hospitality services so be friendly in every way possible.

Extra Advice from Well Nepal Treks

You may see some beautiful, sweet children and poor ones that might make you to distribute balloons, chocolates, money and other stuffs. But, Well Nepal Trekssuggest you better not to do so because it directly encourages them towards beggary and ask to every trekker which is also a sign of negative practice.

While on trekking, don’t forget to keep your valuables safe and secure. Do not left anything anywhere. Ensure that you lock your door when you leave your room and do not hang anything’s outside at night. We strongly recommend you to do double check always and anywhere possible.

 

Tour Fact

Tour Name : Annapurna Circuit Trek
Tour Duration : 20 Days

Tour Area : Annapurna Region - Nepal
Maximum Altitude : 5,416 m

Minimum Altitude : 827 M
Tour Type : Trekking & Walking
Tour Grade : Medium 

Price : on request

Suitable for : Average Trekkers 

Best Season : Sep - Nov & Mar - May ( 12 Month Possible)




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