Annapurna trek is opened for trekker in 1977, It is a remote trek surrounded by Himalayas. 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.
Annapurna Circuit Treks 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. We 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 we reach Phedi, you will be driving back to Pokhara and return back to Kathmandu and then to your own place.
Spring, Autumn & Winter.
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel. O/N Hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu city sightseeing and trek preparation. O/N Hotel
Day 03: Kathmandu to Beshi Shahar then to Bulbule (840m) by Bus. O/N Guesthouse
Day 04: Trek from Bulbule to Jagat (1100m). O/N Guesthouse
Day 05: Trek from Jagat to Dharapani (1960m). O/N Guesthouse
Day 06: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2710m). O/N Guesthouse
Day 07: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3300m). O/N Guesthouse
Day 08: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3500m). O/N Guesthouse
Day 09: Manang Rest Day
Day 10: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4110m). O/N Guesthouse
Day 11: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorang La Phedi (4600m). O/N Guesthouse
Day 12: Trek from Thorang La Phedi to Thorang La pass (5416m) to Muktinath (3800m). O/N Guesthouse
Day 13: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2760m). O/N Guesthouse
Day 14: Jomsom to Pokhara by flight and Sightseeing and relaxation day at Pokhara. O/N Hotel
Day 15: Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist coach, evening farewell dinner. O/N Hotel.
Day 16: Free until airport time and drop to airport for final departure.
ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK NOTE
TREKKING GRADE - Moderate to fairly challenging - This is a long trek that goes right into high mountain country and over the Thorung La pass (5416m), the highest point of this trek. Physically quite tiring and it involves approx 6-8 hours trekking along rocky ridges. No previous experience is required, you should be moderately fit, used to some regular exercise and enjoy walking in the high altitude conditions.
CLIMATE AND BEST TIME FOR THE TREK- The best seasons for Annapurna Circuit Trek are autumn (from mid-September till November end) and spring (from the beginning of March until May end). Temperatures will drop considerably as you trek higher every day. The nights are chilly cold (between -20 C to 5C) but the days are sunny and hot (between 10C to 30C). The mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon disappearing at night. Trekking during the monsoon and winter is also possible; please contact us for weather condition on those months.
ACCOMMODATION ON THE TREK- Tibet Holidays provides you 2-3 star Hotel Accommodation in KTM and POK and Lodge/Teahouse during the Annapurna Circuit Trek and the rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets. A few have electric lights and all have a spacious dining room-lounge. We will accommodate you and group in local lodge available each day. We send a porter ahead of us to book the required rooms for the group (rooms cannot be booked in advance in all places). Please remember that some of them are very basic and a sense of adventure is necessary. And there is 4-5 star luxury accommodation available in Kathmandu as well so, if you prefer to upgrade your accommodation in Kathmandu then please write us for the cost and the detail.
TRANSPORTATION - We will provide private vehicles for the airport transfers and sightseeing tour and Public Bus from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule and Tourist Bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu and there is options to drive by private car/Jeep from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule and there are options of driving by private Vehicle and flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu so, please do let us know if you want to upgrade the modes of transport.
Public Bus- the Publish bus is smaller in size and it is fun to travel with locals however if you prefer to travel on luxury way then there is options to drive by private car or Land cruiser, please contact us for the cost and the detail.
Pokhara- Kathmandu- you will travel from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus however there are options to drive by private vehicles or flight as well so, contact us for the cost for those details-
ELECTRICITY BATTREY RE-CHARGE - There are electricity in some of the villages of Annapurna Circuit Trek where you can re- charges your camera batteries and there is solar power in some villages and you can recharges your batteries in those places as well if they have enough power and we suggest you to have spare batteries as well and you will have to pay some for recharging batteries.
FOOD ON TREK - Meals are included in our price and are taken in lodges, you will have breakfast and dinner at the lodge where you stay and lunch at the lodge available along the trail. You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western food as well as drinks (coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer) - the drinks are not included in the cost above-
WATER ON TREK - We recommend you to bring water purification pills since you will have normal water for free and you have options of buying bottled water, boiled water and Safe Drinking water at safe Drinking water stations as well-
LUGGAGE- WHILE ON ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK - During the Annapurna Circuit Trek- your main luggage will be carried by porters. You simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotels locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu for free of charge. Weight allowance at Nepals domestic airlines is 15 Kg; excess weight is chargeable at USD 1 or more per Kilo depending on sectors.
GROUP LEADER AND CREW FOR THE TREK- We provide Trained Trekking Guide (handles the logistics and guides you and your team on the trek) and a Sherpa when there are 8 or more members in the Group and porters to carry your luggage and there will be 1 porter for 2 members.
JOIN A GROUP OR PRIVATE TRIP- The Annapurna Circuit Trek is available on both fixed departure and private basis. If you are looking for a group to join this trip please check our fixed departures Dates link for availability, dates and price. If you would like to travel independently, or with your friends, families colleagues, you are invited to choose any date at your convenient timeframe for any number of people (minimum 1 maximum 100 at a time).
If you want to do something that is not included in our Annapurna Circuit Trek then we are ready to tailor a trip to suit your exact requirements.
PERSONAL EXPENSES ON ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK- Personal expenses depend largely on your habit and as all the meals are included. You only need money for table drinks (alcoholic/non alcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (some smaller shops are available along the trail in the areas), tips, souvenirs, hot shower ( you have to pay in some places), if you do not drink alcohol and sopping then 12-15USD per day should be enough for the hot drinks, shower and snacks.
Tips are appreciated by your support team after the trip. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. As a suggestion, we advise you to allocate 10 - 15% of the total tour cost as tips. You can do this if you feel the services have been good.
COMMUNICATION- While trekking in the remote parts of the Himalayas you may not have an access to telephone facility for some days. However, en route there may be few places where telephone facilities are available and there are internet facilities in some villages as well-
GEARS AVAILABLE IN KATHMANDU- Its not necessary to spend a lot of money buying extra equipment and clothing before your trip. Majority of these gears can be bought at reasonable rates in Kathmandu.
A TYPICAL DAY ON A TREK- Each morning after packing our bags and hot breakfast, we set off on the days walk. After walking for 3-4 hours we stop for lunch at around midday. The afternoons walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the days adventures, before retiring for a well-earned sleep.
OUR MEETING AND GREETING IN KATHMANDU- You need to pass on your International flight details to us for a meeting and greeting service at the airport. You just pass through the Customs and come out of the Terminal building where you will see someone standing with a placard with either Outfitter Nepal or your name written on it. Our airport representative or tour officer will greet you and transfer you to the hotel.
ITINERARY CHANGES- The itinerary for the Annapurna Circuit Trek should be taken as a guideline only. Depending on the prevailing situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into some of the most remote regions on earth, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original program.
ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK DURATION- We ensure liability as per indicated itinerary and list of services. If the Annapurna Circuit Trek is cut short or completed earlier than the projected period upon clients wish, we shall not be responsible or make refund against unutilized days or services. Clients need to pay extra for Hotels/services incurred in Kathmandu or elsewhere in such cases.
HEALTH ISSUES (important for you)- As vaccination requirements change frequently, we suggest you to consult your doctor at least 2 months prior to the beginning of your Annapurna Circuit Trek. We recommend protection against malaria, tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis and polio. The main health consideration in high altitude is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). You may experience some mild symptoms initially, such as a headache, lethargy, nausea and difficulty sleeping, but these should lessen within a few days. To avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), people take pills called Diamox. You can also use these pills after consulting with your doctor and purchase them in Kathmandu. Our itinerary will allow your body to acclimatize properly and to handle the low oxygen rate. For your service, out guide will have Diamox and basic medicine as well- We do not take any medical liability since our staffs are not qualified to prescribe medicines. If you have ever suffered from altitude sickness, or have a heart or breathing complaint, we highly recommend you consult your doctor about your suitability for traveling to this area before booking. We suggest that you take some pain-killing pills with you and enough medicine for cold, diarrhea, nausea and fever. Some nasal ointment and throat-moistening pills will greatly be of help for those who are sensitive to chilly or freezing weather conditions. Please visit Nepal Health Guide and Acute Mountain sickness page for more info about health issues.
INSURANCE/RESCUE / EVACUATIONS- In case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we believe will not happen; we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Ensure that youve insured yourself before doing the trip. Common sense dictates this. Its good for you and please visit Nepal Travel insurance page for more info about it.
RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL- The Wonderful Environment of the Himalayas is also an extremely fragile one. Increasing population density and numbers of trekkers threaten the very beauty of Nepal. At Outfitter Nepal, we are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize our impact as much as possible. As deforestation is one of the greatest environmental threats we face, we do not encourage camp fires and use kerosene for cooking as an alternative fuel to wood. We also discourage trekkers from using wood-fuelled hot showers in lodges along the way. Many lodges, however, now provide solar hot showers, a far more eco-friendly alternative.
Garbage disposal is another major problem and some of the busier trails can, at times, appear strewn with litter for miles. Our staff members are well motivated towards eco-friendly practices. We carry out all our garbage, apart from that which can be safely and easily burnt at the campsite. Our aim is to help protect and preserve this beautiful environment for future generations of trekkers to enjoy and we advise the same to you to keep the garbage on proper site and take return those with you to homes which are Non- biodegradable.
TRIP EXTENSIONS- In addition to Annapurna Circuit Trek, we can organize extensions your Trip both within Nepal and other neighboring countries. Since the trek ends in Pokhara, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal, it would be nice and relaxing for you to spend a day or two taking in the sights and sounds of this scenic City of Lakes or You may want to try water rafting or a jungle safari or Lumbini Tour or do a Nepal Cultural Tour. You may as well want take a trip to Tibet or Bhutan, whichever appeals more to you.
BOOKING PAYMENTS - you are required to make 20% payment in advance in order to book the Annapurna Circuit Trek along with your passport copy and the flight Detail (Arrival Detail) and the remaining 80% balance is payable when you arrive in Nepal- and you have options of paying the advance by bank transfer or credit card, so, do let us know which modes of payment is convenient for you then we will forward the detail-
IMPORTANT NOTE- These trip notes represent the most current information for this itinerary however there might be changes recently so, contact us for the up to date information.