| ||Duration || 17|
| ||Group Size|| 2 or more|
| ||Transportaion||Private car & Tourist bus|
| ||Accomodations|| Hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara, Tea House/Lodge during trek|
| ||Best Seasons|| Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November)|
|Activities || Trekking, Hiking|
| ||Meals|| Welcome and Farewell dinner at Katmandu, All meals during treks|
Circuit trek allows you to explore the vicinity of the inner Mustang that takes
us from 830m/2,723ft to 5,416m/17,769ft through the deep valleys and high
mountains encircling the giant Annapurna Himal. Annapurna region is finest
explained as the most happening enticement trekking trail of about 300 kms
trails in the Annapurna mountain ranges in the Nepal Himalayas. Annapurna is a
Sanskrit word which literary means ‘ Goddess of the Harvests.’ The world 10th
tallest mountain Annapurna surrounded by many Himalayan ranges which include
the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre - the famous fish-tail
mountain that dominates the skyline above Pokhara. In addition this area
possesses the Kali Gandaki, the world's deepest gorge.
trek starts right from Besishahar which is 7 hours drive from Kathmandu city
and goes along the Marshyangdi River, with great view of Manashlu and Himal
Chuli. The trek accomplishes an altitude of 5,416m at the Thorung La pass,
connecting the periphery of the legendary Tibetan plateau. We trek to the
scared Hindu Temple, ’Muktinath’ (place of salvation) from Manang valley. Other
days we trek down further to reach Marpha, a very beautiful village with
mesmerizing apple gardens. We trek down to Poonhill, a vantage to see the
Annapurna and its range. We trek down to reach natural charming city of Pokhara
via Ghandruk (a typical Gurung village) where we end our trek.
Arrival, transfer to Hotel
Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Kathmandu - Besisahar [800 m/2624]: 8-9 hrs drive
Besisahar – Bahundanda (1,310m.) 5-6 hours walk
Bahundanda – Chamje (1,430m.) 5-6 hours walk
Chamje – Dharapani (1,920m.) 4-5 hours walk
Dharapani to Chame [2,710m/8,891ft]: 5 - 6 hrs
Day 08: Chame
- Pisang [3,300m/10824ft]: 5-6 hrs
Pisang to Manang (3,500m/11,482ft), 4-5 hrs walk
Manang: Rest (Acclimatization day)
Manang – Letdar (4,250m.) 4-5 hours walk
Letdar - Thorong Phedi [4,600m/15,092ft]: 3-4 hrs
Thorong Phedi –Thorong La - Muktinath [3,800/12,467 ft]: 7-8 hrs
Muktinath - Jomsom [2,670m/8,760ft]: 4-5 hours
Jomsom - Pokhara [2530 m/8300 ft]: 5-6 hours
Pokhara - Kathmandu [1,200m/3937ft]: 6-7 hrs
Departure from Kathmandu for next trip or to your home
All airport/hotel transfers.
Three nights 3-star hotel in Kathmandu(Hotel Bliss International or simalar catagory)
and 2 night 3-star hotel in pokhara(Hotel Crystal Palace or similar
catagory) with breakfast.
Welcome and farewell dinner.
A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide by private
car. (6-8 hrs)
Teahouse/Lodge accommodation during trek with All meals (16 Breakfast, 11 Lunch,
Jomsom – Pokhara flight with all flight taxes.
Kathmandu-Besisahar & Pokhara-Kathmandu tourist bus tickets.
An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek
leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2
trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and
Four seasonal sleeping bag, and trekking map (sleeping bag are to be returned
after trip completion).
All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS ).
A comprehensive medical kit.
All government and local taxes.
Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs).
International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
Entrance fee during the sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Private vehicle (Kathmandu-Besisahar and Pokhara-Kathmandu cost $120 one way).
Excess baggage charges.
Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara(and also in the case of early
return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary).
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late
departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the
Travel & Health Insurance – Emergency Helicopter Rescue Insurance (Most
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra
porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc).
Tips for guides and porters.
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Lightweight cotton long pants/ Hiking shorts
- Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
- Thin, lightweight inner socks
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket *
- Lightweight gloves
- Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F *
- Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries
- Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Large plastic bags
- for keeping items dry inside trek bag
- Trekking Poles *
- Water bottles
- Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
Toiletries (it’s up to your comfort lable):
- 1 medium sized quick drying towel
- Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
- Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
- Nail clippers
- Face and body moisturizer
- Feminine hygiene products
- Small mirror
Personal Hygiene (it’s up to your comfort lable):
- Wet wipes (baby wipes)
- Tissue /toilet roll
- Anti bacterial hands wash
- Diamox (Drugs for altitude sickness if incase)
- Water purified pills
Extras/Luxuries (it’s up to your comfort lable)
- Binoculars (optional)
- Reading book
- Journal & Pen
- Pencils and small notebooks
- Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
Autumn (Sept. to Nov.) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. If you wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature then taking this trip during winter (Dec., Jan. and Feb.) could also be an option. However, the temperature during winter could be harsh for most guests. Trekking in the Summer or Monsoon seasons (June to Aug.) will be affected by rain but the Summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.