Annapurna Circuit Trekking | Mountain World Treks

Annapurna Circuit Trekking

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    • 2.Medium
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    • 4.Challenging
  • Total Days 15

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    Trip Highlights

  • Life style and culture
  • Visiting the Buddhist monasteries
  • Manang and Mustang Valley
  • Crossing the Thorung- La over 5416 meters
  • Natural hot spring.

    At a glance

  • 11 nights on trekking
  • 3 nights at city
  • Elevation, Thorang la pass 5416m.
  • Guided trip
  • Possible to extend the trekking days

Diffculties and Safety

Trekking in Nepal is not an easy thing with lots of uphill and downhill. Average fitness is required not to be in the pain make sure you have enough walking experience to enjoy the trek. Most of the days include 4-7 hours walking. Altitude can be the problem too so  drinking lots of fluids and going slowly is important to avoid altitude sickness. Your safety is of our major concern. Your Trekking guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns.  Since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. The Guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Itinerary Details ( Click on the days to see the extended form. )

  • We will be waiting to welcome you at Kathmandu airport and transfer you to your hotel. After check in to the hotel free and easy, explore around Thamel.

  • After breakfast get ready for your scenic driving adventure to Besisahar, your trekking guide & porters will meet you at hotel and drive together. While driving you will get to capture nice scenery of the river, valleys and snow capped mountains and it can be one of the memorable drive in your life. Overnight at  guest house.

  • We start another adventurous day after breakfast, hire 4 wheel jeep and drive up to Dharapani 1900m. Have some break, lunch and start your trekking adventure to Timang, from where you can see Mt Manaslu (8163) 8th highest mountain in the world and some other small peaks from your tea house bedroom. Enjoy local food for the dinner and have goodnight sleep.

  • Easy and awesome hiking day will start with the flat trial to Chame along the small villages, farm land and pine forest. As we reach the Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district. Teahouse where you will be staying overnight you will see Annapurna II from your bedroom as well. And singing river is just in front of your teahouse. It will be one of the memorable night for you.

  • Your day starts through deep forest and narrow valley, crossing the river over a suspension bridge. After 3 hours walking you will reach place called Dhukur Pokhari which is located on the top the small hill and mountains and valley view are superb. After the delicious hot lunch another one hour plus trek to Pisang.  After check in to the tea house rest while and go for little walk around the village with will be interesting walk and same time you will get to know the people lifestyle and culture as well. Back to tea house, dinner and have good night sleep.

  • No more forest further up, only shrubs, air is becoming thinner, windy, less vegetation it feels you are entering the different world compare to last days trekking. Annapurna II, III, Gangapurna, Tilicho peak are welcoming you all the up to Manang.

  • Today you’ll spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend doing some fine day walks and over viewing the magnificent views around the village & the day time is best to gain altitude. Manang is big village which is dividing in 2 parts local village and touristic village, touristic village with hotel, restaurants, shops and even cinema hall are there and you can go movie at evening. Overnight at Guest house.

  • After breakfast your trek starts and after Manang village trail ascent to Tenki Manag and Ghunsang Village from there you can see panoramic Annapurna Himalayan range. After Ghunsang trail goes flat and will be easy walk all the way to yak Kharka there you will see the many yaks and vegetations steadily more light. Overnight at Guest house.

  • Trail start gradual ascending for one hour to Ledder and another falt walking than trail goes descends to cross the river before Thorang Phedi. Of course when you go down crossing the river you have to go up again and will be same thing happen as you are going up to 5416m. After crossing bridge it will take another 1 hour plus to reach Thornag phedi 4450m. Enjoy the hot lunch rest and get ready for the biggest day of the trip where Thorang la is waiting you on next day morning. Dinner than have good night sleep.

  • Biggest adventure day, coldness, thin air, breathing problem, slight headache, and hike early morning what else you want worse than this? Hahahha! Because of the wind after sunrise at Thorang la we need to start very early in the morning and need to reach on the top around 8.30am. So you have to start your hike from Thornag phedi around 3.30am with head lamp. Distance wise its not so long only 6 Km but altitude will be kicking you and you will be very slow. After reach the Thorang la have some good photos shot and and 10 km trek down to all the way to Muktinath. Approximately around 12-1 pm at Muktinath. Lunch and have rest. If still you have enough energy you may go to visit Buddhist Monastery and Hindu temple ( Muktinath Temple) after lunch at early evening.

     

    Muktinath means place of Nirvana and is home to the Muktinath temple as well as several monasteries. It is said that all sorrows you feel are relieved when visiting the Temple, which is a scared pilgrimage site to both Hindus and Buddhists. The main pilgrimage normally takes place in September. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it from which Holy water pours. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple this contains a spring and an eternal flame fed by natural underground gas. Overnight at Guest house.

  • After Thorang la crossing you are in Mustang Valley, dry land, windy valley, more like desert, your trek goes descend to Jahrkot which is old traditional village and civilization of Mustang and trek continue goes down to Jomsom along the kali gandaki river bank. Trekking trail is rocky still its not to bad walk on it but the bloody wind really bother you too much, it hits on your face some time doesn’t let you walk too. Finally you will reach to Jomsom capital town of Mustang, check in the tea house, enjoy your lunch and rest. Early evening you can explore the town.

  • Your guide will hire a bus or jeep and drive all the way down to Tatopani where natural hot spring with few swimming pools is. It is a day to enjoy your time at hot swimming pool. While driving to Tatopani you will encounter world’s deepest gorge, Mt Dhaulagiri and Annapurna I and few waterfalls.

  • Last day of your trip before you reach city, get bus or jeep and drive to Pokhara via Beni. You will reach Pokhara before lunch so after lunch you can explore city do some souvenir shopping and chill out at evening. Have good night sleep at hotel.

  • Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus or private car/jeep/van or possible to upgrade the flight too. All we arrange on your choice. Check in to the hotel, free time explore yourself around the city.

  • Note: you may make it longer this trip and trek to Pokhara Via Poonhill. Just let us your thoughts we will plan accordingly.

What's included

  • Airport Pick up and drop off
  • Trip brefing and altitude Talk
  • All ground transportation
  • Guide and porters
  • All Accommodation
  • 3 meals a day while trekking
  • Trekking Permit and TIMS
  • Mountain World Treks t-shirt and trekking map
  • A comprehensive medical kit

What's not included

  • Flights To/From Nepal
  • Tourist Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals while not on the trek
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, gear, bar bills, laundry, phone calls, wifi etc
  • Tips for the guide, porters
  • Any extra costs due to unforeseen circumstances
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Trip Extention

This trip can be possible to make longer to Poonhill or Base Camp route as well. you may customize the trip yourself and let us know as you want. Here are the few options what you may do.

1. Kathmandu sightseeing tour.

2. Chitwan jungle safari tour.

3. White water Rafting.

4. Everest Mountain flight.

Accommodation & Food details

We will provide accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara on your choice.  All the accommodation in the city and trekking will provided on twin sharing basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost extra. During Annapurna Circuit Trek, we can enjoy Nepalese food called ‘Dal Bhat’ as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast, Lunch and dinner will be served during trekking, only breakfast include at Kathmandu Hotel.

Best Time To Visit

Autumn (Sept to Nov) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons to do 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- Feb) could also be an another great option. However, the temperature during winter could be harsh for most guests and there chance to get snow too. 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.

Equipment Details

    You are advised to consider the following equipment as essentials while packing. Please use this link as a guideline. Adjustments to the list can be managed according to our requirements, interests, duration of trip, and season of trip.  We can find variety of these gears to hire or buy in Kathmandu. Majority of the gears which are in sale in Kathmandu are locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper) and can find very high quality branded gears too in some famous stores in Kathmandu.

Questions about your trip

No ropes needed and no ice picks needed. There is no vertical climbing involved. The Trial is rough, rocky and gravel strewn. Most of the trek involves long paths that go up and then down. People with weak ankles should take caution. Depending on the time of year you go there can also be snow and ice in the trails. Use caution or seek the expertise of our guide.
A certain level of fitness is required. For trekking to Annapurna Circuit in Nepal you'll need to consider the amount of days you'll be out trekking. Most days include 4-7 hours of slow hiking. Altitude is the biggest problem. Going slowly is essential to avoid sickness. Do read about altitude sickness in Everest region. Many people from all walks of life, ages and fitness levels have trekked to Annapurna Circuit. In the peak season there's nothing much to worry about in terms of cold or extreme weather. "Generally speaking, the slower you trek, the easier it is.
No problem. Many of our customers are traveling solo. It may also be an option to join a small group or another solo traveler, let us know if this interest you. Yes, there is a supplemental cost if you are traveling alone, please contact us to find out more.
October to November is the start of the dry season and is the most popular time to visit Nepal as the monsoon has recently finished, leaving a green and lush countryside, fresh and clean air, and clear views of the Himalayan. From December to February the temperature is very cold but visibility is still good. With fewer tourists on the trails, this can be the preferred time to visit. However, the cold can make high altitude treks more strenuous than normal. Some treks will be closed due to snow. March to May is the second most popular time to visit. The weather is warmer and the visibility is still good, though not as crystal clear as between October to November. Nepal's flowers, however, come alive at this time of year. June to September is the monsoon season. While you can still trek during this time, the options are limited due to the rains and heat.
Trekking permits you need include the ACAP & TIMS available at agents and through the official Nepal Tourism Board offices (Mountain World Treks take care of this for you). After that it depends on the time of year in regards to clothing and equipment. The following are necessities: Essential Items: -Warm Jacket -Waterproof jacket or poncho -Mid-weight fleece or sweater -2-3 Hiking shirts -1-2 pair Hiking pants -2-3 Non-hiking shirts -1 Long-sleeve shirt -1-2 Pairs non-hiking pants, shorts or skirts -2-3 Pairs warm socks -Warm hat -Sun hat -Long underwear (for high altitude) -Gloves (for high altitude) -Towel (preferably quick dry) -Day pack -Hiking shoes -Sandals -Sunglasses -Water bladder or bottle -Headlamp or flashlight -Sun screen -Lip balm -Personal medications -Camera Non-Essential Items: -Sleeping bag (can rent in Kathmandu) -Trekking poles (can buy or rent in Kathmandu) -Rain pants For more information Contact us.
Yes there are before start trek at Beshishar and after the thoroung pass at Jomsom but never know some time it dosent work. Make sure you have enough Cash with you.
Yes. Most trips run smoothly, but once in awhile something unexpected can happen, that’s why we highly recommend and to join one of our trips you must have travel insurance. Please see our travel insurance section for more information.
It is possible. There is no way to tell beforehand how you will be affected by the altitude. It is usually only above 3000 meters when people start to feel symptoms. Please see our page on altitude sickness for detailed information.
Yes some of the place you will be able to use Internet if there in not any technical probem. eg; Manag, Jomsom, Ghorepani.
Yes you can charge batteries but you'll be charged by the hour and you'll have to bring your own charger.
Cell phones work at most of the places on Annapurna Circuit trek, depending on your mobile provider. There are also phone services almost everywhere we go if you need to reach home.
We can tailor the accommodation to meet your requests. While in Kathmandu and Pokhara we generally stay in very nice 3-4 star hotels. During the treks, we will be staying in local guesthouses along the trail. The guesthouses vary, but overall are clean, charming and meet all of your needs.
There are basic pharmacies in larger villages along the trek. There's a hospital in Manag and Jomsom and a few altitude sickness clinics open during the peak season. Basically our guide will sort out the things what to do. Basically our guide will sort out the things what to do. However in the event of an emergency there usually is access to a telephone line or satellite phone for an evacuation via helicopter. This is another reason to be sure you are covered with adequate travel insurance!
Mountain World Treks hires guiding professionals with a love and passion for outdoor travel and adventure. Our guides have been with us for many years and know the trails well. They all speak English very well and know how to take good care of the clients. Please see our About Us page for more information on our guides.
No, unless you request to. Our porters will carry up to 12kgs of weight for each trekker. All you need to carry are your essential items for the day. The porter fee is included in the price of your trip. We plan for 1 porter for 2 trekkers in accordance to the guidelines set out by the International Porter Protection Group. If you would like more weight to be carried, please let us know. In general 12kg is more than sufficient.
The tap and mountain water in Nepal are generally not safe to drink for tourists. Bottled water, boiling water or using water purification tablets are your best options. Tea and coffee are okay to drink. Yes, the food is safe in Nepal. And delicious! For more information Please Contact us.

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6  Reviews on Annapurna Circuit Trekking

2015-11-03 11:29:08

Lesley Morison,

“Highly recommend”

I trekked the Annapurna Circuit in October -I didn't book the tour with Sali but wish I had! My own guide was very inexperienced and not very knowledgable but luckily I met 3 South Africans at the start of the trek who had Sali as their guide and I basically became part of their group. Sali had no problem with this, welcomed me and treated me as if...[ View More ]

I trekked the Annapurna Circuit in October -I didn't book the tour with Sali but wish I had! My own guide was very inexperienced and not very knowledgable but luckily I met 3 South Africans at the start of the trek who had Sali as their guide and I basically became part of their group. Sali had no problem with this, welcomed me and treated me as if he were my guide. Sali added a great lot to my trekking experience -he's extremely organised in booking decent lodges to stay at and on the trek itself about what to expect. He was also very supportive and SO knowledge about everything Nepal! He's a good laugh and is now one of my friends. I would definitely recommend booking a tour with him if you want to get to know Nepal and have an honest opinion about life there.[ Back ]

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