Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

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  • Duration:18 Days
  • Trip GradeModerate
  • DestinationTIA Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude5,416 m
  • ActivityTrekking and Hiking
  • Group Size10
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The Annapurna Circuit Trek is another popular trek in the Annapurna region, which lies in the northwest part of Nepal. It is another classic trekking trail that is often called the "Round Annapurna Trek," and Footprint Adventure takes groups there often. It is popular not only because you can get a great look at Mt. Annapurna I, the world's tenth-highest peak, but also because you can sneak around the most beautiful mountain views, giving you plenty of chances to take pictures of beautiful landscapes and so on.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a great option for trekking, especially for first-timers and people who want to go all the way around Mt. Annapurna I, the tenth-highest mountain in the world, as well as see the different scenes and scenery. The ultimate goal of this trek is to circle the Annapurna and cross the Thorong La Pass (5,416 m) while sneaking around amazing landscapes, the majestic Himalayas, and more. This trek, which takes you all the way around the world's highest mountain, Mt. Annapurna I, alongside the world's deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki, which flows between Mt. Dhaulagiri I and Mt. Annapurna I, undoubtedly offers more variety than any other equivalent-length trek. Ghorepani Poon Hill, which is known as the best place to see a range of white mountains and beautiful scenery, also has amazing views of high mountains and equally amazing views of the sunrise and sunset. You will have a great time going through terraced farm fields and beautiful villages of different ethnic groups, such as Gurung, Magar, Thakali, Manangi, etc., where you can spend time, chat, learn about their unique ways of life and rituals, and eat local dishes and treats if you want to. If you don't want to do that, you can take pictures and learn about the mix of Hindu and Buddhist culture, especially in the Muktinath temple, and the incredible landscapes ranging from sub-tropical through alpine peaks to an arid semi-desert akin to Tibet.

Major Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek

Thorang-la Pass 

Thorong La, also known as Thorung La, is a mountain pass in central Nepal's Damodar Himal, which is located north of the Annapurna Himal. It is 5,416 meters (17,769 feet) above sea level. The two mountains that makeup Thorong La are Khatung Kang and Yaskawa Kang. Thorong La is the highest point on the Annapurna Circuit, a 300-kilometer (190-mile) path that goes around the Annapurna mountain range. Traders from the area frequently utilize the route in addition to trekkers.

Mesmerizing mountain vistas

The goal of this trip is to get to the top of the tenth-highest mountain in the world and take pictures of the beautiful mountains in the area. The Ghorepani Poonhill, in the Annapurna Region, is one of the best places to see the mountains from above. During the trip, you will be able to see many beautiful mountains, including Mt. Annapurna I, the tenth-highest mountain in the world, as well as Mt. Annapurna II, Mt. Annapurna III, Mt. Annapurna IV, Mt. Annapurna South, Mt. Gangapurna, Hiunchuli, Mt. Dhaulagiri I, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and the Nile horizon. 

Prominent ethnic groups and cultures

Annapurna Base Camp is a difficult and spiritual hike. You'll pass through small villages and settlements where you may learn about the Gurung and Magar cultures. You may encounter Thakali or Loba while wandering along the rhododendron-lined path. They prefer to live in the lower regions of the Annapurna Mountains in the Himalayas. You'll pass across little chortens and gumbas along the road. Travelers often trek across terraced farmlands and rice farms. Pine and bamboo forests offer a wonderful escape from metropolitan life.

Highlights of the Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Excursions in Kathmandu include Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swyambhunath, and Patan Durbar Square.
  • Lush green forest, alpine forest, and rich biodiversity in the largest conservation area - ACAP
  • Trekking through the yak pastures, grazing lands, and farmlands in Manang valley
  • Magnificent glacial lakes, natural waterfalls, deep Georges, and glacier rivers
  • Stunning views of beautiful snow-capped mountains like Annapurna range, Thorang Peak, Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Lamjung Himal, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Nilgiri, Machapuchhre, and many more
  • A glimpse of traditional people, lifestyle, culture, and traditions
  • Explore the historic sacred temple which is equally important for the Hindu and Buddhist religions
  • Explore the most famous viewpoint for sunrise in Poonhill
  • Experience the lavish and modern luxury hospitality in Pokhara city

Best Season for Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna region's best trekking seasons are fall (September to November) and spring (March to May). The sky is clear at that time, and you will be able to see the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks. Remember that even though it is no longer monsoon season, the lower sections (the jungle) will be warmer and more humid, and you may experience an unanticipated shower or two. Above 3500 m, it'll also be significantly cooler. Even though it is not really winter, thick clothing and a windproof jacket are required.

Difficulty level of Annapurna Circuit Trek

Altitude sickness should be considered while evaluating Nepali trekking routes. At 4,000 m (13,123 ft) above sea level, hours seem to last forever. The Annapurna Circuit is harder and takes longer than Annapurna Base Camp because of the 5,416m Thorong La Pass (17,764 feet). This hike is difficult because of the altitude, steep slopes, and long distances. Trails are regularly blocked by snow. You must be fit enough to walk 5 to 7 hours per day for this long expedition. Three months of instruction are needed for beginners. Cycling, swimming, acrobatics, climbing, walking, and aerobics can help you prepare.

Footprint Adventure offers 18 day Annapurna Circuit Trek package frequently and also customizes itineraries according to your preference. For more details, contact us.

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Itinerary

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Here is the complete itinerary of the Annapurna Base Camp trek. If you are looking for your own customized itinerary, feel free to contact us.

You will be met by Footprint Adventure Treks and Expedition’s representative at Airport and transferred to the hotel. In the remaining time, you can explore around the Thamel Bazaar and shopping for trekking. A pre-trekking briefing will be given in the evening by the company representative and you will be introduced with your trekking leaders and guide. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation Kumari Boutique Hotel
  • Maximum Altitude1,350 m

After breakfast, our sightseeing trip will start. We will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide for our sightseeing tour. We will visit the following sites.
Swyambunath Stupa: You can watch over the valley from the top of a hillock on its western side. Swyambhu is also known as Samhengu and the Monkey temple because of the countless monkeys living on the premises. People often called it a monkey temple. 
Pashupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath Temple is one of the holiest Hindu temples of Nepal. It is located on the banks of the Bagmati River on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu. Pashupatinath is the most important temple dedicated to the god Shiva.
Boudhanath Stupa: Boudhanath Stupa is 2500 years old Buddhist stupa in the Valley built in the 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.
Patan Durbar Square: Patan Durbar Square - located in central city Lalitpur. It displays the Newari architecture that had reached its pinnacle during the reign of Malla kings who were great builders and patrons of the arts. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation Kumari Boutique Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast & Welcome Dinner
  • TimeFull Day
  • Maximum Altitude1,350 m

We leave early from Kathmandu to begin the drive to Besisahar. We schedule our own bus transportation. The road leading up to Besisahar is passably good. After we get to Besisahar, we will walk along the Marysangdi River for another two hours to get to Bulbule. We keep going through forests, rice paddies, and many suspension bridges and waterfalls. Once we get to the cliff, aka Jagat, we can see the rocky slopes and Marsyangdi Khola below. In Jagat, we'll stay the night.

 

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Time8-10 hours
  • Maximum Altitude1,100 m

As we pass through steep, narrow valleys, woods of rhododendron, pine, bamboo, and rocky mountain folds, we come across a bridge that leads to a short ascent and, eventually, atop a climb that reveals a broadening valley. We had to go via barley, wheat, and potato farms for a bit after leaving the village of Tal in order to get to Dharapani.

 

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge or Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Time6-7 hours
  • Maximum Altitude1,960 m

We travel west from Dharapani to Bagarchhap through fir and pine trees. From Bagarchhap, we go to a Danaque village before climbing steeply to a Tamang village with amazing views of the Manaslu, Lamjung, Annapurna, and other beautiful mountains. We travel along a gentle flat path to Thanchowk, Kolo, and ultimately Chame as we pass through a Tibetan village that serves as a transition between the lowlands and the highlands.

 

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge or Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Time5 - 6 hours
  • Maximum Altitude2,710 m

We travel west from Dharapani to Bagarchhap through fir and pine trees. From Bagarchhap, we go to a Danaque village before climbing steeply to a Tamang village with amazing views of the Manaslu, Lamjung, Annapurna, and other beautiful mountains. We travel along a gentle flat path to Thanchowk, Kolo, and ultimately Chame as we pass through a Tibetan village that serves as a transition between the lowlands and the highlands.

 

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge or Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Time5 - 6 hours
  • Maximum Altitude3,300 m

The upper region of the Manang district begins with the town of Pisang. On this day, the hike ascends to Braga, a settlement with Tibetan influences. Here, the homes are built on top of one another, forming verandas from their shared roofs. The main attraction is the largest gompa in the area, which is on a high cliff with a wide view of the whole hamlet and the largest collection of statues. We eventually arrive in Manang, where we rest and spend the night.

 

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge or Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Time5-6 hours
  • Maximum Altitude3,570 m

When we go to higher altitudes, we might get altitude sickness if we don't acclimate. Manang is the ideal location because of its stunning natural surroundings and an afternoon stroll up to Khangsar for a quick side trip.

 

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge or Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • TimeFull Day
  • Maximum Altitude3,570 m

We feel refreshed and ready to resume our adventure now that we've had some rest. There are a few horses and yaks grazing in the meadows as we pass by the big trees and head toward the alpine grass and junipers. Yak Kharka's tranquil setting, complete with meadows and steep slopes, is the ideal location for us to spend the night. We could alternatively decide to walk for an hour to go to Letdar and stay there for the night.

 

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge or Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Time3 - 4 hours
  • Maximum Altitude4,110 m

As we get higher along the east bank of the Jarang Khola, hiking to Letdar helps us get used to the higher altitude. We walk for a few hours until we reach Thorung Phedi, a meadow surrounded by steep cliffs. Blue sheep and snow leopards haven't been seen in the area very often, but there are a lot of Lammergeyers and griffons. Here, we stay the night.

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge or Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Time3 - 4 hours
  • Maximum Altitude4,600 m

We plan to hike today for roughly 7-8 hours. Since it has been traveled for years, the trail is relatively simple, but it could become challenging in the top regions due to strong winds. In about 6 hours, we arrive in Thorung Phedi. When we reach Thorung La Pass, the top of our climb, we'll be able to see beautiful views of Annapurna, Gangapurna, and the heavily glaciated summit of Khatungkang. We descend roughly 1600 meters before seeing the magnificent Dhaulagiri in the distance. The path eventually goes through grassy fields and meadows, gets less steep, and leads to Muktinath. Muktinath, a holy location for both Hindus and Buddhists, is a place of nirvana in the Hindu religion that is home to a temple and several monasteries. The Jwalamai temple, which has a spring and an eternal flame, as well as the 108 water spouts that spray holy water, are the site's main draws. Each year, thousands of pilgrims travel here.

 

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge or Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Time7- 8 hours
  • Maximum Altitude3,800 m

After a three-hour drive from Muktinath, we will arrive in Tatopani in a private four-wheel-drive vehicle that we will board in Muktinath. Once we have arrived in Tatopani, we will either take some time to unwind in the lodge or go for a swim in one of the natural hot springs. The night will be spent in Tatopani.

 

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge or Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Time5 hours
  • Maximum Altitude1,200m

We set out early and walk through the beautiful villages where we begin to enter the protected rhododendron forests, where bird songs can fill the air, and beautiful blossoms cover the countryside in spring. We walk through NangeThanti to reach Ghorepani, a beautiful Magar village with splendid views. Ghorepani is our final destination for the day.

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge or Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Time7-8 hours
  • Maximum Altitude2,850 m

Today we rise long before the sun to hike Poon Hill in time for famous views of Dhaulagiri I, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, and their respective massifs. As the sunrises over Machupachare, Dhaulagiri’s south face is bathed in the morning’s golden light. Poon Hill is a well-known spot for photography for unobstructed shots of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massifs. We return to Ghorepani, have breakfast, and depart for Tadapani. Along the way, we first pass through Deurali and Benthanti before arriving in Tadapani, our final destination for the day.

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge or Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Time6-7 hours
  • Maximum Altitude2,700 m

The trail through rhododendron forests to Tadapani is mostly working as an alternative way to Ghorepani. You will appreciate here the perspectives of the mountains for the most part at the early hour toward the beginning of the day, prior to the scene cloak into the foggy mists. In any case, the perspectives amid the sunrise, be that as it may, are in Ghnadruk and Tadapani eminent. Walking is generally requested – you can expect visit climbs and plunges over sloppy ways and unlimited staircases.

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge or Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Time5-6 hours
  • Maximum Altitude1,930 m

On this day, you will travel through Gurung village with views of snowy Mountains and amazing landscape. Walking will be easy today, with 2/3 hours of down walking you will be at Syauli Bazar then walk to Birethanti. There will be your private vehicle driving you to Pokhara. Again you can enjoy your time in Pokhara and if you want to add more days and spend time in Pokhara, you can inform us before the trekking.

  • Accommodation Three Star Standard Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Time3 hours
  • Maximum Altitude830 m

Now that your trek is complete, you’ll return from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus. If you are tired of a long bus journey, then you have the option of flying to Kathmandu at an extra cost.

The cost for Pokhara to Kathmandu is USD 100.00 per person for one way flight. The choice is yours. Nevertheless, it would incur an additional fee. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation Kumari Boutique Hotel
  • MealsBreatfast
  • Time6-7 hour drive/25min flight
  • Maximum Altitude1,350 m

Your journey in Nepal comes to an end today. We will transfer you to International Airport for your final departure. Please note that you have to be at the airport before 3 hours of flight time. 

  • MealsBreakfast

What's Included

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
  • Three-star accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara including breakfast. 
  • Kathmandu city sightseeing in private vehicles with an experienced English-speaking guide. 
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Welcome dinner in traditional Nepali kitchen with cultural dance show. 
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • An experienced, English-speaking, and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader if necessary. 
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
  • Staff costs include their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation.
  • Footprint Adventure's trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map are yours to take.
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS).
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader).
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Nepalese visa fee.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.).
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s).

Dates & Price

Departure DateTrip StatusPrice 
dateDecember 06, 2022 - December 23, 2022StatusAvailablepriceUS$1750
dateDecember 26, 2022 - January 12, 2023StatusAvailablepriceUS$1750

Additional Info

High Altitute Sickness-
Annapurna  Circuit Trek would be life time memory  in your life. If you are not fit we will not recommend to go this trekking. While you are going toward the Throng la Pass you have to eat lot of food and drink . If you have other problem you have to admit the hospital soon in this case you call the helicopter for resque and our staff will help to you for  your treatmemt  . If you have medical insurance the rescue helicopter payment will be cover by the insurance company so medical insurance is necessary to go this trekking.

Trekking Grade -
Annapurna Circuit Trek is pretty long trek that goes right into high mountain country so; it is physically quite strenuous which involves approx 5-6 hours trekking along the way. There is no previous experience is required, used to some regular exercise and enjoy walking in the high altitude conditions.

Weather-
The best seasons for Annapurna Circuit Trek are from mid September till November end and from the beginning of March until end of May. The morning time  usually clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon, & disappearing at night. Trekking during the monsoon and winter is also possible.

Food-
We will provide freshly cooked food from the local guest house or restaurant. You will have breakfast and dinner at the lodge and lunch available along the trail. You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western food as well as drinks.

Transportation-
Annapurna Circuit Trek start your trip from your hotel  so car or necessary vehicle will come to  your place and drop to the airport then Kathmandu to Pokhara to kathmandu amazing flight.

Telephone and Internet-
Trekking to Annapurna Circuit trek there is few places available for Telephone and Internet. You can get internet password from the hotel counter for telephone and internet cost would be extra.

Electricity-
Most of the lodges/ guest house take an additional charge for battery charging. There is no electricity in the base camp. There is electricity or solar power where you can re- charges your camera batteries,laptop, mobile etc. that cost you need to pay extra.

Drinking Water-
The bottle water is available along the trail until the last village. You can take buy boil water from the lodge or restaurant or you can use Iodine or water purifying medicines.

Luggage-
In Kathmandu you will get 4 to 5 star  standard Hotel or resort accommodation. During the trekking part,  rooms will be basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets. You will have a private room but bathroom will be outside. There are some guest houses with attach bathroom as well as but they will cost extra.

Group Leader and Crew-
We promise we will provide Trained Experienced with honest with local Trekking Guide  and Sherpa staff 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.

Trekking Equipments-
It's not necessary to spend a lot of money for extra equipment and clothing before your trip. Majority of these gears can be bought at reasonable rates in Kathmandu.

Trekkking Days-
The time schedule is very important for enjoy trip with among the Guide porters and trekkers Each morning after packing our bags and hot breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk. After walking for 3-4 hours we stop for lunch at around midday. The afternoon’s walk .  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.

Customise Itinerary-
As per your time schedule if there is not suitable date for trekking departure from kathmandu so place mention your suitable time and date then we will organized your great trip to Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Trip Extensions-
In addition to Annapurna Circuit Trek, we can organize  trip to Everest Trekking, Langtang Trekking , Manaslu Trekking, Mustang Trekking,Mountain flight, the water rafting,  jungle safari, City tour (kathmandu, Pokhara  or Lumbini ) ,home stay Tour, Nepal Cultural Tour, Tibet tour ,Bhutan tour  or India tour  extension as per your time frame.

FAQs

Q1. What is the difficulty level of the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Concerning the difficulty level of any hiking route in Nepal, we should not disregard the issue of altitude sickness. Walking for several hours at sea level or somewhat higher is relatively comfortable for most people, but once you go beyond 4,000 m (13,123 ft.), those several hours appear to last forever. The Annapurna circuit route is the largest in this region, looping the Annapurna massif completely. It is believed to be more difficult and take longer in time than the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. It is because trekkers will be trekking across the 5,416m Thorong La Pass (17,764ft.). Aside from the altitude, what makes this walk difficult are the steep climbs and long distances, as well as the limited services. Due to severe snowfall on the trails, the route is frequently blocked during the winter season. Because it is a long journey, you must be in good physical form and be able to walk for at least 5 to 7 hours per day. Even beginners can complete this journey if they train for at least three months ahead of the trek. Cycling, swimming, acrobatics, climbing, jogging, and cardiovascular activities are some of the techniques to prepare your body for a successful Himalayan expedition.

The Annapurna region's best trekking seasons are fall (September to November) and springtime (March-May). The sky is clear at that time, and you will be able to see the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks. Remember that even though it is no longer the monsoon season, the lower sections (jungle) will be warmer and more humid, and you may experience an unanticipated shower or two. Above 3500m, it'll also be significantly cooler. Even though it is not really winter, thick clothing and a windproof jacket are required.

Because you will be walking above 3000m, there is a risk. Regardless of fitness level or mountain experience, various people react differently to altitude. That is why, before you travel, you should study altitude sickness and its symptoms. You can consult your local travel medical doctor, look online, or attend one of the Kathmandu talks. There is also the option of attending the Himalayan Rescue Association's high altitude sickness lecture in Manang.

 

Because the Annapurna Circuit Trek is a teahouse hike, there will be guesthouses in practically every village. Some are larger than others, but most rooms are basic and share bathrooms. Blankets are given, but it is recommended that you bring your own sleeping bag because the top floors can get chilly and there are no warming systems within the buildings. In order to get a room, you will usually have to dine at your lodge. Some places may charge a fee for hot gas showers, so take advantage of them while you can, because you won't be able to shower above Manang unless you reach Muktinath on the opposite side of the pass.

 

Yes. The Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekker's Information Management System Card (TIMS) (both of which cost $20 for an individual trek) are required. Both are available from the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) in Kathmandu. You will need your identification and passport-sized photos with you (although if you don't have any, you can get them taken at NTB).

 

The ACT can be completed without the assistance of a guide or porter, but it is useful to be aware of your alternatives. If you are completely new to trekking or are traveling alone, having a guide may be beneficial. Porters can literally lighten your load by transporting your belongings on the voyage. If you have a pre-existing medical issue, you should strongly consider hiring one (back problems, bad knees, etc.).

 

Most guest houses will provide Wi-Fi for free or for a nominal fee. However, because you will be in the mountains, Wi-Fi may not be available on any given day for a variety of reasons, so don't rely on it. In any case, taking a break might be unexpectedly useful.

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