• Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: As Per Itinerary
  • Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel + Teahouses + Lodges
  • Group Size: 1-15
  • Max Elevation: 5416m

Regarded as one of the best long treks in the world, Annapurna Circuit Trek is not just a venture into the natural majesty but a cultural journey through and through. Spanning over 200km in four different districts of Nepal, the trail encircles the entire Annapurna Conservation Area and the Annapurna massif. Annapurna Circuit Trek is well suited for trekkers of any age and experience. The gigantic peaks including those inAnnapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu massifs, and others like Machhapuchhre (6997m), Tilicho Peak (6920m), and Pisang Peak (6019m) are also easily visible during the trek.

The 15-days trekcommences upon your arrival at Kathmandu. You’ll begin the trip with a cultural sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu city whereyou’ll get to witness some of the most popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Boudhanath.Afterward, you’ll embark on a road journey to the northwest of Kathmandu to Besisahar. After spending a night at Besisahar, you’ll resume the commute until the next village of Chame. The trail moves anti-clockwise and passes through the high altitude villages of Lower Pisang, Manang, and Yak Kharka before crossing over the Thorung La Pass (5416m) to Mustang district. Due to its close proximity to Tibet in the north, the villages here resemble Tibetan lifestyle, culture, and tradition. Across the pass, you’ll make your way to the pilgrimage site of Muktinath, where thousands of Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims visit each year to performthe pilgrimage. Once in Mustang, the landscape is entirely semi-arid and desert-like.You’ll descend further and make your way to Jomsom, the windy city of Nepal. From Jomsom, you’ll catch a trans-Himalayan flight to Pokhara. At Pokhara, you can decide either to drive back to Kathmandu or take a brief flight back. This trek can be undertaken during spring (Mar-May) and autumn (Sep-Nov).

Himalaya Summit Club offers the wide range of services to our clients and these services are available at a reasonable rate too. We also offer friendly ambiance and personal touch on all our trips so that our clients can get a taste of Nepali hospitality as they continue on the trip.

Highlights

  • A brief tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
  • Cultural, Natural, Religious overview of the mid-western Himalaya regions
  • Explore the Tibetan-Buddhist influenced villages to the north of the Annapurna Himalayas
  • Visit the holy Muktinath Temple and learn the history and myths surrounding it
  • Cross one of the biggest passes in the world, Thorung La Pass (5416m)
  • Witness Himalayan grandeur of mountain ranges of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu.

Itinerary

  • Day 01Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.(1300m)
  • Day 02Day 02: Kathmandu Preparation and sightseeing.
  • Day 03Day 03: Drive to Besisahar (830m)By Jeep 6hrs.
  • Day 04Day 04: Drive to Chame (2670m) By Jeep5-6hrs.
  • Day 05Day 05: Trek to Lower Pisang (3200m) 5-6 hrs.
  • Day 06Day 06: Trek to Manang (3540m) 5-6 hrs.
  • Day 07Day 07: Acclimatization day
  • Day 08Day 08: Trek to Yak Kharka (4050m) 5-6hrs
  • Day 09Day 09: Trek to Thorung Phedi (4525m )5-6hrs.
  • Day 10Day 10: Trek to Muktinath (3802m) via Thorung La pass (5416m) 8-9hrs
  • Day 11Day 11: Trek to Jomsom (2720m) 5hrs
  • Day 12Day 13: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara(820m) 25 mins and sightseeingat Pokhara.
  • Day 13Day 14: Drive 7 hrs or Fly (30mins) to Kathmandu
  • Day 14Day 15: Transfer to airport for departure.

What's Included

  • Pickups and drops from hotels and airport
  • Accommodations in 3 star hotels in Kathmandu (Moon light Hotel or Yatri Suites spa Hotel or Hotel Mandala Boutique and Pokhara (Hotel Mount View) and teahouses during the trek
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • All meals during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • An experienced English-speaking UIAA certified 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, flight, food and lodging
  • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • 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
  • Airplane fare
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

Price & Dates

Useful Information

The Trekking Group

For the Annapurna Circle Trek, there will be one UIAA Certified Trek leader, assistant Trek leader (4 trekkers:1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers:1 porter) This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the trek for groups of any size, but usually, it is a maximum of twelve people as we've found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you'd like to book this trip for a large group then that can be arranged too.

Accommodations

We will be staying at Hotel Marshyandi/Moon light Hotel/Yatri Suites Spa Hotel in Kathmandu, Hotel Mount View in Pokhara and teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD. Himalaya Summit Club will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.

Meals

During our trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from the teahouse or from a lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition upon joining any of Himalaya Summit Club trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don't arrange or sell insurance.

Acclimatization

This trek's itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitudes too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to result in death. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. For example, at an altitude above of 5000m, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Therefore, our body needs many days to adapt to an environment with less-oxygen. During this trip, a separate day is set aside in Manang for acclimatization.

Himalaya Summit Club advises guest(s) with known heart, lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders are symptoms of AMS. Check out
"Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff, whether once you getting in Kathmandu you can we will arrange to meet with Expedition Doctor Mr. Nima Namgel Sherpa. Himalaya Summit Club itineraries are designed to try to prevent AMS as much as possible. But, it is important to remember that some visitors are more vulnerable than others.

 

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

This is a moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes; however, if we are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have a positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, we can accomplish this trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. It is vital for participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases to consult their doctor before taking the trip. It is also advised that you inform Himalaya Summit Club before booking the trek.

Best Time to Travel

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for this trip. Although this trip can be taken during winter, there might be a problem due to obstructed pass due to ice or snow. The trekking routes are crowded during Spring and Autumn but during Monsoon and Winter the routes are not packed and we could enjoy rather best of nature.

Equipments & Packing List

This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

 

Important documents and items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.

Head

  • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

Hands

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

Lower Body

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

Feet

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, broken in )
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, low ankle high version

Sleeping

  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)

Rucksack and Travel Bags

  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

Medical

  • first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid Small, personal tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Practical Items

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
  • 1 compass or GPS(optional)
  • 1 alarm clock/watch
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • large Ziplocs
  • 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
  • 1 small folding knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks

Toiletries

  • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror

Personal Hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash

Extras/Luxuries

  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • iPod
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  • 1 modest swim suit
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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