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Annapurna Circuit Trek

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19 Days
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Dennis Tedder
Once again, another incredible trip supported by Ace Holiday Treks and Narayn Bhatta. In March, 2017, my nephew joined me in Kathmandu where I now live; 90% of my decision to live in Kathmandu is as a result of Narayan Bhatta. My nephew and I trekked to Everest Base Camp... Read More
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Annapurna Circuit Trek happens to be one of the most popular and fascinating trekking trail available in Nepal. Annapurna Circuit Trek garners a large number of foreigners and domestic tourists alike every year. annapurna circuit trek itinerary takes considerable period of time to cover this trek and hence the prospective trekkers should plan in advance and allocate at least around 18-19 days for this mind-blowing trek. Trek Annapurna Circuit also requires a good level of physical fitness as the trek takes you to above 4000 meters of altitude. High altitude might as well be a hindrance for the heart patients. However, for somebody who has normal physique, he/she need not worry and can fully enjoy the exhilarating adventure.

Annapurna Circuit Treks provides the prospective trekkers and the aspirant adventure seekers with the ultimate chance to see the great Himalayan Range from a very near, almost touchable, distance. Looking at the majectic mountains smiling beneath you, you will be in awe of the nature at its best possible manifestation. Even the barren hills and the mountains, limited people and inhabitation, wind blowing with unbelievable gust past you face also amazes you at this circuit trek. The annapurna circuit trek length is a 19-day trek that will take you past the hills, the snow-clad mountains, the Himalayas and eventually back to the Capital in Kathmandu, the memory still lingering on the minds, the images still vivid and the desire to perhaps re-visit the area still intact.

One of the highlights of the trek is visiting the ancient Buddhist and Hindu shrines that fall in the region. The Muktinath Temple located in Mustang district is one of the most sacred and famous Hindu shrines in the country. Thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit the holy temple to take blessings from the goddess of the shrine. Rather surprisingly, Muktinath also happens to be a Buddhist pilgrimage destination. There are plenty of Buddhist monasteries at and on the way to Muktinath making it a rare shrine for both Hindu and Buddhist deities. The temple has 108 water spouts from where water pours down continuously and it is widely believed among the Hindu pilgrims that taking a holy bath from the water spouts provides salvation or ‘mukti’ to the people from their problems.. Muktinath is located at an altitude of 3,710 meters from the sea level. While on the way to Muktinath, we also come across places like Dharapani, Chame, Manang, Jomsom, and others which have their own significance. Also, the flight from Jomsom to Pokhara dazzles you as it provides an unadulterated view of the mountains and the great valleys. It can be said, annapurna circle trek is one of the finest places in Nepal with great natural beauty and splendor.

During the round annapurna trek, tourists also get a rare opportunity to cross the largest pass in the world called the Thorong La Pass. It is located at 5416 meters height. Many tourists want to come to Annapurna just to have a glimpse of Thorong La Pass. Passing many annapurna circuit trek difficulty,you can explore the beauty of annapurna treks. The best time to embark on Annapurna Circuit Trek would be on the months of September and November or the months of March and May. The annapurna trek cost is one of the cheapest prices than all other trekking agencies.


Itinerary outline
Day 01–Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmand (welcome dinner)
Day 02–Drive to Bhulbhule (840m)
Day 03–Trek to Ghermu (1130m)
Day 04–Trek to Dharapani (1860 m)
Day 05–Trek to Chame (2670 m)
Day 06–Trek to Pisang (3200m)
Day 07–Trek to Manang (3540m)
Day 08– Rest day at Manang for acclimatization
Day 09–Trek to Yak Kharka (4018m)
Day 10–Trek to Thorong Phide (see condition of clients), 44650-4825m
Day 11–Trek to Muktinath (3760m)
Day 12–Trek to Kagbeni (2800m)
Day 13–Trek to Tukuche (2590m)
Day 14–Trek to Ghasa (2010m)
Day 15–Trek to Tatopani (1190m)
Day 16–Trek to Ghorepani 
Day 17- Back to Pokahara from Ghorepani
Day 18- Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 19- Departure to TIA ‘Farewell!’
Day 01–Arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu
You will be welcomed by our team members at the Airport and will be then ushered to the Hotel.
Our travel representatives will explain briefly about the travel itinerary upon Airport arrival.
Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02–Kathmandu to Bhulbhule (840m)
On the second day, you will be driven to Besisahar, the district headquarters of Lamjung, along the Prithvi Highway. It is a pleasant drive which takes around 4 hours to reach Besisahar. A couple of hours trek from Besisahar through the villages of Lamjung takes you to Bhulbhule, a little village in the district. Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 03–Trek to Ghermu (1130m) 4hrs
From Bhulbhule, we resume our trek on the third day going past the local villagers and the community traditionally inhabited by Gurung, Magar, Brahminj and Chhetri castes. There is plenty of time to catch up with the local people as you trek as the trek is not that strenuous in the initial phase of the itinerary. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 04–Trek to Dharapani (1860 m) 6 hrs
After breakfast in the morning, we continue with the trek crossing dense forests and numerous rivulets along the way. The persistent sound of Marshyangdi River gushing along the trail and the chirping of the birds adds excitement to the trek. On the fourth day, we will enter Manang district as we reach Dharapani, the destination for the day. Dharapani is one of the biggest villages in Manang. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 05–Trek to Chame (2670 m) 5 hrs
We continuously ascend to higher altitudes as we climb the hills through Oak and Fir forests alongside the Marshyangdi River. There are also numerous opportunities to gaze at the spectacular views of the Himalayan summits that lie in Manang region. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 06–Trek to Pisang (3200m) 5 hrs
The trail until Pisang is steep that traverses through narrow River Valley and dense forests. There is also the chance to behold the best possible view of Mount Annapurna II while along the way to Pisang. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 07–Trek to Manang (3540m) 4 hrs
There are two possible routes that take us to Manang. One route is a lot easier but takes a little longer, while the other strenuous route follows along the Marshyangdi River and is shorter than the earlier route. One can also see Himalayan Yaks grazing along the pasture while on the way to Manang. Annapurna and several other mountain peaks are clearly visible at astonishingly close distance from Manang. Khangsar is a traditional Gurung village in Manang. You will be staying overnight at a hotel in Khangsar.

Day 08– A day for acclimatization in Manang
The eighth day will be spent in Manang itself for getting used to the alititude and acclimatize the conditions. Visiting monasteries in Manang would be a good idea while you can also take a trip to Gangapurna Lake or else visit the local villages and talk with the people and villagers.
Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 09–Trek to Yak Kharka (4018m) 5 hrs
On day nine, we leave Manang and continue with the treak towards Yak Kharka located at more than 4000 meteres from sea-level. Earlier days acclimatization will certainly help the trekkers as we ascend further during the trek. Overnight stay at guesthouse in Yak Kharka.

Day 10–Trek to Thorong Phedi (4420m) 4 hrs
The trail from Yak Kharka (4018m) to Thorong Phedi (4420m) is a short one. It, however, takes around 4 hours to reach Phedi as the altitude is high and breathing is realtively effortful. Thorong Phedi is the starting point for those foreigners who are willing to go until Thorong La Pass, the highest point of the trek. Thorong La Pass, located at an altitude of 5416m is believed to be the Pass situated at the highest altitude in the world. Overnight stay in a guesthouse.

Day 11–Trek to Muktinath (3760m) 7/8 hrs
The climax of the Annapurna Circuit Trek arrives on day eleven of the trip when we trek towards Muktinath, the famous Hindu pilgrimage destination, after crossing Thorong La Pass. As stated earlier, Thorong La Pass is situated at very high altitude and the foreigners and trekkers are advised to go about the trek in a slow manner, making sure their breating is ok and that there are no problems from high altitude. From the Pass, the trail now descends down to Muktinath Temple. Muktinath is popular among both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. One can worship and pay homage at the shrine in Muktinath where thousands of pilgrims visit every year to get blessings of the goddess. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 12–Trek to Kagbeni (2800m) 4 hrs
After visiting the shrine in Muktinath Temple, we descend downhill towards Kagbeni. Kagbeni is a small village in Upper Mustang and lies in the Kali Gandaki River Valley. It takes around 4 hours to reach Kagbeni. Even a Nepali movie has been filmed with the title Kagbeni showing the life of the people from this part of the region. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 13–Trek to Tukuche (2590m) 4hrs
From Kagbeni, we descend down further reaching Tukuche, a Village Development Committee in Mustang district. It is a small village inhabited mostly by Thakali people. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 14–Trek to Ghasa (2010m) 4hrs
A four hour trek from Tukuche brings us to Ghasa, a local village in Mustang. The village mostly consists of Gurung and Magar ethnic community. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 15–Trek to Tatopani (1190m) 5rs
On day 15, we reach Tatopani which is most popular for the hot-water spring. Even the foreigners are seen dipping their body on the hot-water spring. There is a popular belief among the Nepalis that skin ailments and other diseases are cured if they take a dip at the hot-water spring. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 16–Trek to Ghorepani 6hrs
From Tatopani, we trek to Ghorepani, a wonderful village in Myagdi district. Ghorepani is quite popular among the trekkers as they prefer to stay a night there looking at the amazing ambience of hills, mountains and others. There are plenty of good guesthouses available in Ghorepani and we will be staying in one of them.

Day 17- Back to Pokhara
On the seventeenth day, we will be returning to the beautiful city of Pokhara completing the exhilarating trek to the Annapurna region. Rest of the day, you will be taking rest at a hotel in Pokhara.

Day 18- Drive back to Kathmandu 5hrs
On the penultimate day of the tour package, you will drive back to the Capital city of Kathmandu along the Prithvi Highway. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 19- Departure to TIA “Farewell!"
On the 19th day of the tour package, you will return to your country via the international Airport in Kathmandu.
Cost Included:
  • Arrival & Departure Transport By private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals a day during the Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in Tea House during the Trekking.
  • Trekking Guide with Insurance
  • Trekking Porters if needed with Insurance
  • Two nights' Accommodation in Kathmandu And Pokhara one night  2 Star level hotel with bed- and- breakfast basis, (If you like to have a standard Hotel accommodations please do let us know).
  • All Transportation around sightseeing By car or Van And Kathmandu to BhulBula by local bus or car
  • Kathmandu city and trekking maps.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • Tims card (Trekking information management system) as like a permit.
  • Free use Company's duffel bag.
  • Emergence of helicopter rescue (pay by your insurance)
  • Day sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley, car/van/bus and tour guide
  • All needed Government fee.
  • Wel come dinner with culture show 

Cost Excluded:
  • International Airfare.
  • Food in Kathmandu  And Pokhara lunch and dinner.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 25 for 15 days you should get visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters
  • Donation
  • Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone etc.
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

General
  • For seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)

Daypack
  • Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
  • Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  • Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
  • Headlamp - Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don't go cheap here.
  • Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand
  •     1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts   for additional warmth.
  •     1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  •     1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.

Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body
  • T-shirts (2).
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs
  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
 All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet
  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)
  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous, but Important !
  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • 2 bandanas.

Optional
  • 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).

Binoculars (Optional).
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Trip Facts

Duration: 19 Days
Accomodation: Tea house
Seasons : March-April-May, Sep-Oct-Nov
Type: Moderate
Activities : Trekking and walking
No. of Pax : Min 2
Starts From : Kathmandu
Ends at : kathmandu

Trip Highlights

  • Annapurna Circuit Trek happens to be one of the most popular and fascinating trekking trail available in Nepal.
  • Annapurna Circuit Trek garners a large number of foreigners and domestic tourists alike every year.
  • Annapurna Circuit Treks provides the prospective trekkers and the aspirant adventure seekers with the ultimate chance to see the great Himalayan Range from a very near, almost touchable, distance.
  • Annapurna Circuit Trek would be on the months of September and November or the months of March and May.

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