Annapurna circuit trek

Overview

The Annapurna region is renowned as one of the world’s premier trekking destinations, offering breathtaking natural beauty and rich cultural experiences. The Annapurna Circuit Trek provides an unparalleled opportunity to circumnavigate the Annapurna massif, immersing oneself in the stunning landscapes and diverse cultures of the region. From lush green valleys to snow-capped peaks, including Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, the Annapurnas, and Dhaulagiri, trekkers will witness the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas. Along the journey, encounters with the unique Nepali, Tibetan, and Trans-Himalayan cultures await, as travelers traverse through rustic villages inhabited by a mosaic of ethnic groups, such as Gurungs, Magars, and Newars. Venturing into the northern reaches of Manang and Mustang, influenced by Tibetan culture and Buddhism, offers a glimpse into a world beyond the Himalayas, where ancient traditions thrive amidst stunning landscapes. From the sub-tropical terrain of Pokhara to the lofty heights of Thorung La Pass (5,416 m) and the arid expanse of the Kaligandaki Valley, each day of the trek unfolds new vistas and experiences. Highlights include the majestic Ruchhe Waterfall, the sacred pilgrimage site of Muktinath, the picturesque village of Pisang, and the panoramic sunrise views from Poon Hill. Whether marveling at the Dhaulagiri Icefall, traversing the world’s deepest gorge in the Kaligandaki River, or soaking in the rejuvenating hot springs of Tatopani, the Annapurna Circuit Trek promises an unforgettable adventure through the heart of the Himalayas.

Trek's Highlight

  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Traverse the Thorung-La pass (5,416m), offering panoramic views
  • Explore the pilgrimage site of Muktinath and Tibetan-influenced villages
  • Witness the Dhaulagiri Icefall and the deepest gorge in the world
  • Experience the majesty of Ruchhe Waterfall and rejuvenate in Tatopani hot springs
  • Enjoy stunning sunrise vistas from Poon Hill

Itinerary

Day 1 :
Arrival

All trekkers arrange their own flights to Kathmandu International Airport (KTM). Private transfer to the hotel with a pre-trek briefing by your local Kandoo representative.

Departure from Kathmandu, driving along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Besisahar. Trek begins with a scenic route to Bhulbhule, passing through picturesque Nepali villages.
Accommodation: Hotel
Hiking Time: 3 - 4 hours
Descent: 330 m
Max. Altitude: 1300 m

Traverse through steep trails and lush forests to reach the village of Jagat, situated on a shelf overlooking the Marshyangdi valley.
Accommodation: Teahouse
Hiking Time: 6 - 7 hours
Ascent: 330 m
Max. Altitude: 1300 m

Descend to the river, ascend through a forested path, and arrive at Bagarchap, offering views of Annapurna II and adorned with colorful prayer flags.
Accommodation: Teahouse
Hiking Time: 6 - 7 hours
Ascent: 860 m
Max. Altitude: 2160 m

Ascend through forests of pine and oak, passing waterfalls and rhododendron forests, to reach Chame, the administrative headquarters of Manang district.
Accommodation: Teahouse
Hiking Time: 5 - 6 hours
Ascent: 550 m
Max. Altitude: 2710 m

Embark on a journey to Pisang, crossing suspension bridges and enjoying panoramic views of Paungda Danda and the surrounding landscapes.
Accommodation: Teahouse
Hiking Time: 5 - 6 hours
Ascent: 600 m
Max. Altitude: 3310 m

Navigate through scenic ridges and valleys, passing by the picturesque village of Bryaga, before reaching Manang, offering stunning views of the Annapurna range.
Accommodation: Teahouse
Hiking Time: 6 - 7 hours
Ascent: 230 m
Max. Altitude: 3540 m

Accommodation: Teahouse
Hiking Time: 3 - 4 hours
Ascent: 260 m
Descent: 260 m
Max. Altitude: 3800 m

Ascend through the valley of the Jarsang Khola, passing by the village of Gunsang, before reaching Letdar amidst stunning alpine scenery.
Accommodation: Teahouse
Hiking Time: 4 - 5 hours
Ascent: 800 m
Max. Altitude: 4250 m

Gradually climb to a ridge, crossing the headwaters of the Marshyangdi River, before reaching Thorung High Camp.
Accommodation: Teahouse
Hiking Time: 4 - 5 hours
Ascent: 600 m
Max. Altitude: 4850 m

Embark on an early morning ascent to Thorung La Pass (5416m), followed by a descent to Muktinath, with stunning views of the Himalayas along the way.
Accommodation: Teahouse
Hiking Time: 7 - 8 hours
Ascent: 566 m
Descent: 1616 m
Max. Altitude: 5416 m

Descend through the Kali Gandaki valley, passing by traditional Tibetan villages, before reaching Jomsom, the final destination of the trek.
Accommodation: Teahouse
Hiking Time: 6 - 7 hours
Descent: 1087 m
Max. Altitude: 3800 m

Take a scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, followed by a flight to Kathmandu, with ample time to explore the vibrant city.
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 14 :
Departure

Transfer to Kathmandu Airport for departure.
Meals included: Breakfast

Includes

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • Accommodations during the trek
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  • Experienced trek leader and Sherpa porters
  • Necessary permits and paperwork
  • Comprehensive medical kit
  • Government and local taxes

Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Alcoholic/non-alcoholic drinks
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver
What are the main attractions of the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The trek offers stunning views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and other peaks, crossing the Thorong La Pass, exploring diverse landscapes, and experiencing the local culture.

How much does the Annapurna Circuit Trek cost on average?

The cost varies based on factors like trek duration, accommodations, and hiring guides/porters. Budgeting around $25 to $40 per day for basic expenses is a good estimate.

What wildlife can be spotted during the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

 Wildlife such as snow leopards, Himalayan tahr, musk deer, and various bird species inhabit the region, but sightings are not guaranteed.

Can the Annapurna Circuit Trek be done in reverse?

Yes, starting from Besisahar or Bhulbhule is possible, though less common, and may affect acclimatization.

What food options are available during the trek?

Teahouses offer Nepali, Tibetan, Indian, and Western dishes including dal bhat, momo, noodles, and pasta, with vegetarian and vegan options.

Is clean drinking water accessible along the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Yes, while bottled water is available, it’s recommended to use water purification tablets or filters with a reusable bottle.

Are ATMs or currency exchange services available along the trek?

Some larger villages have ATMs and exchange facilities, but carrying enough Nepalese Rupees is advisable.

Can the Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary be modified?

Yes, the trek can be extended or modified to include side trips like Tilicho Lake or Annapurna Base Camp.

How crowded is the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

 Certain sections may be crowded, especially during peak seasons, but quieter stretches can still be found.

What exactly is the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

It’s a popular trekking route in the Annapurna region known for its diverse landscapes, mountain views, and cultural experiences.

What are the accommodation options during the trek?

 Teahouses and lodges provide basic accommodation along the route.

Are there altitude-related risks on the trek?

Yes, altitude sickness is a risk, and acclimatization is crucial. It’s advisable to consult a healthcare professional before trekking.

What should I pack for the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Essential items include trekking gear, warm clothing, a sleeping bag, rain jacket, first aid kit, and water purification tablets.

What are the accommodation options during the trek?

Teahouses and lodges offer basic rooms with shared facilities along the route.

How physically challenging is the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

It’s moderately challenging, involving long hikes, steep terrain, and high altitudes. Adequate fitness and acclimatization are necessary.

Do I need permits for the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Yes, permits include the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)

How long is the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The trek typically takes 15 to 20 days covering approximately 160 to 230 kilometers.

 

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Annapurna circuit trek