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Annapurna Circuit trekking or Annapurna Round trek is considered as one of the classic and great treks in the Nepal Himalaya. It is on the list of every trekking connoisseur who likes to experience stunning Himalayan peaks, landscapes, wildlife, culture and Tibetan Buddhism.
Annapurna Circuit trekking covers a wide range of landscape from subtropical jungles and snow bound passes to arid Tibet like trans Himalayan landscape. Trekkers will be rewarded with magnificent and breathtaking views of Annapurna ranges, Mt. Gangapurna, Mt. Tarkegang among others. The culmination of Annapurna Round trekking is the crossing of Thorung La pass at 5416m, one of the highest Himalayan passes and the visit to Chumig Gyatsa or Muktinath temple. Revered by both Buddhists and Hindus, Chumig Gyatsa contains the mud statue of Padmasambhava or Guru Rimpoche, 108 water taps and eternal flame.
The journey encompasses the magical Marshyangdi Valley and Kali Gandaki Valley as well as Manang which still preserves many attributes of Tibetan lifestyle, culture and Buddhism. Visit the ancient trading towns of Jomsom, Tukuche and Kagbeni and experience the culture and hospitality of Thakali along with Manangi people. Annapurna Circuit trekking lies within the boundary of Annapurna Conservation Area project, which has been promoting sustainable tourism in the region in participation of local communities. Rare wild animals such as Snow Leopard, Himalayan Griffons and Blue Sheep call this region their habitat.
● Complete a total circuit of Annapurna Himalaya in this classic trek
● Capture magnificent views of Annapurna Ranges, Pisang, Gangapurna, Tarkegang peaks
● Trek through Marshyangdi and Kali Gandaki valley and witness diverse landscapes and culture of local people
● Cross Thorung La pass and visit Chumig Gyatsa or Muktinath temple
● Experience rich natural biodiversity of Himalayan region
● Take a rare peek into the ancient Tibetan Buddhism
● All airport/hotel transfers.
● Two Night Accommodation at a deluxe hotel in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing basis.
● Two Nights accommodations at deluxe hotel in Pokhara on twin/double sharing basis.
● All accommodations and meals during the trek.
● An experienced licensed English-Speaking guide and porters.
● Flight ticket from Jomsom to Pokhara.
● Tourist bus ticket from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
● All ground transportation as per itinerary.
● Guided sightseeing tour in Pokhara
● All necessary permits (TIMS, Park fees, world heritage sites entry fee where applicable)
● Farewell dinner
● A comprehensive medical kit.
● All government and local taxes
● Nepal Visa Fee
● International airfare to and from Kathmandu
● Meals in Kathmandu
● Any kind of refreshment beverages and alcohol.
● Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu in cases of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountains (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.)
● Any extra costs resulting from cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest or illness
● Tips for guide, drivers and porters.
● Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase
● Day bag.( Small handbag)
● Trekking shoes
● Sports shoes or sandals.
● Sun Hat/cap
● Warm woolen cap
● Trekking jacket Gore tex/ fleece jacket
● Pullover or warm sweeter
● 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock
● Hand gloves
● 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers
● 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts
● 3/4 pairs of Underwear
● Eye glass
● Water bottle
● 4 seasons Sleeping bag
● Flash or Torch light
● Camera and batteries.
For lodge and teahouse trekking, we ensure the standard group size, not exceed 16 pax. We believe we can maintain the quality of our services for 16 participants in each group. Please note some restricted trekking areas will require at least two participants to get permits. Individual and solo trekkers are allowed in other trekking regions.
For this trek we provide one licensed professional guide who can communicate or speak in English, one porter for every two participants and one assistant guide for more than 12 pax. A group of 16 participants will have one complimentary group leader. Our trekking guides and porters are well informed about their responsibilities. And the porters can carry up to 20kg of weight. Our field staff will also include one guide who is adept in administering first aid.
The accommodations are chosen based on trekking itinerary, comfort level, budget and interests of trekkers and accessibility in terms of scenery and trail. Most arrangements are made on Bed & Breakfast basis, double/twin sharing in Lodges/Tea houses and Deluxe – Star hotels in cities. Depending upon your interests, a wide range of hotels are available in city areas such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, etc. and during the trekking trail, there are plenty of lodges, teahouses, guesthouses and sometimes even hotels for accommodation. A Teahouse/Lodge trek is where trekkers stay in lodges and guesthouses along the trail as opposed to tents/camping. Such Teahouses/Lodges are run either by local families or are community-based which offers simple to moderate facilities, with simple beds, solar-powered hot water and a limited set of cuisines/meals.
For this trek we offer two types of accommodation, ‘Deluxe Hotel’ in the city and ‘Teahouse/Lodge’ during the trekking trail. The Hotels and Teahouses have been selected by the Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks after personal inspection. We look at the conditions of the inns, local hygiene, quality of food, type of service and more. All rooms are double occupancy, but you can request a single occupancy room for an additional fee. However, sometimes single rooms are not available in some places, depending upon seasonality with limited choices available in peak season. We do work to provide the best possible options when trekking in the High Himalayas.
Touristic cities such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, offer some of the finest dining restaurants. Get spoiled with unlimited choices for cuisines, ranging from local Nepali food to international delicacies. In contrast, there might not be as much variety of cuisines available on the trekking trail. Trekking lodges and small eateries along the trail will offer you basic diets such as Nepali Dal Bhat, sandwich, apple pie and pizza and regular beverages. However, you will get to enjoy mostly organic food on trekking trails.
For this trek we offer you full board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) local or best available continental food as per menu on your choice and 3 cups of tea/coffee per day. Please note that full board meals are not included during your transition stay in city areas, guests will have to pay for the meals (dinner and lunch), alcohol, hot & cold beverages and mineral water.
Upon your arrival in Nepal at Tribhuvan International Airport, we will receive you and help you transfer luggage. We will directly drive you to your booked hotel where you can relax and unwind. In the afternoon/evening, our guide will accompany you to our office where you receive a short briefing about your trip. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Today you will leave Kathmandu for your trekking trip. After early morning breakfast, you will drive from Kathmandu all the way to Bhulbhule passing through Besisahar. It takes 6-7 hrs to reach Bhulbhule. You will find yourself on the eastern bank of Marshyangdi River from where you will observe the first glimpse of Lamjung Himal, Himalchuli, and Nadi Chuli. Bhulbhule has a checkpoint which indicates the starting point of Annapurna Conservation Area. Stay overnight in Bhulbhule.
After breakfast, you will get back on the trekking trail. The trail initially crosses two rivers, Sisne and Nagdi with Manaslu and Ngadi peaks forming a formidable backdrop. Enjoy the terraced fields on both sides as thetrail moves up to Bahun danda (1250m) inhabited by Bahun community. The trail carries on pass two villages namely Kani Gaon and Ghermu (1140m) after which it drops to cross Marsyangdi river and then climbs. A waterfall and rocky path beside signifies approaching village of Jagat, which is a tiny village inhabited by Tamang. Stay overnight in Jagat.
The trail leaves Jagat and heads towards Chamje village following east bank Marshyangdi River. It takes another hour on the climbing rocky path to come to Tal, which is the entrance to Manang valley. Here you will see a fertile open valley. This area is surrounded by subtropical fir and pine trees. You can stay here but we will move towards Bagarchhap. A trading point between Tibet and Nepal, Bagarchap is known for beautiful views of Annapurna range. Stay overnight in Bagarchap.
Today the trail will enter proper Manang Valley beyond Chame. You will be trekking through the forested path of pine and fir. Enjoy the views of Manaslu, Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal on the way. As the trail climbs gradually through rhododendron and descends by large pine forests. You will come across villages of Thanchowk and Koto, the latter featuring a gompa, before finally arriving at Chame. Being a district headquarters of Manang District, Chame has good accommodation facilities, mani walls, hot spring and even a bank branch. Chame offers great views of Lamjung himal, Annapurna II & IV. Stay overnight at Chame.
Today’s trekking duration from Chame to Pisang is about 5 hrs. You will start a level walk through a forest as well as apple orchard. Within an hour you will reach Bhartang village leading to unique Paungda Danda, which is a huge rock slab situated along Marshyangdi river. This point is vantage to see awesome views of Annapurna II, South, Pisang and Himalchuli. Again you will cross Marshyangdi River, pass by Dhukur Pokhari and reach Lower and then Upper Pisang. The village hosts a Dzong, a chorten and two gompas and is the entrance to Upper Manang. Enjoy splendid views of Annapurna II and Pisang peak from here. Stay overnight in Upper Pisang.
Prepare yourself for a long trek as you will follow a more strenuous and high route to magical Manang. There are two routes from here to Manang but we will take the longer route which is more rewarding for its impressive views of Annapurna ranges. The trail ascends quickly passing through one Mring Tso lake and white chorten near Gharu village. Several Dzong and chortens appear in view as you further follow the trail upwards. Don’t forget to enjoy fantastic views of Annapurna mountains along. Ahead you will pass up the village of Ngawal and further along from here is a cave called Ney Guru Sang Phuk. You will descend from here to the Bragha village. The village is famous for a Gompa which possesses centuries old murals and manuscripts. On all sides of Bragha are soaring cliffs and massive Annapurna. It takes another 25 minutes to arrive at Manang. Stay overnight in Manang.
Today we will rest in Mannag for acclimatization. You can involve in 3-4 hours of sightseeing trips to several places around Manang including visiting Milarepa Cave or Chongar viewpoint or Praken and Bacho Gompa. Some other options are mountaineering school and Manang cultural Museum. Stay overnight in Manang.
After breakfast you will resume your trekking for the next destination. Our acclimatization process is still on as we make further gains in height in a gradual manner. The trail leaving Manang ascends towards yak shelters and alpine vegetation. You will visit the village of Tengi and Gunsang en route. Take a romantic walk throughjuniper and berry forests and bushes under shadow of Chulu West and Gundang peaks. Observe yak pastures in Yak Kharka and the excellent view of Annapurna ranges it offers.
It will take 4-5 hrs to reach Through Phedi from Yak Kharka. The trail goes steadily up along Jarsang Khola and the village of Letdar (4230m) comes into view. You can visit Himalayan Rescue Center here to know more about mountaineering safety procedures. Ahead is a wooden bridge over Marshyangdi River. As we approach Thorung Phedi, the trail becomes much narrower as cliffs cave in. Stay overnight in Thorung Phedi.
Today is perhaps the most challenging and rewarding day of the trek. We will leave early in the morning after a warm breakfast for the climb of Thorung La pass. Follow the trail towards Marsyangdi River and pass through the river via a wooden bridge before climbing steeply over moraines and rocky ridges. This section is very prone to immediate weather changes with snow frequently occurring. You will get in and out of canyons and spend at least 5 hrs before reaching the top of Thorung La pass, which is easily recognizable by fluttering prayer flags. Enjoy the breathtaking views of Annapurna, Gangapurna, Khatung Kang, Thorungtse and the dry arid land of Manang.
Afterwards descend along snow strewn, slippery paths passing through ravine and dropping to Chumig Gyatsa or Muktinath. Revered by both Buddhists and Hindus, Muktinath is a famous pilgrimage site. Stay overnight in Muktinath.
The trek today will be along Kali Gandaki Valley. Enjoy the views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna from here. 15 minutes walk from Muktinath, we come to Ranipauwa. Further down from here you will come across a gompa, cave before going through Khingra, Lubra and Kagbeni. Don’t forget to taste apple and apple juice in apple orchards. The trekking section from Kagbeni to Jomsom is most interesting as you walk along Kali Gandaki River facing fierce winds. Jomsom lies on the banks of Kali Gandaki River and was once held as a fort and trading post between Tibet and Nepal.
Today we will take an early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. The flight takes about 20 minutes and is very scenic. In the evening explore Pokhara. Stay overnight in Pokhara.
Today you will participate in a full day guided tour of Pokhara. You can visit Davis Fall, Gupteswar Cave and Bindebasini Temple followed by a hike to World Peace Pagoda to see the views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks and Pokhara valley. In the evening you can enjoy boating on Phewa Lake. Other optional activities include Paragliding from Sarangkot, visit to Nepal Mountaineering Museum and exploration of Bat Cave. Stay overnight in Pokhara
Enjoy the breakfast and prepare yourself for a long drive to Kathmandu. It takes about 6 hrs by tourist bus along the winding Prithivi Highway with beautiful views of mountain peaks, rolling green hills, rivers and village lifestyle. In the evening, enjoy the farewell dinner and stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Depending on the timing of your international flight, our staff will drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. We hope to see you again in Nepal.
Annapurna Circuit trek is one of the safest and most popular trekking in Nepal. Annapurna region is the most visited by trekkers in Nepal. The trekking trail is well maintained, has internet and mobile communication and offer plenty of choices in hotels and lodges.
This two weeks long Annapurna Circuit trek takes you around Mt. Annapurna, the tenth highest mountain in the world. The trek is graded easy to moderate in difficulty scale. Trekkers will have to cross the challenging Thorung La pass at 5416m.
Physical fitness is a must to do Annapurna Circuit trek as is mental preparedness. Prior trekking experience or adequate endurance training is recommended.
The program cost we offer to you is both reasonable and comparative. Since we practice sustainable tourism, we attempt to give the best experience to our tourists while ensuring equal economic dividends to locals of host destination and our staffs. We do not overprice and we discourage unhealthy practice of undercutting. We believe in providing quality service to our guests at a sustainable comparative price.
Yes, you can always customize the itinerary according to your requirements. We are quite flexible in re-designing the itinerary by taking into consideration your time availability and needs.
We are flexible in designing programs that suit your interests and needs. Feel free to let us know what you prefer and what your choices are. You can combine two or three trek programs in one go or even more. Alternatively you can go for tour and trek programs combinedly. We are open to any set of combination you want to pursue.
You can cancel the trip if you have personal reasons to do so. Please read our Terms & Conditions for refund details.