Annapurna circuit trek
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Annapurna Circuit Trekking

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Country

Nepal

Duration

12 Days

Best Season

Mar - Apr / Oct-Nov

Group

Private

Max. Altitude

5416 m / 17769ft.

Accommodation

Hotel and Lodge.

Transportation

Flight / Private Vehicle

Grade

Moderate
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Overview

The Annapurna circuit trek is an adventurous journey that goes around the Annapurna mountain range, which includes some of the highest peaks in the world like Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri. The trek follows a well-known path that leads to Thorongla Pass, starting from Besisahar and finishing at Jomsom. After that, a short 16-minute flight takes you to Pokhara, which saves time compared to trekking the entire way.

 

The Annapurna circuit trek covers a vast range of landscapes and cultures, from the deepest gorge of Kaligandaki to the high-altitude Thorongla pass, which borders the Tibetan plateau. The journey takes you through regions with distinct cultural identities, starting with the Hindu culture in the lower elevations and transitioning to the Buddhist influence in the higher Himalayas. Overall, the trek offers a unique experience of diverse geography and culture.

 

Starting from Besisahar, hiking on the trails of subtropical forest, swift flowing river, amazing waterfalls accompanied by the mystical mountain views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tilicho and other mountains. Once we reach Manang, gaining altitude we make our self-ready in order to cross the well-known pass Thorongla.  Crossing the pass and losing the altitude we reach Muktinath, a holy pilgrimage site for Buddhist and Hindu people. The next stop will be Jomsom, a small town lying just next to Kaligandagi River. Jomsom is the final destination of the trek and you will catch a flight to Pokhara.

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Itinerary

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Day
1
Arrival at TIA, Kathmandu.
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Altitude

1350m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
transport_icon Transport: Private Vehicle

You will be received by one of the representative of Global Holidays Adventure. He will be holding the PLA card with your name written in it. You then will be transferred to a hotel by a private vehicle. We will conduct small briefing about the trip during evening.

Day
2
Drive to Besisahar.
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Duration

5 hours drive.
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Altitude

760m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast.
transport_icon Transport: Private Vehicle

You will hop on private vehicle and the vehicle will take you to Besisahar. It will take like five hour to reach Besisahar.

Day
3
Drive to Pisang.
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Duration

6 hour drive.
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Altitude

3200m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
transport_icon Transport: Private Vehicle

Following breakfast, you will embark on a jeep ride to Pisang that typically takes 6-7 hours. Along the way, the trail passes through several stunning waterfalls and dense forests.

Day
4
Trek to Manang.
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Duration

5 hours hike.
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Altitude

3540m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Beyond Pisang, the Annapurna circuit trek offers two paths on either side of the Marsyangdi River, which converge again at Mungji. The southern route through Hongde at an altitude of 3325m is less strenuous compared to the northern route via Ghyaru, despite the northern path offering better views of the river. The trail continues from Mungji and passes through the charming village of Bryanga, located at an elevation of 3475m, before reaching Manang at 3500m. Manang, which is the primary destination for trekkers in this region, is a drier area that offers stunning views of the Annapurna mountain range. The locals here rear yaks and grow crops for their livelihood and move to other places during winter for trade.

Day
5
Acclimatization Day.
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Altitude

3540m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Today, we will be taking a break from trekking to rest and acclimatize ourselves to the higher altitude in Manang valley. We can spend the day exploring the area on foot and visiting the local village to learn more about the Manang culture. It is advisable to utilize the daytime for altitude gain and getting acclimatized to the new environment.

Day
6
Trek to Yak Kharka.
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Duration

5 hours walk.
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Altitude

4090m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

After exploring Manang, gaining altitude we move gradually to Jardang Khola valley reaching Ledar at 4250m. Hiking while enjoying the view we reach Yak Kharka. You could see many huts that belong to many yak herders, and if possible then Yak herders too. You can interact with them too. There is also high chance Snow Leopard at Yak Kharka.

Day
7
Trek to Thorung Phedi.
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Duration

5 hour hike.
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Altitude

4420m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Today we descend along the trail and you will come across a river at.an altitude of 4310 meters. Once you cross the river, you will have to climb again along the trail, which will eventually lead you to Thorong Phedi, situated at an altitude of 4420 meters. This place is located at the base of Thorung La Pass and offers a delightful view of the magnificent Annapurna region.

Day
8
Cross Thorung-la Pass (5416m) and trek down to Muktinath.
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Duration

8/9 hour hike.
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Altitude

3802m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Today we start our day early in the morning and conquer the highest pass of the entire trek, Thorung-la Pass at 5416 m. The day will be quite challenging as well as rewarding. We hike on rugged terrain enjoying the views of mountains and live in the moment to the fullest. Hiking slowly and steadily we mass many chortens, prayer flags and many other things reflecting the faith in Buddhism of locals residing in the area. After crossing the pass we descend to place called Muktinath, which is also another important sacred site for Buddhist and Hindu people.

Day
9
Trek to Jomsom.
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Duration

5 hours hike.
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Altitude

2713m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Towards the end of the Annapurna Circuit trek, you will descend through a dry terrain and reach the historical town of Kagbeni, located on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River. It takes a maximum of three hours to trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni (2800), where you can explore ancient monasteries that are over 2500 years old and get familiar with the Himalayan culture. From there, you can continue your walk to Jomsom and spend the night at a teahouse before taking a flight back to Pokhara. This marks the final day of the trekking portion of the Annapurna trek.

Day
10
Fly to Pokhara.
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Duration

16 minutes flight.
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Altitude

822m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast
transport_icon Transport: Flight /Private Vehicle

Fly to Pokhara from Jomsom 16 minutes. rest of the day explore lakeside and surrounding Pokhara.

Day
11
Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
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Altitude

1350 m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast
transport_icon Transport: Flight / Private Vehicle

After breakfast at hotel you wil drive to airport and fly to Kathmandu. Some of our airport representative will pick up you and transfer to hotel. You can spend you rest of the time for personal shopping or individual sightseeing.

Day
12
Departure to destination country.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast
transport_icon Transport: Private Vehicle

Global Holidays Adventure's representative will drop you to the Airport terminal to bid you a final farewell.

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Inclusions

  • International & domestic airport transfers as per the itinerary.
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis on BB plan.
  • 1 nights hotel accommodation in Pokhara on twin sharing basis on BB plan.
  • 1 nights hotel accommodation in Besi Shahar on twin sharing basis on BB plan.
  • Kathmandu-Besi Shahar ground transportation by private jeep.
  • Beshishar - Pisang by private Jeep. 
  • Jomsom - Pokhara flight cost.
  • Pokhara - Kathmandu flight cost.
  • 3 meals a day during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) as mention in itinerary.
  • Accommodation while trekking in twin sharing basis in guesthouses.
  • Annapurna conservation area permit and TIMS card.
  • Professional government lisence holder English speaking trekking guide.
  • The required number of porters to carry the luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
  • Sleeping bag and duffel bag during the trek. (Refundable after finish trekking)
  • A comprehensive medical kit.
  • All government and local taxes.
Excludes
  • International air fare to/ from Nepal.
  • Entry Visa fees.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Besi Shahar. 
  • Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, etc.
  • Beverages, alcoholic drinks, mineral water, boiled water during the trekking.
  • Hot shower during the trekking.
  • All food and beverages other than on the itinerary. 
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal gear and expenses.
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.
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Faqs

What level of difficulty can be expected from the Annapurna circuit trek?
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Trekking on Annapurna circuit is categorized as moderate to strenuous, featuring some difficult uphill stretches. Trekkers can expect to walk for approximately 5-7 hours each day along steep and rocky terrain. As there are high altitude portions on the trail, altitude sickness is a potential risk, thus taking regular breaks and staying hydrated is important. The highest point is Thorongla pass 5,416 m (17,769 ft.) and is longest day of the entire trekking.

When is the foremost period to trek to Annapurna Circuit trek?
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Nepal has two primary trekking seasons: spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). These seasons offer stable and dry weather conditions with clear skies and excellent visibility, making them ideal for trekking. Spring is particularly popular due to its mild weather and vibrant rhododendron flowers in bloom, while autumn is preferred for its cool temperatures and less crowded trails. Winter trekking is possible but may be extremely cold and snow-covered, while the monsoon season (June to August) brings heavy rainfall, causing muddy and challenging trail conditions.

What is the highest elevation reached on the Annapurna Circuit trek?
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The highest elevation of circuit trek is Thorongla pass 5,416 m (17,769 ft.) and is going to be the longest day of the entire trekking.

What sort of accommodation can be expected in Annapurna Circuit Trails?
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The accommodation offered in mountains are basic and you can get attach bath in places like Manang and after Manang it’s all basic communal till Muktinath.

Is previous trekking experience necessary for the Annapurna circuit trek?
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While prior trekking experience is not mandatory, it is advisable to maintain proper hydration during the trek and engage in some cardio exercises before embarking on the trip.

What kind of equipment do I need to bring for the trek?
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You need some water proof boots, Gore-Tex jackets, pair of gloves, and pair of shocks for each day of your trek, dry fit t-shirts and your personal stuffs.

Would you say that trekking in Annapurna region is a worthwhile experience?
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Yes, trekking in Annapurna is definitely worth it. It offers stunning views of the Himalayas, diverse landscapes, and the opportunity to experience Nepalese culture and hospitality. The trek is suitable for people of various fitness levels and can be customized according to one's preferences. Overall, it is an unforgettable adventure that leaves a lasting impression on trekkers.

Is it safe to drink water during the trek?
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During the trek up to the base camp, drinking water will be available at the teahouses through taps, boiling or bottled water. It is advisable to use water purification solutions such as Striepen to ensure safe drinking water.

Can you brief us about Wi-Fi facility and electricity?
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Well the electricity are readily available on tea houses and guest house. However in order to use Wi-Fi you may need to pay extra dollars hourly and in order to charge your electronics you do have to pay extra. The price is below.

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