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Annapurna Circuit Trekking

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  • Country
    CountryNepal
  • Duration
    Duration08 Days
  • Max-altitude
    Max. Altitude5600
  • Best season
    Best SeasonJan - May / Oct- Dec
  • accommodation
    AccommodationHotel
  • Group
    StylePrivate Tour

Annapurna Circuit trek is a popular trek of Nepal which lies inside the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) of the Annapurna Region. Also known as the Royal Annapurna Trek, this Annapurna Circuit trek is a long distance and high altitude trek. This trek takes you around the entire Annapurna Massif which is the world’s 10th highest peak with an altitude of 8091 m. Located at the north central part of Nepal, this trek was a famous one during the late 80’s and 90’s. This trek offers magnificent vista of the Great Himalayas crossing one of the highest passes of Nepal, Thorong LA pass. This pass makes the trek more difficult and challenging but offers incredible view and experience of a lifetime. The trek follows two popular rivers of Nepal, the Marsyangdi and Kali Gandaki River.

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a challenging trek which takes you to an altitude of 5416 m, Thorong LA pass, which is the highest altitude of the entire trek. This trek requires some physical fitness and trekking experience as well. Starting from the capital city of Nepal, trekkers will cross various highlands with high passes and rugged landscapes of the Himalayas. Trekkers will make a complete rotation of the world’s 10th highest peak, Mt. Annapurna. During the whole trip, they will pass various beautiful settlements, dense forest, passes and vice versa. Amazing mountain vista including Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Hiuchuli, Fishtail, Nilgiri, Manasalu and other peaks can be enjoyed during the trip. Trekkers can have close interaction with the local people, their living style, culture and traditions as well.

This amazing trip starts from Kathmandu where you will have a wonderful sightseeing tour around the UNESCO world’s heritage site. From Kathmandu, you will have an amazing overland drive towards Besisahar which is the starting point of the trek. You will pass villages like Khudi, Sirung, Jagat, Dharapani, Chame and Pisang walking along the Marsyangdi River trail. You will enjoy an amazing acclimatization day at Manang, a popular village in the lap of Himalayas. From here, you will head towards the highest point of the trip, Thorong LA pass, with an altitude of 5416m via Yak Kharka and Thorong Phedi. This pass can be a challenging point for most of the trekker due to its high altitude environment and the strong wind at the pass. It will be a challenging and one of the great experiences of your lifetime. Thorong LA pass adjoint two popular districts of Nepal, Manang and Mustang. From the top of Thorong, you will descend down towards Mustang district. Magnificent landscape of Mustang district can be enjoyed during the descend. You will head towards Muktinath, one of the sacred place for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. This is one of the ancient sacred temples located in the Himalayas. From Muktinath, you will descend to Kagbeni and then to Jomsom enjoying the landscape and terrains of Mustang. From Jomsom, you will drive to Pokhara which is a popular place for tourist. You will have some chilling time around Pokhara before flying back to Kathmandu where the trip ends. Beside the Himalayas, Annapurna Circuit trek is full of diverse flora and fauna. The dense forest and barren lands are home for various wild plants and animals. Sights of some animals like Himalayan Tahr, Snow leopard, Blue Sheep, Musk Deer, Red panda, etc. can be enjoyed during the trip.

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a popular destination which attracts a large number of tourist throughout the year from different places. This amazing trip with our company can be the best choice. We customize the trip itinerary according to clients preference. We focus on customer’s satisfaction ensuring their safety and security as well. Our services are qualitative with reasonable price.

Departure & Return Location

John F.K. International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Bedroom

4 Bedrooms

Bathroom

6 Bathrooms

Useful Information !

During the trip such thing weather, local Politics, transportation and other factors are beyond our control which can change our itinerary. However it is unlikely that the itinerary would be changed. If the cases alternative itinerary is needed the leader (Guide) will decide what is the best alternative itinerary for the whole group. Whether the change of itinerary is does not matter, we can do everything and minimized it effect but we can not be responsible for the result of delay.

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Itinerary

Day 01

Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)
Firstly, you will arrive at Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, which is the capital city of Nepal. Here, our office representative will be waiting for you at the entrance. We will be sending you a private vehicle of your group size for your hotel transfer. The vehicle will drive you to your reserved hotel which will be around Thamel. It will take around 20 minutes to reach the hotel from airport, depending on the traffic.
At the hotel, rooms will be assigned. Remaining part of the day is free to rest at the hotel. We will meet you at the hotel for further consulting. In the evening, we will have a welcome dinner together at a typical Nepali restaurant with some cultural programs.
(Overnight at the hotel, Kathmandu)

Day 02

Exploration day at Kathmandu
This day, you will explore around the heritage sites of Kathmandu valley which are enlisted in the UNESCO world's heritage site. You will visit Kathmandu durbar square, Patan durbar square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and vice versa. For this amazing sightseeing tour, our tour guide will meet you at your hotel. Our private vehicle will be sent for the tour. After the tour, you will get transferred to the hotel. Our Sherpa guide will also come to meet you at the hotel for some trip briefing. Remaining part of the day is free to explore around Thamel Bazaar and enjoy its ambience.
(Dinner and overnight at the hotel, Kathmandu).

Day 03

Drive Kathmandu to Khudi (800m).
Early morning, you will have your breakfast at the hotel, Kathmandu. Then, you will check out from the hotel for an amazing overland drive up to Khudi. We will provide you a private vehicle according to your group size. You will drive all the way along the Trishuli River enjoying beautiful landscape sceneries and human settlements on the river banks. Amazing hills and terraced farmings can be enjoyed during the drive. You will follow Prithivi highway until you reach Dumre from where you will leave the highway and head towards north side. This road leads you to Besisahar which is the district headquarter of Lamjung district. The drive to khudi from Kathmandu will be around 7 hours. Reaching khudi, rooms will be assigned. Then, you can rest at the hotel or explore around Khudi. View of Mt. Manasalu, the world's 8th highest peak, can be enjoyed from here.
(Dinner and overnight at the hotel, Khudi)

Day 04

Trek Khudi to Sirung (2200m).
This will be starting day of the trek. You will trek up to Sirung on this day. Early morning, you will have your breakfast at the hotel and then start the day's trek. This day, you will walk along the Marsyangdi River and cross some suspension bridges over it. Enjoying distant waterfall views, you will ascend and descend various trails along the farms and dense forest. During the trek, you will pass various human settlements of Tamang people and cross Taranche to finally reach Sirung located at an altitude of 2200 m. The total trek duration will be around 6-7 hours. You will check-in at the hotel reaching Sirung.
(Dinner and overnight at the hotel, Sirung)

Day 05

Trek Sirung to Jagat (1300m)
Early morning after having breakfast at Sirung, you will check out from the hotel and start the day's trek. This day, you will leave Sirung and head towards Jagat for the overnight stay. The trek this day is easier in comparison walking through some beautiful villages and terraces. You will cross 2 suspension bridges over Marsyangdi and Sangu Khola. Distant waterfall views can be enjoyed from the trail. You will cross a bridge before reaching Jagat where rooms will be assigned as per the reservation. It will be a walk of around 6-7 hours.
(Dinner and overnight at the hotel, Jagat)

Day 06

Trek Jagat to Dharapani (1960m)
This day, you will leave Jagat and trek up to Dharapani. Early morning, you will have your breakfast and start the trek. You will descend downhill from Jagat ro reach a river from where you will walk through the dense wood. You will pass Chyamje which displays beautiful view of the Annapurna ranges. Crossing a suspension bridge after passing Chyamje, you will reach Sattale. From Sattale, you will pass Tal, Karte and finally cross a suspension bridge to reach Dharapani. Beautiful waterfalls and cliffs can be enjoyed during the trek. It will be around 7 hours of trek. Reaching Dharapani, rooms will be assigned as per the reservation.
(Dinner and overnight at the hotel, Dharapani)

Day 07

Trek to Chame (2710m)
Breakfast will be provided at the hotel. After that, you will start walking. This day, you will head towards Chame located at an altitude of 2710 m. Chame is the headquarter of Manang District. You will pass beautiful forest and settlements during the trek. There is a small hot spring on the way to Chame where you can spend some time dipping your body in the hot water. This helps to relax the muscles and body. After spending some time there, you will continue your trek. During the whole trip, beautiful views of the Himalayas including Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, Lamjung Himal, etc. can be enjoyed. It will be a total of 5-6 hours trek. After reaching Chame, rooms will be assigned. Rest of the day is free to explore around Chame.
(Dinner and overnight at the hotel, Chame)

Day 08

Trek to Pisang (3300m)
After having your breakfast at Chame, you will head towards Pisang village located at an altitude of 3300 m. The trek starts passing some dense forest with some narrow paths. The valley opens up this day after passing a giant curve rock face. Magnificent vistas of the mountain peaks can be enjoyed after the valley opens up. This part of the trek is very exciting as it takes you to the terrain landscape of Manang. The trek this day will take around 5-6 hours to reach Lower Pisang village where rooms will be assigned as per the reservation. Remaining part of the day is free to explore around Pisang village.
(Dinner and overnight at the hotel, Pisang)

Day 09

Trek to Manang (3519m).
After a wonderful overnight stay at Pisang, you will head towards Manang village of Manang district this day. Manang village is a popular village displaying beautiful landscapes of the area. You will have an early morning breakfast at Pisang and start your trek. You will ascend up to Upper Pisang passing Geru. The trail from Pisang to Manang offers magnificent views of the landscape and snow peak mountains of Annapurna ranges, Pisang peak located just above the village also stands till among the mountain ranges. This day, you will also pass the largest monastery of Manang District. After reaching Manang at an altitude of around 3500 m, rooms will be assigned and remaining part of the day is free to enjoy the landscape of the surroundings.
(Dinner and overnight at the hotel, Manang)

Day 10

Acclimatization day at Manang.
Trekkers usually spend another day at Manang village for acclimatization. This is an important day of the trip as trekkers need to balance their body temperature with the surrounding. Usually, they decide to hike higher on this day and return back to spent overnight at lower altitude than they hiked.
Likewise, we will also spend an extra day at Manang village. This day, you can simply explore around the village and interact with the locals and their living style. Beside that, you can hike up to Gangapurna Lake or Braga village. After the hike, you will return back to the hotel where dinner will be served.
(Dinner and overnight at the hotel, Manang)

Day 11

Trek Manang to Yak Kharka (4110m).
After an acclimatization day at Manang, this day you will trek up to Yak kharka. Early morning, you will have your breakfast at Manang and then start your day's trek. You will have some uphill climb, pass small stream and reach Tenki village. From there, you will move furthermore to climb out of Marsyangdi valley. You will gain some elevation walking through the pastureland passing the juniper bushes. You will pass Ghunsa village, cross a small bridge, some ancient mani walls to finally reach Yak Kharka. Yak kharka is a beautiful grassland where shepherd graze their yak and horses. The total trek duration will be around 4 hours.
Reaching Yak kharka at an altitude of 4110 m, rooms will be assigned where you will spend an overnight.
(Dinner and overnight at the hotel, Yak kharka)

Day 12

Trek to Thorong Phedi (4600m).
Early morning, breakfast will be provided at Yak kharka. After that, you will start the trek of the day. This day, you will head towards the foot of Thorong LA pass. Thorong LA pass is one of the popular and highest passes of Annapurna Circuit. Firstly, you will ascend some uphills, cross a suspension bridge which will lead you to Ledar village. The trail this day is more steep and uphill. You will pass the towering cliffs before reach Thorong Phedi. Thorong Phedi is located at an altitude of 4600 m which is the last village before crossing Thorong LA pass. This day, you will walk around 4 hours enjoying stunning views of the Himalayas. Reaching Thorong Phedi, rooms will be assigned and rest of the day is free to explore around.
(Dinner and overnight at the hotel, Thorong Phedi)

Day 13

Trek to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong La pass (5416m)
This day, you will cross Thorong LA pass which is one of the highest and popular passes of Annapurna Region. It is the highest point of this trek with an altitude of 5416 m. This part of the trek is challenging and comparatively hard. You will start your trek from Thorong Phedi ascending some steep uphill towards Thorong LA pass. You will walk on the rugged and rough trail of the pass which adjoints two beautiful Himalayan district i.e. Manang and Mustang. After reaching the pass, you will then descend down to Muktinath, Mustang. Amazing view of Mustang district and its landscape can be enjoyed during the walk down. It will be around 7 hours of trek this day. Reaching Muktinath, rooms will be assigned. Located at an altitude of 3800 m, Muktinath is one of the holy sacred temple for Buddhist and Hindu where number of pilgrims come to worship yearly.
(Dinner and overnight at the hotel, Muktinath)

Day 14

Trek to Jomsom (2,670m)
Muktinath is a holy sacred temple for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. Due to this reason, the temple is always crowded and there are number of worshippers coming from different part of the world.
Early morning, you will head towards Muktinath. You will explore around the complex of Muktinath temple. There are small gumba and chorten as well. After the morning exploration, you will have your breakfast and then descend down. This day, you will walk up to Jomsom. Firstly, you will descend down from Muktinath passing Ranipauwa village and descend Kagbeni. Amazing view of Kagbeni and its traditional village located on the bank of Kaligandaki can be admired from the trail. The view looks amazing. From Kagbeni, you will descend furthermore to reach Jomsom where you will spend an overnight. It will be a total of 5 hrs trek.
(Dinner and overnight at the hotel, Jomsom)

Day 15

Fly Pokhara from Jomsom
Early morning, you will explore around Jomsom before your flight to Pokhara. Jomsom is a small but popular town with cafe, bakeries, restaurant, lodges and hotel.
You will have a scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara this day. The flight offer amazing view of the snow capped mountains, landscape and the aerial view of Pokhara city. It will take around 20 minutes to reach Pokhara. At Pokhara, our office representative will be waiting for you for your hotel transfer. A private vehicle will be sent for your hotel transfer. Remaining part of the day, you can explore around Pokhara valley and have a chilling time around Phewa Lake side. During the evening, you can hang out in some rock bar or restaurant and enjoy the ambience of Pokhara.
(Dinner and overnight at the hotel, Jomsom).

Day 16

Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu.
After wonderful overnight stay at Pokhara, this day will be the last day of the trip. This day, you will have a scenic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. You will have an early morning breakfast at the hotel and then drive Pokhara airport for the flight. The flight will take around 25 minutes to reach Kathmandu offering aerial view of the capital city, Kathmandu with the magnificent Himalayan ranges. Reaching Kathmandu, our office representative will meet you at the airport for your hotel transfer. Rest of the day is free to explore around Kathmandu valley and Thamel Bazar.
During the evening, we will celebrate the success of your trip together at a typical Nepali restaurant with some cultural programs.
(Overnight at the hotel, Kathmandu).

Day 17

Final departure
Breakfast will be provided at the hotel. Free to explore around and do shopping until your final transfer to the airport. Our private vehicle will drop you to Tribhuwan International Airport for your airport formalities and flight. We hope to organize your next trip to Nepal soon.

Services Include
  • International & Domestic Airport transport as per the program.
  • Standard twin sharing Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu as per the program.
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle.
  • All standard 3 Meals ( Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner ) during the trek.
  • Best available Guesthouse and tented accommodation during the trek.
  • Local Sherpa Licensed English Speaking guide.
  • The required number of Local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, Salary, Equipment, Medicine and insurance for all staff.
  • Necessary Entry Permit Fees & Traveler TIMS Card.
  • Global Holidays Sleeping Baggage and Duffel Baggage, ( Refundable )
  • Airfare from Jomsom -Pokhara including airport departure tax.
  • All necessary surface transport from Kathmand and to Kathmandu.
  • Global Holidays Adventure’s T-shirt ( Complementary)
  • Welcome & Farewell Dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show ( Complementary)
  • All Government Taxes and official expenses.
Services Not Include
  • International Airfare and necessary Airport taxes.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees (bring accurate USD cash and two Passport photographs)  
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu bacause of early return form mountain or late departure.
  • Temple & Monastaries Entry fees in Kathmandu and trekking.
  • Travel Insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • All Personal & Bar Expenses in Kathmandu and during the trek.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver ( Tipping is expected ).
  • Personal Necessary trekking equipment ( see the trekking equipment page.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned above
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FAQ

HOW CAN I ENTER NEPAL ?

Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and non-stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal. There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghi, Mascow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Culcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa & Varanasi.

All visitors can enter by Land through any of these entry points on the India-Nepal Boarder.

  • Pani Tanki- Kakarbhitta ( Nepal-India Boarder)
  • Raxual- Birjung ( Nepal-India Boarder)
  • Rupaidiya- Nepalgunj ( Nepal-India Boarder)
  • Mohana- Dhangadi ( Nepal-India Boarder)
  • Banbasa/Mahendranagar, Gaddachauki ( Nepal-India Boarder)
  • Khasa, Liping/Tatopani on the Tibet, China-Nepal boarder respectively.

VISA INFORMATION: Entry Visa fees- at present US$ 30 for 15 days, US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 125 for three month (90 days) visa on entry to Nepal. You can take visa after landing Nepal in Tribhuwan International Airport.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL IN NEPAL ?

Because of its elevation, Nepal can divided into three zones-the high mountains, the mid-hills and the flat plains called the Terai. The Everest, Langtang and Annapurna Trekking destinations in the mountains are cool throughout the year. The mid-hills, including Kathmandu & Pokhara, are cool except in the summer months from May to July. Temperatures in these cities during the summer remain much cooler that in many cities of the region. Lumbini, Chitwan and Janakpur in the Terai plains are hot in summer ( March-July) but cold in winter( December- February).

Any month of the year would be good to visit Nepal around the mid-hills & flat plains and September to May is good time for trekking and expedition.

IS SOMEONE GOING TO MEET ME AT THE AIRPORT ?

Our airport representative will come to the airport to pick up you. We will be displaying a play card Global Holidays Adventure with your name on it.

DO I HAVE PRE-DEPARTURE MEETING ?

Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the Hotel and our tour leader will brief regarding about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your trek leader.

While briefing, please bring passport, 3 copies of passport size photos, travel insurance, writing pen and notepad.

HOW DO I PAY TO GLOBAL HOLIDAYS ADVENTURE ?

After the trip confirmation you will send around 25% advance deposited by wire transfer to GHA Bank Account and remaining you can pay after your arrival by Cash or Credit Card but to pay by credit card there will be extra 4% bank service charge. Now Traveler Cheque is not acceptable as per the rule & regulation of Nepal Rastra Bank. We accept visa card, master card & National Card.

WHAT SORT OF ACCOMMODATION CAN EXPECT IN KATHMANDU AND DURING THE TOUR ?

There are all kind of Hotel simple to 5* hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwon, Lumbini and others places. It’s depends on your demand but normally in our tour package we use standard rooms from 3* or 4* on BB Basis.

WHAT'S THE COMMON FROM OF GREETING IN NEPAL ?

It is called Namaste or Namaskar. You can say the greeting in words as well as do it using a gesture. Join your palms together and bring them close to your chest and about 5to 7 inches below your chin. The word Namaste has many meanings such as Hello, How are you?, I am glad to see you, nice to meet you, good morning, etc.

WHAT ARE THE BASIC NEPALI CUSTOMS THAT I NEED TO KNOW ?

  • When visiting a temple, always circumambulate it is a clockwise direction.
  • Take off your shoes before entering a temple or a Nepalese home.
  • Entrance to some temples is forbidden, so look out for such notices.
  • Seek permission to take photographs inside temples or of religious ceremonies.
  • You can accept a handshake offered by either a male or a female but never offer your hand first.
  • Show decency in dress and avoid any show of public affection.

WHAT IS THE CURRENCY OF NEPAL ?

Nepalese currency is spelled as Nepalese Rupees or Rupee ( Rs) or Nepali Rupee, and in short it is NRS or Rs. 100 Paisa equals 1 Rs. Currently Notes of the following denominations are used 1000, 500, 100, 50, 25, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 Rupees. Coin has not been popular in Nepal hence is almost always ignored in business.

It is illegal to exchange foreign currency with persons and organizations other than those authorized such as Travel Company, Banks, Hotels and Licensed money changers.

DO I NEED TO TIP MY GUIDE AND DRIVER ? HOW MUCH WOULD THAT BEST ?

This is difficult things to tell. It’s up to you from your heart by looking their work and support. Tipping is not required, but a small way to show your guides and drivers thanks for their help. The level of the tip should reflect the level of personal involvement with your guide.

WHAT ESSENTIAL DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME ON TOUR ?

  • Valid passport, must be valid up to 6 months after return from your tour, keep a separate photocopy.
  • Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy which you need to give to us before you leaving for trip.
  • Cash, keep numbers and proof of purchase separate.
  • Flight ticket.
  • Emergency contact numbers for insurance & family contact.
  • WHAT ARE THE HEALTH REQUIREMRNTS TO VISIT NEPAL ?
  • Nepal does not require any specific immunization for visitors. It is however best to have vaccine before coming to Nepal. Your doctors can advice you on the type of vaccine to be taken to travel to third world countries like Nepal.

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