Trekking in Nepal is a dream for so many travelers across the globe and Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the defining treks to materialize this dream. Trek along the Annapurna circuit if you are looking for a thrill, ecstasy, adventure and to discover the ancient Tibetan culture.
WHY ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK?
Annapurna Circuit Trek takes you close to the indigenous culture of the Newars, Gurungs, Sherpas, the architectural masterpieces in the forms temples and palaces that reflect rich blend of Tibetan architecture, untouched agrarian lifestyle of the peasants in the quiet serene villages at the foothills of tall snow-capped mountains, and the dense sub-tropical and alpine vegetation across the trail.
TREKKING IN RECLUSIVE SETTINGS
The Annapurna circuit treks you to one of the most reclusive tourist destination – Manang, one of the highest passes in the Himalayan range – Thorang La Pass, one of the most revered pilgrimage sites for Buddhists and Hindus in Mustang- Muktinath Temple and across one of the deepest gorges around- the Kali Gandaki River gorge. If you love trekking in a silent and welcoming natural and social setting with plenty of nature around- this is the best trekking route for you. Read our itinerary for further details or get in touch with us if you have any queries.
Day 1: Getting to the capital of Himalayas
Day 2: Getting into Kathmandu’s windings
Day 3: Roll out wheels for Chamje (1430m/ 4690ft) 8 hours.
Day 4: Trek to Dharapani (1950m/6338ft)- around 6 hours.
Day 5: Trek through the ridges to Chame (2630m/8626ft)- around 6 hours
Day 6: Trekking to Pisang (3300m/10824ft)- around 6 hours.
Day 7: Trek to Manang via Nagwal (3450m/11316ft) – Around 6 hours.
Day 8: Rest, Relax and Adapting Thin Air
Day 9: Journey to the Yak’s Abode (4110m/13480ft) 4 hours.
Day 10: Trek to Thorangla Phedi (4600m/15092ft) 3-4 hours.
Day 11: Trekking to Thorangla Pass (5416m/17764ft) & Muktinath (3760m/12235ft) 7-8 hrs.
Day 12: Trekking to Jomsom via Kagbeni (2720m/8921ft) 6 hours.
Day 13: Fly to Pokhara- Nepal’s tourist city, Free day.
Day 14: Goodbyes.
Kathmandu is one of the most picturesque valley that is full of lively people, culture, religion and diverse way of life. Right at the airport, you will find the simple yet hospitable smiles of Nepalese. We treat guests as a god, and those smiles convey that. Our guide will pick you up and will start being a bridge between you and Nepal. During the short drive to your hotel, we ensure that you get as much information about Nepal and Nepalis. At your hotel, we ensure that you are in good hands and avail every information you will need to make your way around.
Today we will guide you through the bustling streets of Kathmandu and visit some of the renowned landmarks it is famous for. This tour introduces you to the Nepal’s diverse ethnic groups and their cultural, religious, architectural achievements and above all to the way of their life. Trips to Swayambhunath (Monkey temple), Pashupatinath, Boudhanath stupa and Kathmandu durbar square (all enlisted as UNESCO World Heritages) are enticing to visitors. Even after being rattled by the Earthquake in 2015, these sites still hold much of their aura. After an eventful day, in evening we prepare for the trek.
Chamje is a mid-hill town around 8 hours drive from Kathmandu. The drive through the innumerous mountain-bends and caverns with Trishuli River raging below is exhilarating. This trip also introduces you to diverse lifestyles of the people – as the highway is full of road-side shops and settlements. After having a sumptuous lunch in Mugling, a riverside town, we will continue our journey amid the lush green terrace farms and forests and the villages are hidden in-between to Dumre, Besisahar and finally to Chamje- our seat for the night.
Dharapani, a town near the foothills of alpine forest in Manang, is famous among trekkers along the Annapurna Circuit. The Chamje to Dharapani leg of the circuit is low gradient trek that passes through potatoes and barley terrace farms, ancient villages, large donkey caravans, thick rhododendron, bamboo and pine forests and fresh glacier rivers. Of others, view of the Tal River gorge and the huge waterfall from the suspension bridge over it is breathtaking.
Trek to the hospitable hill-town of Chame is an adventure-packed walk through steep forest ridges along with the several landslides on a route on the west. One of the most exciting part of today’s leg is the exhilarating view of the snow-capped Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II and Annapurna IV (7525m/24668ft) mountains and chilled air in the trailing mountains. At the end of the day, Chame has an unexpected surprise welcome for its guests: hot water natural spring to soak all the fatigue and local delicacies.
We have been through rhododendrons and bamboo packed jungles so far, but today we enter the tundra region where the vegetation thins out and gets us closer to the less-moisture thin air of the Himalayas. After a short trek along a steep and narrow path through rock forest, our trail opens into a panoramic view of the Himalaya and the amphitheater of Manang valley. We trek through this majestic valley gradually and rest out the night at Pisang at the end of it.
To reach today’ destination- Nawal, the center of Manang, – you will face the prince’s dilemma. Choosing between a longer and adventurous route and a shorter route. Both of these routes take us to the same destination but as said the longer route is demanding. Trekking through upper Pisang via Gey and Nawal offer astounding head to head views of Annapurna II and III, Tilicho Peak and Ganga Purna mountain peak. It feels that we see these majestic peaks eye-to-eye as if we are equals. Towards the end of the day, we pay homage at the Bhraga Monastery- the oldest and largest monastery in this reclusive region and enjoy Tibetan-influenced delicacies and lifestyle of the locals.
Manang is beyond the Himalayas and to move any further it is essential to acclimate to the thin air. For the day we will rest in Manang and tour around the alleys of this ancient town, learn about their day to day life which in itself heavily influenced by Tibetan Buddhism and culture. The town is also home to the Himalayan Rescue Association’s office and we will visit the center where professional mountain rescuers will provide us with basic guidelines of trekking along high altitude mountains. We enjoy the night with the locals.
Today we set out for Yak Kharka (Yak’s resting place)- a town full of low-lying mud houses buried in crevices of high mountains at 4000 m from sea level. As we set out from Manang, we set out for Tenki, the first leg for today. Tenki is a steady climb from Manang. On the way, we pass through the beautiful valley of Marsyangdi and Jarssang Khola. In this spectacular trail, the caravans of horses and yaks carrying goods are one of the most serene views that we come across. After passing through Gunsa village, an ancient wall called Mani Wall embedded in the rocks and after crossing many streams we reach our resting place – Yak Kharka.
Trek to Thorangla Fedi meaning bottom of the Thorangla pass is a short trek compared to other days. The trek is kept short for three reasons: First as the altitude has increased, staying at Thorangla Fedi helps in acclimatization, secondly, this place has good amenities and lodges to rest here and thirdly because it makes easier to get across Thorangla Pass next day. It is one of the interesting parts of trekking in Nepal-, especially in the Annapurna region.
With plenty of rest and good hospitality at Thorangla Fedi – today we set out in the dusk to cross the famous Thorang La high pass. This is pinnacle of the Annapurna Region Trekking package and has been a lifetime experience for trekkers who have passed through it. Compared to other days- the trail today leads through icy high altitude trail. But the struggle is worth. Along with the sunset, we will each Muktinath – a sacred place for Hindus and Buddhists alike. Adorned with ancient Buddhist Gumbas, Temples and 108 water sprouts, it is considered to be a pilgrimage for emancipation among believers. For nature lovers, this is the place that serves the best of Himalayan sceneries.
After going through major attractions of the Muktinath Temple including the nearby Jwalla Mai Temple that has an eternal flame fed by natural gasses, we head for Jomsom – the capital city of Mustang, either on foot or vehicle. Trekking takes you through the captivating trek of Kaligandaki valley, home to one of the deepest gorges in the world, the beautiful village of Ranipauwa village down to steep and barren hillside we walk down towards Kagbeni- a valley famous for its structure – and finally Jomsom.
From Jomson we fly to Pokhara- the city of lakes. Through the day we tour around some of the major landmarks of this silent and serene town. In evening we enjoy a farewell dinner at one of the popular restaurants.
Our trekking comes to a close today and we drive back to Kathmandu. Share our experiences and photos of the tour and arrange for flying out of Nepal or if you have other plans – we discuss them.
What is Trekking?
Trekking is a thrilling adventure! And this activity requires a multi-day hike and climbs on mountain villages and park trails. The mountain trail usually steep, gradual and likely to encounter with snow at high elevation (that above 3000m/9840ft in winter and 5500m/18040ft in summer).
How Challenging is This Trek?
As we have to cross the high pass (5416m) This trek is quite challenging but recommend this trek is for everyone who loves outdoors, physically fit, have a good health condition and patient. As we are hiking on a higher altitude, you better to have some physical training before going for this trek.
Does This Trek Require Previous Experience?
Well, if you have a healthy circulatory ability and good strength to cope with high altitude and lower oxygen density then it doesn’t require early experience. But if you have early experience on trekking or hiking then you can enjoy your Himalayan adventure maximum!
What is Altitude Sickness? How to Deal with?
Altitude sickness, also known as “mountain sickness” is a symptom that can attack while you hike or climb to the higher elevation. Especially this can be happening after 3000m/9840ft. if you walk too quickly.
There are three types of Altitude sickness
AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness: Very common one. Symptoms: dizziness, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting.
HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema: Can happen when it build up fluid in lungs. This is very dangerous and even life threating.
HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema: this is the most severe form of altitude sickness and it can happen when fluids take a place in the brain. This is life threating, as soon need to seek medical attention.
What should you do
What is the best time for Annapurna circuit trek?
March to end of May and Mid-September to end of November would be the best time for this trek.
Are any permits require for this trek?
Trek to Annapurna region, you need to get a permit from the Conservation Area Project. Permits fee $30 and TIMS fee $10
How long must walk every day?
In average, we walk 5 to 6 hours a day. But in higher elevation (over 4400m/14430ft) normally we hike 3 hours a day.
What types of meals we can get in this Trek?
Continentals menus are generally available in this trek. As well you can get traditional Nepali Dal-Bhat and some Sherpa dishes (Sherpa Stew, Tsampa porridge).
What types of accommodation do we utilize?
Most of the area in this place we can get a clean and comfortable guest and lodge. Some luxury hotels also available.
Hotel and Teahouse
Three times meal during the trek and welcome & farewell dinner with breakfast in Kathmandu.