Highest access: 5416m
Duration: 23 Days
Location: Annpurna Region
Grade: Strenuous Trek
Himalayan sights: Annapurna, Manaslu, Gangapurna and Fishtail range
Accommodation: Tourist star to five star as request
Transportation: By Tourist Vehicle/ Flight
Group Size: 01-12 persons per Group if more we splits group.
Best season: Autumn(Sep-Dec) & Spring(Feb-May)
Major Activity: Trekking/Hiking
Include Activity: Sights trip of Kathmandu and Pokhara
Airport: Kathmandu (TIA)
Departure From: Kathmandu (TIA)
Culture: Gurung, Tamang, Brahmin
The Annapurna Circuit Trek also known as Round Annapurna Trekking is widely recognized among committed and dedicated trekking enthusiasts as one of the most significant long distance treks in the world. The trek starts from Bhulbhule near Besishahar after the overland journey from Kathmandu; first along Kathmandu-Pokhara road to Dumre where the road turns towards spectacular Marshyangdi River and follows it north along the Marshyangdi Valley, with this scenic trip taking about 7 to 8 hours in total.
Initially, Around Annapurna Trekking, used to be ended in Beni; with the road extended far past Beni all the way to Jomsom and Muktinath, the trek can be shortened making it accessible to time-poor trekkers. After crossing Throng-La, the highest pass on the trek one can use overland transportation and shorten the trek by up to 6 days. Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the world’s most diverse treks from both mountain landscape and cultural experience aspects. It is a great discovery and exquisite journey to discover Himalayan Mountains during Trekking in Nepal.
The Annapurna Circuit is well-known and has great feel of a real trek. This trek circles Nepal's sky-high Annapurna range including Fishtail, and it's been hailed as the holy grail of trekking since it was first opened to foreigners in the early 1980's. Travel writers and hikers everywhere in the world have been talking endlessly about the trail despite other trekking attractions being discovered elsewhere. There are treks that are more rugged or more remote, huts that are more luxurious, pilgrimage sites that are more holy, wildlife that's more exotic and even landscape that's more beautiful. But, none of them cannot step up and swipe the Annapurna's crown off; such is a trekkers’ experience.
Snowy Horizon stands by you as we operate this most coveted trekking experience and lifetime adventure for moderately fit trekkers. All Nepalese Treks present wide appeal of culture, natural beauty, welcoming people, physical challenge and particularly value for the money. We combine your trip to the Annapurna Circuit Trekking with the historical and cultural tour of Kathmandu valley and Pokhara as well to offer you many other customized options in Nepal. Just click on inquiry and send us a message. We will advise you on the best options to meet your adventure and budget objectives. We will offer you a totally custom designed trip optimized by people with intimate knowledge and experience in adventure in Nepal. The Annapurna Circuit trekking trip and its itinerary will be finalized for you efficiently following our discussion to fit your time frame and the physical condition.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu-Transfer to Hotel
Welcome assistance by Snowy representative at the Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu, rest at the hotel and briefing about the trip. Overnight accommodation is set with BB Plan.
Day 2: Rest, sightseeing, preparation, assignment and briefing.
Snowy horizon organizes a half day city tour in and around Kathmandu Valley to make you live touch with the monuments, temples and monasteries such as durbar square, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath or Swoyambhunath etc. and provide you leisure time for restand preparation for next trip to Annapurna Circuit Trek and evening briefing at your hotel or at the office. Your overnight accommodation is set in BB Plan at same Hotel.
Day 3: Drive to Bhulbhule via Dumre and Besisahar
The day begins with drive to Besisahar - Bhulbhule about 5-6 hrs from Kathmandu along to the Prithwi highway. We divert off the highway at the bustling town of Dumre and continue for a further one and half hours to Besisahar. After lunch we complete the short drive to the road head at Bhulbhule (846 meters) in the Marysandi Valley, overnight at lodge/teahouse with dinner.
Day 4: Commence trek Bhulbhule to Shange (1136m)
Commence trek to Shange begins after having breakfast and the walk about 5-6 hrs as an easy start and then a taste of things to come - the climb up to Bahun Danda, a picturesque village at the top of this formidable ridge. Then it's down, across terraces and over small streams, before rejoining the Marsyangdi and following it upstream for several km to our overnight camp with teahouse/lodge in full board near the village of Shange.
Day 5: Trek from Shange to Tal (1710m)
A wonderful walk with such changes in scenery and a range of gradients is begins today. From Tal we head across the river and ascend steeply to finally reach the ridge top high above. We cross another suspension bridge before a continued ascent up a narrow and beautiful valley where, after rain, many spectacular waterfalls will flow. Just before camp at Tal the first village in Manang, we come over a small rise and enter a wide, flat valley with a long, silvery waterfall to the right.
Day 6: Trek from Tal to Bagarchhap (2160m)
We make a trail verse crossing a wide, flat valley. The trail then climbs a stone stairway to 1860m till another stairway. The journey continues making up and down to Dharapani at 1890m. There we find a stone entrance Chorten typical of the Tibetan influenced villages from here northwards. We then visit the Bagarchhap at 2160m that offers the typical flat roofed stone houses of local Tibetans design although the village which is still in the transition zone before the dry highlands.
Day 7: Bagarchhap to Chame (2630m)
With often rough and rocky, the trail climbs to Tyanja at 2360m, and then continues through forest, but near the river, to Kopar at 2590m. As we reach the Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II as you approach Chame and two small hot springs by the town.
Day 8: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3300m)
The day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge at 2910m. We then cross another bridge at 3040m, from there the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3200m and 3300m.
Day 9: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3500m)
Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. People of this region, herd yaks and raise crops for part of the year besides, they also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784. Leaving Pisang, we have an alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meet up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3325m involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga at 3475m to nearby Manang at 3500m.
Day 10: Acclimatization day at Manang
Today we spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend by doing some fine day walks and over viewing the magnificent views around the village and the day time is best to gain altitude. At the end of the day, we return back to our accommodation and have a night rest.
Day 11: Trek from Manang to Ledar (4250m)
Today we leave Manang, and the trail makes an ascent of nearly 2000m to the Thorong La pass. We make the climb steadily through Tenki, leaving the Marshyangdi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Ledar at 4250m, there we see the vegetations steadily more sparse.
Day 12: Trek from Ledar to Phedi or High camp (4600m)
The trail descends to cross the river at 4310m we then climb up to Phedi at 4420m. At High Camp on the elevation of 4600m, we can recently found some good Guesthouses built. Your overnight stay will be there.
Day 13: Trek from Phedi or High Camp to Muktinath (3710m)
The journey from Phedi “foot of the hill” or at the foot to the 5416m Thorong La pass, begins the day. We then make the climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problem to cross the pass if it is covered by snow. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the Chortens and prayer flags. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent view from the top.
Day 14: Trek from Muktinath to Tukuche (2600m)
Tukuche is also nice settlements of more than 100 houses of Thakali people. It has also 2 monasteries, and one apple brandy factory. If you are interested to see how apple brandy is produced, you will be taken there.
Day 15: Trek from Tukuche to Ghasa (2100m)
From Tukuche the trek begins today downward walk along the Kaligandaki river beach with a trail of motor able road or if tired on self payment basis you can ride a bus or jeep up to Ghasa where your overnight accommodation is set.
Day 16: Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani (1200m)
From Ghasa the trek begins today downward walk along the Kaligandaki river beach with a trail of motor able road or if tired on self payment basis you can ride a bus or jeep up to Tatopani where your overnight accommodation is set.
Day 17: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2850)
Today is a bit hard day for trek up to Ghorepani with about 50-60 degree slope up via Ghara, Shikha and Chitre the Braman and Magar Indigenous habitant. Lunch on the way and overnight at teahouse/lodge at Ghorepani is set.
Day 18: Explore Poonhill and Trek to Tikhedhunga (1495m)
Early morning trip to Poonhill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri , Tukuche Peak Nilgiri, Varaha Shikhar , Mt. Annapurna I , Lamjung Himal and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. After breakfast trek to Tikhedhunga with 4-5hours walking where the overnight accommodation with dinner is scheduled.
Day 19: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara
This morning the trek starts after having breakfast in Tikhedhunga toward Nayapul about 4 hours with lunch on the way from where you are taken to Pokhara by private vehicle driving and keep you in Hotel as per agreed category with BB Plan.
Day 20: Tourist Bus Journey from Pokhara to Kathmandu
After having breakfast your trip starts by drive back from Pokhara to Katmandu by tourist Coach about 6 hours driving and overnight is arranged in Kathmandu as per agreed category with BB Plan.
Day 21: Kathmandu to Your Port of Destination
With the farewell gift like pashmina or Snowy Horizon T-Shirt, our representative will drop you to the International Airport (TIA) to assist you for your final departure to your home or alternatively the next destination.
Read the following information which makes you easy to book your trekking in Nepal.
Trekking is an adventure activity involving multiday walk on village trails, National Park trails and climber’s trails often on reasonably steep terrain and snow at higher altitudes often crossing high passes in the range of 5500m/18000ft.
It depends on the location and choice of trekkers. Both difficult as well as easy treks are available.
In Nepal children below 18 years of age are required to trek accompanied by their parent or guardian.
Depending on trekking area you may require a special trekking permit while other areas would require only conservation/national park entry permit and Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) Card.
In General treks vary in duration from 2 to 4 weeks;average one would trek between 4 to 6 hours per day.
On most established treks bottled water is ubiquitously availableas well as locally purified drinking water is available in many villages along the trek. Otherwise, you can use boiled water supplied by the teahouse or camping crew.
On popular trails we will stay in lodges and guest houses and the meals will be cooked for you withcontinental menu meals often available as well as soups and noodles and rice dishes; on some routes there will be a limited choice and on some more remote routes only local Nepal Dal Bhat and curry or instant noodle soups will be available.
It all depends on the area with most of the trekking routeshaving local VHF Phones; increasingly more places get mobile coverage of varied capacity; in remote communication is not available or very limited so the only option would be a satellite phone
You need comfortable trekking shoes preferably with Gore-Tex style lining for ultimate comfort and thick vibratim soles to have comfortable walk on rocky paths
At high altitude your cardio-pulmonary system is affected by low oxygen density and you can suffer from general breathing difficulties to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) as well as your skin is susceptible to sunburn if not protected by cloths or sunblock. The AMS is preventable through appropriate trekking pace and undertaking acclimatization.
You need to obtain travel insurance before you arrive to Kathmandu. Your insurance should cover rescue insurance and it should allow the expense of helicopter supported medevac. Nowadays such policies are readily available through many airfare booking agents. Try ihi.com if you cannot find your insurance.
We ensure travel safety for all our guests’ women or men travelling with our company. Nepal is generally very safe and welcoming to foreign tourists. We have very good relationships with lodges we use and our guides aware all the time of whereabouts of every guest on the trek. Our groups are small and we ensure continues visual contact.
On the trek we provide all accommodation, food and we cover park fees, so you need to take only small amount of money to purchase water, small snack and tea outside meals, localsouvenirs, tips or donations to monasteries if you wish to donate small change. $20 per day should be sufficient to cover such expenses
Majority of trekking is done with lodge/guesthouse accommodation unless you prearranged camping based trip. There are very few trekking areas where lodge accommodation is unavailable and we will offer there a tent accommodation only.
Teahouse trekking is a trekking where your accommodation and meal are arranged in a local lodge/house with full board services.
Camping trekking is a trekking where we provideyou with tent accommodation and full board with meals to be cooked by professional trekking cook in a mobile camp equipped with akitchen and with adequate support staff of kitchen helpers, guides and porters.
It depends on trekking route and altitude; typically a trekking porter would carry load of 15kg to 25kgand camping porter would carry load up to 40kg.
In Nepal it is not customaryto tip but porters and guides would expect and appreciate a small tip. Your tip will go long way to help their families.
Trekking is for you and everyone who is patient and physically fit and enjoys outdoors.
You should have a general good level of physical fitness, general hiking experience, do not have any chronic or acute issues with your leg functions andbementally comfortable withmulti-day hikes, than you are ready for trekking.
In principle if you have trekking experience anywhere in the world and you are currently fit for trekking, there is nothing to stop you from Himalayan trekking in Nepal. You just need to increase your cardiovascular capacityto be able to cope with high elevation, where the oxygen density is much lower.
Post-monsoon period from September to December and pre-monsoon season from February to May are the best period for trekking in Nepal. In winter, December till February, at high elevation is very cold and heavy snowfalls may impede crossing of high passes but trekking in low elevations below 3000m is accessible all year round. In summer, June till August is a monsoon season and trekking is very wet, however in rain shadow areas such as Upper Mustang trekking in monsoon season is feasible and pleasant.
It all depends on the time and altitude of your trek. You may require Down Jacket, warm fleece jacket, warm thermal underwear, trekking pants and shorts, sleeping bag, trekking boots and a backpack, camera and your personal medication. Consult lists of cloth and equipment on our website as a guide and use a common sense to pack enough but not too much at the same time.
We highly recommend having a guide with you. You will travel in wilderness areas and at high elevations so from safety aspect you should not be alone. Travelling through villages there are many trails and if you took wrong path accidently it may be difficult to communicate with locals to get back on the right path or to secure food or accommodation. They will be unlikely to speak English
You will be taken immediately to the lower altitude first and will be provided first aid as the immediate treatment and then if necessary the guide will call the rescue helicopter tofly you down to Kathmandu or Pokharausing your rescue insurance.
Anywhere from 5km to 15km depending on condition of trekking trail and the altitude of the trekking route.
You can find it in our below link: http://www.trekkingagencynepal.com/snowy/terms-and-conditions.html
When we were in Nepal in 2008 for island peak climbing Mr. Bhandari was with us as our Expedition Manager. We are really proud with him that this times to found him as a Managing Director of Snowy Horizon Treks and Expedition.
We would like to thank Mr Bhandari for this incredible experience, we highly recommend his company and guide who would link to Use any Mountaineering activities in Nepal. We were on a trek Annapurna Circuit with Guru Tirpathi as the guide. Guru was very much on top of things right throughout the trek and showed excellent leadership both with the trekkers and the wonderful.
Thank you very much Once again for organizing the trek for us. We can recommend the services of Snowy Horizon Treks and Expedition to all who want to explore Nepal Himalayan.
We would like to see and fully hope his Company will be very famous, established and top Trekking and Expedition Company when we came for Ama Dablam Climbing in spring 2011.
Thanks for Snowy horizon Team.