Annapurna Circuit Trek – “Holy Grail of Circuit Treks in the world”
Annapurna Circuit trek long, epic and a beautiful trek in Nepal Himalayas that winds through some of the world’s highest mountain range with diverse climatic conditions, ranging from tropical to semi arid alpine zones. Combine this circuit trek with a side trek to Tilicho Lake, a high altitude glacial lake at an altitude of 4990m and the Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake Trek becomes one of your greatest trek ever.
After Having done this circuit Trek with stunningly beautiful Himalayan scenery and enjoying the hospitality of the local people, you will remember this as one of your favourite treks in Nepal.
The Himalayan Scenery surrounding the terrain of the Annapurna Circuit Trek described as the most outstanding circuit treks in the world will absolutely captivate you right from the very first day. It can be said, that trekking Nepal’s long and epic Trek through the most beautiful part of Nepal Himalayas can have a life changing experience in your travels.
After having said that, do remember that the Annapurna Circuit trek is not just a walk in the park. The intensive days that you spend walking the 210Km long trail on your feet is the most challenging and inspiring that you will ever encounter.
Highlights of the Annapurna Circuit Trek
Besides the breath taking scenery of the Annapurna Circuit Trek between Manang and Yak Kharka, Lower Pisang and upper Pisang, the main highlights of the Annapurna Circuit Trek is the change in the topography and the vegetation as you proceed on the Trek. The vegetation changes from Banana and coffee plantation to Pine Forest to Knee deep snow in just a couple of days.
Where to Start ? The most popular starting Point of this Circuit Trek
The most popular starting point of the Annapurna circuit trek is Jagat. There are a number of options to start this trek and it totally depends on the participant. Besisahar used to be the traditional starting point of this trek. But nowadays most of the Trekkers drive till Jagat or Chame. while some even drive till Manang and start the Trek from there. This is not advisable as one do not get time to acclimitize to higher altitude. Moreover by driving this far you will miss the scenery that entails with this trek. At Farouttrek, we drive till Jagat and start the Annapurna Circuit Trek from here.
Where to end the Annapurna Circuit Trek
If you are limited on time or do not feel like Trekking all the way than one end the Annapurna Circuit Trek in Jomsom and fly out to Pokhara or one can also have an option of driving all the way to Tatopani to Nayapul to end the trek in Pokhara.
But if you have the energy and the motivation to complete the Annapurna Circuit Trek, than one can also trek further on to Ghorepani Poonhill to Annapurna Base Camp to end the trek at Birethanti with a two hours Jeep drive to Pokhara.
Can the Annapurna Circuit Trek be Customized by Adding Tilicho Lake Trek ?
Yes, the Annapurna Circuit Trek can be customized by adding Tilicho Lake Trek too. Add a couple of more day to the Annapurna Circuit Trek and proceed on to Tilicho Lake and you will realize the Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake Trek was worth it. Tilicho Lake situated at an altitude of 4990m is considered the highest glacial lake in the world. It is being said that without a side trek to Tilicho Lake the Annapurna circuit trek will be incomplete.
Please Note: On the 4th.Day of the Trek while Trekking from Chame to Pisang, our recommendation is to trek to Upper Pisang and drop down to Manang. This route provides some of the best sceneries on this Trek. But this will entail adding a day to the Trek.
How long is the Annapurna Circuit Trek ?
The Annapurna Circuit Trek usually takes about 15Days to 20Days from Kathmandu with a night halt at Pokhara depending on the starting and the ending Point that you choose. The Total distance covered also varies between 160Km to 230Km.
Is it a camping Trek or a Tea House Trek ?
Annapurna Circuit Trek is a Tea House Trek with accommodation in lodges run by local families. These lodges are very basic with a simple twin share room with common washroom and restroom. At a time these lodges can accommodate about twenty to twenty five people.
Local Food, that is Dal, Bhat and vegetable curry are available widely. Other than Dal Bhat other items are also available on demand. Avoid taking meat on the trek route as some of the lodges offer Yak meat Burgers etc. It is recomended that you order your food at the lodge you are staying in.
When is Best time to embark on this Circuit Trek ?
The Best time to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek is from April to May when the Annapurna Conservation Area is alight with a variety of Rhododendron flowers and wild primulas. Trekking is also recommended at this time because of the mild weather which is very condusive for Trekking.
Other season recommended for this trek is from October to November, when the temeprature and the weather in the Annapurna area is at its best. This is because of the just concluded monsoon season the skies are crystal clear for viewing the incredible mountain scenery which the Annapurna Circuit Trek is famous for. The day time temperature hovers between 15Degree to 20Degree Celcius which is just right for trekking and the Night time Temperature can vary between 5Degree to 0Degree Celcius. Temperature in the upper reaches can go down to minus Degree celcius.
How difficult is the Annapurna Circuit Trek ?
For an Average trekker the Annapurna Circuit Trek is a fairly difficult trek as it involves trekking at high altitudes on varied terrain. The Trekking trail also involves climbing plenty of stone steps and this also adds to the difficulty level.
How Dangerous is Annapurna Circuit Trek ?
This trek is a fairly difficult Trek and if you do not give time to acclimitize then this Trek becomes dangerous. With proper acclimitization and proper preparation the Annapurna Circuit Trek can be done. The high altitude and the unpredictable weather in the mountain can add up to the Danger level if you are not prepared for it, especially while crossing the Thorungla Pass
TRIP FACTS :
- Trek Grade: Moderate to Strenuous
- Duration: 20 Nights / 21 Days
- Maximum Sleeping Altitude: 4450m/14,500ft (Thorong Phedi)
- Maximum Hiking Altitude: 5416m/17,769ft (Thorong La Pass)
- Best Season: Mar-June and Oct-Dec.
- Trek availability: Group Departures (Ex-Kathmandu).
- Join a group trek (dates shown below)
- Customized private Treks can also be arranged for a minimum of two persons on request on a date of your choice.
Group Departure Trek Dates for Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek 2020 (Ex-Kathmandu)
- 11-31 March, 2020
- 11 April-01 May, 2020
- 11-31 May, 2020
- 26 Sepember-16 October, 2020
- 11-31 October, 2020
- 11 November-01 December, 2020
Private treks are available on request for a minimum of two persons
ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK ITINERARY WITH TILICHO LAKE TREK
Day 1: Drive Kathmandu to Besisar(820m). Drive further on to Jagat ( 26Km). Lodge.
Day 2: Annapurna Circuit Trek Starts. Trek Jagat to Dharapani (1860m/16Km/5Hrs).Lodge.
Day 3: Trek Dharapani to Chame(2610m/16Km/6Hrs). Lodge.
Day 4: Trek Chame to Lower Pisang (3310m/15Km/4-5Hrs). Lodge.
Day 5: Trek Lower Pisang to Manang(3540m/16Km/6Hrs). Lodge.
Day 6: Rest/acclimatization day at Manang. Lodge.
Day 7: Trek to Yak Kharka (4020m/10Km/4Hrs). Lodge.
Day 8: Trek to Thorung Phedi(4450m/11Km/4Hrs). Lodge.
Day 9: Cross Thorung La pass(5416m) to Muktinath(3800m/16Km). Lodge.
Day10: Trek to Kagbeni(2800m/9Km). Lodge.
Day11: Trek to Marpha(2670m/15Km). Lodge.
Day12: Trek to Kalopani(2535m/17Km). Lodge.
Day13: Trek to Tatopani(1200m/20Km). Lodge.
Day14: Trek to Ghorepani(2870m/14Km). Lodge.
Day15: Early morning climb Poon Hill(3Km)for sunrise views. Trek to Gandruk village. Lodge.
Day16: Trek to Birethanti (1025m). Drive to Pokhara. Hotel.
Day17: Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu. Annapurna Circuit Trek ends.
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- Nepal visa is readily available on arrival at the International Airport
- in Kathmandu and all other entry points to Nepal.
- 2 passport photos will be required.
- Single Entry visa: US$ 30 per visa (valid for 60 days).
- Multiple Entry visa: US$ 80 per visa (valid for 150 days).
- Nepal Visas are also available in all Nepalese Embassies and Consulates.
- Indian Nationals do not need a visa to travel inside Nepal
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Note: The above itinerary is a sample intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, physical ability of the participants,etc. may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the trail. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of trip participant’s safety, comfort and general well being.
Recommendations: The Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake trek is very strenuous and demands top physical form. A physical fitness check-up is a must. Even the experienced trekker should prepare for 2 to 3 months prior to the trek.
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