Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

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Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal – A Trek around the Annapurna Mountains

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a demanding 160Km to 230Km trek in central Nepal, depending on the starting and ending point of the trek.  A long and strenuous trek around Annapurna Himal, known as a trek within the mountains of the Annapurna Range. Also, on it’s long journey the Round Annapurna Trek crosses two river valleys, the  Marsyangdi River Valley and the Kaligandaki Gorge to reach the highest point of this trek at Thorungla Pass – 5416m, almost touching the edge of the Tibetan mainland.

Annapurna Circuit trek usually takes about fifteen to twenty days to complete depending on where you start and end the trek. A challenging trek that involves crossing numerous rivers over steel and wooden suspension bridges. A one long hike in Nepal that you can take to recharge and refresh. Not only that, it allows you to disconnect from the busy world but not altogether from humanity.

Moreover, trekking around the Annapurna not only challenges you physically by pushing you to do more, but this hike in Nepal will stir you emotionally while at the same time making you widen up your cultural vision through which you view the Nepal Himalayas.

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Annapurna Masiff from Upper Pisang

A Trek to Upper Pisang

While enroute from Chame to Manag, it is recommended that trekkers take the high route to Upper Pisang, Ghyaru and then to Manang, as the mountain views are spectacular on this part of the trek.

Moreover, the three villages of Upper Pisang, Ghyaru and Ngawal are well preserved samples of Tibetan style villages still in their original state. Staying overnight  in one of these villages also helps in acclimatization, since these villages  are located higher than Manang.

Round Annapurna
Ngwal Village enroute from Upper Pisang. Photo credit Rajesh Chakraborty

Starting Point of the Trek

Besisahar or Bhulbhule in the Marshyandi River valley is the traditional starting point of the Annapurna Circuit 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 acclimatize to higher altitude. Moreover by driving this far you will miss the scenery that entails with the Annapurna Circuit Trek. There are a number of options to start and finish this trek and it totally depends on the participant.

Ending Point

If you are limited on time or do not feel like trekking all the way than one can end the Annapurna Circuit Trek in Jomsom and fly out to Pokhara or one can also have an option of taking a public transport from Jomsom to Pokhara.

But if you have the energy and the motivation to complete this trek, than one can hike further on to Ghorepani  Poon hill to Annapurna Base Camp to end the trek at Birethanti with a two hours Jeep drive back to Pokhara.

 Side Trek to Tilicho Lake

Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek
Panoramic view of Tilicho Lake from Mesokanto Pass (5800m ). Photo Credit Yip Seck Hong

An excellent add on to the Annapurna Circuit Trek is the Trek to Tilicho Lake. Situated at an altitude of 4990m Tilicho Lake is considered the highest glacial lake in the world. It is being said that without a side trek to Tilicho Lake, trekking around the Annapurna Himal will be incomplete. But, for this side trek you will need an extra three days.

Why this trek ?

To immerse yourself in one of the most stunning and dramatic Mountain Range in the world. Each day the Round Annapurna Trek takes you to over 5000m mountain passes with snow covered 7000m peaks all around you. Truly a beautiful part of the world.

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Thorung La Pass. Photo@Yip Seck Hong

Trek Grade

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a fairly difficult trek for an average trekker 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.

Trekking in the Annapurna's
Muktinath Photo@Rchakraborty

Best Time to Trek in Nepal

April to May is good time for Round Annapurna trek when the Annapurna Conservation Area is alight with different variety of  Rhododendron flowers, and also because of the mild weather which is very conducive for Trekking.

October to November is the best time to go on the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Due to the recently concluded monsoon rain the surrounding vegetation is refreshed and clean and the skies are clear for the mountain views. However, this is the busiest season  and expect to see a lot of crowd.

December to March is the coldest season of the Annapurna Circuit trek and there will be plenty of snow in the higher altitude. Moreover, Thorung la Pass can get blocked too. However, the best part of trekking the Annapurna Circuit trek at this time is that there will be less crowd on the trail.

TRIP FACTS :

  • Trek Grade: Moderate to Strenuous
  • Duration: 16 Nights / 17 Days
  • Maximum Sleeping Altitude: 4450m/14,500ft ( Thorung Phedi )
  • Maximum Hiking Altitude: 5416m/17,769ft ( Thorung La Pass )
  • Best Season: Mar-June and Oct-Dec.
  • Trek availability: Group Departures (Ex-Kathmandu).
  • Join a group trek (dates shown below)
  • Customized private Trek / side trek to Tilicho Lake can also be arranged for a minimum of two persons on request on a date of your choice.

Around Annapurna Group Departure 2022 (Ex-Kathmandu)

    • 11-27 March, 2022
    • 11 -27April, 2022
    • 11-27 May, 2022
    • 26 Sepember-12 October, 2022
    • 11-27 October, 2022
    • 11 -27November, 2022

Private treks are available on request for a minimum of two persons

ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK ITINERARY

Day 1: Drive Pokhara to Besisahar (820m/4Hrs). Drive further on to Jagat. Lodge.
Day 2: Trek Jagat to Dharapani (1860m/16Km/5Hrs). Lodge.

  • Jagat to Chamche (1385m) – 3Km / 2Hr
  • Chamche to Tal ( 1700m / 5Km / 4Hrs
  • Tal to Dharapani (1900m / 6Km /2Hrs)

Day 3: Trek Dharapani to Chame (2610m/16Km/6Hrs). Lodge.

  • Dharapani to Bagarchap ( 2160m/2Km/1Hr)
  • Bagarchap to Danaqyu ( 2200m/2Km/1Hr)
  • Danaqyu to Timang (2700m/4Km/2Hr).
  • Timang to Thanchowk (2750/3Km/1.30Hrs)
  • Thanchowk to Koto(2640m/3Km/1Hr)
  • Koto to Chame (2610m/2Km/1Hr)

Day 4: Trek Chame to Upper Pisang (3310m/15Km/4-5Hrs). Lodge.

  • Chame – Bhratang ( 2850m/7Km/2Hrs)
  • Bharatng to Dhukur Pokhari (3240m/6Km/2Hrs)
  • Dhukur Pokhari to Upper Pisang (3310m/1.5Km/2Hrs)

Day 5: Trek Upper Pisang to Ngawal (3680m/10Km/6Hrs). Lodge.

  • Upper Pisang to Ghyaru ( 3730m/5Km/3Hrs)
  • Ghyaru to Ngawal (3680m/5Km/3Hrs)

Day 6: Ngawal to Manang(3540m/10Km/5Hrs).

  • Ngawal to Humde (3330m/2Km/1.30Hrs)
  • Humde to Braka (3450m/6Km/3Hrs)
  • Braka to Manang (3540m/2Km/30minutes)

Day 7: Rest/Acclimatization day at Manang. Lodge.

Day 8: Trek Manang to Yak Kharka (4020m/10Km/5Hrs). Lodge.

  • Manang to Gunsang (3900m/3Km/2Hrs)
  • Gunsang to Yak Kharka ( 4020m/7Km/3Hrs)

Day 9: Trek Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi (4450m/6Km/4Hrs). Lodge.

  • Yak Kharka to Churi Letdar (4200m/1Km/30mitues)
  • Churi Ledar to Thorung Phedi (4450m/5Km/4Hrs)

Day 10: Thorung Phedi – Thorung La pass (5416m) to Muktinath (3800m/16Km). Lodge.

  • Thorung Phedi to Thorongla High Camp (4830m/1Km/1Hr
  • High Camp to Thorongla Pass (5416m/5Km/4Hrs)
  • Thorongla Pass to Charabu (4230m/6Km/6Hrs)
  • Charabu to Muktinath (3800m/4Km/3Hrs)

Day11: Trek Muktinath to Kagbeni (2800m/9.5Km). Lodge.

Day12: Trek Kagbeni to Marpha (2670m/15Km/5Hrs). Lodge.

  • Kagbeni to Jomsom (2743m/10Km/3Hrs)
  • Jomsom to Marpha (2670m/5Km/2Hrs)

NOTE : You can also end the Annaapurna Circuit Trek by trekking to Jomsom and fly out to Pokhara, or continue to Ghorepani and Poon hill for another Fantastic view of the Mountains that you had just circled

Day13: Trek Marpha to Kalopani (2535m/17Km/7Hrs). Lodge.

Day14: Trek Kalopani to Tatopani (1200m/20Km/7Hrs). Lodge.

Day15: Trek Tatopani to Ghorepani (2870m/14Km). Lodge.

Day16: Early morning climb Poon Hill (3Km) for sunrise views. Trek to Birethanti (1025m/13Km/7Hrs). Lodge.

Day 17: Drive to Pokhara. Hotel. Annapurna Circuit Trek ends.

  • Annapurna Circuit Trek Cost : US$1350 per person
  • Cost for Indian Nationals : Please request quote in Indian Rupee

ANNAPURNA TREK COST  INCLUDES:

  • Transport in Tourist Bus( Kathmandu to Pokhara).
  • Basic accommodation at local lodges on twin sharing basis.
  • Services of experienced English speaking local trekking guide.
  • Porters to carry luggage while on trek (1 porter for 2 persons).
  • Insurance for trekking staff, guides, porters etc.,
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) fees.
  • National Park entrance fees.
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) registration fees.

COST EXCLUDES:

  • All meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) included for the duration of the trek.
  • Departure Tax where applicable (domestic/international flights).
  • Domestic Kathmandu / Pokhara / Kathmandu airfare (if requested by clients).
  • Transport from Pokhara to Kathmandu at the end of the Trek.
  • Travel/Trekking/Medical insurance.
  • Rescue operations by helicopter.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Nepal Visa Fees.
  • Any services in Kathmandu/Nepal (hotels, transport, etc.).
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Hotel accommodation in Pokhara at the End of the Trek.

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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 given 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: Annapurna Circuit 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.

(All relevant Terms & Conditions apply).

  • Annapurna Circuit Trek Cost : US$1680 per person
  • Cost for Indian Nationals : Do enquire for quotes in Indian Rupee

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TREK COST  INCLUDES:

  • Transport in Tourist Bus( Kathmandu to Pokhara).
  • Basic accommodation at local lodges on twin sharing basis.
  • All Meals during the Trek
  • Services of experienced English speaking local trekking guide.
  • Porters to carry luggage while on trek (1 porter for 2 persons).
  • Insurance for trekking staff, guides, porters etc.,
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) fees.
  • National Park entrance fees.
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) registration fees.

COST EXCLUDES:

  • All meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) included for the duration of the trek.
  • Departure Tax where applicable (domestic/international flights).
  • Domestic Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu airfare (if requested by clients).
  • Transport from Pokhara to Kathmandu at the end of the Trek.
  • Travel/Trekking/Medical insurance.
  • Rescue operations by helicopter.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Mineral water, boiled drinking water, soft drinks and any alcoholic beverages, tips and any personal expenses.
  • Nepal Visa Fees.
  • Any services in Kathmandu/Nepal (hotels, transport, etc.).
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Hotel accommodation in Pokhara at the End of the Trek.
  • Any cost arising from political disturbances, strikes, cancellation of flights, deviation in program, delays due to landslides/ road blockage, or otherwise.

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