Annapurna Circuit Trek
The Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the best trekking destinations around the world that has a great diversity of landscapes of villages, waterfalls, and rivers that fall in this region. Apart from these naturally blessed aspects, the region is also famous for different ethnic groups residing in the region like Gurung, Manangi, and Thakali. The circuit offers breathtaking views of the white Himalayas throughout reaching to a height of 5,414 m at the Thorong La Pass. The circuit also trails around the arid valley of the upper Mustang down to the Hindu pilgrimage of Lord Muktinath along the banks of the Kali Gandaki valley.
The trail passes through the villages inhabited by different ethnic groups offering picturesque views of the Himalayas in the far northern area to Tibetan Plateau. The change in the environment and the winds welcome you to a different city beyond the hills; Jomsom as you start walking from Besisahar. Apart from offering you the best of scenic experiences, the trek is incomplete without reaching the highest pass of the world the Thorong La Pass. The hospitality of the people residing in the region makes you feel like you are at home away from home.
The trek offers you the best that nature has to offer at a very low expense. Also, the trail along the Annapurna circuit is very relaxing and less difficult. The trek, however, is recommended for trekkers looking to visit Nepal and also experience trekking in a limited budget but the views around the trail are certainly the most important and something that money could not buy.
Fitness Level Preparation
Trekking in Nepal is far more physically demand adventure than Expectations. A regular Exercise might help you to get more Strength, but we reckon that you undertake more Aerobic Exercise in the months before you Travel. Walking in the Altitude of 5000m above Sea level with variation of Extreme Weather Condition will certainly need the 100% Active Physical Fitness. And Don't forget, we need to pass World's Highest Pass, THORONG-LA Pass
Never to set Imaginary Goal set to reach Annapurna. Once Attempting the Trek without Preparations might lead you to End up with Injuries or Pain. You might not able to enjoy the Trek and probably won’t ever Attempt another one. A Pre-Trek Training is Imperative if you want to get fit for Trekking and Enjoy the Trek. When it comes about Everest Base Camp Trek, at least give yourself 6 months preparations. A Consistent Training including Cardiovascular, Strength and Conditioning, Stability and Strength, Core and Trek Specific Training will definitely shows you benefits within a not as much of time.
A few more Preparation and Enjoy the Show.
Welcome to Nepal
A Travel Adventure Nepal representative welcomes you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu with the company logo displayed on the handheld signage board outside the airport terminal. Airport transfer is complementary that must be pre-arranged during your trip booking process with your flight details. Please consult with your Booking Consultant during Booking Period. You will then be transferred to your respective hotel on our private vehicle.
We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your trip Manager (if you are not on a group tour please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier). You will be provided all the Contact Details of Nepal (Hotels you stay, Your Trip Manager, Regional Trek Agents).If you are unable to get in touch with your Trip Manager, please refer to our emergency contact details. If you have pre-booked an airport transfer and have not contacted our representative within 90 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Starting Point hotel, following the Joining Instructions. If you have any Trouble in locating your Transfer Representative, or if your Flight is going to be delayed,
Please Call: +977 9851198992 or leave message on Travel Adventure Nepal Social Sites or Email Address and we will communicate to our Destination Management Company so we can swiftly organize the Alternative.
Joining Point Instructions
Phone: +977 01 4258648
Meetings and Catch Ups
Pre-trip meeting and General Catch Up will be held at your hotel on the same day. After Refreshment, Our Representative will let you know when the meetings will take Place.
This meeting key intends is to revise the plans for the Trip you are going to take Part. Good Bonding with the Guide and the Team is very essential. Your Group leader will ask you some documents to provide for all the Preparations for the Trip.
2. 3 Passport- Sized Photo
3. Readable Copy of Travel Insurance
All after these, you will be asked to sign a Trip form and Non-Liability Disclaimer form which will be with your Trip Leader Every Time. Any Questions or Doubts do not hesitate to co-ordinate with your Trip Leader. All your Special Requirements and Service will be forwarded to the Trip Organiser during the time of Booking from Sydney Office. Your Trip Leader will also inform you the Different Aspect of Trips, Information about Country, Culture Norms and Values, Budgets, Foods and Many More. You will be strictly instructed to follow your Trip Guides and Leaders as your Safety is Our First Priority.
DMC:- Destination Management Company- Destination Explorer Pvt Ltd, Kathmandu Nepal
Kathmandu Lodge (2 Nights), Pokhara ( 1 Nights) and Tea House Lodge (12 Nights)
In Kathmandu and Pokhara, we use range of our 4 and 5 Star Accommodation including Holy Himalaya Hotel within a Walking distance of Thamel or Similar (Upon Availability).
Accommodation during the Trekking period however will be a Local Lodge, Known as Tea Houses which are Basic but adequately accommodated according to our standard guidelines. The older style tea houses will help you experience more Realistic era on the subject, how daily life runs in this region and which may not be an identical to your everyday practice, but considerably reasonable for the location. We always make sure the basic hygiene of the vicinity is always monitored and maintained to an acceptable standard. The hub of the teahouse is the dining room; usually decorated with colourful traditional rugs sometimes with a fire pit or heater (some lodges may charge a fee to put the heater on). Most teahouses sell snacks and other essentials such as tissues, soap and toilet papers. Almost all lodges have electricity, but it is not wholly reliable, and lighting may not be bright enough to read, carrying a torch is essential. Electrical charging facilities are generally available only in the dining room (charged at approx. Rs 150-350 per hour per device). Many of the lodges use solar generated power system so sometimes there may not be enough electricity for produced for all of your devices. Many lodges have Wi-Fi installed these days, but the internet speed may vary with some areas working very well but in other parts slow and temperamental.
The Accommodation facility is arranged on a Twin Sharing Basis. If you are travelling on your Own you will be paired up with someone of the Same Sex. In some of the Lodges in Higher Altitude, the Occupancy may have to maximize to utilize the Space by Providing Multi-Bedded Rooms.
Toilets and Washing Facilities are very basic in Tea House Lodges and are shared. Toilets are usually Asian “Squat” Style, but now many lodges have installed “Western Style” Seated One. Toilet Papers are not provided so you should bring your own.(Please dispose the Wastage in the bin provided – do not put it in the bowl). If there is not a flush handle available, there will be a container of water to pour down. In the Higher Altitude there high possibilities of getting the Water Frozen so if the Water Container is empty (or frozen) either refill it or ask the lodge wait staff.
Hot shower facilities are available in some teahouses for a price and in most of the places; a hot shower means to supply a bucket of hot water, enough to wash your body.
Standards of Cleanliness are very basic in Higher Altitude lodges. During the Peak Trekking Season and winter, the Conditions may get out of Control. So please report any problems that may arise to your Group Leader. Be Very Attentive in your personal hygiene management. Standards of cleanliness vary especially in the peak trekking season and in winter when the water freezes at night. Please report any problems to your Group leader or the lodge and be vigilant in your personal hygiene regime – use soap or hand sanitizer gel before and after toilet breaks, snacks and meal times.
Extra Accommodation: - If you intend to Stay Longer than your Planned Trip or want to reach the destination prior to Trip than we can arrange the Hotels for you in any Part of Nepal (Subject to Availability). Please Enquire with your Booking Consultant.
Single Accommodation: - Want your Own Room? We offer the Single supplement for 2 Nights in Kathmandu and 3 Nights in Pokhara (Subject to Availability). Please make Confirmation with your Booking Consultant during the Booking. The Itinerary does not include the Single Supplement Facilities. Hence the Additional Charge will be added upon the Request of Single Supplement facilities. While in the teahouses, single rooms cannot be guaranteed but if a single room is available that night, you can pay locally on a day by day basis.
Meals and Dietary
Our Itinerary does not include the meal throughout the Trek. Providing the selection option for our Client helps to adjust with the Trekkers Appetites according to Location. A Farewell dinner is served in behalf of the Company.
FOODS IN NEPAL
In Major Cities of Nepal like- Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan there’s a variety of Choice of all tastes and Budget whereas the menus in the tea houses are Traditional Dhal Bhat and European Cousins. Vegetarians do not need to worry as they are well catered in Nepal. We reckon our Trekkers to put extra care around while choosing the meals around the Trek House. Dhal Bhat is the staple diet in Nepal and comes in many different forms but generally comprises some curried lentil dhal and meat or vegetables, some rice, and a pickle/chutney. Another popular snack is momos; a type of Nepalese dumpling, fried or steamed, filled with meat or vegetables.Although meat is available in the teahouses, we advise against eating it on trek. The meat has often been carried in the heat from lower altitudes for several days before reaching the lodges and can cause stomach upsets or illness. Germs can also be spread by handling dirty money - we recommend using hand sanitiser.
Meals on Trek: Allow approximately US$30-US$40 per day for meals, snacks and drinks in the lodges.
There are many fine restaurants in Kathmandu and Pokhara and you should allow approx. US$15 for lunch and US$20 for dinner. Drinks extra. Nepal caters very well towards vegetarians and vegans with almost all restaurants having a veg section of the menu. If in doubt, please check with your tour leader.
Your tour leader will be able to direct you towards restaurants that are known to have better hygiene, especially in tourist areas where they are travelling with our groups regularly
SOME TIPS THAT WILL HELP YOU STAY WELL WHEN EATING IN NEPAL INCLUDES:
- Stick to Restaurants and street stalls busy with locals - local families eating there are a good bet.
- Wash your hands before eating (most restaurants will have a hand basin or bathroom) or use a Sanitising hand gel
- Give yourself a few days to get used to local food, especially spicy food.
- If in Doubt, Stick to the Veg Meal
- Avoid salads and peel fruit to Avoid eating skin that may be Washed in Local Water
- Steer Clear of ice unless in Higher end Restaurants
- Drink more Chai, Eat More mo-mo's
Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day. We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal’s trekking areas.
All teahouses will provide cold water free of charge, if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar) with you and use a SteriPEN to treat it with. A SteriPEN is a handheld UV water purifier – small, lightweight and battery powered so easy to pack for a trek. In Nepal’s trekking regions most of the bottled water isn’t strictly ‘mineral water’ anyway but is UV treated, so it’s exactly the same technology. It’s quick to use, far more effective than purification tablets, and the water is ready immediately. It’s fine to use a SteriPEN on non-boiled water so long as it isn’t cloudy or full of sediment (which is uncommon in these regions). SteriPENs are widely stocked on Ebay, Amazon, outdoor shops and other online retailers; look for the latest models but avoid USB charging ones. Better still, a SteriPEN will pay for itself over the course of the trek and you won’t leave behind a single plastic bottle – you will end up spending the same or even less than you would on bottled water, plus you can keep it for future trips.
If you prefer not to invest in a SteriPEN, the teahouses also sell boiled water for approx. Rs150-350 per litre (the price increases the higher you trek) which should not require treating. This is also perfect for a bedtime refill as it can double up as a Hot Water Bottle.
The Travel Adventure Nepal representative welcome guest at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu with the company logo displayed on the handheld signage board outside the airport terminal. Airport transfer is complementary that has to be pre-arranged during your trip booking process with your flight details. You will then be transferred to your respective hotel on our private vehicle.
Note: Pre-trip meeting will be held at our office or at your hotel on the same day. In this meeting, you are requested to bring your passport, 3 passport-sized photographs and a readable copy of your travel insurance, transcript in English language. Also, most importantly, you must sign a legally binding trip form, and a non–liability disclaimer. In this meeting, you are also requested to ask any questions regarding your trip and other informations that are in doubts. Also, in this meeting, we discuss about different aspect of trips, information about country, culture norms and values, money matter, eating and dining.
Set your alarm early as we leave Kathmandu early in the morning. Our representative will fetch you from hotel to transfer to local bus stop in Kathmandu. Drive to Beshisahar along the trishuli and Marsyangdi river will be a beautiful long drive. Arrival upon Beshisahar we drive to Syange on local vechicle which is 3 hours drive. Our Trek start from Syange to Jagat via bamboo forest and villages of buddhist ethnic group. Crossing Long suspension bridge over Marsyandi river in syange, we start ascending to Jagat. Overnight in Jagat
The route of the trek initiates from Jagat crossing the suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi river. The trail starts ascending and gradually flattens down to reach Tal. Tal, however, is famous for waterfalls and beautiful views of different valleys in the region. As we move forward, we pass through the fields of rice, potato, and barley. Not to forget the beautiful waterfalls accompanying along the route. The trail advances along a stone staircase making our way to Dharapani.
The trek from Dharapani to Chame offers spectacular views of Annapurna II (7,937 m) throughout the walk. The trail advances on the southern bank of the river as we descend to pass through the Thanchok village. As the region is famous for apple farming, you will even get to see the apple orchard in the village. We then move forward to reach Koto after 30 minutes of walk. We make a lunch stop in Koto and another 30 minutes walk we then reach Chame, Headquarter of Manang District. Overnight in Chame
Today we cross Marsyangdi river from the northern side entering the pine forest. Passing the forest our trail ascends through the apple orchard to reach baratang Village. The trail then starts steeping as we advance to meet the road to Manang. Along the plain dirt road, we trail to lower pisang via dhikur pokhari along the beautiful pine forest. Overnight in Lower pisang.
Today we follow the least populated trail to reach manang. Usually the trekkers choose lower manang route to reach the destination early. But our trekking motto says “ Walk the whole thing, Do not Bypass it”. The views of the same attraction from different places are incomparable. Enjoy the stunning panoramic views of mountains accompanying through the trail and we make a stop at Ghyaru or Ngawal for lunch. Enjoy your meal with the front view of Pisang Peak and hovering Eagles on top. Continue our journey downhill to manang via Humde Airport and Marsyangdi valley.This part of walk is most beautiful part where you will experience the beauty of landscape from all over the world. Overnight in Manang.
Today we stay back in Manang as a part of Acclimatization. Adjust your body in high altitude and enjoy the mountain life here today. Your trip leader will take you to some beautiful place of Manang today. Gangapurna Lake:where snow melts and forms a glacier, Ice Lake: Beautiful view point, both this place is just amazing. Enjoy the evening in manang with locals or go for some movie in local theatres. Overnight in Manang.
Today we gear up with new vibes of trekking. Leaving the manang valley will be somewhat emotional moment but there’s alot to see ahead. Today our trail ascends towards the mountains of Annapurna. Won’t be able to see the greenery of mountains from this point as the altitude is on top but this is the part of Himalaya. Encounter with Blue sheeps grazing and yaks and locals riding Horses. Also the views of the Annapurna and Gangapurna accompanying you throughout the trail. The trail after passing the Gunsang is mostly flat, crossing couple of suspension bridges leading us to Yak Kharka. Overnight at Yak Kharka.
The trail to Annapurna, never ceases to amaze you is what people said and they said true. We have yet another day of coming across a breathtaking view of the snowy Himalayas. We start our day walking along a light trail to Kone Khola. As we cross this beautiful stream, we start elevating a steep climb towards the villages of Churi Ledar and Ledar. This trail has risks of dry landslides, but what is a trek unless you come up across a few adventure and surprise in store. Mind the stones rolling over the cliff as you walk along. In case you are thinking about any mishap do not forget that we are always prepared for our travelers’ safety. As we route through this slightly risky trail, we climb gently upwards to Phedi.
The main objective of today’s trek is to reach the highest pass in the world; Throng La Pass. the track is slippery and a little risky as we cross the pass from east to west from Manang area to Muktinath. The route has no lodges or hotels but is only surrounded by huge white peaks, hence, make sure you carry some munchies along. However, you will find two teahouses along the way which serves you with the world’s tastiest and most expensive tea at this altitude. Tea is the best remedy to lower the level of stress and tiredness. You can sip a cup of tea with the munchies you have carried for yourself. After lunch and a cup of tea relaxing your senses, we start walking for a few hours to reach the highest point of the trek; the Throng La Pass that is surrounded by colorful prayer flags all over. Muktinath from this point is a walk through a steep downhill. We spend the night in Muktinath which is 1600 m downhill from Throng La pass. You can enjoy a good Thakali thali set famous amongst the Thakali inhabitants around Muktinath for lunch and enjoy your day exploring the area. Overnight in Muktinath.
Our trek today leads us to the city behind the himalayas; Jomsom. We start our day visiting a temple that is important for Hindu as well as the Buddhist; the Muktinath Temple in Muktinath. The temple is located in a very peaceful area at the top of this region. We then have our meal at Muktinath and start walking downhill through barren lands of Jharkot, Khingar Kagbeni and Eklebhatti. The route is very dusty due to the wind that is very strong after midday. Once you reach Jomsom, you won't disagree with the name it has been given, the city behind the hills. The stunning views of Nilgiri and other hills would leave you speechless. Jomsom however, is the last stop of our trek. We fly to Pokhara the next day.
As we start rounding off our trek and head to Pokhara, we enjoy our last meal with the Himalayas. We then head towards the Jomsom airstrip to catch a flight that takes us between the mesmerizing mountains. The 20-25 mins flight to Pokhara is like a mountain flight. The picturesque views of the beautiful mountains would only help you relax and take you to another world throughout the flight. As the flight with this breathtaking view lands at Pokhara you will be transferred to your hotel, freshen up yourself to explore the famous tourist destination Pokhara. Pokhara has a lot of activity in store for you or a lot of remarkable places for you to visit. Plan your day on your own or take help with your travel guide to make the most of this day. We wait for you at the dinner after you are done exploring Pokhara to celebrate a successful end to this adventurous trek of yours.
We head towards where we started today. A drive through beautiful rivers, hills and Nepalese settlements at intervals, we cover 200 km back to Kathmandu. Once you reach the capital and are transferred to your hotel, you can enjoy a leisurely afternoon for a stroll around Thamel and Durbar Marg for some shopping. Please make sure you keep yourself free for the evening as we will be there to bid you farewell over dinner.
It wouldn’t be easy to bid you farewell, but as it is said, we part to meet again. We will be bidding you goodbye with a heavy heart, hoping that you would choose us again to create memories of a lifetime for the next trip.