Annapurna Circuit Trek - 18 Days

Overview

The Annapurna Circuit trek includes the chance to experience the best of Nepal’s landscapes, from the hot and humid farmland in the lower valley of the Marsyangdi and around Pokhara, to the high alpine environment and spectacular mountain scenery above Manang on the north side of the Annapurnas. Access to the major valleys that cut through the Himalayas to the east and west of the Annapurna Massif continues to develop and we have continued to adjust our itinerary to avoid walking on the road and to preserve the classic Annapurna Sanctuary trekking experience.

We begin our trek at Jagat beside the Marsyangdi River and after an introductory walk to Dharapani, we turn towards the west and trek easily into the impressive valley on the north side of the Annapurnas. Here, we can marvel at the spectacular mountain scenery as we hike up to the villages of Ghyaru and Ngawal on the northern slopes of the valley. We are also able to savour the special appeal of this remote Buddhist enclave, with its perched villages and striking monasteries, such as the one at Braga. Then, from Manang, we take a 2-day diversion up to Tilicho Lodge as the final part of our preparation for crossing the Thorong La (5416m). From Thorong High Camp, we make an early start for the hike up to the pass, where the views extend to Dhaulagiri and the red ridges of Mustang. Then, descending into the Kali Gandaki via the amazing Hindu temples at Muktinath, we reach Pokhara and an overnight stay in this charming lakeside town.

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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

At Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be well received by HMT Representative and transfer to your hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city. After getting refreshed, our guide briefs our guests of Annapurna Circuit trek, hotels, lodge, including responsible trekking, with welcome dinner in a nice Nepali restaurant, which includes culture programs.

Day 2
Preparation for Trekking.

We can organize a half-day tour to some of the monuments like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath. The half-day sightseeing is organized so that you receive enough leisure time for rest and prepare for the following day’s trip to Annapurna Circuit. We will be meet our trekking guide, at the same evening briefing, about the entire trek at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3
Drive to Dharapani (1660m).

The day begins with the drive to Dharpani by jeep from Kathmandu via Prithvi Highway. We go through Dumre -Besisahar – Bhulbhule – Bahundanda – Tal– Dharapani. Passing across pretty waterfalls, small streams that join the Marsyangdi River, suspension bridges, barley and potato fields, numerous overnight camps with tea houses occupying the entire way towards Dharapani Overnight stay at Dharapani.

Day 4
Trek to Chame(2710m).

Today, our trekking destination is Chame, which is the Headquarters of the Manang District, we will walk through the forest with amazing views of Massif Annapurna ll, Annapurna IV, and Lamjung Himal. On this day we will cross the local village and some small Hotspring as well. Overnight Lodge in Chame.

Day 5
Trek to Pisang (3230m).

The day starts with a trek to Bhratang and from here into a deep forest in a steep and narrow valley. We cross a river on a long bridge over Marsyangdi River and encounter the soaring Pangdi Danda (a rock face) escalating more than 5,000 feet from the stream. Continuing ahead, we walk across dry grazing land to reach the place called Dhukur Pokhari through which the trail joins to climb Pisang. Overnight stay at Pisang.

Day 6
Trek to Manang Village.

Today, we continue our trek through the drier upper part of the Manang district. On the route, we discover the typical Tibetan styled houses and the people who live within-herd yaks and raise crops for part of the year. Through high cross with ups and downs the valley of Ngawal to the descending Munchi, we reach Manang village. Overnight stay at Manang.

Day 7
Rest day at Manang for local hikes and acclimatization.

An important rest day for acclimatization before reaching high altitude and up to Thorong–la, here with short hike exploring Manang village beneath towering Annapurna and Gangapurna peaks, a nice short hike up for views of Gangapurna Glacier and the Manang glacial Lake.

Day 8
Trek to Yak Kharka (4110m).

After a good rest at Manang, walk towards Yak Kharka, an interesting high altitude walk with views of mountains, crossing small streams to reach at Yak Kharka, a small settlement with incredible views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Many more unnamed Peaks.

Day 9
Trek to Thorong High Camp (4600m).

The morning walk leads closer to Thorong-la as the walk progresses crossing a bridge and then a climb along the Jarjung river, then leading at Thorung Phedi for short rest and then climb the last hour uphill to Thorong High Camp for an overnight stop.

Day 10
Cross Thorong-La (5416m) and trek to Muktinath.

Start the early morning walk on this Big Day! A thrill and highlight of this great adventure, after breakfast a long climb up to Thorong-la with a steep haul to reach at 5,416 m / 17,700 ft on top of Thorong-la festooned with Buddhist prayer flags. The highest point of the adventure certainly requires a high spirit and a strong mind to reach this high point. The top offers superb vista landscapes and snowcapped peaks, from here a long descent to Muktinath at 3,800 m. Muktinath is a holy place for both Hindu and Buddhist the word Muktinath literally means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’.

Day 11
Trek to Marpha (2670m ) via Jomsom (2715m).

After Muktinath, the rest of the journey is easier with moderate walks all the way with a big drop of 1,200m downhill to Kali Gandaki river valley, this pleasant walk leads to Kali Gandaki river valley, from here walk to Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang area with a small airstrip above Kali Gandaki River. After Jomsom walk to Marpha, one of the most charming villages with white painted houses, paved streets, and well-kept lodges. At Marpha, celebrate with apple products cider, brandy, and juice, as this area from Kagbeni to Larjung is famous for delicious apples.

Day 12
Trek to Lete (2480m).

From Marpha onward, the walk is enjoyable following Kali Gandaki river downstream with views of Tukuche peak, Dhaulagiri and Mt. Nilgiri walk to Larjung village, after few hours walk getting back into tree lines of pine, oaks and rhododendron forest and then reaching Kalapani village, another lovely village with grand views of Mt. Annapurna I, Nilgiris and Dhaulagiri, a short downhill brings us to Lete village for an overnight stop.

Day 13
Trek to Tatopani (1190m).

Walk from Kalapani and Lete onward leads to a dramatic change in vegetation and climate, as the walk leads between two giant peaks of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna forming the world’s deepest gorge.

The first two hours of the trek lead through Ghasa village with a view of snow-capped peaks into the forest.

After Ghasa, the southern end of Mustang area is mostly dominated by Thakali people, an ethnic tribe, till Tatopani village.

Day 14
Trek to Ghorepani (2750m).

After a wonderful time at Tatopani, the trek continues on the nice winding trail for an hour, our route diverts heading uphill with a steep climb than with gradual up all the way through dense forest to reach at Chitre, from here an hour climb to Ghorepani village with fantastic views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna South with Vara-Shikar known as Annapurna Fang.

Ghorepani’s famous and popular Poon Hill is a viewpoint that offers super views of the world’s three highest peaks and range of other mountains with striking sunrise and sunset.

Day 15
Hike to Poon Hill and Trek to Tikhedhunga (1500m).

In the morning, an hour hike to Poon Hill at (3210m) for sunrise views from Poon Hill we will have great views of Dhaulagiri Manaslu,Annapurna, Ganesh Himal and many more unnamed peaks including the majestic Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail).

Day 16
Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara.

Our last day of trekking leads downhill through nice farm villages and views of waterfalls near Bhirethati and then to Nayapul where this fabulous walk ends with a couple of hours’ drive to Pokhara after a wonderful time up in the high mountains.
Overnight in Pokhara, a scenic and lovely spot with hotels by the lake Phewa where Annapurna Himal reflects on its pristine calm water.

Day 17
Drive back to Kathmandu.

After a marvelous time on the high mountains and hills of Annapurna Himal, morning depart Pokhara after breakfast with overland drive back to Kathmandu.
(Flying options 30 mins by air to Kathmandu) (on extra cost).

Day 18
Airport transfer for International departure.

It’s your last day in Nepal! Grab some breakfast, and then take in some last-minute shopping in Kathmandu. We’ll make sure you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport with plenty of time before your flight home. At this time, we’ll say our goodbyes and bid you farewell, armed with warm memories and gorgeous photos to show your loved ones.

Cost Includes

  • 1. ARRIVALS AND TRANSFER TO HOTEL BY THE TOURIST BUS OR PRIVATE VEHICLES.
  • 2. ACCOMMODATION IN 3 STAR CATEGORIZED HOTEL IN KATHMANDU.
  • 3. TRIP BRIEFING AND EQUIPMENT CHECK.
  • 4. WELCOME DINNER WITH NEPAL CULTURAL SHOW.
  • 5. GOVERNMENT LICENCE HOLDER TREKKING GUIDE
  • 6. ALL MEAL BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER, AND TEA, COFFEE, FREE
  • 7. STAFF EXPENSES
  • 8. ALL STAFFS MEDICAL AND EMERGENCY RESCUE INSURANCES DURING THE TRIP.
  • 9. ALL STAFF FOODS.
  • 10. PORTER WAGES.
  • 11. GUIDE WAGES.
  • 12. PORTER EQUIPMENT.
  • 13. NATIONAL PARK ENTRY FEE.
  • 14. MUNICIPALITY CHARGE.
  • 15. ALL GOVERNMENT TAXES

Cost Excludes

  • 1. LUNCH AND DINNER IN KATHMANDU EXCEPT for WELCOME AND FAREWELL DINNER.
  • 2. BOTH WAY INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT AIR-FARE.
  • 3. PERSONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE AND EMERGENCY RESCUE INSURANCE.
  • 4. NEPAL ENTRY VISA FREE.
  • 5. ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES.
  • 6. FILMING PERMIT OF DRONE AND CAMERA
  • 7. EXTRA NIGHT ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU IF LATE DEPARTURE.
  • 8. PERSONAL EXPENSES, LAUNDRY, WIFI CHARGE E.T.C.
  • 9. STAFF TIPS. (MINIMUM OF 5% OF YOUR TOTAL TRIP COST).

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daily activities

On your trek, every morning, you are awoken early by a Himalayan Memories Trek staff with a first cup of native tea or coffee, along with a bowl of warm water to freshen up. Next, you are served a full breakfast of local fare. Such as fresh fruit and vegetables where it is available. We mainly serve freshly made porridge, eggs, camp made breads etc.

While you have breakfast the Sherpa’s use this time to disassemble the tents, so make sure you pack all bags before sitting for breakfast. while some porters set off on the daily walk in order to make setups in advance of our arrival at the next stop/camp, so that when we get there, all you have to do is relax and enjoy the area.

Typically, our walks start soon after breakfast. After a couple of hours walk, we will stop for lunches. In general, the afternoon walk is shorter than the morning one, to give people time to visit neighbouring villages, to rest and to chat while the chefs prepare the supper.

Insurance

As soon as you book your trip with Himalayan Memories Trek you should purchase a policy which covers trekking upto 5500m this will cover you any unexpected events force you to cancel. Your policy should also cover helicopter rescue in the event of an emergency evacuation.The only two methods of travel mostly are on foot or by helicopter once in the mountains. Obviously certain medical conditions are either so debilitating or urgent that the first option is not practicable as an evacuation method. Helicopter evacuation is very expensive and is also dependent on favourable weather conditions. Many of the helicopters are working at the limit of their operating altitude in the higher parts of the valley. Himalayan memories trek will be well placed to coordinate an efficient rescue but we must stress that there is no single definitive cost for a helicopter rescue, much depends on what else the pilot is doing in the area, how far the helicopter has to fly, where it started from and so on. The maximum is about $10,000 so your travel insurance should cover up to this figure specifically for rescue costs. The helicopter company will require a payment guarantee before they fly, this will be done by your insurance provider, opening a case number and arranging the relevant exchanges of information and certification. For this purpose, it is essential that you have the right policy and provide us with all the policy details. Our staff have got mobile phones and generally, there is somewhere near with a phone signal, or else one of the staff will go to the nearest place. The safety and stability of the injured person is the job of the group and the staff and anyone nearby who can assist because sometimes it can take hours for a helicopter to arrive. Thankfully many of the trails have first aid posts along the way, but every group should be prepared to help deal with an injured person and in this case, it goes without saying that the needs of that person are more important than the trek itinerary.
It will be a matter of the helicopter company ascertaining that it is safe to fly to the relevant location and then flying the casualty to a nominated location, almost certainly a hospital in Kathmandu. The helicopter will then be met by Himalayan Memories trek who will help to coordinate any further stages in the process. The helicopter will also fly into Kathmandu airport and our staff will arrange for a car or ambulance to take the person to the hospital. If for any reason the helicopter is unable to fly we will use our many local staff and contacts to coordinate an alternative rescue and treatment regime. Normally this means using horses or simply stretchering a person off the mountain to the nearest safe place or safe helicopter landing area. Again, this is something that will generally involve everyone.

equipment

The basic idea of the trekking gear for the Himalayas. This Himalaya trekking kit list aims to keep you warm, dry, protected from the sun, able to move comfortably in the mountains and able to be comfortable in the evenings and night.
You will be given a detailed kit list after booking, but the main points to cover are as follows:-

* BAGS – Rucksack or duffel bag for a porter to carry plus a day pack to be carried by you. Your day-pack should be comfortable and capable of carrying everything you need for the day, plus any valuable items such as a camera and passport.
* SHELL – Top and bottom waterproofs to keep off wind/rain.
* PUFFY LAYER – A puffy jacket, filled with either down or synthetic, designed to be worn while doing physical activity in the outdoors is essential for your kit. This layer will not only keep you warm on the trail should it be cold, but also help you stay cosy in lodges and tea-houses. Often times, these places do not have heat outside of the common area, so a warm puffy jacket will come in handy.
* LAYERS – Shirts, trousers, shorts, T-shirts, jumpers and jackets, hats and gloves. We advise that you do not wear cotton while trekking. Cotton can actually make you colder, and in certain cases, give you hypothermia. Look for synthetic or merino wool material for your layering system.
* BASE LAYER – Thin layers to wick away any sweat and to wear for cold mornings. Both top and bottom. At least two sets.
* UNDERWEAR – We recommend non-cotton. 5-7 pairs.
* FEET – Comfortable Lighter footwear to change into in the evenings. Always be sure that footwear is well-broken in prior to arriving in Nepal. For socks we advise using non-cotton socks with plenty of cushion. If you are prone to blisters, consider getting silk sock liners. 3-5 pairs.
* SLEEPING – Warm sleeping bag (3-4 season) to get a good night’s sleep at the lodges (they also have blankets)
* DRINKING – Water bottles should be hard plastic (Nalgene), not throwaway bottles. We also advise that you do not bring a water bladder. Hose lines can freeze, and if you use boiled water, the hot water will melt your water bladder. For purification methods, we encourage you to bring a UV Filter (SteriPEN), iodine tablets, or a back-country water filter. Please bring spare batteries if you have a UV filter and at least one other method for sterilising water.
* WASHING & MEDICAL quick-dry travel towel, first aid kit, blister kit, extra toilet paper, hand sanitiser, lotion (the air is quite dry), lip balm,
* SUN CARE – sunglasses, sunhat, sunscreen
* TREKKING – trekking poles, umbrella, dry bags, waterproof cover for your rucksack
* PERSONAL ITEMS – cameras, books, headlamp, music, journal, etc.

7 rules in the Himalayas

1) Go slowly and take a full day for the hike rather than get there as fast as possible.

2) Drink lots of liquid.

3) Always give way to yaks right of way and when you meet one on a path with a drop to one side, always stand on the uphill side.

4) Don’t get caught out with inadequate clothing to cope with a rapid change in weather This is the high Himalaya and a clear bright morning does not mean the same in the afternoon.

5) Do not wander off by yourself and always make sure people know where you are. Anything can happen and a slip on scree or moraine can mean getting cold very quickly while waiting for someone to come and help.

6) Part of the trek is on lateral moraine and some places are slippery. There is no need for crampons but simple care where you are walking is important.

7) Remember that the best approach to safety is to prevent an accident happening in the first place.

Acclimatisation

Our treks allow a good time to acclimatise and as a mountain guiding outfit we always want to ensure the trek is safe. Reducing the number of days may make the price cheaper but the chances of safely reaching base camp also greatly reduce. We follow established mountaineering principles of height gain on all treks to altitude.

baggage allowance

Your main item of luggage should be a sturdy kit bag, duffel bag or similar. This will be carried during the trek by porters or pack animals and must weigh no more than 15kg. You should also bring on your holiday a day-pack of approximately 30 litres capacity. It is possible to leave items not required on trek at the hotel in Kathmandu. For your international flights, please check the baggage allowance with your airline.

first aid kit

(Personal first aid kit contents)
Paracetamol
Ibuprofen
Antiseptic Wipes
Adhesive Plasters
Blister Plasters
Zinc Tape
Insect Repellent
Antihistamine tablets
Sunblock Cream
Water Purification Tablets
Crepe Bandage
Hydrocortisone Cream

spending money

Approximately $350 (or equivalent in pound Sterling, Euros) changed into local currency, should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including porter and trek crew tips, drinks etc. It is not necessary to obtain local currency prior to departure. Pound Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Nepal. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Kathmandu. If you prefer not to carry all of your spending money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money from ATM’s in Kathmandu using your debit or credit cards. (Fee applies) During the trek it is possible to buy snacks, chocolate, soft drinks and beer on most days. Please be aware that since everything has to be carried up by porters or animals, these items become more expensive as you gain altitude.

staff tipping

Tipping is the accepted way of saying thank you for good service. Normally the porters and any other trek staff are given their tips at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Your Guide will advise the group on an appropriate level of tipping. Most groups will hand out the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the holiday. we recommend that each group member contributes around 5 to 10 % of your total trip cost to these tips. At the end of their trek many people also like to donate various items of equipment to the porters and trek staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. Boots, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks are always warmly received by the porters. Your guide will make arrangements for a fair distribution (possibly by raffle) amongst the trek crew. Please note that you will have the opportunity to tip your guide separately during dinner on the final evening of the holiday. If you felt your guide was especially helpful, please consider an appropriate bonus to him or her of 20% of group tips.

Value of money

Our prices are competitive and good value, and we offer quality, service, security and an ethical stance on tourism in a developing country. We don’t want to be so expensive to run fewer trips and have our staff idle, but on the other hand we believe that running cheap trips that promote the practice of skimming budgets would result in the porters getting next to nothing, which is something we cannot consider. Your porters work extremely hard to carry your gear, advance set ups and keep your journey safe and enjoyable, sometimes at their own risk and peril. We could not complete our journey without them. They have families, too, and we all want to have an enjoyable, rewarding expedition full of great memories! Tashi Delek!

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Annapurna Circuit Trek

Trip Facts

  • 2 to 16 people
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • MAR | APR | MAY | SEP | OCT | NOV
  • private transport
  • 5416m Thorang- La
  • Best available
  • 3
  • Trekking
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