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Overview

The Annapurna Circuit is one of the globally appreciated trekking destination of Nepal. The Annapurna Circuit is special destination among the classical great Himalayan trails. The Annapurna circuit trek encircles the Annapurna massif or Annapurna Himalayas traversing over paddy farming lands, high hills, traditional villages, river banks, lush mountains, subtropical valleys, terraced farming lands etc. The travelers cross four districts during the Annapurna circuit trek and they are Lamjung, Myagdi, Manang and Mustang. The Myagdi and Lamjung region trails are lower elevation trekking trails inhabited by traditional village of Hindu settlements of Nepal dominated by lush subtropical valleys and terraced farming lands. The Mustang and Manang region trails are high elevation trekking trails inhabited by traditional villages of Tibetan Buddhist civilization. The Manang region has the population of Gurung, Magars, Thakali, Limbu, Rai, Sherpa but they are not of Tibetan ethnicity while Mustang is lot more influenced by Tibetan culture.

The Annapurna Circuit trekking trail follows the counter clockwise route crossing two river valleys encircling the Annapurna Massif crossing over the high Thorong La Pass of 5400meters. The Himalayas encountered during the trekking are Mount Annapurna I-IV, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Tilicho and Gangapurna along with other smaller peaks of 6000meters. The main starting base station of trekking adventure is Besisahar of Lamjung Distract in Marshyangdi river valley and ending at Kali Gandaki River valley.  The returning tourists take flight from Jomsom Airport either to Pokhara and Kathmandu.

Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu arrival/ transfer to Hotel

Day 02: Kathmandu city  tour

Day 03:Drive to Beshi Sahar more:Following Trisuli and Marsangdi River Valleys.

Day 04: Beshi Sahar to Nadi (1011m)

Day 05: Nadi to Jagat (1314m)

Day 06: Jagat to Dharapani (1943m.)

Day 07: Dharapani to Chame (2713m)

Day 08: Chame to Pissang (3185m.)

Day 09: Pissang to Manang (3351m.)

Day 10: Rest in Manang for acclimatization

Day 11: We branch away from the Marsyandi Khola steadily climbing into quiet distinct alpine areas. o/n at Kharka. 3800m/ 3 hrs.

Day 12: Thorong Phedi (4335m.)/ High camp 4800m,

Day 13: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3798m.)

Day 14: Jomsom with beautiful snow mountains and no tree land. It is gateway of Mustang trek. Those, having not good enough time to trek down all the way to Pokhra can fly to Pokhara-Kathmandu on the next day.

Day 15: Jomsom to Tukuche (2591 m.) 5/6 hrs.

Day 16: Tukuche to Ghasa (1970 m.)

Day 17: Ghasa to Tatopani (1189 m.)

Day 18: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2793 m.) 6/7 hrs.

Day 19: Rest at Ghorepani and Excursion to the Poon Hill the highest hill in the west in the whole trek,

Day 20: Ghorepani/Tadapani to Ghandrung (1951 m.) 6/3 hours

Day 21: Ghandrung to Birethanti (5/6 hours, walk downwards to Modi River) and drive back to Pokhara.

Day 22: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu

Day 23: Day in Kathmandu on your own/ shopping.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu arrival/ transfer to Hotel
You will have a nice clean, A/C room, attached bathroom,24 hrs running hot water type of hotel on a good location.

Day 02: Kathmandu guided tour
Your guide will take around Kathmandu to show its back ground and history visiting temples, monasteries and colorful city itself gives you a picture of Nepal.

Day 03:Drive to Beshi Sahar more:Following Trisuli and Marsangdi River Valleys.

Day 04: Beshi Sahar to Nadi (1011m)
Walk for about 6 hours towards Nadi through narrow tracks, suspension bridges and a deep river gorge.Overnight at Nadi.

Day 05: Nadi to Jagat (1314m)
Walk for about 7 hours towards Jagat through the valley crossing several suspension bridges and passing several beautiful waterfalls land view the tower of Mt. Lamjung (22,291Ft.), Manaslu (26,760 Ft.) and Peak 29 (24,652 Ft.). Overnight at Jagat.

Day 06: Jagat to Dharapani (1943m.)
Walking distance of about 7 hours from Jagat to Dharapani, entering Manang district from Taal and crossing a large bridge to Dharapani to stay overnight.

Day 07: Dharapani to Chame (2713m)
The distance is covered within 6 hours. The trail now leads to the west in Manaslu. Forming a splendid backdrop of Annapurna II appearing occasionally to the south. As we continue, Annapurana range offers a splendid view. Overnight at Chame.

Day 08: Chame to Pissang (3185m.)
Keeping by the side of river all day for about 7 hours and passing through narrow and steep gorge reach Passing from where Manang Valley (a wide U – shaped valley) hanging between two giant snow peaks. Overnight at Pisang.

Day 09: Pissang to Manang (3351m.)
After a 7-hour walk through trails and broad forested valley floor a small stool airstrip and a village of about 200 houses and Barge monastery which is the largest in the entire district and reach Manang.

Day 10: Rest in Manang for acclimatization
A necessary day to rest and acclimatize and explore Manang. The village of about 500 flat.

Day 11: We branch away from the Marsyandi Khola steadily climbing into quiet distinct alpine areas. o/n at Kharka. 3800m/ 3 hrs.

Day 12: Thorong Phedi (4335m.)/ High camp 4800m, Crossing the Jarsang Khola we climb to a small grassy valley and camp. Approximately 3 hrs walk.

Day 13: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3798m.)
Crossing the pass early in the morning slowly reach the top of Thorang Pass (5417m.) and enjoy some absolutely stunning high Himalayan scenery and over to the Kaligandaki valley through the entire Annapurna range , Mukut and Mustang Himal to the west. Walking distance is about 8 hours.

Day 14: Jomsom with beautiful snow mountains and no tree land. It is gateway of Mustang trek. Those, having not good enough time to trek down all the way to Pokhra can fly to Pokhara-Kathmandu on the next day.

Day 15: Jomsom to Tukuche (2591 m.) 5/6 hrs.
Walk a valley dominated by Thakalis, Gurungs and Magars tribes, lunch at Marfa on the way.

Day 16: Tukuche to Ghasa (1970 m.) 5/6 hrs walk, a dramatic change in the surrounding with green
vegetation and very beautiful view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna region. Overnight at Ghasa.

Day 17: Ghasa to Tatopani (1189 m.)
5/6 hours walk, gradual descend to Tatopani through valleys, fields and the beautiful Rupse Chhahara (water falls) and then the time to have lunch at Dana village which is the deepest gorge in the world. Rest and overnight at Tatopani.

Day 18: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2793 m.) 6/7 hrs.
Walk a challenging ascent upto Ghorepani. Lunch at Sikha village, and overnight at Ghorepani from where one can observe the best sun set view over the profile of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.
Day 19: Rest at Ghorepani and Excursion to the Poon Hill the highest hill in the west in the whole trek, bird- eye view of Mustang and Pokhara valleys, also provides clear view of 30 snow-capped peaks including the Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri. Or walk to Tadapani at the afternoon for 4 hrs.

Day 20: Ghorepani/Tadapani to Ghandrung (1951 m.) 6/3 hours
With ups and downs towards Tadapani for lunch and camp at Ghandrung which is the biggest Gurung settlement with a closer view of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli.

Day 21: Ghandrung to Birethati (5/6 hours, walk downwards to Modi River) and drive back to Pokhara.

Day 22: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu

Day 23: Day in Kathmandu on your own/ shopping.

Include/Exclude

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car or van. It is depend of the group.
  • Two nights standard accommodation in 2/3 star category hotel in Kathmandu located tourist center, or up to you.
  • 2 Night  hotel in Pokhara
  • Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the in trekking
  • Local fresh fruits like orange, apple, banana and grape etc.
  • All accommodations during the trek.
  • Annapurna  trekking map.
  • Kathmandu- Pokhara- Kathmandu By Tourist Bus  and all Transport  during a trip
  • An experienced Government licensed holder guide and porter to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • If you need we will provide you sleeping bag, down jackets, Duffle bag and, if necessary etc.
  • All necessary Government paper works and Annapurna conservation  entry permits and TIMS Card etc.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • All government taxes and Vat.

Cost Excludes

  • Meals your self Kathmandu (L+D).
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa ( You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Nepal’s Airport in Kathmandu).
  • All kind drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks)
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)
  • If do any tour and sightseeing and other activities etc.

Equipment List

Annapurna base Camp Trekking Gear list on the blow 2015/2016
Jeans or slacks
Towel and toilet kit
Underwear
Gloves or mittens
Sleeping bag, warm to 20 degrees F, either down or fibrefill (or you can rent one in Kathmandu)
Parka, down or fibre fill; a ski jacket is ok
Sweater, wool shirt or acrylic pile jacket
Duffel bag, canvas or nylon, without a frame (for porters to carry)
Daypack or rucksack, waterproof, for you to carry
Water bottle 1 liter or 1 quart; be sure that it does not leak
Flashlight
Walking Boot

We INSIST that an appropriate insurance policy is taken out which covers travel in isolated and mountainous areas, and which also includes helicopter rescue.
We recommend that you consult a reputable travel agent or insurance specialist.
Health Issues
We recommend that all clients consult their doctor to discuss the health issues associated with their trek. We also recommend that clients bring their own personal first aid kit to supplement the comprehensive first aid kit carried by the Trek Leader
Vaccinations Required
Please ensure that you allow at least 1 month to complete a course of vaccinations. Whilst your personal doctor will be the final authority,
We recommend the following
Poliomyelitis
Tetanus
Typhoid
Rabies
Meningococcal
Immunoglobulin (for Hepatitis A)

Please check here for the most frequently asked questions about traveling to Nepal (FAQ Nepal 2017 /2018 )

 
 
1)How do I get to Nepal?
 
In order to fly directly to Nepal from your home country, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal. Thai Airways, Gulf Air, Qatar, Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Korean Air, Etihad Air, Silk Air, Air Arabia, Druk Air, Jet lite, Dragon Air, Air China and Cathay Pacific carry most of the foreign travelers to Kathmandu. If you buy tickets from any other airlines, you will probably connect with one of these airlines for the final leg of your flight. Alternatively, if you have valid visa, you can also travel to Nepal via India and Tibet (China).
 
2)When is the best time to visit Nepal?
 
October and November is considered the best time of the year. The main festivals of Dashain and Tihar (greatest Hindu festivals) fall during these months. The sky will remain clear and the temperature is pleasant. February-May are also months for travel, as you will see rhododendrons blooming in the mountains while you are on trek. December and mid-February will be snowy and cold in the mountains, still very good times to come.
 
3)What are my options to come to Nepal from India?
You can fly between Delhi and Kathmandu as there are many flights available in this sector. There are a number of overland entry points for travel by road and you could come by train to Ghorakpur, travelling the rest of the way by road email:sanjibtrekguide@gmail.com details
 
 
4)Do I need visa to enter Nepal?
 
All foreign nationals, except Indian citizens, need visa to enter Nepal.
 
What do I need to get my visa?
 
 
You need a valid passport, two passport size photos and money.
 
Where do I apply to get my visa?
 
The best way to apply for visa is from the Royal Nepalese diplomatic missions in your home country. The other choice is to get it from Immigration Office at the entry points of Nepal. You can get a visa on arrival at Tribhuvan Airport.
5)How to book the trip?
 
To book any of our trips, you are requested to fill our online booking form or just send us a simple e-mail with your requirements. We charge 10% of the total trip cost, which is a non-refundable deposit. We will send you a comprehensive trip itinerary after booking.
 
6)What are the entry points of Nepal?
 
They are:
Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
Kakarvitta(Jhapa)- Eastern part of Nepal that has border with India
Birgunj, (Parsa)- Central part of Nepal that has border with India
Jamunaha (Nepalgunj)( Banke, mid-western part that has border with India)
Mohana(Dhangadi)(Kailali, Far western part that has border with India)
Gadda Chauki (Mahendranagar)(Kanchanpur, Far western part that has border with India)
What are my options to come to Nepal from India?
please note that Delhi-Kathmandu-Delhi flight is very busy and without proper reservations in advance it can be difficult to get seats.
 
Alternatively, you can travel overland to Nepal from India by bus. There are three main entry points: Sunauli-Bhairahawa, Birgung-Raxual and Kakarvita. The Sunauli border crossing is the best option to make your entry into Nepal from Varanasi; the Birgunj crossing is the easiest from Calcutta and Kakarbhitta is the best crossing point from Darjeeling and Sikkim. These overland trips from India can be quite long and stressful and are not recommended for those people who want to have stress-free travelling.
 
 
7 ) What is the payment method?
 
 
You can pay us by cash/travelers check/visa or master card while booking the trip with us. There will be certain bank charges if you pay by credit card.
 
 
8)Do we need to cover travel insurance?
 
Yes, we advise you to get your insurance cover from your home country.
 
9: What is a Trek?
 A Trek is not a Mountain Climbing Trip. There are still only a few roads in Nepal extending deeply into the hills, so the only way to truly visit remote regions of the kingdom is walking. It requires more time and effort, but the rewards are also greater. Whether you begin your trek at a road head or fly into a remote mountain airstrip, a large part of it will be in the Middle Hills region at elevations between 500 and 3000 meters. While trekking you will see the great diversity of Nepal. Villages embrace many ethnic groups and cultures. The terrain changes from tropical jungle to high-glaciated peaks in only 150 km. ( Nepal Guide Info )
10: What is the general duration of the treks?
The duration of the trek depends on the region of the trek and on interests which you have. Generally speaking, your trek can range from 2-3 days to month time or longer periods if you wish. Even the same trek can be of a different duration for different trekkers depending on their wishes and interests on the route.
11: How difficult are the treks?
 Difficulty of the treks depends on the region of the trek and duration of it. Shorter treks tend to be easier while longer ones require some physical fitness.
12: What is the Tea House Trek?
 Tea House Trek – is a trek during which at the end of each trekking day you stay for overnight in Tea Houses. “Nepal Guide info” also organizes Camping Treks during which you stay for overnight in tents which our guides will set up for you and food during such treks will be cooked by our experienced cook. ( Nepal Guide info )
13: What can I expect from Tea House?
Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. Many years’ experience of “Nepal Planet Treks and Expedition ” ( Nepal Guide info ) in field of organizing various treks in Nepal assures you that we have chosen for our treks the cleanest and most hygienically kept Tea Houses with friendly atmosphere and best views. Most of the Tea Houses have running water facility. Many of them have hot water available for bathing. But we discourage our groups from using water heated by wood as lack of firewood in most villages is a big environmental concern in Nepal. (Nepal Guide Info more info you )
14: What facilities we will have in Tea House?
 Private rooms are available in most tea houses except for high altitudes ones. Most bathrooms are shared. Most of the Tea Houses have running water facility.
15: Where do we eat our meals and what kind of food is available?
 During a Tea House trek you will have breakfast and dinner in the Tea House, lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants. During a Camping Trek all food will be cooked by our experienced cook. Every Tea House serves the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice and lentil soup). All Tea Houses of our routs have variety of different food items, such as rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes and soup. Many of them have western food on menu. Soft drinks, snacks and beer are available in most of the Tea Houses and trail side restaurants.
16: Is it safe to eat during the trek?
Food safety is always a big concern and we take it very seriously. That is why we have chosen the cleanest and most hygienically kept Tea Houses for our routes. During a Camping Trek our cook prepares safe and tasty meals from carefully chosen food items and only hygienic cleaning facilities are used. More info Nepal Guide info
17: What are the sources of drinking water supply during trekking?
All Tea Houses have boiled water for trekkers. And on the trek you will be provided with drinking water by your guide. The guide will make sure that water is safe for drinking more ( Nepal Guide Info massage )
18: What is the best time for trekking?
Best time for trekking is autumn (October-November) and spring (end of February-April). Short treks and some Tea Houses treks can be done during winter season as well. For more details on trekking season of different routes 
19: What is the weather like?
 You need to be prepared for sudden weather changes while trekking. That’s why trekking equipment should be chosen carefully before the trip. Sudden rain storms or snow are always a possibility which needs to be considered. The weather during the trekking season is somewhat more stable. “Nepal Guide Info ” pays big attention to weather forecast, so you will be told about weather prognosis and you will be given advises before trek.
20: What kind of clothes is needed for trekking?
Choosing the clothes for trekking is very important. Please, check our trekking equipment list for details.
21: What type of shoes should I have?
For shorter treks comfortable tennis shoes or snickers is enough while longer treks require carefully chosen hiking boots which should be kind of strong, well-made but light boots. Shoes and boots are best to buy before arriving in Nepal. Proper fit is a must for boots and we advise you to wear your new shoes for some time before trek for your feet to feel absolutely comfortable during trekking more (Nepal Guide info )
22: Should we bring all trekking equipment with us?
 You can easily rent needed equipment for reasonable price in Kathmandu or Pokhara before trek Neapl Guide Info guide help to a buy but it’s always preferable and more convenient to have your own equipment during trekking, so we advise you to bring equipment with you or to buy here as most of the outdoor equipment can be bought in Kathmandu or Pokhara in one of the many outdoor gear shops.
23: What problems can arise on altitude?
 Altitude sickness is a serious problem. “Nepal Planet Treks and Expeditions”, having many years of experience in trekking and good knowledge of the problem, organizes treks very carefully. Extra day of acclimatization is included in all our high altitude treks. Our guides are trained to spot any signs of altitude sickness and know how to deal with it.
24: What happens in case of emergency?
“Nepal Guide Info ( Nepal Planet Treks and Expedition )” is prepared for any emergency situation and knows how to handle it. Our guides are trained in first aid and can deal with most of the basic ailments that occur during a trek. Every client should have his own insurance before coming to Nepal for case of emergency.
25: What sort of experience do your guides have?
 Guides of “Nepal Planet Treks and Expeditions” ( Nepal Guide Info ) have many years of guiding experience in Nepal as well as Tibet. Most of them have been spending years exploring the country. Our guides are trained in first aid and know how to handle any situation. All our guides speak fluent English and happy to share their deep knowledge of the country and beauty of Nepal with you. We believe in and follow the idea that it’s not enough to take visitors to special places or special cultures, we need to provide guides who can get people feel involved in what they are experiencing, explain it thoroughly and keep them entertained.
More details Email:sanjibtrekguideinfo@gmail.com

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