Nepal Travel advice
A varied trek, landscape, vegetation, and culture all change constantly. There are numerous fascinating villages. The chief difficulty is that after several steady days in the Marsyangdi valley you reach Manang at 3400 metres, and a couple of days later you are 2000 metres higher on the Thorung La. Be aware of the potential for altitude-related problems.
Things change ! Road-building is going on apace both up the Marsyangdi Valley – it’s now possible to travel by jeep to Chame (and ultimately, at some future date, to Manang) See end of article. In the Kali Gandaki valley it’s now possible to reach Muktinath by jeep via Pokhara – Beni – Jomsom. Buses run from Pokhara to Jomsom (and back !). It’s debatable how this road building will affect trekking. It makes it feasible to do the shorter Circuit, for example Besisahar to Jomsom, in far fewer days, but presumably trekking and traffic are not such a pleasant mixture. A relatively new option is to rent a mountain bike in Muktinath or Jomsom and ride your way down, turning road construction in a positive thing for tourism. Mustang is on it’s way to becoming a major downhill biking destination.
There are numerous lodges along the route, some of them very good.
Annapurna Circuit trek Itinerary Details
Day 1: By road to Besisahar Bus or Private car
Day 2: Trek to Bhulbhule (if you arrive in Besisahar early, or the road has now been pushed further, possibly you could get to Bhulbhule on day 1)
Day 5: Trek to Latamrang (or Chame)
Day 7: Trek to Braga or Manang
Day 8: Rest / acclimatisation
Day 10: Trek to Thorung Phedi
Day 11: Cross Thorung La pass to Muktinath – the big day, reaching 5400 metres at the summit of the pass
Day 15: Trek to Ghorepani
Day 16: Hike to Poonhill ( 3200m ) to see sunrise and panoramic views and trek to Ulleri or Hile
Day 17: Trek to Birethanti and drive to pokhara
Add one spare day to be taken when you want it during the trek – particularly if you have acclimatisation concerns at Lettar
Shortening the trek:
It is possible to fly, or to go by road, from Jomsom to Pokhara (brings it down to 13 days)
From Tatopani you can continue by bus down the valley to reach the road at Beni then drive to Pokhara on Day 15
A highly experienced, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly , Well trained English speaking, Government License holder guide ( Nepal Planet Treks ) with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transportation and insurance.
Three meals a day during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) including fresh fruit in the evening.
All accommodation during the trek (in trekking lodges and guesthouses)
One night’s hotel in Pokhara.
All necessary trekking permits.
Bus from Kathmandu and back to Kathmandu after the trek (we can also set you off in Pokhara on the way back)
Shared Jeep or bus from Jomsom to Tatopani. or flight out from jomsom to pokhara ( Depend on the price and time )
Use of Sleeping bag, down Jacket and Duffel bag (If you don’t have your own, To be returned after the trek with nepal planet treks logo
In a worst case scenario, arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service (actual evacuation on helicopter to be paid by your Travel insurance).
complete Adventure certificate.
Government taxes and official expenses.
Trekking map of the Annapurna Circuit region.
Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible
Assistant guide group size above 5+ person.
Nepal entry visa fees (USD 40 for 30 days)
Hotel and meals in Kathmandu.
International airfares to Nepal
All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic hot and cold drinks.
Tips for the guide, and porter (if adding a porter to help you carry the backpack)