Annapurna Circuit Trek - 20 Days

DESTINATION
Nepal
REGION
ANNAPURNA REGION TREK
DURATION
20 Days
NATURE OF TREK
Lodge to Lodge Trekking
MAX ALTITUDE
5,416m at Thorung la High Pass
GROUP SIZE
2 - 14 People
START/END POINT
Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
ACTIVITY
Annapurna Trek
SEASON
Feb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec.
MEAL
Breakfast in Kathmandu, Pokhara Hotel and All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek
ACCOMMODATION
Hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Hotel/Lodge/Tea House during the trek
TRANSPORTATION
Airport pick up & drop off, Kathmandu Sightseeing by Private Transportation, Kathmandu to Bhulbhule by Local Transportation,Birethanti to Pokhara by Private Transportation, & Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus.

About the Trip

A tour around culturally-rich Kathmandu Valley and walking past the magical Annapurna circuit trail, this trek is a glimpse of what Nepal offers. We follow the route from the historical town of Kathmandu to around the Annapurna peaks. Within this range, we will witness the courteous hospitality of the diverse Nepalese people, the alluring landscape and dense forests with a variation of floras and faunas. As we traverse the ancient alleys and Durbar Squares in Kathmandu, we dive into the historical fascination of the country. We further march with the clouds en route to Annapurna and savour the tranquillity of nature. Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most famous and beautiful trails of Nepal. The trail encircles the Annapurna Massif along with beautiful rivers, snow-capped mountains and much more. Dramatic deep canyons, uninhabited high mountain passes, relaxing hot springs, Buddhist and Hindu temples, pleasant farming villages and at every turn a different view of the Annapurna(I-IV) Peaks. With diverse Nepalese landscape and culture, the trail offers a package full of surprises with the beauty of the place and hospitality from the local people.

  Highlights

  • Experience the beauty of the alpine region of Nepal
  • George yak pastures with yaks grazing perience the beauty of the alpine region of Nepal
  • Relaxing hot spring at Tatopani
  • Stay at the stunningly beautiful Jomsom, the headquarter town of Mustang district
  • Spend a day in Pokhara, the most happening place in Nepal
  • Spectacular views of Mount Annapurna, Thorung Peak, Nilgiri, Chulu West and Chulu east, Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV
  • Magnificent glaciers, gorges, and waterfalls
  • Tour around the famous Muktinath temple, a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists
  • Visit the beautiful Manang district and embrace the beauty of the place
  • Visit Barge Monastery, the largest monastery in Manang district
  • Traversing through the world’s most extensive pass – the Thorong La Pass(5,416m)

 Overview

One of the world's classic treks, Annapurna Circuit trek, is famous for its diversity in landscape and lifestyle. The dramatic change in the culture and the scenery varies from subtropical forests and the world's deepest river to the high mountain pass, cliffs and mountain views. Within the Annapurna region, Annapurna Circuit embraces the thrilling high pass, Thorung La(5,416m) and the deepest Kaligandaki gorge. A package of wonders like Poonhill, Muktinath Temple and the wondrous hot spring in Tatopani, Annapurna Circuit trail is one of the most popular trails because of its comprehensive beauty. We will be travelling through altitudes ranging from 800m to 5416m, through various climatic zones from past rice paddy fields, subtropical forests, rural farmland and glacial zones. We will be able to view the up close and panoramic scenery of the Himalayas, including Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), Mt. Annapurna II (7937 m.), Mt. Annapurna III (7555m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7525m), Mt. Annapurna south (7219m), Mt. Manaslu (8163 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7041m), Mt. Machhapuchhare (6998m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6441m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6986m), Tukuche peak (6920m), Tilicho peak (7134m). We also get an opportunity to learn about the Tibetan way of life that strongly runs in Mustang valley. There is also a probability of seeing a Snow Leopard in Yak Kharka along with Blue Sheep. We will also make a stop at Tatopani where we can relax in their famous hot springs.

Trek to Annapurna circuit begins at  Bhulbhule(845m) after the scenic drive from Kathmandu, following the trail towards Jagat(1,300m). We further move along Dharapani(1,860m) to Chame(2,610m). We follow the trail to Pisang(3,115m) following the Marsyangdi River valley. We trek to Manang(3,540m) where we stay for acclimatisation to prepare for crossing the Thorung La Pass(5,416m). A primary rule of hiking to higher elevation is to hike high and sleep low. From Manang, we continue the trail and head to Yak Kharka(4,050m). The next day we hike up to Thorong Phedi(4,525m). From  Thorong Phedi we make an ascent to Thorong La Pass (5,416m). After passing the Thorong La pass we head down to Muktinath(3,760m), which is a sacred pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists.

We hike back from Muktinath to Kagbeni(2,804m). We head towards Ghasa(2,113m) from Marpha(2,665m). Since we return from a different route, the trek is even more exciting. We relax in the hot spring in Tatopani(1,200m) and relax our muscles from all the effort we made throughout the trail. We hike to Poon Hill(3,210m) from Ghorepani(2,860m) for a final glimpse of the mountains. The trail is culturally rich, and every day will prove to be a new experience for us. From Nayapul(1,050m) we drive back to Pokhara, where we will halt for the night. Pokhara is a city of wonders and a great place to conclude the amazing trek and relax. There are lots of massage places which we can visit after weeks of the walk. We drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu and bid farewell to the country with a moment that we will cherish for the rest of our lives.

This Annapurna circuit trek itinerary is curated for trekkers who would like to experience a more adventurous journey in Nepal Himalaya and experience a diversified scenery, geography and different climate zones of the Annapurna circuit. 

It is a notice to all our valuable clients who are joining Annapurna Circuit Trek with us that our journey will begin with 7-8 hour local bus ride from Kathmandu to Besisahar or Bhulbhule (approx 172.9 km)which is included in the package, however, with an additional cost you can book a Private Jeep and while returning back to Kathmandu if you want to take a domestic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu (20 mins approx) we can provide that with an additional cost excluded from the package. Despite being the gateway to Annapurna Circuit Trekking, Besishar lacks this facility Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal would like to recommend all our Valuable clients that they should arrive Kathmandu a day earlier at afternoon before the day we start our Annapurna Circuit Trek next day, To make sure that you’ll attend our Official Briefing as an important Pre-meeting. The reason we do so is we want to make sure that you get proper mental guidance and necessary information just to have a recheck of equipment and goods for the journey so that if you have forgotten something then we'll provide you with that ASAP.

  Day To Day Itinerary

Days 1 -Arrival to Kathmandu (Tribhuvan International Airport) (1,350m/4,450ft), transfer to hotel

Arriving at Kathmandu marks the beginning of our journey to Annapurna Circuit. We, from Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal, will receive you and escort you comfortably and safely to your hotel. Today you will be meeting with your KTAN guide who will brief you all about the trek. We prepare ourselves for the beginning of the trip with enough rest and relishing the new place.

  • Overnight at Three Star hotel in Kathmandu.


Days 2 -Full Day Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing and trek preparation

The city of unique architecture and rich culture, Kathmandu Valley is a small glimpse of entire Nepal. Today we will go on a guided tour around some of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. We tour around the UNESCO World Heritage sites like PashupatinathSwayambhunath (the Monkey temple), Boudhanath and the historic Durbar Square. As we relish the wonders, we also get a brief insight into these places from our tour guide. After an entire day dedicated to wandering around Kathmandu, we will prepare for our trek starting the next day. We get a final check of the equipment and gears done by our climbing leader. Also, we meet other trekkers who will be accompanying us on the trek and have a short discussion about the trip.

  • Overnight at Three Star hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Included Meal (Breakfast).

Days 3 -Drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule (845 m / 2,815 ft) - Distance(200 Km/124 miles) west of the Kathmandu 7-8 Hours

We begin our Annapurna Circuit trek with a bus ride till Bhulbhule. With a good breakfast, we head to our first stop with excitement and beautiful views throughout the way. Accompanied by the Trishuli river on most of our ride till Pokhara, the road trip is surely a fun one. From here, we head north to Besisahar and then to Bhulbhule. Situated along the Marshyangdi River, Bhulbhule endeavours views of the snow-capped peaks surrounding a gorgeous village. Compiling the entire road trip, we enjoy astonishing glimpses of mountains, villages, rivers and terraced farms. After registering our permits at Bhulbhule check-post, we roam around the village as we prepare for the trek.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).

Days 4 -Trek from Bhulbhule to Jagat (1,300m/4,265ft) - Walking Distance(19 Km/11.8 miles) - 5 hours

We begin our walk from this day. With a lot of enthusiasm, we start our trek through a pleasant trail. We traverse through lush forests and terraced fields following the Marsyangdi River. The trail is easy yet surprisingly beautiful as we pass through enigmatic settlements and farmlands to an isolated village of Jagat. The walk will unquestionably prove to be a warm-up and a fun way to begin our trek in the Annapurna region. We notice the declining settlements as we walk further. With outstanding views around, we halt at the peaceful village of Jagat.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).

Days 5 -Trek from Jagat to Dharapani (1,860m/6,200ft) - Walking Distance(15 km/9.3 miles) - 5 hours

After enjoying a peaceful stay at Jagat, we followed the trail to reach Dharapani. As we commence our walk, we come across a split road. The trail goes uphill till we reach Tal, where the split trail meets around this point. We enjoy several beguiling waterfalls forming small sandy beaches on our way. Through rice and potato fields, we reach one of the biggest villages of Manang, Kodo. There are also numerous bridges that we will cross. After a short climb of the stone Kani, we reach Dharapani. Dharapani is a checkpoint where we get our Annapurna permits checked before we move ahead. We conclude our day here and enjoy the delicious food of the place.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).

Days 6 -Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2,610m/8,890ft) - Walking Distance(16km/10 miles) - 6 hours

Following the trail through the forest with pine, fir, oak and maple trees along the Marsyangdi River, we head to Chame, district headquarters of Manang district. With greenery surrounding us, we will enjoy the amusing settlement of Manang district. The aura of this place is so beautiful that it will immerse in the serenity and pleasure. Amidst nature, the view enhances with the prodigious sights of Lamjung HimalAnnapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m). We'll also stop by a small hot spring where we can rinse all our sore muscles.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).

Days 7 -Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,115m/10,200ft) - Walking Distance(13.2km/8.2 miles) 5 - 6 hours

We head towards Pisang today. Through a steep and narrow valley, we get a glimpse of a massive wall of rock. As known as Pinguda Danda rock, it is considered very sacred by the local people. Gazing at the rock, it leaves us with no wonder why it has such value. Considering the fact that it rises 1500m from the river, it is an undeniable beauty. Up from here, we can see a clear view of Annapurna II at the south and Pisang peak on the northeast. We descend further to the Manang Valley Floor. The trail from beginning to the end is, without doubt, breathtaking.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).

Days 8 -Trek from Pisang to Manang (3,540m/11,300ft)- Walking Distance (17 km/10.6 miles) 5 - 6 hours

Through upper Pisang via Geru, we hike with outstanding views of many exhilarating mountains. We walk through this trail particularly to enjoy the north face of Annapurna (II, III, IV), Gangapurna, Tilicho and Pisang Peak. The beauty of this trail cannot utterly be put into words. As we descend with such a stunning view, we feel the air turn cold and dry. We move through small Tibetan settlements where we get a chance to embrace the Buddhist culture. We visit one of the largest and famous monasteries of Manang, Barge Monastery. The trail is filled with Buddhist shrines and the rich culture of Buddhism. We reach a lively area that caters to many tourists, Manang. Manang is full of wonders and a single day is just not enough to explore the place.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).

Days 9 -Rest and Acclimatization day at Manang

To get accustomed to the high altitude, we spend two nights in Manang. We spend the entire day exploring Manang village. There are many side hikes that we can do. It is highly recommended to hike to higher elevations and halt back at Manang. We can hike up to Gangapurna Lake and Base Camp and spend the day admiring the absolute beauty of Annapurna III, Tilicho, Pisang and Chulu Peaks. We can also hike up to the famous Ice Lake or roam around Manang Village and visit the famous monasteries. In the afternoon, we may visit the Himalayan Rescue Association in Vraja Village. It will be a useful visit as we gain knowledge about acute mountain sickness, its symptoms and precautions. A relaxing day exploring the enigmatic village of Manang, we acclimatize with the altitude and prepare for the next day.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).

Days 10 -Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4,050m/14,275ft) - Walking Distance(9.4km/5.8 miles) - 3-4 hours

With enough rest and acclimatizing with the high elevation at Manang, we move ahead with the trek. From Manang, we head to Tenki village where we cross several beautiful streams. We further head out of Marshyangdi valley northwest up to Jar Sang Khola Valley. The trail is filled with uphills and downhills as we head northwards. We will pass through an amazing Juniper forest and few pastures. Following the trail, we will pass through a small village called Gunsan with houses made of flat mud roof. These small details of the trail make sure to amplify our experience. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, we make our way up the spectacular valley to an open, peaceful meadow known as Yak Kharka.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).

Days 11 -Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,525m/14,525ft) - Walking Distance (8.5 km/ 5.2 miles) - 4-5 hours

Today we head to the foot of Thorong La passThorong Phedi. We climb up to a ridge then head down and cross the Marsyangdi river on a wooden bridge. After climbing up the mountain path, we follow a narrow trail across a slope and descend to Thorong Phedi. The uninhabited, rugged terrain is otherworldly and much different than the lush lowlands that we passed on the way up during the initial phase of the trek.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).

Days 12 -Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath Temple (3,760m/12,623ft) Via Thorung La high pass (5,416 m/17,756 ft) - Walking Distance(15.6 km/ 9.6 miles) - 9 hours

We begin this day as early as possible. One of the most challenging parts of the trek, with enough determination and effort, we cross the Thorong La Pass. We reach the highest point of our trek as we traverse the highest pass in the world. With increasing elevation, the trail turns out to be tricky with decreasing level of oxygen. Despite the difficulty in climbing, the view is unquestionably worth it. We will enjoy the panoramic view of dazzling mountains extending northwards into Tibet. On the other side, we see the Annapurna massifs smiling back at us. We take this hike slow and steady and conquer it despite the efforts. We descend all the way to Muktinath where we visit the famous Muktinath temple. A sacred place for Nepalese people, Muktinath temple is believed to be the God of Forgiveness. We behold the beauty of the culture and tradition of the place as we wander around. Famous for its 100 taps, Muktinath temple is called Chumig Gyatsa by the Buddhists. As we rinse our sins, we relax after a long day.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).

Days 13 -Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni (2,804m/9,200ft) - Walking Distance(10.6km/6.6 miles) - 3 hours

The hike today is comparatively more concise and easier. We descend from Muktinath to Kagbeni as we witness the famous Sky Caves of the region. We can also have a short detour across the traditional villages of Chhyongkhar, Jhong and Purang. A culturally rich place, Kagbeni is a package of wonders. As we walk in the narrow alleys, we discover hidden gems of the area. The short hike will help us relax after a strenuous day before.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).

Days 14 -Trek from Kagbeni to Marpha (2,665m/8,744ft) - Walking Distance (18.4 km/11.4 miles) - 4-5 hours

One of the most enthralling parts of the trail, we pass through Jomsom to Marpha. The flat trail is easy to cover with only a few downhills. As we pass through Kaligandaki River crossing Jomson, we reach Marpha. An ethnic village, the village is hypnotizingly beautiful. All the houses painted in white, and the narrow alleys are fascinating. We discover captivating scenery, beautiful peaks, green forests with pine and oak trees, cold desert, and deepest river gorge. The trail is a package of surprises as we observe the depth of the places we pass through. Marpha is also famous for its apple farming. The apple pie and alcohol made from Apple called 'Marpha' is a must-try of this place. We can hike up to a small turquoise-green lake nearby as well.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).

Days 15 -Trek from Marpha to Ghasa (2,113m/6,932 ft) - Walking Distance (22 km/ 13.6 miles) - 6-7 hours

Walking parallel to Kali Gandaki River, we head to Ghasa from Marpha. The motorable road is easy to walk. We pass through Apple farms as we head back. The view is astonishing and relaxing. We move ahead through the Khobang village through the narrow trail. We move ahead to Larjung and further to Kalapani from where we enjoy the view of Annapurna peaks. After a wave-like trail from Lete, we reach Ghasa. We halt at Ghasa and enjoy the mysterious small village similar to Tibet.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).

Days 16 -Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani (1,200m/3,940 ft) - Walking Distance( 17 km/10.5 miles) - 6-7 hours

Today will be an exciting day as we trek to TatopaniTatopani is precisely translated to 'hot water'. A natural hot spring amidst a quiet and peaceful place, we will relax in the lukewarm water. En route, we witness Kochepani, the deepest gorge in the world. The trail is broad and more comfortable to walk. The sound of birds chirping and humming insects will make the trail extra tranquil. We end our day with a dip in the beguiling hot spring of Tatopani.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).

Days 17 -Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,860 m/9,385 ft) - Walking Distance (17 km/10.5 miles) – 6-7 hrs

After a relaxing day enjoying the hot spring, we move forward to Ghorepani. Crossing the east side of the Kali Gandaki River, we ascend to Ghorepani through villages of Sikha and Chitre, and the villages of ethnic Thakali people. We go through a terraced farmland with mountains surrounding us. Then pass lush forests filled with rhododendron, birch, magnolia. A beautiful village located at the ridge top, Ghorepani offers an astounding view of the mountains. A popular hiking route, the place is filled with tourists and so the restaurants and hotels also range from normal to luxurious.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).

Days 18 -Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3,210 m/ 10,525 ft) - 45 mints, then trek to Birethanti (1,039 m/3,250 ft) - Walking Distance (12.5 km / 7.7 miles) 4-5 hrs, Drive to NayaPul - Pokhara -2hrs

Today we’ll ascend to Poon Hill(3,210m) early in the morning. As we reach the viewpoint early, we enjoy the sun kissing the Annapurna Range and Dhaulagiri Massif. One of the most photographic spots in the trail, we are surrounded by mountains and the cold fresh air from the peaks. We head back to Ghorepani and enjoy our breakfast amidst nature. We descend to Birethanti through a relaxing forest. We’ll drive back to Pokhara from there onwards. We stay at a hotel near the famous Phewa Lake in Pokhara. The most happening city in Nepal, Pokhara is filled with restaurants and bars. Also, there are many things you can do in Pokhara like boating, paragliding. It would be a good idea to end the day with a pleasant full body massage.

  • Overnight at Hotel in Pokhara with attached bathroom.
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch).

Days 19 -Drive from Pokhara (820 m/ 2,690 ft ) to Kathmandu (1,350 m/4,450 ft) Distance(200 km/ 124 miles) - 6-7 hrs

After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu on a tourist bus. It’s a 200km route that first follows first along the Marsyangdi River and then the Trishuli River. Alternatively, we may also choose to return by a 25-minute flight (not included in the package). Our trek package completes after arrival in Kathmandu.

  • Overnight at Three Star hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Included Standard Meals (Breakfast + Dinner).

Days 20 -Transfer to Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) for your international departure

Our personal representative will accompany you by private vehicle to the international airport for your final departure home. We really hope that you’ve enjoyed an adventure holiday in Nepal with us. Please remember Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal fondly and we hope that you will come back soon! Have a pleasant journey home! The hotel in Kathmandu is excluded in the package.

  • Included meals (Breakfast).

  Includes:

  • Airport arrival and departure transfer to/from Hotel by private transportation.
  • Full-Day Kathmandu Valley sightseeing with a tour guide, by private transportation, including entrance fees to world heritage sites.
  • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Kathmandu to Bhulbhule(trek start) by Local bus and Birethanti( trek endpoint) to Pokhara by private transport service.
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus.
  • One night accommodation with attached bathroom at Hotel in Pokhara with Breakfast.
  • Best Possible Teahouse, lodge accommodation (Generally twin Sharing room) - 15 Nights.
  • All Standard Meals (16 Lunches, 16 Dinners and 19 Breakfasts) during the trek.
  • Government License holder Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal experienced and qualified trek leader (guide), assistant trekking guide, (14 or above trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter to help trekkers luggage (2 trekkers:1 porters "9 kg per trekker max limit").
  • Coverage of guides and porters meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation and other necessary equipment.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) Fee.
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee.
  • Provide pulse oximeter for blood oxygen saturation level monitor to high altitude. It is an important indicator to recognize early signs of impending altitude sickness and other potential health risks.
  • Medical Kit.
  • Arrangement of sleeping bags and down jackets if you do not have your own.
  • Snacks (cookies) and Seasonal fresh fruits every day.
  • All government, Local taxes and official Expenses.
  • Assistance in arranging rescue operation in case of complicated health condition (funded by travel insurance).
  • Appreciation of certificate after over the trek.
  • Farewell Dinner at the end of the trek.

  Excludes:

  • International flight airfare.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees for multiple Entries on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport- (15 days - $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110).
  • Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9kg per Person).
  • All Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after we start our journey.
  • Meals (Lunch, Dinner) in Kathmandu and in Pokhara, before and after we start our journey.
  • Extra night accommodation, Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek.
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boil bottled water, hot and cold drinks, hot shower, Alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee), extra porters etc.
  • Personal clothing and gear.
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory.
  • Tips for guide and porters (Recommended by the Culture).
  • Additional costs or delays caused by out of management control, for example, landslide, weather condition, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes etc.
  • All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "cost includes" will be counted as excludes.

  Equipments Checklists:

It is recommended to carry the basic clothing and accessories needed for the trek. The following belongings are suggested that should be brought, although we understand that our clients have their own preference for clothing, we have listed some useful clothing during the trek. Porters will be carrying the main luggage, which should not exceed more than 18kg (one porter will carry two people's luggage, 9 kg for each). Equipment can be bought in Kathmandu at a reasonable price.

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or a wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-Shirt (bring lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available for rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not)
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 degree bag is best in the high altitude trekking)

Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant floss
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

Extra Items

  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

 Trip Information

The beginning of journey towards Annapurna Circuit Trek

The first day is your arrival day in Nepal. The second day is a full day sightseeing tour around world heritage sites. After the tour is completed, in the evening, we’ll conduct a trek briefing, guide introduction and equipment checklist. A three-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast is included in the package. The third day, we drive to Bhulbhule via Besisahar by local Transport for the start of the trek.

Local Transportation (Kathmandu to Bhulbhule) is included in the package. private jeep is available at an extra cost

Don't worry, we'll pick you!

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal provide free airport arrival and departure transfer on any flight for the Annapurna Circuit Trek package. You will be received from our representative crew from Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal regardless of the flight you take holding a pamphlet of your name and our company name with a warm-hearted welcome with either a khada or a marigold garland and you’ll be escorted to your hotel with all comfort possible.

Accommodation

The package includes accommodations throughout the trek, Three nights hotel in Kathmandu and one night in Pokhara. Accommodation during the trek is at teahouses, which are essentially hotels but with a more homely feel. They are run by the locals and provide all the basic facilities including hot showers at a small extra charge. The rooms are simple but comfortable usually with two beds with mattress blankets and pillows. Some will have an en-suite bathroom but most have a shared bathroom with a squat toilet. You will get a chance to experience the renowned Nepalese hospitality as well as interact with them, Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal have good public relations with local service providers in Annapurna trek. The company makes sure of the prior arrangement of the accommodation. At Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Hot showers, Wi-Fi will be available at an extra cost in possible places.

The Meals

The trek is over higher elevations, which means your body needs enough carbohydrates, protein, nutrition for the body to hike on such humongous Himalayan trails. The meal in this trek is very convenient, not like that in cities, but we make sure you get the entire supplements through your complete trek.

We will be providing you with 19 Breakfasts, 16 Lunch and 16 Dinners throughout the trek.

Some of the typical food menus are -

Nine Breakfasts - Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, French toast with Jam, Butter, Cheese and Honey Tibetan bread or Chapati Local tsampa porridge, Hashed brown eggs, Varieties of eggs (Omelettes, Poached, Boiled), Pancakes, Muesli, Bread, Fruits and Vegetables, Hot drinks like tea and coffees, hot chocolates etc.

Sixteen Lunch - Typical Nepali dish (Dal, Bhat & Tarkari), Tibetan Bread, Various Soups items, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Macaroni, Tenduk, Spaghetti Noodles, Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable curry, Potato items, Vegetable and Salad, Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Dessert items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), etc.

Sixteen Dinners - Dal, Bhat & Tarkari, Tibetan Bread, Various Soups items, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings) Macaroni, Tenduk, Spaghetti, Noodles, Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable curry, Potato items, Vegetable and salad, Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Korean Noodles Ramen, Dessert items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), Hard Drinks, etc. are available on the menu during the trek.

These food items from the menu will usually be fresh, hygienic, tasty and nutritious. The menu is a combination of traditional and local; Asian and western cuisine; almost everywhere but as we go up close, the menu list decreases. We highly recommend consuming enough liquids, green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea and garlic soup (must) at high altitude and fresh vegetables for health benefit.

Though plenty of non-veg items will be available, we won’t recommend any of them because the meat in such places may not be healthy during the trek. As suggested by experts, it is best to avoid alcohol, caffeinated drinks, hot chocolate, dairy and cheesy items in such high elevation treks.

Note:- Lunch and Dinner at Pokhara shall not be provided by the Company.

All personal bills (Alcoholic Drinks, Hot and Cold Drinks) in tea houses/ lodges or in cafe except standard meals mentioned (including Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from the package.

Best Season

The weather is one of the most important factors to look at when deciding to trek to Annapurna Circuit Trek cause no one is beyond nature. People trek 12 months of the year up to Annapurna trek but certainly, there is ups and downs in every season, It is best suited to trek during the spring and the autumn as the sky is crystal clear from dusk till dawn, the rainy weather stops and thick sun-blocking clouds also fades. The Magic of clear azure skies provides the most spectacular vistas. With added those breathtaking views, Tho during the winters and monsoon, it becomes a bit challenging to trek due to heavy snowfall, cold temperature but that’s what excites many trekkers.

Although trekking is possible throughout the year each season has different advantages and attractions and advantages offered for trekking in the Annapurna region. The temperature in the mountains also depends according to the altitude range – higher the altitude, lower the temperature. In brief, below are the detailed information about the climatic condition of every quarter months.

March to May - Spring

Trekking season begins after March. By April, the trek route throughout the Himalayas will be rewarded with different full blossom rhododendrons of red, pink and white even at elevations of over 3,000 metres. The temperature starts rising from mid-March to mid-May. Weather is cool at this time. The sky is very clear and you can enjoy the clearest views of the mountains.

June to August - Summer

It usually rains during this season. Monsoon generally begins around the end of June and continues up to the second week of August. The temperature during the days usually ranges from 10°C to 23°C and gets relatively colder at night ( 5°C to 10°C). Mornings are usually clear with clouds building up during the afternoon and disappearing again at night. The rain may cause some problems during the trek this month. Various plants bloom during this season. The valleys will be fresh and have a different view than during other seasons.

September to November - Autumn

Autumn (September, October, November), like Spring, is a season that invites travellers around the world to trek in the Annapurna circuit. Moderate temperatures, mild wind, and low precipitation make Autumn a season of wonderful trekking conditions.

This is a favourite among tourists with the most favourable weather and perfect climate condition. The sun shines brightly, the skies are clear, you get a superb view of the mountains and the temperature is perfect for the daytime trek. you can enjoy spectacular starry skies since the sky is clear at night. The monsoons will be over by early September and the weather ranges from mild to warm days. Daytime temperatures can reach up to 20c in high altitudes, the nights are colder with temperatures may go down around 5c.the greens that grew during monsoon fade to golden/amber proving a spectacular contrast against the crystal blue skies, grains are ripening in the enclave. The environment is clean and lowlands are lush. The biggest festivals of Nepal like Dashain, Tihar also fall during these seasons. It is also a busy season, the clearest month, with the crisp and sparkling sky. The daytime temperatures at this month are usually the most stable, from mild to cool conditions the humidity is also pretty dry with very cold nights.

December to February - Winter

Winter (December - February) treks in the Annapurna region are as popular as the Spring or Autumn treks. The places along the Annapurna trek can be cold during the winter but that's what excites most trekkers. The temperature of Annapurna trek itself can be as low as -10 degree C which tempts trekkers to visit this region in pleasant climatic conditions.

The coldest time is from December through early February, after late February, climate gradually gets warmer Temperatures to get cold dropping to -5 degree C at high altitudes. daytime is pleasantly and relatively warm with sunshine. Despite being cold the skies are usually very clear, mountain views are at their best. with snowy caps, it might snow and the ground will be snow. The trails are the least busy at this time.it may not be the best season for beginners but experienced trekkers will have no problem. 

The weather in the Himalaya is so unpredictable and the temperature may change quickly from day tonight.

Acclimatization

Our 20 days Annapurna trekking package provides a rest day in Manang 3540m for proper acclimatization, where there is a significant risk of being affected by altitude sickness also called acute mountain sickness. Altitude sickness is preventable but can be a life-threatening situation if its symptoms are left ignored. Starting from Bhulbhule 845 m and trekking in low elevation for four to five days before reaching Manang 3540 m provides plenty of time to our body to cope automatically with the existing high altitude environment and helps in reducing the chance of altitude sickness. Our trekking leader and guide have extensive first aid training and well -experienced in the Himalaya we use oximeters to monitor your oxygen level and detect the symptoms. We guarantee your health will be in reliable hands. Your trek leader or guide will suggest precautions. The best way is to take your time and drink plenty of water at least 4 litres a day. If it is severe the only cure for altitude sickness is to descend immediately. Please note that your group leader has the ultimate responsibility to decide or stop your ascent based on your overall condition. It is essential to keep in mind that some are more vulnerable than others.

Trip grade: Fitness level, Medical and Health

20 Days Annapurna Trek is a challenge with the crossing 5416m Thorong La Pass. The walk per day is around 4 to 7 hours, depending on the destination and the number of breaks we take. The trail is mostly uphill or steep descents, with rocky and stone-paved paths. It is not impossible to go to these treks for a regular person, but remaining fit and exercising well will make the trek more comfortable and enjoyable. Former trek experience or regular exercises and doing yoga is an advantage for the trekker. Besides, if you love trekking, you can make it happen anyways and conquer your dreams.

This trek, however, is not recommended for individuals with sensitive medical conditions like heart or lung disease. Since the majority of the trek involves moderate to strenuous climbing, it may prove to be dangerous for the health of such people. We recommend you to consult with your doctor before attempting to attain this trek. Also, we make sure to provide you with all the necessary medical kit supplies you may need in the trek.

Trekking group/single

We organize a group as well as a private trek. The price of group discount is applied with having your own paxes at your group and price will be the same whether group joining or private touring. We are able to lead and handle any size of the participants in a group. There will be a group leader Guide, a porter for every two trekkers and an assistant guide for a group of 12 or above trekking members.

A typical day on Trek

Every day will be rewarded with a unique experience of trekkingclimbing, enjoying the scenery, taking photos and exploring the local villages. During the expedition, experienced friendly and qualified expert Sherpa will share information and historical facts about the places as they accompany us throughout the trek. The porters who carry our luggage will also accompany us. However, we will be carrying our own small backpack with the necessary items.

The day starts with an early morning hot cup of tea/coffee. After packing our bags and gorging on a wholesome breakfast, we set off on the day's walk around 7 AM to 8 AM, depending on the duration and nature of the day's walk. After trekking for three to four hours, we will have lunch around midday on the route to the next destination, and we continue after about an hour of rest.

The afternoon walk is generally shorter: about two to three hours. Once we reach our overnight lodge/tea house/tent, we snack on the extra dietary food. We will also have free time to explore nearby places.

Dinner is served around 6 PM to 7 PM. Before going to bed, we will spend some quality time in friendly conversations and discuss the experience of that day. The expedition leader/guide will brief us about the next day’s plan. After this briefing, we enjoy onboard games like monopoly, cards and watch available mountaineering documentaries. Most of the foreigners indulge in light and fun learning of Nepalese language from our crew or read books before heading off to bed for a well-deserved sleep.

Communication on Trek

On the Annapurna Circuit Trek, the use of internet service will be available at the lodges with some extra service charge. You can contact your family and friends via the lodges, but once we reach high altitudes communication will be through the phone for safety proposes.
We'll communicate all our valuable clients through our leader to at least once in a day to make sure you're fine, safe, feel right and have everything up there. You'll always be connected to Kathmandu's KTAN office for any kind of help during the trek. Also, depending on the kind of network you use, there will be the signal but not very strong before the high altitude. On your request, we can provide you with a separate local sim card (Most of the places have wifi service available with an extra cost) for good access to connect.

Normally Wi-Fi works in every part of the trek in hotel/lodges which will be provided with an extra cost.

Extra personal expenses on Trek

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal try to provide all extra expenses excluded from the package. Meals and accommodations in Kathmandu are up to our clients themselves as all kinds of hotels/lodges (both luxury & budget) can be booked easily online or even we can do it for on request.
All our valuable clients will have to bring personal spending money with them to cover the costs of meals and accommodations in Kathmandu and lunch and dinner in Pokhara, visa process, travel insurance policy purchase, beverages, snacks for the trek, hot and cold drinks, tips to the trekking crew members, souvenirs etc. We recommend bringing cash (dollars) that can be changed to rupees here cause during the trek as only Nepalese currency is accepted.

Electricity, battery recharge and water on Trek

Throughout the lodges at Annapurna trek, electricity for the camera and mobile battery recharge is available with an extra cost in all lodges. Most of the lodges have hydroelectricity and some of them have used the solar panels. Water during the trek, y.ou can buy either packed mineral water from local lodges and en route shop or filling boiled water at an extra cost. A water purification pill is will be provided to make water drinkable.

You shouldn't drink water from the river, tap, well up there cause it might not be drinkable as it seems.

Travel Insurance

This trip grade is ranked challenging as it entails the risk of high altitude trekking, potential altitude sickness and other unforeseen events including sudden climate changes.

Travel insurance is a significant part of our booking condition for The Annapurna trek. All the members of trekking must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation inclusive of helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitude for trekking members.

We can recommend insurance companies to help you but we don’t directly get involved in the sale of an insurance policy. Members can be refused to be included in the trekking based on insufficient, improper or absence of travel insurance policy. Trekking members are kindly requested to send their detailed insurance information once they book for trekking. In case of emergency situations, we will be using the insurance policy and informational documents you sent us. This will help us arrange a quick and effective rescue operation, transfer for emergency medical help etc. Please ensure that the insurance company includes the cost incurred for mountain rescue service at the highest elevation of the trekking.

Before you buy travel insurance (Don't just believe them what they say in their website) make sure you call them and recheck if they have Helicopter-rescue and evacuation up to 6000m according to your trekking height.

Passport and Visa

All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at Nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended at the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np; Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport -size photo. The current cost of a visa for 30 days is US$40(to be paid in cash) for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ. Other nationalities should check entry requirements. visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, time intended to stay in Nepal. we recommended you schedule at least 1-2 day extra at the end of the trip just in case there is a delay. If no delay occurs we can arrange an additional activity for your time in Nepal To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get a free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice. Citizens of China, as well as citizens of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation(SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), get the free visa. countries not entitled to get a visa upon arrival are Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Money Exchange

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.
(1 USD = ~ Approx Rs.100-116 NPR).

We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel.

The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined.

Despite having security advantage of traveller's cheques, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite a several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card.

If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about 4% or more depending upon the bank.

During the trek, there are no banks and money exchange services so you should exchange your money in Kathmandu only, depending on how much personal expense you require as in Himalayan region people only accept Nepalese Currency.

Most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.

Luggage

The weight limit for your luggage is 9 kg per trekker, Porters will be assigned to carry your luggage, two people will be assigned with one porter, and combined luggage should not exceed more than 18kg. We never overload our porters. But you should carry your own knapsack or backpack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. Only carry what are essentials, you can leave any excess baggage either at your hotel or at the Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal store for free and it'll be completely safe.

We'll recheck everything (Luggage, equipment, etc.) in our briefing before we start our journey from our Office.

Safety

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal guarantee our valuable clients safety, security, and satisfaction. Safety is the utmost important concern for us. For the trek, we will be carrying all the necessary gear, equipment, and first aid kits. Our leaders and guides have vast knowledge and have extensive first aid training. If a trekker falls sick due to the altitude, it is entirely up to the trekker to decide if he/she will further continue, as health is very important. In case of emergency, the rescue helicopter will always be ready to bring you back from the higher elevation. During the trek, every group will be together so that everyone is safe and won't wander off alone.

Responsible Travel

"Take nothing but pictures.
Leave nothing but footprints.
Kill nothing but time."

We strongly believe that our environment has to be protected as tourism may bring negative effects on it. We highlight the positive aspects of tourism on the environment. Furthermore, Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal works together with the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) and organizes eco-friendly trips about most environmentally sensitive and culturally rewarding that meet the expectation of both travellers and communities.

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal Team

During the Annapurna trek, you will be accompanied by our local best-trained and well-experienced guides / Sherpa to make your journey even more comfortable and memorable. All guides are well trained licensed with a prior experience they have spent years trekking / climbing the peak all over the world. Porters will also be assigned to carry your luggage. Two people will be assigned to one porter. Combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kg. We never overload our porters. We divide a proportion of one porter for two members and one assistant guide for a group of 12 or above members. If required we can also have one porter per person. Our crew members are the local people of high Himalaya remote areas and their physical endurance and heredity nature can live easily and comfortably at high altitude without being affected. All our staffs are very valuable to us, they are well paid and we take care of their insurance, clothing, food and lodging throughout the expedition. All our Guides and Porters receive Medical care when ill or injured. We always make sure that they are happy as we believe that only happy people can make others happy The local expert trek leader to guide you is specialized under the following subject. We provide basic accommodation for our guides and porters or tent with the sleeping gear and we also provided them with food and warm drinks.

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  • Authorized certificate of Trekking Guide Training
  • Fluency speaking English and other major Languages
  • Conservation and biodiversity
  • Rock climbing

Tipping

Most importantly, tipping is at traveller’s discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, a tip is an accepted and honoured way to say thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget and appreciation of their work. It is important to Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- a trip of once in a lifetime experience. We ensure that all of our crews including guides and porters are paid well and treated fairly with respect.

Booking and Payment Process

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal is a government authorized, registered, licensed and bonded as trekking and touring operator in Nepal. The company-registered number is 1982138/075/076. We are a member of Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Therefore, book Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal trip with confidence as we are reliable.10% of payment in advance and other necessary documentation like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, arrival and departure flight detailed can be made later but must not exceed within two weeks’ period from the booking date. The number of domestic flights for Lukla is limited but being very busy during the trekking seasons. Payment is to be made by bank transfer, western union and online payment directly from our website. The remaining trip cost can be paid whether in cash or by bank transfer and credit card when your arrival in Nepal. Furthermore, we put forward the necessary modes of payment details as per your convenient by mail.

Last-minute booking

It is best to book in advance but for those who aren't able to for any reason, Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal have a special provision for last-minute bookings. In the case of a last-minute booking with 100% trip payment within 24 hours is accepted. We do our best to operate a trek at any time but in case of a last-minute booking, we can not be responsible for delays due to changes beyond our control such as the weather, availability of lodging. contact us for more information at 977- 9851031022 (Suman) or email us.

Trip Extension

After the completion of the trek, you may want to stay a couple of days extra in Nepal. With the free time, exploring, visiting a tour of Kathmandu, sightseeing, Nagarkot view trip, Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, canoeing are such activities that can be done.

Feedback

After completing the trek, there will be a farewell dinner held where Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal will give you a company digitally printed certificate of trek achievement. We expect nothing in return but suggestions (positive or negative) about our services and team performance. As a service provider, we will make amendments based on your feedback on our overall performance. Your feedback helps us to execute future plans by improving weaknesses as well as continuing strength aspects. We encourage you to share your real feelings and experience through the popular social networking sites and on trip advisor.

Useful Information

Please Note: The Annapurna Round Trek includes fixed departure dates from Kathmandu and Pokhara and can be tailored to accommodate your specific requests and schedule. Please review our designated departure dates for this trek. If our designated departure dates do not suit your schedule please contact us and we will arrange it according to your timeframe. Please note that the Itinerary listed above may be modified in the event of changes beyond our control such as the weather, availability of lodging. The new itinerary will be made based on the best interest of the whole group. We will do our best to make sure the new itinerary suits everyone and will not affect the trip experience.

We look forward to guiding you to the Annapurna Circuit trek through some of the most dazzling landscape on the planet with unforgettable Himalayan panoramas along the way!

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