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Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna circuit, the 332-k.m-trek is not only the most famous trek in Nepal but also one of the most celebrated trek in the world. If you are looking for diversity in both landscape and people, Annapurna Circuit trek is one of the best choice. A trek to annapurna circuit use to take 3 weeks before but now due to the recent changes in Jomsom side this three weeks trek can be done within 17 to 18 days. Annapurna circuit completely around the famed Annapurna massif offers the fascinating ethnic groups, incredible views of many of the Himalayas' most famous high peaks, crystal clear lakes, turbulent rivers with deep gorge, hot springs and constantly changing panoramas from lush tropical rice paddies and moss - laden rhododendron forests to Tibetan fortresses clinging to rocky cliffs. Actually trellomg in Annapurna Circuit takes you into the heart of the high mountain of Nepal.





Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary For - 2011/2012

Day 01

Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu airport, You will be greated by us at the aiport and driven back to the hotel. There's time to explore the city's many charms on your own too. A full briefing will be given in the afternoon. In the evening, a welcome Nepali dinner awaits for you. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2

Sightseeing / Cultural Day in Kathmandu Valley

Today we explore Kathmandu with a local guide,After breakfast, you will visit Swayambhunath temple, and said to be 2000 years stupa on a hillock offers breath-taking view of Kathmandu City. We will then proceed to Visit Pasupatinath and Bouddhanath. After lunch we'll visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan (Lalitpur) - which is the oldest of the three major cities in Kathmandu Valley - famous for its Buddhist monuments and Hindu temples, and you can catch the traditional artisans working with wood, stones and metals. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 3

Kathmandu drive to Beshishar and to Bulbule (790M) -6-hour drive

After breakfast, we drive to Bhulbhule via Besisahar. It normally takes about 6 hours to reach to Bhulbhule, thoruhg Beshashar which is the capital of Lamjung district of Nepal. The drive continues passes through several valleys villages mostly through the banks of Trishuli & Marsyangdi river. After Dumre on Prithvi Highway, we head through the forests, terraced plains on the bank of Marsyangdi River for about two hours before reaching Bhulbhule.Spend overnight at Bulbule.

Day 4 Bhulbhule to Jagat (1330 m) - 5 hour

After checking our trek permit at Bhulbhule we cross Marshyangdi Khola (river) on a long suspension bridge and we will pass a majestic waterfall along the way. The trail reaches to Ngadi and to Lampata. If we come earlier this could be our destinanaion for overnight. From Nangdi we finally making a short steep climb you will reach Baundanda (Bramins Hill) Descend on a steep, slippery trail and then climb to Lili Bhir, where you can visit a small hot spring. The trek continues to Khanigaon (1170m) and further on to Ghermu Phant with a huge waterfall. Then the trail descends, crosses the Marshyangdi on a bridge at Syange (1080m) and climbs to Shree Chaur. Passing a small waterfall, we descend a little bit and the trail reaches Jagat (1330 m) where we will be spending overnight.

Day 5 Jagat to Dharapani (1945 m) - 6 hours

We climb steadily all day long Tal (1664, 5460 ft), a small village at the foot of a large waterfall. We are now entering the Manang district. After leaving Tal, we cross a large bridge to the village of Dharapani (6103 ft ) where our trekking permits are checked,

Day 6 Dharapani to Chame (2700m, 8600 ft) - 6 hours

Today We climb through forest to Bagarchap (7120 ft ) which was the first village on the trek with typical Tibetan architecture and now washed away by Landslide in 1994.The trail is now bearing west, Manaslu forming a splendid backdrop and Annapurna II (26040 ft ) appearing occasionally to the south. We continue through forests of pine and fir, resting at the hamlets or Charku, Thangje and Kuparkot. As we continue on the same (8859 ft), views of the Annapurna improve dramatically.

Day 7 Chame to Pisang (3190m ) - 5:30 hours)

From Chame, we will reach Bhratang after walking through the pine forest and huge apple orchard which is surrounded by a stone wall. The trail has admirable views of Annapurna II, Pisang peak, Himalchuli and Ngadi Chuli and ends for the day at Pisang, upper part of Manang Valley.

Day 8 Pisang to Manang (3540m)

The trail from Pisang takes a long ascent with the excellent view of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak(7134m), reaching Manang airstrip at Hongde (3325m). Crossing to the north bank of Marshyangdi on a bridge, the trail passes Mungji (3360m) and climbs to Bryaga (3550m), Tibetan-style village. Finally, you will reach Manang. Evening yoga, O/n at mountain lodge

Day 9 Manang - Rest Day

It is highly recommended to have an extra day in Manang for acclimatisation as we start the climb towards the Thorong La in next days. There are some side trips around Manang. One option is to walk to Khangsar village on the way to Tilicho Lake or a longer walk to Ice Lake above Braga, Gangapurna lake,It is well worth visiting the gompa above Braga as well as attending the Himalayan Rescure afternoon lecture on altitude and acclimatisation.

Day 10 Manang to Yak Kharka (4,090 m).

Today is a shorter day, takes about 3 to 4 hours. As we go higher up the discance will be shorter in order to help everyone acclimatise to the altitude. It is recommdned to go for an afternoon walk which also helps with this process, you can either walk up the valley and back to the lodge or climb the ridge behind the village.

Day 11 Yak Khadka to Thorong Phedi (4,490 m).

Leaving Yak Kharka we pass through a few lodges at Letdar and after crossing the river there is a climb to Thorong Phedi. In the afternoon it is a good idea to go for a short walk. Stay overnight at Throng Phedi.

Day 12 Thorong Phedi trek over the Thorong La (5,400m) and to Muktinath (3,800m).

Today we will wake up early morning and after breakfast we leave Phedi at first light for the challenging walk over the Thorong La. The trail begins with a steep ascent immediately from Thorung Phendi but the route becomes less so as we gain altitude. The 4-5 hours steep climb takes you prayer flags welcoming you to the top of an icy pass. Two peaks rise up from the saddle of the pass. To the north is Yakawa Kang 6482 m and to the south Khatung Kang 6488m.
There are spectacular views of the Annapurna Range to the south and the Mukat Himal bordering Dolpo to the west, as we descend on the other side Dhaulagiri (8,175m) and Tukuche Peak (6,920m).
After Throung La, the descent is quite steep and will take between 3 to 4 hours. It is a good idea to have walking poles to help in case of a slippery path if there is still snow (depends on the time of year) and to take the strain off the knees. The trail continues steeply down from here, crossing a stream to more yak herdersí huts. Passing through the meadows, you reach Muktinath.

Day 13 Muktinath to Jomsom (2710m)

From Muktinath the trail descends to Jharkot and to Khingar. Beyond Khingar you will meet the junction of two routes. The first one is Kagbeni (the entrance of upper Mustang) and another is to Jomsom. Then the trail proceeds to Eklebatti following the Kali Gandaki River. You will end the day at Jomsom where you can see the Annapurna Conservation Project check post, hospital, airport and army camp. Evening Yoga and O/n at mountain lodge

Day 14 Jomsom to Kalopani (2,560m).

The trail follows the Kali Gandaki down to the town of Jomsom and then on to the pretty village of Marpha set amongst apple orchards and we pass the interesting village of Tukuche with its large, carved houses before continuing on down the Kali Gandaki to the villages of Karjung and Larjung. Kalopani is further located a little further down the valley.

Day 15 Kalopani to Tatopani (1,190 m).

From today we leave dry landscape and start to see pine, cypress and junipers trees. The trail is sometimes on the valley floor and other times on a trail high above. Tatopani is village with natural hot springs and is it well worth having a soak in the afternoon.

Day 16 Tatopani to Ghorepani (2855 m)

Travel to Kaligandaki river then long rise until a Ghorepani. (7hrs). We then cross the Kali Gandaki and then climb to the Magar village of Sikha, we climb steadily all day, we leave behind the terraced fields and enter into thick rhododendron forest and village of Ghorepani. We camp at the Pass where we can get the best views of sunset and dawn of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. This village was originally a horse-watering post, which has evolved into an important crossroads for tourists and the numerous mule caravans on the Jomoson-Pokhara trip.

Day 17

Ghorepani to Tadapani (2590m):

In the morning ascend Poonhill (3200m) for the beautiful sunrise and breakfast spectacular views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre ranges. After having breakfast we start Climb the Deorali (2855m) then descent through the forest rhododendron until Tadapani (6hrs) Overnight in Lodge.

Day 18 Tadapani to Ghandruk (1919m):

Descent in the forest until Gandrung, Visit a village of Gurungs community and enjoy cross with beautiful magnificent mountain. (4.30 hours) Overnight in hotel. The Ghandruk is very popular for diversity in both landscape and people which is a second largest Gurung village in Nepal with their own distinct language & culture.

Day 19 Ghandruk to Pokhara

Easy increase until Birethati and crossing by Modi river and descent up to point to join the track by bus to Pokhara hotel.

Day 20 Pokhara - Sightseeing Day
Day 21 Pokhara drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus
Day 22 Free Time in Kathmandu
Day 23 Departure
Fitness

To trek to Everest Base Camp you do not need to be a super athlete nor a mountaineer but a few weeks of training, prior to arriving in Nepal, will enhance your experience. It will not be more enjoyable spending the trip of a lifetime struggling to walk the trails every day when a little sensible preparation before you arrive would make the trails so much more rewarding.


Food

There are varieties of choices of western and Asian foods dishes or a mixture of both in all the major destinations you visit. During a trek you can expect 3 full meals a day as well as well as regular tea and coffee breaks on both tea-house style or camping treks where food is freshly prepared daily. During our tea-house trek we offer a selection of tea-houses. Most teahouses cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Of course it depends on the season and destinations you choose. But most tea-houses offers pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard.


Best time

Everest Base Camp trek can be done in Autumn (Sept-Nov) when you can expect better visibility, the air is fresh, and the weather is perfect and that the Nepalese most important festivals (Dashain and Tihar) are marked during this season The best season offering excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views. Or in Spring ( March - Mary) which is particularly lovely as the mountain slopes are covered with beautiful and colorful flowers and still have plenty of high snow to enhance your photos. The temperature is quite moderate and the mountain views are excellent.


Accommodation

There are varieties of choices of western and Asian foods dishes or a mixture of both in all the major destinations you visit. During a trek you can expect 3 full meals a day as well as well as regular tea and coffee breaks on both tea-house style or camping treks where food is freshly prepared daily. During our tea-house trek we offer a selection of tea-houses. Most teahouses cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Of course it depends on the season and destinations you choose. But most tea-houses offers pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard.


Medical Info

Care in what you eat and drink is the most important health rule. The number one rule is don't consume the water including ice.


Medical Kit:

  • 1. A simple but adequate medical kit can be most useful without taking much space in your baggage. The following is recommended as tried and true list of items.
  • 2. Aspirin or Panadol - for pain or fever.
  • 3. Antihistamine - useful as a decongestant for colds, allergies, to ease the itch from insect bites and stings or to help prevent motion sickness.
  • 4. Antibiotis - useful especially while trekking well off the beaten track but they must be prescribed.
  • 5. Kaolin preparation ( Pepto - Bismol), Imodium or Lomotil - for stomach upsets.
  • 6. Rehydration mixture - for treatment of servere diarrhoea.
  • 7. Antiseptic, mercurochrome and antibiotic powder or similar "dry" spray - for cuts and grazes.
  • 8. Calamine lotion - to ease irritation from bites or stings.
  • 9. Bandages and band - Aids - for minor injuries.
  • 10. Scissors, tweezers and a thermometer
  • 11. Insect repellent, sun block, suntalotion, chapsticks and water - purification tablets.
  • 12. Throuat lozenges (Strepsils).
  • 13. Moleskin.
  • 15. Sulamyd 10% eye drops.
  • 16. Acetarninophen (Paracetamol)
  • 17. Antacid tablets.
  • 18. Diamox (altitude sickness - can be bought in Kathmandu)
  • 19. Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)

Equipment list

  • 1. Lightweight walking boots. If new one is being bought, " walk then in" to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.
  • 2. A pair of track shoes. To wear in the camp at night or when the boot is wet.
  • 3.Warm jacket. Fiber fill or down should be adequate. This is especially necessary during winter from December to February.
  • 4. A rainproof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get the one that is guaranteed waterproof.
  • 5. Woolen shirts and thick sweaters. During winter months, December through February these items are essential. Thick sweaters - can be purchased in Kathmandu.
  • 6. A pair of lightweight/ heavy weight trousers. Jeans are unsuitable to wear on treks. Cheap loose cotton pants are available in Kathmandu.
  • 7. Heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night. Windproof/ waterproof trousers are necessary on all treks going above 10.00ft. Thermal underwear. These are excellent to sleep in at night in the winter months thermal underwear are quite invaluable.
  • 8. A tracksuit useful for wearing in camp and in the tent.
  • 9. pair of loose fitting long shorts/ skirts.
  • 10. 1 lightweight long sleeved - shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn.
  • 11. A woolen hat to wear in the morning and at night. During winter it is an essential item. A sunhat and ensure it has a wide brim to cover the face and neck.
  • 12. A pair of gloves. Leather with lining and woolen are best.
  • 13. 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in camp.
  • 14. 2 pairs of thin and 2 pair of thick woolen socks.
  • 15. "Underwear" normal quantity and swimming costume, hankies.
  • 16. Duffle bag or kit bag to carry to gear while trekking - Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirement for the day e.g. toilet items, camera, film towel, soap, a boot etc.
  • 17. Water bottle.
  • 18. Snow glasses and sunglasses
  • 19. 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones. 6-10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage.
  • 20. Wallet and /or money belt with compartment for coins.
  • 21. Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can be by in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
  • 22. Small headlamp and/ or torch with spare batteries and bulbs candles and lighter to burn toilet paper.
  • 23. Snow gaiters essential during wither and all treks going over at other times.


Cost (How much does it cost?)

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Trekking Routes in Annapurna Region Days Grade Max. Altitude Season
Annapurna Circuit Trekking 18 - 21 B 5416 m Oct - May
Annapurna Base Camp Trekking 10 - 14 A-B 4130 m Oct - May
Jomsom / Muktinath Trekking 07 - 10 B 3800 m Oct - May
Ghorepani Poonhilll Trekking 08 A 3867 m Oct - May
Ghandruk Trekking 05 A 1940 m Sep - May
Mustang Trekking 12 - 14 B 4300 m Apr - Nov
Tilicho Lake Trekking 24 C 4200 m Sep - Dec , Mar - May
Royal Trekking 04 A 1730 m Sep - May
Panchase Trekking 08 A 2509 m Sep - May