Annapurna Circuit trek
Alpine Ramble - 12 days
- Annapurna Circuit trek
- 12 days / 11 nights
- Max. group: 10 Persons
- Difficulty: Easy
>Scenic drive to Chame through the lush forests
>Trek through the beautiful Tibetan villages of Manag
>Cross the World's highest pass Throng La (5416M)
>Visit the famous and breathtaking Hindu and the Buddhist temple at Muktinath
>Natural Hot spring in Tatapni
>See the World's deepest Gorge
Our 12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered to be one of the world's best trekking routes of the Himalayas. It offers magnificent mountains views of the Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m) Mt. Manaslu (8163 m), Mt. Annapurna III-IV, Mt. Nilgiri (7041m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6986m),Tukuche peak (6920m), Tilicho peak (7134m) and many other surrounding picturesque snowcapped mountains, while walking through the subtropical jungle, through Tibetan settlements, the world’s deepest gorges, natural hot springs, and Hindu and Buddhists pilgrimage sites. Moreover, you will be able to get to know the local people and their lifestyle.
What's the plan?
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Besishar (845 m / 2,815 ft) 200 km west of the Kathmandu
After having an early breakfast, we will start our trip with a drive along the Prithvi highway from Kathmandu, with the beautiful river view of the Trishuli River. Our bus will stop along the way for breakfast, lunch, and toilets. Along the way we will see some beautiful views of mountains including Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, and the Langtang ranges. After a 6-hour drive we reach Besishar, where we will get ready for our next day. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 02: Drive from Besishar to Chame (2,610 m/8,890 ft) - 6 hrs
Today we will take a four-wheel jeep to Chame, the drive will follow the beautiful ethnic Gurung and Magar villages along the way, and we will be able to see the gorgeous waterfall and snow mountain views of Lamjung Himal.
Day 03: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,115 m/10,200 ft) - 6 hrs walk
Today is our first-day walking. Our journey begins after having breakfast at our lodge. The trail will traverse through the left side of the valley and after the apple farm village Bartang, you will cross the suspension bridge. After a short ascent you will reach another beautiful village called Dhikurpokhari where we will possibly take our lunch break. After lunch we take the short walk to Pisang while observing the beautiful mountain views of Annapurna ii, Annapurna iv and the Pisang peak. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 04: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3,540 m/11,300 ft) – 5hrs walk
Our second-day walk will start after breakfast at our hotel in Pisang. Today we have two choices for the trail to choose. One trail goes high above the valley from the right side of the Upper Pisang village and another trail goes through the valley from the left side following the Marasyangdi River. Both paths are stunning and offer breathtaking mountains views while crossing the many walls, prayer flags, monasteries, and local villages along the way. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 05: Acclimatization day at Manang village
On the acclimatization day, we will able to go to Ice Lake (4600m/15088ft). This excursion is very popular and you will see a stunning lake in the Annapurna region. It will take around 4/5 hrs back and forth. It will be and absolutely pleasant hike and at the same time we will be observing the magnificent mountains and scenery. Overnight at the lodge.
Day 06: Trek from Manag to Yak Kharka (4,050 m/14,275 ft) – 3-4 hrs
Today our trek will be short in high elevations. The trail goes through dry terrain. At growing altitudes it would be difficult to breathe so we will take a slow and steady pace to make it to our destination for the day. During the trek, you will able to see the views of Gangapurna, Khangsahar, Chulu west, Chulu central, Chulu east, Glacier dome, Khangsar Kang, and many other small peaks. After a 3/4 hours walk we will get to Yak Kharka and stay overnight at a lodge.
Day 07: Trek from Yak kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,525 m/14,525 ft) –4-5 hrs
Our trek trail today will lead us through the right side of the valley in the beginning until we cross the suspension bridge and the trail goes through the left side and reaches the Throng Phedi 4450m/14596ft. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 08: Trek from Throng phedi o Muktinath Temple (3760 m/12623 ft) by way of the Thorung La high pass (5,416 m/17,756 ft) 9/10 hrs walk
Today is the most exciting and at the same time challenging part of the whole trip. We start our journey after having an early morning breakfast around 4 am in the morning, depending on the season, and cross through Through-La 5416m/17764ft, the world's largest pass. After breakfast we will climb 300-400 to Throng La, After crossing the pass we will descend all the way down to Muktinath. Now we are entering into Kalagandaki Valley which is simply stunning and marvelous. We stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 09: Trek from Muktiunath to Jomsom (100m) – 7/8 hrs
Our trek to Jomsom is easy and nice. After breakfast we walk down until we reach the place called Kagbeni, and then continue further down to Jomsom while seeing beautiful medieval villages like Jharkot and Kagbeni. After Kagbeni the walk will be through the valley. Here you will have entered the windy valley so you have to prepare yourself for possible hard breezing. You can see Nilgiri north, Tukuchey peak, and Dhaulagiri massif during the day. Overnight stay at Lodge.
Day 10: Drive from Jomsom to Tatopani (Hot spring) – 5/6 hrs
Today we will take the local bus to Tatopani. It will take us around 5/6 hours to get here, while crossing the deepest gorge and enjoying a few other stunning waterfalls and green forest views along the way. When we arrive at Tatopani we will have a bath at a natural hot spring and we will to chill out after the big trek in the mountains.
Day 11: Drive from Tatopani to Pokhara 10 hrs
Today we will take a drive back to Pokhara. During the ride, you will be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the majestic views along the way. This is one of the last days of your trek, so take this time to reflect on the adventure you have just experienced and think of all the memories you will carry home with you.
Day 12: Drive From Pokhara (820 m/ 2,690 ft ) to Kathmandu (1,350 m/4,450 ft) - 6-7 hrs by tourist bus
Today we will have an early breakfast at the hotel in Pokhara and a short drive to the bus station. Normally, our tourist bus leaves at 7:30 AM in the morning. Our few hour driving will be a fantastic experience as we drive past many satellite towns on the way and we are able to see rural settlements, gushing rivers, terraces, and green rural landscapes as well as doing a river rafting in Trisuli river. Our bus climbs on the last section to get back to Kathmandu until we finally reach the Kathmandu valley.
Note: All above trekking hours and distances are approximate and it’s absolutely for general ideas only
Thank you so much for choosing us for your holiday’s trip to Nepal, we will do our best to take care of you and ensure an enjoyable and remarkable trip of a lifetime. Wishing you all the best and keep your adventure spirit alive!
√ Pick up and transfer to and from airport
Your trekking company is able to pick you up from your hotel and return you after the trekking. If you need a transfer to and from the airport in Kathmandu, then this can also be organized.
Transport from Kathmandu to Besishar and from Pokhara to Kathmandu by jeep/ taxi/ bus is included.
√ Accommodation during the trek
While trekking in the mountain you will spend your nights in local gest houses commonly known as Tea Houses. These are simple in nature, but fully equipped. Do not expect too much luxury.
√ English speaking guide and a porter
One porter per two trekkers. This way you don't have to carry your complete equipment yourself. You will also be accompanied by a licensed, english speaking local guide. If the group has more than 5 trekkers, and additional guide will join the group.
√ Salary, food, insurance, and accommodation for guide and porter
The total amount covers not only your own basics, but also those of your guide and porter. No unpleasant surprises.
√ Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are incldued during the trek in the mountain.During the trek, you will have plenty of options to choose from, from the menus provided by the local tea houses. The Menu offers verities of ethnic cuisines foods as well as western styles meals. We will also provide seasonal fresh fruits for desert every day.
Supplementary snacks such as energy bars and cookies will be provided.
The total amount includes the costs of the Annapura Conservation Area permit. This also applies to the TIMS Card, the Trekkers Information Management System.
In order to pull in the Himalayas as prepared as possible, it is important to bring a good down jacket and sleeping bag. These are provided by your trekking company.
√ First Aid Kit
During the trek, a first aid kit will be availiable in case it is needed. The kit also includes an Oximeter to monitor oxygen level and heartbeat.
√ Alpine Ramble souvenirs
We will provide you with a trekking route map, a certificate and a printed ART company T-shirt for you to take home as reminders of your great advenure!
× Visa for Nepal
Your trekking company will not take responsibility for the travel visa for Nepal. This should be organized by yourself. Contact your local Nepalese embassy for the latest visa information.
× Flights to and from Nepal
The total amount is also exclusive of flights to and from Nepal. To get an idea of which airlines are flying on Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), have a look at the website.
× Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.
× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, snacks, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.
× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Nepal.
Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous and read our blog post about tipping when you are planning to go trekking in Nepal.
× Extra Luggage
Surplus luggage charges during the domestic flights are not included.
× Unexpected events
Additional cost resulting from events that are out of our control (becuase of to the landscape, weather conditions, illness, change of government policies, strikes, and physical condition etc.) are not included.
× Desserts, Hot Shower, Hot Water, Mineral Water and Wi-Fi
Certain luxuries such as desserts, a hot shower, bottles of Cold drinks (Inc. coke, water, Fanta etc.) and Wi-Fi should be missed during a typical trek in the Himalayas.
During the trek we stay in lodges or teahouses. The teahouses are basic of nature. Some of them have a squatter toilet, while others provide a western style alternative . Showers do not always have hot water and most tea houses charge for the use of hot water. Some teahouses have access to the internet, but always at extra charge. Please read our blog about the teahouses in Nepal.
Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks. In addition, the routes are ideally designed to give you enough time to acclimatize.
While the intention is to stick to the described route, a certain degree of flexibility is built in. In some cases it may be necessary to change the route here and there. The mountains are full of surprises, and the weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable. The guides continuously carry out risk assessments throughout the expedition. It is therefore best to plan a number of extra days in Nepal for possible unforeseen circumstances. Read all about altitude sickness here.
Trekking in Nepal requires decent gear. Especially the basics like a backpack and quality trekking socks. Here we provide you with a list of items we consider you must bring to this trek. You can also read a more extensive blog here about what to bring with you.
Remember to keep your luggage as light as possible for a convenient travel. Remember that the porter will be carrying your bags, don't overpack!
Below is the checklist of equipment you need for the trek.
Warm hat and scarf
Face wipes and towels
List for Hands
And warm Globes
- Down or fiber-filled jacket (the company will be provided in rent)
- 2 pairs of hiking t-shirts, preferably quick drying, possibly thermal tops for the treks
- Fleece jacket and sweaters
- Poncho and rain jacket
- Socks, preferably cotton –mix
- Lightweight cotton trekking pants with folding option
Lists of Footwear
- The proper Trekking Boots
- socks preferably cotton sports socks, take some extra pairs
- Day Backpack above the 30 L
- Pack covers and Thermal bottle
- Water peals
- Walking pole if you need it
- Thick Sleeping bag
- Laundry soap
- Antibacterial Gel
- Cell Phone
- Plastic bag
- Sewing kit
- Extra photos and passport copies
First aid Kit
- Diamox (acetazolamide)
- Elastic bandages
- Cotton bandages and band-aids
- Lancing needle
- Antibiotic eye-drops
- Antiseptic antibacterial cream or solution
- Anti-emetic for nausea (not at high altitude)
- Loperamide to control diarrhea
- Norfloxacin or Cipro to cure diarrhea, other infections
- Oral rehydration salts
Alpine Ramble Treks
Alpine Ramble Treks
Alpine Ramble Treks (P) Ltd. is a leading Himalayan Trekking and Tour operator based in Nepal which is fully approved and certified by the Nepalese government, affiliated with the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), Ministry of tourism, and Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). It has been operated by expert and a highly dedicated professional and passionate team who has had a decade of experience in the travel and tourism sector. Our team is well-trained by the Nepal Mountaineering Association, and Nepal Academy of Tourism & Hotel Management (NATHM). We have got farsighted vision which is why we always think for the best and prepare for the worst conditions during the treks. Because of professional and institutional care, ART has been getting its popularity by leaps and bounds. We have been guiding groups in the Himalayan routes for years.
Our friendly and experienced field staff will guide you on the most beautiful and spectacular trekking routes in the Himalayas. Additionally, our motto is to provide quality travel services while adopting and promoting Eco-tourism and responsible tourism in Nepal, exploring the beauty of nature and the wonderful and diverse culture in the Himalayas with our enthusiastic team. It is our promise that our dedicated and determined team of Alpine Ramble Treks will take care of you and your safety during your activities in Nepal.
All our ART employees have been participating in various training programs and sustainable tourism courses held by KEEP, ACAP, TAAN, NTB, and NATHAM.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have read our blog post about the best time for trekking in Nepal, you will know that every season in Nepal is suitable for trekking. However, in certain times of the year the one area of Nepal is more favorable than the other. Most people who go trekking in the Everest region and Gokyo Valley do so from March till the beginning of June and from September till the end of December. The Annapurna Region is best enjoyed in March to May and from October all the way to December. Just like Everest, you can trek in Annapurna all year round. The same seasons are most popular when talking the Manaslu Circuit and the Langtang Valley. The Upper Mustang is your choice during the Monsoon season when the rest of the country gets more rainfall. The Upper Dolpo is perfect most of the year, especially from March all the way to November.
Bookatrekking.com strives to only work with providers who treat porters in a fair manner. Without porters, there is no trekking in Nepal. They are the heart and soul of your adventure and they every day carry part of your gear. Bookatrekking.com always tries to find a balance between an affordable trekking adventure and the fair treatment of porters.
Porters are partly dependent on tipping. The cheaper your trekking, the more likely it is that the salary for porters is low. In any case, this must be compensated with tipping. It is an unwritten law in the Himalayas. On your way you will notice that the amount of tipping is a hot topic. At the end of the trek there is an opportunity to give tips. The rxule of thumb is to count 10 to 15% of the total amount of the trek. This can be divided into 60-40. The 60% of the amount goes to the guide and 40% is for the porter(s).
Currency and Payment Methods
We recommend you to bring US dollars or euros to pay for your visa, further travel and other costs. It is easiest to travel in Nepal with US dollars. Nepal has reasonable banking facilities with branches of a number of international local commercial banks. Credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted. ATMs can be found everywhere in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There are ATMs in larger cities during the hikes. However, it is a good idea to bring enough money from Kathmandu or Pokhara as in Nepal you never know if the ATMs will work.
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu you can get a tourist visa. USD 25 for 15 days from the date of issue, USD 40 for 30 days and USD 100 for 90 days tourist visa. You need two passport photos. You can apply for an online visa here.
No immunizations are required vsiting Nepal, but it’s always worth checking which vaccinations are recommended and check you are up-to-date with all your boosters.
Although you can get vaccinations in Kathmandu, it’s generally better (and often cheaper) to get them before your trip. Either way, it’s always worth consulting with your local doctor or nurse for up-to-date travel and inoculation advice at least 6 weeks before your planned departure date.
The main recommended vaccinations for Nepal are Hepatitis A, Typhoid, and Meningitis. Boosters are also recommended for Tetanus, Polio, Mumps, and Measles.Depending on your travel plans, you may also consider inoculations against Japanese Encephalitis, Hepatitis B, and Rabies. This is especially important if you have young children, plan to stay for an extended period of time, working in health care, or visiting rural areas and the lowlands of the Terai Region.
How to Book
How does it work?
On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking adventure your match? In that case you can proceed to booking. At Bookatrekking.com you make a deposit of 15% of the total amount. You pay the remaining amount on location prior to the trek directly to the trekking company. Bookatrekking.com uses only the safest payment methods. Once your booking has been received, your place is reserved, your place is safe and you can look forward to your chosen trekking. After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on email@example.com The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.
You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.
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