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Classic Annapurna Circuit trekking

Nepal Hiking Team - 16 days

  • Classic Annapurna Circuit trekking
  • 16 days / 15 nights
  • Max. group: 0 Persons
  • Difficulty: Heavy
Overview
Route
Included
Accommodation
Safety
Packing List
Nepal Hiking Team
FAQ
How to Book

Overview

> Visit the temples along the way
> Cross the Thorong La Pass
> Enjoy the sunrise from Poon Hill

The Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most popular treks in the Annapurna region. Encompassing some of the country's most beautiful landscape and ethnic coalesce, the Classic Annapurna Circuit combines the region’s best elements and aspects. Make your way through the foothills of the Himalayas across terraced farmlands, barren and rocky landscapes all the way towards the distant tapestry of the mountains. With trails touching the edges of the Tibetan plateau, the Annapurna Circuit has amazing trails crossing two different river valleys and encircles the Annapurna massif crossing the Thorong La Pass- the highest Pass on the trekking journey. Circumventing the Annapurna massif in an anticlockwise direction, the trail runs from foothills of Annapurna to Manang, Thorong La Phedi, Mustang, Muktinath, Ghorepani and Poon Hill. You will get acquainted with almost everything that the Annapurna region has to offer. Fascinating views of the Annapurna vistas and Mount Dhaulagiri present themselves as you walk on the high pass and the views of the entire landscape from that point is something that simply cannot be described in words. The extraordinary landscape ranges from sub-tropical dense and lush forests to alpine desert-like landscape, adding a sense of estrangement to your journey.

During the classic Annapurna Circuit trek, you will have the pleasure of crossing the highest pass of the world – the Thorong La Pass. The picturesque view of the mountains like Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri and other neighboring peaks from the pass is breathtaking. Besides, standing in a popular spiritual hub – Muktinath and admiring the views of mountains around this site is a brilliant experience. The eternal flame burning in the temple is a majestic view to see. The sunrise view amidst the mountains from Poon Hill and the hot water bath in the hot springs of Tatopani will make your journey adventurous and rejoicing. Being one of the most famous view points in the country, Poon Hill presents sights of the mountains and witnessing the manifestation of the sun rising from behind the ivory peaks and changing the tincture of the Himalayas from cerulean to a cascade of molten gold and burning ember is spectacular to see.

Route

What's the plan?

Day 01 - Drive from Kathmandu to Synge/Jagat (1100m) Duration: 8 hours
We will drive to Beshisahar. We then take a local jeep from Beshisahar to Syange. This drive gives you some insight of the rural people – their lifestyle and their culture. From Syange, we begin our trek. We’ll walk to Jagat.

Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 02 - Jagat to Dharapani (1960m) Duration: 6 hours
We will leave Jagat on foot. Our trail winds up to Chyamje. After crossing a suspension bridge, the trail takes us uphill through the Oak forest. We’ll continue walking for a while until it emerges into a valley. We pass the village of Kodo and ascend to the village of Dharapani.

Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 03 - Dharapani to Chame (2630m) Duration: 5 hours
The trail climbs along the mule track into a fir forest and then follows the river alongside the higher oak and maple trees. On the way you will be awe- struck by spectacular views of major Himalayan peaks.
Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 04 - Chame to Pisang (3300m) Duration: 5 hours
Our trial now follows a steep and narrow river valley winding through deep woodland. The view of Pisang peak and Annapurna II on our way is truly amazing.

Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 05 - Pisang to Manang (3570m) Duration: 4 hours
Today we will take the upper route to Manang via Ghyaru – Ngawal – Mungji. We will experience more breathtaking scenery as the towering, majestic peaks overwhelm our senses with panoramic views of Annapurna, Pisang peak, and several others. We will notice a change in the landscape and vegetation from today. The cold dry climate creates a much harsher environment. Our short visit to Barge monastery, the largest in the entire district of Manang will be memorable.

Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 06 - Manang - Acclimatization day
This day is set aside for acclimatization to the higher altitude. We’ll spend our time visiting the monastery with a side trip to Gangapurna Lake. We can also look around the local villages and visit the Himalayan Rescue Association Clinic.

Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 07 - Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m) Duration: 3 - 4 hours
From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, ascends to the village of Tenki above Manang, and then continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. We’ll then follow the valley northward, passing pastures and a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. Further on we pass the small village of Ghunsa – a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Now the trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks contentedly graze. We cross the river on a wooden bridge and passan ancient Mani wall in a pleasant meadow before arriving at another small village – Yak Kharka. Gentle but gradual ascent is the key to avoiding altitude problems.

Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 08 - Yak kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m) Duration: 3 - 4 hours
We will make our way to the foot of the pass to Throng Phedi. This is a small yet busy settlement catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers. Groups such as ours use this point as a base camp. Some members of the group might want to hike to the High Camp today to make next day easier for them –although the Nepal Hiking Team have reservations about this. There is a tough day planned for tomorrow and we stop at Thorong Phedi in order to sleep soundly (rather than risk a less peaceful night in the higher altitude at High Camp).

Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 09 - Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) crossing over Thorong La Pass (5416m) Duration: 7/8 hours
We will make an early start on our climb to the pass. We need to be fresh for the initial stage of ascent is very steep. As we approach the peak the trail becomes slushy from melting snow. After making our way through rocky ridges, we arrive at the top of the pass (5416m). The top offers an indescribably magnificent 360 degree panorama of snow capped peaks extending northwards into Tibet. Looking back, we can see several peaks of Annapurna and in front of us is the beautiful gorge of Kali Gandaki. Our trail then descends steeply down to Muktinath (3800m) – an important pilgrimage sight for Hindus. It is a special place and home to many ethnic Tibetans and devout Buddhists.

Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 10 - Muktinath to Marpha (2670m) Duration: 6 hours
Our descent continues through the Kali Gandaki Valley to Marpha. Marpha is home to many apple orchids as well as all the various food products made from the fruit. Apple Brandy is a local specialty that you may be lucky enough to taste en route.

Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 11 - Marpha to Ghasa (2010m) Duration: 6 hours
We descend through the valley following the Kali Gandaki River to Ghasa. We walk along the bank of Kali Gandaki River.

Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 12 - Ghasa to Tatopani (1190m) Duration: 5 hours
Today, we will walk through the world’s deepest gorge in the Earth at Kopchepani; we then continue descending through the Kali Gandaki River valley to Tatopani. This place is famous for its hot springs. This is the best place to relax your body after a long days trek; we will have one more extra day here tomorrow to relax.

Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 13 - Rest and relaxing at hot spring
Rest and relaxing at hot spring.

Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 14 - Tatopani to Ghorepani (2810m) Duration: 7 hours
Leaving the hot spring behind, we ascend again to Ghorepani arriving mid-afternoon.

Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 15 - Ghorepani to Pokhara Duration: 7-8 hours
Hike to Poon Hill (3210m) and trek to Nayapul then Pokhara, 7 hours hike and an hour drive.
This morning, we will get up early and hike to Poon Hill. From here you will see a superb view of the sunrise and a panoramic view of the Himalaya, including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fishtail, and others.

After visiting Poonhill, we will come back to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast, and trek down to Nayapul then short drive to Pokhara.

Overnight at Hotel, Breakfast and Lunch included.

Day 16 - Pokhara to Kathmandu
Scenic drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus, 6 hrs.

Included

Included:

√ 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
Transport is included in the price of the trek: surface transfer from Kathmandu – Beshisahar by private car, transfer from Beshisahar to Syange by local jeep, and surface transfer from Pokhara – Kathmandu by tourist bus.

√ Accommodation during the trek
You will spend a night accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star hotel in Pokhara on the last day of the trek.While trekking in the mountain you will spend your nights in local gest houses commonly known as Tea Houses. We will provide you with the best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.

√ 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.

√ 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
The package is inclusive of full board meals during the trek. It covers breakfast, lunch and dinner. You have the freedom to choose from the menu that the teahouses offer. Typically, you will find dal bhat meal set as staple. Good for the vegetarians out there. There are other options as well.

For drinking water, the package doesn’t cover the cost. You can buy bottled mineral water at tea houses. You can also find fresh spring water at the tea houses for free. However, we highly encourage you to consume the spring water only after adding some water purifiers. It is a wise idea to take your own bottle.

√ Coffee and Tea
Coffee and tea are also organized by the trekking company. Every morning fresh coffee and tea are made. There are scheduled breaks to enjoy this.

√ Permits
All necessary paper work and permits are included (ACAP and Trekking permit).

√ Equipment
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, if required. Nepal Hiking Team will also provide you with a duffel bag for the trek.

√ 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.

√ Nepal Hiking Team Kit
We will provide you with a Nepal Hiking Team T-shirt and a trekking map which you will be able to take back home as souvenirs.

Excluded:

× 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.

× Tipping
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.

× 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.

Accommodation

Accommodation

We will spend a night accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star hotel in Pokhara on the last day of the trek. During the rest of the days, 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. 

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Safety

Safety

We can assure you the safest tour possible because with us you are in the hands of experts. Our itineraries are designed in such a way that your trip is hassle free and you get enough time for acclimatization. Our guides are well trained for first aid services and are always ready with the first aid kits. We also provide oxygen cylinders and PAC bags upon request (payable). From hygienic rooms to quality and healthy foods, we offer you the best. Your safety is paramount.

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.

Packing List

Packing List

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. A porter is available for two people who will carry up to 25 kg at maximum, therefore, keep this in mind before you pack your bags!

Below is the checklist of equipment you need for the trek.

GENERAL

- Duffel or Rucksack bag: (Nepal Hiking Team will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel/kit bag, but one extra big duffel bag/suitcase is necessary for non-trek items left at the hotel in Kathmandu)

- Day pack: (Approximately 20-22 Liter)

- Down Jacket: (Your own Down Jacket is strongly recommended, but Nepal Hiking Team also supply complimentary down which need to be return at the completion of the trek)

- 4 seasons’ Sleeping bag: (Your own sleeping bag strongly is recommended, but Nepal Hiking Team also supply complimentary sleeping bags which need to be return at the completion of the trek)

HEAD

- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Sunglasses with UV protection

FEET

- Thin, lightweight inner socks
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
- Gaiters for hiking in winter

HANDS

- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens
- With a waterproof shell outer (Seasonal

LOWER BODY

- Under Garments
- Hiking shorts
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

UPPER BODY

- T-shirts
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (Optional)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

ACCESSORIES

- Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F *
- Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
- Small pad or combination lock-to-lock
- Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Large plastic bags – for keeping Items dry inside trek bag
- Day pack (Approximately 20-22 Liter)
- Trekking Poles
- Water bottles
- Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
- Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)

TOILETRIES

- Tooth brush/paste
- Multipurpose soap
- Nail cutter
- Small mirror
- Personal Hygiene:
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti bacterial hands wash

EXTRAS/LUXURIES

- Binoculars
- Reading book
- Trail Map/Guide book
- Journal & Pen
- Pencils and small notebooks
- Travel game i.e., cards

Nepal Hiking Team

Nepal Hiking Team

Today, Nepal Hiking Team stands as one of the best tour operators in Nepal by providing quality services that any genuine customer would seek for. But this achievement is not a credential of single person but an output or joint efforts of its devoted and enthusiastic team members. Nepal Hiking Team as a whole is a collaboration of its hardworking and passionate staffs and field members who deliberately put their efforts in promoting tourism in Nepal. They work for making tourism service better and better. Each of the team members are good persons, not only professionally but personally too.

 

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Best Season
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.

Porters
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.

Tipping
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.

Visa Nepal
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.

Vaccinations
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 support@bookatrekking.com The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy

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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