Annapurna Circuit Trek
A picturesque journey underside two of the world's highest mountains.
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|Best Season||March to May & August to November|
|Trip Duration||15 Days, 14 Nights|
|Accomodation||Hotel in City & lodge in trekking|
|Max. Elevation||5,416m (17,760ft)|
|Trekking Days:||09 Days|
|Activity Per Day||Approximately 4-6 hrs walking|
|Trip Route:||Beshsahar - Dharapani - Manang - Throng La Pass - Jomsom - Pokhara|
|Attractions:||Annapurna mountain range, Throng-La Pass, Muktinath Temple, Pokhara|
Table of Contents
- Enjoy up-close spectacular views of the eight-thousanders like Dhaulagiri (8,176m), Manaslu (8,156m), and Annapurna (8,091m) and other peaks like Mt. Annapurna II (7,937 m.), Mt. Annapurna III (7,555m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7,525m), Mt. Gangpurna (7,455m), Mt. Annapurna south (7,219m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,041m), Mt. Machhapuchhare (6,998m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6,986m), Tukuche peak (6,920m), and Tilicho peak (7134m).
- Beautiful scenery and mesmerizing vegetation.
- The distinct and rich culture of various indigenous groups such as Magar, Gurung, and Thakali.
- Absolutely stunning waterfalls, rivers, deep gorges, and magnificent lakes
- Climbing the challenging but worthwhile Thorang La Pass, one of the highest passes (5,416m) in the world.
- Visit the famed Muktinath temple with 108 stone water taps and everlasting flame, one of the sacred pilgrimage sites for both Hindu and Buddhist followers in the world.
- Mustang is an ancient forbidden kingdom influenced by Tibetan traditions and culture.
- Opportunity to learn about the Tibetan way of life prevalent in the Mustang valley.
- A slight possibility of seeing a snow leopard (if you are too lucky enough) and blue sheep at Yak Kharka.
- Jomsom, headquarter of Mustang district.
- Traverse through one of the deepest gorges in the world cut by Kaligandaki River, and explore its holy fossils.
- Visit Tilicho, a lake at 4,919 meters above sea level, as a side trip.
- A side trip into the isolated Nar and Phu valleys.
- Visit the wonderful Manang village.
- Manang is home to a number of monasteries influenced by ancient Tibetan Buddhism. Visit the Barke Monastery, the largest monastery in the Manang district.
- Kagbeni still feels like a medieval village.
- A day in the tourist town of Pokhara.
Annapurna Circuit Trek formerly known as Round Annapurna Trekking is one of the most popular treks in the world that lies in Central Nepal’s mountain ranges and connects the Annapurna and Mustang regions. This oldest trekking route-trek ascends to a height of 5,416 m/17769 feet at Thorong La, one of the highest trekking passes in the world, where it reaches the edge of the Tibetan plateau, and below peaks that rise 6,000–8,000 meters from the Annapurna Range. The trek traverses through the most scenic places, tall mountains, and the deepest gorge in the world. The Annapurna Massif (Annapurna I–IV) (8,091m), Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, and Paungda Danda are among the mountains visible up close en route.
The Annapurna Circuit has been ranked as the best long-distance trek in the world, though the road construction is threatening its reputation and its future as a classic trek. In its original form, it combined a wide variety of climate zones, from the tropical regions at 600 m altitude to the ice cap at 5,416 m altitude at the Thorong La pass, as well as cultural variety, from Hindu villages at the low foothills to the Tibetan culture of the Manang Valley and lower Mustang.
A picturesque journey along the alpine forest, apple trees, Gurung, and Magar villages of Manang District. Skip the dusty trails and travel by jeep for the first two days, So that later you can acclimatize in higher locations.
After crossing Throrong la pass, one of the highest trekking passes in the world with an altitude of (5,416 M). Visit the Holy site of Muktinath, and trek the deepest gorge in the world.
Depending on where motorized transportation is used and where the trek is finished, the route’s overall length ranges from 160 to 230 km (100 to 145 mi). This trek traverses two different river valleys and circles the Annapurna Massif. The trek starts in Dharapani in the valley of the Marshyangdi river and ends in the valley of the Kali Gandaki river. The trail has been shortened and the villages have been altered by the ongoing construction of a road. The trek follows established and well-marked routes, with numerous river crossings over steel and wooden bridges. The trekking trail frequently crosses the newly constructed Besisahar-Manang road.
Annapurna Circuit is a pure experience of inner self-discovery for those who place a high value on excitement, adventure, and the knowledge that the circuit tour cultivates about people, culture, and values within the soul.
Since the daily gain in altitude is slower and it is simpler and safer to pass through the challenging Thorong La pass, most trekkers follow the route anticlockwise.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal
Kathmandu (1,300m /4,265ft)
See for yourself if all that you have read and watched on the internet, about the tranquil beauty of Nepal and warm hospitality of Nepalese. After flying through the beautiful view of this trekkers’ paradise, you will meet our company representative at the airport. You must have an impatient heart for a breathtaking adventure. Get ready to experience Nepal up close and personal. But first, we will transfer you to your hotel.
If you have an early arrival, you may stroll around the hippest and happening area in Thamel, where you can find restaurants with varieties of cuisine to dine. This first night in the country, you will be staying in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Preparation and Sightseeing in Kathmandu (UNESCO Site)
Kathmandu (1,300m /4,265ft)
On your second day, you can go sightseeing to some of the famous religious and historical sites of Kathmandu. After exploring this city of temples, you will meet your trekking guide at the hotel. You will be briefed in detail about the trek. The guide will also assist you with any last-minute shopping that you require for the trek.
Have a well-rested night at Kathmandu before heading off to the mountains. (You can dump the stuff you do not want during the trek at the hotel or our office store.)
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Besi Shahar
Kathmandu (1,300m /4,265ft) Besisahar: (830m/ 2,723ft)
The very next morning, we will depart for Besisahar, the starting point for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. The journey begins with a 5-6 hour drive along the Prithwi highway and picturesque Trshuli river from Kathmandu to Besisahar. When you arrive at the hotel parking lot, a private van will be there to pick you up and get you on the road. The ride will be enjoyable once you pass through the checkpoint at Nagdhunga and leave the Kathmandu Valley. The excitement of starting the great adventure and the views of the hills, forests, terraced farmlands, traditional villages, and Ganesh and Manaslu snow peaks outside the van will make the road ride worthwhile.
We will pass through the districts of Dhading, Chitwan, and Tanahu, stopping occasionally for tea or coffee, snacks, and bathroom breaks to reach Lamjung. The journey for the day will come to an end once you arrive in Besisahar. The rest of the evening can be used to relax and get ready for tomorrow.
Day 04: Drive from Besisahar to Dharapani
Besisahar: (830m/ 2,723ft) Dharapani: 1,810m/ 5,938ft)
After an early morning breakfast at the hotel, we will continue our ride to Dharapani. Normally, the trek starts from Besisahar, but we will skip the trekking on the dusty roads for today. We will travel along the Marsyangdi river for 4-5 hours today on the Besisahar-Chame Highway. You’ll pass through the small town of Khudi Bazar (810m) on the way. You can get to Bhulbhule by traveling along the river’s course, passing through the Upper Marsyandhi Hydropower Project (820m).
If the weather is good, you can see the mountains for the first time from Bhulbhule. You will be compelled to go on after catching a glimpse of Ngadi Chuli (7,871m), Himal Chuli North (7,331m), and Himal Chuli (7,893m). Riding through Bahundanda, pause at the Chame waterfall for a few photos, and then carry on until you reach a stone entrance at Dharapani. Later in the afternoon, you can also go to the cliffs to see vultures roost.
Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Chame
Dharapani: 1,810m/ 5,938ft) Chame: 2,725m/ 8,940ft)
Start your trek early after a filling breakfast, we will set foot on the trails. We will be walking through the beautiful villages and serene forests of pine and oak getting teased occasionally by Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, and Annapurna II. These mountains will stay in your sight throughout the trek, the more you walk the closer they get.
You will pass through a village in the landslide-prone area called Bagarchhap (2,160m). Diki Kalsang Gompa is a must-visit site of this village. Next to Bagarchhap is Danakyu (2,220m) famous for the long wall with prayer wheels. It is a good place to fill up some water and eat as another village will only appear after good 2 hours of walk. After the climb of 400m and a sudden increase in altitude, you reach Timang (2,620m) followed by Thanchok (2,660m) and then Koto (2,660m). Koto is also the junction for the Nar-Phu Valley Trek. 20 minutes of walk from there will take you to the rest stop for the day, Chame (2,704m). Chame is an important place since it has well-stocked shops if you need to buy gear, medicines, and energy bars. It also has a bank if you need to withdraw cash.
Day 06: Trek from Chame to Upper Pisang
Chame: 2,725m/ 8,940ft) Upper Pisang: 3,300m/ 10,826ft)
The day starts in a village and continues past prayer wheels into a forest path in a steep and narrow valley. We will leave Chame by going over the Marshyandi River and the Chorten, a stone gate that resembles a stupa in both shape and color. The trail passes through lush green fields and a sparse sub-alpine forest with a pleasant pine scent. We will arrive at an apple orchid and a small settlement called Bhratang (2,900m) after two hours of walking in.
After a short distance from Bhartang, the trail becomes quite dramatic with a rocky hill and cliffside walkways. We hike beneath the Lamjung Himal along the Marsyandi valley’s vertical rocks near the Paunda Danda Rock, which is revered by the locals as “Swargadwari” the gateway to heaven. The Paungda Danda Rock is a curved rock face that rises 1500 meters above the Marshyandi River. Dhikur Pokhari (3,180m) is another amazingly beautiful location on this trail. From the trails, we can also see Annapurna II in the south and Pisang Peak in the northeast. The path then descends to the Manang Valley floor and the Pisang village, where we will spend the night. The lodge for the day is located in the old village of upper Pisang, which sits high above lower Pisang and offers some spectacular mountain views.
Day 07: Trek from Upper Pisang to Manang
Upper Pisang: 3,300m/ 10,826ft) Manang: (3,500m/ 11,482ft)
Early morning views of Lamjung Himal, Tilicho Peak, Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna, and other peaks will brighten your entire day. You will feel the effects of high altitude due to the thin air and freezing temperatures. This is the start of the upper part of the Manang district. Because you will be walking at an elevation of more than 3,000 meters, you should be aware of the possibility of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). There are two routes from Upper Pisang to Mungji (3,500m), a lower one that follows the valley floor, and a more strenuous and far more scenic higher route.
Lower Route: In order to use this trail, you must first descend to Lower Pisang (3200m) and then traverse the road through the Humde airfield (3390m). This alternative requires less climbing.
Upper Route: This trail begins with a gradual ascent before rising gradually above a valley covered in an alpine forest. This trail will assist in acclimatization and delivers excellent mountain views. Gyaru, which is located along the route and has an elevation of 3680 meters, offers an incredible panoramic view of the north face of Annapurna II, III, and IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho, and Pisang Peak. Additionally, you can go to Ghale Fort, the Ghale Kings’ abandoned fort.
Both trails meet at Mungji, which is located after the large and historic village of Ngawal (3,660m). Following Mungji is the village of Bhraka (3,470m), another one of the most picturesque villages in the Annapurna region, with most of the village’s 200 houses stacked one atop the other, each with an open veranda formed by a neighbor’s rooftop. Ice Lake, Bhraka Gomba, and Milarepa Cave are all accessible side trips from Bhraka. Braka Gomba is the largest monastery in the Manang district. As we pass more monasteries, you will realize that the path is dotted with Buddhist holy sites. We get a chance to explore Buddhist culture. From there, it will take you about 20 minutes to walk to Manang Bazaar, the day’s destination and entry point to Thorung La Pass.
Day 08: Rest in Manang for Acclimatization
Manang: (3,500m/ 11,482ft)
You will be getting a day break from a regular trek once you reach Manang. A rest day at Manang would help to acclimatize as we made our way to Thorong La pass. Spend a day to get acclimatized for the higher elevations to come, exploring all the amazing sights nearby, and getting a taste of the locals’ unique culture and way of life.
Manang is populated by Ghales and Gurungs. Have conversations with locals to learn about their culture and way of life. These people primarily rely on agriculture and tourism for a living. Only wheat, barley, buckwheat, potatoes, and beans can be grown due to the region’s cold climate.
There are multiple choices of day activities in Manang. The glacial lake formed by the glacial streams of Mt. Gangapurna, Gangapurna Lake, is one of the nearby attractions you can explore. The distance to Manang’s main city is only about 20 minutes. You can spend enough time taking pictures and admiring the beauty of this wonderful lake and Mt. Gangapurna at this scenic place. Another alternative is to try a challenging hike to the high alpine Ice Lake, located at 4600 meters. You can visit Chongkor Viewpoint if you have more time and the desire to explore further. It is recommended because of the location’s view of the mountains. You can take pictures in front of the Gangapurna, Annapurna II, IV, Tilicho Himal, Chulu range, and Chulu range. We may visit the Himalayan Rescue Association in Vraja village to learn about acute mountain sickness, its symptoms, and how to prevent it.
If you don’t want to walk much on your rest day, there are places like the Manang Cultural Museum, Bodzo Gumba, and cafes with better food and internet. There are a lot of hotels, restaurants, and coffee shops where you can enjoy delicious food and drinks. You can buy the equipment you want in numerous shops in the market. Enjoy the sunset in the evening from your hotel with a sip of the beverage of your choice.
Day 09: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka
Manang: (3,500m/ 11,482ft) Yak Kharka: (4,090m/ 13,418ft)
Purchase some dry foods and snacks in this final major city before the Throng La Pass before leaving Manang. As you start going up from Manang, you will begin to see only bushes, and buckwheat farms completely lacking any trees and settlements. You have now entered the Himalayan wilderness, so be sure to buckle up. Put on those extra layers of comfortable clothing as the weather will also start to get colder.
The route from Manang to Yak Kharka will reward you with countless displays of nature at its finest. All day long, flocks of crow-like birds and large Himalayan Griffons, the biggest and heaviest bird in the Himalayas with a wingspan up to 10 feet, circled overhead giving us company on our journey. As we make our way up the ascent to Yak Kharka, we first cross a stream and ascend to Tenki village before leaving Marshyangdi Valley and traveling northwest to Jar Sang Khola Valley. You can see the confluence of the Khangsar and Jharsang Rivers, which together form the head of the Marshyangdi River, close to Tenki. The trail gradually climbs as we move north.
Follow the Jharsang River to the right to get to Gungsang, (3,690m). A number of pastures, firs, and juniper forests will be encountered along the way. Gunsang village is the only settlement before Yak Kharka, where the houses have flat mud roofs. This makes it an ideal place for lunch and tea breaks while looking out at Annapurna II, III, IV, and Gangapurna. As we travel further crossing a small river, we can see yak and horses grazing in the open and serene pastures, giving a glimpse that you have arrived at Yak Kharka and the reason behind its name. Yak Kharka is the yak herder’s place where they bring their yaks or other animals to the grassy meadows to graze.
Day 10: Trek from Yak Kharka to Throung Phedi
Yak Kharka: (4,090m/ 13,418ft) Throung Phedi: (4,441m/ 14,570ft)
The trails are now more challenging because you have to be cautious when walking through landslide-prone terrain and watch out for yaks while crossing suspension bridges. However, all these slight difficulties add to the adventure of the journey, don’t they?
Although it is a short distance of trekking today, the route from Yak Kharka to Throung Phedi involves a 400-meter climb. A health risk could arise from an altitude gain of more than 500 meters because you need to acclimate. After a short uphill walk from Yak Kharka, you can see a suspension bridge with Letdar village (4,240m) on the other side.
On the route from Letdar to Throung Phedi, you can experience an absolutely unbelievable beauty with a steep climb up a narrow valley. The more steeply you climb, the more Gangapurna and Annapurna III pose for you and reveal themselves. After more ascents, the trail descends to the river with the wooden bridge. We continue on up the narrowing valleys, past landslides, and their prone areas, and through the occasional gust of wind that threatened to blow us right off the trail, probably the most dangerous part of today’s trails. Walking carefully and following safety guidance is the best thing to do in this section of the trek. Once you pass this point, the walk becomes easier. After 3–4 hours of walking, we reach Thorang Phedi which sits surrounded by vertical cliffs at an altitude of 4,441m, about an hour below the high camp at 4,850 m.
At Throung Phedi, you can expect a healthy lunch, enough rest until the evening, an early dinner, and a restful comfortable night of sleep. Your guide will inform you of the wake-up time and provide details about the big event and strenuous walk that will take place the following day. At regular intervals, consume a lot of water. From now on, you might experience symptoms of high altitude, so if you notice any, describe them to your guide. As we would have to leave here by 4 am the next morning, and given how much time this would add to our summit attempt and how windy it normally gets late in the afternoon, we decided to press on.
Day 11: Thorung Phedi – Cross Throng La Pass (5416m) and trek to Muktinath
Throung Phedi: (4,441m/ 14,570ft) Throngla Pass: (5,416m/ 17,770ft) Muktinath: 3,800m/ 12,467ft)
All of your previous preparation for this trek is required on this day, as the trail ascends to 5,416 meters at Thorong La Pass, the highest point that can be reached without prior climbing experience or equipment. The pass is located between Yakwakang Peak and Thorong Peak, both of which are 6,000 meters high. As you cross Thorong Peak, you will experience beautiful views that you will forever remember and record on camera. This trekking day will be memorable as we trek one of the highest passes in the world and the hardest part of the trek, but the most surreal experience of your life. On the same day, descend toward Muktinath Temple (3,800m).
We start early in the morning to avoid the strong winds that occur at high altitudes in the late morning before midday. Wear your gloves, down jacket, and hat that you have been carrying the entire way because it will be cold. Up until you reach High Camp, the ascent is difficult (4,880m). The trail ascends steadily but not as steeply as it did at high camp. Take your time and cautiously stroll while admiring the surrounding, snow-capped mountains. Take short breaks frequently to refuel and keep going until you reach Thorong la.
You will soon spot the prayer flags, the traditional Chorten, and the congratulatory sign that reads Thorang-la Pass. The pass is absolutely worth it for the views of snow-capped mountains reaching into Tibetan territory. We can see the great barrier ridge which separates the drier Tibet-like region of Manang from the rest of Nepal. We will see a panorama of magnificent Himalayan peaks to the north, toward Tibet, and the Annapurna range on your back. Admire your accomplishment, take your time to enjoy the moment, take a look at the scenery, snap photos, and celebrate the successful climb.
All that left, after some time at the mountain pass, the journey continues, we set out on our trek and now is the drop 1600 meters straight down to Muktinath. Snow, mud, and loose gravel are all over the path. Keep walking slowly and steadily because parts of the route are very slippery. We have views of Annapurna, Gangapurna, and Khatungkang’s heavily glacier peaks to inspire you and keep your attention on the trails.
When you get to Chabarbu, a small village, you can regain your strength and place an order for a satisfying heavy lunch. From Chabarbu, you can enjoy a leisurely hour-long walk to Muktinath, known for its Muktinath Temple. Both Hindus and Buddhists revere this temple as a sacred site. Buddhists refer to Muktinath as Chumig Gyatsa, which translates to “Hundred Waters” in Tibetan. Muktinath Temple is famous for the Jwalamai temple, with a spring, 108 stone sprouts that flow with water from the Kaligandakim, and the eternal flame, which has been burning for over 2,000 years. Every year, over 1,000 disciples visit this site. After a challenging day of the trek, Muktinath awaits us with some good food, a hot shower, and a comfortable hotel to sleep in and get a rest.
Day 12: Trek or Drive from Muktinath to Jomsom
Muktinath: 3,800m/ 12,467ft) Jomsom: (2,700m/ 8,858ft)
In the morning, visit the famous Muktinath temple and get a blessing for our further journey to Jomsom. We begin our journey today by traveling through historical caves and the amazing village of Kagbeni in the Kali Gandaki valley with views of the Kali Gandaki River and the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world. You will get to enjoy the breathtaking view of the Dhaulagiri mountain range as it crosses the Kali Gandaki valley on the way.
After passing through the historic Jharkot village, the trail gradually descends. Step inside the Kagbeni area’s apple-growing region. Follow the Jhong Khola valley to see the upper Mustang’s barren hills. You will encounter a large number of pilgrims traveling to Muktinath Temple along the way. As you approach Kagbeni, more breathtaking scenery awaits. The medieval village of Kagbeni sits on a green oasis at the junction of two rivers. Grab a bite to eat here, leave your luggage at the tea house, and explore this picturesque old city after. Continue your journey to the small village of Eklebatti by trekking down the Kali Gandaki river valley. The trek is considered complete once you arrive in Jomsom. Jomsom is a small Himalayan town with a comprehensive school and a beautiful monastery, as well as a whole row of small shops and guesthouses.
Day 13: Morning flight to Pokhara, Free day at the lake city
Jomsom: (2,700m/ 8,858ft) Pokhara: (1,400m/ 4,593ft)
After breakfast, we will take a morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. You can enjoy a breathtaking view of Annapurna, Machhapuchre, Dhaulagiri, and many other mountains during this flight. You can spend your day in Pokhara participating in a variety of activities like paragliding, cycling, bungee jumping, boating, or just unwinding in restaurants by the lake while live music is played.
Day 14: Drive/ Flight to Kathmandu from Pokhara
Pokhara: (1,400m/ 4,593ft) Kathmandu: (1,300m/ 4,265ft)
Today, we drive in a private vehicle that will take about 6-7 hours to travel from Pokhara to Kathmandu (200 km), stopping occasionally for lunch, bathroom breaks, and tea/coffee breaks. On the route, there are a few eateries that offer delicious food and hot coffee.
Taking a 25-minute flight from Pokhara to your final destination is an additional option that is not part of the package.
When you arrive in Kathmandu, check-in in at the previous hotel at Thamel. You can take a stroll for beverages and shop in the evening. It’s a fantastic idea to spend your evening in Kathmandu wandering around Thamel and the surrounding areas for shopping and independently exploring the twisting streets of this tourist hotspot. A few restaurants that serve delicious cuisine and hot coffee are located along the route, with good live music, and service.
Day 15: Final Departure
Kathmandu: (1,300m/ 4,265ft)
Today, you will depart Nepal with beautiful memories and experiences. Our team will wish you farewell and transport you to the International Airport according to your flight schedule for your flight home. It’s good to be at the airport at least 2 hours before your departure.
Trekkers’ Paradise hopes to take you to another exciting touring in Nepal. If you want to return to Nepal for yet another tour or trek, contact us to schedule the greatest adventures in a prompt and easiest way.
- All necessary airport arrival departure as per the itinerary.
- 3 night’s hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin sharing basis on BB plan.
- 1 night’s hotel accommodation in Pokhara on a twin sharing basis on BB plan.
- Kathmandu Sightseeing by professional English-speaking tour guide.
- Private transportation for sightseeing in Kathmandu
- Flight/ ground transport from Pokhara – Kathmandu for clients and guide.
- Flight ticket from Jomsom to Pokhara for clients and guides
- Transportation from Kathmandu – Besisahar – Dharapani ground private 4WD transportation for clients, guide, and porters
- 3 meals a day during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Tea or coffee) as mention in the itinerary
- Accommodation during the trekking at best available room on twin sharing basis in guesthouses.
- Professional government license holder English speaking trekking guide and his salary.
- The required number of porters to carry the luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests)
- Annapurna Conservation area permit (ACAP)
- Trekking Permit (TIMS)
- Farewell dinner.
- A comprehensive medical kit.
- All government and local taxes.
- Trekkers Paradise’s appreciation of certificate after the successful trek.
- International airfare to/ from Nepal.
- Nepal Entry Visa Fees for multiple Entries on arrival at Tribhuwan Internationa Airport- (15 days – $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110)
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Insurance covers, medical, emergency evacuation, loss, etc.
- Personal expense (shopping, snacks, boil bottle water, hot and cold drinks, hot shower, Alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee), extra porters, etc
- Hot shower during the trekking.
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
- Additional costs or delays caused by out of management control include landslide, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc.
- Tips and gratitude to staff.
Arvinda Kumar Singh & Ajay Kalkata, India
Successful Science Research Trip to Annapurna RegionWe chose Nepal for our science research trip, which was organized by Trekkers Paraside and Adventure Pulse. We both appreciated the dedication of the entire team to making our research trip successful. Our research based on Glacier, river, high altitude lake & mountain, flora & fauna through the Science University of Calcutta. We explored the Manaslu Glacier near Bimthang, Himlung Himal glacier of Nar Phu valley trek, Tilicho Lake, and the Kali Gandaki River. Our trip duration of about a month. Because of the heavy snowfall in February 2021, crossing the Throng-la pass was difficult but worth it. The guide Mr. Sange Sherpa is the most important aspect of our research trip's success. If you are looking for any science-related research in the Himalayas, both guide and company are highly recommended.
Mokesh Popatlal Gada Mumbai, India
ABC with Trekkers Paradise was heavenly!In November 2019, we went on a 14 days trek to Annapurna Base Camp, operated by Trekkers Paradise. The guides were very knowledgeable and friendly, he made sure we had enough time to rest and was instructing and encouraging us to drink more water and walk slowly but steadily. The entire trek was very well organized and the weather favored us as well. We got to see all the Himalayas that can be seen from the area. One of the best experiences of my life. Must thank guide Lakpa and trekkers paradise for taking me to paradise.
The best physical condition is required to trek in Nepal’s high altitude. Without some pre-trek training or a good level of basic fitness, it can be hard. We suggest running, walking, hiking on the hill, and climbing stairs rather than elevators to prepare for the trek. Include swimming, rowing, and biking in your daily base training.
Basic further experience and strength required for Trekking
- One should be able to hike for 6-7 hours a day.
- One should be able to carry 8 kg themselves in a backpack for preparation.
- We suggest you run about 4/5 miles in the home for the preparation with some load on your back for 2 to 3 months to make your climbing much easier. Or use the treadmill for everyday running and walking.
- If you have an uphill location/mountain then once a week you should go hiking with a loaded bag pack on your back. If you do not have mountains and high hills then use stairs to go up/down than the elevator.
- Regular swimming, biking, and rowing are also good ways to maintain your physical strength.
- Fuel your body well with small but frequent healthy foods and drink plenty of water.
- Go through a trek grading and know what type of trekking is suitable for you. The treks are graded as easy, moderate, hard, and challenging treks.
- Go after what you want and what your physical capabilities will allow you to. Do not push too hard yourself. Trekking is not a competition. It is relaxing and rewarding.
- Walk at a pace you are most comfortable with. An assistant guide will be always walking at the back of the group so you don’t have to rush to catch up with the faster walkers at the front.
- Using trekking poles reduces the body and backpack’s weight on the legs and makes walking more easier on inclines.
- Invest in the comfortable full trekking boot with ankle support and a sturdy Vibram sole that suit your foot to avoid blisters.
Will someone come after my arrival to pick me up at the airport?
Yes, Trekkers Paradise representative will be there to greet you outside of Terminal Hall. He will be displaying Trekkers Paradise name card with your name on it. You will be moved to the pre-select Hotel after that.
Do I need a visa to travel to Nepal?
All foreign nationals, except Indian Citizens, need visas to enter Nepal.
What is the cost of the visa application process and Visa? Should we apply for a visa from our home country or will we get it at Nepalese Airport? Which documents are important that I should bring with me?
After landing, you can obtain a visa at Tribhuwan International Airport, furthermore, it will be easier if you are fill-up the visa form online (http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa) before taking the flight to Nepal. Entry Visa fees- at present are $ 30 for 15 days, $ 50 for 30 days, and $ 125 for a three-month visa on entry to Nepal.
You should bring the following essential documents on the trip:
- Valid Passport: must be valid for up to 6 months.
- Travel insurance: you need to provide a copy of the insurance paper to Trekkers Paradise before you start the trek.
- Flight Tickets.
- Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s bank, insurance, family contacts.
Will my Cell phone (mobile phone) work in Nepal?
Please, Contact your service provider and check if Nepal country is included in their `Global roaming’ package. Please note, not all parts of Nepal are covered by the GSM Network in Nepal.
When is the best time to travel to Nepal?
The weather is probably the best guide for deciding when to plan your trip to Nepal. The best time to visit Nepal is between September to November and March to May.
How is the Higher Himalayan toilet facilities like?
There are generally common toilet facilities in teahouses and lodges, which are typically clean and well maintained. A limited number of tea houses and lodges now sell attached toilets. We will provide you with the best choice in this regard, as far as possible.
How are the shower facilities on the trek?
Normally there are hot water shower services in various teahouses and lodges. In the absence of such a facility, the teahouse/lodges will provide you hot water bucket. The payment for the shower has to be made by yourself and the cost varies with the places.
Will we have Wi-Fi?
Wi-Fi and network might not be always available. However, few hotels provide Wi-Fi free or with a certain charge.
Are there porters or yaks carrying the luggage or are we supposed to be carrying it alone?
Our porters, who are honest and experienced, will look after your luggage while on the trek. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like a camera, water bottle, sun cream, money, etc. Normally, we assign one porter to carry the luggage of two trekkers.
May I charge my camera and mobile batteries on my Trip?
These facilities will be available in most of the places in your Hotel reception by paying some service charges. Don’t forget to bring your adapters!!
How long does it take to trek Annapurna Circuit?
A. The trek can be completed within 12 to 16 days however the length of the trek depends on the weather, the trekker’s ability to walk, how long they take to acclimatize, whether they want to take side trips to famous places nearby like Upper Mustang, Poon-Hill, and Mardi Himal.
Is Annapurna Circuit safe to trek?
The only potential hazard during the trek is the possibility of altitude sickness to reduce the chances of it we suggest a single day for acclimatization. You will also be guided by an experienced trekking guide and assisted by local porters, who are there to take care of you during your trek.
What are the facilities available in case of emergencies during the trek?
In case you suffer from altitude sickness or any other problems, we will offer you the doctor’s prescribed medicines according to the type of problem facing you. We will descend you and incise of extreme cases, you will get rescued by the helicopter.
Can I add extra days to my Trekking Trip?
Yes, it is absolutely possible to add some more days to the trip. Along your trek, we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation, and food.
Are Trekkers Paradise’s staff insured?
Yes, all the staff of Trekkers Paradise including guides and porters are insured to recover any kinds of casualties.
What are some basic Nepali customs that I should know about?
- Take off your shoes before entering a temple or one’s home
- Ask for permission before entering a Hindu temple
- Taking photographs inside most temples are considered illegal
- Ask for permission before taking photographs of objects, and including Nepali people.
- Nepali people are friendly by nature. Have a genuine interest in them. Talk to them. Be friendly as you travel
We will meet you at the airport and pick you up:
We organized Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) airport pick up and drop service. Upon your arrival, you are welcomed and greeted at your arrival gate (Holding your name on the company pamphlet- Trekkers Paradise) by our representative member from a company, then transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. For departure transfer, we will come to pick you up at your hotel in Kathmandu and take you to the airport for your international flight.
Safety precaution for Annapurna Circuit Trek:
Aside from geographical protection, Trekkers Paradise has taken safety in following things to make travel as safe as possible making the most out of it without any worry!
- Our guides have received extensive wilderness first-aid training.
- Trek leaders and guides have years of trekking experience who can help you if there is any kind of uneasiness and assure happiness & satisfaction are guaranteed.
- We’ll have High-quality masks & Gloves with sanitizers for everyday use throughout the journey for the Trekkers Paradise team assisting you.
- Encouragement and inspiration can be a regular occurrence.
- Food and accommodation in the mountains would be rechecked for additional hygiene.
The meals during the trek:
Our trek takes us to high altitudes near the world’s highest point, which means your body will need enough starch, protein, and nutrition, as food is the body’s fuel for hiking on such massive Himalayan trails.
All the meals including breakfasts, lunch, and dinner are served during your stay in Kathmandu and the trekking journey. Usually, breakfast and dinner are served at the same hotel where we stay overnight and lunch is served en route to our destination during the trek.
The services are basic, with some of the popular western, Asian, or Nepalese menus being the most popular and consumed. The most popular and common menu items include the Dal-Bhat set, which consists of rice, lentils, and vegetables, as well as meat, rice, and noodle items, spaghetti, pasta, momo(dumplings), Tibetan bread, chapatti, local tsampa porridge, potatoes, sandwiches, macaroni dishes, pizza, Sherpa stew, steaks, vegetable curry and so forth. The Dessert Items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), Hard Drinks Steaks, etc.) are available on the menu as well during the trek.
However, you cannot compare them with the choices available in large cities. Usually, local agricultural products are used to prepare meals. Other ingredients are purchased from the market if they cannot grow at a particular elevation.
Breakfast and dinner orders are taken in advance to save time; breakfast orders are taken the night before and dinner orders are taken as soon as you arrive at the teahouse. Depending on your schedule for the day, your typical day will begin. Breakfast is served in your lodge each morning, after which you leave for the next stop. A guide will notify the next tea house or lodge of your arrival each day. Around noon, you’ll stop for lunch at any nearby lodge on the way. You will arrive at your destination shortly after lunch. You can unwind or explore the nearby attractions when you arrive. You will dine around 7 to 8 pm.
At high altitudes, we strongly advise drinking hot liquid drinks in addition to fresh vegetable foods and fruit drinks. Drink plenty of water, not all a once but regularly on a time intervals.
It is best to avoid smoking cigarettes, consuming alcohol, non-vegetarian foods like meat, caffeine-containing foods, hot chocolate, and dairy and cheese products on high-altitude treks. These things increase the chances of getting altitude sickness and diarrhea.
Accommodation details during the Trek:
14 days Annapurna Circuit trek includes nine nights’ lodge to-lodge stay at a mountain, one night in Pokhara, and three nights in Kathmandu hotel, where we use the best available lodge and select the best accommodation in the Everest region. We provide two nights’ rooms with attached bathrooms at Ghorepani, and Jhinu Danda, and seven nights of standard rooms in other places (Generally twin Sharing rooms)
You can find some teahouses and lodges with good services on the trekking routes during your trekking days. But as you ascend higher they become more basic. Rooms are basic, almost every room consisting twin-bedded with two beds with a mattress, a pillow, and blankets. You can share a room with a fellow trekker with whom you feel at ease.
Although, each lodge has its own set of standards, please do not anticipate luxurious accommodations, particularly in the mountains. Most teahouses offer hot showers, boiled drinking water, extra blankets, charging stations, and WIFI for an additional fee. The price of teahouses is determined by the location and the facilities/services they offered.
Three nights of Hotels in Kathmandu before and after the trek is required which is included in the package.
Passport and Visa:
All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter 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 to 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 15 Days – 30 USD, 30 Days – 50 USD, and 90 Days – 125 (to be paid 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.
Visa Extension Fee: Tourist visa extension is done for a minimum of 15 days with USD 45 and USD 3 per day for additional days. In the case of a delay of less than 150 days additional USD 5 per day as of late fine.
Tipping is not included in the salaries of your guides, porters, or crew, but it is greatly appreciated. In Nepalese culture, tips are the accepted and a lovely way of saying 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 the last day of the trek.
Booking and payment process:
Trekkers Paradise is a government authorized, registered, licensed, and bonded trekking and touring operator in Nepal. The company registered number is 221608/076/0677. We are members of the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Therefore, the book the Trekkers Paradise trip with confidence as we are reliable.10 percent of payment in advance and other necessary documentations like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, arrival, and departure flight details can be made later but must not exceed within two weeks’ period from the booking date. Payment is to be made by bank transfer, western union. The remaining trip cost can be paid whether in cash or by bank transfer when you arrive in Nepal. Furthermore, we put forward the necessary modes of payment details as per your convenience by mail.
Trekkers Paradise Crews:
14 During the Annapurna circuit trek, you will be accompanied by our local best trained and well-experienced guides/Sherpa’s to make your journey even more comfortable and memorable. All guides are well trained licensed with prior experience they have spent years trekking / climbing a peak all over the world. Porters will also be assigned to carry your luggage. Two members will be assigned one porter, combined luggage should not exceed more than 20 kgs. We provide basic accommodation for our guides and porters or tents with sleeping gear and we also provided them food and warm drinks.
- Intensive Wilderness First Aid
- Authorized certificate of Trekking Guide Training
- Fluency speaking English and other major Languages
- Rock climbing
- Conservation and biodiversity
Difficulties during Annapurna Circuit Trek:
- The trekking trail to the Annapurna circuit gets filthy during Monsoon.
- Cancellations of flights following bad weather and heavy snowfall
- Altitude sickness like nausea, breathing difficulties, and headache becomes common
- High-tech facilities like Wi-fi and ATM get exorbitant at high lands like Manang
- Peak season gives rise to the insufficiency of guest houses and lodges on Annapurna
- Accommodations are economic with no luxurious items and extra facilities
Join Some Extra Activates:
- A unique Mountain Flight to Mt. Everest
- White water rafting on Nepal’s famous rivers
- A romantic overnight stay in a mountain resort
- A cultural show, with dinner
- A traditional Nepali Luxury Dinner
- The most spectacular Bungee Jump on the Planet
Safe Drinking Water
The availability of drinking water is not an issue. Bottled mineral water is available in most places for purchase, but there is no provision to dispose of plastic bottles. We encourage guests to do what they can to protect the environment. We do not recommend purchasing single-use plastic bottles. You can buy or bring your own Nalgene bottles on the trek which makes the trail free from bottles and rubbish.
Filling your water bottles in tea houses is another option for getting drinking water. Several guesthouses have the Euro-guard filters water. Boiled filter water is also available in tea houses that are completely safe to drink but may be inexpensive for the duration of the trek.
River water is generally full of glaciers and sand and may be contaminated with animal urine and toilet run-off, so do not drink it. The tap water in the lodges is piped from high up, away from rivers and clean glaciers, so it is better, but it still must be treated.
Use iodine drops (3 per liter) locally known as Lugols solution, available at Thamel supermarkets in Kathmandu. The chlorine-based tablets are another choice, but they do transmit a taste to the water. Alternatively, you could purchase a Steripen, which uses UV to kill the bacteria but a bit fragile to carry during the trek.
The best option is the water purification tablet Aquaprove, which uses cutting-edge technology. Most importantly, it works against all pathogens in impure water. It’s light, simple to use, has no taste, and is all-natural.
Waste Management during the trek
Leave No Traces, Only the Footprints! Pack out your own waste. We practice responsible eco-tourism and organize eco-friendly trips to support sustainable tourism.
The trekking trail in Nepal has suffered significant damage as a result of not having a strong policy of waste management. Act and travel responsibly. We prefer that all of our clients bring their trash and keep them in a container or bag, and dispose of it properly at a specific spot or dustbin.
How to avoid acute mountain sickness?
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is the most deadly risk of trekking. Anyone can get a victim of this sickness when their body is exposed to a higher elevation in a short period of time and the body is unable to adapt to the changing atmospheric pressures. As you ascend higher, the oxygen and air pressure decrease. Our bodies are capable of handling the change, but they require time to gradually adapt. If it is not treated in time, it can be severe and result in death. You can take a few preventative measures to avoid it.
- Not to climb too high too fast.
- Climb slowly and attain the height gradually.
- Take it easy and climb at your own comfortable pace.
- Reduce your walking hours as you reach 2000 meters and walk slowly.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Get plenty of rest. If you feel like your body needs more rest, get it.
- Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking.
- Meditation and warm-up exercise each day before starting the trek.
- Allow an acclimatization day for every 1000m of elevation gain.
There are two more serious but less common severe forms of altitude sickness. Both have the potential to be fatal. You must descend immediately to receive medical care.
High-altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) causes the lungs to swell with excess fluid, which makes breathing difficult even when at rest. You experience extreme exhaustion, weakness, and perhaps a sense of suffocation. A dry cough, nose breathing, shortness of breath, fever, chest tightness, rapid heart rates, congestion, swelling, and fainting are the symptoms of HAPE. If HAPE is not promptly treated by lowering the altitude or using oxygen, it can be fatal.
High-altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) is characterized by an accumulation of fluid on the brain that results in swelling. Confusion, poor coordination, and possibly violent behavior could occur. Hallucinations, loss of consciousness, fever and fatigue, photophobia, hypertension, coma, shortness of breath, and inability to walk are some more symptoms of HACE. HACE can result in death if it is not treated immediately.
The early signs of altitude sickness can be relieved by immediately descending. However, if you are experiencing severe acute mountain sickness symptoms, you should see a doctor.
The drug acetazolamide can ease heavy breathing and lessen the effects of altitude sickness. You may also be given the steroid Dexamethasone. But you are never recommended to take such drugs as far as possible until the situation is harsh.
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