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Annapurna Circuit Trek

Tour Information

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a rewarding trek, offering the chance to explore the scenery and settlements of the, both, northern and southern Himalayan Range of Nepal.

From thick fir and rhododendron forests to the harsh, thin atmosphere of the Tibetan plateau. The ethnic groups encountered from lowland Hindu and Highland Buddhist, are as varied as the landscape, itself. From the dizzying heights of the Thorung Pass (5416m) - line upon line of snow ridges stretch before you, whilst below lies the sub-tropical Kali Gandaki Gorge - a busy pilgrimage and trade route controlled by Thakali and Mustang tribes since the dawn of time. This trek follows the Classic Annapurna Circuit, with an extension to Tatopani and Ghorepani through the Kali Gandaki Gorge, and concludes crossing the famous 'Homelands of the Manangs'. 

Itinerary Overview

DaysActivity
Day 1 Touch Down in Kathmandu
Day 2 Experience Kathmandu & Prepare for The Trek.
Day 3 Drive to Beshishar-Syange
Day 4 Trek to Chamje
Day 5 Trek to Dharapani
Day 6 Trek to Chame
Day 7 Trek to Pisang
Day 8 Trek to Manag
Day 9 Manang Acclimatization Day
Day 10 Trek to Letder
Day 11 Trek to Thorong Phedi
Day 12 Trek to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass
Day 13 Trek to Jomsom
Day 14 Drive from Jomsom-Tatopani via Ghasa
Day 15 Trek to Shikha
Day 16 Trek to Ghorepani
Day 17 Trek to Tirkhedhunga
Day 18 Trek down to Nayapul. Drive back to Pokhara

Information

What's Included?
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara (twin share)
  • Accommodation on trek (twin or multi share)
  • All domestic transport as listed in itinerary
  • All national park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • Porters to carry personal gear
  • 15kg luggage allowance while on trek
  • Comprehensive medical kit
  • Trekking Guide
What's Excluded?
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, postage, laundry,communication etc.
  • Meals
  • International flights
  • Visa and passport fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Emergency evacuation
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Costs arising from unforeseen events outside the control of Royal Mountain Travel
  • Pokhara-Kathmandu flight and taxes (optional) one-way.

Related Information

The Trekking Day

Some people have the idea that trekking is all sweat and hard work with no fun. This is far from the truth. Days are designed to be challenging, but not exhau More...

Related Information

The Trekking Day

Some people have the idea that trekking is all sweat and hard work with no fun. This is far from the truth. Days are designed to be challenging, but not exhausting. While you are on Throng La Pass trekking, days begin with breakfast at the tea house you stay, and you will need to pack up your baggage before breakfast, as porters will set off early. To cover the magnificent sun rays that strike on mountains, you will be on the trail by around 8 am. Stop for a leisurely lunch around noon. This is generally about 2 hours, allowing plenty of time to explore the village or relax. The afternoon walk is shorter and you usually arrive around 4 pm leaving time for excursions to nearby sites, nunneries, exploration of the village or simply relaxing with a book and catching up on your diary. Dinner is generally at 7 pm after which, you may relax to your heart’s content.

What you carry?

Your baggage is restricted to 15kgs. The baggage is carried by porters and is not available to you during the day. Your daypack should contain all that you need during the day. This generally consists of warm clothing, water bottle, camera gear, sunscreen, lip salve etc. Your guide will let you know each evening of any extra items you will need for the following day. If you have a comfortable day pack you load will only be a few kilograms and hardly noticeable.

Food 

No meals are included in the Annapurna Circuit Trekking. In Kathmandu and Pokhara, restaurants of every style and price-range abound. On the trekking, trail meals are available in tea houses, lodges and bhattis with limited menus. There are a lot of tea houses and lodges in Annapurna region while you are on the trekking. Meals are generally simple but filling, but you may wish to stock up on ‘trail munchies’ before leaving Kathmandu.

Accommodation 

Accommodation in Kathmandu is on a twin share basis with private facilities. Whilst in the Annapurna Circuit Trekking, accommodation is in lodges and teahouses and is of a basic standard. Rooms may be twin or multi share, with basic shared toilet facilities. Hot Showers are available in some places for a small charge. The Tea houses in Jomsom are of higher standard than the others.

Transportation

Transportation within Kathmandu valley is done with Cars or Jeeps, Van, Hiace, Coaster bus, Mini bus, Coaches depending upon the group size. In Annapurna trekking region, transportation mean is hiking and in some cases, horses/mules/donkeys are used for baggage carriage. In this particular trekking route, your baggage will be carried by the porters. In Throng La Pass trekking route, hiking is the major mean of transportation while your baggage will be carried by porters and/or animals. Some part of the Annapurna region also avails jeep transfers these days.

Trekking Staff 

The Guide is in overall charge of the trek and looking after you. This is the person you should go to with all problems, concerns and questions. All our guides are highly trained in all aspects of trekking, conservation, high altitude medicine, and first-aid and emergency procedures. They are professionals selected for their knowledge and passion for Nepal and its peoples, remember they are local guides and their English may be basic and limited to trek related topics.

Porters transport your baggage – one porter for every two trekkers.

Trek Grading 

It is impossible to have a ‘foolproof’ grading system as everyone has different expectations and perceptions of their own fitness level. Remember that no trek in the Himalaya is a stroll as all involve going up and down at altitude and that altitude affects everyone differently. Regardless of age or fitness, preparation, before you arrive, is essential. Aerobic activity, swimming, cycling or brisk walking is recommended or, at the very least, walk up and down stairs in your trekking boots.

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a Grade 4 Trek involving maximum altitudes around 5545m and involves days of around 5-6  hours walking.

Money 

It is best to bring a mixture of cash and traveler’s checks in major currencies – In Nepal, some of the currencies are banned for conversion and you must find the convertible currencies in Nepal. USD, CAD, EUR, and AUD are generally convertible. Ensure you have a mixture of large and small denominations.

Everyone’s spending is different, but as a guide we suggest USD 8 – 10 per meal in Kathmandu / Pokhara and USD 20 – 25 per day whilst trekking in Annapurna region (if you drink or smoke this could be higher). Shopping is difficult to predict, but most people buy more than they intended.

You should exchange enough money into Nepalese Rupees to last the entire time of your trek before leaving Kathmandu. You can find the money exchange counters near your hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara and there are no exchange facilities in villages along the way.

Tipping 

Tipping is a personal and voluntary matter and tips are not included in the trip price. If you wish to reward the efforts of those who have worked to make your trek the best they can, we suggest the following: USD 4 per day for groups of 8+, USD 5 per day for smaller groups – this will be shared amongst the whole staff, including porters.

Insurance 

Travel insurance is not included in the trip price. It is essential that you take out comprehensive travel insurance prior to your trek. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency evacuation and repatriation (including helicopter evacuation) and personal liability. We also recommend that it cover cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Health 

There are no specific health requirements for entry into Nepal. However, as Throng LA Pass trek includes maximum altitude up to 5400m, your health condition must be sound. You should consult your doctor for up-to-date information regarding vaccinations, high altitude medication and medications for any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst travel in Nepal. In Jomsom, there are small health posts for emergency treatment with limited equipment, limited health workers and medication.

Be aware that some drugs, including antimalarial, have side effects at altitude. Please discuss this carefully with your doctor.

Please be aware that you will be in remote areas and away from medical facilities for some time during this trip. We strongly recommend that you carry a personal First Aid kit as well as sufficient quantities of any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses).

Altitude 

AMS (acute mountain sickness) is a serious issue. It is the result of the failure of the body to adapt to high altitude and can affect anyone, regardless of age or fitness. It usually occurs above 1,800 meters and the likelihood of being affected increases as you ascend. The way to reduce the affects of altitude is to ascend slowly, 300 meters per day above 3,000 meters until you have acclimatized. Poor acclimatization results in a headache, nausea, sleeplessness, difficulty breathing and swelling of fingers and glands. The only cure for AMS is to descend to a lower altitude and your guide’s decision on this matter is final. The probability of AMS in this particular trekking is high, as this trail passes through altitudes above 3800 meters.

Although our routes are carefully planned to allow for proper acclimatization you may feel some effects of altitude for the first few days or at higher altitudes. An Acclimatization day in Manang is kept here in this itinerary. Breathlessness, lethargy and mild headaches are not uncommon and generally decrease as your body adjusts. Maintaining adequate fluid intake is essential. Please advise your guide if you feel more severe symptoms and do not medicate yourself without discussing it with them first.

Climate 

Variation of climate is directly proportional to the altitude. For this trekking, the trekking route passes through altitudes between 700m up to 5400m. Between 2,700m and 3,000m a cool temperate climate prevails, and between 3,500m and 4,100m summers are cool and winters are very cold. Above 4,100m a cold, alpine climate prevails. There is a variation of altitude in this trekking region. You should expect cool summer and very cold winter in this trekking region. Changing global weather patterns have had their effect on the Himalayan climate and mountain weather is notoriously changeable. Always be prepared for a change in conditions and note that if severe or dangerous weather conditions occur your guide’s decision on any course of action is final.

Packing for your Trek 

You will need to bring a comfortable medium sized daypack to carry the things you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt.

  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Water bottle – minimum 1 litre, aluminium or Nalgene polypropylene is best.
  • Walking boots – lightweight, waterproof and well worn in.
  • Socks: thick wool/blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination – ensure the boots fit such combinations.
  • Running shoes or sandals for morning/evening
  • Lightweight wool sweater
  • Fleece jacket
  • T-shirts – 5 -7
  • Shirt – long-sleeved
  • Pants: lightweight long trousers (jeans are unsuitable)
  • Hats – beanie with ear flaps or balaclava for nights (winter only) / peaked ‘French Legionnaire’ style sun hat that will give neck protection during the day
  • Gloves – wool or fleece (winter only)
  • Scarf
  • Underwear
  • Thermal Underwear (winter only)
  • Sarong – a multitude of uses
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun Creams
  • Bag liners – large, thick garbage bags to a line and water/dust proof your duffle bag.
  • Money belt
  • Toiletries
  • Towel
  • Torch / flashlight – headlamp style is ideal
  • Lighter – for burning toilet paper and rubbish
  • First Aid Kit

 

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Day 1

Touch Down in Kathmandu

Arriving at Tribhuwan International Airport is an experience in itself. As we exit the arrival terminal, we will see a huge crowd outside the airport with numerous placards. Our airport representative will be waiting amongst the crowd with your name written on a placard. You will be escorted to your booked hotel in Kathmandu. Depending on the traffic situation, the drive to your hotel will be approximately 15 minutes to 30 minutes.

A warm welcome by the staff of Traditional Comfort offering you auspicious Tika and Buddhist scarf “The KHADA”, you will be handed your rooms keys. You have free time to relax and enjoy the traditional ambience and comfort of the hotel until your Group Meeting which is generally scheduled to take place at the meeting room of the hotel in the evening time. Reception of the hotel will inform you about the meeting time.

Oxygen Level: Approximately 90%

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Day 2

Experience Kathmandu & Prepare for The Trek.

With a hope that you had a very good sleep and you are totally charged up to start our adventurous journey, we start our day visiting two holiest sites of Kathmandu Valley – Pashupatinath Temple & Boudhanath Stupa. Nepal is a unique country where you can see many cultures and religion living in harmony. You will be experiencing these qualities during our sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath Temple – a Hindu temple and Boudhanath Stupa – a Buddhist Shrine. You will be escorted by a well experienced tour guide who will be briefing you all in details of both the places.

Later in the afternoon, we have free time to prepare ourselves for our arduous trek to Everest Base Camp. Making sure that we have all the necessary gears and clothing as per weather conditions and recommendations from our escort leader. You have ample of opportunities to wander around Thamel – the tourist hub of Nepal, window shopping, trying various eateries (but please do avoid street food), etc.

We recommend that you go to bed early tonight so that you have had good sleep during the night and ready to wake up early in the morning next day.

 

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Day 3

Drive to Beshishar-Syange

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Day 4

Trek to Chamje

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Day 5

Trek to Dharapani

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Day 6

Trek to Chame

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Day 7

Trek to Pisang

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Day 8

Trek to Manag

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Day 9

Manang Acclimatization Day

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Day 10

Trek to Letder

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Day 11

Trek to Thorong Phedi

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Day 12

Trek to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass

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Day 13

Trek to Jomsom

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Day 14

Drive from Jomsom-Tatopani via Ghasa

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Day 15

Trek to Shikha

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Day 16

Trek to Ghorepani

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Day 17

Trek to Tirkhedhunga

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Day 18

Trek down to Nayapul. Drive back to Pokhara

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