Annapurna Circuit trek is also known as round Annapurna trekking or Around Annapurna Trekking tours, the most diverse and widest pass in the world. The complete annapurna circuit trekking is an estimated 220 km, begins from lush sub-tropical forests below 800m in altitude to highest altitude 5416m from sea level. The scenery changes every day from rice paddies in seasonal time and pine forests to Tibet-like countryside on the northern slopes of the Himalayas in the Manang district.
After Manang village, the terrain turns to high altitude ice desert over Thorung La Pass (5416m) then descend down to Mustang valley (Muktinath, Kagbeni and Jomsom) reaching the forested areas below Tukuche. The most highlighted of this trekking routes includes the Kali Gandaki River and Kali Gandaki valley on the other side of the Thorung La Pass which is considered the deepest ravine in the world, five times deeper than the Grand Canyon. The Kali Gandaki River cuts deeply between Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) to the west and Mt Annapurna (8091m) to the east. Trek leads further down to the Kali Gandaki gorge amidst some stunning views of mountains and diverse flora and fauna in the lower forests, passing through Magar ethnic people village Ghorepani with a magnificent sunrise view from nearby Poon Hill and then the trail goes town to Thikhedhunga and Nayapool. Your trekking will be finish from here and you will take relax with your important time in Pokhara Fewa lake side.
Because of the new building of roads, we are promoting NATT (New Annapurna Trekking Trail) trail as it is very new one and can avoid the roads most of the places. We are well - expert organizing such trekking trails providing our excellent and knowledgeable guides. So please let us know if you wish to do NATT trekking trail for your trip to Annapurna circuit.
If Around Annapurna Trekking itinerary is not suitable for you, we design another itinerary as per your desire and duration of holidays in Nepal. We make this Around Annapurna Trekking itinerary short and long according to your wishes. Around Annapurna Trekking can be arranged any time in season as per your requirement. We are devoted to make your holidays in Nepal worth remembering forever. We welcome you at Kathmandu for your awesome Trekking in Nepal.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu valley within B/B plan. Our representative will give you information about further programs. As your request we go to short walk around old city area.Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
Full day guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley Tour including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Baudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa also known as monkey temple which are World Heritage Sites listed by UNESCO.Day 03: Drive to Beshisahar (820m), 6 hrs
In the morning your guide will come to the hotel at 6 AM to pick you with private transport to leave for Besi Sahar (185km) and will take us about 6 hours scenic journey . Along the journey you will witness some stunning scenery of snow capped Mountains, green hills, rafting rivers called Marsyangdi and Trisuli, and villages. And overnight at the guesthouse.Day 04: Trek to Bahundanda (1310m), 5 to 5 ½ hours
This our first day’s trek introduces us to the varied cultural of Nepal, pass by many typical local houses and the faces of varied ethnic tribes exchanging greetings on the way. The trail goes to through subtropical forests and the rice terraces of Sera to the village of Khudi (840m) then Bhulbule. We will see a majestic 60m high waterfall, views of Manaslu (8156m). The mountain views disappear as we com closer to the small town of Ngadi, here we will have to cross the Ngadi Khola by a long suspension bridge then the trail gently ascent to Bahundanda and overnight in lodge.Day 05: Trek to Chyamje (1430m), 6 to 6 ½ hours
Trek leads through lush rice paddies and the sub-tropical jungle, as we begin our ascent towards the village of Tal, nestled on a plateau. Taal means lake, but no lake can be found here, just the imprint it has left. As we are going highier, overnights staying are getting cooler and the vegetation begins to change. Due to the density of small villages in the area, we will have ample opportunity to meet the Nepalese at work and at play.Day 06: Trek to Bagarchhap (2160m), 6 to 7 hours
While hiking to Bagarchhap, we will pass the old village and its ruins, which were completely destroyed by a massive landslide less than ten years ago. A series of bridges allow us to cross the roaring Marshyangdi River, using the well-trodden paths of the porters and locals. Today’s hike is not for the faint hearted as several sections of the path allow for some rather impressive views down to the river. Bagarchhap is the first truly Tibetan style village we will come across with flat, firewood covered roofs, and prayer flags blowing in the wind.Day 07: Trek to Chame (2630m), 5 hours
The hiking today is a little rougher than the previous days with quite a bit of up and down, crossing the river several times on good bridges. Reaching the town of Chame, one of the larger settlements of the area will allow us to have a hot shower. Chame is the administrative headquarters for the Manang district and is also known for its healing thermal baths and interesting architecture. Stay overnight in Chame village.Day 08 : Trek to Pisang (3190m) village, 5 hours
Today, we will have a shorter hiking day ahead of us. The landscape between Chame and Pisang changes notably, and soon we will be walking through sub- alpine terrain which is Alpine interface. The early part of today’s walk will take us through large forests and past the massive, 1500-meter rock face called Paungda Danda. Pisang proper is a cluster of local homes with a few nice lodges and plenty of activity in the fields. Day 09 : Trek to Manang (3500m) 7 to 8 hours (over the higher route)
You have to cross the river out of Pisang village and then take a reasonably level path through scrubland, passing a small picturesque lake on your right. You will then pass long ‘Mani walls’ and descend to cross a stream and begin a strenuous zigzagging climb up to the village of Ghyaru (3,673m) offers Annapurna II and Annapurna IV very stunning view. From Ghyaru you will continue up the valley on a wonderful high-level trail. Here, passing through the ruins of a castle, we will arrive on a promontory, with views both ways up and down the valley. Then, we will arrive at the village of Ngawal (3,650m) where there is a large newly built Gompa up to the right. You will leave the village near a long Mani wall. Finally, you will descend back to the valley floor and rejoin the main trail to continue to Braga and Manang. It is most beautiful trip rather walking through Humde village.Day 10: Acclimatization day in Manang It is essential to spend time for acclimatization in this area. There are splendid views of the peaks from both Manang and Braga villages. Manang is a large village situated on a rise immediately across the huge Gangapurna glacier. A beautiful emerald lake lies at its foot. There are plenty of good walks in the area and for at least a couple of hours you can try to climb as high as possible above the village. Side trips are recommended to a small summit with prayer flags about an hour above Braga village, up the ridge behind Manang village, or to a viewpoint above the lake opposite Manang Village. It is also possible to walk up the valley towards Tilicho Lake to the village of Khangsar. In addition, it is worth visiting the Manang Gompa. If you are interested, you might visits the clinic run by the Himalayan Rescue Association. They often have talks about altitude in the afternoon. There are also shops to explore for souvenirs of course. Day 11: Trek Manang to Letdar (4200m), 4 to 5 hours
After hot breakfast, we walk through the farm terrace to Tanki Manang then gradually up to the high alpine to the Gunsang; offering panoramic mountains scenery and we pass a few meadows where horses and yaks graze. Nearby Yak Kharka we can see herds of blue sheep grazing the steep slopes as well. Arrive in Letdar to stay overnight in guest house.Day 12: Trek to Thorung Phedi (4420m), 4 hours
The trail for today, relatively easy to get used to the altitude before we have to cross the highest point. Perhaps this could be possibly the highest elevation you have been on in your life. During the trekking, from yak Kharka, one can continue to climb along the east bank of the Jarang Khola to Thorung Phedi, a rock-strewn meadow surrounded by upright cliffs at 4420 meter. Blue sheep and even snow leopards can be sometimes seen in this area. Or if you are sure for, we can continue our trek to the High camp another an hour after lunch.Day 13: Trek form Thorong Phedi – Thorong la (5416m)- Muktinath (3800m), 7 hours
Today is challenge day rather than others. We begins our trip from very early in the morning. At sunrise, as we need to set out early to complete the crossing of the Thorong La at 5416 m. The trail is steep right from the start, but with a slow and steady pace, we should reach the summit within three hours. Prayer flags and hot tea await us as we reach the highest point of our trekking. Our descent to Muktinath is long, but the views of border himalayas and Dhaulagiri family are simply amazing. Muktinath is a large settlements with several lodges to choose from. Hot showers and a good meal will allow for a quick recovery after today’s long and difficult excursion.Day 14: Trek to Marpha village (2665m) 7 to 8 hours
A ‘gentle stroll’ as some guidebooks describe today’s walk. Our destination is Marpha, a lovely village surrounded by apple orchards and the sweet smell of cider. Several great bakeries produce apple strudel and apple cakes, which along with a rest day will be most welcome. Stay overnight in Guest house.Day 15: Trek from Marpha to Ghasa village(2013m), 6 hrs
The trail descends steeply through forests to Ghasa, the last Thakali village and the southern-most limit of Tibetan Shakyapa Buddhism. The beginning part of the trail is stretched at almost flat level up to Kalopani and then the trail begins descending steeply to Ghasa. The first part of the trek passes through the windy area covered with pine forests, rhododendron forests and birches are seen. The surrounding area of Ghasa is famous destination for bird watching and wild Marijuana. Here you are quite amazed at the panoramic view of Mount Nilgiri North (7061m.), Nilgiri Central (6940m.), and Nilgiri South (6839m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) and Tukuche peak (6920m.).Day 16: Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani (1190m), 7 hrs
After breakfast, we will begin our trek to Tatopani and its flagstone-paved streets before following the Kali Gandaki Gorge which is deepest gorge in the world and the last remnants of Tibetan influence in the valley. Our trail takes us through the villages of Dana. Our evening’s accommodation will be in a delightful setting in the large village of Tatopani (meaning hot water in Nepalese).Day 17: Trek from Tatopani to Shikha (1935m), 5 hrs
After leaving the village of Tatopani a fork in the trail takes us away from the Kaligandaki Gorge and towards the Gar Khola River. Scenery changes once again as large terraces appear, signaling the return of rice production.Day 18: Trek to Ghorepani (2853m), 3 hrs
Today will be another uphill day. From Chitre we ascend several steps, until we finally see the blue roofs of Ghorepani right above us. This is a difficult day as the stairs are not evenly spaced and there are many of them. An adventure walking though mixed villages and forest offers scenic Himalayan and village view. You might explore Punhill station and view tower easily. Finally you are in the heart of Ghorepani. Ghorepani has a strong Tibetan influence, and you will be able to purchase jewelry almost everywhere.Day 19: Trek from Ghorepani to Hile (1320m) 5 hrs
Early in the morning we will hike to Poon Hill to see the panoramic views of Himalayan range with sunrise. This would be spectacular and crystallize mountains surrounded to you with including Annapurna South (7219m), Machhapuchre (6997m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Nilgiri (6915m) and many more.. We return back to lodge and take breakfast and start to go down to Hile with stone steps in downhill and overnight in lodge.Day 20: Trek to Nayapool and Pokhara (900m)
Today is our last day during the whole Annapurna circuit trekking tours. So we will trek about 3 hours to Nayapool and take private car to Pokhara hich takes about 1:30 hours. Check in the hotel and your trekking crew will salute with your work and last night celebration with together.Day 21: Fly or drive back to Kathmandu
After breakfast, you might drive back to kathamndu which takes about 7 hours by bus. Another options is fly to Kathmandu, takes 18 min with scenic and enjoyable flights. And transfer to hotel in Kathmandu or in hotel in Bhaktapur with breakfast plan.Day 22: Final departure to the international airport
Drop you to the International Airport kathmandu for your onward destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey !!!
The best seasons for trekking in Nepal are March to May in Spring season and mid September to mid December is in Autumn season.
There are treks suitable for a wide range of experience and physical fitness. If you can walk uphill for a few hours each day, then you can find a suitable trek in Nepal. An easy trek with Nepali support (guide / porterguide / porter) and teahouse accomodation is quite attainable for anyone who is reasonably fit. Longer treks, crossing high passes and into remote regions demand a higher degree of endurance. For Trekking Peaks, i.e. summitting a mountain of 5650-6500m, it is desirable to have some alpine climbing experience
We are experts for the operations trip at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a sound acclimatization program. We created this trekking itinerary to allow for gradual height gain spread over a number of days. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude, but for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent will produce minimal effects. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. For all trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters, our guides carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness; they are trained to track symptoms as well as administer medications but we recommend to you to carry medicine by yourself that is beneficial for you.
To be sufficiently protected in terms of insurance, you need specialized travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers emergency evacuation, trip injury, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. Our agency Gokyo Treks & Expedition can arrange for the appropriate policy based on your trekking.
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalaya where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
This trekking is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 degree C to -10 degree C.
We bring together a small group of likeminded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience with an invaluable opportunity to interact in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises a maximum of 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our fixed departure dates. For individualized trips, no minimum or maximum applies. If you would like to travel independently or with your friends, families and colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people.
Gokyo Treks and Expedition promises you a rewarding trip with an experience that last you lifetime amidst natural and cultural beauties. Here you will find committed team member, world-class quality, personalized service, closest co-operation and great company. Our trekking crews have more than a decade of trek leadership experience. We ensure you get the ultimate holiday experience that exceeds your expectation. Quality service is what matters the most. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition are supremely confident to bring outstanding service throughout your trip without any unnecessary discomfort and hassle, it is 100 % guaranteed.
Answer: Yes sure !! If you provide us your flights details then you should do request then our representative will come to pick up you on Kathmandu international airport.
Answer: Annapurna Circuit Trekking is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours in a day, with a light weight day pack. For this trekking - yes, you need to have experience in high altitude - somehow about 3000M above sea level.Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Annapurna Circuit Trekking?
Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking routes. the rooms along the routes are clean with cozy bed with nice mattress and blankets. However we recommend you to take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent it while you are in Kathmandu.Question: What kind of food can I expect in annapurna circuit trek?
Answer: All the guest houses/lodges in the trekking they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season)
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to next place where you are going.
Answer: Tea house trekking all the lodges they have shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying however if you are in camping trekking - we provide you hot water bucket then you will take bucket shower.Question: How do I get drinking water on Annapurna Circuit Trekking?
Answer: During the trekking route there are all places hotel and shops where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in camp site/along the way in the camping trekking.Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?
Answer: During the Tea house trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend to you bring extra pair for incase. Remember to bring your adapters! And we recommend you to take extra batteries along with you.Is there any communication facilities on Annapurna Circuit Trekking?
Answer: In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.Question: Can I use credit cards in Trekking?
No! So, for the trekking routes you need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards works only in the bigger city tours / city areas.Question: When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?
Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of mis understanding. We will of course make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
And regarding the deposit, we prefer 20 % advance deposit of total price of the trip in order to conform your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Kathmandu.
Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, our each porter carry maximum 25 kilo of your backpack which means 2 guest (12.5 kg luggage of each guest) : 1 porter basis.Question: How much distance do I walk each day?
Answer: When walking/trekking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.Question: Do I need walking polls for Annapurna Circuit Trekking?
Walking pools are recommended but not compulsory.Question: How much additional money do I need per day?
Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 - 10 for a lunch / dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee and some drinks while you are on trek.
The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for treks and climbs in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.
In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialized items which are required for the trekking peaks.
In August 2010 I have trekked with my son and a friend the Annapurna Circuit from Basisahar to Beni. We had a guide, Krishna Gurung., from Gokyo Treks and Expedition Co. He was everything one might want to wish in a guide. He was kind, informative and helpful. He smoothed out our travels, arranged tea houses, meals and most of all, he opened for us lots of otherwise inaccessible places: we visited Nepalese families, we talked to Lamas in remote monasteries about the Buddhism and Hindu religions, we saw Brahmins and discussed with them their religion, we visited a Tibetan health center and religious schools in remote areas on the trek. We even got the Nepalese 101 course for free. All these out of the ordinary experiences would not be accessible to an ordinary tourist without a guide. And finally, our guide kept us safe throughout the whole trek. I unconditionally recommend Gokyo Treks Co. for anyone seeking a safe and fascinating trip through Nepal. Trekking in Monsoons season had an additional plus: there were almost no tourists on the trail and no rain except for the last few days as we neared Pokhara. In most cases we had a trek and tea houses for ourselves.
As well, just around the time I was planning to go to Nepal several governments issued warning against traveling to this country. From my experience these warnings, while certainly made in good faith, trying to keep citizens out of trouble and reflecting the political situation on a large scale, did not reflect what we have seen while being there. My personal experience was that Nepal is safe and people are friendly. Though, of course, accidents may happen everywhere, and traveling on top of a local bus without the rail guard is like a roller coaster ride (I did not do it !!!)..
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