The Annapurna Circuit trekking is also known as Thorong Pass trekking or around annapurna trekking, the most diverse trek of the world and widest pass in the world. The complete circuit of the Annapurna massive is an estimated 220km, 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 district of Manang. After Manang, the terrain turns to high altitude ice desert over Thorung La Pass at 5416m, down to Muktinath, Kagbeni, and Jomsom reaching the forested areas below Tukuche. Highlights of the Annapurna Circuit trek include the Kali Gandaki River 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 as Kali Gandaki River cuts deeply between Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) to the west and Mt Annapurna (8091m) to the east. However you might watch it from the window of the airplane as we fly from Jomsom Bazzar to Pokhara lake side.
Another attaractions of this trekking route is for the pilgrimage is the River kali Gandaki from where one can collect fossils of the Jurassic age. You can also buy these fossils from the locals. Shaligram, a black stone fossil if found, is considered sacred and is kept in pooja (prayer) room in the house. It is supposed to be symbol of Lord Vishnu. Gloriously described in Puranas as Krishnagandaki (Black Gandaki) as well as Chakranadi, and worshipped as one of the holiest rivers, Krishnagandaki consists of seven Gandaki rivers supposed to have sprung from cheek (Gandasthal) of Lord Vishnu. Because of the new building of roadways, we are promoting NATT (New Annapurna Trekking Trail) trail as it is very new one and can avoid the roards mostly. We are well - expert organizing such trekking trails providing our excellent and knowledgable guides. So please let us know if you wish to do NATT trekking trails.
If around annapurna trek itinerary is not suitable for you, we design another tailormade itinerary as upon your interest. 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. 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
Full day guided sightseeing in Kathmandu valley 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 Syange (1400m) passing Beshisahar (820m), 7 hrs
After breakfast, you will drive to Syange Bazzar passing beautiful town Beshisahar, it will take about 7-8 hours overland journey along the way you will have chance to view Nepal’s country side small towns and their local cultural activies and up on arrival at Syange overnight camp at local loge.Day 04: Trek to Taal village (1430m), 6 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. The nights are already 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 05: Trek to Timang village (2260m), 6 to 7 hours
While hiking to Timang, 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. Timang village is the first truly Tibetan style village we will come across with flat, firewood covered roofs, and prayer flags blowing in the wind.Day 06: 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 area and is also known for its healing thermal baths and interesting architecture. Stay overnight in Chame village.Day 07: Trek to Pisang village (3190m), 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 homes with a few nice lodges and plenty of activity in the fields. Day 08: Trek to Manang (3500m) 7 to 8 hours (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 village.Day 09: 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. Day 10: 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 and stay overnight in guest house.Day 11: 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 12: Trek form Thorong Phedi – Thorong la (5416m)- Muktinath (3800m), 7 hours
Today is challenge day. 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 13: Trek to Jomsom (2800m) 5:30hrs
A ‘gentle stroll’ as some guidebooks describe today’s walk. Jomsom, the district headquatar of Mustang and little town where you can find out most of the facility like Bank, Money changer, shopping, internet, international telephone calls and good hotels. Several great bakeries produce apple strudel and apple cakes, which along with a rest day will be most welcome.Day 14: Fly to pokhara
Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara which takes about 20 min. The flights are available during the morning time. The strong breeze blows during and after and frequent change of the weather prevents the flight being landed and taken off in the afternoon. During the flights in the morning, the sky looks very clear which makes you able to enjoy the splendid views of different Annapurnas.
Check in the hotel then if you are interested, we conduct the light sightseeing to discover Pokhara. Davi's Falls, Gupteswore Cave are the most highlighted for that day to visit. You can also visit Tal Barahi Temple via boating on Phewa Lake side. You will stay overnight at hotel. In the very next day after breakfast you will return to Kathmandu.
Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus 6 hours and transfer to hotel Kathmandu.Day 16 : Final departure day
Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final 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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