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  • Mount Dhaulagiri from muktinath valley
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Annapurna Circle Trekking

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  • Duration
    Duration:17 Days
  • Accomodation
    Accommodation: 4 Nights (Standard Hotel)
    12 Nights (Lodges/Tea Houses)
  • Meals
    Meals :16 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches
    14 Dinners
  • Location
    Service: Airport to Airport
  • Trip Grade
    Trip Grade :Difficult
  • Max Altitude
    Max Altitude: 5,416m/17,770ft

Overview

Annapurna Cirle Trek offers a wide variety of natural amusement including rhododendron forests and vibrant mountain villages, temples, monasteries and some fascinating landscapes that would cater your thirst for natural and cultural fantasies. The acquaintance with the rural lifestyle and unique tradition of ethnic group of people will incredibly inspire you for living with joy!There are superb views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri and an amazing variety of landscapes ranging from sub-tropical through alpine peaks to an arid semi-desert areas. It offers an incredibly varied and exciting journey. The Buddhist Monasteries, Hindu temples, dramatic deep gorges, picturesque villages and bleak high mountain passes make the Annapurna Circle Trekking an exciting trek. The views of Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri summits are splendid enough in this trekking trail.

Annapurna Circle Trekking is one of the high demanding trekking routes in Nepal. Besides geographical and cultural diversity; and massive Himalayan view, very closely touching the edge of the fabled Tibetan plateau, this trekking trail let you walk through the biggest/largest pass of the world the Thorong-La Pass (5,416 m), world’s deepest gorge – The Kali Gandaki Gorge, sacred temple- Muktinath Temple and natural spring hot water spot- Tatopani.

Highlights

  • One of the best and popular trekking routes in the world
  • Geographical and cultural diversity
  • Close touch to the edge of the fabled Tibetan plateau
  • Thorong-La Pass (5,416 m), the biggest/largest pass of the world
  • Exploring The Kali Gandaki Gorge, Muktinath Temple and natural spring hot water spot

Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu ( 1300m/4264 feet)

Upon arrival in the Kathmandu Airport (TIA), you will be welcomed and greeted by our representative and then transfer to the hotel. After check in, you can either take rest; hang around in the city as it all depends upon your interests. In the evening, we will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal.
Hotel Encounter Nepal

Dinner 

Day 2Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

After breakfast, break the day with guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions of Kathmandu. The first visit is made in Swayambhunath Stupa- oldest stupa situated on the hillock. Enjoy the bird eyes view of Kahtmandu Valley and mountains. After then visit Kahtmandu Durbar Square – Palace of Malla and then Shah King of Nepal. Visit Kumari Ghar (living goddes), Kasthamandap (made up of single tree), Hanuman Dhoka (Gate to enter the palace) and many more temples. Finally visit in Patan Durbar Square- city of fine art and architecture. Visit Krishna Temple, Palace square, Mahabauddha, Mahabihar and many more temples and master piece monuments. Late afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Black Diamond briefs us regarding the trip as well as provides us opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure. Overnight in Kathmandu; Hotel Encounter Nepal.

Breakfast

Day 3Drive Kathmandu to Syange/ Jagat [1100m/3608 ft]: 8-10 hrs drive

We have to begin very early today as we need to go a long drive to arrive at our trek starting point. After breakfast, we leave Kathmandu at around 7 am and nearly after 8-10 hours drive we reach Syange or Jagat (as per the situation) via Besishahar. En route, we see more of countryside of Nepal that offers greeneries, rivers, villages, farms and beautiful mountain sceneries. However, condition of the road is not equally fine in all portion of our drive today. The road up to Besishahar is coal-tarred road, whereas after Besishahar the road is dusty and coarse though we can easily overlook it as we watch the outstanding sceneries through the windowpane. Overnight stay at Syange/Jagat Teathouse/Lodge.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4Trek Syange/Jagat to Dharapani [1,960m/6,430ft]: 7-8 hrs trek

We start relaxed after breakfast today. We enter Manang district after crossing a large bridge near Tal. The trail continues through barley, rice, potato fields and pine forests past the village of Kodo taking us to Dharapani, which is one of the big villages in the Manang valley. Overnight in Dharapani.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5Dharapani to Chame [2,710m/8,891ft]: 5-6 hrs trek

Today we negotiate a few steep forested ridges along with several landslides on route on the west. We should not forget to look up though, as we will be treated to some of the most sensational views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). Small hot springs add relief on our long day hard trek. Overnight in Chame.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6Chame to Pisang [3,300m/10824ft]: 5-6 hrs trek

A steep and narrow path through a very dense forest will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. As the trail opens up we get surrounded by majestic Himalayan Peaks. We find ourselves in U-shaped valley of Manang hanging between two giant snow peaks and after walking through these wonderful sites we reach Pisang. Overnight in Lower Pisang.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7Upper Pisang to Manang [3,500m/11,482ft]: 6-7 hrs trek

There are two routes that we can follow today. If taken upper route (we recommend), i.e., the route through Upper Pisang via Geru, the sceneries are outstanding. We feel like we are horizontally in front of the majestic peaks. The panoramic views of the mountain peaks, such as Annapurna, Pisang peak, and several others will definitely allure us. We notice a contrast with the landscape and vegetation from today afterward. The cold, dry climate creates a much harsher environment. A visit to Barge monastery, the largest in the entire district of Manang will be memorable. Overnight in Manang.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8Manang: Rest

Today is the scheduled acclimatization day. It is not recommended to stay idle but a short walk to higher altitude is suggested to get acclimatized the altitude. Manang is a good place to do rest. The next two days will be very challenging and tiring trek for us with rapid gain in altitude. We should never be misconceived the risk of altitude and always be cautious. Bhojo Gompa or Gangapurna Lake is worth visiting sites from acclimatization point of view. An easy excursion to a little distance away to a village called Vraga, a small old village with a monastery is also possible. Also worth visiting is the Himalayan Rescue Association where we can get some ideas about Mountain Sickness. Overnight in Manang.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9Manang to Yak Kharka [4,110m/13,484ft]: 3-4 hrs trek

From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki above Manang, and then continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail follows this valley northward, passing a few pastures, a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. The trail passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Now the trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Yak Kharka. Little but Gradual ascent is the key to avoiding altitude problems. Overnight in Yak Karka.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi [4,600m/15,092ft]: 3-4 hrs trek

We make our way to the foot of the pass, Throng Phedi today. Thorong Phedi is a small busy settlement catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers. People use this point as a base camp. Some people also attempt a hike to the High Camp today so that the next day can be easier for them but we do not recommend attempting High Camp and overnight there because sleeping in higher altitude is not really advisable. Although we will have a tough day tomorrow, we stop at Thorong Phedi so that we can sleep sound rather than a risky sleep in higher altitude at High Camp. Overnight at Thorong Phedi.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 Thorong Phedi to Muktinath [3,800/12,467ft]: 7-8 hrs trek

We reach the climax of our Annapurna circle trek today. It will be a lifetime unforgettable experience- crossing the famous high pass, Thorong La. An early start is important to complete the mission. Each moment we have to work hard today through the icy high-altitude trail but the outstanding high Himalayan scenes are such tempting that our eyes love to watch more over the horizon than on our trail. We reach Muktinath with the setting sun. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage place for both Hindus and Buddhist. The area hosts a Vishnu temple and a Monastery nearby. Muktinath itself demonstrates the religions harmony in Nepal. Overnight in Muktinath.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 Drive Muktinath to Tatopani [1,200m/3937ft]: 6-8 hrs drive

Today, as there are vehicles available (bus/jeep), we take advantage of it to drive along a plateau above the Kali Gandaki – world`s deepest gorge. We have to adjust ourselves in a public vehicle on sharing basis for the day today. The drive would not be pleasant as the road is newly constructed, still to be coal-tarred, so is rough and dusty. The barren landscape of this area resembles Tibetan Plateau. At some point, we have to change our vehicles too, so today is going to be an uninteresting day. Arriving Tatopani, we relax our weary muscles with a dip in one of the hot spring pools. Overnight at Tatopani.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13Tatopani to Ghorepani [2,850m/9,350ft]: 7-8 hrs trek

While we walk we observe the lifestyle of the people in the midland villages of Nepal. Ghara and Sikha are the villages with terraced and inclined farmlands. We gradually walk steep up to ascent Ghorepani. Passing through the Phalate and Chitre, we walking through a non-habitat area through rhododendron, brich, magnolia and some meadows. As we reach the height the peaks ahead look wonderful. We stay at Ghorepani as we have to climb to reach Poon Hill early tomorrow morning. Overnight in Ghorepani.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 Ghorepani to Tadapani [2,710m/8,891ft]: 6-7 hrs trek

Early at dawn we ascend to Poon Hill (3,210m. /10,531ft) to catch the moment of spectacular sunrise over the whole Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs and surrounding rice terraces. Nick name of Poon Hill is itself a photographer`s paradise. After breakfast, we continue ups and downs trail trek to Tadapani for overnight through the rhododendron forests. We like to keep inspecting at the horizon as sceneries are equally dazzling throughout the day today.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15Tadapani to Ghandruk to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara [850m/2,789ft]: 6-7 hrs trek and 1 hour drive

Through the Rhododendron forest we trek down today to Ghandruk, second-largest Gurung settlement in Nepal. Gurung is one of the popular and culturally rich ethnic groups in Nepal. After lunch, we continue to Nayapul where we finally conclude our trek followed by a short drive from Nayapul to Pokhara. Pokhara, a peaceful city of lakes with the dramatic backdrop of the Himalayas is worth spending a night for rest and relaxation after a long trek. Overnight in Pokhara.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 16Pokhara to Kathmandu: 6 hrs drive

After breakfast, we start our drive back to Kathmandu. Better to hold on the left pane of the vehicle to enjoy the sceneries through the route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we get transferred to our hotel; and we spend the afternoon leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping and in the evening celebrate dinner together with Black Diamond staffs. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 17Departure Day

You are saying good bye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! We take you to the airport for your flight time. We hope you enjoyed the trek, and are sure you’ll be back trekking somewhere in the Himalaya again. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Black Diamond  will take you to the airport. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan for your next adventerous trip in the wonderful country of world i.e Nepal.

Breakfast

Included

  • All transfers, sightseeing, airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
  • Drive: Kathmandu to Syange/Jagat by bus, Muktinath to Tatopani by sharing and Pokhara to Kathmandu in Tourist Bus
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (Hotel Encounter Nepal- www.encounternepal.com or Hotel Norbu Linka- www.hotelnorbulinka.com) or similar 3-star hotel as per availability.
  • 1 night accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast in Hotel Middle Path - www.hotel-middlepath.com or similar as per availability.
  • 12 nights in standard Teahouse/Lodges in mountain
  • Welcome dinner in Nepalese Restaurant with cultural show
  • Farewell dinner
  • All meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • An experienced guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) during trek
  • Salary, insurance, equipments, transportation, food and lodge for the guide and porter
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are need to be returned after trek)
  • All necessary paper work and permits
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes.

Excluded

  • International airfare
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • City tour guide
  • Entrance fees in the monuments during city tour
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • All kind of drinks
  • Extra night accommodation than the scheduled itinerary
  • Tips for guides, porters and driver

Accomodation

You will be accommodated in Hotel Encounter Nepal or a similar category’s hotel in Kathmandu; and basic tea houses/guest houses during the trek when trekking with Black Diamond Expedition. On most Everest Treks, the tea houses or lodges serve rooms on a twin-sharing basis with an attached bathroom and hot shower facilities. Single-supplement rooms are served with an extra charge of USD 495. However, it may be difficult to get one in higher points or during peak season trekking. Some of the tea houses in this trekking region in both lower and higher elevations may have shared bathroom and toilet facilities. We always make sure to book you the best possible accommodation at Annapurna Base Camp.

Meals

Your meal plan in Kathmandu includes only breakfast while a three-course meal will be served during the trekking. The tea house where we spend an overnight will serve us a balanced diet for breakfast and dinner whereas lunch is taken at one of the tea houses on the way to our next destination. Black Diamonds has also prepared a special Welcome and Farewell dinner for the guests following a cultural performance.

Best time to trek Annapurna Circle Trek

The best time for Annapurna Circle trek are Autumn (Sept to Dec) and Spring (March to May). The weather is sunny and warm making the views outstanding in these seasons. The weather condition is the primary issue during the Winter (Jan to Feb) season for trekking to Everest Base Camp. The region offers a freezing cold during winter. Just opposite to this, ABC trek gets affected by monsoon during Summer/ rainy season (June to August). Nevertheless, this time is the appropriate time for a keen and enthusiastic Botanist.

Packing list for Annapurna Circuit Trek

While trekking to the high altitude Annapurna area, it is essential to pack necessary items wisely. You should be sure not to overpack the stuff because you will be trekking through the rough terrain in high altitude areas and it will be difficult for yourself to carry all the stuff and trek. So you should be careful and clever to pack only the necessary items. Some of the essential items that you should pack includes:

  • Sun hat & sunglasses
  • Base layer
  • Insulating layer
  • Gloves
  • Trekking poles
  • Trekking Boots

For a detailed list of what to pack, check out our comprehensive Annapurna Base Camp packing list which is also applicable for Annapurna CircleTrek

FAQs

How hard is it to do Annapurna CircleTrek?

Annapurna Circle trek difficulty level is fairly demanding due to its long duration trek at an high altitude and unpredictable trail conditions. Despite the challenges, the trek can be completed with proper preparation and determination as it does not require any technical mountaineering expertise. It is also important to follow appropriate safety measures while doing the trek. We also can make arrangements for the porters to do heavy lifting for you. Through the trek, we always make sure that you are fit and fine for the next destination. In addition to that, our expert guide will make sure to support, encourage and assist you during Annapurna Circuit trek. 

What is the best time to trek to Annapurna Circle?

The months during fall(September-October-November) and spring (March-April-May) are considered as the best time for Annapurna Circle trek. In this season the temperature is moderate with clear sky and the dry trails, which gives us ample opportunity to admire the majestic view of mountain ranges with perfect trekking conditions. During the months of winter (December-February) the temperature is extremely cold with heavy snowfall and during the months of monsoon (June-August) there is heavy rainfall and the trail is slippery with leeches on the way. During the winter and monsoon you should take extra precautions as the unfavorable condition makes it difficult to trek. If you like to trek when there are few tourists, winter and monsoon are the best times and you can get an extra discount on top.

What if I cancel the trip? Do I get a refund?

With our lifetime deposit policy at Black Diamond Expedition, you have the flexibility to transfer your deposit to anyone or any other trip. However, if you still prefer to cancel your booked trip, certain fees will be charged. For more detailed information on our policy, please visit our terms and conditions.

Is my trip guaranteed?

Definitely yes! Our booked trips typically run as scheduled. Unlike  other agencies, you are certain to go on your trek, even if other trekkers cancel their trip.You can book in confidence with us, knowing that our trips are almost always guaranteed to run. The only exceptions are extreme and unfortunate circumstances namely political riots, natural disasters, pandemics, epidemics or severe weather. We are a tailor-made company, so even if your trips have been canceled by other operators and on stress, you’re always welcome to us in order to sort out your trip decisions.

What kind of clothes and gears are needed to trek Annapurna Circle?

Annapurna CIrcle trek is a unique experience where you will be trekking on remote places of himalayas staying in lodges or tea houses instead of camping. It is not as cold as Mount Kilimanjaro. But still it is important to come prepared with the appropriate clothing. You’ll need clothes that can be layered, which makes it easy to add and remove  as per need. For a detailed list of what to pack, check out our comprehensive Annapurna Base Camp packing list which will also be applicable for Annapurna Circuit Trek.

What kind of accommodations are found on the route to Annapurna Circle Trek?

During your long duration trek to Annapurna Circle, it is important to take the time to relax, and get proper rest after a long day’s hike in order to be ready for the next day’s adventure. So to ensure your comfort, we always book the best lodges available. While booking, we make sure that these accommodations are clean and have comfortable beds with an electric blanket, attached bathroom & modern western toilets (wherever available). Keep in mind that the higher you get the less facilities you get as it is difficult to transport building materials. We prioritize your safety and comfort, so we always make sure to book you the best possible accommodation at Annapurna Base Camp which can also be applicable for Annapurna CircleTrek.

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