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Annapurna Circuit - Fly out from Jomsom

Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna Circuit fly out from Jomsom is a classic trek starting at about 800 meters from sub-tropical mid lands and green valleys and exploring Himalayas from different angles and perspectives. During the quest, trekkers get mesmerized with the splendor of Mt. Annapurna, the 10th highest mountain in the world, and other adjacent peaks.  Rated as the world’s top ten popular trekking trails, this challenging route has been attracting adventure avid trekkers from all over the world to enjoy the sublime beauty of this region. The routes during the trek are all inclusive of natural beauties traversing through remote valleys, ancient villages, alpine lakes, glaciers, scenic trails, forests, etc.  The preeminent feature of the tour is passing through Thorong La Pass (5416m), the most elevated place in the route. Likewise, the sight of Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest in the world, adds another dimension to this exhilarating trek.

The delightful Annapurna Circuit fly out from Jomsom Trekking gets a head start from  Besi Sahar in Lamjung District with a gradual ascend towards Khudi passing  Manang valley, Muktinath and many other cultural and historical places before concluding in Pokhara and back to Kathmandu. The routes on the trek are suited for trekking enthusiasts who want to get acquainted with the mystical beauties of towering mountains.  With these amazing features, Annapurna circuit Trekking is the dream of every trekkers who wish to explore the great Himalayas while hiking on scenic trails.

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Trip Highlights

  • Witness magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks on the cards while flying across Nepalese skyline, and the excitement level proliferates as the plane cuts through different hills to land on the Kathmandu Valley
  • Enjoy sightseeing tour to various historical/natural/cultural heritage sites  along with  Nepal’s oldest Buddhist Monasteries
  • Witness panoramic views of Annapurna range along with other adjacent mountains.
  • View the world’s deepest gorge – Kali Gandaki Valley.
  • Pass through gushing rivers, green countryside, alpine meadows, valleys, glaciers etc.
  • Witness variety of floras and faunas
  • Get along with ethnic people and their culture

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02 : In Kathmandu - Sightseeing

Day 03 : Drive to Jagat (1314m) 8-9 hrs drive

Day 04 : Jagat to Dharapani (1910m) 7 hours

Day 05 : Dharapani to Chame (2623m) 5 hours

Day 06 : Chame to Pisang (3190m) 6-7 hours

Day 07 : Pisang to Manang (3540m) 4-5 hrs walk

Day 08 : Rest day in Manang

Day 09 : Manang to Letdar (4250m) 5-6 hrs walk

Day 10 : Letdar to Thorung Phedi (4420m) 5-6 hrs walk

Day 11 : Thorung Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) 6-7 hours

Day 12 : Muktinath to Jomsom (2750 meters) 3-4 hours

Day 13 : Fly to Pokhara from Jomsom

Day 14 : Pokhara to Kathmandu (Fly or Drive)

Day 15 : Trip concludes in Kathmandu

What is Included

  • Airport pick up / drop off by private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Guided Kathmandu city tours inclusive of private vehicle and guide.
  • Kathmandu - Besisahar - Jagat by bus.
  • Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges.
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Experienced English speaking trekking guide and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) during the trek including their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipments and insurance.
  • Annapurna Conservation area entrance Permit and fees.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & Permit)
  • Jomsom-Pokhara flight fare
  • Domestic airport departure tax.
  • Accommodation in Pokhara including breakfast as per the itienrary.
  • Pokhara - Kathmandu by tourist bus (Option: Private vehicle or Flight)
  • First Aid medical kit.
  • Duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole.
  • Breakfree Adventures T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant.
  • All government taxes, VAT and office service charge

What is Not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Monuments entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara if needed
  • Nepal entry visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs for faster service)
  • International airfare and travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Any kind of drinks (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottle water, cola, beer etc.)
  • Tips for guide, porter and guide

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

After arriving at the airport in Kathmandu, meet/greet by Breakfree representatives then transfer to the hotel and brief about the next day’s travel plan. Stroll around Kathmandu in free time or stay at the hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02 : In Kathmandu - Sightseeing

After breakfast, Kathmandu sightseeing begins in the morning with exploring historical, cultural and religious UNESCO World Heritage Sites. At the beginning, visit Kathmandu Durbar (Palace) Square, one of the heritage sites where many historical & cultural monuments are located. Later on, drive towards Pashupatinath Temple, sacred Hindu Temple of Lord Shiva in the banks of Holy Bagmati River. After lunch, visit the Buddhist pilgrimage Swoyambhunath (famous by the name of Monkey temple among tourists). Likewise, Boudhanath Shrine will be covered by the evening.  Afterwards, return back to hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03 : Drive to Jagat (1314m) 8-9 hrs drive

Early morning after breakfast, drive to Jagat via Besi Sahar. En-route enjoying more of the Nepalese countryside passing along rivers, villages, farms. However, the condition of the road is not equally smooth today. The road up to Besishahar is coal-tarred road, whereas after Besishahar the road is dusty and coarse though it can be easily overlooked watching the outstanding sceneries through the windowpane. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 04 : Jagat to Dharapani (1910m) 7 hours

After breakfast, start-off the trek with first along the Marshyangdi River passing through local villages and farmlands to reach Nagdi. Then comes Bahundanda from where the trail leads to Ghermu – a beautiful site for waterfalls and flat farmland. Then it continues along the Marshyangdi River through narrow valley entering into Manang. Finally the route crosses charming waterfalls and with good views of the Lamjung Himal and traditional Gurung villages and arrives Dharapani. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 05 : Dharapani to Chame (2623m) 5 hours

Today the trial mostly climbs as altitude increases then reached Bagarchap, a Tibetan village, followed by Dangyung, another small Tibetan village. The trail then enters dense forest, crosses bridges over tributaries and at the foot of a waterfall ascends on steep stones to reach the new trail of Chame. It will take about 3 & half hours to reach Chame en-route witnessing views of Annapurna II. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 06 : Chame to Pisang (3190m) 6-7 hours

Today Passing Dhukur Pokhari the trail steps forward towards Pisang. En-route, get mesmerized with terrific views of Pisang peak, and Annapurna range on the north. By the time the final destination is close, the tracks descends dramatically. However, it will be worth a hike to reach Pisang, a beautiful high altitude village well known for Tibetan styled houses and monasteries.  O/N at Lodge

Day 07 : Pisang to Manang (3540m) 4-5 hrs walk

On this day, the journey starts by walking past some aromatic pine forests.  By the time, when the trail is about to reach Manang witness great close up views of Gangapurna, Annapurna II & III, Tilicho, Chulu east, Pisang peak. etc. On the way, the route crosses Marshyangdi River to reach Manang before sunset. O/N at Lodge

Day 08 : Rest day in Manang

Getting acclimatized is very important during high altitude treks. For this purpose, this day is reserved for acclimatization process where the full day is spent to get used of the altitude and the higher altitude environment. However, the choice of either to climb a nearby ridge to the north of the village is always open or simply rest in Manang. If opt for climbing this ridge, panoramic views of nearby mountains can be witnessed. O/N at Lodge

Day 09 : Manang to Letdar (4250m) 5-6 hrs walk

Today leaving the gorgeous village of Manang behind and the trek starts by climbing towards Marshyangdi valley. After some strenuous ascends will reach Gunsang village followed by Yak-Kharka. Ledar arrives before sunset. O/N at Lodge

Day 10 : Letdar to Thorung Phedi (4420m) 5-6 hrs walk

Walking along the east bank of the Jorsang Khola and hike towards Thorung Phedi. The trials are tough on the route as they are narrow paths with unstable slopes. Soon reach Thorung Phedi for an overnight stay. O/N at Lodge

Day 11 : Thorung Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) 6-7 hours

This is the most awaited day of the trek and gear up for the hike towards Thorung La (5416m), the highest point of the trek following rocky ridges. From the elevated venue, spot the whole Dhaulagiri range. Get fresh with some cool air at the highest point then slowly and steadily descend towards Chabarbu to reach Muktinath in the evenings. Muktinath is well known for the Muktinath temple, a holy shrine for Hindus and Buddhists.  O/N at Lodge

Day 12 : Muktinath to Jomsom (2750 meters) 3-4 hours

This day begins with descending down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Valley through arid landscapes. The trail crosses Jharkot and Khingar, typical Tibetan villages, then follows the valley floor most of the way until reaching Jomsom. En-route spot spectacular views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. Jomsom is a large town sprawled along both sides of the Kali Gandaki Valley. O/N at Lodge.

Day 13 : Fly to Pokhara from Jomsom

After breakfast, catch the morning flight to Pokhara. It’s a spectacular flight along the Kali Gandaki Gorge and witnessing great views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. Upon reaching Pokhara, check-in hotel. PM: Free/at leisure to explore around Pokhara town. O/N at Hotel.

Day 14 : Pokhara to Kathmandu (Fly or Drive)

After breakfast, it’s time to leave for Kathmandu. For the return trip, two options can be followed either to fly or to take road ways. Upon Kathmandu, check-in hotel. O/N at Hotel

Day 15 : Trip concludes in Kathmandu

Last day of the trip and transfer from hotel to the international airport in Kathmandu by Breakfree representatives. It is advisable to arrive at the airport three hours approximately before your flight schedule. After exchanging goodbyes, fly back home with all the unforgettable memories of the amazing Annapurna Circuit Trek. Breakfree adventure would be obliged to be your travel partner during your next adventure in Nepal. Have a safe flight back home!

We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in anyway.

When to go: 
Spring (mid-February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the best seasons for the Annapurna Circuit - Fly out from Jomsom. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. Though Himalayan rain shadow areas like Upper Mustang and Kailash can be good during monsoon.

Travel Insurance: 
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.

Meals and Accommodation: 
In Kathmandu, we normally use 3 stars hotel with breakfast but can upgrade upon request. During the Annapurna Circuit - Fly out from Jomsom, we provide the best available guest house which is called Tea house (lodge). Tea Houses are more like hotels, with hot showers, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). Some guesthouses are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a room with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. Keep in mind that there are several places which do not allow single accommodations during peak season, but we will try our best to accommodate your preferences if possible. In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea-houses (Lodges) and lunches in local restaurants en-route. Furthermore as you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interacting with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their lives.

We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from guesthouses chosen from a menu. While Annapurna Circuit - Fly out from Jomsom, your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 15 days Annapurna Circuit - Fly out from Jomsom is moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 4-5 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 15 days Annapurna Circuit - Fly out from Jomsom successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip is good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.

The Trekking Group: 
For the Annapurna Circuit - Fly out from Jomsom, there will be one Guide, assistant Guide (8 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Annapurna Circuit - Fly out from Jomsom for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of sixteen people, as weve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if youd like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.

Trekking Guides and Staff: 
The most significant thing that makes your Annapurna Circuit - Fly out from Jomsom successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:

• Intensive Wilderness First Aid - KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
• Trekking Guide Training - Nepal Governments Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
• Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
• English Language - KEEP(Kathmandu environment education project)
• Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
• Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association

Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.

Climate and Weather: 
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, 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.

Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.

Safety and Security: 
Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel, that you should consider before booking. Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.

Responsible Travel: 
Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel Professionals who are well trained to give you the best of what Nepal has to offer. Our professional team follows a social philosophy that accepts responsibility for the local people and the environment in which we work. We respect the natural environment and the culture of our country, and we help travellers from around the world discover the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Nepal. We know that responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment and maximize employment and income-generating opportunities for local communities. The whole of Nepal, including those living in remote rural areas that have very few other opportunities for development, benefits from sustainable tourism.

Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving the environment. As responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local communities through which we travel. While trekking to different destinations, we choose environmentally- friendly lodges that respect the needs of their staff members. We take care of our staff as well as our valued clients. During our treks and other trips, we follow a zero garbage policy (“pack in, pack out”) and leave nothing behind in the campsites. We always welcome your feedback and comments regarding responsible travel, so please send an e-mail to let us know what you think.

What do we mean by trekking?
Trekking is an enjoyable and accessible adventure.  In an area like the Annapurna Region this activity will blow your mind.  It generally involves days on foot and multi-day walks through parks and wilderness areas.  The Annapurna region mainly consists of teahouse treks.  The terrain can often be steep, and we will likely encounter cold weather and possibly snow at higher altitudes above 3 700m.

Is trekking an activity for me?
If you love spending time in the outdoors and going to magnificent places offering spectacular views, then trekking is most certainly for you.  It fills the gap between luxury travel and tented tours at a price that makes sense to most people.

How difficult is trekking in the Annapurna Region?
This will normally depend on the specific trek you are booked on, and to some extent on the preferences of those trekking.  The Annapurna Region is very accessible as one of the classic Nepal trekking areas and is manageable by almost anyone. 

Do I need prior trekking experience before setting out here?
No previous trekking experience is needed but it will certainly help.  Anyone with decent fitness and good stamina should be able to cope with the trekking days and higher elevations.  Hiking experience anywhere in the world is recommended for maximum enjoyment, but certainly not needed.

What permits are required for my trek?
This will depend on your specific trek but all regions have some form of permit system.  Some trekking areas require a special permit for the trekking activity and other areas may only require permits to enter conservation areas or national parks.  Often it is a combination of both.  Nearly all trekking areas require a Trekking Information Management System TIMS card.  As part of your package we obtain all permits on your behalf.

What is the average walking time per day?
On average you will walk about 5 to 8 hours daily.  Distances vary and will depend on trail conditions, weather conditions and the fitness of the group.

What is meant by teahouse trekking?
Teahouse trekking refers to the type of accommodation that is so unique to these mountain treks.  Lodging and meals are mostly at teahouses operated by local people and on a full-board basis.

Where do we get our drinking water from?
Bottled water is available in many places on the more established trekking routes but this will be for your own account. Most villages have a clean and reliable water source and we will utilise locally purified water mostly.  The teahouses can supply you with boiled water at a small fee.  You are encouraged to carry your own purification tablets or drops for your own peace of mind.

How much can a porter carry?
This will often depend on the trekking route and maximum altitude gain.  On average for trekking in the Annapurna Region every porter carries between 15 and 30kg.  A camping porter carries up to 40kg.  For our packages we normally assign one porter for every two travellers.  What this means to you is that on the trek you will be allowed 15kg luggage. This is strictly enforced to ensure the wellbeing of our porter crew. 

Should I tip my guides and porters?
Yes please do!  This is not mandatory but widely accepted as for anywhere else in the world.  Tipping is customary and always appreciated in Nepal and on our treks.  

Important Note

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 15 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Moderate

Activities: Trekking

Best Season: Feb - May and Sept - Dec

Max altitude: 5,416 m

Daily walking: 5 - 6 hours each day

Transportation: Private vehicles, Tourist bus as per the Itinerary

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Full board on trek

Accommodation: Hotel/resort in Kathmandu and Pokhara, lodge/teahouse during the trek

Trip Type: Lodge/Teahouse trek

Starts/Ends: Kathmandu

Group Size: Minimum 2 People

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