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Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Annapurna Circuit Trekking

The Annapurna Circuit Trekking is known as an exclusive tour which is embedded within the enthralling beauty of the entire Annapurna massif.  During the quest, trekkers can 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, the challenging route has been attracting adventure avid trekkers from all over the world in order to enjoy the sublime beauty of the region. The routes in the trek are all inclusive of natural beauties which traverse through remote valleys, ancient villages, alpine lakes, glaciers, scenic trails, forests, etc.  The preeminent feature of the tour is passing through Thorong La (5416m), the most elevated place in the route. Likewise, sight of   Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest in the world between adds glitter to this lofty trip.

The delightful Annapurna Circuit Trekking gets a head start from  Besi Sahar in Lamjung District with a gradual ascend towards Khudi passing  Manang valley, Muktinath, Marpha, Tukuche, and many other cultural and historical places before concluding in Pokhara. The routes on the trek are suited for trekking enthusiasts who want to get acquainted with the mystic beauties of towering mountains during their stay in the magical country.  With these amazing features, Annapurna circuit Trekking is the dream of every trekking fonder who want 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 Nepal’s sky, and 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
  • Catch panoramic views of Annapurna range along with other adjacent mountains.
  • Relax in  natural  hot springs at Tatopani
  • Climb Poon Hill  to enjoy the most amazing sunrise view
  • 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 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

Day 03 : Kathmandu to Besi Sahar 6-7 hours

Day 04 : Besi Sahar to Bahundanda (1300m) 5-6 hours

Day 05 : Baundanda to Chamje (1410m) 5-6 hours

Day 06 : Chamje to Bagarchap (2160m) 5-6 hours

Day 07 : Bagarchap to Chame (2630m) 6-7 hours

Day 08 : Chame to Pisang (3190m) 6-7 hours

Day 09 : Pisang to Manang (3540m) 4-5 hrs walk

Day 10 : Acclimatization day in Manang

Day 11 : Manang to Letdar (4250m) 5-6 hrs walk

Day 12 : Letdar to Thorung Phedi (4420m) 5-6 hrs walk

Day 13 : Thorung Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) 6-7 hours

Day 14 : Muktinath to Marpha (2710m) 5-6 hrs walk

Day 15 : Marpha to Ghasa (2010m) 5-6 hrs walk

Day 16 : Ghasa to Tatopani (1190m) 5-6 hrs walk

Day 17 : Tatopani to Ghorepani (2870m) 5-6 hrs walk

Day 18 : Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3210m) to Tadapani (2710m) 6-7 hrs walk

Day 19 : Tadapani to Pokhara

Day 20 : Pokhara to Kathmandu (Drive or fly)

Day 21 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

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 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)
  • Nayapul - Pokhara by private vehicle.
  • Accommodation in Pokhara including breakfast as per the itienrary.
  • Pokhara - Kathmandu by tourist bus.
  • 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 and porters (Tipping are expected but not mandatory)

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

After landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu from your designated destinations, you will be received by a representative of the travel company at the arrival gate who will then transfer you to you allotted hotels.  If the time persists, you can either visit the city or relax at the hotel to overcome your jet lag. O/N at Hotel

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

The Kathmandu sightseeing trip will begin in the morning. After breakfast, you will be taken towards Kathmandu Durbar (Palace) Square, one of the heritage sites where you can view many historical and cultural monuments. Later, you will visit another heritage site known as Pashupatinath Temple. This is a sacred Hindu Temple of Lord Shiva named which is always crowded by Hindu pilgrims. After lunch, visit to Buddhist pilgrimage Swoyambhunath (famous by the name of Monkey temple among tourists) will be carried forward. Likewise, Boudhanath Shrine will be covered by the evening.  After concluding the sightseeing, there will be seminar for you to attend to discuss about the upcoming trekking plans. O/N at Hotel

Day 03 : Kathmandu to Besi Sahar 6-7 hours

The Annapurna Circuit Trekking will start with a drive to Besi Sahar from Kathmandu. During this 6-7 hours car ride, you can see the scenic suburbs and countryside of Nepal. After you reach Besi Sahar, you can go around the beautiful hill city to make the most of your remaining time in the day.  O/N at Lodge

Day 04 : Besi Sahar to Bahundanda (1300m) 5-6 hours

On the day, you will start walking downhill on sub-tropical forest to reach Khudi Village.  This is a scenic route as it provides the views of Hiunchuli, Manaslu and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli). You will reach Bhulbhule for a quick breather and head towards Bahundanda crossing Ngadi village on the way. . O/N at Lodge

Day 05 : Baundanda to Chamje (1410m) 5-6 hours

Once again, the day will start with a descent on a steep trail towards Syange Village.  Passing few suspension bridges, you will reach Chamje via Jagat.  O/N at Lodge

Day 06 : Chamje to Bagarchap (2160m) 5-6 hours

The trek to Bagarchap requires you to cross Marshyangdi River while walking through bamboo and rhododendron forests. After few hours of hike, you will come across a large waterfall which is known as Tal (1675m). After enjoying some time at the waterfall site, you will proceed towards Bagarchap, a village known for its typical Tibetan architecture.  O/N at Lodge

Day 07 : Bagarchap to Chame (2630m) 6-7 hours

The day’s hike starts with some ascent from the onset. After some steep climb, you will reach Danaque from where you can enjoy the panoramic views of Lamjung, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV.  Following Marshyangdi upstream, you will reach Chame for an overnight stay. O/N at Lodge

Day 08 : Chame to Pisang (3190m) 6-7 hours

Passing Dhukur Pokhari, on the day, you will leap your step forward towards Pisang. On the route, you will be mesmerized with terrific views of Pisang peak, and Annapurna range on the north. By the time you will be about reach your destination, 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 09 : Pisang to Manang (3540m) 4-5 hrs walk

On the day, you will start you journey by walking past some aromatic pine forests.  By the time, you are about to reach Manang, you will witness great close up views of Gangapurna, Annapurna II & III, Tilicho, Chulu east, Pisang peak. etc. On the way, you will have to cross Marshyangdi River to reach Manang before sunset. O/N at Lodge

Day 10 : Acclimatization day in Manang

Getting acclimatized is very important while embarking on the high altitude trek. For the purpose, the day is reserved for the acclimatization process where you will spend a full day to get used to the altitude and the environment of higher altitude places. However, you will be given a choice either to climb a nearby ridge to the north of the village or to rest in Manang. If you opt to climb the ridge, you can witness panoramic views of nearby mountains. O/N at Lodge

Day 11 : Manang to Letdar (4250m) 5-6 hrs walk

Leaving the gorgeous village of Manang behind, on the day, your trek will start by climbing towards Marshyangdi valley. After some strenuous ascent you will reach Gunsang village followed by Yak-Kharka.  You will reach Ledar before sunset.  O/N at Lodge

Day 12 : Letdar to Thorung Phedi (4420m) 5-6 hrs walk

Walking along the east bank of the Jorsang Khola, on the day, you will hike towards Thorung Phedi. The trials are tough on the routes as they are narrow paths with unstable slopes. You will reach Thorung Phedi for an overnight stay. O/N at Lodge

Day 13 : Thorung Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) 6-7 hours

This is the most awaited day in the trip as you will gear yourself up for the hike towards Thorung La (5416m), the highest point of the trek following rocky ridges.  From the elevated venue, you will see the whole Dhaulagiri range. After breathing some cool air at the highest point, you will slowly and steadily make a descent 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 14 : Muktinath to Marpha (2710m) 5-6 hrs walk

The day will start with a walk where you will have to follow the Kali Gandaki River to reach Jomsom, a happening place in the region with as it is flocked by scores of tourists form all around the globe all year long.  Leaving the tourist hotspot behind, you will follow on a trail leading towards Marpha, a village known for producing tantalizing apple brandy. O/N at Lodge

Day 15 : Marpha to Ghasa (2010m) 5-6 hrs walk

The day’s routes are all scenic providing spectacular views of Tukuche peak, Dhaulagiri massif, Mt. Nilgiri et al.  After walking for few hours you will reach Tukuche village situated above the beautiful pine forest. From Tukuche, two more hours walk will get you at Ghasa for an overnight shelter.  O/N at Lodge

Day 16 : Ghasa to Tatopani (1190m) 5-6 hrs walk

On the day, you will leave for Tatopani, known for providing relaxing hot springs.  Crossing the Kaligandaki River on a suspension bridge, you will have to descent past Thapla, Kopchepani, Rupse and Chhahara to reach Tatopani. You can overcome your day’s tiredness by bathing in these hot springs. O/N at Lodge

Day 17 : Tatopani to Ghorepani (2870m) 5-6 hrs walk

After enjoying some morning hot spring’s therapy, you will pack your bags to proceed towards Ghorepani. On the way, you will have to cross Kaligandaki River for one more time in the trip to reach Beni. The ending trails to Ghorepani traverse through aromatic rhododendron and Mongolia forests. O/N at Lodge

Day 18 : Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3210m) to Tadapani (2710m) 6-7 hrs walk

The day will start early as you are entitled to catch one of the spectacular sunrise view form Poon Hill which is just an hour’s hike form the overnight venue. Along with the sunrise view, you can also witness the eyeshot of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Himchuli and Machhapuchchhre mountains from the elevated venue. The following time in the day, you will hike towards Tadapani which is also known for proving amazing mountains views. O/N at Lodge

Day 19 : Tadapani to Pokhara

This is the final day of your trek as you proceed towards Pokhara walking downhill on the scenic landscapes and local villages.  After hiking for few hours you will reach Birethanthi situated at the confluence of Modi and Bhurungdi Rives .Later in the day you will reach Nayapul from where you will be picked up for a drive towards Pokhara for an overnight stay. O/N at Hotel

Day 20 : Pokhara to Kathmandu (Drive or fly)

After a brisk sightseeing in Pokhara during morning hours, you will have to pack your bags to leave for Kathmandu. For the return trip, you will be offered a choice either to fly or to take road ways. Whatever means of transportation you chose you will be left with some time to go around the streets of the capital city for shopping. The day will give you the last chance to add up to your shopping list. O/N at Hotel

Day 21 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

As per your flight timings, you will be escorted by one of the representatives of Breakfree Adventures to the international terminal at the Tribhuvan International Airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule from your hotel in Kathmandu. A day to bid farewell to the glorious country situated in the South Asia. While waiting for your flight, you can make plans to venture other destinations of the majestic country in near future.

We hope you had a lovely time with us. Breakfree Adventures 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 Trekking. 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 Trekking, 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 Royal Trekking, 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 21 days Annapurna Circuit Trekking 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 21 days Annapurna Circuit Trekking 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 Trekking, 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 Base Camp trek 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 Trekking 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: 21 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Challenginng

Activities: Cultural Sightseeing & Trekking

Best Season: Feb – May and Oct - Dec

Max Altitude: 5,416 m

Daily Walking: 4 - 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: Nayapul

Group Size: Minimum 2 People

Price start from US$ 1255.00 per person on twin sharing basis

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