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    Annapurna Circuit Trek

    Publish Date:Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

    Annapurna Circuit trekking in Nepal is considered as a most popular trekking.  It is  recognized as one of the most spectacular & varied walks in the world, with lush green valleys and attractive villages that offer impressive snow-capped views of the white Himalayas.

    This trekking in Nepal offers both low and high altitudes, on the way to the Thorung La (5416m) as well as during the descent from it. Starting from 790 meters, it gives us a chance to explore the Himalayas from bottom to top & from many different angles and perspectives.

    Varied ecosystems, diverse cultures and an ever-changing landscape – lush, green paddy fields and oak forests, arid deserts and the deepest gorge in the world make this trekking in Nepal one of the most popular trek in the world.

    Itinerary for Annapurna Circuit trekking in Nepal

    Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival.
    Day 2: Drive, Kathmandu – Besi Sahar (760m) – Syanje (1100m).
    Day 3: Trek to Tal (1700m).
    Day 4: Trek to Danagyu (2300m).
    Day 5: Trek to Chame (2670m).
    Day 6: Trek to Lower Pisang (3200m).
    Day 7: Trek to Manang (3540m).
    Day 8: Rest Day / Acclimatization Day.
    Day 9: Trek to Yak Kharka (4018m).
    Day 10: Trek to Thorung Phedi (4450m).
    Day 11: Trek, Thorung Phedi – Thorung-La (5416m) -Muktinath (3800m).
    Day 12: Trek to Jomsom (2710m).
    Day 13: Flight, Jomsom – Pokhara.    
    Day 14: Drive Pokhara-Kathmandu.
    Day 15: Departure.
     View of Mt Annapurna during trekking in Nepal

    Annapurna Circuit Route

    Annapurna Circuit takes you along the bank of a river with beautiful waterfall on the way. This route provide the chance of exploring the settlement of people, housing style, nearby monasteries, their lifestyle, culture and tradition.

    Annapurna Circuit route provides an excellent views of mountains such as Pisang Peak and Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna, Gangapurna glacier dome, Tilicho Himal, Chulu East, Chulu Far East and many more.

    Annapurna Circuit Distance

    Normally, distance is not measured in km/miles in any region for trekking in Nepal. We measure distance as per walking hours. In average, 5-6 hours is normal walking distance for trekking. Distance does not include trekker’s tea / coffee break, lunch break and any kind of rest during trekking.

    Annapurna Circuit Trek

    Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most popular trek in Nepal in Annapurna Region which provides the trekker most spectacular view of mountains. This trek helps the trekkers to explore the Himalayas from bottom to top and from many different angles and perspectives.

    Annapurna Circuit Map

    Annapurna Circuit Weather Month Wise 

    January

    Annapurna Circuit Trekking in January is very quiet with clear weather. January is regarded as a cold month; usually snowfalls are in the higher elevations with high wind and colder temperature.

    Annapurna Circuit is one of the season for trekking in Nepal. The chance of clear Mountain View and open sky during trekking in January is more than 75%. It rains below 3000 meter  and Snowfalls above 3000 meter in this season trekking for Annapurna Circuit.

    February

    Annapurna Circuit Trekking in Nepal in February is very quiet with clear weather. February is also regarded as a cold month; usually snowfalls are in the higher elevations with high wind and colder temperature.

    Annapurna Circuit is also the season for trekking in Nepal. The chance of clear Mountain View and open sky during trekking in February is more than 80%. It rains below 3000 meter and Snowfalls above 3000 meter  in this season trekking for Annapurna Circuit.

    March

    March is the starting month of the warmth days leaving cold days behind and is considered as the best season for mountain climbing as well as trekking in Nepal.

    Annapurna Circuit Trekking in Nepal in March is completely rain free warm days and cool nights with more than 90% chances of clear views of mountains and open sky. Sometimes there might be rainfall and hail fall which makes the weather cold during trekking in March.

    The famous festival of colors called ‘Holi Festival’ is celebrated in this month. March, April and May are considered as a peak tourist season here in Nepal and travelers are suggested to book as early as possible.

    April

    April is the month of summer season considered as the best season for mountain climbing and trekking in Nepal. The weather is excellent during trekking in April with more than 90% chances of getting clear views of mountains and open sky. Climbing to higher elevation might get experience of summer snowfall and hail fall during trekking in Nepal in April. Nepali New Year is celebrated in the mid of this month. March, April and May are considered as a peak tourist season here in Nepal and travelers are suggested to book as early as possible.

    May

    During trekking in May, it is warm at lower elevations and quite moderate temperature at higher elevation which provide more than 90% chances of spectacular and excellent mountains view.

    Annapurna Circuit trekking is warm on this month but it might be very windy on the higher elevation with thunderstorm and lighting during trekking in Nepal in May. March, April and May are considered as a peak tourist season here in Nepal and travelers are suggested to book as early as possible.

    June

    June is the starting month of monsoon which takes ‘trekking in Nepal’ at different environment. Travelers can enjoy and interact with the nature while trekking in June.This is the best month for the farmers to cultivate which travelers also can enjoy.

    The environment of trekking in Nepal in June will be full of greenery below 3000 meter  altitude. In monsoon the chances of clear Mountain View is around 50% only. Leeches, which believes to purify the blood, is expected up to 3000 meter  elevation and starts decreasing above 3000 meter.

    July

    July is month of monsoon which takes ‘trekking in Nepal’ at different environment. Travelers can enjoy and interact with the nature while trekking in July. This is also the best month for the farmers to cultivate which travelers also can enjoy.

    The environment of trekking in Nepal in July will be full of greenery below 3000 meter  altitude. In monsoon the chances of clear Mountain View is around 50% only. Leeches, which believes to purify the blood, is expected up to 3000 meter  elevation and starts decreasing above 3000 meter .

    August

    August is the month of monsoon and small festivals which takes ‘trekking in Nepal’ at different environment. Travelers can enjoy and interact with the nature & culture while trekking in August.This is the month with small festivals to enjoy after hard works on cultivation.

    The environment of trekking in Nepal in July will be full of greenery below 3000m altitude. In monsoon the chances of clear Mountain View is around 50% only. Leeches, which believes to purify the blood, is expected up to 3000m elevation and starts decreasing above 3000m.

    September

    September is the end of monsoon season continuing with small festivals. It may take up to second week to end the rainy season but touristic season also begins from this month. The chance of clear sky with the good view of the mountain is around 75% during trekking in September.

    This is a starting of the peak season for trekking in Nepal. September, October, November and December are considered as a peak tourist season here in Nepal and travelers are suggested to book as early as possible.

    October

    October season is considered as the best trekking season as well as very peak tourist season in Nepal. Trekking in Nepal in October offers excellent weather and more than 90% chances of open sky and clear Mountain View with moderate temperature which makes the trekking in October wonderful. ‘Dashain’ which is the biggest festival of Nepalese people and ‘Tihar’ the festival of lights is celebrated in this month. September, October, November and December are considered as a peak tourist season here in Nepal and travelers are suggested to book as early as possible.

    November

    November season is considered as the best trekking season in Nepal. Trekking in Nepal in November offers excellent weather and more than 90% chances of open sky and clear Mountain View with moderate temperature which makes the trekking in November wonderful. September, October, November and December are considered as a peak tourist season here in Nepal and travelers are suggested to book as early as possible.

    December

    December is regarded as a cold month; usually snowfalls are in the higher elevations with high wind and colder temperature. But it is also the best season for mountain climbing and trekking in Nepal in December. The chance of clear Mountain View and open sky during trekking in December is more than 80%. September, October, November and December are considered as a peak tourist season here in Nepal and travelers are suggested to book as early as possible.

    Trekking Route

    Trekking in Nepal is easy as well as difficult depending up on the route, age and fitness level of the trekkers. According to your age and fitness level you can choose the itinerary and / or customize it.

    There are various routes available for trekking in Nepal in different parts of the country. Some routes have local tea-houses and in some route you need to take tents and kitchen equipment. In popular routes you will find many tea houses with good facilities but less popular routes can provide tea houses with only basic needs. Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, Langtang Valley etc are famous trekking routes. Though there are many tea houses in these famous routes you may need to adjust in dining hall in peak tourist season.

    The prices of food & accommodation vary as per their location & mode of transportation available in that region. Almost all trekking routes are fine for every season but months are divided as peak season & off-season as per vacation in different countries in the world. There isn’t any month in which trekkers cannot trek in Nepal so you can choose as per your convenient. If you love to travel with many other nature lovers and health conscious the Autumn & Spring (peak season) will be best for you and if you love greenery Monsoon is better otherwise rest of the months will be favorable to you.

     

    Trekking in Nepal advice

    There are many people who come to Nepal to add an adventure and gain full exciting moments in their lives. It is better not to judge yourself and have ‘Yes I Can’ attitude for any trekking in Nepal. You need to motivate yourself to complete any kind of trekking in any season. Whatever the motivation is, it will help you to enjoy your time during trekking. There is no competition if you are trekking in Nepal; just feel that you love nature, your own health and want to spend time in the company of people with beautiful smile.

    Dehydration is only problem faced by the normal trekkers so drink water regularly and keep moving as per normal itinerary which helps your body to adjust the altitude. But if you have any problem of medical condition such as high blood pressure, heart conditions, neurological disorders, asthma, pregnancy, epilepsy, artificial limbs, previous dislocation, recent strains, recent breaks or recent surgery requiring stitches then you have to consult with the doctor before trekking in Nepal.

    Best time of years

    The best time for trekking in Nepal begins and lasts throughout the year. In autumn and spring season, you can see open sky with the clear view of mountains. In monsoon season, the way is full of greenery. In winter season, you can see incredible scenery. Therefore, you can choose any season for trekking in Nepal as per your convenient. If you love to travel with many other nature lovers and health conscious the Autumn & Spring (peak season) will be best for you and if you love greenery, Monsoon is better. So, you can choose the season as per your interest.

    ITINERARY

    Day 1:

    Kathmandu Arrival.

    Day 2:
    Drive, Kathmandu – Besi Sahar (760m) – Syanje (1100m).
    Day 3:
    Trek to Tal (1700m).
    Day 4:
    Trek to Danagyu (2300m).
    Day 5:
    Trek to Chame (2670m).
    Day 6:
    Trek to Lower Pisang (3200m).
    Day 7:
    Trek to Manang (3540m).
    Day 8:
    Rest Day / Acclimatization Day.
    Day 9:
    Trek to Yak Kharka (4018m).
    Day 10:
    Trek to Thorung Phedi (4450m).
    Day 11:
    Trek, Thorung Phedi – Thorung-La (5416m) -Muktinath (3800m).
    Day 12:
    Trek to Jomsom (2710m).
    Day 13:
    Flight, Jomsom – Pokhara.
    Day 14:
    Drive Pokhara-Kathmandu.
    Day 15:

    Departure.

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    Day 1: Arrival

    Our representative will meet you at Tribhuban International Airport, Kathmandu and then transfer you to your hotel. You will be briefed about trekking and each day program. Permits & TIMS will be handover to you either the same day of arrival or next day.

    Day 2: Drive, Kathmandu – Besi Sahar (760m) – Syanje (1100m)

    We drive to Besi Sahar in the morning, the starting point for the Around Annapurna (Annapurna Circuit) trek which takes around 4-5 hours. And on the same day we head to Syanje which takes about 3-4 hours from Besi Sahar.

    Day 3: Trek to Tal (1700m)

    From Syanje, we trek up to Jagat (1300m) about 2 hours and further continue till Chamje (1430m). Before reaching Chamje, we can see a beautiful huge waterfall. We will be walking along the banks of the River Marshyangdi, then walk through a lush green forest for an hour and reach the village of Chamje. From here we further continue to Sattare (1680m). On treading along a succession of rock-strewn trails, we descend to a grassy riverbank that leads us to Tal.

    Day 4: Trek to Danagyu (2300m)

    After breakfast, we trek from Tal to Danagyu. We cross the bridge across the Marsyangdi River and continue through the forest of bamboo and settlements like Dharapani (1860m) and Bagarchhap (2160m) which exhibit traditionally built ancient stone houses. We reach Danagyu in about 5-6 hours and spend the remaining day exploring the area: the settlement of people, housing style, nearby monasteries, their lifestyle, culture and tradition and stay there.

    Day 5: Trek to Chame (2670m)

    Today, we trek from Danakyu to Chame. After having our breakfast, we climb up to the village of Timang (300-400m above Danakyu), on a steep stone steps. On the, way we are able to see magnificent views of Annapurna, Manaslu and other beautiful peaks. With the view of attractive peaks, we reach Koto (2600m) in no time. From Koto to Chame is about 20 minutes walk on a fairly easy trail. We can spend a few hours dipping tired muscles in the natural hot spring near the Marsyangdi River and rest there for remaining time.

    Day 6: Trek to Lower Pisang (3200m)

    Today’s walk, we pass through several rivers and climb up-down between them. From Chame, we reach the small settlement of Thaleku (2720m). We cross a bridge to the sparsely inhabited settlement of Bhartang. From Bhartang, we cross Dhukure Pokhari (3060m) where we can find many lodges and then ascend to the floor of the Manang valley and Lower Pisang. A spectacular Rockwall is in view for much of the climb.

    Day 7: Trek to Manang (3540m)

    We encounter the windy and dry atmosphere of the area which is one of the reasons for the Manang’s popularity. We continue up the valley via Humde (3280m) on a wide and dusty trail accompanied by Mani walls and the views of Pisang Peak and Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna, Gangapurna glacier dome, Tilicho Himal, Chulu East, Chulu Far East and many more. Then, we cross Braga where we can find old monasteries and head toward Manang.

    Day 8: Rest Day / Acclimatization Day

    Today is the day for acclimatization rather than going any further. Being active is the best way to acclimatize. We can visit different places, caves, Ice Lake, Glacier Lake, monasteries or simply explore the settlement of Manang. We can choose any option for an acclimatizing day and spend the day at Manang.

    Day 9: Trek to Yak Kharka (4018m)

    We trek to Yak Kharka early in the morning. You can see Blue sheep, Wild sheep, and Yak on the way. We pass through Gunsung village to reach Yak Kharka.

    Day 10: Trek to Thorung Phedi (4450m)

    Today, we trek to Thorung Phedi. The houses are made by clay and stone and joint to each other. The path keeps on going up slowly by crossing the innumerable tiny streams, which comes from the Chulu east and Chulu west. We pass through Letdar (4200m) and reach Thorung Phedi.

    Day 11: Trek, Thorung Phedi – Thorung-La (5416m) -Muktinath (3800m)

    Thorung-La Pass is a long day trek which is why we trek at around 3am morning. Due to the weather condition, we have to walk early. After the clear weather, there is a magnificent view of Himalayas and will be breathtaking day as you gaze at the high peaks of the Himalayas. The day is cold as we pass at high elevations which will offer incredible views of the mountains. We pass through Thorung La and descend to Muktinath, a sacred spot to both Hindus and Buddhists, where there are many important temples. The way is a mustang valley to the Muktinath.

    Day 12: Trek to Jomsom (2710m)

    Today, we trek from the temple Muktinath to Jomsom. The trek continues to drop in elevation as we make our way to Jomsom. We hike down to Jharkot (3550m) to explore the ruins of the original palace of the King of Mustang and a few chortens and monasteries around Jharkot.  After exploring the area for some time, we now walk down to Kaag Beni (2800m). From Kaag Beni, following the old salt trade route, we hike all the way down to Jomsom. We walk along the Kali Gandaki Khola (River) and can find different types of fossil stones on the way to Jomson. The route from Kaag Beni to Marpha (2670m) is very windy. Jomsom is in between Kaag Beni and Marpha.

    Day 13: Flight, Jomsom – Pokhara

    We fly from Jomsom to Pokhara taking back all the memories and the beautiful times with us and stay at Pokhara for remaining day. The remaining day is the rest day for us due to the long days trekking.

    Day 14: Drive Pokhara-Kathmandu

    Drive back to Kathmandu on this day. Evening is a free time.

    Day 15: Departure

    Today is the last day of our memorable trip. You are free until your airport reporting time and we take you to airport for outbound flight back to your destination.


    Checklist

    Clothing:

    Clothing for the travelers during ‘Tour in Nepal’ are suggested to check as per the season you are travelling and high altitude trekkers should bring / take as per during ‘Trekking in Nepal’ as well as ‘For above 3500 m altitude’.

    Winter Season (October – February)

    • Warm Hat / Cap, Sunglass
    • Scarf / Masks / Tissue / Bandanna
    • Warm gloves
    • Jacket
    • Long-sleeved clothes (Shirts, Sweaters)
    • Trousers
    • Woolen Socks
    • Comfortable Shoes

    Summer Season (March – September)

    • Hat / Cap, Sunglass
    • Scarf / Masks / Tissue / Bandanna
    • Light / Windproof Jacket
    • Half Shirts / T-Shirts
    • Trousers
    • Cotton Socks
    • Comfortable Shoes
    • Raincoat / Umbrella

    During Trekking in Nepal,

    • Trekking Stick,
    • Light T-shirt / Shirt,
    • Half / Quarter Pants,
    • Towel,
    • Slipper,
    • Water bottle,
    • Thermos,
    • Personal medication and First-Aid-Kit with Sun-screen Lotion, Cold-cream, Lip-protector,
    • Chocolates & Snacks along the way,
    • Small back-pack (self-carry) to carry instant stuffs,
    • Backpack – carry by porter(s),
    • Flashlight / head-light / torch-light with batteries,

     Also Required

    • Personal entertainment (Reading book / I-pod / portable MP3),
    • Digital Camera with batteries,
    • Multi-plug,
    • Binoculars (optional)
    • Cash, credit and debit cards
    • Ear plugs
    • Locks for bags
    • Money belt
    • Insect repellent
    • Pocket knife
    • Toilet articles
    • Waterproof backpack cover

    For above 3500 m altitude,

    • Warm Hat / Cap,
    • Warm Scarf / Masks / Tissue / Bandanna,
    • Waterproof Hand-gloves,
    • Down Jacket,
    • Gore Tex Jacket,
    • Warm Sweaters,
    • Woolen Shirts,
    • Warm Muffler,
    • Gore Tex Trouser,
    • Warm Trousers,
    • Thermal Underwear,
    • Woolen Socks,
    • Comfortable shoes (light but full trekking boot-waterproof),
    • Light sleeping bag
    • Waterproof backpack cover.

    Documents needed while trekking in Nepal,

    • Flight info
    • Insurance info
    • Passport
    • required visas
    • vaccination certificates
    • Vouchers and pre-departure information
    • Passport size photos
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