Annapurna Circle Trek-17 days
Annapurna Circle Trek is one of the most popular classic treks in the world that takes us from 830m/2,723ft to 5,416m/17,769ft through the deep valleys and high mountains encircling the giant Annapurna Himal. The most enchanting trek further provides us a chance to congregate with wide range of culturally rich ethnic groups and walk in a diverse terrain, from subtropical jungle to a high and dry landscape resembling the Tibetan plateau. While experiencing an opportunity to interact with assorted ethnic groups, it will be a walk by the world's deepest Kali Gandaki gorge, an exciting triumph over one of the world's highest pass -Thorong La (5,416m/17,769ft), the Manang valley, the spiritual Muktinath and the most fantastic and famous view point-Poon Hill. Upon the completion of this magical 17-day trek, we will find we have gone through the entire Annapurna massif and reached the Zenith. Since vehicles have started plying on some sections of the circle, we would cover some sections of the trip by available vehicle too.
We begin the Trek from a day brief sightseeing program at the downtown of Kathmandu. In the next day, we drive to Syange or Jagat (as per situation) from Kathmandu about 8 to 10 hours' drive. The initial days of the trek involves walking through rice farms, forests and friendly ethnic villages in the lower realm of the Annapurna Conservation Area. Thorong La is the highest point of the trek from where we can marvel at the fabulous Mustang peak and the snow-clad bulk of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,795ft). While descending, we will have a chance to visit the Hindu pilgrimage site - Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) and wonder in amazement at the presence of 108 small waterfalls and mysterious natural gas fires. From Muktinath, we take nearly 6 to 8 hours' drive to Tatopani, a famous place for natural hot springs - where we relax our tired body with a dip in one of them. We again start trekking to Ghorepani, Tadapani, Ghandruk and finally arrive in Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu on a tourist bus. Upon arrival in kathmandu, we attend a farewell dinner hosted by Himalayan Glacier and receive a warm congratulations on the completion of the trek!
Himalayan Glacier's 17 days Annapurna Circle Trek is a great introductory trek for those who would like to experience the whole Annapurna circle but has time restriction because one can even take available vehicles during this trek to complete the whole circle. If we are interested to make a similar trek but accomplish the whole circle on foot, Himalayan Glacier's Annapurna Circuit Trek-21 days
would be best for us. Himalayan Glacier has also designed Annapurna Sunrise Trek-9 days
for the travelers wishing to experience major attractions of Annapurna in very limited time frame. For the trekkers longing to experience some of the most interesting features of the Annapurna region including Annapurna Base Camp, Machhapuchhre Base Camp, and Poon Hill, Himalayan Glacier's Annapurna Sanctuary Trek-16 days
itinerary will be the best option.
Important Note :
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
What Is Included
- All airport/hotel transfers
- Three nights in 4-star hotel in Kathmandu ( Hotel Shanker or similar standard) and 1 nights in 2-3 star hotel in Pokhara (Both on B&B basis)
- Welcome and farewell dinner
- Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu with a tour guide and all temples/monuments entrance fees.
- All accommodation and meals during the trek
- Transportation: Kathmandu to Syange/Jagat via Besishahar in private vehicle, Muktinath to Tatopani sharing transportation, Pokhara to Kathmandu in Tourist Bus
- An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Himalayan Glacier Trekking duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
- All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP, Trekking permit)
- A comprehensive medical kit
- All government and local taxes.
What Is Not Included
- Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs )
- Excess baggage charges
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara(and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- International and domestic flights (Pokhara to Kathmandu-$102)
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
- Tips for guides and porters
The Trekking Group
For this trek, there will be one leader, assistant leader (4 trekkers:1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers:1 porter). This arrangement ensures that any body in the group is sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. Himalayan Glacier can run the this trek for group of any size. But, Himalayan Glacier generally includes maximumof twelve visitors as the company has found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if we would like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, Himalayan Glacier can arrange this too.
All accommodations for the trek are on twin sharing basis with inclusive cost and are chosen based on standard of hygiene, standard of service and food, and location quality. There are two styles of accommodations during our trekking. We will spend two nights in a 4-star hotel, Hotel Shanker
or similar category hotel in Kathmandu, and during our trekking we will spend 10 nights in standard tea house or lodge or hotel in which there are unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses. Himalayan Glacier serves attached rooms as much as possible, however tea houses or lodges at some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. If we are a solo traveler, we will share a room with someone else of same sex of our group. If we prefer a single room, we may indicate our preference and get single rooms upon request by paying single supplement USD 290.
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All Meals on full board basis will be served during the trek in the mountains. Three meals in a day will be served from the tea house or from the lodge menus but the meals in this particular route are expected to be great meals. Each day's dinner and breakfast will be served in the same lodge we spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination at a tea shop. Breakfasts will be served in Kathmandu and in Pokhara as well.
Route maps are just representation of the trekking routes. This does not represent the exact geographical conditions.Click here for Annapurna Circle Trek route map
Day to Day Itinerary
Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]
Upon our arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be warmly greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier. After completion of our custom formalities (Visa, etc), we pick up our luggage and look for our representative with Himalayan Glacier Trekking display board at the arrival gate. We will be then escorted to Hotel Shanker or a similar rating hotels in kathmandu. After check in, we can either take a rest or hang around in the city or visit Himalayan Glacier's office site. It all depends upon our interests and condition. At the evening upon our reception, Himalayan Glacier will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese restaurant where we enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal. Included meal: Dinner (D)
Note: B refers to Breakfast, L refers to Lunch and D refers to Dinner
Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Today upon our breakfast, we will start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered the World Heritage Sites; including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. At the noon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Himalayan Glacier briefs us regarding our trek as well as provides us opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure. Included meal: Breakfast (B)
Drive Kathmandu to Syange/ Jagat [1100m/3608 ft]: 8 - 10 hrs
At early dawn, we begin our jouney as we need to go a long drive to arrive at our trek starting point. Upon our breakfast, we leave Kathmandu at around 7 am and nearly after 8-10 hours' drive we will be at Syange or Jagat (as per situation) via Besishahar. While enroute we see more of countryside of Nepal that offers greeneries, rivers, villages, farms and beautiful mountain sceneries. However, the condition of road is not equally fine in all portion of our drive today. The road 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 or Jagat Guesthouse. (B, L, D)
Trek Syang or Jagat to Dharapani [1,960m/6,430ft]: 7 - 8 hrs
Upon our breakfast, we begin our jouney today relaxly. We enter Manang district after crossing a large bridge near Tal. Our upcoming trail continuously traverses us through barley, rice, potato fields, and along with the village of Kodo till to Dharapani. Dharapani is one of the big villages in the Manang valley. Overnight at Dharapani. (B, L, D)
Dharapani-Chame [2,710m/8,891ft]: 5 - 6 hrs
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 at Chame. (B, L, D)
Chame- Pisang [3,300m/10824ft]: 5 - 6 hrs
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. Upon walking through these wonderful sites we reach at Pisang. Overnight at Lower Pisang. (B, L, D)
Upper Pisang-Manang [3,500m/11,482ft]: 6 - 7 hrs
Today, we will have disjunctures of two routes that we follow. If taken upper route (Himalayan Glacier recommends), i.e., the route through Upper Pisang via Geru, we will have outstanding sceneries. 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 experience a contrast with the landscape and vegetation from today. On the way, the cold and dry climate creates a much harsher environment. Our short visit to Barge monastery, the largest in the entire district of Manang will be memorable. Overnight at Manang. (B, L, D)
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 with the altitude. The upcoming next two days will be very challenging and tiring trek for us with rapid gain in altitude. We should never be confident with the altitude and always be cautious. Bhojo Gompa or Gangapurna Lake is worth visiting sites from acclimatization point of view. Further, we pay an easy excursion to a little distance away to a village called Vraga, upon wherre we will be at a village's monastery. At this site, we also visit at the Himalayan Rescue Association where we can get some ideas about Mountain Sickness. Overnight at Manang. (B, L, D)
Manang-Yak Kharka [4,110m/13,484ft]: 3 - 4 hrs
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 further 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 at Yak Karka. (B, L, D)
Yak Kharka - Thorong Phedi [4,600m/15,092ft]: 3 - 4 hrs
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. Trekkers like us use this point as a base camp. Some visitors also attempt a hike to the High Camp today so that the next day can be easier for them. But, Himalayan Glacier's team leader does not advise for this. 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. (B, L, D)
Thorong Phedi to Thorong La (5416m/17764ft) to Muktinath [3,800/12,467ft]: 7 - 8 hrs
We reach the climax of our Annapurna circle trek today. It will be a lifetime unforgettable experience- crossing the famous high pass, Thorong La (5416m/17764ft). 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. Upon setting sun we will be at Muktinath. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhist. The area hosts a Vishnu temple and a Monastery nearby. Muktinath itself demonstrates the religions harmony in Nepal. Overnight at Muktinath. (B, L, D)
Drive Muktinath- Tatopani [1,200m/3937ft]: 6 - 8 hrs
Today, as there are vehicles available (bus or 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 in this route. The drive would not be pleasant as the road is newly constructed. The road still to be coal-tarred. So, it is rough and dusty. The barren landscape of this area resembles Tibetan Plateau. At some point, we have to change our vehicles too. Since, today is going to be an uninteresting day. Upon arrival at Tatopani, we relax our weary muscles with a dip in one of the hot spring pools. Overnight at Tatopani. (B, L, D)
Tatopani -Ghorepani [2,850m/9,350ft]: 7 - 8 hrs
While walking, 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 walk through a non-habitat area, through rhododendron, brich, magnolia and some meadows as well. 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 at Ghorepani. (B, L, D)
Ghorepani- Tadapani [2,710m/8,891ft]: 6 - 7 hrs
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. Upon 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 at the trek. (B, L, D)
Tadapani - Ghandruk -Pokhara [850m/2,789ft]: 6 - 7 hrs trek and 1 hr 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. (B, L)
Pokhara-Kathmandu: 6 hrs drive
After breakfast, we start our drive back to Kathmandu. It will be better to hold on the left pane of the vehicle to enjoy the sceneries through the route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we will be escorted 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 Himalayan Glacier Trekking staffs. Overnight in Kathmandu. (B, D)
Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! Himalayan Glacier escorts us to the airport for our flight time. Approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight, a representative from Himalayan Glacier will escort us to the airport and bid farewell greetings. On our way to home, we will have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country like Nepal. (B)
Health and Experience Requirements
Himalayan Glacier's 17-day Annapurna Circle trek is moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 6-8 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if we are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, we can accomplish this Trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip is good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. It is vital to consult with our doctor before we decide and set up for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Participants with preexisting medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform Himalayan Glacier before booking the trek. If we want to do the same trek in rather relaxed way, Himalayan Glacier has 16-days itinerary for Annapurna Base Camp trek too.
A Typical Day On The Trail...
At dawn, our Sherpa knocks on our door and offers us a cup of warm tea with a smile. Upon our freshening tea, we pack our bags and assemble in the dining hall for a hearty breakfast before setting off on the day's trek. After approximately 2-3 hours of trekking, we take a break for lunch somewhere in the trail. Upon our relaxing lunch, we typically spend around 2-3 hours or even more sometimes on the trail before reaching our stopping point. Throughout the day, we will take frequent beaks and take time to admire the fascinating mountains views. We further take plenty of pictures of ourselves within incredibly panoramic mountains, rivers, landscapes, prayer flags, temples, shrines, cairns, and monasteries. Once we arrive at our tea house, we take a brief rest, shower, and have a light snack with tea or coffee. If we are so inclined, we may take a short walk through the village and surrounding neighborhood. Upon our check into room, we have time to read or chat with fellow trekkers as well as Himalayan Glacier's crew members. Following a warm dinner in a cozy dining hall, our trek leader briefs us the next day's itinerary. Overhear, we order for breakfast. Upon our extra time, we enjoy reading, drinking, and playing cards. Himalayan Glacier's crew member loves to teach various kinds of Nepali card games as well as learning new western games. Finally, it is off to bed for a well earned night's rest before starting all over again the next day.
It is a condition upon joining any of Himalayan Glacier's trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don't arrange or sell insurance.For more information
Equipment and Packing List
While packing for Annapurna Circle Trek certain equipments are essential.
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Himalayan Glacier's itineraries are planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to kill. The higher the altitude the lesser will be the oxygen in the air. Our body need some days to adapt to this less-oxygen environment. So for a safe trek, it is absolutely essential to allow sufficient time for acclimatization. Sensible planning is therefore required to minimize the risk of AMS. Himalayan Glacier advises specially the guest(s) with known heart, lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before trekking. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder are symptoms of AMS. Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff. Himalayan Glacier's itinerareies are designed to try to prevent AMS as much as possible, but it is important to remember that some visitors are more vulnerable than others.
Leader(s) and Staff Arrangements
The most significant thing that makes our trek successful, enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful trek leader and the crew members with ability of operating our days in the mountain smoothly. Our trip will be led by the best and most professional leaders. All of Himalayan Glacier's trekking leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Himalayan Glacier only employs Nepalese staffs who have adequate knowledgeable about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trek leaders of Himalayan Glacier are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, and English language etc:
- Intensive Wilderness First Aid
- Trekking Guide Training
- Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet
- English Language
- Conservation and Biodiversity
- Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)
To meet our team, check out the Guide Profile Page.
Though often overlooked, it is no exaggeration to say the entire trekking and expedition industry in Nepal is built on the basis of hard working local porters. It is their tireless efforts of carrying supplies, equipments and baggage that make journeying to these remote areas possible. So it is very unfortunate that they have endured a history of exploitation and abuse at the hands of the industry. In an effort to combat this, Himalayan Glacier is firmly committed to porter rights. Himalayan Glacier further ensures all our porters should be well treated, well paid, well sheltered, well clothed and should have good footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members. Himalayan Glacier has previously used helicopters at its own expense to rescue porters from dangerous situations. And for the porter's sake, Himalayan Glacier request to all the trekkers to keep their luggage bag weight under 15kgs/33 pounds. Himalayan Glacier supports the work of the International Porter Protection Group
(IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.
The Annapurna Region is stunningly beautiful, but equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as we do and so the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. Himalayan Glacier employs a 'zero impact' policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. Himalayan Glacier, therefore, enforces number of do's and don'ts. Himalayan Glacier's experienced staffs can advise us on how to minimize our impact on the local environment. To find out more about the clean-up campaigns and environmental awareness events, Himalayan Glacier works with KEEP. Please visit at click here
Autumn (mid Sept to mid Dec) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The weather is sunny and warm, with outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing point. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Annapurna Base Camp Trek, only colder (obviously). The trekking routes are crowded during Spring and Autumn but during winter the routes are not packed and we could enjoy rather best of nature.
Trip Start Dates and Price
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