Annapurna Circuit Trek-21 Days
Thorang La Pass (5416m)
Annapurna I from Gharu
view of Annapurna II and Annapurna IV
On the way to Thorang La Pass
Annapurna III view form Manang
Thorang La Pass
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Embark on a magical 21 days Annapurna Circuit Trek which takes us around the entire Annapurna massif reaching the Zenith at Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,769ft). Just imagine the thrills of walking through world's deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge, with Annapurna I rising to 8091m to the east and Dhaulagiri hovering at 8167m to the west! Cross the highest pass, Thorong La on the way from Manang to Muktinath, savor the fabulous mountain views from the summit of Poon Hill at 3,210m (10,531ft) and discover more than ten different culturally rich ethnic groups that reside in different climate zones of Annapurna Circuit. Annapurna Circuit Trek, one of the most popular classic treks in the world takes us within the world's tenth highest mountain, the Annapurna. From a mere height of 800 meters to the high altitude of 5, 416 meters, we will pass through a diverse geographical and cultural variation with an amazing range of flora and fauna in between. Beginning the trek from Khudi after about 8 to 9 hours of drive from Kathmandu, the initial days of the trek involves walking through rice farms, forests and friendly villages in the lower realms of the Annapurna Conservation Area. So what makes our trip different?
Road construction in Annapurna Region has been a matter of disappointment to many trekkers who aspire to trek in Annapurna Region. Thus, recognizing trekkers's concern Himalayan Glacier has designed this itinerary taking utmost care to avoid the road construction sites. While we avoid the new road construction sites, the various new and off-beaten rural routes are being discovered which is matter of delight for keen trekkers. Such as, to avoid the vehicle roads we take the route through Khudi to Sirung Village in the initial stage of our trek. While bypassing the traditional trekking route through Bahundada which has now been linked by a road, we enjoy home-stay at Sirung Village, where the villagers would welcome us with several ethnic cultural programs. Similarly at later part of trek, this itinerary takes us through unspoiled route at Kalopani whilst avoiding the dusty new roads around Marpha. Besides these, as Himalayan Glacier's guides are experienced and thoroughly knowledgeable about the area, the alternative routes can be taken whenever a need is felt. Hence, Himalayan Glacier assures that trekkers need not bother regarding the road construction in some sections of Annapurna Circuit Trekking route.
Himalayan Glacier's 21 days Annapurna Circuit Trek is a great introductory trek for experiencing the Annapurna regions. If we want shorter trek but in the same route, we may like Annapurna Circuit Trek-17 days
. Depending on the time, we can spend on vacation or we may also find it interesting to try Himalayan Glacier's other trek itineraries such as: Annapurna Sanctuary Trek-16 days
or Annapurna Sunrise Trek-9 days
Route maps are just representation of the trekking routes. This does not represent the exact geographical conditions.Click here for Annapurna Circuit 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 ...read more »»
- All airport/hotel transfers
- Three nights 4-star hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Shanker or similar standard) and 1 night 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:Pokhara to Kathmandu in Tourist Bus and all other transport such as Kathmandu to Khudi via Besishahar and pick ups and drops in private car
- 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's 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 the Annapurna Circuit Trekking, 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 should anybody in the group is sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Annapurna Circuit Trekking for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of twelve people, as we've found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you'd like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.
Health & Experience Required
Himalayan Glacier's 21-day Annapurna Circuit 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 ...read more »»
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.
Himalayan Glacier likes to excel in this field because we genuinely love what we do and are committed to provide the best services as we commit our valued guests. read more...
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 ...read more »»
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 ...read more »»
Leader(s) & 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 ...read more »»
Equipments & Packing List
While packing for “Annapurna Circuit Trek”
certain gears are essential to be considered.
Click here for the comprehensive packing list for Annapurna Circuit Trek
Spring (March to mid May) and Autumn (mid Sept to Dec) are the best seasons for the Annapurna Circuit Trekking. The weather is sunny and warm, with outstanding views. But the nights are cold and can fall to freezing point in higher elevations. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Annapurna Circuit trek. Only issue is cold (obviously) and might be problem due to obstructed pass due to ice or snow. The trekking routes are crowded during Spring and Autumn but during Monsoon and Winter the routes are not packed and we could enjoy rather best of nature.
Trip Start Dates & Price
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