Annapurna Circuit trek

October 20, 2016

Annapurna Circuit Trekking Nepal

This trek around the entire Annapurna is about 300 km. You will trek through lowland villages to the remote Manang region, through a pass (5,416 meters), and through the Muktinath and Kaligandaki valleys. There are two famous Himalayan valleys, Manang and Mustang, along the way which maintain the living heritages of the Gurung, Managis, Magar and Thakali cultures. This trek starts from Besishahar, about a five hour drive from Pokhara. The first few days you trek with a view of the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges and then you enter the Manang Valley. The trail continuously follows the Marsyangdi River with the beautiful Himalayan settlements of Pisang, Humde, Ngawal, Manang, etc. Along the way there are numbers of monasteries, lakes and caves that are worth visiting. The Tilicho Lake, at 4,920 meters, the lake situated in the highest altitude in the world, is also possible by doing a side-trip of an extra 3 to 4 days. Crossing the pass is challenging because of bad weather and altitude problems, but if you follow the prescribed itinerary and listen to your body you can still do it easily. After the long descent from the pass you reach Muktinath, where you join the Jomsom trek, and if you are running out of time, you can fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and save one week.


Itinerary:  1
Day 01. Arrival in Kathmandu and check-in to Hotel
Day 02. Sightseeing Kathmandu Valley
Day 03. Kathmandu to Beshishar (823m) by Private Vehicle and trek to Bhubulee (5 – 6hrs)
Day 04. Beshishar / Bhulbhulee to Bahundanda (1311m), (6 – 7hrs)
Day 05. Bahundanda to Chamjee (15035m), (6 – 7hrs)
Day 06. Chamjee to Dharapani (1943m), (5 – 6hrs)
Day 07. Dharapani to Chame (2713m), (5 – 6hrs)
Day 08. Chame to Pisang (3240m), (5 – 6hrs)
Day 09. Pisang to Manang (3540m), (5 – 6hrs)
Day 10. Manang – rest day to acclimatize (day trip from Manang 5hrs)
Day 11. Manang to Yak Kharka (4195m), (4 – 5hrs)
Day 12. Yak Kharka to Phedi (4430m), (4 to 5hrs)
Day 13. Phedi to Thorong-La Pass (5416m) and Mukthinath (3802m), (8 – 10hrs)
Day 14. Mukthinath to Kagbeni (2850m), (2-3 hrs) to balance your long trip from the top
Day 15. Kagbeni to Marpha (2650m), (5 – 6hrs)
Day 16. Marpha to Ghasa (2010m), (5 – 6hrs)
Day 17. Ghasa to Tatopani (Hot Springs), (1189m), (5 – 6hrs)
Day 18. Hot Springs – day of rest and relaxation with hot springs bath
Day 19. Hot Springs to Ghorepani (2850m), (8 – 9hrs)
Day 20. Ghorepani (early morning hike to Poon Hill for sunrise 3210m.) to Tadapani (2680m), (4 – 5hrs)
Day 21. Tadapani to Ghandruk (1951m), (3 – 4hrs))
Day 22. Ghandruk to Naya Pul (1093m), (3 – 4hrs) and drive to Pokhara (830m.)by Private Vehicle.
Day 23. Sightseeing in Pokhara
Day 24 Pokhara to Kathmandu by bus or by flight (1395m)
Day 25. Depart from Kathmandu
Some Option:- If you donot have more days you can make this trek shorter by
1) Fly out from Jomsom to Pokhara.
2) Trek out from Tatopani ( Hotspring) to Beni and drive back to Pokhara.

Itinerary:  2
1st day : Pokhara to Bulbule(840m.)
2nd day: Bulbule to Jagat(1300m.)
3rd day: Jagat to Dharapani( 1860m.)
4th day: Dharapani to Chame (2670m.)
5th day: Chame to Pisang( 3200m.)
6th day : Pisang to Manang(3540m.)
7th day: Acclimate day (rest)
8th day: Manang toYakkhrka(4018m.)
9th day: Yakkharka to Thorung –Phedi(4540m.)
10th day: Thorung – Phedi to Thorung –Top (5416) to Muktinath (3802m.)
11th day: Muktinath to Jomsom(2713m.)
12th day: Jomsom to fly Pokhara / Jomsom to Tukuche(2590m.)
13th day: Tukuche to Ghasa(2010m.)
14th day: Ghasa to Tatopani(1190m.)/ Two options to pokhara or Ghorepani
15th day:Tatopani to Beni (830m.) / Ghorepani(2874m.)
16th day: Beni to Pokhara (915m.) Ghorepani to Tikhedunga(1577m.)
17th day: Tikhedunga to Pokhara(915m.)


Highlight of this treks:-
1) Different landscape from low level (780 m.) to high level (5516 m.).
2) Mountain View in very closed distance- Full ranges of Annapurna and Manaslu and Dhaulagiri. In this trek you will be closed with mountain in must of your days with more then 16 different mountains.
3) Variation of culture-Brahman, Chhetri, Gurung, Bhotes, Thakalis etc.
4) Famous Muktinath Temple, Monasteries, Gompas & lakes etc.
5) Natural Hot spring where you will get bath.
6) World deepest George of Kaligandaki valley.
7) World highest Pass- Throng-la Pass (5516m.)
What to bring:
If you are doing trekking in Nepal, you should have to better equip. so is a suggested list with perhaps the minimum necessary for your trek. You can buy or rent everything you need in Kathmandu and Pokhara. It is hard to find large shoe sizes. Once you choose your trekking destination, figure out what you might need for your trek. You can store extra gear at your hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Walking Equipment
• Well-fitting boots (be sure beforehand that they walk well and are really comfortable) and good socks
• Long/ short trousers/skirt
• Shirt/t-shirt
• Light jumper
• Underwear
• Sunglasses (UV Protection)
• Hat and gloves
• Waterproof jacket/poncho
• Water bottle
• Walking stick
• Small rucksack (day pack)
• Down jacket (if trekking over 4,000 meters)
• Windproof trousers and gaiters (if trekking over 4,000 meters)

Other Equipment
• Backpack (large)
• Personal medication/first aid kit
• Personal toiletries
• Sunscreen/ lip balm
• Penknife
• Torch/flashlight with spare batteries
• Camera/ film/ memory cards/batteries
• Iodine tablets/solution
• Sanitary items for women
• Flip-flops/thongs
• Binoculars
• Entertainment (books, music, game sets, etc.)
If you are traveling in Nepal, these hints will be helpful for your safe journey or travel.
1. It is best not to trek alone. If you have an accident, no one will be there to get help!
2. Become informed about high altitude sickness.
3. Carry a good medicine kit.
4. Time your trek generously, taking rest while trekking is not a sign of weakness.
5. Carry out what you are carries in.
6. Don’t disturb wildlife.
7. Don’t hurt or remove animals and plants.
8. Respect the local people and those cultures.
9. While walking on trails, stand on the inside of the trail if any animal comes past you to ensure that you don’t get forced off the path.
10. “Nameste” is the universal greeting and parting gesture.
11. Temples, Mani walls, Chortens etc should be pass on the clockwise.
12. Ask permission before taking pictures of people or religious sites.
13. Don’t buy any items of religious or historical items while trekking. Such items are considered to be cultural monuments and are never sold legally!
14. The weight porters are allowed to carry in tea house trekking is 15-20 kg. max.

What is provided by your guide (Guide’s responsibility )?
Guides can help you in many ways: a guide can not only show you the trails and all the places of interest along the way, he can also provide commentary regarding culture, religion, geography, the flora-fauna that you come across, the environment, local history and so on. A properly qualified guide can also handle any problems that may arise on a trek, such as accidents, emergency evacuation, lost items, etc. Most important, the presence of a trained and experienced guide helps to ensure your safety and security!

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