The Annapurna Circuit or also called Annapurna Thorung la pass trek is a circular trek around the mighty Annapurna range, a journey that is regarded as one of the top ten walks in the world. This 222 kilo meter trek offers a unique insight into physical and cultural diversity of Nepal. From Kathmandu we travel to the road-head at Besishahar and then start walking. However, the recent development in rough motor able road can lead us to Chame (headquarter of Manang district).
The Annapurna Circuit trek trail follows Marsyangdi River through rice paddies, terraced fields and Hindu villages under shadow of Annapurna and Manaslu ranges. As we ascend, valley becomes narrower, waterfalls plunge from high above and scenery gains a rugged alpine appearance. The trail soon bears west behind the Annapurnas, to enter a Trans-Himalayan region populated by people of Tibetan origin, whose prayer flags, mani walls and monasteries are constant reminders of their Buddhist culture. From Manang we undertake challenging crossing of the Thorong La (5416m), this is the heart of Annapurna Circuit and links Marsyangdi and Kali Gandaki Valleys. At the top of the pass, we view panoramic mountain view and then descend to holy temples Muktinath, before dropping to the valley floor at Jomsom. We then pass through the world’s deepest gorge cutting between peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri and on to the hot springs at sub-tropical, Tatopani. The final climb of the trek through forest and stone steps takes us to Ghorepani, where we enjoy more magnificent views of the Annapurnas. Then descends to the road head, where our transport awaits to take us to the beautiful Pokhara to complete this memorable trek.
- All Airport – Hotel – Airport transfers (Pick up and drops)
- Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu by Tour guide, entrance fee included
- 3 nights standard hotel in Kathmandu, b/b plan
- 2 nights standard hotel in Pokhara, b/b plan
- Annapurna permit, TIMS (Security card) & government taxes.
- Food : 3 meals a day during the trekking day, tea and coffee
- Twin sharing accommodation in tea house/lodge
- One English speaking experienced Nepali guide
- 2 clients : 1 porter for carrying loads
- Nepali staffs wages, daily allowances and insurance
- Farewell dinner
- Rescue evacuation co-ordination (covered by your travel insurance)
- All transportation as per the itinerary
Welcome to Nepal! Ramdung Expedition representative will meet you at the airport and bring you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You can take a rest or if you are arriving earlier, can visit around the city. In the evening we will hold a briefing session regarding your trip and get to know your Nepali trekking companion. We’ll be happy to answer any question you may have. O/N Hotel.
Kathmandu valley is has fantastic UNESCO world heritages all around. Today after the breakfast, you’ll be visiting Boudhanath Stupa (the largest Buddhist shrines in the world), Pashupatinath (the holiest Hindu temple in the world), Durbar Squares (Palaces and fortresses of medieval Kings). The lifestyle of the Nepalese people, holy sadhus and monks, the fascinating history and the awe-inspiring architecture will be the highlight of this day. You can also buy or rent any needed gear or clothing from trekking/mountaineering shops. O/N Hotel (B)
After morning breakfast, our staff will come at your hotel to pick you up. We drive around 7 hrs to reach Besisahar, a famous point for starting all the Annapurna area trek. O/N Lodge (BLD)
We leave Besishar early in the morning and drive till Syangje. Our walking now starts with downhill and steep start as we reach Bahundanda. We can see roaring waterfall while crossing over suspension bridge above Marsyangdi river. The trail of river will guide through village of Jagat before finally ending todays journey till Chamje. O/N Lodge (BLD)
The day begins with the rocky trail following the Marsyandi Rivers steadily uphill to Tal at 1675m, the first village in the Manang district. We make a trailverse crossing a wide, flat valley. The trail then climbs a stone stairway to 1860m till another stairway. The journey continues making up and down to Dharapani at 1890m. There we find a stone entrance chorten typical of the Tibetan influenced villages from here northwards. We then visit the Bagarchhap at 2160m that offers the typical flat roofed stone houses of local Tibetans design although the village which is still in the transition Zone before the dry highlands. O/N Lodge (BLD)
With often rough and rocky, the trail climbs to Tyanja at 2360m, & then continues through forest, but near the river, to Kopar at 2590m. As we reach the Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II as you approach Chame & two small hot springs by the town.O/N Lodge (BLD)
The day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge at 2910m. We then cross another bridge at 3040m, from there the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3000m & 3300m. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Anapurna Range. People of this region, herd yaks & raise crops for part of the year besides, they also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784. Leaving Pisang, we have an alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meet up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3325m involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga at 3475m to nearby Manang. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Today we spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend by doing some fine day walks and overviewing the magnificent views around the village & the day time is best to gain altitude. At the end of the day, we return back to our accommodation & have a night rest. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Our todays journey is till Yak Kharka, meaning yak grazing area with lots of vegetation. Our trail ascends steep 500m through Tenki of Manang exiting Marsyangdi valley. We continue along with Jarshang Khola valley reaching Yak Kharka. O/N Teahouse (BLD)
We climb for two hours climb then descending to cross the river. Then again gain altitude with uphill until reaching Thorong Phedi. We rest then here well so that we could start early in the morning tomorrow to cross Thorung la pass. O/N Teahouse (BLD)
The journey from Phedi “foot of the hill” or at the foot to the 5416m Thorung La pass, begins the day. We then make the climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problem to cross the pass if it is covered by snow. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the chortens & prayer flags. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent view from the top. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Walk down the Beautiful valley Jharkot with the views of mountains Dhaulagiri & Nilgiri north, and old houses with monastery. We arrive Marpha continuously descending and getting near by kaligandaki river. This place is also nice settlements of more than 100 houses of Thakali people. It has also 2 monasteries, and one apple brandy factory. If you are interested to see how apple brandy are produced, you will be taken there. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Walk the flat roads with most of Apple garden and barley, wheat & vegetation fields. Ghasa is a small town just in front of Annapurna I near the Police Check post. The trail from Marpha to Lete-Ghasa taken as the deepest gorge in the world. Because the mountain Annapurna I (8091m). and Dhaulagiri 8168 m. high on both Sides of the River making deep valley. O/N Lodge (BLD)
The trail descends sharply up to Rupse Chahara or waterfall, which creates amazing scene to look for. Between two massif mountains Annapurna in east and Dhaulagiri in west, lies the deepest gorge in the world. Then the trail ascends slightly to Tatopani. As it name, it means Tato as hot and Pani as water, and is famous for its hot spring. At evening, we relax our body dipping at hot spring after long trek. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Today, we’ll gradually walk up to Gorepani throught the Mager village with the views Dhaulagiri mountain and Annnapurna south. The famous trekking spot and you can see the spectacular views of Dhaulagairi and Annapurna ranges. Rich Magar culture and the lthichy Rhododendren forest you can cross. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Waking early in the morning, we hike to Poon Hill along steep trail. This place is famous to catch the magnificent splendor of sunrise over the Himalayas, wonderful panoramic views of the Mustang part and Pokhara valleys including the closest views of more than 20 highest mountains. The we return to lodge to take breakfast and we walk all the way down to Nayapul via Ulleri. Today will be downhill walking all the time. Then take a bus till Pokhara.O/N Hotel (BL)
Its all upto you visiting different places around Pokhara valley such as Fewa Lake, Devi’s water fall, Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement, Gupteshower cave and many more places as per the choice. O/N Hotel (B)
It takes 7hrs long drive along Trisuli river and various settlements to get back to Kathmandu. You can spend time resting/buying souvenirs back to home. In the evening, we will host farewell dinner in traditional restaurant with cultural dance performances in celebration of your amazing trip. O/N Hotel (BD) You have option to extend your trip continuing onto Bandipur, Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure or Scenic Everest Flight. Notify us in advance !!!
The journey in the mountains of Nepal comes to an end today ! At last approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, a representative from Ramdung Expedition will drop you to the airport. (B)
Normally, we use following 3 star standard hotels in Kathmandu depending on availability in our trekking package.
Hotel Manang. Located in touristic hub, Thamel. www.hotelmanang.com
Hotel Utse. Located in touristic hub, Thamel. www.utsehotel.com
Hotel Manaslu. Located in Lazimpat near to Thamel area. www.hotelmanaslu.com
while on trek, the lodges are fairly basic but perfectly adequate for the mountain type service. Two people will be accommodated in each room mostly in twin beds with foam mattresses. If you prefer private accommodation, you can choose “single supplement” option. It is important to consider that some places in the trek do not have sufficient lodges and rooms; in this case you’ll have to share room. Some lodges now have showers (charged at $3-$5).
it is mandatory to have travel insurance for the trekking and please submit us photocopy before departure to mountain. Standard policies often only cover medical evacuation to 4000m so make sure it covers up to 6000m.
You are expect to trek about 5-7 hours covering distance of 10-15 kilometer daily depending on trial conditions and state of the weather. You’ll be traveling through wilderness, remote countryside and high elevations. Trekking with a guide is not only safer but also for more enjoyable experience. Our guides and porters are expert in Himalayan treks and have more than one decades of experience in average.
It is recommended that you prepare for trek with suitable training such as climbing hills/stairs, jogging, exercise and gym to improve your stamina few months prior to trek. The trek will be more enjoyable if you are fit.
MEALS AND DRINKS
There are plenty of excellent restaurants to serve food and drinks in Kathmandu such as Rum doodles, Fire & ice, La Dolce Vita, Ktoo Steak House, Everest Steak, New Orleans, Gaia etc. Breakfast is provided at your hotel every morning. It will cost $ 3-7 per meal depending on meals item chosen and restaurant.
While on trek, the lodges or teahouse provide good quality food in sufficient quantities. Meals whilst on trek are included in the package which is breakfast, lunch, dinner and hot drinks. You can choose your meal from hotel menus. Meals in lodges are varied ranging from traditional Nepalese daal bhaat to pizza, apple pie, steak, pasta and so on.
It is safer to drink bottled, boiled and filtered water. A reasonable variety of both hard and soft drinks are available in cities and while on trek. You can purify your own water if you carry a canteen or water bottle and iodine drops or tablets.
Spring starts from March until May where temperature fluctuated between 20°c to 30°c. From June to August is summer season which is also time of monsoon with occasional thunderstorms and hot temperatures. From late September to end November is autumn and is best for trekking activities. Winter is from late November to February.
The trek will have a wide range of temperatures depending on the elevation and time of the particular day. In the mountains between 1000m-3500m, the night generally will be cool around 5°C and during the day temperatures every so often rise to 20°c. At the higher altitudes, temperatures range from 15° to -15°c.
Tips is not mandatory but generally after hard work something extra is expected. We recommend a tip for guide and porter as at least $70 (more will be appreciated).
CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT LIST
The following are what we recommend to bring as clothing and equipment needed for the trek. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper price; we can assist you with necessary arrangement. Except for your day pack, your luggage will be carried by porters. You’ll have strong and hospitable porter for two people. The weight limit for trek is 10-13kg per person. One porter can carry 20-25kg weight. Before the trek, you can store all your excess baggage in Kathmandu at hotel or at our office and take only which is required for the trek.
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sun Hat or scarf
Cotton tees or thermals
Gloves for hand
Lightweight cotton pants (long)
Thin inner socks
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable Trekking boots
Sleeping bag rated to -20
Trekking bag or duffel bag
Large plastic bags (keeping items dry inside trek bag)
Trekking poles (recommended, optional)
Lonely Planet Nepal: A guide book of Nepal.
Annapurna: A book by Reinhold Messner about his expedition experience in the dead zone of Annapurna.
Trekking in Nepal: Written by Stephen Bezruchka is an nice book for all treks with and bibliography of additional books.
Trekking and climbing in Nepal: Written by Steve Razzetti, this book gives comprehensive knowledge of major trekking trails and climbing peaks.
Nepal Handbook: By Kerry Morgan. Recommended specially for Kathmandu Valley sightseeing’s.
Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya: By Stan Armungton. This book has detailed trek descriptions including restricted areas of Mustang, Manaslu, Dolpo and kailash.
Into Thin Air: By Jon Krakaur. A personal account of the Mount Everest disaster.
Travelers Tales: Edited by Rajendra Khadka, Traveler’s Tales, and San Francisco.
Mustang: A lost kingdom by Michel Peissel.