Annapurna Circuit Trekking - 21 Days
Annapurna circuit trekking is one of the most popular adventure circuits Trek in the world. When Manang Area opened for travelers in 1977AD, the circuit trekking immediately began attracting trek enthusiasts. This circuit Trekking is rich in sceneries apart from the diverse culture, floras and faunas found in this part of the country that’s considered one of the best in the world.
This is a classic tea-house trek run in our special the way; instead of camping out in the cold, we enjoy the dining-room stoves and famed hospitality of the local people of the Annapurna Circuit, our gear is carried by porters, and we have professional guide to explain the various cultures, mountains and sights to us along the way.
The sights of some of the biggest mountains in the world down here are a literal feast for the eyes. we will see a whole string of mountains in Annapurna circuit which including Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Annapurna I (809m) Mt. Manaslu (8163m), Mt. Annapurna II (7937m.), Mt. Annapurna III (7555m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7525m), Mt. Annapurna south (7219m), Mt. Nilgiri (7041m), Mt. Fishtail also called Mt. Machhapuchhare (6998m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6441m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6986m),Tukuche peak (6920m), Tilicho peak (7134m). Furthermore, through the trails of the circuit; we will come across settlements of diverse communities such as Brahmins, Chhetris, Tibetan Sherpa, Thakalis, Magars, Tamangs, and Gurungs. You will be amazed to learn of the cultures of these different communities who live near each other in peace & harmony. Subsequently, the Annapurna circuit is also rich in wild animals such as Himalayan Thars, snow Leopards, Jackal, blue sheep and many bird species such as pheasant and long-tail birds.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek takes us around the Annapurna Himal, following the courses of two mighty rivers-- Marsyangdi in the east before we pass the Thorung la and the Kaligandaki in the west after we pass the thorung la. The Kaligandaki is the world's deepest gorge, flanked by the giant Dhaulagiri in the west and Annapurna Himalaya range in the east; we will trek along the gorge.
Apart from these, we will visit one of the popular pilgrimage sites in Nepal “ Muktinath Temple” God of Salvation, Legends says that once we visit this temple, all of our sins will be washed away and we become pure, so thousands of pilgrims come here from different parts of Nepal and India, & we will have opportunities to take bath in one of the famous natural hot spring at Tatopani and the water in this spring is said to be very good for the skin and there are many examples of people cured of many skin diseases , So, we can say that, The Annapurna circuit Trek has so much to offer us in terms of value for money.
Fundamentally, we have designed 21 days Itinerary for the Annapurna circuit trek however, we are always ready to tailor the itinerary as per your timeframe and interests and for the more adventurous trekkers in this Region you have the options of another pass at Tilicho, as well as Climbing Pisang Peak and Chulu peak too.
We organize departures for the Annapurna Circuit Trekking every week from Kathmandu and private treks can be arranged any date as per your requirements, view our selected departure Dates on our website to make your choice. If the set departure dates are not suitable for you then you may choose any date convenient for you. These types of departures are suitable for couples, families, charity and small groups of friends.
Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters). overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Full day of sightseeing of Kathmandu valley. Overnight at Hotel. B.B
Drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule (830m) - 7 Hours. Overnight at Guesthouse. B.L.D
Trek from Bhulbhule to Chamje (1410m.)- 6 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse. B.L.D
Trek from Chamje (1410m.) to Dharapani (1960m.)- 6 Hours.Overnight at Guesthouse. B.L.D
Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2675m.)- 5 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse. B.L.D
Trek from Chame to Pisang (3100m0- 5 Hours. Overnight at Guesthouse. B.L.D
Trek from Pisang to Manang (3440m.)- 5 Hours. Overnight at Guesthouse. B.L.D
Rest day at Manang for acclimatization. Overnight at Guesthouse. B.L.D
Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4350m.)- 3 Hours. Overnight at Guesthouse. B.L.D
Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4420m.)- 3 Hours. Overnight at Guesthouse. B.L.D
Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3850m.) via Thorong La (5416m.) Pass- 8 Hours. Overnight at Guesthouse. B.L.D
Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni (2895 m.)- 3 Hours. Overnight at Guesthouse. B.L.D
Trek from Kagbeni to Marpha (2650m.)- 5 Hours. Overnight at Guesthouse. B.L.D
Trek from Marpha to Ghasa (1189.)- 5 Hours. Overnight at Guesthouse. B.L.D
Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani (1189.)- 4-5 Hours. Overnight at Guesthouse. B.L.D
Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2853 m.)- 7 Hours. Overnight at Guesthouse. B.L.D
Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m.) to Hille (1475m.)- 5 Hours. Overnight at Guesthouse. B.L.D
Trek from Hille to Nayapul (1220m.) via Birethanti and drive to Pokhara- 4 Hours. Overnight at Hotel. B.B
Drive from Pokhara to Kathamndu ( 6 Hours). Overnight at hotel. B.B
Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure. B
Note: B = Breakfast, B.B = Bed & Breakfast, B.L.D = Full Board (Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
The 21-days Annapurna Circuit Trek is suitable for keen walkers who are able to walk for 5 - 6 hours in a day, with a light rucksack. Some of the days are quite long, and the walking feels more strenuous at altitude. Generally the trail is a good track and the trek start from low level up to high altitude (5416m), Thorong La pass, which is very famous high passes circuit in the world.
Travel insurance is Necessary for all Clients undertaking any tour and trekking with us. And it should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour to cover personal injury, death, medical expenses, helicopter rescue, air ambulance and adequate cover for baggage.
The Annapurna circuit trek will be led by an experienced Local Guide of Outfitter Nepal. The Guide is a vital contributor to the enjoyment and well-being of the trekking members and he will be there to deal with any unexpected problems. To that end, we aim to provide a Guide who will make the trek successful and enjoyable throughout.
The Guide will be supported by a assistant sherpa when there are 8 or more member in the group , there will be a porter between 2 members and we departure the Annapurna circuit trek minimum for 1 people and the maximum size of the group is 12.
If, in case there are only one member in the group then still we departure the trek to the Annapurna circuit and there will be a guide to lead trek and guide will support to carry your luggage about 10 KG.
On the second day of the itinerary (before you departure for the city Tour- About 8:30 AM), we host a Pre-Trip Meeting at Outfitter Nepal Office, Thamel KTM. The primary purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for individual Trekkers to ask questions about the trek and to introduce them to other team members.
Please bring the following thing on the meeting-
- Three copies of Passport size photos each.
- Travel Insurance Policy.
- A writing pen
Note on Itinerary
Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control including unexpected weather and terrain conditions.
Tailor made options
We organize Annapurna circuit trek on a 'tailor-made' private basis for groups of friends, single travelers, families, clubs, charities or any other group. Please contact us to discuss the itinerary and your preferred dates. We will then send you a quote, with no obligation.
How do you book?
To book an Outfitter Nepal Trip, you need to complete the booking form which we will be able to send via e-mail, fax or can be found at our download Page. On completion, fax, e-mail scan copy or post the form to Outfitter Nepal office in Kathmandu with your nonrefundable 20% deposit.
Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters): When flying into Kathmandu on a clear day, the views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawl down below you & are almost breathtaking, beginning a whole link of memorable experiences that stay with you for a real, long time. Our escort and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Our representative will help you check into your designated hotel; & at your hotel, you will be briefed about your daily program. This is your first overnight in the valley of the gods. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Full day of sightseeing of Kathmandu valley:
Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. The city displays an interesting combination of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. After having Breakfast we take you for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley including Kathmandu Durbar Square
, Monkey Temple
, Pashupatinath Temple
and Baudhanath Stupa
. Overnight at Hotel. B.B
Drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule (870m) - 7 Hours:
Our guide will come to pick you up at the your hotel in the morning, we then drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway to Dumre and then follow the narrow and paved road by the Marsyangdi River to Besi Sahar, it is about 185Km from Kathmandu . From here we will get to view some of the well known mountain peaks, & natural sceneries surrounding the valley and the daily activities of the local folks. Overnight at Hotel. B.B
Trek from Bhulbhule to Chamje (1410m.)- 6 hours:
It will take to trek about 6 hours to Chamje. The trail goes flat for the first part then climbs steeply and the path is cut into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed. Eventually we descend to the stone village of Jagat (1330m.) situated on a shelf which juts into the precipitous Marsyangdi valley. Now the trail begins to observe small ups and down to Chamje through the forests. Overnight at Guesthouse. B.L.D
Trek from Chamje (1410m.) to Dharapani (1960m.)- 6 Hours:
We start our trekking by descending to the river and cross another suspension bridge; we begin a climb to Sattale (1550m.) on a path so steep that it seems one slip would send you hurtling down into the valley. We continue on an undulating path above the river, and at one point, where a tributary flows in from the opposite bank, the main river becomes covered with huge boulders that hide the water. Climbing a meandering path to the top of the hill, we will see the level plain of Tal (1700m.).
Beyond Tal, the valley narrows and the path becomes high and winding, and in several areas hewn from the rock itself. Beyond the small village of Karte (1900m.), there is a bit more cliff-walking before the path drops again to the river and we cross a another suspension bridge and arrive at Dharapani. Overnight at Guesthouse. B.L.D
Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2675m.)- 5 hours:
We start our trekking at first light after a cupper through a narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu. The Marsyangdi River then veers to the left, and as Annapurna II becomes visible ahead, you arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhote village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze around Buddhist monastery. Continuing to climb through forests of pine and oak, we pass through Danaque (2210m.). There comes a small wooden bridge which makes us follow a steep ascending path up to Timang village which lies at the bottom of Lamajung Himal & then the trail goes through a flat level until we reach Chame. Overnight at Guesthouse. B.L.D
Trek from Chame to Pisang (3100m- 5 Hours:
We start our trekking from Lamjung Himal (6893m) as we see it glittering in the morning sunshine with the first rays hitting us warmly in the face, & we set off for Pisang. The mountain disappears as we climb the path up the valley, passing a huge apple orchard. We continue through fir and pine forest, climbing to a high, rocky area as the opposite bank becomes an impassable cliff. From this point the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as we follow the path to Bratang (2950m.) then a short climb from the village brings us to a rock-strewn area where we cross a wooden bridge and follow a high, winding path, before crossing back to the right bank again. We now trek through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up wonderful vistas & then we come to a long mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang, Overnight at Guesthouse. B.L.D
The Pisang peak
takes of from here for adventure trekkers who seek the peak.
Trek from Pisang to Manang (3440m.)- 5 Hours:
We start our trekking with climbs to steep ridge which affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7145m.). Descending past Manang's airstrip at Humde (3320m.) will arrive & then we come to a level area from where the north-east face of Annapurna III rises to the skies above us.
From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV (7525m.) also becomes visible. Just beyond this point we cross the considerably reduced flow of the Marsyangdi Khola via a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji. Cultivated fields appear on both sides of the path and off to the right, below a craggy mountain, we will see the village of Braga with its splendid monastery, Large Chortens and mani walls abound and the tall peaks of the Himalaya spread out before us – then After a short steep climb we will reach Manang. Overnight at Guesthouse. B.L.D
Rest day at Manang for acclimatization:
Today, we hang around town. This is an important rest and acclimatization day before crossing the Thorung La. There are optional day walks such as crossing the river to see the tremendous icefall coming down from the Annapurnas, or climbing high above the village for a full panorama of the Annapurna range and the Manang Valley. There is also a Himalayan Rescue Association [HRA] aid post in the village which makes for an interesting and educational visit. Moreover you can visit Ganagapurna Glacier Lake to make your rest day a memorable one. Overnight at Guesthouse. B.L.D
the Tilicho Lake
and peak goes from here.
Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4350m.)- 3 Hours:
Today the trail ascends gently all the way to Yak Kharka passing through Gunsang (3960m.) village. En route, we will see panoramic views all the day. And it seems it is short hiking, however, we will feel a bit fatigued as we are going higher and into less oxygen air. Overnight at Guesthouse. B.L.D
Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4420m.)- 3 Hours:
We start our trekking with a climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marsyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, you follow a narrow trail across an unstable spree slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi. Overnight at Guesthouse. B.L.D
Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3850m.) via Thorong La (5416m.) Pass- 8 Hours:
Today, we start our trekking quite early in the morning crossing the Thorung La (5416m.). The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving camp but as this trail has been used by local people for hundreds of years the path is well defined. No trail hassles down here. The gradient then eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing, we will reach the chorten and prayer flags of the pass. The views are dramatic to say the least, from the snow-covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang which are spread out before us. The descent to Muktinath is a knee pounding 1600m but it's compensated for with excellent views of Dhaulagiri. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath and its shrines. Overnight at Guesthouse. B.L.D
Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni (2895 m.)- 3 Hours:
This morning, we will go visit the famous temple of Muktinath and return to the lodge then we will begin the trek descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar villages with typical Tibetan architecture, we follow path steeply down to Kagbeni, a primitive village famous for Tibetan architectures and there is a monastery hereabouts said to have been built in the 15th Century. Kagbeni is the border for Upper Mustang. Overnight at hotel. B.B
Note: those doing the half Circuit, take the flight to pokhara form here (Jomsom)
Trek from Kagbeni to Marpha (2650m.)- 5 Hours:
Now, we begin the flat path along the banks of dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet up to Marpha and we stop at Jomsom for our lunch then continue our trekking to Marpha which is enriched with a Buddhist Monasteries and its own cultures, Marpha is rich in cultivating apples & this is where our apple pies originate from. The apple brandy available there is famous among the local folks and travelers. Overnight at Guesthouse. B.L.D
Trek from Marpha to Ghasa (1189 m.)- 5 Hours:
Now, Our Trekking Trail descends steeply through forests to Ghasa, the last Thakali village and the southern-most limit of Tibetan Buddhism. The beginning part of the trail is stretched at almost flat level up to Kalopani and then the trail begins descending steeply to Ghasa. The first part of the trek passes through the windy area covered with pine forests, rhododendron forests and birches. The surrounding area of Ghasa is famous destination for bird watching and wild Marijuana). Overnight at Guesthouse. B.L.D
Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani (1189 m.)- 5 Hours:
The trail descends steeply up to Rupse Chhahara (Rupse Waterfall) which is amazing to look at. There is situated the deepest gorge of the world between two massif mountains Annapurna I (8091m.) in east and Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) in west facing each other near Rupse Waterfall. Now the trail ascends slightly to Tatopani through different settlements. Overnight at Guesthouse. B.L.D
Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2853 m.)- 7 Hours:
We start our trekking by passing through flat level of the land at some distance. Then the trail begins ascending steeply for at least one hour then goes up through different villages inhabited by the people of different caste and a lot of agricultural land that shows this village is pretty well off. The majority of the people here are Gorkhalis who serve in the Indian army. Then the trail ascends gently all the way to Ghorepani passing through small villages like Phalate, Chitre and so on. While trekking you pass through rhododendron forests and come across the wild life such as monkeys and birds of various species. You are accompanied by more panoramic views of different mountains. It’s pretty beautiful down here. Overnight at Guesthouse B.L.D
If you have adequate time and want to trek to theAnnapurna Base camp then you can back pack your equipment & things you need & join the route to Annapurna Base Camp from this point. This is where it begins.
Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3210m.) to Hille (1475m.)- 5 Hours:
We will start our trekking with an early morning trip to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Himalayas including Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhre (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. We then return to the lodge and have breakfast, we again follow gradual descending path through the forests of rhododendron and oak up to Banthanti. It is a small village where you can haul up for hot and cold drinks. Then the trail descends to Ulleri (1960m.), a big Gurung village where we will enjoy the views of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli. From here the trail up to Tikhedhunga is steeply descending passing through terraces and some robust villages. After a short walk of 15 minutes from Tikhedhunga we reach Hille. Overnight at Guesthouse. B.L.D
Note: This place joins the routes for Ghorepani and Annapurna Base Camp, interested and having enough time trekkers is welcome to join these treks..
Trek from Hille to Nayapul 1050m.) via Birethanti and drive to Pokhara- 4 Hours:
Today is the last day of our long Annapurna Circuit Trek and it is a pretty easy hike day as well. The trails gradually descend following Bhurung Khola (Bhurung Stream) all the way to Birethanti before we cross the Modi Khola over the suspension bridge a short walk & we reach Nayapul, where our vehicle will be waiting to drive us back to… well, do we call it civilization? Or it was probably better on the mountains. Overnight at Hotel. B.L.D. B.B
Drive from Pokhara to Kathamndu( 6 Hours):
We take a tourist bus at 7 AM to drive to Kathmandu and the drive will be fantastic along many satellite towns on the way. And we are able to see healthy settlements, Rivers, terraces and landscapes, after 6 hours driving we will arrive at Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel. B.B
If you are interested on other activities in Nepal such as Chitwan Jungle Safari
, Seti River Rafting
, pokhara Tour
, Lumbini, Paragliding
, Scenic Everest Mountain Flight
and Ultra Flight
then you can start now.
Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure. B
OUTFITTER NEPAL feels honored to have met you & served you. You counted on us & we reckon we didn’t let you down. We know you’ve enjoyed your vacation & we hope the relationships built up over the weeks will translate into a warm & mutual friendship in the years ahead. Please do remember us. Bon Voyage & take care!!!
Note: The above itinerary should be taken only as a guideline; it could change due to fluctuating weather patterns, availability of clean water and campsite, trail or any other unforeseen conditions related to the environment. In case of any trek Itinerary alteration or if it needs to be re-routed to other areas, your Group Leader or senior Sherpa Guide will make the final decision after consulting the group.
Note: B = Breakfast, B.B = Bed & Breakfast, B.L.D = Full Board (Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
The following start dates are your arrival dates in Kathmandu and end dates are return date from Kathmandu and the prices are based on per person basis in USD and excluding international flights.
- 4 plus offer: 50USD discount on per persons’ price
- 10 plus offer: 100USD discount on per persons’ price.
- Winter offer: If you travel in JAN to FEB- 3% Discount on total cost.
- Monsoon offer: If you travel in JUNE to AUGUST- 3% discount on total cost.
Fixed Departure Dates - 2013
10- February -2013
24- February -2013
Fixed Departure Dates Spring - 2013
Fixed Departure Dates Summer - 2013
Fixed Departure Dates Autumn - 2013
Booking Open For - 2014 (Fixed Departures)
Janaury - 2014
7, 14, 21
February - 2014
4, 18, 25
March - 2014
1, 8, 15, 22, 29
April - 2014
5, 12, 19, 26, 30
May - 2014
3, 10, 17, 24, 31
June - 2014
7, 14, 21
July - 2014
4, 18, 25
August - 2014
8, 15, 22
September - 2014
6, 13, 19, 26, 30
October - 2014
5, 11, 18, 25, 31
November - 2014
4, 8, 15, 22, 29
December - 2014
6, 13, 20, 27
- PRICE: All the Prices are in US $ Dollar Per Person.
- AVAILABLE: This date is available and open for booking.
- GUARANTEED: We have reached minimum numbers and this trip is guaranteed for departure.
- LIMITED: There are a very limited number of available places on this departure.
If the above set departure dates are not suitable for you, you may choose your own departure date. These types of departures are best suited for solo travellers, couples, families, charity and small groups.
The Above Cost Includes
- Airport pick up and Drop by private car/van/bus.
- Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley with private car/van/bus.
- 3 nights’ Accommodation in Kathmandu in 2/3 star hotel including breakfast as per the above itinerary on twin sharing basis.
- One night accommodation Pokhara in 2/3 star hotel including breakfast as per the above itinerary on twin sharing basis.
- Your standard meals during the Trip with hot tea/coffee in breakfast (20 Breakfasts, 17 Lunches and 16 Dinners).
- All necessary paper works, Conservation entry permits, TIMS permit and monument entrance fees
- Ground transportation local bus from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule and by tourist bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
- All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks on twin sharing basis.
- An experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples).
- Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter.
- Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
- Outfitter Nepal's sleeping bag, down jackets, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps - if necessary.
- Outfitter Nepal invites you Farewell Dinner on last night.
- All government taxes and official expenses.
The Above Cost Excludes
- Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu). You will require 2 passport size photos.
- Your Travel insurance (Compulsory).
- Lunch and Dinner while you are in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
- Your personal expenses.
- All the alcoholic and non alcoholic Drinks.
- Sweet things like chocolate.
- Hot Shower / Batteries charge / Heater during the Trek.
- International airfare and airport departure tax.
- Tips for the guide, porter & driver. (Tipping is Expected ).
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned on including section.
- Luggage: A large duffel bag or bag pack: This will carry all your personal gear on Annapurna Circuit Trekking, so, It should be strong and durable and a small rucksack or day packs for the day: This should accommodate a sweater, rain gear, water bottle, camera and accessories and any miscellaneous items you need to have during the day.
- Head and Face Gear: Sunhat, Sunglasses, Warm hat, Sunscreen with a very high SPF factor, Lip balm with a high SPF factor.
- Hands: Lightweight warm gloves.
- Inner Clothing: T-shirts, Underwear, Long shorts, Trousers- (loose and comfortable).
- Outer Clothing: Fleece Jacket (or a windproof jacket), Waterproof pants; Down Jacket (we will provide you down jacket if you do not have on our own).
- Footwear: Light weight walking boots, Spare laces, thick socks, a pair of sandals or comfortable shoes for camp.
- Drinking Equipment: Water Bottle, Purification equipment or purification tablets (it is highly recommended).
- Sleeping Equipment: We recommend having good and warm sleeping bag on your own however we provide you one if you do not have on your own.
- Personal Medical Kit: basic medicines.
- Extras/Luxuries: Cameras, Torch Light, Binoculars, Reading book, Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, and scrabble (for your free time).
- Toiletries: 1 medium sized quick drying towel, Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable).
Moderate to fairly challenging - This is a long trek that goes right into high mountain country and over the Thorung La pass (5416m), the highest point of this trek. Physically quite tiring and it involves approx 6-8 hours trekking along rocky ridges. No previous experience is required, you should be moderately fit, used to some regular exercise and enjoy walking in the high altitude conditions.
CLIMATE AND BEST TIME
The best seasons for Annapurna Circuit Trek are autumn (from mid-September till November end) and spring (from the beginning of March until May end). Temperatures will drop considerably as you trek higher every day. The nights are chilly & cold (between -20 C to 5C) but the days are sunny and hot (between 10C to 30C). The mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon & disappearing at night. Trekking during the monsoon and winter is also possible; please contact us for weather condition on those months.
ACCOMMODATION ON ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK
Outfitter Nepal provides you 2-3 star Hotel Accommodation in KTM and Lodge/Teahouse during the Annapurna Circuit Trek and the rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets. A few have electric lights and all have a spacious dining room-lounge. We will accommodate you and group in local lodge available each day. We send a porter ahead of us to book the required rooms for the group (rooms cannot be booked in advance in all places). Please remember that some of them are very basic and a sense of adventure is necessary. And there is 4-5 star luxury accommodation available in Kathmandu as well so, if you prefer to upgrade your accommodation in Kathmandu then please write us for the cost and the detail.
TRANSPORTATION ON THIS TREK
We will provide private vehicles for the airport transfers and sightseeing tour and Public Bus from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule and Tourist Bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu and there is options to drive by private car/Jeep from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule and there are options of driving by private Vehicle and flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu so, please do let us know if you want to upgrade the modes of transport.
Public Bus- the Publish bus is smaller in size and it is fun to travel with locals however if you prefer to travel on luxury way then there is options to drive by private car or Land cruiser, please contact us for the cost and the detail.
Pokhara- Kathmandu- you will travel from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus however there is options to drive by private vehicles or flight as well so, contact us for the cost for those details.
ELECTRICITY & BATTREY RE-CHARGE
There are electricity in some of the villages of Annapurna Circuit Trek where you can re- charges your camera batteries and there is solar power in some villages and you can recharges your batteries in those places as well if they have enough power and we suggest you to have spare batteries as well and you will have to pay some for recharging batteries.
FOOD ON ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK
Meals are included in our price and are taken in lodges, you will have breakfast and dinner at the lodge where you stay and lunch at the lodge available along the trail. You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western food as well as drinks (coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer) - the drinks are not included in the cost above.
WATER ON TREK
We recommend you to bring water purification pills since you will have normal water for free and you have options of buying bottled water, boiled water and Safe Drinking water at safe Drinking water stations as well.
LUGGAGE- WHILE ON TREK
During the Annapurna Circuit Trek- your main luggage will be carried by porters. You simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu for free of charge. Weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic airlines is 15 Kg; excess weight is chargeable at USD 1 or more per Kilo depending on sectors.
GROUP LEADER AND CREW MEMBERS FOR THE TREK
We provide Trained Trekking Guide (handles the logistics and guides you and your team on the trek) and a Sherpa when there are 8 or more members in the Group and porters to carry your luggage and there will be 1 porter for 2 members/ a porter will carry 20-25kg.
JOIN A GROUP OR PRIVATE TRIP
The Annapurna Circuit Trek is available on both fixed departure and private basis. If you are looking for a group to join this trip please check our fixed departures Dates link for availability, dates and price. If you would like to travel independently, or with your friends, families & colleagues, you are invited to choose any date at your convenient timeframe for any number of people (minimum 1 & maximum 100 at a time).
If you want to do something that is not included in our Annapurna Circuit Trek then we are ready to tailor a trip to suit your exact requirements.
PERSONAL EXPENSES ON TREK
Personal expenses depend largely on your habit and as all the meals are included. You only need money for table drinks (alcoholic/non alcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (some smaller shops are available along the trail in the areas), tips, souvenirs, hot shower ( you have to pay in some places), if you do not drink alcohol and sopping then 12-15USD per day should be enough for the hot drinks, shower and snacks.
Tips are appreciated by your support team after the trip. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. As a suggestion, we advise you to allocate 10 - 15% of the total tour cost as tips. You can do this if you feel the services have been good.
COMMUNICATION ON TREK
While trekking in the remote parts of the Himalayas you may not have an access to telephone facility for some days. However, en route there may be few places where telephone facilities are available and there are internet facilities in some villages as well
GEARS AVAILABLE IN KATHMANDU
It's not necessary to spend a lot of money buying extra equipment and clothing before your trip. Majority of these gears can be bought at reasonable rates in Kathmandu.
A TYPICAL DAY ON A TREK
Each morning after packing our bags and hot breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk. After walking for 3-4 hours we stop for lunch at around midday. The afternoon’s walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day’s adventures, before retiring for a well-earned sleep.
OUR MEETING AND GREETING IN KATHMANDU
You need to pass on your International flight details to us for a “meeting and greeting” service at the airport. You just pass through the Customs and come out of the Terminal building where you will see someone standing with a placard with either ‘Outfitter Nepal’ or your name written on it. Our airport representative or tour officer will greet you and transfer you to the hotel.
ITINERARY CHANGES ON ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK
The itinerary for the Annapurna Circuit Trek should be taken as a guideline only. Depending on the prevailing situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into some of the most remote regions on earth, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original program.
ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK DURATION
We ensure liability as per indicated itinerary and list of services. If the Annapurna Circuit Trek is cut short or completed earlier than the projected period upon client’s wish, we shall not be responsible or make refund against unutilized days or services. Clients need to pay extra for Hotels/services incurred in Kathmandu or elsewhere in such cases.
HEALTH ISSUES (important for you)
As vaccination requirements change frequently, we suggest you to consult your doctor at least 2 months prior to the beginning of your Annapurna Circuit Trek. We recommend protection against malaria, tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis and polio. The main health consideration in high altitude is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). You may experience some mild symptoms initially, such as a headache, lethargy, nausea and difficulty sleeping, but these should lessen within a few days. To avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), people take pills called ‘Diamox’. You can also use these pills after consulting with your doctor and purchase them in Kathmandu. Our itinerary will allow your body to acclimatize properly and to handle the low oxygen rate. For your service, out guide will have ‘Diamox’ and basic medicine as well- We do not take any medical liability since our staffs are not qualified to prescribe medicines. If you have ever suffered from altitude sickness, or have a heart or breathing complaint, we highly recommend you consult your doctor about your suitability for traveling to this area before booking. We suggest that you take some pain-killing pills with you and enough medicine for cold, diarrhea, nausea and fever. Some nasal ointment and throat-moistening pills will greatly be of help for those who are sensitive to chilly or freezing weather conditions. Please visit Acute Mountain sickness page and Health guide for more info about the sickness.
INSURANCE/RESCUE / EVACUATIONS
In case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we believe will not happen; we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Ensure that you’ve insured yourself before doing the trip. Common sense dictates this. It’s good for you and please visit Nepal Travel insurance page for more info about it.
The Wonderful Environment of the Himalayas is also an extremely fragile one. Increasing population density and numbers of trekkers threaten the very beauty of Nepal. At Outfitter Nepal, we are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize our impact as much as possible. As deforestation is one of the greatest environmental threats we face, we do not encourage camp fires and use kerosene for cooking as an alternative fuel to wood. We also discourage trekkers from using wood-fuelled hot showers in lodges along the way. Many lodges, however, now provide solar hot showers, a far more eco-friendly alternative.
Garbage disposal is another major problem and some of the busier trails can, at times, appear strewn with litter for miles. Our staff members are well motivated towards eco-friendly practices. We carry out all our garbage, apart from that which can be safely and easily burnt at the campsite. Our aim is to help protect and preserve this beautiful environment for future generations of trekkers to enjoy and we advise the same to you to keep the garbage on proper site and take return those with you to homes which are Non- biodegradable.
In addition to Annapurna Circuit Trek, we can organize extensions your Trip both within Nepal and other neighboring countries. Since the trek ends in Pokhara, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal, it would be nice and relaxing for you to spend a day or two taking in the sights and sounds of this scenic City of Lakes or You may want to try water rafting or a jungle safari or Lumbini Tour or do a Nepal Cultural Tour. You may as well want take a trip to Tibet or Bhutan, whichever appeals more to you. You may want to try white water rafting, jungle safari, Lumbini Tour and Nepal Cultural Tour. You may as well want take a trip to Tibet and Bhutan, whichever appeals more to you.
BOOKING & PAYMENTS FOR THE TREK
You are required to make 20% payment in advance in order to book the Annapurna Circuit Trek along with your passport copy and the flight Detail (Arrival Detail) and the remaining 80% balance is payable when you arrive in Nepal- and you have options of paying by bank transfer or credit card, so, do let us know which modes of payment is convenient for you then we will forward the detail.
These trip notes represent the most current information for this itinerary however there might be changed as the weather is always unpredictable for Annapurna Circuit Trek so, Contact Us for the up to date and current information.