Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek, passing via world’s widest passes Thorong La Pass, probably one of the highest passes with elevation of 5416 m from sea level. Annapurna Circuit perfect blend of culture and adventure used to last for 22 days but however with possibilities of motor road from both side of Thorong La Pass now day it can be accomplished with two weeks. Annapurna Round Trek starting from Beshisahar will end on next side of ridge near Mustang Jomsom Trek. Major highlights of Annapurna Circuit are Manang, Gangapurna Lake, and options of side trip to Ice Lake as well as Tilicho Lake, Thorong La Pass, Muktinath Temple, Kagbeni, which is considered as gateway to Upper Mustang and if further continues trek down from Jomsom instead of getting a ride then village of Marpha, Lete, Kalopani offer exceptional view of traditional housing and ranges of Nilgiri, Tukuche and Dhaulagiri. Apart from that another highlight of trip is at the ending days of Annapurna Circuit Trek is Rupse Waterfall, natural hot spring in Tatopani and world’s deepest gorge with two eight thousand meter high mountain on both side i.e. Mt. Annapurna on left side and Mt. Dhaulagiri on right side on the way down from Jomsom to Pokhara. Once one manage to reach Tatopani there are multiple option either straight retrace back to Kathmandu passing via Pokhara or hike to Poonhill and descend the Poon Hill Trek trail all the way down to Naya Pool and drive back to Pokhara. On our Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary we will create enough room for acclimatization on the way up to Thorong La Pass and once we descend to Jomsom then drive back to Pokhara passing via Marpha and taking a lunch in Tatopani by soaking in natural hot water pond.
 
Annapurna Circuit Trek with NEST Adventure is all guaranteed departure with great ease and comfort. For further detail of all Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary please visit out detail itinerary section as well as costing details, checklist of what to bring what not to bring for Annapurna Circuit Trek as well as departure details. NEST organize private tour for Annapurna Circuit Trekking as itinerary are highly customizable it can be tailor made with change in every perspective as well as can be elongated or shorten to suit time span, comfort on medium of transport too and from Kathmandu as option of Pokhara to Kathmandu by flight or jeep or local bus, another option is from Jomsom to Pokhara by flight or jeep, let our travel adviser know about your vacation details who will assist you on creating perfect tailor made Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

Trekking Itinerary Annapurna Circuit Trek


Day 01 – Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to pre arranged hotel in Thamel
Day 02 – Explore Kathmandu’s entire world heritage site and introduction section with crew
Day 03 – Drive from Kathmandu to Beshisahar and over night in Beshisahar
Day 04 – Trek from Beshisahar to Bahundada
Day 05 – Trek from Bahundada to Chyamje
Day 06 – Trek from Chyamje to Bagarchap
Day 07 – Trek from Bagarchap to Chame
Day 08 – Trek from Chame to Pisang
Day 09 – Trek from Pisang to Manang
Day 10 – Acclimatization day in Manang, Explore Gangapurna Lake
Day 11 – Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka
Day 12 – Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Fedi
Day 13 – Trek from Thorong Fedi to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass
Day 14 – Trek from Muktinath to Marpha Passing via Kagbeni
Day 15 – Drive from Marpha to Pokhara
Day 16 – Drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu via car or jeep or coaster depending on group size.
Day 17 – Airport drop for international departure / on your own.

Day 01 – Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to pre arranged hotel in Thamel
 
As per arrival in Kathmandu Nepal, if you have not yet grab visa then fill up small form in immigration department in arrival terminal where you can easily get visa duration as per need, for Annapurna Circuit Trek you almost need to get one-month visa cause minimum fifteen days visa is granted at instance so for twenty days you need to take month long Nepal tourist visa. Once you get arrival visa our airport representative who will help will greet you and relocate at hotel in Thamel. Depending on time schedule either same evening welcome dinner or next day on best Nepali cuisine serving hotel along with live performance.
 
Day 02 – Explore Kathmandu’s entire world heritage site and introduction section with crew
 
Starting early morning after breakfast around eight o’clock in morning you will start exploring major sightseeing places in Kathmandu, which are listed on UNESCO world heritage sight. Dropping us on Kathmandu Durbar Square vehicle will head back to Thamel where as on next hand you will be following your tour guide roaming around Kathmandu Durbar Square and at end walk back to Thamel spending another hour passing via narrow street of Kathmandu and old market of Indrachowk & Ason. Late afternoon pre trek meeting will be arranged along with introduction section with crewmember of trek.
 
Day 03 – Drive from Kathmandu to Beshisahar and over night in Beshisahar
 
Starting from Kathmandu passing via local market along highway we will follow same trail toward Pokhara until Dumre from where we will traverse toward Beshisahar start point of Annapurna Circuit Trek. Since tourist bus is not available from Kathmandu to Beshisahar we will be using private jeep or car or coaster depending on group size. It will take around five hour to traverse to Beshisahar. Local market, numerous lodges on Beshisahar offer interactive evening.
 
Day 04 – Trek from Beshisahar to Bahundada
 
With view of Himalchuli and Peak 29 we will start first day of our Annapurna Circuit Trek heading toward Bahundada, one might be familiar with Bahundada cause famous author share his experience of journey from Microsoft to Bahundada. Bahundada 1310 m from sea level Bahundada is perfect start of journey with Nepalese Culture.
 
Day 05 – Trek from Bahundada to Chyamje
 
Thorong La Pass, in order to traverse it we need to attempt several up and down which start today with steep downhill trail to Syange, where massive seasonal waterfall is located. After we crossed Marshyangdi River we will head toward stone hut village Jagat from where we will hike up toward Chyamje located on elevation of 1400 m from sea level. Now a day even up to Chyamje jeep can found but it is better to walk in order to acclimatize properly for Annapurna Circuit.
 
Day 06 – Trek from Chyamje to Bagarchap
 
Passing via first village of Manang District named Tal we will head toward Dharapani from where amazing different architecture of housing which totally resemble with Tibetan culture, small Chorten on start of Dharapani let you feel like you are already in high alpine area with ancient Buddhism still in practice. Dharapani is intersection of Manaslu Circuit Trek where exactly Manaslu Trek will end by merging on famous Annapurna Trekking Route from where either hike up toward Thorong La Pass or descend to Beshisahar and retrace back to Kathmandu. Bagarchap situated at elevation of 2160 m from sea level is excellent view with orchid and maize field.
 
Day 07 – Trek from Bagarchap to Chame
 
Chame headquarter of Manang is first viewpoint of gigantic massif of Annapurna II, exploring ancient housing and different kind of people who were supposed to be migrated from Tibet centuries ago. Facility of Internet, phone call and other Chame really seems like developed part of Manang as most of major government bodies are also located here. Market seems to be busy most of the time with crowd of tourist as well as locals.
 
Day 08 – Trek from Chame to Pisang
 
Traversing steep and narrow valley we will slowly head ahead toward Pisang. Pisang is another village, which is center or gateway for climbing Pisang Peak. Normally climber who are heading toward summit of Pisang Peak normally prefer to stay in Upper Pisang but we will manage to stay easy and comfortable night in Lower Pisang. Pisang is a typical village with unique housing and unity among local people celebrating festivals together with peace and prosperity.
 
Day 09 – Trek from Pisang to Manang
 
Dry ridge of Upper Manang District, different spectacular valley and surrounding we will slow hike up to Manang, which is at elevation of 3540 m from sea level. Mostly people are involved on animal husbandry especially with herd of yaks and sheep as well as seasonal farming of potato and high alpine buckwheat. Right after leaving Pisang there is multiple of option for trek to Manang one via Humde Airport and another via Ghyaru. Passing via Bragha small hidden village with historic monastery that is almost near by Manang.
 
Day 10 – Acclimatization day in Manang, Explore Gangapurna Lake
 
In order to acclimatize with higher elevation of Thorong La Pass rest day are mandatory in Manang. Rest day does not mean spending entire day relaxing instead we will make a side trip of Gangapurna Lake, as Ice Lake is not feasible for everyone we will most likely to be stocked on option on Gangapurna Lake. However if team seems ok exploring Ice Lake no problem we will hike to there on mutual understanding with guide and client, where as either way we will spent a night in Manang.
 
Day 11 – Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka
 
Leaving yak pasture and field far behind we will head toward Yak Kharka where weather seems unfavorable for vegetation and animal husbandry. Small basic accommodation in Yak Kharka will manage us to spend a night before heading toward Thorong La Pass.
 
Day 12 – Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Fedi
 
Well crossing Thorong La Pass is longer than one can imagine so it is almost not feasible to traverse entire Thorong Pass starting from Yak Kharka in general which is the main reason why we arrange to stay is Thorong Fedi. With decent guesthouse build recently we will spend cozy night in Thorong Fedi at elevation of 4500 m from sea level. Short walk of around four hour from Yak Kharka seems more hard altitude wise as one might feel lack of energy because of less oxygen.
 
Day 13 – Trek from Thorong Fedi to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass
 
Today is the day we are traversing through Thorong La Pass for which we need to start early morning around four o’clock cause in case of delay chances are high we will be suffered from strong wind on pass as well as sunlight. Wide trail make Thorong La Pass easy to walk but in case of unfavorable weather it might be challenging and some time almost impossible to traverse especially during winter. Summit of Thorong La Pass is very much scenic with mark of “Thorong La Pass 5416 m See you in Manang again” as we are about to leave Manang and descend down to holy town of Muktinath. Theses area of trek seems highly developed mainly because of motor road, transportation seem like key for development. We are at elevation of 3700 m now a dramatic reduction, which make us feel like we are in thick air instead of thin air.
 
Day 14 – Trek from Muktinath to Marpha Passing via Kagbeni
 
World cannot be describe in word as housing style, surrounding hills local people monastery are astonishing. One feel like he or she is in prehistoric era as house mainly thatched roof with stone and wall made up of clay. Starting from Muktinath we will descend to Kagbeni, which is also called as Gateway to Upper Mustang. After exploring Kagbeni either there or near Eaklebhatti we will have a lunch. For overnight we will further scale trail up to Marpha passing via Jomsom. Marpha is city of narrow lane where entire house are of same color, creamy white same architecture and when we managed to hike 5 minutes up to meditation center aerial view of Marpha looks like fertile field. Apart from that Marpha is delightful apple capital of Nepal where we can enjoy taste of apple products ranging from candy to brandy.
 
Day 15 – Drive from Marpha to Pokhara
 
Since entire trekking is now through motor road we will also used some four-wheel jeep in order to get into Pokhara. King of off road trail we will slowly drive back up to Tatopani where we will stop for lunch, probably one of the most delicious lunch by soaking oneself in natural hot spring and food next. After lunch break we will further drive back to Pokhara which is now not so far as we are almost about to merge with highway road, black topped road. Enjoy the ride and evening walk in sore of Fewa Lake with cool wind breeze a perfect end of Annapurna Circuit Trek.
 
Day 16 – Drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu via car or jeep or coaster depending on group size.
 
Leaving Pokhara we will head toward Kathmandu by travelling again via highway and Annapurna Circuit is complete once we reach Dumre as in previous day of our trek we had diverted toward right from Dumre and now merging again to Dumre from left. From here even you are familiar cause same highway we traverse before may be navigate driver go left from here and go right. Once we reach Thamel late afternoon after you get fresh we will again gather in premises of NEST for post trek meeting, in one word feedback section to share your suggestion and experience regarding Annapurna Circuit Trek.
 
Day 17 – Airport drop for international departure / on your own.
 
According to your international flight departure our airport representative will arrange all necessary ground transport from Thamel to Kathmandu. On other hand apart from that after Annapurna Circuit Trek if one is thinking to stay couple of days more in Nepal then let our travel adviser or crewmember know about that so that they can provide you necessary information as well as arrange ground transport for international flight according to your schedule. 

 


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Things to Pack for Annapurna Circuit Trek


Major things you need to manage and some things, which we manage for great adventure trekking. Since you will be exploring mostly high alpine area some things should not be missed for comfortable trek. Lets make a list of some basic things –
 
Duffel / Rucksack Bag – We provide water and windproof duffel bag for all individual hikers throughout trekking duration, however it will be necessary for one hard suitcase bag in order to leave unnecessary things and stuffs in Hotel or storage of NEST ADVENTURE.
 
Day Bag Pack – For your basic daily stuffs during walking you will be needing one small day bag pack which should be good enough to fit camel pouch for water, some paper, sunscreen, your valuable like passport, money etc. Normally it should be around 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.
 
Down Jacket – Personal down jacket is recommend for trekking however we provide down jacket for each individual throughout trek duration and should be retuned at the end of trek. We provide down jacket good enough up to minus 15 degree Celsius and we hope this is good enough for trekking.
 
Sleeping Bag – Personal sleeping bag is recommend for trekking however we provide sleeping bag for each individual and should be returned at the end of trek. We provide sleeping bag good enough up to minus 20 degree Celsius and we hope this is good enough for trekking.
 
Sunglass with UV protection, Sun hat and Fleece hat.
 
Good hiking shoes, thin as well as thick pair of socks.
 
Thin and thick gloves with waterproof outer shell.
Tissue paper, toilet paper, hand-wash & basic first aid kit.
 
Light trouser, thick as well thin for multipurpose use.
 
Thick as well as thin jackets for multipurpose use.
 
So these are basic things, which one needs to know in general before heading for the trek and we hope this is good enough for basic info, for further particular queries send us email at info@nestadventure.com

Weather in Annapurna Circuit Trek Nepal
Normally weather can be divided into four different quarters through out the year, we would love to provide some more information details regarding weather condition and others which makes you easier to decide what shorts of clothing, equipment are necessary as well as wise to carry.
 
Spring – March to May
 
Second best season for Trekking in Nepal is from March to May, which is considered as spring season in Nepal. Just before rain hits trekking trail in Nepal during March to May Nepal used to be bloomed with rhododendron forest with clear blue sky. Especially base camps of eight thousanders used to get lots of crowd especially for expedition purpose, as weather is clear most of the time with suitable temperature for expedition. Average city temperature during March to May ranges as
 
Average Daily Temperature – Ranges from 24 to 28 (Degree Celsius)
Average Night Temperature – Ranges from 8 to 16 (Degree Celsius)
 
Rainy – June to August
 
Normally high mountain flights in Nepal used to get canceled during these periods because of poor visibility and rainfall. Heavy rainfall in lower alpine as well as frequent snowfall in high alpine region trekking is almost stopped during this trek. As chances are high for rock fall in alpine passes and closing of teahouses make more difficult too for treks. However city tour are still feasible with help of vehicles and for more adventure rafting as most to do list for extreme adventure.
 
Average Daily Temperature – Ranges from 21 to 24 (Degree Celsius)
Average Night Temperature – Ranges from 14 to 18 (Degree Celsius)
 
Winter – December to February
 
Extreme snowfall and low temperature is totally unfavorable for high alpine trek as most of the trails are blocked by heavy snow making almost impassable. Another major obstacles is closing of teahouses as during such periods of year most of the teahouses on start and end of passes. So either way you need to walk two days trail is same days but it is almost impossible so simple trekking in Ghorepani Poonhill, Nagarkot Chisapani are more feasible and attracts lot of people. City area and sightseeing are ok with freezing cold especially during morning and late night. Views are ok everyday with clear sky and snowy peak far beneath horizon. Do not forget to get winter clothes before you departure for Trip in Nepal.
 
Average Daily Temperature – Ranges from 19 to 20 (Degree Celsius)
Average Night Temperature – Ranges from 3 to 5 (Degree Celsius)
 
 
Fall – September to November
 
Right after monsoon is over sky is greeted by light blue color, one of the most favorable weather periods. Trekking trail are full of trekkers, hotel are sometimes overbooked everybody are busy with tour trekking stuffs, hard to get airlines ticket as well as bus ticket to major cities. Warm days snow free elevation even up to base camps. Be prepared in advance for all necessary booking and reservation stuffs as it is peak season all quality things are either booked in advance or might be busy. One of the best weather periods in Himalayas with average temperature as below
 
Average Daily Temperature – Ranges from 19 to 27 (Degree Celsius)
Average Night Temperature – Ranges from 8 to 17 (Degree Celsius)

As per arrival
 
As per arrival representative of NEST ADVENTURE will greet you in airport’s arrival terminal and shift to hotel in Thamel for first overnight stay in Nepal. For this you need to finish paper work inside arrival terminal in order to get Nepal Entry Visa, which is always arrival visa. So next day will be followed by sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation of trek, introduction with crew member of trek and short pre-briefing of trek and continue trek starting from 3rd day of arrival in Nepal.
 
Accommodation
 
As per booked package either deluxe or budget we will arrange the hotel in Kathmandu accordingly on 3 star / 4 star of budget hotels, as well as accordingly in mountain too on twin sharing basis. As per available and booked we will provide attach bathroom and common bathroom on mountain. While sharing the room with fellow trekkers we will try to arrange for same gender and age group and if someone is looking for single supplement then let us know we will arrange accordingly and let you know the extra charge of single supplement. As well as sometime in mountain during peak season time hotel owner especially in high alpine area refuse to provide single supplement just for shake of business mostly because lack of plenty of rooms and monopoly to, so in such case we might need to adjust.
 
Meals and drinking water
 
Regarding the case of meals during city we provide accommodation on bed & breakfast basis so in Kathmandu we offer breakfast where lunch and dinner will be on your own as per your choice preference and selection of restaurant. In case of mountain area while trekking we offer three meals a day i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner from free selection over menu as per available in lodges and tea houses in trekking trail. So normally in such trekking days you can consult with your guide regarding the specialty of dishes so that he can assure for the best-valued dishes. Wide range of food are available ranging from veg item to non-veg and other energetic stuffs like cheese, egg etc.
 
Regarding the case of drinking water normally bottled mineral water as available for purchase of very expensive almost 20 times expensive in last belt of Everest as bottle of mineral water sometimes cost Rs. 380-400 /- so it is better to carry water purification stuffs with you which can be utilized on purifying tap water as there are enough tap water in trekking area as well as hotels offer cold tap water free of cost.
 
Visa Requirement
 
Out of one visa year tourist visa can be obtained of maximum 90 days, which you can directly get as per arrival in international airport or can apply from your home country too but as per arrival will be fine too. It is recommend carrying accurate USD and don’t forget to bring two copies of passport size picture. Extension of visa from middle of stay in also possible for this process of visa extension all you need to do is fulfill form from website of immigration and submit it there with original passport copy. Multiple entry visas will be cheaper in case of money you can consult there directly.
 
International flight to Nepal
 
Nepal is easily accessible from entire word via flight, as we don’t deal with international flight ticket you can consult some other flight booking agencies for detail of cost, transit and other details. For your information no airport tax is applicable for international flight where as Nepali Rs. 200 is applicable for domestic flights which is equal to US $ 2 on basis of exchange rate of 1 USD equals Rs. 100 but sometime might get different by 0.10 / 0.20 USD on basis of exchange rate. Most of time especially in rainy season domestic flight gets canceled because of bad weather however it does not affect international schedules most of the time.
 
Currency and foreign exchange rate
 
In Nepal both coin as well as paper notes are in used however coin are of low value only. But regarding the case of paper note for day-to-day used are 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 & 1000. Do not worry about damaged paper note as it there exist clear number of currency on both side it is applicable, one can do anything with paper notes like squeezing, writing over it etc.
 
Since Nepal has fixed exchange rate with Indian currency exchange rate doe directly depend on value on Indian currency, now a day exchange rate of USD is 1 USD equals Rs. 95 in approximate, can check everyday over internet for current exchange rate. And for information about currency that are majorly accepted in Nepal are Indian currency, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, USD, AUD, CAD, GBP, Euro, Swiss Frank, Riyal etc.
 
Travel Insurance
 
Normally while walking in lower elevation steadily, taking enough acclimatization days we can avoid chance of acute mountain sickness however we cannot totally avoid mountain sickness instead we can lower the chance of occurrence by following some rules and paying lot attention for personal hygiene. Since the remote mountain area are not facilitated by motor roads and modern hospital so incase of strong mountain sickened one and only option is to descend as down as possible which is feasible with use of helicopters only. Such kind of expenses in high elevation area extremely off the edge and cannot be offered easily as sometime cost more than one million rupees, so it is better to have a personal health insurance. As we do not deal with such kind of health insurance but we do have good enough information about insurance providing company as some deal very quickly promptly for case where as some try to avoid and create some unnecessary delays in evacuation process. So as per need of information we will let you know some good provider from your region so that it will be easy in worse case in mountains.
 
High altitude sickness
 
Often known as acute mountain sickness are most dangerous things and any one can be victim of AMS apart from their physical strength. There is no such specific medicine for AMS so one needs to be careful from beginning. Major Symptom of AMS is dizziness, vomiting, nausea, and loss of appetite, weakness and insomnia so in order to rid of AMS major thing is to drink plenty of water and enough acclimatization in high alpine area. Although our crew leader will have adequate first aid medicine and kit sometimes one might need to cancel the trip and descend down in case of increasing symptom of AMS and in case of emergency situation clients will be airlifted immediately for further treatment in hospital at Kathmandu.

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Trip Facts

Price: $ 1250 USD
Duration: 17 Days
Accomodation: Normal Tea House and lodge
Altitude Height: 5416
Seasons : March / April / October / November
Level: Moderate
Trip Departure: February /March / April / September /October / November
No. of Pax : +2 People
Activities: Driving / Trekking / Walking
Mode of Travel: Driving / Hiking / Trekking

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