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Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Annapurna Circuit trekking is one of the classic treks. The trekking to this trail is one of the popular trekking trails in Nepal, ever since it was was opened in 1977, for foreigners. The region is rich in Scenarios including of snow-capped mountains, diverse culture and flora and faunas. While having trekking to the Annapurna circuit you can see and enjoy with the panoramic scenes of Himalayas, including the Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167m, Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), Mt. Manaslu (8163), Mt. Annapurna II(7937m), Mt. Annapurna III(7555m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7525m), Mt. Annapurna south (7219m), Mt. Nilgiri (7041m), Mt. Fishtail also called Machhapuchhare(6998m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6441m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6986m), Tukuche peak (6920m), Tilicho peak (7134m) among others. The trekking in the area has become the centre of attraction for many tourists, because this region is considered to be the rich in breathtaking scenes of mountains, diverse culture and lifestyle of people living in the areas and the flora and faunas.

One of the features of this trekking route is that the higher you go up the more panoramic views of Manang village, forests and queuing hills you can see. The trail is rich in wild animals, where you can see various animals such as Mountain Thar or Goat, Leopards, Jackal, birds such as pheasant, long-tail birds among others. The circuit takes you around Annapurna Himal, following the courses of two mighty rivers - Marsyangdi in the east and the Kaligandaki in the west (the world’s deepest gorge, flanked by the giant Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalaya range). The trekking around Annapurna circuit begins from Ngadi or Jagat, some six hours drive from Kathmandu and we subsequently continue our trekking to Dharapani, Chame and we take circuit to Pisang or Manang (3540 m), from where we can have scenes of Gyaru village, Ngawal village, similarly the views of Annapurna II (7937m), III (7555m), IV (7525m), and Gangapurna (7455m) and we finally reach to Manang village and rest then we explore some of the areas lying around. Subsequently, next day, we head up to Ledar (4030m), Thorong Phedi via Thorong Pass (5416m) and Muktinath (3800 m) exploring of the area we head to Kagbeni (3100m) and Jomsom (2770m) and we catch airstrip and fly back to Kathmandu.

Annapurna Circuit Trekking / 18 Days - Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu (1300m)

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Syange / Jagat (1100m) 8-10 hrs.

Day 04: Trek Syange / Jagat to Dharapani (1960m) 7-8 hrs.

Day 05: Dharapani to Chame (2710m) 5-6 hrs.

Day 06: Chame to Pisang (3300m) 5-6 hrs.

Day 07: Upper Pisang to Manang (3500m) 6-7 hrs.

Day 08: Manang: acclimatization (Rest) day

Day 09: Manang to Yak Kharka (4110m) 4-5 hrs.

Day 10: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4600m) 4-5 hrs.

Day 11: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3800) 7-8 hrs.

Day 12: Drive Muktinath toTatopani (1200m) 6-8 hrs.

Day 13: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2850m) 7-8 hrs.

Day 14: Ghorepani to Tadapani (2710m) 6-7 hrs.

Day 15: Tadapani to Ghandruk (1940m) 4-5 hrs.

Day 16: Ghandruk to Pokhara 4-5 hrs trek and 1 hour drive.

Day 17: Pokhara to Kathmandu flight 30 min. / drive 6-7 hrs

Day 18: Farewell Friend (Final departure to your onward destination)

Annapurna Circuit Trekking / 18 Days - Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu (1300m)
Namaste & welcome to Mountain Guide Trek of Nepal. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by a representative from Mountain guide Treks (MGT). After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Mountain Guide Treks and Expedition with Group leader's name display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel. After check in, if time allows, you will visit MGT office to meet your trekking leader as well as other participants and for final preparation for the trip. It all depends upon your arrival time. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
The day after breakfast we will start sightseeing tour with our professional tour guide to the several of most historical and spiritual Place in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered the World Heritage historic Sites such as Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddhanath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. After come back from the tour there will be a pre-trip discussion with our trek leader and other team members. Mountain Guide Trek will brief you regarding your trek as well as we may have an opportunity to discuss any difficulties regarding our upcoming adventure. Rest of the time you could use for travelling around the Thamel and shopping of needed equipment and other necessaries. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Syange / Jagat (1100m) 8-10 hrs.
We have to begin very early today as we need to go a long drive to arrive at our trek starting point. After breakfast, we leave Kathmandu at around 7 am and nearly after 8-10 hours drive we reach Syange or Jagat (as per situation) via Besishahar. En rooted we see more of countryside of Nepal that offers granaries, rivers, villages, farms and beautiful mountain scenarios. However, the condition of road is not equally fine in all portion of our drive today. The road up to Besishahar is coal-tarred road, whereas after Besishahar the road is dusty and coarse though we can easily overlook it as we watch the outstanding scenarios through the windowpane. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 04: Trek Syange / Jagat to Dharapani (1960m) 7-8 hrs.
We start relaxed after breakfast today. We enter Manang district after crossing a large bridge near Tal. The trail continues through barley, rice, potato fields and pine forests past the village of Kodo taking us to Dharapani, which is one of the big villages in the Manang valley. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 05: Dharapani to Chame (2710m) 5-6 hrs.
Today we negotiate a few steep forested ridges along with several landslides on route on the west. We should not forget to look up though, as we will be treated to some of the most sensational views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). Small hot springs add relief on our long day hard trek. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 06: Chame to Pisang [3,300m]: 5-6 hrs.
A steep and narrow path through a very dense forest will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. As the trail opens up we get surrounded by majestic Himalayan Peaks. We find ourselves in U-shaped valley of Manang hanging between two giant snow peaks and after walking through these wonderful sites we reach Pisang. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 07: Pisang to Manang (3500m) 6-7 hrs.
There are two routes that we can follow today. If taken upper route (we recommend), i.e., the route through Upper Pisang via Geru, the scenarios are outstanding. We feel like we are horizontally in front of the majestic peaks. The panoramic views of the mountain peaks, such as Annapurna, Pisang peak, and many others will certainly allure us. We notice a contrast with the landscape and vegetation from today. The cold, dry weather creates a much harsher environment. A visit to Barge monastery, the largest in the entire district of Manang will be memorable. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 08: Manang: acclimatization (Rest) day
In the present day is the scheduled acclimatization day. It is not recommended to stay idle but a short walk to higher altitude is suggested to get acclimatized with the altitude. Manang is a good place to do that as the next two days will be very challenging and tiring trek for us with rapid gain in altitude. We should never be confident with the altitude and always be cautious. Bhojo Gompa or Gangapurna Lake is worth visiting sites from acclimatization point of view. An easy excursion to a little distance away to a village called Vraga, a small old village with a monastery is also possible. Also worth visiting is the Himalayan Rescue Association where we can get some ideas about Mountain Sickness. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 09: Manang to Yak Kharka (4110m)4-5 hrs
From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki above Manang, and then continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail follows this valley northward, passing a few pastures, a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. The trail passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trail head. Now the trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Yak Kharka. Little but Gradual ascent is the key to avoiding altitude problems. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 10: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4600m) 4-5 hrs
We make our way to the foot of the pass, Throng Phedi. Thorong Phedi is a small busy settlement catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers. People use this point as a base camp. Some people also attempt a hike to the High Camp today so that the next day can be easier for them but we do not recommend attempting High Camp and overnight there because sleeping in higher altitude is not really advisable. Although we will have a tough the next day, we stop at Thorong Phedi so that we can sleep sound rather than a risky sleep in higher altitude at High Camp. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 11: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) 7-8 hrs.
We reach the climax of our Annapurna circle trek today. It will be a lifetime unforgettable experience- crossing the famous high pass, Thorong La. An early start is important to complete the mission. Each moment we have to work hard today through the icy high-altitude trail but the outstanding high Himalayan scenes are such tempting that our eyes love to watch more over the horizon than on our trail. We reach Muktinath with the setting sun. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage place for both Hindus and Buddhist. The area hosts a Vishnu temple and a Monastery nearby. Muktinath itself demonstrates the religions harmony in Nepal. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 12: Drive Muktinath to Tatopani (1200m) 6-8 hrs.
Today, as there are vehicles available (bus/jeep), we take advantage of it to drive along a plateau above the Kali Gandaki - world`s deepest gorge. We have to adjust ourselves in a public vehicle on sharing basis for the day today. The drive would not be pleasant as the road is newly constructed, still to be coal-tarred, so is rough and dusty. The barren landscape of this area resembles Tibetan Plateau. At some point, we have to change our vehicles too, so today is going to be an uninteresting day. Arriving Tatopani, we relax our weary muscles with a dip in one of the hot spring pools. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 13: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2850m) 7-8 hrs
While we walk we observe the lifestyle of the people in the midland villages of Nepal. Ghara and Sikha are the villages with terraced and inclined farmlands. We gradually walk steep up to ascent Ghorepani Passing through the Phalate and Chitre. we walking through a non-habitat area through rhododendron, birch, magnolia and some meadows. As we reach the height the peaks ahead look wonderful. We stay at Ghorepani as we have to climb to reach Poon Hill early tomorrow morning. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 14: Ghorepani to Tadapani (2710m) 6-7 hrs.
Early at dawn we ascend to Poon Hill (3,210m.) to catch the moment of spectacular sunrise over the whole Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs and surrounding rice terraces. Nick name of Poon Hill is itself a photographer`s paradise. After breakfast, we continue ups and downs trail trek to Tadapani for overnight through the rhododendron forests. We like to keep inspecting at the horizon as scenarios are equally dazzling throughout the day today. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 15: Tadapani to Ghandruk (1940m) 4-5 hrs.
From Tadapani, we make a steep descent through the dense and dark forest. This part of the trek is through a thick forest of old rhododendron trees. When the rhododendron trees are in bloom, these forests actually turn into gardens of dazzlingly beautiful flowers, mostly red, when seen from the air or from far. By afternoon, depending upon the season of travel, we will be pleasantly surprised by the sight of some cherry blossoms in bloom on the slopes on the other side of the ravine. After trekking some more minutes, we enter the village of Ghandruk, a slope settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by the Gurung people. Along with enjoying the stunningly close-up towering views of Fishtail, Annaurna South, and Hiuchuli mountains, we also acquaint ourselves with the simple but rich cultural traditions of the Gurung people at the Gurung Museum in Ghandruk. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 16: Ghandruk to Pokhara 4/5 hrs trek and 1 hour drive.
Today, we trek from Ghandruk to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara. The trek is downhill all the way to Birethanti. We step onto a staircase paved with stone slabs, curving in and out of the village and then terraced farms. It keeps going down almost without breaks from Ghandruk until Modi Khola river valley. By the time we arrive at Birethanti, some of us would feel like having made a downhill marathon. But our marathon is not over yet. From Birethanti, a half-an-hour's walk takes us to Naya Pul. The journey on foot comes to an end at Nayapul. Then we drive from Nayapul to Pokhara. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

Day 17: Pokhara to Kathmandu fly 25 min. /drive 6-7 hrs
We choose afternoon flight to Kathmandu, till some hours before flight; you may take an optional sightseeing tour in and around Pokhara or enjoy adventure activities such as boat riding, paragliding, etc. While returning to Kathmandu from Pokhara, be sure to catch the left side of airplane for the best views of Himalayas. Or if you would like to choose by bus, we will arrange ticket in tourist coach at river side seat and start your journey at 7:30 am from Pokhara. Left site's seats of vehicles are nice to enjoy the scenery; the road follows by Trisuli River where you see many people rafting on the river. Around 2:00 pm you will arrive at Kathmandu (beside Thamel) and transfer to your hotel. The day at leisure to rest, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any sights you missed during your first day in Kathmandu. In the evening "Farewelldinner" at traditional Nepalese restaurant with Mountain Guide staffs. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

Day 18: Farewell Friend (Final departure to your onward destination)
Today is last day in Nepal for this trip; you are saying good bye to the mountains as journey in Nepal, comes to an end today, There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from Mountain Guide Treks will take you to the airport.

Cost Include

  • Airport pick up drop service
  • All land transportation as per itinerary
  • One day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with license holder tour guide
  • 3 night's hotel accommodation at Kathmandu in deluxe hotel on BB basis.
  • 1 night's hotel accommodation at Pokhara in tourist standard hotel on BB basis.
  • "Farewell dinner" before a day your departure from Nepal.
  • Guest house/tented accommodation according to given itinerary (sharing in 2 bed-room) and 3 meals (Breakfast, lunch, Dinner) during the trek
  • Domestic flights (Pokhara-Kathmandu)
  • Domestic air fare Tax
  • 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, for seasonal sleeping bag, Mountain Guide treks & Expedition kit bag/duffel bag,  trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
  • A comprehensive medical kit

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal entree visa: you can get a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by Paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu or Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, water bottle, hot shower during the trekking etc.)
  • Personal trekking equipments & clothing
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fee

Note:- Cost includes and exclude section may give you better idea on how the trip is organized. Once you let us know the number of interested traveler and departure date we would get back to you with actual cost for the trip.

Equipment

The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for Annapurna Circuit Trekking Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list; rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we are feel necessary for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.

Head

  • Light or warm fleece hat.
  • Watch with light & alarm
  • Sun hat and scrap
  • Sunglasses

Upper Body

  • T-shirts (4)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or sweater
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
  • Body lotion/Anti-sunlight cream

Hands

  • Playing cards
  • Lightweight gloves (water/wind proof)
  • Trail map and guide book
  • Heavy weight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

Lower Body

  • Underwear (4)
  • Hiking shorts (4)
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks (4-pairs)
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4-pairs)
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)

Accessories

  • Sleeping bag
  • Money belt
  • Head touch and batteries
  • Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
  • Water bottle
  • Toiletries
  • Small wash towel

Optional Items

  • Swiss Knife
  • Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
  • Trekking map
  • Books (Highly Recommended)
  • Binoculars
  • Camera & extra batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Reading books
  • Journal & pen
  • Photo's of home/family
  • Energy/protein bars (optional)
  • Walkman

Note: If the above schedule does not meet your requirements, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

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Our Grand Discount Offer For 2016/2017

Note: If the above departures dates are not matched for you may request own your suitable date!

  • 04 to 06 people in a group, there will be 10% discount in total cost.
  • 07 to 09 people in a group, there will be 15% discount in total cost.
  • 10 to 19 people in a group, there will be 15 % discount in total cost and 1 group leader free of cost.
  • 20 & above people in a group, there will be special discount in total cost and + + member free of cost.
  • Winter Special Offer: If you travel in winter time (Dec / Jan / Feb), there will be 10% discount in total cost.
  • Summer Special Offer: If you travel in summer time (June / July / August), there will be 10% discount in total cost.
  • Early Booking Special Offer: If you Book a Trip before 6 months from the trip departure, there will be 10% discount in total cost.

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