Annapurna Circuit Trek

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Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most popular trekking routes in the entire world. It is termed as the Classic Himalayan Trek, which provides the beautiful and amazing views of peaks like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Lamjung, Manaslu, and Tukuche. You will be able to witness some of the high mountains, different climatic zones, frozen lakes, ancient caves, centuries-old monasteries and some unique and beautiful local culture of Nepali peoples.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek provides you unforgettable memories for a lifetime of the highland of the Himalayas covered with beautiful white snowflakes. The highest point of this Annapurna Circuit trek is at 5416 m/17769 ft at Thorung La Pass. It is one of the highly praised and incredible trekking route in the Annapurna region because of the diverse landscape and natural scenery on its trail. Also, Annapurna Circuit trek takes you to three different region of Nepal known as Manang, Jomsom and Muktinath giving you a glimpse of unique and diverse Nepalese culture and landscape.

Furthermore, this Annapurna Trekking circuit passes through a series of Nepalese settlement giving you glimpse of some of the unique and varied cultures of ethical groups such as Gurungs, Magars, Tamang, Thakali and many more. Also, because of the geographical variations this trekking region is home to some of the beautiful wildlife’s.If you are looking less difficult than Annapurna Circuit, you can sign up our Annapurna Sanctuary Trek , which is 14 days moderate trek in the Annapurna region.


At a Glance

  • Challenging gritty trek as we walk across one of the most famous Himalayan circuits in the world.
  • Ten days on trekking trails of Annapurna Mountains where the wonders of nature evoke your spiritual senses
  • Experience the amazing beautiful lifestyle of Himalayan villages & Visit to pilgrimage town Muktinath
  • Crossing the Thorung La Pass 5,416M where the stark beauty of the Annapurna range will amaze your imaginations

What's Included?

  • Healthy meals during whole trek
  • lodge Accommodation during whole trek

Domestic Flights

  • Flight Jomsom-pokhara-Kathmandu return
  • All airport transfers on day 1 and day 15
  • Expert Local Sherpa guide 
  • Necessary Porters (1 Porter for 2 Person)
  • Good quality accommodation in City
  • MSTE kit bag and Group medical kit
  • Trek Map, company t-shirt
  • Private vehicle for ground transportation
  •  trekking permits and site entry fees
  • Guides and porters pay and meals
  • Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu on day 2

What's Not Included?

  • International Airfare  and Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel & Health Insurance
  • Lunch & Dinner in city
  • Cold Drinks, Boiled & Mineral Water 
  • Tips for Guide & Porter
  • Hot Shower, Battery Charges
  • Unforeseen Cost such as Flight Cancellation 
  • Any Other Cost not mentioned in Cost Includes 

Itinerary

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The view of amazing Himalayan vistas nearby the Kathmandu city covered with white snow will give you the first vibes of your upcoming trekking trip from the sky itself. The sights from the windows of our jet show us flickering snow-capped mountain peaks spread out down below us, giving us the first thrills of our just started holiday, glimmering off a whole reaction of extraordinary experiences that stay with us for some time to come.

Our Guide and Driver will be waiting to receive you at the outside of airport gate and will pick us up from the airport and take us to our hotel. Once you check in Hotel and get refreshed. You can discover around the area and get familiar with your surroundings in your free time. Or you may take rest after long flight. In the evening we will meet our senior trek guide who will brief the group about details related to our trek.

Accommodation:  Best Comfortable Hotel (Deluxe Room)

Today after having healthy buffet breakfast at our Hotel we drive westwards to the start of the trek, escorted by our expert Sherpa guide and team. After 3 hours or so, we reach at the settlement of Mugling and stop for an early lunch at a roadside restaurant. Shortly after leaving Mugling, we get the small town of Dumre, beside the Marsyangdi River. After approximately 6 hours lovely scenic drive (185 km) from Kathmandu, we reach Besisahar. On arrival at Besisahar, we will see some spectacular snow-capped mountain view of the Lamjung Himal. Alternatively, we can drive up to Ngadi village same day by local Jeep.

Accommodations: Best available mountain Lodge/ Guest House  Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approx. Walking: 4-5 hours trek  Approx. Distance: 8 km/ 5 Miles  Highest Altitude: Chamje (1410M/4626 ft.)

After breakfast, we drive to Syange by jeep from Besisahar. It takes about 1:30-2:00 hours drive from Besisahar to syange on off road. We then we start our first day trek to Chamje. On the way, we can see a large waterfall (season permitting). We keep on hike on the bank of river to the stone village of Jagat before ascending through lush forest to Chamje at 1,410m. We cross the river on a long suspension bridge before climbing to our overnight accommodation at chamje.

Accommodations: Best available mountain Lodge/ Guest House Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approx. Walking: 5-6 hours trek    Approx. Distance: 11 km Highest Altitude: Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft

Our day begins through a beautiful rough trail following the Marsyangdi Rivers gradually uphill to Tal at 1,675m after breakfast. It is the first village in Manang region. Here the landscape levels for a short part and the raging river slows to a lake-like appearance. Beyond Tal, the way crosses the river again and continues for 4 km to Dharapani village.

We come within entry of typical Tibetan influenced villages. We can witness typical flat-roofed stone houses of local Tibetans along with the village encircled by apple orchards and maize fields once we reach Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft).

Accommodations: Best available mountain Lodge/ Guest House Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approx. Walking:5-6 hours trek Approx. Distance: 11 km Highest Altitude: Chame (2,720 m/8924 ft.)

After breakfast, we continue to climb through forests of pine and oak. The valley now turns towards the west, as we trek across the exciting Buddhist settlement of Bagar Chap. During the trek we can admire wonderful views of the Himalayas including Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). Manaslu is visible behind us and Annapurna comes occasionally into view to the south. Even during today's walk we will be obliged to follow sections of the new road, as we pass through forested areas and stop off to check out several small settlements en route to our overnight stopping place at Chame (2713m). This is the governmental center of this province, with shops, a bank and a school, as well as views of the Annapurna’s.

Accommodations: Best available mountain Lodge/ Guest House Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approx. Walking:4-5 hours trek  Approx. Distance: 13 km Highest Altitude: Upper Pisang (3,300m/10824ft)

We start our lovely trekking day after the delightful breakfast. Today we cross the Marsyangdi numerous times, in a steep gorge part of the river. The path is sometimes built into the Cliffside on timber piers. Ascending throughout a forested ridge beyond Bratang, we reach a more open valley with some grassland, where we cross the river to its north bank, to reach the terraced fields of Upper Pisang (3300m). We have wonderful views of the north side of Annapurna 2.

Accommodations: Best available mountain Lodge/ Guest House Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approx. Walking:6-7 hours trek  Approx. Distance: 15 km Highest Altitude: Manang (3,440 m/11287 ft.)

Today's hike will take us even further away from the valley floor and up onto its north hills, through the fascinating villages of Ghyaru (3720m) and Ngawal (3680m). The main Annapurna Circuit trail follows the river in the valley floor but the views of the Annapurna’s from this great level trail are just spectacular and this, together with the mesmerizing houses and monasteries of the lonely settlements that we will see, makes the extra power involved in walking this trail very worthy. Plus, it's great for our acclimatization. From Ngawal we descend to the valley and rejoin the main Annapurna Circuit trail at Braga, from where we have a mostly level hike for roughly 4km to get Manang (3540m).

Accommodations: Best available mountain Lodge/ Guest House Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we Hike about 500- 600 meters above Manang and sleep Manang at 3540m/11600ft for Well acclimatizations

We rest at Manang today after the long treks in the past few days accompanied by fine day walks over viewing the panoramic views of the villages. We spend our day acclimatizing in Manang. It is necessary for our body because we’ve got some harsh heights to overcome in the days ahead. We spend the whole day doing some beautiful walks and viewing the splendid sights around the village.

In order to keep fit on the trails that follow, our Expert Sherpa Guide will keep ourselves busy today with a short hike to either Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. If we have the energy, we can even trek to Vraga Village where we can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association, which will give us some idea about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). We return to our accommodation for a night's rest at the end of the day.

Accommodations: Best available mountain Lodge/ Guest House Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approx. Walking:3-4 hours Approx. Distance: 10km/6 miles Highest Altitude: Yak Kharka (4050m/13290ft

After Fully acclimatized, we advance towards Thorung La. On the way, we cross a stream, climb to Tengi, 120 meters above Manang and ascend further past Marshyangdi Valley turning north-west up the valley of the Jarsang Khola. Amid the stunning vistas of Annapurna mountain range, we trek beyond the lush flora of scrub juniper and alpine grasses to reach the tiny settlement of Gunsang. Gunsang is a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trail at 3960 meters. Along the way, we see some lodges. As we approach pretty meadows and rich forests of barberry, juniper etc, we encounter horses and yaks grazing. The path takes us further along a large stream that flows from Chulu West and Gundang, and leads to a rich pasture at 4000 meters. Overnight stay at Yak Kharka.

Accommodations: Best available mountain Lodge/ Guest House Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approx. Walking:(3 to 4 hours). Approx. Distance 9km/5.5 miles Highest Altitude: Thorang Phedi (4550 m/14599.74 ft.)

After breakfast, we start our hike from Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi. After walking for some time we cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. This is the first settlement we get after a steady hike from Yak Khaka. We ascend furthermore and pass through overlooking cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, the last settlement before Thorong La pass.  On this trip we are rewarded with one of the finest views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. The word Phedi in Nepalese is meant to as the foot of a foothill.

Accommodations: Best available mountain Lodge/ Guest House Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approx. Walking:(8 to 9 hours). Approx. Distance 16km/9.5 miles Highest Altitude: Thorung-La Pass [5416-m/17770 ft.)

We'll begin to walk from Phedi around at 4am today in order to get the pass before 10am. It's always good ideas to start early in the morning in order to escape unfavorable weather conditions. Since we are 5,416m up at this point, the strong winds later in the day can be hazardous! The trail is steep but well trodden, as the local folks have used this trail for hundreds of years. As we continue, the gradient eases, and after around 4 hours of stable ascending, we get the chorten and prayer flags of this high pass.

The views up here are just outstanding: from the snow covered mountains above to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below, and the brown and purple hills of Mustang which extents out before us is a masterpiece of natural geography made by God as a gift to the world and its people.

Descending from the pass is pretty straightforward, but difficult on the knees but it's compensated for with lovely views of Dhaulagiri. It is about three hours (and 1600 meters) down to the holy village of Muktinath, with excellent views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak and Nilgiri. Muktinath is a well-known pilgrimage site for Hindus.

Accommodations: Best available mountain Lodge/ Guest House Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approx. Walking:(5 to 6 hours). Approx. Distance: 13 Km Highest Altitude: Jomsom (2750m/9023ft)

An outstanding hike from Muktinath to Jomsom, through dramatic and awe inspiring sceneries. The trail first heads west past some antique villages set among the backdrop of the Tibetan plateau, before turning south down the great Kali Gandaki Valley, with Annapurna and Dhaulagiri towering above us, the deepest gorge in the world. Some parts of todays trek are near the newly developed road that now links Jomson with Muktinath, but we will do our best to escape the vehicles and stay focused on the dramatic views towards Mustang and the Tibetan plateau to the north.

Accommodations: Best available mountain Lodge/ Guest House Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We take the small and thrilling internal flight to Pokhara. (Please note that if, for any reason, the flight is cancelled, we are assisted to travel from Jomsom to Pokhara by road. This is a long drive of as much as 10 hours on poor roads, but does offer an insight into the amazing valley of the Kali Gandaki).

Assuming we have flown, we can check in at our comfortable hotel close to Phewa Tal in time for lunch.

The afternoon is then free to walk by the lake, to browse the bazaar, or to simply sit in the garden of one of the exceptional lakeside restaurants and admire the view of the Annapurna’s and the spectacular 'Fishtail' peak of Machhapuchhre.

Accommodation:  Best Comfortable Hotel (Deluxe Room) Meals Included: Breakfast 

We proceed to the airport for our flight to Kathmandu after a good night sleep and a hearty breakfast. On touching down at the local terminal, we get onto our waiting vehicle and head down to our hotel where we check in, sort out our luggage, rest a bit and then proceed for a half day historical tour of famous Boudhanath Stupa (said to be the largest in the world) and a significant center of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu. The stupa is designed to be like a giant mandala (a representation of the Buddhist cosmos).

We next drive down to Swayambhunath [popularly known as Monkey Temple] “Swayambhu” means “self-created” and refers to the myth that the hill sprung up suddenly from a great lake that once covered Kathmandu Valley. On conclusion of our tour, we head back to our hotel and the rest of your day is free to do your things. 

Accommodation:  Best Comfortable Hotel (Deluxe Room) Meals Included: Breakfast 

After breakfast, our guide and office vehicle will be on standby at our hotel to transfer you to the airport for your flight back home. Serving you was an incredible joy and pleasure, we at Mountain Sherpa Trekking and Expeditions will cherish the bonds of our relationship created over the time you spent with us, and we thank you for choosing us as your travel partner and for visiting this fantastic country Nepal.We expect that the Annapurna circuit trek will give you lifetime memories of vacation and is worth its weight in gold. Adios friends! Till we meet again.

Please Note: Although we try to follow the itinerary given above, at times local trail or weather conditions may necessitate slight changes if necessary. The trekking itinerary may also vary slightly depending on our trekkers' acclimatization rates. This adventure goes into wild territory above the timberline, so we seek to request maximum flexibility if and when required for the safety of your trip and your life. Thank you so much for your understanding.

Meals Included: Breakfast 

Accommodation

yes 02 Nights Deluxe accommodations in Kathmandu at 3 Star/ 5 Star Category Hotel as per itinerary

yes 01 Nights Deluxe accommodations in Pokhara at 3 Star/ 5 Star category Hotel as Per itinerary

yes 11 Nights best Mountain lodge comfortable room with attached bathroom & hot shower where available

mail All accommodation is on a twin sharing basis [Single rooms can be organized during trek with extra cost]

mail For the 4 Nights hotel in Kathmandu single rooms are available at a supplementary cost.

What kind of food I can expect during lodge trek??

------------------- Morning Breakfast [6:30-7:30 AM] -----------------------

  • Tea or Coffee, Hot chocolate, lemon tea, hot milk or green tea
  • Eggs items- Fried Eggs, Boiled Eggs, scramble eggs, Omelet etc
  • Bread items- Toast, Pancakes, Chapati & Tibetan Bread etc
  • Porridge with Honey, musli with milk etc

--------------   Afternoon Lunch [12:30 – 1:00 PM] -------------------

Curry with Rice, Pasta, Noodles item, fried rice and fried Potatoes, Mo.Mo etc

----------------- Evening Dinner [6:00-8:30 PM] ----------------------

  • Sherpa Stew, vegetable Soup, mixed Soup, Potato Shop
  • Dal bhat tarkari – a soup of lentils with rice and a vegetable curry, Lassani, Pizza, Home Made Pasta etc
  • Fried potatoes with vegetables, MO. MO, fried Noodles, Pasta, mash potatoes with Chesse

Extra special from Mountain Sherpa Trekking

yes Seasonal Fresh fruits after lunch & Dinner [ Where Available ]

yes Enough boiled water after dinner

yes Welcome/farewell Dinner with live Cultural Show at typical Nepali Restaurant

--------------------------- Safe Drinking Water -----------------------------

You can get bottled water all the way up to base camp but the price per liter goes higher and multiplies significantly. It is recommended to bring steripen (UV filtration) or iodine tabs for water purification with soft plastic bags so that you can purify the water from local source and make it safe for drinking purposes. At tea houses you will be served with boiled water. And please be noted that don’t drink water from local taps and resources as it would prone you to water borne illness and affects the whole trekking journey.

Vital information

******* Climate and Seasonality *******

Nepal is subject to monsoon which determines the choice of trekking areas depending on the season: Spring Seasons [March to May] is ideal to watch the explosion of vegetation, including rhododendrons, and from around the Annapurna sanctuary trek to Everest, Generally clear skies in the morning, marked cloudiness in the late afternoon. The more we advance towards the month of May (monsoon), the more clouds rise early.

[Mid September to November] This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are approx. above 20degC. Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as to -5degC at the higher altitudes.

Summer Season Starts from June to September. Dolpo trekking and Mustang trekking of Nepal, and Tibet tour can be done in the monsoon.

Winter, from Mid December to late February, the cold is dry, the clear sky, the sunshine ... Many benefits without the tourist season. For example, short trek like chisopani and nagrkot trek,ghorepani poonhill trekking,Ghandruk Village trek would ideal for Winter Treks.

******* Travel Insurance *******

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you are insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs, air ambulance and helicopter rescue services). We also strongly recommend that you take out delayed departure and cancellation insurance, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions.

We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance, please ensure that your insurer is aware of your MSTE itinerary and can agree to cover the activities being undertaken in the trip to Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan & India. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses.

For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet, Bhutan & India trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage.You need send us your copy of your insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.

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Most Amazing Annapurna Circuit Trekking Experience with Mountain Sherpa Trekking

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Most Amazing Annapurna Circuit Trekking Experience with Mountain Sherpa Trekking

I recently came from 15 days Annapurna Circuit Trek with Mountain Sherpa Trekking. I can say that it was the most exciting and wonderful adventure journey in my life. The Annapurna circuit region is just beyond the words to explain in beauty. I experienced the beautiful Himalayas and lush green forests which were just marvellous and beyond my expectation. But what made our journey much more memorable was our trekking guide assigned by the MSTE.

He was the best guide I ever met and also the services provided by the travel company was outstanding. They provided us with free sightseeing and welcome dinner a day before the trekking. They also made sure we had packed up everything required for the trekking expedition. Plus, the friendly and supportive guide helped us at every part of our trekking journey making sure that we completed our trek without any harm to our body and within time.

Posted on : February 17th, 2019 7:15 AM

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FAQS

Annapurna circuit trek is suggested for people who are practically fit for high altitude trek.  This is not very challenging trek. However, quite hard trek since it engages with 5,416 meter high Throng la pass. We recommend you to do some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking before embark on your journey.Because of ascents and descents walking, the Annapurna circuit trek is not appropriate for anyone with knee problems or weak ankles. Anyone with heart trouble or lung problems should check with their doctor.

We provide you deluxe room at best hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you sleeping bags if needed (to be returned after the trip) but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping gear. The lodges in trekking routes generally provide single and double rooms, or seldom a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around a bon fire. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen which you should not enter without permission. The toilet in tea houses provides essential and basic facilities and will be always outside the room.

Most teahouses (lodges) in Annapurna circuit trails cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat(rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization – eat some every day. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you'll stay at while lunch will be taken on the way to destination.

Yes, they have all received 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project). Please check our Trekking Guides Profiles and Training Certificates.

Many places in Annapurna circuit trek teahouses/lodges have hot shower facilities. Some places bucket warm water will be provided on request and payable. All showers cost extra about US $3-4 per person. However, the showers are not to the Western standard in the high mountain areas.

Our company insures all our trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters. Please browse though Company Information pages to view insurance details.

We ask that you keep the weight of your trek bag maximum 15kgs. Each porter can carry maximum 30kgs = 2 clients trek bags @15kgs per bag per person.

The hotel we use in Kathmandu & Pokhara has a secure locked room where they store client’s extra belongings in a safe way. So, you can leave your extra things in Hotel safely or you can also leave your belongings at our office. 

Whilst on the trek, our porter will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream etc only. Yes, we do provide you duffle bags

We ensure the travel safety of all our trekking guests, both male and female. Nepal, on the whole, is both very safe and welcoming of foreign visitors. We have longstanding, strong relationships with the lodges we frequent, and know them to be safe and reliable. In addition our guides are consistently mindful of all guests' whereabouts while trekking. We travel in small groups, all the better to easily maintain continual contact. 

Once you have confirmed your booking, an advance deposit of 30 percent (30 %) of the "total trip Package” is required for 100% Confirmation. The deposit can be paid by Credit Card, or by bank Wire transfer. The remaining trek balance needs to be paid in Kathmandu on your arrival day. When we confirm your trek booking we will send you more details about how to pay the trek deposit. Please note that the trek deposit is non-refundable. However, you may postponed your travel date if incase required. Your deposit expires after 3 Years only. You can travel any date within 3 years. 

We boast 100% success rate to date on our Annapurna Circuit Trek, this is achieved because of our highly experience local Sherpa guides & staff. As we are 100% local Sherpa Company in Nepal. Our entire guides & staff are 100% Local Sherpa people. “Sherpas are highly regarded as elite mountaineers and experts in their local area. They were immeasurably valuable to early explorers of the Himalayan region, serving as guides at the extreme altitudes of the peaks and passes in the region, particularly for expeditions to climb Mount Everest” 

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