Annapurna Round Trek

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21 DAYS

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Annapurna Round Trek is a wonderful and rewarding trekking experience in the Annapurna region. The trekkers are able to enjoy and witness the beautiful and amazing views of multiple Himalayan ranges throughout this trekking expedition. The highest point of round Annapurna trek is Thorong-La  Pass situated at a height of 5416 meters from the sea level.

This trekking trail goes all the way from Thorong-La pass to Muktinath which is a sacred place for both Buddhists and Hindus religion. Annapurna round trekking expedition provides the trekkers with an opportunity to enjoy the various beautiful Nepali ethnic groups, culture, and traditions along with the views of the great Himalayas.

You can enjoy the hot water bath in the natural hot pond at Tatopani. This round Annapurna trekking journey consists of incredible green forest. The forest is filled with the blooming of red rhododendron flower from March to April. One can have the best view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan ranges which stands above the height of 8000 meters.

Also, this Annapurna round trekking expedition is filled with various beautiful and amazing flora and fauna. Some of the exotic wild animals which you can witness on this round Annapurna trekking journey are monkeys, bears, leopards and many more. Furthermore, some of the incredible birds of this regions are Eurasian kingfisher, a large pied kingfisher, Himalayan griffon, whistling thrush and many more.

The major highlights of this round Annapurna trekking journey are Lamjung Himal, Manaslu, Gangapurna Himal, Tilicho peak and Annapurna Himalayan range among the mountains. Some other exciting and wonderful highlights of Annapurna round trek are Marshyangdi river with water springs, cultural and traditional villages like Pisang, Chame, Kagbeni, and Manang and the Muktinath temple.


At a Glance

  • A strenuous venture. This is geographically tough territory where participants will need to negotiate some very physically demanding area. But it’s not impossible for the great human spirit.
  • 16 days on trails that are pretty gentle, but tough…natural beauty has its price - virtually!
  • Hotel and teahouse lodges with healthy meals provided on the trails
  • Maximum altitude of 5,416 m, where we peak and freak out on the symbolic Thorung La!

What's Included?

  • Healthy meals during whole trek
  • Quality lodge Accommodation in trek
  • Flight Pokhara-Kathmandu return
  • All airport transfers by Private vehicle
  • Expert Local Sherpa guide 
  • Necessary Porters  [ 1 Porter for 2 Person]
  • Good quality accommodation in City on B/B
  • MSTE kit bag and Group medical kit
  • Trek Map and company t-shirt
  • Private vehicle for ground transportation
  • Trekking permits, TIMS and site entry fees
  • Guides and porters pay, meals and insurance
  • 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 ( $7-9 USD Per Meals)
  • Any Alcoholic Drinks & 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 feelings of your upcoming hiking journey from the sky itself. The wonders 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 begun vacation, sparking off a whole reaction of unforgettable experiences that stay with us for some time to come.

Our representative will be on standby to receive you at the exit terminal of the airport and help you to take your hotel. Once you get refreshed and you can take rest or you can walk around the neighborhood and get familiar with your surroundings in your free time. In the evening we will meet our Expert trek guide who will brief the group about details connected to your trek.

Accommodation:  Best Comfortable Hotel (Deluxe Room)

After a good night’s sleep and having a hearty breakfast in Hotel, we start our day by visiting of the well-known Boudhanath Stupa {said to be the biggest in the world) and an important center of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu. The stupa is designed to be like a giant mandala (a symbol of the Buddhist cosmos).

After that we drive to Pashupatinath Temple. This temple is devoted to Hindu deity Lord Shiva and is said to be the holiest Hindu shrine in Nepal. Where you can see a cremation ritual of Hindus at ‘Aryaghat,’ the burning area of the temple. This cremation site is used for the once royal family of Nepal and also for the simple Nepalese people who live within the country.

Late afternoon, we return to our hotel, refresh & prepare for our trek baggage. You may also buy or renting your trekking gears in Thamel if needed. Our guide will assist you to find best shops for renting gear.

Accommodation:  Best Comfortable Hotel (Deluxe Room)  Meals: Breakfast, Welcome Dinner

Our trek personnel will arrive at your hotel around at 7:30 am in the morning to pick you up. We have to start quite early today, as we need to go a long drive to arrive at our trek beginning point.

After breakfast, we leave Kathmandu at around 7:30 am and approximately after 5-6 hours lovely scenic drive we get Besishahar. On the way, we see beautiful scenery of countryside of Nepal that offers greenery, rivers, villages, farms and beautiful mountain scenarios. However, the condition of road is quite good up to besisahar. We will witness some stunning snow-capped mountain panorama of the Lamjung Himal on arrival at Besisahar.

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

After having our breakfast at Lodge in Besisahar.Today we drive from Besisahar to Syange by jeep and then we start our first day trek.It will take nearly 2-3 hours drive from Besisahar to syange on off road. We then  start our first day walk to Chamje. You can see beautiful villages, waterfalls along the way. Once we reach Syange, We have to hike on the bank of river to the stone town of Jagat before scaling within 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

After breakfast, our day begins through a pretty rough trail following the Marsyangdi Rivers steadily uphill to Tal at 1,675m, the first village in Manang district. We do a traverse crossing a wide, flat valley. The journey continues up and down to Dharapani at 1,890m where we come across a stone entrance chorten typical of Tibetan influenced villages. Upon reaching Bagarchhap at 2,160m the typical flat roofed stone houses of local Tibetans can be seen along with the village surrounded by apple orchards and maize fields. Overnight at our lodge – B. L. D

After b/fast today, it’s an enjoyable walk as we continue to climb through forests of pine and oak. We pass through Dhanakyu before coming to a thundering waterfall with clean gushing water. Further on, the Marshyangdi Khola enters a gorge and the path consists of steep stone steps.

Pausing for breath, we can look back at the grand views of Manaslu. When the steep incline ends we follow a path amid magnificent rhododendrons to Ratamron and then continue on a gently rising path, crossing a stream before entering a pine forest. We then cut across a loose hillside to the hamlet of Kotho from where we can look straight up at nearby Annapurna II - a sight that tell us we are deep in the Himalayan mountains. From here the trail climbs through a fir and pine forest to Chame. Chame is the administrative headquarter of the Manang district. There are government offices, shops, and hotels found here. This is only a half day trek. Overnight lodge – B. L. D

After a delicious b/fast, we see Lamjung Himal at (6893m) gleaming in the morning sun, and with this lovely sight, we set off for Pisang. The mountain disappears as we climb the path up the valley, passing a huge apple orchard. We continue through a 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. In earlier years, this area was the military station for troops who fought against the Khampa tribal revolutionaries. The dilapidated buildings are the only reminders of that era. 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 walk through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up a wonderful landscape before us. We can see the east peak of Annapurna II as well as Pisang Peak to the north-east. Trudging along, we come to a long mani stone wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang. A steep, 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 are surrounded by majestic Himalayan Peaks. Overnight in Pisang – B. L. D

From Pisang, today we enter the upper Manang region, where we will notice a contrast with the landscape and vegetation. The cold, dry climate creates a much rougher environment. We also get to experience amazing views of the towering Himalayan Peaks that surround us. Overnight in Manang – B. L. D

 

We spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. This is essential for the body because we’ve got some tough heights to overcome in the days ahead. The whole day we spend doing some fine day walks and viewing the splendid sights around the village. Towards the end of the day, we return to our accommodation for a night's rest. Overnight at our lodge - B. L. D

From Manang, we ascend up to Yak Kharka, which lies on the main cicuit trail, and avoids backtracking to Khangsar. We descend from Siri Kharka toward Thare Gomba and in only a few minutes reach a trail junction. Again, we stay left and reach Old Khangsar after walking for a while. Khangsar is uninhabited except for occasional herders and during festival periods. We follow rock a wall north out of Khangsar. We walk further more until we reach a seasonal bridge in the Thorang Khola valley. We cross the river to the east band and ascend along for a while to a plateau. We then hike further more until reaching Yak Kharka. Overnight in Yak Kharka - B L. D

From Yak Kharka, we climb to the next village of Tengi, with the awesome Annapurna Himal in view, while behind us we can see Peak 29 and Himalchuli on the horizons. We are now past the tree line and the vegetation consists of alpine grasses and scrub juniper. Climbing the path, past the summer village of Gunsang, we cross the Gundon Khola via a wooden bridge. From here we can see ahead the mountains surrounding the Thorung La, which we are going to cross tomorrow. The trail fluctuates up and down for some time. As the elevation gradually increases, we soon enter an alluvial delta where there are yak pastures. An hour beyond this, we come to the small settlement of Letdar. Leaving Letdar, we climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marshyangdi and cross a wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, we follow a narrow trail across an unstable screed slope before descending to Thorung Phedi. B. L. D

We’ve got to start our journey pretty early today so that we could cross the Thorung La at (5416m) at an easy going pace. The trail is steep but well-trodden, as this trail has been used by the local folks for hundreds of years. As we continue, the gradient eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing we reach the chorten and prayer flags of this great pass. The views up here are simply striking: from the snow covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang which spreads out before us, is a masterpiece of natural geography created by God as a gift to the world and its people. The descent to Muktinath is a tiring 1600m drill that goes down but it's compensated for with lovely views of Dhaulagiri. Eventually the moraine gives way to grassy slopes before a cool walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath, with its shrines and temple. This is a famous pilgrimage site for hindus. We spend our overnight at a lodge – B. L. D.

After a good night’s sleep and a great b/fast, we start our day with a descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki valley through a parched region which lies in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar, villages with characteristic Tibetan architecture, we follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom and are rewarded with fabulous views of both Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. Jomsom is a large town sprawled along both the banks of the Kali Gandaki River. We bunk out at our lodge for the night in ancient Jomsom. B. L. D

We get a taste of the new roads by driving down to Tatopani from Jomsom. The journey is mostly downhill. We go through the bridge at Ghasa. As we get down to lower elevations, we emerge back into subtropical forests, lush with vegetation. We continue along Rupse Chahara (popular waterfall). We drive down the east bank from Kopchepani via Garpar to a bridge at Dana. At Narchyang Besi, we get to see a powerhouse that supplies electricity in the area. We experience more villages in this area where we can observe the everyday lives of the local folks. Upon reaching Tatopani, we chill out with a bath in the hot springs – its luvla – B. L. D

We could simply pass our time strolling around Tatopani as this is a bustling village town close to the borders of Tibet. Maybe we could try some bungy jumping; it’s a great thrill to experience. This is an interesting little town and there are many ways in which we could pass our time or just spend time at our lodge reading and preparing for the big climbs – B. L. D

From Tatopani, we hike at our pace further along steep trails. Nature displays exotic sight of majestic snow-capped mountain peaks, lush vegetation and rich plant life before us. We climb through rhododendron forest to Deurali [3100m] and reach a hamlet and cultivated fields. We then continue walking for 3 hours and finally we will find ourselves in Ghorepani. Ghorepani also houses lodges to provide food and accommodation to travelers. We bunk out at our lodge. B. L. D

Today is one of those extraordinary days because we top off Poon Hill - an emblem of Annapurna region.To witness the regal grandeur of sunrise over the Himalayas, we make an early morning climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3200m). Poon Hill is a box office viewpoint from where we are able to enjoy brilliant panoramic views of Mustang and Pokhara valleys including the closest views of more than 20 famous mountains including the close-up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The snowy peaks of the high mountains loom above and around us shimmering in the morning light.

After enjoying ourselves at Poonhill with our video cams on overdrive, We head for Tadapani further along the trail showcasing rich rhododendron forests, splendidly cascading mountain streams and other magical vistas of nature that surprise us. After continuously climbing for 3 hours, we step on the territory of Tadapani at an altitude of 2590m. Tadapani offers the most awesome mountain views of the overpowering peaks of Annapurna South. We then crash out for the night at our lodge – B. L. D

From Tadapani the trail descends through dense foliage forests to Ghandruk, a village of the Gurung community, one of the ethnic groups of Nepal. They have their own dialect, culture, costumes, and lifestyle. Ghandruk is also home to many Gurkha soldiers. It is a real popular destination for trekkers as it is known for its charming mountain views and also because it's within easy reach from Pokhara and Kathmandu. We have the afternoon to visit the Annapurna Conservation Office, museums and explore this cosy village. Overnight at our lodge – B. L D

Today we wrap up our trek at Nayapul followed by a short drive back to Pokhara. After reaching Pokhara, we check into our hotel, refresh with some drinks and snack, maybe even have a bath; and then proceed for a half day guided tour that will include visiting some beautiful places like David’s water fall, Tibetan refugee settlement camp and Gupteshwar cave in a private vehicle with a professional guide. We also do some boating on the tranquil Fewa Lake. We then will have a relaxing afternoon where we can simply chill out with some cold beers. Overnight at the hotel – Breakfast Included

After b/fast, we hang around for some time before our flight, and in this spare time we can do some shopping. We then get into our vehicle and head down to the airport for our flight to Kathmandu.

On touching Kathmandu, our day is free to do our own things. For suggestions, you can do some valley shopping, or enjoy a thrilling scenic Everest mountain flight, or even mountain biking, there are a whole lot of other activities if you feel like it. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with a cultural performance by the local belles. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you.) Overnight at your hotel – Breakfast included.

After b/fast, our rep and office vehicle will be on standby at our hotel to transfer us to the airport for our connecting flight home. Serving you was a wonderful 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 amazing country Nepal. This thrilling adventure in the amazing Annapurna region will give you lifetime memories of a vacation worth its weight in gold. Farewell dear friends! Till we meet again. Breakfast included.

Accommodation

yes 03 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 16 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

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  • Seasonal Fresh fruits after lunch & Dinner [ Where Available ]
  • Serve Tea & Biscuits Late afternoon everyday [ 4:00 PM-4:30 PM]
  • Enough boiled water after dinner
  • 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 Base camp trek, 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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Annapurna Round Trek, March 2018

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Pat Santos

Annapurna Round Trek, March 2018

This is our 2nd booking with Mountain Sherpa. We booked with them last year for Everest Base Camp 2017, and again for Annapurna Round Trek 2018.

My Father and I were happy, once again, with their services. Our guide Chandra and porter Kazi really took care of us and were beams of good, positive energy. They were very transparent with our options like if we would like to stay in a certain town or proceed ahead, promptly giving us the WiFi password so we can connect back home, really made sure if we were eating and drinking enough, did their best to book lodging with Western / attached bathrooms as per my Dad's request. Our guide would help me with my daypack when he'd notice my pace was getting slow. And he practically dragged me forward when I struggled in Thorong La Pass. If it were not for that, I wouldn't have moved as a should have.

We plan to book again with them in 2020 for Mustang Valley. We'll see you again! Thank you, Mountain Sherpa :)

Posted on : May 31st, 2018 3:09 AM

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FAQS

Annapurna round trek is recommended 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 round 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 round trek 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 round 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.