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Annapurna Circuit Trek – 15 days

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Tour Overview

Annapurna Circuit Trek – 15 days

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of Nepal’s most iconic and popular treks. Indeed, it is one of the world’s premier treks, traversing one of the highest trekking passes. The circuit circumscribes the Annapurna mountain range, taking in some of the most spectacular mountain views available in Nepal, including the world’s 7th and 10th highest mountains, Annapurna I (8,091 m) and Dhaulagiri (8,167 m).

Throughout the trek, the mighty peaks of Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, and Annapurna IV are on display. You will also see other incredible peaks, including the iconic picture-perfect Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek official begins in Lamjung, climbing up to Manang, crossing the trek’s highest point at the Thorong La Pass (5,416 m) before descending back down to the  Pokhara Valley.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a complete cultural emersion. You will walk through Manang and many other Tibetan-like Buddhist villages and pass by many monasteries. You will also visit Muktinath, one of the holiest sites in Hinduism.

While in recent years the construction of roads has put off some trekkers from trekking in the region, there are many alternatives and variations that avoid roads. These include the ‘New Annapurna Trekking Trails’, which take in new villages that are much less touched by the historical trekking industry.

You can take many different variations on the circuit. Depending on your budget and timeframe you can take as little as 5 days to complete the circuit or as many as 17—it’s completely up to you!

How difficult is the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The trek is perfect for people who are in good health with average physical fitness. You do not need to have previous trekking experience.

On average you will be walking for 7 hours per day, which allows for steady altitude gain and proper acclimatization.

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Getting there, and back again – transport

The circuit begins in the district of Lamjung, which is reached by road from Kathmandu. There are a number of different starting points, depending on how long you wish your itinerary to be, and whether you want to avoid walking on a jeep track.

Bold Adventures recommends commencing the trek from Danaque, which is around a 10 to 11-hour drive from Kathmandu.

The trek finishes in Jomsom from where it is a short 30-minute flight to Pokhara. Alternatively, you may choose to take a jeep to Pokhara, which is around an 8 to 9-hour drive.

It is also possible to link the Annapurna Circuit Trek with other treks in the Annapurna Conservation Area, such as the Annapurna Basecamp Trek.

Best time to trek

It is possible to trek the circuit all year round. However, passes may be closed during the winter months. Spring and autumn will generally have the most favorable weather for trekking.

The post-monsoon period of October, November, and early December is Nepal’s peak trekking season and the best time to do the Annapurna Circuit.

While  February, March, and April, coming at the end of the dry season is also fantastic time to go trekking.

In mid-December, January, and February, the skies are crystal clear, however, it gets cold. Moreover, as the winter progresses, there is a greater likelihood that the Thorong La Pass will be closed due to snowfall.

The pre-monsoon months of May and June can be very warm. At this time trees start to blossom and the flowers start to bloom.

The monsoon in June, July, August, and September is the least popular months to trek in Nepal. However, it is still possible to trek the circuit. The trail will be lush, and full of greenery and many flowers will be in bloom. As it is off-season, there will be fewer tourists on the trail. However, the haze will cover the mountains from view.

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Tour Highlights

  • The Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of Nepal’s oldest and most well-known treks. The trek encircles the Annapurna mountain range. As you trek you will take in breathtaking views of many of the world’s highest mountain peaks.
  • The trek follows the ancient trade route, along which salt and other goods were transported from India to Tibet. As you walk the Circuit you enter into living history and see the lives and villages of the peoples who have walked this trail for centuries.
  • Situated at 3,710 m, Muktinath is one of the holiest sites in all Hinduism, which draws devotees from around the whole world. It is believed that this is one of the few places in the world where the five elements are found: fire, water, sky, earth, and air. See the sacred water flow from the 108 taps in the temple complex and offer your prayers to the gods.
  • Crossing the Thorong La Pass, Nepal’s most famous mountain crossing, will be a challenging but rewarding achievement, which you will remember rest of your life. At 5,416 meters, the Pass is the high point and climax of the trek.
  • Despite its high altitude, the Annapurna Circuit is very achievable. It is not technical, and you do not need special climbing equipment. The circuit climbs slowly up to its high point and so the chance of suffering acute mountain sickness is reduced.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu

On your first day, you will arrive at the airport in Kathmandu, where your guide will meet you. You will be taken to your hotel, where you can relax and explore the city at your own pace.

Day 2Kathmandu to Bhulbhule 6 to7 hrs drive and 1.15 hrs trek to Ngadi 930m

On the second day, you will enjoy breakfast before embarking on a beautiful drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule. It takes 6 to 7 hours on a scenic drive to reach Bhulbhule. From there, you will begin your trek on foot heading toward Ngadi. The trek takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes, offering stunning views of terraced fields, charming villages, and beautiful rivers. Stay overnight at Ngadi. 

Day 3 Ngadi to Chamje 1430m. Approx 6 hrs trek

On your third day, you will continue the trek from Ngadi to Chamje. The approximately 6-hour trek takes us through lush forests, picturesque villages, and suspension bridges. On the way, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of cliffs, waterfalls, and the rugged beauty of the Annapurna region. Upon arriving at Chamje, relax in the cozy accommodation. Stay overnight at Chamje. 

Day 4Chamje to Dharapani 2100m. Approx 7 hrs trek

Today, the trekking route takes us towards Dharapani from Chamje. The approximately 7-hour trek offers a mix of rocky paths, lush forests, and encounters with local villages. Throughout the day, the captivating views of waterfalls, terraced fields, and majestic mountain peaks will keep you captivated. Upon reaching Dharapani, soak into the village’s picturesque charm and enjoy the warm hospitality. Stay overnight in Dharapani. 

Day 5Dharapani to Chame 2710m. Approx 6 hrs trek

Today, you will embark on a 6-hour long trek towards Dharapani from Chame. The trekking trail takes you through enchanting rhododendron and pine forests, revealing stunning views of snow-capped peaks along the way. It also passes through picturesque villages like Bagarchhap and Danaque where you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture. Upon reaching Chame, take a moment to appreciate the breathtaking mountain vistas. Stay overnight in Chame.  

Day 6Chame to Upper Pisang 3300m. Approx 6 hrs trek

In the early morning, you will lace up your boots to embark on the trekking trails that take you to Upper Pisang from Chame. On the approximately 6 hours long trek, you will pass through a narrow valley, offering breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Pisang peaks. As you ascend, the landscape transitions from lush forests to more arid and rugged terrain. Along the way, you will also pass through traditional Tibetan-style villages, adorned with prayer flags and mani walls. Moreover, the panoramic vistas of the Annapurna range, including Annapurna II and III, and Gangapurna, leave us in awe as you reach Upper Pisang. Stay overnight in Upper Pisang.

Day 7 Upper Pisang to Manang 3540m.Approx 6-7 hrs trek

On your seventh day, you will move towards Upper Pisang from Manang. The journey is 6 to 7 hours long and it takes you through a mix of uphill and downhill paths, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks. You will also traverse through picturesque villages, immersing yourself in the traditional Tibetan-influenced architecture and local culture on the way before arriving at Manang. Stay overnight in Manang. 

Day 8Manang Acclimatization Day. Embark on short hiking

The eighth day is dedicated to acclimatization in Manang. This allows you to adjust to the higher altitude and ensure your well-being throughout the trek. You will spend the day hiking in and around Manang with an opportunity to explore the natural beauty and cultural landmarks of the region.

Day 9Manang to Yak Kharka 4018m. Approx 5 hrs trek

Today’s trek takes you through beautiful landscapes of rocky terrain and deep gorges. You will pass through Manang and Tangi villages and see the unique culture and lifestyle of the people living in this remote region. The Manang to Yak Kharka 10km trek will be a steadily uphill climb into the alpine region of the mountain region. You will stay overnight in Yak Kharka.

Day 10Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi 4450m. Approx 5 hrs trek

As you leave Yak Kharka, the trail takes you through beautiful alpine forests and over several suspension bridges. You will also see stunning views of the Himalayas as you make your way to Thorong Phedi. You will stay overnight in Thorong Phedi.

Day 11Thorong Phedi to Thorong la pass 5416m. and trek to Muktinath 3800m. Approx 8-9 hrs

Today is another challenging day as you cross the Thorong La Pass, one of the highest mountain passes in the world. After crossing the pass, you will descend to Muktinath, a sacred site for both Hindus and Buddhists. You will stay overnight in Muktinath.

Day 12 Muktinath to Jomsom 2800m. Approx 5-6 hrs trek

After breakfast, you will begin your descent to Jomsom. The trail takes you through the beautiful Kali Gandaki Valley, with stunning views of the Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri mountains. You will stay overnight in Jomsom.

Day 13 Jomsom to Pokhara by flight 20 minutes

Today, you will take a short flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, a beautiful lakeside town that is a popular tourist destination in Nepal. Upon arrival, you can relax and explore the town on your own. You will stay overnight in Pokhara.

Day 14 Pokhara to Kathmandu (by tourist bus/flight)

After breakfast, you will leave Pokhara and head back to Kathmandu either by tourist bus or flight. Upon arrival, you can spend the day shopping for souvenirs or exploring the city on your own. You will stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 15 Final Departure from Kathmandu

Today is your last day in Nepal, and your guide will drop you off at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight home. We hope you had an unforgettable experience trekking to Naar Phu Valley and hope to see you again soon in Nepal!

Inclusion

Price Includes

  • Transportation from Airport to hotel (Arrival) and hotel to airport (Departure). Bus transportation from Kathmandu to Bulbule.
  • 2 nights hotel stay in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast. 1-night hotel stay in Pokhara with bed and breakfast.
  • Cost for Jomsom to Pokhara And Pokhara to Kathmandu domestic flight.
  • Trekking guide fees
  • Annapurna conservation entry fees and TIMS card and a porter for 2 pax.
  • 3 meals in a day: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with accommodations during the trek.
  • Insurance of Nepali guide and a porter with salary, food, etc.
  • First Aid Kit Bag.
  • 13% Nepal government vat.

Exclusion

Price Excludes

  • Expenses on hard and soft drinks, mineral water, coke, Fanta and whisky, boiled water, etc.
  • Travel insurance cost.
  • Emergency rescue expenses.
  • Hot shower, battery charging, Wi-Fi, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porter

Equipment List

  • 1 pair strong mountain /hiking boots
  • 1 Sleeping bag(comfortable to 10C)
  • 1 Medium/Large rucksack/backpack
  • 1 Down Jacket/all weather Anorak
  • 1 Light water & windproof jacket
  • 1 Pair waterproof gaiters/ overtrouser
  • 1 or 2 1-litre water bottles.
  • 1 Inner sleeping sheet
  • 1 Torch/Flashlight and spare bastteries
  • 2 Long sleeve cotton shirts
  • 1 Medium sized towel
  • 1 Washing kit:Inlude personal toiletries,Talcum power
  • Moleskin for blisters
  • Toilet paper
  • Bio degradable soap/shampoo
  • Any personal medication
  • 1 Pair shorts
  • 1 Fleece/warm sweater
  • 1 Pair sports shoes/sandals
  • 2 Pair lightweight trousers
  • 1 Sweatshirt/light sweater
  • 2 T-shirts
  • 1 Small day pack
  • 2 Pairs light socks
  • 3 Pairs heavy wool socks
  • 1 cotton Headscarf/bandanna
  • 1 Warm hat/Gloves(waterproof)
  • 1Sunglasses and sunhat
  • 1 Money belt
  • Underwear(including thermals)
  • 3/4 Plastic bags for wrapping clothes
  • Water purification tablets/solution(Preferably Iodine)
  • Sun-block(30-50 SPF)

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JENNA, AUSTRALIA

Solo Traveller

I completed the Annapurna Circuit in January 2012. This Trek was life changing and the best challenge I have ever accomplished. Sonam was our guide/leader – he is Nepalese and has a great relationship with his porters and the local communities. Sonam made my trek so much more enjoyable; the stories, culture and history he shared along the way allowed us to appreciate Nepal and all it had to offer. Nepal will always hold a place in my heart, such a beautiful part of the world!

June 16, 2020