Where is Annapurna Circuit?
Annapurna Circuit is a beautiful hiking and trekking destination situated within the mountain ranges of central Nepal from the west of Kathmandu valley. Also been claimed as one of the best long distance trekking routes in the world, Annapurna Circuit Trekking offers a scenic view of the Annapurna Massif (Annapurna I-IV), Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, and numerous other peaks rising from the Annapurna range.
When is the best time to do the Annapurna Circuit Trekking?
Autumn (September - November) is supposed to be the ideal season to do Annapurna Circuit Trekking. Similarly, spring (March – May) is also a great period to do the Annapurna Circuit Trekking. Holiday time around Christmas and New Year is also good time to visit Annapurna Circuit. Trek can be done in monsoon too but the views won’t be that clear because of heavy rainfall.
What is the cost of your Annapurna Circuit Trekking?
Our standard 17 Days Annapurna Circuit Trekking costs USD 1070 per person if you’re a group of 2 – 6 trekkers. The trek however, can cost a bit low or high depending on various factors like routes, trekking days, availability, trekkers, season, etc.
How hard is Annapurna Circuit Trekking?
Annapurna Circuit Trekking is for those adventure seekers who dreams of countering the high Himalaya of Nepal closely. It doesn’t involve any technical climbing but it’s good to have some multi day hiking and trekking experience. The higher you climb, the harder the trek will become due to the altitude. So, to do this trek, one needs to be active, physically and mentally fit. Trip grade is moderate and one who has enough walking experience previously can do it with proper acclimatization.
What is the maximum elevation on this trek?
Thorung La Pass (5416m/17769ft) is the highest elevation one can gain on this trek.
Do I need any permit to do the AC trek?
To do the Annapurna Circuit Trekking, you will need the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekker’s Information Management System Card (TIMS). Both of the permits can be obtained from Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) if you are trekking as FITs. All permits and documentation is already included in our Annapurna Trips.
Is Travel insurance needed for Annapurna circuit trekking?
A big YES! Annapurna Foothills strongly recommends you have Insurance Policy with coverage of emergency search and evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability, medical treatment etc during your Nepal Trip. The insurance must cover all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate evacuation process and medical response based on the situation.
Why Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Foothills?
Not just because we are a Nepal based local operator but our Sherpa trekking guides are experienced, competent, professional and all of them have leaded groups in various parts of Himalaya of Nepal. We focus on safety, quality and value for money by providing good equipments, gears and logistics required for your trip, things that many lower cost programs don’t facilitates with.
Where does Annapurna circuit trek start and ends?
Our standard Annapurna Circuit Trekking starts at Besisahar and ends at Nayapul. Due to the Jeep road construction till Manang, you have the option to customize the itinerary as per your travel itinerary. You can end your trek at Jomsom with a flight or drive to Pokhara if you have already visited Ghorepani PoonHill. This trek can be done within minimum 12 days and following classic route takes around 18 days.
What is the policy on Leave No Trace?
We value and operate eco friendly trips and are highly committed to Leave No Trace. Our guides and staffs are well aware of their responsibility toward environment.
How much will I be spending on trail per day?
You won’t be spending much on trail as accommodation and 3 meals a day are included in your trip price while booking with Annapurna Foothills. However USD 20 to 30 (NRS 2000 - 3000) per day will be enough since you have to personally pay for items like beverages and drinks, charging electronic devices, Wi-Fi, hot showers, souvenirs etc.
What happens in case of emergency or if I need to leave the trek beforehand?
Well, it depends upon the kinds of emergency you’re going through. If you have to leave the trip due to ill health or severe injury, we will arrange an emergency air rescue immediately which will fly you out of the mountains to Kathmandu for medical attention. Make sure your insurance covers high altitude mountain search and rescue.
If you are able to walk down, one of the assistant guides will guide you down to a lower elevation where you can wait for the rest of the team or fly out to Kathmandu ahead of the group.
Even if you leave the trip beforehand, we are committed to pay the porters and guides for the duration of the trip for which they are hired. So, refunds for the unused days for your trip will not be given. We can provide something complementary depending upon the cases.
Do you also offer tailor - made departures?
Yes we do offer tailor made or private departures for Annapurna Circuit Trek. If our listed departure dates are not fitting your travel plans then we can organize a private or tailor made departures for you and your loved ones.
Can I hire only Guide and a Porter from you?
Yes, you can hire Trekking and Climbing Guide and Porter services from us. We can offer customizable services of Guides, Porters, Domestic Flights and Documentation for your trek.
What sort of food can I expect on Annapurna Circuit Trekking?
Meals in the Himalaya mainly consist of a diet rich in carbohydrates because our bodies do not process fat and protein efficiently at higher elevations. During the first few days of the trek, one can get wide varieties of food items for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And as you go higher, the food will be typical but fresh, warm and eye appealing. Basically, you will have dinner and breakfast at the lodge where you stay overnight and lunch will be on the way.
How do you deal with drinking water standard on Annapurna Circuit Trekking?
We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring water purification tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. We do not suggest drinking tap water. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.
How big will be the group size?
We mainly focus on small or private groups. We take up to 12 trekkers in a group so that we can provide personal care to each of our members. If you have group of more than 12, please contact us for amazing group discounts and customized services.
Is it safe to travel as a single women or girl?
Yes, it is totally safe to travel to Nepal and to do solo trekking as a single women or girl. We are more responsible for this matter and we ensure all security and safety for solo women traveler. Upon request we can also arrange for a Female trekking guide as well.
Is a guide compulsion for Annapurna Circuit Trekking?
Well, it depends on your skills, budget and time available. Some people go to Annapurna Circuit Trekking without a licensed trekking guide and carry everything themselves. There are usually a lot of trekkers on Annapurna region so you would probably not be alone but easily could be as in harsh weather or in a medical emergency, you will be on your own. So consider your skill level carefully. We strongly suggest our guests to do the trek with professionals and we believe our guides are highly experienced and for sure professionals making your safety their foremost priority.
Are there any ATMs en route to Annapurna Circuit trekking?
No, there are no ATMs en route to Annapurna Circuit Trekking. You have to draw enough cash from Pokhara or Kathmandu before commencing the trek. You have to carry Nepalese currency with yourself during the trek.
Is there Wi-Fi, hot shower, battery charger available during the Annapurna Circuit Trekking?
Most of the tea Houses will offer Wi-Fi, hot shower, battery charger with a small amount of money. The WI-FI service may not be very fast but can check emergency message or important updated for your work.
Do I need to join a group or can I do the trek solo?
There is no requirement to join a group or departure dates. We always try to be flexible with our trips for our guest’s convenience. We are open to changes on the trip details as long as the proposed itinerary or suggestions does not harm your own chances of acclimatization.
Private or Solo Trips is possible but a bit more expensive compared to joining a fixed date. We highly recommend hiring a reputable guide service for a safe and secure trekking experience. With Annapurna Foothills, there is absolutely nothing to worry about if you wish to do a private solo trip or join a departure date. We assign local professional guides, porter etc whom you could trust with your life as they are highly experienced and give first priority to your safety.
How long do I have to walk on an average per day on trek?
On average, a typical trekking day would be 5-6 hours. The longest day can be up to 9 hours and 4 hours is the shortest day. It all depends on the region that your are trekking and your walking pace as well.
Can I along with my family do the Annapurna Circuit trek?
For sure, you can. The only requirement is to have a good trekking experience previously as the trip grade is moderate but can get challenging as we have to cross a 5416m pass.
How do I communicate with my family back in hometown when I’m on trek?
At most villages along the Annapurna Circuit Trekking Trail, the tea houses will have internet facility. Most of the lodges will offer internet service. You can also purchase Nepalese SIM cards (NCEL or NTC) but their coverage will be limited as we trek higher. And our climbing guide will also carry a satellite phone for emergencies with minimum cost.
How long does it take?
Well, depending upon your interest and holidays time frame, we can customize your trip as few as 12 days and as many as 20 days to complete the Annapurna Circuit Trekking. The total walking distance can be anywhere between 160 km – 230km based on the itinerary you choose.
Where am I supposed to leave the unwanted stuffs in Kathmandu when I’m on trek?
You can store the unwanted stuffs in the locker room at the hotel where you’ll be staying in Kathmandu. They’ll provide you a baggage tag which you’ve to keep it with you safely or you can hand over it to our guide. And after your return from trek to hotel, you can collect those stuffs by giving them the same baggage tag that they’d gave you previously.
Can I bring my medication with me?
Yes you can. But be sure to bring the prescription and its original container so that you don’t have to face any sort of hassle from custom inspection. We also suggest bringing personal first aid kit.
What is the luggage limit for porters?
Annapurna Foothills will provide one porter for two trekkers to carry 25 kg of luggage (maximum 12 kg for each trekker). Porter are those staffs who not carry only your luggage but also lift your spirit to reach new heights and your affection and generosity can be the reason for them to work hard to take you to your destination.
What is your cancellation policy?
Regarding cancellation, if a guest voluntarily or involuntarily terminates/cancels the trip once the trip has started, no refund will be given for missed or unused services of the trip regardless of the reason i.e. sickness, or any other unfortunate events.
In case if any guests wish to cancel their trip prior to their departure for any reasons then a written application should be sent by the guests to us, two weeks prior to the trip starting date. If the cancellation is made beyond the time limit then USD 200 per person will be charged. As per our company policy, deposit amount is non- refundable and can be utilized with the timeframe of one year from the trip confirmation date.
Count me in for the trip. How do I book?
We’ll be happy to welcome you soon in Nepal and provide you our expert team to do the magnificent Annapurna Circuit Trekking in Himalaya of Nepal.
Please get in touch for further details.