Annapurna Circuit Trekking- 18 Days

The 18-Days Annapurna Circuit Trekking covers just over 300 KM as it circles around the Annapurna Massif. Besides the fantastic mountain scenery throughout the whole trek, the altitude ranges from 900m to 5416m, which accounts for every kind of vegetation from dense tropical jungles to the spectacular scenery of the high, arid Tibetan plateau.  There are endless views of some of the world's most magnificent mountains; Annapurna, 8091m, Dhauligiri, 8167m, and Machhupuchhare, 6993m. The highest and most exciting point of the trek is the challenging climb to the Thorung La Pass, 5416m

Throughout our Annapurna Circuit Trekking, we enjoy regular contact with friendly villagers and can easily feel the cultural shift as we reach the high mountains. The ethnic groups bear increasingly similarity to their ancestors in neighboring Tibet. The Annapurna Circuit Trek follows ancient paths used as trade routes between Nepal and Tibet, where not only salt was exchanged, but also new culture and religion penetrated this inaccessible region.

The Annapurna Circuit Trekking starts with a scenic drive to the trail-head in the Marsyangdi Valley where we begin hiking through charming terraced farms and villages. The trail follows the great Marsyangdi Valley to reach the north side of the Annapurna Massif where we are surrounded by great peaks on all sides. Beyond the village of Manang, on the north side of the Annapurna’s, we begin the tough ascent to the Thorung La Pass, the highest point on the Annapurna Circuit Trek, which touches the edge of the legendary Tibetan plateau.

We then descend into the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gadaki valley, reaching Muktinath which is a famous pilgrimage site for both Hindu and Buddhist devotees. The trail continues through the beautiful Kali Gandaki Valley for four leisurely days to reach Ghorepani.  We make the early morning hike up Poon Hill to watch the dawn break over Dhaulagiri and the Annapurnas, and savor another spectacular view. The circuit finishes with a two day descent to Nayapul, where a vehicle will be waiting to take our tired legs to Pokhara. We will enjoy a well earned rest in the relaxing atmosphere of Lakeside with the unique appreciation of its luxuries and conveniences that come from a long trek in the mountains .

For those who have less time, the Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek saves 4 Days by flying out directly from Jomsom to Pokhara. 

Another exciting side Trip from Manang, is the hike to  one of the world's highest situated lake, Tilicho Lake 4915 m.  Tilicho Lake Trekking in 18 Days. 

 

Trip Highlights

 

  • greatest range of altitude and scenery of any trek of its category
  • stunning view from Thorong La Pass, 5416m
  • trekking around Annapurna massifs
  • includes a visit to Muktinath – a famous pilgrimage site
  • incredible view of Himalaya from Poon Hill
  • Observe distinct cultural shift in highlands close to Tibet
  • classic Tea House Trek in Annapurna Area 

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 : Drive 6hrs to Besisahar; Trek to Bhulbule, 820m, 2hrs

Day 3 : Trek to Ghermu Phant, 1136m, 5-6 hrs

Day 4 : Trek to Dharapani, 1946m, 6-7 hrs

Day 5 : Trek to Chame, 2800m, 5-6 hrs

Day 6 : Trek to Pisang, 3200m, 5-6hrs

Day 7 : Trek to Manang, 3540m, 5-6hrs

Day 8 : Acclimatization day in Manang, 3540m

Day 9 : Trek to Yak Kharka, 4000m, 4-5 hrs

Day 10 : Trek to Phedi, 4545m, 3-4 hrs

Day 11 : Trek to Marpha, 2670m, 6-7 hrs

Day 12 : Drive to Tatopani, 1190m, 6-7 hrs

Day 13 : Trek to Ghorepani, 2850m, 6-7 hrs

Day 14 : Trek to Hile, 1400m, 5 hrs

Day 15 : Trek to Nayapul, 1010m, 3 hrs and drive to Pokhara

Day 16 : Relax day around Phewa lake - massage and sauna bath

Day 17 : Drive back to Kathmandu

Day 18 : Happy Departure

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
12 March, 2019 29 March, 2019 US $1250 p/p Available
30 March, 2019 16 April, 2019 US $1250 p/p Guaranteed
17 April, 2019 04 May, 2019 US $1250 p/p Guaranteed
05 May, 2019 22 May, 2019 US $1250 p/p Available
23 May, 2019 09 June, 2019 US $1250 p/p Available
30 May, 2019 16 June, 2019 US $1250 p/p Guaranteed
15 September, 2019 02 October, 2019 US $1250 p/p Available
03 October, 2019 20 October, 2019 US $1250 p/p Guaranteed
21 October, 2019 07 November, 2019 US $1250 p/p Guaranteed
08 November, 2019 25 November, 2019 US $1250 p/p
26 November, 2019 13 December, 2019 US $1250 p/p Guaranteed

Cost Include(s)

  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
  • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, Two nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  • Accommodation in Pokhara, One night on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  • Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges15 nights (Full board meals with twin-share rooms ,beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  • Porters: One porter for 2 Trekkers basis.
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Tshirt.
  • Energy Supplies ( Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh Fruits on the Trek 
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • Annapurna Conservation Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  • All ground transfers Kathamndu – Besi Sahar, Nayapul- Pokhara and Pokhara- Kathmandu.
  • All government and local taxes.

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water, Boiled Water and beer).
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.

The Best Time to Visit the Annapurna Circuit Trek

The best seasons for trekking in the Annapurna region are spring (February to late April) and autumn (late September to late November). Winter trekking is also possible but will be much colder and sometimes bad weather on the Pass might be difficult instead short Treks such as Ghorepani, Poonhill, Ghandruk, Annapurna Base Camp, and Kali Gandki.  Click for more detail 

Tea Houses on Annapurna Circuit Trek
Village tea house lodges have plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. When you stay in the tea houses you will have close contact with the Nepalese people and are directly contributing to the local economy.

Safe Drinking Water on Annapurna Circuit  Trek
We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Several guesthouses have Euro-guard filters. 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.

Washing and Toilet Facilities for Annapurna Circuit Trek

Most lodges offer hot showers, though sometimes a hot shower means a bucket of hot water. You can ask your trekking guide about the availability. For ecological reasons please try and limit your use of hot water unless the water is solar-heated. Please note that at higher altitude and in colder seasons there is very little chance to have enough hot water for all the trekkers. If the water is frozen then ask your guide to get warm bowl of water. Every lodge will have some kind of hand washing facility but it is good idea to carry a bar of soap with you.


Toilets are usually Asian squat style and vary in how clean they are. Normally toilets are outside the lodge but now some lodges have attached or indoor toilets. The rubbish bin in the toilet is kept for your used toilet paper.

Re-charging Batteries of Electronic Items on the Trek
You can recharge your digital camera, iPod, batteries etc. with electricity or solar power sources. You may need to buy an adaptor in Kathmandu before the trip since the plugs in Nepal might be different. The lodges charge a small fee per hour for recharging facilities.Nepal uses 220-240 volts to power your appliances. The sockets fit both round and flat plugs.

Spending Money per Day

In Kathmandu we suggest you allocate US$ 10 - 15 per meal, although it depends on your spending habits. On the trek, all your meals are included, but you may wish to purchase extras which are not included in your package, such as chocolate bars, Coca Cola or a beer. US$10 - 15 a day should be enough, but keep in mind the cost of all items increases proportionately with the distance from the trail head.

Cultural Aspects
The most prominent ethnic groups in the Annapurna region are the Gurungs, Thakali, and Manangba. The Gurungs are the most widely dispersed, being found from the hills of Gorkha district to as far West as Palpa. The Thakalis are originated from the upper Kali Gandaki Valley around Jomsom.
 

Travel Insurance for Annapurna Circuit Trek
It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.

Safety

When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 18 Days

Price : US $1250 p/p

Trip Grade : Challenging

Maximum Height:5416 m

Minimum Height:900 m

Minimum Group Size:2 Trekkers

Maximum Group size:12 Trekkers

Activities:Sightseeing, Hiking, Trekking,

Transport By:Private Vehicles, Tourist Bus

Starting:Kathmandu

Ending:Kathmandu

Best Season:March- May and September- November

Permits:Annapurna Conservation Fee, TIMS permits

Hotel in Kathmandu:2 nights on B&B Basis (Bed & Breakfast)

Hotel in Pokhara:2 night on BB Basis

Accommodation during Trek:local lodges 13 nights

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