Annapurna Circuit Trek

Starting From $USD $ 2090 | Duration: 15 Days
  • Maximum Alt: 5416 m
  • DifficultyLevel: DifficultyLevel
  • Group Size: 2 - 6
  • Activities: Trekking
  • Best Seasons: Spring / Summer / Autumn
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  • Enlisted as one of the classic trails in the world, Annapurna circuit is popular for spectacular views of Himalayan summits observed throughout the trail, and the remarkable geographic and cultural diversity. The trek almost always commenced counterclockwise goes through the settlements of different ethnic groups, a legendary pilgrimage, deepest gorge, arid terrain, and a daunting pass above 5000m. The journey along the foothills of eight-thousanders — Annapurna massif and Dhaulagiri — can be summarized as a blend of excitement, exhaustion, adventure and grandeur.

    Why Annapurna Circuit Trek?

    • Walk through the valleys surrounded by majestic peaks like Annapuurna (I- IV), Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre, etc.
    • Diverse species of flora and fauna: rhododendron, pine, oak, juniper; yak, horse, snow leopard, Naur, Langur etc.
    • Stopover in the teahouses run professionally by the locals and encountered within reasonable intervals.
    • The pleasure of passing through two different geographic extremes — lush green terrain and Trans-Himalayan desert -– in a single trek.

    Why trek with SNS?

    • A complete trekking experience at a reasonable price.
    • Experienced English-speaking guide and a group of reliable trekking staffs.
    • Accommodation in hotels/tea-houses that cater to the basic requirements of a trekker.
    • Proper rescue and evacuation arrangements.
    • Supplementary programs: sightseeing tours and spiritual retreats with complete arrangement of vehicle, accommodation, fees, permits etc.
  • Day 01: Welcome to Nepal
    Upon your arrival at the international airport of Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our representatives whom you will find carrying a placard with your name imprinted on. Subsequently, you will be escorted to your hotel. This is your free day; if your plane lands earlier in the day, you will have at your disposal enough activities to indulge in.
    Overnight stay at Hotel Pilgrims ( or hotel of similar range); Breakfast is included.

    Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
    On the second day, you will explore major attractions of Kathmandu valley. Our city guide will meet you at your hotel at 9:00 AM to pick you up for the sightseeing tour. The observation sites include Swoyambhunath aka the monkey temple; Boudhanath, the holy shrine of Tibetan Buddhists; Pashupatinath, the largest religious complex in Nepal and Hanumandhoka Durbar square, one of the medieval royal plazas of the valley.
    Overnight stay at Hotel Pilgrims ( or hotel of similar range); Breakfast and Welcome dinner is included.

    Day 03: Kathmandu to Jagat (1,300 m)
    Following the same highway that runs from Kathmandu to Pokhara till a town called Dumre, the journey then diverts to Besisahar, the headquarter of Lamjung district. The vehicle carrying you will further drive to another village named Jagat which is the stopover for the day.
    Overnight stay at Jagat; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 04: Jagat to Dharapani (1,960 m)
    Approximate altitude gain: 660 m
    The road from Jagat to Dharapani passes along a constricted river valley which drops until it meets the river and then ascends steeply through a forest. You will enter Manang district as soon as you reach a place called Tal, named after a lake that supposedly dried up years ago. Passing through fields of paddy and maize, crossing a few suspension bridges and again retracing the narrow valley, you’ll arrive at Dharapani – small village en face a rocky cliff.
    Overnight stay at Dharapani; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 05: Dharapani to Chame (2,650 m)
    Approximate altitude gain: 690m
    The view starts opening up within a short distance ahead of Dharapani providing the glimpse of Annapurna II. Some argue that this part of the trek offers the best view of the peak. The vegetation starts to become sparser; the landscape becomes clearer. Apart from Annapurna II, you will also behold the summits of Manaslu and Lamjung Himal on this day. The trail then starts to drop till the river and leads to Chame – the headquarter of Manang district. Chame to Manang is same as Namche is to Khumbu region; you will find here cyber cafes, restaurants, bakeries, hot springs, Trekking gear shops, and even a health post! Chame also marks the starting point of Tibetan settlement in the region.
    Overnight stay at Chame; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 06: Chame to Lower Pisang (3,185 m)
    Approximate altitude gain: 535 m
    The road starts tapering along a cliff after you pass the mani wall at Bhatrang; you need to traverse the narrow trail prudently to avoid a slip. The trail then passes through a birch forest before arriving at Dhukure Pokhari, a popular stop named after a lake. You will cross the river a few times and arrive at Lower Pisang – a settlement with Tibetan influence. After reposing at a lodge in Lower Pisang, you may want to make a tour to the upper Pisang: you’ll get a wonderful views of the Himalayan peaks including the majestic Annapurna II and the smaller Pisang peak, and/or you can visit a gompa near the top.
    Overnight stay at Pisang; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 07: Lower Pisang to Manang (3,250 m)
    Approximate altitude gain: 65 m
    There are two trails going from Pisang to Manang: the less travelled way through Gheru, or the main road through the valley. However, as Robert Frost had once remarked in one of his poems the achievement he had had by travelling the path “less-travelled by”, the trail passing through Gheru rewards you with the best view of the mountains. The trail that ascends till Gheru starts levelling until you meet the main trail through valley. The trail then further leads to another Tibetan village called Braga next to which is the town of Manang.
    Overnight stay at Manang; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 08: Rest Day at Manang
    Acclimitization at Manang is mandatory as you will be stopping over at altitudes above 4000 meters for the next few days and passing over 5000 m! But to compensate your stay, there are things-to-do like excursion to an iced lake that offers you the finest views (besides being a part of acclimitization) and visit to a monastery called Bhojo Gompo which will make you reconsider if your stay is a compulsion or, instead, a reward. In addition to the activities, it pays to visit Himalayan Rescue Association(HRA) post who’ll share with you the ideas on avoiding altitude sicknesses.
    Overnight stay at Manang; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 09: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,150 m)
    Approximate altitude gain: 900 m
    After crossing a stupa from where the stunning view of bluish-green Gogapurna lake appears to rule, you will follow the trail along Jharsang Khola which confluences with Marsyangdi river or Kharsang Khola ( in Tibetan). The day provides an opportunity to capture best panoramic shots featuring Goganpurna lake,Annapurna ( I-IV) and the rocky barrier. A vertical but short trail will take you to Yak Kharka, actually a pasture where yaks graze, within 4-5 hours of moderate walk from Manang. If you start early in the morning, you can get there by the noon so that you can have time for an excursion to a knoll nearby.
    Overnight stay at Yak Kharka; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 10: Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi (4,450 m)
    Approximate altitude gain: 300 m
    Crossing a suspension bridge leading to a small settlement called Ledtar, you’ll follow the steep, exhausting climb but with the views of Annapurna and Goganpurna to lighten you up. You are likely to encounter a number of yaks grazing on the grasses planted on the cliff up and below the trail. The track then descends abruptly to the river from where it meanders slightly till you reach the area notorious for landslides. A careful walk over the apparently menacing but safer trail will eventually lead you Thorang Phedi, the pedestal of Thorang-La pass. Although you will probably arrive before noon, you won’t be attempting further in order to get enough rest and, most impoartantly, proper acclimatization. This is the highest stopover throughout the trek.
    Overnight stay at Thorang Phedi; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 11: Thorang Phedi to Thorang-La Pass (5,416 m) to Muktinath (3,795 m )
    Thorang-La pass is the apex of the whole circuit. It is better if you commence the trek to the pass as early as possible to get a better view and also to avoid the horde of travellers; anywhere between 3:00 to 4:00 AM is the ideal time to start. A climb of more than 900 meters, that too above 5000m elevation, is obviously steep so be prepared, for some effort is required on your side. However, clothed properly, breathing deeply and walking slowly, you will be amazed how easily you will reach the pinnacle with a considerable amount of energy still enduring. The pass, like other passes in regions predominated by Buddhists, is adorned with prayer flags that flutter in the wind. There is also a tea house near the pass. After spending some time relishing the vista around and congratulating yourself for achieving the feat, you will start descending to Muktinath. The thing uncommon about Muktinath is that it is the common pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists; the same idol is revered as Vishnu by the Hindus and as Aalokiteshvara by the Buddhists. It will take about 4-5 hour’s trek downhill to reach Muktinath from Thorang-La pass.
    Overnight stay at Muktinath; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 12: Muktinath to Johmsom (2,720 m)
    From Ranipauwa, you will descend down to Jharkot – an outworn settlement accomodating the ruins of the old palace of Mustang empire. There are some chortens and gompas around Jharkot. You will climb down further to Kagbeni village, crossing the Dzong khola. Passing through the Pandha Khola valley, you enter Lubra where still a community practises Bon-Po, the predominant religion of Tibet and its sorroundings before influence of Buddhism. Within an hour from here, you will reach Johmsom.
    Overnight stay at Johmsom; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 13: Johmsom to Pokhara
    An air tavel over the mountains will take you to Pokhara in twenty minutes. You will have a free day at Pokhara; there are many things-to-do in Pokhara — from sightseeing to boating to daring activities to shopping, and so on.
    Overnight stay at Hotel Lake Front ( or hotel of similar range); Breakfast is included.

    Day 14: Pokhara to Kathmandu (Drive/Flight)
    You will embark the tourist bus to Kathmandu in the morning.
    If you prefer flying to Kathmandu instead of bus ride, it will be managed accordingly.
    On the eve of your departure, you will repose with our exclusive farewell treat –  Ayurvedic massage at a well-Known spa of Kathmandu.
    Overnight stay at Hotel Pilgrims ( or hotel of similar range); Breakfast is included.

    Day 15: Goodbye
    After this amazing trek if you are interested in partaking in other activities like Jungle Safari, Rafting, Biking, Tours, or Trekking to other regions, we’ll organize the trip accordingly. Or if you decide to leave Nepal, we will transfer you to the airport.

    Disclaimer: The weather of Jomsom being unpredictable, there are often cases of unavailability of tickets, delay or even cancellation of the scheduled flights. SNS travel point will not be obliged to compensate for the extra expenditure incurred by travellers due to extension of travel schedule in such cases.

    Note:The itinerary is subject to changes due to factors like weather condition, health complication, or any unanticipated cause. All the activities mentioned in the itinerary will be covered, as long as the weather permits, although the guide/leader might make some modification in the schedule, at his/her discretion

  • Annapurna Circuit Trek Equipment List
    1. FOOT WEAR

    • Trekking boot: (Sturdy, ankle-support, water-resistant, well broken in)
    • Thick socks (4 pairs)
    • Light socks (3 pairs)
    • Camp shoes (1 pair)

    2. CLOTHING

    • Sleeping bag (4seasons) 1 – Provided
    • Down jacket -1 Provided
    • Daypack/Backpack – 1, Duffel Bag- for non trek items left in Kathmandu.
    • Water bottle – 1
    • Sun cream and moisturizer
    • Flashlight/Torch light with spare bulbs, batteries, lip salve, gaiters.
    • Down or fiber filled waterproof jacket and trousers (1)
    • Fleece jacket or pullover (1)
    • Warm cotton trousers (2 pairs)
    • Shirts and T-shirts (4 pieces)
    • Lightweight cotton long pants (3 pairs)
    • Thermal set (1 Pair)
    • Shorts (2 pieces)
    • Sun hat, woolen scarf (1)
    • Woolen hat (1)
    • Sunglasses (1)
    • Lightweight gloves (1)
    • Rain coat (1) – in rainy seasons
    • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof (1)
    • Toiletries
  • Several Travel dates that you can choose from:

    First Tuesday of every Month

    • 5th May 2015
    • 2nd June 2015
    • 7th July 2015
    • 4th August 2015
    • 1st September 2015
    • 6th October 2015
    • 3rd November 2015

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