Annapurna Circuit Trek
The Himalayas, home to the planet’s highest peaks (including the best, Mount Everest) and some of the remotest, and most rugged and tough trekking terrains in the world. This huge range of mountains covers 3 quarters of Nepal, creating it one of the best destinations for trekkers.
Numerous treks crisscross the Himalayas, however arguably the foremost popular routes are the Annapurna Circuit Trek and the Mount Everest Base Camp Trek. both of that reach up to altitudes of over 5,000m and take an average of 3 weeks to complete.
16 peaks over 6,000m. Annapurna is a section of the Himalayas in north-central Nepal known for its splendid panoramas, rugged scenery and isolated mountain communities even if we will hardly reach the mid-section of Annapurna, we’ll be weaving our trail through the rice paddies and pastures of the foothills, visiting isolated mountain communities and observing completely different ancestral customs and traditions — this guarantees to not only be a visually superb expedition but also a culturally made one.
- Group Size: 2 – 14 Persons
- Trip Grade: Moderate to Demanding
- Max. Altitude (5,416m) Thorong-la pass
- Trip Starts: Kathmandu
- Trip Ends: Pokhara
- Accommodation: Hotels, guesthouses
- Trip Type: Teahouses
- Trip Destinations: Kathmandu, Shange, Dharapani, Chame, Pisang, Manang Yak Kharka, Thorong Phedi, Muktinath, Jomsom, Pokhara
Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary – Ideal Trek
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1400m)
Day 2: Drive to Jagat (1300m) Approx. 8 hrs.
Day 3: Trek to Dharapani (1,960m), Approx. 6 hrs.
Day 4: Trek to Chame (2,710m) Approx. 5 hrs.
Day 5: Trek to Pisang (3,300m), Approx. 5 hrs.
Day 6: Trek to Manang (3540m), Approx. 6 hrs.
Day 7: Acclimatization day at Manang (3540m)
Day 8: Trek to Leddar (4230m), Approx. 4 hrs.
Day 9: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,600m), Approx. 4 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong La pass (5416m), Approx. 8 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Jomsom (2,670m), Approx. 4 hrs.
Day 12: Fly / Drive to Pokhara (900m) Approx. 8 hrs. drive.
Best Time to Trek Annapurna Circuit.
June through early September is monsoon season in Nepal. When most of the rain falls and when rock and mudslides are most likely to occur the trails. The spring, between mid-March and mid-April, is when the rhododendron forests bloom, but the weather is still wet this time of year and the leeches are a nuisance at lower elevations. Mid-March through May and mid-September to November are the best time to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek.
Annapurna Circuit Map – New Route
Annapurna Circuit Trek – Requirements and Permits
A permit (ACAP: Annapurna Conservation Area Project) and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card are required to enter the Annapurna area and trek to Annapurna Circuit. If you’re on a guided trip, the guide company will take care of getting the permit and TIMS card for you.
You can get your TIMS card on your own at offices of the Nepal Tourism Board in Katmandu or at the national park entrance that you will pass through during your trek. Bring a high-quality photocopy of your passport and 2 passport photos.
Preventing Altitude Sickness – Top 8 Tips
It’s important for anyone planning on attempting the Annapurna Circuit treks, or other high-altitude treks like Everest Base Camp, to know how to reduce and cope with the symptoms of altitude sickness. Before you go, learn the best ways to beat altitude sickness and stay healthy overall at high elevation. Himalaya Discovery provides Pulse Oximeter for the blood oxygen saturation level monitor to high altitude.
- Climb slowly, give yourself time to acclimate to the elevation.
- Avoid alcohol
- Take rest days.
- Symptoms: headaches, sleeplessness, and nausea usually decrease in a day or two.
- Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol.
- Eat a lot. Trekking burns a lot of calories.
- Keep your pace slow.
- If your symptoms fail to improve or worsen, descend.
Accommodations and Facilities – Tips
Teahouses are a great option and are an industry gaining rapid popularity right now. These are houses that are facilitated according to the local culture. This is a popular option. And are designed to make you feel right at home with the hint of the local culture. What a great way to experience comfort.
- Choose a guesthouse before 3 p.m. to beat large guided groups to the nicest guesthouses.
- Choose a smaller one for better meal service.
- Take a shower immediately after arriving because most hot water is solar power heated).
- Order breakfast before going to bed to speed your morning departure.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Cost
The most popular way to arrange a trek to Annapurna Circuit. The costs range per person from USD 1200 up to USD 1600 for an average 10 – 18-days trek.
COST INCLUDES: Private Transportation from and to Kathmandu, trek permits, accommodation, meals, but costs do not include: insurance, visa, personal equipment, drinks.
The advantage of booking a package trip to the Annapurna Circuit is that everything is taken care of for you. Accommodation will be booked, meals will be paid for and arranged. You should get to meet your guide before the trip.
The Annapurna Circuit starts at Besisahar but the trek starts from Jagat. If you are planning to take a public bus, then you can catch a bus at Gonggabu bus park. (busses are big tourist type to slightly more comfortable “micro” busses).
Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered to be one of the best treks in the world. Experiencing some of the most beautiful Himalayan mountain scenery of Nepal. And if you have questions or anything in mind please contact us.