Quick Facts

Embark on a fantastic Annapurna tour, which will take you all over the Annapurna Massif to the zenith of Thorong La Pass (5,416m). The Annapurna circuit, without doubt, has become the number one trekking route in the world. This hiking trail was first opened for foreign hikers since 1977. It offers an impressive snow-capped view of the Himalayas, breathtaking views of pastoral life and rice terraces cut into the vegetation. This horseshoe-shaped route covers the entire Annapurna mountain range. It covers about 300 km of walk through different terrains. This trip follows the old used routes, previously used as a commercial route between Nepal and Tibet, mainly to exchange "salt".

Trip Duration

21 Days

Max Altitude

50000 M / 6000ft

Best Time

Sep - OCT

Price Per Person

$ 3500

About This Package

Embark on a fantastic Annapurna tour, which will take you all over the Annapurna Massif to the zenith of Thorong La Pass (5,416m). The Annapurna circuit, without doubt, has become the number one trekking route in the world. This hiking trail was first opened for foreign hikers since 1977. It offers an impressive snow-capped view of the Himalayas, breathtaking views of pastoral life and rice terraces cut into the vegetation. This horseshoe-shaped route covers the entire Annapurna mountain range. It covers about 300 km of walk through different terrains. This trip follows the old used routes, previously used as a commercial route between Nepal and Tibet, mainly to exchange "salt".

Annapurna hiking is a popular hiking route in the Annapurna region. The walk around Annapurna is known as the Annapurna circuit walk. In the vicinity of Annapurna you will find additional information about the following places: Tukuche Peak 6920m, Tilicho Peak 7134m, etc. and see different types of animals such as musk, leopards, jackals, mount thar, birds like pheasant, birds with long tail as well as relaxing with a mixed culture such as Brahmin, Chhetri, Gurung, Magar Thakalis, etc. The Annapurna Thorung Pass is an adventure of the Himalayas in the Annapurna region, rich in contrasts and that introduces us to the full and glorious spectrum of the landscapes of Nepal by sneaking through a mountainous mosaic of picturesque landscapes with often wonderful beauties and shifting the wide-eye walker from the farms and lowland terraced forests to the arid desert steppes, deep gorges and valleys, and the alpine tundra and giant Himalayan peaks to the north. On this trek, we can see the three powerful peaks of Manaslu (8163 m), Dhaulagiri (8 167 m) , Annapurna (8091 m), Dhaulagiri 8167m, Manaslu 8163m, Nilgiri 7041m, Fishtail / Machhapuchhare 6998m, Annapurna I 8091m, Annapurna II 7939m, Annapurna III7555m, Annapurna IV 7525m, Annapurna south 7219m, Hiunchuli 6441m, Lamjung Himal 6986.

Why Annapurna Circuit Trek:

1. Cross the highest trekking pass in the world- Thorung La Pass.

2. House of the Tibetan-Buddhists.

3. One of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal.

4. Hiking on a much admired and beautiful hiking trail in the Annapurna region.

5. The deepest gorge in the world, the valley of Kali Gandaki.

6. Spectacular view of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Manaslu, Annapurna South, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhare, Hiunchuli, Lamjung Himal, Tukuche peak, Tilicho peak and so on.

7. Transportation material likes of Tourist bus, private car/van, plane.

8. Seasonal local fresh fruits like Apple which is most famous for.

Once you arrive in Kathmandu, a representative of the Taleju Adventure will pick you up at the airport and take you to the hotel. In the afternoon you can rest or visit the office of the Taleju Adventure for a local tea. In the evening, a welcome dinner will be organized by the Taleju Adventure. For dinner, enjoy the authentic Nepalese cuisine. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Today, after breakfast, we begin our tour to some of the most historical and spiritual attractions of Kathmandu, also classified as UNESCO World Heritage. We visit historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and the Buddhist Sanctuary (Bouddhanath), which is also one of the largest stupas in the world. At the evening we got to meet each other in the hotel and discusses our trip for the next day. Overnight in Kathmandu.

We begin our journey in the hills by a winding road along the Trishuli River. On the way, we admire terraced farms and beautiful cabins. After arriving at an intersection in Mugling, we continue straight to Pokhara. In Dumre, we leave the previous road and head north towards Besisahar. A half-hour trip from Besisahar takes us to Khudi, the starting point of our hike. Alternatively, we can get off at Besisahar, then walk for an hour to get to Khudi by the wide road. Khudi gives us a first glimpse of the magnificent range of Manaslu. Overnight in Khudi.

Our first day of walking consists of crossing some suspension bridges and waterfalls, including several ascents and descents through rice fields and a subtropical forest. Initially, the walk is gradual but is followed by steeper paths. The mountains we see from Khudi seem much closer now. Before reaching the village of Sirung, we passed through an ethnic camp belonging to Tamang, Taranche. We admire the close-up views of Sirung in the Nadi Chuli and Manaslu mountains. Night in Sirung.

We leave Sirung for Jagat on a relatively easy path. We leave behind the village terraces and follow the path through the forests, ferns, and woodlands. On the forest trail, we spot a large variety of birds. We also cross several small towns and some temples along the way. We cross a suspension bridge in Sangu Khola in Mipra and then Syange in the Marshyangdi River. There is also a waterfall near the bridge. Now our road crosses the mighty Marshyangdi River and we cross another bridge before reaching Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.

After breakfast, we began our walk slowly. The path of Jagat descends towards the river, then crosses a leafy forest. Another climb leads to a sharp cliff facing the coast. On the way, we enter to Chyamje which offers us a magnificent scenery of the imposing mountain ranges of Annapurna. After crossing a suspension bridge, we climb abruptly towards the slippery and physically difficult road that leads to Sattale. Following a succession of paths strewn with stones, we descend to a grass bank that leads to Tal. When we move away from Tal, the road becomes bumpy and winding. Then we approach the wooded village of Karte. Along the waterfalls and cliffs, we finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge. We will spend the night in Dharapani.

Today, we cross some wooded ridges to go to Chame, which is the headquarters of the Manang district. Throughout the walk we can admire the impressive views of the Himalayas, including Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II and Annapurna IV (7,525 m / 24, 68 m). Today we also find small thermal springs where we can dive and relieve our sore muscles. Night in Chame.

A narrow and steep path through a dense forest will lead us to the spectacular curved rock, which rises 1,500 meters from the river. This is probably the steepest part of the Marshyangdi Valley, so steep that the path is dug into the vertical rock. After passing this last rock, the valley opens on majestic views. And where the valley widens, there is Paungda Danda, a huge crag that rises more than 1500 meters above the trail. We walk for a while before reaching Lower Pisang where we will spend the night.

There are two routes to Manang, but we follow the path that takes us to Upper Pisang through Geru. This trail guarantees excellent views of the beautiful landscape and the majestic mountains, including Annapurna and Pisang. We begin to notice a contrast in the landscape and vegetation today onwards. The cold and dry climate also creates a much harder environment. Our brief visit to the Barge Monastery, the largest monastery in the entire Manang district, will be memorable. Night in Manang.

To keep in shape on the trails that follow, today we are busy with a short hike to Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. If we have enough energy, we can even go to the village of Vraga to visit the Himalayan Relief Association that will give us an idea of Acute Mountain Disease (AMS). Night in Manang.

From the village of Manang, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki and continues outside the Marshyangdi Valley by turning the Jarsang Khola Valley to the northwest. The trail follows this valley to the north through some grasses and juniper maquis as its altitude gradually increases. The trail goes closer to the small town of Ghunsa, a group of clay roofs just below the trailhead. Now the path crosses meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the path crosses an old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow, and then joins another small village of Yak Kharka. We will spend the night in Yak Karka.

You have to walk to Thorang Phedi. After walking for a while, we cross a suspension bridge and arrived at the town of Ledar. We climb again and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, the last village before the Thorong La pass. On this trip, we are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. The word Phedi in Nepali is called foot of a mountain. We will spend the night in Thorong Phedi.

Interchanging Thorong La Pass, one of the highest in the world, will be our final goal today. We will cross the pass from east to west (from Manang to Muktinath), the easiest and safest direction. We got up around three in the morning and climb the mountain. When we finally reach the top, we realize that our trip was worth it. We can take some photos before heading to the Muktinath valley at the foot of Thorong Pass. overnight in Muktinath.

Muktinath is an important pilgrimage for Hindus and Buddhists. In the morning, we visit a Vishnu temple and a gompa. Going down from the village of Ranipauwa on the steep and arid hill, we go to Kagbeni, then we arrive at Jomsom to finally reach Marpha. The trail is quite surreal today as we walk on a plateau over the Kali Gandaki River, the deepest gorge in the world. The arid landscape of this region resembles Tibet. Marpha is also known as the apple capital of Nepal, where you can taste different apple products. Marpha's local apple brandy is famous throughout Nepal. Night in Marpha.

From Marpha, we take a new route to Kalopani via the village of Chokhopani. Today, we meet traditional villages of the Thakali ethnic group. We also see beautiful apple gardens. From here we have a panoramic view of the Mt. Dhaulagari, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Fang and Annapurna I. From Chokhopani, we continue to Kokhethanti. We cross a river and cross the newly built road site before reaching Kalopani. Overnight in Kalopani.

Our trip today is mainly downhill. During the first part of today's march, we cross the bridge at Ghasa. As we descend, we return to lush subtropical forests. Our trail continues along the Rupse Chahara (waterfall). We continue along the eastern shore of Kopchepani through Garpar to a bridge in Dana. In Narchyang Besi, we see a power station that supplies electricity to the area. There are bigger cities in this region where we can observe the daily life of the local people. When we arrive at Tatopani, we relax and bath in the hot springs. Overnight in Tatopani.

We leave Kali Gandaki and head to the valley of Ghar Khola. The path leads us through terraced farmland surrounded by mountains. We cross the villages of Shikha and Chitré before arriving in a beautiful forest of rhododendrons. When they are in bloom, the rhododendrons with an average height of 100 cm will be covered with pink or red flowers, then we will arrive at Ghorepani, a beautiful hilltop village during the night. We will spend the night in Ghorepani.

To catch the sunrise over the Himalayas, we climb early in the morning on the steep path that leads to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3,210 m), the most popular trekking destination in the Annapurna region. It's also a great vantage point to enjoy the incredible views of Mustang, Pokhara and over 20 of the highest mountains, including the close-up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The snowy peaks of the high mountains rise above us and shine around us in the morning light. After taking pictures, we go back to Gorepani. After breakfast, we head towards the east and climb a nearby ridge. We descend through the rhododendron forests, cross spectacular waterfalls and arrive in Tadapani to spend the night.

From Tadapani, we make a strong descent through the dense and dark forest. This part of the walk will be through a dense forest of old rhododendron trees. When the rhododendrons are in bloom, these forests are transformed into extraordinary gardens. In the afternoon, depending on the season, we can also enjoy flowering cherry blossoms on the slopes on the other side of the ravine. After a few minutes on foot, we enter the village of Ghandruk, a settlement of hills with stone houses inhabited mainly by the Gurung. Here we enjoy the incredibly narrow views of Fishtail, South Annapurna and Hiunchuli Mountains. We continue our trek to Nayapul from where we can drive back to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

After breakfast, we bid farewell to the beautiful city of Pokhara as known as Lake City of Nepal and head towards Kathmandu. After arriving in Kathmandu, we have the entire day to rest or even visit around beautiful Thamel. To celebrate the success of our trip, we will have a farewell dinner at night. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Our adventure in Nepal ends today. A representative of the Taleju Adventure will accompany you to the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On the way back, you have enough time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Includes:

All arrival and departure transfer in private vehicle

Hotels will be of tourist standard and during trekking will be local tea house/ guests house

All meals (lunch and dinner) as described in itinerary

A private vehicle as per group size

An English-speaking guide throughout the tour

Trekking TIMS and permit

2 guests = 01 Porter

Tea House Trekking package (Room + Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

Sutlej (Big Bus) cannot go to Khudi, so Kathmandu – Besisahar – Khudi will be a non ac bus, because of the rough road,and in case of Car, hiace and Coaster, they will go upto besisahar only, and from Besisahar, we need to take another public bus to Khudi, which will take approximately 45 minutes.

 

 

 

Excludes:

 Any kind of medical and personal insurance

Any kind of personal nature items like bar and Laundry bills

Evacuation in case of emergency

Domestic flights

Tips to the guide and driver

Entrance Fees

ANY ITEMS NOT MENTIONED ABOVE      

FACTS ABOUT THE ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT

Here are a few quick facts about the Annapurna Circuit, before we actually start our trek

Location | Central Nepal

Trek length | Generally 16-20 days

Distance | this varies depending on route and whether you take optional side treks, but generally between 170km - 230km

Height of Annapurna 1 Main (the highest mountain in the Annapurna Massif) | 8091m

Highest point of the trek | Thorong La Pass - 5416m (17,769ft)

Highest Sleeping Point on the Annapurna Circuit: Thorong Phedi (4450 m) often known as low camp. While high Camp (4850 m) also provides an stunning accommodation opportunity as the next option before crossing Thorong La Pass.

Himalayas can be seen during Annapurna Circuit Trek: Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, along with Machhapuchre, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Gangapurna and Tilicho Peak, where peaks ranges from 6000 – 8000 m.

 

Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek:

·        Magnificent mountains seen from all directions

·        Trekking days can be customized

·        Good accommodation options

·        Diverse Menus

·        Hot Springs in several places

·        Valleys trails

·        Village trails

·        Mountain trails

·        High Pass

·        Culturally diverse

·        Location intersects with other treks



Best weather months to trek the Annapurna Circuit trek:

 There are however peak seasons and the following months have traditionally been used as a guide for preferred times of the year to trek the Annapurna Circuit.

 

October – November/(early) December: This is the most peak season, in the context of Nepalese tourism industry, and considered as the best time to go to trekking.

 

February – March – April: This is the end of dry season and the second-best time of the year to go to trekking.

 

November/December to January/February: The skies are very clear and bluish, but it can be very cold and chances of heavy snow fall, which leads to landslides and obstruction in trekking route and during crossing passes.

 

May – June: This is the hottest and pre- monsoon season of Nepal and it can get very warm indeed. Blooming flowers and green pastures of the valley will blow your mind.

 

June – September: This is the least popular time for trekker to go to trekking, as it is the monsoon season of Nepal and chances of getting rainfall, flood, landslides, along with leeches in the bush are frequent.

 

 

THE ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT ITINERARY IS UNCONVENTIONAL

Since the trail opened in 1977, most trekkers have followed an Annapurna Circuit itinerary that begins in Besishahar and heads in an anti-clockwise direction over the Thorong-La Pass and down into the Jomsom Valley.

The main reason for this is acclimatization. When following the trail anti-clockwise, you have almost 2 whole weeks of acclimatization (and leg-training!) before you begin the leg-and-lung-breaking final ascent up and over Thorong La (5416m).

Going the other way, you’d only have 2 days to acclimatize, as well as tackling some intense 1700m+ incline days along steep, rubbly paths straight up.

There’s also very limited access to teahouses in the later days, which means if you do succumb to altitude sickness due to the speed of your climb, you may struggle to find help.


Physical Fitness

While you don’t need to be marathon fit to complete the Annapurna circuit, it’s definitely worth putting in some hard yards at the gym, in the mountains or around the block before you leave.

For the most part the days are manageable; 5-6hrs and 10-15kms, with plenty of rest, long lunch breaks and a few rest days in between.

BUT.

Some days on your trek will involve 16 hours at high altitude starting at 4am. Other days can be over 20kms through the "Nepalese flats" (aka rolling hills) or in the snow. And then there’s the final day from Muktinath to Jomsom (you can discover all about that yourself!).

Our advice is to build your general cardio for at least a month prior to leaving as well as a few consecutive days of long-distance walking.

 

YOU NEED A TREKKING PERMIT FOR THE ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT

No matter when or how you're hiking the Annapurna Circuit, you'll need to organise both a Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) permit, and an Annapurna National Park Permit (sometimes also known as the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit).

As of 2019, the permits should set you back about USD $50 total: the APC Permit is USD $30 / NPR 3,000 per person, while the TIMS Permit is USD $20 / NPR 2,000 per person.

These will need to be checked at various checkpoints along the trek.

If you're hiking with an organized tour group, your guides will likely manage these for you.

If you're hiking by yourself, you'll need to organize these at either the Nepal Tourism Board based in Kathmandu, or the Pokhara tourist office before you begin the trek. 

Make sure you bring a minimum of 4 passport photos for the trekking permit too! 

 

Trekking day is long, and also a bit tough

Annapurna trek is long, tiring and physically and mentally tough. Depending on which route you take, you’re going to be hiking for 13+ days

Some days will be really physically tough.

You’ll be living out of a backpack with a very limited supply of clothing, sleeping on some rock-hard beds, eating only carbs (we didn’t say it was all bad!), drinking chlorinated or filtered water, all while having no internet access to check your Facebook  and other social sites which might be you are fond of.

Besides all these challenges, at the very end of the day, or at the time of crossing Thorong La Pass, you will eventually enjoy the moment, which is also considered as the highest point of the trek.

 

THE SCENERY ON THE ANNAPURNA TREK IS INCREDIBLE

The beauty of this region is really jaw dropping. Everyday you wake up in the morning and sees the mountain terrain, almost barren land, some green pastures, rivers, streams, mountains just Infront of you and local peoples their cultural diversification as you pass your days.

With every step the scenery in front of you changes and the mountains reveal something new; rolling clouds, the breathtaking terrain, the towering mountains or the smiling locals.

It’s literally the definition of awe-inspiring. Them feels are good for the soul and you’ll leave feeling all giddy about the world.

 

ALTITUDE SICKNESS

How good athlete you are, and how many days you actively participate in sports, I don’t think this will really matters in this case in real.  We commend you for being so awesome in your active wear, but it won’t help you with altitude sickness.

Altitude sickness can affect anyone, including the fittest athletes alive (and Sir Edmund Hillary - the first summiteer of Everest!) so make sure you take all the necessary precautions after 3000m.

That includes taking Diamox (if you wish, but consult with your doctor), staying hydrated, and getting adequate rest. If you feel symptoms, let your guide know and take action.

Never neglect any symptoms, otherwise it can take anyone’s life though.

THE ACCOMMODATION IS MORE THAN DECENT

If you're expecting to stay at the Shangri-La, you'll be disappointed. If you apply a little common sense and realize the Annapurna circuit is pretty remote, you'll be satisfied with the basic accommodation options available.

Guesthouses and teahouses are dotted along the whole trek, starting from Besisahar all the way to Jomsom. They're pretty little things made from rock and wood and provide a welcome relief at the end of a long days trekking.

Rooms at each teahouse are generally twin share, with enough space to spread out. 

As the altitude increases the accommodation becomes more basic, however, the higher you go the happier you'll be with any form of bedding! Each teahouse has a common area which is usually stoked with a fire in the evening. This is where you'll spend most of your time, eating dinner and meeting fellow travellers.

Most teahouses make their money from food, so expect to pay slightly more than you would in Kathmandu. We do recommend buying food and drinks at teahouses.

Firstly, it will lighten your load, and secondly it provides much-needed income to what are sometimes fairly poor communities.

We have also heard of people bargaining for free accommodation in exchange for paying for food and drink. However, we'd encourage anyone travelling to these areas to be fair, pay for both your accommodation (not more than a few USD) and your food, and help to support communities that desperately rely on tourist dollars for their survival.

Most teahouses will have basic amenities, such as showers and toilets.

Up until Manang, you'll be able to have hot, solar-powered showers, although be prepared to fight for first position, as they do run out quickly! You do have to pay for warm showers, but it's definitely worth it.

You are also able to charge your electronic devices, although this comes at a small cost. Alternatively, we always travel with our trusty solar charger to keep our devices charged throughout the day.

 TAKE ONLY WHAT YOU NEED

There are legends in Nepal; super strong guys who glide up and down mountains carrying all your stuff on their shoulders and neck. They’re called Porters, and they do this so you can concentrate on accomplishing your goal without extra baggage.

While their feats are super-human, they are in-fact quite human, with really human muscles and backs that are equally prone to injury.

Help them out here by bringing only what you really need (10kgs or so), so ditch the hair straightener, the three pairs of jeans and the full make up bag as you won’t need it.

 

 

 

Essentials on Annapurna Circuit Trek

·        A pair of good quality waterproof trekking boots

·        spare pair of inside shoes

·        6 pairs of underwear and four pairs of socks (you can wash them as you go!).

·        Two pairs of trekking pants

·        One pair of shorts

·        Two jumpers)

·        Two thermal tops and bottoms

·        One goose-down jacket

·        One pair of waterproof pants

·        1 beanie

·        1 pair of thick gloves or mittens whichever you feel easy to wear

·        Personal hygiene essentials

·        Medical essentials

·        Reusable water canteens

·        Water purifier tablets

 

 THE FOOD

As your mind wanders while trudging through the snow on your way to Thorong La pass, you’ll probably be dreaming of your favourite meal; a chicken parma, killer veggie curry, or Fro-Yo with all the toppings you like.

You don’t need to fear for your taste buds; the food in the Annapurna region is really freaking good, and pretty varied.

Dal Bhat is a traditional Nepalese meal consisting of rice, a lentil-based soup and other condiments, and it’s generally all you can eat so you’ll never go hungry. As they say on the mountain: ‘Dal Bhat Power, 24- hour!’

You'll be surprised by the number of bakeries, stocking everything from strudel to doughnuts. We recommend stopping at each of these as they're amazing!

 TIPPING IS NOT COMPULSORY (BUT KIND OF EXPECTED)

Throughout Nepal generally, tipping isn't compulsory (particularly when it comes to restaurants and drivers), but it is kind of expected when it comes to guides and porters.

Many of the locals involved in the hiking industry here actually rely upon the tips they receive from leading groups, or carrying your gear. 

As a guide, for your leader you should normally set aside some cash per person, per day.

For your porters, a recommended amount which is split amongst all the porters on your trek.

 TRAVEL INSURANCE

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you'll already know that we never, ever, leave for our travels without travel insurance - especially when undertaking a hike at altitude like the Annapurna Circuit.

Whether it's a sprained ankle, severe altitude sickness, or a natural disaster (let's not forget the 2015 Nepal earthquake), the unexpected can, and does, happen and it's always better to be prepared. Nepal only can provide insurance facilities to its fellow staffs, like guide and porters but not for its guests, so we strongly suggest to our guests to make insurance in their own home country before they land in Nepal for travel.

 RESPECT THE LOCAL CULTURE

For many people, long treks are all about mountains and self-accomplishment, and that's totally ok.

But the Annapurna Circuit is upheld as a significant cultural and sacred trail by the Nepalese, so it's important that you as a visitor also a) behave accordingly, b) show respect for various sites along the way (dressing appropriately, not littering, etc), and c) take the time to chat with the locals and trying to understanding their way of life and beliefs up here.

After all, one of the best parts of travel is the total immersion in another culture, right?

 Help to make Mountain Clean

Due to their altitude and remoteness, many of the villages on the trail don't have adequate waste disposal methods. Instead, they either have to burn the rubbish off (not ideal), or carry it off the mountain themselves (also not ideal). 

In peak season, thousands of hikers traverse the paths of the Annapurna Circuit.

When you stop to think about the impact that many people are likely to have on the surrounding environment and the disposable products (in the form of plastic bottles, food wrappers, sunscreen bottles, etc.) that they're undoubtedly bringing with them, you quickly realize that a lot of waste is either being burnt, or left, behind on the mountains. 

Be a responsible traveler on the Annapurna Circuit: only use a re-usable water bottle pack a tote bag or two and carry all your trash out of the national park with you.