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    Annapurna Circuit (Round Annapurna Trekking) - 18 days

    After leading several Himalayan expeditions myself, including the first American ascent of Annapurna I, I can attest to Chandra’s outstanding qualities as leader and organizer. He is an especially good guide for student groups. I first met Chandra when my daughter attended 8th grade at the Lincoln School in Kathmandu, Nepal, and he was the guide selected by the expat community to lead the 8th  grade students on a week-long “Explore Nepal” trek.  The students and parents really appreciated Chandran’s thoughtful planning and leadership.
    In the last twenty years, I've enjoyed a dozen diverse adventures in Nepal with Chandra.  He always provides great food, gear, and guides as well as personalized itineraries and attention for individual travelers and small and large groups. His company is a good choice for any individual, school, group or family that wants to enjoy their own trek with a personal itinerary at a relatively low cost.
    If you might like a Nepal adventure customized to your interests, abilities, and schedule,  you can learn more at at  Himalayan Icefall Trekking or contact Chandra at himtrekzone@gmail.com.
     

    Ms. Arlene Blum PhD, Biophysical Chemist, Author, and Mountaineer

    UC Berkeley, United States

     

    Embark on a fantastic Annapurna Circuit Trek which takes us around the entire Annapurna massif reaching the zenith at Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,769ft). We also walk through the world's deepest Kali Gandaki gorge with Annapurna I rising to 8091 m to the east and Dhaulagiri hovering at 8167 m to the west! We savor the fabulous mountain views from Poon Hill and discover the diverse Annapurna region. Furthermore, Annapurna Circuit Trek also takes us to Manang, Jomsom and the Muktinath region which again gets us acquainted with the diverse Nepalese landscape and culture.
    This is a long trek for travelers wishing to circle the Annapurna massif. However, for trekkers who prefer a shorter trek in the same route then Annapurna Circle Trek - 16 Days is ideal.

     

    Trip Hightlight


    Annapurna Circuit Trekking 17Night/18 Days

    Day 01: Arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport.
    Day 02: Kathmandu full day city Tour.
    Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Besi Sahar (760m) (5-6 hours)
    Day 04: Drive Besi Sahar to Chame (2670m) (6-7 hours)
    Day 05: Trek Chame to Pisang (3200m) (6-7 hours)
    Day 06: Trek Pisang to Manang (3540m) (7-8 hours)
    Day 07: Acclimatization at Manang (3540m)
    Day 08: Trek Manang to Yak Kharka (4050m) (4-5 hour)
    Day 09: Trek Yak Kharka to Thorang High camp (4925m) (5-6 hours)
    Day 10: Trek Thorang high camp to Muktinath (3760m) crossing Thorangla passes (5416m)
    Day 11: Trek Muktinath to Marpha (2670m) (5-6 hours)
    Day 12: Drive Marpha to Tatopani (1190m) on a local jeep (4-5 hours)
    Day 13: Trek Tatopani to Ghorepani (2860m) (6-7 hours)
    Day 14: Hike Ghorepani to Poon hill (3210m) then trek to Tadapani (2630m)
    Day 15: Trek Tadapani to Ghandruk (1940m) (4-5 hours)
    Day 16: Trek Ghandruk to Kimje then drive to Pokhara (4-5 hours)  
    Day 17: Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu (30 minutes)
    Day 18: International Departure. 
     

     
    Annapurna Circuit Trekking Itinerary 17Night/18 Days
     
    Day 01: Arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport.
    Arrivals at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport, Then welcome by our office representative, and transfer to the respective hotel. After checking in to the hotel, meet our experienced trekking guide then detail briefing about the Trekking. Trekking permit collection as well as other required documents for the trekking. Finally settle down all the payment procedures.

    Day 02: Kathmandu full day city Tour.
    After the morning breakfast, briefing about the Kathmandu full day city sightseeing. i.e Swoyambhunath, it is one of the holiest pilgrims for Buddhist and Hindus, and it is  located at the hilltop in the Kathmandu also popularly known as the monkey temple.  
    Then after we drive to Bouddhanath stupa, which is also the main important shrine for Buddhist around the world. Bouddhanath Stupa is one of the largest spherical Stupa of Nepal and one of the largest Stupa in the world. Then finally we drive for Pashupatinath.
    Pashupatinath is located nearby Bouddhanth, this temple is one of the major important sacred pilgrim site for the Hindus around the world. And not to forget all above three shrines are enlisted in UNESCO world heritage site. Finally drive back to hotel, then have some rest, prepare for trekking which starts from tomorrow. Overnight kathmandu.


    Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Besi Sahar (760m) (5-6 hours)
    After breakfast, drive Kathmandu to Besi sahar on our private vehicle, this takes around 5-6 hours of drive. We start our drive into the hills on a zigzag road along the Trishuli River. On the way we can see terraced farms and beautiful huts. By Evening arrive at Besi Sahar, check in to the hotel, and stay overnight.

    Day 04: Drive Besi Sahar to Chame (2670m) (6-7 hours)
    After Breakfast, we drive Besi Sahar to Chame on a local four wheel jeep; it is the District headquarters of Manang. The drive will take around 6-7 hours of bumpy road. Although the roads are bumpy it is worth driving through bumpy roads because of the Natural scenery and stunning waterfalls. Arrive at Chame and stay overnight.

    Day 05: Trek Chame to Pisang (3200m) (6-7 hours)
    After Breakfast, from this day we start our trekking from Chame to lower pisang. The trail starts with gentle steep and flat trail passing though pine forest and few small Gurung villages. After few hours of trek we arrive at Bhratang, apple farm. After resting for few minutes at Bhratang we continue ascending towards pisang through gentle steep and flat walks. Arrive at Lower Pisang, and stay overnight.

    Day 06: Trek Pisang to Manang (3540m) (7-8 hours)
    After the hot Breakfast at Pisang, we begin our trek from Pisang village. It offers beautiful scenery of mountains and surrounding landscapes. From here we gain altitude as the morning walk leads through forest and with a short uphill we can see super views of stunning Mount Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna, Chulu. As we reach flat valley at Humde village, the trail becomes much easier with flat trails and 1-1.5 hour’s walk takes us to Manang village where the houses here are built up in traditional Tibetan style and people known for their rich culture and traditions.

    Day 07: Acclimatization at Manang (3540m)
    On this day we stay at Manang for Acclimatization. This is necessary rest day for acclimatization before heading higher elevation to Thorang – la pass (5416m). You have optional short hike and exploring Manang village and valley. Manang is a small village situated on windswept valley at the bank of Marsyangdi River beneath Annapurna and Gangapurna mountain range; a nice walk can be done uphill for views of Gangapurna Glacier and the Gangapurna Lake.

    Day 08: Trek Manang to Yak Kharka (4050m) (4-5 hour)
    After a good rest in Manang, morning walk leads towards Ghunsang village on the uphill path to Yak Kharka. This is an interesting high altitude trekking with super views of snowcapped mountains then crossing a small stream river to reach Yak Kharka, a small settlement with tremendous views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Chulu Peaks. Stay overnight at Yak kharka.

    Day 09: Trek Yak Kharka to Thorang High camp (4925m) (5-6 hours)
    As the walk advances to high area, heading closer to the base of Thorong-la, the walk leads to cross a bridge and then a climb along the river bank of Jarjung, as the walk leads at Thorong Phedi, here depending upon the physical conditions of the clients, if all goes well an hour steep climb to Thorong High Camp for overnight stop.

    Day 10: Trek Thorang high camp to Muktinath (3760m) crossing Thorangla passes (5416m)
    Big Day! The highlight of this great adventure. After an early breakfast walk leads to a long climb up to Thorong-la with a steep terrain and winding path to Thorong La Pass at 5,416 m. The highest altitude gain of this adventure certainly requires a high spirit and physically strong to cross over it. The top offers superb vista of amazing landscapes with snowcapped peaks. Descend long way to Muktinath at 3,800 m which is a holy place for both Hindus and Buddhists. Stay overnight at Muktinath.

    Day 11: Trek Muktinath to Marpha (2670m) (5-6 hours)
    After Muktinath, rest of the journey will be much easier with moderate walks all the way with a big drop of 1,200m downhill to Kaligandaki river valley. This pleasant walk brings you to Jomsom, the head quarter of Mustang region with a small airstrip above Kaligandaki River. After a relaxing stop a good gradual walk reaches to Marpha, one of the most charming villages of all Himalaya regions. Here, enjoy with very famous local apple products like cider, brandy and juice etc. Stay overnight at Marpha.

    Day 12: Drive Marpha to Tatopani (1190m) on a local jeep (4-5 hours)
    After breakfast we drive from Marpha to Tatopani, this takes around 4-5 hours of road. On the way enjoy the beautiful views of local villages, landscapes and waterfalls. Arrive at Tatopani, check in to the hotel then we go for a natural hot spring bath. Stay overnight at Tatopani.

    Day 13: Trek Tatopani to Ghorepani (2860m) (6-7 hours)
    After a wonderful time at Tatopani, trek continues on the nice winding trail for an hour, then cross a suspension bridge over the Kaligandaki River to arrive at the junction of two trails. Our route diverts from here to dense alpine forest reaching at Chitre, from here an hour climb brings at Ghorepani- Deurali village with fantastic scenery of world’s 07th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri and its range of peaks towards North West. Ghorepani is famous for the Poon-Hill, the best viewpoint for sunrise, sunset, and best view of Mount Dhaulagiri. Stay overnight at Ghorepani.

    Day 14: Hike Ghorepani to Poon hill (3210m) then trek to Tadapani (2630m)
    To view the sunrise over the Himalayas, we make an early morning climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3,210m), the most famous trekking destination in the Annapurna region. It is also a great viewpoint to enjoy the amazing panoramic views of more than 15 of the highest mountains including the close-up views of Dhaulagiri range and the Annapurna range. The snowy peaks of the high mountains loom above and around us glowing in the morning light. After taking photographs, we return back to Ghorepani. After breakfast, we head east and climb a nearby ridge. We descend through rhododendron forests, pass by small waterfall and arrive at Tadapani. Stay overnight at Tadapani.

    Day 15: Trek Tadapani to Ghandruk (1940m) (4-5 hours)
    From Tadapani, we make a steep descent through the dense and dark forest. This part of the trek will be through a thick forest of old rhododendron trees. During the season of March to April trekkers can enjoy the real beauty of Rhododendron and orchid flowers. Arrive at Beautiful village of Ghandruk famous for the Views of Annapurna Range, Machhapuchhre and lamjung himal. Stay overnight at Ghandruk.

    Day 16: Trek Ghandruk to Kimje then drive to Pokhara (4-5 hours)  
    After the breakfast we descend for one and half hour to Kimche, where our vehicle will be waiting for us. From Kimche we drive further more for two and half hours to pokhara. Arrive at pokhara, check in to the hotel, rest and leisure time at your own. Stay overnight at pokhara.

    Day 17: Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu (30 minutes)
    After breakfast drive to Pokhara Airport then fly to Kathmandu, this takes around 30 minutes of flight. After Landing at Kathmandu Airport, drive to the hotel, rest and leisure time at your own. At evening we go for typical Nepali farewell dinner. Stay overnight at Kathmandu.

    Day 18: International Departure.   
    After breakfast drive to Kathmandu international Airport for your onward journey.

     
    Cost:

    USD 2040 per person basis for up to 2 pax.
    USD 1600 per person basis from 3-5 pax
    USD 1450 per person basis from 6-10 pax

    Included
    •    Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
    •    Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with Bed and breakfast.
    •    Teahouse accommodation during the trek
    •    All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
    •    All ground transportation with Pokhara to Kathmandu one way Air fare.
    •    farewell Dinner
    •    Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
    •    Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
    •    An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader           (4trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
    •    Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
    •    Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation
    •    All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
    •    Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
    •    All government and local taxes

    Excluded
    •    Nepalese visa fee
    •    International airfare to and from Kathmandu
    •    Excess baggage charges
    •    Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
    •    Your international insurance, which should cover your medical rescue in case of an emergency
    •    Trek staff tipping, personal types of expenses
    •    Internet cost during the trek
    •    Hot water shower during the trek

     
    Start Date End Date Availability Price  
    2018
    October
    05th Oct 21th Oct OPENED 1450 Book Now
    27th Oct 12th Nov OPENED 1450 Book Now
    2019
    March
    06th Mar 22th Mar OPENED 1450 Book Now
    The major important checklist for the trekking are as follows: 

    1) Trekking boots - 01 pair with 4 pairs of  warm shocks
    2) Down Jacket - 01
    3) Sleeping bag- 01
    4) Long sleeves - 02 pairs
    5) Sun glass  - 01
    6) Hat  - 01
    7)  Water Bottle  - 01
    8) Half Pant  - 01
    9) Trousers  - 02
    10 ) T- Shirts - 04
    11) Trekking Stick - 02
    12) Sunscreen  - 01
    13) Mosquito repelling cream - 01 ( in case in the low land areas)
    14) Rucksack - 01
    15) Gloves -01 pair
    16) Wind proof jacket- 1
    17) Warm Cap-1
    18) Personal Medicines
    19) Flash light
    20) Micro Spikes

     
    How long is the trek?
    The length of the trail depends on where you start and end your trek; therefore it can be anything between 160-230km. It can be done in a few as 10 days, or as many as 28 days, if doing side trips. Usually it takes either 10 or 14 days to do the shorter version, and 18-21 for the full route.

    When is the best time to go?
    The best weather for trekking in the Annapurna region is during autumn (September to November) and spring (March-May). The skies are clear then and you will get a chance to enjoy some outstanding views of the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri peaks. Keep in mind that even though it is not monsoon season anymore it will be much warmer and humid in the lower regions (jungle) and you still may encounter an unexpected shower or two. It will also be much cooler above 3500m. Even though it’s not technically winter you will need warm clothes and dawn jacket.

    Is it difficult?
    The Annapurna Circuit trek (ACT) is considered to be a moderate trek. It doesn’t involve technical climbing but it’s good to have some hiking experience. The trek will go through different terrain and the roads will change. You may encounter jeep roads that get muddy after a rainfall, rock steps, steep ascents and descents full of loose rocks, and creeks crossing the trail in the most unexpected places just to name a few. The higher you climb, the harder the trek will become due to the altitude, so take some rest when needed and remember to acclimatize wisely (max. 400m in altitude per day).

    Is there are risk of getting altitude sickness?
    There is a risk since you will be hiking above 3000m. Different people react to altitude in different ways, no matter their fitness level or experience in the mountains. That’s why you should learn and understand what altitude sickness is and what the symptoms are beforehand. You can ask your local travel medicine specialist, search online or attend one of the lectures organized in Kathmandu. There’s also an option to attend the high altitude sickness lecture in Manang organized by the Himalayan Rescue Association.

    What is the lodging like?
    The Annapurna circuit trek is a teahouse trek, which means there are guesthouses in almost every village. Some are better than others, but generally rooms are basic and come with shared bathrooms. Blankets are provided but it’s a good idea to bring your own sleeping bag as it gets chilly in the higher levels and there are no heating systems inside the buildings. Usually you will have to dine at your lodge in order to get a room. Some places may offer hot gas showers for an additional fee, so take advantage of that while you can because above Manang you won’t get the chance to shower at all until you reach Muktinath, on the other side of the pass.

    Where does the trek start and where does it end?
    The original route starts in Besisahar and ends in Nayapul. Even though this is the longest option, it allows you to acclimatize properly and enjoy plenty of different landscapes and climate zones. That’s why the Annapurna circuit trekking is considered to be one of the most beautiful treks in the world.
    For those having less time there are other options. You can take a jeep all the way up to Chame, skipping part of the trek. After the pass there’s the option of flying from Jomsom, or taking combined jeep and bus rides to Pokhara.

    Do I need any permits?
    Yes. You will need the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekker’s Information Management System Card (TIMS card), which will be taken care by us but we need your copy of passport and a two copies of your recent passport size photo.

    Is there Wi-Fi on the trek?
    Most guesthouses will offer Wi-Fi, either for free or for a small charge. However, since you will be in the mountains the Wi-Fi might not be working on any given day for many reasons, so don’t rely on it. And anyway, being offline during your trek can be surprisingly beneficial!

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    USD 1450

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    Trip Facts

    Duration : 18 Days

    Grading : B

    Trip Start : Besi Sahar

    Max. Altitude : 5416

    Trip Ends : Pokhara

    Destination : Annapurna Circuit

    Trip Route : Besi Sahar-Chame-Manang-High Camp-Muktinath-Jomsom-Poonhill-Pokhara

    Trip Style : Moderate

    Activity : Trekking

    Group Size : minimum 1 pax

    Activity Per Day : Trekking

    Best Season : October to November and March to May

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