Classic Round Annapurna Trek
Difficulty : Strenuous
Reference Code: CRATNP
Trip Start: Kathmandu
Trek Start: Bhulbhule
Trek Days: 19 days
Maximum Altitude: 5416m
Age: 20-60 years
Season: Spring and Autumn
Service: Full board
Trip End: Kathmandu
Trek End: Nayapul
Trip Durations: 24 Days
Physical Rating: Strenuous
Group Size: 2-16
The Annapurna Circuit is a popular name for a trek within the Annapurna mountain range of central Nepal. The total length of the route varies between 160–230 km (100-145 mi), depending on where the motor transportation is used and where the trek is ended. The trek rises to an altitude of 5,416m. on the Thorung La pass, touching the edge of the Tibetan plateau. This trek crosses two different river valleys and encircles the Annapurna massif, crossing Thorung La (5416m), the highest pass on this trek. Practically all trekkers hike the route counter clockwise, as then the daily altitude gain is slower and crossing the high Thorong La pass is easier and safer. Later pass by the side path of Kaligandaki river to Gorepani. Then climb poon hill (The best sunrise view point of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range and ends at Nayapul.
The mountain scenery, seen at close quarters includes the Annapurna Massif (Annapurna I-IV), Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Gangapurna [7455m] and Tilicho Peak (7134m). Numerous peaks of 6000-8000m in elevation rise from the Annapurna range.
Day 01 Arrival in kathmandu
Namaste! And welcome to Kathmandu, the colourful capital of Nepal where ornately carved balconies mingle with beautiful shrines and temples. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting on arrival at the exit gate of Kathmandu airport. Our staff will welcome you and pick you to your accommodated hotel and rest of the day you can relax at the hotel or short evening walk around local market on your own as per your wish.
Day 02 Rest and preparation day
A well deserved rest day at cosy of hotel after a long tiring flight. This day, one can move around nearby local market to purchase or hire trekking equipment that is necessary for the trekking like sleeping bags, walking sticks etc, exchange currency as requirement or simply walk around in the local market or Kathmandu Durbar squire nearby with small entrance fee as per your preference on your own. Evening at the hotel lobby there will be pre-trip briefing in which you will be introduced with your trekking guide and explained about your trip in short, instruction for safety etc.
Day 03 Early morning drive to Bhulbhule (840m.)
Early morning we drive to Bhulbhule with 4WD. From the town of Besisahar, which is the capital of the Lamjung District, we drive upstream by way of a relatively level jeep track following the mighty Marsyangdi river. From Bhulbhule, we get our first good views of the mountains.
Day 04 Trek to Syange(1100m.)
The trail continues northwards up the valley, crossing several suspension bridges and passing beautiful waterfalls, whilst above us tower the peaks of Lamjung, Manaslu and Peak 29. We pass through the village Bahundanda 1310m which supports a few shops and tea houses, and a chance for a welcome break after the long uphill slog before trekking to Syanje village 1100m where we overnight.
Day 05 Trek to Tal(1700m.)
We begin our day by climbing through rhododendron and pine forest where we will probably meet more local people as we continue on the trail. Tal means ‘lake’ and the wide valley was indeed once a lake. Just north of the village is a spectacular waterfall and it may offer you the chance of a powerful but refreshing shower.
Dy 06 Trek to Bagarchhap (2164m.)
After leaving Tal, we cross a large bridge to the village of Dharapani 1960m. Our climb continues through forests to the delightful village of Bagarchap, which is surrounded by peach and apple trees with small streams meandering through it. It is the first village on the trek with a strong Tibetan flavour in its architecture and layout.
Day 07 Trek to Chame(2670m.)
The trail now bears west, Manaslu forming a splendid backdrop and Annapurna II 7039m appearing occasionally to the south. As we continue to Chame through fine forests of pine and fir, views of the Annapurna improve dramatically. Chame is the district headquarters of Manang and as such has electricity, a telephone office and well stocked shops. There are mineral hot springs here but be careful; the water is piping hot, please do not pollute it with shampoo or soap.
Day 08 Trek to Lower Pisang(3200m.)
Throughout the day we cross the river several times as we pass through the narrow, steep sided gorges. Nearing the village of Pisang, as we climb to the ridge, the path at times is built into the cliff face on wooden piers. We enjoy our first views of the Manang Valley, a wide 'U' shaped valley dramatically located between two lines of snow peaks. Pisang has changed little over the centuries and has a very mediaeval atmosphere. Across the valley stands Annapurna II, seemingly close enough to touch, with Pisang Peak rising behind.
Day 09 Trek to Manang(3540m.)
Descending to the broad forested valley floor, we follow the trail through the flat valley, passing a small grass airstrip: we cross the river once again to Braga. This is a village of about 250 houses stacked on top of each other, flat roofs forming verandas. We shall visit the Braga Monastery, believed to be at least 500 years old, the largest in the district which houses thankas and manuscripts as well as an outstanding display of over a hundred terracotta images that line the walls. Don’t forget to take your shoes off before entering. From here it is only a short walk to Manang.
Day 10 Rest/Exploration day
A necessary day for rest and acclimatisation and a chance to explore Manang, a village of about 550 flat roofed houses which is picturesquely set amongst spectacular scenery; Annapurna II 7937m, Annapurna III 7555m, Gangapurna 7455m to the south; Tilicho 7134m and the grand barrier to the west; Chulu West 6419m and Chulu East 6584m to the north and the glacial lake below. You could perhaps use today to revisit Braga Monastery, either early morning or late afternoon and visit the very atmospheric main temple. At these times, when the monks are worshipping, the building is filled with the fragrance of burning juniper. As an alternative there is a walk across the river from Manang around the lake below the Gangapurna glacier. Our Sirdar / guides will direct you. Acclimatisation days are a very important aspect trekking and will undoubtedly assist with the success, as well as adding to the enjoyment of the trek.
Day 11 Trek to Ledar(4200m.)
Today, we walk further into the quiet distinct alpine areas through to Yak Kharka, which means Yak Pastures, and true to its name there are many yaks to be seen in the area – be careful when photographing them; they can be very temperamental. We arrive at Ledar for lunch, and overnight.
Day 12 Trek to Thorong Phedi(4450m.)
As we steadily branch away from the Marsyandi Khola keep your eyes open for Thar and Bharal, “blue” sheep. Crossing the Jarsang Khola, we climb to a small grassy valley and overnight. We have reached a point where altitude sickness may ‘kick in’ – if you are feeling unwell please tell you’re Sirdar and if necessary move back down to Ledar.
Day 13 Trek to Muktinath(3800m.) by crossing Thorong La(5416m.)
Though the crossing of the pass is not technically difficult, we take it slowly to avoid the complications of altitude and to cope with possible snow conditions. After approximately 4 hours we reach the top of Thorung La, one of the world’s highest passes, catching our breath and enjoying some absolutely stunning high Himalaya scenery: the entire Annapurna ranges in the south; the Mukut and Mustang Himal to the west and the incredibly deep Kali Gandaki Valley; and the peaks of Thorungste 6482m and Chulu to the north. During our steep descent to Muktinath we can enjoy the excellent views of Dhaulagiri – the world’s 7th highest peak 8167m.
Day 14 Rest day
A day to relax or explore the area. The walled temple complex Muktinath has for centuries been an important place of pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists, with a Buddhist gompa and a pagoda style temple dedicated to Vishnu. There is a thin blue flame of burning natural gas that can be seen beneath the altar in Jwala Mai Temple. Within the courtyard of the Vishnu Temple are 108 brass water spouts. Remember when visiting temples to be appropriately dressed; take off your shoes before entering and please do leave a small donation.
Day 15 Trek to Jomsom(2710m.)
The trail descends very quickly to the valley floor below, through a dramatic arid landscape, and continues to Jomsom. We continue walking to Marpha, which must be the cleanest village in the country. The long main street is paved with spotless flagstones winding past pristine white houses, each with piles of firewood neatly stacked to the roof. There are numerous well-kept lodges and Tibetan Craft shops. These two villages are the major villages on the Kali Gandaki trading route. We can enjoy the views of Tilicho Peak and Dhaulagiri.
Day 16 Trek to Ghasa(2010m.)
The Thakalis are dominant in this valley, interestingly related to the Gurung and Magars of the southern slopes. We pass through Tukuche from where we get an impressive view of the mighty icefall tumbling down from the east face of the mountain. Keeping Dhaulagiri to our right we continue down the Kali Gandaki valley to Ghasa Village.
Day 17 Trek to Tatopani
As we descend we may encounter caravans of mules carrying loads of food grains from Pokhara or Beni to supply Mustang and Jomsom. We pass through a few villages and agricultural fields finally arriving at Tatopani (hot water) where you will have the opportunity to soak yourself in the hot spring to relax aching muscles and sore feet. Tatopani has been attracting trekkers since the 60’s and whilst quite touristy these days, it is still quite laid back and mellow.
Day 18 Trek to Ghorepani
Crossing the Kali Gandaki river we slowly climb steeply up the village of Sikha, which is inhabited by Magars. We stop for lunch before climbing high and steadily for the rest of the day leaving behind the terraced fields and entering thick rhododendron forest and the village of Ghorepani. Poon Hill 3193m, is one of the most famous places to watch the sunrise across the magnificent Himalaya including Dhaulagiri to Manaslu in the east and the Annapurna range
Day 19 Early morning Ascent Poon hill(3193m.) and trek to Tadapani(2590m.)
We rise early for the 45 minute trek to Poon Hill 3,193m, one of the most famous places to watch the sun rise across the magnificent Himalayan panorama including Dhaulagiri to Manaslu in the east and the Annapurna range between. After returning to Ghorepani for breakfast we set off on the short climb to Deorali for more fantastic panoramic views. We then descend a steep river gorge before the climb to Tadopani.
Day 20 Trek to Ghandruk(1940m.)
From Tadapani the easy trail descends and heads south until we reach the Gurung village of Ghandruk. The village is beautifully set against the peaks of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. This is the last night in lodge during the trek where we celebrate the success of the trip along with all Adventure Zambuling staffs
Day 21 Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara
We descend rapidly to Syauli Bazaar, a village with few houses and shops and follow the Modi Khola down stream and reach Birethanti. We cross the Modi Khola and trek further down to Naya Pul. Meeting up with our porters, we collect our gear and depart by car/bus for the drive to Pokhara, (approximately 3 hours) where we can enjoy the luxury of a comfortable hotel after almost 3 weeks of trekking and lodging.
Day 22 Free day in Pokhara
Time to explore the tourist resort of Pokhara at leisure, hire a boat on the lake, or merely sit in one of the lakeside cafes and enjoy a good pot of tea and some lovely home made cake (or even egg and chips!) and reflect on your achievement over the last 3 weeks.
Day 23 Flight/Drive to Kathmandu(1350m.)
Rest of the day free for packing, last minute shopping or relaxation in the hotel pool.
DAy 24 Final departure
We say 'Namaste' for memories that will last a lifetime. There are no activities planned for today and you are able to depart the hotel at any time. Check out time from the hotel is at 12 noon. If you are departing later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel. For your final departure, our staff will pick you up from the hotel and transfer to Kathmandu airport approximately 3 hours prior to your international flight time.
All ground transportation as per itinerary
3 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B plan.
2 night hotel accommodation in Pokhara with B/B plan.
Domestic flight from PKH-KTM with airport tax (Optional)
TIMs (Trekking Information Management system) card
Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Fee
Food for the member during the trek( 3 meals a day as per lodge open menu)
Lodge accommodation on twin sharing basis
Medical supplies(First aid Kit will be available)
All required Nepalese staffs (salary, food, clothing, accommodation)
All Nepalese staffs insurance as per Nepalese government rules
Company service charge, VAT and government taxes etc.
International flight with airport tax.
Nepalese Entry Visa fee
Food during stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara
All personal equipment and personal expenses
Photography Charges, Monument charges and Monument entry fees
Personal Medical and travel insurance(must cover helicopter rescue evacuation cost)
Telephone and internet charges
Alcoholic beverage, bottled drinks and cold drinks during the trip
Rescue evacuation charges if required
Staff and porters Tips...
Clothing and Equipments List
» Pack to pack out - bring enough waterproof bags to carry all non-biodegradable rubbish back down the mountain.
» Remove all unnecessary packaging before leaving home.
» Bring enough warm dry clothes so that you can wrap up rather than burn firewood in the evenings.
» If you are going to trek higher than 5000m or you know it will be cold, buy an aluminum water bottle which can also be used as a hot water bottle at night.
» The easiest way to keep hydrated while trekking is to buy a 1 x liter platypus-drinking bladder to carry in your day pack.
» Make sure to buy proper trekking socks. Don’t buy synthetic socks as these promote sweating and can give you blisters. Always carry a few blister pads in your first aid kit and keep them handy in your day pack.
» Walking poles are very useful while trekking and helpful when descending.
» Please remember that waste disposal and recycling facilitates are limited in Nepal. When buying batteries make sure they are rechargeable and/or high quality so they last longer, and take them home to recycle.
There is no definitive list. What you bring will vary according to the area, time of year and the length of your trek. Below is a suggested check list which you should adapt to your own needs. Ask yourself: Will there be snow/how long /high is the trek/are we camping?
» Good quality trekking boots with ankle support
» Lightweight shell/raincoat with hood
» Detachable fleece liner or separate fleece
» Fleece trousers
» Shorts and / or convertibles trousers- quick drying
» Sun hat and warm hat(good quality)
» Spare T-shirt x 3
» Sweat towel x 2
» Spare socks x 3 ( walking sock and thin inner sock)
» Small day sack
» Sun cream
» Small water bottle aluminum doubles as a hot water bottle.
» Iodine or water purifying kit,
» Soluble vitamin tablets to taste water or powder fruit drink
» Talcum powder
» Walking sticks or Trekking poles(good quality)
» Camp shoes/trainers/flip flops to wear in evening.
» Spare underwear 3
» Toilet kit
» Pen knife
» Bum bag
» Head torch(good quality)
» Biodegradable washing liquid / soap
» Ear plugs
» Sleeping bag liner(good quality)
» Sleeping bag(good quality-30)
» Bin bag/ gasbag to keep kit dry
» Small towel
» Lip balm
» Available in KTM
Personal First Aid (Aids Kit)
» Blister plasters
» AMS medication like Diamox
» Eye drops – it can get very dusty on trails
» Paracetamol and/or ibuprofen
» Rehydration sachets, Imodium and antibiotics for traveler’s diarrhea
» Sterile dressing
» Sticking plasters and tape
» Throat lozenges / sweets
» A sewing needle etc.
This trekking equipment list has been prepared by Adventure Zambuling Treks (P) Ltd.
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