Annapurna Circuit Trek 17-days
Annapurna circuit is the first name that comes to mind to anyone who has looked into trekking in Nepal. We explore the natural diversity of lush, tropical paddies field and rhododendron forests to Tibetan fortresses and communities clinging to rocky cliffs.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Strenuous
Group Size Small Group
Annapurna circuit trek is one of the classic, most diverse and stunning tea-house trekking route in the Annapurna region. We explore the natural diversity from lush, tropical paddies field and rhododendron forests to Tibetan fortresses clinging to rocky cliffs. Walking through the interesting terrain of diverse geology, trekkers have a chance to experience the rich cultural diversity of Buddhism and the mysterious Bon-Po religion still co-existing and intermingle with eachother. We have specially designed this Annapurna circuit trekking route making it shorter and avoiding the walk on recently build road. For example, the Kaligandaki Valley has been affected by road building in recent years, so this itinerary just takes in the best parts of the circuit. We start the trek from Bulbule after a drive from Kathmandu and finish at Jomsom, where we take a short flight to the city of Pokhara. Trekking around Annapurna routes includes the Great Himalayan trail from Dharapani to Kagbeni, the Tibetan Buddhist dominated settlements. We explore the Braga monastery, the oldest in the region and the shine of Muktinath, a famous pilgrimage site being worshiped by both Hindu and Buddhist devotees. We make the trek over the grouling pass of Thorung la at 5416 meter. It is one of the main highlights of the Annapurna trek. The views from the pass is truly spectacular, spreading from the northwest wind eroded ” last Forbidden Kingdom” of Mustang valley, to incredible mountain ranges of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. We also do explore the peaceful lake city of Pokhara before we return back to Kathmandu to end the exhilarating trip to Annapurna circuit trek.
- Assistance at the International airport by Step By Step Treks & Adventures representative on arrival and departure as per provided flight details.
- Accommodation on Deluxe Category in Kathmandu 03 Night as per Itinerary with open choices Breakfast
- Accommodation on Deluxe Category in Pokhara 01 Night as per Itinerary with open choices Breakfast.
- Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey temple sightseeing with Owned Guide and Transport
- Open choice Full board meals during the trek period (Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Tea or coffee)
- Neat & Clean Twine shared Private room during the trek period
- Round ways Transport by Private Deluxe Bus/Car/Jeep between Kathmandu,Besishahar & Pokhara
- One ways Domestic flight with Tax (Jomsom to Pokhara)
- Private Transport while Trekking start point and ending point
- An experienced English-speaking trek leader; well trained in wilderness First Aid, assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- Free Trek Map
- Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- Travel & Rescue Arrangement for in case
- All necessary Paper works for Annapurna Conservation area entry permits
- TIMS Card (Trekking information management system)
- Fare well Dinner
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu/Pokhara (costs roughly USD 15 to 20 per person per day)(Except Farewell dinner).
- Kathmandu Sightseeing entry fee (Cost USD 5 to 15) per person on each spot.
- All kinds of drinks in the mountain (cold drinks and alcoholic)
- Personal equipment
- International airfare Departure/Arrival from Kathmandu
- Travel and rescue insurance.
- Extra personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, laundry, shower, excess baggage charges)
- Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section
Katmandu (1310m/4298ft). Our airport representative will be received you at the airport and transfer to Hotel. Overnight at hotel
Breakfast and sightseeing
An Morning at 9am Breakfast and sightseeing in Ancient historical Durbar squaer with Monkey Temple.evening trek/ tour preparation.overnight at Hotel
Drive to Besishahar
Drive to Besishahar (670m)and we then take a local off road Jeep to Chamje(3 hour) Overnight at Lodge
Chamje to Bagarchap
Chamje to Bagarchap(2160m)(.5:30 Hour walk.Overnight stay at Lodge
Bagarchapp to Chamme
Bagarchapp to Chamme(2670m). 5 Hour walking, Overnight at Lodge
Chamme to Pissang
Chamme to Pissang(3200m). 5 Hour walking,Overnight at Lodge
Pissang to Nawal
Pissang to Nawal (3660m).4 Hour walking,overnight at Lodge
Nawal to Manang
Nawal to Manang(3540).5 Hour walking,Overnight at Lodge
Acclimatization day(Rest Day) & day explore Around glacier lake with culture tour.Overnight at Lodge
Manang to Yak Kharka
Manang to Yak Kharka(4050m).5 Hour walk,Overnight at Lodge
Yak Kharka to High Camp
Yak Kharka to High Camp(4925m).5:30 Hour walk,Overnight at Lodge
Trek to Muktinath via Thorang La Pass
Trek to Muktinath (3760m)after the Cross over Thorong La Pass(5416m). Stunning Panoramic views.7 Hour walk
Muktinath to Kagbeni
Muktinath to Kagbeni(2810m). 4 Hour walk,Overnight at Hotel.
Kagbeni to Jomsom
Kagbeni to Jomsom (2720m).3 hour walk,Overnight at Lodge
Fly to Pokhara
Fly to Pokhara to end the Annapurna circuit trekking /stay at hotel / free exploration day
Drive to Kathmandu
Drive to Kathmandu(6/7 hours)Leisure day that can be spent souvenir shopping and chill out. Stay overnight at Hotel
Trip Ends Final Departure
After breakfast, the trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu international airport for your final flight departure from Nepal
In order to fully enjoy your trekking and climbing tour in the Himalayas, or any other trek in the Nepal, having the right equipment is essential. The equipment is necessary depends on the type of trekking, teahouse or camping, and on the time of year, weather conditions, terrain, and maximum altitude.
A properly packed backpack is light and includes multipurpose clothing items. Moreover, please make sure that you bring sufficiently warm clothes, especially during winter (Dec – Feb). Not having the required equipment and clothing will not only significantly decrease the pleasure of trekking, but could in a worst case scenario be life threatening.
Below is a list of suggested clothing and equipment items to bring:
Warm jacket – down jacket, if possible.
Water and windproof jacket (alternatively bring a poncho or umbrella)
Long sleeved synthetic fleece (windproof material, if possible)
Hat, pair of gloves and scarf
Comfortable hiking trousers (loose fitting
Shorts and trousers, or skirt
2 pairs of warm wool-blend socks
2 pairs of running socks or liner socks
Proper hiking boots
Running shoes and flip-flops
Additional winter clothing comments
The outer jacket should be warm, down jacket is highly recommended during winter season
Bring a pair of warm winter trousers, in addition to the hiking trousers
Bring at least one windproof layer of clothes, helping to reduce any chill factor influence.
Pair of polarizing sun-glasses (to be comfortable and to avoid potential snow-blindness)
Backpack 70-75ltr for Carrying porter during the trek with cover
Day backpack for self carry 40-45ltr with cover
Head torch, or small torch, plus spare batteries
Sleeping bag and silk liner(4 season)
2 x water bottles or camel bag but avoid cheap ones that can burst inside your backpack
- A small light weight and quick drying towel
- Bar of soap
- Sunscreen (SPF +20)
- Insect repellants
- Personal First aid kid
- Water purification tablets or a water filter
- Toilet paper(Available number of tea houses along the trek)
- Camera, battery etc
- Trekking poles(provide from Company)
- GPS unit if have
- Padlocks for guest house rooms and bags
- Sewing/repair kit
- Pocket knife
- Dairy or notebook plus pencil/pen
Adapters (Nepal two prong, 220 volt plug; or just an international, universal adaptor)
Personal snacks (candy bars & cookies can also be bought in Kathmandu or at every guesthouse)
Typically our trekking holidays involve 4 -8 hours hiking per day, including a lunch stop. The trail varies from easy hiking on the lower elevation to the strenuous walking over 5000 meter in Himalayas. A common misconception is that if you are a slow walker you may hold people back – NOT SO. The group members often string out and there will be an hour or two between the first to arrive and the last. You walk at your own pace and stop when you fell like it. There will be always our trekking Sherpa, guides and porters at the front and the rear ensuring no one get lost.