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Annapurna Circuit

Outfitter Nepal - 18 days

  • Annapurna Circuit
  • 18 days / 17 nights
  • Max. group: 10 Persons
  • Difficulty: Easy
Overview
Itinerary
Included
Accommodation
Safety
Training
Packing List
Outfitter Nepal
FAQ
How To Book

Overview

> Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule
> Manang village with Gangapurna Glacier
> Kali Gandaki Valley
> Sunrise from Poonhill

Annapurna Circuit is a world-classic trekking around the Annapurna Himalayas and an unforgettable odyssey through amazing diversity in landscape with a unique blend of ethnicities along the way. The mountains on display in Annapurna Circuit include Annapurna I, the 10th highest mountain in the world and first over 8000 m to have been climbed, Additional peaks featured here are Dhaulagiri, worlds 7th highest, Manaslu, worlds 8th highest, and Machhapuchhre a beautiful and sacred mountain that is forbidden to climb.

The highlights of the Annapurna circuit trek are Thorung La pass at 5416m, the highest trekking pass in Nepal and visiting the Manang village, a village with its own culture and lifestyle. We will also visit one of the popular pilgrimages in Nepal Muktinath temple, the God of Salvation. Legends says that once we visit the temple, all the sins  from the body will be washed up and become pure, so thousands of pilgrims come here from different part of Nepal and India to take bath in the pond. Furthermore, we will have opportunities to take a bath in one of the famous natural hot springs at Tatopani and the water on this spring is proven to be very good for the skin and there are many examples of cured skin diseases.

Itinerary

What's the plan?

Day 01 – Drive to Bhulbhule – 6 hours

Our trekking guide will come to pick you up at your hotel about 7 AM in the morning, we then drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway to Dumre and then follow the narrow and paved road by the Marsyangdi River to Besisahar. We then drive to Bhulbhule where you will spend the night at an hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel
Food: lunch, dinner

Day 02 – Trek to Chamje – 6 hours

After breakfast we start trekking to Chamje. This will take us about 6 hours. The trail goes flat for the first part then climbs steeply and the path is cut into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed. Eventually we descend to the stone village of Jagat (1330m.) situated on a shelf which juts into the precipitous Marsyangdi valley. Now the trail begins to observe small ups and down to Chamje through the forests.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 03 – Trek to Dharapani – 6 hours

After breakfast we start our trek by descending to the river and then we cross another suspension bridge. we begin a climb to Sattale on a path so steep that seems one slip would send you hurtling down into the valley. We continue on an undulating trail above the river, and at one point, where a tributary flows in from the opposite bank, the main river becomes covered with huge boulders. Climbing a meandering path to the top of the hill, we will see the level plain of Tal. Beyond Tal, the valley narrows and the path becomes high and winding, and in several areas hewn from the rock itself. Beyond the small village of Karte (1900m.), there is a bit more cliff-walking before the path drops again to the river and we cross another suspension bridge and arrive at Dharapani.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 04 – Trek to Chame – 5 hours

We start our trek at first light after having hiked through a narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu, The Marsyangdi River then veers to the left, and as Annapurna II becomes visible ahead, we arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhote village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze around Buddhist monastery, continuing to climb through forests of pine and oak, we pass through Danaque (2210m). There comes a small wooden bridge which makes us follow a steep ascending path up to Timang village which lies at the bottom of Lamajung Himal and then the trail goes flat until we reach Chame.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 05 – Trek to Pisang – 5 hours

We start our trekking from Lamjung Himal as we see it glittering in the morning sunshine with the first rays hitting us warmly in the face and we set off for Pisang, The mountain disappears as we climb the path up the valley, passing a huge apple orchard. We continue through fir and pine forests, climbing to a high, rocky area as the opposite bank becomes an impassable cliff. From this point the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as we follow the path to Bratang (2950m). A short climb from the village brings us to a rock-strewn area where we cross a wooden bridge and follow a high, winding trail, before crossing back to the right bank again. We now trek through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up wonderful vistas and then we come to a long mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang, overnight at Guesthouse.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 06 – Trek to Manang – 5 hours

We start our trekking with climbs to steep ridge which affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak. Descending past Manang’s airstrip at Humde we will arrive and then we come to a level area from where the north-east face of Annapurna III rises to the skies above us. From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV also becomes visible. Just beyond this point we cross the considerably reduced flow of the Marsyangdi Khola via a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji. Cultivated fields appear on both sides of the path and off to the right, below a craggy mountain, we will see the village of Braga with its splendid monastery, Large Chortens and mani walls abound and the tall peaks of the Himalaya spread out before us. After a short steep climb we will reach Manang.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 07 – Acclimatisation in Manang

Today we will gives our lungs a breather while we rest our weary bones a bit till we do some short hikes to get used to the thin air. Today, we hang around town; this is an important rest and acclimatization day before crossing the Thorung La. There are optional day walks such as crossing the river to see the tremendous icefall coming down from the Annapurna, or climbing high above the village for a full panorama of the Annapurna range and the Manang Valley. There is also a Himalayan Rescue Association [HRA] aid post in the village which makes for an interesting and educational visit. Moreover you can visit Ganagapurna Glacier Lake to make your rest day a memorable one.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 08 – Trek to Yak Kharka – 3 hours

Today the trail ascends gently all the way to Yak Kharka passing through Gunsang village. En route, we will see panoramic views all the way and it seems it is short hiking, however, we will feel a bit fatigued as we are going higher and find less oxygen in the air.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 09 – Trek to Thorung Pedi – 3 hours

We start our trekking with a gradual climb to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marsyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, you follow a narrow trail across an unstable spree slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10 – Trek to Muktinath via Thorung La Pass – 8 hours

Today, we start our trekking quite early in the morning crossing the Thorung La (5416m). The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving camp but as this trail has been used by local people for hundreds of years the path is well defined. Zero struggle. The gradient then eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing, we will reach the chorten and prayer flags of the pass. The views are dramatic to say the least, from the snow-covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang which are spread out before us. The descent to Muktinath is a knee pounding 1600m but it’s compensated for with excellent views of Dhaulagiri. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath and its shrines,.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 11 – Trek to Kagbeni – 4 hours

This morning, we will go visit the famous temple of Muktinath and then return to have a quick breakfast. We then descend down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar villages with typical Tibetan architecture, we follow a steep trail down to Kagbeni, a basic village famous for Tibetan architectures and there is a monastery hereabouts said to have been built in the 15th Century. Kagbeni is the border for the Upper Mustang.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 12 – Trek to Marpha – 5 hours

After breakfast we begin hiking the flat trail along the banks of the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge. We stop at Jomsom for lunch and then continue our trekto Marpha which is locally famous for its Buddhist Monasteries and its culture. Marpha is rich in cultivating apples and this is where our apple pies originate from.The apple brandy available there is famous among locals and travelers.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 13 – Trek to Ghasa – 5 hours

The trail today descends steeply through forests to Ghasa, the last Thakali village and the southernmost limit of Tibetan Buddhism. The beginning part of the trail is stretched at almost flat level up to Kalopani and then the trail begins descending steeply to Ghasa, The first part of the trek passes through a windy area covered with pine forests, rhododendron forests and birches. The surrounding area of Ghasa is a famous destination for bird watching and wild marijuana.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 14 – Trek to Tatopani – 5 hours

In contrast of yesterday our trail today ascends steeply up to Rupse Chhahara (Rupse Waterfall) which is amazing to look at. It is the deepest gorge of the world between two massif mountains Annapurna I in east and Dhaulagiri I. In Tatopani we will have time to take a bath in the in natural hot springs.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 15 – Trek to Ghorepani – 7 hours

We start our trek for today by covering some flat trails for some distance. Then the trail begins ascending steeply for at least one hour until it goes up through different villages inhabited by the people of different caste and a lot of agricultural land that shows this village is pretty well off. The majority of the people here are Gorkhalis who serve in the Indian army. Then the trail ascends gently all the way to Ghorepani passing through small villages like Phalate, Chitre and so on. While trekking you pass through rhododendron forests and come across the wild life such as monkeys and birds of various species. You are accompanied by more panoramic views of different mountains.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 16  Trek to Poonhill and Hile – 6 hours

We will start our trekking with an early morning hike to Poon Hill to enjoy the sunrise view over Himalayas with giants like Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Nilgiri, Varaha Shikhar, Mt. Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna IV, Annapurna II , Lamjung Himal and other numerous snow capped mountain peaks. We then return to the teahouse and have breakfast. We again follow downhill trail through the forests of rhododendron and oak up to Banthanti. It is a small village where you can enjoy some hot and cold drinks. Then the trail descends to Ulleri, a big Gurung village where we will enjoy the views of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli. From here the trail up to Tikhedhunga is descending steeply passing through terraces and some robust villages. After a short hike of 15 more minutes from Tikhedhunga we reach Hile.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 17 Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara – 4 hours

Today is the last day of our long Annapurna Circuit Trek and it is a pretty easy hike as well. The trails gradually descend following Bhurung Khola (Bhurung Stream) all the way to Birethanti before we cross the Modi Khola over the suspension bridge a short walk and we reach Nayapul, where our vehicle will be waiting to drive us back to Pokhara.

Accommodation: Hotel
Food: Breakfast, lunch

Day 18 Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu – 6 hours

We take a tourist bus at 7 AM to drive to Kathmandu and the drive will be fantastic along many small towns on the way. We are able to see many settlements, rivers, terraces and scenic landscapes. After 6 hours driving we will arrive in Kathmandu.

Food: Breakfast

Included

Included:

√ Pick up and transfer to and from airport
Your trekking company is able to pick you up from your hotel and return you after the trekking. If you need a transfer to and from the airport of Kathmandu, then this can also be organized.

Bus Kathmandu – Bhulbhule – Pokhara – Kathmandu
From Kathmandu to Bhulbhule and from Pokhara to Kathmandu you will travel by bus. This bus will be organized by your trekking company and because of the destination, it is likely you will get to meet a lot more trekkers.

√  Hotel in Bhulbhule and Pokhara
During the first and last night of your trekking, a hotel stay is arranged. Breakfast is included.

√  Staying in Lodges or Teahouses during the trek
During the trek we stay in lodges or teahouses. These are simple in nature, but fully equipped. Do not expect too much luxury.

√  English speaking guide and a porter
One porter per two walkers. This way you don’t have to carry your complete equipment yourself. The guide speaks English.

√  Salary, food, insurance, and accommodation for guide and porter
The total amount covers not only your own basics, but also those of your guide and porter. No unpleasant surprises.

√  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared during the trek. The meals are basic, but will give you enough energy for your appetite. Fruit is also available after each meal.

√  Coffee and Tea
Coffee and tea are also organized by the trekking company. Every morning fresh coffee and tea are made. There are scheduled breaks to enjoy this.

√  Permit and TIMS
The total amount includes costs for the permit. This also applies to the TIMS Card, to the Trekkers Information Management System.

√  Down Jacket and Sleeping Bags
In order to trek in the Himalayas as prepared as possible, it is important to bring a good down jacket and sleeping bag. These are provided by your trekking company.

√ Altitude Sickness & First Aid Kit
The guides carry an altitude sickness kit to monitor your pulse rate, oxygen saturation, and heart rate twice a day (very useful for monitoring the symptoms of altitude sickness (AMS) at altitude).

√  Helicopter Service in Emergencies
Check whether this is reimbursed by your travel insurance and otherwise take out a supplementary travel insurance package for this.

Excluded:

× Visa for Nepal
Your trekking company will not take responsibility for the travel visa for Nepal. This should be organized by yourself. Contact your local Nepalese embassy for the latest visa information.

× Flights to and from Nepal
The total amount is also exclusive of flights to and from Nepal. To get an idea of which airlines are flying on Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), have a look at the website.

× Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.

× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Nepal.

× Tipping
Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous and read our blog post about tipping when you are planning to go trekking in Nepal.

× Desserts, Hot Shower, Hot Water, Mineral Water and Wi-Fi
Certain luxuries such as desserts, a hot shower, hot running water, bottles of mineral water and Wi-Fi should be missed during a typical trek in the Himalayas. The water we encounter along the way is drinkable and is heated or boiled by us.

Accommodation

Accommodation

During the trek we stay in lodges or teahouses. The teahouses are basic of nature. Some of them have a squatter toilet, while others provide a western style alternative . Showers do not always have hot water and most tea houses charge for the use of hot water. Some teahouses have access to the internet, but always at an extra charge. Please read our blog about the teahouses in Nepal. 

 

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Safety

Safety

Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks. In addition, the routes are ideally designed to give you enough time to acclimatize.

While the intention is to stick to the described route, a certain degree of flexibility is built in. In some cases, it may be necessary to change the route here and there. The mountains are full of surprises, and the weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable. The guides continuously carry out risk assessments throughout the expedition. It is, therefore, best to plan a number of extra days in Nepal for possible unforeseen circumstances. Read all about altitude sickness here.

Training

Training

Do you make it to your destinations as planned? Often this depends on the unpredictable weather in the mountains. However, it can also depend on your own physical condition.

Do you like walking, have you done trekking at altitude more often and do you sport twice a week on average? With a little extra training, you’ll soon be ready for this beautiful trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas.

Is this the first time that you are trekking at altitude? Make sure you are well prepared. This is important for your safety, but also for that of your team. Make sure you start six months in advance with an hour’s walk twice a week. Read this blog post and get fit for trekking in Nepal.

Packing List

Packing List

Trekking in Nepal requires decent gear. Especially the basics like an 80-90l backpack and quality trekking socks. Read an extensive blog here about what to bring with you.

Documents
– Passport
– Travel insurance
– Boarding passes for flights
– 2 passport photos
– Driving License
– Dollars in cash
– Credit card (make sure you have $500 available on your card in case evacuation by helicopter is required)

Sleep
– Sleeping bag
– Extra sleeping bag lining

Footwear
– Mountain shoes: 3 or 4 season lightweight
– Slippers or sandals for the city
– Aircraft shoes (optional)

Clothing
– Make sure you have non-cotton clothing for during the trek
– 2 t-shirts with underlayer (e.g. running t-shirts)
– Fleece / softshell jacket
– Waterproof jacket
– Down jacket for warmth
– Travel and citywear
– Underwear
– Trousers for underlayer (optional)
– Waterproof pants
– Trekking pants
– Trekking shorts (optional)
– 2 thick trekking socks
– Lightweight and breathable trekking socks
– Gloves and woolen hat

Accessories
– One backpack: 35 liters
– A duffel bag or backpack with straps to go over your back (Max 8kg weight for the porters to carry)
– Drybag or waterproof cover for your backpack
– Water bottle/thermos: at least 2 litres.
– Sunglasses
– Sunscreen
– Personal medication
– Inhaler, blister plasters, etc.
– General toiletries, contact lenses, spectacles (if necessary)
– Towel
– Electronics
– Headlight, travel adapter, phone & charger
– Lip balm
– Book
– MP3/Music and headphones
– Hand disinfectant, biodegradable wet wipes

Outfitter Nepal

Outfitter Nepal

Outfitter Nepal is a local based trekking, tour, travel and outdoor company with over a decade of extensive experience in Nepal’s tourism industry. The company, fully owned and operated by Nepalese professionals has led tourist visitors on adventure holidays through some of the most rugged and remote mountainous regions of the Himalayan country of Nepal; Tibet, India and Bhutan.


Outfitter Nepal is affiliated to the NPL, NTB, TAAN, NMA and is also a member of the Himalayan Rescue Association. One their values is to strictly adhere to the norms of the International Porters Protection Group.

Review

These guys are really good. Raj, the owner was right on target with his advise. THIS WAS EXTREME TREKKING. with us being 65 years old, it was indeed extreme.

Our porter/guide was simply the best. JITU. he never ever got tired and was always on the lookout for us.

I can highly recommend this company and people.

So much so that we plan to go back for the Everest Base camp trek.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Best Season
The best months for this trekking are from March to June and from September to December. Learn more about the best time for trekking in the Nepal Himalayas.

Porters
Bookatrekking.com strives to only work with providers who treat porters in a fair manner. Without porters, there is no trekking in Nepal. They are the heart and soul of your adventure and they every day carry part of your gear. Bookatrekking.com always tries to find a balance between an affordable trekking adventure and the fair treatment of porters.

Tipping
Porters are partly dependent on tipping. The cheaper your trekking, the more likely it is that the salary for porters is low. In any case, this must be compensated with tipping. It is an unwritten law in the Himalayas. On your way, you will notice that the amount of tipping is a hot topic. At the end of the trek, there is an opportunity to give tips. The rule of thumb is to count 10 to 15% of the total amount of the trek. This can be divided into 60-40. The 60% of the amount goes to the guide and 40% is for the porter(s).

Currency and Payment Methods
We recommend you to bring US dollars or euros to pay for your visa, further travel and other costs. It is easiest to travel in Nepal with US dollars. Nepal has reasonable banking facilities with branches of a number of international local commercial banks. Credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted. ATMs can be found everywhere in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There are ATMs in larger cities during the hikes. However, it is a good idea to bring enough money from Kathmandu or Pokhara as in Nepal you never know if the ATMs will work.

Visa Nepal
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu you can get a tourist visa. USD 25 for 15 days from the date of issue, USD 40 for 30 days and USD 100 for 90 days tourist visa. You need two passport photos. You can apply for an online visa here.

Vaccinations
No immunizations are required visiting Nepal, but it’s always worth checking which vaccinations are recommended and check you are up-to-date with all your boosters.

Although you can get vaccinations in Kathmandu, it’s generally better (and often cheaper) to get them before your trip. Either way, it’s always worth consulting with your local doctor or nurse for up-to-date travel and inoculation advice at least 6 weeks before your planned departure date.

The main recommended vaccinations for Nepal are Hepatitis A, Typhoid, and Meningitis. Boosters are also recommended for Tetanus, Polio, Mumps, and Measles. Depending on your travel plans, you may also consider inoculations against Japanese Encephalitis, Hepatitis B, and Rabies. This is especially important if you have young children, plan to stay for an extended period of time, working in healthcare, or visiting rural areas and the lowlands of the Terai Region.

How To Book

How does it work?

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Bookatrekking.com uses only the safest payment methods. Once your booking has been received, your place is reserved, your place is safe and you can look forward to your chosen trekking.

After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on support@bookatrekking.com

The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy

You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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