The Annapurna area was opened to foreign trekkers in 1977 after the disputes between CIA-backed Khampa guerrillas operating from the area into Tibet, the local populace and the Nepal army were settled. The original trek started from the market town of Dhumre situated at the Kathmandu - Pokhara highway and ended in Pokhara, and took about 23 days to complete .The Annapurna Region is situated in the center of the Nepalese Himalaya. And occupies about 80km of the land between the Marsyandi River in the east and the Kali gandaki River in the west. The Mysterious and Veiled land of Mustang, closed until just recently lies to the north. Among the hump-like Annapurna l (8091m) are 11other soaring peaks. There is the rocky Annapurna ll (7937m) and the snowy Annapurna lll (7555m0just to name a few. Annapurna means goddess of fertility in the Sanskrit language. The first ascent of Annapurna was accomplished by a French partly in 1950, from the north Annapurna Glacier. It was a brilliant achievement among the 8000m peaks and ushered in a golden age of Nepalese Himalayan Mountaineering. Annapurna ll was first climbed in 1960 by a joint partly of Indian, Nepalese and Uk mountaineers. At the base of the Annapurna region is the famous lake city of pokhara. It's a great place to plan a tip into this fabled area.
Many peoples begin shorter treks in pokhara as well. About two –third of the trekkers in Nepal come to visit the Annapurna region. The area is easily accessible, and Hotels in the hills are plentiful. The trekkers here offer good scenery of both high mountains and lowland villager. Many trekkers enjoy the surrounding area of pokhara, because its relatively low chance for any altitude related problems. Similarly to the khumbu region of Mt Everest. There are many popular trekking routes in the Annapurna himal. There is the circular course visiting ghorepani, and others like the Annapurna circuit via highest Tilicho lake .Annapurna sanctuary .or the famous ABC Trek(Annapurna Base Camp trek).other famous treks include the jomsom east is Nar phu valley. But because treks to Mustang and Nar phu valley are subject to special restriction are. This destination
is described on the separate page about the restricted areas
during our Trekking ,we can enjoy Authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Indian and many more as per the menu) Breakfast and Dinner will be provided from the teahouse or from the lodge's Menu where we spend the night. Whereas lunch will be provided on the way to the next destination. All meals including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Will be provided during the trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu and pokhara. There will be also be welcome and farewell dinner.
We will be accommodation in 3-4 Star hotel in Kathmandu and in the pokhara as per the clients prefer. We will provide you teahouse during the trekking. We will be staying in the mulberry or similar in Kathmandu and lake view hotel or other on chose per clients. All Accommodation are on Twin –share basis, Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD250. Alpine Excursion Treks will arrange rooms with attached washroom. However, teahouse in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu, pokhara and the trekking region at lower elevation but it might be difficult to fine at higher elevations
The Annapurna Circuit Tre is a moderate trekking suitable for passionate walker who have the ability to walk at least 6-7 hours a day with alight day back. Walking in high altitude is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes. However. if we are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have a positive attitude, self- confidence and strong determination, we can accomplish this trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks. Previous to the trip is a good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experienced would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. It is vital for participants with preexisting medical conditions such as heart, lung and blood diseases to consult their doctor before taking the trip. It is also advised that you inform Alpine Excursion Treks and Expedition of any conditions before booking the trek to minimize the risk of altitude sickness.
All of Alpine Excursion Treks are planed with High degree if awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness).also known as altitude sickness .going up at higher altitude too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to kill. We understand that for a safe trek.it is essential to allow sufficient time for acclimatization. Sensible planning is therefore required to minimize the risk AMS. The Alpine Excursion Trek's Itineraries are designed to prevent AMS as much as possible. But it is important to remember that some visitors are more vulnerable than others. Your guides and porters will do their every bit in assisting you during the entire trek.
Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Once you arrived in Kathmandu International Airport, our representatives will be waiting for you in the arrival section. You will be greeted and be transferred to the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day02: permit processing day
Day03: Drive to Besisahar760m 5-6hrs
Early in the morning, we drive 170km westwards to the starting point of another drive place. The road is curvy and passes through the hills that connect us to countryside villages and farming lands. The drive moves along and crosses several main rivers flowing from the glacial mountains to the north; including the Trishuli River, a popular rafting point. At Dumre, we turn north towards Marshyangdi River to reach Besi Sahar.
Day04: Drive to chame2670m 5-6hrs
Early in the morning, we drive 60km westwards to the starting point of Trekking. The road is curvy and passes through the hills that connect us to countryside villages and farming lands. The drive moves along and crosses several main rivers flowing from the glacial mountains to the north. And in the late afternoon we get in Chame and stay there in lodge.
Day05: Trek to upper pisang( 3300m )6-7hrs
We follow the trails of Marshyangdi to Brathang from where we get a spectacular close-up view of Annapurna II (7937m). We continue the trek via the forest with the amazing Paungda Danda rock face escalating more than 5,000 feet from the stream. After passing a suspension bridge, we ascend for some time and then walk downhill to the valley floor. Finally, we walk across dry grazing land dwelling at Dhukur Pokhari. After walking for around half an hour from Dhukur Pokhari, we reach Pisang (3,190m). There are good views of the Annapurna range and Pisang Peak (6091m) seen from the village of Pisang. Overnight at a lodge in Pisang.
Day06: Trek to Manang from upper Pisang (3540m) 6-7hrs
We trek on a difficult road onto the dry Nyesyang region that starts from Upper Pisang and offers some of the best landscapes. Ghyaru is a captivating cluster-village with attractively built stone houses enclosed by meadows of wheat, barley, buckwheat, potatoes, and beans. Then, along high cross with great landscape, up and down the valley, to Ngawal--an exciting village with Gompa and age-old juniper trees. The trail now slowly descends to Mungji from where we head to reach the renowned Thakali village of Manang. You will be enjoying with the best view of Annapurna range. Overnight at a lodge in Manang. 540m 6-7 hrs
Day07: Rest and acclimatization day in Manang
Today is acclimatizing/rest day. We hike to Chhunker viewpoint where we get to relish the view of the pristine Gangapurna Lake with a backdrop of the Annapurna Range, Tilicho Peak (7134m), Pisang Peak (6091m), Chulo Peak (6584m), Thorong Peak (5416m), and so on. Then we retrace back to our lodge for lunch, a typical Thakali meal. After lunch, we hike to Cave Gompa (4500m), which is again an excellent viewpoint to enjoy the Annapurna Range panorama. Then, we return back to the lodge for the overnight stay. Overnight at a lodge in Manang
Day 08: Trek to khangsar /siri kharka3734m 5-6hrs
We walk towards Khangsar village for about 2 hours and visit the monastery here. Crossing several suspension bridges over Khangsar Khola, we continue moving uphill on an unclear path until we reach Thare Gompa. From Thare Gompa, we can have a 360-degree view of the mountains of Annapurna region. Following Khangsar Khola upstream, we continue climbing through an unclear trail. We cross a big landslide zone and make our way through a narrow path to arrive at Tilicho Base Camp. We will be rewarded with a close-up view of Tilicho Peak (7134m) along with other peaks of the region. Overnight at a lodge in Tilicho BC.
Day09: Trek to Tilicho Lake and back to base camp 4150m 7-8hrs
Early in the morning, the vertical track ascends for about 3 hours until we reach Tilicho Lake, the highest lake in the world for its size. It is a breathtaking spectacle when the surrounding hills and mountains reflect upon the pristine lake. We spend some time around the lake, letting the tranquility of the environment sink in. Later, we hike back to our lodge in Tilicho Base Camp for the overnight stay. Overnight at a lodge in Tilicho BC.
Day11: Trek to Manang 5-6hrs
Leaving Tilicho Base Camp with fond memories of Tilicho Lake and the surrounding mountains, we retrace our way across the big landslide zone to arrive in Thare Gompa. We are still accompanied by the surrounding mountains, throughout the trek. From Thare Gompa, we ascend alongside Thorung Khola and join the main Annapurna Circuit trekking trail. The trail ascends steeply to the village of Tenki, which is the last permanent settlement, around Thorung La. We walk a little further and then slowly outline the meadows to Yak Kharka (3900m). Overnight at a lodge in Yak Kharka.
Day12: Trek to yak kharka 4050m/ ledar 4200m 5-6hrs
Leaving Manang with fond memories of Tilicho Lake and the surrounding mountains of Manang, We walk a little further and then slowly outline the meadows to Yak Kharka Overnight at a lodge in Yak Kharka.
Day13: Trek to Thorong phedi 4525m/High camp4925m 5-6hrs
It is a difficult trek to Thorang Phedi. After walking further, we pass a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We climb furthermore and pass via immense cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi. On this trip, we are able to witness one of the finest views of peaks like Gundang (5312m), Syagang (6026m), Thorung (644m), and Khatungkang (6484). The word Phedi in Nepalese denotes the foot of a mountain. Overnight at a lodge in Thorong Phedi.
Day14: Trek to Muktinath via Thorong pass 5416m 9-10 hrs
We start early from Phedi as we walk up a tough trail today. Climbing up on a steep and narrow trail, we reach the highest pass of the world, Thorong La Pass (5416m). From Thorong La Pass, we can enjoy the amazing views of the Annapurna range to the south and Mukut Himal (6473m) bordering Dolpo to the west. The trail goes downhill over glacial moraine, which gives way to lush fields before we reach Muktinath. This is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus. Holy water flows from the 108 carved taps surrounding the temple. Overnight at a lodge in Muktinath.
Day15: Trek to Jomsom 2720m via Lubra old Bon village 7-8hs
From Muktinath, we commence our return journey gradually walking along the ridge with unparalleled sights of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Nilgiri Peak (7061m), Tilicho Peak (7134m), Annapurna I (8091m), and so on. Descending along the bare hills on a sandy path, we reach Lupra Village, which is one of the oldest settlements of this region. In Lupra village, we visit the 11th-century Lupra Monastery, where we can see the paintings of the various deities of Tibetan Buddhism. From Lupra, we descend alongside Panda River until we reach a suspension bridge below Ekle Bhatti. Then an easy walk along the Kali Gandaki River takes us back to the windy town of Jomsom. Overnight at a lodge in Jomsom.
Day16: Drive down to Tatopani( Natural hot spring)4-5hrs
After our hot breakfast early morning we drive down to Tatopani (Natural hot Spring) with 48km 6-7hrs Distance
Day 17: Trek to Shikha(1935m) 5-6hrs
After our hot breakfast we trek to Shikha via local village we must have to climb up gradually. We will encounter with local peoples and explore the local lifestyle .and late afternoon we get in shikha village. Overnight at shikha.
Day 18: Trek to Ghorepani2880m 4-5hrs.
Early in the morning we trek to ghorepani, we climbs up gradually. And we trek through the dens Rhododendron forest. And we will see wild animal such as deer monkey and wild birds as will .eventually we reached on the top of hill. Ghandruk. It is meanly Gurung and Managar communities settle
Day19: Trek to Poon Hill and back to Derali or Tadpani 7-8hrs
Early in the morning, we hike to Poon Hill for about 45 minutes. From Poon Hill, we can explore the Annapurna Himalayan panoramas, Mt. Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Manaslu and other several mountains. Then we descend to Ghorepani and have breakfast. Then we ascend through the forest to Deurali. The rock walls that appear while walking are amazing. We take a pretty much long walk along the stream. With up and down the trail, we reach to Tadapani. Overnight at Lodge.
Day20; Trek to Ghandruk1940m 4-5hrs
The way we deal today is almost the downhill. After breakfast at Tadapani, we begin to walk down. The melodious sound of the birds energizes you further. The trail is covered by the rhododendron and oak forest. Ghandruk, which is a large Gurung village, is our destination today. You can enjoy the Gurung cultural exploration in this village. Overnight at lodge
Day21: 3 hours Trek to Kimche and drive back to pokhara
From Ghandruk, we walk down for an hour to Kimchee and catch a local bus/car/jeep. Then we take about 2.5 hrs drive to Pokhara, checking out from the ACAP check post. Then transfer to the hotel in Pokhara. You can stroll around the Lake side in the evening. Overnight at hotel.
Day22: Drive back to Kathmandu
Day23: Shopping day
Day24: Final Departure day to your home land
What is included in this trekking??
Two dinner in pokhara.
What is not excluded in this trek package?
The gear and equipment you require for this trek depend on the season you are trekking. We officially recommend our clients bring just essentials. Your luggage weight milit is 9kg per person for give to your porter. You can store your excess luggage at Alpine Excursion Treks for free. Since you will be sharing a porter with a fellow traveler. We advise you to find a fellow traveler and pack your things in a duffle bag of over sixty litter's capacity. Here is a list of probable items you should consider carrying for the trek.
While trekking in the Himalayas in the wet season is generally not possible, much of the Annapurna circuit sits within a rain shadow, so it is possible to trek most parts of the circuit year-round, including during the monsoon period. Trekking in the wet season is often encouraged as hikers avoid the crowds that plague the summer months. However, the days are often damp and many of the views are obscured by clouds.
This is the most popular hiking season in Nepal. Though the weather is generally warm, nighttime temperatures drop below freezing. This is the busiest period on the circuit and tea houses book up very quickly.
December – March
This is the coldest period on the circuit. Depending on the altitude, daytime temperatures will be cold and nighttime temperatures drop well below freezing. The trade-off is that the trails are much less busy. Thorong La Pass, which stands at over 5,416 meters, is often blocked with snow and may be closed for days on end. Unless the snow blocks most trails, tea houses remain open during this period. Clouds prevail more frequently, but clear days are still common. Towards March the rhododendrons start flowering. This period is also when avalanches are most common.
April – May
Because of the warming weather, April to May is the second most popular trekking season on the circuit. Most of the snow has melted. As the monsoon period builds toward the end of May, the days become hotter and more humid.
June – September
This is the monsoon period. Whilst the south section of the Annapurna Circuit near Pokhara gets a lot of rain, the northern parts often receive less than 10% of the precipitation due to their location within a
10 Things you should know before you leave Annapurna circuit Trek.
It's one of the world's classic long-distance hiking trails and still one of Nepal's most popular treks.
The Annapurna Circuit, a 12 to 21 days route that begins in the lush green village of the Himalayan foothills. Taking trekkers over the 5416m ,Thorong la pass and down to the Tibetan –influenced temples and communities of mustang valley .
If you want to experience a little bit of everything Nepal has to offers. This is perhaps the best trek to set off on. But it's certainly no easy feat. The circuit is very tough at times, and the high altitude and unpredictable weather of the Annapurna mountain range can make crossing the Thorong la pass and dangerous task – particularly if you're not prepared.
Thankfully I've got your back. Here are ten things you should really know in order to complete the amazing circuit safely and with a smile on your face.
Check out Alpine excursion's Annapurna Treks.
1: Plan the time of year right.
2: Bring only what you need, leave the rest behind.
3: The altitude should not be underestimated
4; be prepared for all weathers' whatever the time of year.
5: Eat well and look after your body.
6: It's good to have a way to purify water.
7: learn some culture respect:
8:Don’t run out of Cash
9: prepare yourself for the Thorong la pass.
10:Be positive, take it slow and enjoy the Journey.
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