ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK
- Country: Nepal
- Trip grade: Intermediate
- Destination: Annapurna region
- Activities: Trekking and Adventure
- Accommodation: Two night hotel in Kathmandu local guest houses during the trek.
- Meals: Included during the trek
- Maximum altitude: 5416M
- Group size: 5
- Best Season: Best seasons are Autumn (September to November) and Spring (March to May)nd Spring (March to May)
Annapurna circuit is one of most incredible trekking adventure, spend 10 challenging days traveling at Annapurna circuit with Soul Himalaya family. It will be your euphoric journey. There is a diverse culture, with the stunning flora and fauna along with their warm hospitality where we can explore the different kinds of climate condition as well as their culture and tradition.
Additionally, it is one of the best trekking trails in the world which offers grand view of the three highest 8000m mountain ranges of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Manaslu including over 6000m snowcapped peaks. The trek following the river Marsyangdi all the way to its source, and then crossing the highest pass Thorang La Pass elevation of 5416m touching the edges of Tibetan plateau. Apart from this the major places that are passed during the circuit trek are the Manang, through rural farm villages and terraced farm fields from sub- tropic climates to the arctic landscape and on into rain forest and alpine woodlands. Soul Himalaya Treks will make your trip memorable, amazing, exceptional and the most important will give you a safe trekking experience.
Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan international Kathmandu.1350M
After the arrival of your at Tribhuwan International Airport, our customer receiving member will greet with attractive preparations and will drive you up to the booked hotel from the means of your comfort. If your arrival is accurate as planned then, we will also take you to well-hygienic restaurant along with opportunity to take a short glimpse over the taste of foods, entertaining dances, etc. of different ethnic castes of Nepal and if the arrival is late then we may do this in next day. Next day morning, you will be taken to the head office and you will be told about your trekking routes, activities, destinations and their time periods briefly. Then, we will introduce you to your trekking guide.
Day 2: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation (1,300m)
in day second , you will taken to a full day tour of Kathmandu city after your breakfast where you will be briefly told about each destination centers like about their history, area, founder, time of establishment, etc. and also your extra curiosities on certain sectors by trekking guide. You will be taken to places that are included in world heritage sites by UNESCO like Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, etc. After finishing the city tour, we will meet again to check your clothing and trekking equipment (sleeping bag, jacket and trekking boots). We will actually be spending nights also in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu-Besisahar-Chamje (7/8hours) 820m-1385m
From early morning we will take the drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar. It takes almost 6-7 hours and will have lunch and then again we will continue our trip towards Chamje which takes 3 hours to reached there. Due to the lengthy drive we will stay there overnight.
Day 04: Chamje to Bagarchap (2160m)
Our trip starts from marsyandi and after driving steadily will see the first village of Manang district. After the convenient drive we can see some Buddhist temple (chorten) and typical Tibetan architecture. After reaching there we can enjoy the views of flat-roofed homes, set against orchards of apple trees and fields of waving maize. We will spend our night over Bagarchhap.
Day 05: Bargarchap to Chame 2710m
we were passing our way through Tyanja, forest and the parallel to a river on the way to Kopar. It took 6 hours to reach Chame from Bargarchap. The people of chame were following the culture of both Nepal and Tibet. We can also see the beautiful view of Annapurna from Chame.
Day 06: Chame to Pisang (4 hours of treeking)
After the pleasant cool morning walk to Bagarchhap, the altitude slowly gains we come closer to apple town at Dhanqi and to the alpine region passing through farm, orchards and beautiful pine forest with the view of towering peaks of Lamjung. We will start our trek on the forest, steep valley, over a river and crossing some bridges. On the way we’ll be treated to outstanding view of the Soaring Danda rock face.
Day 07: Pisang to manang (3540m/11600ft)
From chame onwards, we are moving through the higher, drier portion of Manang, which receives little monsoon due to the natural shield of the Annapurna. After walking out of the tree line a great view of Pisang peak on the north and the chulu peak can be seen with Pisang village. The walk from Pisang, we keep hiking with constant view of the high snowcapped peaks. On reaching the top, we stop at our ridge to get our first view of the manang valley, a wide U shaped valley hanging between the two lines of snow peaks. We can go to visit the sprawling village and can explore the living standard of the people out there. From here it is only an hour walk to reached at Manang district for an overnight stay.
Day 08: Manang (3540 m)
After walking a long we are going to take rest at Manang district where we can acclimatize and explore Manang culture and custom. The village of about 500 flat- roofed houses, is a truly picturesque sight set amongst some amazing scenery- Annapurna (7555 mtrs), Gangpurna(7454mtrs) to the south – Tilicho (7132 mtrs) and the Grand Barriers to the west – Chulu West (6583 mtrs) and Chulu East (6059 mtrs) to the North. After having a peaceful day, we are returning to guesthouse.
Day 09: Manang to Yak Kharka (4050m/13290ft)
We were moving for the trek and it took 3 hours to reached there. The way of the Yak Kharka is dizzying 500m and then up to the Tenki Manang from where we exit Marsyangi valley. After that we will continue our journey from Jarsang Khola valley to complete our today’s destination “Yak Khare” at 4000m.
Day 10: Yak Khare to Thorong Phedi (4450m/14600ft
Today’s hiking is going to be full energy and loads of statmine because the way to reached Thorong Phedi is around 3 and half hours and we have to walk on the fluctuating way. After reaching Thorang Phedi we can rest at our guest house and then we will see you early in the morning.
Day 11: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath via Thorang La Pass
We are starting our day at 4 am in order to reach the pass before 10 am because there is believe of evil and also the weather condition could be dangerous which can effect at our trip. After considering all the problems like; strong wind and heavy snow thus, we should be careful and active to complete our journey at the given period of time. We can see the magnificent view from the top of the pass and arrival in the holy town of muktinath. People believe that after visiting the muktinath temple, they will get the satisfaction of peace, relief and forget all their pain and sorrow out there. Therefore, the meaning of the temple is “Nirvana/enlightment”.
Day 12: Muktinath to Jomsom (2800m/8760ft)
Today we are travelling the scenic and beautiful trail between Muktinath and Kagbeni, via Jhong. On that day we feel richly worthwhile for its outstanding views. There are number of small stupa, distinctive homes and typical sect of mountain people.
Day 13: fly/drive from Jomsom to Pokhara.
We catch an early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. After reaching at hotel we take some time for refreshment and to have lunch and then we are going to visit the different places where we can attain the knowledge of different culture, peace and the beautiful view of lake from the top of the Chinese gomba. If the weather is pretty good, then we can also see the mountain around us. After that we can go for boating at lakeside. On the very next day we are moving back to Kathmandu.
Day 14: Pokhara to Kathmandu
After having breakfast, we are going back to Kathmandu and then will drop you to the hotel. Tomorrow our guide will take you to visit some other places of Kathmandu where you can buy some nepali product for your family and friends as a token of love from Nepal.
Day 15: Kathmandu self sight-seeing and shopping 1350m
Today will be the last day in Nepal and we hope our team served you well in this 16 days of trip. You are free to do some shopping, sight-seeing or any other personal activities that suit your conveniences; until your departure. At the end of the day, we Soul Himalaya family wants to celebrate the successful journey trip with you by having a dinner together.
Day 16: Departure
We will be there for your departure and hoping to see you next time too. This will be a trip that you will remember for some time to come. Have a safe flight.Our office representatives will escort you to the airport for your connecting flight home. It's been wonderful meeting you & knowing you all of these weeks. We are sure you've had the vacation of a lifetime & we hope you will pass on your experiences to the generations to come. We will remember you & also hope you will remember us in the days ahead. Take care!!! You can place any of your complaints, recommendations or suggestions regarding any matter
UPER BODY LAYERS
Walking t-shirt -2 merino wool, capilene or synthetic fabric over cotton t-shirt which is quick dry.
Sleeping t-shirt -1 it is can be cotton
Thermal base layers top -1mid weight long sleeved t-shirt of merino wool or polyester ,capilene or polartec power dry
Insulating layers -1mid wight fleece that can be worm over other layers
Fleece vest optional -advisable for those who feel cold
Rain jacket -1 essential
Down jacket -1 essential its very cold up high or depend how high are you going.
LOWER BODY LAYERS
Underwear - enough for trek (notice you can wash along them along the way)
Hiking trousers -2 quick dry and light wight trousers no cotton but zip offs are good.
Sleeping trousers 1 light wight yoga style evening sleeping but no jeans.
Trekking shorts -1 if no zips off trousers . below the knee for ladies.
Rain pants -1 advisable
Thermal long johns 1 for evening or sleeping.
Duffle bag pack 1 to store excess luggage in at hotel. but SHTT provides duffel bags for the duration of trek these are easier for the potters to cary.
Day pack with rain cover -1for cary your personal items during the treks eg camera and chocolate water.
Sleeping bags -1 3season (4season oct-feb).
Compression stuff sack -1 for sleeping bags.
Trekking boots -1 must be well worm and comfortable with ankle support.
Socks -3 good and worm enough
Flip flops or camp shoes-1 light wight for evening use.
Water bottles -2 one or two liters nalgene or sig style or a bladder as you like.
Water purification drops -1 it is cheep and easy to buy in kathmandu (piyous).
Lip balm -1 with SPF factors.
Sunglass -1 essential good uv protection.
Suncream we recommend SPF 30 greater.
Bandana -1 this useful for a variety of purposes.
Baseball head (cap) it is useful for sun during the hiking.
Worm woolen head -1 it is very useful evening and morning when we hike above the 3500m.
Flash light or head torch -1head light is best as it leaves your hand free and extra batteries.
Personal first aid kit -1 include any prescribed medication (should be your all personal medication).
Travel towel -1 light wight and compact.
Wash kit -1 travel itms for the trek.
Instant hand sanitizer -enough for trek and alcohol based for keeping your hand clean.
Camera with charge and enough batteries for your treks
Book or journal as you like.
Pack of cadrs for evening fun.
Trekking snacks enough for trekking and good selection available in kathmandu.
Toilet roll and rubbish bag it is very important we don’t leave rubbish in mountain.
Trekking poles optional advisable for anyone with knee issues.
Gloves worm enough.
Nack wormer \Buff.
A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR AND ATTITUDE IT IS ESSENTIAL -DONT COME WITHOUT IT NAMASTE .
All of above the equipment you can get cheaply in kathmandu.If you have any queries please feel free to ask.