Annapurna Circuit Treks
Annapurna Circuit Trekking is widely known to be one of the greatest round tour that touches every thrilling core of the Annapurna Region. This trek is accomplished by crossing the Thorong La pass which lies at an elevation of 5,416m.The peculiar formation of landscapes, huge panoramic peaks like Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Annapurna Ist (8091m) Mt. Manaslu (8163 m), Mt. Annapurna II (7937 m.), Mt. Annapurna III (7555m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7525m), Mt. Annapurna south (7219m), Mt. Nilgiri (7041m), Mt. Machhapuchhare (6998m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6441m), Mt. LamjungHimal (6986m), Tukuche peak (6920m), and Tilicho peak (7134m), flora and fauna, ethnic diversity are some of the features offered by the circuit trek.
The major places that are passed during the circuit trek are:
Muktinath in literal terms refers to "place of salvation' and has its religious importance. Tiny in outlay, it contains a human sized golden statue of Vishnu.Muktinath temple contains bronze images of different Goddesses.It lies at an altitude of 3710m at the bottom of Thorong la pass. This idolized sacred place is major religious attraction of Annapurna circuit. The central shrine of Muktinath is stated as one of the eight most sacred shrines from Hindu Vaishnavas known as Svayam.The route roams through different range of climates. Not only the particular destination but the entire route offers breathtaking views.
Day 1 - Kathmandu arrival day .Altitude: (1,350m)
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 3 - Kathmandu to Besisahar 820mDrivingby car or zeep or local buse (7 hours)and trip continue chamje1385m
We have a lengthy drive today from the capital to Besisahar then we continue our trip again3 hours by zeep to chamje we stay overnight there.
DAY 4 - chmche to Bagarchap 2160m (5.5 hours)
our trip following the Marsyangdi as a new day begins, climbing steadily towards Tal, the first village of the Manang district. Beyond that, our trail crosses a wide, flat valley, and then zip-zags up and down towards Dharapani. We'll know we have arrived when we see the chorten, or stone entrance, typical of Tibetan-influenced architecture. The views give way to many flat-roofed homes, set against orchards of apple trees and fields of waving maize. We’ll stay the night in neighboring Bagarchhap.
DAY 5 - bagarchap to Chame 2710m (6 hours)
We pass through Tyanja first on Day 5, and then through the forest and parallel to a river on the way to Kopar. Chame, our stop for the evening, is the seat of the Manang district. The people of Chame followed the Nepal-Tibet trade route a long time ago, and settled here. They brought with them the customs and building style of the Tibetans, and have upheld the culture through the centuries. Chame has lovely views of Annapurna II, and is crossed by a pair of burbling hot springs.
DAY 6 - CHAME TO PISANG
Pisang 3250m/10660ft Trekking (4 hours)
Through the forest, across a steep valley, over a river and some bridges... our path to Pisang is not a boring one! On the way we'll be treated to spectacular views of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face.
DAY 7 - PISANG TO MANANG
Manang 3540m/11600ft Trekking (4 hours)
We're moving through the higher, drier portion of Manang, which receives little monsoon hydration due to the natural shield of the Annapurnas. The farmers here breed yaks and raise crops, while taking advantage of special trading dispensations that they've had since the 18th century. We're back following the Marsyangdi as of Mungji village, and then on our way through either Hongde, with a little less climbing, or Ghyaru, which has more picturesque views. Either one will bring us to our guesthouse at Manang.
DAY 8 - MANANG: ACCLIMATIZATION DAY
Manang 3540m/11600ft Rest Day
We'll linger in Manang today for a much-needed acclimatization day. We'll keep our legs stretched with some scenic, peaceful day walks around the sprawling village. Not only will we see the sights, but we’ll gradually adjust to the altitude. At night time, we'll return to our guesthouse to rest up for a steeply-ascending leg of our trek.
DAY 9 - MANANG TO YAK KHARKA
Yak Kharka 4050m/13290ft Trekking (3 hours)
Our trail ascends a steep, dizzying 500m to the Yak Kharka, and then up through the Tenki Manang as we exit the Marsyangi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka at 4,000m. As the name suggests, there are a lot of yaks here! The vegetation grows sparse, however, as we continue to hit higher altitudes.
DAY 10 - YAK KHARKA TO THORONG PHEDI
Thorung Phedi 4450m/14600ft Trekking (3.5 hours)
We'll climb high for about two hours before descending slightly to cross the river. It's all uphill again after that until we reach Thorong Phedi. Some of the newest guesthouses of our trek are located here. We'll be up extremely early tomorrow, so a full night of rest is important!
DAY 11 - THORONG PHEDI TO MUKTINATH VIA THORUNG LA PASS
Muktinath 3800m/12460ft via Thorung Pass 5416m/17800ft Trekking (6.5 hours)
We'll start trekking at 4am today in order to reach the pass before 10am. It's a necessary evil, because if we arrive any later, we'll risk detrimental weather conditions negatively impacting our progress. Considering that we are 5,416m up at this point, the strong winds later in the day can be dangerous! It's a steep climb, but one that it safe and routinely used. Heavy snow can also be a problem. Conquering the foibles of nature reaps rich rewards at this point, however, for the magnificent view from the top of the pass and our arrival in the holy town of Muktinath. The name means "place of Nirvana," and it is said that pilgrims visiting the temple there are relieved of all sorrows. It is a place sacred to Hindus and Buddhists, and filled with fascination and ethereal power. We'll overnight here.
DAY 12 - MUKTINATH TO MARPHA
Marpha 2670m/8760ft Trekking (6 hours)
Today we travel the scenic, beautiful trail between Muktinath and Kagbeni, via Jhong. This is a less-frequently traveled leg of the Annapurna Circuit, but one that we feel is richly worthwhile for its outstanding views. There are a number of distinctive homes here, all typical of the sect of mountain people who live here, as well as an old gompa.
DAY 13 - MARPHA TO GHASA
Ghasa 2010m/6600ft Trekking (6 hours)
Marpha at (2960m) is a charming village with many canals and where you can find a variety of fruit. Make sure you visit the big gomba in the city centre. After lunch we will head towards Ghasa a small Thakali settlement with welcoming people and lodges. You will notice on climate as it becomes drier and colder.
DAY 14 - GHASA TO TATOPONI
Tatopani 1200m/3940ft Trekking (5 hours)
Today is a relatively short trek, which means that we have the ability to move at a leisurely pace and really enjoy the sights we pass.
The name "Tatopani" means "hot spring," and that is what today's destination is best known for. The villagers are ethnically Thakali and Tamang, and have enjoyed their home's reputation as a significant trading post between Nepal and Tibet. This Buddhist village has about six hundred homes. Although we are moving up rather steeply in elevation, the walk is enjoyable as we pass colorful villages, gorgeous flowers, and plenty of lush greenery.
DAY 15 - TATOPONI TO GHOREPANI
Ghorepani 2870m/9410ft Trekking (6 hours)
This is it, believe it or not, the last truly challenging leg of our adventure. We'll pass through sizeable Shikha, watching village children running off to school and farmers working their fields. Ghorepani is a major stop for trekkers doing all varieties of the Annapurna Circuit, and is always bustling with activity.
DAY 16 - GHOREPANI TO POON HILL, POKHARA
Poon Hill 3200m/10500ft Trekking (6 hours)
We'll be up before dawn today, but with good reason: our day kicks off with an excursion to Poon Hill and an indescribably wonderful panorama of three Himalayan peaks (Dhaulagiri I, Annapurna I, and Manalsu) illuminated by the glowing rays of sunrise. From here, we'll also be treated to views of the 6,000m-deep Kali Gandaki Gorge and the visual border of Nepal and Tibet as divided by the trans-Himalayan ranges.
The last walk of our trek is an easy one as we stroll downhill from Tikhedhunga to Nayapul. Here, our trek officially ends. We'll load our tired feet into a taxi and an hour away to gorgeous Pokhara, and a comfy hotel.
DAY 17 - POKHARA TO KATHMANDU
Pokhara 820mm/Flight (1 hour) by tourist buse 6/7 hous
We fly or dive from Pokhara back to the Nepali capital today, so that you can spend one more night in our beautiful country before heading home. It's our pleasure to take you out for a farewell dinner tonight, and get your feedback on our trip.
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.