Annapurna circuit trek
Annapurna circuit trek is the most famous and fun adventures journey in the Himalayas of Nepal. It is one of the most geographically and culturally diverse regions in Nepal, during this 15-day guided trip. Trekkers will be blessed by the sight of magnificent mountains of different height and significance. From the deepest gorge to the world famous high altitude pass as well as various hamlets of Tibetans, Chhettris, Brahimins, Sherpa, Thakali, and Gurung people make the voyage enthralling. Trekkers will traverse through green lush forests, valley and on the bank of rivers. The felling would be mystical and mythical. The sight of mountains and picture landscape would make the mind and soul absolutely busy.
This trek starts from the village of Besisahar and starts our trek from there. We will travel past the villages of Bulbule, Chamje and Chamje to reach Manang, where we will stay for a day to acclimatize ourself. we will cross the mighty Thorong La Pass (5416 m), the highest navigable pass in the world, and descend to Jomsom (2750 m) via Kagbeni. AS you trek you will pass through farm terraced, bamboo forest as well as rhododendron forest with stunning Himalaya’s views.
Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel
Upon our arrival in Tribhuvan international airport (TIA), you will be greeted by our staff member of the soul Himalayan travel & treks by some traditional khata and flower. Our staff will drove you to hotel and you can take rest when you finished check –in procedure you can have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long flight. You will be invited to visit our office for briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process from the trekking permits. If you arrived late at night, we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and preparation for the Tour
In next morning, after your breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around a Kathmandu valley. You can visit landmark including the world heritage site like Kathmandu Durbar square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pasupati Nath, the famous “monkey temple” (Swayambhu Nath) and Buddhists shrine (Boudha Nath). In the afternoon there will be the pre-trip discussion where we can meet our treks. You can also make your last minute buying of personal items for the journey.
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu –Besisahar –Chamje (7/8 hrs) 820m-1385m
On the third day you will drive from Katmandu to Besisahar through a lush green highway which takes 6 hours. After reaching Besisahar then we will drive another 2 hours to reach Nadi. Nadi is next to Marsyandi River. Overnight at lodge
Day 4: Nadi-Chamje
On this day, you will trek from Nadi to Chamje. After several hours. We will cross the river, go up steeply to continue walking on a trail wonderfully engraved out to the wall of the rock. Then, we reach to syange going across Ghermu Phant and Khani Gaun. We will cross the Marsyandia River. We trek further along the trail quite steep at times. Overnight to the lodge
Day 5: Chamje-Bagarchhap (6 hrs.)
In this day we will trek from Chamje to Bagarchhap.
We will walk through Rhododendron, pine and bamboo forests. We will reach the village of Tal and navigate our way through fields of Barley, wheat and potatoes to reach Dharapani. When we reach Dharapani we will turn west and take the route that goes through fir and pine forests to reach Bagarchhap.Overnight at local lodge.
Day 6: Bagarchhap-Chame (2710m)
When we depart from Bagarchhap, you keep on ascending the river valley passing the Gurung village, Thonje. Walking further, along the left shore, we ascend up to Manang valley passing through small settlements with the views of Mt. Manaslu (8163 m) and the mountains over Larkya La Pass. Overnight at lodge.
Day 7: Trek to Pisang (3185 m)
On this day we will trek to Pisang. There is long, peasant and mostly level walk in forests. The pine-scented trail rounds a bend reveal the first views of dramatic Paungda Danda rock face, a tremendous curve slab rock. The trail follows through the river valley with good views along the way of Pisang peak and Annapurana ll at Piasang . After reaching to Pisang we will stay overnight at local lodge.
Day 8: Pisang –Manang (3540 m)
From upper Pisang the high trail enters pine grooves to reveal views of the small turquoise lake. The trail does a dogleg through the charming village, passing with views of painted Mandalas and dragon mouth spouts. Hike through the fields of grazing yak and wide variety of crops. This large Tibetan settlement provides good views of Annapurna ll/lll/lv, Gangapurna and Tarkekang. Overnight at local lodges.
Day 9: Manang (acclimatization)
On this day we will rest at Manang. You need to acclimatize to avoid the risk of altitude sickness as you move higher. Spend a day in Manang. we will explore the village or hike up to Annapurna Lake in the afternoon.
Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka (4000m)
From manang village, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenkiand continue to climb out of the Marshyandi valley turning northwest up the valley of jarsang khola. On the way we will pass few pastures, a scrub of Juniper trees and through villages and meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wodden bridge, we will see an ancient old Mani wall before to reach Yak Kharka. Overnight at local lodge.
Day 11: Trek to Thorung Phedi (4,400m)
The trail climbs along the east bank of Jarsang Khola, then descends and crosses the stream on the wooden bridge at 4510 m. Blue sheep and even snow leopard can be seen sometimes in this area. Overnight at local lodge.
Day 12: Trek to Thorong La (5,416 m) - Muktinath
The trail becomes steep immediately after leaving Thoung Phedi; switch backing up moraines and following rocky ridges as it ascends to the Throrung La Pass (5416m). You can see the long great Barrier ridge, religion of Tibet in Manang, as well as the Annapurna, Annapurna and the heavily glaciated peak of Khatung Kang (6484m). The trail descends crossing meadows steeply down to Muktinath, one of the most important pilgrimage sites of both Hindus and Buddhists.
Day 12: Trek to jomson (2,670m)
Today it will be our last trekking day at Jomason. Jomson is the beginning and end of many treks. We can explore local village and restaurant to enjoy and cherish for great completion of the trip. Overnight to Jomson.
Day 13: Fly to Pokhara from Jomson- 35 min
On this day we will take a short flight to Pokhara. Pokhara offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, five peaks of Annapurna and others. Pokhara is famously known as the city of lakes and has numerous beautiful serene lakes. We can explore the most accessible and beautiful fewa lake during the afternoon. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu: 30 min flight
In this day we fly back to Kathmandu. It takes about 30 minutes. In the morning time we will visit some important spots around Pokhara. We might do some last hour shopping too. Around noon, we take a flight to Kathmandu.
Day 15: Farewell
Today you will say goodbye to the soul Himalayan treks and tour. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. A representative from soul Himalayan treks will take to the airport approximately 3 hours scheduled flight.
Your safety is of paramount concern while travelling with soul Himalayan treks. please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns .Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary ; however , since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions , we cannot guarantee that will not deviate from it. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to the plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Airport picks up s and drops in private vehicle
Good hotel accommodation during the trek
All meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek
All ground transportation on the comfortable private vehicle as per the
Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
Entrance fees for sightseeing monument visits as per the itinerary
An experienced English speaking and government likened trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
Power service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Staffs cost including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
Soul Himalaya trek bag/duffel bag, t-shirts and trekking map are yours to take
All necessary paperwork and trekking permit (national park permit, TIMS)
Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
All government and local tax
Personal equipment for trekking
Personal insurance for travel to Nepal
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
Emergency rescue evacuation
Tipping (tips) for guide and porter
Bar and Beverage bills
Upper body layers
Walking t-shirts -2 merino wool, capilene or synthetic fabric over cotton t-shirt which is quick dry
Sleeping t-shirt -1 it can be cotton.
Thermal base layers top-1weight long sleeved t-shirt of merino wool or polyester, capelin or polar Tec power dry.
Insulating layers -1 mid weight fleece that can be worn over other layers
Fleece vest optional-advisable for those who feel cold
Rain jacket -1 essential
Down jacket -1 essential it’s very cold above 4,000 meter
Lower body layers
Underwear-enough for trek (notice you can wash along them along the way)
Hiking ttousers-2 quick dry and light weight trousers no cotton, but zip offs are good.
Sleeping trousers 1 light weight 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
Packs and bags
Duffle bag packs 1 to store excess luggage in at hotel. Soul Himalaya provides duffel bags for the duration of the trek. These are easier for the porters to carry.
Day pack with rain cover-1 to carry your personal items during the treks e.g. Camera and chocolate, water.
Sleeping bag-1 3 season (4 season oct-feb)
Compression stuff sack -1 for sleeping bags
Trekking boots – 1 must be well worn and comfortable with ankle support.
Socks-3 good and warm enough and worth spending money on quantity socks.
Flip flops or camp shoes-1 light weight for evening use.
Water bottles -2 (one or two liters) Nalgene or sig style or a bladder. Bladder is preferred
Water purification drops – 1 it is cheap and easy to buy in Kathmandu (pious)
Lip balm- 1 with SPF 30 greater
Bandana – 1 this useful for a variety of purposes.
Baseball head (cap) it is useful for sun during the hiking.
Warm woolen hat-1 it is very useful evening and morning when we hike above the 3500m.
Flash light or head torch-1 head light is best as it leaves your hand freehand extra batteries
Personal first aid kit -1 include any prescribed medication (should be your all personal medication).
Travel towel-1 light weight and compact.
Wash kit-1 travel items for the trek.