Round Annapurna Trekking

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Family, Trekking
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Group Size Small Group
All about the Round Annapurna Trekking.

Round Annapurna Trekking, as the name suggests, is a trekking trail that takes trekkers around all the major attractions of the Annapurna Region. It is also known as the Annapurna Circuit trek. This trial is a very popular one, chosen by trekkers with an interest to observe not only the scenic beauty, but also the lifestyle of people living in the Annapurna region. Kali Gandaki, the deepest gorge in the world, the viewpoint of Poon Hill, Muktinath; the pilgrim site for Buddhists and Hindus, Thorong La Pass etc. are the major attractions of this trek. Various routes are being adapted to trek around the Annapurna region due to construction works being carried out in the main route.

The new, improved trial begins from Jomsom and passes through Dona Lake, Marpha, Larjung Titi and then to Taklung. From here, the trail moves further into Kunjo and Ghasa. Due to the limitation of lodging facilities, the old trial is still extensively used despite the construction works. The old trekking route begins from Marsyangdi River Valley. From here, trek heads towards Besisahar, Manang and upwards to the Thorong La Pass at an altitude of 5416 m. Thorong La Pass is a perfect viewpoint for observing 360-degree view of various mountain ranges including Machapuchhre, Hiunchuli, Lamjung, Tukuche, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu, Nilgiri and Tilicho. Proper acclimatization is necessary before ascending to the Thorong La Pass to avoid any altitude sickness issues. Muktinath and Braga, the pilgrimage sites both for Hindus and Buddhists, is another major attraction here. Trekkers can even walk along the deepest gorge in the world, formed by the cut between the Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. Further up lays Jomsom, from where the trail comes to an end in Kagbeni.

With many trials to pick form, the Round Annapurna Trekking trial never ceases to amaze trekkers with the mystical topography of the Kali Gandaki Valley. With the support and hospitality of the ethnic inhabitants of the region, the Round Annapurna Trek can be completed with less trouble and full satisfaction. Spring season is best suited for embarking in this adventure.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • Accommodation in 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara  and Guest House accommodation in mountain
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu, Pokhara  and all meals in mountain
  • All ground transportation as per the itinerary program by private vehicles
  • All necessary staffs with experienced English speaking local guide and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter),
  • All necessary paper works
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • All government and local taxes
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs )
  • Excess baggage charges
  •  Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  •  Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  •  Travel and rescue insurance
  •  Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters
  1. Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu (D)

    Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, you can apply for Tourist Visa if you don’t have one yet. You need to complete visa application form and provide a passport size Photograph. Visa fee: US$ 40 for 30 days multiple entry. Collect your baggage, walk through the customs and meet your Guide and driver outside. From the airport, your hotel is about 30 minutes drive into the city. Check-in at hotel and after you freshen up, we set out to explore the wonders of the city. In the evening your guide will invite you to a welcome dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese restaurant, where you will enjoy a Nepalese culture dance program. Transfer back to the hotel.

  2. Day 2 Kathmandu City Tour (B):

    Today we explore Katmandu on an organized sightseeing tour. This will include a visit to the Bouddhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world. We also visit Pashupatinath, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River and home to the most famous Hindu temple in the country. Here we will see Hindu holy men (saddhus) and pilgrims performing ritual bathing, and occasionally, funeral pyres burning on the Ghats.
    Later in the afternoon you will be free to relax in the hotel garden or visit Thamel for last minute shopping. You will be supplied with your trek departure information in the Evening. Overnight in Hotel.

  3. Day 3 Drive to Bulbule VIA Besishar (B,L,D)

    After breakfast your guide will meet you at your hotel and begin scenic drive to Besishar about 6-7 hours and from Besishar drive to Bulbule. Stay overnight at Bulbule in guest house.

  4. Day 4 Trek to Jaget (1311m) 6-7 Hours (B,L,D)

    After breakfast we start our walk passing through many different villages with different cultural settlements. You will meet people following different traditions like some village have Brahman and Chhetri, some village consist mainly Gurung and Magar. The trail continuous along the Marsyangdi River until we reach Jaget.

  5. Day 5 Trek to Dharapani (1960m) 7 Hours (B,L,D)

    A wonderful walk with such variety in scenery and a range of gradients will be on show today. The trail climbs up the east bank of the Marsyandi River, passing high majestic waterfall surrounded by the screw pine trees. Then it continues along the gorge, the zigzag path from Taal (1700m) goes up to the hill, with scenery of several waterfall dropping closes to plain settlement, Taal. You cross a suspension bridge and climb the short distance to the stone marking the entrance to Dharapani. Overnight at Guesthouse.

  6. Day 6 Trek to Chame (2175m) 6 Hours (B,L,D)

    After breakfast trek through the Tibetan and Gurung settlement at Bagarchhap, great views of Mt. Annapurna II and Mt. Lamjung Himal. After 30 minutes walk from Bagarchhap, you will reach at Danakyou, from here if you look behind the lofty peaks of Mt. Manaslu, the eight highest peaks in the world could be visible on clear day. Continuing trek on a flattish path and a river late the village of Thanchok. The Nar Khola(River) from the recently opened valleys of  Nar and Phu join the Marshandi from the your right side. After short walk you will reach Chame, the district headquarters of Manang. Overnight at Guest House

  7. Day 7 Trek to Pisang (3310m) 5 Hours (B,L,D)

    After breakfast, the journey continuous toward Pisang, on the way you can see beautiful view of Lamjung Himal and apple orchard. The trail lead you along then bank of Marshandi river climb up through pine forest to the Teleku village and continuous trek to Bharatang a apple orchard garden. After Bharatang you will cross back to the south bank of Marshandi river till the Pisang. Overnight at Guest House

  8. Day 8 Trek to Manag (3540m) 4 hours (B,L,D)

    After breakfast the trail passes through Manang valley. It’s a dogleg through the charming village, passing with scenic view of painted Mandalas and dragon mouths spouts. The route further leads to the Humde village, where there is the only airport in Manang area. From Humde you can see majestic mountain views of Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna and Tilicho peak. You leave the village from near mani wall and finally you will descend back to village floor and rejoin the main trail to Braga village then Manang. Overnight at Guest House.

  9. Day 9 Rest Day in Manang (Acclimatization day) (B,L,D)

    Today is your acclimatization day in Manang, which is a necessary to prepare your body for the next two days trekking. At the Manang you will explore around the Manang village or you will hike Gangapurna lake, visit Monasteries and more. Overnight at guest house.

  10. Day 10 Trek to Letder (4200m) 4-5 hours (B,L,D)

    After breakfast, our trail begins to ascend offering panorama Himalaya scenery, walking through meadow where yaks and horses graze. The trail passes along ancient mani wall in meadow at an altitude of 3900m and then reaches small village Yak kharka. Walking along mountain ridge cross a suspension bridge to Leadar. Overnight at guest house.

  11. Day 11 Trek to Thorong Phedi (4450m) 3-4 hours (B,L,D)

    Leaving Ledar, your body will be at relative ease with the altitude, where you have to cross the highest pass in the trek. Continue walk along Marshandi River, a rock strewn meadow surrounded by upright cliffs at 4450m to reach Thorong Phedi.

  12. Day 12 Trek to Muktinath (3800m) VIA Thoroung-La pass (5416m) (B,L,D)

    Today is your one of the hardest and on memorable day on your life. Today you will start early in the morning for crossing of Thorong-La(5416m). The trail becomes steep up to Thorong-La pass, there is one and only one tea shop where you can have hot tea, coffee or chocolate with some beautiful mountains views. After few rest at Thorong-La you will descend to ward Muktinath.
    Muktinath is the one of the famous holy place in India and Nepal . Muktinath means place of Nirvana, it said that all sorrows you are feel relieved when visiting the Muktinath Temple, which is scared pilgrimage site for both Hindu and Buddhist. The temple is dedicated to lord Vishnu and has 108 water spouts around it from which holy water pour. Overnight at Guest House

  13. Day 13 Trek to Marpha (2660m) 6 hours (B,L,D)

    Today your Annapurna circuit trek heads downhill through the ruggedness of a barren valley of wind-eroded rock and continues downhill to Jharkot and Khingar village, the typical Tibetan village. Then it descends down until Eklai Bhatti. From here you will have magnificent view of Mt. Nilgiri and then the trail passes along Kaligandaki River till Jomsom. Jomsom is the administration center of Mustang district with small airstrip just above the Kaligandaki River. Here you can have lunch, after lunch you will walk 2 more hours to Marpha. Marpha is an old village with a lot of traditional establishment and you can see people of Thakali and Tibetan culture. Overnight at Guest House.

  14. Day 14 Trek to Ghasa(2020m) 6 hours (B,L,D)

    After breakfast, it is an enjoyable walk along Kaligandaki River. An hour later you will reaches another charming village at Tukuche, close beneath the Tukuche peak and Mt. Dhaulagiri with spectacular view of Mt. Nilgiri. Again continue walk along Kaligandaki river bank, crossing many Thakali village, narrow alleyways and tunnel houses with enclosed courtyards. Overnight at guest house in Ghasa.

  15. Day 15 Trek to Tatopani (1190m) 6 hours (B,L,D)

    Today your trail passes through the last Thakali village observing local people and their distinct life style. From Ghasa the southern end of the area dominated by Thakali people till Tatopani. On arrival at Tatopani you are likely to relax your wear muscles flowing yourself in hot spring. Overnight at Guest House

  16. Day 16 Trek to Ghorepani(2850m) 7 Hours (B,L,D)

    From Tatopani you again cross Kaligandaki River and then climb to Shikha village, a large magar village. Beyond the palate you will meet moss-covered rhododendron forest with rich birding life. From Ghorepani you will have the greet panorama mountain views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains range. Overnight at Guest House

  17. Day 17 Trek to Tadapani (2710m) 5 hours (B,L,D)

    Early morning your guide will knock your room for hike up to Poon hill to catch the moment of spectacular sunrise over the whole Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain range. After sunrise view back to guest house for breakfast. Then continues up and down of the trails to Tadapani through rhododendron forest. Overnight at Guest house

  18. Day 18 Trek to Ghandruk (2050m) 4 hours (B,L,D)

    Today we pass the Tadapani village down walk to the rich rhododendron forest and about an hour fully forest walking reaches at Bhaise Kharka where few teahouses for tea coffee and for lunch again downhill to the Ghandruk village. After few hours walk through the forested way. Finally largest Gurung (popular ethnic group from western region of Nepal) settlement in the area with the closest views of Annapurna and Machhapuchre to the north and evening enjoy exploring the local village and people with traditional dressed. Overnight at Guest House

  19. Day 19 Trek to pokhara(900m) (B,L)

    After your teahouse breakfast you will be walking completely steep downhill along trails through the forest for about 3 hours where en-route some small teahouses offering tea o cold drink for small breaks. Continue walking to reach Birethati. After half hour walk to arrive Nayapool catch car to Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel

  20. Day 20 Pokhara to Kathmandu (B)

    Early morning, transfer to Pokhara tourist bus station for drive back to Kathmandu which takes around 6 hours. Check in at hotel in Kathmandu, and you will be free during the evening for self exploration. Overnight stay at hotel.

  21. Day 21 Departure (B)

    This is our last day in Nepal. It can be devoted to recreation, as well as the most important thing – the day you can buy presents for their relatives, colleagues and friends. You will enjoy an evening gala dinner before departing back to next part of your journey or to your home.

Deluxe hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara & lodge/guest house during trekking

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

A trek in Nepal is more about endurance than anything else. You will be trekking most days and can expect to be on the trail an average of 5–7 hours per day. The lower elevations may be the most difficult as you cover the most ground and the temperatures are hotter. By the time you reach the higher elevations you will be in prime condition and the distances are shorter. People of many ages and ability successfully complete all the treks in Nepal—those who are strong willed and in good condition should have few problem

The answer depends on the trek but the range is about 1–3 weeks. The quickest way to get up close and personal with the big mountains is the Annapurna Sanctuary trek, which can be completed from Pokhara in as few as 8 days. Longer treks in remote regions such as Makalu Base Camp can take three weeks or more. The Everest Base Camp trek takes 14–17 days.

You will also want to spend a couple of days in Kathmandu before your trek getting your bearings straight and making final preparations (more if you haven’t pre-booked a guide). And try to leave a cushion after your trek in case things take longer than expected.

Peak season is the fall months of October and November when the air is clear and the mountain views are best. Temperatures during this time are ideal for trekking—warm at lower elevations and cool up high—and the conditions are relatively dry. Along with the good weather comes the biggest crowds, felt from the bustling streets of Thamel to the trails themselves.

The temperature drops during the winter months but the air remains clear. If the weather is on your side, the first half of December can be epic with fantastic views and greater solitude. Be aware that once winter arrives the mountains slow down–high elevation trekking becomes treacherous and teahouses may close.

The second most popular time of the year to trek in Nepal is the spring season from late February to mid-April. Temperatures are as good as the fall and the crowds are smaller, but you can expect more haze and precipitation, particularly at lower elevations. Mountain views should be clear up high but things can get socked in down low.

Trekking in Nepal from May through August is best avoided. The monsoon months bring heat, clouds and rain, limiting the mountain views and creating messy trails and ground transportation headaches. One possible exception for hiking during the monsoon is the dryer Mustang region.

Nepal is under a constant cloud of political uncertainty as has been for years. The U.S. Department of State and other governments urge caution when traveling to Nepal, often in the form of official travel warnings. Travelers should read these warnings and exercise caution as they would before traveling to any other country.

After significant due diligence before my recent trip to Nepal, I came away reasonably confident that Nepal is safe for trekkers. A number of knowledgeable people were unequivocal in their opinions that trekking in Nepal is mostly unaffected by politics. I booked our tickets after hearing from two fellow Coloradans who were in Kathmandu preparing for a trek when the King was overthrown. Their advice was to go and that, “everything will be fine…just don’t burn tires in front of the Royal Palace.”

As with any foreign country, use good judgment and do your part to ensure that you have a safe trip. Solo trekkers are most at risk for a number of reasons and it’s best to go with a guide. Don’t walk around the streets of Kathmandu late at night (taxis are extremely cheap) and avoid large crowds. Petty theft can occur at lowland villages including from the tents of unsuspecting trekkers.

For those who decide to make the trip, the number of people trekking in Nepal remains relatively low compared to years past and it’s a great time to go.

Thamel in Kathmandu has a variety of food options and you should be able to find just about anything. While trekking you will become all too familiar with dal baht, the traditional Nepalese dish consisting of rice, lentils, and seasonal vegetables (meat is often available too). Dal baht may not be your first choice for a post-trek meal but genreally it’s tasty and the portions are generous, making for happy trekkers.

You won’t regret bringing a box of protein bars and vitamins from home. Dal baht provides carbs and some protein but isn’t exactly packed with nutrition; bars make a great snack on the trail or backup for a less than stellar meal. Snickers are ubiquitous in the villages and serve the same general purpose.

Overall Rating
Svata Ilesua
Reviewed On 23/09/2017

Me and my girl friend did the Annapurna Circuit treking with a guide from Asian Mystery Treks & Tours and had a great time. Our Guide Tika Tamang and our porter ( Gyan) took care of everything. I can recommend Tika - he was friendly, respectful, and trustworthy and really went above and beyond in assisting me on this trek. Plus, he's just a nice guy and fun to talk to :) I would certainly be willing to book with this trekking agency again.