annapurna circuit trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek – 11 Days

11 Days 5416m.

Trip Highlights

Five reasons to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek

 

  1. The Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of Nepal’s oldest and most well-known treks. The trek encircles the Annapurna mountain range. As you trek you will take in breathtaking views of many of the world’s highest mountain peaks.

 

  1. The trek follows the ancient trade route, along which salt and other goods were transported from India to Tibet. As you walk the Circuit you enter into living history and see the lives and villages of the peoples who have walked this trail for centuries.

 

  1. Situated at 3,710 m, Muktinath is one of the holiest sites in all Hinduism, which draws devotees from around the whole world. It is believed that this is one of the few places in the world where the five elements are found: fire, water, sky, earth, and air. See the sacred water flow from the 108 taps in the temple complex and offer your prayers to the gods.

 

  1. Crossing the Thorong La Pass, Nepal’s most famous mountain crossing, will be a challenging but rewarding achievement, which you will remember rest of your life. At 5,416 meters, the Pass is the high point and climax of the trek.

 

  1. Despite its high altitude, the Annapurna Circuit is very achievable. It is not technical, and you do not need special climbing equipment. The circuit climbs slowly up to its high point and so the chance of suffering acute mountain sickness is reduced.

Trip Overview

Annapurna Circuit Trek – 11 days

The Annapurna Circuit is one of Nepal’s most iconic and popular treks. Indeed, it is one of the world’s premier treks, traversing one of the highest trekking passes. The circuit circumscribes the Annapurna mountain range, taking in some of the most spectacular mountain views available in Nepal, including the world’s 7th and 10th highest mountains, Annapurna I (8,091 m) and Dhaulagiri (8,167 m).

Throughout the trek, the mighty peaks of Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV are on display. You will also see other incredible peaks, including the iconic picture perfect Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Gangapurna and Tilicho Peak.

The Annapurna Circuit official begins in Lamjung, climbing up to Manang, crossing the trek’s highest point is at the Thorong La Pass (5,416 m) before descending back down to the  Pokhara valley.

The Annapurna Circuit is a complete cultural emersion. You will walk through Manang and many other Tibetan-like Buddhist villages and pass by many monasteries. You will also visit Muktinath, one of the holiest sites in Hinduism.

While in recent years the construction of roads has put off some trekkers from trekking in the region, there are many alternatives and variations that avoid roads. These include, the ‘New Annapurna Trekking Trails’, which take in new villages that are much less touched by the historical trekking industry.

You can take many different variations on the circuit. Depending on your budget and timeframe you can take as little as 5 days to complete the circuit or as many as 17—it’s completely up to you!

 

How difficult is the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The trek is perfect for people who are in good health with average physical fitness. You do not need to have previous trekking experience.

On average you will be walking for 7 hours per day, which allows for steady altitude gain proper acclimatization.

Getting there, and back again – transport

The circuit begins in the district of Lamjung, which is reached by road from Kathmandu. There are a number of different starting points, depending on how long you wish your itinerary to be, and whether you want to avoid walking on a jeep track.

Bold Adventures recommends commencing the trek from Danaque, which is around 10 to 11 hour drive from Kathmandu.

The trek finishes in Jomsom from where it is a short 30-minute flight to Pokhara. Alternatively, you may choose to take a jeep to Pokhara, which is around 8 to 9-hour drive.

It is also possible to link the Annapurna Circuit Trek with other treks in the Annapurna Conservation Area, such as the Annapurna Basecamp Trek.

 

When to trek

 

It is possible to trek the circuit all year round. However, passes may be closed during the winter months. Spring and autumn will generally have the most favourable weather for trekking.

The post-monsoon period of October, November, and early-December is Nepal’s peak trekking season and best time to do the Annapurna Circuit.

While the February, March, and April, coming at the end of the dry season is also a fantastic time to go trekking.

In mid-December, January, and February, the skies are crystal clear, however, it gets cold. Moreover, as the winter progresses, there is a geater likelihood that the Thorong La Pass will be closed due to snowfall.

The pre-monsoon months of May and June can be very warm. At this time trees start to blossom and the flowers start to bloom.

The monsoon in June, July, August, September is the least popular months to trek in Nepal. However, it is still possible to trek the circuit. The trail will be lush, full of greenery and many flowers will be in bloom. As it is off-season, there will be fewer tourists on the trail. However, haze will cover the mountains from view.

 

 

 

 

 

Outline Itinerary

The Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary

 

Day 1: Travel 10 hours by jeep from Kathmandu (1,350 m) to Danque (2,190 m)

Day 2: Trek 5 – 6 hours from Danaque to Chame (2,670 m)

Day 3: Trek 5 hours from Chame to Pisang (3,200 m)

Day 4: Trek  7 to 8 hours from Pisang to Manang (3,540 m) ( will take upper trekking trail via Gyaru, Ngawal and Manang.

Day 5: Rest and acclimatization day in Manang, including a short hike up to 3,900 m

Day 6: Trek for 4 hours from Manang to Yak-Kharka (4,050 m)

Day 7: Trek for 4 hours from Yak-Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,525 m)

Day 8: Trek for 8 – 9 hours from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800 m) via Thorong La Pass  (5,416 m)

Day 9: Trek for 5 – 6 hours from Muktinath to Jomsom (2,720 m)

Day 10: Fly to Pokhara from Jomsom

Day 11. Rest at Lakeside, Pokhara or travel to Kathmandu (by bus or plane)

Detail Itinerary

The Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary

 

Day 1: Travel 10 hours by jeep from Kathmandu (1,350 m) to Danque (2,190 m)

 

Day 2: Trek 5 – 6 hours from Danaque to Chame (2,670 m)

 

Day 3: Trek 5 hours from Chame to Pisang (3,200 m)

 

Day 4: Trek  7 to 8 hours from Pisang to Manang (3,540 m) ( will take upper trekking trail via Gyaru, Ngawal and Manang.

 

Day 5: Rest and acclimatization day in Manang, including a short hike up to 3,900 m

 

Day 6: Trek for 4 hours from Manang to Yak-Kharka (4,050 m)

 

Day 7: Trek for 4 hours from Yak-Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,525 m)

 

Day 8: Trek for 8 – 9 hours from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800 m) via Thorong La Pass  (5,416 m)

 

Day 9: Trek for 5 – 6 hours from Muktinath to Jomsom (2,720 m)

 

Day 10: Fly to Pokhara from Jomsom

 

Day 11. Rest at Lakeside, Pokhara or travel to Kathmandu (by bus or plane)

Date & Cost

Trip Start DateTrip End DateStatusPrice
21 Sep 2018 07 Oct 2018US$1400.fully bookedBook Now
11 Oct 201827 Oct 2018US$1400Book Now

Cost Include

Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
# Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu/Pokhara including breakfast.
# Private Transport from Kathmandu to Besisahar and  Pokhara to Kahtmandu tourist bus.

# Jomsom to Pokhara air tickets for group with guide.
# Government license holder experienced, trekking guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness) and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance,medicine.

# 3 Times meal in a day. Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner with Tea house/Lodges Accommodation during the trekking.
# Annapurna conservation fees.
Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) card fee.
# Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
# Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
# All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes

Cost not Include

# Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
# International Airfare/Airport tax.

# Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot and cold showers.
# Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
# Travel Insurance (Essential – Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
# Personal trekking gears
# Tips for Trekking guide and portersand driver
# Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section

Equipment List

TREKKING SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT UP TO 5,500m.
1 pair strong mountain /hiking boots
1 Sleeping bag(comfortable to 15C)
1 Medium/Large rucksack/backpack
1 Down Jacket/all weather Anorak
1 Light water & windproof jacket
1 Pair waterproof gaiters/ overtrouser
1 or 2 1-litre water bottles.
1 Inner sleeping sheet.
1 Torch/Flashlight and spare bastteries.
2 Long sleeve cotton shirts
1 Medium sized towel
1 Washing kit:Inlude personal toiletries,Talcum power
Moleskin for blisters
Toilet paper
Bio degradable soap/shampoo
Any personal medication
1 Pair shorts.
1 Fleece/warm sweater
1 Pair sports shoes/sandals
2 Pair lightweight trousers
1 Sweatshirt/light sweater
2 T-shirts
1 Small day pack
2 Pairs light socks
3 Pairs heavy wool socks
1 cotton Headscarf/bandanna
1 Warm hat/Gloves(waterproof)
1Sunglasses and sunhat
1 Money belt
Underwear(including thermals)
3/4 Plastic bags for wrapping clothes
Water purification tablets/solution(Preferably Iodine)
Sun-block(30-50 SPF)

2  Reviews on Annapurna Circuit Trek – 11 Days

“I completed the Annapurna Circuit in January 2012. This Trek was life changing and the best challenge I have ever accomplished. Sonam was our guide/leader – he is Nepalese and has a great relationship with his porters and the local communities. Sonam made my trek so much more enjoyable; the stories, culture and history he shared along the way allowed us to appreciate Nepal and all it had to offer. Nepal will always hold a place in my heart, such a beautiful part of the world!

“I was lucky enough to have Sonam Singh Lama as my guide when my partner and I did the Annapurna Circuit in January of 2012. Sonam was extremely welcoming to all in our trekking group and took great care of us each day, making sure we were all coping with the altitude. Unfortunately I badly dislocated my shoulder about halfway through the trek and couldn’t continue. Sonam was fantastic! He organised a helicopter evacuation so I could be airlifted out for treatment, and did an amazing job coordinating everything through my travel insurance company. My partner and I were able to meet back up with Sonam and our trekking group when they returned, and even after the trip had ended Sonam helped everyone organise further sightseeing around Kathmandu. Trekking with Sonam in this beautiful country was an amazing holiday, and his experience helped make an extremely difficult moment in our trip a lot less stressful!”

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  • Trip Duration

    11 Days
  • Trip Grading

    Fairly challenging
  • Max Altitude

    5416m.
  • Best Time

    spring and Autum
  • Group Size

    2+