Annapurna Circuit Trek

Trip Overview

The Annapurna Circuit is a popular name for a trek within the Annapurna mountain range of central Nepal. The trek begins at Besisahar or Bhulbhule in the Marshyangdi river valley and concludes in the Kali Gandaki Gorge that separates Dhaulagiri and Annapurna I, and is one of the deepest gorges in the world.

Besisahar can be reached after a seven hour drive from Kathmandu. The trail passes along lush green valleys with terraced paddy fields, roaring rivers with beautiful waterfalls; thick rhododendron forests snowy peaks, alpine meadows and deserts at higher elevations. Having a unique cultural aspect trekkers encounter friendly settlements with Hindu origin, and the Tibetan Buddhism or Bön culture of the people living at higher elevations.

Trip facts

Duration

17 Days

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Grade

Grade II

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Kathmandu to Besisahar (760 m) – Bulbulle (840m)
  • Day 2: Syange (1100 m)
  • Day 3: Darapani (1860 m)
  • Day 4: Chame (2670 m)
  • Day 5: Pisang (3330 m)
  • Day 6: Trek to Manang (3540 m)
  • Day 7:Manang, free day, acclimatization
  • Day 8: Ledder (4200 m)
  • Day 9: Thorang Phedi (4450 m)
  • Day 10: Muktinath (3760 m) cross Thorang La (5416 m)
  • Day 11: Marpha (2670 m)
  • Day 12: Lete (2480 m)
  • Day 13: Tatopani (1990 m)
  • Day 14:Ghorepani (2860 m)
  • Day 15: Hike up Poon Hill (3193 m), trek to Ulleri (1960 m)
  • Day 16:Trek to Nayapul & drive to Pokhara - Overnight
  • Day 17: Scheduled flight Pokhara-Kathmandu

Map

Annapurna Circuit

Cost includes

  • Transfer airport-hotel-airport for Int. and domestic flights.
  • Standard lodge accommodation on room sharing basis with fixed meals during the trek. (breakfast , lunch and dinner)
  • Wages, accommodation and food of guide and porter on trek. (2 trekkers share 1 porter on trek)
  • Applicable government and local taxes, insurance for guide and porters.
  • Transportation: KTM-Besisahar-Bulbulle-Nayapul-Pokhara-KTM.
  • One night accommodation on room sharing basis with breakfast and dinner (MAP) at tourist class hotel in Pokhara.

Cost does not include

  • Expenses of personal nature, personal tips, alcoholic beverages, cold drinks and mineral water/boiled water.
  • Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance, personal medical expenses and rescue evacuation.
  • Hot shower during the trek.
  • Personal trekking gears.
  • Any costs arising due to flight cancellation, political disturbance, natural disaster and deviation in programs.
  • Tourist visa for Nepal and International flight to/from Kathmandu.

Trip Grades

Grade I

  • Easy to moderate hiking and trekking
  • Light packs (10kg)
  • Elevations often below 2500m
  • Easy terrain
  • Trek duration less than a week in high altitude

Grade II

  • Moderate to strenuous trekking
  • May require carrying bag pack (10kg)
  • Elevations from 2500m to 5500m
  • Moderate terrain
  • Nights are spent in lodge or tents
  • Trek duration of two weeks in high altitude

Grade III

  • Moderate to strenuous trekking
  • May require carrying bag packs (12)
  • Elevations from 2800m to 5500m
  • Moderate to intermediate terrain with short scrambling and descent on moraine/scree sections
  • Nights are spent in tents or lodge
  • Three high passes above 4500m
  • May involve travel to remote areas
  • Trek duration up to three weeks
  • Average of six hours trek per day

    Grade IV

    • Strenuous trekking and climbing
    • May require carrying bag packs (12)
    • Elevations from 2800m to 5500m
    • Moderate to intermediate terrain with short scrambling and descent on moraine/scree sections
    • Terrain might be snow or ice or rock or all mixed including glaciers
    • Few nights are spent in tent at high altitude during peak ascent
    • Nights are spent in tents or lodge
    • Involves travel in remote areas
    • Trek duration of two to three weeks
    • Includes several high passes trek and 6000m peak ascent
    • Minimum seven hours of average trek per day

    Grade V

    • Strenuous climbing
    • May require carrying bag packs (15kg)
    • High or extreme altitude with elevation above 7000m
    • Intermediate to advance terrain
    • Nights are spent in tents
    • Moderate to extreme glacier travel is involved
    • Travel in remote areas
    • Usually expedition duration above four weeks
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