PRICE
From US$ 1890 pp


DURATION
17 Days


DEPARTURE DATES
Private Groups on Request


GROUP SIZE
Min 2 – Max 12 

Trekking Annapurna Circuit

Experience the Popular Annapurna Trek in Nepal. Now the new trekking routes make this classic even better.

By far and away this is one of our most popular trips. It has a lot more to offer other than just psychical challenges and high altitude trails. It’s a journey along one river valley and down another between some of the biggest mountains in the world! The scenery is stunning and along the way you will pass through many authentic villages, experience the warm hearted hospitality of the Nepalese people and enjoy delicious food and warm hospitality. There is a new trekking route which takes the trekker away from the road and the scenery is breathtaking.

You will be trekking through the highest mountain range in the world, the Himalayas and cross the mighty Throng La at 5464 meters. There is nothing like this!

Highlights

 – Crossing the Thorong La Pass

 – Stunning Vistas of the Annapurna Mountain Range

 – Trekking along 2 of Nepal’s most beautiful River Gorges

– Discovering the Ancient Culture of Mountain Life in Nepal



Day 01 – Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival in Nepal, a member of our team will meet you at the Airport and transfer you to the Hotel. We have a meet and greet with the Guide/Trekking team for a trip briefing and gear check. We also treat you to a welcome dinner of Nepal’s Traditional dish Dal Bhat (Rice, Lentil Soup and lots of Yummy side dishes).

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel (BB)

Meal Inclusions: Dinner

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Syange (1100m/3608 ft) Driving Time 8 – 10 hours

We begin our long drive to Syange early in the morning. En route we get to enjoy the countryside of Nepal with its green hills, winding rivers, terraced farms and of course the mighty Himalayas. Overnight in Syange.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch /Dinner

Day 03: Trekking from Syange (1100m) to Dharapani (1960m). Distance 15.4km

We enter Manang district after crossing a large bridge near Tal. The trail passes through barley, rice and potato fields; and the waterfalls continue to accompany us even today. We also pass through the village of Kodo before reaching Dharapani which is one of the biggest villages in the Manang valley. Overnight at Dharapani.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch /Dinner

Day 04: Trekking from Dharapani(1960m) to Chame (2710m). Distance 16km

Today we negotiate a few steep forested ridges along with several landslides on route to Chame. We should not forget to look up though, as we will be greeted with remarkable views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m). We also come across small hot springs which should help us relax for a while. Overnight at Chame.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch /Dinner

Day 05: Trekking from Chame (2710m) to Pisang (3300m). Distance 15km

We walk through a steep and narrow valley to have our first view of Paungda Danda rock face, a dramatic curved rock face rising 1500m from the river. From here, we also gain excellent views of Annapurna II to the south and Pisang Peak to the north east. Next, we descend to the Manang Valley floor enjoying the captivating landscape. Overnight in Pisang.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch /Dinner

Day 06: Trekking from Pisang (3,300m) to Manang (3540m). Distance 20km

From Pisang there are two routes to Manang. We choose the one which passes through Upper Pisang via Gyru as it guarantees outstanding views of Mt. Annapurna, Pisang Peak, and others if the weather permits. As we walk near Manang the climate becomes more cold and dry. However, a short visit to Barge Monastery, the biggest monastery in the Manang District should cheer us up. Overnight at Manang.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch /Dinner

Day 07: Acclimatization day in Manang (3540m)

In order to keep fit on the trails that follow, we keep ourselves busy today with a short hike to either Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. If we have the energy, we can even hike to Vraga Village where we can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association which will give us some idea about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Overnight in Manang.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch /Dinner

Day 08: Trekking from Manang (3540m) to Yak Kharka (4110m). Distance 7.5km

From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki above Manang, and then continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail follows this valley northward, passing a few pastures, a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. The trail further passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Now the trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Yak Kharka. Little but Gradual ascent is the key to avoiding altitude problems

Accommodation: Teahouse

Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch /Dinner

Day 09: Trekking from Yak kharka (4110m) to Thorong Phedi (4420m). Distance 7.3km

It is an uphill walk to Thorang Phedi. After walking for some time we cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We ascend furthermore and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorong Phedi, the last village before Thorong La. On this trip we are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. Overnight in Thorong Phedi.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch /Dinner

Day 10: Trekking from Thorong Phedi (4420m) via Thorong La (5416m) to Muktinath (3800m).Distance 16.4km

Crossing Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world, will be our ultimate objective today. We will be crossing the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath) which is the easiest and safest direction. We get up around three in the morning and walk up the mountain. When we finally make it to the top, we realize that our journey was worth it. We can take a few photos before heading to Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La pass. We stay here overnight, where our mountain bikes and guide will be awaiting us.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch /Dinner

Day 11: Trekking from Muktinath (3800m) to Jomsom (2743m). Distance 22km

In the morning we can explore the temple at Muktinath, the holiest temple in the region. Cleanse yourself like the Hindus do in the 108 spouts of the Temple. Trek down the deep gorge via Jhong, an ancient settlement and onto the lovely village of Kagbeni for Lunch. After Lunch follow the river all the way to Jomsom. Jomsom is the busy hub of this region. (Option to fly out from here if desired)

Accommodation: Teahouse

Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch /Dinner

Day 12: Trekking from Jomsom (2743m) to Tuckche (2670m). Distance 19.7km

Our trek from Jomsom to Tuckche is refreshingly flat. It follows the Kaligandaki river through an ancient glacial valley. Enter forests of Pine and Spruce and enjoy the local culture along the way in secluded farming hamlets. We can also make a visit to Titi Lake along the route. Tuckche is famous for Apple Farming and Thakali Food and Culture.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch /Dinner

Day 13: Trekking from Tuckche (2670m) to Ghasa (2072m). Distance 28km

An easy day, steady on the trail, flat and slightly downhill. We can explore a Tibetan refugee camp on the way. The trail crosses the river and goes through some beautiful forests. If you are lucky you can catch glimpses of Himalayan Thar on the high cliffs.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner

Day 14: Trekking from Ghasa (2072m) to Tatopani (1362m). Distance 17km

Today is predominantly downhill as we leave the valley and trek down the steep sided gorge. The river narrows and steepens and increases in its velocity. Today we pass the impressive waterfall at Rupse Chara where we can stop for some lunch. On arrival at Tatopani, rest your trek weary limbs in the soothing hot springs.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner

Day 15: Drive from Tatopani to Pokhara

The drive from Tatopani to Pokhara takes about 5 hours, it starts off rugged as it follows the river downwards. We say goodbye to the mountains and reach Pokhara around lunch time. Spend the chilling out or visit one of the many spas here for a nice massage. A must do in Pokhara is to find one of the lake side bars, sit and watch the sunset over a chilled drink and toast your trekking success.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu

Today we transfer you to the Pokhara airport for the short 23mins flight to Kathmandu. A member of our team will collect you from the airport and transfer you to the Hotel. Take some time for last minute shopping or exploring this vibrant city.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Day 17: Departure from Nepal

Today we say farewell and transfer from the hotel to the airport for your outbound flight.

Accommodation: None

Meals: Breakfast

VISA INFORMATION

Entry visa to Nepal can be obtained either from the relevant embassy or consulate prior to your departure or at the airport on arrival to Nepal.

Visa on arrival can be applied for via the Immigration website. Just fill in the details online and then print a copy and bring it with you. Payment is made on arrival.

Visa on Arrival Fees:-
15 Days – US$30
30 Days – US$50
90 Days – US$125 

ARRIVAL INFORMATION

The international airport in Kathmandu, Tribhuvan is located about 7km from the city center. Most of our package tours include an airport pick up. Other options are to get a pre paid taxi from the desk at the airport. The rates are fixed and fair.

INSURANCE

Travel Insurance that covers evacuation from above 5000m is required for this trip. The current entry rules to Nepal also require your insurance to cover Covid related issues. Personal travel insurance is compulsory for you to join this trip. You must present a copy of your policy upon arrival in Nepal. Two companies we recommend for travel insurance are World Nomads and Covermore.

FOOD/MEALS

The food on the trail is pretty good. Menu items vary for the local staple Dhal Bhart (Rice, Lentils, Veg Curry, Spicy Pickle and optional Meat Curry) to Noodles, Pasta, Rosti, Eggs and all kinds of soups and locally made flat breads, Oats and Potato dishes. Fresh Fruit is generally limited in these areas.

Vegetarians and Vegans are not a problem at all, there are multiple menu items for both requirements that are filling, nutritious and high energy. Though we do recommend you to pack nuts, dried fruit and relevant energy items. If you have any dietary requirements, please contact us before the trip.

A note on food related Illness:- Most people coming to Nepal get some form of stomach upset. But there are ways to avoid this, in most cases it is not from the food in the teahouses, here are our tips to stay healthy:-

Stay away from oily food in the mountains. Most of us are not used to lots of oily food for every meal and combined with the physical exhaustion, cold and altitude it can lead to upset stomachs. Try and choose light options like Dhal Soups, Soups, boiled and poached eggs, hearty porridge, pasta and rice (non-fired) dishes. Be careful with your hands, wash, sanitize and wash again!

DRINKING WATER

This is an important topic, the tap water in Nepal is NOT SAFE to drink and mineral water bottles are an environmental hazard and we do not like our clients to use them. HST is trying our best to eliminate the need for disposable water bottles.

Our office in Kathmandu has free water refills. You should bring along some form of water purification. HST will not be purchasing bottled water for this trip.

ACCOMMODATION

During the biking leg of the trip you will be accommodated in TEA HOUSES which are a form of mountain lodge. Standard varies from place to place, rooms are simple in some cases we get attached bathrooms, in others bathrooms are shared. Rooms are not heated, but are clean and comfortable and have the following:-

• Limited Internet and 3G is available in 70% of the areas. The signal may not always be fast but it is there.

• Power and access to charging – All teahouse have this and you can charge phone, cameras and lights. In some teahouses a small charge is applicable for this (100nrs). But the electricity is very limited. Carrying a Power Bank or spare batteries is recommended on this trip.

• Hot water is available in all teahouses, but can vary depending on sunshine (some places is solar). Hot water is not automatic so please tell the guide you need it and he will make sure the hotel provides it.

Hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara are 3 star with all facilities.

CURRENCY

The NPR – Nepalese Rupee and it comes in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 Notes with 1 and 2 paisa coins. Most places in tourist areas like Kathmandu and Pokhara will accept USD, EURO, POUNDS and other major currencies.

For travel in more remote regions like Annapurna and Upper Mustang you should carry local currency in smaller denominations.

ATM’s withdrawing up to 30,000nrs at a time can be found everywhere in the tourist centers of Kathmandu and Pokhara and also there is one ATM in Jomsom and Manang. Beware the local banks charge 300nrs to 500nrs per transaction above any charges your own bank may charge you.

MONEY EXCHANGERS

Can be found all over the tourist areas and you can negotiate a little for better rates. On The street money exchangers give a much better rate than banks and hotels.

CREDIT CARDS are accepted in bigger hotels and business, the local service charge is normally 4%.


What is the risk of Altitude Sickness?

Our itinerary is set up to allow for acclimatization. As long as the riders take it steady, most people only suffer mild symptoms which are manageable. 

What Happens if I get Sick?

If you get sick, you have options that include, returning to either Pokhara or Kathmandu with a member of our support team, staying and resting in place for a day or using a support vehicle to travel to next destination. It depends on severity of sickness and options available to the group at the time. For serious illness or accident, immediate Helicopter evacuation will be undertaken. 


What level of training do the guides have?

All our guides hold the Government regulation trekking guide license as per the Law of Nepal. On top of this, as per our own company policy, Himalayan Single Track is the ONLY mountain bike company in Nepal to have international licensed mountain bike guides either through the MBLA Scheme or the MIAS Schemes. This is because to date Nepal Tourism sector does not have a safety regulation standard for mountain bike guides. On top of this all our guides have Valid wilderness first aid certification. 

Is tipping expected in Nepal?

Tipping is not compulsory but it is expected and very much appreciated. 

What sort of food is on offer in the guest houses?

Teahouses have a wide variety of simple and hearty foods like Momos, Chow Mein, Rice dishes, pasta, eggs, vegetables and curries as well as breakfast items, porridge, cereal, omelets and local breads. 

Do you cater for Vegetarian’s/Vegans and Specials Diets?

Yes we do. Options are many in Nepal. Please inform us prior to the trip so we can make sure your dietary needs are properly looked after.

Should I take Diamox?

Taking Diamox (medication for altitude) is a personal choice, though it is a good if idea you are worried about the affects of altitude. It should be taken in advance of the trip. Please consult your Doctor before taking any medications. 

Do you take pictures of the trip?

Most of our guides will take photos of the trip for you. We also have specialized photographers/Videographers you can book for the trip if you need to. (Extra Charges Apply)

What if the mountain flights don’t go?

All mountain flights are weather dependent. If the flight does not go, you will get the option to drive on the same day or fly on the following day. 

Do I need a sleeping bag?

In most cases a sleeping bag liner is sufficient. In the colder months its a good idea to bring one. Blankets will also be available at the teahouses. We will send you a packing list relevant to the trip with full details once you have booked.

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