Trekking Annapurna Circuit

17 Days

Experience the Popular Annapurna Circuit 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! 

Overview

Experience the Popular Annapurna Circuit 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!

Trips 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

Itinerary

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 Bhart (Rice, Lentil Soup and lots of Yummy side dishes).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today we say farewell and transfer from the hotel to the airport for your outbound flight
Accommodation: None

Includes/Excludes

Cost Includes

  • Airport Pick up on arrival and drop off after the trip
  • Trekking Guide and Porter
  • Food and accommodations (first day dinner to final day breakfast)
  • TIMS and Permit
  • All the transportation
  • Safe drinking water
  • Food, accommodations, salary, insurance and transportation for supporting staff

Cost Excludes

  • Cost Excludes
  • Visa fee to Nepal
  • Flight to and from Nepal
  • Domestic flights
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Dual suspension bike( 400 euro extra for the biking trip)
  • Beverage/soft drinks and mineral water in mountains
  • Travel, activity, medical and emergency evacuation insurance
  • Tipping for guides, porters and supporting staff

Frequently Asked Question

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.

How will my bike be transported?

Bikes are transported in our Twin Cab Bolero with a padded tail gate. Our drivers are all professional and caring when it comes to looking after bikes. When the bikes go on the mountain flights to places like Jomsom, the wheels are removed and the bikes padded and placed in the cargo hold.

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.

What happens if my bike breaks?

Our guides will try their best to fix the bike. Where possible a replacement bike will be brought to you, though given the remote terrine of Nepal, this make take an extra day or so.

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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Trekking Annapurna Circuit

Trip Facts

  • Jeep, Airplanes
  • Three star hotel and mountain lodges
  • 4067 meters
  • Kathmandu
  • Spring, Autumn
  • biking
  • All meal during the trek
  • English, Spanish, French, Chinese
  • Moderate
  • 2-12
  • 16
  • 65