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Annapurna Circuit Trek Via Throng La Pass

Annapurna Circuit Trek Via Throng La Pass (Nepal)

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Trip Overview

Nepal

Annapurna Circuit Trek is probably a complete trekking in Nepal. Around the Annapurna trek offers to collect the majestic views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan ranges. Ever-changing landscapes, the local cultures, living style and the inclusion of supremely adventurous and challenging Thorang La pass (5,416m.) makes Annapurna Circuit Trek a complete trekking in Nepal Himalayas. Walking through the Kaligandaki gorge- the deepest gorge in the world and visiting Muktinath, a pilgrimage site adds more taste on the trekking. Natural hot spring at Jhinu Danda and the amazing sunrise view from Poon Hill makes the trekking a complete one. At the trekking, you can enjoy an extra day in Pokhara exploring the city of the lakes.

The best season for Annapurna Circuit Trek is spring (March-May) and spring (September-November).

 

Outline Itinerary(Annapurna Circuit Trek):

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. (1334m.)

Day 2: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and preparation day. (B/D)

Day 3: Drive to Ngadi (890m./8-9hours drive/200 km approx.) the  (B/L/D)

Day 4: Trek to Jagat (1,300m/4-5 hours trek/ 7km approx.) (B/L/D)

Day 5: Trek to Dharapani (1,860m/5-6 hours trek/8km approx.) (B/L/D)

Day 6: Dharapani to Chame (2,670m/5-6 hours trek/8 km approx.) (B/L/D)

Day 7: Trek to Lower Pisang (3,200m/4-5 hours trek/7 km approx.) (B/L/D)

Day 8: Trek to Manang (3,500m/5-6 hours/8 km approx.) (B/L/D)

Day 9: Rest day in Manang (3,500m) (B/L/D)

Day 10: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,050m/4-5 hours trek/7 km approx. ) (B/L/D)

Day 11: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,525m/4-5 hours trek/ 7 km approx.) (B/L/D)

Day 12: Pass Thorong La (5,416m) and trek to Muktinath (3,800m/7-8 hours trek/9 km approx. ) (B/L/D)

Day 13: Trek to Kagbeni (2,810m/4-5hours trek/6 km approx.) (B/L/D)

Day 14: Trek to Marpha (2,670m/5-6 hours trek/8 km approx.) (B/L/D)

Day 15: Trek to Ghasa (2,010m/5-6 hours trek/8 km approx.) (B/L/D)

Day 16: Trek to Tatopani (1,190m/5-6 hours trek/ 7 km approx.) (B/L/D)

Day 17: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,860m/5-6 hours trek/8 km approx. )(B/L/D)

Day 18: Hike to Poon Hill (3,210m./1 hour trek/2.5km approx.), trek to Ghandruk(2,600m./6-7 hours trek/15km. approx.)

Day 19: Trek back to Nayapul (950m./4-5 hours trek/ 7 km approx.) and drive back to Pokhara(820m./1.h hours)

Day 20: Drive/Fly to Pokhara (6-7 hours drive or 30 minutes flight):

Day 21: Fly back home

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. (1334m.)

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, one of our representatives will welcome and transfer you to the hotel. In the free time get refreshed from the jetlag. Overnight at the hotel.

Availability:- Electricity, Mobile Network, Wifi, Hot Shower, Mineral water

Day 2: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and preparation day. (B/D)

A Kathmandu valley sightseeing is dedicated to introducing the four of the UNESCO World Heritage listed sites in Kathmandu including Soyambhunath, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath and Kathmandu Durbar Square.
After the sightseeing, you will have time to double check your gears for the trekking. In the evening, there will a pre-trip meeting and a welcome dinner in authentic Nepali restaurant. Overnight in the hotel.-

Availability:- Electricity, Mobile Network, Wifi, Hot Shower, Mineral water

Day 3: Drive to Ngadi (890m./8-9hours drive/200 km approx.) the  (B/L/D)

 

You will take an early morning drive from Kathmandu to Ngadi. Along the way, you will be driving through the green hills and passing through some small and large settlements. Overnight in the teahouse.

Availability:- Electricity, Mobile Network, Wifi, Hot Shower, Mineral water

 

Day 4: Trek to Jagat (1,300m/4-5 hours trek/ 7km approx.) (B/L/D)

Take an early breakfast, then after you will start your trek to Jagat. The trail is mostly easy where will cross farmlands and some small settlements. Overnight in the teahouse.

Availability:- Electricity, Mobile Network, Wifi, Hot Shower, Mineral water

Day 5: Trek to Dharapani (1,860m/5-6 hours trek/8km approx.) (B/L/D)

The trail from Jagat to Dharapani is mostly easy uphill. You will first ascend to Chamche, then further to Tal and continue of trekking to Dharapani for the overnight. Overnight in the teahouse.

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Day 6: Dharapani to Chame (2,670m/5-6 hours trek/8 km approx.) (B/L/D)

Take an early breakfast, then you will start the trekking. From Dharapani you will first trek to Bagarchap through an easy trail. Most of the route today is not hard. You will reach to Chame by late afternoon. Overnight in the teahouse.

Availability:- Electricity, Mobile Network, Wifi, Hot Shower, Mineral water

 

Day 7: Trek to Lower Pisang (3,200m/4-5 hours trek/7 km approx.) (B/L/D)

The trail from Chame till Bhratang is an easy walking route. The trail then crossing the bridge, once it crosses the bridge it starts ascending and lead you to Lower Pisang for the overnight. Overnight in the teahouse.

Availability:- Electricity, Mobile Network, Wifi, Hot Shower, Mineral water

 

Day 8: Trek to Manang (3,500m/5-6 hours/8 km approx.) (B/L/D)

On the way, you will be passing several small settlements and Baraka is one of the highlight of them where the Braka Gompa- the biggest Buddhist Monastery in Manang situated. The monastery is believed to 400-500 years old. From there trek little further through the mani walls across a stream to get to Manang. Overnight in the teahouse.

Availability:- Electricity, Mobile Network, Wifi, Hot Shower, Mineral water

 

Day 9: Rest day in Manang (3,500m) (B/L/D)

An extra day in Manang is for acclimatization. In the free time, you can walk around the village. Overnight in the teahouse.

Availability:- Electricity, Mobile Network, Wifi, Hot Shower, Mineral water

 

Day 10: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,050m/4-5 hours trek/7 km approx. ) (B/L/D)

The trail from Manang to Yak Kharka is mostly uphill. Along the way, you will be passing several meadows where the Yak and horse grazes. A big stream having its source Chulu Peak is one of the attractions of the day. You will be reaching Yak Kharka late afternoon. In the free time, you can walk around. Overnight in the hotel.

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Day 11: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,525m/4-5 hours trek/ 7 km approx.) (B/L/D)

The trail from Yak Kharka gradually ascends up to Ledar. From there you will further ascend up to Thorang Phedi. Overnight in the teahouse.

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Day 12: Pass Thorong La (5,416m) and trek to Muktinath (3,800m/7-8 hours trek/9 km approx. ) (B/L/D)

Set off early in the morning to reach the Pass around mid-day. The trail becomes instantly steep after leaving Phedi but not hard to follow. 4-6 hours of ascending up the lead to the apex of the Pass, which is decorated with prayer flags, a chorten, and stone cairns built by travelers. The views of the Annapurna Himal from the pass are well worth the climb. Further, the trail descends steeply before reaching Chabarbu. From there we cross meadows, drops into a deep gorge, climbs out again and follows a wide trail to Muktinath, a pilgrimage site held in great respect by both Hindus and Buddhists.  Overnight in the teahouse.

Availability:- Electricity, Mobile Network, Wifi, Hot Shower, Mineral water

 

Day 13: Trek to Kagbeni (2,810m/4-5hours trek/6 km approx.) (B/L/D)

The trail from Muktinath to Kagbeni is short and easy. As you had a hard previous day you can start walking late morning. Overnight in the teahouse.

Option 1: You can take a jeep to Tatopani directly.
Option 2: You can take a direct flight to Pokhara from Jomsom.

Availability:- Electricity, Mobile Network, Wifi, Hot Shower, Mineral water

 

Day 14: Trek to Marpha (2,670m/5-6 hours trek/8 km approx.) (B/L/D)

The trail from Kagbeni to Marpha is mostly downhill. Along the way, you will be trekking through the Kaligandaki gorge-the deepest gorge (6500m deep) in the world. Marpha is widely popular as the Apple Village where you can taste fresh apple and apple made dishes. Overnight in the teahouse.

Availability:- Electricity, Mobile Network, Wifi, Hot Shower, Mineral water

 

Day 15: Trek to Ghasa (2,010m/5-6 hours trek/8 km approx.) (B/L/D)

The route from Marpha to Ghasa is mostly downhill. On the way, you will cross several small and big settlements including Kalopani. You will stay overnight in Ghasa.

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Day 16: Trek to Tatopani (1,190m/5-6 hours trek/ 7 km approx.) (B/L/D)

Take an early breakfast, then start your trekking to Jhinu Danda (Natural Hot Spring place). Trek down to Kopchepan first, then the trail passes Guithe and Jalthale to reach Tatopani where you can take a dip in the hot water pond and refresh your tired lungs. Overnight in the teahouse.

Option: You can take a jeep back to Pokhara.

Availability:- Electricity, Mobile Network, Wifi, Hot Shower, Mineral water

 

Day 17: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,860m/5-6 hours trek/8 km approx. )(B/L/D)

After enjoying a wonderful day in Tatopani, this day you trek to Ghorepani. Ghorepani offers the superb views of the mountains. Overnight in the teahouse.

Availability:- Electricity, Mobile Network, Wifi, Hot Shower, Mineral water

 

Day 18: Hike to Poon Hill (3,210m./1 hour trek/2.5km approx.), trek to Ghandruk(2,600m./6-7 hours trek/15km. approx.)

One of the best day of the trekking. Wake up early morning, take your torch light and start the hiking up to Poon Hill. It takes one hour to get up to Poon Hill from Ghorepani. At Poon Hill, you can collect the superb sunrise view in Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan ranges.
After collecting the amazing views, trek back to Ghorepani for the breakfast, then after start your trek to Ghandruk via Tadapani. On the way to Ghandruk, the wonderful views of the mountains accompany you. Overnight at Ghandruk.

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Day 19: Trek back to Nayapul (950m./4-5 hours trek/ 7 km approx.) and drive back to Pokhara(820m./1.h hours)

From Ghandruk, you will trek back to Nayapul again. From Nayapul, you will drive back to Pokhara with a private vehicle. In Pokhara, you can take good rest. Overnight at hotel.

Availability:- Electricity, Mobile Network, Wifi, Hot Shower, Mineral water

Day 20: Drive/Fly to Pokhara (6-7 hours drive or 30 minutes flight):

By Tourist Bus: – As your bus leaves early morning at 8 a.m., take an early breakfast and catch your bus from Tourist Bus Station and drive back to Kathmandu. On the way, the bus will stop for the lunch.

By Private Vehicle: – You can also drive back with a private vehicle. Trek Nepal Himalayas arranges the private vehicle transportation to Kathmandu on our client’s request. You are requested to add the request for the private vehicle while making the booking.

By Flight: Those who do not want to travel overland, or want to skip the long journey on the bumpy road can choose this option. The Flight will take around 30 minutes to get to Kathmandu.

In Kathmandu, you can do some last shopping in Thamel. Overnight at hotel.

Availability:- Electricity, Mobile Network, Wifi, Hot Shower, Mineral water

 

Day 21: Fly back home

After completing an amazing trip, this day you will be transferred to the airport to catch your returning flight. Trip Ends.

Includes 

  • Airport pickups and drops
  • 3-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • A welcome dinner in authentic Nepali restaurant with cultural program
  • All the transportation in Kathmandu by a private vehicle
  • Experienced English speaking guide for Kathmandu valley sightseeing and his all expenses
  • All the entry fees during Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing
  •  Transportation by tourist bus
  • 3-star hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Private transportation  from Nayapul
  • All the needed documents/permits for the trekking
  • Experienced English speaking trekking guide and his all expenses including insurance
  • Porters for carrying bags (1 porter for 2 trekkers and carries 15kg-20kg) and their all expenses including insurance
  • Three meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Sleeping bags and down jackets (Need to return after the trekking)
  • Walking pools
  • Nepali Sim Cards
  • First Aid Kit

 

Excludes 

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the trekking
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
  • Anything does not mention in include list
  • 1 pair strong hiking boots
  • 1 medium rucksack/backpack
  •  1 small day pack
  •  1 sleeping bag (according to seasons)
  • 1 down jacket/all weather Anorak
  •  1 fleece/warm sweater
  •  1 water and windproof jacket
  •   2 pair lightweight trousers
  •   1 pair shorts
  •  2 long sleeves cotton or polypro
  •    2 T-shirts
  • 1 medium sized towel
  •   1 water bottle-1 or 2 litre
  •  1 torch/flashlight and spare batteries
  • 3 pairs heavy wool socks
  •   Underwear (including thermals)
  •  Cotton headscarf/bandana
  •   Warm hat/gloves (waterproof)
  •   Sunglasses and Sunhat
  •   Money Belt
  •  Water purification tablets/solution
  •  Sun block Cream(30-50)
  •    Washing kit: include
  •  Personal toiletries
  •   Moleskin for blister
  •  Toilet paper
  •  Bio degradable soap/shampoo
  •  Any personal medication
  •  3/4 plastic bags (for wrapping clothes)

Best Seasons

Spring (March-May)

Spring is one of the best seasons. As you trek through the rhododendron forest you can see the rhododendron blooming around plus the views also get clearer

Autumn (September-November)

Autumn is another best season for trekking Annapurna circuit. This time around, the views gets clear and amazing.

Winter (December-February)

Trekking Annapurna Circuit in winter is also possible. But the atmosphere will be cold and it might be foggy too.

Monsoon(June-August)

Trekking Annapurna circuit in Monsoon is not recommended because the heavy rainfall happens.

 

Tourist Visa Information 

Permits
TIMS Card: US$ 10
National Park entry fee: US$ 33

Visa Facility     Duration   Fee
Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days  US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

 

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Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

It gets when you go up in the high mountains where the air is thin.
Symptoms

  • Headache
  • Problem on breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Fatigue/loss of energy
  • Loss of appetite

Techniques for preventing AMS

  • Walk slowly and take small breaks during the trekking
  • Drink more water and avoid alcohol
  • Take acclimatization days during the trek
  • Avoid smoking
  • Eat light and high-calorie diets, foods in rich potassium is recommend
  • Get prepare with the warms clothes
  • It is better to try some hiking before going the high altitude.

Some Medication Suggestion of AMS

  • Paracetamol and Ibuprofen for headaches
  • Anti-sickness medicines, like promethazine for nausea
  • Acetazolamide to prevent and treat high altitude sickness

Common AMS treatment

  • Descend down to the lower altitude and go up again once you feel better. If it does not improve even after descending or get worse then you should see the doctor.
  • Take the suggested medicine, take ibuprofen or paracetamol for a headache, if you feel sick then take anti-sickness medicines.
  • Always share your companions if you are not feeling well so that they can help you before it is too late.

 

Booking 
To book the trip, you can request through booking form on the trip or you can send us an email directly.

Payment
While booking a trip with us, you can send us 10 % as advance via Bank transfer/Western Union/ Credit Card. You can pay rest on arrival at our Kathmandu office.

Documents
You are requested to provide a photocopy of the passport and Nepal visa. Also, please provide us 3 fresh passport size photographs.

Transportation
You have three options of the transportation available from Pokhara, tourist buses, private vehicles and flight. Our costing includes the tourist bus transportation. If you are willing to go with private vehicle or by flight then please include it while sending the booking request.

Accommodation
We will provide you 3-star category hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara. During the trekking, you will be using the teahouses.

Trekking staffs
All of our trekking guides/porters are license holder, highly experienced and professionals and always dedicated to making your trip in the Himalayas an amazing one.

Responsible Tourism
We believe in responsible tourism so we operate all of our trips on the responsible way. We always focus on minimising the negative environmental, social and economic impacts. We focus on creating greater economic benefits for the local community same time request all to preserve the beauty of mother nature.

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