Trip Overview of Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna circuit trek is one of the most visited and famous trekking routes n the world. You are experiencing the Himalayas. The trekking routes gives you the best view of larger villages. Gurung, Magar, Thakali, and Tamangs Communities are there. We can finish the Round Annapurna Trek or Annapurna circuit trek for about 10 to 12 days. We can customize the itinerary as per your needs, depending on your pace and the time. You want to spend on each place on the way. The advice is- do it leisurely and slowly as it will be beneficial for your health. (acclimatization to heights should be done gradually). You can enjoy each moment on the trail as the places are so beautiful
The start part of the trek will goest with the Marsyangdi River, and then you will cross the fantastic “Thorung-La” pass (5416m). The second part of the Annapurna circuit trek will follow the Kali Gandaki valley until Jomsom. On our trekking, We will surround the Annapurna ridge, which includes the highest peaks. Among them, some are over 8000m. We will walk in different valleys and canyons and also walk beside rushing streams.
Annapurna Circuit short trek
Annapurna Circuit short trek is the Top Ten trekking route in the world. This world’s best trekking trail is a combination of mountain scenery and unique culture. We will pass by amazing landscape with low land civilization at Besisahar to Manag village high Lander people live hood. We will cross the famous Throng la pass (5416) meters which is the highest point of this Short Annapurna Circuit Trek. Nowadays there is easy road access at the beginning and end of the trip, so we can finish the trek in an 8 to 10 days of time frame.
People in this region are following both Hindu and following Buddhism. The down part of the trek like in Besisahar has more Hindus and when we are in more up Buddist people. The tradition and the culture here is untouched by modernization, so it remains uniquely like ancient Tibetan culture. The Annapurna Circuit Short goes through the subtropical jungle with the beautiful rhododendron flower paths to far-off villages and settlements. We will Encounter religious monasteries, Chortens, and Gumbas scattered across the land of this Moderate level hike.
The Annapurna Circuit Short Trek passes by the beautiful Manang Valley and visits the famed Muktinath temple. We will cross the high mountain pass of the Thorong La and bask in the natural beauty of the Kali Gandaki Gorge. Enjoy the cultural riches of the Thakali people at Jomsom and Marpha village. During our trekking days, we can get stunning views of mountain peaks like the Chulu range, Gangapurna, the Tilicho Peak, Kangraru Himal, and the Thorong Peak among many others.
Annapurna Round Trek
Annapurna Round trek is one of the famous trek routes in the Annapurna region. This popular trekking route takes you to the beautiful vicinity in Nepal. Annapurna circuit short trek is one of the treks that comes under the Annapurna region trekking. It falls under the top 10 trekking packages in Nepal. A traveler who has less time to spend in Nepal can go for Annapurna circuit short trek as it is moderate and traveled within less time.
Annapurna round trek course passes via cascading waterfalls, stunning villages. Terraced farmlands as well as lush rhododendron forests. Therefore we can see notable mountain vistas. That encircles the basin Mountains in the Annapurna region from the imperative center. Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhre as well as Annapurna IV, etc. are some of the mountains in the Annapurna region that you will witness.
Enjoy walking in the terraces landscapes and forests of rhododendron.
For the Annapurna round trek, we need to follow the trail of terraced lands. Dense lovable wooded forests of rhododendron, Gurung communities conventional and cultural villages. This trek won’t take you to Annapurna Base Camp, but it will allow you to enjoy nature and unidentifiable calm within the coronary heart and soul. Moreover, this Annapurna round trek ensures you amusement, pleasure, and an extraordinary insight into the herbal and cultural heritage of the small Himalayan country, Nepal. It’s far one of the most lovable treks. As a result, we are passing via the diverse ethnic group’s lifestyle and the kind of plants wooded area, and wildlife.
Nepal is blessed with the exquisite Himalayas. The world’s highest mountain Mount Everest with a height of 8,840 sq. km falls in Nepal. Many high mountains like Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Annapurna also fall on Nepal.
Due to these various high mountains, people from around the world come for trekking in Nepal. One of the most trekked mountains in Nepal is mount Annapurna. Annapurna is the tenth highest mountain globally, with an altitude of 8091 sq. km from the sea level. Annapurna Circuit trek is surrounding by the mountain range of center Nepal. The width of the Annapurna range varies from 160 to 230 km (100-145 mi).
This trip beauty is during the trek are you will get to cross the two river valleys. You can get a close view of the mountains like Annapurna Massif (Annapurna I-IV), Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, and Paungda Danda. Thorong la pass is the highest point of this trek and the longest pass in Nepal.
Thorong la pass is situated at the altitude of 5416m/17769 ft. You will also enjoy the grassland and green forest view filled with rhododendron and oak throughout the way. Visiting it is still a dream for many enthusiastic travelers. This article will provide you a complete guide.
Highlights of Annapurna circuit trek
- Picturesque villages, turbulent river gorges.
- Enjoy the trekking in Marshyangdi valley, Visit the old Buddhist monasteries along the route.
- Explore beautiful Manang village
- Views of the world’s highest mountains: Dhaulagiri I (7th), Manaslu (8th), and Annapurna I (10th)
- Crossing the Throng- La (5416m)
- Visiting The Pilgrimage town of Muktinath.
- An unforgettable view of mountains and their surroundings
Annapurna Circuit trek itinerary
Annapurna circuit trek itinerary is started from Kathamndu and Pokhara and drive till Dharapani or Chame. We will take a scenic drive through Prithvi highway which follows the trail towards Jagat, Dharapani to Chame to Pisang following the Marsyangdi River valley.
From Chame, we will trek first to the small village of Pisang. We can take down or upper route from Pisang before arriving at Manang where we stay for acclimatization to prepare for crossing the Thorung La pass. From Manang, after our acclimatization day, we continue walking the trail of the moraine to Yak Kharka. The next day we hike up to Thorong Phedior high camp depends on your body condition. This is the final and difficult day of our Annapurna Circuit trek as we will going to cross the Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,769ft).
On crossing the Thorong La pass we head down to Muktinath, the trail is mostly steep downhill and sleepy so better to have a walking stick. Muktinath is a sacred pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists From Muktinath we drive to Tatopani and spend the night here, Tatopani has a natural hot spring pool you can take a shower there. for the short time trekkers, there is an option also to take a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.
This Annapurna circuit trek itinerary gives the best experience a more adventurous journey in Nepal Himalaya and experiences a diversified scenery, geography, and different climate zones of the Annapurna circuit. We can tailor-made the Itinerary listed in our package and please note that it may be modified in the events of changes beyond our control. The change of weather, availability of lodging can affect the itinerary. we will do our best to make sure to offer you the best itinerary to suits your needs.
Annapurna Circuit trek route map
The Annapurna circuit trek route map gives you an idea of how it looks like and makes it easier and to find the mountains and their surroundings. Furthermore, the trek starts at Besisahar (approx. 6 hrs drive from Kathmandu) and ends at Jomsom or Tatopani near the Kali Gandaki Geroge in the world between Dhaulagiri (8,176 meters) and Annapurna (8,091 meters)
You can buy the different route maps in Kathmandu and Pokhara, few goods of them are The Himalayan Map house, New Annapurna Trekking Trails Map & Annapurna Circuit Trek Map. You can get these maps on the online plate form of Amazon or in the local map house and trekking store in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Also, This trekking route map also covers all possible side trips from the regular Annapurna circuit trail.
How to Prepare your Annapurna Circuit trek?
The best preparation for Annapuran round trekking is getting us for hiking and short walks in your home country. You can do the regular walking in the park if you can’t escape to the hiking to the hillside. You can check before your backpack and use your hiking boots if it fits well or not in your feet. As you trek in a colder area so little big hiking shoes will be best so that you can use thick socks. If you can go away to your park and nearby hiking trails is the best practice for your body. If you are in the city no need to worry Some fitness from running, swimming, the gym, yoga, Zumba classes are the best to make you ready for mountain trekking.
How many days trek?
Due to the road access to the Annapurna circuit trek starting and finish part almost the half trail it is now easy to finish in a short time. Thus, the itineraries are varied from 8 days, 10 days, 12 days, 14 days also. As there are many side trips along this trek so we can make the trek from 8 to 14 days. the short time trekkers take the shorter version route with driving the road part by local jeep or bus. if you have a longer time and take it easy with proper acclimatization you can trek 11 days to 14 days time frame. you can also take some side trips to Tlicho lake, Ice lake, even walk at the end of Poon hill part also. you can write to us about your desired time in Nepal and we will create a suitable trek itinerary for you.
Annapurna circuit trek 10 days
This is the best trekking destination in Nepal. Annapurna circuit trek 10 days is 160 – 230 meters long. the trail to the Annapurna circuit is full of green landscapes and high mountains. The interesting thing about trekking to the Annapurna circuit is that the path goes through the Machhapuchhre base camp which is thrilling. Get ready for enjoying the exciting and thrilling Annapurna circuit trek for 10 days.
Excitingly, the Annapurna circuit is a great combination of cultural and natural diversity.
The trail goes through the beautiful Gurung village where you can see and witness the local culture there. This trek will start from the Beshishar
Additionally, you can enjoy the beautiful forest filled with the red Rhodondheron, the pleasing Marshyandgiriver, and the wonderful lifestyle of the local people. The trek also goes through the world’s highest pass Thorong la pass. Thorong la pass lies at an altitude of 5,416 meters.
The temperature of the Annapurna circuit trek 10 days goes on decreasing as you gain altitude. The world’s deepest gorge Kali Gandaki also lies in the region of
The trail is also not that hard to hike Annapurna circuit. Annapurna circuit trek 10 days is not so much hard, the trek can be completed in 10 days. For people who stay busy in their lives, a short trek to the Annapurna circuit is for you. You can trek to the Annapurna circuit in just 10 days.
Group or Solo Trek
You can do both group trek or solo trek to the Annapurna circuit. Whenever you trek with your trekking guide it is not a problem to make a solo trip. It gives you more flexibility in the route, you can become more social with other fellow trekkers and easily meet local people. For group trek, it is a set itinerary and we need to follow the same route map. If you have your own family and friends we can make a small group trek. Or you can join our set group departure date with other trekkers.
Annapurna circuit trek equipment list
The Trekking to Annapurna circuit is difficult to level route, so you need to have the proper equipment to succeed on this trip. You will sleep in the tea house and eat there so you just need to carry your personal belongings which are enough from the cold. Below are some suggested items to take with you while the route in the Annapurna round trek
- Walking boots with waterproof and have ankle support
- Trainer or casual shoes you can use after a day trek.
- Hiking Shorts (3): Quick drying type, not cotton!
- Trekking Pants (3), preferably that zip on/off at the knees so you can use them as shorts also.
- Loose, casual trousers for trekking
- Thermal wear for colder areas
- Lightweight underwear – Capilene or other synthetic.
- Cotton pants or (loose jeans/khakis).
- T-Shirts: Cotton for lower altitude walking. the synthetic is good above 2500m.
- Thermal Underwear: Synthetic polypropylene
- Waterproof Jacket. Quality waterproof clothing is essential. A proofed nylon or Gore-Tex jacket is recommended
- Fleece jacket or pullover.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
- Goretex or warm jacket for winter trekking bring the down jacket
- women sports bras, Synthetic
- Strong rucksack or large holdall to be carried by porters
- Daysack to carry valuables such as passport, cash, camera, travel documents personally
- Plastic bags or stuff sacks to store
- Plug adapter 2 round pin
- Trail Map/Guide book
- Journal & Pen, Pencils, and small notebooks
- Extra contacts or glasses
- Quick-drying towel (medium-sized)
- Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
- Multipurpose soap/handwash
- Nail clippers
- Face and body moisturizer
- Feminine hygiene products
- Small mirror
- Wet wipes
- Water purification tablets or iodine
- Refillable Water bottles
- Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava
- Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking
- Sunglasses or goggles
- Warm gloves
- Sun lotion
- Lip balm
- Sunglasses protect from day sunlight
- Sleeping bag rated -20 degree Celcius you can also get a sleeping bag liner
- Some Extra pairs of T-shirts and also shorts.
- Trekking pole
- Flashlight and battery
- First aid kit (with moleskin for blisters)
- Extra passport photos and photocopies of your passport
Annapurna circuit trek cost
The Annapurna circuit trek cost is between USD 950 to USD 1350 depends on your trekking time ( 8 days to 14 days trek) and mode of transport, hotels, and other things. When you trek with us will make all necessary arrangements for your domestic travels, lodging, food, permits, and guide. To get the best cost you can always choose the local trekking agency as the western operator can charge more than double the cost of a local agency. However, if you choose the local tour operator it directly helps the local economy and they are the ones who know more about Nepal and trekking.
Annapurna circuit trek best season
Annapurna circuit trek is open throughout the year. You can trek to the Annapurna circuit at any time of the year. But for your better enjoyment and a better view of the mountain, you will have to travel at a specific time and we are discussing here the best season.
Annapurna circuit trek during autumn
Autumn is one of the best seasons to trek in Nepal and the Annapurna circuit too. It is also considered as the king season for trekking and traveling. This is the most fabulous time for trekking to the Annapurna circuit trek. Because of the stable weather and temperature, trekkers flood toward the Annapurna circuit for trekking. Skies are also prevalent in the Annapurna circuit during this season. This season falls during September, October, and November. The weather during these months is mostly sunny with a bright and clear sky. There is very little chance of precipitation on the Annapurna circuit area during this season. The average temperature during mid-autumn is 15 degrees Celsius during day time and 7 degrees Celsius during night time.
Cons of trekking during autumn seasons
- This time of the year is the most crowded time for trekking to the Annapurna circuit. So, you might not get a proper view of the mountains.
- You may not find hotels and lodges easily, and you might have to share rooms with your fellow trekkers.
- Food and accommodation are costly during this season to compare to other seasons.
Pros of trekking during the autumn season
- One of the main Nepal festivals like Dashing, Tihar falls during this season. So you can observe Nepal culture closely.
- You can get the best view of the mountains because of the perfect weather and temperature.
- You can get a stunning view of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain range.
Tips for trekking to Annapurna circuit during autumn
- Since this is the peak and best season for trekking, you should book your book for your food and accommodation early.
- It would be best if you carried lightweight clothes.
Annapurna circuit trek during the spring season
Spring season is the second-best time for hiking and trekking to different places in Nepal. However, it is the most beautiful time of the year to do the Annapurna circuit trek. It is said that during this season, natural beauty reaches its maximum height. There are few chances of rainfall and snowfall during this season. Spring season is the gentle season as it takes away all the harsh weather of winter and welcome warmer weather. Weather during this month is also warmer and favorable for trekking.
A clear sky will help you to get an outstanding glance at the mountain. New buds of the trees start to grow in the course of the season. This period’s average temperature ranges from 18 – 23 during the day and falls to 5 degrees during night time. The temperature on Thorong la pass becomes coldest throughout this month.
Cons of trekking during this season
- There are few snowfall and rainfall chances during this season, so your trekking path will be difficult to walk.
- This season is also slightly crowded, so you might not get a place for accommodation.
- Night rainfall is very much possible during this season.
Pros of trekking during this season
You can walk along the forest full of wildflowers and rhododendron during the Annapurna circuit trek.
The temperature during this season is very much suitable for trekking.
This month also provides a fantastic view of the high Himalayas.
In this season, you can also get some glance of rare animals and birds.
Tips for trekking to Annapurna during the spring season
You will have to carry some warm clothes with you if you are trekking during the early march.
It is also peak season, so book your trek early.
Since precipitation is maybe possible, you might have to carry rain gear with you.
Annapurna circuit trek during monsoon season
Monsoon season is the off-season for trekking. In Nepal, monsoon, and summer-fall on time in June, July, and August. So the trail to Annapurna circuit trek becomes hot and wet at the same time. As the weather during this season does not support trekking, people trekking to the Annapurna circuit trek are less. Monsoon rain makes the trail muddy and slippery. On the other hand, you might get some discount on food and accommodation during this season. The temperature throughout this season varies from 15 – 25 degrees Celsius.
Annapurna circuit trek receives an average rainfall of 600 – 800 mm. But some of the Annapurna region places like a lower mustang, Marpha, and Jomsom do not have rainfall because they fall on the rain shadow of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. If you want to experience the trek to the Annapurna circuit during monsoon, then early June and late august would be the best options.
Cons of trekking during monsoon/ summer
- All hotels and lodges might not open during these months.
- The tail becomes slippery and difficult to walk.
- Due to rainfall, your trekking days might have to get extended.
Pros of trekking during monsoon/ summer season
- If you are a peace lover, this might be the best time for you to have the whole path by yourself.
- You might get a discount on accommodation and food.
- The view you get to observe after the rainfall is just magnificent.
- The air during this season is very refreshing.
Tips for trekking to Annapurna circuit during monsoon/ summer season
- It is a must that you carry rain gears like a pair of trekking boots, raincoats, and waterproof jackets, etc. since the weather during this season is unpredictable.
- Leeches and other harmful insects are very much active during this season so, and you will have to look out for yourself.
- As mosquitoes are also a problem during this month, you should carry any repellent cream.
- There is no need to carry warmer clothes as it is also the summer season, but it is better to take full sleeves cloth with you.
Trekking Annapurna circuit during the winter season
We need to be careful to trek in Winter in the Annapurna circuit trek, However, trekking to the Annapurna circuit is also ok on this season. It is also believed that Nepal’s Himalayas looks like a brand new bride covered with the white dress of snow. This season falls in December, January, and February. There is a chance of snowfall during the whole season of the Annapurna circuit.
The weather of the winter season also does not support trekking and hiking. You may find many obstacles on the way during this season, but it is also true that this season provides the best view of the mountains. The temperature and weather of the Annapurna region can get harsh but worth bearing. The Annapurna region goes to 7 – 12 degrees Celsius on average during the daytime and may fall to minus during nighttime.
Cons of trekking during the winter season
- The snowfall may block the trail, and you may feel painful to watch.
- There is a chance of getting sick if you are not fit.
- You may not get a clear view of the mountains due to fog.
- Many small tea houses and hotels might not open during this month.
Pros of trekking during the winter season
- You will get to know the real struggle of trekking.
- Trekking to the Annapurna circuit during the winter season might be training for trekking to other extreme mountains.
- The view of the mountains is just incomparable during this season.
Tips for trekking to Annapurna trekking
- The most important thing that you will have to remember before trekking in the winter season is that you will have to be physically and mentally fit.
- Trekking boots might be beneficial for trekking during this season.
A trekking permit is an essential thing that you will have to take with you before your trek. For trekking to the Annapurna circuit trek, you will need to have two trekking permit. The first one is ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit), which you will need to have for visiting the Annapurna conservation area and TIMS (trekker’s information management system). By taking an ACAP card, you can see many endangered rare snow wild animals and species. You can get this card Tourism Board Office in Kathmandu. You will have to pay NPR 5000 / for making a TIMS card and Annapurna trekking permit. In case you forget to make this card in Kathmandu, you can also make ACAP and TIM’scard at The Immigration Office in Pokhara. To make this card, you will need to have a passport, insurance (required to show the detail), a contact person in Nepal (maybe your travel company), and some photos.
Food and accommodation for the trek
Food and accommodation is the common thing for any trek. You will be surprised to see the facilities in the hotels and lodges in the Annapurna region. Despite the area at such a high altitude, all the needed facilities for this Annapurna circuit trek are available. In some places, you can also get a top facility accordion to the price. The entire guest house has blankets, beds, and an attached bathroom. Guesthouse costs according to the season of the trek.
As mentioned above, if you plan an Annapurna circuit trek on peak seasons like spring and autumn, you might be charged more, but if you plan to trek in winter and monsoon, you will be charged less, plus sometimes you get a discount as well. For the Annapurna circuit region’s food, you will have food varieties like chilies, japans, and Indian food in lower altitude places like Pokhara. But as you start to gain altitude, you will not find a variety of food.
Most of the places served Dal Bhat and Tarkari, which is a daily and typical food in Nepal. Dhedo is another common food that you will be served in the Annapurna region. Dedho is also a national food of Nepal and is considered to be very advantageous for trekking. Milk is very famous in the Annapurna region. Milk ingredients like Paneer, curd, and Durkha also gives energy to you for trekking.
For drinks, you should not drink hard drinks like beverages and alcohol in high altitude places. Drinking hard drinks will make your heartbeat rate faster, and you might get a heart attack. Also, suffering from dehydration is a common problem. For minimizing dehydration, you should drink lots and lots of water. It would help if you also carry a purification tablet with you everywhere you go for drinking safe water. Book your Annapurna circuit trek and enjoy your holiday.
Drinking water during the Annapurna circuit trek
The water is the main thing to make your body hydrated and help to reduce the chances of altitude sickness. As far as the Annapurna circuit trek they have safe drinking water most of the part. The water from the filter station can cost between 25 to 100 Nepali rupees. Another option is getting the Boiling water in your guest house which is also extra payable. This is also the best treatment as it is highly effective in removing both viral and bacterial pathogens.
Another good method for safe drinking water is taking good filters of a hand pump with carbon filters and are effective against removing protozoa, bacteria, and chemicals/toxins but are not effective against viruses, hence the water will still need to be treated virally with the aforementioned disinfectant. This combination of filter/disinfecting is preferred if boiling is not possible, and is an excellent option for those trekking independently.
The easy and cheapest way is to get water purification tablets or iodine. You can use 1 tablet before 1 hour on your water bottle and ready to drink. Most of the travelers use this way for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. However, You can also get the mineral water in the tea houses at an additional cost. But the plastic bottles are difficult to dispose of and bad for the environment so we suggest instead use the water purification tablets.
Annapurna Circuit Trek - Trip Info
Duration: 10 Days from Pokhara/ Kathmandu to Kathmandu
Max. Altitude: Throng La Pass (5416m/17764ft)
Trip Snippets: 10 days, 1 night’s hotel in Pokhara, 8 nights Lodges, Breakfast in Pokhara, three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek).
Trek Grade: Difficult
Annapurna circuit trek is difficult to grade treks which are 5 to 7 hours walking each day. One or two days are a little longer too and some days are shorter. The trails are mixed starting part is well- marked and wide and the upper part is mostly less well-traveled, rockier underfoot, and steeper. we are making an acclimatization day in our difficult trek after trekking3,4 days. The difficult trek goes up to 5500m in height.
This is the zone of less oxygen and our bodies start to notice and adjust to the reduced air pressure (and therefore reduced availability of oxygen) We ask that you have a good level of fitness and stamina: if you’re comfortable going on multi-day walks in mountainous terrain in your home country you swim, cycle, run or take a fitness class a couple of times a week you should find this trek within your means. You don’t need to be an experienced trekker to enjoy this trip but you should feel very comfortable hiking in the mountains,. The chances of altitude sickness are high on this trek so you need to trek slowly and drink plenty of water and carry enough warm clothing.
Trekking Dates: You can do this trek on any date. The best time is Feb, March, April, May, June, Sept, Oct, November, and December for a group of 2 to 12 people. the rainy season is not that good for the trek as the views are not great and sometimes landslides can happen.
Your trekking luggage: You will have 1 porter for 2 trekkers basis in the Annapurna circuit trek, to carry your luggage. The maximum weight per trekker is 15 kg, including your sleeping bag, and down jacket, other items not required on a trek can be stored in our office or your hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Equipment Renting and buying: We advise you to bring all of your clothing and gear from home, however, in Kathmandu, there are many shops to buy and rent trek related equipment. We advise you to bring all of your clothing and gear from home, however, in Kathmandu, there are many shops to buy and rent trek related equipment.
Your Trek Leader and Support staff
Your trek is leading by or experience trekking guide and porter who are joining you from Kathmandu. All of our guides have trained for and attained a Trekking Guide license provided by the Government. The license exam is organized by TAAN and Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHAM) every year. They have vast knowledge about the trekking trails and kinds of medical treatments and emergency services of first aids, altitude sickness, and other relevant issues.
Your belongings will be safely taken by our Porter, making your walk easy, more pleasant, and comfortable. Our porter will carry a maximum of 30 kg in total for 2 trekkers’ bag. If you have any extra weight, We suggest you hire another porter and will cost extra cost.
Transportation on the trek
For the Annapurna Circuit trek, there are different means of transport. Our trip starts at Besisaahar and ends at Jomsom. from Kathmandu or Pokhara we can take a local bus about 5 to 6 hours drive till Besisahar. You can also take a private jeep directly to Chame at the extra cost. from Besisahar we can drive by local sharing jeep till Chame, the jeeps are with other trekkers and mostly local people. when we finish the trek we take a flight to Pokhara, Please note that the flights depend on the weather, Some time it gets delayed and cancels also.
If a flight gets canceled in Jomsom, you can again drive by local sharing jeep and bus to Pokhara, Though this is quite a long drive and you will arrive at Pokhara in the evening. from Pokhara to Kathmandu you can take 25 minutes flight or 6/7 hours drive by bus or by private car. the main way to get there is by driving. Above the Himalaya, trekking is always careful to choose the best transport options available for your travel period. We choose the transport means as per your package itinerary and budget also.
Passport and Visa info
First, be sure you have a valid passport with at least 6 months’ validity from the return date. You can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport. USD 30 or equivalent convertible currency for 15 days for single/multiple entries. If you get a visa for 30 days It is USD 50 or equivalent convertible currency. USD 125 or equivalent convertible currency for 90 days for single/multiple entries
You can get a Nepal visa before arrival from the Nepalese Embassy in your home country. Likewise, you can easily get an upon arrival visa at Kathmandu airport and other different borders from Nepal.
We find that most travelers find themselves in difficulty as sometimes; they don’t carry money to get a visa at the time of their arrival. There is no ATM inside the visa section. Though there is a provision of ATM outside, it is more likely that sometimes it doesn’t work. So, for your comfort, we recommend you bring the cash US$ to get them on arrival visa.
Money Exchange for the trek
For your Annapurna circuit trek, you need some extra money for your personal expenses. Nepal banknotes comes in Rupees, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 250, 500, 1000 denominations. Coins come in Rupees 1, 2, 5, and 10 denominations. Foreign currencies must be exchanged only through banks or authorized money exchangers. The receipts of such transactions are to be obtained and retained. Visitors can exchange foreign currency at the foreign exchange counter at the airport upon arrival too, Although their rates are quite low so better you can exchange in the city.
You can also get money from ATMs there are many in the city and it allows you a maximum of 40,000 per day. Visitors other than the Indian nationals have to make the payment in foreign currency (non-Indian currency) in the hotel. It also applies to book your trekking and tour. During the Annapurna circuit trek, you need local Nepali rupees for your extra expenses. So you can carry enough amount for the trek there are no ATM facilities along the way except Dhunche.
Note: Most of the banks and Money changers in Nepal will not accept old foreign currency notes, torn, or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.
Annapurna circuit trek group size
Our Langtang valley trek group sizes are quite small and from 2 people to 10. We always make a small group to reduce the impact on the environment and to enable us to provide a more personal service. The maximum group size on most of our treks/tours is 12 and the minimum group size is 2. if you are a single traveler we also operate a private solo trip for you. After the COVID 19 pandemic, we are now making our trekking group size a 10-person limit, this also makes it easy to provide you the best service and look after all of you from your trekking guide and porter. So any number are you are don’t matter you can book your trip with us we are happy to run the best holiday for you.
Health and Fitness for Annapurna circuit trek
The main things for the Annapurna round circuit trek are needed your positive thinking and you need to able to walk 5/6 hours on the rocky trail. You can be fit for the trek before you arrive here by doing small exercises in your home country. The more stamina you built up is easier to trek in the mountain. To boost your stamina you can do running, cycling, Zumba, or some yoga practices. You will be walking 5 to 7 hours a day during the so be prepare for your legs. The best exercise you can do in-home is squats and lunges.
Altitude sickness: Our entire Annapurna circuit trek itinerary is designed to climb slowly to prevent altitude sickness. When we ascend above 2500 meters, our bodies have to acclimatize to the decreasing amount of oxygen available. The early symptoms are a headache, extreme fatigue, and loss of appetite. The only cure for Acute Mountain Sickness is to descend. When we climb slowly, avoid alcohol during your trek, eat crabs food, drink ¾ liters of water daily will help you.
Communication during Annapurna circuit trek
In Langtang valley trek the use of internet service will be available at the lodges with some extra service charge. while you are in Langtang alley trek there are telephones facilities in many villages. You can make international calls and most of the places have wifi facilities. Now You can contact your family and friends via the lodges. Our guide has a cellular phone and We’ll communicate with them frequently to know the trek and your health.
Furthermore, we are making sure to make sure you’re fine, safe, feel right, and have everything up there. Also, the easy way now is you can get the local sim card on arrival at the airport which has a 4g/3g network in most of the routes. Now Most of the places in the trekking route have wifi service available Normally Wi-Fi works for every part of the trek in lodge/lodges which will be provided with a minimal fee or someplace have free.
Travel rescue Insurance
We suggest you have a full travel insurance package that covers medical, personal accident, emergency evacuation, furthermore, it should also include, trip cancellation, loss of gears, natural calamity, theft of or damage to baggage, etc. While you trek in the high altitude some time you get illnesses, small injured, or get sick. If you will get any problem and get ill or injured during your trek, Above the Himalaya trekking will taking care of you and in an emergency, we will rescue you.
If small injuries and health problems and altitude sickness are getting during the Annapurna circuit trek. Our staff will descend to you immediately. For the more serious medical issues, emergency Above the Himalaya trekking company will arrange a helicopter rescues for you.
We need a guarantee of payment from your Insurance company or a cash deposit or a promise in Kathmandu. While you are trekking with Above The Himalaya Trekking, we will arrange the travel rescue insurance and initial payments. We will claim a refund from your insurance company again. Make sure when you buy the insurance it should cover bother rescue and medical assistance. We suggest you giving your full insurance information while you book your trip with us. For an emergency case, this will help us to arrange a quick and effective rescue operation and get emergency medical help.
Package Cost: Annapurna circuit trek cost depends on your group size how you travel by bus or private car and your trekking staff. Our package includes a trekking guide, porter, transportation by private car. It also includes the necessary trekking permits, accommodation meals, all service charges, and taxes. You can do the half board package also just hiring a guide, porter, get permits. for your meals and accommodation during the trek, you can pay by yourself also. You can browse these pages more for detailed prices and trip dates.
In the hospitality industry of Nepal, the workers except for some tips while you are in your tour or Trekking
While you are on the tour and trekking, you can tip the guide and porter. Normally, people tip 10% of their payable amount. If you have booked the full board package for your trekking and tour. but if you just hire guide and porter service you can tip differently like a per day calculation basis.
We don’t suggest tipping while you have something to eat at the restaurant as they have already taken a 10% service charge, and 13% Government Taxes. However, while you enter the hotel, the bell boy may expect some tipping.
After completing your Annapurna circuit trek and if you have more time you can do different activities in Nepal. You can go to Chitwan National park for a Jungle safari tour or can do a day Rafting trip. Pokhara is a famous place for different adventure activities like Paragliding, Ultralight flight, Bungy Jump. We can arrange different tours and put these extra activities as optional tours and They are not included in your package cost.
You can arrange these activities with us at a good discounted price. If you need hotel or flight ticket services after the trek we can arrange them at a reasonable cost. you can do the tour in Kathmandu city also or join a 1-hour scenic flight over Mount Everest. Furthermore, we are also offering Tibet and Bhutan tours.