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Nepal Travel Guide: Annapurna Round Trekking / Annapurna Circuit Trekking

This popular trek offers you an experience walking in Annapurna classic route. You can explore the culture of  multi-ethnic  groups, local villages with typical houses, locally cultivated terrain farms, water falls, moraine glaciers, ice lakes, wide varieties of flora and fauna etc. 

You can enjoy with the  excellent views of Annapurna panoramic Himalayan range including Tilicho peak,Gangapurna peak, Pisang peak, Tilicho Peak, Thorong peak, Yakwakang peak, Chulu East, Chulu West, Chulu Centre, and Himlung Himal. 

Also Manaslu range, Dhaulagiri peak, Nilgiri peak, Tukuche peak etc. Challenging and massive Thorang La pass (5416m) is the main attraction of this trek. It is known as world's the best pass for the trekkers.

Trip Summery
Trip Title: Annapurna Round Trekking/ Annapurna Circuit Trekking
Maximum Elevation: 5416m.
Walking Level: 5-7 hours per day.
Trekking Duration: 21 Days
Mode of Operation: Tea House Lodge Trekking
Best Season: Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov.
Trip Grade: Moderate and Strenuous
Group Size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 18 people

Outline Itinerary: Annapurna Round Trekking / Annapurna Circuit Trekking
Day 01. Arrival in Kathmandu international airport 1300m, welcome by ART member  and transfer to hotel 2 star in Thamel touristic city. Bed and breakfast included.

Day 02. Drive from Kathmandu  to Bhulbhule 840m 6 hours by tourist bus. Overnight at Tea house Lodge.

Day 03. Trek Bhulbhule – Syange 1100m, 6 hours.Trek passes through green terraces, along the Marshyangdi river side. Overnight at Tea house Lodge.

Day 04. Trek Syange – Tal 1700m 5 hours.This day we follow river side climb in mountain path reaching Chyamche. We can view of magnificent waterfall and mini hydro power.Overnight at Tea house Lodge.

Day 05. Trek Tal – Bagarchhap 2160m 6 hours. This day we cross decent view of Manaslu range and we can over look the view of Dudh Khola River and Marshyangdi River. Annapurna II 7900m becomes visible ahead. Overnight at Tea house Lodge.

Day 06. Trek Bagarchhap – Chame 2670m 5 hours.Trek pass through thundering waterfall and Marshyangdi Khola becomes a George.Now, we can over look the magnificent Manaslu peak and Phungi Himal peak. We cross through the Gurung ethnic village and climb through a pine forest to Chame. Overnight at Tea house Lodge.

Day 07. Trek Chame – Pisang 3200m 5 hours.This day, we reach at the small settlement of Taleku.When we cross Buradhan on the right bank there are military station who fought against the Khampa tribal revolution. We can see the east peak of Annapurna II 7900m and Pisang peak 6100m. Overnight at Tea house Lodge.

Day 08. Trek Pisang – Manang 3540m 7 hours.There are two options to reach at Manang through climbing upper Gyaru village and Ngawal village. This day is special view of Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna peak,Tilicho peak with large Buddhist Chortens (stupas),Buddhist Mani and Monasteries during the trail. Overnight at Tea house Lodge.

Day 09. Manang acclimatization. Manang is a surprisingly a large village for this remote mountain region. It's all houses are line up with Buddhist colorful prayer flags. We explore the surroundings crossing Marshyangdi River to visit wonderful Himalayan Gangapurna Lake and hike up to Deurali. 

Approximately  4400m to see the magnificent views of Chulu west peak,Chulu centre peak,Chulu East peak,Chulu Far east peak, Pisang peak, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna peak, Tilicho peak, etc. 5 hours Overnight at Tea house Lodge.

Day 10. Trek Manang – Ledar 4200m 5 hours.Our path this day is full of ups and down as the elevation gradually rises, after crossing Kenzan  Khola path towards to Ledar. Overnight at Tea house Lodge.

Day 11. Trek Ledar – Thorong High Camp 4925m 5 hours. This day, we cross difficult first part. We cross high wind, steep hill through rocky area frozen stream. This day we can see wild blue sheeps. Overnight at Tea house Lodge.

Day 12. Trek Thorong High Camp – Muktinath 3760m via Thorong pass (5416 m) 8 hours. Better view of Kali Gandaki in U shaped valley.  Ahead,  we can see, Thorong peak, Yakwakang peak,  Dhaulagiri I, II and III. Now, we trek in gentle slope with steep cliff through sacred land of Muktinath. We visit Buddhist and Hindu temples in same spot. Overnight at Tea house Lodge

Day 13. Trek Muktinath – Marpha 2670m 6 hours. Descend from Muktinath visit to Jharkot Buddhist monastery in  this ancient village and another sacred village Kagbeni  visit Buddhist monastery where Upper Mustang trek begins. 

Trek path down below close view of Kali Gandaki and reach famous airfield Jomsom and heading toward Marpha village. This place is very popular for its apple and homemade apple brandy. Overnight at Tea house Lodge.

Day 14. Trek Marpha – Kalopani 2530m 5 hours.Trek towards a stream of Tukuche Village. This day we have clear view of Nilgiri peak, Dhaulagiri I, Tukche peak, Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri Icefall. Overnight at Tea house Lodge.

Day 15. Trek Kalopani – Tatopani 1190m 5 hours .We cross through pine tree valley with suspension bridge, known as the  deepest gorge in the world between Dhaulagiri I and Annapurna I, a great water fall of Rupche Chahar. We can relax in natural hot spring shower in Tatopani. Overnight at Tea house Lodge.

Day 16. Trek Tatopani – Ghorepani 2860m 7 hours. We walk through local Magar ethnic villages and picturesque Rhododendron forest to reach at Ghorepani village. Overnight at Tea house Lodge.

Day 17. Trek Ghorepani – Tadapani 2630m 5 hours walk. Morning excursion 45 minutes walk up to Poon Hill 3200m for panoramic view of Dhaulagiri Himalayan range and Annapurna Himalayan range. 

After having breakfast, we descend down through the dense forest of different species of rhododendron and reach at Tadapani. Over night at Tea House Lodge.

Day 18. Trek Tadapani – Ghandruk 1940m 5 hours.Early morning, we walk in the dense forest and arrive at Ghandruk. After having lunch, we visit two Gurung ethnic museums and a Buddhist monastery. Approach views of South Annapurna,Himchuli peak,Fish Tail, Gangapurna peak, Gandharba chuli etc. Overnight at Tea House Lodge.

Day 19. Trek Ghandruk- Birethati 1025m 4 hours,  then Nayapul- Pokhara 900m 3 hours by tourist bus. Bed & Breakfast at Mount Kailash Resort.This day,we walk down to Birethati through terrain local farms and follow the Modi Khola river to arrive in Birethati. 

After having lunch in Birethati, we walk about 30 minutes to reach at Nayapul.Then, we go to Pokhara. Overnight at comfort hotel near Fewa Lake in Pokhara. Bed and breakfast included.

Day 20. Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu 6 hours by tourist bus and transfer to  hotel 2 star with bed and breakfast included.

Day 21. International  departure

Trip Cost Per Person:
1400$ (2-4 pax)  1350 $ (5-8 pax) 1300 $ (9-12 pax)
1250 $ (13-16 Pax) 1200 $ (17-20 Pax)

-Airport-hotel transfers by private car or tourist mini bus according to group size.
-2 nights 2 star level Hotel in Kathmandu at Thamel touristic city with breakfast except lunch and dinner.
-Trekking permits of Annapurna Conservation Area Project  and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System).
-Accommodation in tea house lodge twin basis.
-Food(breakfast,lunch & dinner) with hot drinks during the trek.
-Salary, insurance, transport, food and accommodation for guide and porters.
-Kathmandu to Bulbule by tourist bus, Nayapul to Pokhara by tourist bus, Pokhara to Kathmandu by  tourist bus or plane  as mentioned in above itinerary.
-13 % VAT compulsory tax of Nepal Government and other local taxes.
-An experienced & professional English speaking trekking guide, assistant guides  and porters.

-Nepal visa fee 40 USD for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained at your country in Nepalese consulate office before arrival in Nepal or you can get Nepal visa after arrival in Kathmandu airport.
-International Airfare to and from Kathmandu.
-Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.

-Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara city also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
-Travel, Trekking and Helicopter Rescue insurance.
-Cold and alcoholic drinks
-Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, equipment, gears, cloths etc.

-Personal expenses: phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge of camera or mobile and gas shower in mountain.
-Tips for guide and porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal since long though it is not obligation if your trip is not satisfied.

Our staffs composition for the trek
1 Main Guide = whole clients ( This main guide will accompany you during the trek start to end)
1 Assistant Guide = 7 clients ( This assistant guide will accompany sick clients if they get altitude sickness or any accident)
1 Porter = 2 clients ( 1 Porter carries two baggage of 2 clients 10kgx2=20kg, our clients carry only small day bag of 35 liter to put camera, water, polar jacket etc. )

Clothing & Equipment Check List:
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance

Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.

Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

Down vest and/or jacket -You can hire feather's down jacket in Kathmandu per day 100 NRS.
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Lower Body

Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

1 sleeping bag (- 15 degrees C) -You can hire in Kathmandu 200 NRS per day.
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)

1 large duffel bag *
A small day bag/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills

Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Zip lucks

2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
Binoculars (optional)
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks

1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Small mirror

Personal Hygiene
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash
Reading book
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen

Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Binoculars (optional)
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

Terms & conditions

For the confirmation of your trip, our selling terms and conditions are as below. Please, read them carefully and book your trip with us. You may ask us bank information to send in your email or you can visit our "Payment Method" link in our web site where you can see all bank account information of our company. When we receive your transfer, we will send you the invoice/payment receipt bill in your email.
Booking Policy:
01. If you agree with our proposal, we request you to make an advance booking payment of 40 % of the total amount in our bank account. We will send you all necessary bank information or you can see all bank account information of our company in our web site for money transfer to Nepal. Please, remember that we do not bear any bank transfer fees and charge. You should pay yourself transfer charge in your country.

02. We are requested you to send us color scanning photocopies of your passport, your passport size photos and your travel insurance certificates with helicopter rescue coverage for ( trekking only not for cultural tour ) JPG or PDF files in our email address. We will print them and use for the formality of trek permits and other official uses.
03. We are requested to transfer the remaining 60 % of the amount of your trip in 30 days before your arrival in Kathmandu. This will allow us to prepare all the arrangements for camping trek such as to buy foods, fuel, equipment etc. If you booked us tea house lodge trek, you can pay us remaining 60 % of the amount after arrival in Kathmandu or you can transfer before 30 days of your arrival in Nepal as you wish.
Cancellation Policy:
01. In case of cancellation your travel project, you must inform us one month before your arrival in Kathmandu, we will not refund the 40 % advance payment or if you wish we can accept this amount to postpone your trip for the next season.

02. Our company Altitude Randonnée Trekking (P.) Ltd. is not responsible for any cancellations of domestic flights due to weather or climate problem. However, we can offer you an alternative solution or trekking routes to suit your desires according to your budget you paid us.
03. In case of accident, mountain sickness, physical problem and any other else if you abandon your trek and return to Kathmandu earlier date than mentioned in itinerary, you will not get any refund from the agency. Also, you should pay for your extra accommodation nights in hotel and meals in Kathmandu.
04. If you cancel the project in less than a month before your arrival in Nepal, we can’t refund you any amount you paid us. So, we request you to make insurance of your advance booking payment in your country.
So, this terms and condition are made between two parties: Altitude Randonnée Trekking (P.) Ltd. as first party and Clients/International agenciesas second party.
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