Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Country: Nepal Region: Annapurna

Annapurna Circuit Trek

£1455

21
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Overview

  • Complete a 17-day challenging trek – one of the world’s classic trekking routes
  • Crossing the Thorung La high pass offering stunning view
  • Unforgettable sunrise trip to Poon Hill
  • Teahouse based holiday with full board on trek

We present to you a short version of the classic circuit trek as you make your way back to Kathmandu from Jomsom instead of descending towards Ghorepani. This superb trek offers excellent acclimatization and one-of-a-kind breathtaking views. The trek starts in Chamje, which is a spot where you will capture a sub-tropical rhododendron forest and paddy fields, but this scenery changes as soon as we are above the village of Manang. Arid landscapes will be at view, and you will be able to ascend steadily to cross the Thorong La in order to capture the entire view of the Annapurna massif. After descending from our highest point, before completing the trek in the Tibetan township of Jomsom, we will spend one night in the small pilgrimage town of Muktinath. This area is where Buddhists and Hindus frequently come to in order see the ‘burning’ water. The following day, we take to the air for the fantastic flight that will take us above the deepest gorge in the globe to Pokhara and Kathmandu.

It is the ideal trek for those individuals who have an adventurous heart and want to discover the beauty and variety of the Annapurna mountain range, without having to undertake a lengthy route.

Itinerary

DAY

1

Arrive Kathmandu

Upon your arrival, a representative from FrozenGround will be waiting outside the airport gates to take you to the hotel. Depending on time of arrival, plans will be made for a briefing meeting once you have settled in.

Accommodation: Hotel

DAY

2

Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu

After breakfast we start exploring the city including the 2,000 years old Buddhist shrine of Swyambhunath known as “Monkey Temple” because there’s a ton of monkeys around there; the colourful Durbar Square; Patan city – which is the most iconic place in the Buddhist history.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

DAY

3

Drive to Besisahar [820 m]. Trek to Khudi [790 m]

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive: 4-5 hours

DAY

4

Trek to Bahundanda [1310 m]

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walk: 6-7 hours

DAY

5

Trek to Chamje [1430 m]

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walk: 5-6 hours

DAY

6

Trek to Bagarchap [2160 m]

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walk: 5-6 hours

DAY

7

Trek to Chame [2715 m]

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walk: 5-6 hours

DAY

8

Trek to Pisang [3230 m]

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walk: 5-6 hours

DAY

9

Trek to Manang [3540 m]

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walk: 6-7 hours

DAY

10

Rest day at Manang [3540 m]

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY

11

Trek to Letdar [4200 m]

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walk: 3-4 hours

DAY

12

Trek to Throng Phedi [4535 m]

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walk: 3-4 hours

DAY

13

Trek to Muktinath [3802 m] via Throg-La Pass [5416 m]

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walk: 7-8 hours

DAY

14

Trek to Marpha [2675 m]

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walk: 4-5 hours

DAY

15

Trek to Ghasa [2050 m]

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walk: 5-6 hours

DAY

16

Trek to Tatopani [1190 m]

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walk: 6-7 hours

DAY

17

Trek to Ghorepani [2810 m]

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walk: 7-8 hours

DAY

18

Sunrise trip to Poon Hill then trek to Tikhedhunga [1540m]

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walk: 4-5 hours

DAY

19

Trek to Nayapul then drive to Pokhara

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive: 1-2 hours

Walk: 4-5 hours

DAY

20

Fly back to Kathmandu

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

DAY

21

Fly back home, taking with you the memory of a lifetime

Meals: Breakfast

Additional Nights and Extensions

We can tailor-make your holiday.

If you wish to add extra days in Kathmandu for recovery from your flight or after a long trek, please feel free to contact us.

If you do not rush home we can recommend adding extension trip to Chitwan National Park, Pokhara or Nagarkot at the end of your journey.

Tour Facts

Trip Cost Includes

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers by private car
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu with all entrance fees
  • Full board during the trekking
  • Accommodation in teahouse during the trekking
  • Kathmandu – Besisahar by private car
  • Nayapul – Pokhara by private car
  • Pokhara – Kathmandu flight with airport tax
  • Trekking porter with insurance (We provide 1 porter for 2 people)
  • Trekking guide with insurance
  • Trekking region map
  • TIMS / National park / ACAP / Conservation entry fees

Trip Cost Doesn't Include

  • International flight ticket
  • Travel insurance
  • Nepal entry Visa fee ($40 for 30 days and $25 for 15 days. You should get visa upon your arrival)
  • Items and expenses of personal nature (E.g.: alcoholic and soft drinks, dessert, juice, water and heater charge, hot shower during trekking and main meals in cities)
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver

Meals

Full board on trek, breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara

The food on trek is simple, varied but trust us, very tasty. It does get more basic the higher you go as fewer ingredients become available. We let our trekkers choose whatever they want from the menu. Continental breakfast in the cities.

Accommodation

 

16 nights teahouse / 4 nights hotel

One of the most essential components of a great holiday is accommodation. At FrozenGround, we make it a top priority to use quality and character accommodation whenever it is possible. Accommodation can vary by destination and the types of holidays.

Teahouse

We are using the same family run teahouses for years which are very atmospheric and friendly. Since these are rather far away from the nearest road, it’s not all that surprising that teahouses only offer basic, but clean necessities and amenities, especially since things can only be carried up by porters or even animals.

These kinds of lodges also contain dining areas that are heated and attractively decorated. The bedrooms of these lodges contain wooden beds with foam mattresses and are unheated, so you will need a sleeping bag. The lodges also contain shared bathroom and washing facilities, which are sometimes located near the main lodge in a separate building. It’s also important to further note that some of these lodges use continental-style toilets, which will require self-flushing by using water buckets. For additional charges, you may also opt to use a lodge with battery charging facilities and heated showers. While staying at these lodges is a good way to meet fellow hikers and campers, keep in mind that they are still located in a remote enough area to cause facilities to be very basic.

Hotel

No matter what areas we travel in, we always do our best to ensure accommodation that best reflects those specific areas. When hotels are involved, we always aim for requirements such as cleanliness, safety, location, and, of course, comfort. We have a wide range of hotels in Kathmandu from 2 stars to 5 stars. For hotel upgrade and holiday extension please contact us.

Single supplement

Our holidays are operated on a twin-share basis. That means that cost is based on either sharing the accommodation with other member of the group of same sex or people who book together. However single supplement and private trip are available. Please note that in some remote areas single supplement is not available. Please contact us for further details.

Date and Price

Available Tour Dates

If these dates don’t suit you get in touch and we arrange your own departure.

General Info

Equipment

The following is fairly exhaustive list of what you should pack for the trip: trekking trousers, waterproof and windproof over trousers/rain pants, thermal base layer shirts, casual shirt and/or T-shirts, fleece jacket, waterproof and windproof jacket, warm jacket (down), sunhat, warm hat, sunglasses, warm gloves or mittens, head torch with spare batteries, sun protector, toiletries, antibacterial hand wash, small towel, shampoo.

You will need sleeping bag which is available to hire in Kathmandu as well as trekking and climbing equipment.

Trekking pole is not essential, but can be useful on the challenging ascent and descent. Good pair of boots are one of the most important on the gear list. You need to make sure that your boots are braked in before trek.

What you Carry

While you are trekking you only have to carry a backpack with water, snacks, extra socks, waterproof light jacket and your camera. It is possible to store you travel luggage at the hotel in Kathmandu and transfer all you need for trekking into a specially made FrozenGround travel bag. This must be maximum 15 kg which will be moved by our porter team.

First Aid

A medical kit will accompany each group. You should also bring your own personal first aid kit, which should include the following: broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, Diamox (altitude), diarrhoea treatment (Imodium) painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent (DEET), and re-hydration salts (Dioralyte).

Visa and Vaccination

You can get a tourist visa upon arrival at the airport in Kathmandu. You must fill in an application form and provide a passport photograph at the customs. Nepal entry Visa fee US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 25 for 15 days.

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. However, our recommended vaccinations are the following: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria is a risk factor in Nepal. There is yearlong risk in the Terrai region bordering India, including the Royal Chitwan National Park. No risk exists in Kathmandu or typical highland treks. Malaria prevention options should be discussed with a travel medicine specialist prior to departure.

Altitude

Most of our trips to Himalaya go to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed for good acclimatisation as we are following the “climb high, sleep low” rule. It is important that you familiarise yourself with the signs and symptoms of altitude sickness and that you report any illness to your guide immediately. However, you don’t need to scare of travelling to high altitudes if you are following the simple rules and procedure of preventing altitude sickness.

If you would like to find out more about the effects of altitude and the best preventative measures, then please visit:

http://www .altitude.org/altitude_sickness.php

Weather

In Nepal, the monsoon rains begin to dissipate in early September so our trekking season lasts from the middle of September to May. The weather, from mid-October to December, is usually stable with clear views, mild to warm days, and cold nights. In October, and in low altitudes, daytime temperatures have been known to reach 30 degrees Celsius. Nights, on the other hand, may drop to less than 0 degrees Celsius at the higher altitudes.

When you go trekking in Nepal, from December to February, you can expect cool to mild days with clear skies, and very cold nights. At low altitudes, daytime temperatures are typically mild i.e. about 20 degrees Celsius. At nights this temperature can fall to -10 degrees Celsius, especially at the higher altitudes. Also, it is important to note that, sometimes winter storms can bring snow to depths as low as 2500 meters.

The dry winter season starts to transition into spring time conditions in March. During this time, you can expect clear mornings with afternoon showers every now and again. The daytime temperature increase in March happens quickly, with temperatures reaching 30 degrees Celsius. You can expect mild nights at the lower altitudes. The increased rainfall on the hills is outshined by the amazing displays of a wild variety of wildflowers during this time of year.

In May, conditions are typically hot at the low elevations and rainstorms during the afternoon are common. This period generally has clear weather at the higher altitudes and is the perfect time for mountaineering expeditions to begin their ascents.

The rainy season in Nepal lasts from the middle of June to the middle of September. Thus, it’s not suitable to go trekking in the Nepal Himalaya during this time. But, there are a few remote valleys that are exempt from this rule.

If you go on a lower altitude trek in Nepal, it’s important to note that the weather patterns aren’t always predictable. In other words, there’s no guarantee that conditions will be optimal for a trek. But, there are well established patterns that make it highly likely that you will experience great weather. In this way, you can fully experience the village culture, forests, and excellent mountain views on your journey. You are expected to experience mild weather conditions through the trek season.

If you go on a moderate altitude trek in Nepal, similarly, to lower altitude treks, the weather patterns here are not always predictable. Generally, you can expect to experience mostly mild weather but the high camps may face harsh weather and snowfalls, especially in the winter.

Our climbing expeditions are held during the pre and post monsoon periods. This is because the snow conditions, temperatures, and weather during these times are more stable. This stability promises optimal conditions for a safe and successful trek.

After the Monsoon

The rains of the monsoon begin to dissipate during the first weeks of September. From mid-October to mid-December the weather is generally stable with mild to warm days, clear views, and cold nights. You can expect daytime temperatures to reach anywhere from 30 degrees Celsius at the lower altitudes but this will decrease as you move into the higher areas.

When you reach heights over 3000 meters, the daytime temperatures can reach 20 degrees Celsius. The temperature is dependent on whether the days are windy, sunny, etc. During the night, the temperatures don’t typically dip that much in the lower altitudes. But, as you approach November, the days get shorter and colder. In the higher altitudes, the temperatures can dip sharply at night, even as cold as 15 degrees when you camp on the snow or ice.

Before the Monsoon

In March, the dry winter begins to make way for wetter and warmer conditions. You can expect to wake up to clear mornings but there will also be the occasional cloud buildup that signals the coming of an afternoon rainstorm. Also, sometimes in the middle of the day and the afternoon, it can be hard to see the mountains clearly.

Daytime temperatures increase rapidly in March and you can expect to see temperatures as high as 30 degrees Celsius and mild nights. At the higher altitudes, the conditions are similar to those during the post-monsoon period, with the exception of there being more snow. You can also expect to see beautiful displays of wildflowers during this time of the year. During the months of April and May, temperatures are usually hot at the lower altitudes, but daily afternoon rainstorms are common.

Tour Leaders

All our tours are escorted by well trained, knowledgeable and English spoken guides who are certified by Tourism Council of Nepal.

Group size

This holiday is guaranteed to run with minimum of 2 persons. The maximum group size is restricted to just 8 travellers which means clients not only get personalised service and support but also the opportunity to make some great new friends. Smaller group size also mean we minimise the impact on the environment we are exploring.

Preparing Yourself Physically

Being properly physically prepared for trekking and its serious physical challenges is very important. First, assessing your own individual physical condition and training accordingly is a significant must. Basically, handling a rigorous trek will be much easier the more fit you are at the onset. For a training program that is well-rounded, be sure to include aerobic cross-fit training, hiking (at high altitudes if possible) and strength training.

Preparing Yourself Mentally

Making the hardest portions of your trek achievable could simply come down to mental stamina. Many trekkers tend to make the mistake of overlooking their mental preparation. Keeping a positive mind-set and never ignoring your body’s signals are significant considerations on your trek.

Additional Nights and Extensions

We can tailor-make your holiday.

If you wish to add extra days in Kathmandu for recovery from your flight or after a long trek, please feel free to contact us.

If you do not rush home we can recommend adding extension trip to Chitwan National Park, Pokhara or Nagarkot at the end of your journey.