Annapurna circuit trek begins at the middle-hills village of Besi-Sahar on the Marshyangdi River and follow the river all the way from Brahmin-Chhetri-Gurung settlement to that of the Tibetan Buddhist regions of Manang and trip will be concluded at beautiful city of west Nepal “Pokhara”. It is not overly difficult and the terrain passes through monsoon rain forest and rhododendron forest is one of the beautiful experiences. The mountain views are full of natural splendors with views of the Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, II, III, South, Tent Peaks and others. This trek is regarded as one of the best trek that offers so much of distinct sensation.
Trekking into the annapurna circuit involves the high point, crossing of the Thorong-La Pass at 5,416 m into the Kali Gandaki valley, stopping at the famous shrine of Muktinath and then passing through Thakali settlements, Magar and Gurung villages back into Pokhara. Or begin in the tropical climate of Pokhara (900m) and gradually ascending to the 5400m pass above Muktinath, and may be on to upper Mustang which was opened in October 1991 to a limited number of tourists.
The Annapurna circuit trek rightly known as Nepal's classic trek offers more variety than any other equivalent length trek, taking us through virtually every type of scenery that Nepal has to offer and this trek is also an excellent introduction to walking in Nepal
Day 1Arrival in KTM, transfer to hotel, briefing
Day 2Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour, Necessary preparation & Packing
Day 3Drive to Besishar (760m) 7-8 hours, O/N Guesthouse
Day 4Jeep drive to Dharapani (1,860m) 7 hours
Day 5Trek to Chame (2,670m), 4-5 hours
Day 6Trek to Pisang (2,975m), 4-5 hours
Day 7Trek to Manang (3,540m), 4-5 hours
Day 8Acclimatization and rest day at Manang (3,540m)
Day 9Trek to Yak Kharka (4,050m), 4 hours
Day 10Trek to Thorang-Phedi (4,450m), 3 hours
Day 11Climb Thorongla (5,416), Descend to Muktinath (3,748m), 6-8 hours
Day 12Trek to Kagbeni (2800m), 3-4 hours
Day 13Trek to Marpha (2670m), 4-5 hours
Day 14Trek to Kalopani (2530m), 5 hours
Day 15Trek Tatopani (1,190m), 5-6 hours
Day 16Trek to Ghorepani (2,750m), 6-7 hours
Day 17Early morning hike to Poon hill (3,193m) & trek continue to Hile (1,430m), 6- 7 hours
Day 18Trek to Nayapul (2 hours), drive to Pokhara (1 hour), free afternoon and evening
Day 19Fly to KTM, transfer to hotel and relax
Day 20Departure for flight to home
This kind of trek is challenging but doesn’t really require previous trekking and mountaineering experiences and also doesn’t require any technical experience. But if you have any previous experiences would be really helpful. Your fitness is really important for this trek; therefore we strongly suggest preparing yourself in good physical condition. You need to be trained at least for about 3 to 5 months to prepare yourself as strong candidate. You can go to fitness center every morning for about 1.5 hours, do hiking every weekend with increasing weights on your pack, manage some time for cycling for couple of hours for 2 or 3 times a week. However at the high altitude, there might be little symptoms of altitude illness like mild headache, fatigue etc. but take it as normal and just drink enough water (4 – 5 liters) every day.On this trek, youneed to be able to hike 4 – 8 hours over hilly terrain up to 5,500m of altitude with daypack.
If you have any previous experiences of similar grade trek would be helpful, but if you don’t have is also not really important matter of issue. This trek will introduce you about high altitude trekking in the Himalayas and also about the local cultures, traditions and local people.
Even if you are around the age of 65 years, you can be a candidate for this trek.
Published on : January 08, 2018
Dream Himalaya Adventures gets my full endorsement! We were a group of seven South Africans trekking the Annapurna Circuit over sixteen days, with DHA taking care of all the admin in advance and on the trek, as well as providing wonderful and competent guides and porters who inspired complete confidence and were great company. Our guides were experienced mountaineers who looked after us with kindness, humour and enthusiasm. Dawa not only promptly and helpfully responded to queries beforehand, but also was able to join our trek which was an added bonus. Our itiniary remained flexible day-to-day to meet our specific needs and preferences. The respect between Dawa and his staff is palpable and added another positive layer to the experience. All in all, highly recommended!
Karla, Cape Town, South Africa
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