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Trekking in NepalAnnapurna RegionAnnapurna Circuit Trekking

Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by a staff / representative from Ang Rita Trek & Expedition as you come out at the airport after the immigration formalities. You will be transferred to a hotel. A briefing of the trekking trip will be arranged at a convenient time.

Day 02: Kathmandu – Beshisahar – Khudi ( 790m. ): 8 hrs.
We drive to Besi Sahar (157 km.) along the bank of Trisuli and Marshyandi River enjoying the scenic beauty. Commence the trek. The trail narrows and the valley becomes a deep river gorge. We cross a long suspension bridge and enter the largest trading village of Khudi inhabited by the Gurungs.

Day 03: Khudi – Bahundanda ( 1310m. ); 5 – 6 hrs.
The trail continues northwards up the valley, crossing several suspension bridges and passing several beautiful waterfalls. Above up towers the peak of Lamjung (22,291'). We arrive at Bahundanda.

Day 04: Bahundanda – Chamje ( 1420m. ); 6 – 7 hrs.
Today, we descend to the Marshyangdi and continue to walk the west bank climbing high over a ridge and cross a suspension bridge at Sange. We then climb high again through rhododendron and pine forest. The valley now becomes moredeep. We arrive at Chamje.

Day 05: Chamje – Bagarchhap ( 2160m. ); 6 – 7 hrs.
We climb steadily to a small village at the foot of a large waterfall. Now we are entering to Manang district. We cross a suspension bridge and climb through rhododendron and bamboo forests to Bagarchhap (7120'), the first village on the trek with typical Tibetan architecture.

Day 06: Bagarchhap – Chame ( 2670m. ); 5 – 6 hrs.
The trail is now heading west, Manaslu forming a splendid backdrop and Annapurna II (26,040') appearing occasionally to the south. We continue through the forests of pine and fir. As we continue on Chame (8,859'), views of the Annapurnas improve dramatically.

Day 07: Chame – Pisang  ( 3169m ); 5 – 6 hrs.
We continually cross the river all day, passing through the narrow steep sided gorge. Nearing the village of Pisang (10,400') we top a ridge to get our first views of the Manang Valley, a wide N-shaped valley hanging between two lines of snow peaks.

Day 08:Pisang –  Ghyaru ( 36709m. ) – Ngawal ( 3657m. ) - Manang ( 3540m. ); 7 – 8 hrs.
Today we take a new route leaving the traditional route of Annapurna circuit trekking behind. We cross Marshyangdi River trek along the bank and then steeply climb up passing through small bushes to Ghyaru and then to Ngawal, old villages in Tibetan setting. The visit to these villages of off the beaten trail gives you the cultural insight as well as spectacular views of Annapurna ranges. We gradually descend to Mananag passing Braga which houses an old monastery.
 
Day 09:  Rest day for acclimatization at Manang.
Today we spend the day exploring Manang and enjoying the spectacular scenery: Annapurna II, Annapurna III (24,787'), Gangapurna (24,457) to the South: Tilicho (23,400'), to the west; Chulu west (21,599') and Chulu East (19,880') to north. We can climb up the hills nearby for acclimatization.

Day 10: Manang – Yak Kharka ( 4018m. ) ; 4 – 5 hrs.
We branch away from the Marshyandi Khola steadily climbing into distinct alpine areas. We pass through old mani walls, a few pastures, meadows, a scrub of juniper. Keep your eyes open for Thar, Ghoral, mountain sheep. We arrive at Yak Kharka.

Day 11: Yak Kharka – Thorung Phedi ( 4450m. ); 3 - 4 hrs.
We gradually climb and arrive at Thorung Phedi, the base of the pass.  

Day 12:  Thorung Phedi – Thorung La Pass ( 5416m. ) – Muktinath ( 3800m. ); 8 – 9 hrs.
Though the crossing of the pass is not technically difficult, we take it slow to take into account the complications of altitude and possible snow. After about four hours, we reach the top (17,771') and enjoy some absolutely stunning high Himalaya scenery: the entire Annapurna ranges in the south, the Mukut and Mustang Himal to the west and the incredibly deep Kali Gandaki valley, the peaks of Tharungste (21,268') and Chulu to the north. The descent is steep and rough but we soon have excellent views of Dhaulagiri (26795').

Day 13: Muktinath – Jomsom  ( 2710m. ); 4 – 5 hrs.
The trail descends very quickly to the valley below; the descent is through a dramatic arid landscape and continues like that to Jomsom (8,900') which is a major village on the Kali Gandaki trading route.

Day 14: Jomsom – Kalopani ( 2530m. ) ; 5 – 6 hrs.
We pass through Marpha and Tukche, beautiful Thakali Villages. A dramatic change in the vegetation, from dry arid desert to pine forests as we pass between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. We arrive at Kalopani.

Day 15: Kalopani – Tatopani ( 1190m. ); 6 – 7 hrs.
Passing through Kalapani, the views of Annapurnas are magnificent. The trail descends steadily to Tatopani - means 'Hot Water' and it is possible to bath in the spring.

Day 16: Tatopani – Ghorepani ( 2750m. ); 6 – 7 hrs.
We then cross the Kali Gandaki and climb steadily to the Magar village of Sikha. Steadly climbing all day we leave behind the terraced fields and enter thick rhododendron forest and the village of Ghorepani.

Day 17: Ghorepani – Hille ( 1475m. ) ; 7 – 8 hrs.
We climb up to Poon Hill, the vantage point to see the Himalayas including Annapurna South, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagir range. We desend to Hille passing Ulleri and Tirkhedhunga.

Day 18: Hille – Naya Pool – Pokhara; 5 hrs.
We walk and arrive at Naya Pool and take land transportation to Pokhara. We check - in the hotel.

Day 19:  Land transport from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
We take land transportation to Kathmandu and check in the hotel. we arrange farewell dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant with culture programs in the evening.

Day 20: Airport transfer for your onward journey.

We transfer you to the airport for your international departure.

Trekking Group Size

We organize trekking in Annapurna region for any number of people. If the group consists of more than 16 pax, we will split the group and arrange accordingly. We will assign one trek leader, one assistant leader for the group of four pax and porters (one porter between two members ) to carry members luggage. This arrangement ensures that the group can still go ahead as scheduled itinerary despite any member gets sick on the way in the trekking.   

Experience and Health Requirements

Annapurna circuit trekking is considered a moderate trek suitable for those who can hike for 6 – 8 hours a day. Obviously hiking in the high altitude will not be so easy rather physically more demanding, however our itinerary is scheduled for the proper acclimatization while gradually gaining the altitude in the trekking. It will be advisable to have some walking and hiking or other outdoor activities for more than two weeks which will contribute to comfortable accomplishment in crossing over Thorung La Pass. No technical skills or use of crampons are required for this trekking. It is highly recommended for the trekkers to consult with the doctors before coming for this trekking. Trekkers who have asthma, allergy or any other diseases related to hurt, lungs should take more precaution for this trekking.

Travel Insurance

Trekkers need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs). Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide travelling insurance for the foreigners and the trekkers need to get the travelling insurance from one of the international insurance companies.Ang Rita Trek will have accident insurance for the trekking staff.  

Accommodations

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be arranged on twin sharing basis on BB plan except the extra cost for the single supplement (depending on the room availability ) according to the choice of the standard of the hotels before and after the trekking. Accommodation during the trekking will be arranged at standard teahouses/ lodges with unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses on twin sharing basis. The trekkers will have to share washing and toilet facilities. If a trekkers is  a solo traveler, he/she will have to share a room with the trekker of same sex.

Meals

Trekkers are provided three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner ) during Everest base camp trekking. They can enjoy wide variety of food from typical Nepali food, Sherpa food, Tibetan food to  all types of international cuisine (Continental, Italian, and Indian.). Unlike other trekking companies, Ang Rita Trek allow trekkers to choose the food from the menu at the hotel / lodges in the trek. When the group is too big for the hotels/ lodges to provide individual dishes, set menu will be arranged in most places. We use the lodges / hotels which serve hygienic, nutritious  and good food for the  trekkers for them to get enough energy for the hiking.  

Accimatization

Any trekker can get altitude sickness while trekking in the high altitude despite strong physically fitness. What is important is giving enough time for the proper acclimatization for the trekking. Ang Rita Trek has planned the itinerary with gradual altitude gain giving enough time for acclimatization for the trekkers. Hiking slowly specially in the high altitude help prevent AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness ).  If anyone feels dizzy, suffer palpitation or severe headaches and loss of appetite, he / she will be moved to the lower altitude immediately or arrange the helicopter rescue in the severe case of AMS. Himalayan Rescue Association in Mananag provide treatment for any health problems including AMS.

Equipment and Packing List

A variety of clothing is necessary for Annapurna circuit trek. While choosing the equipment trekkers need give emphasis on two simple aspects: Lightweight and Functional. The items should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme weather conditions. The quality of the trekking equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain. For this reason you have to be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing.

Clothing:

-    T – shirts
-    Hiking shorts
-    Undergarments
-    Full sleeves shirts
-    Long light weight cotton pants
-    Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
-    Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants.
-    Insulated pants / nylon windbreaker
-    Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
-    Fleece jacket or pullover
-    Waterproof shell jacket
-    Down jacket
-    Light warm fleece hat / woolen hat
-    Sun hat
-    Lightweight gloves.
-    Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal).

Foot Wear:

-    Hiking boots
-    Light and comfortable camp shoes
-    Thin, lightweight inner socks.
-    Thick, warm wool hiking socks

Accessories:

-    Down Sleeping bag
-    Trekking bag / Duffle bag ( to carry for the porter )
-    Day pack ( to carry with the trekkers to put the things required during the day time )
-    Large plastic bags ( to keep items dry inside the trekking bag )
-    Water bottle
-    Head lamp with spare bulb and batteries
-    Trekking poles
-    Personal medicine box
-    Sunglasses with UV protection.
-    Books, dairy, pen, walkman  and any other game instruments

Toiletries and Personal Hygiene:

-    Quick drying small towel
-    Toothbrush / paste
-    Soap
-    Face and body moisturizer
-    Sun block for lips
-    Tissues / toilet rolls
-    Wet wipes
-    Feminine hygiene products
-    Anti bacterial hands wash

Trek Leader(s) and Staff

All our trek leaders are well experienced who have led trekking groups in Annapurna region for more than eight years. Their in-depth knowledge about culture, custom, the geological surroundings as well as their professionalism, sincerity, and their hospitality make your dream of successful trek a enjoyable, memorable event in your life. Although our trek leaders are not highly educated, they are well experienced, professionally trained and posses good leadership skills to operate the trip smoothly. Their smiling faces, loving and caring attitude will make your even a hard walking day a pleasant one. All trekking staff of Ang Rita Trek are locally employed and have the adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, history and the safety measures in running the trips.  Their attitude and the efforts will be always concentrated on the less impact of the trekkers to the local culture, custom, nature and the eco system.

Porter Care

Ang Rita Trek is firmly believes that roles of porters are significant in arranging the trip smoothly and successfully. We are strongly committed to the porters’ rights. We make sure that they are well paid and have the proper clothing, foot ware and shelter. We are aware that no porter should be asked to carry a load that is too heavy for their physical abilities and the weight limit should be adjusted for altitude, weather and trail condition. We request our members not to have more than 15 kg weight of luggage to give to the porters. Porters who become sick while in the trekking are treated with high priority just like the other trekking staff or the members. If needed helicopter is sent and rescued in case of sever condition of sickness or accident. All porters are insured for sickness and accident.

Season

Nepal, as a tourist destination is good for all seasons, however, the best seasons for trekking to Annapurna region are Spring (March – May) and Autumn ( mid Sept. – mid Dec.).  Trekking in Autum season is noted for clear weather and excellent views of silvery mountains against blue sky. It gets colder towards the end of December and the high pass Thorung La will be covered with snow making it difficult to cross over.

Departures Cost
March 16, 2016-April 4, 2016 US $ 1525. For one pax US $ 1180. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 1160.p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
March 28, 2016-April 16, 2016 US $ 1525. For one pax US $ 1180. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 1160.p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
April 2, 2016-April 21, 2016 US $ 1525. For one pax US $ 1180. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 1160.p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
April 14, 2016-May 3, 2016 US $ 1525. For one pax US $ 1180. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 1160.p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
September 18, 2016-October 7, 2016 US $ 1525. For one pax US $ 1180. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 1160.p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
October 5, 2016-October 24, 2016 US $ 1525. For one pax US $ 1180. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 1160.p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
October 12, 2016-October 31, 2016 US $ 1525. For one pax US $ 1180. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 1160.p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
October 28, 2016-November 16, 2016 US $ 1525. For one pax US $ 1180. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 1160.p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
November 6, 2016-November 25, 2016 US $ 1525. For one pax US $ 1180. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 1160.p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
November 30, 2016-December 18, 2016 US $ 1525. For one pax US $ 1180. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 1160.p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
Cost Includes
  1. International and domestic airport arrivals and departures
  2. Accommodation at hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan ( as per the choice of the trekkers )
  3. Domestic flight fare including airport tax as per the itinerary.
  4. All necessary paperwork for permit ( national park entrance, TIMS card )
  5. Accommodation at the hotels / lodges in the trekking trail
  6. All meals ( breakfast, lunch and dinner ) in the trekking
  7. An experienced English speaking trek leader ( trekking guide ) and assistant trekking guide ( 4 trekking members ), and porters ( one porter between two trekkers ) to carry luggage including their meals, accommodation, wages, equipment and accident insurance.
  8. First aid medical kit
  9. All government and local taxes
  10. Farewell dinner

Cost Excludes

-    International airfare to and from Kathmandu
-    Nepal visa fee
-    Excess baggage charges for the domestic flight
-    Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
-    Travel and rescue insurance for trekking members
-    Any additional expenses due to domestic flight delay or cancellation
-    Any other expenses of personal nature ( phone calls, laundry, bar bills battery recharge, hot shower and boiled water in the trekking ).
-    Gratuity for the trekking staffs

Trip Price

USD 1180 Per Person*

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Trip facts

  • Trip Area:: Annapurna Region
  • Maximum Altitude:: 5416m.
  • Trip Duration:: 19 Days
  • Difficulty Level:: Difficult
  • Best Time:: March – May, Mid Sept. – Mid December
  • Trip Mode:: Lodge Trek
  • Trip Highlights:: A classic adventure with great views of Annapurna, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri and more. Crossing over renowned Thorung La, a challenging hiking with great views and passing though colorful ethnic settlements circling Annapurna.

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