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Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit is one of the most popular treks in Nepal, and rightly so. Annapurna Circuit Trek route, the scenery and culture dramatically change from subtropical forests, paddy fields, and the world’s deepest river gorge to ice flows, a high mountain pass, arid cliffs, and himalayas views.

Explore the Annapurna circuit, one of the most geographically and culturally diverse regions in Nepal, during this 17-day guided trip. After it started attracting tourists beginning from the 1980s, Annapurna Circuit has been recognized as one of the world's famous trekking trails.

Drive from Kathmandu to Jagat and start your trek from there. Trek past the villages of Jagat, Chamje, and Chame to reach Manang, where we will stay for a day to acclimatize ourselves. Pass the mighty Thorong La Pass (5416m), the highest navigable pass in the earth, and descend to Jomsom (2750m) via Kagbeni. Enjoy amazing Himalayan views from Ghorepani Poon Hill before driving back to Kathmandu.

The Annapurna Circuit past beautiful mountain hamlets, through rhododendron forests and over the foothills of the Mount Annapurna and Mount Dhaulagiri. We can enjoy fantastic views of Annapurna I, II, III, and IV as well as Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Machapuchare and another numerous mountain.
Pass innumerable rivers and streams. Watch stunning waterfalls and gurgling hot springs as well as the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki Gorge, during this trip. Please refer to the itinerary for more about this incredible trekking experience.

Outline Itinerary of Annapurna Circuit Trek

Day 01 - Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
Day 02 - Drive from Kathmandu to Jagat (1100m) Duration: 8 hours
Day 03 - Chamje to Bagarchhap (2160m) Duration: 6-7 hours
Day 04 - Bagarchhap to Chame (2630m) Duration: 6-7 hours
Day 05 - Chame to Pisang (3300m) Duration: 6 hours
Day 06 - Pisang to Manang (3500m) Duration: 6-7 hours
Day 07 - Manang- Acclimatization Day
Day 08 - Manang to Siri Kharka (4060m), Duration: 4-5 hours
Day 09 - Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m), Duration: 5-6 hours
Day 10 - Visit the Tilicho Lake (4,949m) then back to Siri Kharka, Duration: 5-6 hours
Day 11 - Siri Kharka to Yak Kharka (4040m) Duration: 4-5 hours
Day 12 - Yak Kharka to Phedi or High Camp (4600m) Duration: 6-7 hours
Day 13 - Phedi or High Camp to Muktinath (3710m), Duration: 4 -6 hours
Day 14 - Trek to Jomsom (2713m) Duration: 6 hours
Day 15 - Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (920m) Duration: 20 Minutes
Day 16 - Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 17 - Farewell

FAQ's of Annapurna Circuit Trek

I have never hiked before, can I make it to Annapurna Circuit?

Yes, you can as it’s short and sweet. No matter who you are, as long as you are reasonably fit, can walk for 5-6 hours a day and trek/hike a few uphill, Sherpa Expedition and Trekking team will support you to the fullest to transform your dream of standing at Annapurna Circuit into reality.

What is the Best Season for a trek to Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The pre-monsoon (February, March, April, and May) and post-monsoon (late September, October, November, and December) are considered the best for the Annapurna Circuit trek as the weather conditions become favorable during this time, providing you with good visibility and a suitable atmosphere for Annapurna Circuit trekking.

Is there an age limit for Annapurna Circuit trekking?

No, there is no age limit for the trek to Ghorepani Poon Hill but, you need to be in good physical shape and have a positive attitude. We also suggest you to prior to the excursion though we suggest you please see your doctor and obtain necessary permission and advice, as well as medications for traveling in extreme altitude prior to the excursion.

What are the meals on the Annapurna Circuit trekking like?

During trekking, you will be served meals in the teahouses. Typical meals are noodles, rice, pasta or potato dishes along with vegetables and egg/chicken/meat dishes. Other items mostly served as breakfasts include egg, pancake, bread, porridge, muesli, and toasts with peanut butter and honey.

What kind of accommodation will be provided during the Annapurna Circuit Trekking?

A teahouse trekking accommodation will be made for you for the Annapurna Circuit Trekking whereby you will be able to stay at tea house (Local lodge) and have wholesome food and neat and clean comfortable bed throughout your trekking journey. This form of arrangement also allows you to carry less baggage; you can trek at your own pace and enjoy the Annapurna Circuit on your own schedule. It is also an eco-friendly way of trekking whereby trekkers can have more contact with the local people.

Are there toilet facilities at the tea houses? What opportunities will I have for a shower during trekking?

Most of the teahouses on the Annapurna Circuit Trek trail have squat toilet facilities but recently built lodges have western-style toilets as well. Nowadays, flush toilets are also being introduced with a number of increasing foreign mountaineers each year. It is highly recommended to carry your own toilet paper and other required toiletries. Hot shower facilities are available. The most common type is a bucket shower, usual buckets with tap filled with hot water and placed in a shower room. Hot shower costs from US$ 2 to 5 peruse and the price increases along with the elevation. Attached bathrooms and toilets are not available unless you book for a luxury lodge during the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek.

What kind of clothes do we require for the trekking and is it possible to purchase it in Kathmandu before the start of the trip?

What you want to wear depends on you but we suggest you wear warm clothes during the Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking. A down jacket, thermal longs and top, comfortable trekking trousers, t-shirts, fleece, windproof jacket, hat, scarf, and gloves might be useful. There are numerous trekking shops in the Thamel area of Kathmandu where you can get all of these items in both local and branded stores alike. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking may also accompany and assist you if required.

Do I need to bring any bags for trekking? If yes, what kind?

During the Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking, you will be on a long journey for which you will need two bags to keep your belongings. A rucksack/duffle bag and a day bag for personal items. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will provide you with a duffle bag (which is need to refund after the trek) that you can use throughout your entire journey and even afterward. These bags are durable and hence perfect for any kind of trekking journey. While the duffle bag will be carried by the potters, you will have to carry a day bag on your own. A day bag is a small backpack that has enough room for everything you will need on a day hike such as lunch, water, extra clothing and perhaps a few personnel items like camera, battery chargers, etc.

Do I need to bring any personal equipment like sleeping bags, down jackets, trekking poles, etc?

If possible, we suggest you bring your own equipment. However, sleeping bags and down jackets will be provided to you by Sherpa Expedition and Trekking. With regards to trekking poles, if you are used to walking with it then take them with you, as you will probably find them useful especially on the way down. They are not essential though and the walk is manageable without them. It is mostly a personal preference. If you prefer to take the trekking poles with you on the trekking then you can either bring your own pole or buy it from numerous options available in Kathmandu itself.

Is it possible for me to store extra clothing that I will not need?

Yes, if you have a bag of extra clothing for when you return from the trekking, you will be able to store it safely in Kathmandu Sherpa Expedition and Trekking office. The storage facility is provided by most hotels and lodges in Kathmandu or you can also store it in our office for the duration of the trekking.

What problems can arise at high altitude?

Our itinerary has been specially tailored to prevent any kind of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) while moving up to higher altitudes. Normally, altitude sickness starts from 3,600 meters and above. You will be trekking at a relatively slow and gradual pace as part of the acclimatization process. Cut off caffeinated, alcoholic and smoking items. Drink at least 4 liters of water a day. Trek slow. Don't skip the acclimatization days. Better to continue with Diamox (if any symptoms show up). Drink Garlic Soup. In the higher elevation, there is less oxygen in the air and this is more so while crossing high passes. Our expert guides will advise you on how to avoid AMS and treat it when/ if required.

Conclusion,

Annapurna Circuit trek 19 days has a lot to offer for enthusiastic trekkers like you. You will not regret trekking to the Annapurna Circuit but would rather have one of the best trekking experiences to date. The thrilling and adventurous trekking trails to the Annapurna circuit will give you a lifetime of memory which you will always cherish.

Sherpa Expedition and Trekking Team welcome you to have this exciting trek to the Annapurna Circuit. We are equipped with proper staff and representatives who will help you throughout your 19 days journey. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding your trip. We are more than happy to serve our customers.

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