ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT BUDGET TREK

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destination Annapurna
duration 12 Days
grade Moderate
start/end point Kathmandu
region Annapurna
max altitude 5,416m
group size 2-15
meal No Meals
activity 5-6 Hrs
accommodation Hotel/Teahouse
season All Season

ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT BUDGET TREK

Annapurna Circuit Trek has been considered as a highly praised and spectacular trekking route in the Annapurna region.

The trek of this trail takes us around the entire Annapurna massif reaching the zenith at Thorong La Pass (5,416m). En-route we will be walking through the world's deepest Kali Gandaki gorge with Annapurna I rising to 8091 m to the east and Dhaulagiri hovering at 8167 m to the west. Trekkers who do not have enough holidays or prefer shorter trek then they have an option of 8 days trek. Trekkers can easily reach Thorang-la pass 5416m within 8 days because of easy accessibility. Nowadays, the Annapurna circuit trekking route has switched the motor road until Chame in Manang site and till Muktinath in Mustang site. We get the chance to explore the Jomsom, Manang and Muktinath region. This is one of the popular and adventurous trekking routes in Nepal Himalayas and can experience the diverse Nepalese landscape and culture. This magnificent trek leads you to the village inhabited by the wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups. We can enjoy splendid views of Himalayas, Mt. Manaslu and Himal Chuli can be seen. Apart from mountain views, we encounter a cultural mix of Gurung, Manangi and Thakali people and their traditional stone-walled villages.
   
This 12 days budget trek leads you to the heart of the Annapurna Region. The starting point is Besishahar, following the trail we will be heading towards the Chame and then Pisang valley. Sherpa Trekking guide will lead you through beautiful valley Pisang, Manang, Yak Kharka, Thorang Phedi, Thorang La pass, Muktinath and finally Jomsom.

Key Features of Annapurna Circuit Budget Trek

  • Witnessing the lifestyle and culture of diverse ethnic groups in the Annapurna region.
  • The beautiful Marshyangdi River valley and the Kaligandaki valley.
  • The mesmerizing views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Annapurna Himal.
  • Crossing the Thorong La Pass at 5416 meters.
  • Visiting the religious pilgrimage at Muktinath Temple.
  • The villages and apple yards at Kagbeni and Jomsom.

ITINERARY

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One night.
3-star Hotel

After arriving at the airport, you will be received by our staff and transfer to the hotel. Welcome dinner along with Nepalese cultural dance is provided. Short brief about the trek (preparation). Overnight at a Hotel.

One night.
3-star Hotel

Welcome dinner along with Nepalese cultural dance is provided. Preparation for the trek. Overnight at a Hotel.

7 to 8 hours.
Guest House

After breakfast, we will be leaving Kathmandu by local jeep to Besishahar to Chame. Drive approximately 7-8 hours.

5 to 6 hours
Guest House

Trekking begins; we will be heading towards Pisang from Chame. We can enjoy mesmerizing mountain views throughout our long day walk. About 25-30 minutes of an uphill climb we will reach upper Pisang to visit the Buddhist Monastery. Back to lower Manang. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

5 to 6 hours.
Guest House

Early in the morning after breakfast, we will leave for Manang. The walk leads us to a constant view of the high snow-capped peak. A short gradual walk from Pisang village we will see a dramatic view of Hongdae village. The great peaks of Gangapurna, Annapurna II, Tilicho peak, and on the right Chuli east, on the back Pisang peak, are spotted. Approximately 4-5 hours of a walk is must to reach Manang.

One day.
Guest House

During this day you can hike up to Ice lake or Tea shop nearby Gangapurna base camp from where you will see panoramic Himalayan scenery including Mt.Manaslu, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna, Pisang peak, Thorung peak, Peak 38, Tilicho peak and overnight at Manang village.

4 to 5 hours.
Guest house

The trail continues showing the astonishing view of the Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Cloche and the close-up views of Chuli’s peaks from mid and west. Small settlement area of Yak Kharka can be seen where we will be overstaying there.

4 to 5 hours
Guest House

After a wonderful time at Manang, the trail continues towards the Thorang Phedi. The stunning view of Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Cloche, and the close-up view of Chuli peaks are reflected. If the trekkers are completely fit and fine, the trek can be continued up to upper Phedi or high camp, where there are few teahouses and lodge reaching up here makes your trek easier next day and shortens the hour of walking towards the pass.

7 to 8 hours
Guest House

Leaving early in the morning after breakfast so that you will reach the top of the pass before cold wind hits and to catch the magnificent views of northern Annapurna, Damodar, Bhirkuti and Dhaulagiri range of mountains. It might be difficult on the steep zig-zag path, the trail then continues towards the narrow path after an hour of the walk we will reach to the small tea house. About one and half hour of walk leads to the top of the pass. After the 3-4 hours of struggling uphill walk, finally reaches to the Thorang la pass 5416m. The breathtaking view of the high Himalayas seen from here is just an amazing experience; this will bring you back again. On our way to Muktinath, there are few tea houses for refreshment. After a break here continue for another hour to Muktinath the holiest of all holy places, during auspicious time according to Hindu & Buddhist calendar this place is full and busy with pilgrims from Nepal and India.

4 to 5 hours
Guest House

The difficult path leads you to the beautiful destination are just like struggle done to reach the Thorang la pass. Approximately 5-6 hours of walk finishes at Jomsom.

25 minutes
Guest House

After breakfast, Jomsom fly back to Pokhara (915m) fly approximately 25 minutes only, transfer to Pokhara hotel. Overnight at Pokhara.

6 to 7 hours
Guest House

After breakfast, Pokhara- Kathmandu by tourist bus approximately 5-6 hours of drive. Transfer to hotel. Overnight at Kathmandu.

25 minutes.
None

Our journey comes to an end. Today as per your international flight time, our staff will transfer you to the airport for your final departure from Nepal the Land of High Himalaya.

SERVICES

What is Included?

  • Airport picks up and drop.
  • Welcome dinner along with Nepalese cultural dance.
  • 2-night accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis.
  • 1-night accommodation in Pokhara on a BB basis.
  • 3 Meals a day during the trek
  • Kathmandu to Besishahar by local bus, Besishahar to Chame by private jeep.
  • An experienced, helpful, and friendly Government license holder trekking guide.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permits.
  • Jomsom to Pokhara flight ticket as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Pokhara-Kathmandu overland transportation by tourist bus as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS)
  • Inclusive of Government tax.
  • Trekking porter/ Sherpa will carry your backpack during the trek.

What is Excluded?

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory).
  • International airport fees.
  • Entrance fees while sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley.
  • Alcoholic beverage and telephone calls
  • All kinds of food Hot drinks, Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water
  • Nepal Visa Fee
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed
  • Purely personal nature expenses
  • Tipping /Tips (Tipping is Expected).

EQUIPMENTS

The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek as the bag pack for the hiking in Nepal and the gear play a vital role for the successful trip and we suggest you to have all the necessary gear for the trip and not to have unnecessary equipment/things that you will not be using for the trip and list of the gear you need for the trek are.

General

  • Seasonable Sleeping bag and down Jacket (If you need it but has to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffle bag (We will provide duffle bag during the trek Sherpa Expedition & Trekking need to be returned after the trek)
  • A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (Must have for morning and evening above 3,000m)ve 3,000m)
  • Daypack

Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyes

  • A pair of half gloves
  • A warmer hat that covers the ears
  • Sunglasses 
  • Neckwarmer
  • Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
  • Headlamp and an extra set of batteries

Hand

  • A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
  • Warmer shell gloves and liner

Center Body

  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • Thermal Tops
  • wool Jackets or pullover
  • Artificial sports bras for (Women and girls)
  • Water and windproof shell jacket 

Lower Body 

  • Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
  • windproof and waterproof trousers
  • warmer trouser
  • Comfortable trekking pants
  • Extra casual sport pants

Feet

  • A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
  • Pair of sandals
  • 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
  • Socks liner
  • Light shoes and sneaker
  • First Aid Kits and Medicines
  • Assorted Adhesive Bandages (fabric preferred)
  • Blister treatment
  • Insect testing / anti-itch treatment
  • Ibuprofen / other pain-relief medication
  • Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
  • Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
  • Water purifying pills

(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend better to  bring your personal first-aid kit as well)

Miscellaneous, but must useable

  • 4 pic passport sizes with original passport
  • Water bottle & filter
  • Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because of if you won to change your flight date)
  • Bathroom kit (conform, should be included Toilet papers put on the plastic bag, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)

Extra things

  • Comfortable trekking poles
  • Best energy dry foods (up to you)
  • Power Bank and music players 
  • Camera (Memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)

GOOD TO KNOW

Trekking equipment

The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek as the backpack for the hiking in Nepal and the gear play a vital role for the successful trip and we suggest you to have all the necessary gear for the trip and not to have unnecessary equipment/things that you will not be used for the trip and list of the gear you need for the trek are:

  • Good down Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you do not have on your own and it is to be returned after the trek.
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep your all gear and this will be carried by the porters.
  • Daypack bag for yourself
  • A down Jacket
  • Shade hat
  • Warm wool hat to cover your ears
  • A pair of lightweight warm gloves.
  • T-shirts 2- 3 pieces
  • Lightweight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket.
  • Fleece Wind-proved jacket (optional).
  • A pair’s nylon hiking shorts which are quick drying one
  • Underwear
  • Two pairs of lightweight long underwear.
  • Two pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts
  • Four pairs of liner warm socks
  • A pair of light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots.
  • A pair of light trekking shoes for camp/lodges
  • A pair sandal (Optional)
  • A water bottle.
  • Head/Torch Light.

Medicines and First Aid Kits

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude-related headaches like DMX.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Imodium or Peptone besom, Flexon capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox 125 or 250mg or 400mg tablets for altitude sickness.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as moleskin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc.(Sherpa expedition and Trekking company's team also provide first aid kits)

Miscellaneous but Important

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies)
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip care (Balm) At least SPF 20, 2 sticks.
  • Sun’s cream with SPF 40 is recommended
  • Pocket knife.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets
  • Toiletry kits and be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.

Note Regarding Itineraries:
Although we generally adhere to the schedule, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions, suitable campsite availability, and the group's general fitness level. It is important to understand that our trek is logistically complex and it is not unusual that adjustments be made. Our guide will orient you each evening to the following day's plan and their good judgment is the key to the long history of successful treks that Sherpa Expedition & Trekking Pvt. Ltd.  Please remember that our ability to make adjustments as needed helps to ensure that your trek is safe and successful. Your safety is paramount.

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FAQS

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Yes, you can. 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.
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.
No, there is no age limit for the trek to Annapurna Circuit 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 to please see your doctor and obtain necessary permission and advice, as well as medications for traveling in extreme altitude prior to the excursion.
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.
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 panorama on your own schedule. It is also an eco-friendly way of trekking whereby trekkers can have more contact with the local people.
Most of the teahouses on the Annapurna Circuit trail have squat toilet facilities but recently built lodges have western-style toilets as well. Nowadays, flush toilets are also being introduced with 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 per use and the price increases along with the elevation. Attached bathrooms and toilets are not available unless you book for a luxury lodge during the Annapurna Circuit trek.
What you want to wear depends on you but we suggest you wear warm clothes during the Annapurna Circuit 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.
During the Annapurna Circuit 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.
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.
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.
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.
Make sure to have both medical and evacuation insurance before coming to Nepal for Annapurna Circuit Trekking. You should be careful in choosing a policy while traveling to a Himalayan country like Nepal as some insurance companies may make special exceptions for adventure travel. If you are confused about the insurance, please inform us and we will help you. It is usually better to arrange your insurance in your country before travel.
The trekking will be 5-7 hours a day depending upon the landscape and destination.
It takes 4 to 11 days to reach Base Camp depending upon the mode of transportation and packages of Sherpa Expedition and Trekking offers.
We at Sherpa Expedition and Trekking Team always have the safety, comfort, and satisfaction of our valued customers as our foremost priority at all times, and we assure you a wonderful and unforgettable time with us in our beautiful country. Sherpa team members of Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will be carrying all the necessary gear, equipment, and first aid kits and they have extensive first aid training. If a trekker falls sick on high altitude, the leader will decide whether to continue the trek. In case of emergency, Sherpa Expedition and Trekking have a rescue helicopter to bring you back from the higher elevation. Moreover, Sherpa Expedition and Trekking also provides oximeter to monitor the oxygen level at high altitude and offers regular health check-up facilities.
You can either trek on foot or by a flight. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking offer exciting and reasonable flight to Pokhara for 4 days and 10 days. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking can also customize your tour as per your necessity.
The flights are usually regular between September and May. But due to high altitude, bad weather and unforeseen technical issues, you may experience a delay or cancellation of the flight. On the occurrence of such events, Sherpa Expedition and Trekking tourist bus will be arranged.
Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will provide one porter for two trekkers to carry 20 kgs of luggage (maximum 10 kg for each trekker). Please be sure your porters are not overloaded because they do not carry only your equipment but also lift your spirit to reach new heights, and your love, affection, and generosity can be the reason for them to work hard to take you to your destination. However, the weight limit on flights to the Annapurna region, basically to Pokhara is a total of 20 kgs including hand bag and you need to pay an extra amount per kg for the excess baggage. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking pays up to 5 kgs of extra baggage making your total to 20 kgs with your hand bag.
Garlic soup is a must while trekking. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking recommend trekkers to drink green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon ginger tea and drink at least 2-4 liters of water a day. However, it is better to avoid alcohol and alcoholic beverages, caffeinated items, and hot-chocolates at high altitude.
Sherpa Expedition and Trekking won’t recommend non-veg items because the meat in such places may not hygienic and healthy. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking also encourage to avoid dairy and cheesy items and strongly suggest not to consume them during the trek. So, our packages are suitable for both vegan and vegetarians.
Your guide and porters are a big reason why you got a chance to feel something very few can have. Apart from guiding and carrying your necessities and being mindful of your safety, they want to see you happily succeeded more than anyone like family and help you successfully complete the trek safely. So, your tips reflect gratitude towards them. So, tipping is a recommended culture for porters and guide in Nepal as a gesture of thankfulness.
Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will introduce dozens of shops selling knock-off gear in Kathmandu. You can also barter those gears at the knock-off places but be sure you keep the receipt safely. Moreover, you can rent the needed gears if you do not want to buy them.
Yes, most guesthouses offer Wi-Fi, for a small charge. it cost USD$5 per day.
ATM services are available only in Pokhara & Jomsom. However, the services might not work or run out of cash. Therefore, we suggest you carry a small amount of money to buy snacks, etc during the trekking.
Most of the tea houses/ lodges have electricity whereby you will be able to charge your iPod or camera batteries. Please note that lodges/tea houses will charge you some extra money for the services. The fee may vary from 1 USD to 5 USD per hour.

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
1 Pax USD 950
2 Pax USD 890
3 Pax USD 800
4 - 6 Pax USD 770
7 - 12 Pax USD 750
13 - 18 Pax USD 720
19 - 24 Pax USD 700
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