ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK 18 DAYS

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destination Annapurna
duration 18 Days
grade Moderate
start/end point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
region Annapurna
max altitude 5,416 m
group size 2-102
meal All inclusive
activity 5-6 hours
accommodation Hotel/Teahouse
season All season

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No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 1,590
Pax 2 USD 1,490
Pax 3 USD 1,450
Pax 4 to 6 USD 1,390
Pax 7 to 12 USD 1,350
Pax 13 to 18 USD 1,290
Pax 19 to 24 USD 1,190
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ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK 18 DAYS

Explore the Annapurna circuit, one of the most geographically and culturally diverse regions in Annapurna Nepal, during this 80-day guided trip. After it began attracting trekkers beginning from the 1980s, the circuit trek has been recognized as one of the world's best trekking routes in the Annapurna Region. Drive from Kathmandu to Beshisahar and start our trek from there. Trek past the villages of Bahundanda, Jagat, Dharapani, Chame, and Pisang to reach Manang Village, where we will stay for 2 days to explore and acclimatize.

Cross the mighty Thorong La Pass (5416m), the highest navigable high pass in the world, and trek passes through the villages of, Muktinath, Marpha, and Lete to reach Tatopani. Enjoy stunning mountain views from Poon Hill before driving to Pokhara. The trek past beautiful Himalayas hamlets, through rhododendron forests and over the foothills of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayas. Enjoy magnificent views of Annapurna I, II, III, South Annapurna, and IV as well as Dhaulagiri and Fishtail mountains, among others. Cross many rivers and streams.

See stunning waterfalls and gurgling hot springs (Tatopani) as well as the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki Gorge, during 80 days Annapurna Circuit trip. Please go through the itinerary for more about this incredible trekking experience. Sherpa team will ensure your safety and comfort at all times to make this an enjoyable adventure into the wilds of the Annapurna region.

ITINERARY

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A representative from Sherpa Expedition Teams will be there to meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel in Thamel, followed by a briefing covering information about the trek. Tonight you will stay at a 3-star hotel in Thamel.

Today we first head to Besisahar and will then take a jeep to Syange. This drive gives you to introduce you to the terrain and give you a taste of what to expect along the trail. From Syange we will have an easy trek to Jagat.

The first leg of our trek today takes us to the village of Chamje. Along the trail we pass over the river on a suspension bridge and trek through an oak forest before coming out in a valley. We then pass through Kodo before coming to Dharapani.

Today we follow a mule trail through oak and maple forest. On the trail you will have some great mountain views before arriving at Chame.

This morning we pass through the village of Telekhu and on the trail have some wonderful views of Annapurna and Pisang (6091m) until we have to re-cross the river on a suspension bridge to the south bank of the Marsyangdi River. We then ascend passing through a pine forest as we trek through the upper reaches of the Manang valley to Pisang.

Pisang is where our trek in the upper Manang region begins. Today we first head to Braga; a Tibetan village with its distinctive architecture and houses constructed one upon the other. One of the main features here is its Gompa (temple), the largest in the entire Manang region. Manang is also a popular stopping off point with trekkers and is also the perfect place to acclimatize before heading higher.

Medical professionals vigorously recommend that before heading higher that trekkers spend time acclimatizing. They also suggest that you are active during this period. Today we will head up to Khangsar (3756m) as a way to assist us in the acclimatization process. We will stay overnight at Manang.

This morning we start out on a 10.4 km ascent to Yak Kharka passing through juniper forests along the way. On the trail we may see yak grazing in these alpine pastures. We will pass the only teahouse on this leg of the route at Thorong Khola. Depending on the weather conditions and energy levels of us trekkers we may decide to go a little further and stay overnight at the village of Letdar.

We gradually get used to the higher altitudes as we follow the trail along the east bank of the Jarang Khola (river) and on the trail come across some steep bluffs before coming to Thorong Phedi (meaning foothills). If we are lucky we may see blue sheep and possibly the very secretive snow leopard. This is also home to Lammergeyer (bearded vulture). There is also a belief that the mythical griffons inhabit this region (a mythical creature with a lion’s body and bird’s head).

Today is going to be a tough day on the trail as we trek for around 7 to 8 hours at higher altitudes. There are also strong winds in these upper regions that make it harder going too. Along the trail, we may pass sheep, yaks and merchants transporting their goods on their backs or on mules. At Thorong La Pass we will have some breathtaking views of Annapurna, Gangapurna and the distinct eye-catching peak of Khatungkang (6484m). We then descend for about 1600 meters. We can also see Mt. Dhaulagiri, (Dhavali giri, meaning “White Mountain”) the highest mountain that is entirely within the borders of Nepal. The trail is more undulating and less hard going as we head to Muktinath where we stay overnight.

The trail today follows the deepest gorge in the world - the Kali Gandaki Valley to Marpha. Marpha is home to many apple orchids and is where they have a reputation for making great apple brandy, apple cider and other drinks. This is a great place to stop for the night and sample a few products!

Today we continue along the trail along the banks next to the Kali Gandaki River to Ghasa.

Today we trek through the Magar village of Kopchepani and continue through the Kali Gandaki River valley to Tatopani (meaning hot/water in Nepali). This is an ideal place to sit back in these therapeutic hot springs and unwind.

Today you can wander around the village and explore the nearby countryside, or hop back in the hot springs and relax.

Today we have a long trek and first, come to the villages of Ghara and Shikhar after crossing a suspension bridge over the Kali Gandaki River. We then head through the lush forest and several other villages until we arrive at Ghorepani. On the trail, we have stunning views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and other snow-covered peaks of the Annapurna Mountain range.

In the very early hours of the morning, we trek the short distance to Poon hill to watch the sunrise over the mountains. This is truly an amazing and unforgettable scene that will leave you breathless. As dawn approaches the change in colors will have your camera going crazy as you snap away at the ever-changing scenes of the sun rising over the Annapurnas, Dhaulagiri, and its other snow-capped peaks. This is without a doubt one of the best places in Nepal to capture mountain views. We then descend to Ghorepani for breakfast and then have a 5-hour descent to Nayapul. The first part of this trail to Tikhedhunga is very steep, and then we pass terraced fields for several hours before arriving at Nayapul from where we leave by bus for Pokhara.

Today we take the bus back to Kathmandu. On arrival, you will be taken to your hotels in Thamel. You can spend the remainder of the day wandering the narrow winding streets and catch up on some last-minute shopping. You may also decide to find a lovely café or bar to celebrate the completion of your epic mountain journey.

A representative from Sherpa Expedition Teams will take you to the airport at least 3 hours prior to your departure. On your way home you may already be planning your next adventure to this stunning mountainous country.

SERVICES

Cost Included In Your Package

  • Airport pick-up and drop services on a private vehicle.
  • Two night’s hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Kathmandu - Syange transfers on a local bus, Pokhara - Kathmandu transportation on a Tourist bus
  • Nayapul To Pokhara transportation on a Private car.
  • One night hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Three meals a day [Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner] during the trek
  • Accommodation on beautiful cozy tea houses as per the itinerary
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permits and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) cards
  • Experienced English speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Strong, helpful Sherpa porters with proper safety equipment and walking equipment, his salary, food, accommodation, and insurance (one porter for two people).
  • Assistant trekking guide for groups over 8 people with meals, accommodation, salary, and insurance
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service (paid by your Travel Insurance Company).
  • Use of sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag and walking poles (if you don’t have your own, to be returned after trip completed).
  • Sherpa Expedition and Trekking T-shirt
  • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • Oxygen meter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) which will ensure your health during the trek.
  • Assistant guide for groups of 8 or more people.

Costs Exclude

  • Meals whilst you are in Kathmandu & Pokhara - lunch, and dinner.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (easy to obtain the visa on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport – Kathmandu). $25 USD for 15-day visa.
  • Personal travel and medical insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and nonalcoholic, soup, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cocoa, mineral water, extra food, cold and hot drinks on trek ( i.e. those you choose to purchase along the way and during evenings in the tea houses)
  • All desserts & sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
  • Hot shower and battery charging at the tea houses.
  • Tips for the guide, porter, and driver (tipping is expected)
  • NOTE: If you return earlier from the trek due to sickness or any problem, the money you paid for the flight, hotel, mountain room, food, etc. is nonrefundable, and you will need to bear the expenses for the hotel, food, etc. in Kathmandu yourself.

EQUIPMENTS

The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.

General

  • All season sleeping bag and down Jacket (we can provide if you need it,  but has to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffle bag ( Sherpa Expedition & Trekking provide duffle bag during the trek but has to be returned after the trek)
  • A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (a must-have for morning and evenings above 3,000m)
  • Daypack

Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyewear

  • 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

Hands

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

Upper Body

  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • Thermal tops
  • wool jacket or pullover
  • Sports bras for women and girls
  • Water and windproof shell jacket 

Lower Body

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

Footwear

  • A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
  • Pair of sandals
  • 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
  • Sock liners
  • Light shoes and sneakers
  • First Aid Kits and Medicines
  • Assorted adhesive bandages (fabric preferred)
  • Blister treatment cream or similar
  • Insect / anti-itch ointment
  • Ibuprofen or 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 you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)

Miscellaneous - but must useful on the trek

  • 4  passport size photos with original passport
  • Water bottle & filter
  • Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because in case you want to change your flight date)
  • Bathroom kit (conform, should be included toilet paper, plastic bags, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)

Extra things

  • Comfortable trekking poles
  • Quality energy dry foods (up to you)
  • Power bank and music players 
  • Camera (memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)

GOOD TO KNOW

Accommodation

You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may find comfort and better quality teahouses - having attached bathroom at lower levels- until you reach higher elevations, where the accommodation is more basic with bare necessities. 

Meals during the trek

 In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of the Manang & Mustang regions is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew, and Tibetan bread. Sherpa’s’ started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.

Transportation

We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We use public transportation or local buses during the trek. 

Physical fitness

This can be a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus! We have met people from all walks of life, shapes, and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake. 

Remember – The better prepared – the more enjoyable your trek!

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The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a popular trekking route in Nepal that takes you around the Annapurna massif, offering stunning views of the Himalayas, diverse landscapes, and rich cultural experiences. It is known for its challenging mountain passes and varied terrain.

The duration of the Annapurna Circuit Trek can vary depending on the specific itinerary and trekking agency. Typically, it takes around 8-20 days to complete the full circuit. This includes the trekking days and acclimatization/rest days.

The best time to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer pleasant weather, clear skies, and favorable trekking conditions. However, the trek can be done throughout the year, with the exception of the monsoon season (June to August) when the trail can be muddy and prone to landslides.

Yes, you will need a TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card and an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek. These permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered to be a moderately to strenuously challenging trek. It involves long days of walking, crossing high mountain passes, and navigating varied terrain. A good level of fitness and prior trekking experience are recommended.

The highest point on the Annapurna Circuit Trek is Thorong La Pass, which stands at an elevation of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet). This is a challenging and physically demanding part of the trek.

Accommodation during the Annapurna Circuit Trek is usually in basic teahouses or lodges along the trail. These provide simple rooms with shared facilities. As for food, you can expect to find a variety of Nepali and international dishes, including dal bhat (rice and lentil soup), momo (dumplings), and noodles.

While it is not mandatory to hire a guide for the Annapurna Circuit Trek, it is highly recommended, especially if you are not familiar with the area or have limited trekking experience. A guide can provide valuable insights, help with navigation, and ensure your safety throughout the trek.

Some essential items to pack for the Annapurna Circuit Trek include sturdy trekking shoes, warm clothing, a good-quality backpack, a sleeping bag, a water bottle, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a first aid kit.

Yes, it is possible to combine the Annapurna Circuit Trek with other treks in the Annapurna region, such as the Annapurna Base Camp Trek or the Tilicho Lake Trek. This allows you to customize your trekking experience and explore more of the stunning landscapes and cultural diversity of the area.

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 1,590
Pax 2 USD 1,490
Pax 3 USD 1,450
Pax 4 to 6 USD 1,390
Pax 7 to 12 USD 1,350
Pax 13 to 18 USD 1,290
Pax 19 to 24 USD 1,190
  • Best Price Guarantee
  • Hassle-Free Booking
  • Team of highly experienced Experts
  • 24/7 Customer Support

All Inclusive Cost

USD 1,390

Per Person

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Brittany Mcgrath

Austria

January 1, 2024

My first trek experience with Team Sherpa Expedition

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This was my first trip to the Annapurna region and chosen because I'm not sure what it will look like in even 5 years time with all the road development going on. Yes, there are a couple of days where you're walking on a dirt road which used to be the trail but the lasting memories are of the spectacular scenery, the fantastic Nepalese people, the great camaraderie in our group and our leaders who were superb organisers and really good fun as well. The first time you catch sight of the Annapurna range is just awe-inspiring as the snow-capped peaks tower above you. You could never tire of that amazing panorama. Other obvious highlights are crossing Thorong La pass at 5,400 metres (it got tough above 5,000 metres!), the sunrise on the top of Poon Hill and the numerous river crossings on suspension bridges. However, I will also take away the warmth of the local people, the great food, the little insights you get into Nepalese village life as you walk through the mountain villages and a better appreciation of the people and their culture. They have far fewer material possessions than people in the UK but seem to smile a lot more - a lesson in there I think. I would recommend this trip to anyone who has a love of mountains and different cultures but don't wait too long because the 'development' of the Annapurna Sanctuary area continues at a pace so the landscape is changing, and not necessarily for the better if you like your trekking without too much traffic

Susie Behmer

Australia

December 18, 2023

Best guide of sherpa expedition in Nepal

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I strongly recommend the uma holidays travels agency. I did the Annapurna circuit trek with wangchu Sherpa who is a super guide, very professional, carrying so much for us (in particular to prevent from the AMM), with humour. The organisation of the trek was perfect. Sree, the contact in the agency was very professional too,and is listening to the customers and makes sure everything is fine for us. I really advise this agency.

Preet Kaur

Australia

December 12, 2023

Best Trek With Best Guide

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It was an amazing trek led by Ram and Lakpa with two other excellent guides and a team of professional porters. They made our trip pleasant and memorable. I would really like to hike with this group for my next Nepal trip

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