ANNAPURNA ROUND TREK

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destination Annapurna
duration 19 Days
grade Beginner
start/end point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
region Annapurna
max altitude 5,416m
group size 2-12
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 1,550
Pax 3 USD 1,490
Pax 4 to 6 USD 1,450
Pax 7 to 12 USD 1,390
Pax 13 to 18 USD 1,350
Pax 19 to 24 USD 1,290
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ANNAPURNA ROUND TREK

WORLD-CLASS TREK THROUGH THE (7,629 sq km) Annapurna Conservation Area – the largest in Nepal.

The Annapurna Circuit has often been voted as the best long-distance trek in the world!

This is a comprehensive trek that will take you through lush green subtropical forests, to rugged alpine terrain while passing through culturally rich Buddhist & Hindu Gurung & Manang villages. This trek has everything from the deepest valley, highest pass, and tallest peaks! 

Sherpa Expeditions &Trekking will show you why the Annapurna Circuit trek has been one of the most popular treks in Nepal since the early ’70s. Unimaginable views of Mt. Annapurna (8th highest in world 8091m), Mt. Dhaulagiri 1 (6th highest 8167m), and Mt. Manaslu (7th highest 8156m), including thirteen peaks over 7000 meters (23,000 ft), and sixteen more over 6000m. The treacherous south face of Annapurna Main has claimed more lives than any other mountain in Nepal. Looking at its 3000m south face, a sheer wall of rock will explain it all. The massif is 55 kilometers (34 mi) long and is bounded by the Kali Gandaki Gorge (the deepest gorge in the world) on the west, the Marsyangdi River (150km long) on the north and east, and by Pokhara Valley to the south.

The trail starts at the Marsyangdi River (meaning “Raging River” in Nepali) and follows a trail to its source at the glacial lake in Manang (3600m). The trail passes through numerous villages with their terraced fields, through sub-tropical regions to villages rich in tradition and culture before reaching high altitude barren landscapes. One of the highlights and most challenging days of the trek takes us to the top of Thorong La Pass, the highest point of our trek.

After passing through Thorong La Pass (5,416m) we descend toward Pokhara and pass through From here the trail descends most of the way to Pokhara passing through the holy site of the holy Vishnu Muktinath Temple, considered sacred by Buddhists and Hindus, located in Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La Pass in the Mustang District. Muktinath is one of the highest temples in the world and is famous for its 108 water spouts in the shapes of bulls. The trek follows the Kali Gandaki River Valley passing through Jomsom (located on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River 2743m), Marpha (1630m), Tukuche, and Tatopani (meaning hot water in Nepali) before coming to an end in Pokhara.

The remarkable yawning valleys, charismatic traditional Buddhist and Hindu villages, and their age-old cultures with a background of enormous peaks is certain to please the most fastidious traveler. Sherpa Expedition & Trekking will ensure your safety and comfort at all times to make this an enjoyable adventure into the wilds of the Annapurna region.

Annapurna Round Trek Trip Highlights

  • A scenic journey through the Marsyangdi & Kali-Gandaki Valley and its spectacular varied scenery,
  • Trekking through low sub-tropic forests to high alpine rocky terrain, constant views of the Annapurna Massif & some of the world’s tallest peaks- the world’s tallest peaks: Annapurna 1, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri.
  • Trek through the Kali Gandaki Gorge – the world’s deepest gorge.
  • Step back in time and see historic architecturally unique villages, Buddhist culture & follow in the footsteps of the ancient Trans-Himalayan caravan route.

ITINERARY

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Upon arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be met by a Sherpa Expedition & Trekking representative, and taken to your hotel. After checking in at the hotel, you will be briefed on what to expect on your trek to Annapurna Round. 

Today, we will spend the day sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley with our guide. We will visit Pashupatinath, which is regarded as the holiest Hindu temple in Nepal and where pilgrims worship Lord Shiva (situated on the banks of the holy Bagmati River), Bouddhanath, a Buddhist temple known as ‘Little Tibet’ and then on to Swayambhunath known as the Monkey Temple. From Swayambhunath we drive to Kathmandu’s famous Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site, and located in front of the old royal palace. Upon arriving back at your hotel you may have time to do some last-minute shopping around Thamel – the tourist hub of Kathmandu. Back at your hotel, your guide will help you prepare for your trek.

Today, after an early breakfast, we will drive for about 5 to 6 hours before reaching Besisahar - about 190 kilometers from Kathmandu. After reaching Besisahar we will head by jeep to Syange where you will have some incredible views of Mt. Annapurna II (7937m), Mt. Manaslu (8156m), and Mt Lamjung (6983m).

The journey today takes along a dirt road through a gorge with amazing waterfalls cascading down into it and with numerous views of snow-capped peaks along the way. The winding road takes us from Syange and via Jagat village (1410m), and then reaches Chamje village. After crossing the bridge there is a steep climb before we reach the village of Tal (1700m), situated next to the Marsyangdi River. Leaving Tal we continue on before reaching today’s s destination, Dharapani village where we will stay the night.

Today we begin trekking from Dharapani climbing higher and a noticeable change with cooler conditions. You will see a change in the landscape at this higher elevation as the trail passes through forests before reaching the Tibetan village of the Bagarchhap with its distinctive Tibetan architecture. Climbing higher we reach the apple-growing region and farms along with pine forests and views of Lamjung and Annapurna II peaks. The trail then follows the Marsyangdi River heading upstream and passes the villages of Manang and Koto before reaching Chame. It is a very easy walk from Koto to Chame where we spend the night. Chame is the district headquarters of the Manang region.

After leaving Chame we pass through Telekhu and along the trail have some breathtaking views of Annapurna and Pisang (6091m) until we have to re-cross on a suspension bridge to the south bank of the Marsyangdi River. After crossing the river we then head higher passing a pine-forest as we trek through the upper reaches of the Manang valley to Pisang. At the upper edge of Pisang village, we can see Pisang and Chulu peaks. Tonight we stay at Pisang.

The town of Pisang is the start of our trek in the upper Manang area. Today we head to Braga; a Tibetan village with its unique architecture with its houses constructed one upon the other. One of its main attractions is its Gompa (Buddhist fortification), the largest in the Manang region. Manang is popular with trekkers and is also a place to acclimatize before heading to higher altitudes. Today’s trek is around 4 to 5 hours. We stay here for the night.

Medical professionals recommend that before heading to higher elevations that trekkers spend some time acclimatizing. They also recommend staying active. From Manang you will be blessed with views of Annapurna II; Annapurna III (7555m); Gangapurna (7454 m); and to the south to Tilicho (7132 m); and the Grand Barrier (a 7000m ridge)to the west; Chulu West (6583m) and Chulu East (6059m) meters in the north. Today, to better acclimatize to these higher altitudes we will climb up to Khangsar (3756m). Tonight we stay at Manang.

Today we head off on a 10.4 km uphill trek of around 3 to 4 hours and head to Yak Kharka passing through juniper forests and will see yak grazing in the pastures. On the route, we pass the only teahouse at Thorong Khola. The vegetation at this elevation is mostly juniper trees. Depending on the conditions we may decide to go a little further and stay the night at Letdar.

Today is most likely the toughest day of the trek, hiking for around 3 to 4 hours. The higher altitude contributes to the degree of difficulty and sometimes strong winds in these upper regions. Along the trail, we may pass sheep, yaks, and merchants transporting their goods. Once we reach Thorong La Pass we will be rewarded with breath-taking views of Annapurna, Gangapurna, and the eye-catching peak of Khatungkang (6484m). Leaving the pass we descend around 1600 metres and the brilliant Dhaulagiri (Dhula Giri, meaning “White Mountain”) is the highest mountain that is entirely in Nepal. The trail is more undulating and relatively easy before we reach Muktinath where we stay the night.

Today is most likely the toughest day of the trek, hiking for around 7 to 9 hours. The higher altitude contributes to the degree of difficulty and sometimes strong winds in these upper regions. Along the trail, we may pass sheep, yaks, and merchants transporting their goods. Once we reach Thorong La Pass we will be rewarded with breath-taking views of Annapurna, Gangapurna, and the eye-catching peak of Khatungkang (6484m). Leaving the pass we descend around 1600 meters and the brilliant Dhaulagiri (Dhaula Giri, meaning “White Mountain”) is the highest mountain that is entirely in Nepal. The trail is more undulating and relatively easy before we reach Muktinath where we stay the night.

After leaving Muktinath we descend 1200 meters to the Kali Gandaki river valley with a brief stop at Ekle Bhatti (meaning one inn) a small village with 3-4 teahouses. From here our trek follows a windy path for another 2 hours until we reach Jomson, the headquarters of the Mustang region with an airstrip near the Kali Gandaki River. A relatively easy 2 hour -trek from Jomson takes us to Marpha where we stay the night. Jomsom has many lodges and is famous for its delicious apple cider – a good opportunity to celebrate!

Leaving Marpha takes us along the banks of the Kali Gandaki River heading downstream to Tukuche village beneath the soaring Tukuche Peak and Dhaulagiri Massif, extending 120 km from the Kali Gandaki River in the west to Bheri and fantastic views of Mt.Nilgiri and the immense glaciers coming down from the east face of Dhaulagiri. A short trek of 1 hour from Tukuche takes us to Larjung village surrounded by huge mountains. We then cross the wide river bed and trek through pine, rhododendron and oak forests and then cross a suspension bridge over the swift-flowing Kali Gandaki River. In the background are excellent views of Mt.Annapurna I, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri. The trail then brings us to Lete Village where we stay the night.

Our trek today descends form the more rugged arid regions through pine and other conifer forests as we pass through the valley between the enormous Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. Following the trail takes us through Ghasa Village with breathtaking views of the snow-capped peaks and into a cooler climate. Just down from Ghasa is the southernmost tip of the region inhabited by the Thakali people. The trail continues and passes the multi-terraced farmland carved from the hillsides as we head into the sub-tropical regions before reaching Tatopani (meaning hot water in Nepali). On this path, we can see the cascading Rupsi waterfalls. The hot springs at Tatopani are located on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River.

Today we ascend 1670 meters, quite a hard slog, and pass through more cultivated farmland with their terraced fields. We climb through a rhododendron forest, spectacular in springtime, magnolia, and of course a panoramic view of the mountains. Tonight we stay at Ghorepani with magical views of the Annapurna Ranges and Machapuchare (fishtail) one of the few unclimbed peaks in Nepal due to its religious status – home to Lord Shiva.

Early morning starts and we trek up to Poon hill to watch the sunrise, an eye-opening experience that will leave you breathless. As dawn approaches the change in colors will be a magical experience where you camera will go into overdrive! This has to be one of the best places, on any trek, to view the Annapurnas, Dhaulagiri, and its many snow-capped peaks. This is an unforgettable experience and will give you photos to boast about! The first leg of the trek, passing through Bhanthati, down to Tikhedhunga is a very steep descent. Tonight we will stay at Tikhedhunga.

After leaving Tikhedhunga we follow a fairly easy downhill trail passing through farming villages and cascading waterfalls before reaching the quaint village of Birethanti beside the Modi River where we stop for lunch. After lunch, we trek for another 30 minutes before reaching Nayapul where we take a jeep to Pokhara where we stay at Lakeside (next to Few Tal (lake). We will have time to walk beside the lake, take a boat ride, and browse the many shops. Tonight we can party and celebrate the conclusion of our amazing adventure.

Today we head back on a 6 to 7-hour drive to Kathmandu with many fond memories of Nepal and its unique culture and geography. These memories will last a lifetime!

Sherpa Expeditions & Trekking staff will transfer you to the airport for your final departure from Nepal. We hope that this epic trek will be firmly ingrained in your memory and will be enough to prompt you to consider your next trek with us!

SERVICES

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop services on a private vehicle.
  • Three night’s hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Kathmandu - Besisahar transfers on a local bus, Pokhara - Kathmandu transportation on a Tourist bus
  • Besisahar to Syange transfer on a Local Shared Jeep
  • 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 experienced Sherpa helpers [porters] with meals, accommodation, salary, and insurance
  • Use of sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag and walking poles (if you don’t have your own, to be returned after trip completed).
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide / American medical association approved Oximeter
  • Sherpa Expedition and Trekking T-shirt
  • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • Guided Kathmandu sightseeing tour with private car/jeep.
  • Trip achievement certificate after successful trip completion.
  • 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.

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 Round Trek, also known as the Annapurna Circuit Trek, is a popular trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is known for its diverse landscapes, stunning mountain views, and rich cultural experiences. The trek takes you around the entire Annapurna massif, crossing high mountain passes, lush valleys, and traditional villages.

The Annapurna Round Trek is considered to be moderately challenging. It involves walking for 6-7 hours per day on average, with some steep uphill and downhill sections. The highest point of the trek is Thorong La Pass, which stands at an altitude of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet). Good physical fitness and some prior trekking experience are recommended, but it is suitable for most people with a reasonable level of fitness.

The duration of the Annapurna Round Trek can vary depending on the chosen itinerary and individual preferences. On average, the trek takes around 15-20 days to complete. It is important to allow sufficient time for acclimatization to avoid altitude sickness and to enjoy the trek at a comfortable pace.

The best time to do the Annapurna Round Trek is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season (March to May) and post-monsoon (autumn) season (September to November). These months offer clear skies, moderate temperatures, and stable weather conditions, making it easier to enjoy the trek and have clear views of the mountains. However, the trek can be done throughout the year, except during the monsoon season (June to August) when heavy rainfall can make the trails slippery and less enjoyable.

While it is not mandatory to hire a guide for the Annapurna Round Trek, it is highly recommended, especially for those with limited trekking experience. A guide can provide valuable assistance, ensure your safety, navigate the trails, and offer insights into the local culture and environment. Additionally, hiring a guide also supports the local economy. However, if you have prior trekking experience and are confident in navigating the trails, you can choose to trek independently.

For the Annapurna Round Trek, you need two permits: Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card. These permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara before starting the trek. The fees from these permits go towards conservation efforts and maintaining the trekking trails.

During the Annapurna Round Trek, you will mostly stay in teahouses or guesthouses along the trail. These are basic lodges that provide a bed, blanket, and shared bathroom facilities. The food options in teahouses are usually simple but plentiful, offering a variety of Nepali and international dishes. It is recommended to stick to a balanced diet and drink plenty of fluids to maintain energy levels during the trek.

Yes, there are several alternative routes and side trips that can be added to the Annapurna Round Trek, depending on the time and interests of the trekkers. Some popular options include a side trip to Tilicho Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world, and a detour to the Annapurna Base Camp. These additional routes and side trips add extra days to the trek but offer unique experiences and stunning views.

Altitude sickness can be a concern on the Annapurna Round Trek, especially when crossing Thorong La Pass, which stands at an altitude of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet). It is important to acclimatize properly by taking rest days, hydrating well, and ascending gradually. It is also recommended to be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness and to seek medical help if needed. Hiring a guide who is knowledgeable about altitude sickness can be beneficial in ensuring your safety and well-being.

Yes, the Annapurna Round Trek can be done solo. However, it is important to be well-prepared, have prior trekking experience, and be aware of the risks and challenges associated with trekking in remote areas. It is recommended to have a detailed itinerary, necessary permits, appropriate gear, and a good understanding of the trail. Additionally, informing someone about your plans and keeping them updated on your progress is advisable for safety purposes.

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 1,590
Pax 2 USD 1,550
Pax 3 USD 1,490
Pax 4 to 6 USD 1,450
Pax 7 to 12 USD 1,390
Pax 13 to 18 USD 1,350
Pax 19 to 24 USD 1,290
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  • Hassle-Free Booking
  • Team of highly experienced Experts
  • 24/7 Customer Support

All Inclusive Cost

USD 1,450

Per Person

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The Annapurna Circuit Trek is not for the faint of heart. It is a test of strength and perseverance that pushes you to your limits. But with every step taken and every challenge overcome, a sense of achievement grows within you. Reaching the end of the trek is a moment of triumph that makes all the physical challenges worthwhile.

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Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and extremely helpful. They company staff was very kind. Our accommodation, food was properly managed. The highlights was the fresh fruit after every meal which was the envy of the teahouses.

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