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Annapurna Circuit Classic Trek 14 Days

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Annapurna Circuit Classic Trek 14 Days

Duration :   14 Days 13 Nights
The Price :   $1,199.00
Start Location:   Kathmandu
Age Range :   10-75

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Annapurna Circuit Classic Trek consists of the 14 days itinerary for hiking within the central Himalayas. Moreover, it has the route that varies between 160–230 km (100-145 mi). Actually, it depends upon where motor transportation is used and where the trek ends. This trek will be crossing two different river valleys viz. Marshyangdi River Valley and Kali Gandaki River Valley. Furthermore it also encircles the Annapurna Massif (Annapurna I-IV). The path will be reaching its highest point at Thorong La High Pass (5416m / 17769 ft). It lies at the edge of the Tibetan plateau.

 

The trek will begin after a seven hour drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule in the Marshyangdi river valley. The Annapurna Circuit then passes through Thorong La High Pass and concludes in Jomsom. Furthermore, the trail takes you along many paddy fields, subtropical forests, several waterfalls and gigantic cliffs and various villages. On your journey you will be passing through the Annapurna Massif, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslua and Gangapurna. You will also be passing via Tilicho Peak with numerous other peaks that falls in the range above 6000 m.

 

Furthermore, this trek has also been voted as one of the best long-distance treks in the world. It combines in its old full form a wide variety of climatic elevation. The culture here varies from Hindu villages at the low foothills of Chame to the upper Tibetan Culture in Manang and Mustang. This trek package furthermore includes the very famous temple of Muktinath as well. Moreover you will also be exploring the dry land and the rain shadow area in Manang & Lower Mustang.

 

Thorong La Pass

Thorong La Pass is a mountain pass with an elevation of 5416 m above sea level. Nonetheless, Thorong La is also the highest point on the Annapurna Circuit trail. Moreover, it falls on the Damodar Himal, north of the Annapurna Himal, in central Nepal. Additionally, Thorong Ri on the slope of Khatung Kang and Yakawa Kang are the mountains forming Thorong La. The pass is thus located on a trail which connects the village of Manang in the Manang District to the east. In addition to trekkers, the pass is regularly used by local traders as well.

 

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) is Nepal’s largest protected area covering 7629 km2. It is located in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas. The area ranges in elevation from 790 m to the peak of Annapurna I at 8,091 m. Moreover, the conservation area stretches across Manang, Mustang, Kaski, Myagdi, and Lamjung Districts. Additionally, the area encompasses Annapurna Sanctuary and is known for several trekking routes including Annapurna Circuit.

 

Added sightseeing tour in Pokhara

During your trip, you will also be exploring the beautiful city of Pokhara. Here you will visit Phewa Lake, World Peace Pagoda and Davis Falls among others.

 

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Annapurna Circuit Trek

 

Additional Information on Annapurna Circuit Classic 14 Days Trek:

 

Booking Your Annapurna Circuit 14 Days Trek:

We offer maximum flexibility for our guests’ convenience to book their trips into the Annapurna region for 2024 and 2025. You may thus choose a date that best suits your schedule. Regarding your booking, please select one of the two available options. You may either pay USD 100 per person as a deposit amount to confirm your trip or pay the full amount of USD 1199 per person upfront. If you opt for the deposit, the remaining is payable via Online / Card Swipe / Cash. We accept USD, AUD, CAD, EURO, GBP, SGD, etc. when you arrive in Kathmandu.

 

Booking Your International Flight:

For your 14 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek, you should plan to arrive in Kathmandu on Day 1 and depart on Day 14. However, having some extra one or two buffer days can prevent any issues with your return tickets.

 

Packing for the Annapurna Circuit Trek:

Please click here for a complete checklist of your Annapurna Circuit Trek. Be sure to read it carefully and pack accordingly as per your personal preferences.

 

Arrival Information:

Once you’ve booked your flight ticket, please share the details with us so that we can provide you with a complimentary airport pickup as well. Our airport representative will then be waiting for you at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, holding our official name ‘Cordial Trek’ and your nameplate as you exit the airport terminal. Additionally, if you’re arriving earlier, we can also arrange an accommodation for extra nights with add-on tours for additional cost.

 

Trek Starting and Ending Days:

The actual trekking days are from Day 2 to Day 11. You’ll drive to Bhulbhule on Day 2 to commence the trip and return to Kathmandu on Day 13. Additionally, on Day 12 itself, you can choose to fly back to Kathmandu (with additional costs for flight tickets) or stay at Pokhara for the night. Moreover, if you opt to fly back to Kathmandu on Day 12, you may even plan to catch your international flight the next day on Day 13.

 

Expect to spend 10 nights and 11 days completing the Annapurna Circuit Classic Trek. You’ll begin your trek from Bhulbhule to Muktinath via Thorong La High Pass and drive to Jomsom with overnight stays in villages like Jagat, Dharapani, Chame, Pisang, Manang, Lader, Thorong Phedi and Jomsom. Each day’s trek will begin around 07:30 AM and conclude in the late afternoon, with frequent breaks to catch your breath. You’ll have numerous photo opportunities along the way and enjoy breakfast and dinner at the same place, while lunch is en route.

 

Additionally, your guide will provide you with regular briefings about timing and stops every morning before the trek begins.

 

Accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara:

In Kathmandu & Pokhara, you’ll stay in 3 Star Category Hotels with twin / double sharing beds.

 

Accommodation in the Mountains:

During the trek, your accommodation options are teahouses. Although basic, these teahouses are clean and provide a comfortable place for a good night’s rest.

 

Food:

In Kathmandu, your package includes breakfast only. They are typically served buffet-style but since you leave early in the morning for your trip on Day 2, you’ll receive a packed breakfast. During the trek, you will be provided with full board meals and may choose from a menu offering local and international cuisines.

 

Note: It is highly advisable to stick to vegetarian food from your arrival in Kathmandu until the end of your trek, as proper toilet facilities are not available everywhere along the trail.

 

Baggage and Weight Limit:

On your flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, the total baggage weight allowance is 15 kgs, combining both checked and carry-on baggage. Ensure you pack approximately 10/11 kilos in your checked bag and 4/5 kilos in your carry-on to stay within the 15-kilo limit. If you have items you don’t need on the trek, you can leave them at the Kathmandu hotel for storage at no cost. Remember to take a photo of your bag-tag and keep it for easy identification in case the original tag is lost.

 

Drinking Water on the Trek:

Bottled water is available along the trail, but we encourage you to bring your own reusable water bottles and treat tap water to reduce single-use plastic bottle waste. Be sure to bring water treatment pills and flavorings to enhance the taste. Staying hydrated is essential, so aim to drink more than 4 liters of water every day while trekking.

 

Electricity, Charging and Wi-Fi:

Please keep in mind that you’re embarking on a trek to Annapurna Circuit and not exploring urban areas. While some facilities like charging and Wi-Fi are available at an extra cost, they are not guaranteed. We also recommend against planning to work or conduct online meetings during the trek, allowing you to fully enjoy the mountain experience.

 

Cash for Extras and Tipping:

You should have Nepali rupees for expenses such as tea, coffee, bottled drinks and Wi-Fi. Plan to carry about USD 200 to 250 equivalent Nepali rupees. Additionally, set aside 150-200 USD for tipping your guide and porter. The amount can vary based on the level of service provided by the field staff members.

 

Availability of Guide & Porter:

Every two travelers will be provided with a single porter and an experienced guide. The baggage however must be divided between 12.5 kgs each as every porter carries a maximum of 25 kgs. Both guide and porter will be insured and well equipped with necessary items and first aid kit.

 

Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek:

 

1. Trek via Thorong La High Pass (5416 m)

2. Visit the very famous temple of Muktinath

3. Take a thrilling return flight from Jomsom to Pokhara

4. Explore the Manang Valley

5. Explore the very beautiful city of Pokhara

6. Get spellbound with the spectacular view of the central Himalayas

7. Hike via scenic trails of Lower Mustang

8. Experience a scenic drive to Bhulbhule

9. Experience a diverse culture and traditions of different ethnic groups

Places You’ll See :

Travel Itinerary:

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu (Max Altitude: 1350 m / 4429 ft)

On the first day of your trip, you will be arriving in Kathmandu via Tribhuvan International Airport. A Cordial Trek representative will greet and pick you up from the airport. You will then check into a hotel and be briefed about your upcoming trek and get introduced to your guide.

 

Accommodation: '3 Star' Category Hotel

 

Meals: None

Day 2 : Drive to Bhulbhule and trek to Nyadi (Min Altitude: 840 m / 2756 ft)

On the second day of your trip, you will be traveling early in the morning for a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule via Besisahar on a bus. The trip will take you 7-8 hours. You will then be on a one hour hike towards Nyadi, a small settlement. A guest house in Nyadi will be your halt for the night.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 3 km / 1.9 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 : Trek to Jagat (Max Altitude: 1300 m / 4265 ft)

On the third day of your trip, you will be on a 5-6 hour trek from Nyadi to Jagat. Today you will be passing via Bahun Danda with a scenic view of the mountains and various waterfalls on your way via Marshyangdi valley. A guest house in Jagat will be your halt for the night.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 13 km / 8.0 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 : Trek to Dharapani (Max Altitude: 1830 m / 7119 ft)

On the fourth day of your trip, you will be on a 6-7 hour trek from Jagat to Dharapani. Today you will be passing via Taal village, a small town on the banks of river Marshyangdi. A guest house in Dharapani will be your halt for the night.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 15 km / 9.3 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 : Trek to Chame (Max Altitude: 2710 m / 8891 ft)

On day five of your trip, you will be on a 5-6 hour trek from Dharapani to Chame, the district headquarter of Manang. Today you will be passing via Danaque, a small Gurung village on the banks of river Marshyangdi. Chame offers you a majestic view of Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Lamjung. A guest house in Chame will be your halt for the night.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 14 km / 8.7 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 : Trek to Pisang (Max Altitude: 3300 m / 10826 ft)

On day six of your trip, you will be on a 5-6 hour trek from Chame to Pisang, a narrow valley with Tibetan culture. Today you will be passing via Bhratang with a view to Paungda Danda, a sacred holy hill on an elevation of 4500 m. Pisang also offers you a majestic view of Mt. Annapurna II, Mt. Annapurna IV and Mt. Gangapurna. A guest house in Pisang will be your halt for the night.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 14 km / 8.7 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 : Trek to Manang (Max Altitude: 3540 m / 11614 ft)

On day seven, you will be on a 5-6 hour trek from Pisang to Manang, an ethnic town with Tibetan culture. Today you will be passing via Humde, a modern settlement with an airstrip. Humde also offers you an insight into the farming and cultivation of apples. On your way, you will also be exploring the oldest and biggest monastery in Braga, a traditional village. A guest house in Manang will be your halt for the night.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 16 km / 10 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 : Acclimatization Day at Manang (Max Altitude: 3540 m / 11614 ft)

Today marks the day of acclimatization, an important part of your trek. The day is used to habituate yourself for upcoming higher altitudes in your trip. For the same, you will be on a short return trip (4 hours) to Praken Gompa and Gangapurna lake. Praken Gompa is an ancient monastery that offers you a panoramic view of the mountain range.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 3 km / 1.9 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 : Trek to Lader (Max Altitude: 4250 m / 13944 ft)

On day nine of your trip, you will be on a 4-5 hour trek from Manang to Lader, a small settlement with tea houses. Today you will be passing via Yak Kharka, a grassland to graze the Yaks. A guest house in Lader will be your halt for the night.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 13 km / 8 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10 : Trek to Phedi / High Camp (Max Altitude: 4600 m / 15091 ft)

On day ten of your trip, you will be on a 4-5 hour trek from Lader to High Camp via Phedi. A guest house in High Camp will be your halt for the night.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 6 km / 3.7 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11 : Trek to Thorong La to Muktinath to Jomsom (Max Altitude: 5416 m / 17769 ft)

On day eleven of your trip, you will be on a 3-4 hour early morning trek to Thorong La Pass, the highest pass in the world. You will then take a four hour hike down towards Muktinath via Phedi. Muktinath (3800 m) is the biggest settlement in Lower Mustang that is named after a temple of the same name that is sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists.

 

Later in the afternoon you will be taking a one hour drive to Jomsom. A guest house in Jomsom will be your halt for the night.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 15 km / 9.3 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12 : Fly to Pokhara (Min Altitude: 830 m / 2723 ft)

On day twelve you will be boarding an early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. You will then be on a sightseeing tour of Pokhara in the afternoon. Here you will be exploring the very famous Phewa Lake, World Peace Pagoda and Davis Falls among others. A hotel in Pokhara will be your halt for the night.

 

Accommodation: '3 Star' Category Hotel

 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 : Drive back to Kathmandu (Max Altitude: 1350 m / 4429 ft)

On day thirteen, you will be on a 6-7 hour drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. In the evening you will be served with a farewell dinner and cultural program. A hotel in Kathmandu will be your halt for the night. Optional: You may book a 30 min flight back to Kathmandu.

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House

 

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 14 : Final Departure

On day fourteen you will be awarded with a ‘Trip Certificate’ and be bidded a final farewell. We will then drop you back to the airport three hours before your final departure.

 

Optional: You might also book any other new trip with us.

 

Meals: Breakfast

F.A.Q

How can I get my ‘On Arrival’ Nepal Visa?

Any international traveler arriving by air can get an ‘On Arrival Visa’ at ‘Tribhuvan International Airport’ in Kathmandu. ‘Overland Travelers‘ may acquire an ‘On Arrival Visa’ at the entry points of Nepal-China / Nepal-India border at following locations:

Kakarbhitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
Birgunj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
Belahia, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
Jamunaha, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
Gadda Chauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)

Optional: You may also get a Visa prior to your arrival in Nepal from ‘Nepalese Diplomatic Missions‘ from your respective nations.

Note: You must carry your valid passport and two passport size photographs (35 x 45 mm / 3.5 x 4.5 cm) along with you upon your arrival in Nepal for a Visa. Travelers from Afghanistan, Cameroon, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, Palestine, Somalia, Syria and Zimbabwe however require to submit a pre-application at Nepal Consular Services in their respective nations for a Nepal Visa.  

Will I be ‘Received’ upon my arrival in the Airport?

Yes, you will be received by a Cordial Trek Airport Representative with your ‘Name Sign’ on our organizational placard upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu

What is the weight limit for luggage during my trekking days?

All porters available at your service (one porter for every two travelers) can carry a maximum of 25 kilograms / 55 pounds each. You are therefore allowed to load a maximum of 12.5 kilograms / 27 pounds of luggage to your porter during your trekking days.  

What about the communication services available during the trekking days?

All hotels and guest houses in the city area are available with free WiFi hotspots. Also, all travelers with a valid passport and a photograph are allowed to purchase a SIM Card upon their arrival in Nepal. The traveler must however additionally purchase data / voice packages as per their need and stay in Nepal. There are 2G3G and 4G services available with major carriers all over Nepal. You may optionally also purchase a WiFi service in the mountains where available.  

Can I book this package as a solo traveler?

Yes, we do book a solo traveler. However a single traveler surcharge may be applied (an additional USD 250).

What about the foods / meals during my trekking days?

You will be provided with a full board meal / breakfast / complimentary dinner as per mentioned in the respective Trek / Tour package. You may however choose to purchase your additional meals / beverages where available.

 

Full board meal mentioned above includes breakfast with an omelet / boiled egg, toasts / local bread and one porridge with fried potatoes.

 

During your lunch you will be provided with Dal-Bhat-Tarkari, the most famous Nepalese food that contains rice and pulse / lentil with curries (vegetables / chicken) and pickle. Optionally you may choose your lunch for fried noodles with eggs / chicken / vegetables as well.

 

For your dinner you will have an option to choose between Dal-Bhat-Tarkari / Pizza / MoMo / Spaghetti. 

How difficult is Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a comparatively challenging high pass trek package as it includes high altitude (5416m) hikes. The package has however been successfully completed by children above 10 years of age as well as elders above 75 years of age. The difficulty however mostly relies upon your will power and physical fitness. The extremities you must expect here include a 6-7 hours hike with tea breaks in between. 

 

Additionally, Cordial Trek also provides you with an experienced trek guide capable of first aid services and other assistance.

What items should I bring (or buy in Kathmandu) for this trip?

You may bring (or buy in Kathmandu) following items for this trip:

 

1.  Warm clothes including a down jacket / puffer jacket, inner wears, hats, a beanie, gloves, neck gaiter, hiking boots, warm socks, a towel and a pair of hiking pants as well.

 

2.  A Daypack (25-30 liters)

 

3.  Backpack (A duffle bag will be provided to you by Cordial Trek)

 

4.  Sleeping bag (will be provided to you by Cordial Trek)

 

5.  Trekking Poles (will be provided to you by Cordial Trek)

 

6.  A Camelbak or a water bottle

 

7.  A sunscreen 

 

8.  A sunglass

 

9.  A headlamp for night use

 

10.  Your toiletries

What are the permits required for this trip?

You need not worry about any permits required. Cordial Trek will make necessary preparations for all the documents and travel permits (including TIMS and ACAP) required for your Annapurna Circuit Trek.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in Pokhara
  • Airport Transfers
  • Company T-shirt
  • Cultural Program
  • Domestic Flights
  • Farewell Dinner
  • First Aid
  • Full Board Meals (Trekking Days)
  • Guide and Porter
  • Mountain Guest House
  • Necessary Equipment
  • Specially Abled Friendly
  • Tour Bus
  • Travel Permits
  • Trekking Map

What's Excluded

  • Beverages
  • Gratitude for Guide and Porter
  • Insurance
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Lunch and Dinner in Pokhara
  • Nepal Visa
  • Personal Expenses

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Sightseeing
  • Sunrise
  • Trekking

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