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Kathmandu Annapurna Circuit Trek -12 days

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Kathmandu Annapurna Circuit Trek begins from Besisahar, and trek through unique landscapes, several paddy fields, subtropical forests, and beautiful waterfalls. The 12 days Kathmandu Annapurna Circuit Trek also discovers some of the attractive villages such as Chame, Pisang, Manang, Muktinath and Jomsom. You can meet up the rest of the group and your trek guide in Kathmandu-for Annapurna circuit trek briefing. The 12 day Annapurna circuit trek is an ideal duration as it is neither too short nor too long and recommended for both solo and group trekkers.The best-classic Annapurna circuit trek from Kathmandu offers a vast mountain view of whole Annapurna ranges as well as Dhaulagiri. The Annapurna Circuit Trek 12 days itinerary consider as a moderate difficult grade. The scenery is unforgettable, the people are friendly and the food is fantastic. Hence, there is no other better choice than the Annapurna circuit trek from Kathmandu as the trek has good facilities to sleep and eat with perfect nature setting.

Kathmandu Annapurna Circuit Trek is a strenuous trek as it crosses Thorung La Pass at 5,416m. The 12 days Annapurna Circuit Trek allows you to enjoy the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range from the vantage points of trail.  So, enjoy the most awe-inspiring and the majestic view of the Himalayas as you trek around the Annapurna circuit.  Also visit a famous Muktinath temple famous for Hindus and Buddhist is a holy sites on the trail. We also pass numerous Tibetan villages as it is popular for Tibetan culture, lifestyle and social norms.

Annapurna Circuit Trek offers three of the ten highest mountains sights in the  world.  These are Annapurna I, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri over 8000m high. So, 12 days Annapurna Circuit Trek is perfect if you have a good physical and mental health. Although, this is a challenging trek but the scenery and cultural exploration makes its difficulty easy.

The 12 day trekking begins Besishahar and trek to Bhulbule. We walk following ascending hill up to the Thorong la pass. Stay a night in Manang to prepare and acclimatize before Thorung La pass.  From Thorung La top, we descend down to Muktinath and drive to Tatopani through the Kali Gandaki Gorge- the deepest gorge in the world.

Nepal's Annapurna regions is home to the 10th highest mountain in the world-the Annapurna I. The 12 days Kathmandu Annapurna Circuit Trek is famous for its  incredible landscapes, culture and the mountain vistas. You are deep canyons, hidden waterfalls, beautiful wildflowers and amazing people in 12 days Kathmandu Annapurna Circuit Trek. The Thakali  and Manangi culture and tradition  is mesmerizing in the trek.

Why Kathmandu Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Revel in 12 days action-packed days of exploring Nepal’s most popular area
  • Meet and immerse yourself in two incredible cultures
  • Trek along the challenging Thorung La Pass at 5,416 meters

Trip Itinerary


Pick up from hotel in Kathmandu.Drive to starting point of our trek Beshi Sahar Bhulbule Besishahar reach within 5/6 hours. Then 2-3 hour trek to Nadi passing villages, farms, rivers and mountain scenery.


Pass through the Marsyangdi river, waterfalls, small villages and terraced farmland. Cross a suspension bridge, view Manasalu and many other mountain peaks along the way. Stay overnight at Jagat tea house.


Cross a large bridge near Tal and enter the Manang district. Traverse through barley, rice and potato fields to the village of Kodo and Dharapani, one of the large villages in the Manang valley


Trek through steep forest ridges. Be rewarded with views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II and Annapurna IV. End the day with a small hot springs after a long day of hard trekking.


Trek through steep and narrow path through a very dense forest until the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1,500m from the river. Arrive at the U-shaped valley of Manang between two giant snow peaks.


Take the upper route through Upper Pisang via Geru. Admire outstanding panoramic views of the mountain peaks such as Annapurna, Pisang Peak and more. Experience contrasting landscapes on the trek while approaching a harsher and barren region due to the cold and dry climate. Visit Barge monastery, the largest monastery in the entire Manang district


Take a short walk to higher altitudes to get acclimitized. Note that at this point of the trek, it's important not to stay still. Visit Bhojo Gompa or Gangapurna Lake. Take an easy excursion to a village called Vraga and see its monastery and the Himalayan Rescue Association where you can learn more about mountain sickness


Cross a stream to the village of Tenki above Manang and then continue to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley along the valley of Jarsang Khola. Pass through pastures, juniper trees and the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs. Trek through meadows where you can spot horses and yaks grazing. Cross a small river on a wooden bridge, and then traverse up the ancient Mani wall that reaches Yak Kharka, another small village.


Make your way to the foot of the pass, Thorong Phedi, a small busy settlement used as a base camp for trekkers and climbers


Start the day early to complete the task of crossing the famous high pass, Thorong La (5,416m), the climax of the trek. Walk through the icy high altitude trail while gazing at the mesmerizing Himalayan scenery. Begin the slow descent to Muktinath, an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists and demonstrates the religious harmony of Nepal


Take a bus or jeep to drive along a plateau above the Kali Gandaki, the world's deepest gorge. Arrive at Tatopani, relax your weary muscles and dip in hot spring pools


Bus from Tatopani to Pokhara. Drop off at hotel within Pokhara and then back to Kathmandu by flight.

What's included?

Full fledged

  • Airport transfer - hotel/airport/hotel
  • Twin sharing standard hotel accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu before and after trek we can book only on your request.
Elementary Cost
  • Road transfer cost -from trekking start to end point to Kathmandu/Besisahar/Tatopani/Pokhara.
  • One way flight ticket Pokhara to kathmandu.
  • Basic twin sharing tea house accommodation during trek.
  • 3 times meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek.
  • English Speaking guide and all his expenses during the trek like his transfer, insurance, salary, meals and accommodation.
  • All Trekking permit -ACAP Permit, local government taxes and TIMS card.
  • All government taxes, vat, company service charge

What's not included?

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Travel Insurance in case of emergency for rescue and other medication.
  • Nepal visa fee
  • All kind of hot and cold drinks - coke, fanta, beer, whisky, bottle of water, hot water, tea, coffee etc.
  • All personal trekking equipmenets like down jacket and sleeping bag etc.
  • Porter to carry your backpack/luggage.
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Personal expenses like wifi, hot shower, telephone, battery charge fee.
  • Upgraded lodge accommodation like room with private toilet and bathroom during the trek.
  • All the cost not mention on above cost includes.

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Annapurna Trek Accommodation

Annapurna Trek accommodation will be basic tea houses for boarding/lodging.This is the most popular style of trekking to langtang Valley and simply involves trekking from tea house to tea house. Tea houses are essentially small hotels find in local villages that offer both a place to sleep as well as home cooked meals. Rooms are typically shared with 2 trekkers in a room. Bathrooms are shared as well and in the langtang Trek, the lodges usually have running cold water and western style toilets. Also the hot shower is also available but it need to pay extra cost for it.

In some of the villages on the trek, it may be possible to have a private room with an extra cost and we will do our best to arrange that. However, during busy times of the year there is a limited amount of lodging available in some of the villages so it's generally impossible to arrange private rooms. This is the case even if you're willing to pay extra since the tea house owners will not give out a private room if it means someone else goes without a room.


Annapurna Region Trek Meals/Food

Trekkers can choose a meal/food from the menus at the tea houses. Typical meals on langtang trek includes omelets, toast, boiled eggs, noodle soup, fried rice, macaroni, mo mo, vegetarian curries, pizza or chow mein. The traditional Nepali Dal Bhat which consists of rice, lentils, and a vegetable is all you can eat and always a good choice. Meat on the mountain is not hygienic and we suggest trekkers stick with vegetarian options.

There is not a problem for vegetarian food and in fact we recommend that everyone stick with a vegetarian diet on the trek as the local meat is not refrigerated properly. If you have special dietary requirements just let us know and we will make sure to assist with the proper menu


Annapurna Trek Weather/Temperature

Weather/Temperature in Summer Annapurna region trek in June, July, and August have the hottest temperature.The temperature in the daytime in Annapurna is between 20 to 25 degree centigrade. The maximum temperature is found in the month of June and July. The nighttime temperatures in Annapurna during the summer is high too. The lowest that the temperature gets in the night time is -3 degree centigrade and a maximum of 5 degrees. The temperature in the months of June and July are pretty similar.

Weather/Temperature in Autumn in Annapurna region Trek lasts from the end of September to the November. This is the part of the year when the cold starts to set in the Annapurna region. The maximum daytime temperature starts to go down from 20 degrees in September and falls to 12 degrees in November. The sun will not be as warm as that in the summers, but that is expected. In September the average nighttime temperature is almost 3 degrees. This starts to fall down and reach in between -7 to - 15 degrees in November

Weather/Temperature in Winter Annapurna region Trek in December, January and February. The coldest of all the months throughout the year, winter at Annapurna as severely cold and poses challenges to the interested people. The average temperature during the daytime in the Annapurna winters is 8 degree centigrade. There is not a lot of difference in the temperature in December, January as well as February. All three months are equally cold. Nighttime is when the temperature falls down drastically. The nighttime temperatures around -7 degrees but it can go as low as -15 degrees.

Weather/Temperature in Spring March/April/ May a perfect time to enjoy Annapurna. The daytime temperature in March is around 12 degrees. This temperature goes up to 15-16 degrees in the month of April and peaks to almost 20 degrees in May. Devoid of biting cold and hot and wet summers, this is a glorious time for all Annapurna lovers.The nighttime temperatures, although sometimes below zero are not alarmingly low. The lowest that nighttime temperatures get is -8 in March. This increases to -5 degrees in April and -3 in May


Annapurna Trek Equipment

Proper preparation and equipment will give you a great trekking experience. It is also possible to buy/rent trekking gear at affordable price in Kathmandu and Pokhara Nepal. Below is the recommended trekking equipment list for comfortable langtang trek.
Day trek pack
Extra layers, gloves, wind breaker and poncho
Sunscreen
Lip Balm with Sunscreen
Broad brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
Water Bottles or Camel Back
Sunglasses
Headlamp with extra batteries
Favorite Snacks
Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
Umbrella (works great in a light rain or to protect from the sun)
Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
Toilet Paper
Trekking Poles (optional)
Thermos (optional for hot beverages)
Head/Hands
Wide brimmed hat
Wool hat (Should cover ears)/Balaclava
Lightweight Gloves
Insulated Wool/Down Mittens
Gaiters (optional)
Body/Leg/Bag
Moisture wicking long sleeve T-shirts (2)
Moisture wicking T-shirts (1)
Long underwear pants (2)
Underwear (5 to 7)
Heavy Fleece/Down Jacket
Long sleeve shirts (2)
Sweatshirt (optional)
Fleece Pants
Trekking Pants (2)
Shorts (optional)
Gore Tex Waterproof Jacket with hood
Rain Poncho that covers your day pack
Waterproof Pants
FootWear
Hiking boots with ankle support
Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes
Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
Hiking socks (10)
Sock Liners (optional)
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping bag rated to -20° degree centigrade
Sleeping bag liner (optional)
Sleeping bag stuff sack
Rucksack(Duffel Bag)/Daypacks
Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear (we provide this for the trek)
Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
Small Lock(s) for duffel bag and day pack
Waterproof cover for daypack
Dry Bags in several sizes
Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes
First Aid Kit/Toiletries
Advil or Ibuprofen
Diamox (for altitude sickness)
Personal Prescriptions
Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
Wet wipes
Panty Liners and Tampons
Sun/Face lotion
Hair brush
Hair ties
Hand warmers
Ear plugs for sleeping
Money/Paperwork
Passport (needed at entry gate for registration)
Spending Money
One Passport Size Photo (Needed for trekking permit
Other Items
Portable Solar Charger
Journal, pen and paper

FAQs


The rooms/accommodation on Annapurna region Trek are all very basic. There are many nice, cozy and well-furnished rooms available with the delicious food menu and great hospitality in the tea houses and lodges.


If you had not done trekking before then, this region will be best for the startups which are the moderate level of trekking.


You will need to carry a good-sized of a day pack where you could put your personal belonging items, water, camera, snacks, sunscreen, hat, a fleece jacket and gloves for higher altitudes. The porters will carry the bigger packs with your clothes etc. They will carry packs up to 15kg.


Yes, there are electricity/power in most tea houses at the lower part of the trekking. But no heating in the room. In the higher part of the trekking, there will power only a solar panel. The charging is only possible in the main dining room at expensive rates. The battery charging cost range take as per hour for cameras and laptop computers even more expensive.


Yes, Insurance is almost needed 100% trekking to Annapurna region. Injury and altitude sickness are far too common on ABC trek. So it is best to pick up insurance World.


Autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May), these are the best season to go on a trek in Annapurna Region. The sky is clear at this time, and you will get to see panoramic views of Annapurna Mountains.


If someone get sick in the group, a fellow trekker in the group has to descend, then a porter/assistant guide would go with them. So the person descending would be well looked after and it would not impact on the rest of the group's experience. Emergencies are dealt with by the guide and depending on the severity. In a serious case evacuation would be by helicopter.


There is no specify training method to recommend that applies to each individual. The training you should do to prepre for Annapurna region trek depends on your current level of fitness and any medical conditions.


There are between 2 to 12 fellow travellers in the group. The Annapurna trek is a popular trip so most of our groups are fully booked. The groups typically are a mix of individuals, couples or friends travelling together. The ages differ and trekkers can be in thier 20's to 60's. The group comprises of people from all nationalities.


Trekking in Annapurna region is considered moderate in difficulty level, but still, a good level of fitness is required to complete the trek. As long as you are physically fit and possess sound health, you can go on this trek. We have a flexible route with enough acclimatization and rest days before heading towards higher elevation.


Annapurna region trek is not dangerous at all because trekking in Annapurna region is considered moderate. The altitude increases with daily ascent above 3,000 m to 4,000 m high. There are risks of getting altitude sickness, as you will be trekking above 3000 m. It depends on the person, how he/she is going to react to altitude regardless of their fitness and experience.


Weather/Temperature in Summer Annapurna region trek in June, July, and August have the hottest temperature.The temperature in the daytime in Annapurna is between 20 to 25 degree centigrade. The maximum temperature is found in the month of June and July. The nighttime temperatures in Annapurna during the summer is high too. The lowest that the temperature gets in the night time is -3 degree centigrade and a maximum of 5 degrees. The temperature in the months of June and July are pretty similar.

Weather/Temperature in Autumn in Annapurna region Trek lasts from the end of September to the November. This is the part of the year when the cold starts to set in the Annapurna region. The maximum daytime temperature starts to go down from 20 degrees in September and falls to 12 degrees in November. The sun will not be as warm as that in the summers, but that is expected. In September the average nighttime temperature is almost 3 degrees. This starts to fall down and reach in between -7 to - 15 degrees in November

Weather/Temperature in Winter Annapurna region Trek in December, January and February. The coldest of all the months throughout the year, winter at Annapurna as severely cold and poses challenges to the interested people. The average temperature during the daytime in the Annapurna winters is 8 degree centigrade. There is not a lot of difference in the temperature in December, January as well as February. All three months are equally cold. Nighttime is when the temperature falls down drastically. The nighttime temperatures around -7 degrees but it can go as low as -15 degrees.

Weather/Temperature in Spring March/April/ May a perfect time to enjoy Annapurna. The daytime temperature in March is around 12 degrees. This temperature goes up to 15-16 degrees in the month of April and peaks to almost 20 degrees in May. Devoid of biting cold and hot and wet summers, this is a glorious time for all Annapurna lovers.

The nighttime temperatures, although sometimes below zero are not alarmingly low. The lowest that nighttime temperatures get is -8 in March. This increases to -5 degrees in April and -3 in May


Since you will be in the mountainous region, Wifi and phone network might not work everywhere or for many days. However, most of the guesthouses offer Wifi for free or for a little charge. It is better not to rely on the internet and enjoy your trip.


At the lower altitude the guesthouses provide the facilities of hot shower. And in rest of the places (at higher elevation), warm water in the bucket will be provided for shower. For all the showers, it costs you extra charge per shower. The higher you go the hot shower is expensive


Yes, you will be able to use ATM and Credit Cards during the trip. You can use ATM Card in Kathmandu valley and major cities, it’s better to have cash.


The hotel in Kathmandu provides the free storage services. So you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel or you can leave in our office too.


This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.


Yes, all our trips are guaranteed to run. We never cancel the trip due to not having enough participants; we can arrange the trip for one person as well as a private trip at very minimum additional cost. Please inquire about this during the time of booking.


These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some charges. Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! You can also buy the adapters in the super markets or electronic shops in the Kathmandu. Our guide can help you with it.


According to thee size of your groups, it differs. The vehicles will be small and light so that it can be handled easily and safely through the narrow roads of Nepal. It can be a car, minibus, land cruiser, van, Jeep.

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