ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK

This is a lodge-based trek, so we spend time in villages inhabited by many of Nepal's different tribes, both Buddhist and Hindu. There is also a chance to visit our Tree Nursery in the Upper Manang Valley. Though demanding enough for the seasoned trekkers, this trek is also an excellent introduction to walking in Nepal.

This moderate trek begins just from Beshisahar and finish at Pokhara and goes through a variety of villages including Gurung, Magar, and Thakali. It is not overly difficult and the terrain passes through monsoon rainforest and rhododendron forest is one of the beautiful experiences. The mountain views are full of natural splendors with views of the Fishtail, Annapurna I, II, III, South, Tent Peaks and others. This trek is regarded as one of the best treks that offers so much distinct sensation.

The Annapurna Circuit – rightly known as Nepal’s classic trek – offers more variety than any other equivalent length trek, taking us through virtually every type of scenery that Nepal has to offer. There are superb views of the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri peak, and an amazing variety of landscapes ranging from sub-tropical through alpine to an arid semi-desert akin to Tibet. The climax of the trek is crossing the formidable Thorong La pass (5416m). This is a lodge-based trek, so we spend time in villages inhabited by many of Nepal’s different tribes, both Buddhist and Hindu. There is also a chance to visit our Tree Nursey in the Upper Manang Valley. Though demanding enough for the seasoned trekkers, this trek is also an excellent introduction to walking in Nepal.

Is it right for me?

An Annapurna Circuit trek is an appropriate goal for bushwalkers and hikers or day-walkers looking for an extra challenge. This is a chance to get amongst the Himalayas in the relative comfort of simple lodges.

Fitness

The trekking days are not long, as your body needs time to acclimatize and after all, you are on holiday. You will need to be able to walk for 4-8 hours a day with a daypack.

We are generally early abed but you might want to hang around and chat with your fellow trekkers, staff or local people or play a game of cards. Rest days normally involve a part-day hike to a place of interest or viewpoint as well as some relaxation time.

Depending on your general level of fitness you may benefit from a training regime in the lead up to the trek.

Experience

This expedition introduces you to high altitude trekking. A spirit of adventure and a willingness to stretch your horizons are what you’ll need. Some experience of hiking will be an advantage.

Why go with Blue Dragon Adventurer?

Our style

On this Annapurna Circuit Trek, your trek leader will be a qualified Nepalese trek guide. They are there to ensure your trek is a wonderful, fun and safe experience.

Your accomplished and friendly trip guide will help you to enjoy and appreciate the cultural, and natural attractions of the region. They will assist with daily arrangements as you eat in and stay in the tents. The package uses a steady acclimatization program and allows time for bad weather along the way, giving participants the maximum chance of success.

The trip will be well planned, well led, and well resourced with good quality food, transport, equipment, first aid and communications.

Accommodation and Food

In Kathmandu: We will be staying at the Shanker Hotel (4 stars). This charming historic palace has a huge peaceful garden with a pool and is just on the edge of the main tourist area, Thamel.

It is safe and clean and well staffed and is a safe place to leave your clean town clothes and other gear when you are in the hills. There are many restaurants in Kathmandu catering to western tastes as well as plenty of local Dahl Bhat (rice and lentils) shops at very reasonable prices.

On the Trek: Generally, along the regular trekking areas have developed well facilities available teahouse lodges. Which are mainly used by trekkers walk along the trail, however some are very cosy and comfortable and some are a basic standard. Blue Dragon Adventure will accommodate you as best available lodges en route along the journey and your lodge room will be provided with the bed, pillow blanket. If you are using your own personal sleeping bag is always recommended to bring with you.

Foods at local teahouses are hygienic and usually delicious which are prepared by using local agro-products. They offer a variety foods, for breakfast, Toast, different styles of eggs, pancake, porridge, Muesli with milk, and other creels, For lunch and dinner, variety of potato, different curries, rice, noodles and pasta, pizza, spring roll, Nepali food and others food, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. They also use some from the market which is not possible to grow up there and produce locally.

When to go?

Autumn season (Sept-Nov) being the best season for trekking, offers excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views, and also the best season for peak climbing.

Summer months (June-September) of the year which coincides with monsoon begins in mid-June and drains in mid-September making travel wet and warm. The mountain views may not be at their best as rain clouds and haze overhang the mountains occasionally obscuring the enchanting views. These times are blessed for the keen botanist as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation.

Spring season (March-May) is the expedition season and the best time for climbing the high peaks. It is mildly warm at lower elevations but occasional haze mars the beautiful view of mountains. At higher elevations over 4,000 meters, the mountain views are excellent and the temperature is quite moderate even at night.

Winter season (December-February) is noted for cold weather with occasional snowfall at higher elevations. Again, excellent views are common. These months are popular and ideal for trekking for those who are well equipped or who remain at lower elevations below 3,000 meters. Most of the hotel owners will come to the lower altitude cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Although Travel in Nepal can be organized throughout the year, October through May is considered to be the best months for trekking.

Illness & Evacuation

Most of our adventures in the Himalaya take us to remote regions of high altitude. We always take our time to acclimatize properly and we allow for additional rest days. While most people may experience minor ill effects from high altitudes, there are some who have persistent symptoms, which require the return to a lower altitude or emergency evacuation. Adjusting to a new diet can also take some time.

All clients are required to have travel insurance covering emergency rescue, usually by helicopter. We must stress that this kind of evacuation occurs in a life or death situation only. Rest and/or descent to a lower altitude are the best remedies for most illnesses experienced out on the trail. Circumstances differ, and the head guide with regard to treatment and itinerary will evaluate each situation. Considering the ill person condition, if helicopter evacuation required then just coordinate with your guide, he can talk to us, we will arrange the fastest evacuation system immediately. We will work with you to accommodate your needs and requests to the best of our ability. There are small, limited health clinics in some areas, hours of operation dependent upon the season. Additional costs incurred in cases of illness are not the responsibility of mine or will be charged as an extra cost.

TRIP ENQUIRY

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TRIP SUMMARY

Destination Nepal
Trek Level Moderate-Strenuous
Accommodation Camping / Lodge
Duration 19 Days
Max Altitude 5410m
Best Season April/May/Oct/Nov/Dec

INCLUDED:

  • • All require trekking permits
    • Annapurna conservation permit
    • 4 nights 3* hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing on BB basis.
    • 1 night 3* hotel in Pokhara on twin sharing on BB basis
    • One way airfare from Pokhara to Kathmandu with departure taxes
    • Private transport to Beshishar
    • Experience Trek guide
    • Required numbers of Support Sherpa(s)
    • A necessary number of porters
    • Best Available lodge accommodation en route,
    • All meals (B/L/D), as per lodge menu
    • Group First aid box
    • Daily wages, equipment bonus of staff
    • Insurance of local team members
    • All airport/hotel transfers by private transports
    • Celebration meal in Kathmandu after the trek over hosted by our Company
    • Half day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu

EXCLUDED:

    • • Medical and personal high risk insurance
      • Major meals in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
      • Cost of emergency evacuation
      • Personal trekking Clothing & gears
      • Tips for the guides, porters & local staffs
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu & transfer to hotel
Day 02: City tour & trek briefing(1,400m)
Day 03: Drive to Jagat by jeep(1,300m)
Day 04:  Trek to Dharapani(1,860m)
Day 05:  Trek to Chame(2,670m)
Day 06:  Trek to Pisang(3,300m)
Day 07:  Trek to Manang(3,540m)
Day 08:  Rest and acclimatization day
Day 09:  Trek to Thorang phedi(4,450m)
Day 10: Cross Thorang la pass(5,416m) & trek to Muktinath(3,760m)
Day 11: Trek to Marpha via Jomsom(2,670m)
Day 12:  Drive to Tatopani(1,190m)
Day 13:  Trek to Ghorepani(2,860m)
Day 14:  Hike Poonhill(3,190m) & trek to Ghandruk(1,940m)
Day 15: Trek to Dhampus(1,650m)
Day 16:  Trek to Phedi(1,130m) & drive to Pokhara
Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 18: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Day 19: International departure
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