Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Annapurna circuit trekking

Annapurna circuit trekking itinerary &Permit

Updating news of the Annapurna circuit trek
Annapurna circuit trek itinerary changing due to the Jeep facility from Benshiar to Chame. so it is choice to ride a jeep or all the way walk around Annapurna circuit Nepal. This time many trekking agency in Nepal categorized the Annapurna circuit as a Annapurna circuit short trek in Nepal. Even people donot trek all the way they trek at least to Chamche before tal. Mainly throngla divide the two side of the Annapurna trekking. Mainly anticlosewise side is Manang and another side of the Throng la after muktinath temple there are Kaligandaki river valley. In the partition this part of the trail said Jomsom muktinath trail. Due to the Bus, jeep facility from Muktinath to pokhara trekkers have choice to trek all the way down to Beni or tatopani. 
Dharapani is the transist point of manaslu and Annapurna circuit trek. Manaslu trek end in Dharapani and trekekrs either back to Bensiar by jeep or continuous to Annapurna circuit trek. from Chamche to Dharapani section jeep road is very scary and high. 
     we see trekkers down to Kagbeni by walk then they preferred to trek to marpha next day. Marpha is very famous because of old house, monastery and big garden of the apple. I ti s the Little oasis of annapurna circuit section of Nepal. 
     from the pisang there are choice to follow the upper or lower trail. Upper pisang offer very magnificent views of annapurna top peaks which is divides another side of the trekking route of Annapurna. Annapurna conservation areas look after the entire Annapurna region of Nepal. Not only that Annapurna conservation occupy also upper mustang parts. Annapurna conservation control the entry fee of Annapurna trekking while Trekking agency association of Nepal (TAAN) controls the Timms card of regular trekkers. for the individual trekkers you can get Tiims card from the tourism board of Nepal(NTB). Annapurna circuit trek , one of the popular trail in the world , in the previous time it was the longest circuit trek in the world. After the Everest trek , Annapurna occupy more trekkers. 
Upper Pisang route from Pisang village to Nwar then side trip around manang
Upper parts of the upper pisang trekking represent the Nwar village which is same height as Manang. it is no need to rest manang if you are following the upper parts of the Pisang route. from the Manang village you have option option side trip to 100 rupees lama monastery, Gannapurna lake, Ice lake, Milerepa cave and Tilicho lake. You see the humde airport, Humde village, climbing training center Before Bgra village. Bagra vilage like a piramid where is mud walls mountain looks like monastery and house. From Bagra There are milerepa cave and ice lake way you see which is marking by the board. Bagra village have excellent Bakery shop and hotel there are furnished and served very nice cofee and Bakery. 
Manang: It is just 30 minutes walking distance manang. Manans have nice qualities hotel and Restaurant. Manang is the the point to go Tilicho lake which is highest lake in the world situated the height of 4900 m from sea level. This time mesokanta pass to jomsom from Tilicho lake. it is Popular as the Tilicho Mesokanta pass trek. It takes 2 days to reach tilicho lake from Manang and one day Back to Manang from Tilicho lake. From Tilicho lake magnificent  mount. Manaslu, himlung, Peak 29 visible in a distance. 

Manang to Yak Kharka or Churi ledar

There is a itinerary manang to Yak kharka and optional point is Chaurikharka.chaurikhara has a good and professional hotel where is nice food and accommodation. It is just 35 to 45 minute difference by the walking distance. Manang to Yak kharka access by the slow walking with the gorges , rivers and crossing the bridge. From Manang , some crazy trekkers go to the Throng phedi, actually it is not good in the views of the height and acclimatization. It is best distance and acclimatization to walk in the high altitude to walk Manang to Yak kharka in a single day. 

To stay  in Thorng phedi(Base camp) or High camp 
It is not debate about the staying high camp or throng phedi. It is depend upon your physical condition. if you are ok , you can stay up to the high camp. There are optional point to say high camp around 4800 m or Base camp of throngla which is commonly said phedi. from Phedi to high camp just 1 hours walking distance which is snail steeply. From high camp it is 3 hours to reach throng la(5416m). From phedi it takes 5 hours(depend upon condition). Donot worry about the high altitude sickness , it is just 5 hours to reach in the top. After top getting down to muktinath which is quite safe. Less sleep and more exercise is the philosophy to save from the high altitude sickness. Be a socialize , playing cards , exchange travel experience. is the best way to prevent high altitude sickness , which is make you more active and less worried. Also high walking and low sleeping is another best ideas of the digest altitude sickness which is adaption the body in the thin air.  if you stay in high camp , we recommendation going up at least 200 m from your sleeping places. People who are staying in the throng phedi we suggest them to hike a high camp and getting down. People from high camp to Throng la going to make a tea in tea shop of throng la. Throng la is the point photography, enjoying because it is the goal of the Annapurna circuit trek. After manang village many people have imagine, they will free after crossing the throng la.

Muktinath to Marpha by trekking or Riding a Jeep
Muktinath popular hindu shrine in the world. Hindu people from all over the world visit here religious purpose. There are regular jeep service to jomsom from Muktinath. we recommendation you go walk down to the Kagbeni then walking along Kaligandaki river to Marpha.To staying Marpha and jomsom have different taste.  Jomsom have a airstrip established 1960. You can stay in joimsom if you are flying out to pokhara otherwise Marpha is the peace and relaxing place to stay. Marpha reconized as the capital of the Apple kingdom of Nepal where you can taste Apple crumble, Brandy, Apple juice, Apple Pie etc. There are Milerepa mediation cave, Monasery, tibetan refugee center and shop in Marpha. 

Marpha to Ghasa by bus then 3 hours walking to Tatoopani(hot spring) from Ghasa
if you get direct bus to taopani from Marpha it is ok to ride all the way. most of the trekkers scary to ride a bus in a rough  road they prefer to walk however  bus makes them lazy and feel disturb. first you try to ride from Marpha to Ghasa then decide countinuy ride to Taopani. otherwise 3 hours comfort walking to Taopani, it is just 15 km distance from Ghasa to Tatopani(hotspring). Hot spring is the passion for the Annapurna circuit trekkers. 

Tatopani to Poon hill or Pokhara

Tatopani(hot spring) to pokhara possible by one day by bus. if you lke to extend the trip or passion to go poon hill ghorepani , you can reach within 1 day from Tatopani. It takes 9-10 hours to reach Ghorepani from hot spring(Tatopani). if you have only 2 days, you can do the Ghorepani and poon hill then back to pokhara within single day from poon hill. you can use 3-4 days still if  you have time. or  Ghorepani to Nayapul via Tikhedhunga if you have one day time. in the case of 2 days time to reach pokhara if you have you can follow the route of Ghandruk.  oh! it is amazing , you can back pokhara 1 day from Ghorepani, 1 day from tadapani and Ghandruk which is suitable you can follow own way. 
Extend trip to annapurna base camp: if you have 6 more days left you can do the Annapurna sancatury or base camp trip from poon hill. 
Anapurna Range Nepal
This classic trek circles the entire Annapurna massif and in so doing offers a spectacular look at the variety of people and landscapes of this vast area, from the lowland farming country to alpine meadows to the arid and windswept desolation of the Tibetan Plateau to the north of the Himalayas. The 300 kilometer Anapurna Circuit Trek (ACT) is probably one of the best known treks in the world. Taking an average of three weeks to complete, the trek features some of the highest and most gorgeous mountains in the world. All along this circuit are tea houses. These vary from basic guest house accommodations to private homes and are invariably an extremely good value. This trek can be done in its entirety or you can hike only one or two of the sections if your time is limited. The ACT route begins in the sub-tropical area of Nepal– at Besisahar, surrounded by dense rain forest. Continuing on from Besisahar, the counter-clockwise route climbs through terraced farmland, temperate forests and alpine meadows, before entering the high valleys with the glacier-locked Anapurnas towering almost 5000m above you. Six days of walking takes you to the settlement of Manang (3500m) where we acclimatize and enjoy the mountain views. You progress north of the Himalayan watershed, into the dry desert area which is actually part of the Tibetan Plateau with its eerily stark atmosphere, but with amazing views of the Anapurna massif to the south. On day 10 we cross the famous Thorung La (Pass) 17,758 ft (5414 m), the highest point of the trek.The trek progresses through the Hindu and Buddhist Pilgrimage site of Muktinath, with the descent through the Nepali-Tibetan trading villages along the dramatic Kali Gandaki valley, the world’s deepest river gorge, back-dropped by sensational views of Mount Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri, with a stop at the hot springs of Tatopani. Along the way, you will encounter the Gurung and Thakali People with whom you can trade. From there you will head down to Gorepani, once again into rhododendron forests and meadows before returning to Pokhara.
Anapurna Circuit Trek

We start in the foothills at Besisahar and rise We continue to ascend and , at 5416m, to Muktinath, an important pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists.

From here we descend into the Kali Gandaki, with Annapurna and Dhaulagiri towering on either side. En route back to Pokhara we pass through the many beautiful hill villages that populate this ancient trading route between Tibet and India. We also visit the hot springs at Tatopani, and climb up Poon Hill, above Ghorepani, to enjoy magnificent mountain views. Accommodation and food is provided in the local lodges. Transport to Besi Sahar is by private coach and the return to Kathmandu from Pokhara is by air.

No. Of days:
Starting point:
Max. Elevation:
Mode of trek:
Ending point:
Max. Walking:
Mode of travel:
Sep/Dec and Mar/May
Drive or Fly In/Drive or Fly Out
Departure DatesDestinations
Day 01:
Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 02:Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 03:
Drive Kathmandu to Beshisahar
Trek to Bahundanda(760M)
Day 05:
Trek to Chame(1310M)
Day 06:
Trek to Dharapani(1340M)
Day 07:
Trek to Chame(1860M)
Day 08:
Trek to Pisang(2670M)
Day 09:
Trek to Manang(3200M)
Day 10:
Rest at Manang for Acclimatization
Day 11:
Trek to Yak Kharka(4018M)
Day 12:
Trek to Thorong Phedi4450
Day 13:
Trek to Muktinath(3800M)
Day 14:
Trek to Kagbeni(2800M)
Day 15
Trek to Marpha(2670M)
Day 16
Trek to Kalopani(1190M)
Day 17
Trek to Tatopani(1935M)
Day 18Trek to Shikha(2275)
Day 19
Trek to Ghorepani(1950M)
Day 20
Trek to Ghandruk(1025M)
Day 21
Trek to Nayapool and drive to Pokhara
Day 22
Drive/Fly to Kathmandu
Day 23
Final Departure

Cost Includes
  • National Park entry permit
  • Trekking permit,
  • Land transportation to and from,
  • Necessary air flights
  • Accommodation in lodges during the trek
  • Three meals a day except GAP trek
  • in tourist standard hotels on twin sharing basis(Bed and Breakfast),
  • airport pick up/drop
  • A guide & required number of porter (s),
  • Essential equipment
Cost Excludes
  • Personal expenses
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire),
  • Insurance, Tips
  • Guided sightseeing in KTM
  • Emergency evacuation by Helicopter
  • cargo custom clearance
  • Airport tax and custom clearance
  • Alternative transportation in case of heavy rain, landslide, strike, road
Annapurna Circuit Trek 18 days
 Difficulty: Challenging in Throng la, rest is moderate
 Max Alt: 5414 m

The ACT in Nepal is probably one of the best known treks in the world. Taking an average of three weeks to complete, the trek features some of the highest and most gorgeous mountains in the world. All along this circuit are tea houses. These vary from basic guest house accommodations to private homes and are invariably an extremely good value. The route begins in the sub-tropical area of Nepal – at Besisahar, surrounded by dense rain forest. Continuing on from Besisahar, the counter-clockwise route climbs through terraced farmland, temperate forests and alpine meadows, before entering the high valleys with the glacier-locked Annapurnas towering almost 5000m above you. You progress north of the Himalayan watershed, into the dry desert area which is actually part of the Tibetan plateau with its stark environment, but with amazing views of the Annapurna massif. The highest point of the trek is the Thorung Pass at 5414 m. The trek progresses through the Hindu Pilgrimage site of Muktinath, with the descent through the Nepali-Tibetan trading villages along the dramatic Kali Gandaki valley, the world’s deepest river gorge, back-dropped by sensational views of Mount Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri, and past the hot springs of Tatopani. You will encounter the Gurung and Thakali people with whom you can trade. From there you will head down to Gorepani, once again into rhododendron forests and meadows before returning to Pokhara.we are government authorized reputated agency, it is our task to make your journey happy.

Highlights of the Trek

Trip Name: Annapurna Round Trekking

Max Height: 5416 m
Accommodation: Teahouses
Duration: 20 Days 19 Nights

Destination: Western Region, Nepal

Grade: Moderate to Strenuous
Trip starts- ends: Kathmandu -KTM

Major Attractions: Number of villages in the mountain and the amazing landscape / Manang Valley with the unique Buddhist culture/ The Thorong La pass 5416 m. is the high pass to experience adventure / Mustang Region is equally beautiful to trek / The Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries all around the trekking route is worthy. Adventure spirit is essential !!

Itinerary in Detail

Day 01:

Drive to Beshishahar which is some 178 Km. and will take some 6 hrs. Along the Trishuli and Marshyangdi River popular rafting rivers of Nepal. Overnight in the Beshisahar.

Day 02:

Trek to BahunDanda (1310m.) which means “the Hill of the Brahmins” the major cast of the Nepals’ midhill. It will take approximately 6 hrs. Then rice field where the water available can be seen. July- October is the month they grow rice and millet as well at the same time.

Day 03:

Trek Bahundanda to the Chyamje (1430 m.) Actually for those few days the chance to see the White Mountains is less but the hilly mountains also attracts you. The waterfall in Nepal is always great to see.

Day 04:

Trek Chamje to Bagarchhap (2160m.) Now slightly and gradually the trail is hiking up. We will pass number of nice settlements and villages along the route Tal is the nice village to have lunch. Bagarchhap is the small village from where we can see the mountains behind you.
Day 05
Trek Bagarchhap to Chame (2670). You will continue to the forest of the Fir and rocky declivities with the view of the Manaslu and Annapurna II (7939m.) Chame is the capital of the Manag district situated in the bank of the river Marshyangdi.
Day 06:

Trek to Pisang (3200m.) A spectacular waterfall can be sighted near Brathangs village where small stone memorial is erected in memory of the Japanese hiker, who died passing the ghat Thorong La, since he stayed in the snow storms for many days. Pisang is in the lap of the Pisang peak which is popular peak to climb.

Day 07:

Trek to Manang (3540 m.). This is really wonderful trail with the pastures by the Yaks, Horses and cattle .The trail offers some magnificent sights of the top of Annapurna’s After short walk from Pisang village the trail forks and one climbs to the Ngwal from where the view of the Annapurna's is wonderful.

Day 08:

Rest in Manang for acclimatization. The Himalayan Rescue Association and they brief about the High altitude, sickness and the way to be safe from the problems. The Gangapurna Lake is nice to view and one can walk around the town to explore. There is the mountaineering school also in Manang where the basic training of the mountaineering is given by Nepal Mountaineering Association.

Day 09:

Trek Manang to Letdar (4200 m.) From Manang the landscape is more like Tibetan platue It seems more gradual rather than up but hard to breathe and take longer time to cover the short distance.

Day 10:

Trek to Thorong High Camp 4800 m. This can be hard night with the lack of enough Oxygen. Ready to wake up in early morning for the next most excited day at all.
Day 11:
Start the climbing early in the morning. This is the most awaited day for your Nepal trip. The top of the Thorong La (pass) 5416 m. is the highest point for the whole period. Muktinath is the name of the Hindu God with the meaning of the “God of Salvation”. The Sep- Oct fest is the most interesting and crowded. Apart from this, this is the greatest example of the co-relation and harmony between Hinduism and Buddhism.

Day 12:

Trek to Kagbeni 2800 m. Kagbeni is the Gateway to Upper Mustang. The monastery supposed to be some 500 yrs old which is situated in the town. Upper is only permitted with the special permit granted in the limited number per year with high royalty . That is 700 US$ per person only for the Govt royalty for at least two person and the trek cost is extra.

Day 13:

Kagbeni to Marpha 2670m passing Jomsom where the airport is situated with the connection to Pokhara .Jomsom is the capital of Mustang district with the government offices. The Eco museum serves here with the collections of Mountains. Marpha is the village of the Thakali peoples the local inhabitant and the apple garden and apple product is the most popular around the area.

Day 14:

Trek to Ghasa 2010 m. Ghasa is small town near the Kaligandaki River and popular for the bird watching. The trail from Marpha to Ghasa taken as the deepest gorge in the world. Because the mountain Annapurna I 8091m. and Dhaulagiri 8168 m. high on both Sides of the River making deep valley.

Day 15:

Ghasa to Tatopani 1190m. “Tatopani” literally means hot water in Nepali and there is the natural hot spring with the small bathing pool. You can enjoy the hot spring pool & relax after long walking.

Day 16:

Trek Tatopani to Ghorepani 2850 m. Tatopani to Ghorepani is all the way up. This will long way up but it will be easier anyway than the climbing above Manang.
Day 17:

Climb up to Poon Hill 3210 m. early in the morning will take approximately an hour to view the sunrise and the Mountains including the Annapurna South 7219 m., Fishtail 6993 m., Himchuli 6441 m., Other Annapurna Ranges, Dhaulagiri 8168 m. and its range. This is the most popular view point of the Annapurna Region. After the breakfast trek down to Tikhedhunga 1577m. The trail is in the jungle of the Rhododendron the national flower of Nepal. It is believed that there is the 9 different species of Rhododendron in this area.

Day 18:

Trek to Nayapul for 3 hrs along the river Bhurundi. Birenthati small town in
the confluence of the river Bhurundi and Modi from Annapurna Base Camp
and then drive back to Pokhara through the curves road. Tour around the
lake, rest and relax in city after 18 days in the mountain.

Day 19:

Tour of Pokhara City. Overnight stay in the Hotel in Pokhara.

Day 20:

Drive back to Kathmandu.

You can extend your trek to Ghandruk via Tadapani and even can join with Annapurna Base Camp.

After Day 16 join Annapurna Base Camp Trek for extension up to 28 Days.

Annapurna circuit trekking reviews

In 2000 Ad, we been in the Annapurna circuit Nepal. At that time there was no road extension like today and all the circuit of the Annapurna plus ghorepani  took 21 days. People can finished the Annapurna circuit with Jomsom trekking within 16 days. It  was called Annapurna half circuit trekking. Mainly we did from the lower pisang trekking than upper  pisang in the previous days. In the thorong phedi or base camp there was only one tea houses , and many travelers has a obligation to stay there and many trekking guide got a food  after the trekkers eat. There are many queue for the for the dhal bhat after 8 or 9 pm. To pass throng la from down took 7 hours and before muktinath there was no chances to eat food if they have no biscuit and snacks  they have to pass the hungry  days. In the Manang village of the Annapurna circuit trail there are many Bhattis for Dhal bhat and drinking  local wine called Roxi. Many trekking guide enjoy , singing and talking there for celebration the trekking in Annapurna circuit. Mainly in manang village  there are rest day for the trekkers  and every 3 pm there are high altitude lecture by the doctor. Amazing speech and ideas to trek up to the throng la and nutrition and ideas of taking the medicine.  Mainly throng la is the main goal in the Annapurna circuit trekking which is 5416 m height from the sea level. Throng la pass is the highest trekking pass in the world , people feel glorious to pass that. Down form the throng la to the muktinath take a 4 hours  and 1700 m down. After passing the chame,district headquarter. Now a days it is option all the bus to the Beni and pokhara or walking down from Muktinath. Kalaigandaki valley is very awesome  and beautiful. Between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan ranges there are windy Kaligandaki valley up to the Kobang and tukuche  when walk down form the Muktinath. Tatopani is the main attraction after throng la and muktinath, after that up to ghorepani or Annapurna base camp  or directly back to pokhara is the choice point after Annapurna circuit trekking Nepal

Recent Annapurna circuit trekking itinerary:

Because of the newly opening roads and facility  to Jeep from Benshishar to Chame there are some disturbance the itinerary of the Annapurna circuit trekking. In the Clockwise direction starting point of the Annapurna circuit trekking have some confusion. Since Benshisar to Chame is long distance by Jeep and comfort Jeep riding, we recommendation you trekking start from Sange or Jagat. Similarly after passing Throng la there are road facility by jeep and bus to Beni, so it is trekkers Choice keep on trekking or ride a bus or some parts trekking. Because of this region starting point of the Annapurna circuit  trekking and Ending point of the Annapurna trekking is no fixed , it become choices. 

Annapurna circuit trekking permit cost

Timms card and Annapurna conservation areas entry fee are the Annapurna circuit trekking permit. Annapurna circuit permit cost $30 usd per person. Timms card cost $ 10 and conservation areas permit $20 or equivalent to Rs. 2000 NPR with dollar exchanging rate. 
Trekking Guide:
we recommendation the license holder experience trekking guide for the Annapurna circuit trekking who knows the first Aid and knowledge of the foods, geography and history about Nepal. 

My last Annapurna circuit trek and Throng la pass
I make the Timms card and got a Annapurna conservation entry fee through my trekking agency document. Since  1 years I have not been in Annapurna circuit so I like to go Annapurna circuit with Lisha Hafner who become our Guest in our Home stay in Kathmandu Nepal. I briefing about the Annapurna circuit route, My experience in Annapurna circuit also I display the detail itinerary map. Then Lisa decided to book Annapurna circuit trek with me for 15 days.  As a Annapurna circuit trekking Guide I walk with Lisha to the Annapurna circuit trek. I had a difference interest and courage because since many months I did not trek at that areas of the Annapurna circuit.
2012 April I been to Annapurna circuit treks with Lisa Hafner who is from Italy. She booked 15 days for Annapurna circuit with me. Same day we ride a jeep to Sange from Benshiar then next day we trek to Tal from Sange. In Tal there are great rain then we decided to stay in tal. We also meet other trekkers in Tal, then we had a chances to chatting with them. In that trip we meet fellow travellers at Tal. Now a days Tal become off road from the Bus journey and there are purpose the Dam side of the upper Gandaki hydropower. Tal itself flat places with falls, river basin of marshayandi river. This time trekkers take jeep to Dharpani from Benishar but we still recommendation go to trek via Bahundada and tal if you like to follow the old route of the Annapurna circuit. From 2013 Ad  jeep road opened  to Chame, the district headquarters of Manang district.

We stayed upper pisang at hotel  pisang , we have chances to meet many other travellers trekkers, than we visit in Tal and Dharapani. We had great night talking and sharing experience with many other trekekrs.  We did not walk up via upper pisang , we follow the route Via Humde village to Manang. Other people follow the routes upper pisang and same day they arrive manang and catch up us. We stay the same fellow Annapurna circuit trekkers  at Hotel  Tilicho in Manang district manang. We rest next day  at Manang village(3500m). Generally manang  is one of the rest day itinerary in Annapurna circuit trek Nepal. There was altitude sickness wariness orientation  after 3 Pm. We look around Gannapurna lakes, enjoy the look around the Manang hills, visit 100 Rupees lama , just vertical up  from Manang Bazzar. Next day we walked 4 hours to the Yak kharka from Manang , stay at Maya Hotel Yak kharka. Next day we take a launch at Throng phedi  and trek to the High camp. I give special information to Lisa Hafner about  staying high camp or Throng phedi. In my experience I recommendation to stay in High camp rather staying in the Thorng phedi. It is difference 400 m, and possible to walk down if feel difficult. In the cases of the throng phedi, if  some body sick they have to back Chauri Ledar. To digest the high altitude we recommendation walking from the upper pisang and staying one night in Nwar village. Then next night Manang no need to rest at the case of staying Nwar one Night. Some people stay at Throng phedi but they could not come because of the headache. After passing Throng la and reach to the Muktinath we know this reality. From Muktinath we walked to the marpha that took more than 8 hours because we also visit kagbeni  just 2 hours down  from Muktinath. From Marpha we ride a Bus to Tatopani. We enjoy the hot spring at the Tatopani then next day we  travel to pokhara by bus.

Booking  a home stay in Nepal, Mountains  home  is running by the home stay family in Nepal kathmandu. Home stay in Nepal give you the best ideas of the explore the Nepalese culture by giving face to face and eyewitness experience.  lets  for  grab  the opportunity  to study the Nepalese life style. 

Manaslu trekking become the perfect home stay trekking this time. 

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