Annapurna Circuit and ABC Trekking

Annapurna Circuit combine with Annapurna base camp trekking is a fantastic journey in Annapurna region. This trekking is one of the popular trekking routes in the world. The trek around the Annapurna massif is one of the finest in the Himalayas and is regularly described as one of the top ten treks in the world. Annapurna region offers a great variety of beautiful landscapes, nature and cultural of the central Himalayan area of Nepal with the best & splendid Himalaya panorama of Mt. Annapurna , Mt. Fishtail, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Nilgiri,Mt. Hiunchuli and several other mid western Himalayan ranges of Nepal the heights of the pass we descend to Muktinath and its sacred Buddhist and hindu shrines.

You start off by walking through paddy fields, then the grain-belt, pastureland, forests and finally come out above the tree line to cross Thorong La before trekking down to a completely different valley, the kali Gandaki, the deepest valley in the world. You will have outstanding sun rise and breathtaking view of Annapurna Himalaya range from Poon hill. After completing circuit, you will head to Annapurna Base Camp. This typical walk takes you right into the heart of the Annapurna Himalayas. The walk ends at the point where you are virtually surrounded by soaring Himalayan peaks. Then you retrace back to Pokhara to be civilized. 

FACT OF THIS TREK
Trip Duration      19 days Trekking
Max. Altitude: 5,416m/17872 ft
Minimum Altitude:  1350m./4455ft.
Grade: Moderate
Activities: Trekking 
Accommodation: Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, lunch , Dinner 
Transportation: Overland 
Trek Departure: Every day throughout the week
Group Size: 1 person (minimum) to 30 persons (maximum)
Best season: Feb, March, April,Sep, Oct & Nov.
Available Time: All months
Per day hiking: 5 to 6 hours

 

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu-Besi Sahar-Khudi- Chamje ( 1430m./4719 ft.) 8 hours drive
Drive to Besi sahar then continue drive to Chamje  then stay overnight at lodge with breakfast .
Meals included : Breakfast

Day 2: Chamje-Taal- Chame ( 2710m./8943ft.) 5 hours drive
Drive through amphitheatre-shaped rice terraces, along a steep vertical cliff, lush forests, and some culturally intriguing villages, then you will pass by fields of corn, barley and potatoes on your way through small villages of Khorte and Karte and after a pleasant drive, you will arrive at Chame . Stay overnight at a lodge with breakfast.
Meals included : Breakfast

Day 3: Chame-Dukur Pokhari- Upper Pisang ( 3400m./11220ft.) 5 hours walk
A steep, narrow path through a very dense forest will bring you to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. As the trail opens up, you will be surrounded by majestic Himalayan Peaks. After beautiful scenic drive through these amazing sites you will reach upper Pisang  then stay there overnight at lodge with breakfast.
Meals included : Breakfast

Day 4: Upper Pisang- Ngawal-Manang ( 3500m./11550ft.) 4 hours walk
Enter the upper Manang region, where you will notice a contrast with the landscape and vegetation. The cold, dry climate creates a much harsher environment. Incredible views of the towering Himalayan Peaks. You will reach Manang then stay there overnight at lodge with breakfast.
Meals included : Breakfast

Day 5: Acclimatization
Rest day for acclimatization. Enjoy the fascinating village and immerse yourself in its wonderful culture. There are many opportunities for both easy and strenuous day. Explore with spectacular side trips to Bhojo Gompa or Gangapurna Lake and Glacier. Stay at same place overnight at lodge with breakfast.
Meals included : Breakfast

Day 6: Manang- Batase danda-Yak kharka( 4110m./13563ft.) 4 hours walk
Today is a short walk up to Yak Kharka, a small settlement and Gradual ascent is the key to avoiding altitude problems. Stay there overnight at lodge with breakfast.
Meals included : Breakfast

Day 7: Yak Kharka-Lader-Throng Phedi ( 4600m./15180ft.) 4 hours walk
Make your way to the village of Throng Phedi . You will reach this small, busy settlement which caters to both trekkers and climbers. It is used as a base camp as well as the starting point for the climb up to the famous pass – Throng La. Stay overnight at lodge with breakfast.
Meals included : Breakfast

Day 8: Throng Phedi-Throng La Pass-Muktinath ( 3800m./12540ft.) 10 hours walk
An early start is important to begin a long day's trek over the pass. Crossing the famous Throng La pass {5,416m/17872 ft} will be an unforgettable experience. Breathtaking scenes of the high Himalayan peaks are presented from both the trail and the summit of the pass. Stay overnight at Muktinath at lodge with breakfast.
Meals included : Breakfast

Day 9: Muktinath- Kagbeni ( 2810m./9273ft.) 3 hours walk
Muktinath is an important pilgrimage place for both Hindus and Buddhists. You will visit a Vishnu Temple and Gompa in morning. The trail today is quite surreal as you trek along a plateau above the Kali Gandaki, the world`s deepest gorge. After walking 3 hours, you reach Kagbeni and stay overnight at lodge .
Meals included : Breakfast

Day 10: Kagbeni- Marpha ( 2665m./ 8794ft.) 4 hours walk 
Trek to Marpha  then stay overnigth at lodge with breakfast.
Meals included : Breakfast

Day 11: Marpha-Tatopani/ Natural hot spring ( 1100m./3630 ft.) 5 hours drive
Drive through Kali Gandaki valley. There is a 360 degree panoramic view of peaks: Dhaulagari, Tukuche Peak, the three Nilgiris, Fang and Annapurna I. 
Emerge back into subtropical forests, lush with vegetation. You will see more villages in this area and enjoy observing the everyday lives of the local village people. After driving 4 hours, you will reach Tatopani/hot spring(1100m./3630ft.) and stay overnight at lodge with breakfast.
Meals included : Breakfast

Day 12: Tatopani-Ghara-Sikha-Ghorepani ( 2800m./ 9240ft.) 6 hours walk
After a long downhill from Tatopani, you walk uphill for a considerable time to reach Ghorepani. You will need your rest, as you will climb Poon Hill early in the morning! Stay overnight in Ghorepani at lodge with breakfast.
Meals included : Breakfast

Day 13: Early morning Poon hill-Deurali-Banthanti-Tadapani ( 2650m./8745 ft.) 5 hours walk
After early morning tea/coffee, you climb Poon Hill (3,210 m/10,593 ft), where you will see a spectacular sunrise over the whole Himalayan range and surrounding rice terraces (a photographer's paradise!). Then climb down to Ghorepani and trek to Tadapani after breakfast. Stay overnight at lodge with breakfast .
Meals included : Breakfast

Day 14: Tadapani -Chhomrong village- Sinuwa ( 2200m./7260ft.)  6 hours walk
Trek to Sinuwa then stay there over night at lodge with breakfast .
Meals included : Breakfast

Day 15: Sinuwa-Bamboo--Deurali ( 3160m./10428 ft.) 5 hours walk
Trek to Deurali  then stay there overnight at lodge with breakfast.
Meals included : Breakfast

Day 16: Deurali-MBC-ABC ( 4120m./13596ft.) 5 hours walk 
Trek to Annapurna Base Camp  then stay there over night at lodge with breakfast.
Meals included : Breakfast

Day 17: ABC-Himalaya-Bamboo ( 2300m./7590ft.) 6 hours walk
Trek down to Bamboo then stay there over night at lodge with breakfast.
Meals included : Breakfast

Day 18: Bamboo-Sinuwa-Chhomrong-Jhinua Danda ( 1600m./5280ft.) 5 hours walk
Trek to (hot spring) Jhinua danda  then stay there overnight at lodge with breakfast.
Meals included : Breakfast

Day 19: Jhinu Danda-Sewei ( two hours walk) - drive tw hours to Nayapul-Pokhara 
Trek to Sewei two hours walking then drive two hours back to Pokhara . Transfer to hotel.
Meals included : Breakfast
Trek Ends 

 

Annapurna Conservation Area Project ( ACAP)
The provision of  ACAP is to maintain and build local tourism infrastructure and preserve the nature.  Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)permit is necessarily required for this trip. It can be obtained from government registered trekking company as Nepal alternative treks & Expeditions.  It's fee is fixed by NTNC Rs. 2260 ( Two thousand two hundred sixty rupees) per person to Annapurna Circuit and ABCTrekking. You can not obtain along the entry point, they may return you without carrying ACAP permit. You need passport copy, one passport size photograph and fee in Rs. 2260 ( two thousand two hundred sixty rupees) or equivalent  in cash to apply the permit. This permit you can use only single entry in the area but no limitation of period. It is included in our package. 

Trekker's information Management System ( TIMS)
TIMS is compulsory for Jomsom Trekking. The main aim of TIMS has come into implementation from Jan.2008.  Trekking agency's association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal tour tourism board (NTB) has jointly recording the trekker's detail and issuing TIMS for trekkers.

TIMS can be applied through Government registered trekking agency as Nepal alternative treks. TIMS fees are $ 20 for individual trekkers and $ 10 for organized trekker. Individual TIMS has to be obtained at NTB in Kathmandu and Pokhara yourself . You are required passport copy, one passport size photograph and the amount $ 20 for individual TIMS. You have to applied by Trekking agency if you are joined trekking agency and the amount is $ 10 for company joined in cash. It is included in our package. 

Trekking Clothing equipment for Annapurna Circuit and ABC Trekking

When you select your personal items, keep in mind the number of days you will be trekking, the time of year and the altitude. We advise our clients to bring these items:

- Lightweight walking boots "walked" them in prior to arrival in Nepal to avoid blisters. 
- Light weight pants, shorts
- At night -track top, pants 
-  T-shirts. 
- Long sleeve shirt, if susceptible to sunburn. 
- Sun hat - sunburn is severe at rarefied altitudes. 
- Thick outer wooden socks, thin inner cotton 
- Vaseline for feet and crutch.
- Water bottle - 2 liters.
- Sunglasses and strap 
- Small headlamp/flashlight /torch
- Personal medical supplies - do not forget ban - aids, elastic bandage 
- Sunscreen, sun bock, sun - tan lotion. 
- Small daypack - 25 liters. 
- Wind proof jacket  and rain jacket - poncho style to cover backpack. 
- Small towels 
- Warm down fiber filled jacket ( You can get on rent at Thamel) 
- Sleeping bag to -15c with inner sheet ( You can get on rent at Thamel) 
- Thermal underwear, woolen shirts and thick sweaters. 
- A pair of gloves 

Travel insurance 

It is a condition of joining any of our trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medical issues or accidents (to include air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we don’t arrange or sell insurance. A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with Nepal alternative Trekking. 

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What is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) ?

Acute mountain sickness is an illness that can affect trekkers at high altitudes, usually above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters). The highest point is Thorong la pass which is elevated at 5416 meter. If you be precautious about high altitude and follow our guide then you can avoid it. 

How do we know if I get AMS ?

Your symptoms will also depend on the speed of your climb and how hard you push (exert) yourself. Symptoms are as below:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid pulse (heart rate)
  • shortness of breath with exertion
  • Cannot walk in a straight line

Treatment 

  1. Rest, Rest , Rest
  2. Go down, down, down
  3. Diamox

Diamox may be given to help you breathe better. It can help reduce mild symptoms. This medicine can make you urinate more often. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug. This medication works best when taken before reaching a high altitude.

Prevention and pre-cautious 

Keys to preventing acute mountain sickness include:

  • Climb the mountain gradually and slowly
  • Sleep at a lower altitude when possible
  • Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness
  • Drink plenty of fluid – 3 liters per day
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Eat regular meals, high in carbohydrates
  • Sleep well
  • Be well equipped

First aid

Owing to a sudden change in climate, altitude and other factors, it is obvious that there could arise some alterations in your health. It would be hard to know all aspects of Nepal's health problems.You will be eating and drinking in various outlets. Diarrhea is a common illness that a tourist would be facing. So, it is recommended to drink purified water and eat in clean outlets. Drinking and eating precautions will surely help to take care of many health problems that could arise during the trip. Staying hydrated during the travel, trekking, tours is highly recommended too. If any problem should arise during the trip. Being on good health before leaving for a trip would help you to enjoy your trip to the fullest.Though Nepal alternative treks will be carrying first aid medical kid, you are also suggested to take personal basic first medicines for in case.

Accommodation

We will leave you free to choose hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara as there will be various choices. We will arrange twin share basis room in lodges during the trek. We will arrange shared washing room and toilet.

Meals

During our trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) in lodges. Threre will be provided breakfast, lunch and dinner three times along the route on your choice from MENU .

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Annapurna Circuit and ABC trek is moderate level of trek,  suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk at least 5-6 hours a day with a light rucksack. As we will  get the highest elevation 5416 meter, you are preferred an excellent health with average physical fitness, have a positive attitude and strong determination, we can accomplish the trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly is good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Nepal alternative treks before booking the trek.

George Henry Beger
Germeny

I was glad about to show my children the Annapurna circuit. It was amazing to go with them and show there the rhododendron forests and feel the mountains again. I liked to see Dhan again. He is a wonderful guide and he has a nice family. The lunch at his home was really good. 

Rita Beger
Germany

Really good trek with Dhan and Dal ; We met a lots of people from all over the world. We saw the life in mountains and it was amazing. I enjoyed the thorong la pass by horse. It was really nice and helpful. I will do the trek again to go over the pass.  The services we got from this company is appreciated. We never forget !

Rene Beger
Germany

Hello all,
I have a really nice trip (Annapurna circle) with my family made ( My Father, Sister and brother ) We have the best guide become to travel Dhan. They show us the world of Nepal with the nice and friendly people. We really had great time. Thanks for this trekking Dhan, Dal and Nepal alternative trkes ! See you next time soon !

Maik Reger
Germany

Hi All,
I have a nice trip with my family. My guide Dhan was the best. I will come back. Thank you !

Nattaya boonpakdee
Bangkok, Thailand

It was our first time trekking experience and also first time for trekking in Nepal.  This agency organized a wonderful trekking trip to Muktinath for us. Although we didn’t make it to Muktinath because of our health but the trip was wonderful with good management and experienced guide. The best things are the flexibility and supportive services. We had to change our plan and the agency responded accordingly. We were lucky . We will come back and do trekking with you guys again! Thanks

Thomas Fisher Sedona Arizona
USA

As an American who has trekked and climbed often in the Himalayas nothing has compared to the service, kindness, professionalism and caring that I have always received from Tej and his company on many of my trips to Nepal.

You will find many companies offerring a similar package---- but the quality of what Tej offers has always made me return each time to use his services. Over the years, I have referred many of my friends to connect with Tej and they have always called me afterwards expressing their thanks and gratitude.

I wish all of those of you who choose to connect with Tej and his company to have the trip of a lifetime. I can say---- YOU WILL NEVER FORGET IT.

Mr. John Rucynski
USA

It is my 5th. time to Nepal for trekking. This time, I did 10 day trek. Everything was very good and the guide Hari was very good too. Some guides we met on the trek gave gad advice about base camp but my guide was able to know the information and get me there. It was great trek as previous time. I strongly recommend this company’s services.

Mr. Chen, Isarel
Ms. Tania and Ms. Sofia, Belgium

I want highly recommend about the service of this office Nepal alternative trek. I took the package to Annapurna Base Camp for 10 days that everything include along with a great guide who called Dillip and strong and nice porter called homey. It was 10 das which they take care of everything and it was amazing experience and with very good price highly recommend.  
This company boss Mr. Tej also helped me to get Indian visa. I appreciate him.

Mr. Robert Locke, Ms. Melanie Ralhign, Mr. Allan wickham and Ms. Peta Williams, UK

From the moment we arrived at Kathmandu, we felt well looked after when we saw Dhan waiting for us. The trekking was definitely wonderful with Dhan. The highlight with him knowing his way around and remaining flexible to our needs. The rafting, Everest Mountain flight and female tour guide Sarita showing us around the city were also excellent. 
In the end, everything was great!
We would definitely use Dhan and Nepal alternative treks again when we come back trekking next year!!

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NEWS

Royalty structure for NMA peaks is highly decreased !

TESTIMONIAL

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22years

Thank you Tej and Nauser For ever ...

10th.September.2014 

We did the Manaslu circuit and Tsum valley. ...

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