Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Region

This is probably one of the world’s most beautiful trek. It will take you through a wonderful variety of landscapes and culture, from the subtropical lower Marsyangdi Valley where Gurung and Thakali people dominate to the northern arid Buddhist areas.

Along the Marsyangdi River, on easy trail and suspension bridges, through rice terraces and forest, we will slowly gain altitude and acclimatize well. After Pisang we will get stunning up-close views of snowy and glaciated high peaks including Annapurna II, III and IV. This remote area lies in a rain shadow formed by the Annapurnas and the landscape supports little in the way of forest apart from pine, juniper and scrub rhododendron.

Huge glacial moraines abound, etched deeply by wind erosion into fantastic pillars. The Thorong La (5416 m) wilderness is one of the highlight of this trek. After the pass, we reach Muktinath and then Jomsom.

Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu – Beshishar – Nadi
7 hours  Guest house
Drive to Besisahar from Kathmandu in the morning. Change the bus at Besishar then drive another 2 hours to Nadi. Where you spend your first night of the trek. Nadi is next to Marysangdi River. You get good view of river.
MEALS
Lunch & Dinner

Day 2: Nadi – Chamje
7 hours  Guest house
Trek past paddy fields and forests. See numerous streams and waterfalls. Enjoy great views of the Marsyangdi River once you reach Jagat, known for its massive cliffs that are home to wild bees. Reach Chamje and spend your night there.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Chamje – Bagarchhap
6 hours  Guest house
Walk through rhododendron, pine and bamboo forests. Reach the village of Tal and navigate your way through fields of barley, wheat and potatoes to reach Dharapani. Turn west and take the route that goes through fir and pine forests to reach Bagarchhap.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Bagarchhap – Chame (2710m)
6 hours  Guest house
The trail from Bagarchhap to Chame is steep at places. Enjoy exquisite views of Manaslu, Lamjung and Annapurna mountains along the way. Trek past a Tibetan village that acts as a transition between lowland villages and highland settlements. From there the trail to Chame is mostly flat.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Chame – Pisang(3240m)
5 hours  Guest house
Climb up to Telekhu and continue on a long, mostly flat path through a forest to Bhrathang. Cross the Marshyangdi via a suspension bridge. Reach Pisang and spend your night there.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: Pisang – Manang(3540m)
5 hours  Guest house
The village of Pisang divides lowland settlements from those in the mountains. Visit the Tibetan-style village of Braga, where houses are stacked upon each other with the roof of one house acting as a veranda of the one above it.
The main attraction of this village is its monastery, the largest in the district. With an array of statues on display, this monastery is perched atop a high crag and provides wonderful views of the surrounding areas. Reach Manang and spend your night there.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7: Manang (acclimatization)
3 hours  Guest house
You need to acclimatize to avoid the risk of altitude sickness as you move higher. Spend a day in Manang. Explore the village or hike up to Gangapurna Lake in the afternoon.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8: Manang – Yak Kharka (4120m)
4 hours  Guest house|
Continue with your trek. As you move up, tall trees give way to alpine vegetation and highland meadows with horses and yaks grazing. Yak Kharka, with its rolling pastures and steep cliffs, is the perfect place to spend the night in. However, you can also choose to walk an hour more to Letdar and spend the night there.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9: Yak Kharka – Thorong Phedi (4,560m)
5 hours  Guest house
Follow the Jarang River. Reach Thorong Phedi, a meadow surrounded by vertical cliffs. Spend your night there.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10: Thorong Phedi – Thorong La(5,416m) – Muktinath(3,802m)
8 hours  Guest house
Time to cross the highest navigable mountain pass in the world. Be careful about the altitude and strong winds. The trail you follow today has been used for hundreds of years by traders.
Trek for about 6 hours to reach Thorung La. Cross the pass while enjoying beautiful views of Annapurna, Gangapurna and other mountains. See Mt Dhaulagiri up close while descending. The trail becomes less steep as it enters grassy fields and meadows to finally reach Muktinath, one of the holiest shrines of the Hindus that is also known for its hot water spouts.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11: Muktinath – Jomsom(2,750m) via Kagbeni
6 hours  Guest house
Follow the trail to Jomsom from Muktinath. Trek past meadows, streams and apple orchards to reach Kagbeni. Reach Jomson, located in the Kali Gandaki Valley, and spend your night there.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12: Jomsom – Tatopani (1,190m)
5 hours  Guest house
Drive for 5 hours (shared service) from Jomsom to reach Tatopani. The main attraction of Tatopani is its hot springs. Take a dip in one of them and call it a day.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13: Tatopani – Ghorepani (2,750m)
8 hours  Guest house
Walk past villages and farmlands to reach Ghorepani. Stay there for the night to make an early start to Poon Hill the next morning.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14: Poonhill – Nayapul – Pokhara
8 hours  Hotel
An early morning climb to the top of Poon Hill offers one of the best sunrise views that one can imagine. See mountains glistening in the first rays of the morning sun. A photographer’s paradise, Poon Hill offers a chance to take breathtaking, memorable pictures.
Stay on the top of the hill for a while before descending to Ghorepani for breakfast. Trek for 5 hours to reach Nayapul. A short drive from Nayapul will take you to Pokhara.
MEALS
Breakfast & Lunch

Day 15: Pokhara – Kathmandu
7 hours
Time to travel back to Kathmandu. Reach the capital city after a 6 to 7 hour long drive.
MEALS
Breakfast

  • A highly experienced, English-speaking trekking guide as well as an assistant guide if the group size exceeds 6 people
  • Three meals a day during the trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner) as well as fresh fruits in the evening
  • All accommodation during the trek (in lodges and guesthouses) as well as one night’s stay in a hotel in Pokhara
  • Bus to and from Kathmandu. Shared jeep or bus from Jomsom to Tatopani
  • All necessary trekking permits as well as government taxes and official expenses
  • Use of a sleeping bag, down jacket and a duffel bag (in case you don’t have them). They have to be returned after the trek. A Nepal Eco Adventure t-shirt and a cap as souvenir
  • A first aid kit and an oxymeter. In a worst case scenario, arrangements of an emergency helicopter evacuation service (to be paid for by your travel insurance)

An adventure certificate after the trek is over

OPTIONAL ADDONS (Available during check-out)

  • Porter
  • Airport Pick up
  • Airport Drop
  • Nepal entry visa fees (USD40 for 30 days)
  • Hotel and meals in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance
  • International tickets to and from Nepal
  • All personal expenses
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic hot and cold drinks
  • Tips for the guide, and porter (if you have added a porter to help you carry your backpack)

The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

General

  • 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary Malla Treks duffel bag for you to keep.)
  • Daypack
  • Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes

  • Shade hat or baseball cap – some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it in place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  • Balaclava – lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
  • Headlamp – Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don’t go cheap here.
  • Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

  • 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
  • 1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  • 1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
  • Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

  • T-shirts (2).
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs

  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear – capilene or other synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
  • All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

  • Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well
  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous, but Important ! 

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money& passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • 2 bandanas.

Optional

  • 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
  • Binoculars (Optional).
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.