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The Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Himalayas of Nepal, covering a total distance of approximately 220 kilometers over 20 days. This trek provides a breathtaking journey through the high mountain ranges, showcasing the diverse culture and stunning landscapes of Nepal.
The trek starts from Besishahar, a small town located in the Lamjung district of Nepal. The first few days of the trek are spent trekking through rural areas, visiting small villages and local communities, and providing a glimpse into the lives of the indigenous people living in the region.
As the trek progresses, the landscape transforms into a more alpine and barren region, surrounded by towering peaks and glaciers. During this section, trekkers will reach Thorong La Pass (5,416m), the highest point of the trek which offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna mountain range. The trek then continues through the holy city of Muktinath and eventually reaches the remote village of Jomsom, before making the final ascent back to Pokhara.
The trek provides an opportunity for trekkers to experience the beauty and diversity of the Annapurna region, from lush forests and terraced rice fields to snow-capped mountains and deep gorges. Along the way, trekkers will encounter a wide range of flora and fauna, including the national bird of Nepal, the Danfe, and other Himalayan wildlife. Moreover, the Annapurna Circuit Trek also offers an opportunity to experience the unique culture and traditions of the region, as trekkers will interact with the local people who have lived in the region for generations. The hospitality of the local people, their customs, and the stories they share, all make for a truly enriching and memorable experience.
Although the regular itinerary for the Annapurna Circuit Trek is 20 days, it can be customized and completed within a time span of 7-28 days depending upon available time, the starting and ending point of the trek, physical fitness, walking pace, and various other factors.
This Annapurna Circuit Trek is a journey that offers an opportunity to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas, while also providing a window into the rich culture and traditions of the region. The 20-day trek is a truly unforgettable experience that is sure to leave a lasting impression on all who undertake it. For adventurers throughout the world, trekking ranks highly on their checklists of activities to do. Relive and recall the triumphant ascent of notable trekkers with Hiking Bees, 20 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek.
When heading for a hike, one needs to be mindful of the season they decide to go. And what exactly time of year is ideal for Annapurna Circuit Trekking? Hiking Bees advise you to reserve this excursion for the spring and autumn seasons.
Through splitting these seasons further, spring lasts from March to May. These are pleasant hiking months because of the milder weather. During this season, the flowers are in full bloom, and the pathway is lined with petals and leaves.
Autumn, which lasts from September to November, is the second-optimal season. These months are characterized by vibrant clouds and a refreshing atmosphere.
Normally, we advise avoiding hikes to Annapurna Circuit in the summer. Although, Hiking Bees would be pleased to plan a suitable Himalayan trip to the Annapurna region if your timetable for visiting Nepal is scheduled during the summer.
To undertake the Annapurna Circuit Trekking, you should have a good level of physical fitness and stamina. You should start preparing for the trek at least 2-3 months before the trek. Some of the suggested preparations include:
Physical Preparation: Annapurna Circuit Trek Trek is a physically demanding trek that requires a good level of fitness and stamina. You should start preparing for the trek at least 2-3 months in advance. Some of the physical preparation you can do include:
Mental preparation: Mental preparation is equally important for physical preparation. You should be mentally prepared for the challenges of the trek and be positive and determined throughout the journey.
The Annapurna Circuit Trekking is the most popular and demanding hiking destination based on the unexplored trekking trails as well as feedback from hikers. Experienced trekkers won't struggle on this walk, but newcomers may encounter some challenges. As this is a high-altitude trek with unpaved roads, normal people can have difficulties in breaking and walking.
However, there is always a workaround. Beginners may get ready for this hike by adding these practices to their daily routine: Walking at dusk and at dawn, Remaining hydrated, Meditation and Yoga, Remaining hydrated with nutritional diets, Jogging, Going to Gym, and so on.
You should plan your trip with warm clothes and comfortable boots for a pleasant hike along with raincoats or umbrellas as the weather of the Himalayan region is mostly drizzly. When in the journey, we are here to ease your hike with the availability of guides, who will give you directions and porters, who will carry your luggage and oxygen cylinders.
So if you are an enthusiast and an adventure-loving person, now is the chance to explore the Annapurna Circuit Trek - 20 days with Hiking Bees.
Hiking Bees is a professional Nepalese trekking company with a team of professional guides, who efficiently run a variety of treks and vacations. Locals from the region where you will be hiking serve as our guides and carriers. They are knowledgeable in hike routes and schedules and have received extensive training.
Annapurna Circuit Trekking is unquestionably a fantastic, ideal location for trekkers. but if you're searching for other variations of Annapurna Region Trekking there are plenty of options available. If you have a limited time then you may check 8 days Mardi Himal Trekking or 7 days Short Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking.
Another most common and demanded trekking in the Annapurna region is Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek. If you don't have 20 days then you can check out this 14 days awesome trekking to the foot of the Annapurna mountain.
Also, check all the packages in the Annapurna region by Hiking Bees.
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Note: You can also hire a private jeep for an additional cost of 380 USD.
Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu
At the Kathmandu airport's arrival zone, staff from our service will be waiting for you with your nameplate. Once you arrive, the staff will greet you and take you to your accommodation in Kathmandu.
A description of our arrangements will be provided to you by the hotel when you check-in.
Day 2 : Tour of Kathmandu Valley & Trek Preparation (1,300m/4,264ft)
The capital city of Kathmandu boasts a plethora of natural, cultural, and historical attractions. A tour of these main sights will be conducted today, followed by a preparation session for your trekking gear such as a down jacket, trekking boots, and sleeping bags.
Today you'll stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3 : Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (760m/2,493ft)
The journey to Besisahar will begin with a pickup from your hotel by our guides and a bus ride from the station. The bus will travel west from Kathmandu through Prithvi Highway, passing through Dumre, and finally reaching Besisahar in the north.
The night will be spent at a lodge in Besisahar.
Day 4 : Hike from Besisahar to Bahundanda (1,398m/45,86ft)
The fourth day of the trek starts in Besisahar, heading north and passing through sub-tropical forests and rice terraces. We will pause at Khudi and Bhulbhule to admire a 60m high waterfall and the first glimpse of Manaslu, Himchuli, and Nagdi Chuli. The trek continues to Nagdi, crosses a suspension bridge over the Nagdi River, and ends in Bahundanda.
Today you stay overnight in a lodge in Bahundanda.
Day 5 : Hike from Bahun Danda to Chamje (1,410m/4,625ft)
On the fifth day, we descend to Syange (1,070m) for a view of the waterfall. The trail becomes more challenging as we cross a suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River and reach Jagat village. The trek concludes with a steep ascent to Chamje.
Today you'll stay overnight in a lodge in Chamje.
Day 6 : Hike from Chamje to Bagarchhap (2,080m/6,824ft)
The sixth day of the trek enters the Manang district, starting from Bagarchhap. We descend to the Marsyangdi River, cross the bridge, follow the riverbank trail, climb up to Tal Phedi, and finally make a steep climb to Tal, the entrance village to Manang. The trek continues to Dharapani village and ends in Bagarchhap. Overnight stay in a lodge in Bagarchhap.
Day 7 : Hike from Bagarchhap to Chame (2,720m/8,923ft)
On the seventh day, we take the higher route from Danaque, offering stunning mountain views. The trail passes through Tyana and leads to Chame, the district headquarters of Manang, through a rough path with multiple uphill and downhill crossings and river crossings. Overnight stay in a lodge in Chame.
Day 8 : Hike from Chame to Pissang (3,060m/10,039ft)
This day's trek begins with a steep trail into a dense Oak and Maple forest, followed by two long bridge crossings and a bend in the trail to Pisang. The trek also includes a hike to the upper village of Pisang for acclimatization purposes. Overnight stay in a lodge in Pisang.
Day 9 : Hike from Pissang to Manang (3,440m/11,286ft)
The 9th day of the journey involves a trek to Manang, where you have two route options: the northern one (via Ghyaru) or the southern one (via Hongde). The southern route is easier while the northern one is a bit more challenging. We'll reach Manang after crossing Bryanga and spending the night at a lodge in the area.
Day 10 : Refreshment day in Manang
The 10th day is dedicated to acclimatizing to the higher altitude, which is better done through activity rather than rest. You can choose to go on a short hike to the ridge near Gangapurna glacier or walk to the cave above the Manang village. The rest of the day can be spent exploring the village, its people, and its culture. Acclimatization measures will be taken before moving to higher altitudes. The night will be spent in a Manang lodge.
Day 11 : Hike from Manang to Lader (4,230m/13,877ft)
On the 11th day, we'll leave Manang and head towards Lader, passing through Tenki Manang, Jarsang Khola Valley, Ghunsa, and a few meadows to reach Yak Kharka. From there, we'll hike for another hour to reach Lader and spend the night at a lodge in the area.
Day 12 : Hike from Lader to Thorang Phedi (4525m)
On the 12th day, we'll move towards Thorang Phedi. The trail initially is easy, but becomes challenging as it approaches Thorang Phedi through a cliff. You can opt for a higher camp to shorten the hike the following day. The night will be spent in a Thorang Phedi lodge.
Day 13 : Hike to Muktinath (3,760m/12,335ft) via Thorang La Pass (5,416m)
The 13th day includes a trek to Muktinath through Thorang La Pass, which is the highest point of the Annapurna circuit (5,416m). To avoid strong winds, we'll start early and reach the top by 10 am. After a 4-hour uphill hike, we'll reach the top and descend 4 hours to Muktinath in Mustang district, spending the night at a lodge in the area.
Day 14 : Hike from Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m)
On the 14th day, the trail leads down towards the Kaligandaki Valley and Jomsom before reaching Marpha, the apple capital of the country. The night will be spent in a Marpha lodge.
Day 15 : Hike from Marpha to Ghasa (2,010m/6,594ft)
The 15th day takes us to Ghasa as we leave the mountains behind and follow a rough, dusty trail along the Kali Gandaki River, enjoying the scenic views. The night will be spent at a Ghasa lodge.
Day 16 : Hike from Ghasa to Tatopani (1,190m/3,904ft)
The 16th day is a downward trek from Ghasa to Tatopani, where you can cross a suspension bridge, see the biggest waterfall, and pass through the world's deepest gorge. You can also relax in the natural hot springs to soothe your tired muscles. The night will be spent at a Tatopani lodge.
Day 17 : Hike from Tatopani to Ghorepani (3,194m/10,479ft)
On the seventeenth day, the trek continues from Tatopani to Ghorepani. The journey starts by crossing the bridge over the Kali Gandaki River, leading to the junction of trails that go to Beni and Ghorepani. Rhododendrons offer breathtaking views of the mountain peaks that rise above 8000m. On the way, you will encounter some Gurung and Magar villages, and the trail finally leads to Ghorepani. The night will be spent in a lodge in Ghorepani.
Day 18 : Visit to Poon Hill and Drive to Pokhara (890m)
The final day of the trek, first takes us to Poon Hill for a sunrise view, and then to Pokhara. An early wake-up call is in order as the main objective of the day is to enjoy the sunrise. A one-hour hike uphill will bring us to Poon Hill, also known as a photographer's paradise, where the first rays of the sun will illuminate the snow-capped peaks. After capturing memories and enjoying the view, we return to the Ghorepani lodge for breakfast and continue towards Nayapul to end the Annapurna Circuit Trek. From Nayapul, a tourist standard bus will take us to Pokhara, where you can spend time by the lakeside, or have some alone time or spend time with the rest of the crew. The night will be spent in a tourist standard hotel in Pokhara.
Day 19 : Drive to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Today, the journey takes us from Pokhara to Kathmandu via a tourist standard bus. The seven-hour drive along the Prithvi Highway takes us to the capital city. On arrival, you will be taken to your hotel to freshen up and rest. In the evening, the company representatives will conduct a short meeting to discuss the trip and gather feedback. The night will be spent in a tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 20 : Departure from Kathmandu
This is the day of farewell where you accomplish the journey and leave for your home. Three hours prior to your boarding time, our staff will receive you from your hotel and drop you off at the Tribhuvan International Airport. We really enjoyed hosting you. Many thanks for having us and safe travels returning home.
What is the Annapurna Circuit trek?
The Annapurna Circuit trek is a popular trekking route in Nepal that takes you through the breathtaking Annapurna mountain range. It is known for its diverse landscapes, stunning views, and cultural experiences.
How long does it take to complete the Annapurna Circuit trek?
The duration of the Annapurna Circuit Trek can vary depending on your pace and itinerary. On average, it takes about 15 to 20 days to complete the entire circuit.
What is the best time of year to trek the Annapurna Circuit?
The best time to trek the Annapurna Circuit is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather conditions, clear skies, and moderate temperatures.
What is the difficulty level of the Annapurna Circuit trek?
The Annapurna Circuit trek is considered to be a moderate to strenuous trek. The high altitude, long trekking days, and steep ascents and descents can make it physically demanding. Adequate physical fitness and acclimatization are important for a successful trek.
What are the accommodation options on the Annapurna Circuit trek?
Along the trekking route, there are teahouses and lodges that provide basic accommodation and meals. These facilities offer a warm bed, a common dining area, and local food. It is advisable to carry a sleeping bag for added comfort and warmth.
Are there any health risks or altitude-related concerns on the Annapurna Circuit trek?
Altitude sickness is a potential risk on the Annapurna Circuit trek due to the high elevations reached during the trek. It is essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness. It is recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before undertaking the trek.
Are there any side trips or alternative routes on the Annapurna Circuit?
Yes, there are side trips and alternative routes you can take during the Annapurna Circuit trek. Popular side trips include a visit to Tilicho Lake, Poon Hill, and Muktinath. These detours offer additional scenic views and cultural experiences.
Can you do Annapurna Circuit in 7 days?
Yes, you can complete Annapurna Circuit Trek in 7 Days by taking a jeep from Kathmandu directly to Chame and then at the end of the trek catch a bus or a plane from Jomsom to Pokhara.
Is Annapurna Circuit still worth it?
Yes, the Annapurna Circuit is still considered one of the most beautiful and rewarding treks in the world, and it remains a popular choice among trekkers. Despite some changes to the trekking route over the years, it continues to offer stunning natural landscapes, diverse cultures, and breathtaking views of the Himalayas.
Do I need a sleeping bag for Annapurna Circuit?
Yes, it is highly recommended to bring a sleeping bag for the Annapurna Circuit trek. While there are teahouses and lodges along the route where you can find accommodation, the quality and availability of blankets and bedding can vary.
Having your own sleeping bag ensures that you have a comfortable and warm sleep, especially in the higher-altitude regions where temperatures can drop significantly at night. A good quality sleeping bag suitable for cold weather conditions, preferably with a temperature rating of around -10°C (14°F) to -15°C (5°F), is recommended.
Can children do Annapurna Circuit?
The Annapurna Circuit covers a distance of approximately 230 kilometers (140 miles) and reaches altitudes above 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) at the Thorong La Pass. These factors can pose risks to the health and safety of young children who may not be fully prepared for such conditions. We recommend children above 10 years for this trekking
If you're planning a trek with children, it's advisable to consider alternative routes or shorter sections of the Annapurna Circuit that are more suitable for their age and capabilities. There are other family-friendly treks in the region, such as the Annapurna Balcony Trek, which offer stunning views and cultural experiences but with less demanding terrain and lower altitudes.
Do I need a permit to trek the Annapurna Circuit?
Yes, you will need permits to trek the Annapurna Circuit. The two main permits required are the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card.
These permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
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