- Booking Type Instant booking
- duration 18 days
- tour type Private
- age requirement 12-79 yrs
- max group size 16
- guiding method Fully guided
- Maximum altitude 5416 meters
- Tour Code BM-9959
- Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
- Operated in English, Spanish
- Revel in 21 action-packed days of exploring Nepal’s most popular area
- Meet and immerse yourself in two incredible cultures
- Trek along the challenging Thorung La Pass at 5,416 meters
The Annapurnas feature two incredible cultures that you will have the opportunity to learn about. One group is the Thakalies who live along the Kali Gandaki River with the world’s deepest gorge. The other is the Manangies who inhabit the Marshyangdi Valley.
The Around Annapurna Trek is considered a strenuous trek as it takes you across Thorung La Pass (elev. 5,416 m/17,769 ft) for the most awe-inspiring views of the majestic Himalayas. There is also a visit to Muktinath, one of the holiest pilgrimage sites in the Himalayas. The temples here are sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists.
On this trek alone you will see three of the ten highest mountains in the world! These include Annapurna I (10th highest), Manaslu (8th highest) and Dhaulagiri (7th highest.) All three of these mountains are over 8000 meters in elevation. There are only 14 such mountains in the world.
While this is considered a strenuous trek, there is no reason not to take the Around Annapurna Trek if you are in good physical condition. Sure, it’s a challenge, but the rewards of scenery and cultural exploration far outweigh any difficulty you might experience. And with Buddha Treks and Expedition, you will have a highly experienced guide and porters to help you along the way.
This year, choose the Around Annapurna Trek!
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350 m)
Day 2: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 3: Travel to Bensisahar & Jagat (1,314 m)
Day 4: Trek to Dharapani (1943 m/6,375 ft.)
Day 5: Trek to Chame (2713 m/8,901 ft.)
Day 6: Trek to Pisang (3185 m/10,449 ft.)
Day 7: Trek to Manang (3440 m/11,286 ft.)
Day 8: Acclimatization day in Manang
Day 9: Trek to Ledar (4000 m/13,123 ft.)
Day 10: Trek to Thorung Phedi (4450 m/14,600 ft.)
Day 11: Trek to Muktinath (3760 m) via Thorong-La (5416 m)
Day 12: Drive to Tatopani (1190 m/3,904 ft.)
Day 13: Trek to Ghorepani (elev. 2855 m/9,367 ft.)
Day 14: Poon Hill sunrise, trek to Tikhedhunga (elev. 1480 m)
Day 15: Trek To Birethanti, Drive To Pokhara
Day 16: Return to Kathmandu
Day 17: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 18: Departure from Kathmandu
- Airport pick-up and drop-off
- 4 nights accommodation in standard hotel in Kathmandu (bed & breakfast)
- 1 night accommodation in standard hotel in Pokhara (bed & breakfast)
- Transportation by public bus Kathmandu – Bulbule
- Transportation by tourist bus Pokhara – Kathmandu
- Transportation by taxi/car Birethanti – Pokhara
- Transportation by public/jeep Muktinath to Tatopani
- 12 nights accommodation in basic teahouses during trekking
- Meals during trekking: breakfast, lunch, dinner with tea/coffee
- Professional English speaking trekking guide
- Trekking porter/s: 1 porter for 2 trekkers
- Equipment: sleeping bags and down jacket
- Trekking permit (TIMS, ACAP entry permit)
- Entrance fees for sights in Kathmandu
- Insurance for Nepali staff (guides and porters)
- Additional night
- Single supplement
- Bar bills (any alcohol drinks, mineral water, cold drinks, cigarettes, etc)
- Lunch and dinner during stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Personal clothing and other equipments
- Personal insurance that covers helicopter rescue evacuation
- Personal expenses such as laundry, hot water for showers, etc.
- Any unseen expenses produced by circumstances beyond our control such as natural disasters
- Tips for guide, porters and other staff
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Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.Other Practical InformationA TYPICAL TREKKING DAY A typical day revolves around the Nepal sunrise and sunset, rather than any Western time schedule. The day starts with an early wakeup call. You then pack up your gear and enjoy a rousing breakfast before starting your morning’s walk. The sirdar will already be organized and have assigned loads to porters and your group will then set off on the trail at a leisurely pace, enjoying the view and stopping to take photographs. After 2-3 hours walk you stop for lunch. This lasts for about 90 minutes which gives you time to relax, or explore the local village. The afternoon’s walk is usually shorter and we arrive at the campsite or tea-house in plenty of time to relax and savor the surroundings. Later in the evening dinner is served, giving you an opportunity to sample the delicious food, talk over the day’s events, and look forward to another special day on the trails of Nepal. HEALTH ISSUES We recommend that all clients consult their doctor to discuss the health issues associated with their trek. We also recommend that clients bring their own personal first aid kit to supplement the comprehensive first aid kit carried by the Trek Leader. VACCINATIONS REQUIRED Please ensure that you allow at least 1 month to complete a course of vaccinations. Whilst your personal doctor will be the final authority, we recommend the following : • Poliomyelitis • Typhoid • Tetanus • Rabies • Meningococcal • Immunoglobulin (for Hepatitis A) MALARIA Nepal is listed as a country for which malaria prophylaxis is advised. We will not be visiting any malarial areas on the treks, however you may wish to consult your doctor about the need to take malaria pills. Trekkers who plan to do rafting and jungle excursions are advised to take the necessary medication to protect against malaria. ALTITUDE SICKNESS Many treks in Nepal can take you quite rapidly to high altitudes, so you need to give your body time to acclimatise. If you ascend faster than your body can acclimatise you will start to develop symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). A headache being the most common symptom, others are nausea, vomiting, fatigue, loss of appetite, dizziness and sleep disturbances. The best way to acclimatise is to ascend slowly and gradually. The common wisdom is that you should take 2-3 days to reach 3000m – If flying in to above this height remember to take extra acclimatisation days (for example flying into Lukla). Once above 3000m, you should sleep no more than around 300m above your last nights altitude, and take a rest day every 3 days (or 1000m). At times it can be difficult to stick exactly to this schedule, as villages aren't always conveniently placed for acclimatising, so you should think of the 300m as an average. During the day it is okay to trek higher as long as you descend to sleep. Remember the mountaineer’s saying "Climb High, Sleep Low". If at any time you get symptoms of AMS you should not climb higher until they are gone. If they persist then you should descend to below the height where they first started. Only start to climb again when they have gone. All of our itineraries allow for a proper acclimatisation schedule, and of course on our private departures you have the freedom to go slower if you are finding it tough - everyone acclimatises at a different rate. Please also consider your guide and porters and watch for signs of AMS in them. They are not immune to AMS. You will find a graph below detailing the acclimatisation schedule. It shows the ideal acclimatisation schedule against suggested itinerary. We always aim to get as close to the ideal as possible taking account of such things as available accommodation and camping spots with water etc. INSURANCE We INSIST that an appropriate insurance policy is taken out which covers travel in isolated and mountainous areas, and which also includes helicopter rescue. We recommend that you consult a reputable insurance agent or insurance specialist. RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT Footwear: Trekking Boots, thick socks, light socks, camp shoes. Clothing: Down or fibre Jacket, filled waterproof jacket and trousers, sweater or fleece jacket, warm cotton trousers, shirts and T-shirts, shorts, long underwear, wool hat, sun hat, gloves, bathing suit, track suit. Other Equipment: Sleeping bag (4 seasons), down jacket, daypack, water bottle, sun cream, sunglasses, flashlight with spare bulbs and batteries, lip salve, gaiters. Optional: Insect repellent, toilet articles, note book & pen, toilet roll, laundry soap, pocket knife, towel, sewing kit, plasters, binoculars, camera, film, cards and personal medical kit.
How much money do I need to bring with me?
Your personal budget obviously depends on your spending habits and what is included in your trip cost. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, we would suggest that you bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes costs extra. There are also sometimes small crafts/souvenirs to buy along the trekking route which you may want to bring extra money for. Also, consider whether you would be staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara before or after your trek.
- Is there a “new” Annapurna circuit trail that avoids roads?
- Is quarantine in Nepal in effect for arriving visitors?
How much should my backpack weigh?
A properly packed backpack (not including your day pack) should ideally not weigh more than 13 kg. It is also important to note that if you are taking a flight to the start of your trek, many smaller aircraft have weight restrictions. For example, if you are flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, you are only allowed 10kg of checked luggage, and 5 kg of hand baggage. Thus, in case of a small flight, you should ideally pack a 10 kg backpack for checked luggage, and then add 5 kg in your hand baggage. You can then re-shuffel the weigt once you start your trek at the trailhead.
- Do I need a porter?